”Hmm, yeah, we came to eat.” You look at the hybrid of house and stand again. You really don’t know what to expect of this, but better just try something. ”I’d like something spicy. Momizi…?”
”I’ll just have normal kind at first.” You nod to girl.
’”That’s it then.”
She claps her hands together. ”Alright! Two orders coming up!”
She starts working with stove, setting wood inside it. Did she get that burn on her sleeve from that?
”Trouble with the grill?”
She raises her head, looking confused. ”Huh? What do ya mean?”
You point to her sleeve. ”That, accidents like that must be annoying.” She is quiet for a moment, but then grins.
”Nah, nothing like that. You see…” She snaps her fingers, and light flame appears on her her hand.. At the same time you hear light ’fwoomph’. It’s not hard to tell that woods on stove were set on fire. She smiles as you look at her in amazement.
”I’ve never had problems with fire.” She pulls out some chicken meat, vegetables and spices to table next to her and starts preparing them.
”Food will be ready soon, ’kay?”
Hmm… No matter how interesting it is to look at that girl making yakitori, that stuff about Eientei was interesting. You turn back to Momizi. ”So, just what is Eientei?”
”It’s a mansion hidden somewhere deep in this forest. Like I said earlier, Eirin is from there.”
”Who else lives there?”
”Lot’s of people! There’s many, many rabbit youkai living there, but they’re mostly weak and do just simple tasks, like protecting the place.”
”Then there’s Kaguya herself. She doesn’t go out much, but she’s supposed to be really powerful. Her powers were the ones keeping that place hidden for many years.”
”It was hidden?”
”Hmm, and it only appeared few years ago. Just like with Moriya shrine, there was quite bit of commotion when people found out about it, and obviously that shrine-maiden had part on it.”
She thinks for a moment, holding resting her jaw on her palm. ”Hmm, anyway, I guess there’s also those two other rabbits, Reisen and Tewi. They’re supposed to be stronger than others, but I’ve hardly ever seen them.”
”Sounds like even though there’s lots of people there, only few are important.”
”Isn’t that the same everywhere with lots of people around? Many youkai live on mountain, but I know just few of them.”
”I guess so. But why is it so important to protect Eientei?”
”I don’t know all the details, but I’ve heard that Kaguya is the princess of moon, who was banished for… I don’t really know what, but when the border didn’t exist yet lots of men fell for her beauty. Being princess, she couldn’t choose just any man, so she set trials for them. Nobody succeeded, and many died.” She sighs.
”After father of one girl died, she swore revenge. From that day on, she has been attacking Eientei, trying to kill Kaguya.”
”And she’s still alive today?” That sounds kind of hard to believe. From the looks of this place, border has been up for quite some time now.
”Yes! You see, she drank some kind of-”
”Food’s ready!” The voice of girl running stand cuts off Momizi’s story.
”I’ll go get it, then.”
You get up and walk to the stand, and indeed, there are two plates with two barbecued yakitori in each and a bowl with some sauce on it.
The girl notices you eyeing it. ”Oh, that’s tare sauce. Try it if you like.”
You breathe in. The smell of yakitori is simple, but wonderfully meaty. The sauce seems more sweet.
You grab the food, and carry it back to table.
[ ] Sit back where you were earlier.
[ ] Sit next to Momizi.
Must be easy, taking it easy all the time.
Anyway, another update might come in morning. Or maybe not.