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[X] By myself, I have a few things I need to think about.
[X] Checking on Chiyo
[X] With Ringo
- [X] Maybe have a talk with her about her acting irresponsibly?
(I was going to ask for a tiebreaker, but then I realized I kinda wanted to write both of the second place options, so I stuck them all together in a way that made sense. Have a fuckhuge (for me) update)
I plop myself down on a random crate in the equipment tent and begin to work on patching myself up. When I actually get a chance to look myself over, I definitely feel a lot worse than I actually am. This healing stuff will fix up my actual injuries instantly, but it can't do much for me feeling dumb about getting hurt in the first place. Actually, I can't reach around to cover all of my back, so it's not even fixing all the physical injuries.
Ugh. Maybe I should get somebody else to help. Yuzuki would probably be fine with it, but maybe... Yeah, you know what, never mind. I can let that stuff heal naturally. I'm a youkai, it should work itself out pretty quickly. I think that instead of bothering somebody else, I'd like to use this time for myself. There's been a number of issues that I've put out of mind for now. First of all, equipment.
I stick the salve back in the medical kit and put it back where I found it. I've kinda been considering moving some medical supplies into my own tent, but the actual issue I'm thinking about here is a bit more general. All of the military equipment we own is just sitting in this tent. The thing about that is, we don't have a way to lock up the entrance. Even further, I'm not sure how effective locking it would even be against any really curious youkai that happened to come by. The fairy issue from a few days ago was resolved easily enough, but we got lucky there. It could have been something stronger. Something that we wouldn't have been able to track down and get our things back from.
As it is, openly using most of this stuff is a giant 'HEY LOOK WE'RE NOT FROM GENSOKYO' sign. It might be a good idea for us to move our things to somewhere more hidden or defensible for now. The underground bunker isn't being used right now. It's mostly just there to hold the portal, but since that's off, it's a hidden space that we're currently wasting. I think most of the equipment could fit down there right now if we actually took the time to haul it all down there. Although it'd probably be a bit more cramped and inconvenient than our current setup.
If we're moving things, maybe we could even go a step further. Why not move camp altogether? There's a ton of unoccupied land in Gensokyo that we could potentially move to. There's been a number of Gensokyo natives that have found where our camp is, and this would let us throw them off the trail. Granted, none of them have been hostile or even really looking for us other than Reisen, and even with her, I'm not sure if it's good or bad for her to know where we are. A potential move should probably wait until we understand the situation with her better.
[ ] We should be fine if we stay here.
[ ] We should probably hide the equipment at least.
[ ] We should move camp.
[ ] This isn't my job to decide, I should just leave it up to Ringo.
Well, any idea I have here would take time anyway. It would also have to be run by the others, which could also cause some issues. They can be stubborn about things. In particular, we're pretty well established here, so Yuzuki might not be the most enthusiastic about moving. She likes being used to an area.
Speaking of Yuzuki, it pops into my mind that I promised to help her with danmaku this morning. I don't think she'll be expecting it to happen today, which is good, because I'm a bit too tired right now I think. Honestly, I'm not sure how productive these kinds of lessons would even end up being. I may know the basics much better than Yuzuki, but there's only so much I'll be able to do.
Somebody or other once said that experience is the best teacher, but I feel like we should have more to go on. Maybe if I could find out the actual rules from someone it would be a good start. Actually, if I go further with that line of thought, maybe it would be good to have someone else help us too?
Uh, wait no. Maybe not the best plan. It would mean bringing in an outsider. Still I definitely feel like I learned a decent amount during my duel with Cirno. Not that I think she'd be a good teacher.
[ ] We should do our best to learn with what we have now.
[ ] We should try to find somebody who can teach us danmaku.
- [ ] Though I can't think of anybody right now.
- [ ] And I think it would be okay to ask... (Write-in)
[ ] Maybe I shouldn't try to teach danmaku when I barely understand it myself.
Well, this is all for Yuzuki's benefit either way. I should probably get her input on it too. Like I said before, she can be stubborn about things. Which also reminds me of the Hina thing.
Kanako should be finished with her search for Sumi by tomorrow, so I should probably think about if I'm going to do anything about it now. Is it okay to let the Hina situation stay as it is? It's not technically any of my business, and Kanako gave a pretty good explanation for her decisions, but I still just don't know.
I don't really have a plan on what to do or what to argue, and I don't have any leverage over the situation anyway, but I guess it's still worth thinking about. I don't know if it's a crush like Chiyo was saying, but Yuzuki seemed pretty concerned about it, and likely still is. She'd be happy if she had somebody else willing to do something to help out our new misfortune goddess friend.
[ ] Hina is stuck in a bad situation and there has to be something that I can do to help.
[ ] Kanako explained the situation just fine. Hina doesn't need any help.
[ ] This is not any of my business. Let the goddesses work it out.
Although, thinking about crushes... Ugh, no that's a terrible way to start out that thought. There isn't really anything like that going on on my end at least. I do need to think about the Yamame thing as well though.
Thinking about it objectively, our encounter really wasn't a big deal. I fell into her web, she helped me out, there was some flirting, then I got asked out. It's just a casual date. We don't even really know anything about each other. I still just feel kind of weird about it though.
There wasn't really any reason for me to agree to meet with her again. Back on the moon, I was never even really interested in dating. I was at least aware enough to know that I'm more interested in girls than guys, but that's the extent of it. Well, I will admit from the short bit of time that I could actually see her properly that she was definitely attractive. I think her dress wasn't just poofing out from the dress being big, she seemed to have quite a pair of hips on her so...
Okay, no. Inappropriate thoughts.
I never used to think like this, I swear! It's Yamame's fault if anything. I had been used to this stuff not being a part of my life. Then she started blatantly checking me out and stuff. I mean, I know that most of us rabbits do tend to have nice legs. Even in our unit, I know that Sumi's are really nice because of how much she runs and...
NO. STOP. I feel like I need to hit my head against a wall or something, but I'm in a tent so that wouldn't really do anything.
ANYWAY, I said I would go meet with Yamame and look around the underground city, I think I can probably do that much, I'm just not sure... What exactly I'm hoping to get from it.
[ ] The underground seems interesting, I shouldn't focus on the romantic implications.
[ ] I should at least give her a chance.
[ ] These thoughts aren't going to just go away on their own... Okay, I guess I'm more interested in this kind of thing than I thought.
[ ] I don't need to go underground. Nothing is even forcing me to meet her again. I should just forget about it.
Well, none of these issues are things that I'm going to immediately act on anyway. There's no reason to. Getting them set straight in my mind is helpful for now, and I can work on them as they come up. It should make it easier for me to focus on the last issue, which I do kinda want to say something about now. Er, well, maybe some time later tonight at least.
Somebody has to talk to Ringo about her behavior. Yuzuki would probably come across as nagging and Ringo would ignore her. Sumi isn't here to do it. Chiyo's arguments are really hit or miss given how little she talks. It should probably be me.
I step out of the equipment tent and sigh. Even with this time spent on clearing my mind, I'm still dreading actually doing anything about the situation in front of me. Maybe it can wait until after dinner...
Dinner was nice tonight. Ringo put together some nice big salads. It's not exactly the hardest thing to do, but it was still tasty, so I'm not going to complain.
I'm a little concerned though. Chiyo didn't come out to eat with the rest of us. It wouldn't be weird if she had just not realized what time it was, but I know that Yuzuki specifically checked to make sure she was aware that we were eating. Maybe I should take a bit of time to check on her. Chiyo can get kind of moody with her powers like this. It might help her to know that we're all concerned about her feeling better.
There isn't really a good way to knock on tent flaps. We used to have a little bell hanging above the entrance to each tent that we could use to get the attention of whoever was inside, but we ended up taking them down. We hadn't put thought into the fact that wind would end up making them ring all the time. It wouldn't have been an issue on the moon, given the lack of wind, but here it just ended up being annoying. It feels rude, but now we're just stuck with the tried and true method of speaking loudly at the tent of whoever you want to talk to.
"Hey Chi, you okay in there?" I call at the door to her tent. There's about a ten second pause before I get an annoyed grunting noise as confirmation that she heard me. Okay, that could have been a lot worse. Ten seconds makes conversation a little difficult, but still totally doable. I open up the flap and step into Chiyo's tent.
I'm glad we got the nicer tents considering how long we've been here. Each of us rabbits have our own tent to sleep and be comfortable in. They're all the same kind, about three meters on all sides and just tall enough that I have to lean a little so that my ears aren't squished against the top. What's actually in each one is pretty different between the five of us though. We all have our own ideas on what makes a comfortable living space.
For Chiyo in particular, she seems to have put a much larger emphasis on using her tent for sleeping than anything else. I'm pretty sure that there was an actual cot in here at some point, but it's definitely missing now. In it's place, Chiyo appears to have horded as many blankets and pillows as she could get, creating a nest for herself that takes up the entire back half of her tent.
"Told Yuzuki I wasn't hungry." Chiyo says quietly. I can't even see her under there.
"I know Chiyo. We already finished eating." I respond. I brace myself for a lot of pauses. Talking to Chiyo when she's like this usually means that the conversation takes way longer than it would otherwise need to.
Chiyo groans. "Then what is it?" There's a bit of shuffling. When it finishes I can only see her ears and face peeking out from under a mess of bedding. I don't think she was actually sleeping.
"I just wanted to check up on you." I explain.
"Still here," Chiyo says unenthusiastically. "Shocking, I know."
There's no need to be sarcastic Chiyo. I step over to her and move to sit down. I don't know exactly how she's positioned in there, so I hope I don't end up sitting on her. "How are you feeling though? I'm just a little concerned because this is kind of my fault."
Chiyo sighs. Okay, it's been about ten seconds now, so I don't think I'm sitting on her or she would have reacted. "Can we do this later when I'm better?" She asks.
I'm about to respond, but she keeps talking as I open my mouth. "It's not your fault. I coulda just not sped up." I guess this was an afterthought and it just took her a while to actually say it.
"Why did you then?" She has a point. Everybody else was able to escape Eientei with their normal reaction times. Even with Chiyo's shorter legs, she probably would have been fine. She didn't have to use her power, but still chose to.
"And it's not that bad right now." Chiyo continues before processing what I actually said. "Well, I got the rest of the day off out of it, so it worked."
I'm pretty sure she's not that lazy, so that was probably a joke. She seems to be doing okay in any case. "Anyway, you don't seem to be in that bad of shape. Do you think you'll be good by tomorrow?"
"How long from now is tomorrow?" Oh, right, I guess she wouldn't really be able to tell.
"We just ate dinner a few minutes ago. It's evening now," Actually, answering here probably doesn't help all that much. Chiyo's power is known to gradually shift her speed up and down without her realizing. She won't have a consistent perception for a while. "You know you could just go outside and look at the sun." I suggest. It's not going to be out there for too much longer though.
"Headache. Don't wanna." Okay, sure. I don't know if she's going to have a headache all night, but I guess she's rejecting the idea.
"Then how about a clock?" I've probably suggested this stuff to her before.
"They're... Frustrating." Chiyo says vaguely. I don't really get what that means, but if Chiyo has a headache, maybe it'd be better to not try and convince her of anything.
"... Fine," I let the matter drop. "Well, I'll let you keep resting then. Just know that if you need anything, just ask. We're all ready to help." I stand up slowly to leave.
I look down at Chiyo's face, just barely visible under all the blankets, pillows, and her own messy bed head. She looks super comfortable. A part of me really wants to join her. Okay, well maybe that's a bit overboard, but going to sleep in my own bed wouldn't be too bad either. Unfortunately, I still have a bit more to get done today.
"See you later."
When I actually look for Ringo, I have a hard time finding her. Ordinarily you would expect her to be in her tent or sitting around camp, but when I look in those places, I don't find her. It takes a bit more wandering around the areas just outside of camp before I finally find her.
"Oh, hey Seiran." Ringo greets me casually as she pulls herself up out of the underground bunker.
This is a little unexpected. The sun has gone down by this point, I don't really know why she'd need to be out here right now. "What are you doing?" I have to ask.
"Just checking the portal," She answers, closing the hatch and moving the camouflage over it. "I actually do this every evening, just to see if it comes back on."
"Huh..." I didn't know about that at all. Yuzuki would probably notice anyway, but I guess it's good that somebody else is paying attention too.
"Well, not that I'm expecting much," Ringo continues, taking a step back to make sure the entrance is sufficiently covered. "They'll either turn it back on or they won't. We're fine for now either way."
"Aren't you at least a little worried?" She definitely didn't sound worried, but I still find myself asking.
Ringo shrugs, turning to face me while leaning against a nearby tree. "Why bother? We've been down here for long enough now, what's a few extra days? Supplies are fine, we're in a safe enough area, easy."
I don't really agree there. "These days have been a bit tougher than the ones when we had stealth."
"Really? Eh, guess that's true. I don't think it's been so bad myself," Ringo answers. I guess that's just a difference in what we've actually been doing. I don't think she's been injured once in the whole time we've been on Earth! "And not having to report to command all the time is pretty nice too."
Okay well, here it goes. "This isn't a vacation Ringo."
Ringo smirks at me. "Yeah yeah, I know."
"No," I have to stop her from brushing this off. "You're not acting like you know that at all."
I take a step toward Ringo and continue before she can really say anything. "When Reisen took the portal and went to the moon, you ignored the issue and took a nap," Step. "When Yuzuki and I spent the day trying to find the others, you took the day off and gathered up food that we didn't even necessarily need," Step. "When the rest of us still couldn't find Sumi, you spent the day wandering around a village, wringing money out of unsuspecting humans and buying dango," Step. "And then today, while we should have been searching for Reisen, you sneak away from Yuzuki to buy more dango!"
Ringo looks uncomfortable, but isn't saying anything. Good, I'll just keep going.
"It would be okay if you were just not coming up with results. Not everything has to pan out. But instead, you're actually just causing problems for the rest of us too! Are you even slightly concerned that you had an angry mob called on you today? What if we have to go back to the village again? Nobody's powers are going to be useful in stopping a large bunch of humans. Not even I could-"
"Seiran," Ringo says clearly, stopping my rant. "Calm down."
Ah... When did I?
"S-sorry." I take my hand off of Ringo's shoulder. I hope I wasn't squeezing too hard or anything. I wasn't really paying attention to what I was doing. "I did want to talk to you about this though."
"Right, right, fine," Ringo says, not sounding bothered by how I had pushed her up against the tree. "Let's talk then."
"I'm just... I'm concerned that you're doing things that you want to do, rather than doing things that would actually help solve problems," I continue, but the urgency that I had going before is already gone. "The others... Well, I didn't ask them exactly, but I know they'd agree. At least Yuzuki would..."
Ringo sighs. "Okay well... Most of that stuff just kind of happened that way," She explains vaguely. Pushing herself away from the tree slightly. "I probably could have been a bit less impulsive about things sure, but I'm not too unhappy about how they've have worked out."
"But what about Sumi?"
"Yeah, I feel bad about her," Ringo says, moving past me to start walking back to camp. I let her go, following along a little bit behind her. "Probably going to just drop the whole 'punishment for leaving camp during an emergency thing'. I'm sure she's having a bad enough time wherever she is."
That doesn't feel like enough to me. "But you could be trying harder to help find her."
"Well that's probably true about everything else too. You know how it goes though."
"You can't just excuse laziness by saying that's how you are." We come to a stop in front of Ringo's tent. "I know that's how you are, that's why we're talking about this now."
"Alright, I'll take it into consideration," I feel like I'm just being brushed off here. "Call me out on it again if things don't get better. Not that we'll have much left to do once we actually find Sumi."
"What?" Okay, telling me I should be able to call her out is something at least, but that's still not solving anything. Why are you being so passive about this Ringo? "The portal will still be broken!"
"Well yeah, but I don't think there's much to do about that," It's a little unusual to hear Ringo getting exasperated. I don't think I'm being unreasonable here. "If it wasn't Reisen's fault, then it must've been something on the moon's side, right? We can't do anything about that."
That's still not good enough Ringo! "But we can't just wait around for them to fix it."
"Well we can't fix it ourselves," Did she just snap at me? "If you have any other plans on how to get back, I'd be happy to hear them."
"We should all be working together to try and come up with a solution! Do you even want to go back home?!" Oh, I didn't mean to snap back there, but it probably came out like that.
"I..." Ringo stops, suddenly struggling with whatever she wants to say. "If you have any suggestions, I'd be happy to hear them." She repeats.
Why was that pause so long? W-wait... "Ringo..."
Ringo cuts me off, speaking quickly. "Anyway, I'm gonna go to bed. See you tomorrow."
"R-right." She quickly retreats into her tent before I've even finished saying the word.
That's... I knew that Ringo was having a good time here, but I didn't think... O-Oh.
Maybe I should go to bed too.
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Okay so I ended up making this really long mostly on a whim. Not sure if people will actually appreciate it or would rather not have a long update with a bunch of votes in the middle. I guess we'll see. If it's a problem, I can push the next update back, but I don't think that ~3750 words is that hard to read in a couple of days.
Like Seiran said though, the votes in the middle are just her deciding on her mindset going forward. I feel like they would have been awkward to have as a choice by themselves because she isn't actually going to do anything about them at this very moment.
Normal length updates will most likely resume after this.