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[x] Ask Ran if she wants some help
Even though there's not much to do, you believe Ran is still finishing up a couple chores. You should probably still help her, even if it's more or less your 'day off' for today. After all, what kind of subordinate gets days off? Maybe you could also ask her what you can do after helping her, or maybe even do something with her. She must feel lonely with Chen gone so often, even though she's lounging around at home today somewhere. Hell, maybe you could rope her into it too. It'd be like a family outing.
... no, that's too soon. You haven't been here long enough to call anyone family, even if that's what it feels like now. You were more or less 'adopted' by Yukari. It honestly sounds accurate. Although at the same time, the scenario you're putting yourself in feels like you'd be Chen's parent along side Ran, making you--
In middle of your wayward thinking, you embarrassingly walk into a wooden pole. Other then the shock of being thrust into reality so suddenly, along with maybe a somewhat damaged dignity as Ran had seen you do it, it wasn't much.
"Satoya? Are you okay?" Ran seems to be asking more out of confusion then actual sympathy. You can't blame her, the pole was in clear view, although it hadn't always been there.
"Y-Yeah, just not watching where I'm going I guess." Looking at the pole, you realize it's holding up a line that's holding up a bunch of sheets put out to dry. It looks like Ran is taking them down. "Oh, you need help here?"
"I'm almost finished, but that would still be appreciated, thank you."
After giving her a quick nod and receiving some short instructions, you get right to work. The sheets are large and somewhat heavy for sheets, but you and Ran manage to quickly put the rest away in small bales. It really didn't take that long, since as she said, Ran wasn't just starting. You should have come here earlier, you suppose. Feeling unsatisfied, you decide to goad her for more work, as odd as it sounds.
"Well that's a job well done, is there anything else you needed to do? I can help." Ran seems to just look at you nonchalantly as she picks up one of the bales of sheets.
"Isn't today your first day of rest? You shouldn't waste it away like that."
"Well, what else is there for me to do? I want to feel useful at least, since I'm freeloading." At this concept, Ran seems to look at you quite confused. As if she didn't understand a single word you had just fed her. You're not sure if you should try explaining though, as that might turn out a little awkwardly. Thankfully, she does continue nonetheless.
"Well, if you insist. These also to be stored away."
"Great, leave it to me then, I'll carry a couple and follow you in then."
Some inner urge is demanding that you look good in front of this woman. Maybe it's the disappointment you brought her during training. Maybe it's the feeling that you need to get up onto her level of helpfulness or you'll feel useless. Maybe it's the fact that she's a stunning woman. You wish the women at the college you worked with were half as pretty as Ran was. But then, she's also a youkai, so her looks are probably synthetic at best. You make no effort to stop yourself from slightly show boating in front of her almost disconcertingly, as you pick up two balefuls of sheets and Ran carries one indoors, while you follow her. She really doesn't seem like the type of person that would be easily impressed though, so you feel that you should stop embarrassing yourself. God knows what Yukari would have to say about this.
Speaking of whom, why does she need so many sheets? There must be enough to cover almost a football field's worth of ground with these. Why did all of them need to be washed all at once? How were all of them washed all at once? Maybe some mysteries of the universe are not meant for minds like yours, but as a professor, you can't help but wonder these kinds of things. Yukari is truly a mysterious person indeed.
"Say, Ran," you start off saying after the two of you are heading back for the second batch of bales of sheets to store away, "what do you do in your free time anyways? I'm kind of at a loss of what to do myself, being from a significantly different world." Ran looks at you for a moment, as if assessing your statement before answering you.
"Well that is to be expected. Gensokyo is extremely different from the outside world. Humans who have wandered in here or have otherwise been brought here by Master Yukari have found many ways to adapt, though."
"Huh, so I'm not the first one she's kidnapped?" Ran looks up briefly, seemingly wondering if your choice of words was correct or not.
"Well... you were never a human to begin with, but from your point of view I can see why you'd make such a judgement, so yes, you are not the first. I believe the people on the outside refer to it as being spirited away." Wow, so this is where they go then. You're suddenly feeling like you stepped into a supernatural world that could easily compare to any comic book or cartoon. It's really surreal. You kind of want to meet these humans who were once a part of the outside world, maybe then you'd actually have someone to relate to in this backwards land.
"I see... how well did they adapt though?"
"They live in a colony composed entirely of humans in the middle of the land. There's plenty to do in the village, so there's no shortage of activity." That probably makes sense. Even if there's little material, the presence of a community means there will always be things to do. Although as you pick up two more balefuls, you realize Ran has deftly dodged your question, which you decide to reinstate.
"Alright. I guess I have nothing to worry about then. You never answered my question though. You do get free time, right?" Ran closes her eyes, in what feels like a gesture of superiority. You guess maybe she took your question as looking down upon her, which you really don't want to do, but it seems to have happened nonetheless.
"Of course I do. What free time I have is usually spent studying or reading, however. Not to mention keeping Chen company."
"Huh, what kind of books do you read then?" You're still trying to stay on Ran's good side, while getting to know her better. Her stoic expression is really hard to read though. You're not even sure if your assumptions about her up until now have really been wholly correct.
"I study magic of the black arts, as well as many different types of lore and arithmetic. I am very experienced with numbers." Math, huh? You always hated the math teachers back at the college you taught at. You also never liked math yourself. Probably typical of a language teacher, though. Still, if Ran was the one teaching math at your school, you might not mind it so much. Maybe. "I occasionally read stories as well." Now this is a treat.
"Stories, huh? What kind of stori-"
Just like that, you're stopped cold in your tracks, suddenly given a hard time standing up as your loving, endearing master decides to lean on you from behind. Well, it's more like she's trying to hitch a piggy back ride, almost. You would curse right now, but you hold yourself back in Ran's presence, who seems to be a little confused at the sight.
"Oh, hello Ran. Don't mind me. I need to talk to Satoya, if you don't mind." You would love to Yukari, but you're a little bu-
"No, that's fine. I'll complete the chore myself. Just leave those here, Satoya."
"... right." Man, rejected. Looks like you'll have to deal with Yukari's shenanigans anyways.
As Ran turns around to carry her bale over to storage, Yukari relieves your shoulders and gets off you, prompting you to silently thank the gods that her heavy burden on top of the balefuls of sheets are no longer trying to prove gravity correct. After that, you put the balefuls down and look at Yukari, who, of course, has a certain smug look on her face.
"So what do you want now?"
"Oh? A little upset that I interrupted your private time?" This woman knows how to push all your buttons.
"Wha-no. It wasn't that private anyways. Just tell me what you want."
"Is that anyway to address your master?" Ugh, you can't believe you have to say it. It's more demeaning then anything you've ever said to a superior.
"... what is your wish, Master Yukari?" Yukari's face seems to beam with glee as she hears those words reluctantly leave your mouth, but thankfully, it does cause her to relent.
"Well~ I would like you to accompany me to the Hakurei Shrine for good will and some introductions."
"The Hakurei Shrine?"
"Yes, there is a person that helps me maintain the barrier that keeps Gensokyo the way it is. Very important, you see." Yeah, you can see how that's important. Particularly since Yukari herself seems to be too lazy to do anything herself, so you assume this person she's talking about does all the work in the end.
"Alright, is that it?" You instantly regret asking, as Yukari shoots you a sly smile, noting your mistake.
"Hm, since you asked, there are other things that need to be done." Wonderful, so much for your day off. College wasn't quite as brutal as this, or at least time consuming. "I need something from the doctor's to be picked up, and then I also need you to introduce yourself to the gods on Youkai Mountain." More introductions? Is Yukari really that important? Well, important enough to know gods, in any case...
"Gods huh? Will you be coming for that too?"
"Oh heavens no. I can't stand the bunch. If you're afraid to go alone though, Ran can accompany you. She has little to do today as well." You wanted to help her though, not give her more work load... although, Yukari does make a point. You feel less comfortable introducing yourself to supposed gods. An escort would ensure that you don't make any stupid mistakes in front of powerful beings like that. On the other hand, Yukari not coming with you for this but introducing you to what she talks of like a good friend seems kind of like bias on her part, but you guess you can't blame her. "Of course, I did give you the day off for today, since you're still new to this, so if you don't want to do any of this, that's also fine. It can wait."
Yukari says this with an unconvincing smile though. The one that tells you that she will get you back for it later. Whether or not you want to actually risk it though...
[ ] Go with Yukari to see her friend
[ ] Fetch what she needs from the doctor
[ ] Go with Ran to see these 'gods'
[ ] You'll just spend the day at home and catch up