I was finally able to bring everything to an end. I thank you for that. I think I'll spend some time now trying to find out if it's also possible to forge a new beginning for something once lost. Until we meet again. -Zinnia Her red eyes scanned over the words she had written on a slip of paper before handing it over to her beloved companion. It was time to depart from Sky Pillar after Hoenn's champion had mastered Lord Rayquaza and had utilized his power to save the world from the meteorite. But now that her duty as a Lorekeeper was complete and the world was safe... what would she do next? "Here, Aster, take this to *Ruby. It'll be more than enough to say goodbye... for now." "Mum!" Aster the whismur cried, gently taking taking the note from her owner before scurrying off. The ex-lorekeeper stood in the shadows as she watched Aster deliver her note to Ruby, Hoenn's champion, before flipping her tattered cloak over her shoulders and departing from the pillar. Once the little pokémon had finished delivering Zinnia's letter to Ruby, she made haste to follow after her owner. With her task complete, and feeling truly lost in the world, Zinnia rode on the back of her dragon companion Salamance so it could carry her to the only place she knew to go with her mission complete: to visit her grandmother at Meteor Falls. A sound woman of wisdom, Zinnia's grandmother told the young woman that it was finally time for her to lay aside the burden she had carried for so long and to find a new path for her life. She should rest now, and make peace with everything that had happened in her past. It was what her people, the Draconids, would have wanted. It was what Aster would have wanted. It was what her grandmother wanted. But... ...was it what Zinnia wanted? The uneasy dark-haired female hadn't the slightest clue as to what she wanted for her life. The only thing she had truly ever wanted was to be with Aster, but since that was an unattainable dream now Zinnia couldn't fathom what she should do next. But, thankfully Lord Rayquaza had blessed Zinnia; she wouldn't have to make a decision about what she would do next with her life. As the young, draconid woman would depart from from Meteor Falls she would hear a strange, unidentifiable noise behind her. She turned around, quickly crouched, and bent her knees to start her usual battle stance, reaching for a pokéball at her belt instinctually to be ready if she were to be faced with a threat. "Oh hohoho, don't be shy. C'mon out. Let's meet up face-to-face and--" Before she could even finish her statement, Zinnia felt someone hit her hard on the back of her head. She couldn't move or say anything as she blacked out against her will. ~~~ When she awoke, Zinnia found herself unable to move or see anything. She was in a dark area and her arms were bound. Her red eyes scanned for any sign of Aster or her pokéballs, but she could see nothing. She tried to call out, only to realize her mouth was cut off as well. Deciding she wouldn't wait around for whoever had done this to show their face, she stood up and looked around. Zinnia could tell she was in a dark room of some kind, but was unable to decipher anything else about her situation just yet. But, one thing was for certain, she would be getting out of this and making the one who did it pay. *note: Ruby is the name I gave my PC on my Pokemon Omega Ruby game.