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Chapter Eleven: Collateral Cave Collapse
It was a new day and Lyssa was training hard to try and get her Pokémon in tip-top shape. Aside from the regular skill and ability exercises, she was also teaching Pikablu a new move in anticipation of the upcoming gym battle.
“Okay, let's try it once more!” Lyssa called out.
Pikablu ran towards a small boulder, leaping into the air and into a forward spin. Concentrating, she tensed the muscles in her tail. Extending it outward, her tail began glowing a dull white. She smashed down onto the rock, bouncing ineffectually off. Landing, she grabbed her tail and winced at the pain of repeated assaults.
“Hey, you were much closer this time!” Lyssa exclaimed happily.
“Maaar,” Pikablu complained.
Walking over to the Marill, Lyssa picked her up, “Why don't we take a break? Let's go get a snack.”
Lyssa walked over to the rest of the group where Paris was already handing out treats to all the Pokémon. Pikablu jumped down from Lyssa's arms and raced over, letting out an excited cry to get Paris' attention. After eating, the Pokémon all went off to go play.
“Don't go too far!” Paris instructed.
After a few minutes, they all heard a low rumbling sound the distance.
Looking around, Lyssa wondered aloud, “What was that?”
“Maybe it's those Aron again?” Paris answered with a tinge of fear.
Lyssa was interrupted by another rumble. This one louder than before.
While everyone was searching for the source of the noise, Fay saw some dust falling from the ceiling. Walking closer to it, Fuku noticed her wandering off. Seeing what she was walking towards, he immediately realized what it meant and charged forward. He managed to knock her out of the way just in time for the third rumble to bring the roof collapsing downward. Everyone spun around in surprise as the falling debris came crashing down, blocking off the passageway and separating them.
Paris quickly ran towards the fallen rock, “No! Mittens! Puff!”
With tears in his eyes, he tried to dig through, unable to lift even a single stone.
Finally breaking out of the initial surprise, Lyssa took a deep breath then walked over to Paris, “This isn't going to work.”
“Bu-bu-bu-but Mittens a-a-and Puff...” Paris cried exasperated.
“I'm sure they're fine. They were far enough away,” She said, trying to hide her own concern and fear, “Let's just try to find a way around. I'm sure the tunnels all connect up.”
Calming down somewhat, he responded, “A-alright...”
Turning around, the two of them walked down one of the tunnels.
Fay sat there, staring at the pile of rocks in disbelief. Suddenly, one of the smaller ones fell down, and Fuku crawled out, injured, but otherwise fine. Realizing that he probably saved her life, Fay jumped up and ran over to Fuku, hugging him.
“Ral-Ralts!” She remarked joyfully.
Fuku cringed as she pressed against his wounds, “Veee...”
Backing off, Fay apologetically said, “Ral! Ral-Ral Ralts.”
Fay determined that Fuku was too hurt to save the two of them so she steeled herself to try and fix the problem. Concentrating hard, she let her psychic energy course through her. Building it up, she shot it forward, grasping a hold on the pile of rubble. Exerting all the power her body could contain, she pulled back, sending a few of the stones rolling backward.
Exhausted, Fay looked at her lack of progress after trying so hard and burst out crying. Fuku walked over and put his paw on her shoulder, trying to comfort her.
Pikablu pulled on a boulder as hard as her small arms could while Puff and Mittens looked on, the former staring with an expression of irritation on his face, while the latter smiled obliviously, assuming it was all part of some game.
Stopping, Pikablu turned to Puff, “Mar-Mar! Rill, Marill-Rill!”
While Pikablu continued trying to dig her way through in vain, Puff sat down and watched Mittens, the Skitty still happily bouncing around.
“Okay, I'm pretty sure I remember this tunnel from the other day...” Lyssa pondered.
“How? We were running too fast to notice,” Paris replied, slightly annoyed.
“Um...well, that rock! I...uh, I remember that rock because it's so...odd!”
“We're lost, aren't we?”
“No! Of course not”
Paris raised his eyebrow.
After a brief pause, Lyssa finally responded, “...Maybe...”
Pikablu, Puff, and Mittens were now walking down the tunnel after Puff finally convinced the persistent Marill to give up. Prancing forward, Mittens jumped on top of a rather round rock and started rolling it around. Suddenly, the rock stopped, sending Mittens flying off. Uncurling itself, the three wayward Pokémon saw that it was actually a Geodude, a Geodude which the absent-minded cat had now ****** off. Picking up a nearby stone, Geodude threw it at Mittens, narrowly missing and causing her to run in fright right towards Pikablu and Puff who also began to flee with the second boulder almost hitting them.
Fuku, having finally calmed down the crying Ralts, now lied against a nearby piece of debris, licking his wounds. Fay, wondering what she could do to help her injured partner, realized that Lyssa probably had something in her bag and ran back towards the nearby camp.
“Okay, you're just picking random tunnels now,” Paris complained.
Crossing her arms, Lyssa huffed, “So? I don't see you suggesting a path.”
“That's because you don't let me.”
“Well, then pick one.”
“Okay, how about tha—”
“Ooo! Let's go this way! I know it's the right one!”Lyssa exclaimed, dragging her irritated companion behind.
The three Pokémon ran through the tunnel as fast as they could, dodging rock after rock thrown by the angry Geodude. Having enough, Pikablu stopped and spun around, facing the infuriated rock-type. Charging straight for it, she leaped into the air, twisting her body and gathering power in her tail. Right as the two Pokémon were about to collide, Pikablu smacked Geodude with her tail wich was now glowing a bright white. Upon impact, Geodude flew backwards, crashed into the ground, and rolled several feet. After struggling to get up, it turned around and fled down another path. Pikablu stood proud while Puff and Mittens looked on in awe.
Having reached the camp, Fay was digging through Lyssa's things, trying to find something that'll help. Various things were flung about: various Devon Balls, a length of rope, a collapsible umbrella, a spare pair of underwear, a Pokégear, several Super Potions, and a dairy, among other things. When the Pokégear fell against the stone floor, it popped open, allowing one of the balls to smack the buttons, activating the speed dial.
After several seconds, Fay heard the sound of a woman's voice, “Hello? Miss Lyssa?”
Puzzled, she looked around to find the source of the voice, “Miss Lyssa? Are you there?”
Realizing that it was coming from the Pokégear, Fay cautiously walked over, “Ral?”
“Um...hello?” The woman said, confused as to why a Pokémon had answered, “I'm assuming you're one of Miss Lyssa's Pokémon, then. A Ralts, correct? Fay I believe she called you?”
“Ral!” Fay nodded upon hearing her name.
“Do you know where Miss Lyssa is?”
“Ral Ral Ralts, Ral-Ralts! Ral-Ral Ral Ral, Ralts. Ralts-Ral! Ral-Ralts, Ral Ral!”
“I...I don't understand...”
“Ralts!” Fay called, turning back to the back and continuing to dig through it.
“Look, I told you that this is the way we have to go. I know I remember it from the other day.” Argued Lyssa, pointing down the left passageway.
“And I'm telling you that we have to go down this one because I remember it better than you.” Paris shot back, motioning towards the right tunnel.
“No way. I have a better memory than you!”
“And how's that? I'm older.”
“Yeah, well, I'm a girl, and girls are smarter than guys.”
“No they aren't.”
“Uh-huh. They've done studies.”
“No they haven't.”
“Yeah. It's been proven that—”
Just then the two of them saw a Geodude come tearing down the middle tunnel and right past them, continuing into the darkness.
Turning back to Paris, Lyssa said, “So, um, I guess we go down the middle then.”
“What? I don't want to meet into whatever that Pokémon was running from.”
“What if it was running from our Pokémon?”
“Why would it do that?”
“Hmm...You're right. So, then what if it was running from my Pokémon?”
Paris shot Lyssa a glare, prompting her to burst out laughing.
Walking down the middle path, they eventually saw three small silhouettes off in the distance. Getting closer, they realized that the figures were Pikablu, Puff, and Mittens walking the other way.
“Mittens! Puff!” Paris called out, racing forward.
The three Pokémon turned around and saw their trainers, running happily to meet them.
Fay had now emptied out the entire bag, finding nothing that could help. Getting more frantic with each minute, she moved onto Paris' bag, hoping that he had something. The Pokégear had long since fallen silent, the woman on the other end hanging up a while ago. After also dumping out the contents of Paris' bag, Fay became quite upset, rummaging through the various items again to make sure she didn't miss something.
Just then, Lyssa, Paris, and their Pokémon showed up, finally finding their way back to camp. They all stopped, confused as to Fay's strange behavior. Upon noticing them, Fay quickly ran over to Lyssa.
“Ralts! Ralts! Ralts!” She cried out in distress.
“Uh, what are you doing Fay?” Lyssa responded puzzled.
Fay tugged on Lyssa's leg and pointed towards the tunnel she had come from, “RALTS!”
“I think she wants to show us something,” Paris added questioningly.
The group followed her, eventually coming upon the injured Fuku.
Lyssa immediately ran forward and picked him up, “Oh no! Little Brother, what happened?”
“Vee...” He said weakly, trying to smile.
“Don't worry, I'll get you healed up.”
Bringing him back to camp, Lyssa dug through the mess until she found one of the Super Potions.
“This may sting a little, but I promise you it'll help,” She said, spraying Fuku's wounds with the bottle.
Fuku winced but then smiled as the pain started to disappear almost instantly.
“Alright, now you just rest, and you'll be better in no time,” Lyssa smiled.
“I think we all could use a bit of rest after that catastrophe,” Paris added.
“Heh, you may be right.”