You grin, holding the sandwich in your hands. You might as well get to know this girl, so long as she’s invited you into her home. You look at her chewing on her sandwich, which seems to have beef on it. She notices your stare and looks back at you after swallowing a bite.
“Yes? Is there something on my face?”
You shake your head.
“No, nothing’s on your face. I just wanted to ask you some questions while we were eating. Is that okay?”
She nods, her odd hair piece bobbing up and down as she does.
“Sure, you can ask me something, and then I can ask you something!”
She continues to munch on her sandwich as you speak.
“I was wondering, why do you have so many books?”
She grins as she sets her sandwich down, dabbing at her mouth with a napkin. She flutters her wings as she begins to reply.
“Well, I made friends with a few people after I was born. I met this one lady named Patchouli who lets me visit her library and read books. I also met this one girl named Alice who was very nice. She taught me about the type of magic she uses, and let me read her books about it. Actually… I know a few people, to be honest.”
You think this over. So she’s friends with a librarian and a magician? Sounds like an interesting group of people. She gives you a warm grin and talks once again.
“Now it’s my turn. I’ve never seen you anywhere in Gensokyo before, so does that mean that you came from beyond the Border?”
“Yes. I’m a half-oni that had been living not too far from an entrance to Gensokyo. My friends and I came here to investigate what was behind the border, and I somehow wound up living with the Yakumos.”
She nods, and it seems that she’s writing this down in a little notebook. You take another bite of your sandwich and look at her.
“I was also wondering, do you expect any visitors today?”
She shakes her head, frowning slightly.
“No. I’m normally the one who visits my friends, though Alice occasionally stops by here. Now then… What kind of oni are you? I heard that there are various types.”
“I happen to be a half-amanojaku. I think the name is sort of long, though.”
She nods, still writing things down. The two of you finish eating, and she then stands up.
“Well then, I guess I’ll try to take you back to Mayohiga now. Are you ready to leave?”
She holds her hand out, her fingers spread.
[ ] “Actually, I’d rather stay here for now, if you don’t mind.”
[ ] Grab her hand. “Sure thing!”
[ ] “I was actually thinking we could visit that magician.”
[ ] “I was actually thinking we could visit that librarian.”
“There’s too much going on back at Mayohiga. I was wondering if I could stay with you for a while. Would that be alright?”
She gives you a blank stare for a moment, but then she nods her head rapidly.
“Of course! Of course it’s alright! I have some things I’d like to talk about, anyways.”
She grabs the plates and puts them in a small sink, and then turns back to you.
“Come on! I want to introduce you to a friend of mine.”
You nod and stand up, following her as she trots into her main room and then out the door. She grabs your hand and begins to fly. You follow her lead, and the two of you are soon off. You begin to fly over the woods, not seeing Mayohiga anywhere in it. Tokiko laughs as you get close to an edge of the forest. You recognize a large building that you and Ran had visited, sitting at the edge of the woods. The two of you land, and Tokiko runs over to the door.
“This is it. Come on, he’s right inside.”
She darts in and you hear the sound of a man greeting her. Probably that man from before. Thinking back to your research on Gensokyo, this must be Kourin, and the man inside must be Rinnosuke. You walk in and find the two of them chatting animatedly, talking about their mornings and what they’ve had to eat. You look about the store and see many things still here. Tokiko runs up to you and smiles, holding her hands behind her back, and moving back and forth on her heel.
“I’m going to buy some things, so you just look about while I do, okay?”
You nod, and she takes off again. You look about the store and find a number of things lying around. You remember where most of everything is, so what should you buy? In fact, you think you may have some money on you. You could get a few things right now.
[ ] A katana, maybe.
[ ] Might as well buy something to eat. Some beef would be nice.
[ ] Is that a flute? That could be a fun thing to have.
[ ] Some goggles, maybe?
You decide to glance over the literature in this store. It might be nice to buy Tokiko a book as thanks, especially since she’s been kinder to you then Yukari or Ran have been. You shudder at the thoughts of how Yukari handled you earlier, and at how Ran so callously turned you down when you made your feelings known. They don’t matter anyway; you’ll just start up a new life with this girl. You spot a book that then catches your interest.
>“A Review on the Processes of the Mind”
Well, this does seem out of place. Then again, with all the nonsense in this store, it does seem to fit in nicely. You grab the book and take it up to the counter. Rinnosuke looks at you, a slight surprise in his eyes.
“Oh, it’s you again? Do you want to buy this?”
You nod. A thought then comes to your mind. Ran dislikes this man, yes? Then you might as well see why.
He puts the book in a small bag and then glances back over to you.
“Yes? Do you have a question?”
“Is there some kind of bad blood between you and Ran?”
He shakes his head and puts his hand out.
“That’s none of your business. That’ll be 500 yen, please.”
You pay him the money, and Tokiko then walks up, carrying some odd types of food. You recognize ramen and bread in the bundle, but… She really did pick an odd mix of groceries. You think you also see lettuce and tomatoes, chocolate and peanut butter, and even hog’s feet in the bundle. She smiles as Rinnosuke checks everything over, and she then pays for all of the food. The two of you exit the store and are met with the light of a late morning sun.
“Well then, could you help me carry this?”
It takes you a minute to quit daydreaming about what the Yakumos are doing, but you help her by carrying a fairly large amount of supplies. It’s all rather heavy, and you can’t bring yourself to fly while carrying all of it. Tokiko raises a hand to her mouth and laughs.
“I see. So you’re at your limit, huh? Well then, I guess we can just take a path through the forest to get back to my home, and then we can get you back to your own after relaxing for a bit. How does that sound.”
“Uhm, it sounds good.”
You can’t bring yourself to ask her to keep you any longer than an afternoon. You’ll have to face Yukari and Ran soon enough and you can’t exactly get back to the other side of the border without them. The weight of the food is rather impressive, and you have a bit of trouble on the way back to Tokiko’s home. Where did your oni strength go? It feels as if you’re slowly losing any power you might have once had. You shrug this off as you approach your destination, and you then enter Tokiko’s home, dropping the bags inside of the kitchen. You pant as Tokiko begins to put things away, wiggling her wings to and fro as she does so.
“You can rest in the main room if you’re really tired. I wouldn’t even mind if you read one of my books, so feel free to browse the collection.”
As if obeying orders, you go into the main room and slump down into a seat that is open. You notice that one table in the room has various tomes and volumes piled onto it, and that books adorn the shelves. She did say you could read something, so…
[ ] Read one of the books from her library.
[ ] Read the book you bought for her.
[ ] Just relax.
If choice #1 was chosen.
[ ] Something about Japanese demons.
[ ] A book about psychosis.
[ ] Something about alternate realities. Sci-fi, you could call it.
Seeing as BCR and BC were both things I did on a whim without much any thought to a plot, and LwMMD is something that actually contains a plot of sorts, I was thinking of ending all this shit by discontinuing BCR. I'll give you a few options on this matter.
[ ] Drop BC/BCR all together, switch to LwMMD.
[ ] Drop BCR and work on a new version with a plot.
[ ] Do something entirely different.
I'd rather not fight against the tide and choose man. Also, I come over here to check on moe Mystia and see this. Fuckin' awesome since you are a pretty good writer. Have you been planning this for a while now?
We still have to try, damn it! Think of Ran seducing the good little boy! Or Yukari "punishing" him for his misdeeds! Playing doctor with Chen! I mean, we've already had woman protagonists, so a shota would be perfect to round out the roster.
>>5943 Why don't you keep running BCR and experiment with it until you figure out how to improve your writing? Get some more practice before you jump right to starting a new story, so we don't end up with Border Crossing Reloaded Reloaded.
I wonder, would it be possible to decide a new gender should we start a New Game after completing a play-through, and keep that End Save around if we want to continue from it? You know, for a New Game+.
[20:44] <HY> I don't think it should be deleted. That is 1) Not the job of the mods. 2) It is there for posterity and archived anyway. and 3) If he wants them gone then he should write more threads to get them off the boards.
>>13206 You're acting pretty childishly, just in case you didn't realise this yourself yet. As someone already said, you're doing nothing but spewing out excuses after another, grab your collar and get back to writan. These old threads really will not bother you once you learn to live with the fact that you've written this story before. It can't be that difficult, just learn to let it go, you'll make your life much easier in general.