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This turned out different than what I had originally written. Not sure if that's a good thing, I think I preferred the old one.
I decided to take the time to reassure my aunt. No matter how tired I was, no matter what had happened, I owed her at least something of an explanation. She was worried about me, I understood that. She was the only family that I had left - she took me in when I needed it the most and that counted for a lot.
Going up to sleep could wait until later, I stayed downstairs with her, telling her about my day. "I spent some time in the village, looking around at the festival preparations, it looks like they're coming along nicely." She nodded in agreement, giving no verbal interruption to my narrative. "I didn't stay very long there, I wanted to go to the shrine." I tried to sound upbeat about the whole ordeal, telling her with a smile on my face about meeting Suika there. "-sleeping without a care in the world. I tell you, sometimes I think that she's more like a lazy dog than oni. What's more, she's totally defenseless when she's like that." I had considered playing a prank on her at the moment, "She's lucky I didn't do anything to her while she was asleep. I needed to ask her things."
Auntie listened in with amusement in her eyes, never interrupting, as I told her about my little adventure in the afternoon. I used the most descriptive words I knew to show just how weird and funny Suika was, all dolled up like that in that strange patterned coat and hat. It was something I didn't understand, and judging from the look on my aunt's face, she didn't quite get it either. I ultimately dismissed the whole thing with Suika as one of those adorable quirks that had endeared the oni to me.
She seemed really interested when I brought up Yuugi. "She was big, tall and only had one horn. But she was as lively and maybe a bit more excitable than Suika was." I told her all about the encounter with Yuugi. I tried convey just how strange this oni was.
"The way these people are attracted to you is worrisome." She said finally, having listened to me go on about the tall oni.
"It's fine." I replied, trying to put her at ease, "They're totally ok people. Yuugi might be loud and brazen, but she's nice."
"I'm not going to tell you what's right and what's wrong. You can figure that out by yourself, but it doesn't mean that I won't worry."
"Ah, but there's no need, I try not to get myself into trouble."
"Attracting the attention of an oni who wants to take you back to here place sounds like trouble to me." She smiled wryly, alluding to how Yuugi had come on to me. "I don't think it'd suit you to be the plaything of someone like that."
I moved past that, telling her about the rest of the day. I told her of going back to the shrine, of waiting for Reimu there. I didn't get too specific, I didn't particularly feel like sharing the bit about getting in the bath with the oni. I told her how at Suika's suggestion we set up to receive Reimu with drinks. She interrupted with a question, "Was the alcohol from our store?"
"I think so." At least some of it was.
"Good then, that means that she'll be buying more from us soon." She let me continue with my narrative. I found humor in her question, and smiled thinking of her business sense.
I told her how the others arrived, with Reimu looking not very pleased with the others that were tagging along. I glossed over the rest, The only part I stopped to detail was meeting Sanae and how I helped the poor girl along. I left out the unpleasant details, but judging from how she eyed the spot on my shirt, she made the implicit connection easily. She bit her lip, but said nothing.
"And I've been there until now. Pretty exciting day, huh?" I wrapped up the storytelling.
"More exciting than mine, that's for sure."
"I'm going out early, before sunrise.."
"Heavens, whatever for?" She looked a bit surprised.
"I have a couple of things to do, I'm going to meet up with someone and then I'm probably going to try to spend the day with Reimu, there's something important I need to talk to her about. That's alright, right? There isn't anything that I have to do here is there?"
"No, you're free to go if you want." She looked at me with something of a mix of disapproval and sardonic humor. "You'll get up nice and early for a girl, but you're usually so unresponsive in the mornings when you need to open shop. That's the way of life I suppose."
"Oh, come now. I get up plenty early." I defended myself, thinking of examples, "Like just last week I got up early by myself."
"I woke you up like always. You were too sleepy to remember. Or do you really think that your clothes were laid out for you magically?"
"Ah." That much was true then.
"Don't look too sad. I'm teasing you. You do fine, everything considered, not every boy has to get up as early as I make you get up sometimes."
"Sorry, I try my hardest."
"I know." She smiled wryly again, "So who's the friend?"
Even though I knew she already had figured it out, I played her game and told her that Alice was coming over.
"I see. I'm not about to repeat myself about the company that you decide to keep, so I'm just going to tell you to follow what you believe is right."
"... I'm sorry for making you worry, auntie. I never wanted to worry you, but... I'm glad that you care that much. I'll try not to make you feel that way again." I told her sincerely. She had stayed up late to wait for me, and I appreciated that.
"That's just the way things are. If I don't worry, then who will? Just be responsible and I won't have to worry as much."
I approached her for a hug. She accepted happily, betraying only a bit of surprise as I embraced her. She was family, my only family, and I cared about her more than I might casually admit. She had given me a home when I had lost my old one, and stuck out her neck for me. This present reality wasn't grand or luxurious, but it was comforting. And I dreaded to think what, if anything, I would have if not for her.
"I wouldn't mind if you were this agreeable all the time." Auntie giggled while bringing a hand to my head and gently stroking my hair. Like she had done so many times in the past. It felt nice and I felt warm.
"I'm not a kid anymore, sheesh." I halfheartedly protested.
"That's right you're not. You're all grown up now, isn't that right?" She teased, "I sometimes forget with the way you act and all.
She changed subjects as our hugged ended and I leaned against the wall. "I wish you good luck tomorrow."
"It's pretty obvious." She smirked, looking like some sort of mischievous child. "With this Reimu. You're going to ask her out, aren't you?"
"Eh?" I looked at her like a child caught red-handed stealing treats before dinner. "I'm not going to do that."
"Sure you aren't." She continued to smirk, putting her hands assertively on her hips, "You're probably going to ask her to come to the festival with you. And isn't that the same thing? I've got to hand it to you, you've become bolder."
"Ahah... well, you see..."
"You don't need to confirm it, I know you better than you give me credit for. We've been together for a long time. I suppose that I always knew that this day would come..."She got melodramatic, "the day in which I would no longer be good enough to keep you company in public. I am hurt, but I'll try to move on for our sake."
She reached out and messed up my hair again with a quick pass of her hand.
"You should try to have fun and take it easy. Don't get too worked up. But make sure to tell me all about the interesting bits ok? I'm on your side, you know."
She went to bed with a smile, vindicating my choice to tell her about my day. All in all, she seemed satisfied, and I couldn't imagine a better outcome. She didn't even fuss about my dirty clothes or anything of the sort. Not that she usually did, but it felt like this would be a situation where everything like that would have been brought up.
I got undressed and ready for bed. I drank a lot of water so I would wake up before Alice got here. It wasn't the most elegant solution, but I felt that it was fairly reliable. I lay down and closed my eyes. I couldn't fall asleep. Not even after tossing and turning for the better part of an hour. It was as silent as silent could be outside, and my own breathing seemed very loud to my ears. Dawn would be in only a few hours, meaning that Alice would be here sooner. It almost felt pointless to sleep, despite feeling tired.
 Try to sleep regardless
 Fresh air might induce sleepiness
 Give up on sleeping and make breakfast for two