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Aura Guardian, Ch. 1Aura Guardian, Ch. 1 by *chammy3760
Safe. Warm. Quiet. Protected.
Wait...something is wrong...;
Help me...HELP ME... HELP!
I gasped and sat up suddenly, my forehead connecting squarely with the camp lantern I had hung from the ceiling of the tent. I swore and fell backwards onto my pillow. Just outside, I heard Absol utter a startled cry. I almost didn't recognize it. I slowly crawled towards the flap, muttering sleepily.
"Absol? Are you all right? What is it?"
I heard nothing, but that was to be expected. Ever since I met him ten years ago, Absol has been almost completely silent. I've never known exactly why.
Maybe what happened that night affected him more than you think...?
I pushed the thought away as I awkwardly extricated myself from my sleeping bag and slid on my shoes. The timing of my nightmare and Absol's cry was too close to be a coincidence. There was definitely something wrong, and I couldn't
Aura Guardian, Ch. 2Aura Guardian, Ch. 2 by *chammy3760
My eyes flew open as a strong, calm voice entered my dreams. I was momentarily blinded by the sunlight streaming in through the greenish canvas of my tent, but when my vision cleared I saw Absol standing over me. His fur had been blackened by soot in a few places, but he seemed otherwise unhurt.
"Get up," the voice said. "I need your help."
The voice in my head was unknown to me but there was something familiar about it...
I sat up quickly. It couldn't be...or could it?
I opened my mouth to speak. My throat felt like sandpaper. "Absol?" I croaked.
My head spun. I started stammering. "Wha...how..."
"There will be time for me to indulge your questions later. Right now, I need you."
"Um...okay," I said uncertainly. "Uh, how long have I been asleep?"
"According to your watch, approximately six hours. I attempted to awaken you as soon as I put out the fire. When you did not wake up, I brought you back here s
Aura Guardian, Ch. 3Aura Guardian, Ch. 3 by *chammy3760
Absol and I started back up the path to the clearing. We walked in silence for a short while, but there was something that had been nagging at me.
"I know you're upset that you weren't able to accurately predict the forest fire, but that doesn't explain why you nearly took my hand off when I tried to pull you out of there. What the hell was in that glade that you were willing to die for?"
Absol slowed his pace. "It wasn't just my inability to predict this disaster that upset me. I sensed that somehow, whatever calamity had occurred in that place was far worse than any I have ever witnessed before."
"And because you couldn't get there in time to prevent it, you felt as though you were responsible for it."
Absol's features remained impassive, but I could feel his self-loathing seething just below the surface. "Yes." The tone of his reply told me to drop the subject.
"Sooo... have you always had the ability to communicate li
Aura Guardian, Ch. 4Aura Guardian, Ch. 4 by *chammy3760
We were too late.
If only I hadn't been so arrogant so foolish
"My God, Absol "
Joe stopped talking immediately when he saw me. I realized that tears had begun leaking from my eyes. I quickly wiped my face with my foreleg and tried to compose myself. I could not afford to become emotionally compromised, not now.
"We can grieve for them later; right now we need to focus." I said, as much for my own benefit as for his.
He nodded, though I could tell he was shaken to the core by what surrounded us. He tried to distract himself by directing his attention to a nearby pile of reddish dust. He ran his still-gloved finger through it, then set his bag on the ground and began rummaging through it for something.
"I assume this is the same substance that burned you?" he said.
The burns on my side twinged. "Yes. What are you doing?" I asked as he pulled his oldest, dirtiest cooking pot from the bag.
"Testing a theory," he re
Aura Guardian, Ch. 5Aura Guardian, Ch. 5 by *chammy3760
"You can come out now, it's safe."
Joe slowly poked his head over top of the tree, then stood up, gently cradling the injured Riolu in his arms.
"Thanks, Absol, nice...Jesus, what did you do?!"
He had just caught sight of the man. He was lying in a pool of blood, his torso nearly severed in half.
"He deserved it."
"Deserved it?! Dammit, Absol, you just killed the only man who could have told us who planned this attack!"
"He never would have talked."
"Absol, you can't know that!"
I whirled and skewered him with my gaze. He froze, staring fixedly at the crimson spray of blood staining my snow-white fur. My body shook as I desperately tried to suppress the terrible rage that had taken control of me.
I squeezed my eyes shut. "The Darkness..." I said, as much to myself as to Joe.
"The source of my power. Despite our noble intentions, all Absol are of the Dark-type, as you know. The Darkness from which we draw our power is
Aura Guardian, Ch. 7"Luke"Aura Guardian, Ch. 7 by *chammy3760
I started. "What?"
"You say you have a telepathic link with that Absol of yours. I want you to prove it." he said. "Show me how this link of yours works."
"I suppose I could do that," I said.
I looked down at Absol. He hadn't moved an inch since we first sat down. I tried to get his attention.
He gave no indication that I had heard him.
He continued to watch Arcanine, seemingly hypnotized by the slow, rhythmic motions of her breathing.
YO! WAKE UP, LOVER BOY!
That did it. Absol snapped out his reverie, shook his head rapidly, and looked up at me.
"What?" he asked irritably.
These nice folks want a demonstration of our telepathic link, I thought. Go look out the door and tell me what you see.
He strode over to the door, tugged it open, poked his head out, reported his findings, and went back to watching Arcanine sleep.
"Well? What did he see?" asked Seeker.
"An old man sunbathing in a hot pink Speedo.
Aura Guardian, Ch. 10"The Mission"Aura Guardian, Ch. 10 by *chammy3760
"Absol, can you hear me?"
My eyes opened slowly to see Joe's worried face hanging over me.
"Ugh...yeah..." I groaned. I weakly lifted my head from my pillow and looked around. "Where am I?"
"Celestic Town Pokémon Center. You've been asleep for nearly three days."
"Perish Song worked. You defeated Seeker's entire party. He's agreed to read us into his operation."
I smiled triumphantly.
"Also, it seems you made a really great impression on Jenny's Arcanine."
A sudden surge of energy rushed through me at the mention of her name. I tried to scramble to my feet. "Arcanine? What..." my exclamation was cut short as my paw got tangled in the bed sheet and I fell on my face. Joe laughed heartily.
"As soon as you collapsed, she rushed out to you and lifted you onto her back. She carried you here herself and wouldn't let anyone else near you. She's been waiting outside your room for you to wake up ever since. You sho
|My flagship story, "Aura Guardian" follows the adventures and exploits of a Pokemon team led by an Aura-sensitive trainer.|