Reimu’s back is still turned to you when you pick up the broom and
start sweeping at the myriad pilse of junk that litter the room.
Hearing an unexpected noise, Reimu turns quickly to face you.
“Ah. So you want me to take you to the village then? Or maybe,”
Reimu’s face breaks into a wan smile, “You want to go back to your
world?” You simply ignore her comment and continue to straighten up the
room. Reimu stares at you for a moment before returning to the task at
hand. It takes the better part of the morning, but the two of you
finally manage to get the room back into something resembling decent
“Well, Thank you. You’re an odd one, helping me clean up like that.
Most of the people who come over just help themselves and leave
whatever messes they make for me to clean up.” A sour look crosses
Reimu’s face briefly. As quickly as it’s there it’s gone again. “But
they’re my ‘friends’ so what can you really do?” Reimu’s shoulder slump
forward. She stays that way for a moment before straightening up again.
“Well, anyways. You probably want to go to the village now. I’ll--”
“OI~ REIMU, YOU GOTTA COME SEE THIS ~ZE!” A loud voice calls from
outside. Sighing, Reimu walks over to the door and looks out. A
grinning Marisa floats down into view. “It’s hilarious ~ze. Alice got
her self caught up in her doll strings and there’s a couple of fairies
beating away at her. You’ve gotta come see this ~ze!”
Reimu sighs again. “See what I mean? I should probably go help
Alice. It’s safe enough during the day to just walk to the village.
Down the path you came up, then straight out of the woods on the same
trail. It’ll end up taking you past Kourindou. From there it’s a
straight shot to the village.”
“Oi~ Reimu! Hurry up ~ze!”
“I’m coming, Marisa, I’m coming.” Reimu walks out of the room and
lifts off into the air, leaving you alone. Oh well, from her
directions, it shouldn’t be too hard to get to the village. You were
hoping to get there a bit easier, but no matter then. Walking isn’t
that hard. It’s how you got here in the first place so it won’t kill
you do to it again. Stepping out onto the walkway you close the door
behind you. Turning back around you almost trip over the pails full of
trash. Oh. Huh. I wonder what they do with these, considering that
there’s not likely a trash collection agency here. You could probably
leave them there, and just head off towards the town and nobody would
care. Given that Suika seems to be in charge of taking care of stuff
like this around the shrine, she’ll probably be along sooner or later
to collect it.
Stepping out onto the cement path in the middle of the courtyard,
you survey the shrine one last time. Over from behind the back of the
side building you see a small plume of smoke rising lazily into the
air. It makes you slightly curious, as the kitchen’s on the near side
of the building. It’s probably nothing. Continuing on your way you find
yourself at the top of the stairs. At least you’re going down them,
this time, instead of up. Much easier to go down, especially with a
little help from your ‘friend’, gravity.
You reach the bottom of the steps in short order. In front of you
is the small path that brought you here. The small clearing at the
bottom of the stairs is as unimpressive as it was before and crossing
it takes mere seconds. You’re about to start into the trees when you
hear someone shout from somewhere above you.
“WAIT!” You hear a flurry of footfalls upon the stairs as you’re
turning. Suika is standing at the bottom of the stairs breathing
heavily. She’s bent over, hands on her knees, head facing to the
ground. her chest is heaving as she’s sucking in air. Finally managing
to catch her breath she stands up and looks at you. “What, you were
going to leave with out saying good bye? You can’t leave yet, I still
have to get you back for beating me.” Suika nods sagely. “Though, I
suppose Reimu wont’ let you stay at the shrine. . . So we’ll have to
get you set up in the human village! Then you can come and visit me all
the time!” Suika’s face is absolutely beaming at this point. “Though,
it would probably be a good idea to get there quickly. . . OH! I know!
I know a shortcut we could take! How about it?”
[ ] Go the way Reimu told you.
[ ] Go with Suika’s shortcut.
[ ] Waffle.
>>41885 Oh, and I forgot: the verb form of waffle and waffling are slightly
different. TO WAFFLE is to "to speak or write in a vague and wordy
manner" but WAFFLING has a specific connotation that means to "acting
indecisive or noncommittal."
No indecision with Suika. Black or white, yes or no, only. Think of it as Yama training.
[ x ] "I like waffles better than pancakes. Because waffles are like
pancakes with syrup traps. They say to syrup, "You ain't going
anywhere, don't even be trying to creep down the sides. Just rest in
these squares, if one square is full, move on. When you hit butter,
>So we’ll have to get you set up in the human village!
>we’ll have to get you set up
Suika puttering affably about the human village as if it were
nothing? Do want Miko Miko Suika amiability before we're sucked into
Come to think of it...Reimu was pissy last route, and we never went
to the human village; this time, we'll supposedly witness what happened
to set off Reimu in the previous route and we may take up residence in
the human village. Connection?
In before the human village is a den of scum and villai--uh, I mean a festering cove of hostility, xenophobia, and despair.
“Lead on then, fair miss.” You mock bow at the waist to
Suika. She grins at you, grabbing your arm and dragging you, literally,
into the woods. Your feet barely touch the ground as she plows directly
ahead, knocking trees, rocks, animals and youkai alike out of her way.
Suika’s ‘shortcut’ seems to be no more than driving straight through
this forest until she reaches the village.
“Ah! OW! OI! SUIKA! SLOW DOWN A BIT!” You shout at her, as various
bits of debris from her little rampage fly back and are hitting you all
“But I thought you wanted to get there quickly!”
“I do! I just want to arrive there ALIVE.”
“Oh, come on it can’t be that. . .” Suika glances back at you and
skids to a halt. “Err. . . Well, Sorry. I thought you were a little
more resilient than that. Sorry about all those bruises.” Suika looks
“Maybe we could continue on, but a little more slowly this time?”
“Well, um. . . I’m not exactly sure where we are now, I was just
going to charge ahead until we found the human village.” Suika laughs
while scratching the back of her head. “I mean, it has to be around
here SOMEWHERE, right?”
You stare at this girl, dumbfounded. This was her ‘shortcut’? “So,
we can go back the way we came and then go the way Reimu told me.”
Turning back the way you came you see an impassable trail of fallen
trees, debris, and some very, very angry youkai. Well, that’s not going
to work. Especially with the angry youkai closing in quickly. . . Aw
crap. Suika seemed to have noticed this as well, as she had moved to
stand between you and the oncoming Youkai.
“This might get a little messy. Do you know how to fight?” Suika readies herself to fight the oncoming Youkai.
[ ] Yeah, sure. I’ve killed thousands of these things.
[ ] Nope.
[ ] Run.
“Eh? What kinda y--” The first batch of youkai launch themselves at
Suika, cutting her off as she lays into them. The first few go flying
while several more leap at Suika. She’s soon neck deep in youkai,
constantly sending a few of them flying, only to be jumped by several
more. You stand there, watching helplessly as she’s swarmed over.
Suddenly, The pile collapses in on itself as several dozen tiny Suika’s
run out from various parts of the pile. They quickly re-assemble into a
whole full Suika, much to your surprise and amazement.
“That is IT!” Suika seems quite upset at this point. She punches a
nearby tree, catching it as it falls. holding it horizontal to the
ground with one arm, and holding the end of the tree with the other,
she lines it up with the charging youkai. “Eat THIS!” Suika throws the
tree forward as hard as she can, impaling or catching all the youkai
with the straight line of the tree. It quickly vanishes from sight,
tearing through the woods at a break neck pace. “Ah. Much better. So!
Shall we try to find the human village now?”
The two of you walk off into the woods together, heading off, you presume, in the direction of the Village.
Somewhere in the distance, there’s a resounding boom.
Several hours later, with the sun dipping low on the horizon, the
two of you continue your wanderings in the woods. Suika drags her feet
along behind you, head hung in shame, shoulders slumped. You’re leading
now, as her ‘brilliant’ plans of spinning around in a random direction,
jumping into the air (and leveling a portion of the forest around her
landing point), and the ‘we’re lost’ drinking game got you nowhere but
“Uuuuuu. . . I’m sorry. I really thought I could get you there more
quickly than Reimu’s path. . .” Suika states again, sullenly, for the
“I’ve already told you, don’t worry about it. We’ll find it sooner
or later. I mean, how long could it take, really?” You push forward
through the trees. They seem to only be getting thicker in this area.
“I’m still sorry. . .”
Well. This isn’t good. Night will soon be falling and you have no
idea where the two of you are. Just as you think this, you step out
from the woods into a small creek. It’s not large or deep, but it’s
large and deep enough for you to put your foot in up to your knee, and
wide enough that you’d have a little trouble jumping across it. Backing
up you bump into Suika, who was still dragging her feet and not looking
where she was going. Unceremoniously, you’re dumped into the creek,
thoroughly soaking you. You’d be angry if it wasn’t for the fact that
you could probably follow this out of the woods. So, while you may be
soaked it may be a blessing in disguise. However, if you’re caught out
in the night like this, you could quite easily get sick. That wouldn’t
be good either. Of course, it’s also possible that this creek could
lead you somewhere you don’t want to go. What to do?
[ ] Follow the Creek.
[ ] Find somewhere to set up camp nearby.
[ ] Continue wandering.
[ ] Try to go back the way you came.
Ah. This isn’t going to work. You need to get your clothing dried off,
or you’ll get sick. Luckily, walking a short distance from the stream,
there’s a clearing that’s perfectly suited to your needs. Suika knocks
down a smaller tree, and quite quickly the two of you manage to get a
campfire going. After getting everything set up, you take your shoes
and socks off and set them near the fire. You’d like to hang your
clothes up too, but you have nothing else to wear while they’re drying
so you just move in close to the fire.
While sitting by the fire, waiting for your clothing to dry, you
remember that Suika had started to say something before she was
attacked. “Oh hey, what were you going to say before we got attacked?”
“Huh? What do you mean?” Suika turns her head to one side, looking
at you funny. She seems to suddenly remember something though. “OH!
That. I was going to ask you what kind of yogurt king you were if you
didn’t know how to fight! I thought you were hero to your people, lord
and master of the legendary ‘Refrigerator’.”
You stare at Suika blankly for a moment before speaking. “Uh. . . I have no idea what you’re talking about.”
“You know, the other night, when we were playing at challenges. You
told me that you were King of the Yogurts, Hero to your people, Lord
and Master of the Refrigerator.” Suika nods sagely. “I was so impressed
because it was such a grand sounding title.”
You blink a few times. None of this sounds familiar, but then
again, you were REALLY drunk so there’s really no way of knowing what
you did or didn’t say. Should you play it off like you don’t know what
she’s talking about?
[ ] Tell her you have no idea what she’s talking about.
[ ] Play along like you know what’s going on.
[ ] Change the topic of conversation.
[ ] Go to sleep.
>>“You know, the other night, when we were
playing at challenges. You told me that you were King of the Yogurts,
Hero to your people, Lord and Master of the Refrigerator.” Suika nods
sagely. “I was so impressed because it was such a grand sounding
... I'm sorry, I don't believe there's any possible response to this.