Misty the Concrete Angel
Summary: Misty is being brutally abused at home with her sisters away on vacation. When she meets Tracey Sketchit, her whole world turns around. Songfic based on Martina McBride's song, Concrete Angel.
Disclaimer: Concrete Angel is owned by Martina McBride, Pokemon belongs to Nintendo. I own nothing but this plot.
Warning: Child abuse, character death, Strong Language, violence
Misty Waterflower grabbed her yellow bento lunch box from the grimy kitchen table and she wrapped it in a clean pink bento cloth. Then she quietly and silently tiptoed into the living room past a middle-aged man with scraggly, greasy dark-red hair, a pair of lifeless dark eyes and black tattoos on his arms, passed out drunk on the recliner in front of the TV. He was wearing an unwashed white tank shirt, navy blue baggy shorts and worn-out black hard combat boots. That man happened to be her father, Jozef Waterflower. Without a moment to hesitate, Misty headed right out the door with the lunch she packed: chicken-sesame Rice balls shaped like Poliwag, snap snow peas, a bottle of fresh water, kiwifruit, red grapes, cucumber sticks and celery sticks, crispy pan-fried chicken with fat-free ranch dipping sauce.
She walks to school with the lunch she packed,
The red-haired girl walked right out the front door and hurried off to school. Even though her father had been abusing her, she knew darn well not to say a word to anyone or else he would kill her. Nobody knows, and nobody cares, Misty thought to herself, not even my own sisters, Daisy, Lily and Violet. They don't even know about dad beating me. He deserted the family years ago to get a job, and now he's come back after getting his ass fired! Of course, she did not mention the incidents to anybody, not even to her Pokemon or her old friend Ash Ketchum.
Nobody knows what she's holding back,
Misty was wearing the exact same yellow sleeveless top with a large blue button on the front and matching shorts, worn over her dark-red leotard along with short and burnt orange ankle boots she had worn the day before; her legs, arms, shoulders, neck and face were covered with purplish bruises (both old and fresh), welts and cuts.
Then she put on a pink long-sleeved jacket with an aqua-blue stripe at the bottom, a pair of dark sunglasses to conceal her black eye, and a red-and-black baseball cape to hide bruise on her forehead.
Wearing the same dress she wore yesterday,
She hides the bruises with the linen and lace, ooh
The red-haired girl watched as mothers and fathers hugged their children before they headed off to school in envy. She wished she had a loving family, unlike her drunk, abusive father who thought it was her fault that her mother died during her childbirth.
"It is your fault your mother is dead! You killed her when you were born!" those harsh words from her father replayed in her head over and over from that previous night, before he kicked her hard in the stomach and stomped her on the chest repeatedly. Misty could remember the smell of liquor in his breath.
Jozef was screaming curse words at Misty and repeatedly beating her with a baseball bat that previous night.
"Daddy, please stop it!" Misty pleaded, as she curled herself into a defensive ball. "No more! Stop it, no more!"
When he was done, he then threw the bat aside and kicked her hard in the stomach, knocking the red-haired girl's delicate and fragile body to the floor.
"Daddy, why are you doing this?" Misty asked as tears oozed from her eyes and slid across her bruised and battered face.
Her father did not answer. He proceeded to stomp on the girl's chest over and over again. "YOU LOUSY, STUPID, GOOD-FOR-NOTHING, DAMN SLUTTY WHORE! ALWAYS WHORING WITH THE BOYS!" Jozef screamed. "If I catch you with those boys again, there is going to be trouble!"
Misty's little blue mouse-like Pokémon, Azurill, followed her to school and climbed into her Spheal plush backpack. Inside her backpack was her bento box lunch she had packed and the makeup she planned to use to conceal her bruises.
The tomboy rushed to the girls' bathroom mirror and she opened her backpack. To her surprise, a little blue Pokémon popped out. "Azurill!" It cried.
"Azurill, what are you doing here?" She asked.
"Azurill, Azurill!" Then Azurill noticed Misty's purplish bruises on her face, legs and arms.
"Oh...I fell off my bike." Misty lied, as she pulled out a makeup brush and some concealer and dabbed it onto he bruises on her leg. Suddenly, a blue-haired girl walked in, followed by a honey blonde-haired girl and a small yellow-haired girl, followed a purple-haired girl with dark skin and a brown-haired girl with a bandana on her head.
"Oh, my goodness!" The small yellow-haired girl gasped. "That girl looks like she got beat up pretty bad!"
"Now, Bonnie," the honey-blonde haired girl said. "You know it isn't polite to stare at people."
"Misty?! What are you doing here?" The brunette asked, as she suddenly noticed the bruises, cuts and welts on Misty's arms, face and legs. "You look like you got in a fight with a Primeape and lost."
"Yeah...that's exactly what happened, May." Misty lied, as she dabbed some concealer on her index finger. "After I fell off my bike."
"That is some fight with a Primeape," said Bonnie before she turned to the honey blonde-haired girl. "what do you think, Serena?"
However, the purple-haired girl with dark skin didn't seem convinced. "I don't think you're telling the truth, Misty."
"How do you know?" the red-haired tomboy asked nervously.
"I know. I know someone who can tell whether or not they're lying by looking in the eyes," said the purple-haired girl.
"What do you mean, Iris?" The blue-haired girl asked.
"I have a feeling that this girl is being abused, Dawn, and she is too afraid to tell." Iris replied.
"Misty, is it really true?" Serena asked. "Please don't lie this time!"
"Yes, it's true...I just didn't want to upset anybody." Misty admitted, as tears poured from her eyes. "I'm scared that if I told anyone, my dad will kill me."
"Oh, Misty..." The honey blonde-haired girl murmured, as she began to hug her. "I just don't know what to do and I wish I could do something to help."
"Thanks, Serena." Said Misty as she finished applying the makeup to her bruises. "Oh, I better go now before I'm late for class. See you later!"
"I have a feeling that poor girl is being treated really badly, Serena." said Bonnie with worry in her eyes. "what should we do?"
"Oh, Iris," cried Dawn. "That poor girl! Someone might be abusing her at home or something."
May was upset; she and her younger brother Max had met Misty on at least three occasions and could not imagine anyone mistreating her so badly. "Misty is being abused? That's awful! Why would someone do such a horrible thing?"
"Now's not the time for questions," Iris cut her off. "We better get to class now!"
Misty hurried off to homeroom class, and she took her seat while the teacher took roll call. The teacher had long, wavy blonde hair and shimmering blue eyes. She also wore a black and white striped chic sophisticated dress, a pair of black loafers and a black cardigan.
As the teacher continued taking attendance, she noticed Misty had bruises on her face, even though they were concealed by the makeup and that she was wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses in the classroom.
"Misty," the teacher tapped her shoulder. "Due to school dress policy, dear, I must ask you to take off your cap and your sunglasses and put them away. I do not allow my students to wear them in my class."
The red-haired girl reluctantly removed her baseball cap and her sunglasses and put them in her Spheal backpack, revealing a black eye and purplish bruise on her forehead. The teacher could not help but wonder what could've happened to poor Misty, but she didn't bother to ask or say anything to her. Instead she finished roll call and announced today's lesson.
The teacher wonders but she doesn't ask,
it's hard to see the pain behind the mask
At recess that day, while the kids were engaged in Pokemon battles or other activities, Misty sat all alone on the bench looking at an old photograph of a beautiful slender young woman with ravishing sunset orange long hair, a beautiful smile and delicate ocean blue eyes. She was wearing a mint green one-piece bathing suit and a yellow cover-up. That woman in the photograph happened to be her late mother.
Bearing the burden of a secret storm...
Sometimes she wishes she was never born,
Sometimes I just wish I was never born... Misty thought to herself as she sat all alone. Maybe it was better that way, maybe it was better if she were never born, then her mom would not have died from complications during childbirth, and then her dad would not have to abuse her.
Through the wind and the rain,
She stands hard as a stone,
In a world that she can't rise above,
A few moments later, a black-haired boy with a red headband, carrying a sketchbook in his arms came up to her. "Hi, mind if sit there?" He asked as he sat beside her.
"Not at all," Misty replied. "By the way, what is your name?"
"I'm Tracey Sketchit." The boy replied. "Hey, would you like to come over after school to see my sketches?"
"I'd love to! I bet you have sketches of those water Pokémon!" Misty smiled. "Like Vaporeon, Oshawott, Luvdisc, Mudkip, Squirtle, Piplup, Buizel, Lapras, Suicune, Swanna and Wingull."
"Yup!" Tracey smiled. "I've been drawing and sketching for a long time. I believe you haven't told me your name yet."
"Oops, I forgot." Misty said sheepishly. "Oh, yes. My name is Misty, and my family owns a Cerulean City Gym and my favorite Pokemon type is water. I can't wait to see your sketches! That would be wonderful!"
"And after that, we can go get frozen yogurt." Tracey suggested. "Ash and Pikachu will meet us there."
"Except I don't have any money." Misty frowned, petting her Azurill. "My dad won't give me a single cent. All he uses the money on is beer, liquor and non-stop gambling."
"Oh, that's okay, Misty," Tracey smiled. "it's on me."
The beautiful red-haired girl giggled happily. "That'd be great, Tracey."
Since she was living with her abusive alcoholic, gambling father, Misty could not remember a much happier moment until now. She used to feel alone because Daisy, Lily and Violet, or as they called them, "The Sensational Sisters" excluded her, calling her the "runt" of the family, making her feel jealous. Misty longed to have a loving family, to be accepted, and someone to love her.
But now that she met Tracey, she felt that she was being loved, truly cared for by someone. She didn't feel alone now that Tracey was here, and she began to forget her troubles at home.
But her dreams give her wings
After school at 3:15pm, Misty and Azurill met Tracey at his house and they took a look at his sketches of the Pokémon he's encountered.
"Oh, Tracey!" Misty cried happily, looking at one of Tracey's sketches. "It's a Vaporeon! I absolutely love those details!"
After an about an hour and a half, Tracey took Misty and Azurill over to the new frozen yogurt shop, where they met a raven-haired boy, known as Ash Ketchum, and his small yellow mouse-like Pokemon, Pikachu. Misty's face lit up. She knew that she was being accepted by someone.
And she flies to a place where she's loved
Azurill and Pikachu talked and communicated with each other.
"Chu, pika Pikachu, pi-pika Pikachu-pi? (How are things going at home for Misty?)" Pikachu asked Azurill as he took a lick of the frozen yogurt.
Azurill frowned. "Azurill, Azu, Azu. (Not so good.)"
"Pika Pikachu pika? (What do you mean?)"
"Rill Azu Zu Azurill; Azurill, rill Azurill. (Her dad came home from gambling and drinking; with her sisters away, Misty has been badly abused every day and night because her dad blames her for her mom's death from complications during childbirth.)"
"Pika! (That's awful!)
"Azurill. (I know.)"
"Pikachu-pi pika pika! (Misty should tell somebody about this!)"
Later that night, Misty and Azurill sneaked back into her home, hoping not to get caught by her father, who was out gambling and drinking. She came to the gym pool and she was greeted by her water Pokémon, Horsea, her Luvdisc Caserin, Goldeen, Gyarados, Staryu, Starmie, Politoed, Psyduck and Corsola. She was also greeted by Seaking, Shellder, Seel and Dewgong.
She decided to practice for the Pokemon show in her mermaid outfit and dance with her Pokemon. She smiled at the water Pokémon lovingly and she called them back to their Pokéballs for the night.
She went up to her bedroom window to find Tracey in her backyard. The red-haired girl quickly opened the curtain and the window and walked over to the edge of the window and both Misty and Tracey began talking about various topics in general, such as Professor Oak, Misty's sisters, water Pokemon, and many more...until they heard loud footsteps ascending up the stairs.
"MISTY! GET YOUR GODDAMN, SLUTTY ASS AWAY FROM THAT WINDOW!" A loud, slurred voice boomed in Misty's room.
Misty turned around to the direction of that voice. It was her father, and he was in a drunk rage again. He came running into his youngest daughter's room and grabbed her by the arm and her hair.
Tracey flinched as Jozef shouted at her and cursed at her.
"Misty, what is this I find you whoring with some boy?" Her father demanded, as he pulled at her hair. "I thought I told you never to talk to or fool around with any boy!! You've been doing things behind my back again, haven't you, girl?! I'll teach you to disobey me, you dirty little slut!"
With that said, he proceeded to drag Misty away from the window.
"Tracey!" Misty cried as she was dragged away by her father, who was prepared for a full-blown round of beatings.
Somebody cries in the middle of the night
The neighbors hear, but they turn out the lights
A fragile soul caught in the hands of fate
When morning comes it'll be too late
Jozef delivered a full-blown round of slappings, punchings, beatings and kickings, sending her to flying to the wall. Azurill leaped in the air and tackled Jozef in attempt to protect Misty, but the drunken father punched the little blue Pokémon to the floor, provoking the red-haired girl.
"YOU DRUNKEN BASTARD!" she shrieked at her father, as she picked up a tall lamp and struck him in the face. "How dare you hurt my little Azurill?! I'll show you!" In retaliation, she snatched her Seaking Catching trophy and smashed it over his head.
In return, Jozef kicked her repeatedly in the ribs, knocking her to the floor. The red-haired girl let out a loud howl as her father began stomping her chest, causing internal bleeding, but nobody even bothered to take action. The neighbors ignored Misty's screams and cries for help as they turned out the lights. Tracey wasted no time as he took out his cell phone to quickly call 911 as soon as possible.
The final impact came when Jozef slammed her head against the hard concrete wall, causing her skull to fracture and her brain to swell. When his mood changed, he released Misty's head, dropping her body onto the floor and left her lying in a pool of blood, nearly close to death.
At approximately 2:45am, red lights flashed outside the Pokémon Center window where Ash and Pikachu were staying for the night, along with his other friends.
Through the wind and the rain, she stands hard as a stone
"Pika?" Pikachu peeked out the window and ran over to Ash's side. "Pika-Pi!" he cried as he lead the boy over to the window.
Ash hurried to the window to see police cars and an ambulance parked right outside the Cerulean City gym. Officer Jenny barricaded the crime scene to keep everybody out. The crowd watched as Officer Jenny and her Growlithe came outside the Cerulean City Gym with Jozef in handcuffs, dragging him into the police car and then she radioed for help.
In a world that she can't rise above
"Officer Jenny to car 402, I have Jozef Waterflower in police custody. His daughter Misty's body was found in her bedroom." Officer Jenny said. "Misty's Azurill was injured trying to protect its trainer, but still very much alive. We much rush this Pokemon to the Pokemon Center immediately. Over."
Ash Ketchum, May Maplewood and her brother Max, Tracey Sketchit and Brock Harris along with the crowd stood at the edge of the yellow police tape to see paramedics wheeling someone onto a stretcher with a bloody white sheet covering the body, but Ash could see a red-haired ponytail sticking out.
"Pikachu-pi!" Pikachu cried.
"Oh, my God! Misty!" Ash cried out in horror as he recognized the body. A few minutes later, a car pulled up and out came Daisy, Lily and Violet who returned home from their vacation.
"OH, MY GOD!" cried Daisy, as she dropped her luggage in shock. "Like, what is going on?!"
"Are you Misty's sisters?" Officer Jenny asked.
"Yes." Lily replied.
"While you were away, your sister Misty was brutally beaten to death by your father last night." Officer Jenny explained. "We will be taking him to jail. Where is your mother?"
"Our mom died from complications during childbirth when Misty was born," Lily explained sadly.
"But if our sister is gone," said Violet, worried. "What will happen to the gym?"
"This means we'll have to take over, again." Daisy frowned sadly, realizing the situation. "We should have, like totally, been more responsible gym leaders."
But her dreams give her wings, and she flies to a place where she's loved
A few days later, a funeral was held at the Cerulean Cemetery. Ash, Brock, Daisy, Lily, Violet, Marina, Trinity, Mikey, Sakura, Danny, Rudy, Mahri, Todd, Casey, Gary, Georgio, Ritchie, Egan, Dorian, May, Max, Tracey, Professor Oak, and everybody else Misty had met her whole life were dressed in black and grey. Her grave was covered with bouquets of flowers.
Right next to her mother's grave was a bluish-grey marble tombstone with a mermaid statue right above it, with the inscription:
Misty Annabelle Waterflower
Our beautiful tomboyish mermaid
A statue stands in a shaded place
An angel girl with an upturned face
A Name is written on a polished rock
A broken heart that the world forgot
May was crying uncontrollably as she was comforting her crying brother Max while they were being comforted by their parents, Norman and Caroline.
Ash sobbed as he was being consoled by his mother Delia, his Pikachu and Professor Oak.
Azurill, Caserin, Goldeen, Politoed, Staryu, Starmie, Gyarados, Corsola, Horsea and Psyduck cried uncontrollably.
Daisy, Lily and Violet were crying hysterically and uncontrollably while they were being comforted by Luverin (Daisy's Luvdisc), Seel, Dewgong, Shellder, Seaking, Dorian and Brock.
Sakura cried as she was being comforted by her older sisters and her Espeon.
Casey was crying while being comforted by Georgio and her Pokémon, Meganium and Elekid.
Tracey stood in front of the statue with a solemn look on his face. And then all of a sudden, out of the blue there was a glowing bright light. Before him stood Misty...and she wearing a bright flowing white gown, a golden halo floating above her head and a pair of white, fluffy angel wings.
Through the wind, and the rain
She stands hard as a stone,
In a world that she can't rise above
"Thank you, Tracey." Misty smiled as she embraced him. "I'll never forget you."
"Misty, it is time to come home, darling..." a voice called out to her. Misty turned around to see a familiar figure with flowing ember-hair, beautiful ocean-blue eyes and a kind, gentle smile. She was also wearing a bright flowing white gown, a golden halo floating above her head and a pair of fluffy angel wings.
"Mama..." Misty walked over to her mother as they made their way to the Pearly gates together.
But her dreams give her wings
And she flies to a place where she's loved