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[x] Get back to HQ immediately.
“Since it’s a fake moon, maybe you can just pretend to howl at it?” you joke, although you put on a sincere smile on your face.
“But that ain’t real howling,” he grumbles. “It’s a great stress-reliever, y’know. You should try it some time. Go all “AWOOOOoooo!” Well, when there’s a full moon, anyway.”
“I… think I’ll have to say no to that,” you laugh. Rouga laughs along with you, and pulls you into a headlock, rapping on your head with his knuckles. “Ow, hey, stop that! And when was the last time you took a bath? You stink!”
“Bath? I dunno, maybe around fifty years?” he says without a trace of shame. You twist yourself out of his grasp while scrunching up your face.
“That’s gross,” you say, sticking out your tongue at him.
“Heh. You just can’t appreciate the true fragrance of men,” he replies, grinning while flexing his arms. “It’s manly musk! Here, have a whiff!”
“… What, are you drunk already?” you ask, backing away from him. “Anyway, I think it’d be a good idea to return now. Thanks for your hospitality, I guess.”
“No problem, man. Ya brought me booze. Alright then. See ya again, meat-cooker!”
Waving goodbye, you break into a sprint before taking off into the air, heading for one of the many entrances to the mountain fortress.
As you pass over the waterfall, you notice Miss Momizi standing at the top. Changing directions, you swoop down toward her, waving your arm.
“Mikio!” she hurries to you as you land on the ground.
“Hey, Miss Momizi,” you greet. “What’s going on? Why is it still night?”
“I’m not sure, either,” she replies with a frown, folding her arms together. “Some of the crow tengu were dispatched to investigate, but there’s a lot of conflicting accounts of why the night’s stopped.”
“Well, some say that the gap demon,” she shudders a bit as she mentions her, “… is messing around with the boundary of the night, but others are reporting that the vampire’s servant froze the night. Nothing’s been confirmed yet, though.”
“Um… well, what about the moon? The one up there… isn’t the real moon, right?” you ask, pointing up at the moon in the sky. It… doesn’t really look any different to you, though.
“You noticed?” Miss Momizi looks surprised.
“No… I don’t see anything wrong with it… but I’ve heard it’s a fake.”
“Mmm, well that’s correct. It’s not the real full moon,” she points up at the sky, focusing on the shining orb above. “There’s a tiny portion of light missing from it. I guess humans wouldn’t be able to see the difference, but it’s very unsettling for nocturnal youkai. It might be a little dangerous around because of it, actually. They may grow uneasy and agitated, and start attacking.”
“I didn’t know it was such a big deal…” you frown. “Did Miss Aya leave to investigate already?”
“Well, she returned earlier. She said she forgot something, but it seemed like she found something out. She was very excited.”
“… Oh, okay,” you nod, and reach into your shirt. You produce your battered and cracked mask, and put it on your face, tying the straps behind your head.
“You’re leaving?” Miss Momizi inquires with a frown, looking worried.
“Yeah, I want to know what’s going on…” you reply, though after seeing her fretful face, you quickly add: “I’ll be fine. I’ll be really careful, so please don’t worry about me, Miss Momizi.”
“… Well, I won’t stop you if you want to go,” she says, somewhat unconvinced. “But watch yourself, okay? And don’t let anyone know you’re human.”
You nod, and prepare to kick off from the ground when a familiar someone swoops by you with great speed, practically carrying off.
“Alright then, let’s go, Miki!”
You manage to stabilize yourself in the air, and yank your arm out of her grasp, keeping up with her with your own speed.
“Miss Aya! Don’t. Do. That!” you yell, rubbing your arm. “And when did I say I would go with you?”
“Well, you were going to go look into it anyway, weren’t you?” she grins and looks back at you. “It’ll be safer if you’re with me!”
“… I guess,” you mumble, although you really do feel a bit more secure going with her. “What have you found out, Miss Aya?”
“Well, just a bit earlier, I saw the shrine maiden and the gap demon squashing a bug,” Miss Aya says. “Seems it’s true that the gap demon’s involved with this incident.”
“That’s Miss Yukari, right? But why would they steal the full moon?”
“No, no. They’re the ones who stopped the night, I think. The culprit behind the disappearance of the full moon is someone else, probably.”
“You mean, the shrine maiden’s out to recover the moon?”
“Maybe. We don’t know for sure yet. Anyway, last I saw them, they were taking a road to the Human Village…”
“Someone please help meeeee~!”
The both of you turn your attention to the shrill voice crying out as you two continue to fly through the night air. It was a little hard to make it out in the dark, but you saw someone—with small little wings on their back, flying in a panicked way as if being chased.
“Catch her, Youmu!”
A familiar voice. That can’t be anyone but Miss Yuyuko, right? And… Youmu must be there, too. Sure enough, a familiar figure wielding a sword enters your view, quickly gaining on her winged prey, while Miss Yuyuko follows behind her at a much more relaxed pace.
“No! No! I don’t wanna be eaten!” The bird-like girl cries out pitifully, but there’s no way she can outrun Youmu like that. Huh? Wait, isn’t she a youkai? You didn’t know ghosts ate youkai! That’s scary…
“Ayayayaya! Wait just a moment!” Miss Aya gives a burst of speed, intercepting Youmu just as she’s close enough to reach the bird girl. “I can’t allow a fellow bird to be devoured right in front of me!” She yells indignantly, spreading her usually hidden wings out proudly.
“Please move aside,” Youmu says commandingly, although you notice that she looks rather harassed and annoyed.
“Never!” Miss Aya responds defiantly as the other bird youkai clings to her, seemingly frightened out of her mind.
… Not even ten minutes out into the investigation, and she’s already encountered trouble. You shake your head as they quickly engage in a spell card battle, slowing down as you float next to Miss Yuyuko, who was watching the fight with an amused look.
“Good evening,” she greets you with a smile. “She’s quite sensitive when it comes to birds, isn’t she?”
“All crow tengu are like that,” you sigh. Because of that, bird meat was banned in the tengu canteen. You’ve never eaten bird meat yourself, either. Not that you really want to, either.
Come to think of it, Miss Yuyuko might know something about the incident. Otherwise, she wouldn’t be out here, right…?
 Ask about the frozen night.
 Ask about the stolen full moon.
 Silently watch the fight.