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“Well then, I guess that I'll tell you what little I know.” There's a polite self-depreciative undertone.
You ask Kaguya first about Gensokyo.
“Ah yes, Gensokyo.” There's a pleasant smile on the princess' face, even a complete stranger could tell this was a subject she enjoyed. “As you know, it's a mystic land sealed off from the outside world. You might wonder what that means, and to tell you the truth, I'm not 100% sure either. Eirin's explained it to me, saying that there's a great barrier that keeps the quantum something or something else separate, but that doesn't really mean much to me. And probably it's the same for you.” You nod your head. Anyone would with such a vague description. “Anyways,” She continues, “It's like we're in our own universe, but at the same time we're within the greater universe. That's why we can see the moon and the stars like anywhere else on earth. But if you were to look from the outside, you couldn't see us most of the time.”
“Most of the time?” You feel that there's a unstressed emphasis on those words. “Does that mean that the outside can come in? Well, I mean, I'm here.”
“Yes, you are. And yeah, the outside can sometimes come in here. The barrier isn't uniform nor perfect. I don't know why, but whoever made it left some pretty big flaws. It occasionally allows for people and things to move in between the outside and here. And for those who know what they're doing, it's basically like having an open gate and matching entrance sign.”
“You're telling me.” There's an understanding smirk on her lips. “That shrine maiden is the guardian of the barrier, and there are other beings who also take care of maintaining the balance of things.”
“Oh I see. So she does do something.” From what little you've seen, she's not exactly the most nice and reliable of persons.
“This is what lets Gensokyo be Gensokyo. The isolation from the outside. Without it, it'd be destroyed in no time. In a way, time has forgotten this place. Here humans live alongside monsters and creatures with no hesitation, accepting them as part of their daily lives. I may not be up-to-date with the outside, but I'm sure that the majority of people out there don't think that way.”
“If people knew about this place, I think they'd hunt down every single last creature for science.” And that's the better choice, you can easily see people simply using violence and destroying this place because of misunderstandings.
“Probably, mankind can be scary sometimes.”
You thought that that was an obvious understatement. But she seemed to be choosing her words carefully, so you didn't think it was a coincidence that she put it that way.
“Gensoyko is a strange utopia. Where anyone can live as they like, doing whatever they like. People here don't care who you are, and what you did, they'll just look at you funny if you say strange things and move along with their lives.”
“Nobody seemed to care that I was an outsider when I went to the village.”
“That's because you're not the first one. I've never met any others, but I've heard that there are dozens of people that arrived from the outside. Some leave again, but others stay, making lives for themselves here and starting anew. We're like that as well.” She displays a sober look of someone who understands their place. “We're not from this land, but we live here all the same. We came a long time ago, even before the barrier was up.”
“Wait.” You frown. “How long ago was that?”
“I'm not quite sure. I think over one hundred years ago at least.”
You focus, as you try to figure this one out. It apparently unsettles Kaguya, causing her to ask with an almost apologetic tone;
“Is anything the matter?”
“No, not really.”
“Well, bear with me for a moment, will you. You're an outsider, right?”
“Yes.” There's a quizzical look of muted concern clouding her face.
“And you came to Eientei over one hundred years ago, right?”
“...more than that, I think. Is there something wrong with that?”
“Eh, well...” This is difficult to say to your buddy. But it has to be clarified. It's now or never.
“It means that I'm younger than you!”
Kaguya's face looks deadly serious for a moment. Her eyes seem to scan your person, judging every fiber of your body. Then her lips quiver, her eyes twitch, and she burst out laughing. “Hahaha, oh wow, that's what you're making a big deal about? Ah-haha-hahaha. Didn't you know? Oh-ohohoho. I'm pretty sure you did.”
“Knew?” You reply, not joining her in laughing. “Well, they told me that you had been around for a while, but I didn't really believe it. I mean, really, buddy, you look like my age, maybe a bit younger. I've got to hand it to Eirin...”
“Haha, oh Shirou, stop it, you're killing me.” Kaguya slumps on the table, breaking any restraint that she was showing previously. Her eyes start tearing up from the laughter.
“Well, don't make fun of me. Would you believe it if I said I was over one hundred years old? I doubt it.” You frown.
“I guess, you do have a point.” She clutches her sides in between bouts of laughter. “But I thought you were going to ask something else, and oh man, the way you looked. Classic.”
“I guess it was a silly thing for me to think...” But it led to another question, “...so how old are you exactly.”
Kaguya stopped laughing.
“I'm afraid that that question will remain unanswered. It's rude to ask a lady, much less a princess her age.”
“Oh, don't be so uptight.” You prod at her verbally, “It's not like you're older than the dinosaurs. Plus, even though you're older than probably my whole family history, you look like the same old buddy to me.”
“Then leave it at that buddy.”
“Don't make me tickle.”
“Weren't you the ticklish one Or so you claimed one time...”
“I, uh, might have been. Not anymore, I outgrew it.” Crap, you'd forgotten you had divulged some sensitive information of that caliber.
“Sure. It must have been my other buddy that I brought to Gensokyo. Easy mistake.” There's a cunning smile on her face. Bad news for later. But for now you're relieved that she's acting more like the buddy you know and love.
There's a bit more of back and forth between the two of you before she realizes that she's supposed to be explaining things to you. There's not much else that you learn about Gensokyo other than Kaguya seems to enjoy it here.