A cherry tree appeared overnight, growing to full height in the middle of an intersection while the city slept. It pushed up through asphalt and concrete, reaching for a sky blanketed by smog.
That morning, everyone came out to marvel at the tree shedding pink blossoms and covering the hot garbage smell of the city with its sweet scent.
The city sent out a crew to chop it down. They were met by a sea of angry picnickers.
“It’s just a tree,” The kitsune said.
“And look how they defend it,” the tanuki replied. “Which neighborhood should we do next?”

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