anko3563: Little Ones are Very Cute! (Part 3)
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Summary by platina:
Enforcer Marisa comes to Leader Patchouli with yet another report of trouble from the newly-arrived family--the little ones are demanding sweet-sweets from a human while the parents just stand by. The family has been in the park for three days, but there have already been more than ten incidents where Patchouli and Marisa have had to intervene.
No matter how much humans exterminate stray yukkuris, the yukkuris always seem to bounce back. On the other hand, if humans do nothing, the yukkuri population seems to stabilize at a certain level, so this town tends to do nothing unless yukkuris cause problems. For this reason, Patchouli's clan tries to avoid contact with humans. With this incident, Reimu and Alice have broken three rules:
1. Not approaching mister humans
2. Not asking mister humans for things
3. Not letting little ones run out of control
The parents whine and argue that they're not to blame, that little ones should take it easy, but the other yukkuris in the clan condemn their arguments. As punishment, the parents get nine whacks on the bottom with a big stick.
Patchouli acknowledges that in some ways, Marisa should be the leader of the clan, but Marisa says that while the yukkuris must fear Marisa in order for her to be able to police them, the clan also needs a leader who they don't fear.
After the caning, a Reimu with a brooch on her ribbon kindly invites the family to rest at her house. Like Reimu, Brooch Reimu is a former pet yukkuri. She was lonely spending all day in the house by herself, but when she asked her owner for a mate and little ones, he had her castrated. Brooch Reimu fell into a deep depression, so her owner abandoned his broken, unresponsive pet. She joined the clan in the park and finally found happiness as the adoptive mother to two orphaned little Marisas.
Brooch Reimu tries to convince the parents that their children should be toilet-trained, but the parents insist that their little ones are fine. The little Marisas are disgusted when Little Reimu poops while still at the dinner table. Brooch Reimu worries about the family.
Patchouli and Marisa talk about the family, saying they weren't suited to be pets. Because humans see stray yukkuris begging for sweet-sweets, humans think that sweet-sweets are all yukkuris need to be happy, but actually, it's only delusional scum and strays who are bad at hunting who admire pet life. When yukkuris consider not being able to freely make friends or start a family, they'd rather be dead. Marisa speculates that because Reimu has experienced the tightly-constrained lifestyle of a pet yukkuri, she doesn't want to impose any restrictions on her children. However, Marisa says that expelling the family will be best for the clan as a whole. Patchouli wants to wait and watch.
All the other yukkuri children hate little Reimu and Alice. They're covered with poop and drool, they selfishly hog all the toys, they scream and cry when anyone tries to oppose them, and the parent Reimu and Alice are always hanging around scolding the other children, "It's uneasy to exclude others!"
Brooch Reimu tells Reimu and Alice that they can't force the other children to play with their children. Meanwhile, Brooch Reimu has been encouraging her two little Marisas to be kind and play with the newcomers, and being compassionate children raised by a compassionate mother, they do so. Brooch Reimu hopes that little Reimu and Alice will learn and mature through contact with their peers away from their indulgent parents. She sympathizes with the family because as a former pet, she thinks she could easily have ended up like them. (She never had to deal with raising babies--her Marisas were older children when she became their mother.)
The little ones decide to race to a pebble. Reimu and Alice cheat and start before Brooch Reimu's signal. However, they're crawling along while the Marisas are vigorously hopping, so they're soon overtaken and start crying. The Marisas deliberately slow down and let Reimu win. (Alice is still halfway back, peeing.) However, Reimu starts taunting the Marisas as slow and stupid, saying that she's the fastest and strongest. The Marisas are angry, but they hold in their anger. Then Reimu goes too far, attacking one Marisa by jumping off a rock on top of her. (When normal children play-fight, they only jump at each other from the side.) Bean paste comes out of Marisa's mouth, her tongue is nearly bitten in half, and one eyeball pops out. The parents rush to the scene, but Reimu and Alice only show concern for little Reimu, who is crying about being hurt after wobbling and falling off of Marisa.
Brooch Reimu turns to Reimu and Alice in fury...
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