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  1. “So, how's Nobu? He didn't do anything bad, did he?”
  2.  
  3. “Cut the chatter Yukari. Why did you do that?”
  4.  
  5. “Hmm, do what? I've done many things today, like-”
  6.  
  7. “Yesterday's night, you foiled my plan to-”
  8.  
  9. “'To make them mate?' Ambitious one, I must say, but your 'plan' was doomed to fail from the start. Don't you know that alcohol disturbs one's coordination-”
  10.  
  11. “What's your intention? He's just a normal outsider, you shouldn't even care about him, why-”
  12.  
  13. “Be patient, I'll answer one of your questions, but you must answer my question beforehand.”
  14.  
  15. “Answer?”
  16.  
  17. “Yes. If you're not willing to answer my questions, why I should answer yours?”
  18.  
  19. “... What's your question?” Suwako ignores her cryptic words.
  20.  
  21. “First, look to your right.”
  22.  
  23. The goddess turns her head, and she sees a human corpse- an outsider from the corpse's clothes, is being consumed by a youkai.
  24.  
  25. “[i]What makes Nobu different from him?[/i]”
  26.  
  27. “...He's dead and Nobu's alive?”
  28.  
  29. “Correct. Your response shows that you don't care about outsiders' safety in Gensokyo, we all don't,” She retracts her fan. “So what's so special about Nobu?”
  30.  
  31. “You tell me. You never show yourself to anyone directly, especially outsiders since they'll be eaten by a youkai, except Nobu. More than that, you helped him regain his memories. Or the possibility that you ordered one of the tengu patrols to bring him to us for the first time, because it's an oddity to have a tengu patrol saving a human instead of leaving him to die, or even eating him since he's badly injured. [i]What's so special about him?[/i]”
  32.  
  33. “Fufufu, you noticed that~” They both return to walk forward. “Two reason: One, because of his skill, and two, because his past relation to your shrine maiden.”
  34.  
  35. “His skill? That's why you returned his memories?”
  36.  
  37. “One question, one answer,” she refuses to tell more. “Your turn,[i]why did you save him, despite you knowing that there is something fishy about him?[/i]”
  38.  
  39. “You mean, back when that tengu patrol brought him to our shrine?”
  40.  
  41. “Not just that time. I know you were rescuing Nobu when he was pranked by fairies.”
  42.  
  43. “Because Sanae wanted it. I don't want her feeling upset over someone else's death...”
  44.  
  45. “Just like before, back when both of her parents died in a car crash?”
  46.  
  47. Suwako immediately stops on her track.
  48.  
  49. “[i]How much do you know that?[/i]”
  50.  
  51. “I did some quick background check on anyone that enters and stay in Gensokyo. I do not know the details, if that's what you want to know.”
  52.  
  53. Suwako thinks for a while, then move again.
  54.  
  55. “Don't tell that to Sanae. She's really traumatized by it.”
  56.  
  57. “She won't hear anything from me, I don't see how revealing this to her could benefit me. ”
  58.  
  59. “Then why you-”
  60.  
  61. “One question~” Yukari cuts her again. “Now, [i]Sanae is not the only reason that you saved him, right?[/i] I know what you tried to do with him to punish yourself~”
  62.  
  63. “...Yes.”
  64.  
  65. “And what is-”
  66.  
  67. “One. Question,” Suwako echoes Yukari's previous lines. “Now, back to me: [i]If you don't want to reveal this to her, then why do you return Nobu's memories?[/i] He knows Sanae before that accident!”
  68.  
  69. “I'm merely giving him a choice, just like what I did last night: made him sober and cured him of aphrodisiac that you gave so he can make his choice with a clear mind. It's the deal that I made with him: I saved his live, but wiped his memories until he lives his life in Gensokyo for a set time.”
  70.  
  71. “A pact? What are- nevermind, you won't answer my question until I answer mine,” she takes a deep breath. “He... He reminds me a lot of Minakata...”
  72.  
  73. “Hm...” Yukari tries to recall who she means, until she gets whose the name refers to. “Oh, you still remember the name of your spouse.”
  74.  
  75. “...I gave my answer, tell me-”
  76.  
  77. “Nuh uh, you gave the answer yourself, I haven't stated the question yet~”
  78.  
  79. *Whoosh!*
  80.  
  81. Yukari suddenly opens a hole and steps into it.
  82.  
  83. “Hey! That's cheating-”
  84.  
  85. “I'll give you a bonus info before I leave,” Yukari's upper half suddenly appears behind Suwako. “I found him on the exact spot where both of your shrine maiden's parents died. What a coincidence, don't you think?”
  86.  
  87. Suwako quickly turned her head, but Yukari has already disappeared.
  88.  
  89. “Exact same spot-”
  90.  
  91. *Dup!*
  92.  
  93. Her heart stops for a moment.
  94.  
  95. “Nononono, so that curse...”
  96.  
  97. She waits for Yukari to show up again, but it seems she's already gone.
  98.  
  99. “I need to check that old charm...”
  100.  
  101. -----
  102.  
  103. *Tk!*
  104.  
  105. A servant delivers some beverage to you, Sanae and the lord, then excuses herself out of the room.
  106.  
  107. “Sorry, Lord Tenma-”
  108.  
  109. “Just call me boss, please?”
  110.  
  111. “Ahem... I mean, boss, we're not going to drink sake, right?”
  112.  
  113. “Hm? Why did that come into your mind?”
  114.  
  115. “Uhm, Lady Suwako told me that we should be prepared if you serve sake, since she knows tengus really like sake...”
  116.  
  117. “That's correct, I also served miss Yasaka some sake when we had our discussion, but I don't serve it to you because you are both human, I'm afraid you guys can't handle it. Especially you miss Kochiya, I heard you were uncomfortable when we held a drinking party back then.”
  118.  
  119. “Yes, that's true. Thank you for your consideration, boss.”
  120.  
  121. You grab the cup to drink the tea, but Sanae immediately stops you. Welp, don't drink it before she tells you to.
  122.  
  123. “Hm? Anything wrong?”
  124.  
  125. “No, boss. May we drink the tea now?”
  126.  
  127. “Of course! I told you to drop all the formality stuff, you don't have to wait for my order.”
  128.  
  129. Fuh... You and Sanae drinks the tea, then you tell to Sanae to ask the lord why did she want you to come here.
  130.  
  131. “Boss, Nobu asks why did you ask for him specifically to come to this meeting.”
  132.  
  133. “Well...” She looks to you. “I only wanted to speak with you. At first I thought Kanako will do the discussion, and after that we could have our conversation, but it seems Kanako already anticipated my high tengu's move. I'm also glad that I could talk with miss Kochiya in less... pressing manner.”
  134.  
  135. “Thank you boss.”
  136.  
  137. “But still... Please deliver my apology to Kanako, I didn't mean to forbid her from joining the discussion...”
  138.  
  139. “Don't worry about it boss, she doesn't really mind it! I mean, Lady Kanako has to go to the power plant today.”
  140.  
  141. “Is that so? But still, I feel bad-”
  142.  
  143. Hoam... They won't stop talking... Better think what you'll do next...
  144.  
  145.  
  146. [] Suggest that they should take a walk outside this castle.
  147. -[]Walk around the tengu village.
  148. -[]Sightseeing in the human village.
  149. [] Go home when they are finished talking.
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