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Night’s about to hit. And you know what that means: dinner time. You’d love to swing around town and investigate, but you can’t do that on an empty stomach, right? At least, that’s what you’ll tell yourself when you go check out the food stalls.
You wiggle your fingers goodbye. “I’ll see you later, Hieda. Or maybe not, who knows?”
“Just leave already,” she groans. “And, by the way, it’s Akyuu, thanks for asking.”
“My name,” Hieda says, folding her arms.
“Ain’t gonna remember it, Hieda-poo. Also, don’t write about me, 'kay? Not yet, at least.”
She sends you off wearily. “You’ve been saying that for a thousand years already, Hakurou.”
You’re escorted back to the manor entrance by the servants, but really, “escorted” is a loose description of what they did. They were at least twenty paces ahead and frequently looked back at you. Man, is this what the world’s come to? Awful service and treatment just because you ripped a chunk of the wall off? But you’ll let them go for now—you have plenty of chances in the future to get on their good side.
Once you’re outside, you make a sharp left deeper into the village, pulling Tewi along. You think about hiding your ears and tail, but that’d be way too much work. Plus, it’s nice being the center of attention—even if it’s behind hushed whispers and waaay too much staring. But you think they’ve gotten more rude since you came here—they’re now running away into houses and shutting their doors closed. Isn’t that a bit too much? You didn’t even do anything yet!
Well, whatever. At least there’s still food. You find the most suspicious stall, and, braving the new frontier, you take a step in its direction. Whoever is fanning out the smell of freshly cut pork is doing a fine job.
“Hakurou.” Tewi nudges you with her elbow. “What are you doing?”
“You’re investigating ‘Ninomiya’s Food’?”
“Yeah,” you say, unwavering. “You can feel it too, right? Something is off.”
“That’s just the smell of food in the air,” she says.
“You know me too well. But it’s too late.” You take her hand with both of hers and start dragging her towards the stall. “We’re going to eat and drink and have a merry time, and you can’t stop me!”
“Do you even have money?”
You stop dragging her and let go. “M-Money?”
She rubs her thumb and index finger together. “Money.”
“Well, I was thinking we eat, and if they ask, I growl at them until they stop asking.”
Tewi gives you an efficient glare, turning up both the irritation and the disappointment. “What about ‘being nicer to humans’?”
“Uh.” Damn the humans and their shiny metal circles, preventing you from getting food in your belly. You check your person for any valuables. Aside from your odachi and the clothes on your back, you have nothing.
“...I can barter,” you say, touching the scabbard of your odachi.
“You’re going to trade a sword for a meal.”
“Two meals, plus drinks… maybe?”
“You’re so useless.” Tewi giggles. “Maybe next time, try finding a way to eat without resorting to threats?”
“Easier said than done.”
“Tell you what, I’ll help out.” Tewi prances over to the stall, motioning for you to follow. She hops onto a stool and shouts, “Ninomiya!”
Three heads turn. Two ladies look over to the rabbit and stare quizzically before the man further inside the stall waves them aside. He rushes over, a broad smile on his face. The guy’s built like a bull—dude has hulking shoulders and a thick neck. You’d think the guy was a woodworker, but he’s behind a counter instead.
“Inaba!” He slaps the table, laughing heartily. “How long do I have to keep telling you to call me Kousuke? We’re all Ninomiya, so it confuses the girls!”
“Right, right,” she chuckles. “How’s business?”
“Booming, thanks to you!”
“Me? Shucks. I didn’t do anything.”
“Heck, don’t be so modest! And—” His eyes fall to you. “Whoa!”
“Yeah, I know.” You flash your best human-impressing smile. “‘What a sight for sore eyes!’ right?”
“Hah!” He grins. “Who’s your joker friend?”
“He’s… um.” Tewi looks to you for help.
[ ] “Wolf tengu detective Shirou Amatsuya, at your service.”
[ ] “Friendly youkai, Fumiya Hidetaka.”
[ ] “Masaaki Kunyomi. Just the coolest wanderer around.”
[ ] No introductions needed. Just waggle your eyebrows at him.
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