[x] (Accept your fate... mostly)
Well, you suppose there's no use complaining. Whatever "it" is, you guess it's fine. Paying what you owe isn't unreasonable. You'll go with it for now.
"So, Boss, what else did I need to know?"
"Right," She says, "Well, we don't have any idea how to get you home. So you'll be here a while probably."
"But, we'll figure it out. Even if we did figure it out now, we need faith to do anything like that. Is it ok to talk now, or is this too much for one day?"
You shrug. "To be honest, it's probably too much. But if I'm going to be here a while you can fill me in again later."
She nods. "I guess that's true. Well, let's take a seat. Have you seen the view yet?"
"I haven't", you say, following her... apparently, around to the back of the shrine. "Oh. Wow."
This shrine really is far up. You're not quite at the tip top of the mountain, but you're far enough to see well into the distance. There's... a whole lot of trees, and a bit of cleared land far in the distance.
"It's a lot different than the forest," She says, "But it's really beautiful. I just hope that that Momiji person wasn't right about this being a bad spot."
"Honestly," You say, taking a seat on the shrine building next to her. "I think people would come up just to see it."
"People did that at our old spot, too," She says, "But - oh, right. Faith. The history of the shrine is important too, and... well, your duties, and... hmm."
She gathers her thoughts for a minute. "Do you absolutely believe in Lady Kanako? That she can get you home safely?"
It's an odd question, but there's no real doubt in your mind currently. "If she can move me here, she can move me back. ...even if the first time was an accident."
Sanae smiles. "Right. A god's power stems from that. If they don't have faith, they have no power. Does that make sense?"
"I think so."
"So," She continues, "You can probably see why we had to move here then. We could barely get by in the outside world, because there's not much faith."
You process that for a second. "Right. The person who told me about this place was pretty sad that no one visited much any more. Even then, it was probably just tourists like me. I didn't see the front entrance, but that side one was pretty unused."
"The Morya shrine has been around for many generations," She says, "And females in my family have cared for it for all of them. But, lately, people just haven't been visiting. Lady Kanako thinks we can gather a lot more faith here, enough that it was worth moving."
You gaze out onto the landscape. "She'd need a lot of faith to even appear like that in the outside world, right? If I'm getting this faith thing correct."
Sanae nods. "People here have faith in general. It wouldn't be odd for a god to appear, so she can do it."
"But teleporting someone might be harder."
Again, she nods. "Right. Or doing things people normally need, like ensuring safe travel or making their crops grow better."
You lean back on your elbows. "Sounds complicated."
"Well," She says, "You really only need to know the basics. Unless you want to become a full time priest?"
"Hmm, we'll see," you say, "My life wasn't too bad."
"I was just joking," She says, laughing a bit. "I'm not sure you could be a real one, anyway."
The two of you gaze out for a bit, with you mainly just listening to the wind. You can't say you get it entirely, but the whole thing is just kind of a mess in your head right now so you don't know what questions to even ask. Maybe something simple.
"So - it's just Lady Kanako and you, right?"
"How did the shrine get it's name?"
"Long ago," She says, "It was a shrine to a different god, but now it's not. Kanako didn't want to change the name because she thought it would be confusing."
"When she's not working," Sanae says, "you can ask her the whole story. She's usually not as scary as she was today. We really were hoping to move the entire shrine, but because we got you too we only got most of it."
Working. Right, like you'll be doing soon. "So we'll be going door-to-door, basically?"
"I think so," She says, "But mainly to meet everyone. We don't know what people need yet, and getting people what they need is the best way to gather faith. We'll want to convince them to come up to leave an offering, too. Though, if this is on a youkai infested mountain, that might be hard..."
"Well," you say, "It sounds like we're going to have to play it by ear."
She nods. "Oh, but I'll have to put together something for you to wear, too."
"You don't think I'd look very assistant priestly with this t-shirt?"
"No," She says, laughing, "Fortunately, I'm good at sewing too, so I can probably do it today. Let's go inside so I can measure you."
The two of you walk back around the shrine and towards the living quarters. The two buildings form a square in the center. If you're facing the shrine, the peak and the living quarters are to the right and the entrance to the bottom. The quarters and the shrine don't quite touch, and you notice a path heading off behind them.
"What's back there?" you ask, motioning to the path.
"That's the pond," She says, "It's part of the shrine, too, so you should go see it when you get the chance."
Getting your measurements taken is... rather uneventful, if just a bit awkward. She wasn't kidding when she said she was good at this. Afterwards, she turns to you.
"Well, I guess I'll be busy for a while," She says, "So you can take a break, assistant. Don't wander too far, ok?"
"Anything that needs done? Not to turn down break time, but I feel like moving a bit."
She thinks for a moment. "Well, everything we had in storage did get a bit jostled when we moved. Kanako might need some help, too, even if that sounds weird."
[ ] A bit of manual labor might help your thoughts.
[ ] Not every day that a god needs help.