[x] Shopping when someone else is paying? Sounds great~
Renko sighs. “I was afraid you were going to say that.”
“Hah... really?” Mary asks, “Shopping?”
You nod. Mystia seems to think about it for a moment, and then nods as well. “That might be nice. There's probably some really neat stuff at an outside world market.”
Renko nods. “You've got no idea.”
Ah, you're getting excited just thinking about it. Kourindou is the best shop back in gensokyo; it's hard to imagine every shop selling stuff like that. “So, when are we going?” You ask, standing up. “I'm ready~”
“Well, we'll need to do something about your wings,” Renko says, turning towards Mystia. “Can you move them down at all?”
“Ah...” Mystia frowns a bit. “Like this?”
The wings droop a bit. She usually sits with them folded up behind her, but they always stick out a bit. You know? You can usually seem them peeking out from behind her shoulders. But, when she lets them droop down, they almost hide behind her.
“Ah... that's not uncomfortable, right?” Mary asks, taking a look at the new pose. “Unless you're not thinking what I am, Renko.”
Renko shrugs. “Maybe. I was thinking we could put a coat over them.”
Mystia shakes her head in either case. “Not really. It just feels kind of weird.”
“If you're sure,” Renko nods, “You're going to have to keep them like that for a few hours.”
Mystia nods. “Its ok~”
“Well then,” Mary nods, smiling. “You're ready, right, Renko?”
“Yeah,” She says, motioning to the pile of books in the corner. Or rather the pile of papers on top of the pile of books. “I'll drop this stuff off on the way home. I've got to have it in by five.”
Oh man. “So, we can go?”
“Looks like it.” Then, grinning a bit, she adds, “Unless you don't want to, Phobe?”
You give a vigorous shake of your head. “Let's go already~”
No one else argues.
You head over to the door, and get on your gear from last time. Shoes – jacket – hat. Mystia ends up in one of Mary's old jackets, since, according to Renko, Mystia's jacket is too weird (most humans don't have big holes in the back of theirs.). Mary and Renko get on their normal stuff, and, after Renko packs up her papers in a bag, you all take off.
“I guess we'll have to take the bus, huh?” Renko asks Mary as you two get out of the big pillar, “I'm pretty sure there's a stop over by that construction site, so we can swing through on the way there. Or at least scope it out.”
Mary nods. “That sounds good. I hope those other two are OK.”
You do, too. And Mystia. Neither of you need to say it, but that's fine.
… and, just then, there's some kind of jingling. Music, maybe? It's really weird sounding, though. Renko reaches into her pocket and comes up with yet another box, splitting it and putting it to her ear.
“Hello? Oh, hey! I was wondering if you'd call. Where are you at? … eh, how about the street address?” A pause. “All right. Just stay there for a few minutes, we'll be right there. Yeah. Bye.”
The box gets folded up, and placed back in her pocket. “Guess we don't need to swing by the construction site. They're over near the sushi bar on 76th.”
“They?” Mary asks, “Oh, you mean...”
“Yeah,” Renko nods, laughing. “Sounds like that one's never used a phone before, though.”
Ah, that one? “Wriggle?” That's weird. Why's she awake right now, anyway?
Another nod. “Yeah.”
Mystia breathes a sigh of relief. “Oh, that's good. Was Rumia there, too?”
Yet another nod. “Looks like they're just fine. That's a relief. I was half expecting a call from some policeman...”
A slight detour. Instead of turning here, you go straight... and then turn a different way. And then straight. And then a different way. Even the walking paths are boxes here; you can't go straight from one place to another, you've got to walk around different boxes to get there. It's really strange.
Then, after rounding one last corner... you see a person you recognize sitting on a bench, watching the street. Two of them, actually.
You can't help but run over to them.
Wriggle looks up, somewhat surprised. But then she laughs. “What happened to you? Did they turn you into a human while I wasn't looking?”
You're a little confused, but then you realize where she's looking. Oh. Your hat. “Haha, kinda~”
“You're both ok, right?”
Mystia seems to have run a little, too.
Wriggle shrugs. “I guess so. This place is really messed up, though.” She gives a look up to Renko and Mary, who are only a little further behind. “Seriously.”
“Stinky, too~” Rumia adds, “And so hard.”
Wriggle gives another nod. “Yeah.”
Both those are right, though. “Stinky and hard,” You agree, “But there's a lot of really cool stuff, too.”
“I'll take your word for it,” Wriggle says, shrugging. “These guys been treating you ok?”
She motions back to Renko and Mary when she asks that. Renko gives a laugh. “I think we made them a little bored.”
You nod. “A little bored. But they're pretty neat.”
Mystia nods in agreement. “And their beds are really weird. But we had fun talking about a whole lot of stuff~”
“Haha. Say, did you two ever figure out how to get us back?” Wriggle asks, again looking back up to the other two, “Because it's really suck to find out you were just kidding when you said you might be able to. I'd like to get out of here.”
Renko laughs, and scratches the back of her head. “Ahah, well... we're working on it, you know?”
Wriggle frowns. “So no, then.”
“That's not true,” Mary says, “I think I get it now. I just didn't want to say it because I wasn't sure.”
“Come on, Mary,” Renko says, “It's better to get stuff like that out in the open.”
Mary gives a nod. “Well, that thing I said earlier. I think that it might let you get back into gensokyo if you're holding it.”
“The magnet gohei or whatever?” Renko asks.
“Yeah. I think it might suck you in if you get close enough to a hole in the border.”
“But... ah, crap,” Renko says, “We can't just go take it.”
Wriggle laughs. “I've got no idea what they're talking about. Do you, Phobe?”
You shake your head, but then pause. “Well, maybe a little. But I still don't get it.”
“Basically, someone brought something to town that does weird things to the border,” Renko says, shrugging. “But there's no other way, Mary?”
“Hmm. Well, not unless you want to wait until you get spirited away some day,” Mary says, “I think. But that might never happen...”
That... you don't want to never go back.
“Can't we just give it back when we're done?” You ask, “That would be ok, right?”
“I think it might go through with you,” Mary says, “So no.”
“Look, I'm not going to pull a museum heist to get you all...”
You give Renko a sad look. If you need it, you need it. The humans probably need it less than you.
Renko sighs. “Well, I guess it might be OK if you guys stole it and I had nothing to do with it,” She says, “Having you stuck out here forever would be cruel.”
“So, we've got a way back, then.” Wriggle says, standing up. Rumia, like some kind of trained dog, does the same. Huh... another weird thing. She's usually not paying much attention. “Let's take it. I just want to go home and have a nap.”
[ ] But... shopping.
[ ] That's fine, if you can get Renko to give you something~
[ ] That's fine, if you can get Mary to give you something~
Allow me to explain.
I have run out of things to do with this story, almost. So I am going to wrap up the rest of what I had in mind in a few updates, and be done. This was never intended to be some huge thing, anyway. It's just going to be a thread or two shorter than I had originally planned.
I hope you won't hate me for this, but I think that it needs to be done so I am going to do it. So, sorry if it feels like I'm cheating you out of half a story or something. But I think it is for the best. For me, and for you (assuming you will still be here in a month or two, and assuming you still pick up my stories).
But, yeah. That is the plan. It's also the plan to make these the best updates ever, so maybe that will give you some comfort.