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    Hello and welcome to PokéBall Z the Series!

    So, what is PokéBall Z the Series about? Well, PokéBall Z is a mature Pokémon fanfiction with elements of other anime or tv shows incorporated into it, and will be uploaded every Monday. DragonBall Z is the largest contributor to PokéBall Z, as it adds the technology used in Dragon Ball into this one. The fight scenes are also very DragonBall-ish, as Pokémon are not restricted to only knowing four moves and having to wait for commands issued by their trainers. Another aspect taken from DragonBall are the Pokémon villains and how they feel. While each region has its own Team, there's also the Legendary Pokémon that the main protagonists will have to battle. Certain battles will be long and very extensive. Another anime that will have an influence, such as Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.

    PokéBall Z the Series will have volumes comprised of twenty five chapters each. Each volume will have several chapters dedicated to a problem or battle that will take up the majority, or large portion, of the volume. These 'mini arcs' will be focused on either the Teams or Pokémon. PokéBall Z the Series will also take place in Sixth Gen setting, and will update with each new generation with new Pokémon, Mega Evolutions, etc.

    That's right, I said Mega Evolutions. Mega Evolution will be a factor in PokéBall Z. They are the equivalent of Super Sayians in DragonBall Z. Not every Pokémon in PokéBall Z that the main protagonists will have will receive a Mega unless they are cannon in the main Pokémon franchise. The main protagonist teams are predetermined already, but if you wish to add imput to which Pokémon they should use, I'll be happy to hear it. Their Kanto and Johto region teams are locked, so those will not change. However, others may be changed in the future. Speaking of regions, the series will take place in all main series regions. As of Gen Six, these regions include Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, and Kalos. Other regions may be added in the future to fill in blanks between regions, but that is up to the readers.

    Speaking of, PokéBall Z the Series will be a fan interactive series. For Tournament volumes, I will be happy if fans wish to submit their own trainers to be featured in Championship matches. Details will be given at a different time.

    My main page will be on my deviant art page. For the next few days, I will post chapters one day apart until I am caught up to my page. New chapters will be uploaded every Monday. I hope you enjoy PokéBall Z the Series!

    Volume I: Green
    Chapter I: A New Beginning!

    Fifteen long years of peace passed by in the region of Kanto. The region had recovered fairly well from the Tojoh War that split the Empire into several nations and decimated the population. One such place was Pallet Town, where the marks of war still showed. The age group of older men was a rare sight, as were young children. Buildings lay in ruins. Machines of war long destroyed were weathered by nature where they fell. The graveyards were full of deceased soldiers and civilians who lost their lives during the war. Nearly every town and city the regions of Kanto and Johto suffered from the same ill effects of war. Despite the war ending nearly twenty years ago, the pain of war still seeped deep into the spirits of the inhabitants. Great distrust still bore its marks against the rival regions and their president, though neither side was willing, or able, to go to war.

    The sun crept over the horizon, its rays filling the sky and Pallet Town with its rich glow. A tall, elderly man by the name of Professor Oak sat in a wooden chair, sipping on hot coffee. He looked out into the horizon, waiting for the arrival of the three new Pokémon trainers. As he sipped his coffee, a female assistant with short purple hair entered the room, looking over her notes. "Oh, Professor Oak, you're up already," said the assistant, looking away from her clipboard. "Are you waiting for the new trainers to arrive?" she asked.

    "Good morning, Aiko." Oak replied with a yawn. "Yes, they should be here any minute now."

    "I hear you they were students of yours?" she asked as she took a seat beside Professor Oak.

    “That's correct. I taught them at Silver City Academy. They're all exceptionally bright. Two girls and one boy this year; they were top in their class separately, and feverishly competed each other for the top spot in similar classes. I've never seen such a talented group. Usually there's one or two standout stars each year, not three.” said Professor Oak excitedly. "What makes it even more amazing, is that they are all fifteen years old; three years younger than the typical students who graduate Silver Academy."

    “Well, then I'll be looking forward to seeing them participate in the World Championships in a few years," she said, adjusting her glasses and eyed her reports.

    “As do I,” replied Professor Oak before taking another sip of his coffee.

    Aiko checked her watch and stood up, clipboard clenched closely to her chest. "Well, I got to go. I have to check the data and record it by the end of the day," she said as she walked away.

    Stretching his tired limbs, Professor Oak stood up and walked out of his Lab. Walking down to the first floor, Oak walked out of the front door and stepped outside. It was a glorious morning in Pallet Town; the horizon was a rich orange, blue, yellow, and purple, the colors swirled together like a masterful painting. It was quite brisk out, though it was quickly building up to be a warm spring day. A great day after the exciting finals of the Pokémon League the night previous. No doubt the new trainers had watched the spectacular event themselves. "Humph. You'd think they'd be here at the crack of dawn," said Professor Oak, leaning against the laboratory door, his old joints stiff from age. Oak never once considered retirement from being a Professor, like many others of his profession. He was immersed in his studies; he always thought he would die in his laboratory.

    Several minutes passed before Oak saw three young trainers running down the street. Two young girls and a boy ran down the sidewalk, shoving and pushing each other out of their way to get to the lab first. Oak chuckled as the teenagers rushed over and stopped before him, short of breath. The shortest was a petite girl with medium black hair and jade eyes. She wore a green Poké Ball shirt, blue jeans, green Mary Jane shoes, and green tasseled purse. The girl beside her was tall with a slightly large bust, blonde short bobbed hair, and deep blue eyes. She wore a white high waist outfit with blue skirt, blue shoes with white high socks, and blue enamel stripped purse. The only boy of the group was tall with short ginger hair and amber eyes. He wore a red black-splatter t-shirt with a a red jacket over. He also wore blue jeans, red tennis shoes, and a two-tone red bag. All three wore the official Pokémon League hats. The petite girl had a pink flower pinned to the side of her cap, while the other girl had fashionable white sunglasses perched on the visor.

    "Welcome to Pallet Town!” greeted Professor Oak cheerfully. “I trust your journey from Silver City went well?" he asked before he turned back and grasped the handle. "I'm sure you are excited about picking your first Pokémon, so let's get to it, shall we?" said Oak as he pulled open the lab door and walked inside.

    The three trainers pushed and shoved each other to get inside first. The trainers ogled the picture frames of Oak's Pokémon in intense battles and trophies of his battle awards, old photos of trainers and their Pokémon, and certificates of awards earned as one of the worlds greatest scientific minds.

    "As you know by now, you've all qualified for the Pokémon League to be given "Special Pokémon" for your Journey," began Oak as resumed his speech, no doubt told hundreds of times during his tenure. "Trainers who score high on their exams are allowed to be given such a Pokémon on their Journey, if the trainer wishes to accept a Pokémon instead of catching their own or using a family Pokémon. This is the League's way of showing recognition of your abilities and achievements. Normally, we give this opportunity to the top three scores in the Kanto Region. Rarely do we administer a fourth, and even more rarely, a fifth.”

    Professor Oak led the three trainers up to his lab on the second floor, his personal research area, stacked with shelves of books he wrote himself and other professors. In the center was a high-tech machine with three Poké Balls in display, and in the back of the lab were three high-tech Pokédex, a high-tech encyclopedia for Pokémon, customized for each of them. On the left was a green Pokédex, on the right was a blue, and the center was a red, the standard Pokédex color.

    "Now, let's get started, shall we?" said Professor Oak as he gestured toward the high-tech machine. "We have here three Pokémon; the Grass-type Bulbasaur, the Fire-type Charmander, and the Water-type Squirtle. Now, I'm all for tradition of starting off with ladies first, but who wants this Bulbasaur?" asked Oak as he picked up the Poké Ball.

    "I do!" said the petite girl.

    "I thought you would, Hanako Mori." said Oak cheerfully as he tossed the Poké Ball into the air.

    Hanako caught it and snuggled the Poké Ball with her cheek. "I'm so happy right now, I can't wait to see my partner," she said as she give her Poké Ball a light toss. The Poké Ball popped open, a small Bulbasaur materialized in front of her.

    "Oh, aren't you a cutie?!" said Hanako as she picked up her Bulbasaur and cuddled it. "You got the cutest little butt!"

    "Bulba..." said the Bulbasaur hesitantly at the comment about his butt.

    "Looks like you two are two peas of the same pod," said Professor Oak. "Let's see. Riviére Bleu, you're next. What Pokémon would you like to start with?"

    "Squirtle, obviously," Riviére replied as she approached Oak and received her Poké Ball. "Thank you," said Riviére as she took the Poké Ball. With a quick glance, she tossed the Poké Ball in the air. The ball popped and a Squirtle materialized.

    Calm and collected, the Squirtle smiled at Riviére. "Squirtle!"

    Riviére laughed as she picked up her Squirtle. "Let's show them that Water-types are more than flashy Pokémon."

    Oak chuckled as he looked at the boy. "All right, Tatsu Fuji, You get the last Pokémon.”

    "Awesome," said Tatsu as he accepted the Poké Ball from Professor Oak.

    "Thought you would," said Oak as he handed Tatsu the Poké Ball. "You know, this is the first time that Charmander was picked third. Usually it is the first or second to go. Oh well, first time for everything."

    "Yes!" he yelled as he tossed the ball into the air and like it fell to the ground with a thud.

    A thick silence filled the air as everyone stared at the Poké Ball. A few seconds passed when the Poké Ball finally popped open and a Charmander materialized. Tatsu and Charmander looked at each other for a moment before Tatsu outstretched his arms for a hug. However, the Charmander attacked Tatsu with an Ember attack at the sudden movement of Tatsu's hug. His clothes on fire, Tatsu dropped to the ground and tried to put out the fire as Charmander laughed at him.

    "Oh, dear..." said Oak as Riviére's Squirtle doused the flames with Water Gun. "I forgot to mention this one is a bit hard to control," said Oak nonchalantly. "Well, now, that takes care of that," said Oak as he reached into his pocket and gave each trainer five Poké Balls and handed them each their Pokédex. Tatsu's was the traditional red, while Hanako's color was green and Riviére's was blue.

    "These are your Pokédex. These will help you catalog the Pokémon you meet. They also serve for learning devices, guides, and anything else you'd need for a Pokémon Journey." said Professor Oak. "Now get out there and begin your Pokémon Journey. Good luck, and stay safe!" said Oak as he walked through the new Trainers and left them alone.

    "Wow, so we're officially trainers now..." said Hanako as she hugged her Bulbasaur.

    "Yup. So, who wants to lose their first Pokémon battle to me?" said Tatsu cockily, as Charmander scratched its cheek in boredom.

    "Please, you don't stand a chance," said Riviére as she returned Squirtle to his Poké Ball. "Your Charmander doesn't even obey you yet, so it wouldn't be a fair contest.” said Riviére. Hanako giggled as she returned her Bulbasaur, Tatsu doing the same and followed behind.

    As they reached the bottom of a small hill that Professor Oak's lab sat, Hanako stopped and cleared her throat. "So, Tatsu, Riviére...I was wondering if you'd like to travel together?" she asked shyly.

    Riviére and Tatsu stopped and turned, surprised by the request. "Why do you want to travel together?" asked Riviére.

    "Well, it gets lonely traveling without anyone besides your Pokémon. Since we're going the same direction anyway, I thought we'd team up?" said Hanako as she rubbed the back of her neck shyly.

    Riviére and Tatsu looked at each other and shrugged their shoulders. "I don't see why not," said Riviére.

    "Me either. Traveling with two cute girls should make the trip worth it," said Tatsu with his hand on his chin with a lame attempt to conceal his grin.

    "Still a pig, I see," replied Riviére with a slight laugh, as Tatsu shrugged his shoulders at the comment.

    Hanako laughed nervously. "So, where to first?"

    "I don't know about you, but I'm going to the Pokémon Center to register for the Pokémon League." said Tatsu.

    "Sounds like a good idea," said Riviére as she, Hanako, and Tatsu.

    Hanako, Riviére, and Tatsu arrived at the front desk of the Pallet Town Pokémon Center shortly later. The local nurse approached them with three folders. “All right, here are the forms to enter the Tournament. I should mention that you are required to earn at least eight badges to participate. Since both Johto and Kanto are jointly holding the World Cup, you are allowed to get badges from either region. Badges will also be graded on a point system for ranking. You must also register at least six Pokémon in order to participate. You may also check your current ranking and check out other trainer’s progress at any Pokémon Center, any time.”

    “Thanks,” they said as they took the folders and completed the paperwork.

    As they filled out paperwork to join the Pokémon League, Riviére looked up and toward Hanako and Tatsu. “I assume you two are going to specialize in Fire and Grass-types, right?” asked Riviére.

    Tatsu nodded as he finished the paperwork. “Yeah, that's right,” he said as he handed Nurse Joy the completed paperwork. “I want to be Gym Leader of Cinnabar Island, and Cinnabar is traditionally a Fire-type Gym.”

    “I...want to open up my own Berry Shop where I can grow Berries.” Hanako admitted after a short pause.

    Riviére rubbed her chin in thought. “Well, I was thinking; Trainers that usually win the Pokémon League usually use six Pokémon at any given point in their Journey. Focusing on those six Pokémon gives them the edge in strength, as they have much more experience than the average Pokémon.”

    “Yeah, so?” asked Tatsu.

    A sly grin flashed across her features. “I propose two things. First, we should only train three Pokémon while we’re in Kanto.”

    Tatsu raised his brow. “Only three?”

    “Hm...,” Hanako leaned against the counter. “With only three Pokémon, we can make them stronger than the average Pokémon. It'd be very challenging, only having three...We would be able to get through the Gyms all right, but during League? We'd wouldn't qualify, as most Leagues have a six Pokémon requirement.”

    “Exactly. So, we should catch and train three more in Johto. That way, we’d have six Pokémon,” replied Riviére. "And if we won all sixteen badges, we'd automatically be guaranteed a spot in the Tournament without having to go through the Preliminary Round."

    "That would still be very tough. The others would know all our Pokémon within a few rounds." said Hanako.

    “Might not matter if our Pokémon could crush the opposition without effort,” added Tatsu. “All right, I'm in. There's only twelve species of Fire Pokémon that I could catch in Kanto and maybe from Johto, if I were lucky to find them here.”

    “Maybe...,” said Hanako hesitantly. After a moment’s pause, she smiled. “All right, I'm in as well.”

    “Great,” said Riviére as she, Tatsu, and Hanako shook hands, cementing their deal. “I'll be seeing you in the finals."

    "Not if I take you out first," said Tatsu with a grin. "I'll make sure you don't beat me."

    Hanako titled her head slightly an smiled as the three of them exited the Pokémon Center together. The rest of the day was spent preparing for their Pokémon Journey. Their first stop was the local Pokémon Mart, the best place to buy materials needed on your journey. As Hanako and Riviére looked over specials the Mart was having for sale, Tatsu let out a laugh.

    "You two thinking about buying a starter pack?" he asked as he approached from behind.

    "Yeah, why shouldn't we?" asked Riviére. "It comes with everything we need. Tent, sleeping bag, travel bag, cooking supplies; the basic things we need."

    Tatsu looked over his shoulder to check if anyone else was around besides the three of them before he leaned over. "I have a new product that I'm not supposed to make public yet. It's a Silph Co. product, and it will revolutionize how trainers go on their journey," he said as he reached into his jacket pocket and pulled out a small black case. "I'll show you once we get out of town," he said with a wink. "Besides, there's something else worth that money you'd want to get."

    Confused, the girls put back their starter kits and picked up some potions and other medication they will likely need for their journey. They approached the counter, and the cashier rang up their purchases. As he rang up Tatsu's order, something caught Hanako's eye. On the top shelf were disk-like contraptions with "Wonder Launchers" on the box. Hanako gasped, "Wow, those are Wonder Launchers! I heard those are great for competitive battling."

    The cashier looked up at the Wonder Launchers. "Oh yeah, those are big time sellers. The League just sanctioned them for official battles in and outside of Gyms, and even for the World Tournament. They've been selling like hotcakes since. We've only got three left."

    "How much are those?" asked Tatsu.

    "100,000. You get a complete set of ten X Items, including X Attack, X Defense, etc." replied the cashier.

    Hanako sighed miserably. "I don't have nearly enough."

    Tatsu looked up at the Wonder Launchers. "I'll take three."

    "Tatsu, I can't let you pay for mine!" said Hanako, her cheeks flushed.

    "It's alright, I can afford it. I'll just have you pay for my supplies for the next few months."

    "T-Thanks..." said Hanako as she moved forward and paid for her and Tatsu's order.

    "Thanks for the offer, but I can afford to buy my own," said Riviére with a small smile. "I appreciate the offer though."

    After Hanako paid for her and Tatsu's medication, the cashier pulled the remaining three Wonder Launchers from the shelf. "All right, I got a red one, a blue one, and a green one. Which will you be taking?" he asked as Tatsu stepped forward to pay for the two Wonder Launchers.

    "I'll take the red one, and Hanako will have the green one, right?" he asked.

    Hanako nodded. "Yes please." she said happily.

    With everything paid for, Hanako, Riviére, and Tatsu exited from the Pokémon Mart. "So, where next?" asked Riviére as the glass doors closed.

    "There's a new chain of stores that opened up in every city," explained Tatsu. "They are Poké Ball Engraving stores. You can get your Poké Balls customized to your liking, for a decent amount of money."

    "Really?" asked Hanako excitedly. "I didn't know they opened shops like that."

    "Yup, this way," said Tatsu as he lead them to the Engraving store. As they entered the tiny shop, a single elderly man was sitting a table, working on a Poké Ball already. So far, the Poké Ball was a rich purple color with a name partially engraved on it. "Hello, we'd like to get some custom work done to our Poké Balls."

    "Ah, yes, come in! Come in!" said the elderly man as he stopped working on the Poké Ball. "What can I get'cha?"

    "I was hoping I could get my Poké Ball engraved," said Tatsu as he withdrew Charmander's Poké Ball. "I'd like the top part to be a darker red with the roman numeral for one engraved on it. Maybe a Crimson?"

    "Hm, simple enough job," said the elderly man as he rubbed his shaggy chin and nodded. "I'd say that'd cost about 500 for the engraving and the coloring."

    "That sounds cool," said Riviére. "Could I get the same thing, except Bleu de Kalos?"

    "Me too," added Hanako happily. "May I get mine in Forest Green, please?"

    "Oh yes, very doable," said the elderly man. "I'll just need you to let out your Pokémon while I work on them. They orders will be done by early morning; I'm the only one working and I have quite the workload. That okay?"

    "Yeah, that should be fine." said Tatsu.

    Releasing their Pokémon from their Poké Balls, they paid the man for the engraving and exited the store with their Pokémon following suit. "So, what now?" asked Hanako as she bent over and petted Bulbasaur, who nuzzled her hand.

    "I don't know about you, but I'm hungry," said Tatsu. "You want to get a bite to eat?"

    "Sure, I could get some food," replied Riviére. "Lead the way."

    As they walked together, Hanako stopped and looked behind her. Leaning by the wall of a shop was a tall man with long, dark brown and purple hair in a pony tail, and yellow eyes. The man turned his head towards Hanako and smiled. Hanako smiled back and leaned over, picking up her Bulbasaur. She waved at the man, who acknowledged her with a nod.

    "Hanako, coming?" said Tatsu as he and Riviére stopped, their Pokémon beside them.

    Hanako turned and her smiled widened. "Coming!" she said as she raced passed them.

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    Warning: The following chapter contains mature content. Mature content includes Extreme Violence, Mild Gore, and Sexual Themes. Content not suitable for all ages.

    Volume I: Green
    Chapter II: The Unknown Pokémon

    The next day was a bright and sunny morning. Hanako, Riviére, and Tatsu stood on the edge of town with Route 1 opened to them just feet away, leading them into the grassy fields that separated Pallet Town and Viridian City. Hanako, in the middle, reached her arms out and grabbed Tatsu and Riviére's hands. "This is it. We're about to start our Journey together." she said with a wide smile.

    "Yeah, I've been waiting for this my whole life," replied Riviére as she returned the smile and tightened the grip of her hand around Hanako's. "We'll share this memory for the rest of our lives."

    "Let's make it a good memory, shall we?" said Tatsu as he tilted his cap with his free hand. "Let's take that first step together."

    "On three?" asked Riviére.

    "Three." replied Tatsu and Hanako simultaneously.

    "One..." said Riviére.

    "...Two..." said Tatsu.

    "...THREE!" shouted Hanako. Together, they took a one big step forward and stopped, officially entering Route 1. "We did it!" Hanako said excitedly, fist in the air.

    Tatsu nodded as he reached into his pocket and withdrew his Pokédex. Turning it on, Tatsu immediately began to check the Pokémon commonly found on Route 1. "Hm," he said after scrolling down the list of Pokémon. "The most common Pokémon in this area are Rattata, Pidgey, Spearow, Sentret, Caterpie, Weedle, Ledyba, Pineco, Poochyena, Wurmple, then rarely we can find Raticate, Pidgeotto, Pidgeot, Fearow, Furret, Metapod, Butterfree, Kakuna, Beedrill, Ledian, Cascoon, Beautifly, Silcoon, Dustox, Plusle, Minun, Shinx, Luxio, and Luxray. At night, we can find Spinarak, Ariados, Hoothoot, and Noctowl."

    "Those are some decent Pokémon," said Riviére, "but I'm not really interested in those. To bad there isn't any ponds or streams in this area, or I'd be able to find some Water-type Pokémon."

    "Yeah, and no Grass-types either," said Hanako with a sigh. "Looks like I'll have to wait till we go further before we can find a new Pokémon to join our team."

    "You two have it easy," said Tatsu as he placed his Pokédex back into his pocket. "Fire-types are a lot harder to find than Grass and Water-types."

    Together, they walked down the fine dirt path of Route 1. As the morning progressed, they battled several Pokémon that they found on the route. Being restricted to only two additional Pokémon for the rest of their journey in Kanto, neither of them caught any new Pokémon. As lunch time came, they sat underneath a large oak tree and enjoyed sandwiches they had bought in town, with the exception of Hanako, who instead ate a few Oran Berries. Charmander ate a charred Caterpie, while Squirtle and Bulbasaur ate some Pokéfood. During their lunch break, they talked about their future aspirations and expectations about the challenges that come before them as Hanako watched a Weedle and Caterpie eat a leaf.

    "Brock will be difficult for you," stated Riviére before she drank some tea from a bottle. "His Pokémon may be Rank D, but they are at the pinnacle of that rank. Being level 20 Pokémon, ours would already have to be evolved to stand a chance. They are also bound to know moves that would be tutored. Brock wouldn't want Grass and Water-types to stomp his team."

    "I know he has a Geodude and an Onix, but didn't the Pokémon League increase Gym Battles to three on three last year?" asked Hanako.

    "I forgot about that rule," said Tatsu as he rubbed his chin in thought. "I don't know what other Pokémon Brock could have added to his team. With Pewter City being a Rock-type Gym, it's safe to say he'll add another Rock-type, but which one?"

    "It's probably a Rhyhorn or something," said Riviére with a shrug of her shoulders. "Either way, Hanako and I will have an easier time fighting Brock than you. Fire-types are weak against Rock-types, and his are also part Ground-type. Makes things easier for Hanako and I."

    "I'm not worried about it," said Tatsu as he stood up and stretched. "Charmeleon will learn Dragon Rage, which does a lot of damage against lower level Pokémon," said Tatsu as Charmander started to growl. Seeing a young trainer walking down the Route, Tatsu grinned as he stood up. "Hey, looks like we might have our first Pokémon Battle."

    Riviére and Hanako turned their heads. As they did, a youngster saw them and ran over. "Hey! Hey! Are you trainers?" he asked excitedly.

    "Yes, we are," said Tatsu proudly. "Are you a trainer as well?"

    "Well, not officially," he said, "but I do have my own Pokémon. I've been training hard. Would you like to battle?"

    "Sure," said Tatsu as Charmander prepped itself, ready for a fight.

    The youngster stepped forward, Poké Ball in hand. "My name is Joey."

    Tatsu nodded. "My name is Tatsu. This will be a one on one battle. You accept?"

    "But I got three Pokémon," he interjected.

    "Then let's have a Rotation Battle," suggested Riviére. "We'll battle one at a time."

    "Yeah, that sounds like fun!" said Joey, pumped up. "I never had a Rotation Battle before!"

    Hanako and Riviére stood beside the tree and watched as Tatsu and Joey spaced themselves, giving their Pokémon plenty of room to battle. Youngster Joey tossed his Poké Ball into the air and yelled, "I choose you, Rattata!" he exclaimed. As the Poké Ball popped open, a small greenish rat Pokémon jumped out. The Rattata sparkled slightly, it's body gleaming briefly. The Rattata had smaller whiskers, indicating that the Rattata was female.

    "So that's a shiny Pokémon. That's the first time I've ever seen one up close." said Tatsu, impressed.

    Joey snapped his fingers. "That's right! My Rattata is in the top percentage of Rattata!" he said before he issued a command. "Rattata, use Bite!"

    "Charmander, counter with smokescreen!"

    Opening her jaws, the shiny Rattata rushed toward the Charmander. Without looking where the Rattata was going, Charmander was quickly able to dodge the attack. Landing beside the Rattata, Charmander did not follow Tatsu's order. Instead, Charmander scratched the side of Rattata's face, knocking the Rattata aside. Trickles of blood ran down the shiny Rattata's cheek.

    "I didn't give that order," said Tatsu, perplexed by the initiative that Charmander took. He quickly shook off the surprise and said, "Great work, Charmander. Now, let's test out that Ember attack!"

    "Don't give up," said youngster Joey as Rattata got up, shaking her face. "use Quick Attack!"

    In haste, the Rattata charged the Charmander and struck him in the chest. Knocking the air out of Charmander, he was thrown several feet away. Charmander stood up, angry for being hit so hard in the chest. Quickly regaining his breath, Charmander inhaled deeply before exhaling a rather large ball of fire at the Rattata, which hit her in the face. Burned from the embers, Rattata could not stand the pain from the attack and passed out.

    Shocked by the defeat, Joey was speechless as he watched Rattata lay unconscious. "No, my Rattata!" he bellowed as he fumbled for his Poké Ball.

    Meanwhile, Tatsu returned Charmander to his Poké Ball and looked at it with a ponderous look. "That Ember attack was way stronger than it should have been, even if Charmander's Blaze Ability was activated," said Tatsu. "I should check that out." he said as Riviére walked over to Tatsu.

    "All right, it's my turn." she said confidently.

    Taking Riviére's spot by Hanako, he took out his Pokédex and scanned his Poké Ball and read the information displayed on the screen. Charmander, the Lizard Pokémon. From the time it is born, a flame burns at the tip of its tail. Its life would end if the flame were to go out. The flame on its tail indicates Charmander's life force. If it is healthy, the flame burns brightly. The flame that burns at the tip of its tail is also an indication of its emotions. The flame wavers when Charmander is enjoying itself. If the Pokémon becomes enraged, the flame burns fiercely. Height: 2'03". Weight: 19.02 lbs. Level: 12. Ability: Solar Power. Known Moves: Scratch, Growl, Ember, Smokescreen.

    "I knew it," said Tatsu. "Charmander has a Hidden Ability."

    "Really?" asked Hanako as she walked over to Tatsu and peered over his shoulder.

    "What are you talking about over there?" asked Riviére as Squirtle prepped for battle.

    "Tell you in a bit," replied Tatsu. "Focus on your battle."

    "Right," Riviére coughed as she turned her attention to Joey. "My name is Riviére," she asked confidently. Her demeanor changed, suddenly becoming competitive. Her eyes narrowed, her fists clenched as her legs shook slightly. Her adrenaline flowed through her every fiber and her heart began to race. The excitement of battle always brought out her competitive nature. "I choose my Squirtle!" exclaimed Riviére as Squirtle waddled forward in confidence.

    "And I choose Pidgey!" said Joey as he tossed his Poké Ball, and a small brown Pokémon emerged from it. Flapping his wings, the Pidgey landed and chirped softly. "Pidgey, use Gust!" ordered Joey.

    With a flap of his wings, the Pidgey flew up slightly and flapped his wings toward Squirtle. Without waiting for Riviére's order, Squirtle turned around and withdrew into his shell to weather the attack without much damage. When the gust died down, Squirtle used Water Gun while still withdrawn, propelling him forward at a high speed and smacked the Pidgey square in the chest. Knocking the Pidgey to the ground, Squirtle withdrew out of his shell and stood beside the Pidgey in triumph.

    Riviére, shocked by the initiative and the ingenious of Squirtle's battle strategy, was speechless as Joey ran over to his Pidgey and scooped him up. Riviére walked over to her Squirtle and knelled over. "Wow, you really took out that Pidgey, huh?" she asked as Squirtle nodded. "Squirtle, Squirtle."

    "Well, that didn't take long," said Hanako as she walked over to take Riviére's place as she returned her Squirtle to his Poké Ball.

    Without hesitating, Tatsu scanned Squirtle with his Pokédex. Squirtle, the Tiny Turtle Pokémon. Squirtle’s shell is not merely used for protection. The shell’s rounded shape and the grooves on its surface help minimize resistance in water, enabling this Pokémon to swim at high speeds. It shelters itself in its shell, then strikes back with spouts of water at every opportunity. Shoots water at prey while in the water. Withdraws into its shell when in danger. Height: 2'00". Weight: 22.2 lbs. Level: 12. Ability: Rain Dish. Known Moves: Tackle, Tail Whip, Water Gun, Withdraw.

    "Looks like I was right," said Tatsu as he showed Riviére his Pokédex. After a quick read, Riviére jaw dropped. "Rain Dish? That's Squirtle's Hidden Ability. Those are supposed to be extremely rare. One in every thousand are born with their Hidden Ability," she said before looking at Tatsu. "Your Charmander has a Hidden Ability as well, doesn't he?"

    Tatsu nodded and looked back at Hanako. "I bet you anything that Hanako's Bulbasaur also has his Hidden Ability."

    Hanako and Joey stood in the same spots as Tatsu and Riviére had stood. Bulbasaur looked on with a proud expression, waiting for Joey to reveal his final Pokémon. Joey reached into his pocket and tossed his Poké Ball. "Go, Beedrill!" he exclaimed as the Beedrill materialized.

    "Whoa, that's a fully evolved Pokémon," said Hanako worrisome, but Bulbasaur stood confident. "Bulba," said the Bulbasaur as it reared slightly, ready for battle. Hanako looked down and smiled confidently. "If you think we can win, then so do I," she said as she gave Bulbasaur an order. "Bulbasaur, use Tackle!"

    "Beedrill, use Fury Attack!" countered Joey.

    Bulbasaur charged the Beedrill with surprising speed. The Beedrill countered the charge with her stingers, jabbing at Bulbasaur with her arms and stinger. Bulbasaur stopped itself and avoided the multiple attempts to sting it. Backing up a bit, Bulbasaur leaned forward and sprayed a greenish powder at the Beedrill. Unable to avoid the powder, the Beedrill fell to the ground, fast asleep.

    "No, Beedrill!" shouted Joey. "Wake up, sleepy bug!"

    "Bulbasaur, when did you learn Sleep Powder?" asked Hanako, confused.

    "Bulba," said the Bulbasaur as it turned around, then turned back.

    "Oh, right," said Hanako with a quick smile. "Of course. Back to the battle. Bulbasaur, use Vine Whip!"

    Nodding, Bulbasaur's vines crept from it's bulb and wrapped around the sleeping Beedrill. Picking her up, Bulbasaur slammed Beedrill into the ground. Waking up from the sudden impact, the Beedrill struggled to escape from the vines, but it proved useless as the grip was too tight. Again, Bulbasaur slammed the Beedrill into the ground.

    "Stop, I give up!" Joey cried as he ran to his Beedrill.

    "Bulbasaur, stop," said Hanako as she saw Joey run toward his Beedrill. Immediately, Bulbasaur released the Beedrill as commanded. The Beedrill got back to her feet, while hurt, could still move on her own. Joey hugged his Beedrill and cried, the Beedrill soothing him with her buzzing. Walking over, Hanako leaned over and pet the child. "You shouldn't give up so easily. Your Beedrill was still willing to fight. While it's good that you kept your Pokémon's health in priority, you shouldn't be so hasty to give up."

    Wiping his tears, Joey nodded. "Okay, I'll try to remember that."

    "You both fought well," said Riviére as they approached.

    Tatsu pointed his Pokédex at Hanako's Bulbasaur to scan for information. Bulbasaur, the Seed Pokémon. A strange seed was planted on its back at birth. The plant sprouts and grows with this Pokémon. For some time after its birth, it grows by gaining nourishment from the seed on its back. Bulbasaur can be seen napping in bright sunlight. By soaking up the sun’s rays, the seed grows progressively larger. Height: 2'06". Weight: 16.3 lbs. Level: 13. Ability. Chlorophyll. Known Moves: Tackle, Growl, Leech Seed, Vine Whip, Poison Powder, Sleep Powder.

    "Just as we thought. Our Pokémon have Hidden Abilities," said Tatsu as he pocketed his Pokédex. "Not only that, but your Bulbasaur is a level ahead of ours."

    "Really?" said Hanako as she scratched her cheek. "Well, Bulbasaur did fight a couple of Metapod. Maybe he leveled up faster because they were evolved Pokémon?"

    "Yeah, probably," said Tatsu.

    Joey returned his Pokémon to their Poké Balls. "Thanks for the battles. Will we see you again, one day?"

    "Of course," said Hanako happily. "We'll stop by one day. We look forward to it."

    "Alright! We'll challenge you again when you get back!" he said as he scampered away, walking back toward Pallet Town as they resumed onward to Viridian City.

    The day resumed without much more excitement. They made good distance as the sun decent past the mountains in the horizon. With the sky quickly dissipating into the darkness of night, Riviére, Tatsu, and Hanako stood around a common campsite used by trainers that stay overnight between Pallet Town and Viridian City. It was one of many dotted around the routes for trainers to use while on their journey.

    "So, why didn't you want us to buy sleeping bags?" asked Riviére as she stood by the fire pit.

    Tatsu surveyed a flat spot, as if taking measurements in his head. "Yeah, this will do," he said as he reached into his pocket and took out a small case. He turned his head over to Riviére and Hanako and smirked at their perplexed expressions. "You two remember how I said I had a top secret product that the Silph Co. was testing?" said Tatsu as he opened the case and took out an oblong capsule that looked like a stretched Poké Ball. Clicking the top, Tatsu underhand tossed the capsule as far as he could. The capsule popped open like a Poké Ball, blinding white light enveloping the area. As the light dissipated, a one story oval house appeared where there was nothing seconds later.

    "Wh-what the hell!" exclaimed Riviére in surprise. "When did they put houses in Poké Balls?"

    "That's amazing!," said Hanako in wonder as she walked towards the oval house and stopped at the door. "How did they do it?"

    "It works just like Poké Balls," explained Tatsu as he walked to the door and opened it. Hanako and Riviére poked their heads inside and looked on in amazement. Inside the oval house was a fully furnished house with a complete kitchen with stove, refrigerator, a large freezer for storing, sink, dishwasher, and cupboards, and a long table with four chairs. The living room was also furnished with a couch, armchair, 60" TV and TV stand, coffee table, end tables, coat rack, shelves for books, and lamp. There was a small hallway that split off into what seemed to be a bathroom and a bedroom. Beside the bathroom entrance was a washer and dryer. "The capsule converts the object into data, and it stores it inside. When you return it to the capsule, everything will be the exact same as when it was returned. They are called Pokémon Capsules, or PokéCaps for short."

    "Wow, science is amazing," said Hanako as they walked inside, removing their shoes at the door mat before stepping onto the carpet.

    "How did you get this?" asked Riviére.

    Tatsu put his jacket on the coat rack and jumped onto the couch, crossing his arms and legs. "My grandparents are Professor Blaine, the Cinnabar Gym Leader, and Professor Fuji. They are prominent scientific figures and both have connections in Silph. Before I arrived at Pallet Town, I got a call from Grandpa Blaine and he asked if I would be interested in testing out their product. If the test goes well, it will hit the market at the end of next year. Starting price being set at about PokémonDollar.png750,000."

    "That's insanely expensive," said Riviére, taken back by the high price. "Shouldn't they lower the price?"

    "Maybe, but they function for more than just trainers out on the road. People can live in them long term, and can move their homes if need be. Silph Co. is working on making larger homes with more bedrooms too." said Tatsu as Riviére and Hanako sat in the armchairs beside the couch. "It also protects trainers from the environment, as well as many other factors. Not only that, but they are working on making vehicles for easy transportation. Silph Co. has a vision of making PokéCaps useful for everyone, not just trainers."

    "Is it possible for someone to accidentally be trapped inside?" asked Hanako as she looked around the living room.

    "Not possible. It works like a Poké Ball; humans can't be put in Poké Balls as a Poké Ball will reject the human once the scan of the genetic material begins."

    "So that's how Poké Balls work?" asked Hanako.

    "In a nutshell," said Tatsu as he sat up. "So, who wants to cook?"

    Riviére shrugged and stood up. "I can cook, but you're making breakfast."

    "Shame, I can't cook," said Tatsu as he got up and showed her the kitchen.

    "Fine, I'll do the cooking, but you're doing the dishes."

    "Yeah, yeah,"

    Hanako giggled softly as she looked out the window. Standing outside was the tall man with yellow eyes and long dark brown and purple hair in a pony tail. Smiling softly, Hanako stood up and walked to the door. "Be right back, going to look for some berries," said Hanako to Tatsu and Riviére, who were arguing with each other over what to eat for supper. Closing the door behind her, Hanako walked up the the man and stopped. She looked up at him for a moment before hugging him. "You came all this way to see me, Cheshire?"

    "Of course," said the man. "I had to see you off, didn't I?" As she hugged him, his body seemed to dissolved to reveal his true form; a Pokémon known as Zoroark. Unlike normal Zoroark, this one had purple hair and claws, and dark brown fur opposed to pure black. His eyes were yellow opposed to blue.

    "You are always looking out for me," she said as she broke the embrace. "Are you going to return to your mission?"

    "Unfortunately," Cheshire said with a lazy yawn. "Tracking down the Plates of Arceus all across the world is no easy feat. Imagine a deity with no powers, eh?" he said mischievously.

    "Maybe, but he's still much stronger than you are," said Hanako, her hands folded behind her back.

    "Yeah, maybe so. If the other deities knew they stood a chance against Arceus, they may rebel. Or, so Arceus says." said Cheshire with a shrug of his shoulders. "I really don't care who the strongest is, nothing but destruction ever comes from Gods fighting over the throne. As far as I care, they can keep it and leave me out of it."

    Hanako giggled. "Yet you're helping Arceus get his powers back."

    "Yeah, well, Arceus just happens to be decent at his job," said Cheshire defensively. Pausing for a moment, Cheshire placed his paw on her shoulder. "I'm going to miss you."

    "And I, you," she replied back and gave him another hug.

    "Are you sure you don't want me to join you?" he asked as he returned the hug.

    "No, you have a job to do, as do I." she replied.

    "Very well. If you need me, just call me. I've registered myself as a trainer under my name, so just send me a message. I will check it frequently."

    "I will, thank you," said Hanako as the embrace ended and she stepped back. "You stay safe, okay?"

    "You too," said Cheshire as the human form illusion again took effect. He turned around and walked away, walking into the night abyss.

    Wiping a tear from her eye, she turned and headed back into the house, where Tatsu and Riviére were still arguing over what meal to eat.

    A week passed since Tatsu, Hanako, and Riviére started out on their journey. Early on their seventh morning since embarking, Hanako and Tatsu, along with their Pokémon, sat in the living room while Riviére and Squirtle showered together. Tatsu sat in the armchair and worked on his laptop, typing away his review on the Housing PokéCaps with Charmander eating his breakfast at the foot of the armchair. Hanako turned the pages of a book on Kanto Lore with Bulbasaur sleeping by her feet.

    Looking over the top of her book, Hanako peeked at Tatsu. "What are you working on?" she asked.

    "A report to Mr. Silph about the PokéCaps he lent us" said Tatsu without looking up. "As a requirement for using it, he wanted a detailed report about all the features and any problems that I found before turning it in. After a week, I haven't found many problems. Only thing that's a concern is the water consumption verses water production. It can't produce water fast enough without being depleting. Of course, that could be because of Riviére's extensive showers," said Tatsu ruefully.

    "Hey, my showers don't take that long," said Riviére from behind. Wearing only a towel, she still dripped of water. Beside her was her Squirtle, his shell gleaming. "Besides, how am I going to get my Squirtle's shell to shine like this? It's a daily task!"

    On the first morning since using the Housing PokéCaps, Riviére had walked out of the shower and into the living room completely naked without a shred of modesty. This nearly killed Tatsu, as he was eating breakfast and he nearly choked on the sight of Riviére's wet, naked body strolling into the kitchen nonchalantly. Hanako had to explain to her about walking around naked with a boy living with them. Riviére merely replied, "A woman's body was meant to be seen, not hidden beneath clothing". Though she did agree with using a towel in between trips from the bathroom to the bedroom, she protested by air drying in the bedroom. Tatsu nearly died again when walking into the bedroom, only to find Riviére laying naked on the bed, napping. Also didn't help that she slept in the nude as well. On the second morning Hanako found Riviére sleeping nude in the same armchair with her. Tatsu suspected this was a ploy to get dibs on the bedroom, but Hanako had her other suspicions.

    "Well, maybe you should be the first to shower after all," said Hanako pointing to the wall clock, which showed half past ten in the morning. "We were ready to go about an hour ago."

    Riviére merely shrugged her shoulders. "Why do we have to get up early? We're right outside of Viridian City," she said as she walked into the bedroom and shut the door.

    Hanako sighed as she looked back at Tatsu, who was strangely focused on his computer screen. Despite her lack of modesty, whenever Tatsu made a perverted comment, she kicked him between the legs in retaliation. He quickly learned not to make the perverted jokes around her.

    "So does that mean that we'll be having to sleep in sleeping bags outside?" she asked casually. Truth was, she had gotten used to sleeping in a house.

    "Yeah, but if I wanted to I'm sure that Mr. Silph would let me buy it from him." said Tatsu as he finished the report and closed the laptop.

    "Do you think he has a three bedroom one?" she asked hopefully.

    "I'm sure he does," he said as he stood up and stretched, Charmander looking up at his trainer. "What, you don't want to sleep outside beneath the stars?"

    Hanako laughed nervously, rubbing the back of her head. "Oh, not at all! I wouldn't mind sleeping outside. I was just curious..."

    Tatsu snickered as he walked into the kitchen and made himself some breakfast.

    It was another hour before Tatsu, Hanako, and Riviére were ready to set off towards Viridian City. Dusk was approaching by the time they arrived in Viridian City. A lot larger than Pallet Town, which was mostly a rural area with a few family businesses and a Pokémon Center and Mart. Viridian City, on the other hand, was a bustling urban city with many businesses, restaurants, and of course, an official Pokémon Gym.

    Riviére, Tatsu, and Hanako stood in front of the Pokémon City Gym, looking at it in awe. It was a large Gym, styled in traditional Kanto-style dating back over five hundred years. In front of the doors were two guards, standing by to check the number of Gym Badges and make appointments. The Viridian City Gym was ranked highest in Kanto, a Gym that uses Rank B Pokémon. Much, much higher than their currently Rank D Pokémon. Because of the high level of Pokémon, the Viridian City Gym has the lowest defeat rate in all of Kanto. The average defeats a year were less than ten. Though not much was known about the Gym Leader, it is known that he is a Ground-type Specialist. Also, because of the infrequent number of challenges the Gym is issued, the Gym Leader lives elsewhere and only visits when a challenge is issued. Where he lives is unknown.

    "Just think," began Riviére, "one day, we'll be challenging this Gym. It's only a matter of time before we walk those steps and challenge him."

    "We still have seven Gym Leaders to defeat," said Hanako as she held up seven fingers. "Brock, of Pewter City. Misty, of Cerulean City. Lt. Surge, of Vermilion City. Erika, of Celadon City. Koga, of Fuchsia City. Sabrina, of Saffron City, and lastly-"

    "My Grandpa Blaine of Cinnabar Island," finished Tatsu.

    "If we only train three Pokémon at a time, ours will be much stronger than theirs," said Riviére. "Then we do the same thing for Johto, and we'll have an unstoppable team ready for the World Tournament. It will be much easier than challenging the Elite Four right off the bat."

    "Easier said than done," reminded Tatsu as he reached into his pocket and withdrew Charmander's Poké Ball, his face reflecting onto it's surface. "We have to think carefully on what Pokémon we add to our team. We don't get the luxury to catch as many Pokémon as we want and decide which we want to use for the Tournament. Not with only training three at a time."

    "I'm not worried about it," said Riviére as she wrapped her hands behind her head and walked away from the Gym, her bust slightly pushed out. "Let's find the Pokémon Center and get ready for the trip towards Pewter. The sooner we leave, the sooner we can collecting badges."

    "That girl has a one track mind," said Tatsu as he put his Poké Ball into his jacket pocket and followed, Hanako in tow.

    Once at the Pokémon Center, they turned in their Poké Balls to for a check-up. Tatsu handed over the PokéCap to be teleported directly to Mr. Silph of the Silph Co., much to the dismay of Riviére and Hanako. When she found out, she, like Hanako, asked Tatsu to ask for a PokéCap for the rest of their journey, admitting that the PokéCap was a luxury she'd sorely miss.

    Sitting at a telephone booth, Tatsu called Mr. Silph's private line. The screen flickered and Mr. Silph was seen on the other end. He was a broad, old man with a very large mustache. "Ah, Tatsu, I've been expecting you," he said mildly surprised. "I've just received the PokéCap moments ago and your review with it. I must say, I was pleased with the results. I can happily say that the issues you've sent in will be resolved and we'll begin production immediately."

    "That's good to hear," said Tatsu as Hanako and Riviére peered their heads forward. "Anyway, I have a request I'd like to make."

    "A request? What would that be?"

    "Well, my two friends here," he said as he gestured to the girls. "helped me test the PokéCap and its features. If it wasn't for Riviére and her extensive showers, I wouldn't have caught the water conversion problem."

    "Oh, I see!" said Mr. Silph. "I thank you for the rigorous testing of our water converter."

    "No problem," she said, smiling widely. "Just helping out a friend!"

    "Anyway, we were wondering," interjected Tatsu, "if you had a three bedroom PokéCap that needs testing?"

    Mr. Silph straightened out the side of his mustache, thinking his request over. "I see. I may have a PokéCap like that laying around. I'll get back with you tomorrow. The research department is already gone for the day and went home."

    "That's fine, we'll be in Viridian recuperating for a bit."

    "All right, tell your Grandpa Fuji I said hello."

    "Will do, thanks," said Tatsu as he ended the call.

    Riviére grinned in triumph. "Yes, I'll get my own room!" she said happily.

    "He said he'd check for us," Tatsu reminded her as he got up. "Anyway, who's hungry? Supper's on Hanako."

    "Sounds good to me," said Riviére as Hanako protested along the way to the nearest restaurant.

    After eating a big meal, they returned to the Pokémon Center to rest up. Outfitted with a men and women's sleeping quarters, Tatsu left to sleep in the men's room while Hanako and Riviére entered the women's. The women's sleeping quarters had four full beds, all of which were unoccupied.

    "Looks like we'll be sleeping alone tonight," said Riviére as she undressed and placed her clothes in a drawer beside her bed. She paused as she slipped her nightgown on and watched Hanako undress. "Would you like to cuddle with me tonight?" she asked blatantly.

    "Wha?" she said as she removed her shirt.

    Riviére approached from behind and wrapped her long, thin arms around Hanako's slim shoulders and pulled her close. Hanako, being so short and Riviére being so tall, her head was pressed into Riviére's chest. She held the stunned Hanako tightly as her lips grazed the top of Hanako's head and closed her eyes. "I'm glad we're sharing our journey together, Hanako..."

    Hanako looked up in confusion, her cheeks flushed. "Riviére, I..."


    A colossal explosion shook the entire Pokémon Center. The force of the blast caused Hanako and Riviére to smack their heads together, knocking them to the floor. "Oww," said Riviére as the tremors ceased. "What the hell happened?" she said to herself as Hanako crawled to the wall and stood up, looking out of the window.

    "Riviére, look! Something happened!" said Hanako quickly.

    Tatsu burst through the door, wearing his pajama bottoms. "You two all right?" Seeing Riviére on the ground, Tatsu helped her up to her feet. "Hanako, what's going on?" asked Tatsu as he helped Riviére to the window and looked outside.

    A column of smoke billowed from down the street, a raging fire engulfing the buildings in it source of the explosion. People and Pokémon in the street were running away, while the Viridian Police and Fire rushed to the scene of the disaster. While en route, a sudden blast destroyed the police cruisers, blasting them away.

    "Come on, we got to go help!" said Hanako as she rushed out of the room and outside, not bothering to put her shirt back on. Tatsu and Riviére followed behind her. As they reached outside, the screams of the terrified civilians filled the air. Hanako rushed towards the thick of the action.

    "Hanako!" Riviére called out as she and Tatsu chased after her.

    "Come on," said Tatsu. "It looks like it came from the Viridian Gym."

    As Hanako turned the street corner, she stopped suddenly. Standing in front of the fiery remains of the destroyed Viridian Gym was a tall, gray humanoid Pokémon with a long purple tail and feline features. It stood staring into the flames before slowly turning its head toward Hanako, it's cold eyes piercing her like knives.

    "No, not you..." said Hanako as she backed away slightly as two men ran past her, tossing their Poké Balls.

    Two Houndoom materialized and immediately attacked the unknown Pokémon with Flamethrower attacks. Raising it's hand, it easily repelled the flames and divided the stream of fire. In an instant, the Pokémon disappeared and reappeared between the Houndoom. It quickly extended it's arms and fired two blasts of energy at the Houndoom, blowing them into the near by buildings. Without hesitation, the Pokémon rushed forward and grabbed the two men by the head and committed a heinous act; using extreme force, the Pokémon exploded the two men's heads clear off their shoulders.

    Hanako's eyes widened in fear as the two bodies fell to the ground like a puppet with their strings cut. The Pokémon showed no regret to killing the two men and Houndoom; no remorse in its eyes as it teleported away from the corpses and reappeared in front of Hanako. Frozen to the spot, Hanako's body felt iced over as the terrifying Pokémon approached her. She took no notice to Tatsu and Riviére rounding the corner, just in time to see the unknown Pokémon raise it's hand and hold it inches from Hanako's face.

    "Die," a deep voice echoed in the back of Hanako's head.

    At that moment, a Rhydon charged and tackled the unknown Pokémon into the side of a building, crushing the wall into bits. Falling to her knees as the building collapsed, Tatsu and Riviére wrapped their arms around Hanako and hoisted her up. Their voices were distant and echoed as they assisted her up, a man coming to their side and urging them to move away.

    "Come on, we got to move!" she heard Tatsu say, his voice still dim.

    As they guided Hanako out of the street, the Rhydon that charged the unknown Pokémon had been thrown out of the rubble and held by an unseen power. The unknown Pokémon pushed a large chunk of the wall off itself and walked away from the crumbling building. Using what was presumed to be a Psychic attack, it sent the Rhydon head first into the street, breaking it's neck.

    "No, Rhydon!" yelled the man as he ran towards it. However, before he could reach his Rhydon, the man was stopped by the similar attack and hoisted into the air. The man cried out in fear as the Pokémon held him in midair. It closed it's grip and the man held in midair imploded.

    Much like Hanako, Tatsu and Riviére were frozen to the spot, horror struck. The unknown Pokémon walked towards them and lifted its arm. Using it's Psychic powers, it flung them harshly into the wall of the nearby building. The crash knocked out Tatsu and Riviére cold. Hanako's shoulder and arm was deeply cut as a brick fell onto it. A dark green liquid oozed out of the wound and a stream of tears poured down her cheek as the pain shot up into her neck and down her arm. Her arm felt broken.

    The Pokémon stopped as it noticed the green ooze drip down her arm. It's cold, red eyes moved from her arm to her face. "You. You aren't human, aren't you?" said a voice in the head. "Are you a clone?"

    "You're right," said Hanako with a grimace. Holding her arm, Hanako stood up as it laid limp at her side. Placing her hand over the cut, her wound glowed bright green. The wound quickly closed and her pain ceased. "I'm not human, but I'm not a clone either. I'm something else," she said as she wiped her arm of the green ooze. "Listen to me. You must leave immediately," she warned, walking toward the Pokémon. It towered over her by nearly two feet in height.

    "You are not a human, so I will not hurt you unless you get in my way," said the Pokémon as it turned its gaze toward Tatsu and Riviére, raising an arm to attack them with a death blow as it did to the others.

    Hanako shifted herself and blocked the Pokémon from her friends. "Leave here. They are coming and if you are caught, you will regret not heeding my advice. Please, escape while you can," she said bravely.

    The Pokémon looked down at her, its furious red eyes staring down at her green eyes. Lowering its arm, the Pokémon turned and walked away. "Fine, have it your way. I've escaped from that hellish tomb, and I am free to do as I please. The next time we meet, nothing will save you." it said as it used its Psychic powers to lift itself into the air and it flew away.

    Sighing softly, she stumbled as she tried to walk towards Tatsu and Riviére. Exhausted, Hanako fell to her knees before falling face down. "Tatsu...Riviére..." she said faintly as she tried to crawl over to them. With her vision blurring, she saw Tatsu begin to stir before blacking out.

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