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Magical Girl Warrior Kosuzu, Vol 2
~Gensokyo Festival day 17: Magic
~Magical Girl Warrior Kosuzu and the Dark Mistresses of the Moon~
~Author’s Note~
First of all, I’m soooooo sorry this chapter took so long! >_.< I won’t make any more stupid mistakes like that, I promise!
~Chapter 5: Tengu’s Secret! Dread Sisters Attack!~
“Augh…! Who are you?!” gasped Kosuzu, staring through squinted eyes at the glowing women. “What do you want with us?!”
“Ohohohoho~!” the woman with the wide hat laughed smugly. “Shall we tell them, sister dear?”
“Yes,” said the woman with the bow, stiffly and businesslike. “I am Watatsuki no Yorihime, captain of the Lunar Defence Force and leader of rabbits.”
“And I am Watatsuki no Toyohime, her partner and mass-destruction weapon~!” tittered the blonde.
As the women’s glow dimmed, Kosuzu could make out for th
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Suika Changes the Times
~Gensokyo Festival day 16: Change~
~Suika Changes the Times~
“All right, here’s your lamprey omelette with noodles!” Mystia handed a plate of delicious-smelling food to Suika. “That’ll be two hundred and fifty mon, please.”
“Ah, um…” Suika rummaged in her pockets. “I’ve got a hundred and a two hundred. Can you give me change?”
“Of course.” Mystia accepted the coins and handed over fifty mon. “Enjoy your meal!”
Suika wolfed down her lunch and belched loudly, which startled Mystia. She never thought such a small body could have the acoustics.
“Do excuse me,” blushed Suika. Then she burst out laughing, because she was extremely childish.
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Later that afternoon, it began to rain.
“Oh, dear!” Suika cried out when a cold, wet raindrop fell on her nose. “I’d better change!”
Suika ran to the Hakurei
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Memories to Last a Quadrillion Lifetimes
~Gensokyo Festival day 15: Memory~
~Memories to Last a Quadrillion Lifetimes~
“You’ve got a lot of nerve showing your face around here, you scrawny tosser!”
“I’m sorry, what?”
“You heard me, goat-brains!” Kaguya strode into the clearing with a big, round cactus in her arms. “Prepare to die!”
“Um, do I know you?” Mokou shifted nervously. “I’d really rather not die if it’s all the same to you…”
Kaguya scoffed. “As if I’m going to fall for that.”
“B-but it’s the truth! Really!” said Mokou. She backed away until she hit a stalk of bamboo. “Are you sure you haven’t got the wrong person, black-haired lady? I’ve never even met you before!”
Kaguya narrowed her eyes. “Whatever you’re trying, it’s not going to work. I see through all your lies, Mokou!”
“Is that my name?
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Literature
You Bet I Can Rhyme Stuff With Them
~Gensokyo Festival day 14: Moon~
~You Bet I Can Rhyme Stuff With Them~
There once was a woman named Toyohime
Who loved to eat as many peaches as she may.
With her fan of great might
She could win every fight
With such skills as demand an action replay.
There also was fearless Yorihime.
Upon Reimu she had herself a field day.
With a blade in her hand
She defended her land
With her magic and impossible swordplay.
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The Bipartisan Quest to Makai
~Gensokyo Festival day 12: Plants~
~The Bipartisan Quest to Makai~
“Hello? Is Princess Kaguya there?” Shou hammered on the wide sliding door. “I need to borrow the jewelled branch from Mount Hourai!”
“Sorry. I lost it.”
Shou jumped. The tired, muddy immortal princess was coming towards her with a sponge and a bucket in hand.
“Um, that’s all right… Do you know where I could find another one?”
“Another jewelled branch?” Kaguya smiled a wide-eyed, completely incredulous smile. “You want to know where you could find another jewelled branch? Well, I suppose you could fly to the moon. Then it’s just a matter of convincing the locals to let you access the udonge groves, or more likely fighting your way past them, helping yourself to a branch and getting it home safely!”
Shou’s face fell. “There’s no other way?”
“Probably not,” said Kag
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This is Why You Need Drainage Ditches
~Gensokyo Festival day 11: Animals~
~This is Why You Need Drainage Ditches~
On a rare rainy morning in June, Reisen woke up to a bouncing bunny turning her bed into an earthquake simulator.
“Aaugh…” Reisen half-groaned and half-yawned, sitting up without much enthusiasm. She grasped the bunny firmly by the shoulders. “Tewi, what are you playing at?”
“Waking you up!” giggled Tewi.
“I know,” said Reisen heavily. “Why, though?!”
“It’s raining!” declared Tewi.
“And?” growled Reisen.
Tewi’s cheerful expression wavered a little. “Are you dense? No, don’t answer that. The vegetable garden, Reisen! Everything’s going to rot!”
Reisen gasped. “We have to do something!”
“Well done for finally reaching that conclusion!” said Tewi, giving Reisen a friendly pat on the head.
Reisen glared at her, but there was no time t
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Literature
Duress of Sleepy Sorceress
~Gensokyo Festival day 10: Night~
~Duress of Sleepy Sorceress~
“Oh, Hecatia, your body intoxicates me…” crooned Marisa. She moaned as she nuzzled the goddess’s slender neck.
Hecatia was trembling as Marisa crawled over her. “Be gentle with me! I don’t want my heart bursting from sheer pleasure!”
“Don’t worry about that, my sweet.” Marisa winked seductively. “Mutual consent and cooperation are my middle names!”
“Ahhh…!” Hecatia’s face reddened. “Make me a woman, Marisa!”
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“Marisa? Marisa, are you sleeping?” asked Reimu. The wooden bedframe creaked as she sat down. “Hey, Marisa? Hello?!”
“Mmmh…” sighed Marisa. “Hecatia, you taste so good.”
“WAKE UP!” barked Reimu.
Marisa bolted upright with a yelp. She looked around the room in a panic until her eyes met R
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This One Might be Creepy, so Read With Caution
~Gensokyo Festival day 9: Monster~
~This One Might be a Bit Creepy, so Read With Caution~
My name is Gary de Sade. Reducing women to blubbering wrecks is my hobby, and my goal is to accomplish this feat seven times in one week. For posterity's sake, I have decided to write a chronicle of my travels in Gensokyo, the diversions I sought therein and the women whose days I ruined.
If you have some kind of moral objection to my pastimes, all I can suggest is that you learn to cope. I care little for the comfort of other people, women least of all. Do not expect me to give up my pleasure for some pitiful notion of "kindness" or "decency".

Monday
I decided to start small with my first endeavour. I snuck into the house of Marisa Kirisame and earned her trust by polishing her shoes, whereupon she allowed me to borrow her alchemical supplies. With those not-altogether-unimpressive resources behind me I was able to brew a bucket's worth of powerf
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Literature
Drabbles of Praise
~Gensokyo Festival day 8: Religion~
~Drabbles of Praise~
It was a soggy, rainy day, so Sanae went out to jump in puddles.
“Wheeee!” giggled Sanae, making a huge splash. “Thanks, Kanako! That puddle was great!”
She jumped in a muddier one, staining her stockings deep brown. “Ooh, wow! You outdid yourself here, Suwako!”
“Oh, Kuraokami, you shouldn’t have!” she added as she danced around in the muddy water.
Sheltering in the shrine, Kanako scowled. “Where’s she get off thanking him? I’m the storm goddess around these parts…”
Suwako shrugged. “I don’t mind. Although,” she sighed, picking up some discarded frog shaped wellies, “I wish she wouldn’t forget these.”
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That cold day was also Minoriko’s birthday, and she came home from waterproofing crops to the warm, homely smell of baked goods.
A cake was on the tab
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Literature
Song of the Sleepy Gardener
~Gensokyo Festival day 7: Music~
~Song of the Sleepy Gardener~
Hoah! Hoah! Hragh!
Hoah! Hoah! Hragh!
Hoah! Hoah! Hragh!
Hoah! Hoah! Hragh!
Hoah! Hoah! Hragh!
Hoah! Hoah! Hragh!
Ahhhhhhh… Ahhhhhhhh…
Ahhhhhhhhhhh… Ahhhhhhhhhhh…!
Hong Meiling! Hong Meiling! Her honour is the thing
Which compels her to keep Taisui Xingjun at bay!
Monsters flee from the light when they see her take flight!
Hong Meiling, please wake up, you’ve missed half of the day!
Harken now, vampire girls, to a tale seldom heard,
Of the one, who is good, at tai chi!
Who is kin, to both wyrm, and generic youkai.
No-one else, can be stronger, than she!
But the Sages foretold of a catfish so bold,
That when sisters crossed spell-cards all day,
Would descend from the stars with such wrath in its heart
That no-one could stand up to its rage!
But a night shall soon fall when she’ll know of its call,
And she’ll duel for the sake of the world!
Gensokyo s
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Literature
Do I Have to Spell it Out For You?
~Gensokyo Festival day 6: Danmaku~
~Note from Toyosatomimi no Miko~
Dear reader,
There was recently a fracas involving myself, three of my allies and a group of Budhhists. People on Both Sides did things they would later turn out to regret, but public opinion has, as per usual, shifted in favour of the vegetarian youkai-loving crowd. Through no fault of his own, the young scribe writing these stories fell for the Myouren Temple’s propaganda and wrote a heavily-biased and inaccurate version of the incident based on Shou Toramaru’s account.
I reached out to Aardvark123 in order to clear up some misconceptions about the Taoists; namely, that we are all arrogant bullies who say “ohohohoho~!” and use tickling as a method for conquest, and that we lost the fight. The result was actually a tie. It is true that Byakuren force-fed me my earmuffs, but I succeeded in shoving that ridiculous straw hat up her nose shortly afterwards.
The fol
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Literature
The Three Little Vampires and the Wicked Witch
~Gensokyo Festival day 5: Fantasy~
~The Three Little Vampires and the Wicked Witch~
Last Tuesday in a distant land, there lived two little vampires and one medium-sized vampire who had come for a sleepover. They lived happily in their big red house with a caring maid, a sleepy gardener and a librarian who wore only purple, knowing neither hunger nor fear.
On a morning like any other, the two little vampires and the one medium-sized vampire woke up to find the house quiet and empty. They didn’t want to wake the gardener, so they crept downstairs and slinked into the dining room, but there was no breakfast waiting for them. There were no steaming bowls of miso soup, no scones dripping with cream and jam and no steamed rice piled high in its bowl.
The vampires were distraught. How would they ever survive when their tummies were empty? Flandre cried and Kurumi ran around in a blind panic, but Remilia came up with an amazing idea. They would make thei
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Sister, Sister, Stay by my Side
~Gensokyo Festival day 4: Family~
~Sister, Sister, Stay by my Side~
Four tuneful sisters all played side by side.
Folks came to hear them from lands far and wide.
One played the keyboard and one violin,
One played the trumpet. She made quite a din.
One sister sang. Her sweet words were her art.
They knew they were brilliant right from the start.
Even an orchestra struggled to catch them.
Conductors tried ever in vain to outmatch them.
The girls’ biggest fan was their father, the count.
He loved when they played and the fourth twirled about.
Girls in that day weren’t supposed to be skilful,
But he gave them his trust, and the sisters were wilful.
Merlin learned fencing and Layla learned physics.
Lunasa was eager to read about how poets kept to a metre and rhyming scheme.
And what of young Lyrica? She loved to party.
She drank like a moose and her laughter was hearty.
Then Count Prismriver found something quite frightening:
A fan from Japan d
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Literature
Shou's Bad Day
~Gensokyo Festival Day 3: Games~
~Shou’s Bad Day~
“Oh, no… Where is it, where is it?! Oh, where could it be?!” Shou was digging frantically through the hedges and flower beds around the Myouren Temple. “I know I left it here somewhere! We only have so much garden…”
“Are you getting anywhere?” Nazrin called out as she ran over, her dress stained with mud.
“No.” Shou miserably shook her head.
“I’ll try the wine cellar, then. I’m sure we’ll find it sooner or later,” said Nazrin. She gave Shou an encouraging smile, took off her shoes and jogged inside the temple.
“Yeah… I’m sure we will.” Shou sighed heavily, shuffled sideways a couple of feet and started ransacking the begonias.
The hours went by with nothing in sight. Shou was done with the garden and halfway through the compost heap when she heard smug laughter from the road.
“No
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Reimu Isn't So Great at Boxing
Gensokyo Festival Day 2: Games
~Reimu Isn't So Great at Boxing~
“Phantom Sign: Sword of Nightmares!”
“Heaven Sign: Starburst!”
Sanae and Youmu spun slowly through the air as they sent waves of bullets in all directions. A hundred flashing swords whirled past fiery blue stars, leaving the moon rabbits scrambling for cover.
Ringo yelped as a star bounced off her soft, round tummy. “Seiran, they’re crushing us! Do something!”
“Like what?!” snapped Seiran, weaving desperately through a dozen swords.
“That new spell-card you got! Try it!”
“But I don’t even know if-”
Seiran saw Sanae screaming towards her and dove out of the way. Sanae gave her a stinging smack on the foot, but Seiran’s other foot found its mark and sent Sanae spiralling into the sky.
Youmu charged at Seiran with swords drawn. Ringo ploughed into her, forcing the air out of her lungs. Youmu grabbed Ring
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Red and White Dawn
~Day 1: Beginning~
~Red and White Dawn~
“Aaaagh… Gods, I don’t ever want to do that again.” The Shrine Maiden of Paradise had faced countless challenges, but she had never struggled so fiercely nor felt so much pain before that day. Her body had felt like it was being torn apart, but somehow she was still lying there in one piece, drenched in sweat and aching from the waist down.
“She’s beautiful…” Takumi was crying as he cradled the baby in his arms. “You did it, Akari. You did it! Oh, she’s perfect!”
Akari propped herself up on her elbows and smiled wearily. “Got any ideas what to call her?”
The baby stared up at her father, completely dumbfounded, but there was already something familiar in her sparkling red eyes. Her mother’s power was definitely inside her.
“We’ll call her Reimu,” declared Takumi. “I don’t know why, I just have this fe
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~Gensokyo Festival day 17: Magic



~Magical Girl Warrior Kosuzu and the Dark Mistresses of the Moon~



~Author’s Note~



First of all, I’m soooooo sorry this chapter took so long! >_<;; I had loads of work last month between renting out books and getting my flight certificate, and there just wasn’t time for me to do any writing. I’m free for the rest of this week, though, and I’ll try and get chapter 6 out for you much sooner! Don’t wait up, though… ^^’

With regard to the fighting, I’m afraid it’s hard for me to describe what large groups of characters are doing at a given time, so I tend to just focus on Kosuzu. Like I promised, though, some more plot happens this time! I think I did it all right, but I’d love to hear what all you wonderful people thought as well. Getting reviews really makes my day, so don’t be shy!

Faith_and_Anime, I really had no idea “In the name of the moon, I will punish you!” was somebody’s catch phrase in the Outside World. I’m so sorry! If you run into Sailor Moon, please tell her I didn’t mean it! >.< I won’t make any more stupid mistakes like that, I promise!

~Chapter 5: Tengu’s Secret! Dread Sisters Attack!~



“Augh…! Who are you?!” gasped Kosuzu, staring through squinted eyes at the glowing women. “What do you want with us?!”

“Ohohohoho~!” the woman with the wide hat laughed smugly. “Shall we tell them, sister dear?”

“Yes,” said the woman with the bow, stiffly and businesslike. “I am Watatsuki no Yorihime, captain of the Lunar Defence Force and leader of rabbits.”

“And I am Watatsuki no Toyohime, her partner and mass-destruction weapon~!” tittered the blonde.

As the women’s glow dimmed, Kosuzu could make out for the first time what they looked like. Yorihime had silky greyish-purple hair in a long, wide ponytail tied up with a big yellow bow, and her eyes were the colour of smoky quartz, but darker. She was wearing a reddish-brown dress, belted tight around her slender waist, with a pearly-white shirt component on top. Her shoes were small and red.

Toyohime’s blonde hair was long and glossy. Her eyes were a beautiful shade of topaz. She wore a bluish-purple shirt-dress much like her sister’s, and on her head was a broad-brimmed white hat with a small pink bow on the right side. Her boots were blue.

“The Lunar Defence Force?! You must be from from the moon!” gasped Reimu, her red eyes wide with shock.

“Correct,” said Yorihime. “We have come to claim the Earth.”

The heroines all gasped as one. Claim the Earth? How could she?!

“Now, hold on! You can’t just come here and take whatever you want!” shouted Aya, her elegant black eyebrows arched in anger.

“Oh, but we can~!” laughed Toyohime, brandishing her orange fan. “We Lunarians are so much better than you, there is no point in us asking for permission~. I could kill you all in seconds, as could my sister~!”

“She speaks the truth,” said Yorihime emotionlessly. “None of you can resist us.” The heroines shared some worried looks amongst each other.

“Are they really that powerful?” said Kosuzu worriedly, her face creased with worry. “Even their moon rabbits were strong! What would the woman who trained them be like?!”

“You’re right,” said Aya fearfully. “Lunarians are fierce! I heard their only weakness is to freshly-picked chrysanthemums.”

“C'mon, sisters, we can take ‘em!” growled Marisa, doing a fist-pump with her short, strong-looking left arm. “I ain’t afraid of no prissy Lunarian, ze! We’ll show 'em!”

“Marisa’s right. There are four of us, aren’t there? We can do this!” Reimu pointed out, drawing her wand and striding towards the sisters. “In the name of Gensokyo and the Dragon God! Charge!”

Reimu charged at the Lunarians. Aya, Marisa and Kosuzu followed her with their weapons ready. They knew it was going to be a hard fight, but they had to pull through for their friends and families back home…

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Akyuu was feeling nervous as she crept through the dank, scary cave. Her colourful dress seemed like it was in sepia tones in the soft orange light of her torch. There were clusters of stalacmites on the floor, so she had to be careful not to stub her poor little toes.

“Is it much further?” whispered Akyuu.

“Not long now,” whispered Mamizou, her brown hair shaking as she ducked under a pointy grey stalagtite. “We should be somewhere under Youkai Mountain.”

“Youkai Mountain?!” gasped Akyuu in amazement.

“That’s right,” confirmed Mamizou. “I don’t understand it any more than you do, but if the tunnel leads this way, it leads this way… Oh, what’s this? I think I see a light up ahead!”

The duo cautiously spelunked towards the light. It grew brighter and brighter as they headed through the cave, until they could tell it was shining through the gaps in a wooden trap door.

“Golly…” breathed Akyuu. “I wonder where this leads!”

“Well, let’s find out!” said Mamizou, pushing through the trap door. Akyuu waited patiently as she watched the tanuki’s legs disappear upwards.

“How is it?” called Akyuu a few seconds later.

“It’s safe! You’d better come up here!” replied Mamizou.

Akyuu climbed the ladder and emerged into a bright, airy room. She could see a cluttered writing desk covered in paper and clutter, and a faint smell of lavender was wafting through the house. Warm sunlight was diffusing through the paper walls all around her.

“Who could live here?” pondered Akyuu, her beautiful amethyst eyes clouded with confusion. She moved over to the writing desk and picked up a random piece of paper.

Dear Aya,

There is much you have yet to learn
of the world, but right now I have one
important piece of information to
deliver to you. Lunarians can be
disabled easily by brushing fresh
chrysanthemums against their skin.

Yours sincerely,

Imoyikust on Otokim


“Gosh!” cried Mamizou, her brow furrowing. “This is interesting… Aya has an informant telling her about the Lunarians!”

“Yes, but whom?” said Akyuu worriedly.

“Imoyikust on Otokim…” pondered Mamizou. “Who could that be? The name does not sound familiar, but I feel like…”

Akyuu gasped. “Mamizou, It’s 'Tsukiyomi no Mikoto’ backwards!”

“Oh, no!” cried Mamizou. “But that means…!”

“He could have been feeding Aya false information!”

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Yorihime lifted her gleaming silver sword and hacked at Kosuzu. Kosuzu gripped her Divine Staff in both hands and deflected the blow, but the impact made her stagger. She desperately did a backflip, avoiding a swipe from Yorihime’s sword by inches.

“Let’s see how you like this!” said Kosuzu fiercely, aiming her staff at Yorihime. “Guarding Sign: Lance of Heaven!”

Kosuzu’s staff fired a beam of golden light at Yorihime, making her yelped as it hit her right in the stomach. Kosuzu somersaulted forwards, her strawberry-blonde hair fanning out in the air, and gave Yorihime a painful bonk on the head.

“Ow!” cried Yorihime, breaking her not-emotional facade for the first time since she’d arrived. “Confound you…!” she added, readying her sword. “Lunar Sign: Moon Twilight Flash!”

Kosuzu braced herself as the crescent-shaped blade of silvery moonlight flashed towards her. She jumped over the attack. “Too slow, Yorihime!”

Yorihime smirked.

“Eh?…” said Kosuzu, then the Twilight Flasher swung around and hit her right in the small of her back! Kosuzu screamed and fell to her knees in terrible pain.

“Don’t you realise you’re dealing with somebody a cut above the rest?” said Yorihime proudly. “My attacks are too powerful for you, weakling, and those three idiots stand no chance against my sister. Give up now!”

“Give up…?” The idea was horrifying for Kosuzu. “Never! All of my friends are counting on me!”

Kosuzu rose angrily to her feet, fighting through the pain. She knew the time for being gentle was over. It was time to unleash her ultimate attack.

“Forgive me, Yukari…” murmured Kosuzu, taking aim with her staff. “Just this once, I must use the power I swore never to use.” Her eyes were shining with determination. “Heart Sign: Light of the Universe!”

A beam of bright light exploded outwards from the staff. Yorihime staggered backwards as it washed over her skin. When the light cleared, she was sprawled out on the ground gasping for breath.

“Now’s our chance!” shouted Aya, running towards Yorihime with a bunch of sweet-smelling purple chrysanthemums in hand. “This ought to fix her. Eat flowers!”

Aya brushed Yorihime’s nose with the chrysanthemums. She wrinkled her nose and sneezed, then she jumped up and stabbed Aya through the heart!

“Aaaaaaargh!” screamed Aya, clutching at her chest as blood leaked out and stained her dress dark red. “No! I-I was so sure the chrusanthemums would work!”

“You assume too much,” said Yorihime smugly, licking the blood off her sword. Her tongue was long and pink and slightly pointy at the end. “I believe my sister will be able to mop up your foolish friends now…”

“NO!” screamed Kosuzu. She kicked Yorihime in the shins, only for her foot to hit thin air as the purple-haired warrior cartwheeled to the side. Kosuzu ran towards her, but Yorihime punched her in the face before she could react. Kosuzu fell down in a heap and rubbed her poor little nose.

“Aw, nuts! Aya! Kosuzu!” cried Marisa, running over to her unconscious friends. “Don’t give in! Not like this!”

“Ohohohoho~! You’ll all give in exactly like this~!” Toyohime laughed victoriously. She swung her fan and Reimu went down in a blast of fire. “Sister dear, why don’t you maul half-pint of a witch~?”

“Grrr…” Marisa clenched her scarred fists and stared down Yorihime. “No-one’s maulin’ me, ze! Put 'em up, you- Aiyeeeee!”

A Moon Twilight Flash in the knee sent Marisa flying across the hillside. She landed painfully in a bush, squashing most of the bush. The scent of freshly-spilled sap filled her nose.

Toyohime and Yorihime shared a look of satisfaction as they looked over the dazed and beaten heroines. Somehow, they’d done it.

“The world is ours,” smiled Yorihime.

“We’re the best~! Long live the Lunarians~!” whooped Toyohime, her purple dress flapping as she jumped for joy. “I can’t believe this gaggle of wealkings thought they were tougher than the two of us~.”

“We must return to the Capital and give Lord Tsukiyomi the good news,” said Yorihime.

“W-wait…” groaned Marisa, stirring among the plant life. “You can’t have the Earth… We live here!”

“Not for long~!” giggled Toyohime. Arm in arm with Yorihime, they drifted slowly up into the inky, moonlit sky. Nobody knew where they would strike next or what chaos they would wreak, and there was nothing Kosuzu or any of her friends could do to stop them.

TO BE CONTINUED…
Magical Girl Warrior Kosuzu, Vol 2
Yes indeedy, Touhou fans, Kosuzu is still at it. With a year of experience under her belt, she’s learned a lot about formatting, pacing and how to spell “divine”, but she’s going through a bit of an “everything must be described in great detail” phase. Who knows? Maybe she’ll be as good as me next year.
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~Gensokyo Festival day 16: Change~



~Suika Changes the Times~



“All right, here’s your lamprey omelette with noodles!” Mystia handed a plate of delicious-smelling food to Suika. “That’ll be two hundred and fifty mon, please.”

“Ah, um…” Suika rummaged in her pockets. “I’ve got a hundred and a two hundred. Can you give me change?”

“Of course.” Mystia accepted the coins and handed over fifty mon. “Enjoy your meal!”

Suika wolfed down her lunch and belched loudly, which startled Mystia. She never thought such a small body could have the acoustics.

“Do excuse me,” blushed Suika. Then she burst out laughing, because she was extremely childish.

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Later that afternoon, it began to rain.

“Oh, dear!” Suika cried out when a cold, wet raindrop fell on her nose. “I’d better change!”

Suika ran to the Hakurei Shrine, where she found Reimu snoozing in a fast-growing puddle on the flagstones.

Suika nudged Reimu. “Hey, wake up! You’re all wet!”

Reimu groaned and rubbed her eyes. “Su… Suika? I must’ve dozed off… Wait, why am I all wet?!”

“You fell asleep, then it started raining,” said Suika. She took the drowsing Reimu’s hand and led her into the shrine.

Reimu chucked several logs on the fire while Suika rummaged for her raincoat. She slid her arms into the thick, warm sleeves and buttoned the coat snugly around her torso.

“How do I look?” asked Suika.

“Nice and waterproof,” said Reimu. “Where are you going?”

“Going?” Suika blinked. “I don’t know… I just felt like I should change my clothes.”

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“Ahhh…” sighed Chang'e. “After ten thousand years, I’m free! Time to put that woman’s son and this whole immortality business behind me and get on with my life!”

The Lunar Capital was alive for once, with moon rabbits laughing and dancing in the streets. Chang'e was showered with mochi as she strode through the town square. She soon looked more like a walking cream puff than a goddess.

“Three cheers for Chang'e!” the rabbits chorused.

“We love you!” they continued.

“Marry me, Chang'e!” said a moon rabbit, throwing a pair of bloomers in her general direction.

Chang'e laughed a little nervously. “Wow, so many friendly faces! Listen, I’d love to stay here and talk to you all, but I haven’t been to the loo in ages-”

The ground split open under her feet. Chang'e managed to grab the edge and hang on for dear life, but many rabbits were not so lucky. They tumbled helplessly into a yawning black void that grew wider with every second.

“Oh, my days…! Hold on!” Chang'e let herself drop, spread her arms wide and launched herself into the chasm.

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Thousands of miles away, Reimu saw the white disc of the moon split into a thousand shards. She groaned loudly. “Oh, Suika, tell me you didn’t!”
Suika Changes the Times
Today, we have some ruminations on the different meanings of “change”. An apostrophe might’ve got thrown in there at some point; I wasn’t paying attention.
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~Gensokyo Festival day 15: Memory~



~Memories to Last a Quadrillion Lifetimes~



“You’ve got a lot of nerve showing your face around here, you scrawny tosser!”

“I’m sorry, what?”

“You heard me, goat-brains!” Kaguya strode into the clearing with a big, round cactus in her arms. “Prepare to die!”

“Um, do I know you?” Mokou shifted nervously. “I’d really rather not die if it’s all the same to you…”

Kaguya scoffed. “As if I’m going to fall for that.”

“B-but it’s the truth! Really!” said Mokou. She backed away until she hit a stalk of bamboo. “Are you sure you haven’t got the wrong person, black-haired lady? I’ve never even met you before!”

Kaguya narrowed her eyes. “Whatever you’re trying, it’s not going to work. I see through all your lies, Mokou!”

“Is that my name?” said Mokou, looking rather lost.

“No, your name’s Baroness Emptyhead Dipstick of Ladygarden Avenue. What do you think?!”

Mokou’s eyes widened. “I’m a baroness?!”

“Yes, and I’m a princess, so don’t get any funny ideas. Now are we fighting or what?!”

“I’d really rather not, um, Your Highness… Couldn’t you fight somebody else?”

Kaguya shook her head “I’m not falling for it, Emptyhead.”

“I’m not lying! I swear, I have no idea who you are!”

“Shut up!” Kaguya threw her cactus at Mokou. She screamed as it smacked into her stomach, poking her in several places.

“Stop it! Stop it, you crazy princess!” screamed Mokou. “What have I ever done to you?!”

“Took it personally when I humiliated your father?!”

Mokou reflected on that for a second, then turned and ran for her life. Kaguya watched her leave with a mixture of amusement and contempt.

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Later that evening, Keine showed up outside Eientei and hammered on the door with considerable urgency. She continued hammering on Reisen for several seconds after she opened it.

“Um, can… Can I help you?” said Reisen nervously.

“Oh, you’re here! Thank heavens!” Keine blushed a little and stopped knocking. “I need to see Ms Yagokoro and the princess urgently. It’s Mokou, she’s lost her memory! She was so frightened, and she didn’t even recognise me!”

“Ah, right. You’d better follow me.” Reisen led Keine along several brightly-lit corridors to Kaguya’s chambers. Keine waited patiently while Reisen rapped gently on the door.

“Princess? Is Lady Eirin with you? Keine needs to see you both!” Reisen called. “She has some bad news about Mokou!”

“Can it wait?! We’re having our bath!” came the tetchy reply.

Reisen sighed. “Probably best to wait.”

“Um, Reisen? What did she mean by ‘our’ bath?” said Keine worriedly.

“Oh, you know…” said Reisen vaguely.

Keine sighed. “Well, this is important, so can’t I just go in?”

“I wouldn’t,” said Reisen.

Keine kicked the door down and stepped around a magnificent four-poster bed to the en suite. “Eirin! Eirin! Help me, Eirin!”

“Don’t come in!” wailed Eirin.

Keine came in. She wasn’t too surprised to see Eirin completely naked with her hair dangling in the warm, bubbly water.

“For pity’s sake, can’t you see we’re busy?” sighed Eirin, lowering herself a little further into the bath.

“Yes, this was supposed to be our private time!” Kaguya emerged from the water behind Eirin. “You wouldn’t like it if we came and watched you having a bath, so don’t-”

“MOKOU HAS LOST HER MEMORY!” roared Keine.

“Um,” said Eirin, “has she?”

“She hasn’t,” Kaguya reassured her. “Mokou was pretending she had no idea who I was this morning, but I saw through her act. Keine, don’t tell me she’s still at it!”

“You saw her?”

Kaguya nodded.

“Oh, for flip’s sake…! Why didn’t you do something?!” What was left of Keine’s patience evaporated. “Mokou’s forgotten who she is, who I am, where she lives, what she likes to eat, everything! Are you seriously telling me you met her earlier today and you didn’t think to check?!”

“Yes…?” said Kaguya patiently. “I mean, she has pretended to have amnesia before. Don’t you think she might be lying?”

“She didn’t recognise ANYTHING, Kaguya! I showed her the painting of her family she’s kept since the Asuka period and she acted like she’d never seen it before!” ranted Keine. “Don’t you understand?! This is real! She’s lost her memory!”

“You really think so?” Kaguya was starting to look worried. “How could Mokou have amnesia? She took the elixir just like we did…”

“It is possible,” Eirin piped up. “Being a Hourai immortal protects you from any permanent injury, but amnesia is simply enhanced forgetfulness.”

“Oh, no… We have to help her!” Kaguya leapt to her feet, showering Eirin with sweet-smelling bubbles. Reisen and Keine blushed and looked at their feet while she wrapped herself in a towel.

“We… We have dressing gowns, Princess,” Eirin reminded her.

“I knew that,” said Kaguya.

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“Mokou? Mokou, are you home?”

“Baroness Dipstick? Baroness Dipstick, are you home?”

Keine bashed Kaguya over the head with a chronicle of the early Tokugawa shogunate. “I’ve only just convinced her she’s called Mokou, you idiot!”

The foursome filed into Keine’s sitting room. Slumped over a plump cushion, Mokou took one look at Kaguya and dove under the kotatsu.

“It’s all right, Mokou, she’s with me,” said Keine reassuringly. She knelt down beside the heated table. “I’ve brought my good friend Eirin to see you. She can help you get your memories back.”

“Can she?” Mokou poked her head out from under the table. “I’m not sure I want my memories.”

“What?!” Kaguya shot Eirin a worried look.

Eirin cleared her throat. “Mokou, why wouldn’t you-”

“From what Keine and the princess told me, it seems I wasn’t always the nicest of people,” said Mokou. “I mean, I feuded with one woman for years! I killed her over and over again! All because of something that happened a hundred years ago.”

“It was actually more than a thousand years,” said Keine.

“That long?!” gasped Mokou. “Then I really don’t want to go back to who I was.”

“But Mokou,” began Keine.

“Don’t you understand?! This is my chance to start afresh! I can become a new, better person, one who doesn’t waste her time on meaningless quarrels!” said Mokou fervently. “I’m not going back to the sad, lonely, vicious woman I allegedly was. I am going to be a kind and responsible baroness and lead my people with, um… With responsibility and kindness!”

“But… What about us?” A tear rolled down Keine’s cheek. “You won’t remember me.”

“Listen. You may be a historian, but the future belongs to all of us, and I’ve decided what future I want,” Mokou insisted. “That said, since we were such good friends before, I’m sure we will be able to make new memories together. Happy memories we’ll both want to keep.”

“Oh, Mokou…” sniffed Keine. “I’d love to make more memories with you, but I’m going to miss the old you.”

“I hated her so much! It won’t be the same without her!” Kaguya burst into tears. “Mokou, please don’t do this!”

Mokou stood up. “I’d be happy to spar with you, if that makes you feel better, but the old Mokou is dead. I don’t want to hear another word on the subject. Is that clear?”

“A-all right…” sobbed Kaguya. “I’ll never forget you.”

“That’s your prerogative. Now, I was thinking I should learn some useful skills, such as sewiiiIIIING?!” Mokou tripped over a rug. She hit the wall head-first with a terrific thump.

Kaguya ran to her side. “Mokou! Oh, Mokou, speak to me!”

Eirin and Keine waited with bated breath to see what would happen.

“Oww…” groaned Mokou. She rose shakily and rubbed her head. Her eyes narrowed when she saw Kaguya standing over her. “Are you somehow responsible for this, you ugly daughter of a bamboo shoot?”

Kaguya fell on Mokou and smothered her with kisses. “Oh, Mokou! Mokou, you’re back!”

“W… was I gone?” said Mokou faintly.

“I love you so much! Don’t ever leave me!” Kaguya sobbed. “Oh, Mokou… I’ve been such a fool, wasting my life on hatred and more hatred. Well, that changes now. I’m never leaving your side again!”

“Oh, I’m so glad you’re back!” Keine ran over and hugged them both. “I missed you, Mokou.”

“What would life be like without you? You keep us all on our toes!” Eirin could stand on her dignity no longer. She found a piece of Mokou the other two weren’t already cuddling and gave her a kiss. “Don’t ever leave us, Baroness.”

“I-I don’t understand! What’s got into you all?! You’re scaring me!” wailed Mokou. “Stop it! Stop! GET OFF!”
Memories to Last a Quadrillion Lifetimes
Some fun times with the Lunarian and Lunarian-adjacent gang. My entry was originally going to be a tender, heartfelt reflection on Mokou and Kaguya's history together, but I wrote this instead. I hope it's good for a laugh.
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~Gensokyo Festival day 14: Moon~



~You Bet I Can Rhyme Stuff With Them~



There once was a woman named Toyohime
Who loved to eat as many peaches as she may.
With her fan of great might
She could win every fight
With such skills as demand an action replay.

There also was fearless Yorihime.
Upon Reimu she had herself a field day.
With a blade in her hand
She defended her land
With her magic and impossible swordplay.
You Bet I Can Rhyme Stuff With Them
You know when you're writing a poem and you really want to use a nice-sounding word at the end of a line, but there are no other words that rhyme with it? The Watatsuki Sisters lend themselves to those moments.
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For yesterday's Gensokyo Festival entry, I decided to write about a sadist, Gary de Sade, getting his comeuppance. The problem is that, in order to keep the story suitable for a fairly young audience, I defanged him a bit too much, making him more of a harmless idiot than an evil swine. He gets beaten up, held at knifepoint and eventually killed, after not having done anything especially despicable. I intended the part where Gary gets fed to Rumia to be a cathartic moment for the reader, but it comes across as disproportionate and, well, sadistic.

So, what am I now wishing I'd done differently? Well, the story was literally called "This One Might be a Bit Creepy, so Read With Caution", so I could have afforded to make Gary more vile. Maybe he could have pulled Daiyousei's wings off, pleasured himself while Kosuzu wept over her burned books, shoved Yuuka in the puddle of glue or something. That would make him a lot more hateable, although the third option wouldn't end well for him.

Such are the pitfalls of writing a story in one day. If I'd had more time to work on it, it would have been better, presumably.

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