I may be insane, but I'm not schizo. I'll stick to whatever it is I said in the beginning no matter what. It's only fair. Plus, I already deal with non-lightheartedness on a regular basis as it is, this is refreshing.
[x] Help Reimu with breakfast
I naturally started helping Reimu out. I grabbed plates and cutlery and placed them on the table in the next room. After doing so, I returned to help with the actual cooking. "I hope you're not expecting anything too fancy, it's going to just be a bit of rice and not much else." I could detect just a hint of embarrassment behind her words. I didn't mind at all, and told her as much, "That's alright, I don't eat much in the mornings," That was a lie; for all her faults, auntie always prepared a hearty and full breakfast for me every morning - it was delicious every time to boot, "Besides, it's with whom you eat it that usually decides how good food tastes. A pinch of care added while cooking can also do wonders. I'm looking forward to breakfast here."
"I'm glad you feel that way." Reimu smiled with a nervous curling of her lip, "Take care of the soup, will you?"
Cooking breakfast was neither time-consuming nor particularly difficult. For me, it was just simmering the soup stock in water and not much else. Reimu watched over the rice, making sure that it was cooked well enough before serving. Oddly enough, we didn't speak much while we cooked, probably because we were unnaturally focused on cooking. It was a nice change of pace from just sitting around and eating others' foods. I wasn't entirely confident in my cooking skills, but I thought that my dedication would do more than enough to compensate for it. I was done with things my end.
"Shall I get Suika? I'm pretty much done here. It looks like the rice is ready too."
"Don't bother. If she's not up, then it's her own fault."
"That's rather cruel of you." I could see that Reimu that her playful streak was probably founded on minor annoyances she felt towards Suika. I wasn't about to stick my head in their relationship, so I just played along. "Real cold."
"Cruel? She'll survive. And it makes for a quieter breakfast as well. Now come, let's eat, I'm looking forward to trying your soup. It's not every day that I see a guy trying so hard to cook a simple soup." She giggled, trying to imitate what my face looked like.
"...well, it's not every day that I see a shrine maiden obsess over rice either." I returned her laugh. We sat down at the table and began to eat.
"Huh, it's not bad. Not bad at all." Reimu praised the soup with a slurp. "It's a bit different from when I make it."
"It's the love." I laughed again. "Can't beat the taste of dedication. Say, this rice is quite good as well, even if it's simple."
"That's dedication as well. Or maybe just having to make the same thing more times than I care to remember."
"So this little experiment turned out quite well."
"Yes, I think that I could hire you as a cook for my inn - whenever I'm too busy, you'll be up."
"I'll look forward to it, but I've got a steady job already, you'd have to convince my aunt to let me go."
"That's just a minor inconvenience. No one will say no to a wonderful shrine maiden like myself."
"Well, you'd have to give up being a shrine maiden if you went into business. It's hardly proper for a consecrated maiden to run a business in the house of a deity."
"Not necessarily," Reimu smirked, making me think momentarily that she might have given thought to this before, "I know for a fact that there's nothing wrong with making money and living a comfortable life as long as certain things are kept the way they are. I'd be in the clear as far as the spiritual goes."
"Glad to hear that you have such an elaborate fantasy. Mine is much simpler - just having more customers and maybe being given more slack."
"That's basically the same thing as me though."
It was then that we started comparing minute details in our dreams. Things like the amount of money and free time we'd have. She was right, we were very similar; we held the same basic goals and seemed to want the same things in life. I smiled while eating, feeling that it was great that this girl, who was a complete stranger to me yesterday, was so similar to me in some ways. I'd never had thought that someone so supposedly solemn such as a shrine maiden would have been so grounded. Well, maybe 'grounded' wasn't the right word there. 'Materialistic' sounds crass, but it was something like appreciating having some simple comforts in life.
"I can't believe that you ate without me~!" Towards the end of the meal, Suika comes in, still looking sleepy and bleary-eyed. "And there's nothing left either!"
"Sorry there, but you know the rules. You sleep, you weep." Reimu encapsulated her vengeance in the form of some silly rule. "It was too tasty to leave leftovers for you anyways."
"Uuu-!" The oni looked despondent and clutched her gourd tightly with both hands. "Fine, whatever, I don't need to eat anyways. Oni are strong and proud, we've been through worse and we won't collapse because of this."
"Right, right. You might want to get dressed now, I don't think that proud oni race would appreciate you grandstanding with your sleeping clothes almost falling off of your body." Reimu brought my attention to the fact that her shirt was hanging perilously loose around her shoulders.
"Fine. Whatever. I'm going to get ready. After I'm done, you're coming with me Arc, we've got work to do."
"Sure thing." I watched with a smile as she huffed her way back into the corridor. Even though she was supposedly a supernatural monster, complete with horns, I couldn't help but see her as just a spirited young girl.
"Help me clean up, will you?"
By the time that Reimu and I had finished cleaning up, Suika had come back, looking as presentable as she could possibly look. "Come on, let's go. Let's leave Reimu to rot alone for a while." She apparently thought she was being clever, as she smiled as if she had delivered a great snub. I joined her, saying goodbye to Reimu. The shrine maiden nodded and I was on my way outside with Suika. "We're going back to the village today. We need to buy food and snacks for the party." She jiggled a purse full of coin, "And we need a lot of it. To save time, we're going to split up. I'm going to give you a bit of money and tell you what to buy, I trust that I can depend on you."
"I can do the shopping with no problem."
"Awesome." She handed me a smaller bag with coins. "Get the following things..."
I was alone in the outskirts of the village now. I was supposed to buy the things that she told me to and carry them over to the shrine. It only took me an hour or two to gather everything she wanted - I was impressed by just how much she wanted to buy though. I was loaded down with two huge bags which weighed an unreasonable amount. She was going to buy the bulk of the food, that was the scary thing in this scenario. Well, I had plenty of time to spare, and could afford to take a slight detour if I so wished. I wasn't going to be missed so soon. Plus, I still had some extra money on me; since I knew the villagers and where to buy they gave me discounts readily.
 Go home for a bit
 Buy <insert item here> from the market
 Go straight back to the shrine