Chapter 14: A Place Long Forgotten – New Reign, New Future

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Authoresses Note: Well here's the final installment of this story. I'd like to take this time to thank the people who actually reviewed. Specifically Shadow Swift and Dark Pokemon Girl. You two reviewed every chapter or almost every chapter loyally. But I'd also like to thank all my other reviewers, it was nice to hear from you once in awhile. It was nice to hear your thoughts on the story. I'd also like to thank Teh Ex because looking back you were the first person to review this story when I had almost given up on it. Thank you all. Please enjoy and keep your eyes open for a sequel in the near future.

I stood atop the cliff I and Akoni fought on. I looked at his lands and the Absols below. Some were playing in the field, others were hunting and some were just lying around and enjoying their freedom. About a month had passed since I had returned

I sat in silence but was suddenly saddened by the thought of my parents. They wouldn't be here to watch me rule. I looked to the sky and hoped that they would watch over me and guide my decisions. I hoped I'd make them proud.

The clouds seemed to part as I looked at them. Light seemed to pour down from them onto the lands below. The wind blew lightly and ruffled my mane making strands dance in front of my face. My heart felt lighter suddenly. I felt the presence of my parents in that one gust of wind. I closed my eyes and smiled at the delight of the winds caress.

Someone came up behind me and nuzzled the back of my neck. I knew automatically who it was.

"It's beautiful isn't it?" Abha whispered in my ear.

"Now that you're here it is." I moved over to make room for her. She lay down beside me and I put my paw over her shoulders.

I sighed in happiness. "The lands seem to be healing themselves. They're looking nice and green and the small pokemon have started replenishing themselves." The lands hadn't been in the best of shape when I was gone.

Abha nodded. "I agree. Once everything is back to normal we'll just all forget this awful nightmare ever happened."

I nodded solemnly in agreement. I didn't want to waste time wondering about Wasaki or Akoni.

We sat in silence for awhile. Finally she decided to get up. As she stretched out her back legs she started moving towards the path down the cliff.

"Where are you going?" I asked.

"I'm just going to go for a hunt. I'll be back soon enough. When I get back I have big news to tell you." She grinned mischievously.

"Oh come on. Don't leave me in the dark." I pleaded.

"Nope you're going to have to wait." She said.

"Oh fine then." I pouted. "Have fun. I'd come join you but I see Avis flying this way. I think he's coming to speak with me."

She nodded understandingly. "We'll be quite busy as alphas now. Bye Derak love." She said lovingly before leaving.

"Bye love." I said as Avis landed in front of me.

"Afternoon Derak. How're you and Abha doing?" He asked happily.

I sighed happily. "Excellent, just great. You needed to see me?"

"Yes. There's an Absol waiting to see you in your cave. Would you care to go see him?" He asked.

"Yeah no problem. I'll just start making my way down the cliff. Could you fly ahead and tell him I'll be there as fast as I can?" I asked.

He scoffed. "You never learn do you?"

"What do you mean?" I asked confusedly.

"Why run when you can fly?"

At first I didn't get what he was trying to say. I certainly didn't have wings. Then it hit me.

"Ohh. I understand now. Good thinking Avis." I smiled.

He whistled happily. "It's what I'm here for. Now get on board." He lowered his back and I promptly hopped on.

"Let's go." I said and braced myself for the speedy flight.

As we were flying I thought about something. "You know Avis I was wondering if you'd like to be my advisor? It'd be nice to have you around and help Abha and I with decisions." I asked him hopefully.

He laughed. "You think I'd have it any other way. What makes you think I'd let you rule alone? Well at least Abha would have some sense." He said as he laughed. "But of course I'll do it. I'd be honored." He said.

I grinned at his earlier comment. "Shut up! I'm not that much of a screw up." I laughed with him.

"Sure you're not." He said sarcastically. We had reached my cave and he touched down gently.

"There you go. Call me if you ever need a quick lift." He took off.

"Thanks Avis!" I called up to his form.

I walked into my cave. An Absol was seated in the center. He turned around to face me.

"Ah Derak. It's good to have you back." He said smiling.

"Hello Sacha. How are you doing?" I asked. I had always liked Sacha. He had grown up with us and was a good friend. However the smile faded from his face after I asked.

"I've got some bad news Derak. I have to leave the pack. I can't stay here anymore. There are just too many bad memories here." He said in a forlorn voice.

I wondered what could have possibly happened but then I realized something. I hadn't seen Tacey around at all. Did that mean…?

"Tacey was killed by Wasaki. Or he ordered her killed anyways." He sighed sadly and looked at the ground.

"I'm so sorry Sacha. Is there anything I can do?" I asked.

"No, except please allow me to leave the grounds. I need to get out of here." His eyes pleaded with me.

"Of course. I just want you to know that you're welcome back anytime you want. Be safe and good luck." I bumped heads with him as a sign of friendship.

He smiled sadly. "Thank you. You're a true friend and will be a great ruler. Good luck." He said as he started to leave.

"Good bye Sacha." I called.

"Good bye Derak. May you and your family have a long and happy life." He called back.

I assumed he would visit Tacey's grave one last time before he left. I didn't know what I would ever do if something happened to Abha. She was my reason for living.

I sadly realized I had said goodbye to a lot of good friends in the past couple of days. I sat in my cave by myself reflecting. Abha trotted in with a dead Raticate dangling from her mouth.

"Hey Derak." She said in a muffled voice due to the pokemon in her mouth. She noticed my sorrow. "What's wrong?" She dropped the carcass and came up to me and nuzzled my head.

"I'm just thinking. You know, about everything that's happened." I said sadly.

She sighed. "Derak look at me." I lifted my head to look into her eyes.

"We're all sad about what's happened. But we all just need to let go and look to the future. It can only get better from here, right?" She asked.

As I looked into her beautiful eyes I didn't feel so sad. My fears melted away and I knew I'd never be alone.

"Thank you Abha." I said softly.

She smiled and lay down beside me resting her head on top of my neck.

"So what's your surprise you were going to tell me about?" I asked.

"Oh that." She said playfully. "It's nothing really. Why don't we eat first." She nosed the Raticate closer to me.

"Well okay." I was really hungry after all.

We shared the meal and half way through it Abha spoke up. "I'm expecting." She said nonchalantly.

It took a moment to register what she said at first but when I realized I started choking on a bite of food. I coughed and sputtered as Abha laughed at me. When I finally managed to swallow I looked at her.

"You're expecting? As in expecting cubs?!" I asked excitedly.

"No Derak as in expecting puppies." She said sarcastically and rolled her eyes. "Of course as in expecting cubs!" She cuffed my head with her paw.

I just stood there in shock. I was going to be a father. She came up and rubbed her head underneath my chin.

"Say something Derak." She said happily.

I looked down at her and nuzzled her neck. "I love you." I said. It was the only thing I could think of.

She laughed and knocked me over to pin me down. "I can accept that answer." She nuzzled my face.

I got up gently and embraced her with my paws. "How long have you known?" I asked happily.

"For about a week." She replied. I nuzzled her stomach.

"We've got to start preparing for a cub. We should go ask experienced couples." I said.

"I agree. But first don't you think we should announce the information to the pack?"

I thought about it. "Yes. That's the best thing to do. Come on I'll call Avis to take us up to the high cliff. That way everyone for miles around can hear us."

We walked outside with our tails intertwined. I called out for Avis. As we sat there waiting we just enjoyed each other's presence. Abha was right we could only look to the future and hope for the best. I looked down at her still flat stomach and could only think about how bright the future looked.

I went out into the world and found that what I was looking for was at home all along.

And now I couldn't be happier.

Authoresses Note: Sniff. It's over. I'm happy and sad at the same time. Oh well there's still a sequel to look out for. Make that two sequels actually. One for Derak and Abha and one for Favian and Jadin. Please review since this was the last chapter and all. It'd be nice to know what you think of the story. Thanks again to everyone. Belitagurl.