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    What a scene! Too bad that you can't get the book to finish by Monday... But still, I love the massive amount of updates. At least try so that I can finish reading the whole trilogy by the end of this year next year will be rather busy for me

    Lol'd at the business card part xD

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    lol I gotta say this...Bug's Life For the Freaking Win!.

    Anyway great chapter and a funny one too.

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    Certifiably awesome. how come, in all games and fanfictions, the reiforcements arrive at exactly the right time? and where's Sceptile ended up? *mind explodes with unanswered questions*
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    Charoshi-Thanks for pointing out the mistake. It's been corrected.

    scizorstrike-Because if the reinforcements didn't arrive at exactly the right time, there would be no excitement. And as for Sceptile...Don't expect to see him again any time soon. But Abomasnow and Machamp may have once more chance to make an impact in the story...


    Chapter 28
    The Monster Revealed

    Another roar shook the cavern as Rayquaza fired off a Hyper Beam. There was a massive explosion and the bodies of unconscious soldiers were flung in every direction. Then, it turned to focus on Piplup and his party.

    Lucario glared up at Rayquaza and formed an Aura Sphere between his hands. "Hello, Rudy...I mean, Rayquaza."

    Rayaquaza roared in response and fired another Hyper Beam. Lucario let his Aura Sphere fly and it crashed into the Hyper Beam. They exploded violently, destroying a nearby skyscraper.

    Mew turned to face the others. "Okay, here's our plan. There are still townspeople trapped somewhere in the city. We need to split into two groups."

    "Okay," Grovyle agreed. "Piplup, Chimchar, Dusknoir, the Guidl, and I will remain here and help Lucario. Mew, Bastiodon, Rampardos, 88, and 89 will go search for the townsfolk."

    "They'd be in the jail," Rampardos said. "But what are they doing in there?"

    "I'll explain on the way," Mew assured. "But right now, we have to-"

    A Hyper Beam blasted the ground in front of them, showering them with rubble. "I could use some help over here!" Lucario growled as he launched another barrage of Aura Spheres.

    "Move!" Mew finished. She quickly floated away with the governors and soldiers following behind her. The fighters quickly sprang into action. Piplup joined Lucario in firing off a barrage of Aura Spheres, while the Guild and Chimchar circled around behind and began firing off their combination attack of Super-Ultra-Tri-Hyper-Sludge-Hidden-Psychic-Flame-Razor-Bubble-Bomb-Screech. Carrying Grovyle with him, Dusknoir quickly ascended to the top of one of the undamaged towers, putting themselves on an equal level with Rayquaza. Then, they unleashed a non-stop blast of Energy and Shadow Balls. With attacks raining in from all sides, Rayquaza found himself with no option of escape or attack. Enraged, he roared and struggled to free himself from the onslaught, smashing into buildings as he did so. Rocks tumbled down, sending the Guild members running for cover. Meanwhile, the building on which Grovyle and Dusknoir had positoined themselves collapsed completely, apparently catching the two in the falling rubble.

    Piplup and Lucario watched the destruction in horror. "This isn't good," Lucario gulped. The Guild members hurried to join the two, and the intangible Dusknoir and Grovyle floated over from the wreckage, thankfully unharmed.

    Up above, Rayquaza went into a frenzy, firing off random Hyper Beams in every direction. One exploded directly in front of Mew and her posse, only barely being deflected by her Protect. "Come on, guys, we've got to hurry."

    "With the Monster in a frenzy like this, it could destroy the entire town!" Rampardos gulped.

    "But first we have to find the trapped citizens," Bastiodon said. "The jail building is just up ahead. Once we get there, it should be simple to let loose the prisoners."

    Mew noted the building which Bastiodon had gestured to. It was completely missing its front wall, but the inside was covered in shadows, obscuring it from view. "If the wall is down, they might have escaped on their own."

    "Not likely," Rampardos shook his head. "The cells only start about half-way through the building, so the Pokemon are probably still trapped."

    They hurried into the jail building just as a Hyper Beam tore open the ground behind them. 89 nearly passed out at the sight. "Over there!" Bastiodon exclaimed. There was a large stone desk, and just behind it was an iron door. Mew hurried to it and yanked on the handle. "It's locked," she announced.

    "I'll take care of this," 88 declared. His head glowed white and he charged. His Iron Head struck the door and slid off, leaving not a scratch on it. 88's face smacked straight into the stone desk and he slumped to the floor, unmoving.

    "Maybe I should take care of it," Bastiodon offered. He charged with his own Iron Head, aiming straight at the door.

    CLANG!

    The door crumpled with the impact and it collapsed inward. There were a few yelps from inside. "Everybody out!" Bastiodon roared. "Quickly! There's shelter at the capitol building!"

    The Pokemon inside the cell stared at the governor as if we was insane, which as far as they were concerned, he was. "Don't worry about the drastic personality change from your last encounter with the governors!" Mew growled. "Just run!"

    The prisoners needed no more coaxing. One by one, they rushed out of the room. In quick succession, there were three Aipom with hair bows, an Ambipom, a Flareon, a Venonat with a missing antennae, a dozen Burmy of varying appearances, a Ledyba, five Nincada, and a one-eyed Hitmonchan. As the Hitmonchan stepped through the door, Bastiodon eyed it carefully. "Hey, I actually remember putting you in jail." He frowned. "Didn't you rob the bank of something?"

    "Uh, no?" the Hitmonchan guessed.

    Rampardos shrugged. "Good enough for me. Now get to the capitol!"

    As Mew and the governors rushed the citizens towards the looming capitol building, Rayquaza's violent rampage was growing worse. Hyper Beam after Hyper Beam rained down upon his attackers, sending them scattering as they looked for shelter.

    Then, the presence returned.

    Rayquaza only had one moment to feel the fear before the dark, overpowering shadow took control once again. All at once, he stopped moving. Piplup, Lucario, and the others below all stared up in confusion at the motionless monster. Then, before their eyes, a stunning transformation took place.

    A shadow ran down Rayquaza's body, like ink running down a page. A deep blackness painted itself over his emerald green skin, and the yellow symbols along his body glowed crimson. The last thing to change was his eyes. One minute, they were empty and black; now, they shown a brilliant and icy blue. Without making a sound, Rayquaza held up his hands and a dark black sphere formed between them.

    "Is that an Aura Sphere?" Lucario gasped.

    Piplup shook his head. "No, not even close." He knew the attack all too well. "That is Dark Void."

    Rayquaza fired down a barrage of Dark Voids. They flew in every direction, crashing down all around Piplup and Lucario. Grovyle and Dusknoir quickly ducked behind a building, and Chimchar barely escaped as the rest of the Guild was consumed by the darkness. When he turned back, all of them were lying on the ground, trapped in a deep slumber. "Wigglytuff! Bidoof! Everyone!" Chimchar yelped. He started to turn back to his friends, but another Dark Void slammed down from nowhere, barely missing him. Gulping, Chimchar hurried to join Piplup and Lucario, as did Grovyle and Dusknoir. They were also suddenly surprised to find Wigglytuff standing with them.

    "Wigglytuff?" Piplup frowned. "Didn't you just get put to sleep?"

    Wigglytuff grinned. "I only take power naps. There's too much fun to be had in life to waste time sleeping."

    "Okay, whatever works," Piplup shrugged. "Okay, I'm convinced now. Rayquaza's been possessed by Darkrai."

    "We probably should have just assumed that from the beginning," Dusknoir pointed out.

    "Well, we know now, and that's all that matters," Piplup snapped. "So, we're now dealing with the sneaky, conniving mind of Darkrai, along with his sleep-and-nightmare-inducing Dark Voids, inside the massive body of Rayquaza, with the power to raze villages with single attacks."

    Chimchar gulped. "Way to make it sound easy."

    "So here's the plan," Piplup continued. "We continuedly bombard him with our attacks until he is unconscious, leaving Darkrai no hope for victory unless he comes out of Rayquaza."

    Lucario frowned and put his arm on Piplup's shoulder. "Piplup, you know what this must come to."

    Piplup shook his head vigorously. "No. I refuse to do it. Not after last time."

    "You must do it," Lucario growled. "And you know it, too."

    "What are you guys talking about?" Chimchar frowned.

    "Just stay quiet," Grovyle ordered quietly. "This is a private affair."

    Piplup turned to face Rayquaza, who was preparing another Dark Void. "Let's just go with my plan first, okay? Yours will be a last resort."

    "Fine," Lucario nodded. "But if anything bad happens in the course of your plan, it's on your chest."

    "I'll accept that responsiblity," Piplup said. With that, he formed the largest Aura Sphere he could muster and fired it. It met Rayquaza's Dark Void with a massive explosion. Piplup followed up with another volley of Aura Spheres, which blasted Rayquaza directly in the head. He reeled back, and before he could move, he was struck by Flamethrower, Hyper Voice, Energy Ball, Shadow Ball, and Aura Sphere. Again and again, the attacks battered him, forcing him back and leaving him no room for retaliation.

    "One more shot!" Lucario roared. Once again, all of the attacks slammed into Rayquaza, knocking him backwards into one of the tall stone skyscrapers. As he hit the building, it crumbled and collapsed. Tons of rubble tumbled after Rayquaza, crashing down on top of him as he hit the earth below.

    "Yes!" Piplup whooped. "I told you guys my plan would work!"

    Eventually, the dust cloud settled, revealing Rayquaza's head and arms sticking out of the wreckage. The rest of his body was buried within the rubble. "He's unconscious," Grovyle announced as they closed in around the fallen dragon. The apprentices, having just awoken at the sound of the tumbling building, hurried to join their companions in standing over Rayquaza.

    "He's unconscious, Piplup," Lucario urged. "Now is the time to do it."

    "I already refused!" Piplup growled. "You know the risk!"

    Lucario sighed. "Yes, Piplup, I am fully aware of the risk. Just as you are fully aware of the necessity."

    "The necessity," Piplup repeated. He stared at his feet, lost in thought.

    "Do it now, Piplup!" Lucario repeated. "Before it's too late."

    Piplup didn't answer.

    The rubble suddenly shifted and Rayquaza stirred slightly. "Now, Piplup! He's waking up!"

    But Piplup was a world away.


    "You've put in a good day's work, Piplup," Lucario grinned, bowing to the smaller Pokemon. "Your Aura skills may even surpass mine someday."

    "Thank you," Piplup thanked, bowing in return. "It's your great teaching that's gotten me this far."

    The two stood outside the ruins, with Chimchar, Grovyle, Dusknoir, and Mew watching as always. They had just finished the day's training, with Piplup having finally perfected the Aura Shield and Aura Wings.

    Dusknoir stretched his arms and yawned. "Well, today's excitement is gone now. Time to hit the hay." Before Grovyle or Chimchar either one could react, Dusknoir picked them up and floated off into the ruins. "Good night, everybody!"

    Mew smiled and turned to Lucario. "Good night, Lucario. Don't stay up too late." She turned to look at Piplup, who was beginning to head towards the ruins. "And don't strain Piplup," she added in a whisper.

    "I won't," Lucario assured. As Mew floated away, Lucario called out to his apprentice. "Piplup, come back over here, will you?"

    Piplup turned and looked at Lucario inquisitively as he walked back towards him. "Something wrong?"

    "No, nothing wrong," Lucario replied. "I just have one more technique for you to try out."

    "Aw, but it's late!" Piplup moaned. "I'm tired!"

    "You'll have to learn this one at some point or another," Lucario said. "And we're running out of time."

    Piplup sighed dramatically. "Oh, fine. Just one more technique." He punched the air, jousting with an invisible foe. "What's this one going to be? Aura Punch? Aura Kick? Aura Nuclear Bomb?"

    "Not quite," Lucario grinned. "This one is called Aura Heart."

    "Ooh!" Piplup marvelled. "Mysterious."

    "Now, listen carefully," Lucario ordered. "To perform the Aura Heart requires total concentration. You must will your very consciousness into your Aura. Then, when all concentration is there, force your Aura forward to envelope your opponent. It is at this point that your consciousness then makes the jump from your Aura to your opponent's, and then from their Aura into their mind."

    Piplup frowned. "Um, Lucario, I think I'd pick up on this a lot better if you demonstrated it for me, rather than explaining."

    Lucario shook his head. "I'm afraid I can't do that. You see, my Aura is not strong enough. I cannot perform the Aura Heart."

    "What?" Piplup gasped. "You're expecting me to do something that you can't do? How could I pull off something that difficult?"

    "Your Aura is far more powerful than my own," Lucario explained. "I have every belief that your Aura can handle the strain. Now try doing what I just explained."

    Piplup shrugged. "Alright, if you say so. But when I fail, you-"

    He fell completely silent as his Aura flared around him. The silver glow filled the air, reaching out and completely engulfing Lucario. He groaned, but stood firm, allowing Piplup's energy to overwhelm him. Finally, the glow of the Aura died away, and Piplup and Lucario both stood motionless. As Grovyle watched from his hidden position near the doorway into the ruins, both Piplup's and Lucario's eyes began glowing silver.

    Piplup looked around in confusion, finding himself in a blank white room. "Um, what's going on?"

    "We're inside my consciousness."

    Piplup turned to find Lucario standing behind him. "So right now, we're inside your mind."

    "Yep," Lucario nodded. "At least, I think so. I've never been on either end of the Aura Heart before, so this is new to me too. However, I have studied up on the rules of combat while in the Aura Heart."

    "Combat?" Piplup frowned. "You mean we could fight in here?"

    "In a manner of speaking," Lucario said. "It's really just a clash of wills, really. The stronger will prevails, and the loser is cast out of the conscousness."

    "Cool," Piplup nodded. "So right now, if the two of us were having a fight, what would happen if you won?"

    "That's easy," Lucario replied. "You're sent back to your own body, while I retain control of mine."

    "And if win?"

    Lucario frowned. "That's a little tougher. If you were to win, then I would be expelled from my own body and you would take control. Your body would become a lifeless husk while your consciousness inhabits my body, and my spirit would be left to wander aimlessly until my body was opened again."

    "That doesn't sound very appealing," Piplup frowned.

    Lucario shrugged. "That's the way it is." He suddenly formed an Aura Sphere in between his hands. "Now come on, let's rumble."

    "What?" Piplup gasped. "But what about all of that stuff you just said? One of us will be left to wander aimlessly as a spirit!"

    "That's true," Lucario nodded. "But the winner can return to their own body at will. As soon as they return to their body, then the loser will return to their body. Sound fair enough?"

    "It's still a little freaky," Piplup said. "But I'll try it." He formed an Aura Sphere of his own. "So this is an Aura Sphere made out of willpower?"

    "Yep," Lucario said. "All attacks in here are made of willpower. It's just the user's choice of what form the willpower takes."

    "Okay, let's try this!" Piplup whooped. He and Lucario both launched their Aura Spheres. The two attacks struck head on, pushing back and forth in a desperate attempt to overwhelm the other.

    "My will will beat yours!" Lucario roared.

    "No it won't!"

    "Will too!"

    "Will not!"

    "Will too!"

    "Will not!"

    Suddenly, Piplup staggered and his Aura Sphere disappeared. Sensing that something was wrong, Lucario quickly reabsorbed his Aura Sphere before it could strike its target. "Piplup! What's wrong?"

    "I don't know!" Piplup groaned. The air around him was sparkling, creating tiny orange flames in a few spots. "It just got so hot..."

    "Your Aura is almost used up!" Lucario gasped. "The strain of performing the Aura Heart has been too much! Your life force is almost gone!"

    Piplup could no longer speak. He flopped over backwards and began panting.

    "Piplup! Return to your body, now!"

    "I...can't...move..."

    Lucario quickly formed another Aura Sphere. "Stay calm, Piplup! This is for your own good!" He launched the attack, and the world went black.

    When Piplup awoke, he was lying on his back on the floor of the cave. There were scorch marks in the ground around him. Lucario and Grovyle stood over him, relieved looks on their faces. "Oh, Piplup!" Lucario gasped. "You're okay! You gave us quite a scare!"

    Piplup tried to speak, but found that he couldn't. The pain was just too much.

    "Don't worry," Lucario assured. "You're just weakened from your Aura running low. It'll regenerate as you sleep, and you'll be all better by the time you get up."

    Finally, Piplup found the energy to speak. "I...won't have to do...the Heart....again...will I?"

    Lucario shook his head. "No," he sighed. "Of course not. I was foolish to make you try." He turned and took a few steps away.

    Grovyle followed him. "Are you telling him the truth?"

    "I...I don't know," Lucario admitted. "It may be necessary for him to do it again."

    "It would be best to tell him now, then," Grovyle whispered. "Piplup may have a strong sense of justice, but he's stubborn. He won't do the Aura Heart just because you say that it's necessary."

    "I'll...consider it," Lucario answered. Grovyle nodded slowly, then turned around and re-entered the ruins. Lucario and the already-sleeping Piplup were not far behind.



    Piplup turned on Lucario. "You said I wouldn't have to do it!" he snapped.

    "I was wrong!" Lucario admitted. "And I knew it, too! I knew you would probably need to use it on Rayquaza!"

    "Well I refuse!" Piplup growled. "We'll just keep fighting until we beat Darkrai out of him!"

    The rubble began to shift and Rayquaza growled softly. Then, his eyes opened.

    "Please, Piplup!" Lucario begged. "Just do it! Now may be our only chance!"

    "NO!" Piplup screamed.

    With a roar, Rayquaza began to struggle around. The tomb of rubble around it began to collapse, tumbling aside as the serpentine body within writhed.

    "DO IT NOW!" Lucario bellowed.

    "I can't!" Piplup exploded. "I'm just too weak! I can't do it!"

    Then, Rayquaza's tail smashed out the back of the pile. He was almost free.

    Out of nowhere, a chilling wind blasted Rayquaza. It carried snow with it, causing him to roar out in pain and annoyance. He fired off a Dark Void in the direction from which the Blizzard had come, but the storm would not relent. Before long, the rubble began to freeze over. Then Rayquaza himself began to freeze. Finally, after a few moments of an unrelenting Blizzard, Rayquaza was left frozen in an enormous sheet of ice.

    Piplup, Lucario, and the others all turned to see where the attack had come from. Their mouths fell open in shock as they saw who the attacker had been.

    "You guys?" Chimchar gasped.

    "What are you doing here?" Lucario gaped.

    The smiling figure of Abomasnow stepped forward to join the group, with Machamp right behind him. "Saving your skin, apparently."

    "How did you escape?" Lucario demanded. "We left you two tied up back at the ruins!"

    Machamp grinned and flexed his muscles. "No rope can hold these in."

    "But why did you help us?" Piplup inquired.

    "We're not bad guys," Abomasnow pointed out. "We're bounty hunters. We'll work for anybody, good or bad, as long as it pays. We figured that if taking down a bad guy saved the planet, it would pay off in the long run."

    "Good assumption," Piplup said. "And thanks for your help."

    Grovyle stepped forward to face Abomasnow. "Have you met Sceptile since escaping?"

    Abomasnow shook his head. "Nope. That dirty little rat abandoned us. He escaped on his own and left us as prisoners. I hope to never see him again."

    "For your sake, I hope you don't too," Dusknoir cut in. "Sceptile is one bad hombre. You don't want to get involved with guys like him."

    Mew suddenly reappeared, with Bastiodon, Rampardos, 88, and 89 following behind her. "Wow, looks like you guys made decent progress."

    "We got all of the citizens holed up in the capitol building," Bastiodon said. "And it looks like you guys have Rayquaza down and out."

    Lucario shook his head. "Not quite. We still have to expel the force possessing him." He turned to Piplup. "You still have to do this, you know."

    "Actually, he doesn't."

    The voice seemed to come out of thin air. All of the shadows writhed and squirmed, then seemed to center on the frozen Rayquaza. "It's him," Piplup growled. "It's him."

    A column of shadows suddenly exploded upwards from Rayquaza, refracting off of the ice and shooting around in every direction. One by one, all of the shadows disappeared, until only one remained, standing above the still unconscious Rayquaza. However, the monster had now returned to its normal green coloration. Which could only mean one thing...

    "So we meet at last," Lucario growled. "We've heard a lot about you."

    Piplup stepped forward, glaring at the shadow. "It's about time you showed your ugly face."

    "Hello to you too, Piplup," Darkrai laughed, his eye glowing an icy blue. "Hello to you too."


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    Chapter 29
    The Secret of the Ruins

    "So we finally meet again," Piplup said. "I'm sorry to say that it's not good to see you, Darkrai."

    "You could show me a little compassion!" Darkrai sniffed. "I have feelings to, you know!"

    All of the gathered Pokemon stared at him icily.

    Darkrai looked out across the crowd, taking in their reaction. "Oh, who am I kidding? I don't have feelings."

    "You don't need to tell us," Grovyle said, stepping forward. His Leaf Blade was already extended.

    "My, my, Grovyle," Darkrai tut-tutted. "You're seeming a little quick to anger today."

    Grovyle's expression was cold. "Just because you don't have feelings doesn't mean that we don't."

    "Oh, you must be talking about that little girlfriend of yours," Darkrai scoffed. "Celebi, right? Ah, yes, she's a sweet one. Too bad I can't allow you to see her again."

    "Darkrai, you know me," Grovyle growled. "You know that I am a compassionate person. But I have no issue with killing you."

    Darkrai's expression didn't change at the comment. "That's a little dark for you, isn't it Grovyle? It's not exactly your nature to actually kill anybody."

    "Then don't fight Grovyle. Fight me."

    Over the years, Darkrai had trained himself to keep his face expressionless in the face of any kind of news. But even he couldn't keep the shock off his face as Dusknoir placed himself in front of Grovyle. "Seems as though Grovyle isn't the only one acting out of nature," Darkrai said.

    "Dusknoir, what are you doing?" Grovyle hissed.

    "I'm keeping you from doing something that you'll regret," Dusknoir said. "Look, you've never actually killed before." Dusknoir paused. "I have. Once you've committed such an act, it haunts you forever. Leave this to me."

    "But Dusknoir-" Grovyle began, but was cut off.

    "That's not all. I'm the reason that Celebi is frozen in time. She sacrificed herself to save me from Darkrai." Dusknoir turned back to face Darkrai. "I have to make it up to her. This battle is mine."

    Darkrai cracked his knuckles. "Alright, Dusknoir. I accept your challenge."

    Dusknoir tried to crack his knuckles, but instead he popped his elbow, causing him to yelp in pain. "Uh, right!"

    Chimchar turned to Piplup. "He's in way over his head, isn't he?"

    "You hit the nail right into the lid."

    "Okay, people, clear some room!" 88 yelled loudly. "This is gonna be a big one!"

    Piplup, Chimchar, Grovyle, Lucario, Mew, Wigglytuff, the Guild apprentices, Rampardos, Bastiodon, 88, 89, Abomasnow, and Machamp all backed away, forming a circle around Dusknoir and Darkrai.

    "Okay, Dusknoir, let's dance!" Darkrai taunted, circling his opponent. "I'll lead!" He quickly fired a Dark Pulse, striking Dusknoir before he had a chance to react.

    The Core's citizens flooded out of the capitol building at the sound of the attack, eager to see what was going on. Their attention was drawn to 88 and 89, sitting at a wooden booth on the outside of the circle of viewers. A paper banner strung across the top read:

    DUSKNOIR VS. DARKRAI
    DUSKNOIR 2:1
    DARKRAI 3:1
    PLACE YOUR BETS HERE

    As a crowd formed around the booth and Poke coins were exchanged, the battle raged on. Shadow Ball met Dark Pulse, Fire Punch met Shadow Claw, Focus Blast met Charge Beam. Lucario took a casual step towards the booth, but he was quickly yanked back by Mew. "Don't even think about it."

    "Sorry."

    Suddenly, there was a loud cheer from the crowd as Darkrai hit the dirt, having just taken a direct hit from a Focus Blast. Dusknoir loomed over him, another Focus Blast at the ready. "I must say, Darkrai, this battle has been a disappointment."

    With a grunt, Darkrai pushed himself back up. "It's not over yet, Dusknoir." He fired off a Dark Pulse at the same time that Dusknoir released his Focus Blast. The two attacks collided with a massive explosion, sending both opponents reeling.

    "So it isn't," Dusknoir grinned. His fist became engulfed in flames. "But this shall be the final attack."

    "Yes," Darkrai nodded. A shadowy claw formed over his hand. "Yes it shall."

    For a moment, the two remained motionless, only staring at each other. Then, at the same time, they lunged. Dusknoir unleashed Fire Punch. Darkrai swiped with Shadow Claw. The two leapt at each other and lashed out with their attacks. They both made contact.

    Neither Pokemon moved. They simply stood, facing away from each other.

    Thud!

    The entire crowd gasped. Then, they cheered.

    Dusknoir was the victor.

    He stood, smiling, as Piplup, Chimchar, and Grovyle rushed to him.

    "Incredible!" Chimchar whooped.

    "You were awesome!" Piplup cheered.

    Lucario stomped forward to face Dusknoir. "Great fight, Dusknoir. You cost me a lot of money, but it was still a good fight." His smile was clearly strained.

    "Thank you for your compliments, all of you," Dusknoir bowed. "But really, I-"

    He froze.

    Grovyle frowned. "Dusknoir? Something wrong?"

    Piplup suddenly noticed a small pool of liquid on the ground beneath Dusknoir. It was red. "Dusknoir, you're bleeding!"

    Dusknoir's mouth opened slightly. "I feel...cold."

    And then, he collapsed.

    Menacing laughter filled the air. There was a sudden ruckus in the crowd as more money was exchanged.

    "You were fools to believe that you could defeat me. And now you have paid the price."

    Darkrai rose into the air, his shadow writhing wildly. "I tried to pick you off, but Sceptile is a failure and Abomasnow and Machamp are traitors."

    Abomasnow looked to Machamp and shrugged. "Maybe if you'd payed us a little more, we would have been more loyal."

    "Shut up!" Darkrai snapped. "This does not concern you!" Regaining his cool, he turned back to Piplup and Chimchar. "Anyway, I didn't want to get my hands dirty. But you've forced me to get involved."

    "You shouldn't have done this, Darkrai," Grovyle snarled. "Now I have to kill you twice."

    "No, Grovyle," Piplup said. "Remember what Dusknoir said. It'll haunt you forever." He turned to Darkrai. "Besides, he's not worth it."

    Darkrai grinned. "I do say, Piplup, I may hate your guts, but you make more sense than anyone else I've met in a long time. You'd make a wonderful ally."

    "I thought we'd already gone down that path once before, Darkrai," Piplup said. "I would never join you."

    Darkrai shrugged. "I know, that's what you said before. Your as stubborn as a rock, and you'll fight to the death for any cause that is worthy enough for you. You're a lot like me."

    "I am NOTHING like you," Piplup spat.

    "Besides, there's a lot of differences," Chimchar cut in. "Everybody likes Piplup, but nobody likes you."

    Darkrai contemplated the fact. "Yes, I suppose that you're right. I wonder why that is?"

    "It's simple, really," Grovyle stated. "You two aren't that different, it's true. But where Piplup has optimism and kindness, you have nothing but malice and greed. Sometimes, that makes all the difference."

    "Oh, go preach to your girlfriend," Darkrai snapped. "But alas, I'm done here. But before I go, let me give you one little nugget of knowledge: You were sitting right on top of the Wheel of Time all along."

    Piplup was taken aback. "What do you mean?"

    "The Wheel of Time," Darkrai scoffed. "It's inside the ruins."

    "That's impossible!" Lucario declared. "Mew and I lived in the ruins for almost two weeks! Besides, the legends say that the Wheel is deep within the Core, far away from the city and the ruins."

    Darkrai shrugged. "The legends were just that: legends."

    Mew frowned. "You know, I guess there was that one giant disc set into the wall in my room in the ruins. It had these three gear-shaped indentations in it."

    Lucario's jaw dropped to the ground. "And you never thought to tell me this?!?!?!"

    "What?" Mew shrugged. "I just assumed it was decoration, and I didn't think guys cared about decorations."

    Piplup, Chimchar, and Lucario all smacked their foreheads. "Women," they all groaned simultaneously.

    Mew's eyes glowed dangerously. "Excuse me?"

    "Uh, guys?" Grovyle interrupted. "There are other things to worry about right now."

    "No, please, don't let me interrupt their fun," Darkrai said. "I'm just trying to take over the world, that's all."

    Piplup stepped forward. "Come on, Darkrai. We took you down once before, and we'll do it again. Just give us the Time Gears and give it up."

    "Do you honestly think I'll just give up?" Darkrai asked.

    "Not really," Piplup admitted. "But it couldn't hurt to ask."

    "If you want to fight me, then follow me," Darkrai challenged. Before anyone could tell what was happening, he had dashed away. He reappeared in front of the exit which lead to the ruins. "But I'd be a little more worried about your friend Dusknoir." With that, he was gone.

    "Okay, we've got to act fast," Piplup said. "Who's going where?"

    Lucario stepped over to the fallen Dusknoir. "Mew and I will stay here. She has lots of healing prowess, and I can perform an Aura Shift if necessary."

    "We'll stay too," Abomasnow offered. "I have some medicinal training, and Machamp can...well, he can hold stuff."

    "I sure can!" Machamp beamed proudly.

    Bastiodon grimaced. "Rampardos and I are a little old to be chasing down scoundrels like Darkrai. We'd probably better stay here."

    "That all sounds good," Grovyle nodded. "I'll stay here to supervise...and to be with Dusknoir."

    Piplup nodded in understanding. "So that leaves me, Chimchar, and the Guild to take on Darkrai."

    "And us!" 88 and 89 chimed simultaneously.

    "And the chowderheads," Piplup sighed. "Now we can't lose."

    "Come on!" Wigglytuff whooped. "We're burning daylight!" He paused and looked around, remembering that rather than sunlight, there was luminescent moss. "Er, we're burning mosslight!"

    Grovyle gestured towards the tunnel. "Go on. We'll take care of Dusknoir."

    Piplup grinned. "Thanks, Grovyle." He turned towards the tunnel. Wigglytuff, Bidoof, Chimecho, Sunflora, Loudred, Diglett, Dugtrio, Corphish, Croagunk, 88, 89, and Chimchar all smiled, ready to charge into battle.

    "We're right behind you, Piplup!" Chimchar assured, giving a thumbs-up.

    "Alright!" Piplup whooped. "Let's roll!"

    The party charged off into the tunnel, hollering war screams all the way. They didn't stop until the ruins were in sight.

    "Okay, here's the plan," Piplup said, taking charge. "Darkrai will be inside the ruins, using the Wheel of Time. Me, Chimchar, and the chowderheads will go inside and fight him. Wigglytuff and the Guild will wait outside in case Darkrai tries to escape."

    "Sounds like a plan!" Wigglytuff beamed. "Let's do this!"

    Without a word, Piplup, Chimchar, 88, and 89 stepped into the ruins. Piplup lead the way, running past the stunning murals of legendary Pokemon which he'd marvelled at only a week before. "The back room is Mew's," Piplup whispered. "Darkrai's in there, I'm sure of it."

    "So we're going in," Chimchar nodded.

    "I'm ready!" 88 agreed.

    "I'm not!" 89 gulped.

    "Too bad!" Piplup grinned. "We're going in." With that, he charged in.

    But it was empty.

    There was no sign of Darkrai anywhere. But ingrained in the wall, clear as day, was the Wheel of Time. There were three gear-shaped outlines in it, which glowed blue. "That's gotta be the Wheel," Chimchar said. "It looks just like the one at the top of Temporal Tower. And the Time Gears are already placed in it!"

    "But where's Darkrai?" Piplup wondered.

    "Surprise!"

    The four fell back, screaming, as Darkrai suddenly materialized from the shadows. "WE SURRENDER!" 89 cried.

    "Man, I love being me!" Darkrai laughed. He glared at his opponents. "Now watch in horror as I paralyze the planet yet again! And there's nothing you can do about it!"

    "Oh yes there is!" Piplup argued.

    "Oh no there's not!" Darkrai countered. He inched closer to the Wheel. "All I have to do is turn it and the world will be mine!"

    "All we have to do is turn it back and the world will be saved!" Piplup pointed out. "It's useless!"

    Darkrai grinned as he put his hands on the Wheel. "But turning the Wheel will do more than just paralyze the planet."

    "And just what else will it do?" Chimchar inquired.

    "Maybe you should have read those legends that you quote so often a little closer," Darkrai scoffed. "If you had, you may have come to the realization that Rayquaza isn't the only Monster of the Core."

    "WHAT?" Piplup, Chimchar, 88, and 89 gasped together.

    Darkrai beamed, enjoying every minute of his triumph. "Yes, there is! And turning the Wheel will unleash its terrible power!"

    "Now Darkrai, don't do anything too hastily," Piplup urged, holding his hands up in truce. "We're all friends here."

    "It's too late for truces now!" Darkrai declared. "Prepare to meet your doom, and all that jazz." Piplup and Chimchar lunged forward simultaneously, but it was already too late. With an enormous scraping of stone-on-stone, Darkrai wrenched the Wheel sideways.

    Nothing happened.

    Piplup smiled. "Is that it? That's all it does?"

    "Hey, don't laugh!" Darkrai snapped. "Right now, the surface world is frozen. Trust me."

    "And how do we know?" Chimchar challenged. "We can't exactly see the surface world right now. For all we know, you twisted the Wheel the wrong way and freed Celebi and Chatot!"

    "You'll know that I twisted it the right way when the Monster appears," Darkrai assured.

    "And where exactly is your 'Monster'?" Piplup smirked. "Hmm?"

    At that moment, there was an earth-shattering roar and the ground began to quake. Darkrai smiled evilly. "Apparently, it's right beneath your feet."

    "Oh crud," Piplup gulped. Then, in an explosion of earth, it rose.

    Darkrai quickly melted into the shadows, but the others weren't quite as lucky. An enormous fist appeared out of the ground, smashing them upward. They blasted (quite painfully) through the stone ceiling of the ruins, which then proceeded to collapse as the earthquake grew even stronger. After a few moments of free-fall, Piplup, Chimchar, 88, and 89 slammed down directly in front of Wigglytuff. As Piplup looked up, he saw something in the Guildmaster's eyes which he had never seen before: Fear. Piplup turned to see what Wigglytuff was staring at and gulped. Standing there, where the ruins had been just moments before, was an enormous, hulking monster. Just as Darkrai had promised.

    "I know that Pokemon!" Chimchar gasped.

    Piplup nodded. He too recognized the figure. It's body was yellow in the middle and white on the sides and its gigantic legs were covered in moss. It has three gems on each side, colored red, blue, and gray. "Yep, we fought one of these before. It's Regigigas." He paused, thinking. "This must be the secret that Regirock, Regice, and Registeel said they were guarding."

    "Regigigas," Chimchar breathed. "Meh, we took the one on the surface down."

    "But we were aided by Team Charm then," Piplup pointed out.

    Wigglytuff stepped forward, smiling. "But this time, you've got the entire Wigglytuff Guild backing you up!"

    "Plus the two of us!" 89 added, grinning. Piplup glared at him.

    "Now I'm not saying that Team Charm is weak," Wigglytuff continued. "But I'd trust us over them any day!"

    Piplup grinned. "Of course, Guildmaster." He turned towards the looming figure of Regigigas. "Now let's take it down."

    "Oh, you won't be taking me down anytime soon."

    The entire group gasped. "Seriously!" 89 gasped. "We've got to quit all of this gasping! It's gonna give me an asthma attack!"

    "Darkrai!" Piplup roared. "What have you done?"

    "The same thing I did to Rayquaza!" Darkrai's voice boomed. But the voice didn't come from Darkrai's body; it came from Regigigas's. "I melted into his shadow. And once you've entered the shadow, it's a short trip to their mind." Regigigas stepped forward with great, earthquake-inducing footsteps. He made his way closer and closer to his opponents, laughing all the way.

    "We took down Rayquaza, Darkrai!" Piplup cried. "We can take down Regigigas too!"

    Without a word, Regigigas fired off a Hyper Beam. Piplup prepared for the impact, but it never came. Instead, the blast hit the celing. There was a deep rumbling and Piplup looked up in horror to see a massive rockslide falling directly towards them. "HIT THE DECK!" he screamed.

    CRRRRRRAAAAAAAASSSHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Before the dust had even settled, Piplup was back on his feet. "Chimchar! Wigglytuff! Anybody!" He hurried around, desperately hoping to find somebody uncrushed.

    "Piplup?"

    "Chimchar!" Piplup hurried to where the voice had come from. He ran face first into Chimchar and the two fell to the ground. Groaning, they sat up.

    "Where are Wigglytuff and the others?" Chimchar inquired.

    "WE'RE OVER HERE!"

    The Hyper Voice scream was deafening. "We can hear you, Wigglytuff!" Piplup cried. "There's no need for the Hyper Voice."

    "Er, sorry!" Wigglytuff apologized. "We're in the tunnel! The apprentices are all over here! The chowderheads too!"

    "Hey!" 88 growled.

    "Are you guys still in there?" Wigglytuff inquired.

    Piplup gulped. "Yeah, we're still in here! And we could probably use some back-up!"

    "Don't worry!" Wigglytuff assured. "We'll break through the rockfall!"

    "It would be nice if you hurried!" Chimchar urged. Suddenly, the air was squeezed from his lungs and he found himself being lifted into the air. "Agh! Piplup! Help!"

    A hand suddenly slapped Chimchar in the back of the head. "I'm stuck here too, doofus."

    "Oh. That's not good." Chimchar paused and looked around. "Where exactly is here?"

    After a few minutes, the dust cloud settled. Piplup and Chimchar simultaneously screamed at the sight of Regigigas's face staring straight at them. They were held in his giant white claw of a hand, preventing them from even moving. "Well this doesn't look good," Piplup gulped. The hand squeezed them even tighter.

    "How do you like the Crush Grip?" Regigigas/Darkrai inquired. "It's my most powerful move. And it will be the last attack you ever experience." He paused dramatically. "Piplup, Chimchar, I'm sorry that it has to end this way."

    "No you're not!" Chimchar spat.

    "You're right," Darkrai admitted. "I'm not." He paused dramatically once again. "Any last words?"

    Piplup turned to face Chimchar, knowing what had to be done. Chimchar nodded. "Do it."

    "Okay, Darkrai," Piplup declared. "These are my last words. Now tell me: What are yours?"

    The air suddenly crackled with electricity as Piplup's Aura glowed silver around him. In an instant, both Piplup and Regigigas froze. The Crush Grip loosened, dropping Chimchar and the limp body of Piplup to the floor.

    Chimchar grinned. "Yes! You did it, Piplup!" Piplup's eyes were glowing silver, as were all seven of Regigigas's.

    The Aura Heart was under way.


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    Woah shocking stuff I can't wait to see the next chapter. Go for it Piplup!

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    Oh man, intense.

    Chapter 28
    Should had figured that Darkrai was possessing Rayquaza.

    Quote Originally Posted by GalladeRocks View Post
    "Okay," Grovyle agreed. "Piplup, Chimchar, Dusknoir, the Guild, and I will remain here and help Lucario. Mew, Bastiodon, Rampardos, 88, and 89 will go search for the townsfolk."
    "Guild" was spelled wrong. The only problem I found.

    Cool chapter.

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    Darkrai cracked his knuckles. "Alright, Dusknoir. I accept your challenge."

    Dusknoir tried to crack his knuckles, but instead he popped his elbow, causing him to yelp in pain. "Uh, right!"
    I chuckled.

    Quote Originally Posted by GalladeRocks View Post
    As a crowd formed around the booth and Poke coins were exchanged, the battle raged on. Shadow Ball met Dark Pulse, Fire Punch met Shadow Claw, Focus Blast met Charge Beam. Lucario took a casual step towards the booth, but he was quickly yanked back by Mew. "Don't even think about it."
    I loled.

    This was an exciting chapter. I forgot all about Regigigas, I thought Giratina would appear. =P

    And wow, you actually made it. Excellent work.
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    Two chapters oh yay

    Other than the mistake that AstralEon pointed, I see nothing else wrong.

    Oh, and... No. 88 and 89 making a Darkrai VS Dusknoir bets booth made me laugh. Those two sure do their business well as stated in their business card xD

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    i hate to break it to ya, GalladeRocks, but it's Monday where i am, and this dosen't seem quite finished to me. although i will forgive because of the sheer WIN of these chapters. and that includes all posted recently.
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    AstralEon-Thanks for pointing out the mistake, I'll get it fixed.

    scizorstrike-I didn't say that I'd have it finished by Monday, I said I'd finish it on Monday. And besides, my Monday is the only Monday that counts. So for those people who have like a twelve hour time difference from where I'm at, I apologize. Just as a point, it is currently 11:15 AM on Monday in my time.

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    I think you watch the Ice Age films too much...
    what happened too Giratina anyway? I thought he would be the second monster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by treeco123 View Post
    I think you watch the Ice Age films too much...
    what happened too Giratina anyway? I thought he would be the second monster.
    Just because I watched all three Ice Age movies in one day last week doesn't mean I'm obsessed!!! ... Does it?

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    Aura Kick and Aura Punch made me lol a bit so Darkrai was possesing Rayquaza and Regigigas? So was the Regigigas possesed by Darkrai the leader of the three Regis that appeared awhile back in the story? So Giratina will be introduced in the next book it would be cool if you Introduced Zoroark in the next book but it's your book so it's your choice what you want to do.

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    Mudkip43-I might just have a role set aside for Zoroark in Book 3. He won't have a huge role, but it'll be an important role. Without giving too much away, Zoroark played an important part in a past event involving Piplup, Grovyle, and Darkrai.

    And now, here it is: The Final Chapter!


    Chapter 30 (AKA: The Final Chapter)
    The Final Chapter (AKA: Chapter 30)

    He opened his eyes and looked around the blank white room. It was just as it had been before, except for one strange thing. A shadow imprinted against the wall. Then, it peeled itself away, revealing its true identity.

    "Impressive, Piplup. Truly impressive."

    Piplup and Darkrai stood opposite each other, neither one moving. They only stared, flexing their fingers and/or flippers. They looked like a hero and a villain squaring off before the final showdown in an action story.

    "So are we just going to stand here all day, or are we going to finish this?" Piplup inquired.

    "I'm readying myself!" Darkrai snapped. "Just give me a minute."

    Piplup sighed. "What do you need to ready yourself for?"

    "My mental jabs!" Darkrai explained. "How am I supposed to win without mental jabs?"

    "You're not supposed to win," Piplup pointed out. "You're the bad guy."

    Darkrai scoffed. "Maybe in your world!" A Dark Void formed between his fingertips.

    Piplup developed an Aura Sphere. "I assume you are familiar with the rules of Aura Heart Combat?"

    "Of course I am!" Darkrai assured. "I'm an evil mastermind! I know all!"

    "What's two times two?"

    Darkrai paused. "L?"

    "Close enough."

    They fired off their attacks at once. They collided halfway between their targets and stopped in their tracks. Each one shoved forward, but neither made progress. Piplup and Darkrai both glared at the attacks, willing them to break through.

    "Bow down to the force of my will!" Darkrai howled.

    "I will not!" Piplup replied. He snickered at his own joke.

    Darkrai gave a thumbs-down. "Dude. That was terrible."

    "Sorry."

    "Now, bow down!" Darkrai yelled again. "I have the strong will to rule the world! That determination is impossible to defeat!"

    Piplup frowned as the attacks slowly began to move towards him. Darkrai's will was prevailing. "Your will may be powerful," Piplup admitted. "But I have a duty to my friends! Celebi and Chatot are trapped, and everybody else in the world will be doomed to a miserable existence when the planet becomes fully paralyzed. I can't afford to lose..."

    Darkrai frowned as the attacks stopped moving. Then, surely, they reversed direction.

    "...And my will becomes indomitable!"

    The Aura Sphere grew larger and larger and it began pushing the Dark Void back even more quickly. Darkrai gulped. "This doesn't look good."

    Piplup grinned. "Face it, Darkrai! You just can't win!"

    "You don't have to rub it in!" Darkrai growled. "I have feelings too!"

    "We've already been over this!" Piplup said. "You already admitted that you have no feelings!"

    "That's not true!" Darkrai snapped. "I have a feeling right now!"

    "And that is?"

    "The feeling that I am about to do something involuntary...and messy."

    Piplup had to laugh. "You know, Grovyle was right. We are a lot alike. You'd probably be a fun guy to be around if it weren't for the whole 'world domination' obsession."

    Darkrai nodded. "I'm an interesting guy."

    The attacks of willpower were only a foot away from Darkrai, and they were still moving closer. Piplup gave a mock salute. "See you on the other side."

    Then, there was an electrical buzz and the Aura Sphere stopped.

    Piplup had only an instant to realize this before an excruciating shock ran through his body. He fell to his hands and knees, screaming.

    Darkrai was almost speechless. "Who...what...how...what in the heck is going on here?"

    "It's...just like...last time," Piplup groaned. "When Lucario and I..."

    Darkrai snapped his fingers. "Of course! Your Aura is burning out!" He laughed.

    *****

    Chimchar was sitting by the limp body of Piplup when his Aura suddenly sparked. "Uh, Piplup?" Chimchar frowned. "Oh wait, you can't hear me. I guess I'll just have to talk to myself." He paused. "Wow, I'm not a very exciting person."

    "YOOM-TAH!!!"

    There was a massive explosion and the rock fall blocking the exit into the tunnels was suddenly blasted into smithereens. Chimchar whirled around and screamed in terror. "I SURRENDER!"

    "Hey! That's our line!"

    88 and 89 stepped out of the dust cloud and grinned. "You two!" Chimchar gasped. "You broke through the rock slide?"

    "Actually, they did," 88 admitted, gesturing back towards the tunnel. The dust cloud had settled, revealing Wigglytuff and the Guild apprentices. They rushed into the room, with Abomasnow, Machamp, Mew, Rampardos, and Bastiodon right behind them.

    "Guys!" Chimchar grinned. "You're here!"

    "Not all of us," Mew said sadly.

    Chimchar frowned, then gasped in horror. "Not Dusknoir?"

    "Yes, Dusknoir," Mew nodded. She turned and pointed back to the entrance.

    Grovyle and Lucario stood there. Between them they carried the unmoving figure of Dusknoir. They strode forward slowly, Chimchar watching them in horror all the way. As they lay the limp body on the ground, Chimchar fell on his knees and beat his fists on the ground. "Why? Dusknoir, you can't do this!" He peered forward into Dusknoir's face. His eye was closed. "Dusknoir!"

    Suddenly, the red eye snapped open. "'Hoy, small fry!"

    Chimchar screamed like a little girl and fell over backwards. The other Pokemon all laughed uproariously."

    "Dusknoir!" Chimchar beamed, hugging him. "I'm so glad you're okay!"

    "I'm glad that I'm okay too," Dusknoir grinned, floating into the air.

    "You didn't have to pull such a horrible prank, though," Chimchar pointed out. "That was just cruel."

    Dusknoir glared at Chimchar. "Cruel? I'm the one who almost died! When you almost die, then you can call me cruel!"

    Grovyle stepped forward and pointed to Piplup. "What's wrong with him?"

    Chimchar turned away from Dusknoir. "What? Oh, you mean Piplup?" He knelt down again by his partner. "He performed the Aura Heart on Regigigas after Darkrai possessed him."

    "The Aura Heart?" Lucario gasped.

    Chimchar nodded. "Yep. Apparently, he got over his fear. But then his Aura started sparking like crazy just a minute ago."

    "Out of the way!" Lucario ordered, knocking Chimchar aside. He held out his hands and closed his eyes, which were glowing blue. After a moment, he gasped. "This is terrible!"

    "What's wrong?" Chimchar asked. "What's happening?"

    "His Aura!" Lucario exclaimed. "The strain is too much! It's burning up his Aura!"

    Wigglytuff frowned. "And that means...?"

    "If we don't do something," Lucario screamed. "He's going to die!"

    *****

    Piplup managed to look up as the pain continued to overwhelm him. He could barely make out the shape of Darkrai looming over him. The attacks were gone. He knew that the Aura Sphere had dissipated as his Aura had sparked, but the Dark Void had disappeared as well. "Why..." Piplup groaned. "Why aren't you..."

    "Attacking?" Darkrai finished. "It's quite devious, really." He turned away and smiled. "If my attack hit you, you would be knocked back into your own body. Then, your Aura would no longer be in use, and you would be all happy again, once your Aura had regenerated."

    Piplup gasped, realizing what Darkrai was getting at.

    "But if I leave you here," Darkrai continued. "Then your Aura will simply burn itself out and consume you. Then I never have to worry about you again."

    Piplup tried to speak, but found that he had lost the energy to. It was all he could do to keep his eyes open.

    Darkrai laughed evilly. "The irony is cruel, isn't it? Your willpower is indomitable, and that is your downfall. Your will is simply too strong for your Aura to withhold."

    Piplup's arms gave out and he fell onto his chest.

    "And now, all the willpower in the world can't save you."

    *****

    "It's not working!" Lucario roared.

    His Aura was flared brightly around him. It flowed from his hands and into Piplup's own Aura, but it burned away just as quickly as it flowed in. "What do you mean it won't work?" Chimchar demanded.

    "Exactly what I mean!" Lucario snapped. "The Aura Shift won't work! Piplup's Aura is burning away too fast to keep the energy from my Aura!"

    "We've got to do something!" Mew screamed.

    "After everything Piplup's done for us, we've got to do whatever we can for him!" Chimecho agreed.

    Tears sprung from Bidoof's eyes like a fountain. "Yup yup! He's a good people, he is! You don't find good people like Piplup very often!"

    Sighing, Lucario pulled his hands away and the Aura Shift was broken. "I'm sorry. I've done all that I've can."

    "It can't end like this!" Diglett yelled.

    "WAAAAAAAAAAAAHH!!!" Loudred wailed incomprehensibly.

    "What he said!" 89 whimpered.

    Chimchar stared at Piplup emotionlessly. He looked to Grovyle and Dusknoir. "Guys? You've gotten us this far. What do we do now?"

    Grovyle sighed. "I've spent a long, long time with Piplup. I'm just not sure what to do without him backing me up."

    "I don't have anything funny to say," Dusknoir admitted. "That's all I can really do. Without Piplup, I can't even do that."

    Chimchar turned to Lucario. "Lucario, you know all about Aura Heart Combat. What can we do to help?"

    "There's nothing we can do," Lucario said. "Aura Heart Combat is just a battle of willpower between two minds. There's no way we can help."

    "You may be wrong about that." Chimchar rose to his feet and stood over Piplup's body.

    "What do you mean?" Mew inquired. "Lucario just said that-"

    "Willpower," Chimchar stated. "Piplup needs willpower."

    Corphish frowned. "Hey hey, I'm pretty sure that we can't just hand over some willpower and make everything better."

    "It's worth a shot!" Dugtrio exclaimed. "Diglett, where did you put my spare willpower?"

    "Chimchar, I think you're having a breakdown," Lucario said. "Just calm down."

    Chimchar shook his head. "No, think about it. Willpower is a part of life force. Without willpower, nobody would have anything. Now, Lucario, you more than anybody else knows what life force is."

    "Aura," Lucario nodded. "But I don't see how-"

    "If we focus our willpower into Piplup's Aura-" Chimchar began.

    "Then it strengthens his Aura!" Grovyle finished. "That's ingenious!"

    Dusknoir frowned. "More like insane. But I'll give it a shot."

    "Dusknoir's right," Lucario cut in. "It's insane. That could never work!"

    "That doesn't matter," Chimchar pointed out. "Do you have any better ideas?"

    Lucario was silent.

    Chimchar nodded. "That's what I thought." He turned back to Piplup's body and closed his eyes. "PIPLUP! LISTEN CLOSE!"

    *****

    "Piplup! Listen close!"

    Piplup's head jerked upwards. He knew that voice.

    Darkrai had apparently heard it too. "Chimchar?" he frowned. "Why can we hear Chimchar?"

    "Piplup!" another voice screamed.

    "We're here too!" a third added.

    Piplup managed to speak the names. "Grovyle and Dusknoir!"

    "Friendly friend!" a deep voice rumbled.

    "Piplup!" multiple voices chorused.

    "The Guild!" Piplup said. He sat up slowly, wincing in pain.

    Darkrai frowned. "This is odd. They must be yelling right in Piplup's ear."

    Two more voices spoke up now. "We're backing you up too!"

    "Lucario...and Mew!" Piplup identified. "Everyone's...speaking to...me!"

    "Not that it does you any good," Darkrai growled. "Your doom is already upon you."

    Chimchar's voice spoke up again. "Piplup, listen to us. You're on the verge of death. I'm guessing that you and Darkrai are both aware of that by now."

    "See?" Darkrai scoffed. "Even your best friend has given up on you."

    "But we haven't given up on you!" Chimchar's voice cried. "We believe that you can snap out of this!"

    Darkrai sighed dramatically. "Oh, the heroes just can't go quietly can they?"

    Piplup glared at Darkrai. "Shut...up!"

    "Piplup, if you're hearing us right now, just know that we believe in you," Chimchar continued. "That I believe in you! Let our will be yours!"

    "Oh, can this be any more cliched?" Darkrai moaned. "Piplup, do me a favor and just die now. I realize that that's cruel for me to ask of you, but..." Darkrai trailed off as he realized that Piplup had risen back to his feet. "Eh?"

    "Their will is mine," Piplup grinned. "That's good enough to me."

    "Oh, come on!" Darkrai roared. "This can't be happening! This is too freaking cliched!"

    Piplup shrugged. "Every story has a cliched ending. They wouldn't be exciting if they didn't."

    Darkrai started to speak, but then shrugged as well. "Meh, when you're right, you're right."

    Piplup's eyes glowed silver. "My energy, my will...They're returning!"

    "Yeah yeah, your power is indomitable, blah blah blah," Darkrai grumbled. He charged up a Dark Void. "I realize that this attack will be futile, but I would be dumb to try not to fight back." He launched the Aura Sphere.

    Of course, it never hit its target.

    "This ends now!" Piplup roared. He fired off an Aura Sphere that was bigger than he was. It struck Darkrai's Dark Void and completely engulfed it.

    "Noooooo!" Darkrai wailed as the blast overwhelmed him.

    Then, the world went black.

    *****

    Piplup's eyes snapped open.

    "He's awake!" Chimchar screamed.

    "I'm awake!" Piplup screamed.

    "You're okay!" Chimchar screamed.

    "I'm okay!" Piplup screamed.

    "You're alive!" Chimchar screamed.

    "I'm-"

    "That's enough of that!" Dusknoir interrupted. "Spare us the scream-fest!"

    Chimchar smiled. "Er, sorry. I was happy."

    "Me too." Piplup nodded.

    "No time for idle talk now," Grovyle cut in. "Where's Darkrai?"

    Piplup frowned. "Probably in Regigigas's shadow."

    "Well, he'll have to come out eventually," Grovyle said. "All we have to do is wait."

    "Waiting is fun!" Wigglytuff whooped. "Let's sing!"

    Sunflora grinned. "Er, let's not."

    "We'd probably better head back and check on the townspeople," Bastiodon said.

    Rampardos nodded. "They tend to get a little panicky in situations involving giant flying monsters and rampaging armies."

    "We could help out, if you need us," Abomasnow offered.

    "I've got a lot of muscle to offer!" Machamp added, flexing.

    "Right now, we need it all here," Mew assured. "When Darkrai shows up, we'll need all the help we can get."

    "We've come a long way in the past couple weeks," Piplup said, addressing Chimchar, Grovyle, Dusknoir, Lucario, and Mew. "And it all comes down to this."

    Grovyle smiled. "Yep. So what are we going to do when all of this is over with?"

    "Same thing as always, I guess," Chimchar shrugged. "Go back to the surface world and explore the unexplored."

    "Fun as that sounds, I think I'll reopen my Aura dojo," Lucario grinned. "I'm guessing that a lot more people will want to control their Aura after the part it played in saving the world."

    Piplup frowned. "So you won't be coming back to the surface with us?"

    "Our place is here in the Core," Mew answered. "But we can always visit each other, right?"

    "Yes, I suppose," Piplup nodded.

    "Honestly, I'll miss this place a little bit," Dusknoir cut in. "I kind of liked the ruins."

    Suddenly, Piplup and Chimchar's eyes snapped open. "The Wheel!" they gasped. The two hurried over to the wreckage of the ruins.

    "The Wheel?" Lucario frowned.

    "Of course!" Grovyle exclaimed. "We forgot to turn back the Wheel!"

    "You'd think we'd remember that, considering that two of our closest friends and the entire world depends on it," Dusknoir mused.

    88 and 89 ran forward to join Piplup and Chimchar. "We want to help!" they screamed. They caught up to Piplup and Chimchar, who were staring at the one standing wall that remained of the ruins. Of course, it was the one containing the Wheel of Time.

    "You two watch," Piplup ordered 88 and 89. "We'll turn the Wheel. No offense, but you guys would probably mess it up."

    "You're probably right," 88 admitted.

    "We're a wee bit accident prone," 89 added.

    Piplup and Chimchar turned to each other and nodded. They reached up and grabbed the stone wheel.

    Suddenly, Regigigas took a trembling step forward.

    It fell forward, slamming down hard on its face. The ground quaked at the impact.

    "That can't be good," Piplup gulped. "We'd better hurry." He yanked the Wheel. Slowly, with the sound of scraping stones, it turned. Further and further, to the point where it had originally been set. Then, he turned it further still.

    Click!

    It stopped.

    Piplup turned to Chimchar. "Is that it?"

    "Is time restored?" Chimchar wondered.

    "I guess the only way to find out will be to return to the surface," Piplup shrugged.

    "Sorry, but you guys will never see the surface again."

    Piplup and Chimchar whirled around. A pitch-black shadow rose from nowhere, looming over them. Of course, it was Darkrai.

    Everybody reacted at once. Grovyle, Dusknoir, Lucario, Mew, and the entire Guild charged together. Piplup, Chimchar, 88, and 89 leapt at Darkrai. And Darkrai merely laughed.

    Suddenly, a dark black orb opened in the air above Darkrai. He grabbed Piplup and Chimchar out of the air, clutching one in each hand.

    "What are you doing?" Piplup gasped, struggling.

    "Sorry," Darkrai grinned. "I can't tell you that." He turned to face the crowd charging at him. "Farewell, fools!" he roared. "This is the last time you'll ever have to see my face. But I'm taking these two with me!"

    "NOOO!" Grovyle screamed, lunging ahead of the rest.

    88 and 89 looked at each other and nodded. They sprung back into the air, heading straight for Darkrai. But they found themselves moving upward suddenly. The black orb over Darkrai was sucking them inwards. In a matter of seconds, they'd been absorbed.

    It was a portal.

    "Grovyle!" Piplup and Chimchar screamed as one.

    "I'll get you!" Grovyle called. He sprung into the air, heading straight for Darkrai.

    "Farewell, Grovyle," Darkrai sneered. "It's been fun while it lasted."

    Then, he jumped at the portal.

    Grovyle whizzed through the air where Darkrai had been only a moment before. But he passed straight through and slammed into the hard stony earth on the other side.

    Darkrai was gone.

    And so were Piplup and Chimchar.



    TO BE CONTINUED!!!

    I'll get the epilogue up tomorrow.

    And I finished before midnight! I'm so proud of myself!
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    Woah! Talk about De ja vu Darkrai virtually did the same thing Dusknoir did way back. Anyway awesome chapter. Can't wait for more.

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    Waah! It's happening again. Back to the desolated future? Nooo. I always hated that place.

    Anyways, this is getting more exciting. And congrats on completing this book. Just waiting for the epilogue.

    And I'm with Darkrai on this one; this was a clichéd chapter. =P
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    Once again you've put out a great chapter. Sad to think that this story is coming to a close. Oh well, we got the next one to look forward to!!

    I enjoyed the conversation between Piplup and Darkrai. I too, agree with Darkrai. Very cliche
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    Oh dear, what's going to happen to Grovyle, 88 and 89? I hate that miserable dark future, or maybe the present probably

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    The Dark Future? Is that what you guys think this is? Fools! This is a land that makes the Dark Future look like a happy flower meadow full of rainbows and butterflies and magical flying unicorns. No, this isn't the Dark Future. This is Thunderdome the Beyond.

    Now, just what will happen to Piplup and Chimchar? Will they be heroes once again? Will their story end here?

    And what about 88 and 89? What role will they have in the plotline? Will they ever quit being chowderheads?

    And exactly what is Darkrai's mysterious plan?

    How could I write a story without having to rely on Grovyle's epicness Dusknoir's wise-cracks to make up for the meager plotline?

    Just what role will the new characters, including Dragonite, Garchomp, Zoroark, Absol, Prinplup, and Lugia, play in the story?

    Why am I asking you all of these questions?

    Ok, now that my rant is done, I'll announce that I'll try to have the epilogue up tonight, as well as a preview of the next book.

    And, on a final note, I will not include the bonus chapter that I spoke of before. Instead, every fifth chapter in the next book will be a bonus chapter. And just what will they revolve around? My temporarily abandoned project involving the Dimensions of Darkness cast, The Pokemon Show! Yes, rather than having to worry about handling two fics at once, I'll simply put them together in one fic! Ingenius, right?
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    okay, the character list is long,     Spoiler:- Stuff gleaned from trailer:
    . and we all know Grovyle and Dusknoir are going to turn up again, and since you said we won't see Sceptile for a long time, i'm guessing he'll turn up as well.
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    Sweetness. xD

    Can't wait for the next book~! xD

    First things first though: them pesky spelling errors. -w-

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    Piplup had only an instant to realize this before an excruciating shock ran through his body. He fell to his hands and knees, screaming.
    Excruciating has the "c" instead of that first "t"."

    There was a massive explosion and the rock fall blocking the exit into the tunnels was suddenly blasted into smithereens. Chimchar whirled around and screamed in terror. "I SURRENDER!"
    Rock fall is two words.

    "Then it strengthens his Aura!" Grovyle finished. "That's ingenious!"
    "But we haven't given up on you!" Chimchar's voice cried. "We believe that you can snap out of this!"
    Two little misspells, the "o" in "ingenious" and then there was one "e" to short in "believe," which was probably just overlooked.

    "Fun as that sounds, I think I'll reopen my Aura dojo," Lucario grinned. "I'm guessing that a lot more people will want to control their Aura after the part it played in saving the world."
    "Be wanting" could be simply "want."

    And that's it~!

    Now for my favorite parts~!

    Piplup developed an Aura Sphere. "I assume you are familiar with the rules of Aura Heart Combat?"

    "Of course I am!" Darkrai assured. "I'm an evil mastermind! I know all!"

    "What's two times two?"

    Darkrai paused. "L?"

    "Close enough."
    Lolz. xD 2 • 2 = L xD

    Grovyle and Lucario stood there. Between them they carried the unmoving figure of Dusknoir. They strode forward slowly, Chimchar watching them in horror all the way. As they lay the limp body on the ground, Chimchar fell on his knees and beat his fists on the ground. "Why? Dusknoir, you can't do this!" He peered forward into Dusknoir's face. His eye was closed. "Dusknoir!"

    Suddenly, the red eye snapped open. "'Hoy, small fry!"

    Chimchar screamed like a little girl and fell over backwards. The other Pokemon all laughed uproariously."
    Dusknoir's hilarious as ever. xD

    Those were two of my more favorite parts, but I loved the whole chapter, and all the others I haven't commented on~!

    On to the next book~!

    Zoroark, Deoxys, and Psuedo-Legends, oh my~! xD

    And then the Pokemon Show bonus chapters added in too; I can't wait! x3

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    Oh dear, no bonus chapters at the end of the book? At least I get to post before it's moved

    Oh, and... didn't really bothered to read The Pokemon Show. I'm really lazy to read it... but, since I don't have anything left to do later... *bookmarks Pokemon Show to read later*

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    Rotom310-Thanks for pointing out all of those mistakes. I'll get them fixed as soon as I've finished this post.

    scizorstrike-I was trying to keep my character list here short, and I decided to leave Pikachu out of the list. But yes, he will still be in the next fic.

    Also, I lied about one thing. Sceptile will make one slight appearance before reappearing late in the next fic.


    Epilogue

    Hundreds of bubbles floated through the air, glistening in all of the colors of the rainbow as the sunlight hit them. The ocean waves lapped lazily against the golden sand, leaving foaming trails in their wake.

    Grovyle took a deep breath, enjoying the sensation of the cool wind across his face. After the few weeks he had spent in the Core, he was still getting used to the surface world. He hadn't realized until his return just how much he had missed the warming sun and gentle breeze.

    "It's a beautiful sight, isn't it?"

    Grovyle didn't have to turn around to see who had spoken. "That it is, Celebi." He paused, then turned around. "Care to join me?"

    "Of course," Celebi nodded, smiling. She floated forward and sat down on the beach next to Grovyle. For a long moment, neither of them spoke. They simply absorbed the scene before them, not wanting to spoil the sunset.

    "I'm glad to have you back," Grovyle whispered eventually.

    Celebi blushed and looked away. "Urm...thanks."

    "You're one of the few people that I can really talk to," Grovyle continued. "You're one of the only two that gets me."

    "Piplup," Celebi said.

    Grovyle nodded. He pointed to a rock further down the beach to their left. "Right there is where he showed up at," he explained. "When Piplup and I first travelled here from the future, he was spat out right there."

    "That's what Chimchar says," Celebi nodded.

    "And later, when Piplup had disappeared from time after beating Primal Dialga," Grovyle added. "Dialga brought Piplup back and dropped him in the exact same place. Piplup has made his entrance to this world twice in that one spot on the sand."

    "That's why you're here," Celebi said. "This is the closest you can be to Piplup."

    Grovyle nodded. "And Chimchar, too. This is the exact same spot that Chimchar found Piplup both times."

    "They're good guys," Celebi said. "And good friends. It's clear that you suffer from their absence."

    "And so does Wigglytuff, and the apprentices, and Skuntank, and Azurill and Marill, and Manaphy, and even Dusknoir," Grovyle listed. "The entire world suffers from their absence." He paused. "Too bad the same can't be said for the Shieldon and Cranidos that got sucked up with them."

    Celebi glared at Grovyle. "Now don't say that! All life is valiable and has its own effect on the world. Just because those two may not be as well known or loved as Piplup and Chimchar, they still matter."

    Grovyle nodded. "Of course, Celebi. When you're right, you're right. And after all, those two did try to save Piplup and Chimchar in the end."

    "From the stories everybody told, it sounds like they put themselves in harms way quite a bit," Celebi said. "Dusknoir mentioned that they even traveled into the ruins with Piplup and Chimchar even when it a battle with Darkrai seemed imminent. That takes courage."

    "Or in their case, stupidity," Grovyle muttered. He immediately fell silent as he felt Celebi's gaze burning into his soul.

    Celebi apparently felt the need to change the subject before she was forced to reprimand Grovyle again. "I wish I could have been there to do something."

    "It wouldn't have mattered," Grovyle sighed. "Nobody was able to do a thing down there. Dusknoir, Lucario, Mew, the Guild. They were all helpless. I was helpless."

    Celebi searched her mind for encouraging words, but found nothing.

    "Don't bother trying to comfort me," Grovyle said. "It's alright, I understand." He turned to face Celebi. "I should have pounced on Darkrai when I had the chance. We all seemed to underestimate him down there. Dusknoir was almost killed because of that. By the time that we were finally taking him seriously, it was already too late. Piplup and Chimchar were already right where he wanted them."

    "There was nothing you could have done," Celebi assured.

    "Exactly," Grovyle nodded. "I was convinced last time to be lenient with Darkrai. I let him escape with his life."

    Celebi frowned. "Grovyle, what are you-"

    "Next time," Grovyle interrupted. "I won't make that mistake."

    *****

    The fires were already lit in the Wigglytuff Guild. Despite the early hour, the apprentices had already hit the hay, having been given an extended break time while plans for the future were made. But there were still three Pokemon still fully awake, as they had been for almost three days.

    "So you have no idea where this Darkrai opened a portal to."

    "Nope."

    "You have no idea where he would want to open a portal to."

    "Nope."

    "You have no idea how he even opened a portal in the first place."

    "Nope."

    "I must say, Guildmaster," Chatot sighed. "You're not making this easy for us."

    Armaldo, Wigglytuff, and the recently freed Chatot all sat in a circle on the floor in Wigglytuff's room. The torches around them were burning intensely, but none of them seemed to feel the heat. There were more important things to worry about.

    "So let's get all of this straight once again," Armaldo sighed. "Darkrai sucked Piplup, Chimchar, the Shieldon, the Cranidos, and himself into this mysterious portal. The portal was black, signifying that it came out somewhere dark. Aside from that, we have absolutely no leads."

    Wigglytuff nodded cheerfully. "Yup!"

    "How is it possible that in three days, that's all the information we've compiled?" Chatot squawked in exasperation.

    "The lack of sleep probably has something to do with it," Armaldo said. "We should probably get rested up before we try thinking about this more."

    "That's a good idea!" Chatot yawned. "I realize that I was frozen in time for two weeks, but I'm still exhausted."

    Wigglytuff's lower lip stuck out. "Aw, come on! You guys are giving up just like that? If Skuntank were here, he'd still be working!" His frown deepened for a moment at the thought of Skuntank. The leader of Team Skull had vanished after hearing about the disappearance of Piplup and Chimchar. Not even his partners Zubat and Koffing knew where he had gone.

    "We're not giving up!" Armaldo pointed out. "We just want to take a break for some sleep. Isn't that alright?"

    "Zzz," Wigglytuff said.

    Armaldo frowned. "Excuse me?"

    "Zzz," Wigglytuff repeated.

    Chatot hid his face in his wing. "He's asleep!" he groaned.

    "With his eyes open?" Armaldo said, raising an eyebrow. "Yeesh, Junior, you've got issues."

    Suddenly, Chatot became aware of two figures standing in the doorway. He leapt to his feet and flapped his wings in a frenzy. "Intruders!" he squawked, preparing to attack. Armaldo rose to his feet at the same time.

    "Whoa, hold up!" one of the figures urged. "We're just here to talk!"

    "Hi friends!" Wigglytuff said. Armaldo and Chatot jumped in surprise at the voice.

    Armaldo leaned over to Chatot. "Wasn't he just asleep?"

    "It must have been a power nap," Chatot shrugged.

    "Hi Wigglytuff," the second figure greeted. The two moved forward into the room to stand before the other three Pokemon.

    Chatot poked Wigglytuff inquiringly. "Guildmaster? Who are these Pokemon?"

    "Oh, that's right!" Wigglytuff exclaimed. "You guys haven't met yet! Chatot, Master, these are Lucario and Mew. I told you about them, right?"

    "Yes, you did," Armaldo nodded. "The two Pokemon who helped Piplup and the others in the Core."

    "Nice to meet you two," Lucario bowed.

    Mew grinned. "Chatot, I heard quite a bit about you from Piplup and Chimchar. It's nice to meet you." Then she turned to Armaldo. "But they never mentioned you. What's your name?"

    "I'm Armaldo," Armaldo introduced. "I'm an old friend of Wigglytuff's. I've heard a lot about you and your friend."

    "Word travels fast," Lucario grinned. "Our reputation preceeds us yet again."

    "When has it ever preceeded us before?" Mew inquired.

    Lucario shrugged. "I don't know. It just felt like something good to say."

    "So what brings you two top-soil?" Wigglytuff questioned, reclining against the wall. "Is something wrong in the Core?"

    "Not at all," Mew assured. "Progress on rebuilding the city is great. Abomasnow and Machamp are helping Bastiodon and Rampardos get the townspeople back to their daily lives. After Regigigas recovered, he was convinced to help with the reconstruction efforts by Regirock, Regice, and Registeel. And the strangest thing happened to Rayquaza."

    Wigglytuff frowned. "And that is?"

    "Well, according to the records," Mew replied. "Rayquaza has been surrounded in a dark Aura ever since his battle with Giratina many centuries ago. That's when he was forced to be sealed away. But now, the dark Aura's gone. He's returned to his duty of guarding the Core as if nothing ever happened."

    "Interesting!" Wigglytuff commented. "So defeating him snapped him out of the state he'd been stuck in for all those years."

    "Apparently so," Lucario nodded. "But that's not why we've come."

    "Of course," Wigglytuff said. "You're here about Piplup and Chimchar."

    Mew nodded. "Yes. If we can get a possible trace of the portal, or another portal to the same place, we might be able to help."

    "I could probably pick up on Piplup and Chimchar's Auras if we can find out just where it is that Darkrai took them," Lucario said. "But it'll be tough."

    "Then we've got no time to waste!" Wigglytuff exclaimed. "There'll be no sleep tonight!"

    Armaldo and Chatot both groaned under their breath.

    Lucario and Mew sat down to join the circle on the floor. Wigglytuff leaned forward, rubbing his hands together. "Now let's get down to business."

    *****

    A lone figure loped down the road, with the sun setting behind him. He was apparently oblivious to the multiple pairs of eyes staring at him from the forest underbrush. Either that, or he was utterly fearless. The wild Pokemon decided not to find out for themselves just how powerful this intruder was; The stench around him was powerful enough.

    Skuntank sighed, asking himself for the fifth time in five minutes just why he'd left Treasure Town. But every time he gave himself the same answer.

    The bag of supplies he carried was beginning to grow heavy, and he realized that night would be falling in a matter of minutes. Noticing a small clearing up ahead, he decided that now would be as good a time as any to set up camp for the night.

    Skuntank had just finished his meager dinner of berries when a twig snapped in the forest behind him. He whirled away from his campfire to face the sound. He thought he could barely make out a shadow moving behind a tree. "Come out, stranger," he ordered. "Don't make me come in after you."

    Obediently, a tall bipedal figure stepped out of the trees. "I'm very sorry, sir. I didn't intend to frighten you."

    "Yeah yeah," Skuntank muttered. He took a step back towards his campfire, but still kept his eye on the newcomer. "Now leave."

    "You seem to be alone, friend," the newcomer commented.

    "You're observant," Skuntank scoffed. "Yes, I'm alone, and I'd prefer it stay that way. Scat."

    The stranger took another step forward. "These are dangerous parts, friend. You won't last one night here alone."

    "Thanks for the tip," Skuntank grunted. He turned back to face the stranger, who was watching him anxiously. "You're not going to leave me in peace, are you?"

    "I can't leave a lone traveler to fend for himself," the newcomer admitted. "So the answer is no."

    Skuntank sighed. "Well, if you're going to stay, you might as well make yourself comfortable."

    Smiling, the stranger sat down next to the campfire. "Thank you for your hospitality."

    "Your welcome," Skuntank said gruffly.

    The two sat in silence for a while, but the stranger eventually spoke up again. "Pardon me for sticking my nose in where it doesn't belong, but just what are you doing out here on your own?"

    Skuntank frowned, contemplating whether or not to answer. "I guess you'd call it a journey of self-discovery," he replied shortly. "The only people who ever brought out the good in me disappeared. I'm trying to figure out what to do with my life now."

    "Sad story, friend," the stranger sighed. "I'm out here for about the same reason. Self-discovery, and all that. Except I've never really known what to do with my life."

    "Welcome to the club," Skuntank chuckled softly. He extended a paw towards his new companion. "My name's Skuntank."

    "Nice to meet you, Skuntank," the stranger greeted. He held out his own clawed hand and shook Skuntank's paw vigorously. "You can call me Sceptile."

    *****

    Dusknoir wasn't surprised to find Grovyle and Celebi alone on the beach. He considered sneaking up and scaring them, but guessed that the timing probably wasn't appropriate. They didn't look like they were in a laughing mood. Instead, he floated up behind them and cleared his throat to announce his presence.

    They both turned around. "Oh, hello Dusknoir," Celebi greeted. "Out to enjoy the sunset?"

    "Yes, I suppose," Dusknoir nodded. "I've never really been one of those people to enjoy the beauty in life and nature and all that jazz, but I'll admit, it's worth seeing."

    "But that's not why you came out here," Grovyle stated. "What do you want?"

    Dusknoir twiddled his thumbs for a moment, unsure of exactly what to say. "Take your time," Celebi said.

    "Well," Dusknoir finally spoke. "I may have found a way to find Piplup and Chimchar."

    Grovyle and Celebi both leapt to their feet. "Talk."

    "It's still in the planning phase," Dusknoir explained. "But I really think it could work after strategizing some."

    "I don't care how long it takes," Grovyle said. "I'm ready at any time."

    "It could take awhile to get ready," Dusknoir repeated. "Days, maybe even weeks. But the wait won't even be the worst part." He paused and looked to make sure that he had both Grovyle and Celebi's full attention. "It may require a trip to a realm beyond your comprehension."

    Grovyle scoffed. "We've seen things that should be beyond comprehension, and yet we've adjusted to them as everyday life. How bad could this be?"

    Dusknoir shrugged. "We very well may have to travel to the realm of the dead."

    "The realm of the dead?" Celebi gulped. "Scary stuff."

    "I don't care," Grovyle spat, unphased. "I'll go there."

    Dusknoir nodded. "I knew you would be happy to." He turned to Celebi. "And will you go too?"

    "Of course," Celebi nodded.

    Grovyle spun on Celebi. "No, you won't," he snapped. "Do you want something to happen to you again, just like at the Crystal Lake?" He looked at his feet. "Do you have any idea what I'd do if I lost you again on top of Piplup and Chimchar?"

    "That's why I'm going," Celebi stated. "To make sure that we don't have to be without Piplup and Chimchar. I can handle myself."

    Grovyle started to argue, but Dusknoir put a hand on his shoulder. "You do realize that you have no hope to win this dispute, right?"

    "Yes," Grovyle sighed. "I do." He looked back up at Dusknoir. "Now, what's our plan?"

    "Like I said, it's not even much of a plan yet," Dusknoir admitted. "More a plan for a plan."

    "Well, if this plan for a plan is ever going to become a real plan, then we'd better get to work on it!" Celebi exclaimed. "Come on, let's go find Wigglytuff and the others. They'll be able to help out."

    Grovyle and Dusknoir nodded and began to follow her. However, Grovyle stopped and turned back to watch as the sun slowly slid down past the horizon. "Don't worry, guys," he thought to himself. "I'm going to get you. Even if I have to travel past the boundaries of death itself, I will find you." Catching himself, he turned to look back at Celebi and Dusknoir. With one last look across the serene ocean, he hurried off after his companions.

    "No, scratch that," he whispered aloud. "We will find you."



    TO BE CONTINUED (AGAIN)


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    I'm getting a post in before the move!!

    Well, GalladeRocks, congratulations on completing one hell of a story. I must admit, I thoroughly enjoyed the epilogue. So Skuntank met Sceptile. I'm interested in how that will go over. All and all, a great ending to a great story. I can't wait for the next one!

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    Awesomely awesome! I can't wait to see book three! Lol yeah Grovyle you can't argue with Celebi. ^ ^

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