The Charidian Trilogy - Part I
Change of Fate
This is my first short story, and I'm proud of it. It is the only piece of writing I have ever finished. Sad, huh?
The idea stemmed from a dream. Don't worry, my dream was way different than this though. This doesn't have anything to do with my track team. Heh.
Rating: Pg 13, maybe Pg 15... I don't really get the rating thing. Let's split the difference, say Pg 14. Good?
This is my story, but I don't claim the rights to Pokemon or anything. Blah blah blah. Well, here's the first half:
Slowly, Sasha walked out of the building and into a dream. She gasped, awestruck at her surroundings, wondering how such a place had been kept a secret for so long.
She was standing on the rim of a huge crater, at least a mile across, perhaps more. The noonday sun smiled down into it, accentuating the rolling green hills and sparkling off the crystalline river. Nearby, a waterfall plunged its way over the edge, cascading down the cliff with a roar of sheer joy.
Behind Sasha was a range of mountains, stretching as far as the eye could see. The temple she had just exited was nestled in a valley between two huge, snow capped giants. Somewhere up there was the origin of the river, forged of droplets of melted snow and ice.
The wind gusted around Sasha, causing her to take a step back from the edge of the precipice. She wondered how to get down into the crater, as she could see no steps or path.
Silently cursing the monk who had gotten her into this, she walked back and forth by the edge, looking around. Suddenly, she stumbled, landing painfully in an oversized bush. As she slowly picked herself back up, she noticed that beyond the flattened bush was a path.
“That’s one way to find it,” she said to herself, stepping over the bush and walking out onto the trail. It soon became apparent that it zigzagged down to the bottom, so Sasha set off down the slope.
Jake had noticed the visitor. Through his keen, reptilian eyes, he could see an ant on a leaf a hundred feet away, so spotting her from the bottom of the crater had been no problem at all.
He snorted, watching the smoke curling out of his nostrils, only to be shredded apart by the wind. He slowly unfurled his wings, the thin blue membranes rustling as he did.
He looked around to see if anyone else had seen her. Fortunately, they were all too busy playing games with each other and such to notice. He sprang into the air, gaining velocity with a few strong flaps of his wings.
He soared along close to the ground, aware of how his bright orange scales stood out against the blue sky.
Cresting hills and swooping through valleys, he shortly arrived at the base of the cliff where she was picking her way carefully down the path. Jake landed with a slight thud on the rocks. Quickly, he initiated his changes, watching his claws shrink into hands, his snout into a nose; with both his tail and wings disappearing to who knows where.
Brushing his short chestnut hair out of his eyes, he stepped out onto the path, just as Sasha rounded a corner.
“Oh!” She exclaimed.
“Hey, I’m Jake,” he said before continuing, “Did Father Laotsu send you?”
“Yeah,” she said hesitantly. “Where did you come from? I didn’t see you before.”
“What’s your name?” He skipped over her question, but she decided to ignore it for the moment.
“Sasha. Why did Father Laotsu send me here?”
Jake was temporarily dumbfounded. “You mean you don’t know? You don’t know what this place is!?” He continued, more to himself than anything, “Why would he send a commoner here? Perhaps she just doesn’t know about herself yet. Yes, that must be it. I guess I’ll have to tell her.”
But when he looked over at her, standing there silently, but with her eyes full of curiosity, he knew that he would just have to show her.
“Please, don’t be afraid.” Slowly, he turned back into his Charizard form, watching her eyes grow wider and wider in shock.
“A--are there others like you here? Is that what this place is?” She stammered.
Jake nodded slowly. “Well,” he amended in his rough growl, “There is only one other just like me. There are plenty of other breeds here though.”
For a second, Sasha saw what looked to be a glint of sadness in his angled draconian eyes; but in a moment, it was gone and she wondered if she had just imagined it.
He stepped aside, giving her her first glimpse of the crater floor and its inhabitants.
She gasped again; this place never ceased to amaze her. The green hills were almost crowded with Pokčmon of all shapes and sizes. From the lowliest rodent Pikachus to the great Dragonites, all were frolicking in the grass, splashing in the water, soaring through the skies or fighting mock battles. People were interspersed with them too, but not as much. Sasha assumed that most of them were in their other, more interesting forms.
She looked back at the fire dragon next to her. He was watching her, waving his fire-tipped tail back and forth slightly in agitation.
Turning her gaze back out at the fields again, she scanned for one type in particular. But she couldn’t catch a glimpse of any Charizards, or even any of his pre-evolutions, Charmander or Charmeleon. There seemed to be at least a few of every other breed, even the rare ones. But for some reason, no Charizards.
“Why...” she started to ask, but he cut her off.
“Father Laotsu says that it’s something in our DNA that makes us so rare. Supposedly, human and Charidian genes are almost incompatible.”
“This other Charizard, is it a female?”
“No.” This time, Sasha was sure about the sadness in his eyes.
“I’m so sorry.”
Jack shook his head. “No need. I’ve gotten used to being lonely by now. Besides, who knows? You might even morph Charizard yourself!” He laughed at the irony. “But I doubt that.”
“Wait, so are you sure about that? Me morphing that is, I’ve never done anything of the like. I’m just a normal person, I had a normal life, at least until Father Laotsu came along.” Now she looked worried.
“All of us were just ‘normal people’ before he told us. I just don’t know why he didn’t tell you. But don’t worry,” he noticed the look on her face, “I’ll help you!”
He saw the gratitude glittering in her eyes, dispersing any fears of not fitting in. “Here,” he beckoned her nearer. “I’ll take you to where I live, and you can use that as a home base, so to speak.”
Suddenly, Sasha felt herself being lifted up into strong Charizard arms as Jake grabbed her and leaped into the air.
“Hold still,” he growled, soaring along with her held against his chest. “You don’t want to fall, do you?”
She stopped squirming and relaxed enough to begin enjoying the sight of the ground speeding past. A few moments later, though, he banked left, causing her to stifle a scream.
Jake carried her all the way to his cave on the far side of the crater, situated about a quarter of the way up. Fortunately, stairs were carved out of the rock so she would be able to come and go as she pleased.
He landed outside, setting her down gently. She looked around curiously.
“You live here?”
“Yeah, this is my home.” Jake changed back into a human.
She noticed what he was doing. “Is it made for human occupation, or Charizard?” she queried.
“See for yourself,” he responded, grabbing her arm and taking her inside.
Although the entryway to the cave was small on the outside, though big enough for a Charizard of course, the inside opened up into a fair sized cave. The grotto was about fifteen feet high and about twice as long in diameter. The most stunning aspect of the cave, though, was that all of the furniture, made for human or Charizard, was hewn out of the solid rock.
Sasha walked across the stone floor to the nearest chair, running her fingers across its smooth surface in wonder. “Did you do this?”
“Yeah,” Jake followed her, plunking down in the chair on the other side of the table.
“How? This must have taken forever!” Sasha took his lead and sat down in the chair next to her.
“I, well, I guess you could say I cheated. I melted the rock then molded it with my claws.” He looked slightly abashed, turning his face away from her slightly.
“Wow, no! That’s just as great!” Jake turned and looked back at her, grinning a bit at her praise. Suddenly, though, she sobered up, looking slightly morose. “You talk about your claws and fire so naturally. I— I don’t ever think I’ll live up to that. I don’t think I can do it.”
“You will, don’t worry, and I’ll be there to help you!” He took one of her hands in both of his, looking her dead in the eyes, as serious as she. “Whatever you morph, it doesn’t matter. I know you can do it, and I’ll be the first to smile back at you when you realize it too!”
Kody had also noticed Sasha’s arrival. His Charidian eyes were as sharp as Jake’s, and he had been waiting for a visitor for a long while. He watched Jake speak to her, reveal himself to her, and fly her to his cave.
“Hah!” he said to himself, “Let him do all of the work, I’ll just stand back and watch. But if that girl morphs Charizard, Jake’ll have to watch his back! I won't let him have her!”
He let out a burst of fire, straight up into the air, the flames dancing and wheeling up towards the sun. “When I beat him in a battle, that girl is sure to come to me for comfort! Besides, I’m way more handsome than him anyways.”
He took off, soaring across to Jake’s house.
Jake was showing Sasha the conveniences of his home just as Kody arrived. He could hear him landing, even before Kody announced himself with an obnoxious, “Knock knock! Is anyone home?”
Kody knew he was there, just as Jake had known Kody was outside. Even as humans, their hearing and eyesight was much better than others’. Their strength, as well, far exceeded normal human capabilities.
“Come on in, Kody,” Jake called out. Sasha gave him an inquiring look. “The other Charizard,” he explained quickly, just as Kody walked into the room.
“That I am!” He said cockily. “The better one, I might add!”
Sasha looked up in surprise at his statement. Kody was taller than Jake by quite a bit, although they were both about seventeen, to her sixteen. He had pitch black hair, spiked on top of his head, and a pale complexion. In contrast to Jake’s broad shoulders and sturdy appearance, Kody was wiry thin, almost sickly so.
When she looked back over at Jake, she could almost see Jake’s hackles rising, but his voice was surprisingly calm as he answered, “We’ll see about that. Why are you here again?”
“Just wanted to say hello to the new arrival. The name’s Kody,” he said, offering his hand out to her.
She shook it, after only the briefest hesitation over the look on Jake’s face. “Sasha,” she murmured in reply.
“Nice to meetcha,” he said before turning to Jake. “Shy?” He asked rhetorically in a stage-whisper. He turned back to her, pleased at the soft blush creeping across her cheeks. “What do you morph?” he asked her directly.
“Oh, really? How do you know you can? Who sent you here, anyways?”
Jake responded for her, “Of course she can morph, Father Laotsu sent her!”
“Ahh,” he said knowingly, “Well, I must be going, but feel free to come visit me, Sasha. Just give me a call, and I’ll come running! Or should I say flying?” He gave a saucy wink before turning and walking away.
Sasha waited until she was sure he was gone before turning to Jake. “How horrible!” She cried, referring to Kody. “He’s so full of himself! Is he always like that? I sure hope not, for your sake! No wonder your lonely, if that’s the only other Charizard here!”
Jake gave a half smile and a sigh. “Yeah, he’s always been that way. He was a little worse with you here but, that’s only to be expected.”
“Why’s that?” She asked innocently.
“Well, to put it bluntly— If there’s the slightest chance you’re a Charizard, he wants you for himself.” Sasha looked down at the floor, her face burning. “But don’t worry, if you want me to, I can protect you.”
“Thanks,” she said quietly.
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