Morning at the Myouren Temple. Byakuren casually walks to the Palanquin, where Minamitsu is waiting for her so they can search for Byakuren’s shadow. On the way to the ship she is met by Nazrin, who stares on a little saddened, bows and says “good luck, lady Hijiri.” Byakuren smiles, bends down, and kisses Nazrin’s forehead, making her bush a little, then says “thank you, Nazrin. If all should go well, we’ll be back really soon.” Nazrin smiles, then steps away. A little farther ahead Nue, Ichirin and Unzan wave at her with sad faces. Byakuren giggles and says “don’t looks so sad! It’s not like we’re leaving forever!” Nue quickly says “but the temple without Hijiri doesn’t feel like home~!” Byakuren can’t help but giggle, then says “don’t feel like that. The temple is your home, no matter what.” Nue lets out a small smile, then says “come back in one piece!” Ichirin sighs and says “if you need any help at all send for us, ok nee-san?” Byakuren bows her head with a smile, then says “everything will be fine, but I promise, if anything happens, I’ll call for you.” Byakuren waves at them, then continues her way, but stops and asks “oh... where’s Shou? I was sure she was going to be here.” Ichirin gets a little irritated and says “she couldn’t sleep at all last night, so I’m guessing she’s asleep now.” Byakuren looks a little disappointed and says “oh. And I really needed to talk to her too. She might get upset. Oh well.” Byakuren signals the girls to her and when they get close enough, Byakuren smiles and says “please, tell her I couldn’t wait for her to wake up, and tell her I said ‘bye’.” Both girls nod with smiles on their faces, making Byakuren smile along. Inside the temple, in Shou’s room. Shou sleeps contently, holding tightly to her pillow while sleeping sideways, snoring and sporting a pretty big nose bubble. She starts to mumble softly, then smiles, chuckles, and says “lady Hijiri~”
Inside the Palanquin’s dining room, on the tall but small square table, Byakuren and Minamitsu sit in front of one-another on the wooden chairs and discuss about their shadow hunt. Byakuren calmly says “alright, do you have any clue as to how my shadow would look like?” Minamitsu thinks hard and after placing her hands under the table she says “well, you are kind, so your shadow should be mean. Also, she might have bad breath, seeing as your breath smells like fresh mint, and it’s also VERY possible she doesn’t bathe at all, seeing as you DO take regular baths.” Byakuren sweats, her eyes hide behind a light dark shadow, and some strands of hair coil around above her head. Minamitsu continues “ah, maybe she has HUGE manly muscles and a crooked pointy nose... green skin, AND she’s probably naked too. You like clothes, right? Maybe she doesn’t.” Byakuren stares awestruck at Minamitsu for some time, and after stuttering a little she manages to say “maybe you’re giving it too much though.” Minamitsu lifts a magazine from under the table and says “no, no, it’s right here on this magazine I found!” On the article, there is a picture of a large grotesque-looking monster, and beside it the word “SHADOW” is written in huge black letters. Byakuren recovers her usual look and stares curiously at the article, then says “so it’s an article on shadows?” Minamitsu quickly replies “yup. All about shadows. Says here some can have two genders, and will occasionally try to eat vampires after squishing jelly off honeycombs.” Byakuren smiles and says “can I see that?” Minamitsu hands the magazine, and after Byakuren flips a few pages, she places the magazine on the table and presses her hand on it, looks straight at Minamitsu, then says “it says here, my lucky numbers are 5 and 78.” Minamitsu stares back, then smiles and says “and my horoscope predicts heavy rains on sunny skies!”
It’s late noon. Minamitsu is driving the Palanquin manually, whistling a tune as she does. Byakuren is at the farthest end of the deck, throwing a few glances over the safety rails, hoping to see her shadow somewhere down on the ground. Minamitsu lets go of the helm for a moment after seeing a lose board. She bends down and says “ah, someone might trip on this. I better fix it.” She walks inside the ship forgetting to set it to auto-pilot. A light gust of wind blows across the ship’s deck and the entire ship turns very violently. Byakuren is looking over the rails when the ship turns and quickly finds herself falling to the ground. While falling she smiles nervously, flaps her arms rapidly and shouts “HELP, I CAN’T SWIM~!!” Minamitsu comes running from the inside, looking terrified as she jumps on the helm and grasps the wheel tight, then stabilizes the ship. After settling down, Minamitsu swipes her forehead with her forearm and says “phew! That was clumsy of me. Someone could have fallen overboard.”
It’s early morning. Byakuren walks out of the ship and stands on the deck, next to the ship’s helm. She stretches her arms above her head and groans contently, then notices the empty helm. She looks around suspiciously and says to herself “she won’t mind. Besides, I’m just helping. She’s probably exhausted from yesterday, so I have decided, I’m going to drive today. Yes, I’m sure she’ll appreciate it.” When she approaches the helm she realizes that beside it there’s a very advanced looking panel with a few shining buttons and a big dome above the buttons. Right now, the dome is blinking yellow, then Byakuren says to herself “ah, it’s on auto-pilot. Hmm, let’s see here...” Byakuren bends down, placing her left hand on her thigh while poking her lower lip with her right hand, then says “ah, it’s the green one!” She pushes a small green button, but nothing happens. Inside the captain’s quarters, Minamitsu is sound asleep on a small bunk bed. A pair of metal shackles that hold the bed in place are released, making a loud “clank”, which make Minamitsu moan for a moment, but quickly stops and continues sleeping. Back on deck, Byakuren smiles as she covers her eyes with her left hand and points her finger at random buttons, then stops. She stares at the yellow button her finger points to, then presses it. There is a quick buzzing sound and the blinking yellow light goes off. Byakuren celebrates and says “Yay~ I did it!” She forgets to grab the wooden wheel and a quick gust violently turns the ship around. Inside Minamitsu’s room, the sudden turn sends the bed straight toward the round window that’s covered with white curtains. Minamitsu wakes up with a scream and finds herself falling through the window with terror on her face as she shouts “Captain OVERBOARD~~!!!”
Late noon. Minamitsu has a few cuts and bruises on her face and one barely-opened black eye. She puffs a bit of air from her mouth as she stares annoyed in front of her. Byakuren finishes moping the deck and places the mop inside it’s bucket, then sighs and says “I’m really sorry, Captain Murasa. I just wanted to help.” Minamitsu sighs, then smiles and says “I know, I understand. Please, just be a bit more careful lady Hijiri.” Byakuren smiles back angelically, salutes and says “no problem”, then picks up the mop and bucket. Minamitsu sighs and says “guess we better get inside. Geez, I hope the fairies haven’t destroyed the place.” After pressing the yellow button and leaving the ship on auto-pilot, Minamitsu takes one step and yelps after slipping. Luckily, she is able to hold on the helm before falling. Byakuren says “be careful, I just finished waxing these floors.” Terrorized, Minamitsu yelps “WHAT?” Byakuren continues “so be very careful not to slip.” Just as she finishes saying those words, she slips, drops the mop and the bucket, then slides all the way across to the left side of the ship and falls over the rails shouting “oh no, not again~” Minamitsu manages to rush to Byakuren’s aid without slipping, but after placing her hands on the rails she starts to tremble. From down below, Byakuren shouts “I waxed the rails too~!” Just as Byakuren says this, Minamitsu’s hands slip, her left foot slips, then falls over the rails, shouting “WAAAAAAHHH~~~!!!”
The next morning, Byakuren and Minamitsu decide to stay inside the ship while letting some fairies do random checks over the ship’s deck. The girls are sitting in front of each other on the square table. Byakuren takes a bite off a piece of bread, while Minamitsu reads the Bunbunmaru Newspaper. She stretches her hand and grabs a small cup of coffee from the table, pulls the paper away from her face, takes a sip, and after placing it back on its small plate she says “it seems those shadows are causing a lot of trouble down below... but there’s still no mention of your own shadow, lady Hijiri.” Byakuren finishes nibbling on her bread and says “that doesn’t mean we’re going to stop looking. We must be diligent and stay focused.” Minamitsu nods while still looking into the paper, then asks “but what if you didn’t get a shadow copy?” Byakuren stares confused at Minamitsu. The youkai pulls the paper away from her face to look at Byakuren and says “think about it. Someone as pure as you shouldn’t even have a shadow.” Byakuren gasps and smiles as she says “I’m flattered you think so highly of me, but that’s just not true! Every single one of us has some darkness inside!” Minamitsu stares into Byakuren’s eyes, then casually shrugs and says “well, if you say so.” Byakuren sighs, and drops the subject, then takes another small nibble off her piece of bread. From a small gap on the floor, a small mouse, probably one of Nazrin’s friends, sneaks its way up Minamitsu’s leg. Minamitsu throws the paper in the air and springs on her feet while banging hard on the table with her hands and looking embarrassed and surprised at Byakuren, then says “l-lady Hijiri, that’s very inappropriate.” Byakuren stares confused back at Minamitsu, who realizes Byakuren isn’t doing anything. The little mouse squeaks, and Minamitsu suddenly panics and thrashes around, shouting “it’s a mouse! A mouse in my pants! Get it off, GET IT OFF!” Byakuren lifts her hand, wanting to tell Minamitsu to calm down, but the sound of clothes stripping signals her it’s no use anymore, so she just covers her eyes with her left hand as Minamitsu shouts “you little CREEP! Look what you made me do! ...AHH, I’m naked!” There’s the sound of a barrel being moved, then silence. Byakuren peeks through a small gap between her fingers and asks “can I look now?” Minamitsu shouts “I’m sorry lady Hijiri! I panicked!” Byakuren giggles and says “it’s alright. Here, get dressed.” Byakuren picks up Minamitsu’s clothes and finds the mouse under the pants, enjoying half of a cracker. Byakuren sighs and says “well, it seems someone has been pigging out during the nights.” Minamitsu blushes with embarrassment and while getting dressed inside the barrel she says “i-it was just a snack!” That night, Minamitsu stands on the ship’s bathroom scale with a towel wrapped around. She stares at the scale for a moment, then slumps and sighs, then says “no more mid-night snacks.”
Late morning on the next day. Byakuren walks out to the deck of the ship, stretching and enjoying the warm rays of the sun above her. Minamitsu is navigating the ship with a smile on her face, when she hears Byakuren shouting “it’s my shadow!” Minamitsu lets go of the helm and magically summons a large anchor to her right hand and shouts “where!? WHERE!?” Byakuren bravely points right in front of herself and starts shooting mercilessly, then Minamitsu follows by throwing her anchor and some droplet danmaku bullets for good measure. When the dust settles, they realize they have made a large hole on the deck. Minamitsu walks closer and looks inside the hole with a depressing smile on her face, then asks “what did she look like!?” Byakuren calmly says “tall, very shaggy-looking, VERY dark, and she had no eyes or mouth!” Byakuren pokes her lower lip with her right hand finger and looks up as she thinks and asks “I wonder how does she eat?” Minamitsu’s eyes hide under a black shadow and some sweat drops fall all around her head. She trembles and stutters, then asks “Hi-Hijiri...? Doesn’t that sound like... your shadow?” Byakuren says “yes, that’s exactly what I mean. That was my shadow!” Minamitsu places both hands on Byakuren’s shoulders and forces a big smile, even though she is furious, then says “that shadow we just blasted... was your shadow from the SUNLIGHT!” Byakuren closes her eyes and giggles nervously, then looks at Minamitsu with glassy sad eyes, sticks out her tongue, then says “umm... sowwy~.” Minamitsu sighs loudly, then slumps and says “it’s fine, it’s ok. I’ll just patch it.” A soft gust of wind blows through the ship’s deck, then the ships turns violently to the right, knocking Byakuren off her feet and over the rails, but this time, Minamitsu grabs her cape before she’s out of reach. Minamitsu angrily says “dammit, I forgot the auto-pilot again!” Byakuren smiles as she looks up and says “well, just pull me up and...” A ripping sound unsettles the two girls, so Minamitsu pulls Byakuren up with all her might, and when she finally manages to pull her up, she opens her eyes and realizes she has Byakuren’s upper garments, while Byakuren herself falls to the ground again, this time in her white undergarments only. She places one arm over her chest, and the other holding her skirt from lifting up, and while she falls she smiles and shouts “kyaa~~ This is embarrassing~~!”
The next day at noon. Minamitsu walks out of the ship, looking bored and yawning. She looks to the ship’s deck and spots Byakuren with an angelical smile, kneeling and cooing at something. She decides to get closer, walking casually with both hands behind her head. She stands next to Byakuren and kneels beside her and curiously asks “lady Hijiri, what are you doing there?” Byakuren smiles angelically and says “I found this squeaking little bird over here. He’s so CUTE!” Byakuren moves away slightly to reveal an ordinary rubber duck with an additional multi-colored feather head-piece. Minamitsu stares at it in disbelief, then says “l-lady Hijiri, you realize that’s a rubber duck, right?” Byakuren twitches and opens her eyes wide in surprise, then grabs it and squeaks is twice, then looks at Minamitsu and says “no wonder it didn’t move much.” Down by the Youkai Forest, Nitori searches the ground diligently for something. Another kappa approaches Nitori and asks “what are you looking for?” Nitori sounds a little worried when she replies “my latest invention. Right now, it’s on a very delicate state and if someone were to squeak it, it’ll set off a time bomb in it.” The kappa gasps and covers her mouth, then says “Nitori, that’s dangerous. But why would you put a bomb in a rubber duck?” Nitori casually answers “it’s supposed to make him shoot a few sparks in the air, but I placed too much energy in the prototype I was using.” A very loud explosion from the sky makes both Nitori and her friend to yelp in fright. After everything settles, Nitori shrugs and casually says “ah well. Let’s move on to the next project.” On the Palanquin’s deck, Byakuren and Minamitsu stand awestruck on top of a large burn mark, pretty burned up on the front themselves. Minamitsu coughs and says “r-ru-rubber...” Byakuren looks at Minamitsu and shouts “DUCK!” then quickly crouches. Minamitsu stares at Byakuren with curiosity, then is knocked from behind by Mystia, who flies by too fast to stop in time. The night sparrow falls on her face on the deck, while Minamitsu falls over the rail and down to the ground, shouting “this is getting annoying~~!” Byakuren runs to the rails, but is unable to catch Minamitsu on time. Mystia casually walks next to Byakuren and asks “did I just hit something?” Byakuren smiles at Mystia and quickly embraces her, saying “what a cute little youkai~! What’s your name!?” While Byakuren rubs her smiling face on the sparrow’s shirt, accidentally, but effectively cleaning all the smudge off her face, Mystia panics and tries to fly away but is unable to break free.
The next morning, Minamitsu is flying around inside the ship, looking a little unsettled. A fairy passes by so Minamitsu stops and asks “hey, have you seen lady Hijiri?” The fairy closes her eyes and shakes her little head, then says “there was some commotion by the common quarters a little earlier.” Minamitsu smiles and says “thank you very much” while rubbing the fairy’s head, making her smile contently while blushing. At the common quarters, Byakuren walks out one of the rooms, dragging a black wiggling bag. Minamitsu lands behind her and ask “lady Hijiri, what’s that you got there?” Byakuren swipes some sweat from her forehead and says “it’s a shadow! Saw her lurking around, so I chased her and trapped her!” From behind Byakuren, Minamitsu says “great! Open the bag so we can get a better look!” Byakuren smiles and says “alright then” and pulls the bag open. Byakuren is extremely shocked after seeing who was in there. Her eyes turn round and white and she’s unable to close her mouth. After being freed from inside the bag; her hair messed up and her clothes completely wrinkled, Minamitsu punches the ground and asks “what the HELL just happened!?” Byakuren stutters “bu-bu-but... behind me... just now...” while pointing behind her with her thumbs.
Late noon. Minamitsu finishes nailing down a wooden board, then dusts her hand after exhaling. She steps back, looks up and says “no more falling off THIS ship!” She admires the 6 foot tall wooden wall she installed on the ship’s rails. She pushes the last board to make certain it’s sturdy enough, then says “now we can safely continue our search.” Without Minamitsu ever even noticing, Byakuren stands on the far edge of the ship and admires the tall wall, then says “wow, this looks safe enough.” Minamitsu proudly crosses her arms around her chest and says “of course! I installed this thinking about YOUR safely, lady Hijiri. Now, we should land soon before we run out of...” Byakuren screams “kyaa~~ I’m falling again~~!” Minamitsu trembles as she stares with great surprise toward the spot where Byakuren was. Not one of the boards looks unsettled or broken. She trembles some more while her eyes turn round and white, then points forward and says “but... but... 6 feet tall, and still...”
Nighttime. Minamitsu walks out of her room wearing a white sleeping robe tied up by a white lace. She flies further inside the dimly lit ship then lands next to a row or windows and stares outside. She sighs and says “the sky looks so beautiful.” Byakuren lands behind her, wearing a silky-looking black sleeping robe tied by a white lace. After she lands, Minamitsu asks “you can’t sleep either, lady Hijiri?” Byakuren smiles and says “actually, no. But when I heard you come out of your room I came to see if you were alright.” Minamitsu turns around with a smile and looks at Byakuren, then says “oh, I’m alright. I just wanted to see the sky tonight. It’s so beautiful. So many stars.” Byakuren giggles and says “yes. Nights like these should be enjoyed to their fullest.” Both looks at each other, then smile, and for a few hours, they sit on the floor and watch the night sky through the windows. Byakuren falls asleep on the floor, so Minamitsu thinks of carrying back her to her room, but she notices a shooting star that seems to land on top of a large yellow star. She is fascinated by this and walks toward the window for a closer look. She sighs and says “so beautiful.” When she turns around, there is a big eye above a large tongue on an eggplant-colored umbrella right in front of her face, and a girl’s voice shouts “URAMESHIYA~!!” Minamitsu jumps back so suddenly, she breaks a hole on the ship, but is so shocked by the surprise she falls, unable to scream. Kogasa looks out the hole and says “wow, I really scared her.” From behind, Byakuren asks “Kogasa, is that you?” Kogasa gets surprised and jumps out the window with fright, then falls down, letting go of the karakasa and shouting “kyaan~!” Byakuren looks outside the hole, sweats while smiling sheepishly, then says to herself “really, somebody’s going to get hurt with these gags.”
Morning. Minamitsu finishes removing the useless wall of wooden boards from the railings and decides to take a bath. Meanwhile, Byakuren is enjoying a bath, humming to herself as she enjoys the warm water on her skin. She looks inside the tub and says “oh my! I need to do something with these nails.” A few minutes after, Minamitsu enters the entrance room wearing a towel wrapped around her body and one on her head, and notices Byakuren’s clothes on a basket next to the small sink. She twitches and blushes, then thinks “I better not interrupt.” Byakuren exits the bathroom with a towel wrapped all around her body. She smiles and asks “oh, are you taking a bath too?” Minamitsu takes a deep breath of relief, smiles, then says “yes. I just finished removing those large boards off the railing and though I’d take a quick bath.” Byakuren walks to her fresh set of clothes while Minamitsu heads inside the bathroom. Byakuren yelps, so Minamitsu instinctively turns around, only to get shocked and surprised. Byakuren says “silly mouse, you startled me. Geez, I even dropped my towel. That’s so un-lady-like!” Minamitsu faints and falls on her back while a powerful stream of blood gushes out her nose. She lies on the bathroom floor with a smile on her face, twitching occasionally while Byakuren concernedly asks “Mini-chan!? Mini-chan are you alright!?” With her eyes hidden by a dark shadow, her cheeks bright red, and with a smile on her face, Minamitsu asks “who’s... Mini-chan?” Byakuren sighs with relief and says “that’s you, silly.” Minamitsu struggles to lift her arm and flip her thumb up, and before finally blacking out she says “I... approve.”
It’s late noon and Byakuren is resting her elbows on the ship’s railing while Minamitsu manually drives the ship while whistling a tune. Byakuren sighs and says “what a beautiful afternoon. The sky is gold, the clouds look like sweet sugar puffs, and everything’s just so calm and quiet. Oh, how I wish every moment were like this. Don’t you agree, Mini-chan?” Minamitsu smiles back and says “that’s right, lady Hijiri. It should always be like this.” She looks away from Byakuren, changing her expression to depressing concern and thinks “it’s still way too quiet. Something’s gonna happen soon.” There is a loud crash and the entire ship rocks violently. Minamitsu presses the auto-pilot button, shrugs with a defeat smile and thinks “right on time. Ah well, time to pick up lady Hijiri from the ground again.” She looks at Byakuren, who’ still standing by the railing and asks “Mini-chan, what was that!?” Minamitsu looks shocked and asks “wait, you didn’t fall off?” From the ship’s entrance, Marisa bursts out the door, shouting “HEY~ EVERYONE!” Byakuren smiles widely and says “miss Marisa, hello! What a lovely surprise!” Minamitsu trembles and points at Byakuren, but stutters nonsensically. Marisa smiles widely and says “sorry about that hole, I couldn’t stop on time, ze!” Byakuren replies “ah~, accidents happen.” Byakuren approaches Marisa, then asks “to what do we owe the pleasure of this visit?” Marisa rubs the back of her head with her right hand and while smiling sheepishly she asks “I came to borrow some books, but I can’t find them.” Byakuren claps softly and tilts her head with a happy angelical smile and says “oh my, here, I’ll take you to them.” Byakuren leads the slightly surprised Marisa inside, saying “this way, please.” Marisa grins and says “wow, you really are a nice person.” Minamitsu stands completely awestruck, pointing at Byakuren and stuttering some more. After Marisa and Byakuren enter the ship, Minamitsu walks to the rails and looks down. She confirms lady Hijiri really didn’t fall. She starts to tremble violently, then jumps over the railing, and while laughing she shouts “I’m REALLY getting use to this~~!!”
The next morning at the dining room. Minamitsu and Byakuren glare at each other from across the small table, neither one blinking. Byakuren smirks and something under them clacks. Minamitsu sweats as she glares back and softly growls. Byakuren sits back with a triumphant stare, making Minamitsu tremble. The captain looks under her, sweating more each passing moment, but she suddenly gasps and there are more clacking sounds coming from under her. Byakuren moans in defeat and says “you cheated!” Minamitsu smirks triumphantly and says “you know the drill. King me!” On the table lies a checkered game board with round black and red playing pieces. Byakuren growls and while pouting she says “the game isn’t over yet!”
Later that day, inside the ship, Minamitsu kneels on the floor, scrubbing it with a small brush. She drops the brush inside the bucket, swipes the sweat off her forehead and says “phew. Almost done.” Byakuren speeds by, having tied two scrubbing brushes on her feet and using them to skate around with great agility. Minamitsu sweats and looks worriedly at Byakuren, then sys “oy! Be careful. You might get hurt.” Byakuren continues to gain speed while skating with the brushes and says “aww, come on! We’re safe inside!” Minamitsu shouts “lady Hijiri, the hole that witch made! LOOK OUT!” Byakuren looks ahead of her and realizes she heading straight toward the hole Marisa made when she crashed into the ship. She tries to stop herself, but she is going too fast to stop in time. Minamitsu runs after her, hoping to catch her before she actually falls, but even she knows that’s impossible, however that doesn’t stop her from trying. Byakuren is just mere feet away from the hole, then a golden washtub falls on her head, successfully stopping her from falling through the hole, however, she’s knocked out. Minamitsu reaches Byakuren and looks into her swirling eyes and dazed smile. She turns her attention to the washtub on the floor next to Byakuren, bends up and picks it up. In a sudden rage, she throws the washtub through the hole and shouts “WHAT IS IT WITH THESE GAGS!?”
At night, Byakuren, who has a bandage around her head, sits in front of Minamitsu at the small square table and looking serious she says “I believe it’s time we headed back, Mini-chan!” Minamitsu stakes back at Byakuren with determination and says “agreed. All we’ve managed to do is fall over the ship and hurt ourselves over and over.” Byakuren nods and says “so we rest at the temple, then continue the search on foot.” Minamitsu nods and says “then it’s decided. Let’s head home!” Byakuren notices Minamitsu has her hands under the table then smiles and asks “ah, you got another magazine there?” Minamitsu lifts her hand and pulls out a rubber duck, surprising even herself. Byakuren panics and shouts “RUBBER DUCK!”, then runs away and jumps inside an empty barrel. Minamitsu quietly stares at the rubber duck and asks herself “what am I doing with this?” At the Youkai Forest, Nitori searches frantically around while wearing a pair of night-vision goggles. She stomps the ground hard with her foot and angrily says “that’s the SECOND one already! I’m not this careless! Someone must be stealing them.” There’s an explosion in the sky and Nitori sighs with an irritated expression on her face and says “great, I’m going to have to start from scratch again.”
The next morning, looking exhausted, Byakuren and Minamitsu leave the ship as soon as it lands. As they walk back to the temple, Byakuren says “Mini-chan, I don’t think we’re cut out to hunt shadows.” Minamitsu sighs and says “we just had a bit of bad luck back there. Maybe we’ll fare better down on the ground.” Byakuren sighs and says “I sure hope you’re right.” There’s a bit of silence between them as they walk to the temple, then Byakuren giggles and says “the girls are going to be so happy when they realize we’re back.” Minamitsu shrugs and says “maybe... I know I’d be.” A large silver washtub falls on their heads and knocks both in an instant. With swirling eyes and vacant smiles, they lie on the ground while everyone else is unaware of their return. From the ship’s deck, there is a small flash, and a shadowy figure jumps over the rails and flies away. Aya, with a glint in her eyes and a wide crescent smile on her face says “uh-fu fu fu. I, the beautiful Aya Shameimaru, age 17 (lie), have found the greatest story for all times. I’ll call it ‘Endless Mishaps of the Holy Vessel’.” She flies away towards the Hakurei Shrine with a sense of accomplishment and a crescent smile on her face.
Characters & scenario belong to ZUN -Team Shanghai Alice-
JAN 29 2010