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Spring, the season of new beginnings, a time of happiness and joy with countless festivals and traditions to go along with it. Ironic, because right now you are meeting your end, and you are not happy about it.
You never have any interest in Japan, the land of the rising sun, you only went there because your friends basically dragged you there on their holidays. Not going to lie, the trip did have its moment, eating across the land and seeing your friends make a fool of themselves along the way. Sure, you may not know Japanese at much as some of the others do, but being a social person isn’t one of your perk anyway.
Unfortunately, looking like a bunch of foreign idiots making every one look helpless and easy target for mugging, which it did
After a particular night which involved a lot of drinking, betting and dancing around (The alcohol is one of the few things you genuinely enjoy) with your fellow “adventurer”, you decided to wander the street a bit to clear your head and enjoy some alone time. Midway through your journey of “self-discovery”, trouble find you in the form of a group of four people surrounding you with knife, pipe and…. a gallon jug? At first you thought that they were a prank orchestrated by your friends, that thought is out of the window the moment you got bash across the head with the pipe. Normally you would’ve ran away or at least put up a good fight (This isn’t the first street fight you’ve gotten yourself into). But with the influences of alcohol and the mind council in shamble because of it, your body can’t even work properly to put up a proper block, getting beaten down and stabbed felt pretty bad, whatever was in your system at the time can’t numb the pain enough, your body lie on the cold ground, the only warmth that the body felt is on the pool of blood that is forming around you… dying a stupid death like this just….
When you finally wake up again, you never truly expected where you ended up, it isn’t on a hospital bed with equipment, personnel and friends surrounding you, rather it is on a rocky ground… god, my back hurt…
Getting up and looking around, you notice that where you are is a riverbank with souls, both human
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[x] bookstore

kinda meta, but if I remember correctly the bookstore has the necronomicon, this might be just what we need
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[x] Go to the bookstore
[x] Ask info about the afterlife, ghosts and stuff concerning that since you are dead right? Maybe there's a way to uh not become dead somehow.

You enter the bookstore, however as soon as you step foot in a sudden feeling of dizziness hit you, like somebody have injected anesthesia into your body while happy thoughts filled your head, despite your suspicion you just can’t seem to leave, in fact you can’t feel anger, anxiety or any negative thoughts in general, just calmness as you keep walking in.

- - - Ranged combat and CQC temporarily, - Reaction temporarily, + Social skill temporarily.

The place is devoid of any human activities, all the chairs and tables are empty, multiple rows of books lie on their shelves untouched, both old and modern book. Even the counter doesn’t have anybody manning it, just a bell. You approach the bell and ring it, waiting to see if anybody would come or not. I should at least wait for somebody to show up, it is rude to just poke around without any permission.

Eventually, a women in her late 30s show up to the counter

“W̴̮͘e̷̱̠̓l̴̥̪̀̈́c̶̨̻̔o̶̗͝m̶̡̯̒ẻ̸̮̼ t̶̠̃̀͜ọ̴̱͌ Suzunaan, h̴̞͊o̶̬̓w could Ï̶̯͎̇ help h̷̪̠̆e̵̗͇̐ḽ̴̭̅̿p̴̗̏ ̴͓̊y̷͎͓̑̀ö̷̧́u̷̩̩̚͝?̴̩̆̓?”

“I would l̵̪̔i̷̼͘k̵̯̓ḛ̸̈́ ̵̙́ť̷̼o̷͔͂ order books with information about ghosts, Shinigami and a̸̽͜f̸̦̈́t̴̪̂e̶͕̐ṟ̴̅l̵͚̄ĭ̸̗f̴̦̚ẹ̵̋ please.”

“Okay t̵̝̉͠ḣ̷̟̝̈́ẹ̸͘n̵͔͝,̷͓̱̀͘ ̵̜̪͘w̵̫̆͐ȏ̶̧u̸̩̔̓͜ḽ̷̎d̵̤̓̂ ̶͚̭̾̾you prefer ŕ̸̗͂e̶̮͐͝n̸̰̹̉ẗ̷̼́̐ĭ̷̮͘n̷͓̓g̸̛̗̤ or buying ț̷̢̏͘h̸͖͒͘ḙ̵̄m̷̡͋̍?”

“Depends, w̷̫̓h̵͉̒ã̶̮t̴̹̽ is their price?”

“Most o̷̻͆f̵̘̫̃ ̷̯̅̓o̷͕̪̊ṷ̸̫̌̄r̷̘̋̚ ̵̻̕b̸̡̗̽̔ó̸̢̚o̷̡̟̔̒k̸̡̨̒̒s̸̠̊ ̸̦̃͘are sold a̸̗̾r̷̪͉̈́o̶̡͎͐̒ṷ̵́n̴͍̂d̴̞̱̚ 3000 yen e̷̠̫̒͝a̶̛̬͂c̷͕̙̓h̶̗̪͊,̷͍̿ ̶͈̟̔͗w̸̢͛̆h̸̘̹̽̽i̴͚͗l̸̛̖e̸̯̦̔͘ ̴͇͉̐̑renting on
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[x] Buy all of them.

[x] Go back to the shrine and wait for Hatate

That's okay, I'll wait patiently

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[-]Why are we even talking about this? We both agree Satori's our best bet for getting home, so we should concentrate on cracking the urban legend puzzle. If that doesn't pan out, then consider other options, but we shouldn't split our focus.

You're still a little off balance, from your injuries to dealing with Koishi and Satori to everything else going on in Gensokyo, but you do get where Sumi's coming from. It's a serious situation, one where she can't blast her way out through pure magical firepower, and she feels responsible for it. And she has a point in that what's best for the two of you would be to get home, regardless of how that's accomplished. You don't blame her for that, but at the same time, you can't agree. Satori needs your help, and you're her best if not only chance of fixing Koishi. What good is magical power if you can't make a difference with it?

But you won't make any headway with that argument against Sumi. She'd roll her eyes, call you an idealist, and point out that you've known Satori for less than twenty-four hours total. Which would all be true without doing anything to change your mind, and leave both of you arguing past each other. Fortunately, you don't need to have this fight now, because the right thing is also the strategic thing.

Sumi, keeping options open is one thing, but let's not risk plan A because you have to have a plan B.

Well, of course not. I'm not doing anything like that.

Really? Because as you may have noticed, Satori's a mind-reader.

Which is exactly why I went to these lengths to have this conversation in private.

Let me finish! She almost certainly knows you don't trust her, and while I don't think that actually bothers her, if you start making plans on how to escape Gensokyo while ignoring her sister, she would absolutely notice, and probably take it as a betrayal. And honestly, you think such a reaction would be justified, but let&#
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The story you've been writing has been a lovely adventure so far.

The wait inbetween updates has been one that felt reminiscent to the times of giddy and impatient anticipation of early childhood and an unabated rush of excitement of seeing the story on the top of the list of 'latest story updates' is telling of my engagement with it.
The nature of your approach gives it a whimsy I adore. The writing's simple and descriptive, which comes to be a strength in the action and tension filled sequences.

A good part of my engagement certainly comes from your update speed, for sure. It keeps the spark, that little part of my mind dedicated to the reading experience you're building aglow.
The choices are open, clear in their implication and strong in impact of plot progression. That seems to be the characteristic of a good cyoa in my mind.

I don't have a closing thought; just read the first sentence of this post again instead.
If we're doing shitty theories, mine is that pretty soon Roach's urban legend will kick in while inside the mansion - after all, Koishi has been doing her best for a while now. Invisible Man would turn the mansion segment into an unlikely MGS3-tier escape sequence alongside some nasty consequences down the line. Slender Man would make for a clutch trick with stunning things, but not actually helpful long-term - it's more of a better fit for Sakuya, now that I think of it. Vanishing Hitchhiker would let us see more of Gensokyo without getting tied down to the main party through the excuse of getting stuck with it.

Alternatively, we could see Satori's urban legend soon. Or playing it straight is fine too, as long as there is a proper pattern to things. Our party going nuclear would be a sight to see.
Oooh shitty theories, this I have to throw my hat into. For possible future Urban Legends, I think the Chupacabra fits Remi a bit with the whole blood-sucking thing. Jack the Ripper also fits pretty well with Sakuya. His killings and subsequent mutilations might line up with Sakuya "preparing" food for Remi and Flan. Although, personally I believe those two only drink/eat human blood and don't actually eat human meat since they're classy vampires and not plebeian zombies (no offense Yoshika).

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Notice: There will be open spoilers for both Resident Evil 7 and Resident Evil 8: Village going forward. This will be the only warning you'll get.
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Everything is dark, and everything is numb.

You can tell your eyes are open, at least, but there is nothing else observable to you. Your mind is as blank as your senses, your only emotion being a complex mixture of lingering sadness and relief... and a hint of anger?

Slowly, feeling begins to return, and your entire body feels sore.

That soreness quickly evolves into pain, and you close your eyes. Not that it matters. Everything is pitch black, wherever you are.

After a moment, the deafening silence of the void is broken by a woman's voice.

"My, my, still holding on, after all that? You certainly never disappoint."

You open your eyes again, but the source of the voice is too far away to make out clearly. You recognize the color purple, but little else. Which is strange, since it sounded like she was right next to you.

Enough feeling returns for you to realize you haven't been breathing, and you cough violently. You feel flecks of... something come up when you do so.

The voice continues, still as if she was only a foot away. "You certainly are in bad shape, though. Here, allow me to help."

You feel a tingling sensation across your body, followed by a second of intense pain. You only have enough energy to gasp and close your eyes again in response.

Once the pain subsides, it does so entirely. Even the earlier aches you felt are gone. You open your eyes again, and inspect your body. Despite the black void around you, you can clearly see that your body is unharmed.

You look back at the woman in the distance and finally find your voice. "What... Who are you? Where am I?"

The woman giggles. "I take it you're feeling better, now? Good. And to answer your questions, I am nobody, and you are nowhere."

The cryptic reply annoys you, but you move on to
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[X]Sit and wait for Patchouli to finish whatever she's doing. If Flandre already has a plan, then all you have to do is wait.
[ ]Keep needling those around you with conversation, especially Patchouli. Breaking her concentration would help stall for whatever the younger Scarlet will do.

lets annoy them
[X]Sit and wait for Patchouli to finish whatever she's doing. If Flandre already has a plan, then all you have to do is wait.

I feel like all hell is about to break loose for some reason.

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[x] Forge ahead anyway. There's nothing in particular going on right now, Sumi's occupied with her helicopter flight; this is a chance to understand Satori better.

You give a mental shrug. If you don't ask now, you probably never will. "Does reading minds bother you?"

"If you haven't noticed, reading minds is essentially what defines me, and it's an incredible advantage. You can tell by how I haven't tried to close my third eye."

"Something can be useful, helpful, and overall a good thing, and still be incredibly frustrating at times." Like Sumireko, not that you were stupid enough to say that out loud.

"How many ways can I possibly signal that I don't want to have this conversation? I know you aren't this dense, Greg."

"For crying out loud. You're acting more off than Sumi is, and I'm worried about you."

"By pushing on a sensitive subject? That's a fascinating way of showing your concern."

"It's not that simple, just..." you stop, frustrated. It's that people tend to be more honest when they're off balance. The Satori you know is polite, dry, and witty, with the occasional burst of verbal savagery, and all that's well and good, but you're pretty sure she's burying her own feelings. She doesn't talk about herself, and if you press on it, she either goes clinical, in the same way a medical doctor would talk about a corpse, or she deflects, like she has now. You know she's deflecting, and because she's a mindreader, she knows you know she's deflecting, and she's still deflecting!

So yes, you're pushing. You're pushing bluntly to try and get her to open up, because what else is there to even do? You could try something subtle, but Satori would just read your mind for your motives and call you out on it.

"If you're going to carry on like that, could you go think somewhere else?"

"Sorry, is reading my thoughts bothering you?"

Satori is halfway to answering yes before she stops, apparently remembering your or
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On my re-read of the story, I noticed a pretty big inconsistency on Greg's knowledge regarding Eientei, though the effect on how the things pan out because of it now should be miniscule.
I honest to God didn't notice it going through the story normally.

>>202722 (Thread 2 - you are here)
Conversation with Alice on Eientei
"The worst case for a concussion is serious brain damage. Does she have a pill that 'easily handles' that?"

"Well, she has made an elixir that grants immortality."

"You're kidding." You stop short and stare at her. "Is that why Gensokyo's so screwed up? Everyone's just immortal?"

"No, only three people have taken it. You'll need a different explanation for Gensokyo's madness."


>>202449 (Thread 1) (Almost the whole post, cut together just a little, tldr below)
Discussion about the Visit to Eientei
"Honestly, if I get to pick, I'd like the magical medical treatment," you comment [...]

Satori rolled her eyes. "[...]The Lunarians at Eientei are extremely powerful. And, not to belabor the point, but we are poorly equipped for a fight."

Hold on a second. "Wait, Lunar? As in, from the moon?"

"Yes." Satori nodded. "Aside from the earth rabbits, the inhabitants there are all refugees from the moon."
[...]
Speaking of which, Satori glanced over at you and her mouth twitched upwards. "Regardless. Kaguya's an immortal princess, but she tends towards solitude, recreational murder of a yakitori stand owner aside."

Wait, what?

"If we go to Eientei itself, the one we'll be looking for is Eirin. She's a medical genius, to the point of successfully creating an immortality elixir. While she faithfully serves Kaguya,
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Reading comprehension is your friend but it's not mine:
Correction on the tldr
Mokou said the Lunarians won't get involved collecting occult balls

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Daily updates until we're done. Part of nanowrimo 2020. Be wild when voting~
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[x] Kenji rallied as Byakuren worked with him in equal partnership, making sure the threat was contained in tandem.
>>202740
working together with someone and trusting them is big character growth for someone like him
[x] Kenji rallied as Byakuren worked with him in equal partnership, making sure the threat was contained in tandem.
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>working together with someone and trusting them is big character growth for someone like him
Is it? Seems like he trusted Yoko enough. Granted, he did get betrayed in that case, but it doesn't seem like it'd be much of a change for him to trust Byakuren. And he also sought emotional comfort from her, which was a pretty big vulnerable moment, so it's already pretty well established by now.

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Reposting due to bump limit.

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[ ] Stay behind to buy time
[ ] Make a straight run for the Youkai Mountain border
[ ] Run for Eirin’s field (Clamshell)
[ ] Run for the Yamanba zone (Clamshell)
[ ] Aki Farm
[ ] Call Ran
[ ] Other?

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[X] Ask for enough reactor output to repair Ruukoto

Ok sure, she's gonna use the place like a dirty bomb, but could she delay a few minutes to let us fix the qt meido who has nothing to do with the moon? Not asking her to stop at all, maybe just do something else to strengthen the bomb while we do this and then get out.
[X] Ask for enough reactor output to repair Ruukoto

Gotta at least try.
[X] Politely excuse yourself and find backup

I'm a little worried that asking her for some reactor output will make her jump the gun and assume we're against her.

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Prologue:

His mother was dead.

He didn't know to feel relief or a pity. Ever since he was born in this prison-like body, she had loved him. Shielding him from the worse of his father's excesses, even when he came home drunk and reaching for the belt. Giving him love, smiles, and warmth, in a world of cruel children and neglectful adults. And she was dead.

His father would come home soon. More beatings. More jeers from the other children. And no one would care.

What did he have in this life? Nothing. No friends. Not family. And not even a healthy body. He was going to die. Either starving to death on the street, murdered when his body failed him again, or maybe being beaten to death. Or worse. Sold. No, he would go out his own way. That way, he would have his own choice.

He picked up his crutches and backpack. He didnt have much in this life, but he wouldn't die alone. At least, he would have something with him when he passed into the afterlife. Just a few books, a few precious keepsakes, and a few more mementos.

~

"Well, this is new." he thought. The forest he had walked into now seemed distinctly more dangerous. Old wives tales of ghosts and demons, horror stories children shared with one another, and tales of myth and exploration he had read in the long hours in the library hidden from his tormentors

The winding trail had long since disappeared, and the air had twisted and twitched somehow. It was no longer the humid, warm summer air. No, the air was colder now, biting, drier. It was almost like winter. But how? His sweat dried and stuck to his skin, the cool air now making him shiver. He looked behind him. The path was gone. He was still leaving footprints on the ground, now slightly soggy with dew. But... He leaned down at the point where his footprints began, slowly prodding the ground with his crutch. The ground was soft and would form an imprint. And yet, looking at the marks on the ground, its as if he had dropped from the sky into the middle of the path and then started walking.

The wind blew again, rustling the trees and leaves around him, and he shivered. Something had happened. Something had br
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I like this, I like this a lot.

Sure there's a few minor grammar errors here and there
e.g "You'e" should be "you're"
but they are easily made mistakes that I and tons of other novice authors make.

It's clear you've put effort and time into this.
Your writing style is nice, refreshing like a frozen drink.

Life is busy, update at your own pace.
Hello. I have no choice by now.

Note: I'm not very familiar with quests, and this is my first one. also, I haven't written anything in months.
Hello. I have no choice by now.

Note: I'm not very familiar with quests, and this is my first one. also, I haven't written anything in months.

This may get pretty bad. But I'll try my best. Note that this kid isn't getting superpowers, or if he is going to get anything special, it's probably not going to be that flashy.

And BTW, this is mostly slice of life. This guy ain't going to fight the Yama or anything.

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A friendly land where the days are bright, the nights are beautiful, and sounds of fear and joy resound around as we all live as if safety was not a lie.

Welcome to Gensokyo.

Hello Dreamers!

There is a strange scarlet mist today, blocking and choking out the sun. No need to worry though, as the sun is a deadly laser and this mist is helping shield us from it today. Today’s activities can all be done without sunscreen and I’m sure the local vampires appreciate it very much.

If you’re a filthy sun lover though, Hakurei Reimu, you know, the Miko? Is currently en route to investigate the disturbance which seems to be located around a mysterious mansion.

More as the story develops…

Today’s Yokai Watch, watch out for Rumia!

A yokai of darkness that calls herself a “Human Eating Yokai”, she seems to have lost her appetite for human flesh along with most of her height and maturity. Long gone is the appearance of the blonde yankee and this yokai now spends her days wandering along the edges of the Misty Lake in a bubble of darkness.

Every so often, when the moon is brightest and the air is soft with regretful melancholy, she visits a grave with a broken kitsune mask and sits. Always quiet, she always seems confused as to why tears slip down her cheeks. As if mourning a friend forgotten and life half remembered.

This is the worst time to speak with her. Do not do this, but if you do, know that we will laugh very hard at you..

We suggest carrying raw meat to throw when you run away from her. While you may not be able to see in her darkness, neither can she.

If you want to meet her, we suggest during the day with an offering of raw meat. She prefers human meat, but says that pork or beef is fine though. In exchange,

My strongest fairy intern, Cirno attempted to stop and interview Reimu, you know, the miko? On her investigation of the Scarlet Mist. Unfortunately, during the customary Danmaku, Cirno sadly got a literal brain freeze and is now an ice sculpture. Daiyousei has picked her up and is bringing her back to defrost.

Daiyousei, my most sensible fairy, informs me that there is a mansion on
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what did I just read. no seriously what is this, like a reference to something else because it sounds like it
Its a reference to Welcome to Nightvale, a pretty good... I guess I would call it a podcast? This did a good job combining the two, so it would be cool to see more!

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"Seriously, I want Hawaii. And I'm a physicist, I'm done being shot at. You understand that, right?"

"It's time to choose."

"You're threatening me, you took my weapons, and you're a fucking time lord. This is bullshit."

Everything's green again, big surprise. And now it's all black. Wonderful.

"Wisely done, Mr. Freeman. I will see you up ahead. Although... I may have to... call in a favor, in the meantime."

The hell is this guy talking about? I agreed to his stupid job offer, right? Why is everything still black? Did I die and this is my own personal hell? Because that would suck.

"Oh, this is unexpected. To what do I owe the honor?"

Wait, that's a woman talking. Not anyone I recognize, I don't think.

"Mrs. Yakumo, I wasss hoping to... cash in a favor, if you didn't mind."

Yakumo? Don't know anyone by that name... sounds Japanese, maybe.

"Really? Does it have anything to do with your... 'client' here?"

Client? Are they talking about me? I can speak for myself, assholes!

"You see, thissss... individual, was chosen by my, employers. However, he has proven to be most... unorthodox. I hoped that you would be, willing to... 'watch over' him until he is needed, again."

Great, they can't hear me... Wait, "watch over"? What am I, a fucking child?

"Hmm, I'm not sure, he'd probably cause all sorts of trouble in Gensokyo..."

Gensokyo? Sounds Japanese again. Oh, Christ, I'm not gonna have to learn Japanese, am I? I already know like four languages, and after the day I've had, I don't think I can bother with learning another one.

"But that means he would, fit in perfectly, yesss?"

Oh right, my future is being decided while I literally can't say anything about it. This is just the worst part of being a kid again.

"Oh, alright, you've convinced me. But only because I owe you, okay?"

"Thank y
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[X]Those doors look interesting. Let's get a full tour of this place.
is this thread still alive? is OP still writing?
I can't answer the second question, but given that it's been two years since the last update, the first one gets a resounding NO.

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"You can't be serious!"

Sumireko responded with a noise that she would firmly deny bore any relation to a squee. "I told you this is for real! The bake-danuki gave me Gensokyo's own Occult Ball!"


Despite your misgivings, you hid a grin. For all she loves acting above it all and making noise about her psychic powers, Sumireko looked every inch a high school girl just now. Well, apart from the animated cape and her levitating from sheer excitement. You shook your head and got back to the matter at hand. "There's no way a youkai just gives someone anything, right? We've both read up on those legends; there's always a trap or a trick, or something."

"Oh, she didn't just give it to me. I won it off of her in a duel, right above downtown!"

Even with all the notice-me-not charms Sumireko's got going on, you're still shocked that didn't make the news. "And that's another point. Every single youkai you've summoned has fought you. Why would this one be willing to give you a treasure like that? A duel isn't exactly a friendly thing."

Sumireko considered that for just a moment. "I'm pretty sure in Gensokyo it's just the long version of saying hello. But to get to the actual question, they all thought they would win, not realizing their tricks were helpless against the wisdom of humanity. Besides, the Occult Ball is clearly legitimate! I know you can feel the power coming off of it."

While you were skeptical of the rest of her argument, she isn't wrong about that last point. While Sumireko herself is radiating more power, the Gensokyo Occult Ball isn't exactly outclassed. That thing's capable of some serious sorcery. Heck, to be emitting that much magic passively and still be a long-term enchantment, it would have to be continuously drawing power from Gensokyo, which is even more evidence of her claim.

All the same, something feels a little off about the whole thing.

"I don't know, Sumi-"

"Come on, this is our chance! We can finally visit Gensokyo as we please, find more real
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[X] Forge ahead anyway. There's nothing in particular going on right now, Sumi's occupied with her helicopter flight; this is a chance to understand Satori better.
[X] Forge ahead anyway. There's nothing in particular going on right now, Sumi's occupied with her helicopter flight; this is a chance to understand Satori better.

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