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30512 No. 30512
Hello! this is my first story on this website. Hope you enjoy it, but before we start, I should mention a few things. This is a multi-route story that depends on your choices. Some questions will be vague and influential, so if you'd like to know who your going for, check one of the boxes below

[ ] Hints. Any choices that impact your relationship with the characters will have a "+1" and then the name of the character. This will tell you which route your going on.

[] No hints. Basically going in blind. Use with great responsibility.
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>> No. 30513
[X] No hints. Basically going in blind. Use with great responsibility.

Hints are for casuals.
>> No. 30514
[X] Hints. Any choices that impact your relationship with the characters will have a "+1" and then the name of the character. This will tell you which route your going on.

Then I shall own my casualness.
>> No. 30515
[X] Hints. Any choices that impact your relationship with the characters will have a "+1" and then the name of the character. This will tell you which route your going on.

People are always so gung-ho for hard mode, right up until things get hard.
>> No. 30516
Day 1

Within an instant I felt a sinking feeling. Nothing was in grasp, only shades of a color too dark to determine and the feeling of staring. Reality was slipping away before I could call it back, and I was still falling.

Before I could regain my senses, My body dived into the ground. Goosebumps riddled my skin, and my whole body shivered. Cold, so very cold. And wet, yet like powder. Snow?
Opening my eyes, I saw white as far as I could see. Even then, I couldn't see very far. A howling wind assaulted my eyes and eardrums. My lungs felt deprived, and every breath inflicted pain. It felt all too real.

Wherever I was, I needed out. Somewhere safe, anywhere. I forced my eyes open, while trying to protect them from the stabbing wind. I could make out a mysterious shadow. It was large, very large, and linear. It was the only thing present in this nightmarish purgatory

[ ] Go to the shadow
[ ] Run away from the shadow
>> No. 30517
[X] Hints active.
>> No. 30518
[°×°] Go to the shadow
>> No. 30519
[X] Run away from the shadow
>> No. 30520
[X] Run away from the shadow
>> No. 30521
[X] Go to the shadow
>> No. 30522
[x] Go to the shadow
>> No. 30523
[X] Go to the shadow

Whatever it was, it had to be better than becoming frozen over in this awful storm. Standing up against the storm, I made my way to the shadow one step at a time. It hurt every fiber of my being, but I trudged on, With every step, I could make out more and more of the shadow. Soon I came to realize that it wasn't just a large shadow, but a building.

Once I got there, I put my hand against the wall. The texture was that of wood. There was also a distinct indent in the framework from what I could tell, and I felt a doorknob of sorts. I twisted my frigid hand against its sleek surface, and threw my strength into opening it. Apparently too much; I tumbled through the door and fell down, but not against heaps of snow.

There was a distinct difference in atmosphere here than outside. It was actually warm, nice and comforting. Aside from the raging wind outside, it was much quieter, and I could make out music. Not only that, but

"Mister, are you okay?" A soprano voice asked.

"I don't think he is," A mezzo soprano voice answered, "He isn't wearing anything but a t-shirt and undergarments. You better take him up to one of the beds upstairs, Merlin."

"Got it, sister," the soprano voice replied, "Okay, mister, here we go."

I felt my one floored body become lifted over a shoulder. I could barely make out the person lifting me up. Slowly, the name registered with my barely functioning mind.

Is that... Merlin Prismriver?

----

When my eyes opened again, I found that the scenery changed. It was a small room, like an apartment's housing. There was a bedside table with a lamp. The lamp looked like it was a more traditional gas lamp. The room extended for several meters until it reached the door, and I could make out a closet and a much larger work table. I was laying in a bed lined parallel to the wall. Sitting up, I took notice of the snow falling outside the window. Now that I wasn't freezing to death, the snow felt calming for once.

Don Don Don

"May I come in?" A soprano voice, different from before, requested.

"Sure,” I replied, coughing out cold in my lungs afterwards.

The door gently opened up to reveal a brown haired girl with eyes colored the same way. She had on a white turtleneck and red double breasted coat and pleated skirt. By itself, I would just think she were a normal person, but she had a distinct red hat that I could recognize, though I couldn't believe it even if I tried.

“Are you okay, sir?” She asked, an expression of concern showing on her face.

I wasn't even properly registering this as reality. I was doubting what was occurring before me. Remain calm, I thought to myself, Freaking out won't do anything. Just act like everything's normal.

“I think I'll be fine, I just needed some time to acclimate,” I reassured.

She let out a sigh of relief.

“Thank goodness, Lunasa thought you might have got hypothermia or something along those lines.”

“Lunasa?” I inquired, feigning ignorance.

“She's my older sister. Don't worry, you'll get a chance to meet her once you're feeling alright.”

“And your name?” I asked.

“Lyrica Prismriver,” she relied cheerfully, “And your name?”

“Umm... Ives. Ives Bellamy,” I stuttered.

“Nice to meet you, Ives,” Lyrica said, “I actually have a bit of work to do, so, before I leave, is there anything I can get for you?”

[ ] "A warm beverage would be nice, preferably coffee if you have it." (+1 Lyrica)
[ ] "No thanks; I'm fine."
>> No. 30524
[°×°] "A warm beverage would be nice, preferably nutmeg tea if you have it."

All the flags shall be raised.
>> No. 30525
Wait, a Prismriver story?? You have my interest, good sir.

[X] "A warm beverage would be nice, preferably coffee if you have it." (+1 Lyrica)
>> No. 30526
[X] "A warm beverage would be nice, preferably coffee if you have it." (+1 Lyrica)
>> No. 30527
[x] +1 option
>> No. 30529
[X] "A warm beverage would be nice, preferably coffee if you have it." (+1 Lyrica)

I'd rather play without hints since it makes choices seem less... structured? But it's no big deal.
>> No. 30531
>>30529
I'd be lying if I said I didn't share your sentiments. Being an avid VN reader, I prefer at least one time that I go in blind. So I'll make a proposal:

If you guys want to change your minds on the hint option and majority rules that there should be no hints, I'll change it back.

By the way, an update for the story will be ready by tomorrow morning for those wondering.
>> No. 30533
>>30531
Yeah, reverting back to no hints will be better for me.

[X] No hints
>> No. 30534
[°×°] No Hints

Didn't got the chance to vote about hints at the start, so here's my vote.
>> No. 30535
[X] "A warm beverage would be nice, preferably coffee if you have it." (+1 Lyrica)
[x] Keep hints.

I want to see how this works out. It's unique and different!
>> No. 30536
>>30531
[X] No hints
>> No. 30538
[X] No hints
>> No. 30540
[X] "A warm beverage would be nice, preferably coffee if you have it." (+1 Lyrica)
[x] Keep hints.
>> No. 30542
[X] no hints
>> No. 30544
[X] No Hints
[X] "A warm beverage would be nice, preferably coffee if you have it." (+1 Lyrica)

“A warm beverage would be nice, preferably coffee if you have it,” I requested.

“As a matter of fact, we do,” Lyrica answered, “Any particular way you want it?”

“Not particularly,” I clarified, “just something to warm me up.”

“Gotcha, I'll go and get some,” Lyrica said as she left the room.

After the door shut, I started to contemplate what was going on. Apparently, the Prismriver sisters are actually here. Is this some kind of dream come true? Bah, I thought to myself,I wish. This is just a dream and I'm going to wake up. Though the storm did feel real, and my lungs do feel inflamed. If it's not a dream, then where am I? Blast it, I can't come up with anything. It's still too hard to focus.

A rapping on the door broke my concentration – or what concentration I could muster. This time, Lyrica came in without the need to request. She held a plate that suspended a small coffee cup. The aroma it let off already made my taste buds crave it.

“Here's your coffee, customer.” Lyrica joyfully said as she set the cup on the table.

“Thank you so much,” I replied, taking a minute sip, “Did you brew this yourself?”

“Why, yes I did,” she affirmed, “Do you like it?”

“Yeah, it's very delicious,” I praised, “You certainly know how to brew coffee and milk together.”

She turned her head to the side, possibly to hide her blushing cheeks.

“Actually, you'd be surprised to know I only learned how to do it recently,” she said, “I've only known how to do it since I came to this cafe.”

Cafe? That word practically begs questioning. I still have no idea where I am.

“Lyrica,” I ask, “What is this place?”

“This is the Phantom Cafe,” she responded, “A place to relax and enjoy the warmth a midst the howling blizzard.”

“And this room is...?”

“One of the guest rooms provided for everyone staying at the cafe. Our 'upstairs hotel' of sorts.”

That didn't answer much, but know I know why there is coffee here... kind of. I've never heard of a “Phantom Cafe” before, and believe me: I would know.

“Wait, why is it here, and where is here?” I inquired.

“To be honest, I'm not sure of the details myself. All I know is what we got in this letter we received. Lunasa or Merlin would be better to talk about that than I am. If you go down to the first floor, the cafe, you can ask them about that,” Lyrica replied.

“I see...” I pondered, “Once again, thanks for the coffee.”

“No problem,” she replied, “By the way, I work as a barista on the first floor. If you need something, come find me. I hope you enjoy your stay here."

With that, she left the room and closed the door. Once again I was left to my own thoughts. There were many questions that I still had, but I felt much more at ease. Looking down at the coffee cup, her departing words came to mind. I brought the coffee cup to my mouth.

“I'm sure I will,” I said, indulging myself in the cup's mellow refreshment.

----

No choice for this update. Thanks for everyone reading thus far.
>> No. 30545
>>30544
> Thanks for everyone reading thus far.
No, Thank you, writefag. Not enough active stories nowadays.
>> No. 30546
>>30544
My god a Prismriver story. I haven't even seen them mentioned since the Hakugyokurou LA.

>Thanks for everyone reading thus far
I think we should be the ones thanking you for having a running story here with, knock on wood, frequent updates.
>> No. 30547
>>30546

Isn't that the one that ended with YUYUKO NORMAL end instead of Prismriver gangbang? Still salty about that. But yea, good job OP; definitely will be monitering this thread.
>> No. 30549
The Second Day

Ah... it was just a dream.

Those where the first words that came up to my mind when I woke up from my fairly long sleep. However, as I surveyed my surrounding, I noticed a few things: the bed, the closet, and the empty coffee mug. Clearly it was no dream. Are you meaning to tell me that this is real? I asked myself. First thing I did was look out the window. The snow was still falling, but not as hard as it was before. I still couldn't see out that far into the distance. When you think about it, the scene is actually really nice when you are looking away from it. Though there will always be that longing to experience it, no matter what that scene may be.

It was then my thoughts were interrupted by a loud growl and a rumbling sensation in my stomach. That's right; I hadn't eaten yet. What was it Lyrica said last night, the cafe was on the first floor? I hope they serve more than coffee here, because I may be here longer than anticipated. With that in mind, I went over to the door, ready to exit, when I made a critical realization.

Right, I'm not wearing any trousers.


As it turns out, there were several pairs of clothing in the closet. It was a really nice gesture and consideration. I put on a simple button-up shirt and trousers and headed out the door. After passing several rooms, I traveled down the stairs and took a good look at the cafe. There were several table and seats set up, all wooden and well carved. There was also a bar-like area and what looks like a stage. The next thing I noted was the woman at the bar, a blond-haired girl with black clothing and hat. I didn't need to think twice to know it was Lunasa Prismriver. The other thing I noticed was the hostess at a station near a door. She had white clothing and hat as well as silvery blue hair and matching color eyes. Merlin Prismriver is her name.

I still need to introduce myself to them. Who should I talk to?

[ ] Talk to Merlin first.
[ ] Talk to Lunasa first.
>> No. 30550
[X] Talk to Merlin first.
>> No. 30551
[X] Talk to Lunasa first.

Black hand of slap!
>> No. 30552
[X] Talk to Lunasa first.

Are writeins accepted?
>> No. 30553
[x] Talk to Lunasa first.
>> No. 30554
[X] burn down the café in a fit of insanity

But seriously:
[X]Merlin
>> No. 30555
>>30552
sure, I can do that, but in this particular case there are no alternatives.
>> No. 30556
[°×°] Lunasa
>> No. 30560
[X] Talk to Lunasa first.

Lunasa seemed like my best bet. She's the oldest sister of the three and she managed the bar. I made my way over to her and began the conversation.

“You must be Lunasa Prismriver, right?” I inquired.
She looked away from the wall to my direction.

“Yes, I am,” Lunasa answered, “And you must be Ives Bellamy. I hope you didn't get hypothermia out there.”

The voice sounded like the mezzo soprano voice from before. She must have been the one to ask Merlin to take me upstairs.

“I didn't, luckily. Thanks for the concern,” I answered.

“May I offer you some refreshment?” she asked.

“I'd love it, but I don't have any money to pay,” I responded.

“Don't worry, it's on the house,” she said as she began pouring some coffee into an empty mug.

“Thanks,” I said, taking a sip of the mug. I took note that she filled it with black coffee.

“So what brings you down here?” Lunasa asked, “Anything on your mind?”

“Yeah a few things. First off, do you have any food here?” I said.

“As a matter of fact, we do,” Lunasa answered, “We don't have a particularly wide selection of foods, but they will satisfy anyone who wants to stay here for a long time.”

“Could you tell me what particular foods you have?” I asked.

“Let's just say that our selection changes enough that it's mostly unpredictable. I can guarantee that we serve fried tofu all the time though,” she answered, “Would you like me to serve you some?”

“Not yet, there's a few more questions I have, related to this cafe.”

She let out a sigh.

“To be honest, none of use know anything about this cafe,” Lunasa began, “One day we found ourselves in this large wooden building with no knowledge of how or when we got here. The only thing we had was a note left for us. It said this;”

To the Prismriver sisters,

You have been given the job to serve people at this here building. Entertain them and socialize. Feel free to do what you wish. This isn't an eternally binding job, but rather a temporary assignment. Instructions and notes are posted around the building to assist you.

Welcome to the Phantom Cafe.


“The note is where we got the name from,” Lunasa finished, “I wish I could tell you more, but you are in the dark about this whole thing as much as we are.”

Well, it could be worse; I could be trying to prevent a giant cherry tree youkai from bringing the apocalypse. Besides, I wasn't doing anything important anyway.

“Don't worry about it; I'll acclimate,” I said, “but I'll need some sustenance before I can do that. Anything you have would be fine.”

“Coming right up,” Lunasa replied before heading into the kitchen behind the bar.

A few minutes passed as I waited at the bar. I noted how empty the cafe seemed. There weren't much people save for a few fairies and one ice fairy... staring at me... at point blank.

“GYA!” I shout, nearly falling out of my chair, “What is it Cirno!?”

She gave me a sideways questioning look, “How do you know my name?”

“Uh...” I say, pondering how to answer this.
What tactic should I use?

[ ] Write in

At this cafe you'll meet a number of touhou characters whom you can interact with to pass the time. Thanks to an anon's suggestion, these interactions can be more amusing.
>> No. 30561
[X]Obviously I've heard of the strongest in Gensokyo
>> No. 30562
>“Let's just say that our selection changes enough that it's mostly unpredictable. I can guarantee that we serve fried tofu all the time though,”
>serve fried tofu all the time
Is Ran a regular here? Or that little kitsune from the village school?

[x] Would you believe me if I told you that you have a following of non-lolicons in the outside world?
-[x] People love you. There's thousands of fans out there, hundreds of pictures of appreciation, millions of stories (most of which false and/or shoddy) and
-[x] Seriously, who couldn't love a face like that?
--[x] There's this guy called ZUN, he thinks you're an idiot though. You starred in a few of his games, even got one all to yourself where you fought the Three Fairies of Light.
-[x] So, if you can manipulate ice, can you manipulate snow? Snow is really just tiny crystals of ice.
--[x] And ice is just frozen water. Can you manipulate running water once you freeze it?

I apologize for the textwall. At least it isn't the magitechnobabble that my friend the Nedben is (in)famous for.
>> No. 30563
>>30562
Um. Uh. Oops. The name was supposed to be I'd say we're a Touhou fan.

(I'm not very good at this, sorry)
>> No. 30564
>>30562
I can't say much for now, but I can say Ran does have a big role in this story. Glad you caught that; anonymous is as smart as ever.

>>30563
No worries, I'm the same way too. I just got here as well.

And with that, write in responses are now locked. Anons, please choose one of the write-ins your kin have provided.
>> No. 30565
[x] Would you believe me if I told you that you have a following of non-lolicons in the outside world?
-[x] People love you. There's thousands of fans out there, hundreds of pictures of appreciation, millions of stories (most of which false and/or shoddy) and
-[x] Seriously, who couldn't love a face like that?
--[x] There's this guy called ZUN, he thinks you're an idiot though. You starred in a few of his games, even got one all to yourself where you fought the Three Fairies of Light.
-[x] So, if you can manipulate ice, can you manipulate snow? Snow is really just tiny crystals of ice.
--[x] And ice is just frozen water. Can you manipulate running water once you freeze it?

I like this one.
>> No. 30566
[x] Would you believe me if I told you that you have a following of non-lolicons in the outside world?
-[x] People love you. There's thousands of fans out there, hundreds of pictures of appreciation, millions of stories (most of which false and/or shoddy) and
-[x] Seriously, who couldn't love a face like that?
--[x] There's this guy called ZUN, he thinks you're an idiot though. You starred in a few of his games, even got one all to yourself where you fought the Three Fairies of Light.
-[x] So, if you can manipulate ice, can you manipulate snow? Snow is really just tiny crystals of ice.
--[x] And ice is just frozen water. Can you manipulate running water once you freeze it?
>> No. 30567
So, with >>30562's suggestion, how does one implement that? Do you just chose one for each level and go down the list until there is no more? This is my first time seeing this king of response.
>> No. 30568
>>30567
Just try to work all the options into the conversation. Generally the sub options should follow the options that they go with, but the important part is that you hit all the points of conversation. If you need examples, look at some of the options in the later threads of: https://www.touhou-project.com/storylist.php?title=Flight+of+the+Lost&author=EZ&board[]=0&status[]=any
>> No. 30569
[x] Would you believe me if I told you that you have a following of non-lolicons in the outside world?
-[x] People love you. There's thousands of fans out there, hundreds of pictures of appreciation, millions of stories (most of which false and/or shoddy) and
-[x] Seriously, who couldn't love a face like that?
--[x] There's this guy called ZUN, he thinks you're an idiot though. You starred in a few of his games, even got one all to yourself where you fought the Three Fairies of Light.
-[x] So, if you can manipulate ice, can you manipulate snow? Snow is really just tiny crystals of ice.
--[x] And ice is just frozen water. Can you manipulate running water once you freeze it?

Sounds like a deal to me.
>> No. 30570
>>30568
Got it. Thanks for explaining
>> No. 30576
>>30562

I disagree with this for two reasons: it assumes Cirno actually knows about the fandom on the Outside, and it rambles pretty far off-course from what the vote is for.

So, I'd rather we more or less hand-wave it as outsider knowledge and add detail as asked.

[X] Outsider info, I've got a decent idea of who's who around here.
-[X] Can't say much else reliably, though
-[X] Explain more as needed or requested
>> No. 30577
>>30576
I'll second this. Seems more natural.

[X] Outsider info, I've got a decent idea of who's who around here.
-[X] Can't say much else reliably, though
-[X] Explain more as needed or requested
>> No. 30578
[x] Would you believe me if I told you that you have a following of non-lolicons in the outside world?
-[x] People love you. There's thousands of fans out there, hundreds of pictures of appreciation, millions of stories (most of which false and/or shoddy) and
-[x] Seriously, who couldn't love a face like that?
--[x] There's this guy called ZUN, he thinks you're an idiot though. You starred in a few of his games, even got one all to yourself where you fought the Three Fairies of Light.
-[x] So, if you can manipulate ice, can you manipulate snow? Snow is really just tiny crystals of ice.
--[x] And ice is just frozen water. Can you manipulate running water once you freeze it?
>> No. 30579
>>30576
>>30577
I'm gonna have to go with them on this one. It is more reasonable in the story context.
>> No. 30580
[X] Outsider info, I've got a decent idea of who's who around here.
-[X] Can't say much else reliably, though
-[X] Explain more as needed or requested
>> No. 30581
>>30579
I'll go with that. Changing >>30565 to the other one
>> No. 30582
[x] Would you believe me if I told you that you have a following of non-lolicons in the outside world?
-[x] People love you. There's thousands of fans out there, hundreds of pictures of appreciation, millions of stories (most of which false and/or shoddy) and
-[x] Seriously, who couldn't love a face like that?
--[x] There's this guy called ZUN, he thinks you're an idiot though. You starred in a few of his games, even got one all to yourself where you fought the Three Fairies of Light.
-[x] So, if you can manipulate ice, can you manipulate snow? Snow is really just tiny crystals of ice.
--[x] And ice is just frozen water. Can you manipulate running water once you freeze it?
>> No. 30583
[X] Outsider info, I've got a decent idea of who's who around here.
-[X] Can't say much else reliably, though

“Outsider info,” I answered, “I've got a decent idea of who's who around here.”

I mean, how am I supposed to explain to her that I'm from the outside world? I'd come off as a huge liar if I didn't play my cards right. And I can barely use my spellcards to save a life.

“Well, you certainly look like an outsider. There aren't a lot of men in Gensokyo,” Cirno noted.

Yeah, that's an understatement.

“Where are you from, anyway? The Forest of Magic? Misty Lake?” Cirno inquired.

“Let's just say that I'm way far out,” I responded.

“Hmph. Dummy.” Cirno muttered.

Despite that statement, Cirno decided to sit with me and talk for a while. She talked mostly about her days in the Great Fairy Wars and her tests of strength. It is true that she wasn't the brightest tool in the shed, but she isn't that big of an idiot.

“And that was how Utsuho nearly melted me into nothing!” Cirno said, concluding her “epic tale” of heading to Former Hell.

“Sounds scary.”

“It was, but I managed to make it a tie after she gave in and put me in Satori's fridge,” Cirno stated, “But she still had the guts to call me an idiot. Doesn't matter, I'm still the strongest. I mean, I have to be.”

Something felt off about that last statement.

“What do you mean, Cirno?” I asked.

“Someone has to prove that us fairies aren't weak, and that's why I need to be the one to prove them all wrong. I am the strongest of the fairies, and it's my duty to prove it to 'em idiots that I am not weak. But all I get is 'Stupid stupid' this and 'Stupid stupid' that! Why won't they just shut up!?”

I pried too much, There must be something I can do to console her.

“Cirno, people joke around,” I said, “They don't mean to harm you.”

Okay, I admit I pulled that out of nowhere. Nevertheless, I heard Cirno chuckle a moment after that.

“Heh, they must be afraid of how strong I am that they can only joke about it. They are the real fools,” Cirno concluded.

“Anyways, thanks for the company, comrade,” Cirno said, hitting me on the back, “See ya.”

Shortly after that, Lunasa came out with a plate of fried tofu. I guess you gotta get rid of that stuff somehow. It looked well prepared and fresh. My appetite was rising quickly.

“Here's your fried tofu, Customer,” Lunasa said as she passed the plate.

“Thanks for the food,” I said, and then began devouring it.

“Geez, you sure must have been hungry,” Lunasa said.

“I didn't have much to eat before I got sent here or whatever happened,” I said.

“Still though, please have some manners. You're not Cirno,” Lunasa responded.

“I resent that!” Cirno countered from one of the tables.

“Anyways, this is some really delicious tofu, Lunasa. You're a great cook,” I praised.

A light blush appeared on Lunasa's face.

“Ah, well, I appreciate the complement,” Lunasa replied, “Ah, you haven't met Merlin yet, have you? I think it's important you meet her since you've met both me and Lyrica. Merlin!”

Merlin turned to face us from the hostess station. She skipped on over to the bar.

“Ives, this is my sister, Merlin Prismriver,” Lunasa explained.

[ ] Introduce yourself
[ ] Thank her for taking care of you
>> No. 30584
>>30583
[X] Introduce yourself
[X] Thank her for taking care of you

A Cirno that doesn't have brain damage? I love you Myon
>> No. 30585
[X] Introduce yourself
[X] Thank her for taking care of you

I don't see why we can't pick both, but if it's an issue then just:

[X] Introduce yourself
>> No. 30586
>>30585
If you introduce yourself, you sort of act like a stranger to Merlin. If you thank her, you acknowledge that she got you to normal temperature after nearly freezing.
>> No. 30587
>>30586

Right, >>30585 changing to
[X] Thank her for taking care of you
>> No. 30588
>>30586
Changing >>30584 to
[X] Thank her for taking care of you
>> No. 30592
[X] Thank her for taking care of you

“Thanks for taking care of me while I was unconscious,” I said.

“Ah, I see Lyrica told you about that,” Merlin said, rubbing the back of her head.

“Actually, I knew it when you hauled me over your shoulder,” I explained, “Just before I blacked out.”

“Well, it's no problem. All I did was get you to bed, tucked you in and gave you a kiss to feel better,” Merlin explained.

“W-what?” I stuttered in surprise. I could already feel the heat rising to my head.

“I'm kidding,” Merlin said, grinning as she waved her hand, “I only took you to bed and tucked you in.”

While my head was no longer at boiling point, I still felt a uneasy. No, I can't embarrass myself like this. I took a moment to regain my composure

“In any case I appreciate what you did for me. I'd probably get hypothermia otherwise,” I praised.

“Like I said, it's no problem,” Merlin replied, “So I take it my sisters explained to you where you are?”

“Yes,” Lunasa interjected, “With a bit more to answer his questions.”

“Well, enjoy your stay, Ives! We may all be here for a while,” Merlin stated, “Hey, Sis, mind getting me my usual?”

“Same as usual?” Lunasa asked.

“Yep! Cream and Sugar.” Merlin said.

“Fine, but just so you know, you're going to have to make your own coffee soon. Lyrica already did, and I did as well,” Lunasa stated.

“I'll get on that tonight, don't worry,” Merlin replied.

The rest of the day at the cafe was more lax than last night. I got to interact with the prismriver sisters for a good portion of the day as well as talk to a few of the fairies. It was certainly enjoyable, but worry still crossed my mind. If this wasn't a dream, then that eliminates the illusion factor as well as the possibility of Doremy screwing with my mind. So who could it be?

Of course, it has to be Yukari. She has the power of boundaries, and gapping outsiders is something she frequently dabbles in. The only thing I don't know is her motive for bringing me here. That's something I intend to find out if I can, but for now, I'm going to rest. As I lay on my bed putting those thoughts away, I slipped into sleep.


The Second Night

Ugh... what's that noise?

I had awoken to the sound of plastic being hit. What could be going on at this time at night?

[ ] It's nothing that concerns me.
[ ] I'm curious.
>> No. 30593
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30593
Every once in a while, I'll post a little "extra" related to the story. Here's one: the first floor of the cafe.
>> No. 30594
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30594
>>30592
[x] I'm curious.
[x] I'm curious.
[x] I'm curious.
[x] I'm curious.
[x] I'm curious.
>> No. 30595
[x] I'm curious.
>> No. 30596
[X] I'm curious.
Good thing we aren't a cat
>> No. 30597
[X] I'm curious.

This can only go well.
>> No. 30598
[x] I'm curious.

I'm that kind of person.
>> No. 30599
[X] I'm curious.

Hooray for being easily distracted.
>> No. 30600
[x] It's nothing that concerns me.
[x] I'm curious.
[x] It's nothing that concerns me.
[x] I'm curious.
[x] It's nothing that concerns me.
[x] I'm curious.
[x] It's nothing that concerns me.
[x] I'm curious.
[x] It's a Somebody Else's Problem Field.

Koshi be slinking around yo
>> No. 30601
[X]I'm curious. And kind of annoyed.
>> No. 30603
[X] I'm curious

I can practically feel Eru Chitanda beckoning me to investigate it. With no choice but to do so, I leave the bed and open the door. After following the sound through the hallway, I notice the sound's origin: it's Lyrica.

“Hey Lyrica,” I called out.

“Oh, hi, Ives,” Lyrica responded.

“What are you doing up at this time of night?”

“Ugh, It's this. Come over here.”

I walk over to her, and I see her source of irritation: a vending machine.

“This thing ate my money and it won't give it back.”
What was a vending machine doing here in the middle of nowhere? Thinking about it still confused me, as did this whole place for that matter. But one thing at a time.

“What are you trying to get from it?” I asked Lyrica.

“I wanted that drink up there,” She said, pointing to the Coca-Cola.

Let's see, the machine didn't accept her money, and the plastic seems kind of strong. What should I do?

[ ] Write-in
>> No. 30606
>>30603
Before I vote, does Lyrica actually know how to use the vending machine?
>> No. 30609
Do they have a way to open up the vending machine?
>> No. 30610
>>30606
No, she doesn't.
>> No. 30612
[X]Ask her to explain clearly what she did in her attempt to get the drink
-[X]If there is no obvious solution from this information then try finding something to open up the machine and open it
>> No. 30613
>>30612
This is a much better option than the fucking essay I had typed out.

[♪]Ask her to explain clearly what she did in her attempt to get the drink
-[♪]If there is no obvious solution from this information then try finding something to open up the machine with and open it

WE HAVE TO IMPRESS THE CUTE POLTERGEIST
>> No. 30614
[X]Ask her to explain clearly what she did in her attempt to get the drink.
-[X]If there is no obvious solution from this information then try finding something to open up the machine and open it

“Lyrica, what did you do when you tried to get that drink?” I asked.

“Well, I put in a bill and pointed to the drink,” Lyrica answered.

“...At the window?”

“Yeah. I pointed to the drink through the window.”

Ah, now I get it.

“Well, you see, you haven't finished putting in your request to the machine,” I stated matter-of-factually, “You put in the bill correctly, but you have to use the keypad. Just input the letter and number of the drink you want and...”

The vending machine made a rumbling sound and dropped the Coca-Cola drink. I pulled it out from the slot and held it to Lyrica.

“Voila.”

“Wow, I had no idea,” Lyrica said with surprise, “You're a really smart person!”

Please don't say it like. You're gonna make me blush.

“A-ah, It's no problem,” I replied, “Just make sure you save it for tomorrow morning. That drink can make people hyper.”

“Okay!” She said as she nodded enthusiastically, “I'll see you tomorrow morning!”

“See you then,” I responded.

And with that, we went our separate ways and back to our respective rooms. I'm not even two days into this and I've already become nervous. Still, Lyrica is awfully nice and caring. Anyone would be lucky to be with her. No, it's too early to decide now. I don't even know if my stay here is a permanent arrangement. I have to find out more. About the Prismrivers, about this cafe, and about the behind the scenes forces pulling the strings. Of course, if I think about that all the time, I'm going to ruin my stay here. For now, I intend to enjoy my stay here. Once again, my mind slips into sleep, this time until the sun rises.

No choices this time around.
>> No. 30616
The Third Day

Once again I woke up in the dream like reality present before me. I've started getting used to this wooden room. I looked outside the window to find that the storm wasn't letting out. []Will I ever get to see beyond this blizzard?[/] I thought to myself. I put on my outfit for the day and headed down to the cafe.

The place was a bit more crowded than before, this time with familiar faces I instantly recognized. Suika was at a table entertaining a large group of fairies with spin the bottle. Chen was scurrying around with nothing to do. And then there was Rumia, munching down on an unrecognizable food. I wasn't fully prepared for the day yet, so I put that information aside and went to Merlin.

“Good morning, Merlin,” I greeted.

“Ah, good morning, Ives!” Merlin replied, “What brings you down here?”

“I'd just like a table and a cup of coffee to start the day.”

“Well then, right this way, Mister!”

She took me to one of the tables in the center of the room. I took one of the seats, and Merlin took out a notepad.

“So, what would you like to order?”

At that moment, a thought sprang to mind, and I gave it careful consideration. Putting nervousness aside, I went along with it.

“Actually, I would like to order two cups of coffee,” I stated.

“Oh, I see. And what blends of coffee do you want?”

[ ] Coffee mixed with cream and sugar.
[ ] Coffee with an equal amount of milk.
[ ] Pure black coffee.
>> No. 30617
[]Tea
Real men, tea, etc.

[X] Coffee with an equal amount of milk.
>> No. 30619
[x] Pure black coffee.

And a FISTFUL OF GRAVEL and SOME IRON NAILS.
>> No. 30620
>>30619
Dangit, anon! You nearly made me spit out my drink!
>> No. 30622
[X] Coffee with an equal amount of milk.
>>30619
Can you count/read?
TWO cups of coffee, it said.

We can't think of just us, the second cup is obviously for Lyrica.
>> No. 30623
>>30622
You're very close! Which coffee blend you choose will determine which Prismriver sister you invite. Think back to previous pages; each sister has their preferred blend of coffee.
>> No. 30624
[x]Cream & Sugar
>Dojima: What are you, Nanako?
>Nanako: Daddy, I want it black!
(Quoted from Hiimdaisy)
>> No. 30625
>>30622 Here.

>>30623

...

Well, in my previous post, I berated a fellow anon for apparently not reading, questioning whether or not they were even literate.

It seems that it is my own literacy that should be in question. Or perhaps my will to read as opposed to skimming through this story.

So I'm changing my vote to... Wait on a sec...

*Uses Ctrl-F function*

It looks like the one I wanna go for is actually the one I voted for to begin with, huh...

Saging 'cause non-vote.
>> No. 30626
[X] Coffee mixed with cream and sugar.

Need me some Merlin.
>> No. 30627
So currently "milk" and "cream and sugar" are tied, with both having two votes. If one of these (or black coffee if it makes a comeback) doesn't get more points over the other by tomorrow, I'll put in my vote to break the tie.
>> No. 30628
[x] Coffee with an equal amount of milk.

There we go.
>> No. 30629
[x]Cream & Sugar
>Dojima: What are you, Nanako?
>Nanako: Daddy, I want it black!
(Quoted from Hiimdaisy)
>> No. 30630
[x] Coffee with an equal amount of milk.
>> No. 30631
[X] Coffee with an equal amount of milk.

“Both with an equal amount of milk,” I said, deliberately.

“Okay, Coming right up, is there anything else you would like?” Merlin asked.

“Could you ask Lyrica if she could spare some time with me?”

“Oh, I get it,” Merlin said, a smile forming on her face, “I'll go see if she has some free time.”

A moment later, Lyrica came out of the kitchen and came over to the table.

“Is there something you wanted to talk to me about?” Lyrica inquired.

“Nothing particularly, I just wanted to hang out with you,” I answered.

“Well, that's awfully sweet of you,” Lyrica said as she sat down at the table.

She picked up the coffee and tasted it

“And it's my favorite blend! How'd you know?”

“Well, I'm good at picking up hints,” I said, “So how was the Coca-Cola?”

“Actually, I didn't get around to drinking it yet. It's still in the fridge,” Lyrica explained.

“Ah, I see,” I said, taking a sip of coffee, “Say, Merlin is the hostess, Lunasa is the cook and brewer, so what do you do?”

“I work as a brewer as well, but I also move the ingredients from the storehouse upstairs to the one connected to the kitchen.”

“Isn't that a little roundabout? Why not just have all that in the storehouse at the kitchen?”

“It's kind of complicated, but our food and ingredients come from that storehouse. We don't know who gives it to us, but I'm really thankful for that.”

How curious. I wonder if they're trying to hide their identity from the Prismrivers. In that case, it would make sense for the deliverers. It isn't convenient for Lyrica, though.

“Is it ever tiring? I can't imagine lifting to be a fun thing to do.”

“It's not like I carry whole crates of stuff. Most of the time it's just a few boxes. It can get a little tiresome though.”

“Was it your sisters who told you to do that?”

“No, no! It was all me. Lunasa has previous experience in cooking, and Merlin is a good speaker, so I suggested myself be the carrier. Of course, they didn't feel that it was a good idea for me to overdo it, so they asked me to brew coffee once in a while so that Lunasa could take over during that time.”

They really are a tight-knit family, aren't they? Even in a bad situation, the Prismrivers help each other out. I wish the same could be said for mine.

“Well, if you ever need help with the lifting, you can come to me if you need it.” I suggested.

“I'll think about it. Thanks for the offer,” Lyrica replied.

We let a silence settle in as we drank our beverages. Whether it may be fun for me and the people of Gensokyo, the change of pace from musicians to attending a cafe must have been difficult for them. Even so, Lyrica has an uplift demeanor and offered her all to help her sisters. It warms my heart. I am truly lucky to have this chance with her, even if it's for a short time. Maybe then, I could find it within myself to affirm my feelings.

Within that short silence, we finished up our coffee. Lyrica then stood up from the table.

“Well, it was nice talking to you; thanks for inviting me,” Lyrica thanked.

“Anytime, Lyrica,” I replied.

And with that, she left to the kitchen. Now that I've had my necessary intake of coffee and had a pleasant conversation with Lyrica, I wonder what I should do next.

[ ] Join Suika
[ ] Talk to Chen
[ ] Approach Rumia

And how should I start the conversation?

[ ] Write-in
>> No. 30632
[x] Talk to Chen
-[x] "You seem a bit bored, wanna talk for a bit?"
>> No. 30633
[X] Join Suika
Spin the bottle with a bunch of fae and the oni partymaster of the surface can only be a good time.
>> No. 30634
>>30633
shit I forgot to add the write in
[X] "Mind if I join in?"
>> No. 30635
[x] Join Suika

Hell yeah party time
>> No. 30636
>“It's kind of complicated, but our food and ingredients come from that storehouse. We don't know who gives it to us, but I'm really thankful for that.”

Oh hello Yukari, how much supplies are you stealing today?

[x] Join Suika
-[x] Rope everyone else in
>> No. 30637
>>30636
When you say "Rope everyone else in", do you mean everyone including the Prismrivers, or just the people at the table?
>> No. 30638
>>30637
EVERYONE IN THE CAFE.
>> No. 30639
[z] Join Suika
-[e] Rope everyone else in
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