My mother was rather surprised to have me come bowling back through the door I had just left from, but was quite delighted when I explained why I was suddenly inside and shutting the door. "Oh! Baby skunks!" she said excitedly. "We can watch them over the fence in the back yard!"
And so we hurried to the kitchen. I rather foolishly did not check outside before opening the door, and so I was treated to a view of not one, not two, not three or four but *five* young skunks all staring at me, tails all fluffed and pointed straight at the sky. Needless to say, that door got closed rather rapidly as well.
The skunks all vanished under my parents' deck and I was able to get out to my car unmolested, so all's well that ends with five juvenile skunks partying it up under my parents' house. But it made for an interesting adventure, since one doesn't usually encounter a horde of skunks in the middle of the city.
In completely unrelated news, my clever plan for making the Mebi manga I ordered almost two months ago show up has worked. The day after I place an order with another seller just to make sure I get a copy, the post card saying that my order's in arrives. Yay!