"My...happiest memory with Yuki? A-alright, ma'am..."<she smiles modestly> Thank you Mambikins! <turns back to you> Don't worry Arizona, luckily we can deal with this now that we understand it, and ironically your dragon may be the key after all! <she laughs slightly as you and the cat look at her confused> As an anchor, may I ask you to tell me about your most joyful, reassuring memory with your dragon friend? You'll see why momentarily...<she starts mixing different powders into a bowl while her glowing horn floats other items near her.>
The hybrid nodded, reaching into her bag and pulling out the battered blue dragon. Gently stroking Yuki's dirty body, she let her eyes rest on his battle-worn body, dragging up some of the softer, more nostalgic memories of her past.
It was easy enough to find the memory she was seeking. One of the only times she had felt truly happy, closing her eyes, she cuddled Yuki up against her chest and began to speak, a small, pure smile slowly spreading over her features the longer she continues.
"Well...ah guess it would have t' be our first night together. Back when ah was still a young cub. I...I guess should start at th' beginning. When ah...met th' kid who gave him t' me.
"It was a cold, dreary day. Th' kind that makes ya want t' roll back over in bed an' sleep it all away. As such, there weren't a whole lotta creature up an' about, an' th' ones who were were just makin' their way t' where they needed t' be quick as they could. Nonetheless, I'd thought it was a good day t' beg. Mosta th' time that kinda stuff didn't work on 123-1d, but if ya looked pathetic enough, if ya huddled under a warm blanket an' shivered just so, ya could find a sliver of warmth in someone's soul, touching 'em just enough t' throw ya a few coins or their food scraps. I...hadn't had too much success that day, an' I was nursin' some fresh bruises from a few bullies that liked to torment me, an'...well, I just feelin' terribly alone. So in between my shiverin' and shakin', I was strugglin' hard not t' cry. Eventually, ah couldn't help it an' just started ballin'.
"Suddenly, I heard someone ask me what was the matter. Ah looked up t' see a calico cat about th' same age as me. He was dressed in fine clothes, had these big, entrancin' red eyes, an' he was holdin' a soft, brand new dragon plush. I opened up, perhaps a li'l more than I should've. Ah told him about th' rotten day that was happenin', about how food was scarce, about the bullies who tormented me. Through it all, he just listened quietly. When I was done, he asked if I had any friends. Ah said no, an' he...he gave me a hug. Not carin' at all about how dirtied he got an...an said: 'I'm sorry. I don't have a lotta friends either. Jus' Yuki here, really. But here. I want you to have him. He may not be th' strongest, or the fiercest, but my momma says he'll stay by your side no matter what, ready t' comfort you when nights are long, an' love you forever.'
"It was...th' nicest thing anyone had done for me. And...after promisin' t' visit me again...he entrusted Yuki t' me, an' went on his way. An...well, most of my nights were spent cold, shiverin' an' sleepless, huddled under a blanket in an attempt t' block out th' cold. Not...anymore. That night, I huddled under my worn blanket, keeepin' Yuki tucked up against me, an'...well, ah knew everythin' that kid said about Yuki was true. Cause I felt a certain warmth growin' inside me as I pulled him in closer an' closer. Cause for th' first time in my life...I wasn't alone anymore.
"It...never felt cold at night afterwards. No matter how terrible the days grew, how many insults were yelled, how many beatings I took...I always had Yuki there with me to share it all with me. An'...that was all ah ever needed."