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26336 No. 26336
I think I'm doing a pretty good job at not panicking.

When you consider how quickly and how thoroughly everything went off the rails, you could excuse me if I was panicking a bit.

But I'm not.

Seriously.

Instead of panicking, I'm just going to calmly try to assess the situation. Now that I saw that girl finally leave the area, I feel like I can head back into camp without getting danmaku'd or magic'd or whatever'd to death. I'll think about what lead up to this point while I'm heading back, then decide what to do from there. I will behave properly like rational military mind. I will not panic.

So initially, I was out checking on the mechanical purification spider probe to make sure it was still doing its purifying thing. On the way back down the mountain I decided to take some time away from camp to make some mochi for the other rabbits. I do that from time to time. I have my mallet, so I might as well do something productive with it. Everybody likes it and I like to keep morale up if I can. Suddenly out of nowhere I was challenged to a duel. I tried to act tough and do my job, but honestly I wasn't that hopeful about it. Danmaku is hard. I still haven't really got my head around using spell cards, and my power is unexpectedly bad for it.

I have various excuses for it, but they don't change the fact that I got trashed. There isn't really much of a better way to say it, though losing wasn't as bad as I had expected. It did stop me from making the mochi, which I was sad about, but otherwise it's better than getting blown up or shot with actual weapons. I guess these spell card rules that we're supposed to follow for some reason do make losing much nicer than some of the horror stories I've heard from the Lunar War. It did kind of leave me in an awkward situation though. I couldn't exactly head back to camp along with her when I lost. After I used my comms to tell the others she was coming I was just stuck outside stressing out until she was done doing whatever she thought was necessary to make us stop purifying the earth. Us rabbits don't really care that much about purification, nor were we really made aware of the full plan. We were just supposed to gather information, wait in camp, let the mechanical spider do it's thing, and wait for more orders.

That brings me to the current state of our camp. I don't see any of the other moon rabbits around. That's strange. I'm sure they're okay though. They'd have to be. I don't need to worry about it. I'll just have to find them. They might be looking for me in fact, I was the one that was away from camp. It's a little weird how quiet comms have been if that's the case though, so maybe they're just busy regrouping from the attack. I should probably just find Chief Information Management Officer Ringo. She always knows where everybody is and what they're doing. Given the state of the camp though, she could be anywhere.

Speaking of the camp itself, it's not as bad as it could be. Our little mountain base setup is a bit messier than I would like, at least from the quick look around that I'm giving it. The supplies that Yuzuki and I had spent so long organizing were strewn about camp in a big mess. Food and ammunition were scattered about randomly like somebody had rifled through it. It also looks like a lot of the tents we had been sleeping in had been ruined by stray danmaku, but that's okay. Those are just things. We can get more supplies if we need to later, after I figure out what's actually missing or broken and what is here but just out of place.

I guess the other thing that I could check on, even though it DEFINITELY won't have any problems, would be the Kaian Passageway. I don't really know how it works, but if it's the portal that lets us get back to the lunar capital through the dream world, then that girl that beat me probably used it to get more information from more important people. I guess I could at least check it to be safe. I know there is no way that would be messed up though.

Okay I guess there are a few different things that I should check on since I seem to be the only one around. They don't seem like they could be all THAT bad, but I should try to be productive even in the face of adversity while I wait for more orders. Which one should I check on first though?

[] The supplies, I'll have to reorganize after I confirm that everything is still there.
[] The other rabbits, I hope they're not too bothered by my not finishing the mochi.
[] The portal, I'm not worried. I'm sure it's just fine.

Also for the setting of this story, which character resolved the incident in LoLK?

[] Reimu
[] Marisa
[] Sanae
[] Reisen
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>> No. 26337
[X] The supplies, I'll have to reorganize after I confirm that everything is still there.
[X] Marisa

Bold first steps.
>> No. 26338
[X] The other rabbits, I hope they're not too bothered by my not finishing the mochi.
[X] Reisen

Reisen for Lunarian hero!
>> No. 26339
[x] The supplies, I'll have to reorganize after I confirm that everything is still there.
[x] Sanae
>> No. 26340
[X] The other rabbits, I hope they're not too bothered by my not finishing the mochi.
[X] Reisen
>> No. 26341
[x] Check the portal
[x] Reisen
>> No. 26342
[X] The other rabbits, I hope they're not too bothered by my not finishing the mochi.
[X] Reisen
>> No. 26344
Okay, we'll go with

[X] The other rabbits
[X] Reisen

Update either today or tomorrow. Initially I'll be trying to update on Wednesdays(or Thursdays depending on how things go) and Sundays. That should only change if something unexpected happens in real life or the story suddenly gets way more complex and hard to write for than I expect it to be.
>> No. 26345
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26345
[X] The other rabbits, I hope they're not too bothered by my not finishing the mochi.
[X] Reisen

Our camp is set up at the base of the largest mountain in Gensokyo, mostly because that's where Kaian Passegeway number 4 lets out. We could have used a different portal or gotten them to move this one, but command decided against it. It was convenient to set up here, and also made sense to do so for gathering information. We're pretty far away from human civilization, but close enough to travel there if we want to. We're also close enough to a river and lake that we can have a water supply, so long as we're not bothered by how dirty it is. Still, it never seems like there's enough time to really make this camp feel as comfortable or homey as I would like, instead it just feels like we're stuck having a not so nice vacation.

I enter camp close to the main clearing, we have a table set up in the middle with our personal tents surrounding it so we could eat together when I made food for everyone. The chairs are knocked over, but nothing looks broken. There is various damage from danmaku bullets on everything though. When I take a closer look at just how many marks there are, I'm actually pretty amazed! Reisen must have really gotten used to using danmaku since she came to live down here. Though I guess I could have already guessed that from when she beat me.

Thinking of Reisen, that had been quite a surprise when she flew out at me all of the sudden. I mean I had heard that she was down here after she disappeared around the start of the war, but I had expected her to be in hiding if that was the case. Instead she just comes out and fights me, not knowing if I had backup or what I was doing here, then she goes to our camp, fights her way through Ringo and apparently heads right into the portal going straight to the lunar capital! That was way more than I would have thought from when I knew Reisen.

I knew Reisen from before the war, though I can't say we were really friends. We both joined the military at around the same time, and went through basic training together, but other than that we were mostly just aware of each other's existence. I was pretty used to that though. I didn't become friends with the other rabbits much. Once I got put into the Eagle Ravi though, things got better.

I start looking through the others' tents in hopes of finding somebody else from our unit still around. We haven't been here that long, so our tents aren't very personalized. All I end up finding is that Yuzuki's tent is much cleaner than the others two's. I don't actually find them in there though. I'll have to keep looking.

Our unit actually only has a few rabbits in it, since we're a group meant for small scale infiltration and information gathering. We just happen to be a group that have powers that make us good for that kind of operation. With the large mishmash of magic, science, medicine, and technology that the lunar capital has, it's actually not that unusual for rabbits and lunarians to unintentionally develop a unique skill or magical ability at some point in their lives. Some of them end up useful and some are just strange, but our unit is made up of rabbits with a combination of both.

As I head towards her tent, I guess Ringo is probably a good example of that. She gets stronger by eating dango. Even though it's kind of weird and extremely specific, it's actually pretty useful for military application in things like hand to hand combat or equipment transportation. It's only limited by our supply of dango and Ringo's appetite. Though the latter isn't really much of a limit at all, now that I think about it.

Okay, this isn't that unusual. Ringo is asleep in her bedroll when I look in. I'm not really sure what I was expecting her to be doing in here other than sleeping, but it feels a little weird given the circumstance. I guess I'll give her the benefit of the doubt and say she's just exhausted from fighting Reisen. That would probably be one of the better reasons that I've caught her taking a nap. At least she's never that hard to wake up.

I let my mallet drop to the ground by the entrance, but it's not loud enough to wake her. That's fine, I didn't really want that to work anyway. I like what I'm going to do better. It's usually pretty hard to get a reaction of surprise out of Ringo, she's always so chilled out. When she's sleeping though, that's another story. Kneeling down next to her, I softly pick up one of her big droopy ears with two fingers, inhale deeply, and blow directly into it.

I can see Ringo's whole body spasm as she makes some kind of weird noise like she was trying to combine "Iyaaa" and "Hrrngh" but couldn't decide how much of either she wanted. Her eyes shoot open, but she composes herself pretty quickly once she realizes it was just me. She shakes her head a bit to make me let go of her ear, then sits up.

"Oh hey, you're back, nice," she talks casually as she holds in a yawn. "How're things?"

That's just about as serious as I expected her to be. "I got shot by several hundred magical bullets while I was out and I'm pretty sure that we're going to be in trouble with command when we go back home, but I think I'm fine otherwise."

"Cool, cool, same, same. Turns out Reisen got pretty tough while she was gone, huh? Didn't quite expect that from her," Ringo grabs a canteen she had laying nearby and takes a drink, probably to get rid of that gross taste that you usually wake up with after a nap. "Oh yeah, she come back out yet? I wanted to ask her a few things without getting shot up."

I'm not even sure if talking to her normally would be possible, given that Reisen is technically wanted for desertion, but whatever. "Well, I just saw her leave, and I didn't stop her to ask if she wanted to not shoot me so..."

"Fair enough. Eh well, what are you gonna do?" Ringo shrugs before finishing off her canteen and dropping it behind her. I'm pretty sure there was still some water in there and it's just gonna leak onto her bedroll, but I guess messes like that bother me a lot more than her.

Speaking of that, though. "Anyway, this whole camp is a mess! I want to start cleaning up a bit. Where are the others?" I ask. It's not like they usually help me all that much for this kind of thing, but I was hoping that Ringo knew something about where they were.

Ringo shrugs again "Dunno, Sumi said she was gonna go find you after you called in the emergency and wouldn't take no for an answer, so I figured she was with you. The other two were here up until Reisen showed up but things got a bit crazy after that."

"Uh huh... And you just decided to take a nap instead of doing anything to find them?" I'm trying not to sound upset with her, but really, she's the highest ranking one of us. We don't follow chain of command very strictly when it's just us, but she's technically our leader still. If anyone was going to take charge in this situation I thought it would be her.

Ringo apparently doesn't catch any of my annoyance. "Well, telepathy comms are out for some reason. I didn't know where to look and still don't. I figured I'd wait here in case anybody tries to contact us. The others have been around the area gathering information enough that they should be able to find their way back even if we can't talk to each other long distance."

"Umm, what?"

"Yeah, I don't really know. Can't hear the capital, can't talk to anybody. I don't know when they went out either."

Okay don't panic. Ringo isn't panicking. Ringo probably wouldn't panic even if the entire forest was on fire but that doesn't matter. She's not panicking so I won't either. Yes. I'll just...

[ ] Get mad at Ringo, the whole unit is apparently bad in a crisis but she didn't do anything to make it better.
[ ] Don't get upset. I wasn't exactly the most productive person after I lost either.
[ ] Panic NO

And then...

[ ] Go out and look for the others
[ ] Check on the supplies
[ ] Check on the portal
>> No. 26346
[X] Get mad at Ringo, the whole unit is apparently bad in a crisis but she didn't do anything to make it better.
[X] Check on the supplies
>> No. 26347
[x] Don't get upset. I wasn't exactly the most productive person after I lost either.
[x] Check on the supplies
We're cool; we're fine. Everything's fine. The supplies are fine. They just need checking on, because they're so important, and maybe we could clean up the supplies a bit while we're there, just in case something's happened and we need first crack at the supplies.
>> No. 26348
[x] Don't get upset. I wasn't exactly the most productive person after I lost either.
[x] Check on the supplies

We chill.
>> No. 26349
[x] Don't get upset. I wasn't exactly the most productive person after I lost either.
[x] Check on the supplies
>> No. 26350
[X] Don't get upset. I wasn't exactly the most productive person after I lost either.
[X] Go out and look for the others
>> No. 26351
[x] Don't get mad
[x] Check the portal

This rabbit IS pretty chill, all things considered
>> No. 26353
Going with
[X] Don't get upset. I wasn't exactly the most productive person after I lost either.
[X] Check on the supplies

Update later today.
>> No. 26355
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26355
[X] Don't get upset. It's okay, I wasn't exactly the most productive person either
[X] Check on the supplies

I need to take a moment and calm down a bit. I'm actually close to getting mad at Ringo, but that's not productive. I should just calm down for now. This is not that big of a deal. Even if it was a big deal though, I know it's still recoverable. I've also known Ringo for long enough to know that getting mad at her is not really going to do anything. No, it's better to leave it and put energy into something constructive.

Ringo just stays quiet while I compose myself. She's also known me for long enough to know when I need a moment I guess. Once I've calmed down, I let things go with a sigh and get down to business. "So, what are we going to do now?"

Ringo just shrugs as she pulls herself out of her sleeping bag, stretching a bit. "Dunno, we'll probably just wanna take a break for now. Kick back and wait it out. We don't have any way to talk to command, so the only way to get more orders would be to go back through the portal or wait until they fix things up there. I guess you can go if you want to, but I'd rather wait for them to come to us."

I actually can't really disagree with that. We don't know what state the lunar capital is in after Reisen went there, just that she must have been successful in whatever she was trying to do, given that she was able to leave. We may not be their top priority right now, so we should try to be self sufficient. "Okay, sure. I don't think we should be asleep if they send somebody out here though. Want to help me check on our supplies and stuff to keep busy?"

Ringo sticks her tongue out and blows a bit to make an annoyed raspberry at me. "I guess. Work work work... Fine." She's not actually that bothered, I know that. She just wants to make a show that work bothers her more than it does in hopes that people won't ask her to do it as much. I grab my mallet and head to the entrance while Ringo stands up and follows me outside. If it were me I think I might feel a little gross just getting up and going after sleeping in my regular clothing for a couple hours like she did, but I guess it doesn't bother her.

We keep our supplies packed into a separate tent, a bit away from the main clearing where all of our sleeping areas are set up. A lot of the stuff is still in the crates that it came in and hasn't actually been used yet. We use the food obviously, but I'm not sure if anyone has even sorted out all the equipment to get at the useful stuff yet. This operation is kind of weird in that way.

Oh... Now that we get into the tent, it's pretty obvious that something has been here. In particular, a couple of the crates that were stacked in the back are knocked over. Things definitely should be clean in here. Even though those knocked over ones are empty and were just being kept around for later transport, there's no way we would have them messed up like that. I guess I need to start going through any of these that look like they've been opened recently to see if things are missing from them.

I don't want to think about it, but I should probably go for the worst case scenario and assume that they weren't just going to go for the food crates. I should look through the actual hardware first. Some of the stuff we have here would probably be bad if it was taken from us.

The spread of equipment we were given for this operation is a little odd. Initial marching orders had us to follow gensokyo rules of engagement, meaning spell cards only. That was kind of weird, but I don't know all the stuff that goes on behind the scenes, so there must have been some reason for it. It wasn't supposed to be a big deal anyway since the mechanical spider was supposed to be the thing doing the actual work. We were just here to make sure it keeps working and to gather information in case a larger invasion is necessary later. Not that I know why we'd want to move here anyway.

We were rushed off the moon without enough time to get very much practice at danmaku, since only really commander Yorihime had any experience with it, and even that was just one duel. Even though magic isn't that hard to learn for us, that doesn't mean that we'll be good at firing thousands of bullets in surprisingly pretty patterns in such a short time. Eventually Yuzuki and I complained enough that Ringo requested that we were sent some actual hardware, just as a last resort self defence option. I'm actually surprised that they granted that request to be honest, even if it's all outdated surplus materials. We're not exactly the most high value soldiers. They could have just told us to deal with it.

I open up an equipment crate that has obviously been opened previously. I don't know if it was opened by us or by whoever else has been in here, but I should be able to figure out if anything was taken regardless. I think we have a list of what should be in which crate somewhere, so I should probably grab that. Right as I finish thinking that though, Ringo sets a clipboard with that list on it next to me. I guess she was thinking the same thing.

I start going through things on the list. This particular crate appears to be missing some optics stuff. Whoever was here apparently wanted multiple pairs of binoculars and night vision goggles. That pretty much confirms that it wasn't someone from here. I know none of the other girls have been active enough at night to need these things. Actually me, Ringo, and Chiyo are probably the only ones who would need them that badly. I guess I could check if Ringo knows anything just in case though.

I turn back toward the entrance to ask. "Hey Ringo..." I start but trail off quickly. I notice something moving around in the trees outside camp. I can't actually see what it is, but it's too big to just be an animal. It could be one of the other rabbits, but they'd have no reason to be sneaky like this. If it's the same person that has stolen stuff from us though, it's strange that they're sticking around. My instincts are telling me to react quickly now if I'm going to react at all. We could be in danger.

Reaction:
[ ] Try to talk to whatever it is.
[ ] Shoot!
-[ ] Danmaku
-[ ] Use your powers
-[ ] Grab a handgun from one of the crates
[ ] Warn Ringo, scatter!
[ ] Don't reveal you've noticed it, see if it does anything besides watching.
>> No. 26357
[X] Shoot!
-[X] Use your powers

Probably the first and last time we can get away with this.
>> No. 26358
[X] Try to talk to whatever it is.
>> No. 26359
[x] Shoot!
-[x] Use your powers

This is probably an acceptable level of escalation.
>> No. 26360
[x] Try to talk to whatever it is.
>> No. 26361
[x] Shoot!
-[x] Use your powers
>> No. 26362
[x] Shoot!
-[x] Use your powers
>> No. 26364
[x] MOVE AND I'LL SHOOT
-[X] Gun

The sound of it will alert the others. However lazy they may be, a soldier is a soldier
>> No. 26369
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26369
[x] Shoot!
-[x] Use your powers

"Hey Ringo what?" Ringo asks expectantly. I did just stop in the middle of my request after all. My request has changed, but I should probably finish my sentence now.

"Could you move out of the way a bit?" I need her out of the doorway, she can either go out or come in. I just need a clear shot.

Ringo smirks at me and points a finger gun at me before stepping out of the tent. I guess she's happy to fill any request that will get her away from where work is being done. She wasn't even helping much! Oh well. I should get down to business.

My pulse shot up when I noticed the movement outside, so it's easy to activate my powers now. I say activate, but it's more like I'm not suppressing it any more. It's easier to do that when I'm excited. I close my eyes and focus a bit. I don't feel anything different, but when I open my eyes back up I can see them. There are bullets everywhere. I've almost gotten used to this, so I know they're in other dimensions, but it's still just a tiny bit jarring to see them all flying about suddenly. When this power first started developing, I practically had a heart attack. It's almost normal now.

I let my eyes wander freely, looking at the mess of objects around me. It's not just the normal lead bullets either, things like danmaku, lasers, even some weird projectiles I don't recognize are all flying randomly. Layers and layers of different dimensions are all overlapped around me, but I can somehow still see the individual shots in each one. I don't want to take too long looking for something suitable though, the headaches that staring directly at hundreds of criss-crossing dimensional boundaries can cause are pretty damn rough.

There, those ones. I picked them arbitrarily, but a number still pops into my mind. 9x19mm? That's pretty normal, but I guess that's bound to happen when I choose randomly. I'm not sure why so many of them are so close together, but it'll work just fine. I swing my hammer to the side, striking it against the dimensional boundary and feeling it squish slightly. It's not strictly necessary to use my hammer, but the way that I do it feels kind of similar to kneading mochi, only in reverse. Kinda. It's hard to describe how I interact with dimensional rifts when it's largely instinctual.

I pull my hammer back, feeling the bullets come with it. They're struggling, wanting to go flying forward in two different dimensions at once and having different definitions of forward in both, but things will be fine once I make the choice for them. It just takes a little bit of magic to break the connection they have to their original home, so I do just that.

As soon as I let them, the bullets fly out toward where I last saw movement, piercing through the brush. I barely hear the yelp of surprise while I heft my hammer and charge towards it. My hammer isn't only a tool that helps me in using my power. It's also a hammer. I'm perfectly comfortable in using it like one. I just have to close the distance while I still have it surprised. I push straight through the first layer of brush and WOAH-

... Oh I tripped over a fairy.

I guess she had been so surprised by the sudden bullets that she hadn't thought to run away. She was frozen on the spot until I crashed into her a second later. I can see where a couple of shots had hit the ground. I was actually really close to hitting her, so she was probably pretty shocked. I would think anyone who lives here would be used to being shot at, though they probably have a bit more warning and the bullets wouldn't be quite as fast or deadly.

As I move to disentangle myself from the fairy that I tackled, I can feel all the adrenaline leaving me. I even turn my power off to go back to normal vision. It's probably not needed any more. I've seen enough fairies while observing this place to not be concerned over what a fairy can do. I've heard lunarians hate fairies because of the impurity of nature or something, but to us rabbits that's not really that big of a deal. If there was some fairy that was really strong I guess it could be a big problem, but all the fairies I've seen in Gensokyo seemed pretty weak.

I hear Ringo coming over to check on me. "Hey, guessing you found somebody?" She asks me calmly.

I'm a little bothered that she doesn't seem to be in much of a hurry to help, but then I guess it's not noisy enough for her to have a reason to worry about me. I also didn't really ask her to help either. "Yeah, a fairy was watching us and I thought it was whoever took our things," I answer back. Though now that I think about it, that could be the case. "Although..."

When I turn to look at the fairy somewhat accusingly, I think it finally jogs her out of her shock. Oh, she's pretty clearly panicking now. I feel a little bad when she starts apologizing frantically. "I'm sorry, I'm sorry! I didn't mean to steal from you I just wanted to help the others and they said there was nobody here so the camp was probably abandoned and I didn't know you were there and I'm so sorry and and..."

"Talky one I guess?" Ringo laughs, walking through the brushes to us. The fairy instantly cuts her apology short when Ringo speaks and just looks at us fearfully. I will admit, she definitely looks sorry.

"Uh huh..." I feel a little bad about how rattled she is, but she did admit to being the culprit. At least partially. I'll probably understand it better if I calm her down and get her to talk more calmly. I stand myself up and lend her a hand so she can get up as well. "Do you need a moment to calm down so you can tell us what's going on?" I ask her evenly as she stands up. Some sternness might be necessary to get information, but I can at least give her a moment if she needs it.

I do want to avoid treating this apparent thief too nice just because she's a cute little girl. Although now that she's stood up and I can look at her, she's probably one of the biggest and most adult looking fairies that I've seen here. Her cute green sidetail and big yellow ribbon might look a bit childish, and she's still much shorter than an adult, but she doesn't look like a little kid like some fairies. Her attitude, at least as much as I've seen it, doesn't seem to match up with her figure though.

The fairy takes a deep breath before she starts talking. Giving her a moment to compose herself seems to have helped. "I came here to apologize. I was helping some of my friends..." She hesitates there. She doesn't sound too sure about that label I guess. "The other fairies, explore your camp a little while ago. I live in the lake near here and they noticed me while they were flying by. They said found a lot of cool stuff and wanted help carrying it back to their house, so I came with them. We took a bunch of stuff and I wasn't really sure about it, but Star said there was nobody around, so I didn't try to make them stop... Then we came back for a second look and saw somebody leaving. The others ran away, but I felt bad and wanted to come back to apologize. I'm really sorry." She finishes.

Okay. Okay fine. There are fairies flying around with an unknown amount of stolen lunarian military equipment. They probably don't know how to use it. I don't know if that makes it better or worse. At the very least we have a lead with this fairy who for some reason seems to have a good conscience. I just need to get more details from her and we can take care of things. How should I do that?

[ ] With kindness. She did stay and say she's sorry. Let's just calm her down and ask her nicely for more information. It's fine.
[ ] With sternness. Her friends tell her this place is abandoned and she just believes them and helps them loot the place? That's not acceptable.
[ ] With force. She's a fairy and can probably be intimidated easily. Let's get this information quickly.
[ ] Good cop/Bad cop with Ringo.
- [ ] Good Ringo/Bad Seiran
- [ ] Good Seiran/Bad Ringo
>> No. 26370
[x] With kindness. She did stay and say she's sorry. Let's just calm her down and ask her nicely for more information. It's fine.
>> No. 26371
[X] With kindness. She did stay and say she's sorry. Let's just calm her down and ask her nicely for more information. It's fine.
>> No. 26372
[X] Good cop/Bad cop with Ringo.
- [X] Good Ringo/Bad Seiran

Not for the sake of intimidation but to see further characterization.
>> No. 26373
[x] With kindness. She did stay and say she's sorry. Let's just calm her down and ask her nicely for more information. It's fine.
>> No. 26375
[x] With sternness. Her friends tell her this place is abandoned and she just believes them and helps them loot the place? That's not acceptable.
>> No. 26376
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26376
[X] With kindness. She did stay and say she's sorry. Let's just calm her down and ask her nicely for more information. It's fine.

I don't really want to give this girl a hard time. She did come back here and apologize when she really didn't have to, and if she hadn't there's probably no way we could have found out she was involved. This is the kind of behavior that more people should have, so I should encourage it. I'm just not sure how.

This fairy is staring at me and looking apologetic, I get that, but it's not a situation that I really know how to deal with. Nobody that I usually talk to is ever sorry about things like this. At least not to this extent. Actually that kind of makes me feel like everybody else I talk to are jerks but there are more important things to worry about here.

"It... It's okay," I offer weakly. "I'm not mad at you." She looks a little bit better after that but she's still obviously nervous that I'm going to suddenly change my mind or something. I'd like to calm her down, but I can't really think of what else I should say. Instead I end up placing my hand on her head and petting her without really thinking about.

The fairy flinches a tiny bit when I first touch her, but after the initial worry, I think she likes it. Her worried frown shifts to an almost smile but not quite. I glance over at Ringo who seems to be trying to to laugh. Would you help me out a little bit please? I make eye contact with her and she walks over to us.

"Aww, you guys are absolute cuties," Ringo smirks as she puts a hand on both the fairy's and my head. I'm actually a little taller than Ringo, which makes it a bit awkward because she has to reach a bit, but she doesn't seem bothered by that. "How about the two of you head into camp, and I'll grab some snacks. We can all talk this out like buddies."

Maybe she noticed that I wasn't sure what to say, or maybe she just wanted an excuse to get some snacks. Either way, I'm pretty happy to go with Ringo's suggestion. "Yeah, sure that sounds good. Come on uh..."

The fairy looks confused for a moment before realizing the question I'm asking without asking. "D-Daiyousei." She offers.

"Okay, come on Daiyousei." She looks a bit less comfortable when my hand leaves her head, but follows along with me into camp just fine. Ringo leads us to the clearing that all of our tents are centered around. She motions for us to sit at the table while she wanders off to her own tent to get some food.

I sit down in my normal seat and Daiyousei sits across from me, where Chiyo usually sits when she actually shows up for meals. I still don't know what to say though. This is something that I know is a big problem for me, but I'm actually a little bit bad at knowing what to say to people. I've gotten used to the other rabbits in my unit, but when it comes to people outside of that, I have some trouble. Ringo says that I think too much and talk too little, but I still think that's better than the other way around.

Ringo gets back quickly, before I think of anything to say, and brings a tray with a few dango skewers to the table. She pops a couple of dango into her mouth while she sits down in her normal seat. "So, first off, I'm Ringo, and that's Seiran. In case Seiran didn't introduce us," Ugh, I'm annoyed by her assuming I'd be awkward like that, but she's not wrong either. "Getting to business though, you said you're sorry, and that's fine. I get you, but our stuff is still gone sooo... We should probably talk to those other fairies about getting it back."

Daiyousei looks worried again, after we had just gotten her calmed down. "Y-you're not going to hurt them right?" She asks. "I don't want anyone to fight."

"Nah, probably not," Ringo brushes off the question casually. "Well, I'd rather not anyway. We are gonna have to go talk to them though, I don't think they're gonna come back to us like you did. You know?" Daiyousei nods hesitantly. "So, tell us about these other fairies."

"Well... Their names are Sunny, Luna, and Star. They're three other fairies that I know that always group together for pranks." Daiyousei explains.

Ringo pauses as she finishes one skewer of dango off, so I try to keep things going. "Stealing stuff doesn't seem like that funny of a prank."

"They told me that they thought this camp was abandoned so they weren't planning on this being a prank. I wouldn't have helped them if it was!" Oh no, she's getting frantic about us being upset with her again. I didn't mean it like that.

"Okay okay it's fine," Ringo assures her, she slides the tray towards the nervous fairy, trying to give her some dango. "What kind of stuff were they taking?"

Daiyousei doesn't take any dango still, but does lower her voice. "I don't really know what all the stuff was. I've never seen most of the things in those crates before. I didn't see everything they were carrying, but I know the others took at least a couple of hats and vests, t-that's not a big deal right?" She sounds hopeful, and I mean I guess it isn't. We don't really use a lot of that stuff anyway. Well Sumi does but other than that... "Oh! I was carrying a couple boxes that said they had uh... Flares? I don't know what those are."

"Okay sure, sure. You know what guns are though, right?" Ringo asks. That's probably a much bigger deal here. Daiyousei nods, which is a little surprising to me. "Did they take any of those?"

Daiyousei shakes her head and finally reaches out to take a skewer of dango. "I d-didn't see any..." That's a huge relief. Actually, the guns and the ammo are separate so even if they had taken some guns, I don't think fairies would know how to load them, but it's still nice to not have to worry about it.

Ringo also appears to brighten slightly as well. "Can you tell us where they live so we can go talk to them? We know they just want to do pranks, but if they have flares that could be bad. They could start a fire or something."

Daiyousei nibbles at her dango worriedly, apparently imagining the possibility. "W-well I can tell you, but I don't think it would help. Fairies keep their homes magically hidden from non-fairies. Unless somebody showed you where it is you won't be able to find them there..."

Ringo nods. "That's fine, can you show us where it is then?"

Daiyousei seems conflicted about answering. "Do you promise you won't fight them?" She asked quietly.

That does make things a bit more complicated. If it's just fairies, I'm pretty sure me or Ringo would be able to out-danmaku them. We could also just break the rules and fight them some other way which would probably go even better. The problem then is that Daiyousei doesn't want us to fight them, and we need to take her with us to even meet with them at their house. I guess we don't technically have to care about what Daiyousei wants, but I've already decided I want to be nice to her. She's been such a good girl so far.

The other thing to think about is that the other fairies don't know who they stole from. If we could find some other way to get to them, or could catch them outside their house, we wouldn't need Daiyousei. We could just wait and see if we hear anything about them causing trouble and catch them if they do. They won't know to avoid us.

Ringo answers Daiyousei's question since I'm not doing it. "As long as they don't try to fight us."

I don't know how much I believe her on that one. Daiyousei obviously wouldn't think anything of it, but I'm a little worried about how many dango Ringo has eaten. She's going to be a bit powered up for a while, so she might try to fight regardless of how Daiyousei feels. Maybe I'm worrying too much and she was just eating them because she likes them though. That could also be it. I'm a little worried about it, but Ringo will probably listen to me if I make a suggestion about what to do. I think...

[ ] I'll go with Daiyousei to talk to the fairies and...
- [ ] ask Ringo to come along.
- [ ] Tell Ringo to do something productive at camp while we're away.
[ ] I'll tell Ringo to go with Daiyousei and...
- [ ] I can look outside the camp for the other rabbits while they're away.
- [ ] I can stick around at camp and check on the portal while they're away.
[ ] We'll worry about the stolen stuff later. If Daiyousei lives at the lake we can talk to her later, or maybe we could find some other way to get to the fairies.
- [ ] Try to look for the other rabbits
- [ ] Check on the portal
[ ] I'll think of some other plan (Write in)
>> No. 26377
[X] I'll go with Daiyousei to talk to the fairies and...
- [X] ask Ringo to come along.
>> No. 26378
[X] I'll go with Daiyousei to talk to the fairies and...
- [X] Tell Ringo to do something productive at camp while we're away.
Don't need more things being stolen and she's buffed up right now.
>> No. 26379
[X] I'll go with Daiyousei to talk to the fairies and...
- [X] Tell Ringo to do something productive at camp while we're away.
>> No. 26381
[x] I'll go with Daiyousei to talk to the fairies and...
- [x] ask Ringo to come along.

Don't leave without a battle buddy.
>> No. 26382
[x] I'll go with Daiyousei to talk to the fairies and...
- [x] ask Ringo to come along.

>>26381

>Don't leave without a Wingman

FTFY bro
>> No. 26383
[x] Send Ringo with the fairy. I, however, will stay back...
-[x] ... but get bored and follow along their path in a few minutes.
>> No. 26385
I'm going to work soon, if the tie for what to do about Ringo isn't broken by the time I get back, I'll flip a coin for it.

Update will then be either today or tomorrow based on how writing goes after that.
>> No. 26386
[x] I'll go with Daiyousei to talk to the fairies and...
- [x] ask Ringo to come along.
>> No. 26387
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[X] I'll go with Daiyousei to talk to the fairies and...
- [X] ask Ringo to come along.

Daiyousei doesn't look quite satisfied with that answer, I'm not sure I believe it either to be honest, but neither of us expect it to be changed, and we're not saying anything against it. As Daiyousei nods reluctantly and gives a small noise of confirmation, Ringo smiles and finishes another dango skewer.

"Alright, great. Let's go have that talk then," Ringo smiles and grabs one more stick of dango. "For the road." She explains as she notices me watching her. Come on, you've already had like five of those!

I'm a little worried about leaving camp like this, but I'm probably more worried about Ringo going alone. It's not even necessarily about stopping Ringo from fighting for Daiyousei's sake, though I guess that's part of it. I'm more concerned about her bringing attention to us lunar rabbits being here. Ringo is the least stealthy rabbit in the unit, especially when she fights. We already had Reisen find us, and she was nice enough to not capture us or blow us up all that badly, but if we start making a lot of trouble, we could draw even more powerful people to us.

I could just ask Ringo to stay here, but I'm not crazy about that idea either. Getting our stolen gear back from fairies without fighting would mean some kind of negotiations. I could probably do it... Well maybe. Ringo would probably be better at it though. As long as she doesn't get annoyed that it's taking too long. There's a certain point in things like this where she decides to cut her losses on negotiations and just fight her way through the problem to end it faster. She's pretty good up until that point though. I'd like to take advantage of that, so I won't make her stay behind.

Daiyousei doesn't seem too eager to get going, but both Ringo and I have already stood up, so she doesn't look like she has any argument that she likes enough to make left. "O-okay... They live near the shrine. We can go there now I guess..." I'm pretty sure there are at least two shrines in Gensokyo, but with the direction she starts floating in, I guess it's not the one at the top of the mountain we're already near. The other shrine is pretty far away if I recall correctly, but I don't mind that too much.

There are a lot of things I don't like about Gensokyo, but flying through it is definitely not one of them. We have wind and an atmosphere on the moon, not that I can explain how that works, but we don't have a sky like the one the Earth has. The clear blue of the sky, only obscured by the occasional fluffy white clouds is something that I only had a vague concept of before we came down here. We haven't been here that long, but it still looks amazing to me whenever I stop to notice it. Flying through it really enhances the view that much more.

We start following Dai as she flies to the east. I don't actually know the layout of Gensokyo that well. We had given it a couple of high level views, and we do have a map, but most of the information gathering we've done so far has started at the camp and went radially outward with us gradually increasing the area as we learn more. It doesn't take us that long to follow Daiyousei further than our usual information gathering trips would go. When I think of it like that, I feel like we really should have tried harder. I don't think it matters that much though, the spider drone was supposed to end up purifying everything here anyway. Why does it matter if we don't know everything about everything that was here after it's gone?

We're not flying that fast, so it takes a while to cross most of Gensokyo. I guess Daiyousei doesn't have a lot of speed. It's not that surprising, but I'm pretty sure Ringo and I both can fly faster than this, not that that would help since we don't know where we're going. Maybe a half hour later, I'm actually surprised that Daiyousei starts turning, taking us on a curved path. If we're flying, why couldn't we have just taken a direct path?

Ringo beats me to asking the question, though she asks it differently than I would have. "Hey Dai, you get lost or something? Why are we turning? We almost there?"

Daiyousei turns back to us. "Oh! Uh, I just always fly this way. I try to avoid going to the shrine most of the time," She looks nervous still, but I guess it's about something else now. "Miss Reimu can be scary sometimes."

I've actually heard of Reimu Hakurei before. She apparently visited the moon a few years back, so there was some information on her that we could find before we came down here. Rei'sen had apparently met her before as well, though I've never talked to Rei'sen personally. I just heard about it through rumours on the comms. From what I know, Reimu is not someone I want to mess with, so I guess I'm okay with a slight detour. We get there just fine, though it might have done a little bit more damage to Ringo's patience. I'll have to watch for that.

Daiyousei drifts down to the edge of a small clearing centered around a tree that's much larger than the surrounding forest. Incidentally, one of the things I don't like that much about Gensokyo is how many dumb forests there are all over the place, but that's not that important right now. Daiyousei points to the large tree in the center. "They live in there."

Oh. Well that's interesting. There were definitely not windows or a door on that tree previously. I guess that's fairy magic then. That would have been useful for our base if we could do that. I should talk to command about looking into that whenever comms get back up or we go back to the moon. Having our base be completely inconspicuous and hidden from, say, angry danmaku shooting former soldiers might be nice.

"Okay, thanks Daiyousei," I say to the fairy, now that we're almost here we should probably decide on how we're doing negotiations. "So how do you want to do this?" I ask Ringo.

Ringo shrugs. "I dunno, I guess Dai should talk to them first. We don't want to scare them or anything. Also they would need some explanation for why we know their house is here." She says. I don't get why she started that statement with an 'I dunno' when she had obviously already considered it beforehand but okay. That sounds reasonable.

"Okay, I guess so," I turn back to the fairy. "Can you talk to them first Daiyousei?" I ask her as nicely as I can.

"W-well I can, but they're going to know you're here anyway. Star's power will notice you." Huh, I guess we can't stealth this.

"Yeah, nah, that's fine. Starting with somebody they know would probably keep them from being immediately hostile," Ringo explains before I say anything. "We just want you to open negotiations for us."

Daiyousei looks worried, but still nods and walks slowly up to the door of the big tree. Ringo and I follow and stand off to the side of the door. We're far enough that we shouldn't seem like we pose much of an immediate threat. Unless we shot bullets I guess, but that seems to be a danger when interacting with absolutely anybody here. Daiyousei takes a deep breath before knocking on the door.

There's an awkwardly long pause after the knock. "Maybe they're not home?" Daiyousei says. She sounds like she's hoping for it pretty hard, but eventually the door opens slowly and another fairy, a bit smaller than Daiyousei, steps out.

Oh wow she's so cute! I mean the stolen kevlar helmet and camo jacket don't really go that well with the drill hair and frilly dress, but she's cute enough on her own that I still have to hold back the reflex to say awwwwww. If this is one of the fairies that stole from us I definitely don't want Ringo to hurt her or anything.

The other fairy looks a little relieved when she sees Daiyousei. "Oh, hello Dai," she starts off. "Who are they?"

"Um... They're Ringo and Seiran. They uh, wanted to talk to you." Daiyousei explains awkwardly. I don't think she thought through what she was going to say beforehand. I can sympathize there.

"Uh huh..." The other fairy takes about half a step back. I guess we're still worrying her even with having Daiyousei talk to her first. That's no good.

Daiyousei fidgets. "They're um... They're from that camp so we kinda... Stole from them." Well she sounds pretty sorry about it, but I guess we already knew that. It's how these other fairies act that actually matters.

The fairy takes another half step back as she opens her mouth slightly in realization. Her mouth is kind of weirdly shaped. That's kind of cute too. "Oh... Can you give me a second?" Before she gets an answer she starts yelling back into the house. "SUNNY! RETRIBUTION!" Wait what does that mean?

"SCATTER!" Something drops on the ground next to the fairy in the door...

OH GODDAMMIT!

My entire vision goes white and my ears ring so loud that I can't hear anything. They took a stupid flashbang from us! I hate these things so much! Do you know how much that noise hurts when you have giant rabbit ears? I grab my ears and hold them against my head as I try to get a hold of myself, but then something crashes into me and I fall over backwards.

Goddamn fairies. My brain hurts, I can't see or hear anything. This sucks. It takes a while of squinting before my vision comes back. It takes even longer before I can hear anything again. I try to piece together what happened. Apparently those fairies took at least one stun grenade from our equipment and figured out how to use it. When they realized we were here to get our stuff back, they decided to use one and get out of their house to make a break for it.

That was probably an okay plan but it looks like Ringo had managed to catch onto the fairy that Daiyousei was talking to earlier. Probably while they were scrambling past us. Nice. Ringo is still squinting somewhat, but otherwise looks pleased with herself. Even though that fairy is struggling to get out of Ringo's grip, there's no way she'll be able to break out. Not with how much dango Ringo's eaten. Not that that's probably necessary anyway, it's just a fairy.

[ ] Chase after the other fairies!
[ ] We've got one fairy, we should be able to ask her NICELY where our things are in her house.
[ ] Write in
>> No. 26388
[X] Chase after the other fairies!
>> No. 26389
[x] We've got one fairy, we should be able to ask her NICELY where our things are in her house.
>> No. 26390
[x] We've got one fairy, we should be able to ask her NICELY where our things are in her house.

Of course, we might find out they kept most of them somewhere else.
>> No. 26391
[X] Chase after the other fairies!
>> No. 26393
Hello if I could have another tie breaker that would just be absolutely swell thanks.

Also I'm not going to be able to update this Wednesday because of social obligations so I'll either be early on Tuesday or push it back until Thursday.
>> No. 26394
[x] We've got one fairy, we should be able to ask her NICELY where our things are in her house.

A bird in the hand, is worth two in the bush.
>> No. 26395
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[x] We've got one fairy, we should be able to ask her NICELY where our things are in her house.

My instincts tell me to chase the other fairies that got away, and I almost do so, but I hold back. They weren't expecting us, so they probably didn't have time to gather our stuff or move it out of here. I didn't see them, but they couldn't have been carrying much when they escaped. Our things are probably in this house. Even if I manage to catch more fairies, it won't add much more info than we can already get out of this one fairy.

That's assuming I could even find them. I don't know which direction they went in, or what they look like. Even if they were slow fliers like Daiyousei, we're still in much more familiar territory for them than for me. No, for now we should just focus on the fairy we have.

Speaking of that fairy, she's currently struggling to get out of Ringo's arms. She seems to be trying to not make a lot of noise, as if she's going to slip out without us noticing. That doesn't work very well when she's the only person we have to pay attention to though. Ringo doesn't have a hard time holding onto the fairy, but seems to be humoring her. "Oh hey, you're feistier than you look! Come on, don't you like hugs?"

The fairy obviously is not pleased with not being able to get away. "Well, not from jerks..." She mumbles unhappily. Aw, she's pouting.

"I don't think that's all that fair to say. You were the ones who stole from us. Also you hurt our ears and eyes with that flashbang." I say evenly. My ears are still ringing, and I can see that Daiyousei has fallen on the ground and is still rubbing her eyes. She probably got the worst of the blast.

The fairy looks at me, since she can get a good view of Ringo with the way she's being held. "Those are called flashbangs? That's a dumb sounding name."

Ringo laughs slightly. "Eh, flashbangs, stun grenades, whatever. What would you call them then?" She asks.

"Well Sunny was calling them light-boomers." Ringo snorts slightly at the answer and the fairy looks annoyed at her captor.

"Well whatever. So kid, why'd you do it?" Ringo moves on.

"I am not a kid. My name is Luna. And it was Sunny's dumb idea. 'You can't just leave a bunch of cool stuff like that sitting around! We'll put it to better use!' is what she said. We needed new helmets anyway." Luna explains. Well, we already knew that fairies are kind of self-centered, so I guess that's good enough reason for them.

I don't think she's going to apologize, not that that's what we're here for. "It's not just sitting around though, it was in our tents. We need those things back." I say.

Luna looks unimpressed. "What for? You weren't using it anyway. It was in a bunch of closed boxes."

I don't actually have much to say to that. We got a lot of stuff sent to us mostly for peace of mind, but we hadn't used most of it for anything. Still, I'd rather it be unused than used by fairies. Especially since these fairies seem pretty easily caught. There probably aren't a lot of places in Gensokyo that have Lunarian military weapons, and we're supposed to avoid revealing ourselves as much as possible. "That's not the point," I explain. Oh don't roll your eyes at me! "You fairies don't know what it's for, you could cause all kind of problems with it."

Luna nods. "Well, yes. We're going to cause problems for people anyway, that's kind of what we do. We're fairies." Yeah, okay, she's definitely not sorry. "You guys are youkai. Weren't you going to use that stuff to mess with people too?"

"Well, kind of. I guess. Not really." I say vaguely. I probably shouldn't tell this fairy that we're kinda here to purify everything.

"So isn't letting fairies mess with humans messing with humans by proxy? We're making your job easier," Luna seems happy with that logic. "So could you let me go now?"

"No." Ringo says. She seems to be amused by my trying to negotiate with this fairy, but I don't feel like I'm getting anywhere. Maybe I should be more direct.

"Look, Luna. Those things that you stole are ours. We need to get them back now. If you show us where our things are, we'll take them and let you go." There, that should be pretty clear.

"No." Luna says, trying to have the same tone as Ringo just had.

"Luna please..." Daiyousei says nervously as she awkwardly floats over to Ringo and Luna. "They promised that they won't hurt you, they just want to get their things back." I know Daiyousei is trying to help, but removing our ability to physically threaten Luna probably just makes things harder.

Luna jerks her head to the side and stares intensely at anything other than me or Daiyousei. Damn. I guess she doesn't want to talk anymore. You know, I wanted to be nice about this, but I'm not sure how effective it's turning out. I'm a bit unsure what I should say.

Ringo takes that as her cue. "Right! Negotiations are over now!" She yells happily as she spins to the side and kicks the door to the tree house off its hinges. Ringo I don't think you needed to do that, the door was already open. Ringo ignores Luna's noises of surprise and dismay as she walks into the fairy house confidently. I follow afterwards with a scared looking Daiyousei. I've seen Ringo break stuff like that plenty of times, but the fairies probably weren't expecting it.

Aside from the remnants of a stun grenade explosion and the door that apparently knocked over a pile of books and an armchair, it's quite nice in the fairy's tree house. It's not the kind of place I would like to live, since it's sized for someone considerably smaller than me, but I'd still call it quite cozy. The first room we walk into is apparently some combination of dining room, kitchen, and living room. The fairies don't appear to have a strong sense of organization, but I can understand more or less how the layout was developed. Things that are used together appear to be grouped together, but those groups aren't really organized logically. One side of the table for example has a big pile of newspapers and books, set right next to a coffee syphon and bean grinder. On the other side of the table though, I can already see some familiar boxes. Pretty sure those are the boxes of flares that Daiyousei was talking about. One of them is open, but I guess that's to be expected. They probably wouldn't have taken it without at least checking what was inside.

Ringo walks to the center of the room, easily pushing anything in her path away with her legs and hips. She makes it a point to knock everything over as violently as she can. Honestly she could probably do that without having ate any dango, this is all pretty small furniture, but okay. "So, this is how this is going to work. You can either tell Seiran and Dai over there where to find things, or I will have to search and find things for myself."

Luna looks distressed at the idea of Ringo romping through the house. "Okay..." She says reluctantly. I don't like it, but I guess that works.

...

It doesn't take all that long to gather up everything that Luna says is still in the house. She's pretty cooperative when faced with the prospect of having all the random knick-knacks in her house messed with (Why do they even have an American flag? That doesn't make any sense and also kinda pisses me off). I guess it's possible that she didn't volunteer everything, but the amount that we found seems pretty reasonable for how much four fairies could carry here in one trip while considering they had pockets available and that two of them got away with some other things. In total we find:

Almost 2 boxes of flares (Missing 4 flares)
2 sets of night vision goggles
3 stun grenades
1 small size radar jamming device (I'm surprised they carried this considering how heavy it is and that they probably don't even know what it is.)
2 boxes of handwarmers (Honestly I'd be fine letting the fairies have these. They're harmless.)
3 smoke grenades
The helmet and jacket that Luna is wearing

We can probably carry this back on our own. The question is if that's good enough to cause the problem solved. When pressed, Luna said she didn't know where the other two would have gone, so we'd have to wait for them to get back if we wanted whatever stuff they had on them. Luna claims that all the big stuff is here though, the other fairies probably just have a couple more stun grenades and flares on them.

[ ] Stay here and try to catch the other fairies when they get back.
[ ] Leave for now, we can come back later if it turns out they're causing trouble with our things.
[ ] Leave it at that. The fairies probably can't cause that much trouble with the few things they have left. Let's not worry about it.
[ ] Write In
>> No. 26396
[x] Leave for now, we can come back later if it turns out they're causing trouble with our things.

I'm sure it'll be fine.
>> No. 26397
[x] Leave for now, we can come back later if it turns out they're causing trouble with our things.
>> No. 26398
[X] Leave for now, we can come back later if it turns out they're causing trouble with our things.
>> No. 26399
[X] Leave for now, we can come back later if it turns out they're causing trouble with our things.

Of course, point this out to Luna when you leave.
>> No. 26400
[x] Ask her where our things are. NICELY

See, the thing about making a break for it, is that you give up whoever gets captured, along with the location.

Not a great plan.
>> No. 26401
[x] Leave for now, we can come back later if it turns out they're causing trouble with our things.
-[x] Leave the handwarmers as well

That sounds really useful for them.
>> No. 26402
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[X] Leave for now, we can come back later if it turns out they're causing trouble with our things.

Once everything is gathered together on the table and Ringo is satisfied that we've looked in every room, she lets Luna go. I'm a little worried at the idea that the fairy might try to danmaku us, but it doesn't happen, she just floats around us looking a bit indignant.

Unlike the fairies, we didn't bring jackets, so Ringo is the only one with pockets. It might be hard to carry all of this. If we get Daiyousei to help and put some of the grenades in the box with the flares and the other ones in Ringo's pockets... Yeah it'll work but it'll still be a lot. I'm actually a little impressed at how much stuff these little fairies carried across Gensokyo in so little time. I think we could make it easier on ourselves going back though.

"So how about this, if you promise not to steal from us again, not cause trouble with anything your friends got away with, and not tell anybody where our camp is, you can keep the hand warmers." That's my offer. Originally I wanted it to sound more charitable than that, but as I started saying it more conditions that I needed to add kept coming to mind. It's not like these promises are that hard to keep though.

Luna looks slightly confused at my offer for a second before she realizes what I'm talking about. I guess she didn't know what they were called. "Oh," she says plainly, looking at the boxes of hand warmers. "I don't think you're actually giving me a choice."

"Well technically we are," Ringo replies "I don't see any reason why you wouldn't take it, but it is a choice still."

Luna sighs. "Even if I can't do anything and she would have done the same thing, Sunny is still going to give me grief for agreeing to that," She grabs a hand warmer and shakes it slightly. "Oh well. These things are quite nice, so it's better than fighting and getting nothing. Fine."

With that, we've successfully negotiated the return of most of our stolen equipment, which is probably good enough. I scoop up the smoke grenades and night vision goggles while Daiyousei grabs the boxes of flares for the second time today. We can leave the rest for Ringo.

"Alright, cool," Ringo says happily, then leans towards Luna and continues. "Just remember what the conditions are. We expect you to behave with anything we left with you. We CAN come back here you know." Then as an afterthought, "Also remember to share some hand warmers with Dai if she wants them." Oh I hadn't thought of that condition.

Luna agrees easily, probably just hoping that we'll get out of her house without any more of an incident. After Ringo gathers up the remaining equipment and some awkward goodbyes, we start flying back to camp.

It's actually quiet most of the way back. Ringo looks pretty pleased with herself, while Daiyousei is much less nervous than she had been earlier. I guess she feels more at ease with us since we more or less kept our promise to not use violence. We have to go slow enough for Daiyousei to keep up with us, but other than that it's just a normal flight over Gensokyo. I'm struck with the thought of how nice the sky is again.

"Anyway, thanks for the help Dai," Ringo says out of nowhere. I don't know why she would start that sentence with anyway when we weren't talking but okay. "You really saved us there. If you're ever around our camp and we're there, I'll treat you to some dango anytime."

I'm not so sure that it's a good idea to invite a fairy to our secret base, but Ringo probably wasn't thinking about it too much. Dango is her standard way of repaying anyone for anything. Really it's just so she has an excuse to eat some too, as if she needs an excuse. It's kind of annoying though, we can't just buy dango here, so I'm the one that has to make it.

"Okay, sure!" Oh wow, Daiyousei's really cute when she smiles like that. "Um, why are you camping out here though? Aren't you scared of the feral youkai? Don't you have a home somewhere?" She sounds curious but also genuinely concerned about us.

Ringo hesitates for just a second. "We're ah... Exploring. We're not from around here, so we want to check things out before we settle down somewhere to live." I guess she didn't really have an explanation for that planned since we aren't really supposed to be talking to anybody. I don't have an explanation either though, so I keep my mouth shut.

Daiyousei gapes slightly in surprise at this. "Are you from outside?" She sounds a bit excited about it.

"Uh... Kinda. It's a little complicated, don't worry about it too much." I'd snark at Ringo's lack of a cover story, but I don't think I'd do any better thinking one up. We're probably going to need to come up with something to explain our presence now that I think about it. We were supposed to be stealthed from youkai by the spider drone, but that's not an option now. We can try to be discreet, we're actually not that bad at it, but our camp is only covered by the trees. The longer we're here the better chance that we'll be found.

We really should contact command soon and see if they have any suggestions on what we should do. The whole mission is probably shot, and it's weird that we haven't been ordered to do anything different yet.

The silence is probably because comms are down, but I'm not sure why that's happening either. It's never happened before as far as I know. It can't just be because we're in Gensokyo, because it only just stopped working today. It couldn't have been when our stealth from the drone broke either, because I used comms after that too. That just leaves me with the conclusion that Reisen must have done something at the capital that cut us off when she used the portal. I don't really know how or why.

Luckily Daiyousei doesn't press Ringo much harder for details. That's nice of her. I guess she's smart enough to realize when Ringo is being intentionally vague. She might also just believe that we're from the outside. She does still look pretty interested in us. As if we're suddenly going to do something weird. Trust me, Daiyousei, outsiders aren't that interesting. Or at least their humans aren't from what I've heard. Not as interesting as the moon in any case.

It's late afternoon by the time we get back to camp, though the day was so busy I feel like it should be even later than that. After dropping off the things in the equipment tent, it's time to say goodbye to Daiyousei.

"You let us know if those others start acting up with our stuff okay?" Ringo asks nicely while I give Daiyousei a handshake and thank her. Once I'm done Ringo gives her a big hug. Daiyousei seems to be pretty okay with it, though she's a little surprised. She agrees to Ringo's request and smiles when Ringo reminds her to stop by for dango some time.

Hm, I feel a little jealous. I should have hugged her too. Daiyousei really is cute.

"So that went well. Good work out there and all that." Ringo says as we watch Daiyousei float into the surrounding forest, waving back at us. Uh, hold on what did Ringo just say? Okay, I should probably stop her before she calls it a day.

"Uh, I think we still have work to do," I can see the groan attempting to escape Ringo before she forces it back down. "Oh come on, we can't just leave the others out there!"

Ringo sighs, "Yeah you're right, I know. I've just been thinking about how to handle it."

"That's a relief." I'm not actually sure if I'm being sarcastic or not. Ringo ignores it either way.

"We can't just run out there randomly. We're in hostile territory, they're all poorly equipped and kinda bad at danmaku. If they haven't come back yet it's because somebody or something is keeping them out there, they're lost, or..." She doesn't finish the thought.

I understand what she's implying by not saying the last option, but I don't think it would be that bad. At least I hope not. I mean I'm sure they're fine! It's gotta be one of those first two options anyway. "So do you have any ideas on what we should do?" I ask. Let's just keep the conversation rather than worrying about that other option that definitely wouldn't be the case.

"Well, we still have an hour or two before the sun is down completely, so we'll want to at least try something before all the tough youkai come out," Ringo says, turning back to the equipment tent. "Something caught my eye in here earlier, and I thought we could give it a try."

Ringo digs through one of the open boxes for a bit before coming back. Oh, two way radios. We don't really use those much considering the whole telepathy thing, but on the odd occasion that a lunarian is involved in an operation I know that the army keeps them around. Lunarians aren't connected to the comms we rabbits use. Or maybe the lunarians just don't like listening to all the chatter and random rumors that rabbits sent to each other. I don't know.

"Two of these were missing by the way," Ringo says as she drops one of the devices into my hand. "I hope those fairies enjoy them. Also we should probably switch off the default frequency so they don't hear us on accident."

"Huh..." I'm not that bothered by fairies with walkie talkies I guess. These radios aren't even going to cover that much distance unless you're flying. Gensokyo is too full of trees and other obstacles in the way. It isn't exactly ideal for us either, but it's at least something to let us split up and search nearby while staying organized without comms.

"So, what do you think? We can search around a bit before night, or we can stay here and hope they come back." Ringo asks me. I feel like she should give more orders since she's the one in charge, but she's always been like this. That's probably why the others felt like it was okay to leave on their own come to think of it.

[ ] Let's both stay at camp for safety, the others will have to find their way back.
[ ] Let's just look until nightfall, we're not good enough at danmaku to ensure our safety against powerful youkai.
[ ] We've got night vision goggles, and our friends are out there. We're looking until we find somebody.

If you want to leave camp, also vote here:
Seiran will:
[ ] Try going up the mountain
[ ] Try looking around the base of the mountain
[ ] Stay at camp in case somebody comes back

Ringo will:
[ ] Try going up the mountain
[ ] Try looking around the base of the mountain
[ ] Stay at camp in case somebody comes back

Other suggestions for the search are also welcome and may improve the rate of success.
>> No. 26403
[X] Let's just look until nightfall, we're not good enough at danmaku to ensure our safety against powerful youkai.
[X] Try looking around the base of the mountain
[X] Try going up the mountain
>> No. 26404
[X] Let's just look until nightfall, we're not good enough at danmaku to ensure our safety against powerful youkai.
[X] Try looking around the base of the mountain
[X] Try going up the mountain
>> No. 26405
[X] Let's just look until nightfall, we're not good enough at danmaku to ensure our safety against powerful youkai.
Seiran will:
[X] Try going up the mountain
Ringo will:
[X] Try looking around the base of the mountain

There are 3 missing rabbits, Sumi, Yuzuki and Chiyo. We don't know where the others went, but Sumi went up the mountain to find Seiran, so I think Seiran should be the one to look for her, and she should start by checking the way up to that spider probe.
>> No. 26406
[x] Night search
[x] Both at the base of the mountain
>> No. 26407
[x] Let's just look until nightfall, we're not good enough at danmaku to ensure our safety against powerful youkai.
[X] Try looking around the base of the mountain
[X] Try going up the mountain
>> No. 26408
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26408
[x] Let's just look until nightfall, we're not good enough at danmaku to ensure our safety against powerful youkai.
[X] Seiran will try looking around the base of the mountain
[X] Ringo will try going up the mountain

I need to think about it. There are three other members of our unit missing, Yuzuki, Sumi, and Chiyo. Sumi left camp to come find me after I lost, and the other two disappeared some time after that to avoid getting shot by Reisen. Just like Ringo said, something is probably keeping them out there, whether that means they've been captured or are just lost somewhere. Yuzuki and Sumi know that it's not safe to stay out overnight, especially now that the spider drone is destroyed. Chiyo is a bit of a different case, but if she left along with Yuzuki, then even that shouldn't be a problem.

I definitely want to find them as soon as possible, but it's not going to be easy to do that at night. We're not all that strong compared to some of the youkai around here. We know that youkai are more active at night, so we'll want to avoid staying out for too long.

If we split up, we'll obviously cover more distance, the real question is where we should go. Ringo's powerup from the dango earlier is probably wearing down or gone by now, but even without it, she's more powerful than me. Something about danmaku just makes sense to her in a way that nobody else in the unit picked up on. If one of us is going to go to the more dangerous parts of the mountain, it should probably be her. I'm not trying to avoid danger, it just makes the most sense to do it this way.

"Well I think it would probably make the most sense if you went up the mountain and I looked around the lower areas?" I phrase it as a question for some reason. I guess to make it easier on her to refuse the suggestion, but then that's probably not going to happen.

Ringo nods at that. "Sure, sounds fine to me. We know Sumi went that way at least, so I'll try to find her." She says. I'm not surprised that she's totally okay with it. Ringo is really open to suggestions when deciding on orders, probably even too much so. That's probably how she gets along well with Sumi, by letting her do whatever she wants.

As for me, I can go check the lower areas of the mountain. There's a lot of mountain to check, and the others could be anywhere. We've covered this area a lot during our earlier information gathering, so while I can't claim that I know absolutely everything that lives around here, I do know that we haven't found anything too dangerous yet.

Ringo glances up to see where the sun is in the sky, then starts walking away. "Well, grab anything you think you'll need, I'm gonna take a couple things then head out soon. Time's a wastin."

"Good luck." I say to her, getting a wave in response. I'm on my own now I guess. I shouldn't really need anything, but I decide to go back to the equipment tent and grab a pair of the night vision goggles just in case. That and the radio that Ringo gave me are probably good enough. Well I guess I also take my mallet, but that's not something that I normally think about any more. I don't really go anywhere without it.

After I'm equipped, I pick a random direction to start the search in, away from the direction that Ringo will probably take. Right before I go to leave, I hear my radio turn on.

"Oh yeah, I should check if this works. Mic check mic check. Yo." And then she starts beatboxing.

Ringo stop, you don't have to do that. Why are you even good at beatboxing?

"Yes, it works." I say into my radio.

Ringo stops. "Okay, cool thanks. Over."

Well I can at least appreciate that she was checking them. I don't know if these things are going to be that useful though. "Ringo, just remember that we don't know the exact range that these are going to cover. If I don't respond, try flying up in the air to get less things between us, but there still might be a point where we can't hear each other." I caution her.

"Right, also, notify each other of any problems or relevant information, avoid confrontation with Gensokyo natives as much as possible, and try to make it back to camp by the time the sun has set completely. Over." Ringo gives a brief overview of the mission to assure me that she is taking this seriously. Well, as seriously as she takes anything else I guess.

"See you in a couple of hours then, good luck." I repeat myself, but I'm sure there's no harm in it. I do want things to go well.

"Over and out." She answers.

I look back and see Ringo take off into the sky, but I think I'll stay on the ground for now. Camp is in a largely wooded area at the base of the mountain. Flying over all of the trees doesn't give me a very good chance of seeing much on the ground. Not that walking through the trees is much better for visibility, but I think I'll start on the ground for now.

I decide on a starting path pretty much randomly. Ringo may have the more dangerous part of the mountain, but at least she has some leads to go on. She can follow the river for a while then either head up the waterfall or continue on and find where the spider drone was last. Come to think of it, I'm not sure how much of it is still there. We know it was destroyed because our stealth went out, but we haven't checked on it since then. It might be a good idea to recover whatever is left of that thing at some point.

I suppose I could follow the river as well, just by going downstream instead of upstream. That's eventually going to dump me out at the lake where Daiyousei lives, which is probably not where the others would have went, but it's at least something to start with. Wandering randomly in the middle of the wilderness has too low of a chance of finding anybody or anything of interest. I decide that I'll start with the river and see if I can find anything unusual that would keep the others from getting back to camp.

I move along at as fast a pace that I can without making too much noise. I could just fly slightly above the ground to get rid of noise, but that takes energy and concentration that I'd rather devote to the search. Occasionally I come across a small animal or two, but other than that I don't find anything for quite a while.

Eventually, Ringo's voice comes over the radio again, a bit quieter than before. "Well, the kappa are still here, but I don't think they'd take any of our guys prisoner. There's no reason for it. Over." She says. From what we know about them, she's probably right. We found out about the kappa almost immediately when we started here, a lot of their settlements are pretty close to our camp, so we've had time to see their activities. Their brand of science and engineering isn't really near the level of the lunarians, but they're still orders better than pretty much anything else we've seen in Gensokyo.

They were closest to us, so they would probably be the first to notice us once our stealth ran out. For that matter, they were also close to where the spider drone was walking around purifying things, so there's no way they couldn't have been somewhat aware of that, and by that extension, us. I decide to suggest to Ringo...

(Choice before the end of the chapter)
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[ ] "They could have seen one of the others at some point today. Maybe you should check if they're acting or doing anything differently."
[ ] "There's no reason they'd take any of us prisoner or anything, so it'd just take up time to bother with them. You should keep moving."
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There's a small pause after my response. "You're not saying over when you're done speaking Seiran. Over."

Ringo, these things are full duplex, we can talk at the same time through them. I just answer her with "True." She probably knows already anyway.

After that, things are quiet. It's probably over an hour of walking until I start noticing any changes in the area. It has been getting darker just because of time passing, but as I continue forward it starts to feel a bit unnatural. The plants seem just a little bit less healthy, and there are fewer animals around. I can't help but get a little more cautious as I continue forward. It gets too quiet around here for something not to be happening ahead.

I try to silence myself as much as possible, I'm actually pretty good at sneaking, considering our unit specializes in infiltration and information gathering. Without hearing my own movement, I eventually start to hear a slight swishing sound. Maybe something like fabric? There's definitely something large moving around a lot up ahead. I try to get as close as possible before taking cover behind a tree and peeking out.

There's a single adult woman near a bend in the river ahead. As far as I can tell, she's human, not that I've seen many of those. She has green hair and and an elaborate dress covered with bows and frills. As for what she's doing, she's just spinning in place with her eyes closed. The whole scene just feels a bit bizarre. Some woman is spinning with absolute perfect balance alone in the middle of a forest, far away from any human civilization. There's obviously something to this, but I'm not sure if I should even get involved.

[ ] Talk to the strange woman. I need to get more information about this.
[ ] Just watch and wait, something about this feels like it shouldn't be interrupted.
[ ] Move far enough away to call Ringo and ask for her help. She kind of did the same for me after all.
[ ] Ringo said to avoid confrontations. I don't know if this woman will be hostile or not. I'll just leave.

(This sure is /youkai/ for an /eientei/)
>> No. 26409
[X] "They could have seen one of the others at some point today. Maybe you should check if they're acting or doing anything differently."

It could easily be either them or the tengu.

[X] Just watch and wait, something about this feels like it shouldn't be interrupted.

We don't want accidental bad luck.
>> No. 26410
[X] 1
[X] 4
>> No. 26411
[X] "They could have seen one of the others at some point today. Maybe you should check if they're acting or doing anything differently."
[X] Just watch and wait, something about this feels like it shouldn't be interrupted.
>> No. 26412
[X] "There's no reason they'd take any of us prisoner or anything, so it'd just take up time to bother with them. You should keep moving."
[X] Just watch and wait, something about this feels like it shouldn't be interrupted.
>> No. 26415
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26415
[X] "They could have seen one of the others at some point today. Maybe you should check if they're acting or doing anything differently."
[X] Just watch and wait, something about this feels like it shouldn't be interrupted.

I'm not exactly sure what I should do here. There's some woman I don't know anything about doing some... Thing that I also know nothing about. I guess it's possible she's crazy and not doing anything at all, but either way I probably shouldn't get involved. The thought to call Ringo and ask her what she thinks crosses my mind for a second, but I decide against it. I don't know how much she's trying to sneak around the kappa right now. It's probably better not to distract her until I know she's done gathering information.

Still, watching this woman is giving me really weird feelings. My instincts are telling me to stay away, but I also feel like something in me is being drawn towards her as well. Maybe it's just the way she's spinning. There's definitely some kind of magic something or other going on here, because these sensations aren't really physical ones. Honestly, this along with the almost total silence is getting me a little creeped out. If even animals are staying away, I probably shouldn't be bothering her either.

I duck my head back behind tree, deciding to just wait until the swishing noise of the woman's spinning stops. Her eyes are closed, but I can't guarantee they'll stay that way. My ears poking out whenever I try to peek would make me easy to spot, so I'll just stay still for now. I guess this is why Ringo and Sumi wear hats most of the time, but I don't like my ears getting squished down like that.

It takes a while, and I'm reminded of my least favorite part of stealth; waiting. It'd be one thing if this was a tense situation where I was in danger of being caught, but this is just the boring kind of waiting. All I can do is stare at all the trees. You know, forests were kind of interesting when I first came to Gensokyo, since we don't have a whole lot in the way of plant life on the moon. After this long of living in one though, I'm starting to get annoyed by them. So many trees that don't do anything but get in the way. I guess having them around is just another Earth thing that I don't appreciate yet. I just feel like the space could be better used.

After a while, I start to wonder if the woman's ever going to stop spinning. She's probably spent the last fifteen minutes doing nothing but spinning at this point, and that's just the time that I've been here. Who knows how long she was at it before I found her. Doesn't she ever get dizzy?

Ten minutes or so after that, I'm starting to wonder what exactly I'm waiting for. I could just go. When I start considering it though, I finally notice the sound slowing down. Well... Crap.

I had all that time to think about it and didn't really come up with a plan for what I'm doing next.

The woman makes a light sigh as her movement finally comes to a stop. She sounds... Content maybe? Like she just got done with a nice meal I guess. That's a little strange, but I'll worry about it later. I'm more worried that she seems to be walking towards me. I haven't let go of my mallet the whole time I've been waiting, but I still feel my grip tighten on it involuntarily. Just in case, I start trying to remember all the patterns on my spell cards. I'm not the best at that. Okay so "Speed Strike" has the lines of shots that go curvy at the end...

The woman stops walking near my tree, but she shouldn't be far forward enough to see me. I'm hoping she'll turn around and leave, but then she talks, facing my direction. "Thank you for waiting. Many don't have that kind of decency."

Crap! I can't remember how to do "The Eagle Has Been Shot" yet! I still jump up and hold my hammer out. She's probably going to get the first pattern like this, I should've thought of this while I was waiting!

Instead of shooting at me, the woman is just standing there calmly with her hands up. "Ah, no, it's okay. I don't want to fight you. If you were human I would warn you and try to scare you off, but you're a youkai. I'm sure you know what you're getting into if you're going up the mountain." She says, I guess trying to calm me down.

Should I let myself be calmed down? I'm not totally convinced, but it's at least true that she hasn't fired at me yet. Maybe some people here aren't as quick to start danmaku fights as I thought? I try to relax a bit, but I'm not letting my mallet rest on the ground yet. I hope this woman understands.

As if it wasn't obvious from her behavior, now that I get a closer look, this woman is pretty obviously not actually human. She just looks a bit too... I guess perfect would be the word here. I could say pure but that kind of has a different meaning where I come from. Regardless, this woman's appearance just doesn't seem to have enough flaws for some one who apparently makes a normal habit of walking around a youkai infested mountain. Her skin seems to be completely flawless, her clothes a little too clean and frilly. I try not to think of her as creepy, but first impressions are hard to shake.

I decide to start with the obvious question. "Who are you?"

The woman doesn't look surprised at the question, but does make some kind of face in reaction to it. Maybe disappointment. Not a lot of it though. "Well, people do make a point to avoid talking about me," She says, before clearing her throat and continuing. "My name is Hina Kagiyama. I am the goddess of misfortune."

Okay sure, a goddess. That makes sense. I mean, I've never heard of her, but apparently there are all kinds of gods all over Gensokyo so whatever. We have a few in the lunar capital as well, so I guess it's the same kind of thing. "I'm Seiran..." I feel like it's a pretty lackluster introduction after being told you're talking to a goddess, but I can't think of anything else to add on to it. We're not supposed to say we're from the moon, and I'm not good enough at improvising to think of something else.

Hina seems to not be bothered by it though. "Well then Seiran, did you need anything from me? Or were you just curious as to what I was doing?" She asks nicely.

I mean I did stick around and wait, so I might as well satisfy my curiosity. "I guess the second one."

Hina smiles and launches into what I assume is a speech she's made several times. "Oh wonderful, let me explain. You see, as a goddess of misfortune, I'm naturally attuned to the negative energies and bad luck that clings to living things and the environment itself. Over time, this attunement draws those negative forces towards me, allowing me to gather them all up. Once I've gathered them, I can absorb all of the misfortune, keeping it from befalling any living thing." She explains, apparently pretty happy to get a chance to talk about it.

"Uh huh..." I say, trying to process how that works. It seems like a simple enough idea, and I guess I can't really understand the finer details without being a goddess myself.

Hina looks a little worried at my thoughtfulness and continues on maybe just a bit too quickly. "I should clarify though, that it is perfectly safe to talk to or be around me. What you just saw was me absorbing the misfortune from the environment. While you may notice it being highly concentrated in some places. I can assure you that I am making it perfectly safe."

Okay, maybe people are afraid of her for what she does then? She certainly seems to want to keep me from feeling that way. I admit I was a little freaked out by the foreboding feeling of the area combined with how animals seem to instinctively avoid her and her doll like appearance. I can see how humans might want to avoid her for those things, given that they're pretty weak and fragile and probably a little stupid.

"Okay, I get it." I say. Hina looks relieved that I'm not scared of her, and I can't help but feel a bit bad for her. Maybe I could ask her for information. She seems like she doesn't get to talk to people much, despite wanting to, so she'll probably be willing to help if she can.

[ ] I'm looking for some friends. Have you seen any other rabbits lately? Do you know of anybody who might have seen them?
[ ] Is there anything around here that would maybe like... Make my friends go missing? They should be home by now.
[ ] I'm going to be in the area for a while, is there anything I should be careful of that I might not have seen?
[ ] How did you notice me? I was trying not to alert you.
[ ] Are you sure it's safe to be around you? The animals don't seem to think so.
[ ] So is the area here where there's lots of misfortune going to get better or something?
[ ] You take people's misfortune? What's involved in that? Could you do it for me?
[ ] You mentioned scaring away humans? I don't think I've seen any humans around here. Do they come around here often?
[ ] If you're a goddess, does that mean you have a shrine near here or something?
[ ] Why were you spinning?
[ ] I don't suppose you've heard about the uh... Spider thing that's been around here lately?

Feel free to ask as much as you want, (even something not on the list) but keep in mind that talking takes up time. Or you could:

[ ] Ask no questions. Avoid staying near the misfortune goddess.
>> No. 26416
[x] I'm looking for some friends. Have you seen any other rabbits lately? Do you know of anybody who might have seen them?
[x] Is there anything around here that would maybe like... Make my friends go missing? They should be home by now.
[x] I'm going to be in the area for a while, is there anything I should be careful of that I might not have seen?
[x] How did you notice me? I was trying not to alert you.
[x] Why were you spinning?
>> No. 26417
[X] I'm looking for some friends. Have you seen any other rabbits lately? Do you know of anybody who might have seen them?
[X] Is there anything around here that would maybe like... Make my friends go missing? They should be home by now.
[X] I'm going to be in the area for a while, is there anything I should be careful of that I might not have seen?
[X] How did you notice me? I was trying not to alert you.
[X] You take people's misfortune? What's involved in that? Could you do it for me?

If you feel something in you drawn to her ritual, that seems like you might have misfortune to get rid of.
>> No. 26418
[X] I'm looking for some friends. Have you seen any other rabbits lately? Do you know of anybody who might have seen them?
[X] Is there anything around here that would maybe like... Make my friends go missing? They should be home by now.
[X] How did you notice me? I was trying not to alert you.
[X] You take people's misfortune? What's involved in that? Could you do it for me?
[X] Why were you spinning?
>> No. 26422
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[X] I'm looking for some friends. Have you seen any other rabbits lately? Do you know of anybody who might have seen them?
[X] Is there anything around here that would maybe like... Make my friends go missing? They should be home by now.
[X] How did you notice me? I was trying not to alert you.
[X] I'm going to be in the area for a while, is there anything I should be careful of that I might not have seen?
[X] You take people's misfortune? What's involved in that? Could you do it for me?
[X] Why were you spinning?

Well, I can think of a few questions at least. Hina might not have any useful information, but I might as well try to get some information while I have someone who isn't hostile here. I'm on a time limit, but between asking the locals or randomly wandering, I guess I'll go with asking.

"So I was interested in knowing what you were doing, but I guess I could also use some help." Hina nods and looks at me expectantly, but doesn't interrupt. "I'm looking for some of my friends. Have you seen any other rabbits around here lately? Do you know of anybody who might have seen them?"

Hina thinks about it for a moment. "Hm... I did notice two people moving through the area much earlier in the day. I don't know if they were rabbits or not, but it could have been your friends. They were heading around the mountain rather than up or down it as far as I could tell. There aren't a lot of people in this area consistently though, so I don't know who else you could check with. I'm sorry if that doesn't help much."

Well that's something at least. It does match with what we know happened as well. Yuzuki and Chiyo left together. It would help if she knew they were rabbits though, because it could have just been two other people. "You noticed them but didn't notice if they were rabbits? Couldn't you see their ears?" I would think that would be a give away, I know that Yuzuki and Chiyo don't wear hats normally.

Hina shakes her head lightly. "I only noticed their misfortune, I can sense that without seeing someone."

Oh okay, that makes sense. I had been wondering so I might as well confirm it. "So that's how you knew I was hiding?" I ask. Hina nods.

"If it helps at all, one of them had very very little misfortune, while the other just had a normal amount." She adds. I don't really think it helps, I have no frame of reference for what that even means, but I guess I appreciate the effort. She's definitely trying to be helpful.

"Is there anything around here that would maybe like... Make them go missing?" I continue with my questioning. "They've been gone for hours, but they know how to find our place. They should be home by now."

Hina nods in understanding, then gestures to the side. "If you don't mind, can we walk and talk? I have more I need to get done tonight." She begins moving before I answer, but walks slowly and doesn't turn away from me in case I decline.

"Sure I guess" I want more information. We start walking along the river. I notice that we're going back the way I originally came, but I guess I won't complain about it.

Once I catch up and start walking beside her, Hina starts talking again. "I suppose the most likely thing would be that they got lost, but if you say they know how to get back, then you're probably asking for something more specific than that," Yeah, that's not all that likely. Being able to fly kind of makes getting lost a lot harder to pull off, since you can just go up in the sky to orient yourself. "I suppose there are a couple of other things that could be keeping them as well. If they went too deep into tengu territory, they could have gotten captured. They should have been caught and warned on entering though, the wolf tengu guards are very vigilant about doing that."

That's a possibility. I don't know why any of them would do that though. We scouted out the tengu's territory while we were stealthed, and there isn't much of anything worth sneaking in there for as far as I know. It's also further up the mountain, so I probably won't be able to check it before it gets dark. Maybe Ringo will get to it.

Hina looks at me and sees that I'm busy thinking about it, so she continues. "They could have also gone near the hermit, Kasen Ibaraki's house. I know that that place is magically hidden, so getting too close to it without following a specific path would cause you to lose your way. It would definitely let them out eventually though, and they could make their way back from there... Unless they somehow managed to make it through."

I don't know what the other rabbits would want with a hermit, but they probably wouldn't know they were going to a hermit's house anyway. That feels like another possibility that wouldn't make sense to me if it ends up true. I guess I can't rule it out though.

"Other than other miscellaneous youkai attacks, I can't think of anything else that would keep your rabbit friends from coming back to you." Hina concludes.

Random youkai attacks could also be a problem, but it's not something to go on unless I know what kind of youkai we're dealing with. "Could you tell me about those as well? I'm going to be in the area for a while, is there anything I should be careful of that I might not have seen yet?" I ask. I notice that the plants in the area looks a bit healthier compared to when I came through here originally. I also don't get the same feeling of something being wrong that I got before. I guess this is what Hina does when she absorbs misfortune in an area.

"Well I don't know what you might have seen, but there are quite a few youkai around the mountain. The kappa and tengu are of course the largest groups, but there are plenty of lone youkai living on the fringes as well. Most are only powerful enough to bother humans, any youkai that is too powerful here is usually dealt with by one of those larger groups or the Moriyas." Hina explains. "I have heard however that that wanted amanojaku from the incident two years ago may be around here lately. I would guess that she's hiding in the inverted castle while miss Shinmyomaru is occupied with whatever the current incident is, but that's just my guess. She could be anywhere."

I don't really know what she's talking about, but it sounds like it's news that a normal person would have heard about before. I'll just pretend that I get it. "I see. Is that dangerous?"

Hina spins in a circle once while she continues walking, then answers. "I don't know. She has managed to avoid being caught for two years, so there is something to be said for that, but I don't know if she's dangerous or not. I have heard that the reward has gone up again lately, but I'm not interested in that sort of thing."

I'm not very interested in earth money either, but I did catch Hina mentioning something else there that might be worth keeping in mind. An inverted castle. I never saw it, but Yuzuki talked about it before. She said it annoyed her, but there are a lot of things that annoy her like that. I guess it's possible that she went back there, though I'm not sure what she would be planning to do. Flip it rightside-up?

Hina also mentioned something about the Moriyas. I recognize the name as the same one on the shrine near the top of the mountain. I don't think Yuzuki or Chiyo would qualify as youkai that are too powerful and need to be dealt with though. Neither of them is that good at shooting danmaku or using magic. I guess I could ask the people at that shrine if they know anything though.

Hina comes to a stop with another twirl. "Did you need anything else? This seems like a good spot for me to continue working tonight." She asks, occasionally spinning in place while she talks.

I'm drawing a blank on anything else that's really important that I could ask. With how she keeps rotating though, I guess I'm a little curious about something not as mission critical. "Why are you spinning?"

Hina continues to twirl in place at random points. "It's just how I do what I do."

"Absorb misfortune?"

Hina hums happily. "Yes. It helps me focus on the natural energies of the surrounding world and specifically draw out the misfortune from the people and the environment."

"So to draw out misfortune from people all you have to do is spin at them?" I guess it's just something that I don't understand, but then I probably couldn't explain to people how I pull bullets out of other dimensions, so it's probably the same thing.

Hina giggles slightly. "Something like that. If you would like, I can show you. The amount of misfortune on you isn't so high that it is unmanageable, but I would still be willing to help you with it."

I look down at myself as if I'm going to be able to see a blob of misfortune stuck on me. Thankfully there's nothing there, because my mind was imagining some kind of gross purple and black goop for some reason. "Uh... Sure?" I guess there's no harm in letting her spin at me. She's certainly been doing it enough already.

"Oh wonderful!" Hina perks up happily before grabbing my hand in both of her own. She closes her eyes and concentrates for a few seconds, then lets me go. "Well then, just a moment." She says to me before taking a step back and starting to spin.

Oh, okay. This kind of feels like how I felt behind the tree. I feel like I'm being drawn towards Hina, but not in a physical way. Something more spiritual that is harder to pin down. It's a little strange but after a short while I do start to feel oddly relieved. I guess it's kind of like the feeling when you've been told that you don't have to do some task you had been dreading, only I can't think of what that task would be.

Anyway, it's pretty nice.

After a minute or two, Hina slows to a stop, ending her spinning with a small curtsy. "Thank you." She says simply, as if she had just finished a meal.

I'm a little surprised how simple that was. "That's all?" I ask. I guess there was probably a lot of goddess stuff that went on that I can't really understand.

Hina nods, but then jumps slightly, seeming to suddenly remember something. "There is one other thing actually," She looks a bit nervous all of the sudden. "I hate to ask this because it feels like I'm forcing you, but if you would stop by my shrine at some point and maybe give me a quick prayer it would help me out a lot. The Moriyas were nice enough to let me put up a small shrine at the bottom of the path to their shrine, near where they're planning to build the tramway. My name isn't on it explicitly to avoid people being unsettled by it, but I definitely can receive some faith from it so..."

Oh it's a religion thing. I guess that makes sense if she's a goddess. "Uh... If I can find time." I answer. Rabbits aren't known for being all that devout, but it's a bit of a different thing when you are speaking directly to a goddess who just performed a ritual to remove bad fortune from you. I guess I can try to do her this favor if I have time.

Hina sighs with relief. "Thank you, that's all I'm asking. You don't have to convert to worship me full time or anything. It's just that every little bit helps."

I'm out of questions, and I know that it's getting late now. There are probably only a few minutes until the sun sets, so I need to get going. "Well, thank you for all your help Hina. I'll let you get back to work."

"It was no trouble. Do come find me again if you run into any bad luck." She says happily. She waves at me a bit as I turn to leave, then starts to spin again.

Well, that was a lot of information, but it's all speculation and none of it may matter. There wasn't anything concrete. She wasn't even sure if the people she saw were rabbits or not. I don't have a lot of time to investigate anything, so I decide to...

[ ] Head back to camp. I can regroup with Ringo and we can decide on a plan of what to do from there.
[ ] Go to Hina's shrine and pray. She asked nicely, and I know where the main path up the mountain is already.
[ ] Tell Ringo over the radio that I'm staying out longer. I need to check on:
- [ ] The tengu's territory
- [ ] The Moriya shrine
- [ ] The upside-down castle
- [ ] The hermit's house
>> No. 26423
[x] Go to Hina's shrine and pray. She asked nicely, and I know where the main path up the mountain is already.
>> No. 26424
[X] 2
I can't resist the Kagiyama.
>> No. 26425
[X] Go to Hina's shrine and pray. She asked nicely, and I know where the main path up the mountain is already.
>> No. 26426
[x] Go to Hina's shrine and pray. She asked nicely, and I know where the main path up the mountain is already.
>> No. 26427
[x] 2

A prayer isn't asking for much and she did help her so...
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[X] Go to Hina's shrine and pray. She asked nicely, and I know where the main path up the mountain is already.

I have time, but not enough of it to investigate anything well enough that it would matter. I can do this one small thing now, then Ringo and I can figure out what to do when I get back. Going to a shrine probably won't help with the mission, but I guess that's okay. I'll just think of it as paying back someone who helped out.

I'll call Ringo first though, might as well check in with her. "Hey Ringo, you there?" I say into the radio. I try to be quiet just in case she's in hostile territory, not that it would probably help.

"Yup, I'm here, what's up? Over." She answers back pretty much immediately.

She's still doing that over thing I guess. "Okay, I haven't found anyone, but I did get some information about things that are going on in the area. I have one more quick thing to do, then I'm coming back. How about you?"

"Same here on all of that actually. Taking a bit of a detour, but it won't take long. I'm calling a meeting when we get back. Over." No surprise there. Ringo's official title is Chief Information Management Officer, and she has it for more of a reason than to just have the highest rank in the unit. Even if she's lazy, she is also probably the best of us at keeping our priorities straight. It's not unusual for Ringo to call at least one meeting per day when we're actually doing something, just so she can hear everything from everyone and get a full understanding of every situation she can.

"Okay, that's fine, see you then." I say, lifting off into the air and orienting myself towards where I want to go.

"Lemme know if you run into any trouble. Over and out." Ringo concludes with that, and the radio clicks off.

I figure out which direction the main path up the mountain is and start flying towards it. Staying in the trees isn't really worth it at this point. It's getting too dark to search for anyone anyway. I also have a specific destination now, so I might as well fly there quickly before it gets too late in the day.

While I'm thinking about it though, I'm a little annoyed by earth time. I don't have it as bad as Chiyo does of course, but I still don't feel like I've adjusted to the way that Earth does timing. I'm used to a day being something like 29 and a half times as long and having a bunch of cycles within each day. I mean objectively it makes sense, having a living cycle of 24 hours match up with the day night cycle I can understand. I've just lived on lunar time for so long that it's still throwing me off. It definitely doesn't help that we use the same words to describe segments of time, but most of ours are slightly shorter. The faster cycles of this planet around the sun are making me feel like everything is taking less time when it's actually taking more. It's been an awkward adjustment period. I wonder how much longer we're going to be on Earth. Maybe I won't have to get used to it.

Regardless, it's not a long flight to get to the main mountain path. She said it was near where a tram was being built, so it's probably near the bottom somewhere. A tram probably would be pretty helpful to people who can't just fly everywhere, though I'm not sure why those people would come all the way out here just to get to the big shrine at the top of the mountain. If the Moriyas wanted humans to come to them, why'd they put themselves on top of a mountain covered with youkai?

Oh hey here it is.

Hina's shrine, at least I have to assume it's hers, is a relatively new looking wooden structure, barely even big enough that a person could fit inside. There are a few steps leading up to the front of it where I guess you're supposed to leave any offerings and pray, but other than that there isn't all that much to it. In front of those steps, I can see a small sign saying that you should offer prayers for good fortune if you're journeying up the mountain. I guess removing bad fortune and having good fortune are basically the same thing.

Hina mentioned her name wasn't on this intentionally, but still it doesn't really feel like it's HER shrine if that makes sense. At least not from the impression I got from her during our short interaction. It feels kind of like an afterthought that was just stuck in here to coincide with a business venture. Even more so when I notice the second sign a few feet off to the right that mentions this is the future site of "The Youkai Mountain Aerial Tramway". I guess gods have to get faith somehow though.

Religion really isn't so much a big thing for rabbits, probably because we're not exposed to it very much. The few gods and goddesses that are on the moon are even less interested in talking to us than the lunarians, so we tend to just let it be. I guess it's also part of it that most of us aren't hugely loyal most of the time, so most probably wouldn't stick with regular prayer for very long even if they started at some point.

I guess what I'm saying is that I don't really know much about praying. Do I just like... Think at this shrine now? What am I even praying for? I guess it should be to have my misfortune taken away, but that already happened when I talked directly to the goddess I'm supposed to be praying to so that's probably not even necessary right now.

For starters, I walk up to the shrine and bow my head. I guess I should also clasp my hands together. That seems right. Now for the actual praying, I guess it should be something like...

I know I just saw you Hina, but if you could help my friends at all, keep bad luck away from them so they can stay safe while they're stuck out on this mountain, I think that would be the thing I'd ask for... Thanks I guess? I don't know how you are supposed to end prayers.

I stay still like that for a bit longer. I know nothing is going to happen, it's not like she's going to answer me, that's not how this works. I'll just have to have faith that it'll work out now. That's probably more how it does work.

When I'm finished, it's time to head back to camp, so I get flying. Honestly, I feel a bit comforted from coming here and doing this. Like things are a little bit closer to being okay, even though I don't really have anything that would indicate they were. It's weird, but I assume this is how religious stuff is supposed to make you feel. Kind of a shame we didn't get much opportunity to do this sort of thing on the moon.

On my way back when my radio comes back on. "Seiran come in. Over."

It hasn't even been that long since we just talked Ringo, why do you sound so excited? "I'm done here, I'm coming back now, don't worry." I answer.

Ringo laughs once before answering. "Nah I wasn't worried, I was just saying you probably want to get back here. We have somebody joining us for our meeting tonight. Over."

I feel myself jump in excitement. It doesn't really have much of an effect when I'm flying but it does happen. "You found somebody?!"

Ringo laughs again. "More like she just found her way back. Hurry up, we still go business to get through tonight! Over and out!"

Oh, well way to not tell me who it is and keep me in suspense. I speed up as much as I can, directly towards camp.

When I arrive back at camp I land in the center clearing, right next to the table. It's a little odd, but nobody is here. I would think Ringo and whoever came back would be here where we normally have our meetings. I guess they're doing something or other. I'll just have to wander around and find them.

I check everyone's tents, as well as the equipment tent. No luck. There's only really one other actual structure at camp that they could be at, but I don't know why they would be there. There's an area a bit outside of camp where we intentionally collapsed a few trees for cover, then dug a small underground bunker underneath for the portal to be hidden away in. It was a bit more cautious than we probably had to be, considering we were stealthed anyway, but we were told that keeping the portal safe was pretty much priority one. Considering it's our way back to the moon, I agree with that idea.

Once I get to where the enclosure is, I have to clear a few tree branches away as well as search on the ground for the hidden latch. It's not the easiest thing to do in the dark, but I get it eventually. It's just a short drop into the small enclosure. When I drop down I immediately notice that Yuzuki is here. It's only been half a day, but I'm still really relieved to see one of the other rabbits made it back safely.

"Hey welcome back. What are you guys..." I trail off when I get a full look at the room.

Oh that's bad.

"So... Try not to freak out if you can. I thought you guys already knew, since I noticed it immediately when I got back but uh..." Yuzuki looks awkward and also doesn't finish her sentence.

When Yuzuki starts talking, Ringo turns back to look at me. She appears to be obviously worried, which is pretty unusual for her, but I'm still too distracted to say anything.

That's really bad.

The portal isn't open anymore.

That's really really bad.

That's really really really bad.

That's really really really real-

[ ] Panic
[ ] Nope. I'm out. Going to bed. Nope.
[ ] Faint
[ ] Force myself to not panic NO MATTER WHAT
>> No. 26440
[X] Faint
>> No. 26441
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[x] Force myself to not panic NO MATTER WHAT
[x] LET THE GAME BEGIN
[x] NO MATTER WHAT
[x] MAY THE BEST RABBIT WIN
>> No. 26442
[X] 4
Even Ringo is afraid, stay strong.
>> No. 26443
[X] Force myself to not panic NO MATTER WHAT
>> No. 26445
[x] PANIC
>> No. 26450
>>26442
> [X] 4
Please don't do that. It just makes things harder to read and to tally.

(Also it implies a voting culture in which write-ins are considered unacceptable by default, which is probably not something we'd like to inculcate.)

[X] Nope. I'm out. Going to bed. Nope.
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[X] Force myself to not panic NO MATTER WHAT

I feel nauseous. This shouldn't be happening. Why is this happening? I'm vaguely aware of bullets flying around on the edge of my vision. Yeah, I must be losing it if I can't even keep that suppressed. I think Yuzuki is saying something to me, but I can't focus on it. This is really bad. That portal is our only way back to the moon, and we can't fix it. We only used the portal to get here, we don't know how it was set up. It's closed now. How are we going to go home?!

I feel like screaming, maybe fainting. Anything really. I thought I was close to panicking earlier in the day, but this is so much worse. I just know I'm going to freak out.

"Seiran." I feel a hand on my shoulder. I guess Ringo moved up to me, which is weird because I don't know what I was looking at if it wasn't her. What was I doing besides freaking out? Why am I like this? I need to calm down before I lose it. Now. My jaw hurts. Oh I'm clenching my teeth. My hands are also in pain. I'm gripping my hammer way too hard. Okay, stop. Breathe.

Yuzuki puts her hand on my other shoulder as I'm trying to get a hold on my breathing. I think having both of them here is helping actually. I know they're both worried about this as well, but they're not freaking out. I can do that too. I can not freak out. It would probably be a lot easier if I did, this is a pretty bad situation, but I know it's not going to be helpful or productive to panic. I just need to breathe.

"Let's... Let's go have a meeting." I suggest after another couple of minutes of just breathing. Ringo looks relieved and nods, which makes me realize she may have been more concerned about my reaction than she was about the portal actually being down. She's probably worried about both things though. I think. It'd be kind of weird if she wasn't.

Yuzuki lets go of my shoulder and takes my hand in both of hers. She pulls me slightly, which I appreciate, because my legs weren't very willing to move just because my brain was telling them to. As I turn around Ringo puts her other hand on my other shoulder and follows me out, just pushing me along a little bit. By the time I get to the small ladder to climb out of the bunker, I think I'm mostly back in control of myself, or at least my legs. Once all three of us have climbed out, I even help Yuzuki cover the entrance back up. We definitely don't want anybody making off with any of the parts that make up the base of the portal before it comes back on. Which is a thing that it's definitely going to do. Eventually.

Nobody says anything as we go back to center table and sit in normal seats. It feels a little awkward because the other side of the table is usually Sumi and Chiyo, while Ringo sits on the side, so Yuzuki and I are currently sitting next to each other with nobody across from us. Yuzuki doesn't seem to mind it though, which is odd. I guess she finds it more important to sit in her usual chair than to keep things symmetrical.

Ringo stretches her fingers to make them crack as she sits down. "Alright, let's calm it down a bit and get started then," She says, taking charge like normal. She'd usually have snacks set out at the table, but I guess she was too distracted by something HORRIBLE happening to get them ready for this one. "Yuzuki, I think I'll let you go up first."

Yuzuki nods just slightly, apparently prepared for this. "Chiyo and I... Left camp earlier today." She starts plainly. "In our defense, we wouldn't have made a difference to what happened, and it was also her idea. I do apologize for leaving without asking first, but when Chiyo left, I felt like I had to keep track of her as best as I could."

Ringo waves her hand dismissively to cut off the apologies and explanations. "Discipline and punishment and stuff will wait until we've got everybody back here. I'd rather just hear what happened so we can keep things going. Where'd you guys go, and why isn't she with you now?"

Yuzuki flinches just slightly at the mention of discipline, but nods again and continues. "I'm not quite sure what Chiyo's reason was, but she told me she was only going to be out for a bit. We all know that for her, 'a bit' doesn't mean anything, so I wanted to keep track of her. We seemed to just be walking around the mountain. I don't know if she had an actual destination, but it didn't matter. We got attacked by some youkai for no reason and she ran off while I was dodging danmaku."

"And you spent the rest of the day out looking." Ringo finishes for her.

"Yes," Yuzuki says apologetically. "I managed to avoid the spell cards until the youkai ran out of them, but it took a while.I had no idea where Chiyo went afterwards. She was way out of my range."

"Good job on beating that youkai though." I offer, trying to give her something to feel good about. I'm a bit surprised that she more or less won a danmaku duel. She doesn't even look like she had been in a fight. Her short ponytail isn't loose and the yukata that she always wears (for some reason) looks completely in order too. I guess she wouldn't let it be any other way though.

Yuzuki smiles slightly, but still tries to downplay it a bit. "Well I think it was just lucky how our powers matched up. She could flip things upside down or left and right quickly, but it wasn't instant or random, so I could still comprehend a pattern out of it even if my perspective was different. Her danmaku also weren't incredibly fast, which helped with the patterns as well."

Yeah, I didn't quite get that, but that's how it always is with Yuzuki's power. Yuzuki has a form of extrasensory perception. Her ESP gives her an understanding of every entity that's physically within an area, even without her other senses interacting with that entity. The more familiar she is with an area the larger that area can grow, but even when she's in new locations it's still very useful for information gathering. I've tried to get her to explain how it works to me a couple of times, and most of the time her explanations involve her "just knowing the patterns of everything around her," which doesn't really explain it at all.

Ringo isn't too concerned. "Well it sounds like you're not too at fault at least. Youkai are going to be a problem from here on out. You should've said something over comms though, I'm pretty sure they were still up at the time. We could have tried to help you after we lost here." Yuzuki looks down sadly.

Well that's a good enough reason for why she was gone, but it could have also just been Yuzuki trying to avoid conflict that she knew was coming here. There's kind of a problem with most rabbits in general, and Yuzuki is a good example of it. A lot of us rabbits are simply not the best soldiers. A lot of us are skittish, impulsive, and somewhat lacking in loyalty to a cause. Lunarian science and magic being way ahead of anything on earth can only make up for that so much.

I think Yuzuki is a great friend, and I like having her around. I've also known her for years, so I have some basis for making this assessment. Her power offsets a lot her problems by making her really useful in information gathering, but she is probably the worst soldier in the unit.

"Anyway, Seiran and I had quite a day, so let's move on and talk about that." Ringo continues. "So, you don't know Reisen right?"

Yuzuki shakes her head. "No, I only heard about her after she left the moon. Didn't she go through basic training at the same time as you guys?" She asks. Yuzuki is actually older than us by a few years, which makes her the oldest rabbit in the unit as well.

"Right, well, Seiran didn't say it over the comms, but it turns out that it was Reisen that beat her and was coming to camp..."

Ringo summarizes the events earlier in the day, how both of us lost to Reisen, how Reisen went through the portal for a while then came back out, how we found out that our stuff was missing, and how we got it back from fairies. I notice that she left out the part where she took a nap and I had to wake her up to make her get back to work, but otherwise Ringo does a pretty good job of bringing Yuzuki up to speed.

For Yuzuki's part, she mostly stays quiet and motionless, just listening. That's perfectly normal for Yuzuki. She tends to only move if the person she's talking to moves. She only interrupts in the middle to express annoyance when Ringo mentions that the fairies made a mess of the equipment tent. I would guess she plans to clean it up later, or at least do her definition of cleaning, which nobody else understands completely. It's something to do with patterns though, I'm sure.

"After that we decided to split up and search for you guys, though apparently we didn't find anybody and you knew to come back on your own. We did find other stuff though. Seiran, go ahead." Ringo gestures to me. I guess it's my turn before hers.

"I was looking around the lower areas of the mountain for you and Chiyo when I randomly met a goddess," I start explain to Ringo and Yuzuki. I'm not as good at talking through everything as Ringo is, so Ringo occasionally needs to clarify something or ask a question, but I do eventually get through it.

Once I finish with all the information that Hina gave me, Yuzuki speaks up. "I think I was near that hermit's house that you mentioned. There was a short time when I felt my powers acting weird, so that may have been the magic that makes people get lost if they try to go there."

"Do you know where it is? Could you get there again?" Ringo asks before I can respond. Yuzuki nods to her. "Alright, good to know just in case. Anything else Seiran?"

I decide to leave out talking about how I went to pray at Hina's shrine for now. I'm not sure if the others would think it was weird or not, and I didn't exactly get anything from it. It's not that I'm embarrassed about my sudden interest in a religion. It just doesn't seem that relevant to what we're talking about. "No, not really." I finish somewhat awkwardly.

Ringo nods, satisfied with that. "Well that's a lot of places to check out at least. Good job. I guess it's my turn now then," Ringo leans back comfortably as she starts explaining her evening. "I went and looked further up the mountain, toward where Seiran first fought Reisen. We know that Sumi at least started going that way when she left camp, though she could have gone anywhere after that. I came across the kappa first, and Seiran and I agreed that I should at least check on them, even if it was unlikely they had captured anyone. As expected, I didn't notice Sumi, but that doesn't mean that there's nothing going on there. I think a lot of their homes and stuff are hidden underwater, but from what I could catch while sneaking around, some of them are pretty active and excited today."

"More than usual?" I ask. "From what we've seen, they seem to always be building something or other that they're excited about." Not that we've ever seen them actually testing any machines that work.

"Yeah... Well, no point in building suspense. I'm pretty sure they stole the drone," I guess I should have seen that coming, just based on how things have been going today. "After I checked them out, I took a quick look at the last known location of the drone and couldn't find it. The kappa are interested in technology, and had to know about the drone when it started moving around. It adds up in my mind that they'd be tracking it and would want to check it out once it stopped purifying things. We're probably going to have to get it back from them. Command would pitch a fit if we let lunarian tech get captured by random Earth youkai."

I try not to groan. She's completely right, command would hate it if they knew we didn't recover the drone as soon as it was broken. I was the last person who saw it, and it was working then, but it must have been broken by somebody shortly after that, because Reisen wouldn't have been able to see me if it was still intact. The drone was supposed to both cloak us from Earth youkai, as well as purify the environment, but other than that, I don't know anything about how it works. It could actually be dangerous if the kappa start messing with it.

"So that's what we've found out before coming back tonight," Ringo concludes. "Which just leaves us with what we were all present for." She looks awkwardly at me.

I still feel discomfort in the pit of my stomach. I kind of want to go to bed even though it's way too early to do that. "The portal." I say plainly. The portal was something that was set up before we came here. None of us know how it works or why it's closed now.

Ringo nods and reaches for some dango before remembering that there isn't any there. "I dunno what to do on that one. We don't know what happened after Reisen went in there, or why it stopped working after she came out, or even when exactly it stopped working. There just isn't enough information, and we can't get any from the moon without comms. The only thing I can think of is talking to Reisen, but we have no idea where she is either."

"What if we just left it alone?" Yuzuki asks. "I'm sure that command will fix things on their end eventually. Once we have comms back we can figure out what happened and what we need to do to fix the portal."

That's pretty optimistic, but I kind of want to think that way as well. Ringo shrugs her shoulders before responding. "Well, we don't have many other options anyway... Unless we could get to the moon ourselves." Ringo laughs at the idea. "I think we should stay in camp for tonight though, we don't know how much of a threat youkai are going to be through the night now that we're visible. We're not exactly camped in the safest place either. Tomorrow we'll get up and focus on... I dunno, any suggestions?" She asks. As usual, she tries to get our opinions before making the decisions.

[ ] Let's investigate the kappa and try to find the spider drone
[ ] Let's try to find the other rabbits
- [ ] (specify where to search)
[ ] Let's try to find Reisen and investigate what happened with the portal
[ ] Other suggestion (Write-in)

And for the evening

[ ] Spend time with Ringo
[ ] Spend time with Yuzuki
[ ] Spend time alone and try to calm down
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Also the characterization is different so I probably wouldn't use it for an update image, but this random 4koma is what I'm using to base Yuzuki and Sumi's appearances off of.
>> No. 26453
[X] Let's try to find Reisen and investigate what happened with the portal
[X] Spend time with Yuzuki
>> No. 26454
[X] Let's try to find Reisen and investigate what happened with the portal
[X] Spend time alone and try to calm down

I would vote to find the other rabbits, but I have no idea where they should look.
>> No. 26455
[X] Let's try to find the other rabbits
- [X] Near that hermit's place
[X] Spend time with Yuzuki
>> No. 26456
[X] Let's try to find the other rabbits
- [X] Near that hermit's place
[X] Spend time with Yuzuki
>> No. 26457
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[X] Let's try to find the other rabbits
- [X] Near that hermit's place
[X] Let's try to find Reisen and investigate what happened with the portal
[X] Spend time with Yuzuki

"I want to find the others, but I also don't think we should just sit and wait for command to fix the portal either. We should try to do both things I think." I'm a little torn and my words don't come out very well. The others don't seem very swayed by my suggestions either.

Ringo gives me a blank look before she leans back again and stares into the sky. The moon has come out by now. I have to admit, it looks really nice from here, even though you can only see some of it. "Only lead on the portal is Reisen... We'd have to find her... We need more info..." She's just mumbling to herself.

"If it helps, I can volunteer to check out the area around the hermit's house tomorrow." Yuzuki offers to keep things moving. "Chiyo could have gotten lost around there, and my powers would at least let me know when I'm getting magically misdirected."

Ringo sits still for a bit longer before sitting up suddenly, apparently reaching a decision. "You know what, I'll think about it overnight. Let's break here and reconvene in the morning," She puts her hand on her stomach and smirks. "I need some brain food, and some for the rest of me too. It's not like it makes that much of difference whether we figure out what to do tonight since we're not leaving until tomorrow."

Well so much for reaching a decision. Yuzuki doesn't look satisfied with that, but that's pretty much normal. Yuzuki always wants Ringo to lead us more strongly, it just never actually happens.

As for me, I'm okay with waiting on it. I'm still not sure on what our priorities should be, and it seems like Ringo isn't either. If she needs time to make the best decision, I'm okay with giving it to her. I just hope nothing bad happens overnight.

Seeing that Yuzuki and I aren't saying anything, Ringo takes it that we don't have any problems. "Adjourned!" She smacks the table with her palm and jumps up. "Di~i~inner time!"

Yuzuki sighs as she watches Ringo head off to her own tent. "Well, I guess we should eat as well. We've been so busy today that I haven't had anything since this morning. Care to join me?"

"Uh, sure," I hadn't even been thinking about it since today has been so busy, but I also haven't eaten anything in a while. I haven't even prepared anything. Now that I think about it, I didn't even finish the mochi I was making when I got attacked by Reisen. What a waste. "It'll probably have to be MREs though."

We have a pretty decent amount of packaged rations from the moon. They aren't the worst tasting things, but not the best either. We can do better if we have ingredients and time. Yuzuki isn't bothered by us having to default to them though. "Sure, I'll grab a couple from one of the crates in the equipment tent."

Oh wait, the equipment tent. "Uh, maybe I should..." I move to get up, but she's already walking away. I have a feeling that she's not going to like what she sees in there, I didn't really have any time to clean up. Sure enough, a bit later hear a very loud and very annoyed groan coming from the equipment tent.

When Yuzuki comes back she has an obvious grimace on her face, but doesn't say anything about it beyond "I hate fairies". I'm pretty sure she doesn't actually mean it, but when she sees things messed up like that she's going to get annoyed with someone. That's just how it is.

The MREs are self heating with a bit of water, so we don't have to do much after Yuzuki sets them up to cook by themselves. While we're waiting I decide to pop back into my tent and bring out a jar of dehydrated peaches that I bought on the moon before we left. I'm a little worried that we're eating something like this that is suddenly limited to us, but I just want something nice to eat. I guess it's also not actually any use to save food if you're not going to eat it.

Things are quiet for a while as we eat the peaches and wait for our meals to cook. I have time to notice that Yuzuki seems to intentionally be eating exactly half the amount of peach slices that I eat. "I really am sorry." She says after a few minutes.

It doesn't occur to me immediately what she's talking about. We had settled into something so normal that I guess I wasn't really thinking about all the weirdness today. It takes me a second, but I guess she's talking about leaving without saying anything earlier. "It's not that big of a deal," I respond. There is one thing I'm wondering though. "Was it actually Chiyo's idea though? Not to be rude."

Yuzuki folds her hands in front of her, apparently done snacking for now, and nods. "It was. She can act tough during training and drills, but she was in the infantry for a longer time than the rest of us. She's heard enough bad stories to want to avoid combat." Aside from Chiyo, none of us have ever been in real combat, and even she wasn't all that involved in the war.

"Okay, I was just wondering. For the record, I'm not mad at either of you, just worried."

The Second Lunar War was a stressful time for all of us, but mostly from command drilling us too hard rather than from actual fighting. The earth forces were pretty small, and couldn't really get much in the way of reinforcements. Since they were invading us and we were defending, there wasn't a whole lot for our unit to do, so we were never deployed, just drilled really hard. It was different for the infantry, which Chiyo was in at the time, though even then she's told us she only had to actually fight once over the whole three years of the war.

Yuzuki looks relieved at my answer, but still looks like she wants to ask something. Eventually she gets around to it. "... Did it hurt?"

Oh yeah, I had my first real deal danmaku duel today. Ringo and I had practiced before, all of us had actually, but it really isn't the same thing as actually dueling. Reisen didn't go easy. At all. "A bit, yeah," I laugh a little. "Kinda like having a bunch of tiny balls of pain thrown at you. Getting hit by one wouldn't be so bad, but man Reisen has had a lot of time to get good at it." It was actually kind of inspiring when I think about it. My patterns are nice, but Reisen's attacks take advantage of her powers in a way that I could never even try to pull off. "I feel like I kinda want to give it some more work sometime. I won't ask you to practice if you don't want to though."

Yuzuki is very good at dodging slower more rigid patterns, but is thrown off easily by randomness. Her and Chiyo are actually both pretty good at dodging in general, but aren't really good at firing lots of bullets very quickly or powerfully. We've all pretty much decided that they're not cut out for dueling, that would have to come down to Ringo and I.

That does remind me of something from earlier though. "Oh yeah, Reisen had a weird gun with her when we fought today. I've never seen that model before. Seems weird that she'd get new tech down here. It looked pretty high quality too."

Yuzuki doesn't seem as interested in it as I am. "Well everybody knows that she's hiding out with the exiled Lunarians, wherever they are. I would assume that Miss Yagokoro is still doing all kinds of experiments in in science and medicine."

Oh yeah, I guess that's true. You couldn't last long in the lunarian military without hearing the name Eirien Yagokoro, so I feel a little silly for not putting two and two together. Though that makes me think of something else as well. "Hm, I guess we really should find Reisen then. Maybe Miss Yagokoro would know something and could help us get the portal back open."

Yuzuki is quiet for a moment. "Why do you keep talking like you think they've forgotten us? I'm sure they'll do something to get comms and the portal working once they can. I'm... I'm sure they'll come get us soon..."

Even if Yuzuki doesn't sound convinced, at least she's saying that she is. As for me, I'm actually surprised at how quickly I assumed they weren't coming for us now that she pointed it out. For some reason I had immediately assumed that command didn't care about us. We are low on the totem pole, but even so, it makes me realize how little loyalty I actually have. I don't like it. "W-well..."

Dinner is pretty quiet after that.

-

For how annoyed Yuzuki had been about the equipment tent, she seems to have a great time reorganizing it. Yuzuki's idea of organized doesn't really coincide with other people's, but everybody is generally okay with letting her do whatever she wants. The end result means that she always knows where everything is, and it keeps her happy, even if the rest of us don't understand her system. I still can't help but ask questions from time to time, even if I don't really get the answers.

"I'm trying to make it so each crate that has ammo has a prime number of it."

"You know, with how roughly the fairies handled that radio jammer, the shape changed just a little bit. I think it should go near the back now. Yeah, much better."

"Okay, that box of flares is open now, so I think we should probably open all the flares and have them individually stored so that it doesn't make things weird. Only one box being open is making my nose itch."

"Yeah, that rifle is throwing everything off, do you think we could maybe store it somewhere else? Just put it in my tent, I'll do something with it later."

"Hm... I think those crates need to be flipped upside down now. It'll make them hard to get into, but it just makes more sense that way... HEY RINGO CAN YOU COME HERE FOR A SECOND?!"

For some reason that I can't even begin to understand, cleaning the equipment tent takes up the rest of the night. Even when I convince her to go to bed, Yuzuki still looks like there's more she wants to do. We can only do this for so many hours though. Eventually we need to sleep.

[ ] Can't sleep
[ ] BANG
[ ] Paparazzi
[ ] Strength
>> No. 26458
[X] Strength
>> No. 26459
[X] Strength
>> No. 26460
[X] Paparazzi
>> No. 26461
[X] Paparazzi

Now they get to deal with the local press!
>> No. 26462
[x] Can't sleep
[x] BANG
[x] Paparazzi

Aya, it's not nice to break the sound barrier near someone's campground...
>> No. 26463
[x]... BANG

That was a great story...
>> No. 26464
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[X] Paparazzi

Settling down and going to sleep for the night goes okay I guess. There's a brief moment of panicworry during the night when I'm suddenly struck with the realization of just how vulnerable we are out here now that we're not stealthed. Any youkai could just stumble on our camp, take anything they want and eat us or whatever. I'm actually not sure if youkai usually eat other youkai but when I'm afraid of things late at night it's usually pretty hard to convince myself that things aren't scary. Eventually I manage to force myself to stop worrying though. I guess it also helps when I remember that I'm supposed to take my pill too. That tends to make me drowsy.

-

I wake up to the sounds of people talking outside, which is unusual. Usually Yuzuki and I are the first ones up. This is a bit too early for me though, I don't think there's even any light outside yet. It takes me a bit to be conscious enough to actually understand the words I'm hearing.

"Like I said, I thought I would say hello to our new neighbors and bring you a complimentary paper." I don't recognize that voice. Somebody new is here. That wakes me up pretty quickly. I scramble to get up as the conversation continues.

"Uh, thanks but I don't think you should be wandering around our camp taking pictures..." That voice is definitely Yuzuki.

"Hm? No, I guess you have a point. It's still early and the lighting isn't the best with all the trees and stuff."

"That's not what I meant."

"Well, while we're waiting for a good photo op, how about we sit down and have a talk? This doesn't look like a temporary set up, so I'd love to know a thing or two about what you're doing here." As she finishes, I come out of my tent. Oh okay, I was wrong, the sun has just barely come up.

"Uh that's a bit..." Yuzuki starts, then notices me and gives me a look like she wants help. This makes the other girl she's talking to notice me as well.

We've seen enough tengu flying around that it's easy to identify this girl as one. The large feathered wings and ridiculous shoes seem to be a common thing between all the crow tengu that we've seen. She looks at me, and smiles widely, lifting up a... Camera? Wait, don't take a picture of me!

"Ah, cute bunnygirl with bedhead in her pjs..." The girl says dreamily as I cover myself up instinctively. I am just wearing my normal dress thank you very much! I did just wake up without doing anything to my hair or appearance though, so I feel pretty self conscious.

Yuzuki takes the chance. "Ah! Seiran, can you deal with this while I go get Ringo? Thanks, I'll be right back." She starts walking away before I can answer. Why would you do this to me Yuzuki?

The tengu lowers her camera and appears to compose herself, which is nice because I was definitely not liking the way she was... Checking me out? That's not something I've had happen to me much before. I feel a little bit uncomfortable, but she goes right back to the same cheerful tone she was taking with Yuzuki.

"Seiran huh?" The tengu starts. She scribbles something down on a small pad of paper while walking up to me. "Aya Shameimaru, number one reporter in Gensokyo and don't let anybody tell you anything different." She says once she's finished writing, then holds her hand out.

I shake her hand, not nearly matching how firmly she shakes mine back. "Uh, I'm Seiran." I say completely unnecessarily. She just said my name. Stop being awkward self.

"I just have a few questions about a few things here, no big deal, no big deal. So, it's unusual for us to see organized youkai pop up suddenly, what are you guys looking to do here? When did you get here? Why? A lot of this stuff that I can see around your camp also looks pretty well made, can you tell me where you got it?"

Uh, I can't answer all these questions if you ask them all at once. It definitely doesn't make it better that I'm probably not supposed to answer any of these questions either. We're not supposed to let people know we're here.

"Uh, hold on... I can't um..." I'm not sure what to say, but this tengu, Aya, just waits for me to continue. "We uh, just moved here." I offer lamely, picking one of the questions she asked at random and answering it vaguely. Aya still writes a bit down, so I guess she's okay with my answers being vague.

"It's too early for this, what's the problem you two? Oh." Ringo is basically being pushed towards us by Yuzuki. Oh good, salvation.

Aya seems pleased by having another person to talk to as well, not that I blame her. "Good morning! Number one writer of the truth, ace reporter Aya Shameimaru here! Just swinging by your lovely camp to grab a few details and see if there's anything newsworthy going on!" She practically launches herself over to Ringo, offering her a handshake.

Ringo recoils slightly, but quickly responds by shaking Aya's hand. "Suuure. Yeah, let's sit down and talk at the table."

"Great, just great," Aya says, following Ringo to the center of camp. "So, you would be Ringo then? I guess from what the others say you would be the leader?"

"It's... Nothing official like that." Ringo says cautiously. Oh yeah, I guess if we're not acting like we're in the military we shouldn't act like Ringo is our superior. "These two just aren't the best with words so they'd rather have me talk if you're asking questions about all of us, you know?"

They reach the table while Yuzuki and I are still following. Hey wait, don't take my seat! Well, I guess she doesn't know it's my seat, so I just take Chiyo's seat instead. "Sure, sure, guess I can hold off on individual interviews then if anything interesting is going on. Speaking of that then, what is going on here?" Aya asks, holding her notepad at the ready.

Ringo seems prepared for this. "We're just a few rabbit youkai that were living further up the mountain without bothering anybody. Our home got destroyed by some big mechanical spider thing, so we had to move." She says evenly.

Aya starts writing quickly. "Oh, that's horrible!" She doesn't sound as sympathetic as she sounds excited. I'm pretty amazed at how fast she can both write and talk at the same time. "Yeah, I've been hearing about something weird happening to parts of the mountain. Nobody wanted to get close to it, and the village was dragging their feet, saying it wasn't a hugely pressing concern while it was only happening to unoccupied territory. I think they figured somebody else would take care of it, and it wasn't their business when it was outside their territory. Surprising that we didn't know that the area actually had some rabbit youkai living in it though! I've never heard about you guys before."

Ringo doesn't seem thrown off at all by Aya's sudden burst of interest. I can barely keep up with her myself, but Ringo's better at this kind of thing than I am. "Well we keep to ourselves you know? Living peacefully with privacy and all that." Aya does not look like she gets it at all actually.

"Hmm... Interesting. I was pretty sure that all the rabbits that wanted to do that just lived in the bamboo forest." She pauses. "Not much worth reporting on here then... Other than the... Ah! Idea! Can you tell me a bit more about the mechanical spider? I could probably do a write up on that for a short feature. Would be a good idea to bring it to the attention of more than just the tengu if it's out there destroying places that people could actually live."

"Uh..." Ringo apparently didn't have a response ready for this line of questioning. "Well I don't know much about it. It's about big enough that a single person could stand on the main body. It's made of metal I guess? I don't know what you want me to say about it."

"Well what does it do that made it ruin your home?" Aya asks.

"Well it uh... It kinda kills the trees and stuff. I don't know, we didn't stick around long enough to see if what it would do to us, we just knew we needed to leave." Ringo definitely wanted to avoid saying what it's actually doing. Purification.

"I see... How fast was it moving around?" Aya asks, then perks up and shakes her head quickly. "Actually, it might be better to leave that out. Leave some question about how fast it's going and people will be more concerned about it. Who knows, that might even get things solved faster!" She's mostly talking to herself at this point as she continues to scribble on her notepad. "Yeah, this'll work fine. It's not front page material unless I get some good pictures, but people will want to hear about it... Need pictures though. Pictures of spider robot... Well, never let danger stop keep me from a story before."

"So, are we done here?" Ringo asks hopefully, apparently tired of listening to Aya mutter to herself.

Aya reads over whatever she had written. "Well for now, I guess so. Actually, wait. Could I get a quote from you? Maybe something about how upset you are about your home getting destroyed? That'd probably bump up the appeal of the article."

Ringo looks a little awkward. "Well uh... I'm not that broken up about it. I don't mind being forced to get out and wander around Gensokyo. I like this place." Wait, what?

"Hmm..." Aya doesn't look satisfied that, but still writes something down. "Well, thanks for your time." She stands up and offers her hand for another handshake. Ringo takes it firmly. "I'll head out and investigate some more after I finish delivering papers today. If you come across anything else newsworthy, let me know. I'm usually all over the place though, so just tell one of the tengu guards. They probably won't let you into tengu territory even if I'm there, but I'll hear about it whenever I'm in the village and come find you." Man she talks fast.

"Sure thing. Nice to meet you Aya." Ringo says, standing up as well.

Aya nods. "Likewise. See you later!" Right after that, she launches into the sky. Apparently she flies as fast as she talks.

Ringo watches the tengu fly away for a bit before she lets out a huge sigh of relief. "It really is too early for this." She says plainly.

Well, I'm glad that that's over with. She's probably going to come back once she finds out the spider drone isn't up there anymore though. "Did you make up that cover story on the spot?" I ask Ringo.

Ringo shakes her head. "Nah, I thought about it last night. I was actually thinking through a lot of stuff last night."

"A lot of stuff?" Yuzuki asks.

"Yeah. I guess we can have a meeting now since we're all here already and awake for SOME reason." Ringo sits back down in her chair and I take the chance to get back to my own chair too. "I made some official decisions last night, since we can't talk to command. I decided that we're not going to accomplish anything just sitting here trying to hide. We need to take action for ourselves and do what we think is smartest. That tengu showing up just shows that people are going to find out about us, and we need to be able to talk to them and get information if we're going to find the others and get things back on track."

Oh, okay. I'm pretty okay with that line of thinking. "So you made up a story for us to use so we seem like normal youkai?"

Ringo shrugs. "I mean, I don't know what the exact difference between earth and moon rabbits are, but apparently we can pass for earth rabbits just by saying we are. That gives us a lot of options to talk to people and get info like I just did."

I'm not sure about that. "Wasn't it just her getting info from you?" I ask.

Ringo smirks. "Mostly, but I caught something she said in there. She said that most rabbits live in the bamboo forest. That's something we didn't know, and it might even be a lead to go on. Well, about as much of a lead as any of the other places we've heard vague things about anyway." She explains.

I actually hadn't caught that at all, though I remember it now that Ringo mentions it. I guess like she says, it's as worth a shot as anywhere else. Just because there are rabbits there doesn't mean that Reisen is there.

"Anyway, that leaves us with the question of what we're going to do today," Ringo says, leaning towards Yuzuki and I. "I know Yuzuki wanted to check out the area near the hermit's house, since she knows where that is. What do you think you wanna do Seiran?"

I want to...

[ ] Go with Yuzuki to the hermit's house
[ ] Investigate a specific location
- [ ] (Where?)
[ ] Wander a bit to gather more information. Now that we have a cover story, it should be easier to talk to the locals.
[ ] Something else (Write in)
>> No. 26465
[X] Go with Yuzuki to the hermit's house
>> No. 26466
[X] Go with Yuzuki to the hermit's house
>> No. 26467
[x] Go with Yuzuki to the hermit's house
>> No. 26468
[X] Go with Yuzuki to the hermit's house
>> No. 26469
[x] Explore the place were earth rabbits mingle
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