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Old 03-09-2018, 11:17 PM   #3
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The Marvellous Migration- A Giant Is Born

The warmer months had come and gone in the valley, Jayson and Valka had settled in, along with their Pokemon. Since arriving in the valley they had achieved quite a lot and established a nice little home for themselves. They now found themselves resting around a fire in the throne room, a lot of their Pokemon joining them and enjoying the warmth the fire provided. Suddenly the doors flew open as Atalanta bursts through, a blast of snow behind her. Jayson hadn't noticed the change in the weather, it had gotten colder but he hadn't expected snow any time soon. Atalanta had been at scout post near the entrance to the valley, her arrival meant something was wrong.

Sigurd was quick to convey the Decidueye's message, the Gallade's psychic abilities were appreciated in times like this. The Gallade didn't look all too concerned, hopefully that meant they weren't in immediate danger.

"Some large Pokemon have entered the valley, they've made camp in the forest along the northern wall. Apparently the blizzard seemed to follow them and it is quickly coating the entire valley in snow."Sigurd conveyed the message to Jayson and Valka, leaving it up to them whether or not they wanted to do something about the intruders.

"This is unexpected", Valka mulled over the information. As an expert on Ice types, she was fairly certain she knew what the Pokemon were, she just couldn't believe it. "It sounds like Aurorus, however I didn't know there were any herds left in the wild."

"Well there is only one way to find out, we have to investigate", Jayson said with excitement. "If they truly are Aurorus then we should study them, make sure they are well protected. Boudicca and Thowra are in the stables, we'll ride out immediately." Valka agreed, she was just as eager to beat the thought to be extinct Pokemon.

Boudicca and Thowra plowed through the growing snow. Sigurd and Atalanta had joined Jayson and Valka, while they also found themselves accompanied by Nanook and Ullr. The pair of Ice types were moving astonishingly fast, Jayson was surprised at first but quickly recalled that they both possessed the Slush Rush ability, causing their speed to sky rocket when in snow. It took them longer than usual to reach the location Atalanta had identified, battling against the strengthening blizzard slowed them considerably. The two steeds slowed to a trot as Jayson and Valka reined them in, they could tell they were close. Dismounting, the pair of trainers continued on foot, weaving through the giant trees as they approached a clearing. The snow was almost knee deep here already, Jayson couldn't believe how quickly it had spread. They could hear the low, eerie cries of Pokemon nearby, they dropped to a crouch as they spotted the herd of giant Aurorus that had entered the valley.

There must have been at least ten of them, giant blue dinosaurs with rippling yellow sails running down their necks. The largest of them rested in the middle of the group, the snow and hail seemed to flow from her.

"She's likely the matriarch", whispered Valka, "their leader." Jayson had figured as much, the others had likely surrounded her to protect her in case of attack. "Why do you think they're here?" Valka questioned. The Aurorus seemed to be singing, their cries seemed to carry a tune.

"They're singing to their children, their eggs. Look at their tails." Sigurd was able to hear the song in its truest form and in doing so he was able to identify why the Aurorus were here. Wrapped in the whip like tail of each Aurorus was an egg, which the Ice types rocked gently back and forth as they sung.

"This must be there hatching ground", Jayson noted, "they must migrate here whenever they have eggs to hatch." It made sense, the valley was well protected and was the perfect place to raise young. "We shouldn't disturb them, they're probably very protective." Not a second after the words left Jayson's lips, Nanook shot from cover, rushing towards the massive sauropods. "Shitttttttt", cried Jayson.

The Aurorus all raised their heads in alarm, not sure what the Cubchoo was doing. Sigurd quickly rushes from cover to stop the Cubchoo, grabbing him and tucking him under his arm. The singing had halted and Sigurd was now locked in a staring contest with the Matriarch. The standoff looks intense, but after about a minute the Aurorus relax and begin to sing and swing their eggs once more.

"They've welcomed us now, they know we pose no threat to them."Sigurd had parlayed with the mothers on their behalf and now they were able to reveal themselves.

Jayson and Valka walked among the Aurorus, marvelling in awe at the giant peaceful Pokemon. Nanook couldn't help but climb all over them, but the Fossil Pokemon didn't seem to mind too much. Ullr was more reserved, instead choosing to follow Jayson, Valka and Sigurd as they walked through the herd. They spent a large portion of the afternoon bonding with the Aurorus. They'd noticed that the Matriarch's egg was much larger than the rest, almost twice their size. The real surprise came with the veil of night, when the sky became lit with a dazzling aurora borealis.

"Can you believe it darling", Jayson whispered to Valka. "An Aurora borealis, at this time of year? at this time of day? in this part of the region? localized in our valley?

"It truly is beautiful isn't it", Valka replied as she embraced him. The display got even more beautiful as the eggs the Aurorus were holding began to glow, they were hatching! Shell begins to rain down around them as the baby Amaura hatch from their eggs. The babies cried out to their mothers, who pulled them up to their faces and began to nuzzle them. "Look how big that one is!" Valka pointed to the Matriarch's hatchling, she was right, the thing was a giant!

"Praise Arceus, that one has to be twice as big as the others." Jayson was astonished, the baby Amaura were a sight to behold. "We should probably give them some space now, they'll probably be here for a while." Valka agreed and the group made their exit, leaving the Aurorus and Amaura alone.

Over the next few months, Jayson and Valka spent plenty of time with the Aurorus and their baby Amaura. The matriarch's son had retained his size advantage over the rest of the hatchlings, towering over the rest of them. Jayson had started calling him Ymir, after the king of the frost giants. It was a pleasure to watch the Amaura grow and learn about the world around them. The valley was a safe environment, allowing them the opportunity to explore and thrive. Ymir had started getting himself into trouble however. The young Amaura didn't seem to understand his own size and had hurt a few of the other Amaura on numerous occasions. While the injured Amauras eventually recovered, Jayson and Valka noticed some unrest among the herd.

Jayson and Valka woke feeling warmer than they had in months. Looking out the window, the sky was clearer than it had been since the Aurorus arrived, the sun shined brightly, slowly melting away the snow. Jayson and Valka knew what this meant, the Aurorus and Amaura had left, continued on their migration.

Jayson and Valka began to clear away the snow with their Pokemon, now that winter and the Aurorus had passed, they could begin to carry out their plans for spring. It was around midday when Nanook arrived, the Cubchoo had a concerned look on his face. He tried to pull Jayson into the forest, something must have been wrong. Jayson called for Valka and the paired followed Nanook through the forest. They rushed through the melting snow, heading towards where the Aurorus had nested. When they arrived the clearing was empty, except for a large rock formation in the middle of the clearing.

A cry reached out from inside the rock formation and snow gushed through the gaps. Jayson and Valka recognised the cry, it was Ymir. Why had the Amaura been trapped like that? Had he been left behind?

"Sigurd!" Jayson let out a mental shout and the Gallade appeared in a flash, teleporting to his location. "Sigurd bust Ymir out of there, we have to help him."

The Gallade rushed forward, busting the rock apart with a few defts strikes. Ymir barrelled out of the rocks, almost trampling over Sigurd. "Stop him Sigurd, we need to find out what is going on. The Gallade shot a disabling bolt at the Amaura, stopping him in his tracks. Reaching out with his mind, the Psychic type tried his best to work out what was going on.

"His mother forced him to stay, the rest of the herd saw him as a threat to their offspring. She told him that he would be safe here and that he would have friends.Jayson couldn't help but feel sorry for the young Amaura, but its mother was probably doing what was best for the herd. "He wants his mother, he wants to chase after her."

"You can't let him Sigurd, you have to calm him down", ordered Jayson. The Gallade nodded, it took a few moments but the Amaura seemed to calm down, at least enough that Jayson could try and talk to it. He approached the Amaura slowly, "it's okay Ymir, your not alone, we're here to look after you." The Amaura stared at him with tearfilled eyes. A lone tear runs down its cheek, freezing and dropping to the ground. "You can join our team, our family, that way you'll never be alone." The Amaura's eyes began to clear and it started to nuzzle Jayson's neck. Valka came and joined the embrace, they'd gained another member of their growing family.

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