GENRE: Romantic Science Fiction
Cho kicked Natsuke out before he was able to give her the birthday present he had for her. Now that she's on his planet, he's hoping to make amends.
He smiled right back at me, his eyes darkening a bit. "I have something for you." He handed me a black gift bag.
Buried in the red tissue paper was a small black box with a gold lid. Inside was a pair of white porcelain fox statues. They were almost mirrors of each other with their heads turned towards me. The stocky male was on the left with his right foot held over a flaming bowl. While the slender female was on the right. They were beautiful, in a demonic sort of way, with the gold streaks on their foreheads giving their eyes a wicked glint.
I looked up at Natsuke, not sure what to say.
He shrugged. "They reminded me of you, that's all." Then he looked away. "I'll understand if you don't like them."
"No, they're beautiful," I said, trying to reaffirm him. "It's just . . . What are they?"
"They're called Inari-Kitsune. As the myth goes, they were messengers for the god Inari. Though, some were evil tricksters who did more harm than good."
I couldn't help but stare at their mocking faces. One more thing to show he was a Prince and I was a nobody. "Where did you get them?"
"At my last dig. We found quite a collection of them, but these two looked the best." Natsuke focused on his teacup. "If you don't like them, I can always turn them over to Libraria Leonis."
I couldn't help but smile at the thought of having something the Leo Library didn't.
"I knew you'd like them."