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199530 No. 199530
“That’d be nice,” you say. This is where you’d don a pipe and forlornly look to the sky. But you don’t have a pipe, and you’d look silly staring at the roof. You wonder, though, how different it would be if you lived in a world that didn’t hate you—but you don’t dwell on it for long. There’s no use dreaming about what could have been. What can you do anyway? Change yourself? Hah, good one. Gods don’t change. People do.

Hieda’s definitely miffed because she doesn’t like your answer. Real hard to please, that woman. “Don’t make it seem like it’s not your problem,” she says.

“But it’s not?” you reply. “Why should I care about humans think about me?”

“Because you’re a god. Really, is it too difficult for you to stop acting so detached about everything? Don’t you suppose that life would be a lot easier if you stopped trying to alienate every human you come in contact with?”

“Nah. Because that’s how I am. It’s my nature.”

“She’s right, though,” adds Tewi. “Some humans are okay. Especially the kinds that you can sucker into doing something dumb.”

“I especially don’t like those types of humans.”

“You’re implacable,” Hieda says with a sigh, propping herself up with a hand on the desk.

“Then what do you think I should do, Tewi?”

“You’re putting the responsibility on me?” the rabbit says incredulously, taking a step back.

You take a step towards her, not letting her retreat. “Aren’t you my current priestess? You gotta shoulder some difficulties for me.”

She’s—?” Hieda, in her fit of surprise, lets her hand slip out from below her chin, catching herself just before she loses her balance. “She’s your priestess?”

“Yeah. What did you think she was?”

“I—I don’t know.” She tilts her head slightly, losing herself in thought. “Your moral support?”

“You’re not too far off on that one.” Tewi then points to you. “So, if I get to decide, why not try and be a little nicer to humans? I mean, it can’t hurt to at least make an attempt?”

You shrug. “Sure, but I won’t make any promises.”

“Then why not start now?” Hieda cooks up a real schemin’ grin. “Lately, there’s been some rumors about a certain ‘something’ that goes around at night and terrorizes the people in the village. From what I recall, items have been reported missing or broken, and small creatures have been killed.”

“Why not ask your local shrine maiden?”

“Reimu says that it’s probably ‘no big deal’ and told me to stop bothering her.”

“If it’s not a big deal to her, why do I have to?”

“Because you said you’re going to try and be nice.”

Oh, yeah. Right.

[ ] Help out.
[ ] Tell Reimu to do something about the problem.
[ ] Nah, you’re not interested. You’ll find a way to be nice without having to work for it.

Time remaining: :: Timer ended at: 2018/11/05(Mon)07:00

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>> No. 199532
[x] Help out.
>> No. 199533
[x] Help out.

You lazy fuck, do it.
>> No. 199535
[x] Help out.

good publicity games are a go
>> No. 199537
[x] Help out.
>> No. 199538
[X] Help out.

Need to build up some good PR first before the blood sacrifices resume.
>> No. 199539
Late, but previous thread: >>196629
>> No. 199540
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199540
“Okay. Out of the kindness of my heart, I’ll help out. Good for you, Hieda, since there’s a god as great and magnanimous as me around.” You blow Hieda a little kiss, to which she swats away as if it were a mosquito.

“You’re lucky I had no other options because, trust me, I would’ve went to them already.” She, seeing that you left her chair open, secures her spot before you could steal it again. “Anyway, I think we’re done here. Any more of you, and I think I’ll go mad. You’re not good for the heart—for both me and my servants.”

“But this time, I only broke a wall—and not all of it, too!” you whine. “Compared to the other time when I accidentally killed you, this is waaay better, right?”

“Any guest that thinks that smashing their arm through my wall is a good idea is still a nuisance. You can’t downplay it just because you’ve killed me before.”

“Just let it go, Hieda. You can’t keep holding a grudge just because you died a little sooner than you should’ve. Twice.”

“Just—” She forces herself to breathe slowly. Inhales in through the nose then out through the mouth. Apparently, you’re not good for her blood pressure either. “Just leave already. And take your box of whatever-it-is, too.”

Tewi arches up an eyebrow. “You mean, you don’t know what’s inside?”

“No. I don’t.” Hieda grips her booklet tightly, her hand quivering as she closes her eyes. Then, she reopens them to narrow her eyes at you. “And, after taking care of it for hundreds of years, naturally, I was curious. Hakurou told me I shouldn’t dare opening it. But I had to. I couldn’t resist. At the end of my fifth lifespan, I peeled back one of the talismans. And do you know what I got? Twenty-four hours of being plagued with retching, bleeding through the eyes, and feeling like I was poisoned by an entire coil of snakes before I died. So, indirectly, I ended up being killed by Hakurou three times.”

“To be fair, you were asking for it that time,” you say. “I told you that you’d be wishing that you’d never tried opening it in the first place. Now, if I were the old me, I would’ve cursed your entire lineage and every one of your subsequent reincarnations, but that would’ve been in bad taste. You got off easy, methinks.”

“So let me get this straight: You basically threatened her to hold onto something for a thousand years, and you punished her for it?”

“N-No?”

Hieda and Tewi stare at you blankly.

“Okay, yes,” you confess, “but that’s because you two know how I am with humans. I didn’t know how to talk to them at the time. Plus, I needed to leave it somewhere safe, and I thought, ‘Reincarnating girl’s place? Probably a good idea.’ Anyway, if you want to know, what’s inside the box, then it’s just my raiments. Happy?”

“A thousand years of waiting just to find out that I was a living closet.” Hieda slumps her shoulders in defeat. “You, out. And you too, Inaba, by extension.”

“Okay,” you say. “I’ll let you know if you got any more tsukumogamis up and about in your pad.”

Tewi waves goodbye, a rather complex smile on her face. “We’ll probably come again. Just a warning in advance.”

“Great,” Hieda moans.

So you got a case. Looks like your target’s gonna be around at night, so you have a little time to kill. It’s still evening, so you have maybe an hour or two before the sun sets.

[ ] Go around and investigate the food stalls.
[ ] Go around and actually investigate.
[ ] Secure the border of the Human Village
>> No. 199541
It's almost 4 A.M. here but I got two updates out. Not gonna lie, I don't know if I missed any typos, so, if they exist, pretend they don't. No new timer needed: I'm still going to try and meet my update deadline before it ends. \NANOWRIMO/
>> No. 199542
[x] Go around and investigate the food stalls.

Hungry wolf? I'd read a story about that.
>> No. 199543
[X] Go around and investigate the food stalls.
>> No. 199546
[X] Secure the border of the Human Village
Might as well
>> No. 199548
[x] Go around and investigate the food stalls.

Can't go doing too much good right off the bat.
>> No. 199549
[x] Secure the border of the Human Village
>> No. 199566
[X] Go around and investigate the food stalls.

Spin it as interfacing with local HUMIT sources.
>> No. 199569
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199569
The Cursed White Wolf
Hakurou

Ability: The ability to create curses
Threat level: Very high
Human friendship level: Very low
Main place of activity: None

____________________________________

A self-proclaimed god with no home. Unlike other gods, he does not require a shrine to hold physical form. There is much speculation as to why, but no theories have been proven to be true yet.
____________________________________

“Hakurou” seems to be the amalgamation of different gods, but this is not confirmed. Myths have stated that the original had devoured other gods who now reside in him. However, he remains an elusive god and, due to the unreliable nature of Hakurou and his worshipers, nothing is truly confirmed.
_____________________________________

He has the ability to control curses. Compare with Suwako Moriya, who has the power to control curse gods. In theory, this may seem rather similar but consider that Suwako must act as a mediator for the curse gods, whereas Hakurou can freely manipulate curses at will.
_____________________________________

There has been mention that Hakurou once took on the form of a wolf, but there is little evidence that confirms this, so again, it remains a rumor. For the last thousand years, he took on a form of a wolf youkai, similar to a white wolf tengu, with silver-white hair, bright crimson eyes, wolfish ears, and a thick-haired tail.
_____________________________________

His personality is unreliable at best and intimidating at worst. This seems to fluctuate with his mood. If he speaks first and spouts meaningless jokes, he is most likely in a good mood. When he is in a bad mood, he will remain silent until spoken to and will always maintain direct eye contact. Beware when he smiles and bares his teeth.
_____________________________________


_____________________________________

Ability
_____________________________________

His ability to curse rivals or even exceeds that of the Mishagujis. It seems as if the afflictions are to his choosing, and the symptoms of the curse cannot be cured by conventional medicine, even if it seems as if it were a common illness.
_____________________________________

Unrelated to his ability, he also has demonstrated the capability to blow gale-force winds like older tengu can.
_____________________________________


_____________________________________

Countermeasures
_____________________________________

Be on your guard since he behaves erratically. Common sense will not help you.
_____________________________________

It is actually unlikely that he will target you as long as you keep quiet and do not attract attention to yourself.
_____________________________________

For your best interest, do not mention anything about shrine maidens.
_____________________________________

Despite his malicious ability, he is rather reluctant to use it.
_____________________________________

If you manage to anger him, try to entertain him. He is easily amused, so throw aside your dignity and do something absurd. However, do not tell him a bad joke, as it will only make him even more upset.
_____________________________________

Despite his low level of friendship with humans, he is rather amicable to those that do not slight him.
>> No. 199570
I was meaning to get this out along with a full-sized update, but I couldn't spare the time today. See you all tomorrow.

Time remaining: :: Timer ended at: 2018/11/06(Tue)07:00

>> No. 199575
[X] Go around and investigate the food stalls.

Delicious food always brings suspicious persons, trust me.
>> No. 199576
[x] Go around and actually investigate.

Trying to make this God useful is like pulling teeth, god.

And, technically, Reimu is also a priestesses of him.
>> No. 199580
[X] Go around and investigate the food stalls.
>> No. 199583
[x] Go around and actually investigate.
>> No. 199596
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199596
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.”

“What is?”

“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?”

“I’m investigating.”

“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.

Time remaining: :: Timer ended at: 2018/11/07(Wed)07:00

>> No. 199598
[X] “Wolf tengu detective Shirou Amatsuya, at your service.”

Time to get in character and investigate the fuck outta this food stall!
>> No. 199599
[x] “Wolf tengu detective Shirou Amatsuya, at your service.”

how many names can he give in one story?
>> No. 199602
[x] No introductions needed. Just waggle your eyebrows at him.

Giving false names is not exactly conductive to gaining followers for yourself. If Planescape has taught me anything is that this kind of thing can have some weird repercussions.
>> No. 199604
[x] No introductions needed. Just waggle your eyebrows at him.

This is so fucking stupid, I love it.
>> No. 199609
[x] No introductions needed. Just waggle your eyebrows at him.

We are now the god of eyebrow waggling
>> No. 199618
[x] “Wolf tengu detective Shirou Amatsuya, at your service.”

Faux-noir time? Faux-noir time.
>> No. 199622
[x] No introductions needed. Just waggle your eyebrows at him.

And he better have a witty follow up or else it's cursin time.
>> No. 199624
[x] No introductions needed. Just waggle your eyebrows at him.

Clearly, this is all that needs to be said.
>> No. 199633
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199633
You don’t say anything, but instead you just waggle your eyebrows at him.

The man lowers his gaze and puts a hand to his stomach, bending down slightly. Then he explodes laughing, holding onto his gut for dear life. He’s dying, and all you had to do is wiggle your eyebrows a little. Man’s easily amused, ain’t he? You almost feel bad because he has to stop himself by covering his mouth with his arm, hiccups of laughter still slipping through.

When he’s able to breathe, Kousuke pats Tewi on the shoulder. “Oh, man. I can’t believe it. The Inaba, finally nabbed herself a man! An absolute riot, too!”

“Oh, he’s not my—” Tewi says, before you cut her off by tapping your knee with hers. She looks down to stare under the counter for a brief moment before she continues. “—sorry. I thought I saw something. Anyway, as I was saying, yeah, I’m surprised too. Guess it was fate.”

“Really? Fate?” He guffaws. “I’d never thought the day would come when I’d hear ya blab about’cher man and fate.”

“Me too,” she says, throwing a quick glance your way.

“But enough talk. I’m sure you aren’t here to have a nice chat.” He hands over a menu to both of you. “What’ll you two have? It’s on the house, as long as you don’t order everything.”

“I’ll get whatever this is,” you say, pointing to the only printed image on the menu. It looks like rice and something else, but you can’t tell what it is because the image quality isn’t great. Works for you though—it’ll surprise you. “And sake, if you have any.”

Tewi, without looking at the menu, says, “Just some miso soup and mochi.”

“And sake,” you add.

“Got it! Lucky you—business is slow at this time, so it’ll just be a moment.”

“But it’s evening,” you point out. “What about dinner time?”

Kousuke’s smile somewhat falters. “People in the village usually have an early dinner nowadays—way before the sun sets. There’s been nasty rumors circling around about a monster roamin’ about. Now’s about the time I’d close up shop too, but I saw Inaba. Can’t turn down an old friend of mine, ya know? Plus, you got that sword hanging around your waist, so I figured you could use that thing in the worst case scenario.”

“Right, right,” you say as you tap the odachi’s hilt. “So what have been people saying about this monster?”

“What’s confirmed are three things: One, it likes to smear blood on the walls of buildings. Seems like it mostly stays near the north side of the village that faces the lake, so the food stalls were mostly spared. Two, some signs looked to be scratched up. Had some deep-looking claw marks. And three, a bunch of dead animals started appearing around the border of the village. Ranged from birds, to snakes, to a full-sized deer.”

“So… it’s a cat. A big cat.”

“That’s what I said to the other folk!” He laughs. “Anyway, I’ll be back with your food soon.”

Tewi waits until Kousuke is out of earshot. “So? What do you think?”

“I’m thinkin’ that maybe I should’ve gotten something else—I don’t even know what I ordered. What if I hate it? That would be such a waste.”

“Uh-huh. And about the monster?”

“It’s definitely a big cat.”

Tewi shakes her head. “I meant how dangerous it is.”

[ ] “It's probably harmless. After all, it's never laid a hand on humans so far.”
[ ] “Even you could beat it.”
[ ] “Won’t be dangerous to me, at least.”
[ ] “Can't be sure until I see it in person.”


Time remaining: :: Timer ended at: 2018/11/08(Thu)08:00

>> No. 199634
>didn't start writing until right before the timer is about to end
Yeah, let's never do that again.
>> No. 199635
[X] “Can't be sure until I see it in person.”

Safest option.
>> No. 199636
[x] “Can't be sure until I see it in person.”

lets maybe not go too arrogant when the sake isn't even here yet
>> No. 199637
[x]“Won’t be dangerous to me, at least.”

Nothing a little curse on it and its progeny can't solve.
>> No. 199638
[x] “It's probably harmless. After all, it's never laid a hand on humans so far.”

Is it leaving dead animals as a "gift"? Youkai usually eat them and villagers too.
>> No. 199640
[x] “Can't be sure until I see it in person.”

Don't underestimate the unknown.
>> No. 199641
[x] “Even you could beat it.”

jerkass option
>> No. 199642
[X] “Can't be sure until I see it in person.”

D E V E L O P M E N T
>> No. 199643
[x] “Won’t be dangerous to me, at least.”

Let’s be a little cocky.
>> No. 199645
[x] “Won’t be dangerous to me, at least.”

And that's why it's us taking care of the issue. This is the kind of thing humans stress over, not Gods.
>> No. 199651
[X] “Can't be sure until I see it in person.”
>> No. 199652
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199652
You don’t think that this monster, whatever it is, will be a problem, but your big ego has gotten you killed before, so maybe you should be a responsible god for once and exercise some caution. You don’t know how successful you’ll be at being careful, given that it’s hard enough to act nice of all things, but you’ll at least try.

“Can't be sure until I see it in person.” You wonder what kind of cat it’ll be. You heard there was a tiger in the area—not that you think that it’s actually a tiger, but you can hope, right? And, if it isn’t a cat, the monster will have to face your wrath—or maybe just your disappointment. Really, either can subdue a monster.

Your ears twitch as a girl comes waltzing through the noren dividers and takes a seat next to you. She’s got brown hair and eyes that match. Girl’s a real cutie, but she loses mega points for her outfit. The red dress and green cap make her look like one of those gaudy signs at a red light district, especially because she’s about as tall as one. Most importantly—

“Um. W-What?” The girl probably noticed you drilling a hole into her with your eyes. Too bad, though, because you’re about to make things real uncomfortable.

“Excuse me,” you say, as you lean over her and take a big whiff.

The ladies behind the counter start squawking, and the girl who sat next to you does her best to imitate a broken record.

“Wha-wha-wha-wha—!”

“Yep. I knew it.” You grin and snatch away her hat, revealing a set of ears underneath. “You’re a cat.

She hastily swipes her mob-cap back. “So what! I—I just wanted to get some food while I was tracking down the monster around here! Just because you humans don’t like us doesn’t mean that—” She trails off as she looks over to you, fixating her gaze heavily on your ears. Her eyes widen, and then her eyes widen some more as they shift over to Tewi, who gives her a pitiful smile and a wave. “Um.”

“A rabbit, a wolf, and a cat walk into a food stall.”

“Don’t say any more,” the cat mumbles miserably.

“So, what’s up with you terrorizing the village?”

“Me?” She looks offended. “No, no, I didn’t do it. In fact, I’m trying to help. That rumored monster's giving the rest of us bakeneko a bad name. I used to come around the village without a hat, but nowadays everyone screams and runs! They think it’s me just because I’m a nekomata! Can you believe that? So I’m here working hard to set the record straight.”

Kousuke comes back with food and drink, sliding you a tray with a heaping bowl of rice, half-filled with stock and nimono. On the side are slabs of thickly sliced pork—bless this human. This is what you wanted to eat all along—and you’re not saying that just because it’s in front of you now.

"Another one of your companions?" he asks the rabbit.

"No, I'm not that popular."

The cat calls to Kousuke as he’s passing a tray over to Tewi. “Mister! Smoked salmon on rice for me!”

“Got it!” he shouts before disappearing to the back of the stall.

“Working hard, huh?” you say to the girl. “All I see is a cat checking out the food stalls.”

“Then what are you doing here?”

“Coincidentally, I’m also investigating the rumored ‘monster’ that’s been showing up recently."

The girl’s eyes light up. “So what you’re saying is that we should team up?”

Tewi puts a hand over your shoulder and leans over you. “But, like you, catty, what he was really doing was checking out the food stalls.”

[ ] A cat should be able to find another cat. That’s how they work, right?
[ ] This cat’s cramping your style.


Time remaining: :: Timer ended at: 2018/11/09(Fri)08:00

>> No. 199653
>>199652
[X] A cat should be able to find another cat. That’s how they work, right?
A cat is fine too.
>> No. 199654
[X] A cat should be able to find another cat. That’s how they work, right?

CHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEN
>> No. 199656
[X] A cat should be able to find another cat. That’s how they work, right?

ANSWER IS CHEN
>> No. 199657
[X] A cat should be able to find another cat. That’s how they work, right?

Pretty sure that's how they work, yeah.
>> No. 199659
[ ] A cat should be able to find another cat. That’s how they work, right?

Honk.
>> No. 199662
THE BLACK CAT

[X] A cat should be able to find another cat. That’s how they work, right?


OF ILL OMEN
>> No. 199663
[x] A cat should be able to find another cat. That’s how they work, right?
We’ve got a bun. Let’s add a cat to the harem.
>> No. 199665
[X] A cat should be able to find another cat. That’s how they work, right?

A cat is fine, too.
>> No. 199666
[x] A cat should be able to find another cat. That’s how they work, right?

Cats and gods. I mean dogs. Mass hysteria.
>> No. 199669
[x] A cat should be able to find another cat. That’s how they work, right?
>> No. 199679
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199679
“Sure. You’re in as long as I can get some of that salmon you ordered.”

“But, but! It’s mine...” The cat lowers her head, crossing her arms as she mulls it over. Then, with a defeated exhale, she says, “Fine. But we’re really a team now! You can’t go back on your word!”

“Alright. I’m counting on you, since a cat should be able to find another cat. That’s how they work, right?”

“N-No,” she says. “That’s not how we work.”

“Then what are you good for?”

She stops to think. “Fighting?”

“I don’t need any help with that. But what you can do for me is something only you can do. Since you’re a nekomata, you can help me deal with the cat. Maybe talk it down if it’s aggressive.” You doubt you’ll really need her assistance because she doesn’t seem very capable, but if anything, it’ll be amusing to take her along for the ride.

“And what if it’s not a cat?” says Tewi.

It’s definitely a cat. But you’ve just started eating, and you don’t want to bother explaining when you’re busy stuffing yourself with pork and rice. “You explain, cat,” you say in between mouthfuls to the nekomata.

“M-Me?” she says.

“Yeah. You’ve already figured it out, right?”

“Um.” She collects her thoughts. Seriously, it’s so fun watching her squirm. “It’s nocturnal, so that’s already a big hint. And the monster kills pests—I think it’s been confirmed that it’s been killing birds and mice.”

“And snakes and deer,” Tewi adds. “If you can even call deer ‘pests.’”

You slam down the rest of the rice. Good. You’re not starving anymore—just hungry. “So those are good reasons and all, but that’s all conjecture. She is right, though—it is a cat. And how I figured it out was easy.” You tap your nose. “Even before this cat sat next to me, I smelled the nekomata stink from a mile away.”

“Stink?” The girl grabs the hem of her collar and sniffs at it. “I don’t smell bad, do I?”

“You don’t smell bad—in fact, it’s quite the opposite. You smell delicious. But also, you smell just like a nekomata. So I knew you were a cat before I knew, well, you.”

“‘Delicious,’ he says.” The girl worriedly looks over to the rabbit.

“Just ignore him when he says or does anything weird. Which is, by the way, all the time.” Tewi then turns to you. “Now that’s great and all—that you like smelling cat girls—but it still doesn’t explain why you know the monster is a cat.”

“Our monster is more than just a cat—it’s a nekomata, to be exact. I smelled two of them lurking around the village. One is accounted for. Smells faintly like flowers. The other one? Smells like animal blood.”

The sound of humans shouting in the distance breaks the relatively peaceful evening-bled night. Tewi, the cat, and you all turn your heads towards the noise. Seems like it’s on the other side of the village. Though you can’t make out what exactly is going on, it’s probably not anything good.

“Speak of the devil!” The cat claps. “Let’s go!”

“But what about the salmon?” you ask, but she’s already outta there. For all that contemplating about sharing the salmon, she sure forgot about it easily.

And, the thing is, the other cat—not the cat that just left—is quickly approaching the stall. Man, you really should’ve asked for the first cat’s name. Too many cats prowling about.

[ ] Go to the commotion and find Cat One. Tell the staff to hide the meat and save the salmon for when you get back.
[ ] Stay here and defend the smoked salmon from Cat Two. Food stall livelihood is at stake here.


Time remaining: :: Timer ended at: 2018/11/10(Sat)08:00

>> No. 199681
[X] Stay here and defend the smoked salmon from Cat Two. Food stall livelihood is at stake here.

That is our salmon now and to let another take it would be a terrible blow to our prestige.
>> No. 199682
[X] Stay here and defend the smoked salmon from Cat Two. Food stall livelihood is at stake here.

What tastes better, nekomata or smoked salmon?
>> No. 199683
[X] Stay here and defend the smoked salmon from Cat Two. Food stall livelihood is at stake here.

Teach a...cat to fish...?
>> No. 199685
[X] Stay here and defend the smoked salmon from Cat Two. Food stall livelihood is at stake here.

I want to believe this was all an elaborate plan to lure the cat towards us instead of having to chase it around the town all day... But this is Hakurou we're talking about.
>> No. 199686
[x] Go to the commotion and find Cat One. Tell the staff to hide the meat and save the salmon for when you get back.

if we do well enough, they might give us more salmon as a reward
>> No. 199691
[x] Go to the commotion and find Cat One. Tell the staff to hide the meat and save the salmon for when you get back.

If our Target comes directly towards us, that means it is innocent. It's basic storytelling logic, y'know?
>> No. 199696
[x] Stay here and defend the smoked salmon from Cat Two. Food stall livelihood is at stake here.

No point trying to herd cats together.
>> No. 199698
[X] Stay here and defend the smoked salmon from Cat Two. Food stall livelihood is at stake here.

if she wants salmon she's gonna have to share, part of that was promised to us
>> No. 199700
[x] Go to the commotion and find Cat One. Tell the staff to hide the meat and save the salmon for when you get back.
Orinrin dance party?
>> No. 199711
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There’s no way that you’re giving up your smoked salmon—after all, Cat One promised you that she’d give you some. And if Cat Two wants to put up a fight for it, then she’s in for a world of hurt. Plus, you should also protect the food stall. There’s not much point coming to the village if the only food stall who’ll treat you for free gets ransacked. Ninomiya’s Food should be thankful. It’s not often that you provide protection for humans.

“Are you going to follow her?” asks Tewi, just starting on her miso soup.

“Nah. Lucky for us, the cat—the one we’re trying to find—is coming straight for us. Or maybe the food stall. Either way, we can just sit here and look pretty until the monster shows up.”

“But what about the other cat? You know, the one that’s a part of our ‘team’?”

“We’ll find her later.”

“Should I go find her? I think you can handle this alone, right?”

“Nah,” you say, though it’s much a surprise to you as it is to Tewi. “Don’t go.”

Tewi, who was moments away from walking off, re-seats herself and stares at you with a hitched eyebrow. “What’s the problem?”

“Uh. I don’t know. I just got some wicked deja vu, maybe. But in any case, we’ll find her later. Right now, I gotta keep my eyes on the prize. We’re gonna hunt a big cat.”

“You mean that you’re going to hunt a big cat. I’m going to keep eating.”

“Can’t you at least fire a luck beam at me or something?” you ask, to which she responds by ignoring you and returning to her soup.

“Smoked salmon here!” Kousuke shouts. He finds himself returning to an empty seat so naturally, he turns to you with a puzzled expression. “Uh?”

“She’ll be back, but I advise you to hold onto the salmon for now. A youkai is coming, and it’s the cat we’re talking about.”

“It is?” The man wildly jumps behind the counter, almost throwing the smoked salmon into the ground. Thankfully, he has good hands and catches the dish before it tips and splats onto the floor. He shouts at the girls working their stations to come hole up inside the stall. “You, uh—heh, you can keep us safe, right?”

“No worries,” you say, resting a hand on your odachi’s hilt. You can smell it. The nekomata’s close. Ten second passes. Then a minute. Then five minutes, and then Tewi finishes her meal, looking at you sorely disappointed-like.

“Is it coming?” Kousuke whispers from underneath the grill.

“It’s still close,” you say.

Kousuke replies with a solid thud, and several utensils go flying into the air before they land with a clatter. You sneak a look over the counter. The guy’s face down on the ground, taking a spontaneous beauty nap. Several thuds echo the first, and suddenly, all the humans around start the playing-dead exhibition. You’d think they’re really dead, but Kousuke’s loud snoring gives it away.

“Tewi.”

“Hmm?”

“Am I being pranked?”

A figure shoots out from above and tries to jump over the counter. You, however, stand firmly between it and the humans, causing the thing to leap back.

“Guess not.” You size up the nekomata. Her skin tells a story—she has several scars all over, the most distinct one crossing right below her left eye. None look too shallow, though they’re all mostly sewn up. On her head, she has two twitchy black ears with hair and a tail that matches her black color. On its tail is a charming red ribbon. Cute, but you’d think it’d be cuter if she wore clothes along with it.

Her ears twitch as you take a step forward and maintain eye contact. Two ruby eyes match yours, much to your surprise. Bakeneko usually shrink away from direct eye contact, but this one held a level gaze—at least, until it yawns.


[ ] “So you’re here for the fish, too?”
[ ] “I’ll fight you for the salmon.”
[ ] Yawn back aggressively.
[ ] You bet you could pet her and get away with it.
>> No. 199712
[X] Yawn back aggressively.

I want to see this interaction devolve into Hakuro going on an old man rant about how today's youth clothing is an insult to all their ancestors stood for.
>> No. 199713
[x] You bet you could pet her and get away with it.

SECRET HANDSHAKE GO
>> No. 199714
NO TIMER I HAVE A PLANE TO CATCH TODAY. I DON'T KNOW WHEN NEXT UPDATE IS BUT WORST CASE SCENARIO, IT'S GONNA BE TUESDAY. FUCK
>> No. 199716
[X] Yawn back aggressively.
>> No. 199717
[X] You bet you could pet her and get away with it.
touch fluffy tail
>> No. 199718
[x] You bet you could pet her and get away with it.

That sounds like the ideal way to subdue a cat.
>> No. 199719
>>199714
You're going to need a big net

[x] You bet you could pet her and get away with it
>> No. 199720
[X] Yawn back aggressively.
>> No. 199721
[x] Yawn back aggressively.
>> No. 199722
[x] You bet you could pet her and get away with it.
Fluff touch.
>> No. 199724
[x] You bet you could pet her and get away with it.

Tuch cat
>> No. 199726
[x] You bet you could pet her and get away with it.

A master of the Way of Ear Scritches can calm a cat in seconds.
>> No. 199738
[X] Yawn back aggressively.

Yawning means something to cats but fuck if I remember what.
>> No. 199740
>>199738

You're right. I totally forgot about that. I don't wanna google it and spoil the surprise so let's hope OP helps jog our memory.
>> No. 199744
>>199740
Cursory google search says it's a sign of affection.

[X] Yawn back aggressively.
>> No. 199750
[X] Yawn back aggressively.
>> No. 199753
>>199744
>I don't wanna google it and spoil the surprise so let's hope OP helps jog our memory.

Wow anon, I bet you'd get stabbed in an antarctic research facility.
>> No. 199757
[X] Yawn back aggressively.

I break this tie like Moses broke the jews across the desert, or something.
>> No. 199758
ALRIGHT, CALLED. Almost back home, so updates will resume soon.
>> No. 199763
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You suck in air until your face gets tingly. Then, opening your mouth, you blast a yawn straight at the cat. The ground quakes in deference, dust settling when you finish. This is where lesser youkai would flee in terror or submit to you, but the nekomata holds her ground. Alrighty then, color you impressed.

But the cat isn’t done. In fact, she returns your mighty yawn with another one of her own. Your eyes fall to her tanned skin as she arches her back and stretches. Guess she’s a new youkai—really, girl has no sense of shame at all. But if she thinks she can catch you off guard with her feminine wiles, then, well, she’d be right.

The cat takes a light step forward. You keep a hand on your odachi’s hilt and your eyes trained on the nekomata. The problem with these buggers is that they’re always so unpredictable. Damn cats, doing whatever they want. She takes another step, but this one is heavier than the one before. She takes her third step, and all the agility she previously had is gone, replaced by an awful sluggishness.

“This cat is sleepy,” are her first words. “Too sleepy to eat.”

“Well then.” You let the hand on your sword fall and take measured steps closer to the cat. “If you’re sleepy, why not come on over and sleep with me?” Now that you can get a better angle on her, you can see that her tail is starting to split. The forked portion isn’t fully there yet, but it’ll be no more than a month until she becomes a fully fledged nekomata.

The cat’s parted tail swishes around as she thinks. “Does he mean that this cat can use him as a resting spot?”

“Sure, that works. All you have to do is stop terrorizing the humans.”

“Who?”

“You.”

“This cat?” She points to herself. “Wrong. This cat would never—” There’s a moment of epiphany as the nekomata connects all the pieces. “Oh. This cat understands the problem.” The cat flicks her tail around her waist and towards her belly. She holds it where the tail starts to fork. “Problem,” she declares.

“Go on,” you say.

“Before, humans thought this cat was cute and gave her food. But after, humans looked at this cat different. This cat found it scary, so she made humans sleepy—like her.”

“Oh, so all the humans lying around taking a surprise nap—that’s your doing.”

She nods. “Yes. But this cat would never hurt humans.”

“Why?”

“She loves humans very much.”

“Were you a housecat?”

“No. But humans raised her. They would come by the river to say hello or give food to her. And every once in a while, littler humans would come to play.” She puffs out her chest, and you take a nice look at it. “This cat watched the little humans turn to big ones, but they always came back to play even when they had big human things to do.”

You drop your usual tone and adopt a softer, more sober voice. “You were cherished, weren’t you?”

“Yes.” She flashes a smile. “Humans loved her.”

“Good,” you gently say.

The cat yawns once more, but this one is ragged and wispy—it comes out more as a terrible exhale than a yawn. Then she takes an uneven step back, staggering, until she loses her balance and falls to the ground.

“Are you okay?” you say, though it’s more of a formality.

“No. Big problem.” Of course, the nekomata is confused. You just watch silently as she struggles to keep her eyes open, but, little by little, the sleep overtakes her until she’s fully dozing. Once her eyes are fully closed, she topples over, and as she collapses, the nekomata starts to lose her physical form, returning back to what it originally was: a cat—though she still retains her forked tail. She’s sprawled out on the ground, breathing in, then breathing out, slowly.

She is and will be okay. It’s rather convenient for you that she conserves her energy with her more portable animal form because it’ll be a real cinch for you to pick her up and carry her elsewhere.

Or maybe not.

[ ] Be nice.
[ ] Take her into your hands and devour her power.


Time remaining: :: Timer ended at: 2018/11/14(Wed)07:00

>> No. 199764
I'm really tired, I just got off 14 hours stuck in planes and airports, but update's out. So I'm behind like two updates which isn't really that bad because I think I can make that up by the end of this weekend.
>> No. 199765
[x] Be nice.

We made a promise to Tewi.
>> No. 199767
[x] Take her into your hands and devour her power.

Free chinese yakitori, but without the sauce.
>> No. 199768
[X] Be nice.
>> No. 199769
[X] Be nice.
>> No. 199770
[X] Be nice.

So she was loved because she was a cute cat (of course) but then she turned into a Youkai and people were scared of her? Or she turned into a Youkai and people were attracted to her?

If affection could turn cats into Youkai, then my neighborhood would have a few nekomatas by now.
>> No. 199772
[X] Be nice.

No bulli
>> No. 199773
[x] Be nice.
New harem addition get?????
>> No. 199775
[X] Be nice.
[ ] Take her into your hands and devour her ass.
>> No. 199776
[x] Be nice.
>> No. 199777
[x] Be nice.

Cats are great. Don't eat them.
>> No. 199779
[X] Take her into your hands and devour her power.

I mean...she seemed much happier as a cat. Like a normal cat. Cuz she's still a cat, dig? Just now she's a demon cat that probably doesn't want to be a demon cat.

Talk No Jutsu will probably work too as she does seem pretty amicable. Though we might need to mix in some Pavlovian conditioning until she's housebroken.
>> No. 199781
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You take her into your hands, and a more primal force overtakes you—just consume, consume, consume, you say, like a metronome, never stop, eternal—no, wait, actually.

You’re supposed to try being nicer. Of course, that offer only stands for humans, but you can always make exceptions. Plus, you’re not really out here to sap a poor cat of her power. You can always do that later, and, no, you’re not procrastinating.

“Hakurou?” Tewi takes a step out into the night.

“Yes?”

“Why are you dangling the cat by her front legs?”

“Uh.” You plop the cat onto your shoulder. Dumb cat’s purring in her sleep—if she can do that, then she should be able to wake up too. “I was trying to wake her up.”

“What are you going to do with her?”

“Well, I was thinking that I’d learn how to be more responsible by adopting a housecat and learning what its needs are.”

“No, really,” she says as she rolls her eyes. “What are you going to do with the nekomata?”

“Oh, you were eavesdropping?”

“It’s hard not to when I was three meters away.”

You stroke the cat’s head, who responds by going into full-on kneading mode. “I need to do something about this?”

“Don’t we? The nekomata turned back into a cat, and all the humans around are having a youkai-induced sleep.”

“Don’t worry about all that. The cat’ll be fine. I just put a curse on her to weaken her.”

Tewi goes wide-eyed. “You… put a curse on her?”

“A small one! Don’t get any weird ideas. Once she finishes her nap, she’ll be alright. It’ll be as if it never happened!”

“Uh-huh.” She doesn’t look fully convinced, but she moves on. “Then what about the humans?”

“Eh, who cares about them?” You don’t like the ugly look Tewi gives you, so you tack on some extra clarification. “The cat can make people sleepy, so all they have to do is sleep until they’re not tired anymore. It’s a rather boring resolution, I know, but the good part is that I don’t have to do anything. Of course, some of them lying on the floor might have stiff backs when they wake up, but that’s about it.”

“Okay. So now what? Are we done here?”

“Kind of. We still have two problems. The more immediate problem is that we have to go retrieve that dine-and-dashing cat. The other problem involves our sleepy friend here.” You point to the cat draped over your shoulder. “Lemme ask you a question: What kind of nekomata turns back into a cat when they’re weakened?”

“Don’t know.” Tewi shrugs. “I’m no expert on cats.”

“Yeah, well, me neither,” you say, getting a move on. You have a second cat to catch.

Time remaining: :: Timer ended at: 2018/11/15(Thu)08:00

>> No. 199783
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199783
>> No. 199797
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The southern district of the village is a lot more barren, or at least it seems that way because it’s mostly just empty space. Between farms and the occasional house, all you have is flat land—which is rather nice because it makes locating Cat Two as easy as pie. You have a general feel for where she was, but with all the buildings outta the way, you spot her playing guard for a rickety shack and its family, sandwiched between the humans and a particularly nasty thing.

It’s a youkai, but “monster” is a better name for it. It vaguely resembles an animal, sporting furred ears and matted hair, but its face is featureless, an unsettling black mist instead permeating from where its eyes and mouth should be. The thing walks, digging up the ground beneath it as it lugs its stocky legs one by one. And, as it slowly approaches, it’s one stride closer to the cat. Then two. Three. The cat's shoulders clench closer to her body. She’s not looking too hot—her dress is bloodied, and the way her battered right arm is quivering probably means that she won’t be able to use it well.

It would have been easy enough for her to run, but she has human liabilities to take care of. The monster, with a surprising amount of speed for a lumbering wall of flesh, slams its arms down. The cat dodges—and then undodges, jumping back in front of the humans. She raises her right arm to bear the brunt of its smash. More or less a smart move—it’s useless anyway, so she might as well start using it as a shield. However, she’s but a tiny cat in the path of a youkai three times her size, so she gets sent crashing into the wall, her body crumpling onto the floor.

“Do you see that?” you say.

Tewi squints in an attempt to get a better look. “Yeah. I do.”

“I wasn’t talking to you, Tewi.” You take the cat off your shoulders and flip her around, resting her on your chest. Her head lolls back as you shake her. “Huh? Do you see it or not? Your precious humans are about to die. And that other cat? Gonna get ripped to pieces, too. So are you going to do something, or are you going to keep sleeping and do nothing?”

She doesn’t respond because she’s just a dumb cat. You roll your eyes. Always gotta do everything around here. Lifting the cat up, you lean close into her ear, and say, “Wake up, you fool.”

She stirs, an eye wearily creaking open. But then she closes it, shivering all the while.

“I don’t think you understand, cat. When I tell you to do something—” You put your face close to the cat’s, and then you smile. “—you do it.”

You drop the cat, but as it falls to the floor, it disappears, replaced with a nekomata—a real one. She steadies herself on a knee, blinking away her grogginess. You say nothing as she clutches your robe to get herself to stand.

The cat sputters out a cough. Clearly, she isn't quite ready to be a nekomata again.

"So, cat. What are you going to do?"

"This... this cat will do it,” she growls. “This cat will save humans.”

“Then just go already. You’re already late to the party, so you shouldn’t keep them waiting, right?”

You watch as she grunts, scampering away into the night.

“Hakurou,” says Tewi.

“Tewi.”

“You know the answer to your question, right? ‘What kind of nekomata turns back into a cat when they’re weakened?’”

“I might, or I might not.”

“Well?”

You laugh. “The answer is: the dying kind.”
>> No. 199803
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A set of claws rake flesh off the monster, who shrieks in pain and whirls around, swiping the air around it. But the cat’s already in the sky like a shooting star, fluttering for a second before diving down at the monster.

“This cat will save humans! This cat will save Noboru!” she says as she plants her feet on the monster’s shoulders and slams it to the ground. The ground quakes as it cracks open to reveal the darker mud beneath the dirt. The cat, without pause, sinks her nails into the youkai’s throat, scraping past its soft skin. Blood sprays the cat as she penetrates through tissue, but before she could continue, a hulking arm grabs her wrist and wrenches it to the side.

The monster then takes the nekomata by her arm and turns its shoulder, using its full wingspan to lift the cat into the air and ram her back down, making a visceral crunch as she reaches the ground. She starts struggling to escape its grasp, but the thing lifts her up once more and smashes her back into the dirt. It lifts her up again, but this time, she swings forward to deliver a swift kick to the monster’s stomach. Not clean hit, but it forces the youkai to stagger and release its grasp on the cat. As soon as she’s free, she darts back to get some distance between her and the thing.

The nekomata’s not in great shape. In the brief moment she was caught, the girl took an awful beating. Even if she got away, all she can do now is keep herself from collapsing.

Tewi grips your sleeve tightly. “Aren’t you going to help?”

You stroke her hair, and you say gently, “Just wait.”

The nekomata drops to the ground, finally giving into her exhaustion. But as the monster lifts its arm up into the air, a second figure—Cat One—tackles the thing, knocking it off its feet.

“If only Master were here. Then I’d crush this thing.” Cat One says, sighing. Though she’s ragged, the cat stands up straight. She’s more resilient than you thought—guess she is good at fighting after all. Cat One keeps her eyes trained on the monster, waiting as it stands back up. “Are you okay?”

“This cat is alright,” says the darker cat.

“Daiki!” a young voice rings out. It comes from a thin boy, who is no further than his teens. He pokes his head out slightly to get a better look at Cat Two. “Daiki, that’s you, right?”

“Noboru? Yes. You are Noboru.” Cat Two turns slightly, keeping one eye on the monster. “This cat—she is Daiki. And she will protect Noboru.”

The human family starts exchanging whispers until the monster roars, bellowing out a harsh gurgle that silences everyone.

Daiki remains unfazed as she places her hands to her chest and closes her eyes.

You raise an eyebrow. You feel the same power you felt when she decided to make all the humans take a nap.

The monster notices too, and it runs a direct course to Daiki. Cat One, assessing the situation, runs up behind to stop it, but because of how worn out she already is, she’s quickly swatted away. You reckon she bought enough time. With each passing step, its strides become shorter. The distance isn’t very far between them, but the thing was already slow from the start, so by the time it reaches Daiki, the monster collapses as if an invisible weight was crushing it.

“Is it dead?” Cat One asks.

“No,” says Daiki. Her eyes, though, say, I have to kill it. I have to. She lowers a hand to its head and grabs it, trembling all the while.

[ ] You step in to kill the beast.
[ ] You take the beast away.
[ ] You let her face the consequences of her actions.
>> No. 199805
[X] You let her face the consequences of her actions.
>> No. 199808
[x] You let her face the consequences of her actions.
>> No. 199810
[x] You take the beast away.

I mean, there's other things we can do with it, probably.

And also, is it really necessary to make her kill it with her own bare hands?
>> No. 199815
[x] You let her face the consequences of her actions.
>> No. 199818
[x] You take the beast away.
Fucking really guys? You're going to make her murder it in front of the humans? Shouldn't we preserve that innocence and take the beast away? If at the very least, we let Hakurou kill it because we know he won't give a fuck either way.
>> No. 199819
[x] You let her face the consequences of her actions.

She'll have to grow up, eventually. If she survives in the first place.
>> No. 199821
[x] You take the beast away.
She didn’t have to do it to ‘em.
>> No. 199823
She is a Youkai, a creature born of mankind's fears... But she loves humans and was loved for them so there's probably another way. And for that she needs this.

Now, consider the situation of those villagers. They were attacked by a monster and saved by someone whom they recognize as a pet. However, she looks like a monster and if she kills in front of them, they will put her firmly in the "dangerous" category.

[X] You take the beast away
>> No. 199829
[X] You take the beast away
>> No. 199830
[x] You let her face the consequences of her actions.
>> No. 199832
[X] You take the beast away

Cat Two isn't too far away from being just like this wild youkai. I kinda think it would send her a bad message if we just acquiesce to her killing it so easily. Not to mention the fact that, being a "newborn" and all, she probably doesn't even realize there are other options is these types of scenarios.
>> No. 199835
[X] You let her face the consequences of her actions.

Let her die victorious.
>> No. 199838
Don't let her kill it. Don't let her become dangerous and frightening in the eyes of the village-

...Well.

Fuck.

Fucking HELP, this better not be what I think it is, you asshole.
>> No. 199839
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[x] You let her face the consequences of her actions.
>> No. 199841
BREAKING THIS TIE, FOR THE PURITY AND INNOCENCE OF THE CUTE CAT GIRL!

[x] You take the beast away.
>> No. 199842
[X] You take the beast away.

I was bugged. and I came. Next time it'll be a shitpost.
>> No. 199843
Calling for taking the beast away. I... also had an awful day, so I can't really spare the time to update today. I'll make it up with two updates one one day this weekend. See you next update.
>> No. 199857
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199857
You wave a hand in the air, creating enough of a gale to get everyone’s attention. It also makes Daiki fall on her butt, which is a plus. You walk over to the crime scene, Tewi following along, while everybody’s flustered by the wind.

“Hey, Cat Two,” you say, and two nekomatas turn. Damn it, there’s too many cats around. “...Daiki,” you clarify reluctantly. “Don’t worry about that nasty thing. I’ll take care of it—you deal with the humans, okay?”

“But this cat—and then youkai—needs to—!” she sputters out. Frantic doesn’t even begin to describe her. Obviously, the girl’s pumped up on adrenaline and all she can think about is killing the thing right in front of her. Gotta calm her down, you guess.

“Look at me,” you say. Daiki remains shaky, darting her eyes from you and back to the monster. “I said, ‘Look at me.’”

Daiki shrinks back but obediently does what you ask. Sheesh, you always have to resort to using that tone with mortals.

“Good.” You close the distance between you and the cat. “Now stop thinking about the youkai.” Softly, you add, “Don’t worry—I’ll take care of it. Okay?”

Wordlessly, she nods and lets you take the youkai away. You hoist the thing over your shoulders. Surprisingly, it’s lighter than you thought—there isn’t much mass behind the thing, but you guess that you don’t need huge brawn to swing two cats around.

“Also, human,” you call out to the teenage boy. His name’s Noboru, if you aren’t mistaken. He comes forward but keeps his face down, as if he were ashamed of something. Well, he should be. “Are you just gonna stand around looking like a fool? Come on, take off your coat and give it to your cat.”

“Is—Is that an order?” The young boy asks, though you can barely hear because he’s talking into his chest.

“What do you think?” You stand there, awaiting an answer. He responds by awkwardly shuffling his feet, so you sigh. “It wasn’t. It was a request. I’m not going to eat you, unlike this sleepy guy on my shoulder.”

“Um. Okay,” Noboru says after a pause. He takes careful steps to Daiki, untying his coat as he does so. Then he just stands there, conflicted. Typical humans, always so indecisive about everything. You’re about a second away from yelling at him again when he finally drapes the coat over the cat’s shoulders and clothes her. “Daiki.”

“Noboru.”

“I just want to say, um. Thanks.” He lifts her up by the hand. “For protecting me.”

She stands straight and pulls him in for a big hug. For a moment, he doesn’t know what to do. Then he hugs her back. Cue the rest of the family huddling closer to the cat, albeit hesitantly, with awkward hugging all around.

Noboru smiles. “And thanks for protecting my family, too.”

“Think nothing of it. This cat has been doing it since you’ve been born.” Daiki hmphs, but there’s some obvious tears trickling down her eyes. “It’s—It’s only natural,” she says as she wipes her eyes with her coat sleeve, getting blood and tears everywhere.

“All’s well that ends well, right?” Cat One laughs and starts to step away.

“Hey cat, before you leave.” Tewi waves over to Cat One. “What’s your name?”

“Che—ow.” She rubs the side of a bloody cheek. But still, she smiles. “I’m Chen,” she repeats. “You?”

“Tewi. Are you okay?”

“Mostly.” Chen grins and throws up a peace sign. “Like I said, I’m good at fighting. I hurt like heck, and everything’s sore, but I’m not gonna die. I’d, uh, come over and shake your hand, but I’m covered in blood.”

“No, it’s fine. Come over here.” Tewi waits patiently until Chen’s about two paces away. There, Tewi taps on Chen’s right arm, which elicits a sharp cry from the cat.

“Hey. What are you doing?” she hisses.

“Knew it. Lucky for you, I know somebody who can treat those injuries. So you’re coming with me.”

Chen adopts a wary look. “Is it free?”

“Don’t sweat the small stuff. I miiiiight use you for some manual labor after you’ve been treated, but that’s a small price to pay, right?”

Chen looks to you for guidance, but you only shrug. She turns back to Tewi suspiciously. “And I’ll be fine to do manual labor?”

“You’ll feel like brand new by tomorrow,” Tewi promises with a wink.

“Well… okay. As long as you can guarantee that, I guess. Then should we head out now?”

“Sure.”

“Um, Miss Chen!” shouts Noboru. “Thank you too! For helping us!”

“Uh, Miss Chen?” Chen rolls her eyes. “Don’t get too ahead of yourself. I protect the weak, that’s my job… kinda. And, you!” She glares at Daiki. “We’re having a talk tomorrow. Stay here—I’ll come find you.”

“What a coincidence!" you say. "Daiki and I need to have a chat, too.” Right. You should probably talk to Hieda about all this. “So don’t run away now.”

“Okay. This cat will be here,” Daiki replies, still sniffling a little.

Chen bids the family farewell, and everybody sets off for the night. You split paths with Tewi and Chen, since they’re going over to Eientei and, well, you’re not. You’d love to go with them, but Eientei, to put it simply, isn’t a shrine, and, even more so, it isn’t your shrine. Plus, you have some baggage to take care of—a real chip on your shoulder, frankly speaking.

Halfway to the middle of nowhere, you drop the youkai on the ground and almost laugh at how pitiful it is. The thing already seemed like a husk when it was fighting the cats, but now that it’s sedated, the youkai looks like it’s deflated. The black miasma that emanated from its face is gone so you get to take a good look at its featureless face. There’s nothing apart from flesh. Boring.

You grab the thing by its throat and squeeze, applying force until it starts thrashing instinctively. If you really wanted, you could do this until it died, but that’s not really what you’re going for. You want to practice being nice, so you’re doing something new. Of course, being choked probably isn’t the nicest thing to do, but you don’t have a choice—it’s just how you work.

At some point, it realizes that its death is inevitable, so it stops struggling and lies limp. You seize that moment and devour. Its life, strength, and soul—you take it all for yourself. Its spirit courses out from your hand and through your body, so you slacken your grip on its throat. Bitter. It's bitter, as if its soul soured a long time ago, or if it were left out in the sun for too long. The youkai's spirit lashes out, still angry and confused. You silence it one final time as it disappears into the void. Physically, you release what’s left of the youkai.

On the ground is one of those brown-faced dogs you’d see walking around with humans. They're usually the dogs that patrol the village for youkai. There’s something silly about that—a hunter dog becoming a youkai. You lightly tap its chest with your foot, and it exhales through its nose.

Ooh. It’s still alive.

[ ] Take it home.
[ ] Leave it behind.
>> No. 199858
[x] Take it home.

As if there was a choice.
>> No. 199860
[x] Take it home.
Never not the pupper doggo
>> No. 199864
[x] Take it home.
[x] Country roads
>> No. 199866
[x] Take it home.
>> No. 199867
[X] Take it home.

time to drop it into reimu's lap and make her take care of it
>> No. 199869
[X] Take it home.
[x] Country roads

Hey don't forget to rep our shrine before leaving the village! Let's not have all that hard work go to waste.

Also Chen is now officially a criminal. Mission fucking failed.
>> No. 199870
[X] Take it [the evidence] home [with you.]
[x] Country roads

We can still clear her name, guys.
>> No. 199873
[X] Take it home.
Hakurou's gonna take you home.
>> No. 199874
>>199869
We'll get 'em next time.

The worshippers, I mean
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