anko3580: Little Ones are Very Cute! (Part 7)
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Summary by platina:
Mister tells Reimu that he specializes in destroying families. He says that they all fall apart in different ways, but he's never seen anyone like Reimu's family before. If the children were scum, they'd hate their parents and want them punished for trying to stop them from eating sweet-sweets, but instead, the children are utterly indifferent to them. If you make them take it easy, they gravitate towards you; if not, they ignore you.
He had hoped to make the children hate their parents, but you can't change indifference to hatred. And with their simplistic mindset, it wouldn't be any fun to abuse them--they'd just scream in pain in the here and now, with no psychological component. Mister says the essence of a yukkuri is in how it develops in relation to others, so are those little ones even yukkuris/easy? Reimu and Alice are stunned by the suggestion that the children--who they once considered to be the epitome of yukkuri easiness--might not even be yukkuris/easy.
Mister has also become bored with Reimu and Alice's dulled reactions to his abuse, so he thanks them for the fun of seeing them go from loving, self-sacrificing parents to parents who want their children to die, and he takes them all outside and lets them go.
Walking home from the supermarket, Miss sees what at a distance appears to be garbage, but on closer inspection, turns out to be her former pet yukkuris. Reimu and Alice are damaged and discolored, with one eye missing and bolts driven through their tongues by Mister, but they're cheerful as they apologize for their earlier misdeeds, saying that they were wrong not to discipline their children. They show off their children now--disgusting misshapen blobs with their hair ripped out, one eye missing, and pebbles shoved in their lower orifices, crawling towards Miss and begging her to save them from their parents. Reimu and Alice happily show Miss how they punish their children for not listening to them, and how they've "toilet-trained" their little ones to eat poop. They ask Miss to adopt them again, but she dashes past them and runs home, horrified.
Miss locks the door behind her and runs to the bathroom to throw up. She spends a long time hiding in the bathroom, trembling and crying, to avoid hearing the yukkuris calling to her from outside. Traumatized, Miss never keeps another yukkuri again.
Reimu and Alice return to the clan in the park, showing off their "well-trained" little ones. The little ones slam their heads on the ground and apologize. Enforcer Marisa reminds them that she promised to punish them if they ever came back, but Reimu and Alice say they don't mind if she kills them, just that before they die, they want to be told that their little ones are easy, now that they've trained them.
Patchouli tries to speak to them, but Marisa warns her away--they've gone crazy and just keep babbling on about how they couldn't take it easy as pets, and they couldn't take it easy as strays, and they trained the little ones to control themselves, but what good is it? Are the stray yukkuris taking it easy when they live in constant fear of being killed in a purge or caught and squished by an abuser?
Beating them with her punishment stick, Marisa drives them out of the park and tells them never to return, but when Marisa returns to the clan, everyone still seems depressed by Reimu's words. Marisa yells at them and tells them to get back to work. Leader Patchouli still seems to be mulling over Reimu's speech, but Marisa argues that spoiling the children like Reimu and Alice did is no solution. Life is full of uneasy things, but if you give up, you end up losing those few, precious easy moments. Marisa tells Patchouli that she can try to search for the perfect easy place where nothing uneasy ever happens, but then Marisa will have to step up and lead the clan in her place, and Marisa doesn't think she can be as good a leader as Patchouli. Patchouli understands and says she won't speak of it again, but she still feels troubled.
The abusive Mister finds Reimu's family back under the telephone pole where he first found them. The little ones keep groveling and apologizing like broken toys, while Reimu and Alice ask him to take the family back and abuse them again. They want to make someone take it easy, but they've been rejected by both Miss and the clan. Mister says he's going to kill them, and they cheerfully agree to it. He clamps the parents' heads steay and puts their feet in rotating clamps that will twist them around and around until they die, and he puts the little ones in a mixer that will start slowly, making them flee from the blades, then gradually speed up to kill them.
He recognizes that the parents are only pretending to laugh insanely--actually, they're crying as their fatal torture begins. Alice asks what they should have done differently, and Mister says they should have just raised their children in the normal way. Reimu says it was probably her and Alice's fault the children suffered, and Mister confirms it--they were stupid. Mister says it would have been better if the little ones had never been born, and reminds them that their owner had tried to stop them from having babies.
Reimu slowly dies an agonizing death, looking at the twitching remains of her little ones and wishing she could have taken it easy more.
The story ends with a flashback to the voices of the family doing rub-rub during happier times.