Kohaku watches as things begin to fall apart for Shichiro and Amaya in the long run.
The kitsune looked and saw a tired Shichiro stumbling into the darkened living room, panting. Kohaku's soul flew back to the body.
"Master?" it asked. "Master, what's wrong?" The man took in deep breaths. Kohaku observed him for a moment.
His body's going through another pain, it thought. But then, the kitsune noticed something else.
What's this?, he thought. I... I can't feel a thing. Usually, a kitsune and its handler are one. But when they start to separate, that can mean only one thing.
Is it starting at last? Is Mother killing us now? Kohaku shut its eyes.
No! I don't want to die yet. Just give more time. That's all I ask.
"Sweetheart?" Kitsune and master heard. Shichiro looked up and saw Amaya standing in the doorway.
"Baby?" she asked. "What are you doing out of bed?" She raced over to his side. Her husband shook his head.
"Couldn't sleep," he said. Amaya put her arm around him.
"You shouldn't be out of bed in your condition," she said. "You know better!" Shichiro chuckled at her.
"What are you, my doctor?" he whispered.
"I'm your wife," Amaya pushed. Shichiro cuddled close to her chest.
"I love you," he said.
"Okay..." his wife said. Shichiro looked up at her.
"I don't want to die."
"What would do if I did?"
Amaya froze. "What?"
Amaya's face drained of color. What was this?
"Are you... dying?"
Amaya dropped her shoulders and shook her head. "I don't know..."
"Would you still love me if I lost Kohaku?"
"What if I was a normal human?" Shichiro softly wept against her chest. Amaya sat there, silent.
Kohaku looked shocked. What's this? She usually snaps at him to man up.
The kitsune observed her eyes. Its jaw just dropped. This is...
Amaya shook her head hard. "Let's just get you to bed, okay?"
Her husband whimpered and nodded.
"Right," the woman said. She slowly pulled him to his feet and walked him back to their room. Kohaku watched after them.
What just happened? That didn't feel real to me. Almost like a soap opera on TV. Kohaku shook its head.
Oh, this is not good. Not good at all. He had to execute his plan quickly.
Yet, Kohaku's not the only one with problems.