First thread back autosaged in less than 12 hours. Let's keep this ball rolling, shall we?
… Mokou should be fine for a while. It’s not like she’ll get up, start setting things on fire, and explode the world if you do something else for a short bit. You know you’ll probably just get anxious sitting in that chair any longer. You look over at the fairy scrubbing away at the floor… You can kind of make it out even in the poor lighting now that you know what to look for. You walk over to the kitchen, and can’t help but feel somewhat drained as you regard the fairy, and see a small pile of rags next to her. Looking over, you see an open cabinet, quite likely where she grabbed them from. They all look worn and ragged, so it’s probably safe to say Keine did have them to clean things up. Silent at first, you just grab a rag and start mopping up some of the puddle. It smells kind of bad now that it’s been a few hours.
“Hey! What are you doing?!” Cirno exclaims, snapping her head up to look at you and gives you a small frown. “I thought you asked me to do this!” She says with a slight huff as she looks into your eyes, semi-serious. Probably for her, very serious.
“Are you saying I can’t help?”
“Well, uh, it’s just, I was supposed to do this, and, umm…” She evidently can’t think of any other objections at the moment, before she snaps her fingers. “And you –gave- it to me. Are you trying to take it away from me?” She nods sagely at an excuse to her indignation. Somehow, you have the feeling she’s being outraged just to be outraged. Even Cirno can be confusing sometimes.
“Yes, that’s a wonderful explanation, Cirno.”
“Yeah! I know! And I thought of it really fas- HEY!” She makes a flustered face. “You’re TRYING to distract me!”
“Mmhmm. Do you mind?”
“… Not really.” You meet her gaze, somewhat surprised. You expected another petulant reply.
“You took the fun out of it. You meanie, you.” She punctuates this by sticking her tongue out at you. Ah, good. You thought something was wrong for a second there.
A goodly amount of time passes in a relaxed semi-silence, with Cirno humming something in bits and pieces as she works, and you lost in your own thoughts as you work alongside her.
[ ] Keep working.
[ ] “… How did you know where to find these rags?”
“Hey, Cirno. What did you do today?” You break the silence at long last, looking up from your task. She peers up herself and tilts her head gently, before breaking into a warm, trusting, childish smile.
“Wellll, I thought someone might be worried, so I went back for a while. Everyone was there, and nobody noticed I was gone, they were having such great fun. So I joined them for a while. We skipped rocks, played a few pranks on some really spacey travelers, and dumped a bucket of water on the shrine maiden. It was really fun! I even beat Dai-dai in a race, even though she cheats! It was awesome!” Her smile becomes a large grin.
“Dai-dai? Cheats?” You inquire genially.
“Dai-dai! As in large! As in liked! I thought it was a nice name.” She nods, as though not taking any comments to the contrary. “She can teleport a bit and stuff. So I had to go REALLLLLY fast! And I did! And I was like, ZOOM! And they were, ‘No way! That’s impossible!’” She cheers for herself exultantly. “But then I realized it was getting late and I left my human all alone. And look at what you did while I was away. You made a big mess! Man, I really can’t leave you alone for a few minutes, can I?” She looks at you putting her hands on her hips. It’s kind of cute, but the saddest thing is, you actually can’t disagree with her on that last point. It seems you get into trouble every time you’re separated from Cirno.
“Heheh. Yeah, you’re right. Who knows what I’ll do if you leave me alone again!” You reach over and ruffle her hair once again, and she giggles softly. “But, I’m glad you had fun. By the way, what did you mean by, you thought it was a nice name?”
“Well, nobody really gives us names, so we kind of make them up. Sometimes we change them if they get boring.” Suddenly, she looks at you and the smiles drops from her face as she asks a completely serious question, scarily. “Hey. Hey. Do you think I should change my name?”
“Of course not!” You cry out emphatically. She blinks at your sudden outburst, pulling back a bit. “Well, uh, err. Cirno is a nice name, I think.” Your hand reaches out once more to pat her on the head reassuringly. “Why would you think I wanted you to change it or anything? I was just curious is all.” Your hand moves left to right as you fluff up her hair.
“You know, I made it up. Some people told me it was stupid, but I told them it was the bestest name ever! See, see, I knew you were smart, human! You can see my name is the awesomest name ever!” She jumps up suddenly, raising her arms in the air. “But, you know, you need a name, human.” She peers forward intently, complete with a mischievous gleam in her eye bent on nothing but PURE EVIL!
“Uh, but I have a name, it’s-“
“No complaints! I’ll make you name, even if it takes me all night. Just accept my gift, it’ll be way better than whatever name someone else gave you.” She looks completely confident, and gives you a thumbs-up. “See! Just believe in me!” Somehow you’re not completely assured. “Hooray!”
Cirno will be Cirno.
[ ] “Say, what were you humming earlier?”
[ ] “… Hey, didn’t you say they didn’t even notice you were gone?”
“Say, what were you humming earlier?” You inquire of her her, and she breaks from her cheering to look at you for a moment without saying anything.
”Eh? What do you mean?” She tilts her head as though not understanding the simple question.
“What do you mean, ‘What do you mean’? Isn’t it from a song or something?” You asked, puzzled by her confusion.
“I don’t get it. It was never from any song. I just know it.” She shrugs happily.
“You make up a lot of things yourself, don’t you, Cirno?”
“’Suppose. You know, I’m the strongest! I’m more powerful than any other fairy, really! So I suppose I lead in a lot of things, like pranks and stuff, so I’m kind of used to it. I mean, if I don’t, who will?” She shrugs. “I don’t know anything different, so really, I can’t tell you if it’s not normal.”
“You know, I think it sounds kind of sad.” It seems to be somehow rather low tuned and somewhat lullaby-ish, now that you think about it.
“Is it? It makes me kind of sleepy sometimes, but it reminds me a lot of ice. I like ice.” She shrugs, smiling. She really is carefree.
[ ] Continue working in silence.
[ ] “… You said they didn’t notice you were gone, didn’t you? Why?”
You look over at her. The floor doesn’t look very wet any more. You reflect that it somewhat odd you’re up at night, mopping up a pool of blood, and talking with a fairy. You never really agreed to something like this. It just kind of happened. Maybe this whole thing is a dream? After all, you did just wake up here. For some reason, however, that thought is depressing. In a way, you’ve really enjoyed these past few days, despite how often you’ve been worn out, tired, and generally treated like a rag doll; Sometimes literally. You don’t want to go back. You’ve enjoyed the wild ride this little fairy has taken you on. Actually... While you’ve been talking with Cirno, you can’t help but wonder if she really might be pretty intelligent. She’s strong, and from what you can tell, she’s used to leading. Maybe it’s just the lovable and brave qualities that make them respect her. They are fairies after all. But you can’t help but wonder. You know, that gives you an idea.
“Say. Do you want to ask me anything?’ You figure you’ve had the monopoly on questions too long for now anyways. And she might display more of what she’s interested in. She looks up at you for a second, and keeps scrubbing at the floor with the worn rag without speaking.
”Sure! Why not! You don’t tell me much about you, human! And it’s not fair considering what I’ve told you!” She puts on an affronted face. “Really, you can be so mysterious some times! Like, you said you came from the outside! How did you get here? Are you a great wizard from out there? Are there other fairies out there? Is there lots of adventure and treasures?” It’s surprising, but Cirno seems interested in the outside world also.
[ ] Tell her honestly
[ ] Well, maybe fib just a bit. Using technology is kind of like magic, right? Although you can’t say how you got in…
[ ] Tell her you are not only a wizard, but a prince, and you were cast here by an evil magic curse…
“Well, uh. Yeah, I’m… Kind of a wizard, yes.” You smile at her. She probably wouldn’t understand if you told her the truth, and it’ll probably be far more amusing to tell it this way. “In the outside world, I can drive a magical chariot called a “Car”; it can travel distances that take, say, an hour, in minutes. And I can operate a special network of information, which means I can learn near anything with the right tools. It’s called the internet, and I’m really good at using it. And it can be used to make other worlds. And I use a computer to access it- Uh, think of a computer to be kind of like a wand. I don’t have a computer here, so I can’t show you.” You note it’s very, very easy to explain things if you can say ‘It’s magic.’ “People can use the internet to talk from miles away, or another spell called a telephone. But, to do all this, you need magical devices. I can fix these magical devices, sometimes. And sure, there are treasures out there. Jewelry, toys, you can find it all right near by. And in the worlds you can make in using a computer, you can have ANYTHING. You imagine it, and it’s there! But evil threatens some of these worlds, so you have to fight it. That sound awesome enough to you, Cirno?” You hope you distracted her from her first question, also.
”Wow!” Cirno stares at you, wide eyed with amazement. “That’s the AWESOMEST! If we went to you world, could you teach me how to do that? I’d show that evil what for, and pow, and then I’d freeze them, and I’d be ‘Haha, take that’! Things never happen here!” You’re not sure how she’d take it if she learned she was in one of those supposed worlds that existed. Besides, ‘Nothing happens here’? Gensokyo has seemed fairly active to you. “Do you think you would take me there, sometime?”
“… Sure, why not?”
“And you could drive me around in one of those cars?”
“Of course, Cirno!”
“Alright!” She jumps up off the floor and pumps a fist into the air. “When you go home, I’m coming with you!” She’s so excitable…
[ ] … But I can’t agree.
[ ] “Yeah! I’ll show you everything back home, but I want to stay here a while.”
[ ] Sidestep her declaration and just ruffle her hair, and laugh.
[X] Sidestep her declaration and just ruffle her hair, and laugh. Going back into the Real world? that's not going to happen ever. We will marry Meiling and Cirno will be our little sister that we take care of for life.
>>38556 "FULL POWER!" Cirno screams wildly, her face lit up by the biggest grin ever, and slams the gas. The engine has taken this abuse with gratuitous help from Cirno's ice powers as she swerves to avoid another car, going in the opposite lane. All you can do is scream like a girl when she nearly plunges into the rail, scraping against it with the grind of metal against metal.
Now you're never going to get to the ice cream shop.
But. You really don’t want to leave anytime soon. You can’t make that promise. You simply smile back at her and run your fingers through her hair once more. She seems to like it, and it’s actually pretty calming, and you laugh softly.
“Hey! Are you making fun of me?”
“Not at all, Cirno. Not at all. Just think of me as being weird and mysterious again, okay?”
“Okay! But you’re always like that, you know, even if you don’t know it. Oh, hey, look! I think it’s all clean!” She smiles and looks down. It’s hard for you to tell, but you can’t even see the faint shimmer of liquid. You feel worn out and tired, the day’s efforts coming in to roost. You’ve escaped the scarlet devil mansion, fought a killer plant, disabled Mokou, and now cleaned up. Now that you think of it, where did Keine go? It’s not like her to just suddenly disappear like that… Who are you to say it’s not like her, though? You’ve only known her a few days, in truth. But she was always so pleasant. And you can’t help but wonder. Will she forgive you for attacking Mokou? Did she just abandon you? You can’t believe that, though. She must have a reason.
“Human? Human? You kinda spaced out there. Hello?” You’re brought out of your thoughts by a small hand being waved in front of your face.
[ ] “… Let’s go to sleep, shall we?”
[ ] “… Can you watch Mokou? I need to rest.”
[ ] “… Do you know where Keine is? And if you don’t, could you look for her? She’s missing.”
>Uh, think of a computer to be kind of like a wand
Computers are shikigami. Rinnosuke agreed, don't bother him about it.
>"Oh, 'The future of the Non-Neumann-Type Computer'? I can't even imagine what that's about just from the title." >"A magic spell book from the outside world. You probably wouldn't be interested at all but I am." >"Hmm... magic from the outside world... What kinda magic is that, Kourin?" >"I'm still in the midst of reading it, but... they use calculation familiars called computers, and those do exactly as they're ordered. Of course, these are clearly shikigami. Well, I'm still not quite sure what their power is used for."
>>38961 GM is not Kira. We just won't suddenly find ourself in lunatic mode again all of a suddenly. From ruffling Hairs and carefree playing around with our little sisters to piling up dead rabbits under a tree in under 2 posts. And we lost Mr Banana too. I bet if we still had him at the end we would've won.
>>38967 After being TIME HAX'd back to life, we found out we were tripping balls from an adverse reaction to Reisen's eye powers (making us believe we were in School Days world before it became a full story here). Something about the fact we were already hallucinating from hunger/thirst, being stuck with persuasion needles, etc.
The result was us seeing things, like mushrooms popping out of people's heads, exploding fish, and the best character ever, Mr. Banana hanging out on our shoulder, telling us jokes. Man, I miss Mr. Banana. I guess if MiG anon goes crazy in his snow-covered wasteland, he might see him again at least.