SystemFailureV3 !5TQkmktHkE 2010/10/08 (Fri) 17:45 No. 43564 ▼
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It couldn't hurt. "Sure, I'm game."
The shopkeeper frowns. ??Game?" I don't really consider this a game?"
"Sorry, it's a figure of speech," You say. "It means I'm willing to do it."
"I see? well, never mind. Shall we get started?"
The next twenty-five or so minutes are spent explaining the mechanics behind various pieces of technology. The computer requires a power source to work, and it can be used to keep track of records (this intrigues him). The digital cameras can, in fact, take pictures, but you need a working printer to bring them to life. The TV outside needs power and a steady signal to work. Same with the cell phone.
"What power source do they use?" asks Rinnosuke, looking very intrigued.
His face falls. "So I have to wait until there's a thunderstorm??"
"No, that won't work." You spend a few minutes explaining power plants and generators to him.
He looks thoughtful. "Actually? that may soon come to exist in Gensokyo."
"What do you mean by that?" you ask.
"Mind you, it's only a rumor, but... they say that the kappa have found a way to harness the power of the sun."
Solar power, perhaps? "There's something like in the outer world." The kappa must be pretty intelligent if they've figured out the science behind solar power all on their own.
Your thoughts are interrupted, however, by the door opening.
"Hey, Kourin!" it's that Marisa girl.
"Excuse us." And Reimu.
Rinnosuke sighs, but for a brief moment, his lips curl in a faint smile. Then he frowns. "You two just had to come right when I have a customer."
"Seriously, you got a? oh, it's Wally-ze." Marisa grins.
"Ah, Wallace," says Reimu, smiling.
The white-haired shopkeeper looks slightly surprised. "You've all met?"
"Yes," you nod. "Reimu was the first person I encountered in Gensokyo, and she helped me find my sisters. Marisa? stole some books from my household."
The witch doesn't miss a beat. "It ain't stealing, it's borrowing."
Rinnosuke gives her a long look. "You're still doing that?" he says, disapprovingly. "I've told you before, that isn't proper behavior for a young lady."
Marisa shrugs. "Well, I guess I'm not a proper young lady, then-ze."
"No, I suppose you're not. But still? what would your mother think?"
The blonde's smile fades to a pained, sad look. "Don't? don't bring the family up, Kourin."
The shopkeeper, to his credit, looks abashed. "You're right? I shouldn't have mentioned them. I'm sorry."
Silence. Wow, that got awkward pretty fast. Thankfully, there's Reimu.
"So! What brings you to Kourindou, Wallace?" asks the shrine maiden. All attention suddenly turns to you.
"Ah, I came here looking for a watch. I was lucky enough to find one."
"A watch? What's that-ze?" asks Marisa.
"This," you reply, showing off the device in question.
"Ooh, looks expensive," says Reimu.
"It is," you say.
"What does it do-ze?"
"It tells time." You respond.
"I see? sounds useful."
Another moment of silence. Then Reimu claps her hands. "Actually, we were just about to have tea. Would you like to join us?"
"You can't just come into my home, invite someone for tea, and expect me to feed you all," says Rinnosuke, exasperated. "I could throw you all out, you know."
"But you won't," Marisa grins, her previous mood forgotten. ??Cause then you wouldn't be Kourin. Easily pushable, doormat Kourin."
"She's right," agrees Reimu. "Now you're going to invite Wallace yourself, aren't you?"
The shopkeeper shakes his head. "I could prove you all wrong right now. But I won't." He turns to you. "Since the inevitable has happened, would you care to stay for some tea?"
[x] "Alright, I will."
[x] "I actually have to go."