It's a common thing. A common salaryman going to work and his pet yukkuri Reimu sending him off. Today, he's going to be out for two days, so Reimu have to watch the home and not make any mess. Reimu's food has been prepared in the usual dispenser.
After Mister closed the door, Reimu went to the window to sunbathe and sleep. When it's time to lunch, Reimu crawled to the kitchen and wait in front of the dispenser.
Usually Reimu only use the machine for lunch, so Mister only loaded one portion. This time, Reimu know there should be 6 portion in the machine.
Sometimes, Mister also forget to fill the machine, but Reimu can survive without lunch. But this time, how can Reimu survive without until the day after ? Mister won't be back home until noon.
The machine made sound and 12 pellets came out. These are leftover in the machine.
Reimu spin her paste to count. There's 12 pellets for 6 meals, so that means 2 per meal.
But today she's still not so hungry, she should save it for tomorrow. That means 12 pellets for four meals and...
Her paste brain can't process more. Reimu gave up and went to the window again to rest.
Her friend Marisa came to play. Marisa is a civic yukkuri from the park. Sometimes after work, Marisa would come to play with Reimu.
Hearing Reimu's story, Marisa told Reimu that while it's difficult, yukkuri won't die from just not eating for three days. Marisa used to live like that and yukkuri is actually tougher than they thought.
Unlike Marisa who's born as stray, Reimu is born as pet. In half year of her life, she had never been so hungry before.
That night, Reimu dreamed that Mister gave her many sweets sweets. Just as Reimu is about to jump and eat it, she's awakened. That's not all. Reimu walked in her sleep and when licking the inside of her mouth, she confirmed that she had eaten all the food she stocked... and she didn't even taste it at all.
The next day, Reimu tried forgetting the hunger by watching TV. Through bad luck, the TV showed Yuyuko and Remirya's show. Reimu know about this show, it's about how both yukkuri enjoyably eat anything, from food to things not even food. Reimu's stomach cried more.
After noon, Marisa came and found the very weakening Reimu.
Unlike wild or stray yukkuri, pets eat less. But pets are also weaker against hunger. Even then, they could survive a week if they stayed in the protection of their home.
Marisa took out a bag from her hat. It's sweet sweet yukkuri biscuit.
Civic yukkuri are paid 2 points every day. They can exchange 10 points with a yukkuri biscuit, or so Reimu heard. By the way, the price is 100 Yen per piece.
Marisa's nice idea is that she will eat the food and Reimu can feel easy seeing herself taking it easy.
Those quiet words from Reimu stopped Marisa. The pitch black killing intent and bulging veins from Reimu's head could even stop a Remirya.
"Sit down there"
Other than releasing tension from her feet and became shorter, not much change from "standing" position actually.
Reimu asked Marisa who used to be stray and understand the suffering of not having anything to eat. If that time, another yukkuri is eating sweets sweets and said to Marisa to take it easy by seeing her easy self, what will Marisa do ?
Strays don't have rule. If someone showed food in front of their hungered kind, they can expect to be attacked and robbed. Marisa totally doesn't realize what she's doing to Reimu.
Third day... Reimu is waiting in front of the door for her owner to return. To keep herself from becoming crazy from the hunger, she do a pose.
Finally, when Mister came home, she will be able to eat and say good bye to this 48 hours of battle against hunger.
Mister finally opened the door. His eyes met Reimu and for a while, both said nothing.
What Mister see is an upside down yukkuri supported by her braids, eyes on verge of crying, teeth exposed. Weird.
"Sorry, wrong house." Mister walks out and close the door.
"Nooo!! Mister is not wrong! This is Mister's house!!"