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    Chapter 72
    “Hey guys!” Kat said as she walked into the hotel lobby of the Fuchsia City Pallet House, where the others were waiting. She ran over to the couch where Mal, Ciel and Sue where holding a conversation about something. Gary stayed by the entrance, looking around absently.

    Gary was starting to feel like he was missing something in his Pokémon journey. While being able to ride around the Kanto region in his dad’s car with the girls was more convenient than walking aimlessly, he couldn’t shake the feeling that he was missing out on the experience that traveling on his own would bring. The only one of his chaperones that offered any real help to him was Kat, but she only rarely gave him any advice and he was more interested in figuring things out on his own anyway. And even if he did regularly stop to train and catch new Pokémon, it was still probably less than if he were hiking through the forests and caves of the region by foot. It was with these thoughts that Gary looked over at the girls and made a decision. The four who were supposed to keep watch over him and make sure that he didn’t get into trouble were too wrapped up in their discussion to notice their charge turn around and walk out.

    Gary hesitated just outside of the door, having second thoughts about his decision. But after a moment he tightened his fists and continued walking. He did not know the layout of the city, but he was going to find the Gym, even if it took him all day. When he returned to the hotel that evening he would have his eighth badge. Or maybe he wouldn’t return at all. Maybe he would just keep going, making his way to the Indigo Plateau and challenging any more Gyms that he found along the way. He could do it. He was a Pokémon Trainer, one that was determined to be the best that there ever was. And more than that, he was an Oak. He was part of the longest line of Pokémon Masters that the region had ever known. There were even rumors that the Oak family was descended from the ancient kings of the Kanto region.
    Gary chose a direction and started walking, sure that his trainer’s instincts would lead him directly to where he wanted to go. It was in his blood, after all, to seek out challenge and overcome any obstacle. After having walked about two blocks south, he started to hear something. It was faint and he could barely make it out, but it sounded almost like a woman singing off in the distance. He felt enthralled by the song and his feet instinctively pulled him forward, closer to the source of the distant sound.

    * * *

    “Alright, that didn’t take as long as I thought it would.” Carmine said, looking approvingly at Ash’s Fearow. “Your Pokémon is certainly a fast learner. Now I think we should move on to your Sandslash. He should be good with both attack and defense, so I’m going to focus on increasing the type diversity of his moveset. Brick Break, Poison Jab, Shadow Claw, Iron Tail and X-Scissor all seem like good moves. It probably won’t take much time for him to learn them, though, so let’s work on your Kingler as well. Save time by training both together. I’m going to teach him Brick Break and X-Scissor, like Sandslash, and also a few different moves. Ice Beam, Rock Tomb and Rain Dance all seem like good choices as well as False Swipe.”

    “What’s that?” Ash asked him.

    “False Swipe is a fairly standard Normal-type move but with one little quirk. It can’t actually knock out an opponent.” Carmine explained.

    “That sounds useless.”

    “In competitive battling, it is more or less pointless unless you just want to taunt your opponent for some reason. The main utility of the move is for catching wild Pokémon. Since all kinds of Pokéball can only work if the target Pokémon is conscious, but also work better the more weakened the opponent is, False Swipe can make it a lot easier to catch Pokémon that you might otherwise have trouble with.”

    “Okay, I guess that does sound useful.” Ash agreed. “Alright, let’s get started then.”

    “Good.” Carmine nodded. “And then once we’ve finished training these two we can move on to your Gastly. I’m a little less certain of what to teach that one since I don’t really know what he already has, but if we’re lucky we’ll be done by nightfall, just in time to head back and get dinner and some sleep before heading home for your birthday tomorrow.”

    * * *

    “I think I see Fuchsia City!” Daisy said, holding her hand above her eyes to block out the sunlight as the city came into view.

    “Well it’s about time.” Giselle said. “I feel like we’ve been walking for weeks and basically nothing’s happened.”

    “It’s only been a few hours.” Daisy pointed out. “And we did get to fight a few wild Pokémon on the way.”

    “You know, when I decided that I wanted to be a Pokémon trainer, I didn’t think that there would be so much mindless walking involved. I’m starting to wonder if maybe I should have stayed at Pokétech after all.”

    “But I thought that you said that barely anyone from there ever managed to get into the Pokémon League.”

    “That’s true.” Giselle relented. “But I could have still been one of the few to actually do it. At least when I was there I could spend every day training rather than just this endless walking. My feet are killing me.”

    “Again, we’ve only been walking a few hours.” Daisy said.

    “The fact that you can say that its ‘only’ been a few hours just shows how much time gets wasted just getting from one worthless place to another. Let’s just keep going so that we can get there and take a break. I don’t know how much longer I can last at this rate.”

    * * *

    Before Gary knew it, he had found himself walking out onto the shore on Route 19, just south of Fuchsia City. This was definitely not the way to get to the Gym, but he had a nagging feeling in the back of his mind that this was the way that he needed to go. He could still hear the singing, which was clearer now and a little louder than it was before. Gary was sure that he was moving closer to its source and that he would soon be able to make out the words of the song. He made his way along the narrow beach, wedged between two rocky cliffs, and passed by a pair of swimmers warming up for a long trip across the calm ocean. It was clear that this beach was not one of the more popular of the Kanto shore, which was probably due to its small size. But Gary wasn’t really thinking about that as he reached the edge of the deep blue water, where it beat across the shore.

    He looked out at the massive rocks that were sticking out of the water in the distance, likely another reason why few people used this beach for recreation. One rock stood out to him in particular and he thought that he could see something, or perhaps someone, sitting on top of it. He was sure that whatever it was, it was the source of the song. He closed his eyes and listened for a moment. He felt at peace listening to the serein melody but was quickly pulled back to reality as he felt the cold water rise up to his ankles. He tried to take a step back but found that he couldn’t move his feet. It was almost as if the ocean itself was holding him in place. He struggled against it, but it was no use. The water rose up to his knees. Desperately, Gary let out a scream as he tried his hardest to break free, but it was too late. A sudden wave washed over him and he was dragged out to sea.

    The two swimmers had heard his scream, but when they ran out to where he had been there was no sign of Gary. It was as if he had never even been there.
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      Chapter 73
      Ash sat in a chair in the Pokémon League lobby staring at the dark brown tiled floor. Misty and Brock had left to wait for their meeting while Carmine had run off saying that he had to use the bathroom, leaving Ash alone. The initial excitement of visiting the Pokémon League was starting to wear off and boredom was starting to fill in its place.

      “Hey, kid! It’s been awhile.”

      Ash suddenly leapt up to his feet, startled by the unexpected greeting.

      “Uh… hi, Surge.” Ash said hesitantly as he looked up at the large, intimidating man standing in front of him.

      “That’s Lieutenant Surge.” The Viridian City Gym Leader corrected him.

      “I’m sorry, Lt. Surge.” Ash apologized nervously. He could feel his legs shaking beneath him.

      Lt. Surge started laughing heartily and slapped Ash on his empty shoulder. “I’m just messing with you. There’s no need to be that formal. So, how’s my old Pikachu doing, anyway? Have you managed to teach Volty how to use Volt Tackle yet?”

      “Uh…” Ash trailed off. “No. I kind of forgot that I was supposed to do that.”

      Ash reached down to Volty’s Pokéball resting on his belt and held it out. He pressed the button on its front and the red beam of energy shot out towards his shoulder, where Volty materialized and gave an energetic “Chu, Pi!”

      Lt. Surge laughed even harder. “That’s fine. To be honest, I never really expected you to. I thought she’d be happier with you then she was with me and it looks like I was right about that.”

      “Thank you.”

      Volty smiled and let out sparks from her cheeks as Lt. Surge patted her gently on the head.

      “You’ve done a fine job of taking care of her so far. She looks to be quite healthy and happy.”

      “Thank you.” Ash said again.

      “I’d like to stay and chat longer, but I should probably go see the other Gym Leaders. I don’t want to keep anyone waiting.”

      With that, Lt. Surge waved goodbye and headed towards the back where Misty and Brock had gone earlier, leaving Ash alone again with his Pokémon, but feeling a lot better about himself than he had before. Ash hadn’t even realized how much the events of the previous night had affected him until that moment.

      The two Pikachu on Ash’s shoulders jumped down onto the floor and started playing as Ash sat back in his chair. He briefly wondered how long the meeting was going to take, or at least how long it would take for all of the Gym Leaders to get there. “Then again,” he thought to himself, “not all of the Gym Leaders will be here, will they. After all, the main reason they’re even having this meeting in because of Giovanni.”

      * * *

      “I expected this place to be more like a cave.” Sable commented as she, Red and Yellow entered the Underground Path to Celadon City. Bright lights hung from the steel walls, shining down onto the wooden floor which was brown, save for the two stripes painted along it, one blue and the other red.

      “So you’ve never been down here before?” Red asked her.

      “No.” Sable said. “I’ve never had the chance before. It would appear that I haven’t missed anything, though.”

      “Yeah, not really.” Red agreed. “The other Underground Path was a lot like this, too. That’s why we’re going to use Teleport so that we can get across quickly. Speaking of which it’s probably time to get Abraham out.”

      “Right.” Yellow said as she held out a Pokéball. The yellow Psi Pokémon suddenly appeared hovering in the air in front of her before she even pressed the button. “Come on.”

      It only took a few minutes before the group had made their way all the way to the other side and headed up the staircase leading to Route 7.

      “That probably would have taken us at least all day if we had walked the whole way.” Red said as they took their first steps back outside again.

      “Yeah.” Yellow agreed. “It’s a good thing we have Abraham to help us out.” She squeezed the sleeping Pokémon tightly, but Abraham didn’t seem to mind or notice.

      “You seem quite attached to that Abra.” Sable noticed.

      “Yeah, he’s a good friend and he helps us out a lot. He’s also the only Pokémon that I’ve ever caught, even if it was only by accident.”

      “Maybe there are no such things as accidents.”

      “What do you mean?” Red asked Sable, but she didn’t answer.

      “I like Maggie, too.” Yellow said. “But I didn’t catch her and she hasn’t been as fun since she evolved. She’s so big now that I haven’t even had a chance to let her out in a while.”

      “I’m sure you’ll get a chance to play with her again soon.” Red reassured her. “But in the meantime, we’ve almost reached the city.”

      Sure enough, they were just approaching the edge of Celadon City. Though it was hard to tell, as most of the buildings were painted a dark green color that blended in partially with the trees that surrounded the city on all sides. Some buildings on the other side of the city stood noticeably taller than the rest.

      “Celadon City. The city of rainbow dreams.” Sable said. Red and Yellow turned their attention to her and she pointed to the large sign she had just read aloud. “That’s what it says, anyway.”

      “Well, hopefully, it can help us reach our dreams.” Red spotted the familiar orange roof of a Pokémon Center amid all the green and set off towards it. “Come on, this way.”

      * * *

      Hanami floated in the air above Ash, looking around at her surroundings. She had head people mention the Pokémon League over the years but had never imagined that she would even visit it herself. Much had changed in the centuries since she had lived and a building like the one she was in now couldn’t have even been dreamed of in her time. Things like electric lighting and air conditioning were completely new concepts to her and just the one room was larger than any of the buildings in her village had been. The other buildings they had been to were similar in a lot of regards, but she hadn’t really had much of a chance to admire them due to the dire circumstances.

      She looked down at Ash sitting beneath her. Hanami had only been following him for a couple days now and yet it already felt much longer. She wondered if his life was always this busy, it was certainly more exciting than her life had ever been, at any rate. Traveling around the region, meeting new people and facing new challenges as he went. She had never even left her home village before now. She felt for a moment that she would never get used to how different things were now than in her time, but that thought was interrupted.


      Hanami turned around quickly. She thought for sure that she had heard someone speak, but there was no one there.


      The sound came again, slightly louder. Like someone calling out from the distance. Hanami couldn’t tell what had been said, or who had said it, but there had definitely been a voice. A deep, rasping voice calling from far away. Hanami felt a shiver run through her, but it wasn’t cold and even if it was, a ghost wouldn’t be affected by it. Without thinking, she began to recite an ancient prayer she had not heard in many centuries.

      “Lords of Ice, Lighting and Fire,
      Sons of the Silver Flier,
      The beatings of thy wings spread winds of fate across the land,
      And the birds sing thy praises,
      A shadow of destruction falls upon us now which we cannot withstand,
      Unless we rely upon thy strength and darkness thy power razes.”

      She did not know if the Legendary Birds could truly hear her prayer or not, but she felt a warm feeling of peace pass over her as soon as the words left her intangible lips. There was something big on its way. Something that she was sure no one was prepared for. But she felt confident, at least for the moment, that they could make it through whatever was coming. She only hoped that it would not come without too great a cost.
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        Chapter 74
        Carmine stepped out of the bathroom and stretched his arms up high while yawning. He hadn’t gotten much sleep lately, which was normal for him but combined with all of the action as of late was starting to wear him down. He decided that he would lie down and try his best to take a nap while the Gym Leaders had their meeting.

        “I really should get a Hypno one of these years.” Carmine muttered to himself. “I don’t know why I’ve been putting it off so long.”

        A loud beeping noise suddenly went off, startling him. He reached down into his pocket and pulled out his Pokégear, checking who was calling him.

        “Well, there goes my nap.” He sighed before answering the call. “I had a feeling I’d be getting this call. Though I thought it would take a bit longer.”

        “You sound almost amused.” Looker said from the other end of the call.

        “No, I’m just kind of tired. Anyway, I’m guessing this is about last night?”

        “You would be correct in that guess, but you already knew that. There are multiple eye-witness accounts of a giant, black Pokémon rampaging through the streets of Saffron City in the early hours of the morning. I think it is safe to assume that we both know what Pokémon that was.”

        “It sounds like your eye-witnesses need to get their eyes checked.” Carmine replied. “There was no rampaging going on.”

        Carmine’s comment was met with an uncomfortably long silence.

        “But yeah, it was the Cianwood Tyranitar. We had a bit of a skirmish with Team Rocket. I tried to keep the property damage to a minimum, but we did cause quite a bit of damage to the Silph Corp. building. And Tyranitar probably did some damage to the nearby streets, now that I think about it. He’s kind of heavy.”

        “I want a full report.” Looker said dryly. “Now.”

        “Fine, fine. I’ll tell you what I know.”

        * * *

        Looker pondered everything he had just been told as he put his phone down. Giovanni was a Gym Leader? That was big news. And he had been beaten by a child? He could barely even process that part. This “Ash” that Carmine talked about must be some kind exceptional trainer to pull that off. Although now that he thought about it, Looker remembered that he had already met Ash, right after the incident at Mt. Moon not too long ago, and his name had been on the passenger list for the S.S. Anne. That boy had had more run-ins with Team Rocket since Looker entered the country than Looker himself at this point.

        “I should run a background check on him.” Looker said to himself. “To learn who that kid actually is. The knowledge could prove valuable.”

        There was a knock at the door to Looker’s office. He called for the person to come in and 009 opened the door.

        “You called for me, sir?” She asked calmly, as if nothing had happened.

        “Come in, take a seat.” Looker gestured towards one of the old, green chairs in front of his desk and waited for her to sit down in it. “What do you have to report?”

        “Nothing, sir.” 009 answered. She was a hard person to read, but Looker was starting to understand her better and it was becoming obvious that she was intentionally hiding something. “Everything’s quiet except for a small earthquake near Saffron City. I also heard something about a storm over on Route 2.”
        Looker stared at the girl for a moment. “Was there anything unusual about the earthquake?”

        “No, sir. It was just an earthquake. If I had to make a guess, I’d say it was caused by the Diglett and Dugtrio that inhabit Diglett’s Cave.”

        “And what makes you say that?”

        “Well, the storm at Route 2 would have happened just outside the cave’s northern entrance. It’s possible that the storm could have scared the Diglett and Dugtrio inside the cave and caused them to stampede through their tunnel networks, which in turn could lead to a potential increase in seismic activity in the area.”

        “Yes, that would make sense.” Looker said. It was a sound theory, but her delivery sounded almost rehearsed. She had been anticipating that question and had already come up with her reply. Looker was more sure than ever that she was a spy, but what he wasn’t sure of yet was whether to confront her about it now, or bide his time and wait later. He opted for the latter option.

        “Very well. I want you to investigate that storm. From what I’ve been hearing about it, it sounds like it may not have been a natural occurrence. If so, I want to know what caused it and why.”

        “Yes, sir.” 009 stood up and turned to leave. Looker watched the girl as she walked out of his office.

        “I wonder…” He muttered. “How long as she been with them? She’s not that old. She’s still only in her teens. How young was she when she joined?

        * * *

        Pikachu ran along the rooftops of Saffron City. She would prefer to travel through the woods than the city, but she didn’t really have a choice right now. She knew that Yellow would already be on the other side of the city by now and she had to get back to her as quickly as possible. She didn’t trust the new woman that was traveling with Yellow. Something about her seemed… off. Pikachu was sure that the woman had somehow known she was there waiting in the treetops last night and that made her uneasy. She had also not been able to make contact with Abraham since the woman showed up, almost as if she was somehow interfering with their mental link somehow. The woman was dangerous, Pikachu knew that much. But was she actually hostile or not? Pikachu had no way of knowing the woman’s intentions or not. She could be a threat, but was that her intention?

        Pikachu decided to put away those thoughts for now. Her priority was to catch back up to them. There was nothing that she could do to protect Yellow unless she was there with her to do it. Then again, was there anything she could do even if she was there? Pikachu’s attacks had proven utterly useless again the one she wanted to protect Yellow from and the boy, Red, had so far proven capable of protecting her from everything else on his own. In fact, Pikachu wasn’t sure that she had actually managed to accomplish anything whatsoever since the destruction of their home other than just follow Yellow and she hadn’t been doing a very good job of that either. The only reason she had not already completely lost Yellow possibly for good was thanks to Abraham, and it looked as if she would not be able to rely on his help any longer.

        “Maybe it’s time.” Pikachu said to herself as she rested for a moment on the edge of a roof. “Time that I actually meet up with her in person. But then again, how will she react? She won’t remember who I am. She doesn’t even know that he is after her, or why.”

        Pikachu sighed and leapt over to the next building. It was no use wondering at this point. It was only a matter of time before she would have to make her presence known, so it might as well be sooner, rather than later. There was no telling what kind of complications it could cause, but then again not revealing herself could also cause problems down the line. She had finally made up her mind, she would reintroduce herself to Yellow as soon as she had the chance.


        The unexpected greeting caught Pikachu off guard, causing her to trip and fall off of the ledge she had been running along. She managed to grab hold of the ledge and keep herself from falling down to the ground below as she looked up at the serene smiling face staring at her.

        “You.” Pikachu said, startled. “But how? Why?”

        “I told the others that I wanted to look around on my own for a little bit before I meet up with them again later. Which is actually true, for the most part.” Said Sable, who was looking back down at Pikachu from the roof. Or at least that’s what Pikachu thought at first, but then she relieved that Sable wasn’t on the roof, she was floating in the air across from it.

        “How are you…?”

        “I’m here because I have some questions for you.” Sable interrupted. “And I’m sure you have quite a few questions of your own, so why don’t we help each other out?”

        Pikachu felt her strength fail her and she lost her grasp on the edge of the roof. She closed her eyes as she fell, not wanting to see the end. But then she opened them again when she realized that she wasn’t actually falling. She was floating in the air, like Sable.

        “What’s going on?”

        “I’ll take that as a yes.”
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          Well, it looks like were all finally here. Lance stood at one end of a long table and looked around the conference room they were in. Every Gym Leader of the Kanto region, save for Giovanni, sat around looking back at him. Which means we can get started with this meeting. Now, I know some of you already know what this is about, but for those who dont, Im afraid I must be the bearer of bad news. You see, it has recently been discovered that the leader of the criminal organization known as Team Rocket is in fact none other than Giovanni Rozzo, leader of the Viridian Gym.

          The sound of murmuring reverberated throughout the room and the Gym Leaders quietly discussed this sudden revelation amongst themselves.

          This news has come as a great shock to all of us and naturally we must react to it. Giovanni will be removed from his position of Gym Leader as soon as possible and a new Gym Leader will be appointed in his place. In addition, we will be changing the requirements for obtaining Gym Leader status by adding more comprehensive background checks in order to assure that something like this will never happen again. Does anyone here have objections to these policy changes or any comments they would like to add?

          Lance looked around again for a moment, but no one spoke up. Alright then. In that case, we will move on to the next item on our agenda. There are a number of situations that must be attended to, which the other members of the Elite Four and I have made assignments for. First off, a mysterious storm has caused the northern entrance to Digletts Cave to collapse on Route 2. Bruno, Flint and Brock are to go there and rebuild the caves entrance and investigate what happened there. Lt. Surge and I are to assist Sabrina in overseeing the reconstruction effort of Saffron City. Lorelei, Daisy, Lily, Violet and Misty are to investigate the wreckage of the S.S. Anne to see if there are any possible clues as to what Team Rocket might be planning. Everyone else should return to their regular Gym Leader duties. Now, if no one has anything else to add, then this meeting is now adjourned."

          * * *

          Stop the car! Kat shouted as Mal drove past some sort of old, decrepit looking theater house along the side of Route 15.

          Why? Mal asked her as she slowed the car to a stop.

          Trust me. Garys going to want to check this place out.

          What are you talking about? Gary asked her, thinking that his cousin must have gone crazy.

          Youll see. Kat smiled and tilted her head to the side mischievously as she opened the car door to get out.

          Gary looked up and the run-down building before him as he got out of his fathers car. The old theater was painted white and red, which looked like it had once been bright and vibrant but was now faded and peeling off of the rotting woodwork. A sign hung up above the front door, but it was too damaged for Gary to be able to read it.

          What is this place? Gary wondered aloud.

          Why dont you go in and find out? Kat suggested as she climbed back into the car. Well wait for you.

          Fine. But if I die in there, its your fault! Gary sighed and turned back to the building. He walked up to the staircase leading up to the front doorway and lightly set foot on it. The stairs seemed sturdy enough, so he walked up and entered the theater house.

          The interior was dark and dusty as if the building had been had been abandoned long ago. Gary honestly had no idea what he was supposed to be looking for in there. Some kind of rare Ghost Pokmon, maybe? He pulled out a Pokball and called out one of the newer additions to his Pokmon team.

          Go, Growlithe.

          The Fire-type Puppy Pokmon landed on the creaky old floor. He sniffed the air and let out a small howl before breathing out a small stream of flame to light up the dark theater.

          Whatevers in here had better be worth it. Gary muttered to himself as he and his Growlithe made their way deeper into the run-down building.

          * * *

          Wait, youre both leaving? Ash asked Misty and Brock once they had returned and told Carmine and himself about the meeting.

          Yeah. Brock shrugged. But well meet back up with you once were done with our assignments.

          This is so unfair. Ash complained. Why do you both have to go?

          Because they both have obligations as Gym Leaders to help wherever they are needed. Lance said as he walked up to the group before turning his attention to Ash. So you must be this Ash everyones been talking about. Ive heard that youve been shaping up to be quite the skilled trainer. I hope that youll stop by my Gym after this whole Team Rocket situation has been dealt with so that we can have a battle. Im looking forward to it.

          And with that, Lance turned around with a swish of his cape before giving Ash a chance to respond.

          Wow. Mistys jaw hung slightly ajar and she and Brock both stared at Ash in amazement. Ive never seen Lance send anyone a challenge like that before. Thats amazing.

          Youve certainly come a long way since I beat you in our first match. Brock added.

          It doesnt mean much. Carmine said. Its still just a Gym Battle. A test of strength to make sure that a Pokmon Trainer has reached a certain level of ability.

          Well, Im still going to beat him. Ash said defiantly. No matter how strong he is.

          Were you even listening to me? Carmine asked.

          I should probably be going now. Brock said. I dont want to keep the others waiting. See you again soon!

          Brock shook Ashs hand and headed off towards where his father and Bruno were waiting for him, waving goodbye. Ash, Carmine and Misty watched as they headed out the door before Misty and Ash turned to each other.

          I should be heading out too. My sisters can get kind of impatient sometimes. Misty turned to leave.

          Hold on. Ash said, grabbing her wrist to stop her. Before you go, I wanted to give you something.

          What? Misty couldnt hide the surprise in her voice.

          Volty. The two Pikachu resting on Ashs shoulders both turned to their trainer in surprise from this unexpected turn of events.

          What do you mean? Misty asked.

          I want you to take Volty with you, at least until we meet up again. After all, you gave me Krabby the last time you left us.

          I suppose that is true. Misty sighed. I guess youve got a deal.

          Ash pulled out Voltys Pokball and handed it too Misty. Pika and Volty quickly touched their noses together and let off a fly of sparks from their cheeks to say goodbye, almost lighting Ashs hair on fire, before Volty hopped off of Ashs shoulder and into Mistys outstretched arms.

          I promise to take good care of her. Misty said as she turned to go. Pika and Volty both reached out to each other as a final parting as Misty walked away.

          Well. Carmine said awkwardly. I cant say that I expected any of that, and now I forgot what I was going to say. Oh, right, I was going to tell you that I think we should spend this time focusing on your training. Things are only going to get harder from here on out and who knows what other unexpected situations were going to face in your journey. You need to be ready for any challenges you may encounter.

          Sounds like a plan. Ash agreed.

          Good. But before that, we should probably get some rest. I dont think either of us has gotten any sleep in a while.

          The mere mention of sleep suddenly caused Ash to be overwhelmed by a sudden wave of fatigue. He had not realized before that point how tired he was, but now it was all he could think about.

          Yeah. Ash yawned. We should do that.

          Come on. Im sure there should be someplace to rest somewhere around here.
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            Red and Yellow walked into the Celadon City Pokmon Center and headed for the front desk. The nurse there asked if Red wanted his Pokmon healed, as per usual. After the nurse healed Reds Pokmon and handed them back to him, they walked over to the lounge area. A couple couched sat around a glass table and off in the corner of the room was a PC meant for public use. The PC had a paper taped onto its screen saying that it was out of order and someone appeared to be tinkering with its inner wires and circuitry. Red felt like he had seen the man before.

            Bill? Red asked hesitantly.

            The man tried to stand up but accidentally hit the back of his head hard against the underside of the keyboard. He then made sure to back away from the computer and stood up slowly, clutching the back of his head, and turned around. Sure enough, it was the same man that they had helped out back at the lighthouse on Cerulean Cape.

            Oh, hi! Bill said once he recognized Red and Yellow. Fancy seeing you around here.

            Hi! Yellow said cheerfully.

            What are you doing here? Red asked.

            This old PC here isnt working right, so theyve asked me to come in and take a look at it. For some reason, it wont seem to connect to Pokmon Storage System, so trainers cant use it to deposit or withdraw their Pokmon and who better to ask to fix that kind of problem than the guy who created the system in the first place?

            You created the Pokmon Storage System? Red asked in astonishment.

            Or at least the current system, sort of. I led the development team that created it, but most people tend to forget about the people I worked with. Im also the administrator for the system her in Kanto and also in Johto.

            Why didnt you mention that when we met before?

            I guess it just never came up. Bill shrugged. So how have you been, anyway?

            Fine. Red answered. We were just going to explore the city a bit before I take on the Gym.

            Well good luck with that. I think the local Gym specializes in Grass Pokmon.

            Well, that should be pretty easy to take on with my Charmeleon. Red said, then sighed. Although I suppose I should still work on catching more than just two Pokmon.

            Two? Bill seemed confused. I remember seeing your account in the storage system just recently and you had more than that.

            Only half of my team right now is actually mine. Red explained. Two of them are Yellows, but she cant actually have Pokmon of her own yet.

            Yellow grinned and held up her two Pokballs. These are Maggie and Abraham.

            Bill thought for a moment. You know, you could probably get a permit for her to have her own Pokmon.

            A what? Red asked flatly.

            A Trainers Permit. Its kind of a new thing, so I wouldnt be too surprised if you havent heard of them before, but its now possible for those under age to have Pokmon. They cant battle and they dont have access to the storage system, though. Normally youd need the permission and supervision of a parent or guardian that has a license, but I might be able to pull some strings for you and see if she can get one.

            Really? Red and Yellow both asked.

            Yeah, sure. Its the least I can do for when you helped me out before.

            Thank you. Said Red.

            Im so excited! Yellow jumped with joy.

            * * *

            Okay, I think that should be enough for now. Squirtle said as he fell onto his back from exhaustion.
            Charmander sat down next to Squirtle with a groan. Why do we have to train so hard? He whined.

            Because it is the only way to assure that we will be able to take on any challenge that comes our way and always come out on top. Although I think weve reached a point where we can continue our journey for at least another Gym or two.

            Thank Arceus. Charmander laid back with his stubby arms underneath his head and his tail resting by his side. I feel like I could just fall asleep right now and not wake up again for days.

            I feel similarly, but we do need to get back up in the morning to start making our way to the next town and with it the next Gym.

            The two Pokmon stared up at the morning sky for a while in contemplative silence.

            Do you think well really be able to do it? Charmander asked.

            Of course we will. Squirtle replied. But only if we believe that we can.

            You always manage to be so confident and brave. Where does your courage come from?

            Squirtle reflected for a bit before answering. Ive mentioned before that when I was young I had a trainer, a young girl by the name of Samantha. She had been dangerously sick for her entire life and yet never gave up hope no matter how bad things got. In order to honor her legacy Ive vowed to always do the same.

            Wow. Was all Charmander could think to say to that.

            Also, we both watched a lot of anime and I always looked up to the heroes that never gave up even in the face of danger. Wed dress up as the characters a lot and play out our favorite scenes together. Thats actually where my sunglasses came from. They are a replica of the pair worn by our favorite character.

            Do you ever miss her?


            * * *

            Pikachu sat on the roof of the Celadon City Pokmon Center, staring at her paws and contemplating everything that she had just learned. It was a lot to take in and yet somehow she knew, almost instinctively, that it was all true. She became filled with renewed doubts. She wanted to reach out to Yellow and make her presence known but she was sure that this was not the time to do so.
            She mentally slapped herself for thinking that. She should reach out to Yellow and join her properly but she just couldnt bring herself to do it. She was scared. Scared that the girl now calling herself Yellow would not be the same as when they had grown up together. The girl still had no idea of who she was, or what she was, and with what Pikachu had just learned she was no more uncertain than ever.

            Why is this so hard? Pikachu complained to herself. Shes basically right there beneath me and yet I just cant do it. Whats wrong with me?

            I think only you could answer that question.

            Go away. I want to be by myself. Besides, shouldnt you go back to the others before they get suspicious from your absence?

            Why would they be suspicious? They just think that Im looking around a city Ive never been to before. But I suppose if you want to be alone then I wont bother you anymore.

            Pikachu sighed and turned around just in time to see a bright pink flash of light and the one she had been talking to was gone. She heard the sound of the Pokmon Center doors opening and she knew that Sable was about to rejoin Red and Yellow.

            Why did he have to mess things up? Pikachu asked herself. We had all been so happy before he had to tear us all apart. They had a good life, all things considered, but then he had to go and blow everything up. Literally. Their home was gone. Their friends were gone. As far as Pikachu knew, she and Yellow had been the only ones to survive his rampage. And now all she could do was do her best to make sure that he never found them again, even though she knew that she wouldnt be able to stop him if he did. He was too strong, more powerful than anyone else she knew. Although, that might not be the case anymore. It was possible that she did now someone who was at least close to matching his level now. Maybe she would be able to do a better job of protecting Yellow than Pikachu could. But then again, would she even try to? I wish that something would happen. Something that would let us be able to stop him.
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              After walking all morning, Daisy and Giselle found themselves entering a small town.

              What is this place? Giselle wondered aloud.

              Well, according to my map this should be Mossgreen Village. Daisy said as she held out her Town Map while trying to keep Cleffa held up with one of her arms.

              Never heard of it. Giselle placed her hands behind her head as they continued walking.

              Well, this doesnt look like a particularly important place. Daisy stuffed her map back in her bag. Lets just keep going.

              Hold up. Giselle suddenly stopped and held her arm out in Daisys way. Do you see what I see? She pointed to a large building at the other side of the village.

              What? Daisy asked before taking a look at the building Giselle was pointing towards. Wait, is that a Gym?

              It sure is. Come on, lets go. Giselle suddenly started running towards the Gym, forcing Daisy to have to try and keep up with her.

              Slow down! Running like this will be bad for Cleffa! Contrary to Daisys claims, Cleffa was squealing gleefully, clearly enjoying itself a lot.

              Come on, already! Giselle yelled back to her. Youll never get anywhere if you keep going at that pace!

              * * *

              Giovanni walked into a dark room and moved his hand against the wall, looking for the light switch. When he found it, he flipped the switch and the lights came on, illuminating the room. White sheets covered all of the furniture and contrasted heavily with the black walls, carpet and ceiling. He walked over to the center of the room and pulled the sheet off of a desk chair, and then another off of the desk in front of it. He sat down at the chair and looked around at his old office. It had been a long time since he had made us of it, but he had no choice now that he had lost Saffron City.

              The lights flickered, irritating Giovanni. He would have to get the bulbs replaced, not that it was much of a surprise. They would need to make a lot of renovations to get this old base back into working order. If only he hadnt lost that battle.

              How did I lose? Giovanni whispered to himself. He was just a child who hasnt even been a Pokmon Trainer for more than a few months at most. I should have been able beat him easily. I know I wasnt exactly using my best team, but still

              You wanted to see us, Sir? Asked James, as he Jessie and Meowth stood at the entrance into Giovannis office.

              Yes. Giovanni motioned for them to come in. I have your next assignment. I want the three of you to meet up with the Iron-Masked Marauder and investigate a cave north of Cerulean City. It is known as the Cerulean Cave, though the locals sometimes refer to it as the Unknown Dungeon. Ive already briefed the Marauder and he will be able to fill you in on the details of the mission. Now go!

              But what about the others? Jessie asked.

              Agent Masque, Butch and Cassidy are running surveillance around the base in order to check for possible security breaches. Attila and Hun havent reported in since we relocated here this morning. If they dont show up soon then they will be considered AWOL and will be punished accordingly when we finally find them Now, I believe I told you three to go.

              The trio exited Giovannis office and stopped at the other end of the hallway.

              What kind of punishment do you think Giovanni has in mind for them? Jessie asked.

              Isnt it obvious? Meowth asked. The sames as whats happensed ta da others. Make em dark or whatever it is thats they dids ta dem.

              All three shuddered at the thought of it.

              Something about them just doesnt feel right anymore. James said. Its almost like they arent even human anymore.

              I know what you mean. Jessie agreed. Which means we should focus on our new assignment so that he doesnt have any reason to do it to us.

              Whys do yas think wes going ta some old cave? Meowth asked.

              I dont know, but were going to find out soon enough.

              * * *

              Professor Oak sat at the desk in his study sorting through old research papers when the phone started ringing. He put down the paper on sleeping disorders in Snorlax that had been written by an old colleague of his known as Professor Xalrons and answered the phone.


              Is this Professor Oak of Pallet Town? Oak didnt recognize the mans voice.

              Yes, now whos calling?

              My name is Looker. I was wondering if I could set an appointment to meet with you. Oak felt like he had heard that name before, but couldnt think of where it was from.

              What about? The Professor asked.

              I wish to discuss one of your former students. A boy by the name of Ash Ketchum.

              Why? Professor Oaks voice carried his concern. Has he done anything wrong?

              No, he has not done anything wrong. In fact, it is quite the opposite. If we could set up a meeting, I will explain whats going on.

              Hold on a moment Professor Oak said. I think I know where Ive heard youre name before. Youre an agent for the International Police, arent you?

              Yes, I am. Looker answered. And I have a lot I wish to discuss with you in regards to my current investigation. I will fill you in on the details when we meet.

              Professor Oak sighed and checked the calendar he had sitting on his desk. It looks like Im free tomorrow. Stop by anytime you want.

              Thank you, Professor. Ill see you tomorrow.

              Professor Oak heard the phone hang up and placed it back down again. He turned his chair around and stared out the window at the clear blue sky.

              What have you gotten yourself into, Ash? He wondered aloud.

              A glimpse of silver reflecting the suns light caught the Professors attention and he immediately stood up and headed for the door. He ran outside.

              Get out of here! He yelled as he ran up to a large silver and gray Pokmon. Go on, get going!

              Aggron! The towering Steel-type bellowed as it turned around and rushed back to the way it had come.

              I swear. Professor Oak muttered to himself as he watched the Aggron flee. That thing just keeps showing up and trying to break into my breeding grounds. Where did it even come from, anyway? Aggron dont even live anywhere near here.

              * * *

              Giselle reached the front door of the Gym and waited for Daisy to catch up to her. Once Daisy was there, Giselle reached for the door and tried to open it, only to find that it was locked.

              Hey, what gives? Giselle yelled as she tried to force the door open.

              I guess theyre not open right now. I guess you cant really expect the Gyms to be open all of the time.

              Well, they should be! Trainers could show up at any time, you know. Like right now.

              Hold on, hold on! Came a womans voice from off in the distance. Daisy and Giselle both looked over to see a young woman with dark green hair running up to them. When she reached the Gym, she stopped to catch her breath, panting heavily as she clutched her knees. Sorry about that. She said at last as she reached into her pocket and fumbled around for something. She pulled out a small white keycard and held it up to the door.

              The door unlocked with a small beeping noise and the woman opened the door, walking inside and motioning for the girls to follow her. Together they walked into the Gyms interior which looked like the Gym had not been properly maintained in a long time. Moss and weeds were growing around everywhere.

              Im so sorry about that. The woman said as she turned to face Daisy and Giselle. I was at a meeting. Anyway, my name is Cassandra and Im the Gym Leader here. Im guessing one of you wants to challenge me?

              Both of us, actually. Daisy said.

              Okay then. So who wants to go first?

              Me! Giselle reached her hand high into the air reflexively. Ill go!
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                Well, this whole trip has been a waste of my time. Gary said bitterly as he and his Growlithe continued wandering around the abandoned theater. Seriously, why did Kat said me in here?
                Gary turned around and began walking back towards the entrance. A loud screeching sound suddenly filled the entire theater, followed by what sounded like old circus music.

                Whats going on? Gary wondered aloud as he jumped up from fright.

                He stood there nervously, looking around to see if he could see the source of the music and noticed that there were speakers set up all around. There were wires sticking out of the speakers that trailed along the ceiling. Gary motioned for Growlithe to follow him as he started following the cords. They lead him to the main stage of the theater, where a single spotlight shone down on an old gramophone playing into a microphone.

                What in the- Gary started to say, but was interrupted as the music came to a sudden halt and the spotlight went out for a second.

                When the spotlight lit up again, the gramophone was gone. In its place stood Kat, holding the microphone and looking up at Gary.

                Welcome, welcome, to the House of Amity! I see we have a guest today. Here to challenge your skills, are you?

                Gary stared at Kat in confusion and shock. Kat? What are you doing down there? Is this some kind of game to you?

                Kat continued staring up at Gary, a sly smile on her face. The spotlight went out again and when it came back on, Gary couldnt believe his eyes.

                Kat? What kind of idiot are you? The names Gary. Gary Oak. And one day Ill be the Pokmon Master.
                Gary stared down at his doppelganger, no longer sure what to make of anything.


                * * *

                So whos up first? Cassandra asked Daisy and Giselle once they were all inside of the Gym

                Ill go ahead and let you go first. Giselle said to Daisy. And when you lose, Ill already have an idea of what her strategy is like when its my turn.

                Gee, thanks for the vote in confidence. Daisy rolled her eyes before walking up to Cassandra. I have four Gym Badges already.

                Okay then. This will be a three-on-three battle. Well get started as soon as youre ready.

                Daisy turned back to Giselle and smiled mockingly. When Im done with this battle, I dont think therell be any point in you even trying. She couldnt quite read the expression on Giselles face. Anyway, lets do this.

                Daisy called out her Vulpix, while Cassandra opened with a Butterfree.

                I hope youll actually listen to me this time. Daisy muttered before giving her Pokmon a command. Fire Spin!

                The Fox Pokmon spat out a cyclone of fire that blasted Butterfree, engulfing the Bug-type in a spinning vortex of flames. Butterfree remained unable to move until the flames died down and it had already been knocked unconscious from the blow.

                Wow. Cassandra said in stunned amazement. Um, go Beedrill.

                She sent out her next Pokmon. The Poison Bee Pokmon charged at Vulpix with a Poison Jab, but Vulpix side-hopped out of the way causing Beedrill to crash stinger-first into the ground. Vulpixs six tails stood on end and glowed with an ominous purple aura as she used Will-O-Wisp on Beedrill. Beedrill managed to dislodge its stinger from the ground and tried to fly up into the air, but its wings suddenly caught fire and it was send hurtling back down to the ground again. Vulpix launched another Fire Spin and when the flames dissipated, Beedrill couldnt get back up again.

                Return, Beedrill. Cassandra said unenthusiastically. Lets go, Parasect.

                The Mushroom Pokmon barely had time to land on the ground before Vulpix hit it with a Fire Spin and, like the two Bug-types before it, was knocked out by the blow.

                Im not really sure what to say to that. Cassandra said as she recalled her Parasect. You just flat-out wiped the floor with me. I guess you can just take this Mushroom Badge now.

                Cassandra walked over to Daisy and handed her the badge. Daisy took it happily and turned back to Giselle.

                So, what did you think?

                Daisy thought she saw Giselles eye twitch as she stared at Daisy with an expression that Daisy couldnt even begin to identify.

                So you beat a few Bug-types with an overpowered Fire-type. Giselle said as her expression returned to normal. Big deal. My fight will be similarly short, so theres no point in you even sticking around to watch. Why dont you just head over to the Pokmon Center and heal up.

                But my Pokmon dont need healing. Daisy pointed out.

                Just go. Giselle growled angrily.

                Fine, fine.

                Daisy made her way to the door. As she made her way out she heard Cassandra ask Giselle how many badges she had and thought she heard Giselle reply with a week Only one.

                * * *

                Red and Yellow made their way over to the Celadon City Gym. As they approached the building, they noticed that there was an old man standing by the doorway, looking in through a window.

                This Gym is great. The old man said to himself as they approached. Its full of girls.

                Red made sure that Yellow was standing on the opposite side of him that the old man and placed his arm around her securely, eyeing the old man with a look of disgust. Yellow felt surprised to feel his arm around her and felt her cheeks start to get warm, but she didnt know why. As they walked up to the door, it opened automatically and they were met by the pungent aromas of a multitude of various flowers and plants. They made their way into the Gym until a young woman walked up to them.

                Are you here to challenge the Gym? She asked.

                Yes. Red replied.

                Well I am afraid the Lady Erika left for some urgent business early this morning and has not yet returned.

                Do you have any idea when shell get back?

                Im afraid not. Youll just have to check back later.

                Mildly disgruntled, Red turned around and left, Yellow still at his side. They walked along the long narrow pathway edged by rows of trees that lead to the Gym without another word until they walked out into the city.

                Well now what? Red asked.

                You can let go of me now. Yellow suggested.

                Oh, right. Red quickly put his arm back to his side. There was something odd about that old guy so I wanted to make sure that you were alright. Anyway, do have any ideas of what we should do while we wait? It looks like theres some kind of big mall over on the other side of town. He pointed to a tall blue building with yellow and red banners hanging down from it that were advertising some kind of big sale.

                I wanna check out that place. Yellow gestured towards a bright purple building just a few blocks away covered in bright flashing lights.

                The Rocket Corner? Red asked, reading the large neon sign on the roof.

                Yeah! It looks exciting!

                I think thats a casino. Red said in amazement. But I thought gambling was illegal. And even if it is then theres no way theyd actually let us in. Were minors, after all.

                Were what?

                Minors. It means were not adults yet and we arent allowed to do things that kids shouldnt do.

                But I thought you were an adult.

                Red pondered that for a moment and then it occurred to him that he was, actually, legally an adult now that he had a Trainers License. It was an idea that would take him a long time to get used to.

                Even so, Red said. We still shouldnt go there. Theres a nice looking restaurant over in the other direction. Lets go there and have breakfast. We havent eaten yet today and I dont think weve really had a proper meal since the S.S. Anne.

                Yellow was disappointed, but suddenly realized just how hungry she was. Yes. Food. Lets do that.

                Can I join?

                Red and yellow both jumped, neither of them having noticed Sable walk up to them.

                How long have you been standing there? Red asked in alarm.

                Not long. I just walked around the city for a while and then saw you two over here.

                Come on. Yellow said impatiently. Lets go eat already.
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                  Gary stared at his doppelganger standing in the middle of the stage below him.

                  What? Who? Whats going on? He stuttered out, utterly confused.

                  The second Gary smiled back up at him and the spotlight went out again. When the light came back on, the Gary imposter had been replaced with a woman that Gary had never seen before with bushy teal hair tied in twin-tails and wearing an orange tee-shirt with a yellow star on it and jeans.

                  My name is Duplica. The woman spoke into the microphone. Though most people call me The Copycat. Im the Gym Leader here.

                  This isnt a Gym? Gary pointed out, still confused.

                  Well, not exactly, anyway. The actual Gym is still under construction but Ive already been appointed as its Gym Leader, so Ive been using my familys old theater house to fill in for it.

                  But, what was Kat doing down there with you? And that person that looked like me?

                  The light went off and back on showing that Duplica had been replaced by the face Gary.

                  Why do you think they call me The Copycat? Impersonating other people is my specialty. The fake Gary pulled off his wig to show that he was really Duplica in disguise. I thought you would have figured that out on your own. Maybe youre not as smart as you think you are?

                  Shut up! Gary yelled down to her.

                  Hm. Must have struck a nerve there. Duplica muttered to herself. Anyway, are we going to battle or not? I just got back from an important meeting and Id like to get this over with so I can relax for a while.

                  Youre on!

                  Good. Duplica said is Garys voice and then switched back to her own. You should already have six badges if Im not mistaken, which means that this will be a six-on-six battle. So give it all youve got and take on Kantos Normal-type specialist.

                  This will be a piece of cake.

                  * * *

                  Red, Yellow and Sable walked into the restaurant, the Celadon Grill according to its sign, and were immediately greeted by the intoxicating smells of bacon and eggs. Evidently, they had just walked in during the breakfast rush as the old-timey diner was filled with people. There happened to be three empty red-leather stools available next to a man who seemed to have fallen asleep in the middle of his meal at the far end of the marble counter spanning one side of the diner, so the trio made their way across the black and white checkered floor trying to avoid bumping into anybody on the way. They sat down on the empty stools and a waitress walked up to them from the other side of the counter.

                  What can I get for ya? She asked. When she didnt get an answer she just said. Should I just make that three of the house special?

                  Sure. Red said hesitantly.

                  Okay, that ill be comin right up.

                  The waitress left, leaving Red, Yellow and Sable sitting alone in the crowded restaurant.

                  It sure is noisy in here. Yellow commented. She had to speak up to make sure that the others could hear her.

                  Yes, it is. Red agreed.

                  I kind of like it. Said Sable. Its different than what Im used to.

                  Yeah, Lavender did seem like a pretty quiet place. Red said.

                  Apart from the ghosts. Yellow added.

                  Yes. Lavender Town.

                  The sleeping man next to them suddenly stirred and sat up, staring blankly at the half-empty plate in front of him.

                  Ugh. The man grunted. Thats it for me. Ive lost too much already. Im quitting now before Ive got nothing left back the spin of my back.

                  The man grabbed some sort of small red box out of his pocket and set in on the counter.

                  Whats that? Yellow asked inquisitively.

                  Its yours now. The man replied. Take it, I dont want it anymore.

                  And with that, the man stood up and waddled away, clearly still not fully awake yet.

                  Hey! The waitress yelled out to him as she walked up to Red, Yellow and Sable with three plates full of food. You havent paid your bill yet! She set the plates down in front of them and ran after the man. Come back here!

                  Well, that was odd. Red commented.

                  Yellow grabbed the box that the man had given to her and undid the golden latch on it to open it up. Inside were rows of strange golden coins, different than the ones normally used as currency. What are these? She said, holding one up and admiring the stylized R on one side.

                  Put that away. Red told her. I think those are casino tokens. Probably from that one you were looking at earlier.

                  Does that mean that we can go there now?


                  Red picked up his fork as Yellow put the coin back in the case. He was about to take his first bite when Sable happened to catch a glimmer of light out of the corner of her eye.

                  Whats that? She asked Red.

                  Whats what?

                  That thing on your wrist.

                  This thing? Red held up his right hand to show off the bracelet with the marble-like stone embedded in it that Mr. Fuji had given him. Were not exactly sure yet. Why?

                  No reason. Sable turned to her food. I was just curious.

                  * * *

                  Raticate, use Super Fang! Gary called out to his Pokmon.

                  The large Mouse Pokmon charged forward and bit its opponent, another Raticate, on the neck. Duplicas Raticate let out a screech of pain and twisted around to get Garys Raticate with its own Super Fang. The two Pokmon released each other and backed off slightly, circling around one another. Duplicas Raticate prepared to use Tackle, but Garys interrupted the move with a Quick Attack, knocking Duplicas Raticate onto its back. Garys Raticate then bit Duplicas with Hyper Fang, and Duplicas Raticate fell unconscious.

                  Well so much for the mirror match, I guess its time for a game of cat and mouse! Duplica said as she called back her Raticate and sent out her second Pokmon, Persian.

                  The red gemstone on the Classy Cat Pokmons forehead glowed brightly and four purple rock-like energy constructs emerged from it, floating gently in the air above it before being launched straight at Raticate and knocking the Mouse Pokmon out cold. Gary scowled as he recalled his Pokmon and sent out his Nidorina. The blue Poison Pin Pokmon leapt out of her Pokball and hopped off of the wooden stage floor they were battling on, turning around in mid-air and smacking Persian with a Double Kick. Persian was knocked back by the attack but quickly found its balance and retaliated by lunging towards Nidorina with its claws outstretched and using Slash. The attack struck Nidorina across the face, but she didnt let it get to her and countered by pelting Persians underbelly with a round of Fury Swipes before it had landed back on the ground. Furious, Persian whipped around and smacked Nidorina with its tail and then hitting her with another Slash. Nidorina jumped back and then lunged at Persian to hit it with another Double Kick, knocking out the feline Pokmon.

                  Youre certainly doing better than I expected you to. Duplica commented as she sent out her third Pokmon. But then again, this battle isnt even half over yet. Youve still got a ways to go.

                  A Chansey emerged from the Pokball and landed on the floor with a loud thump. The round pink Pokmon launched an Egg Bomb at Nidorina, who was barely able to jump out of the way of the attack. Nidorina then ran up to Chansey and used Bite on Chansey. The Egg Pokmon merely shrugged off the attack and hit Nidorina across the face with a Double Slap. Nidorina backed away from her opponent and launched a small purple dart from her mouth with Poison Sting. The Poison Sting hit Chansey just above its left arm and infected Chansey with poison. Chansey then used Heal Pulse to recover all of the health it had lost so fat.

                  Dont think that beating my Chansey will be so easy. Duplica taunted Gary. Shes an extremely resilient Pokmon and is capable of healing anything that you manage to do to her. The only way youd be able to beat Chansey would be to knock her out in one hit.

                  Then Ill just have to find a way to do that. Gary replied.
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                    Use Toxic!

                    Nidorina spat out a glob of poison at Chansey on Garys order. The poison hit Chansey, who used Defense Curl to strengthen its defense. Nidorina then launched a spray of Toxic Spikes around the battlefield as Chansey got ready to hit Nidorina with a Take Down. Nidorina was able to jump out of the way of the attack and then sent out another wave of Toxic Spikes. Chansey used Heal Pulse to recover her health again as Nidorina growled at Chansey, causing Chansey to lower its attack.

                    The battle continued with Nidorina dodging as many of Chanseys moves as she could while using Growl to lower its attack more and more. Chansey would heal its injuries with Heal Pulse whenever its health started to get low, but it seemed to get more and more fatigued as time went on. Eventually, after using Heal Pulse for one last time, Chansey simply lost consciousness and fell over.

                    What? Duplica wondered aloud. What just happened?

                    I used Toxic on your Chansey earlier and unlike other moves which inflict poison on the enemy, Toxics effects double every time it takes effect. So it was only a matter of time before it reached the point where it would completely take away all of your Chanseys health at once, rendering your little healing trick completely ineffective.

                    I cant believe that I overlooked that. Duplica said as she called back her Chansey into its Pokball. Good use of strategy, but Im afraid that it wont do you any good now that I know to avoid that attack. Go, Kangaskhan!

                    The large brown Pokmon came out of its Pokball with a roar as it leaped into battle and then let out another roar as it landed on the double-layer of Toxic Spikes that Nidorina had scattered around earlier.

                    And of course theres more than one way to badly poison a Pokmon. For example, the move Toxic Spikes normally poisons any of the opponents Pokmon that enter the battle after the move is used. If you use it twice, however, it badly poisons them instead. Every time you send out one of their Pokmon, its only a matter of time before they faint. Ive effectively already one.

                    Theres one little hole in that plan of yours. Duplica said.

                    And whats that?

                    All I have to do is beat all of your Pokmon before that happens. Kangaskhan! Use Mega Punch!
                    The Parent Pokmon charged up to Nidorina and decked her across the face, sending her flying back into a wall and knocking her unconscious in the process.

                    I guess I didnt really think of that. Of course, its not like you actually have of beating me or anything, but Ill let you pretend that you might actually win. Come on out, Nidorino! Use Horn Attack, followed by a Double Kick!

                    The purple Poison Pin Pokmon practically flew out of its Pokball and crashed straight into Kangaskhan head-first, knocking the larger Pokmon onto its back and then hitting it in the chest with his hind legs. Kangaskhan tried to retaliate with a Dizzy Punch, but Nidorino rammed Kangaskhans lower jaw with another Horn Attack. Kangaskhan let out a roar and passed out.

                    Maybe you might win this one after all. Duplica admitted as she recalled her Kangaskhan. Then again, maybe not. Go, Tauros!

                    The Wild Bull Pokmon emerged from its Pokballs and landed on the Toxic Spikes. It winced slightly as it became badly poisoned, but was able to get itself riled up by whipping itself with its three tails. Tauros then lowered its head. The three silver orbs on its head began to glow purple as it charged forward to hit Nidorino with a Zen Headbutt.

                    Nidorino braced itself for the impact and took the attack head-on. The force of the blow knocked Nidorino back several inches along the floor. As Tauros backed away, Nidorino charged forward with a Horn Attack and struck Tauros in the leg. The attack forced Tauros to collapse onto the ground, making an opening for Nidorino to turn around and strike Tauros with a Double Kick to the face, knocking the Wild Bull Pokmon onto its side. Tauros quickly got back onto its legs and stood up, only to collapse again as the poison drained away the last of its health.

                    It looks like its time for my last Pokmon. Duplica said. Come on out, Ditto!

                    Duplica threw her last Pokball and a small pink blob popped out of it. The blob twisted and contorted until it took the form of Garys Nidorino before it landed on the floor below.

                    What? Gary said, unsure as to what just happened.

                    Dittos a special Pokmon. Duplica explained. It has the unique ability to take the form of any other Pokmon it sees. Normally it would take a moment for the Ditto to transform, leaving it vulnerable to attack when it first comes out. But my Ditto here has the rare Imposter ability that allows it to transform into something the moment it sees it. In this case, my Ditto was able to take the form of your Poison-type Nidorino, leaving it completely immune to the Toxic Spikes scattered around the field, as well as any other possible attempts to poison it. What do you have to say to that?

                    I say that an imposter can never be as good as the real deal. Said Gary. Nidorino, use Horn Attack!

                    Ditto, use Horn Attack! Duplica yelled, imitating Garys voice.

                    The two Pokmon charged forward and rammed into each other. Nidorino and Ditto staggered a bit from the collision, and after a moment, Nidorino collapsed.

                    What? How? Gary yelled.

                    You forgot that your Nidorino was already pretty hurt from my Tauros Zen Headbutt, while my Ditto was still perfectly fine. Although I did expect that Nidorino to at least take another hit or two before going down.

                    Gary gritted his teeth as he recalled Nidorino and sent out his next Pokmon. Rapid Spin!

                    Wartortle came out of the Pokball and retracted into its shell, spinning around quickly as it hit the ground, sending the Toxic Spikes flying at Nidorino.

                    I might not be able to poison you, but Im sure youll still take some damage from the spikes. And theres no way youll be able to hit him when hes moving around so quickly.

                    Wartortle continued spinning as he made his way around, sending as many spikes as he could at Ditto. Ditto winced as hundreds of the tiny darts hit it, but was able to open its mouth long enough to fire a Poison Sting and managed to hit Wartortle, knocking him off of his intended projector and flipping him onto his back. Wartortle stuck his head out of his shell and used Water Pulse. Three rings of watery energy shot out of Wartortles mouth and hit Ditto. At first, it didnt seem to do much, but when Ditto then tried to use Horn Attack, it charged off in the wrong direction and tripped, falling over onto its side.

                    Wartortle, use Aqua Tail!

                    Wartortle flipped over onto his feet and ran up to Ditto, his tail glowing blue. As he was about to reach Ditto, who was trying to stand back up, Wartortle turned around and slapped Ditto with his glowing tail. The attack knocked Ditto back and off the side of the stage. After a moment, Ditto was able to climb back up onto the stage and looked like it was going to attack again but instead melted back into its original gooey form.

                    It looks like you won. Duplica said. That was a good battle. Heres a Core Badge in honor of your victory.

                    Duplica held out a badge that resembled a green circle surrounded by four green circles. Gary walked up to her and she dropped the badge into his outstretched hand.

                    This means you should only have one more to go before you can enter the Pokmon League, right?

                    Yes. Gary said as he put the badge away in his badge case. But then again, why settle for only eight? I should have plenty of time to get more than that before the League starts up this year.

                    Really? Duplica was surprised by his remark. Most trainers dont try to get more than the eight that they need. At least not before challenging the League, anyway. Once youve got eight badges, Gym Leaders no longer have to hold back at all. We dont to limit ourselves to the normal restrictions were bound by when forming our teams and strategies.

                    That just sounds like more reasons to do it, then. Gary said.
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                      Red stepped out of the Celadon Grill and stretched. Do you think the Gym Leader will be back by now? He asked Yellow.

                      How should I know? Yellow asked back.

                      I was just wondering aloud.

                      Im sure shes back at her Gym waiting to be challenged right now. Sable said.

                      How do you know that the Gym Leader is a woman? Red asked her as the trio headed out back towards the Celadon Gym.

                      Sable paused for a moment, looking contemplative before answering, I was just making a guess.

                      They walked along the tree-lined path until they reached their destination. The old man was no longer standing outside the Gym and judging from the marks on the ground where he had been, Red guessed that he had been escorted away by force. Red walked through the front door and into the Gym, which remained unchanged from when he and Yellow had entered just earlier that morning.

                      Welcome back. Said the same woman that had greeted them earlier. Lady Erika has returned from her meeting and is awaiting your challenge.

                      It looks like you were right. Red said, turning to Sable.

                      Yes, well, were all right sometimes.

                      Red turned and headed further into the Gym, determined to win another badge. One more and he would be halfway to reaching the Pokmon League. It felt like nothing would get in his way. He didnt even notice that Yellow was no longer with him.

                      * * *

                      Yellow stood outside the Rocket Game Corner, clutching the golden Coin Case that she had managed to take back from Red without him noticing. She had seen him battle three Gym Leaders already and would likely see him challenge more in the future, so she didnt really care about missing this one. There was just something about this bright and shiny building that drew her in, compelling her to enter within those mysterious walls. It was like something inside was calling to her, asking her to find it. And the temptation of that forbidden allure had grown too strong for her to resist any longer. She had to find out what was in there.

                      She walked up to a group of people entering into the Game Corner and went inside with them, avoiding any suspicion from the guards standing by the doorway. Inside, she was greeted by a blindingly brilliant golden floor surrounded by pastel blue walls with pink trim. Neon signs hung from the ceiling pointing out eh various games and attractions littering the den of avarice that Yellow had found herself in. She made her way across the building, looking in awe at everything around her until she found herself walking up to a strange poster hanging alone on the far wall from the entrance. She walked up to the poster but found her way blocked by a large man dressed in black who walked up to her to stop her from reaching the poster.

                      What are you doing here, little girl? The man asked in a mocking tone. This isnt a place for kids. Scram!

                      No. Yellow said as dignified as she could sound, stomping her foot for added effect.

                      I said get lost. The man reiterated. Theres nothing to see here. Nothing strange about this poster at all. You shouldnt even be in this place to begin with.

                      Make me. Yellow stood up tall and made a determined face.

                      Uugh, fine. The man reached down to grab Yellow, but she ducked under one of his arms and mad a dash for the wall. The mans comment about there being nothing strange about the poster just made her want to investigate it more and so she lifted up one of the bottom corners and found that there was a switch behind it. She pressed the switch despite having no idea what it did.

                      The man in black chased after Yellow and almost caught up to her when the floor at the end of a short hallway nearby moved, revealing a hidden staircase. Yellow dashed towards it to get away from the man and made her way down. As she ran down the steps, she realized that whatever was calling out to her wasnt in the Rocket Game Corner after all. It was beneath the Game Corner.

                      * * *

                      Gary walked out of the House of Amity, wincing and lifting a hand up to block the bright sunlight from getting into his eyes, which had adjusted to the darkness of the old run-down theater. He looked around to see where Mal had parked and found his Dads car sitting just a few yards away. The four remaining members of his cheerleaders were having a lively conversation, though he couldnt tell what they were talking about and they quieted down as he approached the car.

                      How did it go? Kat asked him enthusiastically.

                      You know, you could have told me this place was a Gym. Gary said, standing just outside the car. It would have saved me a lot of confusion. Although at least I didnt have to suffer through you cheer routine again.

                      You do realize that we havent done that since before the S.S. Anne, right? Asked Ciel.

                      Not since the others left. Sue added sorrowfully. It just wouldnt be the same without them.

                      Yeah, whatever. I never liked that cheer and I dont really care that those other two left. I mean its not like anything really happened to them or anything. They just wimped out and decided to go home.

                      Thats kind of rude thing to say. Mal said.

                      Yeah, whatever. Anyway, does anyone have a Revive I can use? I have something that I want to do but I dont want to have to wait until we get to the next Pokmon Center.

                      Sure. Said Kat, reaching into her purse and pulling out a small yellow crystal.

                      She tossed the Revive at Gary, who tried to catch it but wasnt quite able to get a good grip. The Revive fell to the ground, forcing him to have to bend down and pick it up. As he stood back up again, he glared at the girls like he wanted them to forget what they just saw. He then held out one of his Pokballs and tapped the Revive lightly against the button. The Revive dissolved into light and was absorbed into the Pokball.

                      Alright, now that thats taken care of, come out Nidorina. He tossed the Pokball and his Poison Pin Pokmon popped out. Gary knelt down and scratched Nidorina under her chin before reaching into his pocket and pulling out a small gray rock. He held the Moon Stone up to Nidorinas forehead and she began to glow brightly. Gary had to take a step back as the evolving Pokmon grew larger and larger. Eventually, the glow faded and standing before Gary was a newly evolved Nidoqueen.

                      Good girl. Gary said, placing his hand gently against the top of Nidoqueens head, making sure not to accidentally touch the horn sprouting from her forehead. Youve earned this.

                      Are you going to evolve Nidorino too? Kat asked him.

                      No, I think Ill hold off on that. I might want to use my other Moon Stone for something else later. Anyway, we should get going.

                      * * *

                      Daisy stood outside of the Mossgreen Village Pokmon Center, leaning against the side of the building and waiting for Giselle to finish her battle. She caught a glimpse of movement out of the corner of her eye and turned to see what it was. A small bird Pokmon carrying some sort of green twig was marching along a row of bushes along the edge of town. Daisy looked away again and then did a double take. That Pokmon was a Farfetchd, one of the rarest Pokmon that Daisy was aware of. There was no way she was going to let this opportunity pass her by.

                      Daisy crouched down low and slowly made her way towards the Farfetchd, who was facing the other way from her and seemed to be oblivious to the girl slowly approaching it. Daisy pulled out her Bulbasaurs Pokball held it out. Bulbasaur came out of the Pokball and reached out to grab Farfetchd with its vines before Farfetchd had a chance to react. The Wild Duck Pokmon started flapping its wings wildly and quacking angrily as it tried to break free of Bulbasaurs grasp, but to no avail. Daisy pulled an empty Pokball out of her bag and threw it at Farfetchd. The Pokball hit its target and engulfed the struggling Pokmon before falling to the ground. The Pokball shook once, then twice and finally a third time before the red light on its button went out and it stopped moving.

                      Yes! Daisy said triumphantly as she picked up the Pokball and held it triumphantly over her head. She felt that the day couldnt get any better, but was quickly proven wrong as Bulbasaur started to glow. In a moment, it had evolved into an Ivysaur.

                      Whatever. A bitter voice came from behind Daisy. She turned around to see Giselle standing there. Come on, lets just get going.
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                        Erika stood at the far end of her Gym, mentally preparing herself for battle. When she had arrived back from the meeting held in Indigo Plateau that morning, the girl she had left to watch over the Gym in her absence had told her that there was a boy who had stopped by earlier wanting to challenge her. She knew that now that she was here, it was only a matter of time before that boy would return to face her. As she thought, she had only been there a few minutes before the boy entered the Gym.

                        Erika had seen the boy before, or at least his picture. Samuel Redwood, of Pallet Town. She had seen his records among those of all of the trainers currently attempting to get into the Pokmon League. She went through those records regularly, keeping watch over the many trainers as they continued their journeys. If there was one thing that Erika took pride in, it was her infallible memory. Like a fly trap that snaps shut around its prey, nothing ever escaped her recollection.

                        As Red approached her, Erika noted that he looked different than his profile picture showed him. In his picture Red, as he was known, had a very humble look about him. His brown hair was kept neatly combed and his red and white jacket was kept zipped up to the collar. He had a plain looking smile that showed his inexperience, even if he didnt intend it as such. She had seen that same smile on countless trainers like him before. But the Red that now stood before her was much more experienced than when that picture was taken, much more confident. He wore the same vest as in the picture, but it was no worn open, revealing the black t-shirt underneath, with three badges pinned to the shirt. A proud symbol of what he had accomplished so far. His hair was no longer as neat as it had been, no being rather messy under the red and white cap he wore slightly askew. There was a proverbial fire burning in his eyes, that made them appear to be red, much like his nickname. There was also a woman with him, with long, bushy purple hair and wearing a black dress. There was something off about the woman, but Erika chose to ignore her for now and focus on Red.

                        Welcome, trainer. Erika said. I take it that you are here to challenge me to a Gym battle?

                        Thats right. My names Red and I already have three badges Red said proudly.

                        Very well then. Erika gave a slight curtsy. I am Lady Erika, the Gym Leader of Celadon City and master of the Grass-type. In accordance with the official Pokmon League rules, we shall each use no more than three Pokmon. If you manage to defeat all three of my Pokmon then you win the battle and earn the Rainbow Badge, but if I defeat three of your Pokmon before that then you lose the battle.

                        I already know how this goes. Red said. Ive already beaten three other Gym Leaders, after all.

                        I know, and Im sure you do know, but a brief refresher on the rules never hurt anyone. Now, if you are ready then we shall begin on the count of three. One, two three.

                        Erika tossed a Pokball to send out her first Pokmon, Tangela, while Red called out his Charmeleon. She already knew that he would win this fight without much trouble, but it was her duty as a Gym Leader to make sure that she gave the fight her to make sure that he would truly earn the badge he would receive upon victory.

                        * * *

                        As Yellow reached the bottom of the staircase, she could hear the entrance the entrance to the secret passage close behind her. She could tell that the man who was chasing her wasnt able to get to the stairs on time and was heading back to press the button to open it up again. Or possibly send out some kind of alert that she was in there. Yellow wasnt really sure how she knew this, but she seemed to know a lot of things that she was sure that she shouldnt.

                        As Yellow made her way along a dark hallway with gray walls and a brown tiled floor. There didnt really seem to be anything of note about this place beside how plain it was in comparison to the bright and elaborate the building above was. There were many open doorways along either side of the hallway leading into what appeared to be offices filled with men and women in black uniforms that were too busy to notice her go by. She happened to look into one office room as a man looked up at the ceiling while stretching his arms out to the side and letting out a big yawn. This allowed Yellow to see the front of his uniform clearly. In particular, the familiar red R that she had seen several times before. These people were from Team Rocket.

                        That revelation didnt really come as much to a surprise to Yellow though, as she had already had her suspicions about the name of the Rocket Game Corner and thought there might have been some kind of connection, but she didnt care as much about that right now as she felt that she probably should. The hallway branched out into other hallways and formed almost a maze-like pattern, but she somehow knew exactly where she was going. There was a presence coming from deep within the apparent secret base that was guiding her way. She still had no idea what it was, but she knew that she had to go to it. She eventually came to a stop outside a closed door. She had no idea what lay beyond the door, but she felt the presence strongly behind it. Whatever was calling to her was just on the other side. She reached out for the door handle and was just about to grab it when she felt something large and hard slam into the back of her head and everything went dark.

                        * * *

                        Charmander and Squirtle walked through the woods until they reached the spot where Zoroark and Bulbasaur were resting.

                        Time to go already? Bulbasaur opened one eye as he heard them approach.

                        There is no point in dallying here any longer. Squirtle replied. We have reached the end of our training for now and it is time to head to the next Gym. If we hurry, we should be able to get to Cerulean City before dusk.

                        But isnt Saffron closer? Bulbasaur asked.

                        I do not think that going there would necessarily be such a good idea. Said Squirtle. I have heard rumors that the Gym Leader there is some kind of powerful psychic. I think that it would be best for us to avoid that place, in case the Gym Leader could somehow find out the truth about us using those powers.

                        Im a Dark-type, which means that Im immune to Psychic powers. Zoroark pointed out. No one should be able to see through my Illusion and my presence should render any attempt at reading out minds to be futile.

                        Still, Id rather not risk the chance of getting caught. Theres no telling what would happen if we were discovered. I think it would be for the best if we avoid Saffron City and head north to Cerulean City instead.

                        I suppose that makes sense. Bulbasaur conceded. We dont want to take any unnecessary risks.

                        Now come on, lets get going so that we can try and get there before dark.

                        Squirtle set off on his way, with the other three Pokmon following close behind them. They were still a long way from reaching their goal of the Pokmon League, but every step of the way was another step closer and with Squirtles inspiring words every time things started to look down for them, victory felt like it was only just out of reach. They knew that their charade probably would not last much longer, but it felt to them as if it would last long enough. They were going to make it to the Pokmon League and they were going to win. Nothing could get in their way.
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                          Ash slowly opened his eyes before sitting up in bed and stretching his arms up. It was nice to have finally gotten some sleep after everything that had happened and he felt refreshed. He got out of bed and looked around the room.

                          Good morning. He yawned as he noticed Carmine reading a book while laying on a bed on the other end of the room.

                          Mornin. Carmine replied, not looking up from his book. Howd you sleep?

                          Good. Ash walked over to a coat rack near the front doorway and grabbed his jacket off of it. How about you?

                          That was the best Ive slept in ages. Too bad it never lasts. Carmine closed his book after finishing the page he was on and got up. I guess its time to get to training now. The early Pidgey gets the Caterpie, as they say. He then checked the time on his Pokgear. Although I guess its not particularly early right now. Go wake up your Pikachu and well get started outside.

                          Ash turned to look at Pika, who was still curled up and the end of Ashs bed. It struck Ash as odd that Pika would still be asleep. Normally, the Electric rodent got up at the same time he did.

                          I think somethings wrong. Ash said worriedly to Carmine.

                          Hes probably just a little depressed that you got rid of the girl Pikachu. Carmine jokingly suggested.

                          I didnt get rid of her. Ash argued.

                          I know. Im just saying that the two seemed close. Its only natural that hed experience some behavioral changes. Voltys probably acting similarly with Misty right now.

                          Carmines words did nothing to calm down Ashs worry. He knelt down in front of the bed and placed his right hand against Pikas forehead.

                          He has a fever! Ash shouted worriedly.

                          What? Carmine asked blankly and walked up next to Ash. He rested his own hand gently against Pika. Aeroblast! He swore. Hes burning up. Weve got to take him to the Pokmon Center right now!

                          * * *

                          Reds Charmeleon blasted Erikas Tangela with an Ember. Tangela was burned by the attack and retaliated with a Vine Whip. Charmeleon dodged out of the way of the vines and ran up to Tangela, using Fire Fang it bit into the wriggly mass of vines that coated its body. Tangela managed to wrestle free from Charmeleons jaws and launched a spray of Poison Powder. Charmeleon was infected by the powder but was able to get Tangela with another Fire Fang, knocking it out.

                          Erika sighed and recalled Tangela into its Pokball before sending out her second Pokmon, Weepinbell. The Flycatcher Pokmon threw a Razor Leaf at Charmeleon. The leaf grazed Charmeleons cheek and the fiery lizard spit an Ember back at Weepinbell. Weepinbell then used Growth to try and increase the power of its next move, but that gave Charmeleon an opening to close in and use Fire Fang, biting into the brown stem at the top of Weepinbells head. Weepinbell tried to use spit Acid at Charmeleon but was unable to get a good shot at it. Charmeleon use Fire Fang a couple more times before Weepinbell fainted. After Weepinbell was recalled, Erika sent out her final Pokmon, Gloom, but it fared no better against Reds Charmeleon as the others had.

                          That was short. Erika said as she walked up to Red with an outstretched hand. And the result was rather predictable, but here you go. Youve earned this Rainbow Badge. Take it as a sign of your victory.
                          Red took the badge from Erika and pinned it with the three badges he already had. Thank you.
                          Now, if you have no other business here, I would like to get some rest. Erika said as she walked over to a flower-shaped pillow lying on the ground nearby. I have had a busy day and I feel that a nap is in order.

                          Okay then, I guess well be going. Red waved goodbye as he turned to leave. He and Sable walked out the door when he finally noticed the absence of their other traveling companion. Wait, wheres Yellow?

                          She left before we entered the Gym. Sable said. I dont know where she went.

                          Why didnt you tell me earlier? Red asked louder than he meant to.

                          You didnt ask. Was Sables reply. And I thought you would have noticed.

                          Red rested his face in his hand. Never mind. We need to find her. And I have a strong suspicion that I know exactly where she wandered off to this time.

                          * * *

                          I dont think Ill ever get the hang of teleporting. James moaned as he, Jessie and Meowth walked along a narrow stretch of land between a cliff-face and a small river. I think Im going to be sick.

                          Shut yer yap. Meowth ordered him. Weres almost dere.

                          How do you know that? We dont even know for sure where there is.

                          We knows that its supposed ta be a cave somewhere along dis here river, so as long as wes follow alongside's it, wes should get dere anytime nows.

                          Would you two just shut up? Jessie yelled at the other two in frustration. Cant I just get some peace and quiet for five minutes?

                          Wells someone gots out of da wrong sides of the da bed dis mornin.

                          I didnt get out of bed at all this morning! I havent slept in over a day! None of us have and I dont know about you, but I need my beauty sleep.

                          Yas gots that right. Meowth remarked. Both he and James laughed but were quickly silenced as Jessie smacked them both on the backs of their heads.

                          Ouch. James said before looking up again and seeing something up ahead. Hey, look over there! That must be the cave!


                          The three dashed towards the cave entrance and peered inside the dark interior.

                          Did anyones happen ta bring a flashlight? Meowth asked aloud.

                          I didnt even think about it. Jessie answered.

                          Hold on, I think I have something that can help. James said as he reached down for an Ultra Ball clipped onto his belt containing one of the Pokmon that he had been given back during their special training with Archer. Come on, Magneton!

                          A yellow light shot out from the Ultra Ball a Pokmon resembling three steel orbs clung together and surrounded by magnets and screws materialized in front of them.

                          Can you light the cave for us? James asked his Pokmon.

                          Magneton stared at James with its three blank eyes and tilted forwards as if nodding and turned around. Its eyes lit up like spotlights, illuminating the dark cave.

                          Well now dat dats solved, I guess we should head in nows. Meowth said as he climbed over a rock and headed into the cave.

                          What are we even supposed to be looking for in here? Jessie wondered as she and James followed after the Pokmon.

                          I dunno, but da boss seems ta want it bad if he sent us outs ta gets it.

                          I just hope we find it fast so that we can head out of here. Said James. Something about this place seems off.

                          I know what you mean. Jessie agreed. Im feeling a cold chill that I dont think is just the wind and Arceus knows how much this humidity is going to mess up my hair.

                          Shushs. Meowth whispered back to the two humans. I thinks I hears sumthin.

                          Jessie and James stopped talking and listened for a moment. Sure enough, there was a sound coming from deep in the cave. There was a distinct sound of running water, like there was some sort of underground river running through the cave, but there was something else as well, which was hard to make out at first but sounded like deep, raspy breaths.

                          The trio tried to hold back their fear and followed Magnaton deeper into the cave in silence. The noise got louder and louder as they made their way. They eventually reached the underground river and had to make their way around it to progress even deeper into the cave. At last, they finally made their way to the end of the cave and what they found there shocked them.

                          Oh, Arceus. Jessie muttered in horror. Is that a person?

                          A dark-haired man that appeared to be somewhere in his thirties stood before them, encased in some kind of crystal that looked either orange or purple depending on how the light hit it. James hesitantly walked over to the man and touched the crystal. It felt as cold as ice and harder than steel.

                          Whats going on here? Jessie asked, not expecting an answer.

                          The breathing noise had become almost deafening and was now accompanied by what sounded like a heartbeat. Meowth looked around to see where it was coming from and was started as he saw a figure in a brown cloak crawl out from behind a large stalagmite.

                          Get out.
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                            I dont know why she wanted to go here, but this is probably where she wandered off to. Red sighed as he and Sable stood outside the Rocket Game Corner. Come on, lets go look for her inside.

                            The two walked into the Game Corner. Red thought for a moment that the guards standing outside were going to stop them, but it was as if they didnt even see Red and Sable walk by.

                            Not very good guards. Red muttered once he was sure they were out of hearing range.

                            Im sure they had other things on their minds. Said Sable.

                            Other than doing their job?

                            Never mind.

                            Red surveyed the busy casino, looking for any sign of Yellow. It was hard to make out anything among the crowds and bright lights everywhere. Sable walked away towards the other end of the Game Corner and Red saw no other option than to follow her. They made their way across the swarms of crazed individuals trying desperately to make back their losses until they made it to the back wall.

                            I dont see her anywhere. Red complained.

                            Hold on. Sable walked down a short hallway that appeared at first to be a dead end. It looked like she flicked her whist and suddenly the floor opened up in front of her to reveal a staircase. What do you think the odds are that she went down here?

                            Red stared down at the secret passage and then at Sable. How did you?

                            Such a coincidence that this would open up right when were here. Anyway, shall we go? Sable stepped to the side and motioned for Red to go down first.

                            Red begrudgingly headed down the stairs, with Sable following close behind. They made their way along a hallway until three men in Team Rocket uniforms suddenly ran out in front of them.

                            Remember us? One of the men said.

                            Should I? Red asked as he instinctively reached for his Pokballs.

                            Were the guys you beat back in the Lavender Tower. And now its time for us to get our payback. Said one of the other men. And I wouldnt try anything if I were you. Weve got you surrounded.

                            Red glanced back and saw three more Team Rocket grunts walking up to them from behind.

                            Any ideas of how were supposed to get out of this mess? Red asked Sable.

                            I think Ill leave this one up to you. Im not really one for confrontations. Sable said. That guy did just say that youve already beaten then, right?

                            I guess so. But I think I might be a little outmatched this time. Red said as even more members of Team Rocket ran up to them. I dont think we have a choice other than to surrender and hope for the best.

                            * * *

                            Ash paced anxiously back and forth in front of the Pokmon Centers front desk while Carmine stood off to the side, leaning against a wall. They had rushed there as fast as they could and handed Pika off to the nurse that was stationed there. The nurse had taken Pika to examine him and find out what was wrong and now they were waiting for her to return, hopefully with good news.

                            This wait is driving me crazy! Ash yelled in exasperation, raising his hands up to his head and stroking his hair furiously, almost knocking off his hat.

                            Calm down. Carmine told him. Being impatient right now isnt going to get you anywhere.

                            Calm down! Ash turned to Carmine. For Arceus sake, how the Distortion World can you expect me to be calm at a time like this? Pika could be dying right now for all I know and theres nothing I can do about it!

                            Carmine looked up at Ash quizzically. Wow, youre developing quite the foul mouth. Your mom would throw a fit if she heard you talking like that. Id say that youve been hanging around me too much, but that wasnt even the kind of heavy language that I use when Im upset.

                            What, would you prefer I say Aeroblast like you always do?

                            No, not really. You should really watch your language. There may not be anyone else here right now, but this is still a public place.

                            Why should I even care right now? Ash walked up beside Carmine and put his fist against the wall. Tears were streaming down his cheeks.

                            Look, kid, Carmine said as comfortingly as he could, your Pikachus going to be just fine. Its probably just a cold or something. Pokmon do just get sick sometimes, you know.

                            I know. Ash muttered. But I just cant stop thinking the worst right now.

                            The sound of a clearing throat turned Ashs attention back to the desk. The nurse had returned.

                            What is it? Ash asked, running up to the desk. Whats wrong with him?

                            Youre Pikachu has contracted a bad case of Pokrus. The nurse explained. He should be back to full health in a few days.

                            Ash gave a sigh of relief as he turned back to Carmine. Thats good to hear.

                            We do want to keep him here while he recovers so that we can monitor his condition and make sure that he isnt overexerted.

                            Okay. Ash agreed. Then I guess well be sticking around here until hes ready to go.

                            Well, we were planning on spending the next few days training anyway. Carmine said as he walked up to Ash This just means that well do that training here. You already use Pika more than your other Pokmon, so this will give you a chance to test out your skills without him.

                            * * *

                            Masque stood atop the roof of the Rocket Game Corner, using a small telescope to survey the surrounding city. She turned slowly as she took in the various landmarks of Celadon. There was the Gym, where the Gym Leader was no doubt taking her midday nap as she always did. Behind that was a large park with a fountain in its center, which had always been a popular gathering place for the locals. The Celadon Department Store stood proudly as the largest shopping center in the region. There were a number of apartment buildings that had sprung up in recent years. Off in the distance, she could see the Berlitz estate, owned by a wealthy family that had moved there from the Sinnoh region. Across from that was the family estate of Lady Erika.

                            A sudden burst of pain erupted from Masques head and quickly subsided. She dropped the telescope as she raised both of her hands to grasp her head, letting out a loud, high-pitched scream. She fell to her hands and knees, trying unsuccessfully to keep her breathing steady. She kept her eyes shut tight until she started to feel drops of water fall onto her clenched fists. It couldnt have been rain. The sky had been completely clear just a moment ago and she would have felt it falling over her whole body. The only alternative was

                            Impossible. Masque tried to say, but no intelligible words could escape her mouth in the state she was in.

                            The girl who had until that point been emotionally dead rolled onto her back. There was nothing else that she could do. Nothing but cry. She couldnt explain her feelings at that moment and she didnt know how she could feel them when the Iron-Masked Marauder had made sure that feelings were something that she would never have again.

                            Masque turned her head to the side and saw the telescope that she had dropped. She could see her reflection in the lens and stared at the face that gazed back on her, half covered with the white mask that she took her alias from. The vague smile design of the mask contrasted with her own expression of pain and grief. She grabbed the mask with one hand and threw it away. She now stared at the reflection of her own face, completely exposed. It was a sight that she had not seen in a long time. That no one had seen in a long time.

                            Whats happened to you, Karla? She said to herself before breaking down into sobs again.

                            The sounds of the city below made sure that no one would be able to hear her up that roof, no matter how loud she cried out. She was completely alone up there. It would likely be hours until anyone even noticed that she was missing.
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                              So what are we going to do first? Ash asked Carmine as they headed out the front doors of the Pokmon League.

                              Well, why dont you go ahead and let you Pokmon out so that they can get a breath of fresh air. Im actually going to go back in and see if we can use one of the battle halls here to train in. Since there arent any tournaments going on right now, they should just be open so hopefully I can convince someone to let us use them.

                              Okay, I guess that sounds like a plan. Come on out, guys!

                              Ash reached down to his belt and picked up his Pokballs one by one, sending out all four of the Pokmon he currently had on hand. Fearow flew over to a nearby statue of a Machamp and perched on the stone Pokmons head. Sandslash and Kingler landed on the ground next to each other while Ghastly floated around in the air above them. All four Pokmon seemed happy to be out.

                              Alright then, Ill be back in a moment. Carmine said before walking back inside.

                              Ash turned to his four Pokmon and stared at them for a moment. Wow, with Pika and Volty gone, its like were down to almost half our team.

                              You are only missing a third of your Pokmon team. Ghastly pointed out.

                              I said almost. Ash defended himself. But still, it feels so weird, just having us here. I didnt want Misty or Brock coming with us at first, but Ive gotten so used to them that it doesnt seem right not having them here anymore. It just feels like everyones leaving.

                              We will always be here so long as you need us. Ghastly reassured him and turned to the other Pokmon. Isnt that right?

                              Fearow spread his wings out wide and let out a loud screeching cry. Sandslash nodded its head and made a slight squeaking noise. Kingler snapped his jaws open and closed while spraying a foam of bubbles from its mouth.

                              Its good to know that you all have my back. And I promise to take care of all of you as best as I can.
                              Ash heard the Pokmon Leagues automatic doors slide open behind him and turned to see Carmine walking up to him hurriedly. Carmine was holding his Pokgear and held it up for Ash to see. Ashs wasnt really sure what he was supposed to be looking at, however.

                              In all this excitement the past couple days we completely lost track of what day it is. Carmine said.
                              Ash suddenly realized what Carmine was trying to show him. June 20

                              I know you probably want to stay here until your Pikachu recovers, but we should consider heading back to Pallet Town tomorrow. Im sure your mom would probably want you to be home for your birthday.

                              * * *

                              What is it now? Giovanni grumbled as Mallory walked into his office.

                              Sir, three intruders have been found and captured.

                              Really? Giovanni asked, dumbfounded. Weve hardly been here a day and people are already breaking in, right after yesterday. Please tell me it isnt Carmine or that boy.

                              No, sir. The first intruder was a young girl who seems to have wandered in by accident, followed by a boy and a young woman who seem to have been merely searching for the girl.

                              Well, I suppose that could be considered good news then. Giovanni gave a sigh of relief.

                              However, Mallory continued. The agents that we had stationed in Lavender Tower claim that the boy is the one who defeated them there and he also matches the description the boy that agents Attila and Hun claim to have had an encounter with at Mt. Moon. The girl was also said to be with him on both occasions, though not the young woman. In addition, our records show that both the boy and girl were aboard the S.S. Anne.

                              Giovanni sat back in his chair and held his hand up to his forehead as if he had a bad headache.
                              Its just one thing after another now, isnt it? Yesterday had to have been the worst day in Team Rockets history and now its like things just keep piling up. Whats next? Is Arceus going to come down from the sky and rain His Judgement upon us personally? If He is, then He should stop taking His time and just get it over with already. I dont think I can take much more of this.

                              What are your orders, sir? Mallory asked him.

                              Oh, just get rid of them. I dont really care how just so long as they can never get in our way again. We dont need any more of that.

                              Yes, sir. Mallory bowed slightly and walked away, leaving Giovanni alone again.

                              Ive had it up to here with all of this nonsense. Giovanni said to himself. I lost my seat in the Council, I was beaten by a child, we lost our headquarters in Saffron and now our old base here in Celadon has already been breached. All within the span of twenty-four hours. I need some good news now, or else I think I might go crazy.

                              Just then, the control console over to the side of his desk started beeping, showing that he had an incoming call. He pressed a button on the console and a small monitor folded out from the desk.

                              What is it? Giovanni asked as the image of Meowth, Jessie and James lit up on the screen.

                              Wes wents to the cave near Cerulean likes ya asked us ta do. Meowth said.

                              What did you find?

                              Well were not really sure whats wes founds, to be honest, sir.

                              But you did find something?

                              Yous coulds say that.

                              Stop beating around the bush and give me a straight answer! Giovanni yelled furiously at the talking Pokmon. Did you or did you not find something in that cave?

                              Yes. Meowth said nervously. Wes found some kinda strange Pokmon thats put up a huge fight, but that wes was able ta capture.

                              Good. I want you to bring it back immediately. It may be the key to our future plans.

                              Theres was also somethin else back heres. Meowth continued. Its looks like some kinda person frozen in somethin. Wes dont knows who it is or what theys actually frozen in, thoughs.

                              Hm Giovanni pondered what Meowth had just told him. Leave him for now. We might send someone to investigate that later, but we dont have the available resources right now. Return here with the Pokmon as soon as you can.

                              * * *

                              Wes and Rui sat at a table inside of a small fast food restaurant in Viridian City. Rui was feeding her Pichu some of her fries while Wes leaned back and stared up at the ceiling.

                              Whats on your mind? Rui asked Wes.

                              Wes looked down from the ceiling and looked at Rui for a moment before responding to her question with another question. How would you describe your relationship with your parents?

                              Rui was caught somewhat off guard by the sudden question. Well, my dads kind of strict and my mom seems like she tends to get worried over nothing most of the time, but Ive always been able to get along with them reasonably well. Things started to get a bit shaky once I started getting my aura sight, though. My mom never developed the sight and my dad doesnt come from a family of aura guardians so they didnt think Id end up having the power of aura and it came as a shock when my powers start manifesting themselves. It took a few years before they finally decided to send me to my grandparents so that Grandpa Eagun could teach me how to use my power properly. Why?

                              Its interesting how different our upbringings were. I was raised by Team Snagem because my mom couldnt care less about me and chances are my dad, whoever he is, has no idea that I even exist.
                              Rui bit her lower lip, not really sure how to respond to that.

                              And yet here we are, an ex-criminal and a psychic. Fate or whatever decided to put us together so that we could take down Cipher and now here we are, together again and working to bring down another criminal organization.

                              Im not a psychic. Rui corrected him. Im an aura guardian. In training.

                              Whatever. Wes said as he picked up his burger. Same difference.
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                                Yellow slowly regained consciousness, finding herself strapped to a chair in an apparently empty room.

                                W-where am I? She asked.

                                Good to see that youre awake. Reds voice came from behind her. Or at least hear you anyway. I cant really see you right now.

                                Whats going on?

                                Sable and I went searching for you and somehow wandered into a Team Rocket hideout. The ambushed us and took us prisoner or something. I dont know what plans they have for us.

                                W-what? Yellow found herself experiencing a sudden shortness of breath as she tried not to cry.

                                Dont panic. Im going to find a way for us to get out of this mess. Just hold on.

                                I find this to be a very interesting turn of events. Sable said with an inappropriate level of enthusiasm.
                                Seriously? Red snapped at her. Im starting to think that theres something seriously wrong with you.

                                Hey, I made it perfectly clear when I asked to come with you that Im just here for some excitement.
                                Their argument was interrupted as a door swung open and Mallory walked in, followed by Ken, Al and Harry.

                                Its time for you to go. She said coldly as each of the three grunts went to untie the three prisoners.

                                Youre letting us go? Red asked hopefully.

                                In a matter of speaking. Mallory smirked. Blindfold them.

                                * * *

                                Gary climbed out of the back of the car and looked around. Fuchsia City was very different than anywhere he had been before. The first thing he noticed was that all of the roads were a dark red color, unlike the usual black or gray pavement. The wooden houses and other buildings around them seemed to have a very rustic feel to them that he wasnt used to. He turned around and noticed that what he at first thought was just the other side of town wasnt even a part of town at all.

                                Whats that over there? He asked Kat.

                                Thats the Fuchsia zoo. She answered. And that she pointed to a large building nestled between thick rows of trees, is the entrance to the Safari Zone.

                                The Safari Zone?

                                Trainers can go there to catch some of the rarest Pokmon in the region.

                                Really? Gary was intrigued by this. Then I guess I know where Im going next.

                                Hold on a moment, its not that simple. Kat put a hand on Garys shoulder to stop him from walking off.

                                What do you mean?

                                Well first off you have to pay to get in and you only have a limited time before you have to leave.

                                What? What kind of Tauros crap is that?

                                They do have Tauros in there actually, but theres more to it. You cant actually take your own Pokmon or items inside. Youll be given a set of special Safari Balls and have to try and catch whatever you can on your own within the time limit.

                                You know what? Gary said. I dont think I have time for that kind of nonsense. Lets just find the Gym.

                                Are you sure? Kat asked him. You could miss out on a lot. Rhyhorn, Chansey, Pinsir, Kangaskhan, Tauros Do none of those sound interesting to you?

                                Im listening. Gary said as she got his attention again.

                                Ive even heard stories of people seeing Dratini in the Safari Zone before. Though Ive never heard of anyone actually catching one before.

                                Then I guess Ill be the first! Gary started marching off towards the Safari Zone. Come on, lets go!

                                Mal sighed as she saw Gary leave. That kid never rests, does he?

                                You can go ahead and find the local Pallet House or something. Kat said to the others. Well catch up.
                                Kat ran off after Gary, leaving the other three women behind.

                                Why are we even still doing this again? Mal asked her sister.

                                Youre the one who wanted to go. Ciel reminded her. You said that you wanted to get out of Pallet for a while and do something new.

                                Oh, yeah. Thats right.

                                And also because Mayor Oak is paying us a ton to watch over his kid.

                                I suppose he is. But I never realized how long this would take or how hard the kid can be to deal with sometimes. I mean seriously, who doesnt want a bunch of gorgeous ladies such as ourselves cheering on his battles?

                                How about you, Sue? Ciel asked. Why are you still here?

                                Mostly just the money. Sue said. I couldnt compete in last years swimming season because of a leg injury, so Im kind of tight on cash right now.

                                * * *

                                Red, Yellow and Sable had no idea where they were being led until they felt themselves being shoved back against a wall. They had their blindfolds removed to find themselves in a storage room filled with boxes.

                                This place should do nicely. Mallory mused.

                                I thought you said you were letting us go? Red shouted at her.

                                I said that we were in a manner of speaking. She corrected him. Obviously we cant actually let you when you know how to get into our secret base. No, we're going to have to make sure that you can never tell anyone about us or anything that youve found here.

                                Mallory pulled out a Dusk Ball and pressed the button on its front. A beam of dark green energy shot out and a Hypno materialized in front of her. Yellow shrieked at the sight of it and frantically tried to back away from it, but she was already against the wall.

                                W-whats wrong with that thing? She asked in horror.

                                What are you talking about? Red asked in confusion, as it seemed to be a perfectly normal Hypno to him. He turned to Sable and noticed that she was also eyeing the Pokmon as if there were something wrong with it.

                                Cant you feel it? Yellow asked. That thing its like its like its pure evil!

                                Hm. Interesting observation. Mallory noted. This Hypno has had its heart sealed off using a process that our scientists developed. We call them Dark Pokmon. Are you able to see aura, girl?

                                Whats that?

                                Never mind. Mallory shook her head. It doesnt matter anyway. You see, my Hypno here is going to wipe away all of your memories so that we can just dump you in an alley somewhere with no worries about you telling anyone about us. You wont remember this meeting or even anything thats happened today. You wont even have any idea who you are.

                                You cant do that! Red blurted out.

                                And why not?

                                Because Red tried to think of anything to say.

                                Thats what I thought. Mallory raised her hand in preparation to give her Dark Hypno the signal to wipe their minds but was suddenly interrupted.

                                You know, I think Ive had enough of this little game now. Sable said unexpectedly as she stepped away from the wall. Im not really having any fun anymore youre really starting to make me worry that you might actually try to harm us.

                                Get back over there! Mallory ordered her.

                                If you dont mind, I think its about time that you let my friends and I go. Otherwise, well be forced to leave without your permission.

                                This isnt a game. Red said, worried that Sable had completely lost her mind.

                                No, it isnt. These people are threatening to take away everything that makes you who you are and youre not doing anything to stop them. I honestly dont understand you humans sometimes. One minute youll do whatever it takes to survive and the next you just give up.

                                Mallory and the three Team Rocket Grunts were suddenly knocked away by some unseen force, all of them losing consciousness as they slammed into the walls. Sable walked over to where Red and Yellow were standing and placed a hand on each of their shoulders.

                                Were leaving. She said disgruntledly. There was a sudden flash of light and the three were standing on a beach.

                                What just happened? Red asked in shock.

                                The important thing is that you are out of harms way for now. Now, if you dont mind, youve just learned a lot that Im not ready for you to learn.

                                Sable took her hands off of their shoulders and waved them in front of Red and Yellows faces in a single, fluid motion. Both of them fell to the ground unconscious.

                                I almost feel bad about taking away their memories of the last few moments considering that its like a smaller version of what was about to happen to them. Sable muttered to herself as she held out her arms to her sides and began to fall back. Oh, well. Time for a dirt nap.
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                                  Gary looked around. There was something highly unusual about this place. The trees looked completely different than any he had ever seen before in his travels across the Kanto region and the grass seemed like it was a darker shade of green. It felt less like he was in a forest and more like some kind of jungle.

                                  So, this is the Safari Zone. He turned to Kat, who was standing beside him.

                                  Kat seemed to be taking in her surroundings as well, but she seemed more at home here than he felt. She took a deep breath of air and seemed to hold it in for a while before letting it back out. Gary realized that he had been holding his own breath since walking out into this place and inhaled slightly. Even the air felt different here, sort of musty. He didnt really care for the feel of this place and didnt think that he would be getting used to it in the time they had there.

                                  Theres nothing quite like this place. Kat said wistfully.

                                  You can say that again. Gary grumbled.

                                  So, cuz, do want to explore on your own or do you need me to watch over you? Kat asked playfully as she ruffled her hand lightly through Garys hair.

                                  I do not need you to watch over me! Gary said indignantly, pulling himself away from her.

                                  Good, then Ill see you when times up. Kat turned and ran along a pathway, quickly falling out of sight.
                                  Gary steadily walked in the opposite direction, not really sure where he was going. He walked along a patch of thick, tall grass but stopped when he heard a rustling sound nearby and turned to brace himself as a Venonat jumped out at him.

                                  * * *

                                  Mallory limped into Giovannis office to find the leader of Team Rocket sitting back in his chair with his hands up to his head as if nursing a headache.

                                  What could you possibly want now? Giovanni groaned as he heard her come in.

                                  Sir, theres been an incident. Mallory said, leaning against the door frame.

                                  An incident? Giovanni put his hands down and looked up at her. What could possibly have happened in the last fast minutes? And what happened to you? You look like you just got hit by a Rhyhorn.

                                  I went to get rid of the intruders like you asked. Mallory explained. But the woman that we had no record of must have been some kind of powerful psychic. She knocked me and the others that I had as backup away effortlessly without even touching us and then they teleported away.

                                  So let me get this straight. Giovanni raised his hand to his forehead and started massaging his temples as he spoke. You let the intruders get away with full knowledge of our location and how to find us, meaning that this hideout, which has been the primary headquarters of Team Rocket throughout almost our entire history, has now been compromised, less than a day after we lost our base in Saffron City.

                                  Yes, sir. Mallory looked down at the floor in embarrassment and flinched as Giovanni walked up to her.

                                  What are we supposed to do now? He yelled. We cant stay here and we have nowhere else left to go at this point! Weve lost almost everything within the past forty-eight hours and now weve lost the only base of operations that we had left. What do you suppose that we do now?

                                  Well, sir Mallory did her best not to break into tears, both from fear and from her injuries. This isnt actually our last base.

                                  What? Giovanni asked flatly.

                                  When I was going through the archives earlier this morning, I found a locked filing cabinet that had apparently rusted open by a leak in the ceiling while we were in Saffron. Inside I found documents related to another Team Rocket facility on one of the northern islands of the Orange Archipelago.

                                  Do you mean the New Island laboratory? That facility was completely destroyed in a lab accident years ago.

                                  No, sir. We apparently had another facility on one of the other islands. It would appear that knowledge of it was kept top secret, even amongst the higher-ups of Team Rocket.

                                  Interesting Giovanni contemplated what this could mean. What information were you able to gather about this secret facility?

                                  Not much sir. It appears to have somehow been connected to the New Island laboratory, but that was all I could find. I didnt have time to look over the documents completely and a lot of them were water damaged from the leak and had become illegible.

                                  I think I have a plan for what well do for now. Giovanni said. Were going to find this secret facility and make it our new headquarters, at least for the time being until we can find a better alternative.

                                  * * *

                                  Red slowly opened his eyes and sat up. Yellow was lying beside him and Sable was also nearby, both also just regaining consciousness.

                                  What happened? He asked.

                                  I dont know. Said Sable. What is the last thing that you remember?

                                  Well, we had just been captured by Team Rocket and they said that they were going to wipe our memories. Red recalled.

                                  There was something wrong with the ladys Pokmon. Yellow said. But, I dont remember what.

                                  It would appear that they tried to take our memories away and dump us here but that it didnt work for some reason. Sable explained.

                                  I guess that makes sense. Red said as he got up onto his feet. Although that doesnt really answer the question of where we are.

                                  He looked around. They were on a sandy coastline, but not one that he recognized. He checked his watch and then looked up at the sun, determining that they must be on an eastern shore as the sun was over the ocean and it was still morning. There appeared to be a large city just a few miles north along the beach.

                                  I guess we should head over to that city to see where we are. Hopefully were not too far away from where we were.

                                  That sounds good to me. Yellow said cheerfully.

                                  Everything sounds good to you.

                                  Not everything.

                                  The three started heading towards the city, Sable staying a few paces behind Red and Yellow. She looked up at a nearby try and glanced at Pikachu, who was freaking out from unexpectedly finding herself teleported from Celadon to this unknown location without any warning. Sable smiled, mildly bemused by Pikachus reaction, before running to catch up to the others.

                                  Ive never been to a beach like this before. She lied.

                                  I think I have. Yellow muttered. I dont think that it was this one, though, but I dont really remember it at all. Its just a feeling.

                                  Well, thats better than nothing. Red said. You were also able to identify a lighthouse a while ago, so Im starting to think that you may be from somewhere along a coastline.

                                  Do you think this city could be where Im from?

                                  I dont know. It seems like that would be an unlikely coincidence, but then again it could be. Well just have to see.

                                  * * *

                                  Are you sure about this?

                                  Yes, Im sure. I see more clearly now than ever. Team Rocket was holding us back.

                                  Hun stood at the edge of a small river, Attila sitting next to him. They watched their discarded jackets be carried away by the water.

                                  Im no longer content being a lackey for a weakling like Giovanni. Attila continued. What kind of organization cant even handle dealing with children. Were much better striking it out on our own. It shouldnt take us long before we become the strong Pokmon hunters this country has ever known. No, well be the best Pokmon hunters in the world.

                                  Im still not convinced that this is the best thing to do. Hun said. But I will follow you along whatever path you choose to follow.

                                  I know you will. Attila stood up and put on his sunglasses. I cant always count on you to have my back.

                                  So what are we going to do now?

                                  I think its high time that we went after that brat from Mount Moon. Hes gone far too long without having to pay for standing up to us.

                                  You mean standing up to you.

                                  Is there a difference.

                                  Not really.
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                                    Gary wandered aimlessly around the jungle wilderness that was the Safari Zone, unsure of how exactly he was supposed to get out when his time was up or how some people could consider this fun. It felt to him like several hours had passed already and he stopped trying to keep track of where he was. He turned around a corner and saw a large building up ahead that was much bigger than the various rest houses he had already passed by. His interest peaked, Gary headed towards it cautiously, not wanting to be ambushed by yet another stray Pokmon.

                                    Seriously, Gary muttered to himself, how can Kat enjoy this place?

                                    As Gary walked up to the building, Gary saw a sign next to the door.

                                    Safari Zone Secret House. Gary read aloud. Whats that supposed to mean?

                                    He reached up to the doorknob and opened the door slowly. The interior of the building was immediately greeted by a man in a Safari Zone uniform.

                                    Welcome to the Secret House! The man said enthusiastically. Congratulations!

                                    What? Gary reflexively backed up and held his arms up slightly in what was supposed to be a defensive position, a bizarre look on his face. What are you on about?

                                    Why, you won the contest, of course. The man said as if that was supposed to explain everything.

                                    What contest? Gary asked as he slowly lowered his arms back down and assumed a calmer stance.

                                    The contest to find this place. The mans smile began to fade as it became clear that Gary had no idea what he was talking about.

                                    What kind of contest is that? This place is already a nightmare to try and get around in, why would you try and make it more complicated by having some stupid contest thing?

                                    To add an extra level of challenge and reward for those who frequent the Safari Zone. Are you saying that you honestly just found this place by accident?

                                    Obviously. Gary said indignantly. Im completely lost right now.

                                    Oh, well you can make your way back to the entrance by just heading down the way from this building and making a right turn. Youll need to get across a river to get there, though. Or you can just wait until your time runs out and a staff member will come to pick you up. Anyway, do you still want your prize for winning the contest?

                                    What prize? Gary couldnt help but ask.

                                    I give you this. The man pulled out a small piece of paper that looked like a certificate of some kind. And then when you leave you can show it to one of our workers who will be able to teach one of your Pokmon how to use the move Surf, which will not only let you ride it properly over water but is also quite useful in Pokmon battles.

                                    You have my full and undivided attention. Gary said.

                                    * * *

                                    Daisy and Giselle walked along the road to Fuchsia City in relative silence until they came to a point where a tree blocked the way.

                                    Well, this is just great. Giselle sighed. Who let a tree grow here?

                                    Yay! Daisy pumped her fist up in the air, startling Giselle.

                                    How is this something to be excited about?

                                    It means that I can finally use the move. Daisy answered as she reached down into her bag.

                                    What move? What are you talking about?

                                    The move that the Cut Master taught me after I helped an old man find his granddaughter on the S.S. Anne before it sunk in a mysterious storm that no one actually remembers and that may or may not have been the result of a stray school of Gyarados. Daisy pulled out Ivysaurs Pokball and let it out.
                                    Okay, youre just making that up to mess with me. Giselle said, annoyed.

                                    No, that really happened. Now, Ivysaur, use Cut to take down that tree!

                                    Ivysaur readied itself and prepared for the attack. It then fired a leaf from the plant growing out of its back that was larger and stronger than a normal Razor Leaf and glowed bright white. The leaf launched at the tree so quickly that it was hard to follow and for a moment it appeared as if the leaf had somehow passed harmlessly through the tree without making a mark. And then, a second later, the top half of the tree slid off and fell to the ground away from the road, leaving just a stump where it had been.

                                    Wow! Daisy said. That was even cooler than I thought it would be.

                                    I mean, I guess that was impressive. Giselle looked away and shrugged. It would have been faster and easier to have just went around it, though.

                                    Whatever. I just wanted to actually use the move for once.

                                    * * *

                                    Gary walked away from the Secret House, feeling pretty good about himself. That feeling was short-lived, however, as he soon tripped over a rock. He let out a yell as he fell hard onto the ground before picking himself back up and turning around to look at the rock. The first thing he noticed was that it seemed to shine bright yellow in the sun.

                                    Is that gold? Gary wondered aloud in surprise as he reached down to pick it up and soon realized that it wasnt a rock at all. Oh, ew!

                                    Gary was holding a set of golden dentures, still slightly damp.

                                    Why would someone just leave these here in the middle of nowhere? In fact, this isnt even nowhere, this place is worse than nowhere.

                                    Gary was about to through the golden dentures away, but then it occurred to him that whoever left them here probably wasnt going to be able to find them again anyway and they were probably worth quite a bit of money.

                                    I mean, its not exactly stealing, is it? He pondered. But then again it is kind of heavy to be carrying around, not to mention gross. And I have managed to get a couple new Pokmon here plus that new move that Ill be getting when I leave, so its not like Id be leaving here empty handed if I dont take it. I just dont know.

                                    Gary then leaped up to his feet and braced himself as he heard a loud muffled noise behind him. To his surprise, it wasnt a Pokmon running up to him, but a stout, elderly looking man. The man stopped in front of Gary and stopped to catch his breath, clutching his knees tightly before raising one hand to point at the golden dentures in Garys hand and gesturing for Gary to hand them to him, opening his mouth to show his scarlet gums, devoid of teeth. The sight would have seemed comical to Gary if he didnt find it so pathetic.

                                    Fine, here you go old man. Gary held out the dentures, which the old man quickly grabbed and shoved into his mouth without even checking for dirt first. Gary was sure that was some kind of health hazard, but he didnt say anything.

                                    Thank you. The old man said, suddenly gaining an air of composure that he lacked a moment before. My dentures fell out when I was patrolling the Safari Zone from the air earlier and Ive been looking everywhere for them ever since. I was starting to lose hope in finding them.

                                    Perhaps you shouldnt make them out of something so heavy and needlessly valuable as gold. Gary pointed out.

                                    Youve got me there. The old man chuckled, even though Gary didnt mean it as a joke. Anyway, Im Kaiser Baoba, the warden here at the Safari Zone.

                                    Warden? Gary questioned. You mean like a prison?

                                    No, no. This isnt a prison, its a place where people can experience what it truly means to hunt Pokmon.

                                    That doesnt really sound much better. Gary pointed out.

                                    Okay, perhaps I could have worded that better. Warden Baoba said. The Safari Zone is a place that allows trainers to see what it was like for the Pokmon Trainers of old who had to catch their Pokmon on their own without modern conveniences.

                                    You mean like Pokballs. Gary held up one of his remaining Safari Balls.

                                    Never mind. Baoba shook his head in defeat. Anyway, come meet me at the entrance when you're done here, I want to give you a reward for finding my dentures for me. Im going to teach one of your Pokmon how to use the move Strength.

                                    Sure. Gary said sarcastically. Why not? Maybe everyone here just wants to teach my Pokmon new moves. Its not like there are other things that could be given out as rewards than moves.

                                    So youre saying that you dont want one of your Pokmon to be able to push large boulders out of your way when you need to? Baoba asked.

                                    I didnt say I didnt want the move. Gary said quickly.
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                                      Does this place look familiar to you at all? Red asked Yellow as they reached the edge of the unknown city.

                                      No. Yellow answered disappointedly. I dont feel like Ive been here before.

                                      Well, its possible that its just that this part of town doesnt hold any significant memories for you but it seems more likely that this probably isnt where youre from. Red said. Although I still dont know where we actually are right now.

                                      It was a modestly sized city, not as big as the likes of Saffron or Celadon, but still probably one of the larger cities in Kanto, assuming that they were even still in Kanto. The city seemed to have an active harbor that was probably the main source of the citys income and prosperity.

                                      Try to keep a lookout for a Pokmon Center that we can stop at. Red instructed Yellow and Sable. They should be able to tell us where we are and we can stop to rest.

                                      That reminds me, Sable said, werent you supposed to meet up with that guy from the last Pokmon Center we were at?

                                      Oh, yeah! Red exclaimed as he suddenly remembered. He was going to help us get a Trainers Permit for Yellow so that she could keep her own Pokmon.

                                      We could call him when we get to the Pokmon Center to tell him why we cant meet him right now. Yellow suggested.

                                      Yeah. Red agreed. Except for one problem: we dont know his number.

                                      Perhaps you could try calling the Celadon Pokmon Center. Hes probably still there trying to fix the thing he was trying to fix. Sable pointed out.

                                      Yeah, I suppose he probably is. Of course, we still need to actually find a Pokmon Center first.

                                      We could always ask for directions.

                                      Hey, look. Yellow pointed at a building up ahead with a familiar red roof. I think thats it over there.

                                      * * *

                                      Gary walked over to the Safari Ball lying on the ground a few feet in front of him. He knelt down and picked it up, looking at the camouflage pattern on the unique Pokballs upper half. He was starting to get used to how the Safari Zone worked, though he still preferred catching Pokmon the normal way. The Safari Ball vanished in a flash of light as the Pinsir inside it was transferred to the Pokmon Storage System where it would no doubt be cared for at his grandfathers ranch along with all of his other spare Pokmon, as well as those of all of the other Kanto trainers.

                                      Lets see Gary muttered to himself. That makes a Rhyhorn, a Tauros, two Pinsir, a Venonat, a Doduo and a Slowpoke. Definitely better than I was expecting to get and Ive still got one Safari Ball left. Hopefully I can put it to some good use.

                                      Gary froze as he heard a now-familiar rustling song behind him. He ducked down and slowly turned around to face the nearby trees. A large brown Pokmon walking on its hind legs walked out into the sunlight and yawned, stretching its arms out before scratching its back and looking around lazily.

                                      Kangaskhan. Gary muttered under his breath, recognizing the rare Pokmon.

                                      The Kangaskhan didnt notice that Gary was there and began to head over towards the nearby river. Gary followed it quietly, making sure to keep enough distance between himself and the Pokmon not to draw its attention. As the Kangaskhan reached the riverside and sat down in front of the flowing water, Gary readied himself and threw his last Safari Ball at it. Time seemed to slow down as he watched the Safari Ball head towards the Kangaskhan as it held something up above its head. Gary felt his heart stop for a beat as he realized what it was that the Kangaskhan was holding.

                                      Gary mentally kicked himself for being so stupid as he suddenly began sprinting towards where the Kangaskhan was sitting. It was a Kangaskhan, after all, of course it would have its child with it. Normally that wouldnt be a problem, as when a baby Kangaskhan is in its mothers pouch Pokballs treat them as a single Pokmon. But the baby wasnt in the pouch right now.

                                      The Safari Ball hit Kangaskhan on the back of its neck and the Parent Pokmon was sucked into it with a bolt of green light. Gary leaped forward towards the river, passing by the Safari Ball as it landed on the ground, not even paying attention to see if it would catch its target or not. That wasnt his concern at the moment. He twisted himself around in the air and caught the baby Kangakhan in his outstretched arms right before he fell into the river. Gary had to struggle to keep the baby above the rivers surface as he had to swim back to shore.

                                      Gary managed to get both himself and the baby Pokmon onto land. He coughed up the water that had gotten into his lungs as he searched the shoreline for the Safari Ball and found it still lying on the ground as it made its final click and the light went out, showing that the Kangaskhan had been successfully captured. Without stopping to catch his breath, he quickly picked up the Safari Ball, praying that he would have enough time. He tapped the Safari Ball lightly against the crying baby Kangaskhan and it was pulled into it with the same green light that had just enveloped its mother just a moment before. As soon as it was inside the Safari Ball, the Safari Ball vanished from his hand in another flash of light.

                                      Now that the nightmare was over and he had successfully managed to save the baby Kangaskhan and reunite it with its mother, Gary collapsed onto the ground. He looked up at the clear blue sky as he continued to gasp for breath, completely oblivious to the loud whistling sound that signaled that his time was up. After he continued to lay there for a moment, he saw the shadow of a large bird Pokmon fly overhead and the Pidgeot dove down to land near him.

                                      Are you alright? Asked the Pidgeots rider, a Safari Zone worker.

                                      Never better. Gary said sarcastically.

                                      Well, your time here is up. Im here to take you back to the entrance.

                                      Thank you. Gary sighed. And here I thought I was going to have to walk all of the way back there.

                                      * * *

                                      Ash looked around at the stadium in amazement. He had watched the Pokmon League on TV but it did not prepare him to see the overwhelming awe that he felt actually being able to stand in one of the arenas where the strongest trainers in the region would gather every year to put themselves to the test and see who was truly worthy of the title of Pokmon Master.

                                      I know, right? Carmine said, amused by Ashs reaction to the place, but also remembering who he had felt himself when he had fought in the Pokmon League all those years ago. We have this whole place to ourselves for the day.

                                      I cant believe it. Ash said absently. This is so amazing!

                                      If you think this place is cool now, you should wait until you can actually battle here for real. Hearing the roar of the crowd as thousands of people watch you face off in the hardest battles of your life, cheering on your every victory. It can be nerve-wracking, but at the same time it makes you feel invincible.

                                      I cant wait!

                                      In fact, now that I think about it this might actually be the exact same stadium where your dad and I faced off in the final round. We fought long and hard. I was able to get the upper hand early on, but it was still fairly close. And then your father was able to luck out in the end and beat me, like he always did er, does.

                                      That must have been amazing to see. Ash said.

                                      Yeah. Carmine smiled. You know, we should see if we can find a recording of it to watch sometime. Not right now though. Now it's time to see what youve got and make sure that you can shape up to be the best you can be. This may just be a practice match, but I still want you to give it your all. Its the only way to improve.
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                                        Ash and Carmine went off in opposite directions. When they reached the ends of the battlefield, they turned around to face each other and readied themselves for a fight.

                                        Im going to open the battle with my Ursaring! Carmine called out to Ash. Use that information to choose what Pokmon you will start with!

                                        Ash thought for a moment. The Pokmon he had with him right now were Fearow, Sandslash, Kingler and Ghastly. Between those four, he felt that Ghastly would be the best choice for the battle.

                                        Come on out, Ghastly! Ash said as he called out the Ghost-type Pokmon, who floated around in the air above the battlefield.

                                        Good, good. Carmine said. None of your Pokmon have an advantage over my Normal-type Ursaring, but Normal and Ghost-types are immune to each other, putting us both at a mutual disadvantage by not being able to rely on moves of those types. However, there is one thing that you overlooked!

                                        Whats that? Ash asked, going over the type matchup in his head and not figuring out what he was missing.

                                        In a real battle, you never know what Pokmon your opponent is going to use! Go, Sneasel! Carmine threw an Ultra Ball towards the center of the arena and the small Sharp Claw Pokmon landed on the ground, assuming a defensive position. You must always be prepared for things not to go the way that you thought that they would and you always have to have a plan of how to deal with unexpected disadvantages. My Sneasel is a Dark-type, which has the advantage over your Ghastlys Ghost-typing. Which in addition to the fact that all of my Pokmon are far stronger than yours are, even if Im holding back, puts you a severe disadvantage.

                                        Thats not fair! Ash whined.

                                        Lifes not fair and neither are people like Team Rocket! Carmine argued. Unless you put the Raticate King in your party or caught any more Pokmon without my knowledge, and I seriously doubt that youve done either of those two things, then you should have four Pokmon. If you can take down two of mine before I wipe out your entire team, then youll win this match and well move on to teaching your Pokmon some new moves. If you lose, then well get your Pokmon healed up and try again until you win or until the sun goes down.

                                        Fine. Ash said. Then lets just get this over with.

                                        Alright then. The battle begins now!

                                        Sneasel rushed towards Gastly and slashed at him with its claws coated in the dark aura of a Shadow Claw attack. The attack struck Gastly across his face and Gastly was forced to back away as he winced in pain. Gastly tried to counter by sending out a wave of Dark Pulse, however, the attack barely fazed Sneasel, who gathered his hands together to form a ball of frost that hardened into a sphere of solid ice. He then thrust his arms out towards Gastly and the Ice Shard launched towards the Ghost-type at high speed, striking Gastly before he even had a chance to react.

                                        Gastly then used Payback, glowing purple before several beams of dark energy shot out from his body and pummeled Sneasel into the ground. Sneasel was quick to recover and did a backflip back onto his feet, surrounding his claws in the same icy energy used for his Ice Shard attack in preparation for an Ice Punch, but not quite quick enough. Gastly was able to use Sucker Punch to hit Sneasel with a shadowy fist that material from the purple gas enveloping Gastlys body.

                                        Youre doing pretty well so far. Carmine said to Ash. But how long will that last?

                                        Ghastly attempted to hit Sneasel with a Shadow Ball but the sphere of spectral energy passed harmlessly through the spot where Sneasel had just been standing as he melted away into the shadows. Gastly looked around for where Sneasel had gone, only for Sneasel to reappear behind him and strike with a Feint Attack. Ghastlys purple smoke retracted back into him as the black mass that composed his body fell to the ground.

                                        Thats one down and three more to go. Carmine said condescendingly. Youre not off to a good start.
                                        Ash sighed as he recalled Gastly into its Pokball and worked on choosing who to send out next. Fearow and Sandslash were both weak to Ice-type moves, which left Kingler as his only viable option against Sneasel. He grabbed Kinglers Pokball and lifted it up. Kingler, use Metal Claw!

                                        The orange crab Pokmon sprang out of its Pokball with its large left pincer held back and shining silver before thrusting its pincer out, propelling itself towards Sneasel with the momentum of the attack in order to try and hit the Sharp Claw Pokmon. Sneasel dodged the attack by leaping up high into the air and crossing his arms above his head and they began to glow before he flip upside down and dove straight into Kingler with an Aeriel Ace. Kingler stumbled back from the blow but was able to swipe at Sneasel with another Metal Claw. This time the attack hit and Sneasel was sent flying back from the force of it before landing hard onto the ground, unable to get back up again.

                                        Alright! Carmine said encouragingly as he recalled Sneasel. Youre halfway done now. Take out my next Pokmon and youve won. And in only one try, even.

                                        Carmine reached for one of the other Pokballs around his belt. He grabbed one with a yellow top and button with a blue ring around it. Ash didnt recognize the design. From the strange Pokball, Carmine sent out his second Pokmon, Scizor. Seeing the large red Bug and Steel-type reminded Ash of the one he and the others had encountered the day before in the Silph Company building, under the ownership of the man in the strange yellow mask. Compared to that one, Carmines Scizor had a brighter coloration and seemed to be a couple inches shorter, but Ash wasnt entirely sure about that.
                                        Scizor dashed towards Kingler so fast that Ash could barely keep track of it before hitting Kingler with a Metal Claw of his own, knocking Kingler to the ground with his legs sprawled out. Kingler retaliated by raising up its left pincer, the inside of which began to glow blue before launching out a spray of Bubble Beam. The bubbles popped as they hit Scizor, drenching him in water. Scizor tried to fly up into the air but found himself weighed down by the water to the point where he could barely lift off the ground. Despite this, Scizor crossed his arms in front of his chest and his pincers began to glow before he slashed his arms, creating a powerful whirlwind between himself and Kingler. Kingler tried to use Bubble Beam again, but the bubbles were torn apart by the whirlwind, which slowly moved towards Kingler. When it reached him, Kingler was sucked into it and tossed about by the Razor Wind before crashing down to the ground, unconscious.

                                        And that makes two down. Carmine pointed out. If my Scizor can take down your other two, then you lose the battle and well have to start all over again. On the other hand, you only need to take down my Scizor in order to win. The battle could go either way at this point.

                                        Like theres any way I could lose this fight. Ash said, more to himself than to Carmine. He considered his options. Neither Fearow nor Sandslash had any advantages against Scizor, but at the same time, he was sure that Scizor didnt have any moves that would be super effective against either of them, which made both Pokmon equally valid options for this fight. Fearow could fly, allowing him to battle Scizor in the air, and with Scizor weighed down as much as he was, Scizor would have the advantage of speed and maneuverability. On the other hand, Sandslash was smaller and would make a harder target for Scizor to hit. He wasnt sure if it really mattered which one he sent out first since he would be able to use the other if the first one lost to Scizor, who would hopefully at least be weak enough that his last Pokmon would be able to take it down quickly and easily.

                                        Im waiting. Carmine said, tapping his foot on the tiled ground impatiently.

                                        Ash sighed and grabbed one of his remaining Pokballs. Give it everything youve got!
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                                          Ash held out his Pokball at arms length pressed the front button to unleash the Pokmon inside. The great brown wings of his mighty Fearow spread outstretched as the impressively large bird took to the air.

                                          Keep to the skies! Ash commanded his Pokmon. His Scizor wont be able to follow you up there while its still weighed down!

                                          Fearow spun around dramatically as he flew straight up into the air. As he reached the peak of his ascension, Fearow folded his wings back up to his body and started to fall before spreading his wings again to cast a huge shadow over his opponent.

                                          Thats quite the entrance. Carmine said. If Fearow had Intimidate as its ability Im sure that would have been quite effective. But Fearow dont have that ability so the theatrics were meaningless.

                                          Well see about that! Ash shouted back before looking up to his Fearow. Use Fly!

                                          Fearow fly up ever higher into the sky, preparing to dive-bomb into Scizor with as much force as possible.

                                          Agility! Carmine ordered his Scizor.

                                          Scizor flew around the battlefield, shaking off as much of the water as he could so that he wouldnt be slowed down any longer. As Fearow dove back down beak-first towards Scizor, Scizor attempted to dodge out of the way but was still too slow. Fearow managed to hit Scizor straight in the chest, knocking him to the ground.

                                          Scizor winced slightly as he sat up, preparing to lift off from the ground and use Agility again to try and increase his speed. However, Fearow used Drill Peck, hitting Scizor on its right shoulder and flying back. Scizor slid along the ground, using his pincers to slow himself to a halt and flip out the way of another Drill Peck, jumping over Fearow and hitting him from behind with a Bullet Punch. Fearow was knocked into the ground and tried to pick himself back up, but Scizor pinned him down with a Quick Attack, striking Fearows left wing with the pointed ends of his feet.

                                          Fearow let out a squawk of pain as the dagger-like toes dug into its wing before Scizor backflipped into the air, getting ready for a Metal Claw. Scizor dove down to strike Fearow, but thanks to a well-timed Mirror Move from Fearow, Scizor found himself being the one getting hit. Scizor backed away to recover, giving Fearow enough time to get back up and into the air and turning to face Scizor. Scizor assumed an offensive stance, his right pincer glowing with the silvery aura that indicated that he was about to use Iron Claw again. Fearow prepared to counter with Drill Peck. After a moment, both Pokmon charged towards each other in midair and landing their attacks with perfect accuracy before landing on the ground with their backs turned to each other.

                                          A still silence passed over the battle and Ash found himself holding his breath in anticipation to see what would happen. After a few seconds that seemed much longer than they really were, Scizor fell to one knee, wincing in pain once again. Another second after that and Fearow collapsed to the ground.

                                          That was a close one. Carmine taunted. Almost had me on my toes just then. Youve got one Pokmon left and my Scizors almost out for the count. Think you can manage the win?

                                          Of course I can! Ash yelled at him as he recalled Fearow back into its Pokball. He wasnt sure if Carmines taunting was supposed to be a part of the training or not, but it was starting to make it hard for him to think straight. You can do it Sandslash!

                                          Ash threw his last Pokball and Sandslash pooped out of it, spinning in the air as it fell before landing on the ground. Scizor used Swords Dance as Sandshrew landed. Twelve swords of blue energy materialized around Scizor and spun around him before crossing each other above his head. Scizor seemed to glow red as the swords vanished, indicating the boost in power that the swords had granted him. Sandslash used Defense Curl, curling up into a spiked ball as Scizor moved in for an attack. Scizor rushed up to Sandslash almost instantly and hit him with a Metal Claw. The balled up Mouse Pokmon was knocked back a couple feet from the attack but then used Rollout, barreling towards Scizor and knocking him back as he hit him. Scizor stumbled and left himself open for another hit of Rollout, Sandslash jumping up and hitting Scizor right in the chest. Scizor was knocked back and fell to the ground, unable to get back up again.

                                          Well, well. It looks like you managed to win this after all. Carmine said. Not that I really expected you to lose. Now lets go back and get our Pokmon healed up. After that, well get started on improving your Pokmons movesets.

                                          But wouldnt it have made more sense to have the battle after teaching my Pokmon new moves? Ash asked.

                                          This was a test to make sure that you and your team are ready. Carmine explained. I wanted to make sure that you are able to make do with what you already know before teaching you more. What would be the point of teaching your Pokmon new moves if they cant even use the ones that they already have more effectively?

                                          I guess you have a point.

                                          Of course I do. Now come on, we dont have all day.

                                          * * *

                                          So how was it? Kat asked Gary when they met up at the Safari Zone entrance.

                                          Not really my thing. Gary replied. But at least I got some rare Pokmon out of it.

                                          So did I. Kat said eagerly. I actually managed to get a Chansey. Theyre supposed to be one of the rarest Pokmon in the entire region.

                                          Wow. Gary said in genuine astonishment.

                                          Anyway, we should probably get our stuff back now. We just need to see that guy over there. Kat pointed to the man standing behind a desk that had taken their bags and Pokmon when they had entered the Safari Zone and headed over to him. After Kat had gotten her stuff, Gary walked up to the man.

                                          Here you go. The man said as he handed Gary his backpack and his belt full of Pokballs. We hope you had a nice time at the Safari Zone and that we will see you here again sometime.

                                          You sound like a Pokmon Center nurse. Gary remarked as he took his bag and belt from the man. Are you the guy that Im supposed to show this to?

                                          The mans eyes widened in surprise as he saw the certificate Gary held up. The one that he had been given back at the Secret House.

                                          Um, no. Actually you want to talk to that guy over there. He pointed to another man at the other end of the building. Although Im surprised that you even managed to get that so soon. We only just started that promotion today.

                                          Right, well then Ill be going now. Gary turned around and headed towards the other man.

                                          Can I help you with anything? The other man asked in a tone of voice that indicated that he was doing his best to mask his boredom.

                                          Gary held up the certificate. Youre supposed to teach one of my Pokmon how to learn Surf, right?

                                          Why, yes. If you could just show me whatever Pokmon that you want to learn the move, well head out back and Ill teach it.

                                          Wait! Hold On!

                                          Gary turned to see who was shouting and saw Warden Baoba running up to them.

                                          Im glad that I got here in time. Baoba said, catching his breath. I meant to be here waiting for you but I had some business that I had to deal with. Anyway, I was going to teach you the move Strength.

                                          Right. Gary said before turning back to the other guy and holding out a Pokball. Anyway, I want my Wartortle to learn Surf. And I guess Ill go with my Nidoqueen for Strength.

                                          Alright then. The man said with obviously forced enthusiasm, having just tried his best not to react to the Wardens sudden appearance. Lets get going then.

                                          Ill meet you out front! Kat called to Gary as she headed towards the front door.

                                          Yeah, whatever! Gary called back. Smell ya later!
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                                            Theres a call for you.

                                            Bill was snapped out of a dazed state by the womans voice. He turned to face the Pokmon Center nurse who was holding up a green phone, ready to hand it to him.

                                            Oh, sure. Ill take it. Bill said, walking over to her.

                                            Are you alright? The nurse asked as Bill took the phone receiver from her.

                                            Im fine. Just a bit shaken up. Ill explain what happened later. In the meantime, I think Ive fixed the PC. Bill said before holding the phone up to his ear. Hello, this is Bill.

                                            Hi, Bill. Sorry we couldnt meet you in person. Said a familiar voice on the other end of the line. Bill looked down at the video screen on the phone console to see Red and Yellow, along with some woman that Bill was sure that he had never seen before. It looked like they were in a Pokmon Center, but if they were then they couldnt still be in Celadon or else they would have to be standing right next to him.

                                            Whats going on? Bill asked them. Where are you guys?

                                            Were not entirely sure. Red answered. But the nurse here said that were in a city called Porta Vista.

                                            Porta Vista? Bill repeated in surprise. But thats clear on the other side of the region! How did you manage to get all of the way over there so quickly?

                                            Were not sure. Yellow wondered off so Sable and I went looking for her and then we all found ourselves in a Team Rocket hideout. They managed to capture us and said that they were going to wipe our memories so that we wouldnt be able to tell anyone about them and then we just woke up on a beach and walked to the nearest city.

                                            Thats quite the story. Bill said. But then again I have my own story to share. Ill tell you what; Im going to finish up here and then Im heading over there to meet up with you.

                                            Are you all right? Yellow grabbed the phone away from Red to ask Bill. You look kind of like your sick or something.

                                            Ill be fine. Bill replied. Ill explain later. Anyway, Ill see you later. Bye.

                                            Bye! Both Red and Yellow said.

                                            Bill hung up the phone and walked over to the Pokmon Centers front desk where the nurse had resumed her usual duty of waiting for trainers in need.

                                            It looks like the PC system should be working fine now. Bill told the nurse. So Im going to head out now. If you have any more technical issues then just give me a call.

                                            * * *

                                            Giovanni walked out the side exit of the Rocket Game Corner, followed by Mallory, the Iron Masked Marauder and several agents of Team Rocket.

                                            Alright. Giovanni said as he turned to face the others. It looks like we have almost everyone here right now thats going with us, but has anyone seen Agent Masque?

                                            Im here, sir.

                                            Giovanni gave a slight start as Masque seemed to appear out of nowhere beside him.

                                            What happened to you? Giovanni asked, noting that the girls visible eye appeared to be bloodshot and the side of her nose left exposed appeared to be red.

                                            It would appear that being here in Celadon City has caused me to experience a severe allergic reaction to the abundance of plant-life in the area. Masque explained.

                                            Hm. The Iron Masked Marauder grunted as he pulled out a small notebook. So the effects of Project Dark dont affect hay fever. Thats interesting.

                                            Fine then. Giovanni said, annoyance evident in his face. To get you up to speed, Agent Masque, our headquarters here have been compromised and so we are retreating to a previously unknown secret base. You are to come with us in the advance party before we send the rest of our remaining forces there.

                                            Yes, sir. Masque said, giving a salute.

                                            Now lets get going before anything happens to get in our way. Giovanni ordered everyone there.

                                            Excuse me, sir. Said the Iron Masked Marauder. But shouldnt we bring the Dark Synergy Crystal with us? If anything were to happen to it without my supervision, then we could potentially lose the core component to Project Dark.

                                            Fine then. Giovanni sighed, resting his face in his right hand. But you should have brought this up sooner. Take those two and bring it over here as quickly as possible. We should have room on the transport ship for the crystals containment unit.

                                            The Iron Masked Marauder walked back into the building along with the two agents that Giovanni had indicated, Butch and Cassidy, so that they could get the crystal ready for transport.

                                            Now then, Giovanni said, turning to the others, does anyone else have anything that they need to do before we leave? No? Good.

                                            * * *

                                            Okay, back to training. Carmine said as he and Ash walked back out into the Pokmon tournament arena that they were using. Lets start with your Fearow since its the first Pokmon you caught.

                                            Ash grabbed Fearows Pokball from around his belt and tossed it into the air. Fearow emerged from the Pokball and began circling around above their heads.

                                            Youre Fearow is a pretty decent physical attacker with good speed to back it up. Carmine explained. In fact, I think your Fearow is probably the strongest that Ive ever seen at least in terms of physical attack, which probably has something to do with how its around a foot or so taller than the average Fearow. That strength and size advantage is probably why it was the head of its flock before you caught him.

                                            Ash shuddered, remembering being attacked by the flock of Spearow back on his first day as a trainer. He was sure that he still had a few marks left from them pecking at him, though Carmine insisted that he was imagining it.

                                            Now Ive already taught your Fearow how to use Fly so that you can use him as a mode of transportation when the situation requires it, but I think we can give him a few moves to make him a bit more versatile in battle. My Skarmory should be able to teach him Steel Wing, which hell be able to put to good use with his high physical attack, but I also want to give him a ranged attack. I dont think any of your Pokmon are quite ready for Hyper Beam yet and there isnt really much of a variety of ranged attacks that Fearow can actually learn, so Im thinking Echoed Voice is really our only option for that right now. I also want him to learn Roost since being able to heal itself is always a useful trick.

                                            That all sounds good to me. Ash said.

                                            And I think Ill have Sneasel try and teach him Thief, just in case it might come in handy someday. You never know with these things. Is there anything else that you think Fearow should learn how to do?

                                            Well, I dont really know what kinds of moves that he can learn. Ash said honestly.

                                            Alright then. Carmine nodded as he reached down for one of his Ultra Balls. I guess well just get right to it then. Come on out, Skarmory! Lets see you show off one of your famous Steel Wing attacks!

                                            Carmines Armor Bird Pokmon flew straight up out of the Ultra Ball, passing by where Fearow was circling in the air and leveling out to fly parallel to the ground. Ash, Carmine and Fearow watched as Skarmorys wings began to glow silver as Skarmory flew past, leaving streaks of the silver energy forming lines behind the tips of its wings before Skarmory slowed to a stop.

                                            And now, Fearow, Carmine said to Ashs Flying-type, I want you to try and mimic that as best as you can. Once youve mastered it we can move on.

                                            Fearow hovered in the air, concentrating on trying to bring cloak its wings in the silver energy of the attack.

                                            This may take a while. Carmine said. I suppose we could probably head up to the stands and sit down while we wait.

                                            That sounds better than standing around here. Ash agreed.

                                            Come on, the way up it over here. Carmine ran over to one end of the stadium, motioning over his shoulder for Ash to follow. Fearow flew around in the air, still trying to bring out the energy for a Steel Wing attack.
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                                              You know, when we signed up for this I kind of thought wed do more well, anything really.
                                              Annie laid back on her bed reading a magazine while Annie was sitting backwards on a chair with her arms crossed and resting on the back of the chair.

                                              Well weve only been here for a few days. Annie tried to reassure her younger sister without looking up. You cant expect us to already be hunting down rare Pokmon.

                                              Of course I can! Oakley snapped. We agreed to work for Hunter J to go around hunting rare Pokmon and selling them for as much as we can. We were supposed to be able to take whatever we want whenever we want it. But instead, she just has us sitting around here while she gets all of the action!

                                              You dont even know what shes doing right now. Annie turned the page.

                                              Exactly! We just have to stay here completely out of the loop with no idea whats going on! At least back in Team Rocket, we were able to get our hands dirty get some excitement.

                                              Are you saying that we should have stuck with Team Rocket? Annie asked, finally glancing at her sister.

                                              Yes! No! I dont know. Oakley shook her head. I just want to do something! Anything!

                                              The door to their room suddenly slid open, revealing Hunter J standing on the other side.

                                              You two, one your feet! Now!

                                              Annie and Oakley obeyed the command without hesitation.

                                              Im not sure if youve heard yet, but theres been a bit of a shakeup over in Team Rocket lately. Hunter J explained. Apparently they lost their headquarters in Saffron last night, in addition to having already lost the support of She trailed off for a moment. Well, lets just say that they lost their biggest supporters.

                                              Annie and Oakley stared at their boss in astonishment, not sure if they could even believe what they were hearing.

                                              Now as Im sure you can probably guess, that means that the organization in considerably weakened right now. That gives us the perfect opportunity to swoop in and take as much of their former assets as we can. That means people, Pokmon, anything that we can get our hands on. We may be small now, but soon Team Huntress will be a force to be reckoned with!

                                              I thought you told us that we were going to be called Neo Cipher. Oakley pointed out.

                                              Hunter J grimaced. That name isnt going to work out. Were going to be called Team Huntress from now on. Now come on, lets get going! Time is money, as the saying goes.

                                              * * *

                                              Gary strutted out of the Safari Zone with his head held high. Kat was standing outside, ready to greet him.

                                              Whats gotten into you? Kat asked him.

                                              Nothing, really. Gary said. Its just great to be me.

                                              Sure it is. Kat rolled her eyes as they both started walking towards Fuchsia City to meet up with the others.

                                              So I suppose that youre going to want to take on the local Gym Leader next. Kat said.

                                              But of course.

                                              Well, you should know that hes a Poison-type specialist, known for using a wide variety of tricks in battle. Hes the kind of trainer that tends to through the unsuspecting off guard.

                                              Then I suppose you shouldnt tell me any more so that I can figure out how to fight him on my own. Gary said. Theres no fun if you just have all of the answers handed out to you before the battle.

                                              Well if you want to go in blind, then I guess Ill let you. You might come to regret it, though.

                                              If I lose a battle then its my own fault for being weak. Not that Ill ever lose.

                                              You mean like how you didnt lose to Ash back on the S.S. Anne? Kat asked teasingly.

                                              Garys confident smile turned to a disgruntled expression. That was just bad luck. He defended himself. Theres no way that hell be able to beat me again.

                                              You do realize that he has Mr. Noire available to train him, right? Plus those two Gym Leaders that hes apparently traveling with now. He might already have enough of a lead on you in terms of training that you might not be able to catch up.

                                              Dont be ridiculous. Gary scoffed. He could be taught by the best trainers in the whole world and it still wouldnt be enough. Im better than that loser and thats the end of that.

                                              I wouldnt be so sure of that. You were probably too young to really remember it, but Mr. Ketchum used to tell us stories of when he was a trainer just heading out on his Pokmon journey. He was a loser, as you so delicately put it, when he was a kid but by the time he made it to the Pokmon League he was one of the greatest Pokmon Trainers that the region had ever seen.

                                              Yeah, but that was in Johto, wasnt it? No one cares about that backwater place.

                                              You do know that Johto in literally right next to Kanto, right? And that they share the same Pokmon League with us? From what Ive heard, a lot of people dont even make a distinction between us.

                                              Thats because most people are idiots. Gary said. And besides, it doesnt change the fact that I am going to be the greatest Pokmon Master that the entire world has ever seen. Its only a matter of time at this point.

                                              Well then I guess well just have to wait and see. Hey, look! I think I can see the car from here.

                                              * * *

                                              Jessie, James and Meowth climbed out of the Cerulean Cave had to raise their hands to block out the bright sunlight beating down on them. They had never experienced anything like what they had just been through in that cave and they were sure that they never wanted to again. James held up an Ultra Ball and stared at it, imagining the monster that was now trapped within it. It had taken the combined might of all of their Pokmon together using all of the strength that their advanced training had given them to subdue it so that they could catch that monster and even more frighteningly, he was sure that the thing had already been extremely weakened by something. He could only imagine how strong it would be at full power and the thought send a chill running down his spine.

                                              What are you doing? Jessie asked him, fear in her voice. Put that thing away. Theres no way to know if that thing will even listen to us or not and I really dont want to find out the hard way.

                                              R-right. James put the Ultra Ball back into his pocket. What do you think it even is?

                                              I dont know. Now, can we please talk about something else right now?

                                              Who do you think that man was? The one that was frozen in the cave.

                                              I have no idea about that either and I really dont want to talk about anything that just happened right now so stop bringing it up.

                                              Hey, guys! Meowth suddenly yelled at the others. Is just gots a call from da boss. Hes said that wes ta meet him at the Vermilion City harbor and not da base.

                                              The two humans both looked down at Meowth in confusion.

                                              Did he say why? James asked.

                                              Nah, but it sounds like wes taken a trip somewheres. He didnt say where wes goin though.

                                              Well then, I guess were going to Vermilion City. Jessie sighed. Hey, does anyone know what ever happened to our old balloon?

                                              Id completely forgotten about that. James said wistfully. I dont think Ive seen in since after that time we tried to steal all of those Pikachu back in Viridian City.

                                              Is thinks dat wes left it in Saffron after wes gots promoted. Meowth explained. What wid all dat stuff that went down afta that, wes didnt really needs it for a whiles anyway.

                                              It would be nice to have it right now, though. Jessie moaned. I do not want to have to walk all that way to get there.

                                              Im sures we can finds anotha wat ta get dere. Wes resourceful, after all.
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                                                Hey guys! Kat said as she walked into the hotel lobby of the Fuchsia City Pallet House, where the others were waiting. She ran over to the couch where Mal, Ciel and Sue where holding a conversation about something. Gary stayed by the entrance, looking around absently.

                                                Gary was starting to feel like he was missing something in his Pokmon journey. While being able to ride around the Kanto region in his dads car with the girls was more convenient than walking aimlessly, he couldnt shake the feeling that he was missing out on the experience that traveling on his own would bring. The only one of his chaperones that offered any real help to him was Kat, but she only rarely gave him any advice and he was more interested in figuring things out on his own anyway. And even if he did regularly stop to train and catch new Pokmon, it was still probably less than if he were hiking through the forests and caves of the region by foot. It was with these thoughts that Gary looked over at the girls and made a decision. The four who were supposed to keep watch over him and make sure that he didnt get into trouble were too wrapped up in their discussion to notice their charge turn around and walk out.

                                                Gary hesitated just outside of the door, having second thoughts about his decision. But after a moment he tightened his fists and continued walking. He did not know the layout of the city, but he was going to find the Gym, even if it took him all day. When he returned to the hotel that evening he would have his eighth badge. Or maybe he wouldnt return at all. Maybe he would just keep going, making his way to the Indigo Plateau and challenging any more Gyms that he found along the way. He could do it. He was a Pokmon Trainer, one that was determined to be the best that there ever was. And more than that, he was an Oak. He was part of the longest line of Pokmon Masters that the region had ever known. There were even rumors that the Oak family was descended from the ancient kings of the Kanto region.

                                                Gary chose a direction and started walking, sure that his trainers instincts would lead him directly to where he wanted to go. It was in his blood, after all, to seek out challenge and overcome any obstacle. After having walked about two blocks south, he started to hear something. It was faint and he could barely make it out, but it sounded almost like a woman singing off in the distance. He felt enthralled by the song and his feet instinctively pulled him forward, closer to the source of the distant sound.

                                                * * *

                                                Alright, that didnt take as long as I thought it would. Carmine said, looking approvingly at Ashs Fearow. Your Pokmon is certainly a fast learner. Now I think we should move on to your Sandslash. He should be good with both attack and defense, so Im going to focus on increasing the type diversity of his moveset. Brick Break, Poison Jab, Shadow Claw, Iron Tail and X-Scissor all seem like good moves. It probably wont take much time for him to learn them, though, so lets work on your Kingler as well. Save time by training both together. Im going to teach him Brick Break and X-Scissor, like Sandslash, and also a few different moves. Ice Beam, Rock Tomb and Rain Dance all seem like good choices as well as False Swipe.

                                                Whats that? Ash asked him.

                                                False Swipe is a fairly standard Normal-type move but with one little quirk. It cant actually knock out an opponent. Carmine explained.

                                                That sounds useless.

                                                In competitive battling, it is more or less pointless unless you just want to taunt your opponent for some reason. The main utility of the move is for catching wild Pokmon. Since all kinds of Pokball can only work if the target Pokmon is conscious, but also work better the more weakened the opponent is, False Swipe can make it a lot easier to catch Pokmon that you might otherwise have trouble with.

                                                Okay, I guess that does sound useful. Ash agreed. Alright, lets get started then.

                                                Good. Carmine nodded. And then once weve finished training these two we can move on to your Gastly. Im a little less certain of what to teach that one since I dont really know what he already has, but if were lucky well be done by nightfall, just in time to head back and get dinner and some sleep before heading home for your birthday tomorrow.

                                                * * *

                                                I think I see Fuchsia City! Daisy said, holding her hand above her eyes to block out the sunlight as the city came into view.

                                                Well its about time. Giselle said. I feel like weve been walking for weeks and basically nothings happened.

                                                Its only been a few hours. Daisy pointed out. And we did get to fight a few wild Pokmon on the way.

                                                You know, when I decided that I wanted to be a Pokmon trainer, I didnt think that there would be so much mindless walking involved. Im starting to wonder if maybe I should have stayed at Poktech after all.

                                                But I thought that you said that barely anyone from there ever managed to get into the Pokmon League.

                                                Thats true. Giselle relented. But I could have still been one of the few to actually do it. At least when I was there I could spend every day training rather than just this endless walking. My feet are killing me.

                                                Again, weve only been walking a few hours. Daisy said.

                                                The fact that you can say that its only been a few hours just shows how much time gets wasted just getting from one worthless place to another. Lets just keep going so that we can get there and take a break. I dont know how much longer I can last at this rate.

                                                * * *

                                                Before Gary knew it, he had found himself walking out onto the shore on Route 19, just south of Fuchsia City. This was definitely not the way to get to the Gym, but he had a nagging feeling in the back of his mind that this was the way that he needed to go. He could still hear the singing, which was clearer now and a little louder than it was before. Gary was sure that he was moving closer to its source and that he would soon be able to make out the words of the song. He made his way along the narrow beach, wedged between two rocky cliffs, and passed by a pair of swimmers warming up for a long trip across the calm ocean. It was clear that this beach was not one of the more popular of the Kanto shore, which was probably due to its small size. But Gary wasnt really thinking about that as he reached the edge of the deep blue water, where it beat across the shore.

                                                He looked out at the massive rocks that were sticking out of the water in the distance, likely another reason why few people used this beach for recreation. One rock stood out to him in particular and he thought that he could see something, or perhaps someone, sitting on top of it. He was sure that whatever it was, it was the source of the song. He closed his eyes and listened for a moment. He felt at peace listening to the serein melody but was quickly pulled back to reality as he felt the cold water rise up to his ankles. He tried to take a step back but found that he couldnt move his feet. It was almost as if the ocean itself was holding him in place. He struggled against it, but it was no use. The water rose up to his knees. Desperately, Gary let out a scream as he tried his hardest to break free, but it was too late. A sudden wave washed over him and he was dragged out to sea.

                                                The two swimmers had heard his scream, but when they ran out to where he had been there was no sign of Gary. It was as if he had never even been there.
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                                                  A storm raged across the northern Sevii Islands. The winds howled as they ripped through the air, interrupted only by the sound of the booming thunder brought on by the lightning that illuminated the black sky. Rain fell down so hard that it was almost as if the ocean stretched up to clouds. On a small island in the middle of this ferocious maelstrom, a lone Pikachu sat meditating on a large rock, completely unfazed by the storm. Pikoa didnt move a single muscle, even as a bolt of lightning came down directly upon him, the blast of searing hot plasma blackened the rock that he sat on and burned up all of the plant life that grew on the tiny island. It was not until the storm had passed that Pikoa finally gave any sort of indication that he was even alive. His blue-tipped ears twitched suddenly and he sniffed the air before opening his eyes.

                                                  Somethings wrong. He said to himself. Theres something stirring under the ocean. Something that I havent felt in a very long time. But I cant seem to remember what it is. What could this mean? And who am I talking to? No matter. It looks like its time to investigate.

                                                  Pikoa stood up slowly and stretched. He looked around at the scorched island he was on and felt a twinge of sadness. He had thought that the island had looked rather charming in a quaint sort of way, but now it was little more than a burnt heap of rock and soot. He sighed and pressed the thought to the back of his mind as he walked over to the edge of the island and dove head-first into the sea. He moved through the water quickly and after a few seconds, the island was no longer in view as he swam into the deepest depths of the ocean to find what it was that had felt.

                                                  * * *

                                                  Finally! Giselle sighed in relief as she and Daisy finally reached the outskirts of Fuchsia City. Were going straight to a hotel.

                                                  But what about the Gym? Daisy asked.

                                                  The Gym will still be there tomorrow. Giselle said. I need my beauty sleep.

                                                  Yeah, I suppose you would. Daisy said mockingly.

                                                  Whats that supposed to mean?

                                                  Oh, nothing. Daisy pointed to a large building up ahead. That looks like a Pallet House. We can go there.

                                                  You dont need to tell me twice.

                                                  Giselle quickened her pace as she headed towards the hotel, forcing Daisy to go keep up with her. After a moment they reached their destination and went inside. Giselle darted straight for an empty couch off on one side of the lobby, while Daisy looked around and found an unexpected familiar face.

                                                  Kat? She asked as she walked over to her cousin and three other women that she recognized.

                                                  Yes? Katherine Oak turned around to see who addressed her and her eyes lit up as she saw Daisy. Oh, hey! Whats up?

                                                  Not much. Daisy answered. So does this mean that my brothers here, too?

                                                  Yeah, hes right Kat trailed off as she looked around. Wait, where is Gary?

                                                  I thought he was right behind you when you came in. Mal chimed in.

                                                  He was. Concern was evident in Kats voice. Dont tell me he ran off.

                                                  It looks like he must have run off. Said Ciel.

                                                  It told you not to tell me that. Now come on, we need to find him before he gets into any trouble.

                                                  Ill help. Daisy said.

                                                  Good, well need all the help we can get to find that kid.

                                                  Kat, Mal, Ciel and Sue all headed towards the front door while Daisy made her way to the couch that Giselle was now lying face down on.

                                                  Hey, Im going to head out for a bit. She told her.

                                                  Yeah, whatever. Giselle grumbled back. Just make sure to check in before you go so that I can sleep in an actual bed.

                                                  * * *

                                                  Red sat on a small couch in the Pokmon Center, reading a magazine that had been laying on the table in front of him. Yellow was leaning up against him, taking a nap and Sable was sitting in a chair on the other side of the table. She had her eyes closed and looked like she was trying to concentrate on something. After a moment she stood up.

                                                  I need to go. She stated matter-of-factly.

                                                  Okay. Red said without looking up from the article about the spot patterns of Paras and Parasects mushrooms that he was reading. He had known Sable for only a day and yet he had already become used to this behavior from her.

                                                  Sable walked out of the Pokmon Center without another word, leaving Red to read in quite. After he had finished skimming through the magazine he tossed it lightly back onto the table and leaned back in his seat, not wanting to get up and disturb Yellows sleep. He was surprised that she would be so tired considering that they had just woken up on the beach not long ago, but didnt really think much of it. After a while, Red himself was close to drifting off to sleep when he heard the Pokmon Centers front door slide open and he looked over to see Bill walk in.

                                                  Hey, guys. Bill said as he saw Red and Yellow and headed over to them. Im sorry that took so long.

                                                  Its fine. Red said, nudging his arm gently against Yellow, who stirred from her nap. Im actually surprised that you got here as fast as you did. I was looking at the map over on the wall there and noticed that were practically on the other side of the region from Celadon right now.

                                                  Bill shrugged. I know a guy that knows a Kadabra. Anyway, how did you get here?

                                                  We still dont know exactly what happened. Red started to explain.

                                                  Hi, Bill! Yellow said excitedly as she woke up enough to be aware of her surroundings. She jumped off of the couch and rushed over to Bill, showing him to the chair that Sable had been sitting in earlier.

                                                  Hey, Yellow. Bill greeted her as he sat down in the chair and Yellow walked back to the seat next to Red. How are you doing?

                                                  Im fine. Wait a minute, what happened to Sabubble? Yellow asked, suddenly realizing that their other companion was missing.

                                                  Its Sable. Red corrected her. She said she had to go. Im sure shell be back. Probably.

                                                  Sable? Bill asked. Thats the person that was with you when you called, right? Who is she?

                                                  I dont really know. Red answered honestly. She just decided to follow us when we were heading out from Lavender Town, saying that she was bored or something. She tends to come and go at a moments notice. Anyway, I guess we should explain what we know about what happened this morning.

                                                  * * *

                                                  Sable stood atop one of the tallest buildings in Porta Vista, looking out towards the sea. She had just felt a dark disturbance out there, but she remained unsure of what it was or what it meant. With a swish of her hand, Pikachu suddenly appeared in the air next to her and fell on her back onto the buildings roof.

                                                  Im so sick of being teleported around without any warning! Pikachu yelled.

                                                  You know, if you practiced you could probably Teleport yourself. You should have enough Psychic power for that, at least.

                                                  Id rather move around the traditional way. Pikachu said as she rolled onto her feet. What do you want, anyway? I was already at the edge of town.

                                                  I wanted to know if you felt it.

                                                  Felt what? Pikachu asked.

                                                  No, I guess you wouldnt have. Sable sighed. Youre latent talents arent quite developed enough yet.

                                                  I mean, I did get sort of a cold chill running down my spine for a second a moment ago. Is that what youre talking about?

                                                  I suppose it probably was. Im not really sure what it was that sent that wave of psychic energy, however. Its not like anything that I have ever felt before.

                                                  Yep, Im sure that youve probably felt just about everything considering how long youve been around. Pikachu said teasingly.

                                                  Jokes about my age will get you nowhere. Sable said indignantly.
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                                                    Chapter 96
                                                    Gary! Daisy cried out as she ran through the city, looking for her brother. She and the others had decided to split up so that they would have a better chance of finding him. Mal had taken the car and was driving through the city looking for him along the major roads while Ciel headed to the Fuchsia Gym, Kat searched the city from overhead on the back of her Charizard and Sue headed towards the Safari Zone to see if he had gone back there for some reason. This left Daisy to check the south, heading towards Route 19. Gary, where are you!

                                                    Daisy quickly reached the city limits and the stepped out onto Route 19 without any signs that her brother had gone that way. She cried out his name one more before she turned to head back. Just as she started to turn, however, she noticed to men in swim trunks running up to her.

                                                    Excuse me, you wouldnt have happened to have seen a boy my age come this way, have you? She asked them as they got closer.

                                                    The two men caught up to her and stopped running. They acted like they were out of breath and looked like they had just seen a ghost.

                                                    Did he have spiky brown hair and was wearing a purple shirt? One of the men asked with a surprising amount of concern.

                                                    That would be him. Daisy sighed with relief. So he is this way, then?

                                                    The two men glanced at each other before turning back to Daisy. We saw him walk by while we were doing our pre-swim stretching exercises. One of them explained. A moment later we heard a scream coming from the direction he had gone, but when we ran over to investigate there was no one there. Its like he simply vanished. We were running to get help just now when we ran into you.

                                                    The color drained out of Daisys face and she nearly dropped the baby Cleffa that she held in her arms. What?

                                                    We dont know what happened. The other man said. Weve never seen anything like this happen before. We were hoping that Master Koga would have some idea of what to do. If you want you can come with as to ask him for help.

                                                    N-no. Daisy stammered. You go, Im going to see if I can find any sign of where he went. I know my brother, so I might be able to find something, anything.

                                                    Alright. The two men nodded. Well be back as soon as we can.

                                                    And with that the two men ran back into town, leaving Daisy to slowly walk to the shore, barely paying attention to her surroundings as she went.

                                                    Gary. She whispered so quietly that she barely made a sound. What have you gotten yourself into this time?

                                                    * * *

                                                    Okay, I think that should be good for now. Carmine said to Ash. Im amazed out how fast your Pokmon are able to learn. Thats a sign of having a good trainer.

                                                    Thank you. Ash said, a little embarrassed by the compliment. But youre the one training them.

                                                    True. But Pokmon form a unique bond with their trainers. Youre Pokmons ability to learn and grow serves as a reflection of your own skill and talent. As you grow, so do your Pokmon and as your Pokmon grow, so do you. At this point I dont think you even need me around anymore. Not that your mother would let you go off by yourself. Carmine let out a chuckle.

                                                    Did I ever really need you? Ash asked jokingly.

                                                    Probably not. But then again you might have gotten in over your head with Team Rocket. Of course, on the other hand, you might not have gotten as involved with Team Rocket if I wasnt around. My presence might have actually made things more dangerous for you and its too late for me leaving to change that. Giovanni will have a target over your head at this point.

                                                    And who do we have to thank for that?

                                                    In my defense, I never asked to accompany you on this journey. Ive never been the kind of person most people would let take care of their kids and theres a perfectly good reason for that.

                                                    Well, whats in the past is in the past, I suppose. Ash shrugged. All we can do now is look forward. Speaking of which, its time to move on to training Gastly.

                                                    No, I dont believe that will be necessary. Ash and Carmine both jumped at the unexpected appearance of Ashs Gastly, who had left his Pokball on his own and was now floating in the air between them. I am hundreds of years older than either of you will ever be. I think that alone should be enough to mean that I have no need for your silly training.

                                                    You say that now, but considering youre that old and youre still at your base level Id say that you definitely need training. Carmine pointed out.

                                                    Hes got you there. Ash agreed.

                                                    What? Gastly almost seemed to blush before turning away from them. How dare you? Dont you humans know that you should respect your elders?

                                                    Only if they deserve that respect. Carmine said. Now come on, what harm would learning a few moves do?

                                                    Well, they do say that you cant teach an old Arcanine new tricks. Ash pointed out. So I guess Gastly must just be too old to learn anything new.

                                                    Wha- HOW DARE YOU! Gastly turned back to Ash and inflated himself to three times his normal size and then turned to face Carmine. Thats it, human, teach me your foolish tricks! I will be able to put them to more use than you could ever dream of!

                                                    Now thats what I like to hear. Now then, what to teach you. Im thinking Toxic, Trick Room and Taunt. How about you, Ash? Anything that you can think of to add?

                                                    Double Team? Ash suggested.

                                                    Sounds good. Alright, Mister Im-too-old-for-this-kind-of-thing, lets get this started.

                                                    Why did I even agree to come with you, again? Gastly sighed.

                                                    * * *

                                                    When Gary regained consciousness, he found himself in some kind of dark cavern. He looked around and blinked as his eyes slowly adjusted to the darkness and his surroundings came into focus. He saw a pool of water over to his side and a Pokmon sitting on the edge of it that dove out of view as soon as he spotted it.

                                                    Was that a Dewgong? Gary muttered to himself. No, they have white tails, not blue. And they certainly dont have hair. What was that thing, a mermaid?

                                                    Gary sat up slowly. His entire body ached as if he had been run over by a Rhyhorn. The way leading to the water appeared to be a dead end while in the opposite direction the cavern seemed to become a tunnel, though he had no idea where it would lead. Not seeing any other options, Gary got up and walked down the tunnel, feeling his way along the wall because it was too see very far. After making his way a few yards it suddenly occurred to him that he didnt need to fumble around in the dark. Gary grabbed one of the Pokballs along his belt and let out his Growlithe.

                                                    Okay, boy. I need you to light up this tunnel for me so that we can find our way out of this place. He told his Pokmon.

                                                    Growlithe let out a small flame from its mouth, lighting up the darkness like he had back in the House of Amity. With the fire now illuminating the path, Gary could now see that the rocky cavern he was in lead to what appeared to be an ornate stone hallway of some sort.

                                                    What is this place? Gary wondered aloud as he looked at the ancient white pillars that lined the hallway. Their design seemed to date the architecture thousands of years old. Where in the world are we? And why does this place seem so familiar.

                                                    Gary and his Growlithe walked down the ancient tunnel and further into the darkness with only Growlithes flame to light up the path before them. After a few minutes that felt like an eternity, they reached the end of the hallway, which led to the entranceway into a large chamber, on the other side of which was a large stone statue that felt all too familiar to Gary.

                                                    Wait a minute... Gary muttered to himself. Isnt this This is the place from my dream!
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