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“Then I’ll help you," you say.
"You will?" Daiki's ecstatic, arms up to her chest in glee.
Daiki—she’s a good girl too, ain’t she? Looks like you lucked out by accepting Hieda’s request because you got yourself a bundle of cuteness wrapped up neatly in cat form.
“Hey, cat,” you say, waving her towards you. “C’mere.”
“What?” She inches forward until she’s about an arm’s length away.
“Closer.” You wait until Daiki’s a few faces away to wrap an arm around her back, pulling her in. With your other hand, you stroke her hair, to which she blankly stares up at you.
“...What?” She looks like she’s at a loss as to what to do, her tail swishing slowly as she stands still. But hey, she’s not trying to break free, so you must be doing something right. You never know with cats, huh?
“Good girl, good girl.”
“Daiki is not a dog. This cat does not need your… petting. But,” the cat pauses, as if to consider a thought, “she will allow it. After all, she can tell that you are feeling—what is the word… ah—wistful. So she will tolerate it.”
“Me? Wistful?” You almost laugh. Awfully perceptive, this cat. “Who are ya kidding, kitty?”
“It is not a joke,” she says. “This cat, she can feel the emotions of those around her, and those around her can feel hers, too. That is her power.”
“You mean your power isn’t to make others sleepy?”
Daiki moves aside to place both hands on her chest, the same as when she took down the youkai. Then she closes her eyes. You expect her to start glowing or something magical like that, but nothing happens. No ominous wind, no levitation, nada. You do, however, feel something foreign touching at your spirit. It’s similar to the power she used when she made the monster go to sleep, but it’s a little different this time.
You shrug. “I feel it, but it doesn’t seem like anything’s changed?”
“Whoa.” Reimu must feel something because she’s grinning, widely so. “That’s amazing. I feel great.”
“That’s because this cat—she is happy.” Daiki lets herself have a tiny smile. “When this cat is sad, she can make others sad with her. And if she is tired, then she can make others tired, too. But happiness—this is what she wants to share. Though she is disappointed that the wolf cannot feel her joy. Strange. Even youkai are affected by her power.”
“I appreciate that effort. But I think I know why your power doesn’t work on me.”
“Can you keep a secret?” You wink over to the cat.
“I’m actually a god. Might be too powerful for your puny abilities, or something like that.”
“Oh.” Not quite the reaction you were looking for, but you’ll take it.
“But hey, even if I’m a god, maybe your power did work,” you say, chuckling. “Because I’m in a real good mood again, see?"
"Soooo," you drawl real casually, "now that I know your power, I want to test something.”
“Hmm?” Daiki tilts her head.
Consume, consume, never stop, eternal, take what’s undeservedly mine, take it all, all for—
“Do you feel that?” you say.
“Feel what?” she asks.
You shake your head and smile. “Nothing.”