-This is it, the sequel to my fic, Trials of the Elite Four. This will still contain Advanceshipping. Enjoy.
DISCLAIMER: I don't own Pokemon.
Table of Contents(finally, I updated IT!):
EFM02: Friend or Foe?
EFM03: The Nightmare Warrior
EFM04: Temporal Trap Part I
EFM05: Temporal Trap Part II
EFM08: Earth and Water
EFM09: Ash's Lovechild?!
EFM10: Secret Behind the Plates
EFM11: Feeling Bites
EFM12: More Plates, Please
EFM14: A Father's True Story
EFM15: Stronghold UnMASKed
EFM16: Going All-out
EFM18: Starting Anew
EFM19: Upcoming Clash of Dragons
EFM20: Rivalries Settled
"Quilava, Flame Wheel!" The fire-type jumped into the air, and curled into a ball, wrapping himself up in flames. The rolling Pokemon fell downwards to his opponent, a Girafarig.
The Long Neck Pokemon whirled around to use a Double Hit on the descending Pokemon. The black smaller face of Girafarig slammed into Quilava, sending the latter backwards to Ash. After stumbling in front of his trainer, Quilava quickly stood back up, and dashed back towards his opponent.
Back at their table, May is watching the battle with a bored look on her face. Donphan went up to her, Pichu riding on his hide. May took Pichu off Donphan, and sighed. "I guess I should expect more of this, now that he's an Elite," she said absentmindedly to Pichu.
Ash and the cueball trainer both returned their Pokemon, and called out Donphan and Victreebel, respectively. Donphan left May's side to answer his trainer's call. As Donphan stomped past him, Ash commanded, "Rollout attack!"
Donphan curled into a ball, like Quilava, and rolled towards Victreebel, catching the grass-/poison-type off-guard. Victreebel countered with trying to grab his opponent with a couple of Vine Whips, but Donphan rolled out of the way.
The Elephant Pokemon doubled back, and hit Victreebel again. The second hit was enough to knock the Pokemon out. Ash's opponent has run out of Pokemon, which means Ash is victorious. The new Elite walked to the trainer, and extended a hand. "Hey, no hard feelings, okay? You did your best."
Mr. Cueball, who was on his knees, wiping a tear, accepted Ash's hand, and stood up. They shook hands. "Yeah, I guess you're right, you are an Elite after all," he said with a wide grin. "But next time won't be easy!" he said suddenly, turning on his heels and running away.
"I'll be looking forward to that!" Ash called cheerfully at the departing trainer. He then walked to where May is waiting, stupidly asking, "What?"
"Do you have to accept every trainer battle that comes to you? Because of that, we're off-schedule for heading to Petalburg."
"Sorry about that, May," Ash apologized, grinning sheepishly. "But, as an Elite, I have to accept any challenge from any trainer. Just like Gym Leader should."
May sighed inwardly. The couple began lunch, and so did their Pokemon. After packing up, no more trainers came to challenge Ash, so the two are able to cntinue on to Petalburg City.
Paul, the trainer who went to Snowpoint Temple upon Professor Rowan's request, is now fending off an angry horde of Golbat with the help of his Electabuzz. After a quick Discharge, Paul was finally left alone. He called his Murkrow, and tied a rope to one of her legs.
With Murkrow towing from above, Paul was able to bypass the icy floors of the Temple, and make it to Regigigas's domain.
There, Paul wasted no time in contacting Professor Rowan through his black Poketch. "Paul here," the trainer spoke through the gadget. "Regigigas is definitely gone."
"Are there signs of the other Regis around the area?" the Sinnoh professor asked.
"That's what puzzles me, Professor. Regigigas is supposed to awaken only by the arrival of the three Regis, yet there are no signs that they were here..."
"I see. Anything else that might help us with the investigation?"
"Maybe not the investigation, but maybe a warning for the future," Paul said grimly.
"What sort of warning?"
"That Regigigas is one powerful Pokemon, and one to be reckoned with." Paul stared ahead of him. Where Regigigas was supposed to stand, there was an enormous hole on the temple floor. The hole is seemingly bottomless, large enough to fit an entire Pokemon stadium.
"Ash," May said worriedly. "I think we need to go to a Pokemon Center first."
"Why? What's wrong?"
"It's Pichu." She raised Pichu in her arms for Ash to see. The little baby is breathing heavily, and was sweating everywhere. "I think he has a fever..."
Ash put a hand to Pichu's forehead, then drew it back, feeling the heat. "You're right. We'd better get to the city at a run."
Ash and May broke into a run, and in no time at all they have reached Mauville City. They didn't stop until they are in the Pokemon Center.
They presented the ailing Pichu to Nurse Joy. She immediately made an on-the-spot check-up while Pichu is on her desk. "Hm, I'd better take him to the examining room. Chansey." The nurse called to the Nurse's assistant Egg Pokemon appeared, wheeling a cart. Nurse Joy placed the baby Pokemon onto the cart, and both wheeled it to the emergency room.
May watched as her Pichu was wheeled off. She had a hand to her chest, watching as the baby was taken to the back room. Ash put a hand to her shoulder. "Come on, May, Pichu's going to be alright. Nurse Joy will take care of him."
"I know, but-" May closed her eyes. "This is the first time I ever felt separated from Pichu. It really feels painful, especially when he needs me the most right now..."
"Come on," Ash reassured her. "We'll wait for the results in the cafeteria. Besides, I have to call Professor Oak."
After letting their Pokemon out for some fresh air and exercise, Ash left May to call the lab in Pallet Town. It was Tracey who answered.
"Hey, Ash," the Pokemon watcher greeted his friend. "Professor Oak stepped out for a while, but he'll be back. In the meantime, he passed me a message if you were ever to call."
"Yeah, I thought so," Ash replied. "What is it?"
Tracey reached from underneath the videoscreen, for a newspaper. "Listen to this. It came in the morning mail, and Professor Oak was astounded to find out about it:
In one night, two Pokemon Centers are attacked. The perprator is a mysterious figure in a brown cloak. The culprit managed to destroy the networking machines in the Centers, temporarily disabling communication. The police are on the trail of this mysterious suspect, who they believe is a Pokemon.
Tracey finished reading the article to Ash. "Professor Oak is with the police with this one, though he doesn't have the slightest idea what the Pokemon could be."
"At which Pokemon Centers did the incidents happen?"
"One is right here in Kanto, at Vermilion City. The other is in Verdanturf Town right there in Hoenn..."
"Wait a second, Tracey, May and I are on the Mauville City Pokemon Center right now. Verdanturf Town is not far from here..."
"Really? Funny thing is, Professor Oak wanted you to look into that matter."
Ash nodded. "I'm on it. I'll question anyone around the area."
"Good luck, Ash." Tracey signed off, and Ash placed a hand to his chin. He's definitely going to want to look into the matter, but he has Pichu to worry about first.
Suddenly, an overhead alarm sounded that snapped Ash out of his senses. "What the-?" Ash immediately stood up, and raced to the cafeteria to check on May and their Pokemon.
"Are you guys okay?" Ash called to them as soon as they are in sight.
"Yes," May answered, standing from the booth she was sitting on. "What happened? Why did the alarm sound off?"
Several trainers are also anxious to hear why the alarm sounded off. Ash stared in the direction of the emergency room. "I'll look into it. Quilava, Donphan, you guys come with me. The rest, stay here and protect everybody if ever anything happens."
"Wait a second," a trainer asked. "Who gave you the right to give orders?"
Ash glanced at him, then opened his jacket to reveal the MasterBadge pinned to the inside. One look at the Badge, and he was recognized immediately. "I'm only looking after the safety of everyone here." He dashed to the main area of the Pokemon Center, followed by his two Pokemon.
"Be careful, Ash," May whispered. She clutched her chest again.
Ash checked the main lobby of the Center. Nothing was amiss. "Nurse Joy!" he called.
"What is it?" Nurse Joy appeared from the emergency room, wheeling Pichu with her. "The alarms here are a little faulty, sorry about that."
"Wait, Nurse Joy," Ash said. "I heard about an article, about Pokemon Centers being attacked without being noticed. We should check it out."
Nurse Joy looked at him curiously, but before she could answer, the door was blasted open. Ash, quickly grabbing Pichu, and Nurse Joy took cover behind a desk, then looked over the top to look at the newcomer.
The perpetrator is a white creature wih a dark-blue underbelly and tail. The figure is dressed in a brown cloak. There is a red crystal sticking out of the Pokemon's head. Ash recognized him immediately.
"Mewtwo!" Ash said. At first he was relieved, but then he saw the Pokemon's eyes. It was glazed, and whited out, like he was in a trance or something.