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  1. “Miss Hieda, we'll be going now.”
  2.  
  3. “Thank you for your cooperation.” Akyuu bows to the duo as they fly away. “Huff...”
  4.  
  5. She walks back inside her house, and finds her friend, the gap youkai, is reading her recently written scroll.
  6.  
  7. “I thought you'd ask him to stop helping the villagers.”
  8.  
  9. “As if the Moriya goddessess won't react if I asked that,” she sits on a nearby mat. “Seriously, your plan... You'll anger the dragon god if he finds out.”
  10.  
  11. “Oh, really? I simply re-purpose Gensokyo. He'll listen to me if he was willing to listen to those sages in the past~”
  12.  
  13. “But, the outside world, how do you restore outsider's belief in youkai?”
  14.  
  15. “I don't.” Yukari smiles. “They will... summon their own destruction. At that time they will no longer be able to advance and youkai will triumph in the outside world once again.”
  16.  
  17. “I don't understand.”
  18.  
  19. “Oh Akyuu, you would if you saw what outsiders can do now. It'll be quite a sight~ But not all of them will perish, else no one will be left to believe in youkai~”
  20.  
  21. She opens a hole, revealing the man and the shrine maiden flying on their way to their shrine.
  22.  
  23. “Of course, unless he choose differently... In that case Gensokyo will be the same as usual, and he will be gone from this land just as you wish, along with the technology threat. But I have to save outsiders to keep the equilibrium, and that's quite a task to do...”
  24.  
  25. Yukari closes the scroll that she reads, then changes the portal's end to somewhere ominous.
  26.  
  27. “Either way, those events will happen after your time Akyuu, you don't have to worry about it. Unless you want to continue your reincarnation cycle~”
  28.  
  29. She enters the portal and it vanishes. Akyuu shakes her head and sits on where Yukari previously sat.
  30.  
  31. “Hana!”
  32.  
  33. A woman comes inside the room.
  34.  
  35. “Yes, Lady Hieda?”
  36.  
  37. “Fetch me some sake. I really need a drink...”
  38.  
  39. "But Miss Hieda, your body is not matured-"
  40.  
  41. "Please, just this once. I really need it..."
  42.  
  43. ----
  44.  
  45. “I'm home.”
  46.  
  47. “Welcome back,” Kanako waits at the front. “The direction where you coming is not from the Tengu village. And is that a toolbox that Nobu is carrying?”
  48.  
  49. “Well, Lord Tenma asked us to hang out for a little while, and... It's a long story.”
  50.  
  51. “Oh? Well, tell it to me inside,”
  52.  
  53. “Uhm, where's Lady Suwako?”
  54.  
  55. “She in the main shrine room. After returning from maintaining our small shrines in the morning she went there and didn't come out until now.”
  56.  
  57. “Strange... Did she prepare another surprise like the bath house?”
  58.  
  59. “Probably. Go check up on her Sanae. Nobu, go write your story on that writing pad while we wait.”
  60.  
  61. Urgh... Your hands need some rest, they worked too much today...
  62.  
  63. ----
  64.  
  65. “...”
  66.  
  67. “Come on Suwako. This is so unlike you. At least we're not cursing him on purpose!”
  68.  
  69. “But he mentioned his father... If he is with him when the curse is activated...”
  70.  
  71. “But Sanae survived when we-”
  72.  
  73. “That's because of her innate miracle power. The curse only acts as a trigger: the crash and the fall is-”
  74.  
  75. *Knock Knock!*
  76.  
  77. “Lady Suwako? Are you in there?”
  78.  
  79. A knock and calling sound comes from outside of the room.
  80.  
  81. “Hear that? Our shrine maiden is calling. Now, go out there and greet her. Also, fix that gloomy face first.”
  82.  
  83. *Poof!*
  84.  
  85. *Poof!*
  86.  
  87. *Poof!*
  88.  
  89. Consulting with her partial selves... They only say what she wants them to say, but even knowing that, she still does it...
  90.  
  91. ---
  92.  
  93. “Lady Suwako, I'm opening the door-”
  94.  
  95. *Srrrkk!*
  96.  
  97. “Evening!”
  98.  
  99. Suwako opens the door before Sanae could.
  100.  
  101. “Lady Suwako, we're going to have dinner soon. What are you doing inside?”
  102.  
  103. “Well, uhm, secret!”
  104.  
  105. “Lady Suwako, you're not planning to build another structure, are you?”
  106.  
  107. “Maybeeee~”
  108.  
  109. Suwako happily walks to the dining room, while Sanae sighs behind her.
  110.  
  111. ----
  112.  
  113. “The lord appreciate your work? That's good Nobu!” Suwako exclaims after reading your story and the message that Aya gave to you, then she eats her food.
  114.  
  115. “Don't get cocky, it could be just lip service to get your favor,” Kanako says whilst reading the letter that Akyuu gave to Sanae.
  116.  
  117. “That means she actually tries to be friendly with him, that's good! Certainly better than the high tengus. They clearly do not appreciate my creativity.”
  118.  
  119. “You'll get the same reaction if you try building something without the government’s permission.”
  120.  
  121. “One of the reasons why we moved here. But some things just won't change anywhere...” She puts the empty bowl aside. “So, you're joining in that symposium?”
  122.  
  123. “Why not, I can hear what our competitors plan and think if I join in.”
  124.  
  125. “They will also be able to hear our plan too, then.”
  126.  
  127. “As if that matters to them. If Sanae's description of Miko is correct, the Buddhist and the Taoist will be more focused on each other rather than looking at us.”
  128.  
  129. “Do you need me to accompany you, Lady Kanako?”
  130.  
  131. “No need. You'd better go help Nobu with that stuff,” Kanako turns to you. “Now, come here Nobu.”
  132.  
  133. “Another faith transferring?”
  134.  
  135. “Of course Suwako. What else?”
  136.  
  137. This somehow bugs you... You move closer to her and she puts her hands on your head. You use this time to write why are you the one receiving the faith, not Sanae since she's half god. You are a normal human, so she should be getting more faith than you, right?
  138.  
  139. “Done.”
  140.  
  141. “That's it?”
  142.  
  143. “Well, you were the one who told me not to take all his faith.”
  144.  
  145. “Uh... Yeah... I thought you'll take more though.” She says, then you show your question to her. “Uh, because you let them believe that you fixed the stuff?”
  146.  
  147. “Hm? What did he ask-”
  148.  
  149. Suwako passes the writing pad to Kanako before she finished her question.
  150.  
  151. “Oh. Basically what Suwako said. If you said it's Sanae's blessing, it'll be hers. If you said that it's our blessing, the faith would go to me. If you said the Kappa fixed it, their existence would be stronger, that is if the humans [i]trust[/i] their devices.”
  152.  
  153. “Yeah, and here in Gensokyo, you could do amazing stuff with that faith, just like me! Right, Lady Suwako?”
  154.  
  155. “Speaking of which, you said you'll train him later, Suwako. When will you do it?”
  156.  
  157. “Uh, uhm, about that...”
  158.  
  159. She goes silent for a while, then she smiles.
  160.  
  161. “You know, back in the main shrine, I was thinking about build-”
  162.  
  163. “No, no more building-”
  164.  
  165. “Listen to me first! I was thinking about building a small workshop for Nobu. Just on the side of our hidden underground storage room so he can access those items easily. I mean, we have the underground nuclear facility for us to experiment, he needs a workspace too! Those tengus won't make any fuss about it, since they won't know it exists! If they do know though, we could just said it's a renovation, since they only said I'm not allowed to [i]build[/i] things, but nothing about renovating an existing building...”
  166.  
  167. “Well, so far he showed promising results...” Kanako stares at you. “What do you think about it Nobu? You'll be the one using it, so I need your opinion first.”
  168.  
  169. [] A special place for yourself to work in is good, it reminds you of your old workshop, and it allows you easy access to stuff in the storage, so why not?
  170. [] Nah, you could work in your own room, you don't want to trouble Suwako with just one room. You only need some spare parts to fix these items.
  171. [] Uh, actually you do not plan to work on these devices, you will ask Nitori to fix them again. Searching the proper parts to fix them is too troublesome...
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