MONSTERS IN PARADISE
Outtakes and Other Perilous Stuff: Number Two

By: Curtis Wildcat

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A minor bit of amusement while I work on getting Yukari out of Rustboro City. A common idea with a predictable outcome, and this time, the omake is canon.

"...One more thing: ..."

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FOUR MONTHS AGO

The Yakumo residence was more closely linked to the outside world than anyplace else in Gensokyo, moreso than the Hakurei Shrine. On the outside, and even in most of its rooms, it looked to be an example of classic Japanese architecture and interior design. Deep inside, though, was an office accessible only to Yukari and Ran (Chen was expressly forbidden from entering, for fear that she would disrupt the high-tech setup somehow).

A top-of-the-line PC, a laser printer with a color cartridge, and a flatbed scanner. Communications equipment that would allow the Yakumos and Chen to talk to each other via cell phones if the situation ever arose. A wireless hotspot for Internet access. Those items only scratched the surface of what was present in the room, filled wall to wall with technology save for a path between the door and the computer.

The room wasn't used too often, but it was still convenient to have. Ran herself didn't mind it too much, and today she had some time to spare: Yukari was dozing, while Chen was perched on the roof keeping her eyes open for visitors. It wouldn't hurt to use it to see what was going on in the outside world from time to time, and as such the kitsune was using the computer for this purpose.

A link to a news article caught Ran's attention, and she went to check it out. From there she went to another article ten minutes later. Then a message board. And one more article- - -...

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From outside the room, you could hear the sound of a body hitting the floor.

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A few hours passed, and Yukari eventually woke up. That was a fine afternoon nap she had, no nightmares or anything. Checking the time, she smiled; there were enough hours in the day to see if anything was out of line in Gensokyo before she left to pay Yuyuko a visit. She hadn't been visiting the Netherworld's princess too much recently, so she felt like remedying that a little bit.

"Yukari-sama, may I have a word with you, please?" Ran's voice asked. She sounded distressed.

Yukari turned to her, raising an eyebrow. "What is the problem, Ran?"

"Something has been bothering me today," said the shikigami, who seemed to be blushing. "Have you told anyone in the outside world about Gensokyo's existence?"

Quietly surprised at the question, Yukari sorted through her memories for any sort of conversation she might have had at any given time. "Just a young man I bought drinks for in Tokyo, and that was almost twenty years ago," she informed her. "Why?"

Ran swallowed nervously. "I think it would be best if I showed you, Yukari-sama," the overseer was told. "Do you have a minute?"

For a moment, Yukari considered just dropping off to sleep again. It wasn't as if Yuyuko couldn't wait another day...

"Please, Yukari-sama?"

Yukari sighed in disappointment as she got up. Curse my curiosity, making me wonder why Ran is antsy. She followed the kitsune into the computer room, watching as she deactivated the screensaver showing two ping pong-playing lizards. Whatever it is, it surely can't be all that bad.

She continued watching as Ran restored a minimized window, then Yukari sat down in the chair for a closer look. I doubt that the repercussions of telling a heavy drinker about Gensokyo are all that widespread. What harm could it- - -...

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"...Dearest me," Yukari finally managed to breathe, taken back by the sheer magnitude of what she had unleashed. "Someone's been busy."

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"...Aiiii-yahhh!"