Final Fantasy IX

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Final Fantasy IX is a role-playing video game developed and published by Squaresoft in 2000 for the Sony PlayStation video game console. The game's plot centers on a group of bandits hired to kidnap the princess of an expanding kingdom, set in a late medieval fantasy world experiencing a renaissance where rapid transcontinental travel is made possible by airships sailing across a firmament of magical mist.

The Crystal Comes Back (tagline)
  • You don't need a reason to help people.
  • T'is foolishness! If all were so easy, why, none would suffer in this world!
    • The scene in "I Want To Be Your Canary" right before Zidane engages Blank in the 'Vamo Alla Flemenco' battle.
  • Come on, Princess. Let's ditch Sir Rustalot and get outta here!
  • To hell with looks. It's what's inside that counts.
  • I can't sit around knowing a girl's in trouble. Goes against my nature.
  • Ooo, soft...
    • After "accidentally" touching Garnet's butt.
  • I'm not gonna sit back and watch your home get destroyed, alright?
  • You make it sound so easy...
    • After seeing Freya jump ten feet into the air, entering the palace of Burmecia.
  • Piece of cake. I'm an escape artist.
  • Oh, come on! Why do you think everyone stayed behind!? Yeah, they're fighting for you, but also, they know, deep down inside, that they have to fight! Beatrix, Freya, Marcus, Blank, even Steiner... Sometimes, you can't think everything out. You have to listen to your heart.
    • to Dagger
  • Heroic? Human? Those are just things people say after the fact... It's not what the people say afterward... What's important is being true to oneself.
  • This is my home. This is the place I call home. The man is still looking for his birthplace. But he already has a home.
    • speaking of his past
  • In the end, it boils down to two simple choices. Either you do or you don't. You'd think with all the problems in this world, there'd be more answers. It's not fair... but that's the way things are. The choice is yours.
  • I just wanna protect the people I'm with. Doesn't matter whether I can or not. It's what I believe in.
  • Doesn't it feel nice to let yourself go under the stars?
    • urinating outside
  • Oh, I get real clingy when I'm sad!
  • The sly eagle doesn't kill at whim.
  • I want to shine!
  • You're all a bunch of babysitting bastards! But trust me, I know that I'm the worst bastard here.
    • during his depression
  • I had a whole speech ready for her. But it would've been a lie! How could I lie to her!? 'Good luck, Dagger! I'll be watching you from afar'. 'Come find me if you need someone to talk to'. It's a big fat lie! That's not how I feel at all! That's not how I feel... at all.
  • I can't start my day without Dagger! Her smile! Her voice! Her voice is like a beautiful song... And her song makes me soar high into the sky!
  • You have to find the answer yourself. It'll be hard, but you can do it.
    • to Mikoto
  • Through our memories, future generations will see that we can overcome any fear!
  • The abduction is over. I can't take you any further. ...I'm sorry for being so selfish.
  • Bring my beloved Dagger to me!
  • How do you prove that you exist...? Maybe we don't exist...
  • Those dolls they were making underground... Did you think they look like me?
  • I have to find out who I am... I'm scared... What if I'm not even human...?
  • I won't let you make any more instruments of murder!
  • Oh, nothing... My face is always like this.
    • When asked, "Why the long face?" by Eiko.
  • Don't leave us again, okay?
    • to Zidane
  • I always talked about you, Zidane. How you were a very special person to us, because you taught us all how important life is. You taught me that life doesn't last forever. That's why we have to help each other and live life to the fullest. Even if you say goodbye, you'll always be in our hearts. So, I know we're not alone anymore. Why I was born... How I wanted to live... Thanks for giving me time to think. To keep doing what you set your heart on... It's a very hard thing to do. We were all so courageous... What to do when I felt lonely... That was the only thing you couldn't teach me. But we need to figure out the answer for ourselves... I'm so happy I met everyone... I wish we could've gone on more adventures. But I guess we all have to say goodbye someday. Everyone... Thank you. Farewell. My memories will be part of the sky...
  • Having sworn fealty, must I spend my life in servitude?
  • [to Vivi] You can't lose to that monkey Zidane!
  • OG...!!! OGLOP!!!
  • Bah! Only a flesh wound!
  • I shall petition for a life sentence on his behalf. Yes, that would be the honorable thing!
    • Devotedly to himself after Zidane disregards his commands.
  • I can't believe I played a part in this debacle!
  • A true man never gives up in a fight!
  • Chivalry requires a knight to look after his comrades-in-arms. I will not abandon you! And I shall follow you to kingdom come if I must. You remember that!
  • I may not know who I really am, but that is my question alone to answer!
  • 'Even a fly lives for a day'!
    • After Zidane has given a speech about fighting Kuja regardless of his strength.
  • Someday I will be queen, but I will always be myself.
  • I have a favor I wish to ask of you... I wish to be kidnapped right away.
  • Get off me, you scumbag!
    • A line she picked up from Zidane as advice to Vivi, coincidentally yelled before she was grabbed by Zorn and Thorn.
  • No matter how hard I try, I'm always a step behind in everything...
  • My talent's up to snuff, but that name isn't.
    • After Zidane's suggestion of their new gang name, "The Betrothed".
  • I don't know what the future holds... But I want to finish what I came here for.
  • Mother... I shall become a great queen!
  • Mother... Zidane... No... I can't depend on them anymore! As the queen of Alexandria, I must protect my kingdom.
  • I have to move forward now. We still have our whole lives ahead of us. I can't be depressed forever...
  • We may be weak, but that's what makes us work together and help one another!
  • If it weren't for you, I probably would've led a meaningless life. With you, I was able to see so much of the world and meet so many people.
    • At the ending dialogue between Dagger and Zidane.
  • We faced many hardships, too... but... I think I finally know what's important.
  • Promise me one thing... Please come back.
    • To Zidane, before boarding the airship and leaving him behind.
  • The only dependable thing about the future is uncertainty.
  • I'm not here to help. I just want it to be fair.
  • I don't work with hostage-taking scumbags. Now, get lost.
  • I'd rather die as a warrior than live as a beggar.
  • My money's on Kuja.
    • Referring to the battle between Queen Brahne and Kuja.
  • You still owe me a rematch.
  • Man, I hate kids...
  • Damn hypocrite. Always talking about friendship, when you're nothing but a selfish loner.
    • About Zidane
  • Blind pursuit of power is a meaningless vice.
  • You're a real simpleton. Forget it, guys. There's no stopping this fool.
    • Referring to Zidane heading back to the Iifa Tree to rescue Kuja.
  • To be forgotten is worse than death.
  • I'm impressed. There's more to her than meets the eye.
    • About Garnet
  • The time has come to serve my kingdom as a Burmecian Dragon Knight once again!
  • The answer you seek may forever change your life for the worse.
    • to Vivi
  • I will protect my home and my king at any cost.
  • Fratley... You never came back... You've left me with nothing except rumors of your death. I couldn't believe it! I still won't believe it! Never. Not until I witness proof of your death with my own eyes. And I will travel across the world forever if I must...
  • I failed Burmecia.. but I won't fail Cleyra, no matter what.
  • The sky looks ominous. Something is about to happen. Sir Fratley, where are you...? I need you...
  • It's too late. He's gone... It's a miracle he even made it this far. I can't believe this is happening...
  • We live not to forget our past, but to learn from it!
  • I do what I want! You have problem!?
  • Are there yummy-yummies here?
  • I go find yummy-yummies!
    • After Zidane, Vivi, and Freya leave Cleyra on floating orbs.
  • You stand here say nothing, then you just like other dummy-dummies! No can tell difference!
  • There no munchies here, sand taste good though.
  • happy.
    • During his/her 'wedding' to Vivi.
  • Why you need Gil to eat anything!?
  • F-Frog... Is talking... Maybe I eat it...?
  • Is stone edible? Or is for barbeque? No answer... I think I lick it. You no answer, so you no mind, right? [licks it] Hmmm... Is very salty.
  • Now I mad! I cook you good!
  • Why you care about small things? World very simple place. World only have two things: Things you can eat and things you no can eat.
  • Fish all gone. I sad...
  • Good food not only delicious! Good food made with heart! This very important when cooking for friends!
  • I don't wanna be alone anymore...
  • Mog... I'm gonna haunt you if I die here!
    • When she gets her shirt stuck on a tree branch and Mog flies away.
  • Listen to me. You should never lie to yourself.
  • This is no way to treat a lady!
    • Said several times throughout the game when she feels she's being mistreated.
  • I'm not gonna cry! I'm a grown-up now, and crying won't help one bit!
  • With Dagger out of the picture, now's my chance to win Zidane's heart! First, I'll write him a love letter. I'm gonna make it the most romantic letter ever written!
  • When the night sky wears the moon as its pendant, I shall await you at the dock.
    • Her love letter to Zidane.
  • Oh! It's the nerdy guy!
    • to Doctor Tot
  • I find this rain quite pleasant. It is as if the raindrops are blessing our victory.
  • Never would I have imagined running into you in a place like this. It must be fate. But you cannot rest your wings yet... Fly home to your mother, my little canary. I, too, will welcome you home with open arms.
  • The weak lose their freedom to the strong. Such is the way of the strong. And it is the providence of nature that only the strong survive. That is why I needed strength.
  • First, you don't want to listen, now you start asking questions? Oh, brother...
  • Spare me the lecture. Lives come and go all the time. What's the big deal?
  • Mwahaha... So the curtain rises! Perfect, my canary. Let me show you the truth about your mother! First Act: The End of the Ugly Desire. It's showtime!
  • The final act will take us away from Gaia, and I will kill my nemesis... with my own hand! Hahaha! Everything is according to plan.
  • Peace is but a shadow of death, desperate to forget its painful past... Though we hope for promising years. After shedding a thousand tears, yesterday's sorrow constantly nears. And while the moon still shines blue, by dawn, it will turn to scarlet hue.
  • Just you wait, Garland! And you too, Zidane! I'll exact sweet revenge upon you both for insulting me! I'll make the people of both Gaia and Terra know who rules over all of them!
  • What comedy! Zidane, isn't it hilarious!? I'll die just like the black mages I so despise! I single-handedly brought chaos unto Gaia, but in the end, I'm nothing but a worthless doll! ... I won't let it happen. I won't... I won't let this world exist without me!
  • The Canary I have been after, she flew into my cage of her own free will.
  • My sweet angel, come to me. I will take you to a world of dreams.
  • Why should the world exist without me? That wouldn't be fair. If I die, we all die!
  • I'm gonna die anyway. I won't have to be afraid anymore. But I'm not gonna die alone. You're all coming with me!
  • After you guys beat me, I had nothing left... nothing more to lose. Then, I finally realized what it means to live... I guess I was too late.
  • I once killed a hundred knights single-handedly... To me, you two are nothing more than insects.
  • I commend your courage, but I shall show you no mercy.
  • Allow me to shatter your delusions of grandeur.
  • We're all just blindly following orders. My heart and my will mean nothing...
  • Not even a word of gratitude...
    • After Brahne orders her to find the next jewel after she worked very hard on getting the first one from Cleyra.
  • ...My heart is set. All this time, I have been mistaken...
  • My allegiance to you remains the same, if not stronger.
  • Save your valediction, Steiner. We will live to see another day.

Black Mage no. 288

  • [to Vivi] You already know what it means to live...and to die. You're asking about our friends who have 'died', not 'stopped'.
  • I don' t know... Fear? I don't want to stop. And maybe I want to run away from it all. But living in the village with everyone fills me with joy. The joy of living with them far outweighs the fear of death. Isn't it the same for you? Traveling with your friends gives your life meaning.
    • When asked how he feels about "Stopping".


  • Zorn: We are in trouble!
    Thorn: Trouble we are in!
  • Zorn: A veritable emergency of terrible urgency!
    • Reference to the song "Urgent Emergency" by Foreigner.
  • Moguta: I'm kupo for kupo nuts!
  • Cinna: Oh yeah! You're one bad actor.
    • to Steiner
  • Puck: Like hell, I'm fine!!!
  • Villagers of Conde Petie: Rally-ho!
  • Queen Brahne: I... I am empty now... Free... Free... of that... terrible... greed...
    • One of Brahne's last lines.
  • Blank: I'm telling you, she was too shy to hand me the letter herself! And if you don't think I'm a ladies' man, you're wrong. Chicks are intimidated by good-looking guys.
  • Old Man: Dammit Jim, I'm a doctor, not a miracle worker. Ask someone else!
  • Mog: [to Eiko] Don't worry, kupo. I will always be with you, kupo.
  • Black Mage No. 78: I never knew weapons were used to hurt people. But we have magic. Why would we need weapons? Do you think weapons will disappear when everyone is happy? Does that mean we wouldn't need magic, either?
  • Garland: ...Do not limit memory to just one individual's experiences from birth. That is only the surface. Every life born into this world, whether natural or artificial, requires a parent. And that parent also requires a parent. Life is connected, one to another... If you trace the root of all life, there exists one source. The same can be said for memory. All life constitutes an intelligence that holds memory beyond experience. Memory is not isolated within individuals. It is an accumulation of generations of memories that continues to evolve. You can say that memory and evolution go hand in hand. But most life-forms do not understand the true nature of memories ... which explains why most memories never cross paths.
  • Garland: Even if I were created to serve one purpose alone, I do not regret being born to this world.
  • Necron: Why defy your fate? Is the will to live that powerful...?
  • Necron: I am the darkness of eternity...
  • Necron: All life fears death from birth. Life fears death, but lives only to die. It starts with anxiety. Anxiety becomes fear. Fear leads to anger... anger leads to hate... hate leads to suffering... The only cure for this fear is total destruction. ... Now, the theory is undeniable. Kuja's action proves it. All things live to perish.
    • Contains a reference to one of Yoda's lines from The Phantom Menace.
  • Necron: In a world of nothing, fear does not exist. This is the world that all life desires.
  • Necron: I am eternal... long as there is life and death...
  • Necron: Come. Enter the Zero World you so desire.
  • Marcus: No cloud, no squall shall hinder us!
    • An in-joke reference to the heroes of two previous Final Fantasy games, Cloud Strife and Squall Leonhart.


[changing into stolen soldiers' uniforms]
Blank: Finished changing, Zidane?
Zidane: Yeah, but this helmet... It kinda smells...
Blank: What are you talkin' about!? My helmet totally reeks! My armor's way too big...and my back's real itchy...the boots are gloves are all slimy...there's cookie crumbs in my pocket...
Zidane: Okay, I get the picture.

Hooded Girl: Umm... Would you please let me pass?
Zidane: Hmm... Let's see...
Hooded Girl: Is there something on my face?
Zidane: Oh, no. You see... I just thought maybe you were the one I'd been waiting for all this time.
Hooded Girl: Excuse me? You were waiting for me?
Zidane: Yeah! I've dreamt of meeting you here ever since I was born!
Hooded Girl: Do you mock me?
Zidane: No, of course not...
Hooded Girl: Then, I shall take my leave of you!
Zidane: Just a sec! Haven't we met before?
Hooded Girl: No, I do not know you...
Zidane: Hmm... Maybe you're right... I'd never let someone as pretty as you get away. Say, you wouldn't–
Blank: Hey, what's goin' on, Zidane?
Hooded Girl: I... I must go!
Blank: Who the heck was that!?
Zidane: Get up, Blank! That was Princess Garnet!

Zidane: Don't worry, Princess. It's my friend Cinna!
Garnet: Oh, really? I am sorry. You startled me.
Zidane: Well, with a face like his, I'd be pretty shocked, too!
Cinna: Man, that hurts! I wash up every morning, you know!

Zidane: Try to sound more casual. Like me.
Garnet: I shall try.
Zidane: No, no, no... (What would Vivi say...?)
Vivi: ?
Zidane: Just say... 'Alrighty.'
Garnet: A-Alrighty!
Zidane: You're getting the hang of it!

Morrid: Who decides right and wrong? You?
Steiner: Anyone can tell right from wrong.

[After First Battle With Black Waltz #3]
Steiner: Just how many Black Waltzes do we have to fight!? This is becoming ridiculous!
Zidane: I think that was the last one.
Steiner: How do you know!? Are you...!?
Zidane: He said 'Waltz', right? Don't you think No. 3 would be the last one?
Steiner: ?

Steiner: Master Vivi, why would those mages be the same as you? And why would it matter if they were...?
Zidane: Rusty's right! You're an individual, no matter what happens, Vivi!

Woman at the counter: Hey, monkey-tail, you're disturbing the other customers.
Zidane: What the-you've got a tail, too, rat-face!
Woman at the counter: Rat-face... After I finish my drink, I'm gonna kick your butt.
Bobo: Hey, Zidane, take it outside.
[the woman turns around]
Zidane: !!!
Woman at the counter: Long time, Zidane.
Zidane: Hey! What's up!? Wait a minute...
Woman at the counter: You forgot my name?
Zidane: No, I remember! You're Helga, right?
Woman at the counter: Wrong.
Zidane: ...Christine?
Woman at the counter: No!
Zidane: ...Oh yeah! You used to live next door to me. How's it going...Ratchel? Man, you've really gotten...big.
Woman at the counter: You nasty little-
Zidane: Come on. I'm just kiddin'. You know I never forget a pretty girl's name.
(The player gets to name the woman, the default name is Freya)
Zidane: So, how've you been, Freya?
Freya: Same old, Zidane.
Zidane: How long has it been?
Freya: About 3 years.
Zidane: Hey, did you ever find out anything about your boyfriend?
Freya: No...
Zidane: So... What brings you to Lindblum?
Freya: The Festival of the Hunt. What else? It's a good opportunity to test my skills.
Zidane: Oh... Well, I'm sure you'll find him someday.
Freya: Aren't you participating?
Zidane: ...Nah. I think I'll pass.
Freya: Lazy bum.
Zidane: ...Are you ever gonna go back?
Freya: I have no reason to return to Burmecia. There is nothing there for me anymore.

Garnet: Would you mind giving me some [sleeping weed]? I've had a hard time sleeping lately.
Zidane: Um, I don't think that's a good idea. You might get addicted. Maybe all you need is some company, eh?
Garnet: Oh, please. Do you think I'm that naive?
Zidane: Heh, heh. Can't blame me for trying.

Freya: The smell of fire...and blood! There must have been a huge battle on the other side of that gate...
Quina: Something smell bad. I get bad feeling! Flower smell good! You smell flower!
Freya: Quina does whatever s/he feels like doing. I must learn from his ways.
Zidane: I don't think it's intentional, Freya.
Freya: No, if I had done as I pleased, I would've been...
Quina: Zidane, this flower taste good!
Zidane: See what I mean?
Freya: But still... Let's go! Burmecia is just ahead!

Dagger: Zidane... Vivi just walked out.
Zidane: Maybe he's letting us have a little romantic quiet time.
Dagger: I'm serious!
Zidane: ...I wouldn't worry too much.
Dagger: But...
Zidane: He's trying to figure something out for himself.
Dagger: ......
Zidane: Think about it... Vivi's never met black mages like himself before.
Dagger: But what if they're being mean to him, or saying nasty things?
Zidane: Do you really think the people of this village gathered to do something like that?
Dagger: ......
Zidane: Maybe... Just maybe, he'll find what he's looking for.
Dagger: ...Find what?
Zidane: A place to call home.
Dagger: Home...?
Zidane: Yeah... A place where he belongs...

[Zidane telling a story of his past...]
Zidane: Alright, we can skip ahead... No, he never found it. How could he? His only clue was a colored light. So he went back to the home of his adoptive father... What do you think his father did when he came home?
Dagger: Welcomed him home?
Zidane: No way! The father raised his fist and beat the son he had worked so hard to raise...

Zidane: (Could it be that she...likes me? Gotta admit, I was pretty deep that night in the black mage village. Maybe that's when she fell for me? I'm such a stud!) Dagger! Now we're man and wife! Time for the kiss... [Zidane lunges and misses as Dagger walks away] Playing hard to get, eh?
Dagger: Remember, we're only married while we're here.
Zidane: Bliss is so fleeting.

Dagger: I haven't forgotten... I want to believe everyone is alright, but sometimes I just can't. I hope I can live up to the hopes of everyone who has helped me.
Zidane: You don't have to feel so responsible, Dagger.
Dagger: But I do!
Zidane: Nobody wants you to feel that way. They didn't do it all for you, either. Each was following his own path.

[Zidane telling the story of Ipsen and Colin...]
Zidane: And then, after much time on the road... He had to ask Colin something. "Why did you come with me?"
Dagger: And? What was Colin's answer?
Zidane: Only because I wanted to go with you.

Amarant: He who hesitates is lost." You'd best remember that.
Zidane: Well, I prefer "My way or the highway".
Amarant: Whatever. Like you actually have a plan.

[after Steiner throws Eiko out of the castle...]
Eiko: Zidane! Oh, it was horrible! He called me a liar and a loudmouth and a brat!
Amarant: ...He's right.

Eiko: My grandpa always told me that bullies are actually cowards.
Amarant: Just leave me alone...

Zidane: Man, we went through some crazy stuff, huh? I honestly didn't think I was gonna make it this time. But as you can see, I'm alright now.
Dagger: ......
Zidane: Dagger... Is something wrong?
Dagger: [shakes her head] ......
Zidane: Ohhh, okay. You're so happy to see me, you don't know what to say. I didn't know you loved me so much. (Did I do something wrong...?) Alright, what did I do wrong?
Dagger: [shakes her head] ......
Zidane: (...Maybe she's just tired. A lot had happened since Brahne's death... I'd better cheer her up.) Hey, let's go check out the town. It'll be fun. Come on!
Dagger: [hangs her head] ......
Zidane: (...I think she's starting to get annoyed. Maybe I should leave her alone.) I guess you have a lot on your mind right now. Sorry to bother you. I'll see you later.
Dagger: (Zidane... You're so sweet. Thank you.)

Eiko: What are you gonna do?
Zidane: Find Kuja and beat the crap out of him!

Quina: Ah, Zidane. You want go with me!
Zidane: Well... I sort of got stuck with the leftovers...
Quina: You no have to explain! I so happy.
Zidane: Huh?
Quina: There old saying in my tribe... 'Leftovers good!'

Zidane: Hey, Amarant... Can I ask you something?
Amarant: No.
Zidane: Do you... have any parents or family?
Amarant: What a stupid question.
Zidane: Sorry. I was just curious.
Amarant: I don't remember any loving parents. My first memory is of the face of a guy I had to fight. I only found meaning in life through combat.
Zidane: Funny how you put that in past tense. All due to my wonderful influence.
Amarant: Pshhh. What do you want me to do? Thank you?
Zidane: Please! You're gonna make me sick!
Amarant: How about you?
Zidane: What? You mean my parents? ...I don't have parents.

Garland: Well... now you should be fully aware of the meaning of your existence... !?
Zidane: Yeah, I'm aware of all the laughter, all the tears I've shared with the people I grew up with on Gaia.
Garland: Forget all that. You are destined to live among the stars for all eternity. You have the power, the position, and the motive to do it.
Zidane: I wouldn't want that kind of power... if I only had a place to call home... My brothers in Tantalus, Vivi, Freya, Amarant, Quina, Steiner, Eiko, and... Dagger... My home is with them in Gaia! If you say I have a motive, then it's to punish all of you who brought pain to my friends! I'll destroy Terra! That's reason enough for my birth here as a Genome!
Garland: Regrettable... I thought your soul would be perfect for a new angel of death...
Zidane: I AM the new angel of death! Yours!!!

Dagger: You try to do everything by yourself, don't you?
Zidane: Try to understand... I don't want to cause trouble to anyone.
Dagger: Aren't we your friends!?
Zidane: I want to think so! That's why I always... Look, I'm not from Gaia. I was just a hairbreadth from becoming the destroyer of Alexandria! I can't accept your friendship so easily!
Dagger: You've always protected us. But you still don't understand that we looked out for you, too! We watched your back while you watched ours. And we believed in you the same way you believed in us! Just like you protected us... We want to protect you.
Zidane: Dagger...
Quina: You say it! My master tell me, somebody give you tasties, you give them tasties, too. Is good manners!

[After the Genomes take refuge at the Black Mage Village.]
Mikoto: This where you bury the dead...? What's the point of this? It isn't like the dead would appreciate it.
Black Mage no. 288: You're right, but I don't think we build cemeteries for the dead. Sure, it may seem pointless to you, but... How can I describe it? It's so that we can think like this: "We'll never forget you. We'll remember you every time we stand at your grave. And we won't let the fear of death, which each of us knows, stop us from living our lives. Because my friends will remember me when I'm here".
Mikoto: ...

Steiner: Red Rose!? Could it be...Beatrix!?
Zidane: Quite a woman, you fell in love with!
Steiner: You're one to talk!
Dagger: Wait a minute, Steiner! What did you mean by that!?

[Last lines of displayed dialogue]
Garnet: How did you survive...?
Zidane: I didn't have a choice. I had to live. I wanted to come home to you. So... I sang your song.
Garnet: Our song.
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