Private PonKon! A Day in the Life of Foxes and Racoons

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Most of the days at Izumi and Neon residence are fairly normal. Daily tasks to be shared, studying to be done, work for both to do and assist including with their children, Rin and Symlink. Ever since their return from Japan Neon has been contacting his uncle via phone, sometimes even video calls while they would share recipes and cook, at least once per week.

But one day, after the call... Something most unusual happened while Izumi was out buying groceries. A call from Neon, exhausted, panicked, saying: "Whatever you do when you come home, don't blink! Don't avert your eyes, move carefully, don't let him see you! I don't know what happened but-" And the call was cut off by what could be described as microphone feedback. What happened?!

Once Izumi would come home, the house was dark, an eerie silence taking place, the silhouette of Symlink could rarely be seen anywhere but would disappear in less than a hundredth of a second. And where was Neon? Unconscious in the kitchen, pale, his phone tightly gripped in his hands.

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Izumi didn't know what to make of the phone that Neon had sent to her as approached the door. Was there an intruder in her home threatening her family? Was Neon up to his usual mischievous self and plotting some elaborate ruse? Whatever it was she she practically dropped her groceries and drove straight home to assess what it was that was happening. With a hand on the doorknob with a phone ready to dial the cops in the other, she cracks the door open and peers inside.

As her eyes adjust to the darkness, she could have sworn she caught a glimpse of shadow flicking in and out but... she wasn't sure if she could trust her eyes to know if it was real or a conjuration of her imagination. Feeling unsafe, she grabs the nearest object by the door which happened to be one of Rin's umbrella and holds it up like a baseball bat.

"Hello? Neon? Symlink?" she called out as makes her way to the kitchen, treading lightly. When she felt her foot bump into she something, she looked down only to find Neon laying on the floor unconscious before her.

"NEON!" she cried out, dropping the umbrella and she kneels down to the floor next to Neon, shaking him vigorously "Neon you better get up or I SWEAR TO-"

Izumi's ears tilted, catching some strange noise she couldn't quite make out. What it was she wasn't sure but instinctively she grabbed the umbrella and stood up. On her guard, she looked around to see who, or what, was making the disturbance.
 

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Neon merely groaned, but didn't wake up yet. Whatever got him like that certainly scared the hell outta him. And even worse: Whatever was it managed to creep upon Izumi fast. Sounded like a distorted electronic beep for a fraction of a second and she could see that the silhouette vaguely had Symlink's features, except the smile was sharp, wide. There was never time to properly process what was going on, the "ghost" never remained on a spot long enough to be discerned properly.

Once Neon came to, he still remained pale, didn't move from his place, and only whispered slowly: "Izumi! Get down! Don't make any sudden moves! Something... Something happened to Symlink, I don't know what, but he scared my tail off."
 

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The crackle of static. A malicious grin gleaming from the darkness. All bodes ill, her gut screaming for her to flee yet her mother's intuition compels her to stand her ground. With only an umbella as an impromptu weapon she guards Neon from the dark assailant. Though the figure keeps flickering from view, it seemed to keep just out of striking range for now.

"N-neon?!" she replied in hushed tone, looking down to the pale faced kitsune and quickly kneels next to him

"What? What do you mean something happened to Symlink?" just as she asked the question, it then suddenly dawned on why silhouette seem so familiar "Wait... that thing... is Symlink?"

There was horror in her voice as she said, her mind racing what change could have occurred to turn Symlink into... this?
 

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"I don't know. He was fine one moment, helping me make some sweets for uncle, then he had a stomach ache... Went to look for the medicine and when I came back he just... Disappeared. Every now and then I'd still see him flicker into existence, and then just appeared in my face and scared the lights outta me.", Neon stayed down on the floor, his eyes shifting from Izumi to the surroundings at regular intervals as he whispered.

Suddenly the fox man eyed the stove, and the thermometer. Something else was off now, something they could now feel around them: the temperature has increased a little, not enough to be a serious concern. "Could it be Sym is producing heat?", he mumbled and quickly turned to the doorway. For a moment, Symlink was there, the same ghostly appearance as before, but the odd thing is he was visible for almost a full second.
 

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"Was there... maybe something in the sweets you were making? Maybe is having a strange reaction to one of ingredients?" suggest Izumi though she was just as much in loss as Neon was. Even they did know the cause, it wouldn't help them in the situation they were in now.

"Umm... any idea on how to catch him?" as she ask, Izumi pinched on the collar of her shirt and tugged on it. It was donning on her the temperature was bit more balmy... either she had left the heat on high or Symlink was making it warmer somehow.

From the darkness she could Symlink now briefly visible.

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"Sugar rush maybe? But that's a myth, that can't be it right?", then again perhaps Neon should look at the life he's living, logic from the Narrow Reality doesn't apply here. Neon tried to come with an idea, any idea, but the heat increase was getting to him a little more than the bizarre event that was unfolding.

Symlink disappeared once again, but this time it was taking longer... Way too long. Neon's ears flicked, his nostrils flared, and he shook his head in response to Izumi. It was way too quiet, if a needle were to fall on the opposing corner of their home they would be able to tell how big it was.

"I... I will try and see where he is. Wish me luck.", in an unnaturally silent snap of fingers, he turned into a snake and left the kitchen to explore the house. For long, Izumi would be left alone... Way too long maybe? Did he pass out again?

The truth is... He found Symlink, standing right in front of the doorway to Izumi's bedroom. The air was indeed hotter, but even weirder is... His ears weren't glowing, his tail projector was closed, he wasn't moving except for a slow breathing, the back turned to Neon and, as soon as she'd come, Izumi.

"Just what happened?"
 

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Sugar rush? In any other situation Izumi would would have just laughed at such a notion. But around these parts... anything was possible and Izumi was not laughing.

"I don't know Neon... I just..." Izumi sighed, hoping that Neon had some clue as to what to do but even he seemed unsure as to what to do. She thought about calling the police until Neon stammered that he would try to find where Symlink now was.

"Be careful now..." cautioned Izumi, getting her phone ready in case she needed to make the call. The tense silence lasted, Izumi worried that something had happened to Neon and tiptoed out of the kitchen. She was about ready to call the police when she too saw Symlink just standing there by the doorway to her bedroom which was creepy to say the least.

"I... don't know... maybe he... tired himself out?" suggested Izumi, thinking back on what Neon said earlier about the sugar rush. Perhaps Symlink was now experiencing his equivalent of a sugar crash? Lowering her guard, Izumi would go to reach out and touch Symlink.

"Symlink?" she asked, just as her hand was about to reach Symlink's shoulder
 

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Neon went along with Izumi, but rather than touching Symlink, he pursued to take a good look at his face. Neon's expression blanked for the moment. There was still time for Izumi to draw her hand back, since Symlink's body was hotter than it normally should be... At the very least his temperature was starting to go down to sane levels. But either way, Neon would soon burst into a fit of laughter without producing a sound, reverting to his fox form and clutching his chest.

Symlink was sleeping while standing, and from his expression he's sleeping really peacefully, despite the fact he had just experienced what is pretty much a sugar rush and the crash that follows. But the heat? Neon clearly had an answer. "Oh my, this is so silly! Ah, we need to cool him down. My sides hurts!", Neon continued his silent laughter.
 

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Izumi could feel the heat radiating off of Neon and wisely pulled her hand back, just in time for Neon to announce that they needed to help cool down the child.

"NEON! This is no laughing matter!" spoke out Izumi, her ears sitting high and her tail sticking up. Her moment of outrage was quickly simmered by the need to attend to Symlink's wellbeing now that scary episode was mostly over. Her ears and tail soon fall back down as she sighed "I will go grab some ice packs out of the freezer and some towels."

Overwhelmed with relief, she returns to the kitchen taking some towels and wrapping them loosely around the ice packs she grabbed from the freezer. Once wrapped, she placed them into a nearby empty food bowl that happened to be laying out. From the floor she picked up the umbrella she was was wielding earlier and places it on the kitchen counter for now. Izumi then returns to Neon and Symlink.

"So... how is he? Do you know what exactly happened now?" asked the tanuki as she holds out a the bowl with towel wrapped ice packs.
 

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