DISCLAIMER: Yes, those are his testicles. One of the things that Tanukis are famous for. In this image the Tanuki is impersonating a Rokurokubi.
I almost feel sorry for the kid – lost his job, accused of robbery. All at my fault, well, me and fate. Mostly fate. I didn’t mean for anything to happen. I guess I didn’t think it through, it’s too easy to get carried away, it’s like child’s play.
A speck of darkness in an otherwise glittering career.
I’ve watched humanity for years, I enter into a type of ecstasy, a trance, and I see the paw-prints of the future. It’s almost like a lucid dream, if you follow me. Everything I foresee just falls into place.
Subconsciously I started to massage my testicles into shape.
A mouth. A nose.
Slowly I molded the perfect imitation of a man.
The glass door slid open as I stepped under the glowing neon sign, “Hai, irashaimasen!”
I almost leapt out of my disguise, he startled me and so I simply nodded, lost for words.
Lost between worlds.
I scooped up a dozen of the ceramic jars, tottering a little under the weight of twelve liters of sake.
I winked as I squeezed each bottle onto the counter, asked for a packet of cigarettes, a smile across my face.
He turned – it’s all about the art of distraction.
Another wink, a little glamour, was all it took to transform my pouch full of leaves into a money-clip overflowing of notes.
The illusion was only temporary, and when his boss checked the banking…
Written as part of my series on Under-represented Monsters, for the A to Z Blogging Challenge. The Tanuki is hardly an under-represented monster. Together with the kappa and the ___, the Tanuki is one of the most popular ‘monsters’ in Japan, a symbol of good luck and wealth (and a love for sake.) You see the little statues of him outside pubs all across Japan. The statues look like this:
He uses his testicles for many purposes, including disguises, fishing nets, a weapon…almost anything you can think of (seriously, click the link!) I used this weeks’s BeKindRewrite prompts – Lucid Dream, A Speck of Darkness, and Child’s Play. I also used the Trifecta word of the week – ecstasy. Comments and criticism always welcome!