EZMode !iIyIHD.1G6 2008/05/22 (Thu) 21:29 No. 35338
[X] I have to celebrate this!
This is definitely a time to celebrate. Even if it was something Alice could do herself, well, if she could she probably would have actually. In any case, you can't sit still anymore. Getting hammered sounds like the way to go about it.
"Sure. I've been looking for a break for a while now, and I got it. I might as well take some time to relax after this point, I've been working most of the day." you say.
Marisa smiles and starts unlocking the door, pulling it open.
"Come on then. Reimu's probably already started without us as it is." Marisa says.
You step outside after Marisa, Grimoire in hand. It's really gotten dark outside, you didn't even notice. At least you know now that as boring as it seems to spend hours inside each day studying books and papers, the time sure can pass fast. Then again, this isn't something you do regularly, so maybe the experience is different for Alice. In any case, Marisa climbs onto her broom and lifts into the air and you float of as well, heading towards the mountain range where Reimu's shrine is.
"Can't you fly without that broom, Marisa?" you ask, idly wondering. Alice's memories don't have any answer for you as it were.
"Of course, but that's not very witch-like." she replies with a smile.
The rest of the flight is mostly spent listening to Marisa talk about various things she did in the day, mostly related to magic. As opposed to Alice's studies, Marisa looks more into various magic for the purpose of attacking, and she makes a point of telling you the notes she 'borrowed' earlier helped her out a bit in devising a new way to create her trademark star shots. You idly wonder to yourself if you should take some time later to do some general study into more direct magic. Even if it doesn't help Alice, it might help you out later to have a general set of skills you could use regardless of whatever body you end up in.
The two of you arrive at Reimu's shrine. Much like Marisa said, Reimu was already out, sipping from a large cup.
"How can a witch with an astronomy theme have such poor sense of time?" were the first words out of her mouth when you two landed. Marisa seemed to ignore the question entirely and go right into guest mode.
"Where are the snacks Reimu? You said there'd be snacks!"
Yeah, she's a pest to everyone it seems. You follow behind Marisa a bit, a bit nervous. Alice's recovered memories don't tell you much about Reimu, so you're a bit unsure about how you should act with her. Perhaps you can act neutrally and no one will notice.
"There are rice crackers in the shrine, just take some." Reimu says, rather pointedly. Marisa stands there for a few seconds silently, as if she was expecting Reimu to change her mind and get them. Reimu only continues to sit and drink from her cup, which you realize has tea in it. Marisa sighs, then heads into the shrine. The sliding door closes behind her, and Reimu looks up at you from her tea.
"You're that spirit that slacker shinigami was looking for, aren't you?"
Oh god what? Your blood feels like it freezes.
"I don't know wha-"
"Don't lie, it'll only stain your soul more. I don't really feel like having to do anything, so please just return to the underworld quietly."
You're lost for words, the entire world feels like it's ceased existing. Reimu's feet are planted flat on the ground, she's not in a relaxed state, she's ready to stand up at a moments notice. If you tried to run, she'd surely be on you. She can also clearly tell that you are in control of Alice, how you don't know. Your mind races for answers. Your mind turns to the Grimoire in your hand, you know you can use it's power if you needed to now, the box that connects the straps can actually be opened pretty easily. That's only in an emergency though, and... no, this is am emergency. You look at Reimu, you can see she's only putting on a appearance of relaxation. She's ready to attack you if you so much as breathe wrong. Oh damn, damn! You can't help it, you move your arm up like you're going to stratch it, slowly inching your hand towards the golden clasp.
The shrine door slides open, Marisa appears holding a bowl of rice crackers and a large bottle, as well as several small cups. Her appearance startles you, and you look at her. Your heart skips a beat as you do, and you feel like you just left yourself open. You expect Reimu to be on you any moment now, but nothing happens.
"Reimu giving you the 'I think you're the suspicious ghost' treatment?" Marisa said with a laugh, walking over next to Reimu and sitting down, putting the bowl and cups down. What?
"She did it to me earlier when I came by, and she even did it to that tengu reporter when she swung by to drop off a paper," Marisa said, pouring a cup from the bottle and proceeding to drink it. "I personally don't believe this whole spirit business. If there really was one around, Reimu would be able to find it no problem, let alone that shinigami."
Your heartbeat feels like it's returning to normal. Reimu's already back to sipping her tea. She's slid her feet out some, no longer ready to pounce, as it were. It was all just a mind game? Well, she almost got you, that's for sure. You walk over to Marisa and sit down. She passes you a small cup of liquid. This must be sake, you take a sip. Huh, it kind of tastes like whiskey.
The rest of the night is uneventful. You share your story of success, Marisa rattles on about her own magic, and Reimu complains about donations and worshippers. Before long, you're having trouble seeing straight. Alice apparently isn't too good at holding her liquor, though Marisa seems to be in a similar state. Despite the fact Reimu has been drinking with you, she seems perfectly fine. Stupid Reimu...
You lay back, stretching out on the porch. You don't want to move feeling like you do. You'd much rather just go inside and lay down.
"Reiiiimuuu..." you groan. "Can I stay here tonight?"
She doesn't respond. Marisa gets to her feet and walks to the shrine door, sliding it open.
"She's not going to stop you if you do anyway," Marisa says, leaning back against the doorframe. "C'mon in Alice."
You get to your feet and head towards the door. Marisa waits until you're through before sliding the door closed.
"Don't do strange things to my shrine." Reimu says, just after the door closes. Marisa walks across the shrine, opening some storage area and pulling out some bundles, rolling them out along the ground. Beds? Sounds like a good idea. You walk towards the beds, trying to keep your footing. About halfway there, Marisa starts pulling her clothes off, stripping down to her bloomers and a simple white shirt before sliding into her own bed. You're a bit thankful Alice dresses much simpler, as a single motion and you remove your dress as well, wearing much the same underneath, and slide into your own bed.
"G'night Alice." Marisa says.
"G'night, Marisa." you say, but she's already asleep. You follow not to long after.
END OF DAY 1
So, this is obviously where I'm ending the thread today. I'm about ready to sleep myself, and I actually couldn't think of anything that would give options, make sense, etc. and not be perfect H-scene bait, so I opted to just cop out. Will pick up tomorrow sometime most likely, and depending on how I feel, there might be a bit of a surprise.