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[X] Go with Remilia.
“Alright, I shall accompany you tonight”, you say with a sigh.
She flashes you a curved grin, the kind that gives you a full view of her fangs. “I'm so glad you've made room in your busy schedule for me.”
“Anything for an old friend, as you would say.”
“I'm so touched that you know me so well. Very well, let's not waste a second more. Sakuya?”
The maid appears suddenly at Remilia's side.
“My preparations are complete, I'm sorry for the delay.”
“No, it's no problem at all. I should like to thank you for the delay, as it gave me time to talk with Patchouli. She will be joining us”, She says with a grin.
“As you wish, Milady.”
“Good. Our destination is the bamboo forest of the lost. Until we reach there, Sakuya, you're in charge of screening out the weak foes. Let's go.”
The three of you set off at a brisk pace. The sun has set and Sakuya, as per the plan, eagerly goes about subjugating any fairy that gets in your way, leaving you and Remilia nothing to do currently except continue on. You take the time to think about what kind of research you will do when you get back. Remilia, apparently, doesn't find your silence stimulating enough as she interrupts your thoughts.
“It's a nice night out tonight, don't you think? Aside from that gaudy fake moon in the sky, of course.”
“I don't really know.”
“Yes, I suppose you'd need a reference book to make a comparison, wouldn't you?” she replies, her smirk barely visible in the dim moonlight.
“I chose to join you for this, don't make me regret it so quickly with insults towards my way of life.”
“I never said there was anything wrong with liking books. Which reminds me, I'd like to borrow the next one in that series, if you have it.”
“Talk to my familiar, she'd know.” If you remember correctly, she's recently started reading it as well.
“When you moved in and saw the library, you said you'd read every book in it. How's that been coming along lately?”
“I haven't had much of a chance to read for leisure lately, my work as a magician takes priority. The constant distractions that come from outside the library haven't given me much free time either.”
“Well, there's no rush. We live in Gensokyo, the land of eternity, now. Our whole lives are free time.” She pauses for a moment, before continuing. “But you know, an eternity can be deceptive. If you don't watch out for it, it can all pass by in the blink of an eye.”
“Is there a particular reason you're reminding me of this?” Most of what she says is just idle chatter, but you get the feeling she’s actually trying to be serious for once.
“Oh, none at all. I'm just talking to myself.” she replies, a slight grin barely revealing her fangs.
“You know, if you're this bored, why don't you go shoot some fairies or whatever it may be that entertains you.” you reply, irritated at yourself for your prior curiosity. You should have known better than to think Remilia of all people would take anything seriously.
“As one gets older, one starts to appreciate the more refined things in life. I'm simply enjoying the sight of the fireflies. There are quite a lot of them out tonight.”
As she says that, Sakuya finishes a final round of Danmaku against a particularly resilient firefly youkai.
“That comment is totally unfitting for the situation, you know. And you’ve been at for a while, but should I even dare to ask why you’re putting on the mature and refined lady act?”
“Well you see Patchy, since we're expecting company tonight, I'm just practicing a bit.”
“Still, you bring up a valid point. There's no point in wasting all my good manners on you.” You feel like you should be offended by that, but it is true that you really don't care about things like manners anyway.
In your silence, Remilia continues unabated. “So, as my friend, I feel it is your duty to allow me to act as I please around you until we meet tonight's guests.”
No matter what you say, in the end she'll just be doing whatever she wants anyway, so you just nod.
“Alrighty. First thing's first. I think a little bit of girl talk is in order. How are things going between you and Alice?”
“I should be the one asking you how things are going for that scheme between you and Alice.”
“I did say that I'd explain that to you, didn't I? Well, truthfully, on a wonderful imperishable night such as this, I am indeed having a hard time not letting the truth slip out. Since it's such a beautiful night out tonight, I'll tell you that there's actually at least two schemes at work here. There is Alice's, which I hesitate to call a scheme in the first place, and then there is my own personal agenda, which I will very readily call a scheme. Perhaps, if I were to see the real moon tonight, that would convince me to tell you about Alice's plan, but for now, you only get to hear about mine, specifically, the part which concerns you. The rest would be, I'm afraid, very uninteresting for you.”
You’ve had enough of her prattling. She’s already pulled you along with her on this trip; you don’t need to put up with this as well. “Enough mincing words Remilia. If you're going to tell me, then be quick about it.”
“Being terse with others will get you nowhere in life, Patchy.”, she says disapprovingly. “But fine, I'll skip the rest and head straight to the big reveal, as a special treat for you. The end goal of my scheme is...to start the fires of romance between Alice and you!”
She said that like it was some big reveal, but does she really expect you to believe that’s all she has planned? “I already knew that you were trying to do that. Also there's no way that I'll believe that that is your real agenda.”
“Why not? Manipulating fate is already my hobby, and while I might be using string that is more scarlet than red, it's the same basic principle.”
“Well, however you try to accomplish tat, I doubt you'll find much success. I can testify that for any real magician, magic is far more important than love.”
“Oh, I'm well aware of that from past experience, Patchy.”
“Just to clarify for myself, this love plan of yours, it doesn't have any connection to what happened between us about a century ago, correct?”
“Oh, that. No worries there, Patchy. We've been over this before, but that's ancient history now. A strictly physical relationship, we were both just doing a bit of exploring and experimenting because we were confused and mistook friendship for something more. Now let’s not mention that again, if Alice were to hear about it, she might get a tad jealous. Although, maybe that kind of development could be nice as well.”
“You’re trying to set us up, but does she even see me like that? As I see it, we’re still rivals.”
“No, not yet, but my schemes are deeper than the oceans. Look forward to the next development.”
“Your plan won’t suceed.”
“Love is the weed of the heart, Patchy. It’ll spring up no matter how you try to avoid it. On the other hand, even weeds can’t grow from stones.”
“I do have a heart, it’s simply devoted to my work and I have no need of it elsewhere.”
“I suppose I’ll just have to see what I can do to change that.” She turns to you with a predatory grin. “Although, thinking back to that time does remind me, I would someday like another taste of magician's blood. How about this? If you neglect Alice for too much longer, then I'll swoop down and eat her up myself, if you know what I mean.”
“I have no lack of Knowledge regarding your appetite, but won't Reimu be sad if you start cheating on her?”
“She doesn't see me like that and you know it.”
Something occurs to you. “So, is that why you're trying to show off a mature side of yourself?”
“No, that's just my hobby. Sometimes even I like to act my age, after all.”
“Perhaps if you did it more, you'd outgrow the body of a child?” Only a child would love pranks as much as she does, after all. Maybe if you can get her to move past it, you can enjoy a respite from her games. You won't be holding out much hope for that, though.
“About that, I'm quite young at heart, you see, and as a natural consequence, my physique matches myself too well for the common person to appreciate.”
“It'd be a real shame if Reimu were to reject you based on your appearance.”
“Why do you keep mentioning her, by the way?”
“Well, you're the kind of person who wants anything they can't have.”
“Not holding back for social niceties, as always. You're certainly a lot different now than the cute bookworm I thought I was inviting in so long ago.”
“And you're certainly not the noble young lady you acted like then either.”
“It's not my fault that my looks can be deceiving.”
“Oh? I was under the impression that you thrived on deception.”
“There is no denying that.”
The conversation peters out, as you notice that there seems to be something affecting your vision. You can still see, but the light of the fake moon seems to have dimmed, or perhaps your eyes are playing tricks on you. You can just barely hear the tune of a bird song, but only birds of ill portent would fly at night. You can make out the figure of Sakuya in a Danmaku duel with some sort of winged creature, the source of that song you heard and likely the blindness as well. She seems to be having some trouble, only able to rely on her human senses to combat this unnatural blindness.
[ ] Throw in some supporting Danmaku yourself.
-[ ] Royal Flare Low Level.
-[ ] Agni Shrine
-[ ] You don't need aspellcard for this.
[ ] Continue talking with Remilia, Sakuya can handle this herself.
[ ] Suggest to Remilia that she assist her servant.
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