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It’s been four years since she left her home country, not once did she regret it given what happened. It was always the same over there, a smile here and there, people staring at her because of her beauty and sweet nature. She hated it so much. It sickened her to her very core.
But she never did complain after all what was the point?
Although she did her best to help those who needed help, especially when there were some who needed help but were ignored. Not by her though and that left her with some people wanting to know the real her.
Where to start this though? How did this need to leave her home country begin?
Well it’s quite simple really; it started with a fox who she considered a friend only he was just like them. He used her and hurt her without thinking about the consequences, forgetting that they had an age difference, forgetting that she had boundaries-but enough of that.
Right now Moira Hikari was heading back to Japan on a visit, why? To visit her grandfather like figure Mikage. Given that she hadn’t seen him in four years, it was understandable and he never did once complain except for one occasion followed by a once a years worth of events that had left her and her family almost guilty. After all compared to him her uncle Mizuki had stayed with them as her mother’s familiar until he was asked to go back to Mikage’s shrine two years ago, neither liked it one bit but there was nothing that they could do. Meanwhile uncle Shinjirou had visited them from time to time. Despite all that the family wasn’t visiting her grandpa out of pettiness, it was because that place brought memories and paranoia leading her to feel like she was no longer safe there. She was left with doing nothing but taking pills or was forced to see a therapist to deal with her problems, it wasn’t what she had in mind but it beat having to see HIS face again.
None of her family made any comments about leaving, least of all to the friends of the family.
As soon as she moved to an disclosed location she immediately began to get started on being homeschooled due to the issues that had been created thanks to what HE did to her, but not once did she or her family alert the authorities in order to rouse suspicion. The last things she wanted were people to judge or torment her because of what happened, so in order to stay safe her parents had suggested homeschooling. It was working so far and she was able to study while taking proper care of herself until THAT day arrived.
In truth it had been the most scariest and most painfulness day she had ever had to endure, but she survived. Not just for her family but because someone was now relying on her, an eleven year old of all things was being relied on by someone who was new to this world that can often be cruel and malicious. However the world did display care and joy, which was something that she wanted to offer. Even as she was homeschooled while caring for this person at the same tiem, she would always try to stay strong for that person. That person needed her to be there and it was never easy during those years. But she was now coping to the point that she was now starting to rely less on the meds and more on bringing joy to that person’s life.
At times she was exhausted and was sure that she was going to give up at times but her family would always try to be supportive, and help her in her darkest hours after all. Who knew how to look after someone from such a young age, one who wasn’t even a young adult. She had been eleven when that role had been thrusted onto her shoulders; but she was glad that her family had let this person stay. Yes she was young but as soon as this person arrived, just looking at the person had then given her a reason to want to live more for that person’s sake and that’s what she was going to do.
Now in japan she was currently going to stay in a hotel with her family while she went up to the Mikage Shrine, her goal was to meet her grandfather discretely while making sure that no one would recognize her. But then again who would?
Moira had long black hair that was jagged on the ends, a no sleeved navy shirt, over the shirt was a white jacket, she also wore black jogging pants and black trainers with navy blue socks.
She smiled at the person who she was holding hands with, the person then looked up at her with curious eyes but had an eager smile on their face as their ears twitched from exploring the area she once lived in.
This person was no older than four years old boy, one who had white hair that was short but went up to his neck, he had bluish grey eyes that like her held a sense of innocence. He wore a white hat that covered his ears and would often hold it as he walked due to being shy, he also white shirt, light blue shorts, white socks and white trainers. He was a child for sure but he was very innocent and had a condition that made him age very slowly, not that it was any problem. It just meant that he would take longer than usual to grow and develop, both physically and mentally compared to other kitsunes. It was rare though that some kitsunes were known to have this genetic condition and there was no risk of danger to his health at all which left Moira and her family at ease.
The child’s ears flicked a bit while his tail moved as they walked up the steps until Moira had to carry him since he was very tired, not that it was any surprise given that he was very young to even be walking all those long sets of steps.
Once up the steps she allowed him to walk for a bit and explore while she followed slowly, she looked to her right and saw the picturesque scenery. In truth Moira did miss this area and it's clean air but things changed which had forced her to leave.
“Mama!” the child chirped before hugging her leg and looked up with eager eyes causing her to smile widely, kneeling down she hugged him and kissed his head.
“Yes Hiko?” Moira asked as she looked at him with amused eyes.
“What’s in there?” Hiko asked as he pointed to the shrine, Moira looked at what he was pointing at and smiled.
“That’s a shrine, it’s where your great grandpa lives” Moira explains as she holds his hand, Hiko however tilts his head cutely and shows that he’s confused.
“Shrine?” he asks sounding curious.
“Yup! It’s a building where people go to pray” Moira replied with a light chuckle.
“Can we look inside?” Hiko asked as he looked at the building, his ears twitching and his tail wagging from excitement of what the shrine had to offer from the inside. Which to Moira’s surprise had not changed a bit much to her glee.
“Why not, we did say that we were going to visit him” Moira smiled causing his eyes to go wide with unrestrained excitement.
“Yay!” Hiko cheered before he ran towards the shrine. Moira smiled and walked a few steps behind to watch him.
“Moira?” A soft voice caught her attention just as she reached the door; she then turned to face the person who called her name. After all, no one she knew was suppose to know that she was here. So who would recognize her?
As soon as Moira saw the person who called her. She like her breathing had immediately slowed down to the point that looked like she wasn’t breathing at all; the girl’s smile that had once appeared had now vanished within seconds. While her heart and stomach plummeted sharply from who she was seeing.
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