"Hello, Nagihiko...or should I say, Oniichan?" the voice giggled. He gasped and whirled around. A girl with large amber eyes, and a pretty flower in her long purple hair, holding it up in a ponytail, was smiling sweetly at him.
The three kids gasped in delight. As for Nagihiko, he felt like he was looking at a reflection...well, almost. "H-how...?"
"Are you surprised? Take a look." the girl gestured to the machine. "Didn't you know? It's a cloning machine. And that lever right there is flipped to 'Female.' I'm your female clone."
"Nagihikoooo! Where have you gone off-" Amu stopped short. "N-Nadeshiko!"
"Ohhhhh, you're back! Nadeshiko!" Amu tackled her in a death hug. "Nagihiko, why didn't you tell me Nadeshiko would be here?"
Nagihiko scratched the back of his head. "Heh...just slipped my mind..."
Just then, the other Guardians arrived at the booth. Kukai was with them as well. "Hey, how's the current Jack's Chair doing?" His eyes landed on Nadeshiko. "Wait...didn't I just see...?" He looked back at
Nagihiko. "I did! But then..." his eyes travelled from Nagihiko to Nadeshiko, and back to Nagihiko.
Nagihiko chuckled awkwardly. Kukai just stood there, gaping in confusion. Tadase had a confused expression on his face as well. "Fujisaki..." he trailed off, unsure of what suffix to use.
"Well, look who's up to new tricks," muttered Rima, not acting surprised in the slightest. Kusukusu cracked up.
Amu looked up. "Huh?" Nagihiko made a 'Cut it out' motion with his hands.
"What do you think of my project, everyone? It can clone you as a boy *or* a girl," Kairi informed them, stepping down from a nearby pedestal.
"And you won! I bet your project is really amazing!" Amu said happily. Kairi muttered a thank you, but circled hid project suspiciously. "Someone's been using my project without my supervision," he declared.
"I wonder who..." Rima shot Nagihiko a suspicious glance. He said nothing, and only stared at the floor nervously.
"Oh? That's strange," said Su.
"Are you sure you're not imagining it?" Amu asked.
"We'll find out who it was! Leave it to us! Let's go! Let's go!" Ran shook her pom poms vigorously.
"I suppose we should all pitch in to help," agreed Amu. So, they all wandered around, asking various people if they knew anything. The three children kept quiet, afraid they were going to get in trouble.
Meanwhile, a certain small blue feline happened to be exploring this strange place full of odd contraptions.
"What the heck is this stuff~nya?" Yoru mused, as he floated down onto one of the machines. "W-what's that good smell nya~?" he immediately flew down to investigate the source, which seemed to be coming from inside the very machine he landed on. He yanked the door open, though it wasn't shut very tight to begin with, and went inside.
Nagihiko shoved his hand into one of the left pockets on his pants.
Where IS it? he thought. I can't seem to remember what happened to that taiyaki I had...