Part 73: Mission 21 (Rand) - PrologueWere using the same squads are mission 20 (because I forgot to set up the people that were in events whoops!)
Word of the wise, though: to have an easier time with the Skill Point, equip the Gunleon with the Minovsky Craft (a High-Spec Radar or a Booster/Megabooster also helps).
This path opens the same ways as the other but, this time, Rentons using the UN terminal at the Freeden.
Theres the Del Cielo talk and, after Eureka runs, Renton goes after.
As Renton runs off, Rand sees his passion and waxes nostalgic about his own youth.
Bello and Sara cant, for the life of them, even imagine a young Rand but he says even he was once energetic and full of dreams like Renton. Mel gets worried that hes unsatisfied with how he is now and asks if her beloved isnt happy.
Rand calms her down, saying theyd be wasting precious time if he answered that and Mel remembers that it took some convincing for Jamil to allow them to borrow the Freedens UN terminal so, Rand and Gainer start a missing persons search.
As they go, Garrod wonders if thisll work but Tex says the UN has many uses besides transmitting the news and acting as a database: for people like Gainer, it can be used to set up gaming matches across long distances and, in other cases, there are free spaces where people can post any messages they want.
As in the other path, they wonder what Renton was searching that caused Eureka to run off like that and Bello explains that the kid used the Freedens terminal because the Gekkostate isnt too keen on using the internets despite how it could benefit their publication.
Mel has no such qualms with using the UN, though, hoping to find some information regarding her father in there.
Of course, Tex raises the point that theres a ton of bad information floating around the UN, so he wants her to be aware that the chances of her finding what she wants arent very high. Mel understands that but says they dont have any other option: the Exodizers asked about her father in all the places theyve been to and even Tifas foresight couldnt find anything.
Of course, Mel doesnt blame Tifa and shes plenty happy that she used her power to try to help her. Garrod asks if Mel writes down the results of her ongoing search in that memory notebook of hers and, indeed, it acts as both her diary and the Beater Services ledger.
She lets them take a look and Sara finds a detailed account of everything that happened thus far, including the day they all met each other. Tonya also notices several beautiful pictures and figures this would sell nicely if Mel decided to publish it.
Bello notices that her notebook is marked volume 7 and Mel says writing stuff down is something of a hobby to her. There are another 6 volumes of her notes and way back at volume 1, youd find her account on the moment she and her father first met Rand.
Garrod is quite interested in seeing that but Mel vetoes it, saying its too embarrassing.
Witz asks what was our resident stifling old man like during his youthful days and Mel says, around the time they met, he was a really angry man and constantly annoyed and fought with her father. Tonya cant even picture Rand without his usual grin but her father once told Mel that teaching Rand how to smile was even harder than teaching him how to work as a mechanic.
Sara realizes that Rands trademarked grin came from her father and, indeed, Mel says the Heat Smile is all because of her. Whenever Rand got into a fight with her father and scared Mel to the point of tears, hed make that face to calm her down.
Despite how overbearing that smile is to others, Mel has been in love with Rand since then.
: Heeey! Dont go telling that story without my permission!
: What, were just getting to the good bits! Back off!
: Rand You're not embarrassed by all that, are you?
: You sons of you really dont have to put up with the girls reminiscing, ya know
: What, then, dummy?! Since youre acting this snooty, I guess you mustve found some clue about my dad, right?!
: M-Mel, no! Don't look!!
: W-what's this?! "Bikini babes"?!
: W-we really, REALLY were searching for information at first but...then Rand started looking through these sites and--
: The hell, Gainer?! You were the one who messed up the search parameters and got these!
: In other words, youre accomplices. Terrible
: Gainer, you obscene, dirty, little man! Shame on you!
: Darling, your pervert! If you like breasts that big, why dont you go marry a cow?!
: Ti-Tifa, dont look so sad! This is how men are !
: You huge idiot! Why cant you be more like Gain and Holland?!
: (I dont think theres a big difference between Rand and those two )
: (Youve my sympathy, Rand These teenage girls cant understand the nature of a man )
: A transmissions coming in from the UN
: Probably a barker from that indecent site! Cut the connection!
: No, wait...! This is--!
: An S.O.S from Asakim?!