[X]Byakuren still looks a little unnerved...
-[X]If there's time, see what Shinki glanced at me for.
Out of all of them, I think Byakuren needs someone to talk to the most. She doesn't seem entirely comfortable about the position she's in and it seems that Yukari's going to force her hand in this, which is contrary to what the gap youkai said earlier. Personally I think the odds are good that Yukari will let Byakuren sit this one out if she so chooses. At least, I hope she does. I follow her until she chooses one particular door, then stop at the doorway instead of simply intruding. "Byakuren?" I knock on the wall since the door's open. I think she knows I'm here but has chosen to ignore me until I make a proper entrance.
"Feel free to come in." Byakuren's already kneeling on the floor in prayer, though she spares me a glance to ensure that she acknowledged my existance. "Is there anything you need?"
"Not need per say, I'm just concerned." I choose to sit cross-legged in front of her while Nari looks around the room for anything interesting. "You don't seem comfortable about this."
She looks down at the ground when she hears that and does not meet my eyes when she speaks. "No, I am not. Yukari has gathered us all here to drown you in physical pleasure. I do not need to specify why I have a problem with that." Right, her teachings. Buddhism, like a few other religions, kind of forbids just banging anyone anytime they want soley for enjoyment. Usually there's some kind of requirement before it becomes okay, such as matrimony or true love. Since I don't feel much for Byuakuren, this would be in violation of her beliefs and teachings if she were to agree to it anyways. Actually, the same goes for Suika and Yuyuko. Sure I owe the little oni a lot, perhaps even my life, but she's more a friend to me than a potential lover. Yuyuko strikes me as someone who would rather be playful around me than actually go through with the act.
Then there's Shinki, whom I've seem to have fallen for hook, line, and sinker. The funny thing is that I doubt she was even aiming for me since the first time we had sex she was drunk off her ass and mind-fucked by Koishi. In fact, I was certain that I wouln't see her again after that since we basically didn't know anything about each other. Yet now that I've met her again, I find that I actually missed her...
Byakuren's quiet laugh breaks me out of my train of thought, and I give her a confused look since I can't understand what could possibly be funny about this. "My apologies, I was merely contemplating how you grew quiet once you started thinking about this from my point of view." I notice she's not kneeling anymore, but sitting cross-legged like I am. "If it were only Yukari, I would not object to her since my feelings for her still run deep. Or perhaps even if it were Yukari and Shinki. But I do not have feelings for Suika, Yuyuko, or Ran, and feel that having intercourse with them would be in violation of my beliefs. Yukari most likely plans to have us all violate you at once. While you are a kind man..." Of all the things she could possibly have done right then, kissing me on the lips was not one of the thing I would have considered. She takes on a saddened look once she breaks away, and I note that there didn't seem to be anything there. "...I simply don't feel that way about you. I can't help but think that it's mutual."
"So..." For the first time in a long while, I'm at a complete loss for words. I was thinking about arguing that having sex with those you love would not be considered a sin, but she seems to understand that already. My arguement was crushed before it even got out of the hangar.
Byakuren lifts my head up with one hand so she can look me directly in the eye. "There's someone else you want to see, isn't there?" And she gets it bang on. "I'm fine now, I'm sure Yukari will listen to me so long as I speak to her. Now go. While it was nice of you, I'm not the one you should be speaking to right now." With that dismissal, I stand back up and beckon to Nari, who seems rather bored. I thought she'd be annoyed with Byakuren kissing me like that...
Now there's just one tiny problem... Where is Shinki? I recall where she had walked off to but that won't help. "Nari, could you smell where Shinki is?"
The Bakeneko regards me with little more than a sigh before walking off in the direction the makai goddess had previously walked. I hope I'm not annoying her too much with all this... "Don't worry. I know you're not going to leave me, and I can't change how you feel about the others."
I give her a slightly bewildered look before remembering something. "Shikigami bond, duh. Of course you can feel that." I almost facepalm for forgetting something like that, though I manage to avoid doing so.
"I couldn't hear exactly what you were so worried about, but it doesn't take a brian sergeon to figure out that you were worried about what I think about this." Nari decided to smile through this conversation, and it's a real one. She means what she says... "The makai goddess is through this door. I'll wait out here for you. You've got fourty-five minutes."
I open the door and step through without another word. This is probably quite rude since I don't know what state of dress Shinki is in right now or if she even wants me to come in here with her, but I do so anyways. Apparently she decided to sit on the bed in this particular guest bedroom, and it's also quite dark. If it weren't for her glowing eyes and wings the odds are very good I would have missed her entirely. "Shikni?" I step toward the bed with some hesitation since I can't tell what mood she's in right now.
"I'm here Wade. ...Can we hug?" Now she's throwing out enough light to illuminate herself and part of the room, and I see that her arms are spread wide. I walk towards her, get onto the bed, and embrace her. She then gently pushes me down onto the soft bed before speaking again. "May I have you first...?"
Will this lead to what you expect?