Quest for KeroPyontchi Day 5: The quest comes to an end.
When I started this quest exactly two weeks ago, I realize now I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I thought I did, but in hindsight, I had no idea at all.
I knew Umino would be needy, but I wonder If I underestimated just how needy he would be, or maybe I didn't understand the word 'needy'.
You hear everyone tell you just how hard the ocean is to take care of, but it's one of those things you have to experience yourself to really understand and, especially, to appreciate.
I got very worried when Umino was a Kuragetchi and was attacked by a polar bear I had just missed fending off. I was worried again when Otototchi got sick three times in less the 24 hours, I had almost decided it was the sickness before the change but was instead the sickness before the death.
Going back to when I first started this tamagotchi I felt assured I would atleast make it to the adult stage, I might not get to see KeroPyontchi, but I would raise my Umino to become an adult nonetheless.
But as Umino and I continued on this long and arduous journey and began to question how good of a caretaker I actually was. Could I even get my Umino to the adult stage?
I never once let on to Umino I had these horrible thoughts, he was my companion but he was also my responsibility and I simply refused to fail him.
All along this quest I think the one thing that worried and scared me most were the thought of polar bears.
As Umino grew and I got used to fending them off my worries lessened, but I continued to have thoughts of one getting by me again, one defeating me and getting to my defenseless Umino, possibly ending our quest all together.
Polar bears. More than letting him get too unhappy or hungry, or him being sick too long before I could administer proper medicine, or not keeping him disciplined. No, polar bears worried me more than any of those.
But I had to get past that.
Otototchi fought through any adversity that came his way. He accepted my disciplines when I felt they were necessary, and he always listened to what I had to say.
Without him there would be no quest so it was together that we had to do this.
It was constant encouragement from both of us to the other. If I ever slept in to late he was always there to splash some water in my face and remind me what is was we were trying to do. If he didn't feel like going to bed, I was there to remind him of what kind of dangerous mammals ruled the night.
We both knew what the goal was, we had a clear vision of what it was we were trying to accomplish. And if the vision was ever obscured for one of us, we had the other to help clear it up.
And this was how it worked for the entire quest, and constant back and forth battle. Umino and I on one side, the rigors of the Umino life on the other.
Let me say, for any of you who have never raised an Ocean tamagotchi, their lives are extremely delicate and they are put through alot, and without a loving and diligent caretaker, there is no way for them to survive.
And when you go through all of that, you develop and special bond with that tamagotchi, as I have developed with Umino. I love my Umino and I believe it is that love that has prevented him from ever being attacked by a polar bear after that one bad incident.
There have been plenty of them too, Umino and I were visited by a polar bear no less than 5 times everyday along our quest, but they were not going to stand in the way of out goal. The vision that burned brightly in the back kept us going, no matter how bad it got.
But not all stories have a happy ending.
And there came a time when it grew very quiet, when there was almost nothing going on and It was almost as if I had already reached the end of my quest and I no longer had any worries. I had gotten complacent.
It was when thoughts of my dear Umino flooded my mind that my mind finally snapped and I realized I was still on my quest, that I was not yet where my vision was.
I ran to check on Umino and It was then I realized my complacency might very well have taken my once beautiful vision and destroyed it.
To take it out of an Umino's standpoint and put it in a human one, he had dropped two hearts on hunger and one on happy, soon to be two there as well.
It was explained to me early on by an Umino expert, that could never happen once we got so far in our quest, that the way the humans measured certain things involving the Umino was by two sets of four hearts. One set for how hungry they were and one set for how happy they were.
Obviously it was more complicated than that, but that was the way it was understood by humans to help in caring for them.
I had put our quest in jeopardy, and this wasn't the first time. The rest of the day I thought back to all the other things I had done on the quest that might lead to failure. This time It might have sealed the deal, would my vision's be the only time I would ever see KeroPyontchi?
Later that night, as I lay there looking up at the black sky I began to reminisce about the previous days of our quest together, the good times and the bad.
And as I lay there I began to hear a sound, faintly at first, but it grew louder. I then realized it was the most horrible sound I had ever heard in my life, the sound of death.
I jumped up and got to Otototchi as quickly as I could, but I knew very well there was nothing I could do. The first words out of my mouth were, "I have failed you.".
They were true, I had tried but in the end I had failed. I held my poor Otototchi in my arms and watched him die, that horrible music almost piercing through my skin and directly into my heart. And then it was over, the music had stopped and my Umino was gone, leaving me lying there with nothing but the tears now flowing down my face.
Then suddenly I was hit in the face with a some kind of mighty force that I couldn't place at first. I jumped to my feet and rubbed what I now realized was water from my eyes. Looking down I saw my dear Otototchi smiling up at my from his ocean, still splashing me with water. I had slept in late again, but this time Otototchi had done more than just wake me up, he had saved me from my horrible nightmare.
Theres something about thinking you've lost something precious and then realizing you haven't that makes you appreciate it all the more. So for the rest of our time together I did exactly that, just appreciated the time we got to spend together. KeroPyontchi or not I was going to enjoy it.
Otototchi and I grew very close. Heh, it's funny how a bad dream can have a postive effect on you.
And later that day, as I again sat there thinking of all the great times Umino and I had together, another tune filled my ears. But this one was different, it was so very different and it sounded absolutely beautiful.I knew exactly what it was coming from, and I spun around to see Otototchi swimming as fast as he ever had about his gigantic home of water.
This was what we had been through everything for, to get to this moment of transformation.
And before it even happened I knew I would get to see my dear KeroPyontchi.
Then suddenly Otototchi was surrounded by a wall of water that must have been atleast 20 feet high, which suddenly dropped with a thundering crash back into the ocean.
Umino jumped out of the water with tremendous strength and landed directly in front of me.
And as I sat there gazing at my newest companion every memory flashed through my mind in a split second, reminding me of everything we had been there together.
Umino and I both extended our arms and embraced eachother, the sweet memories of our quest sweeping over us like an enormous wave from the ocean.
Our quest had come to an end, my beloved KeroPyontchi was with me at last.http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s39/K-StateFry/100_1957.jpghttp://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s39/K-StateFry/100_1970.jpg