The Opposite of Indifference

Yuuki yawned, opened his eyes, and again was amused by the pains taken to make the room look more like a guest suite than a hospital. He supposed there must be some initial comfort to the humans who entered here, but looking at the young couple’s tired and strained faces, he imagined whatever soothing effects the pastel print wallpaper or ruffled duvet offered were forgotten hours ago.

He helped himself to a discarded glass of water, hoping it wouldn’t be much longer. Yuuki had never been to a human birth before, even though he had plenty of opportunity. Early on, births were reminders he was still a captive, still bound to a family he detested and who grew to detest him back. Hatred eventually faded to forgetfulness on the humans’ part.

Yuuki could never forget – there was no getting around the oath he swore - though he too had let go of hate, for the most part, decades ago. His oath required him to serve one hundred generations of this family, whether they acknowledged his existence or not. And tonight, centuries and three continents later, the hundredth generation was about to make her grand entrance.

“Do you know how many of your kin’s deaths I’m responsible for, small one?” Yuuki said out loud. 

No one in the room noticed, as none had the skill to hear him. Though one nurse must have had a small sensitivity to fae creatures as she gave a tiny shudder and crossed herself after he spoke.

Yuuki smirked under his kitsune’s mask, pleased to see any reaction, even a small one. Being ignored for over a century was demoralizing. If the nurse could truly see him, kimono clad with a sharp toothed smile painted on his fox’s mask, she’d probably run out of the room screaming prayers. So would the young man holding the hand of his laboring wife. It was not an unwise choice when dealing with kitsune.

But fae-blind Fernando had never once in his life seen Yuuki for what he was, and likely never would. Yuuki slumped on a plump chair, resting his face in his hand and addressed an unaware Fernando. “To be fair, I’m responsible for saving a few lives too, as well as helping you look away from your books long enough to find a woman to create this one.” Yuuki nodded towards Angela’s swollen belly. “Fernando you are a good, but sublimely boring and unimaginative man. I don’t hate you, but I certainly won’t miss you. Hopefully your spawn will be somewhat more interesting, though that is hardly a high bar to reach.”

By the fussing of the various hospital staff and yelling coming from Angela, Yuuki realized the time had come at last. A few moments later, what looked like a slimy gore and membrane covered raisin emerged and shrieked her first cries into the world. The staff jumped to clean off most of the mess, and once that was done, laid the child in her mother’s arms.

“God has been good to us Angela,” Fernando said.

Yuuki rolled his eyes behind his mask. “You’d never have met your wife if it wasn’t for me. I’ll let you call me Jesus Christ if you promise to give me some sake every now and again. Or tea. I’ll accept tea,” he said.

“He has. Look at our little princesita  Fernando, our little princess,” Angela said.

“I’m a lucky man," Fernando said, stroking the fuzzy patch of  hair on the baby's head. "I've always felt like I've had more than my fair share of good fortune. But whatever luck or divine grace has guided me to this moment, I wish it all go to our little Ana. May whatever saint or guardian angel that has been watching over me give themselves completely to the care of her. I want nothing else from life.”

Yuuki felt a strange shift at Fernando’s words. He looked from him to the baby girl and realized that his time protecting the ninety-ninth descendant had come to an end; years sooner than he thought, he was now the guardian of the hundredth.

“If you wish for a diaper change, I am not doing it. That is still your parents’ job,” he said, making a horrible face appear on his mask.

The girl child looked up at Yuuki and smiled. Yuuki blinked and waved his hand in front of her. A tiny fist grasped his finger tight.

“You see me,” Yuuki whispered.

“Look at that Fernando,” Angela said. “Our girl is smiling!”

“It’s not a real smile,” one nurse said. “She’s too young for that. It’s likely gas.”

“It’s not gas, you simpleton,” Yuuki said as the nurse walked out of the room. “This girl sees me. After all these years…”



When a plush fox doll appeared among the gifts for Angela and Fernando’s new daughter, no one noticed it among the sea of toys that arrived from family and friends. By the time she could walk, it was a joke among her family that you could offer her the fanciest doll in the world, but the only thing that could calm her was that toy fox. Once she was old enough to talk, Ana practiced much of her new skills babbling to her favorite toy.  The plush fox presided over every tea party Ana held, though she insisted on serving real tea instead of pretending over empty cups.

“Tell me again about the day I was born,” Ana often asked.

“You were covered in blood and guts, not minding it a bit. And you were smiling. That is how I knew we would be friends,” Yuuki always replied.

"Cool," Ana said.









This blog post is part of May Monster Madness, hosted this year by Little Gothic HorrorsMagaly GuerreroHolly's HorrorlandMaynard's Horror Movie Diary, and Not This Time, Nayland Smith. Be sure to follow the link and enjoy more monstrous fun with the other party goers. 


33 comments:

  1. I love this ♥ so beautifully written I can picture the scene. Yes, even the blood and guts :p

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    1. *giggle* Thanks. Yuuki has a quirky way of looking at things. He's a character I enjoy writing about from time to time. There are quite a few of his stories on this blog, and a new larger one planned for a collection of short stories.

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  2. aaaaaw....I love this tale...we all need a monster to love :D XXX

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  3. Lovely prequel about that pair! <3

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    1. I couldn't resist the chance to write it. It's been running around my brain so long, and the party seemed as good a time as any to finally get it written down.

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  4. Awwwww, Ana and Yuuki! Nice to have their "origin story," so to speak.

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    1. It was nice to finally write it! I have waaaaay too many Yuuki stories running around in my brain that need to get written.

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  5. Oh, you have made me so supremely happy!!!!! Ana and Yuuki, the prequel! You write their story with such heart...and mischief (could expect no less for a Kitsune)! Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful!

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    1. I am so glad you enjoyed it! <3 It makes me happy to know people still are interested in getting to know more about the Yuuki-verse. :D

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  6. I'm completely in love with the way Yuuki describes Ana's birth. It says so much about his character, about the child opening her eyes to world, and about what we can expect from the pair.

    I also enjoy Yuuki's sharp, humorous tongue--no decent monster should live without one.

    I can't wait to read a long, long, long story about these two!

    Happiest MMM!

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    1. Oh have not fear - there is definitely longer stories to be told.

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  7. a tale of a favorite toy ("Friend").... an enjoyable read....
    A great weekend to you and yours...
    and Hello from Marshville...

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    1. Hope your weekend was good as well. Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. This is a fun story. :-) I always like stories where an incredible being is taken, momentarily, outside of the sphere of action and drama and does something mundane, like when Batman cleans up spilt juice with a paper towel, or a super villain takes a sudsy bubble bath. I don't recall reading anything else Yuuki, at least not in recent memory, but I can tell he is a creature of necessary violence and some darkness, so it makes me smile to see him letting a baby grab is finger. :-) Well done.

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    1. I've been writing short stories about him on and off for a bit. A larger story of his will be included in the short story anthology I'm working on.

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  9. Great story. One of my friends is cross stitching a kitsune so I even knew what it was without looking it up!
    I love Yuuki's take on childbirth in his last speech too.

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    1. Ooh! I'd LOVE to see how that cross stitch comes out!

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  10. Oh, I really, really loved this!! You're a wonderful writer, Rommy!! And this bit made me laugh out loud:

    “Fernando you are a good, but sublimely boring and unimaginative man. I don’t hate you, but I certainly won’t miss you. Hopefully your spawn will be somewhat more interesting, though that is hardly a high bar to reach.”

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    1. Oh, and Happy Anniversary to you and your husband!

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    2. Yay! I'm delighted you enjoyed it! And thanks for the anniversary wishes. :)

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  11. Beautifuly written. This is the first I have read about Yuuki, but I will be looking for more of your stories now.

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    1. More of his stories can be found in my short story section of the blog. http://kestrilsrhythmsandgroove.blogspot.com/p/short-stories.html Thank you so much for stopping by.

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  12. I love this story and how could I not fall in love with a fae who loves tea. I hope there will be some more stories of Yuuki and Ana. Her school days should be interesting.

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    1. There absolutely will. I have a few more stories in the short story section of my blog. http://kestrilsrhythmsandgroove.blogspot.com/p/short-stories.html Thank you so much for stopping by.

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  13. This is delightful, the story of Ana creating bonds with her Kitsune, is a powerful myth merged it to something contemporary.. great write

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    1. I really love the idea of seeing how old myths would fit into our modern world. It's fun exploring these ideas in my short story writing as well as my poetry.

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  14. This is really good! You made me happy! Ana and Yuuki! Love!!!

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    1. You made me really happy! I love hearing enthusiasm for my writing. :)

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by!

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