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[x] Visit Marisa! You faintly recall that Flan knows her.
Mmm. Places, places. Places to go, places to be. But not just any place! A place where you can go with Flan. “Oh!” Realization. “Why don't we visit Marisa?” You faintly recall that she knows her.
Flan flutters her wings, creating a sound akin to wind chimes brushing against each other. “...Kay.”
“Alrighty then! Off to Marisa's!” You waste no more time. Once more, you drag Flan along through the hallways and doors and everything else. Suddenly, your feet are off the ground. Flan's flying! And now you're being the one dragged along. Well, it's either that or falling face first onto the ground. Your grasp on her hand is slipping. “Flan. I need to report on my current circumstances now.”
“Hrm?” She doesn't seem to notice that you're hanging on for dear life.
“I might fall and go splat.”
“Don't worry, I'm strong.”
“I-I didn't mean it like that, Flaaaaaaan~!” Oh. Oh, whoops. You're falling! You're falling and you can't get up! You flail wildly, grabbing at anything to slow or stop your descent.
Whoosh.. You're safe. Flan's got you in a princess carry. Prince carry? Anyway. Two red eyes stare back at you, filled with questions. But they only ask one. “...Don't you already know how to fly?”
“I do! Just... I can only fly after I get some momentum.” You shrug. “I self-taught myself, so I don't know the correct way to fly.”
“That's dangerous, Leo.”
“I know! I have so many things to do, though! Like... err. Studying and scouting missions and, um, venturing? I'm not really helping myself much, am I?”
“Not at all,” agrees Flan. Well! At least she's honest about it.
“Um, Flaaaan. Can we get down? I can still fly, y'know.”
“Don't worry, I'm strong~” Flan does a spin in the air, spinning you along with her.
“You're just teasing me now, aren't you, Flan?”
She doesn't reply, but twirls once more.
Yep. She's definitely teasing you.
“Oh. Leo. Where exactly is Marisa's house?”
“The Forest of Magic. It should be past this forest, which happens to be the Forest of Particularly Uninteresting Events. You know, it's pretty weird. Supposedly, the Forest of Magic is supposed to be dangerous and scary but it's pretty close to the human village. Plus, it's dangerous for commonfolk like me to enter but I've had no problems yet!”
“You're considered commonfolk?”
“I never realized that Gensokyo is such a scary place,” Flan mutters, slowly drifting back down towards the ground.
“It is, isn't it?”
And now you're here at the Forest of Magic, with its thick thickets, grooved groves, and treelots with lots of trees. You're finally allowed to set foot on the ground again! As soon as you do, you trip on a root, uprooting your foot from floor. Err, ground. Scrambling over the grassy terrain, you regain your footing.
Flan stifles a chuckle, but immediately trips over the same root. You do the polite thing and pretend you didn't notice!
Several trippings later, you're at Marisa's house. You can tell that it's Marisa's and not Miss Alice's because it's covered in shrubbery. Miss Alice would never stand for that and would have the house promply unhedged. You knock twice on the door, then twice more for good measure. No response.
Welp! You didn’t take into account that Marisa might not be home. Might as well leave! The door, however, says otherwise, creaking open as loud as it possibly can. “Well. The door’s open, Flan. Let’s go~”
“Should we be doing this?” asks Flan.
“Probably not,” you reply truthfully. But you’re curious what wonders you may find in the Kirisame household!
The inside is a sight to behold. To clarify, it’s a complete mess! Books are clattered everywhere, with vials and flasks strewn all across the floor. A faded sign that reads “Magic Shop” in faded letters lays face-up on a desk. Despite all this, it’s quite cozy. However, one thing looks out of place! It’s a bookshelf to the side of the room. Unlike the house’s other inhabitants, the bookshelf looks neat – pristine, even. The books have their spines intact and are untainted by various concoctions that are spilled all over the place. A lot of them look really familiar... Ah!
“Leo?” Flan tilts her head, giving you a dubious look.
“Flan, lookie.” You point to the books on the second highest shelf. “It’s one of Miss Patchouli’s books. She was looking for this one. Elemental Vivace: Musical Magics. And this one. And this one! Oh, I’ve been meaning to read this for some time now.” You’re reclaiming these!
“Um, are you sure about this?” she questions, as she’s handed two books.
“Always, Flan,” you reassure her, taking the rest of the books into your custody. A couple of other books foreign to you are on the shelf as well. Soul & Automatio sounds interesting, but you won’t take them. They’re not Miss Patchouli’s and they’re certainly not yours.
Then, the door clatters shut. Then open again! “...Did I leave the door open, again?” You’re not sure whether to answer her or not. Before you can decide, Flan speaks up.
Marisa promptly freaks out! “Whoa!? Intruders!?” She brandishes her mini-hakkero and squints, taking a better look at you and Flan. Her gaze falls to the books in your hands. Flan’s as well. “Well. This is fairly ironic.”
“Um,” you pause, thinking of a good retort, “turnabout is fair play?”
“Indeed,” Marisa nods, rolling the mini-hakkero around in her hand. “But how should I deal with these troublemakers?”
“...Let them go nicely?” Flan suggests. Good job, Flan!
“Tsk tsk, naive.” Marisa clicks her tongue, wagging her finger at Flan. She escorts both you and Flan out the door. In a flash, she draws out a spellcard. “Let’s danmaku, ya hooligans!”
Love Sign「Non-Directional Laser」
A burst of stars explodes from Marisa’s mini-hakkero, forcing you to dodge to the right. You keep dodging right, running through the stars at full speed. Flan’s already in the air, weaving through heavy danmaku traffic. You shortly join her, gaining altitude quickly. “Flan!” You call out to her. “Give me the rest of the books! Shoot, and I’ll move!”
“Hey. That’s my catchphrase, buddy.”
Flan drops the books, and you flip to grab the books, barely grazing the lasers in the process. You start moving, she starts shooting. The spellcard’s easy enough – though you feel like you’ve seen it before. No matter. All you have to do is dodge the little stars, squeeze through the big stars, and not get hit by the shiny lasers.
“Very good! This two-on-one thing is hard.” Marisa excitedly shouts. She throws out another spellcard. “But I’m not done yet!”
Loving Heart「Double Spark」
...Double spark? Suddenly, stars everywhere. It's hard to move around with the books, but you manage to fly to an area with some breathing room. There's a lot of space, now that you think about it! It's almost as if–
Bwoom! And then a giant laser came piercing through the air. You scramble through the air, speeding away from the line of destruction as fast as you can. Flan's in a similar situation, but she dodges the other Master Spark with ease, having no books to slow her down. You don't think you can dodge another one of those death-lasers. Fortunately, Flan takes down Marisa's second card before you have to. Yaaay~
“Wah, ya got me. As a reward, I'll let you have those books you painstakingly fought for.” Marisa shrugs. “It's yours now.”
Flan blinks. “...Weren't they ours in the first place–”
“Anyway. Let's head in, shall we?” Marisa dusts herself off, floating back to the ground. You and Flan do the same. Back into the house! “So what's up, Leo? Got something for me? Errand? Confession? Executing your evil mastermind plan?”
“Oh, we were just venturing~” you reply.
“Adventuring?” asks Marisa.
“Venturing,” corrects Flan.
“Oh, venturing!” Marisa really gets you. Other than when you have to danmaku her. Maybe she'll be sympathetic to your pursuit in the knowledge of thermodynamics?
“Actually, Marisa. I have an important subject matter to discuss.”
“What if I proposed that the first fundamental law of thermodynamics is outdated?”
“Hmm.” Marisa scratches her cheek, nodding slowly. “Go on.”
“So what I have so far is that the input energy with any given mass, administered from a headpat, though not necessarily only by headpats, converts to a greater output energy from the headpatting. The output energy tends to exceed the input energy even if mass is unchanged.”
“Let me thiink about that.” Marisa does a sudden sneak attack on Flan's hair, ruffling it with no mercy. Flan fidgets the entire time. You realize that you're next once Marisa turns to you. You can't run! You can't even hide! Noooo~
Headpats feel nice. Marisa has good technique.
“From a cursory study, I'd say that it makes sense.”
“I knew you'd believe me, Marisa! Yaaay!” Tackle hug administered! The books you were holding clatter to the floor.
“...Do you think Patchy'd mind if I borrowed you for an indeterminate amount of time?” Marisa asks a grave question.
You recall several escapades of Leonotis kidnappings. Miss Patchouli was not very amused. “Um, maybe?”
“I might just do it anyway.”
“That's slightly scary!”
Marisa gives you a thumbs up. You're not sure if that makes it any better! “Oh, right. Flan. Does Remilia know that you're out?”
Flan shakes her head.
“Should I be worried?”
Flan shakes her head.
“Great.” Marisa squeezes Flan's cheeks with her palms. “This is the first time I've actually seen you outside. Don't make too much trouble for Leo, alright?”
“Leo is a troublemaker~” Flan adds inappropriately.
She only giggles in response.
“It's settled,” Marisa declares. “Both of you are troublemakers.”
“I refuse to be grouped with this slanderer,” you cry out in protest.
“Me too,” she adds in. Strange how she can act so innocent while being so cruel.
“Enough, you fools. Both of you are idiots as well.” Marisa spins around in her chair, wheeling it around the room. She picks up a little screwdriver, fiddling with it and another thing on her desk.
“Hmm? Whatcha doing, Marisa?”
“Lately, I've been looking into some new magical magicky magic. It involves powering up an experimental mini-hakkero.” She tinkers with the thing on the desk. “Trying to see if I can pack some more punch into it.”
“Even more than a Master Spark?”
“Much, much more!” She smacks the table with her hand. “But only if I can get this thing to work properly. It just doesn't receive enough energy.”
“Hmm.” You've an idea! “What about making the thingy convex so that it directs all of the energy into a single focal point? It'd take more energy as its input, right?”
Clatter. Marisa drops her thingy. “Leo. Are you a genius?”
“Just a humble theorist~”
Marisa furious fiddles with the object, now sporting a drill-looking tool in hand. “Uh. This might take a while. You may or may not see me in the next couple of days.”
Glorious! “Flan, look. The beauty of inspiration. Isn't it wonderful?”
Flan tilts her head to look at the spectacle from another angle. “Um... I think so?”
Marisa's preoccupied now. Maybe it's time to take your leave? So you do!
“Leeeeeo!” Flan yells, still inside the house. She returns with... another Flan. And the books. “You forgot about these!”
Two Flans? “Question, Flan.”
“Am I seeing things?” Because you definitely are. Two Flandre Scarlets!
“...I don't think so?”
You pinch the cheek of Flan. Err, the first one without the books. She gives you a concerned gaze. Then, moving onto the second one with the books, you pinch her check. She also gives you a concerned gaze.
“Kay. Just checking.”
Anywho! Err, anyhow. What to do now?
[ ] Tourism. Pay the Hakurei shrine a visit.
[ ] Mountain climbing. Visit the Youkai Mountain!
[ ] Trekking. Keep going through the forest.
[ ] Go back home. You’ve secured the loot!