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How I was Murdered by a Fox Monster
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scanned his fingers over the old volumes until he found what he was looking for. He pulled out a worn
looking book and began to flip through the pages.
he sounded out for me. "Are animal spirits, or monsters if you prefer to call them, that
inhabit this world. We talked about this the other day, does it ring any bells Daisuke?”
It seemed vaguely familiar. Like one of the long speeches he would give me
while my attention was elsewhere, like watching TV.
Grandpa sighed. "Obake take the form of animals so they can blend in with the natural world."
"I remember now!" Actually I didn't, but I wanted to look smart in front of Grandpa.
He continued to flip through the pages until he landed on what he was looking for, and held it up for
me too see. It appeared to be a picture book, except someone forgot to color the pages. I stared at the
image of a raccoon, or maybe it was a dog, I wasn't certain.
"There are many animals such as dogs, cats, rabbits, wolves, or snakes, which Obake use to disguise
themselves. Pay attention to this raccoon Daisuke. This Obake disguises itself as a harmless raccoon so
that it can blend in unnoticed. But if an opportunity presents itself, this raccoon transforms into a
monster and attacks or devours humans."
"Attacks humans?" My eyes scanned over the image of a giant raccoon assaulting a village.
Miniature black and white people ran away in fear. "Wow, so this little raccoon, can turn into that giant
"Not just monsters Daisuke, there are also Obake who can take the form of people."
He flipped to another page that illustrated a wolf turning into a man. It looked like a scene from a
"Really?" I questioned.
I suddenly wondered if the strange old woman down the street was secretly a raccoon. She certainly
smelled like some sort of animal.
"How can you tell?"
"Such Obake usually disguise themselves as beautiful young women so they can trick men and steal
He turned the page to show me a naked woman. Her hand was halfway through a man's chest. I
didn't appreciate her figure at the time, but looking back on it now she was pretty hot, except for the
bushy tail sticking out from her behind.
He tapped his finger on her picture. "And this is the fox, the most feared of them all. If you run into
her, your chances of survival are slim."