Artist: Wagner - Song: Lohengrinn Overture
"Mm... To live up to the expectations of others is quite difficult. But infinitely moreso, I have found, is to live up to the expectations we set upon ourselves."
Erchanhardt looked only at his own hands, the thought of his own mistakes certainly weighing on him now. Even so, he did not wish to make this about himself. Life was not meant to be lived for oneself.
"I once heard a saying, long ago. It was, I believe, in regard to some esoteric faith I knew little about, but their words found purchase with me. Whether I took them as they intended, I can never know, but I believe there is truth in them. 'Walk like them, until they must walk like you.' There is nothing wrong with admiration, even with attempting to be like others. But in doing so, we should strive to improve ourselves, to become worthy of the respect of those we admire."
He was quiet again for a long while, before looking over to the much shorter woman. She reminded him of many people, and yet, she was rather unlike anyone he had ever met. Such a strange conundrum.
"I think, Yugiri, that you are a woman with a long path ahead of you. But no great journey was made on a short path. If you will permit me, I would like to accompany you down that road. I suspect that I might learn much from you, if you are willing to learn from me."