[x] "Miracle worker, indeed. She really helped me today"
[x] "I wonder if I'll be able to do things like that..."
[x] "I've heard of Kappa and Tengu in myths... I wonder which other fantastical creatures are here"
"Miracle worker, indeed," You say, thinking back to the events of the day. "She really helped me out today."
"Those were all just little things," Kanako says, a bit dismissively, "Just wait until she's in good metaphysical shape and feels comfortable showing off."
"What do you mean?"
"You said she seemed pretty tired, right? Everything she did today is really pretty trivial. I think she's trying too hard, but once she realizes it's easier than she thinks you'll see some real miracles."
That thought depresses you a bit. "Really. I wonder if I'll be able to do things like that, some day."
"Feeling a bit left out?"
"Well... a little. Earlier today I didn't think it bothered me, but it might be useful if I could defend myself."
Kanako thinks about it for a moment. "Well, you're just a human, and Sanae isn't. But stranger things have happened, and normal humans can defend themselves from youkai with proper training."
"Isn't Sanae just a human? She mentioned she was stronger because she was a priestess... or something."
"She's semi-divine. That's part of why she's so strong."
"What, like Heracles or something?"
Kanako laughs. "Sure. Well, a bit more human than that. You'd have to go back quite a ways in her family tree to find where the God entered it. I've trained her since birth, though, so she's pretty far above a normal human."
The idea of a Kanako getting a baby involved in her schemes makes you laugh. "Doesn't that break some kind of child labor laws? Ow!"
The god playfully swats at you from across the table. "Not like that, you nitwit. But she has lived at the shrine all her life. I've just made sure she was always aware of her power. People tend to forget their talents if they aren't reminded in some way."
Does that make sense? You're not entirely sure, but you nod anyway. And the idea of a little baby flying around or whatever is enough to make you chuckle.
"You've probably got some embarrassing stories of her, then, if you've been around her that long."
Kanako's face beams, and her old woman suddenly shows through. "Ohohoho, if only you knew! Sanae would never forgive me for telling them to you now, but... eventually, maybe. We can tease her about them together some day."
"It sounds like I'm pretty much out of luck on getting any kind of power, though," You muse, returning to your drink, "I figured as much."
"Didn't I just get done saying Sanae was a miracle worker?"
"... oh." She's right, of course, but you hadn't really though about it like that. "That's pretty much manufacturing luck. So I guess it doesn't matter if I'm out of it."
"Phahaha! I don't think I've heard anyone put it like that before. I'll need to remember that one."
Your drinking buddy pours another round. "That aside, this is Gensokyo. There'd be consequences, but you'd be able to get that kind of power in one way or another if you wanted it. Do you?"
"... I wonder. I don't think so. Not right now."
"Sending you out with Sanae is still the plan," Kanako says, "And it sounds like it worked pretty well today. She won't let anything happen, especially not if you have faith in her."
"And you, I guess."
"Well, it wouldn't hurt."
"Still..." you pause for a moment, "We've already met some kappa, tengu, and a few other goddesses today. I wonder what else is out there."
"Do you know what Gensokyo is?"
"... no, not really."
"It's a place for youkai that that can't exist in the outside world. So if they existed in the past, they're probably here. Kappa and tengu do exist outside Gensokyo, but it's easier for them to live here."
"They look a little different than they do in the pictures, though. Those kappa were pretty cute, and not green old balding things."
"Did you actually see if they were balding or not?"
You think back. They definitely had hair, but...
"They were all wearing hats. ...no. That's horrible. I refuse to believe it."
"Pfft. The truth is hard sometimes, isn't it?"
"It's not truth." You laugh. No way. "I refuse, damn it!"
Kanako laughs along with you. "Another? We're almost done with this bottle."
You've accepted your current fate. But maybe you don't have to doom your entire future. "Sure. But don't open another one."
"I wasn't planning to. You'd keep going if I kept opening them, wouldn't you?"
"Even a miracle wouldn't save you if you tried to keep up with me." She says, clearly enjoying herself. "I'll show mercy on you tonight."
You talk about nothing much of importance after that. Kanako does seem interested in your past, but there's really not much to tell about it, so the whole thing fits nicely around drinking the remaining sake. But this is definitely a good stopping place. After the two of you munch down the remaining snacks as well, you just face each other and nod.
Yes, all three of you will get along fine, you think. You feel pretty confident in that now.
"Well, that's that. I'll see you tomorrow," Kanako says, standing up first, "You can still stand, right?"
"Dunno. Let's see."
... your balance is bad enough that you definitely can't do so on your own power. But you're able to manage using the wall behind you. "Hah. Yeah. I'll see you tomorrow."
... you wake up disoriented, still in your clothes, and lying sideways on your stomach across your futon. You don't remember the walk back to the room, but you vaguely remember "taking a rest" when you got there before getting ready for bed. And now here you are.
Rolling over, you find that you just feel a bit tired and maybe a bit sore from your sleeping position. The sun is pretty bright, too - so you imagine you've overslept. But, somehow, your head and stomach both feel fine.
"It really is a miracle," You mutter, sitting up. There's a pretty wonderful smell wafting down the hall. Sanae must be awake, at least, as Kanako doesn't strike you as much of a cook.
[ ] ... you wonder if they have a shower.
[ ] See what's going on in the kitchen.
Started at almost the right time, but it ended up a bit long. If I'm going to update in a given day, don't expect it much later than this post.