EZMode !iIyIHD.1G6 2008/06/22 (Sun) 00:54 No. 43615
[x] Go for the sword.
You decide you might as well take it back. Better to have it then not to, after all. The closer it is to you, the better. Maybe if it had been on hand when Reimu came by, things would have been different, and you might not have been ejected from Alice. Oh well, that's all in the past now. You head into Alice's room and recover it from where you had hidden it, then make your way to the door. You leave Alice's house, and make towards the tree tops.
"Hold up right there." a voice calls behind you, an unsettlingly familiar voice at that. You turn slowly to find Reimu floating a few feet away. You see her eyes on the sword in your hands, then she looks back up to you.
"You're awfully brave, returning to the scene of the crime, aren't you?" she asks, a rhetorical question at best. You try to think of an excuse to get yourself out of this, but Reimu produces an amulet from her sleeve. "Don't try to lie your way out of this one spirit. I was caught off guard last time, but I've actually prepared today. I was just on my way back to Alice's to do a better sweep, I thought you were still hiding there. I wasn't able to sense you then, but I sure can now."
You drift away a little bit, thinking that perhaps you might be able to outrun her, but she drifts closer as you retreat, maintaining the same distance.
"I didn't think you'd make it easy on me though, this saves me the hassle of having to purify the house, and I'd much rather enjoy some danmaku then religious rituals." Reimu says.
"Why are you so concerned with catching me?" you ask in defiance. "Am I really such a problem?"
Reimu doesn't reply, but she does stop advancing towards you. You stop retreating as well, as it were. Reimu gives you an annoyed look, as if you'd managed to say something she hadn't considered.
"Why do you run?" Reimu asks. "Why don't you just obey the natural order and face your judgment? Your escape is a blemish on the cycle of life and death, and your act of defiance causes unrest in Higan. More souls might get the idea they deserve to live again, and would seen to escape from death. Spirits have already proven to be quite comfortable making themselves at home in the world of the living, as the flower incident of years past has proven, but to chase after life that strongly. Is life really worth that much to you that you would risk damnation just to be free?"
You tighten your grip on the sword. You hadn't put a lot of thought into your reasons, at first it was just instinct, and then were just hiding to avoid capture. In the mean time, you picked someone's life and advanced their goals. That was just a distraction though, wasn't it? To keep you from becoming bored, or accidentally giving yourself away too early. You wonder yourself why you chose to run, but the only answer you can come up with is the desire to live again.
"I wasn't ready to die," you reply, fixing your gaze on Reimu. "It was too sudden, I was still in shock. I guess I couldn't accept it, and I still can't. I don't want to be judged, I want to live. You're human, aren't you? Wouldn't you suddenly have regrets over not doing what you wanted to do with your life if you died tomorrow?"
Reimu's eyes twitch, and her mouth curls into a frown. You can't tell if you made her angry or just annoyed.
"No," is the reply. "I would die nobly and accept peace in death. It's not my place to decide the cycle of life and death."
"I seriously doubt that you would have no regrets. I've only been here a few days, and I've already come to realize that there are a great number of people that have problems in their every day lives that they have trouble overcoming on their own." you say. Reimu furrows her brow.
"Why are you getting yourself wrapped up in other people's lives? You're just a rebellious soul, these people don't need your help."
You can feel a familiar frustration. Is she trying to provoke you? She's blindly ignoring even the obvious problems you've seen. Could she just not be aware? No, she seemed pretty familiar with Alice, and you doubt that she wasn't aware of the stall in her research.
"I made amazing progress in Alice's research, and right now she's heading off to confess her true feelings to Patchouli. She thanked me for helping her do things she's been unable to do alone, probably because she has friends like you," you say, practically shouting now, with emphasis on 'you'. "Friends that ignore her problems and try to pretend she didn't have any."
Reimu's expression changes dramatically to shock, then sinks once more into anger.
"Shut up! You noisy soul!" Reimu shouts, whipping her hand and releasing a wave of talismans. You easily avoid them, and reorient yourself to see Reimu floating in midair, holding another talisman. "You talk like you know anything about me."
"I don't really need to. You only care about resolving whatever incident affects everyone, but you don't care to solve the problems afflicting individuals." you say. "I'm genuinely helping people. Alice has a chance to be much happier now that I've helped her. If I can help her, who else could I help? How else can I change people's lives for the better?"
Reimu doesn't reply. She hardly looks like she's moving. She's closed her eyes, though her angry, annoyed expression remains.
"Even if I can't return to life, who knows how long this will last. I'm not sure why I'm possessing people, but if I can find a way to be happy, and make others happy in the process, do I really need to be stopped? I have no idea if this is even a permanent thing. For all I know, I might wake up tomorrow to find myself back in the land of the dead. My life was nothing special, but I still didn't want to die. If I'm forced to receive my judgment eventually, I at least want my actions here to reflect on me. I'm trying to do good for these people while I can, and being hounded by you and that ferrywoman is taxing."
Reimu's expression as faded, but she remains motionless.
"I just want to live again."
"Fine." Reimu says, tucking away the amulet. "Be stubborn is you want, I don't really care. All this ghost hunting business is a hassle anyway. Don't think I'm just going to ignore you though. If you give me a chance to get rid of you, I'll take it. If you start to make a mess of things, you can definitely expect me to come back for you." she continues, turning away from you. "I'm going to forget I ever ran into you here and pretend I never found anything. Don't make me regret having a bad memory."
With that, Reimu drifts away into the darkness, leaving you alone over the forest. You take the rest of the night to enjoy your apparent newfound freedom.
DAY 3 END