Yuisu yawned and rubbed her eyes several times while she assigned the maid work for the day. She sat at the inn's front desk, sipping coffee and trying to stay awake. It was only 7am and she was a bit hungover from the night of partying before.
On the other side of the conversation, Sya was alert and cheerful, or at least as cheerful as her uptight nature allowed, and Rem was bright-eyed and bushy-eared. She'd been on call through the night, but she didn't need much sleep; a sugary breakfast was all Rem ever needed to wake up.
After going over which cabins were occupied that day, Yuisu leaned on the desk for support and said, "Sya, I'd like y
"Haru, can you pass me that wrench?" Yuisu said, pointing toward the tool she needed to finish attaching a wooden beam to a short fence post. It was leaned against the previous post in the line and within a wing's reach of where Haru stood.
Haru didn't respond. She was too focused on something in the distance. Her eyes were glued on a small white object in the underbrush to the north of the hot spring construction site.
"Hello? Haru!" Yuisu called. She was really trying to not get too snippy, but this was far from the first time Haru had been distracted by the local wildlife. "I need you here with me, Haru. We've got a lot of work to do."
"Excuse me, Miss Yuisu?" Sya said. Her black and white striped tail flicked through the air as she stepped up to the inn's front desk. She was wearing one of her several similar looking maid outfits, which simultaneously managed to look subservient and noble at the same time.
Yuisu looked up from her paperwork and said, "What's up, Sya?" She could tell Sya was trying to hide how nervous she was, which was unusual for her.
"Uh, I was hoping to talk to you about something. I wasn't sure whether to bring it up, given your relationship, but…" Sya trailed off, pawing at the floor with a wide, furry foot.
"If it's bothering you this much, ple
Hakuto had been quiet all afternoon, to the point that her friends were a little worried. She assured them she was fine, but she didn't have the words to describe how she really felt. The closest words she could find were 'ecstatic', 'thrilled', and 'dumbstruck'.
Now that shrine guest hours were over, she could finally take action. It had taken all her willpower to wait as long as she already had.
She carefully cradled the cause of her overwhelming happiness in her large furry paws. It was a small black rock, its surface rough from bubbles that had been trapped inside cooling magma. There was also a single cherry blossom petal attached to it
Hakuto sat in the Mountain Lily Inn's living room in a comfy armchair, but she didn't look the least bit comfortable. One rabbit-like paw clumsily held a newfangled 'telephone' against her head.
"Mister Will? Can you hear me?" Hakuto said, trying to position the phone as best she could between her mouth and her ear, which was higher on her head than a human's.
"Call me Agent Will, please," replied the voice on the phone. "And I can't hear you very well. Can you check if that phone has a button labeled 'speaker-phone'? That should work better for you."
"Okay, one second, Agent Will," Hakuto answered, but Agent Will barely heard her because she
"Korbin, sir?" A young human woman waved to get her boss's attention. She had smooth black hair pinned back over her ears with pink clips. Like most of the resort's employees, she was dressed in comfortable but professional attire. "There's something I think you should see."
Korbin jogged over to the woman's desk. His shorts and tank top stood out next to her blouse and skirt; he had just finished his 6am run and hadn't had a chance to change into a slightly more professional outfit. The woman had some sort of spreadsheet or database up on her monitor, but he couldn't make any sense of the wall of text. He asked, "What is it, Suzuya?"
Hideki's pilgrimage was coming full circle. A few months before, here in Okayado, the Shinto priest had his worldview shattered when he met a genuine mountain god. Specifically, he realized that the Shinto priesthood had failed mountain spirits in the modern age. Shinto gods walked the earth, yet they were receiving more support from the government than from Shintoism.
The very day that Hideki met Hakuto, the rabbit-like god of Yuriyama, the young kannushi set out on a spiritual journey. He hoped to meet other mountain gods, find out what the priesthood could do in service to them, and learn from their ancient wisdom.
Hideki burned through mo
A muscular kobold and a slender frost elemental were seated across from each other at the small kitchen table in Rosty's brand-new home. The interior decor was a unique blend of modern minimalism and traditional Shinto style: plain white surfaces peppered with religious amulets and red braided cords. Korbin sipped hot tea from a thermos while Rosty enjoyed a slice of frozen chocolate cream pie, both delivered from the resort kitchens.
Korbin smiled a wide and welcoming smile and said, "As you may have realized, I built Ski Lodge Kobold to be a vacation destination for all people, human and liminal alike. Liminals have only been living among h
This is the description of the monster villains that I created for my hope to be future Novella's....if you don't know what Novella means, LOOK IT UP! I AM NOT A DICTIONARY!! Anyway, This will explain the appearance, age, name, origin and abilities of these characters. Enjoy.
Ropen. Translation: Demon flyer or Bird that eats man.
Category: Living Dinosaur.
Appearance: The Ropen is a pterosaur-like monster that stands about 2 meters tall as it's wing span is 9.4 meters long. It's body is covered with a thick grey scaly skin with pale spot on the arms, back, and it's long tail with a triangular tip. It's hands had three finger