I was walking home from school through the forest. The forest always provided a faster way home and was a good way to avoid the idiots who had nothing better to do than be mean to everyone who passes them.
Life was repetitive, and boring here. It was go to school, go home, go sleep over and over and over again. Sure, I'd meet the occasional pokemon every once in a while. Well, see them would be a better word. But none the less, I wasn't aloud to keep one as a pet, which left life to be the way it was.
As I was minding my own business, I suddenly heard whining and whimpering. Despite the fact that I couldn't do anything with a pokemon, they still peaked my interest. I made my way through the bushes and trees, and my jaw dropped at the mere sight of it.
A pair of red wings, lay on the dragon like creature. It's or her feathers, I should say, glistened in the sun. It was like nothing I had ever seen before, such a beautiful thing.
What was a latias doing here? They were constantly migrating, most of them usually passed through during early April but that was weeks ago. Even when if it was early April they're still almost impossible to find.
I stayed hidden at the thought that I might scare it away if I made any movements. I just watched it lay there, whimpering to itself.
Something else seemed strange. There wasn't a latios any where in sight. Latiases always had a mate constantly. Yet there wasn't one any where to be seen. Is that why the latias looked so sad. I had to find out. I slowly approached it from behind.
It was just laying there one the ground whimpering to itself. As I got closer I noticed something scary. It had cuts and bruises all over its body. What happened to her?
I quietly took a few more steps. I could even see tears in her eyes. As sad as it was, I was surprised they even had tear ducts.
I took a few more steps. SNAP. Crap, I stepped on a twig. The latias swung its head over its shoulder, and eyed me. I knew latiases were timid, but I didn't expect this behaviour.
She panicked and as she shrieked, she tried to fly away. She tried to get off of the ground but she couldn't, the latias was too injured. Why is it so afraid of me, I thought to myself. I then noticed again the cuts and bruises its body was covered in. Could another human of done this to her?
I approached her some more, I had to help her. She laid there on the ground, shaking in fear. Oh god, a human did do this to her. It had to be true. If it was true than what happened to the latios? I didn't want to think about it.
I stood in front of her, she closed her eyes and tensed up. I reached out my hand slowly to her head. She panicked and whined, not knowing what was about to happen. I finally gave her a simple pat on the head.
She opened her eyes and looked right into mine. She had massive, yet mystifying, golden eyes. I sat on the ground and started petting her. She hummed and cooed in relief but she still seemed tense.
"Who could of done this to you?"I asked her, not expecting an answer. I had no idea if it understood English or not, but either way it seemed to calm her down. She relaxed her muscles and closed her eyes.
She was in pretty bad condition. There was no telling how long she'd been in this spot. She must of been starving.
She rested her head against my chest as I stroked her neck. It was the most heartwarming thing I had ever experienced. The feathers on her neck were extremely soft. I loved how affectionate she was, but I hadn't much knowledge of latiases, but I knew I would want to learn, after this experience.
We spent the next 30 minutes like that, until I realized that I was being waited for at home. I couldn't just leave her there. I had to do something to help her.
Perhaps I should call a center. I pulled out my cellphone and dialed the number.
"Hello," said a female yet incompetent voice.
"Ya, um, your not gonna believe me but we have an injured latias here and-"
"Your right, I don't believe you, would you teens stop with prank calls already" Clunk. She hung up.
"Well that was useful." I couldn't just leave her there, she didn't look like she was getting any better. I had to do something.
"Wait here, I'll get here as fast as possible." I knew she wasn't going anywhere. As I ran back to the path I was previously on, I heard the latias calling in the distance. For the time I spent away from her, I felt terrible. I ran home as fast as possible.
"Hi Mom, I'm home."
"Where have you been." She said in a flustered voice.
"Trust me, you wouldn't believe me if I told you."
If the pokemon center wasn't gonna help me, than I'll have to help Latias myself. I had to get supplies. What could I get for latias, I thought. Bandages! I ran upstairs and rummaged through the bureaus until I found some long, large, bandages.
Ok, what next ... FOOD! What do latiases eat? My best intuition told me fish so I ran to the freezer and looked through everything as fast as possible. I was worried that I didn't have any fish for latias. Until, oh thank god, I found some frozen fish in the bottom corner of the freezer. I took as much as I could and stuffed the packages of frozen fish into my backpack. I took the bandages and the fish, and ran to the door.
"OK GOTTAGOBYEMOM", I said in a hurry. I ran out the door and into the forest. The closer I got to latias, the less guilty I felt for leaving her alone, it felt so strange. I was running as fast as possible to the spot where I found latias. I ran through the bushes and trees into the grassy area where latias was. I sighed in relief to find that she was still there, but she had no reason to leave. I looked at my watch to find that I've only been gone for 5 minutes.
Totally out of breath, I walked towards Latias. I noticed that her eyes practically lit up when she saw me. The look of her eyes were entrancing, so hauntingly beautiful.
I opened up my backpack, took out the fish and laid it under the sun to thaw. I took out the bandages and opened up the package.
"Time to patch you up". 10 minutes and 5 meters of bandage on her sides, back, wings, and neck later and she was good to go. She still wasn't good enough to fly but she was on her way.
By then the fish was nice and thaw. I picked up one of the slivers and put it to her mouth. I was nervous, what if she didn't eat fish? She sniffed the fish briefly and than took several nibbles and before I knew it, she was trying to eat it whole. I wave of relief hit me. She looked kinda cute when she was eating.
After she ate every fish I offered to her, she was still hungry. She had an expectant look on her face, waiting for more fish.
"Sorry that's all I have" she had a sad look on her face but she got over it as she huddled back up against me. I spent another 30 minutes petting her.
As much as I really didn't want to, I had to leave. I got up gave latias a quick pat on the head.
"I promise you, I will be back tomorrow".
Once again I heard her calls rotting my heart again. I arrived home again.
"Where have you been", my mother repeated.
"Heaven", I replied.
As I rested at home, I found the urge to go see Latias impossible to stave off. I thought about how sad she must be right now. To be honest, I missed her.
The next day, instead of going home I went to the supermarket with as much money as I head. I bought 5 packages of fish and ran to the grassy patch, were Latias was.
As soon as I got there, she looked happier than she did yesterday. I laid out the fish, petted her, fed her, petted her again, only this time I spent more time with her. She seemed to be my way of escaping the harsh reality I live in now. I left, repeating my final words I said to her yesterday.
Now, the urge to see latias became and addiction to see Latias. I wondered to myself how I would handle seeing her leave.
We continued the roster each day. Buy fish, see Latias, pet Latias, feed Latias, leave sadly and than get stuck thinking about her for the rest of the night.
By the weekend I finally convinced Mom to go out for 'a sleepover' at a 'friends' house. I pulled out my sleeping bag that day, and spent the rest of the night cuddling with Latias. It was better than I could of imagined.
After two weeks of caring for Latias, I finally removed the bandages. She completely healed. I looked at Latias, she looked beautiful with all of her bandages removed.
As I looked into Latias's magical looking eyes, she looked excited.
Suddenly, Latias balanced herself, and than started to lift from the ground. She rose up and started to hover about four feet off of the ground. She looked happier than I've ever seen her. Her eyes glistened with delight.
"Latias, you can fly!" I was so happy. She flew over and started nuzzling me. I gave her a hug and she gave me a quick kiss. I blushed, only a little.
"Well, Latias, it's time for you to catch up with your kind. It's time for you to leave". Latias didn't seemed saddened she just looked, smiling the way she always did.
"Um, shouldn't you be leaving now". She still smiled at me. I wonder...
I took a few steps away from Latias, and she moved back beside me. I ran a few more steps away from Latias, only for her to fly back over to me. She forced her head under my arm and started nuzzling me again. As pleasant as it was, she wasn't leaving. She was following me.
She had become dependant.