콜트 리볼버 - 별똥별의 소원

Afternoon, December 24th. At a Griffin base.

Commander I'm starving...

I've been shopping with FAL the whole time and ended up not eating anything.

Commander The cafeteria is probably still busy preparing for the feast right now...
Well, it's gonna start in two or three hours anyway. I'll just eat whatever to fill my stomach for now.

I make my way to the vending machine outside the command center. The supplier is closed during the holiday season, but there should still be something left.

??? These...and these... Gotta take them all...

I hear a T-Doll muttering to herself when I'm almost at the vending machine.
Her figure is obscured by a huge white sack. She keeps taking things out from the machine compartment and stuffing them into the sack.

Commander Wait!

At this rate, the vending machine will be emptied very soon!
I hurry over to her side.

Commander Please leave some for me!

The squatting T-Doll looks up.
She's replaced her usual cowgirl getup with a festive red-and-white combo, but her fashion sense is still unmistakable.

Colt Revolver Oh, it's you, Commander!
Stocking up, too, eh?

Commander Ah, Colt. What are you doing here?

Colt Revolver I'm not very into balls and stuff like that, so I'm throwing a small party with a few friends in the dorm afterwards.
Naturally, I need to stock up on enough cola and snacks!

Commander ...But emptying the entire vending machine seems a bit excessive.

Colt Revolver Haha, it's always better to be as prepared as you can.

I'm just about to disagree, but much to my embarrassment, my empty stomach chooses this moment to complain.
Colt fishes out a packet of chips from her sack.

Colt Revolver Hungry, Commander? Here, replenish your energy!

Not the healthiest of food, but it's enough to sate my urgent need.
Besides...seeing as how much she loves junk food, it's incredibly generous of her to share it with me.

Commander Thanks, Colt.

I sit down on the bench and opens the packet of chips. Colt sits down next to me and pops open a can of cola.

Colt Revolver Ahhhh! Cola is THE BEST!

I know she's always been addicted to cola, but watching her chug down a can of carbonated drink on a cold winter day while dressed like this still makes me shiver.

Commander Don't you feel cold?

Colt Revolver Heheh, people with a blazing heart don't need extra clothes to keep warm!
Of course, it's also thanks to the cola~

Colt gives her can a shake.

Colt Revolver You should have some too, Commander!

Commander Haha...Chugging it down the way you do would probably douse the fire in me.
By the way, Colt... You get along with the other kids at the base, don't you?

Colt Revolver Yeah, they're all great pals that I share my cola with!
Have you changed your mind about joining us, Commander?

Commander I want to ask you something.
Are they planning anything special for Christmas?

Colt Revolver Special?

Commander Yeah, something like...an operation to obtain more Christmas presents.

Colt narrows her eyes, as if she's pondering something.
But she quickly reassumes her usual innocent expression.

Colt Revolver Huh? I'm not really sure what you're talking about.
The only special plan I know of is a party overflowing with cola~ It'd be nice with some chips, too!

Commander Uh...so they're really not planning anything?

Colt Revolver Plans with no cola are no plan at all.

Looks like she doesn't want to give me a straight answer.
Just as I'm about to press further, we hear another T-Doll shouting from the square nearby.

Grifon T-Doll Colt! Colt!
We're decorating the Christmas tree! Come and help!

Colt Revolver Coming! Save me a spot to hang up a cola!

Grifon T-Doll You can hang up whatever you like as long as it doesn't fall off!
Just hurry!

Colt Revolver I gotta help them with the tree, Commander!

Commander Alright. Don't let me keep you.

Colt hoists up her sack filled with cans of cola and runs off, but turns back after two steps.

Colt Revolver Oh right. This is for you.

Colt takes a can of cola out of her sack and shoves it into my hands.

Colt Revolver Whatever plans you have tonight, Commander, make sure you don't forget the cola~
Well, see you in a bit~

She smiles and gives me a wink, then joins the crowd in the center of the square.

Commander I thought I could collect some intel from her...
She may seem callous, but she's a lot more cunning than I expected.
Still, I'm not totally unprepared.

I haven't discovered any useful leads, but...

Commander It will surely be a blast tonight.

I open the can of cola and take a sip.

Commander Ack...Cold!
But that did jolt me wide awake.
Well then, back to work!

With great anticipation for Christmas Eve, I leave the resting area as Colt's laughter fades gradually into the distance.