Ghosts Next Door

Ghosts Next Door
by Lopaka Kapanui

Sep 30, 2022

Fox 2022

One evening, a woman leaving a cruise ship decided to take a leisure walk about the pier and eventually into downtown Honolulu.

She told me that she had encountered a creature resembling a fox and was surprised to know that Hawai'i had a fox population. "Well, we don't," I replied. "Maybe you saw a mongoose?" I pulled a picture up on google images and showed it to her on my phone. "Noooo," she groaned. "I know what a mongoose looks like; this was a fox," she insisted. 

"The only other thing I can tell you is that we have kitsune here," I explained. "They, like other superstitions and creatures from other ethnicities, came over with the Japanese during immigration to the plantations. They are genuine, I can tell you that. Did anything happen when you saw that fox?"

"It crossed right in front of me," the woman said. "Crawled under some sort of table, and then a security guard appeared who gave me strange smile and went on about her way. Incidentally, may I trouble you for a ride back to the pier, you know, in case I encounter the fox again?"

"Of course," I chuckled. "I hope you're not allergic to dogs, by the way? I have mine in the car; he rides with me everywhere." I opened the door to let the woman in, and the second she saw Henry, she recoiled and hissed, and then a high-pitched growl, almost like that of a woman, rumbled from deep in her chest. "You know, the cruise ship from Japan that's docked at the harbor is called "Kitsune," I never thought there would be actual Kitsune who was stupid enough to come ashore, yet here you are."

Another meal for my Henry the Rottweiler.

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