A sidestory to "Pokemon: Magic of a Melody", this is mainly to help flesh out the world of Yoso and provide character development.
Rated E10+ for fantasy violence.
The Traveler's Tales: A Minstrel's Journey
Episode 0: The Journey Begins
The thump of an instrument case being set on the floor startled me from my sleep. "Master, what are you doing up at this hour?" I sleepily yawned as I watched my companion--a young man about sixteen years old--carrying various items to the small foyer that led to the entrance of our room. It wasn't like him to suddenly be packing for an adventure like this, and certainly not at a time when most of the other residents of Amhran Hall were fast asleep.
He brought down a bow and a half full quiver of arrows before explaining "Remember that map of Yoso that I showed you the other night?
"The one that belonged to Marista?" I asked. "With many of the cities and towns marked with a star?"
"Apparently she marked them that way because she learned new material in that place." Master replied as he combed out his dull brown hair so he looked a little more presentable. "We're going on a similar journey--to honor her memory, see many of the places she did, learn and share new material, and make a name for ourselves."
"You can't be serious!" I protested. "Such a trip would take months--or possibly years!"
"Calm down, Kissa..." Master assured me as he lightly petted my creamy yellow fur. "We're only staying in every town long enough to share something we know, and learn something new in return. That may take a day, or it could take a week or a month; but once we've accomplished that trade, we will move on." With that, he stepped behind a changing screen to get dressed.
"But what if we are not welcomed with open arms?" I challenged--a Persian that spoke was bound to raise suspicion somewhere.
"Then we will not bother with our trade of songs and stories, and move on." Master replied as he rustled and thumped behind the screen. He emerged some seconds later in his typical costume: a dull red and gold tunic, white leggings, his favorite boots, and a dull red cloak with a silver clasp shaped like a singing Taillow. "However, if someone there requests a favor of us, I will take exception and stay there anyway. In fact, if anyone in a town asks us a favor, we will help them in return."
I was still unimpressed at the pile of items in the foyer. "You're not taking all of that, I hope..."
"I am not." Master assured me before gathering up a tent and camping gear and setting it on my back. "Camping gear in case we have to take shelter on the road..." He then set a sword in a black sheath decorated with leaf designs on his right leg. "The Mystical Sword of Colors, to defend myself should we run into trouble..." Next came the bow with jeweled inlays and the now filled quiver. "The Bow of Runesong, for hunting and a second weapon should my sword or spells fail." Finally, he slipped a small instrument case inside his cloak and set a larger one on my back. "Of course, we can't forget the Harp of Divine Elements and the Goddess' Whistle" he smiled as he showed me the tiny silver flute with the vaguely star shaped rune representing Anima, Goddess of Light nearby the mouthpiece before returning it to its case. "That's everything...we're off!"
With that, we strolled from our room, through Harmony Square, and out onto the path leading towards the north, just as the sky began lightening with the dawn.
I had no idea that this was just the beginning of a journey that would take us to the farthest corners of Yoso and back again.
But I looked up and saw the smile on Master's face--he was ready for whatever challenges and hardships we would encounter on our way, and he would meet them all with his trusty Persian--me!--by his side.
To Be Continued...