Legends of the Japanese fox spirit range from tales of enormous, bloodthirsty monsters to Romeo-and-Juliet-type romances. Habits of this being are so varied that there are only two set in stone facts about the infamous kitsune: they are masters of the art of shapeshifting, and the number of tails that they bear is indicative of their power. Here, we see the darker side of all foxes. A particularly greedy individual disguised herself as a seemingly harmless geisha in order to easily enter a wealthy man’s home. As soon as her human victims were distracted, the kitsune-geisha slipped out to the private family shrine and proceeded to strip it of every valuable in sight. When the poor nobleman stepped in, searching for his missing entertainer, he found a vicious beast lurking in the pale lamplight. Having shed her humanoid mask, the fox-woman’s true identity became obvious. However, judging by the wicked smile on her face, there won’t be any witnesses. Mechanical pencil, eraser, posted 7/10/06.