Heartwarming: Chaos Theory
- Put simply, just about every interaction between Ilya and Shirou either has or is one of these.
The brief moment of shock at his acceptance, followed by the practical flood of joy into the girl's eyes as she latched onto his arm like a vice clamp, convinced Shirou that he had made the correct decision.
- In Chapter 1: Shirou has just met Ilya, and has no idea of who she is, why she gave him a cryptic warning... nothing. Yet despite this - and an instinct screaming him that approaching her would be risking death - he reaches out to her. He puts on a big-brotherly expression, he offers to walk her home or lend her money for the bus service, he compliments the hair she inherited from her mother... and in the end, the part of Ilya that still yearns for affection wins over the ten years of cynicism drilled into her by the Einzberns.
- In Chapter 6, he's out to get supplies for lunch (for Saber, among others), and runs into Ilya again. After some small talk, she asks - and then begs - him to give her a tour of the town just to spend time with her. Despite knowing he'll get in trouble if he delays getting back, he cannot resist the urge to make her happy. Following that...well:
- And then, he promises to meet her again tomorrow - and despite being sick from prana drain, he keeps his word.
- Unrelated to Shirou and Illya, Saber protecting Sakura from Shinji is both this and a Moment Of Awesome.
- In Chapter 14, Shirou meets Irisviel. She does not carry any emnity towards him or Kiritsugu for what Ilya went through the last ten years - she simply notes that he's been a miraculous influence on her little girl by giving her the affection she's been starved of, and asks him to do his best to save her. And though Shirou's unsure if he's dreaming or not, he accepts. Whether it's meant to be Ship Tease or not, it's beautiful to watch because either way, Iri seems to have accepted Shirou as her own.
- Chapter 15: despite her misgivings about Ilya, Saber jumps in front of Gilgamesh's attempt to skewer her and blocks the sword he fired from Gate of Babylon. Even better in that she also defended Berserker (who had leapt in front of Ilya first) from the attack, and declared a no-strings-attached Enemy Mine with them, against Gil. Ilya is left stunned, and actually realises that Being Good Sucks might not quite be true.
Saber: "Perhaps Shirou is influencing me oddly, to defend a potential foe so. Or perhaps I am still simply curious as to what you know about the oddities in this War. But this Archer is no ally of mine, Lady Einzbern, and I do owe you a debt of assistance. If you stand against him, then I stand with you."
- Not long after that, in Chapter 16 we get Ilya's awesome and deeply moving Kirk Summation directed at Gilgamesh, which also counts almost as a Heel Realisation and a testament to her Character Development up until now. Not to mention Saber's response.
Ilya:"That's... wrong."Gilgamesh: "I'm sorry? Did the meat puppet forget that she does not have permission to speak?"Ilya: "That's wrong! If... you love someone, than... then doing anything that makes them sad should make you sad. And making them happy makes you happy. You... if you have to force them to love you back than it's just... it isn't right. They should love you because they love you!"Saber: <smiles warmly> "Well-spoken, Lady Einzbern. Perhaps choosing to fight by your side was a better decision than I had imagined."
- In Chapter 23, after Ilya lost Berserker, both Shirou and Saber pledge to act as her Servants as a form of penance (for Saber being forced to put down the possessed Servant. This causes her to blush in embarrassment, evidently moved and flattered by their (admittedly stupid in her mind) Honour Before Reason.
- After being a massive Troll towards poor Shirou in Chapter 25, Ilya has a deeply vulnerable moment where she admits to him that although it might not mean nearly as much to him (which it does, but she doesn't know that), the kindness and warmth he's shown her from the start has made her genuinely happy for the first time since her parents left her life; she even remembers how compassionate and loving her father Kiritsugu was, the hate she had build up lifted like a fog thanks to his adopted son. Shirou melts and embraces her as he silently admits, in his mind, that having her in his life does make him happy.