That feeling when you've posted an update only to find out a half hour later that you forgot something major.
THIS HAS BEEN REVISED. Thankfully, you do not need to reread the whole thing, just a bit at the end. In my text editor, the start of the changes is showing up as line 193, if that helps.
So you explain the situation, being as detailed as you can. Part of you feels a little bad about telling them things that you were told in confidence, but...well, in the end, you're sure that it'll help them out.
And that Reimu would force it out of them anyway.
As you finish up your explanation, Reimu lets out a groan.
"Uggh, just what I needed. Another cult to deal with." She slumps down onto the kotatsu.
"Now, Reimu, don't you think that's a little rude?" Yukari asks.
"Rude to who? I know that you don't quite fit in with the rest of them either, and John like me doesn't believe at all. And Youmu...Actually, I don't know about Youmu." Reimu tilts her head questioningly towards the girl.
"I suppose you could say that the way I live my life would allow me to fit in with the people of this city, but that's just how I've been raised. To me, their beliefs are..." she rests a finger on her chin in contemplation. "A wonderful fantasy, perhaps? I am skilled with a sword, and perhaps physically stronger than one would expect someone in my condition to be, but that's all from rigorous training, not from me being some sort of youkai.
"Oh?" Reimu asks with a mischievous smirk. "This coming from the girl who tried to make a gigantic sakura tree which has been sealed for centuries bloom to revive her late mistress."
"W-well..." Youmu's face gains a faint pink hue. "About, that, I..." Her eyes quickly dart between you and Reimu a couple times before she regains her composure.
Standing up, she takes a step backwards, and bows deeply.
"I'm deeply sorry for all of the trouble I put you through." She states with complete seriousness.
Reimu doesn't seem to know how to act.
"Well, uh, it all worked out in the end, so..."
"Well, it was really all my fault anyway." Yukari says, waving her hand in dismissal.
Reimu and yourself both ask at the same time.
"Well, I'm the person who put the poor girl up to it. You all just played along with my schemes. In the end, though, you must that it was quite fun, wasn't it?"
Reimu looks at her suspiciously.
"Don't tell me you also put Alice up to attacking me at the hotel, because if you did, we're gonna have a problem."
"Now, Reimu, dear, there's no way I could have done something like that, is there?"
Reimu shoots her another suspicious glance.
"If you say so... Though, given what you've let on about your business, I honestly wouldn't be surprised if you could."
"Oh dear, I haven't been spilling inside information and corporate secrets on accident again have I? I certainly must pay more attention to what I say behind closed doors."
You think you see a vein on the side of Reimu's forehead bulge. "Don't act like you don't carefully calculate every little thing you say, Yukari. Cause we all know that you do." She looks over to you and you nod. She looks over to Youmu, who looks away from Yukari and also nods.
"My, it's nice to see how confident you all are in me, but don't we have more important issues to discuss right now?"
"Yeah, I guess you're right. I can hold off on interrogating you until after we've solved this mess. Though, I don't really think there's really anything to talk about anymore; all there is to do is act." She stands up, walking over to one of the ajoining rooms.
"Now, where did I put those-ah." She returns with a box, which she sets on the table and opens, pulling out several of the solid metal yin-yang orbs, a couple packs of ofuda, bound neatly with similarly enscribed paper bands, and a set of sharp looking needles, quickly tucking them into pockets hidden in her sleves.
So THAT'S where she keeps those.
...There's pockets in those things?
"Well, let's get going, then." She states as she stands up, walking towards the door. "
"Yes, that would be well-advised. Yukari gets up to follow her. You and Youmu follow closely behind.
When Reimu pulls up to the familliar gate leading into Eientei, you are somewhat surprised to find a group of people already waiting.
"Yo, you guys sure took long enough to get here." Marisa greets the four of you as you climb out of the car.
"I'd say," Remilia grins, "I was about to ask Sakuya to serve tea for us while we wait."
"Please don't ask me to do things which are clearly impossible, Milady." Sakuya responds back with a smile.
"What are you doing here?" Reimu asks Remilia quite bluntly.
"Why, do you really think I'd miss out on something so interesting? You disappoint me, Reimu.
"Please, just...Don't get in the way."
"Oh? I could say the same thing, dear Reimu." Remilia taunts her back. "In fact, you may as well not have come; I'll probably have this whole thing taken care of by the time you find your way inside."
You can tell that Reimu's just getting more irritated by the second, but she manages to hold it in.
"As long as you understand."
Her gaze shoots over to Alice.
"And you. Marisa, I'm not too surprised about, but I never pegged you for the type to be bothered with things like this."
Alice shrugs. "As long as entry is blocked, I can't get supplies for dollmaking. Besides, if it convinces Marisa to hold off on making trouble for me, I'm willing to do anything."
"Hey!" Marisa shouts at the accusation.
"I'm with you there." Reimu responds, nodding.
"You too?!" Marisa looks shocked.
"Why, Sakuya, on that note, weren't there a few things missing from the mansion?"
"Indeed. I've been looking all over them to no avail."
Marisa grabs the back of her head in frustration.
"Okay, I get it, I get it! Can we just move on to the part where we go in guns blazing and stuff?"
"She's right. We should enter while the day is still young. The longer we wait, The worse the situation becomes." Yukari states.
"Right. Well, John, you're the person who's been here the most. Lead the way."
Nodding, you walk up and open the gate.
You are met with a pair of feet flying into your face, followed by a pink dress and...white cotton panties. You probably should have tried to avoid that.
"Wow, big crowd tonight, huh?" Tewi states, arms folded, as she looks around at everyone.
"Hey, Tewi, do you mind getting off of me?" You ask. She somehow managed to land on top of you.
"Wh-Oh, John, I didn't even see you there."
She stands up, looking around at the group, nodding as she notes each person.
She then abruptly points her finger out in Marisa's direction.
"You!" She states, skipping over toward the witch, allowing you to return to your feet.
She then looks over at Alice.
"Hmm...And you too, I guess."
"...What?" The puppeteer asks with apprehension.
"Don't you get how these things work? The two of you stop to take care of the first villian that appears, while the rest move on to the next one. Make sense?"
"Oh, I get it!" Marisa enthusaistically states, receiving a slap to the back of the head from Alice in turn.
"Ow, what was that for?!"
"Well, in any case, you two are gonna stay here with me. The rest of you, I dunno, go go somewhere to get lunch? Or continue into the mansion. I don't really care."
You've seen some ridiculous things, but this is just silly.
Glances are shared between the six remaining members of the group, and you all in unison enter through the gate into the mansion.
Tewi looks towards the two girls she singled out.
"Well, let's try to make this fun, kay?"
You're honestly not really sure where to look first. Your first reaction is to search the lab, but this mansion is huge. Remilia's mansion might be about equal if you factor in that hers has several floors, but this mansion has all of that floor space on one single floor. Eirin and Kaguya could literally be anywhere.
...You can only hope that their reaction to confrontation won't be the same as Rewi's was.
You've been trying to cover as much of the mansion in your search as you can, but you've been consciously trying to go towards the lab to start with.
After a while of searching without finding anything, you find yourself at the hallway that the lab is attached to.
Turning the corner, you see movement out of the corner of your eye.
And the bottom of your eye.
Looking down, you see something roll along the ground, but before you can even think about what it might be, your vision is suddenly filled with bright white, and you find that you can't hear anything over the ringing in your ears.
After a second, as your eyes adjust, you take a look around.
Youmu seems to have covered her eyes in the last second, but she still seems disoriented. Reimu and Sakuya are in about the same condition as you are, but Remilia and Yukari look strangely unaffected.
"Why, that wasn't very nice, miss rabbit." Remilia grins.
And disappears, accompanied by the sound of the door to a nearby room slamming open.
"Ehh?" Reisen makes a surprised yelp, and sprints out of the room.
"Hmm." Remilia slowly steps out after her. "Say, Sakuya, is this the one who took such good care of you underground?"
"Yes, Mistress, but-"
"Excellent. I would like to personally thank her for being so kind."
"Uh, Milady, I don't think that's-"
"Nonsense! You're the proud maid of the Scarlet Devil! It would be unfitting if you didn't return such generosity!"
Remilia looks to the rest of you.
"Oh, the rest of you can go ahead without us. We'll catch up shortly, I'm sure." she waves you off.
Once again, looks are exchanged between yourself, Reimu, Yukari, and Youmu.
"Fine, if everyone's just going to take this completely unseriously, we might as well just move on. Instead of letting this turn ridiculous, let's just split up here. I'm going after Eirin." Everyone nods. "You're coming with me." Reimu demands, grabbing Yukari's wrist and dragging her off towards the lab.
"Ah, wait." She wrests her arm from Reimu's grip.
"What?" Reimu asks impatiently.
Yukari reaches into her jacket and pulls out her fan.
"Here, take this. It might come in handy."
"...Why are you giving me your fan?" You ask, confused. Right now doesn't really seem like the time for giving gifts.
"It's not my fan, silly." As if to prove her point, she pulls her fan out and opens it, covering her face.
"...Okay, but I don't really get it." You accept the fan, opening it.
It's...Beautiful. That's the only thing you can think when you look at it. In fact, you'd almost expect it to be in a museum or an art gallery.
"Isn't that.." Youmu asks, a bit of surprise coming through in her voice.
"Yes, it is indeed Yuyuko's fan." Yukari uses her own fan to cover her expression.
"Okay then, why exactly are you giving me Yuyuko's fan?" You ask, even more confused.
"Enjoy~" She states, completely blowing off your question, returning Reimu, who has been staring at her impatiently the whole time.
Before you can say anything more, they've already left.
You sigh. "Well, I guess that leaves Kaguya, then."
Yeah, I'm pretty sure that I'm not gonna be able to finish this update tonight. Cutting it off here. The rest will follow tomorrow.