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Riva
2nd July 2006, 7:38 PM
Here we go. This should be a good fic...
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Chapter 1: The Intruder.

Giovanni was once again sitting at his desk in his magnificent Team Rocket base in the deep and inpenitrable depths of Kanto. Now with Teams Aqua and Magma out of his way, he could begin to take over the world at his leasure. The yellowish tanned Persion lapped milk from the saucer next to his desk in an unconcerned manner. It was almost as if nothing could stand in the way of his dreams of world domination and having the rarest pokemon on earth all to himself. Nothing could stop him.

How very wrong he was...

A tall man dressed in a regal manner similar to that of a Russian czar with a grey beard and mustache burst into the main room of the Team Rocket building. Several mangy-looking boys and girls who had Magnaton floating overhead and Voltorb rollling about their ankles stood in the doorway behind him with very nasty leers and grins indeed.

"Alright, everyone," the man announced to the astonded Grunts, "I think you all know how this works; on the floor and no one gets hurt."

Butch, a green-haired executive, stepped forward, with his orange-haired partner.

"If anyone is in danger of getting hurt," Butch croaked through his harsh-sounding voice, holding out a pokeball.

Cassidy grinned, also holding out a pokeball. "It's you. Go, Houndour!"

The doberman-like pokemon was soon joined by Butch's Mightyena, a black wolf. The two cannines crouched and growled at the man, teeth exposed.

"Hydro Pump!"

"Hyper Beam!"

Houdour screamed in shock as a powerful spray of water sent it crashing into its' trainer. Mightyena crumbled after the attack. A girl with cherry-red hair with streaks of gold and a boy looking like a bizzare fireman stood on either side of the man. A Slowking stood before the girl and a Clefairy stood in front of the boy.

The man glared at Cassidy and Butch. "Fools. Hard of hearing, are we?" He looked over his shoulder at the bikers. "I think our friends here need to be taught a lesson..."

Cassidy and Butch screamed in agony as the cloud of Magnaton and see of Voltorb electrocuted them mercilessly.

"Gerneal Henson," a girl dressed in form-fitting armor with long green hair flew in on a dark-silver Skarmory and both flapped overhead. "I just recieved the go ahead from the Master to be as hostile as we like in this takeover."

Henson smirked. "I was appreciative of the man releasing me from the Mirage Kingdom dungeons, but now I am starting to like him even more. You heard her," he instructed the bikers. The bikers threw out all of their pokemon, mainly Voltorb, Magnaton, and Grimer, as well as a Vigoroth and some Spearow, and proceeded to terrorize all the Grunts.

In the labs, the Magnaton absorbed all the electricity from the computers and fired their power at the various Rocket scientists, causing them to scream in surprise and fear, resulting in them abandoning their control panels. Various dark Skarmory and Vibrava emerged from the windows and flew about in all directions, causing more terror as they began to all all in the Team Rocket uniform. Slowking used its' Psychic to float several people in the air. Clefairy sucked up several grunts in a Whirlwind.

"What's going on out there?!" Giovanni demanded, screaming into his intercom on his desk. Persian raised its' head, slightly alarmed. "Hello? Hello! Blasted idiots!" In his anger, he smashed the intercom with his fist.

Domino was pinned against the wall stuck their by static electricity from a leering Zapdos. The trainer of the thunderbird pokemon was a girl close to Donmino's own age, and her clothes were similar to the color of the bird's feathers, complete with a beaked-mask/hoody and wings attacked to the long sleeves.

The girl smirked. "Nice to meet you, Black Tulip. Allow me to introduce myself. I'm Electra Surge."

A young girl with pink pigtails and a strawberry-colored dress used her Grumpig to cause several Grunts to battle one another with their own pokemon as several bikers watched amusedly.

Giovanni ran from his desk. "What in the world is going on out there?!"

"I wouldn't open up if I were you, Giovanni," a drawling voice stayed Giovanni's hand from turning the doorknob. Slowly he turned to see a man dressed in an acid-green cloak wearing a Deoxys mask sitting behind his desk. A Shiftry, more brown in color than was normal, growled threateningly at Persian.

The two Ninjask and the single Shedinja belonging to Henson blasted Cassidy and Butch again as they tried to stand up.

"It's not a pretty scene out there..." the man gave an evil, toothy grin. "Oh no, not pretty at all..."

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Yami Ryu
2nd July 2006, 7:54 PM
I think you mean there and attached..

Overall this seems a bit ... bland and wtf-ish.

Oh it's a normal day in the Rocket base when SUDDENLY- and included amongst the random new evildoers, is a girl with a Zapdos. Omg batman, the reality of the anime is shot! And the manga too I'm betting! So this is game verse- oh wait it can't be as Domino was only in the anime reality. Meaning the girl really can't have Zapdos as capturing Zapdos would cause the WEATHER TO GO WONKY.

So is it like a false Zapdos? Like a ditto transformed into a Zapdos because its trainer apparently has a fetish for Zapdos? And if it was a false Zapdos, I think Domino could give anyone a run for their money with the WTFOMGBBQ Tulips of hers :/ ALSO I doubt Zapdos would allow itself to be captured by a human, or did this costume ASTOUND AND AMAZE IT? Which would kinda either be lame, or hint at bestiality >> or something. So I'm laying my money it's actually a false Zapdos.

BTW- how did Clefairy= unevolved, use Hyperbeam, which can only be used by fully EVOLVED pokemon, or dragons such as Dratini. Or nonevolvers such as Kangaskahn :/

I feel this could have been pulled off better, maybe drawn out more. Flushed out with the skirmishes, and the battle done a bit better. And maybe included the scuffle between Domino and this Zapdos fetisher, Electra Surge and her wtf!Zapdos.

2bcelebi320
2nd July 2006, 9:03 PM
The battle scene could have been drawn out more, and I spotted a few spelling mistakes, but overall, it was nice...

Arcanine Royale
2nd July 2006, 9:23 PM
Here we go. This should be a good fic...
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Chapter 1: The Intruder.

Giovanni was once again sitting at his desk in his magnificent Team Rocket base in the deep and inpenitrable depths of Kanto.



deep and inpenitrable depths is rather redundant




Now with Teams Aqua and Magma out of his way, he could begin to take over the world at his leasure. The yellowish tanned Persion lapped milk from the saucer next to his desk in an unconcerned manner. It was almost as if nothing could stand in the way of his dreams of world domination and having the rarest pokemon on earth all to himself. Nothing could stop him.

How very wrong he was...

A tall man dressed in a regal manner similar to that of a Russian czar with a grey beard and mustache burst into the main room of the Team Rocket building. Several mangy-looking boys and girls who had Magnaton floating overhead and Voltorb rollling about their ankles stood in the doorway behind him with very nasty leers and grins indeed.


Magnaton should be Magneton



"Alright, everyone," the man announced to the astonded Grunts, "I think you all know how this works; on the floor and no one gets hurt."

Butch, a green-haired executive, stepped forward, with his orange-haired partner.

"If anyone is in danger of getting hurt," Butch croaked through his harsh-sounding voice, holding out a pokeball.

Cassidy grinned, also holding out a pokeball. "It's you. Go, Houndour!"

The doberman-like pokemon was soon joined by Butch's Mightyena, a black wolf. The two cannines crouched and growled at the man, teeth exposed.

"Hydro Pump!"

"Hyper Beam!"



Who said these things? Did Mightyena use Hydro Pump or did Houndour? Or did some other pokemon?




Houdour screamed in shock as a powerful spray of water sent it crashing into its' trainer. Mightyena crumbled after the attack. A girl with cherry-red hair with streaks of gold and a boy looking like a bizzare fireman stood on either side of the man. A Slowking stood before the girl and a Clefairy stood in front of the boy.

The man glared at Cassidy and Butch. "Fools. Hard of hearing, are we?" He looked over his shoulder at the bikers. "I think our friends here need to be taught a lesson..."

Cassidy and Butch screamed in agony as the cloud of Magnaton and see of Voltorb electrocuted them mercilessly.

"Gerneal Henson," a girl dressed in form-fitting armor with long green hair flew in on a dark-silver Skarmory and both flapped overhead. "I just recieved the go ahead from the Master to be as hostile as we like in this takeover."



Gerneal should be General. And are you referring to General Hanson, as in the one at the Mirage Kingdom? Or a differention General Henson?



Henson smirked. "I was appreciative of the man releasing me from the Mirage Kingdom dungeons, but now I am starting to like him even more. You heard her," he instructed the bikers. The bikers threw out all of their pokemon, mainly Voltorb, Magnaton, and Grimer, as well as a Vigoroth and some Spearow, and proceeded to terrorize all the Grunts.

In the labs, the Magnaton absorbed all the electricity from the computers and fired their power at the various Rocket scientists, causing them to scream in surprise and fear, resulting in them abandoning their control panels. Various dark Skarmory and Vibrava emerged from the windows and flew about in all directions, causing more terror as they began to all all in the Team Rocket uniform. Slowking used its' Psychic to float several people in the air. Clefairy sucked up several grunts in a Whirlwind.


its' should just its. It's is the conjuction it is. And the plural of its is their.
(see below for same thing, as well.



Persian raised its' head, slightly alarmed.

Domino was pinned against the wall stuck their by static electricity from a leering Zapdos. The trainer of the thunderbird pokemon was a girl close to Donmino's own age, and her clothes were similar to the color of the bird's feathers, complete with a beaked-mask/hoody and wings attacked to the long sleeves.


Two things wrong with that part:

Their should be there. Their is possessive. There is a place.
Zapdos? Zapdos is a legendary, trainers and legendaries are a big no-no.



The girl smirked. "Nice to meet you, Black Tulip. Allow me to introduce myself. I'm Electra Surge."

A young girl with pink pigtails and a strawberry-colored dress used her Grumpig to cause several Grunts to battle one another with their own pokemon as several bikers watched amusedly.

Giovanni ran from his desk. "What in the world is going on out there?!"

"I wouldn't open up if I were you, Giovanni," a drawling voice stayed Giovanni's hand from turning the doorknob. Slowly he turned to see a man dressed in an acid-green cloak wearing a Deoxys mask sitting behind his desk. A Shiftry, more brown in color than was normal, growled threateningly at Persian.

The two Ninjask and the single Shedinja belonging to Henson blasted Cassidy and Butch again as they tried to stand up.

"It's not a pretty scene out there..." the man gave an evil, toothy grin. "Oh no, not pretty at all..."

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Overall. Though the new team under General Hansen, which in the anime is Colonel Hansen, is interesting, the Team Rocket under attack is rather cliche. You have a few grammar and spelling mistakes, which you can fix by reading over your work and asking others to read over it for mistakes. It can definitely be better, and you can do this by reading the Advice for Aspiring Authors thread. Good luck, Riva.

Riva
3rd July 2006, 6:12 AM
Zapdos? Zapdos is a legendary, trainers and legendaries are a big no-no.

Noland has an Articuno.
I'll explain the Zapdos later.

SaltyChi
3rd July 2006, 6:18 AM
Overall, it was pretty good except for the few spelling and grammar mistakes.

Yami Ryu
3rd July 2006, 10:30 AM
Noland has an Articuno.
I'll explain the Zapdos later.

Noland was a what, Battle Frontier dork? :/ sorry don't like the anime that much nor the Battle Tower/Battle Tower arc. And sense they based it off the game, omg Noland must have an Articuno! We must defy logic!

BUT

To my knowledge the Articuno wasn't caught.

But there is a big difference between someone meaning well, and someone wanting to abuse a legendaries powers. And I'm sorry but Zapdos does not strike me as one of the trio that would want to be asosiated with humans :/

Riva
3rd July 2006, 7:38 PM
Next chapter;

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Chapter 2: A Not So Warm Reunion!

Giovanni leered at the man, as if he could not believe his own eyes. This had to be some sort of hoax. Some sort of joke or, dare he believe, a dream? Yes, that was it. It was a bad dream. The man sitting at his desk could not be what he appeared to be. It was impossible.

"What's wrong, Giovanni?" the man taunted as Persain huddled in the corner, completely cowed by the glowering Shiftry. "Delcatty got your tongue? It's understandable, I suppose. After all, after the last time we met, you assumed I was dead."

It suddenly became clear to Giovanni that, although the doorknob in his hand was in mid-turn, he had not opened it. He was too frightened. This was no dellusion, no matter how badly he wished it to be so. This being, this man, was very much alive. And very much a person Giovanni had never wished to see again. This was like a nightmare that had forced its' way into reality.

The two Ninjask buzzed about the building and flew into an empty room. Well, it wasn't completely empty. The Grunts, scientists, and exectutives of TR were bound with a thick rope and forced to sit upon the floor with their captures standing over them. Henson looked very pleased with himself.

There was a knock on the door. Giovanni started back, as if the door had electrocuted him, and the girl with her Slowking entered. The girl took no notice of Giovanni, but looked straight at the man.

"Sir, all members of Team Rocket in the building have been captured, and their pokemon releived from their respective persons," she reported.

"Good girl, Karen," the man smiled. "Please, bring this good gentleman and myself some tea," he gestured to Giovanni, who remained rooted to the spot.

Giovanni found himself sitting at the coffe table in his office, his tea untouched, his pet hidding under his chair, and glaring at the man who sat opposite him, sipping tea as if there were not a single sign of negative force on earth. This was insulting. Too insulting to put into words. How had this been allowed to happen to him? Him! Giovanni, leader of the alustrious Team Rocket who would one day take over the world? Giovanni would not play this stupid little game.

"How...on earth...are you still alive, Victor?" Giovanni growled, his face even more hardened and chistled than before.

The man smirked. "My, I see gaining power has bittered the little boy, hasn't it?" Victor reached up and removed his mask. He had a very handsome face, as young and joyful in appearance as Giovanni's was weather-beaten and ancient.

Giovanni started back, both terrified and angered at the other's gawl and cheek for daring to think this was some simple game. "Answer me!" he barked, throwing manners totally aside. "Why are you still alive!?"

"Ahh, what a story it is, Giovanni," Victor said with a flourish. "And it begins, and ends, with Team Rocket." He set his tea down and continue to smile that disgusting confiedent smile at him. "You know, no doubt, they call you my downfall. That I lost everything the day I had that battle with you and fell off the mountain path. But I say No, boy. True, I fell, but, I did not die. Instead, I was able to escape by usage of my own special prowess to avoid my death. I also found a small cave and hid there, thereby making it seem as though I had plummeted to my doom. And of course, many believe I was dead and that the threat of Team Domination was over, leaving the path clear open for Team Rocket..."

Domino attempted to stand, but Electra pushed her down by pressing her boot against Domino's shoulder. "Stay there," Electra hissed. "You can either do as we say willingly, or be brainwashed by Sally and her Grumpig," she nodded to the smallest girl who was hugging her porcine pokemon as if it were a teddy. "Victor heard there was an orphan who could communicate with her psychic pokemon. It seems he, too was an orphan and too pity on her."

"You're going to pay for this," Domino hissed. "I'd rather be destroyed than serve you clowns."

Electra suddenly put on a demonic, toothy smirk. "Undoubtedly you shall be in the end..."

Victor had finished his tea. "Thirty-four years," he reflected. "It was thirty-four years when I, a crime lord who even the Elite Four could just by an inch go head to head with, and you, the son of Madame Boss, posing as a new gym leader. But we both knew better, did we not, Giovanni?" Giovanni did not speak, he was too enraged at the mention of his mother. "Yesss..." Victor drawled, "It was the fear that I would conquer and take control of locating Mew that caused your mother, who was begining to become obsessed with finding Mew, to order you to battle me on New Mountain. It was not only dangerous for our pokemon, but also for ourselves. After one attack from your Rhydon during the final round, I admit, me and my Nuzleaf lost our balance and fell, but I lived on."

"How..." Givoanni began, but Victor stopped him with a raised hand.

"I had a special device on my person that instantly transfered me to my satelite, my science team was more advanced than that of Team Rocket back then. There, I knew neither you or your mother could try and destroy me if you discovered I'd surrvived. It was then, also, that I began to trace every agent who ever entered your compound." Victor simply seemed to love the look of dread on Giovanni's face at this information. "Because you had been named a 'National hero', who would have suspected the great, good, brave and decent Giovanni of being master of Team Rocket. I must admit, I couldn't beleive half of what I saw or heard. Three of your agents caught my interest most of all; Jessie, James, and Meowth. They are...comical, seems to be the kindest term, but they still had their uses. For example, had it not been for them, I never would have known the existence of Henson and been able to free him from the dungeons. Or the Invincible Pokemon Brothers, who were more than happy to join me at the prospect of power and being feared by all. Also, thanks to my trusty theives of the past, I was able to obtain a Zapdos egg from a museum and give it to the great-granddaughter of Lt. Surge...."

Giovanni stood up suddenly and smashed his tea cup on the floor, causing his Persian to scream and shoot across the room. "I've heard enough from you! I demand you leave my base at once before I truly lose my paitence with you and your men!"

"Big words for a man who hides in the shadows when he had more than half the force it would have taken to 'take over the world'!" Victor barked back, showing his own rage for the first time since appearing. This display of anger caused Giovanni to fall back in his chair. "Sniveling, scheming. You have not changed at all, boy! And that is why, as of today, Team Rocket will be under my control, not yours'."

Shiftry growled threateningly.

Giovanni looked into those evil eyes. "You're too soft", they were saying.

"W-what are you going to do?" Giovanni hated the stammer that came from him.

Victor's smile returned to him. "We're going to have a pokemon battle...The winner becomes leader of Team Rocket..."


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Hopefully, this chapter meets with approval.

greta_lover
4th July 2006, 12:22 AM
Nice story so far! I like Team Rocket stories!

Yami Ryu
4th July 2006, 1:07 AM
Ok random scene skips aren't really good- unless you make sure people know it's a skipped scene/different scene. Otherwise people will think Electra is gloating in the room as she towers over Domino while .. Victor as tea with Giovanni.

IMO you are downplaying TR to make your OC villians seem 'oh so better' :/ meh it still seems flat and bland.

Riva
4th July 2006, 5:42 PM
Here's the next chapter.

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Chapter 3: A Mother Of Shame

The battle feild Victor set up resembled a dungeon, not unlike the Viridian Gym when Giovanni had been in control of it. It was dark, gloomy and somewhat forboding. Victor stood on one high panel while Giovanni stood on an opposite one, his Persian at his side. Cameras from all points of the arena were alive with electricity and focused on the two men.

"Why are there cameras here?" Giovanni questioned suspsciously.

Victor smirked. "All things in time. The rules of the battle are simple, we each use four pokemon each. Agreed?"

"Agreed." Giovanni replied.

"Well now, let's get this party started. Go, Omastar!" The snail-like pokemon waved its' tentacles lazily in the air. It goggled at Giovanni.

Giovanni shook his head, clearing his mind. "Go, Aggron!" A reptilian-looking pokemon clad in black armor towered over its' foe with a roar.

Victor just smirked. "Of course. I heard you specalized in rock and ground pokemon. Omastar, Hydro Pump!" Omastar sprayed a torrent of water from its' four-pincered mouth straight at its' target, hitting it right in the chest.

"Aggron, Water Pulse!" Giovanni demanded. A sphere of water surged at Omastar.

"Go underground!" Victor instructed. Omastar quickly dug an escape tunnel. "Good. Now, use Spike Cannon!" Instantly, spikes began to erupt from all around Aggron in a circle, almost as if Omastar were tunneling around in circles. There was only one way to defeat this foe.

"Aggron, use Water Pulse on the ground!" Aggron obeyed, but the floor gave way and a cloud of dust erupted. When the dust cleared, it could be seen that both pokemon were unconsious.

Victor recalled Omastar as Giovanni recalled Aggron.

It was now Giovanni's turn to send out the first pokemon. "Go, Rhydon!" It roared as the light cleared.

"Nice choice," Victor nodded before releasing his own pokemon. A Raichu.

Giovanni smirked openly. Clearly Victor was going senile. How could an electric pokemon harm one that was part ground type? "Rhydon, Tackle attack!"

Now it was Victor's turn to smirk, only it was much more toothily. "Raichu, Iron Tail." Swinging its' tail like a chain as the thunderbolt tip glowed white, Raichu leapt at the oncoming behemoth and struck it twice across the lowerjaw, causing it to stumble back in a growl of pain.

"But...What was that?!" Giovanni was in shock.

Victor smiled. "You've been in the shadows too long, boy. If you got out more, you'd realize pokemon such as Raichu can learn Iron Tail, an attack that does great damage to pokemon like your Rhydon. Raichu, use Iron Tail again!" And again, Raichu gave Rhydon the one-two strike. Then a three-four and five-six, only being caught and sent sprawling a little by a punch from Rhydon.

"You're not bad," Victor admitted. "Better than when we last battled. But still, you're no match for me. Raichu, Iron Tail once more!" The final assault caused Rhydon to sink to its' knees and fall forward.

Giovanni recalled Rhydon. How? How is this happening? He's making taking me out look almost effortless. "Don't think just because you won that round means that you'll win this battle," Giovanni barked. "Team Rocket's mine!" He released Beedrill, which buzzed high above the floor.

Victor's smile became far more sadistic than ever. "Really now? But I assumed you only became leader after the passing of your mommy." He could tell that struck a nerve in Giovanni, who looked too insensed to speak. Victor held a new pokeball in his hand after recalling Raichu. "Silvermane, the girl with all those Skarmory, she claims to be one of the few who recognize Skarmory as the 'Lost Legendary Bird' and knows many stories concerning pokemon. Maybe you're familiar with this one..." Victor released a Marrowak.

"Centuries ago," Victor narrated, "there was a mother Marrowak who possesed three lovely and powerful children. The children were determined to show their mother how strong they were by going to fight in a war, but died almost instantly during the first charge. Their mother, unable to accept their deaths, died from sorrow herself."

Giovanni glared. "Beedrill, Pin Missle!"

"Marrowak, Flamethrower," Victor stated calmly.

The sudden barrage of flames canceled out the attack from the dog-sized insect.

"Tell me, Giovanni," Victor taunted. "Do you wish you had a mother like those Cubone? A mother who actually cared for her babies?"

"Beedrill, Poison Sting!" Giovanni did not answer him, but his knuckles were going very white.

Marrowak used its' boneclub to deflect the barrage of needles and launced another Flamethrower, striking Beedrill hard in the throax.

Victor smirked more. "Or perhaps, you were happier with that Mew-obsessed mother of yours'. The woman who spent more time chasing after the legendary kitten than actually running Team Rocket, or even caring for her only child..."

"Quick Attack!" Beedrill moved too quick to be seen my the human eye and grazed Marrowak's knee. For which it earned a hard clubbing on the top of its' head.

"Skull Bash," Victor sighed. Marrowak surged from the floor and struck Beedrill hard in the chest. Beedrill fell hard to the floor and twitched. "What's wrong?" he called to Giovanni. "Is there not even a single happy memory of her you can recall?"

Giovanni was so enraged, his hand shook as he recalled Beedrill. All the while, his mother's voice echoed in his mind. "Brat" she use to call him. "Whelp." "Simple child". "You'll never be as strong as me. Team Rocket will never be yours'. It would be utterly destroyed."

"THAT'S ENOUGH!!!" Giovanni bellowed, and in his rage, grabbed Persian from the scruff of its' neck, and threw it on to the battle field.

"Marrowak," Victor called suddenly. "Use Bone Rush and Bone Club!" And from there, it was too late for the cat to do anything.

Giovanni was still in a temper. "My mother was a fool! An old and arrogant woman who knew nothing of power! I'm the one who made Team Rocket what it is today, and I will continue, with none of those fools who worship me knowing it!"

Victor began to laugh madly. "Fool! Remember those cameras? Well, my workers had them hack into every tv signal in Kanto and Johto and this was live, meaning by now, not even you can deny your ties to Team Rocket."

Now it hit Giovanni fully. He was ruined. After being so careful, he had allowed a simple mindgame to reveal himself for what he truly was.

"But you've lost much more than your 'team' and title as 'hero of the people'," Victor went on. "You've lost your pokemon, your money, rights to all projects that were being performed, and..." his smile became extremely malicious, "...Your freedom..."

Suddenly two hands grabbed Giovanni's arms above the elbow as two bikers kept him from running away.

"Take him away," Victor instructed. He savored the yells or anger and protest from Giovanni. It did not matter that he exposed himself. The past would repeat itself. He would become ruler of the entire world.

greta_lover
4th July 2006, 5:48 PM
Jailing Giovanni=Good idea. How I want that man in jail!

Myuutsufan
4th July 2006, 11:14 PM
Wow! That is an awesome story! It'd make a great episode...why don't you email the people who make the episodes and suggest it to them?

Riva
5th July 2006, 5:31 PM
Chapter 4: Incredible Trouble For The World


Two miles away, Team Rocket had once again "succeeded" in capturing Pikachu with another "Anti-Pikachu Capturing Device", in other words, an electricity proof net which hung from their Meowth Head Balloon. Beneath them ran Ash, Brock, May and Max, in hot pursuit to catch up to their foes with mounting anger.

"Give me back my Pikachu!" Ash yelled at them.

"You keep saying that, and we keep saying 'No'," Jessie called back with an evil smirk.

"After all," Meowth mused, "What kinds a evil people would we be if we gave back everything we steal?"

Stopping suddenly, in a real temper, Ash threw a pokeball, releasing his Swellow. "Pop that balloon!" Ash cried out.

Swellow surged towards the balloon, but suddenly a Skarmory tackled it in midair, causing it to fall back. Both sides gasped in amazement as even more Skarmory, as well as a girl riding on the back of one, surrounded the balloon with a swarm of Vibrava. The flying pokemon seemed to be leering at Ash and his friends.

James cowered slightly. "Eee...These pokemon look scary. Do you think they're friendly?"

"They're...probably just passing through..." Jessie assured him in an uncomfortable tone.

"Wobbuffet!" her blue pokemon squealed, a bead of sweat running down the side of his head.

Silvermane completely ignored the trio behind her, either because she had other things to attend to or maybe that she thought of them as being of no real interest. She kept her eyes of Ash. "So, I assume you're Ash Ketchum?" Silvermane smirked down at him.

"Uuuhh...yes?" Ash was quite unsure what this girl wanted with him.

Her eyes traveled over Brock, Max and May. "You two are the children of that man Norman. And you use to be leader of the Pewter City Gym. It's a pleasure to meet all of you."

"Uumm...Thank you?" May seemed just as confused as Ash.

"The pleasure's all mine," Brock returned, blushing slightly.

Max's eyeglasses flashed. "Down, boy."

Jessie began to growl. Just what was this all about? Who did this girl think she was? It made her angry, especially as this girl was speaking to the brats with something like respect. What was there to respect about goody-goody little twerps who kept getting in the way of an evil beauty?

"HEY, YOU!" Jessie screamed in annoyance. "Just what's the big idea?!"

Silvermane finally looked at Jessie with a smirk. "Our master would like to meet these four and congratulate you for tailing them for so long."

Jessie, James and Meowth blinked, then beamed openly.

"Did you hear that?!" Meowth cheered.

"I sure did!" James replied. "Finally the Boss is showing us the respect we deserve!"

"Better late than never!" Jessie laughed.

"Wobbuffet!" Wobbuffet saluted.

"Mime Jr.!" The small, clownlike pokemon appeared on James's shoulder, striking the same pose as Wobbuffet.

"Recognition! Promotions! Big money!" Team Rocket did their usual cheer of self-preperation as they always did.

A bead of sweat ran down the side of Max's face. "They just keep getting more and more lame..."

"You're not going anywhere!" Ash barked at Silvermane. "Swellow!" He cried out in shock as two Skarmory took firm hold on Swellow, rendering it helpless and forcing Ash to recall it.

Suddenly the Skarmory were among the quartet and clamping down on their shoulders and lifting them up into the air to level with Silvermane so they were all at eye-level with her. It was truly scary, being that high in the air, and by seemingly hostile pokemon, at that. May squealed, Max gasped, Brock cried out and Ash gaped in shock.

"The master would like to see all of you as well," Silvermane explained. She then turned to the balloon. "Well, get going. We're all waiting for you at the TR base." Smiling at the thought of reward, Jessie nodded and the balloon once again made its' way forward with Silvermane, her flock, and their captive passengers bringing up the rear.

Within five hours, the Team Rocket base came into view, as well as the frightening swarm of Vibrava, flock of Skarmory, and gaggle of Gengar surrounding the building from the tallest tower up. On ground level, several mean-looking Exploud glared about in several directions with ugly looks on their faces. Cacturne stood as still as boards on the various roofs of the base, looking very horrifying. But all of these pokemon were nothing compared to Shiftry as it stood on the tallest tower. Ash and the others were almost as amazed by this sight as Team Rocket were.

"W-w-where do you think dey all came from?" Meowth stammered, attempting to hide.

A dome in the center of the base opened, allowing the balloon and flock to come in for a landing. Once on their feet again, Ash ran at Jessie, who still held the net which contained Pikachu. Before a real fight could begin, one of the Skarmory slashed the net, causing Pikachu to fall and leap into Ash's arms.

"Pikachu!" Ash cried in joy, then glared at Team Rocket and Silvermane.

Jessie rounded on Silvermane. "What the?! Who's side are you on?"

"Traitor!" Meowth raged, extending his claws.

"What kind of Team Rocket member are you?" James demanded.

The sound of boots caused any further argument to die. Henson stood with both his Ninjask buzzing on either side of him, his Shedinja seemingly propped on his Russian-style hat, in much the same manner as when both sides had first encountered him.

"General Henson!" May shrieked in fear.

Brock and Ash, as well as Jessie, James and Meowth, tensed up and glowered hatefully at the man. He had once kidnapped Misty's Togepi in order to claim rulership of the Mirage Kingdom. Henson had also betrayed Team Rocket during their brief time under his employment.

"We won't have any fighting in the hanger," Silvermane grasped Brock by his arm. "The 'Boss' wants to see you all, now! Move." With the army of Skarmory looking grimly at them from all sides, no one really felt like arguing.

Traveling down the hall, Ash was able to identify Cassidy and Butch who stood as guards and Domino, the double-crossing girl who he had met once before. He noticed plainly that she had a deadened look in her eyes as she machanically scrubbed the left wall with a rag and another tied to the top of her head, hiding her lovely blonde hair. This seemed rather out of place, in Ash's opinion. The last time he had seen her, she had seemed closer to the head of Team Rocket more than any other of the agents.

The man sitting at the desk in the office was not Giovanni.

"W-wha..." Jessis stammered and blinked repeatedly at Victor. "Just...just who the heck are you?!" She exploded.

"That isn't the guy I saw last time," Ash admitted.

Victor smiled openly. "Oh yes. I forgot. It was before your time. Allow me to introduce myself; I am Victor the Vanquisher and new master of this building."

That made Meowth squeak in shock and Jessie gap in confusion.

"Wait, you mean you're an excecutive to the Boss, right?" James questioned.

"No," Victor stood up from his desk. "I'm afraid I'm not. I took this place by force and have never been a member of Team Rocket. And as for that, I have changed the name. It is now called Team Domination!"

"Team..." Max blinked.

May quivered and held her hands to her mouth. "...Domination?"

"I think I've heard of them before," Brock mused.

Victor grinned and walked forward. "Yes. Unlike Team Rocket, I understand pokemon are not mere weapons and that the bond between pokemon and trainer is a sacred and powerful bond. In that respect, we four, " he addressed Ash, Brock, Max and May "Are very much alike."

"Well, that's very noble of you," Brock admitted.

"Yes," Victor nodded. "And with such powerful trainers like yourselves, the world will certainly see us as forces to be reckoned with..."

greta_lover
6th July 2006, 1:09 AM
I like this chapter the best so far! If I were to vote between TR and Team Domination, I'm voting for Team Domination!!! Yay, Domination.

Riva
6th July 2006, 5:43 PM
Chapter 5:Preperation and Denail

It took a while for what Victor said to sink in. "Excuse me?" Ash questioned. Everyone in the room, with the exception of Silvermane and Victor, seemed utterly aghast by this statement.

"You see," Victor explained, "strong trainers like the Elite Four, Juan, and Norman are heroworshipped by countless people. Some would even go so far as to treat them as gods. It is the fate of powerful trainers to be given such treatment and to set store by it with displays of power. With power, comes order. It will be a new era under my rule with trainers like you by my side, Ash." He set a fatherly hand on Ash's shoulder and smiled a sweet smile that nonetheless hid something much darker behind it.

"You're wrong!" Max burst out suddenly. "My dad never asked to be treated like a god, and I'm certain he wouldn't want anything to do with you!"

Victor gave a humorless laugh. "Really? Then why has he never attempted to stop those fools who gang up on anyone who feel aren't worthy to challenge your father? Even your own sister enjoyed being worshipped simply because she is Norman's daughter and refused to recognize a fluke of a win. You see," he smirked at their nervous faces, "I also found myself fasinated with Ash and his friends..."

"Really?" Ash stepped away from the hand. "And why's that?"

"Well," Victor addressed him, "for one, I find it fasinating that a seemingly normal boy such as yourself can defeat Team Rocket and much more powerful and dangerous people time and time again as well as, what would you call it? 'Save the world'? Yes, after I saw your first twenty-four victories over Jessie and James, I realized that, while they were excecutives, you often beat them as if they were nothing..."

"Should we be insulted by that?" James whispered to Jessie.

Victor chose to ignore him, but kept his hungry eyes on Ash. "Right there and then, I decided to track you as well. I witnessed various battles you participated in and found myself amazed upon witnessing even the strongest pokemon belonging to the strongest Gym Leaders being brought to their knees. Only the Elite Four were able to continue standing during battles with you."

"I don't mean to be rude," Ash interupted, "but what's the point you're trying to make?"

It seemed that Victor didn't mind any rudeness one bit. " 'The point', dear boy, is that I want you by my side as I claim what trainers such as you and I are owed; a place of power in this world above all others."

Ash stepped back from his hand with a serious and stern look on his face. Behind him, he could hear May and Max breath in nervous tension. "Sorry, but no. You say you don't see pokemon as weapons, but you see trainers like yourself who deserved to be gods. That's just not right." He glared at Victor with pure anger. "I'd never join someone like you!"

A man such as Giovanni would have burst into a fit of rage, but Victor simply shrugged and removed a pokeball from his belt.

"S-sir!" Silvermane cried out in shock. "You're not going to battle right here, are you?!" The room was fairly big, but still, it seemed a little extreme.

"Relax, Silvermane," Victor assured her. "Whether I like it or not, this young man is a 'force for all that is good and pure', and I'd be lying if I said I didn't find that a good quality in a rival. If Ash nor any of these three here join me, then they are my opponents. He will be allowed to defend his pride in battle...Go..."

Suddenly a gigantic crash came from above and a Dragonite burst in through the ceiling, with a young-looking man with firey red hair on its' back. Silvermane, Jessie, James and Meowth shielded themselves as Brock, May and Max huddled together to avoid injury. Victor had not shrunk back or cried out in alarm. He had leapt backwards with an inhuman prowess. Ash had run backwards as well. But he recognized the man.

"Lance!" Ash exclaimed.

"Huh?" May looked up once it was safe to do so.

"It is!" Max cheered.

Lance fixed Ash and his friends with a stern look. "Come with me, now!" They didn't need telling twice. Brock, the two siblings, and Ash quickly climbed aboard his Dragonite and the large reptilian sped out the same way it had entered.

"Should we go after them?" Silvermane looked to her leader for instructions.

Victor shook his head. "No. If I know Henry like I think I do, he'll try to cover this all up and turn a blind eye to our obvious prescence. Besides, I don't need to chase Ash. With luck and due to his love of justice, he'll come after me again..."

In the air, Lance informed Ash and his friends of what had been happening. How Victor had broadcasted his battle with Giovanni revealing them both three hours ago, random bikers and people with violet capes and silver suits patrolling streets of certain cities with Cacturne and Gengar. And also the story of Victor. He had once been a student of each member to the Elite Four, so he was almost as powerful and knew what each of them was capable of. Victor hadn't been satisfied with being a student and had sought out others who felt as he did, that powerful trainers who be treated as powerful gods. After many had seen his first battle with Giovanni, they also believed him dead.

"But if that's true," May inquired, "won't Officer Jenny and other police arresst these people?"

"If only it were that easy," Lance sighed heavily. "An hour after Victor revealed himself to still be alive, we contacted Henry, who is in charge of all security for the pokemon world. But, having been attacked by Victor himself and seeing his supposed death in the past, he refused to believe Victor came back. To him, the idea of Victor being alive is a total nightmare and refused to listen to us."

"Then how is anyone supposed to stop Victor?" Max worried.

Lance allowed himself a small smile. "It isn't just me who are wise to the fact Victor really is back. Agatha, Drake, Noland and a few others are waiting for me back at the base. I was sent to spy on Victor, but when I saw you, I knew I'd have to help you, again."

"We really appreciate the help," Brock voiced.

Up ahead, a castle in the side of a mountain could be made out through some light fog. It looked blackened and old from unuse. Almost no one would go in such a dirty-looking place.

Meanwhile, on the very border of Kanto and Johto stood a building very similar in look to a high security prision. Deep inside that building was a room almost as nice and so clean it was unnatural with a desk before a large mirror. Sitting at the desk was a young woman with olive hair dressed in a white coat with yellow stripes. This was Maria Sarisa, head of the International Peacekeepers. They had been given a charge by Henry; to try and squash the rumors spread by the Elite Four that Victor was back, and make arrests, if need be.

Angel-FoX-crescent
6th July 2006, 10:41 PM
Woo looking good.

greta_lover
6th July 2006, 11:01 PM
Awesome! I love the tension in this part! Wee!

Myuutsufan
7th July 2006, 1:53 AM
Here we go. This should be a good fic...
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Chapter 1: The Intruder.

Giovanni was once again sitting at his desk in his magnificent Team Rocket base in the deep and inpenitrable depths of Kanto. Now with Teams Aqua and Magma out of his way, he could begin to take over the world at his leasure. The yellowish tanned Persion lapped milk from the saucer next to his desk in an unconcerned manner. It was almost as if nothing could stand in the way of his dreams of world domination and having the rarest pokemon on earth all to himself. Nothing could stop him.

How very wrong he was...

A tall man dressed in a regal manner similar to that of a Russian czar with a grey beard and mustache burst into the main room of the Team Rocket building. Several mangy-looking boys and girls who had Magnaton floating overhead and Voltorb rollling about their ankles stood in the doorway behind him with very nasty leers and grins indeed.

"Alright, everyone," the man announced to the astonded Grunts, "I think you all know how this works; on the floor and no one gets hurt."

Butch, a green-haired executive, stepped forward, with his orange-haired partner.

"If anyone is in danger of getting hurt," Butch croaked through his harsh-sounding voice, holding out a pokeball.

Cassidy grinned, also holding out a pokeball. "It's you. Go, Houndour!"

The doberman-like pokemon was soon joined by Butch's Mightyena, a black wolf. The two cannines crouched and growled at the man, teeth exposed.

"Hydro Pump!"

"Hyper Beam!"

Houdour screamed in shock as a powerful spray of water sent it crashing into its' trainer. Mightyena crumbled after the attack. A girl with cherry-red hair with streaks of gold and a boy looking like a bizzare fireman stood on either side of the man. A Slowking stood before the girl and a Clefairy stood in front of the boy.

The man glared at Cassidy and Butch. "Fools. Hard of hearing, are we?" He looked over his shoulder at the bikers. "I think our friends here need to be taught a lesson..."

Cassidy and Butch screamed in agony as the cloud of Magnaton and see of Voltorb electrocuted them mercilessly.

"Gerneal Henson," a girl dressed in form-fitting armor with long green hair flew in on a dark-silver Skarmory and both flapped overhead. "I just recieved the go ahead from the Master to be as hostile as we like in this takeover."

Henson smirked. "I was appreciative of the man releasing me from the Mirage Kingdom dungeons, but now I am starting to like him even more. You heard her," he instructed the bikers. The bikers threw out all of their pokemon, mainly Voltorb, Magnaton, and Grimer, as well as a Vigoroth and some Spearow, and proceeded to terrorize all the Grunts.

In the labs, the Magnaton absorbed all the electricity from the computers and fired their power at the various Rocket scientists, causing them to scream in surprise and fear, resulting in them abandoning their control panels. Various dark Skarmory and Vibrava emerged from the windows and flew about in all directions, causing more terror as they began to all all in the Team Rocket uniform. Slowking used its' Psychic to float several people in the air. Clefairy sucked up several grunts in a Whirlwind.

"What's going on out there?!" Giovanni demanded, screaming into his intercom on his desk. Persian raised its' head, slightly alarmed. "Hello? Hello! Blasted idiots!" In his anger, he smashed the intercom with his fist.

Domino was pinned against the wall stuck their by static electricity from a leering Zapdos. The trainer of the thunderbird pokemon was a girl close to Donmino's own age, and her clothes were similar to the color of the bird's feathers, complete with a beaked-mask/hoody and wings attacked to the long sleeves.

The girl smirked. "Nice to meet you, Black Tulip. Allow me to introduce myself. I'm Electra Surge."

A young girl with pink pigtails and a strawberry-colored dress used her Grumpig to cause several Grunts to battle one another with their own pokemon as several bikers watched amusedly.

Giovanni ran from his desk. "What in the world is going on out there?!"

"I wouldn't open up if I were you, Giovanni," a drawling voice stayed Giovanni's hand from turning the doorknob. Slowly he turned to see a man dressed in an acid-green cloak wearing a Deoxys mask sitting behind his desk. A Shiftry, more brown in color than was normal, growled threateningly at Persian.

The two Ninjask and the single Shedinja belonging to Henson blasted Cassidy and Butch again as they tried to stand up.

"It's not a pretty scene out there..." the man gave an evil, toothy grin. "Oh no, not pretty at all..."

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Tell me if it's good.
Totally awesome! And, once again, worthy of becoming a real episode! ^-^

Riva
7th July 2006, 5:17 PM
Chapter 6: The Safe House

"I just thought of something," Max said as they neared the castle on Lance's Dragonite. "Victor said he's been tracking us, so can't he send his agents here?"

"Possibly he could," Lance agreed. "But Victor isn't stupid. If his forces tried to attack the Safe House, they'd find an arena-amount of trainers in there. We know Victor, see; what he wants most is powerful trainers by his side, so after he was revealed to have been faking his death, we gathered all the powerful trainers we could find and brought them here."

The draw bridge opened and closed quickly once Dragonite entered. Once inside the "outer wall", the safe house seemed similar to the inside of a regular cave. It was cold and a little clamy. May seemed just as meek as always, clinging to her brother's back with wide eyes and whimpering slightly. At the far end was a white curtain, which opened up as Dragonite neared it. And there, on what seemed to be the bottom of the cave floor, was a very large dome, well hidden, as it was almost as dark in color as the cave itself. Dragonite made a soft landing, next to a girl in a yellow jacket and red hair.

"Hey, Ash," she smiled sweetly.

Ash blinked. "Misty? What are you doing here?"

Misty put on a sour face. "Those Invincible Pokemon Brothers and a bunch of other creeps attacked my sisters' gym. We got ourselves and our pokemon out just in time. Hey, Brock, Max, May," she addressed the other two.

"Hey," Brock high-fived her.

"Nice to see you again," May said cheerily.

"Yeah," Max nodded.

"Ash!" Suddenly and out of nowhere, a girl with orange ponytails rushed up and embraced Ash softly, a small flush of pleasure on her face. Misty beamed daggers at her.

Ash blushed badly. "M-Macey?!"

The Fire pokemon trainer nodded. "You were a smart guy," she gushed. "I had just arrived at the Viridian City Gym when all at once this guy," she turned her attention to Lance, "told Agatha that someone bad had 'returned', and I was brought here. Uh, who's that?" Macey narrowed her eyes when she realized May was there. She had always seemed possessive of Ash for some reason.

"We can reminise later," said Lance, who had most wisely decided to stay out of Ash's girl problem. "Let's get inside."

Inside was, what could best be described, a wave of trainers in different rooms with various tables or in the hall. There was also a set of stairs, indicating a second or more floors. Among random faces, Ash and his friends could make out one or two familair people.

"Hey, I think that's Harrison over there," Ash voiced.

"Really?!" Max looked as if seeing one of the great competitors of the Silver Conference was like a great treat.

"Oh my gosh, Kelly's right over there," May waved to her friend, who waved back.

"Is that Morrison?" Brock squinted more than usual.

A young man who looked rather down on his luck and dressed in ashy-grey with a Grimer by his side slumped against a wall close to an open doorway. His ratty tophat was pulled down over his face, and it could be assumed he was sleeping.

Brock ducked down when the face of Kid could be seen.

"Attention, attention, attention!" a familiar voice called out. It was coming from what seemed to be the largest room at the end of the hall, and inside on a platform stood Tucker with Noland and Spencer. As always, Tucker gave off that aura of being a best-loved performer. "May I have your attention, please? I and my associates would like to once again state that, while the outside world may be denying the situation we know to be true, this is one of the safest places to be."

Lance reddened a little with embarassment. "Come on, I know you too well by now to think you'll stay out of things," he motioned to Ash and the others. They followed him down a flight of stairs that seemed to have been designed by the Cinnabar Gym Leader Blaine. At the bottom was a black door. Inside sat several familar faces. Prominant among them were Lucy, Greta, Brandon, Drake, Annabel, Agatha, Steven Stone, and a girl who looked Hawaiian.

"Oh, Lance. You didn't," the unamed girl began to object.

Greta waved her hand airily. "Calm down, Lola. I would have been disappointed if this hadn't happened. As a matter of fact, it's a nice surprise."

"Believe me," Steven commented as he looked at Max, "after the adventure my father had with Max here, I might have thought, if I did meet Ash and his friends again, they'd find a way to get in on the meeting."

"In other words..." Agatha sighed heavily.

"That like it or not, they feel the need to meddle," Brandon smirked. "In that respect, Ash and his pals remind me a little of you, Annie," he playfully nudged Annabell, who nodded and smiled shyly at Ash.

Lucy obviously did her best to avoid Brock's eyes.

Lola still looked disapproving. "But still..."

"Drop it," Drake advised her sternly, before looking over at Ash. "Nice ta see ya again, kid."

"Thanks," Ash smiled.

Max could no longer contain his excitement. "Oh, WOW! I can't believe I'm actually in the same building as the Frontier Brains and Elite Four!"

Greta seemed to giggle a little, seemingly at Max's own enthusiasm. Agatha and Annabell smiled.

"You flatter us, Max," Juan assured him elegantly.

"Aww. 'Out of the mouth of babes', as they say." The group turned around to see Tucker, Spenser, Noland, the Grimer trainer, and a boy in a red hoody had also descended the stairs. "Agatha, may we procure young Maxwell here with the finest room?"

She sighed, a bead of sweat sliding down her head. "Well, now that we're all here, let's begin the meeting."

"Wait!" Lola shot a finger and hawk-eyed look at Macey, who was still on Ash's arm. "I'll allow Misty, the other girl and these boys to join us. But this girl, she doesn't have any right to be here."

Macey glared back at Lola, then looked up fondly at Ash, as if asking him if she really had to leave.

"M-maybe it's best if you do go," a bead of sweat ran down Ash's face and he wore a nervous smile. Macey looked at him sourly, but released him and exited the room. Ash felt, with Misty in here, feeling she hadn't lost that murderous look in her eyes, had dodged a much more dangerous threat than Victor could ever pose.

greta_lover
8th July 2006, 12:36 AM
Nice chapter! I like it!

R.Shonta
8th July 2006, 2:00 AM
Nice fic. It has my favorite characters and just the right amount of action. And I hope Giovanni never comes back.

Riva
8th July 2006, 5:54 PM
Chapter 7: The Story of Victor

"So..." Brandon said sollumly, folding his hands. Ash and his friends took the empty chairs they could find. Annabell flushed a bit as Ash sat next to her, with Misty on the other side of him. "Let us begin."

Agatha nodded, and sighed heavily. Although it was clear that here sat an old woman, Agatha had never seemed more ancient in the eyes of everyone present than she did at that moment. "Many long years ago, a young man who lived in New Arbor Town came to us, with proof of having won the Silver Conference. He asked us to take him under the wing of each of the Elite Four. We were, of course, reluctant to do so at first, but the kid seemed so determined, coming back day after day. Finally we accepted his request. Six months. That's how much training he wanted. Six months with each of us. In those six months..."

"We have never seen a trainer as powerful as him before," Lola trembled slightly in her chair. "He also came to the Elite Four of the Hoenn region, asking the same."

Steven seemed to be massaging his temptle, as if trying to wipe out the memory of the day he had met the unnamed boy. Drake also seemed slightly aggitated as Agatha told the story.

"Such power," Agatha recalled. "Ash, tell me, can you guess who I'm refering to, yet?" Her eyes locked on his with a serious questioning in them.

Ash had a good guess. "Victor..."

Agatha nodded. "In the early years of the Elite Four, Victor proved to be a good guard for us towards all challengers. So good, in fact, that he one day asked me a serious question; 'Why have none of you declared yourselves as something close to gods of the pokemon world?' We of course told him that that wasn't the point of being a member of the Elite Four."

"I bet he loved that," the boy in the red hoody commented in a sarcastic tone.

Lance smiled nervously. "Let's just say, he took it in the worst way possible."

"Don't sugarcoat it, Lance," Drake grumbled. "He pretty much declared war on all members of the Elite Four of Hoenn and Kanto. That's mainly the reason we keep our residents secret and don't all appear at the Indigo Platue so much these days. We knew he'd track us each down, but because it almost seems impossible to find us on purpose, we can pretty much assume he decided to give up..."

"Then he approached me," Spenser spoke for the first time that day. "Victor said that he had heard of a man who lived in the dense forests of Kanto and wanted him to teach himself and his "friends" to become strong enough to challenge the Elite Four. I told him that I, too was still learning and that tutoring fifty men and women would be too time consuming."

"Did he attack you?" May gasped.

Spenser did not answer right away. "It was definately on his mind, as well as some of the trainers who would soon become known as Takers who were with him. But he must have seen something in my eyes that scared him a little. My refusal to be intimidated or bullied."

"Then came the years of Team Rocket," Agatha recalled. "It was just starting up and competed with Team Domination for maybe ten years. Dark days, children," and it was clear she was speaking to Lance, Lola, and Brandon as well as the other young trainers. "Those were very dark days. Back then, Madame Boss offered power or blackmailed to gain agents. Whereas Victor promised the strongest trainers he could find to add to his Takers that they would become gods and goddesses. Those people patroled whatever place they took control of, but were often beaten off by a team of security keepers almost as powerful. Then, when Team Rocket seemed to have given way to Victor, the up and coming Gym Leader Giovanni challenged him to a battle on New Mountain. And that was assumingly the last many thought they'd ever see of Victor."

"Load of bunk, in my opinion," Drake muttered. "After training six months with Bruce, Victor was more than likely to have learned more than pokemon battles."

"And we were not about to let down our defenses so easily," Steven added. "He came to us two years before he was pronounced dead to the world. Victor wanted to know if Lola and I would like to join him..."

Lola looked indescent at the memory. "And we flat-out refused him. We had seen what he did to Henry in a battle. After that, Henry stepped out of the Elite Four."

"So, there you have it," Lance concluded. "That's the story of Victor the Vanquisher."

"So what now?" Ash asked.

"Well, we're sort of in a little problem," Brandon gave a small smile. "See, by then, Henry had been elected the voice of the people and named Giovanni a hero. Admitting that the broadcast was real would not only mean trouble we've never known since all those years ago, but also been seen by Henry himself as an insult on his judgement for branding Giovanni a 'good guy' of all time."

"Truthfully, it's quite sad," Jaun sighed. "My teacher Wally, who was gym leader before I, told me he had known both Victor and Henry very closely..."

Annabell nodded as if she had also been there. "And, because of his station, Henry could sicke the International Security Squad on anyone disagreeing with him. The team Agatha was talking about." She blushed slightly when Ash gave her an impressed look.

"But don't think we are totally defenseless to either side," Noland told Ash. "We have one or two spies in the ISS, because you bet Victor will, too. But of course we Frontier Brains and Juan would lose our jobs if we went blabbing what Henry refuses to accept, and maybe even be jailed, and Annabell and Greta are too young for that."

Lola stood up suddenly. "That's enough. We've told Ash and these other young trainers more than they need to know. Anymore and we may as well induct them into The Guardian Guild."

"Why not?" Ash caused all eyes to fix on him. "I know it wouldn't be fair to ask Max or May to do it, but I'd join in a blink."

Oh Ash, Annabell blushed slightly.

Misty sighed. He isn't thinking again, as usual.

"That's what I like to hear. A man's got to have guts if he's going to fight Victor," Greta smirked proudly.

"I SAID ENOUGH!" Lola barked, before turning to Ash. "Really. Lance has told us about the Lake of Rage and the part you played in the defeat of Team Aqua and Team Magma. But please, Ash, don't interfere this time..." Ash was alarmed to see small tears in her eyes. "We can't afford any casulaties of anyone so young..."

Ash thought for a moment..."Alright. I promise I won't put myself at risk..."

Myuutsufan
8th July 2006, 6:20 PM
Me not too good with details, but it's still the best fic I've heard so far ^-^

jessieneese
8th July 2006, 7:17 PM
This is a great fic so far. I hope you write another chapter soon.

Angel-FoX-crescent
8th July 2006, 8:05 PM
Keeps getting better ;136;

R.Shonta
8th July 2006, 8:11 PM
Good chapter. But it wouldn't be much of a fic if Ash heeded Lola's warning. After all, he is the Chosen One.

greta_lover
9th July 2006, 1:13 AM
Awesome chapter! I like how you made so it kinda based on the show itself.

Riva
9th July 2006, 4:48 PM
Chapter 8: Who Gets To Stay?

Electra stood before a groupd of Team Rocket members, among them were Jessie, James and Meowth and Cassidy and Butch. After Ash had escaped with Lance, Victor hadn't really made a move to try and recapture the boy. Not that this mattered to any of those who knew Victor by his word best and had been with him for long periods of time. None of this Team Rocket trash could ever hope to understand her master. Sometimes Electra wondered why they hadn't all simply been destroyed when their base had been conquered.

"Listen up!" she barked at them in a commanding voice. "My master has decided things are too slow around here, so he is going to have an event to decide who will lead Team Rocket from now on."

There was some murmuring and whispering at this. Some looked at her as if this were something of a trick. It had seemed clear that Team Rocket was no more and would be called Team Domination from now on. The Rocket Agents and Takers had often appeared in the same cities together, and argued on going about their "business".

"This has to be a joke," a former executive scoffed. "We executives take command of TR when Giovanni is abscent..."

"That was before. This is now," Henson repremanded as he stepped into the room. "Master Victor isn't interested in stealing rare and unusual pokemon. He wants powerful trainers and be recognized for the superior person he is. That is his goal for us all in Team Domination; to be seen as gods." He spoke in the same snide drawl he often did.

Electra nodded. "Now, follow us." They lead the majority of TR into a large arena that resembled the Roman Colloseum. The various seats were empty, but the main throne was of course place of honor for Victor who had his Shiftry by his side, as well as the girl Karen and the unnamed boy who was her partner. Electra pointed to the various seats and each Rocket Member took the respective places.

Victor stood from his throne and spoke. "Welcome, members of Team Rocket. You will notice I still refer you to your former name as both TD and TR were, of course, founded by two seperate parties, thus you had the right to retain the name Team Rocket. As Giovanni is no longer with you, it is time you had new leaders. Three of your number shall become heads of Team Rocket. These people will work under me or one of my supporters."

"Sounds pretty sweet," Meowth whispered to James and Jessie.

Victor went on. "As Team Domination seeks out powerful trainers, only those of you who are very strong will get this honor. Those who fail will be either demoted to the lowest level or..." his eyes narrowed evilly, "removed from Team Rocket all together." There were varied gasps and some of the executives looked as though they might have attempted to stand up and argue, but dare not with Karen and Electra clearly in sight. "This will be done randomly," Victor went on, pointing to a screen that was clearly in the far end of the arena wall, the only part where no seats were. "Trainer and one pokemon will be selected randomly when I press this red button on the right arm of my thrown. Now that you know the rules...let the games begin!" He pressed the button.

"This could be bad," Jessie commented nervously as she watched a Grunt with a Venomoth battle another with a Doduo. She recalled what James had said when all they had back in the early years were Ekans and Koffing; "The only expeirence we have is at losing". But no, they had more pokemon now. And these pokemon had proven to be stronger than their first two.

James gulped as Tyson, an executive, was beaten easily by his oppoents' Gravler. "I say we shoud prepare for trouble..."

"And make it double, for me," Meowth quivered. "Huh? Aaahh, wait!!! I don't have any pokemon! I'll be expelled!!!" He began to sob.

Across the arena, Cassidy leered at Jessie, James and Meowth with distaste. "Look at those fools," she sneered. "If anyone should be expelled from Team Rocket, it's them. They're such losers."

"No joke," Butch croaked. "We'll make it to the top, and they'll get kicked to the curb where they belong." He snickered.

One by one, those of Team Rocket were either demoted to ranks down to Grunt, or forced to leave, until only six remained; Jessie, James, Butch, and Cassidy. Meowth was relieved, but insulted that no one had counted him as able to compete.

"Let's see..." Victor pushed the button. "Aww...Jessie and Sneasel, vs. Cassidy and Tentacruel."

Jessie gasped. Did she even have a Sneasel? She thought back. Yes. Yes she did. She had one in reserve. Jessie allowed herself to breath easily again and was led away by Electra into a hall of pokeballs, handing her one. Finally, she thought with savage pleasure. I'll get to take Cassidy apart one piece at a time. Jessie shook with manical laughter.

Cassidy stood on the left side of the arena, while Jessie stood on the right.

"You're finally going to be thrown out like you should have been long ago, Jessie!" Cassidy yelled as she released her jellyfish.

"If anyone's going to be on the streets, it's you!" Jessie shot back while Sneasel materialized.

Cassidy didn't waste time. "Tentacruel, Posion Sting on Sneasel!"

"Tentacruel!" it bellowed as it rose its' blue beak-like claw, allowing pins to shoot out.

"Sneasel, dodge that and use Slash!" Jessie ordered.

"Snea!" Sneasel easily leapt over the assault and ran its' two sharp claws across the face of its' foe, causing Tentacruel to gurggle in pain. "Sneasel," Sneasel smirked and licked the claw it had used on the other.

"Why you..." Cassidy growled. "Tentacruel, Tackle it!"

Sneasel fell back, winded.

"Sneasel, show them a real Tackle when you Tackle it back!" Jessie ordered.

This time, it was Tentacruel's turn to be shoved backwards, but also wrapped a tentacle around Sneasel's ankle and threw it down.

Cassidy laughed like a mad woman. "Now, close assault Posion Sting!"

"Quick Attack and False Swipe!" Jessie cried out.

"Tentacruel!" It was sent flying with a nasty scratch after Sneasel had butted it in the head. Half its' energy was gone.

"No, Tentacruel!" Cassidy shrieked. "Stand! Stand! I order you to stand up! We can't let this trash win!" Tentacruel rose jerkily.

Jessie growled in rage, flames burning for all to see in her eyes. " 'Trash', am I? Sneasel, let's show them who the real trash is!"

"Snea!" Sneasel ducked its' head down with its' claws raised.

"Quick Attack, Agility and Beat Up, NOW!" she bellowed and belched flames.

"Is she mad?" Electra voiced as she stood behind Victor. "She can't really expect it to use three attacks in one move..."

"We'll see about that," Victor mused.

Cassidy was determined to prove her statement about Jessie correct. "Tentacruel, Poision Sting and Hydro Pump!"

"Tenta! Cruel!" A surge of water was now combined with the pins. Cassidy had, however, forgotten that the combination of speed attacks allowed Sneasel to avoid the worse of the water attack and only get grazed by the pins. Using the attack strength of Wobbuffet, Seviper and Dustox, Sneasel whirled and struck out at the jellyfish before Tentacruel could defend itself. Tentacruel, which had been greatly weakened by False Swipe, fainted.

"Tentacruel is unable to battle!" Silvermane, who acted as ref, announced. "This match goes to Jessie and Sneasel!"

Jessie jumped up and down on the spot. "Yes! Yes! YES! I finally beat Cassidy. And it's all thanks to you, my beautiful Sneasel!"

"Wow, Sneasel's pretty tough. Tougher than Seviper and Dustox, that's for sure," James observed.

Meowth eyed the blackish green feline with dry interest. "It's alright."

Victor pressed the button once more. "Next up..." the screen whirled. "James and his Mime Jr. vs. Butch and his Mightyena."

James gave a small scream. Was this some kind of cruel joke? His cute little Mime Jr. against that beast of the timbers?! But, he knew that it would be a bad idea to object. Then he got an excellent idea...

Jessie leaned against the pillar in front of her as she sat in the front row with Meowth. "James is going down," she said in a bored voice.

"Yeah, maybe," Meowth added.

Butch snickered as he leered at James. "Ready to lose, loser?"

"Are you, Bruno?" James asked.

"It's BUTCH!" he raged. "B-U-T-C-H! GET IT RIGHT FOR ONCE! My name is Butch, and I'm going to make sure you never forget it! Go, Mightyena!" The wolf snarled threateningly at James.

"Mime Jr., I choose you!" The little mime posed as Wobbuffet. "Mime Jr.," James hunkered down to whisper to her. "I know I don't normally do this, but I need you to battle for me, okay?"

"Mime Jr., Jr.," she nodded before giving him a smile hug.

"How sweet. I may throw up," Butch insulted them. "Mightyena, Bite now!"

Mightyena lunged forward, fangs exposed, but was surprised as Mime Jr. went sliding under it, her tiny teeth also exposed. Now Mime Jr. stood before Butch as Mightyena stood before James.

"Good, Mime Jr.!" James cheered. "Now, use Mimic!" Mime Jr. nodded and closed her eyes in consintration.

Butch growled. "We're not going to let some plush doll get the better of us. Mightyena, Shadow Ball!" It spat forth the black blob of energy that flew as Mime Jr.

"Teeter Dance!" At Jame's orders, she teetered away from the blob, then unleashed a Shadow Ball she had just learned, hitting Mightyena in the face.

"Tackle!" Butch screamed. This time, the attack hit, sending little Mime Jr. reeling a bit.

"Mime Jr., time to use our secret weapon!" James commanded.

"Jr.," she nodded. Mime Jr. leapt at Mightyena as it tried to bite her again and latched on to its' back. Then, she began to tickle it. Mightyena snickered. Then giggled, then laughed outloud. Soon it was racing about the arena in circles in an attempt to escape the assault.

"No, no!" Butch and Cassidy cried in unison.

Jessie had her eyes wide open now. This seemed like something James could come up with. Mime Jr. was going to tickle Mightyena until it couldn't move from shere exhaustion from the silly assault. Sure enough, Mightyena collasped, tears of mirth at the corners of its' eyes.

"Mightyena is no longer able to battle," Silvermane announced. "Victory goes to James and Mime Jr.!" The victors hugged with tears of joy in their eyes.

"As Jessie and James are victors," Victor announced. "I hereby declare them the new heads of Team Roc-"

"Hold on!" Cassidy and Butch glared at him with hate in their eyes. "We never lost to these geeks before tonight. You must have rigged this contest somehow."

"That's right," Butch growled.

Victor narrowed his eyes. "You dare to defy me?"

"You bet we do, you old fool!" Cassidy threw every pokeball on her person. "Houndour, Sableye, Tentacruel, go!"

"Primeape, Cloyster, Hitmontop, Mightyena, you, too!" Butch hurled each at once.

Raticate also appeared in a burst of light.

Victor sighed, closing his eyes. "Shiftry, teach their pokemon a lesson they'll never forget...." His eyes shot open, and a truly murderous look was in them. "That is, if you let them live!"

"Shif!" It flew at the opposing pokemon with the same eyes. There were three slashes, and it landed behind them, a hand on the ground. "Shiftry," it growled. A minute later, each of the pokemon it had attacked, fainted.

"Fools," Victor's shadow loomed over a horrified Cassidy and Butch. "Did you really think you could challenge me like you did and expect to win effortlessly? Jessie and James won because they have a bond with their pokemon that they both are passionate about. That is the type of trainer I want by my side. Not two, snobby, gaudy-looking former cat burglers with a superiority-complex! Now you shall both be punished!"

Electra laughed outloud as, from a snap of Silvermane's fingers, the flock of Skarmory descended on the now screaming duo.

Before he retired for the night, Victor visited a small chamber in his air ship, which had attacthed itself to the side of the Rocket Base as well as "adding" a new door. The chamber was dark, with the exception of three capsules that glowed with an acid green light on the right wall and four rows of cages containing Giovanni's pokemon on the left.

Victor smiled at the first capsule. "Hello, boy. It's me again. Just thought you would like to know that as of now, Team Rocket is under control of the two people you assumed worthless. Worthless to you, maybe, but not toward my goals. They are perfect for my plans. But don't worry," his smile broadened as he leered at the cryogentically frozen Giovanni. "I've brough you company tonight..." His eyes wandered over to the capsules which held the horrified Cassidy and Butch.

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Sneasel in this chapter is attribute to Jessie the 2nd's fic. If you've been reading, Jess, tell me if I got Sneasel right.

Angel-FoX-crescent
9th July 2006, 5:12 PM
Ah hah a bit of shippy love here ^^

R.Shonta
9th July 2006, 10:34 PM
Whoa. Wasn't expecting Jessie and James to win. Then again, I wasn't exactly expecting them to lose, either.

Myuutsufan
10th July 2006, 12:15 AM
Chapter 6: The Safe House

"I just thought of something," Max said as they neared the castle on Lance's Dragonite. "Victor said he's been tracking us, so can't he send his agents here?"

"Possibly he could," Lance agreed. "But Victor isn't stupid. If his forces tried to attack the Safe House, they'd find an arena-amount of trainers in there. We know Victor, see; what he wants most is powerful trainers by his side, so after he was revealed to have been faking his death, we gathered all the powerful trainers we could find and brought them here."

The draw bridge opened and closed quickly once Dragonite entered. Once inside the "outer wall", the safe house seemed similar to the inside of a regular cave. It was cold and a little clamy. May seemed just as meek as always, clinging to her brother's back with wide eyes and whimpering slightly. At the far end was a white curtain, which opened up as Dragonite neared it. And there, on what seemed to be the bottom of the cave floor, was a very large dome, well hidden, as it was almost as dark in color as the cave itself. Dragonite made a soft landing, next to a girl in a yellow jacket and red hair.

"Hey, Ash," she smiled sweetly.

Ash blinked. "Misty? What are you doing here?"

Misty put on a sour face. "Those Invincible Pokemon Brothers and a bunch of other creeps attacked my sisters' gym. We got ourselves and our pokemon out just in time. Hey, Brock, Max, May," she addressed the other two.

"Hey," Brock high-fived her.

"Nice to see you again," May said cheerily.

"Yeah," Max nodded.

"Ash!" Suddenly and out of nowhere, a girl with orange ponytails rushed up and embraced Ash softly, a small flush of pleasure on her face. Misty beamed daggers at her.

Ash blushed badly. "M-Macey?!"

The Fire pokemon trainer nodded. "You were a smart guy," she gushed. "I had just arrived at the Viridian City Gym when all at once this guy," she turned her attention to Lance, "told Agatha that someone bad had 'returned', and I was brought here. Uh, who's that?" Macey narrowed her eyes when she realized May was there. She had always seemed possessive of Ash for some reason.

"We can reminise later," said Lance, who had most wisely decided to stay out of Ash's girl problem. "Let's get inside."

Inside was, what could best be described, a wave of trainers in different rooms with various tables or in the hall. There was also a set of stairs, indicating a second or more floors. Among random faces, Ash and his friends could make out one or two familair people.

"Hey, I think that's Harrison over there," Ash voiced.

"Really?!" Max looked as if seeing one of the great competitors of the Silver Conference was like a great treat.

"Oh my gosh, Kelly's right over there," May waved to her friend, who waved back.

"Is that Morrison?" Brock squinted more than usual.

A young man who looked rather down on his luck and dressed in ashy-grey with a Grimer by his side slumped against a wall close to an open doorway. His ratty tophat was pulled down over his face, and it could be assumed he was sleeping.

Brock ducked down when the face of Kid could be seen.

"Attention, attention, attention!" a familiar voice called out. It was coming from what seemed to be the largest room at the end of the hall, and inside on a platform stood Tucker with Noland and Spencer. As always, Tucker gave off that aura of being a best-loved performer. "May I have your attention, please? I and my associates would like to once again state that, while the outside world may be denying the situation we know to be true, this is one of the safest places to be."

Lance reddened a little with embarassment. "Come on, I know you too well by now to think you'll stay out of things," he motioned to Ash and the others. They followed him down a flight of stairs that seemed to have been designed by the Cinnabar Gym Leader Blaine. At the bottom was a black door. Inside sat several familar faces. Prominant among them were Lucy, Greta, Brandon, Drake, Annabel, Agatha, Steven Stone, and a girl who looked Hawaiian.

"Oh, Lance. You didn't," the unamed girl began to object.

Greta waved her hand airily. "Calm down, Lola. I would have been disappointed if this hadn't happened. As a matter of fact, it's a nice surprise."

"Believe me," Steven commented as he looked at Max, "after the adventure my father had with Max here, I might have thought, if I did meet Ash and his friends again, they'd find a way to get in on the meeting."

"In other words..." Agatha sighed heavily.

"That like it or not, they feel the need to meddle," Brandon smirked. "In that respect, Ash and his pals remind me a little of you, Annie," he playfully nudged Annabell, who nodded and smiled shyly at Ash.

Lucy obviously did her best to avoid Brock's eyes.

Lola still looked disapproving. "But still..."

"Drop it," Drake advised her sternly, before looking over at Ash. "Nice ta see ya again, kid."

"Thanks," Ash smiled.

Max could no longer contain his excitement. "Oh, WOW! I can't believe I'm actually in the same building as the Frontier Brains and Elite Four!"

Greta seemed to giggle a little, seemingly at Max's own enthusiasm. Agatha and Annabell smiled.

"You flatter us, Max," Juan assured him elegantly.

"Aww. 'Out of the mouth of babes', as they say." The group turned around to see Tucker, Spenser, Noland, the Grimer trainer, and a boy in a red hoody had also descended the stairs. "Agatha, may we procure young Maxwell here with the finest room?"

She sighed, a bead of sweat sliding down her head. "Well, now that we're all here, let's begin the meeting."

"Wait!" Lola shot a finger and hawk-eyed look at Macey, who was still on Ash's arm. "I'll allow Misty, the other girl and these boys to join us. But this girl, she doesn't have any right to be here."

Macey glared back at Lola, then looked up fondly at Ash, as if asking him if she really had to leave.

"M-maybe it's best if you do go," a bead of sweat ran down Ash's face and he wore a nervous smile. Macey looked at him sourly, but released him and exited the room. Ash felt, with Misty in here, feeling she hadn't lost that murderous look in her eyes, had dodged a much more dangerous threat than Victor could ever pose.
:D Awesome!

greta_lover
10th July 2006, 12:16 AM
Yep! Really awesome!

lazyslothboy
10th July 2006, 1:22 AM
finally, Jessie and James get reconized for havin a bond. I mean in the show, they always look like idiots, it is about time they got a respectable position

Riva
10th July 2006, 6:29 PM
Chapter 9: The Guardian Guild

Ash had never known quite a night as he did in the Safe House. There were so many trainers and very little beds. This was proved by the fact of trainers sleeping in the hallways, leaning against walls and each other and even in what could be under suspsicion of being a lobby. Not that anyone seemed to be complaining, though. It is possible that they were all too greatful for a safe place to be while outside Team Domination was moving ever forward to make itself larger, and Henry, the "Voice of the People" was turning a blind eye to obvious danger.

Soon morning arrived, though perhaps not in the exact respect any might have liked; to the sound of Tucker's flamboyant and theatrical voice announcing breakfast. Breakfast was quite a hard deal to pull off. With so many people and pokemon, one could almost not even hope to ponder of how all assembled could be fed. Most tables were almost full, so most people had to take their food up to their rooms. Max almost tripped over the Grimer Trainer called Jorgan who was supposedly asleep.

"Uh?" Jorgan grunted and blinked.

"Uh..." May blinked as his eyes focused on her. "...Hi..." she gave a soft smile.

Jorgan went back to sleep.

"Not much for words, is he?" Brock mused. "Hey!" A Weavile had leapt on his shoulders from behind, plucked the sausage from his plate, and popped it into its' mouth. The pokemon of course belonged to Kid. She apologized to Brock, who of course was too nervous to answer.

After breakfast, Ash almost found himself being in the way of a Metal Claw attack from a Scizor that belonged to the boy from the meeting named Crim. Crim apologized, saying that he had been training to combat the enemy if he had to.

Soon all three of these people had been reported to Noland in a random hallway.

"Oh yeah, those guys," he addressed the issue lightly. "Lola doesn't really care for them, but they're useful. Know a lot of crooks who might join Victor. They would, they're sort of crooks themselves. But they're loyal to the guild. Crim has robbed from houses of people who turned out to be Team Rocket members, so he's a vigalantee. And Jorgan sort of hears things we don't." Kid, of course, Ash had known to be a crook. More specifically, a spy that had once been charged with capturing a Mew. "We keep them out of the hands of the law that wouldn't understand them," Noland explained. "And we have Crim's sister Leona as a spy in Team Domination with my Mawhile as her partner."

"Well, what are Juan, Spenser, Lance and Agatha doing about them?" Max questioned.

"Couldn't tell you," Noland stated flately. "They've got enough on their plate. Lance can barely sneak into either the ISS or TD without someone guessing who he really is. Juan is guarding a special cave in his city, and Agatha didn't tell anyone where she is." He yawned openly. "Don't twist your hat in a knot. They know how to take care of themselves," he assured Ash.

Ash, however, wasn't so sure.

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Sorry this chapter is kinda short. I'll try to make the next one longer.

greta_lover
10th July 2006, 7:13 PM
Short, but quite good though.

R.Shonta
10th July 2006, 11:38 PM
Good. I like the character interactions.

Riva
11th July 2006, 4:06 PM
Chapter 10: Attack And Capture!

Jessie laughed her usual high laugh as she, James and Meowth sat in a metalic cockpit made of tempered, black steel. Becoming heads of Team Rocket really suited them and their old dreams of wealth and power. And the best part, they had finally accquired the respect they deserved.

"It's taken a long time," James commented as he, Jessie and Meowth enjoyed a bottle of champagne, "it took a while, but now we finally have it made."

"You said it, Jim-Jim," Meowth cackled. "More money, influence, and pokemon than we could ever want!" He pressed a button on the control panel that gave a view of the various pokemon below they'd been given on their new airship.

Jessie examined the inside of her glass as if endeared by the olive that resided on the bottom. "Victor's done so much for us. I say we do something in return for him..."

James and Meowth blinked. Doing something nice for someone else was way outside Jessie's normal character.

A few minutes later, Jessie was standing before Victor himself in what had once been Giovanni's office. The pompus self-portrait of Giovannin and his persian sitting in a club chair with a wine glass held jauntily in his left hand was replaced with a map of the world, an acid-purple X wherever Team Domination had taken over. Five cities and two islands so far. Shiftry leered out at Jessie from a darkened corner, which made her uneasy. Karen and Electra stood on either side of Victor.

"So, Jessie. You said you had an idea?" Victor smile softly. Electra sighed, sure that could be a joke, and Karen said nothing.

"Uh...uh, yes, sir. Master, sir. Lord," Jessie stammered.

Victor laughed gently. "Call me Victor if you wish. Now come, come; your idea?"

Jessie nodded, calmed by the soft tone of his voice. "The twer-- eh, I mean Ash. I know how badly you want him to join Team Domination. I've also known this kid for six years. If there's one thing he'll stand up for the most, it's his pokemon, friends and family. And I'm sure if you've been tracking him, you'll know exactly where he comes from..."

"Hhmm..." Victor chewed on that for a moment, a look of true consintration on his face. "Not bad, Jessie. Ingenius, I'd say. Yes, Giovanni never did see what a brilliant woman he had on his hands," he beamed.

Karen turned to her master. "Sir, shall we set out to Pallet Town at once?"

"No, just Jessie, James, a few Takers, and myself," he replied.

At the Safe House, all was as always. The trainers there sat about and discussed what was going on in the outside world. Their pokemon were either eating, playing or napping in corners. Ash found he had a hard time enjoying himself at the table with a gushing Macey on his right arm and a fuming Misty sitting on his left as the three sat across from May, Max and Brock.

"Macey, please don't," Ash tried to pull his arm free.

"But Ashy," her petname seemed to cause Misty to growl, "your arm's gotten so strong. When'd that happen?"

Brock's smile faltured. "We're in for a fight."

"Oh yeah," Max adjusted his glasses bookishly.

"Anytime now," a bead of sweat ran down the side of May's head as she spoke in her falsely calm voice.

Pikachu, who sat on Brock's shoulder, nodded. "Pika."

"Um...Ash..."

They all looked up to see an unusually grave-looking Annabell stand before them.

Ash blinked. "What?"

Whatever Annabell had to say, it seemed almost as if she didn't want to say it. Almost as if it would pain her beyond recovery in all terms of that word. She seemed slightly scared.

"It's...It's...Team Domination. We...we...we just got word. They're in Pallet Town..." she stammered.

"What?!" Ash stood up so fast, he pulled out of Macey's hold without knowing it, causing all at the table to start at the angry look on his face. "Those creeps!" He ran off before anyone could call him back, Pikachu jumping on his shoulder. In no time he had encountered Lance, Noland and Crim, the latter two apparently about to go out for the combat.

Noland instantly objected to Ash's request to go along with them. "No way. We're trained in combat against organizations like Team Domination. It could be dangerous for you."

"Pallet's my home town!" Ash argued. "And I'm not about to sit around while Victor and his Takers do who-knows-what to it. I'm coming, whether you like it or not," he glared challengingly at Noland.

Crim looked questioningly at Lance, who sighed.

"Noland, I've known enough about Ash by now to guess he'll find a way to get in on this," Lance reasoned. "Let's just take him. I doubt anything bad will happen if Crim stays with him."

Crim nodded. "Sure. I'll be on him like quills on a Sandslash."

As Noland's plane hovered over Pallet Town, Ash could see most of the houses were covered by red and purple canvases. It made him angry and leveled his dislike of Victor right up to hate. How dare he do something like this? If he found Victor, he would let him know just what it meant to attack his home. The plane hovered close to the ground on the outskirts of the city and Crim and Ash jumped out.

"Now, you two need to be...Ash!" Lance and Crim noticed that Ash had suddenly hit the ground running. Crim ran after him.

Mom. Professor Oak. Tracey. Ash had almost made it to the first house when suddenly...

"Seviper!"

"Sneasel!"

"Dustox!"

Ash jumped, Pikachu hanging on, as Seviper flew out of nowhere and nade to bite a foot. He then leaned back as Sneasel's two-clawed paw missed his nose by an inch. Then did a crazy dance as Dustox used Pysbeam.

Jessie's laugh floated behind him. "How did you like the way my pokemon welcomed you home, twerp?"

"So, it's you," Ash growled.

"Pika!" Pikachu bristled.

"Well, I've beaten you before, and I can beat you again. No matter how many pokemon you have," Ash yelled at her, willing to strike all of her pokemon down once and for all.

Jessie laughed again. "Oh no, I'm not going to be battling you. That was just a little sample to keep you on your toes..."

By this point, Crim had arrived and leered at Jessie. "Well, well..."

It is possible his clear eyes unnerved him. "You lookin' at me, Opey?!" She snapped.

"Well, there's just you, me, and the boy here..." he returned.

"Willing to bet on that, are you?" Jessie stepped aside to reveal Victor had been standing behind her. "Hello, Ash. It's been what? Five, seven hours? You didn't call, you didn't write, I was starting to worry..." The smile again.

Ash bared his teeth more than ever. "Victor, what is it you want?"

Victor smiled. "I thought that would have been obvious. You. I want you by my side to rule this world. Think of it, Ash; whenever Misty, May or Max or anyone else you were in the company of, you were always envious. Those people who treat Norman as if he were their invincible king, you can have that. Imagine how satisfying it would be to be known world wide..."

"Ash, don't listen to him," Crim warned.

"Seviper, Wrap attack!" Jessie ordered. Crim protected himself as quick as thinking by summoning Scizor to bat the snake away. "This is a conversation between two," Jessie informed him. "Why not follow me for a fight?"

Crim smirked. "Why not, indeed?" He followed her and her pokemon with his own.

"Well, now that we're alone," Victor went on as if there had been no interuption. "What do you say?"

"What do I say?" Ash grated. "I say Fire Path has a better chance of freezing over than me joining you!"

Victor sighed deeply. "I can see you refuse to listen to reason, Ash. As that is the case, I am left with no other choice than to use force." He held up a pokeball. "Go, Raichu!"

Two young people, Leo and Shuma, from the International Security Sqaud had also received the report that Team Domination had appeared in Pallet and had been called in to capture as many Takers and discover their new leader, if they had one, as possible. Leo was tan-skinned and had long emerald hair. Shuman had a long pink ponytail and fair skin. Both wore yellow-topped shirts with lower-torso's colored red and black pants. They were being blocked by James and Aggron.

"You're not going anywhere," James announced.

"Out of our way," Shuma demanded.

Leo leered at James. "You're interfering in official ISS business." Without wasting words, he released an Electrike.

James laughed. "You're pitting an electric-type against a rock-type? Well, it's your Electrike's funeral! Aggron, Hyper Beam!"

Electrike jumped out of the way and used Thunder Wave to paralyz both pokemon and trainer in one shot, allowing Leo and Shuma to run past them. Shakily, as the paralysis wore off, James spoke into a walky-talky.

Raichu swung its' Iron Tail mercilessly at Pikachu, no matter where the two mouse pokemon went. Ash made sure to stay out of the way, while Victor stayed still as the two raced around him.

"Ash, you and I are very much alike," Victor called to him.

"Liar," Ash growled.

Victor simply shrugged this off. "Raichu, Mega Punch," Raichu obeyed, catching Pikachu off-guard and causing it to stumble back. "Really?" He addressed the issue of Ash again. "Both care deeply about their pokemon's welfare. Agree that Team Rocket's view on pokemon and other people's property and feelings are second to their own. Always sought to take them down. Both have dreams we feel are worth pursuing."

That last observation caused a great power in Ash to rise up. "My dream's different. It can benefit everyone I know and care about. Your dream just makes things good for you and people like you! Pikachu, Iron Tail!"

This attack hit Raichu and sent it reeling up to Victor's feet. Then he jumped back as an electric attack hit the place where his feet had been. Ash, however, was struck with the full force of the attack from behind. Jessie raced up to Victor with her Sneasel following. Apparently she had either ditched or defeated Crim.

Leo stepped forward with Shuma.

"You're all under arrest," Shuma informed them importantly. "Give up now, and you will be treated fairly."

"S-some definiton of 'fair'," Ash groaned as he fell to his knees.

Leo's eyes locked on Victor. "Who are you?"

Victor smiled so his teeth showed. "Why should I tell you, child? I doubt you'd believe me even if I did. And even then, Henry wouldn't want you to."

"How dare you," Shuma barked, tossing a pokeball. "No one insults Leo. Natu, go!"

"No ya don't. Sneasel, False Swipe!" Sneasel's claws struck the small, green bird fall to the ground. Then she and Victor were gone.

Shuma blinked. "But...how? Who?"

"Nevermind those two," Leo turned and kneeled down. "We have this one to question."

Ash had past out.

jessieneese
11th July 2006, 9:43 PM
This is getting pretty good. You've got me on the edge of my chair in suspense. Keep up the good work!

Riva
12th July 2006, 6:18 PM
Chapter 11: The Inhuman Prision

"Ooohhh...Where am I?" Ash's vision swam and Leo came into focus at long last. "Who am I and where are you?"

Shuma blinked and gave a sweet smile. "We're members of the ISS. A bunch of Takers and a woman with long red hair were here. Most of them were captured, but the woman and some guy with a Raichu got away."

Ash gasped and he realized he was on a stretcher. It was similar to the Stretcher Catcher, a device Team Rocket had once used on him. He could barely move any part of himself above his neck. "That man, his name is Victor. Victor the Vanquisher."

Leo narrowed his eyes. "I see. Another person who insists this lunacy." There was no acceptence in his eyes.

"It isn't lunacy," Ash barked. "He really is back. I met him. I was just battling him before you arrived." Why were these two being so stupid? It was enough to drive anyone mad with impaitence.

"Victor the Vanquisher died in a battle against Giovanni," Shuma said shakily. "Everyone knows that."

"Well he didn't," Ash argued.

"Enough," Leo took out a phone and dialed up a number Ash couldn't make out. "Sir, we have someone here saying he saw Victor. Yes. Yes. Yes sir. Alright." He hung up and nodded to Shuma.

Before Ash knew it, he was being taken off in a helicopter. An hour later, it landed on a blackened island with a large, dark and forbodding building. Barbed wire fences looked very rusty and more than likely to have each spike tipped with some kind of disabilitating poison to prevent escape. It could not be more clear that this was some kind of prision. Inside was dark, clamy and most definately creepy. Most of the prisioners wore grey suits and looked as though the life had been sucked out of them.

The warden was taller than normal people, almost among the ranks of Lt. Surge in height, but was almost skelatal with large forearms. He wore a black and white jumpsuit that almost made him seem to fade into his background. "I'm Warden Sweet," the man told Ash. "And while you're here, you are to be my obedient beast, understand?"

"Uh...I guess..." Ash blinked nervously.

Warden Sweet eyed him, then the clipboard that had come with the newest captives. "Well, well. It says here you claim to have seen the battle of Team Domination..."

Hope sprung into Ash's mind. At last, someone in the ISS who believed him. "Yes, it was.."

"We'll have plenty of time for that," the warden assured him. "Get to your cell."

But that time to hear Ash out didn't come. Instead, Warden Sweet kept calling him down into his office where he would ask "Who's the leader of Team Domination?" And whenever Ash answered "Victor", he would be shocked by an Electrode. Ash suspected Warden Sweet was actually enjoying this method of interigation. He also noticed that the prisioners bowed and whispered praises to Sweet whenever he walked pass with his Machoke in his stride. Just what sort of place this was, Ash hardly liked to think. His pokemon had been taken from him when he had been captured, so there was no telling what had become of them.

Just what had become of them was known by May, Max, Misty and Brock. A secret agent in ISS had shipped them to the Safe House after Ash had been captured and informed Agatha on what had happened.

"WWWWHHHHAAAATT?!" Macey knocked Agatha out of the way of the video phone and pressed her nose against the screen, startling the agent. "What do you mean Ash was captured by the ISS?!"

"J-just what I said," the agent blinked uncomfortably. "And listen, that was bound to attract some attention, so I need to sign off." And he did.

Agatha sighed sadly. "Such a shame. He was such a nice kid, too."

"What's that suppose to mean?" Misty asked as Pikachu leapt on her shoulder.

Agatha faced Misty and looked as if she was trying to decide how much to tell her. "The warden at the prision for the ISS, Brit Sweet, he's sadistic. Sees himself as charged not just with keeping criminals inside their own heads, but also picking out which he can turn into grunts for ISS. He's seriously dangerous. I doubt even Victor would feel safe around him. Expect that's why they keep him all the way out on Curse Island, so they don't have to deal with him."

The room went silent.

Outside of the prision on Curse Island, a short figure, seemingly dressed like a Shedinja stood with a tall woman sporting a zebra-styled form-fitting suit and a girl of about fourteen with silver, black and white hair.

"So, he's in there?" The woman asked the figure.

He nodded. "Yes. The one who might ruin all for me, unless I can get him to join me." The "eyes" of the Shedinja head-mask seemed to narrow.

The girl looked at him lazily. "If the stories about what you are are true, Husk, why do you need us?"

"Because," Husk closed his eyes. "I thought I'd be nice and give you the oppurtunity to attack the place that destroyed your father, Gear. Shall we?"

Gear and the woman nodded.

Now, it seemed, that since Sweet didn't seem to be making much progress with Ash, four members of ISS had been called in. Once again Ash was being shocked for everytime he answered what was the truth.

Finally Sweet stood so quickly his chair fell back. "ENOUGH OF THIS BUNK!" he screamed. "Victor is dead! Giovanni is the hero who defeated him. No one with an ounce of sense thinks or says otherwise, especially in front of me! Electrode, increase voltage!" His pokemon obeyed.

Ash screamed out in pain and realized the four other members were holding him still, all wearing rubber gloves. "So is this how ISS does business? 'Tell me what I want to hear, or I'll hurt you till you go crazy'?"

"Now he catches on!" Sweet threw his head back and laughed madly. "That's right, kid. We are the law above Jenny. Anyone like you who seeks to destroy the peace with this trash like nonsense about Victor still being alive is clearly evil and must be forced to see the light! WE HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO DO WHATEVER WE WANT!"

Sweet's Machoke was upstairs and leaning against the wall. Part of its' duties was to make sure those Sweet had picked to become Grunts of ISS swore to put ISS above all else. It was really their want to avoid pain that made them do it. Suddenly it heard a crash and bang. It looked down the main enterance hall, then knew no more as it became frozen solid. A 3-ft tall Corphish scuttled into veiw with a Treecko about 4-ft slinking in on the wall.

The prisioners and guards were horrified and became even more frightened when a fleet of Metang soared in.

"Remeber, Heigani," the Treecko actually spoke, "freeze them so they can't move."

Heigani nodded and froze all it could reach while the Metang swooped and used Hyper Beam on those who fled with aid of the Treecko's Bullet Seed.

Warden Sweet unspeakingly called off the attack that was being launced on Ash and looked up at the ceiling where screams and bangs were coming from. "What the..."

Suddenly a guard threw the door open. "Warden Sweet! We have a situation here! Pokemon are attacking the prision!"

"Moron!" Sweet barked. "Are you telling me you can't beat a few pokemon?!"

"They're...they're not normal..." the guard seemed on the edge of losing all control. "Two...two are bigger than they're meant to be. And...and half the guards and prisioners have been frozen stiff...We had to call for back up from the regular departments..."

Now for the first time, Sweet looked scared. "Jenny? No, no, not her. That woman would never understand...." he turned to the four ISS members. "Gr.1, Gr.2, Gr.3, get back to the base as fast as you can. I'll take this kid," he pointed to Ash, "down into the safe room and wait out whatever's going on topside. When Jenny gets here, I'll tell her Team Domination tried to make this a slave camp..."They nodded and left the room.

Ash now noticed that behind Sweet was a different door. "Now, you come with me," Sweet growled as he reached for Ash.

Ash screamed as the ground beneath him was suddenly blasted apart. A Groudon, for some reason, only 3-ft and 11 inches with marroon and muddy scales, had broken through the cement. It growled and hissed at Sweet. A woman in a mad-looking costume kneeled down and stroked the monsterous lizard on the back and cooed to it as a short figure dressed as a Shedinja approached Sweet.

"Thank you," Husk grinned at the quivering Sweet. "For obtaining and detaining this boy. But now he is mine, and you can have a nice, cool rest..." Instantly, Sweet was incased in ice. Husk then turned to Ash. "Come here, boy..."

Ash was too scared to even speak.

"Don't be dumb," the woman snapped. "Do as Husk told you." Her face was a little hard and weasel-like.

"...No..."

Suddenly all went black and swirled about Ash. He found he was suddenly falling. Falling down. Down. Down. Down...

Angel-FoX-crescent
12th July 2006, 6:35 PM
Oh boy.... looking dark yet good.

jessieneese
12th July 2006, 9:42 PM
That was the best chapter yet! Please, keep going. I can't wait to see what happens to Ash. You've got me completely gripped with suspense. I think I'm going crazy!!!! (jk)

R.Shonta
12th July 2006, 11:46 PM
Giant talking Pokemon. I like it.

Myuutsufan
13th July 2006, 3:35 AM
Chapter 11: The Inhuman Prision

"Ooohhh...Where am I?" Ash's vision swam and Leo came into focus at long last. "Who am I and where are you?"

Shuma blinked and gave a sweet smile. "We're members of the ISS. A bunch of Takers and a woman with long red hair were here. Most of them were captured, but the woman and some guy with a Raichu got away."

Ash gasped and he realized he was on a stretcher. It was similar to the Stretcher Catcher, a device Team Rocket had once used on him. He could barely move any part of himself above his neck. "That man, his name is Victor. Victor the Vanquisher."

Leo narrowed his eyes. "I see. Another person who insists this lunacy." There was no acceptence in his eyes.

"It isn't lunacy," Ash barked. "He really is back. I met him. I was just battling him before you arrived." Why were these two being so stupid? It was enough to drive anyone mad with impaitence.

"Victor the Vanquisher died in a battle against Giovanni," Shuma said shakily. "Everyone knows that."

"Well he didn't," Ash argued.

"Enough," Leo took out a phone and dialed up a number Ash couldn't make out. "Sir, we have someone here saying he saw Victor. Yes. Yes. Yes sir. Alright." He hung up and nodded to Shuma.

Before Ash knew it, he was being taken off in a helicopter. An hour later, it landed on a blackened island with a large, dark and forbodding building. Barbed wire fences looked very rusty and more than likely to have each spike tipped with some kind of disabilitating poison to prevent escape. It could not be more clear that this was some kind of prision. Inside was dark, clamy and most definately creepy. Most of the prisioners wore grey suits and looked as though the life had been sucked out of them.

The warden was taller than normal people, almost among the ranks of Lt. Surge in height, but was almost skelatal with large forearms. He wore a black and white jumpsuit that almost made him seem to fade into his background. "I'm Warden Sweet," the man told Ash. "And while you're here, you are to be my obedient beast, understand?"

"Uh...I guess..." Ash blinked nervously.

Warden Sweet eyed him, then the clipboard that had come with the newest captives. "Well, well. It says here you claim to have seen the battle of Team Domination..."

Hope sprung into Ash's mind. At last, someone in the ISS who believed him. "Yes, it was.."

"We'll have plenty of time for that," the warden assured him. "Get to your cell."

But that time to hear Ash out didn't come. Instead, Warden Sweet kept calling him down into his office where he would ask "Who's the leader of Team Domination?" And whenever Ash answered "Victor", he would be shocked by an Electrode. Ash suspected Warden Sweet was actually enjoying this method of interigation. He also noticed that the prisioners bowed and whispered praises to Sweet whenever he walked pass with his Machoke in his stride. Just what sort of place this was, Ash hardly liked to think. His pokemon had been taken from him when he had been captured, so there was no telling what had become of them.

Just what had become of them was known by May, Max, Misty and Brock. A secret agent in ISS had shipped them to the Safe House after Ash had been captured and informed Agatha on what had happened.

"WWWWHHHHAAAATT?!" Macey knocked Agatha out of the way of the video phone and pressed her nose against the screen, startling the agent. "What do you mean Ash was captured by the ISS?!"

"J-just what I said," the agent blinked uncomfortably. "And listen, that was bound to attract some attention, so I need to sign off." And he did.

Agatha sighed sadly. "Such a shame. He was such a nice kid, too."

"What's that suppose to mean?" Misty asked as Pikachu leapt on her shoulder.

Agatha faced Misty and looked as if she was trying to decide how much to tell her. "The warden at the prision for the ISS, Brit Sweet, he's sadistic. Sees himself as charged not just with keeping criminals inside their own heads, but also picking out which he can turn into grunts for ISS. He's seriously dangerous. I doubt even Victor would feel safe around him. Expect that's why they keep him all the way out on Curse Island, so they don't have to deal with him."

The room went silent.

Outside of the prision on Curse Island, a short figure, seemingly dressed like a Shedinja stood with a tall woman sporting a zebra-styled form-fitting suit and a girl of about fourteen with silver, black and white hair.

"So, he's in there?" The woman asked the figure.

He nodded. "Yes. The one who might ruin all for me, unless I can get him to join me." The "eyes" of the Shedinja head-mask seemed to narrow.

The girl looked at him lazily. "If the stories about what you are are true, Husk, why do you need us?"

"Because," Husk closed his eyes. "I thought I'd be nice and give you the oppurtunity to attack the place that destroyed your father, Gear. Shall we?"

Gear and the woman nodded.

Now, it seemed, that since Sweet didn't seem to be making much progress with Ash, four members of ISS had been called in. Once again Ash was being shocked for everytime he answered what was the truth.

Finally Sweet stood so quickly his chair fell back. "ENOUGH OF THIS BUNK!" he screamed. "Victor is dead! Giovanni is the hero who defeated him. No one with an ounce of sense thinks or says otherwise, especially in front of me! Electrode, increase voltage!" His pokemon obeyed.

Ash screamed out in pain and realized the four other members were holding him still, all wearing rubber gloves. "So is this how ISS does business? 'Tell me what I want to hear, or I'll hurt you till you go crazy'?"

"Now he catches on!" Sweet threw his head back and laughed madly. "That's right, kid. We are the law above Jenny. Anyone like you who seeks to destroy the peace with this trash like nonsense about Victor still being alive is clearly evil and must be forced to see the light! WE HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO DO WHATEVER WE WANT!"

Sweet's Machoke was upstairs and leaning against the wall. Part of its' duties was to make sure those Sweet had picked to become Grunts of ISS swore to put ISS above all else. It was really their want to avoid pain that made them do it. Suddenly it heard a crash and bang. It looked down the main enterance hall, then knew no more as it became frozen solid. A 3-ft tall Corphish scuttled into veiw with a Treecko about 4-ft slinking in on the wall.

The prisioners and guards were horrified and became even more frightened when a fleet of Metang soared in.

"Remeber, Heigani," the Treecko actually spoke, "freeze them so they can't move."

Heigani nodded and froze all it could reach while the Metang swooped and used Hyper Beam on those who fled with aid of the Treecko's Bullet Seed.

Warden Sweet unspeakingly called off the attack that was being launced on Ash and looked up at the ceiling where screams and bangs were coming from. "What the..."

Suddenly a guard threw the door open. "Warden Sweet! We have a situation here! Pokemon are attacking the prision!"

"Moron!" Sweet barked. "Are you telling me you can't beat a few pokemon?!"

"They're...they're not normal..." the guard seemed on the edge of losing all control. "Two...two are bigger than they're meant to be. And...and half the guards and prisioners have been frozen stiff...We had to call for back up from the regular departments..."

Now for the first time, Sweet looked scared. "Jenny? No, no, not her. That woman would never understand...." he turned to the four ISS members. "Gr.1, Gr.2, Gr.3, get back to the base as fast as you can. I'll take this kid," he pointed to Ash, "down into the safe room and wait out whatever's going on topside. When Jenny gets here, I'll tell her Team Domination tried to make this a slave camp..."They nodded and left the room.

Ash now noticed that behind Sweet was a different door. "Now, you come with me," Sweet growled as he reached for Ash.

Ash screamed as the ground beneath him was suddenly blasted apart. A Groudon, for some reason, only 3-ft and 11 inches with marroon and muddy scales, had broken through the cement. It growled and hissed at Sweet. A woman in a mad-looking costume kneeled down and stroked the monsterous lizard on the back and cooed to it as a short figure dressed as a Shedinja approached Sweet.

"Thank you," Husk grinned at the quivering Sweet. "For obtaining and detaining this boy. But now he is mine, and you can have a nice, cool rest..." Instantly, Sweet was incased in ice. Husk then turned to Ash. "Come here, boy..."

Ash was too scared to even speak.

"Don't be dumb," the woman snapped. "Do as Husk told you." Her face was a little hard and weasel-like.

"...No..."

Suddenly all went black and swirled about Ash. He found he was suddenly falling. Falling down. Down. Down. Down...
Cool! ^-^ Total cliff hanger at the end, full of suspense. Can't wait to hear more!

Bling King
13th July 2006, 9:24 AM
Great, another "TR gets destroyed out of the blue by freaky dude and good guys are asked to join, say no, Lance appears the **** out of nowhere and saves them, and then they go all over the place like a video game fic."

Seriously, even without the stories like this one that came before it, this story is still pretty bad.

Riva
13th July 2006, 6:51 PM
Chapter 12: James vs. Emily

Ash fell fully ontop of Misty in a heap, causing all to stare at them. Aipom and Pikachu blinked for a few minutes, then ran up to him and jumped on either shoulder as he sat up. Misty moaned slightly in pain and her head teetered once or twice as Annabell and May helped her sit up.

"Ash," Max looked startled. "Where'd you come from?"

He blinked. "Beats me. Last thing I knew, I was on Curse Island."

The next morning there was a news report.

"Last afternoon, the offshore island used by the ISS, named 'Curse Island', was attacked by unknown assailants. While the assailants were not apprehended, Officer Jenny was approached by several of the imprisioned saying that they were being tortured by Warden Sweet to either give information ISS wanted or to join ISS. The head of ISS should know now that this man, and four other ISS members, were apprehended. Curiously, they were all incased in ice, and it may take months to thaw them out."

Victor switched off the tv in his office. Jessie stood stooped in his shadow. "Please, Victor. Forgive me. I'm sorry you weren't able to capture Ash."

"You have nothing to apologize for, Jessie," Victor assured her gently. "We could not have expected the ISS to appear so suddenly in an attempt to capture us. Too bad about Henson, though. He and his Shedinja were taken, along with five of my Takers and bikers. Oh yes, that means..." He tossed her a pokeball. It opened and a Ninjask flew out. "One's yours' and one goes to James, now. Oh, and speaking of James. Don't worry about him. He is handling things in Pallet," Victor smiled.

Thomas Cash was handsome, but a somewhat arrogant man. He was most certainly the least popular member of ISS. He had long blonde hair that was braided into a ponytail. After the apprehension of most of the Takers, he had been required to investigate Professor Samuel Oak with Shuma.

"Oh, splendid, my boy. Splendid," an unusually pale Oak informed Thomas. "The pokemon at my lab have beaten off many attempts by evil before, despite those same teams being much better. Nope, no need to worry about me."

"Even so, sir. We are required to..." Shuma was cut off by Thomas.

"Shuma, please. If the man says he's fine, he is. After all..." he gave Oak a glinting smile. "He's a world famous man. Sorry to bother you, professor." And he closed the door.

James pulled off the pale-grey wig and smirked as soon as he was sure the two ISS agents had gone. It was so easy to fool those boobs. If that Thomas Cash was, as he had told James, the best the International Security Squad had to offer, then taking over the world was going to be easy.

"Thomas, what was up with that?" Shuma demanded as she followed.

"Men of Professor Oak's position have no need to be troubled with the likes of us," Thomas informed her. "He is one of the most brilliant minds in the world. I bet even now, he's trying to work out a way to repay ISS."

James was examining the lab fully. Where the real Oak, his assisstant and Ash's mother had gone, he could not figure out. They all, along with the boy's pokemon, had vanished when Team Domination had arrived. Professor Namba had been assigned with the task of locating them.

Emily Gearman flew onto the grounds from the opposite direction of the two ISS agents. She landed close to the lab and peered into the window. Her eyes settled on the various chemicals that sat upon the table closest to the window and all other tables around that held intruiging tidbits for Husk. She had been instructed to steal all the chemicals she could for Husk so he could perform his alchemy that would make him strong. A Ninja had seen her.

Team Rocket, She thought savagely as she filled the specalized suitcase she had with her. My family use to be great technitions. We were known world wide. But then Team Rocket came and threatened us to create robots for them. Because of that, we were forced to go underground and many of my relations were arressted by ISS for being 'members' of TR. Well, I got my revenge for them against ISS. The first TeamRocket member I meet will suffer. "Alright, I think that's more than enough." Emily smirked. "Sorry, old man, but you don't get to rule the world without breaking a few laws."

Emily had just gotten out of the window when a voice barked "Hold it right there!" She started and saw James, not in his Professor Oak disguise, seemed to be blocking her.

"Who are you?" She asked.

"I'm James, one of the heads of Team Rocket," James said, puffing his chest up proudly.

Emily's eyes narrowed. "You manage Team Rocket?"

"That's right," James smiled evilly. "So I suggest you put everything you took back right now." He pointed a commanding finger at her.

"Try and make me!" Emily yelled, and threw a trio of pokeballs, which held a Metang, Geodude, and Houndoom.

James threw three pokeballs as well. "Cacnea, Aggron, Numel, let's go!"

"Num!"

"Agg!"

"Cac! Cac-ne-a!" It turned around in midair and latched onto James, as usual, as Numel went to sleep.

"Cacnea, no! Not again! Why?!" James struggled to pull it off.

"This will be easy," Emily laughed. "Metang, Metal Claw. Geodude, Rollout. Houndoom, Fireblast!"

James glared at her. "Cacnea, Pin Missle. Numel, Flamethrower. Aggron, Water Pulse!"

Geodude went flying as Water Pulse hit it. Metang had gripped Cacnea, only to get the Pin Missle in the face before Flamethrower hit. Houndoom was also hit by Water Pulse when Geodude crashed into it.

"Metang, Hyper Beam!"

"Aggron, Water Pulse!"

The two attacks caused an explosion when they collided. Geodude and Houndoom were knocked out, and Metang was weakened from Flamethrower and Pin Missile, as well as the Water Pulse and effort to use its' own Hyper Beam. Emily was forced to recall them all.

James laughed gloatingly. "Now you know what it means to challenge Team Rocket! Next time you hear the name James, you'll break down and weep like a little bitty baby!"

"Heh..." Emily gave a toothy smirk and held a fourth pokeball. "You think? Take this, go, Dorapion!"

A fearsome, jagged and rather demonic purple pokemon with a scorpion's tail curved over its' back. "Do-ra-pion," it croaked.

"Eeeeeeeee!!!!!" James and Cacnea recoiled in total terror.

"Dorapion, use Tackle!" Emily screamed. Dorapion obeyed and charged towards James and his pokemon before he realized it. BOOM! James and all three pokemon were sent sprawling through the sky.

"No! No!" James screamed in horror and fallen pride. "How could this have happened to me?! New leader of Team Rocket! And now I'm blasting off like in the old daaaaaays!" His voice trailed as he rose higher and higher.

Emily laughed. If that was Team Rocket's leader, then it must have been going to the Growlthe. She recalled Dorapion, powered up her jetback, and flew away.

"That idiot, Thomas!" Dash, a man who had green hair similar to that of the Roadrunner, was driving at neck-breaking speed with Shuma sitting next to him. "Didn't he think to check before making his report? We got a call from Agatha saying that Professor Oak and those close to him were at her gym. Moron!"

"I can valtch for him on the idiot part," Shuma muttered.

Of course, by the time Dash and Shuma got there, James and Emily were long gone.

Myuutsufan
13th July 2006, 7:15 PM
Chapter 12: James vs. Emily

Ash fell fully ontop of Misty in a heap, causing all to stare at them. Aipom and Pikachu blinked for a few minutes, then ran up to him and jumped on either shoulder as he sat up. Misty moaned slightly in pain and her head teetered once or twice as Annabell and May helped her sit up.

"Ash," Max looked startled. "Where'd you come from?"

He blinked. "Beats me. Last thing I knew, I was on Curse Island."

The next morning there was a news report.

"Last afternoon, the offshore island used by the ISS, named 'Curse Island', was attacked by unknown assailants. While the assailants were not apprehended, Officer Jenny was approached by several of the imprisioned saying that they were being tortured by Warden Sweet to either give information ISS wanted or to join ISS. The head of ISS should know now that this man, and four other ISS members, were apprehended. Curiously, they were all incased in ice, and it may take months to thaw them out."

Victor switched off the tv in his office. Jessie stood stooped in his shadow. "Please, Victor. Forgive me. I'm sorry you weren't able to capture Ash."

"You have nothing to apologize for, Jessie," Victor assured her gently. "We could not have expected the ISS to appear so suddenly in an attempt to capture us. Too bad about Henson, though. He and his Shedinja were taken, along with five of my Takers and bikers. Oh yes, that means..." He tossed her a pokeball. It opened and a Ninjask flew out. "One's yours' and one goes to James, now. Oh, and speaking of James. Don't worry about him. He is handling things in Pallet," Victor smiled.

Thomas Cash was handsome, but a somewhat arrogant man. He was most certainly the least popular member of ISS. He had long blonde hair that was braided into a ponytail. After the apprehension of most of the Takers, he had been required to investigate Professor Samuel Oak with Shuma.

"Oh, splendid, my boy. Splendid," an unusually pale Oak informed Thomas. "The pokemon at my lab have beaten off many attempts by evil before, despite those same teams being much better. Nope, no need to worry about me."

"Even so, sir. We are required to..." Shuma was cut off by Thomas.

"Shuma, please. If the man says he's fine, he is. After all..." he gave Oak a glinting smile. "He's a world famous man. Sorry to bother you, professor." And he closed the door.

James pulled off the pale-grey wig and smirked as soon as he was sure the two ISS agents had gone. It was so easy to fool those boobs. If that Thomas Cash was, as he had told James, the best the International Security Squad had to offer, then taking over the world was going to be easy.

"Thomas, what was up with that?" Shuma demanded as she followed.

"Men of Professor Oak's position have no need to be troubled with the likes of us," Thomas informed her. "He is one of the most brilliant minds in the world. I bet even now, he's trying to work out a way to repay ISS."

James was examining the lab fully. Where the real Oak, his assisstant and Ash's mother had gone, he could not figure out. They all, along with the boy's pokemon, had vanished when Team Domination had arrived. Professor Namba had been assigned with the task of locating them.

Emily Gearman flew onto the grounds from the opposite direction of the two ISS agents. She landed close to the lab and peered into the window. Her eyes settled on the various chemicals that sat upon the table closest to the window and all other tables around that held intruiging tidbits for Husk. She had been instructed to steal all the chemicals she could for Husk so he could perform his alchemy that would make him strong. A Ninja had seen her.

Team Rocket, She thought savagely as she filled the specalized suitcase she had with her. My family use to be great technitions. We were known world wide. But then Team Rocket came and threatened us to create robots for them. Because of that, we were forced to go underground and many of my relations were arressted by ISS for being 'members' of TR. Well, I got my revenge for them against ISS. The first TeamRocket member I meet will suffer. "Alright, I think that's more than enough." Emily smirked. "Sorry, old man, but you don't get to rule the world without breaking a few laws."

Emily had just gotten out of the window when a voice barked "Hold it right there!" She started and saw James, not in his Professor Oak disguise, seemed to be blocking her.

"Who are you?" She asked.

"I'm James, one of the heads of Team Rocket," James said, puffing his chest up proudly.

Emily's eyes narrowed. "You manage Team Rocket?"

"That's right," James smiled evilly. "So I suggest you put everything you took back right now." He pointed a commanding finger at her.

"Try and make me!" Emily yelled, and threw a trio of pokeballs, which held a Metang, Geodude, and Houndoom.

James threw three pokeballs as well. "Cacnea, Aggron, Numel, let's go!"

"Num!"

"Agg!"

"Cac! Cac-ne-a!" It turned around in midair and latched onto James, as usual, as Numel went to sleep.

"Cacnea, no! Not again! Why?!" James struggled to pull it off.

"This will be easy," Emily laughed. "Metang, Metal Claw. Geodude, Rollout. Houndoom, Fireblast!"

James glared at her. "Cacnea, Pin Missle. Numel, Flamethrower. Aggron, Water Pulse!"

Geodude went flying as Water Pulse hit it. Metang had gripped Cacnea, only to get the Pin Missle in the face before Flamethrower hit. Houndoom was also hit by Water Pulse when Geodude crashed into it.

"Metang, Hyper Beam!"

"Aggron, Water Pulse!"

The two attacks caused an explosion when they collided. Geodude and Houndoom were knocked out, and Metang was weakened from Flamethrower and Pin Missile, as well as the Water Pulse and effort to use its' own Hyper Beam. Emily was forced to recall them all.

James laughed gloatingly. "Now you know what it means to challenge Team Rocket! Next time you hear the name James, you'll break down and weep like a little bitty baby!"

"Heh..." Emily gave a toothy smirk and held a fourth pokeball. "You think? Take this, go, Dorapion!"

A fearsome, jagged and rather demonic purple pokemon with a scorpion's tail curved over its' back. "Do-ra-pion," it croaked.

"Eeeeeeeee!!!!!" James and Cacnea recoiled in total terror.

"Dorapion, use Tackle!" Emily screamed. Dorapion obeyed and charged towards James and his pokemon before he realized it. BOOM! James and all three pokemon were sent sprawling through the sky.

"No! No!" James screamed in horror and fallen pride. "How could this have happened to me?! New leader of Team Rocket! And now I'm blasting off like in the old daaaaaays!" His voice trailed as he rose higher and higher.

Emily laughed. If that was Team Rocket's leader, then it must have been going to the Growlthe. She recalled Dorapion, powered up her jetback, and flew away.

"That idiot, Thomas!" Dash, a man who had green hair similar to that of the Roadrunner, was driving at neck-breaking speed with Shuma sitting next to him. "Didn't he think to check before making his report? We got a call from Agatha saying that Professor Oak and those close to him were at her gym. Moron!"

"I can valtch for him on the idiot part," Shuma muttered.

Of course, by the time Dash and Shuma got there, James and Emily were long gone.
YAY!!! except for the end. How can they always get away?

Leon Phelps
13th July 2006, 7:33 PM
YAY!!! except for the end. How can they always get away?
Kid don't quote the whole chapter. That takes up way too much space.

I like this. Everything happens a little fast, some more description is needed, but it's entertaining and that's what counts.

~Leon P.

jessieneese
13th July 2006, 9:51 PM
Great chapter! Can't wait for the next one!

Riva
14th July 2006, 5:42 PM
Chapter 13: New Idol

The mayor of North Petalburg had never heard such a request before. He sat in his well-decorated office facing the young-looking man who had a girl on his left and a boy on his right. He did indeed look like a powerful figure, and not one to be underestimated. He had come t North Petalburg to challenge Norman to a battle. The residents of North Petalburg had worshipped Norman for years, but the man seemed to know this, and had gone straight to the mayor.

"That's...that's a rather...extreme term..." the mayor tried carefully to choose his words.

Victor nodded. "I understand that, sir. But think of it; the people of this city believe Norman to be more than a mere man. They would risk their own honor on his victory in battle. Given that, is what I asked of you so outrageous?"

"In...in some thought, yes," the mayor stammered. "But...but I suppose...a-alright..."

A smiled formed on Victor's lips. He walked down the street of North Petalburg with Karen in front of him and the boy behind like an important dignatary. His plan would go off without a hitch. It would be so easy to defeat Norman in battle with the team he had brought together. And afterwards, it would just mean more power on his side before confronting the ISS and the Gaurdian Guild and taking over the entire world. Victor noticed several surly-faced people leering at him as he walked down the street and heard them muttering.

"So, that's the latest one?"

"Yeah. Says he wants to challenge Norman."

"A loser like that wouldn't stand a chance."

"Norman will eat pretty-boy alive."

"Yeah."

Victor stopped short and spread out his arms to the people as if he were a preacher. "People, if you feel Norman to be victorious, please, follow me to his Gym." The people gave him alarmed blinks as if he were the weirdest person they'd ever seen, but followed. With this collection of followers, Victor knocked upon the door of the gym.

Norman answered a few minutes after the fourth knock. "Yes?"

"Norman, I'm here to challenge you," Victor did not waste time getting straight to the point.

"Destroy him, Norman!" A portly woman called from the back of the crowd.

Norman looked into Victor's eyes. "As gym leader, it's my duty to accept all challenges. Of course. Come in."

Soon the battle was ready to begin. Victor stood where Ash had many days ago with Will and Karen on either side of him and Norman was backed by his fan club of towns people. Like with Ash, the rules were three pokemon each.

"For my first pokemon, I choose Slakoth!" Norman released the sloth-like pokemon. It teetered on its' hind feet sleepily.

"Going for a jungle-theme, eh?" Victor smirked. "In that case, I choose Seviper!" It was Jessie's Seviper, but Victor had reqquested to use it for a while. It coiled with its' sword-like tail above it. "Seviper, Bite!"

"Saaaa..." the snake lunged, fangs ready to bite.

Norman countered, "Blizzard!"

"Haze!" Seviper belched a thick cloud of black smoke, obscuring Slakoth's vision, making it hard to tell if it had struck Seviper of not. "Now, Posion Fang!" It lunged out of the smog.

"Scratch!" Slakoth slashed Seviper once, but not before the red fangs had sunk into its' shoulder and found it now had Seviper's coils around it. Seviper was going to squeeze Slakoth to death as its' venom did half the work.

"Slak...oth..." Slakoth's face turned blue, and fell forward in a faint.

The towns' people fell in a hush. They clearly could not believe their hero had fallen in battle. It was unheard of that their hero would lose one battle so easily. But, after all, that was just one battle, and Norman had two more pokemon to go.

These hicks don't know how good Victor is, Karen mused mentally. He didn't train under the Elite Four and come away without anything. He knows enough about pokemon battle tactics, almost any pokemon can be turned into a winner... A sinister smile came on to her face.

Norman now sent out Vigoroth, and upon his command, Vigoroth blasted Seviper with a Flamethrower. The blackish-green gaboon viper flew backwards and collasped in its' coils, looking dazed. Victor recalled it and sent out...

"Wobbuffet!" The blue, four-legged blob struck his signature salute. This caused even Karen to blink in astonishment.

Norman, not to be daunted, called out "Vigoroth, use Fury Swipes!" The pose he struck, one arm close to his side and the other flung out, caused the towns people to cheer.

"Doof," Victor muttered under his breath. "Wobbuffet, Counter!"

"Wobbuffet." The light-red aura overtook Wobbuffet's outline and the instant Vigoroth's claws touched Wobbuffet lightly, two clawmarks ran across the primate's face, causing it to howl and clasp both paws to its' nose and stagger backward.

"This guy is good. He's really good," Norman mused to himself. "It's almost as if he knew what kind of pokemon I was going to use and what attacks they have. Vigoroth, try Flamethrower."

"Vigoroth!" the creature howled and leapt into the air.

"Now let's try Mirror Coat," Victor now seemed to be scratching his neck, unconcerned.

"Wobb!" The flames blew against Wobbuffet, then rebounded and flew into Vigoroth's brisket, burning the monkey badly.

"Vig..." it barely stood, its' normally white fur singed and burned from the fire attack. "...O...roth..." It fell in a dead faint.

Victor smiled. "What do ya know? Looks like Jessie's underestimated you, Wobby."

"Wooobbuffet!" Wobbuffet blushed slightly.

The towns' people were now whispering to each other.

"Can you believe this?"

"To...to be honest...no..."

"How can Norman be letting us down so badly?"

"Maybe he isn't as great as we always thought."

"Wonder how he ever became a gym leader if this is the best he can do..."

Victor's smile widened. "Two down..."

"And one to go," Norman cried, now even Victor had to admit he felt a little intimidated by the determination Norman showed. "Go, Slaking!"

The large ape-like pokemon beat its' chest and crouched, ready for the fight.

Victor was no fool. He knew Wobbuffet had only half the power of Slaking. Nor had he trained with the Elite Four without coming away with something. "Wobbuffet, Destiny Bond..."Both Wobbuffet and Slaking looked for a moment as if they were drawings on a blackboard.

"Slaking, Hyper Beam!" Norman commanded.

The surge of energy hit Wobbuffet before Victor could even call for a counter attack, and down he went.

The towns people for one moment rose a cheer.

"Yeah! That's the Norman we know and love!"

"Good old Norman. How could we have ever have doubted him?"

"He's good enough to beat all of the Elite Four!"

"Hey, wait! Look at Slaking!" a little girl cried.

They all looked. Slaking had also fainted.

"Th-that's right..." one of the people quivered with a comical look of disbelief on his face. "D-Destiny Bond causes the attacking pokemon to faint if the oppoent does..."

A woman sobbed, streams of tears running from both eyes. "Waaa! That means Norman lost!"

Victor smiled. "People, do not mourn your hero. I have reason for you all to rejoice. You see, I was taught by the Elite Four, and your mayor agreed that if I could beat Norman, I would become your leader. You should be honored to be led by Victor the Vanquisher!"

It took a while for them all to realize what Victor had just said, but once they realized they were about to have a trainer among the ranks of the Elite Four for a leader, they began chanting and cheering.

"Victor! Victor! Victor! Victor!"

Victor laughed outloud. First Pallet Town, now Petalburg. This world would be his yet.

R.Shonta
14th July 2006, 5:58 PM
Oh man. Are those people stupid or what? I knew that they were a little off in the anime but this is ridiculous!

Myuutsufan
14th July 2006, 6:13 PM
Awesomest!!! ^-^ I like battle fics!

jessieneese
14th July 2006, 9:33 PM
Great chapter, as usual. I hope the next one comes up soon.

Leon Phelps
14th July 2006, 9:48 PM
I hope I'm not being too picky when I say this needs much more description.

When Vigoroth used Flamethrower not once did you mention flames coming out its mouth.

I won't be too snipey, but there were a lot of inconsistincies like Seviper using Bite and then it turning around to use Haze right away. Slakoth used Blizzard and all you said was the name of the attack.

This was hardly a great chapter and it seemed short and rushed.

~Leon P.

shadowlight
14th July 2006, 10:48 PM
Leon Phelps is right it needs more description
Otherwise I like the storyline I hope the next chapter is better

Riva
15th July 2006, 6:59 PM
Chapter 13: The Fire Ring Squad

Crim and Blade had always been fierce enemies. Blade had always considered Crim to deserve all the attention of the ISS due to his vigalantee ways, but many of the other members did not see that way. They normally just considered Crim to be nothing more than a sneak, and not a real criminal, which was how Blade had always seen him.

Today he was in Maria Sarisa's office, arguing over the same old debate. Blade had silver hair that looked very much like a helmet with white lightning bolts on either side. "But why? You haven't forgotten that last time we encountered Crim, ten of the forces ended up in the hospitle and their pokemon in the pokemon center?"

"My memory's as good as yours', Blade," Maria returned. "But we can't waist our time chasing a burgler/vigalantee. Not with so many Takers appearing. We need to discover who their new leader is." The tone in her voice implied she intended to discover this, whether Henry had ordered her to or not.

Blade took a new stab at attacking Crim. "Wait, what if Crim is leading them? He could be Victor's great-great-grandson or something, and..."

Maria glared daggers at him, clearly annoyed. "I'm sorry, but where is the proof for that? While Crim is a genius, he has never shown the slightest hint of anything the Takers would see as power."

"But..."

"Blade!" now there was something close to anger in her eyes. "You're dismissed. And if you pursue this obsession, you'll be dismissed from ISS..." This last promise held true in both eyes and voice.

Blade punched the wall of the hallway and growled. He would never forget how Crim had beaten him last time. Never. It just wasn't fair. How could that stinking Scizor of his beaten his fire-type pokemon? There was no possible way. None. Blade had even recruited three other trainers who had come from the Ore Region, same as he, and all had taught their pokemon to use Flamethrower. They had named themselves the Fire Ring Squad, a secret team within ISS dedicated to capturing Crim.

"Just you wait," Blade muttered under his breath. "I'll get you yet..."

"Who will you get?"

Blade looked up to notice he had been watched by Leo and Shuma. Shuma leaned up against the wall in a casual manner, but Leo was straightbacked and proud, as always.

"Answer me, Blade," Leo said in a commanding voice. "Who are you going to get?"

"I don't have to answer you, pretty boy," Blade sneered and walked on.

Shuma frowned after him. "He's got a real anger problem."

Leo, you think you're such a big man, Blade thought savagely as the automatic doors of the ISS Base slid open. But just you wait. "Once I capture Crim and prove him to be the leader of Team Domination, I'll be favorite boy of both Maria and Shuma."

"You really think so?"

Blade looked to his left to see a young woman with long red hair in an overcoat and thick sunglasses standing near the steps that lead to the ISS Base.

"Who are you?" He asked.

"Me?" the woman placed a hand on her chest to indicate herself. "Why, I'm your new best friend. You and I have the same goal, to defeat Crim."

"I wouldn't need your help for that," Blade dismissed.

The woman smirked. "Really? Tell me, do you even know where Crim is?"

Blade eyed her. "And you do?"

"Let's just say that it isn't so much me, more as a...friend of mine..."

By now Blade had her by the collar. "Do you or don't you?!"

The woman pressed a hand against his face. "Third-second rule, bud." She pushed him away and brushed off her coat. "Yes, I do have a good idea where he is and I can help you beat him. But if I do, you need to be willing to do everything I say, agreed?"

Blade took a while to conside this. I don't know who this weird lady is, but then, she must know a lot about me and Crim to give me the chance to beat that jerk. "Alright..." he shook her hand.

Scizor slashed, sliced and diced as she swifly battled against Quilava, who fell back on its' seat. Macey was amazed and shocked at the same time as both she and Crim were watched by Ash, Annabell, Misty, Brock, Max, May, and a group of other trainers.

"That was awsome," May squealed.

"Well, he did train with Juan to change Scizor's weakness against fire-types into a strength," Annabell smiled. "He's better than awsome."

Ash had his eyes fixed on Crim and Scizor. They're such an awsome team. So much power and skill. Crim could be a gym leader if he wanted.

Macey, noticing Ash was not looking at her, growled unhappily and recalled Quilava before stalking off.

"Hey, Crim!" Ash ran up to Crim as he stood in the hallway after the battle.

"Yeah?" Crim had been leaning against the wall lazily with both eyes closed, but cracked one open to look at Ash.

"That battle against Macey was just awsome. I only know one other trainer with a steel-type who could do what you did," Ash explained.

"Pikahcu," Pikachu nodded.

"Sooo...." Ash lead up, "I was wondering if you could teach me to be strong like you?"

Crim now opened both eyes and faced Ash. "From what I've heard, you're plenty strong already."

Ash now had that determined look on his face. "Yeah, but it never hurts to get even stronger." He smiled.

Crim sighed. "Ash, even if Lance and the others allowed it, I don't really take on sidekicks. Hey!" Ash had grabbed his arm.

"Come on, please?"

"No."

"Pretty please?"

"No."

"Come on."

"Kid, what part of 'no' escapes your comprhension?!"

"The whole," Misty sighed as she and the others watched.

Ash and Pikachu chased a determedly reluctant Crim over what seemed to be the whole base, Ash calling out for Crim to take him on as his student, and Crim calling back his refusal over and over again. They ran over the back of Lucy as she sat down to drink tea, forcing her to send Milotic after them. A Ninetails screamed as they stepped on one of its' tails and belched a cloud of falmes after them. The ruckus caused a practice battle between two trainers and their Ledyba and Weedle to go very wrong.

Soon Crim, Ash and Pikachu were all sprawled out on the floor, panting heavily and sweating.

Pant, pant, pant..."Why..." pant, pant, pant..."don't you..." pant, pant, pant..."give up this mad idea?" Crim questioned Ash.

"Uh, excuse me..." They both looked up to see Noland standing over them with a note in his hand. "A Delibird delivered this for you, Crim."

"Read it to me," Crim requested as he steadily got to his feet.

Noland did as he was asked. " 'Dear Crim, we have a score to settle. Meet me in the old ruins north of your base and we'll battle. Sign, unknown'." He closed the letter as Ash too stood up.

Crim smiled. "Now, who could have issued such a challenge? Tell Agatha and Lance I'm goint to be out for a while and not to worry."

"Same for me to Misty and the others," Ash instructed.

Noland gave Ash an interested look, while Crim glared at Ash over his shoulder.

"Forget it, Ash. You're not coming," Crim told him.

"Actually," Noland hand placed his hand under his chin. "That might not be a bad idea. If it's a trap, it would be a good idea to have backup."

Ash grinned, while Crim's face fell.

An hour later, Ash and Crim had been transported by Noland's plane to a Stone Henge-like area that seemed to have once been an old world village, but had since fallen into disrepair. A mixture of grass and soil made up the ground and there was a grand vareity of more stones on which one could stand or sit on. Mist also seemed to be everywhere. Noland waited in his plane a yard away and had delivered the message.

"Alright," Crim called out. "Whoever you are, come out!"

There were snickers, then a chorus of "Flamethrower!" Crim grabbed Ash around the waist and leapt on the tallest stone pillar behind them as six Flamethrowers burst from the mist. Jessie, James, their Charizard and Aggron, along with four other trainers and their pokemon, emerged from all angles of the surrounding stones. One had a small green Graveler. Another a Loudred. A girl with blue hair had a pokemon similar to Pikachu, but also Flareon on her shoulder; a Flarechu. The final was a boy with helmet-styled hair with a weasel-like pokemon that seemed engulfed in light blues flames.

"Flaysel," the pokedex scanned. "The Flame Weasel pokemon. Flaysel hides itself in flames and charges larger predators, burning them serverly."

"Long time no see, Crim," Balde called. "Now, me and my Fire Ring Squad are going to capture you, that kid, and put an end to Team Domination."

Ash couldn't believe what he'd heard. "You got it wrong. Those two are in league with the leader of Team Domination!" He pointed at Jessie and James.

Crim just closed his eyes and smirked. "Scizor, go play with our friends."

Ash and Pikachu gasped as Scizor flew out of her pokeball and slammed into the Loudred and Graveler.

"Charizard, Gust!" Jessie ordered. The flame lizard flapped his powerful wings to unbalance Scizor as Graveler rolled at her from behind.

"Metal Claw," Crim called.

Scizor's right claw glowed white and struck Graveler in the face, causing it to roll backwards.

"Flaysel, use Fury Swipes!" Blade shrieked. Flaysel leapt up and repeatedly swung both little claws against Scizor as she guarded herself with her arms over her face.

A muddy-haired trainer grinned. "Loudred, Flamethrower!" The fire explouded from the creature's throat.

"No you don't," Ash yelled. "Pikachu, Thunder!"

"Pi...ka...chuuuu!" The electric attack enlightened Loudred as the fire attack was dodged by Scizor and caused Flaysel to reel back.

"Graveler, Body Slam!" a girl with green hair screamed. The rocky beast was struck in the face with Iron Tail. Flarechu hit Pikachu hard in the back with Flamethrower.

"You won't escape me this time, Crim!" Blade screamed. "Flaysel, Body Slam!" Flaysel succeeded in pinning Scizor to the center stone.

"Flamethrower!" the other five screamed. All the fire attacks enveloped the two pokemon.

Ash and Pikachu were horrified. Jessie, James, Blade and his lackies laughed.

Then, suddenly, Scizor erupted from the flames, Flaysel barely hanging onto her neck, looking scared.

Blade was frightened. "But...how?!"

"Heh," Crim now looked sinister. "Scizor knows to use Endure in conditons like this. Then we can pull out all the stops with our attacks."

"No!" Jessie ragged. "Charizard, close-range Flamethrower!" He obeyed and swooped at Scizor, only to be met with a Hyper Beam and sent, along with his trainer, blasting off again.

"Now, Scizor, Double Team and False Swipe." Scizor obeyed and caused Graveler to finally faint. Loudred, Flaysel and Flarechu all cried out in pain.

"Pikachu, Thunderbolt!" Ash pointed at Loudred, Flarechu and Graveler, as well as their trainers. The Fire Ring Squad screamed in agony and, as with Jessie and Charizard, were sent flailing in humiliation, pain and fear into the sky.

James squealed and fell to his knees. "No! Don't hurt me, please!! I give up!" Aggron sweated with embarassment.

"Nope," Crim refused before turning to Scizor. "You did good, but I think it's time you came back." He recalled her, then threw out a new pokeball, and a Blazeken appeared. "Fire Blast."

As the star of flame shot from the humanoid bird's mouth shot out, Blade and Flaysel ran for cover, not noticing something that looked fairly similar to a Latios above.

"Looks like I'm the last to blast off todaaaay!" James howled in shame as he soared into the sky.

Crim smirked, then finally turned to Ash. "Ya know, kid. You weren't half bad as a teammate. Maybe I will take you up on that offer." He winked, and Ash smiled.

Blade staggered into Maria's office, burnt and smoking. "Commander, Sarisa. Crim attacked me and several other ISS members while we were simply on patrol and..."

"Really?" Maria asked, stonefaced. "My Latios and his Sight Sharing ability would beg to argue with that. The way we saw it, you not only created an illegal group within the organization, but allied yourself with the heads of Team Rocket and launched an unprovoked and, possibly, intendedly leathal attack on another person's pokemon." There was cold fury in her eyes that caused tears of horror and sudden weakening of the knees in Blade. "Get out of my sight and disassociate yourself from ISS before I hand you over to Officer Jenny. You make me sick and ashamed to have ever called myself your commander," she hissed.

riza45
16th July 2006, 4:49 AM
awesome job, you put alot of thought into this and it shows, i'm addicted lol. cant wait to read what you have comming next ;D

Riva
16th July 2006, 6:16 PM
Chapter 14: Cissa

Over and over again, Maria watched her agents either being struck sky high by Scizor as they attempted to arrest Crim, silence radicalists from speaking Victor's name, and ever more often, be electricuted by Ash's Pikachu on a tv monitor. She had to give the Guardian Guild credit for one thing; although they had different ways of going about it, they had intentually the same goal; to protect the world from those who would do harm against it. Of course, every now and then, they would also find unconcious Takers along with ISS members and arrest those in the places of Ash and Crim, and after all, weren't the Takers their real target? Not a bunch of trainers who wanted to think Victor had "returned from the dead". Maria rifled through the papers on her desk. This would really be her final day as head of ISS. Henry had decided it when the report had been made.

"What?!" he had explouded. Henry was a fat, balding midget in an olive tweed suit and pants to match. A round red nose sitting in the middle of his face. "You had Crim and one of those trouble-makers at the mercy of Blade, and instead of pursuing them, you dismissed Blade?!"

It had been pointless to argue the point. With Henry, ethics didn't matter. Only results.

Until a "suitable" replacement could be found, Henry had placed his securtary, a tall, skelatal woman named Cissa, as temporary head of ISS. She had brown, curly hair, wore a sickening amount of pink, and always had her Kirlia with her. What attacks it knew, no one knew.

"I'm afraid to say," Cissa had explained to Maria the day before, "but Henry feels you...'losing your touch', as he put it. He wants someone he can be sure will uphold the image of The World Ministry." She had a ligh, girlish voice. Almost a simper.

"And, you feel you have what it takes, do you?" Maria had raised a questioning eyebrow.

"Well...yes," she had given a meaningless smile.

Down in the canteen for ISS HQ, most of the members were not happy. They had arressted what must have been half the force of Team Domnation by now. The cities the Takers had conquered were free once more. How could Henry say Maria was "losing her touch"? More like he wanted to silence children and old women who spoke what they felt was the truth. One thing was for certain, though, that woman was never going to control Leo.

It came as a large surprise to Ash and May when the Invicible Pokemon Brothers and, to May's fury, Harley, appeared in the safe house. The four of them looked very unhappy and miserable.

"What do you guys want?" Misty sneered at Rin, Chan, and San.

Sin, the youngest, spoke up, apparently sniffing back tears. "Victor abandoned us."

"Just told us to get out," sobbed Chan, the oldest.

"Three months of faithful service, and not so much as a pat on the back!" wailed San, the fattest.

May glared at Harely. "And you?"

"Hey, come on!" a bead of sweat ran down the back of Harley's head and he placed his hands up, as if to protect himself. "I'm a strong trainer. Victor could just as easily come after me as anyone." He leapt to his feet and clasped her hands. "Please, May. You and your friends need to protect me. Please say you'll put the past behind us and start fresh?" Harley had tears in his eyes.

"Yes, please!" chorused the brothers.

Crim studied them closely. "Hmmm....Maybe..."

The four cheered in triaumph.

Someone was looking through x-ray binoculars at the room meant for pokemon to relax. "A Sceptile, Aipom, Pikachu, Swellow, Corphish, and Donphan..." "Combusken, Eevee, Munchlax, and Squirtle..." "Foretress, Bonsly, and Marshtomp, and tons more."

Three people in black uniforms, wearing masks like those worn from the Phantom of the Opera grinned at each other.

"Mask would so be impressed if we could steal them," the girl of the group said to her fellows.

The taller boy frowned slightly as he saw Noland walk into the room. "It's one of those Fronteir guys I've heard about. We can't be sure we'll get away completely free from swiping pokemon if they're here. We'll be roadkill..."

"Phooey trainers like that," the girl dismissed. "It'll be easy..." She released a Ledian. "Now, go down and use Comet Punch on that building," she ordered. The other two also released Ledian of their own and supplied them with a net.

There was a recurring BOW and the cries of pokemon could be heard. Ash, Crim, Noland, May, Brock and Misty all ran to the room where their pokemon took time to rest to see three Ledian carrying Eevee, Bonsly, Aipom, several Oddish and Pikachu in the net. Combusken, Swellow and Sceptile were covered in rubble.

"Look!" Brock pointed out the three people. "Who are you?"

"We're Neo-Team Rocket," the girl called back.

"We're not only stealing your pokemon, we're also going to take over everything the original Team Rocket has pretty soon," the medium boy called, and they ran off.

May blinked. "Neo-Team Rocket?"

"Must be a cheap knock-off," Crim reasoned. "They don't know Giovanni's out of action these days."

Ash growled angrily. "Pikachu...Aipom...don't worry. I'll save you..."

Crim put a hand on his shoulder. "That's what I like to hear. I like your spunk, Ash. Let's go get them back."

Harley and Rin, who had been standing closeby and overheard, glanced at each other, and smirked.

Pikachu and its' friends were being held in a cage meant to resist most attacks as similar NTR grunts laughed and grinned down at them. Their leader was a giant of a man, dressed in a dark green robe and demonic mask. His hands looked as if they were mechanical and clawed.

"Yes..." his voice seemed to exude from within a furnace. "These will do nicely."

Greta, Brandon, Crim, Ash, May, Annabell, Lucy, and Misty were all huddled over a small hill overlooking the Team Rocket camp. They were well-hidden and didn't make a single ill-advised move that would have given away their positon.

"Just a round twenty or thirty," Brandon counted then all. "Thirty-one, if you count that big guy in the mask."

"If that's all, maybe we can take them on..." said Greta, sounding rather eager.

"In a minute," Lucy told her sternly. "Wait, do you hear that?" She rose her head as a whirling made itself louder and louder. Now it was so close, it almost gave everyone present a headache.

Mask clasped his artificial hands to his head. "What in the name of evil is that?!"

CRASH!

A helicopter burst in through the roof of the cave, causing a hole big enough for exit, and instantly Machoke started jumping out and grabbing every Grunt that couldn't fend them off. It was an ambush by ISS. That had to be the only explanaiton. Shuma's Natu used Disable and caused several more to float about helplessly as Dash lassoed them all into the whirlybird. Ash had to admit, ISS did it's job well.

"Ash. Ash!" Crim was tugging at him. "Come on. Now, while they're all distracted."

"Oh. Yeah." Ash nodded and snuck down with Brandon, Crim and Lucy.

They had snuck right up to the cage, when Mask flew at it. The clawlike hands actually sunk into the top of the cage, and he issued an animalistic roar as he pulled to keep it for his own. It was his misfortune that Leo had seen him and ordered Electrike to use Zap Cannon.

"Arrggh!" His left leg, made completely of steel, skidded to the edge of a cliff, then teetered out of sight. Mask fell to the ground with a mechanical clank.

Now Leo as facing Ash. "So, you've joined this criminals, have you?"

"What?" Ash growled. All around him he could tell the ISS had decided Brandon, Lucy and Crim were with Team Neo-Rocket and had turned on them, too. Cubones, Drowzees, and Ledians from NTR and Machoke from ISS flew from the devestating attacks. Annabell had been able to levitate the cage towards her where she and the other girls hid. As soon as the cage opened, Pikachu ran to Ash's side.

Electrike growled. Leo leered. "Exactly how you escaped from Curse Island, I don't know, and don't really care. But I can tell you this, you're going into a more secure prison this time..." He reached for Ash.

"Pikachu!" Ash cried.

"Pika!" Leo retracted his hand before the small thunderbolt made contact.

"Electrike, Quick Attack," he ordered.

"Iron Tail!" Ash countered.

Both the attacks hit both pokemon, and sent them flying backward. Again and again the two pokemon flew at each other as their trainers showed as little sign as letting up as they did. By this time most of Team Neo-Rocket had been apprehended, as well as their cyborg leader. One, however, had been able to escape by ducking behind a spurt of rocks with a Ditto.

Leo and Ash were breathing almost as hard at their pokemon were. Both pokemon and trainer saw it was amazing how determined and powerful the other team were. Still, the two young men glared into each others' eyes.

Crim suddenly swept by and hooked his arm around Ash's waist, carrying him off. "Come on, Ash. Let's get out of here!"

"But wait!" Ash tried to protest.

Leo just leered. As well as Shiftry.

The Safe House had been raided. Only two halfs of the trainers that had originally been left, slightly injured and shaken. The hallways and rooms showed all signs of battles and struggles. The signs also showed that they had gone badly for those who had tried to stay.

May screamed when she saw her brother on the floor. "Max, are you okay?!"

Max opened his eyes. "Yeah...yeah, I just passed out from shock. We were raided..." He finished lamely as the others gathered around. "They...they took Brock..."

Lucy flushed and clasped both hands to her mouth, which was out of character for her.

"Who's 'they'?" Brandon questioned softly, kneeling aside the siblings. "Max, who's 'they'?"

Max looked unhappy. "The ISS...Harely and those other guys...went with them...It was a trick to make us trust them..."

A loud silence followed.

Myuutsufan
17th July 2006, 12:53 AM
;107; ;068; This part so kicks butt!

jessieneese
17th July 2006, 2:43 AM
Sorry, I was kind of busy. That didn't stop me from reading your past two chapters though. Awesome job, as usual.

Riva
17th July 2006, 5:42 PM
Chapter 15: Join Thy Enemy

Ash was furious. They had trusted Harley, despite knowing he couldn't be trusted, and as always, he had stabbed them all in the back. But this time, the price of his betrayal was much higher than a simple grudge against May. May, Misty and Noland restrained him as he attempted to run out the door. Crim leaned against the wall and his emotion was hard to read, as was Lucy's.

"Ash!" Agatha had arrived and it was not so much her shout, but the sound of her staff striking the tile floor that caused him to look around. "Just what do you think you could acheive if you went off on your own? Think, will you?"

He looked at the floor, realizing that she was right. If Ash just burst into the ISS building, he would be arressted faster than he could blink. First Victor, now ISS seemed after him and determined to take everything good in his life away. Ash had never felt so small. Never.

"Well, that brought an idea to my mind," Crim stood up straight and gave the group a sly smirk. "And, Ash, I think my plan could benefit you as well..." He walked over and placed a firm hand on the younger boy's shoulder.

The assembeled ISS members were surprised when Crim and Ash stepped in through the front doors. Shuma, Leo, Dash, a few nameless members and Thomas goggled at the pair. It seemed too far thrown to be believed. Crim had a silly smirk on his face and also a self-righteous heir about him.

"Hey, guys. We've come to join up," Crim smiled.

Shuma stood up from her chair quickly. "Why in the world would you want to join ISS? You've put plenty of our pokemon in the pokemon center." Natu nodded.

"Why don't you just go back to wherever you both came from?" Leo sneered.

"Now, now," Cissa suddenly strolled up to both the new comers and placed what she seemed to think was a motherly hand on Ash's shoulder. It felt clamy and unpleasant on him. "If these two bad boys are willing to try and be good boys, who are we to judge?" She faced Ash with hunger in her eyes. "I'm sure we'll all get along fine." Her eyes swung around at the other ISS members. "Won't we?" It wasn't so much a question as a command.

Crim had played the part of "faithful dog" before. "Yes'm. I'm sure of it."

Ash ran his eyes over all the faces of the ISS members, and locked eyes with Leo. Leo glared back. It was clear that both boys had formed an unspoken rivalry with one another and almost nothing was going to break that.

An hour later Cissa was talking on the phone in the office that had once belonged to Maria. "That's right, sure. I have that brat Ash under my control. As well as that Crim. With them under my control, we can be assured that they will stop saying Victor's back..."

"Do you really believe that?"

Cissa looked up to see Maria entering.

"I'll have to call you back," she whispered into the phone and hung up before swinging her eyes up to those of Maria. "I don't remember saying 'Come in'."

"Do you really believe you can control Ash and Crim? Or Leo, for that matter?" Maria had the typical no-nonsense look on her face. "You're only fooling yourself if the answer is yes. Neither of those two boys who entered this building this morning has any intention of joining ISS. They are playing on your lust for control."

Cissa glared hatefully at Maria. "Really? And what is it that you think they are truly after?" she asked in a would-be-sweet tone.

Maria sighed. "To an intelligent person, that answer would be obvious. They want to know all that they can learn about us. Who's a member, how many of us there are, what type of pokemon we have as partners, etc..."

Cissa smirked. "I'm sure that, had this occured when you were still in charge, Henry would have investigated that suspiction. But, you aren't, and I am. Now, please remove yourself." Her smirk widened as Maria angrily left the room and slammed the door behind her.

A Sableye was latched to the ceiling.

Ash and Crim sat in the canteen of ISS HQ while most of the other more prominent members watched them as if they were a different species. Leo would not take his eyes off Ash, which was possibly wise, as Ash didn't take his eyes off Leo. Pikachu happily licked a ketchup bottle.

"Man, you and Leo sure seem to be out for each other's blood," Crim remarked after studying them both for a while. "I've never seen him look at me like that whenever we battled for my freedom, anyway."

"Is that so?" Ash questioned, still glaring at Leo.

Crim sighed helplessly. He had heard Ash had a stubborn streak, and now he was seeing it.

"Hey, you." A man with red hair plastered to his head and two younger men dressed in black robes.

Ash blinked. "What?"

"We've been assigned to you by Commander Cissa. She'd like to know as much about you both as she can," he reported in a soft grunt.

Shuma narrowed her eyes. "I don't remember ever seeing those guys before."

"Cissa must have brought along some flunkies," a younger ISS member whispered.

Leo narrowed his eyes in dislike.

"Hey, look at the two characters over there," a girl younger than Shuma pointed out two strange figures.

One was a woman with orange ponytails and the other was a man with blue hair. Both wore white overcoats, matching hats, and red sunglasses. After they had sat at a table for a while, Cissa and her Kirlia joined them in a whispered conversation. Whatever they were saying seemed to not go entirely well with Cissa, as she frowned and left the table. She returned with Maria and the conversation resumed.

"We need to what?" Ash asked after Cissa and Maria approached him and Crim as they had returned their plates.

"According to the founder of this organization, anyone who wishes to apply for membership to ISS needs to battle with two trainers supplied by the government," Maria repeated. "These two," she gestured to the man and woman in white, "are those trainers." She leered at Cissa from the corners of her eyes. Cissa had not bothered to investigate further. The pair had presented her with a document that had Henry's signature clearly on it, and that had been good enough for her.

"Miss C.," the woman extended her hand to Ash.

"Mr. J.," the man did likewise towards Crim.

Both hands were shaken.

Now what? Ash worried. If we get robed into this battle, we may not be able to locate our friends.

Crim's look towards Ash seemed to say, "Don't worry, kid. We'll get there." Fortunately, it was lost upon Cissa. She was more worried that she would be forced to let them go.

Soon they were in a large indoor arena with various ISS members behind a pane of glass. Among them were Cissa and Maria. On the wall over the pane was a counter, just as the one in offical pokemon tournaments. Mr. J. and Miss C. stood on the far left of the arena while Ash and Crim were on the far right. Both sides were assigned to start.

"Go, Aggron!" Mr. J. cried, and the mail-laiden monitor rose up, growling.

"Sableye, you too!" Miss C. exclaimed. The dark purple gremlin wriggled its' three claw-like fingers.

"Come on out, Seadra!" The seahorse bounced on its' curled tail.

"I choose you, Sceptile!" The large lizard glared at Aggron.

"This should be a difficult battle," Shuma commented. "It seems pretty mismatched to me."

"Perhaps on the surface," Leo agreed as he sat next to her. "But I suspect Ash and Crim had a reason for choosing what they did."

Miss. C. smirked. "Heh...Sableye, use Shadow Punch!" A large, semi-transparent black fist charged Seadra.

"Seadra, Twister!"

"Sea-dra!" It flapped its' wing-like fins, creating a tornado that engulfed the fist. Then fired an Octozooka, striking the ghost-type in eyes.

"Aggron, use Mega Punch on Sceptile!" Mr. J. ordered.

"Catch it, Sceptile!" Ash countered. The large fist had been glowing with a radiant white, and Sceptile was pushed back a step or two upon blocking the attack with his hand. "Good, now Bullet Seed!" "Scep. Tiiile!" Aggron reeled as the seeds struck it in the chest.

"Sableye, use Shadow Ball!" The black blod of energy caused Sceptile and Seadra to dodge, but just barely.

"Icy Wind, Seadra. Let's go," Crim ordred.

"Sceptile, use Leaf Blade," Ash chimed in.

Sableye leapt about franticlly to avoid being fronzen from the attack. Aggron howled in pain as Sceptile slashed the now sword-like leaf growth on his forearm across it's throat. The gremlin screamed as it saw the lizard falling backwards and used Shadow Ball, forcing Aggron to lurch forwards, and leapt away.

"Sableye, Fury Swipes!" Miss C. roared.

"Sable...Eye! Eye! Eye!" The scratching claws peppered Sceptile, causing him to fall back.

"Aggron, Metal Claw!" Mister J. cried.

"Aaaaggg...Ron!" Its' claws glowed white, and swiped.

"Draaaa!" Seadra flew back from the strike.

As much as Cissa enjoyed seeing two former criminals suffer, she knew if Ash and Crim lost, they would not be allowed to join.

"Ash, I realize you must be getting mad," Crim instructed him. "But don't lose focus. Remember why we're here."

"I won't," Ash growled. For my friends. Macey...Brock...and all those other trainers...This is for them. And I refuse to let them down. "Sceptile, Solarbeam!"

Crim flinched. "Dang kids." He recomposed himself. "Oh well. Seadra, Dragon Rage!"

Aggron and Sableye screamed as the attacks engulfed them. Then they both lurched forward in a dead faint, sizzling and defeated. There was a hushed silence...then cheers and applause.

"I guess...Ash is going to be a member of ISS...." Shuma took an uneasy glance at Leo.

To her surprise, he was smiling. "You know what? For some reason I'm glad..."

In the hallway, Crim gave Ash a slight talking to. "You do know we won't be able to speak freely now, right? Keep such words like what you said in there under your hat. If people see you act like you're up to something else, they'll try to find stuff out." He sighed. "But, I am proud of you. You at least managed to keep yourself from giving us away."

Ash smiled.

Cassidy, however, did not feel very much like smiling. She and James hid behind the bushes of the building. Her hands shook as she placed them on her knees, her disguise next to her.

"Cassidy, stop," James requested. "You're starting to scare me."

"I can't help it," she tremored. "If we can't get that kid, or find out where those other trainers ISS captured...Victor may freeze me again...I won't let that happen...One way or another, we WILL capture Ash Ketchem..."

Angel-FoX-crescent
17th July 2006, 6:46 PM
The part with james was good I feel sorry for him as for the rest cool.

Myuutsufan
17th July 2006, 8:58 PM
Ash had better watch his back...I hope he doesn't get caught;292;

greta_lover
17th July 2006, 11:31 PM
I've been gone a while and these chapters shocked me! They're all really awesome! Keep up the good work, Riva!

jessieneese
18th July 2006, 12:52 AM
Awesome, as always. Ash better be careful. Looks like Cassidy's out to get him. ;)

Riva
18th July 2006, 5:54 PM
Chapter 16: Zenigame

Jessie was in a dark room on her own airship, looking over the a replica of the map that had been hung over Victor's desk. It of course had a red X wherever the Takers had taken over. But now she decided it was time for Team Rocket to try it's hand at this.

"I've failed Victor too many times after being promoted to head of Team Rocket," she said to herself. "I need to actually succeed at something to get back into his good graces..."

"Wobbuffet!" He popped up next to her, as if agreeing.

"Maybe Celedon City?" Jessie mused as she recalled her pokemon, "or is that too old school? Manderin Island could be a nice change..."

As she spoke aloud, Victor entered the room and carried with him an old Squirtle shell which had a paper ceal on it. "Hello, Jessie." He smirked as she turned around and gave the shell a questioning look. "Back when I was Agatha's student, she told me an old story," he explained as he set the shell on the table. "Back when humans assumed pokemon were there enemies, one Squirtle was apparently trained by an evil wizard who tried to flood a village. The head priest stepped forward and cast an ancient spell on the Squirtle that turned it into a crystal statue and cealed it up."

"So, that's what you think you have here?" Jessie asked, a little unsure if she should question him at all.

"I'm fairly certain," he nodded. "But..." Victor peeled off the ceal and suddenly the shell twitched and rocked.

A crystal curled tail protruded from the back, followed by two small legs. Then two short arms in the front were followed by a smooth round head with two large brown eyes. The Squirtle studied the map and looked up at Jessie, who, along with Wobbuffet, recoiled slightly. "Plans for domination?" It actually spoke, then smirked. "My good people, you and my first trainer had much in common. What are your names?"

"Victor the Vanquisher," Victor introduced himself to the creature without fear.

Jessie had a slightly harder time. "J-Jessie. Who are you? What are you?"

The Squirtle smiled.

Ash had to admit, being a part of ISS was sort of nice. Almost the same as the Safe House. Except those guards made it almost impossible for either Crim or himself to search for data on where their friends were being held. Cissa often called Ash into her office asking him many questions concerning himself, those he knew and their pokemon. Ash had a feeling she was trying to guess how many more "traitors to Henry" she had left at the Safe House, but he wasn't going to play her game. And neither was Leo, but the look on her face whenever the two were in the same room together. It seemed that her attempts to have utter control over ISS HQ was not going at all how she had wanted it.

Jeremy was a nice guy, a boy a year or two older than Ash with brown hair and a Furret. "Tell me, Ash," he said during break. "Have you ever heard Daina say anything about me?" Daina was a girl with curly blonde hair and a Clefairy.

"Well, she says you're a good trainer and member of ISS," Ash said truthfully as Furret and Pikachu chased each other.

Jeremy smirked at that information.

Suddenly there was a siren, and a voice cried "We have a serious flooding issue downtown! All able-bodied ISS members should report at once!"

The Squirtle statue had indeed caused a minor flood by using an attack similar to Water Gun and was laughing at the panic he had caused when Ash, Jeremy, and several other members of ISS had arrived at the area. His eyes locked on Ash's eyes and smirked. "Heh..."

"Is that a pokemon?!" Jeremy gasped.

"Maybe, maybe not," Ash answered. "Who are you?"

"Me? I'm Zenigame. And you must be the one he wants," Ash could tell he meant Victor. Zenigame leapt at Ash from the street sign he had been sitting on, but Furret used Headbutt and knocked him beneath the water. The creature emerged near Ash with a cry of Triumph.

"Aipom, Double Slap!" Ash threw a pokeball.

"Ai. Aipom! Aiiiipom! Pom! Pom!" She swept her tail back and force across Zenigame's face, causing him to fall back again with bruised cheeks.

I don't understand, Zenigame glared and held his stinging face. Why can't I inflict any damage on those pokemon?

"Whatever he is, he's pretty weak," Jeremy observed. Then instructed the back up to get any people they could find to safety.

Zenigame heard him. "Weak, am I? Miserable human, you don't know what weakness is. Hydro Pump!" A fountain of water surged from his mouth, forcing Ash to push Jeremy out of the way and they both went beneath the surface of the water. Now Zenigame had them. He plunged in after them and made a beeline for Ash's face. Only this time to be confronted by a Corphish, which struck again and again at his face with two large and club-like pincers. Unable to take the beating anymore, Zenigame leapt out of the water. Before he knew it, Furret had tackled him from behind, but Zenigame was able to throw it off and seemed to hang in the air.

Ash and Jeremy emerged from the water. "Pikachu, Thunderbolt!"

"You, too, Furret!" Jeremy ordered.

"Fuuurreeeeett!"

"Pi...ka...chuuuuuuu!"

Zenigame screamed as his body crackled and glowed with electricity before the attack finally stopped. Feeling utterly humiliated and smoking, the creature flew off, miracously taking all the water with him.

A Vibrava had been keeping watch. When Zenigame retreated, it buzzed away. It didn't seem to notice the bird shape in the sky in front of it.

"What happened?" Zenigame questioned Victor franticly when he returned to Jessie's airship. "They were knocking me around and made it look easy. I've never been so humiliated..."

"I suspected as much," Victor admitted. "I suspected that your power was on the same wave length with that of your trainer. However, there aren't too many wizards or such anymore. The best you could do would be to find a psyhic to fuse your own power with..." He strolled off.

Zenigame floated after him. "Well hurry up and find me a psyhic. I don't have all eternity. Well, techniclly I do, but I would rather not spend it like this..."

"Baloney," Cissa dismissed the report Ash had given her. "I'm sorry, but there is no evidence that a 'talking Squirtle statue' was ever present at that location. I'm afraid I'll have to take demarits from you." Though she didn't look at all sorry.

Far away, Husk opened his eyes. "The pathway to darkness is being traveled. Soon the present Dark One will reach the gate..."

greta_lover
18th July 2006, 5:59 PM
Really good chapter. I like it how you make the Squirtle talk. Making it talk makes it really smart and ancient.

Angel-FoX-crescent
18th July 2006, 7:21 PM
This is interesting an evil talking Squirtle very good.

jessieneese
18th July 2006, 11:41 PM
I pretty much say the same thing everytime, so you know what I thought. Keep up the good work. This fic is way better than the one I'm writing right now.

Riva
19th July 2006, 5:37 PM
Chapter 17: The Kabutops Statue

It was brought in by several masked men to the ISS HQ. The statue was transparent, made of stone colored like tea, and sculpted into the shape of a Kabutops. Cissa had requested for the statue to be brought in for her, but now it was in the main lobby being examined by most of the members, Ash, Crim, and Leo among them.

"What do you think it's for?" Shuma queeried.

Crim leered at the statue. "I'm not sure. But it's giving me such a nasty feeling, I'm not sure I want to find out."

Ash had to admit, he mostly agreed with Crim. It was almost as if those eyes of the statue were actually looking back. Staring at all of them with some indifferent manner. Almost as if it knew things the people looking at it didn't and could hope to understand.

"That's enough," Cissa was pushing her way through the crowd, and gave Ash a particuarly hard shove before she took the statue in her hands. "This is coming with me. And don't any of you concern yourselves with it again." And with that, she left, walking down a set of stairs.

"Obnoxious old Miltank," Crim snorted. "Is it me, or has she gotten in a fouler mood lately?"

"That's because she's been calling Leo into her office, and he's been refusing to do certain things for ISS," Shuma admitted. She flushed when Leo eyed her. It seemed he had told her in confidence.

Cissa was down in the sub-basement of HQ, examining the statue. A jade statue craved into the shape of a Tentacruel was there as well. How long had this second statue had been down there, not even Cissa knew, but she had been able to discover data about these little trinkets and where they were kept. She didn't see what was so special about them, except that they were pretty. Suddenly the eyes of the Kabutops statue glowed yellow and so did hers'.

A snicker escaped Cissa. "It's good to be set free. And this time, nothing will stop me."

Harley, the IP Brothers, and Thomas found themselves in a deeply foressted area an hour later.

"What are we doing all the way out here?" Rin complained. "I didn't agree to be a part of Cissa's Insider Team for this kinda stuff..."

"She said there were Caterpie out here bugging humans," Harely answered. Though it seems odd she ordered us not to bring our pokemon...

"Aaaa!"

"Aaaa!"

"Aaaa!"

Three Victreebel swung out of the trees and attacked Rin and his brothers with both their leaves, cracking vines, and snapping mouths. The three brothers ran about screaming their heads off as the picture plants, joined by three more, hopped after them in circles.

"Losers," Thomas gave a scornful snicker. "Like I'd ever run away from a..."

"MI!"

Thomas looked down and realized he had stepped on the tail of a formerly slumbering Mioltic. The sea serpent had apparently come on land for a nice nap in the grass, but was now glaring up at him with a vindictive gleam. Next moment, Thomas was screaming for protection for his face as the snake angrily slithered after him.

Harely was now frightened and backed away quickly, accidentally backing into a tree. Instantly twelve Weedle feel from the branches and clung to his body. He screamed and attempted to fling them off by flailing his arms, until twice as many Beedrills buzzed down and surrounded him.

The Insider Team was sent screaming for their lives out of the forest with the angry pokemon chasing after them, not willing to allow these intruders to go unpunished.

Emily had been able to break into ISS and was entering the sub basement and encountered Cissa, as the woman was also taking the Jade Tentacruel from the vault. There was an awkward pause and silence as the two looked at each other.

"Lady, I suggest you step aside and hand over that statue," Emily ordered in a threatening tone.

Cissa shrugged and handed it to her. "Far be it from me to stop you. But, if you help me find the Crystal Mew, I can make you the most powerful woman on earth..."

Emily blinked for a second or two. This was most unexpected. Especially for someone who was suppose to be on the side of law and order. "Are...you...offering to team up with me?"

Cissa nodded.

Both the woman were almost out of the doors when Crim noticed them both. "Hey, Cissa. What's going..."

"Kirlia, use Psychic!" The white pokemon caused Crim to fall back into a crowd of three female ISS member with mental powers.

Ash saw it. "Why you..."

A Metang blocked his advance of her. Shuma gasped, recognizing the report from Curse Island during the attack that had taken place there. So, that would mean this girl had sent her pokemon into the prison.

"Back off," Emily yelled at Ash. "You're not what I want, yet. Your commander and me will be going now..." She winked at Cissa. "Come on, partner." Emily then found her way blocked by Leo...

"Commander Cissa, how could you betray us?" Leo's face was hard. "Betray Henry's trust in you?"

Cissa laughed. "What he doesn't know, won't hurt him. For instance; he never knew I was the one who made it possible for Team Neo-Rocket to enter into Kanto, but he was glad that we almost captured Ash all the same." She leered evilly.

The room gasped. She had allowed criminals to come into Kanto? If none of them had heard it with their own ears, they wouldn't have believed it.

Leo threw a pokeball. "Electrike...g-"

"Disable!" Kirlia obeyed Cissa and used its' psyhic abilities to throw Leo against the wall.

As Shuma and others ran to his side, Ash glared at the escaping duo.

Husk blinked down at Emily as the girl and Cissa stood before him. "What do you have in that sack?" The creature questioned.

Emily pulled out the Jade Tentacruel. "A pokemon statue. Centuries ago, people who wished to control and battle against pokemon captured the spirits of the deceased pokemon each statue was modeled after. Also, the statue allows the holder to take on characteristics and strength of those pokemon. And I know this, because I am a genius researcher..." She seemed pleased with herself.

Husk seemed to approve of this. "But, why would I, being what I am, need them?"

"Good point," Emily admitted. Then her eyes wandered over to Cissa. "Then take her..." She motioned for him to come closer. When he did, she whispered, "I suspect the Kabutops Statue somehow possessed her. It was dull in color when we took it..."

Husk blinked at Cissa. "KabuCissa, would you like to do something for me?" He called to her.

The possessed woman nodded.

Leo lay in the recovery room, unconcious. Shuma, Jeremy and Dash stood on the other side of the window. Ash and Crim sat on waiting chairs. The doctors told them that it wasn't as bad as it could have been, but Leo would need to remain there until the night following the next day.

"Well," Dash voiced. "Now that Cissa's attacked a member of ISS, I doubt she'll be able to stay commander anymore, especially since her confession to transporting a group of possibly dangerous criminals into the region and stealing ISS property was caught on the security cameras..."

"That's not good enough," Shuma growled. She was quivering with what seemed to be both anger and fear. "She injured Leo. I will never forgive her. Never. I'll destroy her myself!" Shuma barked.

Crim sighed and stood up. He placed a hand on her shoulder, causing her to look at him. "I can't pretend to know how you feel, but if you let your anger overtake you, do you think you'll be any different from Cissa or Team Domination? They want to control everything through intimidation and know the madder they make someone, the less focused they become. Calm down...I'm sure that's what Leo would want..."

Shuma became teary-eyed and Ash admired the kindness in Crim.

Dash sighed. "Yep, he's definately my cousin..." he said under his breath.

There was a bang and everyone looked to the left. There stood Cissa with her Kirlia in front of her. It seemed she wanted a pokemon battle.

"Alright. I've been waiting for this since we met," Ash leapt to his feet, a pokeball in his hand.

"Pika!" Pikachu pinned back his ears.

Crim suddenly jumped in front of him. "Don't be ridiculous, Ash. None of your pokemon have a real chance against a psyhic pokemon. Let me handle her. Scizor, I choose you!"

"Sciz!" She buzzed angrily.

Crim and Cissa leered at each other. Everyone else backed off. No one wanted any part of either the two people glaring with equal dislike so obvious in their eyes.

"Kirlia, Shadow Ball!" Kabu-Cissa ordered.

"Scizor, Quick Attack and Fury Cutter!" Crim countered.

"Scizor!" She slipped past the black blob and flew at Kirlia before she could be stopped. Then went to work over it with both her pincers. "Sciz-or. Sciz-or. Sciz-or!"

Kirlia fell backward.

"Again!" Crim commanded. Scizor again swiped at Kirlia with enthusiasm, this time with more power. "Again! Again! Again!"

"I see what he's doing," Ash realized. Shuma gave him a questioning look. "Psyhic pokemon like Kirlia are weak against bug-types like Scizor and bug-type attacks like Fury Cutter, which gets stronger everytime it's used. By combining Quick Attack with Fury Cutter, Kirlia can't hit her."

Indeed, it was true. Soon Kirlia had passed out. Kabu-Cissa, seeing she had been beaten, turned and attempted to flee.

"Oh no you don't," Crim called after her before turning to Scizor. "I think we've hogged Kirlia to ourselves too much. Let's give it back to its' trainer." Scizor nodded and plucked the unconcious creature up in her left pincer, then threw it as hard as she could. It bashed its' head against the back of Cissa's, the possessed gleam leaving her eyes. The woman fell to the ground, just as K. O.'d as her pokemon.

Cissa was carted away on a stretcher within an hour as was her Kirlia. Though, as Officer Jenny said, based on the confession on the security camera tape, Henry wouldn't be so eager to try and entrust his former senior secratary with anything so above her station again.

Angel-FoX-crescent
19th July 2006, 6:43 PM
Hmmm quite fast pasted.

Myuutsufan
19th July 2006, 11:07 PM
oooooooooh! I had chills when she confessed about letting criminals into Kanto *quivers* Oh, well. Can't trust anyone, can you?

Riva
20th July 2006, 4:29 PM
Chapter 18: Takers In ISS

"Take it for me. Take it for me. I cannot find it, but you know where it is. Take it for me."

Leo was moving about unsteadily in bed. He was having a bad dream. Shuma was chained to a wall and a Raichu stood before her. It swung out its' tail and struck her across the face, causing her to scream out. A man with a handsome face stood behind the Raichu. He didn't seem to be smiling.

"Take it for me," he repeated. "Find me the coordinats to the holding area for those trainers Cissa captured. I want the information..."

Shuma forced a smile on her face. "I'd rather be destroyed..." she defied him.

Victor nodded. "No doubt, I'll be forced to in the end. We have hours to go, dear. And no one to hear you scream..."

Leo started awake, Shuma's yells of pain still in his ears. But then, he realized they didn't go away. They were strong and the man's voice was still ordering her. It was hard for Leo to accept, but perhaps what he had seen had been real...Then Leo realized that outside his room, Ash was sitting on one of the chairs, slumping forward and asleep with Pikachu asleep at his feet. Leo wondered just why the person he disliked so much had stayed this late for his sake. Leo got out of bed and opened the door.

"Ash?" he whispered.

Ash's eyes blinked open, the he looked up at Leo. "Leo, you look all better. How do you feel?" Pikachu's ears twitched.

"I suppose I'm alright," Leo answered, feeling a little confused to Ash's concern. "Where is everyone?"

"In bed, probably," Ash told him. "Cissa was removed for her attack on you, and it's gonna take a while for them to find a replacement commander. Apparently Henry still hasn't forgiven Maria for dismissing Blade..."

"And Shuma?"

Ash blinked. "I think she was sent out for a while. I fell asleep, so I'm not sure if she's back yet or not..."

Leo flinched as he heard Shuma scream. "If...if she came back when you were asleep...then maybe he got her..."

"Pi?" Pikachu twitched his ears.

"What are you talking about?" Ash asked.

Leo looked at Ash, as if wondering how much to tell him. "I just had a dream that a man was torturing Shuma to get something in the sub basement. Only now I don't think it was just a dream...

"I don't hear anything," Ash informed him as Pikachu listened carefully.

"Well I do," Leo argued. "And I need to go down there to see what's going on..." He started to move in the direction of the sub basement, but winced again.

"Hold on," Ash told him stubbornly. "You can't go anywhere without a little help. I'm coming with you."

"But.." the other began.

"No 'buts'," Ash challenged. "I'm coming.

Leo leaned on Ash half way down the hallway and entered the completely empty lobby before climbing down the flight of stairs. The only sound was of their footsteps, but every now and then Leo still heard Shuma screaming out in pain. How much more could she withstand before she submitted to the demand of that madman? Leo hoped he could save her in time, because now there was no doubt in his mind that someone had captured Shuma and was torturing her down there.

Soon Leo began to feel capable of standing on his own power again and did so. "Ash," he asked quietly. Ash listened, but Leo turned away. "Nevermind," and lead the way.

"Strange guy," Ash mused.

"Pikachu," his pokemon nodded.

Soon Ash, Leo and Pikachu were in a corridor full of pull-out drawers made of dull silver steel. On all sides files surrounded them and it was creepy how little could be heard down here. It seemed to Ash impossible that he couldn't hear Shuma down here if Leo could. Ash also had the uncomfortable feeling that they were being watched.

"What is this place?" Ash asked.

"The sub basement," Leo told him openly. "Commander Sarisa often entrusted me enough to bring me down here and divulged various secrets. For some reason I believe the corridnats of where the trainers Cissa captured is in danger down here..." He stopped as his hand gripped the handle. "Ash...you could probably just take what's in here. I could barely stop you..."

Ash blinked at him confusedly. "Why would I do that?" Leo looked at him questioningly. "I'm not the type to take advantage of an injured person. You can trust me." He put a hand on Leo's shoulder.

Leo looked at him for a moment, then slowly smiled and opened the file, taking out the envelope. Inside was a small computer chip.

"That's a good boy, Leo," a female voice behind the two boys said suddenly. "Now, turn around and slowly give it to me..."

The two turned to see Karen, Cassidy, the guards that had appeared two days ago, three Takers, a portly man with a mustache Ash recognized as Gonith, James, and Electra stood behind them as a platform rose from the floor, leering evilly.

"Team Domination," Ash snapped, and Pikachu rose his tail in the air, pinning back his ears.

But Leo had only one thing to say. "Where's Shuma?"

Several of the Takers snickered.

"Sally always knows," Electra smirked.

"Always," Cassidy agreed.

Karen still had her hand outheld. "To me," she repeated.

"I want to know where Shuma is," Leo barked. A bead of sweat ran down Ash's face.

" 'I want to know where Shuma is'," Electra mimicked. "The poor boy woke up and thought his girlfriend was in real danger." She lead the three Takers and Gonith in evil laughter.

Karen now spoke. "I feel you should be old enough to know the difference between dreams and reality. Now, give me that chip, or we'll take it, and young Mr. Ketchem there by force..." She pulled out a pokeball, as did her cohorts.

Now Leo understood. Somehow they had hoodwinked him. That meant that he and Ash were now in real danger and it was all his fault. Ash had tried to tell him he couldn't hear anything, and Leo should have listened. Now it was too late. They were in great danger.

"Pikachu, Thunder!" Ash took them all by surprise. The Thunder attack caused a blinding light and soon Ash was sprinting down the hallway away from the Takers, pulling Leo behind him.

"Stop them!" Cassidy screamed. She threw her pokeball, revealing Houndour. Unfortunately, it was zapped by a stray beam of electricity, along with its' trainer. Cassidy fell to the floor.

"No. Leaver her. Leave her be," Karen snapped as a Taker and James made to pick her up. "Master Victor won't care as much for her injuries as for Ash Ketchem and that chip. James, Gonith, Tyler, Mitch, and two of you, circle around the other two pathways closest to the stairs. Electra and the rest of you, come with me." Each did as she ordered.

Now Leo was leading Ash, knowing the sub basement better than Ash did. "We need to find a place to regroup and wait them out until morning. I'm sure someone will come down by then..."

"I'm not so sure," Ash returned. "Maybe if we split up. Then they may not be able to tell which one has it..."

Leo thought about that. "Actually, that could work." He stopped and put the chip in his pocket, now they had reached two doors and by now, James and his party ran in from the right while Karen and her party came in from the left. The two boys ran into the opposite rooms and locked the doors behind them.

Ash and Pikachu soon found themselves in a dark room full of glowing tubes, which held chemicals. Other tubes held pokeballs suspeneded by liquid and labeled "Dangerous Pokemon: Do Not Release". Soon the door was blown open and Electra and two Takers surged in.

"Get him!" Electra cackled as she released Zapdos. Ash countered with Sceptile using Leaf Blade. Zapdos fell back with a loud squawk of pain, and the room was too narrow to fly or use electric attacks. "Zapdos, Peck!"

"Sceptile, dodge it!" The large lizard jumped just out of the bird's bill whenever it attempted to peck him violently. "Now, Pound!" Sceptile grabbed Zapdos' bill, holding it shut, and delivered a powerful strike on the top of its' head what seemed sixteen times before Zapdos fell, dazed and with a concusion.

Electra stood with frozen fear etched into her face.

James stepped forward, clearly determined to correct the mistake Electra had made. "Cacnea, Pin Missle!" "Cac! Cacnea!" It turned and hugged him. "No, Cacnea! Now really isn't the time. Use Pin Missle!" James screamed as he felt the spikes puncture his skin.

Cacnea released James and fired a volley of pins, causing the tubes to shatter. The pokeballs opened upon contact with the ground, releasing a Kabuto, gigantic Muk, Tyranitar, Crawdaunt, Dorapion, and particularly vicious-looking Arcanine advanced upon the Takers.

"Looks like they'll be busy for a while," Ash commented as he backed away. He had seen a door on the other end of the hall and ran for it after recalling Sceptile.

Gonith flung the door open, his Golem in front of him. "End for you is this line. Golem, Tackle that Pika-Mc-Chu-Chu."

"Golem!" the tortise rushed at Pikachu. It received a serious surprise as Pikachu countered with Iron Tail, knocking out both pokemon and trainer. Ash and Pikachu ran out the door.

Two Nuzleaf fell to Electrike's Double-Edge attack, taking out two of their trainers. Leo backed away as Karen and Slowking advanced upon him. The only real advantage Leo had against her was knowing how close to the center of the sub basement where he could call for help. He threw a chair at Karen, who seemed too focused on Electrike to notice. She screamed and lurched back, allowing her targets the chance to escape, which they did. The room was a large spiral with a microphone hanging from the ceiling. Leo quickly reached the bottom of the stairs and grabbed hold of the mic.

"Now hear this, There are Takers in the sub basement! I'm on the final floor. All ISS members PLEASE assemble," he shouted into it. Suddenly, Karen, James, and the three remaining Takers burst into the room and made it to his level, Leo backing away.

"Leo, your race is run," Karen told him dryly. "Now be a good boy and give me the chip."

Leo leered at her, defiantly. "No. Now get out of here. ISS members will be here any minute."

"Who do you think you're threatening?" a Taker spat. "You're the one cornered and all alone."

"He's not alone! He has me!" They all looked up to see Ash and Pikachu, mounted on Sceptile's back. It appeared they were planning to jump, and they did, causing the offenders to stagger back, frightened and shocked.

A Taker threw a pokeball. "Exploud, Tackle!" The monsterous reptile slammed into Sceptile, causing him and Ash to fall in opposite directions.

Karen dived forward and hooked her arm around Ash's neck, the other over his stomach, and hugged him to her as if he were her lover. "Now, give us the chip, or Ash here will be a little bruised on delivery to our master."

Leo looked at Ash. Ash had risked his own safety to come down here with him to save a friend, and now he was being compressed by this evil woman.

"Don't," Ash barked at him. "Don't give it to them, Leo."

"Ash, what choice do I have?" Leo's voice cracked. "This is all my fault. It's because of me you're down here at all. I need to. There's no other way."

Karen grinned so her teeth were showing. "That's right. Now, hand it over nice and easy..."

He held it out slowly, Karen's hand reaching out for it.

Suddenly there was a burst of power overhead and soon Jeremy was running down the stairs with his Furret. Behind him came Dash and Crim with their Scizor buzzing around overhead. And finally, came...Shuma and Natu...Crim's Scizor lauched a Hyper Beam, taking out the Exploud trainer and her pokemon. Ash pulled out of Karen's arms and shoved her backward, and Pikachu shocked Slowking badly. Sceptile had Aggron pressed up against the wall and issued a Bullet Seed from close range, James huddled in the corner, cowering from Dash's Scizor.

"If you touched a hair on Leo, you witch..." Shuma growled at Karen. Then, before anyone knew it, Karen had directed a Psyhic attack at Shuma. The attack hit and caused Shuma to lose her balance and fall from the step she'd been standing on...

Leo gazed in horror.

Angel-FoX-crescent
20th July 2006, 5:03 PM
Ohhhh dear please let Shuma be okay.

Myuutsufan
21st July 2006, 2:26 PM
:gonk: Oh, great! Another cliff hanger!!! I'm so full of suspense now!!!

Myuutsufan
21st July 2006, 2:26 PM
:gonk: Oh, great! Another cliff hanger!!! I'm so full of suspense now!!!

Riva
21st July 2006, 3:50 PM
Chapter 19: V For Victor

Leo was being restrained by Crim and Ash. Leo was growling angrily and making furious swipes at Karen. Crims' Scizor buzzed up and caught Shuma quickly before any harm befell her and held her unconcious form in her arms. Karen seemed unnereved by both the beastial look on Leo's face and that her fellow Takers were being captured.

"James, I think we better...James? James! You coward!" Karen glared up and saw James fleeing through the door at the top of the stairs. She and Slowking sprinted after him, pushing both foe and allie aside.

"Leo, calm down!" Crim yelled. "For Pete's sake, nothing can effect a trainers' performance more than uncontrolled anger!!" He attempted to keep Leo from pulling out of his arms.

"She hurt Shuma! She hurt Shuma!" It seemed to be all he focused on. "I'll tear her apart!" Suddenly he was able to pull out of his arms and ran after Karen with Electrike in his tow. He ran up to the final step and followed past an unconcious Gonith and Golem. The pokemon in the room before had knocked out those who had been with James, but were long gone. Leo reached the main lobby just as James was fleeing from the front doors and Karena yard behind him with Slowking abreast to her. "Zap Cannon!"

Karen screamed in agony as the electric attack hit her in the small of the back. She whirled around. "Slowking, Shadow Ball!" Leo and Electric dived behind the main lobby desk as the black blob of energy hit the floor where the two had originally been, but Leo saw the chip fall out of his pants pocket. A minute later, it was destroyed by the Shadow Ball.

"Leo, you can't win," Karen was advancing towards the desk, Slowking stepping one foot ahead of her at a time. "I am and have been one of the best trainers there are. You see, I was training to become a member of the Elite Four when I met Victor, and he showed me there is no such thing as good or evil. Only power and those who can seize it. Now, give me the chip, and I may spare you a great deal of pain..."

"Then I guess I'm in for some pain. Because that Shadow Ball destroyed the chip," Leo called.

He heard Karen stop, the sudden abscence of foot falls seemed unsteadied. "No..." She said it as if by doing so, she could disprove him.

Leo laughed suddenly. "Go and look for yourself. I wonder what your boss will say once you've made your report. Not likely in for a pay raise, are you?"

Karen had now fallen to her knees, a horrified look coming into her eyes. "Master....Victor, we tried...Please...Please have mercy on us..." She seemed to be almost sobbing, her hands clutched to her head.

Leo looked cautiously over the top of the desk. It was hard to be enraged at her seeing Karen in such a terrified state. "He can't hear you..."

"Are you sure about that?" The figure if the tall man swept out if the shadows as if he had been a part of them, his handsome face making the dark robes gathered about him making his appearance almost supernatural. Victor faced Leo from across the room. "So, the chip is destroyed? Yes, I can see it is. So..." he pulled out a pokeball..."Let's see who has the stronger Electric-type. Go, Raichu!" The spring hare leapt from the pokeball, but was sent smashing into the wall by a Solar Beam. Victor blinked in shock, then saw Ash and Sceptile.

Victor recalled Raichu, who had clearly taken a lot of damage from the Solar Beam and sent out Omastar. "Roll Out!" The spiked shell moved like a wheel rapidly across the tile floor, but unfortunately, Victor hadn't taken the tile might unbalance Omastar due to its' spikes into account.

"Pikachu, Iron Tail!" Pikachu leapt off Ashs' shoulder and struck the side of Omastar's shell as hard as he could with his glowing tail.

Omastar skidded across the floor like a hockey puck. "Omastar, Poison Sting!" It emerged from its' shell and spat pins of venom from it's pincers. "Staaaaarrr!"

Pikachu dodged the pins as best he could. "Pikachu," Ash called, "use Agility and Tackle!" "Pi! Pi! Pi! Piiiikaa!" The small mouse slammed into the prehistoric creature, sending it skidding further away.

"Omastar, return!" Victor recalled it, then turned to Ash. "Well, well. It seems this time you are better prepared for a battle against me. Are you sure I can't convince you in a position in Team Domination? I seem to have an open space.." He glared sideways at Karen, who whimpered.

"Forget it, Victor," Ash rejected. "I've seen what your people do to others. I'd never go to anyone like you. You say you treat others with respect, but willing to replace Karen after she fails you once? You're disgusting!" He made a sickened face.

Victor now looked mad. "You are starting to annoy me with your 'Holier than thou' attitude, Ash..." He flung a pokeball, releasing Marrowak. "If I can't have you join me, I'll just have to beat you. Marrowak, Bone Rush!" Marrowak ran with swift speed and bopped Pikachu hard on the head with its' bone club. "Now Flamethrower!" Sceptile and Ash dodged in opposite directions as the fire surged from its' mouth. "Boneberang!" Pikachu squealed as the bone club struck him, causing him to fall back a step or two.

"Pikachu, use Iron Tail!" Ash called. Marrowak attempted to block the attack using the bone club, but the bone began to crack under the pressure, and the two pokemon sprang away from each other.

"Bone Club!" Victor yelled. "Marrowak dashed at Pikachu, bone club raised and posed to strike.

"Iron Tail!" Ash countered. Pikachu swung about, striking Marrowak in the hand, causing the bone club to skid away across the floor. Marrowak's head lifted from the force of the blow and it reeled backward in the air.

Victor growled wickedly, being forced to recall Marrowak. Suddenly, Henry and an attendant had walked through the door. Henry and Victor gazed at each other. It was clear on Henry's face that he was being forced to realize his worse fear was true and the look on Victor's face was that of pure and evil pleasure at the sight of the other man's fear. Victor suddenly clapped his hands and the room filled with smoke. When it cleared, both Victor and Karen were gone.

The next morning, Henry and the Guardian guild were sitting in the conference room of ISS HQ. There had been various eye witnesses to the appearance of Takers in the building last night and Leo provided testimoney that Victor the Vanquisher had in deed appeared with his followers. Henry was indeed forced to accept that Victor had not died and that Giovanni had been the leader of Team Rocket. When this reached the new reports, Cissa almost had a fit that her precious Henry had been proven wrong. She might have done further damage to herself had a nurse not forced her to lay back down.

Upside, the ISS members who had captured the Takers were in the front lobby, all but Leo who had gone into hiding to escape further questioning.

"So, it may be a while until things around here have quited down," Dash told to younger ISS members. "What should we all do?"

Jeremy shrugged slightly. "I may take some downtime and start my own business for a while..."

"I'm taking off after the ISS members who took off after those Takers were carted out of here last night," Crim informed them. "Agatha suspects they were actually spies for Victor."

"Well, guess that leaves me, Shuma and Ash," Dash concluded.

"Actually," everyone looked at Ash questiongly. "I'm going to go do some training with Agatha and Spenser for a while. I did pretty good against Victor in our last battle last night. If I go train with two of the eldest powerful trainers, I may be able to beat him."

Crim looked at Ash for a while, then walked over and, taking hold of Ash's right hand, placed a pokeball in it. "In that case, take my Scizor for a while. She's strong, but Blazeken is really my powerhouse. He was my first pokemon, but Scizor belonged to my dad. And now I'm entrusting her to you. You'll need her speed and power if you want to keep up with Agatha and Spenser."

"Crim...thanks..." Ash looked down at the pokeball his teacher had given him. It was a true honor. No matter what came next, Ash was sure he could face it.

jessieneese
21st July 2006, 6:46 PM
Another great chapter. I hope you write the next one soon. :)

Angel-FoX-crescent
21st July 2006, 6:58 PM
Yay Ash gets a sizzor
and Karen is beaten ^0^
Go Leo!

greta_lover
21st July 2006, 10:50 PM
Oh my goodness! This is another what I would call a good chapter! Keep on working and I would be happy!!!

shadowlight
22nd July 2006, 1:24 AM
Chapter 19: V For Victor
Karen screamed in agony as the electric attack hit her in the small of the back. She whirled around. "Slowking, Shadow Ball!" Leo and Electric dived behind the main lobby desk as the black blob of energy hit the floor where the two had originally been, but Leo saw the chip fall out of his pants pocket. A minute later, it was destroyed by the Shadow Ball.

"Leo, you can't win," Karen was advancing towards the desk, Slowking stepping one foot ahead of her at a time. "I am and have been one of the best trainers there are. You see, I was training to become a member of the Elite Four when I met Victor, and he showed me there is no such thing as good or evil. Only power and those who can seize it. Now, give me the chip, and I may spare you a great deal of pain..."

"Then I guess I'm in for some pain. Because that Shadow Ball destroyed the chip," Leo called.

He heard Karen stop, the sudden abscence of foot falls seemed unsteadied. "No..." She said it as if by doing so, she could disprove him.

Leo laughed suddenly. "Go and look for yourself. I wonder what your boss will say once you've made your report. Not likely in for a pay raise, are you?"

Karen had now fallen to her knees, a horrified look coming into her eyes. "Master....Victor, we tried...Please...Please have mercy on us..." She seemed to be almost sobbing, her hands clutched to her head.

Leo looked cautiously over the top of the desk. It was hard to be enraged at her seeing Karen in such a terrified state. "He can't hear you..."

"Are you sure about that?" The figure if the tall man swept out if the shadows as if he had been a part of them, his handsome face making the dark robes gathered about him making his appearance almost supernatural. Victor faced Leo from across the room. "So, the chip is destroyed? Yes, I can see it is. So..." he pulled out a pokeball..."Let's see who has the stronger Electric-type. Go, Raichu!" The spring hare leapt from the pokeball, but was sent smashing into the wall by a Solar Beam. Victor blinked in shock, then saw Ash and Sceptile.

You got that from Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix



Chapter 19: V For Victorhe showed me there is no such thing as good or evil. Only power and those who can seize it.

Thats from Harry Potter too
Not sure which book

Otherwise it was a good chapter

Riva
22nd July 2006, 6:26 PM
Chapter 20: Bakutata

Bakutata, the Ghostly Flame Pokemon. Centuries ago, an army of Typholsion were absorbed by a Dusclops and every now and then their spirits are released when the pokemon uses Will-o-wisp, giving birth to a new creature. Bakutata skims over wetland areas, seeming to forget that being a fire-type, it should not be near water.

That, however, is what the pokedex says. Indeed, the original Bakutata appeared centuries ago, but the events were never mentioned until now...

There was once a powerful, yet evil mage of fire named Morgana who was a Typhlosion trainer. Her goal was world domination and she attempted to use artifacts created by her older siblings. Morgana accquired the Blaze Strider, Blazing Strike, and Hero Feather, all which were associated with fire. Using her power over fire and combining it with her Typhlosion and the PokeSymbols, she transformed every mountain on the planet into an active valcanoe, threatening to cause them to erupt unless her family stood aside and allowed her to carry out her plans. She was approached by her older brother and his Dusclops and challenged to a pokemon battle. It went on for four days, until he was forced to allow his ghost pokemon to absorb both his sibling and her fire pokemon.

However, it was far from over. The second time Joshua was called upon to protect his village, the Will-o-wisp his pokemon used became a miniature and ghostly duplicate of the Typhlosion, speaking in the voice of his sister. Realizing this new creature, calling "herself" Bakutata, Joshua used the Snorlax Slumberer to ceal the pokemon away for all eternity.

Or so he thought...

25,000,000 years later, a young woman dressed in a white business suit with a plumb undershirt sat in a maginificently decorated office. This was Amanda Binder, business woman. Her violet eyes could charm most men and her blondish-white hair looked like it had been made from diamonds. Always a brilliant thinker, Amanda had gained all any girl could want; expensive clothes, money, access to almost everything that caught her fancy, and now she had been allowed to attend a meeting to determine new leader of ISS. She would get that, too.

"Miss?" A butler, seemingly a muscular young man in the classic necktie and tux, entered carrying a parsel. "Package for you from our archeology department." He placed it on her desk and left.

Amanda unwrapped it and lifted the PokeSymbol out. "Aww, yes. The Snorlax Slumberer. It was rumored to cause a great deal of serenity and calm..." Then something flashed in her mind. Something was inside the doll. "Come out.." She ordered, mentally.

The doll crackled with a small amount of psyhic energy and a small, Typhlosion-quse creature, seemingly comprised of semi-transparent blue shimmering flames slowly emerged from the doll.

"Well now..." Amanda smiled. "I get an artifact and a new pokemon..."

Bakutata eyed her new "trainer" closely. "What's your name?" She asked in a soft, feminine and echoing voice. She floated over Amanda's right shoulder.

"I'm Amanda Binder," the human introdued herself, apparently not frightened that the pokemon could speak human. "And, I have heard a story involving a Bakutata..."

Bakutata listened to Amanda as she explained she had always been curious if the stories of the PokeSymbols to be true, and Bakutata confessed they were. The pokemon then revealed she knew how many and what powers they possessed. In fact, she was sensing two now.

"The Charm Swinger and Dream Weaver," she said as the flames on her "head" glowed green. "They would make any endevour you undertake the more easy. We can start our partnership right now. What do you say? Help me, and I will make you powerful..."

Amanda grinned...

greta_lover
22nd July 2006, 6:37 PM
Really awesome chapter!!!

Angel-FoX-crescent
22nd July 2006, 9:36 PM
Whooo Bakutata sounds a really wicked pokemon ^0^ and how you described Amanda
is really good.

jessieneese
22nd July 2006, 11:16 PM
It was kinda short, but still good all in all. Great description with Amanda.

Riva
23rd July 2006, 4:08 PM
Chapter 21: Leo's Walk To Forget

Taillow are not that uncommon a sight. Unless they are seen in Kanto. And come up to the neck of their evolve form of Swellow. A swarm of Spearow did not stand a chance when they were set upon, leaving only their nests behind.

The Team Rocket airship was floating about in the Western direction, when Meowth pointed them out to Jessie and James. "They look a bit too big to be Taillow," the cate mused. "Though they could be like the budgy Pidgeys'..."

It seemed as though the Taillow knew the ship were there, the flock "turned" and attacked the ship, their beaks striking the hard metal again and again. They just weren't pecking it, they were EATING the ship! Jessie, James, Meowth, and a freshly released Wobbuffet clutched each other and screamed until James finally turned the ship around, leaving the demon Taillow squaking angrily behind them.

"Did...did you see that?" Jessie quivered. "Who was flying with those things?"

"No. I was too busy fearing that once they were done eating through the hull, they'd start in on us," James whimpered.

"It was Silvermane..."

Leo, dressed in a cloak, was walking along a dirt road near some mountains. He wasn't really aware of the demonic flock that flew overhead, nor had he heard the rumors that lately an army of Dragonair seemingly led by a Rayquayza soared through the air now adays. He wanted to forget. Forget all he had seen that night. Forget he had endangered his and Ash's lives. Been foolish enough to think he knew what was what. Everything.

"Well, hello there..."

Leo turned to his right to see a 4 ft tall Treecko squatting on a rock looking at him. At first Leo was sure he had been hearing things. Pokemon couldn't talk. It was ridiculous. Must be the sun taking effect.

"I believe I said 'hello'..."

Okay, maybe it wasn't his imagination..."Um...hello?" Leo blinked.

The Treecko smirked and tilted his head to the side. "Now, where would you be going? Trying to find something, are we?"

"No," Leo told the pokemon. "Trying to forget."

He shook his head. "Those who seek to flee their past are often doomed to encounter the harships of others...And make those harships vanish..."

Leo had been walking past the pokemon while conversing, but now had looked over his shoulder. "What's that suppose to mean?"

"Nothing. Nothing at all..." The Treecko stood up and swallowed a few berries. "...Or perhaps it does mean something. My name's Kimori, by the way."

"I'm.."

"I know who you are," Kimori cut him off. "And I must say, what I've heard in terms of your appearance weren't exaggerations. But your power...now there is something I'd like to see be proven..." and Kimori was gone.

Amanda Binder was in the meeting already, Bakutata overshadowing her in the far back of her mind. Both could not feel much sympathy for the bumbling and stuttering Henry as he tried to explain himself to the excecutives the reasons he had had to believe the procast four months ago had been a fake. During the meeting, when an executive moved that Amanda atleast be allowed to have a week trial basis to see how ISS would manage under the young woman, Amanda nodded. Though she was only half listening to him. Bakutata had just told her a new PokeSymbol had been active for five weeks now. The Munch-Crunch-Trap, a statue that comes to life and can eat through anything.

It was indeed in use. By a fat old man who was now using it to devour an entire house. The PokeSymbol looked like a Pikachu-sized Croconaw, minus the small spike on the tail. A skelatal woman dressed in an army suit, white hair with a Scyther and a medium man in a pink tux with a Machoke and a pompadoor stood on either side of him, backed by men in red jumpsuits. The family looked on in fear and anger.

"And that's what happens when you don't pay taxes," the fat man lectured the father. "Maybe next time you'll try to show more respect to your king."

"You're no king, Fang," the man's daughter spat suddenly. "You're not even descended from royalty. Ever since you found that thing..." she glared in contempt at the Munch-Crunch-Trap, "you've been a beast."

"Silence, brat!" the woman had the voice of a Murrkrow. "How dare yoy speak to him in such a fashion."

"Show respect," the man had an Elvis-quse voice. "Because of King Fang, Team Domination hasn't been able to find this villiage. And with the Munch-Crunch-Trap, if they do, they'll be chewed up and spit out."

"That's right!" Fang laughed.

The self-proclaimed king and his forces left as soon as Leo stepped onto the scene. "Excuse me," Leo asked a bearded man close to him, "is there an inn where I can spend the night?"

"You'd be lucky to find one," the man answered. "Ever since King Fang found the Munc-Crunch-Trap, he lets it eat any building belonging to anyone who hasn't paid taxes..."

Leo blinked. "Then why not simply try to work harder so you can pay?" he asked.

"If only we could," the father of the girl who had yelled at Fang. "But he makes insane taxation rules under threat of telling Team Domination where we are. Just last week, he passed a mad hair tax."

A growl forced its' way up Leo's throat. "That's disgusting. Hasn't anyone ever stood up to him?"

The girl looked just as angry. "Yeah, only to be beaten by Skeeta and Romio's pokemon, then thrown in the prison."

"Where is he?" Leo asked.

Amanda walked back into her office. Two new statues on her desk; one was a miniature Hypno and the other a Spinarrak hunging from a thread, balancing on its' red fangs.

"So, Bakutata, what do you think of the modern world?" Amanda asked aloud.

The ghost pokemon floated from between the woman's eyes. "I don't keep up with current events," she said boredly, then floated behind the two PokeSymbols. "The Charming Spinner; able to put the arrogant under your control. And the Dream Weaver; able to make dreams, fantasies come into the physical world. With these, world domination is just a footstep away..."

"On what grounds do you challenge my authority?" Fang roared at Leo. Leo had entered Fang's mansion, the biggest and most elegant house, which the fat pig had no doubt forced the villagers to build for him. The guards had not stopped the young man. "You do realize you are tempting fate by threatening a beloved leader..."

"You're no leader, Fang," Leo said coldly. "You put your own needs before those of the those who live around you." There was hate in Leo's eyes.

Skeeta stepped forward, Scyther at her side. "You got it all wrong, kid. King Fang here protects the people in the village from Victor the Vanquisher. So the way I see it, you should shut up and stop your whining!"

A glare from Leo's eyes caused Skeeta to step back a step or two and contain a scream behind her hands. That look had been bloodthirsty. The pompadoor of her companion suddenly feel off as if it had been sliced with a blade.

"Do you think what you're doing is alright?" Leo growled, gaining a beastial tone. "If so, then you are all evil. I can sense it. You're no better than Victor. Or Cissa. You all just want control, and must be stopped!"

Fang flung himself off his thrown. "How dare you compare filth like Victor to me! Get him, Munch-Crunch-Trap!" The PokeSymbol leapt at Leo, snapping its' jaws and swiping with its' miniature fangs.

Leo jumped back and evaded each assualt.

He glared at it. "Annoying little thing. Goooo....aaaawaaaaayy!" Leo swung out with his leg and struck the PokeSymbol in its' throat, hard, causing it to crack and the crack to splinter across the body. The thing smashed against the wall, shattering upon contact.

Fang quivered with fear where he stood, accompanied with Skeeta, Romio and their pokemon. The guards, seeing their "fearless leader" preparing to bawl like an infant, dropped their arms and fled. Leo slowly approached the trio...

"Please. Please show mercy..." Fang begged, sinking to his knees, tears running down his face. "I didn't mean to do any of those bad things. The...the Munch-Crunch-Trap made me do it..."

"NO EXCUSES!" Leo bellowed.

The agonized screams of Fang, Skeeta, and Romio rang in the mansion among the various strikes.

Leo stood before the villiagers. "Thank you," the bearded man said. "Because of you, Fang and his forces are in their own prision awaiting for Officer Jenny to tak them away."

"Would you consider staying?" a woman asked.

Leo remembered what both the girl and Kimori had said. And nodded.

Jessie, James and Meowth walked inside the cold hallway, crowded somewhat by various Metang. They were here to recruit some of the fighters in Emily's Underground Robo Fights. According to the boards. The next one to participate was...Pike Queen Lucy....

jessieneese
23rd July 2006, 4:31 PM
Talking Pokemon...great addition. Can't wait for the next chapter!

Angel-FoX-crescent
23rd July 2006, 7:04 PM
Looking good I like Kimori he's cute I wonder if he'd be Leo's pokemon later?

Myuutsufan
23rd July 2006, 11:23 PM
Go Leo! Go Leo! Talking Pokemon rock! I wish I could have thought of that
^-^

Riva
24th July 2006, 4:14 PM
Chapter 22: Don't Try To Lie To Your Heart, Lucy

Lucy sat in a small cell in what appeared to be a gungey and sleazy building, her door guarded by two Metang.Jessie, James and Meowth walked through a large crowd of people who had come here to see various people battle their pokemon against Emily's Pokebots.

"Jessie, what are we doing here?" James questioned.

She shot him a look. "More than half of Team Rocket and Team Domination have either been arressted of fled for one reason or another. As heads of Team Rocket, we need to recruit more people..."

"That's right," Meowth nodded. "Victa's been pretty aloof from us for some time. What are we? Chopped liva?"

"Attention, attention. Hey, I said attention, jerks!" Emily's voice called from loudspeakers. "May I direct your attention to the arena where my latest pokebot will compete against Pike Queen Lucy!"

The crowd rushed to the arena and looked down into a dirt pit. On one side a large Ninjask-quse robot hovered an inch off the ground. On the other staggered in Lucy, looking rather surly and grim. It had been clear she had gone to no real attempt to keep herself as pretty as she often had when she had first met Ash, May, Max and...Brock. Much of the crowd thought it was a joke, while some boys called out for her phone number. Emily sat in the top box behind a pane of yellow glass and smirking.

"Milotic, I choose you..." The large serpentine pokemon piled into the robot quickly, wrapping itself around the thing and squeezing it until it blew apart. Three Metang swooped into the arena and fired Hyper Beams, all of which Milotic evaded and beat their "heads" in, causing them to crumble as easily if they had been true robots themselves. Six small robots resembling tiny Tentacool with white underbodies and tentacuels floated down and fired bombardments of ink at Milotic. It leapt up and smashed them all with its' thick, fan-like tail. Two tiny robots that resembled Swampert were raised from panels beneath the floor and charged at Milotic from behind, only to have their heads swiped off with its' tail.

Those in the crowd who had placed bets on Lucy cheered and whooped with satisfaction. Everyone, that was, but a lone figure accompanied by a Scizor.

Bakutata shook her head back and forth at a mad pase. "Oh my, oh my, oh my...One, no, two...three...wait! This is ridicolous...It's not one PokeSymbol, but four! Four activating at the same time!"

Amanda smirked.

Shuma woke up in the recovery room where she had been lying down to see Toro, a tan-skinned boy with green hair, standing over her. She and Toro had been friends even before they had come to work at ISS.

"About time you got up," he said in a thick Eastern accent. "We have some work to do for the new boss lady." His Perap nodded.

The door on Lucy's cell opened and she saw a figure standing there with a Scizor behind it. Two Metang lay unconsious on the floor.

"So, Lucy...I didn't want to believe it. But it's hard when I see the evidence looking right at me..."

Lucy sighed. "What do you want, Ash?"

"To take you out of here," Ash told her. "Lucy, you can't be happy around here. Don't you miss us?"

She shook her head. "He's gone. It's all gone. I want to do this. I want to forget the bad things that happened..."

Ash glared and frowned crossly. Pikachus' ears drooped. "Lucy, you can't run away from your problems. You need to face them. Come with me. You don't belong here. You belong with friends." "Pika, Pika," Pikachu nodded.

"You make it all sound so easy," Lucy put her face so far down it was concealed. "But life isn't that way. Sometimes things just go so very wrong."

"STOP IT!" Ash yelled angrily. Scizors' wings buzzed and Pikachu pinned his ears back. "Is this the Lucy I battled so long ago? The Lucy I know wouldn't let this type of thing happen to her. It's so disrespectful towards yourself. Have some self-pride!"

"Yes, why not listen to the twerp?"

Lucy looked up reluctantly and Ash turned around. Jessie, James, and Meowth, along with Wobbuffet and Mime Jr. were standing behind them. All looking rather triumphant.

"Prepare for trouble..."
"And make it double..."
"An evil as old as the galaxy..."
"Sent here to fulfil our destiny..."
"Then there's me!"
"Jessie."
"James."
"And Meowth are the names."
"Team Rocket, traveling the universe."
"Wherever there's trouble, Team Rocket will be there..."
"To make everything worse!"
"Wobbuffet!"
"Miiime Jr.!"

"What are you doing here?" Ash demanded.

Jessie held a pokeball. "We're here to do some recruiting..."

"And the person we're after, is you, Lucy!" James also held one, then released a Larvitar while Jessie sent out Seviper.

Meowth exposed his claws. "We're not after you, twoip," he hissed at Ash. "But back this Meowth into a corna, and you'll get my claws..."

Ash sighed. "Aipom, use Double Slap," he released his pokemon.

"Aipom, pom," the small purple monkey threw herself at Meowth and smacked him across the face with the glove-like end of her tail, knocking him backward.

"Seviper, Poison Tail!" "Seviper!" The gaboon viper flew at the monkey, only to get Pikachu's Iron Tail in the neck and knocked backward.

James glared. "Larvitar, Tackle!" Aipom used Swift, knocking him back.

"Heh, you guys are just as easy to beat as ever," Ash scoffed.

Suddenly a whole swarm of Metang surrounded them and clamped down on Ash's pokemon. Emily's voice came in over the loudspeakers. "Alright, Team Rocket. You can have Lucy if you give me Ash. Metang, take those three pokemon of Mr. Ketchem out!"

The Metang seemed to be attempting to tear the pokemon apart with just their claws, when suddenly...a Hyper beam took several out and a thick tail five more, freeing Aipom, Scizor and Pikachu. Lucy stood defiantly in the doorway of her cell.

"Scum," she growled in a serpentine tone. "Treating me as if I were a trading card. I belong to no one but myself! I am my own person! Milotic, use Twister!" A violent whirlwind surged from the snake's fan-like tail, knocking out half the Metang. Those still consious fled.

"Seviper, Poison Tail!" Jessie screamed.

"Larvitar, Mud Shot," James followed up.

"Swinub, Powder Snow!" Lucy's small pig shook snow from her fur, freezing Larvitar on contact.

"Scizor, Metal Claw!" Seviper screamed and fell on its' head, its' coils falling over in a rhymic sequence. "Now, Hyper Beam!"There was a shaking explosion and Team Rocket were sent sky high.

"This is sort of like old times," Meowth observed.

"I have a feeling it's going to be like old times more than ever," Jessie sighed.

James nodded, sitting cross-legged. "Yes, but at least we're still heads of Team Rocket."

"Wobbuffet!"

"And now Team Rocket is blasting off agaaaaaaainn!"

"So, Ash," Lucy followed him away from the building she had wasted many months in. "Just where is it we're going?"

"To the Security Village," Ash told her. "I met someone while training saying someone we know there needs our help soon..."

Angel-FoX-crescent
24th July 2006, 4:48 PM
Go Lucy! ^0^
this is the best chapter by far! ;026;

greta_lover
24th July 2006, 5:28 PM
Awesome! I can't believe Lucy listened to Ash!

jessieneese
24th July 2006, 8:00 PM
Wow...Lucy actually listened to Ash? :O Again, kind of short, but still an awesome chapter.

Riva
25th July 2006, 3:59 PM
Chapter 23: The Desire To Protect

"Somewhere out there. beneath the pale moonlight.
Someone's thinking of me, and loving me tonight."
"Natuuu!"

Shuma sang to the moon as she rode atop the roof of the ISS vehicle she, Toro, Thomas and a stuffy former actor had been assigned to. They were following the trail Bakutata was sensing, the small ghost pokemon being with them.

Bakutata glared upwards towards the singing. "That is so annoying. Doesn't she at least have the sense to come down here?"

"Leave her alone," Toro snapped at the little specter. "I happen to like that song. My mother always sang it to me at bedtime." His Perap squawked "Rock-a-bye, Magby!" why spreading her wings. Bakutata stuck her "fingers" in her ears.

That was the same song going through Lucy's mind as she looked up at the same moon. She and Ash had been traveling on foot for a while and had stopped from the night, each with their own sleeping bag while Scizor stood watch. Brock. How she hoped she would meet him once more. It seemed as though he was what she was fighting for. Lucy looked over at a sleeping Ash, and reflected how much Misty, May, and Annabell seemed to care for him. She would make sure she got him back to one or all of them.

The Treecko that called himself Kimori looked up at the moon. Leo. He felt sure that this boy Leo could help him if he asked. But not yet. Kimori had to wait. Something large and serpentine slithered across the moon.

"Did you see?" a deep and husky voice questioned? Kimori turned to see an Entei behind him and nodded. "He's still being cautious, but can't resist using the Dratini Wrapper to control dragon-types. Do you really feel this human can do it?"

"Maybe not by himself," Kimori answered. "But I feel he may have a chance. Heck, we broke away from him. So did Emily and that witch."

The Entei's eyes swung down from the mountain the two stood upon. "There's a human vehicle approaching Pri Village."

It was. Shuma had come down when Toro had called her. "It seems there's a person standing in front of a wooden fence. I wonder what he's doing." "What he's doing," his Perpap repeated.

"Who..." Shuma looked and gasped. "Leo!" She ran from the vehicle as soon as it stopped 16 feet of Leo and hugged him softly. "Leo! Leo. I'm so happy to see you!" Her Natu flew and landed on her shoulder.

"I'm glad to see you, too, Shuma," Leo told her, stroking her hair. "But...I need to ask you to go no further. If you do, I may have to fight each of you in turn."

A small Pidgeotto perched upon a tree, seemingly listening to the two. It also stood on the roof of the vehicle as Toro and Shuma spoke.

"I'm certain he meant what he said about battling us," she recounted. "And maybe those people would try to back him up. They all seem like what there's something here worth protecting. More than meets the eye."

"But we were sent here to..." Toro tried to protest.

Shuma cut him off. "I know that. But if we do so, we may risk making Leo mad, and he may not want to come back with us. And I don't want to do that..." She looked rather unhappy at just the thought of it.

"Don't want to do that," Perap repeated softly, her head feathers drooping slightly.

Toro sighed. "Alright. We'll just have to wait Leo out. He knows you best, Shuma, so he may listen to you."

Bakutata circled Thomas's head. "You heard that, I'm sure. You also have orders. Besides, if Leo is truly as strong as people say, think of what reward you'll recieve..." the ghost whispered.

Sandy, the little girl who had snapped at Fang, approached Leo that same night. She carried a small doll of Mew. "Leo? That girl...Shuma...she's a friend of yours', isn't she?"

"Yes..." Leo nodded.

"Well, she seems to really care about you. Maybe you should go to her," Sandy said softly.

Leo blinked. "But..."

"I don't mean you have to go forever," she told him. "Just go talk to her. It may make her happy."

"True," said a voice.

The pair looked up to see a young woman in a brick-orange dress with matching hair standing behind them. She wore a small smile and had brown eyes.

"Who are you?" Leo asked.

"I'm Morgana Monto," the girl answered. "I'm here to take you home. You see, we are engaged, and your fellow ISS teammates told me where to find you..."

Leo blinked. "I...I don't recall..."

Morgana suddenly had her arms around him. "Please, don't say that. It would break my heart."

Bakutata, Thomas and the green-skined, wild-pink-haired Gonzby stood on a nearby ledge, but were hidden. Gonzby held the Dream Weaver.

"Amazing," Thomas marveled. "The Baby Doll looks just so completely human. It's a good thing we found it first."

"Yes," Bakutata fixed her eyes on Sandy. "And that girl has the Mew Pelt. Not only is it in the shape of Mew and acts as a sacthel, but is also made from the fur of a Mew. With Leo on our side, we will be able to capture all of the PokeSymbols!" she laughed.

"Leo," Sandy piped up. She seemed uneasy. "I think...we should go. Something about this girl doesn't seem...human..."

There was a slight pause. Sandy, sensing she had said something offensive, moved off. Leo followed.

"How?" Thomas sputtered. "She shouldn't be old enough to know better, and Leo was totally fooled. How could she tell?"

"She's obviously been experienced in PokeSymbols," Bakutata realized. "This means we will have to use the two other we possess..." She looked at Gonzby.

Leo was sitting among a few rocks when Morgana reappeared. This time accompanied by two other girls. One had glasses, a red suit and green hair, the other, blue hair in stiff pigtails and a yellow dress. "Daisy and Rita", Morgana called them. Rita was her lawyer and Daisy her little sister who wished to meet her future brother-in-law. Morgana took Leo's hands and suddenly the two were waltzing in a ballroom. Next day they went to an amusement park with both the sisters. After that, the beach.

Gonzby laughed as threads flew from each leg of the Dream Weaver. Bakutata had surprised Sandy, scaring her into going out cold and Thomas now held her in his arms.

"The Dream Weaver is perfect for me!" Gonzby exclaimed. "And using the Triple Header was a stroke of genius. 'Then, finally, the blessed day came. Morgana wore the most breathtaking dress as both Daisy and Rita were present during the private ceremony to act as witnesses'..."

Indeed, down there it seemed it was happening. Leo was "wearing" a tuxedo.

"Doof!" Leo looked up to see a strange pokemon glaring down at him. At first he might have thought it was a Grovyle, but it didn't have the leaf sticking out if its' head. Its' tails entwined around each other, its' form and face were narrowed, and the leaves on its' wrists were too long. "What are you doing? Do you mean to tell me you can really be fooled by so simple a trick?"

Leo blinked. "Kimori?" He recognized that voice.

The pokemon smirked, exposing some teeth. "Actually, I'm really an Emja, and we're good at impersonating other pokemon. Here, take this!" He threw a small statue of a Suicune at Leo, and smiled when he heard Leo catch it, and Electrike emerge.

"What do I do with it?" Leo asked.

"Combine it with the power your own pokemon already posesses!" Emja explained. Then the pokemon leapt at each girl, using Leaf Blade and three brick-orange Smoochum dolls fell to the ground. Now Gonzby and Thomas could be seen, the fantasy broken.

Leo glared at Thomas. "Why you..." Electrike growled and sprang, a surge of energy pouring from the statue into his body. Suddenly...Electrike evolved. Manetric pushed Thomas back, catching Sandy on his back, and electrocuting the vile pair. The two tumbled down and at Leo's feet as Manetric approached. "How dare you," He growled. "What makes you think you have the right to do such things?"

"We're ISS, that's what," Thomas smirked. Suddenly a Gardevouir appeared, and floated away with him in her arms. Bakutata and a random Delibird appeared and flew away. "Sorry, Gonzby. But better a lousy scrub like you than me."

"So long, loser," Bakutata shot.

Gonzby stamped his foot. "How dare you! Thomas I..." Suddenly Gonzby realized a Disable attack was lifting him off the ground. A bruised Shuma glared at him.

"Gonzby," Leo's growl deepened. "You've held a young girl hostage, tried to manipulate me, and have apparently beaten up my girlfriend. Tell me, what would you do?"

"I have a good idea," Emja smirked. "Don't you?" He turned to Leo.

Leo nodded.

Gonzby's screams of pain, pleaing of "Leo, we were friends!" and the sound of Manetric's Thunder echoed in the night.

The next morning, a helmet like a Piloswine, a small cube-like something, and the Mew Pelt were laid on Amanda's desk.

"Okay, so we may have lost the Dream Weaver, but this more than makes up for it," Amanda mused.

"Indeed," Bakutata swooped next to the Mew Pelt and Piloswine Helmet. "Especially these. With them, we can summon a Cyimp..."

"What's a Cyimp?" Amanda inquired.

The small ghost faced her. "All good things in time. And some bad ones for Leo..." Bakutata laughed.

~SweetPea~
25th July 2006, 5:05 PM
Okay Olive, so I like these two chapters. They're both dramatic and I like how you used different situations but made it all come together in the end. I'm not even sure if what I said makes any sense. And there are a lot of enemies popping up all over the place too.

jessieneese
25th July 2006, 7:38 PM
You probably know what I think by now. :)

Angel-FoX-crescent
25th July 2006, 7:50 PM
It's good but it seems a little to fast.

greta_lover
25th July 2006, 9:51 PM
Awesome chapter! Keep up the good work, Riva!!

Myuutsufan
25th July 2006, 9:52 PM
Leo had better watch his back ^-^;

Riva
26th July 2006, 3:19 PM
Chapter 24: Pokemon Exorist Tomas

Maria was staying at ISS under an advisery role to Amanda, but there was something about the woman Maria disliked "advising", but was inclined to if she wished to stay in the organization her father and her father's father had worked so hard in. She had heard Gonzby had been beaten by Leo who, now with Shuma, had deserted ISS. Thomas was being rebelious towards her, and that Harley had vanished. And what was with these "PokeSymbols" and that Bakutata? A final issue was that after ten weeks of Amanda becoming the new leader of ISS, it seemed that Victor had vanished.

There was a knock on her door. "Come in."

Crim came in. "Yes, Maria?"

"I want you to look into these PokeSymbols," she told him in a no nonsense tone. "I'm not so entirely sure I approve of what this Amanda woman is doing, and even Henry admits to being unnerved by her. Even moreso since it appears that Victor the Vanquisher is avoiding confrontation and Team Domination isn't putting up too much of a fight anymore. It all seems rather fishy to me..."

"I see what ya mean," Crim nodded. "Don't worry, ma'am. You can count on me." He saluted her.

Ash and Lucy were just awakening when they saw a cloud of shadows above them. They both looked up and saw a swarm of Rayquayza and Dragonair. It was both beautiful and quite frightening. There were also rumbles of thunder among them. It was quite unheard of for Rayquayza to leave the O-zone layer and be seen by humans. This might not be a good sign.

"Think they're friendly?" Ash asked Lucy uneasily.

The dragons suddenly started to dive towards them. "Does that answer your question?!" Lucy cried and shoved him out of the way as the dragons piled into the ground.

Ash stood up and lifted a challenging pokeball. "What'd you attack us for?!" He yelled.

"Ash, put that away!" Lucy snapped. "How long do you think you'd last against a group of Rayquayza?"

"I'd listen to her, child..." a figure was flaoting among the dragons still in the air. It was tall and appeared to be standing on a single leg, the left leg raised as if about to kick. Dark yellow and red feathers covered its' form and a bird like mask adorned its' face.

Curious at this new creature, Ash scanned it. "Dariken, the Bird Demon Pokemon. A dark soul enters the body of an elderly Blazeiken and causes it to become powerful once more. This pokemon uses the left leg as a third arm and manipulates the right foot to act as if it still had two legs instead of hop. In ancient times, seeing one was seen as a sign of the world's destruction." "That doesn't sound good..." "Piii..."

Dariken smirked. "Hello, Ash. Nice to see you again...But then, back then I was Husk, the Empty pokemon..."

"You?" Ash was slightly frightened.

"Yes. Now..." Suddenly Dariken heard a whiring and saw several of the dragon pokemon with him become stone and fall to the ground. A young man in red, black and white armor striding in their direction. "He's still pursuing me. How troublesome," Dariken seemed to be speaking more to itself. It leapt away and the dragons went with it.

The young man finally reached Lucy and Ash. He had a stern look on his face.

Lucy put out her hand. "Thank you for driving that pokemon away. I'm Pike Queen Lucy, and this is Ash."

He looked at her. "I didn't try to drive him away. I wanted to either capture or destroy him," he said in the same tone Lucy had always been famous for. "Months of chasing that pokemon from his hovel, and he escapes again..." the boy sighed.

"Tomas!" A pokemon only a few inches taller than Pikachu was running towards the trio of humans. Its' ears seemed to be cut short, it had dark blue skin, yellow markings on its' chest and penetrating yellow eyes.

Ash scanned it. "Impersa, the Reptilian Imp Pokemon. It chooses one trainer and serves them as well as battle for them. Though not the strongest among dark/poison-type pokemon, it is byfar the fastest. In most cases, it has been known to speak human if taught the language by its' trainer."

The Impersa caught up to Tomas and panted heavily. "Tomas...Did you catch him?" Tomas shook his head and Impersa glared at Ash and Lucy. "I bet it was these two," it barked. "Interlopers! Don't you realize this is one of the greatest Pokemon Exorsists in the world? Fools!"

"That's enough, Impersa," Tomas told it shortly. Impersa looked up at him, a tad hurt, and obeyed.

Ash was still a bit lost. "A Pokemon Exorsist? What are those?"

"We're specalized in work orientated around ghost and dark-type pokemon," Tomas explained. "And I have been stalking that Dariken for a long time now. It's been looking for a strong trainer, but I feel if that were to happen, it would turn out very badly for us all. Especially since it seems to have power over those dragon pokemon..."

"Cool!" Ash exclaimed.

Tomas seemed to be studying Ash for a while. "Y-yes...I suppose..."

Bakutata shuddered. She sensed a powerful dose of dark energy. A strong source of evil. And this one made her uneasy. Two sleeves that looked like the legs of a Metagross were on Amanda's desk.

Impersa leered over its' shoulder. "Why are you two following us?" It barked at Ash and Lucy.

"We're not," Ash replied. "We're going to the Kimio Temple..."

"A likely story," it sneered. "Why would you two be welcomed there when they can have us as guests?"

Lucy curled her lip. "That little beast is getting to me..." she growled.

Soon they arrived at a large building that looked, as Meowth might have put it, "a Japanese resturant". It was too elaborate to describe and seemed very well taken care of. Many men stood about in white robes and had Hoothoot perched on their shoulders.

A young man with bright red hair went out to meet the trio, a Dratini following. "Ash, hello. Who're your friends?"

"Draco," Ash addressed. "This is Lucy and that's Tomas. He's not really a friend, but seems to have some reason to be here..."

Tomas nodded. "I'm here to see Mimiko, the head priestess."

Meanwhile, far away, Dariken was still searching for a strong trainer.

Mimiko was as beautiful as Lucy and wore a Shinto robe. Small transparent fish-like pokemon swooped about her and her hair looked like blue-transparent water. Ash, having been here with Agatha, kneeled as a sign of respect to her. Tomas and Impsera did the same until Lucy finally caught on and did likewise.

"I'm pleased to see you again, Ash," she said in a soft and doeful tone that matched her eyes. "I hope you have a few new PokeSymbols for me."

"Well..." Ash began, sweating a bit.

Lucy blinked, and pulled the Jade Tentacruel out of her pack. "You mean one of these things? Emily gave it to me the first time I battled for her as a prize. What's so special about it?"

Mimiko then told the story I have told you. "And sometimes rather bothersome pokemon were imprisoned inside or summoned using them. Many men and women have sought to use them, so I recruited Ash who found the Rainbow Feather to collect as many as he could."

"How many do you have now?"

"If you would be so kind, I will have six..." Mimiko accepted the Jade Tentacruel with a smile. Then turned to Tomas. "I also believe you were called as guard?" Tomas nodded. "Thank you for coming. I know you are not a man for hire and your reasons for acceptance are your own. You may all stay for as long as you wish." And Mimiko's word was final.

Angel-FoX-crescent
26th July 2006, 10:46 PM
Looking good
the pokemon are great.

shadowlight
27th July 2006, 2:04 AM
hmmm this seems to resemble Harry Potter
Ash or Leo not sure which is Harry Ash is the main character but Leo was the one that said to Karen that the chip is broken
The when they were fighting Ash came in like Dumbledore and saved Leo

Ash = Dumbledore
Victor = Lord Voldemort
Leo = Harry
Henry = Fudge
Order of the Pheonix = Guardian Guild

If ash is dumbledore does that mean he will die

Your latest chapter was good I can't wait for the next one

Riva
27th July 2006, 6:45 PM
Chapter 25: Raid on the vault

Impersa slept on the floor of the room where the PokeSymbols were kept. It snored and slightly drooled on the floor as it slept. Tomas looked down at it with something like a poor attempt at acceptance of its' personality defects.

Outside, Ash and Pikachu were training with Scizor while Lucy leaned against Milotic and stroked Swinub's fur.

Scizor's head shot up. "Sciz?"

"What is it, Scizor?" Ash asked. She pointed to a pair of bushes and suddenly Emily, accompanied by a troop of Metang, leapt out of the shrubs. "Emily!"

"The one and only," Emily cheered in her self approval. Her eyes swung towards Lucy. "I put a tracker on the Jade Tentacruel, figuring if anyone from this temple stole it, it'd lead me straight to a vault full of PokeSymbols. Metang, attack!" The robotic pokemon swarmed out.

Lucy threw out a pokeball, releasing her Seviper and on her command issued a Flamethrower from its' jaws, frying three Metang to a crisp.

"Scizor, use Furry Cutter!" "Sciiiizoooorrr!" She spun about, slashing all the Metang that came after her.

Some Metang actually made it into the vault and encountered Tomas, who blew half of them to bits, revealing a dozen of them to just be robots, while the others were simply knocked out.

Only one Metang remained as it floated next to Emily. "Eeeeppp..." Emily was pale with shock. She grabbed her last remaining metal claw pokemon. "Get me outta here!!!" It swooped away as if it had a built in jetback, dragging Emily along with it.

"Well, that was weird," Ash mused.

Team Rocket watched from their airship and had been able to listen in, using a PokeSymbol that resembled the ear of a Loudred.

"This Lip Reader is awsome!" James cried. "With it, we can hear anything anyone we're looking at says."

Jessie smiled. "Yes...I knew if we followed the twerp and Lucy we'd get back at them sooner or later..."

"I betcha if we stole all the PokeSymbols in that there vault it'd really impress Victa, whereva he is," Meowth voiced aloud.

The two nodded.

"Wobbuffet!"

Mimiko sat on her placematt in a trance as Tomas stood behind her between Draco and Impersa. The three stood outsidt a circle of monks who all sat around Mimiko and the Myskarp flew slowly about their mistress, issuing eerie squeals instead of syllables of their names as most pokemon did.

"What's Mimiko doing?" Impersa asked aloud.

"She's seeking more PokeSymbols," Draco answered. "Or evil. It's often hard to tell which, since she's lived for centuries. Or at least that's what the carvings on the old catacomes say..."

Impersa stared in shock. "She's lived for centuries?!"

Draco nodded. "Yes. Thanks to the Bayleef of Life; gives immortailty to the first person who finds it. and she keeps it well hidden..." He shrugged as if it weren't anything to be surprised about.

Mimiko came out of her trance. "Three PokeSymbols will be stolen tonight. Try as Ash and Lucy might, this will happen..."

"She serious?" Impersa asked again.

"Most often," Draco shrugged. "She can't lie about stuff like that. If she did, she'd never have become head priestess..."

Ash had heard the prophecy, but was determined to protect the vault no matter what. He and Pikachu sat at the front door of the holding coral that night. "We'll make sure nothing happens to the PokeSymbols, right, Pikachu?" "Pika, pika."

"Is that right?" Ash looked to see Tomas standing over them. "Ash, do you know nothing about destiny? I heard what Mimiko called you. The Chosen One. Chosen One of what, I wonder..."

Seviper hissed and flicked its' tongue at Milotic as Jessie faced Lucy at the back door. Jessie laughed. "Now, out of the way so I can steal those PokeSymbols."

"Not on your life. Milotic, tackle!" The two snakes flew and entwined around each other, then began assaulted the other with a barrage of headbutts and rolled about in the dirt.

Larvitar aimed headbutt at Pikachu as it and James stepped out of the bushes. "Larvitar, good shot." "Lar!"

Ash released Aipom. "Aipom, use Swift!" "Aipom, pom, pom!" She opened her mouth, assaulting the reptilian pokemon with the stars of energy that flew from her mouth.

In the vault, Delibird and Meowth were busy stealing PokeSymbols. Impersa stepped out of the shadows just as Meowth stuffed the Bayleef of Life in Delibird's sack.

"Hold it right there!" It charged at the surpirsed duo, then was knocked out by a simple Present attack from Delibird. Meowth leapt on Delibird's back and the pair pushed through the loose tile where they had been able to enter and flew off into the night.

Seviper and Milotic, who hadn't used their special attacks, lay untangled and panting. Jessie recalled Seviper.

"We'll call this a draw," she said before running off. Lucy was too surprised to try and stop her.

Aipom hung from a tree by her hands and swung Larvitar from her tail back and forth until James recalled it.

"How dare you!" he yelled, and ran away, sobbing over how his Larvitar had been mistreated.

Ash glared at Tomas. "Why didn't you do something?!" He didn't answer.

The next morning Lucy, Draco, Impersa and Ash gathered around Mimiko after it had been reported four PokeSymbols had gone missing. The Primeape Puncher, the Tentaruby, the Vile Wand, and the Bayleef of Life.

"But I thought she said three yesterday," Impersa revealed.

Mimiko allowed herself a smile. "I lied. I predicted the Bayleef of Life would be stolen, but then, it's power can't be used again until 154,000 years go by, so I didn't think it was important..."

"But what about the other three?" Lucy asked.

Jessie, James, and Meowth stared at the red-eyed Primape statue, Tentacool-shaped jewel, and small staff that had a tip fashioned into a Vileplume. The three PokeSymbols sat on a table, starting back while Jessie held the Bayleef of Life. Finally the three chorused what they were all wondering...

"How do these things work?"

~SweetPea~
28th July 2006, 4:13 PM
Hey great chapters sweets, I like how team rocket was actually able to get away clean this time although they have no clue how to use what they stole. Looking forward to the next one. And to Shadowlight's post I never would have thought of the similarities between the Harry Potter characters and Olive's characters.

Angel-FoX-crescent
28th July 2006, 5:11 PM
Whoaaa a lot of history in depth ^^
awesome battles too.

Riva
29th July 2006, 5:10 PM
Chapter 26: Victor Pays A Call

Tomas was meditating during the warm afternoon when he felt someone was watching him. Impersa, of course, had fallen asleep. What a useless pokemon to him it was. Ever since he had "saved" it from a Houndoom that had been menacing it, it had never left him alone. In reality he had just used a charm to send it flying away because it had been in his path.

"Stranger, if you seek confrontation, I suggest you move along," Tomas advised, not turning around. The "stranger" smirked.

Ash was not only shocked, but filled with mild rage, possibly more than Lucy, to see Mimiko sitting on a placemat and sipping tea with...Victor the Vanquisher. Mimiko was either totally in a tranced state, wasn't aware of the reputation of this man, or else didn't seem to care. But it was certain Ash would never feel the same way.

Victor glanced Ash's way. "Hello, Ash. Did you miss me?" he asked with a wicked smirk.

"Not even a little!" Ash snapped. "What are you doing here?"

"Oh, now I'm hurt," Victor whiped a false tear from his eye. "But seriously, my satelite has been tracking you everywhere you go. I knew you would be here." He smirked again.

Ash glared, gritting his teeth.

"Oh come now," Victor now seemed annoyed. "I'm not here to fight. I have something to tell you..."

"And what might that be?" Lucy asked in her monotone voice.

Victor smiled again. "Team Domination is all but through. ISS has been capturing operatives faster than ever these past months. I must admit, they are far more powerful than I had expected...."

Ash at last smiled. "Good. That means Maria is catching you all and putting you in your place." He crossed his arms and sat down.

"None as such," Victor's answer caused Ash to become a bit rigid. "It's under the control of a woman named Amanda Binder. She's an old student of Sabrina...until you met her a second time and caused Sabrina to become whole again. Apparently Amanda didn't care much for a 'kind and gentle' Sabrina and left the gym. After that, she was rumored to have used her powers to gain everything a human could want in order to make Sabrina look and feel small. She's so arrogant, she didn't notice Sabrina was too pleased to be a gym leader and be with her parents again. Amanda blames you for the loss of the 'master' Amanda felt so close to..." Victor looked unblinkingly at Ash. Then smirked once more. "But...Sabrina considers you her savior."

Ash felt his face go a bit red.

"So, you're saying because of this, Amanda is going to come after Ash?" Lucy questioned.

Victor shrugged. "She may...but not even I know everything that goes on in the minds of others. What I do know, though, from various informants, that she considers Leo to be the strongest member ISS has ever had and she wants to control him. Use him as a weapon to seize total control of law enforcement of Kanto."

Ash was on his feet. "She can't do that!!! Amanda is even more power hungry than Cissa was."

The smile on Victor's face widened. Giovanni, Cassidy and Butch, Ash; all of them were easy to get a rise out of. Poor blood preasure, that was the cause. "I can tell you where he is right now. Leo is playing protector to a little village just east of here. It'll take all day to get there," Victor informed them.

Lucy tilted her head. "Why are you telling us all this? And what makes you think we'll just let you go?"

Once again, Victor acted indifferent towards her. "My dream was for Ash and I to work as equals. If Amanda gets it in her head Ash could be just as powerful, or more so, as Leo, she may use him as a tool. And, despite all the things I am, I would hate myself if a warrior were made into a pawn."

"And he will go free because I promised him he would," Mimiko spoke at last. "He came here asking of no desire to harm anyone or steal anything. Victor has committed no wrong here, so we do not have the right to incarsirate him. Do you...disagree with my choice...Ash?" She turned her penetrating eyes upon him.

Ash shook his head.

Smiling, Victor finished his tea and returned to cup to Mimiko. "My good woman, twas a pleasure," he said standing up. Then turned to Ash. "And as for you, Chosen One. I hope our next encounter will be just as entertaining..." His eyes dismissed the look of anger on Ash.

Angel-FoX-crescent
29th July 2006, 6:10 PM
Woooo Amanda sounds very nasty *boos and hisses at her*

Heee-heee a little shippyness going on ash x sabrina?
Victor was the last person I thought would show up 0-0

Leon Phelps
29th July 2006, 7:52 PM
This was definitely an improvement from the last time I reviewed, but if you were making these long enough, you would be on chapter eight.

I won't comment on the actual story because you have so many psuedo reviewers that like it. What irks me though is how terribly short the chapters are. I guess it doesn't matter since you post everyday or two.

Good luck with the next chapter.

Riva
30th July 2006, 3:57 PM
Chapter 27: Cyimp

"Yes. Yes..." Bakutata hovered over the Mew Pelt as the Brick Break Tunic, which resembled a Scizor's torso, the Meta Sleeves, and Piloswine Helmet were layed out on a table. Harley, who had been retreiving all these extra items, approached the collection with a small stone the looked like the flame on a Charmander's tail. "Yes. Put the Char Heart right there," Bakutata instructed, pointing to the left side of the Mew Pelt.

Harley complied. The Char Heart sank into the pelt and the pelt turned soft violet. The armor and helmet fused together to form mint-white body armor with black vizor. The Meta Sleeves formed mechanical forearms. The creature leered at Harley.

"Allow me to introduce Cyimp," Bakutata told a distressed Harley. "It's a pokemon that is rarely seen and could only be summoned in ancient times. Very powerful and can absorb PokeSymbols."

"Awsome," Harley stated when he finally found his voice. "How do I list it?"

"Put it down as your replacement to ISS," she giggled and Harley looked struck dumb. "Don't stand there looking like a buffoon," She sneered. "We now have an invicible pokemon on our side. We don't need you anymore. Now, to prepare the trainer we've had trained for it..." She swooped away, with Cyimp following.

Mimiko's eyes widened and her breathing quickened. She shook visibly. Such a wave of power hadn't come over her in a very long time. "Quickly, assemble Ash, Lucy and Tomas here," she told a nearby monk. The trio sat around her. "I have just sensed the forces of darkness have summoned a Cyimp, a very dangerous pokemon. It could also absorb all the PokeSymbols we have."

"Sounds serious," Ash stated the obvious.

"It is," Mimiko assured him. "You must take the ones we have and flee."

Tomas had a defiant look on his face. "I have never fled from anything. I'm not afraid of this Cyimp, and if I had to, I will destroy it all on my own."

Mimiko frowned. "This is not a time for wrecklessness. You will do as I say." Her tone made it certain that there would be no argument.

The three of them were guided by the Mystkarp to a high mountain where they kept a trunk in the cave of the mountain. It was possibly a place the Mystkarp knew about and not their trainer. The pokemon created a small barrier around the enterance, to protect the cave's contense.

Cyimp's trainer was a fairly fat and tan boy with a bald head. He wore a blue wetsuit marked with the ISS logo on the left side of his chest. Bakutata also accompanied the two.

"This is the spot," she told the pair. "The place where the PokeSymbols are being held."

"Then why are we just standing here chatting? Cyimp, go," the boy had a gruff voice. Cyimp began to rush forward on all fours like a wild beast. A flock of Hoothoot attempted to block its' path. "Cyimp, use Screech." The soundwaves caused the Hoothoot to hoot in pain and confusion, forcing them to fly away. A garden's worth of Bellsprout fired Razor Leaf. "Flamethrower." The fire attack burned both the leaves and the pokemon. Cyimp bashed its' way into the shrine, knocking various monks off their feet.

Mimiko stepped out from behind a corner. "Pokemon and trainer. You both have been turned to the side of evil. I will purify you both." She never had a chance, as Cyimp's left arm stretched and clamped Mimiko in its' claw.

"Now," Bakutata floated before Mimiko's face. "Tell me where you keep the PokeSymbols."

"Ash, Lucy and Tomas took them," Mimiko answered.

Bakutata looked enraged. "TELL ME WHERE THEY ARE!!!"

Mimiko laughed weakly and turned her head to the left. "Even I don't know that."

"But I do..." Timas stood in the doorway, a transparent Ekans-like device in both hands. "But you will never find them. Not if I have anything to do with it. Ecto-Ekans-Entangler!" He threw the head of the PokeSymbol, which the Cyimp gripped and tugged, pulling a very surprised Tomas towards it.

Ash looked about. "Where's Tomas?" He then noticed Impersa crouching behind the trunk, a sour look on its' face.

"Well, lemme tell you," Impersa responded in a haughty manner, "Tomas didn't abandon me telling me to stay here waiting for him."

"He did, though, didn't he?" Ash guessed. Impersa faltured.

There was a roar and Lucy could see a pokemon an inch or two shorter than a Totodile trudging up the hill with a fat trainer and ghost pokemon following.

"I think it's Cyimp," she cried. "I guess Tomas got captured. We may need to battle it." She sent out Milotic. "Use Hyper Beam" Milotic shot the beam of gold energy from its' mouth, only for Cyimp to block it with a single hand. "Try again!" Lucy cried as Cyimp was coming closer. It tried again and again and was blocked again and again until Cyimp was actually face to face with it.

"Cyimp, use Thunder Punch," its' trainer ordered. Milotic fell and Cyimp used Sludge to stick Lucy to the wall.

"Scizor, use Fury Cutter," Ash released Scizor, and she swiped at Cyimp various times, blocked each time with its' own claws.

"Cyimp, Mega Kick!" Cyimp complied, seeming to knock all the wind out of Scizor and used the same trick it had on Lucy to strick it to the wall behind a net of sludge. Then it did the same to Pikachu, Ash, and Impersa.

Bakutata looked gloatingly at her prey. "End of the road. You did put up an impressive fight, but failed all the same. Still, I feel merciful. Join Amanda Binder and I'll spare you."

"I'd rather get hugged by a bunch of Grimer," Lucy spat.

"Never in a million years," Ash growled.

The ghost shrugged. Then turned to the fat boy. He nodded, Cyimp standing behind him. "Crush them."

Cyimp suddenly screamed in agony and teetered forward five steps.

"What the?!"

Will and Clefable stood behind it. "Clefable, use Mega Punch again," Will instructed. Again and again Clefable threw himself at Cyimp and peppered its' body with the server power, causing it to hardly defend its' armored body.

"What are you doing?!" Bakutata yelled at it. "Strike it away!"

Cyimp might have, had Clefable not struck it on the side of the head, sending it's helmet to soar off. It began to shrink back down into itself. The sludge vanished.

The next morning, with the trainer of Cyimp having been imprisoned, and the PokeSymbols that had made up Cyimp in the vault, Mimiko informed Ash that Will had often visited and "donated" to her temple. He had in fact visited that night after Cyimp had left after attacking and freed the from the sludge. She had also given Tomas a lecture, which angered him so much he had left.

"So, where will you go from here?" She asked Lucy and Ash.

"I think we should go find Leo," Ash answered. "It was nice staying here, but he may need our help."

Mimiko nodded. "Well said. I wish you luck."

Angel-FoX-crescent
30th July 2006, 4:10 PM
Good chapter I wonder who will get to keep Cyimp?

Riva
30th July 2006, 8:29 PM
Chapter 28: Attack On Leo

Shuma had just gotten into bed when it happened. Something or someone was prowling around outside the cabin she and Leo had been given by the villagers. Could it be Leo? No, that Emja had taken him off for a bit of training. Then who could it be? She poked her head out the front door and saw most of the villagers were asleep on the ground. Whatever had happened had caused them to leave their homes, then fall asleep. Something tried to grasp her from behind. Shuma threw what was attempting to grip her and saw she had knocked a Metang unconcious.

Emily sat on the roof of the cabin. "Not bad," she smirked.

Shuma glared up at her, noticing she seemed to be wearing a business suit. "What are you doing here? Want a butt kicking, girl?" She recognized Emily as the girl who had caused Leo to become injured before.

"I'm a member of ISS now," Emily cackled, jumping down to face Shuma eye to eye. Three more Metang swooped in behind her.

"Why would anyone let you be a part of us?" Shuma demanded.

"And why would a girl who seemed to keen on the idea of keeping law and order above all leave ISS?" Shuma turned to see Thomas dressed the same way and with that little Bakutata floating next to him. "Hello, Shuma. Nice to see you again." he offered a toothy smile.

Shuma frowned at him. "Get over yourself, pretty boy. What are you doing here?"

"We want Leo," Emily answered for him. "It seems your boss sees him as a great tool to be used, and thus hired me. She knows how well I out-matched her last time."

"And..." Gardevior had Shuma trapped in its' arms. "We can use you for bait," Thomas smiled wider.

The Metang swooped about, scooping up various people in their sleep. Sandy was among them. The Metang then placed them in a pit as if their "passengers" were fragile vases. Finally canvases were thrown over each house.

"What are you doing to those people?" Shuma demanded to know as Gardevoir held her.

Bakutata answered. "These people and buildings will just get in the way if Leo proves uncooperative. These canvases and that pit have spells on them to prevent them being damaged."

"Now...Where could Leo be?" Thomas put a hand on his brow and looked about in all directions mockingly calling out Leo's name.

Shuma could feel tears of fear in her eyes.

A Metang went down as Emja leapt into the scene, Leo following. "Well, looks like we're casually late to the party," Emja joked.

Leo glared at Thomas and Emily. "What are you doing back here?"

"To bring you back to ISS," Thomas answered. "You're greatly wanted by Amanda Binder, the new head of ISS." He stalked forward, three Metang flanking him. "We can do this easy or hard..." his tone held all the wishfulness Leo would choose hard.

"I will never go back to ISS," Leo refused, gritting out the words. "Now I can see how power can quickly corrupt those who have it. I'd be a fool to accept."

Thomas looked over to Emily and nodded. She buzzed, "Wrong answer. Metang, Attack!" One Metang swiped at Emja, another gripped Leo from behind, and the third socked him again and again across the face.

Shuma whimpered and sobbed quietly as Leo cried out in pain. The third Metang now had Emja pinned beneath it, it's claws anchored into the ground.

Thomas was greatly enjoying this. "Oh my. Look at what happens when you don't do what I say. Maybe now you'll obey me."

"Never," Leo refused. He was finally able to throw the Metang behind him off, smashing it with the one that had been striking him.

The scream that came from Thomas completely ruined his previous pompous manner. Emily pressed a device like a wris****ch and seven more Metang appeared. They were accompanied by five Skarmory and ten Magneton.

"Good luck beating this number," Emily laughed madly.

The army or steel-types flew forward at Leo. "Flamethrower!" Half the number fell to a torrent of flames. The source was made visible when Crim walked calmly into the crowd flanking Blazeiken. "Now, now, then," he sounded like a school teacher scolding a naughty student, "have we been fighting?"

Thomas leered at Crim. "What are you doing here? And still wearing that filth?!" He pointed angrily at the same uniform Thomas himself had once worn.

"This?" Crim pointed to it cooly. "I happen to think it has a lot to the imagination. Unlike that Mankey-suit you got on."

Gardevoir suddenly released Shuma and flew at Crim. Crim was ready for it and Blazeiken blasted the pokemon with a Flamethrower.

"Gardevoir!" Thomas screamed.

Emily launched a new wave of Metang. "Mince them," she ordered calmly.

Shuma, now free, had released Natu. Natu used Confusion and threw the Metang that had been pinning Emja down. Emja slashed several Metang with Leaf Blade while Natu used Giga Drain on her share. Most of the drained Metang fell heavily on Gardevoir.

Bakutata was becoming angry. "Must I do everything? Aaahhh!" She fell as Pikachu appeared and struck her in the back with Iron Tail.

All eyes turned as Ash and Lucy ran onto the scene. "Hey," Ash called over to Leo. "I felt you'd need help, but it seems like everything's fine here."

Thomas had sunk to his knees and was ringing his hands. "Gardevoir. My poor Gardevoir. How could you treat her like that?"

Emily leered at her with dislike. This guy was more pathetic than her or James. "Quit your whimpering. You've got the Heart of Groudon. Use it!" She barked.

He nodded and drew a small transparent figurine of a Charmander-like creature form his suit. "Heart of Groudon!" Instantly, Gardevoir stood up and began to change shape. It became deep red, spikes poked out of it from both sides of it's body and it's face became reptilian. Although it had not changed in size, it looked exactly like a real Groudon.

The other group backed off. But not for long. Lucy smirked. "Nice. But you have made one flaw. I studied the Heart of Groudon from the writing on the wall of Mimiko's vault. Althought Gardevoir now has become a copy of Groudon, it also has its' weakness...against water...Milotic!"

"And because it's still partly a Psyhic-type...Scizor, Fury Cutter!" Ash ordered.

Blazeiken threw in a Blazing Kick and Emja slashed the fake Groudon with Leaf Blade. When the assault was over, Gardevoir had returned to it's normal form.

"NOoooo!" Thomas sank to his knees. "My dream girl! If you really loved me you could beat them!"

Bakutata floated close to him, looking disgusted. "You are a disgrace to evil everywhere." She flew off.

"Not so fast!" Bakutata looked over her shoulder too late. The HolyBall, the pokeball Mimiko used to imprision pokemon who were extraoridnarily vindictive, sucked her inside and landed in Ash's hand. "Gotcha," Ash sighed.

Emily, sensing correctly the fight had been lost, called a final Skarmory to her and gripped it's ankle. Thomas, not wanting to be left alone, grapped her ankle and the two flew off.

A while after they had resscued the village people from the pit, the group sat about and discussed what they had been doing. Leo, Crim and Shuma were surprised to hear that Amanda Binder had once been a student of Sabrina and wanted to control much more than ISS. Ash had put the HolyBall in a clay pot and forgot about it when Leo asked, "What should we do now?"

"Do?" Lucy echoed. "I thought that would be obvious. First thing we do is regroup and get a plan going." And that was the end of that.

Angel-FoX-crescent
30th July 2006, 10:12 PM
Getting dangerous again
those Metang are real nasty.

Riva
31st July 2006, 3:18 PM
Chapter 29: Prepare To Fight

Ash, Leo, and the others were in the cabin discussing what they could do against Amanda Binder. She had clearly let power go to her head and beyond. If Amanda Binder was willing to go to such lengths to try and use Leo as a tool, she could create a much more dangerous threat than Victor had. While it was true that, possibly with Bakutata contained in the HolyBall, Amanda's psyhic powers would receed to how they had been before, she had still be a student of Sabrina when Sabrina had been dangerous. No doubt some of Sabrina's heartlessness had rubbed off on Amanda.

"Then there's Emily," Lucy interjected. "If Amanda has her on her side, it's safe to assume the ISS will be crawling with Metang and other Steel-types."

Crim nodded at that. "Almost entirely, when I got a report from Dash."

"I just can't help but think maybe Victor wants her either out of the way of true justice and law, or just wants her out of his way," Ash pondered.

Shuma stared at him. "You spoke to Victor the Vanquisher?"

Ash nodded.

Emja cleared his throat. "I should come clean. I originally tracked Leo down because I felt he could help me with my own problems." Leo, Ash, Crim, Lucy and Shuma faced the lizard. "See, I was captured by a creature named Husk who used me and an enlarged Corphish to attack Curse Island. I didn't want to, but was made to. When Emily came to him with that Kabutops Statue, he went out and found the Dratini Wrapper, allowing him to control dragon-type pokemon. That's when we were all forced to retreat and flee. I was hoping for help, but I can see this is more important at the moment." He began to leave. "I can wait. Just don't forget to look me up when this is all over." Emja sprang away faster than anyone could guess.

At the Safe House, most of the remaining trainers were going about their own business.

I wonder when Ash is coming back, Misty thought. Agatha returned some time ago, but Ash is really taking his time...

Suddenly there was the scream of a pokemon in the far distance and soon the door to the Safe House was blown off. A Zapdos with three people on its' back and a horde of Magneton using their magnetic powers to support ten people between them swooped in. They were the bikers, Electra, and an ashy-skinned man with white hair.

"Hello, everyone," Electra smirked. "I bet you're all wondering why I'm out of jail. What can I say? I got out early for good behavior. And now I'm leader of Team Lightning."

"How nice for you," Greta sneered. "Now buzz off."

Electra shook her head. "No way. We're taking over. Go get them. The ten of you, come with me. The other ten, go with Fen," she pointed to the pale man, who now had a dark-furred Manetric with him.

Maria stormed into Amanda's office. "I've had just about enough!" she burst out.

Amanda blinked at her. "Excuse me?"

"You heard me," Maria challenged. "Trying to bring Leo back to ISS by force, sending most members out to collect these PokeSymbols, and now hiring this Emily Gear, the woman who raided our vault four months ago. It's a disgrace! Now hardly anyone wants our protection, and Henry is considering shutting us down."

Amanda continued to look indifferent. "So? Heh, just let Henry try to shut me down. I am stronger than he is, and smarter. He can't stop me. Not him..." her eyes suddenly blazed. "and not you. That is, unless you want me to blow the biggest secret you have in the far back of your mind." Amanda smirked at the frightened look on Maria's face. What a pleasing thing it was to be psyhic.

"Know what I think?" Ash said at last. Everyone turned to him. "I say we shouldn't let Amanda come after us anymore. Instead we should go to her. Take the fight to her. It wouldn't be right to put these people in anymore danger."

Leo was touched by how much Ash seemed to care.

Crim smiled. "That's the kid I use to teach. You've grown, Ash. Yes, I agree. Though we might have a disadvantage going up against a student of Sabrina, Leo and Shuma know how to get into ISS HQ."

"I'm up for it," Shuma added.

"I'll go as well," Lucy interjected. "I owe Ash."

Now it was all up to Leo..."Fine. It seems the wave is against me."

One thing no one had counted on was that an hour later Emily had returned to the village and snooped around through the cabin, finding the HolyBall...

Unfortunately for Agatha, she and Max had been backed into a corner while Team Lightning menaced the remaining trainers in the Safe House. Max stood defensively in front of Agatha as Electra loomed over them.

A biker snickered. "Agatha cornered. Agatha defenseles..."

"Dreams really do come true," Electra cooed to herself, then to Max, snapped, "Out of the way, kid."

Max didn't move.

"Beat it," Electra repeated.

"No..." It was then that Max did something rather stupid...headbutt Electra right in the stomach. Electra wheezed and fell like a sack of hammers.

Kelly saw this and seemed to take heart in it. "We don't have to take this. We can fight back!"

"She's right!" Kid cried out.

"Ash and Crim wouldn't take this lying down!" a third trainer called out.

Soon fire-types and ground-types were overtaking the electric-type pokemon, which seemed to be the only elements of pokemon Team Lightning seemed to possess. Team Lightning screamed in fear and surprise as their attack on the Safe House went against them. Maybe this hadn't been such a good idea after all.

Fen's Manetric had pinned Misty and growled in her face. It then went sailing from a blunt paw. Misty looked up and saw a saber-toothed cat-like pokemon with a purple cloud-like structure on its' back standing in front of Anabell. "Raikou, get rid of these creeps!"

Team Lighting screamed in pain as the electric attack went through them all.

Electra, still on the back of her Zapdos, fled.

"Good work, everyone," Agatha stood up proudly. "You all did the Safe House proud. And we taught Electra a lesson she won't soon forget. I happen to know aside from Victor, these bikers are all that remains of Team Domination. Something tells me that soon we will all see peaceful days again." Everyone cheered.

Amanda sat in her office. She knew Leo, Ash, and their friends were coming soon. Maybe a week. "Normies", as she called those without psyhic powers, were always such cowards, and apt to wait that long. She would wait...crush...and control them both...

Angel-FoX-crescent
31st July 2006, 5:31 PM
Grrr that Amanda needs to be taken down Sabrina should come along and kick her butt.
Any how nice battle scenes raikou rocks!

jessieneese
31st July 2006, 7:40 PM
That Amanda is starting to annoy me. I hope someone comes around and takes her down - and soon.

Riva
1st August 2006, 3:47 PM
Chapter 30: Amanda, The Control Freak

Emily stood before Amanda's desk, ringing her hands nervously after watching Thomas being taken away for the second failed attempt to capture Leo. She dearly hoped she would not suffer whatever fate was in store for him.

It came to her to try and save herself. "Commander, please forgive me for the incarceration of Bakutata. There wasn't anything I could do to prevent it..."

"No need to make excuses," Amanda informed Emily. "It doesn't matter. I now have enough power..." And it was true. After gaining the powers of Zenigame, the PokeSymbols and Bakutata, her own pyshic powers had completely reformed the headquarters to look more like a demonic cinadel made of black and dark violet stone.

Maria sighed after a while. What a mess this is. Makes me wonder what the world is coming to these days when power is more important to those with control than safety of others.

"Commander," Maria turned to see Dash and Toro standing behind her.

"Toro, I am your commander no longer," Maria corrected Toro.

Toro shook his head. "We refuse to call that Amanda woman Commander. She isn't fit to lead anyone. You just say the word and we'll destroy her." He seemed to really think he could do it.

Dash shook his head. "Use your head. She's a psyhic. Do you really think you could take her?"

"That's enough," Maria made them both snap to attention. "Now listen to me. Leave this building immediately. Leave and go far away. You will not want to see or be considered associates to the events that I have no doubt will take place here. I can create allipies for you both so you won't be questioned or sought after..."

"But commander," Toro stepped forward.

"I told you not to call me that, Toro," Maria scolded him in a motherly tone. "Now, please...go...." The pair nodded reluctantly.

Amanda watched the pair and remaining ISS members flee the building. How foolish you could be when you were merciful. If she had had her way, they'd all have been excecuted. Then she saw in her mind, the ones she had been awaiting. She walked over to her desk and buzzed on her intercom.

"Please have the special forces assigned for two of our guests ready," Amanda gave an evil smirk.

Leo looked up at the eyesore he had once worked in with pure hatred in his eyes. "Look what she's done to it..." he growled.

"She's horrible," Shuma whispered.

"Something tells me she's just started to be horrible," Crim commented. Then pointed to the pair of Metang that floated out towards them.

The Metang, instead of wanting to fight, handed envelopes to Ash, Lucy and Leo. They read;

"Please, the three recipitents of this document are the only ones permitted to enter. They each shall enter a different elevator at the end of the main lobby. These shall take them to a different room where they shall battle a different foe.

Signed,
Amanda Binder."


"Is she serious?" Leo asked outloud. "As if we're going to just walk into an obvious trap. How big a trio of twits does she think we..." Lucy tapped him on the shoulder and pointed out that Ash and Pikachu were racing forward. A bead of sweat ran down Leo's face.

Amanda watched as each of her "guests" complied with the instructions she had written down. This was going to be fun.

Lucy was determined to remain calm, until she saw her opponent. Brock. But it wasn't the Brock she had first met. This one seemed darkened and stiff. There were purple bags under his eyes. "Brock, wha..."

"Enemy of Amanda," Brock announced in a robotic tone, "prepare to lose this battle..." Those words froze Lucy to the spot.

Ash blinked as his opponent was revealed to be...Macey. He started towards her. "Macey, are you..."

"Stay right where you are, Ash!" Macey barked angrily.

He complied. "Wha.."

"Don't play dumb," she snapped. "Amanda told me my feelings for you would never be returned. And after seeing how much you wanted Crim to be your mentor, I can believe it. So, if I can't have you," she thrust out a hand clamped around a pokeball, "I can have the pleasure of defeating you in battle!"

Maria blinked boredly at Leo. He blinked back. "I really don't feel like doing this..." she groaned boredly. "It hardly seems fair," she muttered.

"What are you talking about, Commander?" Leo asked.

She shook her head. "I'm not the commander here anymore. How many times do I have to say it? Geez." Maria snapped her fingers and a Latios appeared beside her. "Oh, I truthfully don't care anymore. I can't hide it..." Maria looked truthfully sorrowful. "The trainers Cissa captured from the Gaurdian Guild's 'hideout' were taken away and forced to accept that Victor wasn't still alive. Henry allowed her mind manipulation practices on them without a second thought. When Amanda came, she wanted to know where they were. She let all go but two; Brock and that girl Macey..."

Leo was horrified. "C-...I mean, Maria, what are you saying?"

"I'm saying, we were not only forced to arrest those who spoke the truth, we also were ordered to erase that truth from their minds by whatever means," Maria stated. "Amanda threatened to go public with it after 'quiting' ISS if I didn't go along with what she wanted. But enough chit chat..."

"Stop stalling, Ash!" Macey yelled at her former crush.

"Now I must procceed with my orders," Brock informed Lucy roboticaly.

In unison each of them announced, "Time to fight!"

Angel-FoX-crescent
1st August 2006, 4:16 PM
Oh god this so cruel damn that woman!

Riva
2nd August 2006, 4:09 PM
Chapter 31: Friends or Foes

Amanda laughed as she knew her victims were being forced to fight those they had once counted as friends. It was delicious. Magnificent. She could feel the anger and resentment towards Sabrina flowing out of her. What came back was the horror and sorrow from Ash, Leo and Lucy. It was so refreshing.

Emily was watching Amanda from the doorway of the monitor room. Next to her stood a dark-olive furred pokemon 2/3's tall and looked like a Cyndaquil, but with a longer nose, no four red spots on its' back, and a flat, bushy, flame-colored tail. "I think I've had enough. Don't, Snaze?" she asked him. "Sna-Snaze," he nodded, and they both slipped away without being detected.

Milotic swerved and slithered as Bonsly attempted to crash into it. Lucy was feeling very distressed as Brock just stared at her without any emotion in his eyes.

"Brock, please don't make me do this!" Lucy begged. "I don't want to fight you!"

"Silence," Brock grunted.

Manetric flew across the room from the simple attack from Latios.

Maria seemed very annoyed. "Don't insult me with these weak attacks," she demanded of Leo angrily. "If I were ever to fight you of my own will, I imagined it being more impressive. This is pathetic. Latios, Dragon Breath." A green mas of gasious flames erupted from it's jaws and enveloped Manetric.

Scizor jumped from the torrent of flames as Macargo's jellatinous body slapped down where he had been standing. Vulpix chased Pikachu in circles, and Electabuzz attempted to make contact with Scizor.

"Let me pass," Ash snapped at Macey.

"No. This is my chance to vent all my anger out on you," she yelled.

Bakutata appeared in Amanda's office as Emily smashed the HolyBall. "What the...?!" She looked up at Emily, who was shoving a solitary PokeSymbol into her bag.

"Here's the score," Emily told her. "Either you come with me, or hang around here and maybe Amanda's power lust will cause her to absorb you."

"I choose going with you," Bakutata said immediately. "You know you were always my favorite."

Latios charge Manetric again, causing him to crash into the wall. "Manetric!" Leo cried out.

"How weak," Maria commented. "Do you really believe you could defeat Amanda with that power?"

Leo growled angrily. "Why you....Manetric!" He leapt to his feet. "Charge!" He did, with energy surrounding his four-legged form.

"Yes, that's it," Maria called. "COME AND GET US!"

Bonsly lay on the floor, along with a knocked out Brock. Lucy shook slightly as she walked across the room to the door Brock had been standing in front of. Brock...I'm sorry...I didn't want to...Hopefully you'll be normal once this is all over...

"Macargo, Vulpix, Flamethrower! Electabuzz, Thunder!" Both the fire-types belched the flames forward and electricity surged from the antenae on Electabuzz's head. Pikachu deflected the electrical attack with Iron Tail, Scizor countered one Flamethrower with Hyper Beam and Sceptile leapt out of the way of the next.

"Stop this!" Ash cried. "Amanda is just using you. Can't you see that?"

"I don't care," Macey yelled back. "My anger is my own. I'm going to beat you. Whether I'm being used or not doesn't matter to me. Vulpix, Fire Blast. Macargo, Flamethrower. Electabuzz, Thunder!"

Scizor was in front of Vulpix before the lil fox could start. Ash saw no other way but to play Amanda's game. "...Hyper Beam..." "Scizzzoooor!" "Vuuuulllpiixxx!" The little fox skitted across the floor, unconcious. "...Solar Beam..." Electabuzz crashed into the wall and stuck there, knocked out. "...Thunderbolt and Iron Tail..." The attacks put down the last of Macey's pokemon.

Macey seemed totally shattered. She couldn't seem to believe she had been beaten. Slowly she sank to her knees. "I...I...I've been bad..." pearly tears ran down her cheeks.

"No..." Ash corrected her. "Amanda's been bad. Worse than bad. But I'm going to stop her. Go the same way I entered. I'm going to meet her now."

Latios lay on the floor, electricity crackling over his body. He was paralyzed. So was Maria as she propped herself on one knee as if bowing to a lord. "Eeerrr...So....using the Static trait of electric pokemon to end this...very clever...." She smiled up as Leo stood over her.

"Commander...I'm sorry..." Leo tried not to shed tears of shame.

"Heh, after this, you're still calling me commander," she snickered. "Go, Leo. Go and defeat Amanda. Take back ISS..."

"But..."

"I'll be alright. A few minutes is all I need. Now go," Maria ordered him.

Leo left the room.

Ash and Leo. Their determination unnerved Amanda slightly. They were strong enough to put their feelings aside and fight on for what they beleived in. What fools trainers were. But nevermind, Amanda mused, smirking. Before nightfall, they will both be under my control. Her manaical laughter rang throughout the room.

Angel-FoX-crescent
2nd August 2006, 4:40 PM
Go Leo and co! Beat that baka woman! Wipe her on the floor!

Battles were very good ;381;

Blackcat88
2nd August 2006, 4:58 PM
Hey Riva! You can ignore the message I sent to you; I was feeling lazy that day. I found your fic, I've read it up to this point, and I'm hear to give some constructive criticism.

I like how you're trying to mix up the story; instead of one plot point, you've got several going all at once. Now while that can make a story interesting and deeper, I've found myself getting a bit confused while reading some chapters. Not to mention all the characters who keep popping up; it's a little hard to keep track of it all.

You don't have that many problems with grammar though. I've seen stories that were totally unintelligble. Aside from spelling mistakes, you're doing pretty good. Are you using a computer program with spellcheck? If so, use that. If not, I think you can find spellcheck using an Internet search engine. Also consider some type of divider between scenes, so it doesn't look like you're skipping all over the place.

It is going a bit too fast and you should reconsider chapter length. Add more description; not so much to confuse people, but enough so they can see with "their mind's eye", if you will. If you can't visualize it, the reader can't either.

The basic idea--Team Rocket is usurped by some other organization--does seem a little overdone, but your plot twists help with that a bit. The story so far seems a little bland, but I think you can fix that by working extra hard on future chapters. Is this your first story? Good effort so far.

jessieneese
3rd August 2006, 3:36 AM
Great chapter! You're very good at describing battle scenes. :)

Riva
3rd August 2006, 4:01 PM
Chapter 32: Power of the Medi-Treasure

Someone snickered behind Amanda. She turned to face Victor the Vanquisher sitting in a large globe. "You're not really delluted enough to feel Ash and Leo will let you control them, will you? After all you put them through..."

"I don't need lectures from old, half-baked world conquorering wannabes," Amanda scoffed. "And if I remember correctly, you originally came to me hoping I would push those boys over the edge after Ash refused to join you for the third time. You may have told him about my past, but my Sphere of Arba finally captured you. Now shut your noise hole and watch the fun."

Victor was still determined to have the last word. "Those boys aren't interested in controlling anyone or being controlled. They follow their own goals and dreams. Neither of them will ever join you, nor me, not that I care much anymore. They will destroy you."

Shuma was running toward the front door of ISS HQ with Crim behind her. Now with them were Noland, Misty, Annabell and May. Crim had called Noland an hour ago and updated him on what was happening.

"Shuma, wait!" Crim called out to her.

"I can't," she called back. "Leo may ne--ouch!" Shuma collided with Emily as the self-proclaimed girl genius ran out the door with Snaze and Bakutata bringing up her rear.

Noland looked down at her. "Well, well. I assume this is the girl, based on the description Ash gave me." He, Crim and the four girls circled in around her.

Emily could tell she was in for a thrashing, but reached into her sack and pulled out a crystal Hoohoot. "Eyes of Fear!" A 4-ft tall Treecko, Ditto in the botched form of a Pikachu, and dark-furred Raticate with most of its' tail lopped off menaced the girls, as that was the power of the Eyes of Fear, to bring pokemon-related fears into the real world.

"Brilliant, Emily," Bakutata congratulated her. "Now let's get out of here..."

"Oh no, ya don't!" Noland smacked the Eyes of Fear out of Emily's hands and dragged her to her feet. Instantly the three menacing pokemon vanished. "Now, where's Amanda?"

Emily struggled and squirmed until she realized it was futile. "On the top floor. I think by now your three friends are either on their way to see her or fighting the other three she perpared to fight them."

"You're going to take us to see her," Misty snapped, pinching her left ear.

"Ow, ow, ow, ow!" Emily winced. "Watch it! I have a condition. I...I'm not even sure I know just where on the top floor she is..." She quivered under the flaming look in Misty's eyes...."Eeee...But I could hazard a guess..."

Bakutata gave her a slanted look. "You are such a wimp..."

Ash encountered Leo at the top floor. Amanda was standing on a four step platform with a small Gloom-shaped construct standing next to her. "Ah. Ash. Leo. So nice to actually meet face to face."

Leo growled angrily. "Don't speak to me like we're friends. You're no friend of mine."

Amanda frowned. "Come come, now. What have I done to earn this dislike? Oh yes..." a vindictive smile came to her face. "All those attempts to bring you back and forcing your former commander to fight you. Oh, how you must hate me."

"That's right," Leo barked. "Go, Manetric!"

"Medi-Treasure!" The bulbs on the Gloom thing glowed and a small and spectral Medicham arose from it. He looked at Amanda..."Stop that pokemon," Amanda ordered. The Medicham worked his hands and Manetric stumbled slightly. This is the best tactic ever. The Medi-Treasure will obey my every command.

Ash blinked as Manetric tripped several times. "Pikachu, Thunderbolt!" "Pi...ka...chuuuuuu!"

"Keep that away!" Amanda demanded. The Medicham stopped it with his hand. "Now, give them something to keep them entertained..." Instantly a Hariyama and Ekans appeared. The Ekans coiled and hissed at Pikachu while the Hariyama flexed its' arms at Manetric. Suddenly the Hariyama lunged forward and began using Arm Thrust against the canine pokemon, causing it to stagger back. The Ekans spat wave after wave of Acid at Pikachu.

It was rather crowded in the elevator, as Emily, May, Noland, Crim, Annabell and Misty in there. Not to mention Snaze was leaning on Emily's shoulders and Bakutata was floating above them all.

"Now I know how a can of Remoraid feels," May groaned.

"Well if you had just let me leave when I wanted to," Emily complained.

"Oh, dry up!" Crim told her.

Amanda was really enjoying herself. Being evil, vindictive and cruel were the things Sabrina should have remained. Yes, she would defeat and control these two boys. Or better yet...Yes, that might work even better...And give her a scapegoat on what to do with Victor. "Destroy these two boys at once!"

Ash and Leo stepped back in fright.

The Medicham looked at her for a moment, then shook his head. "I cannot and will not..."

Amanda blinked. "Excuse me? I'm your master. You're meant to follow my orders. I said destroy them!"

"I am not allowed to do any such thing," the Medicham repeated. "It is the rules when using the Medi-Treasure. I cannot injure, mame or kill anyone."

"No!" Amanda screamed and stamped her foot. She fumed and jumped in circles on the platform like a child, yelling in anger at the situation. Finally she seemed to regain composure. "Then make this fight more even..."

The Medicham nodded. Amanda screamed as she felt the power she had absorbed being ripped from her. Outside the ISS HQ slowly but surely returned to it's normal appearance. The entire building shook as the power was drained from it. The globe that held Victor shattered.

"No!" Amanda screamed again, looking at her hands. "My power! The delicious power and the power of a psyhic...It's all gone! I'm a filthy Normy!"

"Now you can't try to cheat," Ash informed her as the Ekans and Hariyama disappeared.

Leo smirked as Manetric shook its' mane.

Amanda quivered, taking out her pokeball. "Go, Eevil..." A black-furred Eevee sat on the floor. It looked rather weak.

"Pikachu!"

"Manetric!"

Leo and Ash called out in unison as Emily, May, Misty, Nolan, Crim, Lucy, and Annabell all crashed into to the room.

"Thunderbolt!"

Eevil screamed in pain and fainted quickly, sizzling slightly at its' trainers' feet. Amanda sunk to her knees. The Medicham sank back into the Gloom-thing.

"Right where you belong," Crim chastised Amanda. "Now, you'll be coming with us..."

Amanda twitched with mild and manical laughter. "Never. You're a fool if you think I'm going to trial and prision." She laughed more, then seemed to moan in pain and fright as her body faded away. Possibly to another demension.

For a moment, all there might have considered investigating, had Victor not opened a door at the far end of the room and walked in casually. He clapped softly, obviously having heard the battle of words.

"Well done, you two," he congratulated Ash and Leo. "That woman was holding me here for quite some time. Thanks to whatever happened, the globe keeping me imprisioned broke. And now, I have one last thing to do..."

"Uuh...Thank us?" Ash asked stupidly.

Victor smiled wider than ever. "Battle you..."

Angel-FoX-crescent
3rd August 2006, 4:51 PM
Yahhoo Amanda gets creamed at last.

A battle with Victor thats not good...

Myuutsufan
3rd August 2006, 10:34 PM
(finally! I'm on!) Awesome ^-^ Can't wait for more!

greta_lover
4th August 2006, 2:20 AM
Pretty good fic! I like it! Hee hee hee!!!!

Riva
4th August 2006, 4:44 PM
Chapter 33: Battle Against Victor

Victor looked Ash up and down. "Thrice now, I have offered you a place at my side. And thrice you have refused my offer. And twice we have met on the field of combat. Only once did you prove to be able to go head to head with me in battle..."

"And your point?" Ash asked stiffly.

"Yes," Victor nodded. "We are going to have one last battle. We will each use one pokemon."

The crowed whispered among themselves, voicing the wonderment if Victor was being serious. Just what was this man after? Hadn't they all been put through enough without Ash having to fight this nutjob who had tried to take over the world?

"What do ya think?" Crim whispered. "He gonna accept?"

"No, I doubt he'd let himself be drawn in," Misty began.

"I accept," Ash's call caused Misty to fall over.

Victor tossed a pokeball. "Go, Shiftry!" The shaggy pokemon crouched on the floor. "Shiiiif..."

"And I choose, Sceptile!" Ash called.

"Shiftry, do it," Victor instructed. Shiftry leapt about the room, clearly knicking Sceptile each time it zipped passed him. Though it did get knicked itself every now and then.

Ash looked about as Shiftry bounced against the walls from all directions, then got an idea. "Sceptile, you do the same thing!"

"Huh?" it came as a collective utterance.

"Oh, now I get it," Crim realized. "They're going to use the same tact. But the problem is Sceptile has more mass, and isn't as dynamic in the air as Shiftry..."

Be that as it may, Sceptile and Shiftry traded the same amount of strikes whenever they came into contact. The brown goblin and iguana slashed, kicked and punched at each other. They gave out their cries and striking blows could be heard.

"Shiftry, Shadow Ball!" Victor called out. Shiftry was badly scratched and bruised, but complied.

"Sceptile, dodge it and use Solar Beam!" Ash countered. Sceptile just managed to dodge and blasted the end of Shiftry's white hyde.

"Swift!" was Victor's next attack. The stars of energy pummeled Sceptile and caused him to fall to the ground. Shiftry began to surge downward at Sceptile.

"Get out of there!" Sceptile fired Bullet Seed, causing Shiftry to change direction in midair and escaped, then delivered a headbutt from behind. Shiftry could not stop or change direction and crashed into the wall. It staggered to it's feet to stay standing.

"Not bad, Ash," Victor admitted. "You're actually a tough fighter. Shiftry, Hyper Beam!"

It launced the attack from where it stood.

"I have to admit the same," Ash returned. "Sceptile, Solar Beam!"

He launched his own beam. The two collided in and caused the room to fill with smoke. The crowd waited with baited breath. Who had won? Shiftry or Sceptile? The two pokemon stood on their feet, obviously shaken and exhausted. They were both panting. Then...Shiftry fainted.

Victor recalled it. "Very good battle, Ash," he admitted. Then he saw Noland make a move towards him. "But don't think for one moment I am going to prison. Instead, I am retreating to my satelite. But I promise you, you will never see me again. Goodbye, Ash." And with that, Victor pressed on the device on his arm, was surrounded by light, and vanished.

Angel-FoX-crescent
4th August 2006, 7:59 PM
Nice battling but grass moves on grass is not very effective right?

greta_lover
4th August 2006, 10:25 PM
I like the battle! I like this fic!

~SweetPea~
7th August 2006, 3:31 PM
These are some great battles scenes. But with Victor gone is this the end of Team domination for good?