“Um.” He sighed and rubbed the back of his neck. “Sure, I guess.”
The kitsune grinned wide. “Perfect.”
Without a word, the kitsune’s entire body was engulfed in a strange white flame. Daniel gasped and nearly fell backwards, only for the mass of flame to spring up and fly straight at him. He yelped. There was a flash of white that blinded him, and at once, he collapsed, losing consciousness.
When Daniel came to, he found himself on his bed, staring up at the ceiling. His room was no different, there was no shadow, no glowing eyes. He groaned and slowly sat upright; his head felt fuzzy, and he needed a good minute to regain the sensation of… well, everything.
He ran a hand through his hair. His room was quiet.
“Was that just a dream…?” Daniel wondered.
There was a laugh, but it came from inside his own head. “No, silly boy. It was no dream. I am very much real, and now, very much a part of you.”
Daniel gasped, startled by the voice inside his own head.
“I told you,” the kitsune said.
Daniel put a hand on his chest to calm himself. “I just… I…” He shook his head and slowly sat upright. “So… y-you’re inside of me?” He glanced down at his body, then shuddered. “Wow.”
“It’s quite comfortable in here, actually,” the kitsune said. “Warm. Snuggly, even.”
Daniel had no clue how to respond to that.
“Ah, but, let’s get to the fun part for you, hmm?” the kitsune said.
Daniel frowned. “Fun part?”
“I did tell you that you’d gain some of my gifts, did I not?” the kitsune said. “You’ll find many of them out in due time, but, since the night is young, why don’t I reveal to you the largest of my boons? Do me a favor, Daniel. Go outside, would you?”
Daniel’s lips twitched. He pushed himself onto his feet and, very slowly, started to move toward his closet.
“No, no,” the kitsune said. “You needn’t worry about exiting your pajamas, I promise.”
Daniel stared at his closet for a couple seconds before starting toward the door. It didn’t take long for him to be outside, the cool night air brushing against his skin. He felt weird standing out there in his pajamas, though he was at least covered and not shirtless or something weird like that.
“Now what?” Daniel asked, quietly.
“Relax your body,” the kitsune said. “Relax your mind. Then, close your eyes.”
Written by Hollowpages on 12 September 2019