The War Will Feed Itself 「戦争は戦争を食う」
Things don’t go as planned and of course it’s all Maria’s fault… no point playing the blame game here.It’s easy to give credit to oneself and push mistakes unto others. France had the upper hand and was about to win the battle before Maria turned up and upset their plans. That’s what Lord Guillaume and Galfa’s boss Yvain believed yet actually, it was England who through one soldier, started the second round of crossfires. They should’ve been retreating with their wounded just as Maria had ordered but no, the indignation of being watched by the French mercenaries in their retreat spurred the England soldier to fire his crossbow whizzing past Galfa. All hell broke loose and of course it all boils down to Maria’s fault for interfering. Yvain blamed Galfa for suggesting they leave their positions in search of more profitable casualties to loot from, a move Yvain himself agreed to, because when the English came back sort of kamikaze style, no doubt riled up by Maria, the mercenary brigade wasn’t there to protect Guillaume, who then rightly denies paying them a single cent for their none service. Yvain wants Galfa to pay for their losses and payback indeed did Galfa make, by slitting his boss’ throat. That cost Galfa though, for the price of his left forearm courtesy of Guillaume’s cannon because he paid top dollar for and didn’t care if allies were mixed in with the enemy, especially if said allies are people he wouldn’t have to pay eventually. The war will truly feed itself…
Maria’s seriously wounded as she fell off her fork and though the English troupes should be grateful she helped them escape, they too turned around and blame Maria. Thankfully before they could do anything, Viv back-flips nicely in to save her fellow witch. Edwina the reclusive witch provides safety and shelter for Maria, while inadvertently hosting a witches’ pajama party lol. They drink and make merry, laugh and openly discuss just how fruitless Maria’s efforts are in stopping war because war will never end. They’re not being difficult and they’re not dissing her or making Maria look like a fool. Maria, as Viv said, does need to hear the others out. There’s more than one side to everything, even if naive Maria refuses to look any other way. St. Michael’s similar in that respect, refusing to accept Ezekiel’s failure as a spear that purposefully missed killing Maria. He gives her one more chance but can Ezekiel do it?
I really liked how Maria showed her compassion for Ezekiel even when it’s her fault Maria got seriously wounded. Viv is another one I appreciate for being able to look at things objectively and maturely. It’s so heartening to see Maria hug a very troubled Ezekiel and equally so to see Priapos egg Ezekiel on forward when just a while ago, he wanted to have a go at her for hurting his master in the first place. I do think that Ezekiel’s inner conflict disappeared with that hug of forgiveness so yay to Ezekiel being on Maria’s side! But surely Maria is most happy to see Joseph return safely to her side. Will he honour his promise and stay by her side now and will that bring implications to you know, her ultimate loss of magic?