"I'm so excited!" Garma whispers as she lets go of the monocular.
"Welcome home, Sis!" Sara and Tsudouri shout simultaneously from a distant room, making their way to their sister. Jigani directs Garma to sit down.
"Please have a seat; I think you'll like my family," Jigani smiles.
"Thank you, Ms. Jigani!" Garma says with a smile.
"Oh no need for such formality. It's my pleasure. Besides, aren't you older than me?"
"Yeah, but that doesn't matter to me when I'm in someone else's home," Garma clarifies. The sisters walk into the den, the mother's following.
"Minna(everyone), meet Margaret Malonney. She's really into oddities and abnormalities. Margaret, these are my mothers: Sakura-母 and Michi-母," Jigani acknowledges, showing who's who, "and my sisters: Sara and Tsudouri.
"Nice to meet you, Ms. Malonney," Michi says to the guest.
"Nice to meet you all as well! Please, call me Garma," Garma says and bows, revealing her third arm.
"Wait...Garma?" Michi asks in confusion.
"Yeah, I'm weird; I took the first two syllables of my name and swapped them. It's hard to think of a nickname for 'Margaret,' so that's what I came up with," Garma clarifies.
"It's kind of a coincidence that her nickname sounds just lik--"
"No, Tsudouri! Let's not go there, today!" Jigani cuts Tsudouri off abruptly.
"At any rate, I must say I've never seen conjoined twins up close before, and this family has two sets! Oh, thanks for showing me your ultra cool family, Jigani!" Garma tightly hugs the monocular.
"Heh, it's no problem, Garma. In my defense, I believe I speak for the family when I say we've never seen anyone with three arms either, especially one on the back," Jigani confesses.
"Yeah, it's actually nice to see people embracing us rather than fearing," Sakura chimes in.
"Are you kidding?! Why wouldn't anyone be interested in abnormalities?! It's what makes difference, and difference is awesome!" Garma exclaims.
"Yeah, well...many others seem to disagree with that. Lot's of jerks, Ms. Garma," Sara explains.
"Actually, that brings up a point. Have you not ever been teased for your third arm?" Jigani asks.
"Well, kids have before, but they realized that my personality was even more odd than my abnormality. My parents thought about having a procedure done, but they wanted to wait until I was older to ask of my opinion. They were hoping I get it done so I could have a sense of fitting in, but I denied the thought of both wanting my arm amputated and wanting to "fit in," Garma explains, brushing her hair with her third arm, "Plus, I've learned that this fella has powers of its own sometimes!" Garma's third arm gives thumbs up.
"You definitely have an exuberant personality, Ms. Garma, though I must say your apparel gives off an opposite vibe," Michi states.
"Oh, yeah, along with unorthodox oddities, I find skulls to be fascinating as well! Such intricate detail! Some find them to be creepy, but I can't seem to grasp why," Garma tells. Tsudouri giggles.
"It's funny 'cause your hand balled into a fist when you said 'grasp,'" Tsudouri smiles.
"Tsudouri, sometimes you're so simple-minded," Sara follows. "Hey, I'm not a stick in the mud like you."
"I'M NOT A STICK IN THE MUD!" Michi suddenly said with her blonde daughter and quickly covered her mouth with her long sleeve. The room was quiet. Sakura's giggle breaks the silence.
"Uh, Mom?" Jigani is puzzled.
"Minna, gomenasai(sorry). It's just...Sakura used to say the same thing to me all the time when we were children," Michi explains and bows.
"Oh come now, Sis, you were always reading and studying. You never wanted to go outside and play--even as a kitsune!" Sakura says.
"That may be a little true...but has it ever occurred to you that gathering knowledge and reading for pleasure are fun to me?" Michi admits and asks with a solemn expression.
"Hmmm...nope! Not as a kid, but I did learn that as we grew up. Kids want to play! Not learn things," Sakura teases her sister.
"Hahahaha, you guys are pretty funny," Garma giggles loudly.
"Hey, Ms. Garma, what did you mean about your arm having powers of its own?" Tsudouri raises her hand, imitating a scholar.
"To be honest with you, Tsudouri, sometimes I can't control it. Some people believe it's because of spasms, but that's not it at all! I wish I could explain it better. Something different happens all the time with this one. It's as if there's a part of me that subconsciously controls it or something. That would be cool!" Garma attempts to explain.