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Oh, wait, that WAS it, wasn't it? I should have asked for a cup of coffee before I left, since it's late and cold and all. Oh, well, it's too late now, so the only way left to get warm is get moving!
I place a hand on my heart and close my eyes. I recite my vow in my head. I used to say it outloud, but that bothers people sometimes, so i just say it in my head now.
I, Kogasa Tatara, hereby vow to always approach my customers with a bright, honest smile, no matter how tough things have been!
It's a good vow, isn't it? I thought of it myself, after all, and I should be able to trust my own ideas to be good, right? Of course, nobody else even knows I have a motto (unless you count the granny who got angry at me saying it next to her fence the first time), so, really, I'm my only judge on things like this. That might be something to think about as I walk.
You know, brain, we don't really think about how our feet move, do we? I mean, 'we' as in 'living things'. I'd assume this is the same for humans. They're essentially the same as my big body, right?
Save for that weird long bit they all like. But whenever I give that bit attention during the Hotel Part of a job, they always get so happy! A lot of the guys I work with even say they love me!
My job isn't really all that hard, now that I think about it. I just make humans smile, and it's as simple as making contact in the right way most of the time. A girl couldn't ask for a better way to live! Well, having a place to live might be-
Nonono, no sad thoughts! I have to be happy when I meet my customer, because it's always better to assume that nobody likes it when I cry unless they ask for it! No sad thoughts until the customer says cry, you got me brain?
Thinking about my life always brings me to sad thoughts, so why don't we look around instead? That should help! Let's see heeere...
The road I usually take is the fastest route I could think of. I'm walking by a river, but i never figured out what it was called. The river is frozen solid. I'm walking on a road that's already piling up with snow. And, if I'm not mistaken, the hot springs are a little over 200 kilometers away. Thank goodness I walk so much, or I wouldn't be in shape for this!
A little in front of me I see a family walking. This family is properly dressed for the warmth. Daddy, Mommy and little Baby are all nice and warm, and the baby's stroller has one of those plastic covers that keep the rain off on it. I can hear the baby laughing at something, and the lovely couple laughing with their kid. I've seen them around before. They're a generally sweet family, though they're also living in Okayama, the literally least friendly place in japan (or so I've heard), so I don't know if I should even consider approaching them. It's highly likely they won't even see me. Humans don't usually see youkai. I'd have to touch them and get some magic on them for them to notice me Unless I'm on the job, people I grab usually just punch me. I perfectly understand, this IS a city, and cities are dangerous and all. But I can't show the customer a black eye, or they stop smiling!
Walking a little in front of them is an officer. I recognize him. He's kind of scary, and he makes a funny face at the end of every job I've worked with him, but he always tips nicely and treats me to curry bread afterwards, He always makes sure I feel good if we go have the Hotel Part, and he even calls me 'outsider' instead of the other names most of the other customers use for me. But he says I should never talk to him outside of our 'little meet-ups', so I shouldn't talk to him. Especially while he's on the phone. With his wife, if I'm not mistaken by the constant shouting quietly under his breath. He's far enough off that it shouldn't bother the humans, which is good, but I can hear him just fine. But he DOES have a car...
On the other hand, traffic on this road is pretty heavy, and he might get hurt if he drives me part of the way. His car can't be too far, he takes great pride in it.
I think I'm out of protection, though, so if he proposes work to me, I might get pregnant again...
[ ] I shouldn't talk to the officer...
[ ] It IS an emergency, though.
[ ] Maybe I should scare the baby for energy, instead...
[ ] Or maybe I can just follow the family. It's nice to play pretend sometimes.
-[ ] I hope my baby girl is alright.
Though you can try to improve things, it doesn't always work out, does it? Sometimes, all you can do is make the most of what your given, even if it leaves an odd taste in your mouth, right? Sure, it might not be the most comfortable thing in the world to do, but a girl's gotta' eat, and if she's putting bread on the table by making people smile, why would it be something to be upset about?