!UVSuwVzKfA 2016/07/29 (Fri) 23:36 No. 190884 ▼
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[X] Kaiun Kirisame
[X] Youkai Mountain - Moriya Shrine
Setsuri heaves her shoulders while she sighs.
"It would be a good idea to go somewhere where one of the three people are going. You know, for answers."
"Then," Kaiun says, "allow me to ask if we can go to the mountain."
The shrine maiden blinks. "Sure. Mind if I ask why?"
"I thought we needed someplace to go?"
Setsuri palms her forehead. The shrine maiden flicks her fingers upward, and Kaiun feels his body lift into the air alongside her.
Deliberation cycles around the Kirisame's mind. From the descriptions of the fairies, it wouldn't be a wild guess to say that the boy is that girl's younger sibling. The more important detail of interest, however, would be the method in which he arrived here. If anything else, the reason behind that method's success. It could well be that, no matter the likelihood, his coming was coincidence. It isn't a bad idea to meet him, in any case. Unless he is like his sister.
"So if we run into the kid?" Setsuri asks in preparation.
"I wonder if it's best to let him explain, after we ask what it is he's looking for?"
"Then what do we do if we run into those women?"
Kaiun spots the mountain in the distance. "Are you assuming he's already gotten past the foot of the mountain?"
"I'm more worried about who I'm asking about."
"I see." Kaiun takes a few seconds to consider the shrine maiden's worry.
Not that she's actually worrying. But none of the youkai of the mountain should be able to harm the boy. Not because they aren't able to, but because of the repercussions of the actions they'll take. Unless it's not actually youkai of the mountain. But to Setsuri's question.
"I think I'll have something to say."
In other words, I think I'll be able to keep the situation from getting out of control. I also appreciate that Setsuri wishes to take responsibility when she can for my sake.
"Please." Kaiun says before he sees Setsuri's eyes narrow at something on the mountain's path. "Did you spot him?"
"Yeah." The shrine maiden scans the ground, flying toward the ground.
On a path below the trees, Kaiun's eyes follow Setsuri?s.
His curiosity rises. Is it innocence or observation? The boy is certainly not as old as Marisa. More than half her age? Perhaps his motivation spurs him to walk forward as though taking a stroll. His clothes?not from Gensokyo. His legs and forearms are bare, prepared for a journey in the warm sun. He notices something below him?no, he's bending over to tie his shoes. After a flick of the tongue, he wipes his brow, fixing the red hat over his black hair again. Maybe I'll inquire about hair color another time, if he isn't related to her.
"Excuse me." Kaiun calls out.
First, the boy jumps in surprise, his arms bend to his waist. His head turns. Then, he sighs in relief.
"Y-You scared me." He lowers his arms, raised in defense. "I thought a youkai was coming for me for a second."
"How do you know we aren't?" Setsuri lands, a hand on her hip.
The boy points at Setsuri's chest. The shrine maiden raises an eyebrow for a moment before he speaks.
"I don't think, unless you're in disguise, a shrine maiden would be a youkai.."
"Fair enough." Kaiun raises his hand closest to Setsuri. "We are also humans traveling around. Can I ask why you're here? You don't seem to be from Gensokyo."
"Anyone can tell, can't they?" The boy twists his mouth as he looks down at his clothes.
"If it were a bit longer ago," Setsuri walks up to him, "you'd probably be food by now."
With a quick puff of air through his nose, the boy looks up at the two. "Yeah, I'm from outside. I came to visit my sister."
"I assume she's a shrine maiden?" Kaiun strokes his chin, a quick glance in the shrine's direction.
"May I ask what your name is?"
"Akikazu Kochiya." The boy answers. "Everyone always calls me `Aki`."
Kaiun notices Setsuri's head jerk up at the path ahead.
"I assume it's them?"
"Yeah." Setsuri confirms for a second time.
But that would make sense.
Kaiun nods once, stepping beside Setsuri as two figures approach. Both fly just above the path ahead, and the green-haired shrine maiden in front lands first.
The boy rushes three steps before throwing himself into her embrace. Sanae puts her hands on his shoulders after the short hug, looking at his face. Landing just behind her is a shorter girl.
A goddess in disguise.
"Well." Suwako presses her fists on her hips as she stares down at Akikazu, then at Setsuri and Kaiun. "This is awkward.."
At first, she glances over Setsuri to stare at Kaiun again. But her attention snaps back to Setsuri.
"Whoa. Reimu. You have boobs now."
"Allow me to introduce you," Kaiun can feel the frozen stare beside him, "this is Reimu's parent, Setsuri."
"Yeah, I kind of thought as much." Suwako glances back at Akikazu and Sanae for a moment, who exchange words between each other. Then, she looks back at Kaiun. "So what's going on?"
"That is what we wish to know." Kaiun bows for a few seconds. "Although I would have wagered the other would have accompanied Sanae instead."
Suwako snickers into her sleeve, before swiping her arm back at her side.
"Oh, don't worry. I'm taking care of the easy job. She's the one running around trying to figure out the politics of what's happening."
"Would you be so kind as to inform us where?"
"Hmmm. I would have thought Reimu or Marisa would have gone to us first."
"Reimu has started her investigation at the mansion. Unfortunately," Kaiun smiles, bowing an inch, "I haven't had the opportunity to visit my daughter."
Suwako maintains her narrowed stare at Kaiun. After a few seconds, she frowns a hair's length.
"Before anything else, I have to say. Marisa's quite the interesting human. But I wouldn't be able to connect the dots, to put it simply.."
That's good to hear.
"I take it your kid's going to be poking around too, then?" Setsuri's voice barks beside Kaiun. Suwako's eyes flick over to the shrine maiden, before she grins at Kaiun.
"Are you sure she's not Reimu?"
"I take it she's correct, though?" Kaiun follows through.
With a heavy sigh, Suwako glances back at Sanae and Akikazu, who turn to the three. "it's a problem, all right. Sanae, will you be going out?"
"But what about Aki?" Sanae's eyes cut to the boy, who looks around at everyone.
"Yes, what about him." The grim tone hangs in the goddess's voice. "Kanako and I will be busy contemplating and deliberating, while Sanae will be out. I don't think having him in the shrine would be the best choice with how many unknowns there are in this situation. Unless, he can go along with someone?"
The logic solidifies inside of Kaiun. Ah. So that's why she hasn't given us her partner's destination.
Sanae speaks first. "But if I bring Aki with me, won't he be in danger?"
"I think he'll be fine with you. But." Suwako's eyes turn to Kaiun. "I'm sure these two would be more than capable of taking care of him?"
Does she have an idea? It would be profitable, even if the boy is an unknowing tool. But that would not detract from our goals?
A high whistle rings through the sky. Everyone turns to the direction of the sound, followed by a large ray of light and stars flying in the distance. Even in the bright, blue sky, stars of every color could be seen twinkling in the distance.
"Looks like Marsa's finally on the move. Or at least," Setsuri laughs over at Kaiun, "she's woken up."
"It seems to be the case."
"How about it?" Suwako turns her head back to the man. She then looks over at Sanae. "Before you ask, I do think it'll be safe for little Aki to be with them. Much safer than being alone or with you, I'm guessing. Especially if you get into a fight."
"Wait, can't I just go home?" Akikazu glances at everyone again. Then, he thinks to himself with a fist to his chin. "Oh, wait?."
"You probably just got spirited, kid." Setsuri says. "However you came through, it's not here anymore."
"That's what I'm talking about." The boy extends his palms outward. "I didn't get spirited away. I did everything just like I did before?."
Kaiun blinks, while everyone else stares at the source of the words. Before the surprise completely sets in, Kaiun speaks first.
"I assume your offer stands?" He looks over at Suwako, whose eyes stuck open no matter how long she froze. She closes her eyes, then turns her head to Kaiun.
"-Yes, that would only be fair, wouldn't it?"
"Wait, Aki, what did you mean??"
"Leave it, Sanae." Suwako interrupts the shrine maiden. "I think you should prepare to head out soon. Of course, that'll still depend on whether or not Aki's going with you, or with them."
Setsuri grabs the man's attention.
"We're really going to take the kid? he'll just slow us down, won't he?"
"As practical as always." Kaiun speaks out loud. "But so are information and people."
With a relenting sigh, the older shrine maiden shrugs. "Whatever you say. I'll trust you."
Time passes as we deliberate on our course of action. Not that there is a strict limit on our time, but we must recognize that others move as we do. Whether others? actions may have good or bad consequences is unknown. We must keep that in mind, as I'm sure Setsuri realizes by now. There may be obstacles to face after this point. Many humans and youkai may have noticed the incident by now. We'll be spending more time at each location if so.
Kaiun looks over at Akikazu, who bows to the man.
"Nice to meet you, sir. If I'm going to go with you, I want to let you know I can't fight. But?I'm sure I can help in other ways! And I'll stay out of trouble!"
I don't know if Setsuri knows, but this boy is more intelligent than he appears. If he indeed did find a way to come to Gensokyo on his own'that alone should speak for itself. But one thing I am certain Setsuri hasn't thought of yet is the degree of Akikazu's involvement with this incident. Not in terms of being a culprit or his existence being a factor, but rather if his being here is entirely coincidental. The truth may be simple. But that doesn't mean there is more than one truth running concurrent to another. And to reiterate, the boy himself is quite shrewd. He may exhibit the traits of a young boy his age, but that does not subtract from his value as an individual.
"It would help out. If you took him with you guys." Suwako says as Kaiun nods.
Let's not forget about that, either. More than a matter of information are the repercussions of dealing with her. I don't think it's anything major. Setsuri may have sensed something abnormal, but I don't think it will affect us during this incident or in the future. The more decisive variable is knowing where else we can go to investigate. If the people we are looking for are still moving around Gensokyo, it may help if we have another place to go for clues. We may even run into one of them. Though at this point, I don't think that would be a likely case at all.
"I guess?if you two are as strong as you look," Sanae takes a deep breath, "then it would be alright for Aki to go with you. He would be much safer than anything else, I admit."
"I'll try not to cause trouble!"
 Accept Suwako's proposal and bring Aki with you.
 Decline Suwako's proposal and leave Aki with Sanae.