Karina, Reeper, and Banner could finally see Cherrygrove City in the distance. It was a little different than they expected. A booth sat outside the entrance to the city with a man in camouflage standing inside. The booth was attached to a gate that closed off the entrance to the city. Something must’ve been up if they were restricting access to the city. If there was another way around it, Karina would’ve opted to go that way, but Cherrygrove City had the only path to Violet City. The three approached the booth.
“Both of you state you name and the Pokémon you have on hand.” The man in camouflage lazily stated.
“Karina Jasmine Sorio. Mareep.” Karina said.
“Jason Banner. No Pokémon sir, well at least not now. Not until I find the Totodile that was stolen from me.” Banner explained.
“Stolen Totodile?” The man questioned, perking up. “We’ve had cases of stolen Totodile in two other cities recently. Come on in, I’d like you to talk with someone. He might be able to help you.” The gates separated, allowing entrance to Cherrygrove City. The city was no longer filled with residents, but instead soldiers, carrying guns and supplies. An occasional truck came zooming by, carelessly turning corners without signaling or stopping for the few pedestrians there were. The three stepped in, awaiting directions.
“On the ground, both of you!” A voice shouted. Banner didn’t hesitate and flopped to the ground. Karina didn’t. “Did you not hear me the first time, I said get on the ground. Now get down, before I make you get down.” The voice shouted again. A soldier carrying an assault rifle stepped up to Karina, forcing her down to her knees. The lazy soldier who ran the booth slipped on a pair of cuffs as a truck pulled up in front of them. A squad of four got out of the back, along with four Houndoom. Then an older looking man got off. He looked just like Professor Gem, in almost every way. The only difference was that he was a bit older.
“Karina, Jasmine, Sorio,” he started, “if you haven’t figured it out yet then let me tell you I am related to Professor Gem. The name is General Gem, and we need to have a talk with you.” General Gem gave a motion to stand the two up. They soon found themselves being loaded into the truck General Gem had just got out of. The Houndoom growled as Reeper was tossed on board.
“We’re gonna die Karina.” Banner whispered. Karina ignored him, though that was a thought that crossed her mind.
“You’re not gonna die son. If anyone was gonna die here, it would be me, dying of old age.” General Gem said, letting out a loud laugh afterwards. He looked around at all of his soldiers, a signal for them to laugh. In unison they all gave a fake chuckle as General Gem slapped his knee. If the kidnapping thing didn’t influence her decision on which Gem she liked better, his bad joke just did.
“Alright boys, blindfold them.” General Gem commanded. Once their vision was obstructed, the truck jerked back and began to move. Through all this, Karina managed to stay surprisingly calm. Banner, who was to her left, wasn’t so. He was fidgeting endlessly to the point where if Karina had to kick him to stop. Then he’d resume moving a few seconds later. Reeper, to the right of Karina, seemed fine. She wasn’t cuffed, or detained in anyway. Without an order from her trainer, it seemed as if she would do nothing. Occasionally, Reeper would rub up against her trainer, giving her a small shock. It wasn’t painful, and seemed more like a sign of reassurance that they would be okay.
Karina wasn’t sure how long she was wrapped in her thoughts, but they had made it to their destination. She could tell since the truck had stopped and she could hear people getting off and opening doors. She could feel a hand on her arm pulling her up. A soldier told her to “Watch her step” as she exited the vehicle. She could hear the words repeated again, but this time it was followed by a thud. She could bet her life on it that Banner had fallen. Reeper gave another shock to Karina, showing she was still there. She was shocked that they actually allowed Reeper to stay by her side.
“Alright, take her in. I’ll be in there soon.” General Gem stated. A series of metal clanks started and soon Karina was being pushed inside of something. The place must’ve been narrow as she found herself brushing up against the cold damp wall constantly. She was stopped and then another clank occurred, followed by another push. This time she didn’t have to walk anymore. She was forced into a chair and told to wait. Her blindfold was forcefully pulled off of her. A light hung from the ceiling directly above her. She lifted her hands to her eyes to block out the light until her eyes adjusted. Reeper noticed her trainer’s dilemma and gave the light a small zap. The soldiers closed the door behind her, leaving only the dim light in the room. The rest of the area was pitch black. Then she thought for a second. The room was pitch black and with a small zap Reeper was able to dim the lights. That would mean another shock would shower the room in complete darkness. All she would have to do then was make her escape.
“Alright Reeper, when I tell you to, use Discharge on that light. Once you do, follow me, and we’ll get out of here.” Karina whispered. Reeper nodded, showing she understood. A familiar metal clank echoed through the room, warning the two that the door was opening. Karina sat up straight awaiting the arrival of who ever opened it. As she expected, General Gem strolled in with a card key in hand.
“Alright, tell us everything you know.” General Gem demanded.
“Wait, what are you talking about?” Karina questioned with a puzzled look on her face.
“Don’t play dumb girl. We captured a baby Lugia, and that thing has been calling your name ever since.” General Gem responded. This all took Karina by surprise. “Everyday its Karina, Karina, Karina. No matter what type of torture we put it through it will not talk, it will not attack. It won’t do a damn thing. If the thing ain’t saying Karina, then it ain’t saying anything.”
“I swear I do not know what you’re talking about. I swear on my life that I do not know what you’re talking about, but I just want my Mareep and my friend Banner to get out alive. So if you want me to help you do something with Lugia, then I will, as long as you set them free, and return the Totodile to Banner that you took.” Karina told. General Gem pondered on the thought for a second.
“You’re a smart girl, figuring that we took that Totodile. Well of course we did, but we haven’t tested on it yet and we figured you’d want it, so it’s sitting outside in a Pokeball, right next to a Master Ball. Inside that Master Ball is the baby Lugia. Now you’re gonna go give the Totodile to your friend. He’s just outside the door too. Then you’re gonna give him your Mareep, and return to me with the Master Ball. Then you and that Lugia are gonna lead us to momma Lugia.” General Gem explained.
“Reeper, well I guess this would be a nice time to Discharge!” Karina exclaimed. Reeper let loose a single stream of blue electricity towards the light. The room went pitch black with Karina jumping into action. She charged General Gem, who hadn’t even made a move yet, taking him down using the chains from her cuffs. She could hear the card key fall to the floor but couldn’t find it.
“Reeper, get the card!” Karina yelled. Reeper acted hastily, finding the card key with the small light from the orb on her tail. She handed it off to her trainer who quickly put it to good use, opening the door that Banner and the Pokémon were behind. Banner was already behind the door, standing in front of a glass case with a Poke Ball and Master Ball inside. Pushing Banner aside she attempted to pick up the case, but was hard to carry with cuffs on.
“We need to do something about these things.” She said softly, trying not to draw attention. General Gem must’ve alerted someone of her escape as a red light began flashing. Guards would soon be on their tails. “Reeper, can you do something about this?” A light bulb seemed to go off in the Mareep’s head as she turned around. Her tail began to glow silver, and with one swing at the cuffs, they broke. She repeated the same thing, breaking the cuffs off Banner. Karina picked up the case once more, dropping it to the ground to release the Poke Balls inside.
“Here,” Karina started, handing over Totodile’s Poke Ball to Banner, “this is your Totodile.” She eyed the Master Ball then looked towards the ceiling. A large vent was positioned directly above them. The Lugia inside the Master Ball was only a baby, so it couldn’t be too big. The real problem would be getting Lugia to agree to fly them out, but with guards coming soon they had no choice.
“Lugia, let’s go.” Karina said as she tossed the Master Ball. A Lugia shot out of it, though it wasn’t exactly a baby. It was at least the size of a Charizard. It was slightly different from the Lugia she knew of. She knew Lugia to have a blue abdomen as well as other blue features. This Lugia had red features instead.
“Karina, I’ve been waiting for you!” Lugia excitedly stated in a feminine voice.
“So, I’ve heard, but we don’t have time to introduce ourselves now. We need you to fly us to safety.” Karina responded. Lugia nodded, spreading her wings so that the three could climb on. Once everyone was settled in, Lugia gave one flap of her wings and took off, flying directly into the vent. The vent was a straight shot to the sky, and before they knew it they had made it through. All the soldiers seemed to have flooded inside the building. Anytime now they would realize that their captives had escaped. “Alright Lugia, takes us to New Bark Town. That’s where we can get all this straightened out.”
“You know, I think we owe them a small parting gift.” Lugia spoke. She could sense the confusion in Karina. “Tell me to use Hyper Beam.” She continued. Karina perked up, with a smile stretching across her face.
“Lugia, use Hyper Beam!” Karina exclaimed. Lugia cocked her head back charging a golden orb. With a mighty thrust forward, Lugia swung her neck, releasing the beam at the building. Just like that, the building exploded. Karina’s plan had worked perfectly, and besides the now silent and petrified Banner, everyone turned out fine. “Alright, New Bark Town, here we come.”
Back in New Bark Town
Lugia descended in front of the Pokémon Lab, flapping her long wings. Professor Gem came running outside, in awe of the Pokémon he was looking at. He was even more in shock to find Karina, Reeper, and Banner riding on top of it.
“Oh, Professor Gem, do we have a story for you.” Karina announced.