The Motherly Seven-Colored Sorceress
The Doll with Thoughts of Her Own
ALICE: Humans have a saying: "You're only as old as you feel." For youkai, who don't age at a fixed rate, this is more literally true.
SHANGHAI: I'm with you so far.
ALICE: Now, Shanghai, you're thirty years old. It is true that this is a perfectly acceptable age for a youkai to be considered a child, or an adolescent.
ALICE: It is also true that you have approximately adult-level intelligence, but we've still been letting you mature at your own rate.
SHANGHAI: Okay. Isn't it also true that, you've basically been making it up as you go along in the parenting department? I mean, since you were both originally human, and I'm a youkai-child?
ALICE: Ehhh, honestly, all parents do that. But the point is that you cannot have it both ways.