The Sorceress Who Vanquishes The Shadows
Chapter Fifteen: In Your Hands, Take This Key
Jovi, Michael and I took a break from our Shadow Pokémon hunting for a few weeks so that we could help Mom with Father’s funeral arrangements. About two weeks after he died, we had a funeral for him, and in the week after that, we helped Mom sort out all the paperwork regarding his will and various other loose ends.
But before we went looking for our next destination, I took Jovi on a day trip to Agate Village.
“Hey Mom?” I called out as Jovi and I entered the house after our usual morning training session. We hadn’t worked with Delcatty just yet, because I had a feeling that would be a bad idea, so Jovi just helped me come up with new strategies for my new Pokémon. She was getting pretty good, actually. She would be a force to be reckoned with once she actually had her own Pokémon that would actually listen to her.
“Yes, Medea?” Mom replied, suddenly appearing in front of me. I really did have to wonder how in the world she did that. For as long as I could remember, she’d been able to just suddenly appear seemingly out of thin air. And she still hadn’t told me how she did it.
I nearly jumped but managed to stop myself. “How’d you do that?” I grumbled. “Just appear right in front of me without any warning like that?”
Mom smirked. “Trade secret.” I scowled harder. “Anyway, what were you going to ask me about? Is it about that disc that you brought back with you from the Shadow Pokémon Lab?”
I shook my head. “No, although that will probably determine where we go next. I was actually going to ask if I could take Jovi to Agate Village for the day. I wanted to check with Eagun-sama about finding me an Aura teacher, and also do something that will help Jovi bond with Delcatty while I’m there. If it’s alright with you, that is.” I added hastily.
Mom sighed. “I’m still not sure I like the idea of you giving a Shadow Pokémon to Jovi but since there’s nothing I can do to stop you, and since she’ll follow you if I try to keep her here, feel free. But please, I want you home before dark. Will that be long enough?”
I thought for a moment, mentally calculating what time it got dark this time of year. “It should be.” I answered. “I’ll let you know if it isn’t.” I held up my cell phone for emphasis.
“Go ahead, then.” Mom sighed. She didn’t seem happy, but she’d go along with it.
So Jovi and I set off for Agate Village, leaving as soon as we were ready. Taking the back roads, I speeded quite a bit (I took the back roads so I didn’t run into any police officers, and didn’t get a ticket for speeding even if I was just on my scooter). We made it there in record time. Probably because I was speeding. I knew it was probably a bad idea, but I didn’t care.
Once we arrived, I parked my scooter and helped Jovi out of her seatbelt.
I took her up the hill to Eagun-sama’s house, asking him if I could use the Relic Stone.
He looked surprised but nodded his consent. “Very well. Come and see me when you are finished. I have something I would like to show you.” He told me, and I nodded back.
“I will.” I promised. “Hey Jovi, come on. It’s time to do that ceremony that I mentioned.”
“Okay.” My younger sister replied. I led her down to the Relic Stone, and she looked at it, confused. “Jovi is confused.” She told me. “Why exactly do Medea and Jovi need the Relic Stone, and why does this ceremony you mentioned have to be done here?”
I smiled. “What we’re doing is something called an Inheritance Ceremony. Basically, I’m going to formally, with my Aura, give Delcatty to you. That’ll also make it more likely to listen to you. I don’t have to tell you that as a Shadow Pokémon, a stronger one than any we’ve faced so far, it isn’t very likely to listen without someone doing something. I should warn you, though, that even after we do the ceremony, you’ll still have to earn its trust. Her trust, since I believe Delcatty only has a twenty five percent chance of being male. Anyway, you’ll still have to earn her trust. Ceremony or no ceremony, trust is something that has to be earned. And don’t give up, no matter what happens, because if you give up before you've fully earned her trust, Delcatty will never trust you.”
“Jovi thought so.” Jovi nodded. “Then how does the ceremony work?”
“Well,” I began. “First, we’re going to go up to the Relic Stone and place our hands on it.” I gently took her hand and placed it on the Relic Stone, next to mine. The stone glowed briefly. “Okay, now that we have its permission—”
“Its permission?” Jovi repeated skeptically.
I rolled my eyes. “Yes, imouto, its permission.” I said patiently. “It’s somewhat sentient— alive— or hadn’t you noticed? Is it any surprise, considering that it has some of Celebi’s power in it? Now that we have the Relic Stone’s permission, you’re going to give me the ball, then I’ll say the words of the Inheritance Ceremony, and give the ball back to you. And then it will be formally and officially yours to keep, and to train. I’ll still have to transfer it to you legally, but that shouldn’t be a problem once I do the ceremony.”
“If Medea is sure.” The girl I considered my younger sister muttered; she still didn’t seem very convinced about the whole ritual that I was planning to do. Then again, she didn’t have the ability to use Aura like I did. It was no wonder she didn’t believe me— she couldn’t sense it.
I chuckled. “I know you can’t sense it, but I can. Don’t worry, I’m not trying to play a prank on you. You know that’s not my style. But if it makes you feel better, I swear by Reshiram— he’s the Dragon of Truth— that I’m not trying to pull a prank on you. Guardian honor.”
“Medea isn’t a Guardian, though.” The blue haired girl pointed out.
I smiled. “No,” I agreed. “I’m not. Or at least not yet. Any day now Eagun-sama’s going to find me a teacher, and then I won’t have to worry about blowing myself up.”
Jovi gave me a look that I wouldn’t have thought possible from a nine year old, much less her, at the beginning of our journey, but now I wasn’t even surprised to see it from her. How many times had I given her a similar look during our morning training sessions? “Medea is being optimistic. You know it could be years before Eagun-sama finds you a teacher. Jovi knows how rare Aura Guardians are.”
I grimaced. “Okay, okay. So yes, I am. But I kind of have to be. Everything I can do I’ve taught myself, you know that. So every time I use Aura, I have to worry about blowing myself up. I have to hold onto hope, because it's better than living in fear. Because if you're always afraid, you'll never do anything. Doing something and failing is better than living really cautiously and essentially failing by default. But enough about that. It’s pretty close to noon, so I think it’s time we started the ceremony.”
“Right. What do I have to do?”
“Ball please?” I requested, holding out my hand.
Jovi reluctantly pulled it out of her pocket and handed it to me. I made a mental note that I would have to buy her a Trainer’s belt soon so she didn’t have to keep her Pokéballs in her pocket, where they could fall out and possibly get lost. “Here.” She said, a bit sullenly.
“Now, hands out.” I showed her how I wanted her to hold out her hands.
And then I closed my own around the ball holding it just a couple of inches above Jovi’s cupped once, taking a deep breath as I recited the words to the ceremony.
“In your hands, take this key. So long as you have the makings, then by this simple act of taking, its wielder you will one day be. And you will find me, friend. No ocean will contain you then. No more boarders around, or below, or above, so long as you champion those you love.”