Stage 133: Punishment and Games.Ryuu Fuuta is curled up, asleep in the furthest corner of the couch from where you - also on the arm – and Kiki-hime are sitting. Kiki-hime is pressed up against you, and you have your arm along the back of the couch, your other hand playing idly with a lock of her shimmering fuchsia hair. Akari and Yui are both back on the other side of the coffee table in the love seat, looking terribly embarrassed. No, not embarrassed, shamed. Er Yin-sensei isn't much better off, kneeling at the corner of the table next to Kiku-chan, who is sitting seiza and looking mildly annoyed, which is better than the incensed she was looking before you brought Fuuta-chan in.Mollified as your wife appears to be, you can tell that she's unhappy with you, and with your clan. Specifically those closest to you, those who are part and parcel of Inari. You're not entirely certain if Kiku-chan is privy to that information, save what you said when you placed her in your wife's lap a very short time ago. Er Yin, naturally, is very aware – she told you, though you heard it from Amaterasu-Omikami firsthand later. It's not exactly a secret that you're meant to keep as far as you know, though it is certainly safer to do so for the most part.No, what your wife is upset about is that you slipped out to do your business with no bodyguards, no assistance, and without informing anyone save Er Yin and Akari. You didn't specifically forbid either of them to not tell Kiki-hime where you went, or anyone else for that matter, but Akari wouldn't have offered immediately in any case. Still, the way SHE has been cowed, in addition to everyone else, bodes very ill for you if you do not tread with utmost care.Which is perfectly normal for a husband, you've heard. You've just never really experienced it before.
>>49258356Still, you had every reason to rescue Fuuta-chan, and not nearly all of them about you. Fuuta-chan was special even when you were young; she was entirely home-schooled, and rarely allowed to leave Clan Ryo grounds. Certainly never without an escort, which is what such outings required anyways, given they were generally training missions. The way the others treated her – even the oni-chick who stood up for her spoke of her in a dismissive tone, curse words and epithets aside – told you plenty of things. Mostly that she was not looked at as much of an asset, something you know isn't true in the slightest.But being Oba-san's personal oracle, complete with prophetic dreams....you suspect Oba-san didn't give her the respect she deserved even as she used Fuuta-chan's powers for her own gain. Possibly even sold intel to others, say Taisho Ryoga, who seems to have an uncanny knack for locating you, even as she told Fuuta that her visions and dreams meant little. But protecting your secrets, the few you have left, isn't as important to you as it once was. The thing that struck you most was that she didn't seem all that interested in how she was brought back with you: prisoner, defeated enemy, ally, slave, victim of circumstance, all that mattered was you taking her to Inari.You know exactly where you've seen THAT particular type of behavior before.No, you really didn't have much of a choice in your own eyes. You have little doubt Kiki-hime will agree with your reasoning. But then again, that is kind of secondary to why she's annoyed at you.  Let Kiki-hime break the ice. Give Kiku-chan a glance to set her off. Apologize to Er Yin-sensei and Akari-niji-chan. Start with Fuuta-chan's background. Beg forgiveness before you say anything else.
Twitter: @XsQuestmistressPrevious Thread: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/49131867/Interlude: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/37879167/Threads in Chronological Order, including writeups by XS : http://pastebin.com/Z53TyK0Nor search for tag: Ryukuza on SuptgBarrier Combat Guide: http://pastebin.com/rZLwzvGx>Ryukusa's TreasuresHer name: Ryuu Yorihokura Eight hundred and sixty-one 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.Her Penthouse in the Secret Apartments of Tsathoggua in Shikoku prefecture, Tokyo.Ryukusa's Family.>Talismans:Akari – CentipedeEr Yin – ScorpionKiki – ToadKiku – LizardYui – Snake
>>49258367 Let Kiki-hime break the ice. Beg for forgiveness
>>49258356Hello XS is this cuddle time or punishment time? or both?
>>49258367> Let Kiki-hime break the ice.
>>49258367>[X] Let Kiki-hime break the ice.>[X] Apologize to Er Yin-sensei and Akari-niji-chan.
>>49258367>[x] Let Kiki-hime break the ice.>[x] Beg forgiveness before you say anything else.No one better to steer things right.
Ryu Ryukusa is tall at 5' 8"; 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. 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.Ryuu Himeyuri is 5' 5” and is supposedly straight.Ryuu Fuuta is 5' 2” and very soft.
>>49258367> Start with Fuuta-chan's background.
[XXX] Let Kiki-hime break the ice.[XX] Beg forgiveness before you say anything else.[X] Apologize to Er Yin-sensei and Akari-niji-chan.You wait patiently for Kiki-hime to decide how she wants to deal with you. It is only fair; after all, you were the one who screwed up in this instance. Even if you didn't. Especially if you didn't! She seems all right with you playing with the single lock of hair, and she isn't stiff and tense next to you, just a bit taciturn. With her feet coiled on the couch and her tail curled around her legs, she rests against your shoulder like a cat, her eyes closed.You aren't fooled for one second. Yui-chan glances sidelong at Akari-chan, who is still flushed with embarrassment, and you see her arm move a little as she rests her hand on Akari's thigh. Akari leans towards Yui just a bit, and their tails quickly twin together; otherwise they don't move or make a noise.Er Yin-sensei is no less embarrassed than Akari is, though she's handling it far better. Much more practice, undoubtedly. Kiku-chan's undirected irritation makes her the least predictable person in the room; a simple glance and the dam would burst. The whole household would be woken up by the torrent of curse-words and name-calling, you have absolutely no doubt. Better to let that steeping dragon lie a little longer. You suspect it might be easier to calm her down than anyone else as well.
>>49258803Your patience is rewarded when Kiki-hime opens her eyes and looks over at the sleeping Fuuta-chan. The oni-chick, only a little taller than Kiki-hime's sister and far more rounded and soft than Yui-chan used to be, is wearing her too short kimono, which somehow still manages to barely keep her decently covered. The blue satin shimmers slightly as she breathes in slow, calm cycles. “Who is that girl, otousan?” Her question has no envy or venom in it, or even any jealousy. She is curious more than anything else, and is not afraid of Fuuta-chan's presence at all.Her use of the honorific means you ~might~ not be in as much trouble as you feared, but better safe than sorry. “Gomennasai gozimasu, kasan. I did not mean to cause trouble.” She lowers her eyes and head slightly, and merely response with a soft “Mmm.” You smiles faintly, realizing you're still in water only slightly less hot than that of the Black Smokers in the abyss of the ocean, but it's marginally better that a frown or actual words. You leans back in the couch and slowly twirl her soft pink hair around your finger. You do bow your head to Akari and Er Yin, after a moment of thought, though, the best you can apologize at this moment. Start with when you first met her in the clan. Just give her the basics of the situation. How you met her tonight should be a good start. Explain her importance first.  As her how she means the question?
>>49258843> Start with when you first met her in the clan.
>>49258843>[X] How you met her tonight should be a good start.
>>49258843Awww damn, I'm late!>[x] Explain her importance first.
>>49258843>[X] Explain her importance first.
>>49258843>[X] Start with when you first met her in the clan.
>>49258843>[x] Explain her importance first.
>>49258843>[X] As her how she means the question?
It's almost scary how not angry Kiki-hime is outwardly. Ryukusa really is in trouble.
>>49258843> Explain her importance first.
Cant we explain to her how if we did not promise what we did the thing on the island with the twins could have gone way more wrong?
>>49259102I imagine our thorough explanation for why Ryukusa went out this evening will be forthcoming eventually.
>>49259180I think the problem is that we went alone and unannounced. To that I would answer more people would be a risk, and no one is a better infiltrator than us anyway.
>>49259272Yeah, really bringing anyone along would just have been a risk of messing up the whole plan of approach, which could have put Ryukusa in more danger, not less.
>>49259272I think going alone might have been okay, with kami stuff and us being pretty good at stealth and not wanting the situation to escalate at all, it's more going unnanounced that's the problem.Like I'm pretty sure ideally Ryukusa wanted everyone to still be asleep when she came back, and then I guess told them about it in the morning? Even if we made a Promise, the only reason she decided on doing this now was because she can't sleep.
>>49259306>>49259332...There's no real good reason for us not to have gathered the family and make our case before running off
>>49259332Really, sleepless Ryukusa has always been a recipe for disaster. She can't sit still and very quickly WILL something to do. Or someone, depending on who's awake. Maybe the wives should start alternating their sleeping schedules...
>>49259343>>49259370>>49259332good points we should have let her know and try to convince her that us going alone would be for the best
It's not normal sleepless Ryukuza. I't because she just became a full demi-god. She's still getting used to all the extra restlessness and need to do STUFF.
>>49259445Guess we should also show kiki that we are a full demi god now?
>>49259482I think Er-Yin probably mentioned it?
>>49259573still think we should tell her our self but i guess er yins health was brought up since we left
>>49258843> Start with how you met her
Still alive and writing. You'll have Fuuta's Tale sometime in the morning.
>>49260055Sounds good to me, XS! Hope you're slightly more alive than before, rather than slightly less.
>>49260055Glad to hear, also I hope the week treated you well.
[XX] Explain her importance first. [XX] Start with when you first met her in the clan.You glance at the peacefully sleeping Fuuta, and you can almost feel your expression soften, the faint tug of a frown at your lips. Yui-chan notices this and looks up, more interested in this strange new situation than anything else. Akari's face regains some of her normal placidity. It takes a moment of searching for you to find the right words. “You've read fairy tales, haven't you, Hime-chan?” She nods absently to your question but her eyes open a bit, curiosity overcoming all else. “Well....if Oba-san is the wicked queen, the evil stepmother, or the horrible aunt,” all of which are pretty close to a truth to be honest, “then Ryuu Fuuta was her magic mirror, her magic cauldron, or her ikiryo.” The ghost of someone yet living, which could do evil in place of its living body. Your wife glances at the massive scroll lying on the floor next to the couch, the steel chains gleaming in the soft lighting. Er Yin-sensei's expression immediately lightens, though she doesn't say anything, and Kiku-chan looks at the sleeping oni-child with surprise. Yui-niji-chan is the one who voices what the others are thinking though. “You mean she's Oba-san's seer?!” Her excitement is hard to contain, and to Kiki-hime's credit she doesn't quash that childlike excitement, regardless of how annoyed she might be with you at the moment. “Not, she's more than that. She's a prophet, or an oracle. She's been having prophetic dreams ever since....probably before Akari-niji-chan and I ever started training with her.”That surprises Kiku-chan as well as interests Yui-niji-chan further. “You know her from Clan Ryo?” your priestess asks in surprise. “Someone this valuable would have been protected....”
>>49260249Nodding, you agree with her. “She wasn't sent to Celestial High, but she still had to practice and train. So we saw her, but no one outside the clan did. Fuuta-chan was usually kept with the elites, and she didn't sleep in the barracks with us. But she had to learn to fight, to use her abilities, and to defend herself. Besides, dragonettes and dragonnes turn....strange if left to their own devices for too long without similar company.” Kiki-hime looks at you, concern in her sky blue eyes, but you don't look back immediately, lost in your memories. Memories from hundreds of years ago. “I was nine when I met her, and Akari-chan was seven. Fuuta-chan was eleven-” Kiki-hime starts, glancing at the youthful looking oni-chick, and Akari-chan smiles faintly. “-and I had noticed she got a lot more cuts and bruises than most. She was almost always bandaged. I mean, beyond an the normal for an oni-child, they were injuries, not accessories. She....” You bite your lip. “She's extremely sensitive. Her skin, I mean. Her kimono is satin, and you can see the chains she uses to hold her scroll are polished perfect. The sheath for her sword and the handle too, perfectly smooth, or as close to it as she can get. Back then, though, it was all natural fibers and handmade material for training.”“Why is that, aniki?” asks Yui-niji-chan curiously.
>>49260265“So we know how it tears, cuts and falls apart, and how we can use that to our advantage and the enemy disadvantage.” You love how her eyes light up – literally – when she understands something new. “For Fuuta-chan, it was sheer torture, apparently, but she wasn't allowed to either undress herself or wear anything different. And then I realized why she was getting all those cuts and scrapes and bruises.” Akari-chan smiles faintly again. “She was deliberately letting them cut her clothing off and nearly strip her naked, regardless of how much they laughed and enjoyed it. Fuuta would deliberately practice with the worst bullies and meanest of the trainees.”“That's awful....” murmurs Kiki-hime.A simple nod of agreement suffices. “So Akari and I sought her out and practiced with her instead. But it wasn't JUST practice, of course. We would cut as much of her clothing away as we could get away with, during sparring practice.” There is a soft mutter at the end of the table and you shake your head. “No, it wasn't like that. This was long before I knew about lilies. Between Akari and myself, we taught her the best ways to not only get her clothing off, but to fight and use what clothing and movements she had as weapons.” It came naturally to you, of course; it was simply logical to teach her.Of course, eventually she grew up and out more as you grew older.... You can skip that part. Go ahead and continue. See if that's enough for Kiki-hime. Let Akari explain the rest. Tell everyone about the scroll and Fuuta's dreams.
>>49260293> See if that's enough for Kiki-hime.if not> Go ahead and continue.
>>49260293> See if that's enough for Kiki-hime.If not Go ahead and continue.
>>49260293>[x] Let Akari explain the rest.M-maybe everyone will forget about punishment if Ryukusa isn't the center of attention!
>>49260293> Go ahead and continue.Poor Fuuta. We better make sure she has the softest life possible.
>>49260293>[x] Go ahead and continue.Why keep secrets they could probably guess at anyway?
>>49260407Oh but I'll add, emphasize polite language.
>>49260357>>[X] See if that's enough for Kiki-hime.>[X] Go ahead and continue.or if it feels better let akari tell the rest
>>49260293Please remove >>[X] See if that's enough for Kiki-hime.from my vote >>49260440
>>49260293> Go ahead and continue.> Let Akari explain the rest.
>>49260293> Tell everyone about the scroll and Fuuta's dreams.
>>49260265Oh dear, something is very wrong with the general pelvis area of the poor woman in this image.
>>49260293>Let Akari explain the rest
[X] See if that's enough for Kiki-hime.[XXX] Go ahead and continue.[XX] Let Akari explain the rest.You glance at Kiki-hime, to see if she's satisfied with your line of questioning, but surprisingly she seems much more interested in the tale. Yui-chan and Kiku-chan (and you have every suspicion that Kiku-chan would immediately deny it if asked) are also interested in the tale; even Er Yin-sensei is sitting with her head cocked to one side, attentive to your voice. Well, telling a story is better than walking....um, sitting on eggshells. Which is kind of a perversity to say as a dragonette, now that you think about it. It is something to do, which is good to have as well. “Between the few others who would practice with us, and the fact that Fuuta-chan was older, as she grew into her power and got better at anticipating attacks, it became almost a dance. You've seen Akari and I practice taihenjutsu....well, Fuuta-chan is even better at it than we are.” Akari murmurs softly, “So very graceful,” in a strangely wistful tone of voice that makes Yui-chan's ears prick up. “The few outings she was allowed to go on, she usually stayed near Akari-niji-chan and I. Not just because we were nice to her, because we were pretty nice to anyone who wasn't being a jerk. But because I could keep her clothing damp, which caused her a lot less discomfort.” You hesitate, not quite sure whether or not to continue. Akari notices, and tilts her head ever so slightly. Yui-niji-chan catches the motion and looks to you, as does Kiku-chan, but she looks at Akari instead. You nod slightly, your cheeks already coloring, much to Kiki-hime's confusion.
“When Fuuta-chan became fourteen, aniki started noticing certain things,” Akari comments softly, her expression slightly amused as always. The shame is gone from her expression, as well as Yui's which is really all you could have asked for. “Not me, certainly, I was younger than she was....and my attention was on other things at the time. Fuuta-chan noticed aniki noticing....so she made that part of the sparring as well.” Kiki-hime still looks confused, as does Yui-niji-chan. Kiku-chan's hair starts floating, however, and she hides her cupid-bow lips behind her sleeve. “Mmh hmn. It was very interesting, and perhaps....perhaps a little cute, to see aniki actually distracted by something. Fuuta-chan hasn't changed much since then, really.” If Fuuta-chan were awake she'd probably be shy with this many eyes on her, exhibitionist or not. Kiki-hime is smiling wickedly now, and her eyes are narrows and looking slyly in your direction. This actually makes the embarrassment worse somehow, and you're not really quite sure how either – it's not Wood Eyes, it's just HER eyes.“Fuuta-chan took every advantage, until finally aniki was forced to learn how to cope with anything that was happening around her no matter how....interesting it might be. That's why she's much more dangerous than another Water Dragonette might be; she can't be easily distracted by things that are supposed to be shocking or unusual in a fight.” Akari glances up at you, her carnelian eyes glimmering with amusement, and not a little love. “Not that she can't still suffer from an unexpected situation outside of a fight. But before anyone thinks otherwise....no, there is nothing between Fuuta-chan and us other than the thing that all of us have suffered at the hands of others.” Kiku-chan looks a little abashed at that, and Yui-chan nods slowly, a determined gleam coming to life in her softly glowing eyes. Kiki-hime's expression falls, becomes understanding.
>>49261112Akari pointedly does not mention the side effect of that, which lead to the death of Umetsumi's brother. Then again, she may not even know about that. Kiki-hime does, and she's smart enough to figure it out given half a chance.“So she's like us in that one way too.” You nod slowly. “Well...if it's Ryukusa, it can't be helped.” She turns towards you, her eyes glittering brightly and her expression stern. “But that doesn't excuse you for sneaking off without Akari or Yuuhi!” She doesn't raise her voice or sound terribly angry, though she is upset. She's not nearly as upset as she was before though.  Explain about the promise. Beg and plead for mercy from your beloved wife. Let her take a very good look at you....it will explain itself. Tell her what Inau-kun told you about demigods. Take the entirety of the blame on yourself; Er Yin and Akari are free of blame!
>>49261130>[x] Explain about the promise.>[x] Beg and plead for mercy from your beloved wife.
>>49261130> Explain about the promise.> Beg and plead for mercy from your beloved wife
>>49261130> Explain about the promise.> Beg and plead for mercy from your beloved wife.> Let her take a very good look at you....it will explain itself.
>>49261130> Take the entirety of the blame on yourself; Er Yin and Akari are free of blame!> Beg and plead for mercy from your beloved wife.Sure we have reasons and excuses, but it's no good pretending Ryukusa shouldn't have told them all what she was doing first. Beyond shallow justifications like 'letting them sleep' or 'you wouldn't have let me go alone' anyway.
>>49261130> Take the entirety of the blame on yourself; Er Yin and Akari are free of blame!> Tell her what Inau-kun told you about demigods.
>>49261130> Explain about the promise.> Beg and plead for mercy from your beloved wife.
>>49261130>[X] Let her take a very good look at you....it will explain itself.>[X] Explain about the promise.>[X] Beg and plead for mercy from your beloved wife.
>>49261130>[X] Tell her what Inau-kun told you about demigods.>[X] Take the entirety of the blame on yourself; Er Yin and Akari are free of blame!
>>49261337>picNot quite dragonnette, but still good
>>49261130>Take the blame>Talk about Inau.
>>49261352its meant to be godzilla. It has destroyed japan more time then i can count so Horobi could learn something for godzilla
>>49261352It's Gojira-sama. Do not speak of her so dismissively, good anon, as radiation is bad for the internet.I have seen all the Godzilla movies ever mad with the sole exception of Godzilla vs King Kong where Godzilla wins.All of them.
>>49261404Good taste in monster movies. Have you seen the new one? is it any good?
>>49261404Wow, now that's dedication.Uh, well I've seen the like, 98(?) movie when I was about 11. None of the Japanese ones. Monster movies aren't really my thing.
>>49261404You just got even cooler
>>49261441So what you're saying is that you have never ever seen a single Godzilla movie.>>49261431I have; it's good. People complained that most of the movie doesn't actually feature Godzilla fighting, but they're missing the point.And when the fight finally happens for real, oh baby. People were cheering in the theater the moment his spines lit up.
>>49261589That's not the newest one, is it?
>>49261589I was referring to the new one that came out last month Shin godzilla
>>49261404Oh my god XS... How'd you feel about Godzilla 2014? I know it's divisive for some, but I loved it.
>>49261431I have not, they haven't released it anwhere I could pi - er, see it yet.>>49261589Ah ha, another person who got the point of the original and that one!>>49261712It was done properly and well. It was never about the monster....not really. And they did it well.Posting.
>>49261999I still wish it focused more on Brian Cranston and that Japanese scientist guy than the actual male lead they went with, but eh there was probably a symbolic point to it that I'm missing.
>>49262024Nah, they should've. Still a good film though
[XXXX] Beg and plead for mercy from your beloved wife.[XXX] Explain about the promise.[XX] Take the entirety of the blame on yourself; Er Yin and Akari are free of blame![X] Tell her what Inau-kun told you about demigods.[x] Let her take a very good look at you....it will explain itself.“Ah, gomen, gomen!” you say rapidly, boding over your upright hand. “Please forgive this terribly stupid and clumsy lizard for her poor decisions and thoughtless actions! She does not deserve mercy, but asks for it, so that she may continue to show her face amongst company, as well as sit down properly to meals, which she could not do if you punished her as much as she deserves....” You hesitate. “Wait, regeneration means spankings don't last any longer than the spanking itself. Well, I suppose Kiku-chan and Yui-niji-chan still qualify....nope, spanking Yui-niji-chan would probably be a lot like spanking a volleyball filled with lead powder.” You look at Kiku-chan, whose eyes are wide and whose hair has exploded into flames. “Sorry, you're it. Er Yin-sensei's tail armor is just too big to work around.”“Ryukusa-sama!” The shocked exclamation from your seer makes Yui-chan giggle, and even Akari-chan can't help but smile at the suggestion that Er Yin's posterior might be too large to handle.“H...hentai....no, ~S~ dragon!” Kiku-chan is glaring molten daggers at you. “Where was I....” “Begging my forgiveness,” Kiki-hime prompts immediately. “Oh yes!” You backtrack and then pick up approximately where you left off. “If you punished your wayward dragonette as much as she deserves, she would surely be an announcement of shame and a travesty upon all dragonkind for her foolish temerity at having left your bed unattended for so long....”
>>49262088Yui leans over and whispers not quite softly enough to Akari. “Wait, isn't this supposed to be about her sneaking out of the house?” Akari nods solemnly. Yui doesn't really look like she gets it but nods anyways.“Enough, enough! Just....” Kiki-hime, smiling and looking rather gratified, shakes her head. “Just please take someone with you, next time, Ryu-chan?”That causes your expression to fall, and you murmurs softly, “I can't promise that, kasan. And you can't blame Er Yin-sensei, or Akari-niji-chan. In fact, Akari-niji-chan fought me to force me to take her, but I refused.” Yui-niji-chan turns and stares at Akari as though Akari just desecrated a torii; Akari remains nonplussed, as always. Sitting up, you take her hands in yours, lacing your fingers with hers as you look into her shimmering blue eyes. “I made a promise, princess. A promise of the kind that Inau-kun warned me about. I didn't dare take anyone with me.” You take a deep breath and let it out slowly. “If anyone had gone with me, they could have caused things to go bad, or worse, been caught up in kami stuff.” “....kami stuff?” Her innocence is telling and you nod slowly. “The kami take promises like I make very seriously. And if necessary, they will MAKE those promises happen. My promises are one thing, but the promise that I made that day....even Amaterasu-Omikami could not force me to break that promise. But she might make sure that the promise is kept....even at the cost of the life of someone I love. So....no, I couldn't take anyone. I didn't even dare wake you or Yuuhi-chan, because you would have made me take her, at least.” She looks away shyly, knowing just as you do that it's the truth.
“Inau-kun told me, a promise made by a demigod is binding, utterly binding. They can't be changed or broken. They can't be 'tricked' either, the way the fairy tales say. It's stronger than karma, stronger than the will of the gods. Not even Susano-Oh could break his promises when he was cast down from heaven.” Kiki-hime looks back at you and you gently lay kisses upon each of her warm, delicate hands. “....and I am no longer what I once was, kasan.”Your wife looks bemused, but you simply look at her. She gazes back, confused....then she pulls back slightly, looking at you more carefully. First Yui-chan sees it and she draws a sharp breath. Then Kiku-chan sees it and she reaches into her robs and grasps her prayer beads tightly, her eyes wide and overcome with wonder. You see the very instant your lover, your first love, the mother of your first born, sees you as you were meant to be; her expression becomes awestruck and her breath catches in her throat. ….surprise?! Kiss her hands again, show her you're still you. It can't be hidden at all anymore.... I don't look that different, do I? Breathe, hime-chan, breathe!
>>49262144> Kiss her hands again, show her you're still you.> I don't look that different, do I?
>>49262144 Kiss her hands again, show her you're still you. Breathe, hime-chan, breathe!
>>49262144> Kiss her hands again, show her you're still you.> It can't be hidden at all anymore....
>>49262144 ….surprise?! Kiss her hands again, show her you're still you.Didn't kiku already see it when she took a closer look at the fixed Er Yin?
>>49262144> ….surprise?!> Kiss her hands again, show her you're still you.
>>49262144>[x] Breathe, hime-chan, breathe!>x] Kiss her hands again, show her you're still you.Gotta be quite a shock to witness it, even with all the things she's learned since the quest started.
>>49262144>[X] ….surprise?!>[X] Breathe, hime-chan, breathe!>[X] Kiss her hands again, show her you're still you.>[X] I don't look that different, do I?
>>49262024The original movie and this remake were about one thing.The connection and importance of family, and how no expense must be spared to maintain that connection. the muto and the were just the plot device keeping them separated....and Godzilla was the will of the gods protecting those who would risk all to get home.If you watch the original, it will be perfectly clear.
>>49262144> ….surprise?!> Kiss her hands again, show her you're still you.> It can't be hidden at all anymore....> I don't look that different, do I?> Breathe, hime-chan, breathe!TAKE EVERY OPTION
>>49262144> Kiss her hands again, show her you're still you.> ….surprise?!> It can't be hidden at all anymore....
[X] Yeah, still yourself (and all those kisses!).You draw her closer to you and despite her awe she allows herself to be drawn closer. You lay two more soft, gentle kisses upon her knuckles as your hands are laced with hers, your eyes closed and paying every bit of attention to each kiss as though they had been laid upon her lips. She shivers each time, and her nipples are hard points under her kimono. You look up at her and she seems taken aback by your expression or your eyes, or....or something you don't understand. “Surprise....?” You murmur softly, with a wry little smile. She blushes a little but there isn't a sound otherwise in the entire room. “It really is me, kasan....hime-chan. I am yours always, married under the Sun.” Tears start to well up in her eyes and she touches each of your cheeks lightly, her hands slipping free of yours to do so. There is a hitch in her breathing as she tries to speak, and you reach over, your hand cupping her soft, warm cheek, your thumb tracing the three tiny scales there. Like petals on a flower, you suddenly realize, and smile. She hiccups as she sees your smile and looks down, closes her eyes as though it is too bright, to powerful a thing to see.
>>49262863Moving closer you embrace her tenderly, and whisper to her: “Breathe, kasan. Just breathe.” Her breath hitches once more, and then she starts crying, softly, the scent of sakura blossoms in rain surrounding you as you hold her close, hold her dearly to you. “I am here, we are safe. You, your beloved Yui, my dear Akari, our Er Yin, our Kiku....we're all safe now. None will mistake me for anything but what I am, and what I am....is yours.” ~Inari~ The whisper in your mind isn't yours, isn't hers, isn't any one of theirs. ~Horobi, Inari.~You kiss her softly, deeply, and she throws herself into your embrace, holding you tight, hard enough to hurt almost, so desperate is her hug. Allowing her that is no hardship, no sufferign at all. ~Horobi. Inari. The Seven Sisters.~ You feel an atavistic chill down the fur of your tail, all the way to the vanes of it and right up through your horns, even as you hold and kiss the mother of your first child so tight your hearts beat as one.>To Be Continued....
>>49262890Thanks for running XS!
Thank you for reading and playing. I'll stay a little while to answer any questions that can be answered.
>>49262890Thanks for running! Looks like things are moving forward.
>>49262905Thanks for running.
I'm really getting the vibe that we should hop to the whole Tide-Lowering-Jewel thing.
>>49262905Thanks for writing
>>49262890Thanks for running, so I guess devil hunting is next?
>>49262938Eh, we can't actually be forced to unleash Horobi's power, but yeah I am getting a vibe that today the end begins.
>>49262905thanks for running XS
>>49262905What did you think of GMK? The idea of Godzilla as some kind of avatar of all the unacknowledged misery and pain from WWII, was something that came to mind sometimes when reading this quest.
>>49262890Wait, who's the Seven Sisters? Us plus Inari just makes six, doesn't it?
>>49262905Considering his original incarnation being a creature of madness and plague, would it be a good guess that Nakuo (or whatever his name is) chose Wood and Void for his elements?
>>49262905Because Youkai (and I think youkai-born) don't really get afterlives, is it considered more acceptable to keep them in barriers than just killing them, or does their inherently impure nature kind of mean that whatever is dictates the rules isn't that concerned with there being more youkai?
>>49262905Have the nightmares finally left you alone for a while?
>>49263022I would not deign to know anything about that. There is a very hard to find manga called Horobi. The adventure bears only a vague relation to it, but it is worth reading, especially if you made the connection of Godzilla and the apocalyptic suffering.
>>49263040Your math is perfectly correct. And also, far off the mark.>>49263072It is extremely likely.>>49263130You are correct about youkai; they are nonentities, though worthy of respect and occasionally worship (bakeneko, for instance, can become associated with a specific family and protect and warn that family of trouble, as well as cause mischeif for them). Generally, their deaths are as meaningless as their existences, with few exceptions. Youkai-born, however, do have souls - they are human in part, and do go to Yomi when killed. Usually. >>49263166Not really. But I have channeled them a little better into other things currently. Dreamless sleep best sleep.
>>49263202Oh yeah I saw that when googling the name Horobi. Also, didn't the US government kind of clumsily crack down on Shintoism after the war? Are we expected to like... do something about that?
>>49263278Man, -no one- likes Stone do they?
>>49263278Well it's good to hear that you're finding a method of coping, but are you just saying you prefer dreamless sleep or you've found a way to achieve it?
>>49263280You ARE doing something about that. It's the whole point of the quest.>>49263295Seems not - it does have a couple of fairly strong limitations. >>49263323I prefer it. Unfortunately, if you don't dream enough, you brain will make you dream sooner or later - I have fallen into REM sleep and horrifying nightmares within 15 minutes of falling asleep when I've been really sleep depreived for a while (say, 10-15 days of 4-5 hours of sleep a night).
>>49263278How are Peta and Chisato doing?Is Peta making sure that Chisato eats properly?
>>49263373I meant more are we supposed to do something about the USA?
>>49263401That is an excellent question, and I'm glad you asked it. Yes, Peta is making sure that Chisato eats properly and smokes less. Mostly because Chisto is worried about Peta getting sick by eating all those cigarettes.
>>49263435As I said, you are taking care of those problems. Slowly but surely. Taisho Ryoga is among the chief irritant in that capacity, with his penchant for Westerner interference. The Diet isn't doing you much good either.
Final note - I will add Fuuta's Tale to the pastebin tonight sometime after 1:00 am, I believe. With that, good night.
>>49263633Cool stuff, rest as well as you can
>>49263633Good night, XS. Thank you for running! I'll have some more pictures for you soon.
>>49264205Ooooh, more pictures you say? I do hope you'll share with the class.