“Be careful out there Sanae, Nobu!”
Suwako waves as they depart from the shrine to the Tengu settlement. She walks back to the living room.
“Hey Kanako, you'll go to the Kappa to fix that broken radar-thing, right? You know, since don't have any plans for today...”
“Please explain to Nitori in case she heard the news about what Nobu did yesterday. She probably won't be happy her effort fixing that console got claimed by Nobu...”
“Why don't you tell her yourself? You don't have anything planned today either.”
“I think I will go to the small shrines around the village, since Sanae is going with him...”
“You have to actually go there?”
“For maintenance. Checking the small shrines condition and stuff...”
“...I can't promise anything.”
“At least try, okay?”
Kanako sighs, then walks out to take her broken radar.
“Now... Time to find Yukari.”
After some time walking to the top of the mountain, you and Sanae arrive at the tengu village. The guard stops you at the gate. You show her the lord's message, and she hands you and Sanae a tengu mask. Sanae looks puzzled for a moment, but she quietly puts it on anyway. The guard opens the door once you both put on your masks.
“Wow, this place is just like an old tourist district, like my village back at the outside.” Sanae comments once the village presented itself before her eyes. “Well, except the mask part...”
As you both walk further, you ask if she's never seen this village before.
“Not from the inside. I could only see it from afar. Only lady Kanako sometimes went in here. I'm kind of surprised that most of the tengus wear more modern clothes than the humans in the village. I heard from kappas on the lake that sometimes they tinker some stuff for the tengus, but I did not expect-”
“Not all of us tengus are nostalgia freak, jeez!”
Someone puts their hands on your and Sanae's shoulders.
“Wha- Aya, don't sneak up on us like that!”
“Hehehe, sorry!” The reporter flies in front of you both. “This is about the bathhouse, right?”
“Well, if someone didn't write an article about it...”
“Hey, don't blame me, I'm a reporter, it is my duty to report anything that happens, especially on this mountain!” She continues spouting words as you all walk to the tengu palace. “Blame those grumpy high tengus for making a fuss over it! I mean, that's a cool-looking bath house, I wrote good stuff about it!”
“Okay, okay... So, do you have any tips for talking with them?”
“Eh? I don't usually talk with them, so I don't know. Oh, this might seem obvious, but you should be formal with them. Even boss has to be formal in front of them. You know, to appease the whole crowd...”
“I think it'd be kind of weird to have a leader that is not acting the part... At least in front of their subjects.”
“That's why I chose to become a journalist, I don't have to mask my emotions-”
She stops talking for a while, thinking about her words.
“Uhm, I mean most of the time. I have to act formal in front of some people, you know, like those grumpy people inside the castle when I have to interview them... Not boss of course, she's cool when those grumpy people aren't around.”
You and the others stop just in front of the castle gate.
“Okay, you guys reached your destination, time to go fetch some news for my paper!”
“Eh, you won't report on the discussion between us and the tengu officials today?”
“Can't, boss said someone else has booked the position. It's like that girl already anticipated my move... Oh well! See you later!”
Aya flies away. The guards in front of the gate only stare silently at her for a while, before focusing on you both. You hand one of the guards the letter, then they let you in.
A servant immediately greets as you steps in. She leads you to the waiting room, and motions for you to sit.
“Please wait, I'll announce your arrival to the lord.”
“I'm kinda anxious, I've never met a lord before, or any ministers...”
You tell her to calm down, since you depend on her as your voice, and Kanako has advised to keep calm so she won't reveal any weakness to them.
“... I'll try.”
“Please come inside. The lord is expecting you.”
You steps into the room along with Sanae. Lord Tenma is wearing her mask, as usual, along with two groups of high tengus lining both on her left and right side-
You can spot a tengu reporter near the corner of the room, photographing you with her handphone- Come on Nobu, focus... You and Sanae both bow to them as greetings.
“Welcome,” the lord greets in a distorted voice. All those high tengus immediately whisper to each other.
“It's the Moriya envoy. ”
“That girl is her shrine maiden, right?”
“Why doesn't she come with him?”
They don't even care to lower their voice. Gah, where are their manners? Well, better than talking about it behind your backs, but still...
One cough from the lord, and they all instantly shut their mouths.
“Pardon, we were expecting Kanako with you. Did something happen?”
Huh? Both you and Sanae stare each other, before you let her speak for you.
“My lord, the letter that you sent to us told us to have Nobu to come here.”
You put the letter in front of you. A servant takes and gives it to lord Tenma.
“Indeed, but we thought she will oversee the discussion as well. Alas, it's a small matter, and therefore we should let it pass and go on to the main topic.”
“Of course my lord,” One of the high tengu steps forward. He puts a document in front of him. “We are demanding their audience, because of this bath house, that they built and used. According to my source, this bath house suddenly appeared near the lake that they brought to our mountain.”
The lord takes and reads the document after her servant fetches it for her.
“Yes, I've read the news, it's an exotic looking bath house.”
“Problem is, my lord, they built it on our land, yet it doesn't have the department of landbuilding's permission, therefore, it's illegal. Not only that, I'm suspicious with the purpose of the bath house, I'm afraid they will use it to invite more humans on our mountain.”
“Hm... Do you have something to say about this?”
“My lord, Lady Suwako built it simply for our personal use. May I ask what do you want us to do with it?”
“Well, what do you propose?” Tenma asks her ministers.
“We can approve the bath house, and we will deal with the legal matters.” The person turns to you. “But the bath house could only be used by the tengus.”
The hell? How selfish, that means neither you or your goddesses can use it, they only want it for their own people. But this could be profitable for your shrine, if you can play your cards right...
Tell them the bath house is already teared down to the ground.
Negotiate with the tengus further.