[x] Why does Yukari need more servants?
"My Satoya, if that's your way of getting familiar with someone maybe you'd be better off as law enforcement like the miko~" You don't even know who Yukari is referring to, but already you don't like it for some reason.
"Well it would certainly shed some light as to why I would need to get familiar with you." Yukari stifles a laugh at your jab at her, clearly enjoying going back and forth with you like this.
"Hmhmhm~ What's the matter? Would you rather get more acquainted with Ran?" She then shoots you a sly, mischievous look. "Or maybe Chen? I knew you were different Satoya but to be interested in that kind of..."
"Would you just shut up?!" You have to resist slamming your fists down on the table before you. You can't believe this wench is spouting such nonsense at you. Ran, seemingly ignoring your burst of rage, looks at her master a bit confused.
"Lady Yukari, what are you implying?" Yukari lets loose another chuckle before waving her hand at her shikigami nonchalantly.
"It's nothing to worry yourself about, Ran honey. Satoya wanted to feel closer to me and I'm helping him do just that~"
"It feels more like a wild goose chase off a cliff's edge." You let another snappy comment escape your mouth after Yukari teases you again. She seems to be enjoying it. You, on the other hand, don't know how much longer you could keep this up without breaking something.
"Well, your poor choice of getting to know one another aside, Satoya, why would you ask something as insolent as that, anyhow?" This woman is getting on your nerves, but at least she's said something relevant for once.
"Well, Ran seems quite capable of a whole lot on her own, so much so that she has her own shikigami, and even barring that, you appear to be very powerful yourself, so I really don't see any need for someone extra like me." You then deliver the next line rather matter-of-factly. "And I think that if you really needed some more slaves to do your chores there's plenty of maids and butlers out there that will happily do your bidding without the need to pick out someone as apparently 'special' as me."
Somehow, as you would expect, Yukari gets a total kick out of this. Actually, it's more then you bargained for, as she laughs loud enough that even Yuyuko gives her a weird look. After Yukari is done cracking up and calms herself down, she gives you an eerily amused look.
"You may be observant Satoya but I've yet to see that get any better then your quick tongue. In any case, I'm afraid such knowledge is for me to know and for you to find out, no hard feelings however~" You can't believe what you're hearing. How could you agree to something like this without knowing? Probably because you really didn't have much choice in the matter anyways. You look at Ran, begging for her assistance with a pleadful look in your eyes, only for her to shake her head, telling you without words that she too, is clueless, and will forever remain clueless until the moment comes.
"You honestly expect me to go on like this without being told as to why I have to...?"
"Yes." She says it to you so flatly, so bluntly, so quickly, that you...really don't have a response to it at all. No one else says anything either as Yukari contently chews on more of her food. After a short moment, she leans forward, elbows clearly on the table, waving her chopsticks at you teasingly. "More importantly however, you haven't told us a thing about yourself Satoya. You got to ask your question so I think our turn is quite due~"
How do people around here put up with her acting like she's the almighty god of this place? Then again, she very well might be...but that doesn't make it any better. This is one god you don't want to worship and serve.
"What is there to know? My life up until now was very boring. I think you know this since you referenced it in that false survey you gave me."
"False? There was nothing false about it, I took every entry in it true to heart. Where do you come off saying it's false, hmm~?"
You feel like even with minor jabs that you throw at her she takes extreme interest and pleasure in sticking more thorns into your side as a result.
"It...ugh, never mind. All I did was teach dead languages in school. That's it. I lived alone, did things alone and grew up alone for the most part. That's how it was and I liked it that way. Any other questions?"
You're still looking at Yukari with a stern look, who's just staring at you quite amused. Her face might have been a factor as to why you didn't notice at first how almost everyone else was looking away a bit discomforted.
"Mmm, Satoya, you led a very boring life, I will agree, but maybe because of that you've become too accustomed to thinking of nothing but yourself~"
"H-Huh? I don't get it. Why is..."
...you feel a little too uncomfortable now to finish that. The air in the room just got hideously thick and heavy very suddenly. You're not entirely sure why. But it's very disconcerting. After a few moments of hesitation, Yuyuko stands up with the typical smile on her face.
"I think that if everyone is done eating, now would be a perfect time to resume on Satoya's training so that he graduate without delay. Ran, could I trouble you put away the dishes for Youmu while she helps Satoya?"
"I don't mind at all." With Ran's response, Youmu herself stands up.
"In that case, I shall get ready myself."
Over the commotion of everyone else getting up and getting ready, you and Yukari just sit there staring at each other. You, unsure of what's going to happen. Yukari, positive of what's going to happen. You're pretty unnerved, while Yukari is smiling a sly, content smile.
You think that maybe, deep down, you might be just a little scared of this woman. The unknown has it's way of drilling fear into the most fearless people.
So it begins. This time around, Youmu insists that the roles be reversed and that you go on the offensive while she attempts to defend. You were quite off on the idea at first until Youmu and Yukari convinced you that doing harm is a fundamental part of combat; it's unavoidable. It's either kill, or be killed. Somehow, you felt it would come down to that. Whenever you think about it, a deep, unsettling feeling rumbles around in your heart. You don't know what it wants, and you're too afraid to want to know. But in order to keep yourself calm and collected, you have to do this slowly. You already feel rather used to wielding the spear by now, or at least holding it in several different positions. Now it's time to test your actual skill with it.
As would be expected, your performance is incredibly mediocre at first. You worry about hurting Youmu, but she constantly and continuously reassures you that she will be fine. The longer it goes on, the more pressure you get from her. She is a very strict teacher, as you've found out. She talks to you as if you were the only one there with her, and eventually, your mindset starts mimicking that as well. Your attention and mind focus on Youmu and nothing but Youmu. It doesn't take you long to realize that this is how it should be, what your mindset in actual battle would look like; nothing but you and your opponent matters. At least, that is how you feel like Youmu is teaching you.
It feels like hours pass. You do nothing but trying to hone your skills and overcome Youmu's guard. It never actually happens, no matter how much Youmu pushes you to do so, but along the way, together with her teaching and your innate ability to adapt, you feel as if you have become vaguely skilled with swinging around the long spear in your hands. You're starting to impress yourself; it hasn't seemed like very long but you already have a basic grasp on how this thing works. You doubt you'll win any serious battles with it any time soon, but with practice comes perfection. Maybe in the end you were destined to handle this kind of weaponry, though the pacifist in you wants to thoroughly believe otherwise.
"I think that is enough, Satoya."
"Uhh...really? But I haven't been able to break your guard yet." Youmu then gives you a rather charming, if slight smile.
"You've been getting very close. I have to stop now to make sure you don't actually do it. I think you have the basic skill of attacking with the spear down now." Shortly after she finishes saying that, you hear excited clapping from further beside you, on the porch.
"Good job, Satoya! I knew you could do it!"
Yukari sounds like some giddy old hag, and it's very unbecoming. But you try your best to ignore it for now.
"So...uhh, what comes next then?"
"Whatever you desire. While you are most certainly not ready for real combat just yet, you are progressing as you should be and are capable of basic skill with your weapon." Youmu replies to you after you ask. A bit relieving actually, to know that you're advancing closer to the end of this arduous task called training. You're not sure what it is exactly that you're training for, but deep down, knowing that you're getting better at combat makes you feel a hell of a lot more secure in this strange, new world you're being exposed to.
[ ] Well, let's keep going then
[ ] I would like to learn something new
[ ] I want to test my power
[ ] Let's just take a break for now