-Jae, Jae! JAE! WAKE UP!- When I heard my name called I quickly sprung up to see who it was. When I did I saw it was Lyran who had woke me up.
-Dude, this is the third time today you have fallen asleep, AND LOOK WHERE YOU DID IT THIS TIME!- I took a look around and saw that I was asleep on the lounge table and there were people waiting to use the table to eat their food.
-Oh….yeah, sorry,- I said.
-Don’t be, you have been up for four days straight, you shouldn’t be worked to death like this!- Lyran said as I got off the table.
-It’s fine *Yawn* I made a promise that I am willing to k-keeee…- And I fell over but Lyran thankfully caught me.
-You know what, I think you have kept your promise, you can’t take anymore, you have gone on call after call, marriage disputes, robberies, bounty hunts, and probably more during the night when we’re not around! You’ve had enough, I think you need to go home and get some decent rest,- Lyran said.
-Oh…..okay…- I said tired.
-Listen, I don’t think the others know about how bad of a state you are in, come on,- He helped me walk down the halls of the police station where others walked as well. At the beginning of this week everyone was looking at me with hate and malice for what I did to Martin, but after I kept working day and night word spread around, even to the public. I wasn’t a hero, but I was known well enough to where I was willing to not give up and help. The people in the halls looked at me with hate at the beginning of the week, but now, them seeing me in the state I was, they all looked worried and concerned, I was barely even able to walk with how tired I was.
After going down the hall we made it to our quarters. Everyone was in there and when we walked in they freaked out.
“LYRAN WHAT HAPPENED!?” Mike screamed.
Since he couldn’t speak I did for him, ‘Tired, just tired….nothing…happened….just tired,’ I said weakly in telepathy.
“Oh jeez, have you had any sleep?” Mirai came up and asked.
‘No…..I’ve been awake for *yawn* four days,’ I spoke.
“FOUR DAYS?!” Keiran yelled, “Is this about you attacking Martin?!”
‘Not only that, I’m doing it so a friend who lost his parents can stay at our house,’ I said.
I saw a look of anger come across Keiran, “Know what, I have seen some shit but that is too far, I understand the assault, but he is working you to death, I’m going to talk some sense into him! Lyran give Jae to Mirai, your coming with us, you too Braig!” Lyran helped walk me over to Mirai and she took me and helped me walk. Then those three went to go talk with Martin while I was sill just hanging out. Aqua Nanaba and Mike came up to me and Mirai.
-Hey, you alright?- Aqua asked.
-Like I said, just tired,- I said.
-Kid you are more than tired, you look dead! You need rest,- Aqua said.
-I’m fine….I’m…- I started.
-No your not, stop trying to act like that, you don’t have to act like you can handle everything,- Aqua said.
-I know I just….I just want to help,- I said.
-Well you can’t help if you can’t move,- She said.
-Yeah I guess,- I said.
“Hey you alright?” Mike asked. He is usually a quiet guy, probably one of the first times he has shown concern for me.
‘Yeah, thanks Mike, just worked myself too hard,’ I said.
“Heck, you look like me when I just joined,” He said.
‘Really?’ I asked.
“Yep, first year here I was working myself to death, trying to do everything right, give it my all, got a couple of bad scars because of it too, you keep up what you are doing and you will get yourself hurt or killed, I know I did,” He said.
Nanaba spoke up, “Mike that was not your fault! He jumped in front of you, he saved you!”
“Yeah, but it really should have been me,” He said.
“Don’t say that, if you weren’t alive it would devastate Lyran, you can’t do that to him!” Mirai said.
‘Yeah man, it’s you who gets to make choices, and your friend made his, don’t let it go to waste,’ I said.
“Yeah, let me go though, gonna talk to Martin,” He said.
“I think enough people have gone already Mike! It will be fine!” Mirai said.
“She’s right, you tend to get to violent with him anyway, as do I, Keiran is a better negotiator than us, so let him handle it!” Nanaba said.
“*Huff* Your right, listen, you just get home Jae, get some rest, take him Mirai okay?” He said.
“Okay, come on, let's go Jae,” With that I said goodbye to those three and we walked down the halls to get to Martin’s office. On the way Mirai was talking to me.
“You remind me of my sister,” Mirai said.
This was new, I hadn’t heard anything about a sister, ‘Really, how so?’
“She was always there for people, and cared for everyone she knew, you have that same attitude, you are putting yourself through this so a friend can have a place to live, you care about those you know, just like she did,” She finished.
‘What happened to her?’ I asked.
“Uh….If you don’t mind can I not say,” She said, her face contorted to one of complete despair when I said that.
‘It’s fine, you have your reasons,’ I said.
“Thanks,” As we walked we got to Martin’s office where I saw Keiran was having a real good talking to with Martin. But as I walked my legs gave out. Before I feel I noticed that Martin saw me and I heard my name called by him and Mirai.
“Hey, are you okay?!” Mirai yelled.
‘I…..can’t get up….I think I overdid it….’ I said with honesty, I couldn’t get up, my legs just wouldn’t work with me, insomnia and exhaustion, hell of a combo.
“Here,” She said. She started to try to carry me.
‘No….I can…’ I said.
“No. You can’t, just stop,” She said.
‘Okay…’ I said. I let her pick me up and she kicked the door as a way to knock.
Keiran opened it and she walked inside.
“What’s wrong with him?” Martin asked.
“Martin, he’s exhausted! His legs gave out he can’t even move!” Mirai said.
“No, it got that bad!” Keiran said.
Martin looked down for a minute, “He’ll be fine, just give him a minute and he will be back on his feet,” He said.
“Martin no! I have seen him asleep three times today! He needs to get rest!” Mirai said.
“He can handle it, besides he needs to keep his promise!” Martin said.
“We’re not saying for him to quit! We’re saying he needs to rest! Let him have today to get a full nights rest then he will be good as new tomorrow! Who knows maybe then he can get us the info we need out of our special guests,” Mirai said.
Martin looked down in thought one last time, looked at me, then took a breath, “Oh alright. He gets tonight, but he will still keep his deal for the rest of the week.”
I looked over at Martin, ‘Thank you….’
He looked down and back up, “Your welcome.”
Mirai then followed Martin as they walked to the front entrance with me half asleep in Mirai’s arms. Martin opened his car door for Mirai and she laid me in the seat and put the seatbelt on. Martin got in the car and cranked it.
‘Mirai,’ I said.
“Yeah?” She asked.
‘Thanks…’ I replied.
“No problem,” She said and shut the door.
As the car started to move I started to feel myself drift off. After maybe thirty seconds of sitting there I finally fell asleep.
“Hey, Jae come on we’re home,” I heard Martin say as I was shook from my slumber.
I woke with a stir and a stretch, ‘Oh, thanks,’ I started to open the door but Martin stopped me.
“Hey Jae,” He said.
‘Yeah?’ I asked.
“You have….you’ve done a good job, you not only proved yourself but the public trusts the police more now that you have worked the past few days for twenty-four hours. I’m proud of you, for everything you’ve done for us, and for my family, you have well-earned your friend’s stay, and your brother’s,” He said calmly.
I looked at him with a smile, ‘Thanks, and sorry for attacking you.’
“It didn’t even hurt, go get some rest, you deserve it,” He said. With that we got out of the car and walked up to the front door of the house. He unlocked it and we entered the house as he called out we we’re home.
-JJJJJAAAAAAEEEEEEE!- I heard someone scream. The voice was very similar to Ray’s, but it had a slightly, deeper tone then normal. From the staircase I saw….A PIKACHU!?!
This Pikachu ran up to me and jumped in my arms. Thankfully I was able to catch him and when I did he started speaking, -Jae! It’s so good to see you!-
-RAY!?! What?! How did this happen?!?!- I asked.
-A lot has happened since you have been gone! I have to tell you all about it!- He said.
Before I could speak my brother came in, -Oh hey! Good to see you back!- Jon said.
-Yeah, it’s good to see you too….so Jon did you,- Before I could finish he spoke.
-Yes, I did the favor you asked of me,- He said.
-Thanks,- I replied as I put Ray down.
I saw Riley come in as well from his room, “Hey Jae!” He started but then got this weird look on his face, “Wait Jae, are those bags under your eyes?”
I felt under my eyes and I think I did have bags or wrinkles, huh didn’t think that could happen, ‘Uh, I guess…’
“How long have you been awake for?” Riley asked.
‘Well I took a nap in the car but before that……four days,’ I said.
Everyone in the room besides Martin screamed out , “FOUR DAYS!” Simultaneously.
Riley continued though, “Dad!? I know you said he would stay at the police station, but you didn’t let him get any sleep!?” He said as Lucario entered the room because of the screaming.
“Son look! He did what he needed to do, and now that I see that this one evolved now the extra hours Jae put in will matter, and besides I’m not making him do it anymore, normal hours from now on, period!” Martin said.
“Jae, you look dead man, I think you need to sleep!” Riley said.
‘Tell me about it, was about to do that now,’ I said.
-AH! Wait but Jae I wanted to tell you about what happened and show you some things!- Ray pleaded.
I got down to talk to him, -Listen Ray, if I try to do that now I will probably end up falling asleep through it, just let me sleep till dinner, I should be well rested to hear about all what happened then okay?-
He looked down for a moment then looked up with a smile, -Alright! I will be sure to wake you!-
-Alright,- I said. ‘Okay guys, I’m going to get some sleep, see you in a bit!’ Before I could get up the stairs though Carol ran down the stairs with something in her arms.
“DAD!” She yelled.
“Hey there! What you got there sweetheart? Mom get you a new toy?” He asked.
“Nope! Even better!” She held the thing in her hands in front of her and…..oh my god, it was a mimikyu, that Pokémon who looks like a pikachu and has the most broken ability in the game. “It’s a Pokemon dad! Lucario said she's called a Mimikyu and her name is Mimi! I found her in my toy pile! CAN I KEEP HER? PLEASE!?” She yelled.
Martin’s face was in the same state as mine, he looked at me with a bit of rage, I guess he thought I had something to do with it. To respond I just shook my head at him. He got a little surprised and looked down at her daughter. Okay one thing for certain, if she was my daughter I probably couldn’t have said no to her.
He got down on his knees, “Sure sweetie, but she is your responsibility, that means giving her food, drink, and looking out for her, you can do that right?”
She nodded repeatedly, “YES! I promise I will!”
“Alright then, she can stay,” He said which in turn made Carol scream in joy.
Carol turned around and looked at me, “JAE! Meet Mimi! She is my new friend!” She said displaying the mimikyu.
I decided to speak first, -Hey there Mimi!-
-Hello!- She said in her child-like voice, -Your Jon’s brother right?- She asked.
-Yep, that’s right, it’s good to meet you!- I said.
-Good to meet you too! Your brother and Ray are my heroes! And Carol is super nice!- She said.
-Well that’s good for you to say that about Carol, but my brother and Ray heroes? Why’s that?- I asked.
She paused for a minute, -Well, I will let Ray tell you that!-
I decided to leave it at that, “So what did she say?” Carol asked.
‘She said it was good to meet me, and she said you are very nice to her!’ I told Carol.
“REALLY!?” She then hugged Mimi, “Thanks Mimi! I’m glad to have a friend like you!” Which in response Mimi said you're welcome. I guess she didn’t have to worry about suffocating from Carol’s hugs, guess that means Carol can death grip her as much as she wants with no repercussions.
‘Alright guys, talk to you all later, I’m getting some sleep,’ I said to them and they all said “see ya” or “later.” I then went to me and Lucario’s room and went to my bed to lay down. Before I did though I noticed fur in my bed besides my own, guess Jon and Ray slept in here because of the extra blue fur and yellow fur. I then got in my bed and drifted off into a much deserved sleep.
-Hey Jae,- Someone said calmly while nudging me awake. I got up from my bed to see that it was Ray who had said that.
-Hey there, what’s up?- I asked as I stretched.
-Well it’s almost dinner, like you said that is when you wanted to get up,- He said back.
-Well, it isn’t ready yet is it, come on I want you to tell me how you evolved!- I said happily.
He gave a small smile and scratched the back of his head, -Well it isn’t, I just wanted to tell you before then.-
-Alright then! Let me hear it!- I said.
-Well before that I have to tell you something else,- He said kind of scared.
-Well…what is it?- I asked.
He paused, trying to find the words he was looking for, -Jon…..Jon told me you and him were humans,- He started.
It shocked me to hear that but I calmed down, -Okay, so….what do you think?- I asked.
He paused for another second, -To be honest, I think it’s pretty cool!- He said with a smile, -I mean, how many other Pokémon can say that their friend used to be human and lived a human life-NOT! That I would tell anyone of course because that is your secret and you have every right to it!- He said the last part in a panic.
-It’s fine, I don’t have a problem with you knowing it, Lucario know too!- I said.
-Really!? Okay that does make me feel better….- I noticed his expression turn grim though.
-What’s wrong?- I asked.
He paused before speaking, -You lost your parents too….didn’t you?- He asked.
That shocked me but I had to guess Jon told him that too, -Yeah, I did…- I said.
-Did you ever…..try to kill yourself?- He asked grimly.
My eyes widened in shock, -N-no…Why?- I asked.
He looked down completely now, -Because I did…..-
My heart skipped a beat when he said that, -What?......When?-
-It happened the other day, I thought that if I just wished them alive, just had that thought in my head that they weren’t dead, then maybe it would come true…..and when Jon kept telling me the truth I tried to….I tried to…- He had tears in his eyes now, -I TRIED TO GIVE UP! LIKE A DAMN COWARD! I TRIED TO JUST FORGET EVERYONE, AND EVERYTHING, JUST BECAUSE I WAS SELFISH, AND DIDN’T CARE ABOUT WHAT OTHERS WOULD SAY OR DO! I was too weak….and if it wasn’t for Jon…..everything you did to help me would’ve been for nothing.-
I really didn’t know what to do but he was really hurting now. I looked at him as if he was a kid, not just any kid, but my kid, so I did what any parent would do, I hugged him and gave him comfort, and he returned it.
We just sat for a bit, until we finally broke the hug.
I started to speak after the hug, -Do you promise to never do that again?-
He looked up at me again, and I continued, -You evolved, and it seems my brother was able to stop you, so what I see now is that you were able to grow and learn from your mistakes, am I right?-
He wiped his tears from his face and he spoke, -But I wasn’t! I got tricked by these ghost Pokémon, they disguised themselves as my parents and Jon had to come after me, and he had been wounded and then-
-You evolved…and saved him right?- I asked.
He looked up at me, -Well, yeah but…but..-
-But nothing! I want to hear all about it!- I said happily.
I saw a smile slowly form when I said that, -OKAY!- He said.
Ray then told me everything about what happened. How the ghosts tricked him, him meeting Mimi, to Jon coming in with the wound, to Jon protecting him, to him saying that Jon had stabbed himself to stopped a potential possession, to him evolving, then the fight ensuing, then Lucario saving them!
-It was so amazing! I jumped up with my tail, slammed it on the one ghost! Then as we flew down and slammed more electro balls on top o-oh!- I put my paw on his head and it made him stop talking.
-You’ve done great Ray, I’m proud of you!- I said with a smile.
-Thanks Jae!- He replied with a smile.
-Okay, now I am hungry, let's go see what Claire has to eat!- I said.
-Okay!- He said following me.
We went down to the kitchen where Claire was cooking and I saw that Jon had a steamed magikarp he was chewing on. Mimi had some fruit and Lucario had the same. Claire seemed like she was cooking spaghetti for everyone else though.
“Oh! Hey Jae, here, I know you haven’t had it in a bit so I thought you would like it” Calire said. She handed me a plate of sushi and I was just as happy as ever to see it. “And since our new friend evolved as celebration he gets some ice cream along with his dinner!”
‘Are you sure that is okay?’ I asked.
“Don’t worry, I am not going to sugar high him,” she said.
‘Is it chocolate?!’ Lucario interrupted.
“No. It’s not,” Claire said with a dead pan expression.
‘Aw…’ He said walking away.
She then got close to my ear and whispered, “We don’t give him chocolate anymore, last time we did he broke a window.”
‘Gotcha,’ I said.
Everyone started to chow down on their food, and while they did I just looked around, it was never this lively when I first came here. I only had one person to really talk to back then, but now, seeing everyone here, and happy, gives me hope, that everything will be okay, and maybe a bit crowded… but hey, it’s good to have people around, the more the merrier they say!
I sat down where Ray was, he had finished his fruit and was licking a small vanilla ice cream cone.
-Hey, you like that huh?- I asked.
-Yeah! It’s so good!....Hey did your parents ever do something like this for you?- He asked.
-What do you mean?- I asked.
-When you did something special, or accomplished something, did they ever give you rewards or treats?- He asked.
-Oh shoot! Yeah they did! I mean they used to give me stuff like money every year I finished a grade in school! They would give me and my brother money and toys every time we grew a year older, we even celebrated something called Christmas where they went all out!- I explained.
-Christmas?- He asked confused.
-Yep! It’s a holiday about everyone coming together, having fun, and being a family, whether you were religious or not!- I explained.
-And they gave you tons of gifts!?- He asked.
-Yeah well, that is great and all, but you learn as you get older that it wasn’t the stuff they gave you that was important….being together with them is the most important thing to be honest…..but the sad part is I didn’t learn that until I was older, and I had a lot of grudges against them at that time…..wish I spent more time with them,- I said sadly.
-Yeah….same….but I mean, at least we still have good people to hang around with right?- He asked.
-Heh!- I put my paw on his head and shuffled the fur on top of it, -You got that right!-
-Yeah!- He replied.
We then finished our food and everyone just enjoyed the rest of the night until it was time for bed. I had decided that Ray could sleep in me and Lucario’s room. See me and Lucario are not that big and we don’t take up the whole bed, so there is enough room for Ray to sleep at the end of either one. We all went to bed around the same time and boy was I happy to get a full nights rest!
I am going to need it as well! Because tomorrow I am going to do everything in my power to make those mutts talk!