Thorn: Could’ve studied to work with spirits like you, if I’d wanted . . .
Had a water affinity when I was a kid! I could’ve followed up on that. Turned into a plumber or something.
Water spirit: ??
Thorn: Well, y’see, I also had an affinity with swords . . . and in that, I really wanted to be like Mom.
Rowan: Could’ve studied to be a physicist, if I wanted . . . That was the good part of being a sparkly-eyed fourteen-year-old! I was a prodigy. Won awards. Scholars thought I was great.
Florian: So why did you give it up?
Rowan: Isn’t it obvious? Because cute guys dig knights.