Wow, I started thinking of what to write for the Marisa option, but then you guys all voted for Mystia. Cool, I like it when that happens.
Right. Mystia changed a lot in such a small time. Firstly, there's the obvious. She let me live. Without that, I wouldn't have been able to grow at all. And really, that is important..I couldn't reflect on what happened with Marisa today, or Keine's offer, or anything if she had eaten me.
But there's something else there too. She surprised me. My father has always taught me that youkai are horrible monsters that eat people. But not only did she spare me, she seemed very human. And now I find out she has a food stand on one of the roads outside of town? A monster doesn't sell food to people. I wonder what she does with the money..
I'm entertaining some thoughts about this when I pass out into a deep sleep. When I awake, things aren't much different in the clinic. No one is here, not even the owner. It is still dark out, so it must be quite early in the morning. There's something on top of my blankets, though, that wasn't there when I fell asleep.
Flowers, more specifically yellow roses, and a small card that simply reads "Sorry. ~Marisa"
Sorry for the rejection? Sorry for my luck with the youkai? I'm not sure, but it is a bit embarrassing to think that my hero came in and saw my sleeping face.
The flowers give me an idea, though. I'm sure my father won't approve, but I'd like to give Mystia something as a sign of thanks. I'm not sure what, though, or how to meet her.
As I brood on this, more flowers arrive, from friends. A whole group of village kids, roughly my age, though many a bit younger, intrude on my thoughts. A few of the guys my age cheer me up by saying my scar will impress the ladies. And sure enough, the girl who brought the flowers is a bit blushy after that. I'm certainly flattered, but my eyes have always been elsewhere when it comes to girls. I know my mother was a normal, pretty girl from the village, but for some reason I can't be satisfied with that. I need someone who stands out to me, someone different..
Keine enters my room once again, and all of the village kids clear out. A couple of the guys point and mouth words that I shall not repeat about how attractive Keine is. Of course, I am not blind, but I think she may be a little out of my league in more ways than one. I can't exactly communicate this with them, so I merely wave goodbye.
"How are you feeling? Did resting help?"
I nod, and earn a smile. She takes a seat on the edge of my bed.
"Good. Your father has given me permission to tutor you. I came here to ask you if you want to be tutored. This is an important life choice..I can set you on the path to becoming a scholar. A librarian. A teacher. Of course, you don't have to become any of these things, but now is the time in your life to pick up a trade, and I think you have the curiosity to be a successful scholar."
Her eyes find the flowers from Marisa as she finishes her recruitment speech.
"I see you have a lot to think about besides this."
"No, I..I don't. I mean, not about her anyway." My face feels red. I don't know if I'm blushing or if I'm about to cry. It feels like a bit of both.
"Its okay. I can wait. Come to me after you've decided. My door is open any time."
She leaves me with a lot to think about. Soon, though, I'm released from the clinic. They give me a salve to apply to my arm, and some replacement bandages, but besides a light pain in my arm at times, I am good as new. They did warn me not to be too ambitious with my arm, though, not to lift anything to heavy or move it around a lot, but it should be fine for daily use. That said, my father hasn't come to fetch me, and the day is half over. So I have half a day without work, and a few options about what to do..
 Get something for Mystia as a thank you gift
 Buy Mystia flowers
 Buy Mystia some kind of food to replace you as her meal
 Find Marisa and thank her for the flowers
 Report to Keine and agree to have her tutor you
Write-ins are always welcome, but I put one under the gifts because I'm particularly interested in what you can come up with there.