This is a bit late considering I finished the game in September, but better late than never right? Cattleya×Narcissus is the second installment in the Double Score series, and it offers a different approach in facing the “age gap” issue.
Shinozawa Mai is a high school student working in Kamizono Shrine, which is famous for supporting and granting love fortunes. Those who are chosen are allowed to enter a special area deep inside the shrine grounds, where a small shrine is standing—surrounded by flowers. These flowers bloom regardless of seasons, granting blessings at all times. Mai’s parents received their blessings in the past, and she’s dreaming to experience a dramatic love like they did. Little did she know that two of the blooming flowers will guide her to her fated one. This game focuses on cattleya for Shirosaki Rio and narcissus for Saiga Rui and Seiya.
One morning in December, Mai goes to Kamizono Shrine before school. She enjoys her job as their shrine maiden and thinks it’s very worthwhile, but she does have one complaint. It’s her boss, Kamizono Kyouga, who soon comes out and praises her for not oversleeping. He’s popular among the ladies as a handsome, gentleman priest, but is actually very, VERY sadistic. For example, today he called and woke Mai up at 5 AM—telling her to come to the shrine. He said he’s got a job for her, and she has absolutely no rights to refuse. ヽ(*´ー`*)ﾉ Mai is now in a rather foul mood thanks to that, and she doesn’t get why it has to be in the morning. She always works after school anyway. As much as she wants to complain, Mai can’t really say anything to Kyouga. Aside from his personality, it’s also because her parents received the blessings of Kamizono Shrine. Everyone was against their relationship and they had to elope, but they did their best to gain everyone’s approval. If they gave up on their love, Mai wouldn’t be here today. Kamizono Shrine is just like a savior to her, and she wants to return the debt. Except she has to do it by working for Kyouga.
As for the job, Kyouga needs Mai to do a flower delivery. Through his dream, the god of Kamizono Shrine has left him with a divine message. Kyouga then takes Mai to pick the flowers in the sanctuary, where she sees countless cattleya and narcissus blooming around the small shrine. They grow regardless of seasons, and Kamizono Shrine sells goods based on the flowers which are blooming at the moment. They use dried flower petals for the charms, the flowers’ motives on fortune sheets and picture tablets, as well as pictures of the flowers for postcards and stickers. However, their top priority for now is to deliver the flowers. Each flower has to be delivered to a certain person, but Mai can only pick one—because choosing the flower is the shrine maiden’s job.
The cattleya will bring Mai to Shirosaki Rio, while the narcissus will lead her to Saiga Rui and Seiya.
P.S. I will refer to both men with their first names to match the LE short story.