Ok, so I had to work through some writer's block to write this chapter, but I finally finished it! This is a fairly important chapter, and brings some elements from one of my favorite pokemon games into the story. So without further ado here it is.
Chapter 3: The Enemy of My Family is Still My Enemy
Xander woke up at 7 sharp the next morning, he never did like to sleep in. “Today I will actually see that Latias, if it’s the last thing I do.” He got up got dressed and went down stairs to Prof. Rowan’s kitchen. Prof. Rowan was brewing a pot of coffee as Xander came down the stairs.
“Do you want some?” Professor asked.
Xander never did like coffee, “No thanks, you putting me up, and flying me here is more than enough. So, what’s the plan for today?”
“There isn’t much going on today. Your pokemon sure seem to enjoy it here though.”
Xander smiled, “Yeah, they sure do. It’s nice that they can see everyone again. Anymore news on Latias?”
“Actually yes, she’s outside right now.”
“She’s letting herself be seen?”
“Yes, she is. You can go out and see her if you want. All of my assistants have been able to approach her without problems.”
Xander got up from the table and headed out the door. On his way out he called back, “Thanks Professor!”
“That boy, he’s always on the move.”
When Xander got outside it was a beautiful day. There was a slight breeze balanced out the heat, and made the day perfect. He saw Latias just sitting in the sun, enjoying herself. The sun’s rays reflected off of her golden fur and she was almost too bright to look at. Xander walked up to her and out of nowhere he heard a voice. *My, you’re up early. I wasn’t expecting you to come out here till at least noon.*
“What the! Who said that!” Xander exclaimed with a start.
Latias giggled. *Why me silly! Who do you think*
“Well, I guess I’m just not used to pokemon speaking to me. How’d you do that anyway?”
*Can’t you tell that it’s all in your head?*
“You mean, I’m imagining this?”
*No, no, you aren’t imagining this. I’m using telepathy.*
“Oh, that’s new. Do you speak with people, like this, often?”
*No, I haven’t met that many humans, you and those bad men that tied me up are the only ones that I know*
“I’m gonna guess that you don’t have a very high opinion of us?”
*I didn’t, that is, until I met you.*
“Thank my pokemon if you want to thank someone,” With that he let out his Salamence.
Salamence came out and shook his head sleepily.
*Oh, I already thanked him.*
*Last night, while you were talking to the man with the gray hair. I went around, and talked to some of your pokemon.*
“Was there a reason you didn’t tell me, Salamence?”
Salamence just looked at Xander with a grin.
*Don’t give Salamence a hard time. He thought it would be a nice surprise when you got to talk to me.*
He looked sideways at Salamence, “Alright buddy, I see why you didn’t tell me.”
Salamence nodded, he was proud to make his trainer happy.
“So Latias, how long do you plan on staying here?”
*I really don’t know,* She thought. *I suppose not much longer.*
***Deep in Sandgem Woods***
Xander probably should have gone deeper into the Sandgem Woods, and maybe he could have prevented the tragedy that was about to happen. The poachers were much more organized than he originally thought. In Sandgem woods was their base. It was modest, but served them well. Inside the main building a grunt was in major trouble…
“I can’t believe ya fools could let her get away!”
“But, but, sir-“
“Quiet!” The large and imposing man shouted. *This was unacceptable for Team Snagem. Sure they had been in a bit of a rut after what happened a couple of years ago in Orre, but things were starting to get better. When they finally nabbed that Shiny Latias, everything was going perfectly. Until these sniveling wimps screwed it up!* “How’d she get away?”
“We-we-well, you see sir we were about to move her from the containment unit to a regular cage, and uh, well, y-you see sir, she kinda, zapped us.”
“Why would you move her from the containment unit anyway?!” Gonzap was furious, this was the last time he let grunts handle legendaries.
“That’s the normal procedure boss,” The other grunt chimed in, “Ya always told us to follow them procedures.”
“I swear, you lot are the biggest idiots I have ever seen! I want that Latias back, and I want her back within the week!”
“Uh, yes boss! Yes boss, right away!” The more dimwitted one said as the two rushed out the door. Gonzap didn’t know why he had taken Trudly, the smarter of the two, and Folly with them when Snagem left Orre, but he did, and has regretted it ever since.
To top it all off he just lost a batch of shiny pokemon that were freed by some kid and his pokemon. Gonzap let out a groan. He had been defeated by a teenager before, that darned Wes, and he promised himself that it would never happen again. True, he didn’t have the monetary backing of Cipher, but Snagem didn’t have it when they started out either. It was a new region and a new game, and Gonzap would win, he knew it.
Just then a special news announcement was made on the TV.
“What now?” Gonzap said.
The newscaster, a woman who was probably hired more for her perfect figure and blonde hair above anything else, began speaking, “I’m standing outside of Prof. Rowan’s Pokemon Laboratory in the beautiful city of Sandgem. Inside, there is a very rare pokemon; a shiny Latias! We were able to catch a glimpse of it this morning as it was talking to an unknown trainer.”
A video of Xander talking to Latias is shown. At the end of the video Prof. Rowan comes out and tells them to get off of his property and to turn the camera off. Then the feed abruptly ends.
“Prof. Rowan and the mystery trainer could not be reached for comment. We will bring news on this, as we get it.” The TV went back to its normal programming.
Gonzap had a devilish smile on his face, “Huh, for once the news was helpful instead of a problem for us.”
*** Back at the lab***
“I can’t believe I didn’t notice the reporter behind me,” Xander said to Prof. Rowan as they were watching the news report unfold.
“It’s not your fault Xander. You were just talking to Latias. I have to say, I don’t know if I would’ve noticed her either if I was talking to Latias.”
Xander ignored Rowan’s attempt to make him feel better, “So what do we do now?”
“I’m not sure, except that we are going to need to keep a sharp eye on Latias.”
“Why do you say that?”
“It’s likely that whoever kidnapped Latias, most likely knows where she is now.”
“I’m sure that Eelecktross, and I sent those poachers packing.”
“How can you be so sure? Did you pursue them into the forest?”
“I, well, no, no I didn’t,” Xander said frustrated with himself. He should have chased them and arrested them, or done something. “How could I have been so stupid?”
Rowan looked at Xander hard, “Why in the world are you so hard on yourself lately?!”
Xander looked kinda shocked, “What do you mean?”
“I mean the fact that, in the few days that you have been here, you haven’t been yourself. Usually you are always doing something, or visiting with someone, or training. I haven’t seen you training at all since you got here.”
“I don’t think I’ve been that bad.”
“You haven’t been way off in left field, no, but you’ve been more somber since you came. What’s going on?”
“I came in 8th,” Xander said under his breath.
“Rowan looked stunned, “What did you say?”
“I came in 8th in the Unova league! I came in 8th in the Johto league! And I came in 8th in the Sinnoh league!” Xander yelled.
“What the heck is wrong with that?!” Rowan yelled back.
“Don’t you see?” Xander said exasperated, “I haven’t improved at all since I started!”
“I beg to differ,” Rowan said with a softer tone.
“I haven’t though!”
Rowan realized that he wouldn’t get through to Xander in this state, “So, what do you think we should do about the poachers?”
Thankful for the change in subject, Xander calmed down, “My cousin Rui, has some experience with pokemon poachers. Maybe she could give us some ideas.”
“Why do I know that name?” Rowan asked thoughtfully.
Xander smiled, “Because, four years ago she, and her husband Wes, took down Cipher.”
“That’s right, I almost forgot. I didn’t know they got married though.”
“After they defeated Cipher, they kinda decided to stay out of the lime light. I’ll see if I can get a hold of her.”
Xander walked off into his room to dial Rui’s number. *I haven’t been acting off, have I? I just can’t stand the fact that I haven’t been able to place higher than 8th in any sort of league. I know that he’s just trying to help, but I don’t need help. I need to come to terms with the fact that I am at best a mediocre trainer.* Xander looked out the window in his room. What he saw made him smile: all of his pokemon playing a game, or talking to each other, even Latias was joining in on the fun. *I guess I can’t be doing everything wrong.*
Now in a better mood, Xander dialed his cousin’s number, and was greeted by a friendly face with bright orange hair.
“Hi Xander! It’s been a while since I talked to you. I heard you did some pretty good work in the Unova league.”
*Great, another reminder of my failures,* Xander shook the thought off, and recovered quickly, “Hi Rui. So how’s married life treating you?”
“Oh things are going well here. We are living in the place where we first met, Phenac City.”
Xander had a very limited knowledge of the Orre region, but he did know that Phenac City was a beautiful oasis in the middle of a desert, “I’m happy for you. Sadly, I didn’t call to catch up with you; I actually called to ask you about pokemon poachers.”
Rui grew serious, “Why, what are you caught up in?”
“Have you heard the news about the shiny Latias?”
“Yeah, we just heard about it on TV.”
“Well, that was the back of my head in the news clip.”
“Oh, you sure have grown since I last saw you. You were talking to that Latias!?”
Xander flashed one of his smiles, “Yeah, if you call telepathy talking.”
“That’s really cool, Xander. Wes and I have met a Celebi a few times, but we never met a Latias. So what were you saying about poachers?”
“Well, I know this is rude, but, I’m not sure how much I should tell you.”
“Is it really that serious?”
“Yeah, unfortunately it is. I can tell you that, it involves the shiny Latias.”
“Color me intrigued,” She said excitedly, “So, you want me to tell you what I know about Team Snagem, and Cipher?”
“Yeah, that would be really helpful in combating these poachers.”
“Well then, you better pull up a chair, this could take a while.”
Yes, I do love the original Pokemon Coloseum, and I thought it would be cool to include some of my favorite characters from it. So once again, critque away, I hope it is less choppy now.