Here's the next chapter! This starts to lead up to the climax, and Jerry returns!
Chapter 6: A Stupid Cop, and a Good Lead
Raj returned his Samurrott to its poke ball, “That was a good battle, wouldn’t you say Professor?”
The Professor smiled through his beard, “Yes, I would have to agree with you Raj. I do believe that you’re back Xander!”
Xander laughed at this, “Yeah, I guess I just needed a wakeup call. Thanks guys, I owe it all to you.”
Raj smiled, “It was in you the whole time. You just needed a kick in the butt to get ya going.”
“Well, either way, thanks. Now…what do we do?”
The Professor and Raj pondered this as well. It was the Professor that spoke up, “We should check to see if there have been any incidents similar to this in any of the other regions.”
Raj nodded at this, “Sounds like the best idea, I wonder if Johto has been hit at all?”
Xander made a quizzical face, “Why would you say Johto?”
“It’s the closest region to Orre, that’s where Team, uh, Sangem, right, came from, right?”
“Yeah, that’s right, but a lot of the pokemon that I rescued were from other regions. Heck, there was even an Accelgor. In all honesty, I’m surprised that Team Snagem is this far reaching. It really doesn’t matter though, we should be contacting the other Professors instead of standing around here talking.”
Rowan nodded in agreement, “Xander’s right. I’ll contact Juniper, and Birch. Xander, you should talk to Oak, and Raj, you take Birch.”
The two young men shook their heads simultaneously and the three headed off to the lab.
“Wow, you did a good job guys for your first battle,” Dragonite was speaking to Gorebyss, Hitmonchan, and Accelgor.
“Well, I, thanks,” Gorebyss said in a shy manner. She was obviously not use to this kind of attention.
“Thank you,” Hitmonchan said politely, “It was an honorable battle.”
Accelgor simply watched the world go by, not responding to any of the praise.
It was a half hour until the pokemon were left alone. There were a few nasty remarks made by the likes of Garchomp and Hydreigon, but both were put in their place by Hitmonchan.
After talking with the winners of the battle, Dragonite went to go find Latias, *Poor girl, first she’s nearly poisoned to death, and then her brother is captured. I hope Salamence is okay. I’ve only known him for a few days, but he was a good friend.* Dragonite found Latias just sitting under a tree with tears in her eyes. Dragonite sat down next to her, “Everything’s gonna be okay Latias. Xander will find your brother.”
Latias brushed a tear away from her eye, and managed a weak smile, “That’s not what I’m crying about, I have full confidence in Xander’s abilities. I’m upset that Salamence had to be taken in order to save me…” She began to break down in tears again.
“There, there, it’s not your fault. Salamence did what he did so that you wouldn’t have to suffer. Don’t torture yourself because of his decision, that’s not what he would’ve wanted.”
“*Sniff* I supp-suppose you’re right…but-“
“No buts! This is the last thing he would have wanted you to do, and you know it.”
Latias was shocked and just stared at Dragonite. Then she had a look in her eyes, that same steely gaze that Xander just got back, “You’re right Dragonite. Now, what can I do to help?”
“To be honest, I’m not sure yet. Xander hasn’t come out of that Lab in a while. I wonder what’s going on-oh, look, here he comes now.”
All of Xander’s pokemon assembled before him. “So we have decided that the best course of action is to search around this area for Team Snagem’s base. There have been no other reports of their activity in any other region. Dragonite, Mienshao, Volcarona, Emboar, Shiny Lucario, and Poliwrath are coming with me.” He grabbed their poke balls and sent the red beams at each of the pokemon and they went into the storage devices.
*Wait, I’m coming too.* Latias thought.
Xander smiled sadly, “Sorry, but no. You aren’t fully healed yet, and that Draco Meteor didn’t help with your recovery.”
*But I can-*
Xander’s voice was calm, but firm, “No Latias you aren’t coming.”
*I’m not your pokemon!* She spat back angrily.
“You may not be, but what will you do if you don’t listen?” He pat her head
gently. “We’ll be back soon enough.” Xander let out Dragonite, there was a look of sadness on his face, as he had never flown on any pokemon other than Salamence, “Alright Dragonite, to the skies!”
Dragonite began beating its wings, and soon they were off. Raj let out his Hydreigon, and soon they were off too. As the Hydreigon reached Dragonite’s height, Raj yelled at Xander, trying to be heard over the wind, “So how do we want to split the region up?”
Xander also had to raise his voice to be heard, “I’ll take this side of Mount Coronet, and you take the other?”
“Sounds good, check uninhabited areas, I doubt the base is in a city.”
Xander laughed, “Okay, no problem Raj, see you soon.” With that Raj veered off to the east. “Well, Dragonite, any idea where to start looking?” Dragonite sniffed the air, and then shrugged its shoulders. “Oh well, looks like we’re gonna have to do it the old fashioned way,” He said as the flew low, Dragonite almost touched the trees on the tree tops.
***One Week Later, at Prof. Rowan’s Lab***
“Still nothing?” Xander asked Raj who had just entered the living room of the lab. Xander himself was sitting on the couch in the room and drinking some water.
Raj fiddled with his hair, which was in complete disarray from flying around the region at high speed, “Nope, I’ve checked all over. Nothing.”
Xander let out a defeated sigh, “Well, this isn’t good news. We’ve been searching for a week, and not even a sighting of Snagem. It’s like they just disappeared off the face of the earth.”
Rowan barged in suddenly, “Xander, Raj, you have to come see this news broadcast!”
Xander and Raj entered the kitchen where Prof. Rowan was preparing himself a sandwich, some of which was on the floor. The TV was on the regions number one news station, and on the screen was a green Salamence. “Salamence!” Xander exclaimed.
“Wait, shhh,” Prof. Rowan said as he turned up the volume.
The reporter, a female in her mid-twenties with short, auburn hair, was reporting in a stunned fashion, “For those of you just joining us, we are in Snowpoint city, where this oddly-colored Salamence is attacking any pokemon it sees. It seems to have berserk, but we aren’t sure what caused it. We will keep you updated as we-LOOK OUT!” She screamed as Salamence careened near her. The feed was cut.
“What the heck!? This isn’t something that Team Snagem would do, as far as I know. They aren’t into mass destruction. God, it pains me to see Salamence suffer like this.”
“Hmm,” Raj wondered to himself, “I wonder if that mind control technology hasn’t been perfected yet. I didn’t see any Snagem members controlling Salamence.”
“Let’s hope you’re right Raj,” Rowan spoke as he picked up his sandwich that he had dropped on the floor in his excitement. There was a knocking sound at the door, “Who’s that?”
Rowan walked over and answered the door, a policeman in uniform was there with his Hand-Cuffs out, “Sorry to bother you Prof. Rowan, but it seems that you are harboring a fugitive of the law.”
“Jerry, what are you talking about?” The Professor sounded exasperated.
“I’m talking about that Xander guy that came over to the police station last week and threatened me.”
Xander walked into the room, and saw Jerry standing in the doorway, *Oh no, what does this idiot want now?* “Hello village id-I mean, officer,” Xander hurriedly covered up the mistake he made. “What seems to be the problem?”
Jerry didn’t seem to notice the near insult and just kept going, “The problem is you!” He said accusatorily, “You are wanted for, uhhh,” He grabbed what looked to be some sort of warrant out of his pocket, “For citing a riot in the streets of Snowpoint city, causing property damage, and causing general disturbances in the vicinity of Snowpoint.”
“What do you mean, I’ve been here the whole time that was going on.”
“Ah, but if a trainer’s pokemon commits a crime, then its trainer is held responsible.” Jerry sidestepped Prof. Rowan, and undid his hand cuffs, “You have the right-“
“Hang on a sec, can I see that warrant?”
“Huh? Oh, a, sure,” He said as he handed over the crumpled piece of paper.
Xander took a moment to look over the official looking document. It sure did look like the real deal, except for the bottom of it, “Uh, at the bottom of this “warrant” it says that it was printed off of www. fakewarrants.com.”
“Of course it was, that’s where I get all of my warrants.”
Prof. Rowan’s and Xander’s mouths were wide open. After he recovered from his shock, Rowan asked, “Jerry, does Officer Jenny know you’re here?”
“Why no she does not!” He said proudly, “She said that I needed to take initiative, and do better, so that’s what I’m doing by arresting this criminal,” He raised an accusatory finger at Xander.
Xander closed his mouth, still in shock, he responded to the accusations, “Not to be rude, but did you get your degree at fakedegrees.com, or something?”
Jerry’s face lit up happily, “Oh, so I see you’ve heard of it! Not many people believe me when I tell them. It’s so much easier than going to the Police Academy. I simply, paid fifty bucks, and printed out my degree.”
Xander and Rowan had a look of horror on their faces, “So you mean to tell me,” Xander spoke in an almost shaky voice, “That you never went to the academy, you printed off your degree, and the police force didn’t even notice?”
“Yep, that’s right. I really don’t know what more people don’t use fakedegrees.com, it’s much less expensive than paying for college.”
Xander’s left eye began to twitch, “Jerry, get out.”
“But I need to arrest-hey!” He exclaimed as Xander’s Dragonite picked him up and threw him out.
Xander breathed a sigh of relief, “Thanks Dragonite, perfect timing.”
“Dragonite!” She smiled, and flew back to the other pokemon.
The Professor turned to Xander, “I, um, will talk to Officer Jenny about getting Jerry removed from the force. I always knew he was an imbecile, but to think that he didn’t even go to the academy.”
Xander shook his head, “What makes me even more worried than that, is the fact that he’s been able to pass as a real cop for as long as he has.”
“Makes me wonder where are police system is going.”
“Yeah, it does,” Xander said simply. “Well, back to the matter at hand, should Raj and I go to Snowpoint city to investigate?”
“That’s probably our best course of action for now. I’ll stay here to see if any of the other professors call back. I can also update you guys on other situations from here.”
“Sounds good, Raj and I will head out now.”
Raj walked in, “What was that cop doing here?”
“Long story, I’ll tell ya on the way.”
“What do you mean? Where we going?” Raj asked in bewilderment.
Prof. Rowan turned to Raj, “You two are going to investigate Snowpoint city, and see if anyone knows anything useful.”
“Oh, well why didn’t you just say that! Let’s go Xander!” Raj yelled as he ran out the door.
“I’m coming, I’m coming,” Xander yelled back as he finished packing. “Dragonite, come on!” Dragonite flew over to him, and he jumped on her back. “We’re going to Snowpoint city girl,” He informed her as she rose. It took only seconds for Raj and his Hydreigon to catch up to them.
“So what was with the cop?”
“We got time to kill, I suppose. It all started last week…”
***A Few Hundred Feet Behind Them***
*They aren’t leaving me behind.* Latias thought as she followed the two trainers. *They’ll realize how helpful I am once a battle starts.* She kept flying behind them, silent, and invisible.
Well, only about 3-4 more chapters until the end of this arch. The next arch will feature Heatran!