CHAPTER 8: Hannan’s Story
~Scarlet Devil Mansion, Hannan’s Room [Day]~
When he woke up from that surprise attack, Amir stared at the ceiling as he tried to reminisce what had happened before he and Flandre passed out. Upon that thought, the black cat’s face turned bright red in embarrassment. Flandre had managed to steal his first kiss before Chen could.
And then comes the part where she had her hands in the wrong place… her scent, her breath was too close for comfort…
But, his reverie was broken when he heard someone entering the room.
“Oh, you’re awake, Amir?”
“Sis!” Amir cheered, as his sister entered the room. He quickly gave his sister a hug.
“Ah, so he’s your little brother, Mikuru-chan? He’s so cute!”
“Yes he is, Koakuma.” Hannan said, ruffling Amir’s black hair.
“But what about the cat ears and tails?”
Hannan frowned when Koakuma finished with her question. “Didn’t I hear you say ‘tails’?”
The woman beside her nodded and pointed to the split tails sprouting from Amir’s shorts to support her statement.
“Since when did your tail had split into two?”
“It’s a long story anyways.” Amir said. “But why are you here, sis?”
Hannan sat on her bed, loosening her black pony-tailed hair, letting it free. “Mine’s an even longer story. Do you care to hear it too, Koakuma?”
“Sure. Why not? Lady Patchouli had given me a break after all.”
“Okay, here it goes then.”
Few days back Hannan was still in the outside world, she overheard a conversation from two college girls who kept talking about their club activities. One day, they placed on a location, and being adventurous, she decided to follow them. She was lucky that her boss, Shirogane gave all of his employees two weeks off after closing the shop for the day – starting tomorrow.
Without hesitations, Hannan rushed back home and packed her backpack and followed the girls.
Upon arriving there, Hannan lost track of the girls, and didn’t know the fact that she actually had been wandering into the world of Gensokyo, and she went through the powerful spiritual barrier that had been dividing the outside world and Gensokyo without any obstructions.
That is, until she encountered a group of fairies as she ventured deeper into the forest. When the fairies put up a danmaku fight, Hannan quickly defended herself with her powers.
“ICICLE SPEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR!” She yelled, calling on her first attack.
A large chunk of ice fell straight on one of the fairies’ head, knocking the wind out of her. After a while fighting, the fairies retreated, leaving Hannan in the forest.
That’s when the problem started. As soon as she reached the forest, her vision blacked out. She was still conscious, but she could barely see anything, until she heard a girl’s voice, singing.
"Oh, traveler, traveler, bloodied red, red~.
She looks like she's scared out of her heady head~.
It's dark, too dark, indeed, for human eyes, eyes~.
But I'm selling a cure. It's true, no lies lies~.
All you need is to eat some tasty eel, eel~.
It’s the wondrous night blindness curing meal, meal~!
Sight returns with great speed, speed~.
Trust it, it's guaranteed, teed~!"
This is where she met Mystia Lorelei the night sparrow. Apparently, she was quite surprised when she learned that Hannan was not from Gensokyo. After eating grilled lampreys, her vision returned to normal.
But there lies another problem. She wanted to go back, but it was way too dangerous. The forest was darker than a moonless midnight, and if she’s going to make a reroute, she’s sure that she would be attacked by monsters.
Or being eaten by a hungry youkai, nonetheless.
While she was pondering on how to get back, the elegant maid Sakuya Izayoi flew over Mystia’s stand while she’s on her way to find Hong Meiling. Sakuya found the gatekeeper hiding behind Mystia’s stall, made a quick work with her (in this case, a knife stuck on the forehead.) before she dragged Meiling away.
Before Sakuya could depart, Hannan stopped her, in regarding if the maid could bring her to the human village.
“Nobody is awake in the human village right now.” She said. “But I can bring you to my mistress, and see if you can stay there for a while.”
Hannan was delighted, and Sakuya flew away with Hannan holding her right hand.
However, upon arriving at the Scarlet Devil Mansion, Hannan had started getting bad vibes regarding the place where Sakuya had brought him. The atmosphere of the place was very dark, save for some lights coming from the candles.
Nevertheless, the maid had brought Hannan to meet Remilia Scarlet, and that’s when the trouble started.
“I see you had brought another human, Sakuya?” A female and girlish voice echoed in the room.
“Yes, Mistress Remilia.”
Inside the room was a pale skinned girl, wearing a pink dress and a poofy hat. Hannan could clearly see the bat wings.
“Can I ask you a question, Miss Remilia?”
“I heard that the girl who sold those grilled eels told me that I came from the outside world.” She said. “What is this place anyway?”
“You’re now in Gensokyo. This is a world which was separated from the world where you came from.” Remilia explained. “I believe that you were here because of Yukari?”
“No. I just walked here.”
“Can you tell me what your blood type is?”
“B. Why did you ask?”
She could clearly see Remilia’s devilish smile.
“Hold it. When you’re asking for something, there must be a reason.” Hannan said, pointing a finger at the vampire. “You’re a vampire, aren’t you?”
And then, she could hear Remilia chuckling. She then spread her bat-like wings, floating on air.
“You are right. Sadly though, humans who were brought here usually become my meal – their blood, at least.” Remilia said, with the evil grin still on her face. “Don’t worry. Sakuya and I will make a quick work with you.”
There was no turning back, except to fight Remilia and Sakuya in order to stay alive.
Even though Hannan was giving out all the resistance she could, she could not win the battle against the vampire Remilia. But, in spite of Remilia being victorious, Hannan was able to inflict heavy damage to her, thanks to her ability in ice manipulation.
Remilia made a quick bite in taking Hannan’s blood, but the vampire quickly pulled away when she had Hannan’s blood seep into her mouth.
“What’s wrong, ojou-sama?”
“Bleh. She tastes like a fox.” Remilia remarked as she wiped the blood off her mouth with a tissue Sakuya offered.
“What should we do with her?”
“Let her stay. We could use an extra maid.”
And beginning from that day, Hannan becomes one of Scarlet Devil Mansion’s new maids. She didn’t have quite the authority Sakuya had, but at least the fairy maids were getting along with her.
She had met everyone living there, including the anemic Patchouli and her familiar, Koakuma (which later becomes her best friend), the gatekeeper Hong Meiling (Hannan refused to call Meiling China because she felt pity for the gatekeeper) and Remilia’s younger sister, Flandre Scarlet.
Unlike Hannan’s Japanese friends from the outside world, Remilia had trouble on speaking Hannan’s Arabic name, so Remilia gave her a new name for convenience: Asahina Mikuru. Still, Remilia remained to call Hannan by her Arabic name.
While’s working as a maid, there are times that Hannan trains her ice manipulation skills to strengthen her powers. She often had sparring matches with Meiling, thanks to her black belt expertise in tae-kwon-do.
“So, where are you staying now?” Hannan asked Amir after she finished her story.
“In Mayohiga. Apparently the woman who ‘kidnapped’ me is taking care of me and Arikado. Her name’s Yukari Yakumo-” There was a slight pause. “Wait, where’s Arikado?”
Amir knew right off the bat that it was Arikado’s voice.
“Oh dear, looks like Flandre is at it again.” Koakuma stated.
“How about you recharge you batteries before you go?”
Amir blinked at his older sister’s remark. “Wait, what was that again?”
“Never mind. Get to Arikado and get back home.”
Without any more questions, Amir rushed out of Hannan’s room and quickly ran towards Arikado’s location. He took the little fox away before the two ran out of the Scarlet Devil Mansion, and later, they flew all the back to Mayohiga.
By the time they arrived at the Yakumo household, Ran was preparing lunch when she saw the boys kneeling in front of the house, catching their breath.
“Oh, welcome back.” Ran greeted when she noticed the black cat and the fox at the mini-porch of Yukari’s house. “Are you two okay?”
“Yeah, sort of.”
“Where had you been yesterday and what did you two do, looking all red like that?” Ran asked a little bit more.
“Actually, we’re from the Scarlet Devil Mansion –gasp- and we used Volt Tackle all the way back.” Amir replied while gasping for air.
“…” Ran crossed her arms. “…Why are the two you were at the Scarlet Devil Mansion to begin with?”
“…” Both Amir and Arikado were speechless.
Then, Yukari appeared in the hallways, yawning.
“Oh, good morning, Ran.” Yukari greeted groggily. “Oh, good morning, boys. Did you found your sister at the Scarlet Devil Mansion?”
Amir and Arikado remained quiet, and they nodded their head once instead of saying yes.
Ran sighed while rolling her eyes away, before she ushered the boys to get inside for lunch – white rice, some pickled mushrooms and Chen’s favorite, fried fishes.
Amir hardly talked about their visit to the Scarlet Devil Mansion, as he still remembered yesterday’s incident with Flandre.
That's it for now. Enjoy reading.