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[X] Ask Yukari.
"This place will do," mutters Grimnír.
He carefully closes the door behind him, taking care not to make a sound. Thankfully, there is no one else in the room. While he was wandering the halls, he knew immediately that this room wasn't locked. There was a gaping hole in place of a door knob when he saw the door.
A small sign that read, "Private" was stuck in front of the room, almost comically, since it was the only room that was obviously unlocked. Full of boxes and bags, the room looks like a storage area. There seem to be a variety of items in the room. Some of them look like they come from the Outside.
"Hey Yukari," he says, tugging at the front of his robe. "I think we can talk privately in here. Can I talk to you for a while?"
Slowly, a small gap forms in the robe, revealing a small figure in a frilly dress. The tiny person clumsily steps out of the gap, giving him a weak wave as she does so. After yawning a little bit, the little blonde girl pulls out a parasol from the gap before floating up and taking a seat on his shoulder.
"Just napping a bit," Yukari mumbles as she looks around. "Ah, so you managed to get inside the Mansion. What did I miss?"
"You were napping?" says Grimnír.
"Conserving energy," says the girl as she yawns again. "I had to deal with some trouble with the kappa a while ago, so I let this self rest a little."
"I see," he replies. "Well, I suppose you missed a few things..."
He patiently takes a couple of minutes to explain the situation. Somehow, they managed to obtain a sample of blood, but not without making a deal with Remilia. Now he has some time to wander around the Scarlet Devil Mansion, as recommended by the vampire's friendly advice.
"Ara~" says Yukari. "So that's what she wanted..."
"You know what's happening?" asks Grimnír.
The little girl looks at him thoughtfully before replying.
"Maybe~ Maybe not~" she says. "Does it matter?"
Grimnír gives her a shrug. If she doesn't want to explain, this girl could probably talk around him for days. There isn't any need to waste time. He decides not to push the issue. They can talk about something else.
"We have a couple of hours to kill," he says. "Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," says Yukari cheerfully.
"I don't much care where -" says Grimnír.
"Then it doesn't matter which way you go," says Yukari.
"- so long as I get somewhere," adds Grimnír as an explanation.
"Oh, you're sure to do that," says the tiny girl, "If you only walk long enough."
He opens his mouth to argue, but finds that this logic cannot be denied. Then, he plants his palm on his face in frustration. Yukari only smiles wider as she watches him. She seems to be thoroughly enjoying this. Grimnír decides to try another question.
"What sort of people live about here?" he asks.
"As you already know," says Yukari. "The vampire Remilia stays here, in the second floor. There are a number of other rooms, including those for guests and those for storage. There might be a few more interesting places as well, though I don't recommend snooping around too much."
"I see," says Grimnír.
"Most of the residents stay in the first floor," she says. "The magician Patchouli and her familiar Koakuma stay in the Voile Library, which you already visited. Downstairs, you can find the dining room, kitchen, ball room, and several more rooms for various functions. The fairy maids have their quarters there, too. The chief maid, a human named Sakuya, has her own room around that floor, though I discourage bumping into her."
"Hmm," says Grimnír.
"There are two more characters of note," says Yukari. "The gate guard, whose name eludes me, stays outside. I'm not really sure where she sleeps. And the other vampire, the younger sister Flandre, stays in her own room in the basement."
"How about that butler?" he says. "I think his name was Grey."
Yukari pauses at this question for several moments. Then, she turns and frowns at him.
"That person wasn't here before..." she says slowly.
[ ] Stay in the storage room.
[ ] Head to Remilia's room.
[ ] Head to the Voile library.
[ ] Head outside.
[ ] Head to the basement.
[ ] Wander around the 2nd floor.
[ ] Wander around the 1st floor.
[ ] Custom