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This story is incomplete because I no longer have the reference
it came from. It's listed under Ji Yun's stories because it sounds
like him, but don't quote me on that. I thought it worthwhile to
put on the web even in partial form, though, since it's one of the
few stories about gay foxes.
Male or Female?
He Zixiao lived on the east bank of Tiaoxi River in Zhejiang. In front of the
house was nothing but wilderness.One evening, he went out for a walk. He ran
into an old woman riding a donkey with a young man trailing behind. The woman
was in her fifties and had an unusual bearing. The young man was about fifteen
or sixteen and looked as handsome as an exceptionally beautiful girl. He Zixiao
was a homosexual and seeing the young man, he was totally overwhelmed by his
handsome features. Long after they passed him, he still gazed at their backs.
In fact, he did not go back home until the young man was entirely out of sight.
The next day, Zixiao left home early, waiting for the young man
to pass by again. It was not until dusk that the young man came
walking by. Zixiao went up to him and asked him where he had come
from. The young man said he was returning from his grandparents'
place. Zixiao invited the young man to be his guset at his house,
but the man declined, saying that he was busy. When the young man
finally yielded to Zixiao's insistence and agreed to go to his house,
he wanted to leave early and rejected all efforts to keep him there
long. Zixiao had to see him off, but invited the young man to come
again. Ever afte that, Zixiao was restless and could not concentrate
on anything. His only wish was to see the man return.
At sunset one day, the young man came again. With great joy, Zixiao
invited him in and had a feast readied for him. During their conversation,
the young man told him that his family name was Huang and he was
the ninth child in the family. "Why do you often pass by my
house?" Zixiao asked intently. Huang said: "My mother
lives with my grandfather. Since she often gets sick, I visit her
pretty often." When they had enough to drink, the young man
wanted to bid his host goodbye, but Zixiao refused to let him go
and had the door locked. Huang could not leave and he blushed. Zixiao
lit the candle and carried on his conversation with Huang. As they
talked, Huang seemed more like a virgin girl and whenever Zixiao
used words of seduction, Huang would turn his head to face the wall
as if he were greatly ashamed by what he heard. Soon, Zixiao suggested
they go to bed, but Huang refused, saying that the way he slept
was ugly and therefore he did not want to sleep here. Only after
prolonged persuasion by Zixiao did Huang take off his jacket and
go to bed with his pants on. Zixiao blew out the candle and moved
his head to Huang's pillow. Next he put his arm around Huang's shoulder,
his leg onto Huang's body, and embraced him warmly. Huang was enraged,
protesting: "I agreed to stay here with you because I thought
you were an understanding and educated person. How can you behave
like an animal?" As soon as dawn appeared, Huang left. Zixiao
wished Huang would come back soon.
Several days later, Huang did come back, to Zixiao's great delight. Zihiao
apologized for what he had done the last time and insisted that Huang come into
his study for more conversation. Secretly, he congratulated himself that Huang
did not bear a grudge against him because of what had happened last time. Soon
the two went to bed. Once again, Zixiao caressed Huang gently, asking for a
more intimate act. Huang said, "I know your feelings, but why do you have
to do this?" With moving words, Zixiao asked to just touch Huang's body,
to which Huang agreed. When Huang was sound asleep, Zixiao quietly moved over,
caressing him again. Huang woke up, put on his clothes, and ran away in the
dark. Disappointed, Zixiao could not eat or sleep. With each passing day, he
became thinner and thinner. Every day, he sent out his servants to wait for
Huang outside the house.
One day, Huang happened to pass Zixiao's house and was pulled inside by the
servants. Huang was surprised to see Zixiao so seriously sick and tried to console
him. Zixiao told Huang why he'd become so sick and tears came down as he talked.
In a soft voice, Huang said, "I really believe the kind of love you ask
does no good to me but only brings harm to you. But, if you think that's what
will give you pleasure, I have nothing to lose!" Zixiao was overjoyed to
hear this and in a few day's time, he fully recovered. When Huang came back
next time, he permitted Zixiao to take his pleasure. When it was over, Huang
said to Zixiao, "I did it to please you today, but I hope we will not do
this too often." Huang went on to say, "There is something with which
I need your help. Will you help me?" Zixiao asked him what it was. Huang
said, "My mother is suffering from heart trouble. She can only be cured
by taking the heavenly pills made by Doctor Qi. Since you're on good terms with
him, can you get the medicine for me? Zixiao agreed to do it. That very evening,
he handed Huang the medicine he had obtained, and Huang thanked him profusely.
Zixiao once again wanted to make love with Huang, who said, "I've found
somebody who is much better when it comes to lovemaking. She is my cousin and
a rare beauty. If you agree, I will be the matchmaker." Zixiao smiled happily
but made no reply. Huang left with the medicine.
Three days later, Huang came back, again asking for more medicine. Zixiao complained
that Huang had not come back earlier. Huang explained, "I did not come
earlier because I did not really want to ruin your health. Since you don't understand
me, please don't regret it later." After that Huang came every night and
every three days asked for more heavenly pills. Doctor i grew curious and asked
Zixiao, "Everyone else has recovered after taking the medicine for three
days. What trouble do you have that you've been taking so much of it?"
Nevertheless, he gave Zixiao enough medicine to last another three days. The
doctor looked intently at Zixiao and said, "You look so grey. Are you very
sick?" The doctor took his pulse and said in surprise, "Why, your
pulse is like a ghost's! If you don't take it seriously, your life is in danger!"
Zixiao told Huang what the dictor had said and Huang sighed. "He is a
very good doctor indeed. To tell you the truth, I'm a fox, and if we go on like
this any longer, it will do you no good." Zixiao thought Huang was cheating
him, so he hid some of the medicine, in fear that Huang would no longer come
to see him.
Before long, Zixiao was very sick and Doctor Qi came to treat him. The doctor
said, "You didn't tell me the truth before. Now you're near death. Even
as great a doctor as Qin Yuan wouldn't be able to cure you!" Huang came
every day to look after Zixiao, and said to him, "You refused to listen
to me and look at what you are like today! You're so sick!" A few days
later, Zixiao died and Huang cried sorrowfully.
Before all this happened, a court historian used to be a classmate of Zixiao's.
He passed the national imperial examination and became a court official. At
the time, the chief secretary of Shaanxi Province took bribes and reigned like
a despot. Since he bribed officials in the court, no one ever stepped forward
to expose his crimes. Zixiao's classmate wrote a denunciation to the emperor,
revealing the chief secretary's wrongdoing, but the classmate ws stripped of
his official post because of this. Later the chief secretary was promoted to
be the governor of Zhejiang, the historian's home province. Once there, the
governor tried to find the historian's vulnerable point. When he was young,
the historian had won the trust and respect of a renegade prince. Now the governor
discovered the secret letters between the historian and the prince, with which
he blackmailed the historian. Terrified, the historian hanged himself.
A day later, the historian woke up, saying, "I'm He Zixiao." And
everything he said was truly what had happened in the real He Zixiao's family.
People realized that the historian was a reincarnation of Zixiao. In fact, he
even moved into Zixiao's former home. When the governor heard this, he thought
that it was a plot meant to ruin him. so he sent people to Zixiao's house and
demanded payment of gold. The reincarnated Zixiao pretended to agree to the
payment, but he was worried to death. Just then Huang showed up for a visit.
Zixiao grew excited and wanted to make love again with Huang, who reprimanded
him, saying, "Do you think you have three lives?" Zixiao said, "Well,
I regret to have come to life again. Death means a lot fewer worries."
So he told Huang what he was worrying about. Huang thought for a while and said,
"I've told you about my cousin before. Since you're still single, how about
marrying this talented and beautiful lady? I'm sure she will be able to help
you rid yourself of all your worries." Zixioa said he wanted to see the
girl first. Huang said, "That's easy to arrange. Tomorrow, I'll have her
accompany my mother past your house. Please pretend to be my brother. I'll say
I'm thirsty and ask you for some tea. If you say, 'The donkey is running away,'
it means you've agreed to the marriage."
(To be completed as soon as I have the reference.)