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Air Dragon
20th October 2005, 2:11 PM
Inspired by Breezy's HLBMA, Muddy and Flare and Two Choices, I've decided to write my own fanfic! i thought i'd begin with someintroductions and the first chapter. Enjoy!

Trainers

Name: Sapphire (Sapph to his friends)
Age: 12
Eye colour: Sapphire blue
Hair colour: Dark brown
Pokémon: Mongle (evolved to Squirrage), Ledyba (evolved to Ledian), Litaire (evolved to Mawhoot), Primeape, Crackal (evolved from Celcub) and Mudkip (hatched from an egg)
Pokémon in lab: Eevee, Pandosis and Castform.
Pokémon traded for: Mudkip (for Solaron), Eevee (for Totodile)
Description: Baseball cap askew over very messy hair, which tufts out in the front. He wears a plain white vee neck tee shirt, baggy blue denim shorts and white and red trainers.
Character: Sapph can be hasty and impulsive. Under pressure and in the heat of battle, however, Sapph performs beyond anybody’s expectations. His feeling that he has to be as successful as Rubin puts a load of pressure on his form on and off the field.

Name: Rubin
Age: 12
Eye colour: Hazel
Hair colour: Brown
Pokémon: Blaziken (came to Corei with), Quagsire (came to Corei with), Oddish (evolved to Bellossom), Ursaring, Espeon and Kestade
Pokémon in lab: Swablu (Shiny) (evolved to Altaria), Ferrohog, Scyther, Arakhide, Taekwopsi and Phoenire
Pokémon at home: Vulpix, Arcanine, Rapidash, Graveler
Description: Bandanna over less messy hair. He wears a large, baggy lacoste shirt under a green and white jacket. Also wears long brown boardwear shorts and blue trainers.
Character: Sapph’s older twin brother. Rubin is extremely responsible and is already a celebrated trainer. A cool, co-ordinated Co-ordinator who is poised to take over the family gym once he gains enough battle experience.

Name: Haley
Age: 12
Eye colour: Silver Grey
Hair colour: Reddish blond
Pokémon: Aquari, Ampeel (evolved to Sparkewt), Clefairy, Vulpix (hatch from an egg), Browler (evolved to Bathent) and Urkid
Pokémon in lab: Vaporeon
Pokémon traded for: Lapras (for Browler)
Pokémon traded back for: Bathent (for Lapras)
Description: Cowboy hat over neat hair tied back into two pigtails, Red Indian style shirt and skirt. White ankle socks and climbing boot footwear.
Character: Motherly and at times impatient with Sapph’s often-brash nature. This often results with her arguing with Sapph. Good-natured and fond of Water Pokémon. Always prepared, times rarely emerge when she loses control of the situation.

Name: Kamren
Age: 13
Eye colour: Silver Grey
Hair colour: Reddish blond
Pokémon: Fryger (evolved to Vulcat), and
Pokémon in lab: Gyarados, Ballomb (evolved to Explomb), Psyrian, Ninjask, Zubat (evolved to Crobat), Machamp, Icoeti, Wauspy, Rhydon, Gligar, Floracco, Zangoose …
Pokémon traded for: Tyranitar (traded with Machamp)
Description: Black and silver tracksuit with black and brown trainers.
Character: Haley’s older brother. Extremely snobbish and occasionally sneaky. As he’s from one of the most influential families in Corei, he feels he’s worth more than anyone else (especially Sapph) and that everything should go his way. He hangs out with Hugh; a large, sluggish dope, Carla; a smart blonde who’s almost as snobbish as Kamren, and Calvin; Carla’s highly intelligent 10-year old brother.



The Corei Quest
Note: This is a fan-fiction I made. Most of the characters and Pokémon are of my own design apart form the ones you should obviously know. Those that you won’t, I’ll try to describe with as much detail as I can.

Chapter One: A Rivalry Is Born

“Attention passengers, we will be arriving at Olville Town Station in ten minutes. All passengers are to ensure that they have all their belongings on them before they leave the train. I repeat…”

I heard that already! Geez, do they think I’m deaf or something?

An eleven-year-old boy, who had previously been fast asleep yawned, stretched and scratched the back of his head under his red and white baseball cap. As he peered out of the window at the steadily approaching station, his tiredness gave way to an intense enthusiasm and excitement that had been welling up within him since he left Cherrygrove Town two days ago.

Sapphire “Sapph” Manson had begun his Pokémon journey. Admittedly not the way he desired (with his twin brother’s broken old Pokédex; a handheld computer with information on all Pokémon in the world that looked like a red flip-open calculator), but he had begun. He planned to start his journey with the strongest starter available, which in his opinion was whichever Fire Pokémon was in Professor Yew’s lab up for grabs. All the Mansons’ had begun training with Fire Pokémon: His Dad, Justin, had left Pallet Town with a Charmander, his Mum, Kathy, started from New Bark Town with a Cyndaquil and his older twin brother, Rubin had left for Littleroot Town a year before to begin with a Torchic. He wasn’t interested in the other two (especially the Grass starter as he was of the opinion that they were the slowest starters with the most weaknesses).

Finally, the train hissed and came to a screeching halt in the rustic train station. Sapph leapt down as soon as he felt the train was slow enough, winding up on the pavement face first. Just as he felt this journey had begun on a bad note, he lifted himself off the station floor to see a group of three kids laughing at him. He groaned to the asphalt just a brisk and concerned voice asked “Are you OK?”

He looked up into a pair of silver grey eyes under a wide-brimmed cowboy hat. Their owner appeared to be a girl about his age with reddish blond hair, a Red Indian style outfit and heavy-looking hiking boots. “Yeah.” he grunted, ignoring the girl’s hand and hoisting himself gingerly off the asphalt. His ego was sorer than he was, anyway.

“I’m Haley,” the girl said, “the guys laughing at you over there are my jerk of an older brother Kamren, his jerk of a girlfriend, Carla and his best friend Hugh, an idiot if you ever met one. Who are you? And,” she added with a hint of a grin she had obviously been trying to hide “where are you off to in such a hurry?”

Sapph was starting to get annoyed. “I’m Sapphire…”

“Like your eyes, hunh?” Haley asked.

“Yeah”, Sapph said, a little aggressively. Then, noting his tone said “Sorry. D’you know where to find Gus the repairman’s shop?” As anxious as he was to get going, he also knew that he had to send the Pokédex to the local repairman friend of his dad’s in town before he went to the lab.

“Yep,” Haley said. “Smallest shop on the main street with the largest sign. I’m going there myself. I’ll show you.”

“Thanks.”

As they left the station, Haley asked “So! Starting your Pokémon journey tomorrow too, hunh?”

“Wha… oh, yeah, I am.” Sapph replied nervously. This Haley character seemed to be showing quite an interest in his affairs in Olville Town. “What are you anyway? Psychic?”

“No, just intuitive. Kamren going on about how he’s going to get the Fryger tomorrow…”

“Fryger?” Sapph asked.

“Fire Tiger species. It’s the fire starter at Professor Yew’s lab…” Haley explained.

We’ll see about that, Sapph thought.

“…I mean, so what? I’d prefer Aquari, the Water Hare Pokémon. I love Water Pokémon. What type do you like?” Haley continued.

“I’d like the Fryger too.” Sapph admitted, “Aquari wouldn’t be too shabby, but I’d rather…”

“We’re here.” Haley said, interrupting Sapph.

Sapph entered Gus’s Speedy Repairs first, looking around, while Haley followed him in and went up to the main counter and rang the bell for service.

Gus was tall and looking like he was in his sixties. He gave Haley a warm smile as he came in from the back room.

“Ah, young Miss Haley! A pleasure to see you as always… I have your kettle here all fixed up… and, erm, can I help you?” Gus added with a stab of annoyance at Sapph, who was gazing, enthralled at a selection of very rare Pokéballs set in a glass case along the wall.

Sapph turned around sharply and half-abashed, half-annoyed responded, “erm, yes, please, could you take a look at my brother’s broken Pokédex for me, sir?” he added, resisting the urge to mock Gus with a curtsy and handing the device to the repairman.

“So you’d be Justin’s second boy, hmm? I heard a lot of good things about Rubin in Hoenn, very accomplished there he is- (Sapph was feeling even grouchier by now with a scowl to match) -though his Pokédex can’t say the same. Very well, I’ll take a shifty at it. Come pick it up tomorrow morning at 8:30.”

Sapph muttered his thanks and turned to leave the shop, still scowling. Haley grabbed the kettle and with a rushed “Thank you” to Gus, left after Sapph, catching up at the Pokémon Center.

“What was that all about?” she asked.

“Nothing” Sapph replied grumpily

“Sure?” Haley countered.

“Yes!”

“Okay! There’s no need to go ballistic on me! One more thing, what are you doing here? Isn’t this a guest house for trainers?”

“Nah, you think?! I’m spending the night here ‘cause, in case you haven’t noticed, I can’t spend it anywhere else! I’m all the way from Cherrygrove in Johto! Geez, what is this, 20 Questions?”

“No, it isn’t,” Haley replied, also starting to lose her temper, “It’s just that your parents arranged with Prof. Yew and my mother that you’d spend the night at our place!”

Sapph felt his frustration vanish only to be replaced with shame. Turning away and scuffing his trainers on the ground, Sapph mumbled “I’m sorry. Really.”

Haley smiled “No problem. Let’s go.”

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The Kent Mansion was the largest building Sapph had ever seen in his life. A noble white villa set atop the hill overlooking the village with an expansive park both in the front and in the back.

“How do you like it?” Haley asked, amused at the stunned expression on Sapph’s face.

Sapph continued to stare at the house with his jaw dropped.

“My sis asked you a question, Fortree Mankey, aren’t you gonna answer?” asked a snide voice behind them. Both turned to see Kamren smirking at them. “Or is our new out of towner fancying the station platform he kissed earlier?”

Sapph groaned inwardly. He’d almost forgotten about Kamren and the fact that staying at the Kents’ would mean being under the same roof as his new rival.

“Very funny, Kammy!” Sapph retorted with a smirk of his own.

“What did you call me?” Kamren roared as Haley giggled uncontrollably.

“Hmm, deaf too… oh well, let’s go find your mum, okay?” Sapph mused, walking towards the house. Haley followed laughing as Kamren spluttered, “Get back here! You can’t call me that here…”

“What’s so funny?” Sapph asked Haley bemusedly as she still hadn’t stopped laughing yet.

Haley tried to answer, but choked as fresh peals of laughter escaped her. Sapph shrugged and raised his hand to knock the door. However, Haley just pulled out her house key and opened the door herself, sobering up slightly in the process.

“Mother, I’m home! Oh, and so is Sapph!” Haley called as they entered.

Mrs Kent was tall, graceful and in Sapph’s opinion, one of the prettiest women he’d ever seen. In her early thirties, she sort of looked like Haley, with the same silver grey eyes and reddish blonde hair which she wore in elegant tresses down her back. Wearing an emerald green dress, long white gloves and a friendly expression, she proffered her hand for Sapph to shake with an air of grace and refined dignity. I guess all moms must look pretty, Sapph thought as he shook her hand.

“Ah, Sapphire…” she began.

“Sapph.” Sapph replied as pleasantly as he could. He wasn’t really big on the name ‘Sapphire’- it sounded a little too feminine.

“Oh, sorry Sapph! How was your train trip?”

“Preetty hard, but funny from my point of view, hunh, Sapphire?” sneered Kamren nastily.

“Kammy! That wasn’t polite at all! Apologize now, please!” Mrs Kent scolded.

Now Sapph saw what Haley found funny earlier on. Resisting the urge to laugh, he watched Kamren look anywhere but at Sapph and say through gritted teeth, “I’m. Sorry.”

“That’s better. Now Sapph, how’re your parents? Kathy and I go very far back… we travelled together when we were young, you know…”

“They’re OK,” Sapph said amicably.

“…and Rubin. How’s he? It’s been a while since I heard of his exploits. Oh, don’t worry, dear, I’m sure you’ll make an excellent trainer in your own right.” She added, catching the dark expression on Sapph’s face.

“Thanks, Mrs Kent. That…erm…means a lot to me, I guess.” Sapph said quietly, a faint tinge in his cheek, turning away to watch an elegant Persian and Milotic prance out on the grounds so neither lady could see.

“Well, I suppose we’d all best get some dinner in… unless you two would like to turn in early…” Mrs Kent said, rising to her feet.

“Dinner sounds good to me!” Sapph said, springing up with Haley and proceeding to wash up.

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Two hours later, Sapph was in a guest room flicking through a book Mrs Kent had given him on raising a Pokémon’s ability to its full potential when the door opened. Sapph looked over the top of the book and scowled as he saw Kamren there with a smug smile on his face.

“Awww, don’t you just look pwecious in your widdle jammies.” He cooed mockingly. “Got tidie widies to match?”

“Why? Are your big boy boxers too large for your tiny tushie?” Sapph replied retuning to his book. He smiled faintly to himself as he heard his door slam. Closing his book, Sapph rolled over and went to sleep.

Later that night, a shadow stole into Sapph’s snoring form, pausing to hear Sapph mutter, “Who’s got the Fryger now? In your face, Kamren Kent!”

We’ll see about that, the shadow thought, leaving the room as silently as it had entered.

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Okay, it’s a short chapter (in my opinon) but I tried to make it interesting with a cliffhanger. Anyways please let me know what you think! All comments are welcome!

Glitch
20th October 2005, 3:35 PM
It's a bit short and needs improvement here and there. I would probably give it a 6/10. I will continue to watch this fan-fic. As soon as improvement shows, I will give better ratings. But still, it was your first try.

Ouallada
21st October 2005, 4:38 PM
Short and concise, but with niggling errors here and there. Please proofread, and then proofread again.

Also, I want to see more description, more body to the story. Just seeing a young fellow looking at rare pokeballs is not doing much. Why? What? Who? I know it is still early, but we need to know where the characters are coming from. They could be having a picnic in the zoo for all that matters.

2/5 thus far. room to improve and ratings will go up with improvement.

Air Dragon
25th October 2005, 5:41 PM
After the first two reviews, i reckoned chapter two should come up two days earlier with a revised version of chapter one. Enjoy!

The Corei Quest
Note: This is a fan-fiction I made. Most of the characters and Pokémon are of my own design apart form the ones you should obviously know. Those that you won’t, I’ll try to describe with as much detail as I can. I’ll also try to get some scans up too. This will take time though.

Note: Italics = Thoughts/Emphasized speech
Bold Italics = Speech via speaker

Chapter One: A Rivalry Is Born

“Attention passengers, we will be arriving at Olville Town Station in ten minutes. All passengers are to ensure that they have all their belongings on them before they leave the train. I repeat…”

I heard that already! Geez, do they think I’m deaf or something?

An eleven-year-old boy, who had previously been fast asleep yawned, stretched and scratched the back of his head under his red and white baseball cap. As he peered out of the window at the steadily approaching station, his tiredness gave way to an intense enthusiasm and excitement that had been welling up within him since he left Cherrygrove Town two days ago.

Sapphire “Sapph” Manson had begun his Pokémon journey. Admittedly not the way he desired (with his twin brother’s broken old Pokédex; a handheld computer with information on all Pokémon in the world that looked like a red flip-open calculator), but he had begun. He planned to start his journey with the strongest starter available, which in his opinion was whichever Fire Pokémon was in Professor Yew’s lab up for grabs. All the Mansons’ had begun training with Fire Pokémon: His Dad, Justin, had left Pallet Town with a Charmander, his Mum, Kathy, started from New Bark Town with a Cyndaquil and his older twin brother, Rubin had left for Littleroot Town a year before to begin with a Torchic. He wasn’t interested in the other two (especially the Grass starter as he was of the opinion that they were the slowest starters with the most weaknesses).

Finally, the train hissed and came to a screeching halt in the rustic train station. Sapph leapt down as soon as he felt the train was slow enough, winding up on the pavement face first. Just as he felt this journey had begun on a bad note, he lifted himself off the station floor to see a group of three kids laughing at him. He groaned to the asphalt just a brisk and concerned voice asked “Are you OK?”

He looked up into a pair of silver grey eyes under a wide-brimmed cowboy hat. Their owner appeared to be a girl about his age with reddish blond hair, a Red Indian style outfit and heavy-looking hiking boots. “Yeah.” he grunted, ignoring the girl’s hand and hoisting himself gingerly off the asphalt. His ego was sorer than he was, anyway.

“I’m Haley,” the girl said, “the guys laughing at you over there are my jerk of an older brother Kamren, his jerk of a girlfriend, Carla and his best friend Hugh, an idiot if you ever met one. Who are you? And,” she added with a hint of a grin she had obviously been trying to hide “where are you off to in such a hurry?”

Sapph was starting to get annoyed. “I’m Sapphire…”

“Like your eyes, hunh?” Haley asked.

“Yeah”, Sapph said, a little aggressively. Then, noting his tone said “Sorry. D’you know where to find Gus the repairman’s shop?” As anxious as he was to get going, he also knew that he had to send the Pokédex to the local repairman friend of his dad’s in town before he went to the lab.

“Yep,” Haley said. “Smallest shop on the main street with the largest sign. I’m going there myself. I’ll show you.”

“Thanks.”

As they left the station, Haley asked “So! Starting your Pokémon journey tomorrow too, hunh?”

“Wha… oh, yeah, I am.” Sapph replied nervously. This Haley character seemed to be showing quite an interest in his affairs in Olville Town. “What are you anyway? Psychic?”

“No, just intuitive. Kamren going on about how he’s going to get the Fryger tomorrow…”

“Fryger?” Sapph asked.

“Fire Tiger species. It’s the fire starter at Professor Yew’s lab…” Haley explained.

We’ll see about that, Sapph thought.

“…I mean, so what? I’d prefer Aquari, the Water Hare Pokémon. I love Water Pokémon. What type do you like?” Haley continued.

“I’d like the Fryger too.” Sapph admitted, “Aquari wouldn’t be too shabby, but I’d rather…”

“We’re here.” Haley said, interrupting Sapph.

Sapph entered Gus’s Speedy Repairs first, looking around, while Haley followed him in and went up to the main counter and rang the bell for service.

Gus was tall and looking like he was in his sixties. He gave Haley a warm smile as he came in from the back room.

“Ah, young Miss Haley! A pleasure to see you as always… I have your kettle here all fixed up… and, erm, can I help you?” Gus added with a stab of annoyance at Sapph, who was gazing, enthralled at a selection of very rare Pokéballs set in a glass case along the wall.

Sapph turned around sharply and half-abashed, half-annoyed responded, “erm, yes, please, could you take a look at my brother’s broken Pokédex for me, sir?” he added, resisting the urge to mock Gus with a curtsy and handing the device to the repairman. Sapph wasn't used to seeing new things and sitting still. True, Johto may be the only place to get apricorn balls, he thought, remembering a trip he had taken to Azalea Town with his dad and Rubin a year back before his older twin left for Hoenn, (he also distinctly rermembered not getting one at all, after his dad told Kurt, the pokeball expert, he wasn't ready yet, much to his chagrin) , but this place has pokeballs I'll bet not even Rubin has seen yet...

“So you’d be Justin’s second boy, hmm? I heard a lot of good things about Rubin in Hoenn, very accomplished there he is- (Sapph was feeling even grouchier by now with a scowl to match) -though his Pokédex can’t say the same. Very well, I’ll take a shifty at it. Come pick it up tomorrow morning at 8:30.”

Sapph muttered his thanks and turned to leave the shop, still scowling. Haley grabbed the kettle and with a rushed “Thank you” to Gus, left after Sapph, catching up at the Pokémon Center.

“What was that all about?” she asked.

“Nothing” Sapph replied grumpily

“Sure?” Haley countered.

“Yes!” Sapph yelled emphatically.

“Okay! There’s no need to go ballistic on me! One more thing, what are you doing here? Isn’t this a guest house for trainers?”

“Nah, you think?! I’m spending the night here ‘cause, in case you haven’t noticed, I can’t spend it anywhere else! I’m all the way from Cherrygrove in Johto! Geez, what is this, 20 Questions?”

“No, it isn’t,” Haley replied, also starting to lose her temper, “It’s just that your parents arranged with Prof. Yew and my mother that you’d spend the night at our place!”

Sapph felt his frustration vanish only to be replaced with shame. Turning away and scuffing his trainers on the ground, Sapph mumbled “I’m sorry. Really.”

Haley smiled “No problem. Let’s go.”

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The Kent Mansion was the largest building Sapph had ever seen in his life. A noble white villa set atop the hill overlooking the village with an expansive park both in the front and in the back.

“How do you like it?” Haley asked, amused at the stunned expression on Sapph’s face.

Sapph continued to stare at the house with his jaw dropped.

“My sis asked you a question, Fortree Mankey, aren’t you gonna answer?” asked a snide voice behind them. Both turned to see Kamren smirking at them. “Or is our new out of towner fancying the station platform he kissed earlier?”

Sapph groaned inwardly. He’d almost forgotten about Kamren and the fact that staying at the Kents’ would mean being under the same roof as his new rival.

“Very funny, Kammy!” Sapph retorted with a smirk of his own.

“What did you call me?” Kamren roared as Haley giggled uncontrollably.

“Hmm, deaf too… oh well, let’s go find your mum, okay?” Sapph mused, walking towards the house. Haley followed laughing as Kamren spluttered, “Get back here! You can’t call me that here…”

“What’s so funny?” Sapph asked Haley bemusedly as she still hadn’t stopped laughing yet.

Haley tried to answer, but choked as fresh peals of laughter escaped her. Sapph shrugged and raised his hand to knock the door. However, Haley just pulled out her house key and opened the door herself, sobering up slightly in the process.

“Mother, I’m home! Oh, and so is Sapph!” Haley called as they entered.

Mrs Kent was tall, graceful and in Sapph’s opinion, one of the prettiest women he’d ever seen. In her early thirties, she sort of looked like Haley, with the same silver grey eyes and reddish blonde hair which she wore in elegant tresses down her back. Wearing an emerald green dress, long white gloves and a friendly expression, she proffered her hand for Sapph to shake with an air of grace and refined dignity. I guess all moms must look pretty, Sapph thought as he shook her hand.

“Ah, Sapphire…” she began.

“Sapph.” Sapph replied as pleasantly as he could. He wasn’t really big on the name ‘Sapphire’- it sounded a little too feminine.

“Oh, sorry Sapph! How was your train trip?”

“Preetty hard, but funny from my point of view, hunh, Sapphire?” sneered Kamren nastily.

“Kammy! That wasn’t polite at all! Apologize now, please!” Mrs Kent scolded.

Now Sapph saw what Haley found funny earlier on. Resisting the urge to laugh, he watched Kamren look anywhere but at Sapph and say through gritted teeth, “I’m. Sorry.”

“That’s better. Now Sapph, how’re your parents? Kathy and I go very far back… we travelled together when we were young, you know…”

“They’re OK,” Sapph said amicably.

“…and Rubin. How’s he? It’s been a while since I heard of his exploits. Oh, don’t worry, dear, I’m sure you’ll make an excellent trainer in your own right.” She added, catching the dark expression on Sapph’s face.

“Thanks, Mrs Kent. That…erm…means a lot to me, I guess.” Sapph said quietly, a faint tinge in his cheek, turning away to watch an elegant Persian and Milotic prance out on the grounds so neither lady could see.

“Well, I suppose we’d all best get some dinner in… unless you two would like to turn in early…” Mrs Kent said, rising to her feet.

“Dinner sounds good to me!” Sapph said, springing up with Haley and proceeding to wash up.

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Two hours later, Sapph was in a guest room flicking through a book Mrs Kent had given him on raising a Pokémon’s ability to its full potential when the door opened. Sapph looked over the top of the book and scowled as he saw Kamren there with a smug smile on his face.

“Awww, don’t you just look pwecious in your widdle jammies.” He cooed mockingly. “Got tidie widies to match?”

“Why? Are your big boy boxers too large for your tiny tushie?” Sapph replied retuning to his book. He smiled faintly to himself as he heard his door slam. Closing his book, Sapph rolled over and went to sleep.

Later that night, a shadow stole into Sapph’s snoring form, pausing to hear Sapph mutter, “Who’s got the Fryger now? In your face, Kamren Kent!”

We’ll see about that, the shadow thought, leaving the room as silently as it had entered, its deed done.

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Okay, it’s a short chapter but I tried to make it interesting with a cliffhanger. Anyways please let me know what you think! All comments are welcome!

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Chapter Two: The Price of Trust

Note: <…..> = Pokémon Speech

The room was already filled with light when Sapph woke up abruptly to the sound of his alarm clock blaring. Peering blurrily at the digits on the clock face, Sapph’s mind awoke as sharply as though shocked by a pack of overexcited Pichu.

“9:45! How’d the **** did that happen? I set it for…wait! Kamren!” Sapph yelp turned to a growl as he dressed at warp speed. As he barrelled down the stairs, cussing under his breath, he met Mrs Kent, who said in some surprise, “Sapph, I thought you’d left before Haley and Kamren…”

“Sorry, Mrs Kent…got to go…thanks for the book and everything…bye!” Sapph cut in hurriedly as he pressed the book into a bewildered Mrs Kent’s hand and ran out back down to Olville, suddenly remembering his Pokédex at Gus’s. Cussing some more, he turned down to the main street and burst into Gus’s Speedy Repairs like a hurricane where Gus was waiting.

“You’re late!” Gus began reproachfully holding the repaired encyclopaedia in his hand. A split second later, it was gone, replaced with some money.

“Sorry, Gus, I’ve no time for this now! Thanks for fixing it for me! Bye!”

Sapph was out of the shop and out of sight in the next three seconds.

That’s your son, Justin? Gus thought, scratching the back of his head. I see no resemblance, my friend, none at all…

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Sapph tore into the Olville Research Lab, frantically thinking: Please don’t let Kamren be here, Please don’t let Kamren be here…, winding up running right into one of Prof. Yew’s assistants and Haley, who had a small cerulean bunny with a really large bubble for a tail in her arms, said “Sapph! Where have you been? I thought you’d already left! Kamren’s getting his Pokémon now…”

Sapph was out of sight before she could finish.

“Wasn’t that Justin Manson’s son Sapphire? Is he a friend of yours?” the assistant queried.

<He a very funny friend of yours if you ask me.> Aquari piped up in its baby voice, looking up innocently at her new trainer.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOO! Sapph screamed in his mind as he dashed into the professor’s office to see him giving an extremely smug-looking Kamren his Pokédex and first five Pokéballs.

Both Prof Yew and Kamren looked around at the source of the commotion. “Sapph!” Prof Yew exclaimed in surprise, “I was expecting you soo…” but Sapph cut across him.

“WHAT DID YOU DO TO MY ALARM CLOCK, YOU-“

“Sapph, please don’t shout.” Prof Yew said with only a touch of impatience.

“Yeah, Sapphire, you’re freaking my Fryger out with your, ah, rude entry and false accusations.” Kamren said, not even hiding his smile.

“WHADDYA MEAN, ‘YOUR FRYGER’!”

“SAPPH! SETTLE DOWN NOW!” Prof Yew yelled angrily.

Sapph was too incensed to say more, but turned on his rival and ran towards him with his fist cocked back. He never made it. A black-and-orange blur appeared in front of him and showered him with small, red-hot flames. Sapph yelled in pain and fell back onto his bum.

“Wow, Ember already! Thanks chump! Didn’t think you have that much experience to give! Later, Professor!” Kamren chortled, returning the small Fire Tiger Pokémon to its Pokéball and striding out of the lab, turning back to sneer at Sapph as he left.

Sapph was in so much shock he never noticed his stinging hands and face where the Fire Pokémon’s attack had hit him seconds earlier. He’d missed getting a Fryger. His family would never let him live this down. Never. Especially his dad…

Prof Yew had watched the scene in numb horror. He now cleared his throat tentatively and said hesitantly. “Erm, Sapph? Are you OK?”

“Is there another Fryger?” Sapph asked at once, praying deep inside that the answer was yes.

“I’m sorry Sapph…”

Sapph cussed loudly.

“…I’m really sor… hey, did you just cuss?” Prof Yew said, surprised at how seriously Sapph was taking this.

“Sorry, Professor.” Sapph mumbled numbly.

“It’s alright. I quite, erm, understand…” the professor said calmly “…however, I do think you’re overreacting. Mongle is a fine starter too…”

“I don’t WANT a dumb Mongle, got it? I. WANTED. A. FRYGER! I SET MY FREAKING ALARM CLOCK FOR FOUR A.M. TO GET ONE! AND THIS HAPPENS!” Sapph yelled.

“I know, Sapph, I know.” Prof Yew said evenly. “However, the only way you’d get a Fryger now is to wait till next year, and I know for a fact you wouldn't want to do that seeing as you’re already one year behind Rubin as it is…”

Prof Yew’s cut into Sapph’s rage like a knife. As much as he hated getting stuck with a Grass starter, he hated living in Rubin’s shadow even more. Everyone always talked about and liked Rubin more than him since their got their first report cards at Earl’s Pokémon Academy in Violet City… he could still hear Earl saying in his mind ‘…A weak student you are. Make a better trainer than you Rubin will...’ His old teacher’s voice still haunted him to this day, but now he was feeling too cold inside to care. After all, he reasoned, he could always trade it off for a stronger Fire Pokémon than Fryger later…

Prof Yew was still speaking and holding out Mongle’s Pokéball, “…Losing your temper won’t help either. Besides, Mongles are very strong, brave and loyal Pokémon too… I’m sure you two will get along fine.”

Sapph reached out for it indifferently. “Whatever” he said glumly.

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Fifteen minutes later, during which time he was getting his Pokédex upgraded and his burns treated, Sapph was standing outside the doors of the lab with his head bowed down. He still held the shrunken Pokéball in his tightly clenched fist. It was a cloudy day but Sapph was too sore to think about the weather. Deciding to get something to eat first, he headed for the Pokémon Center.

As he entered, the first person he saw was Kamren, showing off his new Fryger to Carla and Hugh. Averting his eyes from the foot- tall cat, he moved to the vending machine to get some food for himself and Mongle. “After all,” Prof Yew had reasoned back at the lab “you are its trainer. I guess you might as well care for it till you find it a trainer that’d want it if you find that you don’t when that time comes.”

Like I’d care for a Mongle, Sapph thought. After buying some cans of Pokémon food, a couple of sandwiches and some apples, he wended his way to a secluded table. Just as he sat down, the front door slid open revealing Haley with her Aquari and the fact that it had started to rain. Great, Sapph thought, now I’m stuck here with Kamren Kent!

The baby Aquari saw Sapph and cried bouncing up and down, <Haley, Haley! It’s your funny friend in the conner there!>

Haley spotted her trainer friend, bought some food too and progressed to sit there. “Hello, how’re you doing?” she asked kindly.

“Fine,” Sapph muttered moodily.

“Look, Sapph…” Haley began, but Sapph cut her off.

“That’s your Aquari, hunh? He’s pretty cute. What’s his name?” he asked, hitching a smile on his face. Unfortunately, Haley was nobody’s fool.

The bunny, however, was and started bouncing up and down, piping <He call me cute! He call me cute! >

Haley said” She’s called Bubbles as of now, Sapph. But please don’t change the subject. How’s your Mongle? Can I see him? Or is it a her?”

“Yeah, Sapphire, let’s see your widdle wood rat!” Kamren had come over with Carla, Hugh and a bespectacled nine-year old boy. His Fryger was there too, an identical smirk on his face that rendered his golden yellow eyes cold. Its eyes shifted to Sapph’s lightly bandaged hands and smiled in a very self-satisfied way.

“Actually, Kamren, it’s the Leaf Squirrel Pokémon…” The boy had a voice that seemed to belong to a textbook.

“Who cares? Gee Calvin, for someone who’s meant to be my brother, you’re such a nerd!” Carla said scornfully.

“Carla’s right Calvin, but don’t worry about being too smart. It’ll come in handy when we’re on the road.” Kamren said in what he assumed was a calming voice. “Well, Sappy, let’s see it, after all Burner needs a new playmate seeing as you can’t-ah- handle the heat.”

Sapph furiously hurled Mongle’s Pokéball at Kamren, who ducked. The orb hit the wall behind them, enlarged and burst open, a beam of white light expelling from within. The light, momentarily formless, soon assumed a shape which stood on all fours with a large, leaf shaped tail and short, stuck up ears raised erect. As the light died down, Mongle was revealed to possess sky blue eyes and viridian green fur. It rose into a form of crouch on its hind legs and peered curiously around to see who had released him.

He noticed three people and a Fryger he recognized from the Professor’s Lab laughing at him. Another one was making comments about him being a fine specimen of Mongle. One of the two at the table seemed to be comforting the other, who seemed too ashamed to look at him. He then got up, grabbed his bag and ran out into the rain. The Leaf Squirrel watched him run with a puzzled expression on his face until a voice broke in on his thoughts.

<How d’you like your new trainer?>

Mongle turned around to face the cat, who had spoken.

<That’s my trainer?>

<Yup. I’m Burner. I suppose I should ask you your name too. So, what is it?> said the orange cat.

<Oh. Well, I’m… uh…> the Mongle began, realising that he didn’t have a nickname. Burner seemed coldly amused at the Mongle’s awkwardness.

<Really? Swell. Listen, uh, why don’t ya find your trainer and ask him? I mean, what trainer leaves his Pokémon behind after seeing him for the first time? Not that you can call what he was doing back then seeing you. If you want my opinion, I’d say you’re unwanted.>

<That’s not true!> Mongle cried out, a little flustered.

<Think so? Go find your trainer and ask him if you don’t believe me.> Burner sneered, turning around to leave after his departing trainer.

Mongle watched Burner leave with some apprehension. Even though he didn’t want to believe Burner, he did see the boy throw him a cold askance look as he passed him to the door. He trotted over to his Pokéball, picked it up and left the building to follow.

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Sapph ran blindly up the main road until he reached the outskirts of Olville Town where he collapsed onto a rock, hot tears streaming down his cheeks.

“Why’d I have to get that stupid Pokémon! It can barely stand up straight! Damned Grass type! I hate him even more than that stupid Kamren and his freaking Burner! ‘Burner’? Hah, what a stupid nickname! He steals the only Pokémon I wanted to get and has it attack me? That stupid idiot couldn’t even train him up to learn Ember on his own! I’ll never get one now because of him! And that so-called professor lecturing me on a Grass type being strong! Freaking idiot! It’s as if he can’t tell how much I despise weak Grass Pokémon like that dumb rat…”

Unfortunately, he wasn’t aware of who was behind him…

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Mongle had a tricky time following the boy’s scent because of the rain. Just when he was about to give up and got back to the Center, he looked up and saw the boy sitting on a rock about 12 yards away. He walked up to his trainer, holding up his Pokéball hopeful that it would be taken and he returned. About ten feet away, he stopped dead, catching words that stung more than the cold winds and rain, “…lecturing me on a Grass type being strong! Freaking idiot! It’s as if he can’t tell how much I despise weak Grass Pokémon like that dumb rat…”

<He does hate me… >Mongle thought dejectedly, dropping his Pokéball with a clunk.

The boy seemed to hear. He spun around, glaring at him with pure loathing in his blue eyes.
“GO AWAY! STOP FOLLOWING ME ALREADY!” The human bellowed, picking up a rock a chucking it at the Pokémon. The rock hit Mongle, who turned tail and ran back into town, tears blinding it.

Mongle ran blindly down a random alley. Worn out, he curled up in a box, thinking miserably as he sobbed, <He hates me …he hates me… but I thought… Burner can’t be right, he just can’t!>

He never noticed the blinking red and gold lights until it was too late…

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Sapph stared at the ball his Pokémon had dropped, his mind travelling back to his conversation with Haley back at the Pokémon Center…

-Flashback-

“Why me?” Sapph groaned into his hands.

“Look Sapph, it’s not so bad. Mongle’s really nice…cute too!” Haley said quietly.

“Great! I’ll just have him stare at all his opponents till they crack up!” Sapph said snidely. “I mean, what can that thing do, Sweet Kiss ‘em dead at the league?”

“Latias, you are impossible! Is all you wanted a powerful Pokémon?! Pokémon are more than what they are on the outside, it’s what’s inside that counts! Look at Bubbles! She’s not very strong yet, but I don’t mind because I know I can improve her and make her stronger!”

<Why should he look at me, Haley? Is there a something on my face? Aaah, pwease get it off me!> Bubbles piped up, feeling her face with her little paws.

“Easy for you to say, you two got what you wanted!” Sapph retorted angrily.

“No, Bubbles, there isn’t anything wrong with your face. Damn it, it’s not Mongle’s fault you’re its trainer! It’s Kamren’s! You wanna be a greater trainer than Kamren and that Rubin guy, prove it! Train Mongle to be stronger than Burner! Even if you don’t want to be its trainer, it wants to be your Pokémon! Isn’t that enough for you?”

-End Flashback-

‘…it’s not Mongle’s fault you’re its trainer! It’s Kamren’s!’

Sapph’s hands curled into fists against the rock.

‘Even if you don’t want to be its trainer, it wants to be your Pokémon! Isn’t that enough for you?’

Sapph shut his eyes and turned away.

‘Is all you wanted a powerful Pokémon?!’

Sapph jumped off the rock and scooped up Mongle’s Pokéball. Looking up, he said,” I’ve gotta go find him!”

Running back into town, a flashing light caught Sapph’s attention. Turning right down an alleyway, he saw several Meowth and a Persian beating up a littler Pokémon. “Mongle, hang on! Hey, break it up, you!” he yelled, picking up a piece of pipe. The cat Pokémon left the Leaf Squirrel and closed on him instead…

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Mongle remembered the bright flashes he saw as larger tan bodies attacked him. He knocked the first two away with his tail but was felled be a mighty sweep of what appeared to be their leader’s paw. The attack left gash marks on his belly. The others then proceeded to slash at him too. Just as he began to lose consciousness, he thought he heard a voice say ‘Mongle, hang on! Hey, break it up, you!’

Ten minutes later, he dimly felt himself moving as someone ran into the Center, calling for help. He heard Nurse Joy ask what happened as he was loaded into a gurney by a pair of warm pink hands. Then his world went black.

Several hours later, the Grass Pokémon awoke blearily to see the boy from before staring at him with tears in his eyes. He was shaking, Mongle noticed. Noticing he was awake, Sapph rubbed his eyes, stared at him and started crying again.

<What’s with this guy?> Mongle thought.

“I’m… so …sorry! I’m sorry… I promise I’ll… I’ll never abandon you again, if you take me as your trainer… after… after all, it’s what you think that counts. D’you… d’you reckon you could forgive me? After all I did?” he ended, a pleading look in his watery eyes, tears dripping down his scratched and burnt face.

Mongle looked deeply into the boy’s eyes and saw nothing of the cold stare he received hours earlier. He saw in his earnest eyes a fervent desire to keep his promise and leave what had happened today behind. Mongle’s face relaxed into a smile.

The boy trainer’s joy was beyond words. He hugged his Pokémon, whispering words of profound thanks. <Guess Burner was wrong after all> Mongle thought.

A few hours later on their night time rounds, Nurse Joy and Chansey looked in to see Sapph asleep in the chair, leaning over onto the bed hugging his Mongle. Both trainer and Pokémon had looks of content upon their faces. Nurse Joy smiled down at Chansey, who smiled back and gently closed the door.

Maybe he’ll make a great trainer after all, they thought. He’s begun on the right step…gaining Mongle’s full trust.

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How d’you like Chapter 2? Emotional, wasn’t it? Just wait things will really heat up soon! ;P
Anyways, please review! Thanks!

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Air Dragon
27th October 2005, 4:13 PM
Quick thanks to Glitch and Ouallada for reviewing! Please help them and me, with your comments, views, etc so that i'll do better in Chapter Three. Later!

Glitch
30th October 2005, 10:17 AM
No sweat for the review and just thought I'd say that I have been seeing more improvement. I did see some spelling and grammar mistakes here and there but there is definite improvement.

P.S. Don't double post :)

Air Dragon
30th October 2005, 3:12 PM
Sorry for double posting, Glitch... the second posting of Chapter one was a revised form. i forgot to check and change the formatting before posting. Hopefully chapter three will be out tomorrow or tuesday. thanks again and pls spread the word! oh, and could you pls post any errors you saw, Glitch? it'll help me not to do it again. Later!

Air Dragon
31st October 2005, 2:41 PM
Chapter Three: Sapph’s First Capture

Sapph and Mongle left the Pokémon Center fully healed two days later. Mongle scampered along the path happily as Sapph trudged along behind, smiling at his Pokémon’s antics. Looking up at the Kent villa, he decided to say goodbye to Mrs Kent and see if Haley was still home.

“Hey, Mongle! We’re going this way for a moment! Okay with you?” Sapph called.

<Yeah! Hey, wait up Sapph!> Mongle called following Sapph up the road. He caught up and overtook Sapph halfway uphill.

Wow, Mongle is fast!, Sapph thought as he raced Mongle to the Kent Residence.

They found Mrs Kent in the back porch, sipping lemonade and watching her Pokémon frolic out on the grounds.

“Sapph! Hello!” Mrs Kent greeted jovially. “You left in quite a hurry the other day! Where have you been then? Haley and Kamren both left yesterday!”

“At the Center.” Sapph replied. “This is Mongle, by the way.”

<Hi, you’re really pretty!> Mongle piped.

“ Well, isn’t he lovely! By the way, Sapph you left something…”

“Erm, I did?” Sapph asked, puzzled.

Mrs Kent nodded and called for a maid. A chubby lady came out, carrying a book and an envelope. Leaving them on the table, she nodded to Sapph and Mrs Kent and left.

“But, Mrs Kent, isn’t that…”

“Yes, but I’d like you to have it. Haley and I already know it off by heart and Kamren would never read it if I gave it to him…” Mrs Kent said matter-of-factly. “ What’s in the envelope is yours, too. Don’t lose it now!”

Mongle jumped onto Sapph’s shoulder to see as Sapph pulled a slip of paper out from the envelope. “Wow, a Bike Voucher! Thanks, Mrs Kent!”

“You’re quite welcome, dear. Well, I suppose you’d better run along now. Good luck and take care!” Mrs Kent said with a graceful smile.

“Bye! And thanks again!” Sapph said, turning to leave.

<She’s really nice to you, Sapph! I wonder if Burner’s trainer got one too?> Mongle mused as they passed the outskirts of Olville Town and headed for the EverWood Forest.

“Who cares? Anyways, we’ve got more important things to think about now!” Sapph said cheerfully.

<What’s that?> Mongle asked, surprised. He was liking Sapph more and more.

“Like catching some more Pokémon for our team!”

<Am I on your team, Sapph?> Mongle asked curiously

“Of course, buddy! You’re number one!” Sapph grinned at Mongle. “Well, here we are!” He said, turning his head to look at the forest before him.
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Half an hour later, Sapph and Mongle were looking around for a decent Pokémon for Sapph to catch.

< Say, Sapph? What kind of Pokémon are we after here?> Mongle called to his trainer.

“I’m not too sure which species live here yet…” Sapph muttered, pawing his way through some bushes “…but some aerial support would be good right now. Seeing as you’re a Grass type, according to the book, a Flying type can easily handle the Bug types you’d have a problem winning against right now.”

<Oh-kaaaay… how’s that one?> Mongle asked, pointing to a small blue and red bird perched on a low branch nearby. The bird had a white underbelly, a short yellow beak and two erect tails. It turned to face Sapph and Mongle with a shrewd expression on its face.

“Hey, that’s a Taillow!” Sapph said while consulting his Pokédex. “According to the Pokédex, they’re really rare here!” Sapph flipped the Pokédex shut and turned to his Pokémon with a determined expression on his eager face. “Okay, Mongle, let’s get it!”

The Taillow heard them. Glaring at Mongle as if to say ‘So, you guys want a piece of me, hunh?’ it flapped its wings to get some air and dived at Mongle beak first.

That’s a Peck attack, Sapph thought. “Mongle, jump aside now!” He commanded.

The Leaf Squirrel Pokémon using its entire agility prowess, barely managed to avoid taking a heavy hit. He heard from Sapph that he was weak against such attacks too. Mongle scampered up a tree with the Taillow close behind.

Now what? ,Sapph thought slightly panicked, all Mongle can do now is Growl and Pound… wait! That’s it! “Mongle, swing around on the branch ahead of you and hold tight!” Sapph called out.

Just when it seemed the Tiny Swallow Pokémon would catch him, Mongle grabbed the branch ahead of it and started swinging around on it. Taillow, taken by surprise by this tactic and going too fast to stop, blitzed past Mongle into the trunk of a nearby tree beak first.

<Hah! How’d the tree taste, Birdy?> Mongle taunted, while still spinning on his branch like a trapeze artist, as the Taillow struggled to get free.

“Good job, buddy! Now Pound him to the ground!” Sapph called out, readying an empty Pokéball. Whilst still twirling, Mongle launched himself off the branch and used his greatly increased speed to slam Taillow’s beak free. Dizzy from the blow to its head, the bird fell into a bush at ground level.

NOW! ,Sapph thought. He threw the enlarged Pokéball at the bush, yelling “Go, Pokéball!”

The Pokéball hit the bush and disappeared from view. A series of bright red flashes filled the bush, as it quivered angrily. A few tense seconds later though, it went still as a ‘ding’ went off, signalling a successful capture.

“YES! WE DID IT! WE CAUGHT A TAILLOW!” Sapph cheered, reaching for his Pokéball and doing a little victory dance. Mongle smiled and shook his head in a slightly bemused way at the crazy antics of his friend and trainer as he clambered down from the tree.

“Hey!” a voice called from the other side of the bush. Sapph and Mongle tensed slightly as a boy younger than Sapph appeared holding a Pokéball and a frown on his face. The boy wore a yellow tee shirt and blue shorts with a matching blue cap on his head.

“Did you knock that Taillow into my way?” he asked angrily.

“Hunh?” Sapph said, totally lost. “What do you mean?”

“This!” he yelled, throwing the Pokéball to release… the Taillow!

<What the-> Mongle gasped.

“Whoa! If you got that, what did I get?” Sapph gasped.

“See for yourself! D’you know how long I spent in here trying to find one?” the kid huffed, returning the beaten Taillow and marching off back into the undergrowth.

Sapph was totally bewildered as he looked at Mongle. “What d’you reckon’s in here?” He asked, hefting the newly-filled Pokéball.

<Let’s see.> Mongle replied, also as stunned as Sapph felt.

Sapph nodded and threw the Pokéball. A shape appeared as the light died down. The creature had six short legs and a round head and body. With three black dots on his red back and a yellow underbelly, the creature’s two short black antennae twitched. It turned slowly to face the two friends. It gave a squeak of shock and flew for cover behind the nearest tree. All the twosome could see after that where its two round black eyes <Who…Who…Who are you g…guys?> it squeaked in a high-pitched voice, a tinge of deep pink under them on its face.

Sapph felt his jaw drop.

“So…instead of a lofty Taillow…” he began.

<…We caught a timid Ledyba!> Mongle finished, equally shocked.

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It took a bit of persuasion from Mongle to make Ledyba leave the safety of his tree trunk. It now hovered on its fine wings before Sapph who sat on a log and still looked stunned at this turn of events.

<So you were sleeping behind the bush when that Youngster found you, right?> Mongle asked.

<Y…y…yes.> The Ledyba nodded.

<The Taillow must have fallen from the tree in front of you just before he would’ve caught you then.> Mongle said to Sapph.

“I get it. So when I threw my pokéball, I must have gotten Ledyba instead of the Taillow.” Sapph nodded numbly.

<Who is he? I…I…is he tame then? Am I safe?> the Five Star Pokémon stammered, shooting a shy glance at Sapph.

<Yep. He’s tame…> Mongle chuckled.

“Hey!”

<…except when he’s ticked off.> Mongle finished.

“I’m not ticked off! Well, what do you want to do Ledyba? I caught you, but if you’d rather stay here than with Mongle and me…” Sapph began

<No, no, I’d love to come! I…I’ve never really had friends who would have wanted me around up till now…> Ledyba trailed off, blushing even more.

“You…you mean…”

<I don’t think he means he was unwanted, Sapph. I’m guessing he was too shy to make many or any friends at all.> Mongle supplied. <Right, Ledyba?>

Ledyba nodded mutely.

Sapph looked sadly at Ledyba, thinking ‘So would Mongle have ended up that way if I didn’t want him?’ He knew what to do now. “So I guess that means…” he began slowly.

Ledyba looked up, puzzled.

<…That we’ve got a new team mate!> Mongle chirped

Sapph nodded cheerfully, holding out Ledyba’s pokéball. Ledyba blushed some more but managed to direct a smile directly at Sapph this time.

Sapph smiled back, pondering.

Well, he thought. I got my ‘aerial support’ now; I guess… he’s so shy though! Guess I’ve got a tougher job ahead of me than I thought! I wonder, how many more surprises Corei has for me?

Aloud, he said “Who wants lunch?”

<ME!> Both Pokémon happily exclaimed.

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How’s that? Did you guys like the battle sequence? Don’t forget to criticize, but be nice! Thanks! Later!

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Glitch
4th November 2005, 10:26 AM
It was kinda short and since when does Sapph talk to Pokemon? Just thought I'd ask and I will review now and then.
Glitch out

Air Dragon
4th November 2005, 4:10 PM
Thanks for reviewing again, Glitch! To the comments: Hmmm, ash and co do talk to their pokemon too, a lot of trainers do. i was just following that line of thought: that a closeness with his Pokemon could one day make Sapph a better trainer than Rubin. you know; see them as equals rather than subordinates, that kinda thing. . Chapters after number four or five may take a while... exams coming up, gotta study, that sort of stuff. Okay, Later!

Glitch
5th November 2005, 10:21 AM
OK, thanks for filling me in. I also have studying to do so sometimes I might not be able to review. See ya.

Air Dragon
11th November 2005, 9:34 AM
Sorry for the delay. Midsems, study and trying to lengthen the chapters kept me from updating. Anywho, here's the next chapter. PLEASE REVIEW! PLEASE?!!

Chapter Four: Showdown in EverWood

Sapph Manson was one exhausted, but highly pumped trainer in the evenings. Especially this evening…

Shrugging off his backpack in the EverWood Town Pokémon Center, Sapph hummed a little as he prepared some Pokémon food for his Ledyba and Mongle. It had been two days since he left Olville and although he hadn’t caught anymore Pokémon yet, Ledyba and Mongle were working side by side extraordinarily well. The trainer’s thoughts drifted to the jam-packed, exhilarating time he had during his previous day in Everwood Forest…

-Flashback-

Back in EverWood Forest…

“Hey, you!”, a voice yelled.

“Who? Me?” Sapph asked, turning round.

Two boys, in identical outfits to the youngster’s who had lost Ledyba to him stepped out from behind two trees. They wore red and blue tops just like his yellow top and matching caps.

“Yes you, stupid! We challenge you to a double battle, one Pokémon each!” The one in red yelled.

“Stupid? I’m not stupid!” Sapph countered angrily. “…and incidentally, you’re on!”

“OK, go Spinarak!” The red-shirted boy called.

“Let’s get ‘em, Ravow!” The boy in blue yelled.

A large, green spider with black and yellow striped legs and black markings in the form of a face on its back and a small mud brown bird with two tails and a hood of darker brown feathers on its head and similarly coloured wing and tail feathers burst out of their pokéballs. The spider clicked his short red claws as the bird flapped its wings to get a little altitude for attack.

Ravow, the Little Crow Pokémon, the Pokédex recited. Common in woodlands, this Pokémon is fairly gentle in temperament. It may, however, turn violent in the cause of caring and protecting its family.

Ok, now this could be tricky, Sapph thought nervously, but we can handle it…

Aloud, he said, “Come on out, Mongle! And you too, Ledyba!”

The Leaf Squirrel and Five Star Pokémon emerged from their pokéballs and stared their opposition down…

…or at least Mongle did.

<Cool! A battle!> Mongle thought happily, directing a wicked smile at his opponent, which could only be translated to mean “Ready for the whuppin’ of ya life, losers?!” Aloud he said, <This is just what the Chansey ordered to pick up the pace, hunh Ledyba? Ledyba?> Mongle’s grin slid off his face like a Sludge attack aimed at a wall as he looked around to see where his team mate had gone.

His timid compadré seemed to have another agenda when it came to battling. For upon seeing the Stringspit and Little Crow Pokémon, Ledyba had dived for cover behind a nearby rock. Sapph sweat-dropped as Mongle got an anime- style dumb, confused look on his face as he saw the Bug/Flying Pokémon’s wide, round eyes peer out from behind his rock.

“You, er, OK, Ledyba?” Sapph said uncertainly.

“What’s with that pathetic bug anyways?” jeered the red shirt kid.

I was saying? Sapph groaned inwardly.

<Oh-kay…we’re in trouble.> Mongle added, his eyes sliding back to the corner behind him at his opponents to see the Spinarak and Ravow leer back at him. Mongle inwardly broke into a feverish cold sweat.

“You look pretty stupid to me now!” crowed the blue topped one.

<Uhhh… Ledyba? We’re kinda in a battle now…> Mongle said awkwardly, turning back to look at his team mate, so as not to get the sudden urge to run screaming for his mommy at the Yew Lab Observatory at the sight of his opponents’ dangerously smug smiles.

<W-w-we are?> Ledyba stammered.

<Yeah. We are.>

<They sorta scare me though!> Ledyba trilled.

<Don’t worry, I got your back…if you’re willing to watch mine.> Mongle said reassuringly.

<Hunh?>

<Well, we do have to fight them together…> Mongle explained.

<We d-do?>

<Yeah, but don’t sweat it. Just follow Sapph’s battle commands… he’s good. We’ll be fine.> Mongle smiled.

<Oh. Okay!> Ledyba said, flying out to join Mongle on the field.

“Enough of this crap! Spinarak, use Poison Sting on the Mongle!” The scarlet-clad youngster yelled, pumping his fist.

“Ravow, use Gust on the Ledyba!” The blue-topped trainer directed pointing his Pokémon the way towards Mongle and Ledyba.

<Roger!> both Pokémon called out, racing in to strike.

“Mongle, jump backwards! Ledyba, gain some air!” Sapph ordered.

<You got it, Sapph!> Ledyba called out, moving into position.

<I'm so on it!> Mongle said, crouching down, ready to eade the oncoming attacks.

All four Pokémon leapt into action at once: Spinarak opened its clawed mouth wide and fired several darts at Mongle as Ravow furiously flapped its wings to send a couple of sharp bursts of wind at Ledyba. Mongle did a backflip as the Poison Sting came at him. The attack missed, hitting the ground where Mongle stood a second before. Ledyba flapped his wings even faster, gaining height and managed to escape the dangerous winds.

“Ravow, another Gust, this time at the Mongle!”

Ravow fires another round of sharp bursts of wind at the little Squirrel Pokémon, but Mongle was faster. Mongle dodged again with apparent ease.

“Good job, Mongle! Ledyba, Tackle the Ravow!” Sapph cheered.

“Spinarak, stop him with String Shot!” Red-Shirt hollered.

As Ledyba bore down on the bird Pokémon, Spinarak scuttled up a tree and fired a fine string of sticky web at him. The string wound itself around Ledyba on contact, binding Ledyba’s wings and forcing him to crash land on the field.

Shoot! Sapph exclaimed mentally, gritting his teeth.

“Got you! Now Ravow, Gust that Mongle outta here!” cheered the blue shirted youngster.

“Mongle, Pound it and cut Ledyba free!” Sapph called frantically.

Mongle focused its speed to its feet and sprang up to slam the Ravow in the side of the head with its tail, sending it spinning towards the Stringspit Pokémon, who managed to dodge by scuttling quickly further up the tree. Its tail then glowed green as he brought it down towards Ledyba, who was struggling to free itself. A trio of sharp leaves struck the webbing and shattered the cocoon, freeing Ledyba.

Cool, a Razor Leaf attack! Sapph thought enthusiastically.

<Thanks, Mongle!> Ledyba called, shrugging off the last few strands of webbing and rising a few feet off the ground.

<No problem!> Mongle panted, trying to catch its breath as he struggled to stay upright.

That Mongle’s getting tired, Red-Shirt thought, [I]that means we can still win this!

“Spinarak, use Poison Sting on the Mongle!”

Spinarak complied, firing another series of darts at the worn-out Mongle. Mongle tried to dodge the barrage of needles, but was too tired to move much. Sapph noticed this. And, for the first time since the battle began, started to panicked.

“Ledyba, help Mongle! Quickly!” Sapph yelled.

Just when it looked like the attack was about to hit, a red-and black blur appeared and Mongle vanished.

<“What the– “>

“Good job, Ledyba! Now finish it a Supersonic-Pound combo, you guys!”

“Spinarak, look out!” its trainer yelled in a panicky voice.

Spinarak looked around frantically for his opponents, but before he could get a fix on their location, Mongle and Ledyba showed up on its right. Ledyba let off a stream of high-pitched, focused sound waves at the spider’s head as Mongle jumped off his partner’s back, spinning in mid-air above Spinarak’s head.

“Oh, no!” the Youngster groaned.

“Oh, yes!” Sapph crowed.

Mongle broke his spin above the now-dazed spider by bringing his tail down hard on Spinarak’s head. Spinarak, unable to take anymore, fell from the tree trunk onto Ravow, who was just regaining its wits. The crash fainted both Pokémon. Mongle began to fall, exhausted, only to be caught by Ledyba in mid-air, who brought them in for a safe landing.

“Yes, yes, YEEEEESSSS!” Sapph cheered, hugging both his Pokémon.

“Ravow, Spinarak, return!” both boys said, recalling their Pokémon. “Wow, you’re pretty strong!” They admitted to Sapph.

“Thanks! That wasn’t shabby on your part either! Good battle!” Sapph smiled back.

“Let’s battle again sometime!” Blue Shirt said.

“Sure!” Sapph exclaimed, letting go of his Pokémon and a long, low whistle of relief.

“Okay, we’ll see ya around at the league, then. We’ve gotta go home now! Bye!” Red Shirt called as they turned to leave.

“See ya!” Sapph replied, turning to leave.

-End Flashback-

<CHANSEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!>

“Hunh? Oh, thank you, Nurse Chansey.” Sapph said cheerfully, coming out of his reverie and taking back his fully healed Pokémon. “Dinner time, guys! Come on out!” He then called out to his Pokémon releasing them for some food and fresh air.

Both Pokémon appeared in flashes of red light. Mongle greeted Sapph cheerfully and dug in enthusiastically. Ledyba quietly glanced at him before tucking in with much less zest.

“Hmm, what wrong, Ledyba?” Sapph questioned worriedly, looking down at his shy companion.

<I’m sorry…> Ledyba began.

<What for?> Mongle asked, his mouth filled to bursting with food.

<Yesterday. I should have done as much as Mongle, Sapph. I’m sorry.> Ledyba mumbled.

“What d’you mean by that? Ledyba, you did do as much as Mongle. You were both excellent then in my eyes and I know that you’ll get even better.” Sapph said, smiling proudly.

<Yeah! I mean, who backed me up when we tackled Spinarak? Who caught me when I was falling? You did, Ledyba. You watched my back for me, then. I know you’ll do it again and again. You’re my friend and team mate, and both do that for one another. You were better than me at times in that battle, and may be better than me many more times in future, both of us know that! So relax!> Mongle said.

<Thank you, guys.> Ledyba said quietly, smiling and eating much faster now.

Sapph could only smile at them.

[I]They’ve come so far already… the league had better watch out for these two in the future, ‘cause they’ll be more than a force to be reckoned with, alone and together!

“Awww, if it isn’t widdle Sapphire,” cooed a mocking baby voice.

Sapph became rigid as he turned around. He knew who was there, but the knowledge of this didn’t make Sapph relieved in the slightest to see Kamren standing there with Hugh, Carla and Calvin.

“Hi, widdle Kammy,” Sapph retorted, “Who’re the widdle losers, who’re the widdle losers?” he added, looking around the group.

Carla opened her mouth and Hugh started towards Sapph, but Kamren stopped them both.

“Never you two mind, I’ll take him on, unless he’s chicken!” Kamren taunted, rolling Burner’s shrunken pokéball between his fingers.

“I’m no chicken…” Sapph began.

“Besides,” a younger Nurse Joy said, joining them at the table, “Ledyba and Mongle have just eaten, they can’t fight you now, no matter how much…”

“…I’d love to whup you and Burner’s…” Sapph protested.

“Yeah, right, chicken boy!” Kamren taunted.

“Why, you…”

”Leave it, Sapph!” Nurse Joy Jr. pleaded.

<Yeah! We’ll settle them later!> Mongle growled.

<Who’re ‘they’, Mongle?> Ledyba queried.

“Like I said, ‘Yeah, right!’” Kamren laughed, turning to leave.

“Why’d you stop me?” Sapph asked furiously, turning to face Nurse Joy Jr., who didn’t meet Sapph’s glaring eyes

“Because he’s nasty! He’d just hurt you’re Pokémon real bad!” she said, trying (and failing, as Sapph suddenly noticed) to stem the flow of tears in her eyes.

“We’ve already had three of his victims’ teams in here already for serious burns and scars,” Nurse Joy Sr. said, coming out of the ward with Chansey.

Sapph’s head jerked up suddenly at this. “Victims?!”

Nurse Joy Sr. nodded as Chansey walked back into the theatre, her arms filled with fresh bandages and plasters. “We don’t want to raise the injury toll either, Sapph.” She added, looking pointedly at Sapph.

Sapph blushed. “I’m sorry,” he said to the Nurse Joys. “I’m glad you stopped me. I don’t want Mongle or Ledyba hurt again too soon either.”

“Um…that’s OK,” Nurse Joy Jr. said, hugging Sapph tight and running off to the ward, blushing crimson.

“Errrrr… what was that all about?” Sapph asked bewildered looking at Nurse Joy Sr, who just smiled and followed her little sister to the recovery room.

Mongle whispered something to Ledyba, who looked at Sapph and giggled.

“What?” Sapph asked.

At this, both Pokémon burst out laughing, rolling all over the floor.

“WHAT?” Sapph asked again.

Mongle and Ledyba completely flipped in hysterics.

“GUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUYYSSS!” Sapph half-moaned, half-yelled.

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How was Chapter Four? I know, I know, there was a rivalry clash just begging to happen and it didn’t. Tough! There’ll be one soon so relax! The ending is for comic relief, not romance! ;-) Don’t forget, your comments count! Okay, later!

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DKzM0mA
11th November 2005, 5:18 PM
Hey, since you reviewed in my fic I'd thought it was only fair to review in yours. First chapter spelling mistakes, grammar blah... but we're human and i make mistakes too. But after you obviously improved so i would rate it 7.9/10.

Air Dragon
16th November 2005, 3:03 PM
Well, the title says it all, so no more from me.

Chapter Five: Quit Buggin’! vs Cassandra!

That evening in the Pok&#233;mon Center, Sapph lay back on his bed in a lodging room, staring out of the window at the Corei sunset, deep in thought.

He’d spent the most of the afternoon at the Center, helping the two Nurse Joys tend to the injured Pok&#233;mon. He reasoned that by exposing Mongle and Ledyba to as many different species of Pok&#233;mon as possible, they would handle being in battle against them much more easily in future, particularly Ledyba. Furthermore, it helped Sapph figure out which Pok&#233;mon would work out on his team.

Victims…so that’s where Kamren’s going… Sapph thought furiously to himself, his eyes narrowing slightly in the gathering gloom. I’ll show him… those Pok&#233;mon didn’t deserve that kind of treatment, even if it was in battle…

One thing puzzled Sapph though…as he rose from the bed to release Mongle and Ledyba, he decided to ask them a couple of questions…

“Come on out guys.” Sapph said, releasing his Pok&#233;mon.

Mongle leapt on to Sapph’s bed and began bouncing up and down on it.

<What’s… up… Sapph?> the Leaf Squirrel Pok&#233;mon asked between bounces.

<Is something wrong? Can we help?> Ledyba queried, hovering before his trainer with a worried look at Sapph’s unusually sombre face.

“No, nothing’s wrong. I just wanted to talk… you know, about this afternoon…” Sapph mused, more to himself than to his audience.

<I’d have thought that would have been obvious, even for you!> Mongle chirped as Ledyba nodded.

“Whaddya mean?” Sapph asked, totally nonplussed.

<Nurse Joy Jr!> both Pok&#233;mon chortled.

“Still don’t follow…”

<Didn’t you notice her Ledyba-like disposition around you, especially when you looked at her or said something to her?> the Mongle asked, a totally incredulous look on its face.

<HEY! What d’you mean, “Ledyba-like”?> Ledyba demanded in an unusually heated tone.

“Now that you mention it, she was kinda… I dunno, shy… what about it?” Sapph mumbled, rising to a sitting position and staring suspiciously at his two companions.

<Only the fact that she may have a crush on you!> Mongle s******ed.

“No. You guys are nuts! Totally. Flipped. THAT’S what this was about?!” Sapph demanded slowly, a look of hilarious incredulity on his face.

<Yeah. Well, it was funny from my point of view.> Ledyba said innocently.

“You guys are so… totally… flipped! Even if by some rare, crazy fluke that were true, she’d totally prefer Rubin to me. Everyone has and does.”

<That’s not true! We don’t!> Ledyba cried out, looking slightly hurt.

<Neither do Mrs Kent or Haley.> Mongle reasoned, temporarily ceasing in his messing up of Sapph's bed to fix him with a kindly eye.

Sapph fell silent for a while. They were right. Mongle and Ledyba hadn’t even seen Rubin before, and Haley and Mrs Kent were always there for him, despite all they’d heard about his twin brother. He felt a faint prickling in the corner of his eyes and smiled as happiness filled him.

“Thanks, guys.” Sapph said quietly. “You’d better get back, it’s late and I plan to reach Entover City before nightfall tomorrow.”

<Okay.> Ledyba said, disappearing into his Pok&#233;ball.

<G’night, Lover Boy!> Mongle s******ed as he disappeared into his ball.

“Those guys… just nuts…” Sapph muttered bemusedly as he rolled over onto his side, dreaming of defeating Rubin soundly as he snorted and snored.

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The next morning, Sapph felt ready to go. The morning sun shone brightly as he said his goodbyes to the nurses at the center.

“Thank you for all your help yesterday, Sapph. Look after yourself, Sapph. Give us a call from time to time, especially at Entover, okay?” Nurse Joy Sr said.

“Sure thing, Nurse Joy Sr.! Bye, Chansey!” Sapph said, raising a hand in farewell.

<CHANSEEEEEEEEE!> The Egg Pok&#233;mon chimed, waddling forward to hug Sapph goodbye.

“Say, Nurse Joy? Where’s your little sister?” Sapph asked, looking around.

“I’m not sure, Sapph… she said she had to get something…” Nurse Joy Sr said, also looking around.

“Um, okay, I guess I’ll see her around soon.” Sapph shrugged, turning to leave. “Bye!”

Sapph didn’t have to go too far before seeing the junior Nurse Joy. He’d barely left the outskirts of EverWood Town when he heard his name being called. Turning around, he saw the young nurse running towards him with a parcel in her arms.

Nurse Joy Jr. seemed slightly sadder than the others did when Sapph said goodbye.

“Uh Sapph, this is for you…” she said, holding out the package, blushing.

“Thanks. What is it?” Sapph said, shaking it to try figuring it out.

“Uh… not too much… just something for your journey…d’you like it?” she asked nervously, as Sapph unwrapped a bright red anorak with a pair of red and black riding gloves.

Sapph was momentarily speechless. “Wow…uh, thanks a million, Joy…erm, I mean…thanks, Nurse Joy.” He said, putting on the anorak over his round neck shirt, causing Nurse Joy Jr to smile shyly.

“Bye, Sapph.” Nurse Joy Jr. said softly, blushing. “I’ll… I’ll…”

Sapph had never been in such an awkward situation before, and was not handling it too well.

“Uh…it’s okay. I guess I will too. Catch ya later!” Sapph said with a faint smile, figuring it would be easier on her if he left sooner than later.

Nurse Joy Jr. jumped into Sapph’s arms and planted a quick kiss on his cheek, causing Sapph to blush crimson in turn.

All she said was “For luck.” She then turned and ran back into town.

Sapph only thanked the Legendary Pok&#233;mon that Mongle and Ledyba were still in their pok&#233;balls as he felt the spot on his cheek, his other hand reaching into his anorak pocket and finding a note. Pulling it out and opening it, he read: ‘Even if I met your twin, I’d still like you loads more than him, no matter what. I really, really like you and I’ll really, really miss you, Sapph. Please don’t forget that because I’ll never, ever forget you. Joy.’

Corei sure is weird, Sapph thought, watching the little nurse run off, his hand feeling the spot where she had kissed him and smiling faintly, but I guess I’m really beginning to like it…

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After an uneventful five hour march through forest terrain, Entover City came into view.

Good! Sapph thought enthusiastically, there’s a gym in town! Time to earn my first league badge!

Half an hour later, Sapph was standing in the Entover City Pok&#233;mon Gym waiting room%2

DKzM0mA
17th November 2005, 10:40 PM
O.O nice chapter. Can't wait to see the gym battle. I like ledyba the best. I dont know why but eh? Juz also thought i'd tell you i got a new chappy up^^
But update soon, i wanna spah kick *** or get kicked :D

Air Dragon
19th November 2005, 7:37 PM
I'M SOOO SORRY, EVERYBODY!

I SOO messed up! Half of Chapter Five was cut off when I was posting... anyways, I'm posting the whole chapter again, so please bear with me... THanks to DKZMoMA for informing me. Here's the FULL chapter:

Chapter Five: Quit Buggin’! vs Cassandra!

That evening in the Pokémon Centre, Sapph lay back on his bed in a lodging room, staring out of the window at the Corei sunset, deep in thought.

He’d spent the most of the afternoon at the Centre, helping the two Nurse Joys and Nurse Chansey tend to the injured Pokémon. He reasoned that by exposing Mongle and Ledyba to as many different species of Pokémon as possible, they would handle being in battle against them much more easily in future, particularly Ledyba. It also served as a way of keeping Chansey from hunting Mongle down for his blood. Furthermore, it served a third purpose of giving Sapph a good idea of and chance to figure out which Pokémon would work out on his team.

Victims…so that’s where Kamren’s going… Sapph thought furiously to himself, his eyes narrowing slightly in the gathering gloom. I’ll show him… those Pokémon didn’t deserve that kind of treatment, even if it was in battle…

One thing puzzled Sapph though…as he rose from the bed to release Mongle and Ledyba, he decided to ask them a couple of questions…

“Come on out guys.” Sapph said, releasing his Pokémon.

Mongle leapt on to Sapph’s bed and began bouncing up and down on it.

<What’s… up… Sapph?> the Leaf Squirrel Pokémon asked between bounces.

<Is something wrong? Can we help?> Ledyba queried, hovering before his trainer with a worried look at Sapph’s unusually sombre face.

“No, nothing’s wrong. I just wanted to talk… you know, about this afternoon…” Sapph mused, more to himself than to his audience.

<I’d have thought that would have been obvious, even for you!> Mongle chirped as Ledyba nodded.

“Whaddya mean?” Sapph asked, totally nonplussed.

<Nurse Joy Jr!> both Pokémon chortled.

“Still don’t follow…”

<Didn’t you notice her Ledyba-like disposition around you, especially when you looked at her or said something to her?> the Mongle asked, a totally incredulous look on its face.

<HEY! What d’you mean, “Ledyba-like”?> Ledyba demanded in an unusually heated tone.

“Now that you mention it, she was kinda… I dunno, shy… what about it?” Sapph mumbled, rising to a sitting position and staring suspiciously at his two companions.

<Only the fact that she may have a crush on you!> Mongle s******ed.

“No. You guys are nuts! Totally. Flipped. THAT’S what this was about?!” Sapph demanded slowly, a look of hilarious incredulity on his face.

<Yeah. Well, it was funny from my point of view.> Ledyba said innocently.

“You guys are so… totally… flipped! Even if by some rare, crazy fluke that were true, she’d totally prefer Rubin to me. Everyone has and does.”

<That’s not true! We don’t!> Ledyba cried out, looking slightly hurt.

<Neither do Mrs Kent or Haley.> Mongle reasoned, temporarily ceasing in his messing up of Sapph's bed to fix him with a kindly eye.

Sapph fell silent for a while. They were right. Mongle and Ledyba hadn’t even seen Rubin before, and Haley and Mrs Kent were always there for him, despite all they’d heard about his twin brother. He felt a faint prickling in the corner of his eyes and smiled as happiness filled him.

“Thanks, guys.” Sapph said quietly. “You’d better get back, it’s late and I plan to reach Entover City before nightfall tomorrow.”

<Okay.> Ledyba said, disappearing into his Pokéball.

<G’night, Lover Boy!> Mongle s******ed as he disappeared into his ball.

“Those guys… just nuts…” Sapph muttered bemusedly as he rolled over onto his side, dreaming of defeating Rubin soundly as he snorted and snored.

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The next morning, Sapph felt ready to go. The morning sun shone brightly as he said his goodbyes to the nurses at the Centre.

“Thank you for all your help yesterday, Sapph. Look after yourself, Sapph. Give us a call from time to time, especially at Entover, okay?” Nurse Joy Sr said.

“Sure thing, Nurse Joy Sr.! Bye, Chansey!” Sapph said, raising a hand in farewell.

<CHANSEEEEEEEEE!> The Egg Pokémon chimed, waddling forward to hug Sapph goodbye. She seemed much calmer than she was two evenings ago now that the thorn in her flesh was out of sight.

“Say, Nurse Joy? Where’s your little sister?” Sapph asked, looking around.

“I’m not sure, Sapph… she said she had to get something…” Nurse Joy Sr said, also looking around.

“Um, okay, I guess I’ll see her around soon.” Sapph shrugged, turning to leave. “Bye!”

Sapph didn’t have to go too far before seeing the junior Nurse Joy. He’d barely left the outskirts of EverWood Town when he heard his name being called. Turning around, he saw the young nurse running towards him with a parcel in her arms.

Nurse Joy Jr. seemed slightly sadder than the others did when Sapph said goodbye.

“Uh Sapph, this is for you…” she said, holding out the package, blushing.

“Thanks. What is it?” Sapph said, shaking it to try figuring it out.

“Uh… not too much… just something for your journey…d’you like it?” she asked nervously, as Sapph unwrapped a bright red anorak with a pair of red and black riding gloves.

Sapph was momentarily speechless. “Wow…uh, thanks a million, Joy…erm, I mean…thanks, Nurse Joy.” He said, putting on the anorak over his round neck shirt, causing Nurse Joy Jr to smile shyly.

“Bye, Sapph.” Nurse Joy Jr. said softly, blushing. “I’ll… I’ll…”

Sapph had never been in such an awkward situation before, and was not handling it too well.

“Uh…it’s okay. I guess I will too. Catch ya later!” Sapph said with a faint smile, figuring it would be easier on her if he left sooner than later.

Nurse Joy Jr. jumped into Sapph’s arms and planted a quick kiss on his cheek, causing Sapph to blush crimson in turn.

All she said was “For luck.” She then turned and ran back into town.

Sapph only thanked the Legendary Pokémon that Mongle and Ledyba were still in their pokéballs as he felt the spot on his cheek, his other hand reaching into his anorak pocket and finding a note. Pulling it out and opening it, he read: ‘Even if I met your twin, I’d still like you loads more than him, no matter what. I really, really like you and I’ll really, really miss you, Sapph. Please don’t forget that because I’ll never, ever forget you. Joy.’

Corei sure is weird, Sapph thought, watching the little nurse run off, his hand feeling the spot where she had kissed him and smiling faintly, but I guess I’m really beginning to like it…

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After an uneventful five hour march through forest terrain, Entover City came into view.

Good! Sapph thought enthusiastically, there’s a gym in town! Time to earn my first league badge!

Half an hour later, Sapph was standing in the Entover City Pokémon Gym waiting room, registering for a match.

“The Leader is ready now,” the female secretary said, “go on in.”

“Erm, thanks.” Sapph said, his throat a little dry from nerves. “Can I get any tips?”

“Sorry, you’ll just have to do your best with no beforehand knowledge. No gym does tell you that sort of stuff anyway. Good luck, you’re gonna need it!” The secretary said, giving Sapph a look that said plainly, ‘What are you? A complete retard?!’

Sapph gulped and sweatdropped. “Okay” he said hastily, moving over to the double doors that lead to the battle room.

Gee, thanks, he thought sarcastically, pushing open the oak doors and going in.

The doors closed behind him as he stepped over the threshold. Cree-py! Sapph muttered mentally, spinning around to take in the arena’s appearance.

The gym was dark and musty, strung from every nook and cranny were spidery strands of webbing.

Don’t they ever clean up in this gym? Sapph thought, remembering the one back home which his parents run, and how hard he’d had it when he forgot to do it twice a day.

Just then, several spotlights burst to life, illuminating the gym floor. The rafters were pretty low, Sapph noted as he became accustomed to the light, not to mention covered with even more sticky web.

“So you’re my next prey, hunh?” a playfully cold female voice called out from the glare. Sapph squinted to see a tall, stringy woman in safari gear standing on the other side of the battle field. She had black, bobbed hair and extremely dark brown eyes that looked black to Sapph and glittered strangely.

Very creepy, Sapph thought, taking in her appearance.

“You look weaker than my last opponent,” she continued as Sapph stepped up to the edge of the field, shielding his eyes. “He creamed my whole team with only one Pokémon. Hardly surprising, he had a heavy type advantage…”

“Yeah? Well wake up, lady, cuz I ain’t leaving this gym until I earn a badge here too!” Sapph called, readying his first Pokéball.

“Fine, but when your Pokémon wake up in ICU, don’t blame me!” She called back, pulling out a Pokéball too and enlarging it.

A male referee in a black-and-white striped shirt holding two flags stepped up to the sidelines to declare the rules of the match.

“An official gym match between Sapph Manson and the Entover City Gym Leader Cassandra will now begin. If Sapph wins, he will earn a Web Badge. Each trainer may use two Pokémon each. A Pokémon is out of contest if one of them faints or if the Gym Leader recalls it in the case of hers. Let the match begin!” He called, raising both flags above his head.

“Let’s go, Ledyba!” Sapph called, throwing Ledyba’s Pokéball onto the field.

“I choose Nimbee!” Cassandra called, throwing hers.

Ledyba burst from his orb as a larger insect on four legs appeared on the field. A cross between a winged ant and a bee, Nimbee stood around five foot three, with red and gold banded wings, legs and body. Its purple and black eyes glittered just like its trainer.

“You use BUG TYPE POKÉMON!!” Sapph screamed, pointing at the Nimbee.

“What? You do too, remember?” Cassandra said scornfully.

Nimbee, the Worker Bee Pokémon. Nimbee possesses great mass which it uses in powerful, full-body attacks. Despite its size, Nimbee are quite adept at flight, Sapph’s Pokédex recited.

This could be troublesome, Sapph thought frantically, but I didn’t come here to lose either.

“This’ll be easier than I thought” Cassandra mused.

“You take that back! Ledyba, Tackle attack, now!” Sapph yelled, pumping his fist.

“Nimbee, String Shot!” Cassandra countered.

Nimbee rose into the air and fired a thick string of webbing at Ledyba.

<Not again!> Ledyba moaned.

Ledyba saw the sticky line of webbing and dived just in time to avoid getting trapped in the gooey mess.

“Poison Sting!” Cassadra ordered.

“Watch out, Ledyba! Try deflecting ‘em with Supersonic!” Sapph ordered briskly.

A series of poisoned needles shot across the gym from Nimbee’s sharpened abdomen at the shy insect, who retorted by unleashing its high pitched shriek which blew the needles away, majority of them being sent straight back at Nimbee, who also shrieked in a higher pitch as the needles peppered its body.

“Good, Ledyba! Now Tackle him up!” Sapph hollered.

At this command, the Five Star Pokémon rocketed up slamming into Nimbee’s underbody. Nimbee flew into the rafters from the force of Ledyba’s charge, smashing through one and sticking onto another, seriously weakened.

“Good job, Ledyba! Nice!” Sapph cheered.

“Don’t take that from a wimp like that! Use Signal Beam!” Cassandra hollered.

Signal Beam? Sapph wondered. What’s that? The Johto-born trainer hadn’t heard of or seen any attacks from Hoenn.

Ledyba watched enthralled as Nimbee’s eyes glowed different colours: one red, one green. Two beady beams of light shot from each eye and twisted itself into a glowing helix.

Whatever Signal Beam is, it can’t be good, Sapph thought frantically. “Ledyba, RUN!” Sapph yelled, his panic reflecting in his voice.

“Too late!” Cassandra yelled triumphantly.

Ledyba vaguely heard Sapph yell, but before his body could catch up with his senses, the twin beams hit him sending the Five Star Pokémon soaring across the field.

“Ledyba?” Sapph called out to his friend in a worried voice. “Ledyba!” Sapph cried out in relief as he saw his Pokémon rise shakily a few feet into the air. “Okay buddy, let’s go! Use Tackle!”

At this, Ledyba started laughing like a witch in flight, zooming around the room. Sapph's jaw fell open as Cassandra fell over animé-style.

“I guess your Ledyba in its confusion thought you said ‘Cackle’ instead of Tackle,” Cassandra mused as she pulled herself together, obviously torn between exasperation at how stupid Ledyba looked and how funny Sapph did with his mouth open in a dumb expression, watching his Pokémon soar around the room.

Confusion? Sapph thought, looking at Ledyba. Upon closer inspection, he saw that his friend’s eyes had gone out of focus as he ran splat into a wall and hovered away dizzily.

“Well, might as well end this… Nimbee, Body Slam!” Cassandra said coolly.

Nimbee sprang off the rafter in a free fall motion with the aim of squishing Ledyba flat.

“Ledyba, above you!” Sapph cried out.

<I see , I see, WHEEEEEEEEEE!> Ledbya giggled feebly, moving aside at the last second and barely escaping Nimbee’s falling bulk by darting to his right. Nimbee crashed full force into the floor, creating a huge cloud of dust which cleared to show Nimbee lying flat on his belly with swirls in its eyes.

The ref stepped up to Nimbee to check its condition, and then raised his red flag towards Sapph’s end of the field and called out: “Nimbee is unable to battle, this round goes to Ledyba!”

“All right! Way to go, Ledyba!” Sapph yelled to Ledyba, who’d stopped flying around. Apparently, the force of the shockwave from Nimbee’s failed Body Slam had awoken him to his senses.

<What happened, Sapph?> Ledyba asked his trainer with a confused expression on his face.

“Nothing you’d want Mongle to see,” Sapph replied with a smirk, making Ledyba blush.

I got too cocky there, Cassandra thought ruefully as she returned Nimbee to its pokéball, I know now that I shouldn’ta, but I can still win this one…

Aloud she said: ”Not bad. You use Bug Pokémon pretty well. I’m even impressed at your luck. But playtime is over, I’ll now show you how a true Bug Pokémon Master battles!”

Sapph gulped, but tensed as Cassandra enlarged her second Pokéball.

“Be ready for anything.” He warned Ledyba, who nodded his assent, turning to face the opposition.

“Go, Ledian!”

A shape emerged from her pokéball, twisting itself into a shorter, yet more slender Pokémon. Standing about a foot taller than Ledyba, it shared Ledyba’s colour scheme, except for its now elongated head with prominent, blue eyes and its hind legs developed into two red feet.

Both Sapph and Ledyba gaped at their new opposition. Sapph decided to get some info on Ledian from his Pokédex:

Ledian, the Five Star Pokémon. The number of spots on its back increases as the number of stars in the night sky increase. Ledian is the evolved form of Ledyba.

“Whoa,” Sapph gasped.

“Ledian, use Flash!” Cassandra ordered.

Ledian’s body glowed and then exploded in a burst of light, which blinded Sapph and Ledyba.

<Oww! My eyes!> Ledyba yelled, trying and failing to shield its eyes with its stumpy arms.

“Ledyba, try a Supersonic attack” Sapph called desperately.

“Too late again, Sapph! Ledian, use Comet Punch!” Cassandra crowed.

Ledyba inhaled deeply, but before he could launch his attack, Ledian pummelled Ledyba with a volley of lightning quick punches, the first three striking Ledyba in the belly and the last two finding their mark on his face. Ledyba flew back into the ground in a dead faint, due to exhaustion.

Raising his green flag, the ref announced: “Ledyba is unable to battle, this round goes to Ledian!”

“Ledyba, return!”

The fainted Ledyba returned to its ball in a beam of red light. “Thanks, Ledyba, you did great, take a rest now.” Sapph murmured to the pokéball.

Looks like it’s all up to you now, buddy, Sapph thought, enlarging his second pokéball.

I wonder what Pokémon he’s gonna use now, Cassandra mused to herself, a faint crease forming on her brow. A Flying type would put me at a serious disadvantage. Let’s hope he doesn’t have one…

“Go, Mongle!” Sapph yelled, throwing the ball on to the pitch.

“Have you lost your marbles? Mongle?! This match is in the bag!” Cassandra crowed in triumph as the Grass Pokémon took an attack stance on the field.

Sapph clenched his fists and teeth as he said, “It ain’t over ‘til the fat Persian says! Mongle, Pound!”

“Double Team!” Cassandra countered lazily.

First two, then four. In a space of mere seconds, Mongle was surrounded by Ledians. Mongle skidded to a halt and stared around at all the bugs.

<Uh, Sapph? Which is the real one?> Mongle asked tentatively.

“Bugged, hunh? Don’t worry, I’ll end it now! Ledian, Comet Punch again!” Cassandra taunted.

“Mongle!” Sapph yelled frantically as all the Ledian lunged at the Leaf Squirrel Pokémon with their fists cocked back. Mongle leapt up at the last available second, leaving the Ledian to hit each other, which caused majority of the clones to fade away.

“Now I got you! Ledians, get him while he’s stuck in the web!” Cassandra ordered.

Shoot! What do I do? Sapph wondered as he watched Mongle get stuck in the web-laden rafters.

“Too late once again, kid! Comet Punch attack! Now!” Cassandra hollered, getting more and more pumped.

Just as Mongle managed to free itself, four Ledian fists collided forcefully with his chest, sending him through another two rafters and into the roof. Sapph watched helplessly as strands of webbing fell onto Cassandra’s Ledians.

Wait, that’s it!

“Mongle, use Razor Leaf!” Sapph called.

“That’ll never work, Sapph! Ledian, Double Team again! And use Tackle to end it!”

<I hope you know what you’re up to, Sapph,> Mongle thought as he swiped his glowing tail through the air, releasing a barrage of sharp leaves which sliced through the rafters en route to the oncoming Ledian, creating a cascade of logs, which took out all the bugs and buried the real one under a pile of heavy wood and tangled webbing.

“Oh no!” Ledian isn’t used to webbing either, Cassandra moaned. “Ledian, get out of there, fast!”

“Wait for it… now! Pound attack!” Sapph cried.

Mongle fired himself down just as Ledian freed his upper body. Mongle smashed Ledian’s head back into the mound of web and wood with tremendous force. Mongle landed on all fours and turned to look at Ledian, who had swirls in his eyes.

The ref had seen enough. “Ledian is unable to continue. This round goes to Mongle. The winner of this match is Sapph Manson from Cherrygrove Town”.

“Yes! We did it! We won!” Sapph yelled in triumph as Mongle cheered.

He’s good, Cassandra thought, watching the Johto trainer's antics with a smile, he’s really good. Who’d have guessed he’d think to use the webbing and wood to slow Ledian down long enough to deliver a critical hit?

She then returned her Ledian to its pokéball and said,”Well done, Sapph. I guess you taught me a lesson about what it really takes to win a battle: it’s not type advantage, but skill and guts.”

All Sapph could say to this was “Erm, thanks.”

“Oh, and one more thing, Sapph,” Cassandra continued, walking towards him,” Verity?”

The reception lady came in holding a badge case.

Sapph noticed the case and said, “Uh, Cassandra, I’ve got one of those already…” though most of Sapph’s belongings were second-hand, he’d bought a badge case from the Cherrygrove Odds and Ends Store before leaving.

“Then just take what’s in it.” Cassandra smiled as she took the case, opened it and removed something silvery from within, which she then presented to Sapph.

“As Gym Leader of the Entover City Gym, I, Cassandra, hereby bequeath this Web Badge onto Sapph Manson for a victory in battle in my Gym. Wear it well.”

Sapph picked up the badge from Cassandra’s palm and stared at it. It looked like a silvery spider web embossed on a white background.

“Thanks, Cassandra! Take a look Mongle, our first badge!” Sapph said cheerfully.

<Yay! Now for the Star Spangled Banner!> Mongle chirped, half-asleep.

Sapph, Cassandra and Verity all sweat-dropped.

"Uh... erm- well, see ya!" Sapph said hastily, running for the exit.

Cassandra and Verity stared at each other in disbelief and mouthed 'Star-Spangled Banner?'
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Later in the Pokémon Centre as Ledyba and Mongle were being treated, Sapph related the good news to Mrs Kent and the EverWood Town Pokémon Centre nurses.

“Well done, Sapph! You’ve taken your first step to the championships! Have you told your parents?” Mrs Kent congratulated.

Sapph hesitated for a second then said “Not yet.”

Mrs Kent seemed to understand.

“Alright, Sapph. But promise me you will, OK?” she said, fixing Sapph with a look he deemed reminscient of the one his mother used demanding who took the last cookie from the jar without permission when he and Rubin were six.

Sapph’s face darkened a little, but brightened at once. “Um, sure, Mrs Kent! I’ll tell ‘em!”

Mrs Kent smiled, “Thank you dear. Now you must get some sleep. I’m about to do the same now. Goodnight!”

“Goodnight.” Sapph replied, cutting the videophone connection.

I’ll tell ‘em all right, Sapph thought to himself, his new Web Badge held aloft and reflected double in his eyes, but only when I win all eight of these badges!

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DKzM0mA
19th November 2005, 7:54 PM
Nice chappy. I didn't see a ledian coming, that's for sure. Anywayz keep up the good work^^

Air Dragon
23rd November 2005, 11:54 AM
Thanks, DKzM0mA! Am I right in guessing you thought Cassandra would us a Scyther? Well, I am trying to make the fic as unpredictable as possible. I thougt of Scizor, but reckoned that it would be following the same old rut.
Chapter Six - Across the Cove should be out tomorrow, if all goes well!
Later!

Air Dragon
24th November 2005, 11:57 AM
From the desk of Shiny Mightyena (S.M.)...

S.M.: Well, this is the last chapter for a while (well, until my exams are over) so...

Mongle: Hey!

S.M.: -_- What is it Mongle?

Mongle: What the hell does DKzM0mA mean by
I like Ledyba the best?

S.M.: I dunno... ask him.

Mongle: I'm asking you! why does hev like Ledyba more than me?

Ledyba: Maybe 'cuz I'm cuter!

Mongle: Don't make me gag!

S.M.: Uh ,guys...

Mongle: I mean (takes the keyboard form S.M. and starts typing again), I'm kewler, smarter...

Ledyba (fluttering over to look over Mongle's shoulder): more revolting, worse at spelling... yep, that's you, Mongle.

Mongle (furiously pounding the keys now.): WHAT!

S.M.: Gimme that! Now go back to your places so I can get this chapter done!

(Mongle stalks off, muttering about pokemon emotional abuse, Ledyba following, giggling his head off.)

Anyways, here's the last for a while, Chapter Six!

Chapter Six: Across the Cove

As Sapph ate breakfast the next day, Ledyba and Mongle were catching up with each other’s news from the gym battle they had the previous day.

<…so it was all WHAM! POW! SMASH! That Ledian was out like a light!> Mongle crowed with a mouth full of Pokémon food.

Ledyba didn’t say anything. Sapph figured out what was on his friend’s mind and said, “Lighten up, Ledyba! I’ll do my best to make you stronger than that Ledian was, I promise!”

<Thanks, Sapph!> Ledyba chirped.

<Anyways, you should’ve seen me Ledyba! I didn’t get a single scratch…> Mongle went on.

“Yeah, you only got about ten bruises.” Sapph supplied slyly.

<HEY!> Mongle yelled as Ledyba giggled. <That wasn’t fair!>

“Sorry, you just had it coming. I couldn’t resist.” Sapph chuckled.

“I take it you beat Cassandra,” Nurse Joy said coming round to check on Ledyba, who’d begun choking on a piece of Pokémon food from giggling too hard, which went soaring into the local Chansey’s face, who’d also come along to check on Ledyba’s condition, when Mongle thumped him on the back.

<URGH! GROSS!> She screamed, the nerve on her temple beginning to pulsate furiously as she rounded on the two team mates who both broke into feverish cold sweats.

<His fault.> Mongle said quickly, pointing at Ledyba.

“Yep!” Sapph said, ignoring the Pokémon Nurse chase his Pokémon out of the room, Mongle’s yells of <IT WASN’T ME!> echoing down the hallways. His happy bubble deflated slightly as he continued, “But according to the map, the next gym is in Nightspark City across on the other side of the cove, and I haven’t a Water or Flying Pokémon strong enough to carry me there” Sapph ended on a slightly worried note.

“Even if you did, there’s no way you’d be allowed…you need certain badges before you’re allowed to use HM moves like Fly and Surf…”

“Then how will I get to Nightspark? I just gotta get there!” Sapph cried, definitely panicky now.

“Relax, Sapph. There’s a ferry service that runs between Entover and Nightspark Harbour. They’re leaving today, so if you go to the ferry port now, you can easily get a ride.”

“Wow! Really?” Sapph said, lightening up at once.

“Yes. Just tell the crew I asked you to send these supplies to the Nightspark City Power Plant. We’ve been having problems with our power supply, and as we need a trainer to get these parts from Azura Port to them, I just wondered…”

“No problemo! I’ll take them for you!” Sapph exclaimed, jumping to his feet and grabbing his backpack and putting the parts in it.

“You will? Oh, thank you Sapph!” Nurse Joy said happily, “I asked some other trainers to do that for me yesterday, but my request was severely snubbed by an extremely snobbish boy with reddish-blond hair and silver eyes who seemed to think he was in charge…”

Sapph’s face darkened as he realised who Nurse Joy was talking about…

“Okay, I’ll leave now.” Sapph said, opening the sliding door as he rose to his feet and looking around for Mongle and Ledyba so he could return them to their pokéballs with a slight frown.

Now where are those two? Sapph wondered as he scanned the room for his companions.

“MONGLE! LEDYBA! Time to go alrea…” He called, stopped dead at the sight of Chansey chasing them down the corridor towards him.

<SAPPH, HELP! Mongle made Chansey mad again!> Ledyba screamed, flying as fast as he could out of the open door.

<RUNAWAY MAD NURSE!> Mongle added, racing after the Five Star Pokémon, a seriously ****** off Chansey hot on his heels.

NOT that again?! Sapph moaned inside as he and Nurse Joy watched them go with tiny eyes and large sweat drops on the back of their heads.

“Umm… Thank you again, Sapph. I’ll give you directions to the pier…” Nurse Joy said, and within three minutes Sapph was racing off to catch the ferry and stop another Chansey from attempting to kill his best friends with Nurse Joy calling behind him, “…and be careful! I heard some thieves have already tried to lift the package on its way here!”

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“Alright, sir. I understand. We need that power here too.” A burly sailor told Sapph after he explained the situation for his needing to cross over to Nightspark City.

“Thanks a lot!” Sapph said as he climbed on board, Mongle and Ledyba muttering about each other behind his back in tow.

“Er, Excusez-moi, Monsieur,” a sniffy waiter hailed Sapph, staring at Mongle and Ledyba.

“Yes?” Sapph asked, turning around, ignoring the huffy noises issuing from his Pokémon.

“Whereas battling eez seemingly allowed in ze cabins, all Pokémon must be kept in their pokéballs at all uzzer times.” The sailor explained in a French accent.

“No worries, sir, I’ll ensure they behave themselves.” Sapph assured him, plastering a large false smile on his face,which feel as they rounded the corner out of sight.

“Do you have to annoy every Chansey you see?” Sapph asked Mongle exasperatedly as they entered the gangway leading to their cabin, remembering the last time Mongle had infuriated a Chansey in EverWood Forest in more detail than Mongle had it told in Chapter Four...

-Flashback-

<CHANSEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!>

“Hunh? Oh, thank you, Nurse Chansey.” Sapph said cheerfully, coming out of his reverie and taking back his fully healed Pokémon. “Dinner time, guys! Come on out!” He then called out to his Pokémon releasing them for some food and fresh air.

Both Pokémon appeared in flashes of red light. Mongle greeted Sapph cheerfully and dug in enthusiastically. Ledyba quietly glanced at him before tucking in with much less zest.

“Hmm, what wrong, Ledyba?” Sapph questioned worriedly, looking down at his shy companion.

<I’m sorry…> Ledyba began.

<What for?> Mongle asked, his mouth filled to bursting with food. Chansey chose this moment to come out of the operating theatre, her arms laden with bandages. She gave Mongle a severely disgusted look before turning around and starting to half stalk-half waddle away from the waiting room.

<Yesterday. I should have done as much as Mongle, Sapph. I’m sorry.> Ledyba mumbled.

“What d’you mean by that? Ledyba, you did do as much as Mongle. You were both excellent then in my eyes and I know that you’ll get even better.” Sapph said, smiling proudly.

<Yeah! I mean, who backed me up when we tackled Spinarak? Who caught me when I was falling? You did, Ledyba. You watched my back for me, then. I know you’ll do it again and again. You’re my friend and team mate, and both do that for one another. You were better than me at times in that battle, and may be better than me many more times in future, both of us know that! So relax!> Mongle said, suddenly starting to choke on a larger chunk of pokéchow.


<Thank you, guys.> Ledyba said quietly, smiling and eating much faster now.

<URGH! Sapph, how’d you cook this junk?> Mongle choked, tears suddenly streaming out of his eyes. <OI! OWW! Not so flippin’ hard, Ledyba! Oww! Oww!! OWW!!!> he added, as Ledyba whacked him on the back with one of his tiny palms, causing food to go flying right into Chansey’s face, who’d just reappeared.

Sapph could only smile at them.

They’ve come so far already… the league had better watch out for these two in the future, ‘cause they’ll be more than a force to be reckoned with, alone and together!

The normally motherly Pokémon had had enough of this gross behaviour for one evening and decided to let Mongle know this by Double Slapping the Leaf Squirrel Pokémon across the room.

<Oops, sorry Mongle… SORRY!> Ledyba cringed, watching Mongle fly out from in front of him clean into a wall.

Oh-kaaaay, Sapph thought nervously. Maybe they need work. On etiquette at least...


“Awww, if it isn’t widdle Sapphire,” cooed a mocking baby voice.

Sapph became rigid as he turned around. He knew who was there, but the knowledge of this didn’t make Sapph relieved in the slightest to see Kamren standing there with Hugh, Carla and Calvin.

“Hi, widdle Kammy,” Sapph retorted, “Who’re the widdle losers, who’re the widdle losers?” he added, looking around the group.

Carla opened her mouth and Hugh started towards Sapph, but Kamren stopped them both.

“Never you two mind, I’ll take him on, unless he’s chicken!” Kamren taunted, rolling Burner’s shrunken pokéball between his fingers.

“I’m no chicken…” Sapph began.

“Besides,” a younger Nurse Joy said, joining them at the table and keeping Chansey from further injuring Mongle (who had just picked himself off the wall and let off a rude comment about Chansey’s girth), “Ledyba and Mongle have just eaten, they can’t fight you now, no matter how much…”

“…I’d love to whup you and Burner’s…” Sapph protested.

“Yeah, right, chicken boy! That rat can’t even fight off a wussy Chansey!” Kamren taunted.

Chansey couldn’t take the night’s rudeness anymore, and stalked off once more to look for the senior Nurse-on-Duty to hand in a request for transferral to another Pokémon Centre away from spitting Mongles and egotistical redheaded blonds in the cause of protecting her over wounded feelings.

-End Flashback-

<HEY, it’s not my fault Chansey nurses have the temperament of a rabid Primeape when they get a little food all over them!> Mongle complained as he walked along side Sapph over the threshold of their cabin door inside. It was fairly roomy inside, with a videophone, computer, desk and chair and a comfortable single bed with blue and white linen sheets. Two small, circular portholes lined the opposite wall. The floors were oak panelled and varnished to give in a golden sheen and the walls and ceiling had been painted a luxuriant blue colour.

Not too shabby, Sapph thought impressively, giving the room a complimentary smile as he put his rucksack and proceeded to the windows.

“Chansey was right… you ARE revolting!> Ledybva muttered, fluttering along in behind them as Sapph opened the window to air the cabin.

<HEY!> Mongle yelled again, rounding on Ledyba. <It WAS your fault!>

<This time, it was partly, yeah!> Last time it was yours!> Ledyba said, heating up.

<Partly?! Hey, if you didn’t hit my back so hard then…> Mongle said, sticking his face up to Ledyba’s.

<What? You want to go at it, Flea Butt?> Ledyba retorted, pushing Mongle back.

<WHAT DID YOU CALL ME, BUG EYE?!!> Mongle retorted, trying to get around the sole of Sapph’s sneaker to get at Ledyba.

<BUG EYE?! I ought to…> Ledyba yelled, trying to get at the Leaf Squirrel Pokémon from behind Sapph’s elbow.

“Guys, chill… save the aggro for the next battle…” Sapph said, trying to keep Mongle and Ledyba from fighting.

<You just can’t take the fact that girl Pokémon everywhere are crazy about my cool sense of humour rather than your inferiority complex!> Mongle yelled.

Sapph froze and sweat dropped.

<Crazy about what?! You! Don’t make me throw up! AGAIN!> Ledyba yelled back.

<Sapph, get outta this! I’m gonna squish you flat, Bug Eye!> Mongle yelled, struggling to get a decent shot at Ledyba.

<Just try it, you!> Ledyba yelled back. <I’ll pluck that leaf outta your flea-ridden backside!> Ledyba countered.

<Sapph, let me at him!> Both Pokémon yelled, staring electric daggers at each other.

“Okay, THAT’S IT! BOTH of you take a time out!” Sapph yelled, returning the squabbling Pokémon to the confines of their pokéballs. Sapph then flopped onto his bed, closing his sapphire blue eyes. An unbidden image of Chanseys, Nidorina and a Kangaskhan in groupies garb chasing Mongle who wore some platinum chains and a mink coat with hearts in their eyes then appeared in his mind.

<WE LOVE YOU MONGLE!> The Chansey screamed.

<MARRY ME MONGLE!> The Nidorina yelled.

<MEET MONGLE JR! I NAMED HIM AFTER YOU!> The Kangaskhan squealed, holding up her baby.

“AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRR RRRRRRRRRRGH!” Sapph screamed, jolting awake suddenly, his face drenched in sweat.

‘Don’t make me throw up?’ Sapph thought furtively, reaching for his backpack and heading for the door. I think it may be too late for me, Ledyba…urgh, I need air…

Sapph staggered topside, looking faintly green; oblivious to two shady figures skulking in the shadow of the wall behind him.

“He’s the one, hunh?” A cold male voice asked.

“Yeah,” a female voice answered.

“Then we make our move now.” He replied, starting after Sapph.

“Not yet! We can’t afford to mess up the boss’s plans or we’ll catch heck!” the female voice hissed imperiously, beckoning its companion to follow.

“Right.” The male voice answered following the female one’s lead.

Sapph walked along the deck of the ferry towards the railing where he’d be able to see Nightspark Harbour when it would first roll into view

Damn that Kamren, Sapph thought angrily, quickly getting over his wave of nausea as the cool sea air whipped his face pleasantly, I’ll get that jerk if it’s the last thing I do! How could he refuse to help all those Pokémon he probably landed in the Centre! Just you wait, Kamren Kent! Just you wait!

“I say, young ‘un! What would you say to a quick battle?” Sapph turned to see that the speaker was an elderly man in a neatly pressed brown suit with a cane and bowler hat to match. The man held himself in a highly dignified manner.

“Sure thing! Is one Pokémon each OK with you?” Sapph said cockily. Inwardly though he said I’ll need all the training I can get! Mongle and Ledyba need to blow some steam too, anyway!

“Decided. I choose Knuks.” The Gentleman said, showing and opening a pokéball. Many of the crew on duty stopped their work to watch as white light spilled onto the deck forming a small black rodent-like animal. It looked very similar to Mongle, except it had a stump for a tail and was black with two white stripes running down its back and a white triangular streak running down the middle of its face.

Knuks, the Skunk Pokémon. Knuks are friendly Pokémon except when scared or angry, in which case they cloak themselves with a cloud of pungent fumes.

Sounds like Mongle when he’s insulted after he eats a chilli burrito, Sapph thought with a grin.

“Go, Ledyba! Use Tackle now!” Sapph called, straightening his face and throwing Ledyba’s ball onto the pitch.

Ledyba appeared and charged into battle in a full force tackle.

“Knuks, Poison Gas!” the gentleman ordered primly.

A whirlwind of poison gas blew up around Knuks which sent Ledyba up and away. Ledbya crashed onto the deck, choking on the gas.

Whoa, that was a strong attack! Sapph thought. How do I beat that?

“Now, Knuks, Scratch attack!”

Knuks ran his clawed paw across Ledyba’s forehead, sending the Five Star Pokémon skidding across the deck.

“This battle won’t last long.” One sailor told another.

“Ay, the poison seems to be taking its toll on Ledyba” his companion agreed.

“Are you sure that you are worthy of that Web Badge on your chest?” the gentleman asked Sapph auspiciously.

Ledyba and Sapph’s eyes reduced to slits.

“Ledyba, use Tackle!”

“Knuks, Poison Gas again!”

The whirlwind of gas started up again as Ledyba bore down on Knuks.

“Now, Ledyba hold your breath and ride the winds up!” Sapph ordered.

What the-, the gentleman gasped.

Ledyba spiralled up until he was above the twister.

“Now, dive bomb him with a Tackle!”

“No!”

Ledyba shot down into the middle of the vortex at Knuks, the force of the tackle dispelled the gas and sent Knuks into the ferry’s on-deck pool. The crew were in shock after this ploy.

“Help! Knuks can’t swim!” the gentleman whimpered.

“Ledyba, rescue it fast!” Sapph said.

Ledyba tried to rise, but coughed and hit the deck.

“Ledyba!” Sapph cried. Quickly returning Ledyba to his ball, Sapph ran to the pool, shrugging off his backpack and dived in.

“Hey!” One of the sailors cried.

“Hold on, I got you!” Sapph said, reaching the Knuks and placing its bedraggled form onto his head as he swam back onto the deck.

“Are you OK?” asked a crew member, helping Sapph out of the water.

“Yeah. Sorry about…” Sapph began as the gentleman took Knuks back and examined it.

“No, it’s OK… he’s fine. I’m the one who should be thanking you.” The gentleman said, profusely shaking Sapph’s hand.

“It’s OK, really,”

“I’m also sorry for my jibe on your ability,” he continued, “You did earn that badge. You’re Knuks’s hero!”

“Ours too,” said a cold voice.

Everyone turned to see Sapph’s rucksack in the hand of a tall, young woman with long dark hair and cold, hazel eyes in a black catsuit. Beside her stood a tall man with short, silver hair and matching eyes in an identical catsuit. Both wore identical navy blue bandannas with black ‘S’s on them: the man had his on his right arm, the woman wore hers around her neck like a neckerchief.

“Who are you guys? Give me my rucksack back!” Sapph demanded.

“Tch, tch. So many questions, so little time.” The woman said with a smirk.

“And to refer to your rude question and demand, we’re Team Shadow…” the man said.

“…and you can have your dirty sack after we take this!” the woman finished, as the man fished out the machine parts.

“Give those back! Entover City and half of Corei need that for their electricity!” Sapph yelled.

“So does our boss…” the woman said.

“…and our boss always gets what he wants, hunh Kayla?” the man smirked, only to receive a great big smack on the head.

“Andre, you idiot! We were supposed to- oops!” the woman’s snarl turned to a look of stupidity and humiliation.

“-remain anonymous? Like thieves as asinine as you could even manage that.” The gentleman snorted.

“Anyway, give my stuff and those parts back right now, or I’ll…” Sapph called

“You’ll what?” the woman called Kayla challenged.

“Or I’ll make you! Go, Mongle!” Sapph finished, releasing his faithful friend into the fray.

“Pfft, child’s play. Hold on to the parts, Andre, I’ll deal with our young friend,” Kayla said, pulling out a Pokéball and throwing it onto the deck. “Go, Zubat!”

A small, purple bat-like creature formed in midair from the light that spilled from the pokéball. With two tails, large dart shaped ears and wings which it fluttered constantly to stay up, Zubat had no eyes.

Zubat, the Bat Pokémon. To make up for its zero vision, Zubat’s ears allow it to effectively use echolocation in navigating the caves where it lives. ,the Pokedex recited.

“Sapph! We can’t be much help, mate! Our Pokémon are still in the Nightspark City Pokémon Centre!” One of the sailors cried.

“They accidentally got drunk during ze ongoing annual Nightspark Pokémon festival during their last shore leave and fought each uzzer to exhaustion.” The sniffy waiter explained, who’d also come topside to see what the ruckus was.

All the other sailors sweat dropped.

“It was an accident!” One sailor yelled.

“AYE!” the rest hollered in unison.

Gee, that’s helpful, Sapph thought, rolling his eyes as another unwelcome vision filled his head as he saw several Machop, Horsea, Staryu and Tentacool all with red tinges in their cheeks in a bar late at night.

“No problem,” Sapph assured them, staring Kayla down. “After a Gym Leader, these losers are a walk in the park!”

“Zubat, Supersonic!” Kayla ordered.

“Mongle, use Razor Leaf!” Sapph ordered.

Zubat opened its fanged mouth to release a series of sound waves to confuse Mongle, but before it could launch its attack, Mongle pummelled the Bat Pokémon’s head with a rapid fire strafe of sharp leaves.

“What kind of Flying Pokémon are you?!” Andre screamed as Zubat struggled to gain its wits.

“Another one, Mongle!” Sapph commanded.

“You help too, Knuks! Use Faint Attack to get the parcel back!” The gentleman whispered to Knuks who nodded his assent and vanished.

Mongle launched another round, this time at Andre’s wrist, which, upon connecting caused him to drop the package, which was quickly caught by Knuks, who then slammed Andre into Kayla and Zubat.

“Give that here, you little rat!” Kayla demanded. “Zubat, attack it with Bite! And get off me, Andre! What kind of grip have you got?”

“Oh, SHUT UP!” Andre retorted, scrambling off his team mate on to his feet.

“Knuks, Poison Gas!” its trainer called as Zubat zoomed in on it.

Knuks complied by closing its eyes and releasing a focussed gas attack at Team Shadow, who were instantly immobilised by the stink for ten whole seconds before screaming in protest and pain.

“What an unearthly stench!” Kayla shrieked, trying and failing to clear the gas by waving her hand while her other one clutched her throat.

“MY NOSE! I can’t feel my nose!” Andre bellowed, his hand over his face.

“Thanks for the assist, sir! Now Pound them away, Mongle!” Sapph called.

Mongle began to run at such a terrific speed, he suddenly disappeared from view, reappearing only as he made contact with the troublesome trio, who dropped Sapph’s bag as they flew beyond the horizon.

“My word! That was no doubt a Quick Attack!” the Gentleman remarked.

<Thanks for the assistance, Knuks… Knuks?> Mongle said hesitantly as Knuks doubled over in seeming pain. A split second later, Knuks began to glow with white light as he began to change form.
<HEY! You OK, Knuks?> Mongle asked again.

“Is my little Knuks…” the Gentleman said, startled.

“…evolving.” A sailor said in hushed tones.

Everyone looked on in awe as Knuks’s body grew longer. His hind paws grew bigger as his forelimbs and claws elongated and thickened. At last, the light died down. Knuks new form rose onto its stumpy hind legs as it raised its thickened forelimbs as it examined its powerful new claws. It then wobbled a little and fell on all fours again where it looked itself over. The stripes on its back were the same, only longer, but the mark on its forehead had split into two and seemed to have shifted to its eyebrows. Its ears and eyes remained the same, although its nose had doubled in size.

“Wow… I wonder what that is…” Sapph said aloud.

His Pokédex replied: Skink, the Skunk Pokémon. Skink’s new powerful claws can easily shatter steel. However, due to their weight, Skink often has to move them in a wide arc while in battle.

“LAND HO!” the lookout called.

“Nightspark Harbour, finally!” Sapph exclaimed, watching as a large city ablaze with light came into view.

“Skink, return!” The gentleman said. “Bravo, Sapph! Even watching you battle was a great honour!”

“Gee, thanks. Mongle, return!” Sapph replied as the ferry slowed to a stop at the pier.

“The festival is still on ‘til the end of the week… I hear there’s an event for trainers on the last day. Maybe you’d want to check it out…” one of the sailors on shore told Sapph as he wended his way through the crowd at the pier asking for directions the local Pokémon Centre.

“Sounds good,” Sapph agreed, “Thanks for the info!”

Okay, first things first… Sapph thought as he walked down the brightly lit streets, admiring the displays, parades and performers, I’ve got to get Mongle and Ledyba to the Pokémon Centre. While they’re being treated, I’ll head for the Power Plant…

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After getting directions to the Power Plant from the local Nurse Joy, Sapph proceeded to the station to finish his errand.

The engineer he met was nothing short of thrilled.

“We can’t thank you enough for your help,” the engineer said gratefully after Sapph told him his tale. “Now all of Southeast Corei can get uninterrupted power and we engineers can get a bit of a break from our chief engineer…” he added with a sly grin.

“What was that?” a sharp voice said behind the man, who suddenly broke out into a cold sweat.

Sapph looked over his shoulder to see an extremely pretty lady with straight black hair in a blue and yellow jumpsuit heading towards them. Her sparkling green eyes were presently narrowed in suspicion.

“Errrr… nothing, nothing!” The man said hastily.

“And who do we have here?” she said, her eyes fixing on Sapph.

“I-erm, I-I-I’m Sapph.” Sapph stammered, mainly out of nerves.

“He just brought us the needed generator parts from Entover City.” The man cut in.

“Oh! Why, thank you Sapph! This is wonderful!” the chief engineer said, her face breaking into a dazzling smile.

Sapph felt himself reddening for the second time in two days. What was wrong with my face? He asked himself furiously.

“No problemo, now I can go challenge the gym for my second league badge!” Sapph said rearranging his face.

“Oh! Sapph, I’m sorry, but the gym’s closed for the day!” she apologized, a sad smile on her face.

“Oh. Well, I guess I’ll stay in town ‘til tomorrow then!” Sapph said.

“What spark! I like you already!”

Stop blushing already! Sapph ordered himself.

“Well, come on Carson, we have to get that generator running… maybe we’ll get a little rest after that! Bye!” She said as she turned to leave.

Sapph and Carson exchanged a bewildered look. Sapph wished he could stop blushing. He threw an askance look at Carson and saw that he wished he could stop sweating as much as he wanted to stop looking like a Charmeleon with sunburn.

“Got to go… oh, and one more thing. Take this TM as my thanks. Its technique is a little archaic, but it may come in handy.” The engineer called Carson said, giving Sapph a yellow disc.

“Wow, thanks! But, won’t you need it?” Sapph asked, placing the disc in his TM case (another artefact he had acquired brand new from the Cherrygrove Odds and Ends Store.)

“Don’t worry, I’ve got a friend in Kanto who has copies. Just don’t let my boss know where you got it,OK? Bye!” Carson replied, turning to go.

“OK, bye!” Sapph said as Carson left.

As he made his way back to the Centre, Sapph’s thoughts finally returned to Team Shadow. And it was only after passing the message that he’d successfully delivered the parts, did he voice his thoughts to a fully healed Mongle and Ledyba.

<Don’t worry about them, Sapph. They must be long gone by now!> Mongle chuckled.

<Anyway, out of sight, out of mind. You have other things to worry about than those guys, Sapph.> Ledyba agreed.

“Like what?”

<Your gym battle tomorrow morning!> The two Pokémon chorused.

“Speaking of which, we’ll have a training session before that tomorrow, so get some rest, OK?” Sapph said, reaching for their Pokéballs.

<OK, good night.> Ledyba said disappearing into his ball.

<I just wonder where Bubbles, Haley, Burner and Kamren are.> Mongle wondered, dodging the beam of light to hear Sapph’s comments.

“Dunno, Mongle. Frankly, in Kamren and Burner’s case, I couldn’t really care less.” Sapph said, stifling a yawn.

<Yeah, like Ledyba said, ‘Out of sight, out of mind.’> Mongle replied, finally returning to the confines of his pokéball.

Good point, Sapph thought as he rolled over on his side and drifted off to sleep the hustle and bustle of the Nightspark City carnival lulling him on to dream world.

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How'd you like the opening skit? Don’t forget to criticize where it’s needed! ϋ. Okay, Later!

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Air Dragon
24th November 2005, 12:28 PM
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRR RRRRGGGH!
I HATE THIS BROWSER!
Okay, sorry for the triple post, the nbrowser i'm using hates me. Anyone know how to delete excess posts? Please PM me! Besides that, please enjoy the new chapter!
Later!

DKzM0mA
27th November 2005, 1:34 AM
Mongle: I mean (takes the keyboard form S.M. and starts typing again), I'm kewler, smarter...

Ledyba (fluttering over to look over Mongle's shoulder): more revolting, worse at spelling... yep, that's you, Mongle.

Mongle (furiously pounding the keys now.): WHAT

YoU tell that Mongle! Go ladyba! xD

On topic: Great chapter. Besides Ledyba chansey rocks! xD I really liked how you had chansey chasing mongle's *** around the place. You hear that mongle? Here is the list
Best pokemon
1> Ledyba
2>Chansey
12324324>Mongle

Anyways the next chapter in my fic will be up later tonight. Juz thought I'd tell u that.

On topic:

Air Dragon
29th November 2005, 9:55 PM
From the desk of S.M.

S.M.: Well, seems I really can't stop posting right now. Breaks may come in but there you go. Thought i'd review Sapph bio that came in...

Mongle (Barging in rudely): Whoa... what d'you mean by that?

S.M.: -_- Do you ever knock?

Mongle: Nah. I don't get any manners until i evolve...

S.M.: Beware, foolish Mongle, i hold the power to...

Mongle (as Ledyba enters): to do what?

S.M. (feverishly typing in a frenzied tone): Make you get pummelled by a horde of nurse Chanseys!

Mongle: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
ANYTHING BUT ZAT!

Ledyba (rotfl): DO IT! DO IT! DO IT!

S.M. : I'm a nice guy so i won't...Now go prepare for the chapter!

Mongle (crosses himself as he runs from the room): Thank you, Latios!

Ledyba: Awwww... c'mon, S.M. it would have been so funny...

S.M.: I know but mongle gets punished enough in the chapters.

Ledyba: If you say so... when do we get new team mates anyway?

S.M.: you're cute... just not that cute! now run along and let me post the dang chapter!

Ledyba (flying out of the room): Meanie!

S.M. "_" anyways heeere we go!
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Name: Sapphire (Sapph to his friends)
Age: 12
Eye colour: Sapphire blue
Hair colour: Dark brown
Pok&#233;mon: Mongle (evolved to Squirrage), Ledyba (evolved to Ledian), Litaire (evolved to Mawhoot), Primeape, Growlithe (evolved to Arcanine) and Mudkip (hatched from an egg)
Pok&#233;mon in lab: Eevee (evolved to Espeon), Mogshex, Geome, Pilepux, Totodile and Castform.
Pok&#233;mon traded for: Mudkip (for Solaron), Eevee (for Totodile)
Pokemon at home: Mogshex (given to little sister Emma)
Pok&#233;mon with other trainers: Geome (Left with Slate for family reasons. Sapph still calls on him when needed.)
Description: Baseball cap askew over very messy hair, which tufts out in the front. He wears a plain white vee neck tee shirt, baggy blue denim shorts and white and red trainers.
Character: Sapph can be hasty and impulsive. Under pressure and in the heat of battle, however, Sapph performs beyond anybody’s expectations. His feeling that he has to be as successful as Rubin puts a load of pressure on his form on and off the field.
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Chapter Seven: Shocking Developments! Vs. Arlene!

Ten a.m. the next morning finds our hero now stands outside the gym doors, taking a few deep breaths to steady himself for the impending gym battle.

We’ve been training since dawn, Sapph reminded himself for what could have been the hundred and fiftieth time that morning. We’re in top form! Plus with Ledyba’s new technique, we can’t possibly lose!

Pumped, Sapph entered the reception area to propose a gym challenge.

“You may go in now.” The reception lady told Sapph after an extremely tense fifteen minute wait.

“Thank you,” Sapph said, heading for the leader’s battle room, knowing better not to ask for tips.

Immediately after passing through the electric glass sliding door, it slid shut behind him. Sapph almost had a heart attack!

What is with these gym leaders and their freaking creepy gym doors? Sapph asked furiously, looking around for the gym leader.

At least this gym is cleaner that Cassandra’s, Sapph thought as he looked around at the cables that ran along all the walls and the ceiling, presumably to provide power for the treadmills or conveyor belts (Sapph couldn’t decide which they were) which lay on both sides of the gym floor. Several panels, half of them red, the other half blue also lay dotted around the floor at random places.

Wow!, Sapph thought, his eyes glued to the treadmills on the floor. The gym leader here, whoever he is, must be seriously into working out! Those panels must be there for a reason, probably to…

“Oh! Hello, Sapph!” called a cheerfully familiar voice. Sapph tore his eyes away from the intricate floor design to look at the gym leader’s half and saw… the chief engineer from yesterday!

“YOU’RE THE LEADER HERE?!” Sapph yelled, half-surprised, half-awed.

“Oh, yes! I’m Arlene. Thank you for all your help the other time. I’d like to say though that the friendly formalities are over. Let’s see if you can back up your claim and win my Volt Badge!”

“You got it!” Sapph grinned, pulling out a pok&#233;ball and enlarging it.

“There’s that spark I love again!” Arlene cried, readying her first Pok&#233;mon, and throwing Sapph slightly off track with a bright smile.

A male referee stepped up to the sidelines to explain the rules.

“An official gym match between Sapphire Manson and the Nightspark City Gym Leader Arlene will now begin. If Sapphire wins, he will earn a Volt Badge. Each trainer may use two Pok&#233;mon each. A Pok&#233;mon is out of contest if one of them faints or if the Gym Leader recalls it in the case of hers. Let the match begin!” He called, raising both flags above his head.

It’s Sapph!, Sapph thought furiously, turning the ball over in his hand as Arlene enlarged hers.

“Let’s go, Ledyba!” Sapph called, releasing his Five Star Pok&#233;mon on the field.

What’s he thinking? Even part-Flying types like Ledyba are at a disadvantage here… Arlene thought to herself.

Aloud, she said “Come out, Ballomb!”

The light that spilled from her ball formed itself into a short, black, round figure with a friendly smile. It had two stumpy yellow arms and feet and stood about a foot and a half tall. It had a short fuse dangling out of the top of its head. What seemed to be an electric surge seemed to ripple through its body as it took a battle pose.

Before Sapph could wonder what Arlene had sent out, his Pok&#233;dex answered:

Ballomb, the Blast Pok&#233;mon. Ballomb have very kind natures and only self destruct when threatened. Ballomb is a Dark/Electric combination type Pok&#233;mon.

Sapph and Ledyba couldn’t see the bright side to any of the info the Pok&#233;dex had said.

<Okaaay… we’re in deep trouble, Sapph! If Ballomb’s an Electric type, we’re in so deep trouble!> Ledyba lamented frantically.

“I know… we just gotta stick to the training, Ledyba! We can do this!” Sapph assured his shy companion.

“Guess again, Sapph! Ballomb, Zap Cannon!” Arlene said in an annoyingly cool, unconcerned voice.

Electricity began to circulate all throughout Ballomb’s body. When it reached a crescendo, Ballomb released a black ball of electric charge straight at Ledyba.

Sapph ordered, “Evade it by diving, Ledyba!”

The Zap Cannon attack seemed to be powerful, but it was slow. Ledyba cleared it easily.

Good job, Ledyba! Sapph cheered inwardly. “Now, Ledyba! Use Comet Punch!”

Ledyba raced in and unleashed a lightning quick volley of four jabs and a rising hook to send Ballomb skidding back. Without an order, Ballomb unleashed a jolt of electricity that barely missed the agile insect. The blast of lightning hit one of the blue floor panels instead, starting one of the treadmills.

“Hey, what gives? The treadmills started up!” Sapph cried out.

<Ballomb’s heavier than he looks, too> Ledyba thought. <That Comet Punch should have sent him flying back five feet at least!>

“Well, Sapph… that’s the secret of the Nightspark City Gym. Any form of energy that hits the blue panels is converted to electricity which runs the treadmills. The more energy that’s accumulated, the faster they run!” Arlene explained. Her eyes became slightly colder as she then said, “Ballomb, Thunder Shock attack!”

Sapph, temporarily disarmed by this information, yelled too late “Ledyba, look out!”

The Blast Pok&#233;mon squarely hit Ledyba on his underbelly with a second jolt of electric energy, sending the Bug/Flying Pok&#233;mon crashing onto the treadmill, crackling with loose sparks of electricity.

“Ledyba, you can do it! I know you can! Get up!” Sapph coaxed his friend.

Slowly, Ledyba fluttered into the air, shaking off the Thunder Shock attack as though it were nothing.

Thank you, Ledyba. I knew you’d pull through for me, Sapph thought inwardly with a warm smile at his friend.

Wow, that thing sure has spunk! Arlene thought. But this next attack will end it…

“Ballomb, finish it with another Zap Cannon!”

“Reflect it with Supersonic, Ledyba!” Sapph called out, remembering its effect in his last gym match and praying it would work here.

Ledyba released its powerful sound attack just as Ballomb released a second sphere of electricity. The two attacks met in mid air, and fought there for control. After three seconds of tension and furious pushing, the Zap Cannon attack was miraculously sent back to a stunned Ballomb, causing a small amount of damage and severe paralysis in the Blast Pok&#233;mon.

“YES! Now, Ledyba, Comet Punch again!” Sapph cheered.

“Self Destruct!” Arlene called frantically.

OH, … Sapph began to cuss mentally as he watched Ledyba fly straight for a reddening Ballomb, who blew up on a blue panel when the Five Star Pok&#233;mon was barely inches away.

When the explosion passed away, both Pok&#233;mon had fainted. Sapph dimly registered that the force of the explosion had caused all the conveyor belts on the field to run at a fast rate.

“WHAT WAS ALL THAT FOR?!” Sapph yelled at Arlene.

“What?” Arlene queried in a nonchalant tone. “What do you think I am? I wasn’t about to give you the upper hand.”

“But- But, to let your Ballomb to blow itself up to do it…” Sapph spluttered incensed.

“I know it was painful,” Arlene said, her voice shaking now. “But a trainer has one more than the opponent allowed to and ready to fight has the edge of testing the opponent’s second Pok&#233;mon before sending out his or her own.”

She must mean business for her to have sacrificed one of her Pok&#233;mon to keep me from getting ‘one over’ on her Sapph thought ruefully, still shaken by Arlene’s tactic and her nonchalant reply.

“Both Pok&#233;mon are unable to battle… this round is a tie” The ref said, raising both flags above his head.

“Are you OK?” Sapph asked the leader, who looked severely shaken at her decision to sacrifice Ballomb to keep Sapph from gaining an advantage.

Arlene looked close to tears as she silently returned her first Pok&#233;mon to its pok&#233;ball with a whispered apology. Sapph was in a state of semi-shock as he called Ledyba back for some rest. Praising him for a job well done, he pulled out his second pok&#233;ball and enlarged it, just as Arlene was doing the same.

“Go for it, Mongle!”

“Get ‘em, Pichu!”

Pichu, the Lightning Mouse Pok&#233;mon. Although Pichu can readily store and release electricity consistently, they have a limit as to how much electricity they can safely store in their bodies without suffering any damage to themselves, Sapph’s Pok&#233;dex recited.

Mongle and a small, yellow mouse with a short black, lightning shaped tail, short, diamond-shaped, black-tipped ears and large red circles on its cheeks both took shape on conveyor belts at the same time. Both realised they had to start running at the same time and commenced to do so at top speed to keep up with the pace of the treadmills. Pichu, being the smaller of the two seemed to be experiencing some trouble adjusting to the speed of the treadmill.

“Looks like your Pichu is out of shape” Sapph jibed Arlene with a smirk.

Mongle’s got the advantage now, all we need is an opening… he thought to himself.

Arlene just smiled softly. I’ll show him not to mock a master of Electric Pok&#233;mon, she thought determinedly.

“Mongle, -“Sapph began.

“Pichu, -“Arlene called.

“- Quick Attack now!” the trainers yelled in unison.

Both rodents leapt off their treadmills and tore towards each other at breakneck speed, colliding with each other at the middle line of the pitch. Upon impact; both Pok&#233;mon flew back in a shower of sparks onto a red panel on their respective sides.

“What happened?” Sapph asked Arlene in alarm.

“Pichu has the Static ability, which enables it to paralyze its foes on contact,” Arlene answered confidently. “All the running on the treadmill only increased the potency of that ability.”

If Sapph thought the worst was over, he was wrong. Upon hitting the panels, both Mongle and Pichu were thrown high into the air in a second explosion of charge, twisting and screeching in pain, Mongle clearly receiving what looked like the bulk of the damage.

“MONGLE!” Sapph yelled.

“Oh, and another thing…” Arlene added matter-of-factly as both Pok&#233;mon flew upwards, “Step on a red panel, and twenty-five percent of the energy running the treadmill is converted to electricity and used on the culprit.”

What can I do? Sapph thought furiously, watching Mongle rise. Even with a defensive advantage, Mongle seems to be no match for Pichu. It’s almost as if Pichu’s attack power is limitless… Wait…Limits… that’s it!

"Mongle, try to use your Razor Leaf to sever the cable above, NOW!” Sapph rallied.

Just as it looked like Mongle couldn’t respond, the Leaf Squirrel Pok&#233;mon twitched its tail at the roof, releasing a salvo of razor-sharp leaves, which cut one of the power cables in two as the two fighters began to fall.

Pichu and Mongle landed on all fours on the pitch. Mongle then went down on one knee.

It’s over, Arlene thought. “Pichu, use Quick Attack to end this!” she ordered.

Pichu raced at Mongle, who seemed incapable of moving due to its paralysis, oblivious to what was happening above. Just before Pichu made contact, the severed cable hit it, causing it to go rigid, squealing in pain.

It was Arlene’s turn to be shocked.

“What the- ? What’s happening? What did you do?! “She began, staring flabbergasted at Sapph, who’d regained some of his cool now that his plan had worked.

Sapph, imitating her nonchalant tone replied “Nothing fancy… Pichu’s just receiving more electricity than it can handle. Mongle, finish it with Razor Leaf!”

Mongle rose to his feet, and with all it had, swung its tail at Pichu, releasing a powerful, concentrated barrage of sharp leaves at the Lightning Mouse Pok&#233;mon, who flew back away from the cable and hit the floor. Sapph and Mongle held their breath as Pichu staggered upright.

Was this match over?

Pichu struggled to stay on its feet for what seemed an age, flinched and hit the gym floor again in a dead faint.

After a brief, yet unnecessary check on Pichu, the ref raised his red flag and announced: “Pichu is unable to battle. This round and the match go to Mongle and Sapphire Manson from Cherrygrove Town!”

<YES!> Mongle cheered inwardly as Sapph wearily picked up his faithful starter and watched Arlene returned Pichu to it’s pok&#233;ball with words of praise and comfort.

“Oh, Sapph! You were able to back up your claim after all! That’s wonderful!” Arlene said with a smile on his face walking towards Sapph.

“Told you,” Sapph grinned wearily.

“In accordance to the Corei League rules and regulations, winners at this gym must bear the Volt Badge as a sign of victory. Take this one as your own.” She beamed, handing Sapph a badge that resembled a thin, golden lightning bolt dividing a dark blue circle in two onto which it was embossed.

“Thanks a million!” Sapph said joyfully, examining his new badge in the light.

“Your strategy is a unique and truly wonderful thing." the Gym leader added. "Just like the trainer. You’ve taught me that I’ve still got a lot to learn. I’ll spend more time in the gym now. Oh, maybe one day we’ll have a rematch, OK?”

“Definitely!” Sapph agreed cheerfully.

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<CHANSEEEEEEEEEEE!>

“Thanks, Nurse Chansey.” Sapph said, gratefully accepting Mongle and Ledyba’s pok&#233;balls back and leaning back in the chair, ready to resume his reflections on his second gym badge victory until a loud cry rent the balmy evening air.

“Hey, cut it out! You’re hurting him!”

Sapph sat bolt upright as a snide, horribly-familiar voice replied, “What’s with you, shrimp? What kind of sissy trainer are ya?”

Sapph was up and running in the direction of the voice, which had come from the training field behind the Pok&#233;mon Centre, where Kamren, Carla, Hugh and Calvin were bullying a young boy who was possibly a year or two younger than Calvin. Haley was there too, trying to stop her older brother and her gang, but not being able to do much.

I guess her Pok&#233;mon are inside, Sapph thought exasperatedly. Geez, does the girl even think like a trainer?

“Anyways, just fork over all your money, sissy! You lost after all… it’s only fair…” Kamren continued, holding his palm out at the boy.

Sapph couldn’t believe this. “Fair, my butt, Kamren Kent! Quit picking on kids!”

“If it ain’t Sappy Sapphire!” Kamren crowed.

“Sapph!” Haley cried out. “Boy, am I ever glad to see you!”

“I’m frankly surprised you made it this far with a Mongle, Sappy” Kamren taunted.

“Yeah?” Sapph snarled, flaring up. “Well, let’s see how cool you are after me and Mongle whup your guys stupid in a two on two, right here, right now.”

“Pfft…as if. Anywho, let’s get it on. I was getting bored with the local zeroes… not that you’ll do any better.” Kamren snorted.

“We’ll see who’s a loser after I whip your butt raw,” Sapph retorted, readying a pok&#233;ball for battle.

“Pfft,” Kamren snorted again, readying his own.

“This will be a two-on-two battle with no time limit”, Carla said, stepping up to assume the role of referee. “Pok&#233;mon can only be recalled if they faint. Let the battle begin!”

“WHAT!” Haley and Sapph yelled in protest swivelling around to stare at Carla.

“Don’t like it, tell it to the judge… no wait, that’s ME!” Carla laughed.

“Why, you arrogant, ugly, little…” Haley yelled.

Sapph stared. He hadn’t really seen Haley get this heated up by trash talk before.

“Scared, Sappy?” Kamren taunted, lightly tossing his first pok&#233;ball up and down in his palm, his other hand in his pocket.

“Who, me? Not on ya life!!” Sapph yelled, his blue eyes narrowing as they focussed on the trainer whom he had disliked from day one.

Both trainers’ eyes locked. This battle was a long time in coming, Sapph thought but I don’t mind. He was finally going to get Kamren for his over bloated ego and vicious bullying and he couldn’t be happier for the opportunity.

“I’ve been waiting a long time for this”, Sapph snarled, a furious expression on his face.

“Really?” Kamren yawned, a lax expression on his face. “For what? A chance to get your *** kicked?” he asked, now twirling his pok&#233;ball on his finger.

“KAMREN! Did you just say the ‘A-word’?!” Haley yelled incredulously, a wicked smile on her face, “You are SOOO …”

“Shut Up!” Kamren roared, an almost murderous expression on his face. Haley went into a cold sweat.

“…busted.” Haley finished in a feeble undertone.

Everything was still in the evening air. Only the wind blew gently as both trainers cocked back their fists, ready to begin.

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Yes, a rivalry clash, finally! Humph, I guess your right in saying it took a while. -_- Relax; I’ll make the wait (if you were waiting) as well worth it as I can. The TM from Chapter Six will be a mystery ‘til I say so! ; P Don’t forget to let me know your views, opinions and criticisms, Okay? But be fair! Ideas are also welcome!

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DKzM0mA
3rd December 2005, 4:37 PM
That was a pretty good gym battle and sorry for not posting sooner. I thought ur post ended with Saph's bio, so my bad. Anyways, I don't really think Zap cannon is a slow attack. The downfall of hte attack is probably its low accuracy. Again, nice chapter.

Air Dragon
6th December 2005, 3:41 PM
yeah, i know. Zap Cannon was one of my personal favorite attacks. i even stole my brother's copy of his Silver game to get it when i lost my first! it was just to add to the story that ledyba was faster than the attack. Chapter eight is ready to roll, but chapter nine may take a while and Mongle's evolution will take much longer. i'm in a bit of a rut as to how to put the storyline in type cuz it's hurting my mind just picturing it!
Thanks once again for reviewing. i'm out for now.
Later!

Air Dragon
8th December 2005, 5:58 PM
From the desk of Shiny Mightyena (S.M.)

S.M.: MY EXAMS ARE OVER! MY EXAMS ARE OVER! MY EXAMS ARE OVER! MY EXAMS ARE...

Entire TCQ Cast: OKAY! WE GET IT ALREADY!

S.M.: Hmph... spoilsports...
Anyway, as of now I'm free from exam hassles and for the next five weeks or so can freely post chapters and settle down for next term... nuts.
Anyways, chapter eight, here we come...

Chapter Eight: Two Annoying Rivals.

Both trainers’ eyes locked. This battle was a long time in coming, Sapph thought but I don’t mind. He was finally going to get Kamren for his over bloated ego and vicious bullying and he couldn’t be happier.

“I’ve been waiting a long time for this”, Sapph snarled, a furious expression on his face.

“Really?” Kamren yawned, a lax expression on his face. “For what? A chance to get your *** kicked?” he asked, now twirling his pok&#233;ball on his finger.

Everything was still in the evening air. Only the wind blew gently as both trainers cocked back their fists, ready to begin.

“Go, Ledyba!” Sapph called, releasing his first placer into the fray.


Is that your best shot Sappy? Kamren said in his mind. Well, it ain’t good enough. Not by a long shot…

“C’mon out, Ciela!” Kamren yelled releasing the largest Flying Pok&#233;mon Sapph had seen so far since his arrival to the Corei region. It had vermillion red body and wings and gold plumage at the tip of its two long tails and medium length wings. Its strong looking talons were jet black, set in large, gold feet whose colour matched its short, conical beak, which was set in an equally brilliantly-vermillion red plumed head. It glared at Ledyba through its laser-like, crimson eyes.

“Whoa, what’s that?” Sapph pondered, bringing out his trusty Pok&#233;dex, who said:

Zwi-tail, the Noble Crow Pok&#233;mon. Its sleek, streamlined body and amazing aerial prowess allows it to dive precisely from heights of up to fifty feet even in dense forest. Zwi-tail is the evolved form of Ravow.


Hang on, Sapph thought, remembering his double battle in EverWood Forest. Ravows are darker than that… do they change colour during evolution?

“Not only that, it’s a shiny Zwi-tail!” Calvin informed an awed Haley.

A shiny?! So that’s it! That guy! Always getting all the cool Pok&#233;mon from under my nose! Aloud, however he said: “Well, shiny or not, we’ll still beat it! Ledyba, Supersonic!” Sapph shot back.

“Useless… Ciela, use Double Team and Air Cutter together!” Kamren ordered.

Whoa, Sapph thought, thrown temporarily off guard. Two attacks at once?!

Ciela multiplied four times and shot towards the Bug/Flying combination Pok&#233;mon before Ledyba let loose a shriek that befuddled the fore running attackers. However, it became apparent that he hadn’t hit the real one, for as soon as the clones vanished, the real Ciela came up from behind and struck Ledyba in the back. Hard.

What kinda insane speed was THAT? Sapph screamed in his head.

“Ledyba!” Sapph yelled as his Pok&#233;mon fell, spinning towards the ground.

“Rip that bug apart, Ciela! Use Fury Attack, now!” Kamren called to his Flying Pok&#233;mon.

Before Ledyba had hit the ground, Ciela was on top of him jabbing his short beak into Ledyba’s back four times before they crashed into the ground, the Noble Crow Pok&#233;mon standing on top of the Five Star one.

“Ledyba! NO!” Sapph and Haley yelled.

I’m such an idiot! Sapph thought as he watched Ciela flap over to Kamren’s side of the field.
I’ve sent him on a suicide mission! What the hell is wrong with me? Did I want to beat Kamren’s smug little butt that badly?

<Is that all your miserable excuse for a trainer could teach you? How to be a worthless punch bag? Talk about a crap pile! He stinks to the worst- no, wait! That’s all crap like him can do!> Ciela hissed in Ledyba’s ear with a cruel laugh as she took off towards her master.

That made Ledyba very, very mad.

Just as Sapph was reaching for Ledyba’s pok&#233;ball to return it, Ledyba started to rise out of the dirt, his wings thrumming furiously and his eyes reduced to angry, narrow slits and taking on a dangerous red colour.

<Take. That. Back.> Ledyba said slowly, rising into the air, his fierce eyes locked on the arrogant Ciela.

“Ledyba, that’s enough.” Sapph said with his head bowed, his voice cracking slightly. “Enough.”

<Or what? Oooh, I’m… so… scared! > Ciela laughed.

< You should be.> Ledyba whispered.

< Really? Well, what will you do if I don’t …oh, what was it? Oh, yeah… take it back? > The Flying type Pok&#233;mon challenged Ledyba.

<I’ll make you.> Ledyba hissed, his voice totally different from the usually cheerful tone Sapph was used to. Sapph noticed and for the first time ever, and even though he couldn’t comprehend what was going on between the two Pok&#233;mon on the field, was scared for and of his usually timid companion.

“Ledyba?” Sapph asked uncertainly.

Before either trainer saw it, Ledyba had vanished, reappearing as he Comet Punched Ciela high into the air.

Sapph and Kamren were shocked, to put it mildly.

“What the f- “Kamren began.

“Now he’s using the ‘F-word’,” Haley mumbled, who’d have normally written this down to use as blackmail later but was as stunned as everyone else at Ledyba’s sudden surge of speed and power.

<What was THAT?!! Where’d that insolent bug get that much power from?> The Zwi-tail asked, wincing from the force of the attack as she rose into the air against her will. Flapping her wings, she was finally able to sustain flight about fifteen feet up, where she started scanning the field below, furiously looking around for the ‘insolent bug’ that had the gall to hit her.

A split second later, Kamren’s Zwi-tail experienced a world of pain as the Five Star Pok&#233;mon appeared out of nowhere, dishing out lightning fast jabs to every part of her body that he could reach. It felt to Ciela as though she was being crushed by a Rock Slide technique.

“How’d that Ledyba’s Comet Punch get so strong? Even Cassandra’s Ledian didn’t pack that hard a punch!” Kamren demanded of Sapph, his eyes wide and fixated on his rival.

“Was it the Comet Punch drills I put Ledyba through this morning?” Sapph wondered aloud, reflecting on the tough training routine they’d undergone at dawn…

-Flashback-

At a rocky, blocked path north of Nightspark City…

“…OK Mongle, Ledyba…one more time!” Sapph called.

<Can’t we- you know- take- five?> Mongle gasped, on hands and knees and panting hard. <My tail leaf- feels like- it’s- about to fall- off!>

<I can’t feel my hands.> Ledyba mumbled, looking at his tiny fists and noticing that they seemed to refuse to close.

“Okay, guys,” Sapph said, starting to get only a little impatient with his team mates, “I know we’ve been out here for the past three hours, but this will help both of you become stronger! One more time and we call it quits, OK?”

<WHAAAT?!> Ledyba and Mongle shouted.

<ARE. YOU. FREAKING. SERIOUS?!!!> Mongle yelled, stopping in mid-rant as he noticed their voices had created a loud-enough echo to result in part of the blockade of rocks falling towards them.

Ledyba, acting on what seemed to be instinct, clenched his fist and flew towards the rocks, dealing each one a direct Comet Punch, while Mongle raced up with Quick Attack to use alternating Razor Leaf and Pound attacks on a couple more descending boulders. Each rock shattered on contact into tiny little pebbles, which bounced harmlessly off their trainer below.

“See, guys? I told you it would make you stronger! Alright, one more time! Let’s go!” Sapph charged his team mates, with a confident fist as both Pok&#233;mon hit the ground, utterly worn out.

Sapph’s eager grin evaporated on the spot as he gave off a huge anime sweat drop.

Oh, crap. Crap, crap, crap… OH, CRAP! He thought frantically, returning Mongle and Ledyba to their pok&#233;balls and sprinting back to the Pok&#233;mon Centre as fast as he could…

-End Flashback-

I was pretty rough on them then… Sapph thought. Who’d of thought it would be that effective? Or drive Ledyba that far over the edge? He added with a slight shiver at how far a Pok&#233;mon like Ledyba could get when it lost its cool.

Both Pok&#233;mon was falling to earth now; Ledyba ‘helping’ Ciela to a great degree by punching her in the back consistently, until both Pok&#233;mon hit the ground with enough force to create a small tremor. As the dust cleared, Ciela was to be found lying on its belly, twitching in the small crater formed from its impact with the field and Ledyba hovering slowly higher, ready to dive again.

Sapph, Kamren, Haley, Hugh, Carla and Calvin were speechless at this turn of events. So were all but one of the trainers standing around who had been drawn to the field at the sounds of the battle.

“Calvin, what the HELL was THAT?!!” Kamren roared, turning on his friend for some kind of explanation.

“Impossible… no Ledyba alive should have that much physical strength… it’s just not logical…” Calvin spluttered, staring aghast at the two Pok&#233;mon’s conditions after Ledyba’s reckless manoeuvre.

“Sapph, you sure put Ledyba through some scary experiences,” Haley mumbled, turning to face Sapph, who nodded mutely, his eyes as wide as dinner plates.

I said I’d make him stronger than Cassandra’s Ledian, but I wasn’t expecting this much growth from Ledyba so soon! ,Sapph thought.

“That thing scares me, Carla,” Hugh whimpered.

“Everything scares you, you drip,” Carla countered, her wide terrified eyes fixed on the Bug/Flying Pok&#233;mon.

<TAKE. IT. BACK!!!> Ledyba screamed, soaring in for another attack.

“Ciela, show that insect who’s in charge! Wing Attack now!” Kamren roared, pointing at the descending Ledyba.

<Why you…> Ciela snarled, her wing glowing white as she half-rose up to her feet, swinging it around into Ledyba’s head. Ledyba went spinning, his eyes slowly returning to their natural black colour as he fell to the ground.

It seemed to take an eternity for Ledyba to fall to Sapph. Eventually, the Five Star Pok&#233;mon hit the dirt, creating a cloud of dust as he collapsed, exhausted.

Carla was too stunned to announce Ciela as the winner of the match.

“Ledyba, return.” Sapph mumbled numbly, returning his faithful friend, barely registering what was happening, his mind full of the last five minutes.

“What could have been the cause?” Calvin pondered aloud.

“Could Ciela have angered Ledyba? Could it have been for Sapph’s sake? To protect his pride as a trainer?” Haley wondered aloud, staring at Sapph, who in turn was staring at the ground.

“Pfft, like a Pok&#233;mon can feel that range of emotion…” Carla scoffed at Haley.

“Yeah, they’re only dumb animals who g…gravilate…” Hugh began.

“Gravitate” Calvin supplied dully.

“I knew that…gravitate to a really strong trainer for strength to surpass all others of their… uh, their… um, kind? Oh yeah! That’s it! KIND!” Hugh complimented.

“Then why aren’t you in a Pok&#233;ball?” Carla muttered.

“You’re dumb enough, based on your own criteria.” Haley added in an undertone.

Too dumb to be wanted as well, Kamren thought, looking wistfully at his slow friend.

Why, Ledyba? Why all that for me? Sapph asked sadly, staring at the pok&#233;ball in his hand, reflecting on Ledyba’s gross increase in strength in the cause of protecting his trainer’s integrity.

Phew, Kamren thought, inwardly calming down and resuming his usual arrogant air as he surveyed his rival.

“What’s up Sappy? Lost confidence already?” He yelled cockily, his eyes possessing a nasty glint.

Sapph didn’t respond.

“I guess you are a retard after all. What trainer sends out a Bug type to fight a Flying type?” Kamren called.

Still Sapph refused to speak back.

“Guess it’s really true that the Pok&#233;mon takes after the trainer…” Kamren continued, rapidly getting into his proud swagger. “I mean, look at your Ladybug, it’s as weak as you are!”

Haley opened her mouth to retort angrily, but Sapph interrupted her in a low voice.

“Shut up, Kamren.”

“You can’t make me, Sap Head!” Kamren taunted. “Anyway, bring on number two! You can’t withdraw either!” he added, noticing Sapph’s solemn quietude.

Sapph knew Kamren was right and hated himself and Kamren’s lot for trapping him in this mess. Arranging his face to reflect confidence he’d long lost in himself, he locked eyes with Kamren.

“Who’s withdrawing? Go, Mongle, use your Quick Attack now!” Sapph yelled, throwing his second Pok&#233;mon into the battle.

Mongle appeared in a burst of white light and temporarily vanished, reappearing in the same spot two seconds later as the Zwi-tail, who, unable to react in time, went flying to the ground and fainted from over exertion.

Kamren gritted his teeth and returned her to her orb. He then looked up and somehow managed to sneer.

“Lucky shot, Manson,” he spat, “but this match is mine! Go Burner!” Kamren called, sending out his second Pok&#233;mon into the fray.

The first thing Sapph and Mongle noticed as the blazing red light died down was that Burner had changed too. The Fire Tiger now stood erect, the white fur that had occupied a small portion of his neck as a Fryger had grown across his long arms, along the nape of his neck and along the middle of his forehead in a Mohawk. Burner stood about three foot seven inches tall and looked heavier. His stubby, yet sturdy-looking claws, each about four inches long and a foot thick at the base now matched his golden yellow eyes, which together with his black nose and bandy hind legs had grown wider.

[I]Therline, the Fire Tiger Pok&#233;mon, the Pok&#233;dex recited in its usual tone. Therlines use their Fire Spin attack to trap prey and then cut it down with its short claws. Therline is the evolved form of Fryger. The Pok&#233;dex added, unnecessarily as Sapph, Haley and Mongle thought.

<Don’t tell me Burner’s freaking evolved already!> Mongle yelled.

So that was the ‘heavy type advantage’ Cassandra must have meant, Sapph thought. This’ll be tough. But we’re tougher!

“Mongle, use Pound!” Sapph said again.

“Useless…” Kamren repeated. “Burner, show ‘em that we mean business.” He told his Therline.

Burner nodded and turned to watch the Leaf Squirrel Pok&#233;mon race towards him. Like Ciela, his keen eyes could pick catch up with his pace in no time. Unlike Ciela, he could keep up.

Mongle lunged at Burner tail first. Just before he would have made contact, Therline, almost carelessly, raised a large paw and caught Mongle’s attack in his bare paw.

Sapph’s jaw dropped. So did Haley’s.

WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT! They screamed mentally at the sight.

<Hey there, uh!> Burner greeted maliciously, raising Mongle by the tail leaf above his head and throwing him back across the field.

<He stopped my attack with one paw! > Mongle thought amazedly as he soared though the air.

“Mongle, hurry and try Quick Attack one more time!” Sapph cried desperately.

Kamren crossed his arms and said to his Pok&#233;mon calmly “Metal Claw.”

As Mongle’s fell, he twisted in midair and landed on all fours, readying itself to ram the Therline with his strongest attack. However, before he could launch his attack, Burner was right beside him, his claws glowing a silvery white, smiling a wicked smile reminiscent of his trainer.

<What’s up?!> He crowed, using his claws to strike Mongle in the torso.

Mongle’s eyes slid out of focus from sheer pain. He felt his body go limp as he flew though the air to crash into the dust, defeated by the single blow.

“MONGLE!!” Sapph screamed, watching his first Pok&#233;mon bite the dust.

Pfft, didn’t even need to use Ember, Kamren thought, watching the scene of brutality without flinching. “Another one.” Kamren ordered Burner nonchalantly.

Burner’s claws glowed the same silvery white again as he raced towards the gasping Mongle.

“MONGLE, NO!!” Sapph yelled.

“Return him, quickly!” A spectating trainer screamed.

Haley covered her face in her hands.

“Mud Shot attack, now!” A brisk, baritone voice ordered.

Before Burner made it to Mongle, or indeed, before Sapph could have reached his pok&#233;ball on his belt, a powerful stream of sticky mud struck Burner in the chest, sending him soaring into a tree eighteen feet away. Burner slid down the trunk with swirls in his eyes, clearly defeated.

Sapph froze, his hand with Mongle’s pok&#233;ball suspended before him. He knew that voice…

His head turned slowly around to see a flash of red light return to the pok&#233;ball held up by a boy his age. The boy was a couple of inches or so taller, his light brown hair under his green and white bandanna blowing lightly in the evening zephyr. He wore a large, baggy collared tee shirt under a green and white-lined jacket, long brown shorts with many pockets, blue and white trainers and a green, one-shouldered knapsack slung over his left shoulder. Although his eyes were closed, almost as though it was a bother to send out his Pok&#233;mon, Sapph knew that when they opened, he’d see his mother’s hazel eyes look at him reproachfully.

“Whoa, who’s the hunk?!” Carla and Haley asked hearts in their eyes.

“He’s so dreamy and strong!” Haley whispered, almost literally melting into a pool as he opened his brown and gold tinged eyes.

“Back off, ugly! He’s mine!” Carla yelled, grabbing the front of Haley’s shirt and dragging her aside.

“Says who?!” Haley snarled, her eyes narrow, white slits of fury as she grabbed the front of Carla’s vee neck shirt, staring her down.

“Me!” Carla snarled back.

“OH, YEAH?!!!” Haley roared.

The two girls started to shoot electricity into each other’s eyes, creating sparks in mid-air, snarling as Hugh and Calvin cowered in fear.

“That’s enough, you. You won, so pack up and clear off.” The boy added to Kamren, with no hint of a threat in his voice, but making his point clear from his cool gaze.

“He has such a cool, voice!” Carla and Haley squealed hearts in their eyes again.

“Yeah!” said a redheaded youth, who’d been watching Sapph and Kamren’s battle.

“Too cool!” affirmed the boy whom Sapph had just been defending from Kamren.

The rest of the crowd murmured their assent and various comments.

“Did you see that?”

“No way…”

“…with one shot!”

“Totally awesome!”

“Beyond awesome!”

Scary, Kamren thought, breaking into a cold sweat. To avoid looking at the mystery trainer, he busied himself with returning Burner to his pok&#233;ball and beckoning to the others to follow his lead.

Calvin and Hugh quickly complied, dragging off a snarling Carla, who screamed,” Don’t you DARE touch him with your dirty paws, you-“, her voice fading as they ran around the corner and out of sight.

The trainer, after watching them go, turned to face the losing trainer, who’d returned his Grass Pok&#233;mon to his pok&#233;ball and hastily stowed it out of the sight of the other boy’s prying gaze.

He felt him approach slowly and hastily closed his eyes, praying he’d pass by without a comment. However, the Johto trainer heard his saviour’s footsteps stop right before him. He looked up slowly, tentatively into the taller boy’s face to see his eyes closed again.

The boy exhaled exasperatedly, and uttered six words in a soft voice only Sapph could hear.

“Be grateful Dad didn’t see that.”

And he walked away slowly, his shadow engulfing the boy trainer, as it had done all their lives.

The words cut deeper to the boy’s heart than any other words had done all his life. He turned and ran towards the northern town limits, away from the trainer as the twilight faded.

“Sapph?” Haley asked, snapping out of her flighty daydreams regarding the boy and looking around for her friend.



Haley found Sapph on the blocked route where he’d trained before his gym battle that morning as the reddish dusk had turned to twilight’s navy blue.

Sapph held a pok&#233;ball in his hand as he stared blankly into the night sky, which reflected in his eyes red.

“Sapph? Are you OK?” she asked feebly, almost slapping her forehead out of pure ‘duh!’

Wake up, Haley Kent! She chided herself. Does he look OK to you?!

Sapph closed his eyes tight as tears spilled out of his eyes, but he didn’t turn around.

“Sapph, who WAS that guy?” Haley asked.

“My dear older twin brother” Sapph mumbled, feeling even more down by the second.

“You mean…?” Haley gasped, reddening in spite of herself.

“Yeah,” Sapph said, turning around to face her. “That’s Rubin.”

Haley hated seeing Sapph this bummed out; she’d never done so before, but didn’t know what to say.

She moved forward to place a hand on his shoulder. Sapph beat the ground with his fists once howling in rage and dissolved into more tears.

Man, Sapph’s had a rough day Haley thought sadly, looking at Sapph’s sobbing form, wanting to comfort him, but not knowing how. First Kamren steamrollers his team into processed road kill, then his Pok&#233;mon is rescued by his dominating older twin… Now I know why everybody likes Rubin more, she thought sadly, reflecting on how she’d forgotten about Sapph, whom she knew better just because of his handsomer twin. That’s right! Carla made me jealously want to fight for Rubin! She thought, moving towards Sapph. I don’t like him like that! No way! No… way…she thought, feeling a slight twinge as she recalled how she’d reacted upon seeing him, remembering how Sapph had reacted to Rubin’s name and how, today, she may’ve just made Sapph feel a hundred times worse…

Who am I kidding? She thought dejectedly. You try rooting for Sapph to make him feel better, and you mess up! Think, Haley Kent! Think!

But nothing came to her except to be there, silently holding on to Sapph’s hand, and promising herself not to let go as long as he needed someone.

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How’s that? Hope you like the battle. Please post your comments, please! I love comments! Especially from you!

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Saffire Persian
18th December 2005, 3:25 AM
You asked, now I am here.

Chapter One: A Rivalry Is Born




An eleven-year-old boy, who had previously been fast asleep yawned, stretched and scratched the back of his head under his red and white baseball cap. As he peered out of the window at the steadily approaching station, his tiredness gave way to an intense enthusiasm and excitement that had been welling up within him since he left Cherrygrove Town two days ago.

You sure this is your writing?! XD.. This is a lot better than Selection, I can see this right off. *reads*


Sapphire “Sapph” Manson

This is the first time I've seen a guys name be Sapphire. 0_o... He probably got made fun of as a kid, though I love the name itself.



He looked up into a pair of silver grey eyes under a wide-brimmed cowboy hat. Their owner appeared to be a girl about his age with reddish blond hair, a Red Indian style outfit and heavy-looking hiking boots.

More of that "stringy" description..although 0_o.. this one really wasn't bad.


“I’m Haley,” the girl said, “the guys laughing at you over there are my jerk of an older brother Kamren, his jerk of a girlfriend, Carla and his best friend Hugh, an idiot if you ever met one. Who are you? And,” she added with a hint of a grin she had obviously been trying to hide “where are you off to in such a hurry?”

I'm surprised she named off all the people in her group. XD... Maybe she's just outgoing.


“I’d like the Fryger too.” Sapph admitted, “Aquari wouldn’t be too shabby, but I’d rather…”

Though nothing excites me more than a feline Pokemon, I found the name kinda funny.. I was thinking "Frys". ^^.. Though.. i shouldn't be saying a thing about names.


“We’re here.” Haley said, interrupting Sapph.

Use a comma after here, not a period.


“Nothing” Sapph replied grumpily

Need a comma after nothing.

“Sure?” Haley countered.

The Kent Mansion was the largest building Sapph had ever seen in his life. A noble white villa set atop the hill overlooking the village with an expansive park both in the front and in the back.

“How do you like it?” Haley asked, amused at the stunned expression on Sapph’s face.

Sapph continued to stare at the house with his jaw dropped.


I guess all moms must look pretty, Sapph thought as he shook her hand.

XD Interesting observation.


“Sapph.” Sapph replied as pleasantly as he could. He wasn’t really big on the name ‘Sapphire’- it sounded a little too feminine.

Glad you brought that point up.


“Oh, sorry Sapph! How was your train trip?”

Comma before Sapph.


“Kammy! That wasn’t polite at all! Apologize now, please!” Mrs Kent scolded.

Mrs. Kent.


Oh, don’t worry, dear, I’m sure you’ll make an excellent trainer in your own right.” She added, catching the dark expression on Sapph’s face.

It should be '..trainer in your own right," she added, ...'


elegant Persian and Milotic prance out on the grounds so neither lady could see.

*waves Persian flag.* Kudos. ^^



Two hours later, Sapph was in a guest room flicking through a book Mrs Kent had given him

Every time you use some kind of title, you need a period after it. I've seen you do this a few times, so I'll explain. Titles such as Dr. Mrs. Miss. Mr. always have periods afterwards.


“Awww, don’t you just look pwecious in your widdle jammies.” He cooed

Comma, not period.


As you can see, most of your errors were grammatical, usually I don't point them all out. But this is a lot different from Selection, it really is. Did you have a Beta-reader help you out or something - because the change between stories is that different. Now, if Selection were an older piece, I could see the change in quality, but Selection is newer, and is not even close to this in terms of quality... XD What's with that?

The character's here aren't really Gary-stu/Mary-Sue, like in your last one, and each have an at least somewhat developed personality, so they don't all seem the same. The description is good - a standard level, but you tend to keep away from the stringy description, which makes me happy.

So, I'm quite happy with this one - and now I can see you can write like this, I'm surprised Selection turned out the way it did. *shruggs* Anyway, good luck.

Air Dragon
18th December 2005, 8:39 AM
Thanks S.P. ! glad you enjoyed it! Well, TCQ is chronicling (that's a word right?XD) Sapph growth over two or three years as a trainer, brother and friend so I thought basics would be good to begin with. It's all planned out- unlike Selection, which I decided to write on the spur on the moment to get some experience in varied writing. TCQ will take time, because the dialogue is still being worked on and the actual, finer details are debatable. Still, I try.
Please let me know about the other chapters, ok? Thanks for the corrections. Damn those commas... anyway, i'll definitely be more careful in future.

Saffire Persian
21st December 2005, 3:02 AM
Question before I start... what kind of region is Corei? XD... Everytime I see the name, I think 'seashells' which makes me think of islands.. but I dunno if that's right.. 0_o.. and at the moment, I kinda wanna know.. So if you could fill me in, that'd be great.



suddenly remembering his Pokédex at Gus’s.
It should be "remembering his Pokedex was at Gus's. [/quote]


“You’re late!” Gus began reproachfully holding the repaired encyclopaedia in his hand.

To things. First, it's encyclopedia, and third, saying he was 'holding it in his hand' is kinda repetitive - where else would he hold it? His teeth?



That’s your son, Justin? Gus thought, scratching the back of his head. I see no resemblance, my friend, none at all…

Funny. XD

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Sapph tore into the Olville Research Lab, frantically thinking: Please don’t let Kamren be here, Please don’t let Kamren be here…,

No comma at the end. ^^


“Wasn’t that Justin Manson’s son Sapphire? Is he a friend of yours?” the assistant queried.

Should be "Wasn't that Justin Manson's son, Sapphire?"


<He a very funny friend of yours if you ask me.> Aquari piped up in its baby voice, looking up innocently at her new trainer.

We can understand Pokemon now, huh. XD I like it, but at this point, I'm wondering if the trainer's themselves can understand.. I'm thinking not.

Oh, and Kamren's a jerk.


“Wow, Ember already! Thanks chump! Didn’t think you have that much experience to give! Later, Professor!”
XD


‘…A weak student you are. Make a better trainer than you Rubin will...’ His old teacher’s voice still haunted him to this day

XD Yoda.. and it would haunt me, too.


<That’s my trainer?>

<Yup. I’m Burner. I suppose I should ask you your name too. So, what is it?> said the orange cat.

<Oh. Well, I’m… uh…> the Mongle began, realising that he didn’t have a nickname. Burner seemed coldly amused at the Mongle’s awkwardness.[/

<Really? Swell. Listen, uh, why don’t ya find your trainer and ask him? I mean, what trainer leaves his Pokémon behind after seeing him for the first time? Not that you can call what he was doing back then seeing you. If you want my opinion, I’d say you’re unwanted.>


I Like the conversation here. Nice job.


He never noticed the blinking red and gold lights until it was too late…

XD.. car? Oh, and I noticed you tend to use 'it' quite often when referring to Pokemon, even after the gender is disclosed.. I'd prefer you not do that. As 'it' is technically not an 'it' anymore.


he saw several Meowth and a Persian beating up a littler Pokémon.

Okay, I can see Sapphire chasing off Meowth.. as their just plain cats.. But Persian.. XD... Heck - those things could get him ... they're the size of Cougars... Yeah, let's go run up to a Cougar.. y'think it'd run off it it had some prey in its territory? I don't think so..XD

I do like t heir appearance in the story though.. Fwee!


Overall, this was nicely done.. You surprise me with every chapter. I'll be expecting the same quality from Selection here, if you continue that 0_o.. now that I see you can write like this. The characters were especially good - although the ending scene seemed ever-so-slightly stereotypical. But still, I liked it, and I'm glad Sapph didn't get the Fyger. It made the chapter more interesting that way. Your grammar's good, not many mistakes, and you seem to have a solid sense with your prose - though the description, thoughts, and such could be improved. But still, this is nothing I'd abandon reading.

Air Dragon
21st December 2005, 12:52 PM
(Bowing) Thank You, Thank you, you're far too kind! Really you're a great crowd!
OK, Corei Looks a bit like a cross between Johto and Hoenn: It has a cove to the east along which Nightspark City resides. ther's a volcano with a town situated to the west, where Sapph will battle for a gym badge,and a ... what am I doing?! A map will suffice, I'll get one up God willing by the next chapter's release. There are islands, about four. More info soon.


We can understand Pokemon now, huh. XD I like it, but at this point, I'm wondering if the trainer's themselves can understand.. I'm thinking not.

Oh, and Kamren's a jerk.

Yep, we can hear them and they can't, yet... and yep Kamren is your typical bullying jerk, no two ways about that. Ya know, in the line:


He never noticed the blinking red and gold lights until it was too late…


All in all, the temporarily Dynamic Duo are ready for a new experience in the next chappie, what with a new secondary character showing up... please look forward to it! Later!
He refers to Mongle and it refers to his timing.


Okay, I can see Sapphire chasing off Meowth.. as their just plain cats.. But Persian.. XD... Heck - those things could get him ... they're the size of Cougars... Yeah, let's go run up to a Cougar.. y'think it'd run off it it had some prey in its territory? I don't think so..XD

Now we know how Sapph got scratched. He isn't your regular Einstein... in most scenarios, any way...

Zangetsu
21st December 2005, 2:32 PM
Hmmmmmmm it's not bad, but it seems like another trainer fic to me so it doesn't exactly yell out I'M ORIGINAL COME READ ME but it's still ok i guess. You got the legnth down, the desccription isn't bad, but your battle scenes aren't that great. Like stated above zapcannon is a relitavily fast attack, but has low accurcay. A pokemon like ledyba should'nt have been able to dodge such an attack if it was that closely aimed right on her. I like the chansey and mongle thing though, so you get props for that. It cracks me when those parts come up no mattter how short. Thought could be improved aswell. It seems this is a region you made up, so we don't really know of the cities you make up aswell which involves a lot of description put into it.

In the end this is not very bad. You can improve a lot, but you already seem to be a natural. This isn't te exactly the best thing ever, but it aint sumthing I would stop reading, so PM me when the next chapter is up.

Joe Vega #4
21st December 2005, 9:39 PM
Mongle: I mean (takes the keyboard form S.M. and starts typing again), I'm kewler, smarter...

Ledyba (fluttering over to look over Mongle's shoulder): more revolting, worse at spelling... yep, that's you, Mongle.

Mongle (furiously pounding the keys now.): WHAT!

S.M.: Gimme that! Now go back to your places so I can get this chapter done!



Err... Y'know that's copying Breezy in a way.

Air Dragon
24th December 2005, 6:47 PM
Hey all! A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL ON SEREBIIFORUMS.COM!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Right, i've been slacking off a bit this season so I'll make up for it by keeping the posts coming! So here's the next chapter, the first in a Nightspark City Trilogy!

Chapter Nine: The Challenge

The peaceful dawn at the presently silent Nightspark City Pok&#233;mon Centre was peaceful no more. For as the sun peeked over the pier, the peace and dreams of the citizens of Nightspark City shattered by a long piercing, scream.

“EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK! Too close, you freaking pervert! Too bloody close!”

“OI! HEY! GERROFF ME, HALEY! GERROFF! OWW! OWWW, PUT THE DAMN PILLOW DOWN, HALEY! OWWWW!!!”

“WHAT THE… IS THAT DROOL?!!! EEEEEWWW, GET AFREAKING WAY, SAPPH MANSON! GET AFREAEKIN" WAY!!!” Haley Kent continued in a bloodcurdling screech, her silver eyes on fire.

“Hunh? Is what drool?” Sapph muttered drowsily, lifting his hands off his smarting head to see a puddle of drool on Haley’s head. He gulped as he rubbed a hand over his chin to feel a small dribble of it running from his chin to his mouth.

Uh, oh… this won’t end well, Sapph thought worriedly as Haley slowly reached for the back of her head.

“Do you know, Sapph Manson, how long it takes me to set my hair right?” Haley whispered, rising slowly as she cracked her knuckles.

Sapph didn’t know, but he had a feeling that he was going to find out that it took quite a while…

Lord, let me live, Sapph fervently prayed as Haley drew closer.

Five minutes later…

“Lord, let me die.” Sapph mumbled in a constricted voice, curled up on the floor, covered in bruises and smoking lumps the size of tennis balls as Haley flounced out of the room to get Sapph’s spit out of her precious hair.

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“Geez, what was that for?” Sapph mumbled an hour later to his Mongle, Ledyba and a small black kitten with white tufts of hair around its neck and the base of its paintbrush tail, spiky black hair on top of its head and a cute button nose as they sat or hovered down to breakfast in the main lobby. “One second it’s peaceful and the next second she ready to rip my head off! Why are girls so emotional anyways?”

<Who knows, son? Who knows?> Mongle replied sagely. Or as sagely as he could with his mouth was filled to bursting again.

“I mean, Bubbles literally drowned you with drool in its sleep… did I make a ruckus? No!” Sapph continued to grumble to no one in particular.

<The female is such a complex creature, my son. Very complex indeed.> Mongle mused, after finally getting his food down the right tube.

“How am I supposed to bear this for a year and a half? I mean how could Mom and Mrs. Kent do this to me?” Sapph groaned, referring to the video message they had received from Mrs. Kent the previous evening, telling the twosome that the two mothers had agreed to let Sapph and Haley travel together for about a year and a half ‘for security reasons’ as they had said.

Whose security, though? Sapph wondered, reflecting on Haley’s assault earlier in the morning, ‘cause I feel mine is being threatened by this girl every minute I spend with her!

He’d lost thread of the conversation going on around him as he pondered how he was going to survive with a potentially lethal travel companion.

<Not so. It’s you guys who are too simple to understand us girls.> the kitten piped up.

<No way!> Mongle insisted. <Do not listen, my son! The feline one seeks to confuse you!>

<Who the heck’re you calling ‘My son’?> Ledyba said, staring at Mongle in a confused manner.

<Sure as hell ain’t you, Goggle Head!> Mongle sass-mouthed Ledyba, dropping the mystic tone in a flash. <What do you take me for, Globes for Eyes? Your dad or something? You that dumb, Bug Eye?!>

A vein went off on Ledyba's temple at a rate that was off the scale. Eventually, the Five Star Pokemon calmed down enough to reply.

<Hmm, you’re right there. It is stupid to compare you to my dad. Last time I checked, my dad had much better manners. He was more handsome too.> Ledyba smart-alecked back.

<What! OK, that does it! You and me, Bug Eye! Right here, right now!> Mongle said, only to be returned to his pok&#233;ball by an exasperated Sapph along with Ledyba who also looked ready to go.

<See? Told you.> the kitten replied nonchalantly, who’d been watching her new team mates' spat with disgust and had now returned to eating her meal in peace.

“Mogshex, I’m a guy too, ya know. Don’t generalise like that or I’ll send you back in too.” Sapph warned her, only a little wearily. It was hard to get mad at Mogshex.

<Whatever.> she replied nonchalantly, not looking up from her breakfast.

Sapph rolled his eyes and returned to his just as Haley pranced out of the rest room with Bubbles the Aquari cuddled in her arms.

<Gool monning, Sap!> Bubbles called cheerily.

“IT’S SAPPH, YOU…” the Johto trainer half-yelled, stopping abruptly at the look on Haley’s face. “Erm, sorry Bubbles, my name is Sapph,” he rephrased apologetically.

<That whatta say! Sap!> Bubbles insisted.

“Never mind, Bubbles.” Haley assured her Pok&#233;mon, sitting down to some breakfast too. "I'm sure Sap knew that! You being so smart and all!"

<Yay! Bubbles smart, Bubbles smart!> The Water Hare screeched happily.

Under normal circumstances, Sapph would have pretended to retch over the table and retort rudely, but with the Haley from that morning still fresh in his mind, he contented himself with a strained smile.

“You, er, OK, Haley?” Sapph asked tentatively, looking Haley over nervously.

“I’m great!” she replied enthusiastically, as Sapph watched Haley and Bubbles digging in with enough gusto to make even Mongle sick.

I guess pounding the crap outta me must have taken a lot outta her, Sapph thought watching her with a sickened expression that matched his new Pok&#233;mon’s.

“By the way, Sapph,” Haley asked, emptying her mouth, “when did you get a Mogshex?”

“Oh, yesterday,” Sapph said flashing back to when he met his newest Pok&#233;mon…

-Flashback-

At the rocky route north of Nightspark City…

“Who’s there?” Sapph choked out, swivelling around to see a pair of ruby red eyes staring at him from out of the shadows.

The Pok&#233;mon stepped into the moonlight to reveal itself to be a small black kitten with white, fluffy hair around the nape of its neck and base of its tail.

As usual the Pokedex had the answer.

Mogshex, the Night Cat Pok&#233;mon. Mogshex are found only at night and appear only to people who feel distinct despair. Such emotions are drawn in by its fine white hairs as a source of energy, replacing them with a feeling of peace and tranquillity. As such they are rarely seen at all.

That so? Sapph thought, watching the Mogshex slink closer towards him. He felt all the pain of the evening slip away. He began to smile as he looked into the kitten’s deep red eyes, who smiled back in an enchantingly cute way. It suddenly sprang lithely into the boy’s lap and curled up there, purring contentedly.

Sapph felt this wave of content and relaxed on the boulder. Fortunately (or unfortunately), this movement caused the Mogshex to nudge an empty pok&#233;ball on his belt, enlarging it. In a blink of an eye, the Night Cat Pok&#233;mon had vanished in a flash of red.

<What the-> the kitten had begun in alarm, but to no avail. The deal was sealed; Sapph had caught her.

“Hunh? Hey, where’d the Mogshex g-,” Sapph started, snapping out of his dreamlike state sharply as he noticed what had happened. “Aw, man! Is that the only way I can catch a Pok&#233;mon? By freaking accident?!” he cried out in frustration.

-End Flashback-

“I see… so! When are we gonna see the carnival, Sapph?” Haley asked coming out of her reverie after listening to Sapph’s short narration of his most recent capture. "There was a hand bag I simply must get for my mother and an adorable..."

“We’re not,” Sapph replied bluntly, finishing off his meal and rising to his feet.

“...ribbon that would look simply...Excuse me?” Haley asked, unsure if she heard Sapph right.

“I said, we’re not staying,” Sapph repeated, reaching for his knapsack.

“But-,” Haley began to protest.

“Listen, you and Bubbles can stay if you want, but Mongle, Ledyba, Mogshex and I are hitting the road. I’m not letting Kamren Kent get ahead of me…not since yesterday,” Sapph told her, a determined glint in his sapphire blue eyes.

“Geez, you are so-,” Haley spluttered as Sapph turned to go.

Sapph didn't wait to hear what he so was. He didn't really give a hoot anyway...

“Fine! C’mon, Mogshex… catch you guys at the town gate is half an hour!” Sapph said loudly, cutting Haley’s indignant protest short. Mogshex leapt nimbly into his arms rather than into her pok&#233;ball, and he was gone.

Silence reigned in the Pok&#233;mon Center for about three minutes, during which Haley’s face grew beet red and Bubbles, noticing this flattened her long ears and braced herself for the explosion that Sapph could hear even three hundred yards away as he searched the sprawling carnival for the western exit of the city, so he could get on with his journey.

Sapph however had another issue to be grumpy about and didn't care much for the ruckus the Pokemon Centre behind him was experiencing.

“What’s with you and your dislike for walking?” Sapph asked Mogshex disgruntled, shimmying out of the way of a parade displaying a troupe of dancing Aipom.

<Well, the road’s muddy, isn’t it?> Mogshex answered, looking down at a puddle and shuddering at the thought of having to walk through it.

“Geez… Are all Mogshex this prissy? Or is it just females?” Sapph groaned, rolling his eyes. “Come to think of it, are all girls like that?” He asked, once again remembering Haley’s behaviour this morning.

<Hey! FYI, Sapph Manson, I am so...not... prissy!> Mogshex began in an irate, scandalised tone.

Just as the words came out, a small girl ran out of a side alley smack into Sapph, who in surprise dropped Mogshex into a particularly muddy puddle.

<AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!! MY BEAUTIFUL FUUUUUUUUUUUR! RUINED!> Mogshex wailed, looking herself over in horror.

“What the-, “Sapph exclaimed, looking the girl over as she disentangled herself from his arms.

“Oh, oh, oh! I-I-I-I’m so s-so-sorry!” the petite gasped, her shiny green eyes widening in apology under her long blue fringe.

“Hey, Nora! Where’re Reggie’s goods?” yelled a raucous voice, which Sapph observed belong to a boy wearing a pair of bug catcher hat who ran up to them. The youth looked no older than ten to Sapph. By his side was a small, black dog with long fangs and blood red eyes. Its short, brushy tail twitched as it growled at the girl now cowering close to Sapph’s side.

“Hey dude, butt outta this!” the boy with the dog told Sapph curtly, taking a step closer. At the same time, the girl took a step back and Sapph took a step forward towards the other boy.

That is a Poochyena, the Bite Pok&#233;mon. There are indigenous to the Hoenn Region, The Pok&#233;dex reported.

Two more boys loped out of the shadows, Poochyena by their sides as well. One wore a fishing hat, the other a green fishing cap.

“So, boys! Wanna battle, or what?” Sapph asked cockily. I guess I got time for these three, he added mentally. He may be outnumbered, but at five foot eight, he towered above the other boys, the tallest of which had to five foot three, and Nora who looked no taller.

“You’re pretty dumb to think you can beat us, the Dark Pok&#233;mon Trainer Club,” the boy in the straw hat called, pointing at Sapph.

“Yeah!” His companions yelled.

"Hunh? You guys are the what was it again?" Sapph asked, confused by the long title the youths had placed upon themselves.

"THE DARK POKEMON TRAINER CLUB!" All three trainers yelled in unison, seriously ticked off at this point.

"What'sa matter, boys? Couldn't think of a cooler and shorter name?" Sapph teased, making a nerdy face at the trio.

"What'sa matter, boys? Couldn't think of a cooler and shorter name?" Sapph teased, making a nerdy face at the trio.

“Okay, tough guy, that does it! Bring it on!” Straw Hat roared.

“Yeah!” The boy with a fishing hat added.

“We’ll whup your butt but good!” chortled the youth with the cap.


Three on one, hunh? Sapph thought, a grin curling up his face. Should be fun! “ Let’s go, Mogshex!” He rallied.

<MY FUR! WAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!> Mogshex continued to bawl.

Sapph sweat dropped.

“Umm, okay, then go Mongle!” he said, chucking his Grass Pok&#233;mon’s ball forward.

Mongle took form on the street, staring at all three of his canine counterparts.

<A street battle, hunh? Is that allowed, Sapph?> Mongle asked, looking at his trainer out of the corner of his eyes.

Sapph shrugged. “I dunno,” he admitted.

<Ah, who cares? I say let’s get it on!> Mongle agreed, looking back towards the issue at hand.

“Poochyena, Howl!” all three boys yelled.

All three Bite Pok&#233;mon, raised their snouted faces up to the sky and let loose a collective battle cry, which echoed off the buildings. The Poochyena then looked tougher, more battle ready.

Poochyena howl to raise their Attack power in battle, the Pok&#233;dex continued. In the wild, they use the howling to keep together in packs, especially after evolution.

“Really?” Sapph said, arching his dark brown eyebrows. “Then use Razor Leaf, Mongle!”

The puppy Pok&#233;mon had barely finished charging up when Mongle pummelled them over the heads with sharp, spinning leaves. The Bite Pok&#233;mon flew into a nearby dumpster where they lay, too beat to continue.

“No way!” Straw-Hat yelled.

“Unreal!” the green capped youth exclaimed

“Impossible!” the Fisherman-Hat kid hollered, bug-eyed.

<Heh, now that’s what I call takin’ out the trash!> Mongle crowed.

“Had enough?” Sapph asked, hiding his glee behind a look of extreme boredom. That was almost too easy! Sapph thought.

“We gotta tell the leader!” The boy in a straw hat said in awe, recalling his fallen Poochyena from the dumpster.

“Yeah!” the others agreed, following suit.

“No need, boys… I saw the whole thing,” a new voice called. A taller boy stepped out of the shadows, clapping his hands slowly in mock applause.

Sapph tensed, taking in his new opponent’s appearance. With slicked back hair and a leather biker jacket, this guy sure lived up his role as leader of the pack based on his appearance. The only thing that ruined the image was the lollipop the boy had stuck in his mouth to look like a cigarette.

“Who’s that?” Sapph asked Nora, who’d broken out into a fresh wave of shivers.

“My brother Reginald,” she whispered.

“Reg to you,” He corrected pushing his black glasses up his long nose. He then looked around at the beaten Pok&#233;mon and whistled. “Not bad…not bad at all,” the guy said, stepping up to Sapph and Mongle, who’d jumped back a couple of paces to ready himself for another battle. “Look’s like I’ll have some decent competition in the Gatonda Tournament, this year…”

“The what?” Sapph asked.

“Not a local, hunh? Well the tourney is an annual regular at this carnival,” Reg explained. “I’m best bet at being tourney champ this year,” he added with a bit of a swagger.

“Really? You must be good! How’s about showing me your stuff now?” Sapph said eagerly. “I got time for one more battle before I leave for the next league badge…”

“Later, kid…Nora, hand over my stuff. Now!” he yelled at the girl who, with fear in her coral green eyes quickly handed him a small white paper bag.

“Is that it?!” the boy yelled incredulously, stepping forwards towards his sister, who cowered behind Sapph.

“Hey, back off! Is that a way to treat your little sister?” Sapph demanded angrily.

“Butt out, Kid! Oh well, Ma always gave you less allowance than me,” Reggie said indifferently, popping the lollipop out of his mouth and pulling a new one out of the bag.

“Hey, wait… was Nora’s money used for that?!!” Sapph yelled, as Reggie shoved the bag into his jacket’s inner pocket and his free hand into his denim trouser pocket.

“Maybe. Let’s go, boys,” Reggie answered indifferently, turning to walk off.

“Hey, we’re not done here,” Sapph protested.

“I’ll deal with you at the tourney, unless you’re too chicken to sign up!” Reg called back disappearing into the shadows with his motley crew.

You’ll bet I’m staying, Sapph fumed. This ain’t over!

<Man, what a jerk!> Mongle moaned. The Leaf Squirrel then noticed Mogshex in the puddle, crying over her soggy fur.

<Pfft- pff- Wh-what happened t-t-t-to…pfft> Mongle stuttered, struggling not to laugh at his team mate.

<Don’t laugh! If you laugh, I’ll-I’ll…> Mogshex gulped.

“Lay off her, Mongle,” Sapph warned his first Pok&#233;mon. "She really doesn't need that from you right now."

<I’m sorry Sapph, I –I –I – AAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! Muddy Mogshex! Muddy Muddy Mogshex!> Mongle screamed out in mirth, rolling all over the floor, clutching his stomach.

<Quit it! Stop laughing!> Mogshex squealed, blinking back tears.

<Sorry, girly cat! It‘s just that you look-you look…> Mongle choked, laughing some more.

<MONGLE! STOP...LAUGHING...AT...MEEEE!!!> Mogshex screamed, raking her paw over the Grass Pok&#233;mon face, sending him flying into the dumpster. Mogshex flew after Mongle into the dumpster, hitting every part of his face she could reach with a Fury Swipes attack.

Nora and Sapph sprang forward and within seconds had separate the squabbling Pok&#233;mon- Nora held the flurry of black fur that was Mogshex back as Sapph held onto a severely scratched Mongle. It looked like Mogshex had been playing Tic-Tac-Toe with Mongle’s face as the board and had no idea you only needed nine squares to play.

“Do Pok&#233;mon fight their team mates like this all the time?” Nora wondered aloud.

“Nope. Just mine,” Sapph replied wearily. It had been a very long morning…

“It’s my fault your Mogshex got all messy… here come with me. I’ll clean them up for you," Nora said softly, not quite meeting Sapph's eyes as she mumbled her apology.

"No, it's not your problem," Sapph reassured her, scratching the back of his head embarrassedly. "I can take them to the centre, and..."

“No, really, my grandma and I do this all the time. It's really my fault, anyway. I-I, un, I-I, err, kinda...you know...insist," Nora stammered faintly, an extremely faint tinge of pink in her cheeks as Sapph stopped scratching to look at her when he answered.

"My name is Nora, by the way.” She added, rapidly averting her eyes from his as she led Sapph out of the alley and up the crowded sidewalk.

“I’m Sapph, and you really don’t have to worry. I can get them cleaned up at the Centre.” Sapph replied uncomfortably as he followed. Nora suddenly sparkly eyes were uncomfortably and attractively haunting in a way he couldn’t quite place his finger on.

"Was there this big a difference in Corei girls to Johto girls ,or are Corei girls just plain outta this world weird?" Sapph thought aloud confusedly as he watched a procession of brightly coloured floats pass by.

<I dunno... maybe you're the next hot thing in Corei, ma man!> Mongle said with a sly look at his trainer.

"You know something, Mongle?" Sapph asked wearily.

<Not unless you tell me, New Kid on the Block,> Mongle replied.

"Just shut up for the rest of the day, ok? You can do that, right?" Sapph asked him, totally worn out from the day's events so far.

<Nope!> Mongle said coyly. <After all, we know you simply LOVE having these little...ah, love chats...>

"No, I don't!" Sapph hissed furiously into Mongle's ear.

<Sapph, Sapph... denial will get you nowhere...> Mongle said slyly

Aw, man! Of all the talkative Pokemon... Sapph thought in disgust, exasperation and amusement as he ignored his partner and focussed on where they were going.

They had left the rambling skyscrapers of the bustling industrial area behind and were now in a peaceful residential area. At least it's quieter here, Sapph thought, but it's still so full of life. Large, shady trees lined the generally narrower streets in which little children played in. Here there were a variety of three-storied flats and one-storied buildings which arranged in neat blocks and separated by neatly kept hedges. Parents who weren't at work or the festival were either chatting merrily over the hedges, keeping their playful children from harassing the family Pokemon or tending to their vibrantly coloured gardens.

“Here we are,” Nora informed him as they walked up the short flight of steps to a modest one- storey home that looked like it came from fourteenth century Violet City.

With light wood floor panels, a small herb garden out back, a traditional moat and stretches of velvety green lawns dotted with flat stones that formed a path leading to what looked like the garden shed, Nora’s place looked like a nice place.

“…I don’t see why she can’t,” a loud voice called out as Sapph took his shoes off.

“My grandma,” Nora whispered to Sapph as they entered.

Just as they were crossing the hall way, three adults stormed out, arguing heatedly.

“You let Reginald become a trainer, why not Nora?” the eldest queried; a short, stout lady in a white and blue-hemmed kimono.

“Reggie is a boy,” the woman answered quietly, not looking at the man next to her.

Nora's mom, Sapph thought, wishing he weren't here right now. I mean, anybody would be embarrassed to bring a guest home to this, Sapph added internally, glancing at Nora to see her facial expression torn between severe chagrin at having Sapph see her family fight and pain: Mogshex had been startled by the yells and was currently clinging to Nora's fore arms painfully by the claws.

“That is right,” he agreed; with a pencil moustache and wearing a male’s kimono, Sapph assumed this to be Nora’s father. “It is to be expected.”

“That’s no excuse!” the senior lady said shrilly. She seemed in the eighties with deep wrinkles forming at the corners of her flashing green eyes.

<Ooh, real life family drama fight! Where's the pop corn buddy?> Mongle jibed.

"Mongle, just shut up!" Sapph growled through tightly gritted teeth.

<That idiot is so not helping the situation, Sapph. You do know that, right?> Mogshex whispered to her trainer.

This conversation seemed to bring Nora's family to their senses. They all spun around to look at Sapph and Nora with expressions of open surprise.

“Umm, I’m home,” Nora called uncertainly to her family.

“Nora!” the younger woman cried out. “How are you?”

“Where’s your brother? And who’s this urchin?” Nora’s father inquired sharply, all traces of surprise gone. He now wore an austere frown on his thin pointy face.

“Leonard!” the old woman chided. “That was uncalled for!”

“Stay out of this, mother!” the man snapped back. “Well?” he asked again, staring appraisingly at Sapph.

Sapph never backed down from anyone except his dad (and his mom when she was really mad) before, and never knew when not to talk back and just shut up (a trait Mongle had no doubt picked up from the Johto trainer.)

However, just as he opened his mouth to answer and make the situation ten times uglier, the older woman stepped in.

“It’s alright, Ralph,” she said soothingly, “Thank you for bringing Nora home,” she added, winking at Sapph, who took the hint and rearranged his face from a look of abject confusion to one of solemn modesty.

She then led Nora and Sapph away from Nora’s parents by the arm into a room that looked like an apothecary: medicines in all colours and shapes and sizes of bottles and jars lined the shelves. There were pots on a stove boiling away slowly. What seemed like a hot tub for Pok&#233;mon also stood in a corner.

“Don’t you mind that old blowhard son of mine,” she reassured Sapph as she got the tub heated up with Nora’s help.

“Is this a clinic or something?” Sapph asked her as he looked around.

“Or something,” the old lady replied as she took Mongle from Sapph and plonked him into the tub.

<Hey, lady! Not so…aaahhh,> Mongle started to protest, relaxing once Nora had added some sweet smelling herbs to the bath. He moaned with relaxation as he soaked up the soothing sensation the bubbles filled the air with. <Now, this is the life!>

Sapph felt a slight twinge of jealousy.

“We work hand in hand with the Center… my grandmamma Rose is an expert Co-ordinator and breeder,” Nora explained, brushing back a strand of her short blue hair that matched her mother’s.

She then proceeded to brush Mogshex off with a soft brush, which the Night Cat Pok&#233;mon enjoyed immensely.

<Oh, yes, right there…ahh! That’s the spot!> the kitten purred with pleasure.

“So what’s your real name? I know for a fact it ain’t Ralph,” Rose continued, flyaway hair under a red bandanna. She looked at Sapph with mischievously sparkling eyes that danced with childish mirth. “…and our little Nora isn’t quite ready for marriage yet, though if I were eleven, I wouldn’t say no to a gallant, handsome one such as yourself!” she added, chuckling.

“Grandmama!” Nora cried out, blushing furiously as heat also crept into Sapph’s cheeks.

“Uhh, I’m Sapph, and I ‘m, erm, that is, I … “Sapph stammered.

“Just kidding, Sapph!” Rose laughed, clapping Sapph on the back. “So! Any more Pok&#233;mon that need pampering?” She laughed at her own little joke.

“We’re from Pampa City, west of here,” Nora explained. “Daddy got a job at the Power Plant, so we moved to this closer location.”

“Oh, right. I’ve got a Ledyba,” Sapph nodded, turning to Grandma Rose and releasing the Five Star Pok&#233;mon, for some treatment.

<Hey, what are you going to do to me?> Ledyba screeched, trying and failing to get away from Grandma Rose.

“Just a little deep wing muscle massage and antenna cleaning,” Grandma Rose assured the jittery Bug Pok&#233;mon. “You into contests, Sapph?” she asked, looking round at the Johto trainer as he helped restrain Ledyba.

“No, I’m in the running for the League…got two badges too!” Sapph added, quickly regaining his lighthearted swagger.

“That’s great, my boy! Nora would be too, if that son of mine would just let her,” she added, her voice trailing away in a mutter.

“What’s with the Gatonda Tourney? Why is it such a big deal?” Sapph asked, attempting a change of subject. He succeeded as Ledyba relaxed in the hands of his masseuse.

“Because the first prize is a Gatonda, a rare Electric Pok&#233;mon,” Nora told her.

“I’d enter young Nora in a flash with mine if she had Pok&#233;mon, but you need at least four to compete,” Grandma Rose grumbled. "And I only have two to give her.”

“I could enter for you, it’d be a cinch!” Sapph exclaimed.

“Well, Grandma’s Pok&#233;mon are a little…” Nora began.

“Don’t you say it!” Grandma Rose warned, her eyes flashing.

“…old,” Nora finished. “They wouldn’t be able to take the strain of the tourney,” she added, finishing off Mogshex’s brushing.

“No sweat! I’ll just catch some new ones!” Sapph assured her, reaching for Mogshex’s pok&#233;ball and his backpack.

"Really? You'd really do that for me?" Nora asked in disbelief, looking up amazedly at Sapph.

"Yeah! Is-er, that a problem?" Sapph asked, turning from Grandma Rose to Nora. His voice faltered as he saw Nora's eyes sparkling in a way that made him feel somewhat awkward.

"Oh, I'm sure it's absolutely no problem at all, Sapph," Grandma Rose supplied slyly as the two young people quickly looked away from each other, blushing faintly.

<Can it wait, Sapph? It really feels good in here!> Mongle yawned lazily stretching back a bit.

Nora handed Mogshex back to Sapph and proceeded to help Mongle towel off as he recalled his Night Cat Pokemon to her pokeball.

<Yeah.> Ledyba added slowly, groaning in pleasure as his wing muscles were loosened.

“No. Now,” Sapph said, recalling Mongle from the side of the tub where he was towelling off.

“Ledyba will take awhile longer to finish,” Grandma Rose told Sapph. “Why not head for the old Power Plant along that rocky road to the northwest? I’ll be done by the time you get back. You’ll need those Pok&#233;mon registered by tomorrow evening by six if you want to compete.”

“Okay, I’ll pick you up later, Ledyba!” Sapph said, running out the door.

<“Good luck!”> Nora and Ledyba called after him.

As Sapph left, Leonard looked in on the two ladies.

“Where’s Ralph off to? And whose Ledyba is that?” he asked brusquely.

“He’s off to help your daughter become a trainer!” Grandma Rose declared stoutly. ' and I won't hear a word of complaint! No, not one word!" she added sternly as her son showed every sign of wanting to put a word or ten thousand in on the topic of his daughter becoming a trainer.
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As Sapph raced through the carnival, he bumped into Haley and Bubbles at the hoop la stand.

“Sapph! I thought you’d left!” Haley said in some surprise.

<Yah, we saw de most beautifullest firewalks an' ate all the cotton candies we could, dat is 'til poor Hawey went and...> Bubbles began to narrate cheerfully.

"Bubbles!" Haley warned.

"Haley what, Bubbles? Haley what?" Sapph asked eagerly.

"You do not need to know, Sapph Manson!" Haley said firmly.

<Aww, Hawey was a wheel sore wooser, Sap... she couldn't... cudn't...Hawey wat was da B-word for eating a lot of food wheely fasty- fasty?> Bubbles asked, losing the eager thread with which she was telling Sapph her tale.

"Anyways, let's just say I learnt that Bubbles can eat much more candy than I can," Haley summarised embarrassedly. “Well, I’m ready to leave now…”

“Well, I’m not,” Sapph answered bluntly, “I’ve got a...hold up," Sapph said abruptly, a sly, cat-like expression overshadowing his face. "You didn't by any chance both enter any eating contests, did you?"

"Drop it Sapph Manson!" Haley snarled, sparks flying from her hair.

Sapph gulped and sweat-dropped.

"Okay, okay! FYI, I've got a tournament to prepare for on Saturday! So we aren't leaving until it's over!”

“Hunh?” Haley and Bubbles queried in unison.

“That’s right! The Gatonda Tourney!” Sapph explained.

<The what?> Bubbles asked, as confused as Haley felt.

“But Sapph, what about Kamren?” Haley asked, half-humorously, half-amazedly.

“Who cares about him? This is bigger than beating him! Besides, I can catch up any time!”

“’Who cares?’” Haley echoed disbelievingly.

<You are Sap, wight?> Bubbles asked suspiciously.

“Sure I am Bubbs! Listen, I’ll catch you two at the Centre later tomorrow afternoon!” Sapph called over his shoulder, running down the street and out of sight.

Haley and Bubbles watched him go with their mouths slightly open.

<Bubbs?> Bubbles echoed. <I’m Bubbles! Ant I Bubbles, Hawey?>

And Mongle says girls are hard to understand, Haley thought exasperatedly, nodding slowly.
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So! What d'you think? Any body who knows how to put a bitmap up on the forums, pleeeease PM me! Later!

Saffire Persian
24th December 2005, 7:18 PM
From you comment "We can hear them, but they can't" has me wondering why in Ch. 3 Sapph seems to understand Mongle.. or is he just rambling to himself? I read the chapter, but as I'm doing a lot, I'm going to skip a full review.. Plus, I'm here to deliver something, I made you a banner for this story.. granted, it might not be what you like, or want.. because I didn't want to ask, because I would've given away the surprise.

You can find it Here (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v290/Belle_starlia/corei.jpg)

I believe I said The Corei Quest made me think of beaches and seashells... XD Well, it still does.

Air Dragon
24th December 2005, 8:34 PM
wow! thanks for the banner! it was so awesome ad nice of you! i'll help make abetter one with pix of Sapph, Haley Kamren and the starters. the gang haven't hit the beach yet, but i'll definitely hold onto it. i was gonna ask for your help on the issue. see, i got the map ready, i just need to upload it. Pls help! Later! Merry Christmas!
P.S.: let me reiterate, they couldn't understand them so soon. they could over time, though.


I believe I said The Corei Quest made me think of beaches and seashells... XD Well, it still does.

lol~_~

Saffire Persian
24th December 2005, 8:57 PM
Hey, if you can draw them.. XD I'd be happy to make a banner and have them in.. but where I was at, I was a loss for what to put.. as they don't exactly have Fryger pictures around..XD

Air Dragon
24th December 2005, 9:17 PM
lol. i'm on it! give me 48 hours (i'd say 24 but hey it's christmas) don't worry, if you find the pokemons' names funny, laugh your head off and let me know! i enjoy a good laugh!

Felix Feral Fezirix
10th January 2006, 10:15 PM
Fantastic, even though it reminds me too much of HLBMA. Mongle, Ledyba and Bubbles are sticking out in my mind like now... But my Pikachu still pwns them. What can't you own with a giant sword... Enough crap.

Plot: Generic. Going around, whooping ***, outdoing Rubin, owning Kamren...yep.

Characters: Great, well fleshed out...Breezy-style. Haley apparently requires as much personal space as May. And there ARE MULTIPLE BEDS in one room you know. Sapph seems to have unmentioned over-inflated ego. Brrr. Rubin reminds me of a certain all-owning yellow gangsta'...*stares at banner in own siggy* just bad-mouthing cut out.

Language: A few commas nit-picking here and there, and your FYIs make my hair stand on end. Type it all out. That's what I prefer. Whatever floats your boat though.

1337ness(defined how hard you make me laugh): Just a mere chuckle. I didn't really find anything worth rolling on the floor over. Sorry. Hope there IS somthing to make me roll on the floor over.

Try writing your own style on your own, and apply here. You must develop own style. Yours is too Breezy-like. Yep. Pika out-

;025; Of a fiftieth-storey window.

Oh no. *screams while falling*

Saffire Persian
4th March 2006, 7:13 PM
I've finally read it all. XDXD

All I can say is I WAANT A MOGSHEX NOW DANG IT!


Mogshex, the Night Cat Pokémon. Mogshex are found only at night and appear only to people who feel distinct despair. Such emotions are drawn in by its fine white hairs as a source of energy, replacing them with a feeling of peace and tranquillity. As such they are rarely seen at all.

Music to my ears. The rest of the story was good - though you had a bit too much dialogue and not enough narration in between.. X.x All that dialogue with nothing substantial in between it.. Meh

And Burner evolved. XD.. I want his evolved form, too.. XD Poor Mongle.. getting his attack stopped by one paw. 0_o.. And there's just a lot of <ChANNNSEYYY> you know that? XD.. And I liked the part about Nurse Joy's younger sister, it was cute. ^_^

And yes, females.. hard to understand, yes.

NOw that I'm finished, I'm very proud of myself.

Air Dragon
22nd March 2006, 10:39 AM
You make my heart swell with joy, joy, JOY! (gives 10000000000000000000000000000000000000 cookies to SP and co.)

You've been an awesome reader! You all have been!

But Sadly this chapter ends...

...and reawakens as a rewrite! Hah! Gotcha, din't I! TCQ shall live on and on!Muahahahahah!

Thanks for all your support, comments, views and ideas. They will all go a long way to make da rewrite hopefully earn an award this summer! No? How about another cookie?

Click on the banner to be redirected...and...

...Redirecting...

Later!

Felix Feral Fezirix
22nd March 2006, 11:02 AM
SO we can safely say this thread ish abandoned. Graagh.