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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.

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:iconzueskillerproduction:
Boss: *salute*

I think I've got sand in my eyes.
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dalejandre1 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
"Please think of me, and smile again"....I read that final quote, and saw the last happy image of Freedom...I think I might have shed a few tears. 
Rest in Peace Freedom. You have been one of the coolest Butterfree's I've read about! 
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GECKO-Nuzlockes Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're not the only one.

Thank you for the kind words. It was an honor and privilege to share his story with you.
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azadenz Featured By Owner Edited Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh man... I felt sorry for Freedom...

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!!!!
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BakaZick Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015
No!
God why T_T
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ElizabethKita Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I knew he was going to die.... -_-
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... -_-
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GECKO-Nuzlockes Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
To be totally honest, he wouldn't have died if I wasn't stupid. I left  him in when I very clearly should have switched to ANY other team member OR at least used a Potion. He actually shouldn't have died and he had already taken many many hits from Machamp. So, even though a lot of people weren't surprised, he actually should've survived but he just got stuck with a really stupid Trainer....

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.
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ElizabethKita Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh...

I would have thought accidental deaths would be more common -_-
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xcscientist Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh gosh... Freedom... I was not expecting this at all. I'm happy that he did defeat his inner fears before it was his time. I can't imagine writing for a character who you know will die, but it's good to give them as full of a life as they could have in your time with them. I guess they don't really die when they faint in your game, but when you draw them for the very last time. He'll still live on in all our memories though. I wonder what it's like when one of my characters becomes as alive to me as Freedom was to you.

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.
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GECKO-Nuzlockes Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Even the most innocent of people can make horrible mistakes
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RobbyCobalt Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015
Man... this page is a downer all-round. Everything is sad...
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Emilianite Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015   General Artist
Oooh noooo. ;n;

I also felt bad for so many on this one...
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GECKO-Nuzlockes Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:(
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Emilianite Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015   General Artist
Hug 
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JustSewaddlingAway Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Freedom's death sucks and all, but... My heart broke when I saw Bruno's Machamp in tears. :tears:
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GECKO-Nuzlockes Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That's good. I was hoping to show emotion from all ends, not just Skye's
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Porecomesis Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Student Writer
I wonder... Will the Machamp ever forgive itself for this? Being responsible for another's death?
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GECKO-Nuzlockes Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Probably not. Despite the stereotype of Fighting-types being really tough and stoic, this Machamp is a pretty tender guy.
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Silver13riolu Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Oh... Oh. Freedom. You will live on in everyone's memories. I don't think anyone will not remember you.
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GECKO-Nuzlockes Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
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