You really couldn’t see it in the dark corner of the cavern, but Uxie felt like he was going to explode from all of the laughter welled up inside of his ‘bottle’ (as Mesprit called it). He clammed up immediately when the crash of a Gyarados splashing into the water blasted from outside, echoing all around the cavern and really, really hurting the small blue-and-yellow Legendary’s ears.
He bit his lip, trying to keep silent from the startlingly loud splash. Eventually, the splashing and flailing stopped, and the stifled sound of something landing in deep snow sounded. Crunching… people were coming.
The new(ish) guys were coming.
Kris, Caro, and Cyrus had made it to the center of the landmass, where an opening in the rocks loomed above them.
A few minutes passed. And then a few more. Silence. Unless Uxie wasn’t here, there should have been some reaction by now… right?
“There’s nothing here! Let’s go.” Caro turned to leave, getting pretty bored and quite convinced that they were the only things in here besides the rocks. Kris shot one last look around the cavern and turned to depart, but stopped when she noticed Cyrus wasn’t following.
Cyrus stood there silently for a few more minutes, and finally accepted the fact that the cave really was deserted. As he turned to leave as well, though, a few flickers of light swirled around one point in the center of a large puddle. They lingered for a few seconds, and then got brighter and molded into a creature, floating, with two long tails. It had a yellow helmet-shaped head that slightly resembled a human brain, and its eyes were just about closed.
“U-Uxie?” Kris took a step back.
“Nothing of immediate importance, actually. I just came to check in on you to make sure that you don’t get in to any more... trouble.” He hovered up to get face-to-face with the tall human male, and poked him squarely in the middle of his forehead, smiling. Cyrus was unfazed.
“What do you want?” He asked again.
“I’m just here to check on you. Oh yeah, and keep an eye out for Mesprit. She’s gotten pretty riled up since... you two last met.” Uxie glanced at Caro and Kris with a raised eyebrow, and Caro did the same. Has he told the other two yet? Uxie thought.
“All three of them, yes.” Cyrus nodded. “If you have nothing more to say, Uxie, I am leaving now.” As Uxie seemed to have no objection, Cyrus glanced around the dark cave once more, and then turned around. He walked right past the younger kids, beckoning for them to follow.
“Oh yeah.” Caro nodded, remembering the story Cyrus had spilled earlier on, in Snowpoint.
“I’ll remember that. You two, we need to get through Mt. Coronet.” The trio stepped out of the cave.
“No.” He replied. “Where we are, a Water-type Pokemon does not have the ability to go much farther than a few inches off the ground. We do, however, have Honchkrow, since the little escapade it threw happened in some Medicham’s little ruse.” To prove his point, he jammed one hand into his pocket and pulled out a red-and-white sphere.
Caro and Kris both cringed. They weren’t yet completely used to the concept of storing Pokemon in those...things, but they would just have to deal with it. They were in Sinnoh now, after all.
Cyrus tossed the ball into the air, and a Honchkrow looked back at him, chirping happily. For, time was distorted in these Pokeballs, so the Pokemon inside learned to not trust their sense of time while in the Arceus-forsaken things.
“Hi, there! What’s up with you? Been a while, hasn’t it?” The Honchkrow chirred happily.
Honchkrow, needless to say, was stunned. As far as he knew, humans couldn’t understand what he said, and his Boss definitely didn’t. He’s never been able to before...
“Can’t be helped. To the nearest Golbat nest, then.” Kris shrugged, and turned to face the large mountain. “Finding a Golbat shouldn’t be that hard, right?”
“In the mountain, they are more common than a Magikarp dealer.” After meeting the duo’s confused stares, he quickly added on, “Yes. Quite common.”
Cyrus tossed some Great Balls over his shoulder. Caro and Kris caught them, still a bit surprised. “Attack the Pokemon until it gives off a red light, and when that happens, toss the Pokeball and hope for the best.” Cyrus stood to the right of the gap in the rocks to give the two teenage children access to the cave. Caro and Kris poked their heads in.
“Look!” Kris whispered to Caro, almost at once. “Red lights! Like Helio said – these guys must have been recovering from an attack by another...what are Golbats in again?” Kris wondered.
Caro tossed a Great Ball into the mob of glowing red light. Kris did the same. A few screeches and swishing noises later, two red spheres fell to the floor of the cave, shaking at first. Slowly but surely, they stopped quivering and lay there, solitary and unmoving.
After doing that for a couple of minutes, the Pokeballs flew up in the air and promptly sailed right into their owner’s foreheads.
“Maybe we should send them out.” Kris shrugged, still massaging her head from a metal ball hitting her square in the forehead, much as Uxie’s tiny finger had done a little while before.