As both me and Leo took care of the house for the entire week, I finished up what Leo needed me to do. The question was still in my mind and Leo just got done with his part. Before I said anything to him, he brought something up. "Hey Mathias, do you remember the first time we met? It was almost twenty three years ago near Johto when Zeke found you."
Why he brought that up was unexpected, but I remembered that day. I wondered right into the open and that was the first time I met Leo. Of course though remembering it was always on my mind. "Yeah, I remember Leo. I didn't expect Zeke to be clever in hiding, but I first thought you was going to squeeze the life out of me until you let me go. Now that I think of it, that was the first real battle I had."
Not only was it my first battle, but I felt kind of glad I met Leo that day. He was a mentor to me while growing up. Yet, I still had to ask him, I needed to know if I could go see my parents that I still miss. "Leo, I know that we're supposed to stay and keep the house all tidy, but I need to know. I need to see if my parents are still alive."
The Venusaur took a deep breath and I was worried he would tell me no. What I didn't expect was what he said next. "Go ahead Mathias, I can look after the place on my own for a while. You need to know and I won't stop you."
A sigh of relief came out of my mouth when Leo told me to go. Tomorrow I leave to see my parents, back to nest where I was born at. It was getting dark out and it would be hard to see while flying in the air so I decided to rest for the night.
The morning sun rose as I woke up in a makeshift bed that Zeke made before he left. I walked outside and a gentle breeze was blowing. Leo gave me a berry to take with me for something to eat along the way. "See you when you get back Mathias."
The Venusaur said before he started working on the grass. Spreading my wings I took to the air and headed back to where my mother and father's nest was. Thoughts raced through my mind though, would they recognize me or would father try to attack me thinking I'm an invader. Still, I wasn't going to turn back and forget they existed. Somehow I still remembered Gabriel, he would probably be waiting their for me and pick on me for being owned by a human. If that was the case I would have to deal with him if needed. After a few hours of flying I arrived at the same place where I was captured at. It hasn't changed much since I last remembered it though a few places had grown a few berries. I headed to where I used to play at when i was still a kid and the same stump that I always sat on was still there like I remembered it. Nest wasn't to far from here and there was no turning back now. All my questions would be answered and I would finally see my parents again after so long.
After walking a bit, I had reached the nest and there they were, the same two charizard that I remembered. I stepped closer and my father looked up at me and he was growling at me. Just before I took another step, my father had a very serious voice and it was threatening. "What the hell do you want, come to invade my territory and nest! Or did you come to be crushed by me!"
My heart was racing and I knew my father very well. When he's serious and protective, he'll let you know and that is what he's doing right now. Time was running out for me and if I tried to retreat or fight my father would kill me without a second thought. What he hated more than invaders was cowards that don't answer him. He had to know it was me and mother who was right beside him would notice if I was lying or telling the truth. "Mother, father, its me Mathias, don't you recognize me?"
Upon hearing my name mother got up and started approaching me. She was beginning to tear up as she got close to me. "My son, is it truly you? After eighteen years?"
Mother put her claws onto my face, feeling me every inch of the way down to my jaw. "Yeah, I'm sorry that I had you worried mother, I didn't mean to make you both worry."
Then, she dropped her arms to mine and put her head against mine. My father came over and I knew what he was about to say and I was ready for it. "Mathias, you had us worried sick! We thought you was dead or captured by a human! Why didn't you come back until now? Your friends had told us you ventured off alone and went to where a human was sighted at!"
I had to say something to him, he should know where I've been as well as mother. How they would take it though did have me scared for a while, but it must be done. "Father, mother, I should be truthful with you and I did venture off alone. I wanted to prove to you father that I was strong like you. Before you lean in any further father, I need to tell you that I live with a human now and I know its against the rules. Go ahead and tell me to leave father. I don't deserve to bother you any longer."
Hearing the words out of my mouth, father didn't say anything else, but he somehow knew that if he told me to leave that he'll never see his long lost son again. "I won't tell you to leave Mathias, but you have broken the rules and normally the clan exiles the child from it. I'm sorry Mathias, I should have been more responsible with you and Gabriel a long time ago. Since your back though, I still think you're fit to be the alpha Charizard of the nest."
He still had faith in me and he still loved me. Speaking of which I didn't see Gabriel around, maybe he's still attacking humans like he always did when we were kids. "Where's Gabriel? I haven't seen him on my way here."
What father said next was more shocking than anything. "Gabriel has been attacking more and more humans lately. He's been blaming them for your disappearance. What's worse is he about killed one yesterday. Not to mention he's obsessed with finding you. Most likely he went to the mountains. Its best not to go there right now Stonecrusher's brother went missing last week and nobody knows where he went."
Stonecrusher's brother, missing? I didn't think about it at the time, but I did miss Stonecrusher and since I did break their rules, I can't step foot in there or even fly close to it. I was exiled from the clan for disobeying and I had to take my punishment. When a member of the clan disobeys the rules they are exiled by their own kind. Father however didn't have it in him to fully exile me. It was getting late and I had to return back to the house and help Leo out. The old Venusaur wouldn't let it go if I kept him doing everything himself. "I got to go mother and father. I'll try to visit you both again when I get some free time to do so."
They was happy to know that I was still alive and I promised them I would see them whenever I could. It was time to head back and help Leo with the house.
I took off and put the berry that Leo gave me into my mouth. It wasn't much but the oran berry did taste pretty good and that was enough for me. As I finally got back to the house it was just before it got to dark to see. I walked into the house and was ready to go to sleep. "How was your visit Mathias?"
Guess Leo was still awake when I walked in. I couldn't tell him it was perfect, because it wasn't. "It went okay, could have went a lot worse."
That was an understatement. My father could have killed me right there and not know the truth. "My father was furious with me for being gone for eighteen years, but he understood that I'm with Zeke now."
As I told him while we was going upstairs to our beds. The next six months will be more or less the same, at least that's what I thought. What I didn't know was that the end of those six months was about to become a living hell.