The Orphan boy.
Tao was a kind hearted ten year old orphan boy who loved nature. He was fascinated by plants, animals, and even insects. Only he was shy and very small for his age. Most potential parents did not even seem to notice him. Other orphans at the center would tease him about his size and try to push him around only he was a scrapper when cornered; he could hold his own. The orphanage was surrounded by a tall hedge and rested near a large forest area that was home to many animals.
Tao would look out the window and stare into the woods for hours a day, just watching the animals as they peered back at him from the trees. It was a thrill to him, boring to others. Tao often wished he could live in the forests and have a family with the animals as no human seemed to want to adopt him.
On one fateful day, Tao saw two bullies from the orphanage terrorizing a kitten by forcing paper bags onto her feet and tying them into place with string while spraying water in her face each time she cried out. Tao rushed to the kitten’s aid, pushing over the first bully before pulling the poor cat away from the other and running away. The two bullies, not being through with their fun gave chase.
Tao jumped through a hole in the tall hedge, hoping to elude the bullies in the forest. He jumped behind a tree a few feet in and waited. His fast move payed off and the two boys kept running on the orphanage grounds. They taunted and threatened worse to him if he did not give them back the kitten. Eventually, they left in search of other means of amusement. Once they were gone, Tao sighed then turned to the kitten.
“Did those two hurt you?” Soothingly, he asked. “They can be real jerks sometimes.”
The kitten nodded, tears in her eyes. Tao was surprised she understood him but smiled kindly all the same. “Don’t worry; I’ll have these off of you in a minute.”
Tao proceeded to remove the paper bags from the kitten’s feet and gently rubbed them to make certain they were not injured. Once he was satisfied the kitten would okay, he released her. The kitten meowed then changed right before Tao’s eyes! She grew larger, her back paws turning into human like feet as she stood up with her front paws forming into four fingered hands. Her face remained cat like but formed the softness of a young girl!
“Nya; I thank you for rescuing me, kind human.” Softly, she said. “My name is Nina; what is your name?”
Stunned, Tao introduced himself then asked, “Are you a Kitsune?”
Nina nodded then turned to a much taller Kitsune with four tails approaching from the deeper in the forest. She smiled kindly at Tao who was too stunned to speak. “I often see you looking dreamily into the woods from the orphanage window, young one.” Calmly, she said. “I am Mia. You were very brave to come to my daughter’s aid despite your small size.”
“It was nothing really.” Shyly, Tao said. “Any good person would have done the same.” He sighed. “I have to get back to the orphanage; I need to stay there if I want to get adopted.”
“Mother, can we adopt him?” Hopefully, Nina asked.
Tao blushed as Mia looked at him, bemused. “He certainly has a good heart.” Musing, she said. “However, we will have to make a few changes so to make him feel like he fits in.”
“What changes?” Curious, Toa asked.
Mia smiled kindly before her four tails whipped up over her head and touched all touched at the tip. A white beam of energy fired from that point, hitting Tao in the chest. He cried out in surprise before he felt strange. White fur grew all over his body at an alarming rate. His ears moved up to the top of his head becoming cat like before his face began to feel tight. Tao looked at his hands in time to see his middle finger vanishing, leaving him with only four fingers.
“What- What is happening to me?!” Frightened, Tao demanded.
“You are being adopted, dear child.” Smiling, Mia replied. “Do not be afraid, it is almost over.”
Tao looked down at himself and blushed discovering that he was now wearing strange clothing made of wild cotton. He was in what looked like a skirt only there were shorts underneath and a blouse that fit loosely but comfortably. Mia smiled as the transformation had finished and took a small mirror out of the folds of her dress. “See the new you, Tao.” Kindly, she said. “You are now a part of the Kitsune family.”
Tao gazed into the mirror and smiled at his doll like cat face with large green eyes and a small pink nose. He then looked at his outfit and asked, “Meow; why am I wearing girl’s clothing?”
“That is human fashion.” Giggling, Mia said. “You will find that we Kitsune view things a bit differently.”
Then the two bullies from before entered the woods and spotted the three Kitsune. Mia turned to Tao. “Are these the two who bullied you, Nina?” Evenly, she asked.
Nina nodded with Tao nodding to confirm. Mia nodded back then turned to the two bullies who were already backing away, ready to run from the scene. Only Mia fired another shot from her four tails and the two boys shrank to less than half Tao and Nina’s size before picking them up as easily as one would a kitten. The boys were clearly terrified when she then asked her children, “Would you like to adopt two pets?”