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Sylvie

Sylveon image by Nintendo / edited by Element02

Sylveon. They look cute and adorable on the outside, but on the inside, who knows what they’re planning.. plotting.. wondering.

It all started two weeks after Pokémon X and Y were released. I had just got home from school and I decided to play some Pokémon Rumble Blast on my 3DS since I had no homework. I had not gotten Pokémon X or Y yet, but I was expecting to get it sometime soon. To my surprise, my mom walked into my room and showed me the brand new (and still unwrapped) Pokémon Y game. I was jumping for joy when she handed me the game - and I immediately started playing it. 

Once the main title screen appeared, I went through usual Pokémon intros of the games. Professor Sycamore had asked for my gender, name, and hair color, which was female, Taryn, and black hair, since they didn't have dark brown as an option.

After meeting my rivals and picking my starter, Fennekin, I continued to play through the game. I had always wanted a female Sylveon on my team, I don’t know why, I just did. Their cute and fluffy appearance really stood out to me so I just had to get one! 

It was getting pretty late, so I saved my game at Cyllage City and shut my 3DS off. 

In the morning when I woke up, I quickly got out of bed and picked up my 3DS. I turned it on and clicked on Pokémon Y. It sent me to the title screen and I continued with my game. I had recently caught a male Espurr and got a male Charmander from Professor Sycamore in Lumiose City. Today my goal was to catch a female Eevee for my team, and eventually evolve it into a Sylveon. 

I ran from Cyllage City to Route 10 to catch an Eevee. Since I had just beat the gym leader, I should be able to move the rock with strength so I can access the spot where the Eevees were. I taught the HM Strength to one of my Pokémon and had them move that boulder out of the way. When I moved the boulder, I ran into the grass and found a male Eevee on my first try. I was surprised to see an Eevee but I had realized it was a male, so I ran from it. 

Many wild encounters and many male Eevees later, I had finally gotten tired of searching for a female Eevee. It just wouldn’t show up, like as if it didn’t want to, or maybe it was just never meant to be. I then found once again another male Eevee. Since I was getting tired of looking, I just decided to catch it. I threw some Ultraballs at it and with the 3rd Ultraball I caught it. I wasn’t really happy that I caught the thing, but I guess it’ll have to do. 

I had nicknamed the Eevee Sylvie since I was planning on evolving it into a Sylveon. 

After I looked at Sylvie’s stats, I opened up Pokémon Amie and chose Sylvie to play with. I didn’t really care for it, I had wanted a female, but now I guess I’m stuck with a male. I didn’t look happy and didn’t feel like that either. It really upset me. When my face showed up on the camera on my 3DS, Sylvie’s facial expression changed. It looked sad and worried. I didn’t smile and neither did he. I fed him some Poképuffs and played games with him until he was all maxed out. He had full hearts, music notes, and full food. I began to run in the grass and battled a couple of Pokémon until Sylvie was ready to evolve.

Sylvie evolved but before he did, he looked really sad and depressed, it even looked like he was crying. This sort of confused me but I blew it off as some glitch in the game. He began to evolve and after a couple of seconds, a crying Sylveon appeared on the screen. When he let out his cry, it sounded really sad, dull, and depressing. After he evolved I moved him to the back of my party and continued to play the game. 

Two days after Sylvie evolved, I had beaten the Elite Four and the Champion. The sad thing was that I didn’t use Sylvie in any of their battles. He just sat in the very back of my party. He was the same level as Charcoal, my Charizard, which was level 67. I didn’t really care about how I didn’t use him in any battles, the feeling just never came to me. 

When I was looking at my Pokémon team’s stats, after I had received the Chespin from Shauna, I noticed something really weird about Sylvie’s sprite. 

He had red cuts all over his body, legs, ears, and tail, he was holding a sharp, gray object with one of his ribbon-like feelers, and his eyes were black with a red pupil and they were bleeding. I also noticed some dark red pixels on the sharp, gray object that he was holding. Was that …blood? It had to be, what else could it be? 

I exited the stat screen and went to Pokémon Amie once again with Sylvie. When he appeared on the screen his left eye’s red pupil was looking all the way to the left while the right eye’s pupil was looking all the way to the right. It looked like he had gone insane. Which he did. 

A text box had appeared.

Why couldn’t you just love me…?”

‘That’s strange, usually text boxes don’t show up in Pokémon Amie…and what does he mean by that?’ I thought to myself. 

Another text box then showed up. 

I may not be a female…like you wanted…but I have feelings too…

‘Okay this is getting weird. How did he know I wanted a female? Why does he look like he’s been cutting himself? So many questions left unanswered…’ 

One last text box showed up.

Why can’t you love me…FOR ME?”

To this point it was starting to freak me out. Sylvie’s depressed frown had turned into a wicked and insane grin that stretched from cheek to cheek. The grin revealed his demonically sharp teeth. His head started to shake extremely fast like as if he was glitching out. I then noticed that one of his feelers were ripped. ‘Had he cut his own feeler in half? Dang it looks like it hurt.’

Sylvie set up straight without moving, just staring into my soul with his demonic eyes and grin. In a matter of seconds, all of the cuts on his body just began to bleed intensely. The screen then glitched out like crazy to where I can barely even recognize Sylvie on the screen. My speakers then let out a fuzzy high pitched Sylveon cry that was making me want to throw my 3DS across the room, but if I did I would break it. The loud noise stopped and the 3DS had sent me back to the title screen of Pokémon Y. 

I clicked continue and opened up my party once my trainer appeared on the screen. I noticed that Sylvie wasn’t there. I sighed in relief, knowing that the thing was out of my party. I exited my team and a text box showed up once again.

Can you be happy now? Happy without me? All I wanted was to be accepted, but I guess things don’t always turn out the way things are planned. Well I guess this is goodbye…or is it…?”

That last part made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Somehow I knew that text box was Sylvie’s. It had to be Sylvie’s.

☀My screen instantly cut to a black screen. I realized that my 3DS shut off. I took the cartridge out of the 3DS and I set it on a shelf in my room, and when I did, I could’ve swore I heard a male whisper echo throughout the room saying, “Accept me now?” 

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