Not-Life - Entry #64, Part II Flanders !ySh0zNntaM 2013/11/22 (Fri) 03:18 No. 56402 ▼
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As I enter the forest, I remember that Third is still writing in the basement. If I go too far away, she'll disappear, so... I'll have to bring her outside.
Ten minutes later, Third arrives, a portion of a stack of Words-paper held closely. And money. She made sure to grab some money as well, since you never know when you might need money... unfortunately, the world runs on money. Well, humans more so than youkai, but nevertheless, money is important. People even die over money. I find that wasteful. And sad.
I wonder if there's a money youkai out there?
Four of a Kind, gooo~
Fourth writes. Third holds an umbrella over her head for her. I lead using the map. Second brings up the rear. We're like a train, except all the portions train cars? I forget what they're called are identical.
"So..."Third mumbles. "Wakasagihime: hot or not?"
"What?" I say dumbly.
"Is this really even a topic of discussion?" Fourth says dryly.
"I say hot!" Second proclaims, clapping her hands together. "Except how does a mermaid?"
"Aren't we supposed to be focusing on the task at hand, as opposed to discussing your fetish for fish tails?"
"Ooh, burrrn," Third sings.
"Oh yeah?! Say that again, I dare ya?! I could take you with my eyes closed!"
"I could ?take you? with my eyes being gouged out by a silver dagger, whilst simultaneously documenting the details of my superior prowess to Words."
"Oh yeah? Well I can do all that, without my legs!"
"Don't be absurd."
Second and Fourth go back and forth like this for a little while, until they gradually fall silent.
The map leads us to the village after half of an hour, maybe? Or was that fourty-five minutes? I can't tell. The sun is a terrible guide of time, as am I.
So, uh, Words? Do you know where the Mistress ends up?
She was close to the village, in a small area of the forest. I can't give you directions, for obvious reasons, but she left a map with directions at a local bar for you to find. Er... that was in the first timeline, though. I'm not sure if she will leave the map this time.
I guess we can try, though.
"Fourth, you stay out in a tree or something and write. Second, Third, come with me."
"We're going to a bar?" Second asks.
"Probably not all of us. That would look weird. We all look the same, remember?"
"...Triplets?" Third offers.
"Let's just go."
L-look at all these people...
This is scary. Look at all the people! I've never seen so many people in one place!
Tall people, short people, small people, big people. One human, two humans, a human in red, a human in blue. A woman. A man. A boy. A girl. A couple, holding hands. A group of friends, laughing together. A street vendor trying to sell an assortment of strange fruits to a young woman. An elderly lady and a young boy, the latter carrying a bag with groceries. A pair of tall men chatting animatedly with each other. Loud voices, low voices, whispering, high voices. Perfumes and sweat and other scents. Blood.
Each of these has a life.
A life with worries and pleasures, good and bad, family, friends, and an inevitable death.
All of them.
They are alive. Every day, they are experiencing the world around them. The Mistress once told me that red strings of fate were tied to each person's ankle, and when one's life touched another, the strings trembled, like a spider's web when a creature is caught in it.
Do I have one of these strings, or was mine cut long ago? Maybe mine is tangled somewhere...
I tell Second and Third to find somewhere to go for a bit. "Maybe survey the area? were my exact words. it's better that we're not seen together - that would attract a lot of attention. I still get funny glances anyways. Maybe it's because of my wings. What's the matter? Not many humans with wings made from iron and small glowing gems?
I can't help but stare back, because it's so weird here.
it's so weird seeing all of these people in one place... so many different types of people. So much variety. I'm assaulted by all sorts of senses - the sights, the sounds, the scents.
"Young girl! Would you like to buy exotic fruit?" An exuberant man shoves an odd object in front of me, stopping me from moving on. "They call these... uh, fire fruits!"
Yeah, the fruit he's holding looks kind of like a flame.
"Maybe another time," I say, pushing passed him.
Am I dreaming? This place is surreal.
No alcohol in sight. I think we went the wrong way. Oh well? I'm sure we'll find the bar...
Looks like some sort of shopping area~ I'm eager to see all the things this place has to offer, so I pull Second along by the wrist.
Hey, is that store for clothing? That... that sounds fun! Whee~
Clothing? Hm... Third... I have an idea.
We should get a kimono for First!
Oh! Yes, that could be awesome! She'd love that. And then we could be matchers with Wakasagihime-chan-san~ Oh... how do Japanese honourifics work again? Well, whatever~ I have the money right here. Thanks, Words, she'll love it!
I found it. I can tell it's the bar because it's kind of out-of-the-way from the main areas, plus it reeks of alcohol.
Alcohol smells kind of good, I guess? I wonder what it tastes like... there are different kinds of alcohol, though, maybe? Like, wine and sake and beer? I've tried wine once or twice, but it's rare. The Mistress doesn't let me drink.
I enter the bar quietly - a few people glance up, but nobody seems to care that a child just walked into a place for adults.
Then again, I have wings. Maybe they can tell I'm a youkai.
The bartender is a burly man, but he's got a puffy moustache that seems to warm his entire essence. That, or it's the happy smile on his face. Perhaps both. He regards me curiously as I sit on one of those tall round chairs that are always next to counters.
Does any of this sound familiar?
Yes. This sounds like the same bar from the first time.
"Little missy, aren't you a tad too young to be drinkin??"
He has a gruff, yet somehow melodic voice.
"I... uh, it's not about alcohol. I have an inquiry."
"Oh? I guess I can help with that. What's the matter?"
"Have you seen a young girl - kind of like me, but she has blue hair? And bat wings, instead of these..."
He rubs his chin. "Naw, can't say I have. And I usually remember such things, too..."
"Oh. Okay. Thanks anyways."
He frowns. "If I see her, I'll be sure to let her know you were looking for her."
I end up bowing respectfully, and then exiting the establishment. Was I supposed to bow? Maybe I conveyed something I wasn't supposed to by bowing... I guess it can't be helped. I need to find out what you should and shouldn't do in human places.
Dang, was that the wrong bar? Or maybe the Mistress didn't leave me a map this time... what are we going to do now? Maybe I should go home and wait for the Mistress to get back.
Hm, there's a neat fountain nearby. A magnificent dragon statue stands in it. Its eyes seem to glow. Odd. they're red.
My attention, however, is distracted from the dragon statue by a really, really loud shzeeeeo. That's not a very good description, but I recognize it as the sound of a danmaku laser. It was so loud that every human in the area stopped what they were doing to glance at the source.
It comes from above.
A girl is flying above us. She wears all red, including a red cape and even red hair. A nice blue bow sits on her head in contrast with all the red.
"Hello, humans! I would like to tell you about the glorious day that is today~? the girl shouts.
A young boy next to me leans over to his mother, and whispers, "I can see her underwear..."
"I HEARD THAT!" the girl shouts. "Insolent humans, the lot of you!"
She lands on one of the buildings, looking down upon all of us.
"Today is victory! Today, I invite all youkai hiding in this village to rise up and fight in the most glorious war Gensokyo has ever seen! As for the humans... your days are numbered, too! When we've turned Gensokyo upside-down, your lifestyle will never be the same, so enjoy your freedom while you can!"
A few people are whispering to each other. Maybe they're confused.
"Is this another incident?"
"Just another stupid youkai... the shrine maiden will take care of it."
"Mommy, what does insolent mean?"
The redhead youkai glares at the crowd that is clearly not paying any attention to her. Suddenly there's another loud schzeeeeo sound, and... the girl's head floats six feet above her. Like, she's suddenly decapitated.
And then the head splits into five heads. They regard the crowd furiously.
Everyone is dead silent.
The heads chuckle in unison, and then they all dive down towards the crowd, shooting out danmaku lasers.
Instantly, there is screaming. And scrambling. All of the people move away as fast as they can, trying to get to a safe place away from this rampaging youkai with five heads in the air and no heads on her shoulders.
[ ] Reunite with Second and Third, then get out of there!
[ ] Help the humans evacuate! They could get hurt!
[ ] Don't get a-head of yourself. Confront the youkai head-on!
- [ ] Attack the five floating heads.
- [ ] Attack the headless body.
[ ] Write-in