Curse of the Heavens, part 2
11 October 2009, 1:12 AM JST
There was a flicker of pearlescent light as the Lunar Veil descended to Earth. It looked a lot like a shooting star, but if you were a youkai who was paying attention, you'd notice that it had the wrong color and shape.
Then Reisen landed on Earth, and pretty much hit the ground running.
She ran through the bamboo forest as fast as she could; there was an envelope tucked under one arm. It hadn't changed much; but then, it had only been a couple of years since the last time she'd come here. She reached the front door of Eientei and began frantically knocking.
Shortly thereafter, the sliding door was opened by Tewi. "Rumia, did you beat up the — oh, hi, you're that Lunar Envoy," she said.
"I ... have a letter for ... Eirin Yagokoro," gasped Reisen.
"Okay, give it to me and I'll deliver it to her," said Tewi, radiating the sort of innocence that no one would believe.
"N-no, it has to be in person," said Reisen, frowning.
"What's going on here?" said Eirin as she approached. "Oh — you have a letter?"
Reisen nodded, handing the envelope to Eirin. "It's, it's a letter from the Watatsukis," she said, panting.
Eirin frowned, regarding her for a moment, and then nodded. "All right, you can come in," she said. "You can stay here for a moment in case I need to send a response." She didn't need, er, her own genius to tell that it was going to be something pretty damn important.
She sat in one of the side-chambers, and slit open the envelope with a letter-opener. A ghostly number 1 appeared and floated up into the air. Good. She was the first person to open the letter; it hadn't been tampered with.
She read the letter.
Her brow creased.
Then she read it again, to make sure she hadn't somehow been wildly mistaken.
She facepalmed. "Idiots," she muttered. "Not again ..."