[x] She's probably not playing danmaku solo. Stay out of the line of fire and keep an eye out for Takiko.
And a quick sidestep, for good measure. Of the many possibilities there are, one of the more likely ones is that there's more than one bullet.
... seems you were right. A few more seep through the crack, and splash against the opposite wall of the cavern.
"... where'd it go?" You hear Lumiere ask, from inside the room. A pause, and then "Oh. You got me, then..."
Got me? Almost sounds like a danmaku match. You wait, but no more waves pass by. And after only a few moments, the door swings in. Lumiere's head pokes out into the hall, looking the wrong way at first; but, then, she turns to face you.
"Good morning. Sorry, I thought you were a ghost."
There's a faint grin across her face.
She's very good at the black hole part sometimes. Times like this, for instance. Conversation goes in, and disappears beyond her ears. Stretching into infinitely long strings of time before it finally fades from existence.
There's always a way to skirt around the edge to get to where you were shooting for in the first place, though, if you think fast.
"Why a ghost? Have I really been that much like a phantom, lately?"
She shakes her head. "Kind of, but that's not why. Takiko was telling ghost stories."
You laugh. You can't imagine a ghost story being scary through sign language, but, well, it's been a long time since ghost stories were scary. Before you can respond, you notice an even smaller head poking out from behind the doorframe.
"'Morning, Takiko. What kind of ghost?"
She gives you a smile and a grin, moves out into view, and begins waving her hands. She's clearly proud of this one.
"Ah... a girl drown in a mountain river?" You ask, after she nears the end. That might actually be based on experience, now that you think about it... well, maybe it's better not to ask. "What's it doing in a cave?"
Hiding. You'll hear a creak and a moan before it attacks, trying to fill your lungs with water.
But still, you can't not ask. "Heh. How much of that is true?"
She shakes her head. A secret.
Oh well. "... anyway," You continue, switching gears, "I made some breakfast if you guys want some. And did Nitori tell you about that gathering in a bit?"
Both of them shake their heads. "I guess it's kind of like a kappa party. They're starting up a huge new project that they want me to work on."
"I'll eat a bit. And what kind of project?" She asks. That's the best way to get some conversation out of her – you just need to make her ask questions.
You laugh. "I'm not exactly sure yet. Some kind of 'turbo fusion energy project'."
"Huh. I'll eat."
Takiko gives you a nod at that.
"Hah, good. I could eat it by myself, but there'd be no room left for the celebration."
Brunch is... quiet, but that's what you expect. You're deep in thought about how you're going to balance this book and this new project, Lumiere's (probably) deep in thought about something unrelated, and Takiko's busy muncing down on the little bit of food she has. Did you know? Fairies can eat as much food as they like. However, they get bored with it before they can consume a ludicrous amount, so it almost functions like appetite – you wonder if you worded that passage right? It definitely might mesh better if...
"You're thinking too hard."
Hah. She's refreshingly blunt, sometimes. "Whoops."
"So, when is it?" Lumiere asks, acting like she asked this before. She might have. "I want to go."
Takiko gives a nod in agreement.
"That's probably fine," You say, "It sounded like you'd all be welcome. No pranks though, Takiko." Then, noticing her face, you add, "Well, nothing that'll get you in a lot of trouble."
She seems fine with that.
And after a bit more munching, the kitchen's empty once again. You'll worry about cleaning up when you get back, probably. It'll take a while to find what you wanted to wear, so you set to work. Everything is very organized – however that organization doesn't always make sense when you come back to it later. Sometimes a small change in the variables can lead to a very different thought pattern.
But, in the end, you find everything. Your black pants, white shirt, tie... and, of course, a lab coat for good measure. One of the thicker ones, since it's cold outside. And cold inside, too – the kappa don't really get as cold as humans do.
Right. Coat, clothes, cane, watch. Which you take a look at, and find that you timed everything just about right. 7 minutes to spare. There's a whole lot you can do in seven minutes.
[ ] Create something (write-in)
[ ] Take it easy, float around like a ghost.
[ ] Getting everyone and going a little earlier than early never hurt.
Well, I'll take up write-in only mode when I'm further along. I'm not exactly sure what I was thinking when I was asking that.