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Old May 23rd, 2018 (12:32 PM).
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    Episode 23: Getting the Pre-Contest Titters

    [Hey, Stormy...] Tintri whispered as he bounded onto a rock near where Stormy was resting. [Want a tip on how to pull off electrical fireworks?]

    [Yeah!] Stormy replied.

    After checking to be sure Dawn was still working with Kori, Tintri began his lesson. [The trick to making fireworks is a big burst, okay?] he explained. [So rather than letting out immediately, charge your power a bit. This will make the resulting burst bigger.]

    [Will you show me how?] Stormy asked.

    [Sure...] Tintri paused to charge some power until his cheeks were almost white. He then unleashed a volley of sparkling electrical fireworks into the sky!

    "WOW!!!" Dawn gasped, impressed. "I didn't know you competed in Contests, Tintri!"

    [You can learn a thing or two about appealing to your audience when you battle too.] Tintri replied. He smiled, pleased his master and Brock were showing him the scorecard with the dark green 10 on it.

    He turned to Stormy. [Okay, now it's your turn to try.]

    [Okay...] Stormy charged some power in her cheeks until they too glowed white, then unleashed a massive burst of her own!

    [There you go!] Tintri called as Dawn applauded.

    "I think you deserve a Poffin for that little display." Dawn smiled as she offered Stormy a red Poffin.

    [How'd I do?] Stormy asked Ash between bites.

    "That was cool!" Ash agreed as he showed Stormy a green 9 card.

    "I'd give it an 8." Brock began as he showed Stormy a lighter green 8 card. "Work on holding and controlling your power, and that should put the appeal over the top."

    [Got it!] Stormy smiled.

    Dawn froze when she heard a voice call "Hey, Dee-Dee!" in the distance. Oh great...Barry's back...

    "Dee-Dee?" Ash asked, confused.

    "Remember that blond haired boy with me when you rescued me at Lake Verity?" Dawn reminded the boys. "That was Barry. He's a childhood friend of mine."

    "Oh yeah...that guy with a Turtwig that was always on the go." Brock remembered.

    Just then, Barry joined the group. "I'll have you know that Flora evolved."

    With that, he heaved a Poke Ball skyward. "Come on out, Flora!"

    Ash decided to read up on on the large green and gold turtle Pokemon with bushes on its back:

    "Grotle, the grove Pokemon. The shell is hardened soil. Some Pokemon come to peck the berries growing on the trees on its back."

    Kori wasted no time in walking up to Flora. [Um...remember me?]

    She did not expect Flora to whack her away with a vine! [WAUGGH!!!]

    "Kori!" Dawn hurried over by a rock, where Kori rubbed her head in pain. "Are you okay? Does anything hurt?"

    [Just a bit of a headache, that's all...] Kori replied.

    "I am so sorry!" Barry gasped, bowing before Dawn. "Flora doesn't like when others get too close."

    He turned business-like again. "I fancy myself a coordinator too, you know--I watched the Jubilife Contest on TV.

    "Really?" Dawn asked, trying oh so hard not to laugh at Kori and Flora staring each other down. "I don't recall you ever being interested in Contests when we were little. In your words, you found them 'lame'!"

    "After giving it a go, I found them pretty cool." Barry replied. "I was doing great in the Appeal round of my first Contest, but lost to some girl named Zoey and her Glameow, Sylvie."

    "You've met Zoey too?" Dawn asked.

    Barry, meanwhile, ignored Dawn completely. "Are you competing in the Floaroma Contest too?" he asked Ash.

    "Actually, I plan to conquer the Shinou League." Ash replied.

    "Remember the time you attempted to give yourself a perm?" Barry smirked. "You were so excited about lookin' all pretty for school picture day. But when you got to class on the big day, it looked like you stuck your finger in an electrical socket!"

    "I quite LIKED my wavy hair, thank you!" Dawn shot back. "Mom supervised me the whole time to make sure I did it right."

    "Remember the time you forgot her lines in the class play?" Barry went on. "All you had to say as the White Buneary was 'I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date!'. But you were so nervous, you ran offstage crying!"

    Dawn growled even more. "That was in the third grade!"

    Barry went on "Then there was the time you forgot to wear shoes to school. If I remember right, I showed you in the middle of math class!"

    "Ooooh...I demand a duel for your embarrassing me!" Dawn roared. "Flora vs. my team! Singles or doubles, I don't care--name your terms!"

    "I'm more interested in dueling your friend's Pikachu here..." Barry mused. "If only for the experience.

    "You're on!" Ash replied as he led Barry into a field.

    ---------

    A referee's whistle pierced the air some moments later; signaling the match between Ash and Barry was underway. "Okay! Open with Thunderbolt!" Ash commanded.

    He balked as Flora used Razor Leaf to block the attack, sending it back in a flurry of charged leaves. "How'd you do that?"

    "Even outside the Contest Hall, we battle with pizazz." Barry grinned. "Flora, use Heavy Slam!"

    "Watch out, Tintri!" Ash called.

    Tintri managed to spin away from the charging Grotle. He next smacked his opponent with Iron Tail. [Top that!] he taunted as Flora went flying towards the line Brock had designated the Pearl safe zone.

    He watched as Flora created a patch of grass to land on, cushioning her fall. [What move was that?]

    Brock noticed Flora heaving in exhaustion, and blew a quick blast. "No contest! This match is a draw!"

    ---------

    The Contest Hall hummed with activity as people filed in to watch the contest. "I hope you're ready, cool Meowth!" Dawn taunted as Barry emerged from the dressing room in a pale yellow suit. "You wouldn't dare taunt a princess, would you?"

    Try as Barry might to think up a retort to the green clad girl before him, he couldn't think of a taunt. "Told you." Dawn smiled.

    Just then, both coordinators heard the call of "It's time--all competitors, line up for the opening parade!"

    ---------

    In the backstage area of the Fantasy Stage's outdoor theater, Brock emerged from a dressing room in costume. [Lookin' sharp, coach!] Kage raved.

    "Glad you think so..." Brock replied as he retrieved the harp he had received from Nando and started tuning it.

    He looked out a window at the Contest Hall across the street. Dawn--I hope you reclaim your honor after what happened yesterday. Barry had no right to embarrass you like he did.

    [Parade of Minstrels in five minutes!] he heard Hinata call.

    "Okay." Brock replied before making sure his instruments were tuned and his bow was close by...

    To Be Continued...
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      Episode 24: Settling a Not-so-Old Score!

      A majestic melody started playing in the Contest Hall, signaling to the audience that the parade of contestants was underway. "Contestant number F-44759784--Dawn Solberg and Stormy!" the emcee announced as Dawn emerged from the entry tunnel to thunderous cheers. Stormy was perched on her shoulder, waving at the audience as Dawn led the walk around the hall.

      Ash waved back at Stormy from his place in the stands, then observed the other competition. Okay...we have Dawn...Barry... he noted as Barry, now in an elegant gold suit, walked by with Flora. Marta... he noted as Mars walked past leading Leona. and some guy with a Manetric.

      Once the competitors had made their walk around the hall, the emcee introduced the Visual competition. "For today's contest, your challenge is to create a natural look..."

      ---------

      In the dressing room, Stormy rummaged through the fashion case. [If Mr. Judge wants a natural look, I don't see anything!] she complained.

      "Calm down, Stormy...I have an idea.." Dawn replied as she fished out a variety of feathers.

      Stormy smiled as Dawn gently pressed feathers into her fur. [Oh, I see! You want me to pretend to be a bird!]

      "Well, at least look like a bird." Dawn replied as time expired.

      "Okay! Entrant number F-44759784, come on out!" the emcee announced.

      Laughter and "aw"s filled the hall as Stormy ran onto the judging platform, flapping her arms like wings all the while. [That's cute!] Tintri giggled as Stormy attempted flying again and again, to the crowd's delight.

      "Creative, as well." Ash agreed as Flora came out with a variety of puffballs on her.

      ---------

      "Well done, Stormy." Dawn smiled. "Your bird dance got us first place, which means we go first in the Dance competition."

      [Okay...] Stormy began as the Bailatron rose from the floor with a whir. [What's that big black thing?]

      "That's what you'll be dancing on, remember?" Dawn replied. "It measures how you do as you step on it. If you do well, it will flash rainbow lights and shoot smoke."

      [COOL!] Stormy gasped, starry eyed.

      Dawn offered Stormy the song selector. "So, what song do you want to dance to this time?"

      [This one!] Stormy showed Dawn the selector, which displayed the title "Conga Feeling"

      Dawn giggled. "But you danced to a Latin song in the unofficial contest before. You don't want to bore the judges with the same kind of song again and again."

      [That's true...] Stormy looked through the song list again. [How's this one?] she asked as she showed Dawn the song title.

      "'I'm in the Mood for Dancing'." Dawn mused. "Nice choice."

      ---------

      A festive techno beat blared over the speakers as Stormy began her dance some moments later. The crowd clapped along as the Pachirisu spun and twirled to the beat. I'm in the mood for dancing, romancing,
      Ooh, giving it all, tonight...
      I'm in the mood for chancing, I feel like dancing,
      Ooh, so come on and hold me tight!


      [Stormy's doing great down there!] Tintri cried as the score meter inched higher and higher.

      "She could trigger the lights and effects." Ash agreed. "But can she still focus with all those potential distractions?"

      He let that hang as the song continued I'm in the mood for dancing, romancing,
      You know I should never stop tonight!


      Both the boy and his Pikachu watched as the music swelled to an epic crescendo. I'm in the mood, I'm in the mood, I'm in the mood,

      To dance! Get up and dance! Come on and dance!


      At this, a burst of smoke fired onto the stage. But Stormy kept on dancing, lost in the music and the swirling rainbow lights.

      I'm in the mood to take a chance!
      Yeah, let's dance! Come on and dance!
      I'm in the mood to take a chance!
      Yeah, let's dance! Come on and dance!
      Get on your feet, now make your dance!
      Let us dance! Come on and dance!
      I'm in the mood to take a chance!
      Yeah, let's dance! Come on and dance!...


      ---------

      "...Devin fell to his knees and asked Queen Titania what he could do to repay her." Brock went on, kneeling down before an imagined person for effect. "Queen Titania smiled and told him to travel to the plains by the cliffs and grow a fairy ring there. She also told him to build three walls around the ring, but to leave a space open to the sea. That way, the fairies would be able to come and go easily."

      He got up as he continued "Devin did as he was told. It wasn't long before a small ring of white mushrooms were growing at that place, surrounded by rock on three sides."

      Intrigued murmurs wafted through the Fantasy Stage amphitheater as Brock went on. "But Queen Titania knew she had to find a way to overcome the witch’s power. She also knew the only way to do that was by the hand of a human. She asked Orla if she knew of any strong and brave men in the world of humans, and Orla suggested Devin."

      "Aw"s filled the air at this. "Queen Titania made her way to Devin's house, and asked him to come with her to the fairy ring." Brock explained. "When he arrived, he found millions of fairies there, planting a pole in the ground. When the pole was planted, the fairies hung a mirror from the pole, and fastened a many colored streamer from the top."

      He paused to retrieve his harp from stage right. "They began to walk in a circle around that pole. Each fairy held a bell in one hand and a cup of burning incense in the other."

      With that, Brock proceeded to play "The Fairy Waltz" for effect. Many in the crowd nodded their heads to the gentle rhythm, or closed their eyes to savor the melody.

      But no one was more proud than Nando. Such a beautiful melody! Brock has been practicing hard to perform this well this soon. he thought as the stately tune rang through the theater.

      Applause filled the theater at the song's end. "A few moments passed before Queen Titania asked Devin to look in the mirror." Brock continued when the applause quieted. "Devin looked, and saw the witch transform into a Buneary, and run into the mill. He agreed to meet Queen Titania there at noon."

      He set the harp aside. "The next day at noon, right on time, Devin met Queen Titania at the door to the mill. She gave him a bow and some arrows."

      Excited murmurs filled the air as Brock showed off his own bow and arrows to the audience. "She explained she had enchanted the arrows with holy magic. "When the clock in the town square struck three, he was to climb the hill and stand in the middle of the fairy ring. When he heard the click of the mill, he was to fire one of the enchanted arrows as fast as he could."

      He prepared a shot as he went on. "Devin did everything Queen Titania had told him, and just after three, he heard the click of the mill."

      A click at the other end of the theater alerted Brock his target was in place. "He looked up and saw the Buneary racing toward the mill, and he fired an arrow with all his strength."

      The crowd watched in awe as Brock fired a shot of his own for effect, with a thunk confirming a hit.

      "The arrow reached its target, lodging itself in the Buneary’s skull." Brock explained as he set aside his gear. "She transformed into her true form. Devin called to all the hunters to come help, and so they did. They fastened the witch’s body to a Ponyta and dragged her to the bottom of the valley. They buried her in a grave so deep, she would never escape. The townsfolk were elated the witch was gone, and rewarded Devin well."

      He concluded "The fairy ring Devin planted is still there today. If you're lucky, you might see the fairies and their magic mirror."

      The crowd roared with applause at the story's end. "The winner, number K-42207!" the emcee announced as Brock took a bow...

      ---------

      "Brock!" Nando called as he met Bock near the judge's podium. "I just wanted to say my heartiest congratulations to you. You've proven yourself the victor today!"

      "Thanks." Brock replied as he admired the red plastic jewel he had received. "It's still sinking in that I finally won after some close calls."

      "I do admire your grit and determination." Nando smiled. "That will serve you well on your Loremaster's journey."

      Something occurred to him. "I will confess that I have never seen someone shoot an arrow live onstage before--that was an amazing idea."

      "Well, I don't perform them very often because it takes a lot of practice to get the shot right." Brock explained. "But when I can pull it off, the crowds love it!"

      Nando nodded. "At any rate, I look forward to seeing what other surprises you have in store for your next performance."

      ---------

      "Guys!" Dawn cried as she met Ash and Brock in the town square that evening. "I did it! I won my first ribbon!"

      "Nice..." Ash smiled as he admired the orange ribbon in Dawn's hand.

      "I got my first Miracle Jewel, too." Brock proceeded to show Dawn the red jewel. "Stunned the crowd with some stage archery."

      "I had to bail out to catch Brock's free performance in time." Ash confessed. "Mind giving us a recap of how you won?"

      "Sure!" Dawn smiled. "We started off with a Nuzzle and Spark combo..."

      To Be Continued...
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        Episode 25: The Champ Twins

        "Well done on your first ribbon." Ash smiled as he admired the orange ribbon glittering in Dawn's ribbon box. "And well done to you, Brock." he added as he watched Brock admire the plastic ruby he had earned.

        "I'll admit shooting an arrow live onstage was a great idea." Dawn agreed.

        "Well, what you don't know is that it takes weeks and sometimes months of practice to do the shot safely." Brock explained.

        He gestured to the quiver on his back. "Remember, these are only props, but I treat them as if they were real weapons. Most damage they can do is puncturing heavy materials or popping a balloon."

        Just then, Dawn noticed some TV cameras being set up in the distance. A familiar auburn haired woman was nearby, addressing a camera. "Oh, hey! 'Shinou News Now' is on location!"

        "What's that?" Ash asked.

        "'Shinou News Now' is the most popular news TV show in the whole region." Dawn explained. "Everyone and their Bidoof watches it. Despite the name, it doesn't just cover news. They cover the weather, sports, the arts, and more!"

        She went on "That lady there is Rhonda...one of the roving reporters."

        "When we come back, you'll learn all about the two trainers that test the strength of all their challengers, right here, on 'Shinou News Now'. the woman concluded.

        "And cut!" the director called.

        Seconds later, the boom operator dropped the microphone on the ground. "Again?" Rhonda sighed. "Those things are expensive to replace, you know..." she reminded the young operator.

        ---------

        "Welcome to Camp Phoenix..." Ash read as the group approached a campsite. "Nice digs for a summer camp..."

        "Good luck beating the Champ Twins...you'll need it." a girl sighed.

        "Not even my Meganium could take them down." a boy agreed. He pointed out two green haired boys in near identical clothing talking with Rhonda. "Bryan's the older one with the messier hair, and Ryan's the one with the neat hair."

        "Thanks." Dawn smiled before leading the way into the camp square, minutes before the boys finished their interview.

        Ash strolled before the boys. "I am Ash Ketchum of Pallet Town, and I have journeyed from afar to see if you two are as strong as people say!"

        "Two against one is unfair...this is why we compete in Tag Battles only." Ryan explained.

        "What's that?" Dawn asked.

        "A Tag Battle is a specific kind of doubles matchup where two people and their Pokemon work together as a team." Brock explained. "You're not limited to a single Pokemon per person, but it's best to start there."

        Dawn nudged Ash. "Okay if you let me be your partner?"

        "Sure!" Ash smiled. "I'll be using Diddy, okay?"

        "I'll cover you with Kori." Dawn replied.

        "Remember, we're on camera, so let's do our best!" Ash reminded Dawn, gesturing to the Shinou News Now team preparing to film the match...

        ---------

        "Pyro, start with Flame Wheel!" Ryan called.

        Diddy leaped away from one flaming wheel, but in his rush to dodge the Croconaw's attack, he crashed into Kori. [Hey, Einstein, I'm on your side!] Kori snapped.

        She noticed a Water Gun headed for both of them. "They're sitting Psyducks!" Dawn gasped as the attack landed with a splash.

        The whistle and Brock's voice confirmed her worst fear. "Game Set! The match goes to Team Pearl."

        ---------

        "Some partner you are!" Dawn snapped. "Why was Diddy trying to get in the way?"

        "I was TRYING to cover Kori, not upstage her!" Ash shot back.

        [I am not a pinball bumper, Nanab breath!] Kori snapped at Diddy.

        [Well, if you moved, we wouldn't have this problem!] Diddy retorted.

        [OKAY!!!] Tintri finally broke up the shouting with a Thunderbolt to the sky. [Clearly we have a problem that needs to be solved, but can't we work it out in peace?]

        "The entire point of a Team Battle is to show how the two partners work as a team." Brock explained. "They don't try to one-up each other. Instead, they know how to use each other's strengths, and cover for each others' weaknesses."

        [Instead of squabbling over what you did or did not do, remember you are partners, and working towards the same goal.] Tintri agreed.

        Diddy sighed. [Kori...I'm sorry I kept knocking you around like a pinball-mon...]

        [And I'm sorry I kept getting in the way.] Kori replied. [Will you forgive me?]

        [Sure...] Diddy smiled.

        "Aw..." Dawn smiled as Diddy and Kori embraced. "Maybe just charging into the fray like we did wasn't such a hot idea..."

        "That's the spirit!" Ash smiled. "So, are we a team?"

        "Yeah...let's give 'Shinou News Now' a battle to remember!" Dawn replied.

        "Okay...so we're up against Pyro the Quilava and Maui the Croconaw." Ash began. "If it would work better, I can pull Diddy for Tintri so we are each covering a type..."

        ---------

        Brock's whistle pierced the air as Ash and Dawn faced the twins again. "Welcome back to 'Shinou News Now'. In case you've just joined us, another tag battle is underway at Camp Phoenix. This time, a brave challenger from Kanto and his coordinator partner try to unseat the Champ Twins!" Rhonda reported as Tintri knocked Maui backwards with a Thunderbolt. This bought Kori time to fire a Bubblebeam at Pyro, making his attack fizzle out.

        "Go time?" Ash smiled at Dawn.

        "Go time." Dawn replied with a wink. "Think like a coordinator, and use Tintri's moves in cool and creative ways."

        Ash nodded. "Tintri, use Brick Break!"

        "Kori, use Bubblebeam!" Dawn called.

        "Hammered where it hurt!" Rhonda reported as Tintri smacked Pyro, allowing Kori's bubbles to swirl around him. Tintri next used Thunderbolt, which spiraled around Maui and shocked him, buying Kori time to use Scald...

        ---------

        "Game Set!" Brock announced some time later. "This match's winner is Team Diamond!"

        Rhonda smiled as Ash and Dawn threw their hats in the air and cheered. "That was quite a show, you two!"

        "Yeah--we have no qualms about losing." Bryan agreed. "These two beat us, fair and square."

        "Tell me, what was you two's secret out there?" Rhonda asked.

        "Just a combination of a trainer's know how..." Ash smiled.

        "...and a coordinator's pizazz." Dawn agreed.

        "Well, we're going to air your second attempt on the show...is that okay?" Rhonda asked.

        "Go ahead and purge Round 1--that wasn't one of our proudest moments." Ash sighed, to everyone's laughter.

        "All right...the episode will air in two weeks, so check your local listings, okay?" Rhonda smiled, waving as the group departed...

        To Be Continued...
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          Episode 26: Some Enchanted Sweetening

          "Up next is Eterna City..." Brock began as the group made their way down a road some days later. "Nestled deep within a forest, it is known as 'the town that ties the past to the present.' This is due to the immense number of historical landmarks there."

          "You could learn quite a lot of stories there." Dawn smiled as the group approached a signpost. "Eterna Forest, the place where time stands still--one mile.

          "We're getting close..." Ash mused as he led the way into the forest. "I'm sure there's plenty of lore in here Brock could learn..."

          "They say an old house that is supposedly haunted lies somewhere in the forest..." Dawn began. "That, and if you want to evolve your Eevees to Leafeon, several Moss Rocks lie here. But trying to get an Espeon or Umbreon here won't work. The forest does live up to its nickname."

          "This must be a Moss Rock..." Ash grinned as the group passed by a large rock covered in moss.

          He was snapped to attention by the noise of battle in the distance. After motioning for Dawn and Brock to follow him, he followed the sounds to a clearing. He peeked through the brush to see a woman in green battling what looked like a leafy Pokemon with a Chansey.

          "Emina, use Attract!" he heard the woman say.

          The odd bug Pokemon gained heart eyes, prompting the woman to cheer. "Don't you have to attack a Pokémon to make sure you catch it?" Dawn asked.

          "I think that's how it works..." Ash replied.

          Inspired, the woman called "Okay, Emina, use Doubleslap on the Burmy!"

          Ash decided to read up on the woman's target as the battle raged on:

          "Burmy, the bagworm Pokemon. To shelter itself from cold, wintry winds, it covers itself with a cloak made of twigs and leaves."

          "Fascinating!" Dawn smiled as the woman heaved a Poke Ball at her target.

          "They're also known to nest in people's beds. Once they infest a house, good luck getting them out." Brock cautioned. "This is why people do Burmy checks even at nice hotels."

          He noticed the woman approaching them. "Thank you all for helping me get a male Burmy." she smiled. "I have three Wormadam already, and I needed a male."

          "Can we see your Wormadams?" Dawn asked.

          "Sure!" With that, the woman heaved three Poke Balls to the sky. "Jada, Sandra, Rosa, come on out!"

          Dawn admired the three beautiful moth-like Pokemon. "I see...you named them based on what cloak they had when they evolved."

          "So why did you need a boy?" Ash wondered.

          "I wanted the end result to be a Mothim; since I have the three forms of Wormadam already." the woman replied.

          "What's so wonderful about Mothim?" Now Ash was curious.

          "Oh, listen to me blathering on without even introducing myself." the woman smiled. "My name is Cheryl, and I'm a treasure hunter by trade. My grandpa amassed a huge collection of treasures from across the world. One of the few he never could find was the Miele Dorato, or Golden Honey. It is said that the Miele Dorato is sweeter than any other honey in the world."

          "We'll be happy to help!" Ash offered. Dawn and Brock nodded in agreement.

          "Okay, Mr. Loremaster--what are some tales you know that involve food or treasure?" Dawn asked.

          "Let's see here..." Brock thought for a moment. "Far away from here stood a town populated by living food. Mayor Mushroom looked after the town and its daily operations. Miss Tamato managed his mail and planned events. But all the food looked forward to visits from Cheddar the minstrel."

          Cheryl giggled in bemusement as she pictured the whimsical town. "One spring, Mr. and Mrs. Eggplant welcomed their first child. The whole town turned out to give gifts and their well wishes." Brock explained. "Mayor Mushroom had asked everyone to bring a meal so Mrs. Eggplant would not need to cook."

          "A smart idea." Cheryl smiled.

          "Everyone had agreed, but Mr. Carrot panicked." Brock went on. "He didn't know how to make anything the Eggplants would like, and most of what he tried to cook was terrible. Mr. Tofu had gone into town to try and make something organic and all natural for the Eggplants. But not one of the stalls he checked sold organic ingredients. Mr. Cinnamon had been mobbed by girls because of his sweet smell. The list of problems--or excuses, depending on who you asked--grew longer..."

          ---------

          "...The Talonflame flew away, and soon came back with Leviathan's heart." Brock wound down another tale some time later. "Destrian cut it in two with his magical sword. Then he went to the cave, still invisible. Leviathan was now vulnerable, for his heart had been found and killed. Destrian killed him with his sword."

          Tintri and Kori cheered at Leviathan's demise. "Then he removed his magical coat and showed himself to the girls who sat in the cave." Brock explained. "He brought them all back to the palace and their husbands came and claimed them."

          He went on "The king gave Destrian a large house close to his castle. There Destrian and his wife Princess Perla lived happily. Destrian also sent for his mother, and brought her to live with him and his wife."

          Cheryl listened as Brock concluded "The years passed, and when the king died, he left all his money and possessions to Destrian. Destrian ascended to the throne, and was king of all the land. He lived to be very old, and he did many wonderful deeds with the sword, the shoes, and the cloak."

          He smiled "But that is another story for another day!"

          Cheryl's applause was the most enthusiastic. "Bravo! That was exciting! You have a nose for lore like I do treasure!"

          Dawn gasped when she saw a white glow. "Is that..."

          Ash noticed the male Burmy glowing. "It is!"

          Brock smiled as the Burmy transformed into an orange and red moth Pokemon. "I think I inspired this Burmy to evolve..."

          [Oh, you did!] the Mothim chittered. [I want to be a brave hero, like in the tales you tell!]

          To Be Continued...
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            Episode 27a: The Grass-type is Always Greener! (part 1)

            "Okay, Kaikoga...our destination is the Amber Castle, okay?" Cheryl assured her Mothim. She pointed out an orange-colored castle-like drawing on the map.

            Kaikoga chittered in reply, and flew off to the north. "Hey, wait!" Dawn called as the group followed the orange and red moth-Pokemon through the brush.

            When the group emerged in a clearing some moments later, Ash recognized the flowers and trees in the area. "This place looks familiar..."

            Cheryl smiled at Kaikoga, a Caterpie, and a Ledyba licking a orange gold liquid that dripped down a tree trunk. "This was the tree I slathered honey on earlier."

            Brock noticed the sunlight fading from the trees. "It's getting late, guys...what say we make camp here for tonight?"

            "Good idea!" Dawn agreed as the group hurried to find their tents...

            ---------


            When the group departed the next morning, Cheryl noticed Kaikoga was chattering with excitement. "What is it?" she asked the Mothim whirling through the air.

            She gasped when she felt something wrapped around her foot. "Whoa!"

            "Cheryl?" Dawn hurried up close to a tree, where Cheryl was hanging by a vine. "Are you okay?"

            "Yeah...but unless you guys have a way to get me down, we'll be hanging out here for a while." Cheryl grumbled.

            "Gaia, cut Cheryl free with Razor Leaf!" Ash heaved a Poke Ball skyward.

            Cheryl heard her bindings snapping, then tumbled into Brock's arms. "Oof!"

            "You were expecting the hard ground?" Brock smiled as he looked Cheryl over for injuries, unaware of the many Kakunas clattering to the forest floor.

            "I'm okay..." Cheryl assured Brock. "I do thank you for catching me, though."

            She heard Kaikoga squawking in the distance. "Okay, we're coming!" she assured her Mothim as the group hurried to catch up to the moth Pokemon...

            ---------

            The group caught up to Kaikoga near a group of shrubs some time later. "What is it?" Cheryl asked the Mothim as it observed a brown haired woman observing a plant Pokemon Ash remembered as Gloom.

            "You think she set that vine trap before?" Ash asked as he watched the woman write something.

            "No...she looks friendlier than a Team Galactic goon." Dawn replied.

            She gasped as the Gloom leaped over the group, spraying a sickly yellow gas as it ran. "Oh, ew!" Dawn gasped as she pulled her shirt over her face to block the nasty smell.

            "Not a smell I'd prefer to remember!" Ash agreed before he too pulled his shirt over his face.

            "Makes me wish I still had my AirPak from Houen!" Brock gasped as he too struggled to block the horrible smell.

            The woman sighed in defeat. "Aw...I couldn't catch that Gloom..."

            She gasped when she spotted Gaia by Ash's side. "Aw, what a cute Budew!"

            "Thanks..." Ash smiled. "My friends found her wandering in Oreburgh City, and it didn't seem to have an owner, so I claimed her."

            He offered his hand to the woman. "I'm Ash, and these are my companions Dawn and Brock; and our guide, Cheryl.

            "Nice to meet you." the woman smiled she she shook hands with Ash. My name's Gardenia--I'm the Gym Leader of Eterna City."

            Ash sighed as he heard a familiar guitar playing a reggae groove. "Of all the times for Brock to sing..."

            Rise up this mornin',
            Smiled with the risin' sun,
            Three little birds
            Pitch by my doorstep...
            Brock sang, much to Gardenia's bemusement.

            Singin' sweet songs
            Of melodies pure and true
            Saying', this is my message to you...


            [Go deliver that message somewhere else!] Kage snapped, creating a discordant Eb chord as he dragged Brock off.

            Gardenia just laughed at Brock's pained look. "Aw, I was kinda enjoying that!"

            She turned business-like again. "Fancy a match out here in nature?"

            "Sure!" Ash smiled. "It'll be great practice for our real match in the Gym!"

            "But, what about--!" Dawn protested.

            "Let them battle--I could use the break." Cheryl smiled as Brock hurried to draw a Poke Ball in the underbrush...

            ---------

            "Ugh, where are they?" Mars sighed as she and Jupiter trudged through the brush. "Couldn't they have made a trail marker or something we could follow?"

            "Like the boss always says, don't lose the trail once you find it." Jupiter began. "We're bound to find hat-boy's trail sooner or--!"

            Mars gasped as Jupiter tripped on a Kakuna, falling into the brush. "You okay?"

            "Ow..." Jupiter winced as she gingerly stood up. "I tripped on a Kakuna..."

            Mars swallowed hard as the Kakuna Jupiter tripped on and some others on the ground all started to glow. "I have a bad feeling about this..."

            "RUN!!!!" Jupiter called as the new Beedrill swarm took flight...

            To Be Continued...
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              Episode 28: An Angry Combee-nation!


              "Keep the Combee and Kaikoga in view!" Ash instructed as the group dashed after a Combee.

              Dawn decided to read up on the tiny bee Pokemon, looking up at the Mothim all the while:

              "Combee, the tiny bee Pokemon. This Pokémon is a set of three. When they sleep, they gather up and form a giant hive of 100 Combee or more."

              "Neat." she smiled as the group arrived in a grove of large red flowers. "What are these?"

              "Those are Pomeg Berry flowers." Cheryl explained. "Combee are said to love Pomeg nectar."

              "We must be on the right track..." Ash mused as he looked around for any sign of the Combee. "But we've lost our Combee..."

              "Easy way to find it again--follow the Pomeg flowers." Brock assured Ash.

              He was about to rally the group when Kaikoga chittered to get the group's attention. "What is it, Kaikoga?" Dawn asked.

              She gasped as a huge swarm of Combee emerged from a bush. "That has to be the Golden Wall! Come on!"

              The group wound their way through the forest underbrush. They emerged near a waterfall with many Combee walls flying nearby. "Okay...which one of all these is the Golden Wall?" Ash wondered.

              Tintri noticed Kaikoga flying off towards the waterfall. [Cardinal rule of RPGs--there's always good stuff behind a waterfall!] he smiled. With that, he hopped across some rocks to the bank.

              "That's true." Ash smiled as he followed Tintri across the river. Dawn followed him, then Brock, and Cheryl brought up the rear.

              Brock gasped when he spotted a cave behind the waterfall. "Speak of Darkrai...the Amber Castle has to be there."

              "Failing that, there's a dungeon for us to explore!" Ash agreed as he followed Brock into the cave.

              The group was unaware that Mars and Jupiter had followed them from a hidden tunnel. "You'll find a dungeon all right..." Jupiter grinned as she and Mars went inside the cave. "A Team Galactic dungeon!"

              ---------

              As the group collected themselves in a passageway, Tintri sniffed the air. [Mm...something smells good...]

              "Let's head that way, then." Ash suggested. "Lead the way, bud."

              "How did Tintri know which way to go?" Dawn asked.

              "Pikachu actually have very good noses for a rodent Pokemon. I wouldn't be surprised if Tintri smells the honey." Brock replied as the group followed Tintri and Kaikoga into a wide open room with many pathways.

              "Now which way?" Dawn asked.

              [You guys! This way!] Tintri called from a spiral walkway. [We need to reach the route all the way at the bottom of this room.]

              As the group wound around the walkway, Kaikoga discovered a tunnel in the wall. [Hey, Kaikoga!] Tintri called, dashing after the Mothim.

              Ash's first thought was to dash after Tintri, but Brock pulled him back. "Easy, Ash. I know you're worried about Tintri, but we need to stay together, okay?"

              ---------

              I think we're the ones lost in the dungeon..." Mars sighed as she and Jupiter wandered around the cave. "What if all those video game cliches are true?"

              "How a castle could be hidden down in the caves? That's what I wanna know..." Jupiter grumbled.

              "You're the Loremistress, you should know that underground castles show up all the time in lore." Mars replied. "Let's think positive! Hat-boy and pals have to be around here somewhere!"

              ---------

              "Have we been this way already?" Dawn asked as the group emerged in another pathway.

              "This is worse than trying to figure out Demon in Zelda..." Ash sighed in frustration.

              "It all looks the same to me..." Cheryl agreed.

              [Hi!] Tintri waved from a fork in the path, getting the group's attention.

              "Tintri!" Ash hurried to embrace his Pikachu. "I was worried sick about you!"

              Tintri noticed some angry Combee flying down an eastern passage. [Something must've riled those Combee up...]

              "I probably know what it is..." Dawn smiled as the group hurried down the passage.

              ---------

              The group arrived in time to see a red eyed silhouette hiss. The hiss prompted the Combee to surround the admins. "Figured...their digging must have made the Combee angry." Brock mused as Mars and Jupiter desperately looked for a way out.

              "Leona, I need you!" Mars called as she heaved a Poke Ball.

              "You too, Noctis!" Jupiter replied.

              The silhouette hissed again, and the Combee countered Leona and Noctis' attacks with glowing beams of light. "Kaikoga, use Supersonic!" Cheryl commanded.

              Once sure the Combee were all confused, Dawn heaved a Poke Ball skyward. "Kori, use Whirlpool!"

              Ash smirked as the admins swirled down towards a large hole in the cave floor. "Team Galactic's goin' down the drain!"

              ---------

              "Wow..." the group gasped as the group approached a giant Combee wall. "Is this the Golden Wall?" Dawn asked, intrigued in the thousands of Combee.

              As if on cue, the Combee wall parted. The group gawked at a large orange-yellow castle nestled in a forested cavern. "By Arceus...we found the the Amber Castle!" Ash gasped.

              "Let's go inside!" Cheryl lead the way towards the castle.

              [Welcome, heroes.] a large bee Pokemon that appeared to be wearing a honeycomb-like "dress" smiled. [I am Beatrice, the keeper of the Amber Castle and the Miele Dorato. My guards knew you were trying to help us before, and so allowed you here.]

              Dawn decided to read up on the majestic bee Pokemon:

              "Vespiquen, the beehive Pokemon. When endangered, grubs from its six-cell honeycomb strike back. There is only one in a colony."

              "Beatrice...as a reward for saving your colony, I wish to take a little of the Miele Dorato." Cheryl requested. "My dream was to find it, and complete what my grandfather could not."

              [And you have found it.] Beatrice smiled. [I will allow you to take a little, as thanks for rescuing us.]

              Cheryl accepted the bucket some Combee brought to her. But before she could take some of the shining gold honey, a huge crash got the group's attention. "Surprise!" Mars called as she and Jupiter slid in the room.

              "We're gonna take all this honey and use its energy for Lord Cyrus' new world!" Jupiter explained before summoning Noctis. "Have fun!"

              Ash growled as Mars summoned Leona. "Wait...if we battle here, we could destroy the castle." Brock cautioned.

              Beatrice buzzed an angry command as she pointed her honeycomb scepter like a sword at the admins. The Combees rushed at the admins, but no one expected the castle walls to crack.

              "Lola, use Ice Beam to seal the cracks in the walls!" Dawn heaved a Poke Ball skyward.

              Brock watched as the honey was frozen solid. "I will commend you for the good idea, but it is only a temporary fix, as the ice will eventually melt."

              He watched as the Combee flew down until they were above the honey. "Terra, Kage, help the Combee out!"

              "Stormy, use Sweet Kiss to confuse Leona and Noctis!" Dawn heaved another Poke Ball.

              Cheryl spotted Mars and Jupiter trying to flee as the ice melted. "Kaikoga, use Supersonic!"

              The supersonic waves froze the admins in place, allowing the Combees to attack. Beatrice then created a large peridot, sending the admins flying through several floors of the cave.

              "Goodbye, and good riddance, Team Galactic!" Ash grinned. Beatrice giggled in agreement.

              ---------

              "Thanks for the help, you two." Brock smiled as he watched the Combees repair the damage from before.

              Beatrice then presented Cheryl with a jar of the glowing honey. [As I was saying before those rogues rudely interrupted us...here is some Miele Dorato, as I promised.]

              "Thank you, Beatrice." Cheryl smiled as she accepted the jar. "Is it okay if my companions have a taste?"

              [Of course--they had a role in guiding you here and saving the castle, too.] Beatrice smiled.

              "Mm...this is way better than the stuff at the store!" Ash raved as he licked a little off his finger, then got another finger full for Tintri to taste.

              [Good stuff, coach--talk about a sweet payment for our hard work!] Kage agreed.

              A guitar chord got Dawn's attention. "A song for the queen bee?" Brock asked the Vespiquen as he finished tuning up.

              [Of course, minstrel--we await your sweet song.] Beatrice buzzed happily. Some Combee gathered around to listen with the group.

              "I call this song 'The Ballad of the Miele Dorato'." Brock explained before starting a lighthearted melody...

              To Be Continued...
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                Episode 30: Buizel Your Way Out of This!

                "You've won an Explorer's Kit...what are you gonna do next?" Dawn grinned as Brock admired the Explorer's Kit he had won a few days before.

                "Well, I can hardly wait to show it to Tarina." Brock replied after stashing the kit in his bag. "She'd love digging for treasure."

                Dawn smiled "Besides, the best part is the mystery of what kind of treasure you find."

                Ash noticed that every person they had passed was carrying a battered or fainted Pokemon. "Something up ahead must be powerful to knock out this many Pokemon..."

                He flagged down a man carrying a Zigzagoon. "Pardon me, sir, but what was it that battered your Zigzagoon?"

                "A powerful Buizel attacked him while we were fishing earlier today." the man replied as he petted the beaten raccoon Pokemon in his arms. "If you plan to go fishing at all, pick a different lake besides Sapphire Cove."

                "Sapphire Cove, huh..." Ash mused as the man disappeared down the road. "Maybe Tintri could take down something that strong!"

                "I don't know--this Buizel could even be too powerful even for Tintri." Brock cautioned.

                "The only way to find out is to find this Buizel." Dawn mused as the group passed a signpost that read "SAPPHIRE COVE--ONE MILE".

                ---------

                "Mini-Misty DX, don't fail me now!" Ash announced as he cast his line.

                Dawn noticed the lure that resembled a familiar orange haired girl as a superhero. "Interesting lure...where'd you get it?"

                "One of my good friends is Misty, who runs the Cerulean Gym back at home." Ash explained. "She went with Brock and me on our first trip around Kanto and our Johto trip."

                "She hand makes lures like that one, and sells them at outdoor fairs." Brock added as Ash reeled in his line. "Not too shabby a fiddler herself, either."

                "Is it okay if I can try out your lure?" Dawn asked.

                "Okay, but be careful with it." Ash replied as he gave Dawn the lure. "Misty made this one just for me."

                In the brush overlooking the lake, Misty watched as Ash hooked his own Mini-Misty DX onto Dawn's rod. "Good to see Ash is making some new friends this trip...and that he's finally learned to share the Mini-Misty DX I made him."

                ---------

                "Hey, gang..." Dawn looked up to see Zoey approaching the bank. "How's everything been?" she asked as Sylvie jumped in her lap.

                "Well, I got my first ribbon in Floaroma Town..." Dawn showed Zoey the orange ribbon.

                "I got my first Gym Badge at the Oreburgh Gym." Ash went on, showing Zoey the Badge in his case.

                "What about you? How've you been?" Dawn asked.

                "Well, I have two ribbons already, and narrowly missed getting a third." Zoey replied. "Some girl with a Shinx edged me with a clever combo during the last contest. So I'm taking a little break for now."

                After checking her PokeNav, she asked Dawn "Are you going to enter the Hearthome Contest?"

                "There's a Contest in Hearthome City?" Dawn gasped. "I didn't even know about it until you said something."

                She smiled. "Of course I plan to enter--maybe we'll even see Fantina there!"

                Zoey grinned as she petted Sylvie. "We might--her Drifblim is a bit of a legend on the Contest scene."

                Sylvie mewed with excitement as Zoey put some bait on her own rod. "But for now, I guess I'll do a little fishing. Sylvie deserves a roast Magikarp or Goldeen for her hard work."

                Brock watched as Zoey cast her line. "We're out here because we heard rumors that a powerful Buizel was in the lake."

                Zoey was about to answer when she saw Dawn's line jerking. "Hey, you've got something!"

                Excited, Dawn pulled at the line as she reeled in a small otter-like Pokemon. "No need to worry--I've got this!"

                Ash looked at the dazed otter Pokemon on the grass. "That's the Pokemon that's been causing so much trouble out here?"

                Dawn, meanwhile, read up on her catch:

                "Buizel, the sea weasel Pokemon. It spins its two tails like a screw to propel itself through water. The tails also slice clinging seaweed."

                Ash grinned at the Pokedex's description as Dawn summoned Kori. "Sounds a lot like a game character I know..."

                "Since Kori and Buizel are both Water types, it should be a very close battle." Brock commented as he watched the Buizel weave away from Kori's attempt at pecking him.

                Both boys gasped as the Buizel used Water Gun, sending Kori into the air." "Whoa...all those people weren't kidding." Ash mused as Kori landed on the grass, then collected herself.

                Kori then heaved a Bubblebeam at the Buizel. The Buizel countered by slamming into Kori from the water! "That's Aqua Jet!" Zoey recognized the move as the Buizel slammed into Kori two more times.

                The group watched as the Buizel leaped into the air, then slammed into Kori again, knocking her out. [Is that all you've got? Come at me!]

                "Showtime, Sylvie." Zoey smiled as she watched her Glameow run to engage the Buizel. "Start with Shadow Claw."

                Even she gasped as the Buizel weaved through the shadowy claws. It then leaped into the air and creating a loud boom, knocking Sylvie backwards.

                [All right, who's next?] the Buizel challenged as Zoey hurried to collect Sylvie.

                "I will!" Ash challenged before whistling for Tintri.

                "Using Tintri here is a good idea." Brock explained as Tintri darted onto the bank. "An Electric type should give you the advantage in the battle. But you should still be careful, since this Buizel is very strong."

                [HAAAAAAAAAHHH!] Tintri screeched as he unleashed a Thunderbolt. The Buizel ran out of the way of the rain of lightning, then unleashed another loud boom. "Sonic Boom!" Ash recognized the attack.

                He heaved a relieved sigh as Tintri darted away with a Quick Attack. "Try hitting him with Iron Tail next!" he called as the Buizel jumped into the air.

                A smile formed on his face as Tintri smacked the Buizel to the ground. But his confident grin turned to horror as the Buizel got up.

                "Watch out, Tintri!" he called as the Buizel leaped into the air and used Sonic Boom again. The loud boom showered sparks out of the water and sent Tintri flying into a try.

                Ash growled in frustration as the Buizel swiped the group's rods and tackle, giggling all the while. "Don't think you've won yet, Buizel!" he vowed. "I'm not backing down that easily!"

                "Yeah, we're not backing down!" Dawn yelled in agreement.

                "Follow that Buizel!" Brock led the way into the brush.

                ---------

                The group emerged from the underbrush near a waterfall some time later. "I found our stuff!" Zoey reported, pointing out the group's gear lying on the ground by some rocks.

                Ash hurried over to examine the rods. Let's see...they're in one piece...

                He smiled when he saw a familiar lure dangling from Dawn's rod. And the Mini-Misty DX is all right too! he thought as he carefully detached the lure.

                Some splashing in the distance got his attention. He found the Buizel smashing rocks with Water Gun attack, before it spotted him. [Hey, Hat-boy! You and your Pikachu back for more?]

                [You bet we're back for more!] Tintri shot back as he fired a Thunderbolt.

                Brock watched as the Buizel fired a Water Gun as a counterattack. "Thunderbolt should have the edge, if our knowledge of the type chart is correct..."

                The group balked as the Buizel's Water Gun overpowered the Thunderbolt; knocking Tintri down. "Don't give up!" Ash called.

                "Slippery as always..." Zoey grinned as the Buizel weaved away from a Quick Attack.

                The group braced themselves as the Buizel used Sonic Boom. "I'd say Tintri's just as slippery!" Brock smiled as Tintri rolled away from the shockwave.

                Everyone watched in awe as the Buizel tried to use Aqua Jet to pin Tintri to the ground. Tintri fired off a Thunderbolt in midair, while Buizel dodged and countered with Water Gun. Tintri dodged one Water Gun, only to be hit with another as Buizel flipped upside down.

                "Ash, c'mere..." Zoey whispered. "I know you are a trainer, but sometimes it pays to think like a coordinator."

                "What do you mean?" Ash asked.

                "In a Contest, a coordinator's job is to use their Pokemon's moves in creative ways." Zoey explained. "But this can also help you as a battler--so try using Tintri's moves in creative ways."

                "Okay...Tintri, create a thunder tornado!" Ash called.

                Dawn watched as Tintri charged a Thunderbolt, then spun in the air to create an electric tornado. "Oh my! That is so cool!"

                "The Buizel doesn't have a clue!" Ash gasped in amazement.

                "This Buizel is great when dealing with raw power, but it hasn't seen moves used in creative ways." Brock explained. "So Zoey has a point--sometimes it pays to think outside the box in battle."

                He let that hang as Tintri dove in the water while using Shockwave. The Buizel countered with Aqua Jet, but both attacks hit at the same time, dazing both Pokemon.

                With the Buizel dazed, Ash saw his chance. "Poke Ball, go!"

                "One...two...three..." Brock counted the wiggles before the center of the ball dimmed. "You got him, Ash."

                "I did it!!!" Ash cried as he held the Poke Ball to the sky. "I caught a Buizel!"

                [The only thing I wanna catch is some Z's...] Tintri groaned in exhaustion.

                ---------

                "The Buizel had a whole bunch of other fishing stuff in its little hideout." Zoe explained as the group returned to the lake that evening. "I'll make sure they get back to their rightful owners."

                She noticed Tintri heaving in exhaustion. "You may wanna find a Pokemon Center--that took a heroic effort today."

                "What about you? What are your plans, Zoey?" Dawn asked.

                "I'm gonna stay here for a while, and catch some Pokémon." Zoey replied before addressing Ash. "So? What are we naming our new Buizel?"

                "His name will be Tails--after Sonic the Zoroark's sidekick." Ash replied as he admired the Poke Ball holding his new Buizel.

                "A very fitting name." Zoey smiled. "I'll see you guys in Hearthome, okay?"

                "Bye, Zoey!" Dawn waved back as the group departed. "See you soon!"

                To Be Continued...
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                  Episode 31: An Elite Meet and Greet

                  "Okay, everyone...meet Tails!" Ash called as he heaved the Poke Ball containing his Buizel skyward.

                  [Hi, I'm Tintri!] Tintri smiled.

                  [I'm Diddy--nice to meet you!] Diddy grinned.

                  [I'm Gaia--welcome!] Gaia smiled.

                  [And I'm Estrella--welcome aboard!] Estrella chirped.

                  [Nice to meet you guys.] Tails grinned. [I look forward to making some waves with you all.]

                  Ash seemed pleased that Tails and the other Pokemon would get along. "If there's any problem or disagreement, you guys can always come to me, okay?"

                  [Gotcha.] Tails smiled.

                  "Hey, Ash, come check this out!" Ash heard Brock call from a TV lounge. Piqued, he hurried over to the lounge near the front desk. Brock and Dawn were on a couch, watching a TV tuned to a tournament.

                  "Brock happened to find highlights from past Champion Leagues. This guy Lucian, is powerful!" Dawn explained.

                  She invited Ash to have a seat on the couch. "I've even made popcorn."

                  "Don't mind if I do." Ash smiled, taking some popcorn as he watched the raging battle on the TV. Onscreen, a dark haired girl was battling a dull blue haired boy in an elegant red suit.

                  He noticed Tails had followed him to the lounge. "Come on--there's plenty of room." he assured Tails as Tails scrambled onto the couch.

                  [Wow...] Tails gasped. He watched as a yellow and black giraffe-like Pokemon slammed the girl's Scizor against a boulder. [Who is that guy?] he asked as the giraffe-Pokemon wove around the Scizor's desperate Slashes.

                  The group watched in awe as the giraffe-Pokemon jumped, making the Scizor's claw get embedded in a rock. It then leaped to the top and fired a Psybeam, knocking the Scizor out. "Whoa..." Even Brock was impressed.

                  "How do you even begin to face someone that skilled?" Ash wondered.

                  "Lots of preparation, and faith in your Pokemon." a male voice replied.

                  Dawn whirled around and gasped to find the same dull blue haired boy approaching them. "No way...it's Lucian!"

                  "I am humbled and amazed a real Elite Four member would be so kind to join us here." Brock began.

                  Lucian stifled a giggle as Brock bowed before him. "We do publicity as much as other regions' League members' do. Tell me...what brings you three here?"

                  "I am Ash Ketchum of Pallet Town, in Kanto." Ash began. "I'm here to challenge the Shinou League."

                  "I am Dawn Solberg of Twinleaf, and I wish to follow in my mother's footsteps as a Grand Coordinator." Dawn replied.

                  "I am Brock Harrison of Pewter City, in Kanto." Brock began. "I aim to make my mark on the Fantasy Stage, and jump start a career as a singer and storyteller."

                  "A pleasure to meet you all." Lucian smiled. "Let's go outside and visit--it is a nice day, after all."

                  "Good idea!" Dawn led the way outside, unaware that Mars and Jupiter were watching them through the bushes.

                  ---------

                  "So, how do I get a chance to face you or your fellow Elites in battle?" Ash wondered as the group gathered around a picnic table. "You looked so calm battling that girl!"

                  "Well, trainers that win a Pokémon League Conference earn the right to enter the Champion League." Lucian explained. "There, they battle the Elite Four and the Pokémon League Champion. "In order, you must face Aaron, the bug tamer. Bertha, the mistress of the ground. Flint, the brave flame. Then me, the Psychic sage. Once you defeat me, you earn the right to face our Champion, Cynthia."

                  [Wow!] Tails gasped. [I wanna battle you, right now!]

                  "Tails!" Ash hissed. "Asking someone to battle right away is rude!"

                  He sighed. "My apologies, Lucian--I just got my Buizel Tails yesterday..."

                  "No need to apologize--I can sense his energy and resolve." Lucian assured Ash. "I have no qualms about Tails battling me here in a friendly match."

                  "I'll referee, if you'd like." Brock offered as Dawn found some chalk and started drawing a Poke Ball on a nearby blacktop...

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                  A whistle echoed through the park as Lucian summoned a bell-shaped humanoid Pokemon. "Brund, let's go!"

                  Ash made a T sign at Brock, then fumbled for his Pokedex to read up on his opponent:

                  "Bronzong, the bronze bell Pokemon. It can summon rain clouds. People long ago revered it as the bringer of plentiful harvests."

                  He waited for the whistle blast that signaled his time out had expired. "Okay, start with Water Gun!"

                  Tails heaved a familiar stream of water. But the Bronzong's body turned silver, nullifying the attack.

                  That was Iron Defense...let's try something a little stronger. Ash thought. "Tails, use Aqua Jet!"

                  [Hah!!!!] Tails cried as he sped towards the Bronzong; only to crash into a shining silver barrier. [No go, Ash--this guy's way too strong!]

                  "Brund, use Gyro Ball!" Lucian called.

                  Ash gasped when he saw a massive silver ball headed for his Buizel. "Tails, watch out!"

                  [AUGGGHHH!] Tails cried as the large ball sent him flying into a tree. [Ow...]

                  "Game Set! This match goes to Pearl." Brock announced as Ash hurried to assess Tails.

                  "Ash...I'm so sorry..." Lucian began. "I let my excitement get the better of me, and I got carried away. Will you ever forgive me?"

                  "Sure." Ash replied. "I know you didn't mean to hurt anyone..."

                  "All I ask is your Buizel gets medical care and rest." Lucian replied.

                  Dawn gawked in amazement as Lucian left. "Lucian really is the psychic sage...Tails couldn't even make a dent in his Pokemon at all."

                  "This wasn't Lucian's fault--Tails got in over his head, simple as that." Ash assured Dawn. "Once he recovers, I'll teach him how to handle opponents at his level."

                  ---------

                  "Okay...your Buizel took quite a beating, but he pulled through." Nurse Joy reported as she returned with Tails on a gurney.

                  Tails sighed as Dawn and Brock arrived. "Do you think Tails is depressed, Nurse Joy?" she asked. "When we first encountered him, he seemed unbeatable. This was his first real loss."

                  "It's possible, but depression is much more serious than a bout of low morale." Nurse Joy reminded Dawn. "For now, keep an eye on him. If his sleep patterns, mood, or eating habits change, let me know."

                  [Tails...you did your best, okay?] Tintri began. [That Bronzong may be too strong for you now, but if you keep training and getting stronger, you can beat him.]

                  Tails sighed again as Ash rubbed his back. "There's a pool nearby--want to go swimming?" Ash offered.

                  Tails grunted in reply as Lucian arrived in the room. "Is your Buizel okay?" he asked.

                  "Physically, yes, but he's taking losing to you hard." Ash explained. "Before, he had never lost to anyone..."

                  "Defeat is never a pleasant thing, but every Pokemon--even the great ones--have to face it at some point." Lucian explained. "I will agree that it hurts the most when you have never lost before, or came within a narrow margin of loss."

                  A guitar chord got the group's attention. "Maybe I could inspire Tails with a tale of a hero who bounced back from defeat?" Brock offered.

                  "What a great idea!" Lucian smiled. "Please, sing your songs, and tell your tales, and we will listen."

                  Brock played a few uncertain notes as he thought of a suitable story. "Okay...this is called 'The Hero's Sword'. It's a type of hero tale from Johto."

                  With that, he began. "There was a man who had a son, who lived with him. The man was a hunter, but as the years went by and he grew older, he got weaker and weaker. Eventually he had to tell his son--we'll call him Greg--that soon he would no longer be able to hunt for him. Greg tried to comfort him, and assured him he would recover; but his father said no. If his time to die was close, he had nothing to leave him. What money they had would be enough for his own funeral. Yet he had one thing of value to pass on to his son. It was a sword, and rusty at that, but it would cut down any foe that dared harm its wielder..."

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                  "...The three deceivers were put to death right then. The true hero received Princess Alyssa's hand and the third part of the kingdom." Brock concluded his tale in the park some time later. "He had a long and prosperous reign, and went on many more adventures with the Beasts. But that is another story for another day!"

                  "Bravo!" Lucian led the applause as Brock took a bow. "You are as skilled as you say!"

                  Suddenly, a steel cage clamped on top of Tails! [Gah!]

                  "I knew you'd show up sooner or later, Team Galactic..." Dawn muttered as Mars and Jupiter arrived to take the cage.

                  "Why do you want Tails?" Ash demanded. "Give him back, now!"

                  "Wait!" Lucian called. "Maybe a situation like this will allow Tails to renew his fighting spirit."

                  [Trying to cage me and take to the zoo, are you?] Tails growled. [I am NOT some wild Pokemon to be locked away and gawked at! I have a master that loves me, and friends that care! And you lot will NOT take them away from me!] he vowed as he banged against the cage.

                  With that, he fired a Sonic Boom at the bars, but it only made the cage swing in the air. "Come on, Tails!" Dawn called in encouragement. "Try it again! Sonic Boom! Sonic Boom! Sonic Boom!"

                  Say... Ash grinned. After bringing up MyTube on his PokeNav, he typed in something in the search bar. Tails, meanwhile, battered the cage again and again.

                  Ash then tapped the PLAY button and turned the volume all the way up, blasting a familiar driving pop beat in Tails' direction. If you're strong, you can fly,
                  You can reach the other side of the rainbow...
                  some female singers sang as Tails kept attacking.

                  It's all right, take a chance!
                  Cause there is no circumstance that you can't handle.
                  When you use your mind!
                  the singers continued, spurring Tails to finally break the cage.

                  He landed by Ash's side some moments later. [Keep blastin' that tune...it's reminded me why I fight.] he purred as Mars and Jupiter ran towards them. [I want to protect this world from people like those ladies!]

                  "If it's okay, Ash, may I take control of Tails?" Lucian asked as Mars and Jupiter summoned Leona and Noctis. "I have an idea..."

                  "Sure." Ash replied. "I think the looping version of 'Sonic Boom' from Super Smash Bros. Brawl is helping!"

                  Lucian shepherded Tails by his side, aware of the Pokemon trying to attack Tails. "Tails, knock both Pokémon back with Water Gun!"

                  "I can't believe Tails is listening to Lucian!" Dawn gasped as Leona and Noctis went flying back with a wave of water.

                  "This should amplify Ash's musical motivation!" Brock smiled as he plugged in two wireless speakers, making the song even louder.

                  Tails launched his own Sonic Boom, knocking out Leona as the singers sang Sonic Boom, Sonic Boom, Sonic Boom (Trouble keeps you running faster).

                  He then slammed into Noctis with Aqua Jet as the song continued Sonic Boom, Sonic Boom, Sonic Boom (Save the planet from disaster).

                  Lucian watched as the admins fled. "Well done. Remember that Tails has a unique battle style. If you can adapt to it, you two will be unstoppable."

                  "Point noted." Ash smiled as he stopped the music.

                  ---------

                  "You did great, Tails." Ash smiled as he petted his Buizel.

                  [That tune reminded me that I want to be a hero.] Tails explained. [It's like you were telling me one loss is not the end of the world.]

                  "Well, we did make a great team." Lucian smiled. "I have faith that you two will continue to grow ever stronger in your quest."

                  "I look forward to facing you for real!" Ash smiled. "Not just with Tails, but my whole team!"

                  "And you will, with a spirit and resolve like that." Lucian replied. He waved goodbye as the group set off towards the setting sun...

                  To Be Continued...
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                    Episode 32: A Secret Sphere of Influence


                    "Welcome to Eterna City--the town that ties the past to the present." Brock smiled as he made a grand gesture to the city.

                    "Wow..." Ash was impressed. "So, what is there to do here? Besides the Gym, of course."

                    "Well, there's a name rater that lives here..." Dawn began. "She has her own segment on 'Shinou News Now'. She'll pick a postcard from a random person, go into a little history and origins about the Pokemon's name, and then rate it. It's quite interesting, and very well researched."

                    "How do you think she would rate Kori?" Brock asked as the group arrived on the city's main street.

                    "I'm not sure..." Dawn replied. "Maybe I should send in a postcard to her and find out!"

                    "Does she rate names from outside of Shinou?" Ash asked.

                    "Yes! She has rated names from elsewhere." Dawn smiled. "Usually as part of International Week or if the featured topic is from elsewhere."

                    She then pointed out a bike shop on the left end of the street. "That's Rad Rickshaw's Cycle Shop. I got my bike from there."

                    "Best not to go in there with Tintri." Brock grinned.

                    "Yeah..." Ash giggled before telling Dawn "Whatever you do, never leave a bike unattended around an Electric type. Trust me."

                    "I'll watch Stormy like a Braviary around my bike, then." Dawn smiled back.

                    As the group approached another corner leading into the historic district, a ringing got Dawn's attention. "The museum's security alarm!"

                    "Looks like the cops are already there." Brock noticed as several police cars sped down the street to join the officers already at the scene.

                    Ash located Officer Jenny and a small purple skunk Pokemon putting up police tape around the museum entrance. "What happened here, Officer?"

                    "One of the museum's prized artifacts, the Adamant Orb has been stolen." Jenny explained. "I'll give you three guesses about the prime suspects, and the first two don't count."

                    Dawn spotted Mars and Jupiter running for the street. "Team Galactic!"

                    "After them!" Brock called as the group ran as fast as they could to catch up with the fleeing admins.

                    "Noctis, use Haze!" Dawn heard Jupiter say before the group was lost in a grayish mist.

                    Ash coughed a little as the haze cleared. "That's one way to give us the slip..."

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                    "Is everyone okay?" Gardenia asked as she met the group in the square overlooking the museum. "I heard all these sirens this morning, and then saw the news report of the robbery..."

                    Kage noticed Brock had a dreamy smile on his face. [Don't even think about singin', coach.] he warned. [Save the singin' for after we catch the crooks.]

                    "Do we know anything about how Team Galactic took the orb?" Dawn asked.

                    "According to the cops I talked to, the crooks used a Grass type to steal the orb." Gardenia replied. "That's why they're questioning every Grass type owner that was in the area at the time."

                    "That explains why Nando is here..." Brock mused as the group approached a sidewalk. Officer Jenny was nearby, taking a statement from Nando.

                    "I fully maintain my innocence." Nando replied to Jenny's question. "I came to the museum simply to study the history of the Shinou region; and nothing more."

                    "I can vouch for this young man--he gave me a wonderful match at the Gym this morning." Gardenia agreed. "Doesn't look like the thieving type at all."

                    "All right, but that still doesn't explain this photo of a Sunflora stealing the orb." Jenny mused as she showed the group the picture in question.

                    "It is true I had my Sunflora, Soleil, with me. She was looking at one of the nature exhibits when you arrived to question me." Nando explained.

                    Jenny thought for a moment. "One of the cornerstones of the justice system is 'innocent until proven guilty'". she explained to Nando. You seem to be a man of fine character, but I still have some unanswered questions about this photo. Would you be willing to talk more at the station?"

                    "I will gladly answer any question you have." Nando replied.

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                    Ash smiled as a familiar Jenny with an Earth Badge pin on her hat arrived in one of the conference rooms at the police station. "Hi! I didn't know Kanto was pitching in with this investigation."

                    "It's great to see you too, Ash." Earth Jenny replied. "My sister asked for help with this morning's robbery, so I decided to use my day off to help out."

                    She then addressed Forest Jenny. "We could start by questioning every trainer with Sunflora..."

                    "That would spread the force out too thin." Forest Jenny explained. "There's likely hundreds, if not thousands of people with Sunflora here. With something so powerful as the Adamant Orb stolen, time is of the essence."

                    She addressed the group. "Here is what we know so far...as soon as we got the report of the robbery, we surrounded the museum. Assuming Galactic Admins Mars and Jupiter were the perps, there wasn't a way for them to get out with police everywhere. So they decided to fight their way out."

                    "That was where we came in." Ash added.

                    "If you don't mind my asking, why is the Adamant Orb so valuable?" Brock wondered.

                    "The orb Is somehow linked with the Legendary dragons, Dialga and Palkia." Gardenia replied. "That's why we need to find it, and fast!"

                    "It's also why we need to prove Mars and Jupiter did it, and tried to frame Nando." Ash agreed.

                    He looked over at Forest Jenny. "If it would help the investigation, we'd like to search the museum ourselves for the perps or evidence."

                    "I'll let the force know you're coming, and to let you guys inside." Forest Jenny replied. "The more we question your friend here, the more we realize his alibi is airtight. So we need that crucial evidence that he is innocent."

                    She gave the group some radios. "If you need to report to me, my codename is Forest Angel."

                    "PokeMaster01, standing by." Ash replied.

                    "SunrisePearl standing by." Dawn replied as she flipped on her radio.

                    "PewterSong, standing by." Brock replied. "Let's go."

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                    "Okay, everyone..." Ash began as he addressed his team in the museum foyer. "If you see anything interesting or suspicious, call me."

                    [PokeMaster01--got it!] Tails smiled before leading Tintri, Esrella, and Diddy into the art wing.

                    "You guys can start in the nature wing." Dawn addressed her team. "If you see something, call me. My codename is SunrisePearl."

                    [Leave it to us!] Kori smiled as she lead Stormy and Lola down another hall towards the nature wing.

                    "I have my team investigating the history wing." Brock replied. "Kage's leading Terra and Hinata."

                    "Now all we have to do is wait on our teams to report." Ash smiled.

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                    [The easiest way to prove Nando is innocent would be to find his Sunflora.] Tails mused as he admired a painting.

                    Diddy spotted a gold flower-like Pokemon near a statue. [There she is!]

                    Neither Pokemon expected the Sunflora to fire a volley of glowing green seeds. The force of the attack sent them tumbling to the ground in pain. [ShockingYellow64 calling PokeMaster01--Li'l Kong and Sonic Twintail are down, over!] Tintri reported over the radio.

                    He noticed the Sunflora ducking into the air vent. [Goldieflower is headed for the air vent!]

                    "Stay put, ShockingYellow--I'm on my way." Ash's voice crackled back. Tintri nodded.

                    As Ash and the others arrived to tend to Tails and Diddy, they did not see Mars and Jupiter hiding on the ceiling. "Okay, we're clear." Mars reported before elegantly jumping to the ground.

                    "Hat-boy and pals are busy tendng to their Pokemon, so let's go back to the room and plan our next steps there." Jupiter agreed as she saw Ash tell Tintri something.

                    Once sure no one was watching or following them, the admins disappeared into the vent.

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                    [Ah ha!] Kori cried as she and Tintri spotted a Sunflora wandering the nature wing.

                    [Are you Soleil?] Tintri asked.

                    [That's me--is my master okay?] the Sunflora asked. [He ran outside when the alarm went off, but he has yet to return.]

                    [He's helping the police figure out who caused all the chaos] Kori explained. [Did you see who took the Adamant Orb?]

                    [I did...] Soleil explained. [I saw two suspicious women set down an automaton that looked like a Sunflora. It then walked off towards the rarities wing.]

                    [Were they wearing Team Galactic garb?] Tintri asked.

                    Soleil nodded. [One had short red hair, and the other had purple hair in a high bun.]

                    [Could that Sunflora in Officer Jenny's picture have been a robot?] Kori wondered.

                    Tintri spotted what appeared to be a Sunflora walking towards them, and fumbled for his radio. [ShockingYellow64 calling PokeMaster01, we have a breakthrough in the case! The Sunflora Officer Jenny saw was really a robot, over.]

                    [The admins are here in this area!] Kori added.

                    "Copy that, Rainguin--we're coming." Ash's voice replied.

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                    "So, where did you see Mars and Jupiter?" Ash asked as the group meat Tintri, Kori, and Soleil in the nature wing.

                    [I see them...right here!] Soleil growled as she Cut the two cloaks Mars and Jupiter had been using to disguise themselves.

                    "I knew you guys were the real perps all along!" Ash growled.

                    "Yeah, we confess, we did it." Jupiter sighed. "But we were ordered to steal the Adamant Orb by someone.

                    "Give back the orb--NOW!" Dawn demanded as the group's Pokemon surrounded Mars and Jupiter.

                    "Venom, spray the perps!" Brock heard a voice call.

                    "Officer Jenny!" Ash smiled before pulling up his shirt to block the sickening smell.

                    Gardenia gasped as Jupiter dropped the orb. "Peony, protect the Adamant Orb!"

                    "That was close..." Dawn wheezed as Gardenia's Turtwig created a bed of leaves for the orb to land on.

                    "Yeah, but it seems our perps have escaped..." Brock noticed Mars and Jupiter were gone.

                    "Your friend's story checked out, so there was no way he would've been involved." Forest Jenny agreed. "At least the Adamant Orb is safe."

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                    "I'm glad the Adamant Orb was found safe. " Nando smiled as the group met in the police station parking lot that evening.

                    "You were actually a big help to the investigation." Forest Jenny smiled. We were only doing our due diligence when we asked you to come.

                    "Nando...while we were in the museum, I saw these interesting dragon Pokemon statues in the art wing." Ash began. "Are they the creation trio that local lore talks about?"

                    Nando retrieved his harp, and started a mysterious melody. "They say that in the beginning was Arceus, the Original One. He helped shape the world by creating Dialga to rule over time, and Palkia to rule over space. This done, he created three other Pokémon to act as the world's spirit. Azelf gave the world the gift of will. Mesprit gave the world the gift of emotion. Uxie gave the world the gift of knowledge. From their gifts came all that is good and pure."

                    He smiled as he concluded his song. "Of course, this is but one version of the tale. There are many more across Shinou and elsewhere."

                    "Here's another question for you..." Earth Jenny mused. "Who told the admins to steal the Adamant Orb?"

                    "Team Rocket!" Ash suggested.

                    "It's not impossible, as they do like rare and valuable things." Earth Jenny replied. "But I have heard no chatter from them since they were defeated in Johto."

                    "What about J?" Dawn suggested. "She could have her sights on Dialga, Palkia, or even Arceus!"

                    "The most likely suspect is the head of Team Galactic, but we don't know for sure who is responsible." Forest Jenny sighed. "But whoever they are, we won't rest until they are brought to justice."

                    Brock sighed. "We'll know the answer to this mystery soon enough."

                    To Be Continued...
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                      Episode 33: The Grass Menagerie

                      "You're here...good." Gardenia smiled as the group arrived in a large spacious arena that resembled a forest. "Here's how this will work--three Pokemon a side, single match. Is that okay?"

                      "Fine by me." Ash replied as he hurried to the Diamond side of the arena.

                      He nudged Tintri. "You're not mad for sitting this match out?"

                      [Not at all.] Tintri smiled. [I wouldn't be able to do much against Grass-types anyway.]

                      With that, he hurried to join Dawn and Brock in the stands. [Good luck!]

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                      "Sakura, let's go!" Gardenia heaved a Poke Ball into the arena.

                      "Diddy, I choose you!" Ash heaved a Poke Ball skyward, revealing the Chimchar on the Diamond side of the arena. "Start with an Ember!"

                      He grimaced as the Cherubi twirled away from the small fireball. "Okay, let's heat things up with a Flame Wheel!"

                      Brock watched as Sakura flew over the large flaming wheel and landed behind Diddy. "Wait a minute...Sakura's going so fast because of her ability."

                      "Oh?" Dawn asked.

                      "Cherubi has the ability Chlorophyll, which relies on sunlight to double speed." Brock explained.

                      [Whoa!] Diddy gasped as Sakura fired a Solar Beam, jumping away from the massive yellow beam.

                      "Focus, Diddy! Try Flame Wheel again if you can!" Ash called.

                      He gasped as the Cherubi fired another Solar Beam, hitting Diddy and knocking him down. "H-how?"

                      "You forget that Solar Beam needs no time to charge in sunshine." Gardenia reminded Ash. Combined with the double speed, Sakura can get off two attacks in one turn."

                      Ash shuddered as the Cherubi created a wave of shining leaves. I'm not leaving Diddy to be a sitting Psyduck! he thought as he called his Chimchar back.

                      "Good call. Luckily for you, Sakura's Solar Beam only clipped Diddy." Gardenia assured Ash. "Remember that sometimes the better part of valor is discretion."

                      "Point taken." Ash replied before finding his next Poke Ball. "Estrella, let's take flight!"

                      "Eh-streh-yah!" Brock corrected Ash, making Gardenia giggle as the Staravia materialized in the arena.

                      Ash watched Gardenia's Cherubi launch another Solar Beam. "Watch out, Estrella! Get close and use Wing Attack!"

                      He growled in frustration as the Cherubi leaped away from the oncoming bird Pokemon. It fired a Solar Beam, trying as best it could to hit the black and white bird. But the shining ball fizzled out as clouds obscured the sun. Thank you, Arceus! Ash grinned.

                      He noticed Gardenia's Cherubi conjuring another Magical Leaf. "Estrella, take flight!"

                      Both competitors and the audience watched in awe as Estrella raced straight up, away from the Magical Leaf. She waited for a moment for the sun to return, watching it force the Cherubi to shield its eyes.

                      She folded her wings and raced back to earth, striking the Cherubi with Aerial Ace to knock it out.

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                      "Sakura, come back." Gardenia commanded as she recalled the fainted Cherubi. "I will commend you for turning Sakura's strength to your advantage. Thinking outside the box will take you far."

                      "Thanks." Ash smiled. "Who's next?"

                      "Peony, I choose you!" Gardenia next summoned her Turtwig.

                      Estrella let out a disgusted squawk as the small turtle-like Pokemon appeared. [I have a bone to pick with Sprout-turtle there...]

                      "If you have a score to settle, this is your chance." Ash told Estrella. "See if you can get in a hit on Peony."

                      [HAAAAAHHH!!!] Estrella screeched as she streaked at Peony. But Peony jumped away, forcing Estrella to loop back around.

                      "Circle around and try to use Wing Attack again!" Ash called.

                      Gardenia grimaced as she watched Peony leap back to avoid Estrella. Estrella would then loop around and dive at Peony again. What's Ash doing? Why is he not changing tactics?

                      Ash, meanwhile, grinned as Peony ended up getting wedged into a tree. There was a method to my madness. If your Turtwig dodged enough times, it would get stuck in the tree, leaving her vulnerable!

                      He smiled as Estrella slammed into the Turtwig. "Game over, Peony."

                      "Not so fast!" Gardenia countered. She watched Peony fire a volley of glowing green seeds, draining Estrella's strength.

                      [Ash...I'm...sorry...] Estrella wheezed before fainting due to the Leech Seed.

                      "It's okay...you did your best." Ash assured the Staravia before recalling it. "Diddy, welcome back!"

                      [HAH!] Diddy leaped to scratch Peony, only to be smothered in leaves.

                      As the Leaf Storm swirled around him, he noticed a tree near the arena's edge. [Leaf-turtle can't get me there!]

                      He scrambled up to one of the middle branches as the Leaf Storm slammed onto the safety barrier. [Missed me!]

                      [Oh yeah?] Peony countered before firing more Leech Seeds up into the tree, seeding Diddy.

                      Ash made a T signal to the referee, then motioned for Diddy to come down and receive a Potion. "You okay?"

                      [I did NOT expect Leaf-turtle there to shoot Leech Seeds up here.] Diddy grumbled.

                      "You've almost got Peony, so hang in there for a little longer." Ash assured Diddy as his time out expired. "Now, go get her!"

                      "Peony, use Leaf Storm!" Gardenia called.

                      Diddy leaped away from the swirling leaves and into the sun; slamming down on top of Peony with a massive THUD. "Peony is STILL standing after such a massive attack?" Dawn gasped as both the Chimchar and Turtwig charged at each other.

                      Gardenia watched as both Pokemon collapsed in exhaustion just before impact. "Well done." she smiled as she recalled Peony. "I have to commend your courage and your love with each of your Pokemon."

                      "That's how I got this." Ash smiled, showing Gardenia his Mega Ring. "Be glad I don't have any Pokemon I can Mega Evolve yet!"

                      "Mega Evolution or not, your final opponent is a Pokemon of mine you've never met before. But you will eventually receive one." Gardenia replied before heaving another Poke Ball skyward. "Tsubaki, here we go!"

                      "A Roserade?" Dawn recognized the flower-being Pokemon Gardenia had summoned. "Ash's two advantaged Pokemon are down, and Tintri won't help."

                      Brock smiled as Ash summoned Tails, Tails emerging with a heroic backflip. "Ash may stand a chance with Tails, as the Buizel family has some Ice attacks open to them. But using Tails is also a double-edged sword, as he does have a type disadvantage."

                      "I will admit that Tails does know how to put on a show when he appears." Dawn smiled. "If he ever wants to try out a contest, I can do that!"

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                      "Tails, try Double Team!" Ash called.

                      He balked as Gardenia's Roserade heaved a giant vine, destroying all the duplicates! "Look out!"

                      [Relax, I've got this.] Tails assured Ash. With that, he leaped over the massive knot and fired an Ice Beam.

                      The Roserade heaved a flurry of Magical Leaves, but Tails wove through all the shining leaves. "Tsubaki, blind the Buizel with Flash!" Gardenia called.

                      Even Ash shielded his eyes. "Tails, try another Ice Beam if you can!"

                      [No go--I can't see a thing!] Tails called back as he groped about the arena.

                      "Tails, listen up." Ash began. "While we wait for your eyes to recover, you can rely on your other senses to sense what's happening."

                      Tails nodded. [Okay...I'm hearing a humming, crackling noise...]

                      "That's Weather Ball!" Ash gasped when he saw the Roserade charging a flaming ball. "Try using Ice Beam as a shield!"

                      He grinned as Tails created an icy shield, blasting the Roserade by its own Weather Ball. "Eyes doing okay?"

                      [Yeah...things are coming back into view...] Tails reported as he rubbed his eyes.

                      He noticed a wave of familiar shining leaves, and counter with a Swift attack. The shining stars managed to surround the Roserade. [I think it's time to chill!] Tail taunted as he fired an Ice Beam.

                      "That was so cool, if you'll forgive the pun." Dawn raved. "It would look great as an appeal."

                      "I'll say." Brock smiled.

                      Tails fired another Ice Beam, slamming the Roserade into a tree. "Pearl is unable to battle." the ref announced. "The winner is Diamond."

                      Ash ran to hug Tails. "You did it! Even though we had the disadvantage, you managed to come through for me."

                      [Aw, it was nothin'.] Tails smiled.

                      ---------

                      "Ash...in recognition of your creative tactics, and your courageous heart; I award you the Forest Badge ." Gardenia smiled as she offered Ash a green badge that resembled a group of trees.

                      "Thank you." Ash smiled as he accepted the badge, admiring its yellowish glow in the fading sun.

                      "Go on, show the world what you did." Gardenia smiled. "Shout it from the treetops!"

                      Ash smiled, and held the Badge high as his friends and Pokemon surrounded him. "I got a Forest Badge!"

                      To Be Continued...
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                        Episode 34: Chu Times Two


                        "Woo-hoo!" Ash's excited cry rang through the air as he led Dawn and Brock down a bike trail. "This is just like the Cycling Road at home!"

                        "I know, right?" Brock called back.

                        [Whee!] Tintri squeaked as Ash weaved around a corner, enthralled by the trees and forest racing by.

                        [This is fun!] Kori agreed as the group broke single file formation long enough to discuss their next move.

                        "Doing okay, Hinata?" Brock asked the Vulpix peeking out of the basket on his bike.

                        [Very much.] Hinata smiled as she stretched, then fanned out her six tails. [This Cycling Road is more a scenic trail than the long drop at home.]

                        Brock smiled in agreement, then retrieved his guidebook. "Okay...now that Ash has the Forest Badge, Dawn can compete in her next Contest. As Zoey told us before, that's in Hearthome City."

                        "You think Cycling Road goes all the way there?" Ash asked. "The views here are awesome!"

                        "Actually, this Cycling Road ends at the town before Hearthome, so we can't ride all the way there." Brock replied.

                        "Besides, these bikes are rental bikes anyway." Dawn added as she took a moment to readjust the metallic blue bike helmet she was wearing.

                        A rumble in the distance got her attention. "That sounded like thunder..."

                        "Is it okay if I can lead for a while?" Brock asked. "There should be a Pokémon Center up ahead, so let's get back in single file and be on our way before a storm hits."

                        "Lead the way, Brock." Ash smiled as the group set off again.

                        ---------

                        "There it is..." Brock pointed out a familiar red roofed building by the trail.

                        Ash noticed that the lights in the building were off. "You sure this Pokemon Center is open?" he asked as he chained his bike to a bike rack.

                        "I'm sure." Brock replied. "It's very rare for one to close down, and rarer still if it happens without notice."

                        "Okay..." Ash replied as the group made their way up the path.

                        As the door whirred open, Ash called "Hello, anyone here?" into the lobby, wincing at all the boxes, paper, trash, and other junk cluttering the floor.

                        [You'd think they'd do a better job keeping clean...] Tintri agreed.

                        Ash spotted a Chansey arriving with a bucket and mop. "Hey..do you know where Nurse Joy is?"

                        The Chansey sighed. [She's outside, in the yard. But good luck getting through to her...]

                        "That's odd, normally Nurse Joy is a happy and pleasant person to be around..." Dawn mused as she led the way out a back door into a yard. Nurse Joy was sitting against a tree, sighing as she looked out on the trail and the ominous clouds.

                        "Is everything okay?" Dawn asked as the group approached. "I'm Dawn, and these two are my companions, Ash and Brock."

                        Nurse Joy sighed again. "I hope you'll forgive the state of the Pokemon Center. Ever since the Cycling Road opened, people zoom right past it. I've wondered if I should even keep it open at all..."

                        "So, no one ever wants to stop here because they're too excited to see the entire Cycling Road in one trip?" Brock asked to make sure he heard Nurse Joy correctly.

                        Nurse Joy nodded to confirm Brock's suspicions, tears shining in her eyes. "I've worked so hard to build this Pokémon Center, but why do I continue maintaining a place no one ever stops at? All my hard work's been forgotten. Maybe this place is better off forgotten...forgotten by the whole world."

                        "That's not true." Brock assured Nurse Joy as he started off towards his guitar case. "Maybe a song will cheer you up?"

                        Ash noticed that a mysterious blob was moving around in Brock's bag. "Is there something in there that should be moving?"

                        Piqued, Brock found the pocket the bulge was located in and unzipped it. He balked when a Pichu wearing an elegant red hat with a white plume and matching red cape emerged. [Hi!]

                        "Tarina?" Brock gasped when he recognized the Pichu. "How did you get here?"

                        [Simple--you left that pocket open, so I climbed inside.] Tarina replied.

                        Brock weighed the pros and the cons of punishing Tarina. On the one hand, I was expecting her to stay home. But I did leave that pocket open for her to climb inside, so I share some of the blame too...

                        A smile formed on his face. Since he had left the pocket open to begin with, Tarina's journey wasn't worth punishing. "Okay...you can come with us, but the next journey I go on, you can come if you ask first, okay?"

                        [Yay!] Tarina cheered as she hurried to hug Tintri.

                        Dawn, meanwhile, read up on the tiny mouse Pokemon as she watched Tarina and Tintri embrace:

                        "Pichu, the tiny mouse Pokemon. Despite its small size, it can zap even adult humans. However, if it does so, it also surprises itself."

                        "Thankfully, Tarina's getting better at holding her power, thanks to training and effort." Brock grinned.

                        Dawn felt a wet spot on her arm as more thunder rumbled. "We need to get inside, it's starting to rain."

                        "Let's go inside, Tarina--then we'll look you over and clean you up." Brock assured Tarina as Ash led the way inside.

                        ---------

                        "Okay, Tarina...let's get you a bath. You probably have gunk all over you from being in Brock's bag for so long." Ash smiled at the Pichu patiently sitting on the exam table.

                        He looked through the cabinets in the exam room for something to use as a Pichu sized tub. "This okay?" he asked, showing Brock a large bowl.

                        "That works fine." Brock replied. "Next we need some warm water and plenty of clean towels."

                        "Ow!" Ash yelped as Dawn arrived with some towels. "I need to cool that down a bit." he admitted as he added some cold water. "Brock would never forgive me if I burned Tarina."

                        Nurse Joy, meanwhile, examined Tarina's ears to finish a general exam. "Okay...both of them are clean and healthy."

                        She reported to Brock. "Whatever you do to care for Tarina, keep doing it. Her vitals are great, energy levels are perfect, and she's none the worse for wear."

                        "Your bath's ready, Tarina!" Dawn called.

                        [Coming!] After hanging up her cloak and hat on the hooks by the exam table, Tarina jumped in the tub with a splish.

                        "Come here, sweetie..." Brock coaxed as Tarina paddled up to him.

                        [Who's the girl with you guys?] Tarina asked.

                        "That is Dawn--she is a coordinator like May." Brock replied as he started lathering soap in Tarina's fur.

                        Inspired, Dawn heaved all her Poke Balls skyward. "You guys, I have someone for you to meet!"

                        "And you guys!" Ash also heaved his other Poke Balls skyward.

                        Brock noticed the crowd of Pokemon in the room. "Most of my team you know already, but I have a newcomer too."

                        He then heaved a Poke Ball skyward. "Kage, I have someone for you to meet!"

                        [You called?] Kage asked as he materialized near the tub. [Who's this?]

                        "This is Tarina--I adopted her after a gig back at home." Brock told Kage as he lathered Tarina's fur a little more.

                        [You always did have a heart for the little ones, coach.] Kage smiled as Brock rinsed Tarina off.

                        [Why does Kage call you 'coach'?] Tarina wondered.

                        "He knows very well he is a part of a team, and the leader of a team is called a coach." Brock replied.

                        He looked out at the crowd of Pokemon before the tub as Tarina shook off the excess water from her fur. "Why don't you guys introduce yourselves?" he told Dawn's Pokemon.

                        [Hi, I'm Kori!] Kori chirped.

                        [My name's Lola.] Lola smiled. [Nice to meet you!]

                        [I'm Stormy!] Stormy chittered.

                        [Kori...Lola...Stormy....and Dawn.] Tarina mused. [Did I get everyone right?]

                        "You did." Dawn replied.

                        Tarina giggled a little as Brock scritched her left ear. "Now it's time to meet the newcomers on Ash's team."

                        [I'm Estrella.] Estrella began.

                        [My name's Gaia.] Gaia smiled.

                        [Hey there! I'm Diddy!] Diddy grinned.

                        [I'm Tails--pleased to meet ya, little girl.] Tails smiled.

                        "And you know me and Tintri." Ash smiled as Tarina hopped out of the tub.

                        [Gaia...Tails...Diddy...Estre-yah?] Tarina asked. She looked up to Brock to make sure she had pronounced Estrella correctly.

                        "That's right." Brock replied as he dried Tarina off. "Two L's are pronounced like a Y in Spanish, remember?"

                        "Something Ash tends to forget." Dawn smiled.

                        Ash took Dawn's comment in stride. "You got everyone--and of course, you know me and Tintri!"

                        "Here you go..." Brock gave Tarina her hat and cloak, then addressed Nurse Joy. "Because of you, Tarina was found safe."

                        Nurse Joy blushed a little. "Oh no, I should be thanking you..."

                        [It's lunchtime--I'm sure our guests are hungry.] the Chansey smiled as she rubbed Nurse Joy's back.

                        [Yay! I'm starved!] Tarina led the way down the hall to the dining area.

                        "You don't have to worry about Tarina--she has no known food allergies, and is very open to trying new things." Brock assured Nurse Joy.

                        ---------

                        "Here we are--what I like to call the Kindergartener's Charcuterie." Brock smiled as he set a plate before Tarina. "It's ham, turkey, and roast beef slices, some cheese cubes, and some Berries. Tarina prefers to call it the 'everything plate'."

                        "So far, I've got two Badges, Dawn has a ribbon, and Brock earned a jewel in the Fantasy Stage." Ash explained. "They're not real jewels--just plastic trinkets."

                        [What's a Fantasy Stage?] Tarina asked as she bit into a Leppa Berry.

                        "A Fantasy Stage is a competition for musicians and storytellers, only you also get to dress up." Dawn explained.

                        "Yeah--all the competitors wear beautiful minstrel costumes, in keeping with the 'fantasy' part." Brock explained. "I'll show you my costume later."

                        "Speaking of costumes..." Nurse Joy smiled as she delivered plates of meatloaf to the others. "Tarina resembles a red mage from 'Final Fantasy' in her hat and cloak."

                        "Well, Tarina sees herself as a hero, so not long after I adopted her, I bought her those at a summer festival." Brock explained. "She apparently had had a hat and cloak like it, but they had been lost somewhere. She almost never takes them off, except for bath time and bedtime."

                        "She looks very much like a hero." Dawn smiled before offering Tarina a bite of her meatloaf.

                        [Mm...] Tarina smiled before returning to her half finished "everything plate".

                        She looked outside to see that the skies had cleared. [The rain stopped! Can we go play outside?]

                        "We'll go play after we finish lunch, okay?" Brock assured Tarina between bites of his own food.

                        ---------

                        [So, what kinds of games do you like, Tarina?] Tails asked as the group's Pokemon huddled outside some time later.

                        [I do like a good game of hide and seek...] Tarina replied. [That okay with everyone?]

                        [YEAH!!!] the other Pokemon cheered.

                        [What's the highest number you can count to?] Gaia asked.

                        [A hundred should be plenty of time for everyone to hide, but I can go higher, if you like.] Tarina replied.

                        [A hundred's fine by me.] Kage grinned. Diddy nodded in agreement.

                        All the Pokemon scrambled to find a hiding place as Tarina started counting. [One...two...three...]

                        ---------

                        [...ninety-seven...ninety-eight...ninety-nine...a hundred! Ready or not, here I come!] tarina's tiny voice rang across the yard some time later.

                        She grinned when she saw Tintri's tail peeking from a bush. [Ah-ha!]

                        [Okay, you found me.] Tintri smiled as he emerged from the bush.

                        Tarina next spotted Kori in a flower pot. [Found you!]

                        [You're good at this.] Kori giggled.

                        Neither Tintri or Kori expected a mechanical arm to grab Tarina! [What in the...?] Kori gasped.

                        Ash hurried into the yard and gasped when he found Mars and Jupiter looking back at him from a hovercraft. "Where is Tarina?" he demanded.

                        "Oh, this little red mage rat?" Mars smirked as she held Tarina up for Ash to see, Tarina wailing in fear all the while.

                        "We plan to use her energy to bring about Team Galactic's new world, thank you." Jupiter explained.

                        Ash growled as the other Pokemon emerged from their hiding places. "Tintri, use Thunderbolt!"

                        "Noctis, use Poison Sting!" Jupiter called, sending both the humans and the Pokemon scrambling for cover from the poisonous barbs as they flew away...

                        ---------

                        "...I told Tintri to use Thunderbolt, but Jupiter told Noctis to use Poison Sting. That bought them time to get away." Ash finished explaining what had happened to Brock some time later.

                        He whistled for Estrella. "Estrella, think you can find Tarina?"

                        [The admins went to the north, so I'll start there.] Estrella replied as she soared away.

                        Nurse Joy burst into tears. "I am so sorry your little one was taken from you! This is all my fault...admit it, I'm a failure, aren't I?" she asked Brock between sobs.

                        "No, you're not." Brock replied as he watched several wounded and sick Pokemon emerge from the brush. "Even if no one ever comes here, the forest Pokémon need you too. You play an important role in making sure they survive."

                        A weak smile formed on Nurse Joy's face. "You're right. I could ask any of the Pokemon rescues in the area if I could help provide medical care free of charge."

                        "That's the spirit!" Brock smiled as he administered an Antidote to a sick Bidoof. "All Pokémon need you to take care of them."

                        "Really?" Nurse Joy smiled. "You're right--I've been so hung up on the lack of human traffic, I forgot that my main service is to the Pokemon."

                        She hugged Brock. "Thanks you...for helping me rediscover why I became a nurse to start with."

                        Brock was about to answer when he spotted Estrella. "Where's Tarina?" he asked.

                        [Follow me--their hideout's to the northwest, in the forest!] Estrella called.

                        "I'm coming, Tarina!" Brock called as the group hurried after Estrella.

                        ---------

                        "Come on, give Auntie Jupiter a smile!" Jupiter pleaded as the admins struggled through the brush with Tarina.

                        Her look of feigned happiness turned to anger as Tarina stuck out her tongue at her. "Ooh...didn't your master teach you to respect your elders?" she snapped as she found a rock. "I oughta--!"

                        "Jupiter!" Mars pleaded. "We may be crooks, but even crooks have to have standards. "What would Lord Cyrus say if he found out we had hurt an innocent Pokemon? Red mage rat is only bait for Hat-boy and pals..."

                        Tarina snapped to attention when she saw Ash and the others burst into the clearing. [I knew you guys would come save me!]

                        "Your're not getting away with a Pichu found in my Pokémon Center!" Nurse Joy demanded. "Give her back to her rightful owner! NOW!"

                        Jupiter sneered, and summoned Noctis. "Noctis, use Fury Swipes!"

                        "Chiyu, use Egg Bomb!" Nurse Joy commanded her Chansey.

                        Mars winced at the exploding eggs that sent Noctis flying backwards. "Leona, Bite the little rat!" she commanded as she summoned Leona.

                        "Be brave, Tarina!" Brock called, aware of the Purugly running for Tarina. "Here's your chance to be the hero you've always wanted to be!"

                        Tarina nodded, took a deep breath, and sang Imultaos, ame no hao bakezo.... The attack knocked Leona to the ground with a flurry of leaves and green sound waves.

                        "A different Disarming Voice!" Dawn mused as Noctis charged at Tarina, his claws glowing with dark energy.

                        "Since Tarina belongs to Brock, his Heart Song is her Disarming Voice." Ash explained as Tarina used Iron Tail to batter Leona even more.

                        Imultaos, ame no hao bakezo... Tarina sang again. Noctis went stumbling back from more leaves and soundwaves.

                        "Noctis, try Venoshock!" Jupiter called. "Let's finish this!"

                        [Not today, Space-meanie!] Tarina grinned. With that, she charged a huge yellow beam, sending the admins and their Pokemon flying.

                        Brock arrived soon afterwards. "Nicely done, Tarina. You're not hurt or tired, are you?"

                        [Nope!] Tarina smiled. [I could've gone a few more rounds if I wanted to.]

                        "I'm impressed. How is Tarina so powerful for a Pokemon her size?" Dawn asked as Brock and Tarina embraced.

                        "Great things sometimes come in small packages." Brock replied as Tarina climbed onto his shoulder. "And Tarina's quite the package."

                        He smiled when he saw Tarina had climbed on his shoulder, as if mimicking Tintri. "Okay, you can ride on my shoulder too."

                        [I'm so ready to see what this place has to offer!] Tarina smiled.

                        "Let's go back to the Pokemon Center and rest first--it's getting late." Dawn assured Tarina, pointing out the setting sun as the group returned to the Pokemon Center.

                        ---------

                        "Windows are done!" Dawn reported as she and the Chansey cleaned up the foyer and the windows the next morning.

                        "I could use a little more soap over here." Brock requested from the other end of the room. "I'm letting Tarina wash the very bottom, since she can reach it."

                        "Floor's done!" Ash smiled as Nurse Joy arrived in the now clean foyer. He wrung out the mop one last time, then went to dispose of his used water.

                        "The good news is, the Pokémon you guys left with me are feeling much better." Nurse Joy reported. "There are a few that need another day of care, but most of them are ready to return to the wild."

                        "Remember, even if there aren't many people coming, someone still needs a Pokémon Center to go to." Brock reminded Nurse Joy as he watched Tarina scrub a smudge on the last window.

                        "Thank you..." Nurse Joy smiled. "You've all been a big help, but you also helped me remember that my skill is needed somewhere."

                        "Anytime." Ash replied as he inspected Tarina's work. "We'll drop by any time we are in the area."

                        Tarina whispered something to Brock, making him smile. "Okay...I think a sing-along is a great reward for a job well done."

                        Once Brock had settled in and tuned up, the others gathered around as he started a hopeful melody. I'll walk in the rain by your side...
                        I'll cling to the warmth of your hand...


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                          Episode 40: The Song of the Ancient Lore


                          [We made it...] Tintri wheezed as he led Ash and Tarina into a row overlooking the stage. [Brock's up next to perform!]

                          [What's Brock gonna tell?] Tarina wondered.

                          "Watch and see." Ash assured the excited Pikachu and Pichu as the crowd quieted.

                          Number K-42207, telling 'The Legend of Kaitou'. the announcer told the crowd as Brock stepped onto the stage.

                          [WOW!!!!] Tarina gasped, starry eyed over Brock's costume. [He's beautiful!]

                          "I'm glad you think so, but we need to calm down now." Ash whispered as Brock waited for the cue to begin.

                          Once Brock saw the blue flash, he began "Long ago, a fisherman and his wife lived in a tiny hut near the river. They had seven children, and the wife was expecting yet again. The fisherman worked day and night, but seldom had enough to feed his family."

                          Murmurs wafted through the theater as Brock continued. "One day, the oldest son returned from a walk with a Growlithe. The poor Pokemon was almost starved to death, but the oldest son requested to keep it. The fisherman could never refuse his children. That day, as he cast his net, he prayed for a way to feed his family. Just then, he heard a voice from the river...

                          "Landman, I am Seiryu, the river guardian." he intoned in a deep male voice for the character. "I will reward you with all the fish you desire if you promise to give me whatever new item you find in your home today."

                          He continued "Although the fisherman knew his son would be sad to lose the Growlithe, he could not refuse such an offer of fortune."

                          "Tomorrow morning, bring me your gift, or you will give your life in exchange." he warned as Seiryu.

                          Tarina shuddered at the voice. [No matter how many times Brock does a monster voice, it makes me shiver...]

                          "The fisherman cast his net, and when he pulled it in, there were more fish than he could count." Brock went on as himself. "He ran all the way home with an overflowing basket. but when he reached the hut, he received the worst possible news. An eighth child had been born that afternoon."

                          Gasps went up at the turn of events. "The fisherman raced inside and wrapped his arms around his wife. He sobbed as he told her of his vow to the river guardian."

                          Even Tintri wiped away a tear as Brock continued. "She also wept and all night they tried to think of a way to get out of their promise, but they could think of nothing. The next morning, the fisherman's wife kissed her baby goodbye. The fisherman carried the child, who they had named Kaitou, to the riverbank. As promised, he set the child into the water, and the great Gyarados named Seiryu took the baby into his strong coils and carried him to his undersea palace..."

                          ---------

                          "...There, Kaitou saw the first human being he had seen since the day he was born -- the king!" Brock went on some time later. "He explained he was a poor traveler seeking work, and was hired as an apprentice to the royal gardener. He kept the plants watered, trimmed any dead branches, and pulled weeds. He also planted new seeds to replace dead plants, and harvested herbs and Berries. But his favorite thing to do was help his master design bouquets. These bouquets were often gifts for the royal family, the court, and the king's daughter, Hibiki."

                          [That's a good name.] Tarina smiled, lost in her master's tale.

                          "Kaitou proved a hard worker, and every morning he brought a fresh bouquet to Princess Hibiki." Brock continued. "Meanwhile, princes from other lands were coming from far and wide to woo Princess Hibiki. When they sang to her, Kaitou listened. However--he had an advantage the princes did not--he knew the ancient songs of the water."

                          He retrieved a pitch pipe from his pocket as he went on. "So one night, he made his way to Princess Hibiki's tower, and knelt before her balcony to sing to her. Although no one had a clue what the words meant, Kaitou's voice was as powerful, and soothing, as the rushing river."

                          Brock blew an A to establish his starting note, then proceeded to sing "Ah, Rosheen" in the original Gaelic. The audience had no idea what Brock was singing, but they continued to listen as Brock's powerful tenor rang through the theater.

                          When the last note died, the theater roared with applause. "It goes without saying Princess Hibiki fell in love with him. He was gentle and handsome, and his voice was more beautiful than anything she had ever heard." Brock smiled when the applause quieted.

                          He went on "The next day, a wild Liepard raced toward the kingdom. All the princes gathered to capture or slay it. but it was Kaitou -- alongside Epona and his magical sword -- who killed the dark Pokemon. But that is a story in itself."

                          Tarina giggled at Brock's quip. "Although the princes all claimed they had slain the Liepard, the villagers all knew who the real hero was."

                          Cheers went up as Brock continued. "Princess Hibiki was overjoyed, for she loved Kaitou more than any of the other princes."

                          He concluded "The wedding was held the very next day. When Seiryu heard about the wedding, he sent the new bride a necklace of rainbow pearls as a wedding present. This was both an apology and out of love for his adopted son. Kaitou next sent word for his family to join him at the castle, and they all lived happily for many years."

                          Ash's applause was the loudest as Brock took a bow. "Wonderful, as always!"

                          ---------

                          <i>Number S-50396, telling 'The Prince's Spellsong'.</i> the announcer explained as Nando took his place on the stage some time later.

                          Back in the holding room, Brock was interested in the story's title. <i>I've never heard this one before...I wonder what it's like?</i>

                          "Once there lived a king and queen who had a daughter they loved very much." Nando began. "She was so graceful, pretty, and clever that she was called Charissa, which means "grace". Her mom and dad loved her so much, they would rather lose everything they owned than see Princess Charissa unhappy."

                          He started an elegant melody as he continued. "Every day she gave Princess Charissa a lovely new dress made of something valuable. When she was hungry she had the choicest food and drink. Princess Charissa was well loved and well liked in the kingdom. Everybody said she was the happiest princess in the world."

                          The harp's song turned somber as Nando introduced the villain of his tale. "Now, in this land's court was a very rich old duchess whose name was Amara. She was infamous for her hair trigger temper. Her hair, now icy white, had once been red as fire, and she had piercing green eyes that many said could see into your soul!"

                          ---------


                          "...Charissa was surrounded in a bright rainbow light, and warped into a enchanted garden." Nando went on over a victorious melody. "Flowers and fruit grew on every side, fountains splashed, and birds sang in the branches overhead. She reached a great pathway lined with trees. When she looked up to see where it would lead her, she found herself close to the palace of crystal. The queen and Tristan were coming to meet her at the gates.

                          He concluded "Princess Charissa finally confessed her love for Tristan. They were married right then with the greatest splendor; and all lived happily ever after."

                          The crowd roared as Nando took a bow, but Ash and the Pokemon balked when they saw Nando's score bar power past Brock's. [Wow! This Nando guy sure knows what he's doing!] Tarina gasped as Nando accepted a green plastic jewel.

                          [Brock's not the type to dwell on a loss...] Tintri mused as the crowds started to leave. [He'll reflect on it, contemplate what he needs to do better, and then he's ready to go again.]

                          Ash nodded in agreement. "Even the losses have lessons."

                          ---------

                          "So, how'd you do?" Dawn asked as she met the boys in the town square. "I got clobbered in the Appeal competition--again."

                          "I thought I had done pretty well, but then Nando wowed the crowd with a tale I've never heard before." Brock sighed. "But I'm not letting this get me down."

                          "Yeah..." A smile formed on Dawn's face. "I'm going to work even harder so I don't choke in the Appeal competition any more!"

                          "I'll keep looking for the best stories I can find, that not even Nando has heard before!" Brock agreed.

                          "And I'll give you both my support, all the way." Ash smiled as the three friends laid their hands on top of each other as a sign of their promise.


                          To Be Continued...
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                            Episode 43: The Not-so-Greatest Show on Earth! (part 3)


                            Tarina's eyes turned to stars as Brock emerged from the dressing room of the theater a few days later. [Wow! You look amazing!]

                            "Thanks." Brock smiled. "Think you can play quietly back here while we perform the play?"

                            [Sure!] Tarina replied as Tintri and Kori arrived with a box of Pokemon sized board games.

                            [Break both legs!] Tintri called as Brock made his way to the wings.

                            Onstage, a female emcee in a medieval costume addressed the audience. "Thank you all! You're just in time--Sir Alan-a-dale and his apprentice Jocelyn have arrived!"

                            She smiled. "I want to hear more exploits of Robin Hood!"

                            The audience cheered in agreement. "Surely you know of some of his adventures..." the emcee went on. "How he robbed from the rich to feed the poor, and outwitted the greedy Prince John."

                            More applause went up as Keely--who was wearing her costume from before--joined the emcee onstage. "There's Jocelyn now. If I ask nice, I can ask her to tell a Robin Hood adventure I've been wanting to hear for some time now."

                            She then addressed Keely. "Lady Jocelyn, I would like to hear the tale about how Sir Robin won the tournament of the golden arrow and outwitted both Prince John and the Sheriff!"

                            "Ah, the tournament..." Keely sighed with nostalgia. "I don't think anyone will forget it for a while, because my master and I saw the whole thing."

                            "Really? You were there?" the emcee gasped.

                            "Yes." Keely replied. "It all started early one morning a month or two ago. We had arrived at the tournament grounds moments before. Master sang his best songs and I told the best tales, but it wasn't long before everyone was asking for a tale of Sir Robin. Not being one to refuse an audience, Master began singing about Sir Robin, unaware that Prince John and the Sheriff were present...."

                            [Here we go...] Kori whispered as as the lights went down.

                            [Pretty!] Stormy smiled as the curtains opened on a set of fantastic tournament grounds. Keely and Brock were off to the side, before a group of about 25 to 30 people, most of them children.

                            "Please, Sir Alan, tell us a tale of the brave Sir Robin." a boy asked Brock.

                            "Very well." Brock smiled.

                            He started playing a relaxed melody. Come and listen, ye gallants so free,
                            All you that love mirth to hear,
                            and I will tell of a hero,
                            a hero of Nottingham fair...


                            A hero of Nottingham fair... Keely echoed over a flourish.

                            As Robin Hood in the forest stood
                            All under a greenwood tree...
                            Brock continued the song.

                            There he spied a fine young lad,
                            As fine as fine could be...


                            Robin, Sir Robin, as fine as fine could be... Keely echoed.

                            Paul, wearing a majestic blue and green robe and a sapphire circlet, and Conway, wearing a purple and red tunic-like outfit, dashed into the scene, startling Keely and the audience. "Hold! Who sings in such a clarion voice?" Paul demanded.

                            "It was no ordinary song, milord--he was singing of Robin Hood!" Conway announced.

                            "I heard him plain as day--'Robin, Sir Robin, as fine as fine could be.' Paul explained.

                            "This has to be the rouser, for he has the harp in his hand!" Conway announced, gesturing to Brock's instrument.

                            "A harp in his hand and a lie in her throat...the sooner we take them to the tower, the better..." Paul deadpanned to some nervous giggles.

                            "No! Don't hurt the minstrels, please!" a girl begged.

                            "Hold, milord! Might I have a word?" Ash called from offstage, snapping Paul and Conway to attention.

                            "Who's there?" Paul asked as he looked around the stage.

                            [Why is Ash not in the Robin Hood costume?] Hinata asked as the lights came up on Ash wearing a ragged outfit.

                            [Maybe it's a disguise...] Tintri mused as he watched the tense scene unfold.

                            "If you're wondering who is here, Your Majesty, I am." Ash replied, bowing on one knee before Paul.

                            "Who are you, rogue?" Paul demanded. "Or should I say, what are you? Judging from those rags, you could be something not even the Meowths want to eat."

                            The audience laughed at this. "I am Jock Morowen, and I too wish to try for the golden arrow." Ash replied.

                            "In THOSE???" Paul gasped, to more laughter.

                            Lola howled with laughter at Paul's reaction. [This is too funny! I wonder if it's actually a parody of a Robin Hood story?]

                            [Nope--it's a legit story.] Tintri replied, a little bemused by Ash's and Paul's banter on the stage.

                            A harp chord got Tarina's attention. [You guys, Brock's singing again...] she whispered.

                            The lights went down, except for Keely in a spotlight at stage right. "And so, we continued our performance." Keely narrated. "Little did we know that we had actually been helped by Sir Robin in disguise."

                            The spotlight expanded to include Brock, who was playing a jig-like interlude. The sheriff and the greedy prince
                            Conspired to steal the prize
                            Put forth to every archer
                            In hopes of luring Sir Robin to his demise...
                            he sang.

                            The prince bet on one man,
                            and the sheriff bet on another,
                            But who should overhear them,
                            But the one Robin considered a brother...


                            "Meanwhile, Prince John and the sheriff plotted to hoard the golden arrow for themselves." Keely translated what Brock had sang into narration. "What they didn't know was that Little John, Sir Robin's closest friend, had heard their whole plot..."

                            [This is boring...] Kori yawned, unamused by Paul and Conway's banter on the stage. [When are we going to see Dawn?]

                            [Yeah, I wanna see her as Maid Marian!] Stormy agreed.

                            The audience laughing and a harp and whistle interlude got Tintri's attention. [Actually, I think Maid Marian's coming up next!]

                            The lots were cast,
                            The bets were made,
                            Five gold pieces were at stake
                            As three young archers took their place...
                            Brock sang over the instruments.

                            But before the tournament could begin
                            A question did arise,
                            Who would determine the winner
                            Of the golden arrow so prized?


                            [I didn't know this Keely girl played whistle!] Tails gasped when he found Keely playing a gold whistle with a green mouthpiece. [Wonder if she's as good as Ash?]

                            "Before long, it was time for the tournament to begin. The disguised Sir Robin prepared to face off against his two opponents." Keely narrated. "But there was one problem--who would judge the match?"

                            Gaia laughed as hard as the audience as Paul and Conway argued onstage. [Oh, this is so funny!]

                            [I'm lookin' forward to seeing Ash take his first shot!] Tails smiled as he watched a female extra tug on Paul's costume.)

                            "Sire, wouldn't a third party be better to judge?" the extra asked, spurring Tintri to nudge Kori.

                            "Who do you suggest?" Paul asked.

                            "Why don't we let the lady Marian judge? She has no wager on anyone." the extra explained.

                            Oohs and ahs filled the air as Dawn arrived onstage. [She's beautiful!] Kori gasped. She admired the blue, purple and white outfit Dawn wore, complete with a white headdress to match.

                            [Ash shooting is next...] Tintri whispered to Tails as Dawn stepped forward to address the crowd of actors.

                            "Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls--the tournament of the golden arrow will now begin!" Dawn announced, to wild cheers.

                            [This I gotta see!] Tails smiled. He chuckled a little over the awkward silence when the disguised Ash was announced.

                            [Brock's singing again!] Tarina whispered as an exotic harp melody drifted through the theater.

                            [i]Worry not, O lady Marian
                            For beloved Robin is with you!</i> Brock sang.

                            Though he may come to you in disguise,
                            the sheriff and Prince John have not a clue...


                            "What Maid Marian didn't know was that Sir Robin actually was present in disguise." Keely narrated. "Nevertheless, she proceeded to explain the rules to the first contestants of the day."...

                            ---------

                            [This is it! This is the part where Robin Hood reveals himself!] Diddy whispered. He motioned for the Pokemon to look out on the stage. But before Dawn could address the crowd, Ash readied an arrow and fired, hitting the bullseye!

                            "What????" Conway gasped.

                            "I don't believe it! I demand a shootout!" Paul demanded.

                            "In all my years of training at the bow, I have never seen such skill from this man, Jock Morowen." a male extra explained. "He deserves the right to move on to the next match, fair and square."

                            "Very well--I reluctantly declare Jock Morowen the winner of this first match." Paul sighed over the audience's applause.

                            Conway met Ash on the platform "I must say, you have such skill, Jock." he grinned, unnerving both Ash and Dawn. "As a prize for winning this first round, I offer you an honor better than the golden arrow--a place in my service. I will clothe you in the finest threads. I will feed you the choicest food and drink, and pay you a monthly stipend of eighty pieces of silver. What say you?"

                            Ash grinned. "I must very much decline, good sir."

                            The Pokemon watched in awe from the wings as Ash threw off the disguise to reveal the traditional Robin Hood costume. "For I am my own master, and no one in all this land will send me on their errands. Besides..."

                            He took the golden arrow and rubbed it a little, revealing that it was actually bronze. "You call passing off painted bronze a fair prize?"

                            "Why you..." Conway grumbled as he approached Ash.

                            "I assumed you meant well, so I borrowed the gold in your purse to pay for a real arrow of gold." Ash explained. He showed Conway a small bag of coins.

                            Conway felt around him for a moment. "My purse...it's gone!" he gasped, to laughter.

                            "Your plan to trap me almost worked." Ash grinned. "But I won the prize today!"

                            "Aw"s filled the air as Ash pocketed the bag and hugged Dawn. "Ooh, that beggar was Robin Hood all along! He tricked me!" Paul fumed.

                            "And YOU lost the wager to ME, milord!" Dawn shot back. "Sir Robin has won today!"

                            The crowd cheered in agreement as Brock and Keely walked back in the scene. "Alan, Jocelyn, a song for the occasion!" Ash requested.

                            The crowd clapped along as Brock and Keely started another song. Come listen to me, all you gallants so free
                            I'll tell you of a bold lad in green...


                            "Quiet!" Paul protested over the music.

                            Of Robin, brave Sir Robin,
                            That beat the sheriff of Nottingham town...
                            Brock continued singing.

                            "It's all YOUR fault!" the audience laughed as Paul dragged Conway away by the ear.

                            "But how was I to know? He tricked me!" Conway protested.

                            The audience laughed as the two of them exited into a tent. Keely dropped out of the song for a moment for the final narration. "And so it was that Sir Robin exposed Prince John's plot to trap him and cheat the winner of a tournament. He returned to Sherwood Forest with his friends, to prepare for another day of robbing the rich to feed the poor. But what happened to him the next day? That is another tale for another day!

                            With that, she joined back in the song again. Oh, Robin, brave Sir Robin,
                            Beat the sheriff of Nottingham town!
                            Brock sang before seguing into a set of tunes.

                            The audience roared with applause over the music. The Pokemon clapped along as Ash and Dawn led the crowd in a dance.

                            When the set of tunes ended, Paul and Conway tiptoed out of the tent and led off the bows. {Amazing!] Lola raved as the emcee and the crowd of extras bowed.

                            After a few more of the actors bowed, Brock and Keely bowed next. [Way to go, Brock!] Tarina cheered as Brock took his bow.

                            But the biggest ovation from the Pokemon was saved for Ash and Dawn, who took their bow together...

                            To Be Continued...
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                              Episode 46: Luxray Vision!

                              "Helping to build that bridge was so fun!" Dawn smiled. "Was that song Tarina sang something she learned, or did she make it up?"

                              [I made it up myself.] Tarina replied as the group rounded a corner. In the distance, Ash could see a courtyard belonging to a majestic mansion.

                              What the group did not expect was a flash of light! "Gah! Bright!" Ash yelped as he rushed to shield his eyes from the light.

                              He spotted a blue haired girl in an outfit resembling a blue, black and yellow lion Pokemon on the mansion's roof. The lion Pokemon jumped down before the group, spurring the girl to call "Wait, Shine! Not yet!"

                              [Come on, Tarina!] Tintri called as he motioned for Tarina to follow him. [This way!]

                              [Yipe!] Tarina jumped to avoid the lion Pokemon's claws as she followed Tintri into a bush. [Why are they treating us like bad guys? We're not bad guys!]

                              [Try telling that to Electro-lion there!] Tintri yelped. The lion Pokemon approached the bush, intent on capturing the frightened mice Pokemon.

                              Dawn decided to read up on the lion Pokemon as it and Tintri stared each other down:

                              "Luxray, the gleam eyes Pokemon. It has eyes that can see through anything. It spots and captures prey hiding behind objects."

                              "That explains how it found Tintri and Tarina..." she mused as she pocketed her Pokedex.

                              "Shine, please!" the teal haired girl begged as the Luxray fired off an Iron Tail. "Wait!"

                              Ash winced as both Tintri's and the Luxray's tails clashed with a loud CLANG! "We're not bad guys, honest! So why are you treating us like bad guys?"

                              "You three don't look like criminals in the least." the mansion's owner smiled as he came into the courtyard. "You all did a fine job in the Hearthome Theater's production of 'Robin Hood', I might add."

                              "Thanks..." Dawn replied. "It was fun playing Maid Marian."

                              "If you don't mind my asking, is there a reason for the extra security, sir?" Brock asked.

                              "Matthew, please." the man smiled.

                              He watched as Brock whistled for Tarina. "I increased security because a band of three crooks, threatened to steal an old charm of mine. When I asked the Officer Jenny from Mahogany Town for help, Marble, Shine's owner, went in her place."

                              "Oh, so the Luxray's name is Shine, huh?" Ash mused as Shine and Tintri stared each other down. "If you don't mind, we can help you keep an eye out for these crooks!"

                              "Sure!" Marble smiled. "I'll make sure you're paid for your time, if you need some pocket money for your travels."

                              ---------

                              "Here..." Matthew made a grand gesture to a large vault at the end of a tunnel. "This is where I keep my treasures, including my old charm."

                              "The note the bandits left said they would try to steal it at eight o'clock tonight." Marble explained. "I've been worried about Shine though. Ever since he evolved from a Luxio, he has been unable to use Electric moves."

                              "That's weird..."Ash mused.

                              "One time, when we tried to help Officer Jenny capture a crook, Shine wasn't able to use Charge Beam." Marble went on. "This forced Jenny's Arcanine Ember to stop the crook. It also made Shine quite upset--and he has been hostile ever since."

                              "Poor Shine..." Dawn sighed.

                              "This was why I was excited to see your Pikachu and the red mage Pichu." Marble asked. "Maybe they can inspire Shine to use Electric moves again."

                              "Say the word, and I can give Shine some special training!" Ash smiled.

                              "Actually, I want to start by calming Shine's anger." Marble suggested.

                              The group didn't see three female figures approaching the mansion from the tall grass. "This job had better not be a bust..." one grumbled.

                              "Relax, Kiku--Old Charms go for billions on the black market." another assured her companion. "All we have to do is bypass security, get the Old Charm at the very least, and go."

                              ---------

                              Brock looked at the clock on his PokeNav. "It's 7:50 PM--all is well."

                              "What if the bandits only said 8 PM to throw us off?" Dawn worried. "They could be long gone by now!"

                              "If someone says they'll be there by 8 PM, they should be there by 8 PM, if not a little earlier." Ash assured Dawn.

                              "Key word being 'a little earlier.' Brock cautioned. "It's possible the crooks managed to mess with the clocks enough to fool us it is earlier than it is. This means Dawn could be right, and it is now 8 PM."

                              "You're absolutely right, Squinty-eyes!" a female voice taunted as a red haired girl in black and red garb emerged from the grass. "Beauty roll call! Miho!"

                              "Taki!" a blue haired girl in black and blue garb called as she leaped onto a ledge.

                              "Kiku!" a blonde haired girl in black and yellow garb called as she leaped behind Brock.

                              "We are the Bandit Beauties Three!" the girls chorused as they surrounded the group.

                              "Tintri, shock these super sentai bandits with a Thunderbolt!" Ash called.

                              He gasped as Shine knocked the thunderbolt away and tried to attack Miho with Iron Tail. In all the confusion, the three beauties dashed away.

                              "Where did our sentai trio of bandits get to?" Dawn asked when the smoke cleared some moments later.

                              "Shine deflected the attack and tried to attack himself. That bought the beauties time to get away." Ash explained. "Who knows where they are now?"

                              [We'll go find them!] Tintri volunteered.

                              [Stay with me, everyone!] Shine called as he dashed down a corridor.

                              "They must still be in the area, since the exterior is still being watched." Matthew explained. "There are plenty of traps in the area too. The beauties have been known to hide treasures."

                              Back with the Pokemon, Shine noticed that Tintri was nearing a pit trap! [Watch out, both of you!]

                              [WAUUUUUUUGGGHHH!!!] Tintri screeched as he slipped and fill into the pit.

                              [EEEEEEEEEEEYAAAAAAHHHH!] Tarina went tumbling into the pit seconds later.

                              "Tintri! Tarina!" Ash called as he approached the pit. "Stay where you are, I'm coming to save you!" he called down into the large hole.

                              "Wait--I know a better and safer way down there." Matthew suggested as he pulled Ash away from the hole. "Come with me."

                              ---------

                              [Are you okay, little one?] Shine asked as she and Tintri collected themselves.

                              [I think so...] Tarina replied as she eased herself to her feet and bushed the dust from her hat. [Wearing a cape has its advantages--makeshift parachute!]

                              Shine chuckled at this. [That it is--let's begin retracing our steps back to the surface.]

                              He gasped as the floor opened up beneath him! [WHOA!]

                              [Shine!] Tintri scrambled to the hole's edge, where Shine was trying to regain his footing above a spike pit.

                              [Here, Shine! Catch!] Tarina called as she heaved a rope over to Shine.

                              Once sure Shine had gripped the rope, she started pulling with all her strength...

                              ---------

                              [Whew...I did it!] Tarina heaved with exhaustion as Shine emerged onto safe ground again.

                              [Thank you for rescuing me from a painful fate, little one--Tarina, was it?] Shine purred as he nuzzled Tarina.

                              He looked over at Tintri. [Forgive me for trying to push you away--I realize you were only trying to help...]

                              [Aw, it's okay.] Tintri smiled. [So, are we a team?]

                              [I'd say we are...] Tarina wheezed.

                              [Then let's go--I'm sure your masters are worried sick about you.] With that, Shine led the way down the corridor...

                              ---------

                              "You know--I love how well you, your Pikachu, and your friend's Pichu work together." Marble smiled as she and the others made their way down another corridor in the network of passages.

                              "Well, Tintri and Tarina are best friends, so they know how to work together." Ash replied. "You'd never believe it now, but when I first started as a trainer, Tintri and I had a very fragile relationship. He wouldn't listen to me until he protected me from a flock of wild Spearow. Not because I told him to, but because he wanted to."

                              "Long story." Brock whispered.

                              "Shine may want to get along with you better if you try to maintain a relationship with him outside of work." Ash went on, oblivious to the three beauties attempting to dig their way out.

                              ---------

                              [Okay...there is a route in this wall.] Shine reported. [Do you guys want to continue down this way, or take the hidden route.

                              [The hidden route!" Tintri smiled as he dashed ahead. [Maybe there's more treasure down here!]

                              [Wait!] Shine called after Tintri. [There's a trap up ahead!]

                              Tarina felt a click as she hurried after Tintri. [Uh oh...] she gasped as she heard a whoosh of a flurry of darts approaching!

                              She dove to the ground in an attempt to avoid the darts. She gasped when an arrow came flying down the corridor, deflecting the darts. [You guys! Over here!] she waved as the group arrived in the corridor.

                              "Tarina!" Brock set his gear aside and hurried to hug Tarina. "Are you okay? You had me worried for a moment when you took a spill down here..."

                              [I'm fine.] Tarina replied. [Thanks for saving us with the nice shot!]

                              "Thank Arceus you're okay, bud!" Ash cried as he hugged Tintri.

                              "Shine, you're okay!" Marble hugged Shine. "Let's find a way out of--!"

                              A click and a rumble got her attention. "Oh no..."

                              "The walls are closing in!" Dawn called over the rumbling. "We need to find a switch Brock can hit to stop it from crushing us!"

                              Shine glanced around the room, aware of Brock preparing another shot. [Aim for this red switch on the north wall!]

                              The group held their breaths as Brock fired, hitting the switch and forcing the wall trap to reset itself. [Just like in Zelda!] Tarina smiled.

                              The beauties arrived in the chamber moments later, carrying a chest. "Don't know why this charm's so important, but a job's a job." Kiku muttered.

                              "We'll take care of these intruders while you make a break for the exit!" Miho instructed Kiku. "Go!"

                              "Right!" With that, Kiku dashed down another hallway.

                              "Rubicante, let's go!" Miho summoned a Charmeleon before the group. "Start with Flame Burst!"

                              "Cagnazzo, Bite the Luxray!" Taki summoned a Wartortle.

                              [Hah!] Shine first deflected the Wartortle's attack, then knocked the Charmeleon backwards. [I have them stunned, here's your chance!] he called to Tintri.

                              [Right!] Tintri fired a Thunderbolt, shocking both Pokemon.

                              Shine seemed to smile as he absorbed some of the stray bolts from Tintri's attack. them both. [Yes...yes! This power I remembered from when I was a Luxio. It's coming back to me!]

                              "Shine, try Charge Beam!" Marble called.

                              [RAAAAAAUGHH!!!!!] Shine then fired a sparking yellow beam. The attack paralyzed the Charmeleon and Wartortle and sent the box with the old charm flying.

                              Dawn caught the box with the charm. "I have the old charm, so give the beauties the shock of their lives!"

                              [YAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!] Tintri, Tarina, and Shine cried as they created a white thunderbolt. The force of the massive bolt was so strong, it sent the beauties flying...

                              ---------

                              "I can't even begin to thank you all for recovering my old charm." Matthew smiled as the three beauties were arrested and led away.

                              "Marble, why did you break protocol and come here without getting permission?" Jenny asked Marble.

                              Marble sighed. "I'm sorry...I didn't intend to break protocol, but this case sounded urgent."

                              Jenny's stern expression softened. "Well...I will only let you off with a warning this time. No matter how urgent the call is, you need to get approval before working a case.

                              She smiled. "I will commend you for developing a bond with Shine, at least."

                              Matthew watched as Officer Jenny, Marble, and Shine departed. "And thank you, travelers, for helping out. The least I can do is give you a place to stay for the night."

                              "We would appreciate that." Dawn smiled.

                              A guitar chord got her attention. "You actually wrote a song about what happened today?" she asked as Brock finished fine tuning.

                              "Yeah--its working title for the time being is 'Thunder in the Underground'." Brock replied before starting a brisk introduction...

                              To Be Continued...
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                              Old August 29th, 2018 (5:10 PM).
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                                Episode 47a: Journey to the Unown (part 1)


                                "Okay, Lola--let's try Focus Million Fist next." Dawn explained to her Buneary. "Remember how that goes?"

                                [Of course!] Lola squeaked. [Use Focus Punch as fast as you can to make it look like you have a million fists!]

                                She focused her power, making both her tiny fists glow a light blue. [HAI-yayayayayayayayayayayayayayaya!!!!!]

                                Dawn applauded the flurry of shining fists. "Very good!"

                                Some applause got her attention. "Not bad, Dee Dee! In fact, I read somewhere Buneary can learn that move via breeding."

                                Dawn whirled around to find Barry approaching the hill. "Care to explain how Lola knows it even though I caught her in the wild?"

                                "She once had an owner?" Barry mused.

                                "What's with the whole 'Dee Dee' routine?" Ash wondered. "Every time we've met Barry so far, he tends to call you that, even though you don't like it. Do you feel comfortable telling me why?"

                                Dawn sighed. "Not really--I'd prefer you not go there."

                                "All right, I will respect your wish." Ash replied.

                                He then addressed Barry. "So, what about that battle we never finished?"

                                "Love to, but not right now." Barry replied. "I was going to see Dialga and Palkia." He made a grand gesture to what looked like the ruins of a temple in the distance. "But if you wanna battle, we can do it in front of the Dialga and Palkia statues."

                                Ash looked over at the massive statues looming over the entrance. "It sounds a little creepy, but part of me also thinks it'd be kinda cool!"

                                He watched as Brock drew a Poke Ball in the grass. "Which side of the Poke Ball do you want?"

                                "Don't care." Barry replied.

                                Ash was about to protest when Dawn arrived with her Poketch. "I got a Coin Flipper app in the latest auto-update, so why don't we flip a coin to determine who gets what side?"

                                She showed the boys the coin on the screen. "Arceus face is heads...Shinou League crest is tails. Call the toss, and whoever gets it right gets the Diamond side."

                                "That's fair." Barry smiled. "Tails."

                                "Heads!" Ash called as Dawn hit the button to flip the coin.

                                Dawn looked at the results of the flip. "It's heads...Ash gets the Diamond side."

                                The group didn't see Mars, Jupiter, and a third admin with pointy blue hair going inside the ruins.

                                ---------

                                "Diddy, here we go!" Ash summoned his Chimchar as Brock's whistle blew.

                                "Aster, here we go!" Barry called, summoning a Roserade onto the Pearl side.

                                Dawn grinned. "I bet Barry sent out a Roserade to focus more on showing off moves than attacking."

                                "Diddy, start with a Tackle!" Ash called.

                                Barry gasped as Diddy rammed into his Roserade. "Wow! That was quick!

                                "Diddy, use a Flame Wheel before it gets up!" came Ash's next command.

                                "Aster, counter with Magical Leaf!" Barry shot back.

                                [AUGGGHHH!!!] Diddy yelped as the shining leaves surrounded him.

                                "Focus, Diddy! Try to Bite the Roserade!" Ash called.

                                "Aster, try Energy Ball!" Barry called.

                                Dawn gasped in awe as Barry's Roserade started to charge a yellow-green ball of energy. "That's beautiful!"

                                Ash braced himself from the force of the Energy Ball's explosion. "Wow...that was cool!" he gasped. "Even though it did a number on Diddy..."

                                "That was Energy Ball." Barry explained. "Not just Grass types can learn it. It's possible for your friend's Vulpix to learn it, and some exotic Fairy types too."

                                "Can Diddy learn something like it?" Ash asked as he tended to Diddy.

                                Barry thought for a moment. "A similar cool looking move for a Fire type would be the move Heat Wave. It's typically seen on Legendaries, but some other Fire Pokemon can learn it on their own.

                                He smiled. "It'll be tough, but I'll teach it to Diddy if you can beat me."

                                "It's a deal!" Ash smiled.

                                ---------

                                Meanwhile, the three Galactic admins watched as the Unown inscriptions in a large open room became real Unown. "Mars, Jupiter...Cyrus salutes you for your dedication in pursuing those clever trainers." the third admin began. " You've still managed to give the team some valuable information we could use in creating our new world."

                                "Thanks, Saturn." Mars replied as a box emerged from the ground. "Those trainers have proved themselves more clever than we anticipated..."

                                "Be the most wary around the tall one that sings!" Jupiter agreed. "His happy go lucky exterior belies a skilled archer, and he has magical power too!"

                                "Point duly noted." Saturn smiled as he reached for the box.

                                He gasped as the Unown started firing beams of rainbow light at him! "Ara, use Confuse Ray!"

                                Jupiter shielded her eyes from the bright orange flash. "We need to go, now!"

                                ---------

                                "What in the world?" Dawn gasped as she felt the stairs start to float.

                                She gasped when she saw the ruin glowing an ominous red. "What's going on?"

                                [Help!] Kori called as she scrambled to hang onto the stairs.

                                Lola hurried to help Kori. [I have you, don't let go!] she assured Kori as she grabbed Kori's right fin.

                                Neither Pokemon expected to slip and tumble down the steps. "Hang on, I'm coming!" Dawn called before jumping down after her falling Piplup and Buneary.

                                "I have a bad feeling about this..." Barry mused as the ruins were engulfed with red energy.

                                "Why are you so scared?" Ash wondered.

                                "I think the correct question is how you and Brock are NOT scared!!!" Barry cried. "For all I know, it's the end of the world!"

                                "If the trainer is scared, think about how the Pokémon feel." Ash replied as Brock rubbed Barry's shoulders in an attempt to calm him.

                                Barry took a deep breath to calm his jangled nerves. "You have a point, there. You need to be a leader to your team, and they need to know you will keep them safe."

                                "Exactly." Brock smiled as he retrieved the Explorer's Kit from his bag. "Even though you're freaked out, you need to at least look like you're calm to the Pokemon."

                                He unzipped the main pocket of the Explorer's Kit. "Now, let's go find Dawn."

                                ---------

                                In the ruins, Dawn spotted Kori and Lola untangling themselves in a room that split into a three way fork. "There you are! Are you guys okay?"

                                [I think so...] Kori groaned as she got up. [Even though I don't know where we are...]

                                I know the way. a female voice echoed in Dawn's head.

                                "Who's there?" Dawn gasped. "Friend, or foe?"

                                A white humanoid Pokemon materialized before Dawn. I'm a friend--I can help you three get out of here. it telepathically explained.

                                Piqued, Dawn looked up the Pokemon on her Pokedex:

                                "Ralts, the feeling Pokemon. It is highly attuned to the emotions of people and Pokémon. It hides if it senses hostility."

                                "Okay, Miss Ralts, lead the way." Dawn replied as she pocketed her Pokedex.

                                This way. The Ralts then hovered down the right corridor.

                                ---------

                                [I wonder what ancient people built this place...] Lola mused. She and Kori gawked for a moment at the Unown inscriptions and drawings on the walls.

                                Dawn was about to answer when she saw a large band-like ring with wave designs surrounding a diamond. "Hm...a ring. What happens if I try to wear it?"

                                The diamond in the center of the ring glowed, and a female voice singing Leishu shun ji, lei si... echoed in Dawn's mind. "What was that? You?" she asked the Ralts.

                                No...that was the essence of the Mega Ring. the Ralts explained. Its former owner gave it up, and it made its way into these ruins.

                                "Okay, I'll memorize this gobbledygook in case it's important later." Dawn mused before repeating the odd words to herself. "Leishu shun ji, lei si..."

                                To Be Continued...
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