Here's Chapter 2
Chapter 2: The Attack and Pokemon of the Lake
The Pokemon in the lake sensed them. Humans. Good or bad? It didn’t know, so it would be best to remain hidden. Yes, its power must not be used for wrongdoing. If they somehow found it though, it would show no mercy. It must be protected for the sake of Sinnoh… for the sake of the universe.
Hikari eyed Rixec. He hadn’t spoken to her after they had caught up to him and Gallade. She wondered why. She saw that he and Elvis were having a conversation, but she couldn’t make out the words.
Well, hopefully he’s telling Elvis how to be mature like him. To be brave, cool, and mysterious. Ugh. What am I saying? Elvis could never be truly like Rixec, but he could become more mature.
She was so focused on her thoughts she didn’t noticed they were heading in the wrong direction.
Elvis was surprised when Rixec asked to speak to him, in whisper no doubt. He thought he would tell him why he lied about being ill but was in for a shock.
Rixec had asked him, “What’s your relationship with Hikari?”
“Uh, ugh, um,” Elvis stammered. This was not what he was expecting. “Well… we were good friends, just friends, I mean, I’d never fall for her, she’s more like a sister, until a few years ago.”
“That prank Hikari talks about yes?” Rixec asked as if it was a natural conversation. Elvis stared at Rixec and wondered why he talking about such topics.
“Well, Hikari wouldn’t like this but, do you want to hear it?” he asked Rixec hoping his plan would work.
Elvis brightened. “All right, but first answer my question: Why did you really wait three years to become a trainer?”
Gallade was a few feet a head to watch for danger. The Master was still in danger even in the west side of Sinnoh. He eyed Elvis and Rixec wondering what they were talking about. Though he could not hear their words he could hear their thoughts.
Elvis was thinking He was lying about that illness earlier. If he asks the right question, I can trade my info in exchange for his.
Gallade couldn’t believe this. This boy was trying to find out about the Master. For all Gallade knew, he could be a spy sent by them. Against his best judgment, Gallade read Rixec’s mind.
This guy knows how to get what he wants. I wonder how he found out about my little white lie. I may regret this but…
“So it’s settled,” Rixec said a few minutes later after talking with Elvis. “You keep your stories to yourself and I’ll keep mine.”
Elvis was disappointed about this, but also intrigued. If he didn’t want to talk this might be a good story. But it would have to wait for now. After a few minutes of silence they all ended up at the entrance to the lake. Elvis and Hikari were shocked. Their faces said it all.
“I don’t believe it! We headed in the wrong direction!” Hikari shouted.
“Hey, why didn’t you notice this?!” Elvis asked Hikari angrily.
Hikari looked stunned about this. “Me? What about you?”
“I was in deep conversation with Rixec,” What’s your excuse?” he said to her, triumphant.
“I-, I was-,” Hikari stammered. I can’t say I was looking at him and Rixec talking about God knows what.
Rixec just looked at the two of them confused. “Where are we anyway?” The two of them looked back at him.
“It’s Lake Verity,” Hikari answered. “A legendary lake said to contain a mysterious Pokemon.”
“Mysterious Pokemon you say?” Rixec said saying the words like one would enjoy each bite of their first ice cream cone. “Let’s go in.”
“Huh?” Elvis and Hikari said simultaneously.
“I’m interested in what this lake holds,” Rixec told them. Before they could say anything else Rixec and Gallade rushed in thinking the same thing.
Maybe this Pokemon could grant the “wish”. Hikari and Elvis ran after them.
Mack, Tammy, and Ronald were waiting a long time for Rixec to show up. “Where is he?!” Mack yelled violently.
Ronald answered, “Maybe he expected us to show up.”
“No,” Mack said calmly. “You know nothing, not even God or Satan would stop him from coming.” Just then, a couple walked by and was talking about that day’s events.
“Can you believe the skyscraper exploded?”
“I know. That boy almost got killed; luckily that boy and his Gallade were here.”
“I wonder how he knew there were six Electrodes up there.”
Mack, Tammy, and Ronald listened knowing who they were talking about. “Magmortor!”
The three looked at their Pokemon and gave directions.
Mack told Magmortor to go to northern part of town. Ronald told Rhyperior to check downtown and Tammy told Tangrowth to check the lake. The three took off.
Rixec panted hard, he had never run so fast, not even when escaping. Gallade saw that Elvis and Hikari were still far away and then his eyes turned bright green. Rixec stood up and looked at the lake.
“It’s beautiful. I hope this Pokemon exists,” Rixec said tired and happy. Hikari and Elvis finally caught up and Gallades eyes went back to normal.
“Wow Rixec,” Hikari said impressed. “I didn’t know you were so fast.”
Elvis said loudly, “Yeah, pretty impressive for a guy ill for three years.” Hikari was caught up in the moment and didn’t hear.
Rixec was worried. His lie was on thin ice. Damn, I’m in trouble, but they’ll be in even more trouble if they find out the truth.
Tangrowth was pleased. It had found the boy and would have the chance to kill Gallade. But there were two other humans. It would have to put them to sleep to avoid being seen. It drew in its breath, prepare to unleashed Sleep Powder.
Rixec stopped. So did Gallade. Gallade sensed a presence and Rixec could hear and feel the steady breath drawing in for Sleep Powder. “Guys, look out!”
Elvis and Hikari looked as the Sleep Powder was unleashed. They dodged in the nick of time by jumping into the lake. Tangrowth was disappointed; its Sleep Powder was useless in water. It stretched its arms so fast and slashed at Hikari with Cut and blood started pouring out of her like water from a faucet. Rixec and Gallade stared in horror. Rixec clenched his fist. They weren’t supposed to get hurt.
“GALLADE!” Rixec yelled so loud a flock of Starly fled the scene. Gallade extended its blades and went to do battle with Tangrowth while Rixec went to tend to Hikari. With the Help of Elvis they managed to pull her out of the water.
Elvis stared at Rixec worried about Hikari. “What’s happening? Why is a Tangrowth attacking us? How can we help Hikari?”
Rixec needed to act fast. He could tell Gallade was taking on Tangrowth’s Power Whip with Leaf Blade. Gallade…
No need to say anymore. Gallade’s eyes turned bright green and continued attacking but differently this time: Leaf Blade with his left blade and Psycho Cut with the other.
Rixec brought out his bag he bought in town and looked through it. He grabbed some Oran and Sitrus berries and put them in a bowl with some other stuff and mixed them together. Elvis stared at him in anger.
“How can you be making a snack when Hikari’s dy-” he started to say.
“Shut up and help me!!” Rixec yelled at him. Elvis was a taken back. “Look in my bag and get out the bandages,” Rixec said apologetically while still mixing the berries. Elvis dug in and found them.
“What are you going to do?” he asked.
“Watch and learn,” Rixec said as he stopped stirring.
Gallade was having a tough time battling and concentrating. Tangrowth was a high level Pokemon, and for Gallade to use his talents made this his most difficult battle. Tangrowth stopped using Power Whip and stretched its arms so Gallade would crash to the ground. It happened. Gallade lost his balance and hit hard. Tangrowth was on him like a Mightyena on a slab of meat. It then unleashed Poison Powder and Gallade breathed in quite a bit. Gallade started coughing like mad and Tangrowth took advantage by cutting rapidly; small traces of blood started coming out of Gallade.
If this doesn’t stop soon, I’ll… I’ll…
Rixec poured the stuff from the mixed berries on the bandages and wrapped it around Hikari’s arm. After it was done, Elvis noticed the blood started lessening. “What…?” he had asked.
Rixec looked at him and smiled. “By mixing Oran and Sitrus berries, along with trace amounts of other ingredients it makes a substance that works well on wounds done to humans by attacks.” Elvis had gained a new respect for Rixec.
“Thank you,” he said to Rixec.
Rixec looked down at the sleeping Hikari and thought she looked so beautiful. Rixec turned in Gallade’s direction and said telepathically, Gallade, it’s good.
Gallade was never happier to hear the Master’s Voice. It let go of his concentration, caught Tangrowth’s arm and use Leaf Blade to cut off some of the vines. Tangrowth screamed in pain, it was a fine sound for Gallade and Rixec to hear. Tangrowth was tired of these games. It aimed carefully to strike a deathblow to the boy with blond hair to distract them long enough to kill Gallade; with it being poisoned a distraction would be its sentence to death. Before it could strike a mysterious force spread throughout the area and Hikari had woken up. She and Elvis stared in awe.
Though it was invisible, they could just see an outline of a Pokemon. “The Pokemon of the lake,” they said as if they were meeting a deity. Gallade noticed this and concentrated, its eyes turning green. Tangrowth noticed this and attacked. The Pokemon, however, unleashed a special power blowing Tangrowth away.
Rixec and the others still couldn’t believe what happened. Rixec went forward to the Pokemon. “Um…,” he said, Elvis and Hikari wondering what he would do. Everyone was silent for a few moments and then the Pokemon disappeared.
Everyone was walking toward Sandgem after they rested; Gallade had been given a Pecha berry for its poison. Hikari went up to start a conversation with Rixec. “Thank you, for helping me when I was hurt.”
“I’m sorry I wasn’t able to stop the attack,” Rixec said looking gloomy. Hikari looked appalled by this.
“It wasn’t your fault; it was that Tangrowth’s, and whoever sent it.”
Elvis had been thinking a lot about this. “We better watch out for things like this.” They all found a good place to camp and Elvis put on some fresh bandages with some of that stuff made by Rixec; he was surprised to see how much had the cut had healed. The two of them fell asleep an hour later.
Rixec and Gallade were up late thinking about what the Pokemon said to them.
Young Rixec and brave Gallade, I know why you are here. For a wish of yours. Eric and Gallade couldn’t believe it knew.
Can you grant it? Rixec asked.
Not at the moment, but someday, with a slim chance, it can be done, the Pokemon told him. Gallade looked at it confused.
Why tell him this, were you not expecting us to come and prepared to attack?
The Pokemon looked towards Gallade and told him, Because you risked your life to defend him and his friends and he did everything in his power to save the girl’s life. So he is worthy of being known by us. And your wish is a great one, even if it’s for yourself, your greatest dream. The Pokemon then went to its home in the lake.
Rixec looked at his sleeping friends and then at Gallade. He pulled out a berry from his bag and gave it to Gallade. “Here’s a Sitrus berry for your wounds,” Rixec told him. Gallade took and ate it. Then he looked at Rixec.
You know Rixec... I think you did make some good friends now that I think about it. Rixec smiled at this.
“Gallade, do you think my dream will come true?”
You heard the Pokemon of the lake, a slim chance. There’s hope.
Rixec thought of the Tangrowth and said, “You know this means Mack, Tammy, and Ronald are here.” Gallade nodded gravely and after a nice chat of what to do, the two headed to sleep.
Next Time: Chapter 3: The Choosing
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