The autumn cold brings a shiver down my spine; it's unusually cold for early September, considering how tame winters supposedly are in Fuyuki. I'm thankful I brought along my trusty red london coat to shield me from this unpleasant chill. By my side are my two trusted companions: the one to my right stands stoic, detectable to all - and the other sticks to my left, presence veiled from mortal eyes. We continue to silently make our way up the slope; awaiting us, at the top of the hill, is a church holding a pertubing gleam that lights up the night sky.
"It's almost unsettling how that gleam adds to the atmosphere, especially when the sky is pitch-black." I comment on a view I've seen thousands of times before - this is probably due to the fact that going here so often has made me sick of it. To be frank, the air this church holds is far from anything holy.
A familiar voice rings inside my head, addressing me. I stop to hear what it has to say.
"I am your Servant in this Sixth Holy Grail War. I am the one you summoned - an Archer class Servant, before as now. It is my feeling that Saber's presence should not be mentioned. Saber is your familiar, and a Servant from the last War as well. To be clear, only two others absolutely know about her existence at all - much less as your familiar - Taiga Fujimura, and Shirou Emiya. Perhaps Sakura Matou, as well. That said, none of them are contestants in this war. And neither is Saber, officially speaking. Either way, we might use the element of surprise regarding the presence of one of us. Since she can not enter spirit form, I believe she should be represented as your Servant. Alternatively, we can simply introduce myself as your Servant, and mask her presence. Do you understand what I am trying to say, Master?"
Archer's tone is rather smug, and after what he just suggested, he has all the right to be. In fact, at this very moment I'm resisting the urge to hug my servants' ephemeral body. The very existence of Saber is only known by a handful of us, and because she is still fundamentally a servant, we could quite easily mix things up.
"I not only understand it, but I find the idea very appealing. Let's go with it," I reply, failing to pull back my grin.
But before we can put this plan in motion, we'll need word from the knight herself. I address Saber, then take a deep breath before explaining the plan.
As a Saber class servant, it's understandable that unchivalrous schemes like these, no matter how tame they might be, may go against her pride as a heroic spirit. If that is the case, I'll pull back on the idea; trust is definitely an aspect we need in this ordeal. I learned that the hard way eighteen months ago after I wasted a command seal to force that trust.
"Archer has a proposition, and I think we should take up on it. Ignoring the fact that you're an anomaly from the previous war, you're still fundamentally a Servant, so why don't we represent you as my Servant officially? This will hand us an element of surprise against the opponent as well as allow Archer to scout much more freely and effectively. What do you think?"