I could do a Q&A thing here, but that was something I used to make WA more interesting. ...Not like this couldn't use it.
[X]How to go about it?
-[x] Perhaps offer the help them as one outsider to another, then go on from there.
-[x] Inquire as to how they managed to enter Gensokyo
The first thing that comes to mind is perhaps seeing if they need help from one outsider to another, but seeing as the Yukari lookalike is currently speaking with Keine I have to wonder if it's really necessary. ...Then again, since when have I ever done things on a strictly necessary basis? Either way, my curiosity won't be sated until I speak with those two so I start walking over to them. The brunette spots me and points Nari and I out to her friend, who in turn regards us with an inquisitive eye.
"Wow, another outsider? I thought we were the only ones who managed to survive here." Honestly, if she had a fan in hand and a parasol on her shoulder she'd be a dead ringer for the gap youkai. Yet she has a decidedly 'human' aspect Yukari lacks. "I guess I'm getting a bit ahead of myself, my name is Maribel Han, and that's my friend, Renko Usami. I assume you're Wade?" If nothing else, that caught my attention in a hurry.
"I am. How'd you-?" This is already weird enough as it is. I raise an eyebrow at her recognition of me since I'm not exactly what you'd call famous, and certainly not a noteworthy individual outside Gensokyo.
"Know? I've seen you before in my dreams. You have the ability to reshape your body at will, right?" Under any other context that could be taken in ways that are entirely incorrect. If it weren't for the fact that I was physically, or spiritually, present in this sealed fantasy land when I was asleep I wouldn't be able to- ...Wait.
"Yeah. Or, that was a trick of mine. I used to be some kind of..." I struggle to find the words to explain it. An extension of my soul manages to wander out of my body, through the boundary of dream and reality, and does its own thing. I suppose calling it a half-ghost would be a possible explanation, but that doesn't really make sense either. "If you want to hear it, can we sit down for this? This'll take a while to explain." Nari's being surprisingly quiet throughout this, though I can see that she's observing them with a curious glint in her eye. I hope she's not going to cause trouble...
"Certainly! We're the sole two members of the Ghostly Field Club, an occult club that deals with paranormal activity and Gensokyo. This sort of thing would be really interesting, especially since you don't look Japanese at all. North American maybe? You've got the build for it." She's good at this. She ends up leading us to a nearby cafe after bidding Keine farewell and saying thank you for the help, then sits herself and her friend down.
Nari and I follow suit, and I'm still at an impasse as to how to go about explaining what I was. I certainly don't know and never bothered to ask those who might know. "You've got it right. North American, west coast. I can take a wild stab at this and assume that you already know my next question." Since she's guessed it right once, I have to think she could do so again with relative ease.
"That would be... 'How can I tell?', wouldn't it?" She then calls a waiter over and places an order, then said waiter moves to each of us in term. Ultimately I'm the only one who didn't order anything, but I'm not really in need of food or drink right at the moment. "I've traveled all over the world when I was younger, and I managed to remember the structure of the people of every single nation. It's quite the feat and it might seem useless, but I find it interesting. Also, Renko, nobody's going to bite so why not talk?"
"You're not exactly giving anyone the opportunity. Besides, you're already asking all the interesting questions." Or maybe she's not that talkative. ...No, she'd probably be content to chat my ear off just as readily as Maribel, it's just that Maribel is beating her to the punch. "But since there's a lull... How'd you get here?" That last one is directed at me. "Maribel can see tears in the boundary, so I'd have to assume you have a similar ability."
"And that's a story that's simultaneously too long and too short. I don't think you'll settle for the cliff's notes version, yet I don't want to take up too much time." I think I can explain this now. It was a shameless stall though. "Basically, I, or rather, my mind, somehow crossed the border between dreams and reality in my sleep through Lucid Dreaming. From there I started to explore Gensokyo every night since I wasn't able to stop after that point. That's where it gets even more unbelievable."
"Do tell." With the way she's holding her head up on the back of her hands and the way she's looking at me, I'd have to assume I'm talking to Yukari. I really should get off that line of thought before it becomes a problem.
"Basically, my soul was shattered by the creator of the dream world, who happens to be a demon by the name of Gengetsu. From there I started to lose my sense of self until I reached some kind of critical state, and from there an oni by the name of Suika Ibuki decided to put me back together." I can't decide if their looking at each other is a point of interest or not, but I wouldn't blame them for not believing me. Even I have a hard time believing all this since I've come out of it so far ahead. "That's the point I was able to change my shape since I wasn't restricted by a physical body. After that it was mostly the work of those I befriended that lead to me being able to go back to being a physical being, and the work of someone quite close to me that lead to me becoming a permanent resident."
"That's still s gross oversimplification, isn't it?" There we go. I figured it'd be impossible for her to leave something like this alone.
"You know Yukari, when you impersonate people you should match their eye color." It seems the gap youkai didn't check her own eye color before taking Maribel's place. The possibility of the two being the same person flew out the window once I spotted the real Han a few feet away from us, though that didn't stop it from being a surprise for Renko.