[X] You do have a coat rack. It's probably not comfy for her to wear that hood inside.
[X] Just who is she exactly?
[X] Can she read that smaller book?
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Well, you had a few questions in mind, but first... it seemed a bit odd for her to walk around the house wearing a cloak – especially one with a hood like that.
“<How about before all that, are you sure you want to wear that cloak indoors? It's not that cold in here after all, I have a coat rack, so...>”
The cloaked woman frowned, seemingly considering your offer with quite a bit of thought, after an uneasy silence she spoke, “<Very well. I see no harm coming of it.>”
The visitor rose from her seat and casually removed the cloak, extending it out towards you to take. Before you did so, you couldn't help but give her a good look over. Her hair was quite long, probably reaching to at least her waist if not longer, and it was a very nice golden blonde color. The woman's eyes drew most of your attention, you had never seen purple eyes before, yet you swore a few times they looked gold, or even perhaps blue... but it must've been your imagination, after all no human could change eye colors like that.
She was dressed quite oddly in a floor-length dress, with a purple tabard over it, adorned with some unusual designs you couldn't place. You may not have much to compare her too, but it would be hard to not consider this visitor to be quite beautiful. She certainly wasn't anyone from the village, but the question was, just where was she from? Her features just didn't seem normal... they seemed almost too... perfect.
Snapping yourself out of your thoughts, you took the offered cloak and left the room a moment to hang it, before returning. In that short time, the blonde woman had merely returned to sitting and drinking her tea.
“<I suppose I'll be a bit frank, or direct, I'm afraid but... just who are you anyway? I do not mean to be rude but...>”
The woman grinned and shook her head, “<Your question is quite logical and expected. After all, I don't think someone randomly showing up and asking to come inside is normal for you, or anyone.>” she rose from her seat and bowed deeply, crossing an arm across her stomach as she did so, “<I am Yakumo Yukari, a pleasure to meet you formally, Reina.>”
Formally? Just where did this Yukari woman hear about you from? Well, no, that was easy enough as anyone down in the village could've given her your name. Well, at least you now had a name to go with her face, and she seemed nice enough, if a bit unusual still.
“<It is a pleasure to meet you as well Yakumo.>” you replied with a smile.
The blonde shook her head, “<Please, no need to be quite so formal. Just call me Yukari.>”
The offer took you by surprise. With her mannerisms and way of speech, you would've imagined she was quite traditional, yet here she was just letting you use her first name so casually... unusual.
“<Very well, Yukari it is then.>” you took a drink of your tea before continuing, <”Okay, how about one other question from me. Can you read that book?>” you ask, pointing to the smaller one.
Yukari picked up the book and began to flip through the pages, her eyes darting back and forth. A few moments of silence passed before she nodded her head, closed the book and set it down.
“<That's a rather good read. I'm not sure who wrote it, but it was a magician, who did a bit of dabbling into alchemy. Very basic stuff actually, so probably a student or something. I'm more curious as to how you obtained it, considering there aren't any magicians left in this world anymore, and they shouldn't have left anything like this laying around... someone might figure out how to read it, and use it, then we'd have all sorts of problems.>”
A magician's notebook? That woman had quite the imagination, you merely laughed and shook your head, not quite believing her little joke... but when you looked back at her, her expression had simply changed to puzzlement.
“<Wait, you're serious? A magician's notebook?>”
The blonde blinked, <”Well, yes, of course. I mean, you're not going to be able to use it to tear apart the fabric of time and space, or anything crazy like that. Maybe start a forest fire if you did it wrong, basic elemental stuff. Nothing all that bad, but still not something that should be in this world.>”
“<In this world? What do you mean by that?>” you ask, furrowing your brow.
“<I mean exactly what I said. There is this world, and there's another world. Sort of, it's not quite as grand as something like a parallel world, but more like a... land, that isn't attached in a normal way. You'd need to use magical means to cross over to it, or perhaps just be in the right place at the wrong time. Happens from time to time, when you hear of people being 'spirited away' or just vanishing, that's them falling through into my world, Gensokyo.>”
Okay, now this was just getting a little bit crazy. Some random woman shows up and starts to say she's from some other world or something? And that magic is real? You liked a good fantasy book but those kinds of things weren't real. Why did you get to have some crazy person come visit you?
A smirk crawled onto the woman's face, “<I can tell you don't believe me. It's written all over your face. I can't see how you find it so unbelievable, after all you've read this grimoire, haven't you?>” she lifted the heavy book in one hand, “<But ah, that's right... you probably can't really see it, can you? To you, this is merely a title-less book, with an unusual assortment of notes...>”
“<A grimoire? That's... some kind of magical book or something, right? They come up in stories once in a while.>”
“<Correct! And not all those stories are made-up. They're quite real, they are just very rare. Much like your notebook, they were not meant to be left behind. But as you may imagine, it can be difficult to collect every little trinket that isn't meant for this world anymore.>” she sighed and shook her head, “<Still, I am getting sidetracked. I came here for a reason, and that was to extend to you an invitation.>”
You shook your head in disbelief, <”An invitation huh? You're going to say something crazy like... bring me to that Gensokyo place or something, aren't you?>”
Yukari nodded her head, “<Exactly. I've been meaning to do this for a while actually, but the conditions just weren't right... until tonight. I could've done this without asking your permission, but I find this tends to make people disagreeable. So I come to you tonight, to formally ask your permission. I do not wish to pressure you, but this is your only chance – after tonight, the conditions will no longer exist.>” the woman paused, “<Rather, you shall likely be dead before the conditions happen again.>”
“<It would take that long for your... conditions to happen again?>” you ask in surprise.
“<Oh, no. It'd probably only take another, oh... year. You'll be dead because your body will simply not last that long. Your health is already quite poor, and I don't imagine you will survive another month or two in this world I'm afraid.>” Yukari sighed and shook her head, “<I know this is a lot to take in, but time is short. I cannot give you much time to decide, all I can promise you is that in Gensokyo, you will recover. In this world? You will only have so little time as your body wastes away to nothing, it is already taxed to its limit.>”
“<There is so much to tell you, but you have to trust me Reina – it just isn't time for this now.>” the woman extended her gloved hand towards you, “<Just take my hand. And try not to look too closely at the eyes, I understand they can be a bit... much for the human mind.>”
You opened your mouth to protest and to likely launch quite a number of questions – but your voice caught in your throat as you stared at the woman. Behind her you saw... cracks? In what seemed to be the very air itself. They seemed to be opening, if slowly and within all you could see was a black void. There was no way you were imagining this – was this Yukari for real? Your gaze rested at her extended hand...
“<In this... Gensokyo I'll be...>”
“<Healthy? Without a doubt. I have a good idea of where to move your house to as well, it might take a bit longer, but I shall have you stay with me tonight. I'll have Ran make you something nice even! You'll like her.>”
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This woman is crazy... but yet... what do you have to lose?
[ ] Accept, and look at these 'eyes'.
[ ] You have nothing to lose. But let's not look at those... eyes.
[ ] She's insane! Run, run, run!
If she's going to move your house...
[ ] Ask if she can maybe move it somewhere more flat, like a plain or something.
[ ] The mountains aren't too bad, but maybe something more like a hill...
[ ] You always wanted to have a nice view of a lake or something!
[ ] Nah, a mountain is fine.
[ ] Other?
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So, as you may know tomorrow is a weekday. I can't promise daily updates, because sometimes after work, I feel like doing absolutely nothing. Just so you know.