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    Default Pokémon XD^3: The Waves of Truth [CHAPTER 17 FINALLY UP]



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    PROLOGUE: Slipping Through My Fingers

    1. Crashed on Delivery! (Enigma Shadow Returns! Troublesome Package Delivery?!)

    2: Shadow Pokémon and All That Jazz! (Mysterious Laboratory! Lovrina and Shadow Styler?!)

    3: It Will All be Mine (Legend of the Crystalline Pokémon! Suicune Fanatic Enters?)

    4: It's Been a Banette Year (First Pokémon Contest! Return of Harley!!)

    5: The King of the Hill! (Go-Rock Frontier Begins! Epic Clash Atop Battle Mountain!)

    6: A Legend Forged in Iron (Roark and Byron! Legend of the Iron Temple?)

    7. This One's For Sweeps! (Second Frontier! Battle Studio!!)

    8. Honey, Honey, How You Thrill Me So! (Allergia Gardens Treasure! Rich and Paul Alliance?!)

    9. Go-Rock Around the Clock! (Tiffany's Solo Performance!)

    10: Like A Walk In The Palkia! (Palkia! The Gathering Darkness!)

    11: Nightmare at the Museum! (The Legend Of The Two Moons! Enter Darkrai!!)

    12: Taking a Trip Back in Time (Battle Museum! Vs. Joe!!)

    13: Recombinant Advanced Generation! (Enter Mira! The Mystery of Mirage Town!!)

    14: Love Me, Love Me Not (Battle Hatchery! Attack of the Pokémon Hunter, J!!)

    15: Windtunnel of Love! (Evolutionary Showdown at the Battle Hatchery)

    16: The Wrong Arm of the Law! (Phantom Thief and the Renegade Swordsman, Satsukoro)

    17: Spiritomb Raiders! (Secret of the Soul-Stealing Odd Keystone)

    18: A Two-Ring Circus! (Auraline City Arrival! Entry of the Galactic Boss, Apollo!)

    19: Tag and Release! (Battle Court! Tag Battle Tournament! (Part One))

    20: A Red-Tag Sale (Battle Court! Tag Battle Tournament! (Part Two))

    21: The Tragic Pokémon Contest (The Tragic Pokémon Contest)

    22: --- (Rich's Pokémon! A History Gathering!)

    23: Every Roserade Has Its Thorn (The Secret Shame of Rich's Roserade)

    24: The Towering Inferno (Battle Tower's Dark Pinnacle)

    25: Aura of Heartbreak (The Two Faces of the Split Heart)

    26: Casino Knight, Zone 2 (Frontier's Conclusion! The Battle Casino!!)

    27: Dialga is a Girl's Best Friend (Primal Dialga's Time-Rending Roar!)

    28: Setting the Giar in Motion (Pokémon Contest Finale! The Grand Festival!!)

    29: The Same Old Familiar Kricketune (Grand Festival Climax! Anabel VS. Nando!!)

    30: War of the Roses (The Frontier Grand Championship!! Part One)

    31: Where I Was Blind, Now I See (The Frontier Grand Championship!! Part Two)

    32: Industrial Sabotage (The Northern Factory of Shadow Pokémon)

    33: An Administrative Decision (Castle Shadow Invasion! Admin Battle!)

    34: Clash of the Titans (The Final Countdown! VS. Shadow Commanders!)

    35: Rich VS. Maria - The Waves of Truth




    So it has come, the third installment in the Enigma Shadow series.

    I won't preface this with a huge speech or anything. I just want to say one thing: if you have anything to say, any comments, ideas, suggestions, please do post them. Do it respectfully, but do post them.

    Now with that out of the way, we shall commence.....
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    Butler Empire Films presents

    An Enigma Shadow Production


    Parker Anderson

    Rachael Lillis

    Veronica Taylor

    Eric Stuart

    featuring Emlyn Morinelli as Elita

    Paul Dobson as Dr. Yung

    Gordon Elliott as Gordor

    and Frida Lyngstad as Maria


    "Pokémon XD^3:
    The Waves of Truth"






    PROLOGUE: Slipping Through My Fingers




    Four hundred ninety three.

    A seemingly normal number, but it holds a great significance.

    493 is the Pokédex number of Arceus, said to be the very first of many hundreds of wondrous creatures known as Pokémon. These creatures inhabit our Earth and share it with us.

    Different people interact with the world's Pokémon in different ways. Some people simply live side-by-side with Pokémon. Some raise their Pokémon for tests of showmanship and talent known as Pokémon Contests. They are called Coordinators, and their dreams all lead to one place: the Grand Festival and its prize, the coveted Ribbon Cup.

    But without a doubt, most people fall into the third category: people who collect, raise and train Pokémon as friends and partners for competitions against others known as Pokémon battles.

    They are the Pokémon trainers of the world. Always looking to gain strength and skill, they take on all kinds of challenges, from random street battles with other trainers to tournaments at the most posh arenas in the world. One of the biggest challenges for trainers is the finally-resurrected Battle Frontier, back several years after collapsing on the news that it was being used as a front to raise money for an evil organization's designs on world domination.

    There are seven facilities throughout the Houen Region, each with a unique challenge, in the Battle Frontier. Victory over a facility's leader, a Frontier Brain, earns a Symbol showing passage through that facility's test. Once six of the seven Symbols are collected, the challenger may take on the seventh and final facility: the Aeria Tower in high-tech Larousse City. Only the best of the best can make it that far, and awaiting them at the end of the road is the director of the Battle Frontier and its final Brain, the Tower Tycoon.

    This is where our story begins. This is the story of the Tower Tycoon and his family, and their being drawn into a wicked plot by a sickeningly familiar face who refuses to give up on her dream of forcing the entire world --- if not even more --- to bow before her domination........





    One could be blinded by the great sunlight glistening off the glass buildings making up the Houen metropolis of Larousse City. Not far from Slateport City and just a short ride from South City, Larousse was known as the place to go if you had any interest whatsoever in the highest of technology. The city's mayor, Prof. Lund, was the mastermind behind much of it---the city's transportation, security and sanitation systems all came from his mind.

    As always, Larousse was busy that day. The city's main transportation for those heading in or out was twofold: hydrofoil yachts could take small groups of passengers between Larousse, Slateport and South City literally in minutes, while a monorail train system served as a second direct link between the towns. While in town, Larousse citizens and tourists usually didn't have to worry about getting lost or tired as they traveled about the city, for many of the sidewalks were motorized. Red, double-arrowed paths were the express belts, yellow single-arrowed the slower ones, better suited to sightseers or those with a more laid back temperament. If food was what you desired, there was technology for that, too. Robotic vending machines filled with burgers, hot dogs and ice cream were scattered throughout the city, ready to serve anyone's hunger.

    Perhaps one of the more interesting things about Larousse was its great cleanliness. This too owed itself to Prof. Lund's mind: to solve the problem of littering, robotic trash pails were set up about the city, and with a simple scan, would dispose of your garbage. Of course, that doesn't cure all littering---and therefore, one more job for the main security system of the city: the Block Robots. These were flying robots made up of various interchangeable cubes, serving all kinds of purposes from punishing litterers (usually with a swift jolt) to displaying maps of the city for tourists. Tying it all up was the Passport system, requiring all tourists and citizens to present personal identification cards known as "Passports" to the Block Robots or certain places to gain access.

    Noone can argue what the centerpiece, the pride of Larousse City, was. Right in the center, dwarfing the rest of the metropolis, was the Aeria Tower. A gorgeous architectural marvel, a spear of glass and ivory scraping the heavens, the Aeria Tower served as not only Larousse's chief tourist attraction but as the seventh and final stop for those trainers taking the challenge of the Battle Frontier in the Houen Region. To those trainers who had claimed the other six Symbols by besting the first six Frontier Brains, the Aeria Tower was their final stop on the quest for immortality. Standing between them, however, one final knockout tournament, then a battle with the disco-star trainer Miror B. to warm up, and finally.....the Tower Tycoon.

    Reigning over the Aeria Tower, challengers knew what they'd be up against if and when they managed to face the Tycoon in a battle. After all, he'd taken down an evil organization that corrupted the souls of Pokémon to use as weapons---twice.

    But at the moment, he wasn't at the Tower. Instead, he was at his home: a humble yet elegant cottage in the woods just outside Larousse City. Its pale yellow stucco contrasted well with the blue window frames and blue shingles, as well as the heavy oak door.

    Inside the house, most everything was quiet.....save for one room, where a man with spiky bluegreen hair dressed in a matching blue sweater and pants sat on the plush orange carpet with a young girl whose purple, flipped-at-the-back hair matched her purple skirt. Also inside the room was a red-sheeted bed covered with Poké Dolls and green curtains covering the windows, but the only thing that mattered was the blue Nintendo Wii hooked into a small television that was sitting on the floor before them. Both of them held a Wii Remote, and on the TV screen, a Regirock and Flygon were facing off against a Raichu and Whiscash.

    "Go, Regirock!" the man shouted with a chuckle. "Bury them with Earthquake!"

    On the screen, the rugged, tall Regirock collected its energy and fiercely stomped the ground with its dots flashing. A shock wave penetrated the virtual earth, catastrophically damaging Raichu with a knockout blow as it hurt Whiscash. The words "FLYGON makes GROUND moves miss with LEVITATE!" appeared on the screen as well.

    "Raichu goes down! It's a one-hit wonder!!" an announcer's voice called as the Raichu's virtual trainer---a girl almost identical in look to the girl controlling her---recalled it.

    "Daddy, you won't beat me! Whiscash, Surf!" the girl commanded.

    On the cue from the Wii Remote, the virtual Whiscash swam over itself in a roll and opened its mouth wide, summoning a wall of harsh water. Whiscash rode the wave with the ease of a pro surfer as it smashed against Flygon and Regirock. The latter collapsed on the spot.

    "Regirock has fainted in one hit!" boomed the announcer.

    "You're a little toughie, aren't you, Olivia?" the man laughed. "This isn't---"

    A woman dressed in shades of purple and white with purple hair matching the young girl's stood in the doorway to the room.

    "You two having fun? Rich? Olivia?" she asked with a smirk.

    "Oh, Anabel, you better believe it!" the man, Rich, replied. "She's got battle skills from the both of us, that's for sure!"

    "Well, I'm going to have to interrupt your little game," Anabel said, her face suddenly becoming dim. "There's a call for you."

    "Okay." Rich stood from the carpet and turned to Olivia. "Daddy'll be back in a few, so don't cheat, ok?"

    "Ok!"

    Rich nodded and strode out of the room. There were several rooms between Olivia's room, where he'd been, and where the videophone was located. As he walked, Rich took summary of his domain: the dining room with its elegant woodwork, china and chandelier, the grand staircase at the entrance, and finally, the living room with its glass table, big-screen TV and black, cushy couch. It was here that the videophone was located, another big video screen with a keyboard in front of it. Rich walked up to it and pushed a button on the keyboard, activating the screen. On it appeared a beautiful blonde woman wearing egg-shaped glasses and a red business suit.

    "Mr. Mistbloom!" the woman greeted. "I trust you've been well."

    "Quite well, Jamie," Rich answered. "I was just playing some Pokémon Battle Revolution with my daughter.......what's up?"

    "Rich, you're needed at the Aeria Tower immediately. A challenger has arrived and he demands a match with you."

    "Tell him to put it off," Rich grunted, slightly annoyed. "I have a life outside of giving out Ability Symbols. When I have some spare time I'll do it, but right now I need to be with Olivia and Anabel."

    "Yeah, about that........" Jamie began to trail off, sensing that what she had to say wouldn't go over well. "The challenger is Brendan Birch of Littleroot Town. I know you've heard of him? The red-hot challenger who burned through all the other Brains like they were butter. We can't just deny him a match when he demands one."

    Jamie's earlier premonition about her news not going over well was right on the money. Rich turned for a moment, then turned back with fury in his eyes.

    "You're my manager, Jamie!!!" he shouted angrily. "It's your job to keep these greedy brats in line! If this kid can walk all over me, just waltzing into the Aeria Tower and getting us to swoon all over him like he's some movie star or something, they'll all be doing it soon enough!"

    "..................." Jamie was blank. "Mr. Mistbloom, sir.....I'm sorry, but I can't.....I just can't deny him his match when he wants it. This kid could be our biggest draw ever. People are talking about him like no other challenger. Have you been watching the Houen News Network? They've been following Brendan's Battle Frontier challenge like it was a Moltres sighting in Larousse City! This thing is huge, sir, and as regrettable as it is that I must tear you away from your family, there's nothing I can do about it. I'm sorry."

    "......fine. Tell the organizers I'll be over there in a few."

    Angrily, Rich slammed his fist on the hang-up button, turning off the screen and ending the call. Anabel had been watching from the other side of the room, and walked to his side as he held his face.

    "Now, Rich......it's going to be alright," Anabel said soothingly and comfortingly. "One battle. One quick battle, then you can come back here and play with Olivia all you want."

    "You don't understand," Rich replied, his voice split between anger and depression. "She's seven years old now, and I've barely been there for her. What's next? Next thing you know, she'll be going for the prom, getting married, having children, and at this pace I'll still not be there for her! She's slipping through my fingers, Anabel, and I want to catch as much as I can before it's all gone."

    "Rich...."

    Anabel could never finish her sentence, as Rich had stormed off in a huff. As he returned to Olivia's room, this time he didn't take note of the posh environment he'd surrounded himself in. All he could think about was how he was slowly losing his daughter to the merciless winds of time....and then, when he saw Olivia patiently sitting there in her room, waiting for his return to finish their game, he nearly broke down in tears.

    "What's wrong, Daddy?" Olivia could sense something wasn't right.

    "Olivia.....your father needs to go away for a battle in real life." Rich managed to choke out the words, though he was obviously struggling. "I'll be back soon...."

    Without another word, Rich simply left. Anabel had come into the room silently, and together with Olivia, watched him leave in shamed anger.

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    The Aeria Tower had many facilities including a shopping mall and a library in its massive structure, but of course, its main feature was the gigantic Pokémon battle arena on the top floor. The battlefield itself was circular, painted in a Poké Ball pattern, and had two smaller round holes for the competitors' elevators to come up from. Ringing the field was a pit several feet deep with lights shining straight up from it, and past that, stacked hexagonal video screens used to display trainer and Pokémon data during the battle. Past the screens, thousands of spectators cheered loudly from their seats. They wanted a battle, and a battle was what they were going to get. The referee, a man in a white and blue uniform that contrasted sharply with his long brown hair, flew in and over the arena in a zero-gravity booth.

    "Ladies and gentlemen!!" the referee called out to the cheering crowd. "The official Battle Frontier match at the Aeria Tower is about to begin! Introducing the challenger.....a young man who's shattered all matter of expectations and records on his way to the top, and now he stands here with Battle Frontier immortality just inches from his grasp! Hailing all the way from Littleroot Town, please welcome to the Aeria Tower our challenger --- Brendan Birch!"

    One of the circular, Poké Ball-painted elevators came up on its cue, and the crowd began to go wild. Standing on it was a boy with long white hair, dressed in a black and orange shirt, black and yellow pants, and wearing a black headband and black and orange shoes. He waved to the crowd and basked in the applause as the spotlights shone down on him, but after a moment the lights went out, and the crowd became dead quiet.

    "And now............here he comes!" The referee had barely finished one sentence when the crowd began to go wild again. "Now, let us introduce our champion, here to put Brendan's skills to the test! Here he is, the man of the hour! Your Tower Tycoon, Rich!!!"

    The elevator opposite Brendan rose to the arena floor, bringing Rich into the spotlight. Now dressed in his battle attire of a blue suit with a black undershirt, matching black pants and shoes, and a blue hat with a spiked back, Rich ignored the crowd and all the celebration for his presence and stared dead ahead at his challenger. This was unusual---usually Rich was loose and had a lot of fun during battles.

    "I certainly hope you're ready," Rich commented with a tone of great seriousness. "You may have beaten the other Brains, but that was just to get here. Nothing matters here except your own abilities, and if those are not up to snuff, you will fail."

    "No need to be so serious!" Brendan countered. "After I lost in the Houen League I got the same way, but now I just love to battle."

    "You have a good heart. Now let us see if that is enough for you to topple me and complete your belt with the Ability Symbol."

    "Ladies and gentlemen! The battle between Brendan of Littleroot Town and Rich, the Tower Tycoon, will now begin! Each trainer will use three Pokémon in a Double Battle, but only the challenger is allowed to make substitutions during the battle. Trainers, send out your Pokémon!"

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    Tower Tycoon Rich ---vs.--- Pkmn Trainer Brendan
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    "Here we go.....Lucario, Porygon3, I choose you!"

    Rich plucked two red-and-white Poké Balls from his belt and gave them a mighty through. They burst open in flashes of light, revealing the purple-black-and yellow jackal-like Lucario and a red and blue Porygon3.

    "In that case, I'll go with.......Aggron! Shiftry! Let's do it!"

    On Brendan's side, out came his steely Aggron and leaf-armed Shiftry.

    "All right!" the referee called from his booth. "The battle is between Brendan's Aggron and Shiftry, facing Rich's Porygon3 and Lucario! Begin!"

    "Porygon3, use---"

    "Shiftry, Fake Out!"

    Brendan interrupted Rich's command, quickly prompting Shiftry to deliver a snapping blow to Porygon3's face with its leaf arms. The virtual Pokémon cringed as a result, unable to attack.

    "Hmph.....clever. Lucario, show him the way we do things 'round these parts! Blaze Kick!!"

    Lucario needed no more directions. With its gaze locked on Shiftry, the Steel and Fighting type lept up into the air on its powerful legs, which both became burning columns of fire as it plummeted down towards its target.

    "Intercept it, Aggron! Dynamicpunch!!!"

    With speed defying its heavy, normally sluggish bulk, Aggron moved into position in front of Shiftry. It drew back its right arm, which began to glow red---then when Lucario came close, delivered a punch attack of explosive force. Aggron did take a blow from the flames of Blaze Kick, but the hit it had landed on Lucario more than made up for it. Lucario crashed backwards onto the ground and quickly lept up.....however, it was not completely healthy. Besides the extreme damage it had taken, fury raced through Lucario's mind. Despite being an honorable fighter, the hunger for revenge held Lucario....a hunger not helped at all by the state of confusion Aggron's Dynamicpunch had left it in. Lucario stumbled about in a weak manner on its spot.

    "Lucario!!!" Rich cried out, startled by how quickly the battle had taken a bad turn for him. "Gah, this is getting us nowhere. Porygon3, use an Ice Beam!"

    Fresh and over its cringing, Porygon3 rushed to the attack by launching a beam of freezing-cold ice from its blue beak. Shiftry took this blow and took it hard, tumbling backwards. Some ice had formed on parts of its body too, distracting it with thoughts of unpleasant cold.

    "This isn't working out quite as I had thought. Shiftry, come back!"

    Brendan raised the Poké Ball and a red energy beam shot out of it, enveloping and pulling Shiftry back into the sphere's safety.

    "An early withdrawal from the challenger's side!" the referee announced. "What Pokémon will replace Shiftry?"

    Already prepared to answer that question, Brendan had his next Poké Ball ready.

    "It's time to rock and roll! Let's do it, Swampert!!"

    Much to the crowd's delight, Brendan's choice was his Swampert, a Water and Ground type Pokémon. It had evolved from Brendan's Mudkip, his very first Pokémon, and had become the star of his squad for the Battle Frontier.

    "It's Swampert!" cried the referee. "Swampert, Aggron, Shiftry: we've seen all three of the challenger's Pokémon now. From the Tower Tycoon's side, we've seen Porygon3 and Lucario with one more still in reserve. Continue the battle!"

    "Lucario, you can do it! Pulse Bomb now!"

    Unfortunately for Rich, Lucario couldn't do it. Still confused from Aggron's Dynamicpunch, Lucario slipped and fell backwards onto the floor, then rolled over and loosed a Water Pulse attack into the ground, hitting itself in the process.

    "Things are going quite well now.....Aggron, finish this up with a Brick Break!"

    Again targeting Lucario, Aggron simply dashed forward, wound up, and delivered a punch of crushing power. Lucario wilted and collapsed under its strength.

    "And we have our first knockout!" the announcer declared as the crowd cheered. "Lucario goes down, so what will we see next from the Tower Tycoon?"

    Rich had already recalled Lucario and had another Poké Ball ready.

    "You're not taking my Symbol that easily," Rich growled with a hint of frustration in his voice. "I choose you, Slowki......"

    Suddenly, and without much warning, a different Poké Ball still on Rich's belt burst open completely on its own. Out of it came his Roserade, an elegant Grass and Poison Pokémon.

    "It's Roserade that the Tower Tycoon calls out third! Can it and Porygon3 triumph over Brendan's tough team?"

    "ROSERADE!!!!" Rich screamed in anger. "I didn't want you, I was trying to call out Slowking! Can't you EVER behave?!! Gaaaaahhh....Porygon3, Tri Attack!"

    Rich was obviously losing his focus, the combination of Roserade's unexpected entry and the stress from his situation at home heavily weighing on his mind. Porygon3, despite being a bit confused itself about the command, attacked with a triple-beam shot at Swampert. When the beams hit their target, Swampert took several steps back but quickly recovered, its determination unfazed.

    "This isn't working at all, this indirect attacking. Roserade, use Giga Drain!"

    Despite its only having tiny legs, Roserade dashed bravely towards Swampert. Its goal: to latch onto Swampert and drain its energy, a sure knockout seeing how Grass-type Giga Drain was superbly effective on both of Swampert's types.

    "An easily countered tactic. Swampert, Blizzard! Let's go!"

    "Swaaaaaaaampppp......" the mud fish Pokémon opened its mouth wide. "Swaaaaaaaaaam......PERRRRRRRRRRT!!!!!!"

    When it exhaled, an icy blast of wind came out of Swampert's mouth. Roserade was caught right in this barrage and never stood a chance---it fainted instantly. Porygon3, despite hanging back near Rich, caught some of the attack's power as well, crying out from the pain it inflicted.

    "Roserade has gone down....!" The referee was almost stunned at what was happening. "What's gotten into our Tower Tycoon? If he doesn't capture lightning in a bottle with Porygon3, he's going to lose!"

    The crowd was going wild for the battle as Rich, frustrated and by this point rather upset, recalled Roserade. He said nothing as he and Porygon3 prepared to face the inevitable monstrous attack Aggron had coming.

    "Let's begin to put the finishing touches on this, Aggron. What do you think?"

    "Aggrrroooo!!!" the Steel and Rock type roared in reply to its trainer.

    "Great! Aggron, Dynamicpunch! Go!"

    This time it was Aggron who made the move with Dynamicpunch. Bearing down on Porygon3 with miraculous speed, Aggron drew its arm back and swung with cataclysmic force.........and missed. The crowd took a collective sigh after the high intensity of the moment.

    "We must get this together, Porygon3! Thunderbolt!!"

    At this point Rich was just sloppily and vainly ordering attacks, as he was completely unfocused and out-battled. Porygon3 knew this when it jolted Aggron---though its attack was quite potent and left some electrical burn marks on Aggron's steel armor, for all intents and purposes the battle was over.

    "Aggron, we're nearing the brink! Use Body Slam!"

    With a fierce roar, Aggron dashed again in Porygon3's direction and when it got close enough, simply fell forward and dropped its full weight onto the much smaller Normal type.

    "POOOOORRRRRRRRYYYYY!!!!!!!" Porygon3 cried out as it was crushed under Aggron's bulk.

    "Oh no!! Porygon3!"

    "Enough, Aggron. Let it go." Aggron did as Brendan commanded, standing back up and taking several steps back. Porygon3 lay prone on the ground, struggling to get back up. "Now finish it off, Swampert! FOCUS PUNCH!"

    Even though it was a Water and Ground type, Swampert's agility made it look like it actually was flying. As Swampert drew back its fist, it began glowing with a bright white light, and Rich could only watch in horror as Swampert descended on Porygon3 and loosed the catastrophic punch.

    When the dust cleared from the attack, Porygon3 lay bruised and battered on the ground. Rich had lost.

    "It's all over! The winner is Brendan, the challenger! Our Tower Tycoon has lost!"

    "........I lost......"

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    The crowd went even wilder than ever as Brendan and Rich stepped to the center of the arena, where all the spotlights were now directed. They shook hands.....but Rich seemed rather detached from the whole situation.

    "Congratulations, challenger......" Rich said spacily. "You've beaten me, so you have completed the test of the Aeria Tower, the seventh and final Battle Frontier facility. For your victory, you recieve this......." Rich took a gold token with a slightly oblonged pyramind shape on it from his pocket and handed it to Brendan. "The Ability Symbol. Congratulations again......"

    With that, Rich simply turned and stepped on his elevator to leave the arena. Even though the crowd was cheering for him, Brendan seemed confused.

    "That's.....it?"

    As for Rich, he had his face down to the ground as he stepped out of the elevator back down to the main lobby of the Tower. As he walked out of the Tower and into the sunlight, Roserade suddenly popped from its ball.

    "Rose, rossseeeh, roserade? Raderose, rose?" The small Pokémon was trying to comfort its trainer.

    "No, Roserade, it's your fault!!!" Rich screamed, snapping. "Had I won that battle I would've been home with Anabel and Olivia much faster! But no, you couldn't help yourself from coming out at a bad time and totally screwing up my strategy!"

    "Roseh.......raderoserose, roseradeeeee? Roserade."

    "I don't care if you saw Swampert and thought you could win against it!" Rich's anger wasn't cooling down, and Roserade slowly recoiled in upset fear. "Slowking could stand up much better against its water, ice and fighting attacks, and that's why I wanted it! Not you!" Still getting angrier, Rich pulled Roserade's Poké Ball from its belt. "You stay in your ball until I want you, you naughty thing."

    With great fury, Rich sent Roserade back into its Poké Ball and headed home.....

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    Anabel and Olivia were sitting at the heavy oak dining table, under the light of a grand crystal chandelier, playing a game of "Go Fish." Olivia was winning, too, her four rows of Bulbasaurs, Roselias, Sudowoodos and Regices a healthy lead over Anabel's two, Munchlaxes and Bonslys. Also on the table was a stack of white envelopes.

    "Got any.........." Anabel peered over her cards, assessing the game. "Dusclops?"

    "Darn! Three!" Olivia handed over her three Dusclops cards, which were promptly laid down by Anabel with her own Dusclops. Now the score was Olivia four to Anabel's three as Olivia examined her own cards. "Um........Rapidash?"

    "Go fish!" Anabel and Olivia shared a good laugh.

    That laugh didn't last long, though, as Rich came crashing through the door at that moment. He was clearly distraught and disheveled, causing Anabel to leap from her seat in shock.

    "Rich!!" she shouted with concern. "What's wrong? What happened?!"

    "I'll tell you what went wrong," Rich growled. He then clenched his fists, trying not to snap again......but failed to hold it back. "I have to face some kid when I don't want to, then I get humiliated by him, and now my daughter is slipping through my fingers while I waste my time screaming at Roserade for coming out when I didn't want it! THAT'S what's wrong!!!!!"

    Anabel had been tense, but she relaxed the muscles in her body as Rich finished shooting off.

    "Rich, let's go through this piece by piece, okay?" she asked comfortingly. "First, the battle. We all have bad days where battles go wrong, right?"

    "Right...."

    "So there's nothing to be upset about there. If you yelled at Roserade, though......" Anabel's expression changed to one of seriousness. "You owe it an apology. Right now. It did what it did because it wanted to help you."

    Rich was silent for a moment as he thought through what Anabel had told him. It didn't take long for the answer to dawn on him: she was right. He had acted stupidly and cruelly toward Roserade, and needed to make it right. Without a word, he released Roserade from its Poké Ball.

    "Roseeeeeeeeeh..............." Roserade was nervous, understandably so. It thought Rich was going to scold it again.

    "No need for that, Roserade." As soon as it saw Rich wasn't angry anymore, Roserade calmed down and relaxed. "I wanted to........I mean, I apologize for how I yelled at you at the Tower earlier. I understand you came out to try and help me win because you knew your Grass attacks would be lethal to his Swampert......you need to try working on your getting overexcited, Roserade, but I'm sorry."

    "Rosee!!!! Roserade rose roserade!!" the small Grass and Poison type said happily as it lept into its trainer's arms. Rich couldn't help but crack a smile.

    "Thank you, Anabel. I feel much better now." Rich then noticed the letters on the table. "Ah, I see the mail came while I was out. Anything good?"

    Anabel picked up the letters and fanned through them, eventually selecting one sealed with gold foil and setting the others back down.

    "Nothing," she answered, "except this. Here, read it."

    Anabel handed the letter to Rich. He read over the envelope to see who sent it, and his eyes widened when he discovered their identity.

    "Rosemary?!" he said in shock. "Prof. Willow's assistant?"

    "That's her handwriting," Anabel replied, confirming Rich's question. "I really wonder what it is, but I wanted to wait for you to open it."

    Without hesitation, Rich did just that, extracting the letter itself and discarding the envelope. He then unfolded it and began reading aloud in a clear voice.

    "Dear Rich and Anabel Mistbloom,

    Hi, how have you been? It's been so long since I last saw you! I bet Olivia's grown into a fine young lady, too.

    I've written this letter to let you know of something very exciting. Now that I am a Pokémon Professor in my own right without having to rely on cruel people like Willow, I have to have something to study, right? Well, I decided to move to the Aquane Region---which is paradise, by the way---and study its legend.

    You see, the legend of Aquane is quite complex. It falls into the ancient civilization of Pokélantis, which tried to take over the entire world using Ho-oh's power. Well, long story short, I've made an exciting discovery! The two Pokémon sought by Pokélantis's emperor for their powers of time and space---that would be Dialga of time and Palkia of space---were thought to have vanished into thin air, but I think they just might be located somewhere in Aquane in their dormant states!

    I can't tell you everything my research has uncovered in this letter. Therefore, I extend a most cordial invitation to you. Please come to Aquane at your earliest convienience and visit me at my lab in Floria Town.

    Looking forward to seeing you,
    Rosemary~"


    "How exciting!" Anabel exclaimed as Rich finished reading the letter. "I'm very curious to see what kind of discoveries she's made."

    "Me too, but.........." The thoughts going through Rich's mind were of the Aeria Tower. If they left on a vacation, a substitute Tower Tycoon would have to be named. That in and of itself wasn't a big problem, but it still was Rich's position. Then he saw Olivia, sitting at the table and looking up at him with those big blue eyes so reminiscent of his own, and decided. "Anabel, we leave immediately."

    "....What?" Anabel was taken aback by Rich's sudden decisiveness. "We can't. All the arrangements have to be made....."

    "I can do all that with one fell swoop. I *AM* the Tower Tycoon after all."

    Rich gave a wink to his wife and daughter, then strode over to the videophone. After entering a code into the keyboard, Jamie appeared on the screen.

    "Good day, sir. Has something come up? All the challengers for the day are done."

    "Listen, Jamie....I'm leaving on a trip with Anabel and Olivia. Since you're my manager, it's up to you to keep everything running smoothly while I'm away."

    "Okay, sir....." Jamie seemed confused as well, and adjusted her glasses before continuing. "This is rather sudden, though. Did something come up?"

    "An old friend sent us an invitation to go visit her in another region. Jamie, get our private plane ready for takeoff at once. After you do that, put Steven in my place as the Tower Tycoon until I return."

    "Very well. Have a good vacation, sir."

    Rich hung up, and the screen deactivated. He then walked over to Olivia and kneeled down in front of her.

    "We're going on a vacation, and it's going to be me, you and your mother. Nothing's going to interrupt us. We can spend all the time we want together."

    "Yay! Vacation!!" Olivia exclaimed happily. "Thank you, Daddy!"

    Unfortunately, not all was well........a tiny computer chip, unseen by all, had been recording the entire conversation. Outside the house, in a bush, there was a shady woman with curly blonde hair hiding and listening in with some sort of radio transmitter.
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    Prologue continued, as it was WAY too long for one post---nearly 26,000 characters too long.
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    Somewhere...........

    Somewhere far away, sinister events were brewing.

    It was a darkened chamber in some place of evil dwelling far from the glitzy world of Larousse City and the Aeria Tower. One would enter this chamber through a rainbow-colored pair of automatic sliding doors, reflected in the well-polished dark blue floor tiles. At the other end of the chamber, opposite the door, a wall of video screens provided running statistics and observations on the rest of the palace and beyond. Just a few feet from the video wall, at the top of a short flight of steps, there was a tall-backed throne of sorts that provided complete shrouding for its occupant. The only characteristics noticeable were slender arms on the armrests and long black hair curling out from the edges of the chair, enough to identify the person in the chair as female. Two men, one in a white lab coat with spiky gray-green hair and the other an old man wearing a blue parade leader's uniform entered just as a ringing sound indicated an incoming transmission. The sinister woman in the chair pressed a button on the armrest, causing one of the screens to shift to that of the blonde-haired spy.

    "Rogue Tulip to Shadow Leader," the spy whispered, obviously in code. "Come in, Shadow Leader."

    "Shadow Leader responding," the woman in the chair replied. "What do you want, Domino?"

    "Queen Shadow, our suspicions were correct," Domino explained. "I posed as the post girl and slipped a transmitter into the letter adressed to Rich and Anabel from Rosemary. Would you like to hear the recording itself?"

    "Play it from the top."

    "Okay, just a moment........" Domino fumbled for her transmitter. After she finally set it up, she clicked a switch to begin the recording.

    "That's her handwriting. I really wonder what it is, but I wanted to wait for you to open it."

    "Dear Rich and Anabel Mistbloom,

    Hi, how have you been? It's been so long since I last saw you! I bet Olivia's grown into a fine young lady, too.

    I've written this letter to let you know of something very exciting. Now that I am a Pokémon Professor in my own right without having to rely on cruel people like Willow, I have to have something to study, right? Well, I decided to move to the Aquane Region---which is paradise, by the way---and study its legend.

    You see, the legend of Aquane is quite complex. It falls into the ancient civilization of Pokélantis, which tried to take over the entire world using Ho-oh's power. Well, long story short, I've made an exciting discovery! The two Pokémon sought by Pokélantis's emperor for their powers of time and space---that would be Dialga of time and Palkia of space---were thought to have vanished into thin air, but I think they just might be located somewhere in Aquane in their dormant states!

    I can't tell you everything my research has uncovered in this letter. Therefore, I extend a most cordial invitation to you. Please come to Aquane at your earliest convienience and visit me at my lab in Floria Town.

    Looking forward to seeing you,
    Rosemary~"


    "How exciting! I'm very curious to see what kind of discoveries she's made."

    "Me too, but........Anabel, we leave immediately."

    "....What? We can't. All the arrangements have to be made....."

    "I can do all that with one fell swoop. I *AM* the Tower Tycoon after all."

    "Good day, sir. Has something come up? All the challengers for the day are done."

    "Listen, Jamie....I'm leaving on a trip with Anabel and Olivia. Since you're my manager, it's up to you to keep everything running smoothly while I'm away."

    "Okay, sir.....this is rather sudden, though. Did something come up?"

    "An old friend sent us an invitation to go visit her in another region. Jamie, get our private plane ready for takeoff at once. After you do that, put Steven in my place as the Tower Tycoon until I return."

    "Very well. Have a good vacation, sir."

    "We're going on a vacation, and it's going to be me, you and your mother. Nothing's going to interrupt us. We can spend all the time we want together."

    "Yay! Vacation!! Thank you, Daddy!"


    "Wouldn't you know it!" Queen Shadow spat angrily. "We've spent seven years reforming after the collapse. We can't let them ruin our plans this time. Domino, continue to monitor the situation."

    "Right away, Queen Shadow. Rogue Tulip signing off."

    Domino vanished from the screen. Exasperated, Queen Shadow rested her head of flowing black hair on her arm and began mumbling to herself.

    "Uh.......Queen Shadow?" the scientist suddenly asked.

    Queen Shadow lept up in a start then pressed a button to turn her chair around. Now fully in view, she could be seen as a very beautiful but wicked woman with a gorgeous face and deep blue eyes to go with her long black hair and virgin white gown.

    "Yung and Gordor, don't EVER startle me like that again!"

    "I do apologize," the scientist, Dr. Yung, answered. "It won't happen again. But we bring good news."

    "Ah! I've been looking for good news. You two better have something."

    "Oh, we do, believe me!" Yung had a lot of pride in his voice. "I believe my colleague Gordor here could explain the basics best."

    The older, blue-suited man known as Gordor stepped forward.

    "My Queen Shadow, a great leap forward in the technology available to Enigma Shadow has occured." Gordor's voice was even prouder than Yung's, something Queen Shadow quickly picked up on. "By combining my research into the Capture Stylers of the Ranger Union along with my own Power Styler design with the specs of Dr. Yung's Shadow System, we have created the ultimate Shadow Styler."

    "I'm listening........" For once, Queen Shadow actually was being honest. She really did seem interested in what Yung and Gordor had to say.

    "My system lends its power to the focusing of Gordor's Power Styler design," Yung proudly explained. In fact, he was so proud he sounded like a new father, his child being the wicked Shadow Styler. "It cannot capture Pokémon, I'll tell you that now. That function had to be sacrificed in order to accomplish everything else."

    "Actually," Gordor continued, "we prepared a demonstration. Could you call Brandon, Queen Shadow?"

    "Of course I can." Queen Shadow pressed another button on her armrest. "Brandon! Get up here now!"

    Almost like magic, a tall brown-haired man dressed all in green explorer's clothes entered the room. He approached the Queen and took a bow before her.

    "You request my presence?" Brandon's voice was indicative of his personality---serious and no-nonsense.

    "Yes, Brandon. What is your role in Yung and Gordor's little 'demonstration' you prepared for me?"

    "I'm glad you asked that," Brandon replied, stepping into position slightly off to the side. "As you know, Dr. Yung perfected a system to send more shadow energy into a Shadow Pokémon so it could use stronger attacks. What we have done is build this system into an efficient and simple way to use effectively: musical instruments, which we did with Gordor's help."

    "We've completed the first Shadow Styler," Gordor added as he took a small box with a red button on it from his pocket. After setting it on the floor, he pressed the button---causing the box to burst and transform into a golden gong suspended on a wood frame. "This gong is our very first outputted Shadow Styler. When it is played, by banging it in this instance, shadow energy shall surge through the body of the Pokémon it is programmed to affect."

    "I'm impressed so far," Queen Shadow praised---and praise was something rare to hear from her. "Now show me it in action."

    "Very well." Yung and Gordor took their positions next to the gong while Brandon stood opposite them. "Gordor and I shall control the Shadow Pokémon this gong is programmed to control for the test. We'll show how it can cause massive power surges like we explained by battling Brandon."

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    Shadow Technicians Yung and Gordor
    ---vs.---
    Shadow Commander Brandon
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    "I will send out the first Pokémon. Go, Aggron!"

    Brandon threw a single Poké Ball, calling upon his Aggron.

    "Queen Shadow, for this battle we're borrowing Brandon's Shadow Regigigas," Yung explained as he pointed up to the ceiling and banged the gong. "Regigigas, come!"

    On its cue, a massive monster dropped from the ceiling. It was very tall, with a white, black-striped body, yellow joints matching its yellow chest/head, and green fluff on its shoulders and feet. On the white part of its chest were three pairs of eyelike dots colored red, silver and green and on the yellow part, black dots going up like buttons then four more on its face in a diamond pattern.

    "GigAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!" the beast roared, flexing its arms.

    "Impressive," Queen Shadow commented. "Now let's see this in action."

    "First we'll demonstrate the normal attributes of attack and defense," Brandon explained. "Aggron, Iron Tail!"

    Aggron's tail began to shine lustrously like metal as it rushed Regigigas. With a quick spin, the iron beast whipped its tail around and smashed it against its enormous foe. Regigigas stood unmoved, its weight keeping it down, but moaned in pain.

    "Now for offense." It was Gordor giving Regigigas the first command. "Regigigas, Shadow Rush!"

    "Regiiiiiigig.........aaaaaas......." Almost soulless, Regigigas simply dashed at Aggron as it gave off both a sinister black cloud from its body and yet another moan. This tackling attack knocked Aggron for a loop, but again, it wasn't severe. Aggron quickly recovered from the blow and forgot the pain it had caused.

    "Now, that was normal power," Yung said as he readied the red-tipped beater. "Watch as we now send Regigigas's power........UP! INTO! OUTER! SPACE!!"

    Spacing his words with a bang of the gong between each, Yung activated the Shadow Styler. With each note played, a visible surge of dark electricity shot through Regigigas's body from head to toe.

    "REGGIIIIIIIIII!!!!! GIGGGGGAAAAAAAA!!!!!" it screamed, violently lashing back from the massive energy flowing through its body.

    Then it happened. The miraculous power of the new Shadow Styler became apparent as a shady cloud began to emenate from Regigigas unlike any seen before......and then Regigigas completely changed color. Its body was now totally black except for the red dots that replaced its normal black dots.

    "Whaaaaa........." Queen Shadow was literally floored.

    "This is when what we can do really shows itself," Brandon said with a wicked smirk. "Aggron, use Focus Punch and aim straight for its face!"

    Without question, Aggron went immediately for Regigigas. However, when it swung its arm to deliver the powerful Focus Punch attack, it seemingly hit a barrier. Regigigas's shadow aura actually blunted the blow severly, leaving it to take the equivalent of a Scratch attack, nothing even remotely close to that of Focus Punch.

    "Fwahahahaha!!" Gordor spread his arms and laughed into the cold air. "Now, Regigigas! Our ultimate move---Shadow Break!"

    This Shadow Break attack started normally---save for Regigigas's increased shadow aura---as it dashed as quickly as its large bulk allowed towards Aggron. When it got within reach of its foe, things changed in a hurry---Regigigas drew back its fist, and focusing all its power, smashed Aggron with a massive punch. Not a lightweight---it weighs seven hundred and ninety four pounds average---Aggron was sent flying across the chamber and hit the far wall with a sickening crash. It literally peeled off the wall and fell to the floor, the attack having more than easily defeated it.

    Almost as magically as it appeared, the shadowy aura vanished from Regigigas and the Pokémon returned to its normal colors. Queen Shadow, meanwhile, actually stood up and applauded.

    "Bravo! I'm more than satisfied!" she praised.

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    Brandon walked over to his fallen Aggron and recalled it as Yung and Gordor stood before Queen Shadow.

    "So let us recap," Gordor said, taking a breath. "With each note played on a Shadow Styler, the Pokémon it is programmed to will have a surge of shadow energy sent through its body."

    "This shadow energy can be used two ways," Yung continued. "One, it can act as a shield to blunt attacks of any strength, and two, the next attack used will summon up all the shadow energy for one massive strike. The only problem is that we don't know how to make the Stylers maintain shadow energy levels after an attack, or how to make them control more than one Pokémon. We hope to work out those problems in the general output of....."

    "You fools haven't begun making more of these wonderful devices?!" Queen Shadow angrily interrupted. "What is wrong with you?"

    "Oh, uh, my queen.....we were waiting for your permission to go forward with production," Gordor offered meekly.

    "....fine. I authorize general production of Shadow Stylers to begin at once. When will the first one be complete?"

    "Not soon....." Yung replied glumly.

    "So we can't use it to stop Rich and Anabel......Yung, Gordor, Brandon, you three are excused."

    The technicians and Brandon took their bows before the Queen, and left the room. Once they were gone, Queen Shadow sat back down in her ivory chair, spun back around to the video screens, and pressed a button on the armrest. Quickly, a muscular, ape-like man wearing huge square work goggles, a red worker's uniform, steel boots and a tool belt with a wrench on it appeared on the screen.

    "Queen Shadow! What is it?" the man asked.

    "Gorigan. What is the status of........Project Genetic Manipulation?"

    "Oh, it couldn't be better!" Gorigan beamed. "Fine tuning is still being completed, but man, this thing is gonna be a beast when we finish it."

    "Say, Gorigan......what would you think of......." Queen Shadow's voice and expression suddenly changed, becoming even more sinister. "A test run?"

    "A test run?! On what? This thing's got so much power, it could easily crush a jet airplane!"

    "Heheheh.....a jet airplane, you say? Perfect. PERFECT. Prepare it for launch on my command.......don't let me down, Gorigan."

    "Hyahyahya! You won't be disappointed!"

    Gorigan vanished from the screen, and then Queen Shadow gave a sinister laugh that echoed throughout her chamber......

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    Quite a while later, a small white airplane sliced through the skies over the sea separating Houen from the Aquane Region. On its tail was the familiar emblem of four Poké Balls---the Battle Frontier's symbol. This plane belonged to Rich and Anabel.

    Inside, the three passengers sat in great luxurious comfort. Plush purple carpet lined the floor, and the windows on the white-with-purple-stripe walls provided a great view of the open ocean. A big, flat-screen television was mounted on the wall seperating passengers from cockpit, and on it was live coverage of a Pokémon battle somewhere being fought between a Gardevoir and a Sudowoodo.

    "Sudowoodo, Mega Punch now!" one of the trainers commanded. His Sudowoodo followed orders, rushing Gardevoir with its fist pulled back and ready.

    "Gardevoir, Psychic!" Almost immediately, the Gardevoir began to use psychic powers to lift the Sudowoodo into the air.

    "Bah, he walked right into that," Rich remarked. "See, Olivia? You don't do that against Psychic types. They can easily protect themselves from direct attacks."

    "I understand, Daddy."

    "Who's up for drinks?" Anabel asked, coming in from the back with a tray on which there were glasses of lemonade.

    "Me, Mommy!" Olivia was first to grab a glass.

    "I'll take one, Anabel." Rich took the second, leaving the last for Anabel, who sat down in her seat and took a deep breath in and out.

    "We should be there soon," she said. "Once we meet up with Rosemary, I'm sure the local Nurse Joy will----"

    Suddenly, a great crash shook the plane violently. Rich and Olivia fell from their seats, Anabel barely avoiding doing so as well.

    "What was that?!!" Rich shouted in panic.

    His answer came in a tremendous roar from outside the plane.

    "RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIQUAAAA AA!!!!!!!!" Whatever owned the ear-splitting roar shot by the plane's window, but only for a split second.

    "Daddy, I'm scared!" Olivia began to cry as Rich held her close.

    "I'm here, Olivia, everything's going to be---"

    Again, Rich couldn't finish his sentence as another violent tremor shook the plane. The pilot, a man dressed in a sharp blue uniform and hat, came into the cabin frantically.

    "Mr. Mistbloom, we're under attack by some creature! It looks like a Pokémon, and it's destroying the craft!"

    As if the pilot's summary needed its final point accentuated, a third tremor indicated that the mysterious monster was indeed attacking the plane.

    "Rich, Olivia." Anabel's expression became grim and serious as she pulled three backpacks from a chest in the back of the cabin. "Put on these parachutes. I have a feeling we'll need to make an emergency landing."

    Rich and Olivia did so with much haste, following Anabel's example. The plane continued to shake violently.........and then, the front end of it tore off and plummeted to the sea. Rich, Anabel and Olivia clung to the seats for dear life to save themselves from the vacuum pull of the wind, and the pilot tied one of the now-flapping-loosely seatbelts around his waist.

    "We're going to make.......an emergency crash landing!" the pilot screamed above the racket of the wind. "By the calculations we may be able to reach Aquane before crashi...........?!??!"

    As the plane continued its steady descent, the beast finally came into full view. It had the head and paws of a Raikou, but the long body of a Rayquaza and the tail of a red Gyarados.

    "What is that thing?!!" Rich exclaimed, fear shooting through his mind. "Whatever it is, I'll die before I let it get either of you!"

    "N-no!" The pilot stood steadfast between his passengers and the monstrous creature attacking them. "That's my job! Go, Manectric, Altaria and Dorapion!"

    The pilot managed to bring out three Poké Balls, releasing the yellow and blue tiger-like Manectric, a beautiful Altaria, and the large, imposing purple Dorapion.

    "Dorapion, Sludge Bomb! Go!"

    Struggling to maintain its footing, Dorapion did manage to launch a blob of purple sludge from its fanged mouth at the beast, which splattered all over its eyes. Now blinded, the monster roared in frustration.

    "RAAIIIIIIIIQUAAAAAAZZZZZZA!!!!!!!!!"

    "Get.....get back!" Anabel shouted to the pilot. "It's going to attack!"

    "I can save this flight!" the pilot exclaimed defiantly. "It's my duty to do so! Now, Altaria, Dragonbreath! Manectric, Thunder!!"

    With a thrust of his finger at the raging creature, the pilot ordered his attacks. Altaria and Manectric went forth with great courage to face the monster, and prepared to attack---but it was all too late. As its counter, the flying monstrosity positioned itself close to the plane and lashed out with its tail, slicing what was left of the plane away just before the seats---taking the pilot and his Pokémon with it.

    "Oh no!" Rich was the only one who could manage any words as the horror simply got worse, although Anabel and Olivia were watching terrified also.

    "QUUUUUAAAAAAAZZAA!!!!" The monster held the slice of the plane it had taken away in its coiled body and let out one of its deep, snarling roars to declare its supremacy.

    A catastrophic mistake on its part. The three Pokémon inside weren't dead.

    Without any warning, a sudden combination of attacks shot from the shard of the plane. First was a Hyper Beam, surely Dorapion's, that hit the beast right in the face. It was followed by Altaria's Solarbeam and Manectric's Thunder, the power of which combined to cause a large explosion, weakining the monster to a critical level and knocking it out of the sky.

    "RAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIQUAAAA........"

    Rich, Anabel and Olivia could hear the roars of the beast trailing off as it plummeted, then a heavy splash that surely indicated its landing in the sea. Even though that danger was now gone, they suddenly remembered that they were still in less than half a plane that was making an equally quick descent toward the ocean. Something hard to forget, but these circumstances weren't normal by any means.

    "Rich....." Anabel gasped, holding to her seat tightly. "We're going to have to let go."

    "Are you crazy?!" Rich was shocked. Again thoughts of home filled his mind....but this time there were his friends, like Anabel's parents Venus and Ein, Aeria Tower disco madman Miror B., and such. How would they all feel if such a rash act resulted in three deaths? "If we let go, the pressure will suck us out of the plane and out into the ocean!"

    "But if we don't let go...." Olivia was clinging to Anabel's midsection for dear life, making it difficult for her to talk. "Look! I can see land in the distance! If we let go and deploy our parachutes, we might be able to use the pressure as a catapult to fling us to land!"

    Rich opened his mouth to argue, but words escaped him. And as he thought about it, Anabel was right. Letting go was a risk, but certainly better than going under with the plane and drowning for sure.

    "We'll go......" Rich finally agreed, albeit reluctantly. "But one thing first.....Olivia."

    Olivia looked up at Rich with sad yet terrified eyes.

    "Olivia, whatever happens to you will not happen unless it happens to me, too. Please trust me."

    "I......" Speaking was hard for the young girl, as it would for anyone in such terrifying danger. Finally, however, she managed to put together the words. ".....trust you, Daddy."

    "That's my girl. On the count of three, we let go, and then when the air vacuum pulls us from the plane, we activate the parachutes. We either all make it, or we all don't. All or nothing............One. Two............" Rich almost choked on the last number. "........THREE."

    The family let go of their holds, and as expected, the pressure from the air vacuum pulled them out of the plane. After screaming, which would be expected, they activated their parachutes and began a slower descent in the direction of the landmass Anabel had spotted.....

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    Meanwhile, things were much more peaceful out on the land. Nothing was about, the air was still and quiet. A man was running with his rainbow-winged Chatot on the beach, long blonde hair, red jacket and gray khaki pants waving in the wind. On his belt, a familiar egg-shaped device---the Capture Styler. This man was a Pokémon Ranger, someone who worked to protect nature through sense and justice. There certainly wasn't any trouble on this beach he needed to deal with, though.

    "Sure is a nice day for a run, eh, Chatot?" the man said to his Pokémon as he ran and it flew.

    "Chaaaatot!! Nice day! Nice day!" Being a parrot Pokémon, Chatot possessed the ability to speak in human language, even if that ability was rather crude and rudimentary.

    The man stopped running and looked around, sensing something odd. He didn't know why, but his Ranger instincts were flaring up---somewhere there was trouble. And it was nearby.

    "It's too quiet right now, wouldn't you agree?" he asked Chatot, who had landed on his shoulder.

    "Too quiet, Chatot! Chatot!"

    "Something's wrong, I can tell. It's too peaceful." The man unclipped his Capture Styler and opened it, activating its cellular phone function. "Ranger Jackie to Floria Town Base. Come in, Floria Base."

    "Mission Coordinator Judy clearing transmission," a female voice answered. "What is your report, Jackie?"

    "I was going to ask you the same thing, Judy. I'm on the coastline east of Floria Town on a run with my Chatot. Have you got any reports of things unusual in this area? It is far too quiet here. I think something's up."

    "Hmmm....let me check." The sound of a computer keyboard came through the Styler's phone as Judy searched the records. "Nothing.......except one thing."

    "What?" Jackie's voice showed extreme concern. He could tell something had happened.

    "A large piece of metal plummeted from the sky into the ocean about a quarter mile from your present location," Judy briefed, her voice flat and emotionless. "It is presently unknown what----"

    "Stop." Jackie cut Judy off in mid-sentence, as he had suddenly spotted something on the beach. It was a large white and blue sheet that almost looked like a parachute, and nearby was a hat lying on the sand.

    A dark blue hat with a spiked up back end.

    "Judy, there's something....or someONE here."

    "Wait......what did you say? SomeONE?!"

    Jackie ignored Judy's alarm for the moment and rushed to the scene, where he discovered two more similarly-colored sheets. He slowly and carefully lifted one of the sheets.......


    .......and found Rich, lying face down and unconscious, underneath.

    "Oh my Gablias. Judy, we've got three people here on the beach. One confirmed male, found either dead or unconsious."

    ".......it all makes sense!!" Judy exclaimed, nearly blowing Jackie's ear out through his Styler. "That wreckage that fell into the sea might have been an airplane, and those might be victims of the crash! Get confirmation on the other two!"

    Jackie had already set about doing that, quickly pulling the other two parachutes aside to reveal the unconsious forms of Anabel and Olivia.

    "Judy, the other two are confirmed to be both female and dead or unconsious. But......" Jackie choked up, and a tear came to his eye. "One appears to be a child. We may be dealing with the deaths of an entire family."

    "Oh, Jackie....." Judy quickly choked up in much the same manner as Jackie. "This is awful. If only there was something we could do...."

    Jackie spied something else washed up from the water onto the beach in the corner of his eye that moment. It was green, with a white top and what looked like flower bouquets of red and blue. It was Rich's Roserade.

    "We might just have a solution yet, if they're not dead...." Jackie said with a wry smile. He then hung up on Judy, closed the phone flap on the Styler, and activated its capturing function. "Capture ON!"

    A silver and blue top-like object---the Capture Disc---shot out of the top of the Styler and began circling Roserade. As it did so, an antenna extended from the Styler and Jackie began to move it around in a circular motion, making the Disc form a circle of energy around Roserade. Soon enough, the energy faded into Roserade's body, meaning the capture was successful.

    "Capture complete!" Jackie announced to himself proudly.

    "Capture complete!" Chatot comically mocked. "Capture complete, Chaaaatottt!!! Complete, Chatot!"

    Roserade stood up and shook itself off as it regained conciousness. It then looked around at its surroundings, confused.

    "Roooosseehhh? Roseradeeee?"

    "Hi, Roserade...." Jackie was careful to not sound threatening. "Think you could do me a big favor? Please use Refresh on this man here."

    Roserade cooperated, thanks to Jackie's skillful use of the Capture Styler. It walked over to Rich and placed its bouquets on his head, then began glowing a healthy green color.

    "Roooooooooooosssse.........roseh.......raade..... .." Roserade hummed calmly as it transferred energy to Rich. Finally, Rich sat up with a start.

    "Whuh?! Where.....where am I?" Looking around, Rich saw Anabel and Olivia, still unconsious. He ran to them quickly. "ANABEL! OLIVIA! Oh no.......my beloved wife, my dear daughter......."

    "Rosseh!!!!" Roserade shouted in excitement, leaping onto Rich's shoulder. It was quite happy to see him back.

    Rich quickly smiled at Roserade, but then collapsed to his knees before the still forms of Anabel and Olivia.

    "No....this can't be..." he thought. No, not after everything that had happened. He couldn't fathom the thought of being the only survivor of the attack. "A.....Anab...el.....Oliv...."

    Jackie knelt down next to Rich and put his hand on his shoulder to provide comfort. Chatot, meanwhile, perched itself on Jackie's head.

    "Sir.......they may still be alive..." Jackie said calmly, trying to encourage Rich and make him feel better. "They may just be unconsious like you were."

    "Just unconsious, Chatot!! Just unconsi...."

    Rich lept up in anger and grabbed Chatot right off of Jackie's head.

    "STOW IT, BIRD!!" he shouted in anger. "I don't need your parrot act right now!"

    "Whoa!" Jackie was rather shocked at Rich's sudden outburst. "Please, sir, calm down! Please, things are going to be alright!"

    After Jackie's urging registered in his mind, Rich calmed and let Chatot go. The bird flew to its keeper and hid behind his long hair.

    "I'm sorry. Was that Chatot yours?"

    "Yes, it is."

    "Oh dear. I'm so sorry, both to you and to Chatot.......did you help me? I see you're a Pokémon Ranger...."

    "Yes. Ahaha, that Roserade sure seems to like you very much." Jackie smiled as Roserade nuzzled Rich's neck. Suddenly, the truth dawned on the Ranger. "Oh, is it yours?"

    "Yeah, it is. How did you become familiar with it?"

    "Long story," Jackie chuckled. "I was running on the beach with Chatot when I came upon you three out unconsious. I then found Roserade washed up nearby, so I captured it and had it use Refresh to heal you."

    "Thanks, Roserade. Let yourself out when we were in danger again?"

    "Rosseh! Roseradeeeeeeehhhh!!! Raderade!" the flowery Pokémon replied.

    "Thank you! But now, what about......."

    "I was about to ask you that myself," Jackie cut in. "Do you own any other Pokémon with Refresh? Roserade might be able to heal the child, but it definitely doesn't have enough energy to heal the older one."

    "Hmmm....ah, yes, I do! Melodic, come on out!"

    Rich pulled one of his dripping-wet Poké Balls from his belt and popped it open, releasing the golden, serpentine Water type Melodic. It hummed in a beautiful voice as the sun glistened off its golden body and mirrored tail.

    "Melllooooooooooo?"

    "Melodic, use Refresh on Anabel. Roserade, you use Refresh too, but on Olivia."

    The two Pokémon followed directions, Melodic putting its tail on Anabel's face and Roserade healing Olivia similarly to how it healed Rich. For a few moments all were encased in a floating green aura, then finally, Anabel and Olivia sat up.

    "Ugh.....where am I?" Anabel wondered, dumbfounded.

    "You're alive!!" Rich's excitement boiled over, and he dove into a tight embrace with his wife and daughter.

    "Daddy! Mommy!"

    "Rich, I'm so glad we're all safe!" Anabel exclaimed. "But...where are we?"

    "I don't know," Rich confessed, "but we're alive and that's what matters. We owe a lot to this Pokémon Ranger for saving us."

    "Aww, you don't have to," Jackie replied modestly.

    "No, really, thank you, er........" Rich stumbled, realizing he never had asked the Ranger's name.

    "My name's Jack Walker, most people call me Jackie. This is my partner, Chatot. Say hello, Chatot."

    "Chattot!! Hello, Chatot, Chatot!"

    All four shared a good laugh at Chatot's verbal antics, but the mood quickly dimmed again. After all, Rich, Anabel and Olivia still had no clue where they were.

    "Thank you again, Jackie. I'm Rich, this is my wife Anabel and my daughter Olivia."

    "Pleased to meet you!" Anabel said with a smile. Olivia, meanwhile, just nodded. "Jackie, could you tell us where we are?"

    "Sure. This beach is the easternmost point of the Aquane Region. Not too far to the west of here is Floria Town."

    "Floria Town.......that's the place Rosemary said her lab is! Anabel, Olivia, let's get going. We need to let her know we arrived, even if not quite safely."

    "Ah, you know Rosemary?" Jackie said, slightly surprised. "She came to our city a few years ago to research the legends of Dialga and Palkia. I'd be more than happy to accompany you on your way, but first we should stop at my Ranger Base in Floria Town so I can give in my report on what happened here."

    "Fair enough. Come on, you two, we've got a ways to go."

    "Daddy, can I see Dialga?" Olivia blurted out. Her question was a bit silly, but perfectly honest and innocent.

    "Maybe Rosemary will show you later," Rich answered with a smile.

    Satisfied that all were safe and accounted for, Jackie led the three off the beach and westward, towards Floria Town......

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    "YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS!!!" Queen Shadow roared at the on-screen Gorigan from her ivory throne. "Run that past me again!"

    "I.....I'm sorry, Queen Shadow, but...." Gorigan was speaking meekly, and for such a large man, was actually afraid of Queen Shadow. "We executed the plan perfectly. It......it....well, "It" failed. We only killed their pilot, the three of them got away. Radar shows they fell into the ocean and quickly washed up on Aquane's eastern beach."

    "You promised, no, you SWORE that Genetic Manipulation was finished save for fine tuning." Queen Shadow's voice was now dead calm, and this only made her even more menacing. "Gorigan, I trusted you to get rid of Rich and Anabel with it and you failed me."

    "I'm sorry, my queen! It was an unforeseen...."

    "SILENCE! Do not EVER answer me back! Right now you're on thin enough ice as it is, understand?!" Gorigan didn't even have a chance to reply before Queen Shadow continued. "If I must, I will remove you from Project Genetic Manipulation and appoint Gordor or Yung to oversee its completion. Am I making myself clear?"

    "Crystal." Gorigan knew he had to choose his words carefully.

    "Begone." With a slam of her fist, Queen Shadow disposed of Gorigan's virtual presence and left herself alone in the chamber. Soon, she was once again talking to herself. "Things will not be ruined again this time. Much has changed in these last seven years. Finally, Enigma Shadow will be able to rise from the ashes......."

    An image of a Pokémon appeared on another of Queen Shadow's video screens. It had a horselike white body, growing out of which were yellow spears which curved to appear similar to a net or a spider web. Its appearance gave it the air of something........legendary......

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    Floria Town was a bustling small city, nestled in nature's wonders. There were no skyscrapers or the like, like what Rich, Anabel and Olivia were used to from Larousse---instead, the town was of small homes and shops, giving the place a very humble air. Trees lined the streets, and splitting the town down its middle was a beautiful creek.

    "This place is like paradise..." Rich thought as Jackie led the three Mistblooms into his Ranger Base.

    The Ranger Base stood out from the other buildings in Floria Town, if not for any other reason than that it was much more modern and sophisticated than them. Topped by a satellite dish, the steel building glistened in the sun. Inside wasn't too different, the yellow metal floor polished to a brilliant, reflective luster. Inside were several other Rangers wearing similar uniforms to Jackie's, but the important people were away, at a long red desk. Sitting at the desk with a complex computer before her was a woman with curled-at-the-ends red hair, square glasses on her face and a white uniform with a blue stripe. Standing nearby was a large, imposing man cloaked in a red, spiked-end cape and similar red hat.

    "You broke off communication with us before we had an idea of what happened," the man said dryly and gravely.

    "I'm sorry, sir," Jackie responded, "but the situation called for an immediate response."

    "Give me your report then. I can't know what you did going on just what you told Judy."

    "First......." Jackie turned to Rich, Anabel and Olivia, but continued speaking to the intimidating man in the cape. "Sir, this is Rich, his wife Anabel, and daughter Olivia. They were the ones I found washed up on the beach when I broke off communication. Chatot and I had to help them immediately and I couldn't do that while sending a transmission."

    "Chaaaaaaaatot, help, beach, Chatot!!!" the bird, now perched on the man's spiked red hat, squawked.

    "Very well then," the man answered, not changing his tone but brightening his expression slightly. "I am Mason, the Leader of this Ranger Base. That makes me Jackie's boss."

    "And I'm Judy, the Mission Coordinator," the woman added. "It's my job to keep organized our Rangers and their missions and Stylers."

    "Are you new to Aquane?" Mason asked in a manner far too dramatic for the situation.

    "Yes, we......" Anabel looked away for a moment, searching for the right words, then continued. "We kind of had a rough landing, if you will. Our plane was attacked by a mysterious monster, which caused us to crash just off the coast where Jackie found us."

    "It was scary......" Olivia added innocently.

    "Then I welcome you to the Aquane Region and to Floria Town. You see......" Mason turned away as he continued speaking. "......I've gotten personal notification of some kind of monster off the coast of this town myself. People who have seen it say it has the head and legs of a Raikou, the body of a Rayquaza, and the tail of a Red Gyarados."

    "That's what attacked us!" Rich exclaimed. "It matches the description perfectly!"

    "So it has attacked someone.......I suspected as much. Now that you're on land you should be safe from it for now at least. But why would it attack your plane? Did you perhaps.......provoke it?"

    "No way!" Anabel shouted, becoming angry. "Are you trying to blame us for the whole thing?!"

    "No, but...."

    "You think I would endanger my entire family including my seven year old daughter just to provoke some random monstrosity?!" Anabel just kept getting angrier, and Mason couldn't do a thing to stop her. "You accuse us of provoking that....thing.....one more time to my face and I'll......"

    "Rich!! Anabel!!!"

    Anabel stopped her tirade as soon as the familiar voice hit her ears. She and Rich turned around to see a dark-haired, bespectacled woman in a black sweater standing behind them.

    "Rosemary?!" Rich was rather surprised. "Rosemary, is that you? It's been so long!"

    "Indeed it has. The memories are flooding back to me.....ah, crazy old Professor Willow and his Glitch Pokémon. I wonder what happened to that miserable old coot."

    "Probably still in jail," Anabel ventured, albeit a bit cautiously.

    "Yeah, most likely. Probably still raving insanely about how he's going to take over the world by turning all the Pokémon into drained Glitches too......oh?! Is this little girl who I think she is?"

    "She is," answered a proud Rich. "Our Olivia....she's seven now, Rosemary. Probably doesn't even remember you."

    "Daddy..........?" Olivia's questioning tone confirmed Rich's statement.

    "Oh, no worries!" Rosemary replied in a jolly tone. "Hello, Olivia. I'm an old friend of your parents, that's all. Pleased to meet you."

    "Hi!" Olivia had regained her usual demeanor.

    "Ahaha, she reminds me quite a bit of you two. Anyway, I bet you all need a place to rest. I heard everything about the monster and all. I've got plenty of space at my lab on the edge of town."

    "Ah, thank you!" Rich said gratefully. After the entire ordeal, rest was just about the only thing he could think of. "Come, Anabel, Olivia. Let's get going."

    "Right." Before leaving, Anabel turned to Jackie. "Jack....Jackie, was it? Thank you for helping us."

    "You're very welcome. Do keep in touch if you're in town."

    Anabel nodded to Jackie in agreement, then followed Rosemary, Rich and Olivia out of the Ranger Base and down the road to Rosemary's lab. The lab was the only other really modern building in all of Floria Town, sporting automatic double doors, shiny metallic walls and a satellite dish much like the Ranger Base. As the Mistbloom family stepped through its doors, their minds were blank from overload---after witnessing their pilot's death and nearly being killed themselves, seeing a freakish monster unlike anything they'd seen before, and then being washed up on the beach and saved by a Ranger with a hyperactive talking Chatot had left them just burnt out. They sat down on the metal chairs in the lab's front room in exhaustion, nearly asleep, and tried to just rest and make sense of it all.

    Little did they know that their biggest, most dangerous adventure ever had already begun............




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    And now, we begin with the chapter titles! Again, like in XD^2, it's "raw" first, then "dubbed."


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    YAY!!!!!!!

    the return of enigma shadow!!! i seriously thought you would NEVER continue!!!

    this is so far, so good, it's nice to see that rich's kid has been born, and nice to see that rich has some new pokemon, but the best part...is roserade!!! a roselia evo with a wobbuffet personality! that's priceless!!!!

    i can't wait to see what happen's next!!!!






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    Well TGB, I must say, that is one hell of a prologue. The battle between Brendan and Rich couldn,t been a bit extended. The I don't have time to spend with my daughter thing suits him. But, why didn,t you just space this out. IMHO, we learned too much in this prologue. Shadow Stylers, crazy RaikouheadedRayquazabodiedGyaradostailed monster from some sort of genetic manipulation. I've been reading the first two so I know the you know what most of the pokemonlook like, but you still have to describe them.

    "Here we go.....Lucario, Porygon3, I choose you!"

    Rich plucked two red-and-white Poké Balls from his belt and gave them a mighty through. They burst open in flashes of light, revealing the purple-black-and yellow jackal-like Lucario and a red and blue Porygon3.

    "In that case, I'll go with.......Aggron! Shiftry! Let's do it!"

    On Brendan's side, out came his steely Aggron and leaf-armed Shiftry.
    Leaf armed Shiftry doesn,t tell us much y'know.

    Other than that, I like it! Keep it up TGB

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    *whistles*

    Now that is one seriously long Prologue. Really, if anyone complains about length for that, it'll be for being too long. Not that I'm complaining. I love a long read! Anyway, welcome back (again, I think)!

    This Prologue is fertile ground for a truly glorious fiction, and I mean that. You seem to be brushing up the description (though a bit more in some places would do some good), and I could follow all the events and picture the scenarios fairly well throughout. The plot has already begun to thicken, although it seems to me that it might have been better to use most of the Prologue in Chapter 1. As I said earlier, I'm not complaining about length, it just seems that it might have been a bit better of a choice. But given that I'm nitpicking that small of a thing should tell you that I really can't see that much to fault it for. If you continue to improve and refine your description and (in a few places) dialogue, this will continue to be something I look forward eagerly to reading.

    ...Now that I've got that finished and I'm looking back to see if there was something I missed, another thing comes to mind. Unfortunately, it's not positive, and it should be fixed as soon as you can, since it could really pull the quality of the story down. A few times throughout the Prologue, you flipped from past to present tense and back again, something that isn't really too hard to correct and would fix the only really major problem I see with the story at this point.

    Trying to be polite about the critiqueing, and I hope I met your standards... Oh well. I look forward to the continuation of this fiction, and here's to hoping that the first real Chapter comes soon!

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    You finally posted the thing! You made me a really happy person. Yes, not only are you great in description now, but you're better than almost any person I know. However, something that you might want to work on is whenever you're changing scenes between locations. When they landed in the new region, I almost thought the family was still riding on the plane because of a lack for a signal to change the scene. The prologue was extremely long and set a great beginning point. You've almost conquered all your mistakes!
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    Ah...Enigma Shadow. How I remember this series...

    I see we're on the third installment, now. I've got some catching up to do with writing "Shadows of Fear: Return of Cipher! Sadly, the horribleness that is Writer's Block is preventing me from writing, so I'm stuck with reading, reviewing, and etc. instead of actual writing.

    Okay...to the review.

    Uh...no offense, but...the prologue was just a lit-tle too long for my liking. Like said before, description could be better. People who're sorta new to Pokemon wanna know what they look like, and "leaf-armed" "armored" things just...aren't very descriptive.

    Other than that, it was great. I see the Mistbloom baby (WARNING!! AWFUL PUN/JOKE AHEAD!!) has bloomed...okay, that was HORRIBLE. Sorry.

    Anyway...

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    Yes! It's back. I've been waiting since you first mentioned this. Raikou/Rayquaza/Red gyarados is quite a hard pokemon to comeup with a startegy against. I still don't know what the DP legends have to do with the story but I liked the part with the Wii.
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    I cringed when I opened this thread just now---I expected you-know-who to drop in with one of her infamous "reviews." But instead, you guys listened and gave criticism fairly and respectfully---a relief, and even more, it allows me to take what is said more seriously and factor it in better.

    Let me address the concerns one at a time.

    First, the length. Yeah, I know it's LONG---I haven't done something this long since the neigh-legendary fifty five page Chapter One of the first Enigma Shadow (which was partially because some of it was symbols and diagrams, so this actually tops that, I think) I just had so much I wanted to do to set the foundation for the rest of it that I got a bit carried away. Showing seven years of time passing is a little difficult, and that might have set me off to a rocky start. The idea to have saved some of this for Chapter One was something I thought about, but I couldn't work up anything enough for a full chapter around their arrival without it ending up fusing into what will be the actual Chapter One and completely messing things up.

    The description: Please give me some more time to improve on this. I tried to implement an entire crash course worth of "improved" description here, and while I succeeded in some places (the house, the Tower's arena, Regigigas save for his "green fluff") I messed up in others (leafy-armed Shiftry, 'nuff said.) But on the flip side, before I wouldn't have even described familiar Pokémon like Shiftry and Aggron, just new Pokémon like Chatot and Regigigas. So I'll put the question to the fans: which do you prefer? Should I keep trying to describe all Pokémon, or just the new and unfamiliar ones?

    Flipping between past/present tense: Could you quote some lines where I did this, TPM? If you can do that, I'd be happy to fix it.



    Now......

    First, I'm sure you all realize what "Project: Genetic Manipulation" was a code for all this time, even if we haven't revealed its name yet. It was the very first part of this fic to be created. Also, do you notice a theme between all three Pokémon that P:GM was made up of?

    Thanks to Myuu the Ryuu for the "Aeria Tower" name. I had Realgam Tower lodged in my mind and convinced myself I had to give the Battle Tower a name. I hope you guys liked it.

    Oh, I assure you, the Sinnoh Legendaries will play a big part in this, you can bet your bottom dollar. When you already know from the Prologue that Maria has designs on Arseus, you KNOW there's gonna be trouble.

    That little Porygon that Prof. Willow did his cruel experiments on in "Curse of the Terrifying Glitch Pokémon" has grown up---it's now Rich's Porygon3. Rich also recieved a Riolu egg from Prof. Krane that had been sent by Prof. Rowan at the end of XD^2; it hatched and quickly evolved into his Lucario during CotTGP. Finally, he found a wild, bad-tempered Roselia beating up on a Weedle in Viridian City (again in CotTGP) and caught it to make it stop misbehaving. It quickly developed a crush on Lucario and evolved to impress it, resulting in its rather Wobb-ish behavior now.

    Oh, and one final spoiler: see that Trainer Card in my sig with Rich's team? It WILL change over the course of the fic. Food for thought. And while I'm at it, here's the "dub" of Chapter 1.


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    Bloody hell, that was long. But hey, I loves me a good long read!

    OK, description's a bit all over the place here; one time it's really good, the next it's basic; I'd advise with older, more familiar Pokemon, that you keep the description to a "less is more" tactic. Keep it well described, but don't go overboard.

    And about that Poke-chimera ('cause that's the only way to describe it); is the theme, their names all begin with 'R'? Raikou, Rayquaza, Red Gyarados.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Great Butler
    Flipping between past/present tense: Could you quote some lines where I did this, TPM? If you can do that, I'd be happy to fix it.
    Sure thing! Just let me look through it again...

    ...

    ...hold on a minute. The first post, where I know I saw that happen, was edited about a minute after your question post, and now I can't find the tense-flipping again. Oh well. What I did find on the second read, though, were several wording difficulties (not description difficulties, mind you). Here is my advice for them:

        Spoiler:- Wordy advice:


    *pants* That took a while... Anyway, I think that, in spite of my efforts to not get into your description, some of those suggestions were dealing with it. Hope you don't mind too much... Also, there's another thing I wanted to point out that I couldn't put into the above coverage: you were a bit free-handed with ellipses throughout the Chapter, especially near the end. Anyway, with all that said, I hope you don't take offense at any of this. I'm just trying to help you out, in a hopefully friendly way.

    Also, I wouldn't count that particular reviewer out just yet... but what you shouldn't do is let those kinds of reviews get under your skin, no matter how hard that might be. Letting someone intimidate you with a harsh review probably just encourages them to do it more often.

    Ah, description. My advice on describing Pokémon: Describe each individual Pokémon in detail the first time they show themselves in the fiction, then use simplified details for each susequent appearance. I've found that using this method seems to please most readers, if not all of them, because you can never be faulted for not describing the Pokémon accurately and at the same time you can't be faulted for overdescription.

    A theme between the three Pokémon the Project is made of? I think it's trying to be a creature without weakness, but it's still got a few... Dragon, Rock, Ice, and Electric, to be specific. Just do the calculations if you don't believe me (but you probably know this already and are thinking of some other theme, like the fact that two are Legendary and one is shiny, or the fact that all three were previously Shadow Pokémon).

    Anyway, the rest of the "food for thought" is interesting, if expected. Hope you find all of this useful (and you'd better, because I spent a bood two hours putting it together! No, really, I did) and at the same time not offensive. Now I must run off to work on me own fiction before another review demands my attention.

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    Hmmm....I see, I see.

    The edit was me putting the Chapter One title into the first post, so nothing else changed.

    Yeah, I've always had an unusual manner of speaking and it unfortunately manifests itself in my typing too. Thank you for the tips on that, I'll see what I can do. Same goes for the ellipses....it's something I have to work on because I do it all the time without thinking. (And now I see that I JUST DID IT. Heaven help me, this one's gonna be tough to stop.)

    Noone's guessed the common bond all three parts of the beast have, although there have been some good guesses. I'll give you a hint: it has something to do with something on this page.

    Finally, thanks for the tips on describing Pokémon---I think The Doctor's "less is more" idea for familiar Pokémon is what I'll go with.

    Chapter One won't be up right away, because I want to do my AbilityShipping oneshot "Kisses of Fire" first, so look forward to that for now.

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    You guys need to cut down on the spam and other discussion in the thread. Asking when a next chapter will be ready and discussing movies can all be addressed in PM and the one line "reviews" without any meat to them at all aren't acceptable. Consider this advice a warning and be sure to adhere to it.
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    If this grand panorama before me is what you call God
    Then God is not dead
    And as I'm stalked by the shadow of death's hand
    My heathen pride is scarred across the land

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    I know you're the one in power here, so I must defer to you in the end, but may I have the floor for a moment?

    I've always found that a free flow of ideas in a relaxed, open environment is good for all involved. If the author intends to take advice from their readers as I try to do, they can get a wide range of thoughts which therefore benefits the author (who writes a better piece) and the readers (who get a better piece and also have a hand in it)

    I understand about the one-line reviews and all, and I certainly see your viewpoint, but by the same token, must every review be on a Masterpiece Theatre level? Just a thought.

    I guess what I'm trying to say is, must the rules---while absolutely, 100% necessary---be so stringent and harsh? My feeling is that it scares good reviewers into trying too hard, and scaring those who might not have much to say from reviewing at all.

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    Answer? Yes. A lot of your reviews could be slapped on any piece of writting making them absolutely useless and a waste of time for both the writer of them and you as the writer. It doesn't take much effort to ensure that guidelines are followed but any is often too much for some.

    So please, this is a fanfiction work here, not a movie or a website. If you feel the need to comment on more than the writting it is not too difficult to use your pms where it's out the way and not consistantly bumping your thread the very second it slips out the "limelight".

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    Let's dive into Chapter One.......
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    CHAPTER ONE: Crashed On Delivery!




    A gentle wind rustled the trees outside Rosemary's lab as the Mistbloom family awoke the morning after their crash-landing in the Aquane Region. The kindhearted Pokémon scientist had generously set up a more-than-accomodating guest room well in advance for them, with a huge inflatable bed for Rich and Anabel and a giant round Voltorb pillowbed for Olivia. Perhaps a bit crude, but certainly accomodating nonetheless.

    Rich got up out of bed and walked to a nearby mirror, rubbing his eyes as Anabel rolled over on her purple (surprise) pillow. He let out a yawn as she sat up. Olivia was already up and elsewhere.

    "Is it morning already?" she asked him, completely confused. "Where are we? I had this nightmare we were flying to----"

    "Stop right there," Rich halted, holding up his hand as he turned to face her. "I know where you're going with that. Yes, it all really happened, yes, we're at Rosemary's lab in Aquane already, yes, we were attacked by some monster...."

    "Ugh......" Anabel stood up and undressed from her purple nightgown, changing into her usual clothes. "Where's Olivia?"

    "I don't know," Rich responded as he switched into his usual suit from a blue robe he always wore at night, "but I trust Rosemary. She won't go off far."

    Rich and Anabel nodded at each other, then walked out of the guest room and down the hall to the lab's kitchen, their shoes clicking against the polished black floor. Rich seemed at ease, but the same couldn't be said for Anabel; she knew Rich was right, that Rosemary was someone worthy of trust, but after the near-death disaster just one day earlier, she wanted her eyes on Olivia without fail. Thankfully, as they entered the kitchen---high-tech and polished to a brilliant luster just like the rest of the lab---Olivia was right there, chasing a flying wormlike Pokémon around the room. When she spotted her parents, she ran right to them.

    "Mommy! Daddy!" The ecstasy in the young girl's voice was quite obvious. "You're up! You're up!"

    "Well, Rich, that's a load off my mind," Anabel said in relief. "I see you were having quite a bit of fun playing with Rosemary's Megayanma."

    Hearing its name, the Pokémon---a Megayanma---flew over and landed on Olivia's head.

    "Megggaaaaa!! Yanyanaaaa!!" it buzzed excitedly in its high-pitched voice.

    Hearing the joy-filled cries of her Pokémon, Rosemary returned to the kitchen from a side room. She was wearing a checkered apron and carrying a basketful of various ingredients.

    "Oh, good morning!" she greeted Rich and Anabel, pleasantly. "I hope you weren't worried about Olivia. She woke up before and wandered in, so I let Megayanma out to play with her while I prepared breakfast. I hate to say, but it's not ready........."

    "Oh, that's no problem." Rich didn't seem concerned. "In about three seconds....."

    After exactly three seconds had passed, Roserade burst out of its Poké Ball on its own, held its bouquets in the air, and shot shining leaves in the form of a Magical Leaf attack from them.

    "Roooosssseehhh!!!!!" the flower Pokémon exclaimed as it stretched its arms.

    "Olivia." Anabel knelt down in front of her daughter, who was now being nuzzled warmly by Rich's Roserade. "Go play with Roserade and Megayanma, but stay inside the lab. I'll call you when breakfast is ready."

    "Okay!"

    With her ever-present energy, Olivia skipped cheerfully into the next room, closely followed by Roserade and Megayanma. Rich smiled at the sight of his daughter's boundless cheer.

    "She sure does take after you two, that's for sure!" Rosemary said with a grin. "Breakfast's eggs and bacon, should be up in a little while."

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    Meanwhile, in the secret headquarters somewhere in Aquane, Queen Shadow was doing something she did often, making demands. This time her targets were, as usual, her direct goons---Snattle and Brandon, with Dr. Yung and Gordor cowering in the back.

    "You four are failures, you whole lot!" she raged. "I gave you a simple job. Yung, you and Gordor were supposed to oversee the production of Shadow Stylers, then you two, Snattle and Brandon---it was your job to program the Stylers to their specific Shadow Pokémon. Yet when I call for the first report, you've only finished and programmed ONE?!!!"

    "The kinks aren't all worked out yet....." Gordor's excuse was a feeble one. When Queen Shadow was angry at you, there was no way to escape.

    "SILENCE!! Not only have you produced only one Shadow Styler in the time you could've filled the entire quota, it was the weakest one. That is unacceptable......a SAXOPHONE?"

    "We made it for Lovrina," Yung offered, showing a bit of courage in his boldly facing the angry Queen Shadow. "We figured, make the weakest Styler first, give it to the weakest Admin, and then work out the bugs from how it works for her."

    "Pshh......fine." Queen Shadow wasn't actually conceding the point, she just didn't feel like arguing about it anymore. "The program, Brandon?"

    "Her Togekiss," the green-clad archeologist replied.

    "It'll work for now, I guess. You four better get your acts together, though, I mean it. There's going to be trouble if you don't."

    "I will personally see to it that these three heed your command, my queen," Snattle said in his deep, yet drama queen-ish voice. He was brown-nosing Queen Shadow to earn her favor---something he did quite often---then he turned to Brandon, Yung and Gordor. "Well, kick it into gear, you fools! Get going! Back to the lab!"

    And with that, Snattle was off like a shot. Brandon, Yung and Gordor followed behind him sullenly.

    "He's pathetic....." Brandon mumbled as they left through the psychadelic-colored door.

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    None of this brewing trouble was known to the Mistblooms or Rosemary, though. Rich and Anabel were sitting at the silver table in the lab's kitchen as Rosemary brought out the breakfast she had prepared---steaming plates of eggs with bacon. Their mouths watered as she set the plates down on the table, then Anabel remembered one thing.

    "Olivia!" she called out. "Breakfast is ready!"

    "Coming, mommy!" the young girl announced from the adjacent room, from which she came bounding out with her Pokémon playmates a moment later. She sat down at the table while Roserade lept to Rich's shoulder and Rosemary sent Megayanma back to its Poké Ball.

    "You want to stay out, don't you?" Rich asked his Pokémon, even though he knew the answer. A vigorous nod from the flower confirmed his expectations. "Rosemary, I'm sorry to be a burden, but it looks like my friend Roserade is hungry too."

    "Oh, no worries! No worries at all!" Rosemary flung open a cabinet near her electric range, and Roserade's eyes went wide at its contents: special, homemade Pokémon food.....huge jars full of it.

    "Rooosssseeeehhhradeooo!!!!" it howled in joy before leaping off Rich's shoulder and rushing to the jars, which it promptly began nuzzling in its odd way.

    "Oh no!" Rich stood up in a jolt. "Roserade, stop that! That's not----"

    "It isn't a problem," Rosemary assured Rich. "There's plenty to go around. In fact, why don't you two let out all your Pokémon and they can have a breakfast meeting of their own?"

    "Good idea!" Anabel's hands immediately went to her waist, where she pulled off six Poké Balls. When she threw them, her Pokémon appeared---she had a green haired, white-bodied Psychic and Fighting type Erlade, a heavy and large Metagross, her purple Psychic partner Espeon, the slick red-and-black Scizor, a Water and Dragon type Kingdra, and her big, burly Snorlax.

    "Alright, seems good to me. Come on out, everyone!" Rich threw the remaining five Poké Balls on his belt, bringing out his other Pokémon: in addition to Porygon3 and Lucario there was his Dragon and Flying type Salamence, his vacant-looking-yet-intelligent-and-strong Slowking, and his partner Pokémon: the gorgeous, golden Water type Melodic which had been with him ever since the beginning. They all joined Roserade and Anabel's Pokémon awaiting the delicious food.

    "Now......" Rosemary brought out three of her own Poké Balls from her lab coat. "Wouldn't it be a bit rude if my Pokémon didn't join us? Come out, Megayanma! Metang! Subomie!"

    When Rosemary threw the Poké Balls, Megayanma returned along with the Steel and Psychic Metang---Metagross's previous evolutionary form---and a tiny green and yellow Pokémon that resembled a flower bud. This one showed an unusual interest in Rich's Roserade, waddling over to it on tiny legs and chirping curiously.

    "Subomie? Miebusubmo?"

    "Roseeeh? Roseh, raderose, rosreade."

    "What's that?" Rich had obviously never seen this Pokémon---a Subomie---before, so he brought out a gray Capture Styler-esque device from his pocket. It was his P*DA, a device able to report the data on any Pokémon it scanned through its comprehensive Pokémon Browser function.

    "Subomie, the rosebud Pokémon. Type is Grass/Poison. Subomie survives the cold of winter by closing its bud. When springtime arrives, it opens its bud to scatter pollen and absorb sunlight. Its habitat is usually near a freshwater pond, where it disperses strong sneeze-inducing pollen. When it evolves, the vines making up its bud turn into Roselia's roses and its small grass apron becomes Roselia's leaf skirt."

    "Oh! It's so cute!" Olivia was up from her seat in a snap, hugging Subomie. Roserade didn't like this, however, as it wanted Subomie's undivided attention---so it used a Body Slam attack to knock Olivia down and Subomie out of her hands.

    "Rosseh!!!! Raddeeee!!" Roserade screeched angrily, obviously not thinking of the consequences of its actions.

    "That's IT!" Rich flew up out of his chair furiously, drew a Poké Ball from his belt, and pointed it at Roserade. "You can misbehave all you want but you do NOT lay one finger on my daughter!"

    A red beam shot out of the center of the Poké Ball, enveloping Roserade and pulling it back into the red-and-white sphere. Rich just held it in his hand and stared, exasperated.

    "What am I going to do with you........." he said emptily, apparently speaking to the Poké Ball. "Whatever. Olivia, are you alright?"

    "I'm fine!" Even after being attacked, Olivia hadn't lost an ounce of her energy. She bound right back up into the chair as if nothing happened.

    "Things just keep happening one after the other....." Anabel seemed exasperated too.....but then turned her starving eyes back to the food before her. "May we?"

    "Of course! Dig in!"

    On Rosemary's cue, Rich, Anabel and Olivia attacked the plates of food while their Pokémon---minus Roserade---dug into their own, which Rosemary had been pouring out during Rich's confrontation with Roserade. The scientist then sat and began on her own dish, and for a few minutes, noone said a word. Finally, the silence was broken by Anabel.

    "So, Rosemary, about that letter. What kind of discoveries have you made?"

    "I thought you'd never ask," Rosemary answered, clearly eager to discuss her findings. "There is a legend throughout the world of two Pokémon: Dialga, the guardian of time, and Palkia, the guardian of space."

    "I still want to see Dialga, daddy!" Obviously Olivia hadn't forgotten her earlier demand.

    "Uh......Olivia, your daddy can't exactly make Dialga appear, it's a Legendar--"

    "I have a picture right here."

    Rosemary took a photograph out of her lab coat and handed it to Olivia. On it was the image of a monstrously large Pokémon, blue in color with jagged silver edges framing it. On its chest, just below its intimidating fang-filled mouth, was a huge diamond. Olivia fawned over the picture like it was a piece of gold jewelry, much to Rosemary's amusement.

    "You can keep that if you want, I've got plenty."

    "Thank you!" Olivia exclaimed, clutching the picture even closer.

    "So getting back to what you two asked about. Dialga and Palkia were said to have been resurrected from their dormat forms several years ago by the wicked Team Galactic in the Sinnoh Region. But my research.......indicates otherwise."

    "In what way?" Rich was enthralled with Rosemary's tale, having long forgotten the half-finished food before him.

    "Well, it seems that the Dialga and Palkia awoken by Team Galactic weren't real.....they were fakes, mirages."

    "Dr. Yung and his Mirage Pokémon?!" Rich and Anabel both shouted at the same time. Seven years earlier, Dr. Yung had actually been the leader of Enigma Shadow, but when Rich defeated him he had escaped to an unknown location.

    "Dr. Yung? Mirage Pokémon? I've never heard of either. The false Dialga and Palkia, I discovered, were manifestations of the powers of three other Legendary Pokémon that control the dimensions of past, present and future. I've discovered that those three, called the "Crystalline Legendaries" because of their crystal bodies containing their power, are actually hidden somewhere in this very region! Not only that, it would appear that the dormant forms of the real Dialga and Palkia are also here, explaining why the Crystalline Legendaries have a relationship to them. But that's a story in and of itself......do you two know of the ancient empire called Pokélantis?"

    "Pokélantis........." As the name fell from his lips, an unpleasant, awful memory filled Rich's mind......

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    "So what are you doing down here, then? Answer me!"

    "I wouldn't be making demands if I were you, Rich, but I may as well tell you anyway. Hidden in these ruins is an ancient artifact called the Emerald Rock. The Emperor has sent me to retrieve it, as it is an important part of his plan."

    "Don't you know that Rich and I will just battle you, defeat you, and stop you?"

    "Last time, at Diamond Rock, that was true. You caught me off guard last time. This time, however, things will be different. I've concocted a perfect plan, one that cannot fail."

    Brandon took a Poké Ball made of stone out of his pack and held it out. It had many different symbols carved into it, and in its center was a blue gem.

    "This Poké Ball is an artifact I collected during my research of the ancient civilization of Pokélantis. I came here not only to find the Emerald Rock but to continue my research, as this ruin is related to Pokélantis."

    "Fair enough, but what's inside of it?" Anabel asked.

    "Are you sure you want to know? It's the linchpin of my foolproof plan. Inside of it........is the soul of the evil Pokélantis Emperor!" Rich and Anabel stepped back in fear as a twisted smile took over Brandon's face. "Now! As your punishment for meddling in our plans so much, feel the wrath of the Pokélantis Emperor!"

    Brandon held up the Poké Ball, and it began to glow very brightly. A black cloud floated out of it and massed above Brandon, then took dead aim and dove towards Rich. He stepped forward to take the blow, away from Anabel so any kickback wouldn't hit her. The cloud absorbed into Rich's body, and he fell to his hands and knees.

    "Rich! Brandon, you creep! What did you do to my Rich?!"

    "Oh, I just made him pay for what he's done."

    A dark aura began to float around Rich's body, much like that of a Shadow Pokémon. He slowly got up, facing Brandon, and took a few long, deep breaths. He then turned around to face Anabel.

    Anabel recoiled. This wasn't the Rich she knew at all. His eyes had become maniacal, the expression on his face that of pure evil.

    "Wahahahahahahahah!!" he laughed. Even his voice had changed---it was now incredibly deep and evil-sounding. "So, Brandon, you've finally decided to let me out of that cursed trap. What have you summoned me for?"

    "Emperor, the body I have let you possess is that of my organization's top enemy. He owns powerful Pokémon. I think you will enjoy yourself."

    "Rich..........Rich, it's me! Anabel! Wake up!"

    "Now who is this little girl who addresses me as "Rich?""

    "The body you now own was married to her. Her name is Anabel."

    "Anabel......I like her. Come here!"

    Rich held out his hands, sending clouds of the dark aura at Anabel. They surrounded her and pulled the Poké Balls off her armbands. but she grabbed them back out of the air and put them back in their places.

    "Fool! You dare defy me, the almighty Emperor of Pokélantis?! Those Pokémon you have belong to me now!"

    "No! NO! I don't know who you are anymore! Bring my Rich back!"

    "Sorry, Anabel, no can do. Our leader wanted him dealt with, so that's what I have done. If you want to try and rescue him you could follow us deeper into the ruins.....but I can't guarantee your safety if you do. Come, Emperor, we must find that Emerald Rock now."

    Brandon and Rich fled back down the corridor, leaving Anabel on her own.....

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    ".........Pokélantis..." Rich repeated, this time with a strong tone of barely-restrained anger in his voice. "I will never forget how Brandon intentionally possessed me with the soul of the evil Pokélantis Emperor......."

    "He did WHAT?!!" Rosemary was startled. "I'm shocked, because that all ties into the legend!"

    "It does?" Anabel was obviously angry about the memory too, but was able to suppress it better. "You mean that this whole thing is all related to itself?"

    "Well, I'll tell you the legend and you decide for yourself. Pokélantis is rumoured to have been destroyed when it incurred the wrath of the Legendary Pokémon Ho-oh. That is not true. Pokélantis was an empire that spanned much of the world, and they DID capture Ho-oh, sealing it in a tomb atop Sulfur Rock in the Metalico Islands region. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

    Pokélantis began right here, in what is now Aquane. The evil Emperor ruling it sought no less than global domination using Legendary Pokémon, and to that end he captured three crystalline Pokémon---the Crystalline Legendaries I told you about earlier. Once he had control of them, he used them to capture two more Pokémon, a time-ruling diamond Pokémon and a space-ruling pearl Pokémon---those would be Dialga and Palkia. Now possessing five Legendary Pokémon he attacked other nations, easily toppling them like dominoes until the Pokélantis Empire fell mysteriously after its battle with Ho-oh. The timing is why most believe Ho-oh defeated Pokélantis, but in truth, it was a man. A knight in Pokélantis's service named Sir Aaron, along with his loyal partners Lucario and Pidgeot, realized that the Emperor was going to destroy the world and had to be stopped. Secretly, Sir Aaron began working against the Emperor.

    The first step in Aaron's plan to halt the mad aspirations of Pokélantis's Emperor was to eliminate his weapons. To that end Aaron sealed the Crystalline Legendaries in three secret temples throughout Aquane, but first used their powers to seal Dialga and Palkia. When the Emperor found out about this he decreed that Aaron would die by the hand of none other than himself, so the brave knight fled to the one kingdom that had resisted Pokélantis: the kingdom of Camaron in what is now Kanto. Rene, the queen of Camaron, enlisted Aaron, Lucario and Pidgeot to protect them from an imminent attack by Pokélantis's armies.......but it was too late.

    Not long after Aaron arrived in Camaron, the armies in pursuit of the renegade knight came. But by that time, the mighty Pokélantis Empire was splintering under its own weight, and the two armies turned on each other. This saved Aaron's life, but left Camaron to be destroyed in the civil war between factions of Pokélantis's armies. There was only one thing Aaron could do.......

    First he sealed Lucario inside his magical staff using Aura, an ability to control waves of energy that he possessed, a power that was also held by the Crystalline Legendaries. Once Lucario was safely protected from the war, Aaron went to a place known as the Tree of Beginning and met the Legendary Pokémon Mew. Aaron gave his Aura to Mew, resulting in his death---but at the same time, allowing Mew to use the crystalline structure of the Tree of Beginning to end the war and cause Pokélantis's fall.

    That's not where the story ends, though. When Mew released Aaron's Aura into the Tree of Beginning, it flowed back to Pokélantis and infused itself into the temples where he had sealed Dialga, Palkia and the Crystalline Legendaries. So while they were still sealed, at the same time they were active---using their powers of past, present and future, the Crystalline Legendaries created another Dialga and Palkia, which were the mirages awoken by Team Galactic. The real ones still sleep somewhere in Aquane to this day, which is what I'm researching.

    Whew, that was a lot. Did you get all that?"

    Rich and Anabel looked dumbfounded, but Olivia still had her cheery demeanor.

    "I did! I did!"

    Rosemary laughed as Rich and Anabel took their facefaults, then stood and brushed themselves off. Before another word was said, Rosemary's P*DA rang.

    "Hmmmm, it seems I've got an e-mail." Rosemary brought out her white P*DA and opened it, then mumbled to herself as she read the e-mail and put it away. "You three up for a little day trip?"

    Rich, Anabel and Olivia all nodded, so Rosemary continued.

    "I ordered a package of machine parts for my research....that e-mail was telling me that they've arrived at the shop in Okka Town, not too far from here. I wouldn't mind it if you'd......escort me there."

    "Okay, I think Anabel and Olivia wouldn't mind. I'll go." Rich did seem eager in his volunteering.

    "Well, thanks Rich!" Anabel added sarcastically. "I'll go too, but thanks for volunteering me anyway! Come, Olivia, we've got to get ready."

    Things seemed peaceful, but again, they weren't. That strange blonde-haired woman who was spying on Rich and Anabel in Larousse City was back, listening in from a bush outside Rosemary's lab......

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    "I ordered a package of machine parts for my research....that e-mail was telling me that they've arrived at the shop in Okka Town, not too far from here. I wouldn't mind it if you'd......escort me there."

    "Okay, I think Anabel and Olivia wouldn't mind. I'll go."

    "Well, thanks Rich! I'll go too, but thanks for volunteering me anyway! Come, Olivia, we've got to get ready."


    "Is that it, Domino?" Queen Shadow seemed bored, and her voice reflected that.

    "That's the entire transmission," Domino replied from her hiding place.

    "So they're heading off to Okka Town to pick up a package of machine parts, are they? Domino, you're my best strategic commander, so I'm going to send some peons your way. Make sure they hassle Rich long enough that I can develop a plan."

    "A-OK. Agent 009, signing off." Domino vanished from the screen.

    "Hmmmmm......." Queen Shadow rubbed her chin in thought, then pushed a button on her armrest. "Attila, Hun, get in here."

    On the command from Queen Shadow, two people entered the chamber. One was a large, muscular man with wild yellow hair and hexagonal sunglasses, the other having her long bluegreen hair as one of the few indications of her gender. Both were clad from head to toe in jet-black uniforms emblazoned with the three-pronged Enigma Shadow insignia on their backs.

    "Yo, what's up? What did you call us for?" the man asked, rather rudely. This was met with a slap upside the head from his partner.

    "She is our leader, Attila! You NEVER address her with "Yo, what's up!""

    "Calm down, Hun. I've got a job for the two of you."

    As soon as he heard that they had a job, Attila smashed his left fist into his open right hand and smirked widely.

    "Awesome. I've been hungry to get going and squash some fools like baby Wurmples! Who are we going after?"

    "You two will like this. I'm sending you to Floria Town......for THAT."

    "That?" Hun was surprised, a rare emotion among Enigma Shadow's top members. "This job is the beginning of.....?"

    "Yes, it is, Hun. This is the beginning of the Fire Opal Project. I expect nothing less than total success. Those meddling fools have gone to Okka Town, where I've already headed them off, so you won't be dealing with them. Surely you can crush the feeble Rangers there if they put up a fight. Now get going."

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    Rich, Anabel, Olivia and Rosemary arrived in Okka Town about thirty minutes after their departure, lending truth to Rosemary's earlier claim that it was a short trip. Like Floria Town, Okka was a place well in tune with nature. Its homes and shops were built of rustic wood---there were even some log cabins---and trees full of berries lined the roads.

    One thing was missing, though---people. The town was dead quiet, seemingly abandoned.

    "What's going on? What is all this?" Rosemary wondered as she stepped into town and looked around at the dead calm surrounding her. "I come here for shopping all the time, and I've never seen it this quiet."

    "Something isn't right....." Rich was taken aback by the odd situation too, and his senses were telling him there was a problem in town. "Anabel, wouldn't you agree that this seems awfully suspicious?"

    Anabel nodded, agreeing, then pulled Olivia even closer.

    "Listen to me, Olivia. Stay close by and don't go wandering off. Rosemary, is there anywhere in this town we could go to figure this out, like an information booth or something?"

    "I'm friends with the mayor, Harlan......maybe he could help us out. His home is right down this street, to the left."

    As the group walked towards the home of the Okka Town mayor, the dead quiet surrounding them enveloped them like a choking cloud of smoke. Not a single person was about---all the homes had their lights turned off, all the shops were closed and abandoned. But when they finally arrived at the mayor's home, this all changed. The front door had been left slightly open.

    "Hmmmmm......." Rich put his hand on the door, but hesitated and didn't push it open. "What do you think? Do we go in?"

    With nods of affirmation from Rosemary and Anabel, Rich pushed the door open and the group of four went inside. The office immediately through the door was lushly outfitted, with a grand rug surely from some faraway land covering the floor, plush velvet waiting couches near a large flatscreen TV, and a single leather chair sitting behind a wooden desk that was lined with pieces of paper, pens, books and other things. Another seemingly abandoned house---until some shouting could be heard from up the stairs. Rosemary immediately ran to the base of the staircase and shouted up.

    "Mayor? Mayor, are you alright?!"

    "Rosemary, is that you?!" a male voice replied from the above floor, seemingly pained to speak. "Help me! They're-----"

    The explanation didn't need to be finished, as Rosemary flew up the stairs like a shot, closely followed by Rich, Anabel and Olivia. Greeting them at the top was a panicked situation in a bedroom decorated much like the office---a slightly overweight, gray-haired old man in a red business suit and clutching a cane was on his hands and knees, and standing over him was another man, identity completely cloaked by the black armor he was wearing.

    "Harlan, what in the blue hell happened to you?!" Rosemary screamed, losing her composure.

    "I....I....." the old man was completely winded and could barely talk. "This coward just barged in and....started beating me up...."

    "Silence!" bellowed the mysterious crook towering dominantly over his hostage. "I told you what I wanted. Just hand over all of the town's money from the vault I know you have here, and I'll leave."

    "But.....I keep telling you, there's not a red cent on my person or in my home!"

    "Stop lying to me. It's your dishonesty that's causing your pain. We might be a big organization, but every dollar helps. Now give me the money!"

    Suddenly, and seemingly inappropriately, Rosemary began laughing.

    "Hahahah, you're a fool! Where are you from? If you'd spent any time in this town you'd know he isn't lying!"

    "How DARE you laugh at ------" The mystery man swung around angrily to confront Rosemary, but he quickly forgot about her when he spotted Rich and Anabel. "No! Rich and Anabel found us again?! Why can't we ever get away with a thing? But then again.....if I knock you out here and now, I can earn myself a promotion AND more money than hustling this pitiful old man would. Count yourself unlucky, but this has to be done!"

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    Pkmn Trainer Rich ---vs.--- Hood Edward
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    "Come on out, Muskippa and Keikouo! Time to rock and roll!"

    The crook pulled two Poké Balls from his belt and threw them, releasing a green, floating flytrap Pokémon with rootlike 'feet' and a huge-eyed goofy look, along with a small black and gray fish Pokémon.

    "Hm? Two Pokémon I've never seen before. Better check them out."

    Rich took out his P*DA, opened it, and used the Browser to scan his opponent's Pokémon.

    Muskippa, the flycatcher Pokémon. Type is Grass. Its saliva has a sweet smell, which it uses to attract prey into its huge jaws. Once captured, a Muskippa will eat the prey completely within 24 hours. It moves around by tangling its roots around tree branches, then hunts by opening its huge mouth and waiting for prey.

    Keikouo, the hop fish Pokémon. Type is Water. When a Keikouo is showered with sunlight, its fins glow with a deeper, sharper color. It swims by flapping its two fins in a wing-like manner, earning it the nickname Beautifly of the Sea."


    "Not bad, a couple I didn't expect. Unfortunately for you, they won't last long. Salamence, Slowking, let's go!"

    When Rich's Salamence and Slowking came out into the battle, Edward just laughed.

    "We'll be seeing about that. You wont be running us over easy this time!"

    "I don't know who this "us" is, but I've got a swift punishment coming to anyone who beats up an innocent old man for cash. Salamence, show him what I'm talking about! Fire Blast!"

    With an earth-shaking, mighty roar, Salamence launched a blast of fire from deep within itself out through its fang-lined mouth, a blast that quickly reformed and took the shape of some sort of Japanese symbol. When this blast hit Muskippa, it exploded. The sheer heat of tha attack caused the air around Muskippa to warp briefly, and covered the flytrap Pokémon with burns all over its body. Surprisingly, though, Muskippa survived the attack and seemed not only angry but hungry for more.

    "Told you. Keikouo, Ice Beam!!"

    Despite its tiny size, Keikouo packed a lot of power, a fact Salamence found out the hard way. It struck with a surprisingly strong beam of ice, which surely would have caused Salamence's temper to explode----had it not frozen the dragon in the process of doing all its damage.

    "No! Salamence!" Rich shouted, even though such shouting really couldn't help him.

    "Heheheheheh. Wanna give up now? Or must I.......Muskippa, use Energy Ball!"

    "Muuuuussssss......." The flytrap growled in a menacing manner, ready to strike back for its having been cooked by Salamence's earlier attack. It formed a ball of green energy within its roots, then swung its whole body forward, flinging the orb straight for Slowking. Upon recieving the explosive hit, Slowking stumbled backward---but having been trained well by Rich, did it in its own slightly dopey yet stylish way. Edward was amused, but it was Rich who would have the last laugh.

    "Not so fast there. Slowking, time to show him what a Water type.......wouldn't be expected to do. Flamethrower now!"

    "Sloooowwwwking~~~~~~" A simple yawn was all it took for Slowking---a Water and Psychic type---to actually use a fire attack, loosing a stream of white-hot fire from its mouth. Once again the target was Muskippa, and this time, the outcome was different; the flytrap fell to the ground, fainted as a result.

    "I think the score's evened up now!" Rich taunted as Edward sent Muskippa back to its Poké Ball, seething silently.

    "Nothing's set in stone....time for me to show you this awesome Pokémon I got from my boss. Go, Mitsuhoney!"

    The last Pokémon owned by Edward was a Mitsuhoney, a small, honeycomb-shaped yellow and black bug Pokémon with three smiling faces. Something was odd about this one, though.....its expression seemed empty, almost in an evil way. Nevertheless, Rich ignored that fact and scanned Mitsuhoney with the P*DA.

    [i]"Mitsuhoney, the baby bee Pokémon. Type is Bug/Flying. It is one Pokémon made up of three bodies, and diligently collects honey for a Beequeen. It carries all the honey it collects back to its living place. At night, many Mitsuhoney pile up and form a hive to stay warm while sleeping. Only female Mitsuhoney can evolve into Beequeen, and they are denoted by the red spot on the bottom face."[I]

    "Hmmm....I've battled a Beequeen before, but never a Mitsuhoney. Salamence, try an Aerial Ace if you can break out....."

    Rich's tone, however, told a different story: although he had commanded an attack, he knew nothing would come of it. Salamence stayed frozen within the block of ice from Keikouo's attack.

    "Heheheheh. Now, Keikouo, finish it off! Ice Beam again!"

    Rich already had the Poké Ball ready, for he knew Salamence wouldn't be able to stand another Ice Beam, even from the tiny Keikouo. He was right. After the hit, the ice shattered and Salamence fell to the floor, fainted.

    "Salamence, return. This game's nowhere near over yet. Porygon3, you're up!"

    Porygon3 replaced Salamence, and judging by the glint in its eyes, it was ready to fight.......but noone was ready for the next trick Edward had.

    "Mitsuhoney, Shadow Blitz! Go!"

    In a shocking turn of events, Mitsuhoney cloaked itself within a wispy cloud of dark energy and flung itself recklessly at Slowking. Slowking didn't react much, owing to Mitsuhoney's weak strength, but Rich instantly recognized the attack---it was a move used only by Shadow Pokémon, creatures with their hearts forcibly shut that Enigma Shadow had used as fighting machines to accomplish their goals. Everyone had thought all the Shadow Pokémon were gone, but here it was right before Rich's eyes. A Shadow Mitsuhoney.

    "A Shadow Pokémon?! But how can that be? They all were Snagged and purified seven years ago!"

    "Not so mighty without your Snag Machine, now are you?" Edward teased Rich, snidely. "You see my Shadow Mitsuhoney and you can't do a thing about it. HAH!"

    Rich's expression hardened. If he couldn't save the Mitsuhoney, he only had one other choice.

    "Slowking, take it down! We've got no other choice! Fire Blast!"

    Powering up from its past Flamethrower, this time Slowking loosed a Fire Blast from its mouth with another yawn. Mitsuhoney got hit dead-on.

    "Miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!" the Shadow Pokémon screeched as the flames burned its body---then it fell, fainted by one strike.

    "Oh no! That can't be! How'd my Shadow Mitsuhoney......aww, forget it! Return!"

    "It's all over for you. Porygon3, time to lay down the law! Thunderbolt!"

    Sparks flew from Porygon3's streamlined body, and then a single bolt of lightning shot out to strike Keikouo. Just like that, the fish Pokémon fainted, and the battle was over.

    "Ack!! Tripped up on an easy job!"

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    "Fine, I'll leave this stingy creep alone. What a pitiful town to elect him mayor. The others left me here while they went to fetch that package, and......"

    "Package?" Rosemary quizzed Edward, suspicious of his words. "What kind of package?"

    "Oh.....you'll find out."

    Edward was off in a flash, abandoning the scene as quickly as he appeared. Rosemary quickly went to the mayor's side and helped him to his feet.

    "Are you okay, Harlan, mayor, sir?" she asked with great concern.

    "I'm fine," the mayor replied angrily. "The nerve of that crook! He comes in here and starts beating up an old man? The NERVE!"

    "Uh, about that......" Rich had a dumbfounded look on his face, and his voice reflected it. "Rosemary, why did you laugh when that guy said he wanted all the town's money?"

    "That? Ahahaha, that's nothing. He was acting like a fool. Anyone who's lived in Aquane for even a short time knows that we don't use traditional money!! Thanks to our lush connection with nature, we have so many berries that we use Pokéblock as currency!"

    "You.....what?! Hah, what a fool he was, Rich!" Anabel found the whole thing rather amusing, but only for a moment. She quickly turned serious. "But, now isn't the time to be laughing, if there was one of those crooks in town there are probably more."

    "They're holding the whole town hostage," Harlan hissed under his breath. The old mayor clearly had paranoia clouding his mind, and thought more of Edward's comrades were in his home. "If they hear us they'll come and drag us all away. I think I heard him say that they went off to the Postmaster's Office......"

    "Of course! MY package is what they want! Thank you for the help, sir, we're in your debt." Rosemary swung around to face Rich, Anabel and Olivia. "Well, what are you waiting for? Those machine parts are very important, and if they fall into the wrong hands..."

    "We understand," Anabel said. "Let's go!"

    The group of four shot down the stairs and out of the mayor's home.....leaving the old man behind.

    "Wait! Wait for this feeble old man!" Harlan began tottering forward on his cane, slowly............slowly...............






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    "I don't know," Rich responded as he switched into his usual suit from a blue robe he always wore at night,


    "She sure does take after you two, that's for sure!" Rosemary said with a grin. "Breakfast's eggs and bacon, should be up in a little while."
    Two things I don't get. 1. How does Rich still have the blue robe even though all of his luggage was lost in the plane attack?

    2. Where do the bacon and eggs come from in the Pokemon world? I know this is often discussed, but it sort of doesn't make sense for torchic eggs and grumpigs to be slaughtered.

    Other than that, I think I can make a couple of predictions. The parts they rescue will be part of the Snag machine, and Project Fire Opal wil have to do with capturing Giratina.
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    To prevent this from being a "SPAM" post (which I don't actually agree with since the ones that appear to be SPAMming are actually stating their open opinions), I have some criticism for you. Sometimes, whenever I'm reading, I expect a level of action-buildup (good thing), instead of you immediately rushing into the action with a battle. It was a good plotpoint (the battle), but if I was knocked down by a robber I'd do more than just complain. Also, I would RUN far ahead if I was the robber. Yeah, you could have made the scene a little more difficult with chasing down and such--small drama is good.

    Actually, don't listen to me. If you took everybody's advice, then this piece of writing wouldn't just be your writing, right? Keep your writing style and never forcefully changes--it's what seperates you from the average writer.
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    Hehe..... Myuu, you got me there. I never even THOUGHT of the luggage. I honestly have no explanation---I screwed up. Hopefully you'll be willing to forgive me for that.

    The eggs and bacon again, no explanation. That isn't my fault though---noone has ever explained how normal food is obtained in the Pokémon world. I'm just following the tradition of overlooking it. Sure, I could come up with something, but it would probably be so convoluted and only lead to more problems and confusion so I decided against it.

    Now to Harley: First, the mayor's an old man. Like, a really decrepit old man....who walks with a cane. He's lucky he was able to get up the stairs.

    I see your point about rushing into battles, but I don't like to leave a scene with people arguing for a half an hour back and forth either.

    Myuu, half your guess was right: obviously Fire Opal is a Giradina reference. But how, that is the question.......

    Oh yes, and here are a lot of titles for upcoming chapters:

    2: Shadow Pokémon and All That Jazz! (Mysterious Laboratory! Lovrina and Shadow Styler?!)

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    4: First Pokémon Contest! Return of Harley!


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    Quote Originally Posted by The Great Butler View Post

    2: Shadow Pokémon and All That Jazz! (Mysterious Laboratory! Lovrina and Shadow Styler?!)

    3: It Will All be Mine (Legend of the Crystalline Pokémon! Suicune Fanatic Enters?)

    4: First Pokémon Contest! Return of Harley!


    Yes, you read that right. He's baaaaaaaaaack........
    2. That seems like a "Chicago" reference. Am I right, or am I right? I think it's appropriate since the first Shadow styler is the saxophone.

    2. You know, I think it might be Eusine. It seems to rush if you think about two admins appearing in back to back chapters..

    4. Ahh, so the Contests return? That probably means we hear from other contest characters too, such as Drew, May, ect. I can't wait.
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    i enjoyed that chapter, it's good to see that atilla and hun are back, and that roserade is still naughty!

    YAHOO!!!! harley's back!!!






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    2. That seems like a "Chicago" reference. Am I right, or am I right? I think it's appropriate since the first Shadow styler is the saxophone.
    It was a pun on the expression "all that jazz," nothing more. I've never even seen Chicago.

    2. You know, I think it might be Eusine. It seems to rush if you think about two admins appearing in back to back chapters..
    It is Eusine......but a new Admin appears, too. I wonder if you could guess his identity if I told you he wears a red hat, appears in DP and was on Serebii's front page sometime this year.

    4. Ahh, so the Contests return? That probably means we hear from other contest characters too, such as Drew, May, ect. I can't wait.
    You got that right. If there's Harley, there's May---and let me tell you up front: if you like Drew, you won't like him after this. Muh huh huh......

    Brandon- Regigigas
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    Well, you got Brandon right because I already revealed his.

    I suppose it wouldn't be too much of a spoiler to reveal that the main Admins will have TWO Shadow Stylers, controlling a Stage 2 Pokémon in the first battle, and a Legendary in the second.

    Example: In Chapter 2, Lovrina's saxophone controls her Shadow Togekiss.

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    Eusine makes me LOL! Eusine seems like a gay guy to me. He stalks you in Crystal! ^__^

    but a new Admin appears, too. I wonder if you could guess his identity if I told you he wears a red hat, appears in DP and was on Serebii's front page sometime this year.
    CURSES! I don't have DP! ARGGH!

    You got that right. If there's Harley, there's May---and let me tell you up front: if you like Drew, you won't like him after this. Muh huh huh......
    Too bad I don't follow the anim. anymore. That Harley guy seems cool. I'd rather call him cactus man but *shrugs*

    Y'anyways, gotta describe those new DP a bit better in my honest to goodness opinion.

    I will personally see to it that these three heed your command, my queen," Snattle said in his deep, yet drama queen-ish voice. He was brown-nosing Queen Shadow to earn her favor---something he did quite often---then he turned to Brandon, Yung and Gordor. "Well, kick it into gear, you fools! Get going! Back to the lab!"

    And with that, Snattle was off like a shot. Brandon, Yung and Gordor followed behind him sullenly.
    LOLZ! Yung got demoted! And is being ordered around by everyone's hated admin--SNATTY-kun!

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    Then why don't you say it instead of Spamming?

    2: Shadow Pokémon and All That Jazz! (Mysterious Laboratory! Lovrina and Shadow Styler?!)

    3: It Will All be Mine (Legend of the Crystalline Pokémon! Suicune Fanatic Enters?)

    4: First Pokémon Contest! Return of Harley!
    2. Huh, figures that you haven't seen Chicago. The title would seen a bit unwieldy. But it is apt, considering the Shadow Styler's based on a saxophone...does that sound weird to you?

    3. I could swear that sounds like a Frank Sinatra song. As for that new Admin...he appeared this year, on Serebii.net itself?...I'll have to say the closest is Hyouta but that doesn't make any sense. I might also go with the Magma Colosseum Leader in PBR, Dai, because of his Groudon hat of DOOM!!

    4. Meh, I couldn't care less about Drew, I just don't think what else Harley can do. But then that's his speciality...

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