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[x] The Taoist Mausoleum!
The white, fluffy robe feels nice~
Speaking of white, fluffy robes, it kinda looks like Miss Futo’s traditional dress... wait. Could it be that you’re wearing a dress!? Upon further inspection, you are not wearing a dress. Indeed, you are wearing pants. Crisis averted! You’re saved~
Oh, come to think of it, you haven’t paid Miss Futo a visit for a while. She said she’ll introduce you to her friends the next time you see her. You wonder what kind of friends Miss Futo’ll bring!
The books on the side of the room’s desk lay there, stretching their wings. You really should study... but you won’t. They open to the cover page affectionately, wanting to be read. Aww, not now. You’ll make time to study later! You pat the books and flip them closed before you leave the room.
The fairy maids are up and about, dusting the chairs, desks, and windows today. They seem extra spirited in the morning. You wonder why.
One of the fairy maids notices you and waves. “Hello, Leo! It’s nice to see you so early in the morning!”
Another one of the fairy maids interrupts. A crowd of fairy maids is gathering! “Leo! Thanks for helping us yesterday~” More fairy maids.
“Any time! I’m glad to help out any way I can.”
Poke, prod, squeeeeeze.
They’re not doing their job! Unless it involves grabbing at your hands and clothes and everywhere. In that case, they are. But you’re sure that their job doesn’t involve that!
In that case, you’ll take evasive action. Slipping out of the maids’ grasps, you break into a sprint as fast as you can.
“Leooooo, come back~” One of the fairy maids call out from behind you.
They can’t keep you away from your objective! You always seem to disrupt the fairy maids whenever they’re working. While running, you pass Miss Sakuya.
“Leo, no running in the mansion! You’ll get hurt.”
“Kaaaaay!” You broke the rules, but you didn’t mean to. You stop immediately.
“Going somewhere?” asks Miss Sakuya.
Indeed you are! “I’m visiting Miss Futo today!”
“Alright,” Miss Sakuya nods. She seems to have noticed that you’re in a hurry. “Don’t do anything dangerous now.” She dismisses you with a wave.
Okay, now you’re ready to go. Walking! It takes much longer to get to the mansion gates because you’re not running, but breaking the rules will make Miss Sakuya sad. You’d rather make her happy than sad!
You pass Miss Meiling, who is taking her morning nap. You should wake her up. “Miss Meiling! G’morning!”
“Huh!?” She straightens her back and tenses up. How does she sleep standing up? It’s a mystery to you. “Oh hey. Good morning,” she yawns.
“Anyway, I gotta go! Good luck guarding the gate, Miss Meiling. I’m off!”
“See ya, Leo.” She leans back on the gate, yawning again. Miss Meiling’s not really a morning person~
Now that you’re free of the mansion, you stop holding back and break into a full sprint. Your feet gradually leave the ground, skirting against the flowing air. You are nowhere near Miss Shameimaru’s speed, but you’d still say that you’re pretty darn quick! The only problem is that your flying is hard to control.
You zip past Misty Lake, passing by blurs and fairy blobs and other things obscured by the pseed of your flight.
“Hey, you! I challenge you to... waitwhereareyougoing!”
You think that was Cirno. You couldn’t really tell, because you didn’t hear what he or she was saying.
The Myouren Temple’s cemetery draws near. Too near! You can’t slow down in time! You manage to slow down enough to find the mausoleum’s entrance...and fly directly through the doors. That reminds you! Miss Meiling taught you about proper etiquette when charging through someone’s doors.
Tuck and roll! You cover your head and curl into a little ball, rolling through the entrance. It would be bad manners to shoot through the doors without a little bit of finesse!
You finish your roll near the feet of Miss Futo.
“Leonotis! A pleasant surprise to see you.” She bows, apparently not bothered by your more-than-enthusiastic entrance. It must have been the roll!
You bow to her as well. It feels appropriate to bow! “G’morning Miss Futo! How are you doing today?”
“I am doing well, little one. For what occasion do you visit for?” She ushers you inside the main temple, chuckling. She sits you down on a comfy pillow, which absorbs you. The fleecy pillow stuffing is eating you.
“Just to visit!” You continue the conversation. “I was wondering if you needed some company.”
Miss Futo smooths down your wavy hair, closing her eyes and smiling. She’s very lovely when she smiles! “You’re welcome here any time, little one.”
“Do we have a guest, Futo?” A voice calls out from the adjacent room. Could that be one of Miss Futo’s friends? It probably is.
“Yes we do. It is the boy I was talking about earlier, Tojiko. He is a splendid fellow.”
“I’ll make some tea then.”
You take a look around. The area is very simple, with a few mats padding the floor. It reminds you of the Buddhist temple! But you won’t say that here. Miss Futo very sternly told you not to mention that to any of the others around when you mentioned it before. Other than that, there are a few potted plants, fresh and alive with greenery!
A woman with light green hair and an even greener dress floats into the room, placing two cups of tea on the low table. Floats? Oh, she has no legs! She has two cloud-shaped tails in place of feet.
“Hello. My name is Soga no Tojiko. It’s an honor to meet a guest of Futo.” She curtsies, despite having no legs.
“Hello to you too, Miss Tojiko!” Maybe it should have been Miss Soga, not Miss Tojiko. You always get confused with old fashioned names. “I’m Leonotis!”
She sets down a cup of tea on your side of the table. “It’s always pleasant having guests here. We don’t seem to get many of them, if you don’t count spirits.”
Fluffy, fluffy ghost tails. You really want to see how soft they are, but you shouldn’t. You just got to know her! It’ll be rude and embarrassing. Instead, you’ll drink your tea. It’s a clear green, almost like the color of Miss Tojiko. You don’t know what it is, but it’s strong. Not that it’s bad! It’s actually very good.
The door suddenly clacks open, revealing a woman with a regal-looking dress and vest. The cape that adorns her shoulders flutters with her arrival. So cool~
“Well isn’t it lively around here!” She laughs without restraint, shaking the golden
sword strapped to her waist.
“Crown Prince, you have returned!” Miss Futo exclaims with excitement.
“Like always.” Adjusting her earmuffs, she turns to you. “And you there. I am Toyosatomimi no Miko! I have listened your heart’s desires, and I am glad. If only the rest of the world could share your intentions!”
What are your desires? You aren’t sure! “My desires?”
“Your desires. Very well! I shall grant them myself!” With a big flourish of her hands, she reaches for you and pulls you close to her. Only then, do you realize your true desire. A hug! It’s very nice and cozy inside her cape. You like the Crown Prince already! Still embracing you, she glances towards Miss Tojiko. “You don’t need to restrain yourself. Go on.”
“Oh, no! I couldn’t!” Miss Tojiko energetically shakes her head no. “Well, and it would be bad manners to do so after Futo and I need to prepare myself,” she babbles. Miss Tojiko’s face is getting red and flustery! “F-Futo, please start.”
Miss Futo smiles impishly like Miss Sakuya does when she teases you. “My heart is content. I am fine with watching.” She motions for you to go to Miss Tojiko.
Miss Tojiko is all confused, so you’ll take the initiative! You run up to her and hold her in a big squeeeeze.
As it turns out, her ghostly tails are indeed very fluffy! Gradually, Miss Tojiko loosens up and strokes your head. Yay, friendship~
“I’m afraid if I start, I may not ever want to stop,” mumbles Miss Tojiko, sitting down with her ghosty legs on the matted floor.
“That seems to be the norm with him,” replies Miss Futo with a low chuckle.
The Crown Prince adds, ”He is the sort of boy who unleashes those desires. And what selfish desires he has!”
Right now, you’re content with lying down on Miss Tojiko’s soft ghosty lap. Is that considered selfish?
“What are his desires?” asks Miss Futo, who squeezes closer to you and Miss Tojiko. You’re sandwiched between the two of them! It’s okay, because they’re all kind people~
“Let me tell you, my cute follower,” replies Miss Toyosatomimi. You’d say Miss Miko, but that might be confusing with all the other shrine maidens flying about Gensokyo. “He has three main desires. The first is the safety of his family, which includes most of his companions and acquaintances.”
That’s right! “It’s nice to have a big family.”
Miss Toyosatomimi continues. “Second is his desire to keep his friends happy.”
“Miss Crown Prince! You’re good at this!” She must be a master at this! Clap clap~
“I know.” Miss Toyosatomimi acts like it’s no big deal. But you can tell she’s happy that you praised her! “And the last desire, perhaps the most selfish of them all, is a profound desire for head patting.”
“Hugs?” replies Miss Futo.
“...Hugs?” Miss Tojiko parrots back.
But they don’t understand! Head patting is the focal point of the universe. Without it, there would be dire consequences for emotion and mental stability. Where would the foundations of courage, diligence, and perseverance be if there were no head pats in the world? You shudder at the thought. Reality would tear apart from its absence; the universe would cease to exist.
“Yes, head pats. And his desire increases even now.” Maybe she caught wind of your inner ramblings. You should perhaps teach a lesson next time. They don’t seem to understand basic physics. It’s astounding how little people know about the Abstract Theory of Headpatting Thermodynamics: Energy and You Versus Energy and My Head.
“Oh, w-well...” Miss Tojiko trails off.
“Just pat his head already.” The Crown Prince impatiently adds. She must have heard Miss Tojiko’s desires as well. You’re not inclined to refuse though. But the head patting never comes!
“Miss Tojiko, do you not want to?” You ask her because she has her hand over your head but only hovers over it.
“This is playing unfair...” She finally plops her hand on your hair and rubs it. It’s different from ruffling, because she does it so tenderly. There is nothing more blissful than having a gentle head pat. It only lasts for a few seconds. You’re not disappointed! But it would be nice to have more...
And more head pats were given. Miss Tojiko must have sensed it! The Taoists have a knack at sensing desires. All is well in the world.
But it can’t last. You have other things to do today! Lifting yourself up from Miss Tojiko’s lap, you smile at the Taoists. “Oh, Miss Futo. Thanks for inviting me today. It was nice and relaxing here~”
“It was nice seeing you again. Do stop by more often.” Miss Futo bows respectfully.
You wave to your new acquaintances, Miss Tojiko and the Crown Prince. “Miss Tojiko! Miss Toyosatomimi! It was nice meeting you two!”
“You as well.” Miss Tojiko nods, having calmed down.
“I didn’t catch your name, boy. What is it?” The Crown Prince asks.
“Leonotis, but you can call me Leo!”
“Alright, Leo. I’ll see you another time.”
“Of course! Next time, I’ll show Miss Tojiko and Miss Futo the wonders of Headpatting Thermodynamics.” The ghost and her colleague both give you confused glances. You give a thumbs up in response. They’ll understand! Next time.
But now. Where to?
[ ] The House of Puppeteers. You recall Miss Patchouli has an errand for you to do there.
[ ] Up the Youkai Mountain. Someone wanted to talk to you, but you forgot who.
[ ] The House of Rabbits, Eientei!
[ ] The House of Fire, Mokou’s place!
[ ] Or maybe Somewhere Else? (Write in)