For a split second Saphire lost her balance and her vision temporarily blinded when the flash filled her vision. She couldn’t see and as a result she almost fell to her right side; Johnny didn’t let that happen however. He slid his hand up to her neck and hooked her closer to his body. A moment later she could see again and the smell of many different Pokémon began to overwhelm her. Quickly surveying the room told her that she had been teleported to the guild’s gathering hall.
They hadn’t even been standing in the guild for three seconds before Saphire heard movement right behind her. Out of the corner of her eye Johnny’s head suddenly lunged down in front of him; his head going straight into the dirt. Saphire could hear a growl behind her and she turned her head to see Chanler standing behind where Johnny was with her right arm glowing red. It faded a heartbeat later before speaking. “Johnny I told you to tell them we are back; not to bring them here!”
Her voice traveled very little due to so many other Pokémon talking, but a few others had stopped to look at the commotion she caused. Johnny groaned and pulled his face out of the dirt while rubbing the back of his head with his hand. “Dammit, Chanler. Quit hitting me so hard. You wonder why I have headaches all the time and this is probably why!” He complained as her looked forward; not even bothering to turn and look at her. “They’re guild members anyways. They have a right to see this.”
Chanler sighed and pinched the bridge of her nose. “Fine. Theo, Saphire, make sure you stay next to us.” She told them as she let her arm fall to her side while walking forward to stand between Johnny and Saphire.
Theo looked over to Saphire, and Saphire to him; both knew they weren’t going to disobey Chanler’s order anytime soon. “So what is it we’re going to see?” Theo asked them out of curiosity.
“You’ll see in a minute.” Is all Johnny told him.
The four of them sat in silence while the rest of the room went about their business. It didn’t take much more time for a voice to call out above the chatter. “Pokémon of the guild hear my voice! We have criminals en escort walking up the steps to our guild! Make a path so that no one may lose their life by a mere mistake!” Michael was the one talking to them, but she couldn’t see where he was. Then up to her left she could see a white figure standing high up on a platform. Michael was standing at the edge of where his office was and looking out over the gathering hall; more specifically the two large open doors at the front of it.
A few moments after he gave the announcement the Pokémon that filled the guild went silent. There was a small cry from the front of the guild, and suddenly there were more voices joining in that appeared to be taunting or harassing a group of something that was coming into the guild. Saphire couldn’t see what was going in because she was so small began to unsheathe and sheath her claws into the ground in irritation. Theo seemed curious too what was going on but didn’t act on his curiosity this time.
She had enough though and without warning she took off forward; weaving between Pokémon to get a better look at who was coming in. Faintly she could hear Chanler call out to her from behind but she didn’t think too much on it as she made a leap forward. Saphire immediately stopped dead in her tracks as she hopped over a small child to land in the middle of uncrowded ground. Standing in front of her was a large black figure; it was a snake to be more precise. An all black Seviper was sitting in front of her with the blade of its tail stained a dark red with some splatter on it as well as around its eyes and mouth.
“What do you want child?” The snake asked her, glaring down at the Eevee with a wide grin. “Did you want to be my next meal?”
“Next meal?” She asked herself before realizing what she meant. “Oh Arceus. This lady’s mouth is larger than my body!” Saphire stared at her partially in horror and more so in anger. “You’re just lucky you’re caught! I’d wipe the floor with your big mouth!”
Probably not the best idea to antagonize the snake that was five times her size, and able to swallow her whole. Just thinking about being eaten alive sent a chill down her spine. If this criminal at her then her body would barely show up under all of those powerful coiling muscles.
She laughed at Saphire’s display of courage and looked back at her. “You pipssssqueak? You’d barely be able to out up a sssstruggle before I had you for a ssssnack.”
Saphire growled softly, her legs trembling underneath her body. “Saphire!” Chanler shouted as she came to stand beside her and grab around the Eevee’s neck and pull her backwards. “Why did you just run off like that?” She asked Saphire, her tone of voice less than pleased.
However when Saphire tried to answer Chanler’s question the snake broke in. “Ssssaphire, eh?” She asked with a wide and eerie smile that showed her long dark red fangs. “Sssso that’ssss the brat’ssss name. I hope you aren’t too attached to her. Sssshe’ll be my food eventually!”
Chanler hissed back at the snake with her own smaller fangs on show. “Get this low life out of my sight!” The Pikachu demanded while looking between the four Lucarios who had their swords aimed at the snake. The Seviper laughed as she slithered forward with the Lucarios all following around her. “Damn Navia.”
“Navia? Was that her name?” Saphire asked to try and clear it up. Chanler would sigh as the rest of the criminals were all escorted into the guild and towards the staircase at the back of the room.
“Yes. Navia the Reaper of Death. She gives no mercy in a fight and then she eats whoever is unfortunate enough to fall victim to her.” Chanler explained to her before rubbing the back of Saphire’s head. “It’s alright now though. She’s going behind bars and when the prison escorts get here she’ll be going away for life.”
Saphire listened to what Chanler had to say, but also paying attention to the other criminals being brought in. There was a small variety of Pokemon species in the line up: Seviper, Duosion, Gothitelle, Pawniard, Arcanine, Sableye, but most intriguing of all of them were the last few Pokemon that came in. There were # at the end of the group that caught her attention as they were of her own species which she never really ever sees in town. First up was a young looking Umbreon who seemed just younger than she was; second was another young Espeon, and then lastly a Flareon who looked to be the same age as her. Oddly enough though when the Flareon walked past her the two of them locked eyes for a split second and Saphire could swear she saw recognition in the Flareon’s eyes.
She didn’t get to ponder in it long before Chanler’s voice shook her back to reality. “Saphire, let’s go home. Liam is waiting for us back at the house for some dinner.” Saphire looked over to Chanler who was smiling, and she smiled back.
“Okay Ms. Chanler.” The Eevee answered while Chanler got back up to her feet.
The two of them began to walk towards the front door of the guild practically arm in arm as Chanler tried to make sure Saphire was alright from her brief encounter with Navia. As they walked through the threshold it became obvious that Johnny and Theo had already left them, and headed home. “Um. Ms. Chanler can I walk home by myself when Johnny comes back to teleport us home?” Saphire asked her as she stopped at the top of the stairs.
A bit confused, Chanler looked at Saphire and stopped beside her. “You want to walk home alone? Are you sure you remember the way?” Chanler asked her.
Saphire nodded and smiled at the Pikachu. “I do remember. I know I can make it back on my own.”
There was a flash of light and Johnny appeared on Chanler’s side, touching her shoulder. “Ready to go you two?” Johnny asked them, looking between his sister and Saphire.
“I am.” Chanler told him. “But Saphire wishes to walk home by herself.”
Johnny looked at Saphire, his eyes raised up with his eyebrows to show his interest. “Oh does she?” He let go of Chanler’s shoulder and smiled at Saphire. “Well then how about a little quiz? I know you have an excellent memory so I’m sure you remember how many things you pass by on your way to and from the guild. How many left turns do you take?”
Saphire sat down and thought back along the path Chanler always took her back home from the guild. “Six I believe?”
The Pikachu nodded and pat Chanler’s shoulder. “That works for me. I don’t think I need too much more convincing. Do you?” He looked to Chanler with the same smile.
Chanler shook her head and smiled as well looking between her brother and Saphire. “No I don’t need any more to believe.”
“Then by all means, Saphire. Head home on your own.” Johnny chuckled and placed his hand back on Chanler’s shoulder. “Let’s go home, Chanler.” He didn’t waste a moment as the two of them vanished in a flash of light.
Saphire shuddered from the sudden gust of cold wind that hit her face when Johnny and Chanler left. “Well I guess I should get going now.” She thought to herself before beginning her descent down the stairs.
The walk home for Saphire was a rather mellow one. Most Pokémon were now in their homes for the night leaving the streets rather clear of anyone else. She was on the last stretch of road to get home when she saw a Sylveon walking in her direction a couple hundred feet in front of her. Saphire didn’t say anything as they began to cross paths; the Sylveon coming pass within five feet of her. That is if he had actually planned to stay on course and pass her, but he quickly swerved towards her and wrapped his ribbons around her face, neck, and forelegs.
Saphire let out a yelp in surprise, but it was quickly cut off because one of the Sylveon’s ribbons wrapped around her muzzle. Her legs were lifted up into the air above her until she was outstretched and hanging by her forelegs and neck. With her hanging by her neck, the air in her lungs was left to go stale while the Sylveon moved his head close to her. She could feel his hot breath on her left ear, and she twitched it in an attempt to bat him away. Hitting him in the face only earned her a soft chuckle from him and the way he laughed almost felt familiar.
“Oh my dearest Saphire. Where the years have gone. Those who came after you have already matured, and those who came before have never forgotten you.” Started the Sylveon as he spoke softly in her ear.
“What in the world is he talking about?” Saphire asked herself as he continued to have his mouth next to her ear.
“When you hear the words of your mother you will remember your past dearest sister. Remember that you are a Starlight rising up from your roots.”
Saphire gasped, her eyes flew wide open as something deep within her mind surfaced to the light. She saw everything laid before her and then the world went black.