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I once planted narcissi on the edge of my garden. They brought a lot of attention to my plot, but visitors never ventured past their border. The narcissi’s charms entranced all passersby with the same beauty that never allowed the flowers to look beyond themselves.
It wasn’t much of an issue until the nurikabe came. The lumbering spirit must have tried toddling past in the middle of the night, but was drawn to the iridescent narcissi already enthralling the moon.
Now, no visitors come. The narcissi still stare at each withering other. I stare too, but grieve the nurikabe’s selfishness.
Potentially useful notes:
“Wagamama” is a Japanese term for selfishness and egoism. My intended use may be a misappropriation, thinking it more a matter of vanity than reservation.
“Nurikabe” are a type of yōkai, supernatural creatures from Japanese folklore. They appear (if visible) as walls meant to impede travelers’ journeys.