Sorry that this took so long to get up. Things have been busy.
Chapter 7: We are Reporting a Massive Blizzard Above Mount Coronet
*Man, it sure is cold here,* Xander thought as he and Raj got closer to Snowpoint city. They’d been traveling for about 3 hours now, it would have been faster, but their pokemon needed to rest multiple times because of the cold. They also had to stop and buy some winter weather gear. After an hour of ridding their pokemon they were kinda cold. *We probably should have grabbed some gear before we left. I blame Jerry for that though, I can’t believe that he was able to pass as a cop for, what did Rowan say, four years? Yeah, that sounds right. Someone should really train those cops better.* Xander was snapped out of his thoughts as a gale knocked him off his Dragonite. “AHHHHHHHHHHH,” he screamed as he began falling.
“Drag!” She called as she dived after Xander.
“AHHHHHH-Humf,” Was the sound Xander made when he hit the snow. “Uhh, what the heck?”
While that is going on, Raj is still in the air, unable to see what happened as a freak blizzard falls upon him. *Boy, this blizzard came out of nowhere! I hope Xander is keeping warm back there.*
***On a Plateau of Mount Coronet***
Xander hit the freshly fallen snow hard. Luckily the snow broke his fall. Unfortunately, the trade off was that Xander was buried up to his waist in snow. Xander wiggled and wretched to try to get his waist free, but to no avail. “Of course, my poke balls would be buried by the snow, that’s just my luck,” He looked around him as snow began piling up around him from the blizzard, “And now there’s a possibility of being buried alive, great.” He continued working for the next half hour, there was no sign of the blizzard letting up, and his hands went numb. “Gal, darn it! I gotta get out here!”
As he said that he heard the call of his Dragonite, “Draaaaaaag, Dragonite!”
“Dragonite! I’m down here!” He called out multiple times, but Dragonite couldn’t hear him over the howling blizzard.
Xander looked at what he was wearing, “It was a good thing we stopped to buy these clothes. I probably should have bought a different color than white though.”
***Prof. Rowan’s Lab***
“Flight is not advised over Mount Coronet currently,” The news reporter spoke, his voice sounding extremely disinterested.
Prof. Rowan turned up the volume, “Uh oh.”
“There is currently a blizzard across all of Mount Coronet, due to the yearly Abomasnow gathering. Once per year these pokemon gather into their 15 tribes, and see which one is the strongest. The victor is not chosen based on battling strength, but instead by which tribe creates the biggest blizzard. Abomasnow have the ability to create blizzards at will, so all of the males of a tribe will gather together, and attempt to create a massive blizzard. It takes 15 days, one day per tribe, for this ceremony to run its course. This is the seventh day of this, and it’s the biggest blizzard ever recorded, spanning the entirety of Mount Coronet.”
Rowan turned down volume, “I sure hope that they made it before that blizzard kicked in.” Rowan looked worried, “Perhaps Latias and I should go looking for them, what do you think, Growlithe?” He reached down to pet the pokemon that was lying next to him.
“Growww,” It said drowsily, before falling asleep on the couch they were both located on.
“Alright, I’ll go get Latias,” He got up from the couch, Growlithe didn’t even notice, and walked outside. It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining, not a cloud in the sky, and just the slightest breeze. It was hard to imagine that just a little ways away, there was a massive blizzard going on. “Latias!” He called, “Latias, come on, I need your help.” He waited for a few minutes, and then went looking for her. He called for her as he went through his habitats, but didn’t find her. “Where did she go?”
***Somewhere Above Mount Coronet***
*Brrr, it’s cold up here. Where in Sinnoh did this blizzard come from?* Latias thought this as she was flying through the blinding blizzard. Latias had fallen behind about fifteen minutes ago, when she had to land due to the blizzard freezing her wings. *Hmm, I can still sense Raj in the air, and his Hydreigon, but where’s Xander and Dragonite?* As she flew, the bitterly cold and plentiful ice shards pelted her face, and eyes, but she kept going. She flew low, searching for Xander’s thought patterns, but couldn’t find them. After twenty minutes of searching, she still had no idea where he, or Dragonite, was.
***Somewhere Else Above Mount Coronet***
“It’s been awhile since we’ve seen any sign of Xander or Dragonite, Mr. Socky,” The Hydreigon nodded its three heads. “Let’s stop for a sec and see if they pass us,” At its trainers suggestion, Hydreigon stopped. Because of the near-gale force winds, it was hard for him to remain aloft when he wasn’t moving, but he tried his best. Five minutes passed and Xander and Dragonite hadn’t shown up yet. “Something went wrong,” Raj spoke somberly, “Mr. Socky we have to go back!” The Hydreigon shook its three heads, and sped forwards. “Socky, no, we have to find Xander!” But Hydreigon wouldn’t listen.
*I’m sorry Raj, but I don’t know how much longer either of us can survive in this blizzard,* Mr. Socky thought sadly, *I hope you’ll forgive me…*
*** Somewhere on Mount Coronet***
Xander had been digging for the last 20 minutes, his hands had gone numb five minutes in. “I think…I…almost,” He said excitedly as he pushed away the last bit of snow that covered his poke balls, “Got it!” He shouted excitedly. He grabbed one of the poke balls off of his belt and looked at it in dismay, “It’s frozen.” He was right. The ball was covered in an inch of ice, all the way around. Xander wasn’t sure what to do now, he couldn’t dig anymore, because he knew that there was a strong possibility of nerve damage if he continued. “Dragonite! Where are you?” He yelled.
***Somewhere Above Mount Coronet, Near Xander’s Location***
*I can’t believe I dropped Xander!* Dragonite thought in dismay. *After he saved me form Arceus knows what, the least I could do is keep him in the air!* Dragonite was flying though the blizzard, tirelessly searching for Xander, but she herself had gotten hopelessly lost. She had spent twenty minutes looking for Xander, and her wings were beginning to accumulate a layer of ice. She kept flying though, and only landed to break the ice off of her wings. As she did so, they bled quite a bit, and eventually, she had to find cover in a cave.
Once inside the cave, Dragonite found some large sticks late she broke the ice off of with her Stone Edge attack. After that, she dried them out by beating her wings, to create her Hurrican attack. To finish her work, she lit the sticks into a heat source, by striking them with a Thunderbolt. “Good, and it only took me an ten minutes to do that,” She said to herself as she warmed up by the heat source. “I’ll spend ten minutes warming up, and then I have to get back…out……to………find……………….zzzzzz” She fell asleep.
***Somewhere Above Mount Coronet Near Xander’s Location***
*He’s close, I can sense him, but he’s fading fast!* Latias rushed on towards Xander’s location.* She had picked up his thoughts a few minutes ago, and they were faint at best. *He must be freezing, and if I don’t get there soon…* Latias couldn’t finish that thought. She had only known Xander a few weeks, but she had already made up her mind. After this business with Team Snagem was over, she was going to go with Xander on his travels. She was sick of not leaving their forest in Hoenn, where her brother, Latios, had sequestered them. Heck, she hadn’t even met a human until she was captured. She thought that all humans were like that, until she met Rowan and Xander. Those two showed her what many humans were, kind, loving, and compassionate.
He was close now. Very close. She went slower now, and meticulously, searched her surroundings. Xander’s thoughts were growing fainter by the second. His thoughts were focused on his family now, and how he wished he could see them one more time. She would make sure that he would see them again. “There he is!” She shouted as she saw Xander buried in the snow. He wasn’t conscious and was slumped at a weird angle. Latias dove down, and nuzzled Xander awake.
“Uhh…Latias? What are you doing here? I told you to stay at Rowan’s,” He just barely muttered.
Latias rolled her eyes, *If I had stayed behind, you would be dead now. Let’s get you out of here,* as she thought that, she used Psychic to lift the snow away from Xander, and to lift him onto her back. She grabbed his arms with her hands, and held on tight.
Xander was just barely conscious, “Wait, we can’t leave Dragonite!”
Latias extended her Psychic abilities, and she found Dragonites thoughts, she was thinking about food of all things. “She’s fine Xander. I think she’s in some sort cave, and has a fire going. We’ll come back for her later.”
Latias sped towards the nearest area with the most thought activity. It turns out that she was in a town that was full of flowers. *It sure is pretty here…* Latias thought as she flew over the Floraroma Town. *At least, I assume it would, if it weren’t for all this hail.* The storm had extended beyond Mount Coronet, and now all of the flowers that Floraroma was famous for, were being killed under the force of the hail. *What in the world could be causing this storm?!* She wondered to herself.
Latias searched for a building that looked like what the humans called a “Hospital”. She looked for something that had a giant “H” somewhere on the building. After looking for ten minutes, she found what she was looking for.
When she flew through the doors she got the strangest looks form people in the waiting room. She heard thoughts of, “What the heck is that?”, “Is that a Latias?”, and “That kid looks ill.” *At least some of these people aren’t shocked at my appearance, and are actually worried about the lethargic young man that I’m carrying.* Latias calmly floated up to one of the receptionists, and laid Xander out on the desk.
The receptionist was shocked, at the sight that lay before her; a young man that was obviously in hypothermic shock, and a golden Latias that just lied him in from of her. She pressed a button on the intercom, “Uhh…Dr. Uriah, I think you should see this.”
The doors at the back of the room opened, and a short, grey haired man in what must be his sixties, came in. “Sarah, what is it that I had to rush out here to see? We are very busy and…” Uriah stopped mid sentence as he saw Xander on the desk, and the Latias next to him. He walked up to Xander and looked him over, and checked his pupils and his pulse. Uriah’s face was grave after he felt Xander’s pulse, “Sarah, get every available doctor to the ICU. If we don’t do something with this guy fast, he won’t make it through the night…”
Another cliff hangar. I know my chapters are shorter than everyone elses, but it seems to work for me. Tell me your thoughts on that subject.