Sorry the chapter's so late, and so short. Next one will be longer, promise.
Chapter 36: Ruins and Reunions
The man was tall and ruggedly-built, although his form was mostly hidden by the heavy robes he wore. He leaned on a staff as he examined the ground below him.
“Hm,” he considered, “I believe I can grow corn here.”
“But sir,” one of the man's companions said, “that ground is forever cursed. The augurs have seen it!”
The man smiled warmly. “The augurs know much,” he said. “But they do not know everything.” He reached into a pouch on his belt and produced a fistfull of seeds. He dug a few holes in the ground, put a seed in each, and covered them up. He watered each covered seed, then muttered a few words I couldn't understand. Almost immediately, small saplings broke the dirt. The crowd gathered around the man let out a collective gasp.
“Impossible!” one man exclaimed.
The man gave a smile. “Nothing is impossible,” he said. “Nothing.”
“Truly,” said a woman in awe, “you are the greatest shaman in the land.”
“I do not like to brag,” laughed the man, “but yes. I suppose I am.”
“This is a miracle!” the woman cried. “Finally, Bulbasaur Garden will have enough crops to feed all its citizens!”
“Indeed,” said the man. “Your people will eat well this year.”
“All hail the Legacy!” the crowd cheered. “All hail the Legacy!”
I awoke with a start. I blinked a few times, then rubbed my eyes and licked my dry lips. This was the third night in a row I'd had this dream. Always the same scene, and always about the same man – the Legacy.
In the dim light of what was left of our campfire, I spotted a figure approaching our campsite. I couldn't see his face. Fearing the worst, I sat right up on my bedroll and cried out. “Hey, you there! Stop!”
Not very intimidating, I know, but cut me some slack; I was still half-asleep.
The shadowy person stopped in his tracks and turned to walk towards me. I reached for one of my Poke Balls in my backpack. As the figure entered the campfire's glow, his features became illuminated, until I could finally see his face – and it was a familiar one at that. Standing before me, grinning widely, was Aaron Ryuu.
“Aaron!” I yelped in surprise.
“That's me,” he said.
He offered his hand to help me get up, and I accepted it. “Feli said you were chasing us,” I said.
“Yeah,” he replied, looking a little embarrassed. “Sorry about missing the plane – my phone died without my permission, I swear!”
I shook my head. “No worries,” I assured him. I glanced at the others, all fast asleep. I grinned at Aaron. “Now, how about we reintroduce you to the gang?” I suggested.
“Jabber, it's like four in the morning,” I complained as Jabber shook me awake.
“Sorry, Ali,” he apologized. “But there's someone here you should see.”
“Who?” I asked.
“Me,” a male voice answered. I looked next to Jabber. Aaron was striding up next to him.
“Oh, my God!” I said in shock. “Aaron, is it really you?”
“In the flesh,” he answered with a nod.
“When did you get here?” I asked.
“Just a few minutes ago,” he responded. “We already got everyone else up to say hello.”
“Something that was totally uncalled for, incidentally!” Dan said angrily. “I was having an awesome dream too! There were all these-”
“Everyone except Feli, that is,” Jabber continued, ignoring Dan's ramblings.
“I want to keep our reunion special,” Aaron explained. “It'll wait until morning.”
“It is morning,” I pointed out. “Three in the morning, actually. I was off by an hour.”
“I want to wait until daylight,” Aaron insisted.
I rolled my eyes. “Whatever floats your boat, I guess,” I said. “Me? I'm getting back to sleep. Jabber, don't let anyone wake me until at least nine.”
“Yes, dear,” Jabber said.
“Whipped!” Dan called from afar.
I awoke, yawning and rubbing my eyes.
“Morning everyone,” I said groggily. “Is there coffee?”
“Dark, no sugar, just like you like it,” a familiar voice answered, handing me a cup.
“Thanks, Aaron,” I said, sipping my coffee. As the caffeine entered my system, I realized that something was different.
“Wait a second... Aaron?”
I whirled around. Standing there, beaming, his arms wide open, was Aaron.
I stood there, stunned for a few seconds. Then, I flung the cup to the ground and flew into Aaron's arms. It was more of a tackle than a hug, to be honest. I'm not sure how he managed to keep standing.
“You're buying me a new cup!” Saturn shouted crossly. “My boyfriend gave me that cup for Christmas!”
“Sorry, Professor,” I said quickly, then went back to hugging Aaron. “I missed you,” I whispered in his ear.
“I missed you more,” he responded.
“You really want to argue this now? You know I'll win.”
“As much as I hate to break up this reunion,” Saturn grumbled, picking up the shards of his cup, “we're burning daylight. And seeing as how I've had no coffee this morning, I am in quite an unpleasant mood. If I were you, I wouldn't get on the grumpy scientist's bad side by dawdling in picking up camp.”
I grinned. “Yes, sir, Professor.” I let go of Aaron and headed back towards my bedroll. “Come on, Beret Boy,” I called to him. “We have a camp to pick up!”
“Oh, come on!” he complained loudly. “I should think you of all people would get it right by now! It's a flat cap! Flat cap!”
I suppressed a giggle. Aaron was finally back. Things were getting back to normal.
I finally had someone to talk to about the dreams...
Next Time: It's off to Icirrus City as the gang investigate reports of two Dragon-type Pokemon warring in the local Dragonspiral Tower. See what happens in Chapter 37: “Dragonspiral!”
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