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145333 No. 145333
"Welcome home," she said. "I hope you didn't have too much trouble finding your way back here~"

I stared blankly at the blond-haired demon of a woman for a few moments.

"I hate you... so fucking much."

Yukari gave me the most beautiful smile, as if I had just confessed my unending love to her.

"Did you know that you look so cute when you're angry? It's like I'm falling in love with you all over again!"

"Shut the hell up, you old hag!"

"Ara? But I did provide you another option. Gensokyo isn't so bad you know... not when you're under my protection, anyway~"

She gave me the most seductive wink. I clicked my tongue in irritation.

"And spend the rest of my life as your pawn? I'm not foolish enough to trust myself to the Master of Boundaries!"

I raised my hand and pointed angrily at her.

"Even if I have to fumble in the dark a thousand times, I'll find the truth and destroy this 'fake paradise' with my own hands!"

"Fake paradise?" she said. Her smile began to disappear. "Don't tell me that you still believe that this is some sort of dream?"

"Only a mind as twisted as yours could consider this place anything other than a nightmare."

"..."

She sighed and shook her head. For just a moment, I saw a tinge of sadness in her eyes.

"Is that so," whispered Yukari. "I guess it can't be helped then."

She waved her hand lazily, and suddenly I found myself falling into the darkness once again. I grit my teeth and prepared for the worst. I'll surely uncover the truth behind this cursed place and return to the real world. I'll definitely return home.

Definitely.

[ ] Hakurei Shrine
[ ] Human Village
[ ] Forest of Magic

>> No. 145334
[x] Human Village

I'll give you some fuel.
>> No. 145336
[X] Human Village

I have no idea what's going on. Lets change that.
>> No. 145337
[X] Forest of Magic

MC sounds like Battler. A lot like Battler.
>> No. 145339
[x] Hakurei Shrine
>> No. 145340
[X] Human Village

I'm sure MC is tired of dealing with demons and such. Let us meet some honest folk of the earth.
>> No. 145341
"The rules are simple," Yukari said. "All you need to do to return home is collect cards for me."

"Cards? You mean, playing cards?"

"Of course not. I need you to obtain something far more valuable. It wouldn't be worth it to me, otherwise."

She pulled out a handful of strangely designed cards from her dress.

"Almost every inhabitant of Gensokyo has a chance of dropping these. All you have to do is turn in 100 of these cards and I'll send you back to your own world. Do you understand?"

I shook my head, confused.

"So you're asking me to steal these cards from people?" I asked.

She smiled cheerfully.

"Of course not," said Yukari. "If it was that easy, then what would I need you for? These cards only appear under special conditions. And for some reason, Outsiders have a certain knack when it comes to this type of task."

"Outsiders?"

"That's what we call those who come from other worlds - Outsiders."

"I see. Then what exactly do I need to do to make these cards appear?"

Her smile widened and her eyes sparkled. A chill ran down my spine.

"The first method is quite simple - all you have to do is weaken their bodies until they can no longer move. Bludgeon them. Burn them. Beat them senseless if you have to. This would force the card out so you can take it."

"... are you serious, Yukari?"

"The second method is a bit more difficult - you need to weaken their hearts until they can no longer contain their feelings. Make them fall in love with you. The card will be released at the moment they lose the will to resist."

"Wait, what?" I said. "You've gotta be kidding me!"

Needless to say, she threw me into Gensokyo right after that. And I've been searching for cards for Yukari ever since. I can't even remember how many times I've been forced to do this shit.

Oh yeah. Did I mention that I hate this girl so fucking much?

Select up to 3 Cards
[ ] Sakuya
[ ] Youmu
[ ] Wriggle
[ ] Komachi
[ ] Nitori
[ ] Parsee
[ ] Unzan
[ ] Shanghai
[ ] Tewi
[ ] Chen
>> No. 145342
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145342
[x] Human Village

"Hey! Are you alright? Can you hear me?"

I slowly opened my eyes and found a beautiful girl with dazzling silver hair looking over me. She wore a blue dress with white short sleeves, and a cute red ribbon tied to the bottom of her collar.

"Ugh," I muttered. "Damn, my head really hurts."

"Ah! Is that so? Well, then."

Before I could say anything, she drew closer and put one of her soft hands on my forehead to check my temperature. Her sweet scent wafted into my nostrils. I turned away slightly to hide my embarrassment. After a few moments, she let go with a sigh of relief.

"It doesn't seem like you have a fever. Are you feeling any pain anywhere?

"Just my head," I answered. "It really hurts every time I try to think hard about something."

"Hmm. Then it's that then, isn't it."

"Eh? Hey, wait a sec-"

The girl suddenly lowered herself, closed her eyes gently, and gave me a soft kiss upon my forehead. It felt warm and comfortable. And for some reason, my headache began to vanish. In its stead was a soothing calmness that I haven't felt for a long time.

"Does your head feel better now?"

I nodded slightly.

"It feels a lot better now. Thanks, Kei- err... thanks, Miss."

I forced an awkward smile and slowly sat myself up. I almost got careless there. This was a different world, after all. In this place, I hadn't yet met up with Keine and the others. I had better avoid my mistake of alerting them too early. At least, not until I've come up with a new plan.

"Your welcome," she said, smiling cheerfully. "You look a lot better now. Are you headed to the Human Village?"

The Human Village? I took a moment to recall what I remembered. The village and the area around it was protected by Keine and the others. It was among the rare safe havens in Gensokyo, and it was a good place to gather information. I had better not waste this chance.

"That's right," I said. "I got lost on the way there and have been wandering around ever since. Would you mind leading me there?"

"Of course," she said. "By the way, my name is Keine Kamishirasawa. What's yours?"

I scratched my head as I told her my name. No matter how many times I've done it, it still felt strange to introduce myself to someone I already knew. Keine was one of the few inhabitants of Gensokyo that I could trust. She had saved me several times before. If only, I could tell her.

"Hmm? Were you about to say something just now?"

"It was nothing, really. Just that..."

[ ] "It isn't every day that I wake up with a beautiful girl by my side."
[ ] "You somehow remind me of someone I used to know."
[ ] "I'm really glad to see you, Keine."
[ ] "Your hat looks really stupid."
[ ] "Never mind, forget it."
>> No. 145343
[x] Youmu
[x] Komachi
[x] Tewi

[x] "It isn't every day that I wake up with a beautiful girl by my side."
>> No. 145344
[x] Unzan
[x] Shanghai
[x] Chen

[x] "I'm really glad to see you, Keine."

>"Ara?
Please dont use that phrase. Ever.
>> No. 145345
[x]

"I loathe Yukari with the unending fury of a thousand suns."
>> No. 145351
[X] "It isn't every day that I wake up with a beautiful girl by my side."

[X]Sakuya
[X]Youmu
[X]Shanghai

Seriously though, anyway else get some slight TWGOK vibes when Yukari said about making them fall in love? Already picturing our MC as Katsuragi...
>> No. 145359
[x] Shanghai
[x] Wriggle
[x] Parsee

Is this going to be like the world god only knows, where we use meta knowledge to our advantage....awesome!
>> No. 145360
[x] Sakuya
[x] Youmu
[x] Wriggle

[x] "You somehow remind me of someone I used to know."
>> No. 145361
[x] "Your hat looks really stupid."
[x] Tewi

Admirably straightforward.
>> No. 145362
>>145337
>>145351
Katsuragi Battler?

Flip the chessboard, play an FPS?
>> No. 145363
[x] Sakuya
[x] Youmu
[x] Parsee

[x] "You somehow remind me of someone I used to know.
>> No. 145366
[X] Parsee
[X] Unzan
[X] Tewi
[X] "You somehow remind me of someone I used to know."

Too bad he seems to have none of Keima's finesse. Looks like we'll have to win them over with overwhelming badassery and manliness.
>> No. 145368
[x] "You somehow remind me of someone I used to know."

"Eh?" said Keine. "I'm sorry, but have we met somewhere before?"

I stared straight into those deep brown eyes and understood immediately. Right now, this girl was looking at a stranger whom she had never met before. I sighed to myself and shook my head.

"Never mind. I just thought that you looked like a cute girl I once knew in the past."

Keine began to blush a cute pink.

"Huh? What are you saying!?" she stammered. "Stop joking around! It's not like I'm really that cute, or anything."

Joking? What was she going on about?

"I wasn't joking. I was just stating a plain fact. This is something that even I can't deny."

"Eh? Really? But, that is..."

Keine didn't say anything for a while. She clutched at her skirt nervously as she turned her eyes away. This scene seemed familiar, for some reason. Oh wait! Did I just say something that could be dangerously misconstrued? I had better set everything straight right away to prevent another incident!

"Now please don't misunderstand. I didn't really mean anything by that. Like I was saying, you just reminded me of someone important to me. Someone really close to me."

And with that, this misunderstanding would surely be prevented. I smiled at myself for my quick thinking and genius. It was almost scary to think that I could see so many steps ahead in this game.

"..."

Keine opened her mouth slightly, as if to say something. Then, she closed her mouth and quickly turned away.

"Never mind!" cried Keine suddenly. "Let's just leave it at that and head to the village, for now."

We didn't say a word to each other after that. And when we finally arrived at the Human Village, she turned around, muttered something about having an urgent errand to do and left me at the entrance before I could say anything. Did I make her angry somehow? I scratched my head, confused.

"Well, it isn't like I'd ever consider Keine as a target," I thought aloud. "Not after everything she has done for me..."

That was right. Keine was always there at the end of-

"Oomph!"

Suddenly, I felt something child-sized slam right into my stomach. I writhed in pain, cursing silently at Gensokyo for the lack of traffic lights. Then, I opened my eyes to see a short girl in a pink frilly dress straddling my waist.

"Hey! You still alive, human?"

"What the.. hell?" I managed.

The girl had black shoulder-length hair and a pair of white fluffy rabbit ears. A youkai rabbit from Eientei? Without warning, she bent down and sniffed at my chest.

"That's unusual," she whispered. "You're a surprisingly lucky guy, aren't you? Especially with the ladies, it seems."

"TEWI! COME BACK HERE!"

"And that's my cue to skedaddle. Later, human!"

I blinked. In the next moment, she was gone. I blinked again. Then something like a nurse in a red and blue uniform flew past me. It disappeared before I could get a better look, but I had a vague idea of what was going on. The inhabitants of Eientei seemed to be up to their usual foolishness.

"Not that it's any of my business," I sternly reminded myself.

I stood myself up and brushed the dust off my pants. Then, I noticed something odd lying on the ground.

"Huh? What's this?"

I bent down and picked the object that was left behind. It was a small bottle of pills with a label that read, "Youkai Breaker".

[ ] Take the bottle. This could be useful.
[ ] Take the bottle. I should return this if I can.
[ ] Leave it behind. Not my problem.
[ ] Leave it behind. None of that Eientei nonsense for me.
>> No. 145369
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145369
[x] Inventory

A "Youmu" card. Feels soft to the touch.
An unidentified card. (2)
>> No. 145371
[x] Take the bottle. This could be useful.
>> No. 145383
[x] Take the bottle. I should return this if I can.

Fuck everything at Eientei with at least two legs.
>> No. 145401
[x] Take the bottle. This could be useful.
>> No. 145402
[x] Leave it behind. Not my problem.

It's a trap.
>> No. 145408
[x] Take the bottle. This could be useful.

It's dangerous to go alone.
>> No. 145409
[x] Take the bottle. I should return this if I can.

Nonsense is the best sense. Do want bunnies.

It also helps to be on the good side of others. It's not like I'm biased because I like Tewi and Reisen.
>> No. 145415
[x] Take the bottle. I should return this if I can.
>> No. 145421
[x] Take the bottle. This could be useful.
-[x] If you run into an Eientei resident, give it back. If you dont within the week, see what it does.
>> No. 145435
[x] Take the bottle. This could be useful.

"Human Dosage - 1 tab per day. Do not feed to Youkai."

I examined the bottle closely for any additional instructions, but as was typical with Eientei drugs, there weren't any. The label didn't even explain the purpose of the drug.

"Oh well," I said to myself as I pocketed the bottle. I could probably find a chance to test this out on someone later on.

Now where to go first? I made my way to the center of the Human Village as I thought about what to do next. There was a good chance that I'd meet someone familiar if I just wandered around the area. And if I played my cards right, I might even find one of my old allies.

"..."

Huh? I turned around, but I didn't see anyone suspicious. Well, in any case, the center of the village was bustling with activity. There were a number of villagers walking around nearby, with the occasional youkai here and there. Most seemed to be shopping or doing errands. I spotted a few interesting shops, but I just shrugged and moved on, since I didn't have any cash on me at the moment.

"..."

There it was again. I glanced behind me, but I still didn't see anything. Something felt strange. That couldn't have been just my imagination. I could feel the eyes of something following my every movement. Something that wasn't human.

"..."

Unable to calm down, I broke out into a run and dashed into a nearby alley. Ignoring the stares of the surprised bystanders, I ran at full speed without looking back. I was sure of it now. There was certainly something following me. And if I couldn't get away, I needed to get to a place without any people. I kept running until I arrived at a quiet spot behind the new cake shop in the village. Yes, this place should work. I took a moment to catch my breath before turning around.

"Come out into the open!" I cried angrily. "I know that you're following me! If you don't, then I'll be forced to... eh?"

My vision suddenly went black. Something soft landed on the top of my head. I took a step back in surprise and fell over painfully.

"What the hell?" I muttered as I rubbed my side. "Shanghai?"

"!"

The doll smiled apologetically before helping me back up. Her tiny hand was surprisingly soft to the touch. I had to admit that Alice really was a genius when it came to dolls. I patted the little doll's head idly and looked around.

"So then, what are you doing here?" I asked. "Where's your Master? Is she close by?"

Shanghai paused for a moment, and then she shook her head.

"Eh? Then you're alone?"

She nodded. Then, she started making gestures in the air to explain herself. I didn't understand most of it, but she sure was cute. In any case, she seemed to have spotted me in the crowd earlier.

"Unusual for you to be travelling alone. In that case, would you mind accompanying me for a while?"

Shanghai froze in place and started shaking nervously. Her cheeks turned bright red. I paused for a moment to think...

[ ] Take Shanghai with me. She could be useful.
[ ] Leave the doll here. Alice might get worried.

But before I could decide, I felt something tug lightly on my sleeve. Shanghai was looking down to hide her embarrassment, but it seemed like she really wanted to come with me. Eh? This scenario felt familiar, for some reason.

"Well, I guess that should be fine," I told her. "You can hang around with me for a while. That is, until we get you back to Alice anyway. Is that fine?"

With those words, Shanghai hopped around excitedly and started to follow me.

Shanghai has joined the party!

Now with this event complete, what shall we do next?

[ ] Hunt for our first target.
[ ] Search for more companions.
[ ] Just wander around aimlessly.
>> No. 145436
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145436
[x] Status

Myself - Uninjured, but irritated. I'm probably still angry at Yukari.
Shanghai - She seems to be happy just being with me.
>> No. 145439
[x] Just wander around aimlessly.
>> No. 145452
[ ] Search for more companions.

There's more than one prize to fix up our eyes. Gotta catch 'em all! In bed.
>> No. 145501
[x] Search for more companions.