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30922 No. 30922
[x] Modesty is best.

You briefly consider taking credit for the whole thing, but decide not to.

"Well, I just mentioned the idea," You say, "Sanae agreed that it might be good so we went to discuss it."

Kanako seems a bit more appreciative of that answer. "Showing some initiative, I like that. Sorry, continue."

Feeling a bit awkward after being praised by a god, you take a few moments to recount where you were. "Right. So after the reporter left, we decided to make our way down to the village..."

Your retelling of the day's events echoes over the calm lake as Kanako and the frog listen. Neither seems bored, so perhaps you're doing a good job. You recount your encounter with the worshippers, Minoriko, and your trip to the village.

"... so, we ran to investigate and found the smith building on fire."

Just as you get to the part about the fire, Kanako speaks up.

"And then, a miraculous rain-storm put out the fire, right?"

"Oh," You say, "I guess you would know this part already."

"Actually, no," Kanako says, "I was just working away up here. Sanae asked for some heavy rain, so I sent some. She doesn't usually ask lightly, or think to tell me why half the time. Was my guess right?"

You nod. "It showed up in a few moments and put enough of it out that the villagers could handle the rest. We pretty much got overrun by a mob after that. They clearly knew Sanae did it."

You can see the old god's eyes light up at that. "Again, good work! That's exactly the kind of thing we need to be doing right now. How many will be coming?"

"They seemed pretty put off by our location," You say, frowning a bit, "We scouted it on the way back, mostly by foot, and can see why."

"How was it?"

You detail the attack, the dead youkai, your attack, and your subsequent dealings with the kappa. Although you try to give a neutral telling, the bit surrounding your attack and the fact that they seemed pretty happy about killing a man causes some anger to bubble back up.

Upon hearing this, Kanako stops listening and clearly starts thinking, looking across the vast lake as she does.

"Did you find the man's body?"

You think about Kanako's question for a moment. "No, but they admitted---"

"I wonder if he wasn't already badly wounded," Kanako continues, "These Kappa aren't supposed to be too troublesome. I'm not sure I believe they're randomly attacking merchants."

"They did mention something about him being an outsider," You say, "But we met at least one other person like that in the fields today. It would be bad if the kappa were randomly attacking those."

"Yes, it would," She says, looking back to you, "That's why I'm wondering if that wasn't just part of it."

[ ] Reiterate that they attacked you, too. It's a serious problem.
[ ] It could just be part of it, you guess.
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>> No. 30924
This is the hardest option so far. Riling her up against the kappa might be counterproductive, but if they really are killing people like that...
>> No. 30925
[x] It could just be part of it, you guess.
>> No. 30926
I'm gonna shamelessly slack off today. Back tomorrow (I'll delay calling this until then, too).
>> No. 30927
[x] Reiterate that they attacked you, too. It's a serious problem.

start a war between the gods and the kappas lol
>> No. 30928
[x] It could just be part of it, you guess.
>> No. 30929
[X] Reiterate that they attacked you, too. It's a serious problem.

They're not hesitating to deploy potentially lethal force, we can't just let that slide.
>> No. 30932
Heads being the first option, naturally
Coin flip: tails!
>> No. 30933
[x] It could just be part of it, you guess.

"Well, it could be just part of it," You say, "I just hope it won't turn into a real problem."

"If it does," Kanako says, "Sanae and I will fix it. Don't worry. If humans are using the trail at all, it must be, well, usable."

"Hmm."

"You don't sound convinced."

"I'm not," You say, after thinking about it for a bit, "But maybe I'm missing something. I guess it's not worth worrying about."

"Not today, anyway," Kanako says, nodding, "It doesn't sound like they had much of a power structure anyway. If it is a problem, fixing it will be a serious undertaking. Let's see if it's a problem first."

"That's true," You say, thinking back to your conversation with them. Something about kappa gonna do what kappa wanna do. Didn't sound like there was much of a king or even any kind of organization. "By the way, how did the dealings with the Tengu go?

Kanako laughs. "It's too early to tell. These things take time."

"Really?" You wonder, "It sounded like you and the king were on pretty firm footing when we left."

"Well," Kanako shrugs, "It's not good or bad, it's just one step in the process."

"That... doesn't sound good."

Again, Kanako laughs. "I just said it wasn't good or bad, didn't I? We're resuming negotiations tomorrow. For now, we're all still considered visitors on the mountain, and they don't really seem keen on evicting the shrine itself."

"Think they're spying on us right now?" You wonder.

"Oh, most definitely," Kanako says, "They're probably writing down everything we say. So, did your trip end with the kappa?"

[ ] Shall we move inside?
[ ] That's fine - if she's not concerned, you aren't.
>> No. 30934
[x] That's fine - if she's not concerned, you aren't.

Believe in Kanako-in more ways than one
>> No. 30935
[x] That's fine - if she's not concerned, you aren't

all you have to do is beleeeeeeeeive!
>> No. 30936
[x] That's fine - if she's not concerned, you aren't
>> No. 30937
[x] That's fine - if she's not concerned, you aren't.
>> No. 30938
[x] That's fine - if she's not concerned, you aren't.

It's a bit odd, knowing you might be being listened to, but you continue anyway. The tengu can listen if they want and the Boss doesn't care.

"Pretty much. We flew up over the falls and back here. Sanae took a nap, so I decided to take a walk."

"And here we are," Kanako says, nodding sagely, "Watching a sunset over the lake. A good first day, I think. You pass."

Although it isn't quite sunset yet, the sun is starting to get pretty low. You're attention to detail seems to have taken up quite a bit of time.

She's joking, but you decide to play along. "Pass?" You laugh, "Wait, was I being tested?"

"What kind of boss would hire someone without an interview?"

"An interview? I thought I already had the job?"

You both laugh, gazing out over the lake. "You two seem to work well enough together. But do watch yourself, OK? You almost got killed at least once today."

"Oh, so this is where you two are!"

From behind you, you hear the now familiar voice of Sanae call out.

"I was just filling her in on what happened," You say, "We just finished, actually. And you look pretty energized."

Sanae raises her arms, stretching a bit. "I definitely needed that. Wow, this is a lot of work."

"We've been sitting on our duffs for the last few years," Kanako says, standing up, "Well, not me, but the rest of you. Of course it's going to seem like work."

"Eh? That's not fair! I've never slacked off."

The two of them laugh, and you get the feeling that this isn't uncommon for them. They both seem like they're in a pretty good mood today - and you guess you are too, all things considered. Long day, but satisfying.

[ ] Ask if they're hungry.
[ ] Ask about one of the other things that came up during the day.
==================================
Mainly asking for where the conversation should go, not specifics. Though I guess if you had some burning question that would be OK.

Also, I'll say in advance that I don't plan to update on the 25th though I will update tomorrow.
>> No. 30939
[x] Ask if they're hungry.
>> No. 30940
[x] Ask if they're hungry.
>> No. 30941
Guess I'm not updating today after all, got sent off on a wild tangent. I will still be back 26th.
>> No. 30942
>>30941
Merry Christmas!
>> No. 30943
[x] Ask if they're hungry.

"Hey, are you two hungry? It's getting late enough that we should probably start thinking about it."

"Sure," Sanae says, "I was just about to get started cooking, actually, but I wanted to see if other people were ready first."

"Oh, I was thinking I could do it."

Sanae laughs. "I'll have you know, I like cooking. Now that I'm all rested I'll be doing it tonight."

She's not going to let you cook for her tonight, you feel like, but maybe you can figure out some other way to help.

"I'll be joining you two as well," Kanako says, looking out over the lake, "Although, I do feel like something lighter than normal."

"How about you?" Sanae asks.

"Well, I'm pretty hungry," You say, "But I probably shouldn't eat until I'm full."

"Me either," Sanae says, giggling a bit, "But, OK, got it. I'll come find you when it's ready."

She turns around and heads back down the hill. You decide that maybe the way to help now is just to give her a bit of space, and if she enjoys cooking, you'll let her cook... tonight, anyway. You and Kanako watch her go.

"I have a few things to attend to, too," Kanako says, finally, "Try not to catch a cold sitting out here. The autumn air will do that, you know."

"Ribbit."

"Or maybe I should say, try not to catch a frog in your throat." Kanako says. "Anyway, thank you for the summary. It helps."

You nod. "Good luck attending to... well, whatever it is you're attending to."

"'Whatever', indeed." Kanako laughs, heading up into the sky. She seems to be heading across the lake. You exchange goodbyes, and watch her go, eventually dipping beyond the far edge of the lake.

Well, after being passively expelled from the kitchen, you've got to find another way to kill time.

[ ] Remain here.
[ ] Take a walk around the grounds.
===================================================
>>30942
Y-you too.
>> No. 30944
[x] Take a walk around the grounds
>> No. 30946
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30946
[x] Remain here.

>"Ribbit."

Talking shit, eh? You're pretty gutsy.
>> No. 30947
[x] Remain here.
>> No. 30948
[x] Remain here.
>> No. 30949
[x] Remain here.

Well, this place is really as good as any. Who knows how often you'll get a chance to really rest like this, so maybe it's best if you take it for what it is.

Again, you gaze out over the surface of the lake.

"Ribbit."

You glance back to your new companion. No, wait - there's two now.

"Ribbit."
"Ribbit."

"I'm just taking a break," You tell them, glancing away. "Don't mind me."

They quiet themselves after that. You know you didn't miss two of them in that shrine before, so they must be able to get up there themselves, somehow. Presumably, they can also get down. You guess you won't bother taking them back into the lake.

As you sit, you faintly feel like you're being watched. Not by the frogs, but by someone else. Maybe it's the mention of the tengu that Kanako made, but it's uncanny. You can't see anything, though so you try to put it out of your mind.

"Ribbit."

... although, maybe it is by the frogs. Who knows.

You stay like this for a while, undisturbed, until one of the amphibians wriggles it's way into your lap.

"Ribbit."

You look down, and see it looking up at you. With a hop, it launches itself up into the shrine to join the other two frogs.

Just what is going on here? You're no expert, but even you can tell this isn't normal. You wonder if it's the shrine, or the frogs.

[ ] Examine the mini-shrine.
[ ] Watch them for a change.
>> No. 30950
[X] Examine the mini-shrine.

If they're inviting us to join them in their praying, it would be rude to refuse.
>> No. 30951
[X] Watch them for a change.

The Way of the Frog is mysterious indeed.
>> No. 30952
[X] Examine the mini-shrine.

suwacc
>> No. 30953
[x] Examine the mini-shrine.
>> No. 30954
[x] Examine the mini-shrine.

Clearly, there's something about this shrine that's drawing them to it. Since you're just sitting around anyway, you decide to check this thing out a little more thoroughly.

It's looks to be carved out of solid rock, and incredibly old to boot. It's been pitted by years of sitting outside, the rain taking away little bits at a time. It's shaped a bit like a an old lantern, but with a small figure inside, and the inside is only open on one side.

"Ribbit."

... although, it's not clear who or what the figure is. Human-ish, you think, but it's very old. Like something you'd see in a museum. You're sure the artist was good for their time, but it's more like something a child would put together these days.

"Huh."

Beyond the small figure, there's nothing of note in the design other than being a bit fancy. At least, nothing that you can see. And certainly nothing that would draw all these frogs up here. You peer inside again, looking for a spider web or something, but nothing. It's disturbingly clean. Sanae, or someone, must be doing upkeep on it.

"Ribbit."

"What's so interesting about this shrine for you guys, huh?"

"Ribbit."
"Ribbit."
"Ribbit."

You scratch your head. Mysterious. But, you really don't think you're going to figure this one out on your own. Still, it's a shrine and it clearly has some place in the Moriya shrine, so you decide to offer a prayer to the unknown one inhabiting it.

... and, although you're not quite sure what you expected, nothing happens. Opening your eyes, you see all three frogs blankly staring.

"Well, that's that then---"

"Hey, thanks!"

For just a second, you hear an unknown voice. You look around, but see nothing. And you're not even sure you heard it, after thinking about it for a bit. It was more like the sound appeared in your head.

[ ] Spooky!
[ ] Neat!
>> No. 30955
[x] Neat!

I've been waiting for this!
>> No. 30956
[x] Spooky!
-[x]But also Neat!
>> No. 30957
[x] Neat!
>> No. 30958
[x] Neat!
>> No. 30959
[x] Neat!

You can't help but grin a bit. What the heck? There's really never a dull moment here, is there?

"Hello?"

No response, aside from one of the frogs blinking slowly. But given that this is a shrine, and you now have a vague understanding of how this faith stuff works, you decide to investigate further.

Again, you kneel before the shrine, and offer a prayer to this unknown god. Several, in fact, because you sit there for quite a while.

... and nothing happens.

No voices, divine revelations, nada. You look around, still kind of expecting something, but you only see your three buddies sitting on the shrine.

[ ] Maybe the same prayers at the main shrine would work.
[ ] Keep trying. Can't have been a fluke.
>> No. 30960
[x] Keep trying. Can't have been a fluke.
>> No. 30961
[x] Keep trying. Can't have been a fluke.
>> No. 30962
Nothing today, back tomorrow.
>> No. 30963
[x] Keep trying. Can't have been a fluke.

Never give up, never surrender, never etc
>> No. 30964
[x] Keep trying.

Strange. Well, if it worked once it'll work again. Maybe you're just getting the process wrong or something. You definitely want to figure out who that was that you heard.

This time you'll get it for sure. Enthusiastically, you close your eyes again and begin to offer prayer to the unknown god.

...

Time passes. And not a little bit, either - you get so into it that by the time you open your eyes again, the sun has dipped below the crater containing the lake. But still, you hear nothing new in response. The frogs at the mini-shrine have taken to just staring at you now rather than making noise, although their family down in the lake have gotten quite chatty.

As you contemplate what to do next, though, you do finally get your response.

"Mmmm... I'm trying to sleep. Ask Sanae if you need something."

... you're not quite what you were expecting, but that's definitely the same voice - although a bit more groggy sounding than last time.

"Sorry."

"Sorry for what?"

Sanae's now familiar voice rings out from behind you. Turning around, you see her standing there - still with her apron on.

"The food's ready," She says, "Where's Kanako? She's not around the shrine."

"She, uh," You stand up, "Took off somewhere. I'm not sure to where."

"Huh. Should we wait?"

[ ] We can wait elsewhere. Wouldn't want to disturb the sleeper.
[ ] Pepper her with questions about this lake and mini-shrine.
>> No. 30965
[x] We can wait elsewhere. Wouldn't want to disturb the sleeper.
>> No. 30966
[X] Pepper her with questions about this lake and mini-shrine.
>> No. 30967
[x] We can wait elsewhere. Wouldn't want to disturb the sleeper.
>> No. 30968
[x] We can wait elsewhere. Wouldn't want to disturb the sleeper.
>> No. 30969
[x] We can wait elsewhere. Wouldn't want to disturb the sleeper

Happy New year!
>> No. 30970
Didn't manage to get around to this. I'll try for tomorrow night, but I'm guessing it will be Thursday noonish in reality.
>> No. 30972
[x] We can wait elsewhere. Wouldn't want to disturb the sleeper.

"Yeah," You say, walking back towards Sanae and the steps leading down, "We don't have to wait up here, though."

You've got question, but they can wait - at least until you're out of earshot. Or... well, whatever it is that gods use to sense things like prayer or presence.

Sanae nods. "Have you been up here this whole time?"

"It's a nice place to sit," You say, as the two of you descend, "Although the frogs and the shrine are a bit strange."

"The goddess of that shrine is a friend of frogs everywhere," Sanae says, "So it's not too strange that the frogs like it."

Thinking back to earlier, you run across one of the questions you've got queued up for Kanako. "It's not Kanako's shrine, is it? It must be that other goddess."

Sanae nods, but doesn't say much more. Definitely a topic for dinner, when everyone is there.

"I think I disturbed her earlier," You continue, "That's why I said sorry earlier."

Sanae laughs. "Oh, she sleep talks, I wouldn't worry too much about it."

"Really?"

"Really."

"She sleep talks about being asleep?"

"She sleep talks about everything," Sanae laughs, again, "I don't have to be up here to hear it either."

The two of you make idle chat as you return to the main shrine. You scan the sky, half-expecting Kanako to come swooping down at any moment, but instead you see...

"Is that a person?"

High above the shrine there's indeed a human-like figure silhouetted against the evening sky. They are definitely keeping their distance, though. Your mind again slips back to Kanako's note about the tengu spies, but... would one of them really be out in the open like that?

"I don't see anything," Sanae says, looking skyward. You raise your arm to point, but as you do, you take your eye off of it - and it's simply gone.

"Weird," You say, your arm slumping back down to your side, "I don't see it any more."

"What are you looking at?"

A loud, commanding voice rings out from behind you. Kanako, you can tell. It's still startling, but you're also becoming familiar with it.

"Illusions, I guess," You say, shrugging.

"Good timing! We're ready to eat if you are."

"Starved," Kanako says, "I hope you made extra."

Didn't she just say she only wanted a light meal?

"I always do! Even I'm starved today."

Confused, you follow them inside. She... wasn't kidding. This is even more food than last night. Just how long were you up there? Or is Sanae just that much of a professional?

As the two of you sit down, Kanako sets a few small glasses around the table. You see Sanae's smile fade just a little bit as she does, as if she knows where this is going.

"Drink?" Kanako asks, simply.

[ ] You'll pass.
[ ] Sure, but only because it'd be rude not to.
[ ] Fill er' up.
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Forgot I was helping a neighbor with their computer around noonish today. I'll shoot for noonish tomorrow though.

>>30969
Indeed. Gonna be a good year I think.
>> No. 30973
[x] Fill er' up.

In Youkai Mountain, drinking is the true religion.
>> No. 30974
[x] Fill er' up.
>> No. 30975
[x] Sure, but only because it'd be rude not to.
>> No. 30976
Gonna punt on doing this today. I'll write it tomorrow morning instead.
>> No. 30977
[x] Fill er' up
>> No. 30978
... need another day. Back tomorrow evening I suppose. It's written, but I want to sit on it for a bit.
>> No. 30979
[x] Fill er' up.

Not that you drink often, but today seems like a reasonable day to have one. "Sure. What's the occasion?"

Before the words are even out of your mouth, though, Kanako has already procured a bottle from somewhere started to pour. Sake, you imagine. It's glass, with a modern cap - you imagine this came into Gensokyo with the shrine. After pouring all three glasses, she sets the bottle on the table.

"Our first real day in Gensokyo was a success," Kanako says, "So we're celebrating that."

Sanae looks to you questioningly. "What did you tell her?"

"Huh? Only what happened."

Kanako laughs, raising her glass. "I didn't say it was perfect, did I? But it was all better than it could have gone. Well done, to both of you."

You take up your glass as well. Sanae seems a bit hesitant, but she joins you two in celebration for the first round.

The sake is incredible, and coupled with Sanae's equally incredible home cooking you find yourself enjoying the best meal you've had in years. So, you have another helping - because Sanae seems keen on keeping your plate full. And, another glass, because Kanako seems intent on not leaving your glass empty for more than a few seconds.

... you go with it for a while, mostly listening to Sanae give a much lighter version of the day to Kanako. Hers is focused more on the goddesses she met and their abilities, and she seems relieved to have Kanako fill in most of the blanks by recalling your telling.

The sake is definitely starting to hit you, though. And you've started to lose count of how much you've had - not a good sign. But you count two bottles on the table now, one empty, and you can't recall Sanae's glass being refilled even once.

"This is all a lot to go on," Kanako nods, sagely. She's drinking at about the same rate as you, but seems completely sober somehow. "I wonder how many we'll get on our side."

"Hmm... they all seem pretty content," Sanae says, shaking her head, "But I think we could convince them eventually."

"You think?" Kanako says, reaching for the bottle. She tops off your glass as well as her own. "Well, I guess it's something for later."

[ ] <You start to feel a bit silly>
[ ] <You can hold your liquor well... enough>
=======================================================
Been a bit off this week, and tired this weekend. Apologies if this is even rougher than usual. It probably will be for another week or so.
>> No. 30980
[X] <You can hold your liquor well... enough>
>> No. 30981
[x] <You start to feel a bit silly>
>> No. 30982
[x] <You can hold your liquor well... enough>

This... is nothing! I can still... function!
>> No. 30983
[X] <You start to feel a bit silly>
>> No. 30984
[X] <You start to feel a bit silly>

normally I'd go with the whole stoic cool dude thing but we're dealing with a god and a god's descendant, so he's gonna need to be the funny guy instead of the straight guy
>> No. 30985
[X] <You start to feel a bit silly>

What good is our existence if we can't even amuse our patrons?
>> No. 30986
[x] <You can hold your liquor well... enough>

Sanae's weirdness can be balanced with his normalcy
>> No. 30987
[x] <You can hold your liquor well... enough>
>> No. 30988
Didn't manage to focus and I must sleep. Back tomorrow evening.
>> No. 30989
...not that I even focused well enough to call the vote yesterday. Heads being the first option
Coin flip: tails!
>> No. 30990
[x] <you can hold your liquor well... enough>

You feel your face start to flush a bit. "They do seem pretty... uh, happy on their own. Independent."

Kanako nods, sagely. "Most do."

Although you vaguely consider slowing your pace, like Sanae, you decide to keep it up. Worst case, you'll end up incoherent or asleep. Besides, how many bottles can she have stashed over there? It's not every day you can drink with a goddess.

With dinner absolutely destroyed, and you no longer stuffing your face, you decide that maybe you can get some of your questions out of the way now.

"So, if this isn't a thing to ask, stop me. But what's up with that mini-shrine? And the lake?"

"That's... a long story," Kanako says, "Even for a god."

You take another drink. Again, she fills your glass with amazing speed. No, maybe Sanae has the right idea after all.

"I'm, uh..." you stumble over your thoughts a bit. "How long?"

"Kid, Rome was still around when it starts," Kanako shifts her gaze to Sanae. "Think I should trust him?"

"I don't know," Sanae laughs, taking up her glass but only taking a sip from it. "What do you think? Maybe we should put him through some trials or something first?"

The goddesses' gaze meets yours, as if she's looking to see what's behind your eyeballs. Hah. She acts tough, but yeah, she's definitely getting a bit drunk herself. You can see the mask starting to crack a bit. Not that you are much better - you find it physically hard to return her gaze.

Finally, she turns back to her own glass and takes a drink herself, seemingly satisfied. "Well, I'll give him the short version. But we'll need some snacks."

Looking strangely relieved, Sanae nods and stands up. "Should I get some more sake, too?"

Oh. You hadn't considered this possibility. That wouldn't be good. But, it seems Kanako had - and she sets another bottle on the table. "No, I've got that covered."

Sanae just laughs, "Wow. Were you really that thirsty?"

Even Kanako is starting to seem a bit drunk. "Absolutely. I worked hard today... but I'm not sure what his excuse is! And besides, something like this is fine every once in a while."

The only thing fearsome you find in this god now is her drinking habits. Strangely, you're perfectly at home with this kind of banter. "Yeah. And... uh, that's my excuse."

"Hey, that excuse isn't bad either," Kanako says, lifting her glass, "Cheers."

"Cheers."

Sanae takes the opportunity to leave the room, smiling and shaking her head. After she does, Kanako leans over the table towards you. You lend her your ear.

"She's incredible, but do you know her weakness?"

"Who, Sanae?"

"Who else would I be talking about?"

"... what is it?"

"No, no," Kanako says, "You have to guess."

"...mmm." You pause for what feels like a genuine minute. Alcohol, obviously.

[ ] Alcohol?
[ ] Tickling?
[ ] Nope, drawing a blank.
>> No. 30991
[x] Alcohol?
>> No. 30992
[x] Men?
>> No. 30993
[x] Tickling?

It, uh, could be!
>> No. 30994
[x] Tickling?

Hopeful wishing, I'd imagine.
>> No. 30995
[X] Tickling?
>> No. 30997
Thought I posted... anyway, gonna shoot for tonight.
>> No. 30998
...swing and a miss. Too distracted and sleepy this week - and that's why I was doing noonish updates for a while to begin with.

Since night isn't working, starting tomorrow I think I'm going to switch to morning updates. Grab a cup of coffee, some breakfast, and write after I've waken up a bit. Can't hurt to try it for a while.
>> No. 30999
[x] Tickling?

"Maybe she's ticklish?"

Kanako leans back, a puzzled look on her face. "... you know, I hadn't considered that. I wonder if she is?"

"You don't know? I figured you knew everything."

Kanako laughs. "No, I don't. It's a good question. Could you find out for me?"

You admit... you're a bit tempted by her offer, especially in your current state. But, no - none of that. No. Bad idea. It's several months too early for something like that.

"Find out what?" Sanae asks, returning to the room. Oh, those snacks look good. Perfect for sake and a story.

"Are you ticklish?" Kanako asks, bluntly.

"Am I what?"

"Ticklish."

Sanae looks to you, suspiciously. "What are you two talking about in here?"

You snort, unable to even give an answer to that. Yeah, no. You can't do this either. Too silly.

"We were discussing your weaknesses," Kanako says, playing it straight, "If he's going to be parterning with you, he'll need to know them."

"O-oh, I see."

Sanae sets the food down in front of you two. There's a moment of silence, but Kanako breaks it shortly.

"Well?"

"... yes," Sanae says, before looking up. "But are you?"

"What?" Kanako laughs, "What kind of god would just admit her weaknesses?"

"I bet you are, aren't you!"

"Wai--hahaha! No, stop!"

Sanae, sitting on the side between you and Kanako, has no trouble reaching the poor goddess and testing her theory. You aren't sure what to do when confronted by this scene, so you quietly take another drink and contemplate reality. A powerful, and very ticklish, goddess being subdued by her priestess. Fascinating.

"W--hahah--what about him?"

Both of them turn to you. Uh oh.

[ ] Apologize profusely for starting all this. You may be spared yet.
[ ] ... yes.
[ ] Not at all.
===================================================
That might have worked, had, well, work not got in the way bright and early today.

And as a side effect of a bad case of work flaring up, I'll be in various states of travelling through Wednesday night. Guessing I won't be able to update until Thursday next, but I may manage something Monday if there's time.
>> No. 31000
[x] Not at all.
-[x] but secretly yes.
>> No. 31001
[x] Not at all.
>> No. 31002
[x] Not at all.

Immovable, unshakable, unyielding.

>>30999
Take your time.
>> No. 31003
[x] "Not at all"
-[x] but secretly yes.

As if we'd fail for such a simple scheme!
>> No. 31004
[x] "Not at all"
-[x] but secretly yes.
>> No. 31005
[x] "Not at all"
-[x] but secretly yes.

A bold bluff is the best defence.
>> No. 31007
Will update tomorrow - still feeling wonky even though I am home.
>> No. 31008
[x] Not at all.
-[x] but secretly yes.

You're not sure whether your current state of mind helps, but you quickly roll into your own defence. "No... not at all."

Sanae gives up on Kanako for the moment, looking at you quizzically. "Really?"

You shake your head. "Honestly. Really. Absolutely positive."

Much like Kanako's never ending sake, the words just pour out of your mouth. Yeah, you don't think you're getting away with this one. Sanae's questioning expression turns to one of suspicion as you babble on.

"Whha..ha...hat do you think, Sanae?" Kanako asks, still catching her breath.

Sanae is still holding Kanako with one arm, but with her grip loosened Kanako wriggles free.

"Ahem," the god coughs, straightening out her clothes, "Why don't you find out for me?"

Sanae takes a rare drink herself as she considers her options. Realizing that you, too, are within arm's reach... you pre-emptively scoot away.

She's seemingly not interested in lunging for you just yet, though. Instead, she looks a bit bashful at the suggestion.

"Phahaha! Oh, this is fun," Kanako cackles, filling all three of your glasses. She looks to you. "So, you do know you won't be escaping divine justice for your lies, right? Not even one as brazen as that!"

"No, I'm not lying," You say, taking another drink. You'll need it for where this is going. "Definitely no---hehhah, stop!"

As you answer, something tickles your foot. Or, more likely, a rather well controlled draft does. You shift your weight off of it and look behind you, but as you do, all you see is Sanae's smile growing more mischievous.

"I'm a kind god," Kanako continues, "So I'll let you choose - who's going to administer your punishment?"

[ ] Kanako
[ ] Sanae
[ ] <stall>
>> No. 31009
Hard choice, both are good options...

[x] Sanae
>> No. 31010
[X] <stall>
>> No. 31011
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31011
[x] why not both?
>> No. 31012
[x] <stall>
>> No. 31013
[x] Sanae

Please be gentle.
>> No. 31014
[x] Sanae
>> No. 31015
[ ] Kanako

Divine punishment
>> No. 31016
[x] Sanae

Neither is going to hurt you, of course, but you instinctively shy away from the kind of punishment a several thousand year old god could come up with.

"It's gotta be you," You say, turning to Sanae with as much of a bow as you can manage at the table, "Please, be gentle."

Kanako howls with laughter. "Sanae, I'll leave it to you then. But if you need any ideas..."

Meanwhile, Sanae takes another drink. And another. You hope she's not trying to catch up with you two.

"No," Sanae says, the alcohol causing her words to stick a bit in her throat, "I'll come up with something. Hmm..."

Your host pours another round. You decide to shift your focus to the snacks rather than your glass. Somehow, you suspect she's got even more than these three bottles stashed somewhere. "So, what happened to that story?" You wonder out loud.

"Hmm. What story?" Kanako wonders.

"About the lake and the small shrine."

"Oh... right. The short version," Kanako says, "Basically, that's the original shrine for this shrine, if that makes sense. The Moriya shrine started off as just the lake and a pile of stones. The first humans to worship here carved that small shrine. We added the grounds much later."

"But... it's not your shrine, right?"

Kanako shakes her head. "It is now. But it wasn't always. The god of that shrine and I were enemies once, but we're partners now. She still likes it more than the one out front so we leave it around."

[ ] Try joking about this being shady business.
[ ] Listen respectfully.
=====================================
It slipped my mind to post last night. Hard to get back into the rhythm of writing when nothing else is in rhythm right now.

I'll call and start writing in about 17h or so. Need to resume my plan of morning updates - technically I did this today, but my concept of "morning" is really screwed up right now thanks to last week.
>> No. 31017
[x] Listen respectfully
>> No. 31018
[x] Listen respectfully.
>> No. 31019
[X] Listen respectfully.
>> No. 31020
[X] Listen respectfully.

It doesn't seem in good taste.

Also, good luck writefag.
>> No. 31021
[X] Listen respectfully.
>> No. 31022
I am technically awake but it's hard to call this awake. Spend the last two hours staring at the screen drinking coffee, but no words came out.

So, I will postpone until tomorrow morning until I am actually awake. Or maybe write it later today and post it tomorrow morning. Same thing really because I've got today off.

>>31020
I will need it, thanks.
>> No. 31023
>>31022
So I woke up, did my morning routine... and then fell back asleep after foolishly thinking I could "rest my eyes" while sitting on a comfy couch under a warm blanket. Oops.

Will try again tomorrow morning.
>> No. 31024
Trying to become a morning person sucks.

Sorry for all the delaying, I will get it eventually.
>> No. 31026
[x] Listen respectfully.

"Mmm."

You munch on a few snacks as you listen. Partially to keep you quiet. This all still sounds pretty shady still, but... you don't care too much, you guess, not after all that sake.

The short version glosses over most of the details. These two fought, although Kanako avoids mentioning the reason, and Kanako won. Rather than kill her enemy she decided it would be better if they worked together, so now she gathers all the faith at the main shrine. Somehow. You don't understand the details.

"The whole story is pretty boring," Kanako continues, "But that's why this is the Moriya shrine, and not the Kasaka shrine. We didn't want to change the branding too much. As an assistant priest, you should at least know---"

"Take off your shirt!"

Suddenly, out of nowhere, Sanae interrupts. You burst out laughing. "What?"

"Your punishment!" She says, her speech starting to sound a bit slurred as she takes another drink. Guess your hunch about her weakness was right. "It's cold in here, so... it'll be a little uncomfortable."

"Oh, Sanae," Kanako laughs, "That's not bad. But are you sure you want to use your punishment right away?"

Sanae seems bewildered. "Huh?"

Kanako closes her eyes and nods, like a teacher who has seen this mistake a thousand times before. "You see, holding a punishment over someone is pretty valuable. Spending it so frivolously..."

[ ] <take off shirt>
[ ] <wait>
===============================================
Failed again, but I'm getting tired of my utter failure in waking up not letting me update so here is one.

Will try the morning one again tomorrow.
>> No. 31027
[x] <wait>

Mastering a routine can be hard. Good luck!
>> No. 31028
[ ] <take off shirt>

Seize the opportunity when it presents itself, the Kanako-Sanae tag-team can't be permitted to manifest.
>> No. 31029
[x] <take off shirt>
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