WHERE IT WILL END
A NEW PATH
THE SECRET ENEMY
AGAINST ALL ODDS
THE BATTLE BEGINS
A SMALL SACRIFICE
THE FIERY SPIRIT WITHIN
THE SUCCESSOR TO ALL
DAWN OF A NEW BATTLE
ALIVE AND RUNNING
OUT OF LUCK
THE BROKEN (part two)
WHEN WE'RE FREE
A NEW TEAM
HOPE FOR LIFE
BATTLES REPLACED BY WAR
TRUTH AND LIES
THE NEW AURA
THE SUCCESSOR TO ALL (part two)
THE YEAR (part one)
AURA'S FINALE (part one)
THE YEAR (part two)
AURA'S FINALE (part two)
AURA'S FINALE (part three)
WHERE IT WILL END
Fortree City, the treetop city that frolics with nature. It is one of the most recognizable cities in the Hoenn region, if not the entire Pokémon world. Built atop trees, the residents of this marvelous city live in treehouses that are connected together by simple rope bridges. The residents live a healthy life, and they chose not to destroy nature in order to build the city. The rains have made the trees covering the city some of the longest. It was the perfect stop for nature lovers.
The houses are hollowed out barks of the giant trees. The roof is also made out of the same bark, but it usually covered with leaves to prevent rainwater from coming in. Inside one of those houses, a sixteen year old lives with her mother. She was lying on her bed, giving at the perfectly carved wooden ceiling with her wide green eyes. Her white hair blew with every wind that came through the open window. Her skin was slightly darker than that of the other residents.
“Aura,” Her mother entered the room, she had an ordinary mother look. Her blue eyes were hiding behind her medical glasses, while her short brown hair was stiff and unshaken by the wind. She was clothed in a pink dress that moved at the slightest hint of a wind or movement. “The food is ready.” She said before exiting the room, gently closing the door behind her.
Aura raised her legs up into the air, and then descended them down with great speed. They bounced off of the mattress, causing her entire body to get up and stand at the edge of the bed. She adjusted her white short dress, slipped on her black striped gloves, which matched her socks, and tied her skirt on. The last installment to her outfit was a grey scarf, and a bandana.
“Let us go, Absol.” Aura addressed the Pokémon lying on the side of the bed, facing the window. The Pokémon was covered in soft white fur, and a ruff had covered the Pokémon’s chest and neck, keeping it warm during the rainy nights. What seemed like a blade was placed on the side of his head. He opened his hot red eyes and followed Aura.
Absol’s feline body moved in a graceful and slow manner around the wooden house behind Aura. Aura’s walk was confident and covered a lot of space in few steps. The pair reached their dining room, where a small table was placed in the center, with assortments of fresh fruit on top of it. Her mother entered the room from the enterance opposite the right of the table, with her hand carrying two plates that had some mashed berries on them, it was her mother’s signature recipe.
She placed the plates on the table, went back through the door she came from, and returned carrying a food bowl full of assortments of berries, as Absol had no preference.
Aura waited for her mother to take seat first, out of respect. Then sat down on the chair opposite her mother’s. Absol was standing by his bowl, waiting for the pair to start their meal before he started his.
“How was work today?” Katherine, Aura’s mother, asked. She has stopped working and Aura was taking over the role of the breadwinner.
“Like any other day,” Aura replied. “I think it will get easier with time.”
Katherine picked up her utensils, and Aura did the same. The pair started eating slowly at the same time, and Absol started eating his food as well.
“I am thinking of visiting your grandparents in Mossdeep City,” Katherine said as soon as she swallowed her food. “I will not leave if you need me here.”
“I can manage,” Aura replied as she finished the food that was in her mouth. “Tell them I said hi.”
Absol looked around the room; it was a habit of his. Aura’s father had instructed him to look after the pair before he passed away. After reassuring himself that everything and everyone was safe, he returned to the food bowl that was before him.
“I will leave first thing in the morning,” Katherine said. “Take good care of the house while I am gone.”
“I will,” Aura replied. “Do you need Absol with you?”
“No,” Katherine said as she looked down to glance at what many professional trainers referred to as the “Disaster Pokémon”, she then smiled. “He can stay here with you.”
The rest of the meal passed without any conversation. Ever since her father had died in a flood a little over a year ago, Aura had become very serious and lost the free spirited soul she once had. Katherine was struck down by his death, and she was hospitalized for almost three months. Absol was his only Pokémon, and now Aura had inherited him, even though it obeyed Katherine just as much as he obeyed Aura.
For over a year now, the household had become a cold existence for all the residents. None of them had gotten over Adrian’s death. He had played the biggest part in the family, and was the soul of it. After finishing the meal, Aura thanked her mother for the food, and asked to be excused to her room. Aura left the room and went back into her own room, Absol followed after a few minutes. She retired to her bed after changing to her sleeping gown and brushing her teeth.
The long night descended and Absol went to sleep in the same place where he does every night, by the bed. The night was filled with the faint howling on the Mightyena, but the citizens of Fortree were accustomed to them.
The alarm clock woke Aura up. She turned it off and did her morning routines, and finally changed to her normal clothing. She got ready to go to work, and she guessed that her mother had left for Mossdeep City.
A weak rumble shock the treehouse, but Aura guessed that the wind had rocked the tree bark. Her guess was soon forgotten as the house shock more violently. Aura exited the treehouse and looked out onto the city.
Chaos and destruction was wreaking the city from the edges. Aura climbed down the ladder that was leading to her house. As soon as her feet touched the ground, Absol jumped the distance that she had climbed down. As the earthquake got more violent, many houses started collapsing onto themselves.
Before Aura could analyze what was happening, Absol picked her up and ran out of the city and onto Route 120. His legs barely making any sound as they connected with the grass
“What is going on?” Aura asked Absol. Absol just looked at her in a confused look, he didn’t know what was happening, he just feared for Aura’s safety.
Before she could ask any further questions, the city suddenly exploded from the inside out, sending a roaring gust of wind towards Aura, knocking her onto her back. It was soon followed by a roar and another explosion, which sent Aura flying towards the trees. The clash would have been damaging had Absol not caught Aura before she hit the trees.
Everything became calm. Aura got up and didn’t bother dusting off her clothes, she ran towards the city, which was now in ruins. Dead bodies were scattered around the leftovers of her city. Blood was almost everywhere. The sight disgusted Aura. There was no way any one had survived the blast. Fortree City was no more.