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// Chapter 2: The worst incident
The Moon already showed its face on the sky, shining brightly down the surface of Gensokyo. Aya and Yukari then go to the rendezvous, the planned time has yet to come, but as the host she should be there early. When was at Aya's house, Yukari told the tengu to follow her and "spread the news" afterward. The tengu reporter of course agreed, since she'd do that even if Yukari didn't tell her to. Soon after they reach the top, the shadows start to appear, with noises.
"I can't believe even you got invited, Mokou."
The commotion is by Kaguya Houraisan and her rival, Fujiwara no Mokou. It seems they met and walked together from the Bamboo Forest, as there are bruises all over the silver hair girl, on the other hand, the princess is sparklingly clean.
"Damn coward, why don't you fight me yourself, do you hate losing to me that much?" Mokou bitterly curses, she glares at Kaguya with fierce eyes, but doesn't try to hit her. Maybe it's because of the princess' companion, Eirin Yagokoro, whose eyes follow every action of Mokou.
Actually, those three started off at roughly the same time, then met each others outside the forest. Of course, Mokou instantly tried to give Kaguya a punch, which was like a friendly greeting between them. However, since this is the first time Kaguya goes out of Eientei to meet others (for months), Eirin would not want her princess to look ragged. Mokou was a strong one alright, but she was still no match for the sage of the Moon. When the punch lunged close, Eirin thrust her side-palm to Mokou's wrist, pushing her punch away, and quickly bashed Mokou's face. It was lightning fast, Mokou was pushed back a considerable distance.
"What was that for?" she yells. For years since the Lunarians came to Gensokyo, Mokou has been fought with Kaguya and Kaguya alone, she never sparred with Eirin thus the sage's combat level is a mystery to Mokou. Not to mention, aside fights with Kaguya, every other battles in Gensokyo must be danmaku plays, which have been supervised by Yukari Yakumo and Reimu Hakurei to avoid unnecessary bloodshed. So again, Eirin Yagokoro was never considered a fighter. However, she just landed a perfect hit on Mokou's face right after pushing away her punch, with only one arm.
"My apologies, tonight Kaguya-sama will not be fighting you. Let us peacefully go meet everyone together, okay?" Eirin smiled.
Certainly, Mokou only wanted to 'greet' Kaguya, she'd peacefully go with them afterward anyway. But who would, after getting hit by her enemy's servant? Mokou stood up and grin, then rushed to Kaguya again. But, before she could even blink, Eirin was right in front of her. "How childish." she sighed, putting her hand on Mokou's left shoulder, and her other and on Mokou's right elbow, then suddenly pulled both place to the other sides. Mokou's shoulders instantly got dislocated.
"Eirin, that was uncalled for." Kaguya drew near the kneeling Mokou "I'll play with you tomorrow, alright? We have a meeting to attend..." Before she could finish, Mokou jumped and threw a heavy kick at Eirin. But again, without any hassle the sage held her leg and flung Mokou to the ground, face down, then tightly grabbed her ankle's tendon. In this position, just a twist can disable Mokou from walking forever. With her shoulders' already useless, the girl of Phoenix could not do a thing. For the first time, she felt scared of Eirin Yagokoro.
Kaguya stopped Eirin and had her fix Mokou's body up, then stood between the two while they were walking. Mokou was cursing them all the way, but Kaguya was already used to it. To be honest, if she didn't hear Mokou's curses for a day she'd feel like something is missing. About Eirin, as long as there was no fight, she's cool.
Mokou's kept flaming Kaguya in front of Yukari and Aya for a while, even after the goddesses of Moriya shrine, Kanako Yasaka and Suwako Moriya, showed up. They were newcomers to Gensokyo, newer than the Lunarians, but with their power they conquered a vast area around Youkai Mountain, gathering faith from even youkai and successfully had a certain influence to Gensokyo. Unlike Suwako who just loves to wandering around, playing with everyone she meets, Kanako is more of a mastermind who usually be seen together with the other Elite, like Yukari for example.
"Tonight's moon is beautiful, is it not?" Yukari's voice sonorously spreads, as if it tries to reach the Hakurei miko and the Shinso of the Scarlet Devil Mansion as they coming up from downhill. Just a single sentence but everyone can see how vast her internal force is, what a show off.
"It is amazing, Yakumo-san. You truly are powerful!" A sweet, childish voice. Everyone's eyes immediately gaze at the owner, who is sitting joyfully on a rock. She looks so obvious, but none realize since when she has been there.
"Oh, you are the younger sister of the Chireiden's master... Forgive my cloudy head, Koishi Komeiji, isn't it?"
The girl laughs lively, she has an eye-shaped blue decoration on her chest, which confirms her origin quite well. Koishi isn't a strong individual, but her ability to "hide" is somewhat fearful, like earlier, she was sitting right there yet none could realize it. What if she was an assassin? Or a spy? Just thinking about it gives Yukari a chill down the spine. "My sister doesn't like crowded places, so she told me to come instead." She says. The gap youkai then takes a look around, everyone she needed has already gathered here, even the stubborn princesses like Kaguya and Remilia, though, she guesses it all thanks to Eirin and Reimu's effort.
"Thank you for coming here tonight, I know it's hard to get out of your warm beds, part your soft pillows and leave behind your cute pets to go to the top of the highest mountain, in such a cold, boring night. And I can assure you, we are not here for Moon-seeing." she carries on. "Straight to the point, as everyone is here..."
The one stopped her was Aya. "Uhm, sorry, but I think we're missing some people." She scratches her head, this morning, Yukari gave her the invitations to spread, and from all the places, the hostess of Myouren Temple, Byakuren Hijiri, and the master of Mugenkan, Yuuka Kazami, aren't here.
"Don't worry, it was an unexpected situation, and I already knew about it." Yukari pats Aya's shoulder. "And it is also a part of what I want to tell you today, everyone. As you already acknowledged, our Gensokyo had reached its peak of peace and boredom started to spread." the people unconsciously gaze their eyes down the mountain, below there is their loved Gensokyo, at night, it looks bleak, like the most natural place of the world where human never set foot in. "We are not normal human, we are powerful beings that live for thousands years and forth. But! Should we keep living like this forever? The life of nothing but sleeping, eating and floating around?" Yukari exclaims. Her words tear the air apart, piercing into the hearts of people being here. The life in Gensokyo, it is truly some kind of heaven, nothing to worry about, except some danmaku plays which were getting boring lately. For human, this is their paradise, but for such being like youkai, goddess and immortality, this is the worst torture.
"I was trying to make some kind of event, however, something hideous occurred so I had to reverse the plan. Everyone, please keep your cool now, the hostess of Myouren Temple, Byakuren Hijiri, was murdered."
A shock. The Myouren Temple was the newest group in Gensokyo, they originally resided in Makai, however, after an incident long time ago, they came back on the surface and got accepted. Their leader, Byakuren Hijiri, was a great person who vowed to bring peace to both humankind and youkai. She helped everyone when they were in need and didn't ask anything back. The Myouren Temple since then had gotten a very good reputation in Gensokyo, it's almost impossible for anyone to harm them, let alone killing their leader.
"Byakuren's subordinates were put into a coma. It seemed they were hit hard, and fast enough for them to not fight back. If my investigation was right, the murderer went straight into Byakuren after took out her followers."
A commotion starts raising, people whisper to each others about the story. Byakuren's subordinates weren't just anyone, they are strong on both danmaku and real combat, the one who could do this isn't any common person. Not to mention Byakuren herself was also in Elite-tier, even right here, people who could fight against her are counted on the fingers of one hand. Kanako Yasaka, the goddess of Moriya shrine, stands up and walks towards Yukari. "And you want us to find the culprit? Are you planning to use Byakuren's death for your game?" she asks.
"I indeed am, but don't misunderstand, I really respect miss Hijiri. This is only killing two birds with one stone, don't you agree?"
Kanako glares at Yukari, even as a goddess, she can't figure what this youkai has on her mind. With Yukari's ability, isn't it easy for her to discover the murderer right away? Yet, she keeps it hidden and made the whole case her toy. And things don't stop at that, to kill someone like Byakuren, it had to be someone in Yukari's level. Although she must be very powerful, but if everyone here is to hunt her down, she will definitely end up punished, so Yukari will lose another rival. This is not killing two birds with one stone, but three, or even more.
"Stop glaring at me like that, Kanako-sama, I'm not planning anything bad. Byakuren was my friend, too, of course I want to avenge her." those words spoken out, there are many nods from the crowd. Koishi Komeiji is still sitting on the rock, smiling innocently, she probably doesn't know Byakuren anyway. The vampire princess Remilia, who controls fate, somehow looks deep in thought. "Gensokyo will face a big change." she suddenly talks. "Even I can't predict it, however, I would love to stay away from this."
"That is your decision, Remi-chan." Yukari giggles, clearly seeing Remilia as a coward. "Are you afraid of the murderer this much? I don't blame you, though." Everyone looks at Remilia, she only gives back a bitter smile. "Say what you want, Yukari. I know I'm not her match, Reimu, let's go home." she tries to drag the Hakurei shrine maiden away, but gets rejected.
"What is the meaning of this? My job here is solving incident. Now, someone got killed, and you're telling me to go home?" Reimu looks angry.
"Don't be silly, this is not danmaku, you will get killed too!" Remilia yells at her friend. "Just leave it to Yukari and Kanako, we can't do anything."
"Even so!" Reimu shouts. "We can still catch her!"
"You want to catch Yuuka Kazami? What a joke." Remilia sneers. Another shock spreads within the group. Yuuka Kazami was called the strongest creature in Gensokyo, who can only be stopped by Yukari herself. However, she spends most of her time taking care of the flowers, how could she do things such as killing Byakuren? No matter how they look at it, it's just nonsensical.
"I already said, we youkai can't stand this boredom anymore." Yukari sadly speaks, pulling people out of confusion. "Yuuka has snapped, or Byakuren did something bad to her, I don't know. But from my investigation, it is most likely Yuuka that defeated everyone in Myouren Temple, and killed Byakuren with her own hands. Thanks to Remilia here, now I can confirm it." she lets out a deep sigh. "I don't want to force you guys, help me or not is your choice. As a guardian of Gensokyo, I won't tolerate such a sin, even if it's committed by the strongest monster." Her last words somehow contain sadness. Everyone know Yukari always boast about her power, after single-handedly defeated the Celestial Elder Daughter, Tenshi Hinanai, she was recognized as the strongest of all Gensokyo. However, there was a rumor about her battle with Yuuka Kazami in the Garden of the Sun, which resulted in her humiliating defeat. Of course, the majority didn't believe in such gossip, but now they hear it directly from Yukari, the so-called Elite can't help but shiver
"I will help." in surprise of everyone, the Moon princess, Kaguya Houraisan, offer her hand. "Strongest or not, I don't care. Let's see if she can kill me before I tie her up." The unstoppable force against the immortality, why none thought about this? Or except Yukari, she called the Lunarians here, after all.
"As expected from a princess, your words are noble." Yukari slightly bows. "However, right now I don't know Yuuka's whereabouts, so it's very hard to find her, and if you all want to help, please don't do things recklessly, especially do not spread the news, it will only be bad for the weak youkai. Yuuka Kazami is a dangerous being, so contact anyone in Elite-tier you know." she glances at Remilia and Reimu, those two have a certain relationship with other people that you would call "monster". Remilia's younger sister, Flandre Scarlet and Reimu's freeloader, Suika Ibuki. If it's those two, the chance to defeat Yuuka is considerable.
"It can't be helped, Remilia, will you join us?" the goddess Suwako gives out her hand. The vampire hesitates a bit, takes a look at Reimu and then takes Suwako's hand. "This won't be good..." she sighs "I don't want to say this, but my power is being disturbed somehow, I can't control fate like before, that's the reason I don't want to mess around at the moment."
"Then it's even more of a reason for you to join." says Eirin, who kept silent the whole time. "I have been sensing a great disturbance in the force lately, and when I took a look at the history of Gensokyo, guess what laid there?" none says a word, but Reimu startles, as if she just recalls something very important. "It happened before, a great magic power from a monster leaked out and drove the youkai insane. And I believe miss Hakurei here can tell us who it was."
"Yuuka...Kazami... from Mugenkan." Reimu murmurs, but everyone attend on top of Youkai Mountain at the moment can hear it very clearly.