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"Don't you remember...? My name is Murou! You came to visit my village some time ago, and then you left after being there for two years... Don't you remember that promise I made you, that I would become a man worthy of marrying you one day?"
Silently, she shakes her head. Feeling defeated, I sit down on the nearby bank and gaze into the water, no longer confident in myself as the man I thought I had become. It's then that a new noise reaches my ears, coming from the direction I intended to go earlier.
"Hey, Mokou! Sorry I took so long, but I had to sneak away from the rest of them while carrying this fishing gear... huh? Who's your friend?"
Looking at the newcomer, her appearance strikes me odd for two reasons. The first is that she has two floppy rabbits ears sitting atop her head, and the second is her outfit, which doesn't look like something I've ever seen before. A carrot shaped pendant dangles around her neck, and her socks look dirtied even though she had put sandals on.
"Oh, Tewi. Glad that you made it today, it must have been a real hassle to come all the way out here. Anyway, this guy is apparently named Murou, and it seems like he's met me before."
"Murou? That sounds kind of like your name, you know... Does he have a rod, or is he just going to be my bait for today's get together?"
Pressing one hand up to her lips, the girl named Tewi giggles mischievously in my direction before plopping down next to Fujiwara. She throws her line into the water, keeping it at a distance from Fujiwara's, and then looks over at me again with a curious intent.
"Hey, stop being so quiet! It's true that this is a forest infested with dangerous youkai, but they won't attack you while the two of us are here together, especially not out in broad daylight. Besides, I can just make you lucky enough to avoid them if you kept me some company~."
Saying that, she pats the spot right next to her while sporting a large smile. I might feel uncomfortable doing so, but an invitation is an invitation. Walking over, I sit down next to her and make Fujiwara glance over at me once more. The girl known as Tewi merely smiles and wiggles her feet around, acting as if she has a new plaything.
"So, where are you from? You don't look like someone from the village, since most of their men keep nice and trim hair. Would that mean you're not from Gensokyo...?"
Looking into the water, my reflection proves that her statement is true. My hair, which was shorter before I tried to find Fujiwara, has grown a considerable length. My chin has also collected stubble to the point of being a faint beard, and my cheeks look bony, as if I hadn't eaten anything in a short while.
"I'm... I'm from a distant village, that Fujiwara had visited once before. I am not from any place called 'Gensokyo', though I had heard about it while I was living out on my own... I had heard Fujiwara came here, so I searched for months to find this place."
"Wo~w, so you're some kind of hermit? I don't think I've seen a hermit for a long time now, no..."
Wiggling her feet once more, she pulls on her rod and plucks a particularly large fish out of the water. Bringing it close to herself, she pulls it off the line and tosses it behind her, landing it in a bucket she had carried in when she entered the scene.
"Hey, how did you catch that sort of thing? Using luck to catch huge fish and landing them in bucket is cheating, Tewi!"
The smaller of the two girls laughs, rubbing her head as she casts her fishing line back in. Fujiwara smiles with good intent, until her gaze meets my eyes once more. She looks... disturbed. Not as much by something frightening, but something that is just unsettling.
"...Well, I've caught enough fish anyway. I'm going home."
Standing to her feet, Fujiwara pulls her line back in, and is surprised when a large fish is also clinging desperately to her line. The girl called Tewi merely giggles as Fujiwara pulls the thing off and drops it into her own bucket, blushing a little as she gathers her things up.
"...Ah, wait. What are we going to do about the human, Mokou? He can't just be left out here with nothing but my luck, can he?"
"I'll leave that to you. I'm too conflicted to make a good decision right now... Oh, and thanks for the fish, little miss Inaba."
Saying that, she starts to walk away, making her way towards the edge of the clearing.
[ ] She can't just walk away like that! Stand up and call her back.
[ ] It sounds like she needs her space. If her and Inaba are friends, we should be able to meet again.