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[-c+1-] Go look for Letty
There's little question what you need to do. While you do worry about Shizuha, and whether she might end up in trouble, there are more pertinent things to worry about. Besides, that woman can take care of herself well enough, especially if what she and her sister claim is true.
Leaving those thoughts by the wayside, you stand up and look down at Minoriko. "I'm going to go look for Letty. I can't make her come back here, but I want to make sure she hasn't harmed anybody."
The girl glances down at the office, silently echoing your concern. Shadows cast over her face as she turns back to ask, "Do you need me to come with you? If she is still angry from earlier, she might end up doing something rash."
"Concerned for me, all of the sudden?" You can't help but to smirk just a bit as the girl huffs. "Don't worry. I'll manage fine enough. Besides, I'm still interesting. I think approaching her alone while she is mad would maintain that status for far longer than seeking protection would."
"That would be the flimsiest excuse ever if it fails to work. Just scream if you need help then." At that, Minoriko turns back to the fire and you walk away, heading in that direction. Before you can get too far, though, she speaks up. "Do you have a torch of some sort? You'll never find her in this light."
You look back towards Minoriko for a moment, measuring her up. The girl resolutely stares down at the fire as the flames dance around, throwing shadows on her face once more. "…If you insist. I think I could just follow the cold, though."
Rengeteki watches you as you head back to the truck, but she nervously looks away the moment you connect eyes. You shake your head and head towards your luggage that is still stashed in the back of the truck. After reaching in, you feel around for that small box you have kept nearby the entire time. Once you open it up, you feel around the innards before pulling out a small metal cylinder and a weighted piece of leather.
Once the latter is deposited safely under your shirt, you grab a jacket from inside the suitcase and throw it on. Now that you have determined yourself protected from the elements, you head on towards the front of the camp, keeping your small flashlight in your pocket for now.
By this time of day, it has grown dark enough that you can only see by the nascent fires and the glow of taillights. There are a few light poles strung throughout the camp, but the ugly yellow of the dirty light does not cast far into the darkness. Even so, you take your time and ignore what you can see, and instead feel for the cold that hopefully lingers in the air.
There is little to be found. If there is frost that remains on trees or ice that lurks underfoot, you can neither see nor feel it. "…Well, this will be fun. Finding a frozen time bomb in a hay stack." Snorting a bit at how inane the joke is, you keep walking. The light of the camp grows dim and you finally reach for your pocket.
The switch on the flashlight is old and hasn't been toggled in years, but it takes only a modicum of effort to flip it into its first position. A beam of light floods the air in front of you. "I'll have to remember to get batteries at some point. This thing has always drained them like the last batch of good tea in Boston."
Satisfied with how well it is lighting up the current locale, you venture onward through the brush. You stay away from the road you drove in on, as you doubt she took that path. What is more worrying is the thought that she crossed over on someone's property, and the owners discover her in the process. That will be something fun to explain.
Minutes pass by, and you track at least a half a mile away from camp. You've yet to come across any fence that would indicate a property line. Thinking that you've walked far enough, you lean on a nearby tree and look around at the surroundings. "Would she have just left? I guess that is a possibility… Although, she probably would have said something. I doubt that she would have left certain things unsaid…"
You stand there for a few minutes longer, looking about in the dark and trying to spot any other figures. Nothing comes into view, and you eventually rise back to your own two feet and stretch. "I should head back around, then. Either I'll run into her on the way back, or—"
Leaves shuffle, and you spin around as you immediately stop talking. Your flashlight is immediately brought to bear on the source of the noise. Standing there in front of you is a deer. The animal stares back at you, as the oddly bright light is freezing it in its tracks. The longer you look, the easier it is for you to see that the frightened creature is shivering.
"Wait… Letty, where are you? I know you're nearby!" You look up at the trees as you swing wildly around, searching for anyplace that the woman would be. "Come on out; it's time to head back. We need to rest for tomorrow."
Letty does not answer, but you finally feel that familiar chill in the air as she approaches. The deer finally regains its senses and dashes off.
While the deer may have heard her, there is no indication of where the youkai is. For her part, she remains far in the dark. "Alright, now, you can come out Letty. You don't have to stay hidden…" You continue to spin about as you look for her, and you try not to let the frustration show on your face.
"Do I, now?" The voice whispers on the wind, causing the hair to stand up on your neck. "There is plenty of reason to. I wouldn't want to scare the humans around here, would I?"
"You would." The next time you turn around, you find the woman standing right there, smiling and standing with her hands clasped. "There you are. Are you done attempting to scare me?"
She merely tilts her head and looks over your shoulder, peering far into the dark behind you. "Did the little harvest send you? Or was it the quiet leaf?"
"Neither. I came looking for you on my own." Crossing your arms, you look back behind you, trying to see what it is that she is looking at. "Are you trying to find something? The only thing that has gone that way was that deer."
"I am aware of that." While you can't see it, you can feel her eyes move back to your neck. "So, why is it that you have come searching for me? You could not leave my presence quickly enough the previous night. I doubt that you have changed your mind and decided instead to seek it."
Well, that line certainly tells you her mood. "Are you still miffed from earlier?"
"No." She shifts a bit closer. You may be imagining things, but you really do not want to look back at the moment. "I'm merely annoyed. Humans always are decidedly confusing in that manner."
"Really. I thought that you would be decidedly enlightened in that manner." While her manner is frosty, you force yourself to turn back and look at her. She still is smiling, which serves to unnerve you more than anything else. "…Are you planning to kill me already?"
She finally reacts, but only raises an eyebrow. "I have considered it. Then again, when wouldn't I have? There's nothing to be gained by it right now. Although, I will admit that I have become quite bored by sitting in that box all day."
"Technically, you're not supposed to. But I can't squeeze five of us in the cab. And you know how the others would react." You don't even bother to say how you might react. "I get that, though. So, why do you stay? There's nobody stopping you from leaving."
"Actually, aren't you here to stop me from doing just that?"
Sighing, you look down. "I was making sure there was no trouble going on out here. That was the main reason." You snort and cross your arms as you stand there. "That, and it is late out. You might draw questions if you remain out here for much longer."
"Do you suppose to say that you can herd me back to your vehicle, then?"
"…No." Grumbling even more, you finally look back in her eyes. "You know that there is little that I could do to you now. I am unarmed, and even if I was, you would do the same that you did to the agent earlier."
Letty hums to herself as she nods just slightly. "So, are you going to let me take care of him the next time he comes? I am quite sure he will. Incident solvers never are able to keep to themselves, in the end."
"It's because I want him to be on our side. He is just taking care of a threat. I didn't want to do anything. Frankly, I don't want any part in this. I wish to be left alone now. I've spent enough time paying for what I've done. Technically, I still am." You drop your arms to your sides. "I do not want to go back to prison."
Letty continues to watch you with an eyebrow quirked. "What did you do that mandated you be imprisoned? There isn't much that wouldn't be more swiftly dealt with by the sword instead."
"Yeah. Death penalty isn't common anymore." You shake your head. "However, I didn't come here to discuss my past. We need to head back." The snow lady doesn't respond, and instead continues to watch you. Seconds tick by, and you raise an eyebrow. "Yes?"
The grin begins to fade as she rubs her chin. "I wonder… Is that why you were so resistant to my proposition? You pay no attention besides what is necessary. It is the same with the others. And I am not too far gone to be without value."
"…What are you trying to imply?"
"I am merely curious. The little harvest may think you are merely a bothersome human that is honest, brutally so, but you know I can feel that cold in you. I know that you know. And it clamps down just a little bit more when I try to insinuate that there is something a little less than pure under your skin."
"Didn't I say I was through with the subject?" Your eyes glint straight at hers. There is plenty of fear that lurks in your stomach, and you do not want to show it for fear of what she might do.
For her part, Letty continues to regard you carefully. "You should be honest, in the end. I am sure the quiet leaf knows. She does at time know about such things. She will not make you tell, even if she could end your resistance to the idea."
"Good for her. She's mysterious enough as it is when I speak to her. I need at least a little on my side so that I can debate with her. She is more quizzical than you are."
"I do not try to be, unlike you. You merely do not understand me. It is something you will never do. By the time you catch up in years, you would be but dust."
"I'd never want to. I was quite content on my own."
"So you say." Letty goes back to looking over your shoulder. "So, have you finished with me? There is something I was attending to."
Part of you doesn't want to ask, but you should try to at least make amends with the somewhat hostile ice lady. "…Well, wool you prefer to not ride in that thing when we leave tomorrow? Assuming you are coming with us?"
"That would be better, yes."
"…Alright. But I'm not going to kill anyone, if we do end up in that situation again. I want to find my family. If we make them hunt us, I doubt that would happen unless we all are taken prisoner. And they'd more likely shoot to kill, then."
"Then it's a good thing you won't be the one doing it."
Sighing, you follow her eyes as she looks down through the forest. "I suppose it's somewhat pointless to say that it's not season, although I doubt your particular weapon would even be covered. You really shouldn't do anything suspicious, though."
Finally, Letty turns her eyes back to you. "Please, do stop bothering me that much about such things. I will survive as I can, without harming those strangers you value so much. And I am quite capable of cleaning up my own mess. The cold will remain with me… Even if I am tempted to place a little inside of you to carry around and see what would occur."
"I could. You would cease being interesting if you simply became a frozen puppet, though." Her smirk widens, and you can't help but to be thankful that you are already too cold to shiver even more. "Now, go on. You will not want to witness this, as I fear that even you would not be prepared for such a sight."
"And here I thought I was coming to fetch you. …Fine… You wouldn't listen to me if I tried to take you back…" Shrugging, you turn around and try to get your bearings. Letty helpfully points the way back, and you thank her with no small amount of derision in your voice.
As annoying and frustrating as the woman is, she isn't going to harm you or the others… At least for now. At least you're back to square one. You'll probably need more leverage to get her to agree to any more terms, though… Or be friendlier, for that matter. You might have to give something in return, too. That's something you'll have to think about later.
Now, you simply trek all the way back to the camp. The fires are long gone, but the streetlights are still lit. They are plenty enough to guide your way back to your temporary home.
Neither Minoriko or Rengeteki are outside, but a quick check finds both of them inside. Rengeteki is farthest from the door, with Minoriko curiously lying in front of her. Humming in thought, you search for and fail to find Shizuha. It still bothers you that she may be out and about yet, but there is nothing to do except searching yourself.
However, you decide that the others should be trusted for now. Shizuha should be able to take care of herself. If she is missing tomorrow morning… Well, you can worry about that then. You need sleep, either way. Eventually, you pack everything up and climb into the cab of your truck to stretch along the bench seat. With a coat for a blanket and safety provided by two locked doors, you finally manage to fall into a turbulent sleep.
The next morning finds you hurrying about as you unhook everything and double-check your truck and possessions once again. Minoriko and the fairy were still asleep after you woke at daybreak, although the former woke easily once you checked inside the trailer. Shizuha had shown up sometime overnight and was curled up in a chair inside, sound asleep.
You leave her be and just tell Minoriko of your predicament. Letty is, unlike the others, quite awake. You surreptitiously look at her to see if there are any signs of her nighttime activities, but there isn't even a twig on her outfit. Eventually, you just shake your head and guide her to the cab before leaving.
Your first destination is away, and you drive for thirty minutes or so before finally pulling off onto a rural road once more. This time, you head towards a nearby gas station. You need to fill up, no matter what; a map of the nearby area wouldn't hurt either, considering you don't know where any parks or open spaces full of nature would be.
You notice that when you pull in, prices have risen nearly a dollar since you last checked. There is no one else currently pumping, but the rise is indicative of one thing. You better get as much as you can now. The longer you wait, the more it will cost. And you don't have too much to spare…
After taking care of the mandatory business, you consider what to do next. You do need to check with the others to see what to do going forward, and you need to eat…"
[ ] Run into a nearby drivethru. It won't take too much, and you can use something that isn't Minoriko-produced. You'll have to consult with Letty only, though.
[ ] Grab something and go, and get Shizuha out to join you two. You know the others won't want part of it.
[ ] Eat inside, and consult with the others as you do. You can explain away Rengeteki, and Letty would scare anyone who would disagree.
[ ] Stop on the side of the road and get something from Minoriko.
[ ] Just keep driving for now.