Stage 121: Heart and Mind are the Same Thing.Sending Yuuhi-chan to join your family at their early supper, you walk silently to where your priestess prays alone. At least, she ~looks~ like she's praying; truth be told she may just be sitting and trying not to think of what she may have done. The Temple of Ryujin Owatatsumi on Mikimoto Pearl Island is dark when the doors are closed. There are some vents near the ceiling for air circulation, but they don't let that much light in because of the overhang of the roof. As a result, the many candles here are what gives the room a warm, golden glow which is emphasized by the dark wood the building is constructed from and the lighter paneling on the inside. Most spirit children have better eyesight than humans, and you can see in the dark entirely, while Yui-chan's eyes literally glow, so it's not like truly dark in here. Yet looking at Kiku-chan, you get the sense she would be perfectly at home in a dark room, curled up on a bed and hugging her knees. It really is understandable. If you understood the point of her sending you to meet your blood-relative Ryuu Nabiki, it was to understand what dealing with powerful, dangerous youkai could do to a person. It almost entirely destroyed Nabiki; she was shell of her former self inhabited by a living, breathing curse that was the youkai of Aokigahara. You brought Nabiki back to life – to existence – by sacrificing A Wish-Granting Jewel, a true relic of the heavens which rebuilt her pearl and granted her the birthright she'd been robbed of. You're pretty sure that wasn't what was supposed to happen, but they say demigods can change reality and alter fate so you put it to the test.Test so far successful, but that doesn't mean that Kiku-chan is going to simply be relieved right away. It was an exceptionally dangerous thing to do; without the immortality your wife assisted you in achieving, you would be dead right now. That thought brings you up short.
>>47061047B-b-but XS, it's t-tuesday!
>>47061047It is easy to casually dismiss your mortality now, because you've survived so often. But you're not unkillable; both Inau-kun and Er Yin sensei have made very certain you understand how easy it is to kill you under certain circumstances, and a lot of those are easily achieved in the fights you get into. In this case, specifically if you had failed to grant your sister her rebirth, you would be dead – truly, irrevocably dead, because all it would have taken is the youkai devouring your body to render you dead. You may have to be a lot more careful about such things in the future.Sobered by your recognition of the mortality you do still have, you approach your priestess. You're right, she isn't exactly praying. Her fists are clenched on her thighs as she sits seiza, and she gritting her teeth hard, eyes tightly shut though you don't think she's crying. Her blood is hot, though not quite boiling. It's pretty obvious she's already told the others she wishes to be alone, but you're not just anybody. It's also very unlikely that Er Yin told her anything, which you're half appreciative of. You think. Sit next to her casually, and wait for her to notice you. Warm hugs from behind. Kneel next to her and say a few more prayers.  Sit to one side behind her politely, but start telling her what happened. ….this might need some private time; take her somewhere the two of you won't be bothered.
>>47061078> Warm hugs from behind.You might wanna throw this up on twitter boss.
>>47061078Twitter: @XsQuestmistressPrevious Thread: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/46901221/Interlude: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/37879167/Threads in Chronological Order, including writeups by XS : http://pastebin.com/Z53TyK0Nor search for Title: Ryukuza on SuptgBarrier Combat Guide: http://pastebin.com/rZLwzvGx>The Ninigi, Japan's Imperial Treasures. Yata-no-Kagami - Eight Hand Mirror (bronze mirror), the Mirror of Wisdom.Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, once called Ame-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi, the Sword of Valor.Yasakani-no-Magatama , the Jewel of Benevolence.~~>Ryukusa's TreasuresHer name: Ryuu Yorihokura Eight hundred and sixty-two cat youkai live in your auraMatagama-no-Shitoki, a kami in it's own right that protects Ryukusa from inimical magic.Ame-no-Omukade-no-Musume – Ryukusa's mukade possessed wakizashi; a kami. “Daughter of my Centipede of Rain.”Gendai-no-Muteki-no-Buki - Invincible Weapon of the Present Age, a secret kami-blade given to Ryukusa by Wakaba that appears to be made of some alloy of titanium.Seido no Shinpi-tekina Ken – a mysterious bronze sword given to Ryukusa by the mermaids of Japan.Go Yūrei no Rensa, the Five-Ghost-Chain, used to summon or send messages to your (actual) older sister Ryuu Nabiki.Ryukusa's Family.>Talismans:Akari – CentipedeEr Yin – ScorpionKiki – ToadKiku – LizardYui – Snake
>>47061078Ryu Ryukusa is tall at 5' 8", but this becomes 6' in her true form. She is fully grown. Lesbian top.Kiku is 5' 1" for ever and ever. Lesbian submissive.Akari is 5' 3", and has another few inches to grow. Sexuality is weird, switch, cosplayer.Yui is 5' 8" and will only grow due to circumstances beyond her control. Dyke, switch.Kiki is 5' 6", and is at full growth. Bisexual bottom.Er Yin is the tallest at 5' 10" and is fully grown. Lesbian dominant.Jinyuu is 5' 7" but persistently hovers an extra three inches above the ground or floor because of her nature as a seer. Straight.Hinata-hakase is 6' 3". Sexuality is terrifying.Hidesato is 5' 5". Straight.Kushinada is 5' 8". Straighter.Taisho Ryoga is 5' 9". Who knows.Hyun Chisato is 5' 4”, and is fully grown. Lolicon with plausible deniability.Rie is 8” tall or 5' 5”, and is fully cat. Her sexuality is cat.Hagyu Genso is 12' 5” standing upright. He is by and large gay.Mizumi Shoko is 7' 2”, is fully grown. Bisexual top.Yuuhi is 4'11” and is fully grown. Yuuhi a cute.Tokei Isusangi, Inau-kun is 5' 3” and still confused.Reiha is 5' 5 1/2”, and is milfy.Peta is 3' 2”. Peta is \>.</ aka Her Most Imperial Highness Patanjali Piri Yokuhime Kuronogitsune PaDetective-san, aka Mugon Chujo is fully grown at 5'11”, and straight.Kenji Soomi is 5' 4” and gothic lolita.Musumi Kanako is 5' 6.5”, and is pretty straight.Hebiki Naoto is 5' 9” and belligerently omnivorous, sexually. You hope only sexually.Kodachi Umetsume is 5' 4”, and fully grown. Practicing asexual.Melinda Blitzenberg is 5'10”, fully grown and horrible. Maybe confused.Toshida Ginka is 5” 3”, and fully grown. Turtles have a reputation.Ryuu Wakaba is a head shorter and also deceased.Margaret Steinhausen is gratefully dead.Ryuu Nabiki is 5' 3”, and fully transformed. Embarrassingly straight.Ryuu Shinju is 4' 11” and fully grown. She is coy, maybe a dodomeki-child.
>>47061102>>47061068Thanks. Insomnia threw me off, and I need writing therapy.
>>47061078> Warm hugs from behind.> ….this might need some private time; take her somewhere the two of you won't be bothered.
>>47061078Fuck, I'm late because I didn't expect a quest today!>[x] Sit next to her casually, and wait for her to notice you.
>>47061078> Warm hugs from behind.> Kneel next to her and say a few more prayers.
>>47061078> Warm hugs from behind.> ….this might need some private time; take her somewhere the two of you won't be bothered.Damnit you said tomorrow!
>>47061527Wait anon, you mean...yesterday, she said tomorrow?
>>47061562two days ago she said wednesday
>>47061078>[x] Warm hugs from behind.>[x] Kneel next to her and say a few more prayers.
>>47061527>>47061562>>47061592I have been suffering through a bout of insomnia. when you are up for 3 days, it becomes somewhat difficult to recall what exactly the day is. My apologies. But it's nice to see you anyways.
>>47061642I don't mind earlier Ryukusa, so don't worry about it!
>>47061078> ….this might need some private time; take her somewhere the two of you won't be bothered.
>>47061642Eh no worries, just means I gotta explain some weird shit to my coworkers when they start looking over my shoulder
>>47061068>>47061076Calm your tits /qst/ is still in trial mode.
>>47061694sorry >>47061068 miss quote.
>>47061078> Warm hugs from behind.Can never go wrong with those
>>47061078>[X] Warm hugs from behind.Feels like it might be inappropriate but whatever.
>>47061752What could be inappropriate about hugging one of our wives anon?
>>47061752This is Ryukuza Quest. hugging, handholding, petting, and chaste kisses are never inappropriate. The real kicker is that Ryukusa always knows when they are actually needed based on the options given to us.
[XXX] Warm hugs from behind.[XX] ….this might need some private time; take her somewhere the two of you won't be bothered.[X] Kneel next to her and say a few more prayers. You settle down behind her, her tail curling up and out of your way even as you approach letting you know she's fully aware of your presence. You settle with her between your legs as you kneel in a spread-legged seiza position, and you wrap your arms about her shoulders, leaning forward. Placing a kiss on that impossibly soft red silk she calls hair, you simply hold her close, eyes half-closed and relaxing. You do say several prayers: thanks to Kuraokami for his choice of repayment for Yui-niji-chan's pain; to your sister and Aokigahara itself, for their peace and the appeasement of their hungers; to Amaterasu-Omikami and Rie-sama, for watching out for you and yours. You take your time with them, but even that isn't very long. You're not particularly good at silent prayer. It's not exactly easy to remain quiet for a while either, allowing Kiku-chan to process whatever strange mixture of emotions that the thought of you meeting your possessed elder sister brought out. Despite the fact that what probably should have happened was something that was meant to happen, something only you could do without world-shaking repercussions (in a very literal sense; the death of Aokigahara might have required a volcanic eruption or a massive earthquake), that doesn't necessarily make it any easier on the ones who bear that guilt, priestess or no.
>>47061800Maintaining your hug with one hand, you stroke her soft hair with the other, until steam starts to rise from her closed eyes and she begins to shudder in your gentle grasp. You move around her, and pick her up; she does not struggle or resist as you child-carry her against your body, her arms sliding to hug tight around your neck. A momentary ocean fog sweeps over Mikimoto Island, and Inau-kun silently takes up door guard duty; you don't protest even though she's injured because you don't think there will be further trouble. The fog protects you and Kiku-chan from being noticed as you slip from the temple and leap to a building, then to the top of the wall, returning to the private beach where there are no prying eyes and only the ocean waves and wind to hear you and she.  Let her cry for a while, though not too long. Tell her there isn't any need to cry at all. Inform her that you like your onee-chan. Tell her loving things as she cries. Just hold her as long as she needs.
>>47061817> Let her cry for a while, though not too long.> Tell her loving things as she cries.> Inform her that you like your onee-chan.
>>47061817>[x] Let her cry for a while, though not too long.>[x] Inform her that you like your onee-chan.>[x] Tell her loving things as she cries.>[x] Just hold her as long as she needs.
>>47061817> Just hold her as long as she needs.> Inform her that you like your onee-chan.
>>47061817> Let her cry for a while, though not too long.
>>47061817>[x] Tell her loving things as she cries.>[x] Just hold her as long as she needs.>[x] Inform her that you like your onee-chan.
>>47061817>[X] Inform her that you like your onee-chan.>[Y] Just hold her as long as she needs.>[Z] Tell her loving things as she cries.
>>47061817>[X] Inform her that you like your onee-chan.>[X] Just hold her as long as she needs.
It's a good onee-chan. I hope Jinyuu won't get jealous.
>>47061932But Jinyuu is still Onee-sama.
>>47061999Well, I didn't say the jealousy would be warranted!
Ryukuza Quest! Yay!Holy crap I'm late.Hope you'll feel better soon, XS>>47061817> Let her cry for a while, though not too long.> Inform her that you like your onee-chan.> Tell her loving things as she cries.
>>47061817 Just hold her as long as she needs. Tell her loving things as she cries. Tell her there isn't any need to cry at all.
[X] Let her cry for a while, though not too long.[XX] Tell her loving things as she cries.[XX] Just hold her as long as she needs.[XXX] Inform her that you like your onee-chan.You settle into the sand, leaving the fog to disperse more naturally, still holding your delicate priestess. She is shivering in your arms, and not because she is cold; you whisper that you are here for her, as long as she needs you, that you will watch over and protect her, not only from those who mean her and hers harm but to ensure that she is respected and revered as a priestess should be. She is your bright spark in the darkness, the flame that guides you and your family on the path to living well. She is the mother of your child, and will one day be teaching your sons and daughters their rightful places in this world and the next. Her shivering tears devolve into hitching, gasping cries of anguish, and you hold her still, allowing her to relive herself of the pain she's been hiding. The crying is so intense that her boiling tears come too quickly to evaporate, wetting your shoulder. When she shows no sight of stopping or slowing down, you gently pull her from your shoulder and set her on the ground. Her legs tremble a little, and her tail is a limp length of gold and red, but she tries to choke back her sobs a bit. Seriously, you gently use your thumbs to wipe away her tears, looking into the soft golden eyes of your beloved priestess with your own sapphire ones. Your tail, however, slides up her leg, to wrap lightly along her back, hugging her in place of your arms as she lifts a sleeve to her Cupid's-bow lips. She hiccups softly, her sticky lashes fluttering.
>>47062447“I like my onee-san,” you whisper softly, smoothing damp locks of hair from her forehead, gently stoking her brow. She looks down, her eyes steaming again. “I didn't like Aokigahara so much, though. She seemed nice enough, but she wasn't my sister.” Even devastated and despondent, her mind is faster on the uptake than you might like. “What did you do, baka-aniki?” she whispers the delicate dragon as you smile at her gently.  Well....I only died a little bit.... There was this youkai, you see, and.... Don't obfuscate, you like having hair.  I bought a new onee-chan, very expense. I didn't like seeing you so sad....
>>47062465> Don't obfuscate, you like having hair.> Gin-Gin is already planning my punishmentHolyshit captcha pills and capsules are not candy
>>47062465> Don't obfuscate, you like having hair. > I bought a new onee-chan, very expense.> I didn't like seeing you so sad....
>>47062465>[x] Well....I only died a little bit....>[x] I didn't like seeing you so sad....
>>47062465>[x] Don't obfuscate, you like having hair. >[x] I bought a new onee-chan, very expense.>[x] I didn't like seeing you so sad....
>>47062486But the candy in the medicine cabinet is the only way I can feel happy.
>>47062465> Don't obfuscate, you like having hair.> I bought a new onee-chan, very expense.
>>47062465>[X] There was this youkai, you see, and....>[X] I bought a new onee-chan, very expensive.I don't really think Kiku being sad factored into the decision to save Nabiki. Just "this is my onee-chan, but it isn't really so I'll fix this."
>>47062465>[X] I didn't like seeing you so sad....>So>[X] I bought a new onee-chan, very expense.
>>47062572mmm this was to jokey changing to>[X] There was this youkai, you see, and....>[X] I bought a new onee-chan, very expense.>I got killed but I did not die...
>her mind is faster on the uptake than you might likeC'mon, Ryukusa, you love your smart wife-priestess>>47062465>Well, you see, when a priestess and a demigoddess dragonette like each others a lot...> Don't obfuscate, you like having hair. > Gin-Gin is already planning my punishment>I had to help my sister.>>47062487>>47062502>>47062504>>47062537Eh, I don't think making Kiku not sad was the main motivator
[XXX] Don't obfuscate, you like having hair. [XXX] I bought a new onee-chan, very expense.[X] I didn't like seeing you so sad....[+] Well, when two dragonettes....[+] I wanted to help Nabiki....[+] Gin Gin is gonna beat me silly. You spend a small eternity deciding how you want to answer her. Usually being facetious isn't annoying to the temperamental dragonette, but this evening she seems a little more touchy, a little less together than usual. Not that you blame her after dealing with the spirit of Aokigahara. It might have been years, even decades ago, but the Forest of Suicides left a mark upon her and Er Yin alike. One that you hope you've removed the stain of.“Well, if you would like me to be technical, when two dragonettes love each....” The narrowing of her eyes is not merely irritation – it's a threat. She is REALLY touchy at the moment. You sigh and gently straighten out her dress, looking down. “I bought a new onee-chan with the most expensive jewel I owned, my love. As I said, I didn't much like the youkai....but I found the parts of my sister that remained worth trying to save.” Her eyes widen slowly, her pupils spreading. “You were in such turmoil, and I didn't understand what it was you had sent me to do. So I did what I thought was the right thing to do. So, I helped my sister by using the Wishing Jewel to make her into what she should have been.” You smile and shrug a little. “It did kill me, to an extent, or at least the ghosts did. Your master is very upset at me, and I think I've earned a spanking.” Kiku-chan is still staring at you, and it's becoming a little unnerving.
>>47063228Rising up a little, you kiss her forehead gently, holding her soft hair out of the way. “I cannot help what I am. You, my wife, Akari, Yui, Er Yin....you all make me what and who I am. I couldn't let her languish, and I couldn't let the forest live on in such a way. So I solved it with what tools I had available. It just....worked better than I thought it might.” Lowering your hands to your thighs, you smile faintly. “So, now I have my older sister back.” You blink. “As a demigod. Who rules Aokigahara. Why are you looking at me like that?”“Every time I believe that my understanding of you is full, you make a fool out of me, aniki,” she says softly, her eyes brimming but not yet steaming. “You continually make this old worm regret her stupidity and her foolishness. I do not deserve to serve you, but I could not wish for a....a service so fulfilling and true.”You keep forgetting how ~old~ Kiku-chan is.  It is my pleasure to serve, Kiku. We learn from one another, you and I. Hugs tiem! You're flattering me. It is who I am, nothing more or less.
There will be a delay of about an hour or so, maybe 1 1/2 as I have been required to do an errand. I will return as quickly as possible, so hopefully it will be less time. My apologies.
>>47063249> It is my pleasure to serve, Kiku.> We learn from one another, you and I.> Hugs tiem!
>>47063249>[x] It is my pleasure to serve, Kiku.>[x] We learn from one another, you and I.>[x] Hugs tiem!>[x] It is who I am, nothing more or less
>>47063249> Hugs tiem!
>>47063249> You're flattering me.> We learn from one another, you and I.
>>47063249>[x] It is my pleasure to serve, Kiku.>[x] Hugs tiem!D'awwww
>>47063249>[X] You're flattering me.>[X] Hugs tiem!
>>47063533>I won't let the mother of my child think that of herself.You're getting Kiki and Kiku mixed up, anon.
>>47063654No, they are both pregnant with Ryukusa's children.
>>47063249 You're flattering me. It is who I am, nothing more or less. Hugs tiem!> Thank you. I needed the knowledge and understanding I gained from this as well. Just tell me next time you want to set me up with a sentient ghost-filled forest~
>>47063249 We learn from one another, you and I. Hugs tiem! It is who I am, nothing more or less.
>>47063249> It is my pleasure to serve, Kiku.> We learn from one another, you and I.> Hugs tiem!>Never, ever think you don't deserve me, or that you -have- to deserve me. I won't let the mother of my child, my beloved and my friend think that of herself.Important!>We should learn to understand each other better.>Maybe when Er Yin-sensei is punishing us~
I am back, writing.
>>47064825Welcome back XS!
>>47064003Good enough. I vote this.
[XXX] Hugs tiem![XX] We learn from one another, you and I.[X] It is my pleasure to serve, Kiku.[x] You're flattering me.[x] It is who I am, nothing more or less. [+] Thank you for the teaching, but plz, no blind dates![+] You deserve me....and we can learn together at Gin-Gin's feet.[X] All these small truths are large together.You smile and shake your head. “You and I learn from each other in ways the others don't, Kiku-chan. Even when we are not understanding one another, we are learning more.” You slowly take her hands and draw her close, holding her – though making sure her head is against your dry shoulder. “It is my pleasure to serve you, my priestess, and you deserve me as much as I deserve you. You could never earn or demand my service....we deserve one another, were made for one another no less than your sister was for me or my seer was for you. You do not get to think less of yourself just because there are things that happen beyond either of us.” Rubbing your horn against hers causes her to make a soft, agreeable sound. “Together we have done a great thing; that you claim I did something more than you is flattering, but I do not agree. It is who I am, just as you are who you are. We are heart and mind together, not separate at all. You have taught me that.” You draw back, and she gazes at you, smiling and red-cheeked. “Just warn me next time you set me up with a forest pretending to be my sister.” You draw back further, and her hair waves slightly in the breeze of heat that surrounds her. “There aren't any more like that, are there?” you tease, adding a note of uncertainty to your voice.THAT makes her hair explode. “Idiot!”
>>47065532You grab her and hug her tight, rubbing your cheek as she struggles in your arms. “Oh good!” She struggles, rather uselessly and not really all that hard before she gives up, and lets you cuddle her. “We need to get in all the cuddling we can, because I think Er Yin-sensei is going to teach us both lessons. And stop keeping her out of the loop, she almost froze me to death when I told her I ate mermaid flesh.” She mumbles something into your breasts. “What?”“Baka-dragon, you shouldn't spring things like that on her!” Her small hands are clutching your jacket, you note, rather than keeping you at an ineffectual arms length. “Is that so? I'll remember next time.” She swats you on the back of the head (because you let her) with her tail before she snuggles into your jacket once more. You sit cross legged and she settles into your lap sideways, leaning against you as the sun begins to set. You remain there for a while, enjoying the closeness and warmth of one another's presence. It is easing into the near-violet of sunset when she speaks. “Aniki.”“Yes, Hougyoku?” The name comes unbidden this time, natural and easily. “Will you still see the kappa.” I haven't much choice. Yes, but I'll be more careful. I am considering. It's being reconsidered. I don't think so.
>>47065550> Yes, but I'll be more careful.
>>47065550>[x] I am considering.
>>47065550> I am considering.
>>47065550> I am considering.I'm sorry, who's Hougyoku?
>>47065550> I am considering> I haven't much choice.
>>47065550> Yes, but I'll be more careful.A lot more, hopefully.
>>47065622It's Er Yin's pet name for Kiku.
>>47065550>[x] Yes, but I'll be more careful.I think it's going to take more than some paints to pacify an old, angry, bitter kappa.
>>47065550>[X] Yes, but I'll be more careful.
>>47065640Right right, brainfart. Did XS ever explain why Kiku has to lay eggs?
>>47065652She's too powerful. Not sure exactly why that matters, but apparently it's why.
>>47065652Wasn't cuz she's too tiny to give birth?Also what are all of you listening too?
>>47065652Pretty sure it was was explained that very thread that it was because of how old/powerful a dragonette Kiku is.
>>47065550 I am considering.> Er Yin could use healing, if it is available. But Onee-chan let me know more of the Kappa.
>>47065550> Yes, but I'll be more careful.>Could you please tell me how my sister was -thankfully temporarily- consumed by the youkai, precisely?
>>47065895Er Yin's not the only one who needs healing.
>“I think Kiku-chan's baby will be a very lovely little thing, though. I'll have to wait for Er Yin-sensei even longer, since she's injured though.” you muse idly.>“Ah....Kiku-sensei will be laying an egg, Ryukuza-sama,” murmurs poor Inau-kun. “She's too powerful to carry a spirit-child to term in her body.”>“I would have thought her size was more important, but....” The words die in on your lips. “What do you mean ~will be~?” Her tenses were odd, and you don't think it was her accent. >Inau-kun looks down at the water lapping at her toned, pale legs. “Perhaps I should not say, because it is not my place, Ryukusa-sama?” she suggests in a small voice. Your huntress and midwife is still embarrassed as all heaven though.
>>47065920Ginka is most likely the Kappa 's daughter, and mentioning that we allowed her to be hurt, even accidentally could have terrible consequences.
>>47065963If Kiku is too powerful to carry a child, I'd wonder about Ryukusa herself.
>>47066006She's too powerful to get pregnant.
>>47065963Huh, Inau was sent to deliver and take care of Kiku's kid?
>>47066020all of our kids.
>>47065980That's not how it works, and we promised healing for everyone. Kiku's curse removal included.>>47066020Of all our kids
>>47066019You underestimate Amaterasu.
>>47065677Streams of all sorts.
>>47065677>>47066078>>47065997I pretty much use this as Ryukusa's themehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jE1hWmvpTlE
>>47066064Well, we didn't promise. Our first priority should be Gin-Gin since her injuries won't heal on their own. If we can get healing for everyone or the gift of medicine at a reasonable cost, then we should do that, but it shouldn't be our primary goal.
>>47066071Don't you get my hopes up anon, I won't he able to take it.
>>47066450Ryukusa is all about spreading happiness anon*, you should believe in her!*Offer not valid for the island of Japan
[XX] Yes, but I'll be more careful.[X] I am considering.[+] Er Yin needs it, but onee-chan spoke of the kappa....[+] What exactly happened to my onee-chan?With Kiku cradled in your arm and watching the sea got to sleep and the town come to life, you don't answer for a little while. You don't forget what was said, but Er Yin's situation is dire on a level no one else's injuries have been except perhaps yours. You still healed, but you're not a dragonette either. “I am still considering it, very strongly considering it. If I do, I will be much more careful than I'd intended to be, and I wasn't going to be incautious before. Nabiki-onee-chan was very dire in her warnings, so I am seriously concerned.” Kiku's tail caresses your back. “That is a strange thing to hear from you, but it is nothing that you do not demonstrate.” She's kind of right; you act much more cautious than you sound. Even when you're sure of yourself you act with care. Mostly because you have been awfully final in your solutions in the past. “What did she say?”You think back. “The Mill Pond Demon isn't just a kappa, and while it might not have been a suicide, there might be a lit of death-curse in its nature too. It is more than it seems, and it might want a sacrifice, rather than just offerings.” She hums softly, and you slide your hands about her waist. You can feel a strange warmth, not a real warmth, but almost a sort of energy radiating from her center. “Now, I know that sacrifices might not necessarily mean human or living ones, but I am kind of worried that in this case those are what is meant. Probably not human though. I suspect, only suspect, that it is an attempt to break up my family, somehow.” You trace the radiance gently, and the golden eyes look up at you.
>>47066631“I will be a mother again soon,” she murmurs softly. “You made this life, with me. Soon I will be unable to use some of my more destructive powers to protect us, Ryukusa. They will make the baby grow faster than it should, though there won't be any harm to her.” She takes one of your hands in one of hers, and opens her uniform for you, and then places your hand on her belly, her smooth, soft skin. Kiku guides your hand slowly.“Her head. This is one of her horns. Her back – though this is her tail tip, not hair. This is her leg, and her shoulder. Her tail, warped over her body and around to her back again.” With your eyes closed you can imagine what she is telling you, almost feel the radiation form her belly.“I can feel her blood moving,” you whisper softly. You can; her powerful little heart thrumming like a hummingbirds, her flood a rushing concourse. Kiku rests her hand atop yours, leaving it against her skin. It's some minutes before you speak. “How did Nabiki-onee-sama become possessed, Kiku-chan?” She sighs softly. “I do not know. Er Yin said that she was....she had been touched by sorcery, the Fires revealing that she had been cursed by a spirit of the dead, but that the curse had a source outside the dead. Someone cursed her, but I do not know who it was.”
>>47066650Whoever it was, they better hope Ryukusa doesn't find out either.
>>47066650You relax, remaining with her a little longer, allowing the darkness to become full. You both silently agree that it is time and get up; you fix her clothing and she only just tolerates it; things are quickly becoming normal for her. And you're very glad you could help her with that. She starts to protest when you pick her up but a few kisses and horn rubs later and she's putty in your arms. You're back in the garden in four leaps, and there you set her down, following her from the garden to the temple. The walkways are well lit, but there are only the last stragglers and the garbage-pickup people around for the most part. No one approaches or bothers you as you reach the temple. Yui opens the doors to allow you in, and the temple is more brightly lit, as more candles have been places. You and Kiku both cleanse yourselves and assist each other, and that nets you a few curious looks, and a knowing smile or two as well. Ginka is still here, and everyone is awake, though Inau-kun is lying on the futon so recently belonging to Akari and resting while Yuuhi talks to her animatedly.  Time to deal with Ginka's problem. Wife first, you have sharing to do! Time to have some tea and wake up.  ….see if you can find a large earthenware pot. Check up on Akari's health personally.
>>47066680>[x] Time to deal with Ginka's problem.
>>47066680> Time to deal with Ginka's problem.
>>47066680 Time to deal with Ginka's problem. ….see if you can find a large earthenware pot.
>>47066676It was probably Oba-shit.>>47066680>[x] Time to deal with Ginka's problem.>[x] ….see if you can find a large earthenware pot.
>>47066680> Wife first, you have sharing to do!> Check up on Akari's health personally.
>>47066776Probably, yeah. I mean we could presumably ask our onee-chan and find out too couldn't we?
>>47066831That would mean using the Five-Ghost-Chain, wasting a charge on it or heading over to the forest itself to talk to her.
>>47066902We'll just save the question for some time we call on her for something else....Actually, it allows direct communication too if I remember correctly. It wasn't specified if that uses a charge or not though.
>>47066975I would rather not take chances.
>>47066989Unless I'm mistaken, we could look at it with fire eyes to discern it's exact magical nature? That costs us energy though.Or XS could just tell us.
[XXX] Time to deal with Ginka's problem.[X] ….see if you can find a large earthenware pot.Recalling Er Yin mentioning what Kiku-chan's last bout of morning sickness was like, you tell Yui-chan that you'll be right back and step outside once more. It doesn't take too long to locate what you need, though you are forced to transplant the tree in the large ceramic pot art the edge of the garden area. Both the tree and the garden need it, the feng shui was a little strong there and needed to be redirected just a touch. You double check to make sure that the vendor who will be receiving the boon of chi in his direction is appropriately healthy, and isn't selling something inappropriate to the gift. You quickly get the pot, then realize that it has holes in the base for drainage which is useless. Taking some measurements, you then hop the wall once more to some of the rocks that the island is built from. Your left hand makes short work of the relatively soft stone, but the five plugs you make all fit perfectly. Realizing it might be nice to give everyone a treat, you drop by another vendor and pick up some Ramune drinks for everyone, and then head back to the temple. “Sorry it took so long, Yui-chan,” you apologize when you see her peeking out the door. “I hadn't shut the door yet, aniki.” “....gomen.”
>>47067423You hand her a bubblegum flavored drink and she marvels at the marble trapped in the glass bottle. You drop two more off with Yuuhi-chan and Inau-kun, and then return to the rest of your family, and the new friend who had the misfortune of becoming involved in your life. Unsurprisingly no one asks about the large earthenware pot you're carting around.Ginka's looking none-the-worse for wear; she's lively and smiling, and thanks you profusely for saving her life, and for introducing her to Ryujin Owatatsumi. It seems like as good an opening as any though.“About that, Ginka-chan....I am truly sorry for getting you involved in this at all. I really should have been more careful.” she seems confused, and starts to protest, but the look on your face and the guilt on Kiki-hime's and the sympathy in Yui's stops her. “I'm afraid you have a very hard choice or two ahead of you, Ginka-chan. You see, I am returning home tomorrow with my family, to Shikoku prefecture near Shinjuku district.” that nets a lot of excitement from your family, except for Yui-chan, who nods to you encouragingly. And Akari, who is silently stoic as she drinks her Ramune. You take a deep breath. “You see, the people who are hunting and attempting to harm my family know that you're my friend. So it is with sadness that I must tell you these things....but you are going to have to decide if you can stay here or not.” She looks at you, worry in her strange red eyes. “What do you mean, Aoi-san?”You kneel, and begin your tale....>To Be Continued....
>>47066831>>47066902>>47066975>>47066989>>47067303>“There are five ghosts bound to this chain; you can use them to call me, once each. I'll come at once if I can, or send a messenger if I cannot. I cannot make more of those, so be cautious in using it.”
>>47067423>“I hadn't shut the door yet, aniki.” >“....gomen.”Har
>>47067447Thanks for running!
Thank you all for reading and playing, and I apologize for the interruption. I'll stay for a short while for questions.
>>47067447>>47067488Thanks for the thread XS
>>47067488Thanks for running boss, how long is the incubation period for a Dragonette egg?
>>47067465Seems I misremembered. Can we contact her through the void?
>>47067488Thanks for running XS.So with the days mix up will there be a thread tomorrow?
>>47067580So greedy, anon!Don't worry, I am too.
>>47067513You can attempt to do so, yes. It may not be safe - remember, she literally lives in a forest full of suicides, and ghosts interact with Void in some important and possible dangerous ways. (Recall, void in Japan represnts though, feelings, and ephemeral parts of the body and soul.)>>47067511Depends on a few things - mostly, what type of dragonette is going to be born from it, and how much power it absorbs from the mother's use of power. The fact that Kiku's child is so well developed compared to the other two is an example of how using power affects the baby.
>>47067580Depends on how I'm feeling and if I sleep enough before work to be capable. I've had about 6 hours three days ago and a half dozen 10-20 minute catnaps in the past two days.
>>47067706Get some rest, XS.
>>47067731I may have a few shots of peppermint schnapps. that seems to do the trick on occasion.
>>47067706 Try and get some sleep boss, please?
>>47067706Sleep well, then!
>>47067767Thank you for running, have an excellent night.
>>47067767See you next time.
Thank you for the well wishings, and thank you again for reading and playing. >Coming soon....
>>47067950Melinda's coming back? Guess we'll see how her time with Rie went.