anko3789: Gentle Punishment
優しい罰 by Manneri-aki
Summary by platina:
Anon catches a Reimu-Marisa family of strays invading his home. With a flyswatter, he smacks them into submission to get them to listen to him. They're a relatively "nice" family--the parents offer up their lives if he'll just spare the children, and the two older little ones insist that no, it's their fault. Only the spoiled baby Marisa thinks only of herself. Anon promise to let them go back to their home after he's punished them, and they are relieved. He even says he'll give them sweet-sweets.
For the first punishment, he drips a weak solution of water and chili-pepper extract into one eye of each yukkuri. It causes blindness and a great deal of pain, but given time (about three months, with a healthy lifestyle), their eyes can eventually heal.
Next, he flips them upside down, cuts open the skin of their feet, and jams nails (for the adults) and thumbtacks (for the little ones) into the bean paste underneath. Then he smears orange ointment over the cut to heal them back up. Since the nails and tacks are made of metal and weren't ingested through the mouth, it'll be difficult for them to get converted into bean paste.
After that, he damages their accessories. Destroying their accessories outright might cause a complete breakdown, so he just snips some big pieces off and dribbles garbage-water on them.
For the final punishment, Anon castrates the parents. They beg and plead, but the alternative he offers them is killing their little ones ("You want to make more little ones? So you don't need these three, then?"), so they submit. With a soldering iron, he burns their foreheads and penimamu areas deeply enough that the functional parts can't grow back.
Then, as promised, Anon rubs some healing orange ointment on them and gives them some sweet orange juice to drink. However, he warns them that anyone who says "Happiness!" while drinking it will get the flyswatter again. The parents and two older children manage to restrain themselves, but Baby Marisa has no self-control and cries, "Happineshhh! Happineshhh!" The rest of the family is afraid for her, but Anon says "Enough already" and lets it go.
Finally, both the penalties and the sweet-sweets are over. Anon decides to do them a final "favor" before he lets them go. He picks up Baby Marisa. She squeals in pain, and the parents beg him to let her go, but he asks them if they really think she can survive as a stray. Because they've spoiled her, she has no self-control or consideration for others. He says that while slowly-maturing humans always have the potential to change, once a yukkuri is scum, she's scum for life. The yukkuris protest that Baby Marisa isn't scum, she's just a little spoiled, but he says that they're thinking of the kind of scum who kill other yukkuris--he's talking about the kind of scum who think only of their own easiness. If she were living among Deibus and cannibal scum, her scum nature might not be a problem, but it isn't likely that she can live a "proper" yukkuri lifestyle. The yukkuri family understands this, but they still scream and cry as Anon squishes Baby Marisa to death.
Anon puts the yukkuris in a box and carries them back to the park they came from. Anon gave them a "gentle punishment"--except for Baby Marisa, they're still alive. However, the gentle punishment was also cruel, and what happens to them next is the interesting part. Anon double-checks the webcam he has set up in the park.
Returned to their old cardboard-box house, the yukkuris cower in fear until Anon disappears from sight. They do rub-rub to comfort each other. Little do they know that that is the last easiness they will ever experience.
They try to return to everyday life, but when Father Marisa goes out to hunt, the nails in her feet hurt her so she can barely move. Unable to catch caterpillars and worms, she resigns herself to gathering grass.
She comes home to a crying family. With the pain in their feet, the little ones can't go out and play with their friends. Mother Reimu reports that the other yukkuris in the neighborhood have heard that they did a home invasion, and now they're shunning the family because they don't want any human retribution to spill over onto them. It doesn't help that their accessories are damaged and uneasy, either. (Incidentally, the yukkuris in this park don't live in an organized "clan," they're just a loose group of individual households who associate with each other.)
The family does munch-munch, but because they can still remember the taste of the orange juice, the bitter grass gives them "unhappiness," whereas normally, it would be "so-so." If they keep eating it, eventually they'll return to normal, but that is a long way away.
Their uneasy days continue. Little Marisa wishes she could play "trampoline" on Daddy's belly like she used to, but Marisa knows it would cause agonizing pain for both of them. Little Reimu wishes she could eat delicious earthworms and caterpillars like she used to, but Marisa can't catch them any more. Because of the family's poor diet, her damaged eye isn't healing, so she can't spot worms before other yukkuris have caught them. The parents can only apologize and do rub-rub with their children, but it's an uneasy, despairing kind of rub-rub.
Autumn is half over, and Father Marisa is worried about gathering food for the winter. Unlike wild yukkuris, strays can usually continue to forage through the winter, but their opportunities are limited, so they need a stockpile. As it is, she can barely get enough for the family's daily meals, but all she can do is try to drive herself harder.
One day, a neighboring Marisa-Alice couple come to visit with a delicious worm and uneasy grins. Since winter is near, they've been abstaining from refreshing with each other, but they've heard that Marisa and Reimu can't make babies. They offer the worm in exchange for sex. Marisa and Reimu are aghast, but the little ones want the worm, and they really need the food, so they tearfully accept. They make the little ones wait in a corner with their eyes shut, but troubled by the uneasy sounds, little Reimu opens her eyes and promptly throws up her bean paste in horror and disgust. The parents aren't able to go to her until Alice and Marisa have finished refreshing with them. Little Reimu survives, but she's too sick to eat the worm, and she now finds her parents "dirty" and repulsive, which hurts them.
Other neighboring yukkuris come to refresh with the parents, and with no other options for survival, they reluctantly prostitute themselves. Their customers begin paying them less, saying they're bored, and there's nothing they can do about it.
Winter comes, bringing an unusually long and heavy snowfall. Unable to go out to look for more food, the family begins to starve. Mother Reimu sacrifices herself and does "Eat up," turning herself into food.
Before the end of winter, the family runs out of food again. Father Marisa has decided to sacrifice herself as well, but little Reimu declares that she can no longer stand living in a world without easiness. As her father and sister protest, she commits suicide by "Eat up."
At last, spring comes. Mother Reimu and Little Reimu have perished, but Father Marisa and Little Marisa still have each other, and their eyes and feet have finally healed. (The nails and tacks have finally been converted to bean paste.) Little Marisa has grown up quite a bit and is ready to begin hunting. They pledge to live life to the fullest for the Reimus' sake.
Just then, they hear a horrible scream from outside. A man in a white coat is tossing the neighboring Alice and Marisa into a bag--it's an extermination. Father Marisa and Little Marisa realize that even after all their suffering, they are destined never to take it easy again. They scream and scream in despair, even after they are bagged.
Anon nods in satisfaction as he edits his video footage of the family. His "gentle" punishment (and his "advice" to the neighboring yukkuris) completely robbed the family of their easiness without their ever blaming him for it. The downside of this method of abuse is that doesn't produce consistent results, but this was a superb case.
Anon hears another family invading his home. He smiles and wonders what kind of "lives" they'll show him.