Tolenka glanced over at Reimu when Gou took off suddenly, in mid conversation. The priestess frowned curiously at the rapidly dissapearing dot that was Gou.
"Request permission to pursue ma'am?" he asked politely.
"Eh? Oh sure, granted. In fact I'm coming with you. Something very disturbing has just happened." the shrine maiden said, taking to the skies as well.
Much slower than he wanted Tolenka trundled after the errant oni and shrine maiden. Sure, at sixty he was no slouch but it was nothing compared to Gou's or Reimu's speed. Fortunately he was able to take the direct route through the forest instead of taking the winding path most would have. He made a mental note to clean the bits of crushed tree out of his treads later.
The village was quiet. An all too familiar dead silence hung over the place. Reimu had landed just outside, a look of horror on her face. Not wanting to disturb her Tolenka drove directly into the village proper. A profound and very rude piece of Russian left his lips at the sight inside the walls. Immediately he started checking if there were people still alive by use of his thermal vision. Even unconscious, living bodies radiated heat.
"What the hell happened here?" he asked out loud. Then he noticed Gou, slumped to the ground.
"Are you okay comrade?" Tolenka asked.