Foreword and Acknowledgements
This project began as fleeting fragments of ideas back in my last semester of college. Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire had just come out that previous November, and during my Alpha Sapphire playthrough, I was deeply moved by how the Latias in the game willingly joined your party—something that was, up until then, unheard of. You either captured Pokémon, or they were given to you. They never seemed to express some sort of free will, like the Latias does in Alpha Sapphire, or the Latios in Omega Ruby. I believe there is only one other situation like this that came before, and that was the Spiky-Eared Pichu in HeartGold and SoulSilver.
And so, I wrote this story. It ended up being a novel in length, but I feel that it is just right. Five years of work have come and gone—of me being motivated, demotivated, reworking my old styles of writing into newer ones, and so much more. I'd like to take this time to say thank you to everyone that's helped this story come to life over the past five years.
Everyone in the arts and crafts section of the Pokémon Discord that I can't remember their names
Even though I don't own Pokémon, I hope you enjoy my story!