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Matt & Vulpix
03-06-2004, 09:59 PM
Welcome to the thread of my story, "A Journey in Kanto".
Please, do not post anything in this thread!

Follow the adventures of Kira Varon and Nathan Lennox through the region of Kanto, with many friends and foes along the way. Nothing escapes their grasp, they shall experience it all!

This is rated PG-13 for mature themes from time to time, and for death involved.
Reader discretion is adviced.

Matt & Vulpix
03-06-2004, 10:06 PM
Chapter 1

“I can’t believe these are my last cereals ever!” Kira Varon said, as she quickly ate her cereal bowl. She wasn’t late, but she was perfectionist with everything.

Of course, she was dreading what she was getting ready for. She would be heading off to the laboratory to meet with Professor Oak to choose her starter Pokemon on her journey to be the greatest Pokemon Trainer she could be. Kira, however, could not understand why everyone went there so happy.

If it were her choice, she wouldn’t be going off on her journey. Well, she would, but not at this time. Starting her journey was like dropping her life to start a new one. It just simply made no sense to her.

“I’m just going to miss this fridge so much!” she said, as she washed her dirty, empty bowl of cereal after finishing. She was just going to miss everything, down to the very last details.

She hastily ran up the wooden stairs, crying still, going to miss every last step, including the one that always made a noise when she walked on it, getting her into trouble many times when she would sneak out to meet friends. She went into her bedroom, and smiled at the sight of her pretty little pink bed, with her desk next to it, with all her things on it: from her favorite book to her late homework.

She had painted the walls of her rooms only a few weeks ago; going with the theme of her room, they were pink also. She liked pink, but not so much, to the surprise of many people. Next to her white wooden door, there was her closet, with her complete wardrobe in it, only missing the clothes found in her dresser. On the floor of her closet, there was her backpack, and to the surprise of many, it was blue.

“Stupid backpack…” she muttered as she filled her backpack with things she would need on her journey. She had had a pink backpack, but it had been stolen at school not too long ago. When they had caught the prankster, he had pawned it for money, so they bought her a new backpack, but it was blue, to her disappointment.

She was putting her math homework in the backpack, and laughed loudly. Thinking about the theft was making her so distracted; she had packed all the wrong things! She took her out homework, and put in a potion her mother had given her. It was homemade; her mother was a full-time teacher, but she was a great mom with many old concoctions from her family line. Adding to the contents of the backpack, she put in a manual to raising and caring for Pokemon, and a CD Player with a radio included.

“If only this was happening in like two months, I’d be so happy to do it… but now? I just want to relax and finish up some of my studies, then leave once this grade is over!” the young Kira said to herself, as she looked at herself in the mirror hung up near the dresser.

She skipped back down the stairs, and headed into the living room. Looking at the red couches, and the green painted walls, and the TV inside the wooden cabinet they had made especially for it. Her father was great with constructing; too bad he was never around. He had some job or another that was really important and he was never around, but Kira ignored what the job was completely. She saw her father so rarely; she really wanted to make him quit his job.

Despite her father being out of town so much, her mother was really great. Her name was Amy. She got money from Kira’s father to pay for the bills, and food, and the likes. They were still married and very much in love, but Kira saw clearly how tough it was for her mother. But still, they managed to survive. Amy was a librarian at the school, and that was the main source of income.

Kira also had brothers; a younger and an older one. Her younger brother’s name was Steven, and he was six years old. He went to school, and he had many after-school activities, but he still played with his sister a lot. Her older brother’s name was John. He was seventeen, a whole ten years older than his brother, and already was an experienced Pokemon Trainer, traveling the world, looking for more Pokemon. He came home often, and Kira saw him enough, but she wished all her family could be in one place, all at once.

As she sat down on the red couch, looking around the living room, she just wished all her family could be with her at that moment, just to watch TV, to catch up, to talk… to be together. A tear fell down her eye, but then again, she already was sad she was leaving for her journey in Kanto.

“Dwelling over it won’t make things better.” she said as she got up to head towards the lobby, with her backpack over her shoulder. She was wearing tight blue jeans, and had a tank top on. It was very hot outside.

Her mother was busy doing some work on the computer in her bedroom, and her brother was still asleep. After all, it was a Saturday morning, she couldn’t expect much from Steven.

“Do they even care about me? If they wont even bother sending me off on my quest… I guess not.” she said smiling a bitter smile, turning around to head outside.

“Ms. Kira Varon! You stop right that instant, right that foot!” Amy Varon yelled to her daughter, “No child of mine is going off on a Pokemon journey without saying goodbye, or taking the essential needs!”

“Essential needs? Mom, I took some of your homemade potion, and I have my manuals, and I have some change of clothes…” Kira rambled on.

“Yes, but you don’t have a tent, you don’t have any lucky charms…” Amy began, but was quickly interrupted.

“Lucky charms? Excuse me, mom?” Kira said, stumped.

“Yes, lucky charms. My potion might be good, but you’ll need some more things from me. I made you another potion just for luck, and inside, there’s a special ingredient – it’s a four-leafed clover.” Amy said.

“Mom, thank you, but I won’t need luck. I’ll have the experience, I have my manuals…” Kira began.

“But that won’t help you when you’re battling. Well, maybe, but not entirely. Some of it is just life experience, and lucky charms have never hurt anyone.” Amy said, “Just take it.”

“Fine.” Kira said, taking the potion and stuffing it in her backpack, “Anything else?”

“This tent. It’ll fit in that backpack – it did in John’s. Also, this is something I made a long, long time ago. It’s a little golden box, and you can put your badges inside it.” Amy said, taking out the cutest, prettiest golden box from behind her back. Her smile was so wide; it almost hit her brown hair off her face.

“Oh… mom, this is so pretty!” Kira said, opening it, and saw red velvet inside. She quickly put it in her bag, and continued, “I’ll never lose this. I’ll treasure it forever.”

“That’s pretty much it. Good luck, and Kira… it’s not just the achievement that counts, but the journey does too. Please try to make some traveling buddies to travel with you… make friends.” Amy said.

“Fine.” Kira lied, not believing she’d need it. She kissed her mother on the cheek, and left the building, in direction for Oak’s laboratory.

As she walked Pallet Town’s roads, she thought about her mother’s last piece of advice. Kira didn’t believe in needing others; she would achieve greatness on her own. She would soon realize how important friends are, in any journey, especially a wonderful one through Kanto.

Matt & Vulpix
03-07-2004, 03:26 PM
Chapter 1 Continued

After about fifteen minutes of walking through the town, Kira stopped to catch her breath. She was almost at Oak’s laboratory, and she was sure to be the first one there, as it was only ten to nine.

“Now, I never really thought about what Pokemon I want to start with. Maybe Bulbasaur, he’s so cute and cuddly…” Kira let her thoughts trail on, as she began to see the laboratory in the distance.

“Hi Professor!” Kira said joyfully, as she entered the laboratory, which was atop a little hill.

The old man with white hair turned around, and smiled at the sight of Kira.

“Why, you’re quite the early riser!” Oak chuckled.

“Well, early worm catches the bird.” Kira said, then, realizing her mistake, laughed, “You know what I mean.”

“Yes, I do. Now, have you thought about which Pokemon you want for your starter, on your long quest?” Oak said, closing his white coat, and going over to a table that was nearby. Kira followed.

“Bulbasaur, possibly. I mean, what girl wouldn’t want a Bulbasaur?” Kira said with a joyful smile. The Professor sighed deeply.

“Sorry to be the bringer of bad news, but someone has already chosen Bulbasaur.” Oak said, patting her on the back.

“Well, that’s ok. I guess.” Kira lied through her teeth, “So, it’s between Squirtle and Charmander then?”

“Yes, and this Pokemon that I recently received from Professor Birch in Hoenn. It’s name is Mudkip.” Oak informed Kira.

Kira, putting her long black hair over her shoulder, began to think, as Oak headed off to get the three Pokemon she had to choose from. He came back several minutes later, with three white and red spheres in hand.

“So, have you made any decisions?” Oak said, “I’m sure you know what they look like.”

“I do for Charmander and Squirtle, but I have never even heard of Mudkip to be honest.” Kira said, blushing.

“That’s quite alright. No one should start a journey knowing everything about Pokemon! It takes the fun out of it.” Oak told her, as he posed the three Pokeballs on the table.

“Well, I would like to take Charmander or Squirtle. Mudkip is from Hoenn; it would seem odd to choose him…” Kira trailed off.

“Well, take your time. This might influence everything you do from this point on!” Oak told her with a chuckle. Seeing her now nervous face, he continued, “Oh come on, I was joking. Make a decision that seems… right to you.”

“I choose… Squirtle. Water type Pokemon are very reliable, aren’t they? Charmander just gives me the creeps a little.” Kira said, looking at the Pokeballs, not making a move.

“Well, that’s an odd reaction to Charmander. I myself had guessed you’d choose Charmander, but they are all good choices.” Oak replied, then paused as he stared at Kira, “Aren’t you going to take your Pokeball?”

“I would, if I knew which one he was in!” Kira giggled.

“Well, sometimes it’s good to take a Pokeball you think Squirtle’s in, it’s a good sign.” Oak told her, “Do it for fun!” he continued when her face disapproved.

Looking at the three identical spheres, she chose the middle one and hoped for the best as she threw it onto the ground. Out came a lizard Pokemon with red skin, and a short tail, lit by a fire. Disappointed in herself, she sighed as she looked from the Pokemon up to Professor Oak.

“It’s not a Squirtle. That’s a Charmander.” Kira said, in a timid voice.

“Well, I guess that’s true, but it was a lot of luck involved. Squirtle was in the left Pokeball, here you go.” Oak said as he took the left Pokeball and gave it to Kira, “Go ahead, and give it a toss.”

She tossed it on the floor, right to the right of the Charmander, and out came a blue-skinned Pokemon with a shell that looked as hard as rock, with a smiling face. It was so cute!

“Squirtle are so cute in person! If only they were pink…” Kira sighed, “I love him!”

“That’s good to know.” Oak said as he returned Charmander to his Pokeball, “Now, you’ll need some things before I send you off.”

“Things? I’ve already packed.” Kira told him in delight.

“Oh, but you don’t have these things. First and foremost, here’s your Pokedex. It’ll identify Pokemon for you, and it’ll tell you information about them. Quite handy, if I do say so myself.” Oak told the young girl.

“Well, of course, you invented it.” Kira joked.

“True, true. Anyways, you’ll also need some Pokeballs to start you off, to catch Pokemon with. These are the basic-most ones; you can buy better ones in the PokeMarts around Kanto. Also, several individuals make Pokeballs from apricorns…” Oak said, as he handed her a red device with a blue dome-like thing on it, and five spheres, like the one that Squirtle had been in.

“Nice!” Kira said, putting everything in her backpack.

“Also, you’ll need a PokeNav, so you can record different types of information in it, such as telephone numbers, and just notes generally. Also, it has a map of Kanto, so you’ll never really be too lost.” Oak said, handing her another device, this one a bit bigger and heavier than the Pokedex.

“Okay…” Kira said, noting all the information mentally in her head.

“That’s about it, Kira. You can go now, I recommend you first go to Viridian City, just north of here.” Oak said.

“Thank you Professor. Ready to go Squirtle?” Kira said, bending down to her new Pokemon, and smiling.

“Squir.” Squirtle said, looking at her quickly then looking away.

“He doesn’t seem to like me very much.” Kira said, now depressed again.

“Don’t worry, he’ll come around. Make sure to catch him some Pokemon friends, and I can always store your Pokemon here in my lab!” Oak said, as she began to leave.

“Bye Professor Oak.” she said as she turned around and stepped outside.

“Oh! I almost forgot! Kira, watch out for berries growing on trees. They can be useful.” Oak said, wiping a sweat off of his forehead, then remembering something else, “And beware of Team Rocket!”

“Thanks for the advice. Anything else you forgot before I leave?” she replied, putting her hands on her hips and laughing really loudly.

“No, I think I got all the information to you!” Oak chuckled, “Goodbye now.”

Kira went outside, and began to speak pointlessly to Squirtle, and he only replied with sounds, and it sounded like he didn’t even care. As she looked around Pallet Town, her hometown, a tear fell from her eyes again.

“A hundred days have made me older, since the last time that I saw your pretty face.”

She looked at her house in the distance, and two tears fell.

“A thousands lies have made me colder, and I don’t think I can look at this the same.”

She looked at her old school, and remembered all the good times she had there…

“But all the miles that separate… disappear now with the breath of your face.”

She looked back at her house, and thought about all the holidays and gatherings she had had with her family.

“I’m here without you… I think about you and I dream about you all the time.”

She thought about her mom, and the times they had spent in the kitchen, trying to get the homemade recipes into Kira’s mind.

“I’m here without you, mommy, but you’re still here in my dreams.”

She then thought about her brother John, and all the times they had spent together in Pallet Town.

“The miles just keep rolling, as the people leave fast to say hello… I’ve heard this life is overrated, but I hope that it gets better as it goes.”

She then thought about the task she was about to take on, and how big it was.

“I’m here without you Steven, but I’ll dream about you all the time.”

She then thought about her brother Steven, and all the games they had played.

“When the last tear falls, when it’s all said and done, it’s hard, but it wont take away my love for my family.”

“Goodbye, Pallet Town. I'll miss you.” she muttered in a very low voice.

A last tear fell, and she turned her back on Pallet Town, ready to take on her journey, ready for anything waiting for her beyond Pallet Town. She was ready now, all her goodbyes were said and done, and she was ready mentally.

“I can’t believe this is really it. I’m starting my journey.” Kira said, happier than she was only an hour ago about starting her journey, “Whether I’m ready or not, here I come Kanto!”

[© Copyright to 3 Doors Down for their lyrics to their song, “Here Without You”.]

Matt & Vulpix
03-07-2004, 03:27 PM
Chapter 2

The weather was grim. Almost like it was a bad omen. The skies were as gray as Professor Oak’s hair, and it didn’t look pretty.

“I swear, if I get a storm on my first day, I’m giving up Pokemon training all together!” Kira thought to herself, as she walked a few steps into Route 2, looking up at the sky, “Matter as well get Squirtle out.”

She shivered as she let out Squirtle from the cold. The blue Pokemon got out, and let out a Squirtle. It didn’t look too happy.

“Well, I’m Kira Varon, and I’m your trainer, Squirtle.” Kira told him, bending down to his height. She received a nod in another direction, and continued, “Let’s head to Viridian City, so we can try and find a GYM there. Okay?”

“Squir.” he muttered back.

“Well, let’s go.” Kira sighed.

They began to walk north, in direction of Viridian City, and suddenly, a little, tiny bird popped out of a tree, and began to peck Squirtle.

“Well, umm Squirtle, use your Tackle attack on the Pokemon!” Kira said, thinking about how she was acting like a rookie.

Squirtle nodded, and threw himself in a tackle towards the white-skinned bird, damaging it accordingly.

“Good job! Now, use Tail Whip to lower its defenses!” Kira said, happy that he obeyed.

Squirtle began to wag its tail around, seemingly lowering the Pokemon’s defenses. As she observed this, Kira remembered she needed to identify the Pokemon. She flapped out the Pokedex from her backpack, and pointed it to the bird.

“Pidgey, a tiny bird Pokemon. It is a very weak Pokemon, and many rookies have one. It is not very strong, so many trainers defeat it.” the Pokedex said clearly, in a monotone, neutral voice. It seemed like the Pokedex was bored.

“Okay, well, attack Pidgey with another tackle attack!” Kira said, pulling her arms together, hoping to knock it out. Squirtle then threw itself at Pidgey once more, and the Pidgey knocked back into a tree.

The Pidgey was seemingly angry at this point, and began to flap its wings in a rage, creating a gust of wind that was directed at Squirtle. Squirtle was hurt gravely by this and was knocked back a few feet from where he stood only moments before.

“Squirtle! No!” Kira said, depressed. She then got a second wind and continued, “Wipe it out with a tackle attack!”

Squirtle got back up from the dirty ground, and prepared his next attack, when Pidgey repeated the attack. This time, Squirtle was knocked back even further, and fell into a nearby surface of water!

“You evil little bird!” Kira glared at Pidgey, as she ran towards the body of water to find Squirtle, “Squirtle? Squirtle? Where are you, Squirtle?!”

She screamed for gosh knows how long, she never got a response. She had lost her Pokemon, and it was only her first hour of being a trainer!

“This is just depressing! There is nothing that could make this worse!” Kira said at a loud pitch.

“Hey, Kira.” a voice echoed in her ears, “How are you?”

Kira turned around to the source of the voice, and saw the girl she hadn’t seen in a while. Her green dress hit the ground, at once elegant and beautiful, and as Kira looked up, she saw the girl’s long blonde curls, and her deep, blue eyes.

“Wendy… it’s so nice to see you!” Kira said, hugging the girl.

“Likewise, Kira. It’s been a month or so! Really, we’ve been busy!” Wendy replied, pulling away from the hug.

“I know. Things go on, and eventually we became really busy. Well, what are you doing here?” Kira asked, as she observed how much Wendy had changed over the past month.

“Well, training Pokemon, like you. What’s your starter?” Wendy asked.

“I chose Squirtle. However, I wanted Bulbasaur. It was already taken.” Kira said, with a fake smile. She was really depressed about that.

“Oh, I’m so sorry. I wanted Squirtle, but since you took it before I arrived, I chose Charmander. Just to be in touch with Kanto – I wanted nothing to do with the Hoenn Mudkip.” Wendy replied.

“That’s nice. I’m sorry I took Squirtle…” Kira said, but was cut off.

“Nonsense! You were there first, it’s first come first serve, you know! So, where is Squirtle?” Wendy asked.

“Yeah, about that… I was fighting a Pidgey, and the Pidgey used a powerful gust that put my Squirtle in a body of water, but I can’t seem to find him anymore.” Kira said.

“I’d help you look for him, but I really need to go to Viridian City. I’ll see you later now, hon.” Wendy said, kissing Kira on each cheek as part of tradition. She was very high-class.

“Good day.” Kira said back, as she watched the blonde walk off in the distance. Kira had black shoulder-length hair; she was the complete opposite of her friend. They were partly rivals, but in a friendly kind of way.

“She just had to come here and make me feel bad about taking and losing Squirtle, didn’t she?” Kira thought to herself. She then spoke aloud, “Now, there is nothing in the world that can make this worse.”

At that very instant, a drop of rain fell down on her cheek, crawling down to her tank top, and finally down her jeans. She carefully looked up, and saw the gray clouds in the sky raining their selves out.

“I spoke too soon, as it would seem.” Kira said, beginning to cry, “This is not fair!”

The tears just didn’t stop. These weren’t tears of sorrow, or tears of joy, but tears of frustration and anger. Everything was going wrong!

“I guess I can’t help myself here. I should probably head to Viridian City to find shelter. I’ll find another Pokemon, that Squirtle can run free for all I care!” Kira thought angrily, as she began to walk off. The storm had begun truly now, and she was soaked within two minutes.

“Finally, I’m here!” Kira said in total joy, as she saw a Viridian City sign, indicating that the city was nearby. Kira had been walking for almost 30 minutes. As she walked, she thought about Wendy, and how she had probably packed an umbrella.

***

“How dull.”

Those were the thoughts running through the brown-haired boys’ head as he sat at the Pokemon Center around one o’clock, eating a slice of all-dressed pizza. His black eyes rested upon the pizza, mustering up enough strength to eat some of it. It wasn’t all that good, as the Nurse Joy in this particular Pokemon Center wasn’t the best cook.

Matt & Vulpix
03-07-2004, 03:29 PM
Chapter 2 Continued

Suddenly, all his thoughts disappeared into thin air, as a young girl, dressed in tight jeans and a tank top, stormed into the Pokemon Center, soaking wet. He almost felt sorry for the girl. She looked quite upset, for some reason or another.

“Can I help you, miss?” the redheaded nurse asked Kira.

“Yes, you can actually. I was wondering if it was possible to get like the police force to find my missing Pokemon.” Kira asked her.

“Missing? Why, what happened to it?” Nurse Joy asked in her humble voice. All the while, the boy was observing from afar, at the table.

“Well, I was fighting a Pidgey, and the Pidgey used a gust attack, and sent Squirtle into a body of water, and then I tried to find him but I couldn’t! After that, I talked to my old friend Wendy, and then it started to storm right after we stopped talking.” Kira explained.

“Well, I’ll try to grab a hold of Officer Jenny, but she’s awfully busy already…” Nurse Joy sympathized.

“I’ll look for my Squirtle myself, then.” Kira replied mildly mad that no one would help her search for Squirtle. She went to a table and sat down, still soaking, pouting. She seemed frustrated.

The boy observed her, amused. She looked much younger than him, but she was so determined. Stubborn, too, he remarked. He went over to her table, done with the pizza that made him want to throw up. Glancing outside through a window, he saw the dark storm. It was almost as if it were three in the morning.

“I hear you lost a Squirtle?” the boy asked Kira.

“Yes, I have, not that it’s any of your business, you eavesdropper.” Kira said coldly to him.

“Let me restart. Hi, what’s your name?” the boy tried again.

“My name’s Kira Varon. And you?” Kira replied. Although she was very mad, she was also polite.

“The name’s Nathan. Nathan Lennox to be exact.” the boy informed her kindly.

“Nice to know, I guess.” Kira replied, still frustrated.

“So, need any help finding your Squirtle?” Nathan asked her again.

“Sure, why not. At this point, maybe it’ll pleasure me to see you thrown off a bridge; after all, I’m jinxed enough for that to happen.” Kira said sarcastically.

“Well, I don’t exactly want to get thrown off a bridge, but if I can help you by doing it, then by all means…” he said, flexing his muscles, “I mean, I’m strong enough to climb back on the bridge.”

“What are you trying to do? Get my phone number or something?” Kira laughed, “It’s not exactly working.”

“Dang!” Nathan joked, “I thought I had you caught.”

“Think twice, Nathan. Anyways, I’m off to find Squirtle now.” Kira said, getting up.

“In the storm? I think you should wait.” Nathan said, holding her back.

“What do you care? Besides, if I don’t go now, gosh knows what will happen to him!” Kira said, pushing him back, going towards the exit of the Pokemon Center.

“Miss, I strongly advise you take the young man’s advice. It’s way too dangerous!” Nurse Joy interrupted from behind the counter.

“Look, I’m not letting that poor thing go into the rain regardless! Even if I wanted a Bulbasaur originally, and then I lost my Squirtle in the rain, I’m going to save that thing!” Kira said.

Nathan simply stared and blinked.

“You wanted Bulbasaur?” he asked.

“Yes, Bulbasaur, but some twit took him before I got the chance to.” Kira asked, “What’s it to you?”

“That’s kind of my starter.” Nathan said, and a silence reined the room, with only the three people in it.

“You… you took Bulbasaur?” Kira said, on the verge of tears, “This day gets worse and worse!”

She then stormed out of the Pokemon Center, still soaking, still frustrated, just like she was when she entered, but now she was insanely mad and enraged.

***

Ten minutes later, Kira wasn’t any further than she was at the beginning of her grand search for Squirtle. The storm was still going strong, and it didn’t look like it was going to get any weaker soon.

“I’ll find Squirtle if it kills me.” Kira muttered, and to her surprise, someone heard.

“And it might!” she immediately recognized Nathan’s voice, it was like scared in her mind, “Storms are known for lightning – didn’t you go to school?”

“Honestly Nathan, I don’t need your sarcasm right now.” Kira said calmly, “Lightning might kill me – but it might injure Squirtle!”

“That’s beside the point – besides, didn’t you want a Bulbasaur?” Nathan asked her delicately.

“I did, but that’s also beside the point.” Kira said, and when she turned around, she saw Nathan’s confused expression and explained, “In life, you need to learn to deal with things. I can’t judge my Pokemon! For you, things may have gone the way you wanted. But that’s not how it goes for the rest of the world, you conceited jerk!”

Nathan was taken aback by the comment.

“Me? Conceited? If I were conceited, I wouldn’t be out here, looking out for a practical stranger’s best interests!” he shouted back at her.

“Look, you might think that this is dangerous. But we’ve grown up in different worlds as it would seem.” Kira told him calmly.

“Are you from Pallet Town?” he asked, and when she nodded, he continued, “Then we’re pretty much from the same world!”

“No, you don’t follow. I’ve been through a heck of a lot – this is like a molehill to the mountains I’ve overcome! To you, you’re well-being might be more important, but to me, my Pokemon matter more, no matter what.” Kira said.

“You obviously have your values set straight. I personally don’t think our worlds are so ‘different’.” Nathan said, “We both seem the same. We’re both fifteen…”

“Both fifteen? There’s a joke. I’m eleven!” Kira shouted back, “In the same, it doesn’t matter. Why do you even care what I think of you?”

“I just… do.” Nathan froze up at the question.

“Well you really shouldn’t, hon.” Kira advised him, “I’m not much. Why don’t you go after a blonde bombshell.”

“You’re judging me, and all wrong at that.” Nathan told her.

“Honestly, you’re just annoying me right now. You’re standing here, soaking yourself in the rain, talking to me, for nothing, because I have a Pokemon out there, that’s probably in water, and if struck by lightning, will probably die!” Kira said quickly, raged at man, “I advise you to back away, and never speak to me again, because I honestly will shoot you with a gun if you do!”

Nathan gave up. Kira may have been four years younger than him, but she had the maturity of a fourteen year-old. She seemed to have all her values in place, and she had gone through a lot, it showed. At a second glance, he had probably already seen or even maybe met Kira, but probably very briefly – not enough to make an impression.

“Well, I guess I better head back to the center. Soaking my clothes won’t help much.” Nathan said to himself, looking down at his jeans and his white shirt, “If only they had a basketball court here…”

Before leaving, Kira overheard Nathan’s aloud thoughts.

“Even if they did have one, you wouldn’t be able to play basketball in this weather.” she rolled her eyes as she continued her search.

***

Thirty minutes later, Kira was still searching, and going strong. She had probably searched just about every inch of Route Two, or at least the part nearby where Squirtle had been lost.

When all her hopes were gone, she sighed deeply. She had only been on her journey for four or so hours, and already she had messed up. What kind of trainer would she be later on, if she couldn’t handle Squirtle? As she stood there, in the rain, looking as pitiful as a bug, a silent tear fell. She couldn’t count how many of those she had had that day; however, it had been a lot.

She looked up to the dark gray sky, and the tears kept falling down. She had given up on the whole “journey” thing. There was nothing left for her, anymore. She had lost her starter, her Squirtle.

***

Back in the Pokemon Center, Nathan ate some more food, however this time it was a little better. He glanced outside the window, and in the distance he saw a figure; much like Kira’s. However, it was still, just staring in the sky. Doing nothing at all, as if she were a stone.

He went outside, this time with his umbrella, and got closer. It was Kira, indeed. But there was something… different about her. In the distance, he could see a tear fall down from her eye. She was crying.

“That’s not the Kira I met, anyhow.” Nathan thought to himself.

***

Kira began to remember a song she had recently heard on the radio, named “Hero”. The song was about someone coming out to reach a hand for you to hold, but when the emptiness you felt would be full when you found love… That, somehow, a hero lied in you. The song gave her strength, like the energy to go.

Wiping a tear off of her eye, she said, “Squirtle! Where are you?”

That’s when the miracle happened. A rainbow began to appear, and Kira could see it from the corner of her left eye. In a bush to the left also, a blue form began to appear…

“Squir… Squirtle?” she said, overjoyed, “Squirtle! Squirtle! Squirtle!!!”

At that moment, nothing could have made her happier. As the rain began to cease, the injured Squirtle ran and jumped into his trainer’s arms, and yelped a sound.

Seeing this, Nathan smiled, “The storm is finally over.” he thought, “In more ways than one.”

In the corner of her eye, as she hugged Squirtle as tight as she could, still watching not to hurt him further, she saw Nathan stand there, behind a tree, smiling. She knew he wasn’t seeing her see him, but she still smiled even more, if that was possible.

“I think we just made a new friend.” Kira said quietly to Squirtle, but then thought of Bulbasaur, “Make that friends.”

Matt & Vulpix
03-07-2004, 03:31 PM
Chapter 3

That night, Kira & Squirtle spent the night in the Pokemon Center, only a few rooms away from Nathan. Nathan had left only moments after seeing Kira find the turtle, and had no idea she had seen him.

“Good morning, Ms. Varon!” Nurse Joy sounded, seeing the young girl walk down the stairs, yawning.

“Huh?” Kira said, snapping out of her gaze, “Oh, hi Joy! How are you today?”

“Very good.” she said with a grand smile, “However, I would like to examine Squirtle, see if the poor little bugger’s alright.”

“Oh, fine!” Kira blissfully agreed, handing over the Pokeball, “I hope he’s alright.”

“He probably is, but it never hurt anyone to be sure.” Nurse Joy said, “Help yourself to some toast and eggs.”

Kira jumped up and down at the mention of food, and saw about a fifty toasts, and as many eggs, on the table near Joy. Joy left the room to examine Squirtle, while Kira took three eggs and that many toasts to fill up her hungry stomach. She sat down at a table, and began her feast.

“Well, this is very good…” Kira thought, eating it quickly, “I wonder how she learnt to cook!”

Meanwhile, Nathan was across the room eating the exact same food, with half Kira’s portion, and thinking the exact opposite.

“This is so bad!” Nathan thought, eating it as quickly as possible to get the taste out of his mouth, “I wonder where she learnt to cook so atrociously!”

Kira had finished her plate, and was about to head back for seconds, when she was doing so, someone interrupted her.

“Nice to see you again.” the ever familiar voice said, “Did you find Squirtle?”

“Not that it’s any of your business, Lennox, but yes, I did. He’s with Nurse Joy right now, being examined.” Kira said coldly to Nathan.

“Do you not like me?” Nathan asked her, standing in the back of her.

“Gee, how’d ya guess, genius?” Kira sarcastically said.

“No need for sarcasm.” Nathan said, and continued before Kira could add in another sarcastic comment, “The food’s disgusting here.”

“Really? How funny, we are day and night!” Kira said, “I find the food lovely.”

“Seriously? You’ve got to be kidding me! The stuff seems like it was cooked twenty years ago and taken out of a dumpster!” Nathan laughed, while Kira just nodded, “That’s hilarious! You like that food!”

“Well, the breakfast food anyways. What you were eating yesterday didn’t seem too good – and I love pizza.” Kira said, taken aback by her own comment.

A silence began to reign.

“Listen,” Kira broke the silence, “Do you want something? I want to go get more food.”

“Well, the thing is…” Nathan looked at the ground, then back up at Kira, “I…”

“Oh my gosh! Ms. Varon, come here, and hop to it!” Nurse Joy said, coming out of the backroom.

“What? What is it, Joy?” Kira asked her, dropping the plate and running over to her. A large noise was heard from the breaking plate.

“Thank gosh that was a cheap plate.” Nurse Joy said.

“Joy? What is it?” Kira said, snapping her fingers in front of Joy’s face.

“Oh, right, sorry. I didn’t mean to get you so scared – just that the tests are over. Squirtle is just fine!” Nurse Joy said, giving her back the Pokeball.

“Well, okay, yes. Didn’t need to make a titanic-like scene out of it!” Kira complained.

“Awfully sorry, Ms. Varon.” Nurse Joy said.

***

Kira was packing up her things upstairs, getting back into her new outfit, a white skirt with a sky blue tank top. She left Squirtle out and let him take a swim in the bathtub while she was packing.

“Hmm, that’s right, Nathan had something to tell me.” Kira thought, making the bed “I wonder what it is. If he’s going to ask for my number, I’ll find a bridge and throw him off of it. If I don’t find a bridge, I’ll build one.”

“Knock, knock.” Nathan said, knocking on the open wooden door to Kira’s room, “Where’s Squirtle?”

“Taking a bath.” Kira said, as she saw Nathan’s blank look on his face, she laughed, “He likes water.”

“Oh, yeah, I figured.” Nathan recovered, “So, can I tell you what I wanted to s-say?”

“You stuttered.” Kira laughed.

“Yes, and what’s wrong with that, now?” Nathan asked, putting his hands into his pockets.

“Nothing, it’s just you seemed so confident yesterday. So, what did you want to say, Nathan?” Kira asked, going into the bathroom.

“Are you traveling with anyone?” Nathan asked her in the distance.

“Traveling? You mean through Kanto?” Kira asked, getting Squirtle out of the bath and drying it a little, but not too much.

“Yes, you know, for our ‘journey for the badges’ or whatever.” Nathan said, trying to act cool.

“Not yet, but my mother has been pushing me to get one. Why does that matter, anyways?” Kira asked, returning Squirtle to his Pokeball. She was amazed at the red light that retrieved him.

“Well, I don’t have one either.” Nathan stated.

“And? Aren’t you a popular basketball player? How is that plausible?” Kira laughed.

“Well, I am a popular basketball player if I do say so myself… but well, I don’t exactly know why I don’t have anyone to travel with. I really want to make some new friends thought, but I do like my old ones. I guess they haven’t started their ‘quest’ yet.” Nathan explained.

“I see. Sad, you actually have friends you could travel with but you can’t because they haven’t begun yet. What do you want me to do, pity you?” Kira laughed, “Just kidding. What are you getting at, all the same?”

“Would you like to travel with me?” Nathan asked, putting his face down to the ground as Kira exited the bathroom.

“Why would you want to travel with such an unpopular geek like me?” Kira said sarcastically, rolling her eyes, and exiting her room, “Get out.”

Nathan did so, but wasn’t about to back down from his idea.

“Come on, it’ll be fun. You seem like a cool person.” Nathan said, looking her up and down.

“Well thanks for the compliment, but all the same, you’re fourteen. Fourteen! And you’re popular… and you have lots of friends…” Kira imagined how her life would be if she made friends with Nathan. Then, she’d be popular too, and she’d have lots of friends. Truthfully, she had never had too many friends… they thought she was a geek.

Nathan began to see what Kira was getting at.

“Well, if you don’t want to travel with me, that’s fine.” Nathan said, heading down the hallway, in direction for the stairs to the main floor.

“No, no!” Kira said, holding him back with his arm, “Let’s travel together!”

“Why do you suddenly want to? You didn’t two minutes ago.” Nathan said seriously, and then laughed, “Just kidding. We should get a move-on.”

“Okay. You seem really nice, Nathan. I’m sorry if I said anything that offended you last night.” Kira said, bowing her head down at her turn.

“Oh, no you weren’t. I would be like you if I had lost Bulbasaur…” Nathan grinned, “But let’s not dwell! Everything’s fine now!”

As they headed downstairs, they began a new conversation.

“So, why can your friends start so late? Better yet, why didn’t you start being a Pokemon trainer four years ago?” Kira asked as they left the Pokemon Center.

“Well, I just wanted to be in school then. The time was never right for me, either. And as for my friends, the next Indigo League tournament isn’t for a year or so, so they can permit to fall behind.” Nathan explained.

“And you rather be early, huh?” Kira said, looking up at Nathan. She then realized how tall he was, “Wow, my neck’s going to need therapy after this journey.”

“Well, I’ll pay for it!” Nathan joked.

“So, where are we off to now?” Kira asked him, changing the topic, “The sights are nice, but I much rather get a move-on from this town.”

“Well, let me check the map.” Nathan said, getting his PokeNav out, and saying a minute later, “Well, we can head west, and there’s something there…and we can head north, and there’s something else there.”

“Wow, how precise!” Kira joked, “Give me that thing.”

Nathan gave it to her, and she read it clearly, “To the west, there’s nothing of importance to us right now, as it would seem. To the north, there are some woods, and a city after the woods… Pewter City.”

“You’re much better at reading maps then I am, Kira!” Nathan said, taking the device back.

“Well, it’s a natural thing I guess. I guess we’re off to Pewter City, then!” Kira exclaimed, as they continued their walk through the beautiful town, and Kira saw a sign.

“Where are you going, Kira?” Nathan asked her, as she began to run in a direction without a word.

“No time to explain! Let’s go!” Kira said, “Run! Now! Follow me!”

Nathan put the PokeNav inside his black backpack. He put the black backpack back onto his bag, and began to run. He was very fast, and he was equipped to run in some Nike shoes.

“Whatever you say, Kira.” Nathan said, and then thought, “My journey surely wont be boring with her around.”

Matt & Vulpix
03-07-2004, 03:32 PM
Chapter 3 Continued

Nathan followed Kira until she halted at a building, and she jumped up in joy, saying, “It’s here! The sign was being truthful! It’s here, right here!”

“What’s here, right here?” Nathan repeated.

“The Viridian City GYM, what else?” Kira said to him, “Look how majestic it is!”

Nathan took a look at the GYM, and was mildly impressed. It was a very large building with a forest green roof, and a few windows.

“Sure… but what do we want to do with it? It’s the Viridian City GYM!” Nathan asked her, getting closer.

“Well, we challenge it, and win our very first badge!” Kira said, “dummy.”

“But,” Nathan argued, “a lot of people only beat this GYM as their last one. That means it must be very difficult.”

“Either way, I’m trying to beat this GYM, whether you do so or not.” Kira said, as she knocked on one of the two grand wooden doors. A man in a dark suit answered her.

“Yes?” he asked, with an even darker voice, “What do you want here?”

“I’d like to challenge the GYM Leader.” Kira said, now smiling from ear to ear.

“Is this a joke?” the man asked, “Where are the hidden cameras?”

“I’m as serious as you are in a black suit.” she nodded at him.

“Well, the GYM Leader is not taking any challenges right now. Come back in the future.” the man said, before closing the door, even thought it was barely open.

“I don’t think you understand,” she said as she stuck her foot into the crack of the door, “I’m challenging him whether he likes it or not!”

“Listen, come back in a year when you actually know what a Pokemon is.” the man said before slamming the door, forcing Kira to retract her foot.

“I’m sorry…” Nathan said to her, as she was clearly upset.

“It’s not your fault.” Kira said, “It’s mine, for being too excited.”

“Kira, why don’t we actually head to Pewter City now? Maybe that GYM will have a leader that’s worth our time.” Nathan told her, face to face.

“Fine.” Kira said, but she wasn’t any happier.

The duo began to head north, talking about random things, getting to know each other better. Kira learnt that there was a lot more to Nathan that met the eye, and enjoyed his company a lot. Nathan learnt that Kira was just very up tight, but once she got comfortable with a person, she was very amusing to be around. They had a great time walking the path to Pewter, but they had not yet reached Viridian Forest. As they walked, they let out Bulbasaur and Squirtle, so they could get acquainted as well.

Suddenly, they heard a noise. It was a cringing noise, and it hurt all their ears very much. Turning to her left, Kira saw a red furred fox, fighting a little defenseless bug. Nathan and Kira simultaneously got out their Pokedexes, and identified both Pokemon.

“Caterpie, the bug-Pokemon. This Pokemon has very little attack and defense power, but it evolves quickly into a strong form.” Kira’s Pokedex informed, as Nathan’s did too.

“Vulpix, the fox Pokemon. This Pokemon is born with one tail, which eventually splits into six. Of the fire-type, it blasts powerful fire attacks.” Nathan’s Pokedex said so calmly.

“Aw, that’s sad. The Caterpie is like pathetic compared to the Vulpix. I feel like helping it…” Kira said, sighing, “But I know that they should fight their own fights.”

“No, you should defend it if that’s your instinct.” Nathan said objectively.

“Really? Why?” Kira asked, as it didn’t seem logical to defend a random weak Pokemon.

“Always trust your instincts.” Nathan said, “Never doubt them.”

“Fine, then I won’t. Come on, Squirtle, let’s blast this bully!” Kira said, as Squirtle nodded and jumped in front of Kira. The two Pokemon noticed this, and the Vulpix grinned.

“Well? Aren’t you going to attack it?” Nathan chuckled, as Kira had been still for the past minute or so.

“Right. Squirtle, use your Bubble Attack!” Kira shouted, pointing into the sky without meaning, as Squirtle blew its face, and bubbles emerged from it only seconds later, traveling the air, and reaching the fire fox, hurting it dearly. The gruesome cry it shouted, it was as if it was already hurt.

“Why is it crying so badly? Even if it’s a fire-type, it shouldn’t hurt so much on the first shot…” Nathan remarked, “It’s not logical.”

“I agree… Was Caterpie the one bullying? Or was it Vulpix? This is awfully confusing!” Kira said, hitting her head with her hand.

“I agree. Well… the Caterpie doesn’t look so hurt, and Vulpix does, but how can a Caterpie possibly hurt a Pokemon that’s so much bigger? It’s implausible!” Nathan exclaimed.

“Well, perhaps, but you never know what anyone can do. Or be like! How ironic, this is like our situation!” Kira laughed, “Squirtle, I guess, use tackle on Caterpie!”

Squirtle did as he was told, and ran a tackle into Caterpie. The Caterpie shrieked in pain, it was obviously as hurt as the bubbles when hit the Vulpix.

“Okay, well this is weird. I can’t tell which Pokemon was bullying which Pokemon!” Kira said, laughing, “But my chips are on Vulpix.”

“Me too. Maybe I underestimated Squirtle; his bubbles may have been powerful enough to hurt Vulpix so.” Nathan claimed.

“Good! Now, Squirtle, another bubble attack on Vulpix!” Kira shouted once again.

Squirtle launched some more bubbles at Vulpix, which shrieked louder than before, falling to the ground.

“Aw, Nathan, I think I hurt the poor little bugger…” Kira said, getting closer to the trio of Pokemon.

“Don’t forget Vulpix bullied the Caterpie!” Nathan said, trying to stop her.

“Poor little thing…” Kira stopped Nathan from stopping her, and got closer to Vulpix, “I won’t hurt you…”

Then, Nathan, Bulbasaur, Squirtle and Caterpie cringed as they heard Kira scream so loud, she could have broken a mirror and gotten seven years of bad luck.

“That little…” Kira said, rubbing her hand and getting up, “It bit me! And those teeth aren’t exactly soft, either! Little piece of…”

“Keep it PG-13 now, Kira.” Nathan interrupted, “It’s probably just nervous. I mean Squirtle can be very intimidating to a fire-type.”

“I guess so…” Kira said, “I’m sorry Vulpix.”

Kira got closer, and saw the look on Vulpix’s face, but it was obviously too hurt to get up and run away.

“Can’t we just be friends?” Kira sighed.

“I guess not…” Nathan said.

“This is so depressing.” Kira sighed, and dropped her backpack to the floor, and sat down, beginning to cry, “This whole thing is going wrong, wrong, wrong!”

Suddenly, Bulbasaur got bored and decided to tackle an unprepared Squirtle, for no reason apparent. Squirtle tumbled onto Kira’s backpack, and out came rolling one of the Pokeballs Oak had given her the day before. It rolled all the way to the weak Vulpix, who shrieked when she saw the ball come near her, as if to say, “Oh no you don’t come capturing me!”

As she sobbed, Kira saw the Pokeball, and was angered, “If I catch that Pokemon,” she thought, “this will be so bad! She already hates me, and it has fifty percent chance of being a bully!”

She got on her four knees, and tried to get the Pokeball as far away from the fox as possible, but her fingers slipped on the red orb, and instead rolled closer to Vulpix… dangerously closer.

“Bulbasaur, why did you do that?” Nathan asked, not expecting a response, “It’s mean to Squirtle and now to Kira and that Vulpix!”

“No! Don’t you dare open up!” both Vulpix and Kira thought, as the ball slightly touched Vulpix. Vulpix became a red silhouette, and disappeared into the red orb.

“Congratulations, you caught a Pokemon!” Nathan laughed.

“This isn’t good, Nathan! I have a bully Pokemon that hates my guts already… wait a second Vulpix is hurt! We need to get her to the Pokemon Center as fast as possible!” Kira thought, having a billion things running through her mind.

“Right, well I saw a sign earlier saying the Viridian Forest is near here, and once we cross the forest, Pewter isn’t too far away. Let’s get cracking!” Nathan said, returning Bulbasaur to his Pokeball, observing the cool red light calling it back. Kira did the same with Squirtle, got her backpack, and they began to run in direction of Viridian Forest…

Matt & Vulpix
03-07-2004, 03:34 PM
Chapter 4

They had run straight to the forest, and entered it. In their scrambling to get to the nearest Pokemon Center fast, they hadn’t taken the time to check a map, and soon, found themselves lost in the perplexing forest.

“Great, another dead end.” Kira said saddened, as she looked around, “They didn’t have to make this a maze!”

“Didn’t, but did.” Nathan sympathized, “Maybe if we don’t run, we’ll get out of here faster… besides, our Pokemon can use the training.”

“I agree. Plus, I know you want to catch up to me.” Kira gleamed.

“Catch up to you?” he repeated, perplexed, “What do you mean?”

“I have two Pokemon, and you only have one.” Kira said.

“I never thought of that...” Nathan said, thought he had been mildly jealous that Kira had caught a Pokemon without trying.

“Well, either way, let’s get moving.” Kira said, releasing the turtle from it’s Pokeball, “Let’s get this party started, Squirtle!”

“Come out, Bulbasaur!” Nathan said to his turn, releasing the quaint Pokemon onto the ground.

They walked around, in search of the exit of the forest, all the while training their Pokemon, making them stronger. At one point, they decided to split up, and meet in Pewter City, as it had been hours and they hadn’t found the exit.

“We must be really dumb, you know.” Nathan laughed before they split up.

“Well, maybe you are…” Kira joked back.

Nathan walked around, until he heard a Pokemon make a noise, one that he hadn’t heard from the other common Pokemon in the forest, such as Caterpie, Weedle, Kakuna, Metapod, pretty much all bug Pokemon. But this one was different, so different, that it intrigued him to know what it was, and to battle it.

“Saur!” Bulbasaur growled in defense, hearing the deafening battle cries of the Pokemon.

Nathan and Bulbasaur stood ready, looking around, trying to find where this Pokemon was hiding. Suddenly, a Pokemon flew by them so quickly, with large scythes that could have chopped off Nathan’s noise. The Pokemon flew by so quickly, they didn’t even see it; they only saw a green blob. It continued to fly around them, and Nathan was getting nervous.

“Bulbasaur, try to attack it! Leech seed it!” Nathan shouted, as Bulbasaur got ready. It was like a shot in the dark; there was little chance the seeds would actually plant the flying Pokemon down. Bulbasaur did as told, and launched some seeds randomly, but missing.

Seeing this, the Pokemon became seemingly angered, and jabbed one of its scythes at Bulbasaur while flying past it. Bulbasaur took the hit badly, and flew into the air, and fell down hard on his back.

“Don’t give up, Bulbasaur! Try to seed it down again!” Nathan shouted, “Don’t give up on me now!”

Bulbasaur jumped back into action, and noticed that the Pokemon was getting slower. It was obviously tired from flying so fast. Bulbasaur didn’t attack, instead, he just waited.

“What are you doing, Bulbasaur?” Nathan asked, “Attack!”

However, Bulbasaur ignored his trainer’s antics. Bulbasaur knew that what came up, must come down.

“What is wrong with you? I told you to attack twice, Bulbasaur!” Nathan shouted again, “It’s going to hit you again if you just stand there!”

Bulbasaur just nodded, and didn’t move an inch. Then, Nathan realized what his Pokemon was doing. He nodded at his blue and green Pokemon, and waited too, as he saw the Pokemon slowing down. Hitting his head, Nathan laughed.

“I forgot to identify this one!” he laughed, getting his Pokedex out.

“Scyther, the mantis Pokemon. It slashes through the grass with its sharp scythes, moving too fast for the human eye to track.” the Pokedex informed in its dull voice. Nathan closed the red device and threw it back into his black backpack.

“It’s slowing down! Leech Seed!” Nathan commanded, and at once, Bulbasaur launched the seeds to the slowing Scyther.

Scyther was now chained down to the ground in the leech seed, and losing health, while Bulbasaur regained it. Bulbasaur smiled, in an act of victory.

“This battle isn’t over yet, Bulbasaur! Don’t get your guard down!” Nathan warned, as Bulbasaur snapped out of it, “Tackle attack it!”

Bulbasaur ran into the immobile creature, and made it yelp in pain, as he tackled over and over again. However, he was not tired, because of the energy he got back from Scyther, through Leech Seed. As Bulbasaur did this, Scyther was desperately trying to attack Bulbasaur with his scythes, or to cut the vines that were now on him.

“Good job!” Nathan congratulated, “Now, should I catch it?”

“Saur!” Bulbasaur nodded in approval, thinking of having a new friend.

“I think that’s a great idea!” Nathan laughed, and dug his hand back into the backpack, coming out with a Pokeball, “Go Pokeball!”

The red and white sphere traveled through the air, passing over Bulbasaur, and hitting Scyther straight on. Scyther became a red shadow only seconds later, and disappeared into the ball, which shook left and right for a few seconds, before stilling.

“Yes, we did it!” Nathan jumped up in victory, “I caught my first Pokemon!”

Bulbasaur also jumped.

“You what?” Kira’s familiar voice said, “Congratulations!”

She appeared behind Nathan, looking frustrated yet happy for him.

“Thanks.” Nathan said.

“So, what did you catch?” Kira asked, as she, Nathan, Bulbasaur and Squirtle walked over to the Pokeball.

“A Scyther. He’s a strong bug-type.” Nathan said, “With scythes and everything!”

“That’s great, but you should have been trying to find the exit.” Kira laughed, “Don’t worry about it!” she continued when she saw his blushing face.

Nathan leaned down to pick up the Pokeball, and put it in his backpack. He recalled Bulbasaur, as Kira did with Squirtle.

“Wow! There it is!” Kira said, turning around, “Are we blind or what? The exit is right there!”

Nathan turned around, and chuckled, “Wow, what do you know, shorty.”

“Excuse me? Shorty?” Kira said, angry, “Just because I’m a bit shorter than you doesn’t mean you can make fun of me!”

“I’m just kidding, you know. I’m referring to the age difference.” Nathan laughed, “Sorry if I made you feel bad.”

“Ignorant idiot.” Kira muttered under her breath.

“Just because I insulted you doesn’t mean you have to insult me back!” Nathan said, “Besides, I was just kidding.”

“Whatever. Let’s go, Pewter City is right beyond that exit…” Kira stated, as she began to leave Viridian Forest.

Nathan followed, but a voice interrupted them.

“Kira Varon! It’s so nice to see you yet again!” Wendy’s annoying voice said, catching up with the duo, carrying a basket, in a red velvet dress.

“Why Wendy, it’s… nice to see you again!” Kira said, hugging her, “So, how are you?”

“I’m good… and who’s this?” Wendy said, looking at Nathan, and then she thought, “He’s so cute!”

“That’s my… friend, Nathan. He’s fourteen, and he’s from Pallet. You must remember him; he’s the guy on the basketball team.” Kira said, informing her friend, who looked like she was in a dreamy gaze.

“I’m Wendy, Wendy Caprice. I’m from Pallet too, and I’m Kira’s age. We’re friends!” Wendy said, staring him straight in the eyes.

“Yes, well, it’s nice to meet you.” Nathan said, uncomfortable in the situation.

“Yes, now, it’s nice to see you again Wendy, but surely, you should leave!” Kira said, trying to get rid of her.

“Why, I thought I should come along with the two of you!” Wendy said, “Get to know cutie pie – I mean Nathan, here, better.”

“No, no, that’s quite alright. Go along, now.” Kira said, pushing Wendy away.

“Bye…” Wendy said, leaving, with her head turned at Nathan.

“Who was that?” Nathan asked Kira.

“Wendy Caprice. We’re sort of friends, but we hadn’t seen each other in ages before yesterday. We both lead busy lives, at school, and stuff.” Kira informed, “What about you? I haven’t met any of your friends, nor have you told me anything about your family!”

Kira had told Nathan, while in Viridian Forest, about her family.

“Well, true… If I run into any of my friends, I’ll be sure to introduce you. But there are so many, I’m so popular after all. Sorry if I sound cocky.” Nathan apologized.

“No, that’s quite alright.” Kira said, “Go on.”

“Okay. Well, my family, we’re five: my father, Nick, my mother, Rose, my sister, Kimberly, my brother, James and me. My father loves basketball – he’s the one who showed my brother, and then me when I was born… My mom is a stay-at-home mom, but she’s a great mother. Kimberly’s going to be a trainer soon – she’s ten now, younger than you by months. James is twenty-one, and has quite a bit of Pokemon, and he’s training them somewhere, I don’t know where thought. He wanted to be a professional basketball player…” Nathan explained, as they exited the forest and headed north to Pewter.

“Interesting. I’d love to meet your family someday!” Kira said, “They sound so interesting!”

“Well, yours does too. I wouldn’t mind meeting yours.” Nathan laughed.

“No worries, I’m going to force you.” she winked, and they both laughed.

They continued to joke around, talking about this and that, as the hours passed by. They fought wild Pokemon too, to train their Pokemon for battles ahead. As the hours rolled on, they could see the sun begin to set. As they got close to Pewter City, they smiled at the beautiful sight of the sunlight slowly disappearing near and in the city.

“We must get there quickly, before it becomes too dark for comfort!” Kira said seriously, with a pun. Nathan agreed, and they ran into Pewter City.

“Wow, this city… it’s so beautiful!” Kira commented, looking around, “It’s so different from where we come from!”

Nathan agreed, but shut his mouth. It was truly breathtaking, the sight of the city with the light disappearing bit by bit. They eventually found the Pokemon Center, and took refuge there for the night, but not before eating some food.

Matt & Vulpix
03-07-2004, 03:38 PM
Chapter 4 Continued

“Wow! This is great!” Nathan commented.

“I agree, Nurse Joy!” Kira said, absolutely devouring the food.

“Thank you!” Nurse Joy said, closing her eyes, “So tired…”

She left the table, and left the duo alone.

“Tell me, did you really like the Viridian City’s Joy’s cooking?” Nathan said, and when he saw the squirming look on her face, he chuckled. She began to blush.

“You cannot judge me for that! You were frankly pushing my buttons, mister!” Kira exclaimed, pointing at him. They finished up the supper, and ran up for shuteye. They had separate rooms, of course.

As Kira prepared her bed, she remembered about Vulpix.

“How could I forget?” She exclaimed, mad at her. She descended the stairs, and asked Nurse Joy to examine Vulpix.

“Fine like a shine!” Joy said, “Why, did you think she was hurt?”

“Yes, her yelps were immense when Squirtle used bubble…” Kira explained.

“Oh, dear, that’s not hurt. She was hurt by the bubbles, but it’s a very excruciating pain to be hit by water when you’re a fire-type, such as Vulpix here.” Joy explained, “Nothing to be worried about. I’ll still heal her thought, she’s still weak.”

“Thank you. Also, do you have any newspapers here?” Kira asked, wanting to stay informed, and occupied while Nurse Joy healed Vulpix.

“Yes, and magazines, too. Right there, by the television, right on the coffee table. I have the local newspaper, if you want to get informed on town events, too. Anything else?” Nurse Joy asked, pointing to a section of the center that had lots of sofas, couches, and armchairs, with a TV for entertainment, and a stack of literature on the table.

“No, that’s quite fine. Thanks!” Kira said, leaving Nurse Joy to do her job.

Kira went over, and grabbed the local newspaper of the town, “The Pewter Daily”. The headline on the page was “Exhibit in the Museum – danger?” Curious, she read the article, sitting down in a red armchair.

“Pewter City’s own museum is receiving a new exhibit today, one of various fossils found around the world. A lot of authorities disapproved of bringing the exhibit to Pewter City, saying it was a danger for the exhibit’s safety. “If the exhibit isn’t intact at the end of the showing in my city, then Pewter will be very disregarded for any future exhibits.” says Brock, GYM Leader of Pewter City. Will the exhibit remain intact in the museum? No one can be too sure about this fact; but a lot of young trainers will get to see it, passing by the city on their quest for Kanto Badges.” the article read.

“Interesting,” Kira thought, “an exhibit. I wouldn’t mind seeing this, and I can drag Nathan to see it too. I wonder why they say it’s so said to be dangerous… I should really finish the article before asking that!”

“Shady characters have been seen wandering Pewter, that being the main reason of such a thought of the exhibit being stolen. These shady characters might have something up their sleeves, and we don’t know what. As the exhibit opens tomorrow, and will be open for exactly three days, we can only suppose what will happen to it, if anything. Martina Herring, The Pewter Daily.” the article concluded, with the author’s name at the end.

“Quaint. I better head get Vulpix from Nurse Joy now…” Kira said, getting up from the armchair, and putting the newspaper back onto the coffee table.

She went over to the counter, and Nurse Joy gave her the Pokeball, and said goodnight to her. She replied the same way, and headed upstairs, and off to bed. As soon as her head hit the pillow, she fell asleep.

Meanwhile, Nathan was having difficulty to sleep. The bed was very comfortable, but he couldn’t help to notice something going on outside. Through the window, he saw two figures speaking to each other in the distance, but he couldn’t make out anything about them. They were wearing small, flat, black hats. They’re entire get-up was black, with the exception of the white boots, which seemed oddly out of place. The only thing he could say definitely about the two was one was female; the one on the left. He could only guess the one on the right was male, figuring this.

“I wonder what they’re up to…” Nathan thought, trying to get out any more traits they had, “Well, the guy’s got a Pokeball in his hand…” he continued to think, and then noticed a symbol on their backs, “Odd…” he thought last, before dozing off.

The following morning, Nathan woke up first in the whole Pokemon Center, safe Nurse Joy. The light had just shined into his room, as he had not closed the drapes. Looking over at the clock on the wall, he grunted as he saw the small arrow point to seven, and the large arrow point to six.

“Stupid window…” Nathan said, trying to fall back asleep. That wasn’t working, so he got out of the bed, stretching. He showered, and then he got some clothes on; the same ones he had been wearing the past two days: a white shirt, and some black pants. He made the bed, took his backpack, and headed downstairs.

“Morning!” Nurse Joy said, too perky for Nathan’s likes, “How did you sleep?”

“Good. And you?” Nathan replied, being polite.

“Good. You’re the first one up, what would you like for breakfast?” Nurse Joy asked, drinking some of her coffee.

“Just a toast, please.” Nathan stated.

“Chansey! Get a slice of bread, please.” Nurse Joy asked her Pokemon, who was in the kitchen getting food, “And toast it!”

“You don’t do that yourself?” Nathan asked her.

“Not this early in the morning – I know I seem perky but I really am not at seven-thirty in the A.M.” the nurse responded kindly.

Chansey brought Nathan a toast, and he was astonished that the Chansey could do such a thing without even help from a human. Seeing this look, Nurse Joy chuckled.

“I know it seems unrealistic, but I taught Chansey to do a lot more than just cook. I cook myself, but only the lunch and dinner meals.” Nurse Joy informed.

“That’s wonderful.” Nathan said, eating the toast, “It’s good, too!”

“Chan!” Chansey screamed in glee.

A half hour later, after a bunch of other disgruntled trainers got up because of the sun, Nathan recognized Kira’s disgruntled voice.

“Blasted mornings!” she complained, “Wish they never existed.”

“Morning to you too, Kira.” Nathan said, “I saved you a seat.”

He heard a mumble out of her mouth, and took it as thanks, as she sat down.

“I also took the liberty to get you some toast.” Nathan said, pushing the plate near to her.

“How are you so cheerful? I hate you, for being so full of cheer.” Kira said, and before he could respond, she continued, “It’s not the holidays yet! That was five months ago, dude.”

“Ha, ha, very funny. Are we going to challenge Brock today?” Nathan asked.

“Brock? Hmm? Oh right, the GYM Leader.” Kira said, eating the toast, and then responding a minute later, “I thought we could do that tomorrow.”

“Why tomorrow? Why not today?” Nathan asked, confused.

“Yesterday, I was up a bit later than you. I had forgotten to heal Vulpix, so I went down, and found out she wasn’t so hurt, but still enough to be healed. So, while she did her job, I went over to the couches over there and read the local magazine, ‘The Pewter Daily’. I found out there’s a new exhibit that’s in the town’s museum today, and it seems interesting. Everyone thinks something’s going to happen to it – and there are supposedly some shady characters in town.” Kira informed, getting less grumpy then she was only two minutes before.

“Interesting. So, what do we care about the exhibit?” Nathan inquired, still lost in the affair.

“I thought we could go and see it, dummy!” Kira joked, “What did you think I wanted to do? Steal it?”

“Well, no.” Nathan laughed at the joke, “Sure, why not, let’s go see the exhibit. What’s it about?”

“Fossils, if I’m not mistaken. But that’s the not what the article was about, it was how this whole rumor it’s going to be stolen is making controversy.” Kira informed. A silence began between the two, and Nathan quickly thought of someone to talk about.

“Did Nurse Joy determine whether or not Vulpix was bullying the Caterpie?” Nathan broke the silence.

“Not really, but something she said made me think Vulpix is the bully.” Kira sighed, “The bubbles inflicted an ‘excruciating’ pain on Vulpix, and even a Vulpix in all its health would have yelped that way. Or, at least, for the weaker ones.”

“That sucks. You have a bully Vulpix who’s weak!” Nathan joked, trying to cheer her up. He got a smile out of her, “Oh come on, that was funny!”

“Not really. It’s kind of sad, really. Imagine how weak the Caterpie was!” Kira laughed, “You definitely know how to lift grumpiness syndrome.”

“I guess so.” Nathan said, “Are you going to finish that toast, or what?”

Matt & Vulpix
03-07-2004, 03:42 PM
Chapter 4 Continued (2)

Kira simply laughed, and finished off the toast. Everyone in the Pokemon Center was already dressed when they came upstairs, Kira observed as she looked around.

“I’ll be right back, I need to fetch my bag in my room.” Kira said, going back upstairs.

“So, any plans to stay another night?” Nurse Joy asked Nathan, as the duo was eating at the counter, because it has stools.

“Yes. Today, we’re taking it more relax, going to go see that new exhibit. And train our Pokemon too, so we can face Brock tomorrow.” Nathan informed her.

“Nice plans. Keep the key, then!” Nurse Joy told him, and he nodded, as he saw Kira come back downstairs. She was leaving the Pokemon Center, so he ran to catch up to her.

“Trying to ditch me?” Nathan asked jokingly.

“Sure, why not!” Kira replied.

“Well, I am a basketball player. You can’t outrun me that easily!” Nathan stated, flexing his muscles to her.

“Yeah, right, and Vulpix are blue.” Kira mocked, “If you’re so fast, race you to the Museum!”

“That’s no fair! I don’t know where it is, and neither do you!” Nathan said, as she began to run, and he caught up to her running.

“Follow me then, but you’ll still lose.” Kira laughed.

Matt & Vulpix
03-07-2004, 03:43 PM
Chapter 5

“Finally!” Nathan praised as he saw the museum nearby, after about fifteen minutes of insane running. Looking around, he smiled, as he did not see Kira. Minutes later, she arrived, without breath.

“This,” Kira gasped for air, and said very slowly, “was not, in any way, fair.”

“It was too! You didn’t know where it was and I beat you to here!” Nathan laughed.

“Well, that doesn’t matter.” She continued, getting a little more air in her lungs.

“Well, are you just going to stand there and breathe, or are we actually going to see the exhibit?” Nathan asked, after moments of breathing.

“Yes, let’s go.” Kira said, getting up from her bent position to look up at the grand building in front of her. It was very wide, and the walls were a pale orange. The door was very wide, and it was open, because some people were standing in line.

“Wow, long line.” Nathan noticed, as he and Kira began to stand in line, and he was looking down the long hallway with a velvet carpet on the floor.

“Yes, well, it’ll give me time to get back to my full breathing capacities.” Kira laughed.

At least thirty people were ahead of them in line, and the line did not seem to become any shorter, just longer and longer. Thirty minutes later, Kira and Nathan were at the booth.

“Hello, welcome to Pewter Museum, home of many beautiful exhibits.” the lady inside the booth resided, “How many tickets would you like?”

“Two.” Nathan stated.

“Great, that’ll one thousand.” she said again, outstretching her hand through the round hole in the glass. Nathan handed her the money, and Kira stood in shock. The redheaded girl gave them the two tickets, and said goodbye to them. The duo went through the double-doors on the left of the booth.

“Why did you pay for me?” Kira said, outraged.

“Relax, girl. I was going to make you give me five-hundred here.” Nathan informed, putting his hands up as if he was protecting himself.

“Fine.” Kira said, giving him the money.

Looking around, they saw four little archways the lead to four different exhibits, that were always there, at the Pewter Museum. There was a slightly larger archway that led to the main exhibit, the one it had been sent only a day before, not even.

“Where should we head first?” Kira asked, looking around.

“Why don’t we read the flyer about the exhibits first?” Nathan asked, getting one from the round wooden table in the middle of the room. Kira snatched it and began to read it.

“Well, the exhibit in door A,” Kira said, pointing to the door that was near the entrance door, to the left, “is an exhibit of various antiques they found around the Pokemon World. In door B,” she continued, pointing to the door near the right of the entrance door, “there is an exhibit about bug-type Pokemon and how to raise them properly.”

Nathan stopped her and snatched the flyer back, “My turn!” he laughed, “In door C,” he said, pointing to the door next to door A, “there’s an exhibit about hypnosis with a life hypnosis show! That should be fun. And finally, in door D,” he pointed to the door next to Door B, “there’s an educational tutorial on Pokemon Battling.”

“Why do most of these exhibits sound boring? The only one I want to see is the one in the large archway.” Kira sighed.

“Well, force yourself. If we paid for it, let’s get our money’s worth.” Nathan said, as they headed to Door A.

“Why can’t we go see the best exhibit now?” Kira squirmed, holding him back.

“Because, if we wait, we won’t have to go with the crowd. Everyone will have already seen it; therefore it’ll only be us. And, why not save the best for last?” Nathan explained.

“I hate to admit it, but you’re right.” Kira replied, crossing her arms over her chest, and forcing herself to go see the exhibit with the antiques.

A few hours later and a few dull exhibits later, Kira was pumped up as the duo headed to the newest and exclusive exhibit beyond the large archway. It was deserted and everyone had already seen it. Except for a few security guards, the place was bare.

“Well, you were right, Nathan. It’s bare. So, the exhibit is about fossils is it? This will be very interesting.” Kira said, walking in. Nathan followed.

“There’s only like six or seven things here!” Nathan yelled, “Outrage!”

“No, I find this really interesting. There aren’t many ‘fossil’ Pokemon, but these are the fossils they’ve found, that are like the ancestors of those Pokemon.” Kira said, reading off of the plate at the entrance of the medium-sized circular room.

“Interesting. Let’s see this first thing.” Nathan said, walking over slightly to the left of Kira, “Kabuto’s Fossil: the Dome Fossil.”

They observed a little shell-like fossil, with little orb-like eyes inside it. It was very cute, but the orbs looked really out of place.

“Omanyte’s Fossils, the Helix fossil.” Kira observed on the next one, “How strangely cute! We’re not learning anything, but it’s really cool, huh?”

“I know.” Nathan said, still taking in the tiny little twister-like shell.

They looked the next three fossils: the Root Fossil, which was Lileep’s fossil, the Claw fossil, which was Anorith’s fossil, and the Amber fossil, which was Aerodactyl’s fossil.

“That was interesting!” Kira said, stretching her arms out from all the reading they had done in the room.

“Wait, there’s another one here…” Nathan noticed, next to the Root Fossil. It was larger than all the other ones, save the Amber, and it looked like a large dome, “Kabutops’s Fossil, the Aegis Fossil.”

“Kabutops? Interesting, I was told they looked different than Kabuto. Isn’t Kabutops out of the shell?” Kira asked.

“Who knows?” Nathan joked, “But it does look sort of out of place.”

“It’s weird, it looks very reassuring.” Kira said, smiling.

“I agree.” Nathan got in, but was quickly interrupted.

“Okay kids, time to go.” one of the security guards pushed the duo out of the room, back into the lobby-like place. As Kira looked behind her, she saw the security guards lock up the exhibit room.

“Oh, there’s a bathroom! I hadn’t noticed.” Nathan said, pointing to a door, which was next to the entrance, “You go ahead outside and I’ll catch up with you.”

Kira nodded, and headed back into the ticket booth area, and exited the building altogether. She looked around and spotted an old man that she had never met before, but he seemed awkwardly familiar.

“Mr. Niron!” Kira shouted, recognizing his picture from the article in the local newspaper, “My name is Kira Varon, and I just saw your exhibit. It’s exquisite!”

“Why, thank you Kira.” Mr. Niron said slowly, taken aback by the sudden outburst, “Did you enjoy it?”

“Sure, learnt a lot. Could I have your autograph?” Kira asked.

“Sure, why not!” he replied, taking a pad of paper and a pen, and signing her a note, saying, “Thanks for seeing the exhibit! Signed: Mr. Niron.”

“I noticed, thought, that one of the fossils didn’t exactly fit in with the rest.” Kira commented.

“Really? Which one might that be?” Mr. Niron asked.

“The Aegis fossil, it looked kind of big compared to all the other ones, safe the Amber fossil.” Kira yapped on.

“Aegis, you say? I have no such fossil in my exhibit, young lady.” Mr. Niron replied, “Are you sure there was one of those in my exhibit?”

“I’m quite sure. It looked slightly out of place, so I was wondering…” Kira commented.

“No, there is not one of those in my exhibit. I’m sure, ms.” Mr. Niron reassured, “I only have five fossils in my collection.”

“Well, there were six. I know how to count, Mr. Niron.” Kira argued.

“I must go check this immediately.” Mr. Niron replied.

“You haven’t even seen your own exhibit yet?” Kira asked, astounded.

“I have seen it, just not in the museum quite yet.” Mr. Niron babbled, rushing into the museum, scrambling to get to the exhibit.

Moments later, after passing through the large crowd at the entrance for their tickets, Mr. Niron and Kira got through to the locked door that led to the exhibit. Taking out a key, he unlocked the various locks on it and got inside.

“Oh no…” Mr. Niron gasped, dropping the key to the floor. The sound of the key hitting the tiled floor made a noise that marked the beginning of a long silence.

“It’s gone.” Kira said blankly. All the fossils were gone, from the mysterious Aegis fossil, to the Root fossil.

“All of it. All of my hard years getting these fossils, wasted!” he shouted, putting his hands up, “Why me?”

Everyone in the lobby felt sad for the man. He had dug up several sites to find these fossils, and now it was all in vain.

“Security!” Mr. Niron asked.

Nathan came back from the washroom and looked at the scene, and chuckled in his head. All of the pale faces, he was sure something had happened.

“What happened?” Nathan asked Kira.

“All of the fossils were stolen. Mr. Niron, the owner of the exhibit, is in absolute grief.” Kira said, “I wonder how it was stolen. It was there ten minutes ago, why isn’t it there now?”

“Maybe it has something to do with the out of place fossil.” Nathan commented.

“Hey… there’s an idea!” Kira said, “oh wait, no. That’s impossible.”

“What is?” Nathan asked, looking at her horrified face.

“Oh, nothing.” Kira covered up.

But Nathan knew something had gone on in her head. She had figured something horrible out, and he wanted to know what. But, knowing her so far, he knew he’d never get to know it.

Matt & Vulpix
03-07-2004, 03:46 PM
Chapter 5 Continued

The police had arrived in less than three minutes, as the town was so small. They ordered the building to be shut down, and no one was allowed to leave. Someone in that building was a thief, or maybe the person was already gone. Everyone in the building was regrouped in the lobby of the exhibits.

“Hello, youth of Pewter City!” a woman said, taking the center stage of the affair. She was wearing a tight small blue skirt, and an equally blue top. She reminded Nathan of a flight attendant, “Now, as you know, the main exhibit has been stolen from the museum. We don’t know if the culprit is in this room, but I find that highly unlikely. We’ll keep you here for the shortest amount of time as possible. If you have any questions, you can ask me, Officer Jenny.”

“Okay.” the room sounded almost in harmony.

“Where is Mr. Niron?” Kira asked, passing a few people to go speak to Officer Jenny.

“He’s back in the hotel, right now. He’s very sad, and with reason.” Officer Jenny remarked, “Is there anything you’d like to ask?”

“Actually, not ask, but inform. Was the police informed of the Aegis fossil?” Kira asked her nicely.

“Well, being I’m the head of police, I have not heard of such a fossil.” Officer Jenny stated, astounded. She had a hand over her heart, as if she was dying, “I’ve seen the exhibit, there was only five fossils: Root, Dome, Amber, Claw and Helix.”

“That’s what Mr. Niron said too. See, me and my friend Nathan…” Kira began, but was interrupted.

“Kira, I asked a bunch of people who saw the exhibit. None saw the Aegis fossil.” Nathan informed.

“That’s odd. No one has seen it except us…” Kira sighed loudly.

“What did it look like?” Officer Jenny asked.

“Well, it looked like a big dome, but not really a dome.” Kira said, “I’m sorry it’s vague, but it’s the only thing I can use to describe it, other than it was a lot paler.”

“Do you think a person could have fit inside?” Officer Jenny asked, noting the information on a pad of paper.

“A person?” Nathan pondered, “Yes, perhaps if the person was in a certain position.”

“I agree. But, some people just saw the exhibit maybe a few moments before us, and none of them saw it! How did the fossil get inside without anyone noticing something odd, or different?” Kira pondered.

“The exhibit was closed down for a few minutes, around four o’clock. They needed to wipe up some vomit, from a girl. What was her name?” Officer Jenny asked herself, “Oh, yes, her name was Amy.”

“Amy? Where is Amy?” Nathan asked.

“She left, I’m guessing. Headed home, she felt too sick.” Officer Jenny said.

“Is there another exit other than the big, bolted, locked door?” Kira asked.

“No, but there is a window. Did you notice it?” Officer Jenny questioned them. They both nodded, and she continued asking, “Was the Aegis Fossil small enough to pass through it?”

“Yes. I believe it could have, but the window was so high up, they must have gotten out and pushed it out.” Kira thought back to the time she was in the circular exhibit room.

“Thanks for your help. I have to go look at some things right now.” Officer Jenny said, leaving them, “You wont have to wait much longer to leave, we’ve questioned almost everyone.”

The duo just nodded, and sat down. Kira couldn’t help but trying to put the pieces together, and Nathan just thought about random things like food and pizza.

“It’s seven o’clock, lady!” a man shouted extremely loudly to Officer Jenny, as many had done before, “I’ve been here for nearly three hours and a half!”

“Yes, I know sir, and I’m sorry, but for all I know you could be the thief.” Officer Jenny said, putting her hands up in defense as a reflex.

“Do you see a fossil in my hands? Do you?” he shouted, scaring some of the younger children, “If I stole a fossil it matter as well be up my –”

“Please!” Officer Jenny interjected, “Do not swear in front of the children!”

The man, who looked about thirty years old, just grunted and went back to sit down on one of the benches. True, it had been a long wait, and all Kira wanted to do was go play with her Pokemon, but she couldn’t in the museum because it was already too packed. Nathan wanted to train Bulbasaur and Scyther, he knew that the GYM Leader wouldn’t be an easy battle.

“We have determined all we need to determine from you people! We thank you for staying and we are extremely sorry for your lost time.” Officer Jenny announced, about fifteen minutes later, “If you would please exit the museum in a calm in orderly fashion…”

She never got to finish her words, because everyone was flocking to the exit like Caterpie flocking together to protect themselves from wild Pidgey.

“Good lord…” Officer Jenny had the calm of mind to think.

Nathan looked around as he got to the exit, and couldn’t spot the black-haired girl he’d been traveling with.

“Kira?” he shouted, looking around, “Kira!”

Matt & Vulpix
03-07-2004, 03:46 PM
Chapter 5 Continued (2)

While everyone was flocking to the exit, she just sat on the blue bench she’d been on for hours, not moving. Just staring at the ground, as if there was something worthwhile to see on the carpeted floor.

“Kira? Snap out of it!” Nathan said, crouching down to her eye level, and he then shook her. By now, there was practically no one in the room except Officer Jenny and a few other policemen, and the duo. All the other people were now flocking to the exit in the ticket booth hallway.

“Gee, I wonder what she’s thinking about.” Officer Jenny said, crouching down a little bit, with her hands on her knees, “It must be very important if she’s in a state of shock.”

“She’s always been so hands-on, thought, for the few days I’ve known her.” Nathan observed, “It’s not like her to let things get to her.”

“Then again,” she remarked, “you only have known her a few days. You said it yourself.”

“I guess so.” he sighed.

“Officer Jenny?” a woman suddenly asked, in the doorway.

“At your service!” Officer Jenny said, getting back up from the crouched position, and shaking the redheaded woman’s hands.

“I’m Martina Herring from the Pewter Daily…” she informed, and suddenly, Kira looked straight up at the mildly tall woman.

“You want to ask some questions, don’t you?” Officer Jenny grunted.

“Yes, if you don’t mind…” Martina said back, “It’s important for people to know, after all.”

“I guess so. Shoot.” Officer Jenny replied back, not having any means to escape from the interview.

“How was the theft committed?” Martina asked, getting ready to note on her pad and paper.

“From what we can construct, there was a fake fossil in the room near the end of the exhibit’s showing today, around three o’clock. While the exhibit was locked away to pick up a young girl’s vomit, we suspect the fake fossil was moved in, passed off as an exhibit. Most people had seen it by then, except for a few people that I could count on my fingers. The fossil was passed off as the Aegis Fossil, and was supposedly big enough to hold a person. We suspect that after the exhibit was shut down for the day, the thief got out of the fossil somehow, and stole all the fossils through the windows, which seem unharmed.” Officer Jenny constructed. Nathan, Martina and Kira were amazed at how she could reconstruct this all so quickly.

“Was there any way to avoid this robbery?” Martina said, as she noted a few details about Officer Jenny’s previous answer.

“I don’t believe there was.” Officer Jenny said sadly.

“And this girl… what was her name?” Martina asked.

“Well, Ms. Herring, her name was Amy. I have no further information on the matter.” Officer Jenny recalled.

“And? Do you think she had anything to do with the crime?” Martina carried on the interview.

“I have flipped-flopped that idea in my head, and it would make some sense, but it would be hard to link the culprit to Amy, and linking them as a group of thieves.” Officer Jenny informed.

“Thank you, Officer Jenny. Is there anything you’d like to add?” Martina said, ending the interview.

“Yes, I have something I find very important to say, and announce, I might add. The culprit, or culprits, is in this town as I speak. The exits to the town are being blocked off, and until we find out the identity of the thieves, no one is to leave or enter this town. If my team and me have to search every square inch of Pewter City, we will find the fossils. It isn’t easy to hide something of that size.” Officer Jenny said, in a very, very serious tone.

“Are the exits blocked off now?” Martina said, after finishing to note Officer Jenny’s announcement. She was clearly blown away.

“Yes, they are. The thieves can take my announcement as a threat.” Officer Jenny said, “This interview is over.”

Officer Jenny left the building when that was said, as the whole building was clear.

“Wait! I had one more question!” Martina Herring said, putting her hand up, and running to catch Officer Jenny.

“Wait a minute…” Kira spoke, breaking her long silence, “It makes sense.”

“What makes sense?” Nathan asked, confused.

“My theory.” Kira said, getting up and looking at him. He was still confused, “On who the thieves are?”

“Oh right!” Nathan grinned, “Carry on.”

“Okay, well that girl Amy? Probably a fake name, but anyways… She threw up, or she used another substance to make it seem like vomit. I’m guessing it was in a glass container, and that they took the bottle with her when she left. Then, they closed the exhibit temporarily to get the smell out through the windows and let someone clean it up. As it was airing out, the culprit got out of the fake fossil, and somehow opened the window wide enough to get the other five real fossils outside. They left the glass cases there, probably because it wouldn’t fit any other way. Then, they, as in the ‘Amy’ and the culprit, probably brought their fossils into a stash somewhere…. Possibly a house, or a hole in the ground, maybe?” Kira said very quickly, all the while Nathan had trouble keeping up.

“Wow… that makes sense. But where would the stash be?” Nathan observed, and remembered the shady characters he had seen yesterday.

“I’m not quite sure… but I know there’s one place they’d never look.” Kira said, in such an amazed tone, such as the time when the person discovered the Earth was round.

“Where?” Nathan asked eagerly.

“Pewter City GYM.” Kira stated calmly with a smile.

Matt & Vulpix
03-08-2004, 09:53 PM
Chapter 6

“Are you kidding me?” Nathan laughed, “The GYM? Wouldn’t the leader see fossils?”

“I guess so, but it’s a good place to hide them. They won’t go looking for it, and as for the GYM Leader, he probably doesn’t look in the corners.” Kira remarked, “It’s the best place they could use to stash it. I’m going to ask Officer Jenny to check there first.”

Nathan tried to stop her from going to see Officer Jenny, but it was as if she had rockets attached to her feet. Kira ran so quickly out of the room, he couldn’t have stopped her had he tried.

“Women!” he grunted to himself, following her steps slowly.

“Men!” Kira thought, storming out of the building, “They only slow us down!”

Eventually, Kira found the policewoman checking some houses in a northern part of the town. She stopped her, so she could ask her to check the GYM.

“The GYM?” Officer Jenny said, stunned, “You want me to check the GYM? Do you think the GYM Leader stole it or something?”

“No, but it’s the perfect place to stash it. Admit that you didn’t think about looking there.” Kira grinned widely, as Nathan caught up to the duo, breathless.

“It hadn’t occurred, Ms. Varon, for the reason that I think of the present not the future. I was only thinking of checking these houses. It may have come up eventually.” Officer Jenny said, “Calm down, girl.”

“Check it, now!” Kira ordered, “I’m ninety percent positive it is there!”

“With all due respect, you’re also a ten year old kid.” Officer Jenny replied coldly, “Please, put your mind to better uses; like fashion and celebrities.”

“But!” Kira said helplessly.

“I’ll check in due time. For now, just go and hang out with your friend there, Ms. Varon.” Officer Jenny cast Kira aside, and continued her search.

Kira returned to Nathan defeated, “I was so sure it would be there…”

It was already late, and, knowing they would have their GYM battle the day after, they decided to train their Pokemon together, especially Vulpix and Scyther, as they were the newest additions to the bunch.

After two and a half hours of vigorous training, Kira and Nathan were too exhausted to continue their training. It was almost ten o’clock, so they headed back to the Pokemon Center to have their Pokemon healed, and to go back to bed.

“I’ll be back in a moment, with your Pokemon healed!” Nurse Joy said, putting the four pokeballs on a tray and heading to the back area.

“Hey, look over there!” Kira pointed to where she had read the newspaper the night before. A bunch of trainers were surrounding the television, and Kira guessed something exciting was on it.

“Let’s go!” Nathan said a little late, as Kira was already going to see what it was.

On the right half of the screen, a redheaded lady was on the screen, and they realized it was Martina Herring. On the other half of the screen, there was a fairly younger lady with short black hair. On the bottom of the screen, the title was ‘Fossil Freak Out’.

“Welcome back to KNN, the leading news network in Kanto.” the lady on the left said, “I’m Larissa Hotchkiss, and you’re watching Late-Night News. I’m speaking with our Pewter City correspondent, Martina Herring, journalist for the Pewter Daily.”

“It’s nice to be here, Larissa.” Martina acknowledged.

“It’s nice to have you!” Larissa laughed, “Anyways, you’re here to keep all of Kanto updated on the Fossil Freak Out. Can you tell us what happened?”

“Well, to our knowledge, the day was fine, lots of visitors to see the old exhibits as much as the new anticipated exhibit, which was only supposed to be there a few days. A lot of people saw it, and, according to the lead detective-slash-officer on the case, a girl threw up towards three o’clock. They closed the exhibit temporarily to allow it to air out, and to clean it up. It was reopened afterwards, and a few people saw it, but they shut it down near four o’clock. In that time, the fossils were stolen.” Martina informed.

“How, thought? I’ve heard the bolted door they have for that exhibit cost a fortune!” Larissa observed.

“There was a fake fossil in the room, suspected to have been entered while they picked up the vomit. None of the people noticed this fossil, but a certain girl met Mr. Niron, owner of the exhibit, and she told him about this fossil. He went to go check up about this mysterious fossil, and they were all gone. We believe someone hid in the fake fossil, got out, and stole them all.” Martina replied.

“Well, approximately how much time was between that?” Larissa asked, seemingly very interested.

“Maybe five, ten minutes?” Martina replied.

“Do the police suspect anyone at all?” Larissa asked. It was a routine question.

“Yes, they do. The girl, supposedly named ‘Amy’, might be linked with this crime. It couldn’t have been just a coincidence.” Martina informed logically.

“How are the police going to find the thieves?” Larissa asked.

“They have closed up all the exits to Pewter City; that means no one is leaving or entering this town until the fossils are recovered and the thief, or thieves, is behind bars. Officer Jenny, head of the investigation, is going door by door in hopes of finding the fossils.” Martina said.

“Is there any clues to where they might be? Is it possible for them to be out of the town?” Larissa asked.

“There aren’t any solid clues, other than the girl, and the witnesses of the Aegis Fossil, the fake fossil. They don’t believe the fossils could have been sneaked out of town in the daylight, so they think they are safe.” Martina said.

“Do you think any of this procedure to find the fossils is bad, or improvable?” Larissa asked.

“Seems to me that the door-to-door search is pointless. They should look in key places, the thieves wouldn’t stash in their home. Apart from that, new trainers looking to fight the Pewter City GYM and who haven’t already entered the town are going to be severely delayed.” Martina Herring said, “The whole robbery is bad.”

“Is Niron going to do anything about it?” Larissa said.

“Well, Larissa, he isn’t pressing charges to anyone yet. If they catch the thieves, it is possible.” Martina said back.

“That’s about all the time we have. Nice speaking with you, Martina.” Larissa said kindly.

“Thanks, and you too, Larissa.” Martina said, as the screen became a full picture of Larissa, and the title disappeared.

“Thought the fossil freak out isn’t nearly done, here at KNN we will keep you up-to-date. Martina Herring is sure to be back with more of the facts, and we are trying to get an interview with Mr. Niron.” Larissa said, “We’ll be back after these messages.”

The show cut to an ad for trips to islands on a ferry, from a company called ‘Cruise Fun’.

“That’s interesting.” Kira remarked, “But it didn’t explain anything we didn’t know.”

“True.” Nathan said, as he and Kira headed to their separate rooms on the second floor, as all the other people scattered.

“Yep.” Kira said briefly.

“Here you are!” Nurse Joy said to the duo as they passed, and handed them their Pokemon, “Good night children!”

“Goodnight!” they replied in harmony.

Matt & Vulpix
03-09-2004, 06:47 PM
Chapter 6 Continued

The next morning, the duo woke up at full strength. They were both physically ready for their GYM battles, but mentally, they were both wreaks. Nathan and Kira kept thinking about the thievery and the thieves and the fossils. Nothing about the crime seemed to add up; the vomit, the fake fossil, the windows… even with the closed off exits, it was going to take a long time to find the thieves, if at any time.

Nathan was the first one up, drinking some milk and eating some toast, while watching the morning news. He found it dull; they had no new information, and they were basically repeating everything that had been said on Larissa Hotchkiss’ show, “Late-Night News”. Kira woke up, and was cheerful this time, much to his surprise.

“Do you change your morning attitude everyday or something?” he moaned when he saw her smile.

“Yes, yes, yes I do!” she cheered, “Why be all sad in the morning? It’s better to take the day on!”

“You’re scaring me, Kira.” Nathan joked.

“No, yesterday I was just bummed out. Today, I’m happy, because I know whodunit!” Kira said.

“Whodunit? You know who did it in the fossils’ thievery?” Nathan said, ‘waking up’ for real this time.

“No, you silly goose!” she laughed painfully cheerful, “I know who stole your smile!”

She put her finger on his closed lips and laughed.

“Seriously, you’re scaring me. You’re supposed to be all grumpy in the morning, like the past ones.” Nathan said, as she got up to get her breakfast. He followed her.

“Well… I’m just happy, okay? Am I not allowed to be? Was a new law passed during my slumber?” she said, overly dramatic on purpose.

“Now you’re sarcastic. That’s better than the cheerfulness.” Nathan smiled.

Kira ignored the comment, and went back to sit down to eat her own breakfast, which consisted of eggs and toast. Nathan followed once more.

“So,” she said, as if his comment never occurred, “are you ready to challenge Brock?”

“I’m not sure…” Nathan said, “Why?”

“Wanted to know who’s going first.” Kira said, stuffing her face with the food. It disgusted Nathan.

“Ladies first, by all means!” Nathan said, “I don’t think I could go first.”

Kira made a weird face.

“No, no, no! You go first, I’m not going firs!” Kira said, putting her plate of food down on the coffee table.

“You just said you wanted to go first!” he exclaimed back at her.

“Yeah well…” Kira tried to think of a logical explanation, and, not finding one, improvised, “I have to… do my hair.”

“Do your hair?” he repeated, “Why, in the world, would you care about doing your hair?”

“You rimed!” she laughed, “Anyways, a lady can’t battle with bad hair.”

“Right!” Nathan acted as if he knew that, “I’ll be going outside now… to train my Pokemon.”

Kira just nodded, and he left the building. She began to laugh when he left about his mishap with the hair.

“Well, I do need to train my Pokemon.” she thought aloud, “Maybe I can find somebody to battle while he faces Brock…”

“You want to battle, ms.?” a girl passing by said. Kira looked up, and saw a blonde girl, with a short white skirt, and a tank top on. The girl reminded Kira of what she and Wendy would look like put together.

“Yes, actually, I need to…” Kira began, but never finished.

“Train your Pokemon? I heard you think out loud!” she laughed, “I’m Annabelle Durivage.”

She sat down, and Kira introduced herself, “Kira Varon, of Pallet Town.”

“I’m from Viridian City, actually. Took me a while to go get my starter down in your town… nice man, thought, that Oak.” she thought, putting her hands on her knees, and her head on her hands, “We’ll battle once you’re done.”

“Right.” Kira ate more quickly now, not wanting to make the girl wait up, “What kind of Pokemon do you have?”

“Oh, right now, I have a Venonat. I really like bug-type Pokemon, I think I might make myself specialize in that type, but then again, I’m just a rookie at this.” Annabelle said, “You?”

“I have a Squirtle, and a Vulpix.” Kira said, “I just caught Vulpix a day ago thought.”

“I’d hate to face your Vulpix… Venonat couldn’t protect himself against the fire-drenching attacks.” Annabelle shivered, “I’d surrender before making it go through that inferno.”

“I wouldn’t make you surrender, thought.” Kira said, “A battle isn’t a battle if there was no fighting involved.”

“True.” Annabelle said briefly.

“Done!” Kira said, overjoyed, “Meet me outside?”

“Sure!” Annabelle exclaimed, while they both got up. Kira went to give the plate back to the nurse, while Annabelle left the building.

Kira followed suit and found Annabelle standing a few meters away from the Pokemon Center, with a game face expression on her face. She was ready to battle, and so was Kira.

Matt & Vulpix
03-11-2004, 07:16 PM
Chapter 6 Continued (2)

“Let’s go, then, Annabelle! One Pokemon apiece, and you’ll send out first!” Kira said, declaring the rules officially.

“Right! Go, Venonat!” she launched the Pokeball, which exploded and out appeared a little purple fuzzy creature.

“Alright… I choose you, Squirtle!” Kira announced, launching her Pokeball near Venonat’s landing spot. Out appeared the oh so familiar turtle.

“You fell right into my trap!” she laughed maniacally.

“Trap?” Kira blinked ignorantly, “What?”

“Squirtle is weak to some of Venonat’s techniques, making me the favorite for the winning of this battle!” Annabelle laughed, “Rookie!”

“Even so, you haven’t realized that Squirtle has an advantage over Venonat!” Kira laughed like a schoolgirl trying to keep a secret.

“Bluff!” Annabelle thought to herself, then commanded ever so well her Venonat to attack, “Supersonic!”

Kira observed as Venonat launched waves into the air. Thought they were invisible, Kira knew that it would have some effect or another on Squirtle. She wondered at what it was, but as Squirtle began to look dizzy, she snapped back to reality.

“Bubble!” she said, as Squirtle fell down to the ground, hurting itself in the process, “What’s going on? Why isn’t Squirtle attacking?” she muttered a few seconds later.

“Ha! Rookie!” Annabelle laughed back, “Supersonic induces confusion upon your Pokemon, making it hit itself half the time rather than the opponent!”

“I see. You don’t have to be so vicious, Annabelle…” Kira remarked.

“All is fair in love and war.” Annabelle recited a famous line, “So take advantage of Squirtle’s confusion! Poison Powder attack, Venonat!”

Venonat began to shake its head in a strange manner, and out came flocks of powder, and it took good eyesight to see the powder. It flew through the air, and touched Squirtle’s skin lightly. It was infected.

“Poison!” Kira gasped, “You poisoned my Squirtle! I’m reporting you to Officer Jenny!”

“Relax!” Annabelle laughed, “It’s legal to be poisoned in a Pokemon battle!”

“It’s allowed?” Kira took in the fact, which she found unfair, “Try to Bubble!”

However, when Squirtle tried to bubble, the poison kicked in, and it fell to the ground. Kira thought that he might be fainted, but she continued to shout the attack, in denial.

“Face it honey,” Annabelle chanted, “You have lost.”

“Squirtle… return.” Kira said, “Good battle thought. I wonder why Squirtle fell so fast to your Venonat…”

“I’ve been training him for a bit longer than you, Kira. He was more experienced and had advantages.” Annabelle tried to comfort, as a friend.

“No, but if I can’t beat you, how will I ever face Brock?” Kira sighed, “Impossible…”

“What about Vul- oh, right, Vulpix is weak to rock-types, which is Pewter City GYM’s specialty.” Annabelle said, “I beat him, it can’t be that hard.”

Kira laughed, and then said seriously, “I guess I can always try…”

“That guess would be right, Kira. Just try, okay? Maybe we’ll meet up later on in Kanto, or later here. I wish they’d catch those thieves so I could finally leave to Cerulean!” the blonde girl said back to her.

“Well, I have a theory on where the fossils are, and the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…” Kira laughed maniacally, “Those thieves won’t get away with it if I’m right.”

“Really?” Annabelle said, seemingly worried, “I see. Well, I’ll be seeing you now.”

Annabelle quickly recalled Venonat, waved, and ran in the distance.

“Odd girl, that one. Seems to have split personalities.” Kira joked to herself, in her thoughts, “I wonder if she had anything to do with it…”

As soon as the thought came through her head, she shrugged it off. The girl was extremely nice outside of battle, all the while being aggressive in a battle.

“I better catch up to Nathan!” Kira said, snapping out of her gaze.

Matt & Vulpix
03-13-2004, 08:32 PM
Chapter 7

While Kira and Annabelle were battling, Nathan trained his Pokemon a bit further from the Pokemon Center. In spite of this, he didn’t see their battle, or hear about it. He was training very close to Pewter City GYM, and it was very tempting to try and beat the GYM Leader, who’s name was Brock, or so he was told.

“Bulbasaur and Scyther look ready… I think.” Nathan thought, nervously. Nothing made him more nervous than a big Pokemon Battle, other than his basketball games and his exams.

Even thought he hated going first, he was becoming gutsy about this big Pokemon battle.

“Well, I have a lot of time to challenge Brock, and so does Kira. We can’t leave town anyways, so why not train a lot then battle?” Nathan thought, reasoning with himself. But a part of him wanted to take the risk, see how good he really was.

“Nathan? Nathan Lennox? If you don’t tell me where you are this instant I will put something very foot-like up your-” a voice suddenly came faintly from behind some of the houses.

“I’m here, I’m here Kira!” he shouted back. He continued training while Kira came around and joined him.

“Having good training?” Kira began a conversation, and released her two Pokemon and began training with Nathan and his Pokemon. She told him all about Annabelle, the battle, and how she healed Squirtle afterwards. At his turn, he told her all about how he felt like barging into the GYM and battling Brock.

After hearing this, Kira stopped training for a second and glanced up, at the top of the small hill-like place where the GYM stood, proud, in the glazing mid-day sun. Nathan joined her in doing this, taking in for the fifth time or so the gigantic structure, and wondering what kind of challenge stood within.

“It can’t be that hard.” Kira said, suddenly having a change of heart.

“I thought you told me you were frightened to go battle Brock after you lost to Anne?” Nathan remarked, dumb-founded.

“Annabelle.” Kira corrected lightly, “And, maybe I was. I guess I had a very sudden change of heart. And if I feel up to it, then there’s no doubt you should.”

Those words of confidence from Kira seemed to put Nathan on Cloud Nine.

“I think I’m ready.”

As he spoke these words, he recalled his Pokemon, and headed to the Pokemon Center, to heal them. Kira laughed, and shouted to him that she would be in the building when he came back. She did as she told him, and entered.

Looking around, she saw a large enough room with portraits on each side of the room, tons of them. Names were carved in gold underneath them, on the bronze-like wallpapered walls. Some were in black in white and looked very old, where as some looked very new. Kira found this interesting and quaint, but at the same time wondered the purpose of these paintings.

“William G. Mink.” Kira read the fifth portrait on the left-side wall. The portrait looked old, but the doors at the end of the room opened when she spoke those words.

“Hello, young lady. Who might you be?” he asked her. Kira looked at him, and saw a tanned man, taller than her by maybe an inch. He had black eyes, and a look on his face that spoke volumes to Kira.

“Name’s Kira Varon.” she told him, trying to avoid looking at his face. One way or another, he seemed very mad.

“Right, and what do you think you’re doing here?” he said. Kira noticed how he was trying not to sound pissed off.

“Waiting for my friend to come here… he’s challenging the GYM Leader.” Kira said, “I’m anxious to meet him. Say, you look familiar. Who are you?”

“Brock.” he said. When he saw Kira’s inquiring face, he continued, “I live in the house adjacent to the GYM, with my siblings and my father.”

“Brock? The GYM Leader Brock?” Kira said, astounded.

“Yes.” he nodded, and crossed his arms. Kira was looking around, noticing he had an odd combination of colors on: orange shirt, green jacket, and grey pants. Atrocious, in Kira’s mind.

“My friend Nathan is coming soon. Just healing his Pokemon.” Kira said, and saw him nod, “Say, why do you look pissed off?”

“Well, you see, I just lost to a trainer. I’m beginning to think I’m losing my touch.” Brock responded, “It was close, thought.”

“I see. And who are all these people on the walls?” she said, twirling in the middle of the room, pointing to them all.

“Past GYM Leaders of this place. Not many, maybe eleven including me. We really need to even out these walls; there’s eight on this side, and three on this one…” Brock laughed.

“So, how many siblings do you have?” Kira asked, but then the entrance door opened, and in barged Nathan.

“Welcome to the Pewter City GYM.” Brock said, looking Nathan up and down. Nathan was wearing his jeans and his white tank top with a white jacket on top, “I’m guessing you’re the boy she’s been telling me about?”

“Yes, he is!” Kira laughed, “Nathan, this is Brock. Brock, this is Nathan.”

The two males shook hands.

“Come on, let’s go. Through here.” Brock said, uncrossing his hands and nodding to the door he had come through moments before.

Nathan gave a look to Kira, “Oh, he knows you want to challenge him!” Kira said to him, “Come on.”

Nathan followed Kira through the door, and they found it was a hallway. It was long enough, and it led both left and right. There were two grand doors before them, which they guessed led to the fighting area.

“Nathan, you come through here. It’s the stadium. Kira, you can go either way and you’ll enter the area where you can watch the battle.” Brock said, opening the left wooden door. Nathan passed and Brock followed. Kira decided to head right, and when she reached the end of the corridor, she saw there was a stair leading to the place where she would watch Nathan, and a curious hole in the wall. It wasn’t large, but large enough for someone to pass through.

“I wonder what’s beyond the hole…” she thought to herself, “Come to think of it, the whole wall looks different from the other walls.”

Indeed, she was right. That portion of the wall was darker than the rest.

Matt & Vulpix
03-17-2004, 12:11 AM
Chapter 7 Continued

“The match will be with two Pokemon. Agreed?” the referee said, wearing something that seemed inappropriate in Nathan’s eyes. He had on black shorts, and a sweatshirt.

“Yes, agreed.” Brock and Nathan both said.

“Why aren’t you wearing black and white stripes?” Nathan asked the referee curiously.

“Listen, this isn’t my full time job. He lets me wear what I want.” the referee said to him.

The two trainers both went to extremities of the field, which was composed of a sand-like colored floor. In the middle of the field, there was a white Pokeball outline, and the field was determined by equally white boundaries. Looking up, Nathan saw the stands. He didn’t see Kira anywhere, but he saw a lot of other trainers, taking notes on how Brock battled, he was sure of it.

***

Two minutes later, Kira was trying to get through the hole. Invasion of privacy? Perhaps. But that wasn’t going to stop her from finding out what lied beyond the wall. She fit almost perfectly into the hole. A minute later, she stood up in the ‘secret’ room.

Gasping, she saw the five fossils, piled up in the corner of the room. She approached them and touched them, as if in denial.

“So someone finally found them, huh?” a voice said behind her. It was a cold, laughing voice that frightened Kira to her core. Standing up from her crouched position, she turned around.

“Who are you?” Kira demanded.

“Name’s Amy.” She giggled. Her hair was long, black and beautiful. Her eyes were equally black, but gave out a piercing gaze. She was wearing a white outfit, with an R on it in red. Her smile almost made her worried.

“And? Is that all you have to say?” ‘Amy’ inquired.

“Are you… did you steal these fossils?” Kira asked, “Because if you did…”

“Me? By gosh, no. I would never do that…” she said, “alone.”

“So I was right! There were two people. Are you the one in the…” Kira asked.

“Aegis Fossil? No, I wasn’t. I’m surprised my pseudonym didn’t alert you that I was the one who vomited.” the girl interjected.

“Pseudonym? That’s not your real name?” Kira said, frightened.

“Of course not! Rule number one is to never give out your real name. Man, that’s worse than thinking they can catch us.” the girl laughed.

“I demand you tell me who did this with you!” she said, “And what your real name is!”

“Sigh, it’s not like you’re going to tell anyone,” the girl laughed. These words frightened Kira to no end. The girl continued, “but I pity you really. My partner in crime helped me. His name, and mine for that matter, is none of your business.”

Kira gave up on trying to get her name, but then she heard a ruckus come from the other side. Someone was trying to pass through!

“Report?” the girl asked the person as he was breaking some of the wall to fit through.

“The exits are still blocked.” a male voice responded, “We just need to hang in here for a few days, and we’ll be able to leave.”

Kira could see a ruffle of hair pass through, and then a second figure, quite taller than the lady, came up. He was equally wearing a white uniform with a red R on it, and it kept her wondering what “R” was.

“Who’s this chic?” he asked.

“I don’t know her name, but she seems to have fallen into our little secret… well, it’s not so little!” she said.

“Rebecca, what shall we do about her?” he asked.

“I don’t know, Will. Maybe we should make her keep her mouth shut.” replied the woman, named Rebecca.

“So they are Rebecca and Will…” Kira thought, but the other part of her might have thought of it as more fake names.

“Let’s make this quick!” the blonde Will said, “Onix won’t fit in this room!”

“Go Murkrow!” Rebecca let out her Pokemon reluctantly. Out came a demonic looking bird, with black feathers. The set of eyes the bird Pokemon held was as frightening as its trainer’s.

“Murkrow, use night shade!” Rebecca laughed wickedly.

Murkrow flew up in the air, and began to mesmerize Kira with its eyes. The Pokemon had a sort of control over Kira; he forced her to sit down. He then levitated her, and smashed her into the wall. Luckily, it wasn’t too solid, and it broke right through into another room. The stands!

“Oh crap…” Rebecca and Will both muttered, knowing they would be discovered because of this. “Return Murkrow!”

Matt & Vulpix
03-18-2004, 07:47 PM
Chapter 7 Continued (2)

Nathan had chosen to begin the fight with his weaker Pokemon, Scyther. He let out the green mantis onto the field, and it flew directly to the center. Brock countered with a small little creature, but it looked very defensive, with a steel shell-like skin. The Pokedex alerted its name to be Aron.

“Aron, use mud-slap!” Brock commanded. The white and black creature rammed its feet into the ground, and popped up some mud on Scyther, who became dirty looking.

“Don’t let the mud slow you down! Counter with Pursuit!” Nathan ordered. Immediately, Scyther began to chase down Aron, in order to slash it with its scythes.

“Aron! Try to fit in a headbutt!” Brock countered the attack. Aron jumped into the air, in order to try and perform a headbutt, but before he could, Scyther slashed him with the Pursuit attack.

“Good job, Scyther!” Nathan congratulated, as Aron fell to the ground hurt.

“Aron use a…” Brock began, but never got to end his sentence, as a large bang was heard from the stands.

Nathan looked up to where Kira was supposed to be, and saw the wall break through, with none other than Kira falling through.

“Kira!” he called out. As Nathan yelled this, Brock remembered her.

“What in Professor Oak’s name is going on here?” Brock asked, receiving an agreeing nod from the referee.

“Prepare for trouble!” Rebecca said, however they did not know it was her. They only heard her voice, and there was no one in the stands, or the other stands across the stadium room.

“It’s already begun!” Will continued.

“Team Rocket is here…” Rebecca shouted.

“And it is no pun!” Will finished the sentence.

“What comes after?” Rebecca muttered to Will, only loud enough for Kira, who was on the ground, to hear.

“I don’t know, I don’t think we ever wrote that far…” Will muttered back.

“We don’t have much else to say, but we will next time!” Rebecca and Will both shouted.

“I repeat, what in the heck is going on?” Brock said.

“They stole the fossils…” Kira tried to say, but she couldn’t find the strength to say it loud enough. She was on the floor in front of the elevated stands, now.

“Referee! Call the Police immediately! I’ll handle this!” Brock ordered. The referee didn’t even hesitate in doing so, he exited immediately to the front of the GYM, where Nathan recalled there had been a pay phone.

“I’ll help!” Nathan said.

“No, I can handle it…” Brock replied.

“Kira’s my friend; I’m going to help!” Nathan said.

“Best thing you can do is go out there and try to find where they were coming from. We need to stop them from escaping.” Brock ordered. Nathan didn’t want to help on the sidelines; he wanted to take full action. But then again, he was only a rookie, whereas Brock was a GYM Leader.

Nathan went into the hallway, and he went to his right, and found nothing abnormal. He then went to the other extremity, and saw the hole.

Meanwhile, Brock had released his other Pokemon, Onix, a large snake composed of many rocks. He hopped onto the grey creature, and got onto the stands. He then saw the blonde man and the black haired girl, and when he saw the red R’s on their uniforms, he couldn’t help but gasp.

“Team Rocket… no!” Brock muttered, even thought he already knew it was them from their cut-short motto.

“Better believe it.” the male counterpart laughed, “Let’s split this joint Amy.”

“Go Murkrow!” Amy, a.k.a. Rebecca said, letting out the black crow once again, “Break a leg! Never mind a leg, break a window!”

Murkrow rammed into one of the large windows on the wall. Murkrow just rammed back and forth until it was easy to jump out. Rebecca latched onto Will’s back, and Will hung onto Murkrow’s talons. Being that Onix was too big to do anything to them without breaking the stands, they left the building without a scratch.

“They got away? How?” Nathan said, coming out from the room with the fossils, that he had just been in, trying to corner them.

“They broke my window and used that Murkrow to skid addle out of here.” Brock said, throwing a swear word into the mix.

“Stop in the name of the law!” Officer Jenny yelled, from the field below, and then realized she was too late. The referee accompanied her.

“It’s too late, they’re gone. The fossils are intact however.” Brock shouted back.

“Wow, we left our Pokemon on the field.” Nathan noticed, while he was looking at Brock’s Onix.

“We better resume the battle.” Brock said, “We’ll continue after we get the whole fossil shenanigans cleared up.”

“Okay.” Nathan said, and then ran up to Kira, “Are you okay?”

She got up, and was clearly hurt. She was limping on Nathan, and said, “I don’t know, I better go see Nurse Joy.”

Nathan looked at Brock, who nodded, “Come back after she gets checked out, I’ll deal with Officer Jenny.”

Matt & Vulpix
03-19-2004, 06:38 PM
Chapter 8

“They escaped?” Kira said, shocked. She had just snorted out the juice she was drinking. She was not hurt that badly, heck, she had already recovered.

“They escaped the town, but luckily without the fossils. Mr. Niron is bringing the fossils back to his home. He’s worried they might strike again. Seeing this, the police force has reopened the exits to the city.” Nathan explained to her from across the table.

Kira just sighed. “On a better note, did you finish your battle with Brock?”

“No, it was interrupted.” he grinned.

“Well, no use crying over split milk. You get your behind back to that GYM and continue that fight!” Kira said, triumphal.

“But Nurse Joy said you couldn’t leave the Center…” Nathan said.

“Correct, and I won’t break that imposed rule either. You go finish it and I’ll be fine. It’s not like they are coming back to Pewter to ‘get me’!” Kira joked. She found it funny, but Nathan found the joke very grim.

Reluctantly, Nathan went to get his Pokemon back from Nurse Joy. He had asked her to heal them earlier. He got Scyther and Bulbasaur back, and headed straight for Pewter City GYM.

“Ah, Nathan! How’s Kira?” Brock asked him as he stepped through the doors.

“She’ll be fine. Just a few bruises here and there.” Nathan said, “About our GYM Battle…”

“Yes, well, it’s very rare that a GYM battle is interrupted in such circumstances. There’s no rule, but we can restart the battle if you’d like.” Brock said.

“Sure. Let’s get at it then.” Nathan nodded back, and they headed to the Stadium.

***

The same referee, the same field, the same challenge, the same GYM Leader. Everyone was the same – except one thing. Nathan now knew what Pokemon Brock would choose against Scyther, may that be an advantage in its own way. He would be able to provoke Brock into a trap, if he played his Cards right.

“Go Scyther!”
“Go Aron!”

Both Pokemon immediately appeared on the field, face to face once and again. Without even the orders of their trainers, they started fighting, as if wild Pokemon. A Pursuit there, a mud-slap there. This process repeated a few times, before the trainers intervened.

“Scyther, use a false swipe technique!” Nathan shouted.

“Aron, use your headbutt attack!” Brock countered.

Both Pokemon engaged into their attacks: one was a tricky mistaking slash while the other was a jump into the air, attacking with your head. Slowed down by the previous muddy attacks, Aron got a head start and jumped into the air.

“Fell right into my trap!” Nathan muttered, but loud enough to hear.

While Aron was falling back down, intent on hitting with the head, Scyther used its scythe to slash at its head. Aron never even touched Scyther; he was on the ground before long, exhausted and destroyed.

“My gosh, I congratulate you on that one, Nathan. I never saw it coming. Impressive, that you beat a steel and rock Pokemon with a bug type like Scyther.” Brock congratulated, “But your petty green mantis won’t match up to my best Pokemon!”

He threw out a Pokeball, and out came a grand silhouette, however it was very familiar. Nathan’s eyes widened.

“Onix!” he said in disbelief.

“That’s right, the Pokemon I’ve had for as long as I can remember!” he laughed, “Your Scyther’s good, but not THAT good!”

“Scyther! Try to use a Pursuit attack!” Nathan said, while Brock ordered a Rock Throw.

Onix began tossing rocks at Scyther, who, in spite of his speed, was hit right on. Scyther fell to the ground, defeated to the extreme.

“You did a good job, Scyther!” Nathan said, trying to be as optimistic as possible, “Return!”

The red laser returned the defeated mantis to its chamber, and Nathan immediately took his only other resort. Out came the bulb plant Pokemon, none other than Bulbasaur.

“Bulbasaur! This Pokemon might seem big, but he’s not that tough!” Nathan said, and Brock gave him a look as if to say ‘You wish!’, “Leech Seed!”

“Rock Throw, but do it skyscraper style!” Brock said, confusing Nathan.

The seeds Bulbasaur projected just as Nathan wanted them to; they planted Onix down in a spot so it couldn’t move as freely as before. However, Onix moved it’s upper body parts over Bulbasaur, and starting to drop rocks on Bulbasaur, who was jumping left and right trying to avoid them.

“Skyscraper… a view from the top.” Nathan noted mentally what Skyscraper meant.

“Now! Vine whip him as hard as you can!” Nathan pulled out of his thoughts to order and attack.

Onix’s upper body rocks were still above Bulbasaur’s position, dropping rocks everywhere, leaving the seeded part wide open. Bulbasaur began to whip its vines, which were hidden in its bulb, and it hurt Onix terribly.

“Onix! Get him with those rocks!” Brock shouted. Nathan saw a look in his face that made him think Brock wanted to swear.

“Keep on whipping, Bulbasaur! But be careful about those rocks!” Nathan yelled.

Onix was almost on the floor, as the seeds were also leeching life away from it, giving it to Bulbasaur. He managed to toss one last rock at Bulbasaur, before fainting. The rock hit, and Bulbasaur fell down too.

“Is this a tie?” they both said at once.

Matt & Vulpix
03-21-2004, 03:51 PM
Chapter 8 Continued

“1….” The referee counted.

Both of them didn’t move.

“2….” The referee continued.

Bulbasaur got up just as the referee said three.

“Bulbasaur! You won!” Nathan said in such an innocent voice, filled with joy.

“Bulba!” the Pokemon shouted back, as they both jumped up and down. Nathan returned Bulbasaur to its Pokeball, as did Brock with Onix.

“I congratulate you.” Brock said, as they both advanced to the center of the maroon field, inside the Pokeball-like circle, “You tried your hardest and it paid off. I see you going places. I look forward to seeing you again.”

“Thank you.” Nathan said, turning around to leave.

“But if you let GYM Leaders forget to give you your badge, you’ll be going nowhere.” Brock said, stopping him in his tracks, “Here’s the Boulder Badge, the first badge of the Indigo League. It represents the defenses of the Pokemon, or at least it does to me.”

“Thank you!” Nathan said, admiring the beautiful little badge he held in his hands. It wasn’t all that big, but it symbolized everything they’d been through so far in their Journey.

“Tell Kira to come challenge me when she’s good and ready.” Brock said, sending him off.

“Got it!” Nathan said to him.

He returned to the Pokemon Center, and saw Kira watching a television program with a few other people. The program was some sort of History informing show, but he didn’t really know, from what he saw, what is was about.

“Nathan! Hi! Meet my two new friends: Meredith and Leo Saint-Jones.” Kira said to Nathan, pointing to the two people sitting on the couch with her. Next to her was Leo, in a blue shirt with black pants. He had brown hair, and equally brown eyes. Next to him was a blonde with green-eyes, a nice white tank top and jeans.

“Hi.” They both greeted.

“Are you people siblings?” he said, shaking their hands.

“Yeah, we are. We both train Pokemon, but we each have our specialty.” Replied Leo.

“I train Fire Types, and he trains Flying types.” Meredith said to him.

“We were just watching a show on the history and the invention of the Pokedex. Quite interesting really.” Kira said to Nathan, “Oh! Did you win your GYM Match?”

“Yes! I won!” she immediately got up and hugged him and said congratulations into his ear.

“Tell me the details later, okay? I can’t miss the ending to the documentary!” Kira said, sitting back onto the couch, making a small place for Nathan.

They continued to watch the documentary, and when it was over, they turned off the TV and went over to the eating area, and sat down at a table.

“So, why do you both train certain types?” Nathan asked out of curiosity.

“Fire types are my passion, they are majestic and powerful, graceful and strong all at once. There is nothing like them for me, that is why I train them. Of course, I’m not all that experienced, but I have a Vulpix, that I got from Professor Oak, and a Numel I traded in from Hoenn.” Meredith explained to them, trying to make them see what she saw.

“That’s awesome, Meredith! I have a Vulpix too, although it’s from the wild.” Kira said with enthusiasm.

“And I train flying types because to me, the sky really is the limit for them. They can fly to the top of the world, and with hope I will too. They are graceful fliers, and yet they can defend themselves and stand their ground in battles.” Leo told them, trying to make them see, at his turn, what flying types were like.

“That’s cool. Flying types are cool, I must admit.” Nathan said, “I own a Scyther, who can fly I guess, but he’s more of a bug type.”

“Scyther? That’s an awesome Pokemon! Don’t underestimate it.” Leo said, “Oh, and I have three Pokemon: Pidgeotto, Spearow, and a cool Pokemon that I traded from Hoenn, Hoothoot.”

“That’s nice.” Kira said quickly, “But aren’t you disadvantaged when you only use one type of Pokemon?”

“If you’re a good trainer, you can win no matter what your Pokemon’s types are. I’m convinced me and Leo will do good with our ambitions about training.” Meredith said, almost as if she was a motivational speaker.

“Sure, we might encounter a few stumbles across the road with GYMs, but other than that, I say why not? A lot of people do it.” Leo said, jokingly.

“Yeah, indeed. I met someone earlier – her name was Annabelle – and she has ambitions about training a few types at once, so that she won’t be open to type advantages.” Kira said, “Nice person, that Annabelle. I wonder if she left for Cerulean…”

“It’d be nice to meet her sometime.” Nathan said, and the siblings nodded.

“Leo and I better go now, I’m getting tired.” Leo said, “It is ten fifteen, you know. You better get some shuteye too, Kira and Nathan.”

“Oh right.” Kira said, getting up with the other three, “Goodnight Leo, same to you Meredith.”

As the duo left them for sleep, Nathan laughed.

“You so have a crush on that guy.”

“Do not! If I do, then you have a crush on Meredith!” she retaliated.

“Right, well you should get shuteye. I mean, you’ll challenge Brock tomorrow, girl!” Nathan said.

“About that, how did your match go?” Kira said. The two went up the stairs to their separate rooms, as Nathan told her the tale of his win.

“Where are you going to put the badge?” Kira asked him, as they got to the door to her room. He was showing her the shiny grey badge.

“Come to think of it, I don’t really know. I never thought I’d get this far.” Nathan joked.

“Hmm… I have an idea! Keep that somewhere safe, and you’ll get it by tomorrow afternoon!” Kira said, and rushed into her room. He heard her dial a phone.

“Women! Too mysterious for me.” Nathan thought, and entered his own room, across the hall.

Matt & Vulpix
03-24-2004, 01:36 AM
Chapter 8 Continued

The next morning, Kira was up, bright and early. Picking up the newspaper, she saw the date of the current day: June 6th. She had only started her journey a week ago, but it felt like a few minutes. She began to read the articles, and she quickly turned to the Advertising section. She looked through the advertisements quickly, and found one that made her smile.

“That’s the ticket.” She said, as she went over to Nurse Joy, “A toast please, but no plate. I’m on the go.”

“Gotcha!” Joy said, handing over to the already dressed girl a toast, “Nice outfit!”

“Thanks!” Kira said, looking down at her bright pink shirt, and her short blue skirt.

She left the center, and just as she did so, Nathan came downstairs, dressed in an orange tank top, and white shorts, which could also be used as a bathing suit. It was extremely hot on this day of June; no one wanted to wear slacks.

“Hi Nurse Joy. Where’s Kira?” Nathan said, going up to her ‘desk’. He had knocked on her door earlier and had gotten no answer, and he didn’t see her anywhere.

“What am I, her babysitter? I don’t really know, but she just left a minute ago.” Nurse Joy said. She received a blank stare and said calmly, “What, everyone is allowed to be grumpy in the morning!”

“Right. Thanks.” Nathan said, going to get a seat to eat. Before doing so, however, he took a toast to eat over there.

After he finished his toast, he saw her come back through the door.

“Nathan, you are going to absolutely LOVE me.” Kira said, sitting down at his table.

“Why?” Nathan said, freaked out slightly.

“I got you something to put your badges in. It’s not much, but when you get all eight you’re going to LOVE me.” Kira said, giving him a green box, with a nice cream color coat inside.

“It’s small… but thank you.” Nathan replied.

“Oh no! That’s not the best part. See, when we have all our badges, and we go back to Pallet, you’ll get a painting with eight indents. It’s very beautiful, but you’re badges fit right in. There’s a traveling wanderer named Jake, and he paints these beautiful paintings for the purpose of putting badges in them. Course, he does regular paintings too, but he’s famous for what he does! So, I saw the ad that he was in Pewter today, so I ordered a painting, which I saw a sample of and it’s gorgeous! It’ll be at your house soon. In the meantime, he gives boxes like this for safekeeping. Paintings aren’t exactly easy to travel with, you know?” Kira rambled on and on, and then she realized that Nathan looked amazed.

“Why did you do this?” Nathan asked, in disbelief.

“It’s original, and it’s cool, and you need one so, why not?” Kira said happily.

“Thanks, I guess. Is your GYM match soon?” Nathan said, lacking enthusiasm.

Kira was deeply hurt by this. She left the building that instant, and Leo Saint-Jones saw this from across the center. He walked over to Nathan.

“What’s up with her?” Leo asked.

“She’s pissed that I wasn’t enthusiastic about the painting she ordered for my badges…” Nathan said.

“Painting? You mean Traveler Jake’s?” Leo asked, surprised. Nathan nodded, and he continued, “Those aren’t cheap! You should be glad she’d do that.”

“Oh… I see.” Nathan said, “I guess I’m a jerk.”

“Definitely, but that doesn’t matter. You’re her friend.” Leo observed.

“You’ve known her one night. What makes you so wise about her?” Nathan said, getting up.

“I don’t know. I’m just wise like that. Besides, I love having friends, and I hope the four of us keep in contact.” Leo said, shaking Nathan’s hand.

“Why are we shaking goodbye? Are you guys leaving Pewter?” Nathan asked.

“Yeah, we’re going to soar the skies about Mount Moon and head to Cerulean.” Leo said joyfully.

“Good! We’ll meet you guys there, okay?” Nathan said.

“Sure thing! Meredith! Let’s go!” Leo said, as he got his backpack from the table, that he had deposited previously, and headed for the door.

“Nice meeting you!” Meredith said as she exited the building, following her older brother.

“Nice people.” Nathan thought.

He was then snapped back to the reality of how he was such a jerk to Kira. He sighed, without the faintest idea what he was supposed to do.

***

Knock, knock, knock. No answer. She knocked three more times, before the door reopened. It only opened a tad, but it was enough for Brock’s head to come out and ask, “What do you want?”

“I want a GYM battle.” Kira replied definitively.

“This early?” Brock said, now opening the door completely as to show his whole body. He was in pajamas.

“Umm yeah, I’m very angry right now and I think that may come to my advantage. I’ll come back though, it shows you aren’t ready…” Kira laughed.

“No, it’s okay. Come in, wait for me. I just have to get breakfast served to the two remaining brothers of mine.” Brock said, running off in one direction or another.

Sighing, Kira observed the paintings on the wall. She felt more relaxed, but the paintings just brought back the idea of what Nathan had shown in his actions: ungratefulness, jerkiness, and his mean side. Thoughtless person, she thought. He just didn’t seem to care.

Seeing as how the paintings weren’t helping, she quickly exited to the hallways. Seeing the damages still there from the day before, she laughed, “Guess they didn’t get that fixed yet.”

“No, they didn’t.” replied the now dressed Brock, coming from the opposite direction, “But that’s okay. There are two stands anyways.”

“That’s good to know!”

They entered the stadium-portion, and Brock ran his way through the battlegrounds to get to his side of the battlegrounds.

“The referee is coming shortly.” Brock announced. Holding true to his word, the referee appeared in the doorway only seconds later.

“This shall be a two on two Pokemon battle. Challenger versus GYM Leader Brock.” The referee declared officially, raising a red flag and a green flag, and lowering them in one quick movement.

“I choose you, Squirtle!” Kira said, never doubting her beloved starter.

“Let’s fight shell with rock-hard skin! Go Onix!” Brock said, releasing the ever-imposing snake upon Kira. She gasped seeing this. The night before, she had had nightmares about the snake, as she had seen it when she fainted while Team Rocket escaped, “Rock throw immediately!”

Brock’s attack order had snapped the young trainer back to reality. As the rock’s came smidges close to Squirtle, she shouted out, “Withdraw!”

“Withdraw? You give up already?” Brock said, snapping out of his tense battle mode.

“It’s an attack!” The referee called out, as Squirtle retracted its paws and head into the shell. Rock after rock befell onto the red shell; none of them even came close to hurting Squirtle.

“Bubble attack!”

As fast as they retracted, Squirtle’s paws and heads came out. Bubbles emerged from the turtle’s mouth, hitting Onix’s head. Onix’s eyes closed, as if hurt.

“That’s the ticket! The water hurts its eyes! I can blind Onix using bubbles!” Kira thought strategically.

“Tackle!” the opposition yelled, as Onix jumped up and dug its head down at Squirtle’s position. The tackle missed target completely, however.

“Good job Squirtle! Bubble its tail to damage it!” Kira shouted out, with a large smile on her Hawaiian-like face.

“Onix! Try and avoid if you can!” Brock said reluctantly. He knew Onix couldn’t control his tail as well as he could his head.

But Squirtle hit Onix right on, on its weak spot: the tail. Onix fell to the ground in one two movements, defeated.

“Good job Squirtle!” Kira cheered with Squirtle, as Onix became a red shadow, disappearing into the Pokeball.

“Time for some dude attack! Go Geodude!” Brock made the worst joke in the history of battling.

Out came a footless rock, with two arms armed with hands. The two large eyes frowned at the sight of a Squirtle; they were never a good sign for rock-types.

Nathan had arrived in the stands, knowing she’d be there. Where else could she be? Even he was stunned when she recalled Squirtle to send out Vulpix.

“That has got to be the stupidest trainer I’ve seen in a while!” Brock thought to himself.

“What is she doing?” Nathan asked himself under his breath.

“You may think I’m insane, and quite possibly, but I have my reasons!” She yelled, when she saw the whole audience, the opposition and even the ref frown.

“Geodude, mud sport!”

“Vulpix, will-o-wisp!”

Geodude went to the earthy battleground floor, and began to twirl, sending mud everywhere. Jumping every now and then, Vulpix evaded this with ease, and sent a red orb, almost metallic, to the legless foe. It wasn’t hurt, but it became as red as the sun at noon.

“Don’t you dare let it hit you, Vulpix! Quick attack!”

“Don’t you dare let it win! Rock throw!”

Try as she may, Vulpix couldn’t evade the large rocks that Geodude chucked at her. It couldn’t walk, but Geodude could definitely throw. Vulpix tackled it hastily after this, trying to induce any damage seeable to Geodude, but to Kira’s dismay, there was no affect, or nearly none. Geodude had returned to original color, but he became red again for a moment, and seemed to be in pain. He became grey again afterwards.

“Burn like the dirt you are, Geodude!” Kira let all her rage out towards Nathan on an innocent Pokemon.

“Get her while she’s angry!” Brock whispered. Geodude chucked yet another few rocks at Vulpix, who fell to the ground, fainted.

“Return, Vulpix! Go back, Squirtle! Make me proud!” Kira said, using the corresponding Pokeballs.

Matt & Vulpix
03-24-2004, 01:38 AM
“Rock throw!”

“Bubble!”

Geodude didn’t have a weak spot, but that didn’t stop her. The rocks overcame the bubbles, so both Pokemon were hurt equally, Geodude more because of his initial weakness to water.

“Do it again!” they both shouted in symphony.

A large dust seemed to gather around the two from Geodude’s rapid rock grabbing, the dust of the battlefield was sent into the air. A large cry was heard throughout the stadium during that very moment.


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Matt & Vulpix
03-25-2004, 08:14 PM
Chapter 9

The fog cloud in the air cleared, and the Geodude was half-dug into the ground. He was fainted!

“Squirtle! We won, we won!”

“Return Geodude. What can I say, you did your best.” Brock said grimly, doing as he said. On a happier note, he continued, “Though I lost, I am honored to have witnessed you in battle, Ms. Varon. You have the bare essentials to be a great Pokemon trainer, much like your friend Nathan.”

She smiled, even with the comment about Nathan. She had won, she had won, she had beaten Brock, and she had won! How joyful she was at that very thought, she couldn’t place it into words. Without words, she returned Squirtle, and ran over to Brock to claim her Boulder Badge.

“Thank you.” She said, as she looked down at her badge smiling. She got out of her backpack the little golden box her mother had given her, and placed the badge carefully on the velvet.

“No problem, you deserve it.” Brock said, “I think there’s someone that wants to talk to you.”

Brock nodded in Kira’s direction and she turned around accordingly. There stood the brown-haired, tall boy she traveled with. He had a look on his face that looked as if to say ‘I’m sorry’. It was the oddest feeling, however, to not be mad. Everything was just… okay.

“I’m sorry.” Nathan said as she approached.

“No, don’t be. There’s nothing to be sorry about.”

She just smiled, hugged him briefly, and, as confused as he was, Nathan was okay with it. He congratulated her on her big win as they left the GYM.

“Well, I guess we’re off to… Cerulean, is it now?” Kira said as they neared the Pokemon Center to heal their Pokemon and get the rest of their belongings.

“Yep, but we need to go through a cave of some sort.” Nathan said, knowledgably. Kira stared blankly at him, “What, I read the newspaper and watch TV too!”

“I know; I’m just surprised that you knew that.” Kira laughed.

“I’m not sure if that’s a compliment or not…”

She began to laugh out loud, as they headed down to the main floor of the Pokemon Center, with their backpacks, packed with clothes, a tent and other things. They said goodbye to Nurse Joy.

“I wonder if there is anything else we need in this town.” Kira said as they headed to the city limits.

“I can’t think of a single thing.” Nathan said, looking back on the city as the sun began to get lower in the sky. It was five o’clock or so, when they left the Center.

“Well, onto the journeys that lay ahead!” Kira put an inspirational start to their journey to Cerulean City.

They walked east on the road, until Kira heard a somewhat odd cry. It was coming from her left, and Squirtle, who was walking with the duo along with Bulbasaur, heard it as well. They wandered off towards a bunch of trees, where the cry was emerging.

Nathan would have noticed, if he hadn’t heard a trainer training vigorously his Pokemon. He looked, and to his right, he and Bulbasaur could see a trainer in a white karate uniform, training a Pokemon with a bandage over it’s left leg. The Pokemon was brown, and was as tall as the trainer. The trainer had brown rugged hair, and he wasn’t wearing shoes.

“Take a picture; it lasts longer.” the trainer said, as he saw Nathan peering in on his training session.

“Oh sorry. You do karate?” Nathan asked, getting closer.

“Yes. If you’d excuse me, I’m training my Hitmonlee here, and I don’t have time for chit-chat.” The trainer said, shooing Nathan away.

“Wouldn’t you rather battle another trainer, like me? That’s the real experience!” Nathan exclaimed.

“Sure… why not. I’m Antonio Divins. I’m on a quest to one day become a black belt; both in karate and with fighting Pokemon.” The guy said to Nathan.

“Name’s Nathan Lennox. Let’s have a quick one on one.” Nathan said, noticing his belt was yellow.

He couldn’t even remember about Kira as he sent out Scyther, knowing Bulbasaur was tired from walking. Antonio had seemingly chosen Hitmonlee to battle.

“I should use my Pokedex…” Nathan said, getting his backpack off his back and digging in it for his Pokedex, “Here we go!”

“Hitmonlee, the kicking Pokemon. When kicking, the sole of its foot turns as hard as a diamond on impact and destroys its enemy.” The Pokedex said.

Nathan muttered an ouch, and said faithfully, “Scyther, we can do this! False Swipe!”

“Rolling Kick!”

Hitmonlee stood rock hard in its spot, getting himself ready for Scyther’s attack. Scyther faked an attack from the left and struck from the right. However, his scythe didn’t reach Hitmonlee, because as it did, Hitmonlee rolled on the ground, all the way to Scyther’s back. He then kicked harshly on his back. Scyther was on the ground, but not defeated.

Meanwhile, Kira was going past the trees when she saw an egg tumble down to her feet. She picked it up, confused, and smiled at the mysterious egg.

“Chan! Chansey!” the Pokemon yelled at Kira when she took the egg. It was a large creature with a small pouch, and it was flashy pink. She remembered seeing a few of those in Pokemon Centers, and she said Hi to it.

“CHAN!” it replied in fury. It put its too almost fingerless hands together and hit the egg from underneath. It went up in the air, and it moved around to get it to fall in its pouch. It fell perfect, “Chan…”

“Chansey, do you want to join me on my journey?”

Chansey turned around to her voice and smiled frantically. Kira couldn’t tell if the female Pokemon before her was happy or sad about Kira’s asking. Chansey simply replied by starting to slap Squirtle giggly.

“You want to fight, do you? Squirtle, Bubble!” Kira commanded.

But bubbles did not emerge from the male Pokemon’s mouth. Instead, a smooth jet of water came out. Perplexed by this, Kira swung out her faithful Pokedex.

“Water Gun, a water-type attack. While bubble slows the enemy down somewhat and may inflict blindness if used correctly, water gun has more range and more power.” The Pokedex informed her on its usage.

Chansey seemed extremely hurt by this, as much if not more than how Squirtle was from her nasty slaps.

“Distract her!”

Squirtle ran around Chansey, and it took it long enough to follow it. Chansey became dizzy: this was Kira’s moment of opportunity! She threw one of the balls on her belt at the large pink creature…

Matt & Vulpix
03-26-2004, 06:54 PM
Chapter 9 Continued

Meanwhile, Scyther got up and was ready to fight back.

“Pursue him!”

“Jump Kick!” Antonio said in retrospect.

Hitmonlee jumped right up in the air, and, getting ready to dive a kick down, Scyther came up to attack him. They collided, to say the least. Scyther was pushed back down on the ground, whereas Hitmonlee was sent flying in the air.

“Don’t take another hit! Rolling Kick!”

“False Swipe!”

Hitmonlee began to roll around in a ball on the ground, trying to find a place where he could roll into Scyther and launch a kick. Scyther was dizzy because of the last two attacks, and was, in vain, trying to take a swipe at Hitmonlee. It wasn’t working, and as he was leaning down to try and attack, Hitmonlee kicked him in the behind. He was on the ground.

“Good job anyways Scyther!” Nathan said, returning his Pokemon to its respective Pokeball.

Antonio chose not to return his Pokemon, “Good attempt at beating me, but it didn’t work!”

“Yeah, you’re right, Captain Obvious. How did you get Hitmonlee so fast, so good?”

“I take karate, and I train all the time Nathan. I believe that Pokemon should be trained just as intensively as I train myself. I’m not exactly a rookie either; I’ve been on the road for about two months now.” Antonio explained.

“I see. I just started about a week ago…”

“There you go. People get better in time, and it isn’t like I’ve never lost. I just train all my Pokemon a lot.”

“You have others?” Nathan asked, taking the hint Antonio left in his sentence.

“Oh, of course! I have a Tyrogue also. He’s weaker than Hitmonlee though, Hitmonlee is the star of my team!” Antonio said, patting his Pokemon on the back.

“I hope to face you again, someday.” Said Nathan.

“Challenge me and I’ll battle you any day.” Antonio said, as he said goodbye to his new friend.

“See ya!” Nathan said, as he saw Antonio and Hitmonlee walk off. Probably to continue their training, or at least that’s what Nathan thought.

He walked uphill to where he was before he spotted them training, and Kira had just come back in his mind. Where was she? Did she get kidnapped? Or maybe she just wandered off for a second, came back and saw he wasn’t there and just abandoned him!

***

The ball shook, and shook, and shook. “These are the longest three seconds of my life!” were the only thoughts that passed by her mind.

Then the fateful ‘ting’ noise came through, meaning she had actually caught the Pokemon. Oh, the joy! She had finally caught a Pokemon! It wasn’t like she didn’t like Vulpix, she had grown overly fond of her, but she hadn’t caught it on intent, it was all a big mistake. This was the first time she set her mind to catch a Pokemon and had done it.

“Oh yes, baby, I did it!” she said, picking up the Pokeball in her palms. She kissed it as if it was a present from the Gods. The fact that she was so happy just vibrated off her; Squirtle was jumping for joy himself!

But a very odd thing snapped her out of her trance of joy – a person was cursing. Talking about someone abandoning him.

“I’d hate to know that person!” Kira laughed.

“Kira?” the same voice said again. She knew the cursing person?

“Yes?” it was like talking to a ghost: she didn’t know whom she was talking to, or where they were!

“I thought you had abandoned me for a minute there!” the voice said again, and she had recognized it. It was Nathan! She had forgotten about him, just as much as he had forgotten about her.

“Where have you been?” Kira said, acting as if she was waiting on him.

“I saw this karate guy training his Hitmonlee, so I battled him. I battled him with Scyther and I lost, but I learnt a lot!” Nathan said, “And you?”

“As a matter of fact, I caught a Pokemon. A Pokemon, Nathan!” she was overjoyed, and Nathan didn’t know why. He didn’t see it like she did.

“Oh wow! Which one?” Nathan said enthusiastically anyways.

“Chansey! You know, like Nurse Joy’s!” Kira said, putting the Pokedex back into her pink backpack.

Nathan pictured a Chansey, with Kira beside it. Then he imagined Vulpix and Squirtle beside the duo. It was a nice picture in his mind, but then he saw Kira’s clothes change: she now wore a white skirt, with a pink shirt and a white apron-like thing over it. To top it off, she had a nurse’s hat on her head, and her hair turned red.

“Nathan? Nathan? Kanto to Nathan!” Kira said, trying to snap Nathan out of his daze.

“Yes, I’m listening!” Nathan claimed.

“Really?” Kira said, crossing her arms and getting a stern look on her face, “Then what did I just say?”

“That you’re becoming a nurse?”

“Ha. Ha. Ha. I almost forgot to laugh!” Kira said, frustrated, “I said that Chansey is the first Pokemon I’ve caught on purpose! That’s why I’m happy! Now snap out of whomever you’re thinking about and let’s continue!”

Nathan didn’t say a word, and followed Kira, Squirtle and his own Bulbasaur.

“Note to self: never picture Kira as a nurse again.” He thought.

Matt & Vulpix
03-27-2004, 07:48 PM
Chapter 9 Continued

They had continued their hike to Cerulean City, seeing Pokemon here and there and training their Pokemon against them. Kira had a field trip with Chansey, it was fun to see her battle.

Finally, they had gotten to an area with a large cave wall, almost like a mountain. In front of that mountain, there was a Pokemon Center and another building, however this one didn’t look very professional. It was more like a home. It was getting dark, and it was almost time to hit the sack.

“We should get a room at the Pokemon Center.” Nathan observed, as he looked up in the sky, “The stars are starting to show and the moon’s hitting home.”

“I brought a tent, and it’s seemingly useless. Ugh!” Kira said, “You go to the Pokemon Center, I think I’m spending the night outside.”

“But… why?”

“No real reason, it’s just that I want to experience the outdoors a little more.”

“Fine. But if you change your mind or anything, tell me. I’ll just be inside – it’s Sunday, and I want to watch the KNN, to see if they found Team Rocket members who stole the fossils.” Nathan said, as he headed into the Pokemon Center.

Kira just sighed, and decided she’d go explore the other edifice to see what it was about. It was more of a house – the old kind of house that made you feel all warm and fuzzy inside when you looked at it. The moonlight was shinning down on the house, and it made it that much more beautiful.

She knocked three times in a row on the door, and the door opened slightly to reveal a bald, old man, that wasn’t higher than two bushes atop one another. He opened his mouth to speak, revealing rotten teeth. It made her sick to her stomach; it was as if he ate all his Halloween candy and then hadn’t brushed his teeth for a week.

“Well? Did you just knock to stare at me?” he said when he saw her gruesome look.

“No, I was just about to set up my tent to spend the night…”

“There’s a Pokemon Center you know. Good night.” He said, attempting to close the door. She stuck her foot to stop that from happening.

“Why do you live here?” she asked him.

“Why do I live here?” he repeated in a sarcastic tone, “Why does anyone live anywhere? The grass is green here too, and the roads all lead to somewhere. So why not?”

“Let me be more specific.” She replied, in an equally sarcastic tone, “Aren’t you away from society here? How do you get food? Do you live alone?”

“Oh, alone? Dear gosh no, I’m married, and I have children. My children don’t live here anymore though; they are away on a journey somewhere. My wife, Elise, lives with me, and we socialize with Nurse Joy, and the many, many trainers that pass by here.” He replied, “Of course, we get food through miss Joy, she’s a very kind person.”

“I see.”

A few minutes later, he continued, “Do you need anything else?”

“Not really… but, - I didn’t exactly catch your name.”

“Marcel.”

“Marcel, I don’t mean to intrude, and it may seem pointless, but why don’t you live in a town?” Kira said curiously.

“You’re not old enough to understand that I’m old. I’ve lived my life, and I just want to be at peace. Elise feels the same way – that’s why she and I are a great match. And it’s not like this is a boring place to live – the stories I could tell you about Mount Moon!” Marcel explained thoughtfully.

“Stories? I wouldn’t mind hearing those!”

Marcel just looked at her, as if exhausted with Kira already, and he’d only been speaking to her for a few minutes, “It’s already eight, but I’m sure Elise won’t mind telling you the stories – I certainly don’t. It’s better for us to both tell them to you. When we’re done, or you’ve had enough, you can set up your tent and sleep. But believe me, you’re going to want to sleep in that Pokemon Center after I tell you my tales.”

It sent a shiver down her spine, a cold shiver that you only get every now and then. His voices was so cold, so frightened, and his face was so white.

“O-o-kay.” Kira stuttered.

She entered the house, and the door closed behind them.

Matt & Vulpix
03-28-2004, 12:13 PM
Chapter 10

Kira followed the old man to their living room, which was as old as he was. It was quaint, though, to see the nice old chesterfield with flower patterns. She sat down awkwardly, as Marcel called Elise into the living room. She noticed an antique cabinet, filled with things she was sure were discontinued.

“She wants to hear the stories?” a lady asked Marcel, coming in. They were holding their hands tightly together. She had brown hair with a few white ones coming in, but she looked good for what Kira guessed was a golden aged person.

“Yes, dear.”

“Then, let’s get this over with!”

The old couple sat down on the chesterfield, whereas Kira was on the lime green chair.

“So, what are the stories even about?” Kira asked in a shaky voice, still asking herself inside if she wanted to even know.

“Mount Moon is haunted, oh, I didn’t catch your name. I’m Elise.” The lady with brown hair said, as if she had trouble believing what she was about to say.

“Kira.”

“Kira, it’s haunted. And if it’s not, then something is going on there and it has for as long as we’ve lived here, and that’s saying a lot.” Elise recited.

“The day our last son left to get his first Pokemon, that very night, we saw something on top of Mount Moon. It was flashy, and it was full of lights, but I have no clue what it was and neither does Elise. As if there were a billion lights at its peak, but it was inexplicable.” Marcel continued.

“Nurse Joy saw it too, but she didn’t believe it was anything serious, but she couldn’t explain it either. She was in denial.” Elise finished the tale.

“So, what do you think it was? Have you met anyone who’s seen it as well?”

“Gosh no, there was no one in the Pokemon Center that day, oddly enough. It’s always full of people. We called authorities but no one believed us, they called us mad! They set up cameras around our house and the Pokemon Center for a while, but nothing happened for a whole year, so they took them out. That was fifteen years ago.” Elise explained.

“And in those fifteen years, far more frightening things have happened in, around and above Mount Moon. I could tell you tales that would make you run as far away as possible from that place, Kira.” Marcel’s words sent a shiver down her spine.

“Do tell.”

“You don’t want to know.” Elise said, “Trust us.”

“I’ve seen things you wouldn’t imagine.” Kira lied through her teeth. Pallet Town wasn’t exactly an interesting place to live.

“Fine. A month or so after the cameras were removed; I decided to go and try to find things inside Mount Moon. I never really explored it, as I went to get supplies every few days from Pewter City, and when I wasn’t there, I was venturing the route. This particular day, I had nothing to do, so I did do some research inside.” Marcel said.

“At that time, it was around ten in the morning, and I was doing my house cleaning. He told me he would be home before dusk, and the hours rolled by until all the stars were showing. I was wondering what was holding him up.” Elise sighed, “I never should have inquired.”

“Where were you, Marcel?”

“Truth is I’m not sure. I was in Mount Moon and I suddenly lost conscious. When Elise came to look for me, she looked high and low and couldn’t find me. She knows Mount Moon better than I, as she went every now and then to pick up Moon Stones.”

“Moon Stones? Why?” Kira asked, turning her attention to Elise.

“You can sell those for a hefty price to young trainers, they love Moon Stones. When I had nothing to do, Nurse Joy would let me set up a stall at the Center.” Elise said, “I had no use for Moon Stones.”

“I see. Are they common?”

“No, that’s why trainers love them. Every year, I kept a few; that way I could do research someday to see if they evolved. Or someone else, if I was dead by then.” Elise laughed, “I suspect they have something to do with everything that’s happened.”

“So, you were unconscious, your wife couldn’t find you… you woke up hours later, and you were fine?” Kira recollected. Marcel nodded, “What else?”

“The Pokemon inside aren’t nearly normal. Dancing little devils!” Elise threw a curse word into the mix, “They are cute, they’re pink, but when they are in quantity, they dance, and sing, and annoy the heck out of you!”

“Clefairy.” Marcel informed Kira, knowing she’d ask, “They’re weird, but that’s an overstatement. They dance and twirl their fingers in groups. Scary things.”

“But they’re Pokemon, they are supposed to be unique.” Kira remarked, confused.

“But these Pokemon are only found at Mount Moon, or at least the biggest portion of them!” Elise whispered afterwards, “Some say they’re aliens.”

“Now that’s something I don’t agree with, however.” Marcel said, “I actually like Clefairy.”

“That’s because you caught one!” Elise exclaimed and then told Kira, “He sent it to Professor Oak for observation though. We don’t train Pokemon.”

“I see. Is that all?” Kira asked, getting up.

“Pretty much, dear. Only Joy believes us, everyone else doesn’t. They’ve investigated Mount Moon so much now; that they say there’s nothing odd about it. But I swear on my grave, we will prove something’s wrong there.” Marcel said, holding his spouse in his arms.

They walked Kira back to the door, and they led her out, and Elise said goodbye, “It was nice meeting you dear.”

“Likewise.” Kira shuddered, “I guess you were right, you did scare me.”

“Don’t worry; it’s scarier at night. Go through in the morning.” Marcel said, and then said goodbye. He closed the door on Kira, and she looked over their house at Mount Moon. With the moon passing over it, it was the scariest thing at the moment.

She went to the Pokemon Center. She couldn’t possibly sleep in the ‘great outdoors’ now, knowing that would be looking down on her. She entered, and she got a room from Joy, mentioning casually the old couple.

“Nice people, aren’t they?” Nurse Joy said, “The stories they say are true, if you don’t believe them.”

“Oh no! I forgot to ask them a really important question!” Kira said, slapping her head while she gave her Pokemon to Nurse Joy so she could heal them.

“Which would be? I could help you!”

“Why do they still live there?”

“I don’t know for sure, but here’s my bet: they are old, and they wanted to settle down in a quiet spot. Instead, they got this, and once the whole phenomena began, they knew they still needed the thrills of life.” Nurse Joy said, “Wow, you have a Chansey!”

“Yeah, I haven’t battled with it that much yet, but I’m looking forward to it.” Kira said, “She’s great from the training I did with her. Why do you still work here, however?”

“Work is work miss. This is my job.”

“But you live in the Pokemon Center, don’t you? Doesn’t it get boring, all the way out here?”

“From time to time, I get lonely. We can go a week without seeing a traveler come by, but other than that, I meet a lot of diverse people here. And Marcel & Elise are very nice people, they invited me for holidays sometimes.”

“Holidays? Don’t you go home?” Kira said, taking her Pokeballs back from Nurse Joy.

“Sometimes, but others I just can’t. People need me here; I save lives! No one said being a Nurse was easy. And besides, most of the time all my cousins and sisters can’t just drop work to be together. We are all needed in this world.” Nurse Joy sighed, “But we’re fine with that, it’s what we do.”

“Thank you. Did Nathan Lennox check in?”

Nurse Joy checked the computer screen, which probably had all the rooms listed, and who was in them, “Yes, he is. Room number fifty-four.”

“Thank you. Have a nice night!” Kira said, heading over to the stairs on the left.

“Same to you!” Nurse Joy’s voice sounded, becoming fainter as she got further along the stairs.

She looked left and right, along the white walls, to find the room with the number 54 engraved on it. She found it, at the end of the hallway, and knocked.

“Kira! What are you doing inside?” Nathan asked, quite surprised. Kira wasn’t the kind of girl to just say something and not do it.

She entered the room, which had blue walls, a blue bed, and a door to the bathroom. It had other blue things, making this the room blue-haters would die in. She sat down on the bed with him and told him all about Marcel & Elise, and the stories they chose to tell her about.

“Talk about freaky. I don’t blame you for coming in.” Nathan said, “And they had more of these?”

“Oh yes, apparently this has been going on for fifteen years! You look hot.” Kira said, leaving Nathan staring blankly at her, “Hot as in warm? You’re sweating!”

“Sweating..?” Nathan said, and he touched the side of his hair, and his hand became drenched with sweat, “Well, what do you know!”

“Oh, is little Natasha scared?” Kira teased in a baby voice.

“Stop it!” Nathan said playfully.

“Seriously, though, you should take a shower, cool off, and get into some pajamas. Maybe your clothes are making you hot.” Kira said.

“Yeah, yeah. What room are you staying in?”

“38. Come and see me after. Oh wait, you can’t, you’ll be in pajamas! Hmm, well I’ll see you tomorrow. Sweet dreams.” Kira said in a few quick breaths, closing the door behind her as she left.

“Good… night?” Nathan said uselessly. He then proceeded to take a shower and change into pajamas. He shut off the lights, and yawned as he fell asleep…

Matt & Vulpix
03-30-2004, 06:21 PM
Chapter 10 Continued
Note: Chapter 'parts' will start getting longer, and perhaps Chapter parts might disappear completly from now on.

Kira knew something was up at Mount Moon. She didn’t have to see it; Marcel, Elise and Nurse Joy all confirmed that strange occurrences had happened there. She was bound to figure out what was up in Mount Moon, and she’d get Nathan to hear the grizzly tales.

However, there was something that made Kira wonder. Nurse Joy couldn’t have been over twenty-five years old, and Kira was sure she couldn’t have been a nurse for all her life. Unless she had major plastic surgery, how had she been around for the past fifteen years?

Maybe Nurse Joy wasn’t so plain and normal as she claimed to be…

***

The following morning, around nine o’clock, Nathan and Kira both woke up at the same time. Nathan was dressed in jeans and a white shirt in no time, and he was already eating breakfast, but it took Kira longer. She took a shower, did her hair, put on lipstick… suffice to say, and she was down ten minutes later than he was. She got some eggs and joined him at the table.

She told Nathan his suspicions about Nurse Joy, “And you know what’s weird? Is that I don’t even think they realized it!”

“Well, I admit it’s odd, but I bet there’s a simple solution. I mean, they set up cameras and everything. If something was up with Nurse Joy, they would have probably seen it by now.” Nathan explained, all the while eating food.

“You don’t see this like I do.” Kira shook her head desperately.

They finished eating, and they had decided to go ask the old couple about it. Seeing as how the two buildings were so close, it didn’t take more than a few minutes. Kira knocked on the wooden door a few times, and they could hear someone the other side of the door, checking through the peephole.

“Oh, Kira, what a pleasant surprise!” Kira could recognize Elise’s voice, as she opened the door, “And who’s this?”

“He’s my friend Nathan. Anyways, we have something to ask you about Nurse Joy.”

“That would be?”

“How old is she?” Nathan said.

“By gosh, she must be twenty-five! Why do you ask that? Does the young man like him?” Elise said to Kira, disregarding Nathan completely.

Nathan was fuming, but Kira spoke, “How was she around for the fifteen years the weird things have been happening then?”

“Oh, Marcel probably neglected to tell you there were two Nurse Joys. The first Nurse Joy that worked there was the current one’s sister. But the first Nurse Joy quit her job when the current Nurse Joy was old enough to do her job, sadly.” Elise said, with a tear falling from her face.

“Oh, why did she quit?” Nathan asked.

“You can’t figure that out on your own? She had been there for the first five years couldn’t take the insanity of it all!” Marcel said, coming from the hallway that led to what Kira guessed was the kitchen. He had probably listening to the whole conversation.

“But she abandoned her sister, knowing that?” Nathan said, disgusted.

“Of course not! The current Nurse Joy loves weird things, she didn’t mind at all. Of course, being she was fifteen when she became a nurse, she was a little young… but she was qualified. And seeing as how it’s not the most ‘important’ Pokemon Center in Kanto, she was accepted.” Elise explained for her husband, who seemed disgruntled.

“I see.” The duo said in symphony.

“Are the two of you going through Mount Moon today?” Elise said, with a frightful expression on her face.

“Yes, we are as a matter of fact. Why?” Kira asked.

“You know the stories. They might try and get you. Watch your backs.” Elise said without blinking, “Goodbye.”

She closed the door rudely.

“Well she’s polite! Let’s go get our things and split this joint.” Nathan said, jogging back to the Center, “Kira?”

She just stood there, frightened. It was as if the old couple knew something was going to happen to them in Mount Moon. As if they controlled it.

“Kira, snap out of it!”

“Huh? Oh, umm right.” Kira said, as she followed him to the Pokemon Center, but she couldn’t bring herself to peel her eyes off of the mountain.

They took their backpacks, and they gave back the keys, and said their adieus to the humble nurse. They headed to the entrance to Mount Moon, and Nathan went right through, as if nothing had been told to him about the place.

“Kira, come on! There’s nothing to be afraid of!”

“That’s what they tell you… but I just know something’s going to happen, I can just feel it running through my veins!” Kira said, holding her head with her hands, “It’s too much!”

“So now you’re psychic?” Nathan said.

“No, it’s not that… I’m not psychic, because that implies seeing the future. I’m just feeling something here, and besides, what the old couple said, they know something is going to happen! They know more then they were willing to tell!”

“Kira…” Nathan got closer and took her hands off her head, “It’s okay. I’m here, Squirtle, Vulpix, Chansey, Bulbasaur and Scyther are here…”

“And you’re forgetting Miss Caprice, it would seem!” a voice said from afar. The blonde got closer and was dressed yet again in a green dress, with a basket.

“Oh hello Snow White.” Nathan said sarcastically.

“Ha, ha.” She said, rolling her eyes, “What’s wrong with you, Kira?”

“Nothing! You, you’ll come with us in Mount Moon right?” Kira said, gripping her arm.

“First of all, what’s going on with you, and second of all, what’s going on?” Wendy exclaimed, shrugging her hand off her arm.

“Look, come with us through Mount Moon?” Nathan said, and then he explained the whole story to her.

“I see. Well, if Kira feels strongly about it as much as you, then why not?” Wendy agreed to the whole ordeal.

Kira felt better, even though she still believed something was going to happen. It wasn’t like she knew what it was, or when and where it would happen, but she knew there was something.

They went inside the cave, and it was dark, but there were torches every here and there lit, to guide the way. There was a hole in the ceiling, providing a spot with sunlight.

“How quaint!” Nathan said, going to that very spot, and looking up. Wendy joined him, and Kira stood a bit behind, crossing her arms to conceal the warmth.

Suddenly, the whole cave began to shake. Kira fell to the ground and so did Wendy, but Nathan stood his ground.

***

“What in this world was that?” the black-haired girl exclaimed, getting up and rubbing off the dirt.

“I don’t know, perhaps there was an earthquake nearby.” The buff man said, getting up at his turn and doing like his partner.

“Oh well, we must continue to search for the exit to this place, Will.” Rebecca sighed, “We’ll never find it!”

“We’re getting there.” Will said, “I heard someone shriek during the earthquake.”

“Wasn’t me.” Rebecca said, when Will imposed a look on her.

“Then that means we have company.” Will grinned evilly.

Matt & Vulpix
04-02-2004, 07:18 PM
Chapter 11


“Holy…” Wendy muttered, getting up. She got the dust and the dirt off of her dress, and she helped Kira up.

“Are you two okay?” Nathan asked them, coming closer.

“Yes, we’re fine.” Kira replied, “But we won’t be.”

“Why not?” Wendy asked, freaked out.

“Hello? Are you dumb or something? The exit is blocked off!” Kira said, getting fed up with Wendy’s nice act.

“No need to get mad, and what are you talking about?” Wendy said, not peeling her eyes off of Kira.

“She’s talking about that!” Nathan pointed behind the girls, at a huge boulder blocking off the entrance, “I’ll bet anything the other exit is also blocked off.”

“Then what are we supposed to do? It’s not nearly hot in here, and there doesn’t seem to be any food!” Wendy exclaimed, letting go of Kira, “We need to break that rock!”

“No, we don’t.” Kira said slowly, and received two stares, “I mean, we don’t have to exit the way we came in. We need to break the rock that blocks our exit to Cerulean, and we don’t even know if there is one.”

“She has a point. Plus, there may be another exit.” Nathan pointed out.

“Ugh, fine. Let’s just try and look around this cave as quickly as possible.” Wendy said, and the trio parted to explore.

***

“Ugh, fine.” The female voice began to say faintly.

“They’re nearby!” Rebecca whispered to her partner, as they crouched behind a huge rock. They saw the trio there, and, even though they only recognized two of them, they knew they could steal their Pokemon.

“The exit to Cerulean is blocked, however. We need to wait for them to break that, and then steal their Pokemon.” Will informed her.

“They’re coming! Shush!” she replied to Will.

“Hey! I think I can see the exit!” the male voice said, not as faintly as the voice before. Indeed they were right, right behind Rebecca and Will was the exit that led to Cerulean City.

“What about that?” another female voice said.

“That’s an exit that’s not blocked! Let’s try and take it!” the male voice said, and the duo heard footsteps go off in another direction.

“Idiots… but hey, maybe we can use this.” Rebecca said, thinking.

“Oh yeah? How?” Will enquired.

“Well, I’ve always heard that within Mount Moon, there was an outdoor area that was surrounded by the mountain itself. Legend has it there’s a spring, and a large debris of moon stones, and the Clefairy gather in large numbers there. But, since it’s closed in, there’s no way out… we can corner them!” Rebecca laughed sinisterly.

“But isn’t that just a myth?”

“Could be, for all I care. But normally, there is only an entrance and an exit to Mount Moon. What could that possibly be other than that?”

“You have a point there, Becky.”

“Always have had one, William.”

The duo got up from their crouched positions, and slowly made their way to the opening they saw Nathan, Kira & Wendy go through.

***

The opening hadn’t looked normal. The sunlight was pouring in from the opening, which meant it was new, as the only opening they had seen before the earthquake was the one on the ceiling. What could this possibly have been, and how did it get there?

Those were the only thoughts going through their minds as they went through.

“Wow.”

That was the only word Wendy could let out of her mouth, and it was as much as you would get out of these three. To say they were at a loss for words would be an understatement.

The scene before them looked almost surreal. It was an enclosed area, as if it was inside the mountain. A spring stood quietly within the small place, with a monument in the middle. Beautiful assortments of flowers were all around the spring, around the whole scene for that matter.

The monument at the middle of the spring wasn’t all that elegant: it was clear, light blue and the sun shone right through it, making it an exquisite sight. It seemed naturally assimilated, but by what, the trio did not know.

“I wonder what this is…”

“Prepare for trouble, we’re back once more!” Rebecca’s voice said, causing the trio to turn around and retreated to the edge of the spring.

“We don’t know your name, but we’ll know it here fore!” Will said, appearing in the opening, behind Rebecca.

“Wendy.” Wendy got in quickly.

“Don’t you see we don’t care?” Rebecca laughed, “We don’t even know theirs, but that didn’t stop us from attacking her and fleeing from him!”

Wendy gasped, as she had not known this. It escaped her how she had not run into Nathan and Kira in Pewter City, after all, the exits were blocked.

“What do you want? Get it over with!” Nathan yelled aggressively.

“We want your Pokemon! Duh, what else, idiot?” Will exclaimed in a dumb voice.

Nathan just grinded his teeth together, curled up his fists, and held himself back.

“I, tirips fo tnoum noom, tcetorp tnoum noom’s sisao morf lla sredurtni! Yam eht Yriafelc ecnad, yam eth noom enots tnemunom esir ot eth seiks, dan eth sgnirps niamer erup. Eb Enog!” a sinisterly, cold voice shouted in anguish, from above the five people. They all looked up, yet they could not see anything, except a ghostly dress floating in the air, however, within the dress, they couldn’t see anything except an odd mist. None of them could understand the speech either, it was mumbled and seemingly from another language.

No one understood, except Kira, who seemed to hear, instead, ‘I, spirit of Mount Moon, protect Mount Moon’s oasis from all intruders! May the Clefairy dance, may the Moon Stone Monument rise to the skies, and the springs remain pure. Be Gone!’ in English.

Suddenly, everyone’s sight slowly diminished: colors becoming black, shapes interlocking and eventually disappearing into the black darkness.

Matt & Vulpix
04-03-2004, 06:31 PM
Chapter 11 continued

Moonlight. That was the first thing they all saw when they awoke. Hours had passed in time that seemed only long enough to be minutes. The spirit was no longer there, but a curious assortment of pink Pokemon were chanting and dancing around the monument in the springs.

“Clef! Airy!” their chants came in delicate voices to their ears.

“What the…” Kira said, getting up. Rebecca, Nathan, Will and finally Wendy followed her, in saying the same words. Wendy was first in taking her Pokedex to identify the creatures.

“Clefairy, the fairy Pokemon. Though rarely seen, it becomes easier to spot, for some reason, on the night of a full moon.” Her Pokedex informed them.

The five then looked up, and they spotted the full moon. That got the two men thinking, “Have we been here for 12 hours? Or more?”

Hearing their name from the device, the dozen Pokemon or so turned around, with a sinister smile upon their face. The ones further from the five approached the closer ones, and they formed a wall-like line in front of the springs, as if to protect it.

“Clef!” they shouted in unison. Even with their cuteness, it sent a shiver down their spine.

“Eb Enog! Od uoy ton dnatsredun ym sdrow!” the fore spirit’s voice said, appearing above the monument.

To everyone except Kira, it came out as some odd foreign language, but again, Kira understood it as, “Be Gone! Do you not understand my words!”

“Guys, we should go.” Kira warned the other four, even if the Team Rocket members deserved whatever torture the spirit could inflict on them.

Everyone looked at Kira as if she were insane, as they heard something that sounded like Chinese, “Wow, she’s weird like the ghost!” Rebecca cried sarcastically.

“You understand me?” the spirit said to Kira. The mystical cloth slowly had a ghastly girl appear in it. She could not have been more than fifteen years old.

“Of course I do!” Kira replied to the spirit.

“But no one can understand me except them… You must leave this place at once. It isn’t for humans to discover!” the spirit replied in despair.

“What is this place?”

“It’s the Clefairy’s shrine to the Moon Stone. This pillar is really just Moon stones forged together, and it creates other moon stones that can be found in the cavern. But human’s mustn’t discover this place, as it will surely perish!”

Ignoring the girl’s plea, she asked, “Are you dead?”

Silence struck the girl, but she started, “I’m not sure. I woke up one day, and no one could understand me. No one could see me. I was destined to be like this.”

“Do you cause the phenomena around Mount Moon?”

“That is beyond my control. All I do is protect the shrine, the springs. Earthquakes are frequent in Mount Moon, and all I do is scare people away from this place. It’s my sworn duty. Now, please leave!” the girl said, ascending from the sky, and inflicting a wave of power upon the five, pushing them out of the opening. One of the small, pink fairies came with, as a boulder suddenly appeared in the entrance, blocking it.

Meanwhile, everyone was thinking that Kira had gone insane. She was speaking some incomprehensible words to the ghostly figure, and they couldn’t understand anything that was going on. Perplexed, they stared at Kira.

“What’s going on?” Nathan asked, breaking the silence. Everyone was up now, except Kira, who just sat there, with her arms around her legs.

“Nothing. We should leave that place alone, and no one ever talk about it again. Especially you two.” Kira said in plain English to everyone, staring at the two Team Rocket members.

“Fine.” Everyone said in echo, still curious.

“Let’s go before they start attacking us with their Pokemon.” Will whispered to his partner.

“Good idea. I feel like fainting now anyways. This place gives me the creeps.” Rebecca said, as they fled towards the exit to Cerulean, which was now freed.

“Hey!” Wendy yelled, but it was too late.

“Did you catch any new Pokemon, Wendy?” Kira said, making conversation.

“Yes, one. A Bellsprout; quite the odd Pokemon, but it’s extremely powerful.” Wendy said joyfully, “I’ll be going now, guys. Take care of yourselves.”

“You don’t want to battle?” Nathan demanded.

“Oh, no. I’m exhausted for one reason or another, the Bermuda Triangle effect of that place was draining!” Wendy said, “Ciao.”

She followed Team Rocket’s tracks.

“Nathan, I just need to go and see Marcel & Elise.” Kira said, “Wait here.”

She turned to go see if the exit was unblocked and saw the Clefairy, against the wall.

“Clefairy! I want to catch Clefairy!” she said, determined.

“Wait, I want Clefairy! You have three Pokemon already, I only have two!” Nathan argued.

“Really? You want a pink Pokemon?”

“All yours.” Nathan grunted, while Kira laughed.

“Go Chansey!” she said, releasing the slightly fat Pokemon, “Sing!”

Chansey began to sing a lullaby-like tune, which got the Clefairy drowsy. It fell down on the floor, snoozing as loud as a beast, “Doubleslap!”

Chansey began to slap Clefairy silly, waking it up in the process. Clefairy sang itself, making Chansey fall asleep dead in its tracks. Clefairy took the opportunity to slap Chansey silly.

“This is worse than a cat-fight.” Nathan laughed, shaking his head.

“What do you expect from feminine Pokemon like them?” Kira replied, as Chansey woke up from the numerous slaps. Both Pokemon were of about equal health now, however, Chansey was more fit because she had more health.

“Doubleslap!” Kira shouted, as Chansey began to slap the fairy Pokemon again. Clefairy countered with the same attack. They were both very tired now, as Kira took a Pokeball from her belt, “Go Pokeball!”

The ping noise echoed through the cave, as it stopped shaking. Clefairy was caught!

“I’m on fire!” Kira said to Nathan, recalling Chansey and picking up Clefairy’s Pokeball.

“Yes, you are… I’ll wait for you here.” Nathan said, as Kira went to the entrance to the cave, to find the boulder destroyed. She knocked on the old couple’s door, seeking answers.

“We did hide something from you.” Marcel said, with his wife by his side, after Kira had inquired answers, “We have known about this spirit for a long time, and so has Nurse Joy. However, we keep the spirit’s secret.”

“We’re like the defenders of the spirit, because we can’t let anyone know about that, or the Moon Stone monument. And if we let anyone know about the Clefairy that flock there at night to dance and chant around it, they would be endangered.” Elise continued.

“We live here in the sole reasoning to protect that oasis. As for the earthquakes and such, it happens often because of gosh knows what. The exits are normally blocked, which is why I use a Machoke to destroy the boulders every time it happens.” Marcel finished.

“I thought you told me you didn’t have any Pokemon, other than the Clefairy you sent to Professor Oak.” Kira gasped, in shock.

“Well, I have Machoke, but in the sole reason to liberate the exits. The Clefairy, I had seen it hurt, and I couldn’t heal it, so I sent it to Oak so he could do research on it.”

“And the stories you told me? True? False?”

“They are all true.” Elise answered, “And we tell them to people to make them more aware of how interesting Mount Moon really is.”

“I see. Do you understand the spirit too?”

“Yes, we do. We aren’t sure how, but I think anyone who lives near Mount Moon can, and if they don’t, then if they hear our tales. It confuses us really.” Marcel said, “It’s the only thing we don’t know about it.”

As for the answers, they satisfied Kira. She healed Chansey and Clefairy, and returned to Mount Moon, to see Nathan train Bulbasaur and Scyther. He was battling little flying creatures with blue coats, and they oddly seemed to fly around as if they were blind.

“Zubat cannot see, but they can send supersonic waves to know what’s around them.” Nathan explained when Kira came back.

“Good. Let’s go to Cerulean now, we spent far too much time here.” Kira said back, as they left the cave. Nathan heard all about Marcel & Elise’s answers, and he smiled at the thought that they had uncovered a mystery.

While they hiked the rocky road ahead of them, thoughts went through Nathan’s head, and they weren’t good ones. “Why does she have four Pokemon? I only have two! This isn’t fair!” He was very frustrated, and set his goal to catching another Pokemon before Kira caught a fifth one.

“Nathan looks frustrated!” Kira thought as she looked at Nathan’s facial expression. He was terrible at hiding his frustration, “I hope he isn’t jealous, dear gosh.”

“I simply cannot be weaker than her!” he thought.

Matt & Vulpix
04-05-2004, 12:29 AM
Chapter 12

Midnight was about to strike when the duo checked the PokeNav to see if they were heading in the right direction. Sure enough, Cerulean was supposedly just ahead.

“You know, I know we only spent around twelve hours in that grove, but I’m not tired.” Kira said, breaking a silence that had been on going for the entire hike to Cerulean, which had been spent with wordless battles with wild Pokemon, such as Spearow and Pidgey, “Maybe we should check out some attraction.”

It took a few minutes, but she got a response. “You mean like a nightclub?”

“Sure, I guess.” Kira said, and waited for a few more minutes. His lips weren’t even moving, “Well?”

“Well what?” he snapped, “I don’t want to go. You can if you want, have a jolly good time, and I’ll get you a room.”

He began to fasten his pace, and Kira just sighed. He was green with jealousy, the sore loser.

“Well boo-hoo, cry me a river.” Kira thought, “Get me a room, I’ll be home later.”

By this time, they could see Cerulean, as they got closer. It was an astonishing sight, with nice buildings every here and there, and water surrounding the whole city. In the distance, there was a cottage along a cave-side wall. It was such a peaceful place, especially with the moonlight peering down on it. As Kira got closer, she saw Nathan head to the Pokemon Center, which surprisingly looked open.

She entered the city, and looked around for a map that indicate the way to one of the nice nighttime clubs. The ones were they sung the jazz, had a few drinks of Pepsi. That type of thing seemed to be what Kira was craving.

“Oh! I can use the PokeNav!” she got it out, and stood there thinking, “Okay, maybe some other time.”

The device wasn’t working, or she wasn’t working it correctly. As she was putting it away, she saw a building called ‘The Water Note’. It looked like it was open; in fact, it was the only one that looked opened except the Pokemon Center in the whole town. She entered, and saw exactly what she needed.

A dance floor with a DJ, a bar where they sold wholesome drinks, she was sure, as it was marked on the sign outside that it was for all ages. Even a piano for the good old oldies was near the ‘bar’.

“Welcome to the Water Note!” a lady, not much older and taller than Kira, welcomed her. She had shoulder-length blue hair, which gave her the goose bumps.

“What is the Water Note?”

“It’s a club for all ages, just people who want to hang out.” The lady smiled, “The name’s Violet.”

“Kira.” She replied, letting her know of her name, “Why are you still opened? It’s… like almost midnight!”

“Well, we do stay open until one in the morning! Sometimes new trainers can’t handle all the stress of Pokemon training, so this place is perfect, as it’s one of the early-on cities of their quest, normally.” Violet replied, as she and Kira got closer to the ‘bar’. They sat down on wooden barstools with a leather pattern on it.

“Who’s this?” a girl asked Violet, with a similar hairstyle, only it was a flashy orange. She blended in with the bar, which was of a wooden color, nearing orange in sorts.

“She just walked in, her name’s Kira. Kira, this is my sister, Daisy.” Violet introduced the two. They said quiet Hi’s to each other, “There’s three of us really.”

“Hum-hum…” Daisy coughed.

“Oh, right, there are four of us. But I’m only close with two of my sisters, the other one is a little bit of a reject sister-wise.” Violet said slowly, drinking what Kira guessed was her drink.

“Then who are the other two?” Kira inquired, as the bartender handed her a Pepsi she had subtly ordered when Daisy approached.

“There’s Lily, the pink headed girl somewhere on the dance floor.” Violet said, pointing down the metal stairs to a large square area, where there were about twenty people dancing extravagantly to a heavy metal tune.

“And there’s Misty, who is the redhead in the crowd.” Daisy interrupted, making sure her sister wasn’t forgotten by Violet.

Kira gazed down at the crowd, and easily spotted Lily, who looked much like her two sisters: petite, with a face that just radiated joy, and a tall enough stature. She had a little difficulty spotting Misty, as she didn’t look anything like her sisters. She was thin, but she was shorter, and her hair was short as well, with two pigtails. She wasn’t half as beautiful in Kira’s opinion, but that was compared to her sisters, who could have applied for Miss Kanto.

“Misty might not be as beautiful as us,” Violet said, approaching Kira, who was by the black ramp, followed closely by Daisy, “but she’s one heck of a dancer. And she excels just as much if not more at Pokemon training.”

“Dancer?” Kira said, looking back at the two.

“Oh yes, she even thought about giving up Pokemon to simply dance, but of course, Pokemon are way too important to her. She even has dance-offs with visitors from around the world.” Daisy explained, “It’s quite fun when that happens, really.”

Kira sipped her Pepsi that she had dragged along with her, and gave it to Violet, “I’ll be right back.” She headed over to the stairs and skipped down them merrily, and went over to Misty.

“What in the heck is she doing?” Daisy said, now holding Kira’s drink, as Violet was too lazy to hold it.

“Don’t know, but my guess is she wants a dance-off…” Violet laughed, “Yay! Fun for us!”

The two sisters went off to join the rest of the dancers, when Kira pronounced these words: “Care for a dance-off, Misty?”

The world seemed to stop. The DJ stopped the tune; the dancers froze in their spots, Misty’s three sisters gasped. Misty stopped as well, in an upright position, turned around on her toes, “Dance-off?”

“Yeah. Let the crowd decide who wins by a show of hand.” Kira made the rules up from scratch.

“Sure. With or without Pokemon?”

Kira simply stopped thinking when she heard that. She’d heard of dancing with Pokemon, heck, she’d heard of dancing with wolves, but did she know her Pokemon well enough to dance with them, let alone compete with someone else?”

“Sure, umm why not?” Kira smiled finely.

“I choose you, Staryu!” Misty said, releasing from a Pokeball a five pointed starfish-like Pokemon, with a red gem in its center. It had brown scaling.

“Ryu.” It said, oddly enough, as it had no mouth.

“Staryu, the star shape Pokemon. Staryu apparently communicates with the stars in the night sky by flashing the red core at the center of its body. If parts of its body are torn, this Pokemon simply regenerates the missing pieces and limbs.” Kira’s Pokedex sounded, as she took it out to identify the Pokemon further.

“I choose you, Squirtle!” Kira chose, letting the familiar Pokemon out. Out of all her Pokemon, he was the only one she saw capable of dance.

“Be aware, Pokemon attacks are to be utilized, but not on each other. We will have one round of dancing, and by applause some will win. Rules are alright with you two?” Daisy said, acting as the referee, if this ‘match’ would need that.

“All right!” they both said at once.

Misty was wearing red shorts with a light yellow tank top, and Kira was wearing white shorts with her light blue tank top. It was the best outfit to dance in, as it was flexible.

The song “Me Against The Music” began playing, and the two girls looked themselves straight in the eyes as they did the split simultaneously, and various other dance moves, including break dancing. Kira wasn’t doing as well as Misty, as she hadn’t danced in a very long time.

Meanwhile, Staryu used an attack, barked by Misty, called ‘Water Gun’. Staryu jumped in the air and shot water down to the ground out of its top point, propelling itself in the air. It seemed to roll on its own water, changing point all the time to make sure it wouldn’t fall.

Squirtle hadn’t budged yet, but, seeing Staryu use its attack to dance, Squirtle copied the attack, and tried it. He couldn’t get it strong enough to propel himself high, so instead, he used Withdraw to enter Staryu’s beam of water. Once on top, he danced side by side with his opponent.

“Go Squirtle! Do some good moves up there!” Kira said as she tried to break dance again.

“Tle Squir!” it said, trying to jump up and bombed back down on the water with Withdraw.

The song came to an end after some more dancing, and the water Staryu was making ceased and everyone was on the ground.

“By clap, who votes for the challenge Kira and her Pokemon Squirtle?” Daisy said, standing between the two contestants and their Pokemon. The audience, which was of about twenty people including Violet and Lily, clapped a little, “And for Misty and Staryu?”

The whole began clapping, safe Violet, who just yawned. Misty frowned at this, disappointed once again that her sister shooed her off as a nothing. Kira didn’t really understand why Misty was frowning, she was winning by clap!

“The winner is Misty Waterflower! Congratulations!” Daisy bowed to her sister briefly as a sign of respect. Both trainers returned their unhurt Pokemon, and smiled.

“That was fun!” Misty said to Kira, as she was about to walk away.

“Yes! You dance fantastically by the way.” Kira said, with a humble tone.

“You aren’t so bad yourself! You should see me on the Pokemon field though, I’m much better at that.”

“Maybe some other time, it’s getting late.” Kira said, saying goodbye to the four sisters, and going back up the stairs. She found her drink and finished it, and spotted Nathan in the doorway, “How’d you find me? Better yet, why did you want to find me?”

“I couldn’t sleep knowing I’d shown my jealousy to you.” Nathan sighed loudly as he got closer to her, “I’m sorry. I just get very competitive and this tends to happen, in fact it did all the time at school.”

Matt & Vulpix
04-05-2004, 12:29 AM
Chapter 12 Continued

This shocked Kira immensely, “You had friends with that green jealousy of yours? You were that popular with that attitude?”

“All of us in the gang were as competitive, that’s why we were good friends. Jason, Nick, Aaron, and all the girls, and the rest of ‘em, we were all competitive.”

“Talk about a nice group of people!” Kira rolled her eyes at the response, “And why didn’t you travel with them?”

“Haven’t we already discussed this?” Nathan laughed, tired, “They hadn’t started yet, so I got tired of waiting. They probably started by now, taking on my example.” He boasted.

“Riight. Anyways, just try to be happy, joyful, and all that jazz. It’s what it’s all about!” she said, making movements with her arms in the air to show her emphasis, “Now let’s go to bed, I had one Pepsi too many and it’s almost one in the A.M.”

They headed to the Pokemon Center; which was every bit the same as the old one, except the floor for the rooms was larger, with more rooms. Nurse Joy had explained that more people came here, seeing as how there were four main exits to the cities, all-leading to different places. Nathan went to his room to sleep, as Kira got her own room to sleep in. She hit the pillow and was already in dream world, exhausted in every muscle of her mind and body.

***

The following morning, June 9th, Nathan and Kira woke up at around the same time. They both got dressed and promptly went downstairs to eat some breakfast. The Nurse Joy from that Pokemon Center was a culinary queen, or at least it seemed so compared to Pewter City’s.

As they ate, Kira told Nathan all about The Water Note, and the four sisters. However, she seemed troubled by something, hiding it behind her laughs at her own story. Nathan was slightly alarmed, as she was shaking, and just staring into the blue every now and then.

“What’s up?”

“Nothing much.” Kira replied, trying to act cool.

“Not that what’s up, I mean what’s up with you? You look like you’ve seen a ghost.” Nathan said, and then thought about Mount Moon’s events, “Okay, you saw a ghost, we all did, but what happened overnight that’s gotten you so aloof?”

Kira put her face in her hands and sighed. Several minutes passed as she thought, but didn’t move, and Nathan continued eating the scrumptious eggs, “I had a dream.”

“Was it to become a Pokemon Master? Yeah, we all had that dream.” Nathan joked. Kira just continued her paralysis, not laughing, “A dream? The sleep dream you mean?”

She nodded, “It was confusing, yet scary in some way.” He waited for her to continue speaking, but she didn’t. She just stared into the windows, taking in the nine o’clock sunlight of the beautiful month of June.

“You can tell it to me if you want, but if you don’t, that’s ok too.” Nathan said to her, and she nodded again.

“I can’t tell him – he’ll think I’m a freak.” Kira thought, “That’s right – a freak. I can’t be a freak. No sire bob, I cannot be a freak. But it was like a calling… I saw it happen. A crime. I saw it – the act of murder, killing someone, denying the right of life to another being. It was a dream – or was it? That ghost wasn’t a dream. It was surreal, but it was real. Was this a dream too? Or a premonition for things to come?”

An eerie feeling came to her, and a shiver was sent crawling down her spine. She hated that feeling, oh how she hated it. She looked elsewhere than the window and saw a quaint girl looking straight at her, as if she was judging her. She wasn’t blinking; she was just staring there. Almost like Kira, just with a little more intent. That also sent a shiver down her spine, but this time it wasn’t as bad.

“Freaky.” Kira muttered, looking at the girl again after a few minute. She was still looking, in her shabby purple dress, with nice earrings. She had curly brown hair, shoulder-length. She looked a bit older than Nathan, maybe fifteen, sixteen tops.

“What’s freaky? Your dream?” Nathan asked her, snapping her out of her observance.

“That girl, she’s staring at me.” Kira replied, getting her face out of her hands, staring back at the lady. The lady seemed to realize Kira knew she was staring and looked away, “Or was, anyway.”

Nathan didn’t have any reply to this, so he took her plate and his own back to Nurse Joy. While he was doing so, the girl came over to the table.

“Pardon my staring…” the girl said to her, sitting down. She was beautiful, an exquisite person, “But I can’t help but feel a sense of worry from you.”

This made Kira’s body stiffen, “How would you know that from a stare?”

“I don’t like to flaunt, but I’m a psychic. Not a telepathic freak, but psychic. I can read minds; I can see things coming from afar. In my mind that is, mind you. My name is Tabitha.” The girl said, smiling.

“Wow, I really didn’t get that impression from you!” Kira said.

“First looks aren’t always truthful!” Tabitha said very seriously.

“Alright, Tabitha.”

“I also believe in things – surreal, supernatural things. It’s gotten of me a great curiosity, my being psychic and all.” Tabitha claimed.

“Can you read my mind right now, or before when you were gawking at me?”

Nathan came back to the table, freaked out that Kira was talking to the lady. Kira made introductions between the two, and they continued the conversation.

“I got a feeling that you had a dream – a serious one. Stop me if I’m wrong.” Tabitha said, and, with no interruptions, continued, “You saw… red? Blood maybe?” she continued, leaving a few seconds between sentences to let interruptions through, “Murder! That’s the ticket! You saw a murder!”

Kira nodded, “Can you tell me anything about this?”

“I’m no psychologist, but it can be a sign. A subtle sign, mind you, but a sign nonetheless. Sometimes, it is believed such a dream marks death of someone you know and care about. Other times, it’s just a coincidence, and is nothing to worry about.” Tabitha informed, putting Kira’s and Nathan’s fast beating hearts to rest, “But… there are times when this is a message to watch your own back, that someone might want to vest their hands in your blood.”

Tabitha said that so dramatically, scaring the breath out of Kira. Tabitha gave Kira her number, and said to call her using the PokeNav if she ever had any other dreams. Nathan challenged Tabitha to a battle before she left, and she declined, saying she had to head to Vermillion City to battle the Gym.

“You train Pokemon?” They asked in harmony.

“Yes, psychic types, and I already have two: Kirlia and Kadabra. Unfortunately, I’m sure they are too strong for you rookies. Sorry to break the news to you, but I’ve been training these for a few months now.” She explained, “And I’m also in this league. Mind you, I also have my eyes out for supernatural events and adventures, and also Legendary Pokemon. My oh my, that would be a treat.”

She left them on those words, and Kira was still stung by Tabitha’s claim of death. If the dream meant she might die, or Nathan, or anyone else she cared about, how could she live, knowing death was around the corner? Nathan comforted her, saying it was just a dream.

But Tabitha was psychic. Psychic, for crying out loud! Psychics could be right, right on the mark. What if Kira was going to die?

“I rather it be me than anyone else.” Kira thought deeply.

Matt & Vulpix
04-07-2004, 06:07 PM
Chapter 13

Kira was so shaken up by Tabitha’s premonitions, that when Nathan offered to go out and train with her, she refused. She decided to go to the Gym and battle the Gym Leader before time ran out for her. This worried Nathan, but he couldn’t change her mind. He went out to train in the northern part of the city.

While he was trying to make Scyther and Bulbasaur learn new attacks, or possibly evolve. He felt behind compared to Kira, but then he thought, “Well, she has two new Pokemon she hasn’t trained all that much yet, but…” he looked in the sky and sighed, “I’ll catch up. We have months of this training stuff ahead of us!”

He continued training, making Scyther and Bulbasaur battle against each other and the seldom-wild Pokemon that wandered into the city. All of them didn’t look too strong, so he didn’t bother toss a Pokeball at them and catch them, until a brown furred Pokemon wandered into one of Bulbasaur and Scyther’s fight.

“Eevee, the evolution Pokemon. Its irregularly configured DNA is affected by its surroundings. It evolves if its environment changes.” His Pokedex said, as he whipped it out, while his two Pokemon didn’t even notice the tiny Pokemon walk into the battle. It wasn’t as if the Eevee was attacking, but it was there.

“Scyther! Bulbasaur!” Nathan shouted, “Stop battling and focus your attacks on Eevee!”

They looked confused, and then looked down and saw the smirking Pokemon. Scyther, who was flying at the time, dove down and slashed away with its scythe. Bulbasaur took its vines out of its bulb and started whipping them down around Eevee, missing him constantly because he was afraid to hit Scyther.

“Vee!” it cried, hit by one of Bulbasaur’s vines. Scyther had pulled back finally to allow that to happen.

“Scy!” Scyther cried victoriously as he suddenly became extremely rapid.

“Huh?” Nathan pondered, having no idea what his Scyther was doing. His Pokedex was still out, and informed him once more.

“Agility, a psychic move. This move allows the Pokemon to become very fast, often confusing the opponent on where to hit.”

“Good job Scyther! Continue doing that until you are behind his back and use False Swipe!”

Scyther did as told, while Bulbasaur continued to use its vines to hit the Eevee, who hadn’t even made a move yet. It was as if it had never battled. The look on its face showed how frightened it was.

“Eevee!” Eevee cried as Scyther hit it with False Swipe. It simply fell to the ground, unable to move, unable to cry, unable to do anything. It was fainted.

“Go Pokeball!”

The ball fell upon the Eevee and it didn’t even shake. It just made the ping sound.

“Wow, it must have been weak.” Nathan said, picking up the Pokeball, “No worries! We’ll train Eevee until it becomes very strong!”

He laughed, as he returned his two Pokemon, who were considerably tired already. He returned to the Pokemon Center to get them healed.

As this went on, Kira was in front of the large dome in the center of the town. It was the highest building in the city, and you couldn’t miss it from a mile away. The dome’s roof was curved and light blue, and the walls weren’t even walls: it was just a large window that was of deep blue color. You could see through them a little bit.

Staring through the two doors that were also window-like, Kira saw a pool, with all the regular pool things: two diving boards, a few toys. Other than that, there were other irregular things, such as the colored boards against the wall, which were soaked. There were stands circling the pool.

If Kira hadn’t known any better, she’d say it was some sort of aquatic circus. But the ‘Gym’ sign pointing to the building proved it was the Gym, and if that wasn’t enough, ‘Cerulean City Gym’ was written on a plaque beside the doors. She approached the doors, and they slid open, revealing a room before the poolroom.

She hadn’t noticed this room before, because all the walls we’re see-through.

“Oh hello there!” a person said, coming from the poolroom, in a red bathing suit. She had been in the pool, Kira was sure, because her whole body was wet, including the red hair.

“Hello!” Kira said, recognizing the person. She couldn’t put her finger on who the person it was.

“I have the impression I know you.” The girl said to Kira.

“Quaint, I have the same feeling!” Kira said, “Oh, we had a dance-off yesterday!”

“Oh, Kira, right?” the girl said, and Kira nodded, “Name’s Misty.”

“I know.” Kira said, happy for once. She then thought about Tabitha and shivered.

“So, I’m guessing you’re here for the show?” Misty asked.

“The show? Excuse me?” Kira asked, confused.

“Yes, me and my sisters put on shows with our water Pokemon here every week. It’s a major attraction here, and the next show is in maybe a few hours. It’s crazy the crowds we get here.” Misty explained, “But, seeing as how you don’t know what that is, I guess you weren’t here for that.”

“You guess correct! I was here for a battle against the Gym Leader, is he here?” Kira said, looking around.

“He? Who said it was a he? Didn’t you read the plaque in front of the building?” Misty asked, perplexed.

“No, actually, I’m kind of worried about something at the current moment. Why? Is it a she?”

“Yes, in fact, me and my sisters are the leaders. But since they aren’t as good Pokemon trainers as me, and they are more occupied with the Water Note, I was made the ‘Official’ Gym Leader.” Misty explained, “You want to battle?”

“Yes, of course!” Kira said, delighted.

“Hang on. You can go to the poolroom.” Misty said, going back through the door whence she came. Kira followed, and saw this ‘room’ was a hallway. It astounded her that the whole building looked like one room from the outside, but, really, it was several rooms separated by window-like blue glass.

She continued to the poolroom, which was circular, and immense. There were plenty of seats in the stands, enough to sit everyone in Cerulean, she was sure. In the middle, the pool was rectangular, with two diving boards at each end.

Misty, followed closely by Lily, walked into the room, and saw Kira gawking at the room with her mouth wide open.

“Don’t open your mouth too wide, you might catch flies!” Misty laughed, as she went to one extremity of the pool, and hopped onto the diving board.

“Oh, right. Why are you on the diving board, and why are we here?” Kira asked.

“The pool is also a battlefield.” Lily explained, taking the boards and throwing them into the pool, “We aren’t too biased, we have these boards for Pokemon who can’t swim or fly.”

“We test them on their ability to adapt to a different environment of battle as well as my elite water Pokemon.” Misty joked.

“Oh…” Kira said, going to the opposite white diving board and going on, “Am I supposed to jump in?”

“If you want to, I don’t blame you. I love to battle side by side with my Pokemon…” she started, as she dove right in to the pool, “as you can see.”

“Okay. I’ll stay up here though, my clothes aren’t water-able.”

“Suit yourself, dear.” Lily said, “I’ll be acting as the referee of this match. Each trainer is allowed two Pokemon, whoever is without Pokemon first loses. The match is between Gym Leader Misty against Challenger Kira. This battle is for the Cascade Badge. There shall be no time limit. Ready? Go!”

The rules being recited, both trainers were completely into the battle.

“Go Poliwag!” Misty shouted, throwing a Pokeball into the water, which sunk and opened, revealing a round shadow underwater. It came up, and two eyes, which looked harmless, stumbled upon Kira. A feather-like tail came up behind, and then the whole Pokemon came into appearance when it jumped on the green board.

It was a circular blue Pokemon, almost as flat as a frying pan, with a spiral on its stomach. It stood on two unstable legs, and they were shaking. It was very cute, but Kira was sure it could do some damage.

“Poliwag, the tadpole Pokemon. Because it is inept at walking on its newly grown legs, it always swims around in water.” The Pokedex informed her, as she took it out of her blue backpack.

“Explains the shaking legs.” Kira thought, as she nodded. She put the Pokedex in her white shorts’ pocket. Apart from those shorts, she was wearing an equally white tank top. It made Nathan wonder where she put all her clothes in her backpack.

“Good! I choose you,” Kira said, and then thought about who she should choose. Vulpix was the worst choice, seeing as how it couldn’t swim and was weak to water attacks, Chansey was too large to jump from board to board, and Clefairy was light but the less trained of her bunch, “Clefairy!”

Deciding to keep Squirtle as her last resort, she sent the pink fairy to yellow board, which was closest to her. Clefairy was ready for battle in every sense.

“Clefairy versus Poliwag! Begin!” Lily shouted, taking two flags from behind her back, and swiftly bringing them down. One was blue, representing Misty, and the other was green, representing Kira.

“Clefairy, catch it off guard and use Pound!” Kira shouted as soon as the battle began.

Clefairy pounced on the unstable Poliwag, pushing it into the water, right beside its trainer.

“Bad move, really bad move!” Misty said, “Poliwag excels in water! Poliwag, speed up and use Body Slam!”

Matt & Vulpix
04-07-2004, 06:09 PM
Chapter 13 Continued

The now waterborne Poliwag sped up to the platform where Clefairy was, and jumped as high as it could in the air, slamming down its armless body on the pink fairy. Startled, Clefairy started slapping Poliwag silly.

“No, Clefairy, use sing!” Kira yelled in vain. Clefairy wasn’t listening, she was just so outraged Clefairy had actually slapped her! Poliwag, in its own defense, equally began to slap Clefairy with its tail.

“Your Clefairy seems badly trained, or nearly not trained!” Misty laughed, “Pathetic! Use Bubble to knock it off balance!”

Poliwag began creating bubbles that hit Clefairy, pushing it into the water. Not being able to swim, it went mad trying to get back onto the platform.

“Clefairy is unable to get back onto the platform or swim! Defeated!” Lily yelled in the air, raising the blue flag, showing Misty’s win.

“Return, Clefairy.” Kira said, getting shocked. The red beam reached the almost drowning Pokemon, and Kira sent out Squirtle, “You can do it Squirtle!”

Squirtle was sent into the water, beside the platform that Poliwag was tumbling on. It was still having trouble standing up.

“Now, Squirtle, charge up underneath the platform and send that Pokemon flying!” Kira shouted, pointing, obviously, at Poliwag.

“Squir!” Squirtle cried, before going underwater and under the platform. It charged up, sending both the platform and Poliwag flying. Poliwag hit the dome-like ceiling, and fell back down on another platform, fainted.

“Return, Poliwag! You did good!” Misty shouted, returning the dizzy Pokemon, “Go Chinchou!”

“Chinchou? What is that?” replied Kira, confused.

“Chinchou, the angler Pokemon. On the dark ocean floor, its only means of communication is its constantly flashing lights.” Sounded the Pokedex from her Pocket.

However, the Pokemon was nowhere to be seen. There was only a light appearing at the bottom of the pool with a shadow that was as large as Squirtle.

“Don’t let it scare you, Squirtle! Hop onto a platform!”

“Not so fast!” said Misty, smirking, “Spark, Chinchou!”

The light began to spark an electricity that, in the flash of an eye, dispersed to the entire pool. Squirtle was shocked, having not attained the platform in time.

“Lights out for you, Squirtle!” Misty laughed viciously.

“Squirtle? Please tell me you can battle!” Kira cried, fearing having lost. Squirtle, which looked in no condition to fight, didn’t say a word, “Return, Squirtle… you did good, I guess.”

Chinchou came back to the surface, showing its two yellows antennas and its blue body. It looked exhausted from the spark attack, “Return, Chinchou. Good job!”

Both Pokemon were returned to their Pokeballs, touched by the red light.

“Squirtle has fainted! Victory goes to Misty!” Lily shouted, raising the blue flag once more.

Misty got out of the pool, smiling, whereas Kira directed herself towards the exit.

“Wait, Kira!” Misty said, catching up with her, “Don’t feel so down! Just come back and try again, sometime soon! That was an okay battle, but I’m sure you can do better!”

Kira smiled at that thought, but frowned after, “I don’t think I can. You are too good for me. I don’t even know how you were in the pool without getting shocked by your Pokemon’s electric attack!”

“That’s an easy answer!” Lily said, catching up with the two, “Chinchou loves her trainer so much that she is invulnerable to its attacks. Well, maybe not invulnerable, but the Pokemon knows not to hit her trainer.”

“And Kira, do come back. Maybe you can go up north, I hear it’s a beautiful place to a camp this time of year. There are lots of Pokemon to train with, there, too. If you’re really lucky, you’ll run into Bill!” replied Misty.

“Thanks, I guess. See you soon!” Kira waved to them, leaving. She had her head turned and bumped into someone.

“Hey watch it!” the voice said.

“Oh, sorry… Nathan? What are you doing here?” Kira said, looking up at the tall man.

“I’m going to battle the Gym Leader! I hear she’s tough! But I caught a new Pokemon, an Eevee, so I think I have a good shot.” Nathan explained, “Did you go and battle the Gym Leader?”

“Yes…” Kira said, and, with Nathan’s inquiring stare, she continued, “I… won.”

“That’s great! If you can do it, I bet I can too!” Nathan laughed, “I’ll head back to the Pokemon Center after, ok?”

“Yea, sure.” Kira said, going back to the Pokemon Center, now worried about death and being a bad trainer.

Nathan continued to the Gym, content that Kira looked okay in saying she had won. Something tipped Nathan off that Kira wasn’t telling the whole truth, but he shrugged off that feeling and entered the clear Gym.

“Oh, hello! I’m Misty, and this is my sister Lily.”

“Hello there! I’m Nathan, and I’m looking for the Gym Leader!” Nathan said, checking out the two young beauties.

“This is she. You’d like a battle, I guess?” asked Misty.

“That’s about right. This place is so cool, by the way.” Nathan said, looking up and around, seeing the sun penetrate through the clear walls.

“Thank you. Let’s go in the poolroom for our battle.” Misty said, as she led him to the poolroom. Lily followed, silent. She was looking Nathan up and down, fancying him.

“Lily? Earth to Lily!” Misty said, as she got into the pool. Lily was just standing there, gawking at Nathan.

“Yes? Oh, right!” Lily said, skipping her way to the middle of pavement around the pool, “This shall be a Gym Battle for the Cascade badge. Each trainer is to use two Pokemon.”

She had the two flags again: blue representing Misty as always, and the green one representing Nathan, the challenger. She had them in each hand, up high, and waved them down, signaling the beginning of the battle.

“I choose you, Corsola!” said Misty, tossing out a Pokeball with her hand, underwater. A white and pink Pokemon, which strongly resembled a rock with lots of sharp horn, was in front of Misty.

“What a cool Pokemon!” thought Nathan, standing outside the pool, beside one of the diving boards.

“Corsola, the coral Pokemon. The points on its head absorb nutrients from clean water; because of this, it cannot survive in polluted water.” Nathan’s Pokedex informed, as he flipped it out from his black backpack.

“I can’t battle with Eevee, it’s too weak and inexperienced for this.” Nathan thought, “Bulbasaur is very strong, maybe I should surprise her with my strongest asset?”

Doing the exact contrary of Kira, Nathan sent out Bulbasaur onto one of the floating boards, hoping it wouldn’t fall into the boards.

“Bulbasaur, use vine whip and toss it around!” Nathan commanded.

The vines crawled out of Bulbasaur’s bulb, and made their path to Corsola, grabbing it, and tossing it around the pool, trying to hit it against the walls of it. It proved to not be so difficult, as Corsola was a heavy rock-type, and it wasn’t too elevated in the air.

“Corsola, counter with bubblebeam!” Misty ordered.

After being let go from the vines, Corsola shot bubbles in an almost never-ending beam, until it final ceased. Bulbasaur tried to pop it with its vines, proving to be very effective.

“Good job, Bulbasaur! Now, use leech seed!” Nathan ordered, smiling from ear to ear.

Sending out projectile seeds, they caught hold of Corsola, and restrained Corsola to an area around the furthest platform, where the seeds latched onto.

“Corsola! Speed up as fast as you can to try and break those seeds off! This way you’ll be free!” ordered Misty, struggling to find a way to get Corsola free.

“Now, Bulbasaur, use your…” Nathan began to say, but Bulbasaur shook its head and started to shake its whole body. A brilliant yellow powder emerged from the bulb, floating all the way to Corsola. It then stopped speeding up.

“Sleep Powder, a grass attack that renders the opponent asleep.” Nathan’s Pokedex explained again. Nathan realized he had forgotten to store it in his backpack, and, believing he’d need it again in the battle, he placed it in his jeans pocket.

“No! Corsola! Wake up!”

“Finish it with Vine Whip!”

Matt & Vulpix
04-07-2004, 06:10 PM
Chapter 13 Continued

Bulbasaur shot out its vines at Corsola, and the Corsola did not have the will to go on. The seeds were sapping out its last energy as Misty recalled it.

“Corsola is unable to battle! Victory to Nathan and Bulbasaur!” Lily said with authority in her voice, as she raised the green flag.

“Good job anyways Corsola.” Misty said sympathetically, looking at the Pokeball. She immediately took her tough attitude as she put Corsola’s Pokeball on the side of the pool, and took another and threw it in, “Go Staryu!”

The star shaped Pokemon, unknown to Nathan, awed Nathan with its gem. He checked his Pokedex, and, after being informed on Staryu, he laughed, “This shall be easy!”

“Don’t be so confident! Staryu has many tricks up her sleeve – I mean her star points!” replied Misty, “Staryu, use Camouflage!”

Staryu’s color began to change avidly, and then it disappeared from sight entirely. Misty laughed wickedly, getting competitive again, “You’ll never find her now!”

“Bulbasaur, be on top guard. Try to use Sleep Powder!” Nathan said, falling down a bit from his confident stance.

“That won’t work! Staryu, use Rapid Spin!” argued Misty immediately.

Although he couldn’t see his opponent, Nathan could hear the sound of Staryu spinning around rapidly. The camouflage was making Staryu change color according to its surroundings, making Bulbasaur’s Sleep Powder hit the dust, literally!

“Saur!” Bulbasaur shouted loudly when Staryu seemed to hit him from the back. He fell into the water, as he was on the edge of the platform.

Nathan was struggling to find an idea, “I got it! Bulbasaur, use Vine Whip and try to grab onto something to go on a platform!”

Bulbasaur tried to find something that he could make his vines grab onto, but nothing seemed to be latch able. Staryu continued spinning around rapidly, but nothing seemed to move.

“Wait, if Staryu was on the water, then I would see the water trickle. There are five boards, and that means Staryu is on one of them.” Nathan thought, and then said aloud, “Bulbasaur, try to use your vines anywhere above the boards!”

Bulbasaur tried, but, not being on one of the boards himself, had trouble. He was starting to sink in the pool.

“Return, Bulbasaur. You did good.” Nathan said, lowering his head as he returned his Pokemon.

“Bulbasaur was retreated!” Lily shouted.

“Go Scyther!” Nathan said, thinking he was perfect for the job, “Use Wing Attack!”

Scyther had learnt this attack from his previous training, and was anxious to use it. He flew above the platforms, and began flapping its wings around, making gusts of wind above all the boards. He finally hit the right one, the board that was in front of Nathan.

“No, Staryu!” Misty said, despaired, “Use Swift!”

Stars began emerging, ironically, from Staryu. They were all aimed at Scyther, and he maneuvered himself quick enough in the air to avoid them.

“Good job, Scyther! Now hit the same spot with Wing Attack, we know Staryu is there now!”

He worked his wings strongly enough to push the invisible Staryu into the pool. Nathan, Scyther, Lily and Misty could all see where Staryu was now, as the water was outlining it.

“Finish it with False Swipe!”

“Ha, think this is over? Recover, Staryu!” Misty laughed competitively.

Scyther lunged its scythe out and dove down to hit Staryu, as a purple glowing energy surrounded it. As the purple energy got closer to Staryu, Scyther hit Staryu.

Suddenly, Staryu took back appearance; it was no longer invisible.

“Staryu is unable to battle. Victory to challenger Nathan!” Lily said, raising the green flag.

Both trainers returned their Pokemon, and Nathan could not have been happier. He had won against Misty, he had his second badge!

“Congratulations, Nathan! Here is your Cascade Badge.” Misty congratulated with a smile on her face, swimming over to Nathan, and handing him a water droplet-like badge.

“Wow!” he exclaimed, taking it. It was a beautiful light blue, and it was just a bit larger than the Boulder Badge. He opened his backpack and took out his ‘badge box’, and put it in. He definitely didn’t want to lose these two badges, as they were his newfound pride.

“You did much better than the trainer before, she was at a lost of what to do with Chinchou.” Misty explained, getting out of the pool, “She was crushed when she lost, really. She left right before you came in.”

“What was her name? Was it Kira?” Nathan said, widening his eyes. He thought that person might be Kira.

“Why, yes, how did you know?” Misty exclaimed back. Nathan now knew for certain that he had been lied to.

Matt & Vulpix
04-09-2004, 03:15 PM
Chapter 14

“I bought some supplies for us from the PokeMart, Nathan.” Kira said to Nathan when she spotted him enter the Pokemon Center, “Some potion, namely.”

“That’s nice.” Nathan said, ticked off, “Can I see your Cascade Badge? I want to compare both of ours.”

“No!” she exclaimed, “Okay I don’t have one.”

“Why did you lie?” Nathan said, now sad.

“I’m depressed, Nathan! I might die, I didn’t get my second badge, it’s terrible!”

“But you can try as many times as you need to. Besides, Misty told me that there is a nice camping ground to the north, with many wild Pokemon. With luck, we might meet Bill! It’ll be fun, we can stay up there for like a week, camping in that tent of yours!” Nathan said, trying to make the best of a bad situation.

“Okay. I want to go speak to my mother on the phone though, I miss her and my little brother Steven.” Kira said, going over to the area with five phones. Nathan decided he would go heal his Pokemon while she did so.

“Sad, isn’t? She lost to Misty. She was crushed when she came back.” Nurse Joy said, as she worked her magic with the machine that was healing his Pokemon.

“You know about that?” said Nathan, shocked.

“Oh, of course dear. I know about everything that goes on in this town, this place is like the meeting place! This is where the rumors start, and everything that goes with that.” Nurse Joy said, handing him his Pokemon back.

“Interesting.”

“Hi mom! I’ve missed you so much!” Kira said, seeing her mother appear on the screen. Her mother was as beautiful as ever, and was smiling so much, as she was happy to see her daughter. Kira told her everything that had happened over the past week or so.

“Wow, honey, you’ve experienced a lot already! Just be careful, and I hope that you meet many more friends than you already have! Oh, and don’t forget, you have to check in every now and then, okay? Don’t go months without talking to me. I swear, I don’t want to have to worry I sent you out too young!” Amy said to her.

“Mom! I’m eleven! I only needed to be ten to register for the Pokemon league!” Kira started nabbing, “I’ll be twelve in September!”

“Okay, okay, I get the idea dear. Don’t go into a fuss. Who’s that?” Amy asked, seeing Nathan over her shoulder.

“Oh, that’s Nathan, he’s four years older than me, so that makes him fifteen. He’s really nice, mom, and he’s good company.” Kira complimented, “Say hi to Steven for me, bye!”

They said goodbye and they both hung up.

“Did you tell her about Tabitha?”

“Are you crazy? She’d drag her feet over here and bring me back home if I did! I may be eleven but I’m not stupid, Nathan.”

“I’m going to call home.” Nathan said, sitting down on the seat as she got up.

***

The phone rang very loudly.

It rang through all their ears, as Kimberly drew a drawing for a school project, as Rose began cooking supper, “Hello?” the redhead Rose said into the phone, as her son appeared on the screen.

“Hi mom!” Nathan said, “I’m having so much fun out here!”

He told his mother almost everything, like Kira had done with her mother, and Rose was just so happy to hear everything was going well, “Kimberly is heading out on her journey, in about a month, Nathan.”

“That’s so cool, mom!”

“Yeah, I know. She hasn’t decided if she wants to compete in Kanto, however.” Rose informed.

“Any word on dad?” Nathan whispered, covering his phone with his hand to keep the words hidden from Kira.

“I’m sorry honey, but I don’t think so. He isn’t doing very well, to tell you the truth. We are preparing for the worst.” Rose said with a hint of tears in her blue eyes.

“Is he going to die?” asked Nathan after a moment of silence. Kira was intrigued at why he was hiding his conversation now.

Kimberly suddenly elbowed her mother out, and as soon as that happened, the redhead was on the screen, “Nathan!”

“Hi Kimberly.” Nathan said, fighting the tears.

“I might go to Johto, or Hoenn if I’m lucky, Nathan! Isn’t that cool?”

“Sure is, little sis. Can I talk to mom?”

“Okay.” Kimberly said, handing the phone back over to her mother.

“Your father is going to need a miracle to live, with all honesty, Nathan. I won’t veil reality from you.” Rose said, with a single tear going down her face.

“Why is his mother crying?” thought Kira, watching from the behind her traveling buddy.

“Do you want me to come home?” Nathan asked.

“Honey, don’t come home. You need to be out there experiencing life. If your father does die, however, you will have to come home for the funeral.” Rose said, “Live out there while you still have the precious gift of life.”

“Okay, mom… how is James going?” he replied, changing the subject.

“Your older brother is doing marvelous, Nathan! I’m sure he’ll be glad to know you already have two badges. Shame your friend didn’t win her second badge yet. Anyways, James is out in Johto right now, looking for new Pokemon and his own badges for Johto.” Rose smiled through her tears, “You’re walking in his footsteps, because he got to the Indigo League himself. I’m so proud of both my sons.”

Nathan liked his older brother so much when he was little. He’d always let Nathan tag along with his older friends, until Nathan absolutely hated his brother for heading out on a Pokemon journey, that is, until he realized how much fun Pokemon training was.

“That’s cool, mom. I got to go, see you later!” Nathan said. He hung up right after she replied a goodbye.

“What was that about?” Kira said, as she saw Nathan looked teary eyed.

“Oh, nothing. I think I’ll go outside because I already packed everything. I’ll be at the north exit of the town, so we can go up there to camp and all that.” Nathan said, rushing out.

“He’s so cute.” Kira thought, laughing, “But he’s a friend first and foremost. I’d never dream of falling in love with him.”

She was telling the truth, she found Nathan attractive, but he was her friend first. She then got her curiosity back and really ached to know what was up with the Lennox family.

“Bye, Nurse Joy! We’ll be back in a week!” Kira said, ten minutes later, as she came down all ready to go. All her clothes and supplies were in her back, and now the tent didn’t even fit in her backpack!

She carried it out and headed north, where she saw Nathan kicking rocks. She also noticed night had fallen upon them once more.

“I couldn’t fit this thing in my back, my clothes are over boarding it!” Kira laughed, as she and Nathan began to walk upon the bridge that led to the campgrounds that Misty spoke of. The river was beautiful in the night, with moonlight shinning down on it and all the Pokemon that jumped out of it every now and then.

After they crossed the bridge, they set up the tent right beside the river, even if it wasn’t that far from the city. They were tired, and they wanted to sleep. They made some food with a pot, which Kira had bought earlier that day. It was just soup, but it was good nonetheless.

“So, what was up with your family, earlier? Rose was crying.” Kira said, quickly recalling the name Nathan had given her.

“Oh… I didn’t tell you this before because I didn’t think I could, but I think I’m ready to admit this. My father Nick was in a terrible accident a few weeks before I left for my journey. He has been in a coma every since. The doctors said the chances were of him surviving were strong at the beginning, but they are quickly diminishing. It’ll take a miracle for him to live.” Nathan said sadly.

“Mr. Lennox? I had him for gym class.” Kira said, remembering she had had Nathan’s father as a teacher a few times, “He always helped me pass the class well. He knew it was lowering my average heavily.”

“That’s my dad for you.” Nathan smiled, “I just don’t want him to die. And I’m not going home, my mother said that’s beside the question.”

“I hope he does get better, I really do.” Kira said, and then realized, “Do you think that this is what Tabitha meant?”

“I don’t think so, but you never know.” Nathan was crying now.

“No, don’t cry. He’s going to be okay – I’m convinced.”

Matt & Vulpix
04-09-2004, 03:16 PM
Chapter 14 Continued

“Jason, Shawn, Zack! I can’t believe it!” Nathan said, as he put away the last dishes and saw the familiar faces.

“Man, I can’t believe it either!” the same voice said again. Kira observed that this guy seemed to be the leader figure of the group. He showed off his muscles in a black tank top, and he had equally black jogging pants on, with Nike shoes to top it off. He had black hair. He and Nathan shook hands.

“Neither can I!” the other person, to the first person’s left, said, shaking Nathan’s hand. He had a matching black tank top, with black shorts to match that. He was equally muscular; she guessed the two played a lot of basketball like Nathan. He had brown hair with blonde tips. His Nike shoes were red and white, like the other ones.

“Nice to see you again.” The third said, shaking Nathan’s hand with their special handshake as had did the other two. This one looked a little out of place; he wasn’t muscular, he was wimpy in comparison. He had an outfit identical to the second person’s, however, he had a black sleeve shirt.

“Guys, this is Kira, my traveling buddy. Kira, this is Zack Cedano, Jason Carson and Shawn Affleck. They were some of my best friends in school!” Nathan said, pointing to everyone respectively.

“Nice to meet you.” Kira said, smiling and shaking all their hands.

“We were all on the basketball team back at school.” Nathan explained.

“Not me.” Shawn said, frowning.

“Yeah, well you aren’t exactly crafted for sports.” Zack mocked, while Shawn just frowned more.

“So, what Pokemon do you guys have?” Nathan said, gesturing the three and Kira to sit down around the campfire they had lit earlier.

“I have a Mudkip and a Machoke.” answered Jason.

“I have a Chikorita and a Pikachu.” Answered Shawn, nervously and meakly.

“I have a Cyndaquil, a Butterfree and a Tyrogue.” Zack boasted, “And what about you two?”

Kira liked these three guys, they were welcoming her into their ‘group’ of friends, “I have a Squirtle, a Vulpix, a Chansey and a Clefairy.”

“I have a Bulbasaur, a Scyther and an Eevee.” Nathan said, “They are all very strong, except Eevee, he needs a little training.”

“Listen, man, we heard about your father before we left for our journey.” Jason sympathized.

“We all hope he’s going to come over this.” Zack seconded.

“Thanks. Why did you leave for your journey, though? When I left, you wanted to stay in school a while longer.” Nathan questioned.

“Well, school was getting boring, and we decided ‘Hey! We should go out on our journey, seeing as how this place is kind of boring without Nathan!’ so here we are.” Zack explained.

“That’s nice.” said Kira.

Nathan, Zack, Shawn and Jason caught up with each other, while Kira observed. It was nice to see Nathan with his real friends, to see how he acted around others. When they realized it was very late, they decided to get some shuteye. Zack, Shawn and Jason set up a slightly larger tent beside Kira’s.

“Listen, Kira, do you mind if I stay in their tent? I miss them so much…” Nathan began to say, feeling bad.

“Not at all. Go ahead.” Kira replied, putting out the fire.

The night was fun for all five of them, Nathan and his friends playing games and talking in the tent, and Kira sleeping in the tent, petrified about Tabitha’s premonitions and her loss against Misty.

The following morning, they all woke up bright and early because of the sun shinning down through the tents.

“Well, it was nice seeing you all again. I really hope we meet up soon!” said Nathan, after the tents and everything else were packed away.

“Likewise. Come on guys, we got to go to Cerulean to go against Misty!” Zack said, acting like the leader, and walking over to Nugget Bridge to go to Cerulean. As he had explained the night before, the three had not faced Misty because they didn’t judge themselves ready when they first got to Cerulean.

“One thing that makes no sense is how did they even get here first? I mean, I left before them and with the time we’ve been doing…”

“I agree, Nathan. But then again, maybe we hung around the roses while they were speed walking to places.” Kira laughed at her comment.

“True.” Said Nathan. For the next few hours, they walked around the route spotting weak Pokemon to fight against. Nathan trained Eevee a lot, and it was rendered a lot stronger then it was initially. Kira concentrated on training Squirtle.

“Wow! I can’t believe I’m seeing you here, Kira!” a male voice said from afar.

“Wow! I can’t believe I’m seeing both of you here!” a female voice said, beside the previous voice.

Nathan squinted his eyes, and gasped, “It’s Meredith and Leo!”

“None other than us!” Meredith laughed, twirling her shoulder-length blonde hair with her fingers.

“We were just around the corner and we wondered if you two would like to battle!” Leo said.

“Why not? Who against whom?” Nathan said, clapping his hands together briskly.

“I think you’re getting the wrong message here, Nathan.” Meredith laughed, patting his arm with her hand, “We mean a double battle.”

“I’ve read about those.” Kira observed, nodding her head with her arms crossed over her chest, “They originated in Hoenn.”

“Indeed. It consists of all four trainers sending out a Pokemon, but fighting in teams of two. It’s quite interesting to experiment with.” Leo explained more thoroughly.

“Okay, why not? Me and Kira against you and your sister then?”

“Bring it on!” Leo said back, playfully, “I choose you, Hoothoot!”

“I choose you, Bulbasaur!”

“I choose you, Vulpix!” Meredith said.

“I choose you, Squirtle!” Kira yelled finally.

All four Pokeballs were sent to the ground, and they all released their Pokemon: the blue four-legged Pokemon with a green bulb on its back, the blue shelled Pokemon, the six-tailed Pokemon, and an owl Pokemon.

“Hoothoot, the owl Pokemon. It always stands on one foot. It changes feet so fast that it can rarely be seen.” Kira’s Pokedex informed, as she smiled.

“Cool!” she said, observing the brown Pokemon standing on its one rugged foot.

“Let’s get it on, already! Use hypnosis on Bulbasaur!” Leo commanded, pointing at Bulbasaur.

“Counter that with Sleep Powder!” Nathan shouted, equally pointing at the flying Pokemon.

“Water Gun on Vulpix, Squirtle!”

“Ember!” Meredith countered.

Hoothoot levitated into the air, flapping its wings as it shot round beams at Bulbasaur. As it did this, Bulbasaur shook its bulb to reveal a blue sleeping powder that flew through the air at Hoothoot. At once, both Pokemon were affected and fell asleep.

At the same time, Vulpix and Squirtle were in a war of elements as Squirtle forced a Water Gun on Vulpix, but this fox wasn’t giving up, fighting the jet of water with its fire attack. Slowly, the water advanced, diminishing the water, and hitting Vulpix. It was on the ground, deeply hurt, and exhausted from having forced its ember that long.

“Vulpix, don’t give up! Use your Quick Attack on Squirtle!” Meredith shouted, as Leo advised her to attack the sleeping Pokemon instead.

Meredith clearly refused, as Vulpix shot around and hit Squirtle. Squirtle fell to the ground, but got back up and instinctively began to pump a water jet back at his opponent.

“Wake up!” Leo and Nathan said in unison.

Almost like magic, they both woke up at that instant.

“Sleep Powder again!”

“Peck!”

Hoothoot dived down at Bulbasaur to peck him with its beak, but, before he could reach Bulbasaur, he had opened his bulb and released a now purple powder. Hoothoot was hit, but wasn’t experiencing sleep. Hoothoot pecked Bulbasaur, but then backed away as he flashed purple and seemed hurt.

“Poison Powder, a poison type move that poisons the opponent.” Kira’s Pokedex said, as it was still out.

“Good job! Now use vine whip to hurt it further!”

Bulbasaur started hitting the owl with his vines, hitting Hoothoot’s wings in particular, as that brought it to the ground.
“Finish Hoothoot off with Water Gun, Squirtle!” Kira ordered, remembering that she and Nathan were a team in this.

“Hoot!” Hoothoot cried as the poison affected it again, after being hit by Squirtle’s ferocious attack.

“Return, Hoothoot.” Leo said, recalling Hoothoot from the match.

“Bulbasaur! Tackle attack that Vulpix!”

“Finish Squirtle with ember!”

“Withdraw!”

Squirtle withdrew itself into its shell, as Bulbasaur missed Vulpix and instead hit Squirtle, sending him flying right into Vulpix.

“Pix!” Vulpix cried in pain.

“Return!” Meredith hardly had the time to say, as Bulbasaur and Squirtle began to glow in a mysterious color.

Squirtle grew larger, with a fluffier tail that was almost cloud-like. It also had similar ears now, which were quite large. Kira was very fond of her new Pokemon.

“Wartortle, the turtle Pokemon. The evolved form of Squirtle. It is recognized as a symbol of longevity. If it has algae on its shell, then it is very old.” Kira’s Pokedex informed, as she pointed to it.

Bulbasaur’s bulb began to grow quite larger and turn a red, almost pink, color, with leaves growing on the bulbs side. Soon after, its whole body began to grow in size.

“Ivysaur, the seed Pokemon. The evolved form of Bulbasaur. If the bud on its back starts to smell sweet, it is evidence that the large flower will soon bloom.” Kira’s Pokedex sounded as she gasped, moving it towards Nathan’s new Pokemon.

“Wow, your Pokemon both evolved! Congratulations, they look awesome!” Leo complimented.

“Thank you.” They both replied, but they were still wooed by their new Pokemon. They looked much stronger than five minutes ago.

They recalled their Pokemon as well, and said their farewells to the siblings for the time being. As the duo began to walk off to Cerulean, Kira and Nathan continued to train their Pokemon, hoping to make them stronger and mightier.

Matt & Vulpix
04-12-2004, 01:17 AM
Chapter 15

Three days later, June 11th, they had gotten very far in the campgrounds. Yes, they were going slowly, but that was because of their training. They saw a cottage in the distance, surrounded by a lake.

There was a bridge leading to the cottage, and, on that wooden bridge, stood a familiar face with a stranger.

“What a surprise!” Misty exclaimed, and, hearing her voice, Kira and Nathan nodded recognizing her.

“Why are you here, Misty?” Kira asked her, shaking her hand and completely ignoring the brunet man on the bridge behind Misty, the one that she had just walked off of.

“I’m here to see my friend Bill!” said Misty, gesturing towards the brunet man behind her.

“Nice to meet you Bill!” replied Kira and Nathan, smiling.

“Hello!” Bill replied, waving his hand.

They entered the cottage, which was consisting of blue walls and a yellow hut-like roof, and it seemed out of place, considering it was in front of a mountain-like barrier.

“I’m Bill, creator of the PC system is used everywhere in Kanto and in Johto. Or it used to be, until a girl made something truly better than mine. My PC system can be found seldom, however.” Bill said, as they sat down at a table, he and Misty one on side, and Kira and Nathan on the opposing, “I work here, experimenting with new systems and my Pokemon.”

“Why do you work here? Isn’t it a bit far from society?” said Nathan, confused.

“Of course, that is how I work without distractions. I seldom meet a trainer that is up here training, or a camper camping, and Misty comes to visit me every now and then.” Answered Bill, giving Misty and Inuit kiss.

“That’s nice.” Stated Kira, becoming uncomfortable in the situation, “Would you like us to leave you alone?”

“We may be going out, but I like you two. You’re nice people, and I’m anxious for you to come back and challenge me Kira! Come soon!”

“Better train, first. I lost terribly against you.” Kira laughed, in joy. She had forgotten all about Tabitha’s premonitions by now.

They continued talking, and then Bill showed the two rookie trainers some of his experiments. He even told them about the time he transformed himself into a Pokemon.

“A Pokemon?” they exclaimed, shocked half to death.

“Yes, an invention gone wrong. Thankfully, some trainers came by and saved me.” Bill said.

Bill then examined their Pokemon. Misty had left at that point, as her sisters had called her, alerting her that challengers were amounting in the waiting line at the gym.

“You have very healthy Pokemon.” Bill said, looking over Wartortle again, “They are very strong. I’m surprised you didn’t win against Misty.”

“We’ve been training a lot over the past few days.” Explained Kira.

They exited the cottage and went outside. Bill was explaining that four months of the year, he lived here, for another four months of the year, he lived in Goldenrod City, and for the other time, he was either traveling or staying somewhere else.

“And I have a few Pokemon that help me with my studies.” Bill continued, “Go Ditto!”

A blob of pink goop appeared on the bridge, crying, “Dit!”

“Now, choose a Pokemon to come out of your Pokeballs.” Bill laughed.

“Okay…” replied Nathan, confused, “Go Eevee!”

The familiar brown and white furred Pokemon came out, and got into the battle position when he saw Ditto. She growled at the opposing pink Pokemon, as it suddenly began to change forms. Nathan shot out his Pokedex to identify the creature.

“Ditto, the transform Pokemon. It can transform into anything; when it sleeps, it transforms into a stone to avoid being attacked.” Nathan’s Pokedex said.

“Wow!” exclaimed Kira and Nathan together, as another Eevee appeared.

“Ditto is a great Pokemon to experiment with!” explained Bill, “I get to examine all kinds of Pokemon using it, without risking the danger of battling that certain Pokemon or trying to catch it.”

***

“There’s that guy and that girl again! And they are talking to that scientist guy!” Rebecca said to Will, inside a bush that wasn’t too far from the cottage. She was spying on them with binoculars, “Whoa! They have this Pokemon that just totally transformed into the guy’s Pokemon!”

“Think of how powerful that would be!” shushed Will, “We should capture it for the boss. He wasn’t too happy when the fossil theft wasn’t successful.”

“Yeah. Plus, if we did capture this Pokemon, we’d probably get promotions.” Rebecca observed, “They have beautiful outfits in the higher grades. Better than these white clothes and black boots.”

“Let’s go in.” Will said, grabbing a Pokeball from his belt, which had two Pokeballs, “I’m anxious to see them squirm at my new Pokemon.”

They both laughed sinisterly, although they kept the volume down to not be discovered.

***

The real and fake Eevee began to have a playful battle without commands from their trainers. Suddenly, two figures appeared in the distance: a large one, and a petite one.

“Prepare for trouble, we’re already here.” The female voice said.
“And make it double, we’ll make you have fear!” the male voice said.
“To steal Pokemon from bad trainers.”
“To train them as our own and become raiders!”
“Team Rocket light speed ahead!”
“Surrender now, or off with your head!”
“Rebecca!”
“Will!”

“Congratulations, you’re now poets. Did you even know it?” Kira replied sarcastically, clapping her hands, and rolling her eyes.

“No, we’re not. We didn’t even write it to tell you the truth!” Will said.

“That’s what we don’t do, we don’t tell the truth!” Rebecca said, slapping Will’s blonde head forward.

“Whatever.” Will brushed Rebecca’s comment off, “We are here for that Pokemon! And that one too!” he continued, as he was pointing towards both the Eevee.

“Because you don’t know which one is Ditto.” Bill laughed, “Ditto is so realistic no one can tell the difference between it and another Pokemon. Nathan, let’s take them down with both our Pokemon.”

“Not so fast! Go Skarmory!” Will said, revealing a metallic bird from his black Pokeball. The bird had wings, and it was in the air, crying its own name.

“Go Murkrow!” Rebecca said, revealing her own flying Pokemon, of a crow nature.

“Skarmory, the armor bird Pokemon. Its sturdy wings look heavy, but they are actually hollow and light, allowing it to fly freely through the sky.” Nathan’s Pokedex said, as he still had it in his hands. It was now proceeding to identify Murkrow, which they hadn’t done before, as they had not thought of it.

“Murkrow, the darkness Pokemon. Feared and loathed by many, it is believed to bring misfortune to all who see it at night.”

“I’ll help!” Kira said, “Go Chansey!”

“Use Quick Attack!” Bill and Nathan said simultaneously.

“Chansey, use softboiled on Eevee and Ditto if they ever need it!” Kira said, making Chansey act as a supporting Pokemon. She knew that the two similar Pokemon had a better chance at winning, seeing as how they were so alike.

“Use Agility, Skarmory!” Will commanded with an evil grin on his face.

“Peck them, Murkrow!” Rebecca ordered with her own evil grin showing.

Murkrow dived down at the real Eevee and tried to peck it, but Eevee shot up and attacked it in the air, before Murkrow had a chance to peck it with its beak. Skarmory began to become very fast, that the fake Eevee couldn’t spot where it was. Ditto tried to attack Skarmory, but missed entirely.

“Sand attack!” Nathan and Bill ordered in synchronization.

“Swift! You’ll never be able to avoid that!” Will shouted.

“Astonish!” Rebecca said to her black bird.

“Chansey, let’s get into this battle! Use doubleslap on that Mukrow!”

“You aren’t allowed to battle! It isn’t fair to us!” Will said aggressively to Kira.

“Oh yeah, and stealing Mr. Niron’s fossils was fair to him?” Kira said, shutting him up.

Skarmory began to create stars with its flapping wings, shooting them at the fake Eevee. Ditto, the fake Eevee, as well as the real Eevee, dug its paws in the ground, and began to splash sand towards the two. This sand blinded them, and the stars were sent in the wrong direction.

Murkrow, however, was still able to shrug the sand off as it used Astonish, and opened its eyes wide along with its wings. Almost psychically, the real Eevee was hurt, badly enough.

Chansey got closer to the bird, and pounded it with its hands, all the way to the ground. It was very hurt now.

“Finish that Murkrow off, Eevee! Use Quick attack!”

“You too, Ditto!”

They both launched to the black crow and slammed right into it. It yelped in pain.

“Murkrow, no!” Rebecca cried, “I’ll get you for that!”

“No you wont! You don’t have anymore Pokemon!” Kira boasted.

“Then Will will!” Rebecca said, showing off Will with her hands.

“Right! Skarmory, use fury attack on the whole bunch!”

Skarmory sped down to the three opposing Pokemon and started to jab its beak everywhere quickly, as the three tried to dodge left and right and center.

“Ditto, use transform!” Bill commanded. Ditto started to take the shape of Skarmory. The long light wings, the armor-like skin and even the beak: he was an exact replica of the opponent.

“Now we know which one is Ditto, you fool! Go Snatch Ball!” Will said, throwing a black Pokeball, striped with white lines at the replica of Skarmory.

“A snatch ball?” the trio exclaimed.

“What’s that?” Kira said, in horror.

“I don’t care, just fly up, Ditto!” Bill exclaimed.

Skarmory tried to fly up, but the Snatch Ball sucked it in too fast. Ditto became a large, venom green silhouette and was sucked in. The button on the Snatch Ball was like all others, but when Ditto was inside, it turned venom green.

“That is our Snatch Ball. It is constructed to capture any Pokemon whatsoever, even if that Pokemon already has a trainer.” Will explained, picking up the Snatch Ball, “The only inconvenience is that it is costly.”

Matt & Vulpix
04-12-2004, 01:18 AM
Chapter 15 Continued

“Don’t let them run away with that, guys!” Kira shouted, in anger.

“Yeah, don’t! Go after him and snatch it right back!” Nathan barked, in anger as well.

Bill smiled at the thought that the two trainers were taking defense for him.

“Go Ivysaur!” Nathan said, throwing out his starter.

“You too, Vulpix!” Kira said, releasing the fox.

Chansey, Vulpix, Ivysaur and Eevee began to run after Rebecca, Will and Skarmory.

“Skarmory, use –” Will began, but never finished. Skarmory was massacred to the ground by all the Pokemon’s attack put together: Ivysaur’s Vine Whip, Vulpix’s Ember, Eevee’s Quick attack and Chansey’s Doubleslap.

Skarmory was recalled to his Pokeball, and he cringed his teeth. He knew Onix stood no chance against this bunch, and therefore Team Rocket was at a defeat.

“Fine. We give up.” Rebecca said, almost reading his mind, “Here, take it.”

She took the Snatch Ball and threw it on the ground. It didn’t open, but it rolled over to the trio and their Pokemon.

“We can’t win right now, but we will!” Rebecca said, “Team Rocket runs off again!”

“Thank you very much, Kira. You too, Nathan.” Bill said, “I’m going to have to observe this ‘Snatch Ball’, as they called it, to be able to release my Ditto.”

He picked up the Pokeball and observed it.

“No problem!” Kira replied, grinning, on behalf of her and Nathan, “We’re always glad to help.”

They recalled their Pokemon, and entered the cottage again. It was getting late, and Bill had offered to serve them a supper. They ate spaghetti, quite the culinary meal compared to what they were used to eat.

“You’re quite le cordon bleu, Bill!” Kira said, while she was eating it, “The noodles, the tomato sauce, the cheese, the parmesan! Mm, good.”

“Le cordon what?” Nathan asked, confused.

“You wouldn’t understand if I told you.” Kira said, laughing. She picked up a napkin from the mahogany table, and wiped some spaghetti off her face. It had splattered.

Nathan just pouted, and Bill thanked Kira, “It’s nothing special.”

Nathan and Kira then got ready to leave right after Bill healed their Pokemon, “You know,” Bill began, “you guys don’t have to leave. I have spare bedrooms upstairs.”

“I think we’ve imposed enough. We can continue a little bit, and then set up camp.” Kira replied, shushing Nathan that wanted to stay.

“Okay.” The brunet of average height replied, “I hope to see you around. Good luck on your quest.”

They left the cottage on a good note. For the next three days, they trained less intensively than before, but still enough to keep their Pokemon fit in battle. They were back in Cerulean City in the afternoon of June 14th.

“We should stop by the Water Note.” Kira said, as they walked over to the Pokemon Center to get their Pokemon healed from their hard training in the past days. Even though Bill had healed their Pokemon before they left, they were still tired.

“Why?” Nathan asked, as Nurse Joy took all seven Pokeballs from the two.

“We can relax there for a few minutes. The music is very relaxing, and watching the people dance on the dance floor, that’s something else. It’s almost like the beach, just sometimes its very, very, very loud.” Kira dramatized.

“Okay, I’ll go with you, but just because you’re going to challenge Misty after.” Nathan replied. He liked music, but he only found certain genres of it relaxing.

They entered the Water Note, and saw the sisters, save Misty, on the dance floor, in the center of a dancing crowd. Everyone was watching them, as they moved their bodies to the beat.

Kira and Nathan sat down at one of the tables and watched them dance. It was soothing for Kira, but Nathan found it almost aggravating that she found this peaceful.

“Kira!” Daisy said, “Nice to see you again!”

The three sisters had exited the dance floor to go all the way up the stairs, to where Nathan and Kira were.

“Hi Daisy, Violet, Lily!” Kira greeted, “This is Nathan.”

“He beat Misty a week ago.” Lily replied, “I was the ref.”

They continued to chat about random things, and the gym battle Kira lost came up, “Oh, the time just flew by!” Kira exclaimed, “I really need to get to my rematch with Misty.”

The three sisters said goodbye to the duo and wished them luck with their quest. Nathan and Kira went over to the gym, across town, beside the Pokemon Center.

“Oh, Kira, Nathan, what a pleasant surprise!” Misty said, as she swam in the pool and saw the two walk in.

“I’m here for my… well you know why I’m here.” Kira smiled.

“Yes I do!” Misty said, swimming over to the side of the pool, “Take a seat Nathan, this will be an interesting match.”

“You guys don’t have a referee.” Nathan remarked as he sat down on the stands.

“That’s right. Well, act like a referee. I have a dinner date tonight so I need to finish this early to start getting ready, so we shall use each two Pokemon at the same time.” Misty informed, as Kira got into position to battle.

“Gotcha.” Nathan said, going to the place where Lily had stood during his own battle. He picked up the two flags on the floor and placed them up, blue towards Misty and green towards Kira, “Cerulean City gym battle for the Cascade Badge. Begin!”

“Remember, ‘tis a double battle!” Misty said in a fancy tone, “I choose you, Chinchou and Poliwag!”

“The same Pokemon.” Kira said, observing both Pokemon in front of Misty in the water. The spiral tadpole was familiar, but she had hardly seen the angler Pokemon beside it, with its yellow antennas that conducted electricity.

She then thought about her choice of Pokemon. She could send her two strongest Pokemon out if she wanted to, and that was a good choice in her eyes. But only one of her Pokemon, Wartortle, could swim, and she didn’t know who else to choose.

“I choose you, Wartortle! And I choose you…” Kira said, tossing two Pokeballs onto a platform.

Matt & Vulpix
04-14-2004, 02:35 AM
Chapter 16

“… Clefairy!” Kira continued, hoping she’d made a good choice, “Wartortle, let’s start this up now! Jump in the water!”

Wartortle jumped in the water as Misty commanded an attack, “Chinchou, spark!”

“Quick, Wartortle, jump back on the platform!” Kira said, “Now you’re only hurting yourself, Misty!”

Wartortle was still mid-air when this was called, and grabbed onto the platform with its paw and got back on it. Chinchou’s spark was sent throughout the whole pool, and hit Poliwag.

“I’ll get you for that!” Misty cringed her teeth, “But Poliwag still has enough power to continue! Use Body Slam on Clefairy, and Chinchou, use spark on Wartortle!”

“Wartortle, use Rapid Spin on Chinchou before he gets to you, and Clefairy, use defense curl!” Kira ordered.

When Clefairy saw Poliwag come at it with its body, she started to twirl her fingers around, “What are you doing, Clefairy?” Kira yelped.

“Metronome, a normal move. This move performs a random move, it can be anything from tackle to hydro pump.” Nathan’s Pokedex said, as he had taken it out first, more curious than Kira was.

“Wow, how cool!” Kira commented with a huge smile, content that Clefairy had learnt one of the most powerful moves.

“Fairy!” Clefairy shouted very loudly, as she jumped into the air, and, as fast as light itself, sped past Poliwag and pushed the airborne Pokemon back into the water.

“Aerial Ace, a flying move. A fast move that hits without fail, at the speed of light.” Nathan’s Pokedex sounded once more.

Meanwhile, Wartortle was in its shell, spinning around on the platform. Chinchou attempted to send a spark through the air at it, but its shell simply deflected it all, “Give Wartortle a little help, Clefairy! Pound!”

Clefairy pounded on Wartortle with her pink hands, understanding Kira’s command. Wartortle was sent flying through the air, hitting Chinchou right on.

“Poliwag, use hypnosis on Wartortle, and Chinchou, use Water Gun on Clefairy to push into the water!” Misty commanded.

“Wartortle, use Water Gun to deflect Chinchou’s, and Clefairy, try metronome again!” Kira was putting all her chips on Clefairy’s random move.

Wartortle immediately began to pump out its stream of water, attaining and blocking Chinchou’s. Clefairy began to move its fingers while shouting its name, as Poliwag made purple rings come out of its eyes, rendering Wartortle asleep.

“Wow.” All three of them muttered, as a powerful beam of light emerged from Clefairy’s hands. The powerful beam of power hit Chinchou right on. Chinchou was knocked out by the attack.

“Hyper Beam, the most powerful normal type move. After its use, the user must rest, as most of its energy is drained.” Nathan’s Pokedex informed the bunch.

“Return, Chinchou.” Misty responded, with a look of awe in her face, “Impressive luck, Kira. But, both your Pokemon cannot attack for the time being, leaving both of them defenseless.”

“Oh no!” Kira thought, going from total bliss to the horrifying thought of losing, “I have to think of a way to wake up Wartortle. I can’t get Clefairy to do anything because she’s resting. Maybe if Wartortle was hit by an attack…”

“Poliwag, water gun at full power on Wartortle!” Misty commanded to her Pokemon, getting out of the pool, “Sorry, I’m waterlogged.”

Poliwag got a surprisingly large beam of water to emerge from his mouth. Wartortle was pushed off the platform he was asleep on, and into the cold water.

“Wartortle, you’re awake!” Kira said, when she saw Wartortle swim around in the water, to get closer to his foe, “Good job! Now, Water Gun him right back!”

Wartortle opened its mouth and water began to hit the blue tadpole. Poliwag responded with its own water gun, and the two jets battled it out. They seemed to be of equal strengths.

“Clefairy, use pound on Poliwag!” Kira used her advantage of having both her Pokemon on the field.

Poliwag saw Clefairy jump down on it to pound it and lost concentration because of this, and both Wartortle and Clefairy’s attacks hit him hard. He was fainted, as well.

“Poliwag and Chinchou are both fainted! Victory to Kira Varon from Pallet Town!” Nathan said, dropping the flags, and running over to Kira’s side with bliss.

“Return, Poliwag. You did well.” Misty said, in sadness. The sadness passed and a joy came on her, “Congratulations, Kira! You improved largely on that week you spent in the campgrounds. Wartortle and Clefairy are very strong contenders!”

“Thank you!” Kira said, as she recalled her two Pokemon. She was smiling from ear to ear, “Can I have my badge now please?”

“Of course, Kira!” Misty said, handing her the water droplet from her swimsuit’s pocket, “The Cascade Badge is now yours! I’m sure you’ll both have great success in the Indigo league.”

“I hope so too.” Kira said.

“Yeah, she will, not sure about me, though.” Nathan joked.

They said their final adieus to Misty, and left the gym. It was getting late, around suppertime, so they decided to look around town for a place to eat, other than the Pokemon Center.

“Annabelle?” stated Kira, spotting the blonde girl strolling down the same street as they were.

“Kira? What a pleasant surprise!” Annabelle replied, hugging Kira, “Who’s this?”

“Huh? Oh, this is Nathan. That’s right, he wasn’t there when we battled back in Pewter!” Kira recalled.

“Nice to meet you.” Nathan said, shaking her hand.

“A handshake is strictly business. Hugs are more like it!” Annabelle said, hugging him afterwards.

“Okay…” Nathan said, laughing.

“Do you know any good restaurants in Cerulean, Annabelle?” Kira asked.

“Oh, cool! Look at those!” Nathan said, pointing to a window with the latest brand of Nikes in the window. He went over to observe them.

“Yeah, I do. You and the boyfriend want some romantic time, then?” Annabelle remarked with a tone in her voice.

“Boyfriend? You’re mistaken. He’s just a friend.” Kira said, offended.

“Oh, come on Kira! He has the looks!” Annabelle said, and then commented, “And, based on what he’s wearing and the shoes he’s looking at, he has good taste!”

“Well, if you like him so much, you can have him.”

“Don’t mind if I do!” Annabelle said, “Anyways, there is a McDonalds around the corner, you can afford that I guess.”

“Thanks!” Kira said, “So, how’s your Pokemon training going?”

“I caught a Staryu and a Goldeen. I think I might specialize in water types, as they seem pretty cool. Except Venonat, that’s such a cool Pokemon, I could never give it up!” Annabelle said, “It’s going great. You?”

“Squirtle evolved, I caught a Chansey and a Clefairy. And Vulpix is as feisty as ever.” Kira said.

“Those are some wicked awesome kicks.” Nathan used some slang coming back, “Overpriced, though. So, do we have a restaurant?”

“Does McDonalds do you good?” Kira asked.

“Certainly, where you lead I’ll follow.” Nathan said, as Kira began to walk away.

“Bye Annabelle!” They said together.

“Bye guys!” Annabelle said, with despair in her voice. She was so alone on her journey, except Kira, and now Nathan.

They rounded the corner of the street and, sure enough, there was a large ‘M’ in gold, on a pole. Behind that pole, there was the parking lot to a McDonalds.

“Oh, I can’t wait to eat a Big Mac!” Kira said, making noises with her mouth to show her hunger, “Even if it is fattening, I don’t care!”

“And fries! You can’t forget the fries!” Nathan added. They walked onto the grey pavement of the parking lot and avoided the few cars that were parked. Cars were uncommon in Kanto, as everyone used their Pokemon as means of transportation for the most part.

They entered, and saw two lines. They were both very, very long, but neither seemed to be shorter.

“Welcome to McDonalds! Can I take your order please?” the waitress said, when Nathan and Kira finally got to the head of the line.

“One cheeseburger, one Big Mac, two fries, and two Cokes.” ordered Kira. They had discussed what they had wanted while they waited in line.

They got to a teal table and sat down. They began to eat the fast food hamburgers without talking too much.

“Say, Nathan… where are we heading next?” Kira said, with a confused look on her face.

“Where’s the next gym?” Nathan asked.

“Well, let’s see…” Kira replied, looking into her backpack for her PokeNav. It took her a while, as there were many things in her backpack, “Here we go!”

She looked over at the Kanto map, and saw two possible directions: east and south.

“To the east, there is a route that leads to some tunnel, and after that tunnel there’s some sort of building… the Power Plant, it’s called. To the south, there’s a city called Saffron.” Kira informed, “So, where to?”

“I don’t know. Maybe we should ask Nurse Joy at the Pokemon Center where we should go to.” replied Nathan, with his mouth full of food.

“Good idea.” Kira said, and finished eating, “What do you think of the journey so far?”

“It’s fun, it’s different than school. It’s like our adventure, our time to blossom, our time to bloom.” Replied Nathan inspirationally, after he finished eating.

“One of many adventures, I hope.” Kira smiled, as they got prepared to leave. They threw out all their garbage, got their backpacks, and headed out, back to the Pokemon Center.

Matt & Vulpix
04-14-2004, 02:37 AM
Chapter 16

“Let me think about that, for a second.” Nurse Joy said, after they asked her where they should go, “Well, you see, I’m not quite sure. I haven’t been to either place…”

“Take your time,” replied Nathan, sighing. They were going to sit down when a light bulb seemed to light up in the nurse’s head.

“I know! You see, the gym leader in Saffron City is excessively strong, and I don’t think a lot of trainers that pass by here are nearly ready for her. But, in Vermillion City, right below Saffron, you can battle a gym leader that is just a few notches stronger than Misty.” Nurse Joy rambled out, “And, as an added bonus, they built underground passages to get through to Vermillion City, as well as Lavender and Celadon. They are quite fun to pass through.”

“Wow, thank you Nurse Joy! At first, I didn’t think you knew anything, but you proved me wrong!” replied Kira.

“Oh, you pick up stuff with this job, dear.” Nurse Joy said, happily, “You can also meet that old couple that gives tips on raising Pokemon, and they can keep Pokemon for you, so they can train them. Nice people, those two.”

“Thanks again, and bye!” they both said to her, as they left.

“Let’s make a deal.” Kira said to Nathan, when they were outside, “If the old couple is anything like Marcel and Elise, we stay away from them.”

“Deal!” Nathan shouted, with a laugh.

They got to the southern exit of the city, and, as the moon began to replace the sun’s place in the sky, they began to walk down the route. Checking the PokeNav, Kira exclaimed, “This route leads to Saffron City, but, right before the entrance to Saffron, there is the entrance to the underground passage.”

“Cool.” replied Nathan.

“And there’s this building marked on the route. It’s called ‘The Daycare Center’. We should stop by tomorrow and see what it is about!” Kira observed, putting the PokeNav away.

They continued down the road, spotting different Pokemon, such as Bellsprout and Pidgey.

“Let’s set up camp.” Nathan stated, “Our Pokemon are tired, and it’s getting late. By the way, I see that you can hardly fit that thing in your backpack. I’ll put it in mine; I only have two outfits and an extra pair of Nikes in my bag, so I have the room.”

They set up the large green tent and were both inside, about to fall asleep. They were both exhausted from the past few weeks.

“Hey Nathan…” Kira asked, as he was about to fall asleep.

“Yes?” he snapped his eyes back open.

“Why do you travel with me? I mean, you could go with Zack, Shawn and Jason, I’m sure.”

For a few minutes, he didn’t say anything, but then he broke the silence, “I started my journey with you, and I’ll finish it with you. At school, we may be very different, because I’m popular and you’re not, but you’re actually pretty cool.”

“I had to sift through that to find the nugget of compliment.” Kira replied.

“Why did you ask? Do you not want me around anymore?”

“Oh, I do, but you look so much alike your friends, and I saw how all of you got along with each other.” Kira said, “I do want you around Nathan. You’re so much fun to be around.”

They left the conversation at that, while they drifted away into their dreams.

***

“You’re hanging with that girl?”

“She’s such a geek!”

The two lead figures of the opposite group of friends made fun of Nathan and his friends, including Kira. They were standing in the schoolyard, the most popular group of people from an opposing school and Nathan’s group, the most popular group of people of his school.

“She is not!” Zack defended.

“Yeah, she rocks!” Jason retorted.

Nathan’s nightmare was suddenly making him uneasy.

***

The girl was rocking in her rocking chair by the fireplace. She was humming a tune that Kira couldn’t recognize. Kira loved the woman’s shiny, diamond earrings. They were so pretty!

And then, the other figure walked in and stabbed the girl in the chair silly. The diamond earrings fell and rolled on the floor, leaving the room. Blood was drenched on the murderer’s clothes, as he exited.

Kira wanted to throw up in her dream, but didn’t seem to find the power to do it.

***

They both woke up the following morning, at the sound of a Pokemon clucking. The sun was rising; it was barely six o’clock.

“Terrible nightmare last night.” They both said at the same time. They laughed.

“What was yours about?” Nathan asked. She simply shook her head; she wasn’t going to tell him.

They packed up the tent, and Nathan stored it in his backpack. They began to once again, walk down the route while training all their Pokemon.

“Look over there!” Kira shouted, pointing to a white picket fence, which continued on for miles. In the distance, they saw a house, “This is probably like their backyard!”

Matt & Vulpix
04-14-2004, 02:37 AM
Chapter 16

They walked around the fence, and, inside the area enclosed by the fence, they saw many trees, a few lakes, and even a mountain with a waterfall! It had all kinds of different habitats, able to be the home of virtually any kind of Pokemon. They saw all kinds of different species of Pokemon living in the area, and wondered what the place could be.

They finally reached the door to the house and knocked a few times. The door opened slightly and peaked out an old woman.

“Can I help you?” the woman smiled. She was old; it showed, comparatively to Elise. She was smiling, and wore a blue bandana around her head.

“We’re just curious, what do you do in this building?” Kira said, holding Vulpix in her hands. She was training it before she got to the building.

“Pix.” Vulpix said, sounding a little snob.

“This is the daycare center. We raise Pokemon for those that can’t raise them themselves. Also, we keep trainer’s Pokemon here, those that can’t be carried with them.” The woman explained.

“Those that can’t be carried?” they both replied at the same time.

“Yes, you see, a trainer can only carry six of his or her Pokemon at once. Others are transported to a place where they can roam free, yet under the supervision of someone. Then, the trainer can swap his Pokemon around. Like a resting place.” The lady explained, “Would you like to come in? My husband can explain further.”

They both nodded and entered the house. The house was smaller compared to the backyard, and all the walls were covered with pictures of people.

“Family members, relatives, friends…” the lady explained, “You meet a lot of people with what I do.”

They continued down the hallway, and turned left into a kitchen. An old man with white hair was eating a toast with orange juice at a table, with four nice chairs surrounding it.

“Henry, honey, these two want to know what we do here.” The woman said to her husband.

“Okay, Lucy.” Henry said, signaling the three to sit down, “Trainers can’t have more than six Pokemon with them, that’s a rule of thumb. So, here, we receive the extra Pokemon and give them a home. The trainers are free to change Pokemon they have with those that are kept here. Also, we raise Pokemon for trainers that can’t, but that’s for a fee.”

“Oh, I understand. Professor Oak does that, too.” Kira responded.

“Sure does! That man is a good Samaritan, in all senses of the word.” Henry said, “We met him back in our day, when we were little boys and girls.”

“Wow.” Nathan replied, impressed, “We don’t have a resting place for our Pokemon, or, if we have one, we don’t know.”

“Oak would have told you. He didn’t, so you don’t have one.” Lucy explained, “You’re lucky to have ran into us. Had you caught a seventh Pokemon, I don’t know what would have happened to it.”

“What do you need to do so that this can be our Pokemon’s resting place?” asked Kira, as Henry continued to eat.

“Well, what tools do you have?” Lucy asked, and, by the confused looks on the duo’s faces, she explained, “Like a Pokedex or a PokeGear.”

“I have a Pokedex and a PokeNav. She does too.” answered Nathan.

“Okay, well, I’ll need those devices to set up a link. Then, when you catch an extra Pokemon, it’ll be sent here.” Lucy said, as the two trainers dug in their bags, in search for the devices.

They found them, and handed them to the lady. She went over to a big machine in the corner than neither of them had noticed, and she pressed a few buttons.

An index of names came up on the screen, followed with other information. Lucy began to speak, “These are all the trainers that we have in our index. All their other Pokemon are stored here.”

“So, Kira Varon of Pallet town…” Lucy said, as she held a blue zapper-like object in her hand over Kira’s Pokedex, “You live on Oakridge Street, house 2560.” she then proceeded to doing the same with the PokeNav, “Your PokeNav’s number is 555-1468.”

“My what? What’s a PokeNav number?”

“Your PokeNav has the utility of a phone, as well, Kira. That’s your number, 555-1468. I’m surprised Professor Oak didn’t tell you.” Lucy said, “Nathan Lennox of Pallet Town, you live on Bennett Street, house 3750.” she said, scanning his two devices, “Your PokeNav’s number is 555-7810.”

Lucy sat back down, gave them back their tools and smiled, “All done! If you want, you can go outside and look around. Be careful, though, as some of the Pokemon can harm you.”

They went outside, through the Chinese sliding doors. They closed them behind them, and looked around. Acres of grass, and other environments, were before them, packed with Pokemon of all kinds.

“Wartortle, Vulpix, Clefairy, Chansey, come out!” Kira said, throwing all her Pokeballs, “Have some fun, relax!”

“Ivysaur, Eevee, Scyther, come out, all of you!” Nathan commanded, “Join the others!”

Nathan saw Eevee go up to other Pokemon of its kind, Ivysaur fight playfully with a Chikorita using only its vines and Scyther fly around with a Pidgeot. Kira observed Chansey and Clefairy eat some fruit they found from trees, Wartortle swim in the water with other water types, and Vulpix scorch a Charmander.

Suddenly, they heard a large crashing noise. They turned towards the medium-sized mountain in the middle of the backyard, and saw, on top of the mountain, two figures. Inside the waterfall that leaked down the mountain, they equally saw two figures.

“Prepare for trouble?” all four began to say, but towards the end of the sentence, an anxious tone emerged, “Huh!”

“They seem confused.” Nathan murmured to his traveling buddy.

Matt & Vulpix
04-15-2004, 03:37 AM
Chapter 17

Chapter 17

“Who are you?” the two figures standing in the waterfall said.

“We should ask you that!” The two figures on the top exclaimed.

“Team Aqua, here!”

Gasping, the other two shouted, “Team Magma, here! Bloody hell, I thought we’d gotten rid of you!”

“We came to Kanto for the exact same reason as you, now get the heck out of here!”

“Why should we?”

“Because we were here first!”

The two sides continued to bicker, as Nathan fetched the old couple.

“Oh dear, I’ve heard of these two teams on the news.” Lucy acknowledged.

“They are probably here to steal Pokemon for their mischievous goals.” Henry stated, as they observed the two duos fight.

“Team Aqua, the guy and the girl dressed in blue,” Lucy said, pointing to the two who came out of the waterfall, “have a goal to make the world an immense ocean without earth.” She then pointed to the guy and girl on the mountain, “Team Magma, dressed in red, have a goal to make the ocean disappear, and make the world one big earth.”

“I don’t know what they are doing in Kanto, however. They hunt for two legends in Hoenn, Kyogre and Groudon, to achieve their goals.” Henry said, confused, “But you must stop them before they steal the Pokemon!”

“Gotcha! Let’s go fight them, Kira!” Nathan said, all energetic. He and Kira ran up to the mini-mountain, with all their Pokemon, “Get out of here!”

The four figures turned around to look at the two kids, and they all said, “You think you can stop us? Hey, that’s our line!”

“I’m Belle and that’s Steve, and we’re members of Team Aqua!” the blonde beauty in the blue outfit said, gesturing to her partner, the brown-haired man with braces.

“I’m Sandy and this is Brian, and we’re Team Magma!” the redhead girl shouted as well, pointing to her partner, a brunet man.

“And we’re the best team!” the two women exclaimed, “No, you aren’t!”

“Go Numel!” Sandy shouted.

“Go Carvanha!” Belle shouted.

Out of Sandy’s red Pokeball emerged a Pokemon that Meredith Saint-Jones claimed she had: a camel Pokemon with green markings on it. Out of Belle’s blue Pokeball emerged a Pokemon that they had never heard of before, with red and blue stone-hard skin and golden scales.

“Let’s go, Ivysaur! You can do it!”

“You too, Wartortle! Let’s show them what we’re made of!” Kira shouted after, “Use Water Gun on Numel!”

“Use your Sleep Powder on Carvanha!” Nathan yelled.

The bulb Pokemon shouted with all its mightiness and let out all of its sleepy powder. The Carvanha, not fairing too well on land, fell asleep. Wartortle was gunning down the camel easily, weakening it very fast.

“They’re too strong for us now! We need to get out of here, we’ll come back later when we have stronger Pokemon!” Steve whispered to Belle.

“Even if they are cowardly, we should do like them, Sandy.” Brian whispered to his partner.

“Team Aqua drizzles away again!” Belle shouted, returning the sleeping fish and running off with Steve.

“Team Magma burns off again!” Sandy shouted, returning the weak Numel to its Magma-specialized Pokeball and running off.

“That was easy.” Nathan said, “They are weak!”

“Or, we’re strong.” Kira laughed.

“Thank you very much, on behalf of all the Pokemon here.” Lucy told the duo, “Your Pokemon are definitely strong, I look forward to housing them here in the future. You should enroll them in activities.”

“Activities?” they both replied, confused.

“Yes. It’s good for Pokemon to be strong and train, but you should also make them have a hobby. Some Pokemon like to dance, others like to play sports, but they should all have hobbies regardless.” Lucy explained, “The famous Kimono sisters from Ecruteak City in Johto, they dance with their Eevee evolutions. They are probably the most famous dancers in Johto.”

“I see…” Kira began to say.

“The underground passage is a good place to start hobbies with your Pokemon. They have a lot of fairs and such,” stated Henry.

“Thank you, Henry and Lucy.” Nathan replied, “We’ll call you on the PokeNav if we ever need to give you some Pokemon!”

“Our number is listed in your telephone repertoire in the PokeNav. You can also use PCs, there is one in every Pokemon Center.” Henry replied.

They entered the house, with all their Pokemon returned to their Pokeballs.

“Those two teams coming to Kanto, it’s scaring me Nathan,” Kira said to him quietly, hoping Henry and Lucy wouldn’t hear, “What if they’ll kill me?”

“Kill you? Why would you ever say that?” Lucy overheard the conversation.

“We met a psychic named Tabitha, and she interpreted one of Kira’s dreams about murder. Tabitha said it is a possible sign of death around her, or her own death.” Nathan explained.

“Oh! I know how I can solve that!” Lucy replied, “I have a cleansing tag. In the past, people have used these to see if someone is marked for death or not. It has proven to be effective.”

“How do you do this?” Kira asked, as she and Nathan sat down.

“Just sit down, and close your eyes. Think of nothing. I put this tag on your forehead, and the color it changes to indicates your state of life. It only changes color when I say Zetsumei, another word for death.” Lucy explained, as Kira followed her instructions. She opened a pantry and took out a white tag with Japanese markings on it. She wet it with the kitchen’s tap water, and put it on Kira’s forehead, “Zetsumei… Zetsumei…. Zetsumei….”

The tag turned sky blue.

“This is good!” exclaimed Lucy, “Very, very good!”

“How good?” Nathan smiled, relieved.

“Not only is Kira not going to die, but no one she knows now will die. That’s what sky blue symbolizes.” Henry explained for his wife.

“But why the dreams then?” Kira asked.

“Death will occur in the very near future, but you have not yet met the person who is going to die.” Lucy explained, “But it’s coming, very soon in fact.”

Lucy and Henry offered to give the two young trainers some lunch, and the two trainers ate the lunch happily. It was nothing more than some sandwiches, but it was extraordinarily good. They thanked the old couple, and left the daycare center, as they had to move on and get closer to Vermillion.

“Lucy told us that the underground passage should be near the entrance to Saffron.” Kira claimed, as they got to the gate that was relatively near to the daycare center, “I wonder where the entrance is?”

“Me too.” Nathan replied, short of breath, “Hey, what’s that?”

He pointed to a little shack-like building, with a door. They observed someone enter.

“Maybe that’s the entrance to the underground passage!” he shouted.

“Yeah, I bet. There’s nothing else anyways.” Kira said, as they walked over to the cabin. It was oddly connected to the mountain ledges, which made her wonder.

Matt & Vulpix
04-15-2004, 04:45 PM
Chapter 17 Continued

They opened the door, and walked inside. The ground was marble, and the walls had blue wallpaper on them, it was really classy. A hallway leaded to an oval room. Seats filled the place, and a stair in the middle of the oval room led to the underground passage, or so said a sign pointing there.

“Welcome to the underground passage lobby!” a blue-haired vixen said, from behind a counter further in the room.

“How is this place so big?” Kira was astounded by how large this place actually was, compared to the outside.

The girl chuckled, “We get that a lot. We built this building into the mountain, to challenge people to find the underground passages. Most people think it needs to be a majestic building to have any importance, but look at that? This shack is small on the exterior, yet it is huge on the inside!”

“Cool idea!” Nathan exclaimed.

“Yes, some young trainers even have the underground passages as a meeting place. The underground passages run from a large portion of Kanto, all around Saffron City.” the lady replied.

“Why were they built however? I mean you could just as easily pass through the towns.” Kira observed, gazing at the ceiling.

“I really don’t know, come to think of it.” she replied, “But it really is worth a look, many people go through them regularly. They hold contests down there, and a lot of trainers battle. Some just jog through them for the exercise.”

They thanked the receptionist for informing them and proceeded down the stairs, and into the underground passages.

“Oh, wait!” the girl said, chasing them, “You’ll need this map of the underground passages, or else you’ll get lost.”

“Thank you, Eve.” Kira smiled, taking the map. She had read the girl’s name off of her nameplate earlier, at her desk.

“No problem. Say, in section C,” she pointed to a section on the map, “they are having a big hobby fair for Pokemon. You should check it out.”

“Thanks again!” they said to Eve in harmony, as she left to go back to her desk.

“Hey, we should get our Pokemon enrolled in some hobbies!” Kira said, as she tried to read the map.

“Sure thing.” Nathan replied, leaving Kira to do the map reading. He was absolutely horrible at doing that.

They went down the shabbily decorated corridors, and finally took the final turn right to ‘Section C’.

It was a large gymnasium-like area, with modern carpet on the stone floors. The walls were covered with cream white wallpaper. Booths were set up everywhere, in an attempt to lure people into their Pokemon hobbies.

“There are so many!” Nathan exclaimed, looking at the twenty or so booths.

“Yeah, well, what do you expect? This happens three or four times yearly.” A middle-aged black woman said from behind a booth.

“What’s your Pokemon hobby that you’re advertising?” Kira asked, as the duo approached the wooden booth.

“Pokemon acting.” the lady said, “It’s the art of doing stage work with your Pokemon, it develops the aspect of creativity.”

“Wow, that’s fun. Maybe we should check out some other booths before choosing a hobby, Nathan…” said Kira quickly.

“Honey, your Pokemon can have as many or as little hobbies as you like,” the woman said to her, “It’s a matter of handling all of them. Personally, I think a Pokemon should only have one, but it’s nice to give all your Pokemon a different hobby.”

“What kind of Pokemon is good for acting?” Nathan asked, interested in the idea.

“Flexible Pokemon, those can take on a lot of different varieties of roles. Ditto is fantastic, but others can be good too, like Absol and Sneasel. Namely human shape Pokemon, other than the ones I just named.” the woman informed.

Moving to another booth, as they had no such Pokemon, Nathan and Kira sighed as they saw all the other hobbies. “Pokemon bodybuilding” seemed to be popular, but none of their Pokemon could do that. “Pokemon breeding” was something else that looked fun, but it didn’t make the Pokemon do much.

“I got the perfect thing for you, little boy!” a woman said to Nathan. She was in a cashmere sweater, with some leather pants on, “My name is Vicky, the gardener.”

“Gardening? I don’t think so.” Nathan chuckled.

“But your Pokemon so far look great for the job! Ivysaur and Scyther, namely, Eevee might need to get another hobby.” the woman named Vicky replied.

“Okay, why not.” Nathan sighed.

“Come with me, I’ll explain more.” Vicky smiled, leading Nathan to her booth.

“What can I do with Chansey, Clefairy, Wartortle and Vulpix?” Kira thought, with a sigh.

She then saw a booth in the middle called ‘The Advice Giver’. She went to see it, and saw a boy behind the booth.

“This is the advice booth! I look at your Pokemon and give you tips on what you should check out.” The little boy said. He didn’t look older than seven, for crying out loud!

“Fine, I’ll do anything now. I have a Wartortle, a Vulpix, a Chansey and a Clefairy.” Kira said reluctantly.

“Hmm, you could become a nurse!” the boy laughed, and saw Kira’s depressed face, “Okay, well, seriously… you could bring them into the acting hobby. Clefairy and Chansey are good on stage, and Wartortle does well in water plays, such as the famous ones from Cerulean. Vulpix can be in beauty competitions. Beautifying, that could be her hobby.”

“Interesting.” Kira said, smiling, “I’ll go and enroll them right now…”

“Oh, you can enroll them right here. All I need is your Pokedex and mark their hobby beside their statistics,” he stated, “Hobbies are now recognized by the Indigo League, and slowly, other leagues.”

“Okay. Here you go!” Kira replied, handing him her Pokedex. He scanned the red device.

“Wartortle, Chansey and Clefairy are now marked for acting… I trust you saw the booth,” he asked, and when she nodded, he continued, “Vulpix is now marked for beautifying. There you go, all done!”

He handed the Pokedex back to her, with a few papers, “What are these?”

“They’re flyers about the two hobbies. They tell you everything you can do in all the Kanto cities with those hobbies, and they inform you how you can make your Pokemon better with their hobby. Quite informative.” he smiled back at her.

“Oh, this is great! Where can I buy this stuff?” Kira read the pamphlet about beautifying, and saw a bunch of beauty products listed that could help her with beautifying Vulpix.

“Most PokeMarts sell them. By the way, once you get to go to Hoenn, your Vulpix will be able to participate in contests. Some hobbies actually lead to competitions and such.” the little boy informed. Kira looked at him and observed him more thoroughly; his blue glasses, his wavy black hair, his green eyes.

“That’s good to know.”

Matt & Vulpix
04-15-2004, 04:46 PM
I'm sorry about these short posts - the 10 000 caracter limit is really, really annoying!
Chapter 17 Continued

“Kira!” Nathan shouted, getting near her, “I got hobbies for all my Pokemon!”

“What hobbies?”

“Ivysaur and Scyther are now into gardening, and Eevee is going to be a runner.” Nathan grinned.

“A runner?” she said blankly.

“A runner, by definition, is a Pokemon that excels its speed by training vigorously on running.” the boy said.

“Who’s this?” Nathan blinked, as the boy had taken away his fire.

“I don’t know his name, but he signed up my Pokemon for acting, and Vulpix for beautifying.” Kira smiled, “He’ll sign up your Pokemon officially and give you neat pamphlets that inform you on where you can exercise your hobbies with your Pokemon in Kanto.”

Nathan signed up his Pokemon officially for their hobbies and got his pamphlets. They left the desk and left Section C. They checked the map and found out what directions to take to get nearer to Vermillion City.

What was nice about the underground passages was that, besides trainers, there were no battles. It was smooth sailing, and, in a way, it was relaxing for them to walk without the fright of being attacked by a wild Pokemon they’d never seen before.

“I’m really psyched about this, Kira. I wonder why they never advertised this before, the Pokemon hobbies?”

“My best guess is that it isn’t very popular in other parts of the Pokemon world, it’s new to Pokemon world. Like Hoenn and its contests, they started out small but are quickly escalating to high levels. Already, the hobbies are recognized by the Indigo League, so that’s a start.” Kira replied constructively, “How are your Pokemon going to garden, though?”

“In the pamphlet, it says that I can get my own garden, and travel back to it every now and then. Flying Pokemon can travel quickly to places they’ve been before.” Nathan explained.

“So where is the Lennox Garden going to be?” laughed Kira.

“I haven’t really thought of it yet.” Nathan answered, “Celadon City is the best place, apparently. It gets a lot of sunlight, and gardening is very popular there.”

“That’s cool. How much is your garden going to cost?”

“I get a small, but free, space as a beginner. As I get money, I can expand it little by little.” Nathan explained.

“And you do know people will make fun of you for this?” Kira asked, uncertain.

“If they don’t like it, it’s their fault, not mine. It’s much more interesting than it looks.” Nathan stated.

“I’m proud of him. He’s overcome something, and he’s learnt a lesson. Wow, I’m making progress with him!” Kira thought, and smiled in utter glee.

“Say, Nathan, what do you think of those two teams coming to Kanto? Why do you think they came here?”

“I’m not sure. Maybe there’s something they want, and they can’t get it in Hoenn,” Nathan thought for a moment, and then continued, “Probably a Pokemon.”

“They both came for something, and neither knew that the other came here for it. Maybe they came for the same reason.” Kira said thoughtfully.

“Whatever the reason, I’m sure we’ll find out.” Nathan stated, sighing.

“I’m really anxious to start beautifying Vulpix. It’ll make her really pretty, I’m so anxious! I’ll be able to enter her in contests, and maybe even one day, Miss Kanto!” Kira joked, “And I can start writing up a script for a play with Chansey, Clefairy and Wartortle!”

She continued to tell her anxieties to Nathan, and he replied with his about Eevee.

“It’ll be good to train Eevee to become more agile. The pamphlet says I should jog minimum fifteen minutes with her per day. They even give recipes for food that helps for running!” Nathan explained.

What they ultimately liked was how they could involve themselves with their Pokemon. Sure, battling was fun and they battled as a team, but this was something they could do with their Pokemon. They loved their Pokemon’s hobbies, and they hadn’t even started!

Matt & Vulpix
04-17-2004, 05:34 PM
Chapter 18

Chapter 18

“Where are we now?” Nathan grunted, as they walked through the shabby corridors.

“Let’s see… we’re approaching Section D.” Kira replied.

“We’ve been walking for almost an hour!” Nathan groaned.

“There are only five Sections, Nathan. A through E. And Section D is nearest to the exit that leads to Vermillion City.” replied Kira, rolling her eyes.

They continued until they reached Section D. Section D looked like a rest place, but looked the same as Section C, if you took out the booths and placed sofas and vending machines. There was a lone girl sitting down on one of the sofas.

“Hi. Do you know if we’re nearing Vermillion?” Kira said, as she bended down to see the girl eye to eye.

“Yeah, you are.” she said, in a voice that seemed familiar to them.

“Wendy?” Kira replied, not really sure of herself.

“Kira?” Wendy replied, looking up at her, “Oh, you don’t know how happy I am to see you!”

“What’s up?” Kira asked, helping Wendy up on her feet. She was sincerely worried for Wendy.

“I went to Vermillion, you see, and… he beat me.” Wendy answered.

“Who? The gym leader?” Kira asked.

“Yes, the gym leader!” she exclaimed back, “Now I really think I’m no good!”

“Don’t give it a thought, Wendy! I lost against Misty, and look at me, I’m here, and I beat her on my second try!” replied Kira, as she hugged Wendy in comfort.

“But what if this is a sign of things to come? That we’re no good?” Wendy asked.

“If both of you are no good,” Nathan interrupted, “than Grumpig matter as well fly.”

“Thanks Nathan,” they both replied, turning their heads with smiles on their faces.

“Listen, Wendy. You just need to try again!” Kira smiled with her eyes closed, “As easy as that, you hear me?”

“Okay,” Wendy replied, “Thanks for making me feel better. I have to go to Section C now to get my Pokemon signed up for hobbies!”

“What Pokemon do you have now?” Nathan asked, out of curiosity.

“Charmeleon, Bellsprout and Magikarp!” Wendy said, “Bye guys! I’ll see you around!”

They said goodbye to the blonde girl and sighed, “Almost in Vermillion!” Kira stated, as they left Section D to the final corridor, which would eventually lead to the exit of the underground passages.

After ten minutes of walking slowly, they finally saw the stairs that would lead above ground. They went up the metallic stairs quickly and looked around the room they were now in. It was quite larger than the other one; it was actually a Pokemon Center.

“Wow!” Kira exclaimed, looking around. It had everything other Pokemon Centers had; phones, televisions, a stairway upstairs for rooms and of course, Nurse Joy.

Nurse Joy and her station were right in front of them as they exited the underground passages, “How may I help you?”

“Can you heal our Pokemon? They’re very tired from all our journey here.” Nathan replied.

“Very well, hand them to me, and they will be healed in the morning. I suggest you take a room, as it is getting very late,” Nurse Joy suggested, “How about room 176 and room 181?”

They nodded and gave her their Pokemon, and took the keys to the room. Kira decided to take room 181, while Nathan reluctantly took room 176.

“Welcome back to Late-Night News with myself, Larissa Hotchkiss!” Larissa Hotchkiss, the news reporter said on the television, “We have new information on Teams Aqua and Magma!”

Suddenly, all eyes were on the television.

“The two teams, which seemed to have oddly disappeared from Hoenn last month, have surfaced in the heart of Kanto. An old couple tells the tell of how Team Aqua and Magma are now at large.” Larissa Hotchkiss announced, as the big screen changed to the sight of Lucy and Henry.

“Earlier today,” a younger male news reporter said, “these two, as well as two trainers that are no longer here, witnessed Teams Aqua and Magma trying to steal this daycare’s Pokemon. Do tell us more, Henry and Lucy.”

“If it weren’t for the two young trainers, we would have been robbed of all the Pokemon we raise here,” Lucy nodded, “We are very fortunate.”

“They both came here unaware the other had come.” Henry continued.

The old duo continued to tell the tale, as Nurse Joy healed their Pokemon, “Turns out,” she said, “Your Pokemon aren’t that weak, they are ready now.”

They thanked the redhead nurse and asked what was on the menu for supper. It was nine o’clock, and they just wanted something they could nibble on fast to get to bed faster. She gave each of them a bowl of mushroom soup, and they drank it quickly.

“Refreshing, Nurse Joy. Thank you for that soup!” Kira thanked, as she and Nathan headed up stairs.

The hallway they entered was smaller than other Pokemon Centers, as it only had twenty rooms.

“Good night Nathan.” Kira said, unlocking the door to her room.

“Sweet dreams!” Nathan replied, going over to his own room and unlocking it.

Kira got undressed and got her pajamas on. She fell asleep as soon as her head hit the pillow. Nathan took a shower before he went to bed, and fell asleep a little later than Kira.

The following morning, Nathan woke up at seven o’clock to go jogging with Eevee. He got dressed in his orange tank top and white shorts, and exited the Pokemon Center, deciding to eat breakfast later.

“Go Eevee!” Nathan shouted, letting out his latest Pokemon, “Hey little bud! Ready to run?”

They began to jog around the little forest that was around the Pokemon Center. Suddenly, they heard someone yell Nathan’s name.

“Antonio?” Nathan wondered, as he saw the karate boy behind a bush.

“Nice to see you, Nathan!” he smiled, “Care for a little battle?”

“Sorry, I’m jogging with Eevee right now.” Nathan said, as he and Eevee jogged in place.

“Well, you can jog in place like that while we battle!” Antonio said, taking a Pokeball from his belt, “Go Makuhita, my new fighter!”

A small, overweight Pokemon appeared. It had its eyes closed and was smiling, placing its two overgrown fists on each side of his body.

“Makuhita, use Fake out on Eevee!” Antonio barked.

“Whoa, Eevee! Use Quick attack!” Nathan shouted, taken off guard.

Makuhita raised its left fist and was going to punch Eevee, but, at the last second, retreated its fist and raised its right fist and punched Eevee right on. Eevee, while airborne, shot itself around the back of Makuhita and tackled right in.

“You’ll never win against Makuhita! You’re disadvantaged as a normal type!” Antonio stated, laughing.

“That may be, but Eevee always puts up a fight! Sand attack, blind him!” Nathan commanded.

“Counter with Arm Thrust!” replied Antonio.

Makuhita was about to jab Eevee with its arm, but Eevee splashed some sand up at his eyes. He couldn’t see, and missed completely.

“Great! Now use quick attack!” Nathan said, overcoming the odds.

“No, Makuhita!” struggled Antonio, “Use Vital Throw!”

Makuhita took a few steps back, and stood in an upright position. Eevee jumped at it, pushing the fat Pokemon back a little more. Makuhita threw itself at Eevee, who was taken off guard and pushed to the ground.

“Eevee?” Nathan said to his Pokemon, uncertain of whether it could go on or not. A faint cry was heard, and Nathan recalled Eevee, “Good job, Antonio.”

“That’s two and zero for me, Nathan Lennox. You should train more, and maybe one day you can defeat me.” replied Antonio, as he recalled his Makuhita.

“Yeah, sure.” Nathan replied, before saying goodbye to Antonio. He jogged back to the Pokemon Center to heal his injured Eevee.

Matt & Vulpix
04-17-2004, 05:35 PM
Chapter 18 Continued

Kira woke up shortly after and went downstairs, where she found Nathan eating some cereal. She joined him in eating cereal, and she asked him how his first jog was. He told her all about his encounter with Antonio.

“Too bad. Maybe you’ll win next time, Nathan.” Kira comforted, “So, Vermillion City is near here, we’re almost getting there, Nathan! I’m so anxious!”

Kira finished eating before Nathan, and wandered off to speak to Nurse Joy, “Do you have brushes?” she asked her.

“Yes, we do, in fact. I’ll give it to you for free, because it’s very old.” Nurse Joy replied, opening a drawer and retrieving a bright pink brush.

“Looks good anyways!” Kira replied, as she released Vulpix, took her in her arms, and began to brush her. She headed back to the table where Nathan was eating.

Nathan finished eating and brought back all the silverware to Nurse Joy, as well as their room keys, as Kira finished brushing Vulpix. She recalled Vulpix to her Pokeball, and they left the Pokemon Center.

“It’s a straight way to Vermillion if we follow this road.” Kira pointed to a road that avoided all water surfaces and forest.

“Great!” Nathan replied. They began to follow the path, and sighed.

“Wendy lost against the gym leader, he or she must be tough.” Nathan said, breaking the silence after they had encountered a few wild Pokemon and fought them off.

“Yeah. I hope I don’t lose against him too.” Kira sighed, “It’s a lot harder then it seemed back at Pallet town, in the textbooks.”

“There’s nothing that can beat the real experience, huh?” Nathan said vaguely.

“Yeah, I guess. I’m starting to miss my family a lot now…” Kira replied, as a Bellsprout came out. She sent out Vulpix to fend it off.

“Me too.” Nathan answered.

“I’m so childish, I have no reason to miss my family. You do, though.” Kira laughed, remembering that Nathan’s dad was in a coma.

Nathan didn’t reply to this, because he didn’t want to have to face that pain again. An hour or so later, around nine thirty, they saw a metropolis city begin to appear in the distance.

“Almost there!” Kira said sympathetically.

“Yeah!” Nathan shouted, as all their Pokemon cried in joy. They were all tired from fighting the wild Pokemon that they encountered, as there were many of them in this route.

“Hey guys!” Annabelle’s voice rang, from inside the forest. The blonde girl came out, soaked from head to toe.

“What happened to you?” Kira giggled.

“I went to train my Pokemon in the water, it’s much easier that way.” Annabelle said, shaking her hair.

“That’s right! Did you sign any of your Pokemon up for hobbies?” Nathan asked.

“Goldeen and Staryu are going to fight fires, it’s actually a pretty competitive hobby, and it gives you such a rush of adrenaline that I said ‘Why not?’! Any of my future water types are also going into that.” Annabelle answered, as they continued their walk to Vermillion.

“What about Venonat?” Kira asked.

“I haven’t decided yet, it’s down to either gardening or running. Probably running, though.” Annebelle smiled.

She asked them what their Pokemon’s hobbies were, and they explained with glee.

“Pretty cool, guys!” Annabelle replied, “Well, you’re almost in Vermillion City. I need to go train some more, because I’m going to have trouble beating this gym leader.”

“Why?” they both asked.

“He’s a specialist in electric types, so I’m as good as fried if I don’t amp it up a little bit!” Annabelle exclaimed, “But now, I don’t care whether I beat the six other gym leaders.”

“Why not?” they both inquired again, at the same time.

“I beat Misty, a water gym leader. That’s what means the most to me, beating the masters of water Pokemon.” Annabelle explained, “For anyone that specializes in a type, you can ask them, they’ll say they want to beat the masters of their type. Because it means you excel with your type.”

“Oh. But you still got to beat the other six, I want to see you at Indigo Plateau, girl!” Nathan joked.

“Sure thing. Bye now!”

“Bye!” they both replied, as they turned their heads back to the cityscape of Vermillion.

They entered, and saw all the city traffic: plenty of people, all running out of time, trying to head to one place or another to do one thing or another.

“Let’s try and head for the Pokemon Center before someone runs us over!” Nathan shouted, as he pointed to a nearby building with the same dome-like roof.

They headed to the Pokemon Center and sighed, in relief. They weren’t used to having so many people in a city; it was so alarming! They were used to a small town with not a lot of people.

“I know what you mean.” Nurse Joy said to them, in the virtually empty Pokemon Center like all others, “When I was transferred from Lavender Town, I couldn’t handle this place. You get used to it.”

“Say, Nurse Joy, any recommendations of what we should do in this city?” Kira asked the redhead.

“Apart from the gym, you can visit the Pokemon Club, and there are many hobby related things you can do here. Namely the Pokemon Stage in the northeast part of the town, though. Oh, and how could I forget? The S.S. Anne is a great deal of fun for anyone who enjoys being relaxed.” Nurse Joy informed, “This day is so boring! No one seems to come to the Pokemon Center anymore, their lives are too fast paced I guess.”

She sighed, as Kira said to Nathan, “Okay, Nathan, there’s a stage! I need to go there and inform what I can do with my Pokemon to improve their… umm… acting?”

“I wonder how they act.” Nathan pondered out loud, “You can go check that out, I’ll go look around, see if there’s anything I can occupy myself with.”

They both left the Pokemon Center and headed in opposite directions.

Nathan went south and found the dock in the southern part of the city. A booth was right in front of the majestic boat, with ‘S.S. Anne’ on a sign in front of that very booth.

“How much is two tickets for the S.S. Anne?” Nathan said to the male sailor inside the booth.

“50 dollars a night,” the blonde sailor said, in a tough voice, “If you’re wondering why it’s so cheap, it’s because this is a slow time of year.”

“When does it leave next and for how long?” Nathan asked, informing himself.

“It leaves tomorrow at five in the P.M. It leaves for two nights, and therefore comes back in three days.” he answered happily.

“Where does the cruise go?”

“Not far, but it’ll leave from here and come back here. Just a smooth, relaxing trip.” the sailor replied.

“Good. I’ll buy two tickets.” Nathan said calmly.

“That’ll be two hundred dollars,” The sailor replied with a grin, taking the money, “Here are your tickets.”

“Great!” Nathan said in joy.

He decided to find Kira, to see what she was up to at the Pokemon Stage and how she was doing.

“I hope Kira will be happy with this little present.” Nathan thought, as he made his way through the tons of people walking around Vermillion.

Matt & Vulpix
04-23-2004, 09:35 PM
After long waiting...

Chapter 19

Kira was watching a supposedly famous man direct his Pokemon in a demonstration on acting and directing. His Pokemon, Jynx and Mr. Mime, were interpreting ‘Romeo & Juliet’, along with a few other Pokemon to fill the odds and ends.

He was sitting in a black and white chair, with a radio in his lap, his fingers strolling on the buttons. The CD in the radio was saying the Pokemon’s lines.

“But Romeo! You cannot leave me!” Jynx’s lips were moving to the CD’s lines.

“I must, my fair lady, as your family will find me if I don’t leave now!” Mr. Mime was lip-syncing, moving his hands around as well as facial expressions to accompany his act.

“Sweet, so would I, yet I should kill thee with much cherishing. Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow.” Jynx lip-synced back.

“End of Act II!” the director shouted, pressing ‘stop’ on the red radio in his lap.

“Bravo!” everyone shouted, clapping and whistling. Everyone was a few steps back from the director, and therefore very close to the wooden stage set up.

“Thank you, thank you!” the man answered, bowing and blowing out kisses to the crowd, “Act III shall be playing tomorrow, my people!”

The crowd cheered some more, before going up to the stage to meet the actors, if it was at all possible to do so. Kira stayed behind to talk to the director.

“A young, new director, I see?” the man, with his black bonnet on his head, replied to her hello.

“Yes, I am. But I’m first and foremost a trainer!” Kira replied, “Listen, could you give me tips on how to start out? My pamphlet here isn’t very specific…”

“Well, you must be too lazy to read it,” he replied, not leaving her time to defend herself, “It tells you everything you need to know. But, as my father always said, experiences can be better than books.”

Kira blushed, and hushed him to continue.

“You’ll need a radio and a recorder first. Since your Pokemon can’t talk, you need to read the lines on a CD using a recorder. Simple, but you need to get the times coordinated with the actions your Pokemon have. That’s all the material you really need, other than that, you need props for your play. They sell sets of those everywhere, it’s popular with children.” He informed her, giving her all the details she needed.

“Good, good… continue…” Kira noted on the pamphlet what he was saying. She had known this already, as she’d read the pamphlet, which, she had lied, was actually informative. She just wanted to get advice from the man.

“Your Pokemon need chemistry with one another, and they need to know when to move their lips, and with what facial expressions. For already written plays, this is easy; you can buy tapes for them to view to make them remember when they need to ‘speak’, or you can give them signals. Once you master getting them to move to their lips, you can start writing your own plays and get them to act them out.”

“Wow, that was definitely helpful. What play is the easiest for new Pokemon actors?” Kira asked, smiling to him.

“The easiest play for them to perform is Romeo and Juliet.” he replied.

She frowned to this, “So you’re performing the easiest play to people?”

“Techinically, but my Jynx and Mr. Mime are just acquainted to acting. I do far more advanced plays with my other Pokemon, like Alakazam and Wigglytuff.”

“I see. What’s your name, by the way?” Kira asked, finishing her questions. She stuffed her pen and pamphlet in her pocket.

“Emmanuel Leduc, aspiring master Pokemon director.” he replied, shaking her hand.

“Kira Varon, aspiring Pokemon master and director.” she smiled, letting go of his hand.

“Well, see you around. I got to go and rehearse with Jynx and Mr. Mime before the crowd runs them over!” he joked, going to get his Pokemon away from the crowd.

“Kira!” Nathan’s voice resounded. She spun around and smiled.

“Hi Nathan!”

“Did you have fun here?” Nathan looked around to see what was going on.

“Yeah. This guy was performing act two of the classic ‘Romeo and Juliet’. This stage is always here, and, although just a wooden box, it’s really cool. You can hang up drapes to get a backstage, and you can go underneath and open to trapdoors to have special effects.” she informed him.

“So, what did you learn?”

She told him everything she had to do for her Pokemon, and they headed off to the PokeMart right away to see if they stocked the merchandise she was searching.

“Hmm….” the clerk of the shop replied, when she asked for a recorder and a CD-compatible radio, “I’m new to this job, I’m getting it to pay for my trip to Hoenn… let me check the index on the computer.”

The blue-haired girl typed in ‘recorder’ in the computer and got three choices, “Okay…” she continued to type in ‘radio CD’, and got five choices, “Got it! What’s your price range for these products?”

“Well, I have 8 500$, and you have 11 500$ Nathan…” Kira recalled, with their winnings against Gym Leaders and the money they left off with, “I’m willing to pay 500 dollars for both a recorder and a radio.”

“Follow me, you can buy the most hi-tech ones!” the clerk replied, as she went off in the isles, “Recorder, one hundred bucks.”

She pointed to a microphone with an adapter connected to it. Kira took it off the burgundy shelf and they continued down the very same isle.

“Radio, two hundred and fifty dollars.” she pointed to a pink radio on the shelf.

Nathan took it off the shelf, as Kira’s hands were getting full, “Here you go!” Kira said, getting the change out of her backpack and giving it to the clerk.

“Thank you, don’t hesitate to buy anything else!” she closed her eyes and smiled.

“Actually, do you sell any books in here?” Kira asked quickly.

“Of course we do! We promote learning, of course! Look in the back, and bring it to the register, okay? I hear someone coming in.” the clerk left the two alone.

“Okay!” they resounded and headed to the back part of the store. A lot of books, discs and video games were seen there.

“Romeo and Juliet, perfect! Only five dollars too! Wow, cheap!” Kira said, digging in the pile of books, and taking the one with a beautiful blonde Jynx on it, accompanied by a psychic Mr. Mime on the cover.

They brought it to the clerk and she passed it through. Kira paid for it, and put it in her backpack’s pocket, as it could fit. She fit the radio in, as it was relatively small, along with the recorder.

“Do you happen to have blank CDs here?” Kira asked.

“Sure, take some for free. It comes with the recorder.” The clerk replied, handing her a package of five white CDs. She stuffed that in her backpack as well, and barely was capable of closing it.

“Let’s get going, Kira.” Nathan took charge, as they exited the shop, “I got something for you.”

“Ooh, what?” Kira asked, taken off guard.

“Two tickets for the S.S. Anne!” he revealed the two tickets to her.

“Wow, this is great!” Kira replied, after he explained all the details, “We better challenge the gym leader tomorrow so we can rest after!”

Matt & Vulpix
04-23-2004, 09:37 PM
Chapter 19 Continued

“Emergency! Call Officer Jenny someone!” a man said suddenly, not too far away from the PokeMart.

“What’s wrong?” Nathan and Kira both said simultaneously, running up to the man.

“There is a thief in my house – a thief I tell you! He’s stealing my collection!” he shouted, pointing to his house. It was a nice, quite large house. It looked to be about two stories.

“Let’s go!” Nathan said, and Kira nodded with intent. They walked into the house at a face pace, and the man told them the thief was upstairs. They bustled up the stairs, and entered the room they heard breathing come from.

“Hold up, you!” Kira said in an angry tone, as she saw a man dressed in blue attempt to get outside, through the window.

“Go Ivysaur! Use vine whip to hold him back!” Nathan commanded, as the beast came out and held back the man.

“Let go off me you pest!” the man screamed, struggling to remove the vines from his arms.

“Hey, I know that voice…” Nathan murmured.

“Go Chansey! Get back the goods he stole!” Kira shouted, letting out the pink blissful creature.

“Chan!” she shouted to her trainer, as she went over to the man. She slapped him, and then took the large brown bag he was holding. She took it back to Kira.

“Blue stones…” Kira said, as she saw aquatically colored stones inside the bag.

“Hah! Belle, help me out of here!” he shouted, as a familiar looking girl pulled him out of the vines’ grip and onto the rooftop. They skidded off the roof, and shouted in symphony, “Team Aqua surfs off in the stream again!”

“Hey, that was the Team Aqua grunts we saw at Henry & Lucy’s daycare!” Nathan shouted, finally linking them together.

“Yeah…” Kira replied, as the man barged into the room.

“Did they get away with it?” he barked to them.

“No, he was only going to steal this,” replied Kira, handing him the brown grocery store bag.

“My water stones! Dear gosh, I was afraid they were going to take this! At least my collection is still intact!” he said, placing the stones on a shelf, in a row. They were all aqua and had different shapes and forms. They then noticed shelves all around the room, all with different varieties of stones.

“What kinds of stones are these?” Nathan asked him.

“They are evolutionary stones. They permit certain species of Pokemon to evolve. There are six different kinds: water stones, the blue ones, fire stones, the red ones, thunder stones, the golden ones, leaf stones, the green ones, moon stones, the white ones and finally solar stones, the bright yellow ones.” he replied, as he pointed to the shelves that held each kind of stone.

“Okay. Well we better be going now…” Kira said, leaving the room.

“Wait! I have many stones, and some are doubled, and even tripled, so I think I can give you a reward. Here’s a water stone for you, young lass, and a leaf stone for you, young man.” He stopped her, handing Kira a blue stone and Nathan a green, mossy stone.

“Thank you!” they both said, taking the miniscule stones in their hands, and putting them in a safe place in their knapsacks.

They then left the old man’s house, and went to the Pokemon Center to get their rest. The city bustle had stopped and the city was calm, almost asleep, as they walked to the Pokemon Center.

“I wonder why team Aqua wanted the water stone.” Kira pondered the thought, “They were so small, and perhaps Steve got a few in his pockets…”

“I noticed two things about Team Aqua and Team Magma, Kira. Magma raises ground and fire types, whereas Aqua raises water types. And they are in some sort of competition with each other.” Nathan stated.

“Competition?” Kira replied, confused.

“They didn’t seem to be trying to steal the daycare’s Pokemon together, did they? I think they are rivals of one another.” Nathan nodded; glad in the fact that he had hypothesized something that seemed true.

“Oh well, I guess time will tell… Hey, isn’t that Tabitha?” Kira said, as she saw the familiar girl walk down the street they were on.

“I think so. Tabitha!” Nathan waved her over.

“Oh, hello.” Tabitha said, as her eyes grew wide and her face grimmer.

“What’s wrong?”

“I can smell death. Right here, right now. I can smell it.” Tabitha said, looking at the ground in her peril.

“What? NO! I won’t die! The lady used a cleansing tag on me!” Kira shouted in her own defense.

“No, it said someone we don’t know yet would die.” Nathan replied quickly.

“I smell death. You won’t cause it, but I smell it. It will happen, and I fear it will happen soon. Whether you have met the person yet or not is of no importance!” Tabitha shouted, “Don’t you people see? Someone will die, around you! You can stop it!”

She mumbled a curse word and ran away. She seemed horribly frightened by the ‘scent of death’.

“We better go and get our shuteye now, we have to wake up early tomorrow to challenge Lt. Surge!” Nathan exclaimed, as they did just that. They ate their dinner at the Pokemon Center, watched a little bit of television, but hit the sack pretty fast.

The following morning, they woke up early and asked around for directions to the Pokemon Gym. They got the same response from a few people that it was in the southern-most part of the city, near the S.S. Anne’s dock.

They headed to where they were told, and only saw a bunch of trees grouped together on a peninsula. The water surrounded the peninsula, and there seemed to be no really building on the peninsula.

“I think I see something, we should try to get in.” Kira said, standing on the tips of her toes trying to see the gym.

“What do you suggest? Climbing like monkeys?” Nathan rolled his eyes as he said this.

“Well no, I mean, those trees don’t look murderous!” Kira explained on a limb, “I bet we could get through with ease.”

They got to the trees, and bended left and right to get through. They had finally gotten through and saw a building on the peninsula. The trees hid it very well.

“Great! The gym! You’ll go first, Nathan. I was first last time!” Kira announced in glee.

“Fine.” Nathan gave up, knowing he’d never convince her to go first.

They entered the regular looking gym, and could not see anything. It was pitch black inside the edifice.

“Welcome to my gym.” a big voice said, as the lights came on suddenly. He was standing on a pillar in the middle of the room, up high. Around him was some sort of obstacle course. The blonde man grinned, happy about their shocked visages, “This is the obstacle course. If you can make it to the end of the obstacle course, I will battle you for my badge.”

The man jumped off the pillar and onto a rope, which swung him from the center to the back of the room.

“Luck, kiddos! Oh, and if you fall? You will not be able to challenge me today,” he said again, giving them thumbs up and running off again.

“Oh my gosh Nathan, I can’t do this! I can’t climb ropes, and crouch under wires and climb walls, or score goals in basketball hoops!” Kira said, observing some of the many things in the course.

“Come on, Kira! I’ll help you out… this boot camp-like course won’t be difficult.” Nathan said, and, seeing her still desperate face, he continued, “Trust me!”

“Okay…” replied Kira, still not convinced.

The first part of the course was crouching under some wires. It was simple enough; the marble floor was clean. They passed through in one quick moment, and the next obstacle was a wall they had to climb.

“Kira, you can climb on my back. I can handle it.” Nathan said, when he observed her struggle on the first stone she had to set her foot on.

“Okay…” Kira said, feeling disgraceful as she was letting him work for her. She hopped on his back, and he climbed up. He let her off her back once they reached the summit, and saw the third task.

Boards had been set up to cross a gap.

“Finally, something I am good at!” Kira shouted, getting on the board first, and maneuvering herself through.

“Right okay…” Nathan stuttered, going on the beam. He set his arms up like Kira, trying to balance himself. Halfway through, he stumbled: he was going to fall! If he fell, he would not be able to challenge Lt. Surge, instead, he would have to come back another day!

Matt & Vulpix
05-01-2004, 11:11 PM
Please Note: This chapter is far shorter than others. But it's letting on to the 'Good' part. Thank you for your attention.

Chapter 20

Chapter 20

He fell backwards and onto a mat that was set underneath the balance beam.

“Ha, better luck next time!” the gym leader said, over an intercom, “You may return another day to try again. But for today, go away! You can stay to watch your friend if you’d like, turn left and enter the door. If not, leave.”

“See you Kira.” Nathan smiled sympathetically, and going to the place where he’d be able to watch her.

He walked into the hallway, and saw the gym leader standing there with his own sympathetic look on his face.

“I thought you’d make it, you better work on your balance kid,” he commented.

Kira continued to do the tasks, which consisted of shooting two baskets, running across a hot floor of coal barefoot, and finally, getting to the door. She tried to open it, but it was locked.

“Huh?” she said, confused, as she looked around. She saw the key, in the middle of the room, attached by a thread on the ceiling. A trampoline was below it.

She got onto the trampoline and started to jump. She grabbed onto the key, and smiled in bliss at the fact that she had gotten it. The threads had broken easily.

She walked over to the door, unlocked it, and entered yet another black room. She didn’t see anything, but she heard the door behind her shut loudly.

“Hello?” she said in a small voice, afraid of what was coming.

“Hey again,” the gym Leader answered. Lights began emerging in the darkness, and Kira could distinguish Pokemon. One was a rat with a cute, innocent face, with orange fur. Another was a round ball, with a red half and a white half. It had a wicked grin. Alone, these two Pokemon illuminated the whole room, “Lights on!”

He clapped his hands together, and lights illuminated the room. The Pokemon stopped providing electricity at this clap.

“Who are you, anyways?” Kira asked, as she had only assumed he was the gym leader.

“Lieutenant Surge, ex-sailor of the S.S. Anne, and now gym leader of Vermillion, specialist in the erratic electric type,” he boasted, ruffling through his spiky blonde hair. He wore spiky wristbands, and an army-like uniform, with the camouflage traits.

“I am Kira Varon of Pallet town, and I challenge you for your Thunder Badge!” claimed Kira, pointing straight at her adversary. All the while, through a window set up in the next room over, Nathan watched with intent.

“Challenge accepted. Come in, Lt. Lockheart!” he called, and a door near where Nathan was opened up. A redheaded vixen came out, looking more like a tomboy than anything else. She was wearing khaki long pants and a blood-colored tank top.

“I will act as the referee of this match,” the female lieutenant stated, getting into position with two flags, “This is a match for the Thunder Badge! Challenger Kira against Gym Leader Lt. Surge! Each trainer will use two Pokemon, and there is no time limit. Begin!”

She raised the yellow and green flags up in a shocking speed, the yellow flag in her right hand, on Lt. Surge’s side, and the green one in her left, on Kira’s side. The gym leader pointed his hand out to the field, and the overgrown rat took place on the field. The Voltorb stood behind his trainer, waiting to be brought into the battle, if needed.

“Raichu, the mouse Pokemon. When its electricity builds, its muscles are stimulated, making it more aggressive then usual.” Kira’s Pokedex informed. She nodded, knowing exactly who her choice was.

“Go Vulpix!” Kira said, letting out the fire fox. Kira knew Vulpix had never had any real battles against other trainers, and knew that she needed to give Vulpix the experience.

“Vulpix, eh? I’ve seen those before. Not bad!” Lt. Surge commented, “But by no means will that pipsqueak beat Raichu. Raichu, quick attack!”

“Vulpix, use your own quick attack! Show that overgrown rat just how feisty you really are!” Kira barked, frowning. She was very insulted by Lt. Surge’s assumptions.

Both Pokemon built up their speed and shot at the other.

“Luckily for me, Raichu is an electric type. You must learn this now…” Lt. Surge said, as the Pokemon began to attack, “Electric types are known for their speed.”

As Raichu hit Vulpix, Kira’s memory shot back. She had been taught this somewhere, she couldn’t remember where, either at school, in a book or on TV, but had forgotten completely about it. Vulpix got back up and hit Raichu, but not quite as powerfully, as it was already hurt.

“Raichu, use thunderbolt!” Lt. Surge shouted.

“Use Ember, Vulpix! When he comes at you!” Kira ordered.

Raichu jumped up in the air, and started to pump up energy to shoot at Vulpix. Kira observed Raichu’s facial expression change from innocent, to aggravatingly angry. The electricity shot down at Vulpix, who, in defense, shot its flame up above to its opponent. The thunder was diverted left and right, missing Vulpix completely. The ember continued and hit Raichu right on the spot, putting Raichu on the ground.

“Although speed does give an advantage, it also gave me one. I can predict how your Pokemon will move and counter to that.” Kira said, smiling.

“Raichu, get back up!” the lieutenant commanded, sounding a lot like he was in a boot camp, “Use your special combination!”

“If she’s good enough, she’ll understand this.” Lt. Surge thought, grinning.

“Combination?” Kira muttered, as Raichu quickly attacked her, and began to jump up, “He’s using both attacks!” she muttered again, but then shouted, “Out of the way, Vulpix! Now!”

Vulpix dashed out of the way backwards. The thunderbolt hit the ground where she had just stood.

“Lucky, you are. Lucky.” Lt. Surge replied, clapping his hands sarcastically.

“I still avoided it! Vulpix, quick, attack while Raichu is still off guard!” Kira smirked. Vulpix jumped at the opponent, who was down on the floor. She began to bite Raichu very hard.

“Raichu is knocked out! Victory for Kira and Vulpix!” Lieutenant Lockheart shouted, raising the green flag in triumph.

“Return, Raichu. You did your best!” Lt. Surge said, with a bruised pride, “No more playing around! Go Voltorb!”

The spherical Pokemon rolled onto the field immediately.

“Use sonicboom!” Lt. Surge commanded.

Voltorb emerged a twister onto the field, which immediately hit Vulpix. Vulpix fell to the ground, taken off-guard by the Sonicboom. She was fainted.

“Return, Vulpix!” Kira struggled to think of what could go against Voltorb, “I choose you, Clefairy!”

The pink fairy was out on the field, and ready to go against the half red and half white Voltorb.

“Clefairy, use metronome!” Kira commanded, letting the odds take over. Wartortle and Chansey weren’t sufficantly strong to fight against Voltorb, in her opinion.

“Voltorb, use Spark!” Lt. Surge retorted, not sure of what to do.

Clefairy closed its eyes and began to twirl its fingers around. Voltorb charged up electricity, as Clefairy let out a loud, “Fairy!”

A tidal wave began to grow behind Clefairy, falling down on Voltorb. The electricity Voltorb had charged surged through the wave, hurting both Pokemon.

“Good job, Clefairy! Use Sing! Then, finish him off with another metronome!” Kira shouted.

“She just can’t beat me by the object of randomness!” Lt. Surge thought, and then shouted out, “Selfdestruct!”

Voltorb turned to a burnt black color, as Clefairy sang a humble tune. The tune was completely ignored by Voltorb, who couldn’t hear it. Clefairy rapidly began to twirl around her fingers, knowing that this was her trainer’s last hope.

“This has to work…” both trainers though simultaneously.

Matt & Vulpix
05-01-2004, 11:11 PM
Chapter 20 continued

Clefairy’s Metronome attack had taken effect and began to take place. A white shield erected around Clefairy, but disappeared as soon as it had erected. Voltorb advanced and exploded, but Clefairy didn’t seem hurt. Nathan, completely blown away by this battle, checked what the attack was with his Pokedex.

“Protect, a normal attack. It can deflect any attack once, but fails if used in succession.”

The Pokedex had enlighten him, and he put it away.

Meanwhile, both trainers recalled their Pokemon, as Lt. Locheart declared Kira the winner.

“Here’s your badge, kid. You did well on outplaying me, but it was only out of luck. I’d recommend you train your Pokemon better for them to be prepared for any situation.” Lt. Surge informed her.

“What would have happened had Clefairy not deflected your Voltorb’s attack?” Kira demanded.

“Well, it would have been a tie. You wouldn’t have won this!” Lt. Surge said, handing her the Thunder Badge. It was like a miniature sun.

“Thank you.” Kira said, smiling to herself.

“Your friend, Nathan, he’s in there. You can also exit this building with the door that’s in there.” Lt. Surge said, pointing her to where Lt. Lockheart had emerged.

She nodded and went to join her friend. Nathan complimented her on a match well fought, and she thanked him deeply. They left as Nathan told her what attack Clefairy had performed.

“Oh well,” Kira responded, “let’s go heal my Pokemon. Then will we be able to board the ship?”

“Yea, I think so. We’ll have to go check with the sailor.” Nathan replied.

***

At 5 o’clock, after having messed around for a few hours, they headed to the dock. A bridge was nicely set up, going onto the boat. A young fellow was on the boat, looking like a ticket-checker.

They showed the man their tickets, and he nodded, “Welcome to the S.S. Anne. We’re about to leave, seeing as how it’s scheduled to leave in five minutes… you may join the others in the ballroom.”

Kira and Nathan continued down the wooden floor towards the ballroom. Kira checked the man out; he was of average height, had a nice white hat on to hide his brown hair, blue eyes, and a sailor’s outfit. She had noticed his name on his nametag; Captain Boddy.

They walked into a grand room with a dance floor, and an elegant long table beside it. Four others were already seated, two men and two women. Nathan and Kira went to join the four.

Nathan sat to the left of one of the girls, who was seated next to a guy. On the other side of the table, Kira was seated beside the two other guests on the ship. The presumed captain arrived in the room not much later, with the final guest.

“This is the last of them. Have fun, I’ll go and get this ship on the road. Ask me if you need anything. Name’s Captain Boddy, nice to meet you,” he said grimly, tipping his hat off.

The guests replied “Nice to meet you!”

“Isn’t there anyone else? We’re not many on this cruise, you know,” Kira asked, as the final guest, a woman, sat down.

“It’s a slow time of year, this is a normal turnout for June. July and August are the big months, as school is out then,” Captain Boddy replied. He then left the ballroom, to go to steer the ship, “There’s food at the buffet!”

A buffet was nicely set up at the other side of the room. All seven guests got up, and went over to take a plate and stuff it with food. The air was tense with the other guests, excluding the one who had just arrived. Both Nathan and Kira noticed this.

***

Tabitha was getting ready to go watch the nightly news at the Pokemon Center in Vermillion. She was about to leave her room, when she began to have a vision.

Chilling images of murder began to show up in her head. She couldn’t make anyone out. The images ended, and a last image popped up: Kira.

“It might happen tonight,” she stuttered to the empty room, “No. It will happen tonight.

Matt & Vulpix
05-10-2004, 08:13 PM
Chapter 21

Everyone had taken food and returned to their seats. The ‘late’ guest had sit at the head of the table.

“I think it is suitable for everyone to introduce themselves.” Kira broke the large silence, “I’m Kira Varon, pleased to meet all of you.”

“And I’m Nathan Lennox, how do ya’ll do?” Nathan chipped in.

“I’m Rose,” the late guest said, sporting a red dress and brown shoulder-length hair, “Rose Valentine.”

“I’m Kevin Moon.” the young boy nodded, wearing jeans and a jacket. He had blonde hair in spikes.

“I’m Michelle Girard!” the petite blonde shun, smiling from ear to ear. She was sporting a salmon skirt with red heels and a white tank top.

“I’m Eve Kismet,” a black lady said, looking very mannerly although not too glamorous, in a blue blazer. She wasn’t any more than eighteen year old, but she looked like she wanted to be adult.

“I’m Michael Garble,” a large man said, with short black hair. He was sitting on the opposing side of the table, across from Nathan. He intimidated Nathan a little.

“I think that’s all for introductions…” Kira began, as she began to chew a piece of food.

“Forgetting me, are ya mates?” the Captain said, coming out from the place where he had gone to earlier.

“Excuse me if this is rude, but who is steering the ship?” Michelle asked, looking over his shoulder to see if there was anyone else.

“Yes, I don’t want to be remade as a romantic person in a spin-off of Titanic!” Kevin exclaimed quickly, seemingly panicking.

“Don’t worry, it’s set to auto navigate. This means that the ship is hardly moving, so I can loaf around and meet the voyagers,” The man said, crackling a cough, “So, is the food good?”

“As far as food goes, you’re a true hero!” Michael exclaimed, stuffing his face. Nathan spotted a vicious look on his face.

“Really, it is extremely good sir.” Kevin replied respectfully, also having a crimson color in his eyes, spotted by Kira. She shrugged it off; she was probably seeing things.

“Yar, well, if ya’ll have any questions, I’ll be at the head of the boat…” he mumbled, as no one was really listening. They were all hungry.

Afterwards, the Captain, which they found out, was named Captain Petrian, put on soothing music. With a glass of whatever they wanted in hand, they all dispersed to get to know one another. All except one.

Rose Valentine curiously stayed put on the chair. Kira and Nathan both found this weird, but the rest seemed to not care less.

Before time could tell, Kira was in a conversation with Michelle and Eve, and Nathan was in one with Michael and Kevin.

“What sports do you people play?” Nathan asked.

“I play baseball, soccer, basketbell… pretty much everything!” Kevin boasted, “I’m just a natural talent.”

“You might be but I would so beat you at football! And basketball while I’m at it!” Michael said, giving a playful pat on Kevin’s back.

“I play basketball…” Nathan interjected, feeling inferior. He had security issues, that had become apparent to Kira a while ago, “Do you people have girlfriends?”

“Of course, dude! Her name’s Virginia, and she’s a beauty beyond words…” he smiled, “I miss her.”

“What happened to her?” Kevin asked, confused.

“One day, she just… fell apart,” Michael sighed deeply and got back to his playful attitude, “What about you, Kevin?”

“My girlfriend’s name is Darienne. She’s cool, but she’s kind of stuck-up…” Kevin began, and continued to talk about his girlfriend Darienne.

“So, let’s talk boys!” Michelle said very excitedly, “You first Kira, who’s the lucky man?”

Kira observed Eve’s depressed face. She was trying to hide it, but it wasn’t working well, “Earth to Kira?”

“Oh!” Kira laughed, as they sat down on three chairs, “No lucky, or unlucky for that matter, man for me. But I am single and ready to mingle!”

“Wow, you’re delightfully funny!” Michelle laughed with her, “And you Eve?”

It took her a few minutes to respond, “I rather not talk about it. Take that as a no.”

“Okay.” Michelle replied, now depressed as well.

“What Pokemon does each of you have?” Kira asked, getting informed.

“I have Chansey and Jumpluff. I have dreams of becoming a doctor and helping people.” Eve’s face lit up as she said this.

“I have Jynx and Kirlia. Nothing like beautiful Pokemon – just like me!” Michelle giggled.

“I have Chansey, Vulpix, Wartortle and Clefairy. Anyways, bought any cute shoes lately?” Kira changed the conversation.

Kevin, meanwhile, finished up about Darienne, “And you, Nathan?” he kindly asked.

“I don’t have a girlfriend. I used to have one, but let’s talk about better things.” Nathan smiled, shrugging the fact off.

“What Pokemon do you guys have? I have Gyarados and Dratini. I love feisty Pokemon, and girls too…” Kevin joked.

“I have Machoke and Croconaw. Nothing like big strong Pokemon, eh?” Michael boasted.

“I have Ivysaur, Scyther and Eevee… say, who are you pulling for in the Kanto Basketball League?” Nathan replied.

Rose continued to sip some tea, sitting there in her chair, eyeing everyone.

“Well now me mates, why don’t ye take a partner and dance? The floor is amiss of people!” Captain Petrian said, walking in.

“Would you like to dance?” Kevin asked Michelle awkwardly.

“Sure.” Michelle smiled as they began to dance to the music that came on.

“Would you like to dance?” Michael asked Kira before Nathan had the chance to.

“Of course!” Kira replied with a smile.

“Guess that leaves you and me!” Nathan said to Eve with a laugh, completely forgetting about Rose.

“Guess so, kid!” said Eve, as they began to move with the music.

“Why aren’t you dancing, pretty lady?” Captain Petrian asked Rose, who curiously had not even bothered asking.

“Dancing is for those who have life.” Rose replied with a sigh.

“And if I’m not mistaken, I hear you breathing. Come on, it wouldn’t hurt for you to dance!” the Captain exclaimed, patting her on the back.

“If you insist, I suppose.” Rose replied grimly, putting her tea on the table. They got up and began to dance to the classic song that was playing.

The seven guests on the cruise then sat down and had desert, strawberry shortcake, and chatted about their lives. Curious tension set place in the room.

After that, the captain informed where everyone would be sleeping tonight and the following night. Except for Captain Petrian’s room, all rooms were in one corridor.

Nathan and Kira’s rooms were the farthest in the corridor, which was connected to the ballroom. Nathan’s room was on the left side whereas Kira’s was on the right side. Michelle and Kevin’s rooms were second-to-furthest, Michelle’s being on the right and Kevin’s on the left.

Next in line were the two bathrooms, one for the guys and one for the girls. Again, the girl’s bathroom was on the right and the guy’s bathroom was on the left. Michael and Eve’s rooms were next in line, Michael’s on the left and Eve’s on the right.

Rose’s room was on the right, next in line, nearest to the exit. There was one room left empty opposing hers.

The Captain’s room was near where he navigated the cruise.

“I think I’m going to head to bed.” Rose said, weary. She entered her room, locked the door, and began to get into pajamas.

“Me too, I’m starting to feel woozy.” Eve said, going into her bedroom.

“Michelle, come into my room. Let’s do some girl talk!” Kira laughed, as they both entered her room.

“I heard there was a basketball court here on the S.S. Anne, let’s go play some ball, guys!” Nathan announced, and they went off to do their business.

An hour later, nine o’clock, Michelle left Kira’s room to go to bed. She stopped off at the bathroom first, to take off her makeup. Kira had talked to her about a special feeling she had for Michael, and they talked about fashion.

The three boys came back, and all went to bed except Nathan. He and Kira met in the hallway.

Matt & Vulpix
05-10-2004, 08:15 PM
Chapter 22 Continued

“Let’s go see the Captain before we turn in, why don’t we?” Kira said, and they went off in the Captain’s wing.

“Hey kiddo!” he exclaimed when he saw Kira, “And the other kiddo!” he continued when he saw Nathan.

“Hey! So, how is life as a sea captain?” Kira asked, as she sat down on his bed. Nathan joined her. Captain Petrian was on his chair; writing in what she guessed was his logbook.

“It’s one heck of a life, Kira. But I don’t particularly like doing these little old things, I rather bring people to new horizons like Olvine City and Mauville City… over the sea, you know?” Captain Petrian said, with a passion. He really loved what he did.

“No, but that’s okay.” Nathan laughed in reply.

“Well, you best be going off to bed now. Don’t want to get in the way of your sleeps, mates.” Captain Petrian shushed them out.

A sudden cry was heard, followed by a smash. It wasn’t just any cry, it was very, very chilling, and loud. You’d have to be bloody deaf to not hear the cry. Everyone in the boat heard it.

The three did not even mutter a single word and made their way to the hallway where the bedrooms were. Michelle, Eve, Kevin and Michael all stood dumbfounded in their bedroom doorways, with a confused look on their face.

“There’s only one person not present here.” Kira said, with a cold white face. Everyone else slowly started to release where the cry had come from.

“You mean… Rose is… was..?” Eve stuttered, recalling Rose’s name queerly easily.

“There’s only one way to be sure.” Kira took the lead and went over to Rose’s door, “No, I can’t do this! I’m a woman! You men, go!”

“I’ll go…” Nathan said, putting his hand on the doorknob. He shook a little while he turned the doorknob clockwise, and opened the door finally. He shut on the lights.

Rose was face down on her bed, bloody as hell. Blood was everywhere on the bed, she was soaked in it. Her feet were on the pillows and her head was at the foot of the bed. Something had definitely gone on here.

“So?” they all said, eagerly, as Nathan exited the room. He shut off the lights and had a grim look on his face.

“She’s in paradise. Six feet under. Dead.” Nathan said bluntly, almost barfing as he said this.

“Well, it wasn’t me, nor was it you Nathan, or Captain Petrian for that matter. We were all together far away from here,” Kira stressed, and then turning around and pointing fingers at the other four, “there is only one conclusion to be pulled from that! One of you four did it!”

“No!” Michael blurted out.

“Of course not, that’s appalling!” Kevin replied.

“I didn’t do it, I’m a guiltless person!” Michelle shouted.

Everyone looked at Eve, who wasn’t defending herself.

“Well what, I didn’t do it!” Eve shouted.

“She might of committed suicide!” Kevin supposed.

“No, that’s impossible. She was in a position that’s not suicidal. She was face down and upside down on the bed, it’s hardly possible she killed herself…” Nathan explained.

“Did you see a weapon?” Captain Petrian pondered, “Maybe we can trace the weapon to one of us.”

“I didn’t see one, but I think we should all get some sleep. We can’t investigate without sleep.” Kira said.

“What? Am I supposed to be able to sleep with a mad murderer sleeping next door?” Michelle retorted.

“Lock your door.” Nathan answered, rolling his eyes.

“And put a chair underneath the doorknob. It’ll be impossible for any mad killer to kill you.” Captain Petrian indicated.

“Thank God, at least I can sleep in peace.” Michael broke his silence.

“And we should lock the door to Rose’s room. Wouldn’t want anyone to toggle with the evidence, would we?” Nathan said, going back into her room to locate the key. It was right on the bedside table.

He left the room and locked it. He gave the key to Captain Petrian, knowing he was innocent.

“Let’s go to bed people.” Kira announced. Everyone returned to their rooms, locked their doors, placed a chair underneath the doorknob, and hit the sack.

Although they all knew deep down they were safe, everyone was scared. Who wouldn’t be? Someone had just been killed – at the hands of someone in the very same cruise!

“Me and Nathan have to solve this. And fast. Because we’ll all die if we don’t catch this psycho.” Kira thought, before she drifted off to sleep.