Life. That was my first thought. I felt my presence grow and my form mature. By mature I mean that it gained some shape. I saw a raven and then my form changed into a weak imitation of it. My eyesight also changed and it seemed that I lost some of my form.
I heard a voice. I didn't think it was my parents as I felt I didn't need them. Maybe a creator. I turned and saw a snake as big as a large hill looking at me. It was trying to talk to me. Its eyes were the color of rubies and it put its head to mine.
I would like to say I felt fear but, no, I only felt curiosity. Curiosity to find out who this snake was and to find out what I was. The snake let out its tongue and it touched what was now a raven-like face. I suddenly was able to know everything about myself and that this snake was my creator. That this snake, whose name was Hijunaki, was half-demon and had spent years making me.
I transformed into a male human form. My hair grew long and my eyes grew thin. My hair was black and I was naked. I bowed before Hijunaki and he bowed to me.
"You are free to roam this land, Rig." He said and indicated the landscape with his tail. "You are a creature born to be free but will come if I call."
I did not like the fact that I was expected to come when someone called, but I wasn't yet strong enough to rebel against anyone.
"Can I leave this land if I choose?" I asked.
"Not as long as I live." Hijunaki hissed and I bowed once again.
* * *
It had been a few months and I had adapted just fine. There were creatures called humans but I hardly paid them any attention. Why would I? It was much more fun to fly or run as different animals. The humans could die for all I cared.
At least Hijunaki had not called for me. For the first few days I had also been afraid that this land would be too small. But, as fortune would have it, it had turned out to be big enough for me.
Today I was in the form of a wolf and was running along to test out the speed of the form I was now in. It was fun to run and I howled as the wind blew through my fur. My fur was a lovely white color that matched the snow that was now on the ground.
Suddenly I noticed a scent. It smelled like a group of humans. Those humans could not catch me! To prove that point, I ran even faster but was suddenly stopped by an awful smell. I turned the other way and a net was thrown on me.
I went down and struggled. Within a few seconds my fur had turned to sharp spines and I was able to easily escaped. As soon as I got out of the net I turned into a raven and started to fly away. At first the humans were confused, but they finally were able to pull together and started shooting arrows at me.
I laughed as the joy of dodging the arrows got to me. An arrow got implanted in my left wing. I screamed as this was the first real sensation of pain I had ever felt. How had these humans been able to get me? Why would they shoot me? They could tell I was not a source of food. When I came crashing down the whole world went black.
* * *
I heard a crackling sound like a fire. Sniffing the air with my human nose I smelled smoke. I opened my eyes quickly to see where the fire was. When I looked I saw that there was a fire like the humans used. I turned my head and there was a human. He looked different. Normally the humans wore skins but this one only wore a skin to cover his genitals and his body was covered with markings.
"Obake, I have captured you and forced you to wear human skin." The man said. I realized that I had been a raven last and now I was a human. A tied up human, at that. How could a human do this? Their frail bodies made it seem a miracle that they could walk.
"How can you do this?" I asked. "You're a mere human. You're a weakling."
Another human took a stick and whacked my face a few times. "Stop." The marked man said. "I am now your master. Tell me your name."
I tried to resist but my mouth spoke for me. "My name is Rig." I felt confused. Why had my mouth done that? Did this human really possess some of the powers that Hijunaki did. If so, I hoped Hijunaki would come for his creation.
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