This is so weird.
I mean, I know I'm only holding one of Aunt Claire's old ratty quills, writing in a notebook, but I'm actually writing! My paw feels kind of numb though... Can't feel a thing through it. (Which is my excuse for this really awful penmanship...)
The first time I... became solid I guess? I was so focused on being able to touch something that I didn't really know how it happened. But that's actually the key! I have to concentrate really really har
Well that didn't last long. I'm hoping it's something that I get better at controlling with practice? Aunt Claire thinks so.
It's so sad. I tried to pick that quill back up for hours. H o u r s. If I could still get headaches I'd definitely have one now. But no matter how hard I stared and pawed at it, my paw just kept on going straight through. Not fun. I went for a break and sat at the top of the stairs for a while, listening to Aunt Claire making coffee for the late
"Light," Claire breathed. "You're light."
Ryuu's eyebrows scrunched together. "Light? What- what does that even mean? How... how can I be light? But not be dead?"
"Because you're made out of it, see?" Claire pushed an open book to him and pointed at a series of diagrams of a Kamishiba in various forms and stages of 'ghostly-ness'. The text at the top of the page said 'LUX ESPECTRAL' and there was an image of a strange looking ghostly soap looking object underneath it labelled 'BODYX ERASER'.
Ryuu tried to use his paw to point at it and it went straight through the book. He really needed to stop forgetting it would do that.
"Th-That's the item I used!" he exclaimed.
"Mm-hm, thought so. I knew I'd seen something about ghost Kamis in one of these books."
Ryuu opened his eyes wide. "So you think there might be more like me out there?"
"I mean," Claire said carefully, "I've never actually seen anyone else like you, honey. But if it's in the book, documented like this, then that'll
Claire's bedroom was at the top of a secret staircase behind a door at the back of the café. It was an unassuming room, compared to the care and attention she had taken in the rest of the building. Various books, blankets and coffee cups littered the floor and Ryuu let a snort of amusement huff out of his nose at the sight - she was so untidy. Claire held the door open as she entered so that Ryuu could pass, despite him being able to walk straight through the wood, and it was such a small consideration, but it meant the world to him and filled his heart with affection.
"Aunt Claire, you're so messy," Ryuu said with a laugh - glad some things never changed, even if he had.
Claire skipped ahead into her bedroom and turned back to him with a toothy grin, her ear wings pointing as high as they could. She didn't do regrets or shame. "Who's got time to be tidy when there's a café to run day and night downstairs, huh nephew?"
Ryuu shook his head slightly and followed. But stopped short
Cafe Cinnamon was just as he remembered it; shining brightly in the cold dark night of Stardusts Doom. He had no idea how late it was - he couldn't really even remember getting there. He'd traveled in a daze, blindly putting one paw in front of the other until he knew the cold should be making him fluff out his fur and shiver, and his breath should be misting out in front of him. Neither of those things happened. And now he was standing at the door as a pit of dread and fear twisted low in his gut. How was he going to get in? Can... Can other Kamishiba even see him? He'd not encountered anyone else on his lonely journey, so he had no idea if
The first thing he realised was that he couldn't feel - anything. His whole body was numb in a way that terrified him instantly, and the following silence terrified him even more. Where was the thundering beat of his heart? He should be able to hear it, right? His racing pulse should be pounding in his ears, but there was just a void of silence.
Had he gone deaf? But... No... He could still hear birdsong not too far away and a breeze rustling the trees. Not deaf then.
"H-Hey," his voice cracked, "what's happening to me?" He whipped his head up, but there was nobody there. The Kamishiba that had given him the eraser was - he'd been right the
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