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16850 No. 16850
A reboot of the second chapter of SCIENCE. Pretend like the other one never happened - this is a fresh start.

I'll have a summary up of the first SCIENCE tomorrow, so don't worry if you weren't around for that or if you forgot. I forgot, too. It's been a while since I've written this, and written in general, so bear with me if the writing/characters are a little off. It'll take me a few posts to get back in the groove.

As for update schedule, I'll try to keep it daily (excluding Friday) for now and see how that works out.
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“Mmmm...”

It's morning again. Or maybe it's after noon by now, who knows. It's hard to tell in a cave with no windows. And your sleep schedule is... bad, to say the least.

Opening your eyes, you can see that Nitori's not here. That's nothing abnormal, though. She's able to get by with only a couple hours of sleep, while you need about twelve, so it's not often that your sleep schedules sync up. Heh. You used to think that sleep was for the dead – many late nights were spend hammering away at some formula on that whiteboard in the lab you used to work at.

But, it's been about 16 months since that lab got sucked into a black hole, torn to bits, and spit out in this place that the natives call Gensokyo. About 16 months since you gained your leg Gained a new home. Gained a wife, and a daughter.

Not to be selfish, of course, but you think it wasn't exactly a bad trade off. The outside world didn't fare so well, but, you don't live there anymore. Aside from your madness, which in itself isn't too bad, this new life is so much better than the one you left.

Rolling lazily out of bed, a dozen thoughts buzzing away in the back of your still-not-quite-awake mind, you reach for your clothes. And then, you stop. These ones are pretty nasty. You've probably been wearing them for about a week now. Definitely, you should grab another pair.

But... no, the rest of them are almost as bad. You find one the fairy family structure is a very complicated one. I've spend many nights t...

...

... sigh. Focus.

Sometimes, that happens. Especially when you first wake up. Your particular breed of instanity is thought. It wasn't something you developed, it was something you stole, for a lack of a better word. Gained by mixing your blood with the bone of some long dead youkai who did just that – think.

Unfortunately for you, that youkai probably had hundreds of years to build it's skill in controlling it, while you've only had a little over one. It's difficult to manage sometimes. Groggy mornings are one of those times. You really don't need to be calculating force vectors on the cavern walls in order to get some coffee.

In either case, you find an almost suitable pair of clothes, and put them on. And your watch. Ah, good... it's not past noon yet.

Lately, your project has been a fairly thick book on fairies. Theories on why they exist, what they do while existing, how they work – pretty much anything and everything. You may be able to think it all in a matter of days, but condensing it into words takes a whole lot longer than that.

You step out into the hall, taking your cane with you. It's kind of silly to carry it around all the time, but you've grown used to it. Sometimes, it's just more fitting to poke something with your cane than it is to poke it with your hand.

It's mostly silent. Nitori's probably down in the lab tinkering on something. You can hear some faint laughs from the other room, though. Probably Lumiere and Takiko playing some sort of game. Heh. They really do get along well and that's why they form colonies. It helps them---

bleh. Coffee. You need something to wipe away this morning fog.

Heading into the kitchen, though, you find the pot empty. It's pretty hit or miss, anyway, so it's not entirely unexpected. The coffee machine's a bit overkill for one person, but it gets the job done. You're pretty sure it came from a restaurant somewhere. How it ended up in Gensokyo is anyone's guess, though.

You load up the machine with a bit of home-grown beans (it's surprisingly difficult to find coffee in Gensokyo), and press "brew". Good. That's that. Now you wait.

... or not.

[ ] Go see what Nitori is up to.
[ ] Go see what Lumiere is up to.
[ ] Go clean yourself up.
[ ] Stare into space and wait for the coffee.
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>> No. 16851
[x] Go clean yourself up.
>> No. 16852
[X] Go clean yourself up.

We don't need to start the day smelling like a sweaty old physicist.
>> No. 16853
>I'll have a summary up of the first SCIENCE tomorrow, so don't worry if you weren't around for that or if you forgot.
If you would please, i will wait with voting until then.
>> No. 16854
[X] Go clean yourself up.

THE FILTH OH GOD THE FILTH BUILD UP!

also good to see this come back once more!
>> No. 16855
[X] Go clean yourself up.

The return of BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY!

bisonyes.jpg
>> No. 16858
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16858
>SCIENCE! v 2.1.1
Pictured: my reaction.

[X] Go see what Nitori is up to.
>> No. 16859
[X] Go clean yourself up.
>> No. 16860
[X] Go clean yourself up.

Yeeesss, I am pleased.
>> No. 16861
[x] Go clean yourself up.
>> No. 16864
[x] Go clean yourself up.
[x] Go see what Lumiere is up to.
[x] Go see what Nitori is up to.

Good morning~

>>16858
I had a similar reaction. I also had to clean the bits of concrete and brick out of my pants.
>> No. 16865
[X] Go clean yourself up.
There is a God.
>> No. 16866
>SCIENCE! v 2.1.1

I cried in joy. God bless you, Klaymen.

[c] Go clean yourself up.
>> No. 16867
[x] Go clean yourself up.

The stink...the stink...
>> No. 16869
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16869
[†] Go see what Nitori is up to.

Bill Nye got on his motorcycl and said, "It's time for me to live up to my family name and face full-life consequences."

Welcome back!
>> No. 16870
[Q] Go clean yourself up.
>> No. 16871
[ ] Go clean yourself up
>> No. 16873
[X] Go clean yourself up.

Oh man, it's been so long, I forgot everything pretty much after Bill gets his Robo-Youkai leg.
>> No. 16874
[X] Go clean yourself up.

Amazing. A legend has returned.
>> No. 16875
[x] Go clean yourself up.

*sniff sniff*

"Ugh."

The kitchen smells strongly of... well, a mixture of coffee and you. And it's not very pleasent. Maybe last night was another one of those nights, where you just sweat constantly. The sheets didn't feel damp, though...

... no, it's probably because you haven't bathed in a few days. Too busy. Well, you guess you could take care of that now.

You head out of the kitchen, down the hall a little ways, and into the bathroom. You've often wondered if this is the only bathroom like this in Gensokyo – you certainly haven't run across one like it yet. It's very... functional, like the one you used to have on the outside. You've got a shower stall, a sink, a toilet, and that's all. You asked Nitori once, and she said she got the idea from some "how to fix it" book that she found once.

It's not like she uses it, but it's a lot more convienient for you than bathing in the river. Especially when it's winter like this. Although the hot water doesn't last very long, so you need to be fast.

*fsssshh*

You strip down as quickly as you can, and get in. Maybe you should do something about your clothes, too. It's about time to do some laundry. There's a washing machine down in the lab, but it's a little... dangerous, you guess. Nitori "upgraded" it a bit.

The shower's still a little cold, but that hardly matters. Right. The most efficient way to do this is to waste no time. The coffee won't be very long. You wonder if you can beat it? Everything will need to be perfect. Your arm motions. Your stance. What part of the wash cloth you use.

The water's ready. You begin.

And, not long after, you end. Before the hot water ran out, even, although it was awfully close. You towel off with lightning speed, throw your clothes back on, and head back to the kitchen.

And as you enter, the button on the pot clicks back into the "off" position.

"Heh."

Perfect.

As you're filling up your cup, you hear some footsteps enter the room. Judging by the weight, and the stride... Nitori.

"'Morning," you hear her call out from behind you. "I thought I heard you moving around."

Placing the coffee pot back with one hand, and taking up your cup in the other, you turn around. "Barely," you answer, a bit of a grin on your face. "I might even get to eat breakfast before it's over today. What's that?"

Seems she's holding something in one hand. A piece of paper.

"Oh, it's for you," she says, holding it out to you. But, when you reach for it, she pulls it back with a giggle. "Guess what it is?"

[ ] "A piece of paper?"
[ ] "Definitely not a piece of paper."
[ ] Write-in.
================================================
You could probably make a correct 'guess' if you wanted, but where's the fun in that?

Anyway, as for the brief summary:
William Nye, a particle physicist working at CERN, managed to create a black hole and end up in Gensokyo. The accident cost him his leg.

He met up with Nitori. And, through some SCIENCE, she replaced his leg with a youkai leg. It ended up looking like something a borg would line their ship with, although the bottom is a metal ball that can change shape a bit.

After some stuff, they (they being a team comprised of Takiko, Nitori, Bill, and Suika) went out and saved Gensokyo. And what was left of the world. Beat up a youkai and came back.

Takiko is a fairy who's taken a liking to Nye, and he's taken a sort of liking to her. Lumiere's the youkai that they beat up - she was spawned by people's belief as a personification of the black hole.

Nye lives with Nitori and all the other mentioned characters, up on the mountain.

... so yeah, the brief one. Most of it doesn't have much bearing on this, other than Nye is a human-turned-thinking-youkai, he's been living with Nitori, and there's a few others around.

Any other questions, please let me know. It ended up being really late again by the time I finished and I'm probably overlooking something.
>> No. 16876
[X] "A written declaration of your passionate desire for me, starting with the platonic and moving on to the carnal?"
[X] Waggle eyebrows furiously.

Overacting and kappa teasan games, just like old times.
>> No. 16877
[X] "A written declaration of your passionate desire for me, starting with the platonic and moving on to the carnal?"
[X] Waggle eyebrows furiously.
>> No. 16879
[X] "A written declaration of your passionate desire for me, starting with the platonic and moving on to the carnal?"
[X] Waggle eyebrows furiously.
>> No. 16883
[X] "A written declaration of your passionate desire for me, starting with the platonic and moving on to the carnal?"
[X] Waggle eyebrows furiously.

Acting a little Dr. Wily in that thar suggestion, Bill.

Also, it isn't SCIENCE, it's SCIENCE!
>> No. 16886
[x] "A written declaration of your passionate desire for me, starting with the platonic and moving on to the carnal?"
[x] Waggle eyebrows furiously.

VOTES FOR THE VOTE GOD.
>> No. 16888
[X] "A written declaration of your passionate desire for me, starting with the platonic and moving on to the carnal?"
[X] Waggle eyebrows furiously.

Oh man I missed this story so much.

Kappa teasan gaems
>> No. 16890
[x] "A written declaration of your passionate desire for me, starting with the platonic and moving on to the carnal?"
[x] Waggle eyebrows furiously.
Welcome back klay!
>> No. 16891
[X] "A written declaration of your passionate desire for me, starting with the platonic and moving on to the carnal?"
-[x] Waggle eyebrows furiously.

I wonder if we can still fluster Nitori after 16 months of magnificent kappasex.
Also, great to see you're back in /youkai/.
>> No. 16892
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16892
[X] "A written declaration of your passionate desire for me, starting with the platonic and moving on to the carnal?"
-[x] Waggle eyebrows furiously.

>>16883
>Acting a little Dr. Wily in that thar suggestion, Bill.

It will be a staple for him in his old age~!
>> No. 16905
[X] "A written declaration of your passionate desire for me, starting with the platonic and moving on to the carnal?"
-[x] Waggle eyebrows furiously.
>> No. 16911
[x] "A written declaration of your passionate desire for me, starting with the platonic and moving on to the carnal?"
[x] Waggle eyebrows furiously.

Damn, that's a good write-in.
>> No. 16912
[x] "A written declaration of your passionate desire for me, starting with the platonic and moving on to the carnal?"
[x] Waggle eyebrows furiously.
>> No. 16917
[X] "A written declaration of your passionate desire for me, starting with the platonic and moving on to the carnal?"
[X] Waggle eyebrows furiously.

I've been hoping for this when I, Youkai ended. Thank you, Klaymen!
>> No. 16918
[X] "A written declaration of your passionate desire for me, starting with the platonic and moving on to the carnal?"
-[X] Waggle eyebrows furiously.

This will do
>> No. 16931
[Q] "A written declaration of your passionate desire for me, starting with the platonic and moving on to the carnal?"
[Q] Waggle eyebrows furiously.

It's more likely to send her into a fit of laughter, but it's still worth it.
>> No. 16937
[X] "A written declaration of your passionate desire for me, starting with the platonic and moving on to the carnal?"
[X] Waggle eyebrows furiously.

I can imagine Bill surfing an ICBM into a target, waggling his eyebrows.
>> No. 16938
>>16937
IYKIM?
>> No. 16948
[x] "A written declaration of your passionate desire for me, starting with the platonic and moving on to the carnal?"
[x] Waggle eyebrows furiously.

"A written declaration of your passionate desire for me," You try to maintain a straight face, but it's difficult. Your left lip keeps trying to curl up into a smile... screw it. "starting with the platonic... and moving on to the carnal?"

As long as you're being ridiculous, you might as well do that eyebrow thing that she likes/hates so much. Hah, there we go. That's the 'what are you doing' grin you were looking for. "Huh? Am I right?"

She laughs."I wonder what you'd do if that's actually what it was."

She un-pulls back the paper, so you reach for it. "Well, I'd have to return it in... huh."

You weren't sure what you were expecting. But, this wasn't it.

"Kappa Council for Expansive Projects?"

Nitori gives you an excited nod. "Remember? I've told you about them before."

Oh, that's right. It's something like a committee that oversees huge projects that a single kappa couldn't do on their own. Community projects, basically. "Right, right," You say, nodding. "Did they decide to build a subway tunnle through the lab or something?"

She laughs. "Keep reading."

"'We are writing today to inform you that you've been choosen as a primary'--- wait, what?"

A primary candidate as 'head of the turbo fusion energy project'. That's what it says. That's pretty much all it says too, aside from a meeting date set for later today and a secondary one in a few more days in case you can't make it.

"'Turbu fusion energy project'...?"

A few hundred possibilities resound through your head, most of them ridiculous. But, then again, this is the kappa that you're talking about.

"It's pretty secret yet I guess," Nitori says, shrugging. "The guy who dropped it off didn't know what it was about. And I haven't heard anyone else talking about it, either."

Strange. You take another sip from your coffee. Usually, someone, somewhere would be bragging about it. And why you? You haven't done too much for the kappa in general. Maybe tossed a few ideas their way, but...

"So... you're going to accept, right?"

[ ] Definitely. With a name like that, how could it be anything but awesome?
[ ] Maybe. You'll need to pursued them to make this a joint venture.
[ ] You'll need some time to think on it. You've already got a lot on your plate.
>> No. 16949
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16949
[X] Definitely. With a name like that, how could it be anything but awesome?

Since when does Dr. Wily turn down a chance to build something?
>> No. 16952
>>16938
No, Literally.

[X] Maybe. You'll need to pursued them to make this a joint venture.

A black budget item? Sounds fishy.
>> No. 16953
[Q] Definitely. With a name like that, how could it be anything but awesome?

This sounds most wonderful~
>> No. 16954
[ ] Maybe. You'll need to persuade them to make this a joint venture.

Persuade. Not pursued. Just letting you know.
>> No. 16955
So 'joint venture' as in 'with Nitori', I assume? I can't think of anyone else that Bill would know to collaborate with at this point. Unless we met Dr. Asakura during the timeskip. ohpleaseohpleaseletitbethat

[X] Maybe. You'll need to persuade them to make this a joint venture.
>> No. 16956
[x] Definitely. With a name like that, how could it be anything but awesome?
>> No. 16957
[X] Maybe. You'll need to pursued them to make this a joint venture.
>> No. 16960
[X] Maybe. You'll need to pursued them to make this a joint venture.
>> No. 16961
[x] Definitely. With a name like that, how could it be anything but awesome?
>> No. 16963
[x] Maybe. You'll need to persuade them to make this a joint venture.
>> No. 16965
[X] Maybe. You'll need to purse-suede them to make this a joint venture.
>> No. 16967
[x] "Only if you're on the team."
[x] Remember to flex your eyebrow muscles for future use.
>> No. 16975
[x] Maybe. You'll need to persuade them to make this a joint venture.

"Depends," You say, shrugging. That seems to shock her a bit. "I'll need to persuade them to make this a joint venture."

"Joint... venture?" She asks, "What do you mean?"

"Well, I'd hate to run it alone," You say, "I'd want you to help me."

"I'd be doing that anyway," Nitori says, trying to deflect some of her embarrassment. "I don't want you to turn it down if you can't."

"Sure, but I'd want you to do it in name," You say. Then, laughing, you add. "Two heads are better than one, right? I don't see why we wouldn't be able to convince them." That's not entirely true. There's a hundred reasons why you wouldn't be able to, but most of them are kind of obscure. "Unless you don't want to work on something called the 'turbo fusion energy project', that is."

Nitori laughs. "Are you kidding? I don't think there's a kappa alive that would turn it down."

"It's definitely catchy."

You take another sip of your coffee, your stomach grumbling in response. Come to think of it... you didn't eat anything yesterday, did you? Oh well. You'll definitely need to get something to eat soon then.

"Say, do you think there'll be lunch there?" Theres about an hour and a half until the time on the paper. Enough time to eat, but... well, stuffing your face with someone else's food is always good, too.

Nitori nods. "These are pretty big events. They're sort of like..." she thinks for a moment. "I guess it's kind of like a party to celebrate the project finally starting. I bet there'll be music and stuff, too."

"Huh. I wonder if I should get dressed up..."

Nitori shrugs. "I don't think anyone would care either way."

You take a look down at what you threw on this morning. Some kind of button up shirt with khakis – one of the things you brought back with you on your only trip outside. It works, you guess, but it's not going to leave much of an impression.

[ ] Standard outing gear – lab coat, plus what you're currently wearing.
[ ] Something a bit more fancy – you've got some good shirts around, maybe a tie...
[ ] Write-in
>> No. 16977
[x] Something a bit more fancy – you've got some good shirts around, maybe a tie...
Hunch tells me that we're not going to meet just κ there.
>> No. 16978
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16978
[X] Something a bit more fancy – you've got some good shirts around, maybe a tie...

Why the hell not?
>> No. 16979
[x] Standard outing gear – lab coat, plus what you're currently wearing.
>> No. 16984
[X] Something a bit more fancy – you've got some good shirts around, maybe a tie...
[X] Wear lab coat over it

Once met the actual Bill Nye, and he did exactly this. He came out in a nice suit with a bow tie, and there was a standing ovation as he put the lab coat over it. Then he proceeded to play with liquid nitrogen for no reason. It was awesome.
>> No. 16985
[X] Something a bit more fancy – you've got some good shirts around, maybe a tie...
[X] Wear lab coat over it
>> No. 16986
[x] Standard outing gear – lab coat, plus what you're currently wearing.
No need to dress fancy, when we're just going to hang out with other science nuts. I doubt they will care about their attire either.
>> No. 16987
[Q] Something a bit more fancy – you've got some good shirts around, maybe a tie...
[Q] Wear lab coat over it

What can I say? It's the only way.
>> No. 16988
[x] Something a bit more fancy – you've got some good shirts around, maybe a tie...
[x] Wear lab coat over it
>> No. 16991
[X] Something a bit more fancy – you've got some good shirts around, maybe a tie...
[X] Wear lab coat over it
>> No. 16994
[X] Something a bit more fancy – you've got some good shirts around, maybe a tie...
[X] Wear lab coat over it
>> No. 16995
[X] Something a bit more fancy – you've got some good shirts around, maybe a tie...
[X] Wear lab coat over it.

Can't SCIENCE without your labcoat.
>> No. 16998
[B] Something a bit more fancy – you've got some good shirts around, maybe a tie...
[B] Wear lab coat over it.
>> No. 16999
Update tomorrow, work managed to kick me in the face today.
>> No. 17000
>>16999
See you then.
>> No. 17019
[x] Standard outing gear – lab coat, plus what you're currently wearing.
>> No. 17020
[x] Nice combination.

Well, in that case... you nod. She's right, of course. You should wear what you think you should wear, and that's about all. This is Gensokyo, after all. You know what you'll wear.

"Yeah, that's true," You say, taking another sip of your coffee. "I think I'm going to grab something to eat first, though. You want anything?"

She shakes her head. "Definitely going to save my appetite. Your cooking's good, but it's nothing like a kappa would make~"

You laugh, thinking back to one thing you read about their eating habits. "Is that a challenge? I've just been making what came to mind." You definitely can't say that... that... was the first thing that came to mind when you were thinking of a dish. Ever.

"Maybe. I wouldn't want to push you."

You nod. "You're sure you don't want some lowly human food?"

She laughs. "Yeah. I should be getting back down to the lab anyway, before it burns the whole place down... ahaha." Noticing your face, she hurries to reassure you. "I'm just kidding! I don't think it would really burn through rock."

It almost works. She's not exactly big on proper safety procedure. "Well," You say, turning back around to face the cupboards, "Ok. We'll probably want to leave a little early, so... does 45 minutes sound fine?"

"Uh huh. I'll come remind you in case you forget."

She says that last part a bit more seriously than you'd like. You actually might, if you get sidetracked. It's easy to lose tiny things like that in your head sometimes, like some sort of nightmarish sofa eating all your change. "Hah. I'll even set my watch alarm," You say, setting your coffee down for a moment while you fiddle with it. "See? No way I'll forget now."

There's something like a creak, or maybe a groan that seems to reverberate through the cave... and you see Nitori's face grow a little bit more excited. "H-haha," She laughs, before making a rather abrupt turn for the door. "I really should get back. I'll see you in a bit!"

After an about face turn, she makes her way out of the kitchen. And not exactly in a relaxed way. You wonder what she's been working on... last you heard, she finished some kind of huge cieling crane to haul junk around the lab, but that was a few days ago. Well, you'll have to find out later.

Breakfast is a quick affair to get started. You find some lefovers (some sort of chicken-rice dish? Hina must have brought it), and throw them in the microwave. Hah. You wonder how many homes in gensokyo even have a microwave?

There's enough for two (and a third) people in the dish, though, so you decide to see if Lumiere's hungry. The door to her room is closed, like usual. You knock, and wait. There's no answer, though. But, that's not uncommon. Lumiere's the type to tell you when it's not OK to enter, not when it is. You open the door and take a peek inside.

And duck, as some sort of black mass flies right for your face. Danmaku.

[ ] Write-in.

===============================================
Requesting permission to enter write-in only mode, at least for a while.

Also apologies if this update is bad, I guess it's just going to be one of those weeks.
>> No. 17021
[x] Duck!!!
>> No. 17022
>Requesting permission to enter write-in only mode, at least for a while.
Works for me. Just be prepared for 1 write-in + wandbagon.

[X] She's probably not playing danmaku solo. Stay out of the line of fire and keep an eye out for Takiko.
>> No. 17023
[X] She's probably not playing danmaku solo. Stay out of the line of fire and keep an eye out for Takiko.
>> No. 17024
[x] Join in!
[x] Slam the door shut and yell through it if she's hungry.
>> No. 17025
[X] She's probably not playing danmaku solo. Stay out of the line of fire and keep an eye out for Takiko.
>> No. 17026
[x] Walk in.
A single bullet seems more like a warning shot, or maybe even a reflex. In any case, it's best to just waltz in and announce breakfast.
>> No. 17028
[x] Duck, You Sucker!
>> No. 17029
[x]Graze it

Nothing like a bit of exercise to liven up the body!
>> No. 17030
[Q] Walk in.

Best practice.
>> No. 17031
Thinking about this, I started it about two weeks too early. I should have know that my last two weeks on this job were going to be stress filled.

So, I am going to drop back to once-every-two-days, since that seems to be a good balance. At least, until I'm done here. Then I'll go back to once-per-day since I won't be rushing around all the time.

tl;dr nothing today, update tomorrow for a while
>> No. 17032
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17032
>>17031
Take your time, Klay. We'll always be here.
>> No. 17035
>>17032
Yeah. I feel kind of bad for jumping the gun on this one, though.

Anyway writing now.
>> No. 17036
[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.

"Ghost?"

"Uh huh."

"..."

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?"

Half.

"Which half?"

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.

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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.
>> No. 17037
[Q] Take it easy, float around like a ghost.

> There's a whole lot you can do in seven minutes.

A whole lot of not-updating, for instance.
>> No. 17038
[x] Getting everyone and going a little earlier than early never hurt.
>> No. 17039
[X] Take it easy, float around like a ghost.
>> No. 17040
[x] Take it easy, float around like a ghost.
>> No. 17041
[X] Create a device that will allow you to float around like a ghost without effort.

Bill's youkai enhanced intellect won't allow him to waste so much time.
>> No. 17042
[X] Create a device that will allow you to float around like a ghost without effort.

Just to see if he can!
>> No. 17043
[X] Create a device that will allow you to float around like a ghost without effort.

I can already smell the BAD END coming!
>> No. 17044
[X] Take it easy, float around like a ghost.

Sounds like Takiko was referring to Murasa. I would ask how a Fairy might know about Murasa and Co. being sealed, but remembered how bright Takiko was for a fairy; VERY.
>> No. 17045
[X] Take it easy, float around like a ghost.

One project at a time, people.
>> No. 17046
>>17045
7 minutes is plenty of time to make something this simple. Hell, we might have time to make a tiny one for Takiko.
>> No. 17062
[x] Take it easy, float around like a ghost.
>> No. 17063
[X] Take it easy, float around like a ghost.

This will do.
>> No. 17065
[x] Create a device that will allow you to float around like a ghost without effort.
>> No. 17066
[X] Take it easy, float around like a ghost.

Please let us have the option to turn into a full youkai later on Q_Q
We wouldn't have to worry about dying of old age any time soon then...
>> No. 17067
>>17066
>Q_Q

Please don't do that.

He's also previously stated that going full youkai would mean losing the rest of our mind and personality, due to the leg's nature.
>> No. 17068
[X] Levitation Device!
>> No. 17069
[x] Take it easy, float around like a ghost.

You could even do a whole lot of nothing. Maybe that's best. It'd be kind of hard to pull away if you got started on something really awesome. So, maybe you'll take a quick stroll around the cave and see what's changed.

Or even a quick float. That's always nice.

... like you expected, not much on the upper floor has. But it's still worth a look. Your float takes you past Lumiere's room, and down into the lab.

Heh. It really was a crane. You can see that there's now some kind of rails mounted high up on the cieling, right at the base of the arc that's the very top. And, floating above the majority of the junk that's piled up, you can see that it runs along the length of the cave. Straight,so you imagine there's a few spots that it can't reach where the cave is a bit wider than normal, but it's pretty neat.

Ah, and looking behind you, you can see the crane itself. You wonder what it's powered by? You didn't think to ask when you were both talking about it.

Beep beep beep

Oh. And it's time to go. As you're floating towards the entrance, you notice Nitori doing the same and head over to her.

"Hey."

She smiles. "That looks good on you."

You look down. Oh, right. "You think?"

The two of you land and begin to head upstairs. "Yep. It really fits~"

"It's a few days too late, but that crane looks really awesome," You say, motioning back down the stairs. "How's it powered? I mean, we have trouble running a whole lot of computers at once..."

She giggles. "Batteries. But they don't last long, so it's kind of worthless right now. You'd have to move it, and then wait a few days for it to charge..."

You laugh. "Really? I'm sure we could come up with a better solution."

She nods. "I wanted to see how it looked first."

After reaching the top of the stairs, you knock on Lumiere's door. And, after a pause, it swings open. She looks ready – Takiko, too. They've both got those bags you've made for them.

"Well... I think that's everything."

Nitori nods. "I think so."

"... we're going, then?" Lumiere asks, shifting a bit.

[ ] "It's party time. I hope it's not too crazy."
[ ] One more thing...
>> No. 17070
[x] "It's party time. I hope it's not too crazy."
>> No. 17071
[X] "It's party time. I hope it's not too crazy."

>"Really? I'm sure we could come up with a better solution."
Don't worry, you will. Muahaha...
>> No. 17072
[x] "It's party time. I hope it's not too crazy."

>>17067
Just suggesting a route where we could keep our (questionable) healthy mind and still become a full youkai. ^^
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