Hi! It's me, EeveeandKirliafan (or DarkerShining, as my username will be changed to sometime next month). Remember me? The girl who kept talking about how she had so many ideas for fanfics? Well, after several years of trying to write something, only to get stuck on various small details, I. Have. Finally. Done. It.
I'm really excited about finally getting to do this, and also kind of nervous. I began working on this fanfic several months ago, and after working on developing the idea, writing up the first draft of the first chapter, and then rewriting and editing it a few times, I feel I have finally made something worthy of sharing with people. I really hope you will enjoy this fanfic. I know there are some areas where I could improve, but I'm sure you guys can help me with that.
Before we begin, I would like to dedicate this story to my friends over at TV Tropes, that are all part of this Pokémon RP I participate in. They gave me the inspiration for this story, and helped me work on developing my ideas. Thank you guys, I love you all!
Well, let's get started, then. Read, review, give constructive criticism and all that.
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Reflecting Balance
Chapter 1: Just because one can’t see something, it doesn’t mean that it is not there.
It was a dark and stormy night, as cliché as that sounds. Dark clouds filling the sky, rain pouring down, lightning flashing in the distance. One wouldn’t think anyone would be out on a stormy night like this, and yet there was a strange flying Pokémon resembling a big orb with a fork like tail, fork like talons and wings also vaguely similar to forks, flying above a forest. The bizarre flying Pokémon looked down at the forest below it with its one eye, looking for another Pokémon that was hiding from it.
“Where are you, little one?” the strange Pokémon asked, trying to use psychic powers it possessed to locate the other Pokémon. “I will find you, and then I will take that crystal from you!”
In the forest below, a small Pokémon wearing a gray cloak to protect it from the rain heard the Sigilyph flying above the forest calling out to it. The little Pokémon was hiding in some bushes, but knew that it was only a matter of time before the Sigilyph managed to find its hiding spot. The Pokémon in the gray cloak looked down at the transparent crystal it was holding, having tried its best to prevent the Sigilyph from stealing it. But what could a small Pokémon like itself do? There was no way it was strong enough to fight back against the thief, and it has already used up most of its energy when it had taken the crystal away before the Sigilyph could steal it.
Suddenly, a pitch black ball of energy from above flew towards the bushes where the Pokémon in the gray cloak was hiding, forcing the smaller Pokémon to jump out of the way to avoid the attack, dropping the crystal it had been protecting on the ground in the process. While it managed to avoid being hit with the Shadow Ball attack, it had also been forced out from the bushes it had been hiding in, and was now laying on the ground in plain sight of the Sigilyph hovering above the forest.
“There you are…” the Sigilyph began ominously hovering down towards the Pokémon in the gray cloak.
The Pokémon in the gray cloak got up to its feet, nervously backing away as it saw the Sigilyph floating down towards it, until it tripped over something on the ground. It tried to get back up quickly, only to suddenly find gravity’s pull intensifying and holding it down. It managed to glance up to the see the two eyes on the Sigilyph’s orb like body and the third one on what resembled a black beak on top of its head glowing, the Sigilyph clearly being the one who was causing gravity to become much harsher like this. The smaller Pokémon helplessly lay there as the bizarre bird Pokémon was now hovering directly above it, three ominously glowing eyes staring it down.
“Well, this was a fun little chase, wasn’t it?” the Sigilyph closed in on the Pokémon in the gray cloak. “But I’m guessing making you pay for trying to interfere with my plan can be fun too…”
The sun was slowly rising in the distance, and in a small town with buildings made at least partially from stone, several Pokémon had already gotten up, having work to do before the warm rays of sunlight told everyone it was morning. The various Pokémon in charge of the different shops removed the cover that had kept their stand safe from the rain during the storm the previous night, and were busy setting up before the Pokémon requiring their services, mainly rescue teams, showed up. Some Pokémon were checking some wooden poles that had a gemstone tied to the top of them, making sure the pole had not been damaged in any way by the storm and that nothing was blocking the crystal on top from absorbing sunlight.
As the sun rose higher up into the sky, spreading its light over more and more of the area as the Pokémon working at the shops finished getting things ready, it didn’t take long before various Pokémon that were part of rescue teams were up and headed into the town to get ready before heading out on a mission. Some of the leaders of the teams were discussing which missions they were going to handle that day while getting themselves ready:
“Hmm… Seems I do not have enough money, so I’ll have to put this Reviver Seed back,” a Pokémon resembling a giant wasp said as he looked over the items he had purchased. A nearby dark furred fox overheard.
“Don’t you hate it when that happens?” the fox inquired. “I mean, why don’t you take missions where there’s a higher reward?”
“Because being a rescue team is about helping others, not about receiving great rewards,” the Beedrill buzzed.
“So, wait… Didn’t you get anything yesterday from helping that Armaldo?” the Zoroark asked, tilting her head slightly.
“No, I did not, but I’m fine with that, just knowing I helped someone,” the Beedrill responded. “The Armaldo felt kind of bad about not having any reward for me, but I told him not to worry about it.”
“Sting sure has the right attitude about being on a rescue team, doesn’t he?” another dark furred Pokémon commented as he walked over to the other two rescue team leaders.
“Well, sure, that’s nice and all, but I only do missions that I know I can make a good profit from!” The Zoroark stated, smirking as she looked at a piece of paper. “Like this mission here; some Glaceon is paying good money if I can help him find a present for some Espeon that I assume is his girlfriend!”
“Ooh! A mission of love!” the Umbreon exclaimed, excitedly wagging his tail. “Those are my favorite missions!”
“So, let me guess… You’re escorting some Pokémon to meet with the one they love again today?” the Zoroark inquired with a slight smirk across her face.
“I sure am!” the Umbreon nodded, blushing somewhat with a dreamy look on his face. “Today I’m escorting a Dunsparce into the Lush Valley so he can meet with his beloved Purrloin! Isn’t it romantic? Young love is so wonderful.”
“What’s this about young love?” a young female voice inquired, the three rescue team leaders looked over to see two young Pokémon, a brown furred Pokémon with long pointy ears and a fluffy tail, and a lion cub Pokémon with blue fur on the upper half of his body, and black fur on the lower half.
“We weren’t talking about you or anything like that,” the Zoroark commented with a slight smirk.
“What do you mean by that?” the blue lion cub inquired, finding this to be a very strange thing to say.
“Relax, I’m just kidding!” the Zoroark said, petting the young Shinx on the head. “We were just talking about what missions we’ve done recently.”
“Oh…” the Shinx said, awkwardly rubbing the yellow rings on his forelegs against each other, creating blue sparks of electricity between them. He still didn’t understand why the Zoroark said this. Maybe she was just trying to see what kind of reactions she’d get?
“What mission are you two kids taking on today?” Sting asked.
“Don’t know yet!” the brown furred Pokémon replied, the Eevee happily wagging her fluffy tail. “Before we do head out on a mission, though, we first have an errand to run for Stella.”
“Ooh, the town oracle?” the Zoroark inquired, before leaning down and pulling the two young Pokémon as if to whisper something to them. “Say, could you do me a favor and ask her if I’ll find any big treasures in the future? Like gold, or coins, or gold coins…”
“Forget that!” the Umbreon blurted out. “Ask her about love! Find out which Pokémon will get together in the near future!”
“Is that all you two care about?” Sting asked, giving the two a quizzical look.
“Hey, Mirage may only think about herself and money, but everyone needs love!” the Umbreon responded.
“What’s that supposed to mean!?”
As the two Pokémon started arguing, while Sting tried to keep the two dark types from starting a full on fight in the middle of town, the Eevee took this opportunity while the three were distracted to lean over and whisper to her teammate:
“Hey, Blitz, let’s get out of here,” she whispered, the Shinx nodded in agreement.
The two then quietly slipped away, and continued heading towards the east exit of town, so they could go see Stella and finish that errand they had promised.
Stella’s home was just a short walk away from the town, and like the buildings in the town, it was built from stone. It was bigger than most of the buildings in town, even having a second floor; it had likely taken a lot of time and effort for whoever built it. One of the features that really stood out was that the stone building had a hole in the roof, from which stars could be seen at night without going outside. Said hole would of course be covered up if it was raining, like during that storm the previous night. Stella the Gothitelle was currently having a talk with her young daughter, a young Gothorita that had started having visions of the future herself.
“Bow, for many generations now, a member of our family has been in the position of town oracle,” Stella explained, the white ribbon like feelers on each of the four layers of the black dress-like layers on her body, and the one on the back of her head began glowing.
Bow the Gothorita nodded her head slightly, moving the fingerless tip of her arms towards the two buns on each of her head resembling pigtails, which each had two of the ribbon like feelers attached to them, as well as two on the dress like part of her mostly black body. She tried not to lose her concentration on what her mother was saying as she touched one of the white ribbon shaped feelers on one of her pigtails, it felt kind of warm to the touch. Maybe it was because she had recently been using her psychic powers? Or did they always feel warm? Bow hadn’t really thought much about it.
Stella noticed that her daughter was starting to lose her concentration, and figured it was best to catch her attention once again. Stella’s blue eyes began to glow, as did the bow like feelers on her own body. This caught Bow’s attention once again, as Stella began to levitate and made a projection of a starry sky appear around them.
“Our powers comes from the stars, by looking up at them, we receive our visions. This information we can share with the Pokémon that seek our advice, our wisdom.” And with that, Stella abruptly made the illusion vanish, startling her daughter somewhat.
“Bow,” Stella said, floating back down to the floor. “Someday, you will take my place as the oracle, and Pokémon will come to seek your wisdom.”
“They will?” Bow tilted her head slightly.
“Of course,” Stella nodded, looking into her daughter’s eyes, which were blue just like her own.
“I… find that kind of hard to believe,” Bow said, looking down at her legs. “I mean, I’m not very wise, or anything…”
“Well, you might not be ready yet, but some day, you will be,” Stella replied, placing her light purple hand on her daughter’s shoulder, giving her a reassuring smile.
“But… I’m also very forgetful… What good would I be as an oracle if I can’t even remember my visions?”
“You could write them down?” Stella suggested.
“I tried that, but I forgot where I wrote it down, and where I put the thing I wrote them down on,” Bow responded, looking down sheepishly.
Stella couldn’t help but chuckle a little bit, only to stop as she noticed her daughter’s embarrassment over the whole thing. Before Stella could offer her daughter anymore advice, or do anything else for that matter, Stella felt a presence from downstairs, two presences actually.
“Ah, we have visitors,” Stella said, and began walking down the stone stairs, Bow following closely behind.
“Stella?” Sera called out as she and Blitz entered the house, pushing away the curtain covering a hole in the stone wall that was essentially the front door. It didn’t take long before Stella and Bow came down the stairs.
“Ah, hello there, Serafina,” Stella said, addressing the Eevee by her full name. “Oh, and you too, Blitz.”
“Hi there,” Blitz said, awkwardly looking around. There were a few slots carved out in the walls, with some purple crystals in them, which were capable of glowing in the dark. Blitz guessed they were probably either powered by starlight, or the psychic energy from Stella. There were a few empty slots in the wall, but what he and Sera were delivering would take care of that.
“Here are the purple light crystals you requested!” Sera said, sticking her face into a bag she was carrying, and pulling out a smaller bag with her mouth, placing it on a table. Stella then opened it and examined the purple crystals inside.
“Excellent, these are exactly the crystals I requested. Well done you two!”
“Oh, it was no big deal; anyone could’ve done that, really…” Blitz commented, awkwardly rubbing his forelegs against each other, creating more little sparks between them.
“Well, yes, anyone could, but that doesn’t guarantee that anyone would,” Stella explained, wagging her finger. “Everyone is different. They may have different tastes, different priorities. Some rescue teams have different motives, and may not accept just any mission.”
“You mean like Mirage, and how she only does missions she knows she can get a big profit from?” Sera asked, tilting her head slightly to the left.
“Yes. There are indeed some rescue teams who only do it for the rewards, while some are just out to find the biggest adventures they can.” The Gothitelle smiled as she looked at the two young Pokémon. “While they’re all good, I like to believe that the best rescue teams are often the ones who remember that rescue teams exist to help others.”
“Well, that’s nice and all, but, Sera and I have only been a rescue team for just a little over a week.” Blitz said. “We can’t really call ourselves a great rescue team…”
“Well, maybe not now, but someday,” Stella said, smiling. “I certainly see a lot of potential in you two, and I believe you two have the capability to become a really great rescue team in the future.”
“Do you really think so?” Sera exclaimed, her ears perking up in excitement.
“Yeah, do you mean it, or is this something you say to any young rescue team to make them feel better about themselves? Not that I’m questioning your judgment or something, I… I just…” Blitz awkwardly looked down at his paws. “I just don’t see what you mean… I’m just like every other Shinx, there’s nothing special about me.”
“Oh, I wouldn’t say that, everyone is special in some way, even if they don’t always see it.” The Gothitelle kneeled down, petting the young Shinx. “Just because one can’t see something, it doesn’t mean that it is not there.”
“What do you mean?” Blitz asked, tilting his head sideways in confusion.
“Oh, that’s something you’ll have to figure out on your own, dear,” Stella said, giving the young electric lion cub a reassuring smile.
“I’ll… take your word for it, then?” Blitz really wasn’t sure how to respond to this, or what it was he was supposed to look for.
“So, we’re really going to become an amazing rescue team?” Sera asked again, still excited.
“You certainly will,” Stella said to the excited little Eevee. “Of course, you do have to work for it.”
“Don’t worry, we will definitely work hard!”
Stella then noticed that her daughter had just been standing around in the background this whole time, unsure how to contribute to the conversation in any way.
“Hey, Bow? Why don’t you pick out two Oran berries for Blitz and Sera as their reward for taking the time to run this little errand for us?”
“Oh!” the young Gothorita instantly perked up. “Sure! I can definitely do that!”
The young psychic type walked over to a basket full of berries, telekinetically lifting two blues ones out of the basket and levitating them across the room to Sera.
“Wow! You’re really giving us two Oran berries?” she asked as she looked up at the two blue berries floating in front of her.
“You didn’t really have to…” Blitz added, awkwardly rubbing the yellow rings on his forelegs together again.
“Oh, it is no problem at all! I want you to have them!” Stella said, smiling sweetly.
“Thanks! I promise we’ll use them wisely!” Sera said as she accepted the two berries and placed them inside the bag she was carrying.
“Well, I guess you two should get going now, and take care of some missions?” Stella reminded the two.
“Oh, that’s right! Come on, Blitz! Let’s get to it!”
And with that, the two young Pokémon left Stella’s house and began heading back to the town. Before heading out to a mystery dungeon, the two were going to head over to the rescue team HQ to check what missions were available for them. Little did they know, that the adventure they would go on today would be the beginning of an even bigger adventure.
End of chapter one