>>158904 You have no idea how to play blackjack do you?
The book says to double on 11 except when the dealer's up card is an ace.
Because face it, the chances of getting a 10-value card are much higher than any other individual value.
Chen hits you with a nine. That's a hard twenty. That should beat her hand, but its not like you can hit any more. You take your hands away from the table, satisfied. Chen then hits Momiji with a three. That brings her up to sixteen. Chen hits. It goes around again. You have to stand since you doubled. Momiji asks to be hit again, and you frown at her choice. She gets a five and goes bust.
“Alright, time to see my hand,” says Chen playfully.
She reveals a six, queen, and a three. You beat her, if only barely.
“Good job, Mister.”
You smile, but then you realize that she can't actually see it.
“Thank you. It's just luck of the draw. I can't predict the cards,” you say, giving her a thumbs up.
You play for a few more hands. Over them, Momiji gets better as you coach her along the way. She becomes a decent-ish blackjack player. By the end, Chen won, winning four of nine hands, you were next with three, and poor Momiji won only two.
“Where are you going anyway?” asks Chen as the game finishes.
“To hell,” says Momiji flatly.
Chen gives her a strange look. It's your turn to chuckle at this joke.
“We're going to visit the Yama. Though it might not appear that way, I'm a long dead spirit grafted into a suit of armor.”
It's not quite correct, but it works. Chen has stars in her eyes as she thinks of another plan.
“If you want to travel quickly, you can talk to Mama Ran, and Mama Ran can talk to Aunt Yukari, and Aunt Yukari can get you there in no time at all.”
Momiji looks somewhat comfortable at the thought of dealing with Yukari. You must admit to yourself that the reputation of this Yukari fascinates you.
“Besides,” Chen bashfully admits, “I want to introduce my new friends.”
That's actually quite adorable. You try, but can't help be reminded of your own daughter. And her face as you... You don't want to remember that, not again. You still want to show the catgirl that you care
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Sorry about being late. My computer problems are over, and I'm back in the groove. Here is the story:
“Sure, I’ll go with you. What about you, Momiji?”
“I'm afraid not. I have duties back at the village.”
“Thanks, I hope we can meet again.”
Momiji smiles and walks off. You hope you'll see her again.
“Hey, Chen,” you say, “How about a piggy-back ride?”
She gives you funny look.
“It looks kinda' sharp up there.”
She has a point. But a solution comes into your mind. You were a dad, once.
“You can stand on my shoulders, and I'll hold your ankles. It'll be like surfing.”
“What's surfing?” asks Chen.
You recall some fond memories of the beach. You put up your board just after getting married, but you have a fondness for the sport.
“Think of it as riding a big wave on a long plank. It's pretty fun.”
“Sounds crazy,” remarks Chen dryly.
“Do you still want to do it?”
Chen smiles and nods eagerly. You lift her up so that she's standing on your shoulders; sharp bits are avoided. She spreads her arms wide to find her balance. She points you in a direction and cries out, “Charge!”
You do exacly that and Chen squeals in childish joy as you run around the village. Her balance is, should you forgive yourself for the pun, catlike. You spend quite some time running around. Chen hops down and gives you a hug.
“Thank you. That was a lot of fun.”
“No problem. I enjoyed it myself.”
You feel a presence around you. The axe is a split second from your grip, not quite corporeal. Before you is a blonde youkai whose nine large tails twist and writhe in the air. Chen happily runs to her, but you are still feeling cautious. Is this perhaps Yukari?
“Mama Ran! Look who I met today. He was here with Momiji, and we played a game, and he wanted to play with me, and I stood on his shoulders, and it was awesome!” she says, excitedly stringing the words together.
Ran gives her a motherly hug before turning to you.