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"Good morning, Mama Orin!"
She laughs, and snuggles up close, giving you a big good morning hug. You even get a nice big ruffle for being a good boy and answering when she said your name! Always feels so good when she plays with your hair like that, especially when she scratches just a little!
"Good morning, little guy... ready to get up? You have classes with Master Satori today."
Actually, you kind of want to sleep in with Mama Okuu for once, but... she sure sleeps a long time, and Aunt Satori is really nice. Plus, her lessons are always super interesting, and sometimes she even tells you those funny stories about your mamas! She even gives you cookies, and tea, and all sorts of nice, colorful snacks.
"Well, little guy?"
"Okay! I'm ready!"
"On the count of three..."
It takes a whole lot of squirming, and Mama Orin has to tug a lot, but soon you pop right out of Mama Okuu's arms with a great big... pop! You and Mama Orin kind of go over the edge of the bed, but that's okay because she's soft, and you get to snuggle a little down on the floor. Mama Orin is always really active though, so you don't get to spend much time cuddling and rolling around with her before she hops back up, and runs you right over to the big old mirror in the corner.
That's fine, though, even though you have to stand still in front of the mirror. Standing still all by yourself is normally boring, but the mirror is so big that you can see everything in the room, and Mama Orin being so active makes her funny to watch. She scrambles and tumbles all over the room to find all the stuff you need to get ready, and her black and green dress almost matches the wall, so it looks really silly when she flails around like that. Her ears and tails are always twitching all over the place, too!
She never stops moving, and just hops right over to help you get dressed once she has all your clothes. Off with the big white shirt, on with the green kimono! You match with mama, now! She ties everything up so neat and nice for you, so you just watch the mirror. Mama Orin looks so focused! Mama Okuu looks so sloppy! All rolling around on the bed in the center of the room, getting wrapped up in the sheets like she gets wrapped up in her cape sometimes!
You shut your eyes when Mama Orin starts brushing and combing your hair, trying to make it settle down all straight. Feels good when she brushes your hair! You're kind of happy she always makes sure to take care of your hair, but...
You open your eyes when she finishes. Your hair looks like it's all neat and tidy now, lying all black and flat. Mama Orin looks super proud of her work. Then twitch, twitch! Poof! Your hair goes all messy and wavy again! Mama Orin groans, and her ears go all flat. You giggle a little.
Of course! Mama Orin raised you, after all!
Riding in Mama Orin's wheelbarrow is always so much fun! Lights and colors shooting by at super high speeds! The whole house looks so different like this! Even when you get to the outer parts of the house, with all the browns and daylight everywhere, it still looks different. All those columns and arches whizzing by...
The best part, though, is riding backwards, because it lets you look up at Mama Orin. She always seems so happy when she's pushing her cart. Her eyes are all glittery and shining like fire, and her ears are all alert, and she has this big, toothy grin, and her braids are whipping all around...
Mama Orin is so cool!
"Get ready, little guy! It's the final stretch!"
You squirm down deep into the wheelbarrow, and get ready. Mama Orin goes faster, and faster, and faster, and stops! You go flying into the air, flip, and land on your feet... just like mama taught you! She gives you a big thumbs-up, and a smile.
"You seem to be teaching him strange things again, Orin."
You turn around, and Aunt Satori is right there behind you! She smiles down at you, red eyes twinkling, and gently strokes your hair. She sure is pretty every time you see her. Her hair is all pink, and silky, and neat under her hairband, not like yours at all! And her clothes are so neat looking, all soft colors, with cute little heart buttons. Her third eye swivels to look at you, all the cords on it swaying, and it blinks at you.
"Good morning, Kouji. I'm happy to see you again."
You nod excitedly, and spread your arms out for a hug. She chuckles and picks you right up off the ground in order to hug you. While you snuggle up to her, you can hear her talking to Mama Orin.
"You are quite proud of yourself, Rin."
Mama Orin laughs, but it sounds a little different, and you can hear a loud thump.
"Of course I am, Master Satori! I'm making the little guy into a real cat!"
The two of them keep talking for a little while, but it's a lot more boring, so you just enjoy snuggling up with Aunt Satori. It goes on for a while, but after they talk Mama Orin skips up and gives you one last big hug, and gives one to Aunt Satori too before she takes off at super high speed. It looks so fun... maybe Mama Orin will teach you to use her cart one day, too.
"I am sure she will one day, Kouji."
You give Aunt Satori a big smile. If she says so, then it must be true! Aunt Satori is always right! She giggles a little, and sets you down on the ground, crouching down to look you in the eyes.
"Well then, are you ready for your lessons today?"
"Wonderful! Let us... oh?"
Her third eye perks up, darting up to peer up and down the halls, and she looks up, too. You look around a little, too. What could she be looking for? All you can see is lots of brown dust all around, on the walls, the arches, the columns, the floor, even the dusty old door into the room where Satori always teaches you. Lots of dust. She smiles a little smile that reminds you of the one Mama Orin smiles sometimes.
"What a surprise..."
She giggles again, and turns to look at you.
"Kouji, it looks like we have a guest today. She's here just to see you! Should we say hello?"
[ ] Yep! Aunt Satori says you should always greet guests with a smile!
[ ] If the guest hasn't come out yet, then maybe she isn't ready to! Aunt Satori says you should always be understanding!
My apologies for the delay. I'm still getting back into the swing of things, and adjusting to this new protagonist. Will try to be quicker in the future.