MikoSpark !N11zMkGpy6 2009/10/30 (Fri) 23:55 No. 18988 ▼
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[X] "I am a bit hungry..."
[X] "Actually I could use a nice bath and a change of clothes."
[X] "Why don't we stay here for the night?"
You rub your stomach, which in turn begins to erupt in a growl. Sheepishly, you look toward the kitsune, a soft red glow crossing your face. "Well, I am a bit hungry, Ran." You ask with a sideways grin on your face.
"Oh, my apologizes you must be starved after all that. Please, allow me to prepare some food." The shikigami says with a bow before gently waking Chen and rising to her feet, but before she has the chance to run off to prepare some food you speak up again.
"And... actually, I think I could use a good bath and possibly a change of clothes. If that's alright with you, of course." You continue asking, feeling a bit grimy since waking up. Your clothes are feeling a bit greasy as well, likely from all the sweat you worked up from practicing. Running a hand through your hair reveals that your rather disheveled mop is in desperate need of some shampoo or soap at the very least.
"Oh dear, I suppose you would like to take a bath after that exhausting workout you had today." Ran raises a sleeve to her mouth in slight surprise. The shikigami turns to the young nekomata still wiping the sleep out of her eyes. "Chen dear, do you think you could lead our guest to the bath and prepare it for him, and do leave him an extra set of clothes as well, will you?"
"Yesh Miss Ran..." Chen replies with a cute yawn as she finishes rubbing her eyes.
Before you're led out of the sitting room you glance back at your witch who sips her tea as she watches you follow the nekomata. You pause for a moment and get her attention.
"Hey Marisa, were you going to be okay waiting here, or did you want to come along?" The words just come out before you have the time to think about what you're saying, however Marisa seems to catch it before you, her face taking on a red hue. Your own face then suddenly flushes red as realization sets in. "I-I mean, a-along w-with us! Not in the b-bath with me...! I-I... You know what I mean!"
Marisa raises her eyebrow at you with a little giggle. "You're real funny when you're all flustered like that~ze." She chuckles to herself as she rises from her seat, her face still a lovely pink. "I know what you mean, and sure, I'll go along with the two of ya. The conversation with Ran was getting a bit dry anyway~ze." Ran sighs at Marisa's last comment before leaving the room to prepare some food.
"I'll call you when your meal is ready." The shikigami calls out before disappearing into another room.
Meanwhile, you're both led through a hallway by Chen on your way to the bath. It's gotten pretty late, you think to yourself. You should probably see about finding a place to stay for the night.
"Hey Marisa, how do you feel about staying here tonight? I mean, it has gotten rather late."
The black-white takes a moment to think about. "Well, I guess we could~ze. Better check with that fox lady first, just to be on the safe side." Marisa thinks out loud. Her eyes narrow on you as she brings her voice down to a whisper. "So what were ya trying to get at in there, huh? Wanted to see me in the bath~ze?"
"I-I well.. I was just..." You take a moment to recompose yourself. "W-Well, isn't that what lovers do?" You reply as a shy grin crosses your face.
"L-Lovers?! W-What, I-I..! D-Don't say such weird things~ze!" She shouts at you, her fists clenched. "I... ze..."
You ruffle Marisa's hair with a chuckle before finally reaching your destination. Chen goes on ahead to start the water before rushing back out with a disgruntled look upon her face.
"Th-The uhm, water is ready." Chen replies dryly.
"Chen, what's wrong?" You ask with a look of concern.
"I-I uhm, I just don't like the bath." She replies, to which you chuckle a bit with a bemused smile. It would seem that even youkai cats dislike baths as well.
"I see. Well, I suppose I'll take my bath now, what will you do Marisa?" You say as you turn to your cute witch.
"I suppose I'll help get things ready for you with Chen or Ran." She shrugs as she turns to walk away. "I'll take a bath a little later I guess~ze."
The two girls walk off back down the hallway as you pass through the doors leading to the bath. Upon entering the room, you're greeted with the sight of a surprisingly modern looking, Japanese bath, complete with a bathtub, tile flooring, a plastic sitting stool with a plastic tub of bathing supplies next to it, and a shower hose with multiple spray settings. Well, you probably should have learned to expect such things of Yukari by now. Next to your feet is a small wicker basket, presumably to discard your clothes into. As you peel off your clothes and toss them into the basket, you can't help but feel a little self-conscious about yourself; this bathroom has much more open space than you're used to having in a bath.
You're not too familiar with Japanese bathing customs, but you assume you're supposed to wash yourself before entering the bath. After setting your glasses on top of your pile of clothes, you hesitantly sit yourself upon the plastic stool in the center of of the tile floor and reach for the small tub of cleaning supplies as well as the shower hose. You first rinse yourself off before finding what you can only assume is shampoo and conditioner and quickly work up a lather in your tangle of hair. It feels so good to take a real bath after so long. It's a very freeing sensation as you cleanse all the dirt and grime from your body with a bar of soap and a wash rag that you happened to find in the small plastic tub.
After rinsing yourself of all the soap and whatnot you climb into the warm bathtub and allow your muscles to relax. You take this opportunity to reflect on the last five days. You can't believe it has been only less than a week that you first arrived here in Gensokyo. In that time you've been so many places, experienced so many new things, met so many new faces, and faced off against a few of them as well with the help of your beloved black-white witch.
Marisa, not even week ago you were just about certain she wasn't even real, but now you can't imagine life without her. She's been so kind to you since you first crash landed into her in the Forest of Magic. She's done so much for you: saved you from a youkai attack, housed you, taken you along with her on a book raid, taught you magic, and she's taken your precious thing--your heart.
Speaking of things being taken, you've been plucked from your normal life in the outside world. Your thoughts drift to your family and friends back there. Do they miss you? Of course they do. Your life there wasn't that bad, there were people there who loved you, although you've probably lost your job after your five day truancy. If only you could bring Marisa back with you, there are so many people you'd like her to meet, but you're not even sure if it's possible to leave Gensokyo now, especially with Yukari being absent. You sigh feeling a bit homesick as you sink a bit lower into the bath.
A knock suddenly comes at the door, causing you to shrink down further into the safety of the water.
"Yes? Who is it?" You ask meekly from the bathtub. The door slides open by just a crack, but it's too difficult to see who's at the door from this distance without your glasses.
"It's just me~ze. I wanted to let ya know that your dinner is ready, and I also brought you a change of clothes."
"O-Oh, alright." You reply, slowly peeking your head out from the bathtub.
"Well, that and I wanted to take a bath too~ze..."
You sink back into the bath water at that last comment, your cheeks growing faintly warm. The thought of Marisa bathing is a bit much for you, but you can't seem to get it out of your mind. Her nude form, glistening with water. No, bad thoughts! Of course she meant that she was waiting for you to get out first, right? Right?
[ ] Get out and let Marisa take her bath; dinner's waiting afterall.
[ ] Ask Marisa if she wants to join you; dinner can wait.
[ ] Get out but have Marisa join you for dinner before her bath.
[ ] Something else? (write-in)