In Rune Factory 2, special items are obtained often through Requests that are posted on the Bulletin Board.
Special items can include Missing Pages from Spellbooks as well as Special Proposal Items, weapons, seeds and money. Some are more important than others.
Requests from individuals appear at specific heart levels. They must be experienced in proper order. If you do not complete an individual's first Request, therefore, the second never will appear on the Bulletin Board. It is a good idea to complete every Request that appears on the board both in the 1st and 2nd Generation. Even if you do not intend to marry a specific Eligible Girl in the 1st Generation, you should complete her Requests.
There is an odd 'Request' from Alicia in the 1st Generation that can result in the acquisition of Missing Page 1 from the Fireball Spellbook. It actually involves nothing more than a brief dialogue. Alicia will wonder why she isn't married yet. If you tell her it is because she is 'too beautiful', she will reward you with the Missing Page.
In my first test game, I experienced the dialogue and obtained the Missing Page. I did not save the result, however, as I was testing another situation at the time. When I reloaded the game, I forgot about the dialogue with Alicia..
The odd part of this experience is that I never experienced the dialogue again after reloading the game. I was not aware of this until I entered the 2nd Generation without the Missing Page for the Fireball Spellbook.
This apparently was some odd programming in an older version of the game. In the final retail version, the Request Event appears only in the 2nd Generation. If Alicia is your mother, the Request will occur but be worded a little differently. She will ask you if she is a good mother instead of asking why she is not married yet.
Note: The entire 'mother/child' dialogue is published in another post on this site.