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>  Precocious Children, 15 years ago [Blackthorn City]
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 Ichigo Hitsubaki posted at Dec 18 2017, 09:09 AM
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Content Warning this thread will contain graphic depictions of violence, blood and gore. This thread also deals with a transgender character pre-realization; as such it will contain incorrect pronouns and will use the character's deadname.

“C’mon Momo! I wanna catch a Dratiniiiiiii!” Ichigo whined, tugging on her twin’s arm insistently. It was late December, the time of year that Johto’s usually temperate climate finally gave in to the chilling touch of winter and began to snow; and it was this time of year that the dragons who inhabited the dragon’s den would settle down to hibernate until the weather warmed up again. Which, of course, made it the perfect time - in Ichigo’s young, ten year old mind - to sneak in and capture a tiny dragon all of her own. Perhaps, if she did so, her father would be proud of her for once. Dragons were strong; a status symbol among the locals, and most importantly, they were the type that her father specialized in training.

She may not be graceful, clever or poised like her sister, but she could certainly show their father that she was braver and stronger than Haruka could ever hope to be.

“This is a terrible idea,” Momoye groaned, although she allowed her sister to drag her along the narrow, rocky path that led towards the entrance of the dragon’s den. They didn’t have any Pokemon of their own, how did she expect to catch a dragon? It didn’t matter than she’d managed to scrounge up the money for an ultra ball, even a tiny Dratini would be able to escape it easily if they didn’t weaken it first. “This is a huge waste of time! Yer not gonna catch a dragon with nothing but a pokeball. We should just go home, before we freeze our butts off”

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 Ichiro Hitsubaki posted at Dec 18 2017, 09:11 AM
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Ichigo rolled her eyes. Her sister was such a debbie downer sometimes; she always wanted to play by the rules lately. It was so boring! Where had her sense of adventure gone? She expected as much from Haruka, their oh-so-perfect older sister, daddy’s favourite princess and all-around golden child, but Momoye was supposed to be her partner in crime!

“Well, ye could always go home if ya wanted.” She told her bluntly, letting go of Momoye’s wrist so she had both hands free to catch herself in case she slipped on the loose stones, which were only made slicker by the inches of snow that had built up overnight. “I’ll go catch it myself! And I won’t share it with ye or let ye name it or nothin’!”

“Ya wouldn’t let me name it anyway!” Momoye exclaimed, pointing an accusing finger at her. “And I can’t just let ya go try and catch the stupid thing yourself! You’ll probably get eaten or somethin’ and then I’d get the blame and ma would skin me alive!” When Ichigo ignored her and continued climbing, she scrambled up the rocky slope after her, still grumbling the entire way. “Why don’t you just ask dad for an egg or something?!”

“Because that’s the easy way!” Ichigo yelled, spinning around to glare at her, her small hands clenched into fists at her sides and tears welling up in her eyes. “And the easy way is for losers!”


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 Ichigo Hitsubaki posted at Dec 18 2017, 09:22 AM
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Momoye felt her chest tighten at the sight of her sister’s tears. Ichigo never cried, even when Haruka said mean things and their dad ignored her, she’d almost never seen her cry before. It was such a foreign sight that it caught her completely off guard and she took a shaky step back when Ichigo took one in her direction. She didn’t want to be on the receiving end of one of her sister’s punches, that was for sure. She held up her hands in a defensive manner, refusing to take another backwards step with the ground as icy and treacherous as it was.

“Hey, hey, c’mon…” she trailed off, looking unsure. A moment of contemplation followed, both siblings staring each other down, before Momoye reached out to grab her sister’s hand and gave it a squeeze. “Hey, I’m sorry. Yer right, askin’ fer an egg won’t help none.” It was more likely to draw his ire, actually; asking for things from their father without earning them somehow was never a good idea.

Momoye tugged on her hand, this time taking the lead as they walked the treacherous path. “C’mon den, we gotta hurry up if we wanna finish before dark. We’ll turn into popsicles if we stay out here at night.” She shot her a small smile, to which Ichigo returned, giving a small sniffle and wiping at her eyes.

“Yeah, okay.”

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 Ichiro Hitsubaki posted at Feb 12 2018, 12:39 PM
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The entrance to the Dragon’s Den was an inconspicuous as a jackhammer. It resembled a dragon’s gaping maw; a large slab of rock jutting out from the mountainside like an upper jaw and a set of stalactites and stalagmites that resembled fangs to an almost alarming degree. It looked - and felt - like they were a pair of naive lambs walking straight into the wolf’s jaws. Or rather, the dragon’s, in this case.

Momoye paused by the entrance, turning to her sister with a questioning look. The last thing she wanted to do was go in there. It was pitch black, that she could already tell from where she was standing, and while they had brought torches - stuffed down the front of their coats to avoid their mother’s suspicions as they left - she wasn’t sure they’d do much to help them navigate the inky blackness of the cave.

She squeezed Ichigo’s gloved-covered hand. “We can still go ‘ome, ye know.” Arceus, please let her want to go home. She had a bad feeling about this. “Ma won’t even know we were ‘ere. We’ll be back b’fore ‘nybody knew we were gone.”

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 Ichigo Hitsubaki posted at Feb 13 2018, 01:38 AM
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“We can’t go ‘ome now, we came dis far!” Ichigo snapped, her tone defensive at the implication. She wasn’t some kind of wimp. Sure, the entrance of the cave was intimidating, and yeah, the pitch black darkness that lay beyond it was also downright terrifying even with the torch she had stuffed down the front of her winter coat, but she hadn’t come all the way up here just to turn around and go home empty handed. And who knew when she would get another chance? The only reason their mother wasn’t busy following them was because she was busy finding accommodation for their - rather large - family for their annual holiday celebration.

It was now or never. She wouldn’t get another chance like this.

“We’re goin’ in.” Ichigo said, taking a step towards the cave’s entrance, hand still clasped firmly in her twin’s. When Momoye didn’t immediately move to follow her, she shot her a look, brow furrowing in confusion and irritation. “Don’t tell me yer gonna chicken out on me ‘ere, Momo, c’mon!”

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 Ichiro Hitsubaki posted at Feb 13 2018, 01:39 AM
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Momoye sighed and ran her free hand through her wild red mane, chewing her bottom lip as she considered her options. She didn’t have many; she could either go home without her sister and pray that something didn’t happen to her, she could try to drag Ichigo back down the mountain with her and risk the inevitable fight sending them falling right off the treacherous, icy path, or she could take what was still looking like the worst option out of them all and go ahead with this ridiculous idea.

A glance at her twin’s pleading face and her resolve crumbled in seconds at the sight of her big, puppy dog eyes staring back at her. “‘M not chickenin’ out of anythin’, I was jus’ thinkin’ is all. C’mon, lets go, I don’t wanna be walkin’ back down the mountain in the dark.” This time it was Momoye who trudged forward, tugging her sister along behind her. She retrieved the torch from her coat with her free hand, a rustling of fabric behind her telling her that Ichigo was doing the same, and turned it on as the inky darkness enveloped them.

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 Ichigo Hitsubaki posted at Feb 13 2018, 01:47 AM
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The cave was dead silent. It was as though the sounds of the world outside simply stopped as they passed the threshold, and they had walked into a world of silence. The only sounds that could be heard were the ones they were making themselves; their footsteps against the damp stone floors and the sound of their breathing as they walked, hands still entwined, deeper into the cave.

It was just as cold inside the cave as it was outside, and Ichigo wondered vaguely if the lake said to be found inside the cave would have frozen over due to the cold or not. Two beams of light from their flashlights illuminated small sections of the path, revealing nothing but damp stone and rock walls.

“Where do ye think dey’d be…?” Ichigo asked at a whisper, leaning closer to her sister so she wouldn’t have to raise her voice. Not that she needed to; it was so quiet in the cave that her whisper almost sounded as though she were talking normally. It almost made her wince. They weren’t going to be able to sneak up on anything like this.

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 Ichiro Hitsubaki posted at Feb 13 2018, 01:54 AM
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“Dratini live in water,” Momoye explained, slowing to a stop as they came upon a fork in the path. She shone her flashlight down one path, while Ichigo did the same to the other, their expressions a matching set of furrowed brows and consternation. “We need to find the lake, I guess? I dunno if it’s frozen, though. Maybe they sleep near it?” she asked with a shrug, moving the torch beam to check the walls for any kind of sign that would point them in the right direction.

Visitors weren’t allowed in the Dragon’s Den, however, and those who were new were either expected to find their own way as some kind of test - or they had a more experienced guide with them. They’d find no help from the bare walls.

“A’ight, which way ye wanna go?” Momoye asked, turning the torchlight just enough to illuminate her twin’s face. “I wanna go left,” she added.

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 Ichigo Hitsubaki posted at Feb 13 2018, 02:09 AM
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“Lets go right,” Ichigo said in unison with her sister’s assertion they should go left. Momoye snorted in response and let go of her hand, holding the flashlight up so that it shone down between them.

“Well, I reckon we should go left. So unless ye wanna change yer mind, we got a game o’ rock, paper, scissors on our ‘ands.” Momoye explained, glancing up with a challenge in her eyes. She knew Ichigo wouldn’t be able to pass up a challenge - although, now she was regretting not using this tactic earlier, before they had entered the cave at all.

“Ye know what, yer o-” Ichigo’s response was cut off by a sound, the first one they’d heard since entering the cave that hadn’t been made by themselves. Both twins froze, meeting each other’s gaze with wide eyes, at the sound of footsteps. They sounded human, but that wasn’t right - why would anybody else be here? They were coming from the path to the left and getting louder; they seemed to be heading in their direction.

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 Ichiro Hitsubaki posted at Feb 13 2018, 02:11 AM
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Without thinking, Momoye grabbed Ichigo’s gloved hand again and dragged her towards the path that branched to the right. She found a rocky outcropping and pressed herself against the stone walls, shushing her sister when she tried to protest and turning off her flashlight. Ichigo followed her example after a few seconds of fumbling, and the two waited with baited breath while the footsteps grew louder and louder still.

It wasn’t torchlight illuminating this person’s way through the cave, but rather, the light of a Charmeleon’s tail. Neither twin could make out the person’s face as they passed the fork in the road, heading towards the mouth of the cave at a pace that told of familiarity and comfort. The dragon tamers were known to keep an eye on the place, they probably should have expected to see one at some point…

Neither of them moved from their hiding place until the light of the Charmeleon’s tail had completely faded, leaving them in pitch black darkness once again.

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