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Post by Azelf on Tue Feb 27, 2018 4:03 pm


Sinjoh Ruins || Late Morning || 61


"Good idea." Azelf nearly sighed with relief. The other adult present agreed with him. While he may have been able to argue, he definitely didn't want to right now. "I remember the way we came if anyone else can't, but I agree the shelter sounds like the best idea right now."

"That's fine!" Azelf glanced over at Gold and his beaming, smiling face. There was something a touch unsettling about it. Azelf couldn't say for sure whether Gold was putting on a brave face, or was in denial, or something hadn't clicked yet. "We still have Lexa and Bitey. They'll keep us warm enough to get back to that cabin and then from there we can rest up again and get back into the ruins. Easy peasy! It'll be ok, guys. We got this!"

He gave Gold a weary smile, interupted by Anubis's sad little voice. "No... We don't... But...neither do we have a choice. I just want to go home..."

Azelf floated a little closer, intent on comforting him, but Lexa pulled him closer to her and Azelf decided it would be better not to crowd him. Anubis was easily overwhelmed, sometimes. "We'll go home one day, but for now we have to go one day at a time. Come on kids, let's get out of this depressing cave."

"Wh-where...? Where will we g-go...?" He turned back to them to see Prince staring up at him with frightened, exhausted eyes. The sight wedged the knife a little deeper into his soul.

"I have an idea," the pixie soothed. "But like I said, it's better if we get somewhere safer than this, first. If we need to rest there's- there's that cabin we spent the night at."

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It took a little while to return to the cabin, and, once reminded of its existance, he brought the group inside to rest a bit from the wind. It was a strange experience, returning to this place after all that had happened...

We left this place this morning so full of hope... He wanted to cry. But he swallowed the lump in his throat.

"Okay," he murmured, settling down near the empty fireplace. "We can stay here awhile. Gold, you... really don't recall what happened?"

At his affirmative, he groaned inwardly. Oh, he desperately didn't want to do this. "We found Arceus, in a manner of speaking. We opened a path of communication, at any rate. He... he either cannot help us or won't. We don't know which; he didn't speak and wouldn't answer us. Guinivere grew upset shortly after this and for some unknown reason, she scooped up Cynthia, and ran. Silver left shortly afterwards. That leads us to where we are now."


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"No... We don't... But...neither do we have a choice. I just want to go home..."

Gold's smile dimmed a bit with the Lucario's forlorn reply, but he wouldn't let it go out completely. Anubis was sad, and that was ok. That happened to everyone. All he could do was be supportive. "We'll go home one day, but for now we have to go one day at a time. Come on kids, let's get out of this depressing cave." He nodded approvingly.

"Wh-where...? Where will we g-go...?" The small Ralts in his arms found Gold's hazy attention, and he gave the tiny fairy a gentle, warm hug.

"I have an idea," Azelf soothed. "But like I said, it's better if we get somewhere safer than this, first. If we need to rest there's- there's that cabin we spent the night at."

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Sinjoh Ruins || Afternoon

The walk back to the cabin was, even Gold had to admit, a little lonely. It felt so empty without Silver's angry mutterings or Cynthia's lofty words. Still, he hugged Prince closer to himself, to keep the little guy warm. They'd be okay.

"Okay," Azelf began in a low voice, "We can stay here awhile. Gold, you... really don't recall what happened?"

Blinking, Gold was a little surprised that it was being addressed, but shrugged all the same. "Nope," he chimed back, unaware of the implications. "No big deal, though, right?"

The slight groan that came from the legendary wasn't a great sign, but that was okay. "We found Arceus, in a manner of speaking. We opened a path of communication, at any rate. He... he either cannot help us or won't. We don't know which; he didn't speak and wouldn't answer us. Guinivere grew upset shortly after this and for some unknown reason, she scooped up Cynthia, and ran. Silver left shortly afterwards. That leads us to where we are now."

"...Oh." Well... that was certainly unexpected. Woops. "That... sucks. And it's super weird that I don't really remember any of that Arceus stuff, but... well, it's ok. No, wait, it's not okay, but... maybe He was... like you said, He couldn't help. I mean, there's no reason why He wouldn't right? There's gotta be more to that than what we know. Weird that the dragon just sorta left. Silver does that all the time, but I didn't expect it from her."


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Post by Phoenix on Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:54 pm


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Time seemed to pass more slowly the way back down the perilous stairs than it had on the way up, though whether that was because they had fewer fire types to create dry patches to walk on or because of the low hanging general mood Lexa wasn’t sure. Cynthia’s optimism on the way up despite the perils had been an easy boon for the group as they had ascended and now with half their party gone the silence hung around them thicker than the snow upon the trees. Had hope abandoned them as well as Arceus?

Everyone had agreed to going back to the cabin to rest and once inside the cold echo of the empty house was yet another reminder of how fractured they had become.  Nothing remained of their optimism from this morning other than the smoldering ashes in the fireplace. "Okay," Azelf began, his voice breaking through the silence like thunder. "We can stay here awhile. Gold, you... really don't recall what happened?"

Both Anubis and Lexa looked over to Gold expectantly at the question as they too were curious about what exactly had transpired within the young trainer to cause such a black out. "Nope. No big deal, though, right?" His voice rang with its usual cheer and even the question seemed more innocent than the answer that would follow. How much would Azelf actually reveal?

"We found Arceus, in a manner of speaking. We opened a path of communication, at any rate. He... he either cannot help us or won't. We don't know which; he didn't speak and wouldn't answer us. Guinivere grew upset shortly after this and for some unknown reason, she scooped up Cynthia, and ran. Silver left shortly afterwards. That leads us to where we are now."

"...Oh." Anubis cocked his head in confusion at the soft tone. It didn’t sound regretful he didn’t remember, and judging by his aura it was more…sadness. Sadness that someone had left. "That... sucks. And it's super weird that I don't really remember any of that Arceus stuff, but... well, it's ok. No, wait, it's not okay, but... maybe He was... like you said, He couldn't help. I mean, there's no reason why He wouldn't right? There's gotta be more to that than what we know. Weird that the dragon just sorta left. Silver does that all the time, but I didn't expect it from her."

“Silver left for the same reason Guinevere did,” Anubis chimed. “Their auras were distraught. Cynthia had gone mute…the dragon feared for her…So they left. Silver…left. Everyone leaves…”- The Lucario couldn’t help but think of how many he had lost since the first fall, the first wave of this plague that now dominated the world. Mother, Kyuubi, Cathal and Suzu, even Lexa for a time. Nothing in this world was permanent anymore except the empty feeling of always being alone. “You’ll all leave too…eventually.”
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Post by Azelf on Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:00 pm


Sinjoh Ruins || Afternoon || 62


"...Oh." Azelf did his best not to wince. He hoped the young man wouldn't have a breakdown.

"That... sucks," he started slowly. "And it's super weird that I don't really remember any of that Arceus stuff, but... well, it's ok. No, wait, it's not okay, but... maybe He was... like you said, He couldn't help. I mean, there's no reason why He wouldn't right? There's gotta be more to that than what we know. Weird that the dragon just sorta left. Silver does that all the time, but I didn't expect it from her."

“Silver left for the same reason Guinevere did,” Anubis piped up before Azelf could. “Their auras were distraught. Cynthia had gone mute…the dragon feared for her…So they left. Silver…left. Everyone leaves- You’ll all leave too… eventually.”

It was times like these that he wished he had more knowledge of those words normal people used to express intense emotions, because oh was he sure feeling some emotions. At least Gold seemed to have all his wits about him. The pixie had been more than a little alarmed to hear Gold first acknowledge a giant gap in memory as 'okay'; thank goodness he rectified that. "... I... I don't intend to go anywhere, Anubis. Not for a long while. And I'd be happy if you accompanied me. And Gold- I..."

This was hard. So, so hard. He could feel Prince's eyes on him, boring into his soul.

"I can't... think of why he wouldn't... unless he just doesn't care. He made everything there was. I know there are things he can't do directly, or at least, didn't want to-- I exist for a reason. He created my siblings and I to give the humans he created certain aspects they lacked but needed. But if he can't stop the plague directly then- there's no reason he can't create something or someone that could and direct us what to do. So- I... I think we just have to move on. He's not going to do anything, so we need to find our own way..."

And he had but one idea for that.

"A long while ago, I helped a human found a farm." Prince perked up, looking up at him. "It's safe there. It's in Hoenn, so it's often hot, which the undead don't like and don't survive well under. There's only two easy ways into the farm and one is blocked off. When I left it was growing food. I plan to take Prince there, but if anyone else wants to come, they're welcome to follow."


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Post by Starbits on Thu Mar 22, 2018 2:57 pm


Sinjoh Ruins | Morning | 59


Most of the walk and the conversation was a blur. Prince didn't pay attention. Didn't have the strength to. Gold's arms were warm and secure, and being perpetually tired as he was, he found himself soon asleep.

It was not until later that he woke, very suddenly, to the sound of Gold speaking.

"-sucks." The world existed again. Color, light, sound. Where were they? He was staring at a ceiling he didn't know. "And it's super weird that I don't really remember any of that Arceus stuff, but... well, it's ok. No, wait, it's not okay, but... maybe He was... like you said, He couldn't help." Wait, he did know that ceiling. That was the cabin ceiling. That's right. It would make sense to break here. Was Gold talking about Arceus? "I mean, there's no reason why He wouldn't right? There's gotta be more to that than what we know. Weird that the dragon just sorta left. Silver does that all the time, but I didn't expect it from her."

Yes. He was. Prince wanted to deflate again, and did, when Anubis spoke up with his own observations, the young canine's emotions drowning in despair. “Silver left for the same reason Guinevere did. Their auras were distraught. Cynthia had gone mute…the dragon feared for her… So they left. Silver… left. Everyone leaves- You’ll all leave too… eventually.”

He sat up in Gold's arms, watching Azelf as he spoke. "... I... I don't intend to go anywhere, Anubis. Not for a long while. And I'd be happy if you accompanied me. And Gold- I..."

How was he going to answer this? What would he tell him?

"I can't... think of why he wouldn't... unless he just doesn't care." It hurt to hear him say that. It still felt like a dull pain, like a knife stabbing him that he was no longer capable of fully comprehending, but it hurt nonetheless. "He made everything there was. I know there are things he can't do directly, or at least, didn't want to-- I exist for a reason. He created my siblings and I to give the humans he created certain aspects they lacked but needed. But if he can't stop the plague directly then- there's no reason he can't create something or someone that could and direct us what to do. So- I... I think we just have to move on. He's not going to do anything, so we need to find our own way..."

And that would be...?

"A long while ago, I helped a human found a farm." A farm? Pictures of fields of golden wheat and carefully-tended vegetables came to mind. People in straw hats, blue skies, and cows and sheep. Likely Miltank and Mareep, too. Azelf helped make a farm? "It's safe there. It's in Hoenn, so it's often hot, which the undead don't like and don't survive well under. There's only two easy ways into the farm and one is blocked off. When I left it was growing food. I plan to take Prince there, but if anyone else wants to come, they're welcome to follow."

"A farm sounds nice," he breathed, barely able to believe it. Why hadn't he heard of it sooner? Well... I probably wouldn't have wanted to leave him earlier- I still don't. Oh no. Was Azelf going to leave him on this farm while he continued looking for his siblings?


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“Silver left for the same reason Guinevere did. Their auras were distraught. Cynthia had gone mute…the dragon feared for her… So they left. Silver… left. Everyone leaves- You’ll all leave too… eventually.”

Gold turned to Anubis with a concerned eye, but his optimism didn't falter. He knew they would be ok. Things looked bad now, but... they would make it. They had to. "... I... I don't intend to go anywhere, Anubis. Not for a long while. And I'd be happy if you accompanied me. And Gold- I..." Gold looked up at Azelf, concerned but not completely drowning in despair like everyone else.

"I can't... think of why he wouldn't... unless he just doesn't care." Gold frowned a little, but couldn't wrap his head around that. Why wouldn't He help? It just made no sense. "He made everything there was. I know there are things he can't do directly, or at least, didn't want to-- I exist for a reason. He created my siblings and I to give the humans he created certain aspects they lacked but needed. But if he can't stop the plague directly then- there's no reason he can't create something or someone that could and direct us what to do. So- I... I think we just have to move on. He's not going to do anything, so we need to find our own way..."

Azelf paused and Gold found himself in thought, but it was quickly interrupted by the elf continuing his own thoughts.

"A long while ago, I helped a human found a farm." A farm? Gold brightened at the word. His thoughts immediately went to the rural routes of his home region, north of Olivine. All those happy Miltank and all the milk he could drink. Cool summer nights, illuminated by nothing but stars and fireflies. The nostalgia warmed him and he instinctively hugged Prince closer. "It's safe there. It's in Hoenn, so it's often hot, which the undead don't like and don't survive well under. There's only two easy ways into the farm and one is blocked off. When I left it was growing food. I plan to take Prince there, but if anyone else wants to come, they're welcome to follow."

"A farm sounds nice," Prince murmured and Gold heartily agreed. His theory on Arceus completely forgotten, he lightly bounced in place, careful not to jar the tiny fairy in his arms too much.

"Let's do it!" Gold cheered. "I'm in. When do we go?"


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Sinjoh Ruins | Afternoon
L-55 / A-77


"... I... I don't intend to go anywhere, Anubis.

Those words seemed like such an empty promise now. Everyone he had ever known had left him, the Legend being what he was did little to deter the feeling that everything would end up the same as before. With him alone. "Not for a long while. And I'd be happy if you accompanied me. And Gold- I..."

"I can't... think of why he wouldn't... unless he just doesn't care." Of course he didn't care, Lexa thought bitterly to herself. What could he gain from keeping them alive when he could start over with a clean slate and no screw ups left? "He made everything there was. I know there are things he can't do directly, or at least, didn't want to-- I exist for a reason. He created my siblings and I to give the humans he created certain aspects they lacked but needed. But if he can't stop the plague directly then- there's no reason he can't create something or someone that could and direct us what to do. So- I... I think we just have to move on. He's not going to do anything, so we need to find our own way..."

"Our own way," Lexa muttered to herself. "So what else is new? That's all anyone has left to count on now. Their own way."

"A long while ago, I helped a human found a farm. It's safe there. It's in Hoenn, so it's often hot, which the undead don't like and don't survive well under. There's only two easy ways into the farm and one is blocked off. When I left it was growing food. I plan to take Prince there, but if anyone else wants to come, they're welcome to follow."


"A farm sounds nice," Prince replied softly, still buried in the kid's arms.

"Let's do it! I'm in. When do we go?"

While the thought of a Legend founding a farm seemed a bit odd and almost farfectched to the fire type she was willing to at least put a destination in mind if everyone was already so willing. "We were in Fortree before. Hoenn is very close to home, if we could take up at this farm of yours for a while and then find a way across to Johto we can be back in Kanto before you know it An-"

"NO!" Anubis cried suddenly, fear and tension radiating off of the Lucario in waves so strong one didn't need to be an empath to sense them. "NO! NOT HOENN! NEVER AGAIN!" Anubis backed away from the group as he tried to fit himself into the smallest corner he could find, tears rushing forward at a burning pace and wrenching a sob from his throat. Hoenn was where Mother was buried, where he found and lost Cathal, and where Suzu... That was where they met... and he died... Where he came back... How could anyone want to go there? The land was a curse! All it had ever brought him was misery and he would die before going back if he could help it.
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Sinjoh Ruins || Afternoon || 63


Poor Lexa. He felt terrible, hearing her say that. This shouldn't be anyone's problem...

"A farm sounds nice."

"Let's do it! I'm in. When do we go?" Gold was all but bouncing in place, seemingly making a very good effort not to jostle Prince too much. The little fairy didn't look very happy though. More like blank. Was he all right...?

"We were in Fortree before. Hoenn is very close to home, if we could take up at this farm of yours for a while and then find a way across to Johto we can be back in Kanto before you know it An-" He turned his head very slightly to listen to Lexa, fretting over Prince. Maybe it would be his little friend who would suffer a meltdown instead of Gold?

As it turned out, it would be neither.

"NO!" Anubis screamed. "NO! NOT HOENN! NEVER AGAIN!" Leaping up, he ran to the nearest, smallest corner and wedged himself into it, a sob tearing out. Azelf stared in horror, heart wrenching at the sight.

"Abubis- Anubis no shh..." He lowered himself to float very near the floor and moved no closer to the terrified canine. "No one will make you, I promise. I promise."

Right now he had no idea what he would do, but forcing the boy wasn't an option. Glancing to Lexa, he pleaded with his eyes for direction. He didn't know Anubis, and trying to help soothe him without knowing what might make it worse would be unwise.


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"Let's do it! I'm in. When do we go?" Though the sheer joy from Gold should have been enough to perk him up, Prince couldn't help the seed of worry that sucked away at the positive feelings that had tried to rub off on him.

Would Azelf leave him? He turned the thought over and over again in his head. He knew the pixie desperately wanted to find his siblings; maybe he'd chosen to take Prince with him before because he knew Prince didn't want to separate. Maybe he'd thought he could keep them both safe, regardless what came their way.

But with that handily disproved- and he had no doubt Azelf still wanted to find his brother and sister-

"NO!" He felt the cry before he heard it, head jerking to face the source. Anubis's face betrayed every ounce of terror he was feeling, and he made no attempt to hide it, even going so far as to find the smallest corner to jam himself into. Already weighted down with his own worries, Anubis's grief and terror was too much to handle, and Prince began to cry, a quiet sound drowned out by the other teenager's screams. "NO! NOT HOENN! NEVER AGAIN!"

"Abubis- Anubis no shh..." Azelf tried to comfort him, but aside from lowering himself, he didn't seem to know what to do. "No one will make you, I promise. I promise."

Prince turned around and buried his face into Gold's chest, already knowing it was useless-- doing so wouldn't block out the radio waves of emotion Anubis was putting out. But it was still instinct to try."S-stop," he begged, voice catching on his own breath and the tiny plea muffled by Gold's clothes.


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"NO!" Gold was startled by the ferocity of Anubs cry, and then by the slight weeping from the tiny bundle in his arms. Oh no-- poor little Prince. As an empathetic Pokemon, this must be destroying him. "NO! NOT HOENN! NEVER AGAIN!"

"Abubis- Anubis no shh..." Azelf soothed, his attempt doing little to actually sway the hysteric fighting type. "No one will make you, I promise. I promise."

The little Ralts buried his head in Gold's chest, and Gold wrapped his arms around him to try and further shield him. "S-stop," he weakly pleaded. Gold rested his head on Prince's, hoping to pour his own strength and stability onto the other. "Hey, hey little guy," he cooed, rocking and bouncing lightly as if Prince were an actual child in his arms, "It's all right. We're ok. I've got you."


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Lexa was at a complete loss to the sudden breakdown of her student, only able to stare dumbfounded while Azelf attempted to comfort the Lucario. What the hell had inspired that reaction? When they were in Hoenn he didn't seem to be that upset by it, why the fright now? What hadn't he told her before now?

"Abubis- Anubis no shh..." Azelf's voice couldn't cut through the high pitched screeching in his mind, sounding more like he was underwater rather than hovering less than a foot away from him. He couldn't go back, didn't they understand that? Only death followed that region. "No one will make you, I promise. I promise." Liar.

"S-stop." Despite not being able to hear Azelf it seemed Prince's voice cut through the shrieking like a knife, piercing his mind and stopping him almost cold. He stared numbly at the little Ralts as he tried to shield himself from the world and it didn't take looking at his aura to know why. Anubis himself was doing this to him. Guilt ceased the paranoid fear clawing at his mind as he settled down in his small corner, watching Gold rock the small fairy like he was a child. 'I'm sorry...' he thought pitifully to himself. He was always sorry...

Even after finally evolving he had only proven time and time again he was too weak to be of any use to anyone. Mother had still died, Cathal, Suzu...everyone he loved died because he was too weak. Despite Lexa kneeling beside him to comfort him all he could see was the tattered, broken body of Suzaku in place of her making him flinch away from the gentle hold she tried to wrap around him. Lexa's face was one of pity and disappointment but the one sitting on top of it, the one he could see, there was nothing but blame.
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It wasn't working.

Anubis took no notice of his words, still cowering in the corner. Not really mystified so much as utterly worried, Azelf picked his brain desperately for something else he could do to soothe the terrified teenager.

"S-stop."

The little plea sent a chill down his spine. Azelf whipped his head around in time to see Gold pulling the little fairy closer, Prince's face buried in his chest.

"Hey, hey little guy," he soothed, rocking Prince. The guesture was unfamiliar to Azelf, but it was gentle and careful and every ounce of Gold's attention was clearly focused on comforting his friend. Nonetheless, Azelf watched, anxious all the way down to his bones. "It's all right. We're ok. I've got you."

After watching for a moment as Prince curled into Gold, Azelf turned back to Anubis, who had gone quiet. It felt like a punch to the gut to see how guilty the boy looked. "Anubis," he said softly. "You never have to go back there. If the place hurts too much, I'll- I'll find somewhere else. But I made a promise not to leave you, and I won't. We'll figure something out."

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Gold snapped into action instantly; Prince wasn't surprise to be hugged, but the softness and gentleness of the voice that spoke did surprise him.

"Hey, hey little guy," Gold murmured, sounding far older than he had so far with the way he took charge in comforting him like that. But as surprised as he was at that, he was even moreso when the young man began to rock him, bouncing him occasionally very slightly; it took a minute for Prince to remember where he'd seen this before. Humans did it with their very young-- their infants, in fact. He felt his face flush with shame; he wasn't a child. Young, yes, but not a child. He would be fully grown in a matter of a year or two, most likely (a sound of distress escaped him when he realized he was no longer entirely sure how old he was) and was far, far too old for this.

If he hadn't been so utterly upset at feeling like the world was crashing down around him, Prince might have felt patronized by the display. As it was, the crushing despair and fear that had been swimming around in his head, countered by the strong desire to reassure and protect that radiated from the very core of Gold's being, the absolute sincerity in every word and every motion, not only placated any anger he may have felt-- it actually comforted him a little. "It's all right. We're ok. I've got you."

Gold wasn't trying to make him feel bad. The opposite, really. Gold probably had no experience at all with his species and had no idea exactly how old or young he was-- just that he was scared and upset and very, very small, and that he wanted to help him. Nobody could pretend that the human was the brightest person in the world, but he seemed to have his own brand of common sense and he definitely had a big heart and an immense strength. The latter two anchored Prince against his and Anubis's emotions both, and the latter's began to soften in volume, just slightly, as he wrestled control away from his hysteria. Prince went limp with relief. The barrage hadn't ended, exactly, but it was more withstandable. He rubbed his eyes and peeked up from his protective shelter against Gold's body. "Thanks," he whispered.

"Anubis," he heard his guardian say, "you never have to go back there. If the place hurts too much, I'll-" His eyes darted back and forth for a moment, Prince wincing as the uncertainty pricking at the edges of the Legend's mind needled his own. "I'll find somewhere else. But I made a promise not to leave you, and I won't. We'll figure something out."

There was no such doubt in those last sentences. Azelf meant every word. Selfishly, and hating himself for it, Prince wondered if that meant that Azelf would be unable to leave him, too. Anubis was in no state to search and wander endlessly like Azelf needed to do to find his siblings, and neither was Prince. He knew Azelf meant to find them a settlement. If he was promising Anubis he wouldn't leave him, that meant he would stay with them, right?

The notion made his insides squirm. He shouldn't celebrate that. His brother and sister meant the world to his friend. But he didn't want Azelf to leave them, either...

Shoving aside his own turmoil, he cleared his throat and spoke, recoiling a bit at the hoarseness of his voice. "W-we won't leave you."


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Re: (ELITE) The SINJOH Team

Post by Silverishness on Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:32 am

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Gold wasn't entirely sure whether or not his soothings would actually work, but when Prince's little face peeked up from under the folds of his clothes, he couldn't stop the bright, genuine smile. "Thanks," he whispered.

He squeezed the little Ralts with a hug, but kept the psychic in his arms. "No problem." He pulled the hat off his own head to reveal short disheveled ebony hair and placed it on Prince's. "There you go. That'll help keep you warm, yeah?"

"Anubis," Azelf began, "you never have to go back there. If the place hurts too much, I'll-" Gold stared at the Legend, unsure of what would come next. "I'll find somewhere else. But I made a promise not to leave you, and I won't. We'll figure something out."

Gold smiled at the certainty in those words, and he nodded firmly in reply as Prince affirmed in his arms. "W-we won't leave you."

"That's right. We're here and we'll protect you. Right Bitey?" The Typhlosion, who had been silently providing warmth to her Trainer by laying next to him, grunted in agreement.


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Post by Phoenix on Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:52 pm


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"Anubis," Lexa looked up from their huddled position on the floor in Anubis's corner as Azelf spoke, the Lucario still curled against her. "you never have to go back there. If the place hurts too much, I'll- I'll find somewhere else. But I made a promise not to leave you, and I won't. We'll figure something out." Anubis didn't seem to respond at first and she let out a soft sigh before responding in his stead.

"Thank you but... If Anubis isn't comfortable traveling we will have to find another way back to Cinnabar. Last time I saw the Gym it was still withholding against the undead thanks to the volcano's heat so I have to believe it is still there waiting for us. I appreciate the gesture, however."

Anubis lifted his head as the pair were talking and looked around the room, paying special attention to the small fairy still in Gold's arms. He seemed so fragile, so helpless...just like him. He could see the aura shining around Prince dull and wave with the torment in his mind and it only compounded his own guilt to hear him speak. "W-we won't leave you."

Of course he would. They all would. But it wouldn't be their fault, it was his own. He was a curse on anyone he cared about and was never strong enough to keep them from dying. What could they do against such cosmic forces? "That's right. We're here and we'll protect you. Right Bitey?"

"But who will protect you?" he whimpered softly. Lexa's arms tightened around him as she hushed him softly. "Don't think like that, Anu. We'll protect each other just like when we were part of a team." Anubis whimpered again and hid behind her shoulder, memories of everyone in their team who died so he and Mother could escape. "They all died too... Why would any of you be any different?"
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Post by Azelf on Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:23 pm


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"Thank you but... If Anubis isn't comfortable traveling we will have to find another way back to Cinnabar. Last time I saw the Gym it was still withholding against the undead thanks to the volcano's heat so I have to believe it is still there waiting for us. I appreciate the gesture, however."

Azelf felt a deep sadness weigh on him, but he nodded. Lexa was his guardian; Lexa knew what was best.

"W-we won't leave you," Prince promised, and his chest swelled first with pride at his little friend, and then with gratitude for Gold; the hat Prince hugged around his body like some kind of weird, stiff blanket could only be the young human's.

"That's right. We're here and we'll protect you. Right Bitey?" His Typhlosion made a sound of assent. She still didn't seem very talkative, but nor did she here sound particularly upset or disgruntled with the decision.

"But who will protect you?" Anubis said in a little whimper, and the Legend's heart broke. His caretaker held him closer, making a soft hushing sound to try to soothe him.

"Don't think like that, Anu. We'll protect each other just like when we were part of a team."

The poor canine made another little noise of pain, hiding into her shoulder. "They all died too... Why would any of you be any different?"

This... would be far too important to give simple, easy placations for. Anything other than the bare truth would be patronizing and painful to the already wounded teenager, and besides, Anubis's species would be able to sense disingenuity. So would Prince's, for that matter. If he said nothing he didn't believe, they would know.

"We're not," the Legend began, hoping his slow pace would help him pick his words better. "We are all as mortal as anyone else. A... fact that I've... become painfully familiar with-"

His voice broke off and for a moment the world seemed to stop. It took the calling of his name for it to rush back, the pixie shaking his head and rubbing his eyes. Out of the corner of his eye he could see Prince's wide, haunted eyes staring at him and could have kicked himself for allowing his friend to feel such anguish from him.

He cleared his throat. "A-anyway. I can't promise nothing will happen. It would be wrong and silly of me to lie like that. All I can promise is that I will do my best to keep you safe and together." He made sure to look Anubis directly in the eyes.

"You're important to me, all of you. I want to protect you and try to get you somewhere safe, wherever that may be. And I will do whatever it takes to make sure that happens."


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