Oh sure, gang up on me why don't you?
Though now that you've actually made a half-decent case on the matter I may very well do a Merlin H-scene. Even though this thread was supposed to be the clean one, and another was supposed to be opened in /at/ for all the smut, but I think that idea died when I wrote the Ran tail scene in this one.
Though I do have a rough idea of what to do with it.
There's still time before the fireworks start, but Merlin insists that we stay on this pillar so we have the best possible view of the show. Of course, I already know that's unlikely to remain the case seeing as the pillar's shape, color, and size are consistant with a certain angry peach hat, and that she's very likely to kick us off, perhaps literally, before the show starts. It's not enough of a reason for Merlin to stop laying on me or even to look worried when Tenshi finally hops on top of the pillar and gives the two of us a death glare.
"And just what are the two of you doing here?" Sure enough, I can hear her brandishing her sword at us as she approaches. She's still got the hat on, and a yukata that matches her hair, along with large white cloth ribbon thing that has different colored tassles hanging off it that are arranged in the order of lowest energy visible light to the highest. The material appears to be a silky material, though it must be tougher than usual given how unrefined Tenshi can be sometimes. "Ugh, a date? You're practically begging me to beat the crap out of you." Despite her words, Tenshi doesn't act on them and instead chooses to remain passive for now.
"Oh, this isn't a natural thing?" Merlin perks up when she picks up on the idea that this actually belongs to Tenshi rather than being a convenient formation of rock for us to cuddle on.
"Of course it isn't you ditz! Do you really think random pillars of rock just pop up out of nowhere?" The celestial's taken a seat next to me despite her clear disapproval of the poltergiest musician cuddling with me. Of course, that could have something to do with the fact that Tenshi never quite got the idea that I don't 'belong' to her in her head and gets annoyed whenever I spend time with another female. It's her problem though, I only made it painfully clear that I didn't like her that way and likely never would yet she insists on pursuing me.
"Weirder things have happened." Merlin seems to be oblivious to Tenshi's displeasure, or is otherwise just flat out ignoring it. At the rate this is going I'm pretty sure Tenshi's going to launch us off the pillar in as violent a way as she can manage without permanently damaging me. I can recover from some pretty serious wounds, but losing a limb outright is just bad for my health no matter how you slice it.
"Ah, there you are Eldest Daughter." Iku's head peeks over the edge of the pillar, and her body follows suit. She's also wearing a nice scarlet yukata with white frills to match her scarf, and I get the impression that it took some convincing from Tenshi to get her to actually wear it. Unlike the peach hat, Iku is far more refined and rarely wears anything other than her usual outfit. "Why are you- oh."
"I think she's jealous." Four little words that set the celestial's eye twitching. Iku merely gives a silent prayer before Tenshi launches Merlin and I clear out into the woods, well away from the festival. This isn't a good thing seeing as even though I'm powerful, I'm still human and the more animal-like and child-like youkai eat humans. And the plants? They eat and rape everything. It's a little like Silent Hill 2 in that regard, except I have my girlfriend and I'm not being followed around by a blood-stained Pyramid Head.
Well, there's also the matter of mister ground coming to meet mister face, but that problem is solved long before it goes critical. I basically sprout a jetpack and fly down to the ground with Merlin clinging to me the whole time. It's a nice feeling though...
"This sucks, the trees almost completely block the view..." First thing Merlin talks about is the lack of view, but my worries are a little more immediate.
"I think we ought to worry more about the fact that we're probably at least a mile into the forest." I can tell because the air is absolutely saturated in magic, which means I'll have no trouble fighting whatever comes our way. Of course that means I have to actually see what's coming so I can fight it without being back attacked and taken out in one go.
"What?!" That little revelation causes Merlin to almost shout, but she catches herself and simply clings to me instead. If I'm going to have problems fighting whatever's in here, then Merlin will end up faring much worse. "Why does Tenshi have to be such an asshole? She didn't need to launch us clear into the center of the forest!"
"Beats me, though we're not in the center by a long shot. If we were we'd be much worse off, and the forest itself would probably look much different than it does now." At this point you can gauge your distance into the forest by how thick the magic is, but from what I've learned the forest changes the further in you go to a much more frightening place than the usual where even the trees move like living things despite being made of wood. Strangely enough it's impossible to get that far in by the air, so we're realtively safe unless we head the wrong way and accidentally go into the deeper recesses on foot. Thankfully I think I know where to go and as such start walking that way. And preparing for the worst in case things go south.
Of course, we could just FLY back. I facepalm for forgetting this little fact and simply fly up with Merlin and head back to the festival, just a few minutes before the show starts.
"That killed the mood." She's flying under her own power, but still clings to me. "You're strong enough to wipe out anything you come across, yet you choose the easy way out? Don't you know a couples bond grows more when confronted with that sort of thing?"
"I'm pretty sure I couldn't kill an entire living forest, and even if I could I'd have to deal with Yuuka right afterwards which would kill the mood and possibly me, which would be even worse." I touch down a small ways outside the festival since Merlin did want to watch the fireworks away from the crowds, and this little spot in the forest has a nice view of the chunk of sky people were going to shoot them into.
"I know... But a little excitement gets the blood flowing, gets some excitement going. Excitement is a good thing remember?" She lets go and takes a few steps forward, right into a suspiciously slimy patch of mud that sure as hell wasn't there a few seconds ago. "I suppose I should clean this off before we get home, big sis won't like it if I track mud through the house again."
Despite the fact that there was that one muddy spot, nothing jumped us or tangled us in its tentacles so we simply moved spots. Quite honestly I wish Yuuka weren't so punishing about killing flowers, sometimes I think the rapist flora come into bloom specifically to make their death a double edge for whomever bests them. Though if anything does try to rape Merlin, it'll get a massive drill to the face.
"I really wish you wouldn't take this so lightly Merlin, I don't want to see something just arbitrarily rape you while I can't do anything to help." My concern is genuine, but Merlin giggles anyway.
"Silly, if anything really bad happens I'll just make the both of us incorporeal and escape that way. You shouldn't have to worry about me anywhere near as much as I worry about you in these situations." Duh, poltergiest. Of course she's got the full scope of ghostly powers at her disposal. "You're still human."
"That doesn't stop me from doing so. This place seems safe enough, should we watch from here?" The view isn't quite as good, but there's not much I can do other than demolish a few of the trees and potentially alert something nasty to our presence.
"This'll work just fine." Surprisingly, Merlin gives in easier than I expected, and proceeds to snuggle with me for a minute or so...