Klaymen !i/OHE/sPZ6 2008/07/01 (Tue) 22:30 No. 3008
[x] Ask about this ‘outside world’ business. Seriously. It’s starting to bug you, and you can’t just go on google and look it up anymore.
You look around. It seems everyone has already finished their lunch while you were talking. It’s time to eat, so you decide to ask a question and get the others talking. “So, what’s this ‘outside world’ thing you people keep mentioning? Why does it need to exist for this place to exist?”
Hina stands up. “Ah, it’s probably better is Nitori tries to explain it. Would either of you like some tea?”
Both Nitori and you nod, so Hina heads for the kitchen.
“Huh... where to start...” Nitori seems to be thinking pretty hard. “I guess it’s not really that long of a story, just a hard one to tell. Well... hmm.” She pauses.
“I guess it’s kind of like this. The outside world is where the humans live, and Gensokyo is where the Youkai live. We left your world to make way for technology, and sealed this place away along with what little belief humans had in us. It’s kind of like a fantasy world that lies next to the outside world but doesn’t touch it directly. The Great Barrier separates the two places, though it’s not a full seperation.”
“I don’t really know all the details, but I guess it was designed to be slightly porous. People still have to remember all the old legends and stuff for us to exist. If there were no people, there would be no legends, right? So the border sort of acts like a separation between what you would probably term as reality and fantasy. Since it’s porous, though, things slip through from time to time. The biggest thing we’ve had before was only a two passenger airplane, though, definitely not several tons of building.”
This curry is still pretty good, even though it’s slightly cold. You continue listening. It starts to make sense. So it’s kind of like a parallel reality given form by the thoughts of humans? You’re roommate in college talked about stuff like this, but you dismissed it because his next thought was usually ‘Whoa, man, the carpet is, like, swimming.’
“If the border were ever to collapse, though, we’d be destroyed since we don’t exist in the minds of normal humans. The setup is really strange, but that’s how it works.”
“I... think I get it,” you say, finishing up your curry. Hina shows up with some tea and pours everyone a cup. “Thanks, Hina. Anyway, you keep using the word human a lot. Does that mean you aren’t human?” A pretty stupid question. Of course she’s a---.
“Nope,” she slaps her chest, “I’m a Kappa! We’re kind of like water imps. And Hina is a curse goddess.”
Hina blushes a bit at that. “P-Please, don’t say it so highly. I’m not nearly at goddess level.”
Nitori ignores her, instead focusing on your frown. “What? Did I say something wrong?”
“No, it’s not that, it’s just...” You have to think for a moment. How to phrase this. “So, stuff like magic exists here? Like, hocus pocus and all that nonsense?”
“Uh-huh,” Nitori says, “But it’s not nonsense here. It’s a part of life for most people. I prefer not to rely on magic, myself, but it does have its uses. That thing I gave you to help you understand me? I... uh, cheated a bit on that. It was slightly magical.”
Well, that would explain a lot. They can bend the laws of the universe here, so of course they can make things that would normally be impossible. “I think I understand now, Nitori. Thanks.”
Think being the key operand here. Magic is not something you’ll be able to get used to just like that. Common sense exists because it’s true, and this world is, if Nitori’s definition is to be believed, the exact opposite of that. If you walk into the darkness, you really MIGHT be eaten by a grue.
After that, Nitori and Hina start talking about people that you don’t know about. Nothing as serious as this Reimu person possibly being after you, though, so you don’t pay too much attention. After the tea is gone, Hina stands up.
“Well, Mr. Nye, I’ve got a lot of work to do.” She bows, and then turns to face Nitori. “See you at dinner, Nitori.”
“Yep. Thanks, Hina.” Nitori gives Hina a wave.
After Hina leaves, Nitori stands up as well. “So. Didn’t I tell you she was nice?”
“Haha,” you laugh, “Yeah. I’m not that social, but she’s good company.” And if Hina is to be believed about the whole curse business, the proper term would be more like ‘a panacea’.
“Anyway,” Nitori says, looking at you, “I’ve got some business with the tengu. They like to know when new people show up on the mountain, so I’ve gotta go tell them you’re going to be living with me for a while.”
Well, it seems she’s already taken a liking to you. This could be good; freeloading is always easier than finding another place to live.
“Oh? Wouldn’t it be better if I came with you?”
Nitori laughs a bit. “No. The tengu are pretty paranoid. They’d think you talked me into letting you in so that you could sabotage something.” She smiles. “I’ll be back in a few hours.”
Fair enough. “Mind if wander around the house, then? It’ll be pretty boring if I just sit here.”
“Sure. You could even take a little walk outside if you wanted to, just as long as you stay close to the cave. We aren’t far enough up the mountain that the tengu would care about you yet.”
She heads for the door, but stops. “Though, if you do decide to go down to the lab, try not to touch too much. A lot of it’s dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing.” Smiling, she adds. “You wouldn’t want a fake arm too, would you?”
She makes her way out into the hall, and you follow. She opens the door at the end of the hall, and you notice sunlight streaming in. That must be the exit. You give her a wave, and she leaves. You...
[ ] Head outside.
[ ] Go try and find a good book in the living room.
[ ] Head down to the lab.