Takeo's Pajamas-TG/AR/TF story
Contains: Age regression, Gender-change, Mental rewrite
The streetlight turned red and the arrow signal appeared, signaling the time for safe crossing. Tanya Richmond brushed a lock of long hair from her face as she removed the ear buds from her small ears and pocketed her portable player into the book bag that hung at her side, hefting her book bag and crossing to the other side. The tall limber girl crossed with long strides, a sway in her hips as she walked calmly to the other side of the street and reached for her ear buds yet again and resumed the song she paused before she crossed. She sighed contentedly as the music lifted her mind away from the stress factory that was known as High School. The book bag filled with textbooks thicker than her wiry but firm arm grounded her to reality and faintly reminded her of the studying she is to do this weekend in order to prepare for her final exams, but for now she let her music carry her away from the dull task ahead. It was a theme song to an Anime she hardly saw but found the melody to be very beautiful and inspiring. It was very far away and foreign, and yet it struck a deeper chord in her and felt very close and that's why she chose to add it to her library. It rang of loss and yearning, of remembrance and fondness, of tragedy of triumph, and though she made it a point to actually seek out the lyrics to decipher their actual meaning, she found that she preferred her guesses at interpretation and keeping the mystery alive, and as a result, keeping the song fresh as well.
The song finished its final verse and she refreshed the song again and the melody began once more. She gently let her head sway with the soft flowing chords, her dark hair swaying with the movement. She closed her eyes and stretched her arms above her, posing her arms together like a ballerina would, not even the weight from the book bag could hold her feelings down at that point. It was Friday, a beautiful day, and Tanya felt content and at peace at the peak of that moment.
Tanya then felt something, like a presence watching her. She looked around, seeing nothing but the sky changing with its hues of pink and yellow as the sunset and the road and houses before her. Her eyes fell to the particular house she was in front of. The two-story square building was in the Japanese style had an almost monochromatic look to it with its white paint. The roofs were tiered in the fashion of a pagoda and the main door had a paper sliding door.
Tanya was familiar with this derelict of a house. It was built initially as a stay-in hotel and a family once owned it, but then the business just stopped and the house became more decrepit over the years and the family just seemed to have just vanished. Most community members saw the place as an eyesore and a petition to demolish it would be set up within the middle of the year.
Tanya shook her head and kept walking when she looked back to the place.
There was a lit lantern hanging off of the porch, the candle flickering with the breeze.
Tanya turned back toward the house. She has walked by here many times and assumed there wasn't supposed to be anybody living in there, so what was a lantern doing out here?
Unless somebody was living inside
Tanya was still staring at the house that she almost didn't notice her song ending. She snapped back into reality and put her player away, her blue eyes sharpening with determination to get to the bottom of this. She took a breath and approached the house.
She passed by a withered cherry blossom tree, the bare branches appearing like menacing claws. She noticed a dirty Koi pond with many dead leaves floating on the surface, appearing like a fetid stew. Many weeds scraped by her bare legs above her socks, dead leaves crunching underfoot. The yard hasn't been attended to, that much is clear.
She found herself trembling the closer she got to the front porch, hearing her heart beat increase and her breathing grow quick. She wasn't the bravest girl around, but she surely wasn't this easy to scare off. The air seemed to grow cold and bite at her bare skin on her arms and legs, her school uniform barely providing any protection from this assault of cold.
She made it to the porch and took slow steps to the door. She saw a pull string hanging by some wind chimes and grabbed it pulling down. She heard a ringing sound jingle and pulled her hand back, her eyes locked on the door. She saw a small shape appear on the other side and the door slid open.
A small girl's face greeted her, with long flowing amber hair reaching down her back and a small blouse and skirt adorning her small frame. She closed her big brown eyes and bowed.
"Good evening." She said with a soft voice.
Tanya took a step back in surprise but regained her composure and smiled politely and returned the bow. "Uh hi. Do you live here?"
The little girl cocked her head to the side. "Why yes." Tanya blinked. "Oh did you move here recently?"
The girl smiled and shook her head. "Oh no, I've lived in this house for a while."
Tanya looked the girl over. She seemed to be no older than ten or eleven. "Do you live here by yourself?"
The girl blinked before standing straight. "Who are you anyway? My mommy told me never to talk to strangers."
Tanya smiled. "I'm Tanya, Tanya Richmond. I walk by here all the time. It's just, this is the first time I seen evidence that anyone lives in this house." She scratched the back of her head, trying not to sound prying or rude.
The little girl seemed to take all this in before smiling and bowing. "I am Miyu Nagisa. Nice to meet you, Ms. Richmond."
Tanya smiled nervously and waved her hands. "Tanya is just find, and you don't need to be so formal with me." Miyu looked at her curiously. "But I have only just met you and I don't want to do you any disrespect, but if you would like to be called Tanya then I will." She closed her eyes in a smile on the last statement.
Tanya laughed. "Ok Miyu so do you live here by yourself?" She asked again. Miyu looked at her curiously again, her big eyes confused. "Why would you like to know?"
Tanya sighed. "Well I guess it's not really any of my business to ask." She rubbed one arm as she looked to the side. "My bad, guess that was kind of rude of me."
Miyu smiled. "Don't worry, I forgive you." She seemed to scan Tanya up and down with her eyes before stepping aside. "Would you like to come in?"
Tanya's eyes widened. "Um, I would love too, but I got to get home soon
" She saw Miyu's eyes sadden. Tanya bent down until she was eye level with the little girl.
"I know, maybe I can come tomorrow. I'm free anyway and I should be done with my studying. How does that sound?"
Miyu's eyes widened and she hugged Tanya suddenly. "Thank you!" Tanya was a bit surprised by this but warmed into it. She patted the little girl's head and waved before turning away. "It was nice to meet you, Miyu."
Miyu waved back. "It was nice to meet you too!" She closed the sliding door.
Tanya looked back and saw the candlelight dim and go out. She wondered about Miyu. Could that little girl really be living there all by herself?
Later that night, Tanya's room was dark save for the glow of her computer screen. Her textbooks were piled on her bed, with a few open ones on her desk, her journals and paper scribbled with notes. However her mind wasn't on her notes. She was researching the history of the town, more specifically the history of Miyu's house. She found out things she already knew, like the house's original intent, and there wasn't much mention of it in town with the exception of the mention of the house being an eyesore after being apparently abandoned and citizens were considering tearing it down.
But if it was abandoned, why was Miyu there? And what about her family?
All this bothered Tanya and she looked to the side as she wondered. She continued into her research late into the night but found nothing that could help her. Calling it a night she turned off her computer and got into her shorts and T-shirt and went to sleep into her bed, her head filled with many questions about Miyu.
The next morning Tanya got up early and took a shower, and then she proceeded to do her share of household chores for that Saturday morning. She had her earphones plugged into her player, set to her favorite song. She hummed the lyrics as she moved along, vacuuming the living room, mopping the tile floor, doing the laundry. After she finished most of her chores she went back to her room and began to pour over her notes and textbooks to study for the upcoming exams next week. She took an apple and began to chew it as she read her notes for her math exam.
She had reached the core of the apple after she finished reviewing her English studies and threw the apple away. That should hold her over for the day. She went to her closet and put on a lime green sweater and pulled on her knee high socks. After securing her shoes she went and brushed her hair in front of the mirror, making her black hair nice and straight. She grabbed her book bag and put in a few of her notes incase she felt she needed to review some more when she spent time with Miyu, but she reminded herself she is going over there to spend time with the little girl and get some answers.
"Mom, I'm going out now. I'll be back tonight, okay?" Tanya took a pop tart she had in the toaster and blew on it before putting it in her mouth and opening the door.
She walked down the cool road, noticing the gray clouds looming overhead. "Great." She muttered. "The weatherman never said anything about this. I sure hope it doesn't rain." She finished munching on her pop tart and picked up the pace.
By the time she got to Miyu's house, the sky had become even darker. The house looked as empty as it did before. Still, she went up to the door and rang the bell. After a few moments the door slid open and Miyu was there once again, this time dressed in a black and white dress. She smiled when she saw Tanya. "Oh hi Tanya. Did you come to visit?"
Tanya nodded. "Yeah, if it isn't a bad time." Miyu shook her head with a cute smile. "Nonsense, I was just about to make some tea. Wanna join me?" She offered her hand.
Tanya smiled nervously. "Uh sure, if it's not imposing." She hesitantly took the little girl's hand. It was soft and warm. Miyu smiled and began to pull her into the house and Tanya looked up at the doorway before taking a few steps into the house. Miyu slid the door behind her.
Tanya looked around at the hallway before her, candles on the wall lighting the way. She could see a staircase that lead up stairs to many rooms and she noticed a hallway that spanned to either side of the house.
"This way." Miyu said as she led Tanya down one path on the hallway. The rooms were dark save for the candles that lined the wall and rested on shelves. Tanya could see the hotel influence in the way the rooms were lined up. She looked back to Miyu.
"So you live here by yourself?" She asked. Miyu didn't turn to face her. "It's nice here don't you think?" She said, ignoring the question. "Mama would have us make sure the beds were made in each room so they'd be ready for the guests when they came."
They came to the end of the hallway, which ended in a huge sliding door. Tanya could see light filtering from the other side. "Do you have your own room in this place?" This time Miyu turned to smile at her. "Yes I do. I share it with Takeo." She turned back to the door and slid it open. "Here's the kitchen."
The kitchen was wide with wooden floors, a large stove in one corner and many pots and pans hanging from hooks in the roof. There were several fluorescent lights attached to the roof, the first modern source of light Tanya's seen since entering the house. There was a refrigerator against the wall and several cupboards attached to the wall. Miyu went into one and pulled out a teapot and a few small cups. She placed the cups on the table and placed the pot on the stove. "Can you please get me some water from the sink please?" She asked while she reached into a drawer and pulled out matches. Tanya looked around and went to the sink, seeing a bucket with a cup in it. "Do I just fill in the bucket?" She asked. Miyu nodded. "Yes"
Tanya took the bucket and filled it with water, amazed by the self-sufficiency Miyu displayed. When she was finished she took the bucked over to Miyu, who took it with a bow. "Thank you." She took the teapot and dunked it in the bucket, pulling it out and letting the excess water dribble back into the bucket. She then hefted the pot over to the stovetop and lit a match, putting it under the burner and starting a small flame. She smiled and sat on a stool by Tanya. "So do you like it here?" She asked swinging her legs in and out from the tall stool she sat on.
Tanya looked around. "This place sure is something. I can see how this place was supposed to be a hotel." She leaned on the table facing toward Miyu. "So where are your mom and dad?"
Miyu turned away, fidgeting with her seat. "They
" She began. Tanya leaned in. "Go on."
Miyu closed her eyes and sighed. "They're not here right now." She looked up frantically. "But that doesn't mean you can't stay. Please don't go."
Tanya smiled and rubbed Miyu's shoulders. "It's ok, I won't. I'm your guest remember?"
Miyu still looked a little worried but her face soon gave way to her cheerful smile. "Thank you, Tanya."
Tanya sat back down and let Miyu gather some small jars and place them on the table. In her mind she tried to figure out the right questions to ask this enigmatic girl, but she had to do it carefully.
"So you said you shared your room with someone named Takeo?" She asked. Miyu took several herbs out of the jar and put them into the boiling pot. She nodded without a word. "Who's Takeo?" Tanya asked.
"He's my little brother." She said after placing the top on the pot. She turned to face Tanya. "Do you have a little brother?"
Tanya shook her head. "No, I'm an only child." Miyu seemed a little sadden before blinking. "So you have no brother or sister?" She asked timidly. Tanya nodded. "But I do have some little cousins that visit every so often in the summer and winter, so I kinda have a feel for what its like."
The teapot began to whistle and Miyu rushed back to the pot. She picked it up by the handle and took it back to the table. "Tea's ready." She said with a smile. She poured the two cups with tea and offered one to Tanya. She took it and blew into it. "Thanks." Tanya said. She took the cup to her lips and began to drink, her eyes closing with enjoyment.
Miyu sat down on her stool again and swung her legs again, cocking her head to the side, her pigtails stirring. "So, would you have me for a sister?"
Tanya's eyes snapped open and she nearly sputtered into her tea. She coughed and grabbed a napkin, holding it to her mouth. When she caught her breath she looked to the worried girl. "Be your sister?" She asked. Miyu nodded.
"Since you don't have a sister, I could be one." She said innocently. Tanya smiled. "Is that right, and what would Takeo think?"
Miyu giggled. "He wouldn't mind too." Tanya chuckled. "Well then, why don't we ask him personally, hm?"
Miyu stopped giggling and looked down at her tea. She then closed her eyes and began to drink it. Tanya blinked, confused. "Miyu? What's wrong?"
Miyu put her cup down and smiled. "Nothing. I was just thinking of something."
She finished her cup and hopped off her stool. "What's that?" she asked, pointing to the ear buds that hung off of Tanya's pocket. Tanya pulled out her mp3 player. "What, this?"
Miyu nodded. Tanya grinned. "It's my Mp3 player."
"You can listen to all kinds of music with that, right?" Miyu asked with wonder. Tanya nodded. "All of you favorite songs can go with you on the road if you'd want with one of these." She opened the ear buds and offered them to Miyu. "Would you like to try it out?"
Miyu looked at them inquisitively before nodding and put them into her ears. Tanya knew the perfect song to play for Miyu and picked her favorite one.
Pretty soon the melody began and Miyu closed her eye as she smiled, listening to the flowing chords sung in a far away language. She never thought the human voice could be such a beautiful instrument. "It's so pretty." She said.
Tanya smiled. "I know. That's why I picked it."
After a minute the song ended and Miyu opened her eyes and took of the earphones. "That was the prettiest song I ever heard in my life." Miyu said, seeming so lifted after listening to it. Tanya pocketed her player. "There are others like it too. I love music."
Miyu nodded with a wide smile. "I love music too now." Tanya chuckled. "Maybe you can convince your parents to get you one for your birthday." Miyu nodded but in here eyes she seemed to have sadness to them at the mention of her parents. Tanya saw this and took her player out again. "You know what, instead of having to wait so long, you can have mine." She placed it in Miyu's little hands. The little girl looked up with awe. "Really?"
Tanya nodded and rubbed Miyu's hair. "Think of it as a gift from me. Besides, I can get another one easy. Plus it comes with songs already."
Tanya was then surprised when Miyu wrapped her hands around her and hugged her tight, burying her head against her. "Oh thank you!" Miyu said. Tanya only smiled and patted the little girl's back.
Miyu finished hugging her and took Tanya's hands. "Would you like to see my room?" She asked innocently. Tanya shot a glance at her watch and saw that it was around five. Her eye then went back to Miyu's pleading face.
"Well I guess I have enough time." She said, shrugging her shoulders with a smile. Miyu then excitedly turned around and began to tug Tanya after her. "Great, come this way!"
Miyu led Tanya out of the kitchen and back to the hallway, giggling. "Come on faster." She said with a giggle. Tanya couldn't help but smile at Miyu's joy. They came to the stairs and she got on the fist step, letting go of Tanya's hand and waving her own. "Me and Takeo love to race up the stairs. Want to race?"
Tanya got o the step hesitantly. "Um ok." Miyu got ready to run. Tanya decided to start the countdown, feeling fired up herself. "One, two three, GO!"
Both girls began to dash up the wooden stairs, each with their hand on the banister, giggling while they ran. Tanya felt like she was 6 again, remembering when she ran up the stairs at her Grandparent's so many years ago. She couldn't help but laugh as she ran racing with Miyu up the stairs.
Miyu made it to the top floor first and waved her arms with excitement. "I won!" She exclaimed with joy. Tanya made it behind, panting slightly, chuckling. "You only won because I went easy on you." Miyu shook her head. "I was just faster today." She giggled. She then looked to the side with content. "I tell Takeo the same thing when he wins and he says what I say to you." She sighed.
Tanya went up to her. "Miyu, is Takeo here now? Or is he with your parents?" Miyu looked up from her thinking. "Oh he's just sleeping, but he'll be up soon."
Tanya put a hand to her hip. "Wow, Takeo sure is a heavy sleeper." Miyu giggled. "Don't worry he'll be up soon." She then began to move and pick up a candle, gesturing for Tanya to follow.
Tanya followed her to a sliding door and she opened it, revealing a small room with a bed and book shelves. Tanya noticed many sheets of papers scattered about. She picked one up and saw a detailed crayon drawing of a family. She could make out a mother, a father, and two children, a boy and a girl. They were drawn simply but with enough detail to be distinguishable. Miyu was picking up the other scattered sheets and saw the one Tanya was holding, gently tugging it out of her hands and adding it to the neat stack she made. "Wow that was a pretty good drawing." Tanya said. Miyu only smiled and sat on her chair and brought up a fresh sheet, taking a crayon and beginning to sketch across it, humming while she did it. Tanya looked around and saw some pictures tacked to the wall, all done in the same style as the other of different things. "Do you like drawing?" She asked. Miyu nodded.
Tanya took a seat by the bed. She noticed the other bed more off to the corner. "Oh is that Takeo's bed?"
Miyu didn't look up from her drawing, but nodded. Tanya looked at the empty covers tucked neatly on the bed. "You said he was asleep right?" She asked.
"He's sleeping in another room." Miyu simply stated. Tanya cocked her head to the side, blinking. "But I thought you said you two share a room together."
Miyu looked up with a cute smile. " I do share this room with Takeo, but he's sleeping in another room for now." She added some final touches to her sketch, taking different colors and skating them across the paper. "Tomorrow is his birthday and I'm going to make a surprise for him." Tanya blinked. "Oh is that why he's sleeping in another room?"
Miyu only focused on her drawing, ignoring the question. Tanya just sighed and began to pick up a sheet of paper. She took a crayon and looked at it before beginning to do a quick sketch.
Miyu put her crayon down and inspected her handiwork. "Done." She said with a cute smile. She hopped off her chair and showed the picture to Tanya.
It was of a tall girl holding the hands of a boy and a girl in her hands. Tanya recognized the colors as her own and was amazed at the detail Miyu put into her. From a certain view it did look a lot like her. By her was a girl that looked a lot like Miyu and on her other was a small boy with brown hair.
"It this boy supposed to be Takeo?" She asked. Miyu nodded. "See, that's me, little brother, and," she looked to Tanya with a smile. "Our big sister." Tanya couldn't help but feel her heart melt at that and wrapped her arm around the little girl. "That's so sweet. You did a great job." She looked to her. "Maybe we can show this to Takeo and see what he thinks." Miyu took the picture. "Yeah, maybe I'll show it to him later when he's up."
Tanya made a sideways smile." You know we girls should go up to that lazy bum and tell him he can't sleep all day." Miyu giggled. "Oh he wasn't sleeping all day."
Tanya chuckled and continued on her drawing. Miyu began to look over her shoulder. "What's that?"
Tanya looked at her sketch. "It's a kitten with a bow around its neck." She laughed. "I know it's not as good as anything you do but, see for yourself." She showed it to the little girl and she looked it over. She closed her eyes in a smile. "I think it looks wonderful."
Tanya put a few more touches and drew a smile on the cat and gave it to Miyu. "Here you go." Miyu took it and looked t over and hugged Tanya again.
Tanya looked to her watch. It was ten to six. "Wow it's getting late, I better head home."
She began to get up and Miyu looked a bit hesitant before she grabbed her arm. "Please don't go." She said pleadingly. Tanya looked back. "I 'm sorry I wish I had more time but I have to get going if I want to make it before sundown."
Miyu looked at her with her big eyes. "Please, just a few more minutes?"
Tanya sighed and came back in the room. "I'm sorry. Maybe I can come tomorrow for Takeo's birthday. But I have to go." She gently broke free of the girl's grasp and began to walk down the stairs when she heard the sound of thunder rumbling in the distance. Miyu came down the stairs by Tanya. "Oh it sounds like a storm." Tanya breathed in frustration. "Yeah sounds like it. I better get moving." Miyu grabbed her hand again. "Oh but what if it washes you away?"
Tanya chuckled. "I'll be fine." She heard another thunder crack and saw a flash of lightning. Miyu gasped and hugged herself close to Tanya. Tanya gently clamed the girl down as the rumbling subsided. "It's ok, it's gone."
She went into the kitchen and got her things. Miyu still followed. "Tanya, please stay." Tanya could hear raindrops beginning to pitter-patter outside. "Great it's going to rain and I forgot my umbrella." She looked to Miyu. "Do you have an umbrella I can borrow?"
Miyu put her hands behind her and dug her toe against the floor as if trying to remember. Tanya walked up to her. "Well do you?" Miyu shrugged her shoulder. "I don't know, we might."
Tanya looked to the side and began to head for the entrance. "I think I can manage without one."
She opened the door and saw another flash of lightening, rain splashing against her face. The winds howled at her and the rain was relentless. She put her hand to her face and closed the door. She looked at her wet clothes. Miyu came. "Tanya, you ok?" She asked.
Tanya looked outside. "Man its really pouring out there." She shook water off her sleeves. Miyu went ahead and closed a secondary sliding door in front of the paper one and closed it off from the rain. "You know, maybe you can stay until the storm passes." Tanya took off her wet jacket. "I guess I have no choice."
Miyu then went up to her with a smile. "Maybe you can sleep the night over?"
Tanya smiled and patted Miyu's shoulder. "Maybe if this storm keeps up through the night." She reached for her cell phone. "Maybe I can ask my mom first to see if it's ok."
She began to punch in a number and brought the phone to her ear. She heard nothing but a busy ringing sound. She walked around to try to get a better signal but then the signal dropped completely. She looked at her phone with curiosity. "That's' weird, even in this storm my call should have gone through." Miyu walked u innocently and looked at her. "So are you going to stay?"
Tanya thought it over and shrugged. "Why not?"
Miyu hugged her yet again and began to tug her around. "I know what we can do."
They played a few board games Miyu kept around and even popped up some popcorn for a snack. Ever so often Tanya would try her phone but she still couldn't get a call out. Eventually she gave u, on the phone and devoted much of her time to Miyu. Miyu would ask her things about her school and her friends and Tanya would ask about Miyu and her family.
Miyu was very dodgy with questions about her family and would always find something else to sidestep the questions. Tanya noticed how good she was at doing this.
Later that night Miyu yawned and Tanya smiled. "Guess it's time to go to sleep, huh?"
Miyu rubbed her eyes and yawned again. Tanya looked outside. "The storm was slowing but still hasn't let up. Tanya smiled. "Looks like you got your wish, guess I am staying the night." Miyu giggled. "Yay." She said. She then yawned and hugged herself close to Tanya. Tanya lifted the girl in her arms and began to walk her to her room. She placed the little girl on her bed and Miyu sat up. Miyu smiled and pointed to a book on the bookshelf. "Can you please read that book to me?"
Tanya walked over to the shelf and pulled out a green book and saw the spine. "The Frog Prince?" She asked.
Miyu got up and nodded. 'It's Takeo's favorite story. I kind of like it too."
Tanya smirked. "Ok then, where is Takeo so I can read this to him too?"
Miyu looked to the side. "He's sleeping like I said. Do you have a boyfriend?"
Tanya widened her eyes. "Why would you like to know?" Miyu only shrugged her shoulders with a smile. "Just wondering."
Tanya took the book and sat on the chair by Miyu's bed. Miyu got up and sat down with Tanya, sitting on her lap. Tanya opened the book and began to read.
She read the storybook to the little girl, pointing out the pictures to her as she watched with delight. Tanya herself enjoyed reading to her.
"'And so the princess gave him a kiss goodnight on his small green cheek.
Instantly, the frog was transformed into a very handsome young prince. The princess could not have been more surprised or pleased.'"
"'Of course the prince and princess became very good friends indeed. A few years later, they were married and lived happily ever after.'" She closed the book. "The end."
Miyu sighed contently. "What a nice story. Takeo doesn't like the kissing parts but I do." She giggled.
Tanya cocked her head to the side. She might as well ask this. "Miyu, is Takeo even real?"
Miyu looked at her with a hurt look and got off Tanya's lap. "Of course he is!" Tanya raised an eyebrow. "Are you sure he is sleeping because all the time I've been here I haven't heard or seen him."
Miyu began to tear up. "He's asleep. But he'll wake up." Tanya went up to the little girl and bent down to the eye level. "It's ok if he's not real. I used to have imaginary friends too."
Miyu shook her head. "No, he's real! And he's just sleeping!" She curled up and buried her face in her knees. Tanya sat by her and began to rub her shoulders. "It's ok, I believe you, I'm sorry I said those things, ok?"
Miyu looked to her with tearful eyes and just hugged Tanya once again. Tanya picked her up and put her in her bed. "Why don't you just take a little nap, ok?"
Miyu yawned again and rubbed her wet eyes. Tanya then bent over and kissed her on the forehead. "Good night, and have good dreams."
Miyu closed her eyes. "You're not gonna go away now are you?" Tanya rubbed her hand. "I'm still gonna sleep over like you asked." She got up and began to walk toward the door. "But which room are you going to sleep in?" Miyu asked. Tanya chuckled. "It's a hotel isn't it? I'm sure I'll find a room." Miyu got up and went to Tanya's side. "Let me find a room for you. You are my guest after all." Tanya smiled. "All right," She held her hand out. "Show me the way then." Miyu took the older girl's hand and led her down the stairs to the main hallway and showed her a room by the kitchen. "You can rest here. And in case you get hungry, you can be close to the kitchen." Tanya closed her eyes in a smile. "Thanks, that's really thoughtful of you." Miyu only giggled and gave her a hug. "Good night, big sis." She said as she hugged her.
Tanya returned the hug and patted Miyu on the head and went into her room. It was simple with a bed and a shelf by the bed. Outside she could see the rain steadily trickling against the window. Tanya took off her socks and shoes and her jacket and sat with just her skirt and top on. She put the light out and began to rest on the bed.
Later that night however, Tanya stirred and woke up. There was a nagging feeling about Miyu and her brother Takeo. Did he really exist? If he did she would have at least spotted him. Putting on her socks she got a candle and slid her down silently. Miyu should be asleep by now, which should give her some time to search around. She carefully took a step out and began to wander down the lonely hallway.
Most of the candles were already out; leaving the one she had her only source of light. She tiptoed around and began to open the doors she could. Miyu did say her brother was sleeping in another room, so he must be in one of these. The one she looked in was currently empty, not much different than the rooms he just left. She closed the door and went to the next one. Again this one was empty. She went down the door one by one, finding each guest room empty.
Something funny is going on here, Tanya thought. She then began to silently tiptoe up the stairs.
She made it to the top floor and began to search. There were fewer rooms up here, so that might make it easier for her to look around. She went to one sliding door and saw that it had a latch that kept it shut. She tugged at it but it wouldn't budge. She went down the hall past Miyu's room and went to another. It was locked too. The next one she came across was a bathroom with a shower built in. This wasn't the room. She closed the door and went to the other side of the hallway and found a sitting room with a rocking chair. This room was empty. He has to be around here somewhere
She walked further down the hallway and stumbled across one that had a faint light shining through. She peeked inside and could see candlelight. She slowly slid the door open and walked inside. Tanya's eyes widened.
In front of her was a small picture with candles surrounding it, almost looking like a shrine. She walked up to it and could see it was of a six-year-old young boy with dark brown hair. Laid out before the shrine was a bundle of something and she could see that it was a set of pajamas made for a little boy. They were a light pale green in color and had dark green arms and cuffs and a number nine on the front. The pants were also pale green with dark green at the end. What did this mean? Were these Takeo's?
"What are you doing?" came Miyu's soft voice from behind. Tanya swiftly turned around and saw Miyu with a candle in her hands, the shadows covering her eyes. Tanya looked from the shrine to the little girl. "This is where Takeo's been sleeping?" She asked. Miyu came closer. "Well in a way yes." Tanya looked at the girl with a confused look. "Then he's-"
"Only sleeping." Miyu cut her off tersely. Tanya was surprised at this. Miyu walked past her and put the candle before the picture. "We were always together. Then one day he just went to sleep and
" She looked down, trembling. "Never woke up again."
Tanya walked up by her and tried to put a hand around Miyu but she broke her off. "I miss him." Miyu said. Tanya shook her head. "I'm sorry but once people are gone, they can't come back."
"Do you believe in magic?" Miyu asked, casting a longing gaze at the picture. "Like in the stories like the frog prince?" Tanya looked at her with a confused gaze. "Miyu, what are you talking about?"
Miyu looked back at her with eyes full of tears. "I am going to get my brother back tonight." Her sad gaze gave way to one of concentration. "And you're going to help me."
Tanya took a step back. "What's that supposed to mean?" Miyu didn't say a word and began to approach Tanya. Tanya took another step back. "Miyu, what's going on here?" Miyu still came forward without saying a word. Tanya then turned and began to run. She opened the door and went through it and
Entered the room with Miyu again. Her eyes widened and she went back to the door and felt herself get thrown back into the room. With more fear in her eyes Tanya ran through the door and once again stepped back into the same room.
"What's going on with this house?!" she asked with fear and confusion. Miyu stared darkly at her. "It's not letting you leave because I told it to." She walked up and picked up Takeo's pajamas and began to approach Tanya.
Tanya held a hand out. "Now listen Miyu, what ever is going on I'm sure we can work something out." Miyu still approached.
Tanya was about to run again when she felt a tug and felt herself being lifted into the air. Her eyes darted around with fear. "What's going on?!"
Miyu ignored the question and closed her eyes, a green light appearing over the pajamas. They then began to float into the air and levitate toward Tanya. "Sorry Tanya, but I have been alone for too long without my baby brother. I'm getting him back."
Tanya struggled against the invisible forces holding her up. She then felt the pants beginning to slide up her toes and snake up her legs, her legs sliding into the pants. The pants began to stretch to accommodate her teenage legs. Soon the waistband went around her waist and she saw her legs poked out from the small pant legs, which barely covered up to the knee. Her skirt was bunched up underneath the pants.
She felt her arms lift up over her and saw the pajamas floating over her head. She shook her head and tried to fight it but the pajamas floated over her arms and began to snake down them, tightly fitting against her arms and her hands began to slide through the cuffs as her elbows poked out the ends. The pajamas went over her face and she struggled as the small clothes covered her face and felt her head squeeze through the opening for the head. The pajamas squeezed tightly against her chest, barely reaching under her breasts.
"What are you doing?" Tanya asked as she struggled. Soon she felt the grip on her loosen and she began to float back to the ground. She looked at the tiny pajamas on her, stretching to their limit against her teenage body. The green glow began to intensify.
Tanya felt a tingling on her body and began to feel looser. She looked at her hands and felt a tingling as she saw them shrink. She looked around her and saw the room getting slowly bigger. "What's happening to me?" she asked, noticing her voice get higher, like if she was a little kid again. She realized she was getting younger. She felt herself shrink more and was soon eye level with Miyu and even then she continued to shrink some more a few inches. Her body began to slim down as she regressed through puberty, her moderate breast beginning to shrink smaller and smaller. She felt a pressure and her breast disappeared totally, leaving her nipples on a flat chest. Her stomach began to poke out a little bit into a very small tummy and she felt her clothes from beneath the pajamas vanish as her top and bra seemed to vanish, allowing the pajamas to fit more. Her hair began to shrink back into her head slowly, feeling the strands dig deeper into her scalp. She put her small hands to her hair and felt them sliding past her fingers until they settled over her head in a boyish style, much like Takeo's in the picture. She realized what was going on. "Y-you
you're turning me into your brother!" she exclaimed. Miyu only stared with a solemn sadness.
Tanya then felt a tug in her pelvic area. She bent over and felt that area as a pressure began to build, closing her eyes as she felt the tugging continue. The pajamas swallowed up her socks and skirt as she felt something push out from her pelvic area, and she realized right then she was a he now.
Tanya felt the last of the tingling subside and saw the green glow faded away. He looked down at his new transformed body and contemplated it. I'm a boy now
He looked to Miyu who walked up to him with a smile, tears in her eyes. Tanya looked up at her, the little girl about a foot over him. She then reached out and hugged the stunned boy. "You're back, Takeo
" Tanya broke out of the hug. "What did you do to me?!" He asked, his new voice trembling. Miyu sighed. "The transformation still isn't finished yet." Tanya looked at his new body and at Miyu. "Did you do this?'
Miyu looked down. "I only wanted my brother back." Tanya shook his head. "Miyu, this isn't right. You can't just mess with people like this you can't-"
Miyu then curled up and began to sob. Tanya walked up to Miyu. "I only wanted my brother back, that's all. I thought you wanted me to be your sister and I thought you'd be perfect." She shook her head, tears flowing. "I don't be want to be alone anymore! I want Takeo, and mama and papa back!" She gripped her hair. Tanya went up to the crying girl and placed a hand on her back.
"Miyu think about it, would Takeo, or your mom or dad want you to do this?" Miyu looked at him with tearful eyes. "I know it hurts when someone goes, but you have to be willing to let them go." Miyu looked at him and shook her head. "But I don't want to let them go."
Tanya sighed but then felt a rumble in his stomach. He blushed and Miyu looked at him. She wiped her eyes and walked up to Tanya. "Come, I'll get you something to eat."
Tanya opened his mouth to protest, but was interrupted by another rumble. He closed his eyes and allowed Miyu to guide the boy down to the kitchen.
Tanya struggled to sit on the stool and Miyu helped him sit up. She then went to the cupboard and pulled out some bread and a jar of peanut butter and a jar of grape jelly. She took a slice of bread and began to slather peanut butter on it and put a spoon of jelly on it and folded the slice in half. She presented it on a plate to the little boy. "Here you go, you used to love eating it this way." Miyu said with a smile on her face.
Tanya looked at the sandwich. "I can't eat this, my face will break out." Miyu seemed to ignore this comment and placed the plate on his lap. Tanya stared at the sandwich and felt his stomach rumble and shrugged and took the sandwich and put it in his mouth. The little boy ate the sandwich and after he had his fill looked to Miyu. "That's better can you please turn me back now?" Miyu looked to the side. "I..I can't." She said.
Tanya shook his head. "Miyu, look at me." Miyu looked at the boy's eyes. "Can you fix this?"
She looked to the side again. "I'm sorry Tanya, but I miss him so much. There is no other way. I just want him back."
Tanya looked down at his body again. He felt a little light headed and wobbled for a bit. His head began to pound. He put a small hand to his head and grunted in discomfort.
Miyu hopped off her stool and went to Tanya, grabbing the boy's hands gently. "Just try and remember, it will all come back to you soon."
Tanya opened one eye and looked to the girl. "W-what is happening to me now?"
Miyu rubbed Tanya's hands. "Please Takeo, come back to me
" Tanya pulled his hand away from Miyu's. "N-no
you're not going to do it
Miyu shook her head as tears began to return. "Tanya, please, let him back
Tanya reached a foot down and got off the stool, wobbling fighting against the pounding headache. "This is my body Miyu, I am not your brother!" Tanya then tripped and felt his body leaning forward and he hit the floor hard. He pushed himself up and felt his eyes water. He bit his lip. It didn't hurt that bad, so why was Tanya crying?
Miyu went to the little boy with worry on her face. "Are you ok?" She saw Tanya's tear stroked face as the former girl tried to keep the tears in. "I-I'm not a
" Tanya couldn't contain it and finished his sentence in a sob. The little boy broke down and cured up as the tears and sobs flowed freely. Miyu went by Tanya and shook his shoulder. "Tak-
Tanya? Are you ok?" She asked Tanya pulled his head out of his arms and looked with tears running.
"Why did you do this to m-me
why?" Tanya shook his head. "I'm a girl, not a boy! I don't want this, any of it! I-" Tanya just looked down and continued to bawl. Miyu put a hand t her mouth, not sure how to respond. She then went by Tanya and helped the boy up. She pulled his pajama leg up and looked at his knee and saw that it was fine and went to his other leg and saw it was the same. She then hugged him and began to lift him up. "It's ok, my brother, its gonna be fine. "She stroked the little boy's hair as she did this. Kind of like mama used to
Tanya blinked. Did she just think that? She closed her eyes in sadness. It's happening, he's replacing me
Miyu saw this and just hugged him closer, her eyes full of uncertainty.
While Miyu stroked his head, Tanya saw things. He
she saw different things. She saw Miyu when she was younger, towering over her but always being there for her. She saw when they were together, she would always read to her, share with her, play games with her, do anything she can to make her happy. And Tanya felt her role to make her happy in return. It was clear that Miyu would never forget about her and she'd do anything to get her back if she ever lost her, even at the stake of someone else
So this is what it was like to have the sister Tanya never had
I love my sister
Miyu is my sister
I understand now
Tanya then issued a yawn and rubbed the tears from his small boyish face. Miyu saw this and smiled. "Time to go to bed." Tanya nodded and got up, taking Miyu's hand as his sister guided him out of the kitchen. "So...what happens to me when I fall asleep?" Tanya asked. Miyu looked down. "Then I'll have my brother back by morning
Tanya took this in and nodded. "Oh ok...I just wanted to know. Thank you for not lying to me." Miyu just looked to the side. When they came to the stairs, something stirred in Tanya as she looked from the stairs to his sad sister. He knew what would cheer her up.
"Race you to the top?" He asked. Miyu snapped out of her gloomy disposition with a face of surprise before her eyes watered and she nodded. "Ready?" Tanya grabbed the banister on his side while Miyu got ready.
Miyu got ready. "Ok brother, one
three, GO!" she said and Tanya began to bolt up the stairs at the same time Miyu began to run.
As Tanya raced up the stairs, with each step she felt another part of her escape from her to be replaced with the memories of this little boy, most of them shared with Miyu. Seeing the smile on Miyu's face as they ran took Tanya's mind form the fact she was being steadily replaced by Takeo
The little boy made it to the top floor first and hopped up and down as he laughed. "I won!" He exclaimed with joy. Miyu smiled at this as tears reached her eyes and she blinked them away. "You only won because I went easy on you
"she aid with a tone of remembrance.
Tanya shook his head. "I was just faster today." He then sighed with a smile as he began to remember other times like this but felt things in his mind fade away. All of the studying for exams began to wisp away, phone numbers of her friends, what she learned in history, math, science, all of it slowly receding at a steady rate
Yet she felt peace as memories of Miyu washed over him. Tanya yawned again and rubbed his eyes. Miyu took the boy's hand and took her inside their bedroom.
" Tanya murmured. Miyu looked to the boy. "Yes?"
"We can still...do this another way, I can take you away from this and you can be my sister." Miyu smiled a halfhearted smile while her eyes showed sadness. "But I am your sister already, you remember don't you?"
Tanya yawned. "Oh yeah
right." He blinked. "No I mean you can turn me back and I can take you away from this place where we can be a family." He yawned again. Miyu put a hand to his shoulder and smiled warmly at him. "That would be nice
" Tanya felt his eyes widening as a hopeful smile filled his face. Miyu turned away slowly. "But, I'm afraid it might not happen that way. See this is the first time I've done this." She looked down. "I would do anything to have him back, along with mama and papa. And when I found out this way, I knew it was my only chance at seeing them again, starting with the one I miss the most." She looked to Tanya. "When you came in I took that chance and decided to use you to see him again
"How do you feel now?" Tanya asked. Miyu looked back at the former girl. "I, I do like you
I think you were great, but
I miss him more than you could imagine that if I had to use you to get him back I would
I hope you don't hate me for it
" She felt her eyes water.
Tanya took this all in and nodded, as she forgot the faces of her teachers, her friends and some of her distant family, being replaced by Takeo and Miyu's family. He then looked to the bookcase and walked over to it and went on his tiptoes and reached for a book but couldn't reach it. Miyu saw this and began to help lift him up as he reached for a green book.
"Read this to me please?" Tanya asked with earnest. It took Miyu's mind off of the vicious reality of her plan to see her little brother ask for a story before bed. She wiped her tears away and nodded. "Ok." She took a seat on the chair and Tanya got up and sat on her lap. "The frog Prince
" Miyu Began. Tanya nodded. This was Takeo's favorite book
As Miyu read the fairytale to Tanya, she felt more memories slowly wither away. She tried to remember what her old body looked like but that was becoming harder. Being a boy was becoming more natural to her and she knew that soon she'd think she was a boy all her life
Eventually Miyu reached the end as Tanya did remember that day when their roles were reversed. She chuckled at the irony to herself
"'And so the princess gave him a kiss goodnight on his small green cheek.'"
"Yuk." Tanya interjected, scrunching his face in mock disgust. He laughed and Miyu began to laugh too. Tanya accepted the reason why she found the kiss scene gross as she forgot her acceptance of it when she was normal. Miyu continued.
"'Instantly, the frog was transformed into a very handsome young prince. The princess could not have been more surprised or pleased.'"
"'Of course the prince and princess became very good friends indeed. A few years later, they were married and lived happily ever after.'" She closed the book. "The end." Tanya yawned and hugged himself closer to Miyu. "That was a good story
except for the kissy part." Miyu chuckled as she heard this from Tanya and helped the boy up and lead him into his bed. "So Miyu, are you going to do it, like we talked about?" He asked. Miyu blinked. "Do what?" She asked, though she knew what Tanya was talking about.
"You know, turn
" The boy cocked his head to the side. "You know, I forgot what I wanted you to do." Miyu sighed. "That's ok." She sat by her brother's bed. Tanya rested his head back against the pillow as Miyu stroked his hair. The soothing affect made him yawn again. The last of Tanya's resistance was wearing thin, and she knew it.
So this is it? Is this the end of
Tanya felt his eyes grow heavy. "Miyu
" She yawned. Miyu gently wrapped her fingers around the little boy's. "Yes?" She asked?"
Tanya then got up and hugged Miyu tightly. "I'm not mad at you for this, know that
" She said. "I love you, my sister."
Miyu closed her eyes as a tear fell through. "I love you too
" The little boy began to close his eyes again. "
My big sister." Miyu began to let the tears flow freely as she watched Tanya fall into a peaceful sleep.
Inside Tanya's mind, as the sleep washed over her, she heard Miyu's words and couldn't help but smile. She forgot about being afraid and was accepting of her fate.
So, this is what it must feel like
Miyu opened her eyes as she got up from her bed, her eyes red from the crying she did last night. After Tanya went to sleep she didn't want to disturb her sleep with all the flying emotions in her and slept in a room downstairs, the very room Tanya spent the night. She got up and walked past the closet, where the guests usually check in their items. She tried to take her mind away from what she put there last night and went into the kitchen. She poured a glass of orange juice and took out the small sweet cake she was keeping in the fridge. She took a candle out and lit a match and lit the candle with it. Smiling she put the items on a tray and began to slowly walk up the stairs.
When she reached her room she slowly slid the door as she saw the still form of a boy on the bed, resting peacefully. She put the tray on her bed next to his and sat down, looking at his face. She slowly moved a hand to him and nudged his shoulder. The boy began to stir and slowly got up and yawned loudly before rubbing his eyes and turning slowly.
Miyu smiled. "Rise and shine, Takeo." She said with as much cheer as she could manage. The boy looked at her and at the tray. "Huh, Miyu?" he asked as the sleep left his eyes. She took the tray and put it on his lap. "Happy birthday." She said.
The boy hugged her. "Oh Miyu, this is cool!" Takeo said in a voice Miyu clearly recognized and she felt tears begging to flow. Takeo blinked. "Huh, sis, what's wrong?" She smiled and wiped the tear. "Nothing, just blowout the candle and make a wish." The boy nodded and blew very hard on the candle and it went out. He looked back at his big sister with a smile. "Wanna know what I wished for?" he asked. Miyu giggled. "If you tell me it won't come true." Takeo blinked then laughed. "Oh yeah, I almost forgot!" he hugged Miyu real tight. "Thank you, you're the best big sister in the world." Miyu looked skyward as she rubbed his back. "Oh I'm sure there are others that are better."
Takeo shook his head. "Nuh-uh, you're the best!" He said with a big grin. Miyu laughed, thankful she could experience this again. "Ok, I believe you."
They had their cake together and after they were done, Takeo noticed something on Miyu's desk. He hopped off the bed and went to see what it is. "What's this?" he pulled it out.
Miyu saw the MP3 player in his small hands. She smiled. "It's a gift
from a friend." She added with a hint of pride. Takeo looked at the earphones and Miyu sat next to him. "Let me show you how it works, it lets you listen to pretty music." She put an earphone to his ear and another bud to her own and selected a song.
The song began to channel into their ears and soon Miyu was swept up in the flowing chords of the beautiful song. Takeo listened with interest but felt confused. He felt as if he heard this before, but isn't this the first time he heard it? Still he felt as if something in his heart danced at hearing this. He looked at Miyu with a confused look. Miyu smiled. "It's pretty isn't is?" She asked. Takeo shrugged. "It made me feel weird." He said. Miyu only giggled. "Maybe when you're older you'll like it." Takeo shrugged and looked to the drawings. "Hey is this one new" he asked, pulling up a picture. Miyu looked at it. It was of her and Takeo, but there was a tall girl in between them. Takeo pointed to the girl. "Who's that?" He asked.
Miyu smiled. "That's the girl who gave us the gift. I like to call her big sis." She said as she rubbed Takeo's hair. Takeo giggled. "A bigger sis than you?" Miyu nodded.
Takeo looked around. "So where's mommy and daddy?" he asked. Miyu shrugged. "They are busy but don't worry, they'll be back soon." She closed her eyes in a smile. "I promise."
Takeo looked at the picture then at the player. "Uhh can we listen to the song again?"
Miyu nodded. "Of course."
Miyu put the song back on and gave an ear bud to Takeo and the little boy listened. He smiled and closed his eyes as he let the beautiful melody enter him. He didn't know why but he liked this song, and Miyu was right, it was pretty, a bit girlish but still pretty.
When the song was over, he hugged Miyu. "This is going to be the best birthday ever." He said with joy in his voice. Miyu nodded. "Yes, it is going to be the best birthday ever."
She went to the tray and took it out, looking back at her brother in his pajamas. "Ok now get dressed, and I'll meet you downstairs." She said with a smile. Takeo groaned. "Do I have to?" Miyu giggled and nodded. "Listen to big sister." Takeo looked down and grumbled. "Okay
" Miyu smiled. "It's ok, you can dress however you want just as long as you get ready for the day." Takeo smiled. "Okay, see you in a bit." Miyu closed the door and sighed contentedly. She got what she wanted; she got her brother back.
But in the back of her mind she'll always cherish those few moments she shared with a girl named Tanya Richmond. She'll remember her every time she listens to the song, when Takeo listens to that song.
She went downstairs and put the tray away, sighing, looking skyward with a grateful smile.
"Thank you Tanya
And Miyu went back to spend some time with her brother