Story: Mundane Musings of the New Generation: Introductions (chapter 14)

Authors: dragonfire5000

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Chapter 14

Title: Two Princesses

[Author's notes: Most of the tests I have to take are now over. Good riddance.]

The Hinanawi Sisters Otohime and Orihime peered into one of the vault rooms of the palace. "Wonder what we'll find here?" the younger Orihime asked eagerly. She hurried into the room and began rummaging around.

"Be careful," Otohime warned, looking around the room nervously. "Who knows what some of these things can do? Remember what happened with that sake gourd?"

"Hey, that wasn't my fault!" Orihime argued. "You were the one that made it start up!"

"But you were the one that found it," Otohime shot back. "Just be careful, alright?"

"Don't be such a worrywart!" Orihime rummaged around a small pile and pulled out what looked like a small hexagon. "What's this?"

"Doesn't that look like the thing the black and white witch uses?" Otohime suggested, peering at the symbols on the hexagon.

"Hey, you're right! Let's try it out! MASTER SPA---MMF?!"

"Don't!" Otohime pleaded as she clamped her hands over her younger sister's mouth. "I don't want to explain to Mommy and Daddy why there's a hole in the palace walls!"

"Alright, alright!" Orihime struggled free and put the object away. "Hey, look at this! What do you think this is?" She pulled out something that looked like a donation box. "Do you think this came from the Hakurei Shrine? Or maybe the Moriya Shrine?"

"Doesn't look like it..." Otohime pointed at the writing on the box. "See? It says ‘Yakumo' on it and...did something just blink inside?" The two girls looked at each other and hastily put the box aside. "What's that thing over there?"

Orihime pulled out something that looked like a bound tome. She made to undo the straps binding the book shut until it began thrashing around and a muffled shriek came from within. The two girls hastily threw the book back into the room, staring at it apprehensively until the book fell silent once again.

"What are you two doing?" The two girls leaped and looked back to see their father Tenshi peering curiously into the room. "Oh, this place! I remember this place!" She eagerly grabbed something from the room, a red rubber frog with blue feet. "Look! This was the toy frog I once put in your mother's clothes when I was younger!"

"You put that in Mom's clothes?" Otohime asked disbelievingly.

"Yeah, you should've heard her shriek back then. It was so---"

"So what?" The dangerous-sounding voice belonged to Hinanawi Iku, a voice that caused Tenshi to flinch guiltily. "Well?" the oarfish youkai asked, her arms crossed across her chest. "What were you going to say?"

"...That it was really cute when you shrieked back then?" Tenshi ventured.

Iku sighed and shook her head. "Really...sometimes I worry that you're the most immature of us all..."

"Hey, that's not fair!" Tenshi pouted. She turned away from Iku with a sulky expression. "Girls, be sure not to grow up into an unfair bully like your mother, alright?"

"I am not an unfair bully," Iku said firmly. "I have never punished anyone unfairly. And before you bring it up again, the smashing of the Hakurei Shrine was clearly uncalled for and you deserved that little lecture."


The Hinanawi Sisters looked at each other and gave a small giggle, the sight of their father with a sulky expression combined with their mother's exasperated look much too funny for the young girls.

[End notes:

Otohime is named after the daughter of the dragon god Ryuujin while Orihime is the Japanese name for the star Vega; she is also one of the two star-crossed lovers featured in the legend behind the Tanabata festival.

Both girls have long blue hair and red eyes, Otohime's hair being a lighter shade of blue. Otohime is the more quiet and shy girl while Orihime is more outgoing and energetic.


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