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The papers which you are holding in your grip seem to weight more and more by every passing second. Eirin's question echoes in your skull battling against something which was previously occupied by Jonathan. The man standing in front of you has turned out to be something else than a 'father' and the very reason for your existence is uncertain. During this emotional burst you can feel something else. Feelings of another man. There is love, but the love is filled with fear and anger. You can briefly see Surautonis' memories.
You now see the enormous Youkai Mountain, which is piercing the skies in front of you with the river flowing down towards you. Unfortunately the day isn't warm at all, but such mortal matters mean nothing to you. The wound in your head feels like it's burning, yet you'd rather take the pain tenfold instead of this sorrow inside you. Sometimes it takes many years, but physical wounds will eventually heal over time. Spiritual matters are a bit more difficult and take even longer, but they will heal as well. A wound in the heart, however, will never heal completely. Why must it all end?
"I don't mind if the sun isn't shining." Says the goddess on your lap.
"Why's that, Hina?" Your voice isn't wavering. "You like sunny weather."
"Yes. But it would be a shame if the nature was rejoicing on a day like this. It's as if the powers of nature themselves were wishing their sorrowful farewells to us."
"Hmm." You let the goddess guide your mind to some place else, like her voice always does.
You feel the blood slowly pouring out from the wound yet again. Every day the wound gets worse and your condition weakens. Curses placed by divines surely are problematic, but your body will soon die anyway. You can see kappas eyeing you from the river and there are at least five people hiding by the treeline.
"Surautonis." Hina wipes some blood from your face. "You never told me who gave you that injury."
"I didn't. It doesn't matter anymore. I'm not going to take any more people with me to the other side." You look to the treeline and see movement. "They are getting restless."
Hina doesn't say anything.
"Hina. We're both in danger." You stand up and lift Hina to face you.
"I know that." She looks at you with those meaningful eyes of her's. "For some reason I'm unable to cry."
"That's because it's still possible for us to meet once again."
"No, it's not that." She shakes her head gently. "It feels like we've achieved everything. I will still have my memories from these years we spent together. Even if I'm going to be alone for the rest of my life... I'll still remember these years. I'll remember everything that happened to us."
"There you go, making me cry again." You hug the girl. "Just how do you always do this to me?"
"Skill." She whispers.
"Your time is out!" The youkais from the forest finally step out and encircle you. "Do your magic already, Kagiyama! We've waited long enough."
"Your fear has no limits." The impression you make loses some of it's charm when your face is covered with blood and tears. "If you have any luck at all you're not going to end up in the same realm of afterlife with me."
"It's alright Surautonis, there is nothing more we can do." Hina takes some distance and prepares her magic.
"Hopefully your dark soul reaches redemption in your eternal imprisonement." One of youkais announces. "Farewell, Surautonis of the Night."
Your body falls to the ground. You don't feel the pain from hitting the grass as your body has already died completely and your spiritual self is slowly trying to escape from the chains of your corpse. It doesn't take long for your body to let go completely and the feeling of freedom is inviting you like a shining lighthouse in a dark night. However, there is something else. A mesmerizing sound arriving from somewhere else. Disregarding all common sense you decide to travel towards this beatiful sound instead.
"What the hell are you Surautonis?" You ask with a quiet voice, hoping that the man inside you is listening.
"I see." Eirin states as if she already knew the answer. "You're one evil man, Jonathan. Luckily your son is still alive and I can help him. Otherwise you'd be in deeper trouble. No no, I don't need to hear anything from you. I already know enough. Don't worry, you'll have your time for defending yourself."
Jonathan gives in. He stands up, marches to the corridor and slams the door shut. His footsteps echoing in the corridor seem rather fast paced and it doesn't take long for them to disappear in the distance. You are left alone with Eirin and Reisen who both are waiting for you to speak. After the burst of Surautonis' memories you aren't very confident in yourself, so you decide to consider your words carefully. The shock you received from the incident caused something to your mind. Something that might be problematic.
"The man is called Surautonis." You begin your story. "Apparently my father put the soul of that monster inside me when I was still a baby. Yesterday evening we were--"
Eirin listens carefully and occasionally asks questions about some trivial details. Sometimes she predicts what happens before you get to the point in the story while Reisen writes down notes when you arrive to some key points. Now and then she mentions some medical items which she requires.
"You aren't the only half-beast in Gensokyo." Reisen tries to comfort you. "Even though your case isn't the most common you have nothing to worry about. Master Eirin is the best doctor in Gensokyo."
"So what will happen to me?"
"That depends on you." Eirin takes a look at her notes. "We can either remove the monster by force, which will most likely kill him and cause permament brain damage to you, or we can try to use an alternative method where he leaves on his own."
"How does all that work? Somehow I doubt he wishes to leave."
"You think so?" Eirin looks at you curiously. "He would be free from the chains of your body, regain his own physical form and be able to continue his life from where it ended last time."
"Why has the stayed in my body for so long time? He regained his consciousness almost a whole day ago."
"Maybe it was due to your father being present? As far as I understand those two weren't in friendly terms."
"Really?" You ask honestly. "From what Jonathan said I figured that they were working together."
"No, not at all." Eirin smiles at you warmly. "Jonathan wanted to work with Surautonis, but he wasn't good enough. Surautonis coldly turned down your father's offer for cooperation. Like I did as well."
"How do I talk to Surautonis? If the matters are as you said, then he wouldn't have a reason for staying."
"In your sleep." Reisen says as if reading a text book. "That's when your bodily defenses are at their weakest state and it's possible for him to control your body."
"Very good, Udonge." Eirin reaches for her cup. "Hopefully you won't forget the crucial details in the surgery."
"Eh? Surgery?" Both you and Reisen ask simultaneously.
"Jonathan performed the sealing. His magic isn't strong enough for such operations. He must have used some other methods, and I want to see what he left inside your body. If Surautonis leaves Phil's body too early I'm sure that some fail safe will activate."
Suddenly you can feel butterflies in your stomach. You hadn't really thought that the sealing was done with scientific methods instead of some hocus pocus with a small poof.
"Master..." Reisen seems worried. "Do you really think he would do something so horrible to his own son?"
"I don't know what to believe anymore." You state in a frustated way. "Jonathan punched Hina. He also has been performing some sick experiments on me in order to revive some old genius monster. At this point I'll gladly listen to your advice."
"Very well." Eirin says with a friendly smile on her face. "Udonge, we're going to perform a surgery today. Make sure you revise everything related to FNAB, CABG, arthrodesis... And I think you should also get acquaintanced with lymphadenectomy and prepare for levothyroxine synthesis."
"Y-Yes master!" Reisen quickly writes down all the complex terms. "Do we require princess' assistance?"
"That'll be all, thank you. We need some time to prepare for the spiritual phase so prepare the guest room for the operation."
Reisen leaves the room swiftly. Eirin stands up, places her hands on your cheeks and forces your eyes to face hers. She seems to be searching something from your face, but gives up after a few seconds. She talks a bit to herself in mysterious medical terms and writes down some notes, occasionally eyeing you a bit.
"You said that I have nothing to worry." You ask almost half an hour later.
"That was Udonge." She sits down to her chair. "Personally I can give you some estimates on the probability of failure, but those numbers wouldn't mean much unless I perform a complete psychoanalysis. Most likely the outcome of the surgery depends on your willpower and intelligence. All we're doing is preparing the way out for the monster."
"I... I see. What did you mean by preparing to the spiritual phase?"
"You told me earlier about the agreement you have with Surautonis." She checks a few pages back in her notes. "You agreed to let him free once a month. You can't eat your words when youkais are involved."
"I'm not sure if I understand the issue at hand. It seems very--"
"Of course you don't." Does this woman always have that smile on her face? "You have lived for approximately 20 years, haven't you? Surautonis has lived hundreds of years. You're going to travel deep into your own psyche where he has been wandering for years, and you are going to drive him away from his home. These matters are not as simple as they might seem for a youngster such as yourself."
"So how can I prepare myself?"
"This Surautonis... He isn't a honest person. I'm certain that he will try to fool you with his words, so I want you to promise me than you don't give in to his demands. You are the boss, not him."
For a moment the mask of perfection on Eirin's face shatters. You can see her hesitating a bit as she says those words and there clearly is something she didn't say aloud. She warned you about Surautonis who your father was so eager to revive. There have been tensions between Eirin and Jonathan, but what exatcly the relationship between Surautonis and Eirin?
"I'll keep that in mind."
"If you don't mind the rush I'd like to get on examining your body." She points to a bed at the side of the room. "It'll be a long operation and we can't afford to do any mistakes."
"Shouldn't we inform Jonathan first?" You stand up anyway and only bring the matter up to see Eirin's reaction.
"You're old enough to make decisions on your own." Her words seem hurried. Okay, there surely is something wrong in all this. Maybe this wasn't such a good idea after al--
You fall asleep.
You are standing on the very same misty realm where you first met Surautonis. Your own body is filled with marks most likely made by Eirin for the surgery. The monster is sitting on a bench that could belong to a park, and there is a lamp pole giving a shady lighting to the plane. The mist doesn't flicker in different shades of colours like it did before, but instead seems to be slowly vanishing.
"Ah, I see you have returned." Surautonis taps the empty space on the bench. "Take a seat, Phil."
"We need to talk." You say and sit on the bench.
"What is in your mind? Are you considering letting me take over instead? There are some advantages in that."
"Not really." Think Phil, you can't afford to mess this up. "I was wondering if you would like to return to your own body."
"That would be pleasant if it was possible. My body was destroyed long ago."
"I've been... I've been talking to someone who you might know. She's called Eirin and is, in fact, currently standing next to my sleeping body and waiting for us to make an agreement."
He doesn't respond immediately. He seems confused if you can read his face correctly.
"Eirin Yagokoro... The witch doctor from the Moon." Surautonis mouths the name as if tasting it a bit "Yes... That is very interesting."
"Do we have a deal then?"
"No. There's something you have to know about me before you can even make such proposals."
"No? What's the problem?"
"During my last days I found out something about Eirin and your father. I was killed because of this information, and Hina helped me to hide my spiritual form inside her to keep this information alive. The very reason why Jonathan moved me to your body was to manage my memories... To gain access to my knowledge and find out how much I know. Just as Jonathan knew long ago it was Eirin who created this plague."
"I thought Jonathan said he was wrong."
"Hah, no. He was bribed to take back his accusations. Your mother died only because of Jonathan's actions. Jonathan had already stolen the Hourai Elixir when your mother was still alive, and due to this Eirin didn't hand over the cure to Jonathan. Jonathan thought that he was much wiser than Eirin and wanted to save your mother by his own hands instead of trusting his nemesis. He never apologized Eirin for stealing her most precious piece of work and this ended up in the death of your mother. Eirin then used Jonathan's guilt as a weapon to force Jonathan drop the accusation."
"If all you say is true, then that means Eirin is the original villain?" Somehow you find it hard to believe anything that Surautonis is saying.
"Villain? I don't think so. Eirin was going to hand away her cure when she realized how far her plague had gone. But she didn't due to Jonathan's actions. Jonathan finished his device and caused the global immortality."
"Does Eirin really hate Jonathan that much? She has practically thrown the entire planet into terror and doesn't do anything because of her personal grudge against Jonathan?"
"Call it redemption if you want. She wants to see Jonathan coming back to her crawling." Surautonis grabs a cigarette from somewhere and starts smoking it. "Tell me Phil... During your journey, did Jonathan ever show a single sign of guilt? No, he was always talking about how he cures the planet."
"What now? Why did you refuse my proposal?"
"Because otherwise Jonathan will miss the key point in curing the disease. Naturally he's going to steal Eirin's cure very soon, but what will happen then? He's going to use his immortality machine to distribute the cure all over the planet. He cures the plague or the cancer, whatever you people call it, from every human out there. Do you see the problem?"
"Their immortality uses the disease as a fuel. If you cure their disease they will all die due to their bodies still living on the sole power of the plague. He needs to first nullify the effects of immortality."
"Doesn't everyone simply die to the disease then?"
"No. It will be done in phases. Jonathan wants immediate results and doesn't see this problem. The only way is to synchronise the removal of immortality so that their bodies have healed enough to survive without the disease."
Somehow all this seems logical. You never quite understood how all this immortality worked, but Jonathan did explain something about the disease being the source.
"If you really are speaking truly, and there really is a cure... Why did you refuse my proposal?"
"How do you remove immortality?" He stands up and looks at you in a threatening way.
"Isn't it impossible?" You guess. "Once you have gained immortality it's impossible to become a mortal again."
"It's not. I'm a living example of it. If you want the world saved, trust me."
"A tempting offer, but you still haven't answered to my question. Why don't you want to regain your physical body?"
"Because then we will lose the main ingredient for the cure." He seems to wait for your answer, but then continues. "Which is me. I can't perform such tasks if I'm in my physical form."
"Does Eirin know all this?"
"Of course. Why else would she want me removed so quickly?"
"Let's say I believe you." You stand up as well and give your most demanding look to Surautonis. "What's the plan in that case?"
"I'll be taking over your body. We stop Jonathan in time and make a run to the immortality machine."
"What will happen to me?" The plan seems flawed. "Or you?"
"I'll die. You'll be fine. As a sign of my honesty I'll let you decide." He moves his fingers a bit and you can feel a sudden feeling of power. "Now you have complete control over my spiritual form and can do whatever you wish. How is it, Phil? Who do you trust?"
 Trust Surautonis - Ending #1
Trust Jonathan - Ending #2 - LOCKED
 Trust Eirin - Ending #3
Trust Hina - Ending #4 - LOCKED