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    No, I'm not dead. Just very, very busy, thanks to a new job I got hired for, and am working like mad to pay for college. Any comments, critique, etc are greatly appreciated. This is rated PG-13 to be safe, and this is the first of two planned installments.

    Ah, and big thanks for Hanako Tabris for betaing. She's a God(ess) who helps us mere mortal people.


    Anamnesis

    [an-am-NEE-sis] (n.): The recollection or remembrance of the past.

    Part I: Reminiscence


    Do you remember me?

    ...No, of course you don't. You haven't remembered me in thirty years.

    My fault. I'm sorry.

    I've been telling you this every day for the past three decades, hoping that one day you might find it within your heart to forgive me.

    You haven't yet, and perhaps you never will.

    ...Who am I?

    You ask this of me every waking morning.

    Who are you?

    Gardevoir, I tell you, and nothing more. That's all that's needed. After all, come the next day, you will remember nothing of it. Nothing of me, you - nothing. Every day, you wake up a blank slate, like a very young human child thrust into a foreign land. You know only the basic things: how to eat, how to sleep, how to write -- and how to talk, if you're in the right mood.

    And that's my sin - my fault that you lost the thing most precious: your memories. You can no longer hold any thought for more than a single day because I failed as a pokémon. Your pokémon. I failed to do the one thing that is required of each and every one of us: protect the master, the trainer, you.

    After that day, you were kept in the hospital for quite some time. The doctors tried everything they could to salvage what was left of you and repair the damage that had been done. It was all in vain. You could no longer hold the images from your past. Oh, they were still there. Fifteen years worth of memories can never be erased. Lost, yes, but never forgotten. But your brain is like a sieve now, and your memories are water.

    They told me that you would never remember anything or anyone ever again.

    I still refuse to believe it.

    Leave, they told me. You have found out your trainer's fate. You do not belong here. Leave now and never come back.

    I would not leave your side, no matter how many times they told me. Perhaps had this happened under different circumstances, I would be gone. But this is my atonement: to stay by your side, even if you still reject the thoughts of me. Your other pokémon would not leave your side either. Not at first. They still believed, just as I, that you would one day revert back to your old self, that this was just a passing nightmare that we all happened to be a part of.

    Miracles do happen, correct?

    But times change. And as much as we try, we cannot cling to what is past. Slowly but surely, they filtered away, one by one. A few are with your mother, and be assured that they are as happy as circumstances allow. The rest left for good. I don't know quite where they are now, but they are free. I do not think they will take another trainer, if the fates allow them choice. They still care about you, remember that, if nothing else. We are loyal to you, even if we might fade away.

    You might never remember us.

    But we will always remember you.

    Don't blame them though, don't hate them for leaving you. You must understand that it is hard to stay at the side of one who believes you to be a stranger.

    You must also understand that it is even more difficult to stand beside a traitor. They hated me. Always will, because of what happened. Some could not bear to be in the same room that I was in. I could feel their hatred, the steel glares, the cutting snarls... the harsh words... where once there was a bond of trust, there is now nothing but a sharp chain of enmity that will never rust.

    I do not blame them. Their emotions were -- and still remain -- justified and understandable. I failed to protect you. I will take their hate. I will take yours also, if one day you so choose to hate me.

    You must also know that we tried everything we could to bring you back. The medications, the therapies, the herbs... whatever was offered us, or what we could offer you, we tried, even if the hope of you recovering was nothing more than a forlorn percentage.

    I myself tried to put your shattered mind back together with my abilities, but the mind is brittle; it is a complex thing, with nerves, crevices, and passageways, but it can be broken so easily. What I found inside your head was a puzzle scattered to the wind. Your memories were still there -- everywhere. Unfortunately, the bonds that once tied them together were broken.

    It took me a long time to realize my endeavors were yielding nothing. They stopped me, too -- the ones who watched over you then in the Deseret Institute. They didn't at all appreciate my psychic manipulations. They still did not trust me, and I was causing you stress both physically and mentally; it was painful for you.

    They told me that if anyone was to put your memories back together, it would have to be you.

    I had to accept that even the greatest Psychic couldn't fix such a tiny thing as a human's mind.

    It took a long time for me to accept that. Years to come to terms that I was not as great as I thought I was, and a single thought--a wish--could not solve everything, nor bring to pass near-impossibilities. But as the years slowly went and I watched you interact within a world in which you no longer completely belonged, the more I was convinced that you--the real you, not this fake husk--still existed, and perhaps there was still something I could do to, though ultimately it would all fall on you.

    I knew that I could no longer do things openly like I once had. If I did, I would most assuredly be stopped before I could even begin. And perhaps they had been right in a sense what I had been doing was invasive and dangerous. Back then, I believed I could do anything--and trying to thread your memories back together was the only conceivable option I could think of. I know I can’t put them back together now. Time has taught me that. But perhaps, I thought then, I could give you mine.

    It wouldn’t harm you, I would make sure of that. And I would only do it in the darkest hours as you drifted into the serene dream world that perhaps was your only peace. You couldn’t hurt yourself dreaming -- they were only dreams, after all. And these were only memories. To interweave them would be a seamless task. It was something I knew I could do, and for the first time in five years, I felt useful again.

    That was twenty-five years ago...


    *****

    The grass quivers.

    You pause, careful, cautious, not daring to make a single sound as you step through the forest undergrowth, sky a blazing twilight hue. A small, dark canine pads along at a quiet canter, nose to the ground just in front of you, ears pricked as she trails the scent of the pokČmon you are searching for. But there is no longer any need to track: the target is already in your sights, sleeping against the trunk of an elm tree, under a thick branch jutting out from its center. A Ralts. You don’t think -- well, you hope would be a more accurate word, no need to get cocky -- it can sense you yet. You do know with unwavering certainty that it can’t sense your Poochyena; she’s immune to such detection.

    With each careful step towards it, you prepare to order your Poochyena, Mari, to take the offensive. Going this route, you could probably catch it in seconds. An attack, a flick, and a toss--it was a simple procedure, and Ralts weren’t known for their hostility. It would be like catching a Caterpie with a bigger brain.

    Then, you see the Ralts begin to stir from its slumber, eyes fluttering open as it blinks away the last residue of sleep that holds it fast. You grit your teeth, feeling your muscles tense until you’re sure you can feel them pull. You no longer have the luxury of waiting.

    “Quick!” you yell, a single split-second instant. “Go, now!”

    Mari roars, her once near-frozen body now moving in a blurred near-untraceable motion. She crashes through the brush, fangs bared as she lunges towards the psychic-type that’s now surrounded in a fierce violet aura. No doubt it’s preparing to Teleport. They always do.

    “Don’t let it get away!” Your voice rises a couple notches as Ralts leaps to its feet, green cap flipping upward as it moves, revealing a pair of deep, garnet eyes. “Bite it!”

    Your Poochyena opens her mouth wide, sharp fangs gleaming in the fading light -

    A sound. The ear-wrenching cry of splitting wood.

    - You look up, just in time to see the thick tree branch above the two break free from of its host, plummeting to the ground.

    You grit your teeth. Your Poochyena looks up mid-lunge. The Ralts smirks.

    You call her name, but there is no time to run--

    The thick branch smashes mercilessly into Mari’s back, eliciting a high-pitched yelp of pain as it knocks the wind out of her and crushes her to the ground. Now successfully pinned beneath the sturdy arm of wood, the young dog winces in pain, furiously digging with her claws in an effort to free herself. It’s futile, you realize, as your eyes detect a pale purple nimbus around the elm branch, weighing it down.

    Not two seconds later, the approaching darkness is spurned away by a ring of bright, ghostly light. The Ralts has surrounded herself with a ring of pale-blue will-o-wisps. It looks at you, and your eyes meet in challenge.

    Well you’ll be damned.

    You bend over to pick up a rock, as big of one as you can fit your fist around. The will-o-wisps and the glow around the branch intensify. A warning. You ignore it.

    “Hey!” you yell, trying to draw the Ralts’s full and undivided attention. It turns, giving you one brief second to secure its focus, and you do with the rock in your fist, watching it fly. It was a very well-thrown rock, if you do say so your-

    --It stops mid-flight. Then, with double the speed and double the power, it comes streaking back. The few seconds it takes to clear the distance between you and the Ralts barely gives you time to yell and even less time to dodge. It hits you square on the side of the face before clattering into the bushes. You brush the place it hit with your hands, feeling droplets of blood well up from the scrape. You smile despite the stinging pain.

    Those few seconds were all you needed.

    “YEEENN!”

    The Ralts spins around on her feet, face etched with the anger of her realized mistake as Mari flies towards her in whirlwind of midnight paws, free from her confines, as the concentration of the Psychic broke. The Ralts lets the will-o-wisps fly, the majority crashing into Mari’s fur in a terrible blast of blue heat and flame. Patches of fur disintegrate at the blast, but she doesn’t heed the faux-fire or the welling burns; instead, the pain seems to increase her fury tenfold, and she sends the Psychic toppling. A Confusion blast rips through the air along with another surge of ghostly fire. The fur on your Poochyena is tossed and burned, and the air shimmers with the foreign vibrations that make your head spin, but Mari remains unmoved from her quarry, patches of fur from her muzzle gone.

    Her savage grin is unamused and her golden eyes show no hint of remorse or sympathy as her fangs sink into the Ralts’s soft mushroom cap and into her skull. Her jaws tighten as the Ralts struggles to break free, limbs flailing, but Mari is not about to let go, and the punches are weak. Still, the Ralts shows no sign of giving up as long as it still has energy to fight.

    You suppose you’ll have to do this the hard way.

    “Use Poison Fang!”

    Her eyes flick toward you in a flash of sadistic glee, her tail thrashing like mad as she allows the poison to seep from her fangs. The Feeling Pokémon's struggles become more pronounced, but it refuses to cry out in pain. You suppose you might have felt bad for it at this point if it hadn’t tried to attack you, but as it did, your pity only stretches so far.

    It doesn’t take long for you to know the attack has taken effect. The Ralts begins to sway, movements becoming uncoordinated and less fluid as poison siphons her life away; however, you notice with narrowed eyes that Mari’s movements are becoming unsteady as well, and her jaws loosen their hold.

    You reach for an empty pokéball at your belt. You whistle and the Poochyena lets go, tottering on her paws and looking sick. The pokéball flies through the air, hitting the Ralts’s body as it struggles to rise to its feet and fight back, but the whirring air and force of the capture beam pulls it in before it can do so, clamping shut and concealing the light and being within.

    The ball quivers. Once, twice, thrice-

    Ding!

    The ball ceases to move and the red glow at the ball’s center fades to white.

    *******

    The Deseret Institute in which you made your place of rest for many, many years was situated in an isolated part of the Verdanturf countryside, the closest place you could get to the true heart of nature for many miles, and highly regarded as a haven for those in ill health in body or mind. Though most of that rumor was made of myth, influenced by its oddly clear skies. The Deseret Institute itself owned a fair amount of land, and had a spacious estate that reminded one of the old, country homes in your species’ old-fashioned movies, but several times bigger.

    It prided itself as being a home for the weary and a place of solace for those that had suffered loss, with an air of fragrant professionalism at every door and golden nameplate. In simple terms, it was a place for recuperation for those who had been injured mentally, physically, or both and needed more than a short hospital stay to recover.

    You were one of the institute’s permanent residents. You were not much inclined to talk back then, preferring to stare long out the window and wait for something to happen. To the staff, this did not bode well, and they made many attempts to try and bring you out of your own shell, though their efforts were laughably futile.

    There was one particular instance I still remember vividly.

    It was dark, and the Deseret Institute felt it would be beneficial to bring the patients that were able to attend a party of sorts. They had built up a ravenous bonfire, in hope to make the stay as pleasant as possible for those that attended.

    You were one of them, and you did not look excited to attend.

    They were passing out a thick, creamy soup, and many of the patrons were talking with their care nurses or remaining comatose as they stared into the fire or the sparse, star-lit sky. Though each person each had a different level of dysfunction or injury, there was one thing you all had in common: all your injuries had been caused by pokémon.

    Over to my left, there sat a girl in a wheelchair, Marianne Threatcher. Her legs were gone, and her face, which had once been as beautiful as a doll of the finest porcelain, was now as disfigured as a patchwork quilt. Her family had been mauled by a lone male Ursaring when they had unknowingly camped in his territory during mating season. She was the most fortunate one in her family: she was the only person to get out alive. Marianne was new to the Deseret Institute, and here she was, chatting amiably with the woman beside her--a nurse paid to look over the disfigurements and pretend they were not there. Despite all of this, she was smiling, and she bore no ill will to the monster that had effectively torn her life apart. She would later make a full recovery and become one of the most prolific speakers Hoenn has ever known.

    To her immediate left was a man staring into the sky, eyes blank and old beyond his years, contemplating things better left for the dying. He had no name that he wished to tell. He had been stabbed through by his own Nidoking, horrifically poisoned and left for dead. The man remembered every painstaking detail. Unlike the girl, in another three months he was doomed to die in a world that didn’t care.

    There was another, among many, that stuck out from the small crowd of patients and nurses that night. This one was a small brown-haired boy who had his throat torn out by a Rattata he had tried to catch with a pokéball. He was seven years old, bright, and obviously trying to smile. He would return to school as soon his throat healed, but he would never quite recover. He would later hang himself in the attic of his family’s quaint country home with a rope wrapped with barbed wire, and all because he had been constantly hazed, teased, and made fun of because of his disability by a group of boys who should have been his friends. He turned fourteen on the day of his funeral.

    Even now, it is hard for me to believe that you are still one of the lucky ones.

    I looked over in your direction, where you were taking a small helping of soup from a humming Chansey. You didn’t say anything as you took the bowl and played with the contents with your spoon. A few pieces of broccoli floated to the surface against the creamy liquid. You stared at it for a long time before looking up at me and pausing.

    “Who are you again?” you asked, frowning.

    “Gardevoir.”

    Your frown turned into a deep grimace. You toyed with your spoon, nearly spilling the bits of egg cupped inside it. You dump the substance back in, before taking another spoonful sans the egg. This time, you do more than stare. You try to form a word with your mouth, but it never comes full circle as you battle for a memory that won’t come.

    “Gardevoir”--You pointed to the contents in the spoon, most particularly, to a piece of grayish matter that had bubbled to the surface-- “What’s that?”

    I stared at the object in question. “A mushroom.”

    Your eyes lit up with a sudden understanding, but within seconds, the glow was almost fully extinguished. “Mushroom?”

    Your jaw locked and went taunt. Your eyebrows creased into a wedge-like shape, and horrid lines criss-crossed all over your face like a cancerous disease. You suddenly looked so very old, and less like the human I remembered.

    You shoved the spoonful of the soup down your throat, followed by another, and another, and another as your arm trembled. Your eyes hardened, while your grimace became sterner and deeper at each mouthful.

    You suddenly stand up, and people turn to look at you, surprised or perhaps curious.

    “Disgusting.”

    The bowl clattered to the ground, its contents bleeding into the red earth as you marched into the darkness without a single word.

    That was twenty years ago...


    ******

    You stare despairingly into the campfire, before moving your eyes to address the pot whose bubbling innards are to be your meal for tonight. Soup, to be exact. You shift positions on the old log you’re using as your cushion. It’s a rather chunky sort, perhaps more of a stew than a soup, stuffed with an assorted array of vegetables and things... really, anything you could find that looked edible. Although... it currently looks far too green for your liking.

    Mari seems a bit more satisfied with her meal, gnawing on a bone she presumably scavenged from somewhere during her habitual scouting expeditions to soothe her curious and wandering nature. It’s been three days since the rather eventful battle with the Ralts, and she seems entirely recovered in spirit. Her outward physical appearance is still rather haggard, covered in faded burn welts, and missing large patches of fur, especially around her muzzle--that has been reduced into a layer of pale pink flesh. The poison via the Ralts’s apparent Synchronize ability had also been flushed out of her body, and she seems as rambunctious as ever.

    From the evil glint in her eyes, however, it seems the dog hasn’t quite yet forgotten the pokémon that gave her those injuries. You can see her flit dark, venomous glares towards the female Ralts in question. Sitting against an old tree stump, the Ralts seems to be as listless as they come, staring blankly--though more boredly if you were to describe it--into the distance.

    You have no problem with the psychic being outside her pokéball; she can’t go anywhere--not with Mari watching and your high-tech pokéball recall system waiting in the wings if she tried to Teleport or run. She’s done neither.

    Finally deciding your insidious blend of edibles is done, you ladle the chunky stew into a large, plastic bowl. On the top floats a few stray leaves from the berries you threw in for good measure, hoping to improve the taste. They look like ash, and no doubt taste just as appetizing.

    You’ve never been much of a cook, but you can’t exactly afford any of the expensive stuff that actually tastes decent. All of the money you earn goes towards new pokéballs, antidotes, potions, and burn heals.

    When you first started your journey, you lived shamelessly off hot soda pop, bread, and candy. But you soon learned that soda pop tends to explode after frequent walking, candy gets stolen by the friendly neighborhood Zigzagoon, (the next one to come within a ten foot radius of your food supplies is going to get Mari’s teeth sunk into its furry ass), and bread just doesn’t taste or look good after lots of walking in ever-changing weather conditions, especially through (as trainers around Hoenn often joke) Mother Nature’s time of the month--that is, when things turn rainy and miserable.

    With that lesson learned, you’ve currently been living off trail mix, H20, and baked Cheetos more or less.

    You sigh. Such is the life of a pokémon trainer.

    You swirl around your impromptu mixture with your plastic spoon, watching as a few round objects bubble to the surface. You carefully ladle a spoonful of the stew out of the bowl, watching the liquid simmer in the cool evening air. You suddenly regret using your last antidote on the Ralts three days ago. You have the distinct feeling you just might need it.

    Mustering up a great deal of courage, you swallow a generous spoonful of the soup, gasping and nearly choking on a piece of potato you liberated from a farm you passed by yesterday. That is soon followed by nearly half the water remaining in your canteen. Your frown turns into a full scale grimace of pure, unadulterated disgust as full flavor of your meal hits you with all the force of a dump truck full of rotten food and maggots.

    You spoon up another mouthful and shove it down your throat. It’s either this or starve.

    Something tiny, unfamiliar, and brown bobs to the surface. You pause.

    You’d rather starve.

    But you’re not to not about to let your hard-made meal go to waste. That would just be stupid and wasteful. You don’t even remember how long it took to gather all of those supplies.

    “Mari!” Her ears perk up, reminding you of an over-enthusiastic rabbit given a longer tail. “Mari! Mari, here, girl!” You push the red bowl in her direction, knowing your starter pokémon wouldn’t take it even if he was starving. Her tail abruptly stops drumming its bolero on the ground. She lets out a long, drawn-out whine, eyeing the bowl with no secret display of suspicion, her enthusiasm wilting all too quickly.

    You eye her. Since childhood, you’ve been under the impression that dogs have nothing less than iron-coated stomachs --“You trust me, don’t you?” -- As well as an unquenchable thirst to please.

    “Yin!” Not a moment’s hesitation.

    “You know I’d never do anything to hurt you, right?”

    “Y...Yin...” Her tone falls a few notches.

    “Just try it,” you insist. “Come on.”

    She slinks towards the bowl, sniffing it with her keen, red nose. Slowly, her pink tongue begins to lap up the mixture, her face indistinguishable. She makes a noise, before shoving her whole face in like a pig and gulping down a portion that you wouldn’t have deemed possible for such a small animal.

    Mari immediately turns a delicate shade of green, and retches, mirroring a cat coughing up a particularly thick, gooey hairball. Somehow, she manages to keep it in, but knocks over the bowl with her paw, leaving no chance for you to rescue your home-made poison. She purses her mouth and gags. Her stare is almost as accusing as it is hurt.

    “...Sorry.” You fold your arms across your knees, not really sorry but mildly sympathetic.

    The remaining soup still nags on your conscience like a taunt pull-string of a toy a child is trying to gently wrench out of a tight corner. If there’s another thing you’ve learned in your travels, it’s that wasting anything is liable to drive you nuts now that everything you own has suddenly become important. You suppose you could try and feed it to another--...

    You mental processes surge to a chugging halt. Very aware of the pair of red eyes that are now trailing you from the corner, you shift positions from your sitting log. The thought suddenly occurs to you that the Ralts probably hasn’t eaten at all today. She’s never psychically voiced anything for days now. She only has once--or, rather, you thought she did, though it could have been a passing thing--otherwise, you would’ve believed she was mute, or was never going to talk to you at all. This was far from the dreams you envisioned when you began your hunt.

    “Umm...” you begin. “Want some?”

    It doesn’t take a fast-action camera to catch the psychic-type’s baleful glare. Mari growls in disapproval, rising to her haunches, searching for an excuse to attack.

    “You sure? It’s really--”

    With a loud clang, the red bowl on the ground takes flight, nearly slamming into Mari’s chest as she jumps backwards, fur bristling in anger as her fangs gleam.

    You don’t quite know what do say.

    “Rrrggyyyennn!”

    “Down, Mari,” you say, trying to soothe down the snarling Poochyena while trying to keep calm yourself.

    The Ralts sneers.

    “Umm.. I probably have some regular food you could have if you’re hungry... or Mari could probably find some berr--”

    “NEN!”

    “Orrr maybe not.”

    Again, the Ralts continues to completely and utterly ignore you. Her look suggests that you’re not worth much more than dirt, with Mari not being worth anything. For the past three days you’ve tried to be courteous, and hoped your personality would rub off on her.

    “Listen, I know we got off on the wrong foot...”

    The Ralts’s countenance twists into an odd, jaded smile and she laughs. “Let me go.”

    If there was any doubt she was female before, there isn’t now. The telepathic voice is deep and commanding, but still feminine, while at the same time, stoic and emotionless.

    You don’t allow yourself to be anything but cheerful, hiding your surprise. “Can’t do that.” You smile wryly. You’d be the laughingstock. “Things will get better, I promise. Why don’t we start off with... I dunno... introducing ourselves properly? You know... you do have a name, don’t you? I can’t just keep calling you Ralts for the rest of--”

    “I only give my name to those who are worthy.”

    You suddenly have the urge to compare her to an old, condemned house given a personality. “You’re probably just hungry...”

    “You try and feed me any of that human food, and I’ll shove it down your throat.”

    You force yourself to laugh. “It’s not that bad...”

    Mari makes a loud retching noise.

    “You thought it was disgusting.”

    “What?” Your insides jump, wary. “You read my mind?”

    “No,” the Ralts responds, with a tone that suggests that she wouldn’t care to. “I could feel it. It’s hard to ignore an emotion as strong as that one was.”

    “All right. So it was disgusting. But you might li--”

    “I doubt it.”

    “Listen, I know you don’t like traveling with me much now, but--”

    “Then let-me-go.”

    “I can’t,” you say stiffly, fumbling for an excuse, but finding none to justify your means.

    “Selfish. All of you humans are selfish and greedy.” She now reminds you of a kettle about to boil over at any second if you don’t turn the heat down, despite the otherwise cool exterior.

    Mari snickers, baring her fangs at the annoying creature. “PINYEN!”

    The kettle’s top blows loose and the steam flies with a loud yell from the Ralts in her native tongue. The stainless steel pot blurs through the air, contents flying in a goopy puddles of mess into the berry bushes, dripping off them like slime, while the pan and the remainder of the meal makes contact with Mari’s face, sending the pup careening backwards, now drenched in soup with the large pot for a cap that engulfs her completely.

    You quickly grab both Ralts’s and Mari’s pokéballs, preparing to recall them if things get worse.

    “What was that for?” you shout, moving quickly to your feet as Mari tosses the gleaming silver pot off of her, soaked to the bone and ready to murder. “Mari! Down! DOWN!”

    “She called me a Mushroomhead,” she hisses, spitting out the last word as if it were a vile poison. She then challenges the sopping Mari with a leer that matches the dark-type’s own.

    “And what did you call her?” Your patience is wearing thin. You can feel the hot blood rushing to your head, promising a migraine and a nasty bout of acne in the near future if you don’t bottle it with all haste.

    The Ralts grins. Barely. “Guess.”

    A certain swearword immediately comes to mind. “Well, neither would be far off from the truth, now, would it?”

    Two sets of eyes are drilling into you now, with Mari’s golden ones gleaming with hurt, the Ralts’s garnet eyes shining with resentment, but you find that you don’t really care. Whoever said pokémon training was an easy task should be shot, revived, and shot again.

    You grimace and back down, taking a seat on your woody cushion. Your stomach rumbles and you halfway wish the soup--as bad tasting as it was--hadn’t been destroyed. Almost. You continue to breathe deep, trying to put a stopper on the tumultuous emotions. It’ll do no one any good if you explode and let Mari have free reign. She’d probably kill the thing.

    You inhale, exhale, sigh. “What do you hate so much about being with a trainer?”

    “All we are are just glorified slaves,” she replies bitterly, adding “It’s true,” as Mari began to growl again, You just happen to be tame.”

    “I never--”

    “Well, I don’t consider being stuck in ball all the time as my definition of freedom.”

    “You don’t have to be in the pokéball if it bugs you that much.”

    “Really?” she says, looking surprised, but suspicious and disbelieving.

    You jerk your head towards Mari, who’s now sat herself besides your legs, trying to dry herself off with her tongue and looking disgusted. “She’s out all the time.”

    Mari snarls again, revealing a row of dagger-sharp fangs. “Yeeen, Pinye--”

    You glare at the dog. “Mari...”

    She quiets immediately. “Che.”

    “Besides, you like to fight, don’t you? It’d not like you’re timid-natured, or anything.” --though you wish to Mew she was-- “You sure as hell gave Mari a run for her tail” --you then point to your badly bruised cheek-- “and nearly gave me a broken jaw.”

    It takes her awhile to answer, with a drawing murmur of half-hearted agreement on her part, immediately followed by a verbal jab by Mari that you silence with a meaningful thrust of your right foot. You breathe in a lungful of the cool night air. You feel your rapid breathing slow and your blood begin to cool, and hope the Ralts will follow your example.

    Suddenly, you get an idea, a tiny flit of one in the back of your head. You clear your throat. “Listen,” you say, sounding perhaps a bit too eager as you muster up the most amusing thoughts you possess. “What if we make a deal?”

    “Deal?”

    “I get you to laugh within ten minutes, and you willingly come with me. I don’t, I’ll release you.”

    The Ralts stares at you, taking you in on your offer. She takes a few minutes to respond, finally nodding her head, with a hesitant, though over-condfident “fine.”

    You grin, hoping it makes her uneasy as you conjure up your most pleasant family memories, hoping, being the “Emotion Pokemon” she is, that she’ll begin to feel the mood too, and pray that’ll leak in to her current morose disposition, and make her do a 180--even for a single split second. They do say emotions can be infectious and, to a Ralts, perhaps extremely potent.

    You observe her with all caution, not wanting to upset the current ambiance in any way, hoping to see her crack a smile as you grin fiendishly, stoked at your sudden flash of near genius. She can’t beat the memories you got, and if those memories can get the most callous of relatives to laugh, they can surely get a saturnine Ralts --no matter how unwilling--to laugh.

    *****

    It was difficult, allowing the years to fly by, watching you lose a little bit more of your old physical self as you aged. But it was even harder to watch you flounder in a sea of uncertainty - about yourself, present, past, and future.

    In hopes to rekindle some form of recognition in you, the psychologists of the Deseret Institute gave you a journal. It was a petty thing, black and unwelcoming, with your name scribbled in bold, white letters on the front. They encouraged you to write in it, because you still knew how to write and talk, though you didn’t know how you knew. It puzzled everyone how you knew words and those types of finer skills, yet couldn’t remember the events in which you learned them, though secretly they were fascinated.

    They’d remind you about your journal every day, making sure it was by your bedside when you woke up in the morning, hoping that if you looked back, you’d realize that you indeed had a yesterday, a today, and a page for tomorrow.

    You wrote in it. There would be times when you would fill up pages of it with incoherent, rambling nothings, but most days you wrote but two things:

    The date, and the lone sentence:

    Today, I have finally woken up for the first time.

    Each day you would continue to write your mantra, boldly striking out those same words that lay but one line up in thick, black pen. You’d do so until the sharp point of the writing utensil tore the paper, and scoured the white beneath it with thick black lines of rejection. Because how could this be? You couldn’t quite comprehend or realize why this person said they were you when you couldn’t remember writing it.

    I could feel your frustration leaking in at a steady rate, heightening at the apex of the day, before decaying at the dusk. Most of the time, you’d remain relatively calm, your brows knitting together in distress; however, sometimes you’d work yourself into a frenzy, because there was writing in your book--writing that was supposedly by you, but you could not remember doing.

    There were countless times during the years if I wondered if my attempts were working--if causing you to relive the memories you had forgotten were doing you any good at all. And they were well-founded, as day after day after day you awoke with nothing to your name.

    But then again, there were other times when I felt my therapy was working, even if the effect was so minuscule, it was easy to brush off. There were times when you’d wake up from these living dreams, shouting a name you once knew, or sitting up in bed with a strange thought of familiarity as your eyes fell on me by your bedside--a single, tiny spark of comprehension that I could immediately recognize. Your eyes would be unclouded, at you’d be just at the brink of truly discovering a great treasure, when that hint of gold would disappear, and you were silver once again.

    “Who are you?” you’d ask upon waking, just like every morning. This one was in the confines of winter, where hints of evergreen dominated an otherwise white landscape through the window.

    “Gardevoir,” I’d repeat, as was my mantra each and every day.

    “No,” you insisted, brows scrunching up in thought. “No. Who are you?”

    Gardevoir.”

    Your brows creased. “No... your name.” You paused, shifting uncomfortably, an unvoiced plea for help that would not be answered.

    “Gardevoir.”

    You could not hold eye contact with me any longer, head snapping towards the fogged window as your hands clenched into fists. “That’s not it!” Your voice rose, harsh and cold like the world outside. “I know that’s not it. Your name. Tell me.”

    I watched you, refusing to answer as snow began to fall in thick lumps of fleece. Then, I said as silence fell with the snowflakes, “You tell me.”

    For the day when you remembered my name would be the day you truly remembered me. No hope came on that day, frozen to its perch like the Taillow found on the pine trees that subzero morning. But it was on days like these that I allowed myself to believe, and found the patience to wait for spring.

    That was fifteen years ago...
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    Oh wow. o.o There's already a nice air of mystery about this with regards to what happened to her trainer's memory. All that seems certain as of yet is that Gardevoir feels responsible for what happened, and that she seems to not have been directly responsible but was unable to prevent it from happening. Poor girl... feeling at fault for something is a terrible burden, indeed... ;-;

    The "soup scene", as I call it, was very entertaining. I loved the squabbling between Mari and the Ralts, as well as the awesomely disgusting soup. XD

    I'm liking these characters, too. Mari was especially fun to read about, and Gardevoir's aforementioned burden makes for quite compelling reading. Her scenes as a Ralts were also pretty darned memorable; she showed quite a strong personality. I also really liked the interaction between Ralts, Mari, and the trainer.

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    I got a little confused with the story after the first scene but I think I got what you’re talking about, about a trainer who lost his memory. I agree with Sike that the story have some great moments, great descriptions and characters, like the battle scene with Mari and Ralts *coughsacrificecough* and the how you described the other patients, but I don’t think this is the best story ever (...but then again, I was reading it at 1am XP). I find this interesting because of the mystery this story holds, like how did the trainer lost his memory.

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    And she's back, with another highly enjoyable fic in hand.

    This could prove to be quite an interesting read, for lack of a better choice of lingo other than said 'i' word. As usual your characters are as fascinating as ever, I'm starting to get the feeling this Gardevoir is something to be reckoned with.

    Just a couple of typos I should point out.

    Quote Originally Posted by Saffire Persian
    (as trainer’s around Hoenn often joke)
    Trainers instead of trainer's.

    Quote Originally Posted by Saffire Persian
    When you first started your journey, you lived shamelessly off hot soda pop, bread, and candy.
    Perhaps you meant cold instead?

    Anyway, this fic seems off to a good start. Good luck, and happy writing.
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    It's exceptionally hard to keep soda "cold" when you don't have the necessary refrigeration equipment. :/ Unless you spend the money to have an insulated backpack just for the food you need to keep cold (as there is no reason to keep your clothes cold), then you are going to be drinking hot soda/water/whatever. You're out in the sun. No ice, no refrigeration. (There are many fun ways to get cold soda out in the wild, though.)

    I knew that I would have missed a few typo, but I'm not too worried about it. And you shouldn't be either, Saff. No human is perfect. Besides, at least you didn't screw up the characters' names! ^^ And hey...published books have typos.

    Hey...itsy-bitsy typos. Anyone could miss those. I ain't claiming to be perfect; neither should you, Saff.

    But to the actual review itself: I'm waiting to see the actual details of the attack the trainer suffered, and if Gardevoir's guilt is well-founded. Many times, one thinks that they should suffer guilt that they do not need to suffer. It'll be interesting to see if that is true for Gardevoir.

    Ah yes, and something I was reminded of in work: Cheetos should be capitalized. It's a registered trademark name for cheese snacks. There are other variations as to what snack you could use: cheese sticks, cheese puffs, cheese twists...but that would just be me touting off my food knowledge.

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    :O!!!

    Teh Cat is BAAACK!!!!!


    With a new ficcie too! *reads* *falls in love with*

    Well, I don't want to repeat anything else that's already been said, but hey, ^^; when its great, its great. I really liked it and I just can't wait for you to write more great stuff like this. Fwee.

    Speaking of references to movies...I can't think of the movies title but something in this one-shot that reminds me of it. x_X GAH! I really want to remember...

    Oh well, I guess I'll just have to eat more tofu to get my brain into high-gear. Make sure you correct all the mistakes Hanako has mentioned 'cause she basically took all the words out of my mouth. If I wasn't so lazy, I would write a biiiiiig review which is basically Hanako and Sike's reviews in one mumbo-jumbo hullabaloo guzzalah! XD

    But you know me, I don't like repeating things that have already been said so I'll just say this: STAY ALIVE DAMNIT!

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    ;_: By god, I can't put into words how much I loved this. Absolutely brilliant. The emotion, the second person, how you've written it... Spectacular. *squees and pummels with cookies*

    You rock, Saffire. *hugs to oblivion* =D


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    SP Returns!

    I apologise for this taking so long... i planned to read and review this as soon as i saw the banner.. The most i did then was save it ^_^; Sorry...

    But i'm glad i read this! if hiatus makes you this good, then mine isn't such a bad thing! It was really deep, and the opening chapter leaves several vital questions unanswered and obscure, yet leaving the fic's readers with a refreshing urge to read moore and discover them (wow, did i write all that?)

    candy gets stolen by the friendly neighborhood Zigzagoon, (the next one to come within a ten foot radius of your food supplies is going to get Mari’s teeth sunk into its furry ***)
    You suddenly regret using your last antidote on the Ralts three days ago. You have the distinct feeling you just might need it.
    “She called me a Mushroomhead,” she hisses, spitting out the last word as if it were a vile poison. She then challenges the sopping Mari with a leer that matches the dark-type’s own.

    “And what did you call her?” Your patience is wearing thin. You can feel the hot blood rushing to your head, promising a migraine and a nasty bout of acne in the near future if you don’t bottle it with all haste.

    The Ralts grins. Barely. “Guess.”

    A certain swearword immediately comes to mind. “Well, neither would be far off from the truth, now, would it?”

    Two sets of eyes are drilling into you now, with Mari’s golden ones gleaming with hurt, the Ralts’s garnet eyes shining with resentment, but you find that you don’t really care. Whoever said pokémon training was an easy task should be shot, revived, and shot again.
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    I like the title. Instead of just using Remembrance or something like that, you use a word that sounds kinda like amnesia. And the person the main character is talking to has it.

    I loved the way you started emphasizing the load on Gardevoir’s shoulders by calling the enmity that the other pokemon held for her was like a “chain that wouldn’t rust”. It was clear how much of a burden was on her heart. The guilt of what she’d done only somewhat held at bay by the thought that his memories were still in there (
    the more I was convinced that you--the real you, not this fake husk--still existed, and perhaps there was still something I could do
    somewhere and the weight of the responsibility that kept her pressed down and by his side were conveyed very well.

    The atmosphere was built so well and maintained. And the memory of Ralts’ acquisition was done very well, very descriptively. And it turned out to be especially significant with the “I only tell my name to those who are worthy” and at the end the ralts saying that “once he remembers my name, he remembers who I truly am”. We don’t know the name, but of course he once did. His brief flashes of rememberance, when he’s asking the Gardevoir her real name are especially powerful because of the blindness of the reader and the character. That was a great touch as was the mystery of what actually happened to cause this trainer to lose his memory.

    Excellent short story, very entertaining, very well paced, very solemn and maintained mood. THANK YOU!

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    Sike Saner:
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    Oh wow. o.o There's already a nice air of mystery about this with regards to what happened to her trainer's memory. All that seems certain as of yet is that Gardevoir feels responsible for what happened, and that she seems to not have been directly responsible but was unable to prevent it from happening. Poor girl... feeling at fault for something is a terrible burden, indeed... ;-;

    The "soup scene", as I call it, was very entertaining. I loved the squabbling between Mari and the Ralts, as well as the awesomely disgusting soup. XD

    I'm liking these characters, too. Mari was especially fun to read about, and Gardevoir's aforementioned burden makes for quite compelling reading. Her scenes as a Ralts were also pretty darned memorable; she showed quite a strong personality. I also really liked the interaction between Ralts, Mari, and the trainer.
    Well, if you like Mari, you're be seeing her quite a bit more, later. Unfortunately, the disgusting soup won't be making a return anytime soon. And yeah, Gardevoir does feel very responsible about what happened, to what extent...however... is another story.

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    I got a little confused with the story after the first scene but I think I got what you’re talking about, about a trainer who lost his memory. I agree with Sike that the story have some great moments, great descriptions and characters, like the battle scene with Mari and Ralts *coughsacrificecough* and the how you described the other patients, but I don’t think this is the best story ever (...but then again, I was reading it at 1am XP). I find this interesting because of the mystery this story holds, like how did the trainer lost his memory.
    Naa, definitely not the best story ever. XD Was never meant to be. I was afraid people would get confused after the first scene, though I hoped I made it clear enough the transition would be more obvious, without me having to spell it out. Ah well, thanks for your review!

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    And she's back, with another highly enjoyable fic in hand.

    This could prove to be quite an interesting read, for lack of a better choice of lingo other than said 'i' word. As usual your characters are as fascinating as ever, I'm starting to get the feeling this Gardevoir is something to be reckoned with.

    Perhaps you meant cold instead?

    Anyway, this fic seems off to a good start. Good luck, and happy writing.
    THanks for pointing out that dang typo. It's dead, now. Ah, and the pop was most definitely hot. ;3 It is exceptionally hard to keep soda cold without suitable refrigeration.

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    ;_: By god, I can't put into words how much I loved this. Absolutely brilliant. The emotion, the second person, how you've written it... Spectacular. *squees and pummels with cookies*

    You rock, Saffire. *hugs to oblivion* =D
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    I apologise for this taking so long... i planned to read and review this as soon as i saw the banner.. The most i did then was save it ^_^; Sorry...

    But i'm glad i read this! if hiatus makes you this good, then mine isn't such a bad thing! It was really deep, and the opening chapter leaves several vital questions unanswered and obscure, yet leaving the fic's readers with a refreshing urge to read moore and discover them (wow, did i write all that?)
    Lol. Yeah, you did write all that. Nice choice of words. ^_^ I don't mind you taking your time--I take mine, after all. XD Though I'd keep a look-out for the fanfic e-zine. You might find something nice in there when it comes out.

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    Wow...just w.o.w

    Wonderful Ownage...W-something XD

    Anyway this is deep, real deep, sadly I suck at quoting so I didn't quote anything...

    and to think it's gardevoir...THE gardevoir...

    I just love gardevoirs...anyway at the beginning I felt this was a mystery dungeon thing...

    last note, this really feels wonderful to read if you were hearing Legend Of Zelda Twilight Princess's melody (midna's desperate hour)
    it really gives a touch.
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    Finally found myself in the mood to finish reading this.

    First, I have to say I loved the writing style in this. It has always been one of your strongest points in my opinion. You manage to keep a constant tone which flows nicely while giving vivid images of what is happening, and having a good writing style may very well be the most important quality a writer can have. Additionally I tend to be picky about writing styles, since I tend to be extremely sensitive to moments where I'm jerked out of the story by a sentence I need to reread, the sudden discovery that six paragraphs ago I was thrown off-course and haven't been taking in anything I read since, or some word that just really didn't belong. This only happened once in this story, and that was because of a typo - "pokÉmon" instead of "Pokémon" near the beginning of the second scene. (There was another part where my mind wandered, but I think this was more my fault than yours.) What I'm trying to say is that your writing style being great is in my books one of the biggest compliments I can give, so do not underestimate the value of what I'm saying here.

    The reason I feel the need to emphasize this is that because this is a two-parter (I managed to miss that at first and it felt so utterly unfinished at the end that I was about to bash my head against my desk screaming "WHYYY? ;_;" when I realized there would be a second part), it is difficult to say much about the plot at all at this point, really. That can go either way, depending on how you wrap it all up (not that I don't have full faith in your ability to do so well). As this is a short story there is not much to say about the characters either beyond the obvious, except that at this stage the drastic difference between the narrator of the Institution scenes and the Ralts in the memories is rather unconvincing. (Obviously, this is something that will undoubtedly become much clearer in the second part as we get to observe what caused the Ralts to want to go with the trainer and how she managed to rob him of his memories, so there is not much of worth to comment on here, either.)

    But this brings us to the next point, which is that I am puzzled as to exactly why you chose to make this a two-parter. The general idea of chapters is that they are like mini-stories in themselves, with a little beginning, middle and climax of their own in addition to being part of a larger whole. This part honestly did not feel this way. We know too little to speculate but too much to be able to appreciate this as a separate entity. As far as I can tell it is utterly dependent on the other part, and this, I think, makes it awfully weak to post on its own. This could perhaps work if one scene was posted at a time as a chapter, because each of them has a separate structure. These scenes clumped together, not so much, since at the moment they aren't tied together well enough. I can't help thinking you really should have posted this all in one piece.

    Scene by scene, the first was definitely the weakest, because it was very confusing. In fact, I first took a look at this thread in the few minutes I had before leaving for school one morning, and briefly skimmed the beginning. I couldn't understand it properly. Only when I came back here and read it all over carefully again, already knowing what had happened to the trainer, did I really get what the first scene was about. I'm not saying you ought to make it more in the reader's face, really, because it is very clear when you read it again. There are many great movies you need to watch twice, books you need to read twice. It does work out this way, so really, it should stay. But I did feel it was confusing the first time I looked over it.

    The second scene was again not awfully interesting, although this is perhaps just my bias against battling. The Ralts exhibited a personality that seemed so unlike our narrator, however, that for the longest time I was convinced it had to be another Ralts. (Part of me still wants to think so.) But as I said, this will most likely all start making some sense in the second part, so it's not much to complain about.

    It's the third scene that really did it for me. I loved the descriptions of the other patients and their ultimate fates, mostly because I'm interested in that sort of thing, and the scene with the soup was perfect, especially when combined with the fourth scene (my very favorite) where his disdain towards the soup is explained. Admittedly I don't think I'm quite buying the laughing deal yet, but this, I hope, will also become clearer in the second part.

    The last part I love, especially this bit:

    You wrote in it. There would be times when you would fill up pages of it with incoherent, rambling nothings, but most days you wrote but two things:

    The date, and the lone sentence:

    Today, I have finally woken up for the first time.

    Each day you would continue to write your mantra, boldly striking out those same words that lay but one line up in thick, black pen. You’d do so until the sharp point of the writing utensil tore the paper, and scoured the white beneath it with thick black lines of rejection. Because how could this be? You couldn’t quite comprehend or realize why this person said they were you when you couldn’t remember writing it.
    But I would love it more if it were not the last part. The name part feels a little random because I can't see that Ralts from the flashback scenes ever having told him her name, again something that would have worked much better if you had posted the whole thing in one piece.

    To sum it all up, this is great, but why in the name of whatever deity you may worship are you posting it in two parts? Practically everything I can pick on at this point is something that the second part would fix entirely, and I can't for the life of me figure out how making this a two-parter could in any way help it. This was a very bad move in my opinion.

    Now, I'll shut up until the second part is posted, at which time I may be able to make more sense of it and have something of worth to say beyond worshipping your writing style.

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    I was going to post this at TPM originally, but then I noticed that you haven't been around there for a while, and I figure you could use a bump here more than there. I think the revision posted there is older, though, so apologies for any references to errors you've already corrected and to mistysakura's review.

    Been a while, huh? It's nice to see that you've got stuff to post again. But, I'll just start with the spelling and grammar stuff as usual, shall I?

    Perhaps, had this happened under different circumstances, I would be gone.
    They still believed, just as I, that you would one day revert back to your old self, that this was just a passing nightmare that we all happened to be a part of.
    The "just as I" part of this sentence doesn't sound quite right to me. I think either "as did I" or "just as I did" would sound better. Or, of course, you could change those "did"s to "do"s, although that would require a bit of reworking due to the interaction of the two tenses.

    They still care about you, remember that, if nothing else.
    The first comma should be either a colon or semicolon, according to your preference. I think a colon might be more appropriate.

    Don't blame them, though, don't hate them for leaving you.
    Technically you need something stronger than a comma after "though," but if you want to leave it in for stylistic reasons, that's all right.

    Some could not bear to be in the same room that I was in.
    Cut out the "in" at the end; it's redundant and sounds weird with the other "in" at the beginning of the sentence.

    I could feel their hatred, the steel glares, the cutting snarls... the harsh words... where once there was a bond of trust, there is now nothing but a sharp chain of enmity that will never rust.
    The tense changes in this sentence, and I think it shouldn't. The first part talks about the teammates' emotions in past-tense, so I think that the sentence should stay consistently past-tense. So instead of saying "there is" towards the end there, it would instead be something like, "there became" or "there soon was."

    Years to come to terms that I was not as great as I thought I was...
    Should be something like, "come to terms with the fact that..."; currently, this sentence doesn't properly link up the concept of coming to terms with what is being come to terms with.

    But as the years slowly went and I watched you interact within a world in which you no longer completely belonged...
    Typically, you'd say "as they years slowly went by" or "went past" or something along those lines; "went" is a verb that tends to want clarification.

    And perhaps they had been right in a sense what I had been doing was invasive and dangerous.
    Colon, semicolon, or some other form of conjunction between "sense" and "what." There's nothing holding those two independent clauses together at the moment.

    To interweave them would be a seamless task.
    Seamless task? I think you want a different word there.

    You pause, careful, cautious, not daring to make a single sound as you step through the forest undergrowth, sky a blazing twilight hue.
    Blazing twilight? Twilight is the time that comes after the sunset, when the sun is below the horizon but not all the light has yet faded from the sky. It's not really very vibrant. Also, "sky a blazing twilight hue" seems kinda tacked onto the end of the sentence; to me, it doesn't really seem to belong with the rest of it.

    ...ears pricked as she trails the scent of the pokémon you are searching for.
    A random Č got inserted there for some reason instead of the normal é.

    “Quick!” you yell, a single split-second instant.
    A split-second instant doesn't really make much sense. Also, the way this sentence is constructed, it makes it sound as though the actual spoken word is a split-second instant--that is, a sound is a unit of time. It might be better to say "you yell in an instant" or something similar.

    Mari roars, her once near-frozen body now moving in a blurred near-untraceable motion.
    Getting rid of one of the near- prefixes would help this sentence flow a lot better.

    The ear-wrenching cry of splitting wood.
    A "cry" of splitting wood? Wrenching is also an odd word to use when speaking of ears.

    - You look up, just in time to see the thick tree branch above the two break free of its host, plummeting to the ground.
    There was an extraneous preposition in there.

    Not two seconds later, the approaching darkness is spurned away by a ring of bright, ghostly light.
    "Spurned away" is redundant, and spurned isn't really the word to be used in this context anyway, IMO.

    You bend over to pick up a rock, as big a one as you can fit your fist around.
    It turns, giving you one brief second to secure its focus, and you do so with the rock in your fist, watching it fly.
    The Ralts spins around on her feet, face etched with the anger of her realized mistake as Mari flies towards her in whirlwind of midnight paws, freed from her confines when the concentration of the Psychic broke.
    I think that's what you were trying to say with that sentence, anyway.

    The Ralts lets the will-o-wisps fly, the majority crashing into Mari’s fur in a terrible blast of blue heat and flame. Patches of fur disintegrate at the blast, but she doesn’t heed the faux-fire or the welling burns; instead, the pain seems to increase her fury tenfold, and she sends the Psychic toppling. A Confusion blast rips through the air along with another surge of ghostly fire.
    You use "blast" three times in as many sentences. Consider using a different word, maybe?

    The fur on your Poochyena is tossed and burned, and the air shimmers with the foreign vibrations that make your head spin, but Mari remains unmoved from her quarry, patches of fur from her muzzle gone.
    No "the" before foreign; you don't need an article there. Also, "unmoved" isn't quite proper in the way that you've used it here.

    ...but the whirring air and force of the capture beam pulls it in before it can do so, clamping shut and concealing the light and being within.
    The, uh, "whirring air?"

    The Deseret Institute that you made your place of rest for many, many years was situated in an isolated part of the Verdanturf countryside, the closest place you could get to the true heart of nature for many miles, and highly regarded as a haven for those in ill health in body or mind.
    Remove "in" and "health" near the end so that it reads like, "...for those ill in body or mind." Says the same thing, but more efficiently.

    Though most of that rumor was made of myth, influenced by its oddly clear skies.
    This is a weird fragment. Also note that the way it reads now, the rumor is being influenced by oddly clear skies.

    The Deseret Institute itself owned a fair amount of land, and had a spacious estate that reminded one of the old, country homes in your species’ old-fashioned movies, but several times bigger.
    No comma after "land."

    They had built up a ravenous bonfire, hoping to make the stay as pleasant as possible for those that attended.
    Are you sure you want "ravenous" there?

    They were passing out a thick, creamy soup, and many of the patrons were talking with their care nurses or remaining comatose as they stared into the fire or the sparse, star-lit sky.
    Sparse...? The sky was "thinly scattered or distributed?" I could see the stars being sparse, but if it's star-lit there must be quite a few of those around, and that's not what the modifier's on, anyway.

    Though each person each had a different level of dysfunction or injury, there was one thing you all had in common: all your injuries had been caused by pokémon.
    The second "each" here is extraneous. Also, the "you" and "your" here should be "they" and "their;" if you leave it as is, the gardevoir is now speaking to a group of readers, instead of just one--the reader is becoming not just the person for whom Gardevoir cares, but instead the entire group of invalids.

    Despite all of this, she was smiling, and she bore no ill will to the monster that had effectively torn her life apart.
    The "she" in this sentence is referring to the nurse, not Marianne. Same with the next one.

    You try to form a word with your mouth, but it never comes full circle as you battle for a memory that won’t come.
    Coming full circle means going all the way around and back to the beginning. I don't think that's the expression you want to be using here.

    You suddenly stand up, and people turn to look at you, surprised or perhaps curious.
    Random jump to present tense there.

    [quote]
    You stare despairingly into the campfire, before moving your eyes to address the pot whose bubbling innards are to be your meal for tonight.[/quote[]
    Eyes can't address anything.

    Her outward physical appearance is still rather haggard, covered in faded burn welts, and missing large patches of fur, especially around her muzzle--which has been reduced into a layer of pale pink flesh.
    No comma after haggard.

    The poison via the Ralts’s apparent Synchronize ability has also been flushed out of her body, and she seems as rambunctious as ever.
    You have no problem with the psychic being outside her pokéball; she can’t go anywhere--not with Mari watching and your high-tech pokéball recall system waiting in the wings if she tries to Teleport or run.
    Finally deciding your insidious blend of edibles is done, you ladle the chunky stew into a large, plastic bowl.
    Stealthily treacherous blend of edibles? Umm, yeah, you seem to be having trouble with word choice throughout this.


    When you first started your journey, you lived shamelessly off hot soda pop, bread, and candy.
    "Hot" soda pop? I seriously double-taked when I first read that. In my experience, even if left out in the direct sunlight, the most soda will do on you is get unpleasantly warm.

    But you soon learned that soda pop tends to explode after frequent walking, candy gets stolen by the friendly neighborhood Zigzagoon, (the next one to come within a ten foot radius of your food supplies is going to get Mari’s teeth sunk into its furry ***), and bread just doesn’t taste or look good after lots of walking in ever-changing weather conditions, especially through (as trainer’s around Hoenn often joke) Mother Nature’s time of the month--that is, when things turn rainy and miserable.
    You don't need the comma after Zigzagoon, and of course you can spot the apostrophe typo.

    With that lesson learned, you’ve recently been living off trail mix, water, and baked cheetos more or less.
    If you wanted to keep it as "currently," it would be "you're" instead of "you've." Also, writing out "water" looks much better than leaving it as H20.

    You carefully ladle a spoonful of the stew out of the bowl, watching the liquid simmer in the cool evening air.
    I think you mean "into the bowl," there.

    Your frown turns into a full-scale grimace of pure, unadulterated disgust as the full flavor of your meal hits you with all the force of a dump truck full of rotten food and maggots.
    You push the red bowl in her direction, knowing your starter pokémon wouldn’t take it even if she was starving.
    You eye her. Since childhood, you’ve been under the impression that dogs have nothing less than iron-coated stomachs --“You trust me, don’t you?” -- as well as an unquenchable thirst to please.
    Slowly, her pink tongue begins to lap up the mixture, her face indistinguishable.
    Indistinguishable from what? This time I think I actually know the word you wanted, and it's "inscrutable."

    Mari immediately turns a delicate shade of green, and retches, mirroring a cat coughing up a particularly thick, gooey hairball.
    No commas around "and retches;" it's not an apposative.

    The remaining soup still nags on your conscience like a taunt pull-string of a toy a child is trying to gently wrench out of a tight corner.
    Wrenching isn't gentle.

    You suppose you could try and feed it to another--...
    I don't think you need elipsis after a dash like that. Not sure, though.

    You mental processes surge to a chugging halt.
    Surge to a halt? That really makes no sense...

    She hasn't psychically voiced anything for days now.
    She only has once--or, rather, you thought she did, though it could have been a passing thing--otherwise, you would’ve believed she was mute, or was never going to talk to you at all.
    This should be two sentences, with the period coming after "thing."

    This was far from the dreams you'd envisioned when you began your hunt.
    Mari growls in disapproval, rising to her haunches, searching for an excuse to attack.
    I'm having a little trouble envisioning this... best I can tell, rising to your haunches would be sitting up, but if Mari's searching for an excuse to attack, wouldn't she just get up onto her feet entirely.

    You don’t quite know what to say.
    “Down, Mari,” you say, trying to soothe down the snarling Poochyena while trying to keep calm yourself.
    The "down" after "soothe" is redundant. I'd try rewording to get rid of one of those "trying"s, too.

    For the past three days you’ve tried to be courteous, and hoped your personality would rub off on her.
    No comma after courteous.

    The telepathic voice is deep and commanding, but still feminine, while at the same time, stoic and emotionless.
    No comma after time.

    Mari snickers, baring her fangs at the annoying creature.
    Umm, "snarls," right, not "snickers?"

    You jerk your head towards Mari, who’s now seated herself besides your legs, trying to dry herself off with her tongue and looking disgusted.
    “All we are are just glorified slaves,” she replies bitterly, adding “It’s true,” as Mari begins to growl again, “You just happen to be tame.”
    It takes her awhile to answer, with a drawing murmur of half-hearted agreement on her part, immediately followed by a verbal jab by Mari that you silence with a meaningful thrust of your right foot.
    Drawing's not the word you wanted, I don't think.

    The Ralts stares at you, taking you up on your offer.
    She takes a few minutes to respond, finally nodding her head, with a hesitant, though over-condfident, “fine.”
    She can’t beat the memories you've got, and if those memories can get the most callous of relatives to laugh, they can surely get a saturnine Ralts --no matter how unwilling--to laugh.
    It would be great if you could replace one of those "to laugh"s with some other variant.

    Hoping to rekindle some form of recognition in you, the psychologists of the Deseret Institute gave you a journal.
    You’d do so until the sharp point of the writing utensil tore the paper, and scoured the white beneath it with thick black lines of rejection.
    No comma after paper.

    ...because there was writing in your book--writing that was supposedly by you, but which you could not remember doing.
    I think you could do better than "doing" in that sentence--just something like "penning" would work. "Doing" is rather awkward there.

    There were times when you’d wake up from these living dreams, shouting a name you once knew, or sitting up in bed with a strange thought of familiarity as your eyes fell on me by your bedside--a single, tiny spark of comprehension that I could immediately recognize.
    The first two commas are unnecessary. Also, "a strange thought of familiarity" doesn't make much sense. A strangely familiar thought, maybe?

    Your eyes would be unclouded, and you’d be just at the brink of truly discovering a great treasure, when that hint of gold would disappear, and you were silver once again.
    This one was in the confines of winter, where hints of evergreen dominated an otherwise white landscape through the window.
    This one what?

    But it was on days like those that I allowed myself to believe, and found the patience to wait for spring.
    No comma after believe.

    This time around, you seemed to be having some weird issues with word choice and also with comma placement.

    In any case, so far as the actual story itself goes, I like it. The concept is very intriguing, and your use of tense and point of view in this piece contributes a lot to its effectiveness. The use of present tense (primarily) gives the story a real dialogue-ish sort of feel, as though gardevoir were actually standing before the reader and speaking to them "in the moment." And, of course, it's entirely appropriate for the memory segments, as they should represent a person experiencing something in the moment rather than reflecting on it in the past. I am going to have to express the same confusion as mistysakura on this point, though--why are the memories done in the reader's POV when Gardevoir is the one who's supposed to be supplying them? Of course, this POV gives the excuse for a return to second person, and I must say, this is the first of your second-person stories that I've enjoyed in a while. "Chance," Metamorphosis, and similar never appealed to me much because the "you"s were all so different from me that I couldn't reasonably feel connected to the character whose journey I was supposed to be experiencing. In my opinion, you made the identities of the characters in those stories too concrete and defined, such that I think you could have as easily written the story in first-person without any significant change in the experience for the reader, and I didn't really think that they showed the strengths of second-person writing. This story goes back to the more generic characterization of "The Ties that Bind," which I think is a much more effective way to use the tense, as it allows the greatest number of readers to identify with the character when the exact details of their nature are kept ambiguous. When the "you" character is too well-defined, I tend to have problems getting into the story, as I spend time saying to myself, "But I would never do/say that myself!" When you leave more things up to the imagination, as in this story, though, I can impose my own personality to fill in the gaps and therefore feel more connected to the character.

    But enough ranting about second person. Like I said, the idea behind this one-shot is a solid one and I love the way you're entwining two stories together in one. As the story draws ever towards the present, it'll be interesting to see how the two converge and, of course, to finally see what it is that caused the trainer to be so bizarrely injured. And speaking of which, I think you did a nice job of portraying the way in which a person who'd actually lost their memory (or rather, continues to lose it) would actually behave: with apathy, bewilderment, and occasionally anger. The description of a trainer's life given by the second-person portions is also a good representation of what a real trainer's life would probably be like, although I did think that the whole thing with the soup was a bit overdone (though I liked how it was linked with the previous part). The pokémon characters you've created thus far seem to be very lively as well, which is good.

    At this point in the piece, there hasn't been a lot of emotional impact, for me, anyway. In part this is due to the way that the scene is portrayed--by the gardevoir, who tells the reader what's going on, as opposed to the feelings being conveyed by actions witnessed by the reader. Probably, the most impactful parts so far have been the trainer storming out of the little gathering at the campfire and where the trainer is writing in their journal, because in both, what the character is actually doing comes into play, rather than just Gardevoir saying, "and you would get really angry and confused and resentful, etc." This is not really a big weakness, though, because I think that this method of telling helps to increase the feeling that the gardevoir is telling the story, rather than the reader watching the story as it unfolds before them. It may become more of a hindrance towards the end where everything comes to a close and one would expect emotional impact to be high, as the trainer (maybe?) recovers their memories, Gardevoir's name is revealed, and so on.

    In the end, I find that I can't really say much about the story up until now. I like the concept and I think I like where it's going, but pretty much all that this part has been so far is just setup; the premise is laid down, but nothing extremely significant, so far as I can tell, relating to the final truth has yet been revealed. When I first saw this listed as a short story I thought that meant it was a one-shot and was, consequently, extremely confused when I was nearing the end and nothing significant had been resolved. I don't really understand why you chose to break this up into parts, but this part isn't bad at all, although in the end it's sort of hard to say anything about it. I like the characters, although currently the gardevoir by her trainer's side in the end is dramatically different from the one being shown in the memories. Like I said, I'll be interested in seeing the two stories converge. For now, though, I guess about all I can say is that you have a solid start.

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    *re-reading it again*

    I really like the mystery portrayed in the beginning chapters, though it was not very clear untill you advanced along, however, the story
    has no problem sucking in the reader...

    I really liked that ratls, pretty vain...I wouldn't expect her to obey at first start, but perhaps more...well...quiet...

    still, it was very natural, I would perhaps do the same if I got kidnapped
    hell ya, I was pretty halfhearted at the beginning...

    *narrows eyes*

    Anyway when is the next chapter coming up, if one is coming up...
    I'm back.

    No, no more stories, I'm still recovering from the horror that was Forgotten Paths. I'll just drop by your thread, post a cruel mocking review or two and be on my way.
    (*Innocent grin*)

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    Psyblade: I love "Midna's Desperate Hour"! I'm a fan of the Zelda game myself, though I haven't played it too much... but I'm always amused at how much I want to say "SNEASEL!" when I see Midna for some... odd reason.

    Dragonfree: Thanks so much for reviewing! I saw your reply and thought I was seeing things. XD

    Now that I look back,(hindsight is always 20/20) posting it in two parts was probably the biggest mistake I made, so I completely agree with you in that respect (and thanks for letting me know it was jarring, so I don't do a similar thing in the future X.X).

    My reasoning for doing that lies in a small pet-peeve I have in posting something that breaks the page barrier--stupid and idiotic as it is, and I need to get over it, especially if the full enjoyment of the story is on the line...which, quite honestly, I did not see happening in this story, as I thought it could be divided into two parts without much consequence; however, I see that I was wrong now, and apologize for that, and it being an unnecessary flaw that you shouldn't have had to deal with. I do hope, though, it doesn't ruin your enjoyment of the story in its entirety while I get the last long segment edited (college and exams willing. X.X)

    I agree that it is hard to see the Ralts giving anyone her name at this point, which will be clear once the second part comes around, or if it doesn't, then I'll have failed as a writer completely. Thanks for reviewing!

    Negrek: Thanks a lot for pointing all those mistakes out. I don't know how you spot them, quite honestly, but it's rather amazing the amount of mistakes I seem to have in there but neither my beta nor I catch. Guess I should work on getting a better proof-reading eye.

    Anyway, I see you share the same sentiments as Dragonfree did about me posting it in two parts instead of one--and I admit I didn't forsee it being so much of a problem--it took other readers to see that for me, and my response to your comments about that are pretty much the same as they are for Dragonfree's. Thanks for pointing it out anyway, though. It helps to know what kind of things I did wrong so that I don't repeat them.

    You have some nice points about second-person, as well. And quite honestly I knew some of more more defined main characters in my other second person stories wouldn't appeal to a lot of people, as I'm purposely breaking the one of the usual main point of the second-person point of view that most people are used to seeing when the read second person, and I'm sorry such a style didn't appeal to you and decreased in your enjoyment of the story. I just like the way the second person narrative flows, and enjoy writing in that... even if I do break a few conventional rules while doing so. I was happy to try another generic character this time around, however, and it's great that you're actually able to get into this one (jarring ending aside)...

    In any case, thanks so much for taking the time to point out all those errors so that I can promptly be rid of them once I edit the SPPF one from the new Word document. I have no idea how much time it took to do so, but I can imagine it was quite a long time. X.X... So your review was very much appreciated.

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    Wow, Saffire Persian! I thought you'd vanished! I read this story countless times before I even became a member and you're my idol! I can't wait for part two!

    I don't like posting in older threads so I'll point out some of my favourite parts now.

    You might never remember us.

    But we will always remember you.
    Ohh, so sad.

    You spoon up another mouthful and shove it down your throat. It’s either this or starve.

    Something tiny, unfamiliar, and brown bobs to the surface. You pause.

    You’d rather starve.
    Haha, loved it. Keep up the excellent work!

    : You've got my support too, Saffire Persian!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gardevoir Girl View Post
    Wow, Saffire Persian! I thought you'd vanished! I read this story countless times before I even became a member and you're my idol! I can't wait for part two!

    I don't like posting in older threads so I'll point out some of my favourite parts now.



    Ohh, so sad.



    Haha, loved it. Keep up the excellent work!

    : You've got my support too, Saffire Persian!
    Ahh, thanks very much. It's nice to know I have closet readers somewhere, too. Naa, haven't quite vanished. College just happens to be the #1 time killer for people my age. I hoped to have the second part edited sufficiently and add a scene I wanted to in before now, but i haven't had the time since I spent most of November and December writing other stuff. But this story will get finished as soon as possible. Other things are currently heaped on my plate at the moment, alas. Thanks for your review though, I really do appreciate it, and sorry for responding late. That's just my style.

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    Do you this disorder where if you don't use the word you five hundred times in a fanfiction you will drown in your own bile?

    Nah, just kidding, you're alright

    where once there was a bond of trust, there is now nothing but a sharp chain of enmity that will never rust.
    I loved that rhyme

    whatever was offered us,
    isn't it offered to us?

    it is a complex thing, with nerves, crevices, and passageways, but it can be broken so easily.
    What I find intriguing about this sentence is how the components of the mind according to Gardevoir are all so different in nature: nerves (biological), passageways (figurative)

    Your memories were still there -- everywhere. Unfortunately, the bonds that once tied them together were broken.
    That's one bitter irony

    You bend over to pick up a rock, as big of one as you can fit your fist around. The will-o-wisps and the glow around the branch intensify. A warning. You ignore it.
    What is this? The safari zone?


    I loved the battle to catch Ralts. You used psychic powers very brilliantly and had the pokemon interact with their surroundings and environment in an effective manner. They knew some advanced moves (Poison Fang, Will-O-Wisp) that made the battle more interesting.

    with an air of fragrant professionalism at every door and golden nameplate.
    something bout that doesn't read right. Though I love "fragrant professionalism"

    disfigured as a patchwork quilt.
    I never pictured patchwork quilt's as being disfigured o_o

    He would later hang himself in the attic of his family’s quaint country home with a rope wrapped with barbed wire,
    Good Jesus o_O All this because of some throat scars?

    Zigzagoon, (the next one to come within a ten foot radius of your food supplies is going to get Mari’s teeth sunk into its furry ***),
    SAFFIRE!

    Something tiny, unfamiliar, and brown bobs to the surface. You pause.
    I love the little, disturbing details that are currently making the omellete in my stomach want to dribble down my front



    What an interesting tale o_o I'm intrigued at what happened to the trainer, originally I suspected Gardevoir's psychic powers went out of control but it seemed more than she failed to protect him from another outside source. I like the different turn you did with your second person, having a Gardevoir actually speaking to you whereas most of your other works didn't have a speaker. I think it works really effectively in building the relationship between the trainer with Amnesia and Gardevoir, even if the you isn’t being used as a statement that the character is relatable and an every man because it makes the relationship so direct. Wait...maybe a pokemon used Amnesia on him. Hmm. Anyway, I liked how you weaved in the memories into the tale and had little subtle triggers such as his eating that disgusting soup. One criticism I do have is I think the soup scene was a bit too long, it was poison, we get it XD I loved the clever little quips in the soup scene, for example, me wishing I had an antidote and what Ralts called the Female Poocheyena (took me a while to figure it out). The Institute seems like such a dreary place, I really enjoyed the stories of the other residents. The tone throughout this whole piece is so somber and melancholy…I do hope the trainer gets his memory back. If I’m not mistaken, the Gardevoir is giving him her memories through some sort of psychic connection, correct?

    So I enjoyed this story and hope you bring the next part out. Again, muchos gracias for all of the help you’ve given me over this winter holiday xD I’m really in your debt

    Edit: I was reading the other reviews...and if Negrek can't say a lot for this part...I fear her review for the final one o_o
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    Just reading this again... I've read it countless times already...

    : *Cough* eleven *cough*

    You've been counting?!

    Anyway, I keep finding new things that make me laugh or cry... well, not actually cry, just want to cry. I'm sure I will be crying when the second part comes, though. I can't wait... I'm already excited! I'm sure it'll be perfect, have the right mix of comedy and tragedy, just like everything else you've written. If I could describe like you can, I'm sure I'd have more reviewers.
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    Iceking:
    Quote Originally Posted by IceKing View Post
    Do you this disorder where if you don't use the word you five hundred times in a fanfiction you will drown in your own bile?
    Yes. o.o I'm going to "Y.O.U. Anonymous", where everything is, for once, not all about you.


    What is this? The safari zone?
    No, but close enough.
    [

    something bout that doesn't read right. Though I love "fragrant professionalism"
    Now that I look at it, "Fragrant professionalism" sounds so weird to me. XD



    I never pictured patchwork quilt's as being disfigured o_o
    Ever seen one made by a person mentally ill?


    Good Jesus o_O All this because of some throat scars?
    Yup. Just like some other disturbed kids like him prefer to take it out by going into a school and shooting people. *Shot for using that example*



    One criticism I do have is I think the soup scene was a bit too long, it was poison, we get it XD
    Duly noted. o.o

    If I’m not mistaken, the Gardevoir is giving him her memories through some sort of psychic connection, correct?
    Mhm. When he's sleeping. Takes the place the trainer's dreams and whatnot.

    [quote]So I enjoyed this story and hope you bring the next part out. Again, muchos gracias for all of the help you’ve given me over this winter holiday xD I’m really in your debt [/quote

    No prob.

    Edit: I was reading the other reviews...and if Negrek can't say a lot for this part...I fear her review for the final one o_o
    You and me both. Actually, though, it was still quite helpful. I honestly didn't know I could make so many mistakes at one time, but it was great to know what worked, what didn't, what made sense, and such. At least I can say the soup scene was definitely too long. That was the one thing you, Dragonfree, and Negrek, I believe mentioned in some degree or another. So if it means I can improve somehow, I'm happy. Now to get this second part done o.o.

    Gardevoir Girl:

    11? That's quite a lot. And I hope it'll be as perfect as it can get, because it's taking forever. XD

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