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  1. Yum... Your stomach is satisfied now. That was a good meal.
  2.  
  3. “Hey, where will we go ne-” Aya stops in her tracks when she looks outside. “Uh...”
  4.  
  5. “What's wrong?”
  6.  
  7. “Nobu, it seems you got fans here.”
  8.  
  9. Eh? You take a peek outside: There are a lot of kids here, all of them holding some kind of object from the outside.
  10.  
  11. “Sorry, are you mister Nobu?”
  12.  
  13. You slowly nod. This can't be good...
  14.  
  15. “Could you fix our toys?”
  16.  
  17. “Could you show us how to play it?”
  18.  
  19. Welp. You ask Sanae to tell them that you are busy now.
  20.  
  21. “Sorry kids, we're kind of busy now, please ask it again on another ti-”
  22.  
  23. “Hey, that's okay, don't mind me! I wanted to see Nobu in action anyway,” the lord quickly says.
  24.  
  25. “But, my lord, Nobu didn't bring his tools-”
  26.  
  27. *Buk!*
  28.  
  29. Ouch. Suddenly a box and a bag full of tools drops down from the sky directly on your head. Argh...
  30.  
  31. “What was that?” Lord Tenma quickly helps you back on your feet. You notice there's also a small note attached to the toolbox.
  32.  
  33. “You need to carry these at all times, I can't bring them to you everyday, you know~”
  34.  
  35. [i]Thanks a lot Yukari[/i].
  36.  
  37. “... Yukari, boss. I don't know why, but she's always bothering him lately...” Sanae explains to her.
  38.  
  39. “Huh? Do you know how unlikely it is for her to directly involve herself like that?”
  40.  
  41. “Yes, but it happens boss,” Sanae rubs the bump on your head, thanks to Yukari. “I'm sure this is Yukari's plan...”
  42.  
  43. ...Well, let's play along then. Lord Tenma wants to see you helping those kids anyway. But you need Sanae's help if you want this to go swimmingly.
  44.  
  45. “Don't worry, I got your back!”
  46.  
  47. Good. Now let's start by lining them up. Sanae nods and goes to the crowd of children.
  48.  
  49. “Everyone, please calm down, Mister Nobu can only help you one at a time, so be patient, okay?”
  50.  
  51. “Yes Miss!”
  52.  
  53. “Okay, for the first one...” Sanae mutters some words and then point to a boy. “That lucky boy over there! Come here!”
  54.  
  55. He runs to your position, and bows.
  56.  
  57. “Afternoon mister Nobu, could you help me with this?”
  58.  
  59. The boy puts a simple handheld game in front of you. Woah, talk about old stuff. You try to turn it on: It's surprisingly still working, and starts the only game that it has: Tetris. Funny, most of these usually don't last long, as opposed to the game boy version. You don't know how long the battery inside will last. You wave Sanae over.
  60.  
  61. “What's wro- Oh,” she gets closer to the kid. “This is what the outsiders call Tetris. It's a simple game, blocks falls from the upper side of this screen, and you have to stack them fully to make them disappear. Here, look how Mister Nobu plays it.”
  62.  
  63. Eh, fine. You play the first few levels to show the kid how to play it. Lots of other kids go behind you to take a peek how it's played.
  64.  
  65. “Ooh... Where do the removed blocks go?”
  66.  
  67. “Uhm... They will be reused for the next block. Don't mind that, the point is, you keep trying to make the blocks disappear until you can't and the stacked blocks hit the top, after that the game will be over!”
  68.  
  69. “There is no way to win the game, miss?”
  70.  
  71. “No, it's like playing kendama, you keep going until you can't keep up with the game! You should play it with your friends, competing how long you can go on until the game's over!”
  72.  
  73. “Okay then! Thanks a lot!”
  74.  
  75. You give the thing back to the owner, and he bows to you.
  76.  
  77. “Oh, make sure to keep it away from the water, or it'll be broken!” Sanae yells her warning to the kid. “Okay, next, that girl, come here!”
  78.  
  79. She runs to you, bows, and shows you her item: A portable sound recorder. You try to turn it on: It's not working. Hm... The battery is still there, the cassette too.. Let's check if the battery still has some power in it... Yep, it does. You need to open it...
  80.  
  81. *Click!*
  82.  
  83. ------
  84.  
  85. “Sorry, but he needs to find the materials to fix it first, please give us a few days, okay?”
  86.  
  87. Fuh... You've helped most of the kids, some of their objects are not working and need proper materials to fix, a lot of them are not even toys. But it's impressive that more than half the objects that you inspected are still usable. Is that Sanae's miracle? Never mind, that's it for today, you signal Sanae that you've done enough work for now.
  88.  
  89. “Okay, Mister Nobu will fix the items that he got from some of you, so look for us a few days later.”
  90.  
  91. You can hear a mass groaning from the kids, and they start dispersing. Some of them start crowding the kids whose objects are already fixed.
  92.  
  93. “Move along.”
  94.  
  95. A familiar little girl walks up to you. Wait... You remember her from somewhere...
  96.  
  97. “Miss Hieda?”
  98.  
  99. “Good evening. You're Kochiya Sanae, right? I interviewed you once before,” She hands her a letter. “Please deliver this to your goddess.”
  100.  
  101. “What's this?”
  102.  
  103. “An invitation, I wish to record the thoughts about the recent events and also the opinion of each head of religion in Gensokyo in a symposium.”
  104.  
  105. “Okay, I'll deliver it.”
  106.  
  107. “Thank you,” the girl turns to you. “I wish to interview you, for my record.”
  108.  
  109. “Uh, we're kind of busy here, there are-”
  110.  
  111. *Tap!*
  112.  
  113. “Here!”
  114.  
  115. *Wink!*
  116.  
  117. *Whoooooosh!*
  118.  
  119. You try to process what's happened: Aya gives you a paper, winks, then quickly flies away. Huh? There's something written on it, maybe she wants you to read it...
  120.  
  121. “Dear Nobu
  122.  
  123. One of my servants reported that I was needed at the castle while you were busy fixing the children's toys. I didn't want to interrupt you, so I quietly went back without a proper goodbye. Please accept my apology.
  124.  
  125. PS: It seems you did well with the devices. Don't slack off and maybe one day you'll surpass the kappa~ Please remember us tengu when that happens, okay?
  126. Boss”
  127.  
  128. Huff... She needs to take a full day off properly. You can't imagine how someone like her can work all day without any rest. You pass the paper to Sanae so she can read it.
  129.  
  130. “Oh...”
  131.  
  132. “Did something happen, miss Kochiya?”
  133.  
  134. “Well...” Sanae looks to you. “Nobu, do you want to do the interview with Miss Hieda?”
  135.  
  136. Hm... Will she publish it just like the tengu reporter's interview?
  137.  
  138. (NOTE:How's the availability of Akyuu's record like PMiSS and SoPM? Can anyone can read them or it is only readable to Akyuu's family? I don't know, what do you think?)
  139.  
  140. “No, this is only for recording purposes, and will not be published. Anyone can read them if they request the records from me, but otherwise I won't reveal it to the masses.”
  141.  
  142. Why bother recording it if no one will read it? But then, you recall that she's Keine's friend, it's not like she's asking you to fix something, so why not? You nod to Sanae.
  143.  
  144. “Fine. Miss Hieda, he doesn't mind getting interviewed.”
  145.  
  146. “Excellent. Please follow me to my house, I will ask my servant to prepare some tea for us.”
  147.  
  148. Yeah, whatever. You only hope it won't take long, the sun will set soon...
  149.  
  150. -----
  151.  
  152. New Record
  153.  
  154. The one-eyed fixer
  155. Nobu
  156. Ability: The ability to use and fix objects from the outside.
  157. Threat Level: Low
  158. Human Friendship Level: High
  159. Main Place of Activity: Human Village, Youkai Mountain, etc.
  160.  
  161. Most outsiders don't understand how their devices works. They have to rely on others that do when their things breaks to get them fixed. This man is one of those people.
  162.  
  163. He's currently residing at the Moriya Shrine, taking care of objects that the three goddesses have, but sometimes he comes down to human village to fix objects from the outside that anyone brings to him, presumably as another advertisement to gain more faith for the shrine.
  164.  
  165. He's unable to speak, instead he uses a device called 'Writing Pad' to communicate through words, taking more time than normal people require to talk to others. He also often expresses his feelings through face and hand motions (1).
  166.  
  167. His Ability
  168.  
  169. He can fix any object from the outside, and knows how to use such items. This is very useful, since most of those items can be a great help when the owner knows how to use them.
  170.  
  171. However, to fix broken items, he needs time and resources (2). Because he can't make those resources, he needs to salvage them from dropped items from the outside, or buying them from scavengers.
  172.  
  173. Because of that it could take days, or even months for him to fix one item. Not only that, sometimes the object is worthless by itself, and needs another object to achieve it's full potential (3).
  174.  
  175. One should probably consult the shopkeeper of the shop near the forest of magic about the purpose of the object to help determining whether it's worth it or not to ask him to fix an object.
  176.  
  177. Countermeasure
  178.  
  179. He's a human, so there's no need.
  180.  
  181. Actually he, like most outsiders, are weaker than most adult males in the village, but you could invoke wrath of Moriya goddesses if you try to harm him.
  182.  
  183. He could take a lot of time explaining how to make the device do your bidding. You must bear with it if you want to get your item identified and fixed.
  184.  
  185. Also, he has no regards for how safe an object is, so you should probably leave the devices broken before anyone can get hurt (4).
  186.  
  187. Footnote:
  188. 1. In his words, “Keeping me sane since I can't express them with text.”
  189. 2. Such as 'circuit board', 'Battery', etc.
  190. 3. Like how brush is useless without paper to write on.
  191. 4. In his words: “I am not responsible for injuries caused by improper handling of those items.”
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