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Apologies in advance for the wait, I really don't have anything resembling a schedule for this since I just write whenever I'm in the mood and not having my ass kicked by shitty, humid weather. At the very least, I'll try to aim for once a week but I'm not promising anything
Voting though I'll try to make more organised however. I'm gonna go with a first to five system with exceptions made if an anon suggests a [b]really[/s] good idea not present in the choices I give
But enough of my excuses and banter, have an update
"I guess I might as well try to help the hippy look after her kids I suppose," you answer to Youmu finally after some careful consideration of the options given to you. "Figure she'd need someone to keep her lot preoccupied whilst she's out hugging trees or something," you add before somehow being surprised when Youmu lightly whacks you on the head with her scabbard.
"I'd try and argue that Lady Hijiri simply loves the people around her but I have a feeling you wouldn't really listen," Youmu says with a sigh, "in any case, if you would like to get dressed and ready, then I'll show you the way to the Palanquin Ship" she adds as she sits up and starts to leave the room, giving you some privacy for a bit. Deciding to leave your questions for later, you make your way over to the spare pile of clothes that Youmu had been kind enough to find for you when the bitch in purple first brought you to Gensokyo. You pick up the simple brown pants and white, long sleeved shirt, actually rather thankful that you don't have to wear some kind of silly looking robe instead. You turn to the sliding door and from the hook on the wall you take your coat; a personalized order with the Decepticon insignia on the back that you got a few years ago in some contest of which the details you can't recall, regardless, it is a rather nice piece of attire and is among the few things you really treasure. Upon donning your favorite jacket, you make your leave from the room, and set off outside with a feeling of dread as you ponder what horrors could occur to you today.
"--and so long as you try not to be too insulting about Lady Hijiri, I am sure you will get along... OKish I guess..." Youmu finally finishes lecturing you as she has led you from her home in what she claims is the Underworld, all the way across Gensokyo towards your destination. As the pair of you reach your temporary abode for the day, even you cannot help but marvel at the sight of Lady Hijiri's apparent home; a vast ship of some kind (possibly a pirate ship you like to think), landed on the ground and turned into a makeshift shrine or temple of some manner. The mast and sails reach up high into the sky and do well to provide shade for anyone down below on the ground. Even after your time spent in both this land's underworld, and that bizarre, eye filled void of Yukari's, you are still rather impressed by the sight of the magnificent vessel.
"Wow... a grounded pirate ship with a crew consisting of hippies, sailors, rats, nuns and pussies," you finally say in the most tactless manner possible as you wonder if Gensokyo is less an eastern wonderland and more like the setting for a David Lynch film.
"That is one way of putting it, although I suggest you never repeat it," Youmu replies with a slight frown, "please don't refer to anyone by those names, especially Miss Shou, you'll make her cry..." she adds as she motions for you to follow her inside the ship. Upon doing so, you find yourself within a finely crafted and very well looked after wooden interior that is both tidy and welcoming. Glancing around at the fine craftsmanship of the main hull of the ship, you are suddenly greeted by a small, grey haired girl. She approaches you and Youmu, offering you a polite bow to you both before welcoming you to the ship.
"Hey there Youmu, nice to see you again," speaks the little girl, whom you now notice has large, mouse like ears on her head and a matching tail, "and oh? who's your friend here?" the girl asks before giving you a casual hello and friendly smile. As Youmu introduces the pair of you to each other, you come to the conclusion that this must be the Nazrin girl she mentioned earlier before. "I see, so this guy's gonna be our playmate for today? Cool~," she speaks as she welcomes you to follow her further inside. Upon doing so, Nazrin begins to introduce you to the few girls here in the hall, oblivious to your increasing feeling of dread as it dawns upon you that the women here are adults, and not easily dealt with kids. "OK Al, meet the family," Nazrin speaks as she points you out to the women in the main hall, calling them out to you as she speaks their names, "this here is Shou, she's kind of my boss here," the mouse informs you as she points you towards an almost disturbingly tall woman with gold hair, wearing tiger fur and what looks like a fancy lantern on her head. Upon closer inspection, you see that she has black stripes through her hair, making it seem like she didn't get the memo when the 80s died.
"H-hello there," Shou sheepishly replies with a shy, weak-willed wave in your direction. Youmu was right; for a tiger, she certainly does seem like a wimp. The little girl in grey points you towards a woman with a hood over her head, spinning a gold ring on her finger whilst using her free hand to hold a book of some description up for her to read. As Nazrin introduces her as Ichirin, the hood woman gives you a polite nod from her seat, offering you a soft-spoken welcome.
"And the girl in the sailor outfit is Minamitsu," Nazrin finishes as she draws your attention to a black-haired girl sitting in the far corner of the room, "careful though bro, she bites. A lot," the mouse warns as Minamitsu looks up from whatever magazine it is she's reading. She looks at you and unlike her companions here, she doesn't seem at all friendly; throwing you an almost venomous gaze.
"Hey Ballbag," says the brat in the most blunt fashion possible, "when are you making my bloody breakfast?" she adds, making it very clear in just a single sentence that the two of you aren't going to get along very well, if at all. At this point you can only hope Youmu was exaggerating when she said this Minamitsu character was a complete bastard. As Nazrin argues with the sailor girl and tells her she's already had breakfast, Youmu tugs on your sleeve to catch your attention before speaking up.
"W-well then Alister. You seem to understand who you'll be caring for today," your silver haired companion says to you, "I'll leave you to it then, unless you care for my assistance?" she adds. Looking at the women in the hall here, a little help from Youmu would be appreciated, especially with the mouthy brat still calling you a bellend and demanding her pancakes. On the other hand; if you can handle this job for the Hijiri chick on your own, then perhaps that'll look good on your half and score you a few more brownie points. As you think about it, it also comes to mind that you should choose which girl here to try and spend your time with, you might be a woman-hating git but you hate being bored and lonely even more. Thinking about it further, Shou looks like she could really do with some help growing a spine...
Two choices to make here Al; do you let Youmu stay with you and hope one of the only sane girls you've met thus far stops you doing something stupid? Or do you handle this scenario by yourself?
[ ] - Yeah Youmu I wouldn't mind a bit of help to be honest
[ ] - No way, you and your lack of a Y chromosome can sod off, I can handle this
And what about the hippy's family? Who do you think needs some seeing to first on what you're sure will be a horrible, horrible day?
[ ] - The tiger needs to stop being such a scaredy cat, let's help her out with that (Shou)
[ ] - Let's try to be nice with the mouse girl, she seems kinda bro (Nazrin)
[ ] - I want to see what the chick with the ring is hiding under her hood (Ichirin)
[ ] - The bitch in the Donald Duck outfit needs to learn some manners (Minamitsu)