Bonus Material: Confessions of a Mother, Audrey Hayline, May 27th, 1566, Era of Jirachi » J. A. MERKEL
Zakana carries the events of that day with him wherever he goes. Perhaps he is unable to see it any other way. He saw it for Jirachi’s sake! I only saw the aftermath. That was enough. For me as a mother that was more than I could handle in a lifetime. No mother should have … Continue reading "Bonus Material: Confessions of a Mother, Audrey Hayline, May 27th, 1566, Era of Jirachi"
EPILOGUE: Three Months Later (Durin Hayline) . . . » J. A. MERKEL
Another Eevee—not the original Eevee given to Bambi Hayline for her tenth birthday, (that was now an Umbreon) and not the Eevee scooped up on the forest floor by her brother, Yumin Hayline, or the one recovered by her cousin, Zakana Hayline, or the three taken into care by trainers, Makua Church, Farore Aggagol, or … Continue reading "EPILOGUE: Three Months Later (Durin Hayline) . . ."
Chapter 25: Kirish's Kingdom » J. A. MERKEL
They lay in beds, all of them—Yumin, Zakana, Farore, Bambi, and Makua. They weren’t in a fully functioning Pokémon Center but it was better than all the other ones they visited in the past month. This one could actually heal Pokémon. It was off the grid and so far, The Viterals hadn’t been able to … Continue reading "Chapter 25: Kirish’s Kingdom"
Chapter 24: Grass » J. A. MERKEL
When the water dried up in the warehouse, zapped away like magic, Zakana thought that the attacks were over. The fire burned, and the water surged and when the heat and the cold dissipated and everyone had caught their breath, life seemed to emerge. Things grew in that space. Flowers. And plants. And grass. There … Continue reading "Chapter 24: Grass"
Chapter 23: Water » J. A. MERKEL
They say water is life. That it can heal even the deepest of wounds. No one talks much about how it is death too. They don’t talk about the unknown oceans. The relentless tides. The freezing rains. That it is dark and dangerous and shows no mercy. It can be as light and deadly as … Continue reading "Chapter 23: Water"
Chapter 22: Fire » J. A. MERKEL
When the window broke high above Yumin and glass sprinkled to the ground, he knew the days of waiting had passed. The men outside had finally reached a decision about what to do: throw a single Pokeball in through the window and see what happens. Though it wasn’t a Pokeball at all. This one Yumin … Continue reading "Chapter 22: Fire"
Chapter 21: Zakana's Answer » J. A. MERKEL
A mother needs her babies just as badly as her babies need her. If not more. The mother knows when its babies are not there, but a young newborn will only notice the absence of its mother once the connection has been made, once it knows there is a mother to have. Some young may … Continue reading "Chapter 21: Zakana’s Answer"
Chapter 20: Yumin's Delivery » J. A. MERKEL
Talk is for the Pidgey. As much as Yumin wanted to know what Hawk had to say about his road to success and slew of perversions and betrayals, he had to excuse himself of what he guaranteed himself would be an otherwise good time. Pokémon that can’t be healed? Stiff coated men and nurses with … Continue reading "Chapter 20: Yumin’s Delivery"
Chapter 19: Makua's Mission » J. A. MERKEL
Mewtwo once said that people are like Pokémon, except that they do a lot more in between surviving and reproducing in order to survive and reproduce. It came from his Sayings of a Creation by Man. Often, Makua wondered what this particular quote meant. Animal behavior ensured that humans and Pokémon, both being sort of … Continue reading "Chapter 19: Makua’s Mission"
Chapter 18: Farore's Kiss » J. A. MERKEL
They sure were different. Yumin—brave and somewhat hotheaded, Bambi—curious and rash, Zakana—helpless and literally as useful as a Magikarp on your elbow . . . though definitely not afraid to speak his mind or do what he wanted. Maybe this is what they had in common—they did what they wanted. Farore had heard of Kirish, … Continue reading "Chapter 18: Farore’s Kiss"
Chapter 17: Bambi's Worth » J. A. MERKEL
When Bambi and the others found Zakana, the Eevee he held was still safe. Curled up inside Zakana’s now crumpled frame. Houndour kept a flame lit for all of them to see. Bambi looked at him, inside that great big warehouse, watched the way her cousin breathed up and down, rhythmically but with small hiccups … Continue reading "Chapter 17: Bambi’s Worth"
Chapter 16: Breakdown » J. A. MERKEL
The pincers, the claws, the wings—they pulsed in Zakana’s mind as reminders. Until this very moment, he hadn’t remembered. Only in dreams and nightmares that left him shaking uncontrollably and changed him into another person entirely did he remember. Now he couldn’t keep the memories down. His senses—they were stronger than his willpower. Any sight, … Continue reading "Chapter 16: Breakdown"
Chapter 15: Cycling Road » J. A. MERKEL
By the time Bambi reached Cycling Road with her traveling mates, the night was dark. Umbreon hung in her arms asleep. A faint light lined the road below them, tiny orbs of moonlight dangling in their lampposts. One of the lights had gone out, which caused a fracture in the perfect symmetry Bambi found herself … Continue reading "Chapter 15: Cycling Road"