Iuchi Tzipora's Response to Chaya's Third Letter Home

Dear One,

The scene you described in the forest does not match anything your father can recall. He sent a message to his old master.

Were the skins just stacked, or were they tossed haphazardly? How cleanly had they been removed – were you able to tell?

Your father and I find this both puzzling and alarming. There are beasts who will steal the skin from mortals and attempt to wear it as a disguise, but he can think of none who will steal the skin and then just leave it behind – unless you interrupted it.

If you did, be careful. Skin-thieves are cowardly, but they carry grudges and may steal those around you to get close.

But the skin-thieves he knows of are also solitary. One skin thief would have no need of as many skins as you appear to have seen.

With concern,

Your mother and father

Iuchi Tzipora's Response to Chaya's Third Letter Home

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