-- Drabble: What It Is To Live (6/?)
“Yes... Yes, I understand.” Ashe paced back and forth on the phone in the room she was borrowing temporarily from Gladion and Lillie in their manor. A sniffling sound came from her, ever aware that Logan was watching her with concern as her emotions began to amplify. “... Yes... I got it. I’ll be there as soon as I can. Thank you for your time, Auntie Olivia.” The RotomPhone clicked off and she moved to take a seat, holding her face in her hands.
Hearing the clacking of claws, she soon felt a headbutt and a shove to a point that Ashe moved to cup Logan’s face and place her forehead to his own. “... We gotta go to Paniola Town. Apparently she was going to lend the home to one of her family members but... something was stopping her?...”
Pulling back, Logan watched her with fur rising up. “Liepaa!” ( We swore we would never go back there! )
“I-I know, but... She said it had something to do with Nana.” That alone made Logan stop and his fur flattened, a sad look in his eyes. “Liepaa...” ( Alright, but I don’t like this. ) “Me neither, buddy. Me neither.” Getting to her feet, she went to find Gladion and inform him she would be out for a bit, but she’d be back before nightfall to join them for a old-fashioned barbeque which she had invited Juno and N too as well as Ice.
Calling on Mordred, the Corviknight easily carried her and her Liepard partner to Akala Island, soon coming to land in Paniola Town, and immediately something felt off -- in fact, there wasn’t anyone around. No kids playing, no sounds of people bustling about or talking... Nothing. Her Corviknight hesitantly landed, cawing her suspicions to which Ashe stroked her shining feathers in response. “Yeah... Yeah. Something’s up...” Sliding off after Logan, she returned the pokemon to her pokeball and turned to head through the small neighborhood to her old home -- or what was left of it.
It had been repaired, but the Black Hole that Morgan had summoned had done a number that you could tell exactly where parts of the old house had stood. In that, Ashe felt a cold chill run up her spine. “... I wonder if this place has too much bad energy to be inhabited?” That seemed like a reasonable thing to assess, but those two humans had been sucked into an abyss, energy and all... there shouldn’t be anything here. Hell, even their partners had been taken along with them!... and yet...
Ashe took a deep breath in and then exhaled. She could only pick up the energy from her memories -- memories of fights and sadness... anger... happiness...-- Wait.
The sound of wings beating had her on edge and soon Logan was pressing against her, reading a Psycho Cut as a large shadow passed overhead, and behind them, a loud thump.
Slowly turning her head, Ashe found herself face to face with a pokemon she was not expecting -- a very large and gentle-looking Dragonite. “Baowoo.” ( My, you’ve grown. )
“... Excuse me?” Ashe asked, turning to face it now, and Logan who hissed, readying to attack was met with a look of familiarity too. “Baowoo!” ( And you’ve evolved! My mistress would be so pleased! ) Logan stopped, calming, his tail ceasing his glowing, but he looked just as confused. “I... I’m afraid I don’t understand. Who--”
“Baowoo Bao Baowoo.” ( I don’t blame you for not remembering me. You were young. Possibly a toddler when last you saw me. I was... too big to fit into the house. ) The Dragonite swished its tail, keenly aware not to knock anything behind it over in the house behind it. Laying a paw to its heart, it offered a smile. “Baowoo.” ( Your Grandmother... She didn’t just compete with her Stoutland, my dear friend... she had me as well. After all, contests require it. )
Ashe was a bit stunned at this revelation, to a point she had to rub her temples after removing her glasses. “Wait.... Wait... So you... you were Nana’s other pokemon? I-I heard she had one, but--” She slipped her glasses back on and looked up at the Dragonite. “Baowoo.” ( Yes. ) It nodded its head. “Bao-Bao.” ( I was kept mostly outside due to my size, but once your Grandmother brought you out to let me hold you. I’ll never forget how you wanted to go flying. Just like the legendary pokemon you were named after. ) It spoke so fondly, its tone joyous.
“O-Okay, that’s...” She felt to be on the verge of tears. She remembered none of this, and it didn’t explain why she was here. “... W-Why am I even here?” The Dragonite could easily see her anxiety -- her pain -- and offered another smile. “Baowoo.” ( I convinced Miss Olivia to give you a call as soon as she knew you were in the area. I have been on my own all this time. I do not wish to be alone anymore... so I ask you to take me with you. ) “Bao-Bao.” ( You are the granddaughter of my dear trainer. She can never be replaced, but I can see her in you. )
“-- And he’s refusing to let me sell this place.” Ashe looked up with a jolt to see the Kahuna approaching, sighing to herself. “You know I wouldn’t call you unless it was important.” Her voice softened, noting Ashe’s guarded look. “So please take this guy with you and you won’t be bothered again. Trust me, I’ve... kind of had enough of your blood, no offense.” The words hurt, but Ashe offered a smile regardless. “My blood is dead. It died with my Grandmother. I have a new family now, Auntie Olivia -- one who really loves me and helps me keep the spirit my Grandmother instilled in me behind.” With that, she turned to face her, finding the Kahuna surprised and Logan standing at her back, curling around her, frowning in Olivia’s direction.
Ashe gripped her hands into fists then. “I’ve got a mother, a father, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, friends, pokemon... and a man who wants to love me -- but i’ve been uncovering so much pain this whole time because of what this place did to me.” She ducked her head down for a bit, but soon it rose, and a smile remained there despite tears. “I live for myself, for my pokemon, for those that love me, and for the future I want to see for myself... so... Auntie Olivia... Thank you for helping Mom and I out all those years ago, but we got it from here.” She turned then to look up at the Dragonite, holding out her hand and in return, he touched his large paw to her own, a proud look despite his knowing expression filled with some kind of sadness there.
“My home is with them, and now this guy’s home is going to be too... and I got the perfect name for him.” She pulled out a pokeball, looking it over before holding it out to him. Reaching the same paw that touched her own to this pokeball, he was sucked into it, and it moved a bit, but soon clicked and she reopend it, releasing him from it. “His name is Kai.” A proud bellow came from the beast as Kai knelt down, surprising Ashe a bit, but a smile formed as she went to climb on, catching Logan as he leapt up into her arms.
“Now if you’ll excuse us...” Ashe looked over at Olivia. “My family is waiting and I got to introduce Kai to them.” With that said, she turned away for the final time, the Dragonite unfurling his wings and soon taking to the skies with a blast of wind, nearly knocking some houses down, and as they flew at a fast speed high above the skies, Ashe found her strength waning. “... I’m not... that strong. Not as strong as that facade I put on.” She admitted to Kai.
“Baowoo.” ( I know... but you will be. You’re still young. ) A beat of his wings. “Bao.” ( You got all the time in the world to find your own kind of strength, and frankly, i’m excited to see what you’ll become -- and I bet my Mistress is too. After all, her heart is your strength just as much as your family and everyone you listed’s is. ) He felt tears hit his back and heard her sobbing, but he meant them.
She would find the strength to live by those words -- she just had to believe in them and let those around her believe in her too, and for now, this started with keeping the promises she was continuing to follow through with.
It was a small step, but a big one -- and this time, she had a piece of her Nana with her in the form of a Dragonite who would defend her with his life.
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The start of something new (P.3/?)
Night came, the cool Sinnoh night. Cynthia opens her eyes the smell of tea filling the lab. Sitting up, still curled up. Diamond soon set a cup down on the table. A soft smile across the once cold face. “Drink this, it will calm your mind.”
Taking the cup in her hands and slowly sipping it, she had questions, but didn’t know how to ask them. “I-” He raised a hand to stop her, sipping at his own cup.
“I know.” He started calmly. “You have questions and I have some of the answers.” He sets the cup down rain starting outside, rolling down the glass of the lab.
“I didn’t think this would happen, honestly. The powers I have are slow rubbing off on you, due to our close bond.” He lets it sink it, let her process it; she only nods not looking in his eyes. “It’s nothing to be scared of, honestly.” He said matter-of-factly.
“I’m not going to t-” She’s stopped again
“No, Cynthia. Your mind is simple running faster then your mouth. You’re not going to turn into a Dialga.” He tried to lighten the mood. “Just relax, it saved your sanity. You wouldn’t want to clean up all those books, right?” She only nods, as he sighs.
“You don’t hate me, do you?” He asked leaning close. A silence filled the room, she shakes her head, fear gripped her heart and mind still.
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