(20 votes) (4.60)
“Oh? It’s rare to see you topside like this. I hope this is good news” Katy began seeing one of her star employees enter her office.
“Katy…I-I had heard rumors that you have hired a b-b-boy here?” The Oomukade asked.
“Hm? Oh! You’re talking about our Anon. Yes he is the new employee, in fact he’s going to be showing up any moment now. If you want to you can stay and say hello. I’m sure he’d love to meet-” Katy began.
“He’s coming here! Now!? B-b-but I-I’m not ready! I-I don’t even have a topic of conversation! I-I’m sorry! I-I have to go!” She quickly began to panic.
“Please you need to calm down, I bet you two could actually click if you just-and you’re already running away…” Katy said watching her employee run away.
(23 votes) (4.22)
“Katy…I was wondering about one of our newer children we’ve taken in…” a very important Yuki-Onna wondered.
“And here I thought you were still hibernating from the warm weather…yes, I am very concerned myself, but I’m surprise to see you take notice too” Katy said.
“Well our newest spirit seems awfully distant from the rest of the children…my Yuki-Warashi can’t seem to get through to her too” the Yuki-Onna said.
“It’s to be expected, she was raised in a…certain way…perhaps our newest employee can-” Katy began before shutting herself up.
“Newest what now? Did I hear that correctly? You hired someone under my radar…*tsk-tsk* Katy, as Co-founder of our little Orphanage, I should have been made aware of this newcomer’s presence” the Yuki-Onna answered sternly, though the smile she wore spoke of a completely different attitude.
“Well you have a…colorful history you know…one that I would rather not have our new employee get involved…not until he’s ready. Don’t want to scare him off-” Katy added before she realized she’s revealed too much.
“He!? Male!? Well-well-well…now I’m curious…but not curious enough to deal with the heat…I’ll drop by soon though…very soon~” the Yuki-Onna giggled to herself before vanishing in a flurry of snow and wind.
“…Oh dear…I sure hope Anon can forgive me…” Katy murmured under her breath.
(24 votes) (4.29)
“So~ Nirvana, how’s our new employee I hired? What do you think of him?” The Echidna Katy asked her fashionista.
“Hm~ a bit of a stiff if you ask me, not the best fashion sense, but he’s harmless enough for the kids…I think he thinks I’m genuinely interested in him after our first time together” the Arachne Nirvana replied.
“Were you teasing our staff again, you know you can’t blame him for taking it the wrong way. I know how you like to toy with others” Katy scolded.
“Fair enough, I’ll give him a week to cut loose, and learn to have some fun, but if you ask me, I think you’re real concern is what our co-founder will do to him when she finds out…you haven’t told her yet have you?” Nirvana asked.
“Are you crazy? You know how she gets during the warmer seasons, we’ve been lucky she’s been relatively quiet and seclusive this past month, plus I don’t want her scaring away our new employee with her…’pranks’…” Katy put a strange emphasis on the work ‘prank’
“In any case, some of the kids who said hello to him want to meet with him again, seems like they all have something to say” Nirvana replied.
“I gave him another early morning shift with our kitchen manager, so long as they don’t mind waking up a little earlier than usual, we can arrange something, I just hope he’ll listen…” Katy said.
(21 votes) (3.76)
Children are a wondrous, splendid, more or less annoying things, but most importantly they are our future. Yet while we focus on what their future will bring for us, we sometimes fail to think of what their future will hold for them.
We take our parents for granted at times, yes they’re not the best teachers, or even caretakers, and neither will we once we become parents ourselves, but they stayed besides us all the way until it was time to leave the nest.
Some children aren’t so lucky…
No father to guide them, no mother to nurture them, not even a sibling to support them; these ‘little ones’ are alive in the world with no goal or purpose, and with a deep pain of neglect stinging their hearts. But inside their little bodies is a light of hope that one day they will find a loving family that will take them in, and unleash the potential bottled up inside.
This is where the ‘Little Monster Miracle Orphanage’ comes into play…
(10 votes) (4.80)
Time continues its stately march, and Corvus, Son of Maou and Tyris is acclaimed as Raven of the North, Saviour of all that lives, and Penultimate Lord of the World. Through the century and more since the War of the Angels, His Echidna Wife, Lyssa, has been annointed as Nagarani of the triune city-state of Hamunapt, Heliopolis and Memphis, effectively making her an Empress in her own right, and her empire waits with baited breath for the birth of their first child. Yet as is its wont, Reality itself rumbles with the beginnings of potentially catastrophic change. The question is, can the fledgling utopia so hard won survive its shift?
(Another entry in the continuing story begun in ‘Chronicles of the Pax’ and ‘Tales of the Walker’. I would recommend reading those first.)
(19 votes) (4.89)
She has her textbook sized artbook out. I notice a stylized black rose on the cover before she opens it to the picture of the buxom woman with feline ears, bat wings and a scorpion-like tail that I had seen earlier.
“Seru was an Imperial Alchemist with the royal court of Vamore before I annexed the kingdom. Now she’s a confident and clever Manticore….”
“Manticore.” Mari corrects. “A beast whose cunning, beauty and lust rivals even that of my lilim sisters.”
She turns the page and I’m greeted by the striking image of a woman with charcoal grey flesh, wolf’s ears and an eye with dark sclera similar to Mari’s. In her portrait, she seems to be looking at me with a toothy grin, complete with even sharper and more prominent canines than Mari. There appeared to be a mane of dark fur around her neck