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Pokémon OPEN Z: A Kalos Journey - Rebirth [M] [IC] Page 7

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Magical Senpai and god of the closet.

Age 20
Male
The Closet
Seen 3 Hours Ago
Posted May 17th, 2019
868 posts
4.6 Years



-- Profile --
Name: Chris Rodriguez

Pokémon :


Location: Coumarine City








Inventory:
Spoiler:

– 2 Keystones
- 1 Pokédex
– 20,500 Poké
- 2 Potions
- 4 Poké Balls
- 1x Dusk Stone
- 3x Rawst Berry
– Mysterious Blue Crystal
- Relic Copper
- TM case [Ancient Power][Gyro Ball][Agility]
– Rare Candy
– Shiny Stone
– Rocky Helmet
– Metal Coat
2x Team Plasma Pin
Cloned Gyrados Embers
Cloned Aggron Embers
Green and Black dust
Pickaxe
Pro Racers Black Jacket (E)
Red Rangers Jacket


Violets in Coumarine
~





Waves crashed against the underside of the docks as Chris sat with his feet skimming over the top of the bay watching the ships drift about lazily in the afternoon sun. He’d made it out of Shalour remarkably unharmed in comparison to most people he’d seen, and after a minor inconvenience involving an interrogation as to what had happened, he’d been allowed to roam the city.

He stretched and took a deep breath before climbing back to his feet and picking up the soda that he’d been enjoying during his reflection on the edge of the drink.

“Somebodies been busy.” A familiar female voice called from behind him as he drifted aimlessly down the pier.

Turning on his heels to face the woman, tossing his empty drink container down to his happily bobbing slop Pokémon by his side which quickly proceeded to consume the paper cup with a voracious hunger. “I had a feeling today was far too quiet.” Chris sighed, as he waved for the lavender haired woman to join him.

“I was going to warn you about Shalour, but something more pressing came up.” Violet explained quickly, before being shrugged off by Chris.

“I’ve thought about that. Even if you had warned me, nothing I could have done would have stopped what happened. I mean, the authorities would have laughed me off as some silly foreigner, and they had an airship that almost rivaled the Plasma Frigate. Or maybe it did, and I’m just biased. Who knows?” Chris sighed as they started walking down the docks once more. “Plus, I made it out in one piece… and while it might be crude to say, so did the people I care most about. So, it was bad, but… nobody but these Cinder people are to blame.”

Violet remained quiet for a very long time. “You’re remarkably… Zen about this whole situation. How many drugs do they have you on?”

Chris chuckled in response. “A couple I won’t lie. The doctors think that while physically I came out unscathed, there could have been some severe amplifications of the pre-existing post traumatic stress that I suffered before. Thankfully, it still only seems to manifest as a loss of hearing, which this little thing fixes rather adequately. Plus, I’ve been talking to this girl for a few weeks now and being able to… vent to someone has helped I suppose.”

“The blonde skater girl with the Gallade right? I saw her when I was trying to see what was happening. She made it out safe then?” Violet sighed in relief.

“From what she’s told me, some debris fell and shattered her shoulder, but in comparison to the suits she and her partner carved up, well…” Chris paused as he turned his head to look towards the nearby contest hall. “Do you hear…”

“Shouting?” Violet responded in unison. “Once more for old times sake?” She inquired.

“No going into abandoned buildings though.” Chris retorted as the two began to run over.

- - -
[left]”Non, non, non! This is terrible!” A dark skinned woman with a large ball of white hair on her head claimed, the back of her hand across her forehead with her arm crooked.

“We’re ruined! I’ll be laughed all the way back to trimming Furfrou in Lumiose.” A brown haired man in an apron sobbed as he cradled himself on the contest hall floor.

Chris and Violet share a concerned glance between each other as the cautiously approach the duo. “Excusez-moi, my friend and I couldn’t help but notice that you two seem to be upset by something. Is there anything we could do to help?” Violet asks.

The sobbing stylist sniffles once more, before looking up at the trainers whom had appeared before him. “Ah, something tragic has happened. See, soon a very special guest judge is to arrive and myself, the mistress to my left, and… another whom has fallen ill in the back room due to the stress of all this had designed the most perfect costume for them to wear. Only it disappeared overnight! Nobody can find out where it went, and we’re absolutely ruined if we don’t get it back before the guest arrives.”

Chris cocked his head to the side. “…and I imagine this guest is arriving long before a new outfit could be put together.”

“Yes, within the hour from what we have been told.” The woman responds.

“Well, do you have any leads as to who might have stolen it? Is there some competitor in town that would want you to fail?” Violet asked.

“Non, the contest house specifically asked for us on this. We had designed some new outfits for a film studio here in Kalos a few months back, and we had gotten wonderous reviews from it.”

“Hmm… where was it kept. How could anybody get in to it without either a camera or somebody on staff seeing it?” Chris asked. “If you don’t mind, would you show us around.”

“Of course monsieur trainer… if you would find this for us, I would promise you, the both of you, free haircuts for life. Recolours, everything!”

- - -
[left] “And nobody saw anything?” Violet asks as her hand brushes the table where the case containing the freshly tailored costume was supposed to be resting.

“No, that’s the strange thing! The only peculiarity last night was an unidentified singing noise being heard in the alley outside, but it was… not right. Like, still beautiful but off key. As such we all assumed it was just some drunkard stumbling home from the bar.”

Violet stops brushing her hand on the table and looks curiously past the table towards the ground behind it. “Your outfit wouldn’t happen to have a blue and pink feather motif would it.” She asked curiously as she bent down and picked up two large feathers that seemed to sparkle in the light, one pink and one blue.

“No, albeit that does give me the most fabulous idea.” The seamstress responds curiously.

“So.” Violet begins, twisting the feathers in the light. “Where did these come from, I wonder.”

Chatot. The Music Note Pokémon.
It can learn and speak human words. If they gather, they all learn the same saying.

Chris Pokédex called out in his hand, dinging as an image of a blue and pink bird began to project.

“Interesting.” Violet mused. “That isn’t an ordinary Chatot. The colours are all different.”

“Which means, it’s likely to be memorable. We should ask around.” Chris responded, nodding his head.

“No need! I’ve seen that bird!” The hairdresser calls as he claps his hands together. “It belongs to a little girl from the orphanage! We hired her to help clean up the hall! Angelique was her name! She should be here now actually! Follow moi!”

- - -
The cluster of people found the little orphan girl sweeping the stands in the empty contest hall. Her hair tied back in a ponytail and her face hastily washed to only moderately hide all the dirt that covered it, her janitorial uniform likely the cleanest thing she owned.

“Little miss! Little miss!” The hairdresser called.

“Y-yes?” She asked in mild terror as a group of four adults came running towards her.

“Why would you steal it!” The hairdresser exploded furiously, only to be held back by Chris as Violet walked up to the little girl who quickly raised the broom as a barrier between her and the rabid man.

“Something went missing from backstage, and we found some very pretty feathers that we hear might belong to a friend of yours. We just want to see if you know what happened.” She called sweetly.

“I didn’t take anything! It’s miss Molly! She flies off when I’m sleeping and takes things she likes.” The orphan girl sighs. “She likes to hide them in the rafters. Follow me…”

She turns and motions for them to follow her towards the backstage area, where access to all of the light rigging could be accessible. “If she took something, it’ll probably be up here.” She called as she climbs the ladder and starts walking across the narrow beams.

Chris and Violet followed quickly behind, the other two lagging behind.

“Are you sure it’s safe?” One called.

“I think you’ve got it from here.” The other laughed nervously.

“MISS MOLLY.” The Orphan shouted, causing Chris to almost lose his footing on the beam. “You are in BIG trouble!”

“BIG trouble!” Something repeated in a slightly off tone.

“Where is it!” She growled at the bird, poking it in the forehead a few times as it chirped in annoyance.

“Magnifique!” The bird squawked as it flew over towards a shadowy corner and grabbed something in its talons before flying back to the little girl.

“I think this is it.” She sighed. “I’m so sorry about this, I try and keep her in the Pokéball, but she was a gift from my sister and she just doesn’t listen to me.”

Chris nodded, as he and Violet helped the girl get back down the ladder to return the suitcase.

“Have you tried battling with her?” Chris asked after they were all safely down.

“N-no! I don’t want her getting hurt!”

Chris nodded and knelt down to the little girl. “Pokémon need to train. Pokémon that are traded or given away especially. They feel a certain level of disconnection with their new trainer. They feel abandoned. In my experience, battling with a Pokémon will help them learn to trust you, and to listen to you when you tell them that stealing stuff isn’t okay.”

Violet smiled. “It doesn’t have to be battling.” She knelt down beside Chris. “You’re standing in a contest hall. Some Pokémon can learn better in this type of environment as well. It’s obvious that Miss Molly has some form of… attention seeking nature. Maybe you should talk to somebody about entering into a junior league contest. The prize money might be a little better than what you’re making sweeping floors anyway.”

The little girl nodded, the Chatot flying down and landing on her head before squawking in response. “Prize money. Prize money!”

“I think she likes that idea.” The orphan laughed.
Chris' Museum:



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ShinyDiamond

The Other Promise

Male
Twilight Town
Seen 1 Week Ago
Posted May 11th, 2019
2,696 posts
8.2 Years
Dust Fabre

Coumarine City
Location: Seaside Bay
Mission 6 - Ruby


Inventory
Spoiler:
1x Pokédex
5x Pokéballs
1x Super Potions
1x Pile of Cloned Pokémon Ashes
1x Pile of Cloned Lucario Ashes
1x Ice Stone
1x Lucarionite
1000 Poké

Pokémon
Spoiler:
Nyx
Rozu
Val


If he could forget these past two weeks, he would do so in a heartbeat. Nothing but injuries & people crying every minute. The fact he was one of these people doesn’t help. He wanted so badly to get out & leave this city, but his condition prevented him from doing so. Not like Dust would be happy either way.

What happened in Shalour City spread far & wide throughout the Kalos region. Many lives were lost in the catastrophe, & it affected many who were involved. This is surely gonna make an entry in the history books. Things didn’t get any better around here. There was a disease in the rise, this ash rot they call. A lot of people caught this disease, & the doctors were saying it was the result of the cloned Pokémon turning into dust.

Dust has some of those ashes in his bag, though he’s forgotten about it. He was more concerned about getting better so he can finally move freely again. He was pretty happy when he was set free from the hospital, but that day in Shalour City still stuck in his mind. Was it safe to step outside? Was it even safe inside? He did his best to shake off these doubts, retrieving his belongings & Pokémon. He looked at those still bedridden, mortified that he could leave earlier than them; many of which had the disease.

That’s how he ended up helping the staff, by delivering some medicine to those with the illness. Dust, with Rozu sitting next to him overlooking the ocean at the bay, skips a pebble over the water surface. “Not really how I imagined this journey would end up.” He looks at his reflection on the water, examining any possible symptons on his face. Thankfully, he doesn’t look sick. It’s still unsettling. “Man, I really wanna get some training done, but that whole incident has me distracted,” he rants at Rozu. Rozu points over at the medicine they need to deliver, staring sternly at his trainer. Dust sighs in response. “I know I know. I just needed to sit down for a minute.” He scratches his hair, still bothered by everything. He picks up the medicine, handing some to Rozu, & looks around. “Right, I guess we’ll take the monorail.” With some guidance from Rozu, they make their way to the monorail. They get on board & overlook the area outside. “They better not think to destroy this place either.”

“Ah!” A voice squeaks & the sound of something dropping onto the floor reaches Dust’s ears. When he looks over, he spots a girl with a bow in her hair bending down to pick up what looks like a Pokémon. Actually, it looks more like a Pokédoll. The monorail shifts a little, causing the doll to roll over to Dust. “Oh, come on…” the girl whines silently, walking over to get her doll. Dust picks up the doll, & looking up close, it’s a Zorua doll. He looks at the girl, who is just standing their flabbergasted. She can’t seem to speak, or rather, she’s too scared to.

“Uh, here,” he hands the doll over to the girl, but it doesn’t look like she makes any move to take it. “I’m handing it over to you.” Still no response. “You gonna take it or not?” No change so far. “Seriously…” Dust was just staring at this point, wondering who the heck this girl is & why she isn’t making any move to take her doll. It almost feels like a minute just standing there. “Just take the doll already!” With a sudden burst from Dust, the girl squeaks & quickly swipes her doll from Dust into her arms. She whispers something into her doll, which is a little weird. Rozu chops his paw down on Dust’s forehead, who winces in response. “What’s the big idea!?” He stares at Rozu, annoyed & angry. Rozu crosses his arms & looks away with a huff. “Don’t take that tone with me!”

“Uhm…” Dust’s attention is caught by the girl, forgetting about Rozu’s chop attack...for now. “Thank y-you.”

“It’s nothing.”

“A-are you taking those t-to someone…?” she asks about the medicine, pointing at Dust’s supply.

“Yeah, a few people,” he answers, showing the medicine to the girl. “What’s your name?” he asks. The girl adjusts her hair. She must be the shy type. It’s a wonder he’s even getting a word out of her.

“It’s Ruby,” she smiles.

Spoiler:


“Dust,” he replies. She giggles.

“That’s an odd name.” Dust turns away.

“Oh, & yours isn’t?”

“Hee hee, sorry.” Ruby’s smile is a little infectious, as Dust also smiles all of a sudden.

“So is that suppose to be your Pokémon?” he asks, pointing at the Zorua doll in Ruby’s arms. She blushes & rushes to put her doll inside her bag.

“P-please forget about that!” She asks abruptly, waving her arms in front of Dust. He decides to leave the subject be. Rozu walks up to Ruby, waving his paw at her. Ruby notices Rozu & bends down. “Aw, what a cute Riolu.” She pets his head, nudging his head towards her hand in response.

“Are you here sightseeing?” Dust coughs, getting Ruby’s attention. She stands up & looks away.

“I don’t think I could do that without thinking about that incident.” She must be talking about Shalour City. “I was in Lumiose City when it happened. I can’t imagine what everyone there must’ve felt…” She was looking down in the dumps. Not like she was actually there then.

“I can.” Dust’s reply catches Ruby a bit off. He speaks again before she can get a word in. “Before you ask, yes I was there. How willing you are to hear about it is up to you.”

Ruby shakes her head. “I know from what the news have told us. Besides, I w-wouldn’t want you to relive that,” she reassures him. She looks down from the gondola, struggling to speak. “I don’t think anyone should go through that…” Dust scratches his head, a little concerned this discussion is a bit much for Ruby. Hell, he’s not too comfortable talking about it either.

The gondola finally reaches its stop. Dust & Ruby, with Rozu on Dust’s left shoulder, get off onto dry land. “It was nice chatting with you Ruby, but I got some medicine to deliver.” He gives her a smile, “Maybe we’ll see each other again.” He turns & starts walking away, setting his sights on the road ahea-

“W-wait!” Ruby speaks out loud. Dust stops & looks over at her. She shyly pushes her index fingers together, having trouble getting her words out.

“Yeah?”

“Could I maybe...c-come with you?” she asks quietly. Dust is a little confused at her sudden request. She waves her hands around out of embarrassment. “I-I don’t mean anything by it, I just want t-to see how the medicine will help t-the ill!”

Dust chuckles. “It’s fine, you can come with. But you might have to guide me, as I seem to lose my way very easily, & I don’t think Rozu’s too keen on keeping me on the path.” Rozu sighs, rubbing his head as if he had a migraine. “See?”

Ruby giggles. She walks up to Dust & looks at Rozu, & smiles. Rozu. “I guess I’ll take it from here, Rozy.”

There’s a long silence between the three. Dust breaks the silence with a hard laugh, nearly dropping the medicine he was carrying. Rozu drops down from his shoulder, looking pissed, & wails a bunch of punches at his trainer’s side, who continues to laugh at Rozu’s expense. Ruby covers her mouth in embarrassment, regretting calling Rozu Rozy.

Shak

Male
UK
Seen 3 Days Ago
Posted 1 Week Ago
879 posts
4.4 Years
-Drew Tucker
A Dance of Fruit and of Thorns


"You know, when I said I needed to challenge the gym...I didnt mean you guys should come with me." Drew mumbled, just loud enough for the three canoers behind him to hear.

"How could we make our boy Mustang miss his old teams gym battle?" Rory mocked, wrapping his arms around both the teenager and the seahorse pokemon. The weight of Rory was even more excessive given the fact the canoers had opted to carry their gear on them. "Besides, what else are we supposed to do while we wait for the competition?"

Rory's question was drowned out by the collective gasps of the group as they arrived at a larged tree at the tip of the rural sector. The Coumarine City Gym. Drew was the first to turn and appreciate the spectrum of colour the city boasted. The seamless fade from forest green, to industrial grey before it finally settled on the ocean blue that swallowed any other hue that may have wanted to peak out in the distance. Coumarine was breathtaking.

The view wasnt why they were there though. The teenager stepped forward and treaded through the large arch that opened the tree bark.

The group were met by a wall of vines that blocked their progress any further into the gym. As he peered through the gaps in the wall, Drew managed to make out the form of the gym leader. He was, in the most honest of descriptions, a punk. He wore a spiked leather jacket. He wore glasses with only half the frame, cutting under the lenses. He even had what looked like a miscoulered Staryu growing out of his forehead. Drew's lip curled at the sight of him. It was hard to believe a guy like that had any form of official position in the pokemon league.

"Yo, any pokemon you wanna declare?" The grunt of a much larger, but similarly dressed man took Drew out of his train of thought.

"Ummm...declare?"

"Cassius' gym rules say anyone who wants to challenge him for a badge, will battle him in a best-two-out-of-three set of one vs one battles. The catch is that each pokemon will be chosen at random. So any pokemon that have a good reason to be eliminated from the selection should be now through declaration." The man explained, tapping a tray with six deposits for pokeballs.

Drew's expression fell. He'd just promised Levi that he'd use him in the next gym battle, now here he was being told that he didnt even have a say in the matter. Worse yet, he had a lot of pokemon in his team that weren't ever going to be the ideal for this sort of situation. The first that came to mind were Wailmer, Nebula and Zephyr. The first of whom was almost completely immobile outside of water. The second he couldnt trust was battle ready, despite her evolution. Zephyr...well the Gligar was still an infant. Drew hadnt battle with him once, but he just knew the kid wasnt ready yet.

Time seemed to flash by, and here he was, standing across the battlefield from the gym leader. The voices of Rory, Sally and Owin faded into white noise as he grabbed his first pokeball. He couldnt garuntee it was going to be Brycen or Caesar like he could in any other battle before now.

The teenage trainer tossed his ball, and the all too familiar sight of the Quilladin's green and brown back landed in front of him. "Good start, huh?" Drew couldnt help but smirk. He noticed the gym leader sigh as he tossed his own pokeball. A Tangrowth.

"Yo, let's get this battle started!" The referee announced.

"Sunny Day!" Cassius shouted. His voice sounding like a bomb in the dense atmosphere of the carbon dioxide filled tree trunk. The sun emerged on his pokemon's command. "Then, Power Whip!"

"Brycen, Pin Missile!" Despite the giant grass golem charging at him, Brycen planted his feet and confidently fired a torrent of bullets embued with bug type energy. They were just enough to stifle the Tangrowth's attack, knocking him out of his stride.

"Fire a toxic!"

"Dodge then, go Pin Missile again!" In a quick exchange of sequences, Brycen continued to come out on top. It took far more than just two Pin Missile attacks, but with Tangrowth handicapped in both move choice and ability to close the distance, any strategy that Cassius may have tried to conjure was little more than a formality. The Quilladin decisively found Drew's first victory in the contest, leaving him in a position to win with the very next battle.

"Next pokemon then?" Cassius smirked, grabbing the pokeball that was raised in the capsule.

Drew placed Brycen's pokeball back in the capsule. He watched intently, as this next choice could be damming. He needed either Levi or Nebula.

A Pokeball was pulled out from the rest by a vine. Drew stared at it for just a moment before grabbing it. This was it. He intended to get his gym badge off of this battle alone.

Both trainers tossed their pokeballs. From Cassius' a grass bird materialized. From Drew's...Zephyr. "Dammit..." Drew grumbled.

He grabbed his pokedex and scanned the pokemon.


Tropius
The Fruit Pokemon
The bunch of fruit around its neck ripens twice a year and is delicious. It’s a highly favored tropical snack.


"Real useful professor." Drew sighed. Even in death, the man never failed to make Drew smile. The boy had little time to rue over the trivial pokedex entry however, as rather than size up his new opponent, the baby bat decided it appropriate to dive on his trainer and rejoice about being released from his pokeball. "Zephyr, I need you to focus on the battle here, alright." He practically tossed the Gligar back into the battlefield as the referee issued them to begin.

"Solarbeam."

The sheer force of the beam shook the room, but Zephyr's agility left him cackling with glee as he effortlessly glided around the attack.

"Nice, now counter with Poison Sting." On Drew's command, Gligar fired a poisonous needle from his tail, which dug straight into the Tropius. It barely flinched.

"Air Slash." This one hit. The tropius used its wings to slice through the atmosphere and send the visceral winds chopping the baby bat out of the sky. "Dragon Hammer!" The follow up attack was enough to end Zephyr's battle right there.

The spectating canoers gasped as they watched their new friend's head fall. The gligar was pulled back in a beam of red light and the battle was even once again. The odds were now in Drew's favour though. He had two pokemon he was confident would give a showing of themselves, and only one he had doubts about.

The last of the each teams pokemon were chosen. Drew summoned his first...Wailmer. His expression fell. The sight of the Whale wriggling her massive size around was enough to sap away the last of the teenager's confidence. If he lost here, this would technically be his first official gym loss. At least he knew what he was getting himself into next time around. He just needed to know what Cassius' last pokemon was.

Tropius burst forth again.

"What? You've already used Tropius, you cant use him again."

"That aint stated anywhere in the rules." Cassius responded flatly, looking Drew up and down. He noticed the boy clench his fist. Whatever was running through his mind didnt fill him with confidence. The battle wasnt even over yet.

"Wailmer, start off with water spout!" Drew ordered and his pokemon obliged. At full health, the attack crashed into the Tropius like a missile, but it survived.

"Giga drain!" Cassius ordered flatly. In a instant, Cassius had removed Drew's best weapon, most of Wailmer's stamina and the majority of the effect of that last attack. There was little Drew could do that wouldnt be simply delaying the inevitable.

"You win! I forfeit." He sighed. "I hate to admit it, but there's nothing else I can do against this. I'd rather not put my Wailmer through the unecessary hurt."

"I respect that," Cassius nodded. "That does however, mean you lose. Thank you for the gym challenge."

Drew ignored the last few statements from the gym leader. He looked down at the pokeball in his hand, then up at Wailmer. He was practically drowning in the disappointment his pokemon felt. "I'm sorry...Wailmer."


Spoiler:

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Poke Ball X 1

Apricorn X 1

Chesto Berry X1

Cheri Berry X1

Pecha Berry X1

Rose Incense X1

Electrizer x 1




Coumarine City - Coumarine City Gym



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gimmepie

Age 23
Male
Australia
Seen 3 Hours Ago
Posted 3 Hours Ago
19,777 posts
7.1 Years
Kade Andrews
Expectations Subverted
Stratus (Female, Reckless) - Growl, Wing Attack, Quick Attack, Double-Edge, Aerial Ace, Double Team
Contrail (Male, Big Pecks) - Flame Charge, Roost, Quick Attack, Steel Wing, Ember, Aerial Ace
Noctilucent (Male, Insomnia)
- Tackle, Foresight, Hypnosis, Feather Dance, Peck
Cumulus (Female, Dancer) - Pound, Air Slash, Revealtion Dance, Roost, Feather Dance, Captivate
Floccus (Male, Defeatist) - Quick Attack, Agility, Ancient Power, Dragon Breath, Acrobatics, Quick Guard
Nimbus (Male, Moxie) - Night Slash, Sucker Punch, Swagger, Haze, Wing Attack, Sky Drop


The Courmarine Gym was like nothing else Kade had ever seen. The three he had experienced previously all had their unique charms to suit the type specialities of their leaders certainly, but the Courmarine Gym exemplified this concept like no other. The building was a giant greenhouse, filled to the brim with thick foliage that made it nearly impossible to see beyond.

Kade passed through the doors and into a passage formed by trees and crawling plants, finding himself engulfed in a tangle of thin draping vines, almost like a natural curtain between himself and the battlefield. Standing before him was a large man with a shaved head, tree-trunk arms and a beer belly donned in a leather jacket.

“Give us ya balls,” he instructed in a gruff tone.

“Huh?” Kade sputtered, unsure as to what the thug-like figure was getting at. The giant of a man sighed exasperatedly.

“Doesn’ anyone of ya kids read the damn rules before comin’ in here? Your Pokemon is randomly selected for each round of the battle. So’s Cassius’. You wanna battle ‘im you’re gonna have to give me your pokeballs so I can check em’ out.”

“Oh, okay then,” Kade said, stunned. He had not head of the Courmarine Gym ever having a gimmick like this, he supposed it was something new that this Cassius person had implemented after taking over from Ramos.

Somewhat reluctantly, Kade handed over his five regular pokeballs and loan Flight Ball and watched as they were placed in a tray with sx impressions in it; one for each ball. This was slightly problematic, he had been intending to challenge the gym using Nimbus and Contrail.

Kade sighed, stealing himself. He had decided that he had to be more decisive, work harder, be stronger - be better. If he was committing to his path, then he was going to have to commit to it truly and plunge into the unknown head first. The beer-bellied man stood aside and let Kade pass through into the main body of the gym.

What Kade saw now was an open grove in the centre of what could essentially be described as a forest,, thick brown and emerald walls enclosing a field of vibrant green grass. On the opposite side of the battlefield stood the man Kade assumed was Cassius. The man was tall and thin, dressed in tight jeans and a baggy white shirt below a spiked hoodie. His head was shaved nearly all over bar a path of spike blue-green hair near the front. Sagging eyes were concealed behind half-framed glasses. Between the hulking man that had greeted him and Cassius himself, Kade may have thought the gym had been taken over by a gang if he hadn’t known better.

The man from the entryway reappeared, handing Kade his Pokeballs back. Then, interestingly enough, moved to stand in the referee’s position.
“This is simple enough,” Cassius said, his tone laid back and casual compared to his gruff staff member. He gestured towards a large monitor screen sandwiched in between a thicket of leaves and branches. “The computer will tell you which one of your Pokemon you’re using. Neither of us are allowed to switch. Best out of three wins.”

“Right.” Kade nodded. Thankfully for him, his entire team were Flying types with a natural advantage against a Grass gym like in Courmarine. He imagined that some of his peers may have found this unique gimmick quite a lot more troublesome.

“Let’s get on with it then,” Cassius suddenly announced. As he did so, the screen flared to life and began to rapidly cycle through each competitors available Pokemon in a blur too fast for the eye to comprehend. Shortly thereafter though, it froze, revealing the two Pokemon that would be going into battle. Floccus and Cassius’ Tropius.

“Well, this is a new one on me,” Kade said to himself, “I’m not used to being the one grounded against an airborne opponent. Alright Floccus, you’re up.”

Kade released his Archen from its Pokeball, the fossil Pokemon crying out with joy and leaping up and down excitedly, enthused for whatever was coming his way. Even as Floccus continued to caw with delight however, there was a second flash and a large brown Pokemon with vastleafy wings emerged, vibrant yellow fruit dangling from its neck. It produced a low bellow that drowned out Floccus’ cheering.

“Sunny Day.” Apparently, Cassius wasn’t one to stand on ceremony, and neither was his Tropius. The winged Grass type flared its wings, taking to the air, its shadow looming over Floccus as the sunlight behind it intensified, deepening its shadow. Floccus hopped about on the spot, ready for the fight. “Air Slash!”

The Tropius gave a mighty flap of its wings and a gust of wind, accompanied by a pair of shimmering silver blades blasted forward from the motion.

“Agility!” Kade instructed, and in an instant, Floccus wasn’t standing where he had been before. The prehistoric Pokemon had taken off at a run and was now gleefully running laps of the battlefield, his pace steadily increasing. The Air Slash exploded harmlessly against the ground, the gust nearly knocking Kade off his feet.

“Smart move,” Cassius acknowledged, “But, you’re going to need to do more than just run. Leaf Storm!”

The Tropius grumbled a low roar as its plant-like wings glowed vibrantly. Then, with a single flapped, a torrent of glowing leaves were raining down upon the battlefield in a gale, each one exploding against the ground as it struck it. Much of the arena was engulfed in the powerful attack. This was one that Floccus couldn’t dodge so easily.
The projectiles hailed down on the tiny avian and blasted him about the field with a cry of pain. Unlike Kade’s other Pokemon, Floccus didn’t resist Grass attacks and it showed. When the smoke cleared, it was apparent that he had already taken a lot of damage. That was bad news in and of itself, if Floccus took any more heavy hits, Defeatist would kick in and halve his own power. Cassius smirked slightly.

Kade had to admire the man’s Tropius, it was a fine Flying type specimen and it had total command of its domain with its aerial assault. He had to commend Cassius’ knowledge too. It was clear that the Sunny Day earlier had been to trigger the Tropius’ Solar Power and beef up its attack power, but beyond that, he seemed fully aware that despite his wings, Floccus could not follow into the air.

Kade grimaced, he was unfamiliar with the position he was in. It was one thing to fight with Floccus when he was battling another grounded foe, because of Floccus’ superior agility. However, he was completely out of his element trying to battle a Flying opponent when he himself was the one stuck on the ground. It was the reverse of what he was used to.

Don’t panic. You have to be better than this now. You know all about Tropius and you know all about aerial combat. How would someone battle Stratus or Contrail if they were grounded? You have ranged attacks and you have all the information you need. Make it work.

“Floccus, we can’t stand around forever, Dragon Breath!”

Re-energised, Floccus cawed out an affirmative as he launched his counterattack. He opened his mouth wide as he thrust his head upward, launching a torrent of blue and purple flames skyward at the Tropius.

“Air Slash!” Cassius commanded again as once more his Tropius unleashed the silvery blades of wind. The two attacks collided in mid air between the combatants, struggling against each other before in an explosive moment, the Air Slash broke through and continued its trajectory.

“Dragon Breath on the ground!” Kade yelled. Floccus did as instructed, turning his head straight down and unleashing the attack once more. The force of his own attack propelled him high into the air as the Tropius’ attack collided with the ground missing its mark. “Now, Ancient Power!”

Floccus turned his attention back to his opponent as a silver-white glowing sphere formed before him and rocketed towards the Grass type. The impact was audible as the Ancient Power struck its target, the Tropius letting out a groan as it was knocked backwards by the attack. Unable to get off a counterattack, Cassius was forced to watch the Archen land safely back on the ground with an excitable flap of his near-useless wings.

“Interesting,” Cassius commented, “You have a lot of maneuverability. Dragon Dance!”

In the air above Floccus, the Tropius began to twist and twirl gracefully as it flew, its body radiating a fierce red aura as it did so. That was somewhat ominous a sign for Kade. It meant that the Tropius had been specially bred. It also meant that its Speed and Attack had now grown and it would be harder for Floccus to avoid being attacked.

“Floccus, Quick Attack!” Kade ordered.

“Ar!” His Pokemon responded, dashing forward so fast that he was visible only as a blur. He got as close as he could on the ground and then jumped hard, shooting up like a rocket. Kade smiled slightly, he was right that building enough speed would let him be able to reach the Tropius on its lower passes.

“Leaf Storm,” Cassius calmly responded. With far greater Speed than before, the Tropius rounded on the incoming Floccus and unleashed its gale of energy-infused leaves. There would be no way for Floccus to dodge while still shooting forward.

“Dragon Breath!” Kade hastily ordered, hoping to at least lessen the impact. Even as he continued his upward trajectory, Floccus spewed out a torrent of the draconic flames against the incoming Leaf Storm. The powerful Grass move blasted apart the counter-attack and collided with Kade’s Archen, sending him careening into the ground with a loud bang and a cloud of dust arising.

Groaning and now far less enthusiastic, Floccus shakily pushed himself to his feet. Kade winced, he knew that after that, he’d have to look for a way to counter the drop in Floccus’ power caused by Defeatist.

He looked up at the Tropius. It had taken far, far less damage than Floccus had. That being said though, it was looking a lot moe beat up than one might expect. That was absolute confirmation that Cassius’ Tropius had Solar Power for its ability.

“Leaf Storm once more!”

“Agility!”

The outpouring of the Tropius attack began again, and once more, Floccus was on the run. Ducking and dodging through the gust of dangerous leaves, avoiding the projectiles as best as he could. Kade watched as the onslaught continued, his little Pokemon straining to avoid as much as it could, although a few of the leaves did unfortunately clip him. Miraculously though, Floccus was still standing.

The Archen was exhausted, hurt and panting heavily, but he had made it through the attack. What was more, Kade was pretty sure if that Leaf Storm had come with the same intensity as the first, that wouldn’t have been the case. Even better, he could see that Cassius’ Tropius was really feeling the effects of its ability now. Even though it had only taken a single attack, it was looking surprisingly worn down.

“Time to finish it off, Dragon Hammer,” Cassius ordered. This was the moment.

The Tropius shot down in the direction of Floccus, its front paws glowing with a blazing purple light. Reaching its full speed in just a moment, Cassius’ Pokemon dived for Kade’s Archen, attempting to drive its legs into the frail form of the bird.

“Acrobatics!” Kade countered.

As the Tropius approached, Floccus leapt up, somersaulting into the air above it. The larger Pokemon collided hard with the ground, the impact echoing throughout the gym. Then, before it could get up, Floccus struck it from above, driving it back into the ground with surprising force.

“Dragon Breath, Floccus!” Kade called. Floccus latched onto the back of the Tropius with his claws and opened his maw wide. The familiar blue and purple blaze erupted out over the back of the downed Tropius, spilling over its formed. The Grass type struggled against the attack, but couldn’t leverage itself against the continued abuse. Eventually, after several, long and tense moments, the Tropius stopped struggling.

“Looks like the challenger wins that one,” the gruff man with the beer belly commented.

“It appears so.” Cassius nodded in agreement as he returned his Tropius, “Well done. You wore down my Tropius’ health using his Solar Power against him and lured me into close range by draining his Special Attack with Leaf Storm’s kickback. You battled against an aerial advantage very well.”

“Flying types are kind of my specialty,” Kade admitted, thanking Floccus for his efforts and returning him to his ball, “It was kind of weird to be on the other side of things, but thinking on it a bit, I just battled you how people tend to compensate against me.”

“So it seems,” Cassius replied, “Time for the next round though.”

Both trainers turned to watch the screen as the roulette began again. This time landing on Tangrowth for Cassius… and Floccus again for Kade.

“Tough luck,” Cassius remarked.




Spoiler: Pokemon at Sanctuary
Arcus (Male, Sniper) - Drill Run, Leer, Pursuit, Fury Attack, Aerial Ace, Mirror Move

Spoiler: Inventory
Key Items
- 1200Poké
- 1 Pokédex
- 1 Holocaster
- Flight Saddle
- Mysterious Ring

Medicine
- 3 Potions
- 1 Super Potion

Pokeballs
- 1 Pokéball
- 2 Great Balls

Technical Machines
- Bug Bite (TM)
- Aerial Ace (TM)
- Sky Drop (TM)
- Ancient Power (TM)
- Power-Up Punch (TM)

General Items
- Pearls
- Spell Tag (worn by Cumulus)

Dragon

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Age 26
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Viridian City
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10,359 posts
5.8 Years
The Emma Kuzunoha Case Files

RESERVE





detective
......

Episode 1: Coumarine City "The Pink Devil"


CRASH!

Another tree came crashing down in the nearby route of the port city, Coumarine. Many of the smaller, weaker wild pokemon fled the scene to safety. Emma had thrown herself out of harms way, crashing towards the ground for now. She had met many horrible and dangerous opponents before... but this was definitely a first. And perhaps the most dangerous one of all. Her foe slowly approached her, holding up what it seems like a huge boulder... with a malevolent intent. Emma could only lie there in a strange awkwardness -- yet in terror -- over the being she was up against.

She had never met something so strong.
So violent.
So devilish.

So...

Pink.

It loomed her overhead, with a sickening sadistic smile on her face. After two years in law enforcement... so this is how Emma's tale ends.

To be udderly crushed to death...
...Because of an Audino.

But who could of seen this coming? Certainly not Emma.

***

It all started when Emma was discharged from the Coumarine hospital. She still had to wear some of her bandages, but she was indeed functioning and was able to freely walk about. She had finally received her pokemon back from the pokemon center, with even a new pokedex and holocaster that was delivered to her. Plusle and Minun sat happily inside her bag, excited to see Emma right as rain once again. Everything that happened upon Shalour, however, still weighed in on her mind. She wondered about the physical, and mental stressed it had put on everyone... more than ever, she wanted to remain strong for all of them, until they can find their own way on what they want to do. But first, it was time to just unwind, so she decided to just head around the nearby route, to take in the fresh air and scenery. All that time she spent, lying upon er hospital bed, it was truly refreshing taking in the fresh air. Everything for once, seemed peaceful and she was truly enjoying herself...

CLONK!

"Oww!" she winced. She was truly enjoying herself, until she was hit by a red apple. She looked above, as it came from the nearby tree. On top of one of the branches, there was a slightly small pink pokemon. An Audino, who sat idly by with a bundle of apples it was apparently eating. It was watching Emma, who rubbed the back of her head. She seemed to had been... giggling at her. Emma rubbed her head, giving the wild Audino the stink eye. "What the hell...?" Audino threw another apple at Emma. This time it landed on Emma's forehead, hitting it square on.

The Audino started to laugh even harder.
Was it... enjoying Emma's misery...?

"I thought Audino's were supposed to be nice!" she called out to it. The Audino only responded by throwing even more apples. And even more than that. "Kn-knock it off!" Emma protested. trying to cover and protect herself from the barrage of apples. The twin electric pokemon who sat in her bag remained inside, shielding themselves too. The attack continued for a fair while, until it abruptly stopped.

After a moment, Emma finally uncovered herself and opened her eyes. When she looked back at the tree trunk, the Audino wasn't there. After looking around the area a bit, she finaly noticed the Audino had crept a few feet behind her. The Audino was chucking, with both of it's arms behind her back.She waved with her left hand at Emma, as Emma returned a puzzled look back at it. Then, the Audino got out her right hand. And, in Audino's right hand... she was holding Emma's pokedex.

"Wh-He-Hey!!" Emma yelled, after scavenging and frantically searching her belongings. Not even Plusle and Minun knew what happened, as they both had both of their eyes covered too. Emma's pokedex had been swiped, while they all weren't looking. Emma was not amused. "You give back my pokedex right now!!"

The Audino stuck out her tongue. And gave Emma the middle finger.

"Did you just---"

The Audino then opened the pokedex out, watched it as she brushed her own ears, like it was holding a mirror. Emma trotted grumpily towards it. The Audino closed back the pokedex, giving Emma a more honest, and calm look. She took Emma's pokedex and held it in front of her. It seemed to be signalling that Emma could have it back now.

Emma looked at it skeptically. Maybe it wasn't so bad after all... maybe it was just an odd pokemon, obsessed with vanity. After all, there's no way an Audino can really be unfriendly. She let her guard down, and happily accepted back her pokedex.

"Thanks, I--- AUGH!" ...Which gave Audino the opportunity to punch Emma in the stomach. Emma was knocked back a few feet, clenching her stomach from the blow. She wasn't seriously injured there... but it still made her cough out a lot. She had finally managed to kneel up, to find the Audnio laughing at her some more. Emma was now officially furious.

"Alright. It's on."


The Pink Devil...
To Be Continued...

gimmepie

Age 23
Male
Australia
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Posted 3 Hours Ago
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7.1 Years
Kade Andrews
No More Running
Stratus (Female, Reckless) - Growl, Wing Attack, Quick Attack, Double-Edge, Aerial Ace, Double Team
Contrail (Male, Big Pecks) - Flame Charge, Roost, Quick Attack, Steel Wing, Ember, Aerial Ace
Noctilucent (Male, Insomnia)
- Tackle, Foresight, Hypnosis, Feather Dance, Peck
Cumulus (Female, Dancer) - Pound, Air Slash, Revealtion Dance, Roost, Feather Dance, Captivate
Floccus (Male, Defeatist) - Quick Attack, Agility, Ancient Power, Dragon Breath, Acrobatics, Quick Guard
Nimbus (Male, Moxie) - Night Slash, Sucker Punch, Swagger, Haze, Wing Attack, Sky Drop


“Sorry, Floccus,” Kade said, “Looks like you’re not quite done yet after all.”

“Ar,” Came the shaky response. It was plain to see that after the beating he had taken from Cassius’ Tropis, Floccus didn’t have much fight left on him without having adequate recovery time.

“Grassy Terrain,” Cassius instructed, prompting a surprised look from Kade. He had been expecting the gym leader to press his offensive advantage here, but instead he was going for a setup move that would also heal Floccus so long as he was grounded.

The grassy battlefield glowed a bright green as the covering grew thicker and taller, the battlefield become much lusher as a result of the move. Kade wasn’t sure what Cassius was getting at, but he wasn’t about to give him a chance to pull anything. His earlier Sunny Day had faded, this was his shot, before Cassius could launch a powered up Grass attack.

“Don’t wait for him, Acrobatics!” Kade called, Floccus leaping into action. The Archen rushed forward, jumping up high and lashing out downwards with his taloned feet. Cassius didn’t even twitch as the Flying attack made contact… and neither did his Tangrowth.

Instead, as the attack landed, the Tangrowth’s viney, tentacle-wrapped body seemed to come alive. The vines reached out and wrapped around Floccus, pulling him down and restricting his movement. There was no getting away for the Archen.

“Giga Drain,” Cassius said calmly.

His Tangrowth reached up with its gangly arms and gripped Kade’s struggling Archen, pulling him into a bear hug. Then, there was a flare of bright green light and a screech of pain as the glow persisted. Once the light faded, the Tangrowth dropped Floccus to the floor at his feet where the fossil Pokemon lay unconscious.

“I guess that ties us up,” Cassius remarked, returning his Tangrowth.

“I guess so,” Kade replied, doing the same for his fallen Archen. Technically speaking, Kade knew he had the advantage at that stage, even with both combatants sitting at a win each, he held the type advantage and none of his strongest Pokemon had come into play yet. That being said, he was still put off by Cassius’ choice to set the Grassy Terrain. He didn’t need it to defeat Floccus - which left only one explanation. He had already been setting up for the next battle in case he didn’t roll Tangrowth.

The roulette began again and Kade and Cassius both watched the screen intently. Then, as soon as it had started, the roulette came to a stop and both of them had their competitor selected. Cassius would be battling with a Leafeon… and Kade’s side hand landed on Cumulus.

Kade’s breath hitched. The last time he had tried to battle with Cumulus, she had nearly died. Could he really call on her to battle for him again so soon? What if she was badly hurt again? How could he expect to retain her trust? How could he live with himself as a trainer or become a gym leader in good faith if he knew he had allowed that to happen?

Still, he had promised himself he was committing to this course of action. He reached for Cumulus’ ball, and as Cassius released his Leafeon, he hesitant called her to battle. With dual flashes of light, Cassius’ Pokemon emerged with prideful cry and Cumulus elegantly fluttered to the ground.

“You weren’t kidding when you said you specialised in aerial battles,” Cassius remarked, “Interesting.”

Kade didn’t reply, he was too busy focusing on Cumulus. He was sure it was too early for this. Yet, he had gone on.

“I’ll be taking the first move it seems,” Cassius said, “Sunny Day and then Leaf Blade.”

The Leafeon let out a sound that was half cry of joy and half growl as the sun above it suddenly glowed violently bright through the top of the greenhouse roof. Then, its leafy tail glowed nearly as bright, shining a vibrant green as it suddenly rocketed rocketed forward at a breakneck pace.

“Dodge!” Kade yelled, surprised by the Leafeon’s insane speed. It had been almost like watching a Quick Attack. One moment, it was standing calmly at the ready, the next it was letting out a battle cry as is lashed out at Cumulus with a swipe of its tail, crossing the distance between them almost too fast to follow.

Cumulus let out a squawk of surprise, jumping up as she flung her wings open and flapped hard. She narrowly avoided the attack as it slammed into the ground, radiating out a shockwave from the force of the collision. As expected, the Grassy Terrain earlier had been to set up for the third bout and increase the strength of further Grass moves.

“After it,” Cassius ordered.

His Leafeon leapt high, easily making the distance to the low-flying Cumulus. Once again its tail lit up for a Leaf Blade.

“Roll back!” Kade called out, Cumulus replying musically as she tumbled backwards, flaring her wings as she came out of the flip to steady herself in the air. The Leaf Blade sailed through the space where Cumulus had once been, its user landing daintily on its feet beneath Cumulus.

This Leafeon seemed powerful enough as it was, but boosted by the effects of the Tangrowth’s lasting Grassy Terrain, it was monstrously strong. It was going to be essential to counteract that boost.

“Alright, Feather Dance!” Kade said.

Cumulus began to spin and twirl gracefully in the air over Cassius’ Leafeon, shimmering feathers falling down over it. The gym leader smirked.

“Swords Dance.”

Even as Cumulus danced above, the Leafeon entered into a strange duet, making sharp aggressive movements as a red and blue lights surged over its body. Kade watched, waiting for Cumulus’ Dancer ability to kick in, but it didn’t.

“It’s pretty hard to mimic one dance whilst performing another,” Cassius answered Kade’s confused look, “and I do believe our different dances just cancelled each other out. Leaf Blade!”

“Over it!”

The Leafeon sprinted forward at its unnatural speed and leapt high into the air, whirling around and swiping out with a blade like tail. Cumulus flapped hard, moving just over the top of the other Pokemon, the Leafeon once again landing harmlessly back on the ground. If Feather Dance was going to be neutralised every time he tried it, it looked like it was back to plan A.

Cassius raised an eyebrow, but made no comment other than to give his Pokemon its next instruction.

“Grass Whistle,”

Kade almost visibly deflated as an odd, musical humming began radiating out from the Leafeon. He looked on with horror as Cumulus began to falter in the air as he eyes slowly shut. Then, she plummeted down, collided hard with the grassy battlefield. Kade was thankful that it wasn’t a stone battlefield like Grant’s, but his problems were far from over.

“Leaf Blade,” Cassius instructed again.

“Wake up!” Kade yelled, but it was to no avail. This time there would be no dodging the supercharged attack. The Leafeon rushed forward, rotating as it reached the downed Oricorio, it swept the Leaf Blade up and under the slumbering bird, launching it upwards. It wasn’t done there though, it leapt up high above Cumulus, flipping forward and slashing its Leaf Blade down in an overhead motion.

Cumulus slammed hard into the ground with a reverberating crash that send the elongated grass of the battlefield out it waves. The onslaught didn’t end there either, as the Leafeon landed by Cumulus, it swept its tail out in an arcing motion again and flung her across the battlefield. Cumulus collided with a tree and sunk to the ground, her eyes fluttering open. She groaned in pain and Kade felt his stomach twist.

He was watching her take a one-sided beating for him yet again. How could he let that continue? His hand twitched, unconsciously reaching for her ball. Cassius seemed not to notice.

“Once more!”

The Leafeon rushed forward, ready to finish the battle off with another of its explosive Leaf Blades.

“Dodge!” Kade yelled instinctively, but to his horror, Cumulus didn’t budge. His eyes opened wide as the Leafeon’s front legs touched down and it pivoted around on them, bringing its Leaf Blade around towards the unmoving Oricorio.

Then, Cumulus twisted too. Not out the way as she had been commanded though, she gracefully pivoted on the spot, and as she did so an array of wispy, ghostly purple lights burst into existence around her. In mid-attack, the Leafeon couldn’t avoid the sudden Revelation Dance and was bombarded with the lights.

The Leafeon was knocked tumbling along the battlefield by the attack and Cumulus let out a low, warbling sound, one more akin to something one would expect from Nimbus than her, as she turned her head to stare directly at Kade.

“Cumulus?” Kade floundered, this was nothing like he’d ever experienced from her before. Yet, he could tell exactly what she was saying. She was making her point clear that she wasn’t going to spend the whole battle running around until she passed out. She was going to fight for him whether he liked it or not. “Are you sure?”

Cumulus nodded, turning back to face the Leafeon as it returned to its feet.

“Well alright then,” Kade sighed, taking a deep breath to centre himself. He’d told himself he was going to be better, it was time to actually do it.




Spoiler: Pokemon at Sanctuary
Arcus (Male, Sniper) - Drill Run, Leer, Pursuit, Fury Attack, Aerial Ace, Mirror Move

Spoiler: Inventory
Key Items
- 1200Poké
- 1 Pokédex
- 1 Holocaster
- Flight Saddle
- Mysterious Ring

Medicine
- 3 Potions
- 1 Super Potion

Pokeballs
- 1 Pokéball
- 2 Great Balls

Technical Machines
- Bug Bite (TM)
- Aerial Ace (TM)
- Sky Drop (TM)
- Ancient Power (TM)
- Power-Up Punch (TM)

General Items
- Pearls
- Spell Tag (worn by Cumulus)

Pudding

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Female
Seen 1 Hour Ago
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2.5 Years

Margarita Fas

Fingers pressed against the computer mouse, hands brushed against book spines, eyes skimming through the pages, all for the sake of ridding her newborn kitten from the worry that plagued him. Pawniard sat in the kiddie corner of the library, admiring the old depictions of medieval war and tournaments. Meanwhile Larvesta and Litten were hidden from public viee within the tree foliage. Margarita believed it was best for fire types, especially a newborn, to be far away from paper.

A loud vibration shook the table, startling Margarita. She quickly retrieved her phone, not wanting to be rude to others inside the library.

It was a text. Odd.

Beautiful, did you rest as is expected from you?

Preposterous. How did he ever get her phone number?

Margarita was quick to respond, unnerved he managed to get a hold of her.

How the hell did you get my number

She continued until she found the text that may be of use. Upon leaving the desk to locate her book, her pocket vibrated.

I am glad to see you are still alive lovely.

Seeing as how he refused to answer her question, she did not respond and instead skimmed through the contents of the book before her.



Out through the library doors Margarita appears to her pokémon. Larvesta and Litten happily migrate from their branches down to the little red wagon. Pawniard was passed out cold, having been unable to keep himself awake during the wake. As a result he was returned to his pokéball to continue his rest.

"Uh... I have this list, okay? I'm going to try to see if there's any of these common remedies given to Slowpokes. It's... not that big at all, but hey I'm doing something," she took time out of her day to explain herself to her two fire creatures.

They trekked through the city towards the supermarket and stores. Unfortunately not everything was found, but the little they collected may be enough.

With it they returned to the miserable pile of Slowpokes, moaning and whining as they focused on the pulsating pain overcoming their senses. "Guess this is it." Litten stood from his place, curious to see if the slowpokes would be cured of their malady. Larvesta did not feel comfortable with the kitten approaching the pink pile, afraid they may react badly to any one of the remedies.

Margarita rummaged through the sack of store-bought items, pulling out what appeared to be a green tonic. "Hey," she began, crouching down next to the closest slowpoke. Their groggy eyes slowly rose, meeting with Margarita's seconds later.

A large shadow overcame the area as if dark clouds had flown overhead. Margarita thought nothing of it, yet when the two fire pokémon discovered the source their expressions contorted into that of horror. "Can you drink thi-"

A very strong force swept the trio off their feet, and wagon, knocking the wind out of them.

Amongst the slowpokes one had summoned a large wave, their very presence worsening a few of their headaches.

gimmepie

Age 23
Male
Australia
Seen 3 Hours Ago
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Kade Andrews
The Dance of Defiance
Stratus (Female, Reckless) - Growl, Wing Attack, Quick Attack, Double-Edge, Aerial Ace, Double Team
Contrail (Male, Big Pecks) - Flame Charge, Roost, Quick Attack, Steel Wing, Ember, Aerial Ace
Noctilucent (Male, Insomnia)
- Tackle, Foresight, Hypnosis, Feather Dance, Peck
Cumulus (Female, Dancer) - Pound, Air Slash, Revealtion Dance, Roost, Feather Dance, Captivate
Floccus (Male, Defeatist) - Quick Attack, Agility, Ancient Power, Dragon Breath, Acrobatics, Quick Guard
Nimbus (Male, Moxie) - Night Slash, Sucker Punch, Swagger, Haze, Wing Attack, Sky Drop


“Leaf Blade,” Cassius ordered, apparently not being too interested in letting the sentimental intermission continue.

His Leafeon’s tail glowed a bright green as, aided by the bright sunlight, it closed in on Cumulus instantl and slashed its tail across at her.

“Over the top, stay in close and then Air Slash!” Kade ordered.

Cumulus thrust down with her wings and brought her legs in, flying narrowly over the top of the Grass attack. With the Leafeon’s back now to her, she thrust her wings forward and at close range let loose with a pair of silvery blades of air that crashed into the Grass type’s back and sent tumbling back towards its trainer. Shakily, the Leafeon climbed back to its feet.

“Synthesis,” came the command from Cassius.

His Leafeon look to the sky, glowing with a warm light as it absorbed the enhanced sunrays and used their energy to begin mending its wounds. Kade saw an opportunity at that moment and seized it.

“Feather Dance, quick!” he called, realising that he could take the chance to decrease Cassius’ offensive power while his Leafeon was in the process of healing away the damage it sustained from the close range Air Slash.

Cumulus began to twirl and spin elegantly through the air, a delicate rain of white-glowing feathers falling over the battlefield where Cassius’ Leafeon was located. The light of the feathers merged with the light of the Synthesis as they both overcame the body of the Leafeon before fading awake.

“Counteract it with Swords Dance,” Cassius responded, causing Kade to involuntarily smirk.

The Leafeon began dance in sharp motions as red and blue surged over its body, but it wasn’t the only one. In the air above it, Cumulus immediately began to mimic its movements as the same light engulfed her. Unlike before, when Cassius had moved simultaneously, this time Feather Dance had come first, freeing Cumulus to activate her Dancer ability.

“Got you,” Kade said, “Pound!”

Cumulus shut her wings and dove down hard for the Grass type, but Cassius was having none of that. He gave a quick command to his Leafeon, and, in a split second, it was lashing out with another Leaf Blade.

Cumulus closed in on the Leafeon, opening her wings and flinging one forward in a haymaker movement as the Leaf Blade swung across. The attacks met, struggling against each other, but even after the Swords Dance increase, Cumulus was overpowered by the Leafeon and send spiralling back through the air towards Kade.

“Revelation Dance!” Kade called, and as Cumulus was flung back the attack began.

As she spun, the wispy lights of purple appeared around her, moving with her spiralling momentum. The, one after the other, the lights rocketed away from her towards Cassius’ Pokemon until her momentum came to a sudden, forced, halt in front of Kade.

The Leafeon completed it swinging motion only to find itself face-to-face with a hail of ghostly orbs as the Revelation Dance struck. The Grass type was bombarded by the Ghost attack, crying out as it was obscured by an ethereal glow and blasted back off its feet despite its efforts to hold firm.

“Roost!” Kade instructed, taking the brief reprieve they got whilst the Leafeon was down for some recovery. Cumulus folded her wings as a radiant glow moved over her, her wounds from the battle becoming visibly less severe as the move continued. The light soon faded as the Leafeon managed to return to its feet.

“Synthesis,” Cassius instructed, looking to level the playing field again. Kade jumped on that, there was no way he could afford to let that Leafeon recover, and now was the perfect chance to get in a shot. With the intense sunlight from the earlier Sunny Day beginning to fade, the healing move would take slightly longer to run its course.

“Air Slash, Cumulus!”

The Oricorio gave a musical cry as she suddenly flung her wings open, even as the warm, sunny glow began to radiate out from her foe. She pulled her wings back and then thrust them forward hard. A single shimmering blade exploded out from the motion, twice as large as the two smaller blades Kade was used to seeing her produce. The attack surged across the battlefield with a gust before colliding with the Leafeon with a rush of wind as it tried to heal.

“I see,” Cassius said, “You’ve switched from battling hyper defensively to hyper offensively. I have to admit, I didn’t see that coming. I thought even after committing to the fight, you’d try something more hit and run. Your Oricorio’s ability to fluidly adapt to your instructions is impressive.”

“Thank you,” Kade replied, “When it comes to flow of movement, Cumulus can’t be beat.”

“Indeed, I don’t think we can match her movement prowess. That being said, we still have you outmatched in power by a wide stretch. Use Last Resort!”

The air itself seemed to vibrate with power as a blazing, coruscating golden aura flared up around the Leafeon, causing the thick grass to say wildly as it pulsed and grew.

“Revelation Dance!” Kade called, “Built it up as much as you can and don’t let it go until I give the word!”

Cumulus fluttered forward a bit and began her dance. Elegant and eerie, but somehow different than Kade had seen it during the battle before. There was a certainty and a confidence to Cumulus movements that he hadn’t seen outside of when she first learned the move - when she protected him from Victor’s Rotom. As she twisted and turned, a swarm of wispy purple lights began to phase into being, spiralling around her in a powerful vortex.

The intensity in the room increased as a wave of force surged out from the Leafeon, causing the grass of the battlefield to sway in an uncontrolled frenzy. Then came the attack.

The Leafeon swung its tail hard, in a motion much like its earlier Leaf Blades. From that motion, the Last Resort erupted into being: a huge, vaguely star shaped golden blast with energy trailing behind from each of its points’ like a sea of comet tails.

“Hold on!” Kade yelled, as the attack collided with the still-building Revelation dance.

The glorious golden missile met resistance as a wall of spirally orbs of ghostly light blocked its path, the attack striking each other with an impact that echoed across the gym, making the glass pains of the greenhouse shake.

The individual components of the Revelation Dance started to shatter into an ocean of glitter, still caught up in the vortex of the attack as it began to lose its density. At first glance, it seemed as though the Revelation Dance was losing out, and this made sense - it’s a weaker attack generally.

As the trainers continued to watch however, something else was apparent: the Last Resort was also being slowly stripped away, its golden light being pulled into Cumulus’ vortex, merging with her Revelation Dance and coating the ethereal light of her orbs in a radiant glow.

“Alright,” Kade said, feeling his heart hammer, he knew this was the deciding moment, one way or the other, “Let it loose!”

Cumulus cried out the affirmative as she unleashed her combined attack. The spiralling Revelation Dance expanded outwards slightly, ripping apart what was left of the opposing attack before, one right after the other, streak of purple and gold rained down upon Cassius’ Leafeon like a meteor shower.

The Grass type howled as it was bombarded by the combined power of both attacks, its form totally obscured by the vibrant melded lights as the exploded against and around it. Then, after the last projectile detonated against the Leafeon, and the light faded away, it was revealed once more.

The Leafeon was still standing, it’s body was shaking from the effort, its was snarling from the strain with one eye tightly shut and its teeth bared, but it had not gone down. It was an incredible sight and an impressive display of power and resilience. Wobbling on its feet, it began to stalk forward towards an exhausted, slumping Cumulus.

“Leaf Blade,” Cassius ordered, his calm expression finally shifting. Even Cassius was looking on at the combatants with a look of bewilderment, but if his Leafeon wasn’t down, the battle wasn’t over. It’s tail gloed the familiar green as it approached.

“You still good, Cumulus?” Kade asked, his breath catching in his throat as his heart continued to jackhammer in his chest.

“Ori!” Cumulus replied, much of her musicality gone from her tone because of the strain, replaced now with defiance and determination.

“Okay, then Air Slash!”

With the greatest amount of effort Kade had ever seen it take, Cumulus drew back her wings and then roughly flung them forward. A pair of shimmering Air Slash blades shot forward in a blustery wind, racing towards the Leafeon as it continued to stalk forwards with a single minded focus.

The Leafeon swung its tail forward to intercept the Air Slash with its Leaf Blade… but the light faded from its tail and it stumbled on its feet. Unable to keep moving to dodge, it was struck by the incoming Air Slash and blasted off of its feet, rolling along the ground until it came to a halt at Cassius’ feet.

For a moment then, there was silence. Then, the referee spoke up.

“The challenger wins!” he said, “...somehow.”

Cumulus turned to Kade and cheered enthusiastically, raising her wings in celebration. Then, immediately crashed to ground unconscious. Kade rushed forward to scoop up her limp form, sighing from relief to find that she had merely fainted, her battle had not triggered any serious relapses as best he could tell.

“You were incredible,” he said to the sleeping Pokemon, “I never knew you had that in you… you pushed yourself to keep standing just long enough for us to get the win you absolute mad bird.”

“Congratulations on the win,” Cassius said as he returned his defeated Leafeon, “That was quite the impressive performance, and I’m not really one to give unneeded praise. Keep it up, and you could go far.”

“I hope so,” Kade replied, “Im lucky to have amazing Pokemon, but I still have a long way to go. For now though, the only place I’m going is back to Pokemon Centre to get Floccus and Cumulus fixed up.”

“I’d say that’s a wise choice.”




Spoiler: Pokemon at Sanctuary
Arcus (Male, Sniper) - Drill Run, Leer, Pursuit, Fury Attack, Aerial Ace, Mirror Move

Spoiler: Inventory
Key Items
- 1200Poké
- 1 Pokédex
- 1 Holocaster
- Flight Saddle
- Mysterious Ring

Medicine
- 3 Potions
- 1 Super Potion

Pokeballs
- 1 Pokéball
- 2 Great Balls

Technical Machines
- Bug Bite (TM)
- Aerial Ace (TM)
- Sky Drop (TM)
- Ancient Power (TM)
- Power-Up Punch (TM)

General Items
- Pearls
- Spell Tag (worn by Cumulus)

Shak

Male
UK
Seen 3 Days Ago
Posted 1 Week Ago
879 posts
4.4 Years
-Drew Tucker
Avril Morris

Trampled Water Lily


Sally watched Drew intently. She'd known the kid for the best part of a day, and off the back of a crushing defeat, he seemed more chipper than ever. He bobbed his head from side to side and was even whistling as he cast his line into the water. There was just an off air about her two man canoe though. Both Rory and Owin had gotten stuck in and already caught a handful of fish, while she noticed her young partner had resigned to letting several of his own bites go. "Drew, are you alri-"

"I'm fine. I'm not sulking about the loss. It's hard being as far behind your peers as I always seem to be, but I'm not gonna let that slow me down, y'know?" He leaned back as he finished, tugging on his fishing rod.

"It's just that you're not actually catching anything..."

There was an awkward moment of silence, before Sally found herself splashed by a torrent of water. She brushed the water out of her eyes and looked up to see the culprit chasing a school of wishiwashi out to the open ocean. "You've got a full team of healthy pokemon that adore you. Even that one does, believe it or not. I'd say you're doing pretty okay." She smiled, pointing toward the Kingdra. "If anything, absence makes the heart grow fonder."

A spritz of water flicked off the tail of Drew's first catch. A Wishiwashi. The tiny white pokemon was flung past their canoe, completely missing the bucket he was intended for. As Drew's gaze followed the fish's trail however, he found himself enamoured at the sight of a blonde girl traversing the outer city. If he didnt recognise the girl at first sight, the distinctive figure of a Greninja strolling next to her was enough to give the teenager confidence that this was who he thought it was.

Meanwhile, Avril was slowly walking up the streets of Coumarine. After a rather long night of debate, the girl had decided to continue on with her journey of challenging the gyms scattered across Kalos. She figured it would be a good way of testing her teams strength as they progressed. Avril also knew that Team Cinder would most likely up their aggressions towards her once they found out what she was doing.

"I think this gym is supposed to be a grass-based gym..." Avril mused, glancing over her shoulder at Shino as she spoke. The Greninja crossed his arms over his chest, nodding at his trainer's words. "It probably would be best to start with Radar... Maybe following up with Marble."

Shino flinched, looking somewhat offended by Avril's logic. The trainer sighed, rolling her eyes at his response.

"Don't give me that... I know you're strong, but water isn't exactly a stellar choice for fighting grass-types," she reasoned. "Don't worry. I promise you're gonna get your chance soon."

You're an afterthought...

Drew recoiled and rubbed his head as that thought played back in his mind once again. "I swear, she looks completely different every time I see her. So much stronger too..." He mumbled to himself.

"What's that kid?" Sally responded, plunking yet another Wishiwashi into her water bucket. She glanced back to meet Drew's line of sight. Like a sniper, she instantly zeroed in on the focal point of the boy's attention. "Ohhh, a girl, huh? You know her?" Her amused demeanour was heightened in response to the boy's bashful dismissal of her question. "You like her, don't ya?"

"Can we n-"

"Go talk to her. We've got plenty of time to win this thing. Get your head screwed on." She pat him on the back and grabbed his rod from his hands. "Go on. We're not going anywhere." She pushed, forcing a sigh from Drew.

The teenager pulled out one of the pokeballs from his bag. "Fine, I got her Leafeon, so I guess I should give it back now anyway." He tossed Wailmer's pokeball and hopped on the Whale's back.

Before he knew it he was at the docks just in time to get up into the city and intercept the girl's path. The ride had given him time to consider a fair amount though. Between Rory and Sally's excited gossiping and his reflection on his time with Salad, Drew realised that there were plenty of opportunities for him to at least try to get to know the grass type, but he never had. The way he saw it, he'd wasted a lot of opportunities on his journey, maybe even beyond. This couldnt be another one of those moments.

He returned his Wailmer and ran up to where the blonde trainer was walking, stopping in the road in front of the girl. "Hey Avril!" He waved excitedly.

Avril glanced up ahead of her, the familiar sight of Drew coming into her vision. It had been some time since she had seen the boy. If she remembered correctly, the last time they crossed paths was back in Cyllage City. Under other circumstances, the blonde figured that this would be a welcome sight. Then again, things were a lot more complicated than they were just a few weeks ago. Regardless, Avril managed to muster up a small smile as she offered a wave to the younger trainer.

"Hey there, Drew... Been a while, yeah?" she greeted. "What's up?"

Drew's enthusiasm faltered. Normally such a flat response would have matched his own tempo beat for beat, but there was a striking difference between what he expected given who was in front of him and what he got. If it were anyone else he would have written it off immediately. "You umm..." He began, having to gulp before he could finish his sentence. "You seem different."

"Well... You know, it's just been a long couple of days," Avril quickly responded. "What with all that mess in Shalour and then recovering and all that... I guess I'm still just a bit tired."

It really wasn't a complete lie. The girl really was still a bit fatigued, with sleep being a bit of an afterthought. She really didn't need to recover from anything, however. Compared to some of her classmates like Emma, she had gotten off pretty lucky. At least, when one considered the physical aspects of it all. Shino glanced between the two trainers, cautiously glancing at Drew as if analyzing whether or not the boy was buying what his trainer was telling him.

"Anyways, there's no real point on focusing on me. What about you, though? How have you been holding up?" Avril questioned. "Outside of Emma, you're the only other one I've seen since we all were transported here."

The mention of Shalour caused Drew to withdraw even more. He tugged at his sleeve behind him, completely obscuring his heavily bandaged left arm. "I've been fine. Took a hard knock, so I was out for a while, but I've honestly never felt better since." He chuckled. "I've actually been looking for you for a while now." As he said that, he pulled out one of the pokeballs he'd placed into his pocket. He held the ball out for Avril to take. "I know it's been a while since you saw this guy..." A forced smile and an offering of her pokemon back were all he could muster to avoid the topic of Shalour being revived.

Avril glanced down at the pokéball, her eyes widening as the ball suddenly snapped open. In a flash of light, the girl suddenly found herself being tackled to the ground. Excited yipping filled the air as she felt soft fur suddenly nestling along the crook of her neck with glee. Shino had a look of surprise on his face. The Greninja had not been expecting this reunion.

"S-Salad...?" Avril questioned. She managed to pull her overly excitable Leafeon back, staring at the grass-type pokémon in disbelief. The blonde had left him back at the daycare just outside of Camphrier Town for safe keeping. At least, that's what she thought. "What are you... how did you get here?"

"Well, I remembered you asking about how they were doing, and when Faye gave Neb back to me...I figured I could bring Salad back to you too." Drew laughed, his smile finally easing into one of genuine warmth. "You gotta be pretty happy to see him, right? Especially after all this time." He let out a deep sigh, unloading all the excitement he'd picked up in that moment.

Avril glanced back down at the Leafeon. His tail wagging back and forth in delight as she gently scratched behind one of his ears. If he had been carrying Salad for this long, that meant he was with Drew during the whole Shalour incident. It was very well possible that the girl could have lost yet another pokémon had things gone even the slightest bit different.

"You've no idea how relieved I really am," Avril admitted, smiling down at Salad one more time before finally pulling herself back up to her feet. "Thanks for taking care of him, Drew."

The younger teen leaned forward, half expecting the girl to hug him. He almost stumbled forward, but just managed to steady his footing before he found himself clattering into the girl. "No problem. I can't really claim I did anything special though." Drew laughed, rubbing the back of his neck. He bit his lip as his own mind wandered to thoughts of how things may have been different, but instead he thought of how his team may have looked had Avril not suggested he take Nebula back in Lumiose. How different his journey would be now. She'd already done so much for him on this journey, he was happy he was able to give back. He began to blush as his mind raced.

You're an afterthought...

Not anymore... He reaffirmed himself in his mind, despite the racing heart and sweaty palms, he felt confident. "Hey umm...Avril..." He began. Reality poked him in the heart about as soon as he began to speak his mind. He faltered, looking down at the girl's starter instead. "Shino's looking real strong. I bet Brycen'd be jealous..." He laughed awkwardly again. He grabbed the grass type's pokeball and pressed the button, summoning Brycen to stand beside him.

The Quilladin emerged with a stretch. Though, his stretch was short lived as he caught a glimpse of the duo that stood before him. He completely dismissed the Leafeon. It was the blonde haired girl, but especially the dark blue frog that caught his attention. "Quilla?" The grass type enquired looking between the water type and the two trainers.

Shino looked down at the Quilladin, a blush gracing his cheeks as he offered the grass-type pokémon a friendly wave. The two really hadn't properly seen each other since that day they gathered at the daycare center along with Selkie. He knelt down to Brycen's level, a sound Avril could only assume was some sort of friendly chuckle of sorts coming from the frog as he noticed the rather large height difference between himself and Drew's pokémon.

"Well... Yeah, Shino's been through a lot recently. He's kind of been my frontrunner a lot, so I guess him reaching his final stage so quickly was only natural," Avril reasoned.

Drew scoffed, looking at the difference between the two starter pokemon. "Brycen's been my front runner too, bu-" He began to explain, but thought better of it after receiving a sharp glare from Brycen. The grass type took one more intense look at Shino, before looking expectantly up at his trainer.

Drew had already forgotton the distraction. His eyes had met with Avril's and he looked away in an awkward mess. Every word he had intended to say before freezing earlier came rushing back to his mind. He recalled his encounter with Laurent. Those lessons about subtlty and revealing truths about yourself. They wouldnt do. Not now. If the shortness of breath and sweaty palms hadnt put him off before, they certainly were now.

Avril turned her attention back to Drew, noticing that something about the younger boy suddenly seemed a bit off. "Drew, you um... you feeling alright? You're looking a little pale all of a sudden."

"Oh...yeah...look...ummm, I've been thinking..." He began, stumbling over each word. He managed to steady himself with a deep breath. "Just from how Salad reacted when he saw you, it's pretty obvious how awesome a person you are." He clasped his hands together, a grating feeling in the back of his head just ushering him to stop. "One of the best moments I can remember on my journey is getting ice cream back in Cyllage. If you're not doing anything, I'd love to do it again...as like...a date." He cringed as he said that last word. He'd put it all out there. All or nothing.

The area around them suddenly got extremely quiet. It was either that, or Avril was so bewildered at the fact that Drew had just asked her out that her brain was imploding and everything around her had somehow been sucked up into some sort of parallel dimension where only she and the boy remained. She gazed down at Drew, a lot of things suddenly clicking into place for her. The way he always seemed to be so uneasy and fidgety around her... The way he looked like he was about to be sick a few moments ago... The strange way he seemed to try and force small talk... All of them were sure signs that somewhere along the way, the younger trainer had managed to fall for her.

"Well, ****."

Avril sighed in frustration. Why did everything suddenly have to be so hard? Now on top of everything else, she was going to have to deal with crushing a boy's hopes and dreams. She really didn't sign up for this kind of thing.

"Listen, Drew... I mean... I'm flattered, I really am," Avril began, closing her eyes as she tried to think of a way she could break this off as gently as she could. She suddenly wished it was Emma or Odette who found themselves in this situation. Arceus knows they probably would have had a lot more tact in dealing with this sort of thing. "But... But the truth is... I just... I just don't feel the same. I mean, don't get me wrong. You're a great kid... And I really do enjoy the time we spend together, but... I mean just don't feel that kind of connection... like that."

"O-oh..."Drew's gaze fell to the ground. "Right..." His throat dried up and palms fell cold. "No problem." He croaked. The chuckle he forced fell flat, barely managing to squeeze its way out of his air filled chest. "I should probably get out your way, me and Bry have...yeah..." He sighed; his head hung as he began back to where he'd left his canoeing friends to catch their fish.

"Damn it..."

"Drew, wait a minute!" Avril called out. She knew he was going to take her rejection hard, but still felt the need to offer some form of proper reconciliation. The girl began to follow after the younger trainer, going as far as to put a hand on his shoulder. "Let's talk about this."

A cold chill ran down the boy's spine. He sniffled. His chin fell to his left shoulder, as far from the invading hand as possible. "There's nothing to talk about. I'm fine." He turned just his head to face her, his expression locked into a tense smile. The croak in his voice was enough to deter him from forcing out another excuse and run the risk of breaking down halfway through his sentence. He could barely talk if he wanted to. He cupped Avril's hand, in both of his, and took it off of his shoulder. With another nod, Drew turned and headed back toward the docks. A particularly dragged step was enough to end the life of an unfortunate flower, as the broken hearted teenager walked off into the sunset.


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Cyllage City



Friends for Infinity
RPT | Pairs

"It's so calm."

art by the amazing Infinite

ShinyDiamond

The Other Promise

Male
Twilight Town
Seen 1 Week Ago
Posted May 11th, 2019
2,696 posts
8.2 Years
Dust Fabre

Coumarine City
Location: Hillcrest Cliff
Mission 6 - Ambush


Inventory
Spoiler:
1x Pokédex
5x Pokéballs
1x Super Potions
1x Pile of Cloned Pokémon Ashes
1x Pile of Cloned Lucario Ashes
1x Ice Stone
1x Lucarionite
1000 Poké

Pokémon
Spoiler:
Nyx
Rozu
Val


"Thanks. You're a big help."

"Just make sure to get enough rest." Dust bids the recipient farewell & walks back to Ruby, who was waiting by a bench nearby. She was feeding Rozu some berries to pass the time. "Alright, that leaves a few more deliveries." Dust informs, looking into his backpack.

"Heh heh," Ruby giggles. Dust looks over at her, closing his backpack up.

"What's so funny?"

"It's nothing, heh. You just remind me a lot of my brother." Dust cocks his head. He's a little concerned now.

"I feel sorry for you if your brother is anything like me." Ruby just giggles some more.

"Sure, he's a little rough around the edges, & a little stubborn, but I still care about him." She looks like she's in deep thought. Dust almost speaks to break the silence, but lets her be until she talks again. When he looks at her though, her smile turns to a frown. "He's...actually the reason I'm even out traveling." This catches Dust's attention. He sits down to learn about Ruby's reason.

"Well, you don't look the type to dive into danger," he jokes, hoping to lighten the mood. She smiles, if only slightly. He thought it might be rude to pry into her reasons. Plus they only just met.

"He's...missing."

Dust is silent. He didn't have anything to say about that. He couldn't really think of anything to say. "It's been 9 years since I last saw him. I don't even know if he's still alive. I've spent most of my life searching for him, but I haven't found any sign of him. It's hard to wrap my mind at the thought he might be gone for good..."

"What's his name?" Dust asks, being careful not to upset her. Ruby parts her hair to the side, remembering her times with her brother.

"Morgan." Dust finds that a strange name. It doesn't really ring a bell either.

"Well, how far have you searched?" he continues asking. He doesn't know why she's telling him all this, but she is getting this off her chest. It might be good for her health to vent at someone.

"I thought he might be in Sinnoh, since that's where we lived together, but I never found him there. I've already searched Unova too. I came to Kalos from there," she explains, counting her fingers how many regions she visited & how many left she needs to visit. "It's...it's been hard. I don't know how much longer I can take this." She hugs her Zorua doll to calm herself. "I...have made some friends since I left home."

"Well, that's good at least," Dust reassures her, placing a hand on her shoulder. "Don't worry. You'll find your brother in time." He tries to cheer her up, giving a thumbs up & a smile. Ruby just smiles awkwardly. Dust can tell he didn't make the situation any better. He takes his hand off her shoulder & looks away, a little baffled. "H-hey, I'm no good at comforting." Despite the awkwardness, Ruby still laughs.

"Don't worry, I understand." She smiles. Looks like talking has helped her a little.

"Well, I should get the rest of this medicine to the infected," Dust gets up & stretches his arms out. Ruby stands up, putting the berries back into her bag. Rozu hops back onto Dust's shoulder, a little stuffed from being fed.

"So where's the next place?"

In the next moment, Dust pushes Ruby to the ground, just as a strong wind cuts through the ground Dust was standing on. Rozu jumps off Dust's shoulder & lands, scanning the area. Ruby, on the ground, is confused at what is happening. Dust gets up & looks around. Where did it come from? He scans the bushes & trees nearby & manages to catch some rustling in the bushes. "There!" He points in the direction the attack came from. Rozu sprints in that direction, using Force Palm on the bushes. A figure dashes out of the way & into the forest. "After 'em!" Dust gives chase, leaving Ruby behind. She's left with only her Zorua doll. She holds on to it & follows Dust & Rozu.

The cloaked figure is running around the trees, trying to lose their pursuer. Dust keeps his eye on them so he doesn't lose sight of his attacker. "Wait, stop! I just wanna punch you!" he shouts, raising his fist at them. An Absol appears nearby & swings its horn, shooting Psycho Cuts at their pursuers. They make a quick dodge while trying to keep up. "Rozu, you do the same!" Dust points out, ducking from another Psycho Cut. Rozu, glowing purple, swipes his arms at the Pokémon & attacker. With Copycat, he sends a Pyscho Cut right back at 'em. It hits a tree in front the cloaked figures as it tumbles down, blocking his path. They make a change of direction, but Dust is quick to block him. "Going so soon...?" He smirks, an angry tone in his voice. Their Absol is quick to act, his horn glowing purple as he goes for Dust. He backs away to avoid the attack, but the figures takes advantage of that. They lunge at him, placing their hand on his face as they push him straight to the ground, slamming his head, & makes a break for it. Dust, keeping it together, grabs the end of their cloak, which pulls him back & flips them around, & landing flat on the ground. Dust now has the the cloak in his hands, so now he can get a look at his attacker. "Tough break for you, pal." Unfortunately, Absol slashes a Razor Wind the the ground in front of Dust, causing a puff of dust to fill the air. Dust covers himself quickly, & tries to take a look for his attacker & Absol.

"Stay away." Dust hears a voice he's never heard before. A guy's voice. Was it his attacker? He looks around, trying to search for them. In the confusion, they just manage to escape his sights. He scowls, slamming his fists into the ground.

"Damn it!" he shouts, pissed off. Ruby manages to catch up to Dust & Rozu, looking at the damage in their surroundings.

"A-are you okay?" she asks, worried to heart for Dust who she can see is on the ground.

"Does it look like I'm okay?!" he shouts at her, an angry look in his eyes. Ruby steps back from him, thrown off by Dust's anger. Rozu nudges Dust's arm, looking sternly at him. He looks at his Pokémon, then at Rozu, realizing his sudden outburst. He looks at the ground & rubs his face. "I'm fine. I'm fine. Just irritated." He gets up & dusts himself off, looking at the spot his attacker was on. "Never even got a good look at him..." He looks at the cloak he stole from his attacker, the only thing he has on him. "...I'm keeping this." He huffs, still pissed off, putting the cloak in his backpack. Rozu walks over to Ruby. She picks him up & looks over at Dust.

"Let's head back. We can figure out what that was all about..." She suggests, starting to walk back to the city. Dust keeps his eye on the ground the figure was at before following suit.

-

Back into the city, Dust has his arms crossed, tapping a finger on his arm. Ruby could tell he wasn't taking what happened earlier well. "S-should we go to the authorities about his?" She suggests, hoping to lessen the tension in the air.

"...No," he answers.

"Huh?"

"He didn't go after anyone else. That attack from before came for me. I don't know what his deal is, but I can only assume."

"Aren't you exaggerating a little?" She cocks her head, worried about the whole thing. Dust sighs.

"Maybe I am. But everyone already has enough on their plate from the whole incident two weeks ago." Dust thinks hard at what to do. He walks back and forth, deep in thought. Rozu sighs, knowing he's in his own little world now. Ruby looks around, uncomfortable with the long silence. Deciding on what to do about it, she makes a break for Dust's backpack, catching his attention.

"L-let's just focus on delivering the medicine for now, hm?" she suggests, doing her best to smile. Dust sighs & nods, beginning walking to his next destination. "Uh, i-it's that way." She points in the opposite direction Dust is walking from. She can see a vein in his forehead as he turns around & goes in the right direction, in a huff. Ruby & Rozu follow.

-

"Thanks for your help. I very much appreciate it," the doctor gives his thanks to Dust, handing him some items as a thank you."

"Yeah, whatever," he half-heartedly replies, putting the items away in his backpack. His mind was still on the attacker from before, so he wasn't in the mood for conversations.

"Well, if you're ever willing, we could always use the help," he offers to Dust, trying to give Dust something to do."

"I can't help fulltime. Sorry," he rejects.

"Don't worry, you're not obligated to. It's voluntary. We really appreciate the help nonetheless."

"..."

"Something on your mind?" he asks Dust, wondering about what he's thinking about. Dust shakes his head in response. "Well, we're always accepting any help we can."

"Of course. Take care & good luck." He waves goodbye & leaves the hospital. He catches up with Ruby outside, rubbing the bridge of his nose in annoyance. "Man, why does it feel like a very long day?"

"Because you think too much," she points out, laughing a little. Dust doesn't retaliate, since it was true.

"I need something to do, damn it." He goes into deep thought, & no sooner does he slam a fist into his palm. "The Gym!"

"Oh?" Ruby is curious.

"I love a good challenge, & I'd love to get stronger. Plus, I need to relieve some stress." He sounds excited. It's almost as if he's forgotten about earlier. Ruby chuckles.

"I'd love to see that," she smiles, clearly thinking about how Dust battles.

"I wonder if the Gym leader is battling someone right now. Do they have time for it? Are they also dealing with the injured? What strategy should I go for? I need to go over this with my Pokémon, I can't go in blind. I gotta think carefu-" Ruby is already pushing Dust to the monorail, seeing that Dust would be standing all day in thought. Rozu, who was on Dust's shoulder, shakes his head at his trainer's constant habit.

Spoiler:
Dust received
1x Ash Rot Medicine
2x Full Heals
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