[Open] A Bridge Too Far

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[Open] A Bridge Too Far

Postby Parsee Mizuhashi » 18 Apr 2013 03:00

Parsee cast her gaze over the ancient, ashen city. From the apex of the bridge, she had the perfect view, and from her perch, if she followed the streets with her eyes, she could just catch the sight of the lantern that hung outside of Yuugi's home. Her lips bowed into a frown, looking down and away from the city as she berated herself mercilessly for looking; despite this, Parsee stole another quick glimpse of the lantern; it made her lips flatten into a faint smile, and even her heart flutter.

"Argggggh..." The groan escaped Parsee's lips switching postures to lean back against the railing on her elbows, letting her head fall back to look upwards at the vast ceiling. There was something beside her neurotic mental banter that was bothering her. It was the heat. She hadn't really noticed exactly how hot it was. It was hot - stiflingly hot. Much hotter still than it was during the invasion.

"Raaaaagh....." Another groan, and yet another change of posture. This time, she slid down to a seat upon the bridge, resting her back and head against one of the posts. A dip in the water would do wonders for her, surely. But could she leave the bridge that long? Tending it was her duty - her life's work. But it is too hot. Parsee thought. Just a quick respite from this heat.

It was decided, then. The bridge princess walked the length of her bridge once, checking both sides of the bank before leaving the shinkyo proper to immerse herself completely in the river that flowed beneath it. She left only her face above the water, staring upwards at the forest of nails and straw, searching for any defect in the scarred underbelly of her bridge. 'Surely' she thought, comforting a growing fear that gnawed at the back of her mind, 'Surely there won't be any visitors today.'
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Re: [Open] A Bridge Too Far

Postby Mononobe no Futo » 30 Apr 2013 07:27

Such is the thought that spawns unwanted intruders.

From the other side of the bridge, faint footsteps can be heard through the rocky caverns amidst the blowing winds from the surface world. One still needs to strain her ears to catch the noise, but it's there, slowly and steadily growing louder as whoever - or whatever - making it is getting closer to Parsee's bridge.

Of course, it's Mononobe no Futo, and her white robe is still quite noticeable even with the dim lighting of the underground. The girl is walking toward the bridge and keeps looking left and right every so often as if she's trying to sneak her way through, but there's nothing stealthy about her; in fact, with her breaking into a noisy run every so often toward what she thinks is a good place for cover, the only way to not notice her is to deliberately ignore her.

At least, it's quite interesting to see her flattening herself against the wall and other rock formations, panting dramatically as if she has finally managed to hide herself - even when she's fully in sight from the bridge and at least three other angles at a time.

Eventually, however, she finally stops and places a hand on her chest, heaving a relieved and satisfied sigh for having eluding her imaginary enemies. The Taoist takes a good look at her surroundings, heming and hawing as she tilts her head and turns around a couple of times. It looks as if she's considering the terrain of the cavern, but she keeps coming back to the bridge, where she shakes her head and scowls.

"It is settled, then!"

She loudly declares as she points at the bridge, and at the same time, a piece of wood manifests itself in her hand through magic and is quickly lit up by the same. Futo starts to march forward with the torch held high, her eyes filled with a steely sense of purpose; the kind that usually leads to tragic consequences and a million apologies.

And through this all, she doesn't even seem to have noticed the bridge princess.
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Re: [Open] A Bridge Too Far

Postby Cirno » 05 May 2013 04:45

Cirno the little ice fairy fluttered down an underground tunnel. She had been flying down it for a while now, and had expected it to end some time ago. But curiosity kept her going, and even as the tunnel widened, from a narrow passage to a dim chasm, she kept pushing forward into the cool dimness, eager to see just how far it went. Who knows - there might even have been something exciting to see! But, now she was starting to have second thoughts. It was getting more and more dim, and she was beginning to consider how long it would take her to find her way back out, and the air was getting... warmer? Was it possible? Would it get so hot that she would have to turn back?

As if in response to her uneasiness, the tunnel at last opened onto a changing environment: Cirno's eyes, having by now adjusted to the dimness, could make out a bridge, and below, water that reflected eerie, somber flames. Beyond was what may even have been a city. Could it be that Cirno had come upon a new world? But the heat was very discomforting. She floated to the ground to rest and felt warm rock under her feet. She felt beads of sweat forming on her face.

She looked down at the water again, oblivious to the figure standing on the bridge, as if part of the scenery itself. Even if her wings started to melt, having water to freeze could restore her. Now that she thought of it, taking an underground dip seemed like a great idea! She couldn't wait to tell Daiyousei about her discovery.

She sprinted to the edge of the rock, and, with an echoing squeal ("Cannonbaaaaaaall!"), leaped outward and high into the air, curled her knees up to her chest, and plummeted down into the water below.

It was a little shallower than she expected where she landed, but the water broke her fall well enough, and the resulting splash was very sufficient. But, wait a minute. The water was uncomfortably warm, and the air was even hotter down here. She wondered if she would be able to freeze water at all here.

She heard footsteps somewhere above and stood still in sudden fear, unsure of what to do.
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Re: [Open] A Bridge Too Far

Postby Parsee Mizuhashi » 09 May 2013 02:08

Parsee lay as still as she could in the water, closing her eyes as the current flowed around her withered body. With how she was positioned, a passerby could easily mistake her for a corpse, not that she sometimes felt as though she was one...'or better off as one'. It was an intrusive thought that had fulminated in her mind. Truth be told, the water did too little to calm her, let alone cool her off. The hashihime sat up, her soaked clothes revealing just how gaunt the bridge princess is as they clung to her every bone. Standing was next, followed by a scrutinizing of the nearest straw doll. She picked over it, adjusting the small, conical black hat bearing a white bow that it wore.

It was at that time that the hashihime heard it. Footsteps. It sounded as though someone was running towards her, or at least, her bridge. Parsee froze in the water for a moment, the embers of her mind flaring brightly to produce a plan. 'A visitor! Someone's come to see me!?' A hopeful voice chirped in her head, quickly answered by a growl. 'No one has come to see you, Parsee. Just to pass by, like always. They won't even greet you.' Parsee shook her head, banishing both voices to the back of her mind. The latent heat did not make things any better.

Parsee strained her ears again, hoping to catch more than just footsteps as she actively listened for the intruder. What she heard was something completely different, catching the sound just in time to have her head snap towards the leaping fairy. The hashihime immediately moved in her direction, moving against the current rather quietly concerning her speed. She seemed to appear from the tangle of straw and pilings, a wicked smile plastered on her face as she approached the fairy from behind. Taking a moment to size up the blue-haird sprite, she spoke immediately afterwards in a sinister tone, pointing with a thing finger at her.

"Lost, are we?" The hashihime's eyes glimmered in the dim light, only adding to her intimidating visage as she nears Cirno; her demeanor didn't change even as she closed the distance behind the ice fairy, dwarfing her small size. "All alone, on the border of Hell." Her voice was decidedly mocking, as if contemplating the tragic end of the fairy; the dramatic moment was interrupted by a growing noise as there was a distinct groaning sound that bellowed out from under the bridge, one that mimicked a heart-wrenching pain. Embers of green fire burst into existence, one from each nail as they coalesced into a larger shape, one that changed even its confirmation into that of a horrifying mass off eyes and mouths, having no distinct shape otherwise.

Parsee's grand entrance was upstaged by a single phrase uttered loud enough by none other than Mononobe no Futo. "It is settled then!" She said, in a voice that reverberated off of the cavern walls. The statement caused Parsee's attention to switch for a moment from the intruding ice fairy towards the top of her bridge. Her grin widened still, backing away from the fairy and to one of the nail studded pilings that supported her shinkyo. Each nail served as a handgrip and footrest as she climbed the moderate height of the strut, finally placing both arms over the lip of the bridge, turning her burning stare towards Futo.

"Two in one day?" Parsee remarked to herself, her wicked smile only increasing.
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Re: [Open] A Bridge Too Far

Postby Cirno » 17 May 2013 06:47

"Lost, are we?" Cirno was frozen with fear rather than cold as the voice approached from behind her. "All alone, on the border of Hell." Hell? she wondered, trembling. She really had gone too far. This was no place for a lake fairy. Had she realized it too late? Would she even see the person who killed her? Then there was a green glow on the water and a horrible groaning, a pained groaning that couldn't belong to anything from Cirno's world. At last she turned around and stared past the encroaching figure into a mass of eyes and mouths. This could only be a nightmare. Could such things exist?

"It is settled then!" The voice ringing through the chasm diverted the figure's attention. This was Cirno's chance to escape. She turned around and started running away from the bridge, fluttering her wings and hoping she could find the strength to take off. The water felt like molasses and she had to lift her short legs up as she ran. Outside of the water, dripping wet and still too hot for comfort, she started to look for a path upward. It was steep. Getting out might not be easy. She wondered how long the other girl would divert the scary one's attention.

She would just have to try. She reached for a small, sharp crag and started to pull herself up. "Eye'm the strongest," she reminded herself, pulling herself up. Those little arms weren't as strong as she wanted them to be, she couldn't stop herself from thinking. But now was the time to use her strength. Her arms and legs carried her to a little ledge just a little above the water. She went to its edge, jumped off, and started beating her wings as she fell toward the water. She was flying again. She rose, maybe too slowly, upward, toward an escape, hoping she wouldn't be seen.
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Re: [Open] A Bridge Too Far

Postby Mononobe no Futo » 19 May 2013 04:53

"Gah!" The sudden appearance of a youkai from under the bridge almost causes Futo to jump, and she briefly entertains the idea of taking a hasty retreat back to the surface. The drenched girl already looks quite intimidating, but the menacing expression on her face only further the hostile impression the shikaisen gets from this place. She looks like she's going to climb up soon, Futo thinks, and there is no chance that she will pass the chance to attack her.

Futo gulps, tightening her lips into an uncertain scowl as she ultimately decides to stand her ground. What sort of evil power does the underground conceal? It seems that she's about to find out, and already she thinks of the possible horror and the idea she has to face it all alone in this strange terrain...

...But all those thoughts briefly melt away when she sees a fairy climbing up the bridge as well. It's not really Cirno's fault, but the small girl's struggle to climb up the bridge is the complete opposite of Futo's impression on the earlier youkai's appearance - she looks rather comical, especially since she's not that far away from the scary-looking Parsee.

Futo gapes a bit as she keeps her eyes beyond the bridge princess for a while, looking rather confused. The inapposite ice fairy is enough to cast doubt on her earlier assumption that youkai are rising from under the water to attack her.

"W-what art thou doing, taking a swim in this river?" She makes a guess before shaking her head and raising her torch again, reminded of her purpose. "...This is hardly the place! Youkai, fae, and whatever else dwelleth still under there, I do not seek any quarrel with thee at the moment! I beseech thee to take thy water games and merriment somewhere else while I commit this bridge to a most flaming destruction." For an apparent arson-to-be, at least she seems to be as formal as a civil official. She even slips in a quick bow of her head to the two.
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Re: [Open] A Bridge Too Far

Postby Parsee Mizuhashi » 25 May 2013 07:31

The wretched voice returned to Parsee's head as she stood, her back hunching over in a monstrous pose. 'See. I told you. Neither of them came to see you. This one was just in the wrong place, and this other one? Well, it seems she wants to burn your bridge to cinders. Wouldn't you like that?' The bridge princess's hands shot up to her slick, yellow hair, grabbing at it in a rage that distracted her from the interlopers and only added to fearsome disposition. She shook it in a wild expression of furor, tears forming at the brink of her glowing, emerald eyes.

Parsee's mental anguish only added fuel to the apoplectic conflagration that now stood upon her bridge just as the seemingly gelatinous mass of eyeballs and mouths changed once more, now turning into a great leviathan of emerald color, coiling its ethereal body around the struts of the bridge as it wormed its way up above the railing. Mizuhashi's attention shifts from Futo to the serpent and then back to Futo, her sinister grin once more stretching itself taut against her gaunt features; both of the green-eyed monsters let out a howl of delight as they seem to share the same thoughts. To Futo and Cirno though, it maintained the prior amalgamation of a face; one that made even Picasso's seem perfectly in order.

"This river? Is my river. This bridge? Is my bridge. It already burns. Can't you see it? It's such a beautiful sight..." Parsee's voice wavered with the telltale signs of a fragile psyche, one that was already driven mad. "..Yes, we'll show them. We'll show them!" With those words, Parsee takes a step forward towards Futo, her breaths coming as ragged draws that rattle in her ribcage, exhaling them with the same growl. Her frightening cackles came interspersed between the deathrattles that she breathed, joining the cacophony of her heavy footsteps.

"This bridge is a part of me. And now, I will make you, a part of it." The line was delivered in a cadence that matched her footsteps, a portion of the green ectoplasm forming around her shoulder as she crossed the quarter-way point to Futo. It flowed down her arm, much like the water had before, circling into a tight coil around her finger before shooting off towards Cirno, the gelatinous mass tracking its small tracer as it closed the distance to the diminutive ice fairy. "And don't think I have forgotten you, little fairy. There is a special place for you, as well."

The bridge princess stops at the halfway point between where she had been and Futo, extending her sickly claw out to the shikaisen. "Come join us. We have such things to show you..."
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Re: [Open] A Bridge Too Far

Postby Cirno » 26 May 2013 04:44

Cirno's ascent wasn't fast enough to escape the arm of ectoplasm that shot toward her. By the time she looked down to its sound, it was too late to get out of the way. "Aah!" It knocked her wing, sending her off balance. She wavered, tumbled, and fell. "Oh, no!" She shut her eyes as she plummeted and the bridge quickly approached, but the impact she expected didn't come. Instead, a length of rope on the bridge's side cushioned her fall, and she toppled onto the hard wood, right next to the bridge youkai.

This weakness was embarrassing for the ice fairy. Above ground was her world of ice where she could be the strongest and most confident fairy, but down here she felt neither brave nor strong. What would this enemy do to her? What did she want? Cirno felt that after this, she wouldn't go deep into caves anymore.

She looked up at her attacker from the bridge's floor, who was simultaneously dealing with the shikaisen. The bridge youkai, now that Cirno could have a good look, was an altogether unsettling figure, surrounded by the glowing green ectoplasm of what looked like fused-together faces. Her eyes were an ethereal, sickly green.

"H... hi, I'm Cirno," she said in a wavering voice that she hoped didn't sound too scared.
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Re: [Open] A Bridge Too Far

Postby Mononobe no Futo » 01 Jun 2013 02:17

The youkai's abrupt rage surprises Futo even further. While she has long suspected that the creatures she'd encounter so deep underground would be unpredictable and dangerous from the moment she found that ominous blowhole on the surface, she doesn't expect that a gentle and well-explained eviction notice will evoke such a powerful reaction...

Unless she's facing the bridge youkai herself, as the green-eyed girl indicates in her distraught utterance. She curses her inattention for walking straight into the enemy's trap - and one that is encased in energy so negative and powerful that it is visible even to a naked eye at that.

Futo notices that the incorporeal emanations around her are extended from her own life force, much like many of the bullets created by other fighters in Gensokyo. However, there's something about them that causes a feeling of puzzlement amidst the knee-jerk thoughts of fear and preemptive defence in the shikaisen's mind. From all of the evil youkai of Gensokyo, this girl's energy somehow feels more primal and vicious. It's almost as if it arose from pure thoughts and feelings and remains in that subliminal form instead of manifesting into something more tangible.

It's likely that the key to the terrible show of power she's witnessing right now is also tied to her psyche. If only she's better at reading people's hearts, Futo quietly grumbles to herself, perhaps she will be able to subdue this youkai more efficiently. She has never been that good at figuring others out, especially since they are seldom as frank as she is. Her only choice is to be as straightforward as she can to others, and hopes that they will reciprocate in kind.

Maybe such method may also work on unfathomable, subterranean monsters.

"Then... Then thou should know, youkai!" Futo raises her torch and points it toward Parsee, waving it a little as if to ward her away. "Thy bridge is the connection between the world above and - and whatever foul realm that may lie ahead!"

"Even I can feel the foul qi flowing through, and it may even be worse still than thy own... I seek not to be a part of thy plan, but cleanse myself from it!" She takes a step forward as well, hoping to at least intimidate the bridge youkai, just as she catches Cirno's figure falling and hitting the bridge's floor. As insignificant as fairies may be in this world, the ice girl seems to have blundered into this entire mess through no fault of her own.

She should at least keep her from destroyed by this youkai, if that's at all possible. "Fae, art thou still conscious? Hold still and thou may still liveth--"

Perhaps she doesn't hear that one right, but she's quite sure that the fairy has just introduced herself to the horrible youkai that has hit her. Futo is stunned for a couple of seconds, but she, too, unconsciously adds - despite still waving her torch. "And... and I am Futo of the Mononobe clan, here to exterminate whatever horror lurks within!"
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Re: [Open] A Bridge Too Far

Postby Parsee Mizuhashi » 06 Jun 2013 18:40

Parsee smiled a twisted, pained smile that seemed to have been cobbled together from equal parts of sadistic joy and masochistic sadness as the tense stand-off between her and the shikaisen erupted further, drawing ever so close to the critical point. Another step and another cackle as the ethereal mass seemed to need no encouragement to perform its duties.

"My bridge is the only connection. Those that desire to see the Ancient City must cross it." Parsee eyes glazed over despite the internal conflagration; Futo's words had awoken a new rush of sadness that enflamed her bitter resentment. It was beyond her control - such raw emotion had won and taken the best of her, as the impure feelings of the jealous and envious radiated from the small Bridge Princess. "This is the Bridge that No One Crosses."

From the flat of her palm rose a small, rectangular shape that was no bigger than a playing card. It twirled upon one of its corners as an elegant ballerina would pirouette, yearning to be used. Parsee gripped her arm about her wrist, a distressed scream escaping The etched green face of it flaring to life as she spoke the following words.


"Envy "Green-Eyed Invisible Monster."



The monster needed only to hear those words before it began its assault, arching high over the bridge before angling sharply downwards, zigging and zagging on its way towards Mononobe no Futo while leaving a trail of putrescent green projectiles in its wake; it shoots past Futo, gliding under the bridge and returning on her flanking side, its noxious maw opening wide to devour the interloper in one bite. The trap was complete, yet Parsee had not accounted for one thing.

Cirno wrote:"H... hi, I'm Cirno,"


A child's voice broke her concentration, evidenced by the bridge youkai's eyes widening in shock. 'Could it be that she stopped to greet you?' The very thought weakened her, and the amorphous leviathan shook its head as though it had been struck forcefully upon the nose. It quickly recovered, whipping back around to gain momentum as it soared towards Futo once more, its cavernous mouth preparing to close around the smaller shikaisen.

There was a loud crack that seemed to cause the bridge itself to tremble, a loud crack echoing off of the high ceiling. The card that spun in her hand had fractured into pieces, shattering into non-existence with a flash of characteristic green light. The monster itself erupted into a shower of cherry blossoms of similar consistency.

As for the Bridge Youkai herself, she stood where she had been, struck dumb by Cirno's display, looking confusedly between the ice fairy and Futo as they introduced themselves.

"...My name is..." She started, feeling her heart skip a beat in sudden joy, "Mizuhashi Parsee."
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Re: [Open] A Bridge Too Far

Postby Cirno » 07 Jun 2013 05:57

"And... and I am Futo of the Mononobe clan, here to exterminate whatever horror lurks within!" The shikaisen sounded very austere to Cirno and had an unusual way of speaking. Maybe it was a dialect of this underground world?

The attentions of both of the other two youkai were directed at one another, it seemed. It was as if she was on the sidelines. The intensity in both sets of eyes was apparent. 'I bet they're about to fight,' she thought to herself. She was just as excited to see it as they must have been. Her fear was being forgotten. Surely they would both be very strong, more so than her.

"My bridge is the only connection," the bridge youkai said. "Those that desire to see the Ancient City must cross it." She paused, probably for dramatic effect. "This is the Bridge that No One Crosses." She twirled a card that was in her hand. It must have been a spell card.

"But doesn't that mean...?" Cirno started to ask, but she was drowned out by a loud vocalization of the card's name. Envy "Green-Eyed Invisible Monster." Yuck, she thought. The unnatural green mass tensed up, ready to strike.

"H... hi, I'm Cirno," the fairy repeated, more loudly, this time catching the bridge youkai's attention. With a series of sharp noises, the monster dissipated and the spell card shattered. Her face fell in disappointment. Did she really just interrupt the match? She should have thought of that earlier.

"My name is... Mizuhashi Parsee." Well, now everyone knew each other's names. It was a mildly comforting thought. Parsee seemed happy all of a sudden, as if Cirno had just done something unexpectedly nice. Maybe in this underworld, youkai were supposed to attack first and talk later? But Parsee seemed to have been enjoying terrifying her before. It could have just been a personality quirk, right?

"If no one ever crosses this bridge," Cirno inferred, "it must be because you want to keep youkai like us out of the Ancient City. Are there bad things down there? Other than it being really hot, anyway."
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Re: [Open] A Bridge Too Far

Postby Mononobe no Futo » 17 Jun 2013 03:08

The ember on the tip of Futo's torch had steadily grown in size and burned brighter since the hashihime pulled her spellcard, slowly being molded by the shikaisen into a fireball that - she hoped - would be powerful enough to incapacitate the unstable youkai. It wasn't the fastest and most efficient way to attack her at the moment, but Futo was already carried by the spur of the moment; there wasn't too much room to think when a terrifying monster was barreling toward you in high velocity.

Futo chose to steady her ground and tear her eyes away from the awful creature and the bullets it spawned now that it managed to miss her position, focusing instead on her main opponent. Planting her feet on the ground, she attempted to see beyond the sea of green and prepare herself to shoot her fire, now an orb of a considerable size, quietly hoping that she could land a strike before she was struck down herself...

And then it happened. Futo realized from the movement of wind behind her that the serpent had purposely avoided her to attack her flank, but there was a scarce moment left after she turned around and gasped in shock before she could see nothing but the rapidly approaching maw that was about to clamp down on her. But, as the sound of the cancelled spellcard filled the underground cavern, the leviathan disappeared in a manner that was just as spectacular as its appearance. Futo gaped in surprise and relief at the same time, and then looked on to Cirno and Parsee.

There's no question that the fairy did it; in a way, she was the one who saved her instead of the other way around. Futo's fire quietly dissipates away as she blinks a couple times - and then, she takes a careful bow to the them. "As... As I hath saith before, I am Mononobe no Futo."

Hostilities seem to have somehow ceased between all of them, and even Futo only feels slightly wary about this new development. Perhaps it is the way with Gensokyo as it is with the Imperial court and the rest of the world: deadly combats and civil conversations exist side by side and transform into one another in a fluid manner - but at least, within the barrier, everyone is more frank in their actions.

When Cirno proposed her theory, Futo almost cut her off in order to say that she was more concerned of the horrors of this Ancient City spilling out to the surface, and that it didn't matter whether something material actually crossed over. If there is evil qi on the other side, the spiritual force will act on feeling and emotion and use the bridge - which was certainly constructed by the builders in order to facilitate movement between the two sides - to move far and beyond the river.

That is a very impolite way to act to her benefactor, though. Furthermore, she catches something that's more important in her words. "Is... Is what the Fae Mistress spake truth? Art thou truly in the task of guarding this bridge, Lady Mizuhashi?" She looked at her with a worried expression, almost on the verge of apologizing.
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Re: [Open] A Bridge Too Far

Postby Parsee Mizuhashi » 22 Jun 2013 04:51

It was hard for Parsee to hide the abrupt swell of positive emotion that she now felt welling up in her. For once, a visitor from the surface had taken the time to introduce themselves to the Bridge Guardian - let alone two, at one time. It made her giddy, and the reflection of this could be found in the glimmer of her eyes. Parsee gripped the edges of her pleated skirt, managing to curtsey in a rather clumsy way.

"Yes, it's true! I am the guardian of this Bridge. 'The Bridge No One Crosses,' as it's called in the Ancient City." The blonde-haired youkai swelled with pride as she crossed her arms across her chest, closing her eyes with a smug look. This was more attention that she received in a day, let alone a week! Perhaps even a month! It was not enough to stop her mind from wandering though, as she cracked her eyelids to prove that they were still there.

Parsee offered her hand to Cirno sheepishly, looking to help the ice fairy to her feet. "It's my duty to protect this bridge from all unwary travelers!" Her voice took a slight mournful edge to it as she continued, turning her head to face towards the Ancient City. "After all, those who are despised find themselves in good company here.... Most of them, at least." Parsee attempted to find the hanging lantern from where she stood, following the roads of the Oni city as she had so many times before, but she just couldn't see it from where she was. The lack of that swinging beacon was distressing to her, and she could only guess the cause of its disappearance.

"...That's what it was. The heat. There was a time before, when the heat was comforting. But then, a divine wind blew, scorching this place and all that it touched. And then came those from the surface..." Parsee's voice trailed off, her eyes squeezing shut as she remembered the painful memory. "It's far too hot, and I'm envious of the cool breeze of the surface."
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Re: [Open] A Bridge Too Far

Postby Mononobe no Futo » 29 Jun 2013 08:18

"A-ah, I understand now," she said as she lowered her body, looking rather embarrassed at herself. "I apologize for my rashness, when thou hath kept those from above and... well, I know not what reside beyond this bridge, but if they are despised, perhaps they are a terrible folk to behold and mingle with..." She tries to peek beyond Parsee's shoulders as if to check whether one of the creatures she supposes would emerge, but she quickly looks back back to her present company.

There's still something strange, though. While a guardian spirit does not need to be nice, the way Parsee acts is a bit weird... as if she's bothered by something. If she's doing her job in keeping everyone away from her bridge well, though, what could be the cause to her distress?

"Divine wind and those from the surface...?" Futo looks rather confused, not knowing what to make about Parsee's tale, but the next part of what the bridge princess said causes her to smile and exclaim in realization. "Ah, Lady Cirno's arrival to thy bridge must not be a mere coincidence, then!" She nods to the fairy, "Prithee, forgive my uninformed assumption, but thou art some sort of fae of coldness, yes...?" It must not be just her own feelings that the air feels somewhat cooler around her - from her appearance and icy wings, it seems only logical to surmise her as such. "Perhaps the both of thee art destined to meet, so that Lady Cirno may share the coolness from above to thee and the sweltering underground as well."

"If an emissary of nature hath arrived to solve one of thy troubles, it can only be a good omen of things to come," she beams. "Perhaps thou might find the rest of them to be resolved in no time!"
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Re: [Open] A Bridge Too Far

Postby Parsee Mizuhashi » 13 Jul 2013 10:04

Parsee looked at the shikaisen with a confused face at Futo's gesticulations, blinking as the gray-haired figure seemed to almost bow with her apology. The fact that she would apologize to the bridge princess was foreign enough, but such posture threw her for a loop entirely. Not many paid her enough mind to speak to the blonde-haired youkai, let alone take into mind any emotion she might feel. It had been a strange day indeed.

Mononobe no Futo wrote:"A-ah, I understand now," ... "I apologize for my rashness, when thou hath kept those from above and... well, I know not what reside beyond this bridge, but if they are despised, perhaps they are a terrible folk to behold and mingle with..."


"Here there be Onis, Kashas, and hell ravens." Parsee threw her hand back, pointing her previously accusatory finger towards the Ancient City and the Palace of the Earth Spirits. "The Overworld's most hated breeds. An oni that can crush mountains with their pinky finger, or perform the unexplainable in the blink of an eye, or Knock-out a Being in Three Steps!" It was a pity that she would hardly ever visit the bridge anymore, let alone interact with the blonde-haired youkai.

Parsee's green eyes blinked again as she tugged at the edge of her over-tunic, straightening it out. Her face remained somber despite the prior apology and the concurrent awkward silence from the three individuals - it had seemed that the diminutive ice fairy had fainted from the the excitement of the situation. The outcome mattered little to the bridge princess who was, at the given moment, far more concerned with the other visitor to her bridge. There was something that Futo had just said that made her nose wrinkle back in disgust. Indeed, this was a strange day.

Mononobe no Futo wrote:"If an emissary of nature hath arrived to solve one of thy troubles, it can only be a good omen of things to come," she beams. "Perhaps thou might find the rest of them to be resolved in no time!"


"And what do you know of the troubles of mine? Let alone the Underground? You surface-dwellers always interfere with our matters, like you know better!" The statement had angered Parsee to the point that she unconsciously balled her fist. "Everything was better before your ilk started barging your way in! I was with her! I w-was..." She couldn't bring herself to say the following word; even her mouth refused to form it in silence. Had it been so long ago that Parsee had been noticed or sought after?
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