Sunday, December 20, 2009

One Random Sukima 22 A Scarlet Shower 1

Three weeks have passed since the last shadow incident, which took place in the Human Village. Petal has made a full recovery and spends her days around the courtyard of the Palace of the Earth Spirits, bringing a large beautiful flower garden to life, even though the ground is solid rock. For some unknown reason, she hasn't been able to turn to human, but it seems she doesn't really mind. Okuu herself has taken a liking to Petal and treats the tiny raven like a child, constantly going into bird form and roosting with Petal under her wing. Though being Okuu's shadow, a hell raven, Petal is weak against the heat, so both Satori and Okuu prevent her from following into the deep caverns. Petal has already tried to enter 3 times, almost falling in the lava the last time, but thanks to Orin, she is saved. From that last experience, though, the little raven has given up on following Okuu into the depths of the former hell. Maribel and Renko, having had their home destroyed, yet again, have been living in the Hakurei shrine again, however, to the surprise of many, this has made Reimu quite happy, despite her constant denial. Everyone else's lives have gone back to normal... or as normal as lives get in Gensokyo, except for three cases. Reimu and Ail are still in their dog forms, making Reimu a little edgy about the whole thing, while Ail seems to be getting accustomed to his dog body. Both think of going to Eirin's Clinic, however, word has reached them that Entei has had it's share of trouble, and seems they still haven't recovered. After S-Reisen's last blow to Reisen, the moon rabbit has lost a lot of her physical strength and stamina. She has constantly collapsed while helping Eirin, so now she spends most of her time either sleeping, or just sitting in her futon. Eirin has tried all sorts of drugs, remedies and potions, but seems nothing is working. Desperate, Eirin has decided to ask Reimu for help in this matter, but without Reisen's help, she hasn't been able to find the right time to go to the Hakurei Shrine. Lucky for her, she is headed their way instead, accompanied by Sanae, Budou, Ail and Rika. As for the third case...

Morning at Entei. Eirin enters Reisen's room with a bowl of rice and some carrots along with some tea on a tray. After entering, she notices Reisen already awake, wearing a light violet robe, sitting inside her futon with her back against the wall right beside her bed. Eirin smiles and asks "still hurts when you use the bed, huh?" Reisen, looking dreadfully exhausted, nods and says "I'm no use to you like this, master." Eirin shushes her as she kneels down and places the tray on the floor next to her and says "eat up. I placed a new medicine in those carrots that might just do the trick." Reisen weakly smiles at Eirin, grabs a carrot, and slowly bites down the tip, chewing slowly and swallowing with some effort afterward. Eirin observers her for some time, then asks "anything?" Reisen's eyes turn light blue as she says "hmm... I feel a little ticklish." Eirin sighs in defeat, then says "well, I'll keep trying, just don't go giving up on me, ok?" Eirin manages to smile at Reisen, even though her insides burn with overwhelming sadness. She wishes she could let it all out and cry with Reisen, but she keeps a strong front, trying to keep Reisen from losing hope. Reisen smiles back, making her feel more soothed and at ease. Eirin gets up and says "I'll be back to check on you later." Without lifting her sights, Reisen quietly nods. Eirin says "don't give up, Udonge. You'll get better. I promise." Eirin walks out of the room, closing the sliding doors after doing so, then says to Tewi "please pick up the tray when she's done." Tewi quietly nods as Eirin says "I'll be at the clinic if you need me." Eirin walks out of the mansion and promptly heads to the clinic. The moment she enters and closes the door, she places her right hand on her face and says "at this rate, only the Hourai Elixir will save her." Eirin places her back against the door, crossing her arms across her chest and remembers when she hears S-Reisen say "your solar plexus. Enjoy your last moments in life... if you can." Reisen's scream, along with the blast from S-Reisen repeat themselves in Eirin's head, making her clench her teeth and desperately place her hands on her ears, hoping to make the sounds go away, and just like that, she takes a deep breath and says to herself "you are Eirin Yagokoro. If you can't save her life, then nobody else will, but you need to focus and regain control. Yes... I need to focus. I can find a way to save her without the Elixir; I know I can." From outside, Kaguya hears everything, and covering her mouth with her long sleeve, she quietly runs back to the mansion, where she quietly tells Tewi what's happening. About an hour pass and Eirin is just about to give up, almost falling asleep while looking through medicine books that might help her. Frustrated, she closes the book she has in front of her, then places her elbow on it and rests her head on her hand. Her frown disappears almost instantly when she hears Reimu's squeaky dog voice loudly calling "hello~~! Anybody there!?" Hope once again fills Eirin's heart as she rushes out to greet her guest.

After the shock of meeting the dogs, Reimu and Ail on Sanae's and Rika's arms, Eirin manages to prepare some tea and snacks, placing them on the table and saying "please, forgive me. This tea isn't as good as Udonge's" While Tewi pokes Ail's ears, Reimu, sounding as casual as ever, asks "so you didn't even know you were missing such a dangerous drug?" Eirin shakes her head and says "that is... was.., Udonge's job." Still being poked at, Ail raises his left eye-brow and asks "was?" Eirin sighs and sits down, crossing her legs under her dress, and placing her hands on her knees, she says "let me explain. Both Udonge's and my own shadow came here and caught us all off-guard." By now, Tewi stops poking Ail's ear and just backs away, looking away from the table and back to Reisen's room. After Eirin, Kaguya and Tewi explain what happened, Ail and Reimu look at each other for a moment, then Eirin finishes by saying "I tried all I can, but she's just not recovering. If this keeps up, she's going to die in just a few days." Tewi twitches after hearing Eirin say that, but keeps quiet and pretends to not care as she walks outside. Reimu and Ail both look at Eirin and Kaguya, then Reimu says "you do understand that in our current state, there is very little we can do." Both Eirin and Kaguya look at each other, then sigh while looking to the floor, but Ail adds "but don't go losing hope. Combining our powers, with Phredia's, I am sure there's something we can do." Phredia flies from under Budou's hair and takes to the table, where Reimu asks "can you help us?" Phredia smiles and nods at Reimu, then to Ail, then Budou says "I wanna help too!" Sanae smiles and says "well of course you are!" Ail adds "we need you to look at Reisen and tell us if you see anything bad inside her." Rika politely asks "miss Reimu, mister Ail, are you sure it can be that simple?" Reimu wags her tail and says "we just need to have faith, right?" She looks to Ail, then notices her own wagging tail. She growls and shouts "ugh, this STUPID tail! Get over here!!!" Running in circles after her own tail, Reimu barks madly as she tries to bite down on the still wagging tail. Rika grabs Reimu before she manages to bite down on her own tail and says "my lady, you need to take it easy." Reimu sighs and says "I'm sick of this dog body." Ignoring Reimu, Ail says "let's go and see Reisen now." Eirin nods and stands up, Ail and Budou promptly following her, then Reimu, Rika and Sanae follow afterward. Slowly opening the sliding doors, Eirin softly says "Udonge. You have visitors." Reisen, still siting with her back against the wall besides her bed, still inside her futon, slowly turns her neck to look at the door, spotting Sanae, Rika and Budou around her master. She manages to smile and weakly says "well, hello everyone. Thanks for visiting." Ail and Reimu stand right on front of Reisen, unnoticed by her, until Ail says "my, this is worse than I thought." Reimu, sounding preoccupied says "I hope it's not too late." Surprised, Reisen opens her eyes wider as she looks at the dogs and says "oh my goodness... Mister Ail? Miss Shrine maiden? I-is that you?" Ail looks at Reimu and asks "miss shrine maiden?" while Reimu looks at Ail and asks "mister Ail?" Reimu turns her attention to Reisen and pats her leg under the futon and says "you'll be flying again, little moon rabbit." Reisen raises her left crumpled ear and stars at Reimu with confusion and a bit of surprise.

Ail and Reimu look at each other, both holding their chests. Reimu asks "you feel that too?" Ail nods, then looks at Reisen, then asks "do you really wish to just die like this?" Reisen gasps and Eirin angrily asks "what? Reisen Udongien, you can't let yourself die!" Kaguya forces herself though Sanae and Rika, kneels beside Reisen, past her head, then looks at Eirin, seemingly angry at her, then says "Eirin, this is my order to you. Let Inaba decide on her own!" Reimu and Ail both look at Eirin and Reimu says "for this spell to work, the target must willingly accept it, or it won't work at all." Eirin know she can't refuse an order from Kaguya, so defeated, she sighs then ask "at least tell me... why?" Reisen smiles as she looks at her master, then looks toward the window and as a few fairies fly by, she says "being like this made me realize I am paying for all my misdeeds, Master. Abandoning my friends back at the moon, having such selfish feelings, wanting to be treated better just because I feel bad... and for trying to kill you. I really did believe all my shadow said to me." Eirin takes a deep breath through her nose, crossing her arms across her chest and closing her eyes. She opens them again, and looks sternly at Reisen, then says "if that is how you feel, then die like the coward you are!" Everyone, except Ail and Reimu, gasp at Eirin's harsh words. Even Reisen lifts her ears and opens her eyes wide, looking at her master. Eirin continues "if you were brave, you'd live on and better yourself as atonement for all of those misdeeds of yours. But... the princess is right. This is your choice. I can't make it for you, so die a coward's death, Udonge." Eirin turns her back to Reisen as she leaves the room and as she passes by Rika and Sanae, she says "know that you'll still be missed." then leaves. Reisen lets her crumpled ears drop as she quietly thinks, then Ail says "Budou, please take a look at miss Reisen." Before letting go of Budou's shoulders, Sanae asks "what for? You heard what they said." Ail smirks and says "loud and clear." Sanae looks surprised at Ail, then at Rika, who shrugs while looking equally surprised, then lets go of Budou's shoulders. Budou walks to Reisen and immediately, she starts staring just under her chest and above her abdomen. There, she sees a tiny black orb sending dark purple energies all around Reisen's nervous system. Budou screams and starts to cry "owie~! That hurts so much! Miss Reisen, nee-san, that must really hurt." Reisen looks surprised at Budou, who just by looking at her knows all that. Ail asks "what did you see?" Budou closes her eyes as she points at Reisen's solar plexus and says "small dark spot. It's sending a lot of painful darkness all over her body!" Sanae rushes to Budou, who immediately hugs her lightly around her waist, crying "it's horrible, mama~!" Kaguya pats Reisen on the head, then says "I'll go check on Eirin while you make your choice." Right after Kaguya, Budou and Sanae leave the room, Reimu gets closer to Reisen and asks "what's it gonna be?" Phredia comes from outside the room and flies by Rika as she heads to the living room, joining Ail and Reimu, who stare at Reisen as she looks to the floor, lost in thought. Ail smirks and says "let's get ready, you two." Reimu smiles at Ail, then Phredia nods with a smile on her face as well. Reisen asks "will this really work?" Ail and Reimu smile at Reisen as they aim their arms in the air. Reimu says "concentrate you energy on your hand. Phredia, mix your healing magic with my own." A light-green orb forms around the palm of their little hands, to which Phredia adds a large light-yellow orb to it, making it glow gold for a moment, then it turns green again. Reimu shouts "on three... THREE!" Reimu and Ail jump straight at Reisen and force the light orb inside her body, making the entire room glow with a powerful bright light.

In the living room, Sanae sits with Budou on the floor, embracing her as she continues to sob, lightly patting her back to calm her down. Eirin stands on the doorway, looking at the bright sky and says "autumn is almost here." Rika quietly sits on her knees, looking to the floor and trying to say something to Eirin, but she can't find any words for her. From Reisen's room, Reisen shouts at the top of her lungs "WHAAAAAAAA!!!" All in the living room get the shock of their lives. Even Budou stops sobbing and asks "what happened?" Eirin fears the worse has happened, but her fear turns to another shock when Reisen's doors bang open and smoke comes from inside. Everybody watches expectant toward the loud doors, when Reisen springs out of her room, surprising everyone, laughing loudly "WAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA~" holding Ail, Reimu and Phredia in her arms, all looking pale and about to die of asphyxiation. She shouts "I'm cured! I can jump, run, scream, fly! Uuu~ Even the pain is gone, woo-hoo~!" She spins on one leg, making her robe lift up, showing her bloomers to everyone in the room, but they all get distracted as she tosses the dogs and the fairy to the air, all landing safely on their respective companion's laps. Kaguya celebrates with Reisen, jumping and cheering with her, then Reisen lets Kaguya go and rushes to her still shocked master and jumps on her, letting her bloomers show yet again as she hugs her master, saying "I'm all better now! I'm ok! I'm not useless anymore, Master!" Reisen runs outside, skipping and twirling happily on her bare feet, enjoying the feel of the grass under them. She runs around back, where Tewi sits, hugging her knees while sadly looking at one of her pitfalls. She hides her face under her knees, but hearing her trap set off, along with Reisen's familiar scream, the black rabbit lifts her head up and sees Reisen smiling as she flies out of the hole and head her way. Reisen shouts "I must say, I REALLY missed that!" then grabs the shocked Tewi and gives her a tight hug, then lets her go, forgetting they are high in the air by then, Tewi screaming at the top of her lungs a she falls to the ground. After landing, Tewi rubs her head as she struggles to get up, then looks up to the sky toward the happy and crazy moon rabbit, then smiles and as a tear escapes her left eye she says "Reisen... *sniffle* Time to dig deeper holes, heh heh." Inside, while Reisen happily flies around, screaming her lungs off, Eirin bows to Reimu, Phredia and Ail, asking "I am ever so grateful to you. Please, is there anything you want in return?" Ail ponders, then says "I'm good." Phredia shakes her little head with a smile, then rushes back to Budou. Reimu wags her tail and rapidly says "make me human again." Eirin smiles and says "but... I still don't have an antidote." Reimu slumps and whines as she lets out an "aww~!" Eirin smiles, then says "I could have Udonge make you some nice dumplings. She's really good!" Rika looks upset and is about to say something, when Reimu, while drooling, says "that sounds nice!" Rika's eyes hide under a blue shadow as the scratches the floors with her fingernails and a blue aura surrounds her.

Meanwhile, at Mugekan, in the bushes surrounding the mansion, a black hat and a pair of pink wings tread along, trying to keep as quiet as possible. Popping her head from under the bushes with a mischievous smile on her face, Yuki points to the mansion and says "see, I told you. This huge mansion is totally deserted and ready for the pickings." Popping her head from under the bushes with a bored look on her face, Mai replies "are you sure about this? I'm feeling a small presence around here. Two... though the second one's back over there." Mai points behind some small mountains behind them with her thumb. Yuki continues to smile and says "ahh, you're just being paranoid. Come on, let's break in!" Looking a little worried, Mai asks "wait, what do you mean 'break in'? You just said this place is deserted!" Yuki points at the entrance of the mansion and says "so I was mistaken. Come on!" Elly walks out of the mansion, resting her large scythe on her left shoulder, and stretches under the rays of the sun, saying "oh, another sunny day. Oh, I hope miss Yuka comes back again soon. I want to surprise her with all the arrangements I've prepared." Inside in the mansion's dinning room, Elly has prepared a feast adorned with many decorations, including flowers of all sorts and colors, all in pots, of course. Elly continues to smile, then blushes as she thinks how Yuka would praise her. {ELLY'S IMAGINATION} Yuka smiles and says "oh my, Elly, what a wonderful surprise. Come here and let me give you a little reward." Elly blushes with sparkles around her eyes as she says "I did it all for you, miss Yukarin. There's no need for rewards as long as you are happy." Yuka places an arm around Elly's waist and looking passionately into her eyes she says "I never said this reward was for you alone." Elly stares back with dreamy eyes and opens her mouth as Yuka's face slowly gets closer to her own. As they kiss, Elly passionately says "miss Yukarin~" {END ELLY'S IMAGINATION} Elly stands staring blankly to the sky, blushing and drooling as she fantasizes some more, and doesn't realize Yuki and Mai flying past her, Yuki smiling widely and Mai staring at Elly, looking a bit preoccupied. After the two girls enter, Kurumi walks toward Elly, then snaps her fingers as she angrily stares at the gate guardian. Elly snaps out of her fantasy with a shock, shouting "KURUMI!" Wh-when did you get here!? What did you hear!?" Kurumi continues to stare angrily at Elly with a cute pout on her face, and sounding a bit annoyed, she says "didn't you just notice the two girls fly just above your head?" Elly looks confused at Kurumi and asks "the humans are back?" Kurumi sighs and says "let's just go get them out!"

Inside the mansion, Yuki and Mai arrive at the dinning room and look awestruck at the table with the feast and adornments of potted flowers all over. Yuki exclaims "whoa. A meal worthy of royalty!" Mai reluctantly says "Yuki, maybe we should just go back. I don't think we should be here." Yuki smiles and says "are you KIDDING!? Look at that! Cakes, meats, fish, potatoes *gasp* even sweet dumplings! Oh, I'm taking a few!" Mai says "wait, Yuki just stop!" Yuki replies "they won't notice if it's just a few." From the dinning room's entrance, a woman clears her throat loudly, getting Mai's attention, while Yuki simply grabs a piece of meat and a stick with dumplings and gorges herself, smacking her lips and throwing the bone and clean stick after finishing, then grabbing a large pitcher and drinking straight from it. Elly's skin crawls, and a dark shadow surrounds her angry white eyes as she shouts "BE MORE DELICATE! Use a cup, you fiend!" Kurumi enters the room and casually says "I think you're missing the point here." Mai says "Yuki, I TOLD you this was a bad idea!" Mai bows apologetically, but before she can say anything, Yuki shouts "ha-ha~! Watch who you're calling a fiend! I am a powerful warrior form Makai, and I'm here to punish evil creatures that steal from mansions!" Mai sweats and softly says "isn't that was you're doing just now?" Elly points her right finger at Yuki and shouts "how dare you!? I am Elly, and this is Kurumi, and THIS place is the house of my WONDERFUL master, miss Yukarin, and YOU are trespassing, so we're going to have to kill you." Yuki smiles, then pulls her hat off and says "let's see you try!" then pulls out a black orb with a string on it's top. She lights the string with a spark from her finger and while smiling widely she says "with this baby Marisa gave me, I am SURE to win.. eh? Wait..." Yuki remembers Marisa asking her for help whenever she visited Gensokyo again. Yuki gasps in horror and flings the bomb to Mai, who looks at it curiously and asks "what is this, Yuki?" Yuki rapidly says "I'm sorry, gotta run!" Yuki takes to the air as Mai desperately says "wha-WAIT A MINUTE! Yuki, you can't leave me-" Elly shouts "you're not getting away, fiend!" Kurumi sweats and says "I.. think I'll be heading out now." Yuki ignores everyone, then follows Kurumi, who nervously leaves the dinning room and heads outside the mansion. Yuki shouts "I promised Marisa I'd help. You can do it, Mai. Remember your training~!" Elly swings her scythe offensively toward Mai and says "well now, your fiendish friend has deserted you. Prepare for... *sniff sniff* Hey, is something burning?" Mai curiously says "I think it's this black thing." Elly points at it and casually says "oh, you mean that bomb?" Mai opens her eyes wide as her entire body stiffen and shrieks "BOMB!?" The entire dinning room explodes violently, and in just a few seconds, all of Elly's preparations become burnt ashes and rubble. Both Mai and Elly groan as they get up form the floor, their faces and dresses covered in black powder. Elly cries "no... my REWA~RD!" Mai shakes her head, then shouts "YU~KI~~!!!" so loud, her voice echoes all the way to the SDM, where Meiling looks to the east and asks "a siren?"

At the Hakurei Shrine, Rika mops the inside of the shrine, while Sanae, Mima, Maribel and Renko enjoy a dip in the hot springs, even though the day is still quite warm. Budou and Luna sit by the donation box, watching as Reimu manages to sweep the leaves from around the shrine while holding the large broom with her tiny hands. A small twig flies past Reimu's head, then Ail, knocking many piles of leaves while chasing it, catches the twig just before it reaches the stairs. Reimu growls and says "Luna, could you get that husband of yours to behave!?" Luna sighs as she flaps her hand around her neck and says "it's too hot." From the side of the shrine, Kyo laughs, unable to control himself as Ail comes back looking proud with the twig in his mouth and walking on four legs. Reimu growls and aggressively says "Kyo, if you don't cut the crap, I'm gonna--" Kyo points at the dog Reimu and says "what ARE you going to do, you cute wittle puppy with such a pwetty dwess!" A chomping sound makes Budou wince as she asks "whoa, large brother, are you ok?" Reimu bites down hard on Kyo's ankle, but Kyo looks as calm as ever and laughs as he strikes a manly pose, placing both arms on his waist and expanding his chest, then says "are you kidding!? I'm a man! I can take it!" Reimu lets go of his ankle and says "pleh! disgusting... and didn't have any effect." Rika instantly appears on Kyo's right and says "my lady, I might be able to help you." Rika takes a deep breath as yellow energy courses though her, then she points her hands toward Reimu, then she also gets surrounded by yellow energy, then all stops. Reimu asks "what just-?" Rika says "your teeth, my lady." Reimu bares her sharp teeth and all seem covered in metal. Kyo sweats a little, but keeps his manly pose as Rika says "I used an earthly defensive spell and modified it to surround your teeth instead of you. Go ahead, try it out." As she says this, a glint escapes her eye and Reimu flips her thumb up at her. Kyo defiantly says "go ahead and try little pup. I can take it!" Without question, Reimu bites down hard on Kyo's ankle. At first, he continues to look confident, holding his manly pose, but he suddenly takes a deep breath and as tears escape his eyes he starts running in circles, screaming like a girl. Rika laughs and says "that's my lady!" From the donation box, sounding worried, Budou says "miss Luna, I think you should go save him." Luna lazily replies "he's a man. He can take it." Kyo continues to run in circles around the shrine, screaming like a girl some more, until he crashes against a tree, knocking Aya from it and holding on to it tightly. He shouts "ok, ok, I give! Just let me go already!" Reimu miraculously complies, letting go of Kyo and standing on her feet on the ground. She looks at her stomach while holding it with her hands and says "whoa... I feel funny." A loud popping sound echoes all around the shrine and some white clouds surround Reimu. Rika shouts "miss Reimu are you alright?" When the clouds disappear, they reveal Reimu has returned to her normal body, and besides her on the floor, the shapr metal plating that surrounded her dog teeth. Reimu pats herself curiously while Rika exclaims "miss Reimu, you're back!!" Reimu says "I'm.. back to my old self! WAAA-HA~!! I'm back to normal!!!" Rika and Reimu hold hands as they jump around in circles, celebrating Reimu's return to her normal form." From the hot spring comes Sanae, wearing a white swimsuit and looking a little angry as Reimu celebrates, then says "wait, that's not fair. What about Ail?" Reimu and Rika stop celebrating, then Reimu looks at Ail, who is jumping around, saying "come on~! Someone throw the stick already!" Reimu casually says "he seems fine to me." Sanae growls softly, but sighs and calms herself, then says "I'm going back to the spring.

Flying at high speeds, Yuki cries "come on~, I said I was sorry~!" From behind her, small white orbs, larger white orbs, and sets of snowflake-danmaku bullets graze her all over her body, making her cry twin waterfalls as she screams "come on, I'm serious! I'm sorry~!" From behind, looking enraged and hungry for blood, Mai, Elly and Kurumi continue to chase after Yuki, firing their bullets as fast as possible, Mai shouting "you're gonna PAY!" Elly shouts "MY REWARD!" Kurumi shouts "trespassers but be PUNISHED!" On the ground close to toe Temple of Myouren, Byakuren's temple, Nazrin sits on the grass, surrounded by many mice friends as they all eat bits of foods from Nazrin's basket. An explosion startles the mice, making them all run away back to the temple. Nazrin looks to the sky and asks "what's that noise?" Yuki flies by, shouting "I'm serious, I have to help Marisa~! Waah~! Help me Ail!" From behind Mai flies by, still shooting snowflakes at Yuki and shouting "get BACK here!" Nazrin chuckles and says "well that's something you don't see every day." From her right, Elly clears her throat, then says "so YOU are Ail. Hmph! I don't see what Yukarin sees in you." Annoyed, Nazrin glares back at Elly and Kurumi and as she gets up on her feet she asks "who the heck are you?" Elly says "I am your executioner, Elly, and this is my side-kick, Kurumi. Angry, Kurumi flaps her wings as she hovers above Elly and strikes her head hard with her fist, saying "I'm nobody's side-kick!" Nazrin continues to stare annoyed and suspicious at the two youkai as Elly rubs the back of her head. Elly immediately recovers and points at Nazrin, shouting "well that doesn't matter, Ail! Once I take care of you, my Yukarin will be ALL MINE again, WAHAHAHAHA~!" Narrowing her left eye, still staring, Nazrin says "hey, idiot. I'm not Ail." Kurumi looks at Elly and says "told you~" Elly points toward the sky and says "that crazy girl called you Ail, so don't try to confuse me with your lies, Ail!" Narrowing both eyes and swaying her tail angrily from left to right, Nazrin says "I'm NAZRIN, not AIL." Elly laughs maniacally as she raises her scythe and shouts "DIE~~!" Nazrin flips, twirls and spins in place, using her tail like a whip, striking Elly all over her body and knocking her to the ground with thin red marks all over her face. Kurumi covers her eyes with her small hands, and when the cracking sounds stop, she peeks through her fingers and spots Elly on the ground with her scythe to her side, and smiling like a goof while looking toward the sky with empty eyes. Calmly walking back to the temple, Nazrin says "your friend's gonna be sore for a while. Make sure she doesn't scratch those. It'll sting like hell if she does. See ya." Kurumi sighs as she helps Elly sit back up and says "you idiot, you need to be more careful." Elly mumbles "stings... dance.... bloomers." Kurumi pats Elly's head and with a smile on hr face she says "so glad to see you're fine."

Having being persuaded by Reimu's needles, Sanae sits quietly on the Shrine's porch, still being resentful that Reimu reverted back to her human self, while Ail stays a dog, even though they both transformed at the same time. What makes Sanae even angrier is Ail's aloof attitude to the matter. Agava and Rumia land in the shrine grounds, both looking a little nervous. Before even Rika can greet them, Reimu calls them from inside the shrine "you two, get in here!" Both wince after hearing Reimu's voice, then slowly head toward the entrance, walking past Rika, who quietly bows to them, striking her own head with her broomstick. They walk past the pouting Sanae, who continues to pet dog Ail as he sleeps on her lap, and upon reaching the doorway, they slowly peek inside. Reimu is sitting on the floor with a large scroll that reads "Shadows" and various names checked. Only three names remain unchecked on the list. Reimu raises her head to the youkai and with a smile on her face, she says "welcome. Please, come in, sit next to me." Hesitantly, the two youkai walk closer to Reimu, and each sit beside Reimu, where she points them to sit. With a dangerously angelical smile on her face, Reimu tightly warps her arm around the two youkai necks and asks "did I ask you to take care of that lake?" Agava and Rumia simply cry "we're sorry~!" Reimu's smile turns to a dangerously happy grin as she says "now that I'm human again, I can't help but feel those vibrations coming from that lake, and let me tell you, they are VERY uncomfortable!" Agava says "Reimu, I swear, we really tried!" Rumia adds "but without Flandre, Kali kicked our butts!" Reimu asks "and where is Flandre?" Above the Scarlet Devil Mansion, a trail of white smoke quickly moves around the mansion's clock tower, then heads toward the human village. Remilia holds her hat while sitting beside Sakuya, while Patchouli and Meiling sit behind them. Remilia shouts "so this is why you were saving money!?" Flandre shouts back "uh-huh! It was steep, but that gap lady came through! Best part, this thing will fly all over Gensokyo 10 times over before needing a recharge!" Flandre holds the control of a roofless flying red vehicle that looks like a round saucer with seats on it. Flandre shouts "let's see what this baby can do!" Flandre jerks the steering wheel fast, making the flying vehicle spin, making Remilia scream in fear and making Meiling and Patchouli fall from the back. Giggling, Flandre pulls the steering wheel hard, making the vehicle loop in the air and catching the two girls in mid-air. Flandre shouts "OH YEAH~! This thing REALLY flies!" Even Remilia is trembling violently after those stunts. Flandre asks "are you ok, onee-sama?" Remilia answers "yeah... I'm just fine... URK!" Remilia holds her mouth as she feels a slight discomfort in her stomach. Flandre smiles widely and says "alright then, put on your seat belts and let's see what this baby REALLY can do!" All four shout "NOOO~!" but Flandre completely ignores them and speeds up and lowers so much, the underside of the vehicle brushes against a few tree-tops.

Back at the Hakurei Shrine, Reimu has released the two youkai from the headlock and is looking at the scroll for a moment. Rumia asks "what will you have us do, miss Reimu?" Reimu quietly continues to study the scroll, then sighs and says "I'm not sure anymore. From what you just told me, Kali's powers seem to have tripled since the last time. {FLASHBACK} It's night and Agava hangs limp on a tree branch while Rumia, holding her broad longsword in her hands, face off against Kali's human form right above the expanding red spot on the lake. Kali confidently says "if you run away now, I won't chase you." Rumia flaps her dark wings once, then lunges toward Kali, hoping to thrust the sword straight into her heart, but Kali sways to the left just as Rumia's sword is about to strike, then grabs her blade with her bare hands, fully stopping Rumia's attack, then says "your loss." then kicks Rumia's abdomen with her makeshift knee, spins in the air, and kicks her head downward with the back of her make-shift foot, then laughs as Rumia falls down to the lake. However, something dark bats Rumia toward dry land, where she lies looking toward the night sky as her ribbon magically sets itself back on her head. {END FLASHBACK} Reimu continues to stare toward the two youkai, however she is lost in thought. Rumia asks "want us to try again?" Reimu abruptly says "no! It's up to me to solve this incident. Besides, I hear Kimi lives around there... I need to ask her something." Rumia, sounding determined, says "I'll go with you, then." Agava adds "I guess I'm in too." Reimu smiles and says "good. We leave after lunch!" Rika rushes to the kitchen in just seconds and says "on it! I'll make you some rice balls and some dumplings, and with your FAVORITE tea, my lady!" Reimu smiles and says "ah, thank you. But I'm not that hungry, so could you make some soup instead?" Crying, Rika salutes Reimu and with a forced smile on her face she says "ON IT!" Meanwhile, Mima holds Maribel, who has her cat ears exposed as she sleeps on the supposedly evil spirit's lap. Mima smiles with a heart in her mouth and says "nothing could ruin this moment for me!" A cream-colored washtub falls right on top of her head, crumpling her pointy hat as small cat Maribels run in circles around her head. With a wriggled smile she says "ooo~ pretty kitty" then falls on her back.

It's noon, and Reimu, Rumia and Agava arrive to the island in the Misty lake. At first, the lake seems just fine, so Reimu asks "are you guys sure about this?" Rumia nods and says "it's behind." Reimu lifts to the air to get a better look, and is completely shocked when she sees half of the lake covered in scarlet. When she looks back down, she notices Cirno and Daiyousei on the shores, looking quite unhappy and weak. Reimu shouts "Rumia, Agava, take all the fairies you can find AWAY from the island!" From the mansion's clock tower, Remilia comes flying straight to Reimu, looking a little sick. Remilia looks to where Reimu is looking, and seemingly unsurprised, she says "I noticed that when Flan forced us to ride that new contraption of hers. What should we do?" Reimu says "we investigate." Reimu and Remilia dive toward the scarlet colored water when Kali gets in their way with a smile, and without waiting for another second, she switches to her shadow form, grabs a spell card from her white hair and shouts "Shadow Sign - Binding Darkness" Reimu shouts to Remilia "hold on to me!" then pulls out her own spell card and shouts "Dream Sign - Demon Sealing Circle!" Just after Reimu declares her spell card, Remilia desperately shouts "wait, what about me~!?" The area around them turns completely dark, but Reimu's spell makes everything bright again as a blue beam rises toward the skies right from where Reimu and Remilia are, surprising Kali and knocking her out of the air. Inside the the blue beam, Remilia trembles as the spell is unleashed, but quickly realizes she is safely surrounded by a barrier. Reimu scoffs and asks "though I was going to let you burn?" Angrily and with tears under her eyes, Remilia replies "don't scare me like that!" Reimu simply smiles, and the second her spell finishes, Reimu dives toward the lake once more, whoever, Kali floats back up with her eyes glowing scarlet with rage. She shouts "you think that was FUNNY don't cha'!?" The shadow turns to human form, her eye still glowing scarlet, as she expands her arms, making the lake under her react and a scarlet colored watery pillar rises right behind her. With a wicked smile on her face, she points her finger at Reimu and the pillar rushes straight to the maiden. Reimu readies her charms, ready to protect herself, but Remilia grabs her left sleeve and pulls her away from the water, just as something dark grabs hold of Kali, canceling the water pillar, then drags her under the scarlet water. Reimu struggles with Remilia, demanding "Remilia, let me GO!" Remilia pulls Reimu closer to herself, then says "that looks VERY dangerous. I have a very bad feeling about that water, Reimu." Reimu stares straight at the scarlet water, watching as the bubbles from where Kali disappeared under stop surfacing. She thinks for a moment, then takes a deep breath and says "fine. I'll back away for now. Do me a favor." Remilia lets go of Reimu's sleeve, and looking seriously at Reimu, she asks "what do you want?" Reimu calmly says "if you see Kimi... Meiling's shadow, please tell her I need to speak with her. As for this lake... I better find more information about it." Remilia asks "think there might be something in the Hieda records?" Reimu shakes her head lightly and says "no. I think there's something in the shrine's records." Remilia stares back at Reimu, as the shrine maiden continues to stare toward the scarlet colored lake, then Reimu says "The Scarlet Lake... yeah. I need information about that."

By the clean shores of the Misty Lake, away from the island, Agava and Rumia take the last of the weakened fairies to shore, where they instantly feel better and start to fly on their own. After they are done, Agava looks to Reimu, Remilia and Kali, then notices as something very large grabs Kali and drags her down. She rubs her dark-blue eyes then says "whoa, Rumia did you see that?" Rumia lies on her back on the ground and tired, she asks "i-is that so~?" From Agava's left, Koishi says "ooh, I saw that large dark thing. It was dark!" Agava gets shocked for a moment, but manages to recover, then says "so you saw it too? Sweet, let's tell Reimu!" Koishi smiles while sticking out her tongue, then says "there's no need. She already knows~. She's just playing with us." Agava narrows her right eye and says "you sure are weird." Koishi squeals and says "you're so CUTE!" then hugs Agava tightly as pink hearts pop from her head. Agava sighs and stares on in disbelief and says "yup... truly weird." At the Moriya Shrine, Sanae, Budou, Ail on Budou's arms and Phredia land near the entrance to the shrine, then Sanae storms inside and immediately locks herself up in her room. Budou lowers her wings and sighs as she says "mama Sanny is mad." Suwako is the firs to approach them as Phredia pats Budou on the head, then asks "what happened?" Budou says "miss Reimu turned back to human, but papa didn't." Ail adds "I told her to take it easy, but that seems to have made her even madder." Kanako comes from her room and after getting away from Sanae's room, she calmly says "it's probably that time, you know." Suwako strikes Kanako on the head with her fist and says "yes. That time where miss gramma shuts up and fixes this problem!" Kanako growls "or maybe it's time we had FROG LEGS for dinner!" Kanako and Suwako both grab each other in a head-lock, then stop as they notice Budou is sobbing. Ail, sounding a bit annoyed says "nice job." then turns to Budou and says "it's ok, Budou. Come on, cheer up. Chen's coming by to play tomorrow, but if you cry, she will get sad... so no more crying." Budou sniffles and quietly nods as Phredia pats her head, then Ail jumps from Budou's arms and says "look, let's just find a way to cheer Sanae up. Any particular food she likes?" Kanako suddenly stands straight and with an angry smile she says "I'll take care of that. You just wait for dinner." Later that night, Kanako walks out of her room to the living room and finds Ail sleeping on the floor there, curled up into a ball and holding his own tail as he whines while lightly snoring. Kanako quietly points her hand at him, then a light-blue orb comes from inside Ail's heart and straight back to Kanako's hand then expands and after the light dims, it reveals Kanako's real mirror. She quickly looks into it, then thinks "hmm... not enough to make Sanae forget about him, but still... Maybe I can make this work." She quietly heads back to her room, and after she closes the door, Ail mumbles in his sleep "miss Kanako... faith in you. Great... goddess Suwako... *whine* bones."

To be continued...

Characters, spell cards and scenario belong to ZUN -Team Shanghai Alice-
Ail, Kyo, Luna, Budou, Phredia, Petal, Kali and Kimi were created by Willie G.R.
Agava/Kali's spell cards were created by Willie G.R.
Rika was created by Snapshot2010

DEC 20 2009
written by
Willie G.R.

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