"Heh. Lady Bernkastel, you offer me an interesting choice; to accept the miracle and travel throughout this infinite Sea of worlds, or to sit here and expand my dreams in Gensokyo. A most interesting choice, but the way you phrase it overlooks something."
The mage looked at her guest, and grinned. It was a pleasant grin, but there was something burning behind it. Ambitions long simmering, finally given an opportunity to be realized.
"I have expanded my dreams, as you put it, considerably while in Gensokyo. I have done so considerably more in recent years. I cannot think of a reason why I could not continue to expand them still more even after accepting the miracle you offer."
She looked up and around the library. “You describe the multitude of Fragments as a Sea, Lady Bernkastel, and those Witches who travel it as Voyagers. Ships that voyage across the seas in the outside world may travel far and wide, but they all have a home port to return to. A safe haven to repair damage, to offer rest and relaxation, and for their captains to plan new expeditions.
"The Voile Library, this world within a world within a world, the repository of all the knowledge I’ve gathered, is very much a place like that. I can travel far and wide, learn new things, and come back to process what I’ve learned and let that help me plan further exploration. And even while here, I need not be idle. Gensokyo is a land of wonder, and its very nature means that new wonders are constantly appearing."
Patchouli looked directly in the other Witch’s eyes. “Lady Bernkastel, you offer me such a miracle that would allow me to traverse worlds and gain access to more knowledge than even I’d thought possible. Enough that I’d never run out of new knowledge to acquire, or new ways to apply it. What more could I possibly ask for?
"I would be a fool to refuse such a miracle. I am many things, but a fool is not one of them.
"I graciously accept your offer, Lady Bernkastel."
A small smile tugged up her lips. While she often loved to be the Witch that has seen the expansion of the multiverse itself, exchanging a few definitions was almost… calming. Bringing her down from the incorporeal being she was into her fleshy shell. How nostalgic.
"Good," she whispered, "How wonderful. The Sea will be much less boring with someone like you in it." If she was lucky, maybe she could even have a spectator seat as some of the senior members of the Senate make a fuss. The Lady Bernkastel, recommending a Witch for promotion? Such a thing was almost… a miracle. She nearly giggled at the thought.
She rose from her chair, and waggled her finger once. The leftover sweets snapped into an orderly formation, and closed themselves into a small ribboned box. “It will take some time to get the dusty relics at the Senate to actually shift their old bones into another meeting, but I’ll be certain to notify you once the motion passes. In the meantime, this was a wonderful tea party, Miss Patchouli. I don’t think I’ll have to worry about dying of boredom for a good few months.”
One of her kitties sprang off the table, and landed by the mage’s feet. “This child will take you back to your world. I do hope we can meet again, as fellow Witches.”