Leon sniffled and whimpered as he had finally stopped crying. It had been an hour since he ran off from his sister, crying the entire time. The fur on his forearms and paws, his cheeks, and the sheets were stained and matted with his tears. His crystal blue and pearly pink eyes were bloodshot red from so much crying, the occasional sniffle coming from him. “Lilly… I’m so sorry…” He said to himself, trying not to start crying again. “I-I’m so sorry, Lilly… I… I didn’t mean to do it… I swear…”
Leon sighed sadly, turning away from the door. He half hoped that Lilly would walk in and comfort him, but he doubted that would ever happen again. He just knew that once realization kicked in for his sister, she was going to be pissed at him and hate him for life. He just knew it.
“Lilly… p-please don’t hate me…” He said softly, biting his pillow lightly to help keep from crying.
“Why would I hate you, brother?” Leon turned when he heard the soft, beautiful, familiar voice of his sister in the doorway. When he saw her, he whimpered and back away a bit on the bed.
“L-L-Lilly… were… w-were you… crying?” Leon asked, worried for his sister. “You… you look awful…”
“I can say the same for you…” Lilly replied, walking into her brother’s room. The Umbreon whimpered louder as she neared, shaking his head.
“N-N-No! D-Don’t hurt me, Lilly! I’m sorry!” Leon cried, cowering under his pillow and shaking wildly. Lilly tilted her head lightly as she climbed up onto the bed, leaning down in front of him and licking his cheek.
“Big brother… come from under there…” Lilly said sadly.
“I-I don’t wanna… y-you’re gonna hurt me…” Leon answered, quivering with fear.
“I’m not going to hurt you, brother. I don’t have reason to. And even if I did, I still wouldn’t… You know that…” Lilly told him as she gently pulled the pillow off of him. Leon hesitantly got up, looking over his sister for a moment. He sighed with relief when he saw her smile. “And there’s no reason to be sorry… I’m not mad at you, brother…” She added before nuzzling him lovingly. Leon looked down at her, smiling softly before he slowly return the affectionate nuzzling. Lilly purred happily, sniffling once as she hugged him tightly, cuddling with her brother on his bed. “Remember when we used to cuddle like this when we were cubs?”
Leon smiled and nodded as he patted her head gently. “I do… Mommy and Daddy would always snuggle us up between them and we’d all cuddle together as one happy family.”
“Yeah… I really miss them…” Lilly said, a twinkle in her eye from another tear.
“Oh Lilly…” Leon licked his sister’s cheek, holding her close to him. “Don’t cry anymore, sweetie… Big brother is still here… big brother will always be here with you…”
“I know…” She sniffled again, her body quivering and her voice crackly and trembling again. “B-But… I miss them so much… Why did Arceus take them away, big brother? Wh… Why…”
“Shhh… don’t cry, sweetheart… I miss them too… but we have to stay strong… that’s what they wanted before they last left...” Leon told her, stroking his sister’s back gently. “I really miss them… and the worst part… I never got to say my last goodbye before they left… and never came back… to this day… I live with that pain…” Leon licked Lilly’s tears away, cuddling her close and comforting her. “You still have me, Lilly… Big brother will never leave you…”
“Leon…” Lilly said softy, looking up at him and kissing him gently on the lips. “Will… will you raise these pups… w-with me?”
“Of course I will, Lilly… I will be by your side the entire time. I will never leave you or our kids… never…” Leon assured her, hugging her tightly and kissing her softly on the nose. “We’re all that’s left in family… at least… for the next month or so. Soon… we will have kids to look over. We will have to look over them. Take care of them. And ensure that they will have a loving and caring mother and father…”
“Y-Yes, big brother… That’s what I want… a family… a new family… I want our pups to have parents… parents that will be with them forever… Mommy and Daddy… do… do you think they would accept us having kids together?” Lilly asked, nuzzling his chest gently.
“Usually… doing something like this is frowned upon… but… we Pokemon are different from the human community… I’m certain Mommy and Daddy would rather us have pups together than with others. They understood everything with us… and taught us so much… I’m sure they would would be here with us right now… holding us in their arms and readying us for parenthood.” Leon said to his little sister as he gently scratched behind her ears. Lilly smiled, happy to hear that. Very happy to hear that. It lifted her spirits.
“Thank you, big brother… Mommy and Daddy… they really would be here with us right now if Arceus didn’t have them, wouldn’t they?”
“Of course, sweetie. Mommy and Daddy would be here right now… at least… they would be right here in person if they weren’t with Arceus.”
Lilly tilted her head, looking up at the Umbreon curiously. “Huh? What do you mean by that, big brother?”
Leon smiled as he licked her forehead softly. “Mommy and Daddy will always be with us, Lilly. They will always be here. We may not be able to see them now… but Mommy and Daddy are right here… beside us… watching over us as spirits. They are here… and in your heart. Forever.” He explained to her. Lilly smiled brightly, sniffling as she kissed Leon’s cheek.
“I love you, big brother…”
Leon smiled warmly as he caressed Lilly’s cheek, gently stroking along her soft fur. “And I love you, my dear little sister…”
The two hugged each other close, snuggling together in Leon’s bed, kissing and licking each other’s cheeks and lips, murrling at the love and affection of their siblinghood. They had a long life of love, togetherness, and parenthood to look forward to, and their parents would e alongside them, supporting them all the way as spirits, watching over them with Arceus’ eye.
Leon and Lilly were going to be guarded with Arceus’ blessings and live a family that would never be broken.