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“Well, since you brought it up…”
“…” The maid is silent for a moment. “Marisa is the eldest child of Norio Kirisame, the owner of the General Store in the Human Village. She has a younger brother, and that’s where this whole issue came to a head.” She takes a long sip of her drink. “From what I gather, Marisa has always been brash and headstrong. Such a personality in a child is bound to irritate parents; even more so when your father has very… pointed views about how the female gender should behave and be treated.”
Ah. “I think I see where this is going,” you say. “So she began stealing as a way to rebel?”
Sakuya shakes her head. “Not until sometime after her brother was born. When he came along, all the attention went to him. She was practically ignored by her whole family. The only person who gave her attention was Rinnosuke.”
You blink. “The same Rinnosuke who runs Kourindou?”
“Yes. He was her father’s apprentice at the time. Anyways, he kick-started her interest in magic. She began studying in secret, and when her father found out…”
“He disowned her.” Saying it leaves a sour taste in your mouth.
“Exactly. And that’s when she started to steal.”
“To survive?” You prod.
…Something doesn’t seem right, though. “Then why does she still do it?”
“… I’d assume she enjoys the thrill. That, and… I think she’s still rebelling against her father.”
You take a sip of your drink. “While I sympathize with her, that still doesn’t excuse thievery.” You’re getting sort of tired of saying that.
“True. But… somewhere along the line, we started taking it in stride. Sure, there are lines that she’s crossed, and we’ve reprimanded her for it. But in the end…” she trails off. “You need to understand, there’s a sort of bond between the youkai of Gensokyo and the humans who can go toe-to-toe with them. We may not always get along, but at the end of the day, there’s a sense of unity amongst us. And if someone important to us like Marisa were to change her behavior that drastically… well, we like her as she is.”
There’s a noise of agreement from your sister, and you turn to her. “Any input, Flan?”
“I like Marisa. She treats me like she treats everyone else— kind of like Reimu, only more blunt.”
“… That’s not usually a positive trait, dear.”
“I know. But….” She looks thoughtful. “She kind of reminds me of Papa.”
Your father? They both have that same flippant disregard for formality, and they’re both magnetically upbeat… yeah, you can see it. “So what is she to you? A surrogate father figure?” You ask jokingly as you take another sip.
“… Well, she has the chest for it.”
The fine cognac sprays across the table. “Excuse me?!”
Sakuya frowns. “Flandre, if you’re going to say things like that, wait until after he’s swallowed his drink. That’s expensive stuff.”
You whirl on her. “That’s what you’re taking issue with?!” You and Yukari are going to have a long talk on what she’s been putting in your sister’s head.
Giggling from the side distracts you, though, and as you watch Flandre laugh, you decide that maybe you’ll put it off for later.
“I’m not fidgeting, you are!”
It’s the evening of the party, and Remilia is now fussing over your outfit, as she has been for the last five minutes.
“Don’t be ridiculous. Your tie is crooked, and if you’d just let me fix it—“
“It’s not crooked, Remi!”
Your sister opens her mouth, then shuts it. “Fine, fine. I give up. Just stand behind the curtain, wait for your cue, and then walk onstage so that they can laugh at your tie.” With that, she turns and heads off. On a whim, you summon a water mirror, enchanted to show your reflection.
…She’s crazy. Your tie is perfectly fine.
About fifteen minutes later, the murmur of voices in the party room die down as your sister begins to speak. Lost in your thoughts, you’re only half listening to her grandiose speech.
“…And so I’d like to introduce to you my brother, Wallachia Émilien Scarlet!”
There’s your cue. You walk on out.
Wow, that’s a lot of women.
“Anything you’d like to say?” asks your sister. You nod, and look over the crowd.
“…It must have been hard for all of you, dealing with Remilia,” you say. You can feel Remi’s glare, and you just know she’ll get you back for that, but the hearty laughs from the crowd is worth it. “I don’t know how successful I’ll be, but I’ll try to reign her in.”
“Well, that’s enough out of him for now,” declares your sister. “Now it’s time for food and drink!”
Cheeky, but she seems to have successfully shifted the attention off of you. You guess you’ll mingle with the crowd.
Touhou Roll Call!
[x] Reimu! (miko time)
[x] Rinnosuke! (hi, dude)
[x] Yukari! (what a cool gal)
[x] Alternatively, pick a Touhou. (if it’s one we haven’t met in-story, describe their appearance)