[X] "Don't say that. You're her best friend, remember?"
"Hey, don't say that. You're her best friend, right? Don't think that you're 'holding her back'."
"But I really think I do sometimes..."
Renko looks down
"Listen, let's clear this out using logic. Do you want to return to outside world?"
"Do you want to stay here?"
"Why do you want to stay here?"
"... for Mary."
"And why do you want to come back?"
"I'm... scared." she looks at you with serious face "I'm scared. Simple as that. I'm afraid. Of youkai, of people here. I.. I think I just fear tehe unknown. I don't feel at home here. I feel alienated, powerless, useless. Don't you? There's death waiting for you on each corner if you don't watch your step. One wrong move and you're youkai food. One wrong word and you end up just as a red stain. Can you feel at home in such world?"
Can you? This place really is dangerous. If it wasn't for that voice in your head... You'd be already dead. Eaten or left to rot in sun. And it happened so quickly, so soon after arriving in this world...
Can you feel safe here?
"See? There's no way people like us could possibly live here. We don't fit this world. Outside is where we belong."
"Mary... She feels a bond with this land, but I think it's actually not hers. She's having those dreams... Where she sees this world from someone else's eyes... I think that's what makes her feel attached to this place. There is no other reason for which she would feel like this. There is no way."
"But there are normal people living here..."
"Sure, there are. But they're fit, they've been living here since the sealing, they had fearless hunters as ancestors. They have adapted. But it's too late for us. It would take way too long. That's why... I want to return."
You're beat. Everything she says is true. Normal people don't fit here. Without power, you're nothing. Without strength, you cannon protect anything, let alone yourself.
You can't allow her to think like that. It's not the right way of thinking. More optimism, less complaining!
Standing up, you raise your fist.
"Renko! CLENCH YOUR TEETH!"
She looks at you in bewilderment.
"Erm... I mean... Uh, listen."
"If you want to protect Mary... You can't continue to think this way. She wants to stay in this world and you're her friend. You try to scare me with thoughts about suffering and death. Oh, I've chose my words carefully, Renko, perhaps you should've done the same."
"Staying here is madness!"
"Madness? No... THIS IS GENSOKYO! Land of magic, fairies, vampires, monsters! Land of delicious armpit mikos, tsundere magicians and love!"
"But this is suicide!"
"IT'S NOT SUICIDE! I've been searching for this world for a long time, and finally, I found it. Then I almost got killed on my first hour here. But I'm alive. You're alive too. Mary's alive. Why do you think is that?"
You wave your fist at the sky.
"Because they cannot break this hand! Kicking reason to the curb, throwing logic out the window, that's how MEN do this here!"
"What do you...?"
Not letting her finish, you grab her shoulders and looks straight into her eyes.
"We're going to stay. I'm going to stay. Mary's going to stay. You're going to stay. But don't worry. Nothing bad will happen to you. Because there are people who are willing to help. I want to help. And..."
"I'm going to protect you. So please, stay here. Don't return to that world of concrete jungle, where people are like wolves and bare their teeth at each other. I'm going to protect you. With all the power I have, I'm going to defend you from everything that decides to do you harm. Because..."
"I... don't know. I can't say. I just have that feeling... That I want to protect you. Both of you. Mary is... Mary is..."
Blood. Blood. Blood. Red stains.
Mary? Who is Mary? Blood. Pain. Red. Red. Red. Red. Red. Blood. Red. Red. Eyes. Red. Red. Red. Red.
Like something was trying to burst your skull from inside... Pain... It hurts. It hurts. Your head... Hurts. It hurts so much...
Your legs are limp. You can't stand. Falling down, you hit the hard ground with your knees.
"Hey, what's wrong?"
Red mist... Blood... Knife... Mary? Someone... Yelling... Why? Did... you..."
The same... the same person... Red stains... You... yourself... At the same time... One place... Two of you.... Scream, swing... And blood... Horrible red stains everywhere...
Red everywhere... Floor is red... Walls are red... Everything is painted in gruesome vermillion.... Red. Red. Red. Red red red red redredredredredredredredredred!
And as soon as it appeared, the pain disappears.
Panting heavily, you fidn yourself on the ground, curled up, holding your head.
Renko is kneeling beside you, unsure what to do.
Strength has returned to your limbs. Sitting up, you try to calm down your breath.
"W-what happened? Are you okay?"
Renko seems to be worried. Her hands are shaking.
"I'm okay. Okay. Okay. The pain is gone... Were you worried about me?"
"I... uh... It's difficult not to worry when someone just collapses in front of you."
"Wait, did I...?"
"You fell to the ground and... Screamed something... And I..."
She's stammering. Your sudden... weakness had to give her quite a scare.
[ ] "What was I screaming?"
[ ] "It's okay now. Let's return inside, okay? It's getting cold..."
It could be good to know for later, so that we can piece together what happened and achieve superior Psychosis before even encountering Red. That way we can kick his ass without risking Maribel and Renko.
There was pain... A feeling of losing control in limbs... But screaming? Something's not right here...
"Y-yes... You were... Yelling..."
"What was I screaming?"
"Goddamnit, Renko! Tell me! What was I screaming?!"
She pulls back a little. Her eyes widen in suprisement.
"S-something about, uh... Being here... Then something about a tear... And reality... And something about... Si-sinner? I'm not sure..."
"That doesn't make sense!"
"I-it was you screaming those things! Not me!"
You spit out a curse. What was that about? First, this pain and those things that don't even make sense to you. This is not natural. What the hell is this? Some sort of disease? You haven't felt anything like this before entering Gensokyo. Just what the...
"U-um... I've talked with the miko about staying here while you were... resting on the terrace..."
"She said she can let us spend a night here, but we'll have to pay her back somehow."
"Y-you can use any room you want... just..."
"I'm going inside. Goodnight."
Confusion. Bewilderment. Misunderstanding.
What was that about? Tear? Reality? Being here?
No matter how hard you think about it, it doesn't make sense. Sinner? That makes it even more complicated.
"Sinner... being--IS here... Reality... sheds a tear...?"
No, that's just stupid. Besides, why did you scream those things in the first place? You don't remember even ordering your mouth to move... But again, it has moved on it's own before...
"What the fuck is it?"
Double personality? Shit's cool, but you haven't experienced anything like that before. Possession? Who would want to possess a weak outsider?
And there's Mary... Just who is she? That stranger girl... Who's somehow familiar at the same time...
Moon's shining brightly. Starlit sky is overflowing with constelations you've never seen before. It's cold. Cold. Cold breeze.
[ ] Go inside, find a room
[ ] Stroll into the night
Man that didn't go over well. Is there any way to get them both to stay? I know Mary is probably needed for Family Ties route, but it's too cruel to break Renko's heart by separating them. That kid ain't as normal as she thinks she is either, what with that GPS in her head.
[x] Go inside, find a room
Hopefully they haven't vanished by tomorrow morning.
Thinking about it is useless. This is not natural. How can a simple human like you udnerstand what's happening? You're not a doctor either.
It doesn't matter. You're sleepy. Yes, sleep is what you need.
Downing what's left in the bottle, you go inside. There should be an emty room somewhere...
Your head hurts.
Opening your eyes, you see that you're in an unfamiliar room. Bamboo mats, uncomfortable matress... What was it called again? A futon? Well, whatever.
"Dawn is breaking. Greet a new day."
Getting up is kinda hard, since your head feels funny, like if you drank something too strong last night...
Oh wait, you did.
It's not the worst hangover you've had, but it's unpleasant nonetheless. Well, time to find a bathroom...
After washing your face, you hear someone bustling around in the front yard. How do you even know where front yard is?
Reimu stops walking in circles and looks at you.
"You're an early bird, aren't ya? When did you wake up?"
"Just a while ago."
She seems to be waiting for someone.
"I see. Hey, I'm going to Kourindou in a moment, wanna come along? You could look for a way to pay me back for letting you stay at my shrine."
"All about money, eh? As expected from Hakurei miko."
"Hey, I gotta keep myself fed, ya know. So, wanna go?"
Fuck, Suika might not be coming this time since we didn't have that scene with her. Which means that if Renko and Maribel are coming with us, they're going to have to see us go FIESTA TIME on the mugger that's going to show up. Maybe it's better if we leave them behind just this once, in case Reimu becomes a little insistant on us coming?
"Depends. Are Mary and Renko coming?"
"Those two?" Reimu shrugs "I don't even know if they're awake yet. Lazy bums."
"Really. Then I'm afraid I have to skip on your offer."
"Grown attached to them, huh? From what they told me, you wanted to explore Gesnokyo, am I right?"
"Huh, I could show you some of it on the way, but... Well, your loss." she sighs. "Looks like she's not coming. Well, I'll be going then."
Reimu takes off. Wow, it's kinda...weird to see someone actually do that.
"Ah, one more thing!" she stops mid-air and turns to you "Sweep the front yard please! As a price of my hospitality!"
"Wait, what are--"
Damn it, that capricious miko...
Sitting on the front steps, you enjoy a moment of silence. Warmed by gentle sunlight, you feel calm and relaxed.
Well then, what should you do? If Renko and Mary are sleeping, you could wake them up and... Well, do whatever they want to do. There's still this thing about staying here or returning... It wouldn't be THAT bad to return with them, but... It would be a waste to throw away the chance to explore Gensokyo. If they don't want to stay... Well... Then...
You tousle your hair in irritation. Why does it have to be so complicated?! If it was a game, everything would be easier. Shoot the damn miko, build up disposition points with Mary and convince her to stay. Then rename the shrine to "%PCNAME Shrine" and live a long outro afterwards. Even in curtain fire games, everything is so easy... Just press forward and shoot everything that stands in your way. Yeah, if life could be as easy as video games...
[ ] Stay here, admire godlike graphics
[ ] Check up on Mary
[ ] Kitchen. It calls out to you
Well, it is calling out to us. The last thing that called out to us was the courtyard, which scored us big Reimu points. If this is an event for the Family Ties route, then this seems like a good place to score a bunch of points.
>>7343 Ahhh, you're right. I lost track of the continuity. Hmmm, but weren't Maribel and Nanayanon sitting outside around the time the thief showed up last time? It seems to match up, since that event was between >>143 and >>120, which is shortly after we woke up after the Wriggle fight. The thief might have postponed his theft since Mary and Nanayanon were there and decided to try again the next day (today).
Well, as much as you'd like to stay and admire godlike graphics of this game called "Outside" (by the creators of superseller "RL"), you're feeling hungry, so a natural course of action would be to grab something to eat.
"Needs moar bloom."
Saying this remark to no one in particular, you enter the shrine.
Finding kitchen wasn't too hard. There's an old-fashioned (to not say 'old and useless') stove and an ice-box, seemingly not a modern one, since there's no cord coming out from anywhere on it. Guess it's one of those middle-ages fancy devices that was used to keep wine cold for the great lords.
Rummaging through shelves and drawers, you find all you need to make a breakfast.
"Well then, Hakurei. Your food. I'll be stealing it."
Not knowing why, you've prepared food for more than three people. Guess that's what you get for spacing out when making breakfast. Sandwiches, scrambled eggs, tea... Everything is prepared. Now to carry it to the dining room.
Placing the tray on the table, you wonder what you should do next. If Mary and Renko are still sleeping, it would be good to wake them up. But, you don't know how Mary will react to you...
Lost in thought, you don't notice someone entering the room.
"Oh, and who could you be?"
A female voice brings you back to reality.
"You're one of Reimu's guests?"
You turn around.
An adult woman with long, green hair stands before you, staring at your face with mild amusement. What does she find so funny? Or is she always smiling like that?
"Eh, I guess you could call me a guest." You stand up. "Nanaya. You are..."
"Mima." she shakes your hand "Deity of this shrine. Nice to meet you." she glances at the food on the table "And hello there, sexy! You prepared this? Can I...?"
[ ] "Actually, before that, I'd like to ask you a favor. Could you wake up Mary and Re-- I mean those two girls that are staying here?"
[ ] "Sure. Leave enough for three people though."
[ ] "You wanna eat my breakfast, ghost?"
You are taken aback by the fact that a ghost wants to eat... But well, if she wants it that badly, then why not let her? There's a lot of food anyway.
With a cheer, she sits at the table.
"Leave enough for three people though. I haven't eaten yet and those two will be hungry."
"Sure, sure. There's so much of it, so it's no problem."
Whispering that to yourself, you leave the kitchen.
Well then, you don't know where Renko is sleeping, but you can remember the way to Mary's room. Approaching the door, you knock lightly on the frame.
No answer. She's probably still sleeping. Just to make sure, you knock for the second time.
"I'm coming in!"
And so you do. Sliding open the door, you step inside.
Mary's laying on a futon in the middle of the room. The covers are scattered around beside the matress. Looks like she's not a calm sleeper...
Kneeling beside her, you notice that there are some wet tissues near the pillow. She must've used them up when Renko was talking with her yesterday... Or later.
Totally oblivious to your calls, she continues to breathe rhytmically.
Well, let the manly malice kick, let the malice kick that! Instead of waking her normally, why not do something stupid? Alright, there goes nothing.
Grinning like a madman, you pinch her nose.
At first, nothing happens. You try to hold back your laugh as you wait for her reaction. But nothing happens. She just opens up her lips a little and continues to sleep.
This is not how it should look like. You pinch her nose harder, but to no avail.
Then, pulling harder and harder... You lift her upper body. By pulling her nose. And she's still asleep.
In suprisement, you let go of her nose and her torso falls forward. And yet there's no reaction whatsoever.
Pulling her shoulders back, you make her lay in a normal position. Then ponder on what would be good to wake her up. Gee, how does she even manage to wake up for school? Does she have a hundred of alarm clocks at home? Whatever. Time to try diffirent techniques.
Pulling her cheeks, shaking her shoulders, opening her eyelids, copping a feel, blowing in her ear, tickling her sides. Nothing works.
How is it even possible to sleep so deep? It's almost like an anaesthesia!
[ ] Cry
[ ] "Damnit, breakfast's gettin cold!"
[ ] "I SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE ONE TO FILL YOUR DARK SOUL WITH LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!"
Seriously, what the hell is she thinking? Killing slowly is the way you conquer, but now's not the time! The breakfast... Those delicious eggs... This woman is making them wait. She is obstructing your way to delicious feast on those tasty yolks. This woman. This woman. This woman. THIS WOMAN. THIS WOMAN. THIS WOMAN! BREAAAAAKFAAAAAAAAST!
"Damnit, Mary! Breakfast's gettin cold!"
Her eyelids twitch. Oho~.
"BREAKFAST." you speak those words as slowly as possible "IS. GETTIN. COLD."
She slowly opens her eyes and stares at you. Her gaze is unfocused, like if she was looking somewhere far away.
"You woke up."
"Mnnn... What are you doing in my room, r--" suddenly, her eyes focus. "Wha... Nanaya? What are you doing here?"
"I came to wake you up. Breakfast's gettin co--"
She jumps up.
"Hey, wait a minute!"
Mary moans and falls backwards. Of course, you, being the gentleman you are, caught her before she hit the floor. And though the phrase "let your bodies hit the floor" lingers in the back of your head as you do so, you don't actually let your bodies hit the floor. Because that would hurt, right? It could be pleasant in more ways than one, but still painful.
Her stomach grumbles.
You can't help but smile at her stupid expression.
"You're so hopeless, Mary."
"Nanayaaaa... Carry me there, pleaaaseeee..."
"Sure thing, princess."
Arriving at the dining room, you see that there are two people sitting here. One is Mima and the other one...
"Oh, hey, Renko."
She turns around.
"Oh, hey. That's some good sandwiches you ma-- PFFFFFFFFT!"
She spits tea on the floor as she sees you carrying Mary in your arms.
"Uh, Renko, I was just..."
"Hello, Renko!" Mary waves at her with stupid smile
"H-hello, Mary... Wait, don't try to shift my attention! What the hell are you doing with Mary!?"
"Listen, I was just waking her up. She's... uh, hungry and weak, so I had to carry her here, okay?"
Renko groans noticing Mary's smile. The latter reaches her hands out towards the food.
Putting her down by the table, you sit down yourself.
After finishing last of the sandwiches, you lean back.
"And that's how my life got flipped turned upside do--"
"Oh no, you did NOT just go there!"
Mima and Renko are discussing some of the ghost's adventures from before she became a ghost.
"But when she caught me, my life got flipped turned upside down LITERALLY! That was the joke!"
"That's ridiculous! Don't try to make lame jokes like that!"
Hm, what to do now..."
[ ] "Renko, let's go to the front yard. I think I want to teach you something useful."
[ ] "Mary, what do you want to do now?"
[ ] "Shit was sooooo cash, Mima. Tell me moar."
[x] "Renko, let's go to the front yard. I think I want to teach you something useful."
She wants to protect Mary? She wants to learn how to survive out here? We'll say that sweeping the yard will subtly give her physical skills and kung fu abilities!
Wait, did I say Mary? FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK
>>7426 Possibly. YAF did give us the option to choose to leave with them before, but maybe something would have stopped us. If we did leave with them, it'd probably be a "NEW ENDING UNLOCKED" situation, since the situation doesn't seem to fit with any of the present ends.
"Hey Mary." you lean towards Mary who is listening to Mima and Renko's conversation "What you wanna do now?"
"Hm? Why are you asking me?"
Come to think of it, she's right? Why are you even asking her?
("I guess... Um..."
"I TELL YOU IT WAS A FROG!")
"Frogs aren't that big, you insane ghost!"
Conversation heats up as Renko tries to question some of Mima's story's points.
("That one was!"
"What was it, a frog on steroids?")
"They're noisy, aren't they?"
"Hey, how about we sneak out and go somewhere else?"
She suddenly makes a ridiculous suggestion with a totally straight face.
"Sure, why not..."
What are you planning, Mary?
Two minutes later, the two of you are sitting on the very same terrace you rested on yesterday. Mary lays down on the floor, closing her eyes. That seems pleasant. Why not try it too?
This weather combined with full stomach really makes you feel good...
[ ] Strike up a conversation (INSERT TOPIC)
[ ] Say nothing
[x] "So, I flipped out on Reimu the first time we met, then I used enough of her food to make a meal that could feed three people, and I also forgot about sweeping her yard. On top of that, I have no idea about how her budget is. How long do you think it'll take before I drive her insane?"
Ahh... Full relax. With sun shining on your face, warming your full stomach, you decide to give in to pleasure. There was a song that would fit just perfectly with this situation... What was it called again? Hm, if you just had a computer... Come to think of it, is there electricity in Gensokyo? Reimu does not seem to have anything electronic in the shrine... Wait, what about lights then?
You'd like to open your eyes and look for a lightbulb or a lamp, but the calm atmosphere makes you simply too lazy to do anything besides breathing. Well, whatever. It doesn't concern you in any way, so...
"Mmm..." Mary lets out a pleased moan. "Sun feel so good..."
Falling silent, the two of you enjoy the sun.
Hm, your hand doesn't feel too comfortable in this position. You try to move it around.
As you slide it along the floor, your fingers bump against something.
It's... Mary's hand. Her fingers. Suprised, you freeze in place. But she doesn't take her hand away. Well then... It feels nice, so why not just leave your fingers touching?
A few minutes pass in absolute silence. Drowsiness starts to invade your mind. Uh, can't let it.
"Can we talk?"
"Yes? What is it?"
"I want to ask you something about your dreams."
Her fingers twitch.
"Why do you want to talk about them?"
Come to think of it... Why? It's intriguing for sure, but... It's not really that important, now is it?
But... There's this yesterday's incident... And she told you that you were in those dreams...
"Um... I... I think I want to know more about them cause... Mary, you told me that there is a person similar to me in those dreams. I'm worried. Cause... This is my first time in Gensokyo. I couldn't be seen by you."
"That's true, but... There is... A person who looks just like you. The only difference is his eyes. He seems to be in... good terms with that person through whose eyes I'm watching."
"That makes it even more complicated. Because, the only person who's related to Gensokyo and is on good terms with me... is you. So that's impossible. Even if he has diffirent eyes, it's still impossible. I mean, there are people that look really alike, but... If you say the only difference is eye colour, that's hard to believe. I mean, uh, I'm not saying that I don't believe you. I just think it's strange."
"Yeah, it may be strange... But I know what I'm seeing. It's too... realistic to be fake. I just know it's true."
"I believe you."
A moment of silence.
"Mary... About yesterday..." Her fingers twitch again. "When you woke up... You were really scared. What happened?"
"... I'd rather not talk about it. It was a bad dream."
"You mean, something's happening with that other person?"
"... you could put it like that."
"I'm sorry for scaring you like that then. If it was something related to that look-alike of mine... I can only imagine what you felt when you woke up to my face."
"So, I'm sorry."
"... don't worry about it."
"If you ever need help... I already told Renko that I will protect both of you. So, if you need help... I'll be here for you."
"... why are you so..."
"Why are you so kind to me?"
"What do you mean?"
"That other you... He's a bad person... The other me loves him very much, but he... He just uses that love for his own purposes. It's strange... To see a person so similar yet so diffirent."
"Why are you so kind?"
"I... don't know. Ever since I met you on that night... I felt some kind of... familiarity. Like if we met already in the past."
"I... can't help but feel fond of you. I like you, Mary."
"Mary, can I... hold your hand?"
"THERE YOU ARE!"
Door to the terrace slides open with a thump. You quickly withdraw your hand.
"What are you doing together again?"
[ ] "Nothing. Now, Renko... I'm going to teach you how to defend yourself. Are you up to the task?"
[ ] Say nothing
[X] "Nothing. Now, Renko... I'm going to teach you how to defend yourself. Are you up to the task?"
Damn him Red Eyes, killing Mima in the first game and now Mary sees how he mistreats Yukari, that bastard is going down. We gotta save our mother.
And then incest route with Mary/Yukari.
The hours approaching, to give it your best
You've got to reach your prime.
That’s when you need to put yourself to the test
And show us a passage of time
Were going to need a montage (montage)
Ooh it takes a montage (montage)
Sure a lot of things happing at once,
Remind everyone what’s going on (what’s going on)
And when every shot you show a little improvement
Just show it all or it will take to long
That’s called a montage (montage)
Ooh we want montage (montage)
And anything that we want to know
From just a beginner to a pro,
You want a montage (montage)
Even rocky had a montage (montage)
Anything that we want to know
From just a beginner to a pro,
You need a montage (montage)
Ooh it takes a montage (montage)
Always fade out in a montage,
If you fade out
It seem like more time has passed in a montage
[X] "Nothing. Now, Renko... I'm going to teach you how to defend yourself. Are you up to the task?"
"Nothing." Before either of them is able to say anything, you quickly cut the conversation.
Standing up, you straighten your back.
"Feels good to slack off a bit, huh?"
Mima emerges from behind Renko with similiar smile to the one she wore when you first met her.
"Certainly, but resting time is over. Time to get to work, Renko."
"Wha?" she backs off a little "What do you want from me?"
"Isn't that obvious? What I need is your body."
"Yes. I will form your body and skills, in order to create a person who will be able to defend herself... and her friends."
"YES, SKILLS! WITH BURNING FISTS OF MANLY POWER, WE SHALL STAND AND FIGHT TOGETHER, TO MAKE A BETTER DAY! That's why!" you point a finger at her forehead "I'm going to teach you how to use a knife! To the front yard!"
Boldly grabbing Renko's collar, you drag her behind you.
"Wha?! Where are you taking me?! Let go! Maaaary~!"
"Here, this is the locking mechanism. Push it down and the blade will close."
Man, this is gonna be hard. She doesn't even know how to operate a backlock folder...
She pushes the lock and hides the blade.
"Perfect! Now, try to open it with one hand."
"Hmm... Like... this?"
"Pretty good. You still need some training of course. If you're not able to pull it out instantly, you're dead meat."
"I know. You don't have to remind me."
"Well then." you pull out another knife, this time for your own use. "Come at me."
"W-with opened blade?"
"What if I cut you by accident?"
"YOU DON'T GET IT IDIOT! You have to hit me on purpose, not by an accident!"
"Don't worry about me, dear, I'm going to dodge or block anyway."
"Where did you learn this?"
"Renko... Don't try to change the subject... I don't remember. I suppose someone taught me long ago and I just remembered it. Now, come at me."
She hesitantly clutches the knife in classic grip. Then runs at you. Her position and speed leaves much to wish, but she's an amateur, so it's obvious.
[ ] Dodge
[ ] Grab her wrist and make her bump against your chest
[ ] Perform a block, catch her arm
[ ] Talk to her while fighting
[ ] Stay silent
[ ] Grab her wrist and make her bump against your chest
[ ] Talk to her while fighting (encouragement and advice, don't insult the girl)
"YOU DON'T GET IT IDIOT! You have to hit me on purpose, not by an accident!"
We want her to be a good knife fighter, right? Part of that should be teaching her how to block out distractions, and focus on a target.
Although, to be honest, getting her all blushy by making her bump into our chest might serve the same purpose. If she can learn to block out things like that while fighting, she'll be much better in the long run.
[x] Grab her wrist and make her bump against your chest
[x] Talk to her while fighting
She's slow. Too slow. You wanna surivive with a technique like that? I'll show you what it means to wield a knife, Renko Usami!
She tries to swing the knife at your shoulder. Raising her arm too high. The swing being too slow. Every her movement is wrong. You sigh. No need to punish her now.
Grabbing her wrist, you lightly pull her towards yourself.
Her breasts and face bump against your chest.
She lets out a small squeal.
But instead of blushing and stopping in tracks, she frees herself with lightning-fast move and spins 360 degrees while stepping back, avoiding any potential blows. You're amazed.
"Impressive, Renko. Where did you learn that?"
"Someone taught me long ago."
She grins viciously.
"You have the spirit. That's good."
"Spirit is the last thing I'd lack, mister teacher."
"Good. Let's try this again. This time keep your position low, don't raise your arms. Keep your body in one whole, don't let anything stick out too much. If you want to deliver a stab, hold your knife like this, at your side. If you want to take a swing, hold it up at your chest. Here, grab it with right hand and position your arms like this." She immiates your gesture. "Now, try again."
There she comes again. Still as slow as the last time, but this time her position is much better. Her pace is steady, but at the last second, she jumps forward, taking a swing. That was unexpected. Though you managed to dodge it without any serious problems, it still was a good blow.
Not wasting time, she takes another swing. And again, you dodge.
"Good, good. With attitude like that, you'll be a professional in no time."
"Nah, just joking. Though your reaction times and fighting spirit are great, you lack technique."
"I've never handled a knife before... I mean, to kill someone."
Swing. Your shoulders graze against her arm.
"Have you decided?"
"Decided about what?"
"Don't want to."
"But..." she hesitates
"If Mary wants to stay..."
"That's what you call friendship. Watch your legs."
"We're practically dancing a dance macabre here. Haven't you noticed? We're constantly moving. You're hard to follow. Look how far we've got from the shrine."
"Maybe." you smirk
"Well then, let's end this."
She suddenly twists her torso and jumps towards you. Faced with this unexpected move, you let yourself be knocked down. Renko pulls your knife out of your hands before you hit the ground, with her landing on top of you.
She holds a closed knife against your throat.
Her face is red of fatigue. Droplets of sweat drip down from her chin and nose. How naive. She did take your knife, but...
At that moment, you already had another knife in your other hand, pressed against her stomach.
"You are already dead."
"Don't trust your enemy. If there's a sure-hit opening, take it. In case you won't be getting a second chance. It's the first rule of us knife speciaIists: NEVER pull out a knife if you don't intend to use it. Even if it's for threatening."
"Let's finish for today."
"Okay. Let me... just rest a bit..."
She falls down on your chest, pressing her face against your shoulder. There's nothing erotic in that. She's just resting after an exhausting fight.
After a few minutes, she lifts herself up.
"Let's return, okay? I need a bath."
When you return, Mary's already waiting for you.
"You weren't watching?"
"Hm? No, I'm not interested in things like that."
"Too bad. Renko did really well."
"That's a pity. But I'm really not interested in fighting. Sorry, you've got the wrong person to cheer you on."
"Mary..." Renko cuts it "I need a bath. Wanna come with me?"
"Well, why not? It'll be nice to take a dip... Hey, Nanaya, wanna come with us?"
She looks at you with perfectly straight face. Damn, you could be a poker player, Mary.
[ ] "WAIT WUT?"
[ ] "Hm, okay."
[ ] "Uh, what do you think about that, Renko?"
lol i got banned because of this stupid "ciaIis" wordfilter...
Sorry for the delay, but I found an old polish hip-hop CD (name's 'Pokahontaz' if someone's interested. I loathe Hip-hop, but his band used to be really good. Used to) and all these rhymes totally deconcentrated me.
Bathing? With two girls? And it's one of them that suggested it?
It's more likely than you think!
"Hm, okay. Why not. I could use a bath too."
"Wh-what?!" Renko screams in suprisement
"You're a perverted one, aren't you, Nanaya? Heh."
Oh, wait. Did you just step into a trap? What is this ominous feeling? Ticking of a time bomb? Click of an activated mine? Silent noise of a snapped wire? Should you run? Hide? Prone? Despair?
"I understand you're a young guy, et caetera, but you shouldn't be THAT open with it. It's good to be honest, but sometimes you have to hold it back a bit."
"Sorry. I just answered whatever came to my mind first."
"I see. Well, we'll be wearing towels, so it should be okay. Right, Renko?"
"It's not right!"
"Well then, it's settled. Let's go! Bath time!"
So you wait for them to undress in front of a large bathroom door.
"A moment longer!"
"Uhh.... Done yet?"
"Oh, just walk in if you're so impatient!"
Ignoring the danger sense tingling, you open the door and step inside... and something wet hits your face.
IT WAS A TRAP!
White material covers your sight. It's a towel. She threw a wet towel at you, then ran away from the changing room, probably to the inner chamber, where the bath is located. Oh well.
Peeling the towel off your face, you throw it on the ground and start to undress yourself.
Then, after wrapping a dry towel around your waist, you step inside the inner chamber.
Oh, wow. This bath is huge. One could hold a well-sized party and there'd still be enough room for some wild dancing action.
Renko and Mary are sitting in the far corner of the bath, the former shyly submerged in water to her chin, while the latter leaning against the bath's edge, sticking out her busty chest forward. Of course, they are wearing towels.
[ ] Just sit here
[ ] Sit near them
[ ] YOU SPIN ME RIGHT ROUND BABY RIGHT ROUND
Oooh! You touch my tra-la-la! Oooh, my ding ding dong!
Feeling a sudden urge to sing and dance, you start to spin around on the floor. What is it that made you so happy? Sight of Mary's smooth, a bit pale skin? Renko's red face? Both?
Well, no use thinking about the cause, it's SPINNING TIME!
Failiure as a dancer from the very beggining! Wet floor induces unexpected slipping! Falling into pool of water with silent screaming! Reverse the logic, reverse the reason, spin your body, spin, spin, spin, spin, spin, spin!
Despite falling into the bath, you still spin around, only now in horizontal position, like a torpedo speeding towards the girls. Mary is grinning, Renko is staring at you in bewilderment as you get closer, and closer, and closer...!
Spinning right round like a record, you reach Renko and Mary with an amazing speed.
Your hand grabs Renko's towel.
Other hand grabs Mary's towel.
All in less than one second, as you went past them, still spinning around. With another spin, you rip the towels off their bodies.
And the last thing you see is a glimpse of white lingerie underneath the towels. Damn them, they did have something unde--
Hitting your head against the edge of the bath, you loose consciouness.
Waking up, you find yourself in 'your' room. That means, the one in which you slept last night. Pain in your head starts anew as you lift yourself up.
What happened again?
Nanaya Anon spun. The wet floor under his feet glimmered and sparked up with water. Then, falling into the bath, Nanaya Anon torpedoed himself at the girls, intending to steal their towels.
Too bad they had clothes underneath. Wait, why the hell did you do that anyway? Looking on the floor, there is a plastic bag filled with water. It's cold. Probably someone put ice on your head to ease the pain. Huh.
Someone's knocking on the door.
[ ] "Break away! You ineffective knocker!"
[ ] "Enter at your own free will!"
[ ] Feign sleep
Well, shit. You don't know who could that be, so feigning sleep would be a good option here. And so you do.
Knocking repeats for a few times, then the door slowly slides open.
Having your eyes closed, you can't see who that is, but she (?) walks up to your futon and places something beside it. Then she leaves the room as silently as possible. Before she's able to close the door completely, you open your eyes and catch a glimpse of red and gold.
Red and gold?
Anyway, that thing she brought turns out to be a tray with some pills and a glass of water. In one of those pills, you recognize a painkiller of popular brand. Where do they get those here? Well, a pill is a pill, it has to be swallowed. Right?
After laying for 20 or so more minutes, you feel the pain slowly fade away. What a relief. The damn thing was starting to get on your nerves.
[ ] Go outside the room, search for someone
[ ] Stay here and sleep. Time-skippan activities
Time-skipping? Who cares about that if you can interact with girls? Hot girls. The choice is obvious. Though there are things that need clearing out. First - who carried you out of the bath and dressed you in your clothes? Damn it, that would mean...
No use thinking about that. Move, move. Occupy your mind with something.
Going outside, you direct your steps to the dining room. Even before you entered it's vicinity, you could hear someone's sobbing. Well, it turns out to be...
She's laying on the table, with her face burried in her hands.
"Hey, what's wrong?"
"Despair! The donation box has left me in despair!"
"What, no money?"
"WORSE! There's less than there was yesterday morning!"
"How is that possible?"
"THIEVERY! Fuckin thievery! Boohooo!"
She bursts with tears again.
"Now, now. Don't cry. It's not that tragic."
"How can you say that?! How do you think I will buy food now?!"
"Say, you didn't see anyone... Suspicious yesterday, did you?"
"I was... uh, busy."
Yeah, busy with cuddling up to Mary.
"... I see. I do't think you'd steal the money, so be happy. You're out of suspicion."
"Gee, thanks." Bitch. "Say, have you seen Mary or Renko?"
"Ah, they're... I think they're in the back. Terrace. You know where."
"And... a person dressed in red-gold?"
"Red gold? Well, I lent them some of my clothes... And they're red. Work out the rest yourself, Sherlock."
"Sure. One more question."
"Do you have any... painkillers? My head hurts."
"Painkillers? You mean those pills that ease pain?" you nod "Nuh-huh, don't have any."
[x] Stay here, comfort Reimu
So we've depleted her of food, we flipped out on her, we didn't sweep her front yard, and now we weren't there to stop her donation box from being robbed.
Anyone want to bet that Reimu will be the Final Boss of this route? Maybe when we're talking to our Evil Twin, she'll jump out of fucking nowhere and kill him with a Shun Goku Satsu, and then fight us in his stead.