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Thread Description
A non-linear, anime-inspired reflection about one girl's journey to save her father —and the world.

Bowser's Family Vacation

Johto League Champion
Writer
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
301
Caught
Jul 1, 2019
Messages
1,143
Nature
Rash
Pronouns
She/her
Pokémon Type
Dragon, Cool
Pokédex Entry
"Am I Mario's babysitter? Are you going to call me every time that guy blows his nose, or what?"
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@Tailsimp : Thank you for commenting! It's fun to see comments about the beginning of the run as it's wrapping up. :) I hope that that doesn't detract from the experience for you. Hey, at least it tells you that there's a lot more of Ashley and crew to see! Also, thank you for reminding me to post. ._. Today is Sunday. Sunday is today. What is time?

Ashley Ketchum said:
"Even if I didn’t succeed, no one could take what I had already done from me. History would absolve me.

That being said, if I succeeded, then there would be a history other than the musings on the lips of gods, and I wanted to tell my own story."
Yesterday went. Tomorrow came. Buddy was worried, but I told him an unfortunate truth: If we waited any longer, none of us could know if there would be a world to worry over. It was do or die.

And if I was going to die, I wanted to go out having done something. Even if I didn’t succeed, no one could take what I had already done from me. History would absolve me.

That being said, if I succeeded, then there would be a history other than the musings on the lips of gods, and I wanted to tell my own story.

And I wanted the rest of my team to have that chance too. There were so many things I wanted to tell them: how proud I was of them, how much I loved them, how I would make it my mission to let the world know their names, how all I wanted was for them to live so they could tell their own stories with their own voices, no matter how long it took for their voices to blossom.

But it was my voice that withered. I had to preserve my strength. That was another reason I insisted on setting out then: I wasn’t sure if delaying would allow my body to recover a bit or inactivity would cause it to wilt further.

I wasn’t about to bet all of our souls on my body.

As expected, there was a grandiose staircase. Dakota helped push me up, but with every thump of the steps, my body throbbed. And that wasn’t even part of the challenge! But if it was bad going up, it was going to be way worse going down. No way to go but forward.

I had met all four members of Kanto’s Elite Four. I had actually talked to all of them too -simple conversations, mostly generic questions about favorite Pokemon- but that was more than I’d had with many of the Kanto Gym Leaders. The Confederacy allows Gym Leaders to be more independent, but those within the Champion’s League, Elite Four and Champions, met regularly and needed to coordinate in order to tackle issues that affected multiple regions.

But they still fell short when it came to matters of divine intervention. Not everyone liked Papa. Well, most everyone liked Papa as a person, but several of the older members expressed doubts about his ability to organize and lead. Or maybe they were wary of having an Emissary in such a position of power in the mortal realm too. But everyone had to admit that Papa was the one for any job related to Legendary Pokemon.

Of which there have been too many.

Lorelei was my favorite. She told me the story of how she met her partner, a Lapras, in Icefall Cave. Several of the people I talked to that evening told me stories about Pokemon, but hers was the most in-depth -and she was the only one to give me something physical: a Lapras doll. She explained to me that she collected Pokemon dolls and had started crocheting some of her own, in the hopes of giving them away for the charity pushes that lead up to Darkday. She worried that her work wasn’t good enough -especially since she only knew how to crochet Lapras. She asked me to “test” the doll. I didn’t understand what that entailed, but I agreed and expressed my gratitude. She was very nice, despite what I’d seen on TV about her cold, calculating battle style. That’s why it worried me when, during that party I attended, I heard rumors that she was thinking about returning to the Sevii Islands to help the independence movement. She had never said anything about that to me, but talking about Sevii independence was never a topic one would broach while in “polite company” in Kanto. I knew that she specialized in ice type Pokemon, but that she had a Slowbro too. I felt good about my team’s match-ups against her team. While Jadon’s flying type meant he couldn’t take ice type attacks as well as he would without that additional typing, his fire type moves were still powerful, and maybe I could use his aerial abilities to outmaneuver Lorelei’s land-locked Pokemon! Several of her team were water as well as ice type. For those Pokemon, I knew Simon would do amazing. With his blistering speed and awe-inspiring power, I knew his Thunderbolt would shock even the cool-tempered Lorelei!

Despite my planning, though, I didn’t want to have to fight her, but I would have rather done that than do what I had to do.

As Jadon pushed open the doors to Lorelei’s chamber, he suddenly stumbled back, nearly sending us toppling back onto the stairs! “Nononono. I am not doing that.”

He was trying to sound assertive in his rejection, but I could hear the fear seeping into his voice. I needed to see what had shaken him so much.

It was terrible, but I had to see it. I needed to see the evil that I was facing in order to believe that I was doing good.

Because I sure was unsure about that at the time.

As I saw her, I hurried to her side, ignoring Jadon’s warnings about the ice, drowning out Dakota’s protests about Buddy chasing after me. How could any of that matter, compared to the twisted tableau in front of me?

Lorelei was trapped. In most circumstances, when someone is stuck, you can see how they got there. Someone climbs too high up and can’t get back down. A limb is caught under something. The darkness is all-encompassing, and they can’t find their way home. This was not the case here. I couldn’t fathom how Lorelei got herself wrapped in ice. At first, remembering that she was an ice type trainer, I wondered if this was some sort of training, swaddling herself in her element in order to understand it better. If that was the case, though, why were they so many other people encased in the ice with her, deep within it, as if she was a relic of a time long past, recently unearthed? Why were those other people so deep within the ice, unreachable not only by distance but because they were scattered into so many different pieces? There was something more unsettling than even that, though: With how opaque the ice was, -I tried not to think about how old blood turns black- somewhere in the back of my mind I wondered if she had the rest of a body at all. Why would I, when confronted with a person who had been nothing but kind to me, think that?

I told myself I couldn’t afford to think anymore. Time was of the essence. Lorelei needed help! The other people were beyond that, but if I could save just one person, in this den of evil, then… The woman moved, fiery red hair making the sickly blue tinge to her skin all the more noticeable. “S-S-Said…” She was at once stuttering with the clattering of her teeth, drawing blood from a numb tongue and slurring. “W’nted…” Her head lolled to the side. “Us ‘live…”

“I don’t!” I coughed into my arm, which was groping at the ice, trying to detect a weak point. “Trust Mewtwo’s word!” I balled my other hand into a fist and pounded against the ice like a heartbeat. “And neither should you!”

My lungs were burning and now so were my hands from the ice, but maybe they’d help her get even the slightest bit warmer.

Her blue lips parted, and maybe some words came out of them, but they were swallowed by the sounds of cracking. If the ice below me can crack, then maybe..!

“No..!” Lorelei weakly whimpered. “Go..!”

A second, stronger voice layered over hers. “We need help!” Buddy yelped.

“On it!” Bjorg echoed.

At the sound of the Lapras’ voice, Lorelei lurched her neck in his direction, eyes glassy. My heart panged. It made me bang against her cage harder.

Which made Buddy cry louder.

And the cycle fed itself like a serpent until I felt a head ram behind me. My wheelchair slid across the ice. Away from Lorelei. Away from my chance to do something.

Buddy asked Bjorg about the others. The Transport Pokemon explained that they were still on the other side of what was now a deep, freezing pond. He guided the Pikachu to aiming each of the team’s Pokeballs correctly, lastly his own.

Meanwhile, I had to do the hardest thing of all. Which was nothing.

Bruno had been far more gruff when I talked to him. Even during the party, he was thinking about training. In fact, I caught him sparring with his Machamp -and nearly got punched in the face because of that! It was a testament to his control over his own body when he was able to snap his arms back so quickly. He apologized to me for almost beating me up but didn’t say anything more to me. At the time, I had worried that I had offended him by interrupting his training, but when I talked to Papa about the encounter later, he reassured me that that was not the case. “Bruno’s never liked the formal gatherings,” he had explained. “He’s shy around people -and especially so around people he thinks aren’t as strong as him physically.” That meant most everyone, Papa clarified. When I asked why, he said that people have a number of reasons that they could be shy, but he offered his own theory: “He really only has one good friend here. Well, a human friend. And that friend is Karen, of the Johto Elite Four. His friendship with her is one of the reasons he insisted on serving on both the Kanto and Johto Elite Fours, despite how much work it is. I don’t know how they got to be so close, since their battling styles are so different, you know? But you saw Karen, didn’t you, Sparky?” It was hard not to have seen the woman with one arm always in a sling. “Next time, watch Bruno with Karen. They’re really close friends, but I’ve never seen him look at her arm. I think he’s hurt people before.” By mistake, of course, Papa had quickly added, but the mental image of hurting the people you care about most stuck with me. I supposed it wasn’t just a mental image anymore, though. I hadn’t been able to keep Ashton from getting possessed. Buddy’s eyes had gotten clawed while he was trying to protect me. Dakota had absorbed an explosion meant for me that cost her some of her hearing. But, as bad as those things were, I hadn’t directly caused them. That fact didn’t change my feeling of guilt, but if that fact were different, that would certainly compound that guilt. Regardless of what Papa was implying, Bruno was tough, a specialist in fighting types. And Onix. For some reason. He was one of several trainers operating in Indigo Plateau who’s gotten in trouble for lacking Pokemon of his type before. There was an old rule on the books that if there weren’t enough Pokemon of a certain type native to the region, then a Gym Leader, Elite Four, or Champion specializing in that type could pick another type to specialize in, but in a time of increasing trade, it was a recurring debate whether to repeal that rule. For the time being, though, I was happy about Bruno’s team. While I wasn’t sure if Rosetta would have the stamina to battle five fighting type Pokemon, with two of his team just being Onix, Bjorg could wash the floor with them! I was confident about a battle.

Unfortunately, we didn’t have one.

Bruno’s battlefield wasn’t as precarious as Lorelei’s. Few battlefields are as difficult to work with as ice battlefields. Still, his recreation of the Indigo Mountains wasn’t exactly accessible.

I was forced to take a circuitous path through the craggy field. I searched those crags for Bruno, trying to remember what kind of place he had been hiding in during the party, but all was silent.

Until it wasn’t. I rolled over something. It screamed. I lurched away.

Bruno, inside the rocky floor, was screaming, blood running down his head: the only part of him sticking out. Whereas with Lorelei I could still see the vague outlines of her body, with Bruno, it seemed like he really only was a head.

A head that I had ran over.

Unlike Clint, Bruno couldn’t exactly go to a doctor.

If doctors could extract people from stone. I had tried with Lorelei, but my efforts had been useless! At least I hadn’t hurt her….

I at least had the medical knowledge to know that pulling a person’s head was a bad idea. Running over a person’s head was also a bad idea, but what was done was done.

I murmured an apology. I barely heard it myself over my own pain. I don’t imagine he heard me over his.

Agatha was the Kanto Elite Four member I knew the least about. She was the one of the people who… had their reservations about Papa. Thus, I didn’t seek her out. We said hello. That was it. I felt relieved about our lack of relationship in that moment and even more relieved that I had Rosetta to counter her poison types. She called herself a ghost type trainer, but all of her Pokemon shared a poison type. So she was a poison type trainer.

Not that that mattered.

This time, acutely aware of the possibility of heads in the ground, I trained my gaze on the floor. I found Agatha, head poking out of the ground, as if entombed early.

But maybe not terribly early, considering that I could see through her.

I guess I had an audible reaction to that. Agatha blinked up at me. “Oh,” she droned. “It’s you. The Ketchum kid.”

“Ashley, we don’t have time for this….” Buddy hissed.

Agatha could hear that too. She was perceptive. “Don’t give me that tone of voice, Pikachu!” I mumbled an apology. She heard me, but she wasn’t satisfied. “Speak up, girl!” I coughed harshly. She blinked. “The thing got you too, then?”

“Mewtwo?” I prompted.

“I don’t care what its name is! Look at what it did to us!” I knew Mewtwo was a Legendary, and I had already seen evidence of their ability to transform things, but seeing such a crude fusion was a shock on a whole other level. I guess a bit of my thought process leaked into my facial expression. “I couldn’t tell you how it did this!” she barked. “What I can tell you, though, is that nothing less than a being like it can undo what it did!”

On one hand, it was reassuring to hear that I hadn’t been able to free Lorelei because of lack of trying. Or because it was me trying and not some other person. On the other hand, if what Agatha was saying was true, then that meant I was helpless. Again.

I couldn’t stand by that. “You fought Mewtwo then?”

“I did,” she confirmed. “Some good it did me, though. If only I had a ghost type that wasn’t also a poison type..!” The old woman had said it herself, the problem was that we were facing divinity, not that we weren’t strong enough people, but I had the feeling that, right now, she just needed to complain.

I couldn’t let her complain all day, though, so at one point, I did urge her in a different direction. “Did you see any weak points?”

She quirked an eyebrow. You’re going to go fight it?” I tried not to think about how her eyes drifted downwards, focusing on the wheelchair. I nodded, not breaking eye contact. “That’s your right, I suppose. There is one thing I noticed: It can’t move.”

“Can’t move?” Buddy wondered out loud. I echoed his sentiment.

“Yes, it was floating. In some sort of liquid. It was creepy.”

I was already creeped out, but I appreciated the heads-up. After thanking her, I started wheeling out, pleased that, for once, a battlefield was nice and flat. It probably wasn’t a coincidence that the master of this battlefield was an old woman and, as such, may use a mobility aid, like Granpapa.

As I approached the exit, though, she called out to me. “One more thing!” Agatha shouted. “If there’s anything else you want to ask about, I’m your last chance! Lance can’t talk!”

Lance. Lance was no dragon master, like he claimed, -it would be more accurate to call him a flying type master- but it didn’t matter what he was. It mattered who he was. And who he was was Papa’s mentor. Papa had been reluctant to stop traveling. He knew, logically, that he had the credentials to join the Champion’s League, but he was worried about not being able to fit in amongst the more political atmosphere. Lance took him under his wing. While Papa will never be a natural politician, Lance taught him many things: how to say no while still being “polite,” how to cooperate, and even how to make your Pokemon look more “official” for meetings. He too had a Pokemon that refused to go in a Pokeball: his most powerful Dragonite.

Lance didn’t even know that Papa was in the hospital.

I quickly asked Agatha how long she had been here. Her answer confirmed what I had thought: The Indigo League building was Mewtwo’s first conquest. Never mind not knowing about Papa being in the hospital, Lance and the others may have not even known that Papa had gone missing during his mission in the first place!

“I can see the gears turning in your head, girl. If you really intend to battle that thing, you can’t think. It gets in your head.”

I got out of my head and pushed forward with my body. I saw Lance, fully immobilized, encased in dragon scales. Did Mewtwo see no place for humanity in their reality?

I had to ask them. And so I did. I went into the next chamber. Mewtwo was at the end of it. Ashton was between me and them: a human shield. Papa had told me about a Mewtwo before. According to Jessie, James, and Meowth, apparently he had met multiple Mewtwo. Papa had described Mewtwo to me before. Mewtwo was a light pink, almost grey. Mewtwo was tall, over six feet. Mewtwo was intelligent and oddly muscular.

This Mewtwo didn’t look like a Mewtwo. Well, no, that’s not quite right. Let me put it another way: This Mewtwo didn’t look like a finished Mewtwo.

This Mewtwo’s skin was colorless, at times, almost looking translucent. Mewtwo was less than one third of the height they were supposed to be. I couldn’t say anything about how intelligent they were, but their limbs were tiny and atrophied.

You know what it reminded me of? Forgive me if this is off-track or you get embarrassed or something, but I’ll try to make it quick. OK, so one of Papa’s friends -I don’t know which; Papa has many friends- was having a baby. She didn’t look like she normally did. Her belly was huge! When I asked what was inside it, Papa said a baby was inside it. Nana cut in at that point, saying the fetus was inside the uterus. I asked Nana what a fetus was. She explained that a fetus was something that was going to become a baby. She showed me pictures. I was fascinated. It looked like a fusion between a person and a Pokemon! I looked up more pictures on Granpapa’s computer. Ashton caught me. Ashton was so embarrassed! He ran to get Granpapa! But Granpapa didn’t get why Ashton was so embarrassed. “It’s just biology,” he had said. “It’s natural.”

Mewtwo looked like one of those fetuses. But something tells me that Legendary Pokemon aren’t naturally supposed to look like that.

I had a question for them, regardless. “Why!?” I demanded, breathless. “Why are you doing this? How could you do this?”

Their eyes drifted to me, looking far too big for their head. “M y n e w w o r l d i s N O W.”

That was exactly what they had said before, when they- The leader of Team Rocket hit the floor, a discarded toy. At the Viridian Gym. “That’s..!” I exclaimed. “Exactly what you said before!”

“N O W,” they repeated.

I had to ask. “Do you even know who I am!?”

“H o - O h.”

“No!” I screeched. “I am me!” Not an Emissary of Ho-Oh. Not a little girl in a wheelchair. Not even Ash Ketchum’s daughter.

I am a Champion. I am an ender of the Kanto Catastrophe.

 

Bowser's Family Vacation

Johto League Champion
Writer
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
301
Caught
Jul 1, 2019
Messages
1,143
Nature
Rash
Pronouns
She/her
Pokémon Type
Dragon, Cool
Pokédex Entry
"Am I Mario's babysitter? Are you going to call me every time that guy blows his nose, or what?"
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Buddy said:
"I charged into the darkness. 'Y o u o f t h e d a r k,' Mewtwo told me. But I kept pushing: an exhausting birth. Into oblivion."
Battle exploded around me, but I had my focus trained on only one thing -and that thing had its focus trained on me. “A n o t h e r P i k a c h u,” the false god purred.

Ashley’s words echoed through my mind: “That’s exactly what you said before!” It came out of a Persian’s mouth, but it came from the same plan.

To create a fabrication of reality. To live in an illusion. Well, I’ve lived in an illusion long enough. What is gone doesn’t come back.

An image of my son flashed through my mind:

It wasn’t real. It couldn’t be real. Because I saw it. “Nice try.”

I ignored what I saw. I trained my attention on what I could feel: electricity sparking in the air. I had felt Simon’s electricity before. I had even felt Ashton’s Jolteon’s electricity before.

An image of the Pokemon I declared would be my son flashed through my mind. I remembered how he stumbled out from behind his mother’s body. I never saw my son’s mother’s body, and what I conjured in the darkness was blinding.

I instinctively pressed myself against the floor, feeling like I was about to fall through, get swallowed by the ground beneath me. Like the elites who had walked this path before us.

No, the elites who had fled from Mewtwo. Bjorg had told me that Lorelei had her back to the door.

If I ran away, I would only be running towards death, towards oblivion, towards Udo, who sang siren songs of peace. What was the promise I had made in that liminal space? “I need to be at war, so she doesn’t have to be.”

I acknowledge that I am a great many things: distrustful, harsh, aloof. One thing I refuse to be, though, is a coward. Never again.

I charged into the darkness. “Y o u o f t h e d a r k,” Mewtwo told me. But I kept pushing: an exhausting birth. Into oblivion.

The sounds muffled around me, something hard and cold under my paws. But, there, in the tunnel, I felt something throbbing underneath. A voice burst through my mind: “Beasts! All of them! Beasts! I knew it all along! They’re not like us! They’re beasts..!”

But… What did that mean? Was I inside a mechanical beast? Was what I was feeling its heartbeat? My nose started to wiggle. My cheeks started to spark. I felt the elements inside me reach out to its kin.

There was electricity flowing through here.

There was a terrible smell: the stench of burning flesh. That smell could have come from anywhere: Dakota’s ear falling off in the Silph Co. building, the destruction of The Pokemon Mansion in Cinnabar Island, right outside these walls. Right outside this cage.

A cage. That man, Bill, he had been in a cage. No. A pod. Agatha had said that Mewtwo couldn’t move. Bill couldn’t move either. I burst back into my sight: A man in a pod, perfectly still, suspended in liquid.

How had I gotten that creature out?

I remembered the hiss of my teeth, the singing of my tongue, the shock to my heart. I knew what to do.

As I marched closer, it became clearer as the world became muted, distorted. First, my mind filled with impossible visions. I saw my son. I saw my mate. I saw Viridian Forest, filled with faces like mine. Ashley was there. The time was all wrong. And more importantly, it was behind me. I pushed on, into the dark. The visions remained behind me. Voices surged in front of me. Ashley, screaming at me to run. Astrophel, telling me to follow him. And one voice behind me: "Daddy!" A crimson halo laid in front of me, appealing to the coward that still dwelled inside me. I stepped over it. The stench of a bloody feast filled my nostrils. I knew it wasn’t a fabrication of Mewtwo’s when I felt vomit dribble out of my mouth. It was a blessing in disguise: the real smell drowning out the fake one. I could feel the heart hammering. It wasn’t mine. It wasn’t solely mine. It was Mewtwo’s. I understood in that instant what I was walking towards. And why Mewtwo had been so successful. I liked to believe that I wasn’t succumbing to the false one’s control because I had my friends, because I was of sound mind, because all of the niggling insecurities inside me had been cleansed.

But I knew that I couldn’t normally see the rainbow.

The ground fell out from underneath me. I had only been going in one direction, so I couldn’t have fallen off of any edge, but I felt my paws move, but I didn’t feel them move on anything.

With all of my senses taken from me, was this just a game of two puppet masters?

I bit my tongue in frustration. I could taste the iron in my mouth.

I blinked. Iron. Metal. The pod. The electricity keeping the puppet master’s strings aloft. If I cut off the flow, I ended the game.

I forged onwards until I could no longer move forward. I couldn’t feel the wall or the wires or whatever I had tangled myself in, but I tried to move forward and couldn’t. I started biting at the air. I felt something other than iron. I clenched my jaw.

And then the pressure fell away.

There was no color in my eyes. The rainbow peeled away, but with it, what was mine returned. Touch: I was constricted by wires. Smell: vomit and blood. Sound: something floppy hitting the floor, squirming, squalling, then silence. Taste: victory.

I extricated myself from the wires, straining to hear any more noise. It came back to me in waves, drawing me out of the tunnel. Ashley calling out to Ashton, begging for him to wake up. Ashton slurring something in response. Ashley yelling at Ashton not to move. Ashton groaning that he needed to move his own body, then snapping into himself and demanding to know how Ashley got hurt. Dakota sounding off to try to locate where everyone was. Jadon shouting from above. Simon crying out from under something. Astrophel mumbling something. Bjorg already dragging himself somewhere else.

They were all alive. I didn’t care if it was my quick action, Ashton’s Pokemon being bad at battling, Mewtwo getting distracted, Ho-Oh’s intervention, the storm outside interrupting, or what. They were all alive! “Ashley! Dakota! Jadon! Rosetta! Simon! Astrophel! Bjorg!” I ran into the dark, my heart marching to the beat of the litany. AshleyDakotaJadonRosettaSimonAstrophelBjorg, AshleyDakotaJadonRosettaSimonAstrophelBjorg….
Ashley
Dakota
Jadon
Rosetta
Simon
Astrophel
Bjorg
I crashed into someone and hugged them.

The last chapter of Ashes To Ashes will be an epilogue. It will be uploaded on May 30th!
 

Tailsimp

A Universally Under-Rested University Imp
🎇Contributor
Team Alpha
Pokédex No.
50
Caught
Jun 15, 2019
Messages
631
Location
A Literal Desert
Nature
Quiet
Pronouns
She/Her
Pokémon Type
Electric, Psychic
Pokédex Entry
Tailsimp: The Impish Pokemon. Despite being quiet and reserved, this pokemon is usually very happy to talk and is always excited to help out!
More rereading and maaaaaan I really love the way you describe ton and buddy and the darkness around them. It's such a cool opening way to open. The way you set the tone while describing your scenery is *chef's kiss* so good. I also adore the way you show Ashely's trouble with communicating. I rarely see it in text where the audience can understand the character, but the other character in the book can't. It's a clever way to get the point across but make sure that we can still understand her!

Everything with Ho-oh was so cool and grand, but my favorite part of the chapter was the fact that Ashely is just most surprised about the fact that Buddy sounds exactly as she imagined him. XD I also love that Buddy's first few lines of actual dialogue show he doesn't trust that bird-god as far as he could zap it. I get the feeling that Buddy is 100% ready to throw down with Ho-oh next time they meet and it's great. It's less great when those words indirectly hurt Ashley, but that argument where she held her own with Buddy, and made her values clear was excellent. Also I already love Clint. In just one conversation I feel like we know so much about this pidgey it's amazing!

I gotta say that Defeated left me feeling heartbroken for the new recruits. It's a sad way to join the team, but at least they found their way to Ashley despite it all. I hope that the pair is able to do better going on 😭

Also, this line?
I should have known that Buddy would know. In all other worlds, he met the same fate.
I worry about this line.
 

cyndakip

there goes my luck
🌱Featurer
Writer
Team Alpha
Pokédex No.
23
Caught
Jun 9, 2019
Messages
349
Location
Lilycove City
Nature
Hardy
Pronouns
they/she
Pokémon Type
Fire, Water
Pokédex Entry
Part Cyndaquil, part Mudkip, entirely tired.
The Q&A was super interesting! Especially this bit...
He looks back at the body of the leader of Team Rocket and the words leak from his teeth, teeth that sprouted from the shadows: Benvenuto nella nostra nuova casa, padre. Persian has not said much—she still thinks that she is his number one—but Nestore senses great power from this, how did she call it, Cipher Lab.
👀 ARE WE GETTING A COLOSSEUM STORYLOCKE?

Yesterday went. Tomorrow came. Buddy was worried, but I told him an unfortunate truth: If we waited any longer, none of us could know if there would be a world to worry over. It was do or die.

And if I was going to die, I wanted to go out having done something. Even if I didn’t succeed, no one could take what I had already done from me. History would absolve me.

That being said, if I succeeded, then there would be a history other than the musings on the lips of gods, and I wanted to tell my own story.

And I wanted the rest of my team to have that chance too. There were so many things I wanted to tell them: how proud I was of them, how much I loved them, how I would make it my mission to let the world know their names, how all I wanted was for them to live so they could tell their own stories with their own voices, no matter how long it took for their voices to blossom.
aaahhh I love this

Skipping over all the E4 battles is an interesting choice! Definitely not something you see every day, but I think it works for this story.

“That’s your right, I suppose. There is one thing I noticed: It can’t move.”

“Can’t move?” Buddy wondered out loud. I echoed his sentiment.

“Yes, it was floating. In some sort of liquid. It was creepy.”
Interesting that none of them can move either! How long have they been trapped like that, I wonder...

I really liked the background info about the E4! My only critique would be that Bruno's paragraph (and Lorelei's to some extent) feels too long and would probably read better if it was broken up a bit.

“No!” I screeched. “I am me!” Not an Emissary of Ho-Oh. Not a little girl in a wheelchair. Not even Ash Ketchum’s daughter.

I am a Champion. I am an ender of the Kanto Catastrophe.
YES! YOU TELL THEM, ASHLEY!

Battle exploded around me, but I had my focus trained on only one thing -and that thing had its focus trained on me. “A n o t h e r P i k a c h u,” the false god purred.
Wow, that is some seriously ominous music! Really sets the scene...

An image of my son flashed through my mind:

It wasn’t real. It couldn’t be real. Because I saw it. “Nice try.”
Ouch 😭

If I ran away, I would only be running towards death, towards oblivion, towards Udo, who sang siren songs of peace. What was the promise I had made in that liminal space? “I need to be at war, so she doesn’t have to be.”

I acknowledge that I am a great many things: distrustful, harsh, aloof. One thing I refuse to be, though, is a coward. Never again.
HECK YEAH BUDDY, GO DESTROY MEWTWO WITH THE POWER OF CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT!

I understood in that instant what I was walking towards. And why Mewtwo had been so successful. I liked to believe that I wasn’t succumbing to the false one’s control because I had my friends, because I was of sound mind, because all of the niggling insecurities inside me had been cleansed.

But I knew that I couldn’t normally see the rainbow.
but can you taste the rainbow

I love that Buddy's blindness is actually a strength here, and the reason why Mewtwo's tricks don't work on him!

...But also, friends! The power of friendship is important too!

Ashton groaning that he needed to move his own body, then snapping into himself and demanding to know how Ashley got hurt.
ASHTON!!! HE'S BACK!!! That was easier than I expected, but I don't think things will be too easy for him for a while...

They were all alive. I didn’t care if it was my quick action, Ashton’s Pokemon being bad at battling, Mewtwo getting distracted, Ho-Oh’s intervention, the storm outside interrupting, or what. They were all alive! “Ashley! Dakota! Jadon! Rosetta! Simon! Astrophel! Bjorg!” I ran into the dark, my heart marching to the beat of the litany. AshleyDakotaJadonRosettaSimonAstrophelBjorg, AshleyDakotaJadonRosettaSimonAstrophelBjorg….
Ashley
Dakota
Jadon
Rosetta
Simon
Astrophel
Bjorg
I crashed into someone and hugged them.
YES, BUDDY, HUG THEM! HUG THEM ALL! CHARACTER! DEVELOPMENT!

...gosh I love Buddy so much, he's such a great character and he's come so far and I'm so proud of him 😭

The last chapter of Ashes To Ashes will be an epilogue. It will be uploaded on May 30th!
AAAAHHH THE END IS NEAR.... it feels so surreal, I've been following this run since the very beginning, even before I started posting on the forums, and now it's coming to an end... I'm going to miss it a whole lot, but I'm excited to see how you wrap things up!
 

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Tailsimp: The Impish Pokemon. Despite being quiet and reserved, this pokemon is usually very happy to talk and is always excited to help out!
The opening of A Place Into A Home destroyed me, and the rest of the chapter burned the pieces. These two babus didn't deserve this, but at least they can still live on and make these different places into a home. I'm really worried for the little brother waking up all alone at the lab, but I think this is for the best. That little nidoran will hopefully do a lot of good for the team! Speaking of, I loved seeing Dakota and Clint meeting each other and having to get adjusted, while also relaying details of whatever this not-disease is. A lot got covered all at once and it was a delight to see woven together so well!

Also I adore the An Introduction To Regional Variants chapter so freakin' much. Switching the pov to Gary as we see the effects of Ashley's leaving was such a good idea, and I just loved reading the title changes to the document as he progressed in writing it. I really love the way you portrayed Gary and Oak's relationship. They love each other but there's still a strain there. It feels really grounded and was interesting to read. Also, I'm not sure if this is a common idea through the fandom, but I love the idea of the different colors/shapes of pokemon through the gens being a regional variant trait! It's such a smart way to weave these discrepancies into the game world proper!


Also lowkey
Buddy, face-to-face with what he by all accounts should be, started to walk away.
still 😬 at this....
 

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Tailsimp: The Impish Pokemon. Despite being quiet and reserved, this pokemon is usually very happy to talk and is always excited to help out!
Me, as I read through Gone: This battle is so fun! I love seeing Ashley and Ashton talking! They're such good friends! Their dialogue is nice and seeing them not-bicker and laugh together is always great and-
Now I know that I wouldn't ever see him again.
uM??? Beg Pardon?????? For real I'd love to talk more about what I liked in this chapter but uhhhhhhhhhhhhh all my focus is on that last line. It Does Not Spark Joy.

Okay I gotta pull myself together in time to gush about Evermore! This chapter hit me like a truck the first time I read it and it did it again this time. Like, what am I supposed to do with lines like
And at the hospital, when I saw them under twin black blankets, together evermore, what did I say to them? "Why didn't you call me!?"

Me. Why didn't they call me.

That new lifetime started when I asked, "Why didn't I call you?"
Like... holy shit.... You do such a good job of summarizing these issues that have plagued Oak his whole life, while making sure that it's relevant to what's going on currently. Then you bring it back around fantastically with how he and Ashley are alike in that they'll always step up to help people. It's just very good even though i'm also left to sob over it

Also I will not get over
But I never expected that primal look of fear on baby Gary's face, when I walked into his hospital room and his parents did not, to appear on Blastoise's face. I always thought it would be my grandson's signature smirk.
anytime soon. Normally I try to keep comments like this (where i'm catching up on established storylockes) to 1 comment for 3 chapters so I'm not annoying spamming but my heart hurts after this chapter so I'mma have to do 4 next time I just need some time to cry over Samuel freakin Oak.
 

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Tailsimp: The Impish Pokemon. Despite being quiet and reserved, this pokemon is usually very happy to talk and is always excited to help out!
Me, as I read through Gone: This battle is so fun! I love seeing Ashley and Ashton talking! They're such good friends! Their dialogue is nice and seeing them not-bicker and laugh together is always great and-
Now I know that I wouldn't ever see him again.
uM??? Beg Pardon?????? For real I'd love to talk more about what I liked in this chapter but uhhhhhhhhhhhhh all my focus is on that last line. It Does Not Spark Joy.

Okay I gotta pull myself together in time to gush about Evermore! This chapter hit me like a truck the first time I read it and it did it again this time. Like, what am I supposed to do with lines like
And at the hospital, when I saw them under twin black blankets, together evermore, what did I say to them? "Why didn't you call me!?"

Me. Why didn't they call me.

That new lifetime started when I asked, "Why didn't I call you?"
Like... holy shit.... You do such a good job of summarizing these issues that have plagued Oak his whole life, while making sure that it's relevant to what's going on currently. Then you bring it back around fantastically with how he and Ashley are alike in that they'll always step up to help people. It's just very good even though i'm also left to sob over it

Also I will not get over
But I never expected that primal look of fear on baby Gary's face, when I walked into his hospital room and his parents did not, to appear on Blastoise's face. I always thought it would be my grandson's signature smirk.
anytime soon. Normally I try to keep comments like this (where i'm catching up on established storylockes) to 1 comment for 3-5 chapters so I'm not annoying spamming but my heart hurts after this chapter so I'mma have to do extra next time I just need some time to cry over Samuel freakin Oak.
 

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"Am I Mario's babysitter? Are you going to call me every time that guy blows his nose, or what?"
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@cyndakip : I unfortunately do not have Pokemon Colosseum (but that's OK; from what I've seen of it, it is brutal, and I'm having a hard enough time with Platinum, thank you very much). I do, however, own Pokemon XD! I've actually attempted a nuzlocke of it too, but I lost interest. Hopefully, having an idea of a story going in will inspire me! :P

@Tailsimp : Thank you so much for continuing to document your re-reading! It is so fun to see the questioning of someone beginning Ashes To Ashes as the run ends. I will endeavor to respond to your comments in a way that is both A) fun and B) not spoilery. :V

More rereading and maaaaaan I really love the way you describe ton and buddy and the darkness around them. It's such a cool opening way to open. The way you set the tone while describing your scenery is *chef's kiss* so good. I also adore the way you show Ashely's trouble with communicating. I rarely see it in text where the audience can understand the character, but the other character in the book can't. It's a clever way to get the point across but make sure that we can still understand her!

Everything with Ho-oh was so cool and grand, but my favorite part of the chapter was the fact that Ashely is just most surprised about the fact that Buddy sounds exactly as she imagined him. XD I also love that Buddy's first few lines of actual dialogue show he doesn't trust that bird-god as far as he could zap it. I get the feeling that Buddy is 100% ready to throw down with Ho-oh next time they meet and it's great. It's less great when those words indirectly hurt Ashley, but that argument where she held her own with Buddy, and made her values clear was excellent. Also I already love Clint. In just one conversation I feel like we know so much about this pidgey it's amazing!

I gotta say that Defeated left me feeling heartbroken for the new recruits. It's a sad way to join the team, but at least they found their way to Ashley despite it all. I hope that the pair is able to do better going on 😭

Also, this line? I worry about this line.
The reason why Ashley can consistently be understood is that the vast majority of the chapters are from her point of view. She can understand herself! :) (And the chapters that aren't from her perspective are from the perspective of people—and Pokemon—who have known her for a long time.)
Upon re-reading Ashes To Ashes, the "introduction" of Buddy is still one of my favorite sequences. :D He's exactly like Ashley thought he would be like: distrustful, abrasive, the perfect companion, really. XD
Worrying about that line is the correct reaction. :3 Don't worry: That line is explained.

The opening of A Place Into A Home destroyed me, and the rest of the chapter burned the pieces. These two babus didn't deserve this, but at least they can still live on and make these different places into a home. I'm really worried for the little brother waking up all alone at the lab, but I think this is for the best. That little nidoran will hopefully do a lot of good for the team! Speaking of, I loved seeing Dakota and Clint meeting each other and having to get adjusted, while also relaying details of whatever this not-disease is. A lot got covered all at once and it was a delight to see woven together so well!

Also I adore the An Introduction To Regional Variants chapter so freakin' much. Switching the pov to Gary as we see the effects of Ashley's leaving was such a good idea, and I just loved reading the title changes to the document as he progressed in writing it. I really love the way you portrayed Gary and Oak's relationship. They love each other but there's still a strain there. It feels really grounded and was interesting to read. Also, I'm not sure if this is a common idea through the fandom, but I love the idea of the different colors/shapes of pokemon through the gens being a regional variant trait! It's such a smart way to weave these discrepancies into the game world proper!


Also lowkey still 😬 at this....
I felt it was important to have this condition be discussed from a non-human perspective. Ashley can communicate with Pokemon now, so I should make them have valuable information!
Writing Gary and Samuel has been a treat, particularly for the reason you identified: love but a persistent strain. As for regional variants, I A) love them and am so glad that it seems like they're not going to be a generational gimmick and B) know that the feature provides an interesting backdrop for one of the larger commentaries that Ashes To Ashes provides. Be on the lookout for more regional variants, is what I'm saying. :)

Me, as I read through Gone: This battle is so fun! I love seeing Ashley and Ashton talking! They're such good friends! Their dialogue is nice and seeing them not-bicker and laugh together is always great and- uM??? Beg Pardon?????? For real I'd love to talk more about what I liked in this chapter but uhhhhhhhhhhhhh all my focus is on that last line. It Does Not Spark Joy.

Okay I gotta pull myself together in time to gush about Evermore! This chapter hit me like a truck the first time I read it and it did it again this time. Like, what am I supposed to do with lines like Like... holy shit.... You do such a good job of summarizing these issues that have plagued Oak his whole life, while making sure that it's relevant to what's going on currently. Then you bring it back around fantastically with how he and Ashley are alike in that they'll always step up to help people. It's just very good even though i'm also left to sob over it

Also I will not get over anytime soon. Normally I try to keep comments like this (where i'm catching up on established storylockes) to 1 comment for 3 chapters so I'm not annoying spamming but my heart hurts after this chapter so I'mma have to do 4 next time I just need some time to cry over Samuel freakin Oak.
Crying over the Oak family is always an appropriate reaction. Good thing they have the Ketchums on their side!

So ends our archive. We invite you all to ponder the question that was posed by Ashley Ketchum at the start of this exhibit: “What mistakes did we make along the way? What mistakes are we still making?”

Some mistakes are easy to spot, like the creation of Mewtwo and going to infiltrate Genesis without a full team.

Others are more complex. Was it a mistake for the person who set off to complete the task of defeating Mewtwo to be the sole one to confront the creature? Were the people along the way holding back help—or were they doing their best to not further complicate an already messy situation? Was the scientific community wrong to discount Professor Oak’s hypothesis? On the topic of the scientific community, how responsible are they for training people like Blaine and others involved in Team Rocket/Genesis? How should we continue to try to understand Pokemon? Is it ethical to create more artificial Pokemon, such as Porygon? If it isn’t, what do we do with the lives we have already created? What about Pokemon who were not created by human hands but so altered by our intervention to be unrecognizable from their wild counterparts? What is our duty to those Pokemon? What is our duty to all Pokemon, now that it is public information that at least two among our population can directly communicate with them?

We at The Pokemon League urge everyone to keep in mind that truth, whether it be the truth or a truth, always resists simplicity.

As you think, we have checked back in with major figures from the Kanto Catastrophe, two years after the disaster came to an end.

After the death of Mewtwo, Ashley Ketchum emerged from The Pokemon League building with an emaciated, dehydrated, exhausted Ashton Oak on her lap. The region of Kanto, having all felt a mysterious malaise lift at the same time, later determined to be the moment of Mewtwo’s last breath, was saved.

But she had not gotten out of it unscathed. While in better condition than Ashton Oak, Ashley Ketchum’s life was in danger too. When field medics were sent to The Pokemon League building, it was discovered that she was suffering from broken ribs: broken ribs that threatened to puncture her lungs. When it was discovered that the ribs had been broken for some time, the girl said that there was no time to waste. “Either I was going to die on a bed or I was going to die trying to save everyone else. Say what you want: I was the only person there.” (This quote was received from her once she was safely being treated in the specialist facility in Pewter City, the same facility her father and his Pikachu were being treated in, where former Pewter City Gym Leader Brock Stuart returned to work after recovering from his own possession by Mewtwo.) She only consented to be taken to the hospital once “the others were helped.” (This quote was taken at the scene.) While there were a dozen Pokemon League officials, most notably Badge Checkers and Nurse Joys stationed to the Indigo League building, who were found dismembered within an iceberg inside Elite Four Member Lorelei’s chamber, all of the Elite Four members were successfully dug out of ice, stone, earth, and, for some reason, a pile of scales.

Since the treatment for broken ribs consists of rest and pain medication, Ashley Ketchum was quickly in better condition than her father, and she insisted on helping take care of him: something her grandmother intervened to prevent, citing the signs of trauma she noticed in her granddaughter. Delia Ketchum successfully campaigned to get Ashley Ketchum assigned a therapist.

When Ashley Ketchum recovered, she contacted The Pokemon League not through her father’s channel but her own, arguing that she had earned Championship status by “literally saving the world.”

It was determined that, like her father before her, Ashley Ketchum would be allowed to speak at League Conferences—but not be considered a member until she conquered the Champion’s League, like her father before her.

However, Ashley Ketchum has so far decided not to pursue that. Instead, her primary work has been leading the creation of an online interactive archive, striving to bring a multifaceted perspective to an event that has already shaped world history and will continue to do so, as The League continues to ponder the place of those picked by Legendary Pokemon in a society that continuously manages to provoke those beings.

Now that the first draft of the archive is complete (Ashley Ketchum hopes that each of the Pokemon she worked with will eventually contribute a statement to the archive), she has shifted her focus to something that she says has been her goal for most of her life: creating a place for disabled people and Pokemon alike. She has decided to create a tournament for disabled Pokemon: something she says is “timely.” She has recruited Asherah Pretorius, formerly a police officer, currently a geologist, to help her. It is unclear what her plans with her are. Some speculate, though, that Ashley Ketchum merely wants to spend time with Asherah Pretorius: a theory that makes sense, considering the records that indicate that Asherah Pretorius is Ashley Ketchum’s biological aunt. Neither party appears to be interested in engaging with that information, however.

Her assessment is not inaccurate: In addition to the deaths caused by the corruption, many people and Pokemon alike have suffered injuries that have resulted in disability.

At the time of writing, Ashley Ketchum is unsure if she wants the tournament to be in singles or doubles format but has already recruited her Pikachu, Buddy, who is blind, and her Nidoqueen, Dakota, who is hard of hearing, to be the participants in the grand finale: an exhibition match… or the final obstacle to the trophy. She has not decided which.
The medical community continues to wonder how many of the prominent figures recovered, including Gym Leaders and Elite Four, from the Catastrophe survived. In pursuit of that knowledge, Ash Ketchum has volunteered to be a research subject. This news was met with great joy from all areas of science across The Confederacy. By researching a human picked by a Legendary Pokemon, Confederacy scientists hope to uncover biological links between human and Pokemon. It has long been known that humans and Pokemon share a common ancestor, but the hope is that this new wave of research will uncover further similarities between humans and Pokemon, possibly allowing a direct line of communication to be unlocked -other than through, evidently, divine intervention.
A spokesmon for Ash Ketchum’s Pokemon reports that they are “elated to be reunited.”

That spokesmon is Pikachu.

Pikachu, now paralyzed from the neck down, has retired from battling. When asked about how he felt about that, he explained, through Ash Ketchum’s translation, that while he will miss battling, he has known for a while that what he really enjoyed about battling was the strategy and tutoring components. Thus, he has doubled down on those aspects of his outreach. Rumor has it that he has been tapped to act as a coach for Ashley Ketchum’s tournament for disabled Pokemon.

Because his ability to defend himself has now been compromised, Pikachu has stepped down from his role as Pokemon Ambassador of The Pokemon League. Who his successor will be is a hotly-debated topic, although the most respected analysts point to Bulbasaur’s prior experience with diplomacy.

With that “ample free time,” (according to Pikachu) he has started to collaborate with Brock Stuart, a Pokemon doctor, and Clemont Liscio, an inventor, (both men also happen to be former traveling companions of Ash Ketchum’s) on what he has only described as “a marvelous idea.”

In interviews with Clemont Liscio, he has clarified that the team is working on making a device that allows Pikachu to control a cradle with wheels with only his eye movements. Brock Stuart has explained that, while Pikachu is excited on a personal level, “What he’s really excited about is the next step: making this aid as accessible as possible to others.”
Medical experts have determined that Buddy the Pikachu will be blind for the rest of his life. While he has been unwilling to speak beyond what he has already provided to the archive, through testimonies of those around him as well as his appearances alongside Ashley Ketchum and her other Pokemon, Buddy appears to have taken on a parental role to Dakota’s younger brother, Everard.

When asked about her relationship with Buddy the Pikachu, Dakota the Nidoqueen was quick to exclaim that, “We don’t like each other that way!” Ash Ketchum, the one translating for the interview, smiled and said, “I get ya.” Since the Pride Month entry was a newer addition to the archive (The Pokemon League waited to gather all of the materials needed for this first draft before publishing it), at the time, there was confusion. Now, there is not. While the skin around Dakota’s face has grown back and the teeth have receded, her ear has not regrown. She remains concerned about her appearance, but with her brother’s unconditional love and her friend’s support, she has emerged as the leader of Ashley Ketchum’s team.

Jadon the Charizard can be found high in the sky. Not that one would be able to identify him that way. Since the skin on his horns has regrown, he looks like any other Charizard. As such, many trainers have mistakenly attempted to capture Jadon, much to his frustration. Despite that, he has repeatedly rejected offers for a medal that would identify himself. When asked about his refusal, he exclaimed, “How am I supposed to see the world if the world, before I can even get close, sees what I did, not what I’m doing!?” Between his travels, he has been known to stop by Pallet Town, where he is, unlike Buddy, very willing to give interviews and sign autographs (which, like most Pokemon’s autographs, is just a claw mark).

Rosetta the Alakazam can also be found in the sky, but, unlike Jadon, she has a schedule… and is never alone. One of the most common disabilities Pokemon have suffered is permanent loss of feathers. Without feathers, avian Pokemon are unable to fly, and, thus, doomed to predation. Rosetta has taken it upon herself to take in featherless Pokemon, using her psychic abilities to levitate them across the region, in accordance with their natural schedules. Those who have not been to Kanto since the Catatrosphe have often been shocked into fainting by the admittedly scary sight of a flock of featherless, often terribly scarred, Pokemon, led by a floating Alakazam that makes no attempt to hide herself. Ashley Ketchum wants to express that people can help by protecting any featherless Pokemon you find and taking them to your local Pokemon Center. If it is determined to be a Pokemon featherless because of the corruption, not some illness, there is a Pokemon shelter in Vermillion City that specializes in the care of disabled Pokemon. Warnings have been given to poetry centers and open-air performance venues across Kanto to be prepared for “Rosetta’s Flock.”

A breeder in Kalos has identified Simon the Jolteon as an Eevee that escaped from his care. However, he has formally given ownership of Simon to Ashley Ketchum. Both Simon and Ashley Ketchum have said that if that had not happened, they would have legally fought for Simon to stay in Kanto. Since the turn-over, which occurred at a League conference in Kalos, Simon has been one of Ashley’s main battling Pokemon. (Bear in mind that, at present, Pokemon found to have a disability are not allowed to participate in official Pokemon League matches.)

No one knows where Astrophel the Tauros has gone. After the defeat of Mewtwo, stories say that he asked to be released. Ashley Ketchum obliged. Records show that he went to The Safari Zone in Fuschia City, but when League officials went to The Safari Zone to check in with Astrophel, he was gone. Residents of The Safari Zone say he disappeared the night of a great storm to the east….

After the defeat of Mewtwo, Bjorg the Lapras was rewarded the prize money associated with induction to The Pokemon League. Despite being given a sizable sum, he did not seem happy with the amount, saying that he “expected more as payment for saving the world.” Nevertheless, Bjorg returned to the Silph Company, where he has now appeared alongside President Regulus Silph at official meetings. Bjorg has announced a program where entrepreneurs presenting an invention that helps victims of The Kanto Catastrophe are eligible for a grant. It is unclear if the group working on a mobility aid for Pikachu have applied for this grant. As Ash Ketchum recovered, a project was undertaken to determine whether Bjorg had previously been captured by Ash Ketchum, during his journey through The Orange Islands. The investigation revealed that while Bjorg was indeed Ash’s Lapras, he had no memory of such an event occuring, so the duo decided to contact the pod together, with the help of Tracey Sketchit, a former traveling companion of Ash Ketchum’s who has since re-located to The Orange Islands. An older brother of Bjorg answered the call. As it would turn out, however, seeing his brother so far from home angered Lapras. Lapras was an advocate for Pokemon autonomy: the breaking down of not only the concept of “ownership” but also an economy that depends on Pokemon being “used” by humans. The debate between the brothers threatened to plunge the whole ranch into chaos, witnesses say, but before Lapras left with Tracey Sketchit, Ash Ketchum scheduled a meeting with Lapras and like-minded Pokemon. It was the first such meeting Ash and Pikachu had after their recovery.

Ashley Ketchum also worked with a number of Pokemon who ultimately did not accompany her to the Indigo League building. We checked in with them briefly as well.

Clint the Pidgeotto is now a Pidgeot and is now the sheriff of Route 1: the Pokemon who works out disputes between the Pokemon living there. Despite officially being a wild Pokemon, since he lives so close to Pallet Town, he regularly spends time there. He wears one of the medals offered to Ashley Ketchum’s Pokemon that identify himself as one of the heroes who stopped the Kanto Catastrophe.

Everard the Nidoran Male now lives at the Oak corral. He still exhibits signs of trauma, but with the help of mental health professionals, brought on by Delia Ketchum, he is recovering and has expressed interest in helping Samuel Oak with his research.

Florence the Metapod has since evolved into Butterfree. She still does not speak. It is not clear whether she chooses not to speak or can not. Regardless, visitors to the Oak corral are greeted by her matronly presence. She is officially owned by Samuel Oak.

Giorgio the Fearow has since revealed to The League the depth of his ties to Team Rocket. As it would turn out, they were hardly ties at all, merely targeting because of his ethnicity. He has been an ardent supporter of anti-racism and underprivileged community outreach efforts both in Kanto and across the world, becoming a regular presence at League meetings alongside Ashley Ketchum, her father, and Pikachu.

Kalpana the Gloom, for her work with unraveling the mystery of the corruption, has become the first Pokemon to be recognized as a researcher by The Regional Confederacy Sciences Board. Now officially owned by Samuel Oak, both Oak researchers continue to credit her assistance with their projects.

Lorcán the Raticate is another one of Ashley Ketchum’s main battling Pokemon. He and his avian friends from Vermillion City are now permanent residents of the Oak corral.

Zaire the Exeggcute was released, by her request, and now lives in The Safari Zone. Visitors to The Safari Zone all note how all of the park’s residents run to the unassuming Exeggcute when threatened… and would-be poachers have learned not to jump to conclusions about her strength. When asked about Astrophel, she answered, “He’s coming back. If he doesn’t, I’ll kill him.” Considering the condition would-be poachers have been found when discovered by police, it is not believed that she is exaggerating.

No one has been able to speak to Mustafa the Dugtrio, Temple the Gastly, or Nestore the Blastoise. Experts on Diglett’s Cave report that the Pokemon living there tend to be reclusive. Ghost type experts have concluded that Temple was a ghost type who was a lingering soul who has now found peace. As for the whereabouts of the remnants of Team Rocket/Genesis, that information is classified.

Delia Ketchum was instrumental in her family’s (surnamed Ketchum and Oak alike) recovery from both the physical and mental wounds caused by The Kanto Catastrophe. She has been a vocal fighter for her family’s need for mental health services but has also become the face of a mental health revolution in The Regional Confederacy, fighting for not only increased access to mental health services but also the destigmatization of mental health issues and the better treatment of mental health professionals. As part of her campaigning, she has opened up about her suicide attempt as a teenager and subsequent suicidal thoughts while she was pregnant with her son.

Jessie, James, and Meowth returned to their Jubilife City business: a noodle shop/performance venue/official site of the Annual Interregional Bottle Cap Convention. Despite the eclectic mix of services, their business has been booming since the defeat of Mewtwo. When contacted, they happily declared, “It pays to be good!”

Samuel Oak continues to be a household name in The Kanto Region, despite the fraught relationship the scientific community has traditionally had with him due to his willingness to explore unorthodox ideas. He has thrown himself into research into a way for all humans and Pokemon to be able to communicate directly, declaring, “It’s a right!”

Gary Oak has retreated from big projects, for now only contributing to other researchers’ projects. He has cited mental health as the reason. “I had wounds I never even knew I had until they were hurting others,” he said on a campaign stop with Delia Ketchum. “We don’t call people who seek attention for a broken bone weak. Why do we call people who seek help for something that is hurting their minds, which directs the function of all of our biological processes, weak?”

Ashton Oak was unable to be reached for comment throughout this project. His family has said, “He has left for the Pokemon journey he should have had.” He has disappeared from public life.

As a conclusion, we wanted to highlight the example of one person’s work after the Kanto Catastrophe. While he has not appeared in this archive before, if you have been listening to the radio any time in these past two years, you have heard his music, if not his name.

Satoshi Tajiri, known simply as Satoshi on his albums, was born to a Kantonian father and a mother from The Orange Islands. As his father died before he was born, he was raised by his mother and her extended family on The Orange Islands. Despite his rough start to life, his musical library is marked by cheerful, upbeat tunes that have long been considered a part of the cultural fabric of The Orange Islands.

However, recently, his music has been discovered outside of his home territory: a territory that, despite its relatively high rate of poverty, he has campaigned for the independence of most of his life.

Satoshi had no involvement with the Kanto Catastrophe. Like most of the world outside of mainland Kanto, he had no idea about the danger that faced both the land of his father -and the world at large. When the news broke, though, he felt the need to take action.

Explaining in an interview that has now become famous, the musician explained,
Satoshi said:
"When the news broke, I was momentarily frozen. The scope of not only the destruction but the warping of all that was beautiful and just and correct was so large that I felt like I was burning under the microscope of some cruel creature that didn’t want to merely squish me -but to watch me suffer. But, then, that spell was broken. That cruel creature had been out there, but somebody had vanquished it. Furthermore, that creature wasn’t some vindictive god. It was a spoiled brat, using the same arguments that has caused everyone who has ever been young to gag: ‘Back in my day…’ That was when I decided that my day would be today. I stayed up writing until the moon rose the next day. ...Don’t try that at home!"
What was he staying up to write? He was writing the hit single “Pokemon World.” A current survey says that 85% of people in the Regional Confederacy know the lyrics to the song, and an additional 10% know the iconic chorus: “We all live in a Pokemon world.” For those few of you who are familiar with the song, here is a lyric video of it.


But why is this song, from a creator unknown outside of a poor archipelago, so popular right now? Once again, Satoshi’s words might provide some insight.

Satoshi said:
"You want to know what ‘Pokemon World’ is all about? I don’t think I was being unclear -although my head certainly was when I finally was done with it! *laughs* I kind of drill it into your head: ‘We all live in a Pokemon world.’ All of us. We live in this one place, this world where we all live with these amazing beings known as Pokemon, and all of the Pokemon live with us too. There’s no place where we can run off to be antisocial, so we might as well all try to get along during this craziness we call life, right?"
What messages does it deliver that resonate with you?

And so it ends. After I finished writing You of the Dark, I took the time to skim back through the run to re-acquaint myself with the friends (and sometimes less than friends) Ashley made along the way. I hope these little snippets about each character gives a sense that their lives have continued on—and continue to shape the world—even after the scope of this archive's investigation.

As for her long-lost, recently-returned rival Ashton, I'm leaving open the possibility of writing a run about his journey—and his recovery. (I've never played the Let's Go games. Thoughts on those?) I'm also thinking about a Pokemon XD run that follows up on Giovanni's crew's escape to Orre. Don't worry about either of those ideas right now, though: I still need to finish/work on my current runs, Jenga! and Brotherhood, and then I have several storylocke ideas who are further ahead in line—namely, what I know is going to be my next project: a Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Gates to Infinity storylocke.

And as for this thread, I will still be around. I need to fix the Nurse Joy color. There are apparently still some links on the OP that link to Tapatalk (ew), and I hope to continue replying to people commenting on the run, even though it is now complete. (Is that allowed? I think it is.)

I have one last thing to do. Since the update also has a song, here's a final musical sendoff from me~ (Wow, this song is more romantic than I remember. Then again, I have a terrible memory.)


If there's anything that you want
If there's anything I can do
Just call on me and I'll send it along
With love from me to you
With Love,
Bowser's Family Vacation

 

cyndakip

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Part Cyndaquil, part Mudkip, entirely tired.
When Ashley Ketchum recovered, she contacted The Pokemon League not through her father’s channel but her own, arguing that she had earned Championship status by “literally saving the world.”
She absolutely has!!!

Now that the first draft of the archive is complete (Ashley Ketchum hopes that each of the Pokemon she worked with will eventually contribute a statement to the archive), she has shifted her focus to something that she says has been her goal for most of her life: creating a place for disabled people and Pokemon alike. She has decided to create a tournament for disabled Pokemon: something she says is “timely.” She has recruited Asherah Pretorius, formerly a police officer, currently a geologist, to help her. It is unclear what her plans with her are. Some speculate, though, that Ashley Ketchum merely wants to spend time with Asherah Pretorius: a theory that makes sense, considering the records that indicate that Asherah Pretorius is Ashley Ketchum’s biological aunt. Neither party appears to be interested in engaging with that information, however.
Oh heck yes, disabled Pokemon tournament!

that could be a fun bonus extra to write now that all this is over. just saying

... also, I thought Asherah was her mom??? Well, either way, I'm glad they have the chance to spend some time together!

Pikachu, now paralyzed from the neck down, has retired from battling. When asked about how he felt about that, he explained, through Ash Ketchum’s translation, that while he will miss battling, he has known for a while that what he really enjoyed about battling was the strategy and tutoring components. Thus, he has doubled down on those aspects of his outreach. Rumor has it that he has been tapped to act as a coach for Ashley Ketchum’s tournament for disabled Pokemon.
Oh, Pikachu... glad to see him explore his love of teaching, though!

In interviews with Clemont Liscio, he has clarified that the team is working on making a device that allows Pikachu to control a cradle with wheels with only his eye movements. Brock Stuart has explained that, while Pikachu is excited on a personal level, “What he’s really excited about is the next step: making this aid as accessible as possible to others.”
aaahhh that's such a cool concept!

Buddy appears to have taken on a parental role to Dakota’s younger brother, Everard.

When asked about her relationship with Buddy the Pikachu, Dakota the Nidoqueen was quick to exclaim that, “We don’t like each other that way!” Ash Ketchum, the one translating for the interview, smiled and said, “I get ya.” Since the Pride Month entry was a newer addition to the archive (The Pokemon League waited to gather all of the materials needed for this first draft before publishing it), at the time, there was confusion. Now, there is not. While the skin around Dakota’s face has grown back and the teeth have receded, her ear has not regrown. She remains concerned about her appearance, but with her brother’s unconditional love and her friend’s support, she has emerged as the leader of Ashley Ketchum’s team.
AAAAHHHH BUDDY AND DAKOTA PLATONICALLY RAISING EVERARD TOGETHER IS EVERYTHING I EVER NEEDED THANK YOU

And Ash being there in solidarity!!!

so are we getting a pride month piece about this too or what

Also, Dakota leading the team, heck yeah!

Jadon the Charizard can be found high in the sky. Not that one would be able to identify him that way. Since the skin on his horns has regrown, he looks like any other Charizard. As such, many trainers have mistakenly attempted to capture Jadon, much to his frustration. Despite that, he has repeatedly rejected offers for a medal that would identify himself. When asked about his refusal, he exclaimed, “How am I supposed to see the world if the world, before I can even get close, sees what I did, not what I’m doing!?” Between his travels, he has been known to stop by Pallet Town, where he is, unlike Buddy, very willing to give interviews and sign autographs (which, like most Pokemon’s autographs, is just a claw mark).
oh my god I love Jadon signing autographs??? it's a very entertaining image

Rosetta the Alakazam can also be found in the sky, but, unlike Jadon, she has a schedule… and is never alone. One of the most common disabilities Pokemon have suffered is permanent loss of feathers. Without feathers, avian Pokemon are unable to fly, and, thus, doomed to predation. Rosetta has taken it upon herself to take in featherless Pokemon, using her psychic abilities to levitate them across the region, in accordance with their natural schedules. Those who have not been to Kanto since the Catatrosphe have often been shocked into fainting by the admittedly scary sight of a flock of featherless, often terribly scarred, Pokemon, led by a floating Alakazam that makes no attempt to hide herself. Ashley Ketchum wants to express that people can help by protecting any featherless Pokemon you find and taking them to your local Pokemon Center. If it is determined to be a Pokemon featherless because of the corruption, not some illness, there is a Pokemon shelter in Vermillion City that specializes in the care of disabled Pokemon. Warnings have been given to poetry centers and open-air performance venues across Kanto to be prepared for “Rosetta’s Flock.”
THIS IS SO GOOD AAAAAAHHHHHHHH

A breeder in Kalos has identified Simon the Jolteon as an Eevee that escaped from his care. However, he has formally given ownership of Simon to Ashley Ketchum. Both Simon and Ashley Ketchum have said that if that had not happened, they would have legally fought for Simon to stay in Kanto. Since the turn-over, which occurred at a League conference in Kalos, Simon has been one of Ashley’s main battling Pokemon. (Bear in mind that, at present, Pokemon found to have a disability are not allowed to participate in official Pokemon League matches.)
Good for him!!! Also, disabled Pokemon aren’t allowed to participate in official matches??? What the HECK! I have a feeling that's going to change soon...

After the defeat of Mewtwo, Bjorg the Lapras was rewarded the prize money associated with induction to The Pokemon League. Despite being given a sizable sum, he did not seem happy with the amount, saying that he “expected more as payment for saving the world.” Nevertheless, Bjorg returned to the Silph Company, where he has now appeared alongside President Regulus Silph at official meetings. Bjorg has announced a program where entrepreneurs presenting an invention that helps victims of The Kanto Catastrophe are eligible for a grant. It is unclear if the group working on a mobility aid for Pikachu have applied for this grant. As Ash Ketchum recovered, a project was undertaken to determine whether Bjorg had previously been captured by Ash Ketchum, during his journey through The Orange Islands. The investigation revealed that while Bjorg was indeed Ash’s Lapras, he had no memory of such an event occuring, so the duo decided to contact the pod together, with the help of Tracey Sketchit, a former traveling companion of Ash Ketchum’s who has since re-located to The Orange Islands. An older brother of Bjorg answered the call. As it would turn out, however, seeing his brother so far from home angered Lapras. Lapras was an advocate for Pokemon autonomy: the breaking down of not only the concept of “ownership” but also an economy that depends on Pokemon being “used” by humans. The debate between the brothers threatened to plunge the whole ranch into chaos, witnesses say, but before Lapras left with Tracey Sketchit, Ash Ketchum scheduled a meeting with Lapras and like-minded Pokemon. It was the first such meeting Ash and Pikachu had after their recovery.
Oh, I forgot about Bjorg probably being Ash's Lapras! Also, of course he'd want more money for saving the world, haha

Clint the Pidgeotto is now a Pidgeot and is now the sheriff of Route 1: the Pokemon who works out disputes between the Pokemon living there. Despite officially being a wild Pokemon, since he lives so close to Pallet Town, he regularly spends time there. He wears one of the medals offered to Ashley Ketchum’s Pokemon that identify himself as one of the heroes who stopped the Kanto Catastrophe.
Heck yeah, go Clint!!

Giorgio the Fearow has since revealed to The League the depth of his ties to Team Rocket. As it would turn out, they were hardly ties at all, merely targeting because of his ethnicity. He has been an ardent supporter of anti-racism and underprivileged community outreach efforts both in Kanto and across the world, becoming a regular presence at League meetings alongside Ashley Ketchum, her father, and Pikachu.
I'm so proud of him!!!

Kalpana the Gloom, for her work with unraveling the mystery of the corruption, has become the first Pokemon to be recognized as a researcher by The Regional Confederacy Sciences Board. Now officially owned by Samuel Oak, both Oak researchers continue to credit her assistance with their projects.
I'm just surprised she hasn't committed any Science Crimes! ...That we know of, anyway. Good for her?

Zaire the Exeggcute was released, by her request, and now lives in The Safari Zone. Visitors to The Safari Zone all note how all of the park’s residents run to the unassuming Exeggcute when threatened… and would-be poachers have learned not to jump to conclusions about her strength. When asked about Astrophel, she answered, “He’s coming back. If he doesn’t, I’ll kill him.” Considering the condition would-be poachers have been found when discovered by police, it is not believed that she is exaggerating.
ZAIRE NO

Delia Ketchum was instrumental in her family’s (surnamed Ketchum and Oak alike) recovery from both the physical and mental wounds caused by The Kanto Catastrophe. She has been a vocal fighter for her family’s need for mental health services but has also become the face of a mental health revolution in The Regional Confederacy, fighting for not only increased access to mental health services but also the destigmatization of mental health issues and the better treatment of mental health professionals. As part of her campaigning, she has opened up about her suicide attempt as a teenager and subsequent suicidal thoughts while she was pregnant with her son.
Oh, Delia... good for her for fighting for mental health, though! Also “surnamed Ketchum and Oak alike” stop that I'm going to cry 😭

Jessie, James, and Meowth returned to their Jubilife City business: a noodle shop/performance venue/official site of the Annual Interregional Bottle Cap Convention. Despite the eclectic mix of services, their business has been booming since the defeat of Mewtwo. When contacted, they happily declared, “It pays to be good!”
YES PERFECT GOOD FOR THEM I LOVE THEM

Samuel Oak continues to be a household name in The Kanto Region, despite the fraught relationship the scientific community has traditionally had with him due to his willingness to explore unorthodox ideas. He has thrown himself into research into a way for all humans and Pokemon to be able to communicate directly, declaring, “It’s a right!”
Go Samuel!!!

Gary Oak has retreated from big projects, for now only contributing to other researchers’ projects. He has cited mental health as the reason. “I had wounds I never even knew I had until they were hurting others,” he said on a campaign stop with Delia Ketchum. “We don’t call people who seek attention for a broken bone weak. Why do we call people who seek help for something that is hurting their minds, which directs the function of all of our biological processes, weak?”
Oh, Gary... I'm so proud of him, though!!!

Ashton Oak was unable to be reached for comment throughout this project. His family has said, “He has left for the Pokemon journey he should have had.” He has disappeared from public life.
Oh, Ashton… I hope that wherever he is, he can be happy.

As for her long-lost, recently-returned rival Ashton, I'm leaving open the possibility of writing a run about his journey—and his recovery. (I've never played the Let's Go games. Thoughts on those?) I'm also thinking about a Pokemon XD run that follows up on Giovanni's crew's escape to Orre. Don't worry about either of those ideas right now, though: I still need to finish/work on my current runs, Jenga! and Brotherhood, and then I have several storylocke ideas who are further ahead in line—namely, what I know is going to be my next project: a Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Gates to Infinity storylocke.

And as for this thread, I will still be around. I need to fix the Nurse Joy color. There are apparently still some links on the OP that link to Tapatalk (ew), and I hope to continue replying to people commenting on the run, even though it is now complete. (Is that allowed? I think it is.)
Well I've never played LGPE but regardless I will say YES PLEASE WRITE A RUN ABOUT ASHTON

...Okay, I'll stop telling you to write stuff now, haha.

And yes, as far as I know it's definitely allowed to keep replying to comments!


...Okay. Wow. What do I even say? It's not very often that I get the opportunity to follow a long storylocke right from the beginning until the end. This run has been a wonderful and unique journey -- heartbreaking, heartwarming, horrifying, hilarious, and every emotion in between. I love that it's based on the anime, I love the disability representation, I love the multiple perspectives, I love the cast of characters, I love having my heart ripped out on numerous occasions... I love this run! I'm going to miss it a lot. Thank you so much for writing it, and I wish you all the best with your future projects!
 

SilverDoe

Conqueror of the Cinnabar Gym
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Congratulations on making it all the way to the end!

I just read through the last several chapters (from Earthquake vs Giovanni onward) and I loved getting to speed through the rest of the story. I still got to feel all the suspense, but at least I didn't have to wait to find out what would happen!

Speaking of suspense (or, well, tension), damn, Mewtwo made some nightmares. I did like, though, the effect it all had on Ashley. She's so brave and strong and has been through the whole story that seeing her make it this far and come through the other side was really touching. Along with Buddy! I loved him running to embrace the others at the end, finally holding himself less isolated from them all. I also loved how the final confrontation involved him going through the experience of losing all sense, of facing his traumas, and of not giving up. That's... maybe the characteristic of him and Ashley that stuck with me the most throughout the story. They don't give up, ever, even though they had countless reasons and excuses to do so that many people wouldn't have been able to keep going after. But they did it, together, and saved Kanto, along with the rest of the team.

Oh, and speaking of that, I'm glad they saved Kanto - and that they're continuing to find ways to save it. My favorite part of reading the epilogue was seeing the different ways in which so many of these characters aren't just saying "well, we saved the world, we're done now" but are continuing to save even more of it. It's a fitting end to the story.

This whole story was really fun and fascinating to read. It really was unique in so much of its perspective and takes and how it played with expectations from the anime and incorporated that into it.

I also adore Dakota and I'm so, so happy that she made it through and that she's less ashamed of herself now. She is wonderful and she deserves to know it.

It's been great to be along on this ride. Again, congratulations on finishing the run! You did a great job. Good luck with all your current and future projects!
 

Spectacles

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304
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It hides deep inside caves where no light ever reaches it and remains virtually motionless there. ~Pokemon Crystal, entry #52
Ah I am so glad I finally got to see this story through to the end! Wow, what an epic final showdown, and not at all what I expected! I would have never thought Buddy would be the one to officially take down Mewtwo, but looking back it makes total sense. I'm so glad everyone made it through to the end, and I love the little epilogue snippets! So glad my favorite TRio was included and are living their best lives :) Oh man, all of your future story ideas sound great and I will be sure to follow the heck out of them when you do end up getting around to them! I would certainly love to hear more about this anime universe you've created!
 

Bowser's Family Vacation

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"Am I Mario's babysitter? Are you going to call me every time that guy blows his nose, or what?"
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Things I learned while replying to comments on a completed run:
1) Comments still feel good. :)
2) I'm teary-eyed. ;)
3) I can write way longer answers, since I don't have to worry about distracting from an update! stonks

@cyndakip :
Ashley:


i plan to but probably only once i'm down to one run at present and i'll probably present it for some kind of anniversary for the run :P gotta do that pizzazz
I'll admit that it's a bit unclear, but Asherah is Ashley's mother's younger sister.
From The Science of Back Then said:
She was gone, so I got my brain back. She had to be her, but… It had been, what, 10 years now? Forgiveness does have a statue of limitations. And we’re spitting images of each other! If she wanted to say anything, then she would have, and I wasn’t about to get in the way of what she wanted to do with her life.

It was always her and always rich and full and… Not “disability-adjusted.” Not “burdened.”

It’s hers, not mine. Especially since I’m not the one who abandoned her. I was just a helpless kid, too young to be trusted with a rich, full life.
Asherah wanted to adopt Ashley, but, as a legal minor, she was unable to. By the time she was old enough... She couldn't find Ashley in the orphanages???

We didn't get to see a lot of Ash's Pikachu during the run, but, particularly in the flashbacks with Buddy, I've been building up to how he strives to be a mentor figure. I'm glad this ending is satisfying for you!

I mean, a wheelchair being controlled by eye movements isn't science fiction. These results were just the first three I found! My version of the Pokemon world is less technologically advanced than our world (and a lot of scientific brain power goes towards studying Pokemon, not developing mobility aids), but even in our world, these types of devices are often inaccessible because of their price tag. Pikachu being Pikachu, he can get whatever he wants, but he wants to use his privilege to highlight the wider need for these types of devices. (Particularly because of the wave of both people and Pokemon having disability-causing events during the corruption.)

I've been building up to Buddy and Dakota's relationship for a while. I hope this ending didn't come as a total shock. :) i don't think i'll be doing a pride month piece for ashes to ashes this year since i did one for brotherhood but i can tell you that im posting pieces for both trans female pride and trans male pride :)

I think I've said this before, but my initial plan for Jadon was to have him be more... unapproachable. More removed because of his insistence that, as a Wyrmling/Wyrm, he is superior. But somewhere along the way, he became vulnerable, and now we have a character whose arc I'm very proud of, partially because I didn't have it planned out as much. And partially because Jadon right now reminds me a lot of Buddy at his most ornery. Neither of them would like to admit it, but they have a lot in common. For reference, out of the Pokemon that went to the Hall of Fame with Ashley, Jadon, Simon, and Bjorg all sign autographs. Rosetta won't resist if you put her hand in ink, but she also won't do it on her own. Dakota is too shy about her role. Buddy is not shy about his role, but he's also not shy about the fact that he views autographs as vanity projects. His autograph is what he's continuing to work on: disabled Pokemon rights, his personal growth, and Everard.

When tourists start coming back to Kanto, you can bet that "Rosetta's Flock" is a big attraction. The poetry centers love the attention. :)

i think that change will come soon after the tournament :)

Bjorg is Ash's Lapras! But recall that Ash's Lapras was a baby at the time.... So Bjorg has no memory of the journey. (Partly because of Baby tm but also the trauma of the injuries that caused him to be beached when Ash found him.) Bjorg's brother, as you can see, has Opinions tm on humans.

Kalpana is an interesting case. She's not a Good character, but, at least in the beginning, neither was Buddy. Buddy has grown because of The Power of Friendship, but Kalpana has grown because of The Power of Mentorship. Professor Oak has shown her how to Science tm ethically, and the truth is, in a human lab with human instruments, science is easier and doesn't require such extreme measures to secure "reliable" results. Kalpana is still at the point where she would Science tm unethically to get results, but she's learning that Sciencing ethically is A) a necessary component to stay working with Professor Oak and B) ensures her increasing recognition in the field.

Delia is the queen of a family with two last names!

I'll have to buy LGPE (definitely Let's Go Eevee) first, but it'll be fun playing a Pokemon game I've never played before (I'd never played gen 1 prior to this run)! The Ashton run will be way in the future, though. :P

Thank you for being such a loyal reader, Cynda! I'm thinking my Gates run will be quite different from the original plot, so you should be able to read it. Best of luck on your future projects too! I'm excited for your Platinum storylocke. :)

@SilverDoe :
I still got to feel all the suspense, but at least I didn't have to wait to find out what would happen!
Binging a run—just like binging a show—is great for that reason, isn't it? :)

I'm so glad that the connecting thread of determination between Ashley and Buddy rang true for you. The team hasn't lost that spark just because the cameras, so to say, are off them!

@Spectacles :
I was struggling about how to write the Pokemon League battles (because they were all quite boring from a gameplay standpoint) when it hit me: Who said nuzlockes need to have battles at the end? From there, I was able to push through that writer's block! Thanks, Dante, for writing The Inferno. Your imagery is as nightmarish as it was in the 14th century. :)

I was worried that the final chapter being from Buddy's point of view and not Ashley's would be received poorly, but I'm glad that it wasn't. You see, Mewtwo's philosophy of re-creating the past was never appealing to Ashley. Buddy, on the other hand, has consistently struggled to move past his past lives—both as a father in Viridian Forest and as an able-bodied Pokemon.
 

cyndakip

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Part Cyndaquil, part Mudkip, entirely tired.
i plan to but probably only once i'm down to one run at present and i'll probably present it for some kind of anniversary for the run :P gotta do that pizzazz
👀 👀 👀 👀 👀 👀 👀 👀 👀 👀 👀 👀 👀 👀 👀 👀 👀 👀 👀 👀 👀 👀 👀 👀 👀 👀 👀

I mean, a wheelchair being controlled by eye movements isn't science fiction. These results were just the first three I found!
Oh, wow, I didn't know that was a thing! That's awesome.

I've been building up to Buddy and Dakota's relationship for a while. I hope this ending didn't come as a total shock. :) i don't think i'll be doing a pride month piece for ashes to ashes this year since i did one for brotherhood but i can tell you that im posting pieces for both trans female pride and trans male pride :)
Not at all! It's been great seeing them gradually learn to trust and care for each other over the course of the story. Also, that's totally understandable. Also also, 👀👀

I think I've said this before, but my initial plan for Jadon was to have him be more... unapproachable. More removed because of his insistence that, as a Wyrmling/Wyrm, he is superior. But somewhere along the way, he became vulnerable, and now we have a character whose arc I'm very proud of, partially because I didn't have it planned out as much. And partially because Jadon right now reminds me a lot of Buddy at his most ornery. Neither of them would like to admit it, but they have a lot in common.
I love Jadon and his character arc! I wish we could have seen a bit more of him, but I really enjoyed everything you did with his character.

Kalpana is an interesting case. She's not a Good character, but, at least in the beginning, neither was Buddy. Buddy has grown because of The Power of Friendship, but Kalpana has grown because of The Power of Mentorship. Professor Oak has shown her how to Science tm ethically, and the truth is, in a human lab with human instruments, science is easier and doesn't require such extreme measures to secure "reliable" results. Kalpana is still at the point where she would Science tm unethically to get results, but she's learning that Sciencing ethically is A) a necessary component to stay working with Professor Oak and B) ensures her increasing recognition in the field.
Ah yes, the Ethical Science TM, my favourite technical machine! :P Good for Oak for teaching it to her.

I'll have to buy LGPE (definitely Let's Go Eevee) first, but it'll be fun playing a Pokemon game I've never played before (I'd never played gen 1 prior to this run)! The Ashton run will be way in the future, though. :P
Playing new Pokemon games is always fun! And wow, your run went pretty well considering that you've never played gen 1 before. I look forward to the future! I'm also excited to play Let's Go Eevee myself someday, I've got a few ideas floating around...

Thank you for being such a loyal reader, Cynda! I'm thinking my Gates run will be quite different from the original plot, so you should be able to read it. Best of luck on your future projects too! I'm excited for your Platinum storylocke. :)
It's been a pleasure! And that's good to hear. Who knows, I might be familiar with the game by then anyway, since I'm thinking at this point I should just watch a playthrough because the odds of me actually having a chance to play it myself anytime soon are pretty slim.

Thank you! I'm also excited for it :P Too bad I have to actually write more of it first...
 

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Hello I am back with a very long comment so hey spoiler time

Seeing the new team dynamics fleshed out in Memorial is really cool. Buddy taking the lead while pulling stuff like this
he did not even deign to look at her.
already makes me worried for how the team will get along going forward. And the ending of the chapter really ups the stakes and tension real quick, leaving me excited to see us get to Brock so quick. I can't imagine that he'd have too many answers but at least seeing him will be good-
Brock!" I hollered. "I heard about something-" He rose. "-in Viridian Forest-" Slowly. "-that you need to know-" Stiltedly. He turned. His eyes were open wide.
-or terrifying! Maybe seeing him will be absolutely terrifying to read about! That's another option Rock Tomb has made me aware of!!! Thanks for that nightmare fuel!!!

I wanna note that I adored the moment of levity in Animus though. After the scene we just witnessed at the gym, it was nice to have a second to breathe before things got serious again.

Moving on I loved the chapter ending on the note of
The Nidoran Female and Pidgey relaxed.

A Spearow came out of the tall grass.

Buddy pounced. I screamed.
because I was worried as heck about the Spearow, but also found it sorta hilarious that everyone relaxed right before Buddy went for the poor spearow's freakin' life.

I really adored everything about the chapter A Lost Daughter. Seeing Ashley's feelings about her family situation was really engaging; though I'm on Ashley's side that hitting the jerk kid who said that was the right thing to do. For real, that's what you get for saying something so mean! Also the line
And they're my real parents!? The gall of that statement, the way it trampled over everything we had built, I couldn't describe it then, and I can't describe it now.
is so freakin good. Just the idea that it still makes her that mad that she can't even describe it is really powerful.

Getting back to the story at hand in Follow Me, I really am glad that the sperow- Giorgio- wasn't immediately murdered by Buddy on sight. He's a fun little guy with a fun accent and a really smart battle strategy of vomiting to get away from enemies. Brilliant! Though I do wanna note real quick that this
If he was disgusted, he wasn't in pain.
is def not true. Trust me. Don't ask. Just... Just Trust Me.

Moving on from that though, I wanted to note how fantastic I found Team Rocket's dialogue in Prepare for Trouble! The way each one spoke and the way they played off of each other felt so perfectly in character! It was a freakin treat and I hope we see more of them (in a fun way) in the future cause I love how you write them. Though uhhhh
"Relax! We're all friends here! We been on the receiving end of enough Pika shocks to last a lifetime!"

"My hair is only now recovering,"
Jessie threatened.

"Which makes me worry..." James murmured.
this makes me worried. Her hair hasn't recovered yet? ... How long has it been since the events of the anime again?

On the other end of the spectrum, A Son Lost broke into my house and ripped my heart right out of my chest. I was expecting a painful backstory for Buddy but damn did that hurt. I did appreciate that the ending ended with this
In that moment, I knew I had been granted a second chance. "It's OK, buddy," she promised me. And on that day, I promised her I'd be strong enough to protect her.
because I really needed that newfound bit of hope buddy found to put the pieces of my heart back together.

A lot happened in A Different Type Of Desperation and all of it was good stuff. Seeing the way Ash and Misty interact, the way Ashley sees her father as kind above all else, and seeing the way Ashley easily navigated the communication barrier between her and Hana were all fun to read! Gotta say the confrontation between Ashley and Ton stole the show for me a bit. And this line
No, he must have misspoke. Ton never thought of me as someone he needed to be the keeper of. He was just angry, and I understood where he was coming from. I refused to be pulled down by my own anger.
hit me right in the feels. Is this why she earlier said that she never really saw her friend again? Does he only get more distant. Bowser I'm scared. I want these two good children- and all the other good children in this story- to be okay. :<

Me: -Moves onto He Will Judge-
Me: Reads this:
"I lost-a dem," the Spearow coughed. He sucked in a wet breath. "Hasim was holding-a onto Ime. Deir head was-a bleeding. When dey hit de rock, dey went apart. When I dove into de water, Hasim grabbed Ime again. Deir mouth was open. He held onto my leg, but as I was fighting de current to get here, he just zlid."
Me: -looking into the camera like I'm in The Office-
The good children, in fact, will not be okay.

You know there is so much juicy tension to dive into with Genesis but I just can't. Like this right here?
I wondered how Mimey knew what to do when a gun was fired.
IS A GREAT QUESTION! I'd love to talk about it but nope. And don't forget
I had tried to convince them to watch the next match, but Ashton was enthralled by the Gothitelle, having never seen one before, and even Gary doesn’t know my past with her.

I’ll never tell them, either.
which like 👀 👀 👀 That looks like some AMAZING tea I'd LOVE to look more into because I'm a nosy person. But nope. Can't do that! Wanna know why?

BECAUSE I'M TOO BUSY DYING FROM THIS HERE:
But I’ll never forget the way that man cradled that grey Persian as the color drained from its face and spilt onto the floor. “Don’t leave me, old girl,” he whispered. “We were supposed to go together.”

She was nobody but a friend.
That's it everybody. That's all i can read right now. I'm crying. That's it. That's all. My heart has been crushed too much to focus on the LITERAL TERRORIST ORGANIZATION THAT HAS BEEN REVEALED IN THIS CHAPTER BECAUSE OF A NONAME AND HIS PARTNER POKEMON THE IMP OUT
 

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@cyndakip :
The worst thing about pizzazz is needing to go back to Tapatalk to find the real dates for the thread. :c

The world of accessible technology is very exciting!

Let's just say that Pikachu has a great team on the job. :)

If you like Jadon, I like his archetype, so expect characters cut from a similar cloth throughout the Bowser-verse. (I say that like all of my runs are connected, but they're really not. I like experimenting with different settings and stuff!)

Professor Oak always keeps a drawer full of Ethical Science TMs at the ready! As it would turn out, both humans and Pokemon need them. *looks at Blaine*

Thank you! I'm also excited for it :P Too bad I have to actually write more of it first...
Ugh, that's such a mood. "Why can't you just write yourself, project? I want to read you and show you off already!"

@Tailsimp :
Ah, Buddy taking the lead while being terribly rude. That's our Buddy all right!

One of the things I prioritized in Ashes To Ashes is balancing the darker moments with levity. I find too much darkness all at once degrades it, and I even have a high tolerance for dark elements. This need to balance is one of the reasons why I chose to make this story non-linear. That way, even if I was in the middle of a dark "event," I had the freedom to pull away from that moment to talk about something else. :)

This is something that isn't too explicitly discussed—because Ashes To Ashes is primarily from Ashley's point of view and Buddy, the other most common narrator, would never discuss this—but Ashley has a lot of anger. I don't call it anger issues because her anger is absolutely correct and justified (I had an initial draft that had her lash out at someone undeserving, but I opted out of it), but anger is a part of what makes Ashley so determined. She is still only 11 years old, however, and oftentimes her problem is not her anger itself—because, again, she has a strong sense of justice—but her lack of articulation about her anger. You can bet that forms of media not created by her—more mainstream media—seizes on this aspect of her to delegitimize her.

I'm glad you like Giorgio! Buddy doesn't like Giorgio, but Buddy not liking something is often a good portent! XD

Oh, the Jessie hair line was more her being dramatic. James is worried because he senses that she still has some anger about the "damage inflicted to her beauty." It's anime logic, though. She's perfectly fine. :P

I'm really proud of "A Son Lost"! I had written it a good bit before its debut, but I was struggling to figure out when to post it because one's understanding of Buddy before and after this chapter is forever changed. I knew it had to be after "A Lost Daughter," though, so I could re-use and re-mix elements from Ashley's side of this "origin story."

Bowser I'm scared. I want these two good children- and all the other good children in this story- to be okay. :<

"Genesis" is another turning point in Ashes To Ashes. A lot of tea was spilt. The man with the grey Persian is never explicitly identified, but I intended for him to be Nanu.
 

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.... 6 days is long enough between comments for it to not feel spammy right? .....It feels long enough between comments so I'm gonna say it's long enough between comments. :P

The chapter Dirty was good for a lot of reasons, but I especially liked this little moment here
“You’re wrong!” Startled. Did a mortal dare to question them?
because I can't help but imagine there have been more than a few Emissaries that Ho-Oh has talked to but Ashley is the first one to talk back at it like this. It also goes back to that riteous fury you mentioned. Shes's mad, and she's right to be (tho not necessarily right to be mad at Ho-Oh...)

I also have to admit that I really felt Buddy at first when Clint mentioned leaving in Ode to Sleep. Like, with everything happening, you choose to leave now!? You know that's only gonna make Ashley feel worse right??? But when I got to this line
“With my Gust the way it is… She needs someone to protect her now.”
I really felt for him. He honestly is trying to do what he thinks will be best. A good birb.

Honestly I was relishing all the good wholesomeness going on in Disadvantageous as Oak worked with the most baby of babies to ever baby, so that final line of [/QUOTE]
It was Gary who dropped it. “No more venom, weaker and less accurate Tackle? How can that be advantageous? It’s like evolution going backwards!” The Bird Pokemon chimed in with a huff of exasperation.
Really hit me hard. I'm sure he thought he was doing such a good job but that baby is so weak 😭

I'm sad that it feels like, without Hana there, Ashley is missing a chance to get the proper closure she needed in The Price of Penance. I thought the idea that she just wanted to reaffirm that those two mattered was a really interesting angle to the grief, and would have been interesting to see had she been able to talk to Hana. Buddy not planning to come back to Cerulean does feel like the the right thing to do in the moment, but this line
Is that what was going to happen? This place was forever going to be a place of tears? Hana’s? Misty’s? I wiped my face. Mine?
really made me reevaluate that. Is it better to never come back and not have to face what happened here again? Or would it be better to try to come back one day and make peace with it, so this place doesn't have to always be "a place of tears?"

Kalpana was the true shining star of Game Theory to me. I loved her sass and I loved how callous she could be and I loved loved loved the way she bounced off Ashley. Like this little exchange here
“These expeditions have revealed me that Bill’s latest project is entering a Pokemon’s mind. He recently received a Clefairy. From Mt. Moon. The Cerulean police thinks it underwent some sort of trauma. They think it was a witness to a crime.”

“He wants to invade an already terrified Clefairy’s mind!?”

“Intriguing, isn’t it?
Is one of my favorite kind of things to read. Ashley and Kalpana are basically on 2 entirely separate wavelengths and it's great to read them try to talk to one another despite that.

Respect was another fantastic chapter with a lot of cool things to look at but after rereading this fun time

Because he spoke. “i̷̮͇̦͈͑̂̍̋̾̓̌͗̂̀͝͝T̵̨͖͓̠̹̳͌̈́͑ͅ ̶̱̻͙̠̞̭̤̙͆̈͒h̵̡̢͓̳͙̣͕̹̲̎̓͌̀͜Ǔ̵̹̳̻͖̺͙͕̍̈́̑͝ͅͅr̷͙̤͕̗̖̟̬̖̉t̶̢̨͍͉͎̹̲̭͈͎̂̇͗̀̈́́̐́͛̌̂̈́̕͜s̷̘̻̠͓̓̒ͅͅ…”
along with Bill's freakout afterwards about all pokemon being "beasts" I have made the executive decision to move right the frack along.

Not a ton to say about Happy Birthday, Ashley! other than this is the good whoelsomeness I love and that this bit at the end
But Ash is running to embrace the five Pokemon, flanked by the two humans, and Ashley’s eyes are shining as she breaths, “It’s perfect.”

And so it is.
really is how events like this go. Often times even if it's not perfect, it is.

Once again, I would love to talk about how the start to "Water Pulse" (Buddy) {VS Misty} is so nice and bittersweet with Buddy comforting Ashley, or how cool it was to see the battle from Buddy's POV, or how well Kalpana was doing even if she was callous as heck- but

"̸̡̡̛̬̞̲͈͓͙͆̿̿̎̄́̌͝Y̸̧͖̰̙̼͖͇̒͌̓ͅO̷̧̤̘̮̤̘͉͇̰̜̙̟̼̔̏́͑́̂̕͠ͅÛ̵̢̡͎͉͎͚̙̬͈̟̜̘̞͈͐̓̋̐͐͂͑͂̃̈͒̕͠!̶̡̩̹͙̩̿̓̓͛̀̈́̊͝"̷̨̧̧̹̪̘̪̣͎̹̬͍̏̓̽̚͝͝
Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope.

Seeing Pikachu recount his past in Volt Tackle was so engaging. I loved reading the new scenes with him and his breeder, and the new spin you put on scenes from the anime. It was really cool to see how different those scenes were with your interpretation of Ash and Pikachu. Really great stuff. I also loved the bit with Paul, and how it culminated in
I used Volt Tackle. It came so easily to me now that it was cruel. Or maybe because it wasn’t?
It was just such a good line. Also Pikachu refers to Ashley as his daughter too I'm 😭

Okay, so despite everything that is terrifying to do with Misty in Queen, I'm gonna choose to focus on this line here
“It’s not your fault.” Then, “I believe you.”

Giorgio was about to fight back when a fiercer determination took root in his bones. “It’s not-a your fault, eider.” Before I could say anything, he echoed, “I believe you.”
because 😭 seeing them comfort each other like this is just so good to see. I hope they can start to heal anf find closure about that because that was so much for these sweet babies.

“...Those aren’t supposed to be there.”
Oh boy, what a terrifying thing to say about things that are in your body :') For real though I felt so bad for Dakota in Prescient. I know more concern should go to Buddy, but the idea of her evolving and panicking at her appearance, wondering if her brother will even recognize her was so heartbreaking to read.

I loved Hit from start to finish. My heart freakin leapt in my chest when that kid got ahold of Buddy, but the resulting scramble around it was so engaging to read. I really loved how it ended in such a well-timed evolution. And despite Buddy still being hurt, the line
He blinked harshly. “I am-a stuck.”
made me laugh more than it should have. Something about the way he just... forgot that he could walk on feet was too funny. 🤣

Next Time was a rough chapter to read in so many ways. Being told what you already knew with no new info never feels good. Being undone by something you would assume would make you feel better also sucks. But the bit at the end was so painful. I agree with Ashley that I hope we don't need to see that charmander again. Though I do wanna note that I love the line
I grabbed something from the construction zone and crudely scarred it with a J.
because if any pokemon's pokeball deserves to be scarred it's this jerk's.

I really loved seeing the bit of role reversal in The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow. Seeing Ashley get to be the one taking care of Buddy was a fun treat to compare to before. I can't help but wonder if Buddy would have been so nice about those curtains if it was Ashley being stubborn about getting up with a concussion. Also, I loved this bit at the end
Buddy was sitting up when I returned to his room. “What happened?” he demanded, his tone urgent.

“Kalpana,” I answered.
and have a feeling we'll see more of this sentiment the longer we have this gloom.

Lorcan's introduction in The Widening Gyre was fantastically done. The sudden shift from victim to possible attacker was really great, and everything about Lorcan's entire character was engaging as heck to read. By the end I was happy he was coming along, even if Buddy isn't impressed. Also-
I, on the other hand, was just happy that I didn’t get drowned by a Rattata. I took a Pokeball and tapped Lorcán’s head with it.
sometimes, you just have to take the small victories where you can find them.

I adored seeing Lorcan play off the other memebers of the team in Shards. I'm sorry I know I keep pointing them out like a broken record but dialogue like this
Lorcán clapped the other Raticate on the back. “Ah, don’t ye worry yer little head-”

“I’m taller than you-”

“In body, ya, but not spirit.”
is always a pleasure to read. Also ngl I felt my heart jump a bit when Ashley was suddenly thrust into darkness and then opening her eyes to find herself on the floor of a cave with aggressive diglet roaming around. I'm glad it worked out but I was 😬 for a bit there.

And finally, the Q&A was fun to read, and your setup using Hoopa was inspired!

Me: Hmmmm, this next chapter seems long. Well, I guess i got enough chapters done for this comment. After all I got 1, 2, 3, 4....oh. 15. I got 15 chapters through in this round, excluding the Q&A. WELP. I think that's a good place to stop as any! And look! For once it's not while crying!
 

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@Tailsimp :
First of all, never feel like you're being spammy! Spam is in the eye of the beholder, and your liveblogging always brightens up my day. :)

Look! This Beholder agrees! wow even when youre looking for a happy beholder most of the images have them looking gross :c

Oh, Ho-Oh, for someone who has worked with humans for so long, you should know that we are not the type to just sit down and shut up. :) You're right in identifying that the other Emissaries were (or perhaps were around a god), but Ashley sees no need to mince words for their sake.

I'm glad the conflict in "Ode to Sleep" came through! Buddy is not a good team builder, but that doesn't mean he doesn't care about what the team (i.e: Ashley) needs.

Everard truly is the ultimate baby. Luckily, Samuel is very encouraging.


The theme of a lack of closure is one that I decided to tackle in "The Price of Penance." I chose this theme not as a knock against other nuzlockes but to exhibit this setting: In Ashley's world, Pokemon dying (in battle, anyway) is not normal. Ashley didn't sign up for a challenge. She didn't have some sort of condition in which she "knew the risks of" either. Ashley went into a confrontation, and the lives she was tasked to protect did not survive the encounter. Ashley must reckon with that—and the truth is that Hana didn't even consider Hasim and Ime's deaths a possibility.

I'm glad you love reading Kalpana because I loved writing Kalpana! Buddy can be cruel, but he strives to be on the same wavelength as Ashley. Kalpana, though? She doesn't censor herself! XD

One advantage of a non-linear narrative is that there is always the opportunity for a sneak attack of wholesomeness! ^^

I thought I would be salty that Pokemon Journeys has given us a "canon" version of Pikachu's backstory, but it's honestly so different (and Ashes To Ashes is a canon divergence) that I'm actually grateful that it exists. I mean, come on, they don't even talk about how Professor Oak caught Pikachu! D:< Journeys, I get that you're trying something new, but while Ash has amnesia, your audience doesn't! *cries in Piplup teasing*

because 😭 seeing them comfort each other like this is just so good to see. I hope they can start to heal anf find closure about that because that was so much for these sweet babies.
I couldn't leave the sweet babies hanging forever! :D

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“...Those aren’t supposed to be there.”
Oh boy, what a terrifying thing to say about things that are in your body :')
:]

To be fair, do Fearow look like they can walk on their feet?

Look at these guys! They're 50% wing and 40% beak! And 100% scary! I don't trust birds, which is why I made the birds here good bois. ...The jury's out on you, Ho-Oh.

Ah, I can see you've identified my naming theme! J is for jerk! The etymology of "Jadon" is super cool, though.

Buddy whump is best whump, although both Ashley and Buddy don't like to take their bodies telling them no sitting down... :)

On Lorcán: Oh, Ashley, don't you know that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover? :)

Nothing left to comment here. Oh wait, there's one thing....

Tails at the corrupted text:


Me at the corrupted text:
 

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