Beyond The Border
Chapter 1: An Uninvited Guest
You know, if there's one thing I've learned about life it's that it can always find new ways to surprise you. What's more, said surprises have a tendency of happening at the most unexpected moments. Oh, you could have everything down pat, think you're on top of the world, the master of your own destiny...and that's when it gets you.
That kind of unpredictability means one needs to use some caution, you know, think things through, because none of us can be sure what tomorrow will bring. Why, you could get run over by a car, get invited out on a date by a girl you have the hots for, your house could catch fire...for some reason.
...Or you could find yourself in truly bizarre situations like a character from a video game series stalking you, breaking into your house, kidnapping you, and dropping you off in another dimension from...ooh, probably a few thousand feet up high in the sky, and leaving you to your fate, all under the pretense of "having some fun".
Yeah, in case you haven't figured it out yet, that last situation is the one I found myself in. See that guy falling like an anvil from up high? The one with the short deep brown, almost pitch black hair, fair skinned, hazelnut eyes, standing about 5 foot, 11 inches in height, looks not half bad, but could stand to lose a few pounds? That's yours truly.
You are likely wondering how I ended up in this situation. To be frank, I'm kinda wondering that myself. I guess the best place to start...is in the beginning...at least before I go splat.
It all started earlier that same day. A Friday to be exact. Classes were done and I was on my way home. The week had been brutal, what with three papers due, two tests, AND a presentation on top of all that. Needless to say, I was pretty pooped out and more than ready to kick back with a few video games, a pile of junk food, and maybe browse the internet for some new fanfics to read.
Admit it, after a week like that, you'd want to treat yourself too.
Ah, I should probaubly give some background on myself. Name's James White, just turned 20 the previous year. Still unemployed and living with my parents, going to university, has a small circle of people I'm close with. Life follows a pretty simple routine:
Get up, get dressed, wash, eat breakfast, check to see if I have classes that day, go to said classes, eat lunch, finish classes, than either go to the public libary, or come home and study, have supper, do a bit more study than shower, grab a snack, play a few video games and than it's off to bed. Wash, rinse, repeat. Routine might alter slightly on certain days but that's the basic gist of it.
I know that may not sound like the most exciting way to spend one's days but that's kinda the point. I wasn't really that big a thrill-seeker, where's other people liked extreme sports I preferred gaming or kicking back with a good book. Yes, I dreamt of going on grand adventures here and there but, to be honest, who HASN'T thought of doing that at some point in their lives?
I does well enough when it comes to education, even moreso when I'm actually motivated..though I have a bit of a tendency to procrastinate and leave things till last minute. I'm not really much of a fighter either, preferring to talk problems out than use my fists. Yeah, not exactly your first choice to be a hero,eh?
Well, as I was saying, I stepped off the bus and took in a breath of fresh air,"Ahh...home sweet home.." Man, I was so looking forward to getting back to playing Pokemon Black 2...and getting out of this rain that was starting to pour! I rushed for my house,snatched the mail out of the mailbox, tried the door, locked, fumbled with my keys, and ducked inside, all in the span of a minute.
Not only was it the weekend, but it was my mid-term break too, and my parents were out of town, meaning I had the whole house to myself. I dropped my book bag in the bedroom and headed for the kitchen to crack open a can of root beer.
I took a large gulp, let out a burp and gave a content sigh,"Ahhh...man, I needed that," I scooped up the mail and looked through it, flinging aside what wasn't any good,"Let's see...bill..bill...ooh, coupon for free sundae at Dairy Queen, gotta keep that..bill..huh?"
I was down to my last piece of mail, except this one was perhaps the strangest of all. It was a blank white envelope sealed with a round purple sticker of all things. There was no mailing information on it either. No return addresses or clues to who might've sent it. The only bit of info were two small words saying "Open Me".
Now, you'd think I be more suspicious of this, and looking back now, maybe I should've been. Maybe I should've just dumped the thing in the garbage and forgotten about it. I mean, how often do you get mysterious pieces of mail in your box? I shook the envelope, didn't hear anything rattling inside, so it couldn't be a letter bomb.
So, of course, like a complete moron, I opened the thing. Yeah, curiosity definitely killed the cat on this one...either that, or it was the cat's own stupidity.
To my relief, nothing exploded...yet. Inside was a folded piece of paper,"What the.." I hauled the thing out and opened it up,"A letter...to me?" Sure enough, it was addressed directly to me. Here's what it said:
Dear Mr James White,
Hello there! Good day to you, or good evening, depending on what time of day you get this. If you are reading this than allow me to express my sincere congratulations! You have been selected from out of countless other entries to recieve our grand prize!
This is a glorious opportunity for you will be one of the lucky few to experience a vacation like no other! Yes! A trip to a land that most people regard as a legend! You, my lucky winner, are on your way to The Illusionary Land Of Gensokyo!
A realm of wonders, fantastical creatures, magic, where new adventures wait for you around every corner and there is never a shortage of things to do! I will be by your place shortly to pick you up so get all your things in order, ok?
Rest assured, this will be a trip you will never forget...
P.S. Oh, and try not to run, ok? It only makes things more difficult for both of us and I'd...hate to see you suffer some...unfortunate mishaps before your trip even starts...hmhmhm...
I read the letter over once...than twice...than three times..I slowly put it down on the table in front of me before staring off into space and said the only thing that came to mind,"Somebody's trolling with me." I should mention that I have a tendency to talk to myself when under a great deal of stress. It helps keep me stay calm...somewhat.
But honestly, that was the only explanation I could come up with. I got up and began pacing back and forth as I contemplated this situation,"Let's see, I don't recall entering any sort of contest, and the handwriting does not look like anyone's I knows...but they obviously know my name, that's worthy of note..."
"There's also the matter of those initials...YY...could they belong to..." I shook my head,"No, it couldn't be..for all I know, this could be simply the next step up from prank calls, or somebody who knows me from school is messing with me.." I was getting paranoid so I felt some food would take my mind off things. I took a microwave pizza out of the freezer and heated it up.
With food and drink in hand, I sat down at my computer and watched some fansubbed anime to pass the time. "Ah, this is the life...nothing could possibly go wrong." I slapped a hand over my mouth at those words, knowing I'd just jinxed myself. As expected, my phone started ringing. I picked up the reciever,"Hello?"
No answer, except for some sort of slow, heavy breathing on the other end. Now, while this would be creepy for some folks, this only made me more suspicious than anything else,"...Who is this?" Nothing but more heavy breathing,"...Whatever you're offering, I don't want it, and no, you aren't getting my credit card number. Good-bye." I hung up on the guy and went back to my thing.
Only for the thing to start up again. I ignored the phone this time...only for it to keep on ringing! I took a deep breath and picked up the reciever again,"...Hello?"
"Yes, hello, is this the White's Residence?" came a female voice on the other end. I let out a small sigh of relief, it was likely one of the people my mom worked with, asking where she was.
"Yup, I'm sorry but Mr and Mrs White are not available right now. Can I take a message?" I asked politely...only to hear a a chuckle come on the other end,"Um...is there something wrong?"
"Hmm? Oh no,no, nothing's wrong, dearie. Tell me, is this their son I'm speaking to? A certain...James White?" I swear, when I heard my name, the hairs on my neck stood up in alarm,"It is, isn't it?"
I hesitantly spoke into the phone,"...W-Who is this, if I may ask?" Please don't let it be who I think it is, please don't let it be who I think it is! My imagination is already running wild.
That calm yet eerie chuckle could be heard on the other end,"My dear boy, you don't know? How sad, and when I went through all that trouble to drop off that lovely congratulatory letter too."
My eyes widened and my palms started to sweat. If this person was the one who sent me the letter...than I got the sinking sensation I was in deep trouble,"You didn't answer my question. Who are you and What is it you want?" Calm down, James, stay in control.
"Come now, you're a smart lad. I'm sure you can figure out the first one on your own...as for the second? Well...it might be better if I explain myself in person...I'll be over to see you soon,boy."
"Wait, what do you-" But the reciever went click and dial tone came up, ending our conversation. "Oy, you ain't blowing me
off that easily, woman..." I hit the button for Redial and waited.
After several rings, a voice came up,"We're sorry, the number you are trying to reach...does not exist," Wait, what?
I hit the Redial button again,"We're sorry, the number you are trying to reach-" I hung up and laid back in my chair.
If this person knew my name...AND they knew my number..AND they knew where I lived...yeah, I don't need to tell
you folks I was in some major shit. I should call the police, tell them I have a stalker.
I picked up the phone and dialed the number, than I waited...and waited...and waited,"Why isn't this darn thing
ringing?" I checked the connection and it seemed alright. My computer was still functioning so there was no way the power could be out.
I pulled out my cellphone that I only carried around for emergencies and got ready to dial...only to notice I had no signal! Did I already mention I was a bit paranoid? No? Well, I was, and boy was it acting up now, especially since this was feeling more and more like a horror movie.
We had everything we needed: The protagonist being home all alone, a seemingly endless downpour of
cold, wet rain, eerie phone calls, cut off from any sort of communication, oh, and we even had a crazy stalker on my tail.
I needed to take action and quick. I ran around, shutting and locking windows, drawing curtains, even went as far as locking my front door and placing a chair against it,"That ought to hold them," Now I needed a weapon. I ran to the kitchen and got a broom handle before putting on my jacket.
Now, you might be wondering why I didn't just grab a gun to defend myself. There's two very simple reasons for that: One, I don't own a gun, and two, even I did I didn't even have the training required to use one! Of course, if worse came to worst, I could always pull out a kitchen knife.
So, I sat there, waiting...and I didn't wait long as a knock came at my door. I chose to ignore it, in the hopes the person would go away. I kept on waiting, weapon at the ready in case they chose to break in...but the knocking only went on and on. After what felt like an eternity but was possibly only a few minutes...the knocking stopped.
Deciding to take a chance, I tip-toed down the stairs and, gathering my wits, I hauled open the door, my broom at the ready...except there was nobody there. I stuck my head out and glanced around. There was no one around.
I closed the door and went back to my room. Maybe all this stress from such a long, brutal week was finally catching up with me? That wouldn't be a surprise, and it would be logical too.
I walked to the bathroom and splashed my face with cold water from the sink. When I looked up in the mirror...I saw something standing right behind me. The figure had golden blonde hair and was donned in a white and purple dress with a fan covering their face.
I spun around...and she was gone...or was she there to begin with? I groaned and massaged my temples,"...Pull it together, James. You just need a nice, relaxing weekend from school, and you'll be better in no time."
Heading back to my room, I settled in to finish another episode of Kill La Kill, only to notice my drink can running empty. Getting up to grab a refill, I walked out to the kitchen...only to hear that giggling again. Now I knew I wasn't imagining things. Enough was enough. It was time to face this person and get some answers.
I kept my back turned as I spoke,"I know you're there, whoever you are. Would you please hurry up and show yourself already?" If this person wanted me dead, there was no point in dragging it out.
A voice spoke up behind me,"Well, since you said please.." I spun around and actually jumped backwards at the sight of, and I'm not kidding here, a large purple gap in the air before me!
Oh, but that's not the craziest part. You see, inside the gap..there were eyes...lots of eyes...staring directly at me. This may blown your mind but even THAT wasn't the craziest part!
No, the truly crazy part...was what stepped out of the gap. It was her...no doubt about it now..the dress..the hair..it was all there...even with the fan up, I could see the mischevious look in her eyes. The kind that a cat gets when they acquire a new favorite toy.
The young "woman" and I stared each other down for what felt like an eternity but was possibly only a few seconds before she finally chose to speak,"Good day to you, Mr White. I hope you don't mind if I..drop in?" She snickered at what I guess she saw as a joke.
I decided to slap myself, it stung like heck, but when I looked she was still there. I nodded, knowing there was only one thing to do. I headed for the door,"And where might you be going?" My mystery guest called.
I stopped and glanced back at her,"Out for a walk to clear my head. You're obviously a hallucination brought on by a mix of incredible amounts of stress, my own paranoia and watching a little too much anime. There is no logical way you can be real, and when I get back, you'll be gone."
Instead of being annoyed, she seemed rather amused by my attitude,"Is that so? You do realize it's raining out, right?"
"I'm aware of that, thank you for stating the blatantly obvious," I replied in a sarcastic tone as I got my shoes on,"The rain will help wake me up. If I get a cold, it's a small price to pay for snapping out of this delusion." I turned to open the door...but instead of the outside world, I saw only a vast void of purple..and eyes..lots of eyes..
Shuddering, I turned to look at my new guest who was looking at me with a face of pure innocence. I moaned and shook my head,"Let me guess...you're not going to let me leave, are you?"
"Not unless you want to go tumbling down into the void my gaps lead to," At this, she shrugged,"Even I can't say for sure where you'll end up." Gee, totally nonchalant about this..well, at least she's how I pictured her...or how fandom depicts her.
I heaved out yet another sigh,"So, I'm not really dreaming, am I?"
"I'm impressed, you're only now figuring that out?" I could sense a hint of mockery in her tone. Getting back at me for that "hallucination" bit,eh? Next thing I knew, she was standing right in front of my door. How did she-Oh right, controls boundaries, duh,"So, are you going to let me in?"
"Technically, you already let yourself in," I commented in return, although it was starting to dawn on me that, despite how hesitant and freaked out I was, trying to deny this gal wasn't real was not a viable option,"So...come on in."
"Why thank you," She let herself in and we went back to the living room,"I don't think I introduced myself,did I? I'm Yukari Yakumo, the Border Youkai. A pleasure to make your acquaintance."
I was shaking all over. That confirmed it. No more evidence was necessary. I summoned up my wits and looked her in the eye,"...The pleasure's all mine, Miss Yakumo.." I did a small bow. Hey, might as well show some form of respect,right?
My gesture seemed to be enough to catch her off-guard as she rose an eyebrow and lowered the fan slightly,"Hmm.."
I tilted my head,"Is there a problem, Miss Yakumo?" Please don't let her Gap me into the nine circles of hell..or outer space..or the bottom of the ocean..better yet, don't let her gap me at all...
Thankfully, lady luck must have been in a good mood tonight because her smile suddenly became...slightly more serene,"No, there's no problem. I'm simply not use to being treated with such courtesy by your kind. Oh, and just calling me Yukari will suffice. You can lower the broom too. I have no wish to harm you."
Wow, we're already on a first name basis, talk about convenient. Best not to push my luck though,"Ermm..yeah.." I motioned to the kitchen,"Actually, I was going to get a drink, did you want anything?"
My guest snapped her fan shut,"If you have any green tea, that would be lovely,"
"Coming right up," I gave a two-finger salute which made her giggle and I headed to prepare some, pondering what to do all the while. After all, one of the most powerful beings in the entire Touhou series was in MY house, planning who knows what, and here I was preparing green tea for her!
...Yup, I have completely lost my mind. Reality has shattered into a bajillion pieces and I am now lost in some twisted wonderland made by my broken mind...meh, might as well go along for the ride..did I mention I'm slightly insane?
"Here you go, one mug of green tea," I brought in her drink and she took it graciously than we sat while it rained outside. I felt it was time to ask the obvious question,"So...Yukari..what brings you to these parts?"
The human-looking youkai sipped her tea and hummed contently before looking out the window,"Boredom, mostly." Gee, why I am not surprised? If my little Wikipedia splurges taught me anything is that 90 percent of what she did tended to be out of boredom. The other 10 percent? Well...I could tell you but I fear if I do you'd never be able to sleep peacefully again.
"The Outside World can be such an interesting place...when it wants to be. Gensokyo will always be my home but it's nice to have a change of scenery once in a while..wouldn't you agree?" At this, she smirked at me.
I decided to play along for now,"Yeah...I guess so. Nothing can stay the same forever...by the way," I pulled out the letter,"About this...I have some concerns."
"Concerns? And those might be?" She asked with a tilt of her head,"I figured the letter stated clearly what was going on?"
"Oh, it did, I got the bulk of it, but..." I needed to be upfront with her,"I...at the risk of sounding cliched...Why Me?" She looked me in the eye,"Out of all the people you could choose...why pick me?"
Yukari snickered,"A very good question...and the answer to that is.." She picked up her fan and flicked it open,"Why not?"
"I'm not sure I understand you." I replied truthfully as I heard the rain on the roof of my house.
"Well, let me put it to you in a way you can comprehend," She got up and walked to the window,"Like any other creature, I despise boredom, as I'm sure you do," She stood there and looked out at
the rain,"I knows your kind of people, Mr White. You live the same old routine day after day, an endless cycle of monotony that you desperately want to break out of. Like anyone, you want more..."
"You want excitement, adventure, mystery...perhaps even something to stave off your loneliness, perhaps?" She tilted her head back to look at me,"I know this because I want many of the same things..."
Huh, she said that, but when it came to the Border Youkai, you needed to take everything
she said with a grain of salt...or a giant pitcher of salt. Maybe two.
"You know, for most people, they wouldn't even hesitate to take an opportunity like this," Yukari turned and walked toward me again,"So many would be willing to give up their boring, lonely lives if it meant they got something more exciting and fulfilling...so why do you hesitate,hmm?" There was no hint of accusation in her voice, more like surprise and...maybe a little amusement?
I let out a sigh as I tried to gather my wits and answer,""Yeah, that's the other concern I need to bring up," I got to my feet,"I'm afraid I must respectfully decline your offer."
"And why is that, may I ask?" Yukari tilted her head at me, lowering her fan slightly,"Don't tell me you haven't at least once thought of what it might be like to travel to the worlds you only ever considered fiction?"
I gnarled my teeth in frustration..but I knew better than to lie,"..I have..but with all due respect, I'm not stupid," "For one thing, I got a decent life here. Also, no offense, but..the world you come from..isn't exactly high on my list of "Favorite places I wish I could visit". I mean, let's go over what you have,shall we?"
I began counting on my fingers,"You got demons, tengu, oni, gods, all sorts of crazily over-powered
individuals who would END me for so much as looking at them the wrong way..." I than added before she could interject,"And yes I know you got Spell Card Rules to prevent that kind of thing..but that's no guarantee some rogue Youkai isn't gonna come along and gut me like a fish than eat me for dinner."
Also, I should point out trust is a bit of a double-edged sword when it comes to Yukari. On one hand she genuinely cares about her homeland and keeping it safe...but on the other she won't hesitate to use others to fulfill some long-term goal for her.
The best way I could label her is if you're useful to her, she'll keep you alive...when your use runs out, you're youkai food. "Be honest, am I right in saying all that? Or am I simply shooting the breeze here?"
The Youkai Of Boundaries nodded along to what I was saying before chuckling lightly,"I will not deny that there are certain...risks involved..but no adventure would be complete without them now,right?"
"I'm not interested in any adventure," I reply calmly yet firmly,"I've had a long week and all I want to do is kick back,relax, not cause any trouble, and enjoy myself...ok?"
Yukari rose an eyebrow at me,"My,my, you're a stubborn one, aren't you? Still...I guess
I can understand your hesitation at the thought of leaving behind your loved ones and what
few friends you have here...but no need to worry..."
Her smiled seemed to only grow as she spoke,"Time flows very differently between our two
worlds. Think of it like streaming an online movie. You can pause at anytime but if you
try to go back to a previous point, complications may arise...also, it's not like I'm
kidnapping you. You're a grown man, you can make your own decisions, right?"
"As for defending yourself, well..." She reached into her dress and pulled out three
cards, each with a large blue emblem drawn on them,"Here. Take these. I'm sure you're
familiar with the concept of spell bomb cards. Just use one of these when you feel you're
in danger and it'll protect you."
It was her turn to sigh,"Sadly, I can only give you three, because they aren't easy to
come by these days. Ideally, you should find someone to fight for you, so you can avoid
using them too often. You look like a cute, resourceful young man, so I'm sure you can
think of something."
She laid the cards on the table before me,"Well? What do you think? Is your mind anymore
at ease with the knowledge that your family will, literally, not even know you were gone?"
I only sat there and frowned at her. I wasn't budging for this lady, no matter how tempted I was.
"Still not convinced?" She gave another sigh,"..Well, I can't say I'm not disappointed..but you're honest and I can respect that," Another gap opened up beside her as she readied to leave,"I'll simply find someone else to take up my offer..and don't come crying to me when one of your fellow humans tells you of all the amazing adventures they went on in your place...."
She took the letter and went to step through her gap once again, before glancing back at me,"Last chance, my boy."
I knew it was a last temptation but I knew better than to give in."Nah, that's fine, go on back to your wonderland. I'll be good here."
"In that case, thank you for your hospitality," She curtsied to me,"May you have a long, prosperous life, Mr White." The woman took the letter and stepped through a new gap. It closed behind her, leaving me alone once again.
Once I was certain she was gone, I collapsed on the couch, completely drained, the kind of drain that I only get after a long workout. "That was way too close.." Common Sense has saved me from making a stupid decision yet again.
But just to make sure, I checked my phone, and...yup, there was a connection again, I was safe and allowed myself a small smile. Don't get me wrong, Gensokyo is a cool place...but between the scheming Border Youkai, the Vampire who controls the concept of Fate, the Hell Raven that commands the power of frekkin NUCLEAR FUSION, those people on the Moon, and so on, I highly doubted I'd survive five minutes. If you had no powers, and you were trying to make a name for yourself, things would NOT end well for you.
There was...one strange thing though. Yukari was a stubborn oaf, she hardly ever gave up, especially so easily, but she...just upped and left with hardly any trouble. "Heh, maybe she's finally getting it through her thick skull she can't have everything her
own way." I commented in amusement.
Suddenly, I glanced down to see those Bomb Cards still on the table,"Dang it...that lady really needs to be more responsible with her stuff..." I scooped them up and yelled out to thin air,"Yo! Yukari! You forgot your fancy Bomb Cards!"
"Oh!" I could hear her voice reverberating through the air,"How silly of me...hang on a moment."
Another gap tore itself open before me and a suction effect picked up, the cards flying
into the hole in my reality...except it didn't close! "What the...Yukari, you're allowed
to close it now!"
I could only hear her laughing as the suction picked up and I felt myself being dragged
towards it across the floor,"Oh no you don't!" I grabbed onto my coffee table's chair and
clung tightly,"If she...can defy...laws of physics...so can I..."
Next thing I knew I was hauled into the vortex and tumbling through empty blackness...huh,
so this is how Alice must've felt when she went down the rabbit hole...
I was dropped through the gap and...wait, a clear blue sky? And..what was with the roaring wind? I turned myself around...and automatically wished I didn't. Why? Well, because I was falling from the sky like a blasted anvil! Clouds whooshed by me and I could spot a patch of land slowly coming up toward me.
"...Why the hell am I falling from the sky?" I asked no one in particular,"And why do I not have a parachute?!"
I than did the only reasonable thing I could think of..I screamed..and screamed..and screamed. Yeah, this went on for a while, with the landscape coming up closer and closer with each passing minute.
This is where you, the reader, came in. To be frank, I honestly never imagined this would be how I went out. Here I was, a 21-year old college student, falling from on high, screaming my lungs out, silently cursing whatever gods had sentenced me to this fate. I always imagined I'd go out fighting an alien invasion while piloting a giant super robot...or at least, something
cooler and more satisfying than this!
At least the view was nice. The landscape before me was vast and covered with lush greenery. There were lakes, forests, mountains, villages, even a blasted huge mansion. Too bad I'd never get to see any of it...not that I wanted to, of course.
...Oh, who am I kidding? It would've been cool to at least see the inside of the Scarlet Devil Mansion.
After screaming my lungs off, I took a moment to catch my breath,"Thirsty?" Someone held out a can of root beer and I took it graciously.
I popped it open and downed some..than I realized who it was that gave me the drink,"Yukari?!"
The Border Youkai was, and I'm not kidding here, sitting on top of a gap like it was a cushion and falling right alongside me! While eating MY pizza at the same time! She wore that trollish grin on her face,"Having fun yet?"
"No!" I fired back,"Going splat all over your precious homeland is NOT my idea of fun! Also, what the heck? I thought you said I was free to go? And why are you eating my pizza?!"
"Really? You're worried more about me eating your food than about your life?" She innocently tilted her head as she fished out the letter and gulped down my food,"Did you even bother to read the fine print, my boy?" She held it out to me and whipped out a magnifying glass.
I hesitantly took the thing and she pointed a spot underneath her P.S. and when I used the magnifier on it..well.."P.P.S. Just so we're clear, since you've opened and read the contents, we now have a binding contract and thus you are bound by it. Have a nice day."
I stared at her like a gaping fish while she only wore a small smug smile on her face,"You...you tricked me! How was I suppose to know that?!"
"Correction, I didn't trick you. You simply neglected to read the fine print," The woman got comfy on her "chair" and rose an eyebrow,"Now, you have a choice to make. Either you come with me, or I leave you here to become a fine red mess all over someone's garden and whatever's left of you will likely get eaten. Choose quickly, for I say you got about...five minutes before impact."
I scowled at this master manipulator, there were so many things I wanted to say to her, but I wasn't ready to die yet,"Well, that's no choice at all...so.."
"So?" She reached out a hand. I growled and took it, her grin became full on sinister when I did,"Wise choice...now welcome to Gensokyo, my boy."
With that, she hauled me through yet another gap, and off we went.
As we flew, only one thought went through my mind: What the hell have I gotten myself into?
End Of Chapter 1...