hey all, i'm back. And the downward spiral of not posting for months and months continues.
I think the last chapter I posted was in August some time last year. To say the least it's been busy, with graduate school and struggling to find a job in a jobless economy in the U.S, but i'm still ticking, and I finally finished editing the next chapter.
I do want to thank everyone who has been supporting this little story though. All the good nature comments, the corrections to my grammar, the criticisms and the rest, I really do value it. I hope you all enjoy this chapter, as it is a turning point somewhat for the entire narrative, as you will see.
Disclaimer, of course. This story is rated R for scenes of graphic violence, foul language, and the like.
Chapter 17- Collapse
The Steelix roared in delight as it closed in on Sebastian’s head, its great mouth almost the goalpost opened wide. Sebastian could do nothing but watch in horror, and scream in terror, as the pokemon’s jaws came crashing down on his body.
Sebastian closed his eyes, tucked in his arms and held his chest in a hug, waiting for his fate. Time seemed to slow down for him in the darkness; he could feel the slight shaking of his cowardly Seedot, Sophie’s soft hands grasping his shoulder, his own heart thumping loudly in his chest.
Suddenly, he heard the Steelix roar, almost in his ears, but this was not a roar of triumph as before, this was something different.
Sebastian opened his eyes again, only to close them quickly to shield the bright light that filled the cave. The brilliant, white light radiated the once blackness of the cave, laminating every crevice and crack, giving light to every dark void within the walls. Almost like a bulb being powered by a socket, the light shone brightly, unwavering in the darkness.
“COME ON!” shouted Sophie, tugging on Sebastian’s arm and trying to get him up on his feet. Sebastian began to scramble, kicking his feet into the dirt and crawling away from the thrashing Steelix, pummeling the cavern walls with its skull. The caves rumbled loudly, shaking with violent tremors by the Steelix’s head bashing. Amp stood its ground, its pink body shaking wildly from the turbulence.
Sebastian, finally upright once again, grabbed his still trembling Seedot and began running madly, his legs pumping as hard as they can to follow Sophie in the darkness. The two teens run downwards into the cavern, not knowing which way they are going or how to get there.
“WHERE ARE WE?” he shouted, in the near distance the roars of the Steelix were heard once again.
“JUST KEEP MOVING!” retorted Sophie. Her voice was now raspy from the constant yelling over the Steelix’s cries.
The two kept moving through the darkness, until they came to a larger chamber in the cave. This chamber stood out from the rest, mainly due to the large hole in the center of the cavern. The moonlight was now shining downwards into a perfect beam, the rain, now a slow drizzle, created a tiny puddle in the centerpiece, with the runoff water moving in numerous directions of the cavern. Sadly, the tunnel just lead to here, a dead end was what the two teens have run into.
Gasping for air, Sophie grabbed one of her pokeballs, and quickly tossed it to the ground. A quick red flash revealed her tiny Treecko, its golden eyes scanning the room with near perfect vision. Somewhat confused by the setting, it looked up at its heaving master, giving a puzzling expression as it waited for some type of command to fulfill.
Sebastian, still cradling his Seedot, began to catch his breath. His Seedot was still trembling with fear, emitting quick breaths through it’s near paralyzed state, to which Sebastan tried to caress it’s durable shell, hoping to calm his pokemon as he began to look around the cavern chamber. He scanned the sides of the walls, searching for some passageway to lead out of here, but found nothing.
“You see..anything?” He asked Sophie. Sophie just shook her head.
“Were at a dead end…****!” She wailed, before turning her head to her pokemon. “Treecko, were in trouble, be ready to fight if need be ok?” she asked.
The Treecko, still somewhat unsure as to what has transpired, only nodded it’s head in slightly. It’s tiny frame clung to Sophie, its eyes peeled for anything. Sebastian meanwhile recalled his Seedot, and threw another pokeball onto the floor, this time, his Cubone, club fully brandished, was ready for the next fight.
“Just in case buddy, be ready to fight a Steelix, ok?” He said to it, the Cubone’s eyes widened at the statement, and it nervously nodded its head. The four of them kept near the center of the cave, huddled under the small hole of light, except for Sebastian’s Cubone, which opted to stay away from the puddle in the floor. Despite the minor drizzle pouring on them, the group kept their eyes on the entrance to this chamber.
After a few moments, no sounds could be heard.
“I think we lost it….” Sebastian began to say, but then another rumble shook the chamber. All of them, human and pokemon, braced themselves, anticipating some kind of attack. The rumbles only got louder, the shaking cavern more turbulent.
“You had to say something.” Sophie said, right before a fresh hole was made to the right of the chambers entrance. The Steelix burst through the cavern walls, and Amp went flying in the air, until it landed hard onto the hardened ground headfirst. After a few seconds of immobilization, it looked like it was not getting up.
“ATTACK, MAGICAL LEAF!” Sophie shouted.
“HELP IT, CUBONE, BONEMERANG!” Sebastian cried.
The two tiny pokemon gave each other a quick glance, and then turned to their giant opponent, who was snaking closer to them, crunching the dirt bed and the tiny rocks below its massive metallic body while emitting a slight growl.
Treecko moved first, with great agility jumped into the air and seemingly out of nowhere, threw two large, paper thin leaves like spinning shurikens at the eyes of the giant pokemon. Cubone, in timely fashion, threw his bone at the pokemon’s face. The Steelix, however, just opened its mouth slightly, almost mimicking a laugh before it swished its blade-like tail into the air and made a sharp cut, knocking the bone to the floor and slicing the two leaves in half.
Treecko threw another set at the steel-type, while Cubone ran to retrieve its club. The Steelix roared loudly, causing the pokemon to stop in their tracks, frightened by the high pitched screech that was made. The steel type lifted its tail again and slashed the air, striking Treecko on its side and knocking it back onto the ground. It also moved part of its body in the pathway of Cubone, blocking it from its precious club.
“HEADBUTT!” cried Sebastian. Cubone, lowering its head, rammed full speed into the steel type’s body, but the hard surface seemingly shook off any blow, and rather knocked Cubone to the ground. The Steelix was almost bellowing in laughter, seemingly amused by the tiny pokémon’s attempts to attack it. With a flick of its tail, the Steelix tosses the Cubone back to the ground, making it roll through the center light and smack into the small pool of water.
“****…get up Cubone!” Sebastian cried. The small ground type was struggling to its feet, slipping in the pool. Its eyes were red and puffy and its fur was slick with mud, making movement slow and uncomfortable for the ground type. Across the room, Treeko was staggering to its feet, its arm was hanging on its side with a large gash running across it. Its eyes were slightly glossy, but it had a smile running across its face.
“Treeko! Ensnare it with Leech Seed!” cried Sophie. The pokemon lifted its good arm, and a glowing, green ball began to form in the palm of its hand. The Steelix, noticing the small pokemon, struck with its razor sharp tail again, but this time Treeko dodged it, not losing any concentration. With a quick motion, it threw the glowing ball towards the Steelixs’ tail. Upon striking it, the glowing orb began to sprout tiny, thorny vines that wrapped around the creatures backend. The Steelix roared as the seeds began to sap some of its power; small, glowing green balls began to float back to Treeko, giving it some much needed energy. The effects began to work, as the gash on its arm began to disappear.
“GET AMP AND LETS GET OUT OF HERE!” cried Sophie. Sebastian nodded and dashed towards Amp, still unconscious near the back of the room. He quickly grabbed its pink frame and donned the pokemon over its shoulder, and ran towards his Cubone as it struggled to stand in the middle of the chamber. The Steelix brought its teeth to the vines, and began gnawing the thorny brambles to cut itself loose. Treeko in turn began to attack again, throwing more magical leaves towards Steelixs’ eyes. The leaves struck the monsters eyes just as it sawed through the ensnaring brambles, causing it to stagger back a bit yelping in pain. Sophie recalled Treeko and ran towards Sebastian.
“HEAD FOR THE ENTERENCE!” Sebastian shouted as he grabbed his pokeball and retrieved his Cubone. “I’M NOT LEAVING WITHOUT YOU….”Sophie cried, but the Steelix just roared and shoved its body between the two, swiping its tail at a shocked Sophie and bashing her on the top of her head. She fell down hard, a large bump with blood beginning to flow from the wound.
“SOPHIE!” Sebastian cried, but the Steelix obstructed his view of her. Its beady eyes locked in on Sebastian and Amp, and the iron snake began to circle around him.
‘I’m doomed….’ Thought Sebastian, as the Steelix opened its mouth and lowered its jaws over him, before a sudden BOOM of thunder erupted from the sky, stopping the Steelix for a moment. He looked up as the rain, once a drizzle, began to pour heavily.
A sudden idea crossed his mind, and he turned to the Steelix, looking upwards.
“Finish the damn job already! GO AHEAD! DO IT!” taunted Sebastian. The creature roared and moved its head down quickly, its jaws agape. Sebastian waited as long his nerves could stay, before he jumped away to the left, scraping his arm onto the metallic body of the Steelix as he crashed into it. Amp fell from his shoulder and hit the mudded ground hard as he reached for a pokeball and threw it as far away as he could. His baby Elekid popped out, emitting a loveable coo before opening its eyes and seeing the giant monstrosity before it.
“ELEKID, SHOCK THE STEELIX!” Sebastian screamed, as he grabbed Amp, now caked in fresh mud, and jumped again, over the Steelix’s body. The giant snake snapped at him, but instead caught himself, scraping its metallic body with a high pitched screech. Sebastian ran as fast as he could towards Sophie’s body, quickly grabbing her arm and dropping Amp as gently as he could next to her. His right arm was bruised and bleeding, his back was aching. He was tired and breathing heavy, but was more concerned for his friend than himself at this point.
The Steelix, now eyeing Sebastians' Elekid, seemed to lose all interest in the human it was chasing, and snapped its jaws furiously at the baby pokemon. The Elekid in turn was not frightened at all. In fact, its eyes were glowing as it readied an attack, sending a massive thunder bolt from the top of its head towards the Steelix. The creature was struck dead on, and thanks to the rain and the puddle the iron snake was still wading in, the hit was able to stick.
The pokemon, normally immune to thunder, was nearly paralyzed. The Steelix roared once again, this time in pain. Sebastian was busy checking Sophie to see if she was breathing, luckily, she was just knocked cold by the blow. Her pulse was faint and her breaths were low and labored.
“Wake up…wake up!” Sebastian kept uttering under his breath.
He was tired and dirty, and he kept slapping Sophie in the face, trying to spur her back into consciousness. Sophie began to stir a bit, much to Sebastian’s relief, coughing a bit before smacking him back.
“Don’t ever….hit me again!” Sophie said hoarsely. The blow on her head by the Steelix had stopped bleeding, but a large bruise protruded from her cranium, no doubt a small cut that was obstructed from view by her tangled hair.
“Come on get up!” Sebastian said, grabbing her and getting her on her feet. Behind them, a loud clap of thunder echoed in the cave, as the two teens turned and saw the Steelix convulse with electricity running through its shiny body. Sebastian’s Elekid kept his barrage of thunder bolts on the creature. The Steelix roared one more time, slamming its head into the rock wall, causing another tremor, before collapsing onto the floor.
“ELEKID, GET OVER HERE!” Shouted Sebastian.
The baby pokemon looked at him, its eyes a pale almost menacing looking yellow, pulsating with power, possibly leftover electricity that is still surging through its body. The baby pokemon had a small, sly smile form on its lips, almost a menacing look from the pokemon, as it leisurely walked towards its master.
Sebastian finally breathed deep, almost in a sigh, as he went towards his Elekid and gave it a loving pat.
“Thank you, for saving us.” He whispered into the pokémon’s ear, so that Sophie couldn’t hear him. The baby just cooed softly in glee, its eyes returning to normal and it’s smile fading to a full blown grin. Sebastian looked around for the creature’s poke-ball, before finding it near the Steelixs unconscious body. Picking it up and dusting off some of the grime and mud that accumulated on its side, he recalled his Elekid.
“Is it dead?” Sophie asked, walking cautiously towards the Steelix’s body.
“Sophie, let’s just…” Sebastian began, but she just lifted her palm to him and looked down at the Steel type.
“Maybe we should just capture it now.” She said to him.
She was standing now near the edge of the light hole, touching the water with the tips of her sneakers as she inched closer to look the Steelix over. Its beady eyes, once expressionless, were now almost shut. Its body wasn’t stirring, it’s mouth opened wide. The Steelix was knocked out and was unlikely to get up any time soon.
Suddenly, the cave began to shake once more, even more violently then before. Sophie fell almost headfirst into the pool of water, while Sebastian struggled to keep his own balance.
“Now what?” Sophie said, almost sarcastically. The shaking continued until a loud, cracking noise was heard. Both teens turned towards the Steelix’s front, where the head of the creature slammed into the eroding rock wall. Around it, the rocks began to splinter into a thousand tiny shards, before generating a large crack, barely visible in the darkness as it snaked up towards the ceiling. It made its way towards the center hole, where Sebastian could see, to his horror, the large, black cracks in plain view, as they began to shatter near the edges of the hole.
“SOPHIE!” He shouted, as he rushed towards her. Sophie, on her hands and knees from the shakes of the cave, tilted her head. Her eyes went wide as the ceiling began to crack, until a huge piece of rock, almost twice her size, came crashing down.
Sophie braced herself, her eyes shut until she felt a giant tug as she fell hard into the ground, just before another tremor shook the earth. This time, it was followed a loud thud, and a giant splash in between. Sophie looked to her right, and saw another rock fall, this one the size of a basketball. The rockslide from the cavern ceiling created an even bigger hole; the combination of the rain eroding the walls and the Steelix’s headbutt to the wall was too much for the cave itself to handle.
Sophie, still on the ground, looked around for Sebastian, before a flash of lightning gave her a clearer sight of the fallen rocks. Her eyes widened in horror, he mouth was open in shock, at the sight of Sebastian’s body, bloodied and crumpled in between the giant rocks that fell from the ceiling.
The morning sun was finally rising; the storm clouds were dissipating, as the sun’s majestic rays beamed through the clouds. Atop a hill, overlooking the mountainous cave, two young men, camping in the highlands, watched with intense eyes the sides of the mountain. One of them, a tall, thin man with a coal colored goatee, was looking at the mountain with a pair of binoculars. The other, a shorter, angelic faced looking youth with curly brown hair and big, almost doe like eyes, was over his shoulder, almost eager with anticipation of any movement down below.
“What do you think happened in there?” said the trainer with curly brown hair.
“It sounded like a major struggle?” The man with the goatee said.
“Maybe we should check it out.” Said the curly haired one, but the other just shook his head, adverting his gaze from the binoculars towards his friend.
“Always quick to action, huh Mike? It will get you killed one day.”
The man named Mike gave his partner a cold look.
“Well, what do you suggest then, Rafe?”
“We wait until we see anything, like we were told to do.” Said the man named Rafe. Mike just sighed and sat down on the grass. The hill was far enough to be out of sight, yet close enough to get a view of the whole mountain.
“Wait…I….yes there is something.” Rafe said, peering intently through the binoculars towards the mountains side.
“What is it?” said Mike, getting up and hovering over his partner, trying to grab the binoculars and look for himself.
“Stop it…” said Rafe, shaking off Mike, who just shrugged and stood back.
“Is it them or not?”
“It….does look like them. Yes. Three of them, at least. It looks like they are carrying something too…something wrapped up in a cloth…”
“Is it a body?” Mike asked.
Rafe only nodded.
“So it got one of the targets then? Good.” Said Mike triumphantly.
“Get on the phone with Yuri, tell him we have an unconfirmed kill. The Steelix did its job, hopefully.”
“What about the Steelix, shouldn’t we retrieve it?” Mike asked.
“No!” snapped Rafe. “The fact that only one of them is down means it failed its mission. Its not even worth keeping if it was defeated by normal pokemon.”
“What about….him?” Spat Mike.
Rafe peered through his binoculars some more, focusing on the figures in the distance as they ran off, the morning glares obstructing his view.
“I can’t tell…but knowing Damon, he’s probably leading them now, like how he lead them to our trap.”
Mike began to chuckle, somewhat morbidly, as Rafe left a wryly smile creep across his lips.
“He has to be scared, at the very least.” Said Rafe. “He is running out of places to hide from us. Sooner or later, he will get what he deserves, and so will those half wit’s who are travelling with him.”