Unexpected Relations Iko the Phoenix 2015/04/06 (Mon) 03:36 No. 184296 ▼
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You feel yourself flying fast, faster than you ever have before. Panic filling your entire mind as something is after you, and all you know is that you just need to run.
The scenery keeps changing as you fly on. The sky cycles between night and day and you keep soaring. How long have you been in flight? Heh, you don't even know where you are. One thing is certain though? your flight has come to an end. The thing chasing you has been growing closer and now you can feel its breath on your feathers, closing in on you until finally you feel its cold tendrils wrap around your wings and bring your flight to a halt. Knowing this is the end, you give up on struggling and instead look into the eyes of death. Its face draws closer to you, and as it opens its hideous mouth to swallow your body and soul you hear its words.
"There is only so far to run... before even eternity dies?" and it laughs?
You awake with a start, feathers rustling and mind in a panic. Looking around wildly, you try and get your grasp back to reality. Taking deep breaths, you start to calm down as you realize you are still in your nest, having slept for what feels like centuries. Not everything seems right however, first and foremost being the fact that you are no longer in the Forest of Magic, but somewhere in what appears to be... a bamboo forest? This is a strange turn of events.
Shaking your head, you decide that it isn't the strangest thing to have happened and take to the skies to clear your mind of the nightmare. It has been rather odd as of late, as if something has been ripping at your deepest fears and thoughts, gnawing at your sanity.
You take great relief at the feeling of the air running through your feathers. A glance upwards reveals the midday sun shining brightly, and favorable weather is coming your way. A short time later you notice a stream protruding from the bamboo and dive down towards it.
Landing near said stream, you morph into your human form, to better assess your physical state, one quickly acknowledged as a total mess. You wash your hair in the stream and decide the fastest way of solving the rest of your uncleanliness is to burn it to ashes. Doing so you expertly weave the flame over your skin clearing away the grime that covers your pale complexion. Now one-hundred percent clean, albeit in a half-assed manner, you take a better look at yourself via your reflection in the water. For human standards this form is not the worst you can imagine Yukari could have gifted you. Built more like and elegant elf if anything, lithe and perfect complexion and your physical build almost flawless, save for the fact your muscles are, put politely, nonexistent. Your eyes are built like a hawk's and just as sharp. Your hair, meanwhile, is black as midnight and styled in an intricate pattern of twin braids to halt its full length from hindering your movement. You decide that, for now, you should stay in your human form, as interacting with the natives as a bird is not the easiest thing to do with the, language barrier and all. You take another look at yourself and see that you are missing your clothes? again. A sigh escapes your lips as you think to yourself that one of these days you should invest in an outfit that can withstand all of your forms. Sighing, again, you head back to your nest to retrieve your outfit, a black gown with a pattern of the moon being surrounded by stars as they streak across the night sky. Satisfied with this new look, you spread your wings and fly over the forest to assess the situation.
Not much can be said about the bamboo forest, as it's easy to see two key locations over the area and the rather robust amount of traps laid out for Moon knows what reason. The sites in question are both vastly different from each other. The first and most apparent is the Japanese styled mansion in the middle of the forest, while the other appears to be a quaint little food stand with picnic tables set up nearby. The mansion is ringing all sorts of bad alarms right now and since you are also feeling rather hungry, you decide to head for the stand.
Landing rather gracefully on the back on the back of your shadowy wings, you decide not to dismiss them, and instead fold them across your back, wrapping around you to further block the morning chill.
Scanning the clearing reveals no one is around the immediate area, and a sign is placed on the door in front of the establishment, (that serves as both a house and a stand upon closer inspection) that states to ?knock for service." Rather amused at what appears to be a lazy attempt for more sleep, you rap your knuckles on the wooden door and wait for a response.
"I'm coming, hold on," says the woman from the inside rather groggily and with not so much enthusiasm (as you can hear her slump to the floor and quickly get dressed). What shows itself to you however is a woman wearing what appears to be red pants with an amulet pattern inscribed on them, along with a plain white shirt with overalls, and white hair that comes down to around her ankles with a white ribbon with a red outline to compliment her hair. Her physical appearance is nice in its own right, slender form but her shape shows that she has worked for everything she has done instead of using her charm or looks for it. This appearance does nothing to quell the fiery aura of a pure-blood phoenix, albeit at a rather dulled state given she seems to have just woken up. "So what do yo-" She stops mid sentence, noticing the raven-like wings attached to my back and an aura like hers radiating with a gentle presence instead of the overwhelming force in hers.
"Ah, I am sorry if I have awoken you earlier than to be expected, sister, but if the setting is correct I presume I should be able to eat here yes?" you ask her, not skipping a beat as she looks on in confusion and then seems to realize that she is, indeed, staring at you.
Having shaken her head to snap herself out of gawking, she says, "Yeah it is a food joint, but more importantly what the hell is another Phoenix doing in Gensokyo?" Her question filled with equal measure curiosity and confusion, and yet another question rising to her lips before she, painstakingly, holds it back and waits for Your response politely.
You simply chuckle and respond with, "I might ask you the same thing, young one. Why I was the first Phoenix in Gensokyo, after all, but I had fallen into a deep sleep to store my strength," you state. "Now may I have food served here or not?" You finish the question with a smug smile on your face. The woman sighs and mumbles something under her breath about her elders abusing her youth, and this makes you smile as she moves to start her routine of meal cooking.
After a few minutes of silence as she finishes preparations for the meal and sets the meat out for you to eat, she starts up a conversation again by saying, "The name's Mokou by the way, and what's the deal with the whole ?sister? and ?young one? thing?"
Knowing that this would perhaps cause problems, you respond in a formal manner. "My name is Iko, and I see you are at least competent enough to notice another fire-bird among you. But the reason for my statements is that we are both pure-bloods although I sense I am a great deal older than you, making my responses accurate." I respond to her questioning between bites as I devour my first meal in at least half a century. "My, this food is delicious, Mokou," my eyes growing wide at its unique taste, "it's a fine way to start eating again after how many years I have been sleeping." I start chewing much slower as I let the flavor of the brunch food sink in. She seems taken aback by the sudden sincere statement, but quickly recovers her composure.
I continue eating in silence as she goes over to prepare food for herself.
There is something strange about this one but you do not see what it is?
 Strike up another conversation with this pure-blood
- Ask her about your people and what has been going on.
- Ask her about what has transpired in Gensokyo since your slumber.
- Ask what she has been up to recently.
- "Why the boyish attire?"
- Question her about why it is so rare to see another Phoenix in Gensokyo, you two can't be the only ones here. (More specific and in-depth answer to question 1)
- Ask about who lives in the Mansion over yonder.
- General Terrain information
- Obligatory write in for the crafty people.
 Simply wait in silence and answer the questions she surely must have for you.
 Finish the meal quickly, thanking her and then head off towards your favorite Shrine Maiden's family.
 Write in choice for wherever to go