You freeze, suppressing the fight or flight urge and stammering back a “Y-yeah, I’m okay…” to the girl, who sighs. It looks somewhat like relief, but you can tell from the look on her face that it’s not for your safety, just that dealing with an injured person was really not what she had in mind for her day, and by being okay, she now had no obligation to help you out at all. …well, at least that was better than her trying to kill you, or something.
“That’s good. …say, I don’t think I’ve seen you around these parts. Who’re you?” The girl asks, her expression and body position showing more that she was asking out of formality than true curiosity. Even though she probably wasn’t your tormentor, this girl really wasn’t the friendly type.
You stop, getting up, not really sure how to reply. “Uh…. I don’t really know, I guess. I just kinda… was here, and before, I was not.” You try to explain the best you can, though it doesn’t seem to appease her. The girl sighs with a look of dissatisfaction on her face. Now she had to go and actually TALK to you.
“Really? You should probably look around town, then. See if you know anyone.” The image of that girl’s face springs to mind again, and you shake your head quickly. The red-white seems to catch on. “Oh… is there someone you’re trying to avoid?” She asks. After your short reply, she sighs again. “Well… I guess I should help you out….”
Her tone seems to indicate that this is a horrid pain for her, and you’re not really sure what to say until she speaks up again, telling you to follow her. Not really sure what’s up with this weird girl, you do hat she says… not like you have any other real option other than wandering around lost.
After a few minutes of walking, you come out near the top of a mountain, with a small shrine sitting near the peak. You make sure to remember where the forest she found you in was at, just in case it was relevant later. “So… this is my home.” She tells you.
“You live in a shrine? So you’re a miko?” The information flows naturally out of you. It’s definitely not that you don’t know about things, but that you simply don’t remember the events of the past. Something that specific shouldn’t be in your memory if you had just now come into existence.
“Yeah… though not many people visit this shrine, which is why I was surprised to see you back there in the forest.” She explains. “I’m Hakurei Reimu, and this is the Hakurei Shrine.” She opens the door, heading in, and you can see just how bare it is as you slip you shoes off outside before entering.
It’s a large complex, enough for at least fifty people, but if the rest of the rooms are like the one you just stepped into, it’s bare of nearly all furniture and decorations. Seeing the look on your face, Reimu decides to explain. “I’m just about the only one here. My family… well, it should suffice to say I am the last of the Hakurei line.”
“I’m sorry.” You say, feeling guilty. It wasn’t like you wanted to bring up any bad memories or anything. Reimu looks a bit distressed for a second, before it’s pushed out of the way for her usual nondescript expression.
“Don’t be silly. It’s not like I really ever knew them that much, and they always stressed my duties as the shrine maiden more than me even being their daughter… though I don’t blame them. Not with how important the Hakurei line is to this world.” Reimu said. “I’m just fine being here by myself, though.”
You briefly wonder what to do - should you take her at her word and believe she's really okay? But you get the feeling she wouldn't take kindly to it even if you were to press the matter.
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