You sigh, if you leave things alone Marisa will probably blame you for
not telling her but if you actually point it out plainly she'd probably
get angry at you for making her look stupid in front of the others.
Instead, while the others are still distracted you gently tug on
Marisa's sleeve, causing her to turn and stare at you.
“What?” She demands, only for you to point at her then at the side
of your mouth. She glares at you, uncomprehending. You make rubbing
motions by your mouth, miming the act of wiping something off. Marisa
merely stares at you in confusion. “You're weird.” she says at last,
turning back to get in on whatever conversation the girls were having
now. You groan and slap your hand against your head in frustration.
Here you were, trying to be nice, and she doesn't even get it!
“Marisa!” you hiss, causing her to turn and glare at you again. “Wipe your mouth!”
“My mouth?” She frowns at you and wipes the back of her hand across
her mouth. Glancing down at it her eyes widen and the next few moments
are spent frantically wiping at her mouth with her hand. After a while
she looks up at you, “Gone?” she asks and you nod, she has indeed wiped
it all off. Marisa glares at you for a moment before nodding and
turning away again, this time you let her get sucked into whatever it
is the girls are talking about.
As you lead the girls to the supermarket, which was back near where
you had parked, you do try to listen in on their conversation. Several
minutes later and all you feel is confused, the girls were discussing
things and concepts you had no idea about - what was 'history sealing'
supposed to mean anyway? The girls also seemed to have an obscure
fascination with gaps as every few minutes you heard on of them refer
to the things, or rather to a specific person's gap. You sigh. Ever
since these girls arrived it's been hard to make sense of things, as if
they were from another world.
You pause and snicker slightly to yourself. Of course it would be like that, they practically are from another world!
It's not long before your little party reaches the supermarket and,
after a quick explanation and a few instructions for the girls - not to
leave the store, not to go to the back of the store and not to try and
take anything without you to check it - you all head inside.
From there... things went downhill quickly. This store was one of
the giant supermarkets that originally had only sold food but now sold,
well, damn near everything under the sun. Over the past few years such
supermarkets had risen in popularity partially because they were
convenient for many shoppers but also because the richer owning
companies had swallowed up their competitors at a ferocious rate during
the two year recession some time back. As such most supermarkets now
were huge, filled with shelves and far, far too easy to get lost in.
Which is pretty much what the girls did within moments of entering the place.
Oh, not all at once but every so often as you were doing your
rounds of the food aisles and filling your trolley one of the girls
would get distracted and wander off or pause to look at something and
stay behind as you carried on. Each time you called to them, telling
them you would come find them once you'd finished getting what you
Well, you sure as hell weren't going to be able to carry all this crap back to the car alone.
Eventually your trolley was piled high with stuff and it was time
to go seek out the girls - there hadn't been any announcements over the
PA system, so you were pretty certain no-one had caused any real
trouble yet. Still... you had better find them quickly.
Okay, choice is here... Take a look at the rough floor plan of the
department store. (and yes, it is a department store, just in case my
use of the word 'supermarket' caused any confusion. I'll fix that on
replay or rewrite)
Anyway, pick where you want to look for a girl first.
I bet money Meiling is in the Women's Clothes section. Even
if she has a new wardrobe, I doubt the novelty of being able to own
things has worn off yet. Under that same logic she might be in Jewelry,
though I doubt it.
Letty has crawled into the freezers, but thats ok. Meiling is
looking at items and confusing the sales people, but thats ok. Keine is
in the books and will probably see the trashy romance novels, but thats
ok. Komachi is sampling the booze and thats only mildly bad. Marisa is
in electronics or more likely toys, shaking valuables. Not ok.
[x] Don't forget to buy condoms and Astroglide
[x] Don't forget to buy some rope (full moon soon?)
[x] Go to toys (which is next to electronics) and stop Marisa from doing whatever it is she is doing.
Curse my vote being out of fear of disaster rather than want for moe.
>>46981 You know, if we're on the Letty route, then some of those chemical
glove warmer packs might come in handy. You know, to make sure that
certain part of Anon's anatomy doesn't get frostbite when the time
>>47011 <Marisa> I-I'm pregnant!
<Anon> Mighty fuck! Shit shit what are we going to do?
<Komachi> Hay guys, whats going on?
<Anon> Komachi! You're a shinigami! We...uh....need to you ah...."work" on something.
<Marisa> *sob* you're so cruel! *sob*
<Komachi> Fine. Just hold still.
And then Anon watches as Komachi simply punches Marisa in her slightly enlarged stomach.
Books. That seems like a good starting point right? It's close to where
you are now and, if you have to, you can easily do a full circuit of
the store starting from there. Besides, you suspect that it would be
the sort of place Keine would gravitate too in search of information
about the world. Although you rather think you want to find Marisa
first before she causes any trouble, and you do so expect her to be the
one to cause trouble, you simply have no idea at all where she would be
likely to end up. At least if you found someone else you could most
likely arrange a meeting point then split up to find her. It takes only
a minute or two to wheel your laden trolley around and push it towards
the shelves of books. As you draw nearer you see a book fly into the
air above the shelves.
Then another. And another.
As you grow closer you realize that there are books scattered
everywhere about the area. Fact books, fiction books, big books and
small books alike - it looks like a small whirlwind has torn through
the shelving leaving only chaos in it's wake. You groan, making an
educated guess as to who could have possibly been behind such an
inccident. “Marisa!” you yell, causing the chaos to pause and, cure
enough, moments later the blonde girl's head peeks out from behind one
of the shelves.
“OH! hi.” She calls in reply before ducking back around the shelf.
Curiously you leave your trolley and walk around to see what she's up
to, along the way you stop to pick up a few of the books and stuff them
back onto the shelves you pass on the way. As you turn the corner to
the area of shelving Marisa is in you are forced to duck suddenly as a
book flies at your face. Standing back up again you stare flatly at
Marisa as she grabs a book from the shelf nearest her, flicks through
it, then casually throws it over her shoulder and reaches for another
“Marisa.” you state, “just what are you doing?” The girl pauses in flicking through another blook and looks up at you.
“Lookin' for magic.” she says, “I'm always looking for magic books
and stuff to, uh, inspire me.” Inspire her. Right. From what you know
of Marisa so far you're fairly certain that 'steal' may have been a
better description of what she did when she found something. “Nothing
but junk here though, what kinda civilization do you guys think you are
if you don't even have magic books on sale!”
You stare at her. “One without magic, obviously.” you say, your
voice flat. Marisa stares at you uncomprehending for several moments
before it dawns on her what you mean.
“Ohhhhh.... oh...” She looks around at the mess of books on the floor. “Oops?”
It takes a short while to clear the books up and Marisa protests
all the way but doesn't actively shy away from helping. Evidently she's
too embarrassed at her rather stupid mistake to make too much of a fuss
over the mess and, luckily, you caught her before she managed to
attract too much attention with her actions. Had she been left to her
own devices she probably would have been caught by one of the store
staff sooner or later and, frankly, you didn't want to think about the
kind of trouble that could have ended up as.
Leading Marisa back to the trolley, you ponder the other girls.
Marisa was a good find but you didn't exactly trust her to be reliable
if you split up to find the others so it looked like you would have to
go together to find someone else now.
Refer back to the store picture, pick a new destination -
BOOKS is no longer a possible choice (as that's where you happen to be)
Well, after making sure the store wouldn't be destroyed by a freak
accident that nearly sent you to oblivion in your house, you think you
should probably keep an eye on the second-most potentially destructive,
which will be......
"Komachi" you mumble, in the same instant that a horrifying fact hits you:
This dept. store has a liquer section.
A big one.
Without wasting time, you zoom twards the liquer section, only to
find Komachi with a dreamy expression on her face, and her eyes......
are looking kinda glazed. This can't be good.
Oh, it seems she noticed you at last, since she's... wait, what?
she seems to be floating twards you, slowly, while mumbling "looooooooook".
So you do, suddenly noticing the small mountain of various kinds of bottles she's holding.
There is no palm worthy enough to burry your face in, and there is no time to do so as well.
Without a moment's hesitation, you pull Komachi to the ground,
it'll be bad if people start seeing a floating girl all of a sudden.
It's a good thing the liquer section is pretty secluded, you think.
"Komachi, NO!. pick ONE, and only ONE. we have enough of those at home" you say, trying to maintain a serious strict tone.
It's suprisingly hard to do so, since you have to admit, her dreamy face looks really cute.
Komachi snaps back to reality in an instant, obviously disappointed, and then the impossible happens-
She walks back to the shelves, putting back that small mass of bottles she gathered, except for one.
What the hell just happened? you should be able to solve this.
But you fail horribly trying to do so.
Dumbfounded, you mumble "okay, you can make that two"
The dissapointed frown leaves Komachi's face to be replaced with a little smile.
After a small browsing session, she decides and picks up a bottle, and you both start heading back to the trolly.
On the way you suddenly notice a young man sitting near one of the
cupboards with a laptop, a few open bottles around him, and it's not
too hard to see that he's drunk. He seems to be wearing a brown coat
with initials on the cuffs. "Y.A.F". What kind of name is that?
Someone should call security to remove this person, the sooner the better....
You decide to ignore, and just pass near him, catching something
like a complaint on low connection signal to the wireless network. What
the hell can he be doing in there?
Losing interest, you leave the section, hoping to never see that eerie-eyed drunkard again.
Well this came out a HELL OF A LOT longer than i expected it to.
Well, finding Marisa in the books section wasn't what you
had expected or hoped for. Since this meant that Keine was somewhere
else, and you had little idea where, you figured it would be best to
aim for someone who you had a pretty good chance of finding easily.
That, really, came down to Letty or Komachi and, after a quick mental
decision over who could cause more trouble if left alone you decided to
go seek out Komachi first as you were pretty certain you would find her
around the liquor section of the store. As you and Marisa make your way
there you do your best to look into the sections you pass by, Women's
clothing and Frozen foods, but the two are simply too packed full of
displays and shelving units for you to see everywhere in them.
Resigning yourself to the fact that you would have to check each
section properly you continue to the liquor section, pausing only to
give Marisa a brief warning not to get too far away from you. The
warning was just in case she was mistaken as a child and taken away by
a member of staff but, frankly, you were smart enough not to tell her
that to her face.
Thankfully Komachi was right near the entrance to the area,
apparently deep in thought over a selection of different spirits. She
notices you pretty quickly and brightens up, grabbing two different
bottles of alcohol before moving to greet you. “Hey!” she calls, “Look
what I got! Drinks I haven't tried before!” She grins, “There's so many
different types here! I wanna try 'em all!” You sigh and nod, causing
her to grin happily as she deposits the two bottles in the trolley and
makes a grab for another two.
“Hey, just two more for now.” You say, causing her to pause and
frown at you. She quickly looks back towards the row upon row of
bottles and scratches her chin, thinking hard. She glances at you.
“Just four?” She asks, her voice slightly whining. “But I want them
all!” Glancing at the trolley she gives a look of inspiration, “I can
carry 'em myself if that's the problem!” As she says this the redhead
holds up one hand and concentrates slightly. At first there's just a
slight haze in the air but, to your amazement, a small purple smoky orb
seems to pop into existence after a few moments. You watch, wide-eyed,
as it slowly floats over to a bottle of spirits, engulfs it, and floats
away again with the bottle still held in it's grip. “See?” Komachi
says, looking proud, “I can summon hundreds of these things - I can
carry all the bottles myself!”
Your eye twitches slightly. “H-how did... no. Actually, I don't
want to know how you did that.” Shaking your head you turn back to the
trolley, “Just... make it go away before someone sees it and I'll let
you bring six bottles instead. We can always get more later.”
Komachi grins and, to your horror, the purple thing simply vanishes
- leaving the bottle to plummet towards the floor. The redhead,
however, had obviously planned that as she grabbed the bottle by the
neck as it fell without even looking in it's direction. “Sweet! Wait
As Komachi rushes off back down the rows of bottles you sigh and
look back at the rest of the store. Only three more girls to find... as
long as something didn't happen before then.
Refer back to the store plan again, one more location choice.
BOOKS and LIQUOR cannot be chosen.
Letty is almost certainly in the frozen foods aisle. Love
her, and she'll be happier there than anywhere else, so save the best
I get the feeling that Keine is liable to be in the toys or baby
clothes section, as she's always seemed a bit motherly to me. Those are
nearby, so I'd suggest we hit those. She might also be in the home
Meiling does seem to like food, so maybe she's at the deli or bakery. Maybe arts and crafts, as she likes physical activities.
Eh, I'm going to go with:
[X] Check the toys section. Take a peek in the the baby clothes section on the way.
The frozen section, it's nearby and you're all but sure
that you'll find someone there. And by 'someone' you mean 'Letty'.
While Komachi is off grabbing her booze, you quickly ask Marisa to
guard the trolley and jog off to the masses of freezers that make up
the frozen foods section.
Alas after several minutes searching you are forced to conclude
that none of the girls are here. Instead you just have to walk back to
the trolley and think of somewhere else to look next.
Shortest goddamn post ever by me. Ever.
Again, pick a place. Including this choice there will be 2, repeat, TWO such choices remaining so it's almost over.
BOOKS, LIQUOR, and FROZEN FOODS cannot be chosen.
Deciding to make your way down to the garden center, an area which took
up a huge chunk of the far side of the store, you herd the two girls
you have found along the route there. As you go you do glance into the
various sections you pass but they all too packed full of things to see
much at all. Mentally you curse whichever moron was behind the layout
of the various areas as it was almost impossible to be sure if someone
was there or not without actually going in.
As you reach the garden center Marisa lets out a squeal of delight
and makes a bee line towards a set of mental shelves covered in... Yes,
as you thought, they were covered in mushrooms and other such odd
plants and fungi. Still, while Marisa was distracted with the mushrooms
it would give you time to do a quick dash from one end of the garden
center to the other.
One quick dash later and all you feel is tired and annoyed. None of
the girls had been there at all and the only thing your dash had
accomplished was to make you hideously out of breath. Panting you look
back into the main store, where on earth could the others be? Letty you
thought you had pinned down to the frozen foods as you were sure she
would have gravitated towards somewhere cold, or at least cool.
Although you had found Marisa at the book section you had been certain
you were going to find Keine there as she seemed the scholarly type who
would love to learn new things about the world and where else could you
do that from? As to Meiling... you had no idea where she could be
since, aside from being chinese and having worked at a mansion of some
kind, you don't really know enough about her to make any real guess.
Grumbling, and ignoring Komachi's amused smirk at your exhaustion,
you call Marisa back and push the trolley back into the main store.
Final location choice!
BOOKS, FROZEN, LIQUOR, GARDEN cannot be chosen. Make your guesses now!
>>47198 Home Goods is usually like kitchen essentials and furnishings.
Basically "Bed, Bath, and Beyond" or as it is sometimes called "Sheets
'n Shit." They might have fans, but if they have ACs they will be off.
Dammit Desu. Challenging us.... You better have a damn good
explanation for why our guesses were wrong. I shall not be your
Ok lets think. Meiling, Keine, Letty.
Home Goods - homemaker type stuff. Since China lives without many comforts, this might appeal to her.
Electronics - I don't think any of them have ADD, so I doubt it.
Then again, I don't think they have seen a TV yet, so it could
mesmerize anyone one of them.
Automotive - no
Baby Dept - unless someone wants to dress up faeries, no.
Men's Clothing - I'm blaming George Zimmer if someone was actually here.
Arts and Crafts - possible school instincts for Keine
Jewelry - any one of them
Fabrics - do any of them make their own clothes? no real need anymore, unless they have a surprise texture fetish.
Deli and Fast Food - I could see Letty in Frozen Foods and then wandering to the source of a delicious smell. Maybe China.
So lets see thats
China - Home Goods
Keine - Arts and Crafts
Letty - Fast Food
These are my assumptions, though Jewelry or Electronics could be Desu's backup for fucking us.
I say hit Home Goods on the way to Arts 'n Crafts just because they
are close, while Fast Food is on the other side of the map. If we are
absolutely allowed only one option and travel time is irrelevant, then
go for the Fast Food/Deli.
What would be funny is if they are already in trouble and by
Customer Service. And if any one of them has waiting patiently at the
exit, I'm going to hit you Desu.
There are five different girls.
Of different ages, born at different times.
Someone musst have her time of the month, right? It's not like
every touhou has a japonese flag down in theyr panties at the same time?
>>47214 They would likely be using pads. Interesting thought. Pharmacy is a good idea.
Oh and don't forget, women who live together for a while tend to
synchronize their cycles. Be looking forward to that in the future.
DESU is going to need to make something up for Youkai menstrual cycles
What about the electronics section? It occurs to you that any of the
girls could have been attracted by the bright lights and flashing
images of the games consoles, televisions and other goods up there.
Also, as far as you were aware the girls from Gensokyo had never seen
electrical goods before, aside from the ones at your home, and surely
some of them would be amazed or interested right?
With that in mind you take a hard left after leaving the garden
center and power your way up to the electronics section at the end of
the main thoroughfare. Again you do try to look into the sections on
either side of you, but once again you are forced to conclude that
whoever designed this place was an idiot of the highest degree as you
can't see a damn thing due to all the badly placed shelves and racks.
Soon the noise and flashing lights of the electronics section are
visible. While Komachi seems vaguely interested, she also appears to be
quite happy in taking her time to get there. Marisa, on the other hand,
starts dashing ahead only to come to a sudden stop as a hand reaches
out to grab her from behind.
“Don't run in here Marisa.” A voice states, just loud enough for
you to hear. “Everything in here is so easily breakable it seems, and
very expensive too from what I understand.”
Keine. You sigh in some small measure of relief at finding who you
think to be the most reliable of the girls, someone you can leave with
the trolley while you look for the remaining two girls. As you pull
closer the silver-haired woman comes into view, hand still holding onto
the back of Marisa's shirt.
“Plus,” you hear her say, “all these things run on 'electricity'
and while I do not understand exactly what it is, I do know that it can
easily kill you if it is not properly respected.” You nod in agreement,
as you wheel your trolley up to the pair.
“That's right,” you say, causing Keine to turn to you in surprise,
evidently she hadn't noticed you were there. “Electricity is pretty
dangerous stuff, sort of like fire I suppose - so useful but it can
easily be dangerous to the people using it.” Marisa makes a little 'oh'
of understanding and nods, as does Komachi. “We use it everywhere in
the modern world,” you continue, “because it's a type of energy we can
easily turn into other energies.” The girls look a little confused at
that and you decide to elaborate, “Well, we can turn it into light or
heat, sound or movement. With the right devices of course, televisions,
torches, space heaters, loudspeakers, motors... the list of things is
The girls look confused and you sigh, “It isn't something easy to
explain, is it?” Keine asks, “Whenever I have something difficult to
teach I always look to examples and activities which make the
explanation more understandable... is there something perhaps that can
do a similar thing for this electricity?”
You look at Keine and frown, you had already thought of that!
Still... you knew she was only trying to help so you just shook your
head slightly and looked around. “Perhaps,” you reply, “There might be
something here, an introduction kit or something... wait here, i'll go
and ask one of the store staff.”
Moments, and one conversation with an idiot later, and you were
happily in possession of two junior electronics kits. Nothing special
but they would suffice for teaching the basics of electricity to the
girls. As an added bonus, on the outside edge of the arts and crafts
section - where these had been located - were also junior science kits
too, so you had been able to grab two of them as well. Returning to the
trolley you pile the four boxes on top of the other stuff you have and
grin at the girls. “These should help explain some things,” you say and
nod at Keine. “Electricity and basic chemistry at least, which is all
you really need to know about science for the moment.”
Smiling you turn the trolley around. Now where should you be heading off to nex-
There's a scream.
Two screams in fact.
One, the closer one, sounds like someone yelling about someone else
collapsing, while the one further away is accompanied by the crash of
something impacting into shelving of some kind. The girls, who were
calm and easygoing until then suddenly snap to alertness as if they
expect to be attacked at any moment. This, you *know* has the potential
of going bad really quickly unless you take command of the situation
and forestall the girls natural reactions to dangers that, in this
modern world, might not exist.
Aw, snap. Countdown to doomsday indeed.
I'm giddy just imagining the havoc if we hadn't found ANY of the girls during the previous five choices.
[x] Take the girls over to the close collapsed party member and tell them to stay with her and not panic while you
[x] Make a mad dash towards the crash.
>>47310 Actually, that’s not a bad idea. Have the girls take Letty over to
Frozen Foods and open up one of the doors. Komachi can easily carry
her, and Keine is pretty level headed. Leave the cart, you can check
out later. In fact, it might be wise to exit with them as soon as
possible, leave them in the car, and check out by yourself. If anyone
messes with Anon, he can just say they have “diplomatic immunity.”
Hey, guys, it's AD you're dealing with, not your average writefag.
There's absolutely no guarantee that "Letty collapsed" and "China broke
Still.. if one of our girls collapsed, I doubt they can deal with
ambulance without us. And we can always pay for broken things later.
[x] "Keine, Marisa - to the crashing site. Wait for me there."
[x] "Komachi, follow me." Go to the collapsed person.
>>47319 Indeed. Which is why we can say "I'm from the government. Its under
control." And if anyone complains about the girls acting odd, we can
say they have diplomatic immunity. Even if people get pissed, we still
Except, i point out, momizi pop wouldn't be capable of occuring
anyway on the basis that the lethal dose of chocolate for someone of
her mass would be equivilent to the same as a human. That is to say
approximately 24lb of the stuff.
A dog has to ingest roughly 1oz of milk chocolate per lb of body
weight for there to be enough theobromine (the chemical that's actually
poisonous) to really affect it in any way beyond general sickness.
Scaling this up, and taking into account the fact that a youkai she
would have greater tolerance (as, at the very least, she's not 100% dog
after all)... i'd put her at around the 100lb mark... now as a youkai
i'd give her a conservative estimate of being 50% more resistant than a
normal dog. So that's 150oz of chocolate or about 6lb 6oz she'd need to
consume within a single 17.5 hour (the time it takes for the body to
get rid of the toxic chemical) period in order for it to be approaching
Now, we can probably assume that maybe 2lb or so in 17.5 hours
would be her limit before it makes her feel significantly queasy,
wheras more would make her progressively more sick until the dangerous
limit is reached.
So there, Momizi CAN eat chocolate, just not much.
>>47515 Yeah, Raisins and Grapes can cause accute kidney failure in dogs.
But again it's a case of knowing what the toxic limit is (and AFAIK
there are no actual papers on the subject giving any idea of an exact
limit) and adjusting it to Momizi being a) bigger than any dog and b)
not being 100% dog.
For simplicity though, i'd probably just make dog-killing foods
make her feel queasy since, frankly, if you start applying what's
lethal to her you'd have to do the same for birds (Mystia, Tokiko and
Aya), cats (chen), insects (wriggle), and other animals (Ran, etc) too
and that would be hell to apply in any sane way. Hell, by these
standards eating a human who has ingested enough of the toxic foods
could be toxic enough to kill them - and that's just, y'know, too
stupid to beleive a Youkai isn't adapted to such possibilities.
“What the hell was that!?” Marisa is off like a shot before you can so
much as make a move to stop her, running towards the further away of
the two commotions. Grimacing you try not to curse, instead glancing at
the others who look at you and nod. The three of you move quickly to
the scene of the closer of the two commotions - somewhere within the
home goods section. When you get there you see a number of goods
knocked down and a stunned-looking staff member surrounded by
onlookers. Nodding to Komachi, you and her push your way through the
onlookers only to find... nothing. Well, there's a small pool of water
on the floor but beyond that you don't see what anyone would be
screaming about at all.
“What's going on?” You ask to one of the bystanders as Komachi looks around the scene.
“Iunno!” The bystander exclaims, “There was this woman see? She's
lookin' at the conditioner's, the staff dude goes up and starts
'splaining the things to 'er and then she just kinda, screams and runs
- knocking shit over as she went!”
You turn and grab the staff member, who had just picked himself off
the floor, by the shirt. “What the hell did you do?” you snarl, at
which the man just shoves you away.
“I don' need to talk to you!” He yells, “Damn crazy woma-” he stops
suddenly and goes pale in terror. You feel a hand on your shoulder,
Komachi's hand, and from the way the staff member is reacting you have
the overwhelming feeling that turning to look at her right now would be
a bad idea indeed.
“What.” she states, her voice deathly calm, “Did you do?”
The man gibbers and falls to his knees in fear, you note with some
disgust that he's even wet himself judging by the rapidly expanding
stain on his trousers. “I din' do anything!” he wails, “I was jus'
showin' her the features!”
“What features?” you ask, a feeling of dread welling up inside you.
“Th' th' th'” the man stammers for several seconds, “th' heating!
Room heating! Th' models she was lookin' at! They heat a room in
You swear and turn around, glaring at the first bystander you see.
“Which way did she go!?” you demand, causing several bystanders to
point in one direction. “Keine!” you call, “Head that way! See if you
can find her! Marisa too if you can!”
You see Keine turn and start moving, much quicker than you would
have imagined she could, in the direction the bystanders had pointed
in. You yourself however turn to Komachi and nod at her before the two
of you bull your way through the crowd again and make your way towards
the site of the second scream, at the entrance of the store near the
deli counters. Here there is another crowd, though this one is much
bigger and, to you concern, contains several members of store security.
At first you try to bull your way through as before but the number of
people is simply too many this time. Grimacing you glance at Komachi.
She nods, her face bearing a cold expression far from her early
“Move.” she states, in that same cold voice she used before. To
your amazement the people do move, many of them shivering in terror and
more than one simply fainting on the spot. You gulp and remind yourself
to ask Komachi about this later, but for now you push your way through
the gap into the center of the crowd, the red-head following close
behind. In the center of the ring of onlookers is, as you had vaguely
expected, Meiling. Somewhat more worryingly were the four security
guards pinning her to the floor and the two police officers examining
As you approach one of the officers moves over to push you back,
but you ignore him and attempt to move nearer to Meiling. The officer
says something, some kind of warning, but you ignore him - until one of
the unoccupied security guards comes over to grab you. You see a flash
of red and Komachi is there, grabbing the man's wrist with - if his
expression is anything to go by - bone-crushing force.
“What.” You say, “Happened.”
The police officer tells you it's none of your business and you
growl slightly before whirling on him and pulling a small black leather
folder off from your belt.
“It's my god-damn business!” You yell, pushing the folder
practically into the officers nose. The officer, sighting the contents
pales - the folder was effectively a mark of officialdom that ranked
you, theoretically, far far above this poor officer. “These are my
charges! Now let her up and tell me what the hell happened!” A nasty
thought occurs to you then and you lean in to stare the officer in the
face. “Or do you want to be held singularly responsible for starting a
The man stammers and backs away, his hands held up in a peace
gesture. You ignore him and move over to Meiling and give the four men
pinning her down a sharp look. “Meiling.” you say, “Stand up, it's
alright now.” One of the men smirks - though his smirk soon turns to
terror as Meiling does pick herself up, completely ignoring the weight
of the four men pinning her down - who collapse in a heap as she
stands. She's crying, obviously upset by the whole ordeal although...
you frown. There's no way those men could have held her down unless she
had actually let them, and you doubted that she would fall apart over
something like that either.
“Meiling?” You begin, gesturing for Komachi to clear some space.
It's only now that you note that there's a second man on the floor and
that the police officers have ignored you and moved to deal with him -
by cuffing him. The man is groaning in pain and lying near to... your
eyes widen slightly, there's a massive dent in the metal shelving units
near the man - a dent that could only have been made by... “Did you hit
him Meiling?” You ask, “Is that what happened?”
The girl nods and wipes her face with the back of her hand. “Y-yeah...” she mumbles, “I... I hit him.”
“Okay...” You take a breath and look at her. “Why? What happened?”
“I was... at the door.” Meiling says, “Talking to the door guard
man, someone yelled there was a thief and the door guard man went to
stop him.” You nod, shoplifting was all too common these days, and in a
store like this there were plenty of expensive things to steal. “That
door guard was useless!” You smile slightly as Meiling face heats up
with annoyance rather than upset. “That thief didn't even have to try
hard at all in order to get past him!” The redhead frowned, “So I hit
him. Favor from one guard to another I guess... Didn't want him getting
in trouble for letting a thief get away.”
Meling looks at the ground again and sniffs slightly. “Outsider
humans are so weak.” She mumbles, “I didn't even hit him that hard...
not really... and he didn't even try to dodge...” She looks up at you,
“It happened so fast - I didn't expect to hurt him that badly, really,
I didn't want to make any trouble...”
“It's okay,” you say, “You stopped a criminal from escaping with stolen goods, right? That means you did a good thing.”
“I know,” comes the reply from the chinese girl, “I just... I didn't want to make trouble for anyone... And I messed that up.”
You smile, “Nah, this is nothing.” you say, “now if you'd blown a
hole in the side of the store, that would have been trouble - but
stopping a criminal? Even if you did hit him too hard, you still did
the right thing.”
Meiling smiles at you and wipes her face with the back of her hand,
“Thankyou.” She says, then looks down. “Sakuya-san would have beaten me
if I had done something like this back home... making trouble for her
and Lady Remilia...”
Frowning at the mention of 'beaten' you reach up and put a hand on
Meiling's shoulder. “Don't worry,” you say, “As long as you're under my
roof then you're not going to get in trouble. Well... not unless you
take out half the house anyway.” The girl smiles at your last comment.
“That's more Marisa's style.” She says, “But... thankyou.”
“Oi,” Komachi butts in, “Shouldn't we be finding the others
now? Letty's still missing and Marisa is way too hyped up to be
anything but trouble.” You nod, and Meiling sniffs one last time and
also nods in agreement. The police officer moves towards you at the
mention of your group leaving and you simply glare at him.
“Later.” you say, only to have him nod in response - before a third
scream cuts through the air of the shopping center, causing both you
and he to slap your hands to your heads in exasperation. Glancing at
him you sigh, “It's probably one of mine.” You say, “I'll handle it, I
doubt it's anything serious this time anyway.”
“There's a corpse in the freezers!” A woman screams, as she comes tearing down the passage from the frozen foods section.
“... well, not too serious.” you grumble, as you, Meiling and Komachi bull your way out of the crowds.
It took only moments for the three of you to reach the frozen food
section where you found, as you had more or less expected, both Keine
and Marisa standing near an open freezer unit. Lying inside, head
resting on a sack of frozen vegetables, was a sleeping Letty.
“We found her mister Ryogi,” Keine states, “she had run away from
the heaters and had collapsed around some mens suits, we guessed she
had been heading this way to get to something cold so...”
“We carried her here!” declared Marisa, “and dropped her in one of these freezers!”
You smile at them both, “Good work then,” you say, “Both of you.
Quick thinking too.” You look at Keine for a moment then nod, “Do you
remember where we left the trolley?” She nods. “Great, can you go back
to it and, ah, push it towards the exit? There'll be a lot of counters
where the goods are counted and stuff before you get there, the rest of
us will meet you there.”
“Getting out before the trouble hits, huh?” Marisa says, “Good plan, 's just what I would do!”
At that Marisa and Keine both smirk. “No,” Marisa says, “You'd just blow a hole in the wall and leave that way.”
“Whatever! Lets just go already!”
It took some time, some stealth and more than a little luck but you
somehow managed to get everyone and the food out of the store without
any trouble. Fortunately for you the cashiers at the far end of the
store hadn't been privy to the details of the commotion and thus didn't
know that any of you had actually been involved. Nevertheless you had
practically sweated up a storm as you waited for your goods to go
through, terrified that someone from the scene would come over and
actually catch you. Oh, sure, you were pretty certain that you were
going to get one hell of a yelling to from the government officials
but... Well. The girls hadn't technically done anything wrong per se,
and you had left the police officer with enough information to contact
you if they decided to do anything. Though you were pretty certain that
your 'special' government rank would be enough to... avoid... such
issues for now.
It took some time but eventually you had gotten home. Letty had
woken up in the car and you had graciously set the air conditioning as
low as the car could manage, which was chilly but not too cold. The
other girls didn't seem to complain at all, for which you were far too
grateful. Once home food had been unpacked, then repacked into the
kitchen under your supervision - so that everyone knew where everything
was. Letty had been allowed up to her room to 'chill' out, literally,
and once everything was away you told the girls to do whatever they
wanted until Renko arrived later.
“Oh,” you say as everyone turns to leave, “One more thing. Our
government is going to put on a military 'fly by' some time this
evening, in theory to show you what they're capable of doing.”
“Fly by?” Marisa frowns, “Fly by what?”
“No,” you say, smiling. “They're going to send a few fighter jets
to fly past the house - probably pretty low so you can see and hear
them easily. They're like... flying machines, with weapons on them - so
I don't want anyone making any sudden moves or trying to attack them or
anything, just in case they get spooked.”
The girls nod, they knew well enough to know that 'spooked' plus
'armed' was not a good combination. “These, ah, these things look like
big arrows right?” Komachi asks, surprising you. Nodding back she
smiles. “Yeah, 'planes' they're called, right? I hear about 'em every
now and then from th' other shinigami. They seem to crash a lot, huh?
Carry a lot of people too.”
You shrug. “Some do,” you say, “Some carry people from one place to
another and some fly around with weapons to attack things with. It's
those second ones we'll see going past. Anyway, they'll be noisy and
fast, so this is just a heads up okay?”
As the girls nod and leave you sigh. Today had been a... hectic...
day. You decide that next time you go into the city you are going to
only take one or two of the girls, all of them at once was just simply
far too much. Still, they all learned something about the modern world
and you learned something about their world... Fairies, Shinigami...
Gensokyo was a strange place indeed.
Idly you wondered what it looked like. Renko and Maribell had often
told you stories about what they believed and Maribell used to keep a
sketchbook of pictures she had 'seen'. Still... it just seemed so...
so... Impossible! Magic, fairies, shinigami, monsters! Maybe what Keine
had told you yesterday was right, even with proof staring you in the
face you still didn't want to accept it. Not yet, not without knowing
what, exactly, it was you were going to accept at least. Idly you
finger the 'Mini-hakkero' you had been told to look after this morning,
you'd kept it in your pocket all day. Pulling it out you stare at it,
an inert block of carved octagonal wood with a hole in it. Aside from
the markings etched around the outside it seems so... normal. Nothing
like the weapon of fear the others seemed to treat it as.
You sigh and pocked the mini-hakkero, not wanting to risk setting
it off or something. It would still be a good two or three hours until
Renko showed up...
What on earth were you going to do to pass the time?
[ ] Find Marisa
[ ] Talk to Meiling
[ ] Check on Letty
[ ] Speak to Keine
[ ] Talk to Komachi
You are no fun AD. Now I like Scorn more than I like you.
And hey, Youkais are completely different species tahn humans, they
ougth to be weak/vulnerable to some substances of our world or some
diseas (ANTRAX and AIDS are a possibility). That would add in some
reality to the CYOA, and could give a boost to the plot. You know, the
girls get sick and have to go to the hospital and all that gibberish.
>>47560 You mention 'reality' but in the same sentence mention them getting Anthrax and AIDS. No. Just... no.
Anthrax is only common around farm animals, and AIDS requires very
obvious direct contact from an infected human to get. Why would the
girls get either?
Now, the flu, on the other hand... Serious illness with risk of
death, high rate of transmission... scary stuff for someone who doesn't
know how to deal with it.
[ ] Speak to Keine
>>47560 It was pretty much stated in PMiSS (I think) in Eirin's (IIRC)
article that all youkai are pretty much immune to all regular disease.
It was said that Eirin couldn't sell any regular medicine to them, so
she developed drugs that induced certain kinds of dreams.
Komachi may be my soulmate, but this is the Letty story. Letty deserves some loving.
I happen to feel that she could use our company more than the other
girls, as well. Komachi's hax are something we can bring up most any
time, and Meiling's emotional distress is rather mild. Letty, on the
other hand, may well have been deathly frightened by the thought of
melting, and this is the time to comfort her if she needs it.
>>47537 >“Getting out before the trouble hits, huh?” Marisa says, “Good plan, 's just what I would do!”
>At that Marisa and Keine both smirk. “No,” Marisa says, “You'd just blow a hole in the wall and leave that way.”
Something went wrong here. I'm guessing it should be:
>At that Komachi and Keine both smirk. “No,” Komachi says, “You'd just blow a hole in the wall and leave that way.”