I met her when I was just setting out on my journey around the region. She was a scared little girl, attempting hiding her face whenever I glanced her way. I slowly approached her with an arm extended as though to offer her my hand, but she must've took it as a threat.
Without much hesitation, she immediately vanished from my eyes.
Was I going crazy? Did I just imagine her, or was that one of her many special abilities? I thought that I would never get the chance to find out for sure, as she could be many miles away from here, so I kept on going.
However, it wasn't long until I ran into her again, residing in a rather large patch of grass easily able to hide her from predators... and presumably me. I tried to make contact once again, but the moment she looked as though she was going to teleport away did I retract my hand back. Figuring there would be no more interaction between us, I decided to not let her further delay my journey, and kept moving forward.
It wasn't long into walking out of this route did I heard the scuffling of feet behind me. In a brush of a forest, I was paranoid that some dangerous foe could be lurking behind me, but as a mere human without any means to defend myself, what could I do? Overwhelmed with fear, I decided to run and hide behind a nearby tree, hoping to lose sight of my pursuer whilst gaining an eye of them myself.
To my surprise, I saw the same little girl as before, turning her head left and right in fright. With a whimper, she started getting scared, and she eventually cried out. Taking a look around, I noticed that it was only her in the vicinity. Was she the one following me? If so, why would she, after she went through the effort to avoid me like the plague?
Nothing ventured, nothing gained, I thought, so I stepped out into the path to reveal myself. With something sounding like a joyous glee, she immediately ran up to me to give me a hug as though I was someone to save her from the dark forest. As I reached my hand out, she did nothing to signal she would disappear, and within seconds did I pet her soft head, careful to avoid her horn.
"Do you want to come with me?" I asked, and she replied with the most vigorous of nods. With a smile, I introduced myself as she told me her name. With her by my side, we left the forest and onto the next stage of our adventure.
"You're quite the tiny thing," I said to break the silence.
Time has passed, and so did our childhood.
I had become a teenager, and she became something like one as well. She was still a little shorter than me, and I would tease her about it often. Hey, we would need something to talk about while walking to our next destination, and she knows that I'm kidding, despite the huffs and puffs she would say in response.
How do I know? Because even as she turns her head away in frustration, she always stayed by my side. Always. We would be here for each other, no matter what happens.
And as though the goddess has chosen to test our trust did we run into trouble.
As soon as we got into a clearing, several purple horned creatures aimed their heads at us, ready to ram that thing. I recognized these monsters via a special electronic guide I have in my pocket: despite the advantage my friend has, these creatures' poison stingers are still bad enough to send either of us in a hospital should it come into contact with our skin.
At first, she wanted to teleport us away, which she could do quickly. However, as she was trying to hold me close, but one of the monsters immediately stopped her from casting her spell with a hard tackle, knocking the two of us away. Relentless, the monster singled me out as the most defenseless, and tried to give me a taste of its horn. The wind knocked out of me, I couldn't stand in time, let alone run. With fear, I closed my eyes and awaited the pain to arrive.
But it didn't. Instead, a loud "thud" immediately echoed throughout the area. When I wondered what caused such a thing, I opened my eyes and saw that the purple creature has been knocked to the ground... hard. Unconscious, the creature was out like a light, and in its wake as my friend standing over me. She turned around to flash a smile, as though to tell me that I'll be okay.
And I believed her.
The other monsters readied themselves to attack, as though thinking they could take on my friend. I don't know why, maybe they thought the one she knocked out before was simply weaker than the rest, but what I did know was a fight was unavoidable. With another attack, my friend used something to make the monsters confused, and soon did they start to attack one another as though unsure who the true enemy was.
Thinking that the problem has been solved, she walked over to my body and helped me up to my feet. However, as soon as my hand was held in hers did I see that one of the monsters had recovered quicker than we expected, and immediately ran towards us, With no time to react, it sink its stinger into my friend's back, poisoning her with an ailment just as she did to him and his friends.
With my friend weak, and I defenseless, I was worried was is to happen... But, by some miracle, the one purple monster that, in its confusion, took out the other monsters, had seen the one remaining to fight. Charging as quick as it could, it rammed into the last purple creature with such a forceful headbutt that it renders them both unconscious, leaving me to tend to my friend.
Weakly, she was happy that I was safe, but I wasn't going to let her faint. Though my ribs hurt a little from the attack before, I carried my friend as best as I could, supporting her weight with my own. It was a long walk to the nearest treatment center, but we were going to get there.
"Help, I need a doctor!" I shouted as soon as I walked into town, my friend breathing slower and slower each passing second. Luckily, the treatment center was located at the edge of town, so as soon as a nurse spot us did she send her pink assistant for a stretcher. Unable to stay with my female friend, the nurse told me that I could wait in the lounge, and that she'll call me as soon as possible.
The wait was excuriatingly painful, but it was probably nothing compared to what my friend had went through. As I sat in the bench, all I could do, other than pray to the goddess for her recovery, was to replay the scene in my head over and over again. No matter how much I thought about it, it doesn't changed what happened.
She risked her tiny body to save mine... and I very much appreciate it.
As soon as the nurse exits the room, this time to tell me that I could see my friend, I immediately sprang to my feet. In spite of decorum, I quickly ran to the room, only to hesitate right after placing my hand on the knob. Thinking about what to say, what to do, I stood outside until it finally hit me.
I would tell her that I love her.
With that set in my head, I turned the knob and pushed open the door.
"You're looking lovely," I smiled as I walked into my room to see my adult-sized friend lying in bed, the sunlight streaming through the open window as she looks out towards the morning sun.
"..." she smiled back as she rubbed her expanded belly hidden underneath my blanket, cradling it as though it was already a baby in her arms.
"I brought you some breakfast," I showed her the tray of pastry puffs I held in one hand, and her eyes lit up as soon as she saw them. As she took one off the plate to nosh on happily, a slight snicker let slip through my lips, and she turned to see what was so funny.
"You got a little something on you," I pointed to her face where a dash of creme lingered, but she had trouble trying to find it as she palmed her lips. "Here, let me get it for you," I used my index finger to wipe it off her face, prompting a slight blush across her cheeks. "You're so cute!" I noted her reaction out loud as I opened my mouth, since I wanted to lick the creme off my finger.
However, I sat there speechless as she turned the table on me. Just as I brought the finger up to my lips did she lean over and lick it clean for me, smacking her lips as though enjoying it. Flustered, all I could do is blush myself as she flashes me a pair of mischievous eyes, as though to rub her victory in my face. Still, as we sat in bed together enjoying the rest of the treats, all there were were smiles across our faces.
"...I love you," I felt like I had to say it before I bit down on yet another treat.
"...Gardevoir!" she said to me before biting down on hers.