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!

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