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This is work that impresses me. A lot of it is in the fractal field, and represent things I'd like to learn to make, but some of it is simply to remind me of artists who are good at what they do.


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Hello, and welcome to my page! Let's see... I'm a college student from the US. I've always kind of enjoyed art (and REALLY enjoyed reading). I grew up in an LDS (Mormon) family and served a mission a few years ago. I love God and Christ and I will stand for them. I know that They are real and that They love us very much. I don't care what people may say these days - I have had prayers answered and seen hearts touched and lives changed. I have a testimony of the Bible and of the Book of Mormon. They both testify of Christ and invite all men everywhere to come to Him. I'm not here for arguments; if you really want to know, ask Him yourself. I can promise He will answer your prayers if you "ask in faith," as James said. That said, if you have questions about the gospel or our church I'll do everything I can to answer them.

Since I got back, I've started writing; my new goal is to be a published author by the time I finish my degree. It's a high goal, but those are the kind that push you to do more. I've gotten back into Pokemon lately, so that's what a lot of my art is about. At the moment, I'm primarily an author, though I do occasional digital art and pixel sprites.

My go-to software:
Writing: Microsoft Word
Pixel Art: (free, for sprites and image editing)
Digital Art: Krita (something like SAI paint tool, but free)

Current Residence: College
Favourite style of art: Literature/Digital Art
Operating System: Windows 10
Pokemon of choice: Galeon
Shell of choice: Conch
Skin of choice: mine
Favourite cartoon character: Toothless

If you want to play Mario Kart I WILL own on you. Fair warning.

Pokemon X/Y Stamp: Vaporeon by SD-DreamCrystal
Team Instinct by lilmisskayla
I've been thinking I should do this for a while, but I keep neglecting to. Anyway, here's a who's who of the best deviants I follow and why they might be worth your watchlist too:

:iconcarlottastudios: CarlottaStudios is a really good author. She gave me some feedback and encouragement when I was just starting to post literature stuff. I enjoy most of what she writes, even if it's fanfiction for something I know nothing about (like Stormhawks). She's done a lot of good stuff, but here are a few that get my special recommendation:
The Princess and the Pauper: Chapter 1Chapter 1: First Meeting
“STOP THIEF!” the angry voice with a heavy southern drawl yelled.
Aerrow swerved furiously around the corner, dashing over the cobblestone streets. As he ran, only one thought was going in his head:
‘How did I get myself into this mess?!’
Aerrow was a young orphan, living on the streets of the vast Terra Krystal. He had no idea who his parents were, for they had been killed in a war shortly after he’d been born. At least, he thought it was a war. He couldn’t quite remember.
Perhaps a physical description would help, for those readers that are not familiar with this character already. Aerrow was 7 years old, but he was tall for his age. His hair was ruby red, spikey, and completely untameable. His eyes were, in contrast, emerald green.
Being a “street rat” as many would call him, he was skinnier than most boys of his age should be. And, because he could not work (or, more accurately, no one would hire him), his onl
  FPK: Dragons at War Pt 1CRASH!!!
Selina hit the wall so hard, the impact created a spider-webbing of cracks on the stone. She stood, a bit disoriented, but otherwise completely unharmed.
“You want to fight a beast?” said a deep, threatening voice. “Here I am.”
The dragon damsel looked up at her attacker. He was a rotheran…like that traitor Thanael! But…no…this one was very different. His white hair and beard were tangled with seaweed and ocean muck. 8 long tentacles sprouted from his back. He stank too. He stank of fish, rotting vegetation and things that scuttle in the deepest depths of the ocean. Selina glared at him and curled her hands into fists. Emerald sparks gathered around her. The strange man smirked.
“You must be Selina, the dragon fire girl.” he said. “Thanael mentioned you in his reports once or twice. I must say, though, you don’t look quite as dangerous as he said you were.”
Selina growled. How dare he mock her! But enough

:iconzaneusnova: ZaneusNova has been a writing buddy of mine (for lack of a better term) for nearly a year now. We proofread each other's stuff before it goes public on deviantArt, and I really appreciate all the help and encouragement he's given me. If you're reading this journal, there's a fair chance you know me from my Tyler's Search Pokemon fanfic. Well, he's the one who approves each chapter. ZaneusNova has also been doing his own Pokemon epic. It started with Strength of Spirit and continues now with Emerging Darkness, Awakened Light. He delves deeply into good and evil and his emotional portayals of characters are amazing. I also appreciate his strong Christian morals.
Strength of Spirit Prologue
Zane's Big Day
    The sun shined into the room of a young shiny eevee named Zane, illuminating everything and waking him. He slowly got up out of bed annoyed at the sun for waking him up so early. Darn sun, couldn’t you have waited five more minutes. He yawned and stretched his legs. As he did, a sweet aroma reached his nose. “Mmmm.” Mom must be making pancakes. He started toward the doorway when, before exiting his room, it dawned on him what today was. This realization fueled him with energy from joy and excitement. Unable to contain this sudden energy boost, he ran out of his rom, through the hallway and living room, and into the kitchen. Upon entering the kitchen, he tried to stop, but was moving so quickly that he ended up sliding on the smooth tiled floor and slid right into the dining table.
    “Zane, slow down. I know you’re excited since it’s your birthday, but be careful sweetheart,” a feminine voic
Emerging Darkness Awakened Light Prologue
It Is Time
    It has been four months since Zane defeated Garen the houndoom and freed all the pokemon he enslaved. By this time, the pokemon of the forest, now named Serene Forest, had managed to rebuild all the towns that had been demolished in the war. When cleaning up Zane and May’s home town, someone found a picture of Zane and May’s family; Jerik, Elana, Zeus, and Zane and May as eevees. Surprisingly, the picture was completely undamaged; the rubble from the house had kept it safe from the elements, and only the frame was damaged in any way, which a new one was made for it. Since Zane had a family of his own, he let May keep it.
    During the time they were cleaning and rebuilding, many pokemon came from other places outside the forest, some well beyond even the luxray’s forest or the northern mountains. Most came seeking new opportunity, but many came simply to find a new home. Among them were Alex’s and Eve’s parents. Alex

:iconvelvet-rainbow: This isn't all about literature stuff. Velvet-Rainbow has been doing a comic called Hanging in the Balance following his character Miku (who's her own Pokemon species, Zuctuveil) through a PMD adventure. Velvet-Rainbow's characters are enamoring and her art style is fantastic and getting better. I think what really does it for me is the way she uses light in her works. Some of my favorite works/pages:
Hanging in the Balance (COVER) by Velvet-Rainbow Miku reference (Hanging in the Balance) by Velvet-Rainbow HitB(chapter 2)page 24: That works too. by Velvet-Rainbow HitB (Chapter 1) Page 13: Scarface is not Impress. by Velvet-Rainbow HitB(chapter 1) Page 18: Self-Proclaimed Rivals! by Velvet-Rainbow Finally Back! by Velvet-Rainbow

:iconbluekiss131: Bluekiss131 has taken "dawww" and raised it to an art form. Her use of light and shading is impeccable and her little slice-of-life scenes are simply adorable. She's currently in school to become a professional artist (I think). Just try and tell me these aren't adorable.
Flareon x Glaceon by Bluekiss131 Friends by Bluekiss131 Moonlight by Bluekiss131 Eevee Love by Bluekiss131 Umbreon X Eevee by Bluekiss131

:iconleikotanaka6: Last but certainly not least is LeikoTanaka6. She's entirely an author, and what caught my attention was the Pokemon fanfic she wrote entitled Chance. It's about Evelyn (basically the protagonist of Diamond/Pearl), but with everything going wrong. Team Galactic wins. At the last moment, Evelyn gets the chance to do it all over. The writing style and grammar (very important, you need good grammar) are great in these and the storyline is a lot better than most of what I see these days.
Chance: PrologueLiana’s shoulders heaved up and down. Cuts laced her body, black fur long since congealed with blood. “Thunderbolt!” I yelled, voice hoarse from the eleven other pokemon my team had battled already.
“Body slam,” Mars ordered.
My luxray gathered electricity in her fur, but before she could manage anything more, the purugly smashed his body into her. A crack. A yowl. Silence.
“Activate the Red Chain,” Mars commanded, turning back towards the heart of Spear Pillar. Her tone was slow, unexcited, like battling me had not worried her to begin with.
I returned Liana to her pokeball. A pair of grunts wrestled it and five other pokeballs from me. My expression (or lack thereof) didn’t change as I sank to my knees. It hadn’t changed for weeks, really… not since…
I bit my lip, trying to squash down the memory that was surfacing once again. Jupiter, who’d lost the last of her pokemon several minutes ago, handed her pokeballs t


Breathing Fire by Polarissb
Breathing Fire
Here's my submission to The-eevee-kingdom's Fluffy Volcano Contest. Serren is back, and of course I have a little story for him too. His design is still in flux, I haven't quite figured out how to draw him well.

Flareon packed up his tools, double-checked to make sure Adrean was secure in his holder, and headed out of the forge. He passed through town and ran across Serren.

“Hey, Flareon! Where are you going?” Flareon couldn’t help smiling at the cheerful viveon’s voice.

“I’m heading up the volcano today. Some special forging to do for the prince.” Prince Zenton had asked for a new shield today. He already had one, but since shields came in about six different kinds Flareon was happy to make a different one.

“Really?” Serren asked. “Why isn’t he with you then?”

“King Cerulean won’t let him.” Flareon couldn’t keep from chuckling a little. “Apparently the king didn’t like his last trip up the volcano with me. Although the little princess was just fine. I think the king decided his family has had enough, er, volcano-related excitement for a while.”

“What do you mean? Did he get hurt?”

Flareon waved the viveon’s worries away. “No, no, nothing like that. He’s just…not very adventurous, our king. Going up the volcano once was plenty for him.”

“Is it dangerous, though?” Serren persisted.

“Not really…well, it can be,” Flareon admitted. “Not for me though. And if you’re careful you should be fine.”

“Really? Well…” Serren hesitated. “Can I come?”

Flareon eyed the viveon. “I don’t know…don’t you usually help out Miss Sylveon at the bakery?”

Serren’s aura flickered. “She, ummm…she said she wanted some peace. I think maybe I annoyed her…I’m not annoying you, am I?” He looked embarrassed.

Flareon grinned. “Were you asking her about her recipes?”

“Well…” Serren’s aura flickered again as he looked away. “A little…”

Flareon nodded wisely. “That’d do it. You’d best come with me, until she cools off.” He thought about where they were going and laughed to himself again. “Cools off…hehe…”

The viveon’s ears perked up and he flared brighter for a moment. “Really? Okay!”

Flareon chuckled and led the way towards Fluffy Volcano. It wasn’t too far from the kingdom, and he stopped at the base. “All right, ready to go up?”

“Why don’t we stop and eat first?” Flareon had forgotten to bring food. That happened sometimes, especially when he was tossing shield designs around in his head. Serren, meanwhile, opened the pouch he always carried and pulled out a few rolls. “Sylveon might be mad at me, but she’d never send me away hungry. And I helped make these anyway.”

After they ate, the two Eons started up the volcano. Flareon had a trail he knew well, down to every rock he could count on for footing, but remembering the time he’d had with King Cerulean, he kept looking back to make sure Serren was all right.

The viveon was getting along better than he’d expected. Flareon almost called out a few times as Serren stepped on loose rocks, but somehow the viveon managed to keep up without falling. When they reached a ledge, Flareon spoke up. “I don’t know how you’re doing that, lad. Some of those stones might take an eevee’s weight, but they’d never hold either of us.”

“I know.” Serren smiled, and two lines flared down his sides. “Having a bit of rock and ground powers has to be good for something.”

“Ah.” They continued up the mountain; thin streams of lava were starting to appear, and they only got more numerous as the two pokémon got higher. Finally they breached a ledge. “This here is the crater,” Flareon announced. “It’s where I get lava rock from, not to mention where I forge the stuff that you have to keep hot for days at a time. Sometimes you can smelt good metal out of the lava too.” He stopped, noticing the viveon was staring around at the maze of solid and molten rock, not paying attention to him at all.

“This place is huge! I mean, I’d heard about lava and I saw a little on the way up, but…wow! I guess this is the place to be for a fire pokémon.”

Flareon looked around. Now that Serren mentioned it, he did always feel at home up here. “Come on, you, let’s get to work.” He unpacked his tools at the mountain forge, noticing as he did that part of it had fallen down. “Here, lad, let’s put those rock and ground powers you were talking about to good use. Help me put this back up, would you?” The viveon nodded and braced against one of the larger stones. He closed his eyes for a moment, brown lines flaring up again along his side, and started pushing it back into the hole it had come out of. Flareon continued setting up, glancing occasionally at the viveon to make sure everything was going right and offering his help in a few places. Finally it was done.

“All right, what’s next?” Serren asked.

“Next is I forge. I don’t really have anything for you to do, so…”

Serren nodded sheepishly. “Okay.” Flareon went back to what he was doing, heating up the steel for the first time. It went so much faster on the volcano. “Mr. Flareon?”

Flareon looked up again. “What is it, lad?”

The viveon was standing in front of one of the lava pools. He exhaled a small fireball, a red line glowing now, then turned back to Flareon. “Isn’t dragonbreath kind of like fire?”

Flareon thought about it for a minute. “I suppose so, yes.”

“Okay. There’s something I want to try then.” Another of Serren’s lines lit up, and the rest of them dimmed. The blacksmith watched as Serren opened his mouth and exhaled a stream of purple and orange flame. “It worked! I mean, I can’t breathe much fire, but if I add dragonbreath, that’s a lot better!”

Flareon smiled. “Not bad, lad. But watch this.”

    Tyler nudged Chloe’s sleeping form and murmured, “Come on, wake up.” The eevee’s eyes flew open and she jumped, staring around wildly for a moment. Then her eyes settled on Tyler.

    “Oh. I…I thought…” she didn’t finish.

    “I’m sorry,” Tyler told her. “I didn’t mean to scare you.”

    “I…” Chloe broke off again, looking down.

    “Did you have a bad dream?” Tyler asked, and the eevee nodded, eyes wide. “I’m sorry,” he told her. After a moment he hesitantly added, “If you want…you can tell me about it.”

    She shook her head, but a few seconds later, she said, “…My family.”

    Tyler sighed, lost in thought for a moment. “You know,” he started, “I used to have dreams like that. Sometimes…sometimes I still do.” He pulled her a little closer with a paw. “I know what it’s like. Like I said, you can tell me if you want.”

    He felt her exhale. “Thanks.” She didn’t say anything else though, and the vaporeon decided not to press her any more. He waited a minute while the eevee leaned against him.

    Finally Tyler broke the silence again. “Listen…we have to keep moving. I haven’t seen the tyranitar or pupitar that were attacking you yesterday, but they might still be around. Or other pokémon. Come on, it’s time to eat.”

    “Okay,” Chloe said in a small voice. She didn’t move for a few more seconds, but then the eevee got up and followed him back to the bush from the night before.

    After they ate, Tyler and Chloe set off down the stream again. Tyler was a little impatient to get out of the desert, but he had to slow down to wait for Chloe. He settled on ranging back and forth, keeping an eye out for any other pokémon who might be hostile. After a while his side started to hurt where the pupitar’s spikes had stabbed into him. Tyler hadn’t paid much attention to it when they were running away or sleeping, but movement aggravated the injuries and he was starting to feel stiff. I should have taken care of it last night.

    Tyler turned back to Chloe. “We’re going to have to stop for a few minutes.”

    “Why?” she asked, before he could go on.

    He turned to show her his side. “I got hit by one of the pupitar yesterday. I didn’t pay any attention to it then, but it could be a problem if I don’t take care of it.”

    “Oh.” The eevee nodded her understanding. “I’ve seen…Father…do that sometimes,” she finished sadly.

    “Yeah,” Tyler replied awkwardly. “I’ll just…give me a few minutes.” He sat down and released water to cover the line of punctures, relaxing a little as they dissolved and the pain went away.

    Chloe was watching wide-eyed. “Father never did that.”

    Tyler looked down at the spot. “This? Oh. My trainer taught me how to do this. It’s a move called ‘aqua ring.’”

    “So…you meant that yesterday? You had a Catcher?” Tyler let out a sigh and nodded. “What was it like? How did you get away?”

    Tyler thought back for a moment. “Claire—that’s her name—was always nice to us. Took care of us and everything. She’s not like I thought they’d be. She let me go a few days ago.” He sighed. “I still miss her.” They were silent for a moment, then he took a guess and added, “You know…wherever your father is…he’s probably all right. Probably,” he added, thinking back to the ones who’d invaded his forest. He shook his head. “But yeah. Most trainers treat pokémon all right.” He looked back down at his side. It didn’t feel like it was healing very quickly, so Tyler lay down on his stomach. “Listen. This feels like it’s going to take a while, so we have time to talk.” He hesitated before asking his question. “I’ve heard a little about your father. I guess he’s a vaporeon, like me. What about your mother? What was she like?”

    Chloe took a long, shaky breath, and Tyler was worried he’d taken his question too far. With a few tears in her eyes, the eevee answered. “Mother…um…” she closed her eyes. “She…was…a glaceon. She was always really nice to Trina and me. She felt kind of cold, her paws and stuff, but it didn’t matter very much. And Father didn’t seem to care.” The eevee broke off to sniff loudly. “They would work together, you know. They wouldn’t ever get too far away from us, because pokémon sometimes attacked like you saw. They always kept them away. But then a Catcher came. She sent out two pokémon too. She beat Mother and caught Father, and then she left. I don’t think she saw me or Trina.”

    Chloe looked at Tyler, starting to cry again. “We were really scared. Mother couldn’t get up, so we helped her get inside our den. And we ran out and got berries for her to eat. She was still really hurt the next day. We went out again in the morning, but one of those pupitar things attacked us. We had to run back. Mother scared it off with her ice powers, and then the next time she came with us, even though she was hurt. All three of them came for us like you saw. Mother told us to run.” Chloe broke off and started sobbing, and Tyler put a comforting paw around her. “And then…we heard her scream. She’s gone, isn’t she?”

    Tyler didn’t know what to say to that, but he looked down. It sounded bad. “We got away that time,” Chloe continued shakily. “We didn’t go back, just found somewhere to hide. Trina and me, we don’t really know how to fight. Father was saying something about us being able to use powers soon, but I don’t know what he meant. We had to sneak out at night to eat, and even then we were scared something would see us.”

    “And then a few days later we saw another pupitar. I think it was one of the same ones. It came for us and we ran again. It couldn’t get us by itself ‘cause we were dodging, but then the other ones showed up too, and one of them hit Trina. I tried to help her up, but they almost got me too. They all went for her after that. I heard her screaming too, and then she stopped.

    “After that,” Chloe sobbed, “I just…ran, as far as I could.” Tyler nodded; he’d done that too. “But then yesterday they found me too. I thought I was dead.” She looked at Tyler again. “But then you saved me.”

    Tyler nodded absently, thinking. It sounded like the pupitar and probably the tyranitar too had been coming after the eevees. Hunting them. Somehow, I doubt they’ve given up if they kept coming like that before. He shook his head, pulling himself back to the present, to the eevee looking at him with a mixture of pain and hope. “I guess you should know my story too,” he told her. “Like I said, I lived in a forest. It wasn’t like out here, most of the pokémon were nice. My mother was—is—a leafeon, my father’s a flareon. And I had four brothers and sisters. It was always nice back then, we were safe, Father would train us how to fight and protect ourselves.

    “Then one day, everything went wrong. I remember a noise woke me up. It was an arbok outside our den. Mother was there, she attacked it. Father was outside somewhere, on his patrol. The arbok was a Catcher’s.” Tyler took a deep breath, trying to stay calm. “Then the Catchers sent more pokémon after Mother. All at the same time. She was trying to hold them off for a minute, then Father came and helped her. He told us to run too. We left him back there in the clearing. He got caught.

    “Mother led us away into the trees, but she was poisoned already. Then a nidoqueen came and took my sister Kara, and my brother Carson went after her. After that it was just Mother and my brother Skylar, my little sister Sasha, and me. We kept going, but there were Catchers everywhere. They were all one group, not like the ones you normally see. They just take all the pokémon they can find.” Tyler gritted his teeth. “More of them found us. Mother tried to hold them off, but we had to fight a persian. We got away but it came after us, and we all split up. Except Mother. She got caught there too, I think. I never saw any of them again until I found Carson and Kara in a Catcher building. There were a lot of pokémon with them, other ones the Catchers caught.

    “But before then, I was on my own. For months. I had my family’s den, but I was waiting for them to come back, and no one ever did. I almost gave up, but finally I decided I’d go find them.

    “I met a lot of other pokémon. Some of them helped me look in Catcher towns, to see if I could find my family there. I didn’t find anyone, but I evolved into vaporeon along the way. A little while after that, an umbreon named Zahna helped me find the place where they were keeping Carson and Kara. I helped them all get out, but I got poisoned in the fight, and then Claire captured me.” He paused.

    “I thought that was the end for me. Once a trainer captures you, there’s no way to get away from them. You can’t break your ball, and they can just put you back inside whenever they want to. But she was…different than I thought. Different from the other Catchers, the ones who took my family. I learned a lot from her. And from the other pokémon on her team with me.” Tyler stopped again, thinking of Leo, Miranda, Olive, and Alan.

    “So, yeah. I trained hard, against lots of different pokémon. Against gyms—those are sort of challenges for trainers. And Claire taught me a lot of things.

    “But then—” Tyler paused, turning to more recent memories “—we ran into two of the Catchers who took my family. They’re called Rockets. And…I attacked them, until Claire put me back in my ball. Everything just felt wrong after that. She could tell. We were almost to the L…the last challenge, for trainers, but…she just let me go. She gave me this,” Tyler said, lifting up his crystal with a paw.

    “So that’s how I got all the way out here. The Pokémon League is back that way,” he added, looking over his shoulder. “It was luck that I found you. I’m glad I did,” he added, looking her in the eye. “So that’s why I’m out here. I’m going to finish what I started, find Mother and Father and Skylar and Sasha. And that’s why I want to take you somewhere safe. The Rockets are bad. They’ll catch you if they see you, and they don’t care about the rules. They’ll use as many pokémon as it takes to beat you. I can’t put you in that kind of danger, not after you already lost your family.”

    Chloe just stared at him, then looked away. “Sorry.”

    “About what?”

    “About…you having to take care of me.”

    “Don’t say that,” Tyler said, shocked. “I told you I’m going to keep you safe. I don’t know where my family is. But you’re here now. I can help you, and that’s what I’m going to do. One of my friends told me once, we all have a path to walk in life. You only get lost if you run away, and you’re part of that path now. I’ll make sure you’re somewhere safe, and then I’ll worry about my family.”


    “I promise,” Tyler told the eevee. She started crying again.

    “S…sorry,” she said, wiping at her eyes with the back of a paw. “I just…I thought I was gone back there. There wasn’t anyone left to come for me. I was so scared…But then you came, out of nowhere, and stopped them.” She was crying freely now.

    “Hey,” Tyler said, “It’s all right.” He pulled Chloe closer and she leaned against him, nodding wordlessly into his shoulder. “I’m sorry about your family,” he murmured. “Mine’s gone too…but not like that. I know what it’s like to be alone though.” The vaporeon thought back to his conversation with Ryan. Now I’m on the other side of that, too. “I can’t replace them, but you can be part of my family, if you want.” Chloe just started crying harder, and Tyler felt bad. “Sorry…I didn’t mean…sorry.” He sighed and laid his head down on his paws, glancing back at the eevee leaning against him.

    He didn’t bother her again until his injuries reformed. Tyler looked at the spot as he reabsorbed the water that was left. There were three marks left on his skin. They didn’t hurt, but he didn’t know if they would go away either. Maybe it was like the notch from when he was an eevee that he still had in his right fin.

    He slowly got to his paws. “Are you ready?” Tyler asked the eevee. She gave him a nod and they started walking again. He looked up to see that it was past noon already, but the vaporeon kept it to himself. It isn’t her fault. Instead of pacing back and forth like before, he stayed with Chloe, slowing down to pad alongside at her pace.

    After a while, Chloe’s ears twitched, and she gasped a little. “Tyler?” she said fearfully, looking up at him. “I think…they’re coming after us again.”

    Tyler didn’t react. “I’m not surprised,” he told her. They’ve come after you four times, I don’t think they’ll stop just because we ran again.” He still couldn’t hear anything, but he trusted that that the eevee could.

    “So what do we do?”

    Tyler bared his teeth. “Make them.”

    “You’re going to fight all of them by yourself?” Fear and disbelief were painted across Chloe’s face. Tyler shook his head.

    “Not all of them. I don’t think those two pupitar will be hunting again any time soon. And this time I’ve got the stream.” In truth, Tyler wasn’t sure if he could win this fight or not, but he didn’t see any way to stop their attackers except beating them. And he had trained a lot since the last time he’d fought a tyranitar… Tyler started moving again, purposefully; Chloe had to break into a trot to keep up.

    “Where are you going?”

    “It’s going to come to a fight somewhere,” the vaporeon responded. “I want to pick the place.” Tyler thought about it as he moved along. He wanted somewhere open, somewhere he couldn’t be backed into a corner. He’d probably have to use Acid Armor at some point during the fight, which would mean losing his water crystal again, but Tyler wanted to keep it on for as long as possible. He also wanted somewhere out of sight for Chloe to hide.

    The first part was pretty easy; most of the ground was open around the stream, with the exception of reeds here and there and rocks of various sizes on the ground. A hiding spot proved to be the challenge. Finally Tyler had to settle for a cluster of rocks. “Stay here,” he told the smaller pokémon. “I’m going a little way upstream to take them on. Stay out of sight until I come back.”

    “What if…” Chloe broke off, panting rapidly and staring at him.

    Tyler closed his eyes for a moment before shaking his head. “I’ll come back.” He put a paw on Chloe’s shoulder and licked behind her ears, hoping to reassure her. Before he could think about it any more, Tyler shook his head again and broke into a lope, leaving the eevee behind.

    Tyler came to a stop in an open area and narrowed his eyes, looking around and keeping his ears open. His heartbeat sped up, but Tyler tried to keep his breathing even. This’ll be…my first real fight since Claire let me go. He felt himself going into combat mode, eyes darting from rock to rock, tail twitching back and forth slightly, and taking those long, careful breaths, just waiting to spring into action. He could feel the stream flowing a short distance away and he stretched out a little with his energy, ready to use it too. The hunting pokémon would be here soon…

    It wasn’t long until he could hear stomping footsteps and the occasional scrape, but it was longer than he expected before Tyler saw anything. Eventually he fixed his gaze on the largest rock he could see. “Come out and fight,” he challenged a little more boldly than he felt. “I’m waiting.” Tyler wasn't quite sure what to expect, but after a few seconds the rock cracked and a giant spiked sand-brown pokémon stomped through the rubble. This tyranitar looked more vicious than he remembered, and the vaporeon felt a stab of fear. What am I going to do?

    Vaporeon, get ready! Claire’s words, the ones she’d repeated so often, came into his mind so clearly he could almost hear them. Tyler took a deep breath, feeling the water crystal around his neck. I’ve done this before. There’s a way to win this fight. As the Tyranitar let out a roar, the vaporeon sucked in another breath and started releasing water, feeling it slide off him and form puddles on the ground. He hadn’t been in a fight like this, squaring off against an opponent, since before his release, and suddenly everything felt somehow familiar. “I’ve taken down bigger than you,” he said aloud. Almost in reply, the tyranitar sunk a fist into the ground, sending cracks spidering out. Tyler felt the shaking as they reached him. Not getting close yet. I have to get it closer to the stream so I have the water to use. Tyler felt a momentary flicker of pride; it was something Claire might have come up with.

    He spat a stream of water, aiming at the tyranitar’s head. He hit his mark and it splashed; a split second later there was a pfft and something dark came hurtling through the spray. The pupitar was hiding on its back! Already halfway into another attack, Tyler shifted his aim and hit the pupitar instead. It didn’t stop it, but it blunted the hit. Tyler rolled with the blow and fired another burst of water at it as he came back onto his paws, hoping to hit it while it was breathing in. To his disappointment, the pupitar popped back and out of the way. He fired again, sending the hard-shelled pokémon into a tumble on the ground. Now! As he fired again, the ground shook and cracked, knocking him off balance as his water attack arced harmlessly into the air. He hit the ground and bounced painfully back up a few inches as the ground continued quaking beneath him. Behind you, Vaporeon!

    Tyler growled and rose to his paws again as the tremors subsided. He’d forgotten about the tyranitar for a moment. I can’t make another mistake like that. He turned at the sound of pounding feet to see it nearly on top of him. Instinct took over for a moment and he hunched his shoulders, spitting another spray of water into its face. It faltered and the vaporeon dove right. As the two came around again, Tyler was rewarded with a deep cough. Got it while it was breathing. Without waiting for anything else to happen, he blasted it in the chest, this time with a full-power Hydro Pump. It rocked back, but as the attack ran out it regained its footing and charged again. It’s heavier than I hoped.

    Still, things were going according to plan, as much as he had one. The stream was behind him, and the tyranitar was headed for it now. The thought ran through Tyler’s mind in a flash as the tyranitar closed in, bringing a clawed fist back. Come on.

    A moment before it reached him, Tyler liquefied. Already committed to the attack, the tyranitar swung, blue sparks snapping across its claws. Its fist went harmlessly through Tyler, but the electricity surged painfully through his body and blasted him back. Tyler lost his liquid form; his breath came out in a howl of pain as he hit the ground a few feet away, near the stream’s edge. He got back up with gritted teeth, already aching from the charge. That was an electric attack. I didn’t think…pokémon like it aren’t supposed to be able to learn those moves on their own! Fear gripped Tyler again as he realized he’d underestimated the tyranitar. And I already thought it’d be tough.

    “How did you learn that?” Tyler asked.

    Somewhat to his surprise, the vaporeon got a response. “Nothing to say to prey,” the tyranitar growled. It charged again and Tyler dodged. If it can use electricity, I’ve got to be careful. Time to make some cover. He drew on his energy—and had to drop it again as the pupitar came hurtling toward him. I don’t have time for that thing. He whirled and slapped it aside with his tail, sucking a breath through his teeth as his fin caught spikes. The tyranitar moved in and Tyler pounced on the pupitar, which seemed to catch his larger opponent by surprise as it skidded to a halt to turn again. He was getting ready to put an ice beam into the pupitar underneath him when it popped straight up, sending him into the air. As he hit the top of his arc, uncomfortably high off the ground, he heard a cracking noise and spikes and blades of rock thrust themselves out of the barren terrain. Tyler had no choice but to turn liquid again as one went right through him, cutting his water form nearly in half.

    On the ground again, Tyler found himself in a cramped labyrinth of sharp-edged rock. He worked himself off the rock piercing through his body, but it took another few seconds before he was in a position to reform so he could see and hear properly. Once he had, Tyler took stock of his surroundings as quickly as he could. The vaporeon couldn’t see over or through the jutting stones, and moving around seemed dangerous. On the other hand, that meant his opponents wouldn’t be able to see him either. For the moment, he was relatively safe. This might be a good time for that cover. Then he heard the tyranitar crashing through the rocks, coming for him again. It won’t work, I’d still have to get out of this and there’s no time. He switched to an ice beam instead, building it up, waiting for the moment the tyranitar would appear in his view.

    It came crashing through the rocks in front of him and Tyler let loose with the icy-white energy, pounding the beam right into its chest. It roared aloud like the dragonite had, rearing back and shielding its head with its forearms. A rain of rock fragments reached Tyler a moment later, making him flinch. That was enough to throw off his aim for a moment, and the movement opened cuts in his right headfin, shoulder, and another one on his tail as he scraped involuntarily against the sharp rock all around. There was no time to process what was going on, though; Tyler focused on getting the last of the beam back onto the tyranitar before the power he’d gathered ran out. To his relief, the tyranitar stumbled back for a moment, hunching over and holding its frost-covered chest. It didn’t like that at all. Ice will work here.

    With a moment to breathe, Tyler started picking his way out of the forest of spikes into the area the tyranitar had helpfully devastated into less-hazardous rubble. Since I have to move slowly anyway, I may as well use this time. He took a deep breath, focusing on the air in his lungs this time. I hope this works. I haven’t gotten to practice much. It was a move Claire had had him use mostly against electric pokémon, since their lightning would spread through the mist away from him if he did it right. Tyler sighed as he thought of his trainer, and his breath came out in a thick fog. At least it works for cover. He took another breath, turning to exhale upward. A third, and the mist was starting to cloak him.

    Just as he was starting to feel safe, the pupitar came ramming into his side, leaving four spike wounds like before and knocking him over. Tyler’s breath caught and he flailed for a moment before finding the ground so he could scramble back to his paws. Then he caught the tyranitar thundering in. This is bad. Tyler took aim at the pupitar before squinting and blasting it with a quick aurora beam. Through slitted eyelids he saw the fog all around him light up with reflected light. Then he had to run before the tyranitar found him. After a few steps he started to reach clearer air. It’s not going to do any good if I don’t finish. Breathing harder now, Tyler started exhaling more mist. As it thickened again Tyler reached out with his water sense, feeling the droplets suspended in the air around him. There was one large disturbance more or less straight in front of him—his enemy. Forcing himself not to run or move too loudly, Tyler started circling around it, still breathing out more mist.

    He finally had a moment to breathe and take stock of the fight and himself, and he didn’t like what he found. The vaporeon was wounded all over; his side and tail were already starting to stiffen. Fortunately none of his legs were hurt, but he was still moving gingerly.

    A frustrated roar sounded through the fog, accompanied by thrashing noises. “Where are you?!” The thick mist made it sound somehow distant. Tyler kept silent but came to a stop, trying to pinpoint his opponent as he readied another Hydro Pump attack. There was a rising roar; Tyler turned toward it, then…

    The ground shook, nearly throwing Tyler off his paws. He stumbled and another tremor hit. Tyler hit the ground hard and gasped. I forgot it could do that. A third quake rattled his bones; Tyler hit his head and clenched his teeth to keep from crying out. He turned liquid in time for the next shockwave and managed to relax for a moment. He could sense the disturbance that was the tyranitar moving back and forth, but it didn’t seem to be headed in any particular direction. At least it still doesn’t know where I am. There was another smaller tremor in the ground and Tyler felt the disturbance spreading to the side. It didn’t feel like another earthquake wave, so he took a risk and reformed. As things started to settle again, he could tell that the tyranitar was still where it had been. Maybe it was another stone spike attack. He shivered; that one had come close.

    I’ve got to do something. It’s still in control of the fight. He started releasing water again; the injuries in his side and along the length of his tail dissolved, but Tyler knew he didn’t have the luxury of healing against something like this. Usually I can outlast opponents, but I don’t think that’ll work against a tyranitar. I’ve got to take it down—somehow—before I get hurt any worse. This water was to attack, not to heal. Afraid the tyranitar would start another earthquake if it couldn’t find him again, Tyler called out. “Hey! I’m over here, you big…” Tyler trailed off, realizing he wasn’t very good at taunts and insults. He got a roar in response. No more time. He charged.

    He’d switched places with the tyranitar in the last minute or so; now it was between him and the stream. That means if I hit it hard enough, I might get it in. As he got close, Tyler pulled all the water he could around him, including the mist. The air cleared to show the tyranitar turning toward him, raising a giant foot to stomp…Tyler took three more steps and then launched diagonally upward at the tyranitar with a full-strength waterfall attack, catching it in the upper chest. His attack was strong enough to actually lift the tyranitar slightly off the ground as he smashed into it, carrying them both into the air toward the stream.

    Before they hit, the furious tyranitar reached through the water to seize Tyler with both claws. It squeezed and Tyler liquefied again, slipping out of its grasp. They splashed down in the stream; Tyler reformed a few feet from where it lay on its back, already going into a spin. He swept water up with his tail, turning and bringing it looping over his body to smash down on the tyranitar’s head as it tried to get up, spluttering.

    “You stay away from her, you understand?” Tyler demanded. The tyranitar started to rise again, glaring murder at him. Before it could get up, Tyler pulled more water around himself and launched on top of his opponent, bearing it down again. It grabbed him again; as Tyler dissolved it electrified its claws, sending an agonizing surge through him. Gasping, the vaporeon reformed and lost his hold over the water around him; it went sliding away and uncovered the tyranitar’s face again. It took a deep breath and coughed; Tyler took the chance to wriggle out of its grip and dance away from its grasping jaws and claws. It looked up at him and he put an ice beam into its face, even getting a little down its throat before it snapped its mouth shut and raised its arms defensively. Determined to drown it this time, Tyler jumped back onto the tyranitar and pulled the water back over it, hanging on grimly as it pummeled and thrashed, smashing him in the head and all across his body. There were sporadic shocks too, but they were weakening quickly. At least—Tyler grimaced underwater as another blow hit—it’s not naturally an electric pokémon. I would have had no chance.

    The tyranitar finally stopped struggling and fell limp in the streambed; Tyler noticed it didn’t float at all. Is it over? As he let the water slide away, the vaporeon put another ice beam into its face just to be sure. Somehow he didn’t think it would be enough to kill it, but at least the tyranitar would think twice before coming after them again.

    At last he let his aching body collapse and turned liquid again, sliding downstream—back in Chloe’s direction. He wasn’t sure if he’d have the strength to walk there, so the vaporeon was grateful for the water. It’s saved me so many times now. Tyler’s heart sank as he realized his water crystal had been left somewhere back there. I should have known it wouldn’t stay on for the fight. I should have left it with Chloe. I don’t even know if I’ll be able to go back for it. It had probably fallen off right in the middle of everything; the tyranitar might have even destroyed or lost it with its heavy attacks. Somehow, though, Tyler didn’t feel the burning need to get it back this time. Is my life really changing that quickly? Just because I have Chloe to take care of now?

    Tyler realized he’d reached the area where he’d left Chloe and reformed. There was a sigh in his throat, but it came out as a groan as all the pain from the fight came back. He was now laying on his side in the shallow stream; the current eddied around him. Tyler tried to get up, wincing as numerous injuries cried out at the effort. After a moment he tried again, this time rolling onto his stomach. After a few more tries the vaporeon made it to his paws and shakily climbed out of the streambed, gritting his teeth with the effort. It got me almost as badly as I got it, the vaporeon realized. He’d only barely won. He had to stop again to rest; filling his lungs, the vaporeon called out, “Chloe? I’m…I made it.”

    A few seconds later he heard pattering paws coming his direction. “Tyler? Where are you?”

    “Over here!” he called hoarsely.

    The patter shifted direction again and Chloe came running into view. “Tyler!” Then she looked back. “It’s coming! It’s still coming!” There were tears in the eevee’s eyes, and she ran around the vaporeon to shelter behind his back. He opened his mouth to ask what was coming, but then the pupitar came hissing into view like a missile. It hit a rock and went rolling off the ground; there was a pause and Tyler could hear it breathing in. It seemed a little hurt already. At least I did some good. Tyler heaved himself to his paws again and tried to hit it with a water blast. All he managed was a weak stream. I’ve got nothing left. Then he found new determination. We’re not done yet. We can’t be done yet. There’s still…one more thing

    Tyler didn’t move as the pupitar launched off again. It hit him and he collapsed onto Chloe, who gave a frightened squeak. As he hit the ground, Tyler used his power again to turn liquid and wrapped his water form around the pupitar. I’m still water, I can use me.

    The pupitar spurted a few bubbles and Tyler felt a sucking sensation as it briefly tried to inhale him. It intensified, almost painful even in his liquid state, and then all at once the suction disappeared and the pupitar’s eyes fell shut. Tyler let himself fall back to reform panting on the ground. He closed his eyes for a few seconds until he heard a sound.

    Tyler opened his eyes again to see Chloe standing upside-down in front of him. “You’re hurt…are you okay?”

    Tyler almost shook his head, but he didn’t want to frighten the eevee. “I’ll…make it…” he panted. “The tyranitar…won’t come after you again.”

    She shook her head and started crying anyway. “It’s just like…with Mother. Don’t leave me alone,” she sobbed. “Please don’t leave me alone.”

    “I won’t,” Tyler soothed. “Right now, though…I need water.” He sighed. “That fight was almost too much for me. I have to heal, build up my strength again. But I did it, Chloe. You’re safe from them now.”

    She shook her head again. “They’re not the only hunting pokémon around. If you’re hurt then more might come after us.” She stopped and looked at him for a few seconds. “I’m scared, Tyler.”

    The vaporeon sighed inwardly. He didn’t know what to do or how to reassure Chloe, especially because he was hurt. As much as he’d been trying to ignore it, he was still sore all over from bruises and shocks, he was wounded in at least a dozen places, he was out of both water and energy, and he barely had the strength to stand up. If I were still with Claire, she would have taken me out of the fight long ago.

    “One thing at a time,” he finally said. “I have to get back to the stream. I’ll heal there.” He slowly got up again and started moving back. It was a struggle to keep putting one paw in front of another without stumbling and falling, but he gritted his teeth and pressed on. Falling in front of Chloe or even asking her for help would destroy what little sense of safety she had left.

    When he reached the stream’s small bank, though, Tyler lost his footing and tumbled into the water. He heard Chloe gasp. “No, no, no.”

    “I’m all right,” Tyler managed. The stream was already draining behind him as most of the current soaked into his skin. He waited expectantly for his injuries to start healing, but it didn’t seem to be happening like it should. I’m too drained to even heal properly. At least this water will help a little. He looked up at Chloe. “What would help…I need something to eat. Something to build my strength up. If you can find a bush around here…and get there and back safely…it would help.” He doubted he was doing much to protect the eevee now, but Tyler didn’t mention that. Chloe nodded, eyes wide, and whisked away.

    He sighed. However much he tried to deny it, this was the worst situation he’d been in since Claire had captured him. Chloe can’t know that, though. I have to protect her somehow. He found himself thinking longingly of the pokecenters and their healing machines. Even something like this could have been taken care of overnight, or in one day at the most. Having a trainer to take care of him had been so much easier. That’s not how my life is now, though. I have to take care of myself. And take care of Chloe. While he waited—a little worriedly—for the eevee to come back, Tyler started turning possibilities over in his mind for what they could do next.

Tyler's Search, Chapter 39: Chloe's Story
Next:       Chapter 40: A Safe Place
Previous: Chapter 38: Something to Fight For

Skip to:        Part I: Alone (ch. 1-6)
                    Part II: Journey (ch. 7-18)
                    Part III: Awakening (ch. 19-26)
                    Part IV: Training (ch. 27-36)
                    Part V: Promise (ch. 37- )

                    Sara's Story

Tyler has someone to take care of now. I mean, obviously he did already, but now it's serious. To answer a few questions you might have had about this part of the story, healing the first set of punctures from the pupitar was taking longer than normal because he didn't get to it until a while after it happened, when normal healing processes (like anything else would have if they got cut or stabbed) had started to set in. Something similar actually happened when the houndoom tore his ruff in chapter 35 (you may recall that the nurse sort of splinted it and told him not to try to heal it yet), so it never healed quite right and left a few scars there too.
The tyranitar was always wild; it never had a trainer, but Tyler definitely underestimated its intelligence and the moves it could learn on its own. A tyranitar will usually have several pupitar traveling with it on its back; they hunt together as the pupitar pursue and corral prey that are fast enough to evade the tyranitar, and then they all share the kill. This particular one had three with it, but Tyler put two of them out of commission in the previous chapter.

Next chapter: Tyler gets Chloe into the forest, but the extent of his injuries forces him to change his plans about moving on (to Chloe's relief). Not having a pokecenter stinks.
Well, I got married and everything, but this week my wife and I finally got our feet under us and I've been able to start writing again. Expect the next chapter of Tyler's Search soon, it's just about done and I'll just need to get it reviewed after that. Thanks again to ZaneusNova.

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The-Writing-Raichu Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Ty for the fave Raichu la plz 
ZaneusNova Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I don't know if you'll see this before your wedding, but I hope you and your bride have an wonderful wedding. God bless you both. :)
Polarissb Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! The wedding was amazing. We were sealed at the St. George Temple, and I can't wait to spend the rest of eternity with my wonderful wife!
ZaneusNova Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome. ^_^
Megakeldeo Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016  Student Digital Artist
did you read the other six chapters of my series? if not id appreciate if you did and tell me what you think. thanksdid you read the other six chapters of my series? if not id appreciate if you did and tell me what you think. thanks
Polarissb Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Have not yet, but it's on my todo list
Megakeldeo Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016  Student Digital Artist
there all linked now so dont worry about searching for tnem it will just link the next one in the description
Megakeldeo Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016  Student Digital Artist… the chapter 1 tne rest is in my gallery first page so the rest should be easy to find. ill work with linking them together soon
Megakeldeo Featured By Owner May 30, 2016  Student Digital Artist
i have a pokemon fan fic too would you like to read it?
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