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“There's something I should ask you.” You squeeze in a question, just because you can.
“Go ahead.” Keine naturally replies.
“Where could I find Mokou around this time?”
“Mokou? Well, she usually hangs around my place or the village in the afternoon, taking care of things. Sometimes even in the forest. It really depends on her mood.”
“Would it help you narrow down the place if I told you that I think she might be a bit mad at me?”
“Unfortunately yes.” She lets out a sigh. Keine says those words with the voice of a parent who knows just exactly how her child throws a tantrum. “She's almost definitely in her special spot in the forest. She goes there to think and cool down.”
You're told of a small clearing near a stream someways inside the forest. Apparently Keine has had to drag her out of there in the past, times when she's even refused to eat.
“Thanks, I might just want to set things straight with her.”
“I don't know what exactly happened between you two, but Mokou's a good-hearted person. A bit stubborn, but she'll see reason if you try.” Keine then adds with a giggle, “It'll help however if you bring her some candy. What did you do, if you don't mind me asking?”
“Well, I ran into her just before lunch. She said that she had something really important to show me. And I refused because I still had classes later. And well, I may have implied that she was just acting like a kid.”
“Ah, bad move. If she thinks something is important, it's a bad move to belittle her.”
“So I've noticed.”
“Still, this seems to be a problem between the two of you, so I'll just butt out. Half of the time I don't know if she's upset with me anyways.” She laughs, indicating the absurdity of their relationship.
You laugh things off with Keine for a bit before thanking her and preparing to leave. The both of you get up and walk towards the door.
“Thank you Keine, you've been helpful.” You thank her from the bottom of your heart.
“It's no problem, it's my pleasure really. I like to help.”
“Even so, it means a lot to me.” You turn to her and prepare to give her a hug.
As you reach out to hug Keine, time seems to slow down. Not because you're getting lost in the moment. You find that everything is frozen in place, including yourself. You can't move and Keine is stuck, silently smiling at you. Your mind seems to be in working order, and your thoughts flow as normal. Before you start panicking and screaming in your head, however, a small winged blue orb of light flies into your field of vision.
<Oh not this shit again> These are the thoughts that fill your head as you recognize what it is. If your guess is right, this might just be the most annoying encounter that you've had yet.
“HEY LISTEN!” The blob speaks up, crisscrossing the scene. One thing's an instant relief, the high-pitched whine that you expected is in actuality a gruff Jersey accent. “Don't get smart with me, or I'll sock you one, pretty boy.”
<I'm going insane, aren't I?>
“Hells if I knows. Judging by the way you act, it's a pretty safe bet.”
<So I finally snapped outright? Then why is the world frozen?>
“Yous' the one that's outta whack, you tell me. If I had to guess I'd say it's the poor workmanship and dangerous elements used to reduce costs in that PDA. There's probably more mercury inside of you than a thermometer. Or then again, it could be the iffy paint and dyes used on that doll 'o yoz. I bet that whoever made that doesn't realize that lead ain't exactly good for humans. Another possibility here; ya probably just have a brain tumah.” The 'fairy' hovers right next to your ear. It sounds like an overgrown fly buzzing about. “You don't mind if I light up? No? Good.”
You hear the sound of a lighter being used and those first few strong puffs. Quite a large fit of coughing follows the puffs.
“Ah, these'll be the end of me.”
<What the hell is your problem, and what do you want from me?>
“I have no friggin' clue. I'm just a, whachamacallit, yeah, a 'figmens' of your imagination, you are the one wit the issues. For all I know I'm just a coping mechanism invented by your mind to deal with the feelings of anxiety, stress, overall confusion, and perhaps even abandonment. Or hells, you just may be a regular ol' nut job. Well, at least if you're crazy, feel proud that you didn't imagine that other 'fairy' instead of me.”
As the fairy inhales the smoke from his cigar, it all becomes obvious to you. You'll make the most of this fairy-sized apparition of a construction foreman.
<So, what should I do now? You seem like you got the scoop.>
“I'm glad you asked. You're only about as half as dumb as you look, boy.”
The fairy hovers right in front of your eyes. You can now make out the greasy, overweight, wife-beater clad, and obviously hairy little pixie for all of his glory. Nice golden medallion, though.
“Now heez the score, kid;” The fairy begins to explain.
Apparently there are two courses of actions that would be sure-fire hits. One of them would be to return to Eientei. Besides the conspicuously missing meeting that you were supposed to have with a certain rabbit ('that annoying scamp', as the faerie puts it), he tells you that can't help but feel that they're hiding something. Something that might be uncovered by slyly interrogating the residents. He insults you again, saying that you're probably just going to mess that up, so he suggests that a good alternative might be to just snoop around ('or at least, get some pastrami and meatballs for a sub'). Overall, relatively sound advice from a being that seems to be about to collapse from a lifetime of eating mostly donuts and cold cuts.
“But wait, kid.” He scratches himself in a display not apt for germophobes or the faint of heart.
The other alternative, serves as a stepping stone for two possible branching (or maybe intermingled) paths. It would involve going and seeing Mokou. She might help you out if you hang out with her. You're told that “a broad like her is fiery, just the way I likes 'em”. It would seem that your unwashed friend here believes that reconciliation isn't that big a deal, and sees a lot to gain from being on good terms (you just let that comment about 'knockers' slide).
As an added benefit, playing nice with her is an almost sure lead to something else. If you choose so, of course. The fairy is emphatic about that, as emphatic as anyone could be while looking at the centerfold in a copy of “Big'uns”. If you want to talk to Alice, make nice, or whatever, she's your best lead. And an almost guaranteed hit. “Fairy's intuition” - or so your told. Might be more credible if his pants weren't slipping down every passing moment.
“My work here is done. Plus, I gotta use the john right now.”
<Will I ever see you again?>
“Hopefully not. I don't get paid for this crap. I'm union, you know!” The minute stereotype pulls up his trousers for one last time before giving you a full, one-fingered Jersey goodbye.
He flutters away and out of your limited sight. Godspeed little man.
Before you realize it, time is back to normal. You're hugging Keine, telling her thanks for all of her help. You smile a little bit more than usual when you say your goodbyes. It might be a sign that you're deranged, but Keine reciprocates. You leave the schoolhouse first, while Keine locks up. You walk towards the Bamboo Forest, your destination either way. Given the 'wise' words of a middle-aged, balding apparition, you give pause as to what to go for now.
 Go home to Eientei
 Take a small trip to a certain clearing in the Bamboo Forest
Refocused revote. Hopefully people will have a better idea of what each choice entails.
Also in b4 someone points out the fact that it's actually a mix of Brooklyn, North Jersey, and a bunch of bad movies rather than a proper accent. I'm aware. Fughedaboudit.