"Neesan, where are you?" Saigyouji Mikage gave a sigh of frustration. She knew that when her older twin sister hid from her, it usually meant that she was about to do something mischievous. Mikage had been jumping at small noises for a while, fully expecting her sister to pop out at any moment. ‘Geez, you think I'd be used to it by now -!'
Mikage nearly let out a shriek when she saw her sister Rei right in front of her, a cheerful smile on her face. "Hello, Mikage ~!" she said in a singsong voice. "You alright? You look like you've just seen a -"
"Don't finish that sentence, please," Mikage gasped out. "Why do you keep doing that, Oneesan?! You know I don't like it when you do that!"
Rei gave her a curious look. "But Mommy does it to Daddy all the time."
"Daddy doesn't like it either!"
"Boo, you're no fun, Mikage," Rei pouted.
"P-please stop doing that..." Mikage said, desperately trying not to meet her older sister's eyes; Rei seemed to have inherited that guilt-inducing technique from her mother and had no qualms about abusing it.
"So? Why were you looking for me?" Rei asked, smiling innocently at her fuming sister.
"I was looking for you so you wouldn't sneak up on me," Mikage muttered. "Also, I need someone to practice sword fighting with and I can't find Dad anywhere..."
"Dad?" Rei had a thoughtful expression on her face. "I haven't seen Dad today either. Was she in the garden?"
"No, she wasn't." Mikage knew this for certain; she had spent quite a long time looking behind every bush and tree for her sister. "Where could she be?"
"Hm? Looking for me?" The two girls turned to see Saigyouji Youmu heading their way.
"Daddy! Practice sword fighting with me!" Mikage ran over to grab her father in a hug.
"Alright, alright," Youmu laughed. "By the way, did any of you see your mother today?"
"No," Mikage and Rei answered in unison.
"Honestly, where could she be? Whenever your mother disappears like this, it usually means she's about to cause a tro - Mmf?!" Youmu was suddenly grabbed from behind and lifted bodily into the air. "Y-Y-Y-Yuyuko-sama! Put me down!"
"Youmu ~! I need some love right now!" the queen of Hakugyokurou cried out as she nuzzled Youmu's cheeks.
"Yuyuko-sama, not in front of the girls! This is inappropriate! Please put me down!" Youmu's ghost half was flailing around in the air while her human half was putting up a futile struggle to escape her wife's embrace.
"Inappropriate? But you are no longer my servant, you are my wife! This is perfectly normal for a loving couple!"
"Not in front of the kids, it isn't! Wait, where are you taking me? Yuyuko-sama, put me down this instant! Please...hey! Where are you touching? Yuyuko-sama!"
The two girls watched as their mother spirited away their struggling father. After a while, Rei turned toward Mikage with a nervous smile on her face. "Um, if you still want to practice, I can be your partner..."
"Th-thanks," Mikage said as she and her sister hurried away, their father's indignant cries still ringing all over Hakugyokurou.