black sugar Five Girls and a Tanuki Maya O The sun was shining in through the attic window and casting a bright, irritating light on Maya's face as she slept. She wrinkled her nose and rubbed at her eyes with a groan, wondering why she had never bothered to close her curtains. Both her mind and body were tired from working late into the morning, and she was far too exhausted to get up and do anything productive. Unfortunately, she had a shift over at Amore's Italian Restaraunt, and getting up sooner rather than later was in her best interests. Even with four roommates promising to help pull their weight around the house, Maya hadn't even began to trust them enough to rely on their help after short time together, and someone was eating more than their share of the groceries. The roomies were all nice enough though, and they all played their instruments so well that it was hard not to like them. The five of them had a few mini jam sessions, with Maya singing a little or busting out her harmonica or tambourine. It was never anything serious, but it was tons of fun when their schedules aligned. She smiled softly and sat up in bed, her long black hair thrown on top of her head in a lopsided bun and her arms stretching as she yawned loud enough for anyone passing underneath to hear. After taking a few minutes to herself, Maya got out of bed and threw on an old t-shirt that was obviously a few sizes too large for her, and slid on her bunny slippers before descending the attic stairs. Her stomach grumbled desperately, sending her on a mission to the kitchen to find something to eat. Maya wondered who was home and what they were up to around this hour. She would be glad to run into any of the girls, really, though she wondered if the same was true for them. During Maya's first meetings with each of the girls, she had been wearing some odd prosthetics and make-up to make her look like a Kappa, and she wouldn't be surprised if their initial impression of her wasn't the best. Arriving in the kitchen, Maya opened the refrigerator and and cupboards and placed a hand on her hip as she inspected her options. Sadly, there wasn't much to choose from, which baffled her since she had just gone grocery shopping the other day. No one in the house looked like they had a huge appetite, so where was all the food going? Maya pouted and seethed as she tried to figure it out. She hadn't even gotten to enjoy some of items she'd bought, but was it such a big deal that she would go making people feel guilty for eating? The problems of missing food had started long before her roommates moved in, and things had slowed down a little when they moved in. Suddenly, a thought occurred to Maya and her face was one of terror. "The raccoons are back!" She gasped dramatically, hands clasping over her mouth as if she had said some horrible thing. She hadn't ever told her roommates about the raccoons that would sneak in and steal food and other random objects from the house, and she was sure they wouldn't want to stay at the house anymore if they knew. Oh no! What am I gonna do?!