Will not be crushed a second time! Also, this is where you get to meet the maker of the robot. If we even have the choice of backstage, assuming we're not breaking in, we know this person well enough to get VIP seats. I'd like to see everybody who likes Holiday Anon.
Rumia is our biggest fan. She's a stalker.
>>121032 The first time I've heard that was also without the sixpence part. However, it was apparently the title they gave for a set of random songs during a certain time on some radio station.
An old song, a new song, a remake, and then something either sad or R&B.
A small, black, star soars across the sky, clips Hisostensiki's head with a resounding clang, smashes into the mountain side, setting loose a small shower of rocks, and drops into the ground with a plume of dust, still screaming.
You follow the rest of the crowd that hurries over.
It's a little blond in a black dress.
Most of a black dress, anyway.
Ah! She opened her eyes!
"What just... ah! You!" She jumps up.
Her fingers find their way familiarly around your neck, and she lifts you up over her head with one hand.
"This is your fault! You knew that damned rabbit trap was there! You were laughing at me, weren't you?!"
Actually, you were more interested in what was under her- gahk
"Die, you-" A kappa in a white dress and a nurse hat walks over and sticks a needle into her arm. "-little... piece... of... of..."
"Sorry, miss. You've taken a nasty hit to the head, so it's better to not move around too much at first."
Rubbing your neck, you step back from the sleeping youkai.
She looks almost docile like that.
The kappa hoists her over one shoulder and carries her off.
So, were to next?
[ ] Go for a swim [ ] Look for a scare [ ] Pick up a book [ ] Snag a bite [ ] Watch a show
A defiant shout, a shower of gravel, and a very angry, hatless celestial burst through the cloud of dust.
That fight was a little too short, come to think of it.
"Don't get cocky from just that, human!"
Tenshi leaps back, tossing three rocks. Kasen dodges the first two, backhanding the third to pieces.
Suddenly, the shrine's roof was sporting a new pair of holes.
They both leap toward each other fists raised.
Until and orange, flaming sword sprouts up in Tenshi's hand.
Kasen twists in the air to dodge it.
Her leg swings at a wince-inducing angle, burying her foot snugly into the celestial's cheek.
Using her face as a footstool, Kasen leaps off, performing a back flip before landing on the ground.
"You got lucky, this time. Don't think you can land another attack like that, though- my sword has already learned your techniques!"
"Such a cheap trick! I guess I'll just need to use different techniques then, won't I?"
Kasen takes stance, and beckons to Tenshi.
"Your pride is your weakness!" She shouts, lunging at the Hermit.
Instead of moving, Kasen simply throws her entire weight into a straight punch with her bandaged arm, hitting Tenshi smack in the face.
The bandages quickly unravel, wrapping around her head as she flies back.
Kasen swings Tenshi over her head, circling her several times before throwing her at the musicians stage.
As she spins, Tenshi's sword appears, stabbing through the stage into the ground.
The red ghost makes a diving save on the grand piano, narrowly saving it from firey bisection
She finally comes to a stop after running into one of the shrine's pillars, snapping it in half.
Tenshi emerges, minus her ribbons and shirt buttons.
"To think I'd find such a strong opponent here, of all places!"
"Suika!" Reimu screams.
"Let's finish this, Hermit!"
"So eager, yet to futile... very well."
Tenshi takes her sword in both hands, and the two girls leap at each other. The golden flame stretches, making dozens of points in a semicircle, all aimed in.
They clash in mid-air, shooting sparks everywhere.
Both sides repel, and stand, panting.
Suika raises Tenshi's hand from atop the shoulders of another Suika.
"I- I won?! I won! I wooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaAAAAA-"
Suika(s) watch as Tenshi becomes a rapidly-vanishing speck in the distance, a look of satisfaction on her face(s).
"And stay there!" Reimu shouts after her.
Kasen brushes herself off and returns to the remains of her stage. "I'm sorry for the interruption. I am Kasen Ibara, a simple ascetic. I will be living and teaching here at the Hakurei Shrine from now on." She bows.
The gentlest evening breeze blows faintly.
Like the wrapping paper on a most glorious present, bit by bit, Kasen's dress slowly flakes away, laying bare the most wonderous, divine, paradisaical sight you have seen. Time seems to stop as you bask in the gods' gift to man.
The look of realization dawns only as she stands up, and opens her eyes.
Reference list (by order of appearance or mention): Deliveryman whose wallet you stole - Masked Rider of Gensokyo Black hole youkai - SCIENCE! Rainbow-colored youkai - I, Youkai Sword-wielding miko - Something's Happening at Gensokyo Short dog tengu - Curses Foiled, Again Mima's apprentice - >>/forest/15616 Antlered oni - Involuntary Pedagogic Fantasy Tsukiko - Idyllic Life Masked tengu - Fragmentation of Memories Well-dressed man - Contemplations Under the Moon and Stars Weird suit man - Gunman in Gensokyo Egg chef- Waking Up in Gensokyo Robed man - That bastard, Let's Gooooo Man in jumpsuit - Luna Ars Memorativa Man in photo - Misadventures in Gensokyo Sir not appearing in this story - Restorer in Gensokyo
A cool wind blows through the trees brought on by the sudden rain, heralding the coming autumn. At the foot of the mountain, two goddesses awaken from their long slumber.
"Mmmm... Minoriko?" One of them asks, blearily.
But they have nothing to do with this story.
This is the human village. It is deceptively named, seeing as half the people on the street are youkai.
More specifically, this is the schoolhouse in the human village, which is now full of enslaved children.
Minus one, of course~
"Akyuu! Did you see him?" Keine shouts, bursting into the room. "He just ran this way, I saw him!"
Akyuu glances up from her writing. "What's the matter, Keine?"
"He slipped out of class again!"
"He did? How?"
Keine colors red.
"Th-that's not important right now!"
Akyuu hides a giggle with her sleeve. "I think he went out through the window just before you came in."
"Tch!" Keine rushes out for the front of the house, slamming the door.
"You can come down from there, now."
You let go of the ceiling beams and drop back onto the table.
"Remember that for the future: Her hat is her weakness! If she looks up, it'll fall off." She puts a finger to your forehead, and looks you in the eyes. "Now, hurry!"
Flashing her a grin, you spring down the hallway.
"Use the back door, and stick to the air!" She calls after you.
In the forest of magic, seated on an ancient, weathered stump, is a small blonde youkai. She's holding a small, wrinkled, well-handled piece of paper in her hands, pondering it. For the hundredth time, she unfolds it and reads the words again.
"Luck, huh...?" she whispers.
But again, she has nothing to do with this story.
"So you're back again." The girl doesn't turn, but remains seated, her legs crossed. "I thought for sure you'd have given up after yesterday."
You sit heavily on a nearby rock, panting.
"Hmm. Maybe you do have some ability after all." Kasen rises, facing you.
"Listen! This isn't an easy path! It's not something you can take half-assed!" She points sharply at you. "Are you prepared to walk it?"
"Then, from now on you will call me Master Ibara!"
You think 'Master Kasen' sounds better.
"...I suppose." She concedes.
The hermit girl smiles. "Now, let's begin your training!"