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    Since I've worked so hard on "Pokémon: Intensity", I want to see if I've still got a knack for the original cast. Hence, this movie script is my first return to the real incarnations of the characters in years. Check the preview in the Author's Café for the backstory if you like. Enjoy!

    NOTE: This movie is set after the Japanese episode "Falling in Love with Mawile! Lombre's Flower Arrangement" but before the episode "Catch Snorunt".

    “Pokémon the Movie 8.5"

    Scene: Wide establishing shot of a massive mansion, almost castle-like, situated on a small island in the middle of the ocean. The mansion itself is built right on the edge of a huge cliff overlooking the crashing waves. It is late at night, but no moon can be seen, as clouds blot the sky. The camera slowly zooms in on the one illuminated window in the whole house. Inside the room, a woman sits in an armchair, facing a crackling fireplace, breathing heavily. In her hand she holds an object that cannot be seen clearly. Suddenly, the camera shows an extreme close up of the woman’s left eye, which is squinted nearly shut in a look of rage. The screen blurs as she remembers a previous time...

    Fade to the Viridian Forest, thirty years ago. The woman, at age ten, is dressed as the typical starting Pokémon trainer would be. Standing amidst the trees of the Viridian Forest, she looks aghast as her Charmander is trounced by a wild Beedrill. The Beedrill swings its massive drills and sends Charmander flying against a tree trunk.

    Fade to the Pewter City Gym, thirty years ago. The young trainer now looks on as Flint’s Onix mutilates her Pidgey with a Constrict attack.

    Fade to the Kanto Power Plant, thirty years ago. The young trainer is horrified as a Rocket grunt’s Koffing gasses her Raticate, which falls to the ground poisoned.

    Fade to the Safari Zone, thirty years ago. The young trainer recoils as a wild Dratini defeats her Butterfree with a Dragon Rage attack. Butterfree collapses among the tall grass.

    Fade to the Viridian City Gym, thirty years ago. The young trainer looks helpless as a younger Giovanni’s Rhyhorn picks up her Charmeleon with its horn and throws it across the room. It smashes into the wall and collapses on the floor, unconscious.

    Fade to the Indigo Plateau, thirty years ago. The young trainer is on the verge of tears as her opponent’s Exeggutor stomps upon her Wigglytuff, defeating it and officially disqualifying the trainer from the Pokémon League after only one round.

    Fade back to the woman sitting in the armchair in the present. The rage on her face steadily builds, and we now see what she holds in her hands - her old and well-worn Kanto PokéDex. Finally, she opens her eyes wider, as a single tear of anger rolls down her right cheek.

    WOMAN: Pokémon...must be...

    She leaps to her feet.

    WOMAN (in a wild rage): DESTROYED!

    She hurls her PokéDex into the fireplace, which erupts into a small explosion.

    FADE TO TITLE SCREEN

    Scene: A large and busy city in the Hoenn region. People crowd the sidewalks and cars pack the streets. Among the crowd of people are our familiar heroes - Ash, Pikachu, May, Max, and Brock.

    NARRATOR: As our story opens, we find Ash and his friends in one of the busier cities of the Hoenn region, trying to make their way through the crowd. Which is probably easier said than done.

    Ash squeezes his way between two people in business suits. Pikachu follows him.

    ASH: Man, this city is crowded! Couldn’t we have just taken the subway or something?

    PIKACHU: Pikaaa-chu...

    BROCK: The subway wouldn’t be any less crowded as it is up here.

    MAY: Speaking of Subway, where the heck is the nearest restaurant? I’m starving!

    ASH: I like the way you think, May! We need lunch in a hurry.

    MAX: There was a restaurant about two blocks back, but the doorway was blocked off by this mob.

    Brock cranes his neck to try and see over the crowd.

    BROCK: Ah, I don’t see anywhere else to stop. And even if I did, good luck getting there.

    ASH: Oh, this is ridiculous! There isn’t even any room to have a Pokémon battle!

    Ash feels someone tap him on the shoulder. He turns around to see an opening in the crowd, revealing an alley between two buildings - and standing before Ash is none other than Yoshi and Dani, familiar faces of the Johto region.

    YOSHI: Hey, pal, you say you want a battle?

    ASH: Who are you?

    YOSHI: I’m a challenger! What, you’re complaining about a Pokémon battle?

    DANI: How about a two-on-two? You and the brown-haired girl here? Two Pokémon each.

    MAY: Hey, all right?

    ASH: Sure, I’m up for it!

    PIKACHU: Pika pi!

    BROCK: Ash, a second ago you were complaining about lunch.

    ASH: Brock, you should know by now that my stomach works in mysterious ways. Especially when there’s a challenge involved!

    MAY: Now, bring it on!

    The opening credits begin as Yoshi unhooks a Poké Ball and hurls it toward Ash. It bursts open to reveal his Typhlosion. Dani follows suit, sending forth her Croconaw. Ash sets forth Pikachu, and May calls on her Combusken. Yoshi’s Typhlosion hits first with an Ember attack. Pikachu shakes it off and counters with Swift. Meanwhile, Croconaw lunges forward at Combusken with a Slash, but Combusken leaps over its head and lands upright behind it. It then sticks its foot under Croconaw and kicks it into the air, then whirls around and kicks it again in midair, sending Croconaw flying against the brick wall of the nearest building. Typhlosion tries to bring its fist down on Pikachu, but Pikachu jumps out of the way and scrambles up Typhlosion’s arm. He latches onto Typhlosion’s head and commences with a Thunderbolt, paralyzing Typhlosion and causing his muscles to lock up. Meanwhile, Combusken launches a Flamethrower at Croconaw, who counters with a Hydro Pump. The two attacks meet in midair, but the water overpowers the flames and Croconaw’s attack hits Combusken in the face, sending it flying backwards. May quickly recalls Combusken and unhooks another Poké Ball, sending forth her Beautifly. It lets loose with a cloud of Sleep Spores that result in Croconaw keeling over. Typhlosion can’t move at all, so Yoshi calls him back and sends out Beedrill instead. Ash has Pikachu retreat and sends out Grovyle. Beedrill lunges forward with a Twineedle attack, but Grovyle leaps overhead, causing Beedrill to slam into the pavement. Dani sends out her Misdreavus, which hits Beautifly first with a Confuse Ray. Beautifly spins around in midair, but recovers and retaliates with Giga Drain. Misdreavus gets visibly weaker, but as a last resort, it casts a Perish Song. Grovyle swings its arm, sending Razor Leaves flying at Beedrill, but it doesn’t see them coming as it flies forward in a Poison Sting attack. The leaves strike Beedrill’s head and puncture its wings, but it still manages to stick Grovyle’s arm with its stinger. Grovyle clutches its arm and stumbles slightly. Meanwhile, Misdreavus hits the ground, and Beautifly does the same as a result of the Perish Song - just as Beedrill and Grovyle pass out from their respective attacks. Yoshi, Ash, Dani, May, Max, and Brock look at the collapsed Pokémon.

    ASH: We’ll call that a draw, okay?

    Cut to an establishing shot of a Pokémon Center further down the street. Inside, Nurse Joy hands the four trays of Poké Balls back to their respective owners. Pikachu leaps onto the counter as well.

    JOY: Here you go, your Pokémon are fully healed.

    Ash, Yoshi, May, and Dani take their teams back.

    ASH: Thanks.

    Pikachu hops off the counter and lands on the floor by Ash’s leg.

    YOSHI: So, now that we’ve fought, I think it’s only fair that I introduce myself. The name’s Yoshi, and this is my friend Dani.

    ASH: Good to know you, I’m Ash, and this motley entourage consists of May, Max, and Brock.

    BROCK: How’s it going?

    MAX: Yo.

    Ash seats himself on a couch near the window.

    ASH: So, where are you two from?

    DANI: New Bark Town in the Johto region. We came over here for the gym challenge - tell me, is it difficult here?

    ASH: Well, there are really two ways to look at it. You see, if you’re from Johto, from the outset you think “Well, I’ve handled one region already, I can take another one, right?” But the gym leaders here really don’t cut you any slack. It took me a while to beat a few of them, and even then it was just barely that I won. But if you approach this as a starting trainer, it’s gonna seem even more difficult because surely your team isn’t up to such a huge challenge this early on.

    Dani and Yoshi blink at Ash.

    ASH: Sorry, it’s one of those subjects I know inside and out. I’ve always put in hard work at each gym I’ve faced.

    BROCK: Says the boy who beat me because the sprinklers went off.

    ASH: I prefer to think of it as “game called on account of rain”.

    BROCK: I prefer to think of it as “pity”, but whatever milks your Miltank.

    YOSHI: May, how about you?

    MAY: Heck if I know, I’m only here for the contests.

    DANI: Ooh, I’ve heard of those! I want to compete so bad, but my Pokémon aren’t up to it.

    MAY: Well, your Misdreavus sure looked nice out there, and with the skills your Croconaw knew, I’m sure it could at least win the battle portion.

    MAX: Anyone can win the battle portion, it’s the talent portion you wanna be alert about.

    MAY: And I do just fine in both, thank you very much.

    MAX: You just keep saying that.

    Cut to an exterior shot of the Pokémon Center, seen through a pair of all-too familiar binoculars. Behind the window, May leaps up and yells at Max.

    MAY: And what’s that supposed to mean, you little ingrate?

    It’s revealed that, indeed, Jessie and James are spying on the group from atop an office building across the street. Meowth peeks over the edge of the roof as well.

    JESSIE: It wasn’t easy getting through this crowd, but we tailed ‘em!

    JAMES: And did you see the way those other kids’ Pokémon performed? I mean, the boy’s got a Typhlosion! And the girl has a Misdreavus!

    MEOWTH: We should be tailin’ them instead of the Ketchum jerk.

    JESSIE: Regardless, I say we ambush all six of them as soon as they come out that door.

    JAMES: Just on the street, in broad daylight?

    JESSIE: Of course not, you twit, we’re gonna use the element of surprise. And to save time, I say we send out our Pokémon now.

    Jessie unhooks three Pokéballs and throws them upward.

    JESSIE: Seviper, Dustox, Wobbuffet - go!

    In a flash of white light, the three Pokémon appear. James unhooks two Poké Balls and throws them upward.

    JAMES: Chimecho, Cacnea - get out here!

    Another flash, and the two Pokémon appear. Wobbuffet immediately stands at attention for no reason while Cacnea looks at James lovingly.

    JAMES: No...no, down boy!

    It’s too late - Cacnea lunges upward and hugs James around the waist. James shrieks in pain.

    JAMES: Yeeee! Get it off me! Get it off me!

    Meowth leaps up and tries to loosen Cacnea’s grip. Wobbuffet, in a futile attempt to help, starts pulling on Meowth’s tail.

    MEOWTH: OW! Hey, you moronic blob, hands off the merchandise!

    WOBBUFFET: Wobba?

    JESSIE: Wobbuffet, you heard him! Now, let go!

    Jessie tries to grab Wobbuffet and in the process steps on Seviper’s tail. Seviper yells in pain and chomps down on Jessie’s hair.

    JESSIE: HEY! Let go of me, you idiot!

    Jessie flails around and smacks Dustox in the face, who inadvertently sends spores into Chimecho’s face. Chimecho coughs, rocking back and forth in midair and unknowingly wrapping its tail around James’ neck, choking him. James gags. The entire cluster of Pokémon and Rocket agents starts stumbling backwards. Finally, James trips over the edge of the roof, sending everyone plummeting off the side. They land in an open Dumpster, and the lid slams shut over them. Jessie flings the lid open again to see that Ash, Yoshi, Dani, and the others are leaving the Pokémon Center.

    JESSIE: We blew it again! They just left!

    James pops out of the Dumpster, as do Meowth and the other Pokémon. Jessie climbs out to dust herself off, letting the lid swing shut and hit James in the head. He massages the area of impact as he too climbs out.

    JESSIE: That was a good approach, too! Nobody expects to be attacked on a city street!

    JAMES: Well, you know why we failed, right?

    James whirls around and jabs a finger at the group of Pokémon.

    JAMES (angry): It was because of these losers again!

    MEOWTH: Okay, now, James, I think that’s a little overkill...

    JESSIE: No, he’s right! You realize that for years, we’ve relied on you guys to help us out? And not ONCE have you ever won a battle for us! NOT ONCE!

    Seviper, Dustox, Chimecho, Cacnea, and Wobbuffet look hurt.

    MEOWTH: That’s not true! They’ve won plenty of battles for you guys!

    JESSIE: Name one.

    MEOWTH: I can’t, I just like arguing with you.

    JAMES: You know, it’s times like this that I wish I still had my Weezing and my Victreebel. They may have lost too...

    James gets right in Cacnea’s face.

    JAMES (fuming): BUT AT LEAST THEY DIDN’T INSIST ON HUGGING ME ALL THE TIME!

    Cacnea recoils slightly.

    CACNEA (small): Cac...

    Jessie looks at Wobbuffet.

    JESSIE: And you! What’s your problem, huh? Is your head so darn thick that you can’t even comprehend an order as simple as “Stay in your Poké Ball”? You’re the most useless Pokémon we’ve ever had, and that includes James’ Magikarp!

    Wobbuffet covers its mouth, offended.

    JESSIE: And don’t think the rest of you are any better! You’re all a bunch of weaklings! You couldn’t win a battle if your lives depended on it! YOU ALL MAKE ME SICK!

    Each Pokémon starts to shed a tear. Jessie realizes that she may have gone too far.

    JESSIE: Of course, when I say “sick”, I mean a good kind of “sick”, like the kind where you don’t have to go to work...

    But the Pokémon each recall themselves into their Poké Balls before she can say any more.

    JESSIE: Oh, come on, you guys, I didn’t mean it!

    JAMES: Neither did I! You know how I get sometimes! Meowth, tell them I didn’t mean it!

    Meowth is standing with his back to James, his arms crossed in front of him.

    MEOWTH: Buzz off. You insult them, you insult me. I’m just as much a Pokémon as they are.

    JESSIE: Why should you be offended? You don’t even fight.

    Meowth spins around to face them.

    MEOWTH: Exactly! I could fight, but you guys never let me! Instead, I’m stuck doin’ all the dirty work, and for what? Not for any gratitude, let me tell you! If you guys really respected me, you’d let me battle once in a while!

    JESSIE: We respect you plenty! That’s why we, uh...prevent you from getting hurt in battles, and, you know, save you a bit of extra work. See, we don’t want you to get injured in the field, that’s all!

    Meowth smiles a little.

    JAMES: Plus, it’s not like you know any decent attacks.

    Meowth’s smile disappears immediately, and he turns away again.

    MEOWTH: I’m not talking to either of you.

    JESSIE: Aw, come on, Meowth...

    MEOWTH (firmly): I’M NOT TALKING TO EITHER OF YOU.

    Cut to further down the street. The sign on the curb changes from “Don’t Walk” to “Walk”. Ash, Pikachu, May, Max, Brock, Yoshi, and Dani cross with the other crowd members.

    ASH: You know, I’ve already been through your home region.

    YOSHI: Really? What’d you think of it?

    BROCK: Well, it was a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t wanted to have lived there. Uh, no offense.

    DANI: Perfectly understandable - I’ve heard people say that Johto is the most boring region of them all.

    ASH: Well, I wouldn’t call it boring. Team Rocket at least kept us on our toes.

    YOSHI: Yeah, but thankfully there aren’t any Rocket agents in the Hoenn region.

    MAY: You’d like to think that, wouldn’t you?

    Pikachu smiles, then looks up at the sky. Surprised, he grabs Ash’s pants leg and points upward.

    PIKACHU (distraught): Pika pika! Pikachu!

    ASH: What’s the matter, Pikachu?

    Ash looks up, as do all the others. The people around them seem to notice it too. An overhead shot reveals a large shadow falling over the city street, grabbing everyone’s attention - a huge zeppelin is hovering overhead, only about a mile off the ground. On the side is a large emblem of a Poké Ball with a skull and crossbones over it.

    BROCK: Speak of the devils.

    MAX: No, wait a minute - that’s not Team Rocket’s symbol.

    MAY: And it doesn’t belong to Team Aqua or Team Magma either. Who the heck is that?

    ASH: Pikachu, can you tell?

    Pikachu scampers up on top of Ash’s hat and squints at the zeppelin.
    Cut to the zeppelin’s control panel. The woman from earlier is seated at the steering device. She grabs a joystick labelled “Winch” and presses the button on top.
    Cut to outside the zeppelin. A huge bay door opens up underneath, big enough to fit any Pokémon through, and a large crane game-like mechanical claw extends down to the street. To Ash’s horror, it grabs Pikachu by the scruff of his neck and yanks him upward.

    PIKACHU: Chaaa!

    ASH: Pikachu!

    Ash jumps and tries to grab Pikachu, but the arm is retracting too quickly.

    ASH: Whoever this is, they aren’t taking Pikachu without a fight!

    Ash reaches to his hip and unhooks another Poké Ball, throwing it upward.

    ASH: Go, Swellow!

    In a flash, Swellow appears and flies toward Pikachu. It tries to loosen the claw, but the metal is too strong. Suddenly, another claw descends from the bay door.

    ASH: Swellow! Look out, behind you!

    SWELLOW: Swellow?

    Swellow turns around just in time to see the claw clamp down around its body. Its wings immobilized, Swellow cannot break free of the vice grip the claw has it in. Both Pikachu and Swellow disappear into the bay doors.

    ASH (horrified): NO!

    MAY: Don’t think for a moment that we’re gonna let them get away with that!

    May unhooks a Poké Ball and throws it.

    MAY: Go, Beuatifly!

    Beuatifly appears again and shoots up towards the zeppelin. Before it even gets to the doors, a large hose descends from them and sucks up Beautifly like a vacuum. May looks on in terror.

    MAY: Beautifly!

    MAX: Quick, who else has a Pokémon that can fly?

    Yoshi holds up a Poké Ball.

    YOSHI: I’ve got my Beedrill!

    Without warning, Yoshi’s Poké Ball goes flying out of his hand. So do the Poké Balls on Ash, May, Brock, and Dani’s belts. Other trainers in the crowd around them are shocked to see the same thing happening to their Poké Balls. They look up and see that a giant magnet, the size of one that would be used in a scrap metal yard, has now descended from the zeppelin and is attracting every Poké Ball below. It’s also causing several lampposts, street signs, mailboxes, and cars to vibrate, and all the TVs in a nearby electronics store window suddenly go fuzzy. The zeppelin slowly moves over the crowd, pulling Poké Balls off of innocent trainer’s belts. Further up the street, Jessie and James are still pleading with Meowth in the alley.

    JESSIE: All right, Meowth, we promise that we’ll use you in battle from now on! Okay?

    MEOWTH: Words, that’s all I hear.

    JAMES: Come on, we’re a team here! We’re like the Three Tenors - Domingo, Pavarotti, and...the other guy.

    While saying this, James points to himself, Jessie, and Meowth, respectively.

    MEOWTH (sarcastically): Thanks, that makes me feel so much better.

    Suddenly, Meowth is snatched from behind by the giant crane.

    MEOWTH: WHOA! Hey, what’s goin’ on here?

    As Meowth starts to ascend into the zeppelin, Jessie and James grab him. They hang a few feet off the ground.

    JESSIE: See what we mean? We’re not about to let you get kidnapped!

    JAMES: I’m losin’ my grip here...

    James lets go, as does Jessie, and Meowth continues to fly up into the ship.

    MEOWTH: Nice going, you nimrods!

    Jessie and James land on the pavement. Jessie immediately leaps to her feet and grabs a Poké Ball.

    JESSIE: Nobody steals our coworker and gets away with it! Go, Seviper!

    Before she can even throw the ball, the magnet picks it up. It also picks up the rest of her team, as well as James’ team.

    JAMES: Hey! Give those back, you have no right to take ‘em!

    More metal things suddenly go flying out of James’ pocket. James looks shocked.

    JAMES: Aagh! My bottlecap collection! What kind of a monster is this?

    The zeppelin continues to move over the city, grabbling Poké Balls and pulling Pokémon off the street. Ash, May, Max, Brock, Yoshi, and Dani look at it in horror. Ash suddenly turns around to face the rest of them.

    ASH: Well? Are we just gonna stand here or what?

    MAY: We can’t catch up to it! It’s too high off the ground!

    ASH: We have to try! Those are our Pokémon up there - our closest and most loyal companions - and I for one am not going to stand idly by and let them get kidnapped!

    Ash starts running through the crowd; the others follow him. They weave between people on the sidewalk, then take to the street and dash between the traffic jam of cars that has now clogged the pavement. But the zeppelin keeps getting further away. Ash starts to run faster.

    ASH: I can’t let them escape...not while they’ve got my Pikachu...

    Suddenly, Ash trips over a pothole in the road and falls flat on his face. May and Brock help him up as he wipes the blood off his cut lip. He looks up and sees the zeppelin flying further away. His face is frozen in shock.

    BROCK: It’s no good...we lost them...

    YOSHI: What kind of person would do that? Who would want to steal every Pokémon in the city?

    Ash drops to his knees, still looking at the sky. A single tear rolls down his cheek as the camera wides out to show the huge jam of cars and distraught people all over the street.

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    To be continued...


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    20 views, no posts...

    Tell me, do my fics have to have "Pokémon: Intensity" in the title in order to get any feedback?


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    Okay, it's quite good for a start.

    Now, you might see people say that this is in inproper script format, but with the one they try to pressure you to use, I just HATE it in the end. I've always liked your style of script and will use it if I ever do.

    Anyways, you've got everything right so far, and the plot is pretty good.

    You have kept me in great suspence. I'm just anxious to see what will happen next.

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    Thanks. Sorry if I sounded angry in that last post - I tend to get impatient when I see people just read and move on. It's a sickness, really.


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    it's good! very good! Jesse you are a god!!!
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    Well, I'm getting some praise, so I guess this isn't so horrible after all. Looks like a continuation is in order.

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    Fade to a forested area elsewhere in the Hoenn region. The zeppelin hovers over the trees, its claws grabbing various wild Pokémon, including several Pidgey, Pidgeotto, Taillow, Ratatta, Zigzagoon, Wurmple, Silcoon, and Cascoon.
    Cut to a Pokémon Contest stadium. The zeppelin hovers over the building, and two large heavy-duty jigsaws descend from the bay doors and cut a huge hole in the roof. The magnet lowers into the stadium and picks up every Poké Ball in attendance. As the startled crowd scrambles, two cranes also pick up the Zangoose and Mightyena that were competing in the contest. Their trainers make a grab for them, but they can’t reach them.
    Cut to the sea between Hoenn and Johto. The zeppelin drags a massive net over the ocean, picking up hundreds of Water Pokémon, including several Wailord and a few Lapras.
    Cut to the Johto Daycare Center. The zeppelin hovers over the building and sucks up the Pokémon in the playpen with the giant hose. The owners of the daycare burst outside just in time to see the hose retract into the ship.
    Cut to the Charicific Valley. Various Charizard roar and shoot Flamethrowers at the zeppelin, but they are nonetheless caught in the cranes and picked up. Ash’s Charizard is the most resilient, actually breaking out of its crane and attempting to fly away, but it is sucked up by the hose instead.
    Fade to Professor Oak’s laboratory. Oak, Tracey, and Gary are watching the news with a worried expression. The TV screen shows a concerned male reporter on location in front of the Indigo Plateau.

    REPORTER: It is absolute pandemonium here at the Indigo Plateau as a renegade Pokémon thief continues to work his or her way across the four regions, stealing every Pokémon in sight. Ma’am, excuse me, can you give us any insight as to what happened?

    The reporter holds his microphone to a distraught Lorelei, who wipes her eyes beneath her glasses.

    LORELEI: It was awful! The blimp just came out of nowhere, and this giant magnet picked up every Poké Ball in the stadium! And then the cranes came down, and...and...

    Lorelei starts sobbing uncontrollably. Bruno walks in from the side and escorts her away in a comforting manner.
    Cut back to the lab, where Professor Oak is running his hand through his hair nervously.

    OAK: Indigo Plateau...that’s not too far away from here!

    GARY: They wouldn’t dare try to steal every Pokémon in the lab, would they?

    OAK: Gary, whoever this is, they’ve already stolen every Pokémon in the other two regions! Of course they’re going to come for us next!

    TRACEY: There has to be something we can do...

    Suddenly, a massive crunching noise is heard from another room.
    Cut to an exterior shot of the lab. The zeppelin is hovering overhead, having already ripped the roof off the Poké Ball storage facility, and the magnet is picking up every ball in the warehouse.
    Cut to inside the warehouse. Professor Oak bursts in, shocked at what he sees. He shakes his fist at the zeppelin in anger.

    OAK: Curse you, whoever you are!

    Oak’s watch goes flying off his wrist. He jumps out of the way as the massive hose snakes down into the room and smashes through the door that leads to the main part of the lab. It reaches the research room, where Tracey stands with a Bulbasaur, a Charmander, and a Squirtle. He tries to shield them from the hose.

    TRACEY: Stay back, you guys! Don’t let it get you!

    But the suction is too strong. Tracey hangs on to a doorway for dear life as the three starting Pokémon get sucked into the vacuum.

    BULBASAUR: Bubba!

    CHARMANDER: Char!

    SQUIRTLE: Squirrrrr-tle!

    The hose retracts through the room and back up into the ship, which continues to move on. Oak, slightly disheveled, watches it as it flies away. He suddenly realizes something.

    OAK: Oh my goodness - Delia!

    Oak runs back into the other room and picks up the receiver of his video phone. He dials rapidly. After a moment, Delia’s image appears on the screen. She is sitting in her living room.

    DELIA: Good evening, Professor Oak! How is everything?

    OAK: Delia! Listen to me - where’s Mimey?

    DELIA: He’s outside pruning the hedges, why?

    OAK: Get him inside, quick! Haven’t you heard the news about that Pokémon thief?

    DELIA: Thief? In Pallet Town?

    OAK: Yes! Now hurry!

    Cut to the Ketchum house. Delia throws down the receiver and rushes outside to the garden. She opens the door just in time to see Mimey in the garden, blissfully unaware of the giant crane behind him.

    DELIA: Mimey! Behind you!

    Mimey turns around and drops his shears in terror, only to have the crane clamp around him and retract into the ship.

    MIMEY: Mr. Mime!

    Delia looks on in horror as the bay doors close and the ship moves on.

    DELIA: What’s going on here?

    Fade to the city in the Hoenn region. Ash, May, Max, Brock, Yoshi, and Dani are back in the Pokémon Center, seated on the couch and watching the news on a TV hanging in the corner. Nurse Joy walks over with a tray of tea.

    JOY: Here’s your tea. I’m sorry it took so long, but...you know, since Chansey is gone...

    ASH (glumly): It’s all right. Just set it down on the table.

    Ash turns back to the news. A female reporter is seated at a desk in the studio.

    REPORTER #2: Eyewitnesses report that this mysterious Pokémon thief has now struck the Orange Islands. Police are doing everything in their power to stop this fiend, but no progress has yet been made. One Officer Jenny reports that “This maniac has successfully abducted every Pokémon in the Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, and Orange regions...what would possess a person to do such a thing is beyond us, but we’re doing all that we can to take this person down once and for all and return the kidnapped Pokémon to their rightful owners and habitats.”

    BROCK: At least they’re keeping busy.

    MAY: I don’t understand it - what was this person thinking? Who would want to steal every Pokémon in the world?

    MAX: Maybe it is Team Rocket! Maybe they’ve finally pulled out all the stops and devised a plan that not even we can overcome.

    YOSHI: No, I don’t think so. Team Rocket wants Pokémon, but I doubt they’d go so far as to steal every one in the world all at once.

    DANI: Whoever did this has to be a psycho. Maybe they just want to kill off every Pokémon in the world.

    MAY: That’s horrible!

    BROCK: That’s disgusting!

    ASH: That’s reality.

    Everyone turns to look at Ash.

    ASH: Yoshi’s right - this wasn’t Team Rocket, this was somebody who was seriously disturbed.

    MAY: But...do you think there’s any way to stop them?

    ASH: Not unless we know what they’re planning to do with the Pokémon. If Dani is right, then we may already be too late...

    MAY: No...no, don’t say that, there has to be a way!

    BROCK: But we don’t know where this weirdo is operating from! How are we supposed to track them down?

    MAX: Look!

    Max points to the TV. The screen shows shaky home video footage of the zeppelin moving over the ocean towards a tiny island on the horizon. Several people can be seen standing on the shore, watching the ship move.

    REPORTER #2: Breaking news now - we have just received this video footage of the zeppelin making its way out to sea. It is believed that the island in the distance is the base that this thief is working from, but nothing has been confirmed yet...

    Ash bolts upright.

    ASH: Where was that video taken?

    REPORTER #2: Stay tuned for our continuing coverage...

    ASH: What good was that? They didn’t even say where the video came from!

    YOSHI: Wait a minute...

    Yoshi looks at the TV screen, which is still looping the video footage. He notices the other people on the shore and looks closely at one of the signs stuck in the ground.

    YOSHI: That sign that the woman’s standing next to...I can just barely make it out...it’s the Slateport Beach!

    BROCK: That’s halfway across the Hoenn region! We’ll never get there in time without some kind of rapid transportation.

    Nurse Joy walks up to them again.

    JOY: Um, excuse me, I think I know of a way to get there fairly quickly...

    Cut to the Slateport Beach. A massive crowd of people are huddled around on the sand, despite the dark clouds and lack of sunlight overhead. A bus pulls up in the parking lot, and Ash, May, Max, Brock, Yoshi, and Dani climb off.

    MAY: Wow, we should take buses more often.

    Ash and the others work their way through the crowd. Eventually, they find what everyone is gathered around - a group of policemen and an Officer Jenny, standing at the edge of the pier. Jenny attempts to calm the crowd down.

    JENNY: Quiet! Quiet, everyone! Listen up - the Slateport Police are currently investigating the possibility that the island five miles from here might be the base of the Pokémon thief, but until we have confirmed anything, we must ask that you please not try to get to the island yourself! Let the professionals handle this, for your own good.

    TRAINER: That’s easy for you to say, you’re not a trainer!

    The crowd starts to get rowdy again.

    JENNY: I’ll have you know that the K-9 Growlithe units of every police force were not immune to this abduction! Don’t think for a minute that you’re the only one who wants to get their Pokémon back!

    Ash turns to face his friends.

    ASH: That island has to be where the Pokémon are!

    MAY: How can you tell?

    MAX: Well, think about it - the thief’s already been everywhere, right? And that island out there has never shown any signs of inhabitancy by Pokémon before.

    DANI: Then that’s where we need to go!

    YOSHI: Well, how do we get there without any Pokémon?

    Ash puts his finger to his lips as he thinks.

    ASH: Well, with the police blocking us off, there’s only one alternative...

    Cut to Officer Jenny trying to calm the crowd again.

    JENNY: Now, please, if you’ll all kindly disperse and return to your homes, I can assure you that...

    She hears a succession of splashes and turns around. Ash and his friends are swimming out to sea.

    JENNY (angry): Hey! You kids get back here! I told you to leave this to the police!

    They pretend not to hear her as they swim further out.

    BROCK: Come on, guys, it’s only five miles!

    MAY: Oh, is that all?

    YOSHI: I should have taken off my shoes first...

    The camera pans up from the water to show a familiar hot-air balloon moving through the sky - a balloon in the shape of a Meowth’s head. In the basket, Jessie and James look ahead with their binoculars.

    JAMES: That island’s gotta be about five miles from here.

    JESSIE (irate): Can’t this thing go any faster?

    JAMES: It’s a balloon, what do you want?

    Jessie slumps down on the edge of the basket and looks down at the sea.

    JESSIE: Ah, I’m sorry, it’s just...I feel terrible about all those things I said to our Pokémon before they got stolen. I mean, I didn’t even get to apologize...and now they’re gone, and they probably don’t even think we’re looking for them...

    JAMES: No kidding. I can’t believe I yelled at Cacnea like that...all he tries to do is just show his affection...

    JESSIE: And what I said to Wobbuffet...I’ve always been way too harsh on that little guy...it’s not his fault if he doesn’t know any physical attacks...

    Jessie sniffles and hides her face in her arms. James puts his hand on her shoulder.

    JESSIE (muffled): You’re touching me.

    JAMES: Sorry.

    James quickly withdraws his hand.
    Cut to the sea. Ash is struggling to keep his head above the water as the waves keep splashing against him.

    ASH: Only four and a half more miles to go!

    MAY: I can’t keep going like this for four and a half more miles! Are you crazy?

    MAX: We have to stop! My glasses are fogged up, I can’t see anything!

    BROCK (sarcastic): Sure, Max, where do you want to stop? Do you see a rest area anywhere?

    YOSHI: Hey, guys, cool it! Remember, our Pokémon are counting on us!

    DANI: Yoshi’s right! They’d do the same thing for us if we were in trouble!

    ASH: Exactly! Now come on!

    Ash gets hit in the face with a wave. He sputters and shakes the water out of his hair.

    ASH: So we’re getting a little wet! It’s no big deal!

    May starts to lag behind.

    MAY: Guys...guys, I can’t keep up, my arms are shot...

    MAX: Come on, sis! You can do it! Remember Combusken, and Beautifly, and Skitty, and Bulbasaur! They’re all counting on you!

    MAY: No...no, I can’t go any further...you go on ahead...

    Max grabs May’s collar and shakes her.

    MAX: Stop talking like that! You’ve gotta keep going! Think of the Pokémon!

    Max lets go, and to his horror, May sinks below the surface of the water.

    MAX: Guys! Somebody help May! She’s drowning!

    ASH: Don’t worry, I’ve got her!

    Ash turns around and dives beneath the waves.
    Cut to underwater. Ash swims downward, forcing himself not to exhale. He sees May a few feet below him, sinking fast, a few bubbles escaping from her lips. Ash grabs May under her arms and tries to swim back to the surface. However, May starts to weigh him down. He struggles to get her above water, but he begins to run out of oxygen. Finally, his head breaks the surface. He gasps and hoists May above the water as well. She coughs.

    MAY (hoarse): I’m sorry, Ash...I didn’t think I could hold out...

    ASH: Hey, don’t worry about it. We’re all in this together, remember?

    MAY: Yeah...yeah, I guess you’re right...

    Brock suddenly grabs Ash’s shoulder.

    BROCK: I hate to interrupt, but perhaps we should keep moving...

    Ash, May, Max, Brock, Yoshi, and Dani all look on in horror as a giant wave comes barreling down on them.

    ASH: Brace yourself, everyone!

    The wave comes crashing down on the six trainers, propelling them all underwater. Ash struggles to return to the surface, but he can’t tell which way is up. Bubbles fly from his mouth as he flails around, trying to see where everyone else is. Finally he looks up and sees the dim outline of a boat about ten feet above him, but he’s too weak to swim to the surface. As he starts to lose consciousness, he sees the outline of someone swimming towards him from the boat...but his vision fades to black before he can determine who it is.

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    Excellent! I really like this- I can imagine it as a movie perfectly!

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    Wow, this is cool. I like what you did with the Team Rocket fumble at the start with the dutbin. This is turning out really cool. I'll keep reading.

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    This would be a Frickin' Awesome movie! Can't wait till you Update again!
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    Brilliantly done Jesse. All FOUR regions? Haven't you played Colosseum?
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    Blue Aurora Orre isnt a region til it's on the anime!

    brilliant Jesse! this would make a great movie!
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    Oh man! This is so good! And knowing you, I think I know who's saving Ash. I'll just wait and see if I'm right.

    *puts up a five letter word as his guess.*

    Please hurry up with the next chapter.

    I just can't wait to see what happens next!

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    Another piece of fantastic work Jesse. Keep it up.
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    Wow, you people really dig this. Okay, here's the next installment - and pokeplayer984, I have a feeling your prediction, whatever it was, was right on the nose.

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    Fade to the island’s shore, a little while later. It’s still cloudy, and night has fallen. From Ash’s point of view, his eyes flutter open as he coughs. Someone is standing over him, trying to wake him up, but Ash’s vision is too blurry to see who it is. He blinks a little, and his eyes come into focus - and he spits out a great amount of water upon seeing that the person standing over him is none other than Misty.

    MISTY: Hey, you all right?

    ASH: Misty! Wh-what are you doing here?

    MISTY: Well, you didn’t think I was gonna stand around and let my Pokémon get captured, did you? I was on my way to this island when I saw you and your friends splashing around in the ocean. Seriously, did you think you could make it five miles?

    Ash smiles.

    ASH: I see you haven’t changed a bit since I last saw you.

    MISTY: Neither have you!

    Ash looks around and sees the others standing behind him.

    BROCK: Ash, are you sure you’re all right?

    MAX: Because we think we’ve found out where the Pokémon are being kept.

    Ash gets to his feet.

    ASH: Where?

    DANI: We reckon somewhere up there.

    Ash looks up, and his jaw drops in surprise when he sees the huge mansion situated atop the mountain before him. Misty puts her hand on Ash’s shoulder.

    MISTY: Well, this should certainly be eventful.

    Fade to inside the mansion. In a large underground laboratory, with pipes lining the ceiling, the woman from the zeppelin - partially concealed in the shadows - walks the length of a long conveyor belt. At the end, she stops before a large control panel and pulls a lever. The conveyor belt immediately starts moving, and from a long shaft in the ceiling, Poké Balls start spilling onto it. They move along the belt, which leads into a large x-ray machine. As each ball enters the machine, a monitor on the control panel displays which Pokémon is in each one. The woman grins evilly as various Pokémon blink across the screen - Butterfree, Ninetales, Shedinja, Flaaffy, Ratatta, Aerodactyl, Charmeleon, Feraligatr, Wingull.

    WOMAN: Yes...the captured ones will be the first to go...

    Cut to the exterior of the mansion. Beneath the great cliff overlooking the sea, near a large cave in the side of the rocks, Jessie and James’ balloon sinks lower to the ground.

    JESSIE: This has to be where our Pokémon are.

    JAMES: Well, a dark cave with an eerie sense of foreboding, how bad can it be? Just land the balloon over there...

    Jessie looks down to see that there is no space to land the balloon - the cave drops right off into the water, and there are multiple jagged rocks protruding from the sea.

    JESSIE: No good! Pull up!

    James drops a sandbag and turns up the flame, but it’s no use - the basket crunches to pieces on the rocks. Jessie and James make a jump for it and land in the water as the balloon collapses. A few seconds later, they emerge and climb onto what little shore there is in front of the cave.

    JAMES: Well, that wasn’t so bad...

    JESSIE: James, look at this!

    Jessie grabs James’ arm and motions for him to turn around. He does so and is shocked by what he sees. It’s the zeppelin, at least fifty feet tall, hanging over the cave floor. The bay doors are open, and the Pokémon have been removed.

    JESSIE: Amazing...

    JAMES: How come Giovanni never gives us anything like this?

    JESSIE: Deep down, I don’t think he wants us to succeed.

    Jessie and James walk beneath the hanging zeppelin.

    JESSIE: So this is the contraption that this nutjob used to steal our Pokémon. The only question remaining is, how do we get them back?

    James looks around and spots an elevator in the stone wall.

    JAMES: I’m guessing that might lead us to the answer.

    JESSIE: Yes! That’s bound to take us to the mansion! James, you’re...

    JAMES (proudly): A genius?

    JESSIE: I was gonna say “helpful at times”, but whatever hatches your Togepi.

    Jessie walks over to the elevator and presses the UP button. A voice emanates from a speaker over the button.

    VOICE: Restricted access. Identification required.

    Jessie smirks at James.

    JESSIE: Identification just so happens to be our forte!

    They strike their poses as their musical sting plays.

    JESSIE: Prepare for trouble, because we’re not leavin’!

    JAMES: And make it double, this movie better break even!

    JESSIE: To protect the world from devastation!

    JAMES: To unite all peoples within our nation!

    JESSIE: To denounce the evils of truth and love!

    JAMES: To extend our reach to the stars above!

    JESSIE: Jessie!

    JAMES: James!

    JESSIE: Team Rocket blast off at the speed of light!

    JAMES: Surrender now or prepare to fight!

    VOICE: Invalid identification. Prepare to be vaporized. Have a nice day.

    Two laser beams pop out of the rocky ceiling and point directly at Jessie and James. They scream and make a run for it as the lasers fry a hole in the ground directly where they were standing.
    Cut to the huge foyer inside the mansion. Ash, May, Max, Misty, Brock, Yoshi, and Dani stand before two huge flights of stairs leading up to the balcony on the second floor. A massive chandelier hangs from the ceiling thirty feet overhead.

    MISTY: Whoever stole our Pokémon certainly knows how to live.

    YOSHI: They’ve got to be somewhere in this house. Should we split up and look?

    ASH: Nah, it’d be impossible for us to find each other again. We’d better stick together.

    MAY: Okay, where to look first?

    MAX: The basement.

    Everyone looks at him.

    MAX: What? Evil masterminds always keep their secret lairs in the basement! That’s the way this sort of thing works.

    MAY: You see, Max, this is why I keep you around. You know every cliche in the book.

    MAX: And I’m adorable, too.

    May turns away.

    MAY: Yeah, whatever.

    Brock starts knocking on the walls.

    DANI: May I ask what you’re doing?

    BROCK: If this psycho has a secret lair, they’re obviously not going to have the door right out in the open. It’s probably hidden in the wall somewhere.

    Ash spots a bookcase on the far wall.

    ASH: Or maybe it’s behind the bookcase! You know, like in the old movies, where you pull on a book and the whole thing just turns around!

    Ash starts pulling books off the shelf, trying to find a fake one. Misty glares at him.

    MISTY: Ash, what do you think the odds of that are?

    ASH: Hey, Max got to find a cliche, I think I’m entitled!

    MAY: Look, maybe it isn’t hidden! Maybe it’s right out in the open!

    DANI: Explain.

    MAY: Well, whoever stole our Pokémon obviously doesn’t want us to get them back. But they know that we know that, and they decide to hide them by keeping them in a place that wouldn’t normally be a hiding place! That way, we’re looking all over this huge, who-knows-how-many-story mansion while our Pokémon are stashed in the study or something.

    MAX: So, what you’re saying is that by not hiding the Pokémon, this person is hiding them from us?

    MAY: Yes.

    MAX: And you’re also saying that this person knows that we want to get our Pokémon back, and they also know that we know that they don’t want us to get our Pokémon back.

    MAY: Yes.

    Max is now sweeping his arms back and forth for added emphasis as he speaks.

    MAX: But, what if they know that we know they know we know? What if they expect us to expect them to hide the Pokémon by not hiding the Pokémon, and instead they hide the Pokémon by actually hiding the Pokémon, because that is not what we know and expect?

    Everyone looks at Max for a moment and thinks. Ash suddenly cups his hands around his mouth and yells down a hall.

    ASH: PIKACHU! ARE YOU DOWN HERE?

    Misty gives Ash a look.

    ASH: I figure it’s faster than trying to use logic.

    Cut to the underground laboratory. The Poké Balls that were formerly on the conveyor belt are now sorted in giant rows of shelves, each shelf holding a different make or model of ball. The woman leans over her controls and presses a button.

    WOMAN: Now that I’ve organized the tame, it’s time to round up the free range.

    A huge mesh-wire net slowly descends from a hole in the rock ceiling, literally containing thousands of different Pokémon. Most of them are wild, but among them are also Ash’s Pikachu and Swellow and May’s Beautifly. Pikachu tries to rip and bite the wires apart, but they are far too strong for him to make any impact at all.

    PIKACHU: (strained) Piiika-chu...

    The woman, still covered in shadow, walks over to the net.

    WOMAN: Try and escape all you like, you dumb animals, but your fate has already been sealed. It’s such a shame that you never lived to have trainers...

    Pikachu waves his arms, trying to explain that he does have a trainer.

    PIKACHU: Pika pi! Pika pi!

    WOMAN: I mean besides you. But don’t worry - I’m sure he’ll miss you like crazy.

    The woman pinches Pikachu’s cheek - then learns the repercussions of such an act as Pikachu Thunderbolts her. She falls to the floor, but manages to get back up, breathing heavily. She’s visibly angry.

    WOMAN: So, we got ourselves a troublemaker in the group, huh? Well, rat-boy, you just earned yourself a special execution!

    The woman reaches into the net and grabs Pikachu by the throat, yanking him out through a hole in the wiring that’s just the slightest bit too small for him and strips off some of his fur. Still holding him by the neck, the woman takes Pikachu past the control panel - but stops and turns around when she sees the surveillance camera monitors.

    WOMAN: What the...

    The black-and-white footage shows Ash and the others walking down a hall in the mansion. Pikachu smiles.

    PIKACHU: Pika pi!

    WOMAN: That’s your trainer, isn’t it? No doubt he’s come to rescue you. What, do you suspect he’ll just burst in and take you?

    PIKACHU: Pika pika! Pikachu!

    The woman holds Pikachu up to her shadow-obscured face.

    WOMAN: Over my dead body! And believe me, your body’s going to be dead, cold, and subject to rigor mortis long before mine!

    The woman flings open a door behind her and throws Pikachu inside the small, lightless room. He turns around and looks at his shadowy captor standing in the doorway.

    WOMAN: You stay in here, rat - I’ve got a surprise in store for you. I’m sure your heroic trainer will be thrilled...probably to tears.

    And with that, the woman slams the door shut, throwing the room into total darkness.

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    interesting. I wonder who the woman is... Some sore loser i guess.
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    What's gonna happen to Pikachu? He should have kept shocking the lady until she passed out.

    That lady's a loser too. Just because you don't win everytime doesn't mean you kill every pokemon. If you won everything, life would be no fun.

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    Jesse, you have once again outdone yourself. I loved "Intensity" and I'm also loving this!

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    I use that style of script in my original fan fics. Why isn't that the proper script? I like your fic Jesse.

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    Yes! I just knew it was Misty who saved him!

    Hey, are you gonna put any pokeshipping moments into the movie like the writers would?

    I would love it if you did.

    And indeed, that lady is such a sore loser. Biggest one I've ever seen. Is anyone in the world really that sore of a loser? (In the real world, I mean.)

    Anyways, this is looking good. Keep it up.

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    Brilliantly done Jesse. All FOUR regions? Haven't you played Colosseum?
    Ya still haven't answered Jesse.
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    brilliant! when she was carrying pikacvhu why didint pikachu use thunder and kill her?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Aurora
    Ya still haven't answered Jesse.
    I haven't played "Pokémon Colosseum", but like PokemasterJ said, Orre hasn't been featured in the anime yet, so I didn't include it.


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    Next installment!

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    Cut to the hallway where Ash and the others are exploring. They continue to open doors as they move further down the hall.

    BROCK: No Pokémon in here...although, that is a nice dinette set.

    YOSHI: No good in here either, but that’s one heck of a library.

    MAY: Oh, this is useless! We’re never going to find our Pokémon in here!

    ASH: Hey, don’t give up so easily, May. When I was a starting trainer, I wound up in a lot of bad situations too, but I never gave up!

    MAY (voice cracking slightly): Yeah, but...but what if the thief has already...w-what if they already...you know...

    Ash puts his hand on May’s shoulder as a tear rolls down her cheek.

    ASH: Hey, hey, don’t cry, okay? Look, we know that the Pokémon are around here somewhere, and we’re gonna find them and get them back, all right?

    MAY (sniffling): But I can’t help it! I can’t help thinking about what’ll happen if we don’t succeed!

    ASH: Listen to me, May. There have been hundreds of times in my training career when the deck was stacked against me, but I had my friends right by my side to help me out, and I pulled it off every time! When the St. Anne sank, Misty and Brock were right there to help me through it, and we made it out alive. When Team Rocket took over the Viridian City Gym and fought dirty, Misty and Brock were there to help me subdue them. When I was stranded on the Orange Islands after a blimp wreck, Misty helped me find my way back to civilization. Every time it looked like I’d never make it out of a bad situation, my friends came to my aid. And now - look at me, May - now, we’re all in this together, and if we work as a team, we can find our Pokémon before anything bad happens to them! All right?

    May smiles and wipes the tears out of her eyes.

    MAY: Yeah, I guess so.

    ASH: There you go! Now, come on, let’s keep moving!

    They continue down the hall. Misty walks next to Ash.

    MISTY: You sure handled that well.

    ASH: Thanks.

    Misty hesitates for a moment.

    MISTY: You know, the last time we met up, we didn’t really get much of a chance to talk about May, did we?

    ASH: What’s to talk about?

    MISTY: Well, you and she are friends, right?

    ASH: Right.

    MISTY: And that’s all there is to it, right?

    Ash looks at Misty a little strangely.

    ASH: What are you trying to say?

    MISTY: What? I’m just curious as to how you feel about her.

    ASH: Misty, she’s my friend. Max is my friend, Brock is my friend...heck, you’re my friend. That’s all.

    MISTY: Right...that’s all...

    Misty walks a little further behind Ash. Her face has just the slightest hint of concern - or perhaps it’s disappointment.
    Cut to outside the mansion. Jessie and James are straining to climb up the rocky cliff side by hand. Jessie puts her foot on a rock jutting out of the cliff; it comes loose, falls, and nearly hits James in the head.

    JAMES: Watch where you’re kicking those things!

    JESSIE (straining): My deepest apologies.

    JAMES: That didn’t sound very sincere!

    JESSIE: Ooh, you’re certainly the perceptive one tonight, aren’t you? Look, just keep climbing, we’re almost there anyway.

    They continue to move their way up the side of the cliff. Finally, Jessie reaches the ledge. Once she’s standing upright, she helps James up. Both of them look at the mansion before them. They’re at the rear of the house, away from the main entrance.

    JESSIE: Classy.

    JAMES: Whoever stole our Pokémon must be loaded! Hey, after we get Meowth and everybody back, let’s rob the joint!

    JESSIE: If it’ll make you happy, it’s a deal. Now, how do we get inside?

    James spots the closest window, then rushes over and tries to wrench it open.

    JAMES: Hey, Jessie, give me a hand here!

    JESSIE: I’ll do one better.

    Jessie picks a rock up off the ground and hurls it at the window. It hits James in the back of the head, and the impact causes his forehead to smash the glass. Jessie reaches in through the hole and undoes the lock while James massages the area of impact on the back of his head.

    JESSIE: Oh, by the way - duck.

    JAMES: Now she tells me.

    Jessie slides the window open, and they both climb inside. They turn around and find themselves in a room full of various Pokémon training memorabilia - shelves lined with photos, items mounted on tables, etc.

    JAMES: Wow, would you look at this? It’s like some sort of Pokémon training museum.

    James picks up a dusty framed photo. Jessie grabs it out of his hands and puts it back on the table.

    JESSIE: And you don’t touch things in a museum! Now, hands behind your back!

    JAMES (disappointed): Aw.

    James reluctantly does as he’s told. Jessie looks around in awe at the various photos and items around. She eyes the burnt-out Technical Machines, a dust-covered Item Finder, and in the corner, a rusted bicycle. She then observes a black-and-white photo on the wall - it depicts the little girl trainer from the earlier flashback standing with a woman who looks like her mother and a 30-year younger Professor Oak. At the girl’s feet is a Charmander.

    JESSIE: I wonder who this girl was.

    JAMES: What girl?

    JESSIE: The girl in this photo. Looks like she was a trainer once.

    James walks over and looks at the photo.

    JAMES: Yeah, this looks like it was taken on her first day as a trainer.

    JESSIE: Look at the date - “April 8, 1974". This was over 30 years ago!

    JAMES: Wow, we’re not even that old. I didn’t know they had Pokémon 30 years ago.

    Jessie continues to look at the photo, then looks down at the table beneath it. On the table is a dust-covered book. She picks it up and blows the dust off it. The cover has the word “TRAINER DIARY” embossed on it in faded gold lettering.

    JAMES: Hey, how come you get to pick up stuff?

    JESSIE: I possess the feminine touch, whereas you just grab and run.

    JAMES: It’s more effective my way.

    Jessie sits down in an armchair in front of a burnt-out fireplace and leafs through the diary. She reads aloud to James.

    JESSIE: “April 8, 1974. Today I began my Pokémon journey. I met Professor Oak for the first time. He was really nice and he gave me a Charmander to start training with. I nicknamed him Zed.”

    JAMES: Aw, this is sweet. I love snooping through other people’s private memories.

    Jessie looks concerned as she keeps reading.

    JESSIE: Wait, it keeps going. “But then I got to Route 1 and I found out how weak it is right now. I ran into a wild Pidgey, but Zed couldn’t even injure it. Apparently it’ll take a while before I can really beat anything. But I’ll keep trying anyway!”

    JAMES: Hey, I really hope she made it.

    Jessie flips a few pages ahead.

    JESSIE: “May 14, 1974. It’s been more than a month and I still can’t catch anything other than Pidgey. I’ve got seven of them now. I’m still in Pewter City. I lost half my money trying to beat Flint, the gym leader. Why does he have to use Rock Pokémon? Nothing I own is good against him. I figure maybe if I act all disappointed at the end, I can get my badge through pity.”

    She flips ahead again.

    JESSIE: “July 25, 1974. I managed to get into Lt. Surge’s gym today. He called me a baby and made fun of my Pokémon. I sent Zed on him, but his Raichu was way too strong. And Sleepy, Sneezy, and Doc all got knocked out in one hit. Surge said I lost because Pidgey are weak to Electric attacks. I think I lost because he hates me. I’m starting to hate him.”

    She flips ahead again.

    JESSIE: “September 3, 1974. I’m in the Safari Zone right now, and I can’t catch anything. There are plenty of Chansey and Tauros all over the place, but I’m trying to catch a Dratini. They’re way too fast. I could fight them, but the warden doesn’t let me use my Pokémon. It’s just as well, all my Pokémon stink in battle anyway.”

    She flips ahead again.

    JESSIE: Wow, the ink’s all smudged on this one...“February 17, 1975. I lost at the Indigo Plateau. I tried and I tried, but I went down in the first round. Everyone was cheering for the winner, but nobody even cared about me. And the worst part is it’s all documented in my PokéDex forever. Well, that’s it! I’m never training Pokémon again! Nobody cares if I succeed or fail! I hate Pokémon! I hate Professor Oak! I hate all those snooty gym leaders! I hate the Elite Four! As far as I’m concerned, they can all drop dead...”

    Jessie looks up at James. Both of them are shocked.

    JESSIE: That’s where it ends.

    James’ eyes move to the fireplace. He sees the blackened remains of a charred and melted PokéDex.

    JAMES: I think we’ve found our kidnapper’s motive.

    Cut to the underground laboratory. The net of Pokémon is still hanging off the ground, and the Pokémon inside are restless as they try to escape. One Pokémon in particular manages to squeeze his way to the outer reaches of the net - Meowth.

    MEOWTH: Jeez! It’s a jungle back there! I don’t even want to know whose butt I was up against.

    Meowth grabs the wires and shakes them.

    MEOWTH: Wire netting! Man, this lady knows her stuff...well, there’s only one way out of this!

    Meowth extends a claw and tries to slash the wire. Instead, his claw breaks. He puts his paw in his mouth to numb the pain.

    MEOWTH: Eeergh...okay, that wasn’t the one way out. But this has to be!

    He cracks his knuckles and flexes the best he can while squished up against the other Pokémon.

    MEOWTH: This shall be my greatest escape yet.

    Taking a deep breath, Meowth tries to force his head out through a hole in the wiring. He manages to do so with some difficulty, but his charm pops off his head. It bounces off the concrete floor with a “ding” and rolls underneath one of the massive Poké Ball Storage shelves. Meowth watches with disbelief.

    MEOWTH: Oh, that can’t be good.

    Straining, Meowth forces his arms through the hole, and finally manages to push the rest of his body through. Once he’s out, he lands on the floor, then looks down to see that he’s dislocated his left arm. He snaps it back into place with noticeable discomfort.

    MEOWTH: WHOA, that felt weird...okay, now to find that coin!

    Meowth scurries off towards the shelves, but stops dead when he hears the footsteps of the woman approaching. He gasps, looks around, and dives under the shelf just as she enters the room. With her back to the camera, she walks past the net and towards the elevator on the opposite side of the room. Meowth watches her from under the shelf.

    WOMAN: Foolish trainers, think they can get their Pokémon back...well, they’ve got a surprise coming for them! As soon as I get that jerk with the hat, I’m dragging him and his search party outside so they can watch me as I murder that rat right before their very eyes.

    Meowth puts a paw to his lips.

    MEOWTH (thinking): “Jerk with the hat”?...don’t tell me the twerps are here? And the “rat” she’s talking about must be Pikachu...holy moley, she’s gonna kill the mouse! And if Pikachu’s gone...Jessie, James, and I are out of a job!

    Meowth leaps out from under the shelf.

    MEOWTH: Don’t even think about it, lady!

    The woman turns around and looks at Meowth. He realizes what he’s just done.

    MEOWTH: Uh, I just stepped outside to use the little kitty’s room. Hope you don’t mind...

    The woman grabs Meowth by the scruff of his neck and picks him up, walking back towards the dark room behind the door.

    MEOWTH: Wait, I need my charm back first!

    WOMAN: You mangy little runts don’t know when to quit, do you? Well, now you get to spend time with your brave and foolish friend here.

    MEOWTH: What friend? No friend of mine I know is brave. Foolish, yes, but brave?...

    WOMAN (furious): SHUT UP!

    She flings the door open again, revealing Pikachu sitting against the wall. He looks up at the sudden illumination of the room. In goes Meowth, landing on the floor in a heap.

    WOMAN: Enjoy your time together - as soon as I find those kids, you’re both as good as dead!

    She slams the door shut again, casting the room into darkness. Meowth’s voice is heard in the black.

    MEOWTH: So...what are you in for?

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    To be continued...


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    That lady is a total nutcase. BTW, do you've a Cipher fic in the works?
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    Man! If you ask me, I think she should drop dead! It is painfully obvious that she was never meant to train pokemon, but was meant to do something else with her life. She just easily lost track of her long life goal, and went crazy. You shouldn't try to waste your life with something you're not meant to be good at. She should learn to move on and try something else.

    This is intresting so far. Keep going with it.

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