Shell Marisa School
Tonight, a life is born to Reimu and Marisa couple. Their child is a Shell Marisa. Seeing such easy child, Marisa put the baby to her hat and runs out to tell the clan.
But Marisa is not the only one. There's also a lot of other Shell Marisa babies born.
A Chen returned with sticks and report that there’s no other Shell Marisa is born in the clan. Leader Patchouli’s companion Alice counted 7 sticks, which Chen and other yukkuri can’t understand.
Alice is smart for wild yukkuri, she can group three into one, which made her able to comprehend numbers up to nine.
Previously there’s already three other Shell Marisa born in the clan, so there’s 10 now. Ten is a number beyond Alice’s comprehension, so it made her even more afraid.
Now here’s the problem. Shell Marisa is appreciated for the rarity. Yukkuri believed that the rare Shell Marisa is really easy and they want to help by giving food. Usually it’s not just the child, but the whole family received support and following yukkuri’s nature, they will feel entitled to get food even without working, becoming lazy.
But now, there’s already 10 Shell Marisa. Yukkuri consider everything beyond 3 as the same thing, a lot. Lots of Shell Marisa is definitely not rare anymore. The only thing left is that the yukkuri feel it’s uneasy to stop helping.
The clan might be able to support a Shell Marisa, but 10 ? That’s impossible. Without the rarity, majority of the clan is already against giving the family food from the clan’s communal food storage.
In the clan, there’s a respected Marisa. Lets call her one-eyed Marisa because she lost one eye when defending the clan from Remirya attack. One-eyed Marisa hates Shell Marisa a lot. She told the clan that those creatures are just lazy ass who can’t do anything to contribute to the clan. While One-eyed Marisa speak for the clan’s good, the parents can also see from her eye that she hates Shell types.
There’s also another respected Marisa. This Marisa has big scar and her hat is smaller than most adult Marisa. Lets call her Scar Marisa. She agreed with One-eyed Marisa, that the Shells are slow and as they grow up in pampered life, their shell will become too heavy for them to sustain; they won't even be able to crawl. But she also believed that the children can be saved if they’re trained.
Scar Marisa proposed a school. Any Shell Marisa can enter the school to be trained. They can also get out any time as long as both the parent and children agreed to do so. Another rule is that once they’re out, they can’t join the school ever again.
The children will be given food from the communal storage, only the children and not the whole family. The children will also stay at school to keep them from being spoiled by their parents.
From the seven children, only five joined.
Three sisters of Shell Marisa joined the school after being sent by their single mother Reimu. He husband Marisa tried too hard when hunting and never returned. Probably because of that, Reimu thought of having Shell Marisa so she can get help to raise them. With three children, it’s impossible for Reimu alone to support them. Besides, in this school they will be able to get close with their own kind.
The other student is daugher of a Marisa.
Last student is a lonely Shell Marisa left by her parent without even saying good bye. The parent is mad because she doesn’t get any support from others despita having a supposedly very easy Shell Marisa daughter.
One-eyed Marisa is not satisfied. She can’t take the fact that in the end the clan is supporting the food for those Shell Marisa. But seeing Scar Marisa’s spartan training, she’s satisfied. Sooner or later there will surely be quitter or even casualties.
Mother reimu is also worried by her children. She asked the kid to be returned home, she will try her best to feed them. Surprisingly, the oldest sister of the Shells refused, so her younger sisters followed suite. They want to train themselves more.
Day after day, Reimu still came to visit, but she’s not so insistent in having her children quit the school now. She has heard that Scar Marisa is strict in school but is actually kind to the children in her house. Unlike what One-eyed Marisa thought, Scar Marisa doesn’t hate Shell Marisa.
Reimu also heard from Marisa, the father of the other Shell Marisa student. This Marisa is an old friend of Scar Marisa, so she respected her friend’s idea. Marisa is a good hunter and she has only one children, she should be able to look for food for her child, unlike Reimu. But Scar Marisa explained, the children will grow big and eat more while they grow old and weaker. It’s best to let the children train themselves to be independent.
Reimu also heard about the first Shell Marisa in this clan, One-eyed Marisa’s sister.
Their father is getting bad in hunting and is angry because the help from the clan members are growing less. In that fit of anger, Shell Marisa is killed.
Even One-eyed Marisa who hates her sister is so angry and insist her father being executed as murderer. The clan refused to kill, so father Marisa is exiled out of the clan and finally ends up getting preyed by Remirya at night.
Unlike the three sisters and Marisa’s daughter who doesn’t like the school so much (although they accept the training and enjoy being together), the abandoned Shell Marisa has nowhere to go home to but the school. She grows close to Scar Marisa.
As time passed, the training doesn’t feel as difficult as it used to be. Even as their accessories grow bigger and heavier, the Shell Marisa in school is well trained to be able to move even though not as fast as normal yukkuri.
Now the pair of Shell Marisa whose born in the second wave (#2 and #3). One of them died in hunger. That Shell Marisa’s sisters has grown to adult and they can hunt for their family. Their old parents can’t go out to hunt anymore, so they can’t say anything against their children whose now feeding them. Shell Marisa died from hunger and anti-yukkuritis because her sisters look down on her and never give her anything more than menial pieces.
The other Shell Marisa is died in her nest hole. Her old father died in fatigue. She herself died from hunger because her shell is too heavy for her to move and look for food or even eat her father.
Parents of the two children of the third wave that doesn’t enroll to the school can see their future already. They sent their children to the school.
Scar Marisa has suggested against the idea because they’re already too late, but school rule said they can join any time.
The first one cried to her father few days after to get out of the school. The second one is expelled from the school by Shell Marisa for disturbing the training for other students.
The accessory of those two has grown too heavy while their body is never trained to support it. All these time they had only lived a lazy life.
After the five students grown into adult, Scar Marisa told them it’s about time for graduation test. They can’t eat from the clan’s storage forever, so it’s about time for them to be independent.
Material for the test is hunting.
To ease the uneasyness of the Shell children, Scar Marisa showed them something. She told the oldest sister Shell Marisa to take off her accessories and run, then jump.
Naturally, yukkuri felt restless if they’re separated from their accessories. But with the newly discovered strength to jump and run, the children get feeling of easyness to balance it. They then wear their accessories again until the anxiousness is gone, and then continue to run again.
They went out with Myon, also a powerful yukkuri in the clan.
It’s from Myon’s report that the children do well in hunting that the clan believed and started believing that Shell Marisa can also be useful.
Any Shell Marisa born in the clan is sent to train themselves in the clan. Of course, this doesn't burden the clan very much because ever since the Shell Marisa baby boom, the clan has stopped believing that Shell Marisa is easy (and parents don't get food for having easy child) so naturally there's less Shell Marisa born into the clan.
Of course there’s still the useless two Shell Marisa, but now the clan doesn’t discriminate against Shell Marisa by stereotypes anymore.
One of the two leftover children died from Anti-Yukkuritis after being compared to the children from the school everytime.
The other one is sent by her parents to hunt everyday, like what the school children has shown about Shell Marisa able to hunt. In reality, she’s just rolled outside to eat grass and then her sisters will retrieve her back by dusk.
One day, they forgot about her and she’s melt by the rain.
While the three sisters and Marisa’s daughter went home, the abandoned Shell Marisa stayed with Scar Marisa whom she had gotten closer with. That Shell Marisa’s parents is also a kind of tsundere who doesn’t want to say sorry to her daughter, so in the end she died alone.
The only one thing left is One-eyed Marisa.
One day, she attacked the three sisters who just finished their hunting. She attacked the second daughter and challenged the eldest daughter. She hate Shell Marisa because her parents never cared about her and always spoil her Shell Marisa sister.
She hates these successful Shell Marisa from the school.
While the eldest sister fight against One-eyed Marisa, the youngest sister run for help.
One-eyed Marisa thought Shell can’t run fast. She never thought the youngest sister would take off her shell to run fast and is already back with leader Patchouli and also the powerful warrior Chen.
One-eyed Marisa’s death is from being shocked and stabbed by the eldest sister’s accessories and being stomped.
Until the end, she questioned, why she must end like this even though she had tried so hard and even lost her eye to Remirya. She understand hard work, but only for herself, not the others.
After that, the Shell Marisa still often visit their teacher’s place and invite the abandoned Shell Marisa to hunt together.
Scar Marisa took her hat off without any hesitation. She said to her hat, “big sis, we did it”.
Scar Marisa was also a Shell Marisa. Everyone spoiled her except her sister who understand the importance of training herself more.
While everyone said her sister is a bully, she later understood that it’s for her so she won’t ends up tragically like those birn earler.
The story of her hat is when she and her sister is attacked by Remirya. Her older sister is eaten while Scar Marisa run away to hide.
Seeing her target gone, Remirya throw the shell to the river. Ever since then, the young Shell Marisa wore her sister’ hat while is now already too small.