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Old August 1st, 2018 (4:31 PM).
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    Episode 39: Dawn's Early Night

    "Last one there's a rotten Exeggcute!" Ash called as he raced down Hearthome's main street. "My third badge is waiting for me, and I'm gonna take it!"

    Estrella squawked in agreement as she looped over the city square. She smiled down at the three humans dashing to keep up. "Hey, wait for us!" Dawn called as the group circled around a fountain and down a path lined with flowers. The majestic Gym stood at the end of the path, evoking a countryside mansion more than a Gym.

    Ash came to a screeching halt when he saw Nando and a large cricket-like Pokemon waiting for them. "Nando? What are you doing here?" he asked.

    "I regret to inform you that the Gym Leader isn't here at present." Nando replied, gesturing to a note on the door.

    Ah-la-la-la-la-la-ua! sang the cricket Pokemon in agreement.

    Piqued, Ash read up on Nando's companion:

    "Kricketune, the cricket Pokemon. By allowing its cry to resonate in the hollow of its belly, it produces a captivating sound."

    "It was captivating, all right!" Ash smiled as he pocketed his Pokedex.

    "Well, Allegra was saying hello to you." Nando smiled as the group returned to the city square. "If you three would like to try out your performance skills, the Hearthome Theater is not far from here."

    He made a grand gesture to a beautiful theater on the west end of the street. "If you wish, auditions are underway for its latest show."

    "I wouldn't mind trying my hand at being an actor." Ash smiled. "I mean, I've played in the ensemble before, and had a few parts in school plays through the years."

    "It would definitely help hone my performance skills for the Fantasy Stage." Brock agreed.

    Nando smiled. "In that case, I look forward to seeing what you have planned for your performance this time. I've entered the Fantasy Stage myself."

    "Ooh, that reminds me--I still need to register for the Contest!" Dawn remembered.

    "Luckily, the Contest Hall and the Fantasy Stage theater are right next to each other." Nando pointed out two familiar buildings as the group rounded the corner. "Shall we head over?"

    "Yeah!" Ash smiled before addressing Brock. "I'll look after Tarina while you perform, okay?"

    "Okay." Brock replied.

    He motioned for Tarina to listen. "Ash can't cheer for both Dawn and me at the same time. So we divide our time at the Contest Hall and the Fantasy Stage theater. The main event of the Fantasy Stage begins right as the Dance competition is finishing up."

    "We'll bail out of the Contest Hall as soon as Dawn takes her turn in the Dance competition." Ash explained. "This way, we can make it to the theater in time to see Brock perform."

    ---------

    Dawn smiled as Nando showed her an orange and a yellow jewel as well as a red one. "Wow--you've already got a rainbow going!"

    "Thanks--I hope to win my emerald this time." Nando smiled.

    "Tell the longest, most magical tale you can. Brock's not holding anything back!" Dawn warned.

    "He is indeed very skilled with song, acting, and stage combat." Nando replied. "I still vividly remember when he shot an arrow live onstage back in Floaroma Town."

    Dawn smiled. It's been a while since I got my first ribbon. But thanks to Zoey's help, I'm confident I can do a great Double Performance.

    She spotted Zoey relaxing with Sylvie and Garnet on a couch in the foyer lounge. "Zoey!"

    "Dawn, you made it!" Zoey smiled as she and Dawn embraced.

    "I see your leg's doing better." Dawn noticed Zoey was walking well compared to some weeks before.

    "Took a lot of bed rest and therapy, but I'm good as new now." Zoey replied as she got up from the couch. "Who's your friend?"

    "This is Nando, wandering minstrel and Fantasy Stage performer extraordinaire." Dawn replied, gesturing to Nando.

    "A pleasure to meet you." Nando smiled as he and Zoey shook hands.

    "Enlighten me here--what is the Fantasy Stage?" Zoey asked.

    "Basically, all those gifted in story and song gather together to tell their best stories." Nando explained. "Whoever tells the best story, wins a Miracle Jewel."

    "Huh. Never knew there was such a thing as a storyteller's competition." Zoey smiled.

    "You need to see Brock perform!" Dawn cried. "He sings, he does the voices for every character, and even fights onstage!"

    "Cool!" Zoey was impressed. "I'll consider it whenever a Contest and a Fantasy Stage are not happening at the same time."

    She motioned for Dawn to follow her. "Come on, let's get signed up for the Contest."

    "I will take my leave now." Nando told Dawn as he turned to leave. "I wish you fortune's favor in the Contest!"

    ---------

    [Whoa...] Tarina gasped as the Bailatron appeared from the Contest Hall floor. [What IS that?]

    "That's the Bailatron. It's an advanced dancing platform that measures a dancer's skill." Ash explained. "Each Pokemon--or in this case, pair of Pokemon--does their best dance to a song of their choice. How well they do determines the starting order for the Appeal competition."

    [I see...] Tarina mused.

    "Since Dawn finished first in the Visual competition, Kori and Stormy will go first here." Ash added.

    The emcee snapped him back to reality. "Entrant number H-4453843655, performing to 'Jump in the Line'."

    [Good luck, you guys!] Tarina called over the cheers. Ash whistled in agreement.

    The lights went down, signaling the audience that the performance was about to begin.

    As the song's familiar introduction filled the air, the audience started clapping along. Kori and Stormy marched onto the familiar black platform in time to the eight blinking lights on the Bailatron that kept the beat, swaying and shaking along to the singer:

    Shake, shake, shake, Senora, shake your body line,
    Shake, shake, shake, Senora, shake it all the time!
    Work, work, work, Senora, work your body line,
    Work, work, work, Senora, work it all the time!


    Both Pokemon opted to pose to the music hits during the verse, then twirled to the beat as the chorus began:

    My girl's name is Senora,
    I tell you friends, I adore her.
    And when she dances, oh brother!
    She's a hurricane in all kinds of weather...


    Laughter and cheers filled the air as Stormy shook some pantomime maracas to the beat. Kori spun around her all the while. They then jumped and twirled in time to the beat of the chorus:

    (Jump in de line, rock your body in time) OK, I believe you!
    (Jump in de line, rock your body in time) OK, I believe you!
    (Jump in de line, rock your body in time) OK, I believe you!
    (Jump in de line, rock your body in time)


    As the singer cried "WHOOOOOA!" Kori made a flying leap over the Bailatron. The crowd roared as she rotated in the air and stuck the landing. This prompted the Bailatron's air cannon and rainbow lights to trigger. Both the Pachirisu and the Piplup spun and jumped in an attempt to appeal to the crowd.

    Shake, shake, shake, Senora.... At this point, the music paused as Kori urged the audience to clap in the style of a flamenco dancer. <i>shake your body line,[/i]

    Work, work, work, Senora... Stormy urged the other half of the audience to clap. She did another twirl as the chorus begin again. work it all the time!

    (Jump in de line, rock your body in time) OK, I believe you!
    (Jump in de line, rock your body in time) OK, I believe you!
    (Jump in de line, rock your body in time) OK, I believe you!
    (Jump in de line, rock your body in time) WHOA!

    Shake, shake, shake, Senora, shake your body line,
    Shake, shake, shake, Senora, shake it all the time!
    Work, work, work, Senora!
    .

    On the final line, Stormy and Kori struck triumphant poses as the crowd roared with applause.

    [Bravo!] Tarina cheered as Kori's and Stormy's results appeared for the crowd to see. [Encore!]

    "Come on..." Ash motioned for Tarina and Tintri to follow him to the exit. "Let's go see Brock now..."

    ---------

    "All right!" the emcee smiled as the lights came up on the main stage. "Now it's time for the Appeal competition. The rules are simple. Each pair will perform two solo moves or a single combo move in each round to impress the judges and the audience. Every known move is worth hearts. If you use a move and the excitement meter reaches the max, the pair will receive lots of hearts! But use the same move twice, and you'll likely bore the judges and the audience. Whoever has the most hearts at the end of five rounds, wins!"

    He made a grand gesture to the stage. " Leading off Round 1 is pair number H-4453843655--Stormy and Kori!"

    Cheers filled the air as a spotlight appeared on Dawn, who wore a beautiful red gown with gold trim and matching gloves. "Kori, use Mist!"

    Kori heaved a cloud of mist in the room, making intrigued murmurs waft through the crowd. "Stormy, use Flash!"

    The murmurs turned to cheers as Stormy created a flash of light, creating a shining fog effect. "Nicely done--that earned you four hearts!" the emcee smiled as the excitement meter inched up a little.

    Once Dawn had made her way to the holding area, the emcee announced Zoey. "Pair number H-5614083331--Sylvie and Garnet!"

    A spotlight appeared on Zoey in a silver and blue pantsuit. "Okay! Sylvie, use Echoed Voice through Garnet's Psybeam!"

    Dawn watched in awe as Sylvie unleashed a melodic meow. The rainbow Psybeam cut through the Echoed Voice, coloring the sound waves. When she looked up at the scoreboard, she saw Zoey had earned six hearts for her appeal over her four. What have I gotten myself into? she thought as Zoey returned to the holding area.

    To Be Continued...
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    Old August 4th, 2018 (12:04 PM). Edited August 4th, 2018 by EmeraldSky.
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      Episode 40: The Song of the Ancient Lore


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      ---------

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      ---------

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

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

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

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

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

      ---------


      "...Charissa was surrounded in a bright rainbow light, and warped into a enchanted garden." Nando went on over a victorious melody. "Flowers and fruit grew on every side, fountains splashed, and birds sang in the branches overhead. She reached a great pathway lined with trees. When she looked up to see where it would lead her, she found herself close to the palace of crystal. The queen and Tristan were coming to meet her at the gates.

      He concluded "Princess Charissa finally confessed her love for Tristan. They were married right then with the greatest splendor; and all lived happily ever after."

      The crowd roared as Nando took a bow, but Ash and the Pokemon balked when they saw Nando's score bar power past Brock's. [Wow! This Nando guy sure knows what he's doing!] Tarina gasped as Nando accepted a green plastic jewel.

      [Brock's not the type to dwell on a loss...] Tintri mused as the crowds started to leave. [He'll reflect on it, contemplate what he needs to do better, and then he's ready to go again.]

      Ash nodded in agreement. "Even the losses have lessons."

      ---------

      "So, how'd you do?" Dawn asked as she met the boys in the town square. "I got clobbered in the Appeal competition--again."

      "I thought I had done pretty well, but then Nando wowed the crowd with a tale I've never heard before." Brock sighed. "But I'm not letting this get me down."

      "Yeah..." A smile formed on Dawn's face. "I'm going to work even harder so I don't choke in the Appeal competition any more!"

      "I'll keep looking for the best stories I can find, that not even Nando has heard before!" Brock agreed.

      "And I'll give you both my support, all the way." Ash smiled as the three friends laid their hands on top of each other as a sign of their promise.


      To Be Continued...
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        Episode 41: The Not-so-Greatest Show on Earth! (part 1)


        "Mail call!" Brock announced as he arrived in the group's room with some mail. "This is for you..." He offered Dawn a card with a letter attached to it.

        Dawn took the card and read the letter. "Dear Dawn...After I won the Appeal competition yesterday, I felt horrible giving you such a beatdown. True, we weren't battling like trainers, but you still looked crushed. I believe you have the passion and heart needed to be a coordinator like your mom. You only need a little help finding your footing. I'm enclosing an invite card for the Hearthome Theater with this letter. I hope the acting experience will be helpful to your coordinating. See you soon, Zoey."

        "That was sweet of Zoey to give you that." Ash smiled.

        "Some acting experience could boost my confidence." Dawn mused. "After all, coordinators do act in Contests."

        "Well, we're no strangers to the stage ourselves." Ash replied. "Bit part, lead role, player in the ensemble, narrator--whatever role we were asked to play, we did it well."

        A smile formed on Dawn's face when she saw the play she would be auditioning for. "Wow! I've always wanted to see a stage version of a Robin Hood story!"

        She grinned at Ash. "How bout it? You guys want to audition with me? It says auditions are open to all."

        "I wouldn't mind giving it a try." Ash replied as Tintri bounded on his shoulder.

        "Why not?" Brock smiled. "I've acted in the community theater at home, so how hard can this be?"

        ---------

        "How'd you do?" Ash asked as Dawn emerged into the auditionee holding area some time later.

        "I did pretty well." Dawn replied. "I'm not Shinouian Idol worthy material, so playing Jocelyn the apprentice is out."

        Ash smiled "You'd be a perfect Maid Marian."

        Dawn smiled. "I'd love it even more if you got the part of Robin Hood. We'd match, looks wise."

        [I wanna know if Brock got the part of Alan-a-dale!] Tarina smiled as Dawn petted her. [He already has the costume.]

        "That he does." Dawn agreed.

        She reared back at a dull green haired boy eying her across the room. I have a bad feeling about this guy...

        The creak of the door opening and Brock's voice calmed her a little. "Keely! What a surprise!"

        "It's good to see you and Ash again..." a familiar plum haired girl smiled as she hugged Brock. "Where's Misty?"

        "She returned home to Cerulean after a quick jaunt to Houen." Brock replied. "Although lately she says she wants to check out the Pokethlon scene here in Shinou too."

        He made a grand gesture to Dawn. "This is Dawn--an aspiring coordinator who hopes to follow in her mom's footsteps."

        "Nice to meet you." Keely replied. "They say Joanna Solberg is a living legend in the contest scene here."

        "I know, and I plan to write my own chapter of the Solberg story." Dawn replied. "But I'll admit my acting and appealing need some work."

        "Is Alex here with you?" Ash wondered.

        "He is--just exploring the city while I'm doing this." Keely replied. "I heard you hit the top eight in both Johto and Houen."

        "I'll be happy to tell you all about it later." Ash grinned. "But for now, I'm focused on seeing how I do in the League here."

        Keely smiled. "As for Alex and me, we've continued our own travels. Even though I didn't make it to the Johto Grand Lore Stage, we still had a productive trip to Houen. Then we came here looking for more tales."

        "I learned they have their own storytelling competition--the Fantasy Stage." Brock explained, showing Keely his one Miracle Jewel. "It's an upgrade to the Lore Stage. You get to dress up in a pretty costume as part of the theme. You also make up your own story on top of sharing one of your learned tales."

        "Sounds fun!" Keely smiled. "Maybe if you get the part of Alan-a-dale, you can use it as your costume."

        The door opening again got the group's attention. "Looks like the director's made his decision." Ash mused as a young man in a loose fitting outfit and a blue beret made his way into the holding room.

        ---------

        "Okay!" the director announced. "First of all, thanks for coming to audition today. Many of you showed off real talent, so it was no easy task deciding some of the roles."

        He then looked over his cast list. "So on that note, here's who will play what role."

        Brock gasped when the director read "Brock Harrison, as Alan-a-dale."

        [YAAAAYYY!!!!] Tarina cheered. [Now I get to see you as a real minstrel!]

        "Keely Doran, as Jocelyn, the minstrel apprentice." the director continued. "Ash Ketchum, as Robin Hood...Dawn Solberg, as Maid Marian..."

        "WOO-HOO!" Ash cried as he hugged Dawn in excitement.

        "I can't believe it!" Dawn was just as happy. "We get to play the main roles!"

        She vowed "It may be a big part, but I will put everything I can into being the best Maid Marian to grace the stage!"

        Their happiness came to a halt when the director read the next names on the list. "Conway Kemp, as the Sheriff of Nottingham...Paul McClain, as Prince John..."

        No way! Paul was auditioning too? Ash balked as Paul received his script from the director.

        Dawn reared back as the green haired boy from before received his script. So that guy's name is Conway, huh? I don't know what it is, but he gives me the willies!

        "Here's your scripts..." the director began as he delivered the group their scripts. "Start reading over your roles now. It'll be a big help when we start rehearsals in a few days."

        Ash read over the first scene before reading ahead to the tournament itself. "Uh, sir? Will we be shooting real arrows during the tournament scene? Or will we pantomime shooting to sound effects?"

        "You'll be shooting real arrows." the director replied. "If you need a crash course in archery, you can talk to one of the combat trainers. If you've got an archer companion, even better."

        Ash froze in horror. <i>Brock is the one that has the bow, not me! How can I learn to shoot in a few days?</i>

        Paul smirked when he saw Ash's shocked look. "Maybe you shouldn't have auditioned for Robin Hood, Wonder Boy. You couldn't even pop a balloon at a carnival with a bow!"

        "Oh yeah?" Ash shot back. "I will train at the bow like I do my Pokemon!"

        He made a grand gesture to Brock. "Besides, I already have a teacher!"

        "I'm not so sure you can do this in a few days..." Paul mused. "But I'm holding you to your vow. Don't disappoint me!"

        ---------

        "Good thing there's an athletic complex with an archery range here..." Dawn mused as she watched Brock help Ash trade gloves for some protective bracers. I'm gonna go explore more of the complex while you two have your archery lesson."

        Brock nodded, then addressed Ash. "Now that we have our bracers on, let's first go over the basics of shooting. Stand shoulder-width apart completely sideways to the target. Your toes should be at a 90 angle to your target."

        He observed Ash trying to mimic his pose, but his feet were too close together. "Almost..."

        Ash readjusted his feet so that his toes were at a 90 degree angle. "Better." Brock smiled. "There shouldn't be any bending at the knees or waist, and no leaning either."

        He winced when he saw Ash slouching. "You want to keep a straight back." he reminded Ash. "Your head is the only thing that turns toward the target, and your arms are the only body part that moves, okay?"

        "Got it!" Ash replied as he straightened up.

        "We'll worry about shooting from a kneeling position once we get standing down, okay?" Brock assured his student before showing Ash one of his own arrows. "On most arrows, there are three fletchings. Two fletchings are the same color and the third is a different shade of the same color. When nocking your arrow, the different color fletching should face towards you. Once your arrow is in position, place the nock of the arrow..."

        "What's that?" Ash wondered.

        "That's the split ending at the back of the arrow." Brock explained.

        He resumed his explanation. "...on the string of your bow, pushing it in until you hear a subtle click."

        Ash did his best to follow along with what Brock was doing. "Okay!"

        "Now, form your stance again." Brock instructed.

        He waited for Ash to get in position, then went on "First of all, that's a much better stance than before. To shoot, start by straightening your hand with the bow ahead of you. Keep it flexible with a slight bend in the elbow. Whatever you do, don’t lock up your shoulder."

        "Got it!" Ash smiled.

        "You want to hold the bow like you would the handle of a teacup, with three fingers; but keep the thumb lowered." Brock explained as he prepared his own shot. "There are several different grips, but you pick the one that's best for you."

        Ash readied his shot, then waited for Brock's instructions. "Moving on...to draw, draw with three fingers around the string below where the arrow goes." Brock explained. "Try to keep the elbow of your drawing hand in line with the arm that’s holding the bow."

        He smiled as Ash assumed the correct pose. "Very good. Now, anchor your drawing hand on your face, ideally somewhere in the region of your mouth and cheek. You did it right if you can see down the shaft of your arrow."

        A few tense seconds went by as Ash drew his bow. "When you're ready to shoot, relax your drawing hand and follow through with the shot."

        Ash fired a few seconds later, his shot landing on the outermost ring of the target. "One last thing--don’t put down your bow or change your position until your arrow is in its target." he explained before observing Ash's shot. "If this were a competition, you'd get two points for that shot."

        "Yes!" Ash cried. "At least I hit the target on my first try!"

        ---------

        "How's the archery lesson going?" Dawn asked as she returned to the range some time later.

        "Very well, actually." Brock replied as Ash readied another shot. "Ash is an eager student."

        "Watch this!" Ash smiled before firing, making his arrow sail into the outer yellow ring of the target.

        Dawn applauded. "Brock has taught you well."

        "Keep practicing your shooting, but don't forget working on your lines and cues as well." Brock agreed.

        Ash set aside his gear long enough to lay his hand on top of Dawn and Brock's hands. "Let's make this the best show ever!"

        To Be Continued...
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          Episode 42: The Not-so-Greatest Show on Earth! (part 2)


          The next day, the theater hummed with activity as the cast and the crew gathered for rehearsal. [Wow...we get to work in here?] Tarina gasped as she looked around the majestic theater in awe. [The Fireside could fit in here and there would still be room!]

          "Yes, we will be working in here." Brock smiled. "All we're doing is playing a huge game of dress-up so we can tell a story. Unlike at home, we'll have people watching us play."

          "So when people are going to be watching us, we have to practice how the story will go." Dawn explained. "So we'll be practicing over the next few days."

          "You know the story of Robin Hood, right?" Ash asked.

          Tarina nodded. "One of her favorite movies." Brock smiled. "And not the Disney version featuring Pokemon."

          "Has she seen the version from the 30's? Or any of the old film serials?" a voice asked.

          Dawn whirled around to find Conway arriving in the backstage area. "How did you get here so fast?"

          "Oh, I have my ways..." Conway replied with a grin.

          Dawn shuddered. I don't know how he did that, but it's almost creepy the way he joined in our conversation like that...

          [Are you gonna be a minstrel?] Tarina's voice snapped Dawn back to reality.

          "Yeah..." Brock replied. He took his harp and started a relaxed melody. Come and listen, ye gallants so free,
          All you that love mirth to hear,
          and I will tell of a hero,
          a hero of Nottingham fair...


          A hero of Nottingham fair... Keely joined in over a flourish.

          As Robin Hood in the forest stood
          All under a greenwood tree...
          There he spied a fine young lad,
          As fine as fine could be...
          Brock went on.

          Robin, Sir Robin, as fine as fine could be... Keely echoed.

          Just then, Paul and Conway dashed into the room, startling Keely. "Hold! Who sings in such a clarion voice?" Paul demanded.

          "It was no ordinary song, milord--he was singing of Robin Hood!" Conway replied in character.

          "I heard him plain as day--'Robin, Sir Robin, as fine as fine could be'." Paul noted.

          "This has to be the rouser, for he has the harp in his hand!" Conway made a grand gesture to Brock to prove his point.

          "Now wait a minute!" Dawn cried. "We haven't even started rehearsals yet!"

          Paul was unfazed. "So? Nothing wrong with a little practice before rehearsal, is there?"

          "I don't know if that was even practice..." Ash mused. "It looked like the real performance."

          "I'll have you know that I have been practicing my lines, Wonder Boy." Paul replied. "And here you are wasting your time with archery training when you could've been working on your lines."

          "I have so been practicing my lines!" Ash shot back.

          A whistle diffused the impending argument. "Okay, break it up, break it up!" the director called. After pulling Ash and Paul apart he instructed the others "Let's head onstage and get started."

          ---------

          As the cast and the crew hurried to get ready, a stagehand explained to some children their role in the show. "After Keely introduces the show, you guys will be gathered around at stage right. When Paul and Conway run in and threaten to arrest them, act scared."

          "How scared?" a girl asked.

          "A little scared. They're threatening to lock them in the dungeon for a long time because of their song." the stagehand replied.

          "That's a silly reason to lock them up!" another girl protested.

          "Can we tell them not to hurt the minstrels?" a boy asked.

          "That's a great idea!" the stagehand smiled.

          The director clapping calmed the chaos. "Okay--let's start with the opening scene." he began. "When you're ready." he instructed Brock.

          Brock acknowledged the director with a nod, and started the calm melody from before. Come and listen, ye gallants so free,
          All you that love mirth to hear,
          and I will tell of a hero,
          a hero of Nottingham fair...


          A hero of Nottingham fair... Keely echoed.

          As Robin Hood in the forest stood
          All under a greenwood tree...
          Brock went on.

          There he spied a fine young lad,
          As fine as fine could be...


          Ash applauded as he emerged from the wings in a ragged outfit. "Bravo, Keely! That was pretty good!"

          "Well, I am playing a minstrel's apprentice, after all, so it's only fair I get to sing too." Keely smiled.

          "If you and Brock are minstrels, how come you don't LOOK like minstrels?" Paul challenged.

          It dawned on Keely that neither she or Brock were in costume. "Excuse us a second..." Brock assured the director. He motioned for Keely to follow him and dashed backstage.

          "Forgetful memory count: 1!" Paul announced.

          "You're actually keeping a tally of mistakes in rehearsal?" Ash gasped.

          "Only the major ones." Paul smiled--one of the rare times Ash had seen him smile.

          After a few seconds, Brock and Keely returned in costume. Keely wore a brown and green tunic with gold trim, white sleeves, black leggings and brown shoes. Brock had on his Fantasy Stage costume, plumed hat and all. "That better?" he asked Paul.

          "Much." Paul replied.

          "Does Ash even know how to shoot a bow?" Conway asked.

          "Well..." Ash mused before hurrying to the prop room and returning with a bow.

          "Arm guards, too." Dawn reminded Ash. "You were doing great with Brock yesterday..."

          "Got them!" Ash showed some armguards to Dawn.

          Dawn smiled as a combat trainer approached Ash. "The director asked me to help you review how to shoot a bow and arrow." she explained.

          "Sure." Ash smiled, following the combat trainer to a target set up near stage left.

          "Keep in mind that every bow is different." the trainer reminded Ash as she retrieved her own bow. "The more flexible they are, the better they are."

          Ash took a moment to admire the trainer's bow. I love that almost red color, and the leaf inlays...

          "Watch me shoot first, then I'll explain what I was doing." the trainer instructed Ash, nocking her bow as she spoke.

          The theater went quiet as the trainer fired her shot. "Whoa..." Ash balked when he saw the trainer had hit the bullseye. "You're good!"

          "Thanks." the trainer smiled. "I've gotten to train big stars and ordinary people alike in the way of the bow."

          She turned business like again. "Let me show you what you need to do to hit the bullseye."

          Ash nodded, and took his place at the target. Remember what Brock said about the stance....

          The trainer observed Ash's stance. "Almost perfect. It might help if you bend your knees a little."

          She went on "Next, take your bow and find the center of the bowstring. This will help you find the actual center of the bow."

          "Got it." Ash replied as he followed the trainer's directions.

          "Once you find the center of the bow, you nock an arrow, take aim at your target, and then let the arrow fly." the trainer went on.

          Ash nodded, readied his shot, and fired. He saw that it had landed on the edge of the outer yellow ring. "Good! But I know you can do better." the trainer smiled. "This time, I want you to aim at the bullseye, and see the arrow flying through the air and hitting the target."

          "Okay..." Ash readied another shot and fired again. This time, his shot landed on the inner blue ring.

          "Almost." the trainer coaxed. "Visualize it a little more."

          Ash prepared another shot, training his eye on the target. It felt like time had slowed down as he fired.

          Cheers and applause alerted him that his arrow had landed on the bullseye! "Very good, Ash! Nice shot!" the trainer smiled.

          "Thanks..." Ash giggled, flattered by all the attention.

          "Do that again!" Dawn requested.

          (Ash nodded, and fired another shot, which landed very close to the bullseye. "Very nice." the trainer smiled, pleased with Ash's quick progress.

          "Think you can do that same thing when you have hundreds of people watching?" Conway asked with a grin.

          "Relax, I'll be fine..." Ash assured Conway, aware of Dawn's unnerved look.

          "Famous last words..." Brock smiled, making the theater ring with laughter...

          To Be Continued...
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            Episode 43: The Not-so-Greatest Show on Earth! (part 3)


            Tarina's eyes turned to stars as Brock emerged from the dressing room of the theater a few days later. [Wow! You look amazing!]

            "Thanks." Brock smiled. "Think you can play quietly back here while we perform the play?"

            [Sure!] Tarina replied as Tintri and Kori arrived with a box of Pokemon sized board games.

            [Break both legs!] Tintri called as Brock made his way to the wings.

            Onstage, a female emcee in a medieval costume addressed the audience. "Thank you all! You're just in time--Sir Alan-a-dale and his apprentice Jocelyn have arrived!"

            She smiled. "I want to hear more exploits of Robin Hood!"

            The audience cheered in agreement. "Surely you know of some of his adventures..." the emcee went on. "How he robbed from the rich to feed the poor, and outwitted the greedy Prince John."

            More applause went up as Keely--who was wearing her costume from before--joined the emcee onstage. "There's Jocelyn now. If I ask nice, I can ask her to tell a Robin Hood adventure I've been wanting to hear for some time now."

            She then addressed Keely. "Lady Jocelyn, I would like to hear the tale about how Sir Robin won the tournament of the golden arrow and outwitted both Prince John and the Sheriff!"

            "Ah, the tournament..." Keely sighed with nostalgia. "I don't think anyone will forget it for a while, because my master and I saw the whole thing."

            "Really? You were there?" the emcee gasped.

            "Yes." Keely replied. "It all started early one morning a month or two ago. We had arrived at the tournament grounds moments before. Master sang his best songs and I told the best tales, but it wasn't long before everyone was asking for a tale of Sir Robin. Not being one to refuse an audience, Master began singing about Sir Robin, unaware that Prince John and the Sheriff were present...."

            [Here we go...] Kori whispered as as the lights went down.

            [Pretty!] Stormy smiled as the curtains opened on a set of fantastic tournament grounds. Keely and Brock were off to the side, before a group of about 25 to 30 people, most of them children.

            "Please, Sir Alan, tell us a tale of the brave Sir Robin." a boy asked Brock.

            "Very well." Brock smiled.

            He started playing a relaxed melody. Come and listen, ye gallants so free,
            All you that love mirth to hear,
            and I will tell of a hero,
            a hero of Nottingham fair...


            A hero of Nottingham fair... Keely echoed over a flourish.

            As Robin Hood in the forest stood
            All under a greenwood tree...
            Brock continued the song.

            There he spied a fine young lad,
            As fine as fine could be...


            Robin, Sir Robin, as fine as fine could be... Keely echoed.

            Paul, wearing a majestic blue and green robe and a sapphire circlet, and Conway, wearing a purple and red tunic-like outfit, dashed into the scene, startling Keely and the audience. "Hold! Who sings in such a clarion voice?" Paul demanded.

            "It was no ordinary song, milord--he was singing of Robin Hood!" Conway announced.

            "I heard him plain as day--'Robin, Sir Robin, as fine as fine could be.' Paul explained.

            "This has to be the rouser, for he has the harp in his hand!" Conway announced, gesturing to Brock's instrument.

            "A harp in his hand and a lie in her throat...the sooner we take them to the tower, the better..." Paul deadpanned to some nervous giggles.

            "No! Don't hurt the minstrels, please!" a girl begged.

            "Hold, milord! Might I have a word?" Ash called from offstage, snapping Paul and Conway to attention.

            "Who's there?" Paul asked as he looked around the stage.

            [Why is Ash not in the Robin Hood costume?] Hinata asked as the lights came up on Ash wearing a ragged outfit.

            [Maybe it's a disguise...] Tintri mused as he watched the tense scene unfold.

            "If you're wondering who is here, Your Majesty, I am." Ash replied, bowing on one knee before Paul.

            "Who are you, rogue?" Paul demanded. "Or should I say, what are you? Judging from those rags, you could be something not even the Meowths want to eat."

            The audience laughed at this. "I am Jock Morowen, and I too wish to try for the golden arrow." Ash replied.

            "In THOSE???" Paul gasped, to more laughter.

            Lola howled with laughter at Paul's reaction. [This is too funny! I wonder if it's actually a parody of a Robin Hood story?]

            [Nope--it's a legit story.] Tintri replied, a little bemused by Ash's and Paul's banter on the stage.

            A harp chord got Tarina's attention. [You guys, Brock's singing again...] she whispered.

            The lights went down, except for Keely in a spotlight at stage right. "And so, we continued our performance." Keely narrated. "Little did we know that we had actually been helped by Sir Robin in disguise."

            The spotlight expanded to include Brock, who was playing a jig-like interlude. The sheriff and the greedy prince
            Conspired to steal the prize
            Put forth to every archer
            In hopes of luring Sir Robin to his demise...
            he sang.

            The prince bet on one man,
            and the sheriff bet on another,
            But who should overhear them,
            But the one Robin considered a brother...


            "Meanwhile, Prince John and the sheriff plotted to hoard the golden arrow for themselves." Keely translated what Brock had sang into narration. "What they didn't know was that Little John, Sir Robin's closest friend, had heard their whole plot..."

            [This is boring...] Kori yawned, unamused by Paul and Conway's banter on the stage. [When are we going to see Dawn?]

            [Yeah, I wanna see her as Maid Marian!] Stormy agreed.

            The audience laughing and a harp and whistle interlude got Tintri's attention. [Actually, I think Maid Marian's coming up next!]

            The lots were cast,
            The bets were made,
            Five gold pieces were at stake
            As three young archers took their place...
            Brock sang over the instruments.

            But before the tournament could begin
            A question did arise,
            Who would determine the winner
            Of the golden arrow so prized?


            [I didn't know this Keely girl played whistle!] Tails gasped when he found Keely playing a gold whistle with a green mouthpiece. [Wonder if she's as good as Ash?]

            "Before long, it was time for the tournament to begin. The disguised Sir Robin prepared to face off against his two opponents." Keely narrated. "But there was one problem--who would judge the match?"

            Gaia laughed as hard as the audience as Paul and Conway argued onstage. [Oh, this is so funny!]

            [I'm lookin' forward to seeing Ash take his first shot!] Tails smiled as he watched a female extra tug on Paul's costume.)

            "Sire, wouldn't a third party be better to judge?" the extra asked, spurring Tintri to nudge Kori.

            "Who do you suggest?" Paul asked.

            "Why don't we let the lady Marian judge? She has no wager on anyone." the extra explained.

            Oohs and ahs filled the air as Dawn arrived onstage. [She's beautiful!] Kori gasped. She admired the blue, purple and white outfit Dawn wore, complete with a white headdress to match.

            [Ash shooting is next...] Tintri whispered to Tails as Dawn stepped forward to address the crowd of actors.

            "Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls--the tournament of the golden arrow will now begin!" Dawn announced, to wild cheers.

            [This I gotta see!] Tails smiled. He chuckled a little over the awkward silence when the disguised Ash was announced.

            [Brock's singing again!] Tarina whispered as an exotic harp melody drifted through the theater.

            [i]Worry not, O lady Marian
            For beloved Robin is with you!</i> Brock sang.

            Though he may come to you in disguise,
            the sheriff and Prince John have not a clue...


            "What Maid Marian didn't know was that Sir Robin actually was present in disguise." Keely narrated. "Nevertheless, she proceeded to explain the rules to the first contestants of the day."...

            ---------

            [This is it! This is the part where Robin Hood reveals himself!] Diddy whispered. He motioned for the Pokemon to look out on the stage. But before Dawn could address the crowd, Ash readied an arrow and fired, hitting the bullseye!

            "What????" Conway gasped.

            "I don't believe it! I demand a shootout!" Paul demanded.

            "In all my years of training at the bow, I have never seen such skill from this man, Jock Morowen." a male extra explained. "He deserves the right to move on to the next match, fair and square."

            "Very well--I reluctantly declare Jock Morowen the winner of this first match." Paul sighed over the audience's applause.

            Conway met Ash on the platform "I must say, you have such skill, Jock." he grinned, unnerving both Ash and Dawn. "As a prize for winning this first round, I offer you an honor better than the golden arrow--a place in my service. I will clothe you in the finest threads. I will feed you the choicest food and drink, and pay you a monthly stipend of eighty pieces of silver. What say you?"

            Ash grinned. "I must very much decline, good sir."

            The Pokemon watched in awe from the wings as Ash threw off the disguise to reveal the traditional Robin Hood costume. "For I am my own master, and no one in all this land will send me on their errands. Besides..."

            He took the golden arrow and rubbed it a little, revealing that it was actually bronze. "You call passing off painted bronze a fair prize?"

            "Why you..." Conway grumbled as he approached Ash.

            "I assumed you meant well, so I borrowed the gold in your purse to pay for a real arrow of gold." Ash explained. He showed Conway a small bag of coins.

            Conway felt around him for a moment. "My purse...it's gone!" he gasped, to laughter.

            "Your plan to trap me almost worked." Ash grinned. "But I won the prize today!"

            "Aw"s filled the air as Ash pocketed the bag and hugged Dawn. "Ooh, that beggar was Robin Hood all along! He tricked me!" Paul fumed.

            "And YOU lost the wager to ME, milord!" Dawn shot back. "Sir Robin has won today!"

            The crowd cheered in agreement as Brock and Keely walked back in the scene. "Alan, Jocelyn, a song for the occasion!" Ash requested.

            The crowd clapped along as Brock and Keely started another song. Come listen to me, all you gallants so free
            I'll tell you of a bold lad in green...


            "Quiet!" Paul protested over the music.

            Of Robin, brave Sir Robin,
            That beat the sheriff of Nottingham town...
            Brock continued singing.

            "It's all YOUR fault!" the audience laughed as Paul dragged Conway away by the ear.

            "But how was I to know? He tricked me!" Conway protested.

            The audience laughed as the two of them exited into a tent. Keely dropped out of the song for a moment for the final narration. "And so it was that Sir Robin exposed Prince John's plot to trap him and cheat the winner of a tournament. He returned to Sherwood Forest with his friends, to prepare for another day of robbing the rich to feed the poor. But what happened to him the next day? That is another tale for another day!

            With that, she joined back in the song again. Oh, Robin, brave Sir Robin,
            Beat the sheriff of Nottingham town!
            Brock sang before seguing into a set of tunes.

            The audience roared with applause over the music. The Pokemon clapped along as Ash and Dawn led the crowd in a dance.

            When the set of tunes ended, Paul and Conway tiptoed out of the tent and led off the bows. {Amazing!] Lola raved as the emcee and the crowd of extras bowed.

            After a few more of the actors bowed, Brock and Keely bowed next. [Way to go, Brock!] Tarina cheered as Brock took his bow.

            But the biggest ovation from the Pokemon was saved for Ash and Dawn, who took their bow together...

            To Be Continued...
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              Episode 44: The Keystone Pops


              "That play was amazing!" Dawn smiled as she admired a small crystal bell. "I actually had fun, even if that Conway guy was a bit of a creep..."

              "Who knew Paul fancied himself an actor?" Ash agreed as he stashed an identical crystal bell in his bag. "It was nice of the crew to give us all Soothe Bells..."

              "Tell me about it--Tarina is still playing with mine." Brock smiled. He stiffled a giggle at Tarina pouncing on his own Soothe Bell to make its ring resonate.

              "What was it Keely was telling you at the afterparty?" Dawn asked as the group stopped to rest on a plain. "I was having so much fun dancing that I forgot to ask later."

              "She told me that there was another Gym in a place called Veilstone." Ash explained. "If I remember right, Alex said it was east of Hearthome..."

              "You'd be correct." Brock replied as he thumbed to the appropriate chapter in the guidebook. "Here we go...Veilstone City was made by carving out steep, rocky mountains. Despite its out of the way location, thousands flock to see its world class shows. Many more come to play in its many attractions. Though it is officially named 'the city surrounded by rock', many call it 'The Mountain Jewel of Shinou'."

              "Sounds fun!" Dawn smiled. "I wouldn't mind doing a little shopping for some Contest costumes..."

              "I hope you packed your wallets...Veilstone has one of the most iconic shopping districts in the world." Brock continued reading.

              He was about to say more when Stormy darted up to the group. [Hey, check this out!]

              "Stormy, wait!" Dawn cried, but watched in horror as Stormy fired a thunderbolt.

              Ash gasped as a black stone tower crumbled to the ground from the force of Stormy's attack. "Stormy, what did you do?"

              [I only wanted to show Dawn Thunderbolt...] Stormy protested as some ominous clouds rolled in.

              An odd stone that appeared to have a face nestled in the rocks got her attention. [What does this do?]

              "Whoa!" The group dove out of the way as a thunderbolt struck the odd stone. The stone shattered, releasing a strange ghostly purple and green Pokemon.

              "What IS that?" Brock cried.

              "Spiritomb, the forbidden Pokemon. It was bound to a fissure in an odd keystone as punishment for misdeeds 500 years ago." Ash's Pokedex explained.

              Dawn's first thought was to scold Stormy. She gasped when she saw the ghostly Pokemon charging an ominous ball of energy. "I don't like the looks of that attack..."

              "Shadow Ball!" Ash called. "Hit the dirt!"

              The group dove for cover as the ghost Pokemon fired the attack. But it flew over the heads of the frightened group before dissipating. "As much as you want to scold Stormy right now, our first goal should be finding a way to get Spiritomb back in that odd stone." Brock assured Dawn as he eased himself to his feet.

              "The sooner we do that, the better." Ash agreed as he brushed some leaves from his shirt.

              "There should be a town close by--we can regroup and plan our next move from there." Brock suggested.

              With that, the group gathered their gear and set off, making sure to follow where the ghost Pokemon had gone.

              ---------

              "You were saying about there being a town?" Dawn asked as she looked out over the charred and battered remains of a town. What buildings were still standing appeared to be abandoned. There were still some townsfolk in the area, but they were too focused on cleaning up to greet the group.

              "What happened here?" Ash asked a man gathering charred wood pieces near what was left of a house.

              "A strange Ghost-type Pokémon attacked the village in the night." the man explained. "Unless you came to help rebuild, there isn't much use for you here, traveler."

              "So Spiritomb did come here..." Dawn mused.

              "You three have encountered the forbidden Pokemon Spiritomb, and lived?" an old woman asked. "That is a miracle in itself."

              "We want to reseal Spiritomb back in its keystone. My friend's Pachirisu accidentally tore down the tower where it was sealed." Brock explained.

              "So how do we go about doing that?" Ash asked.

              A smile formed on the old woman's face. "It will not be an easy task. Since you have confessed your wrong and wish to make things right, I will tell you what I know about Spiritomb."

              She gestured to her house, which was one of the very few that were not damaged or destroyed. "If you need a place to stay, I have room in my house for travelers."

              ---------

              "I am so sorry that my Pachirisu destroyed the tower that housed Spiritomb." Dawn apologized to the woman, fighting back tears all the while. "Had I known Spiritomb was in there, I would've brought her somewhere else to train."

              "There there...you did not know about Spiritomb, and I applaud your willingness to re-seal him." the woman assured Dawn as she dried her tears. "But it will not be easy. To understand why Spiritomb was sealed to begin with, we have to journey back 500 years in the past."

              She went on "The story goes that 500 years ago, the anger of a fallen mage came to life as Spritomb. It brought ruin to many a town and city. Finally, an Aura Guardian with a Pikachu defeated and sealed away Spiritomb in the Hallowed Stone Tower."

              "But that doesn't explain why my Pachirisu could so easily break it..." Dawn mused.

              "With time, strength does fade with many things." the woman explained. "Sometimes that happens for magic, as well."

              "Ash...remember our trip to Rota Town and our adventure with Lucario?" Brock asked. "I believe that you still have Sir Aaron's magic deep inside of you, even though May and I lost our powers. Yet, we can still tap into that magic when we use the Swanna Song."

              "It's possible--Aura Guardians were said to tap into powerful magic with the song of the Swanna." the old woman agreed. "Perhaps it can re-seal Spiritomb."
              ---------

              "Our hostess gave me lots of great ideas for attracting Spiritomb here." Dawn smiled as the group came to an open plain near the town. "That adventure you had with a Lucario sounded pretty cool."

              "I even wrote a series of songs about it." Brock replied. "I'll have to play them for you once we re-seal Spiritomb."

              "We're close to the tower ruins." Dawn pointed out the ruins of the tower as she let the fuse to an incense stick. "We'll use this incense to lure Spiritomb here, then lead it back to the ruins. Once we have it weakened, Ash can use his Swanna Song to re-seal it, like in the story."

              "Worth a shot." Ash smiled.

              He noticed Spiritomb approaching their stakeout point in the grass. "There he is..."

              After stepping out before the ghost Pokemon, Ash shouted "I am the one you seek! I don't fear your power, for I have the magic of light, granted by Arceus!"

              He noticed the Spiritomb charging an orange beam he recognized as Hyper Beam. He rolled away from the massive attack, and dashed towards the ruins of the Hallowed Tower. Spiritomb was not far behind.

              Moments before Ash and Tintri could reach the tower ruins, a burst of dark energy sent them falling to the ground. "Tintri, try Thunderbolt!"

              [HAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!] Tintri screeched, firing a massive thunderbolt.

              The Thunderbolt hit the Spiritomb, but it countered with Hyper Beam. "ASH!!!!" Dawn screamed as the bright orange beam hit both Ash and Tintri, sending them tumbling to the ground.

              "Oh no..." Brock gasped as he and Dawn arrived at the point where both Ash and Tintri lay. "No..." he whispered as thunder rumbled in the distance.

              Both Dawn and Brock heaved a relieved sigh as Ash stood up. "It'll take more than that to keep me down!" he vowed.

              With that, he sang into the oncoming storm. Gatrandis favel, secret, edena...
              Emusto ronzen fine el balaziis....
              Katoradis favel siicletu edena....
              At this line, rainbow thunderbolts started gathering in Ash's fingertip, which he pointed to the sky.
              Emusto koron zen fine, si...

              As Ash's last Bb rang through the rain, a rainbow Thunderbolt flew from Ash's fingertip into the sky. It then arced into Tintri's body, jolting him awake!

              [Oh yeah!] Tintri squeaked, amazed by the rainbow light surging through him. [Now I feel supercharged!]

              With that, he sped towards Spiritomb in a rainbow Volt Tackle. The rainbow light also healed the damage Spiritomb had caused, rebuilding the tower as it sealed Spiritomb away in the Keystone.

              "We did it...we re-sealed Spiritomb." Dawn smiled as she tended to Ash.

              "Don't scare me like that if you can." Brock was also relieved Ash was okay. "Thought you were a goner back there."

              "I have a lot more to do before Arceus calls me home, including becoming Pokemon Master." Ash smiled through his exhaustion. "But right now, I could use a little food."

              The gentle laughter of the old woman got the group's attention. "As thanks for your bravery and cleverness, I see no harm in giving you food and a bed for tonight."

              "We would be honored." Dawn replied as she led the group back towards the town...

              To Be Continued...
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                Episode 45: Bibarel Gnaws Best!


                "According to the guidebook, we should be getting to Solaceon Town in another day or so..." Brock mused.

                He was about to say more when he noticed an incomplete bridge in the distance. "Uh oh...we may have to turn back..."

                "Well, you can always ask the foreman--or forewoman--if it is safe to pass, or where an alternate route is." Dawn suggested.

                She noticed Brock eying the forewoman, a green haired girl. "Remember you have Tarina here, so you need to set a good example for her."

                "Okay..." Brock replied.

                He approached the work area, where he caught the tail end of a conversation. "Isis, you've proven to be a very reliable worker so far. We hope you can come through for us despite the delay."

                "You're being too nice to her!" a heavy-set man complained. "If this setback delays the bridge opening, what will people think? We'll lose business, and we won't get any more jobs!"

                "One delay is not the end of the world..." Ash muttered.

                "So long as there is a bridge to get them from point A to point B, who cares about who built it?" Dawn agreed.

                About then, the green haired woman noticed the group. "Oh, were you needing to get across?"

                "Forgive us for eavesdropping...Isis, was it?" Ash began. "We need to know if we can find a way across here."

                "Or if we can solve what's causing your delay." Dawn smiled.

                "I'm Ash..." Ash began. "...and these two are my companions Dawn..." Dawn waved hello. "...and Brock."

                "How do you do?" Brock smiled before Dawn shot him a warning glance.

                "Nice to meet you three." Isis smiled. "I suppose I can tell you about why our current job is delayed. See, we hired an expert stonecutter to help us build a new bridge for this area. Then he hurt his back some months ago. Then the head engineer took charge and put me in charge of stonecutting, but work has ground to a halt."

                "Leave it to me!" Brock grinned. "I'll have the crew inspired in no time!"

                [This sounds a lot like the story of the Absol that built a bridge...] Tarina mused.

                "Say..." Brock smiled. "Tarina, you're a genius!"

                He motioned to Ash and Dawn. "Come on...I have an idea."

                ---------

                ..."Your true name is Purmina!" Ash finally declares in character as the carpenter some time later.

                Dawn feigns shock as Brock plays an upward glissando. "How...how did you know?"

                "That is only for me to know, Lady Purmina." Ash smiles. Dawn dashes out of the stage area, over an interlude from Brock.

                "And so, the Absol disappeared into the mists, humiliated that a human knew her true name." Brock narrates over his song. "Yet the bridge remained, forming a lovely arch over the roaring rapids. The bridge stood for many years afterwards. It can still be seen today, all thanks to a brave carpenter brave enough to guess an Absol's name."

                He looks out over the enthralled Machokes and Machamps. "So ends the tale named 'The Absol that Built a Bridge'."

                [Bravo!] a Machoke called as Ash, Dawn, Brock, and Tarina took a bow.

                [Encore!] a Machamp agreed.

                Even Isis smiled as she applauded. "While that was a great show, the Machokes and the Machamps are not the problem..."

                "Then what is?" Dawn asked as she helped disassemble the makeshift stage.

                "The Pokémon which cuts the stone." Isis replied. "If you would like, I can take you three to the quarry."

                "Lead the way, then." Brock assured Isis.

                ---------

                After climbing down a slope into the quarry, Isis pointed out a large beaver-like Pokemon dozing on a rock. "That is the Pokemon that cuts the stone."

                "Bibarel, the beaver Pokemon." Ash's Pokedex began. "It makes its nest by damming streams with bark and mud. It is known as an industrious worker."

                "If it's dozing like that, it's not working very hard." Dawn noted.

                "That's nothing a Pokeflute wouldn't fix!" Ash smiled.

                He held up a long deep brown recorder-like instrument with diamond inlays. "A couple of tunes should wake it up!"

                He balked when Brock showed him a larger sideblown Pokeflute. "We may need a bigger instrument for a bigger Pokemon."

                "The Pokeflute comes in bigger sizes besides what Ash has?" Dawn gasped.

                "The Pokeflute is actually its own family of instruments." Brock explained. "What Ash has, and the most common size you'll see, is the soprano Pokeflute, which is endblown. What I have is an alto Pokeflute, which can be either sideblown or endblown."

                "Oh, now I remember!" Ash smiled. "When I was little, they let you play the alto if you had passed the mastery benchmark for the soprano, if you wanted. I passed the benchmark, but wasn't interested in learning a new way to blow. You also had to learn to read everything a fifth downward."

                "Then let me show you guys what the alto Pokeflute sounds like..." Brock smiled before preparing to play.

                With that, he started playing the mighty instrument. A warm resonant F# echoed through the quarry. The single note then transformed into a playful, mysterious melody. Ash, Dawn, Isis, and the Pokemon listened, spellbound by the big flute.

                But the Bibarel yawned and changed positions on the rock as the last note faded. "Hm...Pokeflutes are supposed to wake Pokemon, not put them to sleep..." Brock mused.

                "If you're curious, I was the one who taught the Bibarel to cut stone, before showing it to the expert stonecutter." Isis explained. "The expert stonecutter took it under his wing. In a few short months, the Bibarel mastered stonecutting. Since the expert stonecutter hurt himself, Bibarel has refused to cut stone."

                "Okay, so motivation's not the problem..." Brock mused as he put the alto Pokeflute away. "I was once the leader of the Pewter Gym in Kanto. So I should know a thing or two about cutting rock."

                He motioned to Ash. "Mind if I borrow Diddy, Tails, and Gaia for a second?"

                "Sure!" Ash replied as Diddy, Tails, and Gaia romped to Brock's side.

                [What about me? What can I do?] Tarina asked.

                "You can help too, okay?" Brock assured Tarina before leading Diddy to a slab of rock. "Okay...can you heat this slab of rock for me?"

                [Sure!] Diddy replied. [How hot do you need it?]

                "Hot enough that it will crack when we cool it down." Brock explained before giving Tails his instructions. "When you see the heated rock about to turn white, cool it down with a Water Gun."

                [Got it!] Tails replied.

                "Gaia, Tarina, over here..." Brock motioned for the Budew and the Pichu to come to him. "Once the rock cracks, I want you guys to break it off and cut it into smooth blocks. Can you two work together to do that?"

                [Leave it to us!] Gaia smiled. Tarina nodded in agreement.

                ---------

                Isis sighed as she measured a block the group had cut. "You were close, but the blocks are the wrong size." Everyone groaned at this.

                Dawn gasped as a giant digger approached the quarry. 'The head engineer from before!"

                "Rhydon, cut the stone with Horn Drill!" the engineer commanded.

                No one expected the Bibarel to slam into the Rhydon. Angered, the Rhydon whapped the Bibarel with its tail. The attack sent the Bibarel flying across the ground.

                Tarina gasped as the Rhydon lifted a foot to crush the Bibarel. [I can't look!]

                A smile formed on Isis' face when she heard the Rhydon roar in pain. "I see--the Bibarel's trying to defend the quarry!"

                "Aggron, use Iron Head!" The head engineer first summoned a large steel reptilian Pokemon.

                "Magmar, use Flamethrower!" He next summoned a red and yellow humanoid Pokemon.

                "Metang, use Metal Claw!" He then summoned a metallic Pokemon with two arms.

                "Go, Bibarel!" Ash cheered as the Bibarel dodged the Iron Head and Metal Claw.

                He gasped as the Bibarel went flying from the Flamethrower. "Come on, everyone! We need to help the Bibarel fend off these bullies!"

                He called "Tintri, use Iron Tail!"

                [Take THIS!] Tintri squeaked as he whacked the Rhydon, sending it sliding backwards.

                [HAAAAAHHHH!!!!] Diddy heaved a Flamethrower at the Metang.

                [Time to cool down!] Tails taunted before heaving a Water Gun at the Magmar!

                Imultaos, ame no hao bakezo.... Tarina's tiny voice rang over the noise, sending the Aggron into a leafy tornado from Gaia.

                Dawn grinned when she saw the trapped Aggron. "Kori, use Bubblebeam!"

                Ash gasped as the head engineer jumped into the digger. "He's gonna crush us!" he screamed as the digger sped towards the quarry wall.

                "What the..." Dawn gasped as a large rock appeared and knocked the digger over.

                "Who did that?" the engineer demanded as he climbed from the ruined digger. "Who ruined my plan to crush these meddling kids?"

                An older man peeked over the quarry edge with his own Machamp. "I did--you have a lot of explaining to do." he warned.

                "But, I thought--!" Isis gasped.

                "I never hurt my back in the first place." the expert stonecutter explained. "The only thing that needed healing was the blueprints. Somebody destroyed the originals and drew some of their own, and they were not up to regional code!"

                "Sir, I did it so the project would be finished on time, and my reputation would be saved!" the engineer protested.

                "You call THIS quality work?" The expert stonecutter removed the support from the bridge, causing it to crumble to dust.

                Isis and the group approached the engineer. "You will never work as an engineer alongside stonecutters again, if you're going to do sub par work!"

                "Leave this site immediately, or else!" the expert stonecutter agreed.

                The group cheered as the head engineer ran off, followed by his Pokémon. "Thank you all for your help and talents." Isis smiled. "Although, how are we going get the project finished on time without a blueprint?"

                "Don't worry--I already made a new blueprint for the bridge." the expert stonecutter smiled as he revealed a new blueprint. "These three are more than welcome to help out, even if its just motivating the crew."

                [Come on!] Tarina called to the other Pokemon. [Let's get to work building the bridge!]

                ---------

                The sound of a bansi playing a festive melody in time to a frame drum and the group working rang across the site. Everybody, everybody, come out here! Tarina sang to rally the Machokes and Machamps. Everybody, everybody, come follow me!

                Everybody, everybody, come out here!
                Everybody, everybody, come follow me!


                Their eyes have met, and a battle has begun! Tarina sang as she handed off five small stones to a Machoke.
                Two teams of Pokemon fight here today!
                They fight intensely! They fight intensely!
                I don't know which one's gonna win!
                At this line, Diddy heated up another block of stone.

                A brave trainer, a cap upon his head... Tarina kept singing as she delivered another block to a Machoke to put in place.
                He tells the Pokemon to move away!
                They move so smoothly! They move so smoothly!
                One will live to fight another day!


                Even if I never saw them fight before,
                I believe the trainer with the hat will win!
                Tarina winked at Ash as she received more blocks from Gaia.
                He keeps his wits about him, and when it's over he will win a badge! Oh, yeah yeah!

                She romped to the overlook where Ash and Brock were performing from, exhorting the others to keep working. Glitter glitter, glitter in the sunshine now!
                It will shine down on us forever!

                Glitter glitter, glitter in the sunshine now!
                We will be shining as we dance through it all!


                ---------

                Later that evening, the group met the expert stonecutter and Isis at the top of a hill. "Thank you all for your hard work!" Isis smiled as she admired the now completed bridge. "Your Pichu's little song really inspired the crew. They finished the bridge before nightfall!"

                "As thanks for all you've done today, take these." the stonecutter offered the group some red headbands. "They're a gift from me."

                He knelt down to Tarina's eye level. "And thank you, little one, for that enthusiastic ondo. You and your master have real talent."

                [Care to show off some kung fu, Brock?] Tails grinned as Brock tied on his own headband.

                "I do in fact, know some kung fu..." Brock replied. "Catching Raikou By the Tail!" he announced as he jump kicked the air. "Three Beasts Guard the Road!" He shielded Tarina and the Pokemon from an imagined attack.

                "Have you taken lessons, Mr. Kung Fu Master?" Dawn smiled as Brock continued showing off moves.

                "Yeah--I'm up to blue belt." Brock replied between showing off some kicks. "That's when my dojo teaches you archery martial arts."

                "Cool!" Ash smiled as Brock continued showing off what moves he knew against the setting sun...

                To Be Continued...
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                  Episode 46: Luxray Vision!

                  "Helping to build that bridge was so fun!" Dawn smiled. "Was that song Tarina sang something she learned, or did she make it up?"

                  [I made it up myself.] Tarina replied as the group rounded a corner. In the distance, Ash could see a courtyard belonging to a majestic mansion.

                  What the group did not expect was a flash of light! "Gah! Bright!" Ash yelped as he rushed to shield his eyes from the light.

                  He spotted a blue haired girl in an outfit resembling a blue, black and yellow lion Pokemon on the mansion's roof. The lion Pokemon jumped down before the group, spurring the girl to call "Wait, Shine! Not yet!"

                  [Come on, Tarina!] Tintri called as he motioned for Tarina to follow him. [This way!]

                  [Yipe!] Tarina jumped to avoid the lion Pokemon's claws as she followed Tintri into a bush. [Why are they treating us like bad guys? We're not bad guys!]

                  [Try telling that to Electro-lion there!] Tintri yelped. The lion Pokemon approached the bush, intent on capturing the frightened mice Pokemon.

                  Dawn decided to read up on the lion Pokemon as it and Tintri stared each other down:

                  "Luxray, the gleam eyes Pokemon. It has eyes that can see through anything. It spots and captures prey hiding behind objects."

                  "That explains how it found Tintri and Tarina..." she mused as she pocketed her Pokedex.

                  "Shine, please!" the teal haired girl begged as the Luxray fired off an Iron Tail. "Wait!"

                  Ash winced as both Tintri's and the Luxray's tails clashed with a loud CLANG! "We're not bad guys, honest! So why are you treating us like bad guys?"

                  "You three don't look like criminals in the least." the mansion's owner smiled as he came into the courtyard. "You all did a fine job in the Hearthome Theater's production of 'Robin Hood', I might add."

                  "Thanks..." Dawn replied. "It was fun playing Maid Marian."

                  "If you don't mind my asking, is there a reason for the extra security, sir?" Brock asked.

                  "Matthew, please." the man smiled.

                  He watched as Brock whistled for Tarina. "I increased security because a band of three crooks, threatened to steal an old charm of mine. When I asked the Officer Jenny from Mahogany Town for help, Marble, Shine's owner, went in her place."

                  "Oh, so the Luxray's name is Shine, huh?" Ash mused as Shine and Tintri stared each other down. "If you don't mind, we can help you keep an eye out for these crooks!"

                  "Sure!" Marble smiled. "I'll make sure you're paid for your time, if you need some pocket money for your travels."

                  ---------

                  "Here..." Matthew made a grand gesture to a large vault at the end of a tunnel. "This is where I keep my treasures, including my old charm."

                  "The note the bandits left said they would try to steal it at eight o'clock tonight." Marble explained. "I've been worried about Shine though. Ever since he evolved from a Luxio, he has been unable to use Electric moves."

                  "That's weird..."Ash mused.

                  "One time, when we tried to help Officer Jenny capture a crook, Shine wasn't able to use Charge Beam." Marble went on. "This forced Jenny's Arcanine Ember to stop the crook. It also made Shine quite upset--and he has been hostile ever since."

                  "Poor Shine..." Dawn sighed.

                  "This was why I was excited to see your Pikachu and the red mage Pichu." Marble asked. "Maybe they can inspire Shine to use Electric moves again."

                  "Say the word, and I can give Shine some special training!" Ash smiled.

                  "Actually, I want to start by calming Shine's anger." Marble suggested.

                  The group didn't see three female figures approaching the mansion from the tall grass. "This job had better not be a bust..." one grumbled.

                  "Relax, Kiku--Old Charms go for billions on the black market." another assured her companion. "All we have to do is bypass security, get the Old Charm at the very least, and go."

                  ---------

                  Brock looked at the clock on his PokeNav. "It's 7:50 PM--all is well."

                  "What if the bandits only said 8 PM to throw us off?" Dawn worried. "They could be long gone by now!"

                  "If someone says they'll be there by 8 PM, they should be there by 8 PM, if not a little earlier." Ash assured Dawn.

                  "Key word being 'a little earlier.' Brock cautioned. "It's possible the crooks managed to mess with the clocks enough to fool us it is earlier than it is. This means Dawn could be right, and it is now 8 PM."

                  "You're absolutely right, Squinty-eyes!" a female voice taunted as a red haired girl in black and red garb emerged from the grass. "Beauty roll call! Miho!"

                  "Taki!" a blue haired girl in black and blue garb called as she leaped onto a ledge.

                  "Kiku!" a blonde haired girl in black and yellow garb called as she leaped behind Brock.

                  "We are the Bandit Beauties Three!" the girls chorused as they surrounded the group.

                  "Tintri, shock these super sentai bandits with a Thunderbolt!" Ash called.

                  He gasped as Shine knocked the thunderbolt away and tried to attack Miho with Iron Tail. In all the confusion, the three beauties dashed away.

                  "Where did our sentai trio of bandits get to?" Dawn asked when the smoke cleared some moments later.

                  "Shine deflected the attack and tried to attack himself. That bought the beauties time to get away." Ash explained. "Who knows where they are now?"

                  [We'll go find them!] Tintri volunteered.

                  [Stay with me, everyone!] Shine called as he dashed down a corridor.

                  "They must still be in the area, since the exterior is still being watched." Matthew explained. "There are plenty of traps in the area too. The beauties have been known to hide treasures."

                  Back with the Pokemon, Shine noticed that Tintri was nearing a pit trap! [Watch out, both of you!]

                  [WAUUUUUUUGGGHHH!!!] Tintri screeched as he slipped and fill into the pit.

                  [EEEEEEEEEEEYAAAAAAHHHH!] Tarina went tumbling into the pit seconds later.

                  "Tintri! Tarina!" Ash called as he approached the pit. "Stay where you are, I'm coming to save you!" he called down into the large hole.

                  "Wait--I know a better and safer way down there." Matthew suggested as he pulled Ash away from the hole. "Come with me."

                  ---------

                  [Are you okay, little one?] Shine asked as she and Tintri collected themselves.

                  [I think so...] Tarina replied as she eased herself to her feet and bushed the dust from her hat. [Wearing a cape has its advantages--makeshift parachute!]

                  Shine chuckled at this. [That it is--let's begin retracing our steps back to the surface.]

                  He gasped as the floor opened up beneath him! [WHOA!]

                  [Shine!] Tintri scrambled to the hole's edge, where Shine was trying to regain his footing above a spike pit.

                  [Here, Shine! Catch!] Tarina called as she heaved a rope over to Shine.

                  Once sure Shine had gripped the rope, she started pulling with all her strength...

                  ---------

                  [Whew...I did it!] Tarina heaved with exhaustion as Shine emerged onto safe ground again.

                  [Thank you for rescuing me from a painful fate, little one--Tarina, was it?] Shine purred as he nuzzled Tarina.

                  He looked over at Tintri. [Forgive me for trying to push you away--I realize you were only trying to help...]

                  [Aw, it's okay.] Tintri smiled. [So, are we a team?]

                  [I'd say we are...] Tarina wheezed.

                  [Then let's go--I'm sure your masters are worried sick about you.] With that, Shine led the way down the corridor...

                  ---------

                  "You know--I love how well you, your Pikachu, and your friend's Pichu work together." Marble smiled as she and the others made their way down another corridor in the network of passages.

                  "Well, Tintri and Tarina are best friends, so they know how to work together." Ash replied. "You'd never believe it now, but when I first started as a trainer, Tintri and I had a very fragile relationship. He wouldn't listen to me until he protected me from a flock of wild Spearow. Not because I told him to, but because he wanted to."

                  "Long story." Brock whispered.

                  "Shine may want to get along with you better if you try to maintain a relationship with him outside of work." Ash went on, oblivious to the three beauties attempting to dig their way out.

                  ---------

                  [Okay...there is a route in this wall.] Shine reported. [Do you guys want to continue down this way, or take the hidden route.

                  [The hidden route!" Tintri smiled as he dashed ahead. [Maybe there's more treasure down here!]

                  [Wait!] Shine called after Tintri. [There's a trap up ahead!]

                  Tarina felt a click as she hurried after Tintri. [Uh oh...] she gasped as she heard a whoosh of a flurry of darts approaching!

                  She dove to the ground in an attempt to avoid the darts. She gasped when an arrow came flying down the corridor, deflecting the darts. [You guys! Over here!] she waved as the group arrived in the corridor.

                  "Tarina!" Brock set his gear aside and hurried to hug Tarina. "Are you okay? You had me worried for a moment when you took a spill down here..."

                  [I'm fine.] Tarina replied. [Thanks for saving us with the nice shot!]

                  "Thank Arceus you're okay, bud!" Ash cried as he hugged Tintri.

                  "Shine, you're okay!" Marble hugged Shine. "Let's find a way out of--!"

                  A click and a rumble got her attention. "Oh no..."

                  "The walls are closing in!" Dawn called over the rumbling. "We need to find a switch Brock can hit to stop it from crushing us!"

                  Shine glanced around the room, aware of Brock preparing another shot. [Aim for this red switch on the north wall!]

                  The group held their breaths as Brock fired, hitting the switch and forcing the wall trap to reset itself. [Just like in Zelda!] Tarina smiled.

                  The beauties arrived in the chamber moments later, carrying a chest. "Don't know why this charm's so important, but a job's a job." Kiku muttered.

                  "We'll take care of these intruders while you make a break for the exit!" Miho instructed Kiku. "Go!"

                  "Right!" With that, Kiku dashed down another hallway.

                  "Rubicante, let's go!" Miho summoned a Charmeleon before the group. "Start with Flame Burst!"

                  "Cagnazzo, Bite the Luxray!" Taki summoned a Wartortle.

                  [Hah!] Shine first deflected the Wartortle's attack, then knocked the Charmeleon backwards. [I have them stunned, here's your chance!] he called to Tintri.

                  [Right!] Tintri fired a Thunderbolt, shocking both Pokemon.

                  Shine seemed to smile as he absorbed some of the stray bolts from Tintri's attack. them both. [Yes...yes! This power I remembered from when I was a Luxio. It's coming back to me!]

                  "Shine, try Charge Beam!" Marble called.

                  [RAAAAAAUGHH!!!!!] Shine then fired a sparking yellow beam. The attack paralyzed the Charmeleon and Wartortle and sent the box with the old charm flying.

                  Dawn caught the box with the charm. "I have the old charm, so give the beauties the shock of their lives!"

                  [YAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!] Tintri, Tarina, and Shine cried as they created a white thunderbolt. The force of the massive bolt was so strong, it sent the beauties flying...

                  ---------

                  "I can't even begin to thank you all for recovering my old charm." Matthew smiled as the three beauties were arrested and led away.

                  "Marble, why did you break protocol and come here without getting permission?" Jenny asked Marble.

                  Marble sighed. "I'm sorry...I didn't intend to break protocol, but this case sounded urgent."

                  Jenny's stern expression softened. "Well...I will only let you off with a warning this time. No matter how urgent the call is, you need to get approval before working a case.

                  She smiled. "I will commend you for developing a bond with Shine, at least."

                  Matthew watched as Officer Jenny, Marble, and Shine departed. "And thank you, travelers, for helping out. The least I can do is give you a place to stay for the night."

                  "We would appreciate that." Dawn smiled.

                  A guitar chord got her attention. "You actually wrote a song about what happened today?" she asked as Brock finished fine tuning.

                  "Yeah--its working title for the time being is 'Thunder in the Underground'." Brock replied before starting a brisk introduction...

                  To Be Continued...
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                    Episode 47a: Journey to the Unown (part 1)


                    "Okay, Lola--let's try Focus Million Fist next." Dawn explained to her Buneary. "Remember how that goes?"

                    [Of course!] Lola squeaked. [Use Focus Punch as fast as you can to make it look like you have a million fists!]

                    She focused her power, making both her tiny fists glow a light blue. [HAI-yayayayayayayayayayayayayayaya!!!!!]

                    Dawn applauded the flurry of shining fists. "Very good!"

                    Some applause got her attention. "Not bad, Dee Dee! In fact, I read somewhere Buneary can learn that move via breeding."

                    Dawn whirled around to find Barry approaching the hill. "Care to explain how Lola knows it even though I caught her in the wild?"

                    "She once had an owner?" Barry mused.

                    "What's with the whole 'Dee Dee' routine?" Ash wondered. "Every time we've met Barry so far, he tends to call you that, even though you don't like it. Do you feel comfortable telling me why?"

                    Dawn sighed. "Not really--I'd prefer you not go there."

                    "All right, I will respect your wish." Ash replied.

                    He then addressed Barry. "So, what about that battle we never finished?"

                    "Love to, but not right now." Barry replied. "I was going to see Dialga and Palkia." He made a grand gesture to what looked like the ruins of a temple in the distance. "But if you wanna battle, we can do it in front of the Dialga and Palkia statues."

                    Ash looked over at the massive statues looming over the entrance. "It sounds a little creepy, but part of me also thinks it'd be kinda cool!"

                    He watched as Brock drew a Poke Ball in the grass. "Which side of the Poke Ball do you want?"

                    "Don't care." Barry replied.

                    Ash was about to protest when Dawn arrived with her Poketch. "I got a Coin Flipper app in the latest auto-update, so why don't we flip a coin to determine who gets what side?"

                    She showed the boys the coin on the screen. "Arceus face is heads...Shinou League crest is tails. Call the toss, and whoever gets it right gets the Diamond side."

                    "That's fair." Barry smiled. "Tails."

                    "Heads!" Ash called as Dawn hit the button to flip the coin.

                    Dawn looked at the results of the flip. "It's heads...Ash gets the Diamond side."

                    The group didn't see Mars, Jupiter, and a third admin with pointy blue hair going inside the ruins.

                    ---------

                    "Diddy, here we go!" Ash summoned his Chimchar as Brock's whistle blew.

                    "Aster, here we go!" Barry called, summoning a Roserade onto the Pearl side.

                    Dawn grinned. "I bet Barry sent out a Roserade to focus more on showing off moves than attacking."

                    "Diddy, start with a Tackle!" Ash called.

                    Barry gasped as Diddy rammed into his Roserade. "Wow! That was quick!

                    "Diddy, use a Flame Wheel before it gets up!" came Ash's next command.

                    "Aster, counter with Magical Leaf!" Barry shot back.

                    [AUGGGHHH!!!] Diddy yelped as the shining leaves surrounded him.

                    "Focus, Diddy! Try to Bite the Roserade!" Ash called.

                    "Aster, try Energy Ball!" Barry called.

                    Dawn gasped in awe as Barry's Roserade started to charge a yellow-green ball of energy. "That's beautiful!"

                    Ash braced himself from the force of the Energy Ball's explosion. "Wow...that was cool!" he gasped. "Even though it did a number on Diddy..."

                    "That was Energy Ball." Barry explained. "Not just Grass types can learn it. It's possible for your friend's Vulpix to learn it, and some exotic Fairy types too."

                    "Can Diddy learn something like it?" Ash asked as he tended to Diddy.

                    Barry thought for a moment. "A similar cool looking move for a Fire type would be the move Heat Wave. It's typically seen on Legendaries, but some other Fire Pokemon can learn it on their own.

                    He smiled. "It'll be tough, but I'll teach it to Diddy if you can beat me."

                    "It's a deal!" Ash smiled.

                    ---------

                    Meanwhile, the three Galactic admins watched as the Unown inscriptions in a large open room became real Unown. "Mars, Jupiter...Cyrus salutes you for your dedication in pursuing those clever trainers." the third admin began. " You've still managed to give the team some valuable information we could use in creating our new world."

                    "Thanks, Saturn." Mars replied as a box emerged from the ground. "Those trainers have proved themselves more clever than we anticipated..."

                    "Be the most wary around the tall one that sings!" Jupiter agreed. "His happy go lucky exterior belies a skilled archer, and he has magical power too!"

                    "Point duly noted." Saturn smiled as he reached for the box.

                    He gasped as the Unown started firing beams of rainbow light at him! "Ara, use Confuse Ray!"

                    Jupiter shielded her eyes from the bright orange flash. "We need to go, now!"

                    ---------

                    "What in the world?" Dawn gasped as she felt the stairs start to float.

                    She gasped when she saw the ruin glowing an ominous red. "What's going on?"

                    [Help!] Kori called as she scrambled to hang onto the stairs.

                    Lola hurried to help Kori. [I have you, don't let go!] she assured Kori as she grabbed Kori's right fin.

                    Neither Pokemon expected to slip and tumble down the steps. "Hang on, I'm coming!" Dawn called before jumping down after her falling Piplup and Buneary.

                    "I have a bad feeling about this..." Barry mused as the ruins were engulfed with red energy.

                    "Why are you so scared?" Ash wondered.

                    "I think the correct question is how you and Brock are NOT scared!!!" Barry cried. "For all I know, it's the end of the world!"

                    "If the trainer is scared, think about how the Pokémon feel." Ash replied as Brock rubbed Barry's shoulders in an attempt to calm him.

                    Barry took a deep breath to calm his jangled nerves. "You have a point, there. You need to be a leader to your team, and they need to know you will keep them safe."

                    "Exactly." Brock smiled as he retrieved the Explorer's Kit from his bag. "Even though you're freaked out, you need to at least look like you're calm to the Pokemon."

                    He unzipped the main pocket of the Explorer's Kit. "Now, let's go find Dawn."

                    ---------

                    In the ruins, Dawn spotted Kori and Lola untangling themselves in a room that split into a three way fork. "There you are! Are you guys okay?"

                    [I think so...] Kori groaned as she got up. [Even though I don't know where we are...]

                    I know the way. a female voice echoed in Dawn's head.

                    "Who's there?" Dawn gasped. "Friend, or foe?"

                    A white humanoid Pokemon materialized before Dawn. I'm a friend--I can help you three get out of here. it telepathically explained.

                    Piqued, Dawn looked up the Pokemon on her Pokedex:

                    "Ralts, the feeling Pokemon. It is highly attuned to the emotions of people and Pokémon. It hides if it senses hostility."

                    "Okay, Miss Ralts, lead the way." Dawn replied as she pocketed her Pokedex.

                    This way. The Ralts then hovered down the right corridor.

                    ---------

                    [I wonder what ancient people built this place...] Lola mused. She and Kori gawked for a moment at the Unown inscriptions and drawings on the walls.

                    Dawn was about to answer when she saw a large band-like ring with wave designs surrounding a diamond. "Hm...a ring. What happens if I try to wear it?"

                    The diamond in the center of the ring glowed, and a female voice singing Leishu shun ji, lei si... echoed in Dawn's mind. "What was that? You?" she asked the Ralts.

                    No...that was the essence of the Mega Ring. the Ralts explained. Its former owner gave it up, and it made its way into these ruins.

                    "Okay, I'll memorize this gobbledygook in case it's important later." Dawn mused before repeating the odd words to herself. "Leishu shun ji, lei si..."

                    To Be Continued...
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                      Episode 47b: Journey to the Unown (part 2)

                      Previously, on "Pokemon Shine Diamond"...

                      Dawn was about to answer when she saw a large band-like ring with wave designs surrounding a diamond. "Hm...a ring. What happens if I try to wear it?"

                      The diamond in the center of the ring glowed, and a female voice singing Leishu shun ji, lei si... echoed in Dawn's mind. "What was that? You?" she asked the Ralts.

                      No...that was the essence of the Mega Ring. the Ralts explained. Its former owner gave it up, and it made its way into these ruins.

                      "Okay, I'll memorize this gobbledygook in case it's important later." Dawn mused before repeating the odd words to herself. "Leishu shun ji, lei si..."


                      "There's so many of them!" Ash called as he did his best to swat away the confused Unowns that swooped at him in every direction. "What did we ever do to them?"

                      "Nothing!" Brock replied. "Someone or something must've confused them!"

                      [Take THIS, alphabet rejects!] Tintri taunted as he fired a Thunderbolt.

                      [HAH!!] Diddy also fired an Ember.

                      Ash watched as Aster and Flora attacked, snapping the Unown out of confusion. "It worked!" he smiled as the swirling rainbows around the group dissipated.

                      "Let's go find Dawn!" Brock lead the way down a tunnel.

                      ---------

                      "Gah!" Dawn gasped as she raced down a hallway, some confused Unowns not far behind her. "They keep coming and coming!"

                      She gasped as more swarms of Unowns flew in to block every possible exit. Even though she shook and her heart was pounding, an idea gave her a sense of calm. Maybe, if I tried singing that song I heard before...

                      She held her hand to the sky. Leishu shun ji, lei si...

                      Kori began to glow with an electric blue aura as she unleashed a shining Whirlpool. "Wow! it boosted Kori!" Dawn smiled.

                      Not quite... the Ralts cautioned. Your Piplup can't Mega Evolve. If you were to sing your Heart Song, the best you could do is boost one move.

                      Dawn looked over at the Unowns swirling in the shining Whirlpool. "That explains the aura..."

                      "OOF!!!" the three admins gasped as they came crashing down from a nearby flight of stairs. "Rough landing..." Mars muttered as she dusted herself off.

                      The Ralts spotted another swarm on Unown approaching from behind. [HAAAAAH!!!] she screeched as she unleashed a psychic sound wave.

                      Ash and the others arrived some moments later. "That's a Ralts!" Ash gasped, recognizing the white humanoid Pokemon with Dawn.

                      Leishu shun ji, lei si... the Ralts sang, snapping the Unowns out of confusion.

                      Dawn realized she, her team, and the admins were actually on the ceiling as the illusion was dispelled. "AUGH!!!"

                      "I gotcha!" Ash hurried to catch Dawn, but ended up catching Kori instead.

                      Imultaos, ame no hao bakezo... Brock's voice echoed through the ruins. A bright green light lit up the hallway as Argent became Mega Steelix.

                      "Thanks for the rescue, big guy!" Dawn smiled as Argent set her down on safe ground.

                      [Anytime.] Argent purred as he went to help the admins down.

                      Ash noticed the Ralts with Dawn. "So...congrats on your new Ralts."

                      "But, I didn't--!" Dawn started to protest.

                      Whatever you did or did not do is none of my concern. the Ralts explained. I choose to come with you by my own choice. No more, and no less.

                      Dawn watched as a door leading outside rumbled open. "Okay--welcome to the team, Miss Ralts."

                      ---------

                      "Ralts, the feeling Pokemon. It is highly attuned to the emotions of people and Pokemon. It hides if it senses hostility." Ash's Pokedex explained. as Dawn and the Ralts were nearby, practicing appeals with a Psychic blast.

                      "So what did you name this Ralts?" he asked as he pocketed the Pokedex. "May named hers Zelda."

                      "A fitting name, considering her digital namesake has visions in her dreams." Dawn smiled. "I named mine Satomi. She may be the newcomer, but I think she can win me the Solaceon Contest."

                      "It's gonna be strange not having a Fantasy Stage to compete in alongside Dawn. but that means I can finally see what's going on when I'm performing." Brock mused.

                      Ash spotted Barry departing. "What about our battle?"

                      "You did well enough that I'll teach Diddy Heat Wave." Barry smiled. "Just don't tell Dawn how scared I was."

                      "Trainer's honor!" Ash smiled, making a three fingered scout sign for effect...

                      To Be Continued...
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