Marisa who saw flag
In the opening area of a forest clan, Marisha is running. This is the physical education class and the koyukkuri is running around, watched by the teacher Alice and Yuuka.
Marisha has the fastest feet among the kids, but suddenly she stepped on a piece of wood that grow out of the ground.
Alice and Yuuka quickly take Marisha to Eirin's hospital. The hospital is a house made of twigs and leaves. The house is separated into the ward with beds made of dried leaves, and an examination room where a Teruyo is sleeping.
Marisa took three days to awake, which is great because her injury could have killed her.
Nothing changed with Marisha, except now she saw something weird. On the proud Chen who's her classmate, Marisha saw a black flag.
Nobody saw anything. Marisa's parents are getting worried of their child turns into an incomplete yukkuri because of the injury.
Eirin is the only one who seems to notice something. She then spit out her aloe cream filling. It's a medicine that could cure many yukkuri disease. Eirin told Marisa to lick on it a little in the morning and before sleep. The taste is bitter, but for her own health.
After resting for three days in her home, Marisa is back to school. By then, Chen has died in an accident. Like Marisa, she's stabbed by a twig when running. Well, accidents and death among koyukkuri is nothing uncommon.
Marisa is playing with her sisters. An older sister Reimu and younger sisters Marisa and Reimu. Marisa herself is the second child. They're looking for four leaves clover today, but the sun is about to set and it's time to go home.
The youngest daughter Reimu is younger than her sibling and spoiled. She insist on keep on playing despite her sisters about to go home. When third daughter Marisa warned her that Remirya will come to naughty kid, the youngest Reimu ignore it because she's cute.
That time, Marisa saw a black flag on her sister's head. Ever since that day when she's stabbed, Marisa has been seeing this flag on fellow yukkuri's head sometimes. She doesn't understand the meaning yet, but she feels like it's something really unlucky.
Because the sky is getting dark, the eldest Reimu called her sisters to go home. The youngest sister Reimu still want to play even after being told it's uneasy, so they left her behind.
Marisa called her youngest sister, she had to come back home no matter what.
Unfortunately, her youngest sister never came back to their nest hole.
Worried, their father decided to go out to look for that Reimu. Darkness is dangerous for the fragile yukkuri, but Father Marisa told her children she's the strongest, so it's fine.
She know that's just a lie, but she had to pretend so her children wont be worried.
Again, a flag shows up, now on Father Marisa's head. Marisa now understand that it signed death.
Father Marisa insist, she's not a scum who would throw away her own little one.
Next day, Marisa promised, she will do her best for her family. Tears flowed from her eyes when she saw a flag on her younger sister Marisa.
Marisa grows into a juvenile and distanced herself from others. After she saw the black flag, that yukkuri would die at least tomorrow.
Unable to bear it herself, Marisa consulted Eirin who told her it's called 'death flag'. Eirin herself can't see them, but after being doctor for years, she can feel if a yukkuri is going to die or not.
For example, Eirin understand that the Myon that's going to have surgery will die. Strangely, Marisa saw that flag on Myon breaks. Without saying it directly, Marisa encouraged Eirin.
Another time, Marisa and Chen is entrusted to patrol the area as duty of adults in the clan. Today, they're chased by group of scum Marisa, Alice and Myon until they're cornered.
Marisa is confused because there's no flag on Chen's head. Could it be that flag doesn't always shows up ?
But why is it on the head of the three scums ?
Suddenly, a Mokou (from anko 4005) came and burned the scums to ashes. Mokou is a yukkuri working for human and today she's taking a leave to came back to her clan. First day and she already met with scums.
Another time is when the clan organized a party to harvest sweets sweets fruit. This is a dangerous job where many would die, mostly of accidents where they falls to the river under the cliff.
Everyone is panicked when a greedy Reimu falls down.
Marisa look down at the Reimu and told herself, impossible, the cliff is too high.
Amazingly, the flag is broken and despite falling to the water and got melted a bit, Reimu is still alive. The injuries are still within limit to be cured.
Marisa realized, she could also break the flag.
After that, Marisa work with Eirin.
One day, a party is sent to destroy a Remirya clan that's formed near their clan. Only five Remirya, but it's a threat.
Marisa is also sent to the party with a red cross badge made by Eirin.
First is a Chen who told Marisa she's going to confess her feeling to Ran-shama after this mission is over. To break the flag, Marisa gave her a shiny stone, her good luck charm, and told Chen to never let it go.
Another day, Marisa saved an Alice who's injured during hunting. Seeing flag, Marisa told Alice's wife Reimu (their children has grown big enough to watch the house) to go home first.
Another day, Marisa beat a Patchouli who's about to give speech of her "good idea" that raises black flag to over half of the listener.
Now, Marisa is old. Her hat is full of scars and the golden colour of her hairs are getting pale. Even so, Marisa hasn't die, her flag is still not raised. It's already 10 years now. Normal wild yukkuri lives for two year, the smart and strong might lives for five years. For a common type like Marisa, Komachi should have came to pick her up long time ago (unlike Eirin and Teruyo who doesn't seem to change since back then).
In this 10 years, Marisa has became a respected doctor who healed other yukkuri and break their flag. She also came to the realization that no matter what she do, death will surely come. But why is she still alive ? Living for too long is also painful for her.
Finally, Eirin told Marisa. If she want to die but can't, she will make poison for Marisa.
Sometimes after that, Marisa disappeared. The clan is worried because of the lost of their doctor. Eirin doesn't think Marisa will meet with Komachi, but likely Marisa is out there to raise her own flag.
Nobody ever hear from Marisa again.