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[X] Teasingly note that her master is her polar opposite in virtually every respect.
[X] Ask her how she came to be Yuyuko's retainer
[X] Philosophical monologue on the nature of servitude
"You know, your master is quite the character, a complete mirror of how you are, Youmu." You say this with a bit of a smile, a smirk if you will, towards Youmu. She doesn't seem to lighten up to your teasing though, taking it rather seriously.
"Well she grew up a lot differently then I did. I was raised primarily by my former teacher and lived a life of strict discipline. Lady Yuyuko on the other hand, led her life as a human in great dismay...I am not at liberty to say however, since that is her own personal life, and I have no right to say what happened. But I believe she lives life this way because she wishes to forget her past and attempt to be happier with herself." You blink for a moment, was quite a bit of information to suck in there. You briefly wonder if Yukari is like that too.
"Huh...so, what is Yuyuko really like? And how did you come to serve her?" You thought you might as well ask how she got herself into this mess, maybe get some insight on how this kind of thing happens, since you feel a sort of connection with her via this.
"Hmm...well, despite her easygoing nature, I would have to say that Lady Yuyuko is in fact, very mature, and extremely wise. She is almost always teaching me more and more things about life and the way things are, and it is certain she has much more experience then I do." You pause for a moment, wondering if all mature women are like this. "Compared to her, I am still but a naive child. Much like my teacher before me."
"Who's this...teacher you keep mentioning?" Youmu looks over at you.
"He is pretty much how I became a servant under Lady Yuyuko. My teacher was also the gardener here at the Hakugyokurou and I followed his teachings very dilligently until he left, when Lady Yuyuko arrived soon before."
"So, was he also a servant of Yuyuko before he left?"
"Lady Yuyuko is the ghost princess of this netherworld, so all those who work here work under her command." It's no wonder Yuyuko has someone like Youmu working for her. Being royalty in a place like the netherworld is quite the achievement.
"Hmm...you know, I've been thinking about what you said earlier, Youmu." You go on, what she's said has made you think, something you normally only do at school, teaching. "It seems to me that you think it wouldn't be prudent of you to attempt correcting the properness of your master's behaviour, but in reality, this isn't actually the case, is it?" You look at Youmu as you're about to continue onto the next part of your lecture, and already she seems a bit surprised...well, as surprised as her stagnant face can get anyways.
"I've only been a servant for but a day, if even that, however, I was under the impression that the sacred bond between servant and master was of a reciprocal character. That is to say, the servant pledges his steadfast and unerring loyalty to his master, for the exchange of him guiding his servant with his trustful virtue. In a way, the master both protects and provides an example that the servant follows, so that they may grow more as a person. I'm certain you know what I'm talking about. You have felt such a thing with your former teacher, am I correct? It's like a contract, should one party ignore his or her duties, then the obligations of the other party are left to moot."
You can tell Youmu is listening very closely to what you're saying, but you can't be sure yet as to whether or not this is because of what you're saying, or if she's just very well trained like that. She's been like this the whole time you've talked with her.
"So, what I want to ask, is how does this factor into your relationship with your current master, who is now Yuyuko? I mean, she may be nothing at all like your teacher, but you're not a slave, Youmu. You're a servant. They're both completely different things, when you look at them closely enough. If your Lady's behaviour is troubling you, then I believe it's well within your own right to remonstrate with her, or to try and correct her actions. Especially if your suggestions would also increase the dignity more appropriate to her position as a princess."
You give a bit of a sigh and look out the sliding doors into the area outside. You don't think you could say this next part to her looking straight at her, it's too embarassing. "I mean, I'm not saying your master is not of virtuous blood, or that she's neglecting her duties in a way. I'm not one to judge other people so quickly, but when she mistook me for you and embraced me in a sleepy manner, I was quick to realize that the innocent, pure-hearted nobility I sensed in you had it's origins in her. I think she's a wonderful person...but, I think you are too Youmu. That's why I believe you should be able to voice your concerns to her, as a rightful servant would. Because I believe that however small they may be, any concerns you have with Yuyuko would not fall on deaf ears."
It's pretty silent for a while. After a few moments, you get curious as to what Youmu is thinking. You look back at her to see her looking down with a bit of a solemn and serious look on her face. You hope you didn't say anything too hard to swallow for her.
"A-Ah...are you okay?" Youmu nods softly and looks over at you.
"Yes...I'm fine. What you said has made me think more carefully...you might be right. But in a way, I think that the way Lady Yuyuko acts is best for her and in the end, her well being is more important then the dignity of the shrine. I believe that Lady Yuyuko acts this way because she believes herself that it is right, that being this way is what keeps her happier and healthier. If she were to change that, then she might lose herself and the shrine would be in danger. In short, Hakugyokurou would not be the same without the Lady Yuyuko I know and love." You look down a bit, feeling that she's not going to change that no matter what. At least you made her think about it though. However, she brings your attention back to her and, this comes as a bit of a shock to you, she appears to be giving you a slight, warm smile.
"But thank you. It has been a very long time since another person had expressed such caring concern for both me and Lady Yuyuko. I can see very clearly why Lady Yukari chose you." After getting over that cute smile of her's, you realize that she yet again, complimented your new master. It's the complete opposite of what you see in her, you can't tell who's the one pulling a fast one on you. Still though, after that, you make another stunning revelation; Youmu had complimented you too. This ends in you feeling flushed as you scratch the back of your head nervously.
"A-A-Ah, thanks! I was just thinking though for the most part, no need to thank me." It's at this moment that Yuyuko herself finally walks in, dressed much more properly in a very beautiful kimono, with a cute hat to boot. Her pink hair is still in disarray though, for whatever reason.
"Hm~ Bonding already? Well I'm happy Youmu has found a new friend." Her cheerful, yet soothing voice already hits you like a ton of bricks. You wish you were serving under her instead of Yukari. "Well then, if you wouldn't mind Youmu, how about fixing us and our guest some breakfast?" Youmu bows her head and gets up.
"Right away, Lady Yuyuko." Youmu goes ahead and excuses herself for the time being, as Yuyuko herself sits down opposite of you. She gives you a cheerful, warm smile from the other side of the table.
"So, you're Satoya? Satoya Kotono. Pleased to meet you~" You blink for a moment before bowing your head.
"It's an honor, Lady Yuyuko." Ever since you found out she was a princess, you felt you should be a bit more proper with her. Though she quickly excuses your behaviour.