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Yuyuko's Great Adventure

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Apr. 11th, 2006 | 12:40 am
mood: hungry hungry

Gosh, the past few weeks have been a mess! I'm sorry that I couldn't keep all of you updated, but you'll read why in just a moment.

Evidently Mystia Lorelei was tipped off that I was coming to her restaraunt. She must have feared a negative review, otherwise I can't explain the veritable army of assorted bird-of-prey youkai that were gathered in front of her stand. After a brief and conclusive exchange of danmaku, they convinced me to put off the critique until another day; but that wasn't good enough. They offered to escort me home, and evidently it was one of those offers I couldn't refuse.

After a few failed attempts to convince them that I'd just recently taken up residence in the fried eel stand, I admitted that I lived in the netherworld, and they took me there and threw me back over the border of life and death. But as I soon discovered, they'd dumped me in the wrong place!

See, there are two realms where spirits can go to after death. There's Meikai, where those spirits that have slipped off the endless wheel of reincarnation for whatever reason reside; they usually assume forms similar to those they had in life, and are known as the 'natural ghosts'. Most poltergeists live here as well, and there are even native inhabitants, the half-ghosts. Hakugyokurou, my home, is located here.

The other realm is Higan, which normal souls pass through briefly on their way to judgement, then heaven, hell, or another life. The only permanent inhabitants are the shinigami and the yama, who process these souls, and among the only feature of its endless landscape is the Sanzu no Kawa- a river which cannot be crossed by any normal means (I'd say 'mortal', but ghosts can't do it either, as I found out.) Prior to that day, I had never been there, but Youmu told me all about it over dinner around the time of the flower incident (great for salads!)

You've probably guessed which one of the two I ended up in. Not only was I in Higan, somehow I'd come to be on the wrong side of the river. That Mr. Thunderbird can sure throw hella far.

I spent my first day there exploring, and was unable to find an exit on that side of the river, or even anything at all- except for a huge cherry tree with oddly colored blossoms. I've had some bad experiences with cherry trees in the past, so I didn't taste it. Instead I idled away the next few days eating the endless fields of higanbana, a treat I didn't enjoy often at home. After that I remembered why that was; they're a little *too* spicy, and prolonged consumption kills all sensation in the mouth. It's horrible, as you can imagine, but gave me a good opportunity to try and cross the river.

I flew over the Sanzu no Kawa for three days. It was very boring, like the riverbank, but with even less to eat; just some shallow-swimming fish (there were some kinds I've never tasted before, though, like those armored fish- crunchy on the outside with a chewy center.) I never saw the other side, or any indication that I was making progress at all. After my tastebuds started to return, I flew back to the side I'd set off from; that took another three days. I spend the next couple of days on a varied diet of fish and higanbana before I finally saw someone.

She was a red-haired youkai girl who seemed quite nice, apparently filling in as a boat guide for a shinigami who had a disagreement with her employer. After I explained my situation, she agreed to take me over the river on her next trip. I thought I would finally be able to get out of there, but then I helped myself to some of the spirits she carried with her- it speeds them onto the next life just as well as a yama's judgement, and they taste like marshmallows. Yummy!

For some reason, this innocent snack of mine made her terribly nervous and upset, so much that she was at risk of hurting herself- she seemed previously injured, and this didn't mesh well with her flashy style of danmaku. As I didn't want to eliminate my only ticket out of there, and she didn't look like good eating anyway, I left her alone. We had several more meetings over the coming days; all of them ended similarly.

Eventually, she brought her employer (a somewhat scary yama) to deal with me. The yama took one look at me and immediately sentenced me to eternal hell, but apparently there were complications in executing the judgement. The seal on my mortal body was one of them, but more fundamental was the fact that none of the hells wanted anything to do with me.

After another week of fighting with various diabolical bureaucracies, the yama gave up and ordered her youkai to get me across the river and out of Higan, regardless of what I did in the meantime. Many s'mores later, I finally crossed the border into Meikai and headed back home to Hakugyokurou.

Youmu-chan is nowhere in sight. I guess she went out looking for me, since I was gone quite a while. I'm hungry.

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Yama of the Sanzu no Kawa

From: sikieiki_yamada
Date: Apr. 11th, 2006 12:31 pm (UTC)
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Oh... the paperwork... *Sigh.*

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hongmeiling

From: hongmeiling
Date: Apr. 11th, 2006 01:27 pm (UTC)
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Hong Meiling is still feeling the bruises from this ordeal x_x; atleast the feeling in her legs has returned...

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wrigglenightbug

From: wrigglenightbug
Date: Apr. 11th, 2006 03:46 pm (UTC)
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You can't trust those Night Sparrows even for a second!

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hongmeiling

From: hongmeiling
Date: Apr. 11th, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC)
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Their songs are annoying too T_T In my old house, they would keep me up at night!!

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hongmeiling

From: hongmeiling
Date: Apr. 11th, 2006 05:09 pm (UTC)
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I would love to Wriggle san, but I am bonded to my post as a lake guard for Yamada ojou sama

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wrigglenightbug

From: wrigglenightbug
Date: Apr. 11th, 2006 05:11 pm (UTC)
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Whuh?! But... ha... weren't you a door guard?

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hongmeiling

From: hongmeiling
Date: Apr. 11th, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
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I am now a lake guard! Now I only permit those who deserve to visit Yamada ojou sama to cross the lake XD! And I can control the size of the sake too with this cool scythe! I can make it into a river or a ocean if I wanted to!! I had to do this when that hungry ghost visited x_x; boy she was troublesome...

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wrigglenightbug

From: wrigglenightbug
Date: Apr. 11th, 2006 06:19 pm (UTC)
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It looks like I am on my own! No matter, I have my insect friends to help me. Good luck with your job, china!

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wrigglenightbug

From: wrigglenightbug
Date: Apr. 11th, 2006 05:10 pm (UTC)
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Would you like to avenge our misfortunes with them along with me? For they have eaten my insect friends as well!

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Sakuya Izayoi

From: sakuya_izayoi
Date: Apr. 11th, 2006 08:19 pm (UTC)
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Quite annoying... it's too bad you left before I perfected my recipe for night sparrow stir-fry.

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