Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Flashback of the Ages 5

Morning at the Forest of Magic. It’s a beautiful day with the sun shining bright, the sky with its beautiful blue color, the clouds looking fluffy and almost edible, and a small black smoke cloud rising from the ground. The source of the smoke is non-other than the antique shop, Kourindou. From inside the shop, the annoyed voice of a boy says “oy... I told you that you were using too much!” A woman shouts back “ugh, give it a rest, already! At least I didn’t burn anything this time!” The door to the house and store bursts open, and the rest of the smoke clears out. From inside comes the little silver-haired boy, Rinnosuke, whom aside from his diminished stature, he now looks even more human. He coughs as he dusts himself while walking away from his house and store, angrily saying “maybe you didn’t, but you’re still going to suffocate us!” From inside, the woman replies “well *cough* maybe next time, you can cook all by yourself, you mongrel!” Rinnosuke calmly replies “maybe I will”, while adjusting his glasses. From inside, coughing while holding a large pan with soup inside, comes Tokiko, who has grown indeed. Her plumage is bright and looks silky to the touch, her hair is so long, it reaches down to her waist, and although her chest look quite normal, her hips seem large, and indeed, an updraft reveals a perfect set of legs under her long, black skirt. After she sets the pan on a small picnic table that conveniently appears out of nowhere, she notices Rinnosuke staring at her legs, and after blushing and giggling, she places her hands on her waist and says “caught you peeping, mister ‘I’m-not-interested’. What a little pervert you are.” After nervously adjusting his glasses, he looks away and says “you-you’re imagining things. I-I was just in a trance, is all.” Tokiko smiles mischievously and says “a trance indeed. Wait until I tell that witch and that maiden!” A roar from behind the little boy sends chills down his spine, and put Tokiko in a state of panic. She manages to control herself after gasping for air, then shout “DUCK, YOU IDIOT!” Rinnosuke obediently ducks and feels something large and fuzzy swish close to his back. It’s an enormous youkai the size of Rinnosuke’s house, and it’s ready to strike again. Tokiko knows she’s no match for the giant beast, but her motherly instincts prevent her from running away and leaving little Rinnosuke there, so she charges to attack. The monster raises its claws to strike again, Tokiko won’t make it in time, then all of a sudden, a lightning bolt strikes right between the monster’s feet, startling the creature, and giving Tokiko the chance to get Rinnosuke out of there. The monster chases after Tokiko, but another lightning bolt, this one accompanied by loud thunder, frightens the creature and sends it running away. After the danger’s past and they reach the doorway to the house, Tokiko slowly sets Rinnosuke back on the ground, breathing heavily and asking “th-that was scary. But where did the lightning come from? There’s not a rain cloud in sight, so how?” Three figures jump from a nearby tree, and land one to the left, one to the right, and the third one seems to float in the air in between. The one in the right is the grown up Sunny Milk, whose hair is just a little longer, so she ties it to a ponytail instead of her usual twin tails, still wear her little bonnet, and has a small chest. To the left is the grown up Luna Child, who hair looks about the same, sports a more shapely figure than Sunny, and uses her left arm to try and cover her own chest, which is quite normal, yet she seems embarrassed about it. While she and Sunny stand beside each other, they both extend an arm upward, apparently giving each other a high-five, and hanging by their arms is a tiny Star Sapphire, who’s pink cheeks, pouting face, and annoyed, unamused expression, only adds to her cuteness, as her hair is exactly as long as she is high, for some strange reason. Sunny proudly says “ha-ha-ha~ No need to thank us! Just give us some food for saving your lives, and we’ll call it EVEN!” Luna adds “and if you don’t, we’ll just eat you instead.” Sunny lowers her arm, letting Star fall to the ground, then looks worriedly toward Luna, and says “hey, hey, don’t go saying unnecessary things.” Sunny softly punches her own head, then winks and sticks out her tongue and says “sorry, it slipped.” Star Sapphire stays sitting on the ground, crossing her arms and pouting and looking quite unamused, saying “just shut up already!” Sunny replies “hey, just because you’re a little sprite, doesn’t mean I won’t smack you!” While the three fairies start to argue, Rinnosuke and Tokiko look at each other, then Tokiko asks “Hey, how did you make that lightning bolt and thunder?” The three fairies stop arguing, then Sunny smirk mischievously as she says “how indeed.”

Meanwhile, at the Scarlet Devil Mansion, Patchouli and Meiling pat Marisa’s back, as she has cornered herself in order to cry because of the book she can’t find again. Ail looks annoyed and sweaty, as he is being held by Ayalina and Sanae, and with a grunt he says “please... let me go.” Ayalina smiles and squeals, then says “just a little longer.” Sanae adds “you just want to run away.” Ail immediately says “well duh!” Meanwhile, Alice is hiding as best as she can, fear coursing through her as she hears Shinki’s sweet voice, calling “Alice~ Come on out already. It’s time for breakfast.” Alice covers her mouth so her breathing doesn’t give her away, then calms down after she hears Hourai saying “gramma, maybe she’s already at the table.” Shinki gasps and says “oh, that right. Dear me, this mansion is almost as big as my palace. It’s very confusing in here, but maybe you guys would want to come live with me. There’s more than enough space.” As Shinki’s steps can be heard fainting in the distance Hourai can be heard saying “I don’t think little mama Alice would want that.” Alice takes a breath of relief, then yelps when she sees Shanghai floating in front of her face, saying “the coast is clear. Come on, I arranged for miss Sakuya to hide you and little mister Ail for breakfast.” Alice nods, and rapidly says “thank you Shanghai!”, then rushes away to the basement. At the large kitchen in the basement, Ail is already waiting for breakfast at the small table there by the time Alice arrives. After she sits on the chair in front of Ail, she asks “what’s going on?” Ail sighs and says “Budou is learning how to prepare something.” In the kitchen itself, Sakuya and Budou work hard to prepare the large quantity of breakfast for all the guests in the mansion. Nine tiny fairy maids take three dining karts in groups of three each, and slowly push the karts to their destination. After they leave, Budou excitedly asks “so, how do we start?” Sakuya calmly raises her hand to Budou and says “first, why don’t we take the plates to Alice and Ail, and then we can start.” Budou blushes and lowers her head a bit, then says “r-right. Sorry about that, heh heh.” Meanwhile, at the dining room, before the fairy maids arrive with the meal, little Reimu has little Yukari in an arm lock, clenching her teeth in rage while asking “why the hell are we still stuck like this, Yakumo?” Yukari, though smiling, writhes in pain on the ground, trying to use her free hand to pull herself away from Reimu and saying “I really don’t know, Reimu! Ow, you are really hurting me~” Reimu grunts “be thankful I can’t rip it off!” Ran appears standing behind Reimu, and in a strict tone of voice, she says “that’s enough! Reimu, lady Yukari isn’t entirely at fault here!” Reimu releases Yukari, then both girls look at Ran while sitting on the ground. Yukari angrily says “Ran, keep your mouth shut. I told you it’s alright.” Ran sighs and says “I can’t do that. Reimu, the reason all of this happened is because of me! So if you’re going to punish someone...” Ran lowers her ears and frowns as she finishes saying “you should punish me.” Yukari sighs and says “whether grown up or a cub, you are incorrigible.” Reimu looks at Ran, then says “after breakfast, we are going to discuss this.”

Meanwhile, at the entrance to the subterranean, a tiny blond girl with blond hair made into a bun, runs around the cave’s entrance, giggling while setting up random webs all over. Little Yamame is having so much fun with her webs, she doesn’t notice the tall, green haired woman with her hair made into twin tails standing behind her, crossing her arms and tapping her foot. It’s Kisume, who wears a white robe that hides her features well, making her look like a shoeless old hag. With a sweet, yet strong womanly voice, she clears her throat, getting Yamame’s full attention, then says “Yamame! Didn’t I tell you to stop doing that already!” Yamame looks up at the tall figure of Kisume, and frowns as she looks down to the ground with glassy eyes while fiddling with her fingers, then sadly says “I... I’m sorry. I was just having fun.” Kisume angrily points behind her, toward a massive concentration of countless webs, where her new, larger bucket, is stuck on, then says “honestly child, I almost hit my face when I fell!” Yamame starts to sniffle, then places both arms behind herself while placing the tip of her foot on the ground behind her, swaying it in order to hide her shame. Kisume sighs, then says “look, just help me clean this mess up, so I can get my bucket back.” Tears hang from the bottom of little Yamame’s eyes as she nods at Kisume, then raises her bottom and throws a web to the ceiling, unaware that she stuck it to a lose stone. Before she pulls herself up, Kisume notices the danger and reaches for Yamame, shouting “wait! You’re going to get hurt!” Kisume grabs Yamame before she pulls herself up too high, and pulls down, releasing the lose stone and causing it to fall toward them. The stone is not that big, but it can still cause some serious damage, even to youkai like them, so she holds Yamame tight and runs toward her bucket. The loud boom made by the stone after it falls startles Yamame, making her yelp and release a long string, even with Kisume screaming at her to stop, and wraps Kisume’s torso tightly. After everything settles down, Kisume slowly gets back up, whispering “Yamame... are you alright?” Yamame sobs and says “y-yes. *sniffle* I’m sorry.” Kisume embraces Yamame and sights, then says “it’s alright, already. Stop crying.” After Yamame settles down, Kisume sets her on the ground beside herself, then slowly gets up, unaware that with Yamame’s web tied so tightly around her torso, she’s revealing her body shape to the few youkai that have come to assist them. Though she has an ample chest, she has a bit of a tummy, small hips and thin legs, but with her robe lifted from below and dropping from her shoulders, she can’t help but have heart-shaped eyes set on her. She looks at the other youkai and asks “what are you all staring...?” When she notices she’s looking sexy, she screams and kneels down, saying “no! Look away, you perverts! Someone get me my bucket already!”

Back at the SDM, in Remilia’s room, Sakuya sits on her mistress’ bed, while Remilia stands in front of the mirror, comparing a white dress, and a pink dress, while still wearing her sleeping garments. She turns around to look at Sakuya with a deadly serious expression, making the head maid nervously jump of the bed and stand as straight as possible. Remilia sighs, then says “relax, I’m not angry about that. Sakuya, this is the Scarlet Devil Mansion, and its reputation is at stake. I WILL NOT allow this to happen.” Sakuya bows and asks “how should I handle her, my lady?” Remilia turns around to compare the dresses some more, then says “she’s still scared, but she’s still a threat. Make sure to keep both eyes on her, and if she makes a move, make sure she’s dealt with! Even her own are not safe around her.” Sakuya raises her head and stares at Remilia with narrow eyes, then asks “she’d really go that far?” Remilia now wears her extravagant white clothes and places her bracelets on her wrists as she says “she loves them very much, but her body and mentality are in conflict. Sakuya, she’s powerful, but not beyond you. Do not fail me, and keep the mansion’s reputation where it belongs.” Sakuya bows once more and says “I will not fail you, my lady.”, then disappears in an instant. In a corner of the mansion, the grown up Chen sits with her back against a wall, hugging her knees and almost curling into a ball, trembling in place while looking outside the window to her right. She stops trembling for a moment, then lifts her left hand to look at it. She starts to tremble again, then angrily asks herself “why now? Why the hell all of this? Ran-sama, this is all your fault!”

Down at the library, Ran and Yukari are covered in Reimu’s charms while she stands in front of them with her gohei in hand, pacing angrily to the left and right, then asks “for the last time... Why did you even try something so stupid? Do you have any idea how hard it is for me to keep my thoughts in check while I’m like this?” Little Yukari smiles and asks “why did I get punished too?” then opens her fan to cover her mouth and says “why indeed. I was just bored and decided to lend a hand.” Ran, on the other hand, looks depressed, and is struggling with herself as to not think, so she can keep Yukari in the dark as well. With a smile behind her fan, Yukari looks at Ran and says “Ran, I already know your reasons. Why don’t you tell Reimu why, before I speak on your behalf?” Ran twitches and looks at Yukari with a shocked and frightened expression, then sighs and recovers her composure. Reimu crosses her arms across her chest and starts tapping her right foot on the floor impatiently, so Ran sighs to summon enough courage, then looks up to Reimu. She suddenly bows down until she’s literally kissing the ground, and with tears pouring out of her eyes, she cries “I’m so sorry! My actions were purely out of selfishness, and anything I say cannot even excuse me.” Reimu backs away in surprise and exclaims “whoa, c-calm down *sniffle* y-your making me want to cry too!” Ran raises her head, her tears flooding from her eyes down to her cheeks and dropping on the ground. She crawls straight to Reimu, and while still crying she manages to say “I wanted to go back! I wanted to stop Yukari from making me her shikigami! I was tired, and I didn’t think and... and...” By now, Reimu’s trying to fight off her tears, but with Ran crying like that, she can’t help it and starts to bawl, lowering her arms and her gohei, saying “I.. I... I told you, you were go-go-gonna make me cry~” At first, Yukari stares at them with disdain, thinking “what babies”, but she suddenly starts to feel something strange crawling from her chest, up to her eyes. Before she knows it, she’s sniffling and fighting off the tears, however, she ends up crying with them in the end, bawling right where she sits. Moments later, Ran sits on Flandre’s lap, Yukari is being held by Budou, and Reimu is being held Remilia, all sobbing and sniffling, Reimu saying “s-see! Y-you made me cry *sob* like a little girl *hic*.” Remilia smiles and says “it’s alright, Reimu. I don’t think any less of you.” Reimu sniffles and rubs her eyes, then says “thank you, Remilia.” Though she’s smiling normally, inside, Remilia feels elated at the sight of Reimu sniffling and rubbing her eyes, thinking “dammit-all. She’s so cute! Gosh, it’s taking all my will not to explode!”

At the underground city, in the Streets of the Former Hell, a tall, beautiful blonde woman with green eyes, short hair that reaches just below her shoulders, ample chest, and a perfectly well-shaped body, is accompanied by a small girl with long, blonde hair, and a tiny red horn sprouting from her forehead. As a grownup, Parsee has better control of her powers, as well as causing natural jealousy to the females around her, making her feel stronger than ever as she absorbs all this jealousy. Little Yuugi doesn’t really care if she’s small or not, as she carries around a cup of sake with her, though the others question if she’s really drinking the stuff. Yuugi looks up to Parsee, having trouble looking at her face, since her expanded chest is getting in the way of her view. Regardless, she takes a breath of air and asks “hey, Parsee, is it ok to just leave the bridge unguarded like that?” Parsee bends her neck a little so she can look at Yuugi with her snobby eyes and self-satisfied smile, then asks “why? Are you... jealous?” Yuugi looks forward and casually says “as if. I’m just worried. Any kind of creep can just waltz in without you there.” Parsee smiles more naturally and says “well, if that happens, I’ll use all my jealousy to beat him, or her, up.” Yuugi lazily replies “whatever makes you happy.” Above the bridge, all the way to the cave’s entrance, Kisume is finally in her bucket, sitting right next to the hole that leads down to the underground city, while Yamame plays around with her web in a designated area Kisume prepared for her, covered in rocks and walls of stalagmites. Giggling, Yamame lands on the ground after somersaulting from one of her webs, then bends down to shoot yet another web, unaware that she’s aiming straight at Kisume, threatening to knock her down the hole. Kisume immediately panics when she notices this, and shouts “wait, stop!”, but Yamame is having too much fun and shoots her web, which goes past Kisume’s face, and when she pulls on it, she shoots herself straight at Kisume, knocking her, and herself down the hole. Back at the streets of the city, Yuugi hears the faint screams of Kisume and the cries of Yamame as they fall down the hole. She tugs on Parsee’s skirt, almost ripping it off, then exclaims “to the bridge!” Parsee angrily pulls her skirt back up and asks “what’s the matter with you?”, but when she sees the two youkai falling to the jagged bottom of the cave, she immediately flies after Yuugi. Parsee and Yuugi fly as fast as they can to save the falling youkai, but they are flying as fast as they are falling, so Parse growls and says “I’m so jealous! They are falling too fast for me to reach them!” Yuugi grabs Parsee by her shirt and says “Save them, princess!”, then throws Parsee ahead, making her fly four times faster, giving her a chance to save the falling youkai. Kisume is now wearing her white kimono, having failed to hide her looks with the robe, and she’s trying to use the long sleeves to flap her arms and fly around, forgetting she can fly already and ignoring the fact that the updraft is revealing her skinny legs for all to see. Yamame is too distraught to fly or try to use her web strings to save herself, crying inconsolably as she falls. They are mere feet away from crashing on to the jagged ground when Parsee finally reaches Yamame and catches her, saying “got you!”, then calmly returns to the bridge. Kisume continues to fall, and shouts “wait, save me too!” Parsee’s eyes glow bright green as she says “you can fly!” Kisume suddenly stops falling just before hitting the ground, then says “oh, that’s right. I forgot.” She lands safely and decided to go after Parsee and Yamame, but after she takes the first step, a large silver washtub falls right on top of her head, knocking her to the ground, where she writhes in pain as she holds her head. Meanwhile, Parsee reaches the bridge, holding on to the sobbing Yamame, where Yuugi anxiously awaits for them, and as soon as Parsee places Yamame on the floor, Yuugi asks “what happened to you two?” Yamame’s cheeks are red as she sobs and sniffles, then finally manages to say “I-string-Kisume- fell-and-and... I’m sorry~” little Yuugi smiles and pats Yamame on the head, then says “it’s alright, kiddo”, then takes a big gulp from her sake cup. Parsee gets a bit surprised and exclaims “hey, kids shouldn’t drink sake like that!” Yuugi finishes her drink, then calmly says “this isn’t sake, silly. It’s grape juice!” Parsee looks away, hiding the contempt in her eyes as she whispers to herself “she’s a child, yet acts to damned mature... I’m jealous!”

At the Palace of the Earth Spirits, a tiny two-tailed kitten rushes toward an unknown destination. Orin arrives to a closed door, and just before she crashes against it, she glows brightly and is suddenly transformed into a little girl with red, lose hair that reaches her back. She grabs the doorknob with both hands, since it’s so high for her to simply reach and twist, and after managing to open the door, a woman says “Rin, I was starting to get worried.” Orin pouts and says “please, call me Orin, Satori-sama!” Satori stands on the kitchen, preparing to serve lunch, wearing an apron over her clothes. She’s slightly taller, her hair now reaches down to her waist, her skirt has stretched to cover down to her knees, and her womanly figure resembles that of a mother. Orin sighs and says “well, I’m sorry I’m late. I was trying to move the wheelbarrow but-“ Satori gasps horrorstruck, and like a concerned mother, she exclaims “ORIN! I told you to leave that to me and Koishi!” Orin frowns and lets her arms hang as she slouches and says “aww, but I want to help!” Satori sighs and says “you’re a very good girl, Orin... though I’d wish you’d stop leaving those dead birds and mice on the door. Still, let us handle the heavy jobs.” Satori places a large red bowl with food on the table, while Orin sits on a chair in front of the bowl with a pout and saying “okay. But I want to help! I can help!” There is a sudden loud thud on another door on the back of the kitchen, then Satori sighs and says “I forgot to leave it open...”, then calmly goes to open the door. The moment she opens it, a tiny Okuu stands dizzily on the doorway, saying “Uuu, I thought I opened it.” Little Okuu looks exactly the same as before, even with that red eye on her chest, though her stature and body shape is that of a child. She recovers from her daze and exclaims “ORIN!”, then flaps her wings and flies straight on to Orin’s head. The two little girls argue about table manners, while Satori calmly takes another red bowl to the table. After placing Okuu on the chair next to Orin, she uses her apron to clean off her hands while saying “I see everything went smoothly.” On the doorway stands Petal, with her hair reaching to her shoulders, the white stripe in the middle of her hair looking brighter than usual, her blue plaid overall dress, pink shirt and day-time sky cape matching her size, a well shaped body, powerful-looking legs and large chest, still showing the stone Rika gave her on her chest. She smiles widely at Satori and says “Everything was okey-day Satori-shama!” Satori smiles and rubs Petal’s head, saying “I really have to teach you to speak properly. Lunch is ready, so please sit at the table.” Petal closes her eyes as she smiles and says “thank you for food for table, Satori-shama!”, then happily walks to the table. Satori promptly gets another red bowl with food and places it on the table in front of Petal, then heads back to the kitchen to serve hers, and Koishi’s share. She looks at the plates and notices she forgot a spoon for herself, and when she turns around to look for it, she yelps and raises her arms and left leg. Smiling as she stands right behind her is Koishi, who is much taller, has longer hair, and a larger chest than Satori, yet retains her childish face. She smiles widely and laughs at her sister’s reaction, then says “I’m not that ugly yet, am I?” Satori manages to relax, and sounding annoyed, she says “how I wish you’d stop doing that already!” Koishi simply continues to smile, so Satori just sighs and says “well, enjoy your lunch. I’ll join you shortly.” Koishi suddenly hugs her sister and sounding serious, she says “you know I love you very much, onee-chan”, then lets her go, admiring the surprised expression on Satori’s face. Koishi giggles again, grabs her plate, then rushes to the table, to join the others who seem to be waiting patiently for Satori to join them. Satori stands in the kitchen with a blank expression, so Orin exclaims “Satori-sama, we’re waiting for you!” Satori snaps out of her shock, then smiles at Orin as she says “y-yes. I’m sorry, I’ll be there shortly.” As they all enjoy their meal, Okuu having to wear a bib, since she’s eating with her hands, unlike the rest, Satori watches them all with a smile on her face and her spoon sunk into her plate as she thinks “I must never forget, no matter what, I am surrounded by family and friends that love me.” She closes her eyes as she takes the first bite, then thinks of her pets, her friends down at the city, and her sister, then thinks “funny how I didn’t notice this before, but I am truly blessed. I may not understand why, but I am glad for this incident. It’s helped me see so much more that escaped me before. I know I could read their hearts, but I forgot to feel them too... Thank you for this opportunity.”

It’s late noon, and down at the library of the Scarlet Devil Mansion, Patchouli and Ran excitedly call for an immediate meeting. The dimly lit library is cramped with tiny and large fairy maids, the mansion’s little guests, and the mistress of the mansion, her sister, and their servants. While Remilia holds on to Reimu, the still groggy Flandre holds Meiling, as they make their way to the front. When they reach Patchouli’s desk, Reimu beats Remilia in asking “Patchouli, Ran, what the heck is this all about?” Ran smiles brightly as she says “we found the way to turn back, Reimu!” Remilia excitedly asks “what? Tell us, what is it? I’m SICK of having to wear bras!” Patchouli jumps on her own desk and blinks twice at Remilia, then calmly says “there are 4 cures, actually. We should simply drink grape or cherry juice, but for quicker effect, there is sake or beer. This should turn us all back.” At the same time, all in the room ask “WHAT?”, then start to rush all over, Sakuya instructing the fairy maids to get the sake and beer from the reserves, Budou flapping her wings excitedly, repeating “what a WONDERFUL medicine!” Suddenly, Budou gasps and shouts “WAIT!!!” The room is in total silence now as all eyes are set right on the beautiful fruit bat, then she says “earlier today, Sakuya taught me how to make grape sundaes, and we used the excess grapes to make juice.” Sakuya gasps and says “wait, that’s right! We drank it all, but nothing happened.” Ran steps up and says “yes, we knew about this, but please listen. There is a reason why it isn’t working already.” Reimu smirks and says “let me guess... we ALL have to drink it, or it won’t work, right?” Ran and Patchouli blink as they stare at Reimu, Ran obviously surprised, while Patchouli calmly says “yes, that is correct. As long as there’s a single person left out, we will all stay like this.” Before anyone else can speak, Kali’s voice echoes all over the library as she says “that’s just great to know!” The already dark library turns even darker as Kali uses her powers to surround everyone with her dark danmaku. As she laughs, she unleashes her bullets, thinking she’s already won, then says “and once you are all one the ground kissing my feet, I’ll claim this mansion for myself!” Unknown to her, and because it’s so dark, she can’t see that Remilia, Reimu, Rika, Ail, Yukari and Kimi, have all placed barriers and rebounded every single shot back to her. When she fails to hear the explosions, she focuses her eyes and asks “wait, where’s the boom?” By the time she realizes what happened, she’s being blasted by her own bullets, yet she manages to absorb the rest before causing any serious damage to herself. The room is now well lit, thanks to some extra fireballs from Patchouli, Kali can see that Remilia, Sakuya and Flandre are preparing a counterattack, as well as Reimu and the other kids, though to her, the adults are more of a threat. She suddenly notices how everyone lowers their guard, then asks “wh-what? What’s the matter?” Unknown to her until it’s too late, Cirno flies just above and behind her, crossing her arms and glaring with great rage, saying “you were willing to hurt not just Letty, but all the kids here. I’m going to have to punish you severely.” Kali twitches and curls into a ball as she turns around, then smiles and says “meep...”

That night, in the eastern outskirts of the Human Village, Reisen hangs upside down under a very tall tree, held by a rope around her ankle, tired of holding her skirt up, letting her black shorts to show. Her face and whole body are full of bruises, some visible through tears on her clothes, and has a large bandaged bump on her head. Tears run down to her head and ears as she cries and asks herself “how did I end up like this?” She reviews her day through her memories, remembering how Hina made her fall down the river, while jumping over small stones, smiling and giggling. Then remembers how the little baby sparrow tripped her and hog-tied her in a second, then remembers how little Hina blasted her with her small danmaku, successfully making her fall down the waterfall at the tengu’s mountain. Finally, she remembers finding Hina crying just underneath of where she is now, then falling for her trap when trying to reach her to comfort her. Reisen cries some more as she says to herself “man, she’s such a brat, but I can’t help it! She’s still a child after all.” There is an unsettling ruckus going on close by, to which Reisen says “and now she’s making that girl use a sword too.” On the ground, Hina carries Kyo on her hands, giggling while mocking Luna, who is chasing after her with one of her swords, saying in sing-song “he’s my pet now!” Luna angrily swings the heavy blade, spinning uncontrollably in place after swinging it, missing Hina by a mile, then Reisen screams “child, please! You’re going to get hurt!” Luna ignores Reisen, and right after she stops from spinning, she shakes a fist at Hina and shouts “give me back my KYO! He’s MINE! Get your own pet!” Kyo complains “hey! I’m a boy, not someone’s pet!” Both girls scream at the same time “shut up!”, accompanied by the little RKNS’s angry peeps. Reisen sighs and says to herself “if I could just get out of this.” Like a miracle, her wish is immediately granted. A flash of light cuts her rope, and before she hits the ground, Nitori catches her with one of her mechanical arms and gently sets her down. Momiji appears beside them in an instant, then asks “shall we?” Nitori smiles confidently and says “let’s get her.” Reisen asks “you got a plan?” Nitori and Momiji look at Reisen, who stands in between them, then smile. Reisen smiles motherly and says “let’s get her.”

Back at the SDM, the hunt of Kali continues. After losing a leg to Cirno, who froze, then shattered it with a chop, Kali uses any shadow she can find to hide from her pursuers as she waits for her limb to regenerate. Hiding under the shadow of one of the windows at one of the many corridors of the mansion, Kali waits while Reimu and Remilia leave the area to move. The moment they turn the corner to the next corridor, Kali jumps out of hiding and flies to the foyer, however, she comes face to face with Chen. The nekomata looks terrifying, as the hair on her rapidly swaying tails stand on ends, and her enraged eyes seem to be searching for something. Chen spots Kali the moment she sprouts a new leg, then hisses very violently, growling and swinging her claws around. Kali backs away in fright, saying “whoa! This cat is mad!” Chen growls and screams “where is Ran? She’s going to PAY for this!” Kali takes another step back, scoffs, then says “sorry, kitty-cat. I have no idea what you’re talking about over there.” Chen hisses again, lowering her upper body, looking even more menacing, scratching the carpet and the floor underneath it with her claws, then shouts “DIE!” Chen pounces on Kali, who turns herself into shadow in order to protect her body from Chen’s insane and brutal claw attacks. Chen’s face twists with rage after realizing she missed, and that’s when she notices Ayalina and Ail standing at the end of the corridor behind Kali. Ail trembles after seeing Chen’s state, so Ayalina steps up and says to him “back me up.”, to which Ail gulps and nods. Chen completely forgets Kali, saying “you! You smell like Ran! You MUST be Ran! You must pay!” Ayalina’s hands start to glow green, and as soon as Chen attacks, the summons tall flowers that grow quick enough to strike Chen underneath her belly. Ayalina blinks, unable to believe the speed in which Chen attacked her, and sounding frightened, she says “Ail, get out of here NOW!” Chen is already attacking again, cutting a hole on Ayalina’s dress and cutting Ail’s escape, her face turning beastly as she growls like a wild cat. Ayalina grabs Ail and uses her body as a shield as soon as Chen pounces again, but nothing happens. Ayalina peeks to her left and finds Sakuya using one of her knives to stop Chen’s claws from striking her face. She looks back and shouts “get him out of here!” Ayalina grabs Ail, who shouts “wait, we have to help her!”, but he calms down when he sees Flandre arriving right at that moment. Ayalina and Ail reach the corridor Remilia and Reimu took before, finding Reimu hiding in the corner. She looks at Ayalina and says “lucky we got here in time!” Ail gasps and exclaims “that’s how she missed us!” Ayalina asks “what are you talking about?” Ail explains “that second time she attacked, Remilia rushed by and veered Chen’s attack away from us.” Ayalina shakes her head and says “that’s not possible. She’s not even...” When they look toward the corridor, there is Remilia, standing just behind Sakuya with a most unpleasant look of anger in her face. By now, Meiling, Marisa, Letty, Rika and Daiyousei join Reimu, Ail and Ayalina, then they all watch the battle.

While Sakuya pushes the crazed nekomata away from her face, Flandre readies her rod to attack the moment Sakuya clears out. Remilia stares at Chen and says “you deliberately attacked a child in my mansion, even after the warning I gave you. There will be no mercy for you!” Chen hisses and shouts “this doesn’t concern you, vampire! Ran must pay! She did this to me!” Ran suddenly appears on the corridor right behind Chen, and unwisely shouts “CHEN! What are you doing? Stop this!” When Chen sees her target, her magical aura strengthens, then she grabs Sakuya and lifts her above her head, quickly throwing her straight at Flandre. Remilia shouts “Flan, catch her!”, then rushes straight at Chen, who sets her sights straight at the confused kitsune. Even with her newfound powers, Remilia can’t match the insane speed Chen is capable of reaching at the time. Ran asks “Chen, what’s the matter?”, clenches her eyes shut, then the sound of claws ripping clothes echoes all over the corridors. Everyone gulps with fright, while Ran slowly opens her eyes and smiles at Chen with a confused expression in her face, whispering “Chen? What... what happened?” All Ran can see is the hatred in Chen’s eyes, even after Chen suddenly flies toward the ceiling, then falls back down to the floor, just to flip back up on all fours. Right below Ran is Meiling, who somehow managed to get in between Ran and Chen, and kicked Chen away from her target, however, she’s been scratched on her ribs by the nekomata. As she sits up, she notices her little clothes have been ripped, and the left side of her ribs have three scratches on them, and although they are not deep, the tiny gate guard starts to hyperventilate, her eyes fill with tears, then she suddenly starts to cry as soon as she notices a bit of blood trickles down her skin. Remilia, Sakuya and Flandre’s eyes all start glowing scarlet, and while Sakuya and Flandre show their fury, Remilia keeps a calm face as she grabs a spell card from under her capelet, and slowly approaches Chen. Before anything, in a strict tone, Remilia says “Sakuya, take Meiling and treat her! Flandre, don’t let her touch another child. You blast her if you have to!” Sakuya’s and Flandre’s eyes continue to glow scarlet as they says “right” at the same time. Chen continues to glare at Ran and tries to go after her again, but a barrier from Reimu keeps her from reaching. Meanwhile, Sakuya grabs the crying Meiling, while Daiyousei grabs Ran, who is still frozen in shock and disbelief, and Flandre positions herself right in front of the group of children. Chen snarls at Remilia, moving around on all fours like a while animal, then a spell card flies from her vest and floats above her head, and says “you will pay too! Oni Sign, Blue Oni Red Oni!” Before Chen’s spell can even activate, Remilia shouts “Scarlet Devil, Scarlet Devil!”, a spell that’s normally stationary, Remilia proves her strength by moving toward Chen while her spell is active. Chen screams as the scarlet flames surround her body and continue to burn her, the pain getting more intense the longer she’s engulfed in those flames. Remilia approaches Chen, the flames dancing around the vampire as she reaches for the nekomata, grabs her by her shirt, and threateningly says “you crossed a very thin and dangerous line.” Reimu’s voice manages to penetrate the flames, saying “Remilia, remember you promise!” Remilia smiles as she stares at Chen, who shows how agonizing the pain is through her slowly dying face, and says “you are lucky she was here”, and just like that, the flames disappear, Chen falls unconscious on the ground, and Remilia silently lands next to her. When everything is over, Remilia looks at Reimu, smiles, and flips her thumb up at the little maiden. After Reimu sighs with relief, Ayalina asks “h-hey! Where are Ail and Letty? And that Kali girl?” Marisa looks around, scratches her head, then says “they were just here a moment ago, ze.”, then they all notice an open window, Flandre angrily saying “that girl is really getting on my nerves.”

Outside the mansion, Kali has Ail wrapped around her left arm, and Letty on her right, both struggling to break free as she says “you sorry lot are going to be my insurance from now on. As long as I have you two, they won’t touch-“ Kali stops speaking and suddenly Ail and Letty manage to break free from her grip, then watch as she falls down to the unforgiving ground on her head. Ail asks “Letty, you alright?” Letty nods and asks “what happened?” Another pair of arms wrap themselves around the kids’ necks, these ones more gentle than Kali’s. It’s Cirno, and with a smile on her face she hugs the two children and says “I got you, so don’t you worry.” When Letty and Ail realize it’s Cirno, they stop struggling and smile, then return her hug as the fear they had felt just moments ago seems to melt away with her smile. As they float back down, Cirno says “let’s give miss Kali a little something to warm her up.” Cirno lands right next to Kali, then sets the children on the ground, where they get a better view of the ice patch on Kali’s back. Kali shivers and stutters as she says “y-y-y-y-y-you b-b-b-b-b-“ Cirno interrupts her, saying “ah-ah-ah-ah! Not in the presence of children. Now, bottoms up, miss shadow.” Cirno reveals a cold bottle of Sake from under her dress, pops its top open, then forces it into Kali’s mouth, making her drink its content with a content and victorious smile on her face. Later, at the mansion, the children all drink their grape and cherry juice, while the adults, including Shinki and Ayalina, all drink sake. Sanae tries to force Ail to drink from her cup, but Ail gets nervous and starts to stutter, which to her seems too cute, so she enjoys it a little longer before finally drinking her juice. Shanghai and Hourai seem to be drunk from the sake, but considering the tiny cups are quite large to them, it’s understandable. Rika smiles at Reimu after drinking her cherry juice, then says “for our health, miss Reimu.” Reimu drinks her cherry juice and thinks “she still calls me ‘miss’. This girl.” Daiyousei’s cheeks are bright red, and with a wriggly smile, she approaches Cirno and says “h-hey Cirno. This stuff is good, heh-heh. Eh? Cirno?” Cirno stands in front of a window, staring into her sake cup while in deep thought. When she realizes Daiyousei is leaning on her shoulder, she waves her hand in front of her own nose and says “fuu, Dai-chan, you reek of sake!” Daiyousei asks “aren’t you going to drink, Cirno-chan?” Cirno gets a bit nervous and can’t find words to say, so she simply pushes the cup on to her lips on an impulse and drinks its content. After gasping for air, she smiles and says “see? I drank it. No problem.” Daiyousei smiles and says “so glad. Once we spread the word, we can all go back to normal.” Cirno looks out the window and smiles, then softly says “yeah... Normal.”

Down at the Hakurei Shrine, Suika, who wears Reimu’s shrine maiden clothes at the time, holds a cup of sake on her hand, then gently knocks it against another cup, saying “cheers” along with Rumia. After drinking, Suika sighs and says “it’s been days... and it’s too quiet. I wonder if something happened.” Rumia drinks from her cup and smiles, then says “you’re just worrying too much.” Suika closes her eyes, smiles, and chuckles as she says “yeah, perhaps you’re right.” She looks at the night sky and says “geez, it was about time those two fell asleep. I almost sobered up.” Rumia smiles and asks “is that so~?” Just like that, there is a thunderous boom that makes Suika and Rumia yelp, and causes Mima to wake up and start crying. Suika looks toward the shrine’s open entrance and exclaims “what the hell?” At the door is Tenshi Hinanai, who has grown tall, has long hair that reaches below her waist, has amazing looking legs she’s proudly displaying with an updraft, and has a very small chest. She looks at Suika and loudly says “hi, everybody!” Beside her is the tiny Iku, who aside from being a tiny little girl, still has an air of mystery about her. Suika rushes to Tenshi, grabs her by her shirt, violently shakes her, then says “you realize you just woke up the children!” After letting her go, Tenshi manages to compose herself, laugh sheepishly, then says “heh, erm, sorry about that, but it’s been days, and we’re getting tired of this incident, so I came to see if-“ A large silver washtub falls right on top of Tenshi’s head, falling so hard, the clanging sound makes the whole floor vibrate. Suika looks worriedly toward the celestial, who stands in place with a smile, and before asking if she’s alright, Tenshi drops to the ground as stiff as a board. Iku sighs after seeing Tenshi fall, so she twirls and points her finger to the air, holding on to her hip with her right hand. Rumia holds Mima, helping her drink some sake, along with Agava, who sits beside them, and looks at Iku as she says “Ah, I see. So it is.” Suika turns around, panics at the sight, thenk shouts “stop giving sake to the children!”

To be continued...

Characters, Spell cards and Scenarios belong to ZUN -Team Shanghai Alice-
Ail, Ayalina, Budou, Agava, Kyo, Luna, the RKNS (Rabid Karate Night Sparrow), Kimi and Kali were created by Willie G.R.
Rika Onkamikami was created by Snapshot 2010

JUN 29 2010
Written by
Willie G.R.

Hello everybody. Hmm, rather amazed I finished this chapter so quickly. I REALLY got into it too. You know, the battle with Chen was supposed to be stopped by Suika, however after writing it, it seemed out of place, so I had Remilia restore the mansion’s reputation by her own hand. It came out better this way. We’re almost done here. Now, we need to spread the word. Sake and beer makes the spell wear off faster, which explains why Shikieiki (read chapter 3’s first paragraph) returned to normal so quickly.
Hmm... that sweet part with Satori... I think that even though she CAN see into her family and friends’ hearts, I really think she sometimes forgets to feel too. Good thing Koishi’s there. Well, anyway, I think it was unfair that Parsee and Yuugi got so little show-time in this chapter, but then it would have been too long. I think I’ll have more fun with them. Anyway, hope you are enjoying this story. Until next time, take care, and see you next chapter if the spirits will allow.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Flashback of the Ages 4

It’s early morning at the Bamboo Forest. The bamboo shoots are being unsettled by a grown up, shy kappa girl, who is searching everywhere for the little mischievous curse goddess. Nitori pulls out a container and starts drinking from it, and after she’s done, she swipes the excess water from her lips with her forearm, sighs contently, then says to herself “boy, I sure am lost here. Oh, I hope I can find her soon. I don’t like being so far from home for so long.” She places the water container back into her backpack, and immediately afterward, she is startled by a rapid beeping sound. She removes the backpack from her back and places it on the ground, then searches frantically within it. She gasps and smiles with excitement after finding the beeping item, pulling it out and revealing a small rectangular box we know as a 2-way radio. She presses a big red button on the right side of the item and says “this is Nitori. I’m still searching for her, over.” At first, there only static, which makes Nitori a bit nervous and call “he-hey, can you hear me over there? Is everything alright? Over.” The static clears up, and the voice of a boy says “yes, I can hear you already. So, you’re still searching for her? Er, over...” Nitori smiles and excitedly says “oh, it’s you! Is everything alright? Do you need anything? Over.” The boy replies “umm, I’m sorry for being a nuisance, but I can’t reach my glasses... over.” Nitori thinks for a moment, looking up at the sky as she hums, then looks back at the radio and asks “then why don’t you ask the robots to help? Over.” The boy replies “they’re on strike again. This time they’re asking for a cucumber boat, and cucumber soda. O-over.” Before pressing the button, Nitori giggles and says “they can be so efficient”, then presses the button on the radio and says “alright, go to them and find their leader. I think it’s Julia this week. Tell her I said that she is to assist you on ANYTHING you may need, then give her the code ‘KEROMINA 69’. There should be no problem after that, over.” There is silence for a moment, worrying Nitori a bit, but the boy suddenly speaks in a strange tone of voice, saying “thank you so very much, Nitori. You are a real friend... Over.” The radio shuts itself off as soon as the contact is broken, and Nitori stands with a bright, wide smile on her face as she stares at nowhere. She breathes in deeply, then says “I am his friend! I am so happy!” She places the radio back inside her backpack, places it on her back once again, and before setting off again, her eyes glint as she smiles widely and says “this proves that kappa and humans really ARE friends! HA! Take THAT, Mima and Marisa!” As she continues her search, she happily speaks to herself, about how she’s going to unite the kappa and the humans even more, and become a model for future kappa generations. Meanwhile, hiding between the bamboo shoots right behind her, a pair of mischievous green eyes stare straight at the kappa, shortly accompanied by a wide, jagged toothed, crescent smile.

At the Garden of the Sun, from a small house surrounded by sunflowers, a window is smashed from within, and out comes a blonde vampire. Kurumi, who has grown a few inches taller, falls face-down on the ground, just a few inches away from the safety of the house’s shadow. She gets up and notices the sunlight inches away from touching her skin, so she panics as she bounces up, revealing her shapely body and large chest, then rushes to the door and starts banging her fists against it with despair, shouting “I’m SORRY~ Yuka-sama, forgive me! I’ll never speak of my breasts again!” Inside, a tiny Yuka, whose only change is her stature and body shape, looking like a petite girl, stares casually at the door and casually says “boy, she can get noisy, can’t she.” Walking to Yuka’s side, being taller than Yuka herself, Elly looks down and says “well, she is afraid of the sun, miss Yuka. Elly’s hair is now more loose, making Yuka question the curls she had before, but when Yuka takes a better look, a vein pops on her forehead as the grinds her teeth in rage, then asks “why the hell are you taller than me?” Elly panics and stutters, unable to find a suitable excuse, then tries to run away, but Yuka manages to grab hold of her hair and tosses Elly against the door, bursting it open and sending both Elly and Kurumi flying toward the sunlight. Kurumi starts to cry loudly as the sunrays burn away her skin, clenching her eyes and awaiting her inevitable death, but the burning stops when a large shadow casts itself over her. Kurumi slowly opens her eyes and sees Elly’s dress covering her lower half, while Elly herself is standing next to her with her white undergarments exposed. The other half of the shade is caused by Yuka herself, who stands to the left with a smile on her face as she holds her umbrella over her servant. Kurumi smiles and her cheeks turn pink as tears of joy escapes her eyes, then she says “Yukarin, you do care!” Yuka’s natural smile turns to a wicked grin as she bends down and says “I know, it’s just my nature. But it is also my nature to collect debts.” Kurumi shivers and almost instantly kneels up, bows down until her forehead touches the ground, then says “I offer my meager services as payment for Yuka’s blooming kindness!” Yuka smiles more naturally as she says “good girl. Now let’s go back to the house so you can cook me something to eat.” Kurumi grabs Yuka, and rushes back to the house with her, while Elly properly dresses up again. By the time she’s done, she realizes she’s been shut out, so she rushes to the door and tries to open it with all her might, screaming “Yukarin, let me in! Come on, I’m a good servant too! Look, I’ll even cut my legs if you want!” From inside, Yuka’s girly voice calmly replies “nah, you’re good. Just... stay out there for a while and guard that door. After dinner, I’ll be punishing Kurumi, so no peeking!” Elly shudders as she positions herself next to the door, then her face turns blue as she imagines little Yuka ‘punishing’ Kurumi with a face so full of joy. Elly cannot take anymore and turns around, immediately banging on the door, shouting “please, punish me too! Please, miss Yuka!” The door bursts open again, sending Elly flying, and the moment Yuka peeks outside, Elly somehow appears clinging on her leg. Yuka stares with grimace at Elly and says “you are even more disgusting as a chi—“ A mysterious red ball comes bouncing out of nowhere and heading toward the sunflower field, making Yuka’s eyes sparkle with excitement, then she runs after the ball, saying “ball, ball, yay! Bouncy, bouncy red ball!”

At the Myouren Temple, a dark figure with a curvy body and a giant head watches, as two little girls and a woman pass their time in the temple’s front yard. The woman is Nazrin, whom aside from her now well shaped body, her chest is still small, and her hair, though bushy, is still short. She lies on the ground, surrounded by many mice, with her back against a wall and her eyes shut. She opens her left eye and yells “oi~ You two be careful! If either of you falls, I’m going to laugh long before I help you back up!” The two little girls reply “ok~”, then continue to laugh and giggle. The first girl is Shou, who is only wearing her red dress and tiger-print apron. Her hair remains short, and her face somewhat resembles that of a cat. She runs around, giggling and saying “try and catch me~” The second girl is Byakuren, whose hair is only a little shorter thank before, and is still gradient, with purple and light brown. She wears her regular dress, which has shrunk with her, though her skirt seems to stay widely open on the bottom, making her look like a little black and white bell with booted legs. She runs after Shou with her eyes clenched as she giggles, then stops, looks around, then yells “I’m gonna get you~”, then closes her little eyes again and starts running around with her arms in the air. From the temple, another woman comes outside, followed by two children and a cloud. The woman is Nue, and her hair has grown down to her shoulders, and she still wears her same dress, though she constantly tries to pull down on the excessively short skirt, but stops as soon as she notices her chest is about to burst out. She sighs and says “why the hell do I keep wearing this embarrassingly short dress?” The girl next to her is Minamitsu, who looks just about the same, with her little sailor uniform, her tiny captain’s hat, and little blue toy anchor on her left hand. She’s followed by little Ichirin, who wears her long, purple wavy hair lose without a hood, revealing a pair of large and pointy ears, and wears her white dress lose, making it look like a robe instead. She looks up and softly says “hu-hurry up, Unzan.” Behind her comes Unzan, who is now a happy, fully haired little nyuudou, though by the looks of him, rubbing his face with his hand, it seems he’s missing his beard. While the next group joins with the first group, the hiding woman giggles and says to herself “perfect. More targets!”, then makes a lot of noise as she moves closer to the temple. Nue gets closer to Nazrin, who looks up with annoyance as how Nue has a chest to brag about while she doesn’t, then says “if you keep wearing that dress, they’re gonna pop.” Nue sighs and kneels down next to Nazrin, then says “I know, I know! Might a swell borrow one of Shou’s or lady Hijiri’s clothes in the meantime.” Nazrin smirks while looking toward the girls and away from Nue, then says “yes. Yes you should do that.”, then whispers “the more you cover, the better.” Nue asks “what was that?” Nazrin smiles at Nue and says “nothing at all.” Meanwhile, Byakuren, Shou, Ichirin, Unzan and the quiet Minamitsu all run farther away from the adults, playing a messy game of tag, when they all stop very suddenly, almost skidding. Flying in front of them is the curvy figure with the giant head, that yells “BOO~ Uahahaha~ I’ll eat you SOULS!” The woman lands right in front of the children, revealing herself to be Kogasa, with a perfectly shaped body, long hair that reaches her lower back, her karakasa umbrella looks bigger and more decayed, and her face, at the moment, looks contorted and quite disgusting to look at. All the children start to suddenly scream and cry at the same time, and all but Byakuren run straight toward Nue and Nazrin. Kogasa laughs out loud, her contorted face returning to its beautiful, and bright state after she stops to look at the screaming kids while saying “heh, that was so refreshing! Who knew being bigger would work so well for scaring! Huh?” She looks at Byakuren, who sits on the ground, rubbing her eyes while crying, then says “aww, now I feel bad.” She kneels next to Byakuren and pats her head while saying “I’m sorry. But you have to admit, that was a good scare.” Little Byakuren’s bell-like dress sways as she kicks the ground and cries louder, and while Kogasa tries to cheer her up, she doesn’t realize both Nazrin and Nue are standing just behind her, crossing their arms and tapping their feet on the ground. By the time Kogasa notices she’s got company, she already has one hand on each shoulder, and all she has time to say is “uh-oh.”

At Eintei’s front yard, Nitori snoops around, using some beeping machines with a small green screen, saying to herself “she was around here, but I can’t seem to find her anywhere now.” Watching Nitori snoop around while drinking her tea on the porch, Reisen continues to stare for a bit longer, then asks “excuse me, miss, is there something I can help you with?” Nitori jumps with a yelp and tries to disappear, but her optical camouflage suit malfunctions, leaving her exposed as she backs away against the walls of the gates. Reisen slowly steps down, smiling peacefully toward Nitori, and softly saying “calm down, it’s alright. I’m not mad. I’m just curious.” Nitori holds her forearms around her head for cover, but after hearing Reisen’s voice, she slowly loosens her arms and looks up, then says “I-I... so-sorry to intrude, but I’m, uh, looking for Hina, a girl in a red dress and green hair. Um, have you seen her?” Reisen gasps and says “oh my, I’m sorry. We left her sleeping with the other kids, but she disappeared this morning.” Nitori stands up, having gotten used to Reisen already, and says “aww, cucumbers! I’m far behind after all.” Reisen smiles and says “I could help you find her. I mean, I’m a little worried about her.” Before Nitori can answer to that, a woman to Nitori’s left says “well, miss Udonge. Nice to see you worry about someone else like that, especially a non-lunarian.” When the second the woman starts speaking, Nitori jumps high in the air after yelping, then lands on her feet while trembling. Reisen casually asks “ah, Mystia, how are you?” Nitori looks at Mystia while trembling, nods, then says “p-p-p-please don’t sneak up on me.” Mystia has grown up, and is now tall, her hair reaches her shoulders, her wings and tail feathers have grown beautifully, sports a shapely figure, and has a decent chest. She looks back at Nitori, bows, then says “sorry about that, miss. I just came to visit-“ Before Mystia can finish her sentence, a girl from the mansion exclaims “MYSTIA~ You’re here!” It’s little Yorihime, and after calling for Mystia she runs out to meet with her. Mystia kneels down to greet Yorihime with a light hug and a rub on the head, then says “we’re going to the village today, so be on your best behavior.” Yorihime’s smile disappears almost immediately, then she starts to stutter with doubt. Mystia lightly pats the back of the child’s head and says “come on, don’t let shyness get the best of you. Besides, I’ll be right there with you.” Reisen smiles and says “please take good care of her.” Mystia looks up and waves at Reisen, then says “sure thing. You can count on me.” Mystia puts on a curious face as she stands up, then looks to the gate and sees Wriggle. She has also grown up, and although she has a noticeable womanly shape, her flat chest and long pants still makes them all question whether she’s a woman or not. Wriggle looks back at Mystia and notices the stare, so she angrily says “dammit all, I told you, I’m REALLY a girl!” Mystia nervously laughs and says “alright, alright, I get it.” Nitori walks closer to Reisen and sounding polite, yet a bit impatient, she asks “hey, miss? What about Hina?” Right after asking that, Reisen, Nitori, Mystia and Wriggle all trip and are suddenly being dragged on the ground, and before they know what’s what, they all hand upside down, trapped by a rope on their ankles, Mystia and Reisen trying their best to hold their skirts up. Nitori spots Hina and the little RKNS standing in the center of the yard, laughing while holding their cheeks, and shouts “ah, Hina! Please, let’s go home already! I BEG YOU, come with me!” Hina winks and sticks out her tongue, then says “ah, I told you, not until you catch me.” Nitori moans and just lets herself hang, letting everyone look at her dark blue shorts. Yorihime runs toward Hina and says “please, Hina, let miss Mystia go! P-pretty please?” Hina’s smile turns to an annoyed expression, then she snaps her fingers, and in an instant, Yorihime finds herself hanging upside down with a rope around her ankle as well. Hina casually says “oi~ Don’t be such a cry-baby.” Yorihime starts to cry loudly, which Hina ignores, causing Reisen and Mystia’s eyes to glint with rage. The two women manage to fly up and cut their ropes, Mystia with her sharp nails and Reisen with one of her bullets. Hina gasps and backs away with a frightful face, then says “whoa. I think it’s time I left!” Meanwhile, at one of the roads of the Bamboo Forest, Mokou, little Keine and little Yuki take a casual stroll to collect flowers, even though Yuki doesn’t look too amused. They all stop on their tracks when they hear a rumble, then Mokou grabs both girls and jumps to the side. Immediately after, Hina and the RKNS run past them, kicking up a large cloud of dust behind them. Mokou looks at the scene and asks “what the heck?” Little Keine looks down the road again and says “ah, look.” Following Hina’s tracks are Reisen and Mystia, who look enraged with large, yellow stars for eyes, followed shortly by Nitori, who is giving a piggy-back ride to Yorihime, shouting “WAIT! Please, don’t kill her!” Yorihime shouts “Mystia, I’m alright! Waaah~!” Back at Eintei’s front yard, Wriggle is still trapped, asking herself “why do I keep coming here?”

Back at the Myouren Temple, Kogasa has been put to sweep the entire front yard for scaring the girls. Although she’s smiling, her face is covered in bruises, her head has a large bump, and her arms and legs are full of bandages. She sighs and says to herself “well, it was a successful scare, but I was to slow on the getaway, wasn’t I, Karakasa.” The umbrella simply stares at her with its eye and just blinks once. Kogasa continues her sweeping, then is suddenly surprised by Byakuren, who stands right behind her and suddenly says “serves you right!” After yelping, Kogasa places a hand on her chest and turns around. When she looks at little Byakuren, pouting while looking up with her big, sparkly eyes, that cute bell-like dress, and her little boots, she can’t help but feel a certain degree of excitement, then calmly says “y-you know, you are really cute, little girl.” Byakuren crosses her tiny arms around her chest and says “you really are stupid, aren’t you. If it had been me, I would have run. But I guess adults aren’t that bright.” Kogasa’s surprise is evident in her expanded eyes and wriggling mouth as she points at Byakuren with her trembling hand, then says “he-hey! That’s not very nice, little girl!” Byakuren jumps on a conveniently placed table next to them, where Kogasa’s own umbrella is also conveniently placed for perfect shading, then crosses her arms and legs as she says “well it’s the truth. Heh, I don’t know why, but I’m loving being a little girl! I can get away with anything, I get to eat sweets, play all day, and best of all...” Kogasa stares at little Byakuren as she speaks and whispers “hey, where did that table come from? And why is Karakasa there?” Byakuren continues “best of all, I get to stay young for even longer! It’s great, I tell you!” Kogasa sweats and smiles sheepishly, then asks “wow, you’re a little monster, aren’t you?” Byakuren simply smiles and casually says “well, you better get to sweeping, or I might get you into trouble again.” Kogasa stares with fear at little Hijiri, asking in a soft tone of voice “eh, but how... and why?” Byakuren stops and stares back with a wicked smile, then Kogasa yelps and starts sweeping again, hurriedly saying “hai, hai! I’ll sweep faster, madam!”, and starts sweeping as fast as she can, while Byakuren smiles angelically and moves her legs back and forth while keeping them hanging from the table. She suddenly stops and says “shit, the nue!” She jumps off the gable and dusts her skirt, just as Nue, who is now wearing one of Byakuren’s dresses, walks out of the temple and says “there you are, Hijiri. Lunch is ready.” Byakuren looks up with her eyes closed and smiling wide, then says “yay, yummy food. Thank you very much!”, then runs inside the temple while giggling. Nue smiles and says “such a little angel. As expected from lady Hijiri.” From the yard, Kogasa keeps looking forward wile sweeping, a gloomy shadow covering half of her eyes as she says to herself “yeah... little angel. So angelic...”

At the SDM, inside Remilia’s room, groans and grunts can be heard from a tiny crack on the slightly-opened door. Slowly, a person gets closer, and closer to the door, until this person has a perfect view from that tiny crack. The grunting and groaning is Remilia herself, who stands in front of a mirror while fighting to put on her bra. She fails to secure the pins on the back and it springs back off, making her grunt “dammit, stupid thing! So damned ANNOYING! I swear, if Patchy doesn’t fix this soon, I’m gonna... huh? Who’s there?” The figure takes one step away from the crack on the door the moment Remilia turns around. Still holding on to her unstrapped bra, she walks to the door, then everything suddenly stops. Sakuya, the figure on the outside, smirks mischievously as she enters the room, making sure everything stands the same way as when she came in, and stands behind her mistress, then restores time and waits. Remilia notices the door is slightly open, and quickly closes it, mumbling “I swear, I thought I saw...” When she turns around, she finds Sakuya with a smile on her face, blood on her nose, and holding her hands and fingers in a groping manner. Remilia opens her eyes widely in fright and asks “S-Sakuya, what’s the matter with-?” Sakuya walks closer to her mistress with a ominous aura around her, and with a frightening smile on her face, she says “my lady, I will help you with your dilemma. COME HERE!” Remilia starts to tremble as she takes one step back from the crazed maid, then starts to scream out loud. There are sounds of struggling, while Sakuya says “come on! Let me help you!” Remilia shouts “I can do it MYSELF! Let me GO!” On the top of a cupboard in the room, Reimu looks down on the maid and her mistress with an unamused and disgusted look in her eyes, then says to Meiling, who sits just beside her, “so disgusting. Really, we just had lunch a moment ago too. Eh, whatever, I’ll just take the pictures for Aya.” Meiling closes her eyes and smiles as she nods, then just watches.

Moments later, Reimu casually enters the library, where Shinki and Ayalina still hold on to the annoyed Ail and Alice, forcing them to wear a suit and a dress, and where they are all gathered to for up another plan to try and convince Koakuma to let go of Patchouli. Reimu approaches little Rika and asks “anything yet?” Rika smiles and says “well, lady Ayalina and lady Shinki refuse to help, Marisa keeps making fun of Ail and Alice, Sanae continues to admire mister Ail’s little suit, Shanghai and Hourai keep patting miss Alice’s head, miss Cirno and miss Budou are still searching for Koakuma, little Letty wants to play, little miss Kimi doesn’t like being in here, and miss Daiyousei says she feels very uncomfortable.” Reimu stares in shock and surprise at Rika and asks “geez, girl, do you even breathe?” Rika stares back curiously, then Reimu shrugs and says “well, whatever. Remilia and Sakuya are still arguing over the bra, I’ll keep my sarashi, thank you, and I can’t find Flandre anywhere.” Rika giggles and smiles nervously, then says “er, that... would be my fault, mi... Reimu.” Little Reimu stares back curiously at Rika, who continues “she asked me to make it so she had some clothes like Remilia’s, so I synthesized a few of her dresses so they become sun-proof too.” Reimu sigs and raises her hand, making it look like she’s going to strike Rika, but instead pats her on her head and says “it’s alright. She’s no help here anyway. Well, I hope Suika’s having better luck at the shrine.” At the Hakurei Shrine, little Mima phases from wall to wall while clenching her eyes shut and giggling, while Suika sits next to the living room’s table with Rumia. She looks toward Mima’s current location and calmly says “Mima, take it easy. You might crash.” Mima phases her head from the wall and angrily says “aww, stop spoiling my fun.” She tries to phase to the next wall, but smashes her face against a black plate and falls to the floor. Suika sighs as she gets up and hurries toward Mima, then places her hands on her waist after stopping in front of the girl and says “see, I told you to be careful.” Mima manages to sit on the ground before she starts to sniffle, then looks up at Suika with teary eyes, then starts to cry while holding her arms up so Suika would pick her up. Suika gladly picks her up and places the little girl’s head on her shoulder, then says “shh, shh, it’s alright, calm down. It’s just a little bump.” Little Agava snickers while hiding in the shadows of the corridor, unaware that Rumia is standing behind her with glowing red eyes and a serious face. When she looks back, she gasps, then says “um... It wasn’t me.” Rumia bends down to grab Agava and asks “is that so?”

Back at the SDM’s library, Reimu stands on one of Patchouli’s desks, saying “...and that’s why we CAN’T let this stay as it is, understand!” Shinki and Ayalina stare at little Reimu, then Ayalina giggles and rubs Reimu on the head, saying “my, you are so darn cute, acting like a grownup like that.” Reimu’s cheeks turn pink as she enjoys Ayalina’s hand on her head, and when she realizes what she’s doing, she gasps and jumps away, then says “dammit, I’m starting to lose it! Look, I REALLY liked this; becoming a child again, being able to play and do the things I wanted to do... But Gensokyo needs me, and this, it’s just not natural! We need to return to our normal selves!” Ail and Alice jump on the desk and stand beside Reimu, then nod, and with a serious expression on his face, Ail says “mom, this is serious. I’m really starting to think like a child again, and it’s conflicting with me. I want to go back to normal!” Shinki looks at Alice and asks “Alice, you too?” Alice nods and says “I... WE all want our lives to go back to normal, mom.” Before another word is said, a large shadow swoops down and goes back up. It’s Koakuma, who still hold on to Patchouli on her hands, while running away from Budou and Cirno, saying “ha! You two combined can NEVER defeat me!” Budou and Cirno reach the area, looking tired and winded, then Cirno says “stop moving so much and we’ll see about that.” Budou adds “just let go of miss Lady Patchouli-Bookworm already!” Koakuma laughs and loudly says “NEVER! Ha-ha-ha~” Letty and Kimi jump on the desk, followed shortly by Rika and Sanae, and after Sanae grabs hold of Ail’s arm, Rika asks “what’s going on, miss Reimu?” Little Reimu glares at Rika, but sighs and says “it seems the little grown up devil’s being a pain.” Koakuma continues to laugh while skillfully dodging Cirno’s and Budou’s combined attacks, but after looking down, she stops moving and gets struck hard. Both Cirno and Budou gasp, thinking they hit Patchouli as well, but their worries subside the moment Koakuma flies down from the smoke with little Patchouli safely in her arms. Cirno looks at Budou and asks “what do you think she’s doing?” Budou shrugs, then she and Cirno follow Koakuma down. After landing, Koakuma stares at the kids on the desk, then, as her cheeks start turning redder and redder, she starts to shiver and smile. She points at Alice and says “s-s-so... cute.” She gets closer and stares at the kids, then squeals with glee and exclaims “oh my GOSH, so CUTE!” She points at Ail and says “look at HIM with his little suit. He looks like a tiny man! Oh, and he has such a cute little girlfriend!” Ail blushes, while Sanae tightens her grip around his arm and says “all mine!” Koakuma stares at Reimu, Rika and Letty, then says “those cute little eyes, those adorable WINGS, and that HAIR!” She looks at Kimi and says “I... I can’t take it. I-I-I’m going to explode!” There is a faint scream from a little girl from the ceiling, and when they look up, it’s little Meiling, who falls right on top of Ail and bounces afterward. Ail trips Alice after falling down with Sanae, Alice stumbles to Letty and knocks Rika and Reimu as soon as they all fall, then Meiling quietly bounces on Alice’s back, then Kimi catches her, just to fall down, leaving Meiling sitting on her belly, giggling with glee while clenching her eyes. Koakuma starts to hyperventilate, drops little Patchouli on to the desk, tilts her head back very violently as a spray of blood gushes right out of her nose, pushing her back and making her fall down. Now Koakuma lies on the ground on her back with a smile on her face, moaning incoherently. Reimu angrily sits up and asks “who the hell did that?” Flandre floats above the desks, and waves at Reimu as soon as the little girl looks up. Reimu sighs and says “well, at least she let go of Patchouli.” Coming out of nowhere, Remilia now stands on the left side of the desk, holding on to little Meiling and little Reimu, while Shinki and Ayalina stand on the right side, Shinki holding on to Alice while Shanghai and Hourai sit on her shoulder, and Ayalina holding on to Ail and Sanae, growling in order to keep anyone away from her and the kids. Letty starts to sniffle, so Daiyousei quickly grabs hold of her and says “it’s alright, I got you.” Now Rika, Kimi and Patchouli are the only ones left standing on the desk. Rika and Kimi look up with a longing faces, but all hands are already full, so they both look down, Rika whispering “just like before...” To her surprise, she feels two pair of hands grabbing hold of her, and when she looks up, she’s already being held by Sakuya and Budou. She smiles and blushes, then Sakuya says “every child needs a warm embrace, right.” Budou adds “nobody gets left out while we’re here.” Rika smiles warmly at the two women, then looks to the desk, concerned for Kimi, but she finds she’s being held by Cirno with her face turning bright red while saying “you-you didn’t have to do that.” Cirno simply giggles, then offers her left arm to Patchouli. The little magician keeps an expressionless face as she backs away, then says “please, don’t. I’ve had enough of that already.” After saying that, Marisa jumps from the ceiling, exclaiming excitedly “YAY! Cirno can hold ME, then!” She looks around, and after spotting Koakuma, she asks “so, what did I miss?” After that, everyone stares at Koakuma, who lies unconscious on the floor, mumbling with a blank smile “so... many... so... cute!”

At night, at the filled up dinner table, after enjoying a delicious dinner, Patchouli spreads books and more of her notes for Reimu and the others to see. She looks at Reimu and says “I see. You understand what I did here after all.” Reimu holds her forehead with her fingers and says “it’s hard, but I can see you tried breaking the borders of time.” Patchouli nods and says “the experiment was a failure.” Alice has replaced her dress with her normal clothes, and with an angry expression, she sips on her teacup and says “obviously! Look what you did to us!” Before Patchouli replies, Reimu jumps on her chair and suppers herself on the table with her arms, then exclaims “hold on just a moment! There’s no way you could have done this on your own, Patchouli Knowledge!” Patchouli sighs and says “darn, even as a child... I’m sorry, Reimu, but I made a pledge of silence... but, since you figured it out, I guess my word is still good.” Reimu closes her eyes as she takes a deep breath, then says out loud “get over here this instant, Yukari Yakumo!” Reimu tosses a strange purple talisman that stops I mid-air, away from the dinner table, then starts glowing aquamarine. One of Yukari’s gaps is forcefully opened, then a woman says “for crying out loud! And so early in the evening too!” The first to pop out of the portal, falling on her seat on the dining table, is Ran, whose difference, other than her small stature, is that she now has but a single tail. Before she can speak, a second girl flies right out of the gap. It’s Yukari, who lands on the ground on her feet, smiling at the others. She’s about the same size as Ran, though a bit taller, and her hair is still long, but instead of four ribbons, she’s only wearing two, and she’s not wearing her hat either. She looks at Reimu, smiles, then says “Reimu, what a nice surprise!” From the gap, a woman says “you’ve REALLY got some nerve to be picking on us like this!” The woman jumps out of the portal, wearing a long sleeved, red Chinese outfit with long white sleeves and black slip-on shoes, hiding her hands inside the sleeves, like Ran. It’s Chen, and her hair now reaches her lower back, her chest is the same size as Ran’s, her ears look a little larger, and her tails longer. Reimu, Ail and Alice can also see a strong aura emanating from within her. Ail looks at the nekomata and asks “Chen, is that you?” Chen hisses angrily and says “if you make fun of me”, she frees her hands from under her sleeves to point at Ail, then says “I’ll blast you, right here and now!” Remilia jumps in front of Chen, letting her magical aura be felt by all in the room, allowing Chen, and even Flandre, to see and feel their difference in power, then calmly says “I will kindly ask you to keep your voice down, and to NOT threaten the children here.” Chen backs away, her hair standing on ends on both her head and tails, then she calms down, bows to Remilia, then says “I’m sorry. I’m just so on edge lately.” Reimu, in a matter-of-factly tone, says “aren’t we all.” Patchouli looks around, then asks “hey, has anybody seen Marisa?”

At the Human Village, there are a few lights, as there is a small festival being held. Since it’s been the children in adult bodies who have been preparing everything, the tables and lights look a bit disorganized, but the celebrations are still being held, regardless. Mystia, who is wearing a kimono, has Yorihime riding on her shoulders, while Toyohime, stands beside Kaguya and Eirin, who are being closely watched by Tewi and Reisen 2, all wearing kimonos. Kyo and Luna enjoy some sweets, while Shizuha gleefully plays around with any human that’s willing to spend some time with her. Meanwhile, Medicine and Mokou enjoy a few drinks and eat contently while watching over them, and Minoriko and Su-San simply sit in a quiet corner, simply looking around, with little Keine tries to keep a low profile by staying with them. Meanwhile, outside the village, Nitori cries “and I almost had her too. How did she run away that time?” Reisen places a hand on Nitori’s shoulder, and with a sheepish smile on her face, she says “c-come on, I already apologized for scaring her away the 3rd time.” Nitori sighs and says “it’s not that, miss Reisen. I am so tired, and my friend needs me too. I need to go home.” Reisen sighs and looks to the night sky, then says I’ll tell you what... if we can’t find her tonight, why don’t you leave her to me so you can rest and go home for a while?” Nitori gasps and excitedly asks “you’d really do that for me?” Reisen smiles and nods, then Nitori suddenly jumps on her and gives her a hug, making the moon rabbit blush, repeating “thank you, thank you, thank you! Thank you so much for all your help!” Reisen smiles, pushes Nitori away, then says “now, now, we have a child to find.” Nitori panics and smiles sheepishly, then says “s-sorry. I was just overcome!” A large grey washtub falls out of a tree and clangs hard on Nitori’s head, knocking her out with a silly smile, followed by an echoing giggle and Reisen’s sigh. Back at the SDM’s library, ignoring Koakuma, who is still on the floor next to the desks, Marisa flies around on her broom, looking for books on magic, saying “it’s not often I get to roam around the mansion so freely. Now, let’s see what I can find.” She lands on the top floor and looks up the walls of books. After looking for a while, she spots a thick book, almost as wide as her, with a thick black cover and letters in gold that read “Ancient Arcane Spells of the Sirians”. Marisa’s eyes glow as she opens them wide after reading the title. She trembles as she reaches for the book, but then she notices a colorful book beside it, called “1010 Stories for the Well Behaved”. Obviously a children’s book, and Marisa has no interest in that kind of thing, so she reaches for the black book, and suddenly finds herself thinking of the children’s book beside it. Her hand trembles as she whimpers, so the takes a deep breath, clenches her eyes shut, then reaches for the book. Moments later, Marisa finds herself next to Meiling, sitting on Flandre’s lap as Flandre reads the book to them. Slowly, the little magician feels herself drifting to a deep slumber, and unable to fight it, she falls asleep on Flandre’s lap. The next morning, Marisa stands on the desk with tears in her eyes, then looks out the tiny window on the top and says “I forgot where it is!”

To be continued...

Characters, Scenarios and Spell cards belong to ZUN -Team Shanghai Alice-
Ail, Ayalina, Budou, Kyo, Luna, the RKNS and Kimi were created by Willie G.R.
Rika Onkamikami was created by Snapshot 2010

JUN 26 2010
Written by
Willie G.R.

Wow, maybe I was too mean. Nah, I think it’s just right... yeah. So, the second culprit has been revealed. Was it a surprise? Maybe. You know, I was thinking, but then the thought escaped me. Still, it’s have been fun if I could have added something more for Remilia and Sakuya there... but then, maybe I’d have to raise the rating. Maybe not, since it’s all for the sake of laughter. Laughter is good, and I love laughing. Well, now I’m just rambling. Take care and see you next chapter, if the spirits will allow. And they are good, so I’m sure it’ll be fine.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Flashback of the Ages 3

It’s early morning at the Sanzu River, and little Komachi, whose hair is just a little shorter, matching her tiny body, lies on her back against a tree, next to her now-excessively large scythe, sleeping away while some spirits float around her, rubbing her hair and making her smile. Shikieiki stands right in front of her, looking normal, no changes at all to her appearance, staring at Komachi. She thinks “look at her. Sleeping on the job again. She looks so cute! No! Eiki, you mustn’t! She’s slacking on the job, so you HAVE to punish her.” Shikieiki stares at her sword, then thinks “but this is just too big for her now. I mean, she is my subordinate, I know, but this would just be plain cruel.” Shikieiki looks around and gasps happily, bends down, and when she rises again, she holds a small, but sturdy-looking stick. She stares at it for a while, aim’s at Komachi, then smacks her hard on the head with the stick. Komachi jumps in shock and falls on her face. Shikieiki says “first you succumb to such spell and acquire the body of a small child, then you have the guts to sleep on the job, and so early too. Honestly Komachi, whatever am I going to do with you? You act like nothing’s ever important, you—“ Shikieiki stops her lecture short, then stares at Komachi. The little girl’s eyes look swollen as small tears escape down her cheeks, her mouth has a big frown, and as she looks up to Shikieiki, her tear-filled eyes glisten with the faint morning light. Shikieiki forgets everything and starts to blush, then Komachi begins to cry. Shikieiki can’t help it, so she drops on her knees and opens her arms, inviting Komachi to a hug, so the little crying shinigami accepts and jumps on Shikieiki, crying on her belly as her boss says “there, there, I’m sorry, Komachi. Just try to work a little harder.” Shikieiki’s body starts to glow, and the bright silhouette of Shikieiki starts to grow. After the light dims, Komachi feels something rather large, heavy and soft on her head, so she backs away and notices Shikieiki looks like a grown-up woman now. Her hair is slightly longer, and her body is more shapely. Shikieiki notices Komachi’s stare and asks “what’s wrong, Komachi?” As Shikieiki stands up, Komachi points at her chest, and the yama gasps after noticing she’s slightly taller than usual. She stutters as she looks at her arms and legs, gasps when she notices her chest, which could rival Komachi’s with ease, then pulls out her mirror and looks into it. She starts to shiver, so Komachi asks “um, Eiki-sama? What’s wrong?” Shikieiki rushes back to the courthouse while shouting “keep up the good work, Komachi~” In her room, Shikieiki has some sake, while looking into her mirror, admiring her new look, smiling and thinking “who knew this spell would benefit me so much!” She takes a gulp from the tiny sake cup in her hands, then places it on her cupboard, in order to admire herself some more. She suddenly gasps and notices how her body slowly shrinks back, then she excitedly whispers “no! The magic didn’t set, and I am out of range!” Later that day, Shikieiki stands under the same tree she found Komachi sleeping under, with a depressed look in her face. From the distance, little Komachi asks “Shikieiki-sama! Are you alright?” Shikieiki tries, but fails to hide the dangling tears that hang from her eyes as she turns to Komachi and replies “i-it’s nothing... It’s nothing at all.” She looks away from Komachi, then thinks “drat, the residue from the spell disappeared. I can’t grow up again!”

At the Forest of Magic, in Ail’s house, Budou finishes cleaning up some dishes and calls “little papa, don’t forget to wash your hands!” From the living room, Ail complains “aww! Why do I have to do that now?” Budou places her hands on her hips after turning around with a scowl, and says “don’t you talk back to me, mister! Go wash those hands this instant. Even though I gave you a spoon, you still used your hands to eat.” Ail sighs and grumbles as he unwillingly walks to the bathroom. Budou watches him as he goes to the bathroom with a pout, and thinks “my, to think this used to be the other way around. It’s kind of fun.” After a while, Budou enters the storage room of the house, followed shortly by Ail, and both look at their sleeping guest, Lily White. She has shrunk, now fitting on a pillow as if it were a full-sized bed. Budou giggles and whispers “she still hasn’t noticed a thing.” Ail chuckles and says “maybe I should plant some firecrackers underneath that pillow, huh?” Budou immediately grabs him and drags him out of the room, making him complain until they reach the living room, where Budou drops him on the couch there. He looks up to Budou with a scowl, but before he speaks, his face relaxes, then he looks away as he holds his head and asks “what is wrong with me? I understand that I have regressed, but... I used to be peaceful and calm, not the brat I am now.” Budou sighs and gently pats his head, then says “I can only guess that, unlike in the world outside of here, in Gensokyo you feel more free, and thus, don’t feel the need to hold back or keep yourself in check.” Ail stares into Budou’s eyes, then says “you make one smart grown-up, you know that?” Budou smiles and giggles, then says “well, I had a good papa.” Ail blushes and looks away, then Budou just grabs him and squeezes him between her arms in a tight hug, making him complain and kick the air, trying to break free. She finally lets him go, admiring his red face, then smiles and says “don’t forget, we’re going to the shrine today.” Ail combs his hair with his fingers as the replies “yeah, yeah, I know. Hmm, I wonder if Sanae will be there?” Budou narrows her eyes and smiles mischievously, but decides to hold back the urge to tease him, and save it for when Sanae’s close by.

Meanwhile, at Alice’s house, Shanghai’s voice can be hear just outside the door as she calls “girls! It’s time to wake up! Don’t make me go get you like yesterday!” Hourai adds “it’s not our fault you two stayed playing around all night!” Inside the house, from the corridor that leads to Alice’s room, little Alice walks toward the couch in the living room, rubbing her sleepy eyes and yawning. She’s wearing her old attire, the blue ribbon, the pink dress with her blue apron, and her white socks, though she’s not wearing her shoes. She looks annoyed toward the kitchen, where Shanghai and Hourai can be heard preparing breakfast, and says “you guys are mean. I’m still very sleepy. And it was Marisa who didn’t let me sleep! She kept kicking me all night.” From the corridor, another girl replies “na-ah. You were the one hugging my leg!” It’s little Marisa, whose hair is now very short, though she still has her braided sideburn, and wears her exact same clothes except for her hat, which didn’t shrink with her. She looks very sleepy as she walks toward little Alice, then says “you should make a body pillow, so you can hug that instead of my leg, you pervert.” Little Alice wakes up with fury, frowning and scowling at Marisa as she walks straight to her and plants her forehead against her, shouting “careful who you’re calling a pervert, you sick witch! You’re the one calling for ‘Kourin~’ all night!” Marisa gasps and shouts “look who’s talking! ‘Mama Shinki, mama Shinki, let me sleep with you!’ Pervert!” Alice shivers with rage, then jumps on Marisa’s head, and a fight unfolds. They form a little cloud and move around the living room, punches, kicks and insults flying all over. Two tiny shadows get inside the cloud, separate the two girls, revealing them with tears clinging to their eyes, their dresses all messed up, and their faces full of bruises, then knock their heads together. The girls are tossed to the couch, where both rub their heads while looking in front of them, then Alice says “Sh-Shanghai, Hourai *sniffle* that hurt!” In front of them are Shanghai and Hourai, both looking angrily toward the girls. They are about the same size as before, however their bodies are much more curvy and shapely, especially Shanghai, who has an ample chest, unlike Hourai. The two tiny women look at the girls, and Hourai angrily says “I know it’s hard for you two, but you’re behaving like BRATS!” Shanghai sighs and says “look, as promised, we’ll take you to the shrine today, but if you keep behaving like this, we’ll go on our own. Now, are you two going to behave?” Alice and Marisa’s little faces are filled with dread after hearing Shanghai and Hourai’s threats, then cry at the same time “we’ll behave! We’ll behave~” Shanghai and Hourai looks at each other, then back at the two crying girls, then smile as they rub their heads. There is a loud and sudden bang from the front door, where Shinki, who looks just like her own self, now stands in the doorway with a desperate and crazed look in her eyes, rapidly asking “is it true? Where is she? Where is SHE?” The two little women lower their guard when they notice it’s Shinki, but before they can speak, Shinki tackles them as she rushes straight to Alice, knocking Marisa off the couch as well. She grabs and raises Alice to the air, looks at her with that crazed expression, then victoriously says “it’s TRUE! Ha HA~ You are a little girl again!” She hugs Alice tight almost cutting her respiration, and all Alice can do is try to breath to survive Shinki’s hug. Marisa sits up on the floor and looks up at Shinki with fright, then her lips wriggle, her eyes water, then she starts to bawl. The two tiny women immediately rush to Marisa and rub her head, Hourai saying “there, there. It’s alright.” Shanghai sighs, then looks at Shinki and says “gramma! I can’t believe you’d do something so mean!” Shinki smiles sheepishly, scratching her left cheek while saying “eh he heh, sorry about that.” She bends down and grabs Marisa, then embraces her and shakes her around, while saying “there, there, I’m sorry. That was too mean, so I’ll make it up to you.” Marisa stops bawling, looks into Shinki’s eyes, then hugs her back with a giggle after calming down. Alice stares angrily from the couch, thinking “hey, that’s MY mom! Go get your own!”

Meanwhile, at Eintei, everything is calm and very quiet. A pair of white rabbits hop from the front yard to one of the storage houses behind the mansion. Inside, they gather around a large futon in the middle of the room, accompanied by many other rabbits. The futon expands, and a moan can be heard coming from it. An arm frees itself from the covers and gently pushes them down, revealing a woman with bushy black hair that reaches just above her shoulders, wearing a long, pink dress. She looks around with her red eyes, then a pair of white rabbit ears flop down to her face. It’s Tewi, and she’s just woken up, rubbing her eyes, while smiling and with a sweet, grown-up voice, she says “that’s odd. Reisen should be here to wake me up by now. Heheh, maybe she’s got her hands full already.” Right after saying that, she can hear Reisen calling “Tewi~ I can hear you in there! Please, I need your help! KYAH!” There is a loud crash and the sound of glass shattering, then Reisen groaning. Tewi continues to smile and says “heh, so predictable.” Inside the mansion, Kaguya jumps out of nowhere, rolls on the ground, letting her long hair roll around along with her, and when she stops, she’s a tiny girl, smirking and playfully saying “you see? I’m a princess after all. You can’t win!”, then rolls away. A small, short, silver haired girl jumps to where Kaguya was, and with a confident smile, she says “nice try, but Udonge is still eons away from beating me!” Reisen gets up from the ground, rubbing her back and clenching her teeth. Her body is more shapely now, and her girlish face now looks more motherly as well as wise, and he short skirt is replaced by a long pink skirt that covers her down to her ankles. She looks toward the endless corridor to the rooms and shouts “wait, don’t do that, it’s gonna...” There is another loud crash, accompanied by a bang, then the girls giggle as their little footsteps sound fainter. Tewi enters the living room and stares at Reisen, the turn over tables, couches, and the messy dinner table, then looks at the kitchen and sees glass all over the floor, then giggles. Reisen growls and says “quit your giggle and help me already! They’ve been very restless this morning!” Tewi chuckles, then says “alright already. Calm down, I’ll help.” Reisen calms down and smiles, and after a long sigh, she says “this spell has affected us all so much. You’re actually helping around, and Master and the Princess... they really are children.” Tewi grabs a wide broom out of thin air and starts sweeping the floor, picking up the glass as she says “but you do know this spell will wear off, right? I mean, once things go back to normal, I’m gonna collect for all the ‘helping’ I’ve done lately.” Reisen sweats as she giggles nervously, then says “r-right. I’m not really looking forward to that.” There is silence between them for some time, while little Eirin and little Kaguya laugh in the distance, then Tewi stops sweeping, smiles at Reisen, then says “focus on now, Reisen. Those two need our full attention.” Reisen looks toward the endless corridor, then says “you’re right. I’m sorry.” Hiding behind the doorway to the center yard is little Hina, snickering while looking with mischievous eyes toward Reisen and Tewi, and the little RKNS on her shoulder staring at Hina and peeping softly into her ear, making her giggles mischievously.

Flying toward the Hakurei Shrine, are Shanghai and Hourai, Marisa, who has some trouble with her broom, yet manages to fly, and Alice, who is being held by Shinki since she refuses to let go of her ‘daughter’. Hourai flies above Marisa, making her look up and ask “hey, how come you stayed so mall. I was hoping, since you are adults, that you’d at least look like dwarves.” Hourai blushes and replies “that’s some sick imagination you have there.” Shanghai hurries to Hourai’s side, then looks at Marisa while holding Hourai by her shoulders, then says “all we can guess is that... since these bodies were originally the bodies of dolls, they don’t grow like humans or youkai.” While Shanghai explains, Alice looks at Shinki and asks “mom, how come you didn’t change at all? From what that newspaper said, even the gods from the mountain changed.” Shinki giggles and whispers “she’s so darn cute”, then says “the effects of that spell were quite random down at Makai. Some grew up, other grew down, and some stayed the same.” At Pandemonium, a small, long. blond haired maid cries next to a pile of rubble. She gets carried up by a tall woman dressed in white, with long light-blue hair, and as she holds the little maid against her chest, she softly says “there, there, it’s alright, Yumeko. I told you to wait until you grew up again, didn’t I.” Little Yumeko sniffles as she looks at Mai with her big, glassy, tear filled, yellow eyes and sobs “but... I... have... to... clean... Mai *sob*” Mai give Yumeko a hug and says “geez, why did you have to go and shrink like that? And where’s Yuki? I’m worried about her.” Yumeko presses her head against Mai’s breasts, then hugs them as she uses them as pillows. Mai’s face turns bright red, and she forcefully pulls Yumeko away from herself, exclaiming “HEY! What’s the big idea, you little pervert!” Yumeko starts to hyperventilate, then sobs and starts to cry. Mai panics and presses Yumeko against her chest again, then says “sorry, sorry. Use me as a pillow, it’s alright, I don’t mind!” Again, Yumeko uses Mai’s breasts as pillows, and quickly falls asleep, while Mai sighs and says “geez, I keep forgetting she’s just a child.”

At the Hakurei Shrine’s front yard, Marisa is the first to land and rush toward the shrine, while Hourai chases after her from above, and the others land and look around. Alice looks up to Shinki and says “this place looks empty.” Shinki giggles and replies “Yumeko doesn’t let me hold her like this.” Alice growls as a small steam cloud flies away from her angry red face, then asks “hello, are you even listening to me?” From the shrine’s entrance, Marisa calls “Reimu~ Are you in there? Rika? Mima?” From inside, a boy asks “is that you, Sanae?” Little Marisa gets steaming mad and shouts “who the hell are you calling Sanae, you idiot?” As Hourai hovers down to grab, and calm Marisa down, the shrine doors slide open, and now Ail stands on the porch, glaring at Marisa while shouting “you could have just said you’re Marisa, you idiot!” Marisa replies “idiot’s the one who calls you idiot!” Ail smirks and crosses his arms as he says “and so she is.” Budou grabs Ail and scolds him, then says “I’m sorry, but Reimu’s not here. Little papa and I are just about to head to the vampire’s mansion.” Shanghai, and Shinki, who still holds on to Alice, head toward Budou, then Shanghai asks “how do you know?” Rumia walks to the porch of the shrine, and to their amazement, she is grown up. Her hair is long, her chest looks normal, and now she has black wings springing from her back, even though she has her ribbon on her hair. She looks at Shanghai and says “Reimu asked us to take care of the shrine while she’s away.” Before Alice speaks her mind, another little girl, this one with pale skin, tying her black hair in a small ponytail, and wearing black, tight clothes, walks to Rumia’s side and says “she promised to tie our panties in a knot if we bailed, so it looks like we’re stuck here, dammit all!” Rumia smiles and says “don’t mind Agava. She’s just a little mad because she grew down instead of up, like me.” Agava growls as she looks up to Rumia and grumbles “but my stupid shadow grew up! Why couldn’t I grow up?” Alice takes a breath of air, but before she can speak, she is interrupted again, this time by the shriek of a woman that appears out of nowhere. Hearts fly all over Ayalina’s head as she almost tackles Budou to take little Ail from her arms, exclaims “KYAH! So it’s true! My baby is a baby again!” Ail’s face is filled with horror as he tries, but fails to escape his mother’s grasp, shouting “MOM! Wait, mom! How did you know? ACK! Someone save me! Budou!” Budou backs away from Ayalina, saying “no way! She almost took me down just to get you. Besides...” Ayalina tightens her grip around Ail, growling at anyone that’s close to them, while Budou says “I don’t think she’s letting you go that easy.” Marisa smirks as Hourai and Shanghai lift her to the air, and says “heh, what a mama’s boy.” Suddenly, Shinki is following the two little women, then Budou starts to flap her wings, saying “come on, gramma Ayalina. We’re going to find miss Hakurei sis.” Ayalina smiles and slowly lifts to the air, holding Ail the same way Shinki’s holding Alice, her child pressed against her chest, and says “then let’s go. I want to ask her how to make this permanent!” Budou is dumbstruck at Ayalina’s carefree words, and now, Shinki flies closer to Ayalina and both start talking about their little babies while following after Shanghai, Hourai and Marisa. Budou is the last to leave, waving at Rumia and Agava, saying “see you later”, while Rumia waves back, and Agava walks back inside the shrine, grumbling. Rumia sighs, then says “I guess I can try and prepare something to eat for when everyone returns.” Agava gasps and exclaims “you can cook?”

Back at Eintei, Hina clings on to the ceiling, watching as Reisen walks down the eternal corridor. Her mischievous crescent smile widens as her target gets closer, and right after Reisen walks by, Hina lets herself go and drop, then starts spinning around very fast, making herself looks like a red drill, then flies straight to the back of Reisen’s head. Just as Hina is about to hit, Reisen gasps and bends down, making Hina yelps and crash straight into one of the rooms, where the sliding door conveniently opens and closes on its own. Reisen straightens up, looks around, then scratches her head and says “I swear I heard a voice just now. Oh well.” Hina pops herself right out of a silver bucket, grumbling to herself, then the little RKNS flies from nowhere a perches on her shoulder. She looks at the bird and says “tch, no good. She has so much luck, even these young curses are no match.” The RKNS peeps contently, then Hina says “I see. Well, if you can take care of her, I’ll take care of the moon rabbit.” The RKNS salutes Hina, then rushes out of the room. Before Hina leaves, a woman says “and why would you want to pick on me?” Hina twitches as she turns around with a terrified expression in her face, thinking that Reisen had found her. She is right, but she is also wrong. Instead of the long, lilac haired Reisen, she sees the moon’s own short, light-blue haired, grown-up Reisen, standing next to two little girls. They are Toyohime, who wears her sandy-blonde hair on twin tails, and the other is Yorihime, whose short, light-blue hair hangs lose, reaching only her shoulders, and who is staring with a terrified expression toward Hina. The little curse goddess sighs with relief as she says “phew. For a moment, I thought I had been caught.” Reisen 2 frowns as she places her hands on her shapely waist and says “and who says you haven’t been caught. I heard what you were planning, so you’re coming with me, young lady.” Hina bites on her thumb as she looks around for a way to escape. She notices that the two little girls’ hands are tied up, so with a glint in her eyes and a smirk on her face, Hina jumps in the air and starts to spin, and just as Reisen 2 tries to capture her, she uses the momentum of the spin, kicks Reisen 2 on her ankle, then rushes to the two girls and says “I’ll let you go, but you have to play with me. Deal?” The two girls silently nod, Yorihime almost trembling as she does, and Hina, using the curses in her, creates a magical blade that burns the ropes and frees the girls. Toyohime squeals excitedly and shouts “GAME TIME!” Yorihime blushes as she raises her hand and silently exclaims “y-yay~”

Meanwhile, at the kitchen, Tewi tastes her stew, smacking her lips and saying “needs more carrots.” There is a loud bang, and Reisen 2’s scream that echoes all around the mansion. Tewi drops her taste cup, letting it smash to the ground, then exclaims “oh, that was Reisen! Udonge, I think the Watatsukis are lose!” She runs to the corridor, but promptly stops in the living room after seeing the two little moon princesses standing on the corridor’s entrance, smiling mischievously at her. Tewi smiles and says “well, I guess it’s up to me again, isn’t it?” Yorihime and Toyohime take a step forward and immediately get caught by their ankles with a rope, however, the rope snaps before the girls can get lifted up, making Tewi exclaim “whoa, that’s some mayor bad luck there for me!” Before she can react, a large silver washtub falls right on her head, knocking her out to the ground, where she groans and says “uuh, I didn’t set that trap. What’s going on here?” Tewi hears a peep from the ceiling, and when she looks up, her eyes fill with terror after she spots the little RKNS with another washtub on its claws. She manages to push herself up and back, avoiding the second washtub to the head, but falls on a pitfall made on the floor behind her. From the hole, Tewi shouts “UDONGE~ We have trouble!” Reisen 2 peeks her head on the hole, tears clinging to her eyes as she smiles and says “they got backup!” The Watatsuki sisters giggle after they toss Reisen 2 into the hole, then cover it up with a carpet. Back at the corridor, Reisen runs to the living room to assist Tewi, but the spinning Hina lands right on the back of her head, knocking her down and making her rub herself, shouting “ow~! What the hell?” Reisen looks behind her and spots Hina, then asks “young lady, who are you? Why are you attacking me like this?” Hina turns around and bends down, then spanks herself on her butt while waving it around and saying in sing-song “you can’t catch me~” She turns around again and does a rude noise with her tongue, then says “LOSER!” Reisen would normally get mad at this, but instead, she concernedly asks “little girl, where’s your mother? Are you lost?” Hina grunts and simply runs away, making Reisen stand up and chase after her, concernedly saying “wait, little girl! Don’t run away! Let me help- KYAH!” Reisen feels a tug on her ankles and suddenly finds herself falling to the floor again. When she recovers, she looks to her feet and sees little Eirin and little Kaguya holding her legs down. She gets angry and exclaims “hey, you two! I could have gotten hurt!” Eirin and Kaguya look at each other, giggle, then run toward the living room. Reisen grumbles as she gets up and then shouts “you two come BACK here!” She chases after the girls, who have stopped right in front of a regal red carpet. Reisen runs toward them, then jumps over the carpet and the girls, landing right behind all, then says “you think I’m gonna fall for that?” Reisen suddenly jumps toward the kitchen, avoiding a dented silver washtub, turns off the fire from the stove, rolls on the ground, avoiding another washtub, then jumps again, avoiding yet another hole on the ground. She stands proudly and says “you’re gonna need more than that to get me.” Hina jumps on her head, stomps on her rapidly, then jumps away, leaving Reisen in a daze. The Watatsukis take this opportunity to push her off balance, and as she stumbles around, Eirin kneels on the ground between Reisen and the carpet-covered hole, making her trip and fall straight down the hole to accompany Tewi and Reisen 2. Tewi grabs Reisen and lifts her from the ground, pulling the carpet from her face, then exclaims “Udonge, are you alright?” Reisen dizzily replies “soich, is de maplo.” Reisen 2 smiles and says “she’s fine”, then looks up and says “but those little monsters are lose, and on their own.” Tewi sighs and says “geez, I hope they can keep safe while we get out.”

At the Scarlet Mansion’s island, Daiyousei runs as fast as she can, holding on to little Letty, who is sobbing while being embraced. Daiyousei’s beautiful wings are ruined, one missing and the other in tatter, so all she can do is run. As she does, she desperately calls “Cirno! Anyone! Please help us!” She trips and falls to the ground, making little Letty cry after they hit the ground. Behind them are the familiar pair of multicolored crystal wings of Flandre, who walks to them with an annoyed look, and says “you dare pour ice down Meiling’s pants and think you’re going to get away with it? You are gravely mistaken.” Daiyousei grabs Letty and embraces her, looking at Flandre and shouting “they are just children! She was only playing!” Flandre raises her hand and points it at Daiyousei’s shoulder, then clenches it, then the fairy’s shoulder explodes, making her drop Letty. Fighting against the pain, Daiyousei whispers “Letty, run. Hide! Don’t let her get you!” Letty cries “no! You have to come with me!” Flandre walks toward Letty with a crazed, rage-filled look on her face while saying “I won’t kill her, but I will punish her severely!” She reaches for the trembling girl, but stops when a clam woman’s voice says “miss vampire, if there’s a problem, we can talk about it like civilized people.” Flandre looks back with the corner of her eye, then smiles and says “I see, so the other one grew up as well. And look at that, you’re taking care of the little baby dragon.” Kimi growls and shouts “I can still kick your butt around, you-“ Cirno places her hand in front of Kimi’s face, signaling her to quiet down, then floats down in front of Flandre and says “please, don’t hurt the children. She was just playing... weren’t you, Letty?” Letty sits next to the ruined fairy beside her and nods rapidly. Cirno smiles and says “see? So why don’t we calm down so we can-“ Flandre lifts her hand again, this time holding her undulated black rod, but Cirno creates an ice wall in an instant, startling Flandre, then encircles the vampire with her ice and forms a dome around Flandre. She turns to Daiyousei and says “even if we are deathless, the damage is just brutal.” Daiyousei manages a weak laugh, even though she’s in so much pain. Cirno smiles and says “good thing I learned this just now.” Cirno grabs a spell card and softly says “Fresh Recovery” The card glows green and simply disappears, surrounding Cirno in a minty glow. The ice fairy places her hands on Daiyousei’s forehead, and in almost an instant, the great fairy is fully healed and even her wings completely restored, but she now lies unconscious on the ground. Cirno sweats as she bites the back of her finger, then says “guess it needs some work.” Flandre starts to beat her way out of the thick ice dome, so Cirno grabs Letty and Kimi by their hands, then says “take Dai-chan to the playground and stay in there until I come and get you.” Kimi bravely says “you are nuts. Let me at her, I’ll kick her butt so hard!” Cirno grabs Kimi by her shoulder and stares into her eyes. Kimi stares back for a moment, then sighs and says “alright, alright. I’ll protect them for you.” Cirno smiles, then turns around to face Flandre, just as she escapes her icy prison, smiling wickedly at Cirno. Flandre raises her finger at Cirno and says “I’ll get you with just one spell card, you weakling. You may use as many as you want, though. It won’t make a difference.” Cirno gets angry, but manages to hide her anger as she says “one will be more than enough. I am the st... I am confident in my skills.”

In an instant, Cirno and Flandre speedily move around the cloudy sky, showering each other with danmaku, Cirno using large icicles, while Flandre uses her scarlet orbs. Both dodge each others’ attacks with ease, losing a few pieces of their clothes as the bullets graze them. Flandre risks getting hit, and flies along with her own bullets to reach Cirno, where she tries to strike the ice fairy with her black rod, but she is met by a surprise when Cirno makes an ice block so strong, it makes Flandre’s strike recoil at full force, gaining the upper hand and landing a few icicles on the stunned vampire’s arms. Flandre backs away and growls with rage, then smiles and pulls out a spell card and shouts “Forbidden Barrage, Starbow Break!” She smiles wickedly toward Cirno while still holding on to the glowing spell card, then widens her smile and adds “Swirl.” She releases the spell card, and the moment it disappears, countless orbs of many colors fly fast and randomly at Cirno in a straight pattern. Cirno manages to find gaps between the bullets and seems to be dancing while dodging. Flandre smiles, and after a quick flash, the orbs don’t just fall straight , but now also start moving in a circular motion, some to the left, and other to the right. Cirno is now having some trouble dodging the barrage, but she still manages to survive long enough. She notices one of the orbs comes in too close, so she instinctively pulls out a spell card and shouts “Ice Sign, Icicle Fall!” Flandre scoffs and says “you’re using that spell? WEAK! I already know how pathe- wait.” Cirno’s card floats in the air for a moment, then disappears, just as giant icicles fly around Flandre in straight lines. Cirno smiles and giggles, and large icicles form around the left and right of their battle field, the left ones swaying around, and the right ones zigzagging at inconsistent speeds. Flandre gasps and exclaims “hey, that’s cheating! Marisa always said this spell was pathetic!” Fury takes Cirno, making it evident in her slowly burning face, then she suddenly starts shooting lasers straight at Flandre, thinking she’s fighting against Marisa. Cirno smiles and asks “how do you like me now, Marisa?” Flandre shouts “HEY, OUCH! WAIT!” Flandre is overwhelmed by the icicles and the lasers, and is quickly brought down. After Flandre falls, Cirno stops and covers her mouth as she gasps and says “oh no, I lost control there! Vampire! Miss vampire, are you alright?” Grumbling on some bushes, Flandre gets up on her feet and says “y-you got lucky!” From behind her, a fist with a wrist cuff smacks itself on Flandre’s head, then Remilia’s voice says “you two are a menace! You’re scaring the kids!” Behind Remilia, sniffling and trembling in fear, are Meiling, Rika and Reimu, and when Cirno notices them, she gasps and bows down, saying “I’m so sorry! I got carried away!” From behind Cirno, a girl says “you’re not kidding, ze!” Cirno turns around, and behind her are Marisa, Shanghai and Hourai staring concernedly at her and Flandre, and then there is Budou, Shinki and Ayalina. Ail and Alice are still trapped in their mothers’ grasp, and look at each other through the corner of their eyes with an unamused and annoyed expression, letting their arms and legs hang in the air. Cirno bows to them and says “I’m so very sorry. I don’t know what came over me.” Before Marisa can speak, Hourai wraps her arm around the little magician, while Shanghai says “it’s alright. You were just defending the young ones. Now, where is miss... oh I see.” Shinki and Ayalina both gasp and smile, then say at the same time “so cute!” With a concerned expression in her face, Shanghai says “then it’s like we thought. You’re a child too.” Remilia sighs and says “look, we’re going to try and convince Koakuma to let Patchy go, so she can tell us how to reverse this spell. You are all welcome to come inside, ONLY if you think you can help.” Ayalina smiles and says “Remilia~ I am a friend~” Remilia twitches as her eyes hide under shadow, then says “er, right, of course.”

That night, at Eintei, Reisen, Reisen 2 and Tewi finally manage to escape the hole, and immediately scout around the completely messed up living room. Tewi suddenly gasps and exclaims “check the rooms!” The two moon rabbits and the rabbit youkai run straight to one specific room, and there they find all the little ones, including Hina and the little sparrow, sleeping on the ground, scattered all over the room’s floor. The rabbits sigh with relief, then Tewi points at Hina and the little sparrow, then says “those little monsters REALLY caused some trouble!” Reisen 2’s eyes glint as she asks “what sort of punishment are we to deliver?” Reisen walks past the two scheming rabbits, then tenderly grabs Hina and softly says “let’s leave that for later. Right now they need their sleep.” Tewi and Reisen 2 stare at the moon rabbit as she goes to the closet and starts pulling out futons and spreading them on the floor. After placing all the children in the futons, the three rabbits exit the room and head straight to the destroyed living room, where they promptly start picking everything up. Tewi stops and stares at Reisen, then says “spill it! How come you are being so soft on them?” Reisen stares at Tewi, then Reisen 2 stops from picking up the sofa to look at Reisen, then says “honestly, I wanted to at least spank their mischievous little butts!” Reisen smiles and says “I-I’m sorry. I don’t understand why, but seeing them sleeping like that soothed my heart. And also...” Tewi sighs and smiles, then says “you’re becoming a mother, as expected of Udonge. But I will admit, I feel different too.” Reisen 2 smiles and says “well I feel just fine. Sure, I want to take care of the princesses, but I don’t feel like their mother, or anything like that.” The three rabbits stand around looking at each other, then Reisen suddenly starts to laugh, followed by Tewi, then Reisen 2, all laughing away, forgetting all the misfortunes they went through that day.

Meanwhile, inside one of Cirno’s floating ice orbs above the Misty Lake, Cirno helps Daiyousei on to a sofa that sits in the middle of what looks like a large house, that although is made of ice, is quite warm and welcoming. Daiyousei holds her head and says “whoa, everything is spinning.” Cirno gives her a glass of water she pulls out of a floating ice cube and says “thank you for taking care of Letty for me.” Daiyousei drinks her water and flaps her wings while glaring at Cirno, then says “you didn’t come, even after I press the button! I was scared. That vampire was going to kill us, Cirno!” Cirno turns around and says “I know, I’m sorry. I was looking for that Kali, but we couldn’t find her anywhere.” Daiyousei looks at Cirno, even though she’s looking away, and says “this body is also a burden. I want to go back to normal! I am a fairy, not some human or youkai! And come to think of it, what are you, Cirno-chan? You’ve been acting so different, and your powers... What are you?” Cirno turns around to face Daiyousei with a confused and frightened expression, but before she can answer, Daiyousei angrily says “oh forget it. I-I’m going to sleep. I’m... still a bit shaken. Good night, Cirno-chan.” Cirno sadly whispers “good... good night, Dai chan”, and watches as her friend goes to the rooms through another ice wall that seems to be an illusion. Cirno sighs and raises her hands to look at them, then asks “what am I?” Cirno feels a tap on her calf, and when she looks behind herself, little Letty stands there while looking up. Cirno asks “what is it, Letty?” The little girl smiles and raises her hands, asking Cirno to pick her up, and once on Cirno’s arms, she hugs the ice fairy’s neck and says “you are Cirno, the strongest fairy of them all. And you are a good friend, and smart, and very kind, and very strong.” Letty kisses Cirno’s cheek, jumps off her arms, and as she rushes to the same ice wall as Daiyousei, she turns around, waves at Cirno, then goes through the magical wall. Cirno stands on the middle of the magical living room, smiling and blushing, repeating Letty’s words in her mind.

To be continued...
Characters, Spell Cards and Scenario belong to ZUN -Team Shanghai Alice-
Ail, Budou, Agava, the RKNS, Kimi, Kali and Ayalina were created by Willie G.R.
Cirno’s “Fresh Recovery” spell card was created by Willie G.R.
Rika Onkamikami was created by Snapshot 2010

JUN 19 2010
Written by
Willie G.R.

Wow, I really took my time with this chapter, didn’t I? Well, aside from laziness form my part at first, I suddenly lost the desire to write. Just lost my happy there. Thankfully I got it back, and it will hopefully stay. Aside from that, I used too much sugar for this ending here, LOL. But I like sweet stuff (my sweet tooth is evil I say), so it’s ok. There are some more of the cast to show, so before this incident is solved, we’ll be having some more chapters. Maybe Hina will lend a hand in extending this spin off. Ah well. See you next chapter, if the spirits will allow!