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Daremos comienzo a este proyecto, ya sabemos que terminamos con uno tan pesado como los endings de Touhou, este podría clasificarse también como uno de los más pesados en cuanto a traducción se refiere, debido a eso, hemos dividido los capítulos y varias partes que podrían considerarse cortas y lo suficientemente digeribles como para traducir. Espero que logren disfrutar este proyecto y nos ayuden lo más que puedan.

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- Solo se podrá pedir 1 artículo por persona, si creen que es poco, entonces traduzcan lo más rápido que puedan para pedir otra parte. Debido a que estas no son fichas de personajes sino partes de un capítulo, no se darán más de eso, después tardan una eternidad en entregarlo.

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- Los artículos serán posteados en este tema: "Cage in Lunatic Runagate ~ Aportes"

- Cualquier otra duda y sugerencia que tengan será respondida en este tema o por mensaje privado.

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Aforismo - Green Spell

Capítulo 01

Parte 1 - Green Spell
Parte 2 - Green Spell
Parte 3 - Green Spell
Parte 4 - Green Spell
Parte 5 - Green Spell
Parte 6 - Green Spell
Parte 7 - Green Spell
Parte 8 - Green Spell
Parte 9 - Green Spell
Parte 10 - Green Spell
Parte 11 - Green Spell
Parte 12 - Green Spell
Parte 13 - Green Spell

Capítulo 02

Parte 1 - Musabori
Parte 2 - Musabori
Parte 3 - Musabori
Parte 4 - Musabori
Parte 5 - Musabori
Parte 6 - Musabori
Parte 7 - Blanc
Parte 8 - Musabori
Parte 9 - Blanc
Parte 10 - Niyu
Parte 11 - Blanc

Capítulo 03


Parte 1 - Green Spell
Parte 2 - Green Spell
Parte 3 - Green Spell
Parte 4 - Green Spell
Parte 5 - Green Spell
Parte 6 - Green Spell
Parte 7 - Green Spell
Parte 8 - Green Spell
Parte 9 - Green Spell
Parte 10 - Green Spell
Parte 11 - Green Spell

Capítulo 04

Parte 1 - Green Spell
Parte 2 - Green Spell
Parte 3 - Green Spell
Parte 4 - Green Spell
Parte 5 - Green Spell
Parte 6 - Green Spell
Parte 7 - Green Spell
Parte 8 - Green Spell
Parte 9 - Green Spell
Parte 10 - Green Spell
Parte 11 - Green Spell
Parte 12 - Green Spell
Parte 13 - Green Spell

Capítulo 05


Parte 1 - Zetsen
Parte 2 - Zetsen
Parte 3 - Zetsen
Parte 4 - Zetsen
Parte 5 - Zetsen
Parte 6 - Zetsen
Parte 7 - Zetsen
Parte 8 - Zetsen
Parte 9 - Zetsen
Parte 10 - Zetsen
Parte 11 - Zetsen
Parte 12 - Zetsen

Capítulo 06


Parte 1 - Blanc
Parte 2 - Blanc
Parte 3 - Niyu
Parte 4 - Magory
Parte 5 - Blanc
Parte 6 - Blanc
Parte 7 - Blanc
Parte 8 - Magory
Parte 9 - Alexander13
Parte 10 - Niyu
Parte 11 - Blanc

Capítulo 07


Parte 1 - Mutsurinni
Parte 2 - Mutsurinni
Parte 3 - Mutsurinni
Parte 4 - Mutsurinni
Parte 5 - Blanc
Parte 6 - Alexander13
Parte 7 - Blanc
Parte 8 - Magory
Parte 9 - Blanc
Parte 10 - Blanc
Parte 11 - Blanc
Parte 12 - Blanc
Parte 13 - Blanc
Parte 14 - Blanc
Parte 15 - Blanc
Parte 16 - Mutsurinni

Capítulo 08


Parte 1 - Mutsurinni
Parte 2 - Mutsurinni
Parte 3 - Mutsurinni
Parte 4 - Mutsurinni
Parte 5 - Mutsurinni
Parte 6 - Mutsurinni
Parte 7 - Mutsurinni
Parte 8 - Mutsurinni
Parte 9 - Mutsurinni
Parte 10 - Mutsurinni
Parte 11 - Mutsurinni
Parte 12 - Mutsurinni
Parte 13 - Mutsurinni
Parte 14 - Mutsurinni
Parte 15 - Mutsurinni
Parte 16 - Mutsurinni
Parte 17 - Mutsurinni

Epílogo - Mutsurinni


Aphorism
If thinking reeds stopped thinking, the Earth would surely become a less impure grassland, I guess.
Do the Lunarians desire that?


First Chapter The Sages Recollections
Parte 1

Spoiler:
The moon shone down on Gensokyo in early summer, bathing the land in a cool, white light. As moonlight is much brighter than sunlight to youkai, it illuminated things that they were normally unable to see.
On nights like this, the youkai stalk the night paths illuminated by the moon, lying in wait for humans to attack. Youkai can see perfectly by the light of the moon, but humans' eyes are blinded by the darkness. People can't see the path well in the dark, and they can't easily tell if what's standing before them is human, youkai or just a stone.
As a result, most humans don't travel at night. And the same as always, most humans were shut tight in their homes, so nobody noticed the mysterious object that fell from the sky at night.
Just what was this thing that fell from the sky? At a distance of ten fathoms (about 20 yards) or more, it would appear to be something fluttering like a piece of cloth, almost like a certain youkai from a story for children, flying freely through the night sky and eventually disappearing over the shrine.
Today is the day of the Monthly Lunar Festival. This festival is held on the night when the Earth and the Moon are closest during the full moon at the time. The festival uses round objects, such as dumplings, as fake full moons in a symbolic attempt to keep the full moon far away. If the moon is far away, then the moon's emissaries will stay away, as well. Of course, I was the one who first thought up this festival.
Now, the rabbits should be in the garden, pounding rice for the dumplings. The dumplings they make have various sorts of medicine mixed into them, according to my directions. This medicine is significant for two reasons. One is that, while we say that the rabbit on the moon pounds rice cakes, they're really making medicine, and the other is it's likely that the rabbits will sneak some of the dumplings into their mouth as they make them. Since the dumplings have medicine in them to make the rabbits more excited, the festival will be all the more lively if they sneak some to eat, as I expect they will.
I first saw the glimmering cloth in the eastern sky while listening to the rabbits' song and gazing at the sky. The cloth shone with a pale light. As the sage of the moon, Eirin Yagokoro, I knew. I knew that the light shone on the same wavelength as the moonlight. That it was, in fact, a lunar veil.
"...Excuse me. Master, the festival has ended with no problems."
One of the rabbits entered my room. Named Reisen Udongein Inaba, she's the moon rabbit who calls me her master. Her real name is just Reisen, but since she lives on Earth now, I gave her a name written in the fashion used by those born on Earth.
She originally fled the Lunar War, but I hid the fact that she stumbled upon this house by accident. All of the moon rabbits, including her, have the ability to communicate with each other across long distances. I believed that by hiding her existence here, I could obtain information about the lunar capital.


Parte 2
Spoiler:
She has been, indeed, a great help to me. She's done a great deal to help ensure that we can continue to live safely on Earth like this.
"That was awfully quick, Reisen. I hope you're not cutting corners because it's been so calm lately."
"Of course not. We've taken great care, as usual, to make sure the festival ended smoothly. The earth rabbits were happy to eat their fill of dumplings."
"Well, good work. Oh, where is that other girl?"
Reisen's expression darkened a bit on hearing my question.
"You mean Tewi? Tewi's... off playing somewhere, same as ever. It's easier for her to disappear on festival days."
The princess of the moon, Kaguya, lived in Gensokyo, hiding for over a thousand years so that others wouldn't find her.
Why did she have to spend those years in hiding? It's because of the grave sin she committed that condemned her to a life of fleeing the emissaries of the moon. If humans knew about her, it would be easy for the moon to find her. That's what we believed.
As one of Princess Kaguya's few allies, I've always been by her side to support her with my knowledge. Fortunately, in Gensokyo there is a place called the Bamboo Forest of the Lost, where even youkai find it easy to become lost. Deep within that forest I prepared a special mansion for the princess where no one could easily come across it. That is this place, Eientei.
Eientei is an unusual structure. As long as humans don't find it, its history does not move forward. It's the product of the princess' control over eternity and my own knowledge. That the mansion's history never moves forward means that nothing that occurs here will become recorded history.
For a long time I lived together with the princess in a mansion where history had been stopped for all eternity. For the first few hundred years, we led our lives in secrecy and paid little heed to the passage of time, but... one day, a lone youkai rabbit in white appeared, and everything changed.
I still don't know how that rabbit found us out, but it was the first event in Eientei's history since its establishment.
The rabbit told us that she was in charge of the Bamboo Forest of the Lost, and it seemed she'd always known we had been living there. Sensing my alarm, she said she had no intention of becoming our enemies, but would help ensure that no humans would ever approach if we would bestow our knowledge on the rabbits.

That youkai rabbit was named Tewi Inaba, and now lives in Eientei.
"Yes, that girl's always been something of a free spirit."
"It's such a pain. She just left, even though the cleanup from the festival is nowhere near finished. And, of course, all the other earth rabbits slipped away with her, so now I have to do all the cleaning up. What has she learned from you, anyway, if she can't even stay around to clean up?"
With Reisen being so abusive, I decided it would be best to remind her that Tewi had been at Eientei for much longer than she had, but added that I'd "make sure to have a word with her later" to make it sound as if a horrible punishment were in store for Tewi.
"Well, in any case, please go look for her afterward."
"Okay, but... this has been on my mind for a while but aren't you a little too easy on her, Master? It would probably do her good for you to scold her once in a while. She won't listen to me, but I think she'd listen to you."
"Oh ho. Unfortunately, she won't listen to me, either."
"What, really? Why do we keep taking care of her, then?"
It was clear that Tewi wasn't just a normal youkai rabbit. All the earth rabbits listened to everything she said. Though there was nothing at all dignified in her appearance, the idea of her being able to control a great number of rabbits at will brings to mind the image of a hermit who has achieved enlightenment.
"The earth rabbits only listen to Tewi. Do you know what that means?"
"That Tewi is the most powerful of the earth rabbits?"
"Without Tewi, we wouldn't be able to use them at all, which would be a problem."
Something troubling occurred to me as we had this conversation. That ray of light was without a doubt a lunar veil. The moon wouldn't send someone all by themselves, but... I don't understand the entire situation. I'm sure Tewi saw her, too, and that's why she disappeared.
"Anyway, nothing strange happened during the festival, did it? Say, around the shrine, for example."
"Around the shrine? No... Is something wrong?"


Parte 3
Spoiler:
"Maybe. Hopefully it's nothing."
The lunar veil is one of several vehicles that allow one to travel between the Earth and the full moon. It's often confused with the divine robes of an angel, but the latter refers to articles of clothing constructed from cloth with anti-mass, while the lunar veil is a zero-mass garment with moonlight woven into the material. They are, of course, completely different things.
Since the lunar veil has no mass, it's implausible that it would fall to Earth by itself even in the absence of a downward air current. The fact that it was falling therefore indicates that somebody was using it. I still didn't know who that person was, or whether they be friend or foe. What was certain is that I had no desire to be discovered by the moon's emissaries and forced into a fugitive's lifestyle again.
Eientei's frozen history had only begun moving again since that incident three or four years ago. But once it started, there was no going back.
Once our history began to move again, we began to live our lives yearning for the way things had been, just like humans. Yet, we had no wish to return to the way things had been when our history had stopped.
"Master? What's on your mind? I still have to clean up from the festival, so I should go back for now. If Tewi doesn't come back in a while, I'll go out to look for her."
"Ah, yes. Please do."
And so Reisen left the room.
Perhaps it was because I'd seen the lunar veil earlier, but I was reminded of a time long, long ago when I lived in the lunar capital as the sage of the moon. Then, I acted as the leader of a group of emissaries that traveled between the earth and the moon. I also had been the teacher of two princess sisters since they were very young - princesses other than Princess Kaguya, with whom I now live.
The two princesses were my distant relatives. To put it in human terms, one was the wife of a grandnephew of mine, while the other was the wife of their son[1]. They were quite distant relations, but I served as a tutor of sorts to both of them. The older sister was blessed with natural good fortune and never had to deal with any hardship, while the younger sister was exceedingly sharp and seemed to absorb everything I said. It was commonly understood that one day I'd leave the emissaries of the moon in their hands.
But after Princess Kaguya's great crime and subsequent exile to Earth, the moon changed enormously.
Well, that's not quite accurate. I was the perpetrator of that crime. I was confident in my knowledge. And, because I was too confident, I committed a minor error.
That minor error was to give the Hourai Elixir, that is, the elixir of immortality and eternal youth, to Princess Kaguya. I made the forbidden concoction, and Princess Kaguya drank it to became immortal. And so, she was expelled from the lunar capital.
I regretted my actions, and as a result, when it came time to bring Kaguya back to the moon, I deceived the moon's emissaries and rescued Kaguya, and together we hid on Earth.
Those who use the Hourai Elixir take on the same taint as humans. I knew that even if Kaguya could return to the lunar capital, she couldn't live a normal life. I decided I would atone for my sin by helping find a place on Earth where she could live an easy life as a human.


Parte 4
Spoiler:
Incidentally, the day before I left for the Earth in my capacity as an emissary of the moon to retrieve Kaguya, I left the service of the lunar emissaries in the hands of the two sisters I'd been tutoring. A thousand years have passed since then, but it wouldn't surprise me to learn that they're still angry over my sudden departure so long ago.
"Excuse me, Master!"
Reisen burst into the room.
"What's wrong? You're awfully flustered."
"No, it's nothing that important. We have a visitor. She's flustered, too, so I guess it rubbed off on me."
"A visitor, at this hour? Is it an emergency patient?"
"No, it's that troublesome shrine maiden again. It was like that last time, wasn't it? She suddenly appeared in the middle of the night... "
"Ah, well," I said as we left the room. The lunar veil had appeared in the eastern sky, and the shrine is in the same direction. I felt ill at ease.
The imposing figure of a human girl with her arms akimbo awaited us in the entryway. She was the shrine maiden of the Hakurei Shrine that lay on the eastern edge of Gensokyo.
"Finally. There you are, alien. One of your crew is hurt and holed up in my shrine! Do something about it."
No matter where she goes, this shrine maiden seems to start conversations with angry words. Emotional outbursts are no way to start meaningful conversation, but humans don't seem to understand this.
"One of our crew, hurt?"
"That's right, I've got an injured youkai rabbit at my place. Go take her back, or something."
"Wait a moment, Reisen, I thought you said the festival ended without incident?"


Parte 5
Spoiler:
"Uh, yes, that's right, not a single person was hurt," Reisen answered.
"Hmm, perhaps she's talking about her, then?"
As soon as I'd said that, a loud voice rang out from behind Reimu as if in reply.
"I don't know about anyone getting hurt. I've been listening to your conversation, but as far as I know none of the rabbits are missing." Only the top half of Tewi's body could be seen poking out of the greenery behind Reimu. It looked like even Reimu hadn't realized she'd been there.
This wasn't the first time Tewi had pulled this stunt. She'd be beside you before you know it, and she'd disappear just as quickly. Still, she'd always be around when you really needed her.
"Oh, Tewi! Where have you been wandering around? Well, I guess I haven't started looking for you yet." Reisen began complaining again, but Tewi was in no mind to pay any attention to her.
"*Yawn* Well, the rabbits are always so excited for some reason when the festival is over, but I thought I'd try to walk it off."
Tewi put her hand on the back of her head as she emphasised "for some reason". She probably knew about the medicine I put in the dumplings to make the rabbits more excitable.
"Well, I'm pretty tired. I'm going to go rest inside." With that, she stepped into the entryway and made as if to head into the house. I took the opportunity to ask about what had been bothering me before.
"Just a moment. Tewi, did you see anything interesting during the festival tonight, in the east near the shrine?"
Tewi stopped to consider that for a moment. "...Ama-no-Iwato Wake-no-Mikoto. I saw a god I haven't seen in a really long time," she said, and made her way into the mansion proper.
Since she'd been interrupted, I lead Reimu into the parlor and asked Reisen to put on some tea.
"She may say she doesn't know anything about it, but it's a fact that there's an injured youkai rabbit sleeping in my shrine!"
"Well. There aren't any youkai rabbits that Tewi doesn't know, so if she says nobody got hurt, I think she's probably right..."
"Would it be so strange to think that one youkai rabbit nobody knows could show up? Youkai always turn up like maggots, y'know."


Parte 6
Spoiler:
That's cannot possibly be true. It's much harder for a new youkai to be born than it is for a human.
"Did this youkai rabbit say anything?"
"She's just been moaning so far. Hmm, she did have some sort of long robe..."
The youkai rabbit Reimu spoke of had almost certainly come down from the moon. It was very likely that she was the one I'd seen using the lunar veil earlier.
I had misgivings about showing a rabbit from the moon where we were living now. It was largely due to Reisen's remarks earlier, how "There seems to be a really big disturbance beginning among the lunarians in the capital." If I were flushed out into the open now, I'd probably be used by one side or another to increase their influence. I had no intention of becoming wrapped up in any sort of conflict.
"Hmm, I'd advise you to be careful around that youkai rabbit. I think you're being tricked by a fox spirit or a tanuki."
"What's that?"
"It's true that Tewi knows all the youkai rabbits. If Tewi says none of them were hurt, the youkai rabbit at the shrine must be a fake."
"I-I see, that might be true. If all the youkai rabbits are fine, then that might be true. She didn't look familiar at all..."
"If she's a fake, then her wounds are probably fake, too. She might be eating you out of house and home as we speak. If you don't hurry, she'll be gone before you make it back."
"!! Y-You're right. I have to hurry back!"
Reimu got up and left with an agitated look on her face.
"The tea's ready- huh?"
By the time Reisen had returned from preparing the tea, the shrine maiden had already vanished into the night.
"Master, had you already finished talking to the shrine maiden?"


Parte 7

Spoiler:
"Yes. When I told her it was probably a fox spirit or a tanuki, she left for home in a hurry."
A dubious expression appeared on Reisen's face.
"A fox or a tanuki... Why did you lie to her like that? If that's what happened, they probably would have taken the form of a human. What would they accomplish by pretending to be a youkai rabbit?"
"Reisen. Don't be too shocked, but listen to what I have to say."
"Okay."
"The youkai rabbit at the shrine is probably a moon rabbit, like you."
"What!? How do you know?"
"I didn't tell you before, but during the festival, I saw someone come down to Earth using a lunar veil close to the shrine."
"!?"
Reisen had used a lunar veil when she fled the moon those years ago. Her lunar veil is still at Eientei, but as she has no intention to return, it's kept sealed away.
There are many ways to travel between Earth and the moon, but as the lunar veil is the most primitive, it's fairly time-consuming. It's a method that's primarily used by the moon rabbits.
"I don't know why she's decided to come here, so I don't want to let her know about Eientei. That's why I chased away that shrine maiden with those lies."
"You mean, a moon rabbit is... at the shrine, now?"
Maybe it was one of Reisen's acquaintances. Even so, bringing her into the fold so quickly would be dangerous. Nobody can say what might happen. I was a fugitive on the run from the emissaries of the moon, and Reisen had fled the moon during the Lunar War. Basically, neither of us wanted to be found.
"I-I wonder what happened. What we should do. I wonder if I'd be punished, too...?"


Parte 8

Spoiler:
Reisen had forgotten to set down the tea service earlier, and I could see it trembling in her hands.
"Reisen. There's nothing for you to be afraid of. Just do as I say, and nothing will happen to Eientei, I'm sure of it."
"B-But first, what should we do?'
"First, I want you to set the tea down here and drink it slowly."
Reisen's smile returned, and she slowly sipped some tea. Once she'd regained her composure, her question of "What should we do?" returned as well.
"First, you should ask the rabbits on the moon and try to get some information."
"Okay!"
"You said earlier that some new force is trying to exert itself on the moon. I'd like you to find out anything you can about that force, or who's behind it."
"That's an easy request. Still, the information's only as good as the rabbits it comes from."
Rabbits love lies, gossip and rumors, so it's hard to take much stock in what they might say. Still, there's no smoke without fire, and there's usually a kernel of truth at the heart of any rumor.
"But, you absolutely must not talk to the rabbit at the shrine. Even if she tries to talk to you."
"But, why?"
"Because that will just start more rumors. Make sure you do as I say. Who knows what will happen if you don't."
Reisen left the room and started speaking while facing the full moon. This method seems doubtful to the uninitiated, but this is how the rabbits can speak to each other over long distances. I watched her and planned our next move.
Just what could this new power trying to gain control of the moon be?


Parte 9

Spoiler:
If it were an influence from the humans of the outside world, like in the last Lunar War, it wouldn't be a problem. Long ago, the humans had made it to the moon's surface and claimed it as their own by planting a flag. They were probably impressed by their own science and thought the moon really was theirs.
But, if you know where to look, the moon's technological prowess was far beyond that of the Earth's. The humans had spoken of building a base on the moon, but in the end they ran back home before ever deciding on a place or even acquiring the means to do such a thing. It was a terrible defeat for the humans.
The humans' lunar landings were reported as a great success in the outside world, but their failures were not. The humans kept losing after their first landing, so eventually they stopped returning to the moon. And we, who'd remained in contact with the moon, knew how every time they tried to establish a base, they'd failed.
Humans rarely seem to learn. In fact, it's more likely they're moving backwards. Even if the humans decided to launch another expedition, it wouldn't create much of a stir in the lunar capital.
However, it seems that it's not a problem with humans this time. I have a feeling that some sort of internal affair may have sprung up.
"Um... Eirin. It's noisy tonight, isn't it? I wonder what's happening?"
A soft voice spoke out unexpectedly behind me. It was Kaguya Houraisan, princess of the moon, and the mistress of Eientei.
"Kaguya... it seems something may have happened all of a sudden in the lunar capital."
"Hm. So, that was a lunar veil earlier, after all."
"Ah, so you saw it, too?"
"I did, but I couldn't tell what it was, so I didn't think much of it. It was very beautiful, though."
Kaguya had a very laid-back personality for a fugitive. This hadn't always been the case... perhaps she'd just led a peaceful life for too long.
"It seems that a wounded youkai rabbit was the one using the veil. She's at the shrine, now."
"Hmm, a lone youkai rabbit... It seems like that's happened before, a long time ago."
"A long time ago? Oh, you mean Reisen."


Parte 10

Spoiler:
"We were both very suspicious that time, too. But in the end, it turned out to be no problem at all."
It was a full moon, like tonight, on the night Reisen first came to this manor over thirty years ago. When Tewi, who watched over the forest, told us an intruder from the moon had appeared, we spent a long time worrying over whether to meet her, or what else we might do.
"Eirin, we were worried that time, as well, but we were better off for having met her. Reisen is truly our ally. So, why don't we go meet this moon rabbit, too?"
"Kaguya, you don't seem to be fully aware of your position as a fugitive. I don't think you'd be able to get off easily if we were found by the moon's emissaries. There's nothing wrong with a little caution."
Kaguya simply replied, "Eirin, you love to worry," and began to drink some tea.
"Well, why did you decide to meet with Reisen, then?" She asked presently.
"Because I wanted to know what was happening on the moon. Moon rabbits have that special ability, after all."
"Didn't you think about what might happen if she decided to turn us over to the emissaries of the moon?"
Of course, I did. In fact, that is the reason why I'm being so cautious now.
"If she'd decided to turn against me, then a single rabbit wouldn't be too much for me to... "
"How cold."
I realized that Reisen had disappeared from outside the window. She must have finished her conference with the moon.
"Excuse me. Oh, Princess Kaguya is here, too."
"Ah, Reisen. Have you finished your conference with the moon?"
"Yes. I've found out something important." Reisen stole a glance towards Kaguya.


Parte 11

Spoiler:
"Ummm... perhaps I should come back later?"
"Please, go on. Kaguya knows most of what's going on, after all."
"I see. Well, I'll start with the current state of affairs in the capital. Basically, there's a big uproar over the discovery of traces of invaders from the Earth."
"Invaders from the Earth?" I'd thought this was surely some sort of internal squabble, but... it seems to be the work of the humans from outside again.
According to Reisen, there seems to have been another invasion from the Earth. The invader's objective appears to have been to occupy the lunar capital.
"Which is all well and good, but the next part is the real problem."
"Now, please don't make assumptions like that."
"There's a rumor that some of the moon rabbits are helping the invaders, and the rabbits are being unfairly put on trial, one after another."
"How terrible... It's like some sort of witch hunt," Kaguya said as she drank her tea.
I could see where this conversation was going. If I was right, Reisen knew the gravity of what she was saying, too.
"And they're all talking about me like I'm some sort of spy! All because of my connection to Earth."
Just as I'd thought. Well, not like there's any helping it. Reisen did originally betray the moon to come here, and she still talks to the other rabbits fairly often.
"I see. I think I know who that rabbit in the shrine is, now."
"What? How do you know that?"
"Well, she's either run away because she was wrongly accused of being an anti-Lunarian spy, or she really is one. Which might make it worth our while to try to meet her..."


Parte 12

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"Oh, right, one more thing... The invaders are supposed to be..."
Reisen was acting a little odd. Naturally, I could imagine what she was about to say.
"No need to say it, Reisen. Of course, the invaders are myself and Kaguya, right? If Reisen is the spy, of course we'd be the masterminds."
The sound of the wind through the bamboo forest was like that of the swelling of waves at sea.
Kaguya remained speechless. Well, of course, Kaguya had likely presumed optimistically that the people of the moon would be able to accept her again soon. Even if that assumption was naive, it's certainly not unnatural to experience some despair after being hit with such unwarranted suspicions. Just the notion of going back into hiding from humans and moving from place to place would be distressing.
Reisen, now visibly agitated, implored of me:
"Master! What should we do?"
"Didn't I tell you before? If you do as I tell you, there will be nothing to worry about. I've accounted for something like this in my plans."
It wasn't just a lie to calm her down. I'd imagined a day like this might come, that one day someone might appear on the moon who wished to try to use us for their own ambitions.
"First, gather information. Find out if there really are any invaders, and if so, who they are. We should stay hidden until we know that much."
"But, but what if an assassin comes from the moon..."
"They won't be able to find this place. Tewi will make sure of that. Besides, I have my own allies among the emissaries of the moon."
Reisen looked surprised. "Allies...?"
"Yes. She's probably their leader by now."
Though, to be honest, I was a bit worried about whether she'd really turn out to be an ally.


Parte 13

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I hadn't met either of those two princesses since the day we'd parted over a thousand years ago. Still, I'd expected they'd be willing to listen to what their old tutor would have to say. The younger one had been particularly sharp, and I really had no choice but to depend on them.
"Well, that's reassuring, then."
"But, unlike you, Reisen, we have no way to keep in contact. I wouldn't mind having you relay messages for us, but it would lend credence to the theory that you're a spy."
Reisen's expression became serious.
"That's okay. Some people already think I'm a spy, so I don't care if more people do."
"You may not care, but we do."
"Then... what should we do?"
"We'll ask the rabbit at the shrine about what's going on. It will be best for us if she decides to cooperate."
Reisen clapped her hands and exclaimed, "Oh, I forgot about her."
"That rabbit has a lunar veil, so she can go back to the moon. I'll have her deliver a letter for me."
I wrote a letter.
As proof that it really was from Eirin Yagokoro, I opened with reminiscences about the princess' youth.
As I wrote, I became afraid that somebody might read it or alter it en route, so I affixed a quantum seal. A quantum seal is a special type of seal that uses the state of the subatomic particles inside the letter to keep track of how many people have read it. This device was an invention of mine, and since I'm still the only person who can make one, it also served as proof that I wrote the letter. I set two or three other devices to it as well, and finally sealed it with medicinal herbs.
Unfortunately, I can't expect a response to this letter. Officially, the moon's emissaries are charged with my arrest. Writing a response to this letter would be a dangerous thing for the princesses to attempt.
The full moon dipped below the tops of the highest bamboo trees, and the eastern sky began to glow with a faint light. Once day broke I would head for the shrine.
Thinking upon how I'd been dragged into another lunar war, I vowed to catch the culprit who was trying to use us to their own ends by my own hand.


Chapter 2 Gem of Three Thousand Years
Parte 1

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The bamboo forest was enveloped in a deep fog, and a human lost in it would be fooled into believing that it stretched endlessly in all directions. The wild bamboo doesn't form any paths, the ground gently rises and falls in hills and there aren't any proper landmarks. Even if you try to walk straight ahead, at some point you end up back at the same place. Such qualities has given it the name the Bamboo Forest of the Lost.
In the Bamboo Forest of the Lost lies my residence, Eientei. I've lived here for quite a while, but time has only begun to move for me since that incident occurred. Since the people of Earth attacked us two or three years ago, I've lifted the spell of eternity over Eientei.
I did this because I was so fiercely jealous when I saw the cooperation between the humans and the youkai. I felt so foolish for living hidden in fear of the moon for a thousand years.
The spell of eternity is a halts the progress of history, denying any sort of change to preserve purity.
Living things stop growing, food never spoils, fragile things don't break even if dropped and water never passes beneath the bridge. In my self-awareness as a Lunarian, I was afraid of the impurity of the Earth, and cast this spell over everything in the manor, but when faced with the charms of the Earth, I undid it myself.
As a result, Eientei too was enveloped by the impurity of the Earth. Food rotted if you didn't eat it quickly, living things began to age naturally and you had to make sure to carry valuable vases with care. But, in return, our restless days of living in hiding from the moon's emissaries became cheerful and enjoyable.
And so Eientei, and those of us living there, became a part of Earth. We can never return to the moon, but I have no regrets.
There is a particularly odd bonsai plant in Eientei. Its coral-like branches bore no fruit or flower, and at a glance it looked as if it could only be dead.
But I know that this bonsai will some day blossom and bear splendid fruit. I also knew that it wouldn't flower unless certain conditions were met. However, those conditions were beginning to take shape.
Tonight is the night of the harvest moon. We'd intended to hold our monthly lunar festival, but due to the inclement weather I decided to go to Eirin's room to hear her plans for the evening.
"It looks like we won't be able to see the harvest moon this year due to the rain."
I said this as if I were disappoined, but in truth I was a bit relieved. Though I used to fear the nights when the harvest moon shone down brightly, in the past two or three years I've come to enjoy watching the full moon. This change is a bit frightening. But more than that, it was more relieving not to have to worry about being seen by the moon.
"It's best if the full moon is hidden behind the clouds, anyway."
A series of light rain showers had been falling off and on lately, making it feel like we'd entered the autumn rainy season. It felt like there hadn't been very many sunny days this autumn. Today had been no exception, and small showers had been falling off and on since the morning.
"Oh, Eirin? Maybe we should tell the Inabas to be careful not to let themselves catch a chill during today's festival."


Parte 2

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"No, no, Kaguya, I've already told them we'll hold the festival indoors if the rain worsens. I'm sure they wouldn't want to make dumplings in the rain."
"That's true, they wouldn't want to eat dumplings that were made in the rain."
I can't help thinking Eirin's been acting more kindly towards the rabbits lately. Long ago, Eirin treated all of the Earth's creatures - not just the rabbits - as nothing more than her hands and feet. Even in the lunar capital the Lunarians saw the rabbits as nothing more than tools, so I suppose it's no surprise. Lunarians are of such a higher class than the people of Earth it's not an exaggeration to say they're in a different dimension entirely.
I suppose at some point Eirin began to start seeing us Lunarians and the creatures of Earth more as equals. This was probably due to having lived in Gensokyo, where youkai and humans lived together as equals.
That's not a bad thing, though. It's more comfortable to me than being treated as special. Since Eirin and I are the only two Lunarians in Gensokyo, believing us as being superior to the people of Earth would only lead to isolation, and she would have too many tools if that's all she saw the Earth people as.
I don't want to dwell much on what's happened long ago, but I've never been seen as equal to anyone on Earth. Even when I was exiled to the Earth after committing the crime of drinking the Hourai Elixir, not a single person treated me as a normal human being.
As a matter of fact, when I first came down to Earth after my exile, it was in a bamboo forest under thick fog, just like this one. I remember how the old couple that found me were especially careful when they picked me up.
It's only natural. I was found inside a glowing bamboo shoot in the forest, too small to be thought of as a human being, so I wouldn't be surprised if I were taken as some sort of youkai. I wonder why the old couple took me home and cared for me in an age where humans were often caught and eaten by youkai.
I believe the reason why the old couple took such good care of me is that they were periodically rewarded by the moon for their foster care. I got the impression that the people of the moon would leave gold in glowing shoots of bamboo like the one I was found in as a reward for their care. So, they let me live with them because they believed they would become rich. That's why they looked so closely after me and never allowed me to leave the house. They didn't want another household to snatch up their key to wealth.
In addition, I stood out on Earth. I didn't do anything particularly unusual, but rumors spread, and before long a great number of people had come to see me. I tried to avoid becoming the center of attention on Earth, and before long feelings of love and gratitude began to emerge towards the old couple in their efforts to help shelter me.
As I lived out my days in that fashion, I began to see Earth as a more charming place than the lunar capital. I never used my eternity magic during that time, so I think I was probably weakened somewhat under the influence of the Earth's impurity, even if only the faintest bit.
In those days, I still thought of myself as nobility, different from the people of Earth, and I only thought of the Earth people as means to an end, but... Gensokyo is truly a mysterious place. It is a world where humans and youkai live side by side, and where the old and the new intermingled. Nobody would bat an eye at the presence of Lunarians or advanced lunar technology. People would just laugh if we said we were some sort of high-class nobles.
Gensokyo was the place that put me at ease, because even if I didn't spend my time in hiding I wouldn't stand out at all.
"Especially since I hear the pH level in the rain is so low nowadays. After all, the Inabas have so much hair..."
"Hmhmhm, don't worry, Kaguya. the pH level of the rain in Gensokyo is 6. That won't make any plants wither, so the rabbits' hair won't fall out."


Parte 3

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Eirin responded seriously to my joke with "And even if it did, it would be easy enough to make a medicine to grow it back."
I want to study to learn a bit more about Earth. Of course, I can't compare with Eirin's intellect. Eirin could come back with a response to any complicated words or phrases I used on her. Honestly, I don't even know what pH is supposed to mean...
I wonder how she's come to know so much. It's always something I've found mysterious, even back from my time on the moon. She is well-informed of the Earth and the moon, and despite living in Gensokyo she even knows much about the outside world.
However, particularly erudite people do have what you might call their own particular habits. They don't typically relay their knowledge in an easily understand fashion. Sometimes they'll say something difficult to understand on purpose to enjoy the reactions of others. I think there's a world of difference between a teacher and a scholar.
"So, if it's pH 6... umm..."
"It means the water is very neutral. It's not terribly acidic."
So the pH rating is a measure of how acrid the water is. This time I'm grateful to Eirin for having made it so easy to understand.
"Ah, so rain can become acidic as well. Well, why don't we have the Inabas make their dumplings inside even if it's not raining too hard."
Eirin nodded as I said that.
I left Eirin's medicine-scented room behind me and went to tell Reisen, who was in the kitchen, about the plans for the day's festival.
"Oh, Princess Kaguya. We're almost ready, so..."
Reisen was already wearing a raincoat, and seemed ready to head outside to pound rice cakes.
"No, that's okay. Please make them inside today."
"Huh?"
This seemed to take Reisen by surprise. This was probably because the only other time we'd held the festival indoors the wind was so strong the rabbits couldn't even stand up.


Parte 4

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"Master said to stay inside if the rain got too bad, but it's still only a light shower outside, so we were going to go out..."
"The rain isn't too acidic, so you can stay inside."
"The rain isn't...? What does that..."
"A pH level of 6 is, well, don't worry about it. Just do as I say, and everything will be all right." Eirin liked to say things like that. It's feels good to say it even if there's no real reason to do so.
"O-Okay, thank you. I believe we'll hold the festival inside Eientei today, then. It might get a little loud though..."
The rabbits sing songs while they pound rice cakes during the lunar festival. It's not really part of the ceremony, per se, but the rabbits seem to enjoy it, so we let them be. Well, it might make them more nervous if they did it inside.
"How strange. It should be such a quiet festival, but it's always so boisterous."
"Uh, no, we'll be sure to keep quiet this time."
"No, no, it's quite all right. I know how you all enjoy singing while you pound rice cakes."
"We? Well, I won't, actually. But Tewi and the others never listen to what I say, so..."
"If they won't listen to you, then there's no point in promising to be quiet, is there?"
Just as Reisen said she was very sorry, Tewi's voice could be heard calling out through the back door in the kitchen, "Is it time yet?"
"Well, in return for the noise, I'd like you to try to add more kinds of flavors to the dumplings today."
"That is a simple request. Please let us know if you have anything in particular you'd like."
I thought for a while, and eventually responded, "We have three-colored dumplings, so why not seven-colored dumplings?"


Parte 5

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I returned to my room, and to the task of caring for the unusual bonsai.
I just don't have anything to do, even though it's the day of the lunar festival. Well, it's not limited to festival preparation, I rarely have any tasks that I need to perform. I get my information about what's happening beyond the bamboo forest from the Inabas, and Eirin takes care of any emergency patients or visitors. Honestly, a life where you don't have to do anything is boring.
I think it was the same when I was still in the lunar capital. I became fascinated with Earth due to my boredom, but I didn't understand until I first came here. The lack of anything to do was not limited to my environment, whether the moon or Earth, but it was a personal issue. A heart that relies only on outside stimulation leads to boredom and unease.
So, in an effort to break through that boredom, I made it my job to care for this bonsai. It really does change your mood to have something you must do every day.
The bonsai I've been gazing at so intently never changes no matter how much I stare at it. However, it shouldn't be possible for anything on Earth to remain unchanged. Anything with a form will erode, and anything that lives will die. This is a fate that nothing on Earth can escape. Eirin told me this is because of the impurity that permeates all things on Earth.
This impurity steals the eternity from all things' life force and physicality, and at the same time it plunders from their lifespan. Since all things on earth are tainted in this manner to some degree, nothing can last forever. And, of course, nothing can remain the same forever.
However, the bonsai before me is not tainted. It has been able to preserve its eternity. It appears unable to grow not because it's already dead, but because it's still full of eternity thanks to my power. My power is the ability to control eternity and the instantaneous. It gives me the ability to create a pure eternity that could never exist otherwise on the Earth.
In fact, this bonsai is a plant that only grows in the lunar capital called the udonge. It has the same name as a legendary plant on Earth that's said to flower once every three thousand years.
The plant on the Earth is a different plant called the udonge. It takes its name from the plant of legend, and only blooms very rarely.
Real udonge are a tree that only grow in the lunar capital. When it blossoms, beautiful seven-colored jewels appear on its branches. The Jeweled Branch of Hourai that I requested from a man who came seeking my hand in marriage long ago refers to a branch from an udonge tree that has borne these "fruits." The Jeweled Branch of Hourai comes from the Hourai udonge.
The udonge never blooms or bears fruit in the lunar capital. It looks deteriorated, but it embodies the sense of "the flow of time" inherent in the phrase "wabisabi". It only lives, never growing or bearing fruit. But, if you bring one of its branches to Earth, it changes its form in reaction to the Earth's impurity. It feeds on that impurity and begins to grow, bearing fruit to a beautiful seven-colored gem.
I don't know how a plant that feeds on impurity could live on the pure moon, but I'm sure it was created by a certain sage that lived in the lunar capital. As soon as any impurity found its way onto the moon, the plant would blossom, allowing it to serve as a detection mechanism.
The emissaries of the moon typically take a branch from an udonge with them when they descend to Earth. Once there, they give it to an authority figure, and it reacts to the impurity in that person and bears splendid fruit. The more powerful the person is, the more beautiful the gems borne by the branch. Of course, the recipient invariably takes that as a sign of their authority.
Still, everything on the Earth eventually breaks down. The prosperous will always return to nothing, and even the powerful will eventually fade away. When that happens, the jeweled branch of the udonge will be coveted by many, and a fight over it will ensue. Thus, the peace of the Earth is disrupted and turned into chaos.


Parte 6

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In other words, the udonge is often used as an implement by which the moon causes disorder on Earth. It should be easy to understand why this is by examining human history. Human history and growth are both linked closely to strife. Without conflict, humanity would have no impetus for growth. When humans are satisfied with their present condition, they may as well give up on life. The people of the moon spend much of their lives thinking of the people of Earth. The history of Earth has progressed just the way the moon has wanted it.
"Kaguya, look. The rain's stopped, and you can see the moon through a break in the clouds."
I opened my eyes at the sound of a voice behind me. I must have dropped off while looking at the bonsai and thinking.
"Oh, so it has. I must have dozed of while looking at the bonsai."
The udonge bonsai I held in my hands still hadn't borne fruit or flower.
This was because I'd cast a spell of eternity over the entire mansion, but I had lifted that spell after recent events. In other words, Eientei's history had begun to advance, just like the rest of the Earth. Soon, the Earth's impurity would begin to spread throughout the mansion, and Eientei would become just another part of Earth. It was just a matter of time before the udonge blossomed.
If the outlook Eirin and I had held has changed, it's probably the effect of the Earth's impurity. Once touched by the impurity of the Earth, you can never go back to the lunar capital, but we had no intention to do so. I do feel sorry for Reisen, though, who got caught up in our affairs.
Thinking of which, Eirin often calls Reisen "Udonge." I wonder why that is? She must think of her as something to gauge the extent of the impurity that's creeping into us... Or perhaps it's meant to mean that a moon rabbit who knew no impurity on the moon will become something beautiful when touched by the Earth's.
"Oh my, maybe it's because of the rain, but the moon looks so beautiful tonight. Oh, what about the Inabas? I told them they could have the festival indoors tonight, but..."
Eirin, smiling, replied:
"They're already outside. They seem to be more comfortable outside."
"Hmmm. I wonder what that means."
"No matter what you do, you're always more at ease when the boss isn't close by."
"Well, maybe we should have them always hold the festival outside, no matter what the weather. Come nowaki (* the autumn typhoons) or anything else." The rabbits' voices drifted in from outside the window. Their singing had been very restrained when there were inside. They seemed to be having a lot of fun singing now. Eirin noticed the udonge bonsai.


Parte 7

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"...It still hasn't changed, I see. I'm sure it won't be long before it starts growing. And after its first flowers bloom, it should bear fruit to splendid seven-colored jewels. It will be nice, won't it?"
"Yes, it will. The jeweled branch of the udonge is a special privilege for the Earth people. Oh, and I've done something to try to help give us a taste of that jeweled fruit today."
Eirin asked, "What do you mean?" and tilted her head to one side. It's nice to be able to befuddle Eirin once in a while.
"I asked Reisen to make seven-colored dumplings instead of the usual three-colored ones for today's festival."
"I see, how interesting. I don't know how much I'd like it if they turned out the same colors as the udonge's jewels, though."
"Why is that?"
"Because the Hourai jewels have colors like blue and indigo. Those aren't very appetizing, don't you think?"
The rabbits' singing voices outside became more intense. The sounds they made pounding dumplings sounded just like a Japanese taiko drum. The rabbits have a mysterious ability. Even beyond telepathy, they're able to maintain a strong connection without exchanging a word.
Reisen can communicate with the rabbits on the moon, and Tewi and the others can all dance in perfect rhythm without saying a word. The rhythm and cyclical nature of the pounding all came together to make a mysterious sort of music.
Eirin and I took in the music the rabbits were playing outside with our tea and enjoyed the autumn night. Because it was the harvest moon, we took some time to relax outside.
"The rabbits' rhythm tonight is amazing, isn't it? I wonder why that is."
"It must be because it's the harvest moon..."
Having said that, Eirin added, "Just like kecak, isn't it?", but I had no idea what she was talking about.
"By the way, Eirin. Remember two months ago... Doesn't it seem like something's been happening since then?"
"Yes, someone on Earth has definitely been spreading the subject, and everyone's talking about the moon nowadays."


Parte 8

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That's right. I think it was about two months ago that the rumors started of a revolutionary force, led by Eirin, was going to infiltrate the moon, and that fugitive moon rabbit showed up at the shrine.
We'd heard of rumors if internal disorder in the lunar capital before then, and someone was definitely trying to cause unrest in the lunar capital. Perhaps they were using Eirin's name to serve as a scapegoat, or perhaps she just came up naturally.
I didn't worry too much about it after that since Eirin sent a sealed letter to certain people she trusted on the moon explaining the circumstances, but since then more people have been spreading rumours about the moon in Gensokyo.
"But there shouldn't be any humans that know that that rabbit from two months ago was a moon rabbit, should there?"
"Well, that probably was an unexpected accident."
"Accident?"
"It probably wasn't something the real mastermind imagined would happen."
"...I wonder if there really is such a person? I just don't have any idea what a mastermind would have imagined. But, what if it wasn't an accident, and that mastermind planned it, too?"
"If that's the case... then I give up."
Eirin said, "After all, I don't have any other ways to contact those girls on the moon," raising both hands to about shoulder height, facing the sky.
The war on the moon wasn't the only problem. It seemed that the vampire was trying to assemble a moon rocket. According to rumor, they were attempting some sort of large-scale construction and had gotten the shrine and Kourindo involved somehow.
"I wonder if that vampire is behind it all. They say they've almost finished developing a moon rocket, and trying to invade the lunar capital seems like something she'd do."
"The possibility is high, but that would mean that using me as a scapegoat, the flag drifting down from the moon and that moon rabbit's appearance were all just coincidences."
"And why is that?" I had an idea of what her answer would be, but I was a bit disappointed to hear the response I'd expected: "Because that child doesn't know anything about any of those."
The loud, resounding sounds of the pounding had turned into the chattering voices of the rabbits outside. It seems this month's festival had ended without incident as well.


Parte 9

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When Eirin and I went outside to check, the dumplings had already been piled up on a large platter. They were, indeed, magnificent seven-colored dumplings, but the psychedelic colors, such as a gaudy red and a dazzling blue, made them appear quite unappetizing.
"Oh, Princess Kaguya, Master. We're still cleaning up, so please wait a bit."
Reisen ordered Tewi to clean up the millstones. I looked to the sky to try to find the wonderful moon called the harvest moon, but it was nowhere to be seen.
"The rain has cleared up, but... the moon is hidden behind the clouds again."
"Yes, it is. It was only out for the briefest of moments. I'd hoped we'd finally be able to sit and watch the moon, but... what's the matter?"
"No, just hearing the words 'I thought we'd finally be able to sit and watch the moon' from a fugitive moon rabbit was amusing." I couldn't help laughing softly.
A little embarrassed, Reisen said, "Well, if you spend time on Earth, you start to do the same things Earth people do."
The earth rabbits were obediently cleaning up all the millstones. Normally they'd halfheartedly clean up for a while before disappearing off somewhere, and Reisen was amazed by their obedient behavior.
Of course, that was because we hadn't mixed in the usual medicine with the dumplings. Normally we'd sneak in something to make them more excitable as they snuck a few dumplings during the festival to make it more lively, but we exchanged it with a strength-nourishing medicine because we were to have some dumplings tonight as well. Without the usual stimulants, the rabbits were more obedient.
Still, it seems the rabbits had plenty of excitement during the festival, regardless. If they can enjoy it so much without us having to add medicine to the dumplings, then nothing could be better.
"Oh, Reisen. I asked for seven-colored dumplings, but they turned out to be truly vivid, didn't they?"
I added to myself, "The three-colored dumplings being peach and white and dark green isn't very appetizing either."
"Ah, why don't I tell you about them? We made rainbow dumplings with red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. We did our best to find ingredients to make each of the different colors... but we really only had the colors in mind, so you may not think the contents are very appetizing. Do you still want to hear about them?"
"No, thank you." They weren't all that appetizing before I knew what was in them, and it would be a shame if I had any less desire to try to finish these tonight.


Parte 10

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Eirin placed a blue dumpling in her mouth and said, "This is actually really good." So Eirin's knowledge is such that it can stand up to any challenge anywhere. I was impressed.
"Sorry to change the topic, but don't you get the impression that the disorder on the moon is spreading to the Earth now?"
Eirin and I glanced at each other and said together, "It's nothing for the rabbits to worry about."
Reisen looked a bit uneasy.
"Well, I don't know if it's a big deal or not, but the vampire's maid came here asking about fuel to take them to the moon."
"Oh, she came here, too?"
"Too?"
"Eirin and I were talking about this before. The vampire is trying to build a rocket to go to the moon. It looks like they're going around trying to find rocket fuel for it."
"I see. Well, I sent her away immediately when she came here..."
"Why did you send her away?"
"What? Well, there's no reason for us to help Earth youkai try to get to the moon, is there? That, and I didn't want to disturb either of you about it."
"You shouldn't have sent her away, but sent out tea. Just not information."
A cold wind began to blow, perhaps due to the rain earlier. It looked like we'd passed another full moon safely. Honestly, I didn't believe we'd have to worry about someone from the lunar capital coming to find us during the full moon anymore. We believed such things were no longer possible.
I wonder how it could be that my outlook changed so much in three years after having spent over a millennium in hiding in this manor behind my spell of eternity.
If it's due to the effect of the impurity that wears down everything on Earth, Earth people must adapt quite quickly to change. They're not always worrying over the same thing, but rather always going from one problem to the next, and forgetting the unpleasant experiences. If I've changed this much, I wonder if Eirin has, as well?


Parte 11

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Eirin has been alive for much longer than I have. Due to her longevity, even on the moon, she was a key figure in her role as sage. Even since coming down to Earth she has a way of thinking that's quite different from the humans'.
That's why I thought that even if I lifted my spell of eternity, she wouldn't change much. I thought that the Earth's impurity had nothing to do with us. Of course, reality was not like that, and one can see slight changes even in Eirin's behavior.
Eirin opened a clinic on Earth. Now she's well-known enough that people in the village refer cases to Eientei that their doctors cannot heal. The old Eirin would never have thought to do such a thing. Before she would have only seen them as means to her own ends, but now she goes so far as to help maintain their health.
As for why she opened the clinic, Eirin herself said, "We'll have to live as Earth people now, so we can't neglect our duties towards others. It's customary for Earth people to help others in need," she said. It must be like that saying, a day's work for a day's bread.
I believe I understand that. Even the couple that raised me had their peaceful life taken away by the moon's opulent rewards. Earth people don't expect results for anything beyond their own actions. To do so would be to invite unhappiness.
Even though I understand it, but I can't put it into practice myself. And I get the feeling that there are many people, not just me, who aren't working for the good of other people. When I tell Eirin about these worries of mine, she avoids the question and says, "Kaguya, just worry about doing what you, yourself, want to do. If there's nothing you want to do, then make finding something to do your job."
I still haven't found a role for myself as a member of Earth society, but something should start around the time the udonge blossoms. I thought that the flower might bloom about the time I found something to do.
"Reisen. If one the vampire's servant comes here again, I hope you'll bring them to me."
Eirin's advice to Reisen was worded a bit sternly, so Reisen appeared a bit downcast as she said:
"I'm sorry, Master Did you want to try to find out something from that maid? I think she intends to come around once more..."
Eirin replied, "If you bring her to me, I can turn her down politely," and smiled. Reisen seemed a bit more at ease on hearing this, and said, "Well, then, next time I'll be happy to bring her to you."
"We no longer have the means to go to the moon anyway."
"That's true... but even so, the vampire will want to know how to get there," Reisen whispered, gazing at where the harvest moon should have been.
Eirin, noticing the subtle change in Reisen's demeanor, said this to put her at ease.
"Anyway, there's no need for you to worry even if whatever disturbance comes to the Earth."
Reisen seemed to achieve some sort of breakthrough, and asked her Master to once more for confirmation.
"Is that because there's no way for anyone on Earth to get to the moon?"
Eirin smiled mysteriously upon hearing that and responded:
"Hahaha, that's not it. We're not members of the lunar society anymore. We're just a simple group of humans and youkai living on the Earth, so there's no need for us to worry about what happens on the moon."
Once I heard that, I smiled as well, and decided to leave the strange goings-on in Eirin's hands.
Pg.41 *Note: A typhoon/hurricane in the fall.

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Chapter 3 The Dragon Kings Palace in the Pure Land
Parte 1

Spoiler:
A wind bearing no impurities sweeps soundlessly causes ripples on the surface the sea. Nothing else disturbs it. After all, nothing lives in the moon's seas.
It's said that life on Earth came from the seas. At a time so far into the past that the mind boggles to consider it, a desperate war for survival was unfolding.
Creatures who became larger to overwhelm others, creatures who used oxygen to move nimbly, creatures who moved to dry earth seeking a new realm, creatures that left that earth for the skies, many new victors began to appear. As the source of all life, the seas were also the greatest battlefield. As the victors of such a embattled history, there were none that were supposed to have remained impure.
However, there are nearly no impure beings in the lunar capital. So, the sea that stretched out before my eyes is devoid of life. Not a single of the creatures from this sea were able to take up residence on the moon's surface. Yes, this sea bears not a single impurity, save one thing, the place where it reflects that blue planet.
"Sister? Did you see something in the Sea of Tranquility? You've come here to check on it quite often lately..."
"No, nothing's happened today, either."
When I said that, my younger sister, Watatsuki no Yorihime, looked concerned.
"There have been a lot of rumors causing unrest among the rabbits lately... We should be careful about our movements."
"It will be fine. There's no need for concern."
"No, I mean, people suspect us of aiding those from the Earth. And that's because..."
"Because of my power, perhaps?"
"Well, it may be because of that, but... don't you think your behavior as of late looks suspicious to other people, Sister?"
"But I'm only coming here to watch the sea."
"But people think that's suspicious. If you're going to act with such liberty... I believe the rabbits may start wondering if you are truly pulling your own weight." (*1)
"Well, I never was that heavy to begin with, anyway. Don't worry, the future that Lady Yagokoro left for us is still there."


Parte 2

Spoiler:
Even as I said that, I realized the faintest trace of impurity borne in the wind. It was a portent of calamity that only I, Watatsuki no Toyohime, the lunar princess with the power to connect mountain and sea, could sense.
Was it just my imagination, or had someone secretly come brought the impurity from the Earth? Was somebody planning some foul deed in the capital...?
I didn't want to worry Yorihime unnecessarily, so I kept the matter to myself, and together we departed from the Sea of Tranquility.
Someone once said the surface of the moon was a bleak and desolate world. There is no trace of the seasons which bring occasional discomfort to the living; it's a climate that combines the mildness of spring, the liveliness of summer, the plenty of autumn and the loneliness of winter year-round. The beautiful peach trees glimmering beneath the blue stars. And, of course, the lunar capital, full of the smiles of rabbits.
The rabbits greeted us like they always did as we walked through the streets of the capital. They lined the roads whiling away the time with activities such as shogi, sipping tea and napping. Even as we cheerfully returned their greetings, we couldn't help but wonder if they were really doing their work.
The rabbits of the moon are assigned various tasks. Most of them work in agricultural affairs, but many other jobs are left to them as well, such as medicine making, cleaning and the defense of the lunar capital.
Since we, the Watatsuki family, are in charge of watching over the Earth, the rabbits we keep at our house serve as lunar emissaries, and are trained to do battle, presumably, with the Earth if the occasion arises.
The lunar capital was a perfect advanced metropolis. Its physical and technological wealth had been established far into the past, which made enhancing its spiritual wealth all the more important. Of course, this is according to the people of the city, but it's important for the rabbits to work towards these ends.
However, this perfection would have been unattainable in the presence of any impure living thing. If by some off chance a Lunarian were to become impure, they would be banished to Earth. To the Lunarians, Earth was a great prison, and we, the Watatsuki sisters, watched over those who were sent to Earth.
We returned to the mansion, sipped tea flavored with peach leaves and set about planning our defense.
"These recent rumors are troubling."
When I said that, Yorihime adopted an expression that seemed to question whether I know what I was saying and remarked, "Isn't that because you've been acting too freely of late, my sister?"
It was a rumor that was spreading among the rabbits. It seems to have started from the news that the flag that had been planted on the light side of the moon, which we called the Apollo flag, had disappeared.
The rumors concerned the security of the lunar capital. They were all silly, baseless things, like "Someone is going to invade from Earth", or "There's a traitor in the capital", but the rabbits were naive and loved rumors, so they believed them.


Parte 3

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Whether an enemy attacked from Earth or a rebellion began on the Moon, we'd be the first to fall under suspicion. This was because, our duties and abilities aside, we were the most closely-related to matters regarding Earth. On top of that, we were the only two still alive who had been raised by the high-level criminal who had been semipermanently banished to the Earth, Lady Eirin Yagokoro. Since we had not spent too much effort in looking for her, it's only natural that people would suspect us.
"They say rumors are fated to disappear within seventy-five days, but... none of them have actually done so, even after all this time has passed, so I believe it is now necessary to prove to everyone we are innocent."
"You worry too much, Yorihime. It's just because the rabbits love rumors so much."
Obviously, an unfounded rumor can still cause panic among society. So, we couldn't really afford to ignore the rumors, but on the other hand, we could also use them to our advantage to keep the public under control. I personally think it's better to take advantage of a rumor than to deny it. A forceful denial can invite mistrust and disorder.
"Maybe, but..."
"It does not matter if the rumors are true or not. Of course, I don't think they are... but it's obvious that rumors are spreading around the capital now. All that means is we must choose our actions with prudence. We can use the rumors to our advantage."
"But, you know, if we're under suspicion I can't just do as I please like you, my sister... I can't live a carefree life like that."
"What? Can't you say it a bit nicer than that?"
Tea time came to an end, and it came time to apply ourselves to our duties... yet, compared to my sister, who is in charge of drilling the members of the Rabbit Guard (and they had just inducted a new member), I, who am in charge of watching over the path to Earth and leading the rabbits we use as emissaries, usually don't have much to do. Usually, I will join them in their training.
However, since the Rabbit Guard are in a state of emergency preparation now, I decided not to disturb them and stole away to watch the Sea of Tranquility once more. The Sea of Tranquility is the lunar mare that spreads out across the moon on the opposite side of the moon from the lunar capital.
Waves rippled in silence across the lifeless ocean. As I watched the ocean, memories of the distant past sprang to my mind.
The life that arose from the seas in the very beginning staked its continued existence in a long battle, and its conclusion, the ocean was defiled, and only the winners set out onto the land, which then knew no impurity.
On land, the epic battle for survival unfolded once more. Some creatures became strong and fed on the weak. Some increased their numbers and were able to leave successors after being eaten. There were even those who cast aside the earth and sought a pure world in the sky. There were even those few who had no competition but lost their ability to adapt and went died off. Some even gave up on the earth and returned to the sea. There were very few victors, and most were destroyed in the battle, becoming extinct.
The history of life is a history of conflict. And winners dictate how history is recorded. The Earth is a world of impurity because it is this sort of blood-stained world. Living things tend to live on forever, but the impurity stole away their longevity. It was a world of the short-lived.
Today, Earth has become a place where almost nothing can live for more than a hundred years.
However, there was a sage who realized that the impurity was stealing life from all living things. It is said that while watching the full moon hanging in the sky over the ocean, this sage became determined to free themselves from the impure Earth.
As if moving from living in the sea to the earth, or from the earth to the sky, this sage left the Earth and took up residence on the moon. This sage is the founder of the lunar capital, the lord of the night and of the lunar capital, Tsukuyomi.
Lord Tsukuyomi took only relatives he had the utmost trust in and moved to the moon. The moon was completely without impurity. As a result, those who had moved to the moon forsook any lifespan. That they had no lifespan meant they were neither alive nor dead. In that sense, the moon is be a Pure Land, without impurity. It may even be the same as the world in the afterlife.
Of course, since the lunar citizens and the moon rabbits aren't immortal, they can die in, for example, accidents or battles. Still, even the citizens of the lunar capital bear just the faintest trace of impurity. Even we may be fated to die some day.
Our master has lived even longer than Lord Tsukuyomi. When he moved to the moon and built the capital, the one he relied on the most was our master, Lady Eirin Yagokoro.
"...My sister. Have you come to watch the sea again? If you're so concerned to come here so often, does that mean something has happened, after all?"
Yorihime's voice called out to me. Once I stopped to think about it, it seemed quite some time had passed.
"No, if we're to believe the contents of Lady Yagokoro's letter, then no change should have already occurred."
"I hope that's the case..."
"I was watching the sea while wondering if someone would attack from Earth, and it reminded me of long ago."
"Long ago... Do you mean when Lady Yagokoro betrayed the moon and hid herself on the Earth?"


Parte 4

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"No, much longer ago. Do you remember, Yorihime?"
"Even longer ago? Over a thousand years ago? I can't quite recall off-hand, of course..."
"This happened over 1500 years ago, and I can remember from before even then. Come now, don't you remember when that human from Earth came riding on a turtle from the Sea of Tranquility?"
We were standing before the Sea of Tranquility, but the moon's seas are its closest points to the Earth. As a result, living things from the Earth would occasionally find their way there.
This phenomenon is called spiriting away on Earth. However, this doesn't just refer to things finding their way to the moon. It also refers to things getting lost in the past, the future, Heaven, Hell, and various other places. Long ago, Lady Yagokoro explained to us why this happens.
"From a quantum point of view, possible events will absolutely always happen. This is because in the quantum world, everything is decided by probability, but it's impossible to capture that probability with exact precision. As long as an unrealized event has a non-zero probability, no matter how low it is, it will occur at some point. Since the universe is built on quantum phenomena, it's not all that unusual that living things from Earth should find their way to the moon. After all, that's how even we came to live on the moon."
Right away I understood Lady Yagokoro's lesson, and now I am one of the very few who have ever had the ability to bind together Earth and the moon, who have the power to go back and forth between them at will.
The Lunarians had long ago realized that our world is built on probabilities, that absolutely anything can happen. That was what enabled them to move from the Earth to the moon in the first place. Digressing somewhat, the human scientific community on Earth awakened to the fact that the microscopic world is built on potential some decades ago. This development shocked Lord Tsukuyomi. This is because the one thing the Lunarians fear the most is that the humans from Earth will find a way to get to the lunar capital. For now, all that's happened is the launch of a primitive rocket to the side of the moon closest to them, but we can't afford to be careless.
"Over 1500 years ago? A human from Earth suddenly appeared? And riding a turtle..."
"Well, it was quite a while ago. The time when Mizue no Uranoshimako came to the moon, much further back than when our master went to Earth..."
Over 1500 years ago, a human by the name Mizue no Uranoshimako appeared from the blue planet reflected in the ocean.
Most human victims of spiritings-away go straight into a state of panic, and seem to want to return to the world they knew. So, as soon as I find them, I typically use my power to send them back.
However, he was different. As soon as he regained his senses and saw the lunar capital he forgot about returning to Earth, and began to say he wanted to stay here a little longer. Maybe he was a little slow. But, since I was interested in the people of Earth as well, I let him stay in our mansion for a while, keeping it a secret from Lady Yagokoro.
This was the story of Urashimako. He was a fisherman, and one day as he was setting out as usual he saw a strange turtle with a shell dazzling in five colors. Since it was so unusual and beautiful, he decided to make it his by any means and set his boat in pursuit of it.
He followed it out to sea so far that he couldn't even see the shore, and eventually dove into the sea and caught it, but his boat, which should have been nearby, had suddenly disappeared, so he simply clung to the back of the turtle and let it lead him in its wanderings, with no destination in mind. And so, without realizing he had slipped out of his own world and into a totally different world, he finally arrived at the lunar capital, mistaking it for the country across the ocean. The land across the ocean was, of course, the lunar capital, but he believed it was the land of Hourai.


Parte 5

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I told him this wasn't the case, and fed him the lie that he wasn't in the land of Hourai, but at the Dragon King's Palace at the bottom of the sea. I said the five colored turtle was a lost pet of mine, and that when I'd gone looking for it, I'd found it with him clutching to its back.
I lied to him because of the interest Earth humans had in the lunar capital, and because I was afraid that someone powerful might find it. In retrospect, I believe that my judgment was wrong, and this mistake was corrected through the actions of Lady Yagokoro.
When Urashimako saw the amazing sight of the lunar rabbits singing and dancing, he was incredibly moved. He was amazed that the bottom of the ocean was such an enjoyable place.
The stars are visible along with the sun during the day from the lunar capital, so he became doubtful when he first looked at the sky. "Why are there so many stars in the sky on the bottom of the ocean?", he asked, so I told him they weren't stars, but the shimmering forms of fish dancing in the ocean. He was impressed that we were so far beneath the sea that even the fish looked like little dots.
And so, Urashimako spent three years in the lunar capital under these false impressions. It was truly unusual for someone from Earth to spend so much time in the capital. That's why I remembered it so clearly, but it seems Yorihime doesn't have as strong an impression of that time.
"Mizue no Uranoshimako? Ah, yes, I remember such a human. He loved fishing, and eventually became quite a splendid god, didn't he?"
After three years had passed, he began to speak of a yearning for home. Most humans would be a little homesick after a few hours, but it took quite a bit of time for him to feel that way.
"That's right. That human. He's the Tsutsugawa deity now. Not a bad place for a simple fisherman to end up."
As soon as he began to say he wanted to go home, nothing here could move him anymore. All he ever did was complain about how much he wanted to go home.
I had no reason to keep a human here who wanted to go back to Earth. Since I'd kept an impure human here for so long in secret, it was better to send him back before I was found out.
However, there was one thing I worried about: if someone asked him where he'd been for the past three years, he'd surely speak of everything he'd seen here. That might make people interested in the Dragon King's Palace, in the lunar capital. This would be a problem for the capital.
I confessed everything to Lady Yagokoro, and consulted with her on what the best course of action would be. To my surprise, Lady Yagokoro wasn't at all angry that I'd kept a human here for so long.
Lady Yagokoro's advice was: "It's best to make someone like that a dead man. People on Earth would treat someone who went out to sea three years ago and hasn't been seen since as dead. Well, this is generally what you'd expect to happen if you halfheartedly hide some living thing that's come here from Earth for so long..."
"Yes, yes, the great Tsutsugawa deity. Though, it seems laughable to us that such a greedy fisherman could be revered as a god."
"Lady Yagokoro advised us to kill him right away, but we felt too sorry for him to carry it out."


Parte 6

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Of course, the fact that I'd looked after him so long made it difficult to kill him. My sister was the same, so she didn't want to kill him, either.
That being the case, we asked if there were any other way to deal with this situation. Lady Yagokoro smiled and said, "Of course, you're both too kind for that," and suggested a different, truly excellent plan.
The alternative was to send him to an era where nobody remembered who Mizue no Uranoshimako was. In other words, to create a time difference between the Dragon King's Palace and Earth of a factor of almost a hundred, and return him to a time three hundred years after he left.
At the time, we didn't understand why that solution was best. If we sent a human back to a world where he didn't know anybody, he'd just be confused, and he'd still tell everyone about the Dragon King's Palace. However, Lady Yagokoro was never wrong. We placed our absolute trust in her. So, we took her advice.
To send him back to a world three hundred years after the time he left, we decided to place him into cryogenic storage, which was cutting-edge technology at the time, and return him to the Earth after he'd slept for nearly three hundred years. Of course, we hadn't suspected that our sudden parting with Lady Yagokoro awaited us less than three hundred years away...
"But why are you bringing that up now?"
"I was wondering what we should do if someone comes like that from Earth again."
Thus, Mizue no Uranoshimako was brought to the lunar capital on the back of a five-colored turtle, and spent three wonderful years there before being returned to an Earth where three hundred years had passed.
Something felt wrong as soon as he reached the sandy beach. The white sand, the pine trees, the blue sky; even though nothing at all should have changed since the day he set out fishing, he felt unease on the sea air. The anxious Urashimako returned to his house, but where his house should have been there was an empty expanse of grass. Even when he went to his friends' houses, the people living there had no recollection of him, and not a single person in the village knew who he was. He fell into deep despair.
"Now... I think we should send them back right away or kill them. We're not as foolish now as we were then."
"Or we are not as kind as we were fifteen hundred years ago...?"
The story doesn't end there.
It's said that before Lady Yagokoro went into hiding on the Earth, she sent Urashimako a tamakushige (*2) as a gift. It's also said that she sent a message along with it. "If you ever become troubled by your new life on Earth, open this box. However, if you ever want to return to the Dragon King's Palace, you must absolutely never open it."
I wonder what exactly was in that. Now that Lady Yagokoro is no longer here, there's no way to find out or to reproduce it.
In any case, it seems that almost as soon as he returned to Earth, Urashimako opened it. It was probably too depressing to continue living in a world where nobody remembered him. With a loud cry, he opened it. However, his misfortune did not end there. In an instant, all his body lost all of its youth, and he quickly aged to the point where he could no longer even walk. Somethinghad been sealed inside that hastened his aging.


Parte 7

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But this sudden aging was a blessing in disguise. This old man who knew about things that happened three hundred years ago was treated as a living god. His strange tale was believed to be a tale from the world of the gods, and became a legend in the village. Few people in that age lived to be as old as he was, and he couldn't read the script of the time but could still converse with others. If Urashimako had appeared to be young, his story would probably have remained idle gossip.
At length, Urashimako's story reached the ears of the then-current emperor, Jun'na. Emperor Jun'na listened to Urashimako's tale of the Dragon King's Palace, and he believed that he had found the fabled land of eternity across the sea, the land of Hourai, so he took great interest in the man. The land of Hourai was the land of eternal youth, so all of the authority figures of the age were searching desperately for it. By then, the legend had become somewhat cliched, and people began to doubt the existence of the land of Hourai, so hearing the legend of Urashimako pleased the emperor greatly.
Emperor Jun'na set about his plans immediately, but it was already too late. Urashimako was so old he couldn't take a single step, and by the time the Emperor's men found him, he had already breathed his last.
The emperor recognized Mizue Urashimako as one of the few men to have ever gone to the land of Hourai and returned, erecting a temple in his honor and bestowing upon him the Tsutsugawa divinity.
Mizue no Uranoshimako, a man who had been spirited away by chance. He was entered into the ranks of the gods, and by doing so strengthened people's faith in the land of Hourai, in the lunar capital, and made all of the era's authority figures aware of the majesty of its people.
I wonder if our master knew that this would happen. No, that's a foolish question, of course she knew. If she hadn't, then having him put into cryogenic storage for three hundred years and preparing the tamakushige that would age him was just idle play. Our master may have seemed the harshest one of us at first, but she was in fact the kindest.
"Now, it seems that traveling hundreds of years into the future is called the Urashima Effect."
"He's become a god, and his name is left to history. I'm sure it's made him happy. Hey, Yorihime, I wonder if we can predict what will happen so far in advance? It would be nice, since it seems like someone may come from the Earth..."
We enjoyed reminiscing, but suddenly Yorihime made a grim face.
"We've learned quite a few things since Lady Yagokoro left us."
Yorihime looked out across the sea and continued.
"We've learned that it's impossible for us to have such a deep comprehension of the future. That careless kindness can be problematic, both for humans and Lunarians..."
I placed a hand on Yorihime's tense shoulder.
"In that case, when the invaders from the Earth come, we'll have to do our best to repel them right away."


Parte 8

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"My sister... that sounds like something Lady Yagokoro would say."
"That's because I'm the older one."
"...But we've lived so long that a difference like that is insignificant."
"No. No matter how many thousands of years pass, that's something that will never change."
"Hm, that means that you'll retire first, doesn't it? Just like Lady Yagokoro."
Yorihime smiled a bit. Seeing that, I lifted my hand from her shoulder and asked, "By the way, have the rabbits perfected their drills?" Yorihime sighed and responded.
"Ah, I suppose so. They're all doing their best, but I'm afraid we're a bit understaffed... I think I've been spending most of my time training our new recruit, Rei'sen, but she just isn't very strong."
Yorihime sighed, and smiled a bit. I let go of her shoulder when I noticed this. "I bet. A lot of the rabbits assigned to pounding mochi are a pretty dull lot that just love singing. They're probably not worth much on the battlefield."
"The old Reisen had some talent... I wonder where she is now?"
The rabbits assigned to be lunar emissaries have relatively strict regulations, and it involves no small amount of physical training. So, it's not that unusual for rabbits to run away. Reisen was a rabbit who'd done just that before the start of the last war.
Reisen was exceptionally talented. She could hide easily and disturb the minds of others. However, she was also somewhat cowardly and self-centered. Obviously, these were potentially fatal traits for a soldier, but we couldn't correct them. As a result, she was uncooperative, and before the time for battle came, she abandoned her duties and fled to Earth.
It was our job to search for Reisen and bring her back to the moon, but over forty years had passed since then, and there was no point in pursuing the matter further. We decided she'd probably been made into some human's stew, or had been tainted by the Earth's impurity and could no longer be admitted back into the lunar capital.
"I'm worried about the new Rei'sen. She doesn't seem to have much sense, and seems a bit dull."
It was about three months earlier that this rabbit had come to us in a wounded condition.
She said she had tired of pounding mochi and fled to Earth, but Lady Yagokoro entrusted a letter to her there, so she came back to the moon. It had been several hundred years since we'd ceased the investigation into her whereabouts, so we hadn't thought that she would reach out to contact us.


Parte 9

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The contents of her letter told how to protect the lunar capital. "I can't return to the lunar capital anymore, and I don't intend to cause trouble by contacting you in this manner, but I had to do something to tell you that somebody on Earth is plotting something untoward against the moon. Since I thought it would be too dangerous to contact you directly, I hope you'll forgive me for using this moon rabbit I happened to meet."
We let the rabbit who'd come with the letter stay in our mansion. The crime of escaping to the Earth to avoid pounding mochi was not a small one. However, she'd done the service of bringing Lady Yagokoro's letter to us, and I felt sorry for her, so we gave her the name Rei'sen and let her stay with us.
"Plus, our current Rei'sen has already fled to Earth once. We can't say for sure that she won't try to run away again."
"If everything happens as Lady Yagokoro has written, the invaders from Earth should be coming soon, but I'm still unsure about the situation." Yorihime said, turning to face me.
"It's best not to rely too much on the rabbits this time. Yorihime, when the time comes to fight, you should fight personally."
"V-very well. Of course, it depends on how many come..."
"It'll be fine. After all, you have many gods on your side."
An unexpected emergency interrupted our conversation.
Something had flown from the other side of the Sea of Tranquility.
The Sea of Tranquility was on the other side of the moon from the lunar capital, so the citizens of the capital and the moon rabbits seldom visited it.
With great caution I observed the being that was flying towards us. It was a small black mass - apparently in the form of a crow.
"A crow...?"
"My sister, a crow is the avatar of the sun. It may be a familiar of Lord Tsukuyomi's sister."
"...No, it's not. I can feel the avarice in its blood, the greed in its eyes, the impurity in its wings."
If that crow was an avatar of the sun, it would have three feet and red eyes!


Parte 10

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"That is... a crow from Earth."
The crow didn't seem to be able to see us, but it flew doggedly on. In fact, it seemed to be driven not by any sort of homing instinct, but simply flew straight ahead, never wavering in its path. Eventually it flew right over our heads.
"An Earth crow... Perhaps this is another spiriting away?"
"It may be related somehow to the invaders that will come from Earth, so let's follow it!"
The crow flew straight on, occasionally making minor course corrections.
"Something is odd... Birds from Earth hardly ever appear here, and its flight seems too... mechanical."
The crow crossed over the Sea of Serenity and the Sea of Rains and flew on towards the Ocean of Storms.
"I knew it, that crow flew from Earth to reach the far side of the moon, looking for something!"
That is, it was likely that the crow hadn't come here by accident, but someone had sent it here.
The lunar capital is on the far side of the moon, protected by a barrier that hides its existence. As long as that barrier is in place, a human could never reach it. To make its way into that barrier, the crow would have to fly along a predetermined route, but somehow it was following the sea road that should have been invisible to it. With almost computer-like accuracy, like a shikigami.
The crow crossed over the Oceanus Procellarum without dropping its speed. At this rate, it looked like it would cross through the barrier surrounding the capital.
"My sister. If it continues any further, I believe it will reach the capital!"
"That crow has a great deal of impurity. We can't allow it to do that."
Leaving the crow's pursuit to my sister, I went on ahead to manipulate what was at the crow's destination to lay a trap over the final sea between it and the capital.
After pausing to hover over the sea in a completely unnatural fashion, the crow flew directly over my head.


Parte 11

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"Born in the land of impurity, you impure being controlled in malice, your pure land is not here!"
As I spread my hands, the sea beneath my feet immediately began to drain its water, and the parched earth beneath it began to show through.
A barren mountain devoid of grass or trees, the remnants of machines from the humans' lunar expeditions, a black sky. And, a world without any air.
The desolate near side of the moon. This is the lunar world that the humans discovered. It is an exceedingly cruel, lonely world.
Having suddenly lost its atmosphere and gravity, the crow spiraled slowly towards the ground, foaming at the mouth. Before long, it expired. Unable to breathe, it asphyxiated.
I have the power to connect mountains and seas. I am also the only person with the power to connect the near and far sides of the moon.
Once I'd confirmed that the crow was no longer moving, the sea was filled again with water, and our plentiful land came into view once more.
"My sister! What happened to the crow?"
"It's dead. This crow was sent to the moon by someone; it was definitely heading toward the lunar capital, and knowing that now, clearly it was best to kill it."
" ...Yes. That was certainly for the best."
"I believe we'll need to study this crow's corpse a bit. Yorihime, would you look into that for me?"
"I'm already quite busy attending to the rabbits' training. Don't you have quite a bit of free time yourself, my sister?
"Uh."
And I do love my free time so.
"You have no sense of urgency, my dear sister. You're always eating peaches and going to the ocean, and if you ever do show up to training sessions you're only engaging the rabbits in idle chatter..."
But investigating isn't my specialty. Well, I usually leave war, battle instruction and investigation to my sister, so I told myself I really ought to contribute something once in a while.
"All right, I understand. I'll handle the examination."
We smiled to lighten to mood, but there was tension in our smiles.
• 1 - The literal phrase is "Doubting the weight of the kettle."
• 2 - A splendid treasure box


Chapter 4 The Eternal Flame
Parte 1

Spoiler:
Smoke silently drifted from within Youkai Mountain. The mountain's eruptions were never severe, but they served to fill the sky above it with fumes.
In the village it's said that the mountain's smoke isn't real smoke, but rather fumes that spew from factories run by the tengu and the kappa.
This is mostly because the mountain's activity was once mere legend, and the rising smoke only started in the past hundred years or so. This was about the same time that the advanced technology the mountain youkai possessed became known in the human village.
Whether the mountain is active or not is beside the point, as it is, in fact, a volcano. This is obvious on inspection of the Genbu Ravine close to the Forest of Magic. The Genbu Ravine is a mysterious place made up of a six-sided rock formation covered in cracks so it looks like a tortoise shell with the surrounding cliffs forming a hexagonal prism[1].

This bizarre rock formation, seemingly artifically formed, was made when a lava flow cooled and hardened. Flowing lava from Youkai Mountain created the Genbu Ravine. In days of old, Youkai Mountain was a raging volcano.
There are even youkai who have seen the mountain erupt before, but since it's been a long time since it was active, most of them probably think that it won't erupt again.
However, the human that lived in the bamboo forest, Fujiwara no Mokou, knew. She knew that the smoke that came from Youkai Mountain wasn't from the kappa's factories, but from the dormant volcano.
"Go on, you shouldn't get lost anymore now. Just go straight down this path and you'll reach the village."
The villager I'd escorted thanked me time and time again as a look of relief swept over his face, then jogged off into the distance.
Just as its name suggests, many people lose their way in the Bamboo Forest of the Lost. That's because there's not much to serve as landmarks, so the fairies that live here love playing pranks. And still, the humans find reasons enough to set foot here all the time. That's probably because food like bamboo sprouts, mushrooms and rabbits are plentiful here.
Since I know the fairies around here pretty well, I don't get lost. So, whenever I find a lost human in the forest, I guide them back to the village. After all, lots of youkai hang around here, too, and I don't want to stumble across the remains of any lost villager.
Before I knew it, the lost man had walked out of sight. I lingered for a while at the entrance to the Bamboo Forest of the Lost.
It's not as if I was waiting until that person was out of sight to make sure they made it back safely. I was watching the smoke rising from Youkai Mountain. I couldn't help but remember events long past whenever I gazed at it.
It was something that had happened a few years ago. For some reason I wanted to know more about the smoke coming from that mountain, so I went to talk to someone who lives in the human village.
She was someone who knew a lot about the history of Gensokyo, and one of the few people who really understands me: the were-beast Keine Kamishirasawa.


Parte 2

Spoiler:
"You want to know the truth about the smoke coming from Youkai Mountain?"
"Yeah, the villagers say it's the tengu's signal fires or the kappa's factories or something, but that doesn't sit right with me. I think I've seen smoke coming from that mountain before..."
"...I see. If that's the case, I suppose I should teach you about that mountain's history."
"That'd be a great help."
"That smoke... of course, it's not factory smoke or signals of any sort. It's the eternal smoke of a volcano."
Keine told me about the mountain's history. According to her, the mountain had been home to a certain god. It seems this god was called Iwanagahime.
"The smoke from the Youkai Mountain is produced by this god. If you can remember that smoke, perhaps you know something of that god?"
"Iwanagahime...?"
I'd never heard that name before.
"I've never heard of anyone like that before, so why should I know her?"
"I see. Well, it's not as if Iwanagahime is unrelated to you. You see, Iwanagahime is the spirit of eternal life... meaning, immortality."
"So she's the goddess of immortality...?"
Immortality, huh...? In that case, that's a pretty big relation. After all, I'd attained immortality after a certain incident.
"In addition, this Iwanagahime was the older sister of Lady Sengen. The name Sengen was originally read Asama, which means "volcano." Since Lady Sengen is another name for Konohana-sakuyahime, Sakuyahime is considered the goddess of volcanoes now, but Sakuyahime is actually a water deity who calms volcanoes-"
"Hold on a second. Did you just say Sakuyahime?"


Parte 3

Spoiler:
"Yes, she's Iwanagahime's younger sister, and a very beautiful goddess. Her personality is said to be a bit difficult, but like a blooming flower-"
Since Keine's explanations tend to get extremely long once she gets started, sometimes it's best to just cut her off before things get out of hand.
"Well, I know about Sakuyahime. No, that's not exactly right. Back then-"
I remembered the mountain that was the cause of my present condition.
"If only she hadn't been there then...!"
I returned to a small house hidden in the Bamboo Forest of the Lost.
On the way back, I recalled the conversation I'd had with Keine several years ago. There's a secret behind the smoke coming from Youkai Mountain that only I know.
Lately, it had been getting dark early, so by the time I got back, the inside of the house was already dim. It was a season of light snowfall, and it had gotten quite cold, but I didn't bother with anything to provide warmth.
It was so cold inside the room you wouldn't think that anything lived there. I was used to that, though. After all, no matter how cold it got, I wouldn't die. If I can just bear the cold for a little while, the warmer seasons would return.
It must have been more than 1300 years since I'd become immortal.
For the first three hundred years, other people hated me, and I lived a sad life who only caused trouble to myself and those around me if I didn't stay in hiding.
The next three hundred years I spent harboring a grudge against this world, and was able to preserve the faintest sense of identity by immediately dispatching anything that crossed my path, youkai or otherwise.
For the next three hundred years the youkai in the area couldn't hold my interest anymore, and I lost all motivation towards anything, surrendering to tedium.
But during the next three hundred years, I was finally reunited with my immortal archrival, and we discovered the joys of killing each other, over and over.
And now, humans know about my existence again and I've readjusted to their society somewhat. I use the knowledge I've gained from centuries of existence and the strength I've gained from countless battles to escort the humans from the village. I spend my time protecting humans that wander into the bamboo forest from the youkai there, including some people who wander in from the outside world.


Parte 4

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There was a time when I never would have imagined being thanked by another human being, but now it is what I live for. Finding Gensokyo, where the average person wasn't afraid of an immortal being, was like stumbling into paradise.
I sat on the floor, my back against the wall, one leg folded upright. I wonder how long it's been since I started sleeping in positions like this that made it easy to wake up. It made it impossible to fall into a deep sleep, and easy to spend lots of time thinking.
"Back then, if only she hadn't been there!"
Long sealed-away memories surfaced again in the back of my mind at the mention of Sakuyahime's name. She was the cause of my immortality, and was at the heart of the most sensational event in my life.
"If Sakuyahime hadn't showed up then, I wouldn't have killed that man, and I wouldn't have drank that elixir..."
I had a very old enemy. Her name was Kaguya Houraisan. She was an immortal human who disrupted my family's lives, and selfishly used her wiles to bewitch countless other people. Of course, she's still my greatest nemesis. Now, we're both immortal, and every once in a while we engage in epic mutual murders.
Of course, when I was young, I wouldn't have thought about mutual killings. Finding a way to harrass Kaguya would have been enough to bring me some satisfaction. Looking back on it, I think spending that much time nursing my bitterness against others probably bent me. However, it's true that nothing brings a sense of motivation the way a lust for revenge does.
It was painful spending all of my days in search of a way to spite her, but that just made the revenge I sought all the more valuable. Since I think the pain that I taste today was that pain bestowed upon me by Kaguya, it's made it easier for me to keep going. In other words, I believe that Kaguya is completely to blame for the fact that I desire revenge.
The day I became immortal, I was following a certain person to seek my revenge against Kaguya. He was a man with a name something like Iwakasa, I think. He was leading a group of soldiers up a mountain carrying a jar. The jar was said to contain something Kaguya had left behind for someone important. I was planning to steal the jar. If I could gain even some slight amount of satisfaction from stealing the jar, then that would be fine.
The mountain that the soldiers were ascending in single-file was said to be the highest mountain in this nation, a spiritual mountain that only a few ascetics ever climbed, which is now called Mount Fuji.
Once you reach a certain ways up the mountain, the trees become shorter, and gradually the vegetation disappears altogether, leaving nothing but rocks. That meant that it became much harder for me to stay hidden as I tried to tail them up the mountain.
There was one other thing that threatened to deal a fatal blow to my plans. Namely, that I was reaching the limit of my physical endurance. Even reaching the foot of the mountain had taken several days and sapped me of much of my strength. To make matters worse, this was not an easy mountain to try to climb alone.
With no idea how I'd steal the jar the soldiers were carrying on their backs, I ran out of energy about four-fifths of the way up the mountain and lied down.
"He'd realized I'd been following him long before that. He turned to watch when I lied down, then came back to where I'd collapsed from exhaustion to bring me some water. In the end, we all reached the summit together, cheering each other on... but..."
"Why ever did you kill that man and take the jar?"


Parte 5

Spoiler:
That's right, I had no grudge against Iwakasa. As a matter of fact, he'd probably saved my life. At that point, I don't think I even cared much about the jar anymore. Even my revenge against Kaguya was probably just a childish whim.
"...When you're almost to the top of the mountain, it makes you realize just how slowly you're travelling. The last leg of the climb is very difficult due to your exhaustion and the drain on your motivation."
When we reached the top of the mountain, I asked him why he'd climbed all the way to the summit.
"It was odd, because no matter how you look at it, I was the one who had the most suspicious reasons for climbing the mountain. Still, he answered my question and told me that men have to obey orders."
I told them the preposterous tale that I was following them because I was a bandit. I didn't think it was that far from the truth, since after all, I was trying to steal the jar. The soldiers laughed when they heard that. I'm sure that being by myself, I didn't seem like much of a threat to even a single one of them.
On Iwakasa's order, the soldiers placed the jar they'd been carrying on the ground. Just as I started to wonder what they'd do next, they started tying a string around the jar.
"They said the string would make it easier for them to fling it far away, and that they were going to throw the jar into the volcano's crater to burn it. I had no idea why they would do that."
I thought maybe the Emperor that had given Iwakasa his orders was trying to spite Kaguya, too. After all, he was going to the trouble to have someone take the gift Kaguya had left him up onto a volcano and throw it in.
"I'd climbed to the top of the mountain to try to steal that jar and soothe the anger deep in my heart, but all I could do then was watch and see what would happen to it. However, as soon as the soldiers approached the crater, a strange woman suddenly appeared, and everything changed."
"Was that woman, perhaps...?"
"Yes, that woman called herself Sakuyahime, and said that it was her power that kept the mountain from erupting. Sakuyahime said that the soldiers shouldn't throw the jar into the crater."
Sakuyahime was possessed of an otherworldly beauty and a peculiar transience that made it seem like she'd been burned up in a caldera somewhere before. The soldiers were shaken by her sudden appearance. Some even prostrated themselves before her godly figure out of reflex.
What came next shocked the soldiers even further. Iwakasa turned to Sakuyahime and told her, "I must burn the contents of this jar in the sacred fires of this mountain. This is an order from the Emperor." When he said that, Sakuyahime turned a contemptuous gaze upon him and said:
"If you burn that jar in this mountain, the volcano will begin to resume its activity, and my power will be unable to prevent it. That jar holds a power even greater than that of a god such as I. Do you understand just what is contained within that jar?"
The soldiers were dumbstruck. Probably, none of them had any idea about its contents. Of course, even I only knew that it was something Kaguya had left behind.


Parte 6

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As Sakuyahime began to say, "Inside that jar is...", Iwakasa cut her off, saying, "You can't tell them that!"
However, Sakuyahime said, "No, these men have a right to know after making it all the way up this mountain," and said that the jar contained the elixir of immortality.
"Of course, they were blown off their feet. To think that by simply following Iwakasa's orders they'd done something to anger a god. Not only that, but inside the jar they'd carried up the mountain themselves was the elixir of immortality..."
"And you must have been quite surprised, too."
"Of course, I was surprised. That such a thing existed, that Kaguya had left it behind, that she'd had a reason for doing it..."
Keine stood before me and listened as I spoke of my foolish past, even though foolish people hate to hear about others' foolish exploits.
"...And that it was right before my very eyes."
The cold woke me up. The room was completely dark. It seems I'd fallen asleep for a bit.
The moonlight crept into the darkened house, but it brought no warmth with it. It only served to bring a chill to my already cold body.
My immortal body is very convenient, despite how I neglected taking care of it. I could neglect it as much as I wanted.
I hadn't made anything for dinner yet. I may be immortal, but I get hungry and my joints hurt in the cold. Still, it better suited my personality to bear a bit of discomfort than to find a way to keep warm or eat a bit of nutritious food.
Yes, because no matter what happened, I wouldn't die.
It wouldn't have any effect on my body at all, whether I slept until I was tired of sleeping, or whether I remained awake until I finally succumbed to drowsiness.
The youkai of Gensokyo also lived long lives. There were quite a few who had lived longer than I had. However, they were fundamentally different from me. No matter how strong they are, they would still waste away in the end.
All life crumbles away. Each and every living thing must die. This was the law of the world. If that's the case, then maybe I haven't been living since I drank the elixir. Maybe there was no point in acting to preserve my life anymore. What should I be trying to accomplish?


Parte 7

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A slender moon hung outside my window. I could see a ray of some sort of light tracing towards the moon.
Watching the light, I had an unpleasant premonition.
The other day, the vampire had been going on about having finished her moon rocket, and I remembered having the same feeling then.
I sprang from my house without bothering to bring any light.
Far above my head floated the slender moon and the long, thin ray of light.
I headed towards Eientei, deep within the bamboo forest.
"Unrest seized the party as soon as they heard that sitting before them was the elixir of immortality. Because they found themselves unable to move, they couldn't throw the jar into the crater. Even so, Iwakasa tried to light the jar on fire, but... For some reason, it wouldn't catch fire. Seeing no other choice, they decided to spend the night on the summit, trying to figure out what to do next."
"Sakuyahime was originally a water goddess with the power to ward against flame. That's probably why they couldn't light the jar on fire."
I spent the evening wheedling the fine details of his orders from the emperor out of Iwakasa. I wanted to know why he had come all the way up here to dispose of the elixir of immortality.
According to Iwakasa, the jar was a Hourai jar, and its contents were called the Hourai Elixir. The Hourai Elixir was thought to surely be an elixir of immortality.
It was probably left by Kaguya Houraisan when she returned to the moon, as a token of thanks to the old woodcutter who'd raised her and the Emperor whose heart she'd stolen. The old man had said he didn't need to live forever and passed away, and the Emperor said there was no point in living forever in a world without Kaguya, so he ordered it to be taken to the point closest to the moon and burned. It seems that Iwakasa had been chosen to fulfill that duty.
The elixir of immortality, and the old man and the Emperor who, when it was presented before them, wouldn't lift a finger. It was difficult for me to understand. Iwakasa had anticipated this sort of doubt. He was afraid his men would be unable to carry out his orders if they knew about the elixir of immortality, so he kept it a secret.
I wonder what would have happened if his men had known about the elixir all along. They probably wouldn't have tried something so foolish as to steal it and drink it themselves. It's unthinkable that they'd want to live a life as hard and poor as mine forever.
The people who want immortality are usually wealthy people who live life without inconvenience. The poor of spirit saw the elixir of immortality as a medicine that could bring them inestimable wealth and status.
Maybe they'd catch each other trying to steal it and kill each other in a horrible bloodbath. Maybe someone would secretly replace the real elixir with a fake. Iwakasa was worried about things like this, so he didn't tell anyone too much about his mission.


Parte 8

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"The night was cloaked in an uncanny atmosphere. We all formed a circle and placed the jar in the middle. The soldiers naturally fell into a pattern of watching over the jar in pairs. It seemed nobody trusted anyone else alone with it."
At first I was too nervous to sleep, but eventually the weariness of climbing the mountain set in and I fell into a deep slumber.
"...Up."
Somebody's voice calling to me woke me up. The voice belonged to Sakuyahime.
"While you and that man have been asleep, these foolish humans have decided to take the contents of the jar as their own and have begun killing each other."
Once I woke up, I was speechless at the sea of blood that surrounded me.
"At the time, I couldn't think too clearly about what had just happened. Sakuyahime said the men had started killing each other, but now that I think of it the scene of the incident didn't lend itself to such a simple explanation. Some of the bodies laying before me were burned to a crisp. It was as if some great battle must have occurred, or some mysterious creature had suddenly attacked. There's no way that Iwakasa and I could have slept through all of that."
"So, you think that Sakuyahime killed those men?"
"Yes. I think she killed them all and left me and Iwakasa alive. Maybe it was because she couldn't let someone cast the elixir of immortality into her mountain, or she wanted to make sure nobody would drink the elixir... I'm sure she left Iwakasa and me alive because there was something she wanted the two of us to do afterwards."
Sakuyahime awoke Iwakasa in the same manner. The shock left him speechless, and realizing that he could no longer fulfill his mission, he finally swallowed her explanation.
Sakuyahime began to speak to Iwakasa and I where we sat enveloped in darkness.
"The elixir is a tool meant to deceive foolish humans. See? Even though nobody said anything about it, everyone around it has fallen into misfortune. I certainly approve of you setting out to dispose of such a thing... but it is too much even for me to bear. So, please forget about throwing it into this mountain."
Iwakasa was lost in thought for a moment, but then he started telling Sakuyahime about about his mission.
"I was told to take this elixir to the point closest to the moon and burn it there. Is there any point higher than this? Is there any mountain higher than this mountain?"
"I see. Then, I know of a suitable place. To the northwest of this mountain there is an incredible peak called Yatsugatake. My elder sister lives there. She is the deity with power over the immortal and unchanging, so that would be the most fitting place to dispose of this elixir."


Parte 9

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"But, Yatsugatake isn't high enough, is it? It's quite low compared to this mountain."
"No. In fact, it was once much taller than my mountain is."
"Really? This is the first I've heard of that..."
"Long ago, there was a quarrel between us... well, that's not important, in any case, I believe the distance to the moon may be somewhat shorter atop that mountain."
"I see... In that case, I plan to descend immediately and head to Yatsugatake. I'm sorry my men caused you so much trouble."
Iwakasa said this in a trembling voice, and it seemed to mollify Sakuyahime, as she disappeared into the mountain's crater.
"Our descent from the mountain was incredibly gloomy. Iwakasa just carried the heavy jar and walked straight ahead, never looking in my direction. We didn't speak a word the whole way down."
The heavy silence persisted. The unchanging scenery and the pointlessness of our ascent weighed on me as well. I kept switching my gaze between Iwakasa, the burden he shouldered and the rocky expanse beneath my feet. I laid eyes on nothing else.
"They say little people are easily possessed. Suddenly, I remembered my original objective: that in the beginning, I'd meant to steal this jar. And then, it appeared right before my eyes. Now, I could..."
That's what I was thinking, but I bore no ill will towards Iwakasa. I was even grateful to him for helping me. Could I really steal the jar from him and run away...?
Still, I couldn't get something that Sakuyahime had said out of my head.
Those words would turn my reality on its head.
I felt strange, like the area around my ears were covered with cotton, or like I was peeking through a hole in a cloth covering my head.
That magic word that made it seem like no matter how little care you gave for the consequences, everything would somehow turn out over the course of eternity.
...Immortality.


Parte 10

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"Before I realized what I was doing, I kicked Iwakasa as hard as I could down a sudden decline in the path. Then I took the jar and ran."
In the dead of night, the bamboo forest had an eerie feeling about it, as if something were perpetually about to appear from the mist.
But I wasn't afraid of a man-eating wolf or a cursed spirit appearing.
I was no longer afraid of death.
I no longer had to worry about starving.
I ran as if possessed towards Eientei.
That's right, the reason I was no longer afraid of the boredom of immortal life was because she was here!
The terror of immortality is eternal solitude. An endless reality tormented by the consciousness of one's sins.
The only one who could sympathize with that was my old immortal enemy.
I was afraid that she would no longer be at Eientei.
I remembered when I heard she had first returned to the moon 1300 years ago. That's why I felt uneasy when I heard about the vampire trying to get to the moon.
And now, today. Their rocket has finally taken off.
It was one more way for people from Earth to go to the moon or rather, for Lunarians to return to the moon.
In the distance I saw the lights of Eientei. Seeing them made me feel a bit more at ease.
"...Three hundred years after becoming immortal I was so burdened with regrets I could die. Well, except I couldn't die. I wondered why I did something like that."


Parte 11

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"It seems I've made you recall something quite unpleasant by bringing up Sakuyahime."
"No, don't worry about it. It happened long, long ago. Why am I talking about this anyway...?"
"We started talking about Youkai Mountain, which led us to Sakuyahime."
"Youkai Mountain ... ? Oh, right. That's it... Umm..."
"Youkai Mountain is Iwanagahime's mountain. Iwanagahime is Sakuyahime's elder sister, so..."
"Sakuyahime's older sister...? I think I've heard that before... Oh, yes, now I see."
So the elixir I'd stolen had originally been destined to be put to rest by Iwakasa at Youkai Mountain.
"So, that means Youkai Mountain is Yatsugatake, right?"
"Well, not exactly. Yatsugatake was a mountain that was about as high as Mount Fuji, long ago. One day, an argument arose over which mountain was higher, Mount Fuji or Yatsugatake. So, someone decided to settle the question by setting up a water trough connecting the two summits. Water would flow downwards towards the shorter one, so it would be obvious which one was shorter. After a long time spent in preparation, they finally released the water. When that happened, water began flowing down towards Mount Fuji. In other words, Yatsugatake was taller than Mount Fuji."
"Huh, it was really that tall..."
"Sakuyahime, who lived at Mount Fuji, wouldn't stand for a mountain taller than hers, so she broke apart Yatsugatake until it was quite a small mountain."
"...Amazing."
"However, her older sister, Iwanagahime, was tired of her sister's attitude, and moved to Yatsugatake. Since she had control over the unchanging, Mount Fuji lost its inextinguishable flame. This is why Mount Fuji is no longer an active volcano. And so, the Gensokyo's spiritual mountain, Youkai Mountain, is thought of as the original form of Yatsugatake, before it was destroyed by Sakuyahime."
"I see... So I remembered seeing that smoke because it was originally the smoke that rose from Mount Fuji. I guess it's part of my karma to spend so long living close to that mountain..."
Keine said "That is the extent of my knowledge of the history behind Youkai Mountain," and our conversation ended.


Parte 12

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...I finally reached Eientei.
Of course, I couldn't just enter through the front like anyone else, so I thought I'd look inside a window to see what was going on.
Youkai from Gensokyo were trying to reach the lunar capital.
Would they really be able to get there safely in a rocket like that?
Wouldn't they just get there in such a horrible state they'd have to come right back?
That's what I was thinking at the rocket completion party a few days ago.
But, I'd forgotten something terribly important.
My one and only rival, Kaguya, had said that she was a Lunarian. And, of course, I'd even become immortal because she had left the elixir here after returning to the moon.
In other words, what I should have been worried about was whether the fact that someone had come up with a way to get to the moon meant that Kaguya was going to go back.
The windows of Eientei were rounder than most buildings' windows in Gensokyo. Maybe it symbolizes the full moon. I wonder if all buildings in the lunar capital have windows like these.
Voices drifted out through the window. It seemed everyone was gathered together.
In the sky, a trail of light of what seemed to be the vampire's rocket could be seen.
While carefully paying attention in a way I wouldn't be found, I raised and strained my ear as much as I could.
"...So the lunar invader was the vampire..."
I could hear a voice from inside the room. It seemed like whoever was inside was looking out the window. Quickly, I crouched down and hid under the window.


Parte 13

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"...Will they really be alright trying to fly to the moon in that shoddy rocket?"
I could hear Kaguya's voice. She was talking about the vampire's rocket. Of course, she's a Lunarian, so she'd be interested in a rocket like that. If somebody built a safer rocket, would she think about going back to the moon?
Judging from their conversation, it seems the rocket idea hadn't come from Eientei, but the vampire had gotten it from someone else.
So, they were the lunar invaders, or would-be invaders. It seemed that the vampire and her friends were probably being manipulated by someone.
"...They'll probably regret it if they do make it to the moon."
"...Well, no matter what sort of plans they have in mind, the difference in power between Yorihime and that vampire with her three stooges is absolute, I think."
Three stooges? Images of the shrine maiden, the magician and the maid floated into my head, and I had to hold back laughter. They did seem pretty air-headed.
"...Well, we can't see that big bottle rocket anymore, so let's stop talking about the moon."
"...That's right. We're already eternal Earthlings now."
Youkai Mountain, said to give off the eternal smoke of Iwanagahime.
Just what would have happened if I'd gone to dispose of the elixir of immortality in that mountain, just like Sakuyahime said?
I probably would have concluded my short life without having spent so much time consumed by my own sins.
I probably would've ended my miserable life consumed by my grudge for Kaguya.
But, I definitely wouldn't have lived to see these days, over thirteen hundred years later.
And that means that another immortal human would have been lonely.
I stopped worrying about whether Kaguya would return to the moon. Even if she wanted to go back, she had no obligation to tell me, and it seemed like she didn't want to go back anymore, anyway.
Besides, I remembered that I had other undying friends here in Gensokyo.
...Like Youkai Mountain.
I think I'll climb that mountain some day. The youkai of the mountain, like the tengu and the kappa, have made it their base now, so it probably isn't easy to climb anymore, but a goddess of immortality lives atop it.
I think I'll climb up there and tell her all about how I became immortal, and apologize for what happened to Iwakasa, thirteen hundred years after we should have reached the top of that mountain.
Feeling somewhat refreshed, I left Eientei.

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Chapter 5 From the Infinitely Low Earth
Parte 1

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As anybody living on this Earth knows, the moon always shows the same side as it orbits the planet. No matter where and when on the Earth, the moon does not appear to change.
Because of this, the moon was thought of as a picture drawn on the roof of the heavens.[1] Because the patterns on the surface were consistent, people compared them to a number of different images. The rabbit is one of them.
How can the moon show the same face and orbit at the same time? It is simply because the moon's rotation period and orbital period are highly synchronized. If the moon can rotate once at the same time it orbits the Earth once, it can orbit without showing its back. It's like a hammer throw or a ball in a net. In the same time it takes for the ball to revolve around the thrower, the ball itself makes a complete revolution.
Yet there are still questions, such as why the moon came to possess such an orbital period.
Did the residents of the moon make it so that they can live their luxurious lives while concealing themselves from the people of Earth? Or was the Lunar Capital so heavy that centrifugal force made it face the outside...?
However, she, Yukari Yakumo, knew that the reason was quite scientific yet foolish.
Since explaining the reason using physical properties of gravity and how it operates when large planets are present would be too easy, too scientific, and so unfitting for Gensokyo, she had to think up another reason.
Gensokyo was separated from the outside world by a border of common sense, and it existed within the borders of uncommon sense. To maintain the border as the way it was, everything needed a backside.
-The night of the new moon.
When the moon is shrouded in shadow and becomes invisible, the moon on that night is called a "new moon". But why is it called that? People like us who are more accustomed to the solar year would not know this, yet we don't think of it as strange.
I often make trips to the lake of Gensokyo to see the moon. Tonight is like any other, and I gazed at the new moon. Of course, there was nothing reflected on the lake.
Yet I was able to see the bright backside of the moon that was bathed in sunlight.
“Lady Yukari.”
The fox in front of me calls my name. This fox, Ran Yakumo, is my loyal shikigami.
"Lady Yukari. It appears the vampire's rocket is finished. I went to have a look myself, but I worry about their well-being if they are going to journey on such a thing."


Parte 2

Spoiler:
Saying that, Ran's mouth bent into a smile. Whether the smile was laughter at the vampire's rocket or an untrusting snicker at me, who had done nothing in response to the vampire's plans despite the information we had gathered. I wished it was the latter.
"Ah, that must have been a rather busy party, then. But why was I not invited?"
I already knew Ran had secretly attended the party.
“Well, I wasn’t there because I wanted to be. I was just spying to see what it was like... Should I have called you as well?”
“Of course, although if you asked me, I would’ve gladly turned you down. Anyway, do you remember the orbital period of the moon?”
“Huh? The moon’s orbital period...? On average it’s said to be about twenty-eight days, but actually it’s only about twenty-seven and one-third days. But since the Earth is rotating around the sun as well, if one period is starting from a new moon, the time it takes to go from the full moon and back to the new moon is said to be thirty days, yet that, too, is actually shorter, being twenty-nine and one-half days. However, wouldn’t you be more knowledgeable about it?”
“You’re right. The orbital period is not twenty-eight days, nor is the period of waxing and waning a full thirty days. This is an important fact.”
In the lunar calendar, the new moon is the first day, and as it was the rebirth of the moon, the moon on this night was called a “new moon." In a similar manner the moon on the third night was called “mikazuki”[2] and the fifteenth night, “juu-goya”[3] was a full moon. In such ways the moon matched the dates. The lives of people back then was centered much more around the moon's cycle.
“In order for there to be a new moon on the first night and a full moon on the fifteenth, a month would need to be thirty days.”
“Yes, that would be so.”
“But in reality, the moon’s orbital period is not thirty days. Because of that, the fifteenth night is rarely a full moon. Don’t you think that is unnatural?”
With my question, the fox in front of me went into thought.
“The night of the fifteenth should be a perfect night... True. Perhaps somebody moved it on purpose?”
“That’s not it. I think you know, but the rotation period as well as the orbital period is twenty-seven days and a third... I would like you to go look for the reason for me.”
Although I said to look for the reason, I wanted her to think of it herself. If it’s just research work a computer[4] would suffice. In the outside world there are increasingly more people who become devoted to their shikigami[5] and turn into empty shells. By asking for something more from a shikigami than their usual tasks, I am trying to improve the boredom of everyday life.


Parte 3

Spoiler:
“*Sigh* Very well, I suppose. Anyway, back to the vampire’s rocket...”
-The night of mikazuki.
The moon of mikazuki is also called a sword. It probably comes from somebody picturing those sharp points as a sword.
As if to challenge this sword-shaped moon, a large shooting star was climbing into the night sky. I hear that a shooting star burns out because of poison in the atmosphere, but if that is shooting upwards, is the dust of the earth burning out?
“Lady Yukari, can you see?”
“I can see you. No need to come so close.”
“No, not me... I mean the glint of light shooting into the sky. It appears the vampire’s rocket finally launched. That light is the rocket.”
"Mhmhm. Yes, I can see without getting so close."
“I see. As for the light, from its speed I’m guessing that it was calculated to reach the moon by the full moon.”
“My, that’s quite a leisurely voyage. If they’re that slow maybe we’ll arrive before them..."
Ran had a puzzled look on her face.
“But I believed we were meant to leave for the moon on the same day, and since we would arrive in an instant, we would reach the moon at the same time as the vampire and the others... And this has been bothering me, Lady Yukari, but why did you make the vampire go to the moon?”
“Oh, but I didn’t say a word about wanting them to go to the moon, did I?”
“That’s true, but if you wanted to stop them you had more than enough chances to do so. Yet you didn’t. The heart of the rocket’s power is Reimu’s ability, but that’s because you made Reimu train. On top of that you brought the topic up to the vampire and even gave them all that time. During all that time you just watched them. Knowing this, how can one say that you didn’t want them to go to the moon?"
“...That crescent of the mikazuki is said to be a sword. Seeing that sharp look, it is very understandable. Wouldn't it be seen as sophisticated to shoot a bullet[6]at a sword-shaped moon?”


Parte 4

Spoiler:
In the lunar capital, there is one that can wield the sword of the gods. On Earth, there is one that can shoot the bullet of the gods. It’s as simple as that.
“Ran, you only need to listen to my orders. On the night of the full moon we will go to the moon through its reflection on this lake. Do not be negligent in your preparations.”
-The night of the half moon.
Snow fluttered to the ground. The weather was not optimal tonight, but by the time of the full moon it would surely be clear.
The moon had changed from a sword to a bow. The half moon was also called the “yumihari-zuki”[7] for its bow-like shape.

When it was a sword the weather had been fine, but unfortunately the bow was not visible. Are there none who wield a bow on the moon?
“Lady Yukari. It’s cold, so why not go back to the mansion? It seems the moon is not visible tonight anyway.”
“Oh, but moon-watching is so much more fun when there is no moon. Maybe the bow-shaped moon is hidden in the basement of the Scarlet Devil Mansion.”
“Really? Anyway, the orbital period that we were talking about the other day-”
Ran changed topics. If she let me talk a bit more maybe she would’ve understood it.[8]

“It seems that it is highly likely that the orbital period was changed.”
“What do you mean by that?”
"Originally, the moon was meant to undergo a full rotation in exactly twenty-eight days. But the strange rotation period slightly interfered with the orbital period."
Ran started to explain the properties of gravity as it works on a rotating planet. The moon changes itself to an oval shape due to Earth’s gravity and its own gravity’s work. That slight change in shape changes the gravity that works on it and accelerates the orbital period. When the rotation period is shorter than the orbital period, it slows its rotation period, and when the rotation period is longer, it speeds up the rotation period.
Ran explained the work of gravity on two points using actual numbers.


Parte 5

Spoiler:
“For such reasons, there is a high possibility that someone tampered with the rotation period and slowed down its orbital period. When its rate is changed by two thirds of a day, it is not within the usual margin of error."
“And your conclusion?”
"The only reason why one would do such a thing is to constantly observe the Earth by facing the same side towards it while removing days when it would be completely opposite.* In this way, one would be able to observe the Earth throughout the entire year... though, this would be quite some time ago."
When it comes to simple calculations, there would be nothing that can rival a shikigami. But in the outside world the calculation of gravity is said to be very difficult when there are more than three points affecting it. The calculation of gravity is said to be a trial even with the shikigami of today.
But in reality, it is not the shikigami themselves, but the programs of these shikigami that cannot process it. If one orders a shikigami, it will always give an answer with simple calculation methods.
Needless to say, what I wanted was not something so boring.
“Ah, thank you. But that's one of the faults of shikigami, isn't it?"
“Excuse me?”
“You get an answer instantly.”
“That’s true. I thought you wanted me to research something else, but unfortunately I’m a shikigami and can only do things under your command.”
“Oh, you're depressing me and the vampire is going to the moon. How entirely dull.”
“...It’s about a week until a full moon, and there’s nobody who will lend us their hand.”
“You're making it sound as if people don’t like me, but there are several who are willing to help out. About seven, eight... perhaps nine will, just counting who immediately comes to mind.”
“That many? Hmm... I wonder if something happened without me knowing?”
“You can do calculations on astronomical levels and yet it seems like you can’t add single digits.”


Parte 6

Spoiler:
-The day before the full moon.
A moon that was almost as big as a full moon had risen in the night sky. Although on Earth the moon is very bright, on a full moon it means that night falls on the backside of the moon. Around now it's probably dusk on the moon's backside.
“Our second trip to the moon is, at long last, tomorrow.”
“Lady Yukari, although I trust you I can’t help but be worried when I know nothing about the current plans. Shall you inform me of the plans once we’re there?”
“Mhmhm, I guess I should inspect[9] the orders I gave you.”

“That would be helpful. But it seems so different from the last time you made an attack on the moon. I hear that in the past you gathered an army of the strongest youkai around and they were full of zeal and enthusiasm. Even then you were not victorious yet this time... excuse me for the way I say this... but it seems very lax. We lack numbers, we have no plan and, forgive me for saying, but I doubt you’re going to have any chance against them.”
“I’ll tell you one very important thing.”
I looked at the moon with its slightly dull edge. When that bit becomes lit the moon will be accessible from the Earth. It was not long ago that this became possible, only about a thousand years ago.
“The residents of Earth can never beat the residents of the moon.”
Ran had a puzzled look on her face.
“Huh? We can never beat...?”
“The Lunarians possess highly advanced technology, unyielding stamina and abilities that are far outmatch those of youkai. The ones living on Earth can never beat those on the moon, especially in the lunar capital.”
“Th-Then why have you, now of all times, decided to attack the moon!? It’s unreasonable, you really don’t believe what you just said, right?”
“No, I really do not think that we stand a chance against them.”
“...Then what are we doing tomorrow?”


Parte 7

Spoiler:
“A new resident of Gensokyo has arrived from the moon. We must receive something in return. Residential tax, so to speak.”
“Excuse me? What do you mean by that?”
Gensokyo is full of inhabitants that do as they like, but such freedom is not something that is promised. For everybody to live their lives with the least bit of freedom there needs to be a certain extent of rule. That rule will create a certain extent of hindrance to freedom, but that hindrance is necessary for freedom.
For example, humans of Gensokyo are constantly under the threat of being attacked by youkai, but they need to live with that threat to live in Gensokyo.
Youkai need to attack people because if they don’t do so, their very existence will be at risk, so youkai will attack humans.
The lives of those who live in Gensokyo are maintained by the youkai. If there were no youkai in Gensokyo, Gensokyo would collapse. Thus, humans will not forget the fear that they have for the youkai and yet will not exterminate the youkai that might attack them, since doing so would destroy Gensokyo.
The opposite is also true, and if youkai didn’t have any humans to attack, the youkai would lose the meaning of their existence. Thus, youkai may attack humans but do not eat them recklessly. Humans from the town are generally not for their eating under the contract.
“The new residents that are from the moon chose to live as human and not as youkai. Thus the ones at Eientei chose to be humans.”
I added “save that rabbit” at the end, as that was not able to become human no matter how hard it tried.
“Human...? That clan of aliens? ...Umm, I cannot see them as humans no matter how hard I try...”
“Oh, but it’s not a matter of looks. They do not follow the rule of youkai and are trying to enter human society, are they not?”
They sell medicine and look after the sick. Such actions are “work” in human society and differ from those in youkai society.
“True, they have not adapted with youkai like us. The people of the town seem to think of them as strange humans, though...”
“Yet they do not fulfill the role of humans.”
The humans in the outside world have roles they must fulfill, too: learning, working and being a part of society, including paying taxes. Gensokyo then adds dealing with youkai to the list.


Parte 8

Spoiler:
“The roles of humans, you say? Come to think about it, that’s right. They do not fear youkai, and their existence can destroy the power balance between the humans and the youkai. ...But what does that have to do with the invasion of the moon?”
“I already told you that, didn’t I? I want residential tax. Even if it does strengthen the humans to the extent of healing and caring for their wounds, I don’t mind. But they are not fulfilling their roles in paying tax, and thus cannot be a part of human society.
“...Then do you plan to steal something from the capital as tax payment, because they are immigrants from the moon?”
Ran asked as if she realized the answer as she said it. I was content because my answer was understood for once.
“Yes, that’s the idea. It would be impossible to invade the lunar capital, but wouldn't it be easy enough to sneak in? I would like you to carry out that task.”
-The long awaited night of the full moon finally came.
The cresent moon a sword, the half moon a bow. What can the full moon be called?
A mirror.
A large mirror that reflects the sunlight, and at the same time illuminates the darkness of the Earth. The most light comes from the full moon. While it may seem as if it were the worst night for youkai, why is it that they are the most powerful under the light of the moon?
The reason for that is because the light not only illuminates, but gives rise to shadows as well.
Under the dim light of the moon, all sorts of things blanket the Earth in shadows, such as grasses, trees, mountains, rocks and buildings. With light as weak as moonlight, it is impossible to eliminate these shadows. And they are the birthplace of humanity's fears, sometimes creating legends of youkai. In a manner of speaking, the moon gave birth to all youkai.
I gazed at the moon's reflection on the lake. It appeared to be floating on something rather than hanging in the sky. Thinking of it that way, the moon in the sky seemed as if it was just a picture.
As I was sitting on the surface of the lake, Ran came to my side.
“It seems that the sun has set completely.”
“You’re late. I almost thought you weren’t coming until the break of dawn.”


Parte 9

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“Oh no, it is still merely nightfall. The night is only beginning.”
The reflection of the moon was a tangible illusion. The far-off moon in the sky was a picture on the roof of the heavens. They were essentialy the same.
I modified the borders of the illusionary moon and its picture to create a passage between Earth and the moon.
“Lady Yukari, hasn't the vampire's rocket reached the moon by now?”
“They must surely be causing a racket, then. Perhaps they are even learning a very good lesson around now.”
“So the vampire was just a diversion?”
“Well... I suppose you would not be mistaken in believing that.”
“?”
I closed my umbrella and thrust it into the illusionary moon floating on the lake. The umbrella remained standing on the water and showed no signs of sinking.
The moon on the surface of the lake wavered and, after a brief contraction, expanded. By the time the moon reached its maximum size, it began to break apart from the point where the umbrella had been stabbed into it.
The cracks in the center of the moon became several centimeters thick. As the moon broke apart on the water, an opening to another place was starting to appear. A crisp scent wafted from the other side.
On the other side of this crack was the surface of the moon, where the vampire and the others had already arrived. By entering this fissure one could instantaneously arrive on the moon.
They had spent months to create their shabby rocket and spent more than ten days in a miserable, cramped space to go to the moon.
It was idiotic. If all that is needed to go to the moon, it is possible to do so in an instant. This is Gensokyo; one need not imitate the magic of the outside world here.
But I already knew that the vampire and her cohorts would not agree with my plan.
Those vampires have the spirit that I've forgotten. The feeling that the humans outside have begun to forget about and the feeling that shikigami whose thoughts centered around efficiency despised.


Parte 10

Spoiler:
-The fun that would come from travelling in a miserable, shabby rocket. Anything gained through the shortest method has no meaning to it. It was the spirit of enjoying hard work.
Long-living humans and youkai often forgot that mindset, but that vampire and the others still had a powerful desire for it. That was why they neglected to go to the moon using my powers and insisted on going to the moon by their own hand.
"It's almost time. Finally, the time to begin the counterattack the Lunarians."
“Indeed. However, Ran, before we say goodbye to Earth, I’ll give you a hint of what to do once we get there.”
“A hint? If you could order me, I would be much more grateful.”
“Even if it was an order, it's more fun to think about it by one's self, right?”
“Well, I suppose.”
“We spoke about the orbital period a few days ago. The orbital period is shorter than was expected. I’ll tell you the reason for that.”
“That’s very interesting... but that’s the hint?”
“The reason why the moon’s orbital period is shorter than twenty-eight days is because that is the mousetrap that was set a long, long time ago.”
“?”
“Here is a hypothetical situation. Let’s say there was a youkai that was able to connect the Earth and the moon using the full moon.”
“That would be you, correct?”
“I said it was hypothetical. Naturally, this youkai who knew that she could easily make such a pathway thought about sneaking into the Lunar Capital for sport.”
The pathway at our feet was just about big enough for a person to pass through. I jumped into the pathway and the first thing to come was the blinding light of the daytime moon. I could see a sky full of stars and an endlessly expansive body of water. It was the sea of the moon.
Ran arrived after I did.


Parte 11

Spoiler:
We would come here every month, so Ran wasn’t surprised. From here, I kept watch over the state on Earth by turning a crow into a shikigami. Needless to say, I was mimicking the doings of the Lunarians.
“...That youkai opened a path to the moon through the heavens on the fifteenth night, and decided to sneak in. ...But this is still a hypothetical situation.”
“Right.”
“There was little information about the Lunar Capital and one couldn’t start without going there first. The long awaited fifteenth night had come and that youkai jumped into the moon on the lake surface... What do you think she saw there?”
“A sea as far as the eye can see?”
“Correct, well done. The moon was covered with a very beautiful sea and the youkai knew instantaneously that the way back would be to go through the planet that was reflected on its surface.”
I jammed my umbrella into the cracks that we just took so it wouldn’t close, and bent the umbrella into the way that we would take from here. The umbrella took on a deformed shape after being bent a few times.
“Lady Yukari, what are you doing by bending your umbrella like that...?”
“A secret. It’s like a good luck charm. Anyway, back to my hypothetical situation. After preparing a way back, the youkai felt assured and traveled to the Lunar Capital.”
“And this is still... hypothetical, correct?”
“I don't like to repeat myself too many times. That youkai looked for a way to break the barrier that surrounds the Lunar Capital. The barrier was more complex than she expected and would take her a long time.”
I started on the way towards the moon’s capital. Ran hurriedly followed.
“Finally, finding a key to breaking the barrier, the youkai tried to enter the capital. However, the capital was well protected and the youkai came to the conclusion that she didn’t have enough power at the moment, or it would take too much time. The smart youkai thought to retreat for the moment being and think of a plan.”
“...”
“Easily brushing off the Lunarian pursuers, the youkai made her way back to the path that she'd taken to come to the moon. Only to be shocked at what she saw.”
Ran remained silent. She was probably too wrapped up in my story.


Parte 12

Spoiler:
“The path had slowly started to close and was no longer a size that the youkai could go through. The youkai was shocked, 'Why was the pathway closing? If it is the fifteenth night there should be no way that it would close.'”
“And then what happened? Oh, I mean, what happened in the hypothetical situation?”
“The youkai who had no way to return had to surrender. Since she was up against those that she could not defeat.”
“I-Is that so... Um, and why did that hypothetical situation end so poorly?
“What are you saying? The question was why the moon’s orbital period is not twenty-eight days, but twenty-seven and a third of a day. Correct?”
“Oh, right.”
“By telling you that much, you should understand, right? The fifteenth night used to be a perfect full moon, but by somebody’s doing, probably a Lunarian sage, the rotational period was changed and orbital period was altered. Before you knew it the fifteenth night was no longer a night of the perfect full moon. Thus the full moon would close quicker than expected.”
“So what you’re saying is that it was a trap that a Lunarian sage thought of to trap the youkai that would find its way into the moon using the full moon?”
“Exactly, a trap that was set for a very long time by the much-despised Lunarian sage.”
It was from that time that one could not make a month thirty days and Earth’s calendar was in confusion. The Lunarians did not care about how the Earth would be affected, only about not letting the full moon exactly coincide with the fifteenth night, and altered the orbit of the moon. To those on the moon, Earth only existed to look down upon, so they never took their case into account.
The sea of the moon was very quiet and only the slight sound of the waves could be heard. The sound of the waves was not of a sea filled with nature but only the sound made by the water molecules bumping into each other. That was because there was no life in the seas of the moon.
“Although it was a hypothetical sitaution, it was very helpful. But thinking from the hint...”
“What is it?”
Ran seemed to be choosing her words carefully, not being able to respond. Although her calculation abilities were high, her language abilities might not be sufficient.
“Wouldn’t... it mean that right now we’re right in the trap that the Lunarian sage had set? If it would take time to get to the Lunar Capital, by the time we come back it wouldn’t be a full moon any more. Not to mention breaking the barrier around the Capital itself would also take some time, right?”
“Oh my, I didn’t notice that.”
“No, please don’t joke around. We’re in enemy territory and the slightest of mistakes can lead to disaster. Of course I believe that you have some kind of plan...”
“Well, if we no longer have a way back, we can ask for a ride on the vampire’s rocket. She should be on the moon by now. Or did we arrive first?”
“Honestly, I can never tell when you are serious or not. That rocket might have fallen apart on impact with the sea for all we know. Although you probably never saw it, it was really a poorly built piece of junk.”
Ran acted as if she was upset but she had to do exactly as I said so she had to trust me.
“So, it was that poorly built? If so, it might have even burned up en route... unless it had a trick up its sleeve.”
The moon was unthinkably silent compared to the Gensokyo that was constantly noisy from bickering between humans and youkai.
Humans sought the bustle and glamour of urban life, and before they knew it, the Earth was rid of silence. If even Gensokyo being a rural area was noisy, the outside world was even more so.
Yet the Lunar Capital was even more technologically advanced. That means this city on the other side of the moon should be very noisy. If they are living in peaceful prosperity, that would only be a sign of decay. Or perhaps it could mean an incomparably advanced civilization.
Whether it was decay or pure heaven, I hated it. I needed the noise of the city.
With that in mind, thinking that the vampire and the others were somewhere on this quiet moon causing a racket made me feel nostalgic.
• Nights of the new moon


Chapter 6 The Fools Sealed Letter
Parte 1

Spoiler:
The sky of the Lunar Capital is dark even during the day. It makes me wonder if dawn will never come. Since it’s possible to see without any lights, “dark” may not be appropriate. It would be better to say the sky is just "black."
Space is dark in the first place. So it's only natural for the skies of the planets that float within space to be dark, too.
Just because a planet is bathed in sunlight doesn't mean that it's daytime skies are blue, either. The sun’s light is not blue and neither are the atmospheres surrounding those planets.
Then why is Earth's sky so blue?
That's because the atmosphere bends the rays of light most prone to refraction (violet and blue in the visible light spectrum) and diffuses them, making the sky look blue. Earth's atmosphere has just the right thickness to make the sky look blue. If the atmosphere was a bit thicker, the blue light would’ve completely dispersed and a red sky would result. There is a point in time where the sky on Earth turns red. Depending on the time this occurs, people call it "sunrise" or "sunset."
If the atmosphere was to become even thicker, then even the red light would completely disperse and Earth would become a planet of constant night, since no light would reach its surface. Conversely, if the atmosphere was to be much thinner, the light would come in without bending and the sky would be dark except in the spot where the light shines.
The moon was the latter. The dark daytime sky was now covered in colourful stars.
“-'Stardust Reverie!'”
The human in black flew into the air and shouted something.
Through some incomprehensible process, star-shaped objects rained down indiscriminately in Princess Yorihime's direction.
There shouldn't be anything to fear from such a scattered, blind attack. It was almost like a child swinging its arms in circles while running towards its opponent.
“Hey, it doesn't look like those stars will hurt if one hits...”
"Even if it doesn't hurt, you can't get hit by them. That's why you need to gracefully evade them."
“Hmm, then wouldn’t the one who can shoot more projectiles be at an advantage?”
“There may be limits to how many it is possible to fire at once. I don’t know if it’s because of the law of conservation of energy, or depending on entropy limits though...”


Parte 2

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The moon rabbits chattered as if it had nothing to do with them. I think the reason was to minimize the effect on the ecosystem. Anyway, I thought shooting far too many when a single hit was enough was a little...
Princess Yorihime dodged the colorful galaxy without any problem. She was agile like a celestial swimming through the rain and nimble as a rabbit that ran on earth.
The moon rabbits became excited, positive of their victory watching Princess Yorihime’s fight. Everyone seemed to want to stand on the front lines and show off when it was only a while before that they were all fleeing in fright of the vampire. They all seemed to thinking that they were able to win as well, witnessing Princess Yorhime’s strength and feeling her godly presence.
But would I have been able to dodge that attack?
I had heard that the humans of Earth were frail and weak, but the human in front of us looked way too strong for me to handle. Princess Yorihime looked confident but if by some small chance something were to happen, would I be able to take the full force of their attack? And if not, would they invade the Lunar Capital?
“Watch out for stray bullets!”
The moment that I thought I heard the human shout something, a huge star-shaped object grazed my ear and ruffled my hair.
Watching from far away, I thought the stars were made of clusters of light or heat. Differing from my perception, the star felt solid. A cold sweat ran down my back.
What was I doing in the front lines of this raging battle in the first place?
I originally sang songs and lived every day pounding rice cakes. Every day was boring, yet peaceful. During the day we’d continuously pound rice cakes and at the night we’d play shogi while drinking sake. Those days now feel like so long ago.
Although we call them “rice cakes” what was actually in the mortar was not rice but medicine. We were trying to make a medicine called the “Hourai Elixir” that would provide eternal youth and everlasting life.
We do not know the intentions behind this since we rabbits were taught only to pound the medicine.
We were taught that the pounding of the rice cakes was for the atonement of Lady Jouga[1]. You could say that all of the work that we moon rabbits do does not benefit us in any way, yet we are made to do it every single day and we have no idea when it may end. Despite pounding away for thousands of years, it feels as if no progress has been made. To others of my kind, this rice cake pounding has become a mere routine that has no meaning behind it.
I didn't want to pound rice cakes for eternity to atone for the sins of someone else. This job did not permit using my head and offered no feelings of accomplishment, only manual labor. I never had to worry about surviving, but it wasn't productive and required no thought. I thought it was a job only suitable for the lowest class.
And that is why I ran away.


Parte 3

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I thought that rabbits should have more freedom, that we were more capable than menial labor. Now that I think of it, ones who are skilled but think they can't use their skills in that environment will never amount to anything. I was your garden-variety fool.
Being a fool, I told myself that if my job was not constructive, running away from it was justifiable and society was at fault for being unable to utilize me to the best of my ability. Of course, that was an excuse I told myself to maintain my cool while I was running away.
However, the Lunar Capital was too small and even if I ran, I would be caught right away.
So I fled not only from my job, but also from the capital. I decided without hesitation on escaping to the impure Earth. I heard that one of us moon rabbits had once escaped to Earth so I planned on pursuing her.
-There was a huge roar.
It seemed that the human used a grand technique but was easily overpowered by Princess Yorihime so she was declared the victor. Princess Yorihime held out a large divine mirror which as its name implies reflected light in a godly manner.
“Aww, it would’ve been better if Princess Yorihime had held back a bit.”
The rabbit to my side tried to talk to me. I was still in a panic, not understanding the situation completely, when she added “At this rate, we won’t get a turn at all.”
I sighed as I thought of how just moments ago everybody was running scared of the vampire. “I know, at this rate all the training I did will be for nothing,” I replied, although I'd probably lose.
The other rabbits were also talking tough, but they were probably thinking the same thing I was. They all thought they could do it if given the chance, but when the time came, they wouldn't be able to do a thing. They likely don't have the power to make their own chances.
“Did any of you get hit by stray bullets?”
Princess Yorihime came back with a cool expression.
“That was wonderful. It seemed like you handled her easily.”
“It’s dangerous to be overconfident, but one must retain their composure. You all seem overconfident despite having none.”
“Oh, come on, if it's a human of that level, we can beat her up in a flash.”


Parte 4

Spoiler:
“Precisely, you are overconfident.”
A disgusted look appeared on the princess's face.
“Well, it seems that vampire is up next. Well, she will probably be the easiest to beat... but by the way, you there.”
Princess Yorihime looked towards me. I tensed up with the thought that she might tell me to fight the vampire.
“M-Me? No, no... I don’t think that I can...”
“What are you talking about? I want you to run an errand for me.”
She whispered it into my ear.
“Huh? You're entrusting me with such an important task?”
“I think it’s the perfect task for you since you look so reserved. I really meant to do this myself but the ones from Earth are stronger than I expected. Now go, there might not be too much time left.”
I think it was about 3 or 4 months ago that I grew tired of pounding rice cakes, ran from the Lunar Capital and fled to Earth.
There was supposed to be one of us down on Earth as well as some wanted fugitives...
The lunar veil [2] was a mysterious robe that allowed one to fly through the skies. At the same time it made one lose their spirit when they wore it, so the wearer would have no control over themselves. I had little use for it while I lived on the moon.
I took the veil and flew towards the earth. My memories of the journey to Earth are vague.
This veil was made so when a Lunarian on Earth was called back to the moon, they would have no lingering attachments to Earth. In the past there was a certain princess by the name of Kaguya that was imprisoned on Earth. This robe was for when she was to return... supposedly.
Although I do not know the details, Princess Kaguya refused to return to the moon and at the same time a sage of the moon decided to remain with her. Although the whereabouts of the sage and the princess have been unknown for more than 1000 years, they are still wanted criminals.


Parte 5

Spoiler:
The reason for that is because the leaders of the search party, Princesses Toyohime and Yorihime, have no intention of capturing them. The people of the Lunar Capital vaguely know about this but since it was nothing that could possibly harm them in the short term, everybody forgot about it.
It was just before I made my escape that a strange rumor began to spread. It was said there was someone planning a coup in the Lunar Capital, the suspect being Lady Yagokoro, who was a criminal on Earth.
I later asked Princess Yorihime why such a rumor was spreading and apparently there was someone who had been summoning the gods of the moon without taking proper measures to do so.
Apparently Princess Yorihime, who had the power to call upon the gods at will, was top on the list of suspects and Lady Yagokoro, who had been a wanted yet uncaptured for so long, was also suspicious.
Thankfully, it appeared that the suspicion had cleared up. This was because a shrine maiden that the vampire brought with her was found to be the one who had been summoning the gods.
She called the Sumiyoshi Sanjin[3] to carry a flying box from Earth to the moon. Apparently that was the cause of the rumor that had spread in the Lunar Capital.
Actually, this wasn't the first time I had met the shrine maiden. We had met once on Earth around the same time the rumor had started.
When I first came to Earth, it was not the ruinous wasteland I had heard about. It was a peaceful place with many beautiful trees.
I don’t know if I was tired from the long journey or if I had hit some space debris, but I fainted as soon as I landed on Earth. That shrine maiden was the one who took care of me after that.
I had no idea that she was one of the ones who planned on invading the moon.
When I was asleep in the shrine, I heard a voice calling me. A voice calling for me using words that no Earthling should be able to pronounce. I was positive that this was the comrade that I'd heard of and left the shrine.
This comrade was the fellow rabbit that had fled from the moon. However, the voice was actually that of the wanted sage, Lady Yagokoro.
From that very moment, my journey had started in a direction that I had never imagined.
I was to return to the Lunar Capital once again but I could not return to the task of pounding rice cakes. It was something that I did out of my own selfishness so I could not protest. In exchange, the task that was placed on me was to be a member of the lunar defense squad.
The defense squad, called the lunar emissaries, was to guard the moon and keep watch over the Earth. The Watatsuki Sisters were the leaders of the defense squad and I learned from Princess Yorihime the ways of battles, etiquette, common knowledge and many other things.
The younger sister of the two, Princess Yorihime was also in command of training the other rabbits. The squad was quite small with fewer than ten members. All of them were inexperienced and probably not that different from me in terms of strength.


Parte 6

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None of us had actually experienced warfare, yet Princess Yorihime’s training was harsh and if one were to slack off they would receive a severe punishment. This was probably because she thought to continue Lady Yagokoro's will and devote herself to the Lunar Capital, yet she always had a sense of some impending threat.
In sharp contrast to her younger sister, Princess Toyohime usually read books and took strolls, living her days to do as she alone felt. She will come to us on our days off from training and says, “Let’s train together.” When we tell her that it's our day off, she walks off looking disappointed. Since she only does this on rest days, she probably has no intention to actually train.
Princess Toyohime was quite popular amongst us rabbits. Nothing stern ever came from her mouth, and since she was a quick thinker who was very knowledgeable, she was very interesting to talk to. What made her even more popular was the fact that she’d sneak some treats like peaches to us during our training.
As one would guess, the ones who came to fend off the vampire’s group was Princess Yorihime and us rabbits. I wonder what Princess Toyohime is doing now? Knowing her, she’s probably reading books and singing songs at such an important time. I guess she thought it all right to leave the fighting to Princess Yorihime.
“I have returned, Princess!”
Given the important task from Princess Yorihime, I immediately left the battle ground and returned to the residence of the Watatsuki Sisters in the Lunar Capital.
As expected, the mansion was empty and not even the rabbits that were always training were there. Obviously, everyone had left to battle along with Princess Yorihime.
I went through a brief search through the mansion, but Princess Toyohime was nowhere to be seen. Where could she be? At first, I thought that she would’ve gone with Princess Yorihime, but Princess Yorihime departed for battle without giving any notice to Princess Toyohime.
Princess Yorihime was the one who always taught us about warfare, general studies and manners, but I wonder what she was thinking not giving her sister any word at a time of such crisis? Judging from the fact that nobody mentioned anything to Princess Yorihime about it, I guess it must be how it always is.
Upon arriving in front of Princess Yorihime’s room,
I stuttered “P-Pardon me,”
and opened the door when I knew that there would be nobody there. I was tense probably because it was Princess Yorihime’s room, and the only times anyone was called there personally, it was almost nothing but bad news.
After entering the room I quickly pulled out a pen and paper and began to write.
“Um… 'Long time, no see. How are you doing?' ...or is this too casual?”
The task that Princess Yorihime had requested of me was to write a letter to Lady Yagokoro.


Parte 7

Spoiler:
“I knew that me writing in place of Princess Yorihime would be impossible when I’m not even good at handwriting... I guess I should explain first that she was too busy so I’m writing for her.”
I decided to inform Lady Yagokoro of how things had gone and to thank her in my own words.
What I thought when I first met her on Earth, how I was able to deliver the letter safely to my masters, my return to the Lunar Capital without being questioned about why I had fled, and how I ended up living in the house of the Watatsukis...
“'Also, there was a group of invaders from Earth. It’s a silly team consisting of one vampire, three humans and three fairies. You seemed to have expected some form of invasion, but did you know something about this little team?'... Hmm, what else should I write?”
I remembered about the shrine maiden that had nursed me back to health on Earth, although she didn’t notice me during the battle earlier. Well, I guess it was only natural because when I was down on Earth, I was disguised to look like an Earth rabbit.
The shrine maiden was the central person who had caused the clamor on the moon by calling the gods without permission. Although I had mixed feelings about it, I wrote in the letter, “Please give my thanks to the shrine maiden on Earth.”
I read over it many times until the ink dried. I thought it looked very mature for something I'd written. Maybe I could have passed this off as something that Princess Yorihime wrote.
After making sure that the ink was dry, I rolled the paper up and tied it with a cord.
I quickly ran out of the mansion again with the letter.
But this time it was not back to Princess Yorihime's side in battle, but in the completely opposite direction.
I knew it wouldn’t take long for me to reach my destination. As I ran, I recalled what happened when I fled from the moon.
I had been told that Earth, unlike the moon, was a world full of impurity and deceit. So I had thought that it would be would be difficult to even survive unless I constantly kept my guard up, doubted everyone and only trusted myself. That was until Princess Yorihime told me the true meaning of “impurity.”
The "impurity" that the Lunar Capital detested was life and death. They believed Earth was a world where simply living invites death. There were even those who called Earth a land of impurity, where every being had to compete to live, and the Moon a "pure land"[4] where that filth had been purified.
A world without life or death is the most beautiful thing, but it's still different from a world which had nothing in it. A world where one did not need to take from others to live and could live by what they had made themselves. That was said to be an ideal world.
On Earth, life was the greatest thing possible so the fragrance of death became stronger. It was said to be that fragrance of death that brought such a thing as a lifespan. Therefore all that live on the Earth have a lifespan.


Parte 8

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The shrine maiden that had nursed me called me a youkai rabbit. I'd heard that a youkai was a supernatural being which was a predator to humans. I was impressed that a human on Earth would even nurse a youkai. I would’ve thought that on the impure Earth, one would kill something that might harm them, especially if it was already injured... Although my veil was confiscated after that...
As much as I found that surprising, that shrine maiden went with the youkai to invade the moon.
Maybe the stories told about Earth and how Earth actually is are quite different. The impression that I got was that humans and youkai probably coexist on Earth.
Moreover, the vampire seemed to be the leader of the group that attacked the moon, but the one who had control over the group seemed to be the shrine maiden. So, I believe that humans can call forth gods and control youkai. Maybe the Lunar Capital had better redraw its power balance chart of Earth.
That was the reason that I thought it would be wise to trust the shrine maiden if I ever I go back to Earth. I thought that rather than everyone from the Lunar Capital stubbornly acting antagonistic towards the humans and youkai of Earth, it may be better to be an ally of the shrine maiden. Then I would be able to easily play on Earth.
“-Oh, is that you, Rei'sen? Are you running away again?”
I heard a familiar voice. Princess Toyohime’s voice.
“Huh? Princess Toyohime? Where are you? And no, I'm not trying to escape again; I’ve been given an errand by Princess Yorihime... but, what just happened?”
I was staring at a tall tree. I couldn’t see anything since it was so dark. Eerie voices of animals sounded. I could not recognize any of my surroundings. Just where was I?
“Um, where are we?”
“Shh! Something really interesting is about to happen.”
Someone grabbed my collar and I was pulled in the tree’s shadow.
It was Princess Toyohime. Nobody else was with her. It looked as if she was hiding behind the tree in wait for someone to arrive. There was only stillness in the forests that surrounded us.
“Ahh, it’s taking so long I’m beginning to become bored. I should’ve brought some sake with me. That sake that’s been maturing for a thousand years now...”
“Er... Princess Toyohime, what exactly are you waiting for?"


Parte 9

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“Nothing special. Yorihime’s having her fun now, right?”
“Right now, she’s having duels with the vampire’s group.”
“Duels?”
“Yes, a one on one match with a special rule. It was something that was suggested by the humans and Princess Yorihime agreed that it was a way to avoid meaningless bloodshed.”
“Hmm, that sounds fun. But what rule would that be?”
“Apparently, the one who defeats the opponent gracefully is the winner.”
“Huh? Gracefully?”
I don’t know what Princess Toyohime imagined but she burst out in laughter.
“Whatever is the matter?”
“Who's deciding what's "graceful" or not? And what do the humans think is "grace" is, for that matter? Are they having a beauty contest or something? It sounds like so much fun.”
“Er, I think my explanation was a little poor. Gracefully, as in not using dirty tricks and such...”
“Hmhmhm... No, I understand what you want to say. Hmm, those humans are talking like Lunarians now... Or perhaps this too is a teaching of a certain someone.”
“This... too?”
Princess Toyohime had said that she had her doubts about what had been happening.
The reason why there was a stir in the Lunar Capital was that someone other than Princess Yorihime had been calling forth the gods without following the proper procedure, but this is not something that anybody can do.


Parte 10

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“Oh, that's right. It looks like a shrine maiden of Earth was the one calling the gods. It seems that she was calling Sumiyoshi Sanjin to fly the rocket.”
“Oh, so it was a shrine maiden...”
“Is there something on your mind, Princess Toyohime?”
“Even if it was a shrine maiden that could acquire the power of the gods for a living, they shouldn't be able to call them while skipping the proper rituals... Perhaps somebody taught her the wrong way, or maybe that was on purpose... Hmm, it looks like Yorihime got the better part after all. Oh, and why are you here? To run away?”
“I think I told you a while ago, but I am here on an errand given by Princess Yorihime.”
“An errand?”
I quickly pulled out the letter.
“I, who had been given the letter to Princess Yagokoro, was to write a reply to Lady Yagokoro. After that I was told to go to the Sea of Ingenuity... but to think that I would see you in the Sea of Ingenuity..."
“Oh? A letter to Lady Yagokoro?”
Princess Toyohime snatched the letter from my hand and skimmed through it. While she was reading through her expressions ranged all the way from laughter to anguish. I felt like she was mentally correcting it and I felt embarrassed.
“Hmm, what a childish composition. Well, I won’t blame you since rabbits have no knowledge.”
My face flushed red.
“I can't give such an embarrassing letter to the master. It would be too embarrassing. Rei'sen, you are to give the letter to her directly.”
“Oh, yes, ma'am, but how would I? ...I mean, I don’t even know where we are.”
There are very few that can easily travel between Earth and the moon. Anybody would be able to go to and fro using the Lunar Veil, but it comes with a considerable amount of time and danger. However, Princess Toyohime is special.


Parte 11

Spoiler:
Princess Toyohime had the ability to see the sea and the mountain as the same. That ability would tie the seas of the Moon and the mountains of Earth together and make them one and the same place. In other words, that ability made her able to take a great army with her to Earth in a single second, and she was one of the very few Lunarians who had that sort of ability. That sort of ability made her a suitable leader of the lunar emissaries... despite her personality.
“Now that you're with me, all you need to do is watch what is about to happen! Come now, be a little more excited!”
“I’m more nervous than excited, though...”

The landscape around me was astonishingly dark and visibility was low. I heard eerie howling, too. I also noticed that it was very chilly.
It was the exact opposite of the graceful and showy battles fought by the vampire’s team and Princess Yorihime, and for that reason I felt very tense. Where Princess Yorihime was fighting may have been very noisy and gaudy at first glance, but now that I compare it to the place I was in, it may have been very quiet. It was a strange feeling since the whisper of the trees felt very loud, although the volume may have been quiet.
Just what was about to happen?
I couldn’t ask Princess Toyohime since she would cleverly avoid the question, and in the first place it wasn’t the right time to ask such a question.
I suddenly missed my old life from a few months ago, merely pounding rice cakes and singing every day.
Back then, I never had to deal with this nauseous tension. Nor did I feel any fear where I needed to protect myself. I probably would have finished my pounding for the day and gone to drink sake with my friends, complaining about silly things and then going to sleep in a warm futon.
Complaining was just something to get rid of my stress. I was actually happy with that life.
Running away from it all may have been the turning point of my life. I'm not one to seek out change, so this turn of events was not quite welcome.
But I think of what would I be doing, and what I would have done, had I not met Lady Yagokoro on Earth and been sent back to the moon.
Rei'sen is my current name, but I hear that this was originally the name of the rabbit that had served the Watatsuki family.
I was told that Reisen had fled to Earth and her whereabouts were unknown after that.
But we rabbits have a little ability that lets us communicate with each other no matter how far we are. Our large ears are to catch what other rabbits are thinking. Of course, this not a true means of communication, and it's mostly used to gauge what the others are normally thinking about and to catch rumors floating on the wind.
Through these rumors, it seemed Reisen was captured by Lady Yagokoro and had lost her freedom.
But I know the truth.
Lady Yagokoro did not capture the rabbit that escaped from the moon. She is taking care of it very kindly.
Even me for all my thoughtlessness was able to return to the Lunar Capital and take this job thanks to Lady Yagokoro.
Thinking of that I felt like rewriting the letter that I had written, and adding a line. "Please take care of Reisen, thank you."
The wind stopped and the cold air froze.
“Here it comes,”
Princess Toyohime said in a small but elated voice.
As I looked in the direction Princess Toyohime was looking in,
I saw a beast that I had never seen on the moon before...

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Chapter 7 Half-body Half-loyalty
Parte 1

Spoiler:
A mysterious force created oscillations in the seawater. Waves.
Although water appears as if it surges towards the shore, in reality the flow of the water is unaffected by the direction of the wave.
Sound is also a wave that is transmitted through air. Of course, sound can be carried against the wind as well. It can propagate regardless of the direction of airflow.
Then, what are waves? What are they conveying without displacing matter?
The more that I pondered about it, the more confused I became. It did not help the headache I had from dealing with people of many different wavelengths for the past half a year.
Here above the moon's sea, the water surface silently wavers.
Almost no sound, natural or artificial, can be heard. It is as peaceful and gentle as Higan was.
There are many worlds that come after death, but the first one to be visited after crossing the Sanzu river is Higan. Higan is the place one will wait until their sins are judged by the Enma. In Higan, there is neither night nor day, winter nor summer. Higan was just a quiet place where flowers bloom beautifully in the lifeless winds.
For some reason, the moon's sea closely resembled it.
There was no scent of life. This sea didn't have any trace of karma nor its effects that all life had. What that meant was either nothing lives in these waters, or only whose who never died live here.
I didn't really understand why I was here. I was only carried here by people of different wavelengths. I never understood what was happening around me since summer.
--Summer in the Netherworld.
It was where spirits dwell as they await reincarnation. Since they were spirits that were allowed to reincarnate, most of them were good-natured, but they weren't assured to reincarnate into humans again. However, even birds or beasts would be preferable, since there was the possibility of reincarnating as a caterpillar or other lowly insect.
As spirits never seemed to worry about their next life, they just relaxed and took in the sights of the Netherworld as usual, being carefree by nature.
I was usually in charge of Hakugyokurou's garden and security, but right now I'm handling the reception of a guest. Listening to conversations while remaining seated attentive and upright is still one of my weak points.


Parte 2

Spoiler:
"Were you listening to me?"
"Er, yes. Ummm..."
While I was baffled by the abrupt question, my mistress, Lady Yuyuko Saigyouji, seated right beside me, answered in my place.
"Of course, we weren't. Neither I nor Youmu."
"Is that so...? Well, I sort of assumed that. I'm guessing that means you don't care about the fine details, correct?"
I really wasn't paying any attention at all, but I wondered why our guest accepted that answer so easily. Perhaps Lady Yuyuko truly wasn't listening in the first place.
"To get to the point, I would like for you to keep the vampire and her underlings under surveillance."
"Surveillance...?"
All that we are supposed to survey is the Netherworld, and what the youkai do in the world of the living is none of our concern. It was the first time we'd received such a request.
The one to bring up such a strange request to us was the fox, Ran Yakumo.
"...Why do you want us keep them under surveillance? If they want to go to the moon that badly, why not just let them do as they please?"
"We cannot allow that to happen. This is Lady Yukari's request, and...."
Ran sipped her tea. She seemed to be choosing her words.
"...As you know, she has attacked the Lunar Capital once, but it ended in defeat. Ever since then, she has been awaiting her chance of revenge."
'Lady Yukari' was Ran's owner, Lady Yukari Yakumo. She is Lady Yuyuko's old acquaintance, and is just as incomprehensible in her doings as she was.
They were on completely different wavelengths to me.


Parte 3

Spoiler:
Lady Yukari once tried to invade the moon a long time ago. As it was several centuries ago, I had naturally not been born at the time. When Ran said "as you know," she was referring to when Lady Yuyuko witnessed this event herself. From that line, I knew that this conversation was not directed at me.
"We had sought out the vampire's strength to solidify our own, but as we suspected, they were planning to go to the moon under their own power. Lady Yukari spoke of not wanting to go without any sort of cooperation, however, under the current conditions..."
That was odd. I normally do not understand Lady Yukari, but something seemed unusual about her asking for the vampire's cooperation. And before requesting help from Lady Yuyuko, at that.
"Lacking any sort of strategy, the vampire's house has no hope of success. That is the extent of the Lunarians' strength. And once they attack the Lunar Capital, the Lunarians will be all the more vigilant against further intrusions. That is most inconvenient for Lady Yukari."
Now that I think of it, it was around the time when that fox came calling when the circumstances starting to bewilder me.
Whenever I cannot understand something, I tend to ask for an explanation as soon as I can. I was taught to live by the adage "Asking makes one appear foolish, but not asking makes one foolish indeed."
However, I was beginning to feel it was inhibiting my comprehensive ability. If I am merely taught everything, I may eventually lose the ability to think for myself altogether.
Once, I asked Lady Yuyuko as I usually do, and she replied...
"Whenever you open your mouth, it's to ask "What is that?" or "What does that mean?". Conversations with you are less meaningful than those with the mute spirits around here."
"My apologies. However, what about the saying, 'Asking makes one appear foolish, but not asking makes one foolish indeed.'?"
"Hmhmhm. Youmu, do you ever feel foolish when you ask a question?"
"Huh?"
"Foolish questions are only to those you should already know the answer, and normally about very important matters where pretending to know can bring great loss."
"......"
"However, there is no shame in asking about something you simply want to know. Shameless questions may not have a definite answer either. If you want to know something, think about it for yourself. If you ask a question every time you want to know something, the things you want to know will gradually lessen. A life without anything to learn can only bring unhappiness. Especially to those who have long lifespans."
Needless to say, Lady Yuyuko died a very long time ago. She remains in the Netherworld as a ghost. However, she uses the expression "life" quite a bit.


Parte 4

Spoiler:
I did not have any self-confidence in how much I could comprehend what Lady Yuyuko told me. If she knew yet did not tell me, I thought it was nothing more than her teasing me.
But lately there the number of people who would not answer my questions increased. Perhaps they thought answering questions was a bother. In that case, I am sorry to have caused them trouble.
"I see. So Lady Yukari said that since Lady Yuyuko saw that lunar invastion, she should be able to understand the situation immediately, am I right?"
Ran muttered, "This is not how Lady Yukari said it would be," as she left.
While I was thinking, it appeared that Lady Yuyuko had already declined her request.
I could not understand the reason why Lady Yukari wanted us to keep the vampire under surveillance, nor the reason why Lady Yuyuko turned it down. I could not understand any of it.
"Why did Lady Yukari bring a request like that to you?"
I instantly regretted asking that question, nonchalant as it was. Had I not been told to think for myself?
"Is it not as you heard? It seems to be troubling her."
"Y-Yes, I suppose."
I, Youmu Kompaku, gardener of Hakugyokurou, have decided to act independently. I would survey the doings of the vampire and her servants while investigating the underlying scheme they were plotting. Of course, I would not be asking anyone for help nor answers, and understand things on my own. As much as I could, at least...
"...With this, the rocket is even closer to completion. Splendid work, Sakuya. That will be enough for now."
"Yes, ma'am."
The maid passed the bookshelf behind I had hidden myself.
I sneaked into the underground library at the Scarlet Devil Mansion. A rocket built for moon travel had been in production here.


Parte 5

Spoiler:
I was able to familiarize myself with the incomplete rocket without drawing attention to myself.
The outer wall was made of wood, and there were issues with its strength.
Its shape was like that of three buckets stacked on top of each other, but their exact connection to each other was unclear.
The windows fitted into the outer walls were normal windows. I could see the interior through them, pointlessly gaudy furnishings such as lace curtains and a table shaped like a crescent moon.
What I was most concerned about was as the rocket looked more like a small, odd house, I could not determine its means of flight.
...Maybe this was nothing more than a summer house or the like.
This business of building a rocket to go to the moon independently was nothing more than a bluff. Maybe they were actually just building a special house for moon-viewing parties.
"...While it appears they are building a rocket, I do not believe it is in any condition to leave for the moon anytime soon. I should make a memo of this."
"I wonder how long our little spy will continue to believe she has not been spotted."
"Oh?"
"So then, how long will it be until the rocket is complete?"
"Hmph, why should I tell an intruder like you anything?"
"Oh, that's right. I wasn't going to ask questions for now. I was going to think about things myself."
"?"
I was seated at a table shaped like a crescent moon in the center of the library. There I was being confronted by the owner, Patchouli Knowledge. It seems I had approached the rocket a little too closely and had been discovered.
"I knew you were here from the moment you entered. I decided to ignore you since making you leave would have been too much trouble, but you kept muttering something about memos..."


Parte 6

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"Huh? I was muttering?"
"Well, I do not particularly mind, so long as you are not intent on stealing or breaking anything."
As she spoke, she rang a bell placed on the table.
"?! Are you going to imprison me?"
"Hmph, if I was going to do anything of the sort, I would have done it a while ago."
"So why did you ring that..."
"I called Sakuya to bring some tea. Only for me though. Now, what is it?"
"Excuse me?"
"What brought you here? Was it something about the rocket?"
It seemed as if she had no intention of making me leave right now. When I thought about it, the vampire had made the fact that she was making a rocket to go to the moon public quite a while ago, and they had no idea that Lady Yukari had asked us to keep them under surveillance. In fact, it seemed as if they wanted everyone else to know they were in the middle of a huge undertaking.
I should take this opportunity to ask them as much as I wanted, but then I reconsidered as I thought it was best for me to think about everything for myself.
"Earlier, when I was looking at the rocket... there is something I could not quite figure out."
"What is it?"
"Just how is this rocket supposed to fly? Oh, that was just me speaking to myself."
"Speaking to yourself?"


Parte 7

Spoiler:
"Right, meaning it was not a question, so you do not have to answer if you prefer."
"Huh? I am not sure what you are talking about, but this rocket moves though..."
Just then, Sakuya the maid entered the library holding a cup of tea. She must have been called by the bell.
"Here is your tea, ma'am... Oh my, who have we here?"
I thought it best to greet her for now. "Sorry to intrude."
"You had yet to leave? But I am so relieved."
"How are you relieved?"
"To see you seated with Miss Patchouli. If not, I was wondering what you were doing by hiding in plain sight like that..."
"Hmph, she came here to see me in the first place so there was nothing to worry about."
I could no longer claim that I was genuinely attempting to hide.
"I decided to bring tea for two. I did not believe you had left yet."
"Th-Thank you very much."
I bowed as the maid placed two cups of tea of the table. Judging from its scent, I felt the quality of the tea here cannot begin to compare to the tea at Hakugyokurou. The scent of our green tea was so delicate yet long-lasting. It was in sharp contrast to the overpowering scent of the black tea that sat before me.
Patchouli opened her mouth.
"So, where was I?"


Parte 8

Spoiler:
"About how the rocket moves."
"Ah, the propulsion. At the moment, I do not understand it works yet."
She doesn't understand? Well, it looks like they're nothing for Lady Yukari to worry about after all.
"It seems we need some form of energy source that comes in a three-stage tube. I had Sakuya search for more information just now, but if you know anything about it, I want you to tell me."
"...Why would you ask me? And how do you know if I would cooperate with you?"
"Oh, but did you not want to see the moon? Do you not want to help with the surprise attack on the Lunarians?"
The Lunarians... About two or three years ago some others who called themselves that took up residence in the bamboo forest.
I could only think of them as not entirely suited to Gensokyo.
I had thought to survey the vampire doings, but that was so I could understand Lady Yukari's motives. I would never want to be branded as an ally to the Lunarians, but if I did interfere with the rocket's completion, that just might happen as a result.
For the time being, I merely told her I would let her know if I came across anything, and left the mansion.
-The road that leads to Hakurei Shrine.
The night had only deepened, humans, whose eyes were poorly suited for seeing in the dark, were scarce to be seen here.
As no humans lived in this area and the trees that grew here created ominous shadow, it was a popular spot for tests of courage.
While I am used to ghosts (being half-ghost myself), I do not handle dark places very well.
So for those who are wondering why I am walking this dark path, there is a reason.


Parte 9

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It is part of my surveillance of the rocket being constructed at the Scarlet Devil Mansion. The maid Sakuya has left on an errand concerning it.
I am following after her.
In other words, tailing. It seems to be among the basics of investigation.
I don't mean to boast, but I am skilled in tailing. As I am half-human and half-ghost, the presences of both are less noticeable than a full one.
Patchouli said that she had Sakuya search for more information on the rocket's propulsion system, so if I follow her, I might be able to learn something myself.
Why did Lady Yukari request the surveillance of the vampire's house?
"I wonder how long our little stalker will continue to believe she has not been spotted."
"Oh?"
If I've been spotted, I have no choice but to stop tailing. I will have to change my methods of investigation from tailing to interrogation. Interrogation also seems to be among the basics of investigation.
"Oh, so how do you know about our rocket? Perhaps..."
"Surveillan... oh, wait. I mean..."
"Did that fox come to you with a story of invading the moon as well?"
"Excuse me?"
"Because she came to us, too. She suggested we invade the moon together."
"W-Well, that is..."


Parte 10

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Now I remembered. The fox mentioned wanting to form an alliance with the vampire and her servants.
There seemed something strange about that.
Why would she ask the vampire?
Why wouldn't she ask Lady Yuyuko first?
"Regrettable as you may see it, we have already formed our own plans for invading the moon. We are even making an original rocket. If you say you wish to go as well, please refrain from going before we complete it, as Milady has already laid claim to the Lunar Capital."
"No, we weren't planning on going to the moon, but when will your rocket be finished?"
"Hmmm... There is something important that we have been unable to find. But why should I have to tell you?"
"Something important you have not been able to find..."
"Why are you making a memo of it? What are you going to do with it?"
"Ah, um, nothing really."
Sakuya disappeared toward the direction of the shrine. I was scared of travelling at night so I followed quickly to avoid being left too far behind.
-Kourindo.
An antique store separated from the human village.
While it is an antique store, it sells more than antiques. It deals in anything its owner has been able to scavenge.
The scavenged articles lay in front of the building, making one think it might be more a place that buys stolen goods.


Parte 11

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"Huh? You want to know what Miss Sakuya bought from here?"
"Yes. I know she has been frequenting this store as of late. I want as many details as possible."
"I'm sorry to say this, but a store like this must respect the privacy of our customers."
"...Hmm. I guess I will have to search for myself."
I looked around the inside of the store.
Cold, iron boxes, glass rings and thin, green plates.
This store was filled with such things that could not be thought as desirable for purchase.
"...What could be related to rockets in this store...?"
"Oh, so you're looking for research about rockets, too? In that case, a book about the Apollo program would be just what you need."
"The Apollo program...?"
"It was a project that aimed to fly a rocket to the moon."
"P-Please show me that book!"
"Well, sorry to say, but we're sold out right now. They've all been bought up."
Whoever it was that bought these books was clearer than glass.
"I-I see..."


Parte 12

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The vampire's rocket must be based on what is written in those books. I was certain of it.
I felt I was beginning to understand reason for the sudden progress on the rocket. The vampire and her cohorts had obtained those books about this project from the outside world and used them for their own rocket.
This means that Lady Yukari is probably worried if there were rockets in the outside world, too.
If they've completed a rocket that can go to the moon in the outside world, that might cause trouble for her.
Hmm, it was truly a shame I was unable to find any of these books for myself.
Just a little more effort and I might have even been to figure out what was about to happen.
"Well, even though all the books about the Apollo program are gone, I have some books that have almost the same contents. I don't think there's much of a difference at all."
"Huh? Th-Then let me have one of those, please."
-Hakugyokurou.
"And what would that book you are reading happen to be about, Youmu?"
"Ah, Lady Yuyuko. S-Since it was raining today, I thought I would study a little."
I hid the book while I told her. While she did not tell me I should not investigate the doings of the vampire, I still did it in secret. If she noticed what book I was reading, it would be unnatural.
"Studying? I'm shocked! Do not bother with such dull things, and instead busy yourself with preparing the dumplings for tonight's viewing of the harvest moon.
I nodded and she left the room.
Then my eyes returned to the book.


Parte 13

Spoiler:
"The Soyuz spacecraft. After the end of the Apollo program, any further plans to reach the moon also became nothing more than fantasy. However, rockets used for the Soyuz spacecraft was said to have been even more technologically advanced than the rockets used in the Apollo program. If it had reached the moon before the Apollo program, it might have had a significant effect on history."
The book I bought from Kourindo was about the Apollo program as well as another kind of rocket.
It appeared that there were no major differences in shape between the Soyuz and Apollo rockets.
It was a three-stage tube that became thinner as it reached the tip. This confirmed my belief that the vampire had used the rockets from the outside world as a reference for hers.
This meant that the construction must be more or less the same.
I was worried that the abundance of technical terms would make it difficult to understand, but I was able to find the section about which I was most curious, the propulsion system.
It seemed to be furnished with disposable fuel that flew when ignited. Much like fireworks.
Going to the moon seemed to be something that would be difficult to do with magic, but the answer was surprisingly simple.
"If it's like that, then wouldn't filling it with gunpowder get them there soon enough? It might be rather uncomfortable though."
While I pictured a house placed on fireworks flying through the air, my thoughts were interrupted by a voice calling for me.
"Youmuuuu! Are the dumplings ready yeeeeet?"
"Yes, ma'am. I am coming."
Tonight was the night of the harvest moon. According to the calendar, at least.
However, it likely wouldn't be possible to enjoy its glow if this poor weather continued. It had been drizzling for quite some time and had yet to stop falling. Even if the rain stopped, it was unsure if the clouds would also break up.
But regardless, I enjoy rolling the dumplings.


Parte 14

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Feeling the slippery smoothness after they had been steamed felt good. Just touching them made me happy.
"Hey, is tonight's offering ready yet?"
"Oh, Lady Yuyuko. How long have you been there? It will only take a little while longer."
She rushed over to me.
"Don't we have to start soon? It's the night of the harvest moon, after all."
I had the feeling she was not as anxious to see the moon as she was hungry.
"Yes, according to the calendar, but seeing how the weather has been lately, I believe it will be raining tonight, too."
I pointed to the window. As the rain had continued for the past two or three days, I felt having a moon-viewing ceremony tonight was hopeless.
"Yes, I realize that. It is normal for the weather to be poor around the time of the harvest moon, and has been for many, many years. In fact, it has been said that for nine years out of ten, the moon would be hidden by the clouds. The way it would rarely show itself has made it all the more worthy of being special..."
Lady Yuyuko had become unusually talkative, likely because of her hunger. "So, why am I rolling these dumplings?"
She told me matter-of-factly, "For what else are dumplings other than being eaten?"
-As night came and the rain continued, the moon remained concealed behind the clouds, as I expected.
We placed the dumplings to be offered on the porch facing the stone garden courtyard.
Lady Yuyuko sat beside the dumplings, immediately took one and placed it in her mouth.
"This is what is known as 'ugetsu', or 'rainy moon', particularly when the harvest moon has been obscured due to the rain. But even in times like this, we can enjoy imagining what the moon looks like above the clouds."


Parte 15

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"That seems rather desperate to me."
Not being able to see the moon during moon-viewing ceremonies leaves me disappointed. Isn't it normal?
"Not at all. It is more refined that way. Since long ago, it has been much more cultured to look at round objects to inspire the imagination and envision the harvest moon rather than see it directly. People would imagine the harvest moon to be many times bigger and beautiful than any they had ever witnessed before. All it takes is a single dumpling, so the simplest method is best, am I right?"
Tsukimi udon, udon noodles with an egg to resemble the moon also comes to mind. Satoimo shironi, also resembling the moon, is a common side dish.
I enjoy udon with egg, so maybe preparing that instead of having a moon-viewing ceremony might be more refined.
"And then, being able to imagine the most breathtakingly beautiful harvest moon, the one that should be just beyond the clouds, came to be called 'ugetsu'."
Lady Yuyuko took a dumpling between her fingers and held it over her head, placing it where the full moon should have been visible.
Being satisfied with the ugetsu I couldn't see behind the clouds, we returned inside.
Lady Yuyuko said she wanted to drink the moon-viewing ceremonial sake, so I went to prepare it.
As I walked, I thought about the best way to report to her the information I had gathered about the progress the vampire had made with her rocket.
I felt I was very close to understanding Lady Yukari's intention on having us monitor the vampire, but I was unable to put my thoughts in order just on my own.
After pouring the sake, I once again brought up subject of the fox's visit from two months ago.
"Yukari's just being overly worried. She thinks there could be some untold number of spies on Earth or something."
"It was quite an incomprehensible request, was it not? I do not see why she could not have monitored the vampire herself..."
Lady Yuyuko laughed. I had tried to determine what she was thinking through indirect questions, but it seemed I was being too indirect to elicit any substantial response.
It was the same as usual. Lady Yuyuko always seems like she knows something, but in actuality, she is merely acting on whatever strikes her fancy. I wondered if anything serious would happen if we left things as they were.


Parte 16

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So I resolved my will and confessed about what I had been doing.
I spoke of my investigation of the rocket and the surveillance of the vampire's house for the past two months.
I spoke of how the rocket was incomplete as they were missing a method of propulsion.
And I spoke of once they completed a cylindrical, three-stage rocket, they would be able to launch at any time.
Lady Yuyuko listened to me with her eyes wide open. I continued my report, prepared for her wrath.
I don't mind if she is upset. As long as I am able to bring everything down to my level of comprehension, that will be acceptable.
But the words that came from her mouth were far beyond my wildest expectations.
"...The vampire will not finish her rocket. If you give that message to the shrine maiden, everything will progress on its own."
I despaired of ever understanding what was happening.
And then, I abandoned the notion of thinking on my own.
What Lady Yuyuko desired was for the vampire to complete her rocket and leave for the moon before Lady Yukari did.
Would that be wise?
-I surrendered to the flow. Now, I am on the moon.
The surface of the moon is covered in water. I could see waves coming from all directions, interfering with each other and making complex patterns on the surface.
Is this the sea? It is so wide. It even seems wider than the Sanzu River, likely because the visibility is better.
But most of all, the moon was more beautiful than I had imagined it to be.
I remember what Lady Yuyuko said about the ugetsu.
"People would imagine the harvest moon to be many times bigger and beautiful than any they had ever witnessed before."
"Lady Yuyuko...?"
"Hmm? Do you not know the way to the Lunar Capital?"
"Not really, but what I wanted to ask was why did..."
"It will not be easy to enter the Lunar Capital. We need to take a special route."
"Did you plan on coming to the moon from the beginning?"
"Yukari had asked me to come. But the real problem lies just ahead."
We had sneaked into the moon from its reflection in the lake near the Scarlet Devil Mansion. It appeared to be an entrance Lady Yukari had prepared through some method."
There was still much that was unclear about Lady Yuyuko's actions and I did not place too much confidence in them, but coming this far, I had no choice but to remain by her side."
However, I was a little happy to have been able to come here.
As I conducted my independent surveillance on the vampire, I must have started to feel jealous for some reason.
It was like a small voice in my head saying, "I want to see the moon, too."
In fact, if the vampire and her entourage were the only ones to go to the moon, I might have felt frustrated.
In times like this, I was grateful for my mistress's whimsy.
However, that gratitude turned into regret as my experience here began to erode my enthusiasm.
I had been thoroughly tossed about by others on different wavelengths from myself, and the interference felt stronger than ever.


Last Chapter Two Kinds of Homesickness
Parte 1

Spoiler:
As always, there was a throng of people passing through the commons known as a meeting place for aged shogi and go players. Even rabbits would come here during their break times, but those who were unable to find an opponent would become irritated.

"What's with that crowd? It seems like there's a fight going on, but it isn't nearly noisy enough for that."
An elder rabbit was talking to a group of other rabbits in the crowd. The usual group of go players.
"Fight? No, no. That's not it at all. They're just wanting to see something."
"So are they street performers? The younger-looking ones are yelling loudly about 'Can't the older Watatsuki sister catch that crook?'"
The Watatsukis are a prestigious family tasked with the security and policing of the lunar capital for nearly 1,000 years. They are in charge of training the moon rabbits who are by nature unsuited to warfare and protect the capital.
The younger sister, Yorihime, is particularly important to the cause, possessing the power to easily call on the power of the gods to deal with any situation.
Their basic operative is to protect the capital from outside enemies, but they also take rabbits of poor behavior and train them into soldiers. Very few rabbits want to become soldiers, and they see the Watatsuki manor as more of a boot camp.
"No, what they want to see are the Watatsuki princesses in person."
"What? They want to see the princesses?"
Heads turned to look at something trying to make its way through the crowd. There, a human was doing a strange dance. Standing next to the human were the Watatsuki sisters, Yorihime and Toyohime.
"That dancing human looks like one from Earth who tried to attack the moon. She's the real criminal behind those rumors about a rebellion."
The rumors about a rebellion caused great unrest, as whispers circulated about someone in the lunar capital plotting to overturn the government.
No one knows who started it, but around the same time it did start, strange occurrences began to happen regularly.
First, the flag that the humans planted on the near side of the moon was removed, vanished without a trace. This was seen as a sign that someone from Earth had invaded the moon.


Parte 2

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Then, someone was invoking the gods that live on the moon, using them for their own ends. Something like what Princess Yorihime could do.
And there were other reasons why everyone suspected the Watatsuki family.
The Watatsuki sisters' roles were initially performed by someone else. This person was called the sage of the moon, Lady Eirin Yagokoro.
Lady Yagokoro could make any and all kinds of medicine and was highly dependable. But she turned her back on the moon and went into hiding on Earth.
There was an emergency election to fill the vacant position in the lunar emissaries, and her pupils, the Watatsuki sisters, were chosen.
Once appointed, their first order was the search and retrieval of Lady Yagokoro. However, after nearly a thousand years, they have nothing to show for their efforts. They claim that she has not yet earned the right to return to the moon (As the moon sees Earth as a prison, criminals are incarcerated on Earth until they have served their sentence. Therefore, it appeared that Lady Yagokoro had yet to atone for her crime.), but the reality is that the Watatsuki sisters still had trust in their mentor, and did not want to be the ones to bring her back.
Possibly because of this connection, the Watatsuki sisters were not entirely trusted by the rest of the lunar capital.
Traces of an invader from Earth and the inexplicable manipulation of the gods. It was only natural to suspect the Watatsukis.
"All right, that's enough. You've demonstrated well enough that you can summon the gods."
Yorihime spoke to Reimu who was performing a mysterious dance in front of a crowd of rabbits.
Reimu said "That's enough?", and the rabbits broke out into applause for some reason. Some even threw coins like they were giving New Year's donations at the shrine. Reimu waved to the rabbits with a befuddled expression.
"You still need to exhibit your talents in many other places."
"What? Why do I have to keep doing this?"
"You are in no situation to complain."
"And what's the point of doing that dance anyway?"


Parte 3

Spoiler:
"It's the best way to show that you are able to summon the gods. We don't like killing here so it's the most serious punishment you will receive. Once you've finished, you may return to Earth."
"Hmm, so you dance to summon the gods here?"
Reimu spoke as she collected the thrown coins, then she noticed that the crowd was beginning to disperse. Yorihime pulled Reimu's hand back and chided her. "I wouldn't worry about money right now."
"This is silly. How come I'm the only one who has to stay here? You let the others go back without so much as a slap on the wrist, but I'm being punished like this."
"Without a slap on the wrist? You are mistaken. Living on Earth is the worst punishment you can receive."
"The way I see it, they just left for home."
Reimu retorted.
She looked at the peach trees through a round window from the large Oriental-style manor.
The window was not made of anything like glass. It appeared to be wide open, but bugs aren't able to enter, likely because such uncivilized beings such as bugs did not exist on the moon to begin with, but it also kept the room at a comfortable temperature.
Researchers immerse themselves in their research and debate about what can or cannot possibly exist with others. If they did not have to worry about food or other things to remain alive, they would conduct research for eternity.
Maybe the lunar capital is something like that.
If one lived here, maybe it would be natural to see Earth as a prison.
A gourmet spread was laid out on an antique table.
At this table, Reimu and the Watatsuki sisters were seated.
When presented with splendid dishes the likes of which she had never seen before, her mood improved considerably.


Parte 4

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"This is in return for your efforts today."
Toyohime gave her words of gratitude, and Reimu immediately set into the food. Its taste was even better than how it looked.
"I was wondering, how long am I going to have to stay here?"
"That's a good question. At least not until you've helped prove Yorihime innocent, but for now, just make yourself at home."
"Something seems kind of weird though. I thought it'd be a lot busier here. *chomp, smack*"
"Refrain from speaking with food in your mouth. Your Earthling manners are a disgrace here."
Yorihime rebuked her, and Reimu abashedly swallowed her food.
"And there's one more reason why we need you to remain here."
"Huh?"
She noticed that Yorihime had yet to touch her food. She was nervous for a moment, but relaxed when she saw Toyohime had eaten the same things she had.
"You called upon the power of Sumiyoshi Sanjin to take you to the moon. I want you to tell me how this came out."
"Huh? Hmm, now that I think about it, what exactly happened again?"
Reimu put down her chopsticks and tried to remember the chain of events leading to their arrival on the moon.
The one who wanted to go the moon in the first place was Remilia. It was after they first met the people from the moon who lived in the bamboo forest. She took an interest to the city on the moon, and thought to go there herself. That's why she worked on building the rocket for over a year.
Reimu wasn't nearly as interested, mostly because she didn't believe it would be possible to go at all. However, if there was some method available, that was a different story. She wanted to go see it at least once.


Parte 5

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Remilia had come calling often, asking for her cooperation in doing something or another, although it was Sakuya rather than Remilia. One day, she asked about something that could be used as rocket fuel.
"I don't know the first thing about rocket fuel. Something about doing a dance with while holding a dried turtle. How would that get you to you moon? That vampire's brain must have gone crazy from being alive for 500 years."
Reimu, starting to get caught up in her recollection, asked the sisters if they agreed.
"There are many ways to go between Earth and the moon. First, by travelling through space, like in the rockets you and those other Earthlings did, or the lunar veils the rabbits use."
Reimu was disappointed at Yorihime's answer, being different than what she expected.
"But the people of the moon are different. We can move through a door that greatly decreases the distance between Earth and the moon. It's just as how the Sanzu River separates yet connects the world of the living to Higan."
"Higan... That certainly does seem far away, but if you die, you go there in a flash so it must be close, too."
"And the people of the moon see Earth just as you see Higan, because the nobility here sees it as that. It is unexpectedly simple to go between the two places."
"Hmm, but you know, Gensokyo is pretty tiny. Earth is much, much bigger. But it seems like this place is even smaller than Gensokyo. Just where does that arrogance come from?"
"Size has nothing to do with it. We are simply superior, that is all. Now, returning to the subject at hand, it seems you used both methods of moving through space and contracting distance."
When she said that, Reimu remembered that the distance from Earth to the moon felt shorter than she had imagined.
"How did that happen?"
"We don't think that rocket was built by Earthlings. Maybe there was someone else who lended their knowledge?"
Reimu said that it took a few coincidences for the rocket's completion.
First, someone who had been hiding their knowledge for some time helped greatly advance the progress of the vampire's rocket project.


Parte 6

Spoiler:
It was the half-phantom Youmu who had told them about the rocket's driving force.
And then, there was the matter of Reimu training to call upon the power of the gods for some reason.
With these happening almost simultaneously, the vampire's rocket was able to reach completion.
But was this all mere coincidence?
Of course, it wasn't. That was likely clear to everyone. It all had to have been the doings of that youkai, behind the scenes.
This made one wonder if the rumors circulating around the Lunar Capital about someone staging a coup were also a coincidence.
"Lending their knowledge...? Hmmm, but I was the one who came up with the idea of using the Sumiyoshi Sanjin."
"So how were you able to call them?"
"Well, I just happened to be training to call upon the powers of the gods and... wait a minute, why was I training for that anyway?"
Yorihime was becoming slightly agitated with the Earthling's vague memory.
"Weren't you training at the request of someone?"
"Oh, that's right. It was Yukari who told me I needed to train. I really don't know why, though."
"Yukari... Yakumo, am I right?" Toyohime joined in the conversation. It seemed she understood something upon hearing that name.
"Do you know her? She's the worst youkai in Gensokyo."
"Naturally. There is no one in the Lunar Capital who is not aware of her. Her ability to travel freely between Earth and the moon makes her quite a nuisance."


Parte 7

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"Wow, she's pretty famous. Wait, did you say she could freely travel between Earth and the moon?!"
"Yes, and she used that ability to bring a throng of youkai here long ago. Of course, we sent them back much worse for the wear."
"I don't care about that. So we didn't even have to make a rocket or anything like that to get to the moon? Why didn't she help us?"
Toyohime used a ladle to fill a glass with some variety of magical liquid from a large clay pot. Reimu momentarily increased her vigilance when she saw it.
"This is a special kind of alcohol that has been fermenting for eternity, through magical means. It is not like anything you have ever tasted on Earth."
"You didn't poison it, did you?"
"We dislike senseless killing," Toyohime said as she drank the cup she had offered to Reimu. She offered her own cup in return.
Still pensive as if doubting her eyes, Reimu took the cup. The overly refined fragrance might have felt somehow desolate if consumed on Earth.
"Yukari did an excellent job in pulling your strings."
Said Yorihime.
"What's that supposed to mean?"
"You do not have to completely understand. Just know that we bear no ill will towards whoever came aboard the rocket."
"Now, that's enough talk for today. Let us enjoy the rest for drinking. We shall continue tomorrow."
Outside the circular window, it had completely darkened.
It was no longer possible to view the peach trees through it. However, there were two figures who should not have been there watching.


Parte 8

Spoiler:
Something that could never exist on the Lunar Capital, but had been seen by many people on Earth.
In shrines at night, under the willow trees, or in abandoned schools and hospitals. Some people are even able to see them in the middle of the day, out in the cities, or in their own home. They can show up just about anywhere.
Ghosts.
The Watatsuki sisters did not notice the figure of a ghost watching them through the window, likely because there are no such things as ghosts in the Lunar Capital.
"Lady Yuyuko, why is Reimu here?"
Youmu spoke in a whisper. She knew Yuyuko was planning something.
Reimu, who was facing the window, told Yorihime and Toyohime of her own war stories, all thoroughly drunk.
Yorihime was interested in the doings on Earth, and listened intently. She might have been hoping to hear about her former mentor.
"I'm so jealous, Youmu."
"What? Whatever for?"
"How I'd love to enjoy such sumptuous feasts like that every day."
"No, I don't think even you could eat that much. But please never mind that. Why is Reimu here?"
"Maybe she just came calling?"
"I know she came here on the vampire's rocket, but I wonder what happened to the other passengers. That is what I meant."
"I have been with you the whole time, so I have no way of knowing."


Parte 9

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"I suppose you're right... Do you believe they have captured the others?"
"But it seems like Reimu is the one they have captured."
"In one sense of the word. However, it appears more like a reception than anything."
Did anyone ever imagine seeing a ghost in the Lunar Capital?
Regardless, as they were meant to be acting in secret, one could not ask for a more convenient form.
Ghosts inherently reside in a Pure Land. This meant they have not been tainted by life nor death, and as a result they were able to act without leaving behind any traces of their presence.
Very few were aware of this fact. Even when youkai invaded the moon long ago, there were only some youkai that noticed by sheer coincidence.
But was it a coincidence that this untainted ghost was here at this mansion?
No, it's clear that this was not a coincidence at all. It was all due to the guidance of that youkai, Yukari Yakumo.
What exactly was the ghost's plan now that they had safely infiltrated the moon?
That would be the final step in Yukari's master plan.
The shrine on the border of Gensokyo.
The trees dyed in red began to lose their color, gradually turning white. As it mimicked white powder falling on the leaves, the trees were eventually came to be called "powdered trees."
At the Hakurei Shrine, the fallen leaves had formed a carpet due to the lack of upkeep, and the leaves from the powdered trees were turning this carpet white.
With its lone tenant absent, the whole building felt desolate. It seemed as the ruins of an old building reclaimed by nature.


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As if refusing the weathering state of the shrine, a girl showed up, walking across the leaves, kicking up the newly-fallen white-speckled ones.
"Guess she ain't here today either."
She sat down on the cold offertory box.
"Why didn't those Lunarians let Reimu come back with us, huh? Are they still givin' her the third degree or somethin'?"
Watching for a while to see if anyone else would come, she grew bored of waiting as she expected and left the shrine.
The black magician, then the devil's maid, then the wind-wielding tengu, the shrine had many visitors who came to see if the shrine was still empty in turns, but the shrine's occupant did not return.
While the shrine was silent, the vampire's interest changed from the moon to some other subject. She was unable to forget about the sea that she saw while on the moon, so she said she wanted to make one in Gensokyo.
Making a sea required dissolving sodium into a massive body of water, like a large lake. The surface of the Earth is covered in 70% saltwater. How would it be possible to create such a thing? There was no source of rock salt to be found in Gensokyo. However, it would be possible to collect the salts found in the blood of humans... But salt wasn't the problem.
Even if the Earth would return a sea to Gensokyo, it would not be a host to living things. It would be just like the blue expanse a certain youkai saw not too long ago. It would be a sea without fish or bacteria or anything. There was no need for seawater.
"Can we not widen it a little if you just move those books over there?"
Remilia Scarlet was in the library under her mansion making her own personal sea.
"There is nowhere else to move them, you know," said the exasperated librarian Patchouli Knowledge.
"So we shall move them to an unused room in the mansion."
"What? But then I will have to sort them all over again."
Many of the books in the library had been moved to make room for the massive pile of sand that now covered the floor.


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This could not truly be called a sea; merely an indoor pool. It would not be a permanent fixture either.
Why was she creating a space to play in the water in the middle of winter?
It seemed to be how the vampire was planning on expressing her thanks. Her desire to visit the moon was fulfilled thanks to the shrine maiden's power. She thought to build the sea until the shrine maiden returned to Earth, and then invite her to enjoy it.
A sea in a Gensokyo where there had been none. She imagined any human would be pleased by this development.
It wouldn't be until several days later that she received word that the shrine maiden had returned.
"I guess this kind of outfit is okay for a day at the sea, right?"
Reimu Hakurei, returning home after being held for nearly a month on the moon, was preparing for a trip to the beach at the vampire's invitation.
"But the sea is under the Scarlet Devil Mansion, ain't it? Seems more like splashin' around at the hot springs to me."
Marisa answered Reimu's question, the usual exchange. The shrine which had many visitors but no residents had appeared to have completely fallen into ruin, but once the resident returned, it immediately returned back to normal. She was vital to the shrine, after all.
"So why are we splashing around in this chill anyway? Ahhhh, it was so warm back on the Lunar Capital. I didn't expect the shrine to get this cold..."
"Buildings with no one in 'em are the coldest. That's 'cause people give buildings their warmth."
"Hmph. They're only cold because of the phantoms that have moved in. Ahhhh, and I still have to clean up and get ready for the New Year ceremonies..." She complained as she continued to prepare for the sea. It appeared her body had yet to accustom itself to the weather.
"I still can't believe they made a sea despite that whole fiasco on the moon. Why don't they think up o' some way to go to a sea here on Earth?"
"Well, that's because that would be even further than the moon."
The seas are further than the moon. That just may be true.


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It might be appropriate to make a retort about how the Tanegashima and Kennedy Space Centers float on the sea.
But within the confines of Gensokyo, there were none. For those who had went to the moon yet did not cross the boundaries of Gensokyo, the thought to go outside the boundaries should never have occurred to them. Where there was no sea, all they could do was make one. That's what they believed.
However, the library naturally proved to be too small for the construction of a sea.
The underground library had been submerged, and they took that excuse to further furnish it with palm trees and colorful parasols. A lamp had been placed to imitate the midsummer sun, but the memory of it was too vague to recreate convincingly. It would have been impossible in the first place for a vampire to willingly make anything resembling the sun, but at any rate, it was dim and cold.
The vampire pretended to sunbathe underneath the parasols. Her witch friend read books as always.
"Like I said, it's not right to be playing in the water in the middle of winter!"
Reimu came out of the sea. It seemed particularly cold, not hospitable to the human body.
"Milady, it appears you have a visitor."
The maid at Remilia's side informed her.
Remilia cocked her head and said "Just ignore them," in a tiresome manner. But at that moment, the air was cut by a lukewarm wind that blew across the chilled, winter sea!
An elegant sheet was spread out upon the artificial beach. A figure clad in a bathing suit and a showy parasol sat upon it.
Appearing out of a gap in thin air was the youkai Yukari Yakumo, bearing alcohol.
Yukari had visited to extend an invitation to a party. If one were to receive such an invitation from her, it is only natural to wonder what ulterior motives she may have.
However, upon her forceful appearance, she started her party before anyone could say a word in protest.
Yukari Yakumo had brought her shikigami Ran and her friend Yuyuko Saigyouji, along with her servant Youmu Kompaku. The beach in the basement had suddenly become the scene of a big party.


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"Wow, this is an unusual variety of sake." Remilia was genuinely surprised.
Upon hearing this, Yukari replied, "How rude. It is not poisoned, I'll have you know." While nonsensical, Reimu and Marisa actually were suspicious of whether or not it was poisoned, but once the maid partook of the alcohol, they followed suit.
"Huh? Where have I tasted this before...?" Reimu seemed to be unable to remember, and for some reason, Yuyuko saw Reimu in her puzzled state.
Marisa asked, "This sure is some pure sake. I dunno how they made it, but... where would they make somethin' like this?" Yukari reiterated in response, "It's not poisoned."
Actually, there was a secret behind the sake Yukari had brought. It was sake made in the Lunar Capital.
Ghosts had nothing to do with life nor death. Because of that, they fit in perfectly with the pure nature of the Lunar Capital. During her month-long stay on the moon, Yuyuko's presence there did not raise any suspicions in the least.
This allowed her to brazenly steal the sake, and once the next full moon occurred, Yukari was able to open the way back to Earth.
Yuyuko had simply one reason for her theft.
It was to obtain revenge on the crushing defeat the Watatsuki sisters levied on them so long ago without involving the rest of the Lunarians.
While it was Yukari who led the invasion that had utterly failed more than one thousand years ago, Yukari knew that if she were to attack directly again, it would draw far too much attention.
So she devised a strategy to use the vampire's attack and even herself as decoys. If Yukari was confined to Earth, then there wouldn't be anyone else with the ability to travel between Earth and the moon. That would be the only way to have the Watatsuki sisters lower their guard.
But was the sake heist the true intent of Yukari's Second Lunar Invasion?
"Tell me of what happened on the lunar surface during your assault."
Yukari told the vampire.
"That was so long ago, I have already forgotten. You may harbor thousand-year-old grudges, but I live for the future."


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"Oh my, harboring grudges? Who mentioned anything like that?" Yukari said with a sly grin.
"Hm? Didn't you say something about invading the moon this winter six months ago?"
"That was so long ago, I have already forgotten."
Remilia gave a slight laugh and began to recount the time of her trip to the moon.
Despite her nearly incomprehensible explanation of the rocket's construction, her tales of the journey within it, the color of the sea and the defeat at the hands of Watatsuki no Yorihime were amusing.
The surprising thing is that it appeared Remilia felt no particular frustration about losing. She may not have thought she would emerge victorious in the first place, as she knew the combined efforts of Yukari and the other youkai stood no chance either.
So why build a rocket and go to the moon at all?
Yukari's skirmish on the moon was ages before Remilia was born. Perhaps she was jealous.
Of course, their encounter with the group at Eientei was likely a major cause. That is when she first learned of the existence of the Lunar Capital.
To Remilia, that was frontier of her dreams.
"Oh, yes. I have invited other guests today."
At the same time the words left Yukari's mouth, a fairy maid entered the library-turned-sea. Everyone became slightly nervous.
"It appears those you spoke of have arrived to the party..."
Remilia nodded towards the entrance, where two figures had appeared. These rather unusual visitors to the mansion were Eirin Yagokoro and Kaguya Houraisan.
"What? We heard there was going to be a party, but a heated pool...?"


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"It's a sea," said Remilia. "It's a freezing pool," said Reimu, both at the same time.
In the dimly-lit underground was a beach, water, colorful parasols, palm trees and a mixture of human and youkai, some in bathing suits. This scene would likely perplex anyone.
Yukari properly greeted them. "Terribly sorry to keep you waiting," she said as she bowed. Eirin instantly understood the situation and kneeled in seiza on the elegant sheet.
Eirin had a complete understanding of what had happened.
A certain youkai had used the shrine maiden to cause unrest through the rumors in the Lunar Capital.
The shrine maiden did her part by summoning the gods as this youkai had instructed. The only one who had permission to do this was Watatsuki no Yorihime. This made her a suspect as well as her mentor, Eirin Yagokoro. This, too, was plotted by the youkai.
Someone would get the idea to use the power of the Sumiyoshi Sanjin summoned by the shrine maiden to complete the three-stage rocket.
Of course the Sumiyoshi Sanjin, the gods of voyage, would be housed in a tube[1]. Surely, it was the same god of Saturn V, the first American rocket to reach the moon.
The moment Eirin saw the vampire's rocket, she knew that it was built based on a book about rockets from the outside world, but there was no way they were aware of the Sumiyoshi Sanjin's importance.
The only one who would have recognized that need would be someone well-versed in Gensokyo, the outside world and the Lunar Capital. At that moment, it was obvious to Eirin that someone was controlling these events from the shadows.
She was convinced that whomever it was also had the shrine maiden train to summon the gods. So it could only have been Yukari Yakumo.
By using a rabbit that had unexpectedly escaped from the moon, she was able to send a letter to the Watatsuki sisters. If it weren't for that rabbit, she had planned to once again replace the moon with a fake so that only the main perpetrator would not reach the moon. However, that would once again cause unrest throughout Gensokyo so it was a dangerous method...
But Eirin was also uneasy. The one pulling the strings had a vague objective. Even if she felt she had to create a fake moon as a last resort, it was entirely possible nothing would have happened. That alone was ominous enough.
And now she was face-to-face with the mastermind. Yukari was provoking Eirin through an invitation to drink.
"And what strange turn of events led to this?"


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Eirin gazed at her surroundings. Given the rocket launch not too long ago and the beach that now occupied most of the library, it could be said this was Gensokyo's very own Cape Canaveral.
"We just thought it necessary to soothe the pain of labor with some sake," Yukari said ominously as she handed some to Eirin.
Eirin's mind moved quickly, but this speed proved to have its weaknesses. Whenever confronted with anything she could not understand, she would pretend to purposefully act composed. It was to prevent revealing she was unsteady.
However, the biggest weakness of wise beings are when they act composed without intending to do so. All wise beings know this.
"Oh, why, thank you," Eirin said as she took the sake.
"How rude. It is not poisoned." This seemed to be a running gag to Yukari.
"Hm? But small amounts of poison can be medicine."
Eirin said as she drank the sake.
And the moment it passed through her lips, she froze.
Beside her, Kaguya and a drunken Reimu were talking about something.
"But'cha know, za Loonar Capital washalot moor prim'tive dan I tought. Like za closhes, za buildin's and shtuff..."
Kaguya laughed.
"Of course you would. That's why you Earthlings will remain forever inferior."
"Whazzat s'posed ta meen?"
"Living in houses built out of wood that will never weather away, blessed by nature, quietly playing shogi after finishing our standardized tasks... Is that not the lifestyle humans desire once their technology becomes sufficiently advanced in the far future?"


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Reimu took another drink.
"Ah tink we'd like a moor fancee laifstaile."
"The only humans who desire that are those who are dead. But it is certain that the lifespan of humans will continue to lengthen. What do you think about that?"
"Invent sumthin' to shorten za lifespan, duh. 'T'znot laik you kin keep on livin' after yer brain's rotted away."
This answer surprised Kaguya. She truly felt the difference between the pure Lunar Capital and Gensokyo where life and death was a part of their everyday life.
Marisa was talking to Remilia.
"Man, I've had more than enough of all this moon business."
"Why?" asked Remilia, cocking her head.
"Well, I'm glad we got back and all, but that rocket was just a one-way deal, y'know? So wasn't it just a missile?"
"That was because we used the Sumiyoshi Sanjin. On the way there, we lost two parts of it. Since there aren't any six-part gods, we did not have enough to both go to and return from the moon." Remilia waved her finger in the air as if drawing a spiral. It seems it was supposed to represent a six-stage rocket.
"You shoulda done the math for the flesh-and-blood humans like me. On the other hand, you woulda been fine if you were just tied to the thing, bein' a vampire."
"Hmph. If it came to that, I would just fly to the moon myself." Remilia spread her arms out and looked toward the ceiling.
"Better do somethin' about that whole "weak to sunlight" part then."
Marisa laughed as she took another drink. She honestly thought that even Remilia was fed up with the moon.
Eirin took another drink.
There was no doubt about it. Whatever labor they went through to get this sake, it was no ordinary venture. This was not some cheap swill that businessmen would drink after hours, incomprehensible babble spilling from their mouths.
It was an exceedingly ancient sake that had been aging for over a thousand years in the Lunar Capital. Yes, it was likely sleeping even at the time when Eirin fled for Earth.
"Wh-What is this...?" Eirin was clearly shaken. She had shown composure without intending, meaning it was the moment Yukari had been waiting for to strike.
Eirin could never forget the taste of that sake. The purity that was impossible to obtain on the impure Earth, and the deep flavor that came from its millennium-long slumber.
"It must have been centuries since you left your hometown. I thought you were becoming distraught with homesickness, so I had some sake from the Lunar Capital prepared for you."
Yukari grinned.
That ominous smile left a deep scar in Eirin's mind, something she would never be able to forget. To make those who cannot die question the meaning of living. To make them fear the unknown, what they cannot understand.
That was the true intention behind Yukari's Second Lunar Invasion.


Afterword
Hello, I'm ZUN. Thank you for reading this book.
It's my first novel in a while. By taking the various supporting characters and making them the focus of each chapter, I made this book to be a compilation of their own personalities and viewpoints.
While it isn't possible to understand the whole story through this novel alone, I wrote it with the hopes to deepen the characters a little bit more.
Gensokyo is a world isolated from the rest of our own world. This fact is occasionally a hindrance to the understanding of most people, but as this book is written in the first-person view of characters with extraordinary senses, this book was meant to be enjoyed as a fantasy novel.
But nevertheless, either if the moon were actually covered in water or remained as its normal, gray self, it is filled with an almost romantic longing. They say that truth is stranger than fiction, so it may be a matter of course that we would be convinced of the existence of whatever we imagine.
Even routines can be romantic in their fine details. This is the feeling I get from what the inhabitants of Gensokyo say.
Now, is it really so hard to have these romantic feelings in life?
Perhaps whoever called the plains on the moon "seas" was a romanticist. Now, let's say there was a city on the far side of the moon, constantly hidden from the sight of Earthlings. Giving a special name and backstory to this enigma would also naturally be the work of a romanticist.
Now, what about the residents of Gensokyo who built a rocket to travel to the Lunar Capital?
That was the cutting edge of their technology, but as it was not opposing any kind of reality, history or natural providence, very few humans or youkai if any felt some kind of romanticism in the process. The only ones who would feel that way about the happenings in Gensokyo are likely humans from the outside world.
But on the other hand, Gensokyo sees the outside world in a romantic light. Working or studying day after day while sharing information or shopping without leaving the house in between... That kind of lifestyle might be overflowing with romanticism to the inhabitants of Gensokyo.
The easiest way to feel romance in your everyday life is to live in a fantasy world. And that is surprisingly easy to do. Just read a fantasy novel.

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segunda parte 8vo cap (entregada)

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Ahora pido la parte 2 del mismo capítulos (el 5)... gracias. (Entregado)

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Pido la parte 11 del mismo cap (Entregada)

Pido la parte 12 y última del cap 5 (Entregado)

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