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...My eyes are getting tired of all this bamboo. Hey Keine, are you really sure this is the right place? I can't even see the road anymore.
Well it's called the Bamboo Forest of the Lost for a reason. Have you never been here before?
Pretty much. I've heard stories, but never had a reason to come here. Anyway are you sure we aren't lost? I want to get back in time for lunch.
Don't worry, I'm used to this path.
Okay then, so what's this person we're meeting like?
...Her name is Mokou Fujiwara. She's a human who lives here.
Excuse me? Did I hear you right? A human lives here?
That's right. The only one who knows about her is me.
Why the secrecy?
Well, she has some... extenuating circumstances, so she keeps her distance from the rest of humanity. She's never come to the village, and the only human she'll meet with is me.
Sounds suspicious. She seems like a real handful.
...You could say that.
So can we rely on her? What if she doesn't even want to help?
That's possible, but I'm hoping to change that girl.
Keine is pretty much maximum busybody.
She's a human, but for as long as I've known her she's been on her own. It's not a good way to live life. That's why I'm hoping you girls will get her to think about opening up a little.
Sheesh, somehow I feel like I'm being used.
Now that I think about it, I did just suddenly bring you with me. My apologies.
It's alright. Anyway, this girl sounds like a hassle.
I suppose, but I'm sure that underneath her moody personality is a kind girl.
But that moodiness is the problem.
The POV changes to Daiyousei and Rumia.
...Nope, Cirno isn't here.
Daaaaaai, I'm hungry.
Rumia, wait. Things seem a little different from usual, so-
Hey, wait up.
Oh, it's Reimu and Keine. Why are you two in a place like this?
That's our line. What are you two doing in a place like this?
I was looking for Cirno, then Rumia said she would lend a hand so...
Dai is actually the type of character to trail off a lot, so expect a lot of ellipses!
Hmph, I see you're still hanging around fairies.
I had some free time, so I went somewhere with good food.
But why did you come to the Bamboo Forest of all places? Is there something urgent?
No, it's nothing to be worried about. It's just, early this morning Cirno went off somewhere without me.
I wonder if it's because of what she said yesterday?
Most likely. She must be looking for allies.
Why's she doing that?
Oh. Right now we're in a situation similar to last summer's incident, so we're looking for help. Cirno was quite enthusiastic about it, so maybe that's why she left like that.
Oh, I see. Then can we go with you?
Yeah, it'd be easier to find Cirno if we were all together... I'm sorry to be a bother, but would it be alright for us to come with you?
I don't mind. It'd bother me to leave lost children alone.
That's what my stomach thinks too. I hope I can eat something good when we leave~.
Hey, is this really okay? That girl already hates humans, adding youkai seems like it would only make things worse.
...We'll worry about that when we get there, for now let's bring them along.
Okay, let's go~. Is this person fine with serving tea to youkai?
(She's very old, so she might just try to exterminate any youkai she sees... but I'm sure she'll listen to me.)
May as well have said "This can't possibly go wrong! smile: