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[x] Ask Hatate about your womanizing
The sun is setting. The sky glows a deep orange color, yet still brightly illuminating the mountain top due the position of the tengu on the mountain. Crowds are gathering for some late night fun and work is ending. This is the perfect opportunity to confront Hatate about this matter. You've got to set things straight; you're a totally different man then what you were before!
You wave in and out of the groups of tengu passing to and fro. There's so much cheery gossip and shouting going on that you can barely hear yourself think. But one thing is clear, you need to find Hatate. Hatate is someone who dislikes this kind of noise, you know, so there's only a few places where you could find her...
"Ugh...what do you want?"
Sure enough, behind one of the abandoned buildings, you find Hatate playing with her camera. She seems to spot you the very moment you come into view and seems instantly displeased by this. How disappointing. You must remedy this without having to disappear yourself.
"Is that any way to treat the future love of your life?"
Maybe not in that way though.
"Well," Hatate starts off with, closing her camera, "guess I need to find another hiding spot away from you." Reaching your arms forward a bit, you try to stop her, hoping that you don't have to make physical contact, since that would look really bad in this type of situation.
"W-Wait! I need to talk to you about something!" Hatate actually stops, looking over at you, and decides to, for once, humor your inane though process.
"Really? What is it this time? Trying to plan ahead with me on how you want to name our children?"
"Ye-I mean no!" Whew, you almost tripped into that one. "Hatate, this is a serious matter." The cynical look she's giving you doesn't change.
"If you're trying to coax me into seeing Lord Tenma again, it's not going to work."
"No, no joking around this time. I just need to ask you something." Hatate raises an eyebrow as you get ready to ask her. "Hatate, does my womanizing bother you?" It takes a few moments for it to sink in, but once it does, Hatate just stares at you in utter disbelief.
"...what kind of question is that?"
"A serious one?"
You...get this vague feeling you're being a little slow. Maybe airheaded too. Curse these tengu genes!
"Gee, I don't know, you tell me if a woman is disturbed by some circus freaks attempts at being flirty and cool."
"Well I've stopped that! No more of that womanizing and flirtatious attitude. I've become a better man."
"Really? Should I honestly believe that coming from the 'future love of my life?'"
"Well, I'm only like that with you! That's fine, right?" Hatate just brings one of her hands to her forehead, rubbing it in apparent mental pain.
"Haven't we had this discussion before?"
You know, now that she mentions it, this does kinda seem familiar. You should probably push the issue a little more then if this wasn't resolved last time.
"Hatate, what can I do to prove to you that I'm not the creep that you once knew? My heart belongs to you and only you!"
"You sound like some sappy cassanova in a bad romantic movie. But that'd probably be giving you too much credit." Ouch! She sure knows how to add the spice to her insults. Okay, maybe you should stop the noble act and just be straight with her, mimic her frank outlook, so to speak.
"Okay, fine. We'll play it your way. How can I make it up to you for being a stalking asswipe?"
"Well you're already improving if you realize that much, I guess." This girl is giving you such the cold shoulder that it's like having a giant ice cube rammed into your face.
"Enough with the constant jabs at me. Just answer."
"And if there's nothing you can do?" All this time, Hatate doesn't change much of her cynical expression looking at you. It's really kind of bothersome. You need to fix this, somehow, in someway.
"Oh come on, there has to be something. You can't be so closed in and bitter that you're completely immovable."
A thick silence hangs in the air after you say that. During this time you notice Hatate has hidden her eyes from your gaze. Should you not have said that? You get this feeling you hit the mark on something you really weren't supposed to...
"...and if I was...?"
"Then I'd be okay with that!" You answer immediately, with no hesitation. You wanted to make sure Hatate knew that you were unwavering in your desire to make her happy. "In fact, I'd help you! A tengu doesn't deserve to be so cold." Hatate though, just turns around, practically shrugging your declaration off without much thought as she starts walking away.
"Yeah, I'm sure those words mean a lot to someone out there. You're just wasting your breath on me though, so just go home."
"Wait!" As you reach forward and grab Hatate's shoulder, turning her around, you notice that while she's retaining her cynical and now somewhat angry expression, you can see a little bit of...pain in her eyes. You definitely shouldn't have said it. Even if it were true...no, it's not true! Hatate is the perfect woman after all. You were just out of line.
"What? What more do you want with me? Can't you just leave me alone?"
"Not until I make this up to you. There has to be something."
"There isn't. Stop trying."
"You're lying! Surely even you has wanted something to do with someone else for that longest time." Hatate looks like she's about to reject you again, until realizing that she simply can't lie about that.
"...maybe you're right, but you're definitely not that 'someone else' I want to do it with."
"Why does it matter? I can change, I can fit your needs. Just tell me what it is." Hatate just sighs, finally conceding defeat, probably realizing that she isn't going to be able to leave until you're satisfied.
"Fine. But you have to make a guess at it. If you know me so well. If you can't guess right the first time, then you're going to leave me alone the rest of the day. And tomorrow too."
"Wha-...tomorrow as well?"
"I have an important job to do tomorrow and if you're bothering me then I will never be able to live it down. So go on, guess. If you can actually guess right, then maybe, just maybe, I'll humor spending some time with you."
Hmm, tough call. Do you really know Hatate well enough to be making a wild guess like this? Maybe you do, maybe you don't. You can think of a few possible things but...are any of them really it? You're gonna be stepping into an occupied minefield here, but you don't have much choice.
[ ] A simple dinner at someplace more fancy then the tengu restaurants
[ ] She must want someone to take pictures with while reporting
[ ] It has to be something personal, does she actually want a relationship?
[ ] She's been shut in, she needs someone to show her the world
[ ] Back down, there's nothing you can do here other then give up
[ ] Maybe you could suggest something better then what she's thinking of... (write-in option)