When I was ten years old, my dad gave me a butterfly knife for my birthday.
That knife has stayed with me ever since. It's the only piece of my life that has remained consistant, aside from Lane, who's been with me for nearly as long. That knife became our bonding contract, though I didn't know it at the time when I recieved it.
I was what many considered the "odd" kid. My dad worked for the League as a very powerful trainer, and lived by the Sinnoh motto of "survival of the fittest" more tahn anyone. I was raised with his ethos, but in my mother's household. She was not as keen on the way our world worked. I guess that's why the split up when I was younger. So most of my memories of my dad are him visiting me. My tenth birthday is my favorite memory.
I can't remember if I asked for anything that year, other than to be able to spend the day with my dad. It had been a while since I had seen him, I do remember that. For my present, I went to the Battle Frontier to see how my dad worked. I saw first hand how tough he was. It inspired me to want to become strong. The knife was just a bonus.
Dad gave me the knife while we were exploring the survival area together. At the time, I didn't have a Pokemon. Mom wouldn't let me get one. So dad compromised by giving me the butterfly knife.
"Use this to defend yourself. You can't spit fire like a Magmar, or electrocute like a Shinx, but that doesn't mean humans have no power. Always remember that despite everything, humans are still at the top of the chain," he smiled as he dropped the contraption in my hand.
I didn't get to use it that day. My dad was there to protect me from all the wild Pokemon in the area. In fact, I've never had to use the knife on any Pokemon I've ever encountered. That doesn't mean the knife has proved useless though. I have used it. It's helped form a contract between myself and Lane that both of us are forever obligated to fulfill. I have this knife to thank for the scar I bare, and the scar I've given.
I left home with this knife. I don't know what I'll use it for on this journey, but I feel more of a connection to this lone, cold, sharp peice of metal than I do to anything else. I guess that says more about me than I'll ever know.
Yeah. That butterfly knife will show up again. If you've seen the character art for Lane and Barry, you should know the significance of that knife, at least somewhat.
My brain hurts a bit, so I've got nothing else to say.
Barry (c) GAMEFREAK, Nintendo, etc.