THIS SHRINE 3, thread 10 YAFKYU !nmVOHsTRd. 2008/06/07 (Sat) 19:06 No. 10473 ▼
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[X] "Yes, please. The one you're wearing will do nicely."
"Yeah, that'd be nice." you say while smiling "The one you're wearing will do nicely."
You brace for having your head kicked or something, but nothing happens. Instead, Renko sighs.
"You're pretty straightforward. Something happened to make you so happy?"
"Nothing much. Thought some things through, that's all."
She sighs again. Then, you hear rustling and feel something hit the back of your head. Split-seconds after, something white wraps itself around your head, blotting out your vision. A towel, it seems.
"I've gotta shower myself first anyway. Don't turn around."
With that, Renko walks away to the corner with showers, or at least you deduct she did so from the sounds. Noise of flowing water reaches your ears as you take the white fluffyness off your head.
Getting naked with you there? Does she really trust you that much? Or just doesn't care?
Well, whatever. There is no desire to peek at ther right now, due to the lack of sexual tension you've released just a few moments ago.
Damn, this towel is a bit too big...
Wrapping it around your waist, you notice that it's bigger than the one you've been using earlier. While that one could be used as a bathing skirt of sorts, this one reaches all the way down to your knees. If it was made of a material with chequered pattern, yo'd feel like a Scotsman, wearing a kilt. You suddenly feel like playing pipebags.
After a few moments, Renko seems (sounds?) to have finished showering and heads back to the changing room. Thank god for three-dimensional hearing!
Then, she returns and, passing you, takes a seat on the opposite side of the bath.
She's wearing another large-sized towel. Too bad.
"So," you try to strike up a conversation. "You wanted to take a bath as well, huh?"
"Mhm. You? Haven't you just taken a shower in the morning?" she answers with her eyes closed, leaning against bath's edge. Where is all her tension from before? The embarassment? Reluctance? Hesitation?
"Well, yeah. But then we were chasing Mary and after that... situation, I had a long run in the shrine. You know, to shake off the feeling."
"Mm." Lazily, she scratches her head. "You were right... I should've taken a shower back then. Man, it sure is pleasant to take a dip on such a hot day..."
"Told ya so."
You can see her lips slightly curving up.
"I still wouldn't take it with you."
"Awwww." you groan in almost theatrical disappointment "I'm hurt hearing this."
"Cry, proletariat puppet!"
"Your malvolence will only water my agrarian utopia!"
Both of you giggle at your own stupidity.
"Hah. Agrarian utopia?" she asks in a malicious tone
"Proletariat puppet?" you strike back
"Well, I guess that's what they call a random conversation. Heh."
Silence ensues. She seems to be simply enjoying the warmth of this water. Come to think of it, where does it come from? It doesn't look like it's electrically heated. Bah, even faucets are missing. The only logical explanation would be presence of a hot spring beneath the shrine. Now that's... Convenient. The lazy miko doesn't have to worry about supplying water for her (and her guests') needs. One more worry off her head.
"You know," Renko says, pulling you out of reverie "I think I should apologize."
"Huh? For what?"
"For earlier. I mean, it's my fault that this situation ever happened. You see..."
She hesitates for a moment, a worried expression creeping out onto her face.
"Oh, spit it out."
"You shouldn't rush things like that. Haven't I told you before?"
"You're a forgetful one, aren't you? Well, that's okay, I guess."
"So? What is it?"
"Me and Mary had... An argument. Over you." she opens one eye and gives you an annoyed look "Don't get too full of yourself though, it wasn't anything serious."
Still, you can't help but feel a surge of pride seeping into your mind. Having two girl quarrel over you... Now that's something nice to have. Not that arguing is good in any way...
"I can't tell you what was it about," she continues "But I guess I've made one mistake that led to this whole... situation. After Mary left the terrace the first time. After you... Helped me smear that sun screen on my back." Oh, that... "Then, I found her and... made one mistake, which led to her running away to you. Rest you should know. Or did you forget already?"
"Malice, agrarian, utopia, et caetera, Ren."
"Alright, I get it. So, anyways, sorry. I could've been honest and it wouldn't happen."
You don't really get what it was all about, but if she's apologizing so honestly, you can't refuse it, now can you? Even if she doesn't look exactly 'serious', you can feel the seriousness in her voice.
"Apology accepted. No offense taken. How could I refuse you, Ren?"
"That's what I expected."
You shrug, grinning like an idiot.
"Well, what can I say? It's how you influence me, what can I do about it?"
She leans back and closes her eyes.
"Yeah, right. Thanks."
[ ] "Could you tell me something about Mary's recent weird behaviour? Do you know anything about it?"
[ ] "Uhhh, so hot.... You know what, I'll be getting out so enjoy yourself while you still can. I'm gonna prepare something for dinner."
[ ] "So, why are you acting so... diffirently when Mary is around?"
[ ] "That towel is an eyesore. Take it off."
[ ] "Why are you sitting there? Come on, get closer."