EZMode !iIyIHD.1G6 2008/06/29 (Sun) 15:33 No. 45488
[x] Sit with Nitori.
[x] During the movie, try to access some of Hina's memories and make sure she would like how we're progressing with Nitori.
You decide to take a seat with Nitori. Rikako has already claimed the majority of the couch on her own and you don't feel like bothering her to move so you could sit there. As it were, Nitori's pile of pillows and cushions seems rather appealing, so you plop down next to her. Without even saying anything, Nitori offers up the edge of the sheet she has covering her legs. You can't help but let your eyes wander for a moment before sliding over a little and pulling the sheet over your legs as well. You press play on the remote and begin the movie.
As the movie presses on, Nitori and Rikako both react to scenes you find rather run of the mill in quite exaggerated means. Sure, you're used to seeing movies like this after all, but these things are all still new to these two, it doesn't really surprise you that they're as enthralled as they are. Nitori has apparently fully recovered from the little silent streak she was in since the river and was cheering loudly for Jet Li as the movie progressed. Rikako was slightly less vocal about her encouragements to the on-screen action, but when she got into a scene she was just as loud, if not louder than Nitori.
Your mind wanders away from the movie however. You're thinking about Nitori instead, and Hina. You've acted on your own emotions and attractions more often it seems, and you can't help but wonder if there's a chance you're not doing the right thing. After all, you're only trying to fill in for the body you're possessing as a temporary measure, and if you happent o make their life ebtter in the process, then at least you were a help. Alice was obvious. She had the research she was behind on, and even though you were affectionate towards Patchouli, it felt like instinct rather than personal choice. This time, you're not so sure. The instinct is there, but only recently. You dig deep into Hina's mind, trying to recover any kind of memories she might have of Nitori.
You recall two sisters, living near the base of the mountain, dressed in warm autumn colours, seeming friendly enough. The Akis, was it? All that you can recall about them seems to point to them being just acquaintences. Aya, you remember on your own, but Hina's memories of Aya are spotty. You do dredge up a memory of Hina talking to her, and you remember an article was the topic on hand. Momizi is just a face in the background with your current memories. There are particularly strong memories of Sanae, Kanako and Suwako however. Hina spends a lot of time there as a guest, as the memories you have indicate. Kanako and Suwako are Goddesses as well, and Sanae is a human, though has almost god like power on her own. Hina's memories reveal a memory of Suwako, propped up on Hinas back with her arms draped over her shoulders.
"The Goddesses of Youkai Mountain" she called them, the four of them, which got a small amount of laughter. Another memory of that day, and the accident that lead to knocking over the gate. You remember the look in Sanae's face, like she was trying to hide her annoyance, but it was quite apparent. You remember the feeling of being embarrassed, and recall the resolution to avoid going back there to prevent making anyone more upset. Even though she's a curse goddess, Hina has some bad luck of her own that she can't help, and she seems to be quite self conscious about it. If that's the case though, why haven't you been having issues like that? Perhaps being blasted with danmaku is bad luck, but it could have just been inattentiveness, you're not sure what the problem was there.
As for Nitori though? There are quite a few memories of her too, sitting by the riverside as she plays with some new machine, or sitting on the porch as she tinkers with some kind of gadget. Opposed to memories of Sanae and her neutral expression, all of Hina's memories of Nitori are filled with her smiles. You admit yourself that she's got a wonderfully brilliant smile, an impossibly cute grin of determination and childlike happiness. That's the smile you've come to love. Love? Is that you thinking that now, or is that part of Hina's thoughts? You look over at Nitori, her eyes practically shining from excitement as she watches the movie. You're not sure where your thoughts on the matter end and where Hina's begin, but if they're that overlapped, you couldn't be doing the wrong thing, could you? Nitori looks away from the movie for a moment, seeing you staring at her. There must have been some kind of odd expression on your face, because she blushes a little.
"Hina, you okay? she asks, snapping you out of your thoughts. You shake your head a little and nod.
"I'm fine, just thinking." you say. Nitori cocks her head a little, looking like she's going to ask you another question, but instead her usual smile takes over.
"You liking this movie so far?" she asks cheerfully. Well, you've seen it a few times before so it's not exactly new to you, but you nod regardless. It's not a bad movie, at least Uwe Boll didn't make it. It dawns on you now that Nitori and Rikako, as well as the majority of this world, probably wouldn't have the same concepts of taste and quality as you do. Nevertheless, you're going to prevent such a tragedy from happening.
The movie ends after a while, and Nitori gets up to put in a new one before you can move. She takes the disc out and puts it back in the case, then browses the stack for a few seconds before popping open another one and putting the disc in the machine. She pads back over to her seat and plops down next to you, squirming under the sheet a little as well, this time pulling it up to her waist rather than just draping it over her legs. You press play on the remote, and you feel a small thump as Nitori leans up against you, laying her head on your shoulder.
"That movie was awesome! This is so fun!" she says happily. "Thanks for helping us set this all up, I had no idea that these 'movie' things were so good!" she says with a smile, looking down at the DVD player as it goes through the opening sequence of the movie. "To think I might have taken all these machines apart at some point and ruined them. I might have to change the way I think about outsider technology."
"I'm sure you'll understand it a lot more than I do one day." you say, a mix of honesty and encouragement. Granted you're not exactly the most technically savvy person, so if anyone could figure out more things, it would likely be Nitori. Come to think of it, she's quite close to you right now. It would be the ideal time for a small sign of affection.
 Put your arm around Nitori's shoulders.
 Slip you arm around Nitori's waist.
 Rest your head on Nitori's.
 Do nothing, this situation is fine.
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