It had been 16 hours since Smolder and his family moved into their new house. They had recieved several house-warming presents from the neighbors, such as a vase from Mike. They had also recieved a painting from the local artist, Pal the Smeargle and Palette. PK and Shroomsworth also gave them a new tea set, as well as a cake from the Spinda Cafe.
It was supposedly another peaceful morning, until...
Young Everheart found a Sewaddle in his closet. The Sewaddle really didn't mean any harm, but of course, Everheart had to make a big fit about it, much to his brother Volt's dislike.
"Mommy, Mommy!" Everheart called as he ran into the kitchen and into Lyra's embrace. "Mommy, there's a big bug in my closet! It was a Sewaddle, this time!"
"Oh, Everheart," Lyra said. "Sewaddle just probably came to say 'hi', that's all! You know he doesn't mean any harm."
"But Mommy~!" Everheart whined. "It's so wiggly, and crawl-y, and-"
Everheart, Noir, and Lyra turned to see Volt stomping toward the youngest.
"Everheart, I'm sick and tired of you, you hear me?!" the adoloscent Jolteon shouted. "I've been trying to be nice, but now, I CAN'T STAND ANYMORE!!"
"Volt, please, don't yell at him," Lyra said, holding Everheart close.
"No, Mom! He needs this!" Volt snapped. "Everheart, I'm sick and tired of you being such a baby, all the time! It's been like this ever since you were freaking born!"
"But-" Everheart stammered, his eyes beginning to tear up.
"NO!" Volt snapped. "You're a big chicken who's afraid of his own shadow and always runs away at something he thinks is scary when it's obviously NOT!!"
"Volt, that's enough!" Noir barked as she attempted to grab her brother and hold him back.
"Your brother can't help it if he's timid!" Lyra added.
"Brother?" Volt repeated. "That...that...COWARD is NOT MY BROTHER!!"
Everheart froze. He had never heard anything so...so hurtful.
Was Volt...really ashamed of him that much?
He thought he loved him just as much as the rest of the family did.
With no words to counter what Volt said, Everheart pulled himself away from his mother and ran to his room.
"Oh, yeah!" Volt yelled after him. "Run! Run like you always do!"
"Volt, that's enough!" Lyra snapped, digusted with her eldest son. "You ought to be ashamed of yourself! How could you just...disown Everheart like that?!"
"Are you proud of what you did?!" Noir questioned.
"Oh, boo-hoo-hoo!" Volt retorted, sarcastically. "I was only being honest!"
"Sometimes, honesty can hurt," Lyra said.
"Well, if Everheart doesn't like it, that's tough!" Volt argued. "Face it, Mom! He's a coward, and that's all he'll ever be!"
"Volt the Jolteon!"
Volt felt chills go down his spine, but then he let out a sigh. He looked up to see Smolder, a stern expression written on his face. The Flareon approached his eldest child, and sat down in front of him.
"Volt," he said. "I'm very disappointed in you."
"But...but, Dad, I-" Volt stammered, but Smolder soon cut him off.
"No!" snapped the Flareon. "In this family, we do NOT discriminate...especially one of our own."
Volt sat on his haunches and looked away from Smolder, his ears folded back and his anger fading away.
"Showing remorse, huh?" Smolder asked. "Volt, we love Everheart, no matter what. Sure, he's extremely timid, but you don't see us yelling at him for it! Maybe he'll grow out of it, or maybe he won't! Who knows? But I do know this: what you said to Everheart was uncalled for...and he deserves a very sincere apology!"
Volt swallowed before he turned to Lyra and Noir, both glaring at him, angrily, and then he turned to Smolder, who still gave him that stern look.
"Well?" Smolder asked. "Are you going to say you're sorry to your brother or not? Answer me!"
What felt like an hour passed, but then, Volt stood up, and then walked passed Smolder, out of the kitchen, and up the stairs.
It was a while before they heard the sound of a door slamming shut.
"That Volt...is more stubborn than a Bouffalant!" she said.
"He'll come around," said Smolder. "Right now...I better go talk to Everheart."
With that, Smolder headed out the kitchen and went upstairs.
Part 5 of The Tale of Everheart.
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