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Anana and Terra by purplekecleon Anana and Terra by purplekecleon
It was very pleasant out. Another warm day with a slightly cool breeze, just the weather Anana preferred. It was so lovely up in the Alomomola Bay area. Not like that dingy village her sister owned. It was really great up here. Pokemon always flooded in and out of her set of shops along the pier, today having been no exception. It was quieting down as the sun set, though. Slowly, more Pokemon trickled out than in, and she prepared to close the main shop.

She turned toward the window as she waited for the remaining Pokemon to complete their purchases. The sunsets were always so beautiful. The way the colors of the sky fell onto the water was a sight of which she was always grateful to be a witness. She was bursting with appreciative happiness; what an amazing view!

Aside from the way the sun looked when splattered over the ocean, she really loved to admire the glow it gave her golden skin. It was the exact opposite color from her sister’s disgusting, muddy-looking scales. Well, she supposed, it wasn’t quite an opposite. It was the complement to yellow. Still, why would you go with that color? Gross.

She shuddered, taking in more of the sun’s warm rays. Truly, this was a paradise. Why would anyone want to live anywhere else...? Especially out in the middle of nowhere. Especially in that village.

Oh well. It wasn’t her concern at the moment. One day, it was likely, she would find a way to take over that run down little hole and turn it into something really profitable.

And she’d get rid of that guild nonsense. No need to split profits like that... why would you hire so many inexperienced workers? It hardly made sense. Why not just work with a few, experienced Pokemon? Why not just-

Wait... what was that? She squinted, trying to peer past the waves, trying to get a glance at...

Was that a Pokemon? It didn’t match up with any of the aquatic varieties seen around here. Its colors didn’t match, they were foreign. It bobbed up and down, but any cries it made were lost to the roaring of the ocean around her.

She turned away from the window once more, realizing her shop still had customers milling about. Ahh... this wouldn’t do. Her curiosity about the figure in the distance overrode her desire to make a last few Poke for the evening.

“Excuse me, everyone,” she said, allowing a deeply serious expression to set in on her face, “if I could ask you all to depart now, that would be lovely. I’ve realized I have some very important business to take care of. I’m so sorry that I’d forgotten to warn you all...”

Her hard-earned reputation as a friendly and fair shopkeeper made most Pokemon very compliant when she asked of them simple requests. The remaining customers all understood and left without complaint. Well, except one. A rather small Cyndaquil stood in the way of the door as she went to close and lock up the shop.

“But... but miss lady, I’ll get in trouble if I don’t buy these things,” he said, looking up to her, pile of berries nearly overflowing in his tiny arms. “Please!”

She bit her tongue, thought for a second. She needed to get out to the part of the shore where she saw whatever that was... so...

“Listen, little guy,” she said, scooting him out of the shop, closing and locking the door behind her, “go on home. It’s on me.”

He his mouth was agape, he was stunned. Tears welled up and he nuzzled his head against her. “Thank you, thank you! My mom’s feeling so sick...”

Before she could even reply with anything more than a smile, the Cyndaquil had run off with his haul, intent on helping his mom or whatever it was he was out to do. She was happy to have helped, but... she really needed to get out to the shore.

She ran along the pier, cursing having put her largest shop at the end, cursing needing to drop her keys off with Nibble. She dashed inside the restaurant at the front of the pier, threw the shop keys over a bunch of dining Pokemon and to the surprised Mawile, and turned to run back out. “I’ll be back later!”

Time was of the essence. That’s just how it was in general in her business-related world, but, well, this was a matter of a Pokemon potentially needing help. It was a bit more important than the loss of a few berries’ worth of profit. Pokemon would always be able to come back the next day. Barring that, poorer Pokemon generally approached her personally to try and barter for cheaper after shop hours. Either way, needy Pokemon would have their needs met. She liked to ensure that. Those with excess would have it stripped of them unless they helped meet those needs, as well. She also liked to ensure that.

Well, it was neither here nor there. As she got closer to the rocks she thought she saw the figure near, she was horrified to see it really wasn’t a water Pokemon - it was a Bagon, and its face was planted in the shallow waves! Was it unconscious? What was it doing in the water to begin with, what, with its stubby, useless legs? Where did it come from?

Anana ran. She ran through the sand, through the foam, through the water rushing around and receding from her feet. She honestly hoped she wasn’t too late, but the poor thing was definitely unconscious. It might have even drowned?

She placed a hand to its skin, which was cold and clammy. Ah, she realized, of course it would be! It was a lizard (like her!) after all, and cold water could be quite devastating to its body temperature... Despite it being a warm day, it wasn’t quite a day to go around in the water for extended periods of time for any lizard. No, that caused hypothermia. If this little dragon wasn’t dead, it soon would be. It was time to check for pulse.

She rolled it over to discover it was wearing a brass collar ring. No second guesses, she knew her precious metals. A collar ring... it reminded her of the items that Merlot let her highest regarded servants wear. She knew they tended to be given golden collar rings. But brass? It was familiar, but didn’t stir enough bells for her to make a connection.

Anana placed a hand on the creature’s chest and one on its palm, hoping to find a good sign. It seemed hopeless, it seemed like she was too late, but -- she was relieved to feel the faintest signal of life from within.

Well, it was time to get to work. She needed to haul this Bagon all the way to Lamia. The witch doctor always knew how to deal with minor ailments. Lamia, also being a reptile, was particularly capable of treating problems like this.

Anana grabbed under the Bagon’s neck and feet and hefted it up. Dead weight was the worst, but at least she kept herself fit and strong. Just because she was a fantastic merchant didn’t mean she was lazy or weak. No, she needed to be able to hold her own. Needed to keep on her toes, make her her good-for-nothing sister didn’t outdo her.

The sand became very harsh on her small feet after a short distance. She went from weighing nearly 40lbs alone to weighing nearly 140lbs with the Bagon. It was strenuous, but she kept on. To make it worse, her arms did most of the supporting. The only way she could carry the Bagon was bridal style; she had no real shoulders to heft it over.

And so, that’s how it would be. A mile and a half of rough sand and rocks tearing at her feet. Her precious feet. They’d definitely need some tending to, after this. She was doing this for... for a Bagon she didn’t know the name of. She didn’t even know if it was a boy or a girl! To be honest, she didn’t really care.

It was unusual that she even noticed it bobbing in the ocean. A lot of Pokemon bobbed about. She wondered how no one had noticed it before her, though. The beach often had many Pokemon walking about it, though admittedly, today it had less traffic than other days. Perhaps everyone was too busy having fun or whatever to notice...

Half a mile left... She pondered what her sister was up to. She would never admit it, though. She didn’t like how often that subject crept into her mind. It wasn’t an obsession, no. No, no, no, she just... had to know what her sister was doing. All the time. That was it. That was all.

Something about a stone. That’s what she knew. A stone, a dragon?

Hmm. Hadn’t her sister also gotten a Deino assistant recently? As if that stupid Breloom wasn’t enough of a hassle. Deinos were known to be ridiculously loyal. Hmph...

There was the hut, she was nearly there.

Deino... her sister’s Deino... didn’t she hear that it wore golden collar rings? So, it was from Merlot? It had to be!

Anana finally reached the wooden hut, knocked at the door. A little Murkrow greeted her. Zabi, wasn’t it? He was Lamia’s assistant, she knew that, but had never seen it personally. He was usually running errands for Lamia, and Anana hadn’t much of a reason to see the witch doctor usually.

“Is Lamia in? It’s a bit of an emergency.”

“I ‘spose so. For you, I’ll fetch her,” Zabi said, fluttering off into the back room, past the grass curtains.

Finally, some release. Anana set the Bagon down on the dirt floor as gently as she could muster and immediately her body made its annoyance known. She ached in every possible place. It wasn’t often that she went around lifting double her body weight for such long periods of time.


Part one of (??).. Maybe one more illust will go with the next half of the story. I've been busy.
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Calamintha Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
Really cool! o:
SkunkyRainbow270 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such a beautiful sunset your painting skills never cease to amaze me PK
Niyla Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
When I saw this my first thought was "MAIN CHARACTER? HUMAN???" ...but then reading and seeing that the brass collar looked familiar, I realized that that wasn't happening :XD:

I know it was already mentioned that there wouldn't be any reference to humans in the group, but seeing a Pokemon find another unconscious just triggered the connection :XD:
RedPanda7 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
Poor bagon
UnknownOO8 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it! Can't wait to see the next parts =P
pokefreakturtwig Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist
I like it
potatotter Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I simply lOVE Anana and PK in different ways of course!!
mmmm guess Anana might keep the Bagon...YAY FOR COUNTERPARTS!!!!
leafpool12 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome job it looks so cool and cute
scaper12123 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Student Writer
Wasn't this one already submitted?
GG3095 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
That's what I thought...
Zuzanice Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
I admire and ADORE your art!
Mellon-Snow Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Student General Artist
O_O Why do we live in Tao village again?? Alohomola bay sounds so nice! ;A;
lol xD
momokairox Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
amazing sunset :)
magical-chickens Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The colours and scene are so beautiful.
spikey220 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
my breatheren... all so stupid... nice art and story tho!
Dygera Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow great colors^^
Crystalitar Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
omg very giood story!, poor bagon , maybe it tried to fly?
Hedgey Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
nice background!
TzikiiWolf Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Student Filmographer
awww how sweet :D
YT-KaraMayonakaSora Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
...Why pineapple?
xXRe-Kindled-FlameXx Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
I love how you painted the waters in this, and the COLORS!!! It's so vibrant!! I absolutely love it :D
Fawnflight Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love how well written this story is. :heart: It's definitely worth reading.

I especially liked the name choices. I don't know if this was done on purpose or not, but "anana" means "pineapple" in Spanish (and French, if you add an s to the end), which really fits a character that is described to have golden skin.
Rexhurne Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
Really like the colour scheme on this one!
wolf-of-ink Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
do you use sai??...
CloudMemories Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
This makes me happy.
Darsk Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
"Needed to keep on her toes, make her her good-for-nothing sister didn’t outdo her."
"her her"?
grammar error
just thought id point that out
you meant "sure her" right?
En-Cu-Kou Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
Aside from the awesomeness that I find hard to comment:

Needed to keep on her toes, make her her good-for-nothing sister didn’t outdo her.
Is the “her her” intentional? I'm having trouble with the sentence, but then, I'm not a native speaker...
picachuyou Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG so cute:D
evie9207 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Student Interface Designer
wonderful colours :)
Magoo-Tora Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Student General Artist
Love the illustration and the story!
tenko72 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
Great scene! I love the lighting, that sunset, the water, and their expressions. The colors look so good too. Like this could be a tourist trap postcard if not for the whole trouble going on in the FG.

Great story too. I want to see what happens next.
OEmilyThePenguinO Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Student Digital Artist
you are so good at lighting it drives me crazy....
MacAttack3 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
Omg i love how she is PK's sister and everything!!!
Reruuu Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
speechless again TT~TT
ur too awesome XD
FiendOFDA Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Student Digital Artist
That is just brilliant!
shae-luvs-xei163 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oooooooh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i love this!
Scarlet--Tears Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Student General Artist
Its so prettyy, and i love the story part. 8D
I cant wait to read the next part. 8D
yedi0212 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
anana is so pretty!
JYPG Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Wow pk! You never fail to produce beautful pieces! Everything ties together so wonderfully in both the picture and the writing. I can not wait to see the next part!
FirstNoelle Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
That Kecleon is adorable <3
Rosshi Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
Beautiful! I've no other words
xxgemicalwonderxx Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't really like pokemon, but this is awesome! It definetely is worth reading, and I'll read the next part for sure!
Fantasy-JG Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist
love your stories! and your art is amazing too! :D
tyarathemountaindog1 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Student Artist
so bueatiful an adoralbe :iconrlytearplz:
Croweology Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Student General Artist
ah! this story and picture is way better than what i had imagined! love your story the most c: the picture is beautiful too! Love her reasons why she hates pk too
nofido Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA I love the colors and everything :heart::excited: I want to learn how you color please teach/show tutorial :heart::worship:
Splochpelt Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
I LOVE the colors.
darkztk Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
Very beautiful! Congratulations.
Emmi-chan10 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist'm so sorry I can't say the name :c how do you say it??
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