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CHAPTER 1


Hikata Tariyama walked up the stone stairs on the hill that lead to
her recently acquired home; the Tariyama shrine. that stood looking
over the village. 

how did grandma go up and down these stairs everyday?
 Hikata thought as she wiped
sweat from her brow with her kimono sleeve; slightly exhausted from the
climb up while carrying her things bundled up in a blanket slung over her shoulder. 
everyone said she was tough as nails...

Hikata frowned as she began to think of her grandma; the late Miko of the Tariyama shrine,
it was only a week ago when Hikata's grandmother passed away; and so
Hikata became her successor, and took over the job being a shrine maiden,
to keep the balance between humans and yokai.
but am i ready for this? Hikata asked herself quietly; i mean, there haven't
been many yokai attacks or mischief for a while; but still...

Hikata shook the doubt out of her mind; why am i worrying?
no yokai attacks means no need for me to fight, which means
i just have to keep the place clean and collect donations...
with that thought in mind, Hikata continued up the stairs with
a reassured smile.

*********

Hikata stepped up the last stair, dropped her things next to
her, put her hands on her knees and took a few moments to breathe
"what i wouldn't give to learn how to fly!" Hikata sighed, then she
stood up straight, picked up her things and looked ahead.

ahead of her stood the Tariyama shrine; it wasn't an extravagant,
fancy shrine; but a simple, cozy shrine; to the left was a beautiful
cherry tree standing over a small pond; and to the right was a
prayer altar for those just passing by; and also there was the donation box.

"well, home sweet home" Hikata said to herself; and she began
to walk towards the shrine.

when she came towards the steps that lead into the shrine; she heard a
small familiar voice; "glad you made it up the stairs there, Hikata"

Hikata looked to the porch, and standing next to one of the pillars
was an elderly being no higher than a tea cup. wearing a grass
hat and cloak, wielding a stick as a walking stick.

Hikata came to the porch and crouched to look at the small
being, "hey Mr. Honto" Hikata said to the being with a smile, "it's nice to see you."

"it's nice to see you too Hikata" Mr. Honto said with a smile, "and it's even nicer
that you're here." Mr. Honto's smile became a sad look as he held his stick
with both hands, "it's been quite lonely really."

Hikata frowned Mr. Honto; she knew was still sad at the loss of Hikata's
grandmother. they were very close friends, and shared many adventures
together. "well don't worry," Hikata said with a smile, "now that i'm here; that isn't
a problem."

Mr. Honto felt cheered up by Hikata's words and smiled back at her,
"yes it won't," he replied. Mr. Honto then pointed to the door of the shrine
"why don't you bring your things inside and change into your
hakama and haori after that?" Mr. Honto smiled, "i got it all ready for you just this
morning."

"okay" hikata said with a nod and went into the shrine.

*****

minutes later; Hikata stepped out of the shrine, now dressed in her hakama and
haori, she looked down to Mr. Honto and asked, "how do i look?"

"like you are ready to carry the title of shrine maiden,"
Mr. Honto replied with a smile. "and to defend humans
against harmful yokai."

Hikata sat down on the porch next to where Mr. Honto
stood and looked ahead as she said " I don't think it will be
a problem since grandma chased most of them off."

"all the more reason to be vigilant, Hikata" Mr. Honto said with
concern, "with your grandmother gone, who knows what evil
spirits will take this opportunity to attack?"

"probably lesser yokai that are easy to handle." hikata replied
flatly; feeling Mr. Honto was saying she was weak.

she then yawned,  "ugh..the walk to here was tiresome." Hikata layed
her head against one of the shrine's pillars, "i think i'll take a nap" she said as
she closed her eyes to sleep.

Mr. Honto shook his head disappointed, she has a lot to learn, thank goodness
i'll be here to teach her what you taught me; Akita

Mr. Honto yawned, he felt tired from getting ready for
Hikata's arrival, "well,if you can't beat' em, join' em" he said as
he climbed up Hikata's sleeve, and layed down for a nap.


**********

"wake up Hikata!"

Hikata jolted as she heard the voice, it belonged to Mr. Honto standing on her shoulder,
looking very anxious. "look to the sky!" 

Hikata looked up and it was not the usual shade of blue but a dull red,
and the wind was quite fierce as well.
"what's happening?" Hikata asked with a nervous tone

her answer was a terrible screech; like the amplified sound
of screams. them a large shadow flew over the shrine, by impulse
hikata ducked and watched as the large flying shadow went
off into the distance.
"what in Amaterasu's name was that?!" Hikata said worried,

"something very evil, i sensed that as it flew by,"
Mr. Honto said with a stern look, "i swear I've felt the presence
before but where?" he said.

Mr. Honto's train of thought was cut short by the sound of screams
and yells from the village."the villagers!" he cried, "they're must be 
yokai causing trouble!"

"but what about that thing?" Hikata asked.

"never mind 'it' until the villagers are safe!" Mr. Honto said
sternly, "the safety of the villagers comes first!" 

Hikata had never seen Mr. Honto like this, usually he
was calm and smiling, but it was understandable,
so Hikata nodded in agreement. Hikata then ran inside
and grabbed her gohei wand, and some o-fuda prayer
slips. she then bolted out the shrine doors and headed down
the stone stairs to get to the village. Mr. Honto tagged along
by riding in the collar of Hikata's hoari 

whatever is going on; i just hope 'he' isn't a part of it
Hikata thought to herself as she raced down the stairs
to deal with whatever was sending the village into a
panic.

End of CHAPTER 1



 

well; here it is chapter 1 of the first
Otasaku story

next chapter: fav.me/d7br1gj

i'd like to hear what you guys
think of it so far =)
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ChasMandala Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it's a great read already :) looking forward to chapter 2!
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Drifter-Dx Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
why thank you! =D
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ChasMandala Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you're most welcome! :)
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Drifter-Dx Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
=D
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kirakishousakurada Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
You are very welcome :D but I thought you were upset with me or something, you do not talk so much to me latelyPikachu crying plz 
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Drifter-Dx Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
no not at all; i've been busy thinking
up the Otasaku stories, and new OCs,
sometimes it kinda wears me out and
i'm less chatty ^^;
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kirakishousakurada Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
I'm sorry for not answer earlier but the the writing board was not working (*~*)
Don't worry,I understand :D
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Drifter-Dx Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
it's alright; and thanks =D
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kirakishousakurada Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
I did not like the jirachi draw I made,I will have to try it again later :(
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Drifter-Dx Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
okay; i'm sure you'll get it to look right soon =D
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kirakishousakurada Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you...it must be that it looks like Akiyume and that's why I can't draw it (*_*)
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Drifter-Dx Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
then just keep practicing on it, you'll
figure something out =)
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kirakishousakurada Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
This is awesome!!! And I did not know that you also love Shintoism, I would like to know if in some point of the story megami Amaterasu sama or Yamata na Orochi would appear, but don't say any spoiler!!! I would like to read the whole story without knowing what will happen ,look,even Jake is happy and wants to...DANCE!!! :iconjakewiggleplz: 
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Drifter-Dx Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i'm glad you like it =D
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