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February 20th, 2009 (12:28 PM).
what's your sign?
(chapter four - the fourth chapter of the story. with the beginning out of the way, things start to pick up speed.)
Finally, after what seemed to be hours of trudging through deep snow, the three “adventurers” – for the Pokemon had been returned to their Balls – finally stopped in front of the opening in the trees known as the entrance to the Acuity Lakefront.
Caro stared at the entrance for a while, then shrugged and barged right in. Kris shook her head and followed, kicking snow as she went, tailed finally by Cyrus, who didn’t seem to be cold at all.
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.
“And here we have it,” said Caro flatly, “an old cave. Now what did you need to do here again?” He turned to Cyrus with a cocked eyebrow.
Cyrus gave no response, but walked into the darkened rock cavern anyway.
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.
“Why are you still here?” She asked. “It’s deserted. Whatever you were looking for isn’t here.”
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.
“Hello again.” Uxie smiled warmly, crossing its blue tails around each other and twirling them together.
“Been a while. Ten years, in fact. Exactly ten as of yesterday. Did you know that?” Uxie crossed his arms, still smiling. Cyrus, Kris, and Caro stopped in their tracks and turned around, the latter two with surprised expressions on their faces.
“U-Uxie?” Kris took a step back.
“Uxie.” Cyrus confirmed. “Why did you show yourself?” He turned to the floating blue-and-yellow blob that was the Knowledge Pokemon.
“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 already told you, dimwit.” Uxie said with a laugh. Cyrus really didn’t appreciate being called a dimwit, but he didn’t show it – and even if he had, Uxie wouldn’t have stopped anyway.
“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?
“You met Mesprit? And Uxie? And what about Azelf?” He asked.
“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.
“No, I’m serious!” Uxie called as they left. “Be on your guard!”
“I’ll remember that. You two, we need to get through Mt. Coronet.” The trio stepped out of the cave.
Uxie sighed, listening to a Gyarados roaring and splashing into a lake. He could only hope it wouldn’t be too bad.
“Wait a second.” Kris pointed out, once they had landed back on the snow-covered mainland. “Why should we need to go through some big mountain if we can just use your Gyarados?”
Cyrus blinked. He had forgotten for a moment that there were different laws of Water Pokemon mobility in Treasure Town.
“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.
Cyrus just now remembered how much his Honchkrow seemed to talk, and made a silent oath to never attempt conversation with it again.
“Yes, it has. Fly along Mt. Coronet with the three of us – if you can’t handle three, we’ll locate some Golbats – and head for Eterna City.” He said, almost completely disregarding the Honchkrow’s enthusiastic greeting.
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...
“How did you... when did you... how do you understand me?” Honchkrow squawked, clearly freaked out.
Cyrus blinked once again.
“Time goes faster outside a Ball. Now, can you carry one adult and two teenagers?” Honchkrow made a low rumbling noise. He wasn’t satisfied with his owner’s answer, but the large bird Pokemon let it slide anyway.
“Oh, no way. You would need Golbats for that, sorry!”
“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 started towards a large opening in the wall and poked his head in. Honchkrow peered in as well and made a low chirping noise, almost like a whistle.
“Yep! There’s millions of the things. I’ll leave the rest to you two, okay?” Honchkrow turned to Caro and Kris. “They’re your Golbats, after all.” He flew upwards into a nearby tree to watch.
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.
“Colonies?” Caro muttered back. “Eh, what the heck. Catch one!”
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.
“OW!” Caro shouted.
“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.
“Yeah, I guess we should.” Caro whimpered, doing the same thing. With the hand they were not currently using for massaging their heads, the two teenagers flung the balls into the air...
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