The Chosen Protector
Flame, a young Gallade, was walking around the city of Redwood. He had been living in Redwood for quite some time now. The tranquil atmosphere was very welcoming; especially after all he had been through over the last several years. Flame often spent his time and strength protecting anyone who needed his help. With his fierce spirit and great power, he was always ready to help defend others. He had spent the last years of his life alone and he was often anxious about what the future would bring. He was finding his life to be more and more unbearable, but he could not quite figure out why this was so.
"Maybe it’s because I have no one at my side,” said Flame to himself as he continued to walk down the street, “Well, at least everything has been very peaceful around here…” Suddenly, without warning, his was blinded by a bright light as he was teleported to a strange place that he had never seen before. He quickly glanced about the large room he was in, but he could not make out any features in the room and his vision was fading. He looked to up and could only see three large blurs not far from him.
“Are you sure he is the chosen one?” asked a feminine voice . Flame collapsed onto the hard floor , unconscious. It wasn’t until several days later, that he woke up in a nice bed: he opened his eyes and wondered where he was. He saw a young, female Gardevoir, sitting in a chair near his bed.
“Oh! You’ve finally awakened,” said the Gardevoir with a sigh of relief.
“Who are you?” asked Flame as he stood up out of bed, “And where am I?”
“You are now in the palace of the Protector’s City. I’ll let the Elders explain everything else to you,” said the Gardevoir cheerfully, “Are you well enough to move?”
“I think I’ll be alright,” replied Flame.
“Then please follow me to the grand chamber. The Elders will be expecting you,” said the Gardevoir as she led him out of the room and down the massive hallways of the palace. Flame glanced at the walls, amazed at what he saw.
"Is this thing made out of marble?” thought Flame with amazement. As Flame journeyed deep into the palace, he eventually came across a large chamber. In this chamber, he saw two old Gardevoirs and one Gallade, sitting in ornate, golden chairs. As Flame walked into the room, the Elders stood up and addressed the young Gallade before them.
“Welcome, Flame,” said one of the Elders, “I suppose you are wondering why you have been summoned to this place.” Flame nodded his head.
"Flame, you are the chosen one to defend our beloved city from any threats that could harm the citizens . We understand that you are willing to defend anyone," said the Elder. Flame nodded in agreement
"We also understand that you are deeply sad, which because of that, we have some doubt about you…" continued the Elder as Flame lowered his head in shame.
"…but still we think that you could defend our city as long as you have a mate by your side.”
“You must be joking,” said Flame with a confused look on his face.
"We, most certainly, are not joking, Flame," said the Elder sternly.
"Alright, then where am I supposed to find this mate you speak of? I mean, no one I know will stand for justice as I do," said Flame. The Elders frowned at his remark.
"You can't see the future, can you?" asked the Elder. Flame lowered his head.
“No…” replied Flame. The Elder nodded his head.
"We see a bright future for you. You will eventually find her during your search. After all, it is around time for the mating season to begin," said the Elder in a hearty voice.
"Anyways, I will try and find her wherever she may be," said Flame in an optimistic tone.
"Good. May you have the best of luck, Flame," said the Elder. Flame started walking and soon had left the massive room.
"Do you think he will find her?" asked one of the Elders
"God only knows. We have to make sure that whatever Gardevoir becomes his mate doesn't break his heart or he will surely fail in defending our great city," said one Elder in a sad tone as Flame left the room. Fro hours, Flame traversed down the streets of what appeared to be a great city, filled with Ralts, Kirlia and Gardevoirs. As Flame continued to walk through the city he was wondering, “What am I supposed to protect?” Then he overheard a couple of Gardevoirs talking to themselves.
“Is he the one that the Elders choose to defend our city?” asked one of the Gardevoirs.
“Yeah he is, but I also heard that he can’t see into the future,” replied the other Gardevoir.
“Ugh, man…I just starting walking around the city and I am already getting publicity,” Flame thought to himself. Flame walked up to a couple of Gallades who looked like they were standing guard over something.
One of the Gallades said “Ah, Protector, we have been waiting for you for quite a while now.” Flame had a perplexed look on his face.
“Oh, I forgot: you can’t see into the future. Anyway, this is the place where you can sleep, if you want to, that is,” explained the Gallade.
“Thank you, I might take you up on that offer,” Flame said, “Well, I think I will be heading off now unless you can explain the history of this city”.
“Sure I will tell you everything I know about the Guardian city,” said the Gallade, “It all started over 200 years ago when a stray group of Ralts, Kirlia and Gardevoirs came to this area after their tribe was destroyed by battle. It took over 50 years to make a thriving tribe after the battle. After 60 or so years the tribe stated to have certain traditions, for example there will always be two guardians protecting our tribe, only Gardevoirs and Gallades can marry each other at a certain time each year. And so on and so forth, you will learn about many more traditions if you stay in the city. Oh, and by the way my name is Sage and my friend over here is Kage”.
“Oh, okay, well, my name is Flame as you might already know,” said Flame. Sage and Kage nodded in agreement.
“Well, I will be on my way if you don’t mind,” said Flame as he started to walk away.
“Sure thing, it was nice talking to you. Oh! And happy hunting,” said Sage in a sarcastic tone.
“Well, it’s nice that they have a sense of humor. May as well as look around the city. Besides, a walk might do me some good,” thought Flame as he turned down a nearby alley. Flame walked around the city for well over an hour, until he discovered what looked like some sort of town square. The square was huge and in the middle of it there was a fountain made out of tile and as the water was coming out, the water was sparkling as the sunlight was hitting it.
“Wow, just when you walk into the city it looks absolutely amazing” Flame thought to himself. He started noticing that there were a lot of Gardevoirs, Kirlias, Ralts, and Gallades walking around the square. Flame also noticed that there were a lot of shops lining the square. Flame walked towards one of the shops and the welcoming, soothing aroma of fresh-ground coffee greeted his nose. He walked into the coffee shop to get something to drink. As Flame approached the front counter, he asked the Clerk “How much for one mocha frappuccino?”
The Clerk glanced at the Gallade and replied, “It’s free. This one’s on the house.”
“What’s with the hospitality?” asked Flame with confusion.
“You are one of the Protectors, are you not?” asked the Clerk.
“Yeah I am, but I don’t know why I was chosen.” replied Flame.
“Look, the rumor has it that you were chosen because you have such a strong will to defend anything that needs it,” said the Clerk.
“Thanks for the compliment,” said Flame.
“No problem. Hey, I feel that you will do a great job,” said the Clerk with optimism in his voice. Flame left the coffee shop and continued to walk about the city, sipping his frappuccino as he went. Before long, he arrived back at the palace and proceeded straight to the Elders’ chamber, deep in the middle of the palace.
“Ah, welcome back. How may we help you, Flame?” asked one of the Elders. Flame paused and was about to speak when the Elder stood up.
“Wait, don’t answer me. We already know what you want, my friend. Well, my name is Aero. I am the oldest Gallade here in this wonderful city.” An old Gardevoir, on Aero’s left, stood up and greeted Flame as well.
“My name is Blizz and I am the oldest female Gardevoir in this city,” said Blizz with a friendly smile. Finally, the third Gardevoir Elder on Aero’s right stood on his feet.
“My name is Elegon, I am the oldest male Gardevoir in this city,” said Elegon. Flame scowled with contempt.
“You know I don’t like my thoughts being read…” said Flame in an annoyed tone.
“Oh, we’re sorry about that,” said Blizz with a polite bow, “Most of us can learn how to block mind reading when the time comes. It comes naturally to most of us, besides you apparently.”
“Well, my next question is what am I supposed to defend? I can’t figure it out,” said a bewildered Flame.
“Well, first thing’s first: we need to find you a mate before anything, for you will fail if you don’t have her by your side,” said Elegon with caution.
“But, I have yet to find a single female Gardevoir who believes in justice like I do,” said Flame in a worried tone.
“I think you will change your mind once you meet Serene,” said Aero.
“Hello, Flame,” said Serene in a soft, warm tone as she entered the Elders’ chamber and stood near Flame, “I actually believe in a lot of things that you do. Surprisingly, I thought I would never find a Gallade who believes in justice like me, who would give up their life for the sake of others and so selflessly, I might add.”
“So would you like to walk around the town discussing…” said Flame, before he was suddenly interrupted by Serene.
“Of course we could discuss things like that around the town. Shall we be off?” asked Serene in an optimistic tone.
“Yes, we shall” said Flame with a nod.
Flame and Serene walked out of the Elders’ chamber and soon had left the palace grounds. As the young Gallade and Gardevoir walked out if the front gate, they did not notice the Elders observing them at a distance.
“They seem like a match made in heaven,” said Blizz with happiness.
“Agreed, Blizz: they do seem perfect,” said Aero with an appreciative nod. Flame faced Serene as they continued to walk into the city.
“So… what do you want to talk about first?” asked Flame.
“Okay. How about we talk about why you swore to protect everyone that you can?” asked Serene with curiosity.
“Because not enough people have protected me when I needed it the most,” replied Flame, “At that point I decided to protect anyone I could with all my might. I have been protecting anyone I’ve come across throughout most of my life and I’ve succeeded with most of my protecting.”
“That’s cool. I never thought I would’ve found a Gallade who was so serious about protecting throughout his entire life,” said Serene in an uplifting tone.
“So what makes you want to defend the Guardian city? I mean, you haven’t told me your reasons for wanting to defend this place,” asked a curious Flame...
“My reasons?” asked Serene with sorrow in her voice, “My reasons are that I remember that my mom was a protector. She gave her life to defend thousands of people: she had died an honorable death. She was later buried at the Protector Memorial Site.” Flame glanced at Serene as she bowed her head in grief.
“I’m sorry I brought it up. I didn’t know” said Flame with remorse.
“I know you can’t read thoughts… It isn’t your fault, you couldn’t read my thoughts and know I didn’t want to talk about it,” said Serene with sadness.
“Do you want to go visit your Mom’s memorial site?” asked Flame in a gentle tone.
“Yes, sure,” replied Serene as she stood up tall, “I think you should see my mother.” With that, they started on their way to the memorial site.
“So, what happened to your Father?” asked Flame. After several moments of silence, she replied, “After my mother gave her life to save thousands of people and my father, he had too many regrets about her sudden death. He couldn’t bear being a Protector any longer and left the city. Ever since then, he has never returned. I don’t even know if he is still alive. I find it very sad not to have known him better. I mean, he left when I was a very young Ralts.”
“Hey, don’t feel bad. I don’t even remember my parents; I have no idea who they were,” said Flame, trying to be sincere, “We shouldn’t see your Mom now, I think it would be unbearable for you.”
“I’m glad you said that. Even though you can’t read my thoughts you were right on what I was thinking. Thank you, Flame,” Serene gave Flame a long, relaxing hug. Flame returned the hug and asked, “Do you think that we have what it takes to be the next Protectors?” Serene gasped.
“Are…are you asking me to protect along side you till we die?” asked Serene in an exited tone.
“Yes, we have so much in common and you are the first Gardevoir that I know would be by my side. I’ve been alone all my life and you are the first Gardevoir to tell me so much about yourself. I feel that we would have what it takes to be together forever,” said Flame with determination. After Flame and Serene were done talking, it was nightfall. They started heading to the Protectors’ house and they arrived half an hour later.
“Serene, do you think that we should tell the Elders that I have chosen you to protect along side me?” asked Flame.
“No, we should wait ‘til tomorrow morning. I mean, they don’t need us to tell them everything: they could just look into the future,” replied Serene with a smile. Unknown to the young couple, Aero and Blizz had been following them throughout the evening: watching and listening. They looked on at the young lovers from a distance.
“I’m glad that they were meant for each other,” said Aero with a happy sigh.
“Wow, I remember when we were like that; we were just made for each other too,” said Blizz as Aero stepped towards her and tightly wrapped his arms around his mate. Aero and Blizz held each other for quite some time. Meanwhile, back at the Protector’s House…
“Well, let’s head inside,” said Flame.
“Okay,” replied Serene as she and Flame walked indoors.
“Hey! Hello there, Flame!” said Sage with friendly smile. Flame waved at his friend.
“Man, we were wondering when you would be back. Things were starting to get very boring around here,” said Kage with a yawn.
“Oh? Who do we have here?” asked Sage as he noticed the female Gardevoir at Flame’s side.
“My name is Serene,” said Serene in a gentle tone.
“Well, we’ll be heading off now… Our job is done here” said Kage as he walked towards the door.
“Good luck, you love birds” said Sage with a smile as he followed Kage out of the room. Everyone waved goodbye to each other as Kage and Sage walked outside. After they had left, Flame returned his gaze to Serene.
“Do you think that they think that we are together?” asked Flame.
“Well, I feel that we are,” said Serene with a smile. Flame started to blush.
“Well, I can’t argue with that. I’m glad that we are together” said Flame. Flame wrapped his arms around Serene and she just smiled, closing her eyes.
“Well, I think we should go to bed now, unless you want to do something else,” said Serene as Flame released her from his embrace.
“Okay, um… what do you know about the duties of the Protectors?” asked Flame.
“Well, first the Elders would need to approve both of us. I don’t think that will be a problem,” explained Serene as Flame smiled at her, “Once approved, they will throw us a banquet and have a celebration for the Protectors. After the celebration, they will assign us to guard a certain area or people as a test. If we succeed at this, and if we both wanted to, we could marry each other. From then on we would have a duty to protect each other as well as the city.”
“That sound nice,” said Flame with a blissful sigh
“Well, we should go to bed now. We have a big day tomorrow,” said Serene. They hugged each other one last time and then they went to their rooms. Once in their beds, the lovers soon fell into a deep, blissful sleep.