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After a few long moments of consideration, you decide that with another shipment coming today, your vested interest in the days events is enough to justify medication, even with your relatively good state of health. It's only the work of a moment to break the ornamental top off the vial, as before, and drink the fluid inside, and immediately feel the effects, even as you know the aftereffects will be unpleasant. That is a concern for tomorrow, however. Health: 97/100
The first order of business after that is to summon maids to bring breakfast, in effort to stave off any early morning accidents on the spider and witch's part, though with her not being bound, you don't doubt that she would be perfectly capable of waking and defending herself. You limit yourself to a piece of fruit, to settle the nausea that is from last night's indulgence and not part of your illness, and move aside a bit. You take a moment to cast your mind out, checking on the golem you left outside, ignoring the few metal ones you seem to have left without orders about Eientei, which have apparently been moved out behind the building at some point. You aren't able to tell much, but it seems like it has taken some damage, one eye has been shattered away, and there are a number of cracks along its form, with bullets embedded harmlessly in its bulk. It seems like nobody has yet gotten the nerve up to stick a hand into its mouth to clean out the worst of the dried-on gore. Well, something interesting has happened thereabouts, anyway. You turn your mind back to the present and address a different golem.
"I don't suppose you have come to any decisions about your new form?" You ask, and Porphyrion rouses himself from his deep contemplation.
"... As it happens, I have reached a decision, yes. I believe I would like to try out a female body, as it happens." Porphyrion says simply, even as your eyebrow rises. "I have already had many decades to experience maleness, as it happens."
"And you were not satisfied with it?" You ask, only mildly curious.
"No, it was fulfilling enough." Porphyrion denies. "Though I bear some regrets, that I was not given Hebe as promised in particular. I suspect Alcyoneus bears similar lingering sentiment, that he was not delivered Artemis for his part."
"Then I suppose the likelihood of sterility will be of little concern to you." You say aloud, thoughtfully. "And in any case, it leaves less concern of you attempting to force yourself upon a woman, a trespass which would likely be punished most harshly."
"Tewi has been sighted, and she is approaching the gate with your shipment." Koakuma says, weaving herself into the conversation.
"Very good, it saves me a trip. We can determine further details later." You say, moving already, portalling to the grounds rather than bother with the hallways and doors. "Collect the medicine and store it." You order, as the gatekeeper grudgingly lets Tewi through, heavy box on one shoulder.
"Tewi." You say simply. "There have been some modifications to the truck. I'm fairly sure I don't know what most of them are."
"Huh. Let's have a look, then." The rabit says, shoving the box of medicine off on the succubus as she follows you to the storage shed.
"There was mention of armor plating, and converting the engine to run on water..." You say, as Tewi moves in and immediately opens up the front of the vehicle, thickness of the replacement material around the engine readily apparent.
The rabbit hops up to balance on her hands and lean over, before floating in midair and going a little further inside to inspect and poke at things. After a few minutes, she pulls back out, smiling, and slams it shut again.
"Yep." She says simply. "I have no idea what's going on in there, and it'll probably give people who know lots about cars or normal science headaches. Pretty sure there's some cheating going on, with magic, but it's really hard to be certain. Kappa work?"
"Yes, actually." You say.
"Figures. They're hardly ones to let little things like sanity, or inconvenient laws of physics, get in the way of their fun." The rabbit replies, opening up a door and moving inside the truck interior to rustle through things. "They probably left a manual... yeah, here it is."
You peer inside to see a small opened compartment with gloves and assorted loose papers, and that Tewi has begun flipping through and skimming a thick... you would call it a manual, you suppose, except that it's closer to a stack of papers with holes in it, tied together and hand-written, and with casually doodled illustrations. There is also a new row of colored buttons, and many of the various levers and things seem subtly different.
"Speedometer is set up so it looks like we can hit about three times previous top speed, that's neat." Tewi says. "And yeah, should take water just like it would have gas, before. With you able to make that out of nothing at a whim, that'll save some time and money. Oh hey, she stuck some of that optical camouflage in. That should be fun. Looks like it's an experiment though, there's a note to let her know if it breaks, and how, so she can fix it."
"I see." You say. "In any case..." You say, with some slight hesitance.
"Do not touch this button." Tewi says, pointing at a red one. Her finger shifts towards another red one, this time with a transparent case securely over it, which would have to be moved out of the way to get at it. "Or this one. They're seat-ejection and the self-destruct systems."
"... Why would they even need to-"
"Kappa." Tewi explains simply. "You might want to try browbeating her into taking that back out, yeah. Anyway, you were saying something."
"Yes... I have sufficient cause to suspect that someone I know.. harbors interest that I am uncertain... how to gently rebuff, if it comes to that." You say, putting it in as vague terms as possible.
"That puppeteer?" Tewi says after a moment of thought.
"Ah? No, that's not-"
"Because I've heard rumors, but I kind of doubted it, yeah. All kinds of weird rumors about who's hooking up with who, and who's giving who eyes. I'd guess your succubus, but that's pretty obvious, and I don't think you'd be worried about letting her down gently." Tewi says.
"... Yes, well." You mumble awkwardly.
"Don't really know who sees you enough to get a crush, though." The rabbit continues. "Might be the vampire, since if you didn't want to spend a few nights there now and again, you'd have to be careful not to get thrown out out of spite, hm. Probably not the maid, she seems pretty well fixated on the vampire, whether it's romantic or not. Huh... Hey, no, don't tell me it's seriously Marisa you're talking about?" She finishes with a grin.
Your frown answers the question for you before you can stop it.
"Heh. The witch crushing on you, and you're trying to find a way to dodge it." Tewi says in amusement. "That's... pretty much the exact opposite of the usual rumors about you two."
"What." You say flatly.
"Don't worry about it, people just gossip, and if there's no real interesting things happening they make stuff up." Tewi says flippantly. "My next guess was going to be whichever kappa fiddled with this thing, though I guess that would have been a long shot, but pretty much everyone after that would be even longer. So how'd you figure this out?"
"I didn't." You say shortly. "And I am not completely certain it is the case, but it is the shrine maiden's conclusion. I am unwilling to dismiss her intuition out of hand."
"Yeah, guess that's a point." The rabbit admits.
"In any case, I would not have even had that conversation, had I not used her current state of employ in my service as an excuse to visit the shrine's hot springs again." You point out.
".. So, she's inside here, right now." Tewi says, suddenly seeming significantly less amused at the potential infatuation to be dealt with. "How'd that happen?"
"It's a rather long story, but it sums up to be that she found numerous articles of certain clothing missing, and somehow came to the conclusion that I was responsible for the matter." You say wryly. "And so came with some minor desperation to have them returned. She was disappointed to learn I did not have them in my possession, but was by that point amenable to negotiations regarding alternate means to restore her full modesty. It was really a stroke of luck, as I certainly wouldn't have thought of doing such a thing myself, but cannot deny that her services, although temporary, have proven to be of some minor use already."
"Yeah. Lucky." Tewi says blankly. "I'm sure that's exactly what whoever stole those bloomers had in mind."
You decide not to mention that you hadn't specified exactly what had been stolen, as Tewi shakes her head.
"Anyway... I guess I'm not really the best person to ask about this. What I do when that happens, and I'm not interested in playing along with them, is just ignore things as long as possible, then skip town for a few years, maybe a decade or two, to let things cool down." The rabbit admits, scratching the back of her head awkwardly. "They've usually moved on by then, and it's hard for people to track me down if I really don't want to be followed. I've only been in the habit of having maybe three or four decade long flings, too, but usually only for a few months or years... not really relationships, as such. Usually humans, though, so that's a part of it, they're usually dead three or four decades into things. You'd probably be better asking someone else about this, because I can't see that working out all too well for you, what with the huge library and all, and not just owning enough to fit in your pockets or a sack."
"I suppose you may be right." You say after a minute. "... I can trust you to be discreet about this, of course?"
"Hey, I don't plan to go rambling about private stuff like this." Tewi says, waving it off. "Nobody's hearing it from me. But nevermind that, got a plan for the day?"
"I've been considering making it a trip to Europe, and there is... a matter I would like to have Koakuma attend to Outside, among other things." You reply, thinking. "I am... not entirely sure I am comfortable with leaving Marisa with free run of the Archive, however." You admit.
"... Bring her along." Tewi says after a minute, seeming disgruntled and mildly irritated about the decision. "No telling what she'll get up to if you just leave her dusting candles all day. May as well have someone along to carry bags, I guess, if nothing else. Taking the succubus too?"
"I have some concerns about if she'll be noticed going through the Shrine, but there should be preparations in place for a semi-permanent portal, during or following this outing." You say.
"Yeah, not sure Reimu really cares much about what gets done outside, so long as it doesn't come to trouble her later." Tewi says. "So she'd probably let her slide even if she does get noticed, but you could always do the other thing too, in case. Or you could do that thing from before, where she wasn't there one second, then was, all tied up? How's that work?"
"I can call her to my side like that, yes. It... hm. It functions very much as though I partway dismiss her from this plane of existence, but not entirely, and then re-summon her from the in-between state at my current position." You say, thinking.
"Yeah, I guess the idea is still to not punch holes in the barrier, but any idea if that would dodge it?" Tewi asks.
"I'm afraid I have no idea." You admit. "In theory, it shouldn't, as there was no mention of such on any instances when I was forced to re-summon her inside the Barrier. Of course, Ran might simply have not bothered to bring it up, and I don't believe I've attempted this sort of thing before." It would likely dodge any connections being made if she happened to get more ravenous than you would prefer, of course, and you do recall that Albus was rather alarmed at her nature.
"Not going to get changed or anything?" The rabbit suggests, almost-innocently.
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