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[c] Greet her, but be cautious of her intention.
[c] Greet Reimu and Yukari.
- [c] Ask them about the gathering Aya mentioned.
- [c] Donate?
[c] Join Chen and Youmu.
- [c] A Yuyu is sighted. Go and catch meet her.
[c] Enter the snowball war.
- [c] Team up with Kogasa. Three against one? That poor umbrella needs a strong ally!
“Good grief, Aya, never thought to see you, either!” You wave dismissively at the tengu. “What has brought this nosy tengu reporter here, I wonder?”
“Aw, I was just trying to be nice with you!” Aya replies as she touches down next to you. “Or is it because I can smell the delicious aroma of progress between both of you?” she asks, all while winking and nudging at you.
“Come on, captain! There has to be a reason why you and the princess are going out, hasn’t it?” Aya asks. “Like, a date?”
You aren’t buying it. She’ll make the situation even worse on your side if you react to it, and chances are she’ll probably just print it in her newspaper. “I’m not in the mood to argue with you or anyone here,” you shrug. “But yes; you are indeed correct on the date part. If you need me, you know where to look at.” Aya looks as if she’s stunned by the reply, and she’s scratching her head in bewilderment. “Come, Kaguya. We should meet the shrine maiden.”
Together with Kaguya and Reisen, you head to the shrine and greet Reimu and Yukari, the later still bugging the shrine maiden before she notices you and waves. You remember something, so you turn around and flip at Aya; the moment you do that the crow tengu yells at you in anger, and you smirk at the response. “Why must you mistreat me?! I’m but a humble tengu journalist-” Her attention is short-lived when a snowball lands on her face. “What was that for?!”
“Sorry for being playful!” Suika and Tatyana reply in unison before they escape Aya’s wrath.
“What kind of reply you did just give Aya, hmm~” the blonde woman asks now that you’re back at the duo.
“Not today, Yukari, not today,” you tell her. “Besides, I’m more curious of this gathering she just mentioned.”
“Oh? You mean the Halloween party we had thrown here yesterday?” Yukari giggles, much to the ire of Reimu. “You missed it, little soldier! We had LOTS of fun back here, you know! You should come, too; Suika told me you had the talent in singing, and I wanted to hear~”
“And leaving the mess behind after the party? You call THAT fun?” Reimu grumbles. “This is why I don’t like people having party without my permission.” She takes a sip of tea. “You should learn a thing or two from the captain.”
“Aw! Cutie Reimu is all grumpy~” Yukari rubs herself against Reimu in a gesture so affectionate you can’t help wondering if she’s trolling the poor shrine maiden. “Reimu’s scary~ maybe I should make her less scary, if you know what I mean~”
“Stop rubbing me! You’re giving me the creeps!” Reimu pushes the lady of boundaries away, but Yukari’s adamant on buggering her with her antics.
You look at Kaguya. “Halloween party?”
The princess laughs. “Yeah. Yukari had invited everyone here; I would’ve joined them but I had you to look after.” The answer causes Yukari to whistle foxily at Kaguya. “Stop that. Who else would take care after Yuri if I accepted the invitation?”
“And here I thought the soldier’s the one who’s denying the relationship,” the lady of boundaries says. “Don’t worry, Yuri~ you can come see me for love advice; I’ll be more than grateful to show you ♥”
Now that’s creepy. You don’t want to imagine Yukari sharing you some of her experience in love, so you change the topic. “So I heard every visitor to this shrine is obliged to donate.”
Reimu’s face changes in an instant, and she pushes Yukari with might before she jumps off the balcony. Oh, God; is it you, or are her eyes just sparkling in anticipation? “Yes! I mean- it isn’t necessary, but anyone can donate.” So saying she points towards the offertory box. “Please. Don’t be shy.”
You bring your hand into the pocket, only to realize you don’t even bring anything to offer. “I must have left the money at Eientei,” you utter.
Reimu’s smiles drop. “Oh. I guess it can be done another day, then,” she sighs.
“Don’t be like that.” Kaguya gestures at you to follow her to the offertory box. “I haven’t done this in a long time, you see.” She puts her hand in one of her elongated sleeves and pulls out a couple of currencies from it. “So I put them in this, yes?” She inserts the money through the slit of the box; you pay attention to Reimu, whose face and eyes are lighting up in excitement as the money falls into the box.
“And it’s done!” She turns to you, smiling. “You don’t have to thank me, Yuri. Consider it a sign of gratitude.”
“Umm, thanks, whatever your intention is,” you reply. “But where did you get the money?”
Kaguya places a finger in front of her lips, almost invitingly. “That would be… her majesty’s secret,” she says with a wink.
“Oh, whatever.” You look around and can see the activities that are going on. By now, Tatyana, Suika and Tewi are engaged in snowball fight with Aya, leaving Kogasa with a lot to spare. Poor umbrella needs a strong ally, you ponder, but you doubt you’ll be able to keep up with the snowball fighters. “Lieutenant Reisen.”
The moon bunny turns to you. “Yes, sir?”
“Do me a favour and keep Kogasa out of trouble,” you say. “Tell her she’ll get a strong ally. And I mean it.”
“Of course, sir.” Giving you a quick salute Reisen approaches Kogasa and gives her some words of comfort while pointing back at you. The umbrella looks at you, and then at the rabbit, before she cheers and gives Reisen a big hug.
“Assigning your right-hand to protect the umbrella? Clever move, Yuri,” Kaguya says. “I thought you want to join the snowball fight right away.”
“I would, but I have something important to do first. What about you?”
Kaguya points at Reimu, who has returned from her blissful stupor. “I have to discuss with Reimu about the destination. I’ll catch up with you later.”
You nod and make your way towards Chen and Youmu. The cat-girl is the first to notice your arrival as she stands firmly in the snow and gives you a rigid salute; Youmu is hesitant to do the same until Yuyuko gives you a word of encouragement, and she half-heartedly mimics Chen’s action.
“Private First Class Chen Yakumo reporting!”
“Private First Class Youmu Konpaku reporting… in…”
You can’t help smiling and return the salute. “At ease, soldiers. I’m just looking around.” You turn to Yuyuko. “Hello, Miss Yuyuko. We meet again.”
“Yes, yes, we meet again~” the ghost princess replies, much to Youmu’s surprise. “I see you have brought the princess for a date. That’s so sweet of you~”
“It’s the other way around,” you correct her.
“Oh, please. Don’t be shy with me~ it’s not that I want to kidnap you or anything.” She covers her mouth with her sleeve and giggles behind it, her eyes fluttering at you in interest. “So I believe we’d end up meeting over here instead of my place, yes?”
“I don’t know, really,” you answer. “Though I feel sorry for you to come out in winter.”
“Oh, don’t mind me,” Yuyuko giggles. “I just wanted to make some snowman, after all. It’s been many years since I last made one together with Youmu.”
“But Miss Yuyuko, you aren’t supposed to venture out in the forest alone!” Youmu protests. “You won’t find anything to eat there! Everything’s frozen.”
“Aw, Youmu! You’re embarrassing me in front of the captain!” The ghost princess hurls herself towards the swordswoman, smothering her in an embrace that’s almost choking her. “What am I supposed to do if he starts asking me?”
“Mmf!” is all Youmu manages to say as her face is pressed beneath Yuyuko’s finely developed chest. It’s only after she’s released from Yuyuko’s deathly hug that Youmu is able to take a deep breath. “Now it’s YOU who’s embarrassing me in front of the captain!”
Dismissing Youmu’s protest, Yuyuko turns back at you. In contrast to the bone-chilling weather, her presence is making you feel warm and good, and it’s forcing your common sense out of you (ghosts are supposed to scare people, not making them warm!). The moment you stare into her maroon eyes you feel like you’re being drawn into the gaze, it’s as if you’re…
“Captain~ you still here? Hello~”
“Uhh… yes, yes! I’m still here,” you say, hurriedly trying to correct your posture. “Sorry; I was spacing out.” The reply earns you a confused look from Yuyuko, and you’re quick to realize the atmosphere you’re creating. “Oh, yes. About Yukari, she… is there anything I can do about her?”
Yuyuko giggles. “As far as I’m concerned, you just have play along with her.” It’s such simple, but it’s the kind of answer that only begets more curiosity. “Eventually she’ll grow tired of bothering you and leave you alone, but don’t make a bet on it. The last time I talked with her, she said she’s interested in you because of what you are.”
“Why would she? All I know is that she’s been making fun of me and the Motherland,” you scoff. “I mean, if she does the same thing to you, what would you do?” Yuyuko giggles. You want to protest, and yet you can’t. Somehow she’s just too honest to be angry at.
“Just relax, Captain,” she says. “If she has a reason, she won’t say it until she finds the perfect opportunity. Once she does, you won’t be angry at her, right?”
You can only sigh. “I… guess.”
You turn to the source of the cry. Oh, for Pete’s sake, the table’s turned against Reisen as she is now taking the beating instead, and it’s Kogasa who’s trying to save her from the pitchers. Shaking your head in disbelief, you turn back to the awaiting privates. “I was thinking of avoiding the meaningless fight, but it seems my comrade is in distress,” you say. “Would you kindly lend your strength to the Motherland?”
“Awesome! Oh, can I go ask Miss Ran’s permission first, sir?” You nod, and she wastes no time approaching the still-unconscious Ran and giving the fox a poke on the face; to your amusement, it only serves to make the blood pouring into the snow in vast quantity.
“I guess she’s fine if you join the captain, Chen,” Yuyuko says. “Oh, Youmu. You’ll be joining the opposing force.”
“Miss Yuyuko, let me help the captain!” Youmu insists.
“No, Youmu, you can’t,” Yuyuko replies.
“Because I know you can’t stand being verbally abused from a soldier~”
“But Miss Yuyuko!”
“No buts, Youmu. That’s an order.”
You give Chen the signal, and in the confusion that takes place as Chen distracts Team Tatyana-Shameimaru with danmaku (and invokes Reimu’s sudden wrath) you rush in and aid Reisen retreating to your position. “I told you to look after Kogasa’s safety, didn’t I?” you reprimand and duck when a giant snowball misses its mark.
“I tried, but I can’t keep up with their attack!” Reisen whines.
So much for being a trusty right hand. “We’ll talk about it later, Lieutenant, but right now.” You make a handful of snowball and toss it at Suika, hitting it on the face. “And that is for teaming up against Kogasa. Three against one? This poor umbrella needs a strong ally, not an enemy!”
By now Marisa and Alice have teamed up with you, causing the opposing side to protest at the imbalance. “Hey! Like the captain said, someone needs a strong ally,” Marisa says with a smirk. “And that means: Alice, you go join Youmu.”
“What the hell, Marisa?” Alice jeers.
“Oh, cool! Can I join?” To your surprise, Kaguya is joining the opposing force. “Surprised, Yuri? Well, let’s see if you can face the wrath of Team Monster!” she bolsters.
“Come on, Youmu~ I bet you can toss snowball more accurately than before~”
“Shut up, Miss Yuyuko! For forcing me to team up with the enemy, I shall not give you mercy- not the snowman!!”
“Nice! Your bullet-dodging skill is remarkable.”
“Thanks, Aya, but I don’t have time for compliments!”
“Tatyana, wrong battle cry! Watch out!”
“I’m coming, Miss Ran! Take this! HIYARGH!!”
“Chen? Chen! CHEEEEEEEEEEEEN!!!”
“Bloody hell, I didn’t even allow snowball fight in my place!”
“Too late, Reimu, because you are mine~ ♥”
“I’m sorry, Miss Alice, but this is for the Motherland!”
“Goddamn it, Marisa. Just goddamn it.”
“It’s SMASHING TIME!!”
In the end, only you and Kaguya are the last fighters standing. Everyone else has been knocked out of the fight, and the courtyard is full of spectators who are very eager to see the outcome of the battle. With the exception of Reimu, who can be seen lamenting over Team Monster’s loss to yours (and in her case, to Yukari), all of the people are cheering for both of you, and they don’t seem to care.
“Never thought to overwork myself just because of this,” you utter as you take a deep breath. “Miss Eirin is going to be angry at me after this, I know.”
“Why worry about Eirin lecturing us later when we can enjoy our time now?” Kaguya replies while gathering some snow in your hand. “So, fight until your enemy submits to defeat?”
You smile. “Good idea, but make it quick. We aren’t here to end up in a duel.”
“Good, because here I come!” Kaguya rushes at you, throwing the snowball she’s made at you as distraction. You easily dodge the projectile, but you aren’t prepared for what’s coming when Kaguya delivers a flying kick that’s executed rather easily despite the skirt’s length. You parry the attack and push her out of the way, and watch as she lands diligently on the snow.
“I see you have improved your bare-hand techniques tremendously, Kaguya,” you speak.
Kaguya smirks as she readjusts her posture. “Thanks, but action speaks louder than words, right?”
She’s right. Words are indeed useless to describe the intensity and passion of this fight.
[ ] Offence is the best defence. Apply the knowledge and
tank snowball rush the princess, comrade.
[ ] Go for the defensive and study Kaguya’s attacks carefully.
[ ] Close the distance between you and Kaguya, and
wrestle her to the snow use your Sambo on her.
[ ] Fuck it. Declare your spellcard.
> Date: 2nd November
> Time: 09:50 hours
> Location: Hakurei Shrine
[X] Hakurei Shrine.
[ ] Human Village.
[ ] Makai
[ ] River Sanzu
[ ] Scarlet Devil Mansion
[ ] Temple of Myouren
[ ] Underground
[ ] Youkai Mountains
Yeah, I forgot to mention it during the last update, but you are free to pick more than one vote if the situation dictates (not in this update, though). And don’t worry about the outcome that may come from the votes; after all is done, we all can take it easy~ sit down and enjoy our tea time.
Regarding the destinations, Anon can freely choose which place to go first, and which place to go later in the story. Several places are omitted from the list, however, (Hakugyokurou: I just realized Kaguya can’t enter the place, being an immortal and all; Forest of Magic: we just went there; Mayohiga: the Yakumo Family is already at Hakurei Shrine, so why bother?).
Also, I’ll be adding the Allies System, just because our captain needs strong and reliable allies for his mission to adapt in Gensokyo. It won’t be implemented until next updates, though, so please wait warmly.