This is a fanfiction of Touhou Project.
Portrayal of characters/world might be disrespectful or inaccurate.
The author apologies in advance for both the above and if the format/writing is weird, and would appreciate suggestions/feedback.
CHAPTER 2 : AIMI ARATA
Mizuki : (C-Crap...! I have to run, I have to run...but...m-my legs won't move!)
Arata threw one of her hands in the air, and at that moment, the ground below Mizuki started glowing with a bright yellow hue...and a wave of intense light burst from the ground, seemingly consuming Mizuki inside. The wave had enough power to crush or at least severely damage lower-class youkai...
However, when Arata looked back at the spot where Mizuki was as the light disappeared...Mizuki was no longer there. Arata turned around to find Mizuki was laying on the ground behind her.
Arata : ...Well, you're a quick one.
Mizuki : [huffing] ...Gah...! (Wait a minute...why is that youkai cook just looking at me like that...? He doesn't...seem surprised at all...!)
Mizuki had noticed the gaze the youkai who ran the food cart was giving her...not very amused, and cold.
Mizuki : (Wait a minute...my 'legs'...are numb...but there's no way this is from 'fear'! This has got to be 'poison'! N-No...I fell for it, this was all a 'trap'! There was no way in hell a food cart would just pass by a forest even youkai stay away from...!)
Arata : Your poison seems to be half-working. Sure took awhile but it really seems like her legs are feeling a bit heavy.
Youkai : This girl...she transformed into a 'wave' just now...
Arata : Oh?
With a nonchalant expression, Arata threw a paper seal at Mizuki, who quickly disappeared before the paper seal hit made impact and was replaced by a small, but intense wave of water running through the puddle of sake that was spilled earlier...it crashed against Arata's leg, and at that moment blood spilled everywhere, coming from her leg.
Arata : Argh!?
Wincing in pain and quickly reacting, Arata flew into the air and held her position a few meters above the ground. Looking down she could see her leg covered in blood, and that the wave that hit her had disappeared. Mizuki was there.
Mizuki : Ah...meant to knock you over...really sorry about that...
Arata : So that's your 'ability'...! Becoming a 'wave' once you come into contact with water...
Mizuki : (Gah...that's the first time I've hit anyone with that...I suddenly feel like I'm the shark from 'Jaws'. Wait, why am I thinking about movies!? She's going to try to hit me again!)
Youkai : Well, funny ability you got, but...Arata, bigger one.
Arata : Coming right up!
Arata pushed her index and middle fingers forward before quickly raising them up, as yellow light gathered below Mizuki again, but this time it covered the whole small clearing of trees below. The food cart's owner quickly dashed away with his cart.
Mizuki : (I know this 'poison'...! Most of it will gather up in the blood inside your leg once it takes effect...if that's the case..!)
At that moment, with a fierce yell, Mizuki created "waves" inside her blood veins, and almost instantly, large holes ripped from her legs and blood flooded out from them. With the strength of a youkai, despite the massive blood loss Mizuki was able to get up, and make a sprint out of the area right before the explosion...
--5 minutes later--
Youkai : Well...she got away.
Arata : ...
Arata quickly sat down on the chair in front of the food cart, drinking the sake on the table and eating from a leftover plate. Before slamming her head on the table.
Arata : [mumbling] I've completely screwed it up...my first job without assistance from Reimu-san...
Youkai : ...That's been mixed with the poison too, you know....you just fixed up your legs-
Arata : Who cares...I don't even want to walk anymore.
Youkai : Come on, the shrine maiden will be nice on you, right? I mean, she's nice to you and all.
Quickly, she raised her head and slammed her hand on the table.
Arata : That's why I need to meet her expectations! She didn't pick me up from the streets for nothing, and I need to repay her!
Youkai : Hey hey...I don't think she's cruel enough to give you a place just to make you work-
Arata : That's not what I'm trying to imply! Even if she has never said a thing, isn't it obvious that she should expect something from me!?
Youkai : Alright, alright! Calm down and I'll get you something non-poisonous to eat! Maybe that will calm you down...[whispering to himself] You're still paying though.
--A while later, at the human village...--
Arata was in front of Reimu, standing up as straight and still as a log.
Reimu : Ah! Arata, there you are, did you get her?
Arata : S-Sorry...no...
Reimu : E-Eh? What happened to your leg?
Arata : I-It's uh-
Reimu : You didn't really apply the healing spell properly...come on, let's hurry back and I'll fix it back up for you.
Arata : (G-Geh, the other exterminators are looking at us...this is kind of embarrassing.)
(Hello, everyone, my name is Aimi Arata. I'm 13 years old, humbled to make my introduction. I'm a human girl from the Aimi clan, our family are a line of youkai exterminators, with similar practices to the Hakurei family....thing is though, we were smaller and less important, and we were always enemies with them. No one really knows how the rivalry started but...we didn't like each other much, we had pretty nasty duels with each other, but eventually we stopped...during that period of peace with the Hakurei family though, ours ran out of business, family troubles got out of control and...we faded, worse than ever. It was like our family, and me didn't exist....until I met Reimu-san, that is.)
--3 years ago--
There was heavy rain that night. The winds were strong, and the villagers were a little worried that their homes would be affected by the storm, as there were sights of trees falling over in the forest. Of course, in this night no one wanted to be outside their home. It couldn't be helped for a homeless little girl running away from a youkai, however...
Arata : AHHH!! AHHHHH!!
Screaming, Arata futilely threw seals at the youkai behind her, all that missed.
??? : Well then, you're pretty small but you should make a nice meal~!
After having ran for countless minutes that seemed like hours, Arata finally crashed into a tree, and fell to the ground, helpless. At that moment, tears flooded from the girl's eyes, this situation was all too hopeless for her...the youkai lunged at her...
Arata : ...Eh?
She slowly raised her head to look. The youkai had been knocked back into a tree, and a woman was in front of her, her leg stretched out, having kicked the youkai. The woman turned to look at Arata...
Reimu : Hey, are you okay?
Arata : A...Ah...?
She then realized that the woman in front of her was a Hakurei shrine maiden, and tried to scurry away...
Reimu : Huh? Oh, you're from the Aimi clan...well...
Reimu gently put a hand forward...
Reimu : It's alright, I won't hurt you. Come on now, get up.
At that moment, all the panic Arata felt disappeared...she reached out her hand to touch Reimu's...
--Fast forward to where we previously left off, at the Hakurei Shrine...--
Reimu : Ah...so she had a weird 'ability'...
Arata : Sorry, if I was more careful I would have got her...
Reimu : It's okay, it's okay...many people are going after her anyways, so don't worry about her...
Arata : ...But...that's not really a good thing, right?
Reimu : What do you mean?
Arata : Though sinners must be punished...are you sure about letting that 'man' join the hunt...?
Reimu : Ah...him...I would keep an eye on him if I could...but if he's working with other exterminators...he probably wouldn't do something stupid...
Arata : 'Frogfang'...that's what he calls himself, right?
To be continued.