5 October 2005
The Dew-God's Small Shrine
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Natsume and Nyanko were asked by Tsuyukami to return his name, only to find that the page with his name were stuck with another paper. To return his name back, they need to search for the other youkai's name.
Walking home from school with Kitamoto and Nishimura, Natsume notices a youkai nearby. After his friends leave, the youkai attacks Natsume and tries to take the Yuujinchou from but Natsume manages to escape. When he gets back to the Fujiwara’s home, he returns a youkai’s name, only making Nyanko-sensei complain about how the Yuujinchou is becoming thinner.
While eating dinner with Touko, he notices a small youkai that surprised him; the youkai named Tsuyukami, asked him if he could return his name. Natsume uses the Yuujinchou to find his name, but finds his name to be stuck with another with rice Natsume tries to separate them but if the name was ripped, it would affect the youkai. They decide to give up for the day and think of something tomorrow.
The next day, Natsume meets an elderly woman as he was walking to the shrine Tsuyukami lives in, when he arrived at the shrine he learned that he was once worshipped like a god but as time passed by people stopped visiting the shrine so he got smaller and learns that the elderly woman, Hana is the only person that comes to pray.
After they decide to find the other youkai, who has its name stuck with Tsuyukami’s but they ended up not finding anything. The day after, he meets Mrs Hana at the shrine while she was praying to Tsuyukami, she tells him that she might have seen Tsuyukami once and that he spoke to her but she gave no reply.
The day after, Tsuyukami manages to find the youkai, which lives on Sannozuka Mountain but he asks him to bring a mirror for safety. When they got to the mountain, the youkai started to attack Natsume as that happens he sees a vision from the past when the youkai met Reiko. Natsume learns his name and returns both Tsuyukami and Susugi their names. In the progress his strength was drained and he loses consciousness.
Natsume decides to pay Tsuyukami another visit but to find him smaller than he was and he starts to shine, he explained that Hana was sick for a long time and since she was the last person who believed in him if she died he was going to fade away. Natsume decides that he would believe in him and that he would pray at the shrine, but Tsuyukami says it wouldn't work as Natsume was his friend. Tsuyukami says his goodbyes hoping he would be able to meet Hana and Natsume says that he heard his voice.
Tsuyukami thanks both Natsume and Nyanko-sensei and that he will hold them, his friends dearly. Natsume continues his life and thought that even youkai probably wants to understand love.
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