The fanfic revolves around Lillie's relationship with her mother Lusamine. In this story, Lillie doesn't try to mend her relationship with her mother like she does in canon. She rejects and disowns Lusamine for rejecting and disowning her in the past.
This fanfic provides examples of:
- Abusive Parents: Lusamine was emotionally abusive and neglectful in the past. Other people try to push the blame on grief or neurotoxins, saying it wasn't Lusamine's fault, but Lillie disagrees.
- Alternate Universe Fic: Lusamine isn't Easily Forgiven by her daughter.
- Armor-Piercing Response: When Lillie discusses the matter with Professor Burnet:Lillie: But she's my mother.
Burnet: She was your mother. But she she abdicated any right to that position long ago. You owe her nothing now.
- Armor-Piercing Question: One of these finally impresses upon Gladion why his sister is refusing to forgive their mother:Lillie: Even if she hadn't been terrible, we were children! We were children, and I wanted my mother, and she was the one who hurt us! Why is it my fault?!
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Lusamine beams when Lillie comes to visit her in the hospital, only for any pretense to melt away when her daughter makes clear that she only came to request that she stop trying to contact her.
- Dark Fic: Its psychological tone is darker than the norm for the franchise.
- Disabled in the Adaptation: Lillie is explicitly confirmed to have Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder caused by Lusamine's abuse.
- Easily Forgiven: Lillie is expected to let Lusamine off the hook, and repeatedly berated for refusing to do so. Gladion himself opts to forgive their mother.
- Flower Motif: Lille gives her mother cyclamen flowers as a parting gift, and ultimately selects Bulbasaur as her starting Pokémon in Kanto.
- Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Various victim-blamers do everything they can to shift blame off of Lusamine. They are less willing to do the same for her victim.
- I Have No Son!: Lusamine disowned both of her children in the past; Lillie coldly reminds her brother of this when he tries to join in guilt-tripping her.
- Like Father, Unlike Son: Invoked with Lillie, who is unwilling to become bitter like her mother.
- Never My Fault: Lusamine refuses to take responsibility for her actions, which Lillie rails against.
- Nice Girl: Burnet is kind, understanding, and generally the mother Lillie deserves as opposed to Lusamine.
- No Sympathy for Grudgeholders: Others judge Lillie harshly for refusing to automatically forgive Lusamine for all her trespasses against her, insisting that she should forgive her simply because she's her daughter.
- Not Brainwashed: It's very clear based on her interactions with Lillie that Lusamine would have been a narcissistic abuser with or without Nihilego's influence, and that it only made a bad woman worse.
- Stealth Insult: While her mother is comatose in the hospital, Lillie brings her cyclamen flowers (a flower that symbolizes goodbyes). To those who don't know flower language it just looks like a sweet gift.
- Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: Contrary to what many outsiders assume, Lusamine's abusive behavior was not solely due to Nihilego's influence, and she does not magically become a better person or any less of a Control Freak just because she was saved from the fusion.
- Thicker Than Water:
- Subverted and Discussed repeatedly. Lillie is unable to forgive her mother for her prior emotional abuse. Many others find this wrong of Lillie since they're family, but Lillie keeps her stance.
- Professor Burnet agrees with Lillie, serving as one of her sole supporters.
- Gladion has this viewpoint. He wants to help his mother.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Gladion confronts his sister shortly before she departs, demanding to know why she changed her mind about trying to help Lusamine.