It’s a strange thing beginning to write a character’s story and already knowing they will die in the end.
From the moment I created Freedom, from the moment I began to sketch him and imagine his life and his struggles, I knew he would die. Yet I couldn’t help pouring into him everything I could possibly write him to be. I didn’t care how much this day would hurt. How could I? How could I hold back who Freedom was just to lessen the pain?
Even still, I didn’t expect to fall in love with him as much as I did. I’ve cried many times now while working on this chapter, and I didn’t even realize how attached to him I’d become until this moment. I couldn’t even finish that last drawing of him without taking a break to let my eyes dry so I could see the page. Freedom is a free spirit, and sometimes it bewilders me that he isn’t able to reach out of the paper and touch my hand.
He was never the emotive one of the team. He doesn’t say or do much for a lot of the story, and perhaps that’s my fault as the author. And yet, he feels the most alive to me. Something about him burns with life like a smoldering fire in the pitch-black night. Something about him seems to live on, even now that he’s gone.
Freedom. I wish I could have been better for you. I wish I could have given you the life to which you so passionately cling. But now, you’ll have to live on in the memories of your teammates and in the hearts of those who loved you like I did. Freedom, when I think of you, I will smile again.
I think I've got sand in my eyes.
Rest in Peace Freedom. You have been one of the coolest Butterfree's I've read about!
Thank you for the kind words. It was an honor and privilege to share his story with you.
Did he really have to die with a speech like that? Is there no other way he could have avoided death??
He didn't even get to tell Skye about Chip yet! Noooooo!!!!
God why T_T
I might be cruel of me for not feeling bad though... I'm more surprised he even made it this far (this coming from my own and very numerous deaths of Butterfree in nuzlockes)
All in all, Freedom was sort of an interesting character...
It was good to show suffering on both sides but seriously? Does this not happen often? Since the league are presumed to be the top challenges for trainers I find it strange for the Pokemon to be shaken by just one death... -_-
as far as Bruno's/Machamp's guilt, no, this rarely happens. Even though the League battles are more intense than other Pokemon battles, the goal of a fight is NEVER to kill the opponent. In this particular case, Freedom let himself die because he found his freedom in facing his fears (death), but usually, Pokemon never die during the League. Really bad injuries? Sure. Hence Skye's concern for Russell in the Lorelei fight. But never death.
What really surprises me is how you portrayed Machamp and Bruno. Even though Freedom was so close to you and has been on the team for so long, you didn't write the people who took him away as cruel, callous murderers. The fact that they both feel remorse and compunction for accidentally killing Freedom is noble and kind to them in a way. Poor Machamp. That you're willing to forgive them reminds me that as an author, you have a choice in how you portray any character and in how you continue onward from a loss of one.
I also felt bad for so many on this one...