“That’s a lovely name.” Fluffs complemented Athena. “I guess it’s fitting for someone like you.” She giggled at the comparison, but Athena didn’t laugh at all. Silence fell over the woods. Fluffs had the break the awkwardness somehow. So she quickly flew over to some of the Pecha Berries that had been dropped in the battle with the Scraggy and flew back to Athena. She held out a berry for her.
“It’s the least that I can do for saving me.” Fluffs waved the berry in her hand, waiting for Athena to take it. But Athena only looked at the sword and shield still in her hands. Fluffs soon noticed that her hands were “full”. “Oh, I totally forgot.”
“As did I,” Athena said, “pardon me one moment.” She slipped her left hand out of the shield, placing the metal disk on the tree root. Then she looked at the sword. “Ragnarok, you can let go now.”
Fluffs was confused. Why would Athena be talking to her sword? But just then, a singular eye on the hilt looked up at Athena, and then at Fluffs, startling her and making her almost drop the berries.
“Oh right,” the sword said, in a sharp, metallic voice, “I guess we’re done fighting here.” The ribbon like material that was wrapped around Athena’s arm unwound itself into two black cloth-like arms with purple hands. The sword floated beside the root that Athena was sitting on. “Sorry if I startled you Fluffs.” Fluffs just kept staring at the sword.
“My apologies, this is Ragnarok the Aegislash,” Athena said, “He’s my partner.” The sword then bowed to Fluffs.
“Please to meet ya.” Ragnarok said bluntly, ignoring the stunned state Fluffs was in. She was still trying to make sense of Ragnarok, as she had never seen an Aegislash before.
“………right.” Fluffs collected herself and handed Athena the Pecha Berry. She took the berry from Fluffs and began eating it. “So……I guess I’ll ask the obvious question.” She looked at Athena and Ragnarok with a raised eyebrow. “How did you two meet?”
Athena looked at Ragnarok, still eating her berry, obviously indicating that he should answer. So he did.
“Well, I met Athena when she was a tiny little Ralts.” Athena glared at him for that detail.
“He was a little stubby Honedge too,” she retorted, her mouth still had chewed berry in it.
“HEY!” Ragnarok shouted, taking offense to the remark. Athena only smirked at him, still chewing her berry. He sighed and continued. “As I was saying, we met when we were pretty young. She and I formed a pretty strong bond as kids and we became good friends. Then, when she had evolved into a Kirlia, she has the crazy idea of working together as a warrior wielding a sword like a Farfetch’d with its stalk. I decided to let her try and wouldn’t you know it? It works, and we formed a pretty powerful force. She uses her psychic abilities at long range, and I cover the close quarters. It’s a pretty tricky set up to counter.”
“How do you guys stay in sync with each other?” Fluffs asked. “During that entire battle, you two weren't saying anything.”
“You obviously see that my arms wrap around her right arm when we pair up. That isn’t just for making sure she never gets disarmed. You see, she uses her psychic powers in tandem with my spectral powers to establish a mental link with each other through our arms. Basically, we speak telepathically with our arms.”
Fluffs scratched her head. “I see. I guess that makes sense. Well, what attacks do you guys use?”
“Athena uses Psychic, Calm Mind, Magical Leaf, and Moonblast, while I use King’s Shield, Shadow Sneak, Swords Dance, and Sacred Sword. Pretty powerful stuff.” Ragnarok put his hands on his “hips”, feeling good about himself. Athena had just put the last bit of Pecha Berry in her mouth, and Fluffs just looked that the sword. Ragnarok began to feel a bit awkward. “So, what about you Fluffs?”
“Me?” She was caught off guard. Both Ragnarok and Athena looked at her, waiting for her to respond. “Well, I know Gust, Energy Ball, Safeguard, and Razor Leaf. Oh! And I am from the Fairy Colony.”
“Nice setup,” Ragnarok said, “I guess I’m a bit out of place being the only one here from the Hub.”
“What about you Athena?” Fluffs looked at her, still eating. “Where are you from?” Athena swallowed the last of the berry.
“I’m from the Hub.” She said.
“But Ragnarok said he’s the only one from the Hub.” Fluffs pointed out.
At that, both Athena’s and Ragnarok’s eyes shrank at the realization. They looked at each other, trying to figure out what to do. Fluffs looked at each of them, trying to figure out what was going on. Suddenly, Athena leaped off the root.
“Well, I guess we should get going.” She said quickly. “Let’s go Raganrok.”
“Right.” He nodded. Ragnarok retrieved his shield and slipped the handle through his blade. Then very quickly, he wrapped his arms over and under Athena’s left should and hung off her back.
“It was nice meeting you Fluffs.” Athena said before she ran off into the woods.
It all happened so fast for Fluffs. Just one simple question sent Athena and Ragnarok running away. Fluffs wanted to know more about these two. Athena was unlike any Gardevoir that she ever heard of. She didn’t know why, but she wanted to go with Athena where ever she was going. If her Safeguard showed Fluffs anything, it was that Athena and Ragnarok could use her help. So she puffed up her chest, and took off after the two.
Fluffs soared high above the ground, weaving between trees, trying to keep up with Athena and Ragnarok, who were running on the ground below. Fluffs had been following them for quite some time, keep a fair distance so that Athena and Ragnarok wouldn’t see her. It seemed to be working well; they had traveled about mile on foot through the woods without seeing her.
Suddenly, Athena stopped. She stood perfectly still. Fluffs panicked a dove behind a tree, out of sight. Athena turned her head and looked up toward the canopy. She then called out.
“Alright Fluffs, come on out.”
Fluffs sighed, acknowledging that she had been found, knowing full well that Athena probably knew she had been following her for a while now. She floated out from behind the tree and came to rest behind Athena. With Athena’s back to her, she and Ragnarok looked at Fluffs, who hung her head in shame.
“Why are you following us?” Athena asked the Whimsicott. Her head still down, Fluffs looked up at Athena and Ragnarok. She stammered, trying to find the right thing to say.
“Well…..you…..you see…..” Athena kept looking at her, Ragnarok’s gaze switched between Athena and Fluffs. “Can I come with you guys!?” Fluffs suddenly burst out. The Gardevoir looked over Fluffs.
“Absolutely not.” She said coldly. Fluffs eyes began to water, with Athena remaining still.
“Why?” Fluffs asked, sobbing could be heard being held back.
“I am on a dangerous journey. You just so happened to cross my path and became temporarily embroiled in my objective. You will most certainly get in the way, and I will not allow someone like you to be killed on my watch.” Fluffs was just about to start crying.
“Hold on Athena.” Ragnarok interjected. Athena looked at the sword on her back. Fluffs, eyes full of tears, looked too. “You may not want to do this, but I say Fluffs should join us.”
“Ragnarok, what are you saying?” she demanded. Fluffs eyes widened.
“Think about it. If it wasn’t for her, things may have not turned out the way they had. Don’t you remember?” Athena looked at Fluffs, trying to remember. Ragnarok helped her. “Fluffs used Safeguard when the Scraggy were volleying Sludge Bombs at you. With the Safeguard, you were able to switch from defense to offense and take out all those Scraggy. Also, you may not have noticed, but Fluffs was able to take out a Scraggy with Energy Ball and Gust all by herself. If you ask me, she is more than capable of handling herself.”
“Ragnarok…” Athena spoke.
“Give me a sec,” he continued, “you’ve also got to think of the advantage Fluffs would give us. She can fly and use Energy Ball from a distance. And with Safeguard, she would be an excellent support fighter for us. Again, if you ask me, Fluffs should definitely come with us.” He closed his eye in satisfaction. Fluffs was whipping the tears out of her eyes. She looked at Athena. She was looking down, thinking about what Ragnarok had said. After a while, Athena sighed heavily.
“Very well Fluffs, you can come with us.” A great big smile spread across Fluffs’s face. She couldn’t control herself. She flew toward Athena and hugged the back of her head.
“Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!” she shouted with delight. Athena cleared her throat loudly, indicating for Fluffs to stop. She weakly smiled, awkwardly patted Athena on the head, and came to rest floating next to her left shoulder. “Sorry, I’m just really excited for what will happen next.”