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Youkai Street

Youkai Street

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When the Spirit World and Human World collide, how do you plan to live your life from here on out?

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Introduction

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The small, forest village of Komorebi (木漏れ日) Village tells stories of Youkai to their children more than any other town or village in the entire country of Japan. Many of the elder members of the town are old-fashioned, but it isn't to say the same for the youth necessarily. While some reflect the same views of their parents and believe the tales of Youkai (some to misbehaving children, some not), the more modern leaning ones do not. Despite the village being located in the middle of a forest where the light leaks through the trees (as the name would imply), it is not at all isolated from town or an exclusively old-fashioned town (to all). They go to school in town (which is half an hour away by the bus that stops just outside the forest) and they have jobs in the town, as well. The village appears as you would expect from a forest village—being tans and browns in colors, with sliding screens for doors and the like, surrounded by lots of rivers and lakes with stone paths and bridges across the glistening, clear waters. That said, the town has lights (not excessively) and such things to make it a good mix between old and modern.

A neighboring town was once bustling with energy but is now abandoned—or so they thought. A brave few humans decide to venture to the abandoned town one night (because of a dare, most likely, or perhaps morbid curiosity? their parents, after all, told tales of the townspeople being run out by Youkai!) and are shocked by what they see. A town once thought to be abandoned was now bustling with energy and people... but if one looked close enough, they weren't people at all. They were... Youkai.

The village the Youkai reside in resembles a shrine village. All the buildings resemble shrines with their reds, blacks, and whites in color. Large shrine gate arches are found throughout the village, giving the appearance of a very holy place. Many buildings are stacked on top of each other against a cliff in the forest, and there are many stairs that climb up and up and up, leading to the shops and houses stacked on top of each other. It appears to be, just like their town, a perfect mix between modern and old-fashioned, with signs that light up outside their shops. The humans are not only amazed at the Youkai inhabiting this town, but the architecture of it all.

It doesn't stop there, of course. A few Youkai notice the group of teens and confront them, inquiring as to how they're visible—they were under the impression they were in the Spirit World, a realm that is completely separate from the world of humans unless they so choose to cross to feed. Now that they share the same world, the Youkai are more vulnerable than they originally thought, and they have to learn to coexist with the humans they usually tease or feed off of. Anything could happen now, from romance between humans and Youkai to tension between the two.




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Toggle Rules

  1. No godmodding. Though I'm sure you all know not to do this, so we should be safe!
  2. No more than 4 characters unless you get permission from the GM (me). I love it when people have more than one character, but more than 4 is a bit excessive sometimes. That being said, exceptions can be made.
  3. Discuss established relationships. All the humans & youkai will have known each other for a while exclusively, as the live in the same town. However, established relationships between youkai & humans are not allowed until interactions are had.
  4. All characters should be Japanese. Considering the idea of this roleplay, though, that should be obvious.
  5. Please make your posts at least a paragraph long. I don't have super high expectations, but at least try to go for that.
  6. NPC roles will be filled by me. That means anyone who isn't an established character in this roleplay.
  7. Not to familiar with youkai? Your youkai characters can technically belong to the families of obake, youkai, demons, ghosts, yurei, or things like that. Use this list to help you out.
  8. Plot events are bound to happen every so often. I'll take care of these unless you have an idea. For the most part, though, this is a slice of life about youkai and humans learning to coexist peacefully together.
  9. The RP will begin with the humans discovering Youkai Street. It only makes sense.
  10. Have fun! This is the most important rule!

The Story So Far... Write a Post » as written by 13 authors

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Character Portrait: Ryuunosuke Character Portrait: Susumu Character Portrait: Sanjakubō Kurama Character Portrait: Miyako Mormeril Character Portrait: Yukiko Nakahara Character Portrait: Tsuyari Kazukai Character Portrait: Tutsrugi Character Portrait: Rika Nekonyankoo Character Portrait: Takumi Mizutori
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Before entering the main shrine, Yukiko made her way over to the chouzuya. She used the ladle to scoop up a generous amount of water before pouring some of the contents over her left hand, then repeated by cleansing her right. Once her hands were purified, she poured some from the ladle into her left hand and rinsed out her mouth. After that, she rinsed her left hand once more. After she was done she replaced the ladle with the mouth pointed in the air to cleanse the rest of the ladle, as was the common tradition.

After she finished the cleansing ritual, Yukiko smiled and went toward the honden. She admired the main building for a moment. Noticing the bell, she rang it, wincing a bit, not realizing it would chime that loudly. When she entered she went to the offering box and dropped in two 5 yen offerings. Just because she was looking for Kyosuke and Nao didn't mean she could disregard the proper protocol of visiting a shrine. However, when she looked up, Yukiko was very surprised. There was a beautiful pink haired woman with... Cat ears?! She had to blink several times but then noticed someone even more otherworldly. There was a tall male with Ivory hair and he was... Glowing!

Yukiko rubbed her eyes quickly, making sure that her two brown orbs were not playing tricks on her. He was incredibly handsome, and his amethyst eyes were alarming. Even his eyelashes were white!! He looks so young though... is white hair more common in today's youth than I thought? The more she thought it out, the more she began to wonder. The question was on the tip of her tongue, all she had to do was ask. However, if she was wrong, she would have felt incredibly stupid, especially after all that bullying she went through at her previous school before moving to Komorebi village.

Yukiko bowed very stiffly, before straightening back up, "Are you... Etto... I mean... how do I put this...?" She struggled, trying to not offend the rosy and ivory haired duo. She wasn't sure how she was supposed to address the two... Senpai? Sama? What was correct? Twirling a strand of her reddish brown hair around her finger nervously, Yukiko managed to finally spit out what she was trying so hard to ask, "Are you.... actual Youkai?" She asked the two Youkai timidly, but there was an undeniable amazement in her eyes. This was what she always wanted as a child, to meet Youkai, to have tangible proof that she wasn't crazy... Yet now she was kind of nervous. She had no idea what kind of Youkai she was dealing with. What if they were malicious toward humans?

"Forgive me!" Yukiko quickly bowed again, her reddish brown hair whipping to catch up with her sudden movement. She was incredibly embarrassed that she had forgotten to introduce herself, "I am Nakahara, Yukiko... I just moved with my family to Komorebi a few months ago..." she trailed off, hoping that the Youkai would overlook her nervous fumbling. All the research, all the manga, none of it prepared her for this. While she wasn't scared yet, she did feel as though she should tread carefully. The two visible Youkai were both exceedingly beautiful, and that made her feel very uncomfortable. One she was dressed in blue jean shorts, sneakers, and a pink scarf and a thin long sleeved v neck top... that alone made her feel too casual inside of the shrine. Two she was alone with two very likely to be unidentified Youkai... Three she had no idea where her classmates were. Her anxiety matched with feeling inferior, it was an odd sensation. Compared to other humans Yukiko felt she was just a little below average looking, not ugly but definitely not gorgeous... but standing near the two Youkai she immediately felt unsightly.

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The humans ran off before Tsuyari could get the girl's name, but also without answering the riddle Susumu presented to them, causing Tsuyari to pout. The girl had kissed her back, so she didn't understand what had went wrong. Normally it wasn't in Tsuyari's nature to hit on the humans, but the girl was rather adorable compared to most. What was the harm every now and then? She DID manage to not absorb the human's oxygen supply after all... so no harm was actually done...

Her blue eyes shifted to Susumu, and Tsuyari let out a soft sigh before transforming back into her preferred form. No Kitsune tails or ears, just an aqua-haired little girl wearing a white loose fitted sundress. Tsuyari stretched her arms out, her body back to its familiar figurelessness once more, "Should we follow them or continue on to the bar?" She asked curiously, tilting her head a bit. Her long blue hair shifted with her every movement and Tsuyari began to float, tired of walking even though she had only walked perhaps twenty to thirty feet that entire day, "Oh! Before I forget! What was the answer to that riddle anyway...?" Tsuyari asked in an energetic manner, always thrilled to learn more. She was inherently a Kitsune, but being on the younger side, riddles were not her strong suit. She was still learning about how to behave as a Kitsune and what was expected of her behavior wise, and Susumu's company made that a lot easier to digest. Her isolated younger years left her rather culturally shocked compared to most Kitsune her age.

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Finding himself incredibly bored in his cave. It was nicer than most; clean water whenever he wanted due to the natural spring, light illuminating through a large hole in the top at the far back end of the cave, and most of all peace. No one smart trespassed upon the lair of a venomous snake. Here Takumi could brew his famous sake in peace without others attempting to seduce the ingredients out of him. He would never share those details, as it was the cure to his own venom. Sharing his secret recipe would initially be the same as ripping his fangs out. He refused to intentionally disarm himself.

Taking another sip from his sake as he laid upon his makeshift bed made from fur, both from wolves and bears. The bedding was incredibly soft despite being nestled upon a crevice of stone. His sleeping area was more like a large coffin, with the side cut out. Five feet tall, seven feet wide, and seven feet long. It was plenty of space for himself and any company, not that he ever had any consenting company anyway. It had been over a thousand years since he had shared his bed with another... well, another willing person. There were plenty of young human men he 'played' with, not to say he didn't have to use a bit of brute force...

Heh. Though very few he 'played' with in such manners ever lived to tell the tale... not that the survivors would ever admit that a male Youkai molested them to other humans.... He never understood how humans functioned. They were so cute, so timid. They always seemed to care so much about what others thought of them... Takumi wasn't even sure why being gay was considered such a bad thing. In fact, he preferred relations with men over women any day.

Taking a sip of his sake, Takumi let out a sigh and decided it was well past time to get out and socialize. He had been cooped up for far too long. He snapped his fingers and a small white snake inside of his cave immediately grew in size until it was large enough to support his weight. Takumi got on the snake, his jar of sake in tow. He never left it alone, ever. He learned his lesson many years ago and did not wish to repeat his mistakes. As he soared through the sky on the back of the snake, he noticed that Youkai Street seemed to be more lively than usual. He hopped down, despite the fall being nearly thirty feet, landing gracefully right in front of Miyako's bar. While he knew she likely would not appreciate him bringing his own Sake, he was prepared to purchase some of her own vintages as well as compensation. He simply could not part with his most prized possession.

Takumi strolled in casually, dressed in a white and salmon colored Yukata and zori sandals. He immediately noticed someone he would have never expected to run into at such a place and a huge grin spread across the ivory haired God's lips. The Hakuja no Myojin ran over to Ryuunosuke and immediately wrapped his arms around the prince in a familiar fashion, definitely considered to be far too forward when pertaining to royalty, "Ōji-sama~!" Takumi chimed, practically nuzzling his cheek against the prince's. The serpent loosened his hold on the prince a little, but did not completely remove his arms which were draped around the Oni's shoulders, "Miyako-chan~! I'll have what our prince is having~!" The serpent chimed giddily, extremely happy to be in handsome company. The prince never once accepted his advances in the past. There was no reason that the Serpent God should have felt comfortable getting friendly with the Oni Prince, but that is exactly what kept the white serpent interested in the prince in the first place. It was only after he ordered his drink that he noticed the prince's loyal companion, "Hanyo-Kun! It's been a while." Takumi smiled very kindly, despite himself being a God and Tutsrugi being a Hanyo. He really didn't pay much attention to such details anyway unless he felt he was being severely disrespected in some way.

The setting changes from Youkai Street to Komorebi Village

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Ryuunosuke Character Portrait: Susumu Character Portrait: Sanae Character Portrait: Izumi Nao Character Portrait: Orokawru Satogi Character Portrait: Miyako Mormeril Character Portrait: Tsuyari Kazukai Character Portrait: Kyosuke 'Kyo' Andoh Character Portrait: Tutsrugi Character Portrait: Rinu Amaya Character Portrait: Natsumi Character Portrait: Takumi Mizutori
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Ugh. Just his luck. While he was trying to have a nice conversation with Miyako and his much loved Servant, Takumi had just happened to wander into the bar and spot him. When Takumi tries to get too cozy with him, he attempts to slide away, but Takumi catches him just in time. He grunts softly, not bothering to look over at Takumi. Had you bothered to look around you, you would have been able to discern that 'what our prince is having' is right in front of you. Would you kindly care to release us, you damned snake?

The prince had come to have fun, but that seems like too much of a pipe dream now that Takumi is here. He may as well just find any happiness he can glean from this unfortunate occurrence as well as possible. He keeps still for a few moments while Takumi practically rubs himself all over the prince before he gets tired of it, and he places a hand to the snake God's chest and gives him a shove — much too rough to be considered familiar.

Should you continue to handle us as though We were yours, he may kill you. A pause. Oh, on second though, you should continue — We shall attend your funeral, if only to spit on your grave.

Truthfully, there's one way that the prince could rid himself of Takumi — should he pretend to reciprocate the snake's revolting feelings, surely, he would be disinterested. The thought causes Ryuunosuke to shake. He would rather die.

Perhaps, though, that may take too long — if you would let us, We would like to kill you ourself. Ugh, would — you — let — go?!




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Susumu can't hide his disappointment when the teens run away, ears flattening and tail lowering. He feels inclined to follow them, to dance after the boy with pretty eyes and the girl with marvelous teeth. He takes a step, almost in a trance-like daze, to follow after them — wild, predatory instincts are taking over him, and he feels himself growl — before Tsuyari's sweet, girlish voice brings him back to reality. He shakes his head rapidly, like a dog shaking off water, and looks down at her, eyes wide and less predatory than they were mere moments ago.

A stamp! Think of sending a letter, Tsuyari. You might send a letter all around the world — you could send one to America or Europe, or anywhere! — but the stamp always stays in the corner of the letter. Isn't that clever?

Though the humans, for one reason or another, did not appreciate the riddle in the slightest, Susumu is confident that Tsuyari will like it. He watches after the humans that ran and spot a... curiously familiar old woman chatting them up, and he narrows his eyes. Ah, what an unlucky folly these humans are. Instead of taking my bait, they took Tanuki-chan's. They'd be much happier with the likes of me — little miss's teeth would be put to good use, and I would treat the boy right. I wouldn't mind taking care of a blind plaything...

Susumu looks back towards Tsuyari and gives a gentle smile. Do you see obaa-san over there? Does she look familiar to you? She's the vile Tanuki-chan who hates us — isn't she cruel for stealing our prey... ah, pardon me, our friends away? He laughs afterwards, but it stops abruptly.

Susumu's prey... was taken... by another Youkai...? That doesn't sound quite right. Doesn't that mean... they can be seen? It seems that it's taken watching someone else to realize the flaw. ... Tsuyari.




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As they were attracting quite the crowd, Sanae steps backwards, closer to Satogi, and holds out her hand towards him, indicating she wants him to hold it. To say she was scared would be an understatement — two innocent teenagers, out in the woods at night, approaching a strange, crying woman and being approached by a totally different strange woman? This is like... scary movie stuff! Oh, God... me n' Satogi could die here! This could be it!

She feels a whine squeeze its way out of her throat, but she swallows her fear down bravely. The nice, crying lady wants to leave the other lady, it seems — so there's no way that she was here to set them up. Sanae looks from one woman to the other, clearly fearful and confused. Uh — have I ever prayed for the rain? Well... sometimes, I don't wanna go to school, so I pray for snow, but I dunno if I ever prayed for the rain? I do a lotta prayin', though! I'm a shrine maiden, y'see, so I pray a lot, an' I take care of the shrines, too! We were on our way up to one a second ago, actually, but this nice lady here's been cryin' up a storm since she got hurt... She pauses to remember what Amaya had said about the lady. Ya want us to get away from her? But... she don't really seem that bad? I think... if you will excuse us... we should get goin' to find our friends. We'll just take the lady along with us...

She takes another step back, hitting Satogi's chest with her back, and nudges him with her elbow to indicate for him to step back, as well.

I dunno yer name, lady, but... d'ya wanna come with us? I'll make sure ya aren't sad anymore! She gestures hurriedly to Natsumi.

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Character Portrait: Sanae Character Portrait: Orokawru Satogi Character Portrait: Rinu Amaya Character Portrait: Natsumi
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Satogi watchs the crying woman for a time, listening to her speak with Sanae. A sudden urge to protect her like he promised he would Sanae and Yukiko washed over the young boy, but it was the oddest thing and confused him a little. He said nothing and simply observed the scene for a moment, until another woman soon appeared.

This one was even stranger than the first and spoke as if the crying woman was a danger. He had these conflicting emotions swirling in his mind, and he couldn't decide how he wanted to react.

Sanae's words of leaving and a quick jab with her elbow brought him out of his confused stuppor, and with a shake of his head to clear it he takes her hand and agrees with her.


"Right... we need to get back to Yukiko." His mind still seems to be clouded but with the warmth if Sanae's hand he could concentrate on the task at hand. Waiting for when Sanae was ready to leave he would stay attached to her hip until they were back on the shrine path and in familier territory.

The setting changes from Komorebi Village to Youkai Street

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Character Portrait: Izumi Nao Character Portrait: Sanjakubō Kurama Character Portrait: Yukiko Nakahara Character Portrait: Kyosuke 'Kyo' Andoh Character Portrait: Chiyoko-Danuki Character Portrait: Ki Character Portrait: Shohei Character Portrait: Hakuryuu Character Portrait: Rika Nekonyankoo
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Kyosuke ‘Kyo’ Andoh

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Folding his arms together and leaning against the wall, Kyo didn’t have much to say at Izumi’s plan to contact the others. It wasn’t like he was on either of their friends lists, so he couldn’t exactly assist in calling them. Not that it looked like it would do any good as Nao complained about her signal strength. With a brick like that it was no surprise, but he wasn’t in a joking enough mood to pick on her about it anymore. Instead, he turned towards the sound of approaching footsteps, still more than a little on edge after their last encounter.

"Ayiyi, are you having trouble with your phone, dear? Reception is really poor out in this little old place sometimes." The voice drifted in from the older woman approaching them, though at least she didn’t look to associated with the freaks from earlier. The relatively normal outfit was the best indicator Kyo could find of that. Remaining against the wall and listening to her extensive introduction, Kyosuke looked to Nao to see how she would respond, before deciding he’d had enough of that. He’d left her in charge last time and look how that turned out. "And who might you youth be?"

“I’m Kyosuke. The dork behind me is Nao.” Kyo tilted his head towards his compatriot before looking back to the woman. “So, which one are you?” He asked, likely eliciting some confusion from the old lady. He took a moment to clarify himself, though it wasn’t any less rude a question. “You said only strange people and animals are out at this time. So, which are you old lady?” Kyo remained against the wall, completely unthreatened by the woman, but making it clear with his attitude that he wasn’t in the best of moods. Nao would likely need to step in and apologise for him, as he wasn’t about to do so himself, and it wasn’t exactly the nicest way to respond to someone trying to help. Still, Kyo felt like he needed to cause Nao a bit more trouble in revenge for earlier.

Rika Nekonyankoo

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Rika was buzzing and beaming, even after Sanja’s very clear warning for her to keep her sticky fingers to herself. Bobbing slightly behind him in anticipation, as the human finally came to enter the shrine and see them, it became immediately apparent that they’d been noticed judging from her reaction. Rika would have jumped in then and there, but Sanja threw her a little off balance as he stood, glowing with that aura of his and drawing the focus of attention straight to his impressive visage. Rika pouted a little as she caught herself, watching the spectacle. Sure, Sanja was ancient and powerful and impressive, but the little feline felt she was important too, and she certainly didn’t like being overshadowed. Somewhat subtly, she tried to shift in front of Sanja, but it seemed the Tengu was quick to notice as a blinding illusion cut in front of her, ensuring that the girl’s eyes would still be directed cleanly at him.

"Are you... Etto... I mean... how do I put this...? …Are you.... actual Youkai?" Rika blinked a bit, confused by the question. Of course they were? Why did she feel the need to ask that? I mean, honestly, what else could they be? Humans could be strange, but that just added to what made them intriguing. Still, she wasn’t about to let the cute little human have any misconceptions. “Yes, yes, that’s what we are. What exactly did you think we were?” Poking her way closer to the human, Rika had finally had enough of Sanja hogging the spotlight, and unceremoniously gave him a shove and slipped past him to greet the human.

"Forgive me! I am Nakahara, Yukiko... I just moved with my family to Komorebi a few months ago..." The girl suddenly launched into a bow, apologising and seeming pretty worried about something. Oh, it was probably Sanja! She didn’t need to worry about that, he was just a big ol’ pussycat. “Don’t worry about Sanya! He acts all scary sometimes, but he’s really nice! Just don’t take his offerings, he doesn’t like that…” Rika moved up at the last comment, using a hand to block her mouth slightly and whispering to Yukiko like it was some big secret.

Jumping back slightly to be in front of Yukiko, Rika smirked, eying her up and down. It’d been a while since she’d been up this close to a human, not to mention able to converse with one! She was cute and friendly and polite! This was great! Spiralling around the girl and looking her over from all sides, she noticed the nervous expression the girl had and realised that she must have been waiting on Rika to introduce herself. How silly of her! She’d just gotten so excited!

“Oh, that’s right! You don’t know any of us!” Smirking, she grabbed Yukiko around the shoulders and began dragging her around the shrine, gesturing to each person. “See Yuki – Mind if I call you Yuki? - that there is Sanya, he’s the big birdie in charge of the shrine. And over there is Ki! They’re a tree spirit, they're really nice! Say hi Ki! Oh, and that’s Haku and Shohei, he’s a water dragon, and Shohei’s kinda icky but he’s alright for a little birdie, plus he has lots of treasure somewhere!” Rika’s tangents were a little strange, but at least she was getting the basic introductions out of the way. Spinning out of her grip of Yukiko, she stopped about a metre away from her, posing in her best cat-girl posture in an attempt to look adorable.

“And this key-yoot~ kitten is Rika Nekonyankoo, at your service! Meow~!” Batting her arms like paws a moment, she let Yukiko comment, getting ready to field any questions she had. If Sanja didn’t eviscerate her in the next few moments for her transgressions.

The setting changes from Youkai Street to Komorebi Village

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Character Portrait: Sanjakubō Kurama Character Portrait: Yukiko Nakahara Character Portrait: Ki Character Portrait: Shohei Character Portrait: Hakuryuu Character Portrait: Rika Nekonyankoo
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After only a moment his moment was stolen by the cat. It was as if a second plague had befallen him, in the shape of Rika Nekonyankoo. He felt his irritation rising, in his own shrine! This was his moment, he had waited and waited to have interactions with a human. He rose from his seat and glared at the small girl, she had dared to shove him and then speak to the human and dare to introduce him without consent. He would deal with her at a later juncture.

He strode gracefully, pushing the small cat behind him as one would move their own child, not roughly but firmly. His violet eyes shone with a burning curiosity, he had always wanted this. His whole life he had wanted this. He looked directly into her eyes and smiled kindly, holding himself high, regally poised like a king before his subject.

"As miss Nekonyankoo has said, I am the host of this shrine. I am the Daitengu from the first age, king of the mountain and curator of the forest. I am Sanjakubo Kurama, welcome to my shrine. Your manners and offering have been noted and duly appreciated. Is there anyway I may help you miss Nakahara?"

He spoke with charm and yet a measure of arrogance dripping from every word as he now stood directly in front of the red-haired female. Luckily for her, he was not exactly tall enough to loom over her. His hands spread open wide in a friendly gesture as is aura shimmered around him, to human eyes he must have been quite a sight. He wanted the human to feel safe with him, he desired to speak with her at length about her culture about her family, her people! All of this was so exciting he had to hide it with a simple smile, though beneath it he felt like a child again.

The setting changes from Komorebi Village to Youkai Street

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Nao had been so busy, with her nose basically diving into her lousy phone, she had not noticed the other woman's arrival until her voice sounded: "Ayiyi, are you having trouble with your phone, dear? Reception is really poor out in this little old place sometimes." Nao looked up in surprise, realizing it was an older woman with glasses who looked very friendly... and harmless.. (Thankfully) Very different from the others they'd met in this place.

The woman continued: "Seeing as I don't recognize you, you young folk must be from that one village over yonder, Korembi, am I right? Did you get lost this late at night? Only nocturnal animals and strange people wander around at night so deep in the forest, especially around this old place. Don't worry, though, because this old lady is willing to help. Ayi~, where are my matters? I'm just an old lady who just talks too much. You may call me Chi-Chi, that's what my grandkids called me." She held out her hand as to offer it to Nao and Kyo."And who might you youth be?".

Nao rested her eyes on the woman for a while - traveling from top to toe looking for a tail or ears, studying this "Chi-chi" person, trying to decide wether she was someone to trust or not. Being a bit older and actually looking like an ordinary human being was reassuring. The woman's aura was just screaming "friendly grandma" and Nao relaxed a tiny bit, her shoulders sinking probably an inch. Kyo, who was standing in front of Nao seemed to feel the same - considering how he answered her with their names. It all began so well... Then she heard "dork" followed by "old lady" and blaming the woman to be strange or an animal - Nao just wanted to do a facepalm and roll her eyes, but instead she placed her phone back in the pocket of her dress and cleared her throat while giving Kyo the death stare. "Thank you kindest for introducing me Kyo, minus the d- word of course" her voice was soft and humble, but filled with irony. Nao was not all mad over the rest tho, since she also wondered what kind of people lived out here in this "not so abandoned" village...

Instead of apologizing for his bad manners and step in, Nao stayed where she was. It was kind of nice having Kyo like a "protecting wall" in front of her. Plus, she was not very eager to shake the strangers hand. Instead she did a polite curty bow and smiled towards Chi-chi. "Excuse our manners. Youth this days.. You know.." she mumbled tilting her head slightly to the left. Sure, the lady wanted to help. But how smart was it to go out there in the dark forest with a stranger, even tho she looked like friendly grandma. Just the thought of how dark the forest was right now made her feel a shiver down her spine. Darkness... Her right hand traveled to her pocket just to make sure the flashlight from erlier was still there - and it was. Once again, she was relieved and she raised her gace to watch Kyo and the stranger.

"And im actually agreeing with him. What are you people? And what is this place? The residents we met earlier was... peculiar... indeed. And we thought this village was supposed to be abandoned.." she said, not moving her eyes from the woman.

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"Yes, hmm, I hear you," Chiyoko responded to the inquisitive questions of the youths, bringing her fingers up to her chin thoughtfully, "Am I a strange person or a nocturnal animal? Hmm... I guess I'm a little bit of both." She chuckled to herself at this, as if it were a simple joke. "And, yes, this place... I suppose you could say that people who don't want to be bothered tend to end up here, but we all end up bothering each other anyway. Kufufu~, I suppose it's a little complicated, but, I can explain if you'd be willing to step inside this place for a little bit." Chiyoko gestured to the building she came out of. "The Rōzuu~ebu is my favorite pub after all, I'll just tell them you're with me."

Although, as if she felt the need to speak even further, she began to make some small talk. "Although I can't help but wonder what you two are doing all the way out here. If you were looking for the abandoned village—at night, at that—then I can only imagine you're on a test of courage. Ah yes, I've done them myself when I was your age, although, I didn't have a boyfriend with me." Chiyoko chuckled mischievously at that thought. "Oh, did you take any photos? I'd like to see them. A thousand years ago, I was quite the shutterbug." A hyperbole, as cameras obviously didn't exist back then. It was more like fifty years ago when Chiyoko had a passing interest in photography. "Is it just you two exploring late, or, are there other folk with you? I should like to meet them."

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❝ Had you bothered to look around you, you would have been able to discern that 'what our prince is having' is right in front of you. Would you kindly care to release us, you damned snake? ❞

"Our prince is willing to share with the likes of me? I'm honored. Would the prince wish to try some of my famous brew?" The snake smiled, little hearts and flowers practically beaming from his person. As the prince shoves him, Takumi chuckles a bit and nuzzles his face against Ryuunosuke's, taking a content breath in. He enjoyed being close to the prince because he of all Youkai refused his affections the most, "You're just so cuddly my prince!" Takumi sang out gleefully, seemingly unaffected by Ryuunosuke's harsh words and even harsher treatment. If anything, the prince shoving on him only made him want to hold on to him even more. Like it made him happy to be rejected.

❝ Should you continue to handle us as though We were yours, he may kill you. ❞ A pause. ❝ Oh, on second thought, you should continue — We shall attend your funeral if only to spit on your grave. ❞

At first, it appeared that Ryuunosuke's insult hit home with Takumi as the Serpent God paused his affectionate assault just staring at the prince in surprise, but his smile quickly returned. His playful nuzzling did as well, it seemed that the snake was only appalled by being stepped on in his true form and his advances being returned with obviously reciprocated feelings, "Just the fact you would attend my funeral makes me happy, Oni-Sama~!" Takumi wasn't exactly what one would call quiet, especially as he had been already drinking, but he wasn't entirely shouting like a drunkard yet either. Either way, if anyone was sat near them they could not help but overhear the snake. He was just too lively and bad at using an 'indoor voice'. Apparently, he was never reprimanded as a child for speaking loudly.

❝ Perhaps, though, that may take too long — if you would let us, We would like to kill you ourself. Ugh, would — you — let — go?!❞

"Killed by the prince? What a lovely and passionate ending~!" He shivered with delight, though in truth he would not so easily lay down his life, not without producing an heir at least. But that meant.... shudder. He would have to lie with a woman... The thought was almost unthinkable, but it was his duty as the current Hakuja no Myojin to continue on his bloodline... It wasn't that he disliked women, but it was not hidden knowledge that the snake preferred men. Women were great, but he couldn't see past the betrayal from his past... but those were thoughts he would rather avoid at that time. He was trying to enjoy himself, and it wasn't every day that the prince strolled into the bar. As far as Takumi was aware, this was the very first time! How exciting!

When Ryuusuke told him to let go, Takumi chuckled a bit, "Imposssssible. You're shaking mi'lord. I couldn't possibly let royalty freeze to death. Let me warm you..." Takumi chimed, his 's's in the word impossible coming out as a seductive hiss, but that wasn't any surprise to anyone who knew him. He was a serpent after all. Clinging tighter as the prince attempted to remove him, Takumi let out a whine, pretending to be offended that the prince was trying to shake him off. He wasn't sure if he would be successful in remaining glued to the prince, but it was worth a shot. In truth, he had very little body heat of his own as he was a serpent, but it was a good excuse to keep hold of the prince.

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❝ A stamp! Think of sending a letter, Tsuyari. You might send a letter all around the world — you could send one to America or Europe, or anywhere! — but the stamp always stays in the corner of the letter. Isn't that clever? ❞

Azure eyes brightened like stars when he explained the answer, and the human child form of Tsuyari clapped, "Extremely. I would never have thought of that." She chimed in a cheerful manner, his riddle having perked her up after being abandoned directly after kissing the human girl. It had been her first kiss as well, but she didn't hold things so dearly as humans often did. It was just a kiss. There would be plenty more, right? Besides, it was just a girl, one that was not tainted by the adult world just yet. There was no harm in it. When her eyes landed on Chiyoko in human form, she immediately grinned. Oh, how she wanted to tease the Tanuki as she often teased her for her preference in what form to take. However, she wouldn't ruin the old lady's fun. She had her own, so she was willing to share. It wasn't like Tsuyari had any real interest in the humans, it was just fun to play with them every now and again. However, the reaction that the brunette human girl had after the kiss, it wasn't awful. She rather liked it and would like to see it again. As long as nothing real came out of it, she wouldn't mind playing with any humans that strolled into town. At least if she played with them, they would return home in one piece. She couldn't say the same for anyone who dared to play with her companion, Susumu. What am I going to do with him....? She thought to herself with a sigh, but that only made her smile a bit. Without him, she would have been far lonelier. Not to mention, most of what she knew about being a Kitsune she had learned from the ivory haired Kitsune. She owed him a lot. Her trust was one of the things she owed him, but that was something that she could not fully grant anyone, not even to Susumu.

❝ Do you see obaa-san over there? Does she look familiar to you? She's the vile Tanuki-chan who hates us — isn't she cruel for stealing our prey... ah, pardon me, our friends away? ❞

Listening to his words, Tsuyari began to feel awkward. Chiyoko while poking fun at her had never spoke to her with malice, but she knew that there was more than enough tension between Chiyoko and Susumu. As far as Tsuyari was aware, most of the Youkai she knew were at least on neutral terms with her, but it seemed Susumu had many enemies, not that she couldn't understand why, "I think she only hates you.... Susumu-sama..." she stated quietly in an uncomfortable manner. It wasn't fun admitting that she was more accepted by the Tanuki than he was, but it was what it was. While she wouldn't brag, she couldn't lie to him either. She couldn't just lie to him after everything he had done. It wasn't right, and she couldn't stomach it. She caught the word prey, blinking a bit. She didn't see them as prey per se... but it was somewhat accurate. Even though she was comparable to a fisherman who threw the fish back, and Susumu was the kind that devoured his fish without remorse... they both were treating the humans as prey in the end. It was clear that Susumu couldn't keep his mind from cooking up different ways of harming the humans, and she shook her head, "Prey and friends don't sound anything alike... nice try, Susumu-sama." She replied, unable to hold back her amused smile. Even though she knew what he had in mind for the humans, at least a general idea, she couldn't help but find it endearing that he was attempting to censor himself for her sake, "Thanks for the effort, though... I've already accepted who you are." She added with a small smile crossing her lips. Although it was distant, it was still quite warm for someone like her.

❝ ... Tsuyari. ❞

"....I think I know.... How did they see us here...? Isn't this a safe zone?" She asked the older Kitsune, her blue brow quirking questioningly. In five hundred years she never knew of humans and Youkai interacting inside of Youkai Square. At least not like this. How were they seeing all of the Youkai as if they were not hidden from the human world at all...? The thought was quite scary, and she didn't even want to think about what that would mean for her and her fellow Youkai, "....Susumu-sama? Are we safe here anymore..?" She asked worriedly, eyeing the direction of the humans. Just thinking that they could be attacked for 'poking and prodding' made her shiver. She did not want to fight, especially humans.... It wasn't in her nature.

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“Yes, yes, that’s what we are. What exactly did you think we were?”

At the Bakeneko's question, Yukiko froze almost stiff as a board, "I...I just had to ask..." She began to fidget nervously, her eyes shifting between staring at her shoes and glancing back up at the Daitengu and the Bakeneko. Should she explain why she wasn't used to Youkai? Was meeting Youkai common here? Were the others playing some sick prank on her because she was so interested in them? Was the whole abandoned town a joke to get her out here to humiliate herself in front of actual Youkai? She didn't want to believe that, but she was very embarrassed, her cheeks heating up fast, "Y-You don't come across any Youkai where I used to live in the city...." she stammered softly, looking up to the Youkai for a moment to see their reactions. Afraid that this was all some kind of sick joke. Either the Youkai weren't real, or they were real and teaming up with the village in the attempt to freak out the newest family in the village.

When the Bakeneko shoved past the ivory haired man, Yukiko's eyes widened a bit, a hand clasping over her mouth. She wasn't sure which of them were older or stronger, as she had just met them, but his appearance and the way he held himself, she doubted what the rosy-haired Bakeneko had done would be taken with a grain of salt. I hope that at least most of them are benevolent toward humans...

“Don’t worry about Sanya! He acts all scary sometimes, but he’s really nice! Just don’t take his offerings, he doesn’t like that…”

Considering that a shrine was meant to honor a God or some other sort of Divine being, she dared not speak the name given to her so familiarly like the rosy-haired Youkai. She knew that disrespecting a divine being often meant ill fortune. She didn't want bad karma! Her luck had never been very great, to begin with! The words whispered in her ear made her very confused. Why would she make an offering and take others? She wished to keep her hands and head attached... however, those words made her realize that the Ivory haired man was indeed a Godlike being, if not an actual God. Being eyeballed, even if it was by another female caused Yukiko to shrink into herself. Her arms came securely to her chest and her legs clamped together nervously, her figure becoming extremely small. She was not frightened, she was just extremely embarrassed to be examined. Knowing any eyes were scrutinizing her made her insanely uncomfortable. Compared to them...she was so....plain. What was there to really look at? Her reddish brown hair? While that wasn't extremely common in the area, it was still nothing extraordinary. She didn't find herself particularly cute, attractive or anything like that, just average.

“Oh, that’s right! You don’t know any of us!”

A surprised squeak escaped Yukiko's lips as she was tugged along, her eyes glancing back to the ivory haired male Youkai to gauge his reaction to the cat woman dragging a human around in his domain. This was his shrine, yet the rosy-haired woman was treating it as if it were her own. She was incredibly confused, but she wasn't exactly sure what was appropriate for her to say aloud. She wouldn't question things too much until she had a better idea of what was going on, but more importantly, what type of Youkai these individuals were. That made all the difference. Different species had different beliefs, customs, and ways of handling humans and had different ideas of 'insulting behavior' from said humans.

“See Yuki – Mind if I call you Yuki? - that there is Sanya, he’s the big birdie in charge of the shrine. And over there is Ki! They’re a tree spirit, they're really nice! Say hi Ki! Oh, and that’s Haku and Shohei, he’s a water dragon, and Shohei’s kinda icky but he’s alright for a little birdie, plus he has lots of treasure somewhere!”

"Etto... I suppose you could...?" She replied shakily, her voice bleeding with uncertainty. She did not want to say no, especially as she was not certain exactly which kind of cat-based Youkai the woman was. When they finally stopped moving and the cat lady began pointing, her eyes fell on Sanja, whom the rosy-haired Youkai referred to as Sanya, "I-It's a pleasure to meet you, y-your shrine is lovely..." She was very shaken up and flustered, unsure, but she was quite certain that her 'tour guide' called the Deity of the shrine a 'big birdy'... Well, she assumed she meant a Daitengu, as this was a mountainous area, but she did not speak her assumption aloud in case she was incorrect.

This female Youkai was more energetic and grabby than even Sanae. She wasn't used to a complete stranger grabbing her so familiarly as if they were already great friends. However, her eyes landed on another in the room that the female Youkai referred to as 'Ki'. There were more here this whole time!? Did they see all of that? Her cheeks began to grow quite red, "H-Hello." She stated with a nervous smile towards Ki. The fact that they were a tree spirit was interesting. She had never read about those before, so she was quite curious. However, the pink haired Youkai ran through the introductions like lightning, so her attention was brought to the next person before she could converse with Ki any further. The third she was introduced to was a Water Dragon?! She couldn't believe her ears. He was so tall! Or maybe Yukiko was just short...? Though another male was introduced at the same time. Apparently, he was named Shohei and he was a little icky birdy? Yukiko was really having trouble wrapping her head around all of this information presented to her, "It's delightful to meet you both." She stated politely through her embarrassment and confusion towards Haku and Shohei.

When she was released Yukiko straightened out any creases that might have formed in her long sleeved shirt, trying to pull her scarf up to hide the blush on her cheeks as the rosy-haired Youkai struck a pose. It was like the magical girls in anime, so she couldn't help but find it incredibly adorable.

“And this key-yoot~ kitten is Rika Nekonyankoo, at your service! Meow~!”

"Hello, uhm are you a Bakeneko... or Nekomata...?" She asked curiously, tapping her cheek as she scrambled her years of being an Otaku. All that research, she needed to remember it now. Asking made her feel nervous, but the female was the least intimidating in the room so she felt it was best to ask her first. Start with the easy problems, then work her way up. Just like a Math test. It was only after the Youkai she suspected of being a Daitengu moved the one who introduced herself as Rika aside that she realized she was of similar height as him. Rika was the tallest of the three. From his posture to his smile, he made it clear that he was an elegant being. It almost reminded her of an otome or shoujo manga, but she absolutely refused to blurt something like that out. She would die on the spot of embarrassment.

"As miss Nekonyankoo has said, I am the host of this shrine. I am the Daitengu from the first age, king of the mountain and curator of the forest. I am Sanjakubo Kurama, welcome to my shrine. Your manners and offering have been noted and duly appreciated. Is there anyway I may help you miss Nakahara?"

"So I was right when she said big birdy.. he is a Daitengu after all...." She whispered under her breath to herself when she realized she had correctly guessed what species of Youkai that Sanja was. However, Rika had given her a good hint. When the aesthetically pleasing Daitengu asked if there was anything he could help her with, she immediately thought back to her friends, "First age..? Woah.." She began to wonder just how long the Daitengu had been around, and the sparkle of interest and curiosity in her eyes was not easily missed. Little did they know, she was a huge fan of Youkai, and she was doing everything in her power to hold in her fangirling. Yukiko clapped her hands together before beginning to ask her question, "A-Arigato... If it's not too much trouble, I'd just like to ask if you have come across a tall blond haired dimwit and a really pretty tall brunette girl by any chance...? We were separated in the forest... My other two friends are helping a woman, we heard her crying on the way up the steps to the shrine... My friend Sanae-chan is a shrine maiden..." Despite all of the questions she had for the plethora of Youkai she had stumbled across, her main concern was with her friends. All of her questions would have to wait until she was certain that they were safe. She would have bowed again, but the Daitengu was far too close for her to do such a thing. His height made him a little more approachable, and his sudden warm and sparkling presence almost completely distracted her, "G-Gomenasai... I've always wanted to meet Youkai... and I have so many questions.... but my friends... could any of them be in danger out there...?" Her expression was very worried. Now that she was certain there were Youkai, she was sure that there were plenty of malicious Youkai lurking about as well.

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Character Portrait: Izumi Nao Character Portrait: Sanjakubō Kurama Character Portrait: Yukiko Nakahara Character Portrait: Kyosuke 'Kyo' Andoh Character Portrait: Chiyoko-Danuki Character Portrait: Rika Nekonyankoo
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Kyosuke ‘Kyo’ Andoh

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Kyosuke remained where he was as Nao interjected, shooting him a look of annoyance, but taking his arrogance in stride. He was somewhat disappointed that he didn’t manage to get more of a rise out of her, but maybe she was controlling herself in front of their new company. Sinking his hands into his pockets and looking down the street in disinterest, he vaguely listened to the discussion at hand, though was mildly surprised that Nao was inquiring along similar lines that he had. Albeit, a fraction more politely than he had.

‘Chi-Chi’ seemed to laugh off their queries, seemingly enjoying their forward nature, almost as if she expected them to act as such. Kyo snorted a bit, as it seemed that neither Nao nor the old woman would be provoked by him. Instead, it seemed she intended to invite the two into the building they’d been standing in front of – the ‘Rōzuu~ebu’, if he was pronouncing that correctly. A pub, huh? Neither he nor Nao were of the legal drinking age, but no one seemed to care, and he’d had more than his fair share of drinks in the past. Not that he was too big on it these days; he only ever really did it to prove a point. Still, no doubt Nao would refuse to break her prim and proper image and go into such a distasteful place. A faint smile crept across Kyosuke’s face as he contemplated the option. Could be fun to mess with the prez and go along with it.

While Kyo had been thinking on a response, the old lady had continued her inane ramblings, though with a surprising degree of accuracy to her musings. At least, up until a certain point. Kicking off the wall with a loud laugh, he made his way towards the woman and the bar. “Me and this loser? Hah! Not in a million years Grams. I’m pretty sure Izzy here would sooner die than be associated with me.” Thumbing in Nao’s direction, Kyosuke glanced back to her. “Ain’t that right Nao?” Moving towards the door, Kyo continued. “But I think we’ll take you up on that offer old lady. If you’re paying, I got no qualms with having a drink.” Almost forgetting about his idea of leaving and finding the others, Kyosuke stepped into the bar, glancing around for a seat and table, leaving Nao to deal with the old woman’s incessant questions and chatter.

Finding himself a spare table and taking a seat, Kyo began to take stock of the area, noticing more weirdos and freaks amongst the populace of the bar. Well, at least they’d be getting some answers soon enough about why this whole village seemed loco. Covering his mouth for a yawn, he awaited the other two to join him, while also looking to see who was running service, waiting to give his order. He wasn’t terribly impatient in this sort of setting, but no doubt the young male would stand out given he was amongst entirely youkai.

Rika Nekonyankoo

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"Hello, uhm are you a Bakeneko... or Nekomata...?" Rika’s newfound best friend Yuki asked innocently, and Rika was highly impressed she even knew that there was a distinction between the two. Delighted at the question, Rika straightened herself up, before spinning and bending over to wave her backside at Yukiko - though primarily to show off her two tails. “Rika is a split-tailed Bakeneko, so I’m super special! Nekomatas can’t change to look like cute humans like I can, but people get us confused all the time, so I’m used to it!” Her voice was a couple of octaves too loud for an inside voice, but she was very excited.

Preparing to launch into further discussion on one of the few subjects she considered herself an expert in, Rika gave a soft ‘Nyah?’ as she was gently pushed further from Yukiko, behind Sanja once more. Frowning slightly as she got up and folded her arms, her ears twitched in annoyance as she watched the Daitengu converse with the human. Petty about being separated from her new friend, Rika proceeded to make some goofy expressions and rabbit ears behind Sanja as a way of revenge. He wasn’t all seeing, right? She could totally get away with this and have some fun.

Her silly pranks continued until Yukiko found the courage to ask her questions to Sanja, inquiring about some of her friends that had apparently gone missing. More humans! Ooo, this was so exciting! Dancing from foot to foot, Rika was bobbing up and down behind Sanja, trying to get both Yukiko and Sanja’s attention to speak. Soon enough, her impatience took hold, and she placed both her hands on Sanja’s soldiers, pushing herself up and placing her weight on his back so that she popped up high behind him. “Ooo, I can help! Pick me! Pick me! I haven’t seen them, but I’m really really good at finding things!” Rika remained perched up behind Sanja as she continued speaking. “We better go real quick though, not everyone is as nice as me and Sanya! There’s spider ladies and skeleton men and sneaky foxes and chubby raccoons that would do all kinds of things to cute humans! Most of them like to play with their food though, so I’m sure they’re fine for now.”

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.: A M A Y A :.

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Amaya sighted and turned around to sit down on a fallen tree, using its stem as a bench. She yawned and swinged one leg over the other while moving her foot along with some silent rythm only she could hear. The girl said she did a lot of praying since she was a shrine maiden, but she was not sure if she'd ever prayed for rain. Huh, praying a lot.. But not for rain? Maya was not very happy with the answer and the human boy seemed to ignore her completely. Natsumi even spoke of deadly youkai devouring people, was that so wise? - reveal their kind? Amaya guess it did not matter, since the children was going to get absorbed anyways. Even so, she could not miss the chance to tease the mu-onna. The purple haired ameonna played nonchalant for a moment, licking her fingers slowly while humming on some melody. Then she bursted out in a soft laugh, raising her red gaze and looked at the party of three with one eyebrow higher than the other.

"Youkai? Devouring people? Look who's talking. The absorbing mu-onna! Hahaha you are so funny Natsumi.." she turned her face to the 2 children. "But suit yourselves humans, i did warn you" she smiled with a soft giggle "Let's hope you don't have any relatives or loved ones looking for you, because there won't be anything left" her words and her facial expression did not match at all. As her voice spoke of death, her face was glowing with amusement. Sadistic and teasing. Now all she had to do was wait. There was two possible outcomes - either Natsumi would "take care" of the children. Or the guys from the shrine would come here when noticing that not all 3 humans had made their way to the shrine... In both situation - there would be drama- And Amaya enjoyed a little thrill in her otherwise boring everyday life. All that was missing was the popcorn, as she still sat down on her falling tree - waiting with anticipation.








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As the chilly evening air had begun to bite her bare arms, Nao was shaking slightly- her teeth almost chattering in secret. She was confused, "Chi-chi" was inviting them to a pub? And she offered to explain everything... Well that might be interesting, but was it safe? The old lady continued talking... Nao froze when hearing the word boyfriend. Normally she would have been fast to answer but Kyo where faster. "Me and this loser? Hah! Not in a million years Grams" The answer itself was not a surprise. Hers would probably been similar. But for some strange reason, it got to her really bad. Nao's ears stopped working. She did not want to hear anymore insults. If Nao had felt a slap in her face when being called Nag, this made her heart sink to the bottom of the ocean. He was right, after all, who would ever look at her in a romantic way? Even that kiss from earlier, with the blue haired beautiful girl - had to be a joke. Yea, just make fun of the unattractive Nag.

She swallowed and her russet brown eyes seeked out the comfort with looking at her two feet who where swinging nervesly at the spot. "Ain’t that right Nao?". Nao shocked her head and bite her lower lip hard, as to keep all her anger inside. "Yea... Not even if he was the last man on earth" she managed to utter with a disgusted tone - but did not have the courage to look ether Kyo or Chi-chi in the eyes - instead she tried to peek inside through the little window of the bar. Maybe to hide her gaze shining with sadness. It was not that she actually liked Kyo or anything. probably. - he was just a troublemaker who got on her nervs really bad. But even considering that- the school prez did have feelings, and she was hurt.

"But I think we’ll take you up on that offer old lady. If you’re paying, I got no qualms with having a drink." Nao was just about to start walking and seek for a spot where her phone got signal got better, when Kyos words reached her ears. Wait... What did he just say? Nao opened her eyes wide in surprise and watched his backside as he walked inside the pub, Rōzuu~ebu. What was he thinking with? Oh right, he did not think at all - as per usual.

She sighted and rolled her eyes. It gave her no choice but to follow. Plus, she was cold - and the pub felt a bit tempting.. Not that it was a pub. But because.. It was inside... Warmth.. She closed her fists hard, her nails digging in to her palms making her face wince a bit in pain. She then released the grip and slapped her cheeks 3 times, as to prepare herself for what to come. An action which left her cheeks blushing in a vague pink shade.

"yosh..." she whispered, before entering the pub just seconds after Kyo. The pub was quite nice. Not very chaotic and lively as one would imagine. But small, well taken care of and kind of cozy. She shivered watching the goosebumps rise on her arms, feeling the warmth embrace her cold body and slowly make her feel alot better. Walking through the room, to towards Kyos table, she let her eyes wander pass the people sitting there. They looked... wierd. The clothes was unusual... And some looked more like animals than humans... Ears, tails, scary masks, and fur. Was she hallucinating again? She walked passed an albino boy clinging on to a blonde handsome man. Was this a cosplay gaybar? Hrmm...

She sat down by the table with a "humpf" choosing the seat as far away from Kyo as possible. Even tho the bar was already calm, the atmosphere seemed changed after they'd entered. Had the sound level gone down? Was people staring at them? Well, they did look kind of "out of place" and Nao guessed the residents of this village was not used to strangers coming to their place? She crossed her arms under her chest and glanced around while waiting for Chi-chi to join them with some answers!

Meanwhile a tall and creepy looking man had approached Nao from behind. She heard someone clearing his throat and she spun around on her chair to look at the man. Was that wings on his back? Seriously, what was wrong with her eyes today? "Such a pretty looking human girl. Just my type... How about joining me for a drink. A beauty like this will just go to waste by the side of that blonde one over there. He does not appreciate nor see what im seeing" his voice was soft like honey, making Nao blush but also tense up where she sat on her chair. He offered her a glass of alcohol, putting in on the table in front of her while bowing in an elegant manner. Something seemed to change tho - as the man froze in his movements and straightened his posture. "Chiyoko.. i did not realize they where your humans.. Sadly, I must leave, fair miss" he muttered but smiled hastely towards Nao, before escaping the group - but leaving the glass on the table.

Nao just blinked in confusion. Why did he call them humans? Like he was not one of them. Seriously, this was starting to get annoying. She wanted answers... As Chi-chi joined them at the table, Nao cleared her throat and raised her chin high in a confident way and placed her hands in her lap. "Im sorry for getting all impatient, lady Chi-chi. But would you be so kind to explain.. this place... you people... everything... and also, why am i hallucinating? Kyo seems fine but i keep seeing impossible things..." she said tilting her head slightly to the side, trying to catch a glimpse of Kyos reaction from the corner of her eye. There, she'd confessed to seeing things... They would probably think she was going mad. But she needed to get it out, it had troubled her for quite a while... She felt useless in this state, and she needed to be her usual smart and sharp self, since her prio 1 was to find the others... Sanae, Yukiko and Satogi. Where were they? She crossed her fingers they were safe at least...

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Chiyoko nodded to the humans encouragingly as each of them entered the place, and they both looked somewhat bewildered. Quite a strong reaction to have to what should otherwise look like an abandoned building. Still, it pretty much confirmed something Chiyoko was already suspecting, something that she heard from the grape vine that she didn't entirely take seriously at first, probably because she was in denial. Youkai-kind was in danger, and Chiyoko needed to take action of some kind.

If the humans went home and told the rest of their kind about what they saw here, it was very likely that more humans would come. If more humans came, eventually the whole world would be watching them. A spotlight would be shined on them, which would be outright demoralizing for creatures of the darkness like themselves. And what would come after, Chiyoko loathed to think it. She needed to do something soon, but first, she needed to buy some time. Thankfully, she might have been in the perfect situation for it.

Chiyoko had to keep an eye on these humans, however. Although Youkai knew better than to take appearances at more than face value, it seemed that the humans stuck out pretty jarringly among all the Youkai. One even had the gall to try and hit on one of them, but, Chiyoko easily got him to back off with a clearing of the throat and a disappointed glare. With that out of the way, Chiyoko came to the table.

The girl seemed to have some unusual inquiries though. "Im sorry for getting all impatient, lady Chi-chi. But would you be so kind to explain.. this place... you people... everything... and also, why am i hallucinating? Kyo seems fine but i keep seeing impossible things..." Chiyoko didn't look phased by this at all. In fact, she seemed oddly pleased with herself. "Yes, I wonder..." she said, false musingly, "Have you ever had a dream that you swore was real? Well, nevermind that. I suppose I could explain it to you, but, you might need, ah, a little alcohol in your system, yes? You kids might be too young, but, nobody will mind, not when Chi-Chi's with you. It'll be our little secret, yes?" Chiyoko winked at the youths, like an aunt who helps you get away with naughty things your mother wouldn't. She then rose her hand in the air and snapped her fingers to grab one of the waitress's attention, before doing some silent gestures to signal them to bring some sake over to the table. "But first," She continued, raising her voice, "Let us all welcome the humans to the night of their lives!"

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A genuine smile over took Miyako's forced one at the prince's compliment. Often she was complimented for her service and looks but never had someone complimented her tastes. Or at least, never someone who had such high standards as Ryuunosuke. "Thank you, Your Majesty. I am honored to receive a compliment from someone with esteemed tastes such as yourself." Miyako hesitated a bit before addressing Ryuunosuke by his title, unsure if his statement about not being their as royalty but merely guests extended to dropping titles.

Before Ryuunosuke had the chance to respond Takumi rushed across the bar and threw himself at the prince and despite herself Miyako chuckled. "Miyako-chan~! I'll have what our prince is having~!" Miyako looked to Ryuu-sama for confirmation but he was too busy trying to seperate the snake god from himself. ❝Had you bothered to look around you, you would have been able to discern that 'what our prince is having' is right in front of you. Would you kindly care to release us, you damned snake?❞ At Ryuu-sama's words Miyako decided to take a few steps away from the table and simply wait, deciding that she would let them work it out themselves but staying close enough that if she had to she could break up a fight. As she waited Miyako took a look around the bar, her eyes quickly locating each of the girls and following them for a few moments, suprised yet relieved that they were taking the responsibility Miyako had given them seriously.

As she started to move her gaze back to Ryuunosuke and Takumi her eyes caught Chiyoko entering the bar and Miyako was shocked to see her with humans. Sure there were a few humans in town who were pets or were in a relationship of some sort with a youkai, which was rare but happened, but these humans were far too young to be companions and Chiyoko didn't keep pets. Miyako watched the group sit at a table and be served by one of the girls with her head tilted to the side and a small frown on her lips.

"Killed by the prince? What a lovely and passionate ending~!" At the strange statement Miyako focused back in on what was happening between Takumi and Ryuu-sama. She was half afraid that she had let her attention drift long enough for Takumi to get the prince into a killing mood but thankfully he was just greatly annoyed. Then Takumi chuckled, as if only just realizing that Ryuusnosuke had requested his release. "Imposssssible. You're shaking mi'lord. I couldn't possibly let royalty freeze to death. Let me warm you..." Finally Miyako felt like she should cut in and end this. Stepping forward Miyako looked at Takumi with a genuine smile. "I know you mean well but you are obviously bothering Ryuu-sama. As you know Takumi-san usually I kick out people who bother other patrons but if you release Ryuu-sama and put some space between you two I will allow you to stay and drink with him." Miyako paused to let the statement sink in for a moment before looking at Ryuunosuke. "I hope you don't mind, Your Majesty. You are both very important patrons and I would hate to offend either one of you." Since she was pretty sure Takumi would only come back if he was kicked out and Ryuunosuke remained she figured the best she could do was get the snake god to give the prince some room. A few moments after she had finished Miyako heard Chiyoko calling for the other patrons to welcome the humans but she remained focused on fixing the current problem.

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Character Portrait: Ryuunosuke
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Character Portrait: Takumi Mizutori
Takumi Mizutori

You know, sometimes people play hard-to-get because they need to know the other person's feelings are real.

Character Portrait: Rinu Amaya
Rinu Amaya

"Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet...."

Character Portrait: Rika Nekonyankoo
Rika Nekonyankoo

"Meow Meow! Guess Who~?"

Character Portrait: Hakuryuu
Hakuryuu

"Get out and don't come back unless you've got food."

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Shohei

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Character Portrait: Ki
Ki

"Is there anything that I can help with?"

Character Portrait: Tutsrugi
Tutsrugi

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Character Portrait: Chiyoko-Danuki
Chiyoko-Danuki

"What can I say? This old lady is just a Youkai at heart!"

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Character Portrait: Ki
Ki

"Is there anything that I can help with?"

Character Portrait: Susumu
Susumu

"You got a moment for a few riddles?"

Character Portrait: Hakuryuu
Hakuryuu

"Get out and don't come back unless you've got food."

Character Portrait: Orokawru Satogi
Orokawru Satogi

"If you give me your number I'll give you a discount... alright alright, worth a shot at least."

Character Portrait: Takumi Mizutori
Takumi Mizutori

You know, sometimes people play hard-to-get because they need to know the other person's feelings are real.

Character Portrait: Mikado Sarubi
Mikado Sarubi

''Let's see, what's really inside your heart.''

Character Portrait: Yukiko Nakahara
Yukiko Nakahara

Some people wonder why I'm always in my house. I wonder what's so bad at their house that makes them always find a reason to go out.

Character Portrait: Rika Nekonyankoo
Rika Nekonyankoo

"Meow Meow! Guess Who~?"

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Character Portrait: Kyosuke 'Kyo' Andoh
Kyosuke 'Kyo' Andoh

"Man, I can't stand this place."

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Orokawru Satogi

"If you give me your number I'll give you a discount... alright alright, worth a shot at least."

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Ryuunosuke

"Human are common folk, simple as that."

Character Portrait: Tsuyari Kazukai
Tsuyari Kazukai

While they are nice, what are we going to do about this? Interacting with humans constantly... That will be quite tiring.

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Tutsrugi

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Character Portrait: Chiyoko-Danuki
Chiyoko-Danuki

"What can I say? This old lady is just a Youkai at heart!"

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Ki

"Is there anything that I can help with?"

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Kyosuke 'Kyo' Andoh

"Man, I can't stand this place."

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Rika Nekonyankoo

"Meow Meow! Guess Who~?"

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Takumi Mizutori

You know, sometimes people play hard-to-get because they need to know the other person's feelings are real.


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