The Happiness of Being a Pet
Marisa sees herself as being a pet yukkuri of a certain Mister. Every morning after waking up in her easy house, she greets the sun, stretches, drinks some water and washes herself, before eating some breakfast from the nearby garden (dandelions). To finish off, she greets the awake Mister with a 'take it easy!'.
Being a former wild yukkuri, she's happy and thankful for all the food, water, and shelter.
Anon, having woken up with a hangover after drinking with a friend last night, is asked about Marisa by the same friend. She's a good yukkuri, yes. But she's not a pet yukkuri; she has no badge.
She's EXTREMELY well-behaved and polite. Her breakfast consists of the weeds in the garden, she doesn't come into the house even if it's raining, and she has NEVER asked for sweets. Her house is actually a bunch of tires that Anon left around.
According to Anon's memory, he has simply responded to her greeting, and that was it. They discuss her character; she and her mother were raised this way, and they were wild all their lives, yet they behave this way unlike wild yukkuris we're ALL familiar with. In the end, Anon theorize that by considering themselves as 'pet yukkuris', the yukkuris can get along with humans.
Anon's friend asks Marisa if she wants to be his pet yukkuri, and she accepts happily, thanking him for making her his pet yukkuri TOO, proving Anon's earlier theory.
Anon doesn't really care much about Marisa though, not even if she creates a family of her own. But 2 months later, Anon's friend notices that Marisa now sports a badge that says 'wild' on it. She greets him happily as usual.
Illustration: post #29758