Ooh! 7? Cool! 30 seconds?! You must be an expert! Anyway, I've waited long enough to finish the new chap so it's done now. Here ya go:
Originally Posted by Chibi Pika
At the end of the last chap, if you remember, Ash and May started a battle with Malek and found that the strongest Flamethrowers together were ticklish to him. With nothing else to try against him, Ash thought that this may be his only chance to tell May how he felt about her. So he started to tell her and that is where we left off. Okay, this will be a longer one; it’s about 3.1 pages long on Microsoft Word. Anyway, please read, review, and reply. Hope you like it!
Chapter Three: The Beginning of the End
With the ring of fire burning around them, Ash and May fought their hardest to defeat Malek. Ash with Salamence, and May with Blaziken. Throwing their attacks at him with their highest power still wasn’t enough.
“This isn’t working Ash! We need to think of something to beat him!” May said, “There has to be some way! Hmm… I’ve got it!”
“Yeah? So what do we do? What is it?” Ash asked rapidly.
“Look.” May pointed at Malek’s hand. “You see that crystal he’s holding? That must be the key to beating him. If we destroy it...”
“We destroy him!” Ash finished the sentence, “But it seems too easy. Something’s wrong with this. One glowing, shining, crystal can’t be the source of all his power. It’s probably a hologram projector or something. Just a guess. What are the odds of me being right?"
“Ha! You finally get it! It is too easy…For me! You can’t win!!” Malek taunted them. And now, they were just getting annoyed.
“Yeah, you’re right, Ash.” May agreed. “That can’t be it. But we can at least try! It’s worth a shot, literally. Brock! Now!”
“Now, Swampert use Mud Shot! Aim for that crystal and destroy it!” Brock commanded.
“While I take out this weird ring of fire! Come on out, Flygon! Get rid of that ring!” He jumped on Flygon’s back and took off into the smoke-filled sky. That wasn’t a good idea because of the fact he would obviously choke on it…but because of Flygon’s strong wings blowing the thick, dark smoke away, he was fine and able to command Flygon to use its Sand Tomb to get rid of the burning, yellow-orange flames.
“All right! Great job Flygon!” Ash cheered. “But it’s not over yet. Now use Fla--”
“No! You must stop now!” Malek ordered, “Please!”
“What the…? Did his voice just completely change?!” said Max, confused.
“Wow. Man, right now, I’d believe anything! I’ve seen it all now.” Ash exclaimed.
“Listen,” Malek said, “I am not really evil, I’m being possessed by an evil spirit and… I… oh-no!” Malek transformed into his other personality.
“Disregard everything that… that… goody-goody freak has said and obey only me!”
He transformed again. “I will tell you the story of my true identity, but I do not have much time. My evil personality will soon take over permanently. This is how it all started………” He had a flashback to his first encounter with the evil spirit. “It all started when I found this mystical amulet (he held it out) and unleashed its true power by pulling it from a stone deep inside the Oracle Caves and placing it around my neck. It was then my soul was inhabited by a sleeping dark spirit that hadn’t awakened until a couple weeks ago, which was when I first met you. When it awakened, it saw you and decided that your spiky black hair and shining black eyes made you look intimidating, and chose to test this theory. His urge to be the strongest person in the world made him invincible to any attack” the flashback ended. “That is his one true weakness: Make him feel weak and he will become weak, but it is not easy to trick him. Do that and victory is yours!
“So, we have to make him feel weak, huh?” Ash repeated. That shouldn’t be too hard. Right guys?”
“I’m still lost on the ‘not evil’ part.” Max said. While Brock understood the whole thing, amazingly. And May just woke up. “What? What’d I miss?”
“Uh-oh. Quick! Get ready for a battle now! I’m transforming again! Wait, one more thing,” Malek explained, trying to hold off the permanent transformation, “If you defeat the Darkness within me, it will be gone forever, leaving me free to re-inhabit my body.” His last words were, “I’m counting on you!” before he permanently transformed.
The dark Malek just chuckled. “With that horrible nuisance gone, no one can save you now! Prepare for your destruction!”
There were many different thoughts buzzing through Ash’s head right now. Thoughts like: he’s right. No one can help us now; should I tell May now?; Do I have enough time?; what can I do? I can’t just stand here! Suddenly, a stroke of heroic bravery streamed through every nerve in his body.
“Don’t worry, May! We’ll win together, or together we’ll fall! You’re not alone, no matter what!” Ash yelled. Apparently, the thought of protecting May gave him the strength to do anything now.
“Ash? Is that really you?” May asked.
“Shh. Don’t say anything. I’ll protect you, I promise! Come on out, Salamence,” The red and blue dragon Pokemon exploded from the Ultra Ball, “and Flygon,” While the red, green, and brown Pokemon flew out of the Poke Ball and screeched loudly, then charged up into the sky. “And use your strongest Hyper Beam!!” Ash commanded. Both of the dragons charged an orange energy, roared as loud as possible, and fired the huge beam straight at Malek.
“What Did I tell you?! You can’t hurt me with any of your weak attacks!!! I am INVINCIBLE!” Malek shouted.
“Don’t be so sure!” Ash commented, “We know your weakness and we won’t stop fighting until you’re defeated!”
“You think you’re so brave, don’t you, boy? Don’t get your hopes up kid. You may know my only weakness, but how do you plan to use it against me? I’m just getting started!” Malek taunted, as he’s done repeatedly. His piercing red eyes stared directly into Ash’s.
“Really? Well so are we, Malek!” May and Ash said at the same time, “And if you think you can beat us that easy, think again!” then Ash continued, “Because you can’t as long as I have my friends by my side! So? Give me your best shot!”
"Hmm…you look like you are worthy of being destroyed by the future Ruler of Shadows, so…” Malek charged a weird black energy in his hand, then teleported behind Ash. “I’ll give you more than just my best shot! Shadow Disruption!” A searing black laser shot from the palm of his hand… and pounded Ash right on the back of his neck.
“ASH! NO!!!!” May cried, holding back tears, “No. You can’t be gone! I… I… I love you…” Too bad no one heard her. She wasn’t crying now. She was mad. “Malek!!!! You’ll pay for this!”
But it was too late. Malek had vanished into thin air, leaving no trace of his battle except an unconscious Ash. He just lay there, not moving at all. Brock and Max rushed over.
“Is he okay?” Brock asked, “Will he make it?”
May was too busy crying to hear Brock. “That’s it! He’s gone too far this time, and I won’t let him take another one of my friends!”
There was a movement from behind them. They all whirled around and gasped. “Ash?!”
“Who’d you think it was?” Ash joked weakly, “Officer Jenny?”
“Where?!” Brock exclaimed.
“I’m glad to have you back Ash.” May smiled, “I thought I’d never see you again, and I can’t stand the thought of losing you. You’re my best friend.”
“Thanks May, you too.” Ash smiled back. “Really, I mean it.”
Max ruined the moment. “Um, guys? Shouldn’t we follow Malek, even though we don’t know where to go?”
“Oh, I know where to go, Max.” Ash claimed, “I think that when he hit me with that laser, a part of him came into me. But we can wait for a while…”
“So? Where is it?” Brock asked.
Ash pointed to a tall mountain surrounded by pitch black shadows and ghostly spirits. “Looks suspicious, doesn’t it? Hey, May, let me see the PokeNav for a sec…” he gasped, “Look what day it is!” May took the Pokemon Navigator from Ash’s hands.
It was her turn to gasp. “It’s… It’s… December 24th?! We lost track of time, badly! Max! We gotta get home now!”
“Wait! May, can we come with you?” Ash and Brock asked, “Since it’ll take forever to get back to Kanto, we were wondering if we could come with you.”, “So? Can we?”
“Sure, c’mon guys!” May and Max cheered happily. “You comin’ or not?”
Ash was lost in thought. ‘Alright! Christmas is the perfect time to confess to May about how I really feel!’
“Hello? Ash, are you in there?” Brock teased.
“Yeah, I’m coming. But I can’t get my mind off how Malek just disappeared like that. It’s confusing, only psychic Pokemon can do that… Unless… no way. He couldn’t be a…”Ash was questioning himself, “That’s impossible.”
Meanwhile, back at Malek’s fortress, he was about ready to breathe fire from his black hole of a mouth. “How?! I was this close to beating them!!! How could I get so close and still lose?! Hmm…” He thought back to the battle. “Maybe the boy was right, maybe with his friends beside him, he can’t be defeated. That must be his weakness. So if I get rid of his friends, I get rid of him! I think I’ll start with that bratty girl, and then work my way up until that kid is gone! Then I will be free to take over the world, with no one to stop me! Servant, come to me.” The tall, young man came over.
“Yes, sir. What is your request?” he asked.
“Where is the boy headed now?” Malek questioned.
The servant typed on the keyboard, then looked at the computer screen. “Sensors indicate that the boy is headed for a city in southwest Hoenn named… Petalburg city.”
Okay, now that had to be a good one, right? And since this is only the 3rd chap, you know there will be much more to come! So, what do you think? All opinions accepted. Note: it is December 24th only in the Fic, not for me in real life. I wish it was!