[Out in the northern section of the Verdant Forest, Lucas stands facing a Swadloon. He holds a stick; the Swadloon holds an expression of contempt.]
One more time, Dozer![Dozer spits out some leaves. Lucas doesn't even bother swatting at them as he looks annoyed.]
You have to try harder! We're never going to get stronger if we don't try! [With a roll of its eyes, Dozer proceeds to halfheartedly spit out some more leaves that travel approximately 0.5 inches further.
There is an elongated pause.
Lucas sighs, slowly shakes his head, and sets down his stick.]
I know you don't like this. And I... don't really like it, either. I understand - I wish we didn't have to train at all. [Dozer snorts.]
No, I really mean it! I wish we could just stay in Union and not worry about this. I just... want everything to always be the same. Without having to wonder about what might happen. ...But there's so much more to think about now.[He gazes up at the sky.]
...I guess I'm a little afraid sometimes. You are, too, right? That's why you're not really trying. If you don't try... you don't ever have to be afraid of failing. I... definitely understand. [He pauses again before he shakes his head.]
But please listen to me - I know you won't. You definitely won't fail. I know there are a lot of things we don't agree on, but... I hope you know how much I care about you. And I hope you know... I'll always believe in you. No matter what happens, and no matter how many times we have to try. [A soft smile.]
So... it's OK to be afraid, and it's OK if you don't think you can do it. But even if you think that... I know
you can do it.
We don't have to keep going now, but... just remember that. You're really important to me, you know? And I hope you know... I... I really...[A bashful expression as he nods.]
I love you, Do --[Oh my god Lucas shut up a sudden blast of razor-sharp leaves slams straight into him, knocking him completely off his feet before he can finish that sentence. ...On its part, Dozer's expression of shock makes it clear that it had no intention of doing that consciously, nor did it even think it was capable of doing that.
But there's not much time to be shocked - in the next moment, a blinding light suddenly envelops its entire body.
...From his position on the ground, Lucas scrambles into a sitting position and gasps.]
O-Oh! [The transformation comes almost before he can process it. In the blink of an eye, the form of the creature is stepping forward, out from its hiding place, stretching outwards and upwards, standing on its own two feet. And as the light fades, there stands something else in Dozer's place.
There is a good ten seconds when Lucas can only continue to stare in shock without finding any words. When he does speak, his voice trembles.]
D-Dozer... I -- I'm so glad...[He swallows.
...And swallows again. ...Makes a face.]
Um. ...........I love 'oo, buh I think 'oo cuh my mouth p'etty bad. ...Is there meh'icine?