[x] Just clean up
Carrying the cleaning supplies back outside, I ran into Suika just outside the bathroom. She greeted me as though we hadn't seen each other in a long time.
“Oh hey Arc, how have you been? Keeping busy?”
“Been fine. And yes, a bit busy.”
“That girl interest you?”
“You mean Sanae?”
“She's a shrine maiden as well you know. Maybe.” She gave me the reason why her dress resembled Reimu's somewhat. “That shrine we went to? Hers.”
“Ah indeed.” She nodded, noticing the things I was carrying. “Working instead of having fun? I'm not paying you this time, you know. You should come drink with us.”
“Sorry, but like I said, I'm sort of busy.”
“That's ok. We're about done anyways over there. I think that the humans are about to pass out. A drink or two more, and they'll be out and sleeping peacefully.” She then added, sounding ambiguous, “We can have our own little celebration after that.”
“Eh? What do you mean?” I had assumed she was more or less sober, but I realized just how drunk she was. She was pacing in place, unable to stand completely still.
“You know... well, you'll know when you see it. If I'm not too tired that is.”
“Alright. Have fun then.”
“You too, but don't get carried away just because she shows off the same parts of her that Reimu does.”
I shook my head as I left her. As far as drunkards went she was coherent - she managed to keep great control of her speech regardless of how much she drank. The frightening thing about all this, I realized, is that I could tell just how far gone she was now. Months of spending time with her imprinted the subtleties of her inebriation. That wasn't something to be proud of.
“I'm back.” I announced softly. Sanae was still sitting in the same spot, clutching the coat tightly. She looked at me with a pained expression of worry. I answered the unspoken question casually while putting down the bucket, “I just went to get cleaning materials, nothing else.”
She thanked me in a low whisper, and I found myself looking away from her for some reason. It was much easier to lose myself in cleaning up than trying to understand the situation properly. I came to clean, so clean I did. Luckily there wasn't much to clean up. It had mostly gone to the ground without touching the wooden structure of the shrine. For the few spots on the wood that the vomit had reached I managed to scrub easily, leaving things like before. As far as I could tell anyways. It was dark back here and some spots might have been hidden by the night.
The water really helped. Virtually all of the expelled material was liquid and was absorbed into the earth. Applying water was enough to get rid of the strong smell coming from the dark patches of soil. It wasn't a perfect fix, but it was the best I could do with the materials at hand.
When I was done, I turned back to the girl. She was asleep again now, with a serene expression spread across her face. I accidentally woke her up as I took the cleaning material away. Finding myself forced into having to say something, I asked how she was doing, “Would you like to go back inside? It's chilly out here.”
“Ok.” Her voice was groggy, obviously she was feeling sleepy.
I had to help her walk along, supporting her by having her place her arm around me. It was better than when we had gone out, but was still a slow ordeal. Midway through she spoke again, not making herself very clear from the outset.
“Can we stop for a bit?”
“Feeling tired? It's just a bit more and then you'll be able to lie down.”
“I... don't want to lie down.” She spoke with anxiety in her voice.
“It's really cool outside though, you'll catch a cold if you stay as we were.”
“Um, it's not that.”
“Do you feel like throwing up again? Hang on, I'll go get the bucket.” I began to rush but she stopped me.
She leaned up against the wall, speaking while avoiding my gaze.
“I need to go.” She struggled to get the next sentence out, “I need to go to the bathroom.”
“Oh. Oh.” I felt awkward with her admission. I tried to not make a big deal out of it, “Of course, no problem, you have been drinking after all and-” I realized I had just made something of a deal about the subject. “Anyways, sorry. Let's go then.”
We walked to the bathroom together, at a quicker pace for her benefit. She was able to use the facilities with no incident by herself, so I was able to wait outside patiently She came out looking refreshed. And we went back together to the room without speaking to one another.
As I expected, she fell asleep again as soon as her head hit the futon. I was sitting at the same place as before, as unsure of what to do as then. It wasn't long before someone came in.
“Yo Arc. Wanna go home?” Suika made the offer casually.
“Is everyone leaving?”
“No, not really. Not everyone. Some will definitely spend the night. But we're done partying if that's what you're saying.”
“Ah, ok then.”
“You good to go? I promised auntie that I'd watch out for you, and it's no good if you sleep too late.”
“Right yeah, I'm good to go. Is Reimu around?”
“Sleeping. Looks like both shrine maidens had a full day.”
“Oh that's a shame.” I let out a loud yawn.
“So did you, huh? Alright, let's go before you fall asleep on me.”
So she said.
But going home was something of a blur. I'd gotten there before I realized it, probably because my mind was basically asleep.
My mind woke up as I went inside though.
Auntie had waited for me, a worried look crossed her face. As she saw me her expressions cycled in rapid succession between relief and disciplinary sternness. Suika probably caused the relief to triumph in her. The oni exchanged a few happy words with my auntie before saying goodnight and leaving.
“Suika said that you were in good company the whole day, but you had me worried.” She confessed, acting softer than I would have expected her to. I had stayed out late before, but for some reason I had always expected her to be very cross with me the day I stayed out without warning her first. “No one had seen you in the village since morning, and you know how a million and one things can happen if you're out there.”
“Sorry about that. But I was fine, really.”
“You don't look so fine. You look really tired. Something happened, didn't it?”
“It's late, that's all.”
“Then what about that stain on your shirt there?”
“Hm?” I looked at where she pointed. It was vomit. I hadn't noticed in the dark but it looked like Sanae had hit me after all.
“I know that you're all grown up now but I still worry about you, you know.”
I felt that at any time she was going to remind me of how I spent so much time with her as a child, clinging to her like there was no separating us. I liked spending time with her, and she liked spending time with me. As we grew up though, we drifted apart. Maybe it was because of all the teasing she got from her friends. Or maybe she realized that I needed my own space. I never had spoken to her about that, or even why she did what she did after that incident...
In any case, she looked at me expectantly. I was really tired. I had to get some sleep, any sleep, if I had to get up before dawn.
 Tell auntie about today to put her at ease
 Give her a vague answer and go get some rest
(you may want to specify which portions should be shared and if certain parts should be changed or omitted, the tone also might matter)
This may also be the last update for today as I'll be quite busy in a couple of hours.