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[x] Do as she suggests and go to sleep.
If that's what she says... You're not completely sure if her ?early? matches with your definition of the word, though. Then again, considering that it's getting early, it doesn't really matter.
"Is there anything else you need, then?"
"No, but there's one thing I want to tell you: Don't worry about Flandre. She'll be back before sunrise."
She reaches for her book as you nod and get up to leave.
The corridor is as silent as usually. Deciding to head downstairs for something small to eat, you notice that the main doors are open. Kind of odd since you definitely closed them when you came in, but it's probably better to leave them as is. In the unlikely case that someone who shouldn't have come in actually went and came in, closing the doors won't help since the locks can be opened from the inside even if you don't have a key.
After a quick snack, which you ate not because you're hungry but because it's kind of a habit for you to eat something before going to sleep, and a visit to the bathroom it's time to head to your room. As you're about to open your door, you hear something from Sakuya's room and notice that her door isn't completely closed. Deciding to take have a look to check if she's there, you peek in to see that she's there, sitting in front of a mirror and brushing her hair.
You tap lightly on the door to announce your presence. Sakuya sets down the hairbrush and looks at you silently.
"Hi. I noticed that the front door is open; is it supposed to be?"
"Yeah, it gets me some fresh air. You should open your window, too." She sounds very calm and a little sleepy.
"All right." Shrug. "Well, good night then."
She returns to brushing her hair and you go to your room. There's a packet right in the middle of the floor. You recognize it as the same one you received earlier today. Now is probably a good moment to open it...
The brown paper gets torn easily. There's just a lot of it, and you're trying to avoid noise. Eventually, you reach the final layer and tear it apart to reveal... a razor. You look at it, slightly disappointed. She... paid for your tea with your own razor? Oh, there's something else. A slip of paper with an exquisite purple pattern on it. The paper feels a bit like the paper used on money instead of your everyday paper; clearly, it was made to last. Last, but not least, there's this odd warmth glowing from it. You flip it around and reveal a simplistic picture of a woman with nine fox tails. You've heard of those somewhere... A kitsune? That's what those are called, at least as far as you can tell. You can't deny the usefulness of a razor, but what's the picture for? You can't find anything even resembling text on the package, so you'll have to ask someone about it. Or, it's not the picture itself, but rather the pattern on the other side and the odd warmth coming from it. Well, whatever it is, it'll wait until you wake up.
It feels kind of odd. You opened the window before going to bed, but now the silence feels even more odd than usual. Instead of a total silence, there's the slightest whispering of wind. Even it sounds odd: you're used to the hum of traffic. Now that it's gone, the unfamiliar noises of nature keep you awake... for a moment.
You're in an odd world. The ground is odd. The air is odd. Even the light is odd.
"Makai, the world of demons."
You get up and try to seem angry.
"Why did you have to go and do that?" She's just floating around, not even bothering to stand on the ground. "And why are we here in the first place?"
"Don't ask me, it's your dream. This isn't my doing. Though I have to ask, why on earth would you dream of this place..."
it's not like there's much to dream about... There's ground, there's air and there's light. That's about it. Seems like a very boring dream. "So what am I supposed to do now?"
She shrugs. "Don't ask me. You could, of course, just dream of something."
...That kind of makes sense. But what could you...
A woman appears. A scantily clad one. Her body has the right curves in the right places. She seems rather young, yet she somehow seems to combine the best part of each age: her eyes gleam with wisdom that comes only with years experience in life and her face has lost the unrefined look that is often found on younger women. You'd say that she's perfect, but she seems very annoyed. And then she has wings. Six of them. Even Blue is impressed by her and backs off a bit.
"Fwee... You certainly dream big, boy. And there's no need to be ashamed about it.? I know that you haven't been able to fulfil your sexual needs for a while. I can help you with it if you just ask.
The woman speaks. Her voice has a tone of authority in it, even while sounding very annoyed. "While I don't mind being the target of your dreams, could you please do the next time elsewhere?" She sighs and snaps her fingers. The clothes she appeared in turn into a robe. "Now, let me introduce myself. Shinki, the goddess of this realm." She extends her hand and smiles. You reach out and shake it. Her skin is soft and warm. "And who may you be?"
"Chris-? ?No, not you. Her." The goddess points at a spot to your left. There isn't anything in there. "Oh, she fled. No matter, she can't hide. This is my realm, after all." A chair appears behind her and she sits on it, resting her legs on top of each other. "So. You're Chris and you work for the vampire. A newcomer who has decided to stay. Fast learner, has problems with self-confidence. Shows some talent in both magic and that odd fighting style the maid uses."
You're left speechless. it's the first time you meet and she knows all that?
"I don't want to sound rude, but... how'd you know all that?"
She smiles again. "I have a lot of eyes and ears. But it seems like I found her." The chair disappears again as Shinki gets up. "By the way, if you ever come here in flesh, give me a call. I'm always interested in getting new blood. This world's sealed off, you see, and I'm afraid that my subjects suffer from the downsides of... inbreeding. You should understand. Bye." Snap, she's gone. Snap, she's back. "False lead, my bad. But now she only has one place to hide, and I'm going to need your permission to go there."
The goddess places her finger on your forehead.
"One moment. Just what are you exactly going to do?"
"I'm just getting her out. I think I've seen her somewhere, but I can't remember if it was me in person who saw her or just one of my ?eyes? outside of this realm. And just that you know: Welcome to Makai. I took the liberty to change your dream for the real thing so that I have the power to do anything and everything. I'm the goddess of this realm, after all."
Her finger doesn't move while she speaks, but her eyes find yours and drill deep...
"And what are you going to do if you find her?" Your attempt to look serious is a bit more successful now that she finally takes a step back.
"We'll just have a nice, friendly chat. That's all I can do when you're not physically here."
 Let her do it.
 ...maybe it isn't a good idea.
My proofreader disappeared halway through and I didn't have the time to wait. So, there may be illogicalities and errors.