“Marisa isn't tasty!! Go away!! Yugyaaaaa!!!”
“Uu~ Uu~~ Going to eat you~!”
A common sight. In the heat of the summer, a scampering Marisa is darting and weaving amongst the shrubs and bushes, desperately trying to escape a predating Remilia. Marisa's happy and gleeful return to her family's nest from the hunt was shattered by the scene of horror in her own home. A family of Remilias have found their nest and made quick work of Marisa's beloved Reimu and their three little ones. Reimu has been ripped in half, her eyes frozen in a blank horrified
stare as the baby Remilias munched on her innards. The little koyukkuris were strewn about the room, some splattered on the walls and others a streak of red on the floor. The Remilias must have used the koyukkuris as hunting practice, and flung them like toys when they were too tired to run.
And so Marisa quietly fled. There's nothing she could do. It was her misfortune that the mother Remilia just happened to turn around and see her.
“Yu~!! Yu~!! Can't... dage... id... eajy....”
Marisa was quickly running out of breath. After all, yukkuris are not known for their athletic abilities.
Not looking at where she is going, Marisa jumped through a shrub only to find that there is no ground under her feet. Instead, she found herself hovering above a steep decline into a grassy valley. The sides of the valley are so steep that it would probably be more accurately called a ravine.
“Yu!! It feels like.... YUGAAAAA WHERE IS MIZDER FLOORRR!??!??!!
Marisa tumbled through the air like the ungraceful manju that she is, landing hard on her side before continuing her roll down the cliff side. The Remilia hovered around for a little bit before going back to Marisa's nest to finish off her meal. The ravine seemed to have proved to be too troublesome for her to fetch Marisa.
“Yu.... Yuuuu.... id... hurds..... Mariza's face....”
Through some miracle, Marisa seemed to have landed on a soft grass bed without splattering herself against a rock. However, she's badly hurt from the fall. One of her eyes has been poked out by a sharp rock on the way down, and she has cuts all over her body. Her feet have been smashed from the landing, a large flash across where the bottom of her feet used to be. Her hat has been torn up, its contents from the hunt earlier this morning spilling out on the way down.
Marisa is dying.
“Wanted... to... take... it .... eajy.... more.....”
Thoughts of her family flooded through her bean paste brain.
The first time she met Reimu, how her beautiful ribbon dazzled in the sunset. And how Marisa was completely captivated at first sight.
Their little love nest in the dead tree trunk. It was a bit small but it was warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
The happiness and feeling of content when Reimu was pregnant, a little green stalk on her head with three little cute koyukkuris.
Their beautiful little children, their little yells of “Take it easy!” are like music to Marisa and Reimu's ears.
And with that, Marisa faded with them into the darkness.
“M... ***.... easy”
Something, someone is calling.
“Mar...... e... easy....”
“.... it easy....”
“Marisa take it easy!”
Marisa opened her eyes. She is in a little cave, and it seems to be raining lightly outside. The cave is dimly lit from the outside, and she can't get a good look at her surroundings. Marisa realized that she couldn't see anything on her left side, the dull throbbing pain in her left eye probably had something to do with it. She didn't realize that she had lost her eye.
“Is Marisa ok? Take it easy! Alice was so worried!”
“Marisa don't move!! The wounds will open up!”
Ah, that's right. Marisa remembered that she was running away from Remilia... from her dead family.... and then the feeling of flying.... and massive pain.
“YUGYAAAAAA!!! Don't eat Marisaaaaa!!! Reimmuuuuu!!!! YUUGAAAAA!!”
“Marisa!??!! Take it easy!!”
Marisa wailed and twisted about, and as she twisted about spurts of bean paste leaked out of her patched up wounds.
“YUGYAAAA!!! ID HURDSSSS!!!”
“Marisa!! Stop moving!! Take it easyy!! Alice will lick-lick~ the
“YUGAAAA!!.... Yu.... Yu.....”
With a few licks from Alice, Marisa finally began to calm down. The hurt on her skin is leaking away with each lick. Some deep seated memories bubbled up.
When she was little, she went out to play and hurt herself falling over a rock. Mommy came and lick-licked the pain away.
Just like now.
“Yu! Alice is Alice!! Take it easy!!”
“Take... it... easy....”
“Yu yu!! Alice was so worried!! Alice found Marisa all hurt!! Alice dragged Marisa home before mister rain came!! Good thing Alice found Marisa in time or Marisa wouldn't be able to take it easy anymore!!”
“Yu.... Alice... did... all that....? For Marisa...?”
Alice grinned brightly and continued to lick Marisa's wounds. The pain on her skin is almost completely gone, but something else still hurts. Something deep inside.
Little ones are gone.
Marisa feels like everything has ended. Maybe it would've been better if Alice didn't save her. Marisa curled up and faced away from
Alice fidgeted around a little bit.
“Yu... M.. Marisa.... Alice couldn't find Marisa's eye-eye... There's nothing Alice could do about Marisa's eye... sorry.”
Eye? Marisa couldn't understand what Alice was talking about. A sudden sleepiness came over Marisa.
“Yu... Marisa... would like some rest.... thank you Alice...”
“No problem! Take it easy!! Stay as long as Marisa needs to! This is Alice's easy place, it's really safe!! Just don't move around too much! Marisa's wounds will open back up!! ”
Alice gathered up some dried nuts and seeds and pushed it beside Marisa.
“This isn't much... but Alice will look for food once mister rain stops!! Eat it easy Marisa!”
“Take it... easy...”
And Marisa blacked out once more. This time her dreams are filled with winter time with her parents.
There wasn't much food left, this winter has been extraordinarily harsh. There's nothing left except for dried nuts and seeds. Her father, Marisa, and her mother, Reimu, are at their wits end. Her little siblings are shivering in a corner, half from hunger and half from the cold.
She vaguely remembers something her father said, about an easy place where there's a lot of food and no Remilias, where there's no mister winter... a yukkuri paradise.
The next day Marisa woke up much earlier (yukkuri standards) than usual, partly because of the dull pain in her left eye as well as having fallen asleep much earlier than usual.
"Yu... Marisa... where did Marisa end up....yu?"
A quick shake of her head brought back events from yesterday. Marisa was dragged into Alice's place after a fall off the cliff.
"Yu? Marisa ish udp awready? Dage id eajy!" (mouth full)
"Yu? Alice take it easy!"
Alice came hopping in to the nest, her hair damp from the morning dew. She opened her mouth and a variety of nuts, berries, fruits, and little insects spilled forth. She couldn't carry as much as Marisa could, lacking a big hat to carry the fruits in. However, it's still an impressive amount.
"Yu! Alice went hunting this morning!! There's enough breakfast for both Marisa and Alice!"
At the sight of the food, Marisa's stomach grumbled. She remembered that she hadn't eaten anything all last night, and she unconsciously salivated at the sight of the feast. Alice pushed half of the food before Marisa along with the untouched seeds and nuts from yesterday, and Marisa hungrily gobbled it up.
The berries were unlike anything Marisa had tasted before. To yukkuris, berries are something that they can only enjoy in the Fall when an abundance of them ripen. Being at the bottom of the food chain, usually the bigger animals and birds get a pick at the berries before yukkuris do. These berries, however, were unusually large and sweet. Plump and full of juices, the berries melted in Marisa's mouth. Seeing Marisa eat, Alice contentedly scooped up a few berries herself with her tongue.
""Munch~ Munch~!! Happiness~!!!!!!""
"Yu!! Alice is amazing!! How did Alice find mister berries?? Alice is very city-sect, ze!!"
"Yuhehehe!! Alice has a secret spot for mister berries!! When Marisa gets better Alice will show the place to Marisa!"
Not just the berries... the fruits were large and juicy and even the normally dry and bitter seeds seemed to be filled with more flavor than usual. Marisa didn't pay much attention to these small details, but just genuinely enjoyed her first large meal in a while.
"Yu... Alice, thank you for the food!... By the way where is Marisa?"
"Yu? Marisa says where but... Alice just came here a few weeks ago!"
It's fairly common for yukkuris to move out and settle off in new places, and it seems that Alice has just moved in here a few weeks ago, towards the end of Spring. Marisa looked around the little cave, and it does seem a bit unfurnished. There's just a little pile of dried grass and a few large pieces of leaves that are used as plates, and there's none of the trademark trinkets and baubles that Alices are known to collect.
Marisa glanced at Alice, and she's one size smaller than Marisa. She's very healthy for yukkuri standards, and her shimmering hair shows that she's certainly been eating well. This shows a certain degree of hunting/gathering prowess. Marisa glanced at her wounds, and saw that the biggest cuts have been covered with some sort of medicinal grass, and her broken legs have been patched up with big leaves so the filling doesn't leak out. Marisa flexed her legs a bit,
and got up to slowly move around the cave. It hurt a bit to walk, but Marisa knew that she would be able to move about if she wanted to, though she probably would not fully recover for another few days.
"Can Marisa walk? Alice can show Marisa around!"
"Yu... Marisa should be ok. Marisa can't see out of the left eye though..."
"Yu? Alice told Marisa yesterday... Alice couldn't find Marisa's eye-eye..."
The realization of what the dull pain in her left eye meant finally hit Marisa.
"M... Marisa's.... eye-eye....Yu...YUGAAAAAAAA!!! YUUUWAAAAA!!!!"
"Marisa?? Hang in there! Marisa!??"
Marisa cried for the first time since her ordeal.
She's letting it all out for her deceased loved ones.
"Yuhehe... Sorry for letting Alice see that side of Marisa. "
"It's ok! Alice understands... it must be tough to lose something so important!"
"... Yu... "
One simple sentence, but two different meanings to the two different yukkuris here.
"Please show Marisa around, ze! Marisa can walk now thanks to Alice, ze!"
"Ok!! Take it easy!"
Taking a look at their surrounding closely for the first time, Marisa understood how far down the ravine she had fallen, and just how lucky she is. Surrounding the valley on both sides are two towering walls of rock, both completely impassible to normal yukkuris and impossibly high to yukkuris. The walls are sparsely covered with plant growth and moss, and there's plenty of sharp jagged rocks that could've impaled Marisa like a kabob. The area she landed in is covered in grasses, shrubs, and a small patch of forest is nearby. Various alluring smells of flowers, fruits, and berries came from that
direction, that must be where Alice goes for the berries. Alice probably found Marisa while out foraging. Further down the side of the valley where Alice's nest is located, is an area that's similar to a smaller riverbed filled with smooth rocks of various sizes. A good amount of trees, grasses and plant growth sprouting from between the rocks and alongside the riverbed. The water is clear and cold, and refreshing to drink. Parts of the stream are shallow enough for a yukkuri to bathe in, a luxury denied to most yukkuris because of location. A bigger dried riverbed is next to Alice's nest, the forces
of the current probably shaped the little cave that Alice now lived in. A big mountain can be seen off in the distance, this is probably where the stream came from.
Overall, an ideal place to live in for yukkuris. The food is close by and plentiful, this place can probably support at least 4-5 families of yukkuris or a small clan. Even if they run out of berries to eat, the place is crawling with insects and there is so much grass that it is impossible for anybody to starve. With a little planning, a yukkuri can gather enough food for a long winter here in less than a week.
Taking a look at Alice's nest, it's also very well laid out. The entrance to the nest has been smoothed out with sand and dirt by Alice, and she lined the entrance with smaller stones and packed them with dirt and grass, presumably as a dam to keep the water out. The cave is small, but large enough for 2 adult sized yukkuris. As expected of Alice, the nest is nice and clean. The lack of decorations only means that Alice has been hard at work with the
foundations of the nest the past few weeks.
"Yu... this place is... How did Alice manage to get here?"
"Yu.... Even if Marisa asks... Alice can't remember too well... A few weeks ago Alice slipped into the river while washing her face andended up here..."
Marisa contemplated deeply. Was she actually dead and this is actually yukkuri heaven? But she doesn't see Reimu and the little ones...
"Alice was surprised when Alice found Marisa too! Ever since coming here Alice hasn't seen any other yukkuris!"
"Yu? Really? So strange..."
Marisa tried to think a bit harder. This is such a perfect place... but why is there no other yukkuris? Are there terrifying mister bears or mister dogs around? But a bean paste brain is after all, a bean paste brain. She soon gave up and settled for accepting things as they are. If there were so many dangerous things here, Alice wouldn't have been able to make it for the past few weeks.
"Well.... Anyway, Alice will show Marisa the secret berry spot! It's a very city sect secret place so don't tell anybody!"
"Yu! Marisa is looking forward to it, ze!"
Summer left and the Fall season brought about a plentiful harvest in
the little valley that Marisa and Alice lived in. Despite the healing
powers of yukkuris, Marisa could never see out of her left eye again
and she could not run and jump as she used to. The deep gash in her
feet never fully healed and the damage to her hat is irreparable. As
a result Marisa cannot easily take care of herself, and instead she
helps Alice to gather and carry the food. Marisa's bountiful
knowledge of foraging and hunting were passed on to Alice. While Alice
couldn't exactly perform them as well as Marisa once could, she was
fairly skilled for a yukkuri.
Throughout the summer Marisa and Alice explored the valley, looking
for a way out. Following the dried riverbed has led them to the edge
of an impassable cliff overlooking the sea, and the source of the
river that carried Alice in seemed to have culminated in a similarly
impassible waterfall. However, the waterfall was so small that it
seemed almost impossible for Alice to have been carried in.
However, there's no wild animals, predators nor mister humans around,
so this is a safe place to take it easy. In a sense, this is a
perfect yukkuri paradise.
Today, as usual, Alice brought home a lot of food. A bountiful
harvest from the fall... Caterpillars, various types of dried nuts and
seeds, wild grapes, gooseberries and huckleberries... an amazing feast
for any yukkuri.
"Take it easy Marisa!"
"Take it easy! Yu! As usual, thanks Alice!"
Alice dropped the food into the storage compartment in the cave and
began to rub-rub with Marisa.
"Yu! Little ones take it easy too!"
"Take it easy little ones! Marisa will sing a song~ yu~ yu yu yu~"
Marisa and Alice called out to the little fruits on her stalk. They
couldn't speak yet, but they shook gently at the sound of their
Marisa has decided to take it easy together with Alice. Reimu is
gone, and her little ones are gone too... but Marisa is still alive.
Marisa swore she will take it easy for the sake of both Reimu and the
little ones whose lives were cut short.
Maybe Marisa saw a shade of Reimu inside Alice's attentive and caring
nature... even if the roles are now reversed. Since Marisa can't do
much hunting herself, of course she ended up being the mother.
Normally yukkuris only have babies in the Spring time, but Alice and
Marisa decided that since there's so much food around, it won't be a
problem to prepare for Winter.
"Marisa, eat lots for the little ones!"
""Munch~ Munch~~! Happiness~~!!"
Several days later.
"Yuyu~ Alice ish gedding born eajy~!"
Towards the end of Fall, five little koyukkuris were born. Three
Alices and two Marisas.
"""Chake id eajy~!!"""
A big chorus of 'take it easy'. Alice and Marisa's faces lit up with
joy and happiness. Five cute little ones. Little ones that reminded
Marisa so much of her long gone offspring, little ones that she can
take it easy with forever. She will teach them to sing, and when they
get older she will teach them her old hunting tricks. How to catch
mister butterfly, and where to look for the most tender berries...
"Yufufu... Take it easy little ones! Alice is daddy!"
The little koyukkuris immediately swarmed up to Alice and began to rub-
rub with Alice. The warmth of the first rub-rub with Alice's parents
bubbled up from her memories, and Alice rubbed back with her cheeks,
overflowing with happiness. Marisa moved forth, bubbling with
"Little ones, take it easy! Marisa is mommy!"
In contrast to the beautiful Alice, Marisa is full of old scars, and
her beautiful hat is a shadow of its former glory. Her left eye is
covered by an eye-patch made from leaves and vines, and her feet are
full of scars from her fall months ago. Without the knowledgeable
Patchouli to properly mend her wounds, Marisa's healing left many
scars. Needless to say, this is a frightening sight for the little
koyukkuris who have only heard Marisa's voice up until they were
born. They screamed and darted behind Alice.
"YUGYEEEEE!!! Alice ish scared!!!"
"Can't dage id eajyyy!!"
"Daddy sabe Marishaaa!!!"
"What are little ones saying?! Marisa is mommy!! Go rub-rub and greet
"Alice doesn't wanch choo!!! Alice ish scared~~~!!!"
"YUUUOOOOOOOO Why would little ones say thattttt??????"
But the little koyukkuris cried and hid behind Alice, terrified of the
torn up Marisa. Marisa's happiness from giving birth dimmed
Her own little ones with Reimu never acted this way. They happily rub-
rubbed with Marisa the moment they were born, and looked up to Marisa
as figurehead and hero. In complete contrast these little ones won't
even look at her.
A single shred of resentment tainted Marisa's heart.
Only after much coercing from Alice did the little ones went up to
"Little ones, take it easy~ Marisa is mommy..."
"Yu! It does sound like mommy!"
The little koyukkuris remembered the singing and the gentle voice that
called out to them when they were still little fruits on the stalk.
But the figure before them doesn't match the melodious voice at all.
It's still a bit scary... in the end only the eldest Alice went up to
rub-rub with Marisa.
"Dage id eajy mommy~..."
"Take it easy little one..."
"Yu yu... big sis...?"
"Yuwaaaaa.... so scary..."
Almost as soon as Marisa could feel the rub-rub and began to rub back,
Alice was gone. She barely felt it.
"Yu? Little one, come back! Rub-rub more with mommy, ze!"
"Alice doeshn't want choo! Mwommie's rub-rub is scary..! Alice
wantsh choo rub-rub with daddy!!"
Alice, desperate to change the situation, remembered about the food.
"M..Marisa! Little ones haven't eaten yet, lets feed the little ones
"T...That's right! Marisa totally forgot, ze!"
Marisa immediately knocked off the stalk and pushed it before the
koyukkuris. The koyukkuris swarmed to the little stalk and gobbled it
up in no time.
"Munch~ Munch~ Happiness!!"
"This is a very eajy meal~!"
After the meal the koyukkuris went up to rub-rub with Alice, but
Marisa's anticipation of rub-rub was going to be a letdown in the
end. The koyukkuris never came back to rub-rub with Marisa.
"Alice is so full! What a city sect meal!"
"Yu... little ones should rub-rub with mommy too!"
"Mawisha doesn't want choo! Mommy ish too scary!!!"
"... Marisa is going for a walk easy, ze..."
"Yuuugyaaaaaa!! Little ones stop being so stubborn!!! That's not a
very city sect...Marisa wait easy..."
Suppressing her anger with all her might, Marisa quickly left the nest
before she could burst out in anger and squash the little ones. The
only thing preventing this from happening was Marisa's solemn promise
to take it easy for the sake of Reimu and her lost little ones. She
won't be able to take it easy anymore if she breaks down and kills her
and Alice's little koyukkuris.
Nevertheless, a second shred of resentment.
Normally when koyukkuris are born, they stay at home with the mother
until they are big enough to start hunting with their parents.
However, these little koyukkuris decided to follow their father
(Alice) out to hunt instead of being at home with Marisa. With
nothing else to do at home, Marisa decided to go with Alice and the
koyukkuris to help hunt, as she did before her pregnancy. However,
the koyukkuris kept far away from Marisa. Nevertheless, Marisa
continued to help gather the food for the little ones. The little
koyukkuris are so voracious that Alice and Marisa had to gather
several times the amount that they normally eat.
"Munch~ Munch~ Happinesss~!"
"Awice wantsh more mister berries!"
"Sho good! Dis shit's sho goooood!!"
Being the only yukkuri family in the forest, the yukkuris are privy to
all that the forest has to offer in the fall harvest season. However,
koyukkuris have a weaker body and thinner skin, and a lower immune
system. Even with the plentiful nutrients and food, the inevitable
was bound to happen.
One day on their way to the forest to pick berries, a sudden storm
swept through the area. If this was normal rain, they'd be able to
reach the forest in time, but fall storms are known to be short and
violent. The sudden downpour caught the yukkuris off guard.
"Yu yu!? Mister rain ish coming down!!!"
"Yu!? Mister rain sdop eajy!! Marisa won't be able to dage it eajy!!"
"Yu! Little ones, come hide in the forest easy!!"
Alice quickly darted across the open area with the three biggest
koyukkuris, but the two smaller ones were falling behind. Even though
Marisa has been injured and moves slower, she's still much faster than
the koyukkuris. She looked back and noticed the koyukkuris lagging
"Little ones! Come hide in mommy's mouth!"
"YUEENNNN!! DADDY SABE MAWISHAAAAA!!!"
"Awice ish scaredddd!!!! Mommy go awayyyy!!!"
"YUUUGYAAAAA!!! Now's not the time to argue!!! If little ones stay in
mister rain too long little ones won't be able to take it easy
anymore!!! Don't take it easy and hurry up and hide in mommy's
Marisa tried to scoop up the little koyukkuris into her mouth but they
darted away from her in separate directions, crying and scared.
Fall tempests are known for their power. A huge amount of water can
deluge an area in seconds, but they clear up extremely quickly. Even
humans will get soaked if they get caught out in a tempest for mere
seconds. While that's an inconvenience at most for people, it's
downright deadly for yukkuris.
"YUEEENNNN!!! Dadddddyyy!! Sabe Mawishhaaaaa!!"
"Little ones listen to mommy easy!!! Pleaaaaseeee!!!! At least hide
under mommy's hat!!!!"
"Yu....?? A...Awice's misder foot!!! Please move eajy!!! Mommy sabe
"YUEEEENNNNNN!!!! Mawisha's feet!!! Mawisha's eye-eye!!!!
"YUOOOOOOOO LIDDLE ONEZZZZZ!!!!"
But it was too late. The koyukkuris have already absorbed a lethal
amount of water, and Marisa would die herself if she stayed out in the
open for much longer. She had to choose between the two koyukkuris,
and then run to safety before she melts.
"... Mommy is sorry... only if little ones weren't so stubborn..."
"YUGGYAAAAA?!?!? MOMMMY DON'T LEAVE ALICEEEEE!!! Alice... wanted...
choo... dage id eajy.... more...."
Marisa darted into the forest, where Alice and the other koyukkuris
were waiting anxiously. A mixture of tears and rainwater has soaked
Marisa's face, which has turned semi-transparent from all the water.
She opened her mouth and the little Marisa flopped out. Alice
immediately rushed up to the Marisa to lick her, but the little Marisa
squirmed in pain, unable to talk. Alice would only notice later that
Marisa's face has all but melted, her eyes missing and Marisa's cheeks
sloshing over her's mouth, covering it up completely.
"Yuuuu!! Liddle shish ish missing!! Mommy??"
"Alice? Come out~! Alice~!!"
"Daddy!! Where's Awice??"
Alice looked around for the ko-Alice, and panicked when she couldn't
"Yu?? Where's the other little one??? Marisa??"
"..... Little one couldn't make it... Marisa... Marisa is sorry..."
"Yu.... YUUUUUUU!?!!? Yugyaaaa!!! Awicez babieeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!"
"Liddle shish!!!! YUEEENNNNN!!"
"YUAAAAAAAA!! Marisa's liddle shishhhhh!!!"
The tempest had come and gone, but the little Alice's dying words will
never leave Marisa.
Two days later, Alice's sister little Marisa would follow in her
footsteps. Her facial features melted and her feet effectively
destroyed in the rain, little Marisa couldn't eat or walk, and died a
slow painful death from starvation while her family surrounded her
helplessly. She could only twitch and cry with her eyeless sockets,
and eventually that stopped too. Alice buried little Marisa in a
little grave not too far from her big sister's.