Pokemon Fusion : A Child´s Malice

With her enemies still providing resistance to counter her, Hunter J personally embarks onto the battlefield to rally her men and spread fear among those who try to still defy her and Vicious.

Her methods still remain as malicious as herself and as vicious as her partner in crime … and with her forces carrying out orders without hesitation in order to reap the rewards, Hunter J escalates the battle to her will the more she sees immense or slow progress on the battlefield herself...

Yet little does she know that one unusual battle turns out into something far more personal... an event that surfaces scars from the past … long hidden in her heart of stone ...her lost childhood...

The local emergency alarm was heavy in the air, as civilians unable to defend themselves did whatever possible to escape, while trainers tried to buy time using their Pokemon to stall until help arrives. But looking up in the sky , one of Hunter J´s battle carriers hovered high over the simple small town.

A side hatch opened up as Salamence was seen flying out of it, along with Hunter J riding on its back, meanwhile the battle carrier scanned the area for a more tactical position to be of advantage during battle. Flying over the town, Hunter J surveyed the chaos and was pleased with what they had succeeded with.

In one specific part of town Twilight Hunters captured civilians and forced them to the landing site while others used Pietra weaponry against anyone resisting aswell as any Pokemon that were fighting back. With little to no militia and police forces, it was a losing battle and Hunter J knew it was a flawless victory.

About to return, something caught her attention as Hunter J told Salamence to fly over an certain area, and once she saw that something unusual was going on she jumped off while Salamence continued to fly all over the town should she need it. On the ground, Hunter J activated her wrist cannon incase she needed it.

Not able to leave, a family had heavily barricaded themselves inside their home along with their Pokemon, and once grunts heard that powerful Pokemon are inside the house they reorganised to make sure to catch and not risk any great harm to the valuable Pokemon. Hunter J then walked over to the grunt in charge.

Commander: Ma´m , I´m surprised to see you, we´re about to finish… is there anything I can offer you ?

Hunter J: Other groups have it much easier … why is this area taking much longer than necessary ?

Commander: Powerful Pokemon are preventing us from attempting to break down the barricades...

Hunter J: So the weapons given to you have run off or is there a reason that you aren´t using them ...

Commander: My apologies... we don´t want to risk it, thought an perfect capture would be best ...

Hunter J: The Pokemon inside better be worth this trouble or this will be the last takeover you will see ..

Commander: Its confirmed that there are two parents, a young child, and at least a Dragonair inside ...

Hunter J: Very well then... tell your men to stand back and let me take care of this mess for now ...

Given enough room, Hunter J saw that certain spots in the house had been fired upon and turned into stone, yet the barricades once stoned would provide even further difficulties to enter. Having enhanced her wrist weapon and set it to Pulse, Hunter J approached the house careful and silently.

Peeking through a small hole, she grinned as she could see the parents on lookout while she looked for the Dragonair. The Dragonair suddenly rose in front of the hole and having seen Hunter J glared back at her, before seconds later it when got prepared for a Hyperbeam attack directly towards her.

But having already put her hand onto the barricade, Hunter J fired off a shot before Dragonair could react, as the pulse went through the barricade and hit Dragonair, falling towards the floor and once down was already turned to stone. Hunter J then broke through the barricade herself to personally enter and collect it.

Father: Dragonair ! Diana stay back ! You … you´re her aren´t you … Hunter J !?

Hunter J: Glad to meet a fan... now … I suggest you come out peacefully before it gets worse ...

Mother: Isaac ! You … please leave us alone, what have we ever done to deserve all of this ?!

Hunter J: Some sins never surface … and I understand you got a child somewhere aswell ...

Father: You leave Angela alone ! You come another step closer, you´ll leave me no choice ...

Hunter J: Careful now... wouldn´t want your family to see something bad happen to you ...

Mother: We´ll give you everything we got … just please … leave us alone … I beg you ...

Hunter J: Everything also includes you... and I won´t ask once again... so surrender or else ...

The father raised a wrench in the air but before he could even do anything the mother screamed as he instantly turned to stone by a shot from the wristcannon, and it didn´t take long before Hunter J was the last thing seen as the mother aswell turned into stone. Hunter J then examined the mother abit closer.

Pleasantly surprised, Hunter J saw an small Dratini in her arms, also turned to stone from the first hit, and with the Dragonair aswell in the household Hunter J hoped to be lucky enough to have found a dragon raising family and that a Dragonite would surely make the intrusion all much more worth the trouble.

Opening a door leading to a child´s room, Hunter J could see someone in a small bed alongside something else aswell, and with the light off Hunter J approached the bed slowly, hoping for a quick hit before moving both stoned targets away along with the parents and the Dragonair aswell.

Carefully taking hold of the bed blanket, Hunter J gently removed it and saw a little girl in the bed, with her back towards Hunter J, too afraid to turn around but also too sad at what was happening all around her.

Hunter J: Come here child … Angela was your name right … its suits a very pretty girl like you ...

Angela: Where´s mom... and dad... did the bad guys… do something to them… who are you lady ?

Hunter J: They are safe … and so will you soon … come with me... and you can call me J ...

Angela: I don´t know what is so wrong with my Millie … please help her … I´ll do anything ...

Hunter J: Ah poor thing... well let me see your pretty face and Millie... so that I can help you ...

Angela: Don´t let them take her away from me... let me stay with her … can you do that for me ?

Hunter J: Ofcourse dear … with just a push of a button … you and Millie can be together forever ...

Gently turning her over with one hand and ready to fire off her wrist cannon with the other, Hunter J turned over the girl towards her and was about to fire when she suddenly stopped. It was a little girl and in her arms close to her chest she had something covered up in a small blanket, shivering violently.

Hunter J then bent down to Angela and called out for Millie, but as Angela opened up a part of the blanket, Hunter J back away slightly, not believing what she just saw and experienced at that moment. It was an young Milotic, with its eyes closed and cuddling close to Angela´s chest.

Hunter J also saw a weak faint Safeguard around Angela, protecting her from any possible shots, and as the little Milotic looked at Hunter J, for a moment into her eyes, it did not see any malice in her heart. Hunter J carefully removed the blanket, and saw the reason it was shivering so badly that it had become weakened.

It had been hit previously by a Pietra weapon, and while the process at first was very slow, the longer it took the more faster it would spread. Parts of its body was turning into stone, starting from the inside. Having believed it was just very cold and scared at first, Angela had wrapped the Milotic up to keep it warm.

Angela: It´s gonna be alright Millie … this nice lady is gonna help me get you all better again… I won´t let anything else happen to you … I´ll protect you Millie ... and I won´t let you go …. never again … I promise … I´ll do anything to keep you safe … just like you have done for me now ...

With the Safeguard gone, Angela thought it was because Millie wasn´t afraid anymore, but little did she know that it was because Millie didn´t have the strength anymore to protect her. With Millie not moving at all anymore, it was a matter of seconds before Angela would realise what just happened. To Milotic.

But Hunter J then sat down on the bed, knowing that it was over for Millie, and told Angela to come give her a hug. Still believing in Hunter J, Angela happily gave her a hug, as moments later she and Millie got turned to stone. Removing her hand from Angela´s back, Hunter J looked right at Angela ´s stoned face.

She was all happy. But totally unaware. Of what had happened. And what was going to happen moments before hugging Hunter J. Twilight Hunters were about to enter the room aswell to check up on Hunter J when she then sent off a pulse, turning them into stone instantly, blocking the entrance to the room.

Something went wrong. Not with the mission. But something that affected her. Many times had she on the field personally turned humans and Pokemon to stone, from lonely ones to entire families, from a peaceful last moment to a more violent last act. But this time, something was different. Something familiar.

Something she could relate to somehow. Looking at the stoned Milotic, it´s eyes opened up moments before its end and instead of looking at Angela, it was looking directly at Hunter J. Had Hunter J seen into its weak eyes, she might almost have read its last thought. To protect Angela. It´s last wish.

While looking back at Angela´s eyes , despite her current state, Hunter J saw the happiness the girl felt just before the encasement, not having a chance of knowing nor reacting to what was happening. While outside more Twilight Hunters were waiting, unsure what was going on inside the barricaded house with Hunter J.

With an sudden scream that got even Salamence´s attention in the air, Twilight Hunters were about to entered when suddenly another yet stronger pulse got fired off, turning the entire house and nearby men into solid stone. As Hunter J emerged from the entrance and made her way on foot back towards the carrier.

But as she walked out of the house and past the stoned forces, a weak pulse shield emitted from her, effectively turning the house and the men to mere rubble with no chance of bringing them back.

Nearby Twilight Hunters got close to see what had happened, only for the emitting pulse to turn them to stone and rubble. Walking towards the carrier, Hunter J didnt care who or what got in the way, and as the forces nearby kept a distance to her, almost at the carrier, Salamence landed close enough infront of her.

Letting out a screech, Hunter J got back to her senses and deactivated the pulse, and with not another word said she just boarded the ship while Salamence followed behind her. Onboard, the forces only needed one look at Salamence to understand not to say a single word to Hunter J and clear the way for her to move.

Having reached her personal quarters, she locked herself in while Salamence stood guard at the door outside of her room, not letting anyone near or try to talk to her, not even Vicious should he try to get to Hunter J.

Professor Sebastian: What´s the commotion about ? Has J returned from her little private hunt ?

Commander: Yes sir … but under some strange circumstances … she´s not quite herself for now ...

Professor Sebastian: You´re not hired to just hunt … I want a report immediately... where is she ?

Commander: Understood, done right away sir … and she is right now in her private quarters …

Professor Sebastian: I´ll ask her what´s going on … when I am back, I want that report done ...

Commander: I will do as asked of … a word of caution sir... Salamence is very protective, guarding her ...

Professor Sebastian: It´s unusual behaviour, even for her … you´re dismissed, now go gather some intel ...

Commander: Yes sir ! I´ll have a small force armed right outside incase you need them...

As the commander left, Professor Sebastian walked towards Salamence and just by seeing it, he understood that whatever it was, Salamence did not want anyone, not even him, entering to disturb Hunter J. Standing infront of it, Professor Sebastian ordered Salamence to move aside. But it still refused.

Telling Salamence that if it doesn´t move, he´ll have to contact Vicious and that he´d not take responsibility for what will happen to it or Hunter J. Yet Salamence still refused. But suddenly Hunter J was heard, faintly telling Salamence to let only Professor Sebastian get inside her room.

Glaring at the nearby guards to stay back, Salamence moved aside somewhat to let him through, as Professor Sebastian reached the locked door. Having put in an override code, the door opened as Professor Sebastian entered and closed the door, locking the door behind as Hunter J had asked for.

Finding her nearly unconscious on the floor, Professor Sebastian picked up Hunter J and sat her down onto her nearby bed, checking her pulse as he also checked her eyes. And saw some disturbing signs.

Hunter J: I´m sorry .. it´s just that … dammit … how bad is it … has it gone too far already ...

Professor Sebastian: Your pupils still react ...you´re lucky... hadn´t I been here … nevermind ...

Hunter J: I was about to do it … but before I could … I fell down … I need a full dose ...

Professor Sebastian: Jay … I´m sorry … but I´ll have to give you two … only way to be sure ...

Hunter J: Please don´t … I barely can endure one … it´s been years since I took a second one ...

Professor Sebastian: You leave me no choice … what happened out there … what caused this ...

Hunter J: It was ...as if I experienced something like that before … just that it was in the past ...

Professor Sebastian: A past not even you don´t yet remember … alright then... are you ready ...

Hunter J: If its this bad … might as well give me three doses... a fourth... if I do faint from the first three...

Putting her visor back on, Professor Sebastian activated it to emit some kind of fluorescent light within towards her eyes, Hunter J removed several layers of armour from her suit, as she exposed her chest. Taking forth a syringe ampule, Professor Sebastian told her to lay down on her back on the bed.

As she got onto her back, Professor Sebastian took forth some Pietra Shackles and put onto her wrists and ankles, fearing what even just two doses can do. Once placed and active, Hunter J tested them out and saw that she remained completely immobile from them, as she then nodded for him to do it.

Slamming the ampule directly at her heart and injecting three doses, Professor Sebastian quickly removed it and could only watch. Mere seconds passed as it was already enough for Hunter J to react and faint, in which Professor Sebastian hesitated to add in a forth one. But he decided to do as she had asked of him.

Slammed the ampule once again into her heart, he saw the ampule syringe shatter from the impact, having failed to penetrate. Knowing time is short, he instead took a risk and put the remaining dosage through her open mouth, hoping the effects would join in with the first injections. With her eyes wide open, the visor did its work as Hunter J slowly got into a comatose medical state , as it progressed deeper and deeper …

´´ Our daughter is in danger... I paid the cost and will suffer the consequence... instead of her...

If you´re taking Millie away from me then forget it ! I won´t let you take her from me !

Jayane... you already heard many times before what is the problem with your heart

As long as you got me... I´ll legally do everything in my power to help you Jayane... I promise...

Glad to hear that … well good night Millie... you take care of the little jaybird here now …

I´m so sorry baby. I love you. ´´

Suddenly Jay woke up and aimed her cannon at Professor Sebastian, dodging shortly before she fired off a shot but failed due to her energy capacity being all empty from the previous heavy usage on the battlefield.

Professor Sebastian: So much for those shackles... atleast it shows that you´re safe... it was a success...

Jay: Seb … ah my head … how long was I out cold … did anything happen while I was gone ?

Professor Sebastian: Just a few minutes... not hours … this sure is the first time this has happened ...

Jay: I don´t feel so lucky … but … for the first time … I actually remember... some faint voices ...

Professor Sebastian: Voices ? From the distant past ? Not from after I found you ? Are you sure ?

Jay: Guess there is one way to know for sure … Seb … do it … give me more … then maybe I ...

Professor Sebastian: Are you insane ?! Forget it ! This was bad enough already ! Another could ...

Jay: Alright alright don´t yell … still … I´m certain … its from my childhood … it has to be ...

Professor Sebastian: Whatever happened... we´ll find out … one step at a time … come here ...

Giving her a reassuring hug, Professor Sebastian suddenly realised his error but it was too late, as Jay put her hand on him and had activated a very weak pulse from the little energy that had recharged. Enough to render him encased for a short time, yet it was all that she needed. To buy her time to do it herself.

With Professor Sebastian all encased, Jay put him gently on the floor and at the same time next to him the pack with extra ampules. Putting her hand onto her chest, Jay could still feel it, and knew that it was impossible to administer through her heart. As she felt a strange taste in her mouth.

And knew it was the next way to get it into her body. Getting a glass of water, she put a stronger dose into it and drank it, knowing that it won´t come immediately... that it would take time … time that she had... as she decided to fall asleep on her own... to try get some answers from her dreams ...

´´ It has been like this for so long... I can´t really remember anything else ...nothing from my past as a child … only born into this world as a teenager... with literary bloodstained hands... from what or who I do not know … and even to this day... I can still almost really feel my hands all tainted by it … ´´

Opening her eyes, the sunlight shined right at her, blinding her temporarily, as a young girl had woken up from her sleep. Despite her birthday, she still wished to remain all cuddled up in her bed all day long.

Mother: Jayane ! Get up honey or this cake is gonna get spoiled ! So wake up already okay !

Pretending not to hear her mother calling out to her, Jayane remained in bed, as her father gently opened the already half-open door to check if she was really sleeping, and teased by saying that if she doesn´t get up then she won´t get any presents. Still Jayane remained in bed, trying to sleep despite her mother´s efforts.

As the mother got beside her husband, they didn´t have much of a choice, if Jayne wouldn´t come to see her birthday present then it must be the other way around. Picking up something from the floor, the father then put her birthday present next to Jayane and then covered it with the same blanket Jayane was covered in.

With her father telling her that her birthday gift is right next to her, Jayane still felt so tired and just wanted to sleep... but she then felt something close to her legs, almost tickling her by mere touch, as she opened her eyes and looked at her parents, all happy to see that she decided to finally try get up despite being tired.

Jayane´s mother then told her that there will be more presents once she gets up and outside to celebrate, as Jayane asked what was under the blanket that felt so unusual and strange. Her father told her to see for herself, as Jayane gently looked underneath the cover and saw only two reflections of eyes looking at her.

Almost afraid to what it was, Jayane´s curiosity made her put her hand in to feel what it was, as she felt something lightly lick her fingers. Putting her hand onto a part of what seemed to be part of the lower body, Jayane felt an odd scaly texture, as she tried to guess what it was. A small whimper was then heard from it.

Seeing that it was slightly more afraid of her than she was of it, Jayane got her hand out and instead tried to get it to come out to her instead. As time slowly passed, the creature then got closer and closer until Jayane seemed to see its small head, and as she smiled at it, it revealed itself to her. It was a baby Milotic.

Father: Happy 10th birthday honey... I know it´s been hard to play outside with some of your friends ...

Jayane: Just that I get so tired... I almost can´t do anything … I just want to go stay in bed all the time ...

Mother: Well... not anymore … not with this little thing … since you two can play outside Jayane ...

Jayane: But mom... it´s so small and young… where did you get it … what kind of Pokemon is it ...

Father: Just like you dear … ah don´t worry about that … and her species is that of a Milotic ...

Jayane: Milotic … then I´ll call her Millie … can I keep her … she´s not going away right ?

Mother: Of course not honey … we got her just for you … you´ll be together as long as you want...

Jayane: Then I wants us to be together forever … maybe we´ll even grow up together Milotic ...

With Jayane´s state of mind lightening up, she gently picked up Millie and took a few steps, still tired but didn´t want to play indoors and instead walked out of her room. As she reached the backdoor leading to a small garden, Jayane let Millie go out first as she followed her outside into the garden.

All focused on her newfound joy, Jayane was oblivious to her parents crying of joy on the second floor, having worried for her after she had returned home from a child hospital, not sure she would be back home again in time for her birthday after her heart started to get weaker once again and needing a checkup.

Yet Jayane refound enough strength and courage to try have a normal life, from the simple thing of playing in the garden to even take a walk in town without fearing for her life with each step she takes. Not anymore due to Milotic, a Pokemon species chosen specifically for Jayane´s health aswell as her kind soul.

To not just physically be her pillar of strength, hope and courage but mentally, a kind of Pokemon that through its special and rare abilities could remove all negativity from Jayane and literary feel and understand her which her parents truly could not, not with them all healthy in comparison to her

Standing at the second floor window, Jayane´s parents happily saw her play with Milotic for hours, something they could only dream of happening before, and as time passed her mother went to the phone to call her friends about the miracle they had prayed for. While her father watched outside.

Seeing Jayane so happy, it meant to world to him, as he put his hand onto his wrist, feeling where his old family watch previously was a week ago, yet became one of many sacrifices for something much more precious to him. Seeing her healthy. Seeing her alive. Most of all, seeing her happy.

Suddenly Jayane´s mother went upstairs and told him that he has a phone call from a man named Carl. Surprised, the father took the call in his work room, closing the door to keep it private.

Father: Hello... didn´t expect to hear from you... is something wrong with the agreed payment ?

Carl: No no sir... it is all just fine … I just wanted to make sure that your investment is all good ...

Father: Yes, everything is alright... I just hope I can trust on the conditions that we had agreed on …

Carl: Ofcourse sir, the Milotic you got is the most healthy and friendly one we could ever find ...

Father: I don´t care for it to battle or perform shows... just for it to be with my daugther, that´s all ...

Carl: And we are very happy that you chose us for bringing such a lovely gift to your daughter ...

Father: Good to hear that … well, anything else needed to be said before our conversation ends ?

Carl: Just a little reminder... that you caught the Milotic... and that we never spoke ...goodbye sir ...

As Carl hung up unexpectedly , Jayane´s father understood the cryptic message given to him, but all that mattered to him now was only his daughter. His focus quickly shifted to the outside , as he saw through the window Jayane laying on the ground, but once he looked closer his mind was at ease.

She had only layed down on the ground to cuddle with the baby Milotic, and with both bonding and getting close to each other, Jayane turned around as if she knew her father watched her, and waved out to him in the window. Waving back, Tom got even more certain that he did the right thing.

As Linda entered and closed the door, she asked him who Carl was. Giving her the simple answer that it was the Milotic´s breeder, Tom wished for Linda not to ask nor know anything more.

Linda: Honey... I just hope you didn´t do anything bad or anything... just to be able to get it …

Tom: I called in some favours... did what I did to save our daughter... everything else comes second...

Linda: I know … it´s just that … it´s nothing that´s gonna risk turn right back at us... or her, right ?

Tom: Sounds like you already suspect or know something that you want to be said... what is it ?

Linda: I know it´s an endangered species... and normally they are very expensive... how much did...

Tom: Our daughter is in danger... I paid the cost and will suffer the consequence... instead of her...

Linda: I mean... you didn´t hurt anyone or steal any money or the Milotic... nothing too bad right ?

Tom: It´s borrowed money... just like Jayane lives on borrowed time... until a cure is found …

Suddenly hearing Jayane calling out for them, her parents looked outside to check on her, and were in awe as they saw Jayane right outside the window, looking and waving to them, hovering in the air while Milotic had used its inherited species powers at a much more earlier stage than normal.

Equally surprised to see it already being in such a fine condition, Tom hugged Linda and told her that if they cannot give Jayane the miracle she needs, then perhaps Milotic will. Both then walked down the stairs and outside, and saw Jayane back on the ground, playing around with Milotic again.

Linda: Baby … I see that you two already are very close … just don´t push yourself too hard okay ?

Jayane: I didn´t do it... it was Millie... she knew what I wanted and did it for me, she read my mind !

Tom: I´m glad that in a way... she´ll really understand you somewhat better than we will honey ...

Jayane: If she reads your minds too... we´ll all understand... and … dad ? Is something wrong ?

Linda: No baby... everything is fine for now … and its a nice name you have given Milotic ...

Tom: Best of all, you can bring Millie with you whenever you have to go to the hospital...

Jayane: I... don´t know … it´s always so hard … maybe Millie shouldn´t see me like that ...

Linda: Neither we baby... but with Millie beside you... perhaps it´ll be much more easier for you...

The day passed as night came and eventually Jayane got tired yet lasted a lot longer than usual, and after taking her medicine she went to bed, only for Milotic to wait there for her next to her bed. Tom entered and kissed her goodnight, and after petting Milotic he was about to leave her room.

Jayane: Dad... I want to ask you something... and I´d want you to be honest with me … okay ?

Tom: I´ll try honey... alright, what´s on your mind ? Is it about the next check up or something ?

Jayane: No not that … it´s Millie... and … is she just gonna be here with me... until I get all better ?

Tom: At first yeah... but then it would not be fair to you or Millie... so she´s here to stay honey...

Jayane: And something else too dad … Millie won´t cause any problems for us... right ?

Tom: It´s the opposite... she´s here to help all of us... but especially you... it´s all alright now ...

Jayane: Thanks dad … I was alittle worried... but not anymore... goodnight … I´ll cya tomorrow ...

Tom: Glad to hear that … well good night Millie... you take care of the little jaybird here now …

With Tom closing the door and leaving, Jayane put her head onto her pillow and tried to get some sleep, and as time passed Milotic remained awake, having not just truly understood Tom almost by instinct but at heart realising its main purpose. To watch over. To protect. To maintain happiness.

Jayane slept like a baby all while Millie stayed awake several hours, making sure she is alright, and once things seemed alright Millie also closed her eyes and fell asleep next to the bed. The next day Tom had already went to work much earlier in the morning than usual, as Linda then woke up.

Noticing the time and that Tom was gone, she didn´t think much about it and after getting dressed she went to check up on Jayane and Millie. Opening the door, Linda got somewhat worried once she saw that Jayane or Millie wasn´t in the room, and went downstairs to check where they were.

Seeing them both outside, Linda was shocked as normally Jayane would not just previously woke up late and wish to stay in bed longer, but wait to eat breakfast before even trying to do something. Yet she was up and holding a sandwich in her hand, Linda realised that Jayane had even made breakfast herself, something she last did a year ago before her condition deteriorated much further.

Linda: Morning jaybird... so how are we feeling today ? How come you already in a rush ?

Jayane: Morning mom ! I´m pretty good, slept alright... and well, I wanted to play awhile before ...

Linda: The appointment today, yeah … it´s alright, I´ll tell ya when you need to get ready okay ?

Jayane: Sure mom ...dad told me that Millie can come along … but how will she come with us ?

Linda: I don´t think he received a capture ball, so we´ll just take her in the back of the car ...

Jayane: Okay … and if I have to stay again there … is it alright if Mille can be with me too ?

Linda: Maybe, I´ll have to ask the hospital staff but I´m sure it´ll be okay if she stays...

Jayane: Great ! Oh right, I left some extra sandwiches on the table if you want some mom !

As she heard it, Linda ran into the kitchen, and not just saw a plate of nicely cut and prepared sandwiches, but also a whole set of kitchen pieces all washed and left to dry off, something that would take Linda atleast some time to get done. As she covered her mouth in disbelief.

Only a day had passed and Jayane already did more than ever expected from her, be it her own renewed strength or passed through somehow from Milotic. Wanting to call Tom, he didn´t answer his cellphone so she decided to call him after the hospital visit to tell of the wonderful news.

Once it was time Jayane had washed herself and with everyone in the car they drove off to a hospital specialised in heart patients. Having to go to work, Linda knew Jayane would call her once done so a work friend would pick her up and drive back to work to stay there until Linda was done for the day.

As Linda left, the doctor arrived, and once he saw Milotic he didn´t ask any questions to Jayane but instead would ask her parents at a more suitable time. Taking Milotic with her, Jayane entered a specialist area in which her doctor asked her to change into hospital clothes for an easier check up.

Once done, Jayane sat down on an chair with Milotic beside her, while her doctor stood infront of her and put a stetoscope onto her chest to listen. The more time passed, the more did his face light up, yet turned somewhat grim again once he got the results from the last check-up done on the previous visit.

He didn´t even have time to say anything before Jayane got the courage to ask him something, something he knew she wouldn´t ask had her parents been with her. If she was going to die.

Doctor: Jayane... you already heard many times before what is the problem with your heart …

Jayane: I know... that due to its larger size its much heavier and its harder for it to work normally...

Doctor: And that its harder pump blood in your body... and that this also makes it much weaker …

Jayane: And that my special bloodtype makes it much harder to even find a heart for transplant ...

Doctor: That´s right... but atleast some of the medicine makes it easier handle the symptoms right?

Jayane: Yeah, apart from being tired more often... I´m not out of breath or get dehydrated any more ...

Doctor: I won´t lie to you… this is merely the start Jayane... but … here... listen closely to your heart …

As Jayane put the earpiece for the stethoscope into her ear and listened, she definitely heard a difference compared to last time. Her heart still was beating very fast, but not as hard as before, as her doctor looked at her and said that despite her condition, that sound has giving him some more renewed hope.

With the general checkup done, Jayane layed down on a metal board and entered a machine to check her entire body, in which Jayane always felt uncomfortable but with Milotic just outside she got somewhat more relaxed. Scanning, the doctor was suddenly quite amazed at what the new results just showed.

Not wanting to be wrong or say something incorrect, he triple checked everything and even called over some colleagues to get their opinion. Noticing that people were gathering, Jayane began to get abit nervous, in which Milotic calmed her mind. As the colleagues also noticed the Milotic in the room.

Minutes passed as they left, leaving Jayane´s doctor to continue while he pondered. Over the sudden improvement, being due to the new suppressing medicine. Or in relation to Milotic. Telling Jayane they are done for the day, Jayane got up and dressed into her normal clothes and was about to say goodbye.

Doctor: Wait dear... I know you don´t like it as always... but you mind staying for observation again ?

Jayane: I feel better today so I wanted to go with mom to the park after she is done with work...

Doctor: I´m very happy that you´re feeling better to the point that you can do it.. just be careful dear...

Jayane: I know I went to the emergency last time... I only overdid it since it was mom´s birthday...

Doctor: Just that... I see minor signs of your heart healing abit... and I´m not sure how or why...

Jayane: Last time I did take that new suppressor that made me extra tired, maybe it helped...

Doctor: Perhaps... until I find out... take it easy and don´t pressure yourself, please Jayane, for me ?

Jayane: Alright I promise to be more careful... even if it´s different this time... after all... now that I got...

Jayane quickly stopped, not sure how her doctor would react to Milotic, as she said goodbye and went into the main hall. After calling her mother to be picked up, it didn´t take long before she eventually arrived at her mother´s work, and waited for the shift change while playing around with Milotic.

Inside the staff lunch room, she could play in peace without attracting too much attention to her and Milotic, and after awhile the door opened only for her mother to arrive, getting a big hug from Jayane.

Linda: Hey honey... you mind me getting alittle bite first before leaving, I forgot to get lunch today...

Jayane: Mom... dad told you not to take so much overtime... besides I thought we can go to the park !

Linda: I promise, it´s not too often I do it... and yeah sure honey, but you´re feeling alright I hope ?

Jayane: Yeah, doctor even found out some good news, he´d call later to talk to you and dad about it...

Linda: Well that´s great... anything else he said that I should know of... did he ask about Milotic ?

Jayane: Kind off... but I didn´t tell him anything or attract any attention to me... but why mom ?

Linda: Some might get jealous... and not everyone act nice when wanting something they don´t have...

Jayane: Oh... I understand... ah my stomach... hearing lunch made me even abit hungry hehe ...

Linda: Did you have anything to eat before you got over here to wait for me ? A snack or drink ?

Having forgot it due to wanting to go to the park as early as possible, Jayane was surprised that her mother didn´t get too mad and instead took her lunchbox, deciding to eat it together at the park. As they arrived, Linda wished to be careful at first and to find a secluded spot for the three of them to be at.

Not wanting to attract attention, but seeing Jayane so hyped up to be outside with her mom and new friend, Linda made an exception. Mentioning her general rules to Jayane, to be where she can see her and tell if anything feels weird, Linda let Jayane go to play around with all the other kids and Pokemon.

Time passed as Linda enjoyed a part of the lunchbox while Jayane happily played around. Usually getting emotional seeing her daughter having changed so much ever since they got Milotic, Linda didn´t wish to worry Jayane or ruin the moment with tears even if happy ones, and just watched her daughter play.

Jayane: Mom, come along and play with me ! Maybe call dad if he end work early and come over !

Linda: Ok hold on then I´ll just call daddy and see if he can come over, one moment alright dear !

Jayane: Come on mom ! And you cant eat everything, I think I´ll eat once we got home okay ?

Linda: No way Jayane, you´re atleast eating a hotdog in the park, you gotta have something...

Jayane: Alright mom... hey you think we have time to go somewhere else while the weather is nice ?

Linda: Nice try but you got some school stuff to also take care of, you can´t neglect that dear...

Jayane: I can do it tomorrow instead, atleast today I just want to have fun with Millie, dad and you !

Linda: If you can let me call dad, I´ll ask him about it, can´t make any promises though Jayane...

As Linda called Tom she suddenly saw a police car arriving further away, and while probably there to keep an eye over the park it was enough to make her nervous, as she called out for Jayane to come over to her. Not listening, Linda yelled out for Jayane to come over or she´d not play with Millie later.

Realising abit too late her hurtful words, Linda resumed to try calling her husband but with the line busy she decided to go get Jayane. Hugging and telling her she is sorry, Linda whispered something to Jayane that definetly would make her react. That the police were nearby and that it likely wasn´t too good.

Understanding her mother´s reaction, Jayane told Millie to come along and leave, and as time passed they reached the house. Hearing Tom upstairs, Linda told Jayane to heat up some food from the fridge as she then walked upstairs, entering Tom´s room just as he ended the conversation over the phone.

Tom: Hey dear... how was work today ? I got home early so thought I´d perhaps go out with Jayane...

Linda: It was alright... I tried reaching you earlier at the park ... who was on the phone just now ?

Tom: Her doctor... had a little heated conversation about Milotic... but it´s taken care of for now ...

Linda: We went to the park... seeing the police there made me abit nervous but it was nothing really...

Tom: It´s gonna be a lot harder... to keep all this under the surface... but as long as she gets well...

Linda: Atleast it´s Sinnoh... imagine abroad... still... it´s not fair for her to have to be so careful...

Tom: Nothing was fair... so we do the best possible... oh where is she, did you have fun at the park ?

Linda: Yeah, she had finally the energy to play around with everyone there... just as if she wasn´t il...

Not able to even finish her sentence, Linda just looked away while Tom hugged her, reassuring her that it will be alright, to have faith in both Jayane and Milotic. Hearing suddenly a clash downstairs, both ran down only to see Jayane near the kitchen bench, protected by a Safeguard suddenly created by Milotic.

Having wanted to set plates, Jayane slipped on the chair she stood on and as she risked getting everything toppled over her, Milotic had reacted just in time to protect her from harm. Yet one danger arised which Milotic could not react upon. As Jayane´s heart began racing from the sudden accident.

About to call an ambulance, Linda waited once she saw Milotic, seeming to use Safeguard yet no such aura was seen around Jayane. But as Jayane but her hand over her chest, even Tom was shocked to see what Milotic was capable of. With Milotic acting on it´s own, it was the proof Linda and Tom needed.

That should no cure be found, then Milotic could at the very least protect Jayane even from danger within herself. Time passed as night came, with Linda put Jayane to sleep in her bed and wishing her good night, while Milotic was beside the bed, keeping an eye over Jayane until it slumbers aswell.

Once morning came... Jayane got up from her bed, raising her hands up and stretching, yawning as she walked over to the bathroom and with the light on, she began to wash her face. Four years passed, and thanks to Milotic and new suppressive medicine Jayane continued to be able to live a normal life.

As a young teenager. And as Pokemon captures and battles spread it became safe for her to be public with Milotic, having like her grown during the years that passed since they first met. All done, Jayane got dressed and walked downstairs, being the first one up she looked around for Millie.

Not seeing her around, Jayane prepared some tea and breakfast while making a cup of coffee for her mother to enjoy once she gets downstairs. With it done Jayane walked upstairs to check up on her mom, as she saw Millie outside her door. Having a familiar pose yet Jayane didn´t really remember of what.

Quietly opening her mother´s bedroom door, Jayane saw her mother still asleep in bed despite having to go to work later, as Jayane gently woke up her mother. Waking up and instantly looking at the time, Linda thought she almost overslept and just to make sure asked Jayane if it was friday or saturday.

Jayane: It´s friday mom, but don´t worry you can sleep all you want during the weekend, so get up !

Linda: Alright alright... just been a busy work week... oh right, you got another checkup today right ?

Jayane: Yeah it´s today, if you´d let me drive just once then I can go there and back to school... please ?

Linda: Nice try jaybird, being tired doesn´t mean you can get away with such things... and your father ?

Jayane: Dad went early to go to the mall... you think he´s buying me something for my good grades ?

Linda: That was the deal..., when I see a diploma in your hand, sure get an extra Milotic if you want !

Jayane: I just want some extra change to go out with friends and Millie... it´s not like I want a car ...

Linda: I know... just remember... we have to pay each month not just for medicine... but for Millie...

Easily forgetting, Jayane shrugged it off and took her mother downstairs, giving her the cup of coffee while making breakfast for her and Millie. Also calling her father, Jayane continued to talk with him while Linda ate yet looked at Milotic, being next to her with the same familiar look on it´s face.

Asking Millie what´s wrong, Linda almost started to worry but thought she was just tired and was over analysing things. Time passed as everyone where ready to head off to the hospital, dropping off Jayane and Milotic while Linda would drive off to work and once done pickup Jayane to drive her to the mall.

Linda: Well I really hope your father really didn´t go to the mall to get you something too fancy...

Jayane: I´d be happy even if just with a movie ticket, think some new Spielbunk movies are running...

Linda: At such a young age he sure started out very well... so what you planning to do before and after ?

Jayane: Maybe walk around in the park, and after cinema just get a bite... I won´t eat too much though !

Linda: Good good, once you´re all done then I´m picking you up to have family dinner at home ...

Jayane: Oh that reminds me... anything that you want me to ask doc once the checkup is done ?

Linda: Not really... but perhaps you can convince him for extra discounts on the new suppressors...

Jayane: Sure mom... they are quite expensive, shame the old ones got discontinued for some reason...

As Jayane was dropped off, she waved goodbye to her mother and walked into the hospital, and after awhile was greeted by her doctor, the very same that had taken care of her ever since she first became ill. Entering the usual examination room, the doctor didn´t even need to tell Jayane anymore what to do.

Getting dressed into hospital clothes, Jayane laid down onto the medical board as the machine did its work, yet she wasn´t nervous or afraid. Almost wanted to be so for nostlagia, Jayane just smiled towards Millie, smiling back. After awhile she was done and once dressed up her doctor had the new results.

Doctor: Every time you two get here... you give so much hope... not just to yourselves... but to me...

Jayane: Well once my heart began to show signs of healing, then everyone got interested in it ...

Doctor: Somewhere out there is someone just like you Jayane... not having the same luck you have...

Jayane: Yeah... well I don´t feel lucky when the new medicine is starting to cost more each year ...

Doctor: I told your parents already... it´s out of my hands... many new rules exclude older medicine...

Jayane: So you´re just gonna throw away working medicine just because of these new rules or what ?

Doctor: Atleast here in Shinnoh it can´t be used... it´s cheaper to discard it than to sell it abroad...

Jayane: I´m sorry... and I´m not ungrateful... just worried how the increase is gonna affect us ...

Doctor: As long as you got me... I´ll legally do everything in my power to help you Jayane... I promise...

Jayane: Thank you... so... what´s today´s news … I hope I don´t need another new suppressor...

Doctor: Sadly you do... but good news is, it´s replacing one you´re already using that bothered you ...

Jayane: I guess I can´t complain … and any news on cures or changes in my heart since last month ?

Doctor: You´re healing yourself really Jayane... even if slowly... that alone is the miracle we needed...

Jayane: Yeah but the longer it takes, the more surpressors I need to stop any other possible side effects...

Doctor: A small price to pay... and I´ll say this... by the time you are 20... I believe... you´ll be healed...

Jayane: Really ?! Ah that´s great ! Okay many more years to wait but still, that´s awesome news !

Hugging her doctor, with no other news Jayane left the room and was about to call her mother to give her the good news. As if fate pierced through all her hopes, a staff passed by her with an emergency board towards operation, only for a cellphone to call nearby. As Jayane saw it herself. Her mother.

Once the doctor walked out and took notice, he quickly took Jayane back into the room and told her to stay inside and not leave until he gets back, while he then left to see what suddenly happened. Milotic felt the sudden new state of mind Jayane was getting into and tried to get her to think of something else.

But all the signs from the past began to gather into her mind. Forgetting lunch. Working overtime. Late shifts. Too much coffee and trouble sleeping. Even Millie sensing it during breakfast. But with Millie not nearby, Linda could not be protected from what always was fear to happen to Jayane. A heartattack.

All while Jayane remained drowned in her chaotic emotions. Feeling guilty. For not noticing. For not having Milotic around her parents enough to protect them aswell. Time passed as the door opened, only for Jayane to see her father enter with a face she would never forget. She understood what happened.

Days went by while Jayane remained inside her room with Millie, all while Tom visited the hospital after getting a call from the doctor, having some important information for him know of. Once arriving, Tom entered the examination room where Jayane´s doctor already was waiting for him.

Tom: Hey doc... I hope this won´t be long... I´m staying home today too to keep an eye over Jayane...

Doctor: Hello Tom... no I won´t hold you too long... how have you been holding … how is Jayane...

Tom: Even with Millie near her... it´s as if she´s a little girl again... she won´t stop crying out of guilt...

Doctor: Linda only did few examinations when Jayane was young... there is no way we could discover...

Tom: It´s not your fault doc... not really ours either... it just feels... so unfair... especially to Jayane...

Doctor: But I was there... I saw Jayane´s face... and just like her... I will never forget that day Tom...

Tom: Sometimes I wish she could forget everything... the pain... tragedy...and only keep her happiness...

Doctor: As painful as it is for me to say it... but it´s life Tom... it has it´s share of the good and the bad ...

Tom: Life has me having to work two jobs in the future... to be able to take care of myself and Jayane...

Doctor: And I´m sorry Tom... since I only got bad news today and the sooner you know of it the better...

Tom: It can´t me any worse... some new suppressors or cost increases...or is it something about Jayane ?

Doctor: It´s about Linda... the autopsy was finished... and it got confirmed that her heart had failed...

Tom: We already found that out the same day it happened from the emergency staff once she was gone...

Doctor: That´s not all... I found some signs that indicate... that it perhaps wasn´t due to her lifestyle...

Tom: What do you mean ? During that time period Linda pushed herself too hard for quite some time...

Doctor: It´s genetic Tom... and despite very faint... I saw some signs that show the same on Jayane...

With Tom realising what Jayane´s doctor was implying, he began to break down in tears. That despite Milotic´s protection, in time Jayane´s heart would risk failing if put through enough difficult conditions, and with her state of mind already the way it is, Tom feared of losing Jayane more sooner than later.

Atleast with Linda when alive, there was a chance to transplant her heart to Jayane yet as fate wanted it, Jayane had got her heart condition genetically from her mother, and if found out too late then the heart that would save Jayane´s life , if transplanted, would instead have killed her in due time just like her mother...

Chapter 2 Preview: Heavy Burdens

´´ You think that maybe mom … knew what would happen that day ? ´´

´´ Where to start... you haven´t payed last month and not this one either … ´´

´´ All I care for is my daughter and Milotic... everything else doesn´t matter...