To silveradept‘s prompt
It was supposed to work. It was supposed to be right.
Jen’s mother was a kitsune. Her grandmother was a kitsune. Her grandmother’s mother, and her mother, and her mother, they had all been kitsune, as far back as history went and further.
There were no fathers in the history, which Jen had always felt unfair. Her father had, after all, raised her, as her mother’s father had raised her, and so on. The women in Jen’s family did not stay. They weren’t tame, after all.
They didn’t stay, and they didn’t teach. They left a letter. At least, Jen had been given a letter when she turned fifteen. In the envelope – which her father had been saving since he first discovered he had a daughter – was not only the letter her mother had written her, but the letter her mother had written her, and so on, and so on. The letters went back not nearly as far as the history, of course, and the last ones were crumbling and yellow. but they all said almost the same thing.
Your mother is a kitsune, and that means you will be as well… The kitsune are wild and do not stay, but we always pass on our genes… one daughter and one daughter only… do well, my daughter. Thrive.
The letters had come with her when she & her father went off-planet; they took up less than 4 oz. of her weight allowance, but weighed her down with the expectations of ages. “…One daughter and one daughter only…” Kitsune found their fox by the time they were sixteen or seventeen, maybe eighteen or nineteen.
Jen’s twenty-first birthday was on her, and there was no fox, nothing but a girl with an envelope full of ancient letters.
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Possibly she needs to go to Earth, and the fox can’t find her off planet.
Got it in one!
Ah! I missed that line about “off-planet”. Nice spottin’, ! And going to earth is natural behavior for a fox. 😉
Yay! I like the idea a lot. I wonder if she will be less flighty and wild, changing later in life…
<nod> Establish an off-Earth population of foxes? Or kitsune spirits? Or perhaps her great-granddaughter makes a trip back to the homeworld and is very, very surprised … (If this packet of letters is passed down the line of the firstborn daughter when they are very young, I do wonder if there have been branches.)
Ooh, that’s a good point.