>Now read it again and spot all the foreshadowing.
Confirmation bias googles ON:
>“All love stories are tales of beginnings. When we talk about falling in love, we go to the beginning, to pinpoint the moment of freefall.”
The very first words are already a big hint about the true nature of the story.
>Then and there a pair of young women, who had chosen this day and hill to appreciate the long-standing tradition of sipping on hot water with leaves ground in and a pinch of sugar pinched in, chuckled right merrily.
Two women? Chuckling merrily? Like Ren and.. MERRY! Okay, I'm just messing around with this one.
>you will hardly speak with anyone who won’t either demand things of you or take with you the bashfully respectful tone rather than not. There is something to say for that. You’d be Hakurei Reimu.
>What are you getting into now? I chided myself, glaring over a rack of tomatoes; but there it was, the memory of my blood racing when he had first called me “missy.”
Well, Reimu was acting like this in TS. Just by talking to her like some other girl she fell for Shiki. I thought it was just weak storytelling at the time but I thought 'Hey, crushes happen' It seems she likes, in her own words, 'being talked down'
>Before I met my husband, I’d never fallen in love.
Well, she just said she has a husband. Big and obvious clue.
>“There is no love between me and Ran,” she continued. “You will not see her disobey me. You will not see her badmouth me. You will not see her argue with me. This is everything but family, where expressions of tenderness, critique, advice, are all taken with no grain of salt,
She longed for family, so that's why she took Red under her wing, despite his harsh attitude.
>“You had a husband?” If ever I had sounded like a startled girl, it was now. “You?”
>“Well, we didn’t wear bands or no such thing, if you must pry. Yes, I am Yukari Yakumo; but who-ever said I was not a woman?
Nanaya and Red's father. Duh.
>“You would like to know, would you not just? Yet you will have to do without that knowledge – you and everyone else. They were fun years, yes, but gone now. There are tasks at hand more important than basking in old memories. Tightening the border, for one...”
I'd like to direct you to Reimu's last sentences:
>Finding a husband before that life was out was a trifle in comparison with my other duties. Trifles could wait. Trifles were for later.
She's distancing herself from her past with the same excuse. Obviously Yukari still feels guilty about something (as it is shown in TS)
>“Why,” Yukari hmphed, “of course I snatched one of those men into a narrow alley, rolled him up into an accordion, and threatened to have him gelded if he doesn’t hazard his and your mother’s precious reputations and confess already.”
Did the same thing (and worse) during the second run of TS, where Nanaya didn't love Reimu.
>Sometimes, nothing happens. Sometimes, for all the things you do, all the choices you make, the world refuses to change.
THE FUTURE REFUSED TO NO WAIT WRONG REFERENCE.