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Grinning Satori because she really like the way we are dressed.
[X] I’ll go with the standard toast and butter combo, like Satori.
Meh, I’ll go with the classic combo, toast and butter. Satori is having it and it looks strangely delicious compared to the other food on the kitchen table. Back in the days when I was at my first foster parents I always had toast with jelly, but jelly doesn’t seem to be available underground. Sweet, cranberry flavored jelly-
“I believe there is jelly here underground.”
“It is an imported dish called grass jelly. Usually it is served as a standalone dessert, but I think it would fit on toast, especially the one with watermelon flavor.”
“Watermelon jelly sounds delicious.”
“I think I’ll buy it next time, I certainly want a change.”
“Would jelly in my cereals be tasty?”
“You can always try, sister.”
My toast is getting cold. I better focus on eating because cold toast is not tasty at all.
While being focused on my food, I listen to their quite lively conversation. Today they are very cheerful, I wonder if my extraordinary clothes are the reason. Could be. You don’t see a guy in a pink yukata often, especially if it has a floral pattern and the sash tied in a large ribbon on the side. Has any man dressed like this before? I believe not, mainly because pink is considered feminine.
Strange, I’m really comfortable with the color pink, I simply like it. Common knowledge is that real men wear pink. Well yes, they do. I’ve seen male celebrities with pink shirts and even pink swimwear. And they are straight, too.
The silk feels great on the skin and the underwear is not that bad at all. Actually, they feel like oversized boxers with some lace on the edges. Oh shit, Satori now knows what I’m wearing under the pink silk. She doesn’t mind, no, the girl smirked the moment I was comparing the bloomers to boxers.
Oh, I see I gave her an indirect compliment as well, thinking that I like the color pink, which is also her hair color. True, I can’t deny my love for this color.
“Shall we have some tea?”
“Make the sweet one, sis! It is so fruity delicious!”
I have to agree with Koishi, it tastes heavenly. That taste is hard to describe, all I can say it is good. Maybe it is some fruity mix where I can’t make out the base ingredients. Blackberries, oranges, strawberries, star fruits, and even vanilla flavors are in there. Maybe it is the magically enchanted sugar. Hell, I don’t know.
I can hardly wait till it’s done!
Ah, this tea is so good. First I taste the strong cinnamon flavor that spreads through my mouth and then leaves a strong fruity taste behind. After this point I can’t make out what fruits are in this mix. My taste buds fail. They simply can’t handle the heavenly taste and my brains only picks up the info ‘’extremely freaking delicious’’. I’d use another f-word right now to emphasize my statement, but that would be impolite towards my mindreading host.
With each sip I take the cup the nectar becomes emptier. It would be great to have an inexhaustible magic cup with infinite tea.
I’ve got to be careful, this tea is still hot and I have what people call a cat’s tongue. Coincidentally, the cat demon has the same problem. Orin sip slowly and she has to blow on her tea to cool it down. Seems like she is true to her animal motif.
“I heard Yuugi is coming over, is that right, Satori?” asks the bird demon loudly and interrupts my thoughts.
“If she is done with her cleaning, then she probably will.”
“Oh, that’s great! I’ll duel her to show Leon my powers!”
“Are you sure, Okuu?”
The older sister seems concerned over her pet’s idea. Considering her ability, it is really best not to play around with it, but if it is true what the shrine maiden said, then the protective barrier makes even her projectiles relatively harmless.
“She should, sis. Leon is new here and he has to see how a duel looks like.”
“We’ll both use just one spellcard for demonstration, we won’t get serious!”
“Alright, you have my permission to duel her, Okuu.”
Utsuho jumps up and stretches her arms, just like a little kid would in this situation. For someone wielding such power as fusing nuclei, she is pretty childish.
“That’ll be fun to watch!” says the cat demon and cheers together with her fellow pet. Funny how a cat demon gets along with a bird demon and vice-versa.
“Just don’t get too cocky, Yuugi is very powerful.”
How can someone be even more powerful that Utsuho? Oh right, the shrine maiden said that the duels aren’t that much about power but more about magical capacity, skill and wits. Basically anyone can win in the duel-
Hey, what was that bizarre buzzing noise?
“I got a text message!”
Oh, so it is Koishi’s phone. I didn’t notice that her skirt had pockets until now. Her phone resembles that clamshell phone I had back home.
“It is from Yuugi. She may need a day or two more to clean up her apartment. She’ll also visit us today and see if Leon is alright.”
“Did she state when she’ll arrive?”
“In... less than twenty minutes.”
“That’s soon! I have to get my gear!”
As Utsuho finishes her sentence she stands up and runs outside the kitchen. Outside she jumps in the air and… well, she doesn’t land anywhere in sight, so I presume she took flight. I guess I’ll have to learn how to fly if I want to stay in this world.
“Where will they duel, Satori?”
“I’m not sure, but they will most likely duel in the grand hall.”
“Isn’t that dangerous? Those stained glass windows are so pretty.”
“Oh, the protective border surrounding the duel is powerful enough to stop any projectile, don’t worry. We had duels inside there before and everything is still intact.”
Several minutes later, the bird demon returns. As she steps into the kitchen she is stopped by Satori’s voice.
“What did we say about your gear, Okuu?”
“No battle gear in the kitchen, I remember.”
Utsuho sighs loudly, turns around and leaves us.
So this was her ‘’gear’’, huh? There was a long, orange thing on her right hand, some gray shin guard and boot on her right leg and that large cape resting on her wings. That pattern looked like the night sky, but with depth. Wow, a 3D cape!
Now that I see Utsuho from behind I realized how long her healthy black hair is! Goodness, it is way down to her butt! Not that I prefer long hair over short hair, I like all hair length, but it find long hair a real feat.
Suddenly the doorbell is rung. It must be Yuugi.
Together we all head to the front doors to greet the blonde demon.
“Hey y’all! Wow, y’all got here to greet me?”
Boy is she tipsy! As her gaze passes me, she stops for a moment and carefully inspects me. Her cheeks are just as pink as my yukata.
“What’cha wearin’, Leon?”
First the demon chuckles, then snorts in her laughter. Yeah, I know it is funny. Satori shows her inside and the blonde woman clumsily steps into the great palace. Will she be able to duel like that?
“Still, it fits ya! Bit flamboyant, but still spot on!”
“I know what’cha all think ‘right now. How the hell are you so drunk sho early in da mornin’? Well, I was cleaned da apartment all night long and I’m not throwin’ away not one single bottle, no, not one single drop.”
All of a sudden, she stops in the great hall and stretches her arms.
“I bettar sober up or somethang!”
Wow, what was that? How did that little blue mist come out from her mouth?
“Sorry everyone, I should have done that earlier, but I didn’t feel like it.”
“It is okay, we love you just the way you are Yuugi!”
Judging by what Koishi just said, she must be a regular drunkard. That also explains why they all were so normal about the drunken state of the blonde woman.
“Hey Yuugi, I challenge you to a spellcard duel!”
“Great! Now I can show Leon how these duels look like!”
“One spellcard each, no bombs and let’s not get too serious.”
“A little demonstration for Leon, am I right?”
“Shall we begin, oni?”
“Hell yeah, hell raven!”
Woah, what was that? Some powerful magic nearly swept me off my feet. The two demons take flight and fly in the middle of this large hall. Hey, look at the frescos!
“I’m Utsuho Reiuji, the Searing Divine Flame!”
“I’m Yuugi Hoshiguma, the The Rumored Unnatural Phenomenon!”
“I declare my first spellcard! Explosion Sign ‘’Mega Flare’’!”
Boom! Several little stars are generated by the hell raven just in front of her. Each is thrown into existence with a loud, explosive bang. As they travel towards Yuugi they shrink more and more, allowing the blonde demon to move in between. These stars generate hard lumps, so kind of debris. Maybe it is the carbon generated in later stages when the star begins to die. To me, it looks impossible to navigate through the pattern, but Yuugi dodges them pretty easily.
While the blonde is dodging the bullets she is using her outstretched right hand to shoot glowing blue bullets in the bird’s direction. These bullets hit Utsuho or more accurately, they hit some invisible shield that is in front of her.
This goes on for what I would say it about one minute. Yuugi effortlessly navigates through those stars, like a real professional. Some carbon lumbs get close to her, but she evades them nonetheless.
“Twelve seconds left!”
It is getting hot in here. True to Satori’s and also Reimu’s words, the carbon lumps and miniature stars disappear when they hit the transparent bluish border.
Wow, this fight looks intense.
The bird demon begins a countdown. Her voice echoes through the great hall. Once she reaches the number three her voice is longer than even the loudest explosion she generates. I wonder, is it magically amplified- boom! All the projectiles disappear once she finishes the countdown.
They turn into fine, green mist.
“My turn now! Feat of Strength "Wind Blowing Down from Mt. Ooe"!”
Yuugi activates her spellcard. Suddenly, strong wings begin to blow from the side and bring rocks, small boulders and many little blue bullets, like the ones she used before. These are very dense and also extremely fast around Yuugi, but slower near the place where Utsuho flies. Still, their sheer speed makes them difficult to evade.
Still, Okuu remains perfectly still and moves very little, letting the projectiles simply pass by her. Some get dangerously close, but she doesn’t mind. While she is evading the rocks and blue glowing things, she shoots burning orange bolts in small arcs to hit Yuugi. Her shots aren’t as accurate as Yuugi’s, but their larger spread always hit the invisible shield.
Hmm, seems like Yuugi truly is more powerful than the hell raven. Many more bullets graze or fly close to Utsuho, despite the smaller density. I see some nervousness in the bird demon and her movements becomes unnecessarily quick as the blonde oni begins to count down to ten. Her powerful voice echoes through the great hall, similar to how Utsuho’s did before. Once she reaches the end, the air clears, there are no more projectiles, only green mist.
“We ended in a draw.”
“It is okay, this was just for demonstration.”
“So, what do you think, Leon?”
“That was a fantastic demonstration of power, Yuugi!”
“I’m glad you liked it!”
“What about my fusion powers work, Leon!”
“Nice stars, there, Utsuho. I’m just afraid that I’ll never be able to keep up with these patterns.”
“Don’t worry! We have easier ones just for fun!”
“Hey, want to try one, Leon? You look better today!”
“No, duel with me, I’ll go easy on you!”
I can’t deny that I’m feeling better. The headache is gone, the back pain is not there anymore and even my legs feel better today. I could even keep up with Koishi’s fast walk. Those girls are actually competing now who I’ll duel, showering me with needless promises that they’ll go easy on me... can I believe them?
[ ] Give it a try. Duel...
-[ ] ...Utsuho.
-[ ] ...Yuugi.
[ ] Diplomacy! Challenge a third party!
-[ ] <write-in>
[ ] Umm, do that another day, okay?
-[ ] <write-in>