Part 7: Libra, Scorpio, and SagittariusBonding Update III: Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius
Third bonding update, here we go. This is the halfway mark, so by the end of the next update well finally have an idea of what all 12 of the Maidens are like, at least on a surface level anyway. Then we can cut the roster down to make things more manageable.
Before that, we need to check up on the next three ladies. Mirei is up first.
~Star God Academy Field~
Finally, there she is. Man, its getting harder to track down the ones I havent met with although I guess that kind of makes sense Im really tired.
[Male Student]: Its all a misunderstanding! Miyo! Please dont break up with me!
[Female Student]: Liar! You cheated on me! Ill kill you!
Before you ask it in the thread (or go back and check if youre reading this on the Archive), no, these are not the same two students from Lillith/Lillies bonding event. Those two were named Mitchie and Tak. These two are apparently a different couple going through a break up because the dude allegedly cheated on the girl.
High school was fun.
[Male Student]: Calm down, Miyo! Please dont kill anyone!
[Female Student]: Ill kill you then myself! Ill die and curse you! And that woman! Aaaahhh!
Does this stuff just happen every day in this place? *sigh* Well, at least Mirei is right there. Shell
do nothing, apparently.
*Itsuki heads over to figure out what the hell is so engaging that Mirei can tune out some girl screaming about a double murder suicide.*
Uh, hey, Mirei?
Oh, its you, Itsuki. I was just reading an interesting academic paper.
Do you not hear whats going on right in front of you? Shouldnt you be doing something about it?
Why should I mediate someone elses fight?
Well, shes kind of yelling about killing herself and also at least two other people.
Then how about you stop them?
Shes got you there, Itsuki.
Isnt that part of your duties or something? Dont the Star Maidens help the people? Like say, by stopping them from killing themselves?
If she really intends on killing herself, she wouldnt say it, shed just do it.
Perhaps, but see the thing about psychology is that it isnt an exact science.
Isnt that right? You there! The female student!
[Female Student]: Wh-What?! Leave me alone!
If you really want to die, I have this magic potion Ive been developing. Your head will fall right off without any pain or suffering. Would you like to try it?
[Female Student]: N-No Im fine Uh, lets go.
[Male Student]: S-Sure Sorry about this
You win this time, psychology.
Goodness This love thing is so foolish. Because of those two, Ive wasted some of my time. I think its foolish, but what do you think, Itsuki? Would you waste your precious time over useless things like love?
I dont think its useless or a waste of time. I think its important.
Well, its like Love is a sign of a strong bond between people that help and support each other. In order to build up a bond and maintain it, you need to invest time into it, right? Thats what Gods Gifts and Star Maidens have to do for example, and they are responsible for saving the world. I mean, lets not even get started on what kind of anarchy ridden hell hole the human world would turn into without love.
I see. Its interesting to hear opinions other than my own. Thats not enough to change my mind But I thank you for stating your opinion.
No problem. Not sure what I said made complete sense, but if you got something out of it anyway then thats great.
Well, never mind this. My own research takes priority above all else. Ive finally found the subject that I want to research the most, and theyre right in front of me.
Youre an unknown. Theres no subject of research more interesting than you.
Uhh, hold on a second. Im not that interesting of a guy. Im kind of plain, actually.
I will find out everything there is to know about you as Gods Gift. That is the research I want to do most right now. Thats why I will be proactive with you in the Classmating ritual. The other Star Maidens seem to be embarrassed about it, but not me. In exchange, I hope youll cooperate with my research.
Im getting sort of unsettled by the way youre looking at me.
Dont worry. I may call it research, but I wont be doing anything scary to you. So please, rest assured. Heheheh
(Why me? What the hell did I do to deserve all of this? Well I said I was going to give this my all and I need the support of Star Maidens, so )
I guess I dont really have a choice. Alright, well help each other.
Heheheh. Now I have your permission.
H-Hey! You said no scary stuff!
Itsuki. That was a joke.
If youre going to joke, then could you at least make an appropriate face? Otherwise Im going to think youre completely serious.
Heheh. Very well. Ill work on that. I must go to class now, so I will excuse myself. I hope we will get along. Im looking forward to many things from you. Heheh
Im going to regret this
Well, at least shes not Ruby. Thats all I personally wanted from this character. Any other positives are just icing.
~Church Spirit Chamber~
Hm The Classmating ritual, I see. Hm?
Something wrong? Why are you staring at me like that?
Whoa! Hey! Wh-Why are you touching my face like that?!
Dont move. Yes You are incredibly tense. Your cheek muscles have hardened, and your temperature is high. Your pulse is fast as well. Are you nervous?
Uh, yes? Obviously.
Why is that?
Because, its uhh I mean, Im Classmating with you.
With me ? What an interesting opinion. Why would you be nervous Classmating with me?
Th-Thats Okay, Im going to be blunt. Youre kind of hot. Plus youre getting up in my face and touching me and Im getting super uncomfortable.
Hm. I dont know about my own appearance
Yeah, you sure look like someone that doesnt care.
Well, how about it? How am I compared to other Star Maidens? Does it make you nervous thinking of what we are about to do? Hm?
Yes. Thats why I try and focus on other stuff during these rituals. But you are making that really hard right now because you are getting way too close!
Oh, really? Youre so strange. All right. Then should I wait until youve calmed down?
Lets just Lets just get it done before I lose whatever nerve I have left.
I see Then shall we, Itsuki? Lets begin.
*And then completely dry, scientific, passionless Classmating happens. I presume*
Does this help your research?
Yes, of course. It was an extremely exciting experience. If you werent here, I never would have been able to experience it. I thank you for that. Now then, I need to make progress on my research with this interesting experience.
Let us meet again.
*sigh* Glad I could be of use.
~Star God Academy Classroom~
Itsuki, can I ask you to do some physical labor for me?
Oh, Mirei. Yeah, I guess so. What kind of physical labor?
Oh, thats all? Yeah, I can do that. Let me see.
I knew I could count on you. Im glad I asked you. I would appreciate if you could open it for me.
I think youre going a little overboard with this. Its just a lid on a jam jar.
I was going to be in trouble if you refused. Now hurry and open it. Right away.
Okay, okay. Relax. Lets see, justHrgh! Damn, thats really on there.
I wish you luck. Try to open it no matter what. I really want some jam with my bread.
God, who the hell screwed this on? Let me get a better grip Hrrrggghhh! There! Got
*The screen shakes a little and goes white for a second*
Well done. You have my thanks.
*cough* Ugh. Mirei? What the hell was in that jar?
I tried to make it instantaneous, but youre still conscious, I see. I should up the concentration for it. Hmm, but that may make it fatal.
Wh-Why the hell
I prefer margarine on my bread.
please let me land on something soft
*And our hero once again drops like a stone. This is becoming a concerning trend with him*
Ugghhh I didnt land on something soft, did I?
Good morning, Itsuki.
How do you feel? Id like your opinion as your monitor. I may be able to use this sleeping medicine for insomniacs after all.
Ive got a feeling that near instant sleeping gas isnt a good long term solution for minor ailments.
Where where did you take me? Wait did you strap me to this table?!
Yes, I tied you down. Its no ordinary restraint. I used Star Energy with it. You cant tear it off by force, so its futile to fight it.
Hold on, what are you planning on doing to me ?
Heheheheh You said you would let me research you as Gods Gift.
And you said no scary stuff!
Heheh Theres no need to be afraid. I just want to know more about you
Whoa! Wait just a second! Im not okay with that!
Yes An interview. What type of place is Sora? What living environment did you inhabit? There are many things I need to ask you. Youre quite an interesting subject.
Oh thank god, thats what you meant. Mirei, if you just wanted to ask me questions then all you had to do was just ask. You also dont need to tie me down to do it.
Thats not true. Research materials are always restrained.
Let me rephrase that. I dont want to be strapped to a table.
Its all right. Youll get used to it soon. First, what is your favorite
*And then the screen fades to black for a moment as Mirei bombards Itsuki with questions*
I see. So that is how you spent your childhood. Next question.
How much longer is this going to take?
I have plenty of other questions. Do you want to quit?
Well, if you take these straps off then Ill be more comfortable and--
I refuse. That would ruin the mood of the experiment. The restraints wont kill you, so be patient with me. Now then Itsuki, I hear boys your age have an overactive libido.
Books? Mirei, youre talking to a guy from 2019. That shit is all digital, baby.
I-Is that really something that you need to know?!
Hm ? Youre nervous.
C-Could you please back off a little? Youre face is way too close.
Hm. This is interesting. Your reaction changed again. Is it because my face is closer to yours? Hm? Youre turning red. Are you getting a fever? I see. This is interesting. When you move your face closer to Gods Gift, changes occur in his body.
Being Gods Gift has absolutely nothing to do with that.
All right. Ive found out many things about Gods Gift today. Lets call it a day.
Thats a great idea. Lets do that.
*And Mirei proceeds to wander off*
Ill have to organize all the data Ive obtained
Hey! Im still tied down! Mirei!
Funny stuff. Oh well, at least she isnt doing actual experimentation on him. Hes going to be getting enough physical punishment from the dungeons as it is.
Speaking of, we should have Itsuki check in with the palace medic.
~Star God Academy Clinic~
Oh, whats wrong?
Its been a tough week trying to get used to all of this stuff. But thats not why Im here. At least not this time. I just wanted to learn a bit more about you. Are you busy?
A doctor is always busy in this world. Thought, as the Scorpio Star Maiden, I do have some freedom. Would you like some coffee.
No thanks. I dont want to interrupt you if youve got stuff to do.
Haha Youre so considerate in such strange ways. How about we chat a little? Is there something you want to talk about? Ill answer anything.
Well, if youre sure. How about telling me about this place?
Haha Are you that interested in my office? Sure, Ill tell you about it.
Im relieved to hear you understand such a principle.
You sound more like a teacher than a doctor.
Is that a compliment ? Well, I suppose I should take it as such. We have to deepen our bond together after all Should I tell you more about myself considering the question you asked?
Thats the idea.
Haha Youre an honest one. Im a palace physician, but Im also the public health doctor of this academy. Managing the health of the Star Maidens and Gods Gift is my main job.
As well, as the Scorpio Star Maiden, I will do the Classmating ritual with you. Well? How about it? Does that satisfy your request?
Right. So youre the doctor.
Yes. That is the most important detail for you to know. My duty is to monitor your health. If you ever feel ill, even just a little, come to me. I wont consider it trouble no matter the case. Just assume Im your personal physician. Is there anything else you want to ask me?
Um, th-thats way too much information. Im good.
Oh, thats too bad. Im actually quite proud of my body. No matter. Come back next time so we can chat over some coffee. Im usually here.
Right. Ill be sure to come by again.
Yes. I hope to build a fantastic relationship with you.
Goodbye now. Please look after yourself.
So despite Reone being the Star Maiden weve spent the most time with (outside of maybe Mahiru), the only thing we really know about her is still that shes a doctor. She is surprisingly tight-lipped when it comes to herself. Maybe Classmating will change that.
~Church Spirit Chamber~
Are you ready to do the ritual today?
Haha So youve finally picked me. It took you long enough. I thought you might be teasing me.
No, its more like I needed time to prepare.
So, how do you want to do it today? Should I take the lead?
This is our first time doing the ritual. You arent the least bit nervous? The others seemed kind of hesitant about it.
Why would I hesitate at the chance to create Star Children that will help save lives? Dont say such uncouth things right before the ritual. You should just focus on making our hearts entwine.
Huh, you have a point there. I dont feel as nervous when I think of it like that. Still, this Is our first time, Im not sure if I know you well enough to do this very well.
Oh, dont overcomplicate things. All you have to do is react in the heat of the moment. Itll make the Star Children we create even stronger. Many other factors are at play, sure, but this is the foundation.
Ill pretend I know what you are talking about.
I know. How about we do a test run?
Once again, not my typo. I should make an icon or something that I can pop in every time a Spike Chunsoft grammar error happens. Weve quickly reached a point where its impossible to tell their fuckups from mine.
Ill accept it no matter what it may be. Here, try it out.
I dont think thats a great idea. I only manage to get through these things by not imagining. Thinking about us kissing or something wou
Oh, youre a bold one. Of course. Come here. Here, pull your chin back and dont close your eyes.
H-Hey! That wasnt a suggestion, that was
Mm Haha Well? Its our first time, so I hope youre satisfied with it being on the forehead.
(My heart feels like its going to explode )
I-Is stuff like that really going to help make stronger Star Children?
If your desire to kiss was true, then yes.
But that all depends on your emotions. This should go well, at least with me.
Thats really all it takes?
What do you mean?
Just thinking out loud.
Is that your gut instinct as a Gods Gift with first-hand experience? I dont have any experience with it all. But that ends today. I hope we both can learn so much from todays ritual. Ill take the lead at the start, then well just go with the flow. What do you think? I may not have the experience, but I do have some knowledge.
A-Are you sure?
Haha Im confident of it. Im sure I can satisfy you. Now shall we begin?
Please be gentle.
*Classmating, you know the drill*
Did it go okay?
It was fine. I think it went better than expected considering this is our first ritual. But I was expecting more. Haha
In other words, I wasnt good enough for you?
Dont say it like that.
I wouldve liked it if you lasted a little longer.
Its not sex, game. You established that. Piss off with this Haha, premature! crap.
But, youre still young, so we cant help that.
Also piss off with this Reo is a cougar/maneater crap. Shes like 23, at best. Also shes a virgin, which the story took great and unwelcome pains to explain to us.
Right, right. Ill remember that for next time.
Haha I hope so. Ill go on ahead. I still have some work to do. Ill see you around.
~Star Academy Clinic~
Reone, are you there?
Oh, youre here again. Whats the matter today? You dont look ill.
Looks can be deceiving. The other Maidens have been I dont want to say dangerous, but theres no better word coming to mind right now. Anyway, I figured I should see you.
Haha I suppose there isnt anything fun about visiting a doctors office.
I do have to perform regular examination on your body
Thats fine with me. Between the headbutt to the chest I took from Tarua and the sleeping gas from Mirei and also that time I passed out in front of the church; I could use a once over. What do I need to do?
Take off your clothes and stand in front of me. I pour Star Energy into my stethoscope and by touching your body, Ill know if each part is functioning correctly.
Wow, weve got a true medical professional here, folks. Wonder how many years of medical school it took for that PhD.?
Youre still young, so Im sure the examination will be over rather quickly.
Does my age really have anything to do with that?
Of course it does. Boys your age are the easiest to examine. Even if Im a little aggressive, your body will react appropriately.
Dont tell me you feel embarrassed in front of a doctor.
I have serious questions about the quality of Granvanias healthcare services.
Okay, calm down. Just give me a minute.
Im glad to see how obedient you are. I was curious what Id have to do if you resisted like the first time we met.
That incident is exactly the reason why Im not resisting this time. There, done.
Well, I do recommend you take everything off for the test.
Oh, thats too bad Well, if thats what the patient requests. Ill start with your back. You can stay standing for this.
*Reo wanders around to the back of Itsuki*
Im going to start the palpation now.
Wh-Whoa! What the hell are you doing?!
Why are you crying out?
Why the hell does my back feel wet?!
Thats just how it is. Im inserting Star Energy into your body.
Reminds me of the time I went in for an MRI of the head a few years back. The contrasting agent you are given causes this really weird wet/water sensation that rolls through your body when the scan actually happens. However, unlike Reone, actual doctors tell you about that shit before you feel it so you dont get freaked out.
Hm Your back seems fine. Ill check your front now.
*Reone comes back into frame*
Ill begin with your stomach. If you feel any heat in your body, tell me where its coming from. Well? Do you feel any heat around your stomach?
Well, my face feels like its on fire.
Oh, youre right. Your face is bright red. But thats definitely not from an illness. Haha Youre so cute. Look at you getting all bashful.
*The screen fades to black as the examination takes place*
Whew Your body is as healthy as they come.
Thats a bit of a surprise, although its a good surprise.
You can put your clothes back on now
Finally. Dont need to tell me twice.
I love people with such defined clavicles.
Uh, thanks? I dont think Ive ever had someone compliment me on them.
Everyone has a fetish for some body part, I suppose. Gonna be honest, first time Ive heard of this one though.
Youre only the second person Ive ever complimented, you know.
Yes, the second. You see that photo? The person next to me was the first. Now he had some solid clavicles.
You look different. How long ago was that taken?
That was before I became a physician, so its been about five years since then.
Right, so when you were between 17 and 19? Meaning youre between 22-24 or something now? Or did you take a few years off after high school. No way in hell that you spent 10 years in medical school. Not with that magic this will tell me anything thats wrong with you stethoscope.
I think you resemble the boy in the picture, if only a little. Ever since I met you, thats been on my mind. Theres something about you two thats just so similar Oh, Im sorry I suppose you dont like being compared to others.
Kind of depends on who Im being compared to.
I suppose you can rest assured then. In my book, hes one of the best I know.
So who is he, anyway? You look pretty close.
Well Ill leave our relationship to your imagination. A woman always has her secrets.
Hm This is a tough one. I originally thought mentor, but she calls him boy, so that cant be it. Itsuki didnt say anything about him looking similar to her, but that doesnt necessarily mean its not her brother. I tried zooming in on that picture, but I can only make out one person, not two, so Im not sure if thats the photo shes referring to or if there is another one offscreen that we dont see.
Its between first love and little brother. Screw it, give me twenty on little brother. That A woman always has her secrets thing sounds like a red herring/teasing. Im guessing little brother that got sick and died which motivated Reone to become a doctor.
Fair enough. If you dont want to talk about it then I wont try and pry it out of you.
Oh, come now, dont pull away there. Youre no fun. But I guess youre similar in that way too.
Well when you say it like that, I do kind of want to know more.
Haha We can save that for next time. Until then, just be careful you dont injure your handsome clavicles. If you promise me that, Ill tell you who that boy is.
Thats a tougher promise to keep than you would think, but sure. Ill be careful with them.
Good. You may go now. There are many things you must attend to. Im sure youll put your all into it, but good luck. The future of this nation depends on you.
Okay, one more to go for this update.
I heard Sue was supposed to hang out here, but I dont see her. Maybe people were making fun or her or something?
[Pig]: Oink oink!
(Didnt expect to see normal animals like this in a magic fantasy world. This place is just constant disappointment.)
Whats wrong everyone ? Dont get so excited.
*Sue wanders into the frame*
Oh, there you are. Ive been looking for you. I wanted to say hi.
Oh. Hi. Well, I have to go and take care of them.
[Pig]: Oink oink!
You take care of all the animals here? Is this your farm?
Yes. Theyre all my friends. I take care of them every day. They dont belong to the academy. I brought them from home.
Oh, thats cool. Ive worked with animals before. Theyre pretty cute.
Yes, very cute. No one really praises them. They make loud noises all the time. Thats why Hm, thank you. Do you want to know their names?
Yeah, sure. What are they?
Let me introduce you.
That is a badass horse name.
This one is Kere-Kere
Eh, not quite as awesome.
This one is Algernon.
Those are interesting names.
Yeah. Theyre all very well-behaved. Itsuki, can I ask you for something?
Whoa, whoa. Hold up. What about the cow that is clearly there in the background? Does she not have a name?
Of course. What is it?
Ill fulfill my mission as a Star Maiden. But to me, taking care of them is most important. Part of it is because I love them, but I do want to become a zoologist.
At least someone around here has some aspirations.
My duty as a Star Maiden is secondary. My animals take priority Is that okay?
Yeah, I dont see a problem with that.
Of course. We can work the Classmating rituals around your schedule. I have plenty of things to keep me busy when you arent available. So whatever is most convenient for you.
Thanks Youre very kind. Ill try to help out as much as I can. Are you done saying hi?
Yeah, thats enough for today. I wont keep you any longer. Ill drop by again some other time.
Yes. If we talk some more, can we make stronger Star Children?
I think thats generally how it works.
Alright. Ill see you later, Sue.
Okay, a little quiet maybe, but at least that was just a completely normal conversation. No weird head patting or split personalities or sexual harassment or kidnapping or random denials of arson.
Lets see if we can keep that up, okay Sue?
~Church Spirit Chamber~
Thanks for coming, Sue. Could I ask you to try the Classmating ritual today?
Okay Ill do it.
Well yeah, but dont you need to mentally prepare or something first?
Why would I need to do that? Ill be fine. Do you need to mentally prepare?
Normally I would, but youre being oddly normal about this. Are you not nervous or anything?
No. This is like caring for my animals. I will take care of you and make Star Children. Its the same. Were all animals anyway.
Well, you got me on that one.
Ill do the ritual with you and make tons of kids.
Okay, just so were clear: Classmating and animal mating are not the same thing. Its very important that you understand that.
If you want to wait to Classmate then Ill wait too. But if youre ready, lets hurry up.
H-Hey! Slow down!
*Classmating happens. Theres only so many ways I can say that*
*sigh* There, all done. At least it feels like its getting easier. Im not as tired as I used to be. Hm? Whats wrong, Sue?
This is strange. It feels strange deep in my heart.
Maybe youre getting sick?
It feels ticklish and warm. Its just weird.
Are you sure youre not having heart flutters or something? Youre the only Star Maiden so far to say something like this.
I dont dislike this feeling.
Well, as long as youre okay with it then I guess its fine. Still think you should have Reone check you over though.
Yeah, Im all right So, do you want to do it again?
Take it easy. This is fine for now. Ill ask you again some other time.
I need to go back to my animals Bye.
I feel like Sue is taking the mating part of Classmating too literally. Oh well, now that she knows how it works it should make things a little less awkward.
~Sues Ranch House~
Rottweiler. I know its cold, but I need to trim your wool a bit.
What are you up to, Sue?
If you get puffier, you cant move.
Oh, Itsuki Is something wrong?
Nothing wrong. I just stopped by to see you. You seemed pretty focused on whatever youre doing there.
My sheep, Rottweiler, wont let me trim his wool. Hes resisting so much, so Im just going to do it tomorrow.
You trim the sheep, too?
Yeah. Theres more to taking care of my animals besides just feeding them. What they produce is really popular. I can deliver it to stores around town. Its also used in the cafeteria.
That meat line would be funny, but also super mean. Lets not be mean to Sue. Shes been all right so far.
You mean like eggs and milk and stuff?
Yeah. Have you tried them at the cafeteria? The flan and white sauce pasta are both really good.
Cant say I have, but thanks for the recommendations. You sure seem happy when youre talking about your animals.
Yeah. Im happy that everyone acknowledges them. The stuff they make is really popular. So Im happy too.
Sounds like a tough job, though.
Not a people person, huh? I guess you dont like to talk.
Really? Am I not talking normally to you?
No, thats not what I meant.
Im okay with talking. Especially to animals. Talking to people not so much.
Thats why I dont like talking to people. Or with you
Oh Should I stop then?
No This is just my own preference. I have my duty as a Star Maiden. Dont mind what I just said. Just do what you want.
And then the scene just kind of ends. Official Itsuki just says Sue and the event is over. Kind of a bummer, but whatever, we cant stop to mull it over right now.
Weve still got three more Maidens to go, after all. The last three in fact. Next update well wrap up the Maiden Bonding with Farun, Collette, and Yuzuha. Then well finally, mercifully, be ready to start building Star Child teams so we can get started on this world saving business.