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>Walk up to her
Yeah, you know these feelings in your heart alright. You haven't the experience, but you have the knowledge. It's been a wild ride, you're not even sure when your feelings for Rin even started, it could've been a week ago, could've been a month, could've been love at first sight for all you know. You've been fooling yourself and Rin for all this time and had not really known it until Alice brought it to your attention. It's time to set things straight. Once and for all. Now or never as they say, because there's no telling what will happen to Rin after this, so you may as well let this friendship go out with a bang.
"Rin...do you really want to know how I feel about you? Then..." You start off with, as you walk towards her. Rin seems a bit surprised by your sudden forwardness, and when you reach her, you grab one of her arms tightly. "Rin, I love you."
Rin was thrown completely off guard, for some reason. You're not sure why, you felt it might've been completely obvious but you suppose Rin's just oblivious like that in the heat of the moment. There's only slight difference in height, as you think Rin doesn't even have to stand on her toes. You had pulled Rin into you just before the big moment. And although Rin struggles and resists the first few moment, you're determined to hold on, because somewhere deep within your mind, you think Rin feels the same way.
And...eventually, Rin stops struggling. Her hands coming to a rest on your shoulder, and she finally gives in, beginning to return the kiss you've been waiting so long to give.
When all is said and done, and your lips part, the both of you are panting somewhat, just staring into each other's eyes. It feels a bit awkward, staring into the eyes of someone who you considered a great friend up until now so longingly, though, heaven forbid, it could be worse. Rin then closes her eyes and leans her head softly upon your shoulder, where you give her the appropriate comfort.
"That...was realy corny, Satoshi."
Wat? You want to kick yourself in the head suddenly. You're so happy, and yet...
"Ahaha...w-well, not many other ways you can get that message across. I tried to keep it simple though..."
"Hm...you did. Although...you are kind of a good kisser at least..."
Well, now you feel better. But you're not about to continue down that road, you're afraid she's going to say 'not as good as Okuu' or something.
"So, have I helped you in deciding how you felt about me?"
"I think you have. I know more about it, at least."
"Really? Then do tell, what is it?"
"W-...What?" You separate Rin from yourself and you see she's giving you that mischievous smile, that cocky grin that made you hate her so very much when you first laid eyes on her. Urgh! "Why not?!"
"Because, I feel like leaving you in the dark for a while longer. It's more fun that way."
"M-More fun?! Not for me! You mean to tell me I went ahead and poured out all my feelings to you for nothing?!"
"I'm sorry Satoshi, but..." Rin puts her hands on your chest and looks at you straight in the eyes. "Maybe...some other time. We'll get to know each other better. I need to get going."
"Wa--OOPH!" Rin had pushed you into the snow away from her before you could get much out. By the time you got your bearings back together, a massive pillar of fire engulfs Rin's position and by the time it disappears, all you can see is the silhouette of a cat like creature flying away in the distance towards the moon. "RIN!!!" You get up, you're about to follow her but...no, fuck that. She's far too fast. You'd lose her in an instant. There's no way you'd find her. It's all over.
You stood there assessing the situation, and everything that happened. It all began when you first met Satori, at the shrine steps, and caught her fall. When you took her up on her offer, you met her two pets, Rin and Utsuho, while Utsuho was loud and obnoxious, Rin was more cunning and mischievous. While Utsuho simply annoyed you, Rin knew how to push all your buttons, and pressed them with alarming frequency. You hated being around her, to the point to where seeing her made you gag. You had to constantly poke and point quips at her and it was like a fierce round of battleship where the two of you would take turns trying to see who could sink the other's will first. You hadn't seen it then and there, but those times you met her, you were becoming closer to her, you were finding out more about her, and in a sense, you were playing with her. It gradually got to the point to where you were enjoying it, and almost looked forward to making fun of her again, though you'd never have admitted it then.
You think back on what Alice said though. There are no coincidences in this world. Only necessity. You then remember the day before you left the human village. You were going to fetch a ball the nearby kids had lost past the fence and bushes. When you emerged from them into the other side, there was a large clearing, with a small hill and a tree on top. All you remember seeing was this girl standing next to the tree, facing away, only a split second passed before she noticed you and a blinding flash of fire hit her. When you looked back, she was gone, a round patch of grass burnt off. You had no idea what happened to her, and ended up forgetting what she even looked like, because you only saw her for a brief second. Later that day, you decided you'd leave the human village. You didn't really even know why at the time, you sort of made up reasons along the way, reasons why you didn't like staying there.
When you spied Rin on top of this very snowy hill, you realized something. The way she stood on it, very much so like the girl you saw just before leaving. It's kind of odd in a way. Maybe it was her. Maybe it wasn't. But you get this feeling now that you understand what Alice meant with those words.
"Satoshi~!" Speaking of whom, you turn around and see Alice running towards you and stopping before you, panting a bit. "Satoshi, what..."
"Alice? What's going on? Why did you follow me?"
"I...just had to. I wanted to make sure you didn't do anything stupid." Gee, how thoughtful of you, Alice. "But you seem to be fine..."
"Huh, normally you'd have let me go."
"Well, it's late. Besides, I have a promise to keep."
"I'll tell you when you're on your death bed." Alice says this so nonchalantly as she turns and walks away, it's very creepy. You end up standing there for a while, stunned by it before Alice stops and turns back around. "Come on, I'll walk you back home."
"O-Oh, right. Thanks..." Though, you're not sure if you really should thank her right now.
Alice escorts you back home without much fuss. Neither of you really say anything along the way. Alice doesn't at all inquire about what had happened. When she sees you off into your house, she makes a simple goodbye and leaves without another word. You're not sure, but it feels like she got the signal that you wanted to be alone right now. Maybe it's true.
You sit around the house, again, feeling lonely, bored, empty. The house felt desolate without Rin and the more time she stayed here, the more used to it you got. Being with someone really changed things. And now, you're not even sure if you'll ever see her again. Odds are you won't. Not only did she take off towards a dangerous area, but she's still very sick to boot. You can't imagine her coming out of that alive. But...at least, you got your feelings out to her before she left. Even if she didn't necessarily answer you back, you're satisfied at the very least that you got that out. So you can look back on this without much regret. At least you did that.
That night passes with you just staring at a wall for a couple hours and then going to sleep. Your sleep was more or less restless. Waking up the following day, you feel groggy and tired for the entire morning. You don't really even pick yourself up until near the afternoon. Once you do though, you feel a bit more recovered. Like you can finally start moving on from this and go on with your life as you did up until Rin visited. Yeah, your life was pretty okay, you can continue living it.
At least, that's what you want to think. The rest of the day whizzes past you like you're in a standstill. Even though you don't feel quite as miserable anymore, your mind won't leave thoughts of Rin behind in the slightest. You're constantly distracted, inattentive, and have a total lack of concentration. Over the next two days, this becomes very apparent. You can barely do work, you don't respond when people call out to you in the village, and even during lunch with Alice and Marisa, they have to forcibly bring your attention back to keep you in the conversation. Marisa expresses a lot of worry, but Alice gives you a look that tells you that she knows exactly what's on your mind...and there's nothing that could be done about it. Very sad.
You return home from said lunch with a great big sigh. You need to get it together. You don't know why the thought of Rin no longer being around strikes you so bad, but it does. Oh wait, you know why. It's because you let your feelings for her spiral out of control. Ugh, what a bother. She's not even a human, how could...
...no, you don't humor that thought any further. It was you yourself that wanted to try bridging that gap. Either through emotions or through giving yourself a greater lifespan. You just didn't want Rin to be upset and to continue opening up to you. You couldn't stand it when she was sad about thinking of losing you, because your life is nothing but a blink of an eye to her. You were even considering asking Alice at one point, because of something Marisa told you saying that Alice was a human like you and her at one point, meaning becoming a youkai yourself is more then possible, though you don't know what you'd have to sacrifice in return.
As you're about to try and go on with your life one more time, you stop when you hear a knocking on your door. Who the hell could that be? Maybe you forgot something and Marisa or Alice came by to drop it off. That sounds very likely, considering your lack of attention span right.
So, lo and behold, imagine your surprise when you see none other then the red and white shrine maiden standing at your doorstep. You're quite shocked, to say the least.
"Hello, Satoshi. You still got that medicine from Eirin, right?" You blink for a moment, is she talking about that youkai flu medicine you got from the good doctor a while back? You're honestly puzzled as to why she'd want that of all things.
"Uhh...yeah, why though...?" Reimu looks at you. You can tell, she's examining your eyes. You put on the best stone look you can give her, because you get this feelings she's looking for weakness. She then sighs a bit and looks away.
"Alright, I guess I can tell you...Rin told me you had it."
"Keep it down. I'm not supposed to tell you. Her and Utsuho are gravely sick right now and under Satori's care at my shrine."
"I saved them. What, did you doubt my abilities?"
You're so happy, you could cry right now. In fact, you have to try your damnedest not to.
"Th-Thank you...thank you so much! You don't know how worried I was sitting here thinking they were all gone."
"Well let's just say it'll be my thanks to you for that generous donation you made a while back. We're even now." Wow, to think, she might not have pulled through if you didn't give Reimu that 'donation' money a few days back. Is this that necessity thing again, Alice?
"Since I'm apparently not supposed to know, I guess I can't go see them right away, huh?"
"No, Rin doesn't want you to know yet, neither does Satori, for some reason. I was supposed to tell you that the medicine was for someone else, but I felt I could trust you."
For some reason, being trusted by the miko feels like a serious privilege.
"I'll get the medicine right away then!"
After fetching the pill bottle from the bedroom with quick haste and giving it to Reimu, she bids her farewell and flies off back to her shrine, presumably to fix up Rin and Utsuho. You guess Rin's flu really was contagious; Utsuho is sick as well now. You wonder if Satori is naturally immune to it, however. Only time will tell you guess, but...at least you know they're fine now. You're happy with that.
Five days later, you're standing in front of your house. Rin is there, all better again. She's busy toying with Utsuho, who happened to find a small venus fly trap somewhere outside your home. The curious little bird hasn't an idea what it does and of course, Rin is taking full advantage of it. Both are distracted inevitably. Standing in front of you though is the key to it all, Satori Komeiji.
"Satoshi-kun, I want to thank you for taking care of my pet Rin while I was gone." You give her a smile.
"No, the pleasure was all mine, I assure you." Satori looks back at you with a comforting smile.
"I can tell you are very happy to see Rin back. I can also see a lot of things have progressed while I was gone...I'm very glad for you two."
"Satori-san...you set all this up, didn't you? From when did all this start?" Satori then closes her eyes.
"I think...I shall keep a secret for now." You pout a bit. It's no fair she gets to read all your secrets and you're left in the dark. She just looks satisfied with that however. "Rin! Utsuho! It's time to go."
"Alright Satori-sama!" Satori then looks back at you. Her calm eyes have an air of kindness and gentleness to them right now.
"Take care, Satoshi-kun. Thanks again."
"Yeah...you too, Satori-san." She then turns and starts walking away, with her pets by both her sides. Though the entire time they were here, Rin sorta avoided you. It's kinda sad, but you guess she had said all those things thinking she wasn't coming back. You don't blame her, you thought she wasn't coming back either. But you know you'll see her again someday. This is far from over.
Hmm...hold on, they stopped. Satori seems to be talking to Rin. Rin is throwing a bit of a fuss. It doesn't last long though, she sighs and sulks and then you see her walking back to you. You're a bit confused right now.
"Uh...Rin?" Rin stops before you looking at you with an embarrassed face, more or less.
"Close your eyes." You don't really do what you're told, instead you stand there puzzled for the most part. This causes Rin to growl at you. "I said close your eyes!" Eep.
"Y-Yes ma'am." You go ahead and close your eyes tightly. Just then, Rin grabs your collar, drags you over to her, and in the most unexpected move by her you've ever seen, she plants a deep kiss on your lips. It's surprising, to say the least, but you're not complaining. Though it doesn't last long, as Rin pushes you back away, breathing out as if she had been holding it in for some time.
"Don't...don't you dare go anywhere now. I'm going to be the one that carries your corpse off but I don't want that to be anytime soon, okay?" You smile and pet her head softly.
"I won't...I'll be around for a while yet, trust me." Rin looks up at you before smiling back.
"I'll see ya then, Satoshi-kun." She instantly doubles back and runs back to Satori and Utsuho after saying that. You're frozen there for a while. Satoshi-kun...that sounds very nice coming from Rin, you feel. It gives you a nice soft feeling in your heart. A feeling that tells you that you're not as lonely or inexperienced anymore. You're finally...whole.
Time passes, the winter fades, spring comes. The forest blooms ones more, whole again, much like you are. Of course, all the dangerous fauna has risen from their dens and the youkai that make their rounds have increased their activity, so it's even more risky to be walking around. You know the place like the back of your hand, however, so it's no big deal. But...one day...
A few things have happened and I'm sorry to say
that I can't keep my assigned pupil on the mountain
any longer. Once repairs start getting made, I'll
be able take her back, but I hope you understand
when I ask this of you. Please take care of her
while things get settled. Remember, I'm entrusting
her well being to you. Love ya lots!
Sincerely, Aya Shameimaru
Bunbunmaru News Corp.
You look over the piece of paper the note was written on. Behind it, on your doorstep, is a silver haired tengu sitting on her knees, looking up at you with a lonely face. Stripped of her accessories and everything but her clothes, apparently. Looking at the note again, you can't help but realize...gee, how familiar. Why you? But...ah, you can't complain. People trust you, you guess. After all, what's the worst that could happen?
After a brief sigh, you smile, and stand aside in the doorway.
"Alright, come on in then...make yourself at home."
Alright, here's the deal. Satoshi's story can still continue. He has a larger history with Gensokyo then I've revealed, and of course, his future goals have yet to even be looked at quite yet. He's still got some loose ends to tie up, and not just with Rin...will you help guide him through that path?
I really enjoyed this story for some reason, maybe because it felt so casual and there really wasn't anything dramatic thought about it until the latter half of it. I'm willing to keep it going. The next chapter in Satoshi's life will of course, be focusing on someone other then Rin, but that's not to say she'll be forgotten, nor will this turn into an "omg romantic rival cliche" kind of thing unless you guys of course, really push for it. Think of it as exploring the other parts of Satoshi's life, outside of his (invariably empty) love life.
Of course, whether or not it happens, it won't happen for a while. I need to concentrate on my /border/ story for a good few weeks before I really give another story any other thought. Of course, if this continuation doesn't happen, I'll inevitably be working on my /border/ story full time. Though of course, I'll probably be tempted to still write one shots about Satori and Orin because I'm a complete fanfiction writing fag and I love Orin too much.
Whether or not I keep writing about Satoshi, I hope you guys enjoyed the story and the ending I wrote for it. Hopefully it wasn't too dramatic and cliche.
Here's to another completed, though short story on THP. Cheers.