Time to tease in only 200 words. I'm continuing to share snippets from Oni, the Beauty and Japanese Demon story that I haven't found a home for. I hope you enjoy it!
It was fortunate that finding her was so difficult. It had given him time to contemplate the world remaining after he killed the last Karasu. He would still be trapped here, immortal, with no way to free his soul.
He longed to gobble Hotaru up, eat her in one gulp, but he had come to realize he needed to protect her, ensure she lived to have children and continue the Karasu line. If she died before that, by his hand or an accident, his fate was sealed.
She had noticed him, and really who wouldn’t? He wasn’t good at disguising himself like some of his kind. It took great effort to turn his red skin pink. He made do with a hat to cover his horns and stooped to lessen his conspicuous height.
If she hadn’t noticed, he would have stayed on the train until she got off, but he didn’t want to scare her prematurely by following too closely.
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