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    Thanks for your review! Glad you're enjoying it. ^_^

    I've been working on chapter 18, and I'm hoping to have it done soon. Being able to write without having to worry about math and stuff feels nice, although I still haven't been able to get the new chapters done as fast as I'd like. I'm also working on a few other fanfiction projects of mine, including a possible entry for the Interpretation one-shot contest, assuming I can get it done before time runs out.

    So, yeah. Just a little update on things. I promise to have a new chapter up soon, so I hope you'll look forward to that!
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    Hello! So, didn't expect me to show up again this soon after my last post? Well, Chapter 18 was pretty close to being finished, and I wasn't sure if I'd have it done today or not, but I managed to finish it, so yay!

    Anyways, hope you all enjoy this chapter!

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    Chapter 18: I have to admit, I’m kind of curious about these Deep Sea Charms too!

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    Sera, Blitz and Chiaki were going around Fenix Town, making their preparations for today’s missions as usual. Sera cheerfully told her teammates about how she and Sirena had spent yesterday by the lake, and Blitz seemed happy to hear that Sera had been able to bond with Sirena. The three of them walked past Stella’s house, just as Stella stepped outside.

    “Good morning, Stella!” Sera said.

    “Oh, hello,” Stella responded somewhat absentmindedly. “I’m sorry, but I don’t have time to talk.”

    “Are you in a hurry?” Chiaki asked, tilting his head slightly.

    “Well, not exactly,” Stella replied. “But I had a vision revealing the location of another crystal, so I thought I’d head up to the rescue team HQ to inform the rescue teams.”

    “Oh, that’s what it was!” Bow suddenly exclaimed, peeking out of the window. “I had a vision of a crystal underwater, at the bottom of this huge whirlpool!”

    “Yes, I believe that is the same crystal I saw,” Stella said, nodding her head slightly to Bow.

    “So, there’s a crystal underwater?” Sera asked, tilting her head slightly.

    “Yes, that’s what we just told you!” Bow responded.

    “I believe it must be somewhere in the Sapphire Sea,” Stella said, thinking for a moment. “Specifically, somewhere near the end of a mystery dungeon called the Radiant Reef.”

    “There are mystery dungeons underwater?” Chiaki asked, tilting his head slightly.

    “Yeah,” Blitz responded, nodding his head. “There are several mystery dungeons underwater, and apparently there’s also a deep sea branch of rescue teams.”

    “Ooh, a deep sea branch?” Chiaki asked, wanting to know more.

    “It consists of Pokémon that live in the sea, naturally,” Blitz explained. “They even have their own little rescue team headquarters, I’ve heard.”

    “That is correct,” Stella responded. “Anyways, I’ll head up to the rescue team HQ now. Hopefully they can send a message to the deep sea branch so they can send some of their rescue teams to search for the crystal.”

    Stella began walking towards the rescue team HQ, Sera, Blitz and Chiaki coming along since they were headed there anyways. Bow stayed behind to look after the house, and waved good bye as they left.

    “I’d sure like to check out some of those underwater rescue teams,” Chiaki said, looking rather excited at the thought. “Is there a way we can get there?”

    “Hmm… I think there is a way for non-water type rescue teams to go there,” Sera replied, looking over at Blitz. “Isn’t there, Blitz?”

    “Huh? Oh, yeah, there is,” Blitz responded, nodding his head. “One needs a special item, though, that will allow non-water types to breathe underwater.”

    “Ooh, what kind of item?” Chiaki asked, looking at Blitz curiously.

    “Some sort of amulet, if I remember correctly…” Blitz responded, trying to remember what it was called.

    “It’s called a Deep Sea Charm,” Stella said. “It’s a necklace made from magical pearls and seashells.”

    “Cool!” Chiaki exclaimed, looking up at Stella. “Where can we get one of those?”

    “Hmm… I have a friend who knows how to make them, but I know there’s also a Pokémon working at the rescue team HQ that makes Deep Sea Charms and other special items,” Stella responded. “I hear items like that can also be found in treasure chests found in mystery dungeons sometimes, if you’re lucky.”

    As they reached the rescue team HQ, Stella went off to see if someone could send a message about the crystal to the deep sea branch’s HQ.

    “Either of you know where we can find the Pokémon that Stella talked about?” Chiaki asked.

    “You mean the one who can make Deep Sea Charms and other special items like that?” Blitz replied. “Well… Let’s see…” Blitz looked around, checking the differently colored curtains covering the entrances to the other rooms. “Nurse Giselle’s room is behind the pink curtain, Kala’s is the purple one… Oh, maybe it’s that green one, over there?”

    The three young Pokémon walked up to the curtain, peeking behind it. However, it didn’t seem like anyone was inside the office behind the green curtain at the moment. There was a note pinned to a wall, reading: “Out gathering materials for making more items. Sorry for any inconvenience this might cause. ~Couture.”

    “Hmm, this seems to be the right place,” Sera commented, looking at the note. “It doesn’t seem like this “Couture” is here today, though.”

    “Aw, I wanted a Deep Sea Charm,” Chiaki said, pouting.

    “You looking for Couture?” a female voiced asked, and the rescue team turned around to see a Servine from one of the other rescue teams.

    “Huh? Oh, yeah, sort of,” Blitz responded, rubbing his forelegs together.

    “Well, I actually ran into her yesterday, and she mentioned that she would be heading to Tidal Shores to gather some special seashells and pearls that tend to wash up there,” the Servine said.

    “Wow, really?” Sera asked, tilting her head slightly. “As in, the ones needed to make Deep Sea Charms?”

    “Yeah, I think so,” the Servine said, nodding her head slightly.

    “Huh, what a strange coincidence…” Blitz responded. “That’s the item we were just talking about.”

    “Anyways, I’ve got to get back to my teammates,” the Servine said, looking over at a Minccino and Wynaut that seemed to be having trouble agreeing on what mission to take. “They look like they need some help. Bye!”

    “Oh, bye Regina,” Blitz replied, waving at the Servine.

    “Well, I guess we should be finding ourselves a mission too,” Sera said.

    Sera and Blitz began walking up to the rescue board, but Chiaki seemed to have something else in mind.

    “Wait up, guys,” Chiaki said, thinking for a moment. “We were just told where Couture is!”

    “So?” Sera asked, tilting her head slightly.

    “I think we should head over to Tidal Shores and go meet her!” Chiaki responded, grinning.

    “Or we can just wait until tomorrow,” Blitz said. “She’ll probably be back by then.”

    “Why wait until tomorrow to do things we can do today?” Chiaki asked, still smiling. “Ooh, maybe she’d get things done faster if we offer to help her find the materials she needs!”

    “I like the sound of it, but it doesn’t really count as a mission,” Sera said, looking at the bronze colored half of their rescue team badge. “We need to do more missions if we want to reach the next rank.”

    “Oh, right…” Chiaki responded, looking disappointed. “I guess I was being kind of selfish there…”

    “… Oh, all right, let’s head over to Tidal Shores,” Sera said, wagging her tail.

    “You really mean it?” Chiaki asked, instantly perking up again.

    “Yeah,” Sera said, smiling. “I have to admit, I’m kind of curious about these Deep Sea Charms too!”

    “Well, I suppose the mystery dungeon on Tidal Shores might be a good place to train,” Blitz commented, rubbing his forelegs together.

    “All right, let’s go!” Chiaki said, excitedly running towards Kala’s room. “Come on, guys!”

    The bronze rank rescue team went through the purple curtain into Kala’s room, where they found the Abra asleep as usual. Sera walked up to Kala, and used the tip of her fluffy tail to tickle the sleepy psychic type in an attempt to wake her up.

    “Don’t worry, daddy, I’ll get your spoons back from the Krabby…” Kala mumbled in her sleep, before turning over on her side.

    “Hey, wake up, Kala!” Sera said, shaking the Abra’s shoulders when tickling didn’t work.

    “Don’t use hot wax to soothe enraged Krabby…” Kala muttered, as she sat up and rubbed her eyes.

    “Are you awake now?” Sera asked, poking Kala’s shoulder.

    “Yeah, sure…” Kala responded, nodding her head sleepily. “So, where do you guys want to go today?”

    “We want to go to Tidal Shores!” Chiaki said, smiling at Kala.

    “Sure, no problem…” Kala responded, yawning and stretching. “You three sure have been coming here a lot lately…”

    There was a flash of light and… Kala had disappeared.

    “Wait, what?” Sera said, looking around in confusion. “Where did she-“

    Before Sera even had the chance to finish talking, she and her teammates were enveloped by light and they found themselves on a beach.

    “… That was strange,” Sera said, looking around. “But at least now we’re here at Tidal Shores.”

    “Ooh, is that the Sapphire Sea?” Chiaki asked, looking out at the beautiful blue ocean sparkling in the light of the sun.

    “Yep, it is,” Sera responded, wagging her tail. “Wow, I bet Sirena would love this.”

    “It’s so pretty…” Chiaki said, staring in awe at the sea.

    “So… Where do you think Couture is?” Blitz asked, looking around.
    “Actually… Do we even know what kind of Pokémon she is?”

    “Hmm… I guess we should take a look around,” Sera replied, poking at the sand with her paw. “We’ll probably find her sooner or later.”

    “Oh, okay,” Blitz responded, rubbing his forelegs together for a moment. “Where do you guys think Kala went earlier?”

    “I have no idea,” Sera replied, still rather confused about the whole thing. “She doesn’t really seem like the type who would be in a hurry to go anywhere…”

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    Meanwhile, back in Fenix Town, Elina was taking a nap in a tree. Or at least, that is what she had been doing before Kala suddenly teleported right onto the branch she was asleep on, causing Elina to fall off it. Kala held onto the branch, lazily watching Elina fall into some bushes below them.

    “… You okay…?” Kala asked, as the young Elgyem crawled out from the bushes. “Hold on…”

    Kala teleported down from the tree, and helped Elina back on her feet. Elina seemed a bit dazed, but didn’t seem to have taken too much damage from the fall.

    “So, are you like, ready to begin the telepathy lessons and stuff…?” Kala asked, nearly dozing off as she finished the question.

    Elina shrugged her shoulders slightly, before nodding her head.

    “Okay, then…” Kala responded, yawning and stretching. “Mind if we do it in my office at the rescue team HQ…?”

    Elina shook her head to let her know that she didn't mind.

    “All right, let’s head back there, then…” Kala said, grabbing Elina’s arm and teleporting back to her office.

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    Sera, Blitz and Chiaki were looking around on the beach, hoping to find the Pokémon they were searching for. Blitz wasn’t sure why, but something about the place was giving him a really bad feeling.

    “Guys… Something feels off…” Blitz said, looking around nervously.

    “Oh?” Sera replied, stopping and turning around.

    “Don’t you guys feel it too?” Blitz asked. “There’s something in the air… Something isn’t right here…”

    “Now that you mention it, I feel kind of strange…” Chiaki said, rubbing his head.

    “I don’t think I can feel anything, but I did just realize we haven’t seen any signs of other Pokémon yet,” Sera commented, looking around. “At a place like this, one would expect to see some other Pokémon…”

    The three young Pokémon carefully looked around, trying to figure out what was causing this sense of unease. Chiaki kept an eye on his surroundings while moving forward, until he suddenly felt as if the ground was disappearing under one of his legs, and was stepping into an empty space that felt like it was simultaneously burning and freezing his leg.

    “AH!” Chiaki quickly pulled his leg out of a strange ripple in the sand, his scream startling his teammates.

    “Chiaki, are you okay!?” Sera asked, concerned.

    “I… I think so?” Chiaki responded, as he examined his leg. It appeared to be unharmed, although Chiaki could’ve sworn it had been transparent for a split second as he pulled it out of the sand.

    “Hmm… This isn’t good,” Blitz said, taking a closer look at the spot. “It’s another distortion.”

    “Yeah, that’s definitely bad,” Sera commented, tilting her head slightly. “Is that all there is to the bad feelings about this place?”

    “I don’t know…” Blitz responded, rubbing his forelegs together. “I think we’re close to the mystery dungeon in this area…”

    “Should we check it out?” Chiaki asked, while quickly glancing at his leg one more time to make sure it was normal.

    “We might as well,” Sera responded. “Who knows? Couture might be in there.”

    The three Pokémon entered the mystery dungeon, and began to look around. They were surprised to see that some sections of the walls in the mystery dungeon appeared to be distorted.

    “Huh, there’s even more distortions in here?” Sera said, looking around.

    “I guess it wouldn’t be unusual for mystery dungeons to be more affected by this,” Blitz responded, keeping an eye out for wild Pokémon. “At least the distortions are still small, even if there are more of them here…”

    “Do you think it’s affecting the wild Pokémon in any way?” Chiaki asked.

    Blitz could hear something moving towards them through the sand, as well as what sounded like an angry gurgling sound.

    “I think we’re about to find out…” Blitz said, getting into a battle position.

    Five angry looking red crab Pokémon with large pinchers entered the room the rescue team was in, clacking their claws as they walked sideways towards the rescue team.

    “They look angry…” Chiaki said, taking a few steps back.

    “So, the distortion stuff is making the wild Pokémon more aggressive?” Sera asked, looking over at Blitz.

    “I suppose it’s not that surprising the distortions would affect them this way,” Blitz commented, waiting for the right moment to attack the Krabby. “From the stories I’ve heard, wild Pokémon in mystery dungeons tend to be really sensitive to things like this…”

    “So, what do we do about it?” Sera asked, glancing around. “Do we just fight them like usual?”

    “Hey, didn’t Kala say something about enraged Krabby?” Chiaki said, thinking for a moment. “Do you think she knew this was going to happen?”

    “I doubt that,” Sera responded, rolling her eyes.

    “Guys, focus!” Blitz said, watching the Krabby move closer. “While my electricity will be super effective, I still need a little help here.”

    “Okay, what do you need us to do?” Chiaki asked.

    “Well, you’re the fastest of us three, so you’ll be the most difficult target for the Krabby to hit,” Blitz said, while charging up some electricity. “Take advantage of that, and try to get some good hits in.”

    “Got it,” Chiaki responded, nodding his head.

    “Sera, could you give us a Helping Hand?” Blitz asked, moving out of the way as a few of the Krabby tried to pinch him.

    “I’m on it!” Sera replied, giving Blitz and Chiaki some extra power.

    “All right,” Blitz said, knocking a Krabby aside with his electrified paw. “Let’s take these out quickly!”

    Chiaki ran around, knocking the Krabby aside with his paws, allowing for Blitz to knock them out with Spark. Sera used her Helping Hand and Sand Attack to assist her teammates. It didn’t take long before all five Krabby were knocked out, allowing the rescue team to move on.

    “That wasn’t too bad,” Sera commented. “Still, I don’t look forward to fighting the other wild Pokémon in this dungeon if they’re like this too.”

    “Agreed…” Blitz responded, looking around. “Do you guys think the wild Pokémon may have trapped Couture in here?”

    “I hope not,” Chiaki said, smiling confidently. “But if they did, no need to worry! We’ll just rescue her!”

    “As usual, that’s probably going to be easier said than done,” Blitz responded, sighing. “But since it’ll probably be a while before all eight crystals have been gathered, and the distortions likely will continue to spread… I have a feeling we’ll need to get used to fighting wild Pokémon like these…”

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    Kala sat down on her pillow, taking a few seconds to get into a comfortable position as she prepared to begin Elina’s lessons in communicating through telepathy. Once comfortable, Kala cleared her throat and decided to begin the lesson.

    “So… To communicate via telepathy, you have to like… establish a psychic link with whoever you want to speak to…” Kala said, sounding somewhat tired. “And then… you talk to them, except it’s more like thinking than talking… Loud thinking…”

    Elina nodded her head slightly, to show Kala that she was listening and hoping showing some interest would help the Abra stay awake. Kala didn’t say anything else for a while, just staring at Elina. For a moment, Elina wondered if the Abra had dozed off again and waved her hand in front of her face in an attempt to get her attention.

    “Hear anything…?” Kala asked, startling the Elgyem somewhat.

    Elina shook her head, as she hadn’t heard anything out of the ordinary.

    “So… You couldn’t hear my voice, like… talk to you in your head?” Kala asked, tilting her head slightly.

    Elina shook her head again.

    “Hmm… Okay, let’s try again,” Kala said, yawning. “So, let’s try to make that psychic link, and… well, let me know if you hear anything.”

    The two psychic types sat there, gazing into each other’s eyes for a few minutes while attempting to communicate via telepathy. However, nothing seemed to be happening.

    “You’re not doing it right…” Kala said, rubbing her eyes. “You must open up your mind… you’re not doing that…”

    Elina tilted her head slightly. Was her need to keep her secrets preventing her from being able to learn to use her telepathy properly?

    “Maybe you’ve been too stressed lately… I suggest trying to relax…” Kala said. “It’s easier to make progress if you have a calm mind…”

    Elina shrugged her shoulders slightly, before looking up at Kala as if to ask what she recommended.

    “… Let’s take a nap!” Kala cheerfully said, before plopping down on her pillow and instantly falling asleep.

    Elina stared blankly at the snoring Abra for a moment, and then quietly left the room.

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    Sera, Blitz and Chiaki continued making their way through the mystery dungeon, collecting items and fighting wild Pokémon as usual. With the distortions making the wild Pokémon more aggressive, things were proving to be a bit more difficult than it normally would’ve been.

    Eventually, they reached a floor where they noticed some dark blue pearls and white seashells that seemed to have been scattered down one of the paths.

    “Hey, are these the pearls and seashells used to make a Deep Sea Charm?” Chiaki asked, picking up one of the seashells and examining it.

    “I think it might be…” Blitz said, poking at one of the pearls with his paw. “They shouldn’t be lying around like this, though… It looks like someone might’ve dropped them…”

    “You think Couture was here, then?” Sera asked, looking around.

    “Probably, since we don’t know of anyone else who would be gathering these items,” Blitz responded. “Based on the way these items are scattered, I guess the wild Pokémon must’ve attacked her, and she was in a hurry to escape…”

    “Well, let’s hurry up and find her, then!” Chiaki said, while quickly trying to gather up some of the pearls and seashells from the ground.

    “Yeah, let’s go!” Sera replied, nodding her head slightly. “Come on, this way!”

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    In the deepest part of the dungeon, a yellow bipedal bug Pokémon wearing clothes made from green leaves and an orange otter-like Pokémon with two tails and a yellow floatation device of sorts on his body were trying to fight off several wild Pokémon, including a brown crab Pokémon resembling a bigger Krabby.

    “How many of them are there?” the bug Pokémon said, trying to keep a satchel made of leaves away from a small flock of white seagull-like Pokémon that kept trying to grab it. “I didn’t come here to fight…”

    “Don’t worry,” the Floatzel responded, while knocking aside some orange hermit crab Pokémon with rocks for shells. “Even if they’re more aggressive than they normally would be, I should still be able to handle them without much difficulty. After all, what kind of lifeguard would I be if I couldn’t deal with the wild Pokémon on this beach?”

    The Floatzel and the Leavanny continued fighting off the wild Pokémon, when Sera, Blitz and Chiaki finally reached the end of the dungeon. There were two Krabby, three Dwebble, five Wingull and the one Kingler to fight, the Kingler seeming to have indirectly become the leader of the wild Pokémon.

    “Oh, it’s a rescue team!” the Leavanny said, smiling.

    “Neat, now we’ve got some back-up,” the Floatzel commented, smirking.

    “Are you Couture?” Chiaki asked, looking over at the Leavanny.

    “Why, yes. That’s me,” the Leavanny responded, smiling at Chiaki. “If there’s anything you need, I’ll see what I can do when we’re done here!”

    “Cool,” Chiaki replied, getting into a battle position. “Let’s try to get this done fast, then!”

    Sera used her Helping Hand to give the other four Pokémon present a power boost, while Chiaki decided to take a moment to use Meditate to further increase his attack power. Blitz charged up some electricity, before deciding to try to take out the Wingull.

    “So, I’m guessing you live around these parts?” Sera asked the Floatzel.

    “Yeah, sort of,” the Floatzel responded, while knocking the Dwebble aside. “My name is Jet; I work as a lifeguard here.”

    “Cool,” Sera replied, head-butting a Krabby that tried to pinch her ears.

    Blitz managed to finish off the five Wingull quickly with his charged up Spark attack, while Chiaki helped Couture take out the other Krabby. Jet quickly took out the Dwebble by coating himself in water and charging through them. The Kingler began advancing on the rescue team, and Blitz began charging up more electricity.

    The Kingler raised his big claw, which began to glow with a blue light as it began charging up a Crabhammer attack that it intended to strike Blitz with before he could finish charging.

    “I’m not going to let you do that!” Sera shouted, flinging a Blast Seed at the Kingler with her tail.

    However, the Kingler just blocked it with his claw, not seeming to take much damage. On the other hand, it did distract the Kingler long enough for Chiaki to come in from the side and strike him with a Fake Out. As the Kingler flinched, Blitz finished charging and immediately hit the Kingler with his Spark attack.

    “Nice one!” Jet said, grinning.

    “I don’t think they are quite finished yet, though…” Couture replied, noticing that the Kingler was still standing.

    The crab Pokémon seemed to be quite angry now, foaming at the mouth as he suddenly struck all three members of the rescue team with his Crabhammer attack. The force of the attack sent the three flying through the air for a moment, before falling down on the sand. The Kingler began approaching the three, preparing to knock them out with another Crabhammer before they could recover.

    Chiaki tried to get back up, only to see the shadow of the Kingler’s claw above him as he prepared to bring it down. Chiaki tried shielding himself with his arms as he prepared for the impact, only for some strings of sticky silk to suddenly hit the claw and try to pull it away, much to the Kingler’s annoyance as he tried to get it off.

    “This is your chance!” Couture shouted, having used String Shot to latch onto the claw and stop the Kingler’s attack. “Hurry, before he manages to cut the string!”

    Chiaki quickly got to his feet, and ran over to help his teammates while the Kingler attempted to cut the string holding his big claw using his other, smaller claw. Luckily for the rescue team, Couture’s strings were quite strong, but they would likely still only last for a few more seconds against the Kingler’s claws.

    “Okay… We’ll hit him at the same time,” Blitz said, charging up for one more attack.

    “Got it,” Sera responded, taking a few steps back.

    “Yeah, that sounds like a good idea,” Chiaki said, taking a deep breath and using Meditate to boost his attack power a little.

    “Ready?” Blitz asked, glancing at his teammates as he finished charging. “Go!”

    All three began running towards the Kingler, Sera running faster than usual in order to do a Quick Attack, Blitz running with his body coated in electricity as usual, and Chiaki preparing to punch the Kingler. The three rammed into the Kingler just as it managed to free itself from Couture’s String Shot, and the impact knocked the crab Pokémon onto its back, before it fainted.

    “Whew… I think we did it, guys!” Sera said, happily wagging her tail.

    “Yeah,” Blitz responded, sighing in relief. “Man, that Kingler was tough…”

    “Are you all okay?” Couture asked, walking over to the rescue team.

    “Yeah, we’ll be fine,” Chiaki replied, with a friendly smile.

    “Thanks for helping us out,” Jet said. “Things have been kind of chaotic around here these past few days with the distortions that have been appearing and its effect on the wilds.”

    “I can see that…” Blitz commented, glancing around.

    “Well, let’s get out of this mystery dungeon before we have to deal with any more of them,” Jet said.

    “Agreed,” Couture responded, looking at her satchel. “I still need to gather some more seashells and pearls before I head back to town.”

    “Oh, that reminds me!” Chiaki said, before handing Couture some of the pearls and seashells she had dropped earlier. “I found these in the mystery dungeon!”

    “Thank you,” Couture replied, taking the pearls and seashells and putting them into her bag. “I knew I dropped some of the things I had already gathered when the wilds chased me here… I still don’t think I have enough, though.”

    “We can help you find some more!” Chiaki said.

    “Oh, that is really not necessary,” Couture responded, smiling at the Mienfoo. “I appreciate the offer, but I can do the rest on my own.”

    “Are you sure?” Chiaki asked, smiling at the Leavanny. “We don’t mind helping out!”

    “Oh, but you’ve already helped me out a lot today!” Couture responded. “So, why don’t the three of you head home and get some rest, and tomorrow you can stop by my room at the rescue team HQ and I’ll give you a free special item each as a reward for helping us?”

    “Sounds good to me,” Sera said, shaking some sand out of her fur. “A battle like that is enough work for one day, if you ask me.”

    “Agreed, let’s head back,” Blitz replied.

    “Bye, then!” Chiaki said, and waved good-bye to Jet and Couture as the rescue team badge teleported him and his teammates back to town.

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    Elina thought about what Kala had said, and wondered how she could possibly relax herself enough to be able to learn how to communicate through telepathy. She figured that with all the stress relating to the missing crystals, she hadn’t been able to fully relax. However, it wasn’t exactly easy for her to just forget about all of that, even if it only had to be for a few moments.

    She had to find a way to at least stop worrying enough so that she could learn to properly use her telepathy to communicate, like she had promised her father. Elina thought about her father, thinking about how he in addition to helping locate the stolen crystals also had to be worried about her…

    Elina shook her head. This was not the time to be worrying about these things. She had to find a way to overcome these worries, so she could learn from Kala how to communicate via telepathy. Not only that, but she had to help find the remaining crystals. There was also the whole issue with Chiaki, but she would deal with that later.

    The first thing she needed to do was figure out how she would overcome her worries.

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    As the sun eventually went down, Couture decided she had gathered enough seashells and pearls, and said good-bye to Jet before heading back to town. It had gotten dark by the time Couture returned to the HQ, and went inside her room behind the green curtain to make some items with the supplies she had collected.

    She searched through a basket for a special type of string, and began making a necklace from the pearls and sea shells, with one white seashell between five blue pearls on each side of it. She carefully examined each finished necklace, and put them in a bowl of water. Couture grinned as the pearls and seashells began to glow upon touching the water, and continued to glow as long as they remained underwater.

    “Success,” she whispered to herself, taking the necklace out of the bowl and putting it away for later.

    The Leavanny quietly continued her work until late in the night, when she finally decided to get some sleep. Things had gotten a bit stressful when the wild Pokémon attacked her while she was searching for seashells and pearls washed up on the beach, but she was glad things had turned out okay. She was grateful to the rescue team that had helped her out, and she hoped they would find a good use for the reward she planned on giving each of them.

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    End of Chapter 18.

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    Wow, I can't believe how fast I finished Chapter 19, but hey, I'm not complaining! ^_^

    I'll be going on vacation tomorrow, but I will be bringing my laptop so I can continue working on the first draft of Chapter 20 and stuff, even if I probably will be doing other things and not focus as much on writing during the two weeks I'll be on vacation. Just letting you guys know!

    Also, with this chapter, I figured I'd bring up the fact that due to some recent Gen VI reveals that affect my characters, I thought about whether to incorporate them somehow or not. However, since there's still little known about these things, I will choose not to include them for this story, and will wait until any eventual other Pokémon fanfics I might write after Gen VI has come out to incorporate any elements from it.

    So, yeah. Anyways, here's Chapter 19! Hope you all enjoy it!

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    Chapter 19: Why don’t you guys pick on someone your own type?

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    Two jellyfish-like Pokémon with crown-like tufts on their heads were locked up inside a dark and quiet underwater cave. One was female with a pink body, and was cheerfully swimming around despite the situation she and her twin brother were in. Her twin brother had a blue body, and was just staring at one of the walls with a frown on his face.

    “Maybe I can squeeze through these bars?” the female Frillish said, glancing over at her brother.

    “Don’t bother,” the male one responded, staring at the wall. “We’re going to be trapped in here forever.”

    “Aw, don’t say that!” the female one replied, cheerfully wrapping her tentacles around her brother and hugging him tightly. “I’m sure mommy and daddy have sent out somebody to rescue us! We’ll get out of here soon!”

    “No one is going to find us here,” the male one responded, not even reacting to how his sister was squeezing his body.

    “Oh, don’t be so silly!” the female said, giggling a little. “Someone will come and release us soon, I just know it!”

    “And then those guys that kidnapped us will show up and beat them up,” the male one replied, managing to slip out of his sister’s grip.

    “Come on, cheer up!” the female one said, cheerfully twirling around. “I know this place is kind of boring, but at least we still have each other!”

    “Yeah, that way you can eat me if these guys forget to feed us,” the male one responded, going back to staring at the wall. “Then again, I don’t think our species is edible, nor do I think I’d taste good…”

    “You’re so silly!” the female one replied, giggling and tightly hugging her brother again.

    The male Frillish just sighed, as his sister continued cheerfully swimming around inside the cell they were locked in.

    “Shame Frillish are not among the ghost types that can turn intangible and phase through walls,” the male Frillish muttered to himself. “But even if we could, it probably wouldn’t have been enough to save us anyways…”

    ----

    It was looking to be another busy day in Fenix Town. At the rescue team HQ, several rescue teams were looking over the missions on the billboards and trying to decide on which ones to tackle. Behind a certain green curtain, Couture had just handed Sera, Blitz and Chiaki a Deep Sea Charm each.

    “Wow, they’re so pretty!” Sera said, wagging her tail as she held the necklace in her paws.

    “I’m glad you like them!” Couture responded, smiling at the three.

    “So, the magic in these will really let us breathe underwater?” Blitz asked.

    “That’s right!” Couture replied. “On contact with water, the Deep Sea Charm will surround you with a magical aura that allows one to breathe underwater.”

    “Cool!” Chiaki said, looking rather excited. “I can’t wait to try them out! Thank you so much!”

    “Oh, it’s the least I can do after the three of you helped me deal with those wild Pokémon yesterday,” Couture responded, before stopping to think for a moment. “Come to think of it, maybe I should make something for Jet too, since he did help me before the three of you showed up. What would a Floatzel want, though…?”

    After thanking Couture for the Deep Sea Charms and saying good-bye, the bronze rank team left the room.

    “So, what should we do now?” Sera asked. “I guess we need to try to find a mission.”

    “Shouldn’t we try out these Deep Sea Charms, though?” Chiaki said, looking rather excited.

    “Hmm… How do we go about that, though?” Sera asked, thinking about it for a moment.

    “Maybe we could… no, maybe not…” Blitz said, rubbing his forelegs together.

    “What was that, Blitz?” Sera asked, tilting her head slightly. “Come on; let us hear what you were going to say!”

    “Oh, I was just thinking, that… maybe we can head down underwater, and check if the underwater rescue teams have received Stella’s message about the crystal, and if they’ve started looking into it?” Blitz suggested uncertainly.

    “Hey, I like the sound of that!” Sera responded, wagging her tail happily.

    “Y-You do?” Blitz asked.

    “I like it too!” Chiaki said, smiling. “We should totally go check that out!”

    And so, the rescue team headed through the purple curtain and went to wake up a certain Abra again.

    “Hey, Kala?” Sera said, lightly nudging the psychic type with her paw.

    “I’m not dead, I’m just sleeping…” Kala muttered, opening her eyes slightly. “Oh, it’s you again.”

    “Could you teleport us to Tidal Shores?” Sera asked.

    “Again…?” Kala responded, rubbing her eyes. “Didn’t you three go there yesterday…?”

    “We did, but we’d like to go there again,” Sera replied.

    “Okay, fine…” Kala responded, yawning. “I’m not going to question it…”

    ----

    In a flash of light, Sera, Blitz and Chiaki appeared in Tidal Shores once more. This time, they were greeted by a certain Floatzel upon arriving.

    “Hey guys!” Jet said, walking over. “Thanks for helping out yesterday!”

    “Oh, it was no problem,” Sera replied, smiling at the Floatzel.

    “So, what brings you here again today?” Jet asked.

    “Well, we wanted to try out our Deep Sea Charms,” Chiaki said, smiling. “We figured this was the best place to start.”

    “Ah, I see,” Jet replied, nodding. “Any particular areas underwater you had in mind?”

    “We were thinking of checking out the HQ of the deep sea rescue team branch,” Blitz explained. “We wanted to see if a certain message for them had arrived…”

    “I think I can help you guys get there,” Jet responded, smirking. “If you want, I give you a ride.”

    “Hmm… That would be nice,” Sera replied.

    “All right, then!” Jet responded, getting down on all fours and stepping into the water. He then inflated the yellow floatation device on his body slightly to make more room for his passengers. “Okay, hop on!”

    The trio quickly climbed onto the Floatzel’s back, and held on tightly as his tails began spinning and propelled him forward. He moved quickly through the water, and it didn’t take long before he started slowing down before stopping in a certain spot out at sea.

    “Okay, I think this is a good spot,” Jet said. “You should be able to reach your desired location from here.”

    “Thanks, Jet,” Blitz responded, as he, Sera and Chiaki put on their Deep Sea Charms.

    “How does it look on me?” Sera asked, giggling a little.

    “Huh? Oh, it looks good on you,” Blitz replied, rubbing his forelegs together for a moment.

    “Well, what are we waiting for?” Chiaki said, smiling at his teammates. “Let’s jump in!”

    Sera and Chiaki then jumped into the water, Blitz carefully lowering himself into the water shortly after. As the necklaces touched the water, they began to glow with a soft light.

    “Ooh, I think they’re working!” Sera said, giggling a little.

    The three Pokémon then dove down, and found that the Deep Sea Charms were indeed working, allowing them to breathe underwater.

    “Wow, they’re really working!” Chiaki said, excitedly looking around. “This is so cool!”

    “So, which way do we go?” Blitz asked, trying to figure out how to move in the water.

    “I see your magic necklace things are working right,” Jet said, sticking his head into the water and pointing a paw in a direction. “Just swim that way, and you should reach the HQ of the underwater rescue teams.”

    “Thanks again, Jet,” Sera responded, smiling at the Floatzel. “Let’s go, guys!”

    “Okay!” Chiaki said, flailing about somewhat.

    “Chiaki, you’ll use up your energy that way,” Sera commented, swimming over to him. “My big sister Sirena said that when it comes to swimming, you need to make every move count.”

    “Not sure how to do that, but I’ll try!” Chiaki responded, smiling at Sera.

    Once they had somewhat figured out how to move through the water, the three of them began swimming in the direction Jet had specified.

    ----

    River was working at the café as usual, taking a few orders and telling the kitchen staff what their customers wanted. A certain Gothorita suddenly entered the café, walking up to the counter.

    “Hi River!” Bow said, looking around. “Is Azure here?”

    “Oh, she’s training at the dojo,” River responded. “Is there a message you’d like me to give her?”

    “That’s fine!” Bow replied, smiling. “I can just go over to the dojo and tell her myself!”

    Bow headed back outside, and began heading towards the dojo. She tried to hurry, as she was worried she might otherwise forget what she wanted to say before reaching Azure. As she ran, a strange shadow suddenly appeared above her. Bow froze in fear as she heard a strange laughter, and after a moment of hesitating, looked up. However, once she looked up, there was nothing there, and the shadow she saw had disappeared as well.

    “Was it only my imagination…?” Bow wondered out loud, looking around. “… Oh! I have to get to the dojo!”

    Bow quickly continued her run to the dojo, and once she was just outside the dojo, stopped for a moment to make sure she remembered what she had come for.

    “… Good, I still remember it,” Bow said to herself, sighing in relief.

    Bow then stepped inside, and looked around. A certain Heracross noticed the Gothorita and walked over to greet her.

    “Hello there, Bow!” Hercules said, giving the Gothorita a friendly smile. “What brings you here?”

    “I wanted to talk to Azure,” Bow responded. “River said she was here?”

    “That’s right,” Hercules replied, patting Bow on the head. “I’ll go find her for you, just wait here.”

    “Okay!” Bow responded, while Hercules went to go find Azure.

    The Gothorita glanced around at the various Pokémon doing different exercises, while trying to make sure she still remembered what she wanted to tell Azure.

    ----

    As the rescue team swam deeper under water, their view got darker the further away from the surface they got, forcing Blitz to make his fur glow to provide some extra light. Chiaki stared in awe at the colorful aquatic plants and such that they swam past on their way. They soon spotted a blue light in the distance, and began swimming towards it. They eventually came across what appeared to be a small underwater cave, which the Pokémon had remodeled into the HQ for the deep sea branch of rescue teams.

    The source of light appeared to be several blue light crystals, which decorated much of both the inside and outside of the cave, and allowed the Pokémon to read the words carved into stone signs and stone plates attached to a wall inside the cave serving as the mission board for the underwater rescue teams.

    “This must be the right place,” Sera commented, looking around.

    At that moment, a blue oval fish-like Pokémon with an antenna on its head with two glowing yellow bulbs on it exited the cave; along with a big blue seahorse-like Pokémon and a light blue and black fish-like Pokémon with large fins shaped like butterfly wings.

    “So, what area should we check next?” the Lanturn asked, the bulbs on its head flickering for a moment as he looked over at his teammates.

    “What’s the point?” the Kingdra responded, looking rather bored. “Can’t we just let one of the other rescue teams do this?”

    “Oh, sure!” the Lumineon replied in a sarcastic tone, smirking at the Kingdra. “And then you can tell the king that we couldn’t find his kids because you didn’t want to.”

    “Um, excuse me?” Sera said, swimming up to the three water type Pokémon.

    “Oh, hey, a Pokémon from the surface,” the Lanturn commented. “What brings the three of you all the way here?”

    “We just wanted to make sure a certain message from the surface regarding one of the Axis Tower crystals had made it here,” Sera responded.

    “Ah, yes, we did hear about a crystal supposedly being near the Radiant Reef,” the Lanturn replied. “We plan on investigating that once we’ve dealt with another mission currently requiring our attention.”

    “What mission is that?” Chiaki asked.

    “The royal Frillish twins, prince Somber and princess Blithe have been kidnapped,” the Lanturn explained.

    “Oh?” Chiaki inquired, tilting his head slightly.

    “Somber and Blithe are the children of king Snorkel and queen Hypotenuse, and the heirs to the Kingdom of the Sapphire Sea,” the Lanturn explained. “Some Pokémon kidnapped them, and is holding them for ransom. The highest ranking rescue teams of the sea, including ourselves, are searching the ocean for wherever the kidnappers are keeping the twins.”

    “I see,” Blitz replied. “Good luck with that.”

    “Thanks,” the Lanturn responded, before turning to his teammates. “Come on, guys. Let’s go!”

    The three water types swam off to continue their search, while Sera, Blitz and Chiaki were left to wonder what to do next.

    “So… What should we do now?” Sera asked, looking around.

    “I suppose we could explore some more,” Chiaki responded, smiling. “I bet there’s even more cool stuff to see around here!”

    “Yeah, I guess so!” Sera said, looking over at Blitz. “What do you think, Blitz?”

    “I guess it is fine with me,” Blitz replied, nodding his head slightly.

    “All right, let’s explore, then!” Sera said.

    The three decided to first go inside the HQ for the deep sea branch, where a map with underwater mystery dungeons marked on it was carved onto a wall. They checked the map to see if there were any particularly interesting places they could explore.

    “Hey, there’s the Radiant Reef!” Chiaki said, pointing to one of the marked up mystery dungeons on the map.

    “Hmm… Maybe we should go check it out?” Sera asked. “Even if we don’t find the crystal, that place does sound pretty.”

    “Well… I guess it couldn’t hurt to take a look…” Blitz responded.

    And so the three headed out, and began swimming towards the Radiant Reef.

    ----

    In a different, much bigger underwater cave in the darker parts of Sapphire Sea, a blue-belled jellyfish with red orbs on its bell and many long gray tentacles was swimming back and forth, seeming to be in deep thought. There was also a shark Pokémon shaped like a missile swimming around in a circle, and a purple sea star Pokémon with ten points and a ruby in the center of its body standing in a corner.

    They turned to see a pink sunfish Pokémon with a heart-shaped body and hand-like fins enter.

    “Ah, there you are, Soapy,” the Tentacruel said, swimming over to the Alomomola. “How did it go?”

    “First of all, my name is Sophie,” the Alomomola responded, looking somewhat annoyed. “As for the situation outside, there are quite a few rescue teams searching for those twins.”

    “Hmm… I see,” the Tentacruel replied, sighing. “Those rescue teams might ruin everything…”

    “This is why you should’ve let me be the one in charge of our plan,” the Starmie said smugly, the ruby in his core flashing briefly. “My plan would’ve been flawless, unlike yours.”

    “Well, then why didn’t you actually do anything during the planning stage?” the Tentacruel asked, glaring at the Starmie.

    “Because my ideas would’ve been wasted on the likes of you,” the Starmie responded.

    “Yeah, right,” the Tentacruel replied, rolling his eyes. “You’re all talk.”

    “So, what are we going to do about the rescue team situation?” Sophie asked. “If they find our hideout and discover that we’re the ones who kidnapped those Frillish, we’re going to be in a lot of trouble.”

    “Ooh, I have an idea!” the Sharpedo said, still swimming in circles. “We’ll put up a sign outside the cave saying that this is not a secret hideout, and there are no kidnapped Frillish in here! That’ll keep those rescue teams away!”

    “No one asked you, Missile,” the Tentacruel responded, giving the Sharpedo an annoyed look.

    “You don’t like my idea?” Missile asked, looking somewhat confused for a moment.

    “Oh no, we loved that brilliant idea of yours,” the Starmie replied sarcastically. “There’s no way that would’ve been suspicious at all!”

    “Aw, thanks!” Missile responded, smiling.

    “And you are so great at detecting sarcasm,” the Starmie said, in the same sarcastic tone.

    “Can you guys be quiet?” the Tentacruel asked, looking rather annoyed. “I need time to think.”

    “Sure!” Missile replied, continuing to swim around.

    “And when you fail to come up with a plan, let me know,” the Starmie said, swimming away.

    “Ugh, remind me again why I work with these guys…” the Tentacruel muttered, before looking over at Sophie. “Hey, Soapy? Could you go check on the royal brats?”

    “It’s Sophie!” Sophie responded, sighing. “But fine, I’ll go check on them.”

    “Thank you, Soapy,” the Tentacruel replied.

    The Alomomola just rolled her eyes, and swam off to another part of the cave to check on the Frillish, while the Tentacruel tried to figure out what to do if rescue teams were to find them.

    ----

    The beautiful pink and orange corals of Radiant Reef were truly a magnificent sight, and Sera and her teammates couldn’t help but stare in awe. They had reached the entrance to the mystery dungeon, and were wondering whether or not to go inside and explore it.

    “This place sure is pretty…” Chiaki said, looking around at the corals.

    “So, do we check out the mystery dungeon or not?” Sera asked.

    “Well, I suppose we did bring a good selection of items,” Blitz said, rubbing his forelegs together. “But how will we fight underwater?”

    “You have a point there,” Sera responded, thinking for a moment. “We’re not really used to this type of environment, and we move around differently here than we do on land…”

    “So?” Chiaki said, looking at his teammates. “It’s still a mystery dungeon, and we’re a rescue team. It can’t be that hard to figure out how we’ll use our moves here!”

    “Hmm… I guess you have a point there,” Sera responded, thinking about it for a moment.

    “I don’t know…” Blitz replied, glancing around.

    “It is a mystery dungeon, and we’re a rescue team,” Sera said. “Exploring mystery dungeons is something rescue teams do.”

    “Well, that’s true, but…” Blitz muttered.

    “Come on, let’s give it a try!” Chiaki said, smiling at Blitz.

    “And if things get too tough, we’ll just use an Escape Orb to get out!” Sera added.

    “Oh, okay,” Blitz said. “We’ll explore it.”

    The rescue team entered the mystery dungeon, which had its maze walls made of pink and orange coral. As they began to explore the dungeon, they encountered a few wild Pokémon, such as a pink and white coral-like Pokémon and a blue clam-like Pokémon that’s head was a sentient pink pearl kept safe inside the shell.

    Blitz was a bit uncertain whether it was safe to use his electric attacks underwater, but reached the conclusion that if the part electric typed Chinchou and Lanturn could use their electric attacks underwater without hurting anyone other than the intended targets, so could he. His Spark attack gave his team an advantage against the water type wild Pokémon of the dungeon.

    Well, with the exception of the Chinchou, anyways, as the ones with the Volt Absorb ability could just absorb his electricity to give themselves more energy. The ones with the Illuminate ability were also a bit of a bother, as the yellow bulbs at the end of their two long antenna would flash whenever they got hit, summoning more wild Pokémon into the dungeon.

    Staryu with the Illuminate ability were annoying for the same reason, with the red core in the center of the five pointed orange sea stars would light up and summon more Pokémon when hit by an attack.

    However, through teamwork and with the help of a few healing items, the rescue team were managing to get pretty far into the mystery dungeon.

    “Okay, we seem to have reached the eleventh floor,” Blitz said, looking around. “I believe the map said this dungeon has fifteen floors, so only a few more floors to go.”

    “Good,” Sera responded, panting.

    “Need to take another break?” Blitz asked.

    “Swimming and fighting underwater sure can make one tired…” Sera said, sighing. “I wonder how water types do it without getting tired…”

    Sera took a moment to relax, only for a trap under her to suddenly squirt a green sticky substance onto the treasure bag Sera was carrying.

    “Oh, gross!” Sera exclaimed, looking rather annoyed. “How did I even trigger that trap? My feet weren’t even touching the ground!”

    “M-Maybe the tip of your tail brushed up against it?” Blitz responded, also wondering how this had happened.

    “Ugh, let’s just keep going,” Sera said, managing to get some of the sticky stuff off the bag.

    “Wait, Sera!” Blitz responded, as Sera began swimming towards the next room. “Shouldn’t we check which of our items that Glue Trap may have affected?”

    However, Sera didn’t seem to listen, and so Blitz and Chiaki couldn’t do much else but continue to follow her. Things went rather well on the next floor, and things seemed to be going well when they got to the thirteenth floor as well.

    “Hmm… Where are those stairs?” Sera asked, looking around.

    “Maybe we missed them?” Chiaki suggested. “Or we were going in the wrong direction?”

    “I don’t know…” Sera responded. “But, let’s try to go a little further this way. There are still a few places we haven’t checked in this section.”

    They continued looking around, checking the rooms for items and the stairs.

    “Oh! I think I see the stairs!” Chiaki exclaimed, while pointing to one of the rooms they hadn’t entered.

    “Hold on, guys…” Blitz said, swimming up a little to get a better view of the room. “Take a look at the items in there.”

    “What about them?” Sera asked, as she and Chiaki swam up to Blitz in order to see what he was talking about.

    “There seems to be a lot of items in that room, particularly gummis,” Blitz explained. “Odds are we’ll walk right into a Monster House if we go in there.”

    “But the stairs are in that room!” Chiaki said.

    “Oh, don’t worry about it!” Sera responded, wagging her tail. “I came prepared for this.”

    “Okay…” Blitz said, taking a deep breath. “Watch your step, guys. There might be a few traps in there as well.”

    The three Pokémon entered the room, and thus several wild Pokémon appeared. There were two Chinchou, three Staryu, two small pink heart-shaped fish Pokémon; two rather annoyed looking blue puffer fish Pokémon with spikes on its body and a small blue seahorse Pokémon.

    “Yep, it’s a Monster House,” Blitz said, looking around and trying to mentally count how many wilds there were. “There seems to be ten wild Pokémon here in total.”

    “Well, I’ll just use the Petrify Orb I brought to freeze these guys, and then we can move onto the next floor!” Sera responded, reaching into her bag. “… Huh? Oh, you’ve got to be kidding me!”

    The Petrify Orb was covered in the green glue that had sprayed out from the Glue Trap from earlier, preventing Sera from using it.

    “… That’s not good,” Blitz said, staring at the orb.

    “O-Okay, let’s not panic,” Sera responded nervously. “W-We can still beat these guys…”

    “All we have to do is reach the stairs,” Chiaki pointed out.

    “Well, let’s give it a try…” Sera said, using her Helping Hand to power up her teammates.

    “Those Luvdisc may not look tough, but their Agility attack will cause a lot of trouble for us if we don’t take them out fast,” Blitz muttered, as he used Spark on one of the two pink heart-shaped fish Pokémon.

    “Take this!” Chiaki said, using Fake Out to make the second Luvdisc flinch.

    After making their moves, the rescue team found themselves having to dodge the attacks of eight out of the nine remaining wilds. Dodging water attacks were more difficult here since they were mostly just various streams of pressure when used underwater. The different attacks hitting them from different angles took off quite a bit of the rescue team’s energy.

    “I have a feeling those Reviver Seeds I brought may need to be used…” Sera muttered, pulling out an Oran berry from the bag. “For now, use this to heal up, Blitz.”

    “Thanks, Sera,” Blitz responded, eating the Oran berry to restore some of his energy. “I’ll finish off the second Luvdisc now.”

    “Hmm… Which one of these guys is the biggest threat right now…?” Chiaki said, looking around at the opponents, unsure which one to attack first.

    “I’d say the Chinchou or the Qwilfish might be our biggest problem,” Blitz responded. “The Qwilfish might have the Poison Point ability, so be careful.”

    “Okay, got it,” Chiaki said, and proceeded to quickly slap one of the Chinchou five times in succession, knocking it out. “All right, it worked!”

    The remaining seven water type wilds attacked again, and while the three rescue team members managed to dodge some of the attacks this time, they were still weakened even more.

    “Ugh… Somehow we’re all still conscious…” Sera said, looking through her bag. “Sadly, it seems we are out of Oran berries.”

    “Seven more Pokémon…” Blitz muttered, panting. “What do we do?”

    “I brought three Reviver Seeds, one for each of us, just in case,” Sera said, frowning somewhat. “But if we all get knocked out and we use them up, then what? Is there a way out of this without needing to use all of them?”

    Blitz tried to think of something, when suddenly what appeared to be a blue ball seemed to come rolling fast through the water into the room, and slammed into one of the Staryu, knocking it out. It then stopped rolling, revealing itself to be a round blue mouse Pokémon with a thin black tail with a small blue ball on it.

    “Why don’t you guys pick on someone your own type?” the Marill said, smirking as she slammed her tail against one of the remaining two Staryu, knocking it into the other and simultaneously knocking both of them out. “Come on; show me what you’ve got!”

    With the wild Pokémon turning their attention to the newly arrived Marill, the rescue team took the opportunity to make their moves. First, Sera and Chiaki teamed up using Quick Attack and Double Slap respectively to knock out the remaining Chinchou. Blitz meanwhile charged up some electricity, and knocked out one of the two Qwilfish with his Spark attack.

    The Qwilfish and the Horsea both tried to attack the Marill, but the aqua mouse Pokémon just snickered as she dodged both of their attacks without much difficulty, and then slammed her tail against them, so Blitz could finish them by pressing his electrified paws against them.

    “Whew, looks like I caught up to you guys just in time!” the Marill said, swimming up to the rescue team.

    “You certainly did,” Sera responded, sighing in relief. “Thanks.”

    “No problem!” the Marill replied, grinning.

    “You… remind me of someone,” Chiaki said, curiously looking at the Marill.

    “Yeah, the way she fought…” Blitz replied, before realizing something. “Wait… Azure? Is that you?”

    “Yep!” the Marill responded, giggling a little as she swam in a circle around her three friends. “As you can see, I’ve evolved!”

    “Cool,” Chiaki said, smiling at Azure. “I like your new look!”

    “Thanks!” Azure replied, smiling. “So, how about we all keep moving onto the next floor?”

    ----

    With Azure’s help, they managed to get through the next floor without having to use up their Reviver Seeds, gradually regaining their energy as they moved along. As they reached the final floor, they walked amongst themselves as they looked for the stairs leading out of the dungeon.

    “How did you know we were down here?” Blitz asked, glancing back at Azure.

    “Bow told me,” Azure responded. “While I was training at the dojo, she came over and told me you guys would be in trouble here, so I hurried up to the rescue team HQ and asked Kala to send me where she went you.”

    “I see,” Blitz replied.

    “And then, when I got there, this Floatzel dude offered to give me a ride, and so he took me out to where he dropped you guys off, and then I went down here to look for you,” Azure explained. “I decided to go straight here, since I knew you’d be here from what Bow had told me.”

    “Cool,” Chiaki responded, smiling at Azure. “So, what is your new body like?”

    “Well, I like it a lot, although I’m still getting used to it,” Azure responded, looking at her stubby hands. “For one thing, I have hands now, and my body is less bouncy.”

    “I guess you were training at the dojo in order to get used to fighting in your new body?” Blitz asked.

    “Correct,” Azure responded, smirking. “I’ve found that while the blue thing on my tail got smaller as the rest of my body got bigger, I can still hit pretty hard with it!”

    “That’s nice,” Chiaki replied.

    “Also, my ears allow me to hear much better now,” Azure explained, glancing up at her round ears. “I can hear things from pretty far away, which was how I managed to figure out where you were once I got to the same floor you guys were on!”

    “Wow, that’s really cool!” Chiaki responded.

    “I know, right?” Azure replied, grinning.

    “Guys, I can see the stairs!” Sera said, wagging her tail happily. “Come on!”

    ----

    The four Pokémon exited the mystery dungeon, and looked around. From what Stella and Bow had said, the crystal they had seen was somewhere around here.

    “Anyone see a whirlpool?” Sera asked, looking around.

    “Uh… Is it that vortex thing over there?” Chiaki said, pointing to a large whirlpool that seemed to be coming up from a chasm.

    “Wow, the crystal is somewhere at the bottom of that thing?” Sera asked. “How is anyone supposed to even get to it?”

    “I believe there’s a certain water type attack that might allow one to do that…” Blitz responded, looking over at Azure. “You wouldn’t happen to know that attack, would you?”

    “Nope, sorry,” Azure replied, shrugging slightly.

    “Well, looks like there’s not much we can do here, then,” Sera said, glancing around.

    “… So, what do we do now?” Azure asked.

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    End of Chapter 19.

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    Alright, here I am again...

    Chapter 18 was good, and I particularly liked Kala's antics.

    Chapter 19 was excellent, had more that stood out to me compared to Chapter 18. Particularly Missile and Azure's evolution.

    I know you haven't been getting much feedback lately, but keep it up!
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    Thanks!

    Anyways, chapter 20 has been taking longer than expected. While the chapter is only a few scenes away from being finished, I've been having some difficulty sorting out the details of a battle scene in it. Good writing takes time, and some chapters take longer than others to write. I promise I'll have it done as soon as possible, so just wait a little longer, okay?

    Until then, you can check out revised versions of the 13 first chapters on FF.net (well, the revisions are probably only really noticeable with the first few chapters or so, since later chapters have only required a few minor changes such as fixing spelling errors and such) and for any readers that are also Tropers, you could help add to the trope page for my fanfic on TV Tropes. If you're interested in any of that, that is.

    So, yeah. Just a little update on the status of chapter 20 and stuff.
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    Hi, I finally caught up and can write a review for this thing.

    All in all, I found the fic as it was to be a rather engaging read so far. The characters have some rather nicely defined interactions with each other, and you do a pretty good job at pacing the team's hunt for crystals with their need to do practical sidejobs to stay afloat.

    There's a couple things that I'm unsure whether or not happened by design, or just turned out as they did by circumstance. They're not necessarily bad things, just things that I'm hoping will be addressed later down the road. There's a few weird phenomena that Sera and the rest of her team have encountered, such as the sentient plant attacking the forest, but these seem to not really have that much context behind them. Although it's a little weird to see everyone so unfazed by stuff like that that simply doesn't happen on a normal basis, I take it that there is a deeper explanation for such things that will be revealed later?

    Also, I'm a little curious as to when it is that Chiaki's lost memories and past are intended to resurface in terms of narrative importance. They seemed to be consistently alluded to within the first 10 chapters, but have been dialed back a bit recently. How is he taking things when he literally can't remember anything before his first meeting with Sera and her teammates, and does it present any complications for how he'd interact with others?

    Aside from that (which is ultimately resolvable in future chapters anyways), it seems like Reflecting Balance like a really well-crafted fic, and I look forward to seeing where you go with it.

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    Thanks for your review! Glad you're enjoying the story so far, and don't worry, I do intend to explain some of those things in upcoming chapters. Look forward to it!

    Anyways, I finally managed to finish up chapter 20, and I've even gotten the first draft of chapter 21 done, so that's something you guys can probably look forward to next week! But, let's not get too far ahead of ourselves here. For now, it's time for chapter 20!

    Hope you all enjoy it!

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    Chapter 20: There was no way I was missing out on that!

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    Princess Blithe cheerfully swam around in circles, while her brother prince Somber was quietly brooding in the corner. She was certain someone would come to save them soon; they just had to wait a little longer. As she cheerfully hummed to herself while swimming around, she noticed a certain Alomomola swimming towards their cell, carrying a few blue and purple gummis.

    “Thought I’d bring you some gummis,” Sophie said in a bored tone, placing the gummis on the floors where Blithe could reach them and pull them in through the bars with her tentacles. “Don’t eat them up all at once.”

    “Yay! Thanks, Soapy!” Blithe responded, happily picking up the gummis.

    “It’s Sophie,” the Alomomola replied, looking rather annoyed.

    As Sophie swam away, Blithe swam over to her brother, showing him the gummis.

    “Look, Somber! Soapy brought us our favorite gummis!” Blithe said.

    “She did that just because these guys need us alive,” Somber responded, taking one of the purple gummis. “Once they’ve gotten what they want, they’ll get rid of us.”

    “Oh, cheer up!” Blithe replied, smiling at her brother. “I’m sure a rescue team is coming to rescue us as we speak!”

    Blithe happily began eating one of the blue gummis, while Somber slowly began eating the purple gummi. While the Frillish prince wouldn’t admit it, the taste of the purple gummi did lift his moods, even if it was only a little.

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    Out by the Radiant Reef, Sera, Blitz, Chiaki and Azure were still staring into the whirlpool, being careful not to get too close as they tried to figure out what they were going to do now. They knew a crystal from the Axis Tower was located somewhere at the bottom of the chasm the whirlpool was blocking off, but had no means of getting there.

    “Hmm… Maybe one of those underwater rescue teams knows the move?” Sera asked, figuring that it would only make sense for the rescue teams of the deep branch to know the attack that could allow them to deal with the whirlpool.

    “Probably,” Blitz responded, having reached the same conclusion. “Odds are one of those higher ranked rescue teams, like the one we met with earlier, might have at least one Pokémon that knows what to do.”

    “But aren’t they out looking for the missing prince and princess?” Chiaki pointed out. “How are we supposed to find them and bring them here?”

    “Hmm… What exactly happened to this prince and princess you’re talking about?” Azure asked.

    “They were kidnapped, and some Pokémon is apparently holding them for ransom,” Blitz explained.

    “Ah, well in that case, finding them shouldn’t be too difficult!” Azure responded, grinning.

    “Huh?” the other three Pokémon said in unison.

    “Well, bad guys tend to hang out in dark places, right?” Azure replied, smirking. “So, if we head into the deeper, darker parts of this ocean, we might come across one of the rescue teams that are searching for the kidnapped Pokémon and the kidnappers’ hideout!”

    “Are you sure about that, Azure?” Blitz asked, rubbing his forelegs together. “While you may be onto something, your logic seems a bit flawed...”

    “Maybe, but I don’t see any of you three coming up with anything better,” Azure responded.

    “I guess that’s true,” Sera replied. “We don’t really have any better leads in regards to where to look…”

    “So, let’s try my idea, then!” Azure said, grinning. “Trust me; I’m sure there will be at least one rescue team there.”

    “Oh, okay, let’s go,” Blitz responded, sighing.

    And so, the four began swimming away from the Radiant Reef and the whirlpool, and began heading towards the darker areas in the deeper parts of the Sapphire Sea.

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    Meanwhile, in the underwater cave, the Tentacruel was attempting to come up with a plan for how to deal with any rescue teams that might come across their hideout. All he had was a vague idea of defeating the rescue team, and then relocating to a different area. Except how would they get to another area unnoticed, not to mention the problem that they didn’t even have another location in mind that they could relocate to if something went wrong?

    “Still trying to think of a way to deal with the possible rescue team threat?” the Starmie asked, snickering a little. “I can’t believe you haven’t just given up and delegated the task of coming up with such a plan to me yet.”

    “Shut up, you oversized purple throwing star,” the Tentacruel responded. “I didn’t ask you for your opinion.”

    “Does anyone want to hear my opinion?” Missile asked, smiling at the other two.

    “Your opinion on what?” the Starmie inquired. “Do you even know what we are talking about?”

    “… Are we talking about yogurt?” the Sharpedo responded. “I like mine with fruit at the bottom!”

    “And that’s why you’re not in charge,” the Starmie replied, turning away.

    “Both of you, shut up,” the Tentacruel said, glaring at the two.

    “What’s going on in here?” Sophie asked, as she swam back into the room.

    “Not much, Soapy,” the Tentacruel responded, rubbing the two big red orbs on the sides of his bell with two of his many tentacles. “These two idiots are getting on my nerves.”

    “Which two idiots?” Missile asked, looking around. “There’s nobody else but us in here!”

    “I see…” Sophie replied, rolling her eyes.

    “I’m just saying that I could come up with a plan much quicker if you guys would let me be the leader of this group,” the Starmie said.

    “If you’re so intelligent, then how come you’ve barely done anything to contribute to this plan?” Sophie asked, giving the Starmie an annoyed look.

    “I came up with the trap we used to trap those two,” the Starmie responded. “And I helped out when we set it into motion, didn’t I?”

    “And after that?” Sophie asked. “Seriously, even Missile has been more helpful than you have!”

    “I like to help!” Missile said, grinning.

    “Oh, fine,” the Starmie replied. “Since you admit to so desperately needing my help with your plans, I will provide a list of locations where we can move to if any of those rescue teams force us out of our hideout.”

    The Starmie swam into another part of the cave, causing the Tentacruel to sigh in relief.

    “Thank you, Soapy,” the Tentacruel said. “Now I can finally have some peace and quiet while sorting out our plans…”

    “You’re welcome,” Sophie responded, looking somewhat annoyed. “But seriously, how many times do I have to tell you guys? It’s Sophie!”

    “Isn’t that what he said?” Missile asked, tilting his entire body quizzically.

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    Sera, Blitz, Chiaki and Azure were now searching through a darker area of Sapphire Sea, Blitz having to gradually increase the brightness of his glowing fur as things gradually got darker the further they went. So far, they hadn’t seen any signs of any other rescue teams.

    “Maybe this was a bad idea…” Blitz muttered, looking around nervously.

    “Hey, since we’re here, let’s keep looking around some more first before giving up,” Azure responded, glancing around. “Surely there has to be at least one rescue team around these parts… I mean, if I were a bad guy, a place like this is where I’d put my hideout.”

    “Unless the bad guys thought it was too obvious, and put it somewhere else?” Chiaki commented. “Or, they did put it here, because the rescue teams thought it would be too obvious to put it here, and thus they haven’t bothered to check this area yet?”

    “Again, do either of you guys have any better ideas?” Azure asked, looking around at the other three Pokémon. “… So, let’s keep exploring a little more.”

    The four Pokémon continued moving forward, when suddenly the scenery changed to that of a dark underwater maze, with many rocky walls.

    “… Did we just enter a mystery dungeon?” Sera asked, looking around.

    “Yeah, looks like it…” Blitz responded.

    “Well… At least we’ve all recovered our energy from the last one,” Sera said, taking a quick look at their items. “And we still got some good items here, even if we’re a little low on healing items.”

    “Don’t worry,” Azure responded, smiling. “There are probably some healing items in this dungeon for us to find.”

    “Let’s keep going then,” Sera said.

    The four Pokémon moved further into the mystery dungeon, fighting more wild water Pokémon and gathering more items. As she added the items to their inventory, Sera noticed that they had somehow ended up with quite a few Quick Seeds. She wasn’t sure if they even needed that many, but figured that as long as there was still room for more items, it wasn’t really a problem.

    They continued going deeper and deeper into the dungeon, unsure of what they would find on the other side…

    ----

    After ten floors of tough battles against wild water type Pokémon, gathering up some random items and general exploring, the four Pokémon found themselves in front of a hole leading into what appeared to be an underwater cave. The four were unsure of whether to enter it, or continue exploring another part of the area.

    “I get a bad feeling about this place…” Blitz said, rubbing his forelegs together.

    “That’s a good sign that we’re on the right track, isn’t it?” Azure asked.

    “That’s… an interesting way to look at it, I guess…” Blitz responded.

    “Still, we don’t know what awaits us if we enter the cave,” Sera said, looking around. “Then again, I suppose we also don’t know what awaits us if we explore more of this area and don’t enter the cave…”

    “So, how do we decide, then?” Chiaki asked, tilting his head slightly.

    “Hmm… Let me try something,” Azure said.

    Azure closed her eyes and tried to use her ears to determine which way to go. She listened for anything that might be worth investigating. After a few moments, she managed to pick up on something.

    “I think… I hear voices coming from inside the cave,” Azure said, peeking inside the cave entrance. “Can’t hear what they’re saying, though.”

    “Okay…” Sera responded, glancing around. “So… Should we go investigate that, or…?”

    “Sounds risky…” Blitz commented, rubbing his forelegs together.

    “So?” Azure asked, shrugging slightly. “It’s not like we’ve got any other leads.”

    And with that, Azure swam inside the cave before the others had the chance to stop her. After exchanging a few concerned glances, the rescue team went in after her.

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    The Starmie was in the process of making the list of other possible places they could relocate to if a rescue team were to find their hideout, when it suddenly sensed something with its psychic powers. The ruby in the center of its body flashed, as the Starmie realized what it had picked up on.

    “Intruders…” the Starmie muttered, the ruby flashing once more.

    “What!?” The Tentacruel said, turning towards the Starmie.

    “It’s a rescue team, although they don’t seem particularly powerful,” the Starmie explained, the ruby flashing once more. “From what I can tell, it’s just some surface dwellers that don’t know what they’ve gotten themselves into.”

    “I don’t care who they are!” the Tentacruel responded. “Just get rid of them!”

    “I’ll get right on that,” the Starmie replied, turning to Missile. “Come on, Missile. Let’s give those intruders a warm welcome.”

    “Ooh, sounds nice!” Missile responded, swimming alongside the Starmie as the two headed into one of the tunnels. “What kind of snacks should we serve?”

    “Not that kind of warm welcome,” the Starmie replied.

    ----

    Sera, Blitz, Chiaki and Azure swam deeper into the cave, the rescue team having caught up to the Marill by pointing out to her that they couldn’t swim as fast as she could, and without Blitz to provide some light, Azure wouldn’t be able to see very well in the darkness if she went too far ahead in this area. As they continued going further, Azure’s ears began to pick up on the sound of cheerful laughter.

    “This way, guys,” Azure said, pointing in the direction the giggling was coming from.

    The four Pokémon continued swimming down the tunnel, following the sound of laughter. Eventually, they reached the cell where Somber and Blithe were kept.

    “Yay! It’s a rescue team!” Blithe said, cheerfully twirling around. “We’re saved!”

    “Are you sure?” Somber asked, looking over his shoulder at the four Pokémon. “They don’t look particularly powerful… They probably can’t get us out of here.”

    “You two must be the royal twins we heard about from one of the underwater rescue teams earlier,” Sera said, curiously looking at the two jellyfish behind the bars.

    “Guess my intuition was right,” Azure commented, looking around. “Although, I expected there’d be at least one rescue team around here…”

    “Well, we’re here,” Chiaki pointed out.

    “Oh, that’s right…” Azure responded, blinking. “I… guess that counts?”

    “Are you going to save us now?” Blithe asked, smiling at the rescue team.

    “We would, but…” Blitz responded, rubbing his forelegs together. “How do we do that?”

    “I don’t think I’m strong enough to break these bars,” Azure said, examining the bars. “And we don’t have a key, so…”

    “We’re going to be stuck in here forever,” Somber muttered, staring at a wall. “There’s no way we’re ever getting out…”

    “Hey, relax,” Sera said, glancing around. “We’ll think of something, okay?”

    “Oh, don’t mind him!” Blithe responded, smiling cheerfully. “My brother is just being silly!”

    “What are we supposed to do, though?” Blitz asked.

    “We’re not going to let you do anything,” a voice said, and all six Pokémon turned to see a certain Starmie and Sharpedo emerging from the other direction.

    “I knew we were doomed,” Somber commented, looking at the Sharpedo and Starmie with a rather bored look on his face. “The rescue team doesn’t stand a chance against them.”

    “Don’t listen to him!” Blithe shouted, giggling a little. “I know you can take them down!”

    Blitz and Sera exchanged nervous glances, while Chiaki and Azure assumed a fighting position. The ruby in the Starmie’s center flashed as he prepared to deal with the intruders, while Missile was just there next to him with a goofy grin on his face.

    “Blitz, what do we do?” Sera asked, hoping her teammate would have any ideas of how they could get themselves out of this situation.

    “Hmm… I don’t know…” Blitz responded, observing the opponents. “They look tough, but… if we use the items we have wisely, then we might have a shot.”

    “Good enough for me!” Azure said, smirking. “Let’s take them down!”

    “Not if we take you down first!” the Starmie responded, the second star on his back spinning fast as he began charging up an electric attack.

    The Starmie then fired a bolt of bright blue electricity from the ruby in his center, aiming for Azure.

    “Watch out!” Chiaki said, swimming in front of Azure and using Detect to block the attack.

    “Whew, thanks,” Azure responded, sighing in relief. “Hey, can I borrow some Quick Seeds? I sort of have an idea.”

    “Sure,” Sera replied, getting three Quick Seeds out from the bag and handing them to Azure with her tail.

    “Thanks,” Azure responded, smirking as she ate the seeds and then with the increased speed swam up to Missile and carefully tapped him on the nose before quickly swimming away. “Tag, you’re it!”

    “Ooh, I love this game!” Missile said, before cheerfully chasing after the Marill.

    While Azure kept the Sharpedo distracted, the other three Pokémon had to figure out how to deal with the Starmie. Chiaki managed to keep his Detect up as the Starmie began trying to hit him with Psychic attacks, but was uncertain of how long he could maintain it. Luckily Sera and Blitz didn’t waste any time, Sera using Helping Hand to power up her teammates and Blitz trying to find an item to throw at the Starmie to distract it long enough for them to get some hits in.

    Azure seemed to be enjoying herself as she let the Sharpedo chase after her, even if it was a bit difficult to keep swimming faster than him even with the speed boost from the Quick Seeds. However, as Missile started closing in on her, she realized that the effects of the Quick Seeds were starting to wear off.

    “Uh-oh,” Azure said to herself as she realized she was slowing down.

    “I’ve got you now!” Missile cheerfully announced, and used Aqua Jet to propel himself towards the Marill.

    Azure quickly moved to the side, while Missile was moving too fast to slow down and continued shooting forward until he crashed into a wall.

    “Ooh, that must’ve hurt,” Azure said, wincing slightly.

    Azure turned around to check on how the rescue team was doing. While they were making a good effort, the three were certainly having some difficulty fighting the Starmie. The Starmie’s long-ranged attacks made it difficult for them to get closer to attack, and they had to move quickly to dodge the various attacks.

    “Hmm, I’ve got to help them somehow…” Azure said to herself, thinking about it for a moment before she suddenly heard something moving behind her.

    “Hey, what are you doing?” Missile asked, seeming somewhat dizzy, but otherwise didn’t seem too fazed by hitting the wall. “The game’s not over yet!”

    “Huh?” Azure responded, before smirking as she thought of something. “Oh, right! Come and catch me, if you can!”

    “I’ll get you this time!” Missile said, swimming somewhat wobbly towards the Marill.

    With what was left of her speed boost, Azure quickly began moving towards the other four Pokémon, occasionally glancing behind her to make sure Missile was able to keep up with her. She carefully observed the fight between her friends and the Starmie, trying to get closer and to find just the right moment.

    “Hey, aren’t you going to come and get me?” Azure asked, turning around and wiggling her tail at the Sharpedo. “Come on, you’ve got a clear shot here!”

    “Ooh, I wish I had a cute tail like that…” Missile muttered, distractedly watching Azure’s tail for a few moments.

    Sera, Blitz and Chiaki were struggling to move fast enough to dodge the various psychic, electric and ice attacks fired from the Starmie’s ruby. Blithe was watching the battle, while Somber didn’t really seem to care.

    “Looks like they could use some help,” Blithe commented, glancing over her shoulder at her brooding brother. “Maybe we can do something?”

    “I doubt it,” Somber responded, glancing at his sister. “Besides, it doesn’t really matter what we do, since we’re doomed anyways.”

    “Oh, stop being so silly and come help me!” Blithe said, cheerfully grabbing one of her brother’s tentacles and pulling him over. “All right, let’s do this!”

    Blithe and Somber’s eyes began turning dark as they both started charging up ghost energy for an attack. They then both simultaneously fired black beams of ghost energy from their eyes at the Starmie, but their combined Night Shade attacks didn’t seem to do much other than annoy the Starmie.

    “And just what do you two think you’re doing?” the Starmie asked, his ruby flashing in annoyance as he turned towards the Frillish.

    “Told you it wasn’t going to work,” Somber said to Blithe, leaning against the bars with a resigned look on his face.

    The Starmie realized he was leaving himself open to attack as long as he faced the Frillish, and was confused upon realizing his opponents didn’t seem to be taking the opportunity to attack. He quickly turned around to see the three of them, as well as a certain Marill swim out of a path as a certain Sharpedo sped through the water towards him. The Starmie only had time to register what was about to happen, before Missile collided with him and continued propelling them forward until they both crashed into a wall.

    “Awesome! It worked!” Azure said, grinning. “Can’t wait to tell Frederick about how I beat a psychic type by hitting it with a shark!”

    “Good job, Azure!” Chiaki commented, smiling at the Marill.

    “So… Now that that’s over with, how do we free those two?” Sera asked, looking over at the two still imprisoned jellyfish.

    “Maybe one of those baddies has a key?” Azure suggested, and began swimming down to the two water types.

    However, she quickly turned around and swam away as Missile suddenly began moving and turning around. Apparently, only the Starmie had been knocked unconscious by the impact, while Missile was still up, albeit seeming rather disoriented.

    “Ugh… That wasn’t fun…” Missile mumbled, before glancing back at the unconscious Starmie with a slightly confused look on his face. “Is he it now?”

    “I suppose he would be, if he hadn’t fainted,” Azure said, shrugging slightly. “But hey, why don’t you give it another try? The effect of the Quick Seeds has worn off, so you can probably catch me this time!”

    “All right…” Missile responded, trying to keep his balance. “Third time’s the charm!”

    Azure swam in front of the locked door to the cell, and the Frillish quickly caught on to Azure’s plan and moved to the side. Once Missile attempted his Aqua Jet attack for the third time, Azure moved out of the way once again, causing the Sharpedo to ram into the door on the cell, knocking it down.

    “Yay! We’re free!” Blithe exclaimed, cheerfully twirling around.

    “For now, at least…” Somber muttered, glancing around.

    “Hehe… I can feel my teeth growing back…” Missile mumbled, chuckling a little before losing consciousness.

    “Well, let’s get out of here before he wakes up again,” Azure said, sighing in relief. “Man, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to dodge him a third time, but I pulled it off!”

    “And you did it awesomely!” Blithe responded, swimming up and happily wrapping her tentacles around the Marill, hugging her tightly.

    “You’re welcome,” Azure replied, trying to push the Frillish off her. “But loosen your grip a little; you’re kind of hurting me.”

    “Come on, guys,” Sera said, motioning for the other Pokémon to follow her further into the cave. “We need to get moving!”

    “Isn’t the exit the other way?” Blitz asked, quickly glancing around as the others began following Sera. “… Or is it? I could’ve sworn that’s the way we came from, but now I’m not so sure…”

    “Blitz, hurry up!” Sera said, looking back at him. “We need your glowing fur to see the way ahead!”

    “Oh, right!” Blitz responded, quickly swimming up to the others. “Hope there’s a way out of this cave up ahead…”

    ----

    The six Pokémon eventually reached a larger room within the cave, with a few tunnels they could swim through. However, they weren’t sure which one would lead to an exit. And before they could figure it out, many gray tentacles suddenly shot out from above them and formed a cage around the six of them.

    “Hey, what’s happening?” Sera asked, glancing around as the tentacles surrounded them, before looking up and noticing the Tentacruel above them.

    “I knew we wouldn’t be able to escape from here…” Somber muttered, not really seeming to be alarmed by the situation.

    “The blue Frillish is correct,” the Tentacruel said, snickering. “You are not going anywhere.”

    “Don’t be so sure about that!” Blithe responded, grinning. “We’ve already beaten the Starmie and the Sharpedo!”

    “Shut up!” the Tentacruel replied, before noticing that a certain Alomomola was starting to make her way towards one of the tunnels. “Soapy! Where do you think you’re going!?”

    “Well, since these guys found our hideout, and apparently beat those other guys, I can already tell things aren’t going to end in our favor here,” Sophie responded, glancing back for a moment before entering one of the tunnels. “Also, I’m tired of you guys getting my name wrong, so I’m out of here! … Good luck!”

    “Soapy, get back here, you coward!” the Tentacruel shouted as the Alomomola fled. “Ugh… Whatever… I don’t need her help to take care of such a weak looking rescue team!”

    “Who are you calling “weak”?” Sera asked, glaring up at the Tentacruel.

    “Sure wish I had another shark to launch at this guy now,” Azure muttered, kicking one of the tentacles.

    “Quiet!” the Tentacruel shouted, seeming rather annoyed. “Perhaps a taste of one of my poison attacks will shut you all up…”

    Blitz realized they had to get out of there quickly, before the Tentacruel could fire his attack at them while they were unable to avoid it. While he normally didn’t like using his fangs against other Pokémon, he decided to make an exception this time and bit down on one of the Tentacruel’s tentacles. The Tentacruel screeched in pain and flinched for a moment, allowing the group of six to get out of the tentacle cage.

    “Good job, Blitz!” Sera said, grinning.

    “Thanks,” Blitz responded, wiping his tongue with his paw in an attempt to get rid of the taste.

    “Now, let’s take this guy down!” Sera shouted, using Helping Hand to power up her allies.

    “I’ll try out one of my newest attacks!” Chiaki said, smiling.

    Chiaki then closed his eyes for a moment, and clenched his paw. The paw began glowing, and shot out star shaped rays at the Tentacruel.

    “Nice shot, Chiaki!” Azure said, smirking as she charged at the Tentacruel and prepared to slam her tail against him.

    “Enough!” the Tentacruel exclaimed, and grabbed Azure’s tail with one of his many tentacles before it could strike his bell.

    “Hey, let me go!” Azure shouted, trying to pull her tail out of the Tentacruel’s grip.

    The Tentacruel began extending his many, many tentacles, trying to grab onto the other five Pokémon. They moved as fast as they could through the water in an attempt to dodge the tentacles, but it was proving difficult when there was so many of them.

    “We need to find a way to stop him from waving those around!” Sera said, glancing towards Blitz. “Do you have any ideas?”

    “First of all, cover your eyes!” Blitz responded, before intensifying the glow of his fur to a brightness that momentarily blinded the Tentacruel and made it loosen its grip on Azure’s tail enough for her to free herself.

    “Thanks!” Azure said, grinning.

    “You’re welcome,” Blitz responded, before turning back to Sera. “Sera, do we have any more Quick Seeds?”

    “I think so…” Sera replied, checking their items. “There’s not many left, though.”

    “Do you think it’s enough to- Sera! Watch out!” Blitz quickly swam over and pushed Sera out of the way as a blob of poisonous sludge nearly hit her.

    “Hey, leave my friends alone!” Chiaki shouted, and fired more star shaped rays from his fist at the Tentacruel.

    “Sera, you okay?” Blitz asked.

    “Yeah, I’m fine,” Sera responded, using Helping Hand to power up her teammates some more. “Thanks.”

    Azure and Chiaki continued doing their best to keep the Tentacruel busy, while Blitz attempted to figure out how to distribute the remaining Quick Seeds.

    “Only three left…” Blitz muttered, thinking for a moment. “What would be the best way to use these?”

    In the meantime, the Tentacruel had managed to force Chiaki and Azure up against a wall, using his tentacles to trap them. Chiaki used Detect to protect himself as the Tentacruel began firing more of his long ranged attacks at him and Azure. Chiaki just hoped he could keep himself and Azure safe until Sera and Blitz had decided on their plan.

    “Looks like Chiaki and Azure are in a bit of a pinch,” Sera said, glancing over at them. “We better make up our minds fast!”

    “All right, I think I have an idea…” Blitz responded, whispering something into Sera’s ear.

    “Hmm, sounds good,” Sera replied, nodding her head.

    “Can we help too?” Blithe asked, swimming over to them while dragging Somber with her.

    “Shouldn’t you two be hiding?” Blitz responded, looking at the two.

    “Oh, we may not be as strong as you guys, but if there’s any way we can help, we’ll gladly do it!” Blithe replied, giggling a little. “Isn’t that right, Somber?”

    “Does it matter if we help?” Somber asked, still in the same morose tone as before. “We’re probably going to be defeated anyways.”

    “You’re so silly!” Blithe responded, cheerfully hugging her brother. “Come on, let’s help the rescue team!”

    The Tentacruel was firing Water Pulse attacks at Chiaki, knowing the Mienfoo wouldn’t be able to dodge them for much longer. Azure was preparing to take the attack for Chiaki once his Detect failed; knowing that being a water type herself would allow her to resist the attack somewhat. However, she then noticed Blithe and Somber swimming up behind the Tentacruel.

    “What are you two doing?” Azure asked. “You should let us handle this!”

    “Hmm?” the Tentacruel said, ceasing his attack for a moment and turning slightly to get a look at what was behind him. “Ah, there you are.”

    “That’s right!” Blithe shouted, cheerfully waving a tentacle. “Come and get us!”

    “This won’t end well…” Somber muttered, not seeming to have much faith in their plan.

    The Tentacruel snickered, and began turning around to grab the Frillish twins, allowing for Chiaki and Azure to swim away unnoticed. However, before the Tentacruel could wrap his tentacles around them, Blitz used Flash to momentarily blind him once again. The Tentacruel screeched in frustration again, and covered its eyes with a tentacle. Once the brightness had faded somewhat, the Frillish twins were out of sight.

    “Where did they go…?” the Tentacruel muttered, looking around.

    “Hey!” Azure shouted, swiftly swimming up to the Tentacruel. “This battle’s not over yet!”

    The Tentacruel attempted to trap Azure again, but the Marill quickly evaded his tentacles, swimming a little faster than she did earlier. Sera and Chiaki swam past as well, also seeming to be swimming faster now. The Tentacruel tried firing off a few Water Pulse attacks at them, but they managed to swiftly dodge his attacks.

    “Hmm, where’s the fourth one and the Frillish twins?” the Tentacruel said, looking from side to side.

    The Tentacruel suddenly cried out in pain as Blitz suddenly rammed into his bell from above, hitting him as hard as he could with his Spark attack. Blue sparks of electricity were still arcing off the Tentacruel even after Blitz’s attack was done, and it seemed the jellyfish Pokémon was now having difficulty moving his tentacles.

    “Look! It seems he can’t move!” Sera said, smirking. “Let’s get him!”

    Sera swam towards and tackled the Tentacruel at a high speed, seeming a bit surprised at how well she was able to pull off a Quick Attack since it wasn’t exactly an attack she was meant to use underwater. Azure followed up with her Rollout attack, striking the Tentacruel while rolling at a high speed, and then hitting him again with more force. Chiaki decided to stick to his Swift attack for now since it let him attack from a distance, and continued firing star shaped rays at the Tentacruel.

    Once the other three had finished their attacks, Blitz finished the Tentacruel off with another Spark attack from above. The unconscious Tentacruel sank to the floor, as the Frillish twins came out from their hiding spot.

    “You did it!” Blithe exclaimed, swimming up and hugging Blitz tightly. “That was so awesome!”

    “Ugh… Thanks…” Blitz responded, wheezing slightly as Blithe squeezed him a bit too tightly. “But don’t do that, please… I-I need most of my internal organs to live…”

    “I’m just glad the fight’s over,” Sera said, sighing in relief.

    “Yeah, I suppose that battle did take a lot of energy on our part,” Azure commented, grinning. “That was certainly some awesome teamwork we pulled off at the end there, though!”

    “Everyone okay in here?” another voice called out, and the six Pokémon turned to see the Lanturn from the rescue team Sera and her teammates had met with earlier.

    “Oh, we’re fine!” Chiaki responded, smiling and waving at the Lanturn.

    “Well, that’s good to hear,” the Lanturn replied, smiling as his teammates swam over carrying Missile and the Starmie. “It also looks like you managed to get most of the work here done before we got here, so good job!”

    “Thanks!” Sera responded, wagging her tail happily.

    “There was one more Pokémon working with the Tentacruel,” Blitz said, rubbing his forelegs together. “But she chose to flee rather than stay and fight.”

    “Hmm, I see,” the Lanturn responded. “What species?”

    “An Alomomola, sir,” Blitz replied.

    “All right, then,” the Lanturn responded, nodding slightly. “We’ll keep an eye out for her.”

    “Finding her probably won’t be easy,” Somber commented, looking away. “There are many Alomomola in the sea, after all.”

    “Dude, can’t you cheer up a little?” Azure asked, giving Somber a somewhat annoyed look. “I mean, we just saved you and your sister! At least show some gratitude, if nothing else!”

    “Oh, don’t listen to him!” Blithe said, cheerfully twirling around. “We’re both very grateful that you saved us with your awesome rescue team skills!”

    “Anyways, my team will take it from here,” the Lanturn said, as his teammates picked up the Tentacruel. “We’ll bring these outlaws in to the deep sea police, and escort the Frillish twins back home to their parents.”

    “However, we will make sure you are rewarded for helping us with this case,” the Lumineon said, with a friendly smile. “If there’s anything we can help with, let us know!”

    “Hmm…” Sera said, exchanging glances with her teammates. “Well… Do any of you happen to know the Whirlpool attack?”

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    After leaving the cave and dropping off the outlaws at the deep sea police force’s office, the two rescue teams and the Frillish twins headed over to where the whirlpool and the third crystal was. The Kingdra went down to the whirlpool in order to retrieve the crystal, while the other eight Pokémon waited for the sea horse Pokémon to emerge from the abyss.

    “Is he okay down there?” Chiaki asked, tilting his head slightly.

    “Don’t worry, he can handle it,” the Lanturn responded. “He knows what to do when it comes to whirlpools.”

    “That’s a pretty big vortex,” Blithe commented, watching it intently. “Look at it going round, and round, and round, and round…”

    The Pokémon continued observing the whirlpool, and soon noticed that it seemed to be getting smaller, and eventually it subsided completely, at which point the Kingdra swam up from the abyss, carrying the blue gem in his tail.

    “All right, got it,” the Kingdra said, handing the crystal over to Chiaki. “Here you go.”

    “Thanks!” Chiaki responded, smiling at the Kingdra.

    “So, that’s three of the Axis Tower crystals retrieved,” Sera said, grinning.

    “It’s so pretty!” Blithe commented, giggling a little.

    “There’s still five more out there, right?” Somber said. “And if those aren’t found… we’re all doomed.”

    “You really are a “glass half-empty” kind of guy, aren’t you?” Azure responded.

    “Well, thanks again for your co-operation,” the Lanturn said, smiling at the rescue team before turning to the Frillish twins. “All right, time to take you two back home.”

    “Okay!” Blithe responded, cheerfully waving to Sera and her friends as she and Somber began swimming away with the underwater rescue team. “Bye-bye!”

    “Try not to get into too much danger on your next missions,” Somber said, half-heartedly waving a tentacle.

    And after waving good-bye to the underwater rescue team and the royal Frillish twins, Sera and her friends decided it was time to return to the surface and hand the crystal they had retrieved over to Stella for safe-keeping.

    ----

    It felt good to be back on the surface, even if took them a little while to get their fur dry after getting out of the water and back on land. After heading back to Fenix Town, and dropping off the crystal at Stella’s house, the four Pokémon decided to head over to the café to relax a little before calling it a day.

    “We sure had a lot of fun today!” Chiaki said, smiling at his friends.

    “Well, it was certainly quite the adventure…” Blitz responded, sighing. “I’m pretty tired from all that swimming and fighting underwater, though…”

    “Yeah, me too,” Sera replied, nodding her head slightly. “Maybe I’ll allow myself to sleep in tomorrow…”

    “And Azure, I’m really glad you showed up when you did!” Chiaki said. “We probably couldn’t have done all this without you!”

    “Hey, it was the perfect opportunity for me to try out the new moves and such that I gained when I evolved into action!” Azure responded, grinning. “There was no way I was missing out on that!”

    “Well, I look forward to seeing more of what you can do now,” Chiaki commented, smiling. “We should go on another adventure together again soon!”

    “Oh, yeah, about that…” Azure said, nervously tapping her hands together. “There’s something I kind of wanted to ask…”

    “Oh? What is it?” Sera responded, as she, Blitz and Chiaki all looked at Azure expectantly.

    “Well… I was wondering…” Azure took a deep breath, before finally managing to ask the question that had been on her mind. “Can I join your rescue team?”

    “Huh? You want to join our rescue team?” Sera asked, seeming a bit surprised.

    “Well, we’ve had so much fun when going on adventures together, and so I’ve been thinking about becoming a full time member for some time now,” Azure explained.

    “Why haven’t you mentioned this before?” Chiaki asked, tilting his head slightly.

    “For some reason, I just couldn’t bring myself to ask about it,” Azure replied, chuckling a little. “Probably wouldn’t expect me of all Pokémon to have trouble with that, huh?”

    “I admit, that seems a bit unlike you,” Blitz responded.

    “Yeah…” Azure replied, clearing her throat. “But anyways, now that I’ve evolved, I feel that I’m ready. So please, let me join your rescue team!”

    “What do you guys think?” Chiaki asked, looking to Sera and Blitz with a hopeful look. “She can join, right?”

    “Well, the four of us worked pretty well together today,” Blitz responded, smiling at Azure. “I guess the experience she already has from previous adventures with us might’ve helped her figure out what to do so quickly, even though she was in a new body she was still getting used to.”

    “Good point,” Sera said, nodding her head. “If one thinks of it like that, then I guess she’s practically a member of our team already!”

    “Does that mean I’m in?” Azure asked, grinning while looking expectantly at the other three Pokémon around the table.

    “You’re in!” Sera responded, grinning and holding out her paw. “Welcome to the team!”

    “Yes!” Azure replied, high-fiving Sera. “Oh, this is going to be so awesome!”

    “Since you have some skills the rest of us don’t have, I have a feeling having you on our team will open up some new opportunities for us,” Blitz said, smiling.

    “All right, that Silver rank is looking closer than ever now!” Sera commented, grinning. “The four of us will take this rescue team to new heights, I’m sure of it!”

    “I bet missions will be even more fun now that Azure is with us!” Chiaki said, cheerfully clapping his paws.

    “Aw, thanks guys!” Azure responded, blushing somewhat. “I promise I won’t let you guys down!”

    And so, Sera’s rescue team had earned a new member, and another one of the Axis Tower crystals had been retrieved. It had certainly been a good day for the Bronze rank team, and with the cheerful laughter and conversation between them, one might almost think that those four friends didn’t have anything to be concerned about.

    It was just too bad that things weren't as well as they seemed.

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    End of Chapter 20.

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    Hello again! So, it's time for Chapter 21. I really enjoyed writing this one, and I believe things should be getting even more interesting from here on out.

    Anyways, as usual, I hope you all enjoy the chapter!

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    Chapter 21: You never told me you had a sister.

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    With every new day, there were letters and newspapers containing the latest news and interesting articles to deliver. For Santos the Delibird, there was always much work to do, but he didn’t mind. After all, the letters and newspapers couldn’t deliver themselves; someone had to do it. And Santos the Delibird was just the right mail-mon for the job. He went around Fenix Town, delivering letters and today’s newspaper with the headline letting the readers know that yet another crystal from Axis Tower had been found.

    It was important to let the Pokémon know what was happening in their world, and keep them updated on the whole situation regarding the stolen crystals. That way, they would be reassured knowing that rescue teams were sorting the situation out. After finishing his rounds around the main parts of Fenix Town, Santos headed towards the west exit of town to deliver the letters to the Pokémon living just outside of town.

    However, as he was making these deliveries, he suddenly noticed a shadow appear over him.

    “Excuse me,” he heard a female voice say, echoing slightly in a light purr as he felt her breath on his neck.

    Santos shivered slightly, and slowly dared himself to turn around and look at who or what was behind him. As he did, he suddenly found himself face to face with a beast with blue and black fur and glowing yellow eyes.

    “Hello, little bird,” the beast said, gazing down at the small red penguin Pokémon. “You seem to know your way around here.”

    Santos was shaking and couldn’t bring himself to say anything; he barely managed a small stutter under the gaze of the terrifying beast before him. He wanted to run, but was frozen in fear.

    “I’m here to visit someone,” the beast said, leaning down and grinning widely, giving Santos a good view of her sharp teeth. “Perhaps you could tell which house he lives in?”

    After staring right at the sharp teeth that were now in front of his face for a few more seconds, Santos finally managed to get his sound out, and screamed at the top of his lungs as he ran away as fast as his legs could carry him. The Luxray just watched him run away with a confused look on her face.

    “… Was it something I said?” the electric lion Pokémon wondered, before shrugging it off. “Oh well, I guess I’ll just use my eyes then!”

    ----

    Blitz and Chiaki were asleep, but were quickly woken up when they heard the terrified Delibird’s screams outside as he ran past their house. Chiaki quickly got onto his feet and looked around, while Blitz still seemed a bit groggy.

    “What was that!?” Chiaki said, wondering what could’ve scared the poor mail-mon so much.

    “Someone screaming in terror…?” Blitz muttered tiredly for a moment, before perking his ears up and getting to his feet. “Oh! My mom must be here!”

    “Huh?” Chiaki responded, scratching the back of his head.

    Blitz walked up to the entrance to the hut to keep an eye out for his mother, and Chiaki curiously followed behind him, wondering what exactly was going on.

    “Mom, I’m over here!” Blitz shouted, waving a paw at the Luxray outside.

    “Ah, there you are, my little prince!” the Luxray responded, walking up to the stone hut, causing Chiaki to leap back in surprise as he saw her smile, or rather the sharp teeth that were visible when she smiled. “Oh, your mommy has missed you so much! How have you been?”

    “I’ve been doing okay,” Blitz replied, smiling back at his mother, although of course his smile wasn’t anywhere near as frightening as his mother’s. “And you?”

    “Oh, I’ve been fine, more or less,” the Luxray responded, still smiling.

    “Blitz!” another female, much younger voice called out, as another Shinx suddenly stepped out from behind the Luxray. She was smaller than Blitz, and the fur her hind paws were blue instead of black like Blitz’s. She also had a smaller tuft of hair on her head than Blitz did, and was currently smiling sweetly at him. “I’ve missed you too, big brother!”

    “Lita!” Blitz replied, seeming delighted to see his little sister again. “It’s so good to see you again!”

    “So… That’s Blitz’s little sister…?” Chiaki said, watching as the younger Shinx walked up to her brother and affectionately nuzzled him, before Blitz’s mother suddenly moved her grinning face into view, startling Chiaki once more. “Yikes!”

    “Hello there!” Blitz’s mother said, not seeming to realize she’d frightened him. “What’s your name?”

    “Uh… It’s Chiaki,” Chiaki responded meekly. “It’s n-nice to meet you.”

    “It’s nice to meet you too!” Blitz’s mother replied, nodding her head slightly. “I am really glad to meet one of my son’s friends!”

    Chiaki nervously smiled back at the Luxray, realizing that she was actually quite friendly, even if she had an intimidating gaze paired with a set of fangs that together could probably even send shivers down a Beartic's spine.

    “So, what brings you here?” Blitz asked, looking at the two female electric lions. “I wasn’t expecting either of you.”

    “Well, I’m sorry about that,” Blitz’s mother responded. “But I need someone to look after Lita for a few days as I’ll be going on a little trip with some of the other members of the pride.”

    “Ah, I see,” Blitz replied, nodding his head slightly. “Food supply’s running short?”

    “Exactly,” Blitz’s mother responded, nodding her head. “I know this is short notice, but you wouldn’t mind looking after Lita for a few days, would you? She has really missed you, and I was thinking this might be a good time for the two of to spend some time together…”

    “Of course I’ll look after her!” Blitz replied, smiling warmly. “I’ve really missed spending time with my little sis!”

    “Thank you, big brother!” Lita responded, jumping for joy.

    “All right, it’s settled then!” Blitz’s mother said, leaning down at nuzzling her daughter. “Be good and listen to your big brother, okay?”

    “Okay!” Lita responded, nodding her head. “I’ll be good, and listen to big brother!”

    “I know you will, my little princess,” the Luxray replied, before turning back to Blitz. “So, I guess you can show her around town, tell her about what you’ve been doing and introduce her to your friends.”

    “Yeah, sure,” Blitz responded, rubbing his forelegs together for a moment.

    “Well, I guess I should get going then,” Blitz and Lita’s mother replied, turning around and getting ready to leave. “Have fun, you two!”

    “Bye mom,” Blitz said, waving good-bye to his mother. “Good luck on the trip!”

    “Bye-bye!” Lita said, also waving good-bye. “Try not to scare any small children on your way home!”

    “Uh… Bye!” Chiaki said, joining the two siblings in waving good-bye, until the Luxray was out of sight. “Whew… That was unexpected…”

    “Yeah…” Blitz responded, nodding his head slightly.

    “Why’d you rub the rings on your legs together like that when my mother talked about you introducing me to your friends?” Lita asked, looking up at her brother.

    “Huh?” Blitz responded, meeting his sister’s gaze.

    “I know you do that when you’re nervous, you know,” Lita replied, smiling at her brother.

    “Uh… I do?” Blitz responded, rubbing his forelegs together.

    “Uh-huh!” Lita said, nodding her head. “So, what’s wrong with me meeting your friends?”

    “Um… T-There’s nothing wrong, really…” Blitz responded, nervously glancing around.

    Even Chiaki could tell something wasn’t right here, but he had no idea what was going on with his friend right now. It seemed like Blitz was hiding something, but Chiaki couldn’t think of any reason why Blitz would be keeping secrets from his friends. He decided that he would have to ask Sera about it later. After all, Sera was Blitz’s best friend, and so Chiaki figured that she would likely know if anything was bothering Blitz.

    “Relax; I won’t embarrass you or anything!” Lita said, smiling up at her brother. “Come on, let’s go!”

    “O-Okay…” Blitz responded, nodding his head slightly. “Chiaki and I will show you around town.”

    “Yay!” Lita replied, and ran outside. “Let’s go! Let’s go!”

    “Hey, wait for us!” Blitz shouted, and quickly ran after his sister along with Chiaki.

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    It didn’t take long before the three of them reached the town plaza, where the Pokémon were going about their business as usual. Lita excitedly looked around, while Blitz explained to her what each shop was for. Chiaki couldn’t help but smile a little as he watched the two Shinx siblings, the way Blitz was showing her around town kind of reminded him of the time when Blitz gave him a tour around town the day after they first met.

    “This place is very different from home!” Lita said, looking around in awe. “This place has lots of buildings and shops, while Lightning Plateau doesn’t really have any of that!”

    “Yeah,” Blitz responded, nodding his head slightly. “It’s pretty different, but one gets used to it.”

    “Oh? What was your old home like?” Chiaki asked.

    “We live in a cave!” Lita responded, smiling. “But it’s a really nice cave, so it kind of feels like a house! Blitz and I even have our own rooms!”

    “Cool!” Chiaki replied, smiling back at the younger Shinx.

    “The Lightning Plateau is Luxray territory, so Blitz and I didn’t often see other species of Pokémon around,” Lita said, looking around at some of the other Pokémon wandering around town. “There were plenty of other Shinx for us to play with, though.”

    “Sounds nice,” Chiaki responded.

    “Oh, it is!” Lita replied. “Or at least, things were really great, until our father lef-”

    “Hey, Lita,” Blitz said, interrupting his sister before she could finish her sentence. “If you don’t pay attention, you’ll fall behind!”

    “Huh?” Lita responded, tilting her head slightly. “I wasn’t falling behind! I’m right next to you, see?”

    “Well, that’s good,” Blitz replied. “Come on, I still need to show you the dojo and the café, oh, and the rescue team HQ!”

    “Blitz, are you okay?” Lita asked.

    “Of course I am,” Blitz responded, smiling at his sister. “Also, I need to introduce you to my mentor, Hercules, and my other teammates, Sera and Azure!”

    “Okay…” Lita replied, following her brother and Chiaki as they headed for the café.

    ----

    At the café, Azure was helping out her mother at the café, and was bringing a drink over to Sera, who was sitting at one of the tables and looking rather tired. Sera yawned as Azure put the glass of berry juice in front of her.

    “There you go, one glass of Chesto berry juice,” Azure said, winking at Sera. “That should help you feel more awake!”

    “Thanks, Azure,” Sera responded, rubbing her eyes. “I was hoping to sleep in today, but Volt and Sirena’s arguing over which one of them was responsible for the mess in the living room was just so loud…”

    “Mess in the living room?” Azure inquired.

    “I don’t know what happened in there,” Sera responded, drinking some of the berry juice. “I was so tired I didn’t even bother to check…” Sera’s ears started perking up slightly as she drank the Chesto berry juice and started to wake up more. “Ah… That feels much better!”

    As Sera finished her drink, Blitz, Chiaki and Lita entered the café. Azure noticed and waved the three over.

    “Hey guys!” Azure said.

    “Hey there, Azure,” Chiaki responded, walking up to the table along with Blitz and Lita.

    “Who’s this?” Sera asked, noticing Lita.

    “I’m Lita!” Lita responded, smiling at Sera. “I’m Blitz’s little sister!”

    “Oh? Well, it’s nice to meet you,” Sera replied, before looking over at Blitz. “You never told me you had a sister.”

    “Well, um… You never asked,” Blitz responded, rubbing his forelegs together. “Anyways, she’ll be staying with me and Chiaki for a few days.”

    “I see,” Azure said, petting Lita on the head. “Does that mean you’ll be too busy to go on any missions?”

    “Hmm…” Blitz thought about it for a few moments. “Don’t worry, I can probably ask Hercules to look after her while we go on missions.”

    “Oh, can’t I come along?” Lita asked. “I’d like to see what you and your friends do!”

    “Sorry Lita, but I think it’s a little too dangerous for you,” Blitz responded. “Besides, only four Pokémon can enter a dungeon at a time.”

    “Aw, that’s not fair!” Lita replied, pouting. “I wanted to see you fight and stuff.”

    “Hey, don’t be upset,” Blitz said, smiling at his sister. “Even if you might not get to see me battle, we’re still going to have a lot of fun, right?”

    “I guess…” Lita responded. “Oh! What about watching you train? Can I watch you train with your mentor?”

    “Uh… I guess that’s okay,” Blitz replied.

    “Yay!” Lita responded, the four pointed star-shape on her tail flashing for a moment from her excitement.

    “The little cutie adores you, doesn’t she?” Azure commented, looking over at Blitz.

    “Well, yeah, I guess,” Blitz responded, blushing slightly. “Lita and I have always been very close.”

    “Uh-huh!” Lita said, nodding her head. “We’re not just siblings; we’re also true friends and can tell each other everything!”

    “How nice,” Azure responded, petting Lita again.

    “Wish I had that kind of relationship with one of my siblings,” Sera commented. “Not that I don’t have good relationship with most of my siblings, but I don’t really know if I’d consider any of them a true friend.”

    “Well, I think that’s enough talking for now!” Azure said, grinning. “So, how about we drop off the little cutie at the dojo so Hercules can look after her, while the four of us head out on a mission?”

    “Sounds good,” Sera responded, stretching her legs. “Let’s go.”

    “Okay!” Chiaki said.

    “All right,” Blitz said.

    “Tell me all about the mission when you get back, okay?” Lita asked, looking up at her brother.

    “Yeah, I will,” Blitz responded, nodding his head. “Now, let’s go.”

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    After stopping by the dojo, introducing Lita to Hercules and asking him to look after Lita, the rescue team headed to the rescue team HQ. After checking the boards and discussing the available missions amongst themselves, they eventually decided on two missions in the same dungeon. The first request was from a Happiny, who wanted a rescue team to go retrieve the Oval Stone she had lost, and the other was from a Tropius who wanted them to look for her Nidorino friend who had gone missing while exploring the dungeon.

    “All right, if Blitz’s calculations are correct, then these two missions should give us just enough points to reach the Silver rank!” Sera said, wagging her tail happily.

    “Then, what are we waiting for?” Azure asked, smirking. “Let’s get going!”

    And so, the four Pokémon hurried over to the room behind the purple curtain and asked Kala to teleport them to the mystery dungeon they needed to go to. In a flash of light, the four appeared at the entrance to the mystery dungeon. They entered the dungeon, and began exploring as usual.

    “Hear any wild Pokémon, Azure?” Blitz asked, looking around.

    “Hmm…” Azure walked up to one of the paths they could follow, listening for any wild Pokémon approaching.

    Chiaki noticed that Blitz and Azure seemed to be busy trying to decide on where to go, and decided that this would be a good time to speak with Sera. The only problem was that even if Blitz and Azure weren’t paying attention, the fact that they both had good hearing might make it difficult for him and Sera to talk privately. Still, Chiaki decided to quietly walk up to Sera.

    “Hey, Sera?” Chiaki whispered into Sera’s ear. “Could we talk privately? I need to ask you about something.”

    “Oh?” Sera responded, glancing around. “Sure, I guess… but not here. We’ll wait until we’re out of the dungeon.”

    “Okay,” Chiaki replied, nodding his head slightly.

    “Guys, come over here!” Azure said, waving to Sera and Chiaki before pointing to one of the two paths. “Blitz thinks we should head this way.”

    “All right, thanks,” Sera responded, nodding her head slightly. “Let’s keep going, then!”

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    Meanwhile, at the dojo, Lita was talking with Hercules and watching a few of the rescue teams training at different things. Hercules told the young Shinx what she wanted to know about her brother’s time in Fenix Town, and helpfully answered the questions she asked. Lita seemed to be happy that Hercules was willing to share what he knew with her, although there were a few things that surprised her.

    “So… Blitz hasn’t told any of them?” Lita asked, tilting her head slightly. “Not a thing?”

    “Well… Blitz is afraid of what everyone will think,” Hercules explained, petting Lita’s head.

    “Why?” Lita asked. “I don’t get it. Why is he afraid?”

    “Back at Lightning Plateau, you and Blitz told each other everything, didn’t you?” Hercules responded. “Told you how he felt, what was happening in his life, how much he wanted the other members of the pride to just accept him the way you did, without demanding anything else of him?”

    “Oh…” Lita replied, thinking for a moment. “I think I get it… But, this place isn’t like Lightning Plateau! There are lots of buildings, lots of different types of Pokémon and they do things differently here than we do in Lightning Plateau!”

    “You have a very good point there,” Hercules responded, smiling at the young Shinx. “From what I understand from what Blitz has told me, Lightning Plateau is indeed very different from Fenix Town. I know that Blitz probably wouldn’t experience the exact same things he went through with the other members of the pride with the Pokémon here, but I guess he still hasn’t fully recovered from the events back at Lightning Plateau…”

    “Yeah…” Lita replied, her ears drooping slightly. “He hasn’t really been the same after our dad left, and the stuff that happened after that…”

    “I hope Blitz will be able to open his heart to his friends someday,” Hercules said solemnly, while scratching Lita behind her ears. “I want to help him, but I don’t know what I can really do to help him trust in his friends enough to be able to tell them the truth…”

    “He trusts you, doesn’t he?” Lita asked, looking up at Hercules. “You know everything, and he can talk to you?”

    “That’s right,” Hercules responded, nodding his head slightly. “I do everything I can to support him and try to help him find the right path.”

    “You mean like parents do?” Lita asked, smiling at Hercules.

    “Huh?” Hercules responded, blinking a few times as he thought about what Lita said before giving a slightly flustered smile. “Oh… I guess it is kind of like that, isn’t it...”

    “I think that’s really nice!” Lita replied, giggling a little.

    “Uh… Thanks,” Hercules responded, rubbing the back of his horn. “Still, I think he needs more than just me for support.”

    “Ooh, maybe I can help?” Lita suggested. “I can be very persuasive!”

    Lita then decided to demonstrate, and lowered her head slightly while gazing up at Hercules while making her golden eyes look as big as she could. She then added in a small smile and started purring softly.

    “I suppose that is a pretty compelling argument you’ve got there,” Hercules commented, chuckling a little.

    “Everyone will bow down to my superior cuteness!” Lita said, giggling and winking.

    “I’m sure they will,” Hercules responded, smiling at Lita. “Not sure if it is what it’ll take to convince your brother, though.”

    “It’s worth a try, isn’t it?” Lita asked, looking at Hercules with the same look she demonstrated earlier.

    “Well… I suppose it can’t hurt to try,” Hercules responded, chuckling a little. “Anyways, let’s talk about something else for a bit. Want to hear about how exactly this dojo works?”

    “Sure!” Lita replied, with a cheerful smile.

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    After two successful missions, Sera and her teammates returned to the rescue team HQ, and picked up their rewards for the missions. To Sera’s dismay, it turned out they were a few points short of reaching Silver rank, but she cheered up a little once Azure pointed out that they would likely hit Silver rank on their next mission. Leaving the HQ, they went to the dojo to pick up Lita, and then decided to head over to the café to enjoy some refreshments while telling Lita all about their adventure.

    “So, Chiaki wanted to talk to me about something, so could the three of you just go ahead to the café?” Sera asked. “Chiaki and I will catch up to you later.”

    “Uh… Okay, I guess,” Blitz responded.

    “Fine with me,” Azure said, smirking. “Just don’t keep us waiting too long!”

    And with that, Blitz, Azure and Lita headed off to the café, while Sera and Chiaki decided to go find a quiet spot where they could talk in private.

    “So, what’s the matter?” Sera asked.

    “Well, Blitz was acting kind of strange earlier this morning,” Chiaki explained. “So, I was wondering if you might know if something is bothering Blitz, since you’re his best friend and all.”

    “Oh? Blitz hasn’t really mentioned anything that’s bothering him…” Sera responded, tilting her head slightly.

    “So, you haven’t noticed anything?” Chiaki asked.

    “Not really…” Sera replied, shaking her head.

    “Maybe I’m just worrying for nothing, then…” Chiaki responded, shrugging slightly. “I just can’t shake off the feeling that Blitz might be hiding something from us…”

    “Well, then…” Sera said, thinking for a moment. “Maybe Hercules knows something?”

    “Hercules is his mentor,” Chiaki responded, nodding his head slightly. “I guess it is likely that Blitz may have told him something he hasn’t told us.”

    “All right, then,” Sera said, and started walking away.

    “Where are you going?” Chiaki asked.

    “To the dojo, of course,” Sera responded.

    “But, weren’t we supposed to meet the others at the café?” Chiaki said, pointing in the other direction. “They’re kind of waiting for us, you know…”

    “I know, but this is more important right now!” Sera replied, nodding her head slightly. “I have to get to the bottom of this, so I’m going to the dojo to get some answers!”

    “Oh, okay…” Chiaki responded, following Sera. “Guess I’ll come with you, then.”

    ----

    After a short walk back to the dojo, Sera and Chiaki began looking around for Hercules. They soon spotted the Heracross giving Frosty some advice on how to improve his throwing technique so he could make the icicles he threw hit the targets more accurately. Chiaki waved to Hercules to get his attention, and once he noticed them, Hercules decided to leave Frosty to continue his target practice while he went to speak to them.

    “Hello there,” Hercules said as he went up to them. “What brings you two here?”

    “Well, we’re kind of concerned about Blitz,” Sera responded. “And so we were wondering if you might know if anything is bothering him?”

    “Oh, um…” Hercules glanced around. “What gives you the idea that something is bothering him?”

    “He was acting kind of strange earlier today,” Chiaki replied.

    “And based on your reaction there, I assume you know something?” Sera asked, trying to make eye-contact with the Heracross. “You do know something, don’t you?”

    “I’m sorry, but I can’t tell you anything,” Hercules responded, shaking his head. “The conversations I’ve had with Blitz are just between the two of us, and Blitz doesn’t want anyone else in town to know certain things about him.”

    “What things?” Sera asked, refusing to drop the subject.

    “I really can’t tell you,” Hercules replied, sighing. “It would be better if you waited until Blitz is ready to tell you everything himself.”

    “But… I don’t understand!” Sera responded. “Why would Blitz keep secrets from us? We’re his friends!”

    “It’s not like I haven’t been trying to convince him to tell you guys…” Hercules replied.

    “Please, tell us!” Sera pleaded, her ears drooping down slightly. “I need to know!”

    “Listen, Blitz had a pretty difficult time before coming here to Fenix Town,” Hercules explained. “There are still some things he hasn’t fully understood yet…”

    “What do you mean?” Sera asked, growing more and more distressed as Hercules refused to directly answer her questions. “That isn’t enough! I need to know more!”

    “Sera, please calm down,” Hercules responded, patting her on the head. “I know you’re concerned, but I’ve already said too much.”

    “I tell Blitz everything, so why is there something he won’t tell me?” Sera asked, looking up pleadingly at Hercules. “Tell me what happened to Blitz before he came to town!”

    “Can’t it wait for another time?” Hercules responded. “Besides, you haven’t really shown much interest in Blitz’s background or asked him about any of this before, have you?”

    “Hey, that’s not…” Sera started, until she recalled something from earlier that day.

    “You never told me you had a sister.”

    “Well, um… You never asked.”

    “I… I…” Sera stuttered, realizing that Hercules was right. She often told him about how she felt about certain things, like how her siblings often got on her nerves, how she hated it when others didn’t listen to her or take her seriously because of her age, but she had rarely asked him about his feelings on things not related to their rescue team business.

    “Sera…” Chiaki said, unsure of what to say to his teammate.

    “Hercules, I… please! I have to know!” Sera pleaded.

    “… You’re not giving up on this, are you?” Hercules responded.

    Sera looked up at Hercules and shook her head. Hercules sighed and motioned for Sera and Chiaki to follow him.

    “All right… I’m probably going to regret this later, but I’ll explain the situation,” Hercules said. “It’s kind of a long story, but… basically, this is what happened.”

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    End of chapter 21.
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    Hey! I'm slowly catching up, reviewing as I do. Chapter 17 was a nice breather, showing that people have lives besides rescue missions.

    “Well, that’s because Amethyst is awesome,” Sera replied, wagging her tail. “But you can be awesome too, in a different way.”
    This is good advice.

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    Not had Internet for months so I've not been able to read any of the recent chapters D:
    But now that I've caught up I can't wait for the next chapter I very much like how the story strongly relates to the actual games in how you make the characters fight in dungeons! Keep writing and good luck ^^

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    Main highlights these past two chapters:

    20: Missile! He's awesome and I want to see more of him.

    21: Basket/Maekirte cameo. Just... YES!

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    Thanks for your replies! ^_^

    Chapter 22 is coming along nicely, and although there's only a few scenes left, I'm not entirely sure when it'll be done. Hopefully it won't be too long, so just wait a bit longer and I'll try my best to have it done as soon as possible. Hope you'll all look forward to it!
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    Hey guys! So, school started up for me on Tuesday, which likely means I'll have less time to work on this and other things, as my schoolwork needs to take priority. However, I'm still going to do my best to keep this story moving.

    And on that note, I think it is time for Chapter 22! I've really been looking forward to putting this one up, and I hope you'll all enjoy it. So, let's get right into it, shall we?

    Also, as you may notice, there are two forms of narration in this chapter. The parts in italics are Hercules' narration (with Sera and Chiaki occasionally asking a few questions), while the normal text is normal narration of the events that occured in the past.

    I probably didn't need to explain it, but I decided to do so anyways, just to avoid any confusion. (also, italics are also used in the way I'd normally use them, to put emphasis on certian words and to show a character's thoughts.)

    This probably won't be the only chapter where I'll be using this narration style, so yeah. Anyways, with that out of the way, here's chapter 22.

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    Chapter 22: I’m really not all that special; I’m just a Shinx like the rest of you!

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    “Lightning Plateau is very different from Fenix Town in many ways. Here, we are used to seeing many different types and species of Pokémon every day, but at Lightning Plateau, there aren’t really any other Pokémon around other than the Luxray pride, as it is their territory, and they would rather not share it with anyone.

    There also aren’t really any buildings there, as the Luxray pride prefers to stick to the lifestyle they have always led, and so they prefer to sleep out in the open or live in caves. The only real thing you’ll see that was built at some point is a shrine carved out of stone, dedicated to the legendary Pokémon Raikou, whom is said to have been spotted running through the area during stormy nights, and is worshipped by the Luxray tribe.

    Blitz, Lita and their parents lived in a cave. They were a happy family of four, and were all respected within the Luxray pride.”


    ----

    On a nice and quiet morning, Blitz and his father were heading out to do some training, as the two of them often did when they could. Other members of the pride greeted them as they walked past, and some of them reminded Blitz’s father of a meeting regarding an upcoming hunting trip.

    “You sure have a lot of responsibilities, don’t you?” Blitz asked, looking up at his father.

    “Well, yeah,” the Luxray responded, smiling at his son. “But right now, we have some time to ourselves, and can continue where our last training session left off!”

    “And this time there won’t be any interruptions, right?” Blitz asked, smiling back at his father.

    “Don’t worry, we have a few hours at least before I am needed somewhere,” Blitz’s father replied. “So, remind me where we left off last time?”

    “You were telling me about the Fire and Ice Fang attacks!” Blitz responded, grinning. “Will I get to try them out today?”

    “Now, there’s no need to rush, is there?” Blitz’s father replied. “And besides, these attacks can be dangerous if you don’t get the technique just right.”

    “What do you mean?” Blitz asked.

    “Well, our fangs alone be pretty dangerous just because of their sharpness,” Blitz’s father explained. “Add ice or fire to it, and well, that should speak for itself.”

    “Oh, right,” Blitz responded, nodding his head. “I get it.”

    “Good,” Blitz’s father replied, smiling at his son. “Unlike Thunder Fang, the Ice and Fire Fang moves are not learned naturally by our species, and thus a Shinx will only be capable of performing the move if their father knows how to use them.”

    “And since you know those attacks, that must mean you learned them from your father, didn’t you?” Blitz asked. “And since you know those attacks, that means both Lita and I are capable of using them?”

    “You got it spot on,” Blitz’s father responded, nodding his head.

    “Does that mean you’ll teach Lita those attacks too someday?” Blitz asked.

    “Maybe,” Blitz’s father replied. “Of course, with my responsibilities as leader of the pride, I’m not entirely sure if I’ll have the time to train you both.”

    “Being leader of the pride doesn’t sound like much fun,” Blitz commented, tilting his head slightly.

    “It is a lot of work, but someone has to do it,” Blitz’s father responded, smiling at Blitz. “But for now, let’s focus on these lessons.”

    “Okay!” Blitz replied, nodding his head. “So, how do I do this?”

    “It’s kind of complicated, but once you know it, it’s not that hard,” Blitz’s father responded, picking up a branch that fallen from one of the trees during a lightning storm and putting it down in front of Blitz. “I think we’ll start with Fire Fang, so listen closely.”

    Blitz nodded his head, listening closely to his father’s instructions on how to perform the attack, and using the branch to practice on.

    ----

    “So, Blitz’s father was the leader of the Luxray pride? Wait, so does that make Blitz… a prince, or something?”

    “Well, you’re certainly not that far off, Sera. Blitz was expected to take over his father’s position as leader once he was old enough. And so, there were many things Blitz was expected to learn. Luckily, he was a fast learner, and seemed to be well in touch with his instincts. He had sharp senses, and seemed to possess many qualities that would seem to give him good leader potential.

    Yet, Blitz preferred to think of himself as just any other Shinx in the pride.”


    ----

    After their training session, Blitz’s father had work to attend to. Blitz decided to go see what some of the other Shinx around his age were up to. He eventually came across a group of Shinx that were doing some training of their own, taking turns fighting each other.

    “Hey guys!” Blitz said, walking up to the other Shinx.

    “Oh, hi Blitz!” one of the Shinx responded, walking up to him. “What’s up?”

    “Dad taught me some new moves,” Blitz replied.

    “Cool!” one of the other Shinx responded. “Could you show us?”

    “Sure, I guess,” Blitz replied, looking around. “Just need to find a branch or piece of bark, since dad says it might be dangerous to use on other Pokémon if you don’t get the technique just right.”

    “Oh! I’ll go look for something you can use!” one of the female Shinx said, running off.

    “I’ll help!” one of the other female Shinx said, joining the first one.

    “I’ll go too, in case the girls need any help carrying the stuff back,” one of the males commented, before following the two female Shinx.

    “Oh, uh… Thanks, I guess,” Blitz responded, tilting his head slightly. “I probably could’ve done it myself, though.”

    “Yeah, he has a point, you know,” said a voice from behind them, and they turned to see what looked to be a bigger Shinx with two yellow rings on his forelegs and a black mane, albeit his mane weren’t as impressive as that of a Luxray. The young Luxio had a smug look on his face as he approached the Shinx.

    “Oh, hello,” Blitz said, rubbing his forelegs together.

    “What do you want, Charge?” one of the Shinx asked, glaring at the Luxio.

    “Nothing at all,” Charge responded, smirking. “Just wondering what the big deal about Blitz is all about. I mean, sure, his father might be the leader of this pride, but Blitz himself… he hasn’t really ever done anything all that impressive or noteworthy.”

    “And just what have you done?” one of the female Shinx asked.

    “Yeah, you’re just jealous!” one of the male Shinx said, pointing a paw accusingly at Charge.

    “Guys, calm down!” Blitz said, moving in-between Charge and the Shinx group. “I’m really not all that special; I’m just a Shinx like the rest of you!”

    “Exactly,” Charge responded, nodding his head. “I know that, and you know that, but they don’t seem to have caught on.”

    “Blitz, you don’t have to listen to what Charge says!” one of the Shinx said. “You know he’s just after attention!”

    “I know he’s not the nicest member of the pride, but really, there’s no need to fight,” Blitz responded, trying to keep things calm.

    “Hey, I’m not looking for a fight,” Charge said, turning away. “Or at least, I’m not looking for a fight against any of you. I’m way too tough for you kids.”

    “Blitz could take you on!” one of the Shinx commented, smirking. “He’s been training with his dad!”

    “Oh, is that so?” Charge asked, looking back over at Blitz. “You think you could take me on?”

    “Now, I never said that…” Blitz responded, rubbing his forelegs together and glancing around nervously at the other Shinx. “You guys aren’t really helping here…”

    “Well, maybe I’ll test you later, see if those fans of yours are right or not,” Charge replied, smirking. “For now, I’ll be off. See you all later.”

    And with that, the Luxio left, and Blitz sighed as the other Shinx gather around him.

    “Hey, Blitz?” one of the Shinx said. “Sorry if we put you in a bit of a difficult spot there.”

    “Yeah, we didn’t mean to,” one of the other Shinx added. “But you know, since Charge is always bothering us and telling us all about how everything we can do, he can do better…”

    “Don’t worry about it,” Blitz responded, managing a small smile. “You meant well, so… just try not to let Charge’s mere presence get the better of you next time, okay?”

    “Okay!” the other Shinx replied, nodding their heads.

    “All right, so… I guess I’ll show you those moves my dad taught me, then,” Blitz said, looking at some pieces of bark some of the other Shinx had found for him. “These will do just fine.”

    ----

    “Sounds like Blitz had a lot of friends, didn’t he?”

    “It may seem that way, Chiaki, but… Well, while Blitz got along well with the other Shinx, they weren’t necessarily particularly close. Blitz liked to play together with them, but they weren’t really his close friends.

    However, there was one Shinx whom he could always talk to, that understood him better than any other Shinx in the pride. It was none other than his little sister Lita.”


    ----

    As Blitz returned home to the cave later in the evening, he noticed that Lita was watching their mother sorting some things around the cave.

    “You sure you don’t want any help, mommy?” Lita asked, tilting her head slightly.

    “Nice of you to offer, but I’ve got it covered,” their mother replied, smiling. “So, don’t worry about it, my little princess!”

    “If you say so…” Lita responded, before her mood considerably brightened as she noticed Blitz walking over. “Big brother, you’re back!”

    “Hey, Lita,” Blitz said, smiling at the younger Shinx. “How have you been?”

    “Fine, I guess,” Lita responded, shrugging slightly. “How was your day?”

    “Well, dad finally taught me how to use the Ice and Fire Fang moves,” Blitz said.

    “Ooh, really?” Lita responded. “Can you show me?”

    “Sure,” Blitz replied, nodding his head. “Maybe I’ll even teach you how to use them yourself someday!”

    “You’d really do that?” Lita asked, smiling at her brother.

    “Of course, once I’ve fully mastered the attack myself, that is,” Blitz responded, smiling back.

    “Yay!” Lita replied, hugging her brother. “You’re the best big brother ever!”

    ----

    “Um, sorry to interrupt, but you said Blitz had been through a difficult time before coming to our town, didn’t you?”

    “Well, I’m getting to that part, Sera. You see, Blitz’s father had to go and lead the hunting trip the Luxray had planned. He and the other Luxray were only supposed to be away for a few weeks, but they all seemed to be away for longer than the rest of the pride expected. They considered sending out a search party, but the Luxray did return before it got to that point… or most of them did, anyways.”


    ----

    Blitz and Lita’s mother had gone to figure out exactly what had happened when she heard the hunting party had returned. As she came across the Luxray that had gone on the hunting trip she noticed that several of them looked to be recovering from some sort of injury, and she felt concerned as she realized her mate was nowhere in sight.

    “Ah, Lightning Fangs,” one of the Luxray said, walking up to Blitz and Lita’s mother. “Looking for the leader, aren’t you?”

    “Yeah, where is he?” Lightning Fangs asked, looking around. “Is he okay?”

    “Well, last time I saw him he was okay, but…” the Luxray responded, and then explained how something during the hunting trip had gone wrong, resulting in an accident that injured many of the Luxray. Their leader, Lightning Mane, was not among the Luxray that were injured, but he hadn’t taken what happened well, and he blamed himself for what had happened.

    He had helped the other Luxray treat the wounds of the injured Luxray, but once they were in good enough shape to head home, he had run off, apparently too ashamed to face the rest of the pride.

    “What do you mean!?” Lightning Fangs shouted.

    “I-It’s like I said,” the Luxray responded, shivering slightly under Lightning Fangs’ intimidating gaze. “He ran away, and we don’t know where he went off to…”

    “But… He can’t just run away, he’s the leader of our pride!” Lightning Fangs replied, growling angrily.

    “We were shocked too,” the Luxray responded, shaking his head. “We never thought Lightning Mane could abandon us like this...”

    “Of all the irresponsible…” Lightning Fangs growled, the Luxray she was talking to seeming rather unnerved as she was scary enough when she wasn’t angry. “I swear, whenever he gets back here, I’m going to give him a piece of my mind!”

    “A-Anyways…” the Luxray responded, clearing his throat. “We must figure out what to do while Lightning Mane is missing…”

    “Well, Blitz is supposed to be the next leader of the pride,” Lighting Fangs replied, shaking her head slightly. “But he’s too young to take up his father’s position.”

    “I guess we will need to choose a temporary leader until either Blitz is old enough to take up the position or Lightning Mane returns,” the other Luxray responded. “We will also need to do what we can to prepare Blitz to take on the role as our leader.”

    “I will do what I can,” Lighting Fangs replied, nodding her head. “For now, I should probably go home and tell the kids what has happened…”

    “We’ll discuss this further at a later time, then,” the Luxray said.

    ----

    “So… Blitz’s father left… just like that?”

    “Yes… I understand that it is very difficult to understand; even Blitz couldn’t understand why his father would do such a thing. And as if that wasn’t enough, some of the Luxray decided that they needed to begin preparing him for what they all expected of him once he was old enough, to become their new leader.”


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    Blitz carefully crept through the grass, listening for anything that might be waiting to ambush him. He glanced around, trying his best not to rustle any of the grass too much or step on anything that might give away his position. A Luxray was observing him, nodding his head as Blitz met his gaze.

    “Good, you’re in tune with your instincts,” the Luxray said. “But you’re breathing a little too hard.”

    “Oh…” Blitz responded, his voice barely a whisper.

    “You just need to find a way to relax more, otherwise you did really well,” the Luxray said.

    “Thanks…” Blitz replied, rubbing his forelegs together.

    “You really do have great potential,” the Luxray said, smiling at Blitz. “We all believe you’ll make a great leader someday!”

    “Leader… right…” Blitz muttered, lying down in the tall grass as if he didn’t want to be noticed. “As if I hadn’t already heard that four times already today…”

    “Well, I think that’s all the training for today,” the Luxray said, glancing at the sun setting in the distance. “You can go home now.”

    “Okay, thanks…” Blitz said, nodding his head slightly.

    The Luxray walked away, but Blitz stayed right there in the tall grass for a little longer. He seemed to relax a little as he realized he was now by himself, the tall grass helping to hide him from sight just a little.

    “Pathetic, aren’t I?” Blitz muttered to himself. “I have no choice, so I might as well just accept it…” Blitz glanced up at the evening sky, even if he couldn’t see the sunset clearly from his position. “I have to become the leader of this pride someday… I must… I guess… This must be what they call… destiny?” Blitz nodded his head slightly, resting his head on his paws. “Yeah… Becoming the leader of the pride… is my destiny… Whether I want it to be or not…”

    ----

    Blitz opened his eyes, noticing that it had turned dark. He quickly got up to his feet, realizing that he had to have dozed off in the tall grass and that he had to hurry home. He wasn’t sure how long he’d been out, but he hoped it wasn’t too far past the time he was supposed to have been home. He hurried back to the cave, where he found Lita waiting for him.

    “There you are!” Lita said, cheerfully greeting her big brother.

    “What took you so long?” Lightning Fangs asked, looking over at Blitz.

    “Sorry I’m late…” Blitz responded, rubbing his forelegs together.

    “Oh, it’s okay,” Lightning Fangs replied. “I saved you some dinner.”

    Blitz nodded, and walked up the flat rock serving as their dinner table. He looked down at the piece of meat in front of him, poking at it with his paw. This red, soft piece of meat had probably been part of a wild Pokémon until recently, but it was difficult to determine species or what part of the body the meat came from by how it looked and felt to the touch alone.

    “Blitz? Aren’t you going to eat?” Lightning Fangs asked.

    “Huh? Oh, sorry…” Blitz responded, sniffing the meat. “It smells really nice, but… I guess I’m not all that hungry…”

    “But you’ve barely eaten today!” Lightning Fangs replied. “Surely you must be hungry?”

    “Well… I suppose I shouldn’t let this go to waste…” Blitz responded, taking a bite out of the meat.

    “That’s better,” Lightning Fangs replied, smiling.

    Lightning Fangs went into her part of the cave while Blitz ate his dinner, however, Lita just watched Blitz with a concerned look.

    “You okay, big brother?” Lita asked.

    “Not really…” Blitz responded, shaking his head.

    “Want to talk about it?” Lita asked, giving a small supportive smile.

    ----

    After Blitz had finished his dinner, he and Lita went to their room to talk in private. Blitz sometimes wondered if it was really okay for him to tell Lita these things, but he knew his little sister was mature for her age, and besides, he knew she would just worry about him if he didn’t talk to her about whatever was on his mind.

    “So, what’s wrong?” Lita asked, tilting her head slightly. “Is it that Luxio that’s bothering everyone again?”

    “You mean Charge?” Blitz responded, before shaking his head. “No, I haven’t even really seen him around lately…”

    “Oh,” Lita replied. “What is it, then?”

    “It’s just… ever since dad left, everyone’s been going on about how I’m someday going to be their next leader,” Blitz explained, looking down at the floor. “But, I…”

    “You don’t want to be the leader?” Lita asked.

    “Huh… You’re the only one to ask that,” Blitz responded, giving his sister a small smile, before sighing and shaking his head. “No… I don’t, but… it doesn’t seem like I have much of a choice…”

    “Maybe dad can do something about it?” Lita suggested. “You know, when he gets back from… wherever he went.”

    “… You really think he’s coming back?” Blitz asked.

    “Of course I do!” Lita responded, nodding her head. “Don’t adults sometimes need time to themselves to think about things?”

    “… I’m not really sure if that’s what’s going on,” Blitz replied, sighing again. “I just don’t know what to do about everyone having decided my future without even asking me what I want, or giving me a choice in the matter…”

    “Hmm… They want you to be the leader because our dad is the leader, right?” Lita asked.

    “I guess so,” Blitz responded, glancing around at the cave walls.

    “Then, maybe… I could become the leader?” Lita suggested, smiling at her brother.

    “You, become the leader of the pride?” Blitz inquired, tilting his head slightly.

    “Well, why not?” Lita asked, rubbing her head against Blitz. “That way, you wouldn’t have to!”

    “Lita… That’s probably the nicest thing anyone has ever offered to do for me,” Blitz responded, smiling at his sister. “Thanks.”

    “You’re welcome!” Lita replied, grinning. “All right, I’ll work hard and become the leader of this pride!”

    “I doubt it’s as easy as that,” Blitz responded. “I mean, everyone wants me to do it, and… well, I don’t think we’ve ever had a female Luxray as the leader before.”

    “That doesn’t mean a female can’t be leader, though?” Lita asked, smirking. “Well, either way, I’m going to try my best for your sake, big brother!”

    “… You’re the best little sister ever,” Blitz responded, rubbing his head against Lita.

    ----

    “Even with Lita around for support, things didn’t get any better for Blitz. When he had time, he would go play with the other Shinx as he had always done. However, he couldn’t help but feel jealousy and resentment towards the other Shinx, since none of them had to deal with the burden of being the chosen one. They didn’t understand how much stress he had to suffer, or how much he just wanted to be just another Shinx like them.”

    ----

    Blitz was having trouble keeping up with the other Shinx as they ran around, playing their games as usual. Tired from his training earlier in the day, Blitz had to stop and take a moment to catch his breath.

    “You okay, Blitz?” one of the female Shinx asked.

    “Yeah, I’m fine,” Blitz responded, nodding his head slightly. “Just a little tired from today’s lessons…”

    “Oh, right!” one of the other Shinx said. “You’ve got to know a lot of things in order to become our leader, don’t you?”

    “Yes, there certainly is,” Blitz responded, forcing a smile while thinking to himself. “You have no idea how lucky you all are…”

    “Being the leader seems like a lot of hard work,” one of the other Shinx commented, smiling at Blitz. “But if anyone can handle it, it has to be you!”

    “I’ve been getting that a lot,” Blitz replied, still hiding his true thoughts behind a fake smile that none of the other Shinx seemed to see through. “Why does it have to be me? I never asked for any of this!”

    “You seriously think he has what it takes?” a certain Luxio’s voice asked, and they all turned to see Charge walking over. “If he’s anything like his father, he’ll probably just run away the moment things get rough!”

    “Charge, why are you here?” one of the Shinx commented, giving the Luxio an annoyed look.

    “I hadn’t seen Blitz in a while, wanted to see how he were doing,” Charge responded, turning to Blitz with a smug look on his face. “So, how have you been?”

    “That’s… really none of your business, Charge,” Blitz replied, trying to remain calm. “Oh, for the love of Raikou… As if these oblivious Shinx weren’t enough, now I have to deal with him too!?”

    “Oh, what’s the matter, Blitz?” Charge asked, leaning his face closer with a smug smile. “I bet you must feel kind of embarrassed that your dad just ditched his responsibilities like that.”

    Blitz glanced down at the ground, hoping Charge would just go away.

    “I do wonder why he just left like that,” Charge said, walking back and forth in front of Blitz as he thought to himself. “Are the meetings with the other Luxray or whatever just that boring and he just needed an excuse to get away?”

    Blitz just continued staring into the ground, hoping Charge would just leave. He was aware that the other Shinx were probably glaring at the Luxio, but he just hoped they wouldn’t say or do anything that would get him into trouble or make Charge stay longer.

    “Or maybe it didn’t even have anything to do with him being the leader,” Charge said, smirking at Blitz. “Maybe you and your sister were being so annoying he decided to leave?”

    Blitz narrowed his eyes, and glared at Charge. How dared he bring Lita into this?

    “Oh, I know! He’s probably hiding from your mother!” Charge said, snickering. “I mean, seriously. You’ve seen those teeth of hers, right? I’d run away too if I had to wake up to that every day!”

    “SHUT UP!” Blitz shouted, startling all the other Shinx present.

    “Oh, dear,” Charge responded, seeming a bit startled himself momentarily before regaining his composure. “Maybe I went a little too far?”

    “Charge, you can say whatever you want about me, but leave my family out of this!” Blitz replied, giving Charge a nasty glare.

    “Huh, this suddenly got interesting,” Charge commented, smirking. “And here I thought you were just a coward who’d rather avoid a fight.”

    “Well, he isn’t!” one of the other Shinx said. “Now, get lost and leave Blitz alone!”

    “Now, hold on…” Charge responded. “I’m not done here yet.”

    Blitz looked down at the ground, growling and hoping that Charge would just go away already. However, the Luxio suddenly leaned down to try to meet Blitz’s gaze.

    “Hey, do you remember the time I suggested we have a battle to see which one of is stronger?” Charge asked, and smirked as Blitz’s eyes widened in fear. “What do you say?”

    “I… I…” Blitz stuttered, rubbing his forelegs together. “I don’t know if…”

    “Come on, I’m just asking for one battle,” Charge responded. “How about… we meet up near the shrine tomorrow night, before moving over to a suitable spot for our battle?”

    “Charge, I really don’t think that’s a good idea…” Blitz muttered, glancing around at the other Shinx who were now just watching their conversation.

    “Okay, how about this? If you win, I promise I’ll take back everything I've said and leave you alone,” Charge said, with a smug smile. “Does that sound good?”

    Blitz tried to respond, but the words weren’t coming to him. He had no idea what to do now. Charge just smirked, turned around and started to walk away.

    “Well, I guess I’ll go take a look around and find the best spot for our battle,” Charge said, glancing over his shoulder at Blitz. “Remember, tomorrow night, meet me at the shrine!”

    And with that, the Luxio left.

    “Wait, I don’t…” Blitz said, but Charge was already out of earshot. “… This can’t end well…”

    “Don’t worry about it, Blitz,” one of the other Shinx said.

    “Yeah, we’re sure you can beat him!” another Shinx commented, grinning.

    Blitz just sighed and lied down in the grass, covering his ears with his paws and shutting his eyes while thinking to himself: “Why me?”

    ----

    When Blitz got home later in the evening, he told both Lita and his mother about Charge’s challenge, and asked them for advice on how to deal with the situation.

    “Hmm… Tough one,” Lightning Fangs commented. “You don’t want to fight him, but you’re worried he’s going to keep bothering you if don’t show up, right?”

    “Yeah…” Blitz responded, nodding his head slightly. “Not to mention that the other Shinx seem to want me to defeat him…”

    “Maybe I should have a talk with him?” Lightning Fangs suggested, smiling so that all of her sharp teeth were showing. “And if that Luxio won’t listen to reason, maybe I can frighten him a bit with my Scary Face attack?”

    “You mean that isn’t your scary face?” Lita asked, tilting her head slightly as she looked up at her mother’s grin.

    “What do you mean, dear?” Lightning Fangs responded, looking over at Lita.

    “Oh, never mind,” Lita replied, looking down sheepishly.

    “Mom, I don’t think it’ll help if you try to talk to him,” Blitz said, rubbing his forelegs together.

    “Well, if there’s anything I can do to help, let me know,” Lightning Fangs responded.

    Blitz sighed and decided to go to his room, Lita following closely behind.

    “You’re not really going to fight Charge, are you?” Lita asked.

    “I don’t know, Lita…” Blitz responded, shaking his head slightly.

    “We don’t actually know how strong Charge is, do we?” Lita asked, giving her older brother a concerned look. “I don’t want you to get hurt…”

    “Lita, don’t worry about me,” Blitz responded, looking away. “I’ll think of something…”

    “Are you sure?” Lita replied, tilting her head slightly.

    “No, but since it’s my problem, I guess I’ll have to sort it out myself,” Blitz responded.

    ----

    “That night, Blitz lay in bed trying to think of a solution, but none came to him and he eventually fell asleep. Blitz went through the next day as usual, and when the evening came, Blitz began heading for the stone shrine. He wasn’t sure what he hoped to accomplish, nor did he know what he would do once he got there. However, it was as if something inside him was guiding him, as if there was no other way and it was too late to turn back…”

    ----

    Blitz crept through the grass, occasionally glancing around. Dark clouds were starting to fill up the night sky, and it wouldn’t be surprising if it started raining at any moment. Blitz just kept on moving through the tall grass, staying low as if he didn’t want to be spotted. He could see the stone shrine in the distance, getting closer and closer. Blitz took a deep breath, and continued moving forward, towards the shrine dedicated to Raikou, a legendary Pokémon of thunder and lightning.

    As he reached the shrine, he sat down next to it, looking around. Blitz hadn’t seen any signs of Charge yet, but he figured it wouldn’t be long before the Luxio showed up.

    “Sure is dark tonight…” Blitz muttered to himself, glancing up at the cloudy night sky.

    “Ah, there you are,” a familiar voice called out. “I was worried you wouldn’t show up.”

    Blitz flinched slightly, before nervously looking over at the Luxio walking over with a smug smile on his face.

    “Are you ready?” Charge asked, glancing over in a direction. “I think I’ve found just the perfect spot for our battle.”

    Blitz reluctantly followed Charge as he led the way towards the location he had chosen for their battle. They eventually arrived at a fairly open area, with only a few trees surrounding them.

    “What do you think? Good spot for a battle, isn’t it?” Charge asked, smirking.

    “I-I guess…” Blitz responded, rubbing his forelegs together.

    Charge took a few steps forward, then turned around and tried to pounce on Blitz. Blitz made his fur glow, momentarily startling the Luxio, and giving Blitz time to move out of the way. Blitz ducked into some of the tall grass, hoping he would stay hidden from Charge’s sight for at least long enough to come up with a plan.

    “Oh, Blitz? Where did you go?” Charge said, snickering a little. “You do know that this is a battle and not a game of hide-and-seek, right?”

    Blitz remained quiet, trying to make as little noise as he could. However, Charge still seemed to be headed in his direction.

    “Come on, don’t be a coward,” Charge said, smirking as he moved closer and closer to Blitz’s hiding spot. “Surely you don’t want to let those Shinx down like your dad did with the entire pride, do you?”

    Blitz growled, and leaped out to attack Charge, only for the Luxio to easily sidestep the attack.

    “You’re going to have to do better than that,” Charge commented, snickering.

    The two rings on Charge’s forelegs began to glow, and he proceeded to swipe at Blitz with an electrified paw, only for Blitz to dodge it. Yellow sparks of electricity were rippling through Charge’s fur, mainly around the yellow rings on his forelegs. He smirked and attempted to strike Blitz with his electrified paw once more, only for Blitz to block it with his own electrified paws.

    The two kept going back and forth trying to hit each other with their electrified paws, yellow sparks of electricity streaming off of the yellow rings on Charge’s legs, while blue sparks flew out from each strike of Blitz’s paws. The two kept this going for a while, until Charge managed to knock Blitz onto his back.

    “Are you even trying?” Charge asked, trying to step on Blitz only for Blitz to stop him by pressing paw back with his own paws. “Everyone keeps treating you like you’re something special, but I think we both know that you’re not!”

    Blitz noticed that Charge seemed to be holding back, and realized that the Luxio had just been toying with him so far. Then again, considering how Charge normally was, it shouldn’t really have come as such a surprise.

    “You know, they say you’ve got a lot of potential to be a great leader, but I’m just not seeing any of that,” Charge commented, with a smug smile. “Maybe I should’ve challenged your sister instead? I bet she’d be able to pose a real challenge!”

    Blitz made his fur light up, momentarily blinding Charge so he could slip out of his grip.

    “That trick again?” Charge asked, shaking his head. “Didn’t you train with your dad, you know, before he ran off like a coward?”

    Blitz tried to keep his rising anger under control as Charge looked around for him in the tall grass.

    “You can’t beat anyone by just doing that shiny thing and running, you know,” Charge said, circling Blitz’s hiding spot. “I thought you had like, some special moves or something. Was I wrong?”

    Blitz took a deep breath, trying to think of a way to win the battle while carefully observing Charge’s movements.

    “Come on, don’t you have anything to say?” Charge asked, rolling his eyes. “I mean, shouldn’t you like, come up with something to say about why I’m wrong and why you are qualified for the leader position?”

    Blitz waited until Charge was in front of him, before leaping out and trying to tackle him, only to be knocked aside from another strike of Charge’s electrified paw.

    “Nice try, but nothing leader-worthy,” Charge commented, approaching Blitz. “If you want to live up to what everyone expects of you, then I suggest you train some more!”

    Blitz got back onto his feet, staring down at the yellow rings on his forelegs for a moment, before looking over at Charge’s forelegs. He was having trouble thinking clearly with all the bottled up negative emotions threatening to burst forth. Each comment about what everyone expected just made his anger rise, making it difficult to remain calm.

    “Hey, is it okay if I watch when you admit to your friends that you’re not as great as they think you are?” Charge asked, snickering. “I’ll look forward to seeing the look on their faces… Oh, and what will your adorable little sister think when she finds out just how weak her brother is? Poor little Lita is going to be so disappointed!”

    With that, Blitz could no longer contain his feelings, and lunged at Charge, seeming to be aiming for the Luxio’s throat.

    “Whoa!” Charge said, managing to dodge the attack. “So, you do have some fight in you? Well, bring it on!”

    Blitz seemed to fighting much more aggressively and recklessly now, growling as he rapidly attempted to strike Charge with his electrified paws. Charge was actually the one who had to react quickly in order to block Blitz’s vicious assault, and the Luxio actually seemed a bit unsettled by the sudden change in his opponent’s behavior. It was like all the frustration, resentment and anger that the young Shinx had kept bottled up for the past few days was now being released in every attack.

    However, even in his state of rage, Blitz seemed to have just enough awareness to notice an opening, and made his fur glow brightly to momentarily blind his opponent. As Charge flinched, and covered his eyes with one of his paws, Blitz promptly leaped forward and with red glowing fangs bit down on the Luxio’s other foreleg.

    “AH! Hey, what are you-!?” Charge shouted, screaming in pain as a pair of sharp fangs hot as fire dug deep into his leg.

    Despite Charge’s screams of pain, Blitz wasn’t letting go. He didn’t even seem to hear the Luxio’s wails, nor did he seem to react when Charge tried to shake him off other than bite down even harder.

    “P-Please stop!” Charge shouted, desperately trying to push Blitz off of him with his other foreleg. “O-Okay, you win! Please, stop this… Ah!”

    Blitz’s fangs cooled down slightly as he seemed to run out of energy for his Fire Fang attack, and Charge managed to muster up enough strength to make Blitz lose his grip and throw him aside before collapsing.

    Lightning flashed in the distance, and Blitz seemed to come to his senses as the sound of thunder caught up. He got up onto his feet, seeming a bit dazed and looked over at his opponent. Charge was lying in the grass, panting and wincing in pain as he tried to move the damaged leg. The area around the yellow rings on Charge’s left foreleg looked burned, and there was blood coming from the wounds Blitz had left right on the yellow rings.

    Blitz gasped as he felt something wet and warm land on his leg, and looked down to see that drops of Charge’s blood were dripping from his fangs onto the grass.

    “W-What have I done…?” Blitz muttered under his breath, trembling as he fully realized what had just happened. “N-No, this wasn’t supposed to… I didn’t mean to-!”

    Blitz fell to the ground as drops of rain began falling from above, and a group of Luxray ran over to see what was going on.

    ----

    “With the events of that night, Lightning Fangs realized just how bad the situation had gotten, but wasn’t sure what to do for Blitz. Charge did recover, but his leg never healed completely. Apparently, he limps a little when he walks, and seems to have difficulty charging electricity with that leg, leaving him with only half electric power.

    The other Shinx talked about what had happened, some of them shocked at what had happened to Charge during the duel, never having imagined Blitz was capable of that. Some said it was Charge’s own fault for pushing Blitz too far, while others pointed out that while Charge was a bit of a jerk, he probably didn’t deserve having that happen to him.

    And Blitz, well… As you can probably already guess, the accident was what left him with such an aversion towards using his fangs in battle. He spent most of the day after the battle with Charge crying in his room, and for the few days after that refused to go out.

    Lightning Fangs thought hard about what to do, and eventually reached the conclusion that it would probably be best for Blitz to train somewhere other than Lightning Plateau. And so, she sent me a letter, explaining the situation and asking if I would be interested in helping Blitz train. Feeling sorry for the kid, I decided to do more than just that.”


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    It was early in the morning as Lightning Fangs and Lita were following Blitz over to the border of Lightning Plateau. Blitz didn’t want to run into any of the other Shinx, and so they had decided to do this while most of the pride was most likely still asleep.

    “Okay, Blitz, this is it,” Lightning Fangs said, pointing a paw straight forward. “Just keep going in that direction and you should reach a dirt road. The one called Hercules said he would come meet you, so just keep heading down the road until you meet with a Heracross.”

    “Mm-hm,” Blitz replied, nodding his head slightly.

    “You know what a Heracross is, right?” Lightning Fangs asked.

    “Yes,” Blitz responded, nodding his head.

    “Good!” Lightning Fangs replied, grinning. “Well, then, I wish you luck, my little prince. I don’t know too much about this Fenix Town, but from what I’ve heard, it should be a good place for you to continue your training.”

    “Okay,” Blitz responded, nodding his head.

    “Big brother…” Lita said, sadly looking up at Blitz. “I don’t want you to leave…”

    “Lita…” Blitz responded, hugging his sister. “I’m going to miss you too, but… while I don’t know if this is the right thing to do, I do think mom is right about one thing; I need to get away from Lightning Plateau…”

    “O-Okay…” Lita replied, wiping away some tears. “You’ll write to me, right?”

    “Of course,” Blitz responded, smiling at his sister, who smiled back at him. “Well, I guess I should get going then… Good-bye, for now.”

    “Bye-bye!” Lita replied, waving good-bye as her brother began walking away in the direction Lightning Fangs had pointed to.

    “Take care!” Lightning Fangs said, also waving good-bye.

    Blitz continued walking, relaxing a bit once he noticed that Lightning Plateau was out of sight. He reached the dirt road, and continued walking down it by himself, until he finally spotted a blue beetle Pokémon ahead.

    “Ah, you must be Blitz,” the Heracross said, walking over and extending his hand for a handshake. “I am Hercules; I run the dojo in Fenix Town where rescue teams train.”

    “N-Nice to meet you,” Blitz responded, reaching out his paw.

    “So, are you nervous?” Hercules asked while shaking Blitz’s paw.

    “A little…?” Blitz responded. He probably would’ve rubbed the rings on his forelegs together if Hercules wasn’t still holding one of them.

    “Well, there’s nothing to worry about,” Hercules replied, giving Blitz a friendly smile. “The Pokémon of Fenix Town are quite friendly for the most part, and I’m sure you will fit right in once you get used to living there! I’ve already arranged so you have a place to stay.”

    “Oh?” Blitz asked, tilting his head slightly.

    “Yep,” Hercules responded. “A nice cozy stone hut, which I thought would be perfect for you.”

    “Wow… You really did that for me?” Blitz asked. “We don’t even know each other yet…”

    “Well, I guess it is a bit more than what most mentors do,” Hercules replied, smiling. “But I figured it’d help you get comfortable.”

    “Oh, um… Thanks,” Blitz responded, unsure what to say.

    “Now, when it comes to training, we will do things at your pace,” Hercules explained, as the two began walking down the dirt road together. “We’ll only train whenever you feel like it, and there’s no pressure. Take as much time as you need.”

    “Okay,” Blitz replied, nodding his head.

    “Also, if you have any other problems, you can come to me anytime,” Hercules said.

    “I’ll keep that in mind, thanks,” Blitz responded, smiling.

    For the first time in a while, Blitz felt as if things were looking up for him. Once he got to Fenix Town, he would be surrounded by Pokémon who didn’t know him or his father, and that weren’t expecting anything of him. While he probably wouldn’t be able to escape his destiny, at least here he could be just an ordinary Shinx for a while, and he wanted to enjoy that for long as it lasted.

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    End of chapter 22.
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    I was never a huge fan of PMD, but your fic has something about it that makes me quite interested in it. If you have PM list, please put me on it.

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    Good day, DarkerShining!

    I've been away from Serebii for quite a while, and my, have I missed this!
    As always, your attention to detail in your actions, dialogue, story and characters is impeccable. With the recent chapters, even the minor characters have defining personalities, which is something I love about your style of writing.

    Also worth mentioning is the central character development of the story itself. I've said this before, but the Team really feels like a Team, in a way that they are just young Pokémon on an Exploration Team who struggle with obstacles rather than using Super Powers to get over them, yet in recent chapters, they have shown themselves to be stronger.

    And also I love the general flow of the story, how it feels like an actual PMD game with a gradual unfolding of the plot and a slow pace which reflects the life of the Team. I know how most stories in general merely throw out the action fast and churn out the story line in a couple of chapters. With 22 chapters down, and no signs of the end drawing too near, I forsee great things for this fic.

    As always, best of luck on future chapters
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    Thanks for your reviews! I am really glad to see you guys are enjoying my story so far!

    I wasn't sure if I was going to put up chapter 23 today, or wait until next week and focus on my homework, but I figured I might as well put it up now since it wouldn't take too long to do so.

    Hope you all enjoy it!

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    Chapter 23: Aren’t true friends supposed to be able to be honest about their feelings?

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    Chiaki had just quietly sat there while Hercules told him and Sera about the events that had transpired at Lightning Plateau, which had led to Blitz coming to Fenix Town. Chiaki had been observing Sera while listening to the story, as Sera’s ears had kept drooping down a bit, only to perk back up as she tried to pay attention. When Hercules got to the part where Blitz used his Fire Fang on Charge and accidentally damaged the Luxio’s leg, Sera’s ears had been pointing straight up in shock and had stayed that way until he was done telling them about the battle.

    While a lot of things about Blitz now made much more sense, Chiaki had been surprised to hear just how bad things had been for Blitz in his old home after his father had abandoned the pride.

    “… And, that’s about it,” Hercules said, having finished the story.

    “No way…” Sera said, her ears drooping down. “Blitz… never told me any of that…”

    “Like I said earlier, Blitz didn’t want anyone to know,” Hercules responded, sighing. “He was afraid that the situation from Lightning Plateau would repeat itself if anyone other than me found out…”

    “But, the Pokémon of Fenix Town aren’t like that!” Chiaki replied.

    “I think he knows that, but he was still afraid it would change the way the Pokémon here saw him,” Hercules explained. “He doesn’t think anyone would understand his feelings…”

    “Understand his feelings…?” Chiaki responded, thinking about it for a moment. “I guess I don’t really understand it, but I’m sure there are other Pokémon that would! Right, Sera?”

    Sera didn’t respond.

    “… Sera? Are you okay?” Chiaki asked, tilting his head slightly.

    “… I’m going home now,” Sera said, getting up and walking away.

    “Huh?” Chiaki said, briefly turning and waving good-bye to Hercules before chasing after Sera. “Sera, wait for me!”

    Hercules sighed, and returned to his work, hoping that things would turn out okay.

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    As Chiaki followed Sera outside, he expected her to be heading towards the café. However, it didn’t seem like she was headed in that direction.

    “Sera, where are you going?” Chiaki asked, tilting his head slightly.

    “Didn’t you hear me?” Sera responded, not looking at him. “I’m going home now.”

    “But… Blitz and the others are waiting for us at the café, remember?” Chiaki asked, grabbing onto Sera’s tail in an attempt to keep her from leaving.

    “Chiaki, let go of me,” Sera said, her voice carrying almost no emotion.

    Chiaki reluctantly let go of Sera, and watched her walk away.

    “… See you tomorrow, then,” Chiaki said, before deciding to head over to the café.

    ----

    As Chiaki reached the café, he wondered just how he was going to explain what had taken so long and why Sera wasn’t with him. He stepped inside, noticing Blitz, Lita, Azure and even Frederick sitting at a table, talking. As he walked over to join them, he realized that Azure seemed to be telling the other three a story.

    “… And to this day, whatever reasons he had for jumping into that barrel of tree sap remain a total mystery,” Azure said, shrugging slightly.

    “Sounds like that must’ve been a crazy day, huh?” Blitz asked.

    “Yeah…” Azure responded, nodding. “I’m not sure if I’ll ever get all the details on whatever it was that happened that day.”

    “Did you at least find out whether they found that missing slingshot that apparently started that whole mess?” Lita asked.

    “Apparently it turned up a few days later in a mystery dungeon on the other side of the continent,” Azure responded. “As for how it ended up there, I’m guessing there’s an even longer story behind that one…”

    “Weird,” Blitz commented, before noticing Chiaki. “Oh, there you are!”

    “Hey, guys,” Chiaki said, joining them at their table.

    “What took you so long, buddy?” Azure asked, taking a sip of her berry juice.

    “Oh, um… Just… got held up by… some stuff,” Chiaki responded, having trouble thinking of an explanation. “Yeah… stuff…”

    “Where’s Sera?” Blitz asked, looking around.

    “Oh, she went home,” Chiaki responded.

    “Why?” Blitz asked, looking concerned. “Is something wrong?”

    “Oh, no… I don’t think so,” Chiaki responded, not wanting his friends to worry. “I think she was just tired.”

    “Oh,” Blitz replied, nodding his head slightly.

    “Azure, are you going to tell that story you told us again now that Chiaki is here?” Frederick asked.

    “But I’ve just told it,” Azure responded, shrugging slightly.

    “Yeah, I know,” Frederick replied, smiling sheepishly. “But I wanted to hear it again!”

    “Maybe some other time,” Azure responded.

    “Oh, okay,” Frederick replied, nodding his head. “Maybe you could tell another story, then?”

    “Hmm…” Azure thought about it for a moment. “Oh, right! I’ve got another good one!”

    “Yay,” Frederick responded, smiling.

    “All right, so it all began on a Tuesday morning,” Azure explained, motioning for the other four Pokémon to pay attention. “It was raining outside, and we’d just discovered that our Oran berry delivery was late. Then all of a sudden, this Vigoroth comes charging into the café, slams his paws on the counter and shouts: “Have any of you seen the guy who stole my ukulele!?”

    Chiaki sat there as Azure told her story, thinking about how everyone probably had their stories. Things like where they were from, things that happened to them, things they had been witness to… But Chiaki didn’t really have any of that, at least nothing from before he was found by Sera and Blitz that day in Meridian Forest. Aside from Elina, he still hadn’t regained any memories.

    With no memory of where he was from, any family he might have, any experiences he’d made prior to meeting Blitz and Sera… Chiaki felt bad for his friends, and wanted to help them, but with no such memories, how could he truly help them with their problems since he didn’t have any experience with the things they’d experienced?

    Chiaki thought about it for a moment, not really paying attention to Azure’s story, and then remembered what he had said to Hercules earlier.

    “I guess I don’t really understand it, but I’m sure there are other Pokémon that would!”

    Of course! If he couldn’t truly understand what his friends were going through, then all he had to do was find someone who did! Surely there had to be someone in Fenix Town who had similar concerns and experienced something similar. All he had to do was ask someone with that kind of experience for advice, or ask if they could talk to his friends so they’d understand they weren’t alone!

    However, who would he ask about such a thing? And since Blitz hadn’t wanted anyone to find out about his problems, then perhaps Chiaki would run into a similar problem with other Pokémon? He figured that most Pokémon probably wouldn’t want to open up about their personal thoughts to someone they barely knew.

    “So much for that idea…” Chiaki thought, sighing. “Maybe I should ask Elina for advice…”

    He wondered what Elina had been up these past few days, as he hadn’t really seen the Elgyem around lately. Perhaps she had been busy with something? He looked over at Azure, and since he hadn’t really been paying much attention to her story, he wasn’t really sure what was going on. From what he could tell from the context, it apparently involved Azure having secretly tagged along with a rescue team on a mission, and watched them fight an outlaw over the Vigoroth’s stolen ukulele.

    He wasn’t entirely sure why there also seemed to be a Qwilfish that spoke backwards involved in the events of Azure’s story, though.

    ----

    At the rescue team HQ, Kala was currently massaging Elina’s shoulders in an attempt to get her to relax, but it didn’t seem to be helping. They hadn’t exactly made much progress with the telepathy lessons, but neither of them planned on giving up despite the lack of results.

    “Maybe we should call it day…?” Kala asked, yawning. “I don’t think we’re getting anywhere…”

    Elina looked up at Kala, feeling a bit embarrassed about her lack of progress.

    “Hey, don’t feel bad…” Kala said, giving Elina a supportive pat on her shoulder. “I’m sure you’ll pick up on things quickly once we get past this stage…”

    Elina nodded her head slightly, but before she could do anything else, Kala had fallen asleep on top of her.

    “Mm… Might need another spoonful of sugar before we can reach the moon…” Kala muttered in her sleep, snoring lightly.

    Elina just shook her head, and tried her best to move the sleeping Abra over onto the somewhat worn out looking dark green pillow she always rested on.

    ----

    Blitz, Chiaki and Lita eventually headed back for the night, and Blitz and Chiaki began dividing up parts of the straw that made up their beds to make a bed for Lita.

    “I hope it’s comfortable enough for you,” Blitz said, doing his best to make the small pile of straw into a bed. “Since Chiaki’s bed was already made up of half of mine, it might be a little small…”

    “It’s okay, big brother,” Lita responded. “I’m sure it’s all right.”

    “Oh, okay then,” Blitz replied, smiling to his sister. “We can probably look for something to make it more comfortable tomorrow if it’s not enough.”

    Chiaki quietly watched the way Blitz and Lita talked to one another, while once again finding himself wondering if he too had a family somewhere.

    Blitz had Lita and his mother, Sera had her parents and older siblings, Azure had her mother… His teammates all had families, but Chiaki couldn’t even remember if he had ever had one. Perhaps he could ask Elina about it, even if her ability to communicate was limited. Still, she was the only one he knew of who could tell him anything about his life prior to his memory loss.

    It occurred to Chiaki that he had never really asked if Elina knew how he had lost his memories. Perhaps she knew that too.

    “Chiaki, you okay?” Blitz asked, looking over at the Mienfoo. “You’ve been sort of quiet for a while there.”

    “Oh, sorry,” Chiaki responded. “There was just something on my mind. Nothing serious, though!”

    “If you say so…” Blitz replied, nodding his head slightly.

    ----

    Sera was sitting in the bedroom she and her older siblings shared, staring out of a window. Flare the Flareon noticed that his younger sister had been acting strangely since she got home, and had decided to go check on her. He walked up and sat down next to her, taking a look through the window to see if she was looking at anything in particular, but there didn’t seem to be anything out there at this moment.

    “Sera? Is something wrong?” Flare asked. “You barely had any dinner.”

    “I’m not hungry…” Sera muttered, continuing to stare out the window.

    “Sera, I can tell something must’ve happened today,” Flare responded. “Come on, tell me. I won’t tell anyone else if you don’t want me to.”

    “It’s nothing, really…” Sera replied, shaking her head. “Just found out that I didn’t know Blitz as well as I thought I did, that’s all…”

    “Oh?” Flare responded, tilting his head slightly.

    “He kept all this stuff about his old home and stuff hidden from everyone…” Sera explained, her ears drooping down slightly. “He didn’t even tell me…”

    “Hmm… But doesn’t everyone have their secrets?” Flare asked. “Some things that they prefer to keep to themselves?”

    “You don’t understand!” Sera responded, shaking her head slightly. “I always tell Blitz about things that happen, about my feelings and stuff, but apparently Blitz didn’t even trust me enough to tell me he has a younger sister!”

    “Oh…” Flare replied, realizing what was going on. “So, you’re worried about what this means for your friendship with Blitz, aren’t you?”

    “Aren’t true friends supposed to be able to be honest about their feelings?” Sera asked, a few tears falling from her eyes. “Does this mean… that Blitz and I aren’t true friends?”

    “I’m sure it’s not that bad…” Flare responded, comfortingly wrapping his tail around Sera.

    “Did I do anything wrong?” Sera asked, looking up at her brother. “Is it because I didn’t show enough interest in Blitz’s feelings outside of our rescue team work?”

    “I’m sure it’s not your fault,” Flare responded, hugging his sister. “It’s nobody’s fault, okay?”

    “But… maybe if I had been a better friend, Blitz would’ve been able to trust me…” Sera said, sighing. “All I ever cared about was my own problems…”

    “Sera, I think we both know that’s not true,” Flare responded.

    “Huh?” Sera asked, looking up at Flare.

    “While you may be a bit self-centered at times, your feelings for Blitz are real, right?” Flare responded, smiling at Sera. “Your friendship with him clearly means a lot to you.”

    “I guess…” Sera responded. “Still… How do I know if it means as much to him as it does for me?”

    “I’m sure the friendship between the two of you is important to him too,” Flare replied. “So, don’t worry, sis. I’m sure you and Blitz will work things out.”

    “I hope you’re right…” Sera responded, looking out the window.

    “I’m sure things will look a little brighter tomorrow,” Flare commented, patting Sera’s back reassuringly. “If you have trouble sleeping, you can use my tail as a blanket, if you want to.”

    “Thanks, Flare,” Sera responded, managing a small smile.

    Sera continued to look out through the window, hoping that Flare was right and that things would be better tomorrow.

    ----

    Elina was sitting on the roof of the café, looking up at the night sky. She was glad that Kala was willing to keep trying despite the lack of progress they were making. Elina still hadn’t figured out how she could make herself relax enough to get into the right state of mind for the telepathy to work. There had to be something she could do, but what?

    She then thought about Chiaki, realizing she hadn’t really seen him around much in the past few days, even if she had heard about how he and his teammates had helped retrieve two of the crystals from Clarion Desert and the Sapphire Seas. Elina hoped all eight crystals would be brought back together soon, and returned to their rightful place.

    Although, thinking about it, she found it a bit strange that the crystal thief hadn’t tried to interfere directly with the rescue teams’ work yet… Thinking about that Sigilyph made Elina shudder, and she decided to go find a secluded spot to sleep.

    ----

    Deep inside a forest full of plant life with a shimmering silvery color was a cottage where a purple witch-like ghost Pokémon and her younger apprentice lived. The apprentice, a smaller dark blue ghost Pokémon resembling a floating head with red beads around her neck and hair with pink tips, was watching the older ghost Pokémon chant an incantation while focusing her energies on a small black box made of stone with purple gem stones adorning the sides.

    A shadowy purple aura was surrounding the box as the Mismagius chanted her spell, but it watched in anticipation as the Mismagius began chanting the last part of the spell.

    The Mismagius focused all her energy into the spell as she finished the last part of the incantation, only to be knocked back from the purple aura exploding.

    “Oh, not again!” the Mismagius said, floating down to the stone box to make sure that the explosion hadn’t broken it.

    “Wow, that was a really great explosion!” the Misdreavus commented, giggling a little.

    “Malefica, this is not a laughing matter!” the Mismagius responded, sighing. “I just don’t understand… We’ve gathered all the necessary materials and built the box after the instructions on the scroll, and I am pretty sure I pronounced every part of the incantation right…”

    “What do we need the box thing-y for?” Malefica asked, cheerfully floating around. “It has something to do with something your pen-pal told you, right?”

    “… Malefica, haven’t you been paying attention?” the Mismagius responded.

    “Um… Paid attention to what?” Malefica asked, smiling sheepishly.

    The Mismagius just sighed, and decided to just call it night. It would be easier to look over that old scroll again during the day when the sun was out. If she kept trying, she would hopefully be able to successfully cast the spell.

    “Maybe I should ask Stella if she can help me figure out why this isn’t working…” the Mismagius muttered, telekinetically picking up the stone box and putting it on a shelf.

    She then closed her eyes, and went to sleep so she could regain her magical energy.

    It had been a long day, and even if some things hadn’t gone as well as some would’ve hoped, at least there would be new chances to get it right tomorrow.

    ----

    End of chapter 23.
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    Hooray! New Chapter!

    As always, excellent work. You never cease to use your talents in description and most importantly development.
    What i find outstanding about this chapter is that there is little actual Story Development, no Dungeons, no Battles. However, the attention to detail as regarding the Character Development is outstanding. The entire chapter (until the very end) was devoted to the thoughts and feelings of the Main Characters. As I always say, the attention to detail really works well toward the general laid-back flow and progression of the Story.
    Compared to most fics, which cannot wait to throw plot twists and Battles at the reader, the way 'Reflecting Balance' is progressing is a sign of true writing prowess!... I can keep complimenting people for long periods of time you know?

    Anywho, best of luck, and I await Chapter 24 with bated breath

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    Thanks for the review! It's always nice to hear that I'm doing things right so that my readers will enjoy the story!

    Anyways, it's time for chapter 24. I'm really surprised at how fast I was able to finish both this and chapter 23, but hey, I'm not complaining. Some chapters just seem easier to write than others, after all.

    So, here's chapter 24, and as usual, I hope you all enjoy it!

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    Chapter 24: Trust you? What do you mean?

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    The sun was slowly rising in the sky to signal the start of a new day, and the Pokémon working at the various shops in Fenix Town were in the process of getting everything ready before the various rescue teams were up. Marietta the Ledian was nearly done setting things up, as she seemed to usually be one of the first Pokémon to arrive at the town plaza early in the morning.

    As she was looking over things to make sure she had gotten everything ready, she noticed a certain dark blue beetle Pokémon walking by.

    “Good morning, Hercules!” Marietta called out, waving one of her four hands.

    “Oh, good morning to you too, Marietta,” Hercules responded, waving back.

    “So, what are you doing out here?” Marietta asked. “Shouldn’t you be at the dojo by now?”

    “Well yeah, but I think Lotus and the others have it under control,” Hercules responded, shrugging slightly. “I just kind of needed some fresh air, and felt like going for a little morning walk…”

    “I see,” Marietta replied, nodding her head slightly. “Is there anything on your mind?”

    “Sort of,” Hercules responded, sighing. “I got talked into revealing something to someone that someone else would’ve preferred to keep a secret…”

    “Oh?” Marietta inquired, tilting her head slightly.

    “Yeah…” Hercules replied. “Part of me felt it would be best if they knew, but I wanted the one who told me to keep the secret to tell them themselves…”

    “I see…” Marietta responded, nodding her head slightly. “Well, I’m sure you’ll be able to sort things out.”

    “You’re probably right,” Hercules replied, giving a small smile. “I’m just not sure how, yet.”

    “Words can bring you a long way, you know,” Marietta responded, winking. “They may not listen at first, but just try a few more times and I’m sure you’ll get through to them.”

    “… Thanks, Marietta,” Hercules replied, smiling at the Ledian.

    “No problem,” Marietta responded, grinning. “Glad to help out another bug type.”

    “Well, I guess I should head over to the dojo, then,” Hercules said, waving good-bye to Marietta. “Nice talking to you!”

    “Have a nice day!” Marietta responded, smiling as she watched the Heracross fly away in the direction of the dojo. “I’m sure he’ll have those problems of his sorted out quickly. He’s such a nice guy.” Marietta giggled a little. “And he’s quite handsome too! Of course, this isn’t the time for that. Right now, I’ve got some work to do!”

    And so, Marietta took one more quick look to make sure that everything was in its place, and that the bank was ready to open. The Ledian had a good feeling about this day.

    ----

    Lita had woken up as the sun’s bright and warm rays shone in through the windows, and had decided to wake up her older brother as well. She carefully grabbed onto one of Blitz’s ears with her teeth, making sure not to accidentally hurt him in the process by biting him too hard as she started playfully pulling at his ear. Blitz eventually opened his golden eyes and looked over at his sister.

    “Okay, okay… I’m awake,” Blitz said, getting up.

    “Good morning, big brother!” Lita said, smiling at her brother. “Slept well?”

    “I suppose,” Blitz responded, yawning and stretching. “And you?”

    “I slept pretty well,” Lita replied, nodding her head slightly.

    “That’s good,” Blitz said, smiling at Lita.

    Lita then ran up to Chiaki, and started shaking his shoulder with her paws.

    “You should get up too now!” Lita said, giggling a little.

    “All right…” Chiaki responded, sitting up and rubbing his eyes. “So, what are we going to do today?”

    “Well, I guess the first thing we should do is head over to the town plaza and see if Sera has gotten there yet,” Blitz said.

    “Oh, right,” Chiaki responded, nodding his head.

    Chiaki hoped that Sera was feeling better today. She’d seemed pretty upset when she went home the day before after learning of the things from Blitz’s past that he had never told her about. He wasn’t really sure what to say to her, or if there was a way he could help her and Blitz.

    As the three of them headed into the town plaza, they began looking around for Sera, while other rescue teams were going about their preparations as usual. Sting and his teammates were buying some items at the item shop, Frosty and Melody seeming to be in a bit of a disagreement on which items would be more important on their next mission.

    Mirage and her teammates were over at the bank, Marietta waiting for Mirage to decide on how much money she would deposit into their team account, how much she would send to her family and how much they would use to buy items today.

    Lionel the Linoone was looking through the items Regina the Servine had stored away, as she and her teammates had received a request from a Pokémon wanting a particular item. Zap the Rotom was currently talking to Arbolith, asking if the Suduwoodo was interested in linking a few moves. Based on the impatient look of Calder the Wartortle, leader of the rescue team Arbolith was on, it seemed the Sudowoodo was taking a long time to decide.

    Bijou the Sableye seemed to have a small pebble stuck between her teeth, and was currently attempting to use the lock-picking tool she used to open treasure boxes as a tooth pick while waiting for customers to show up, and Celio the Togetic was looking after a Pokémon egg one of the other rescue teams had asked him to look after.

    “Anyone see Sera yet?” Chiaki asked, looking around.

    “I don’t see her,” Lita responded, shrugging slightly.

    “Maybe she’s at the HQ or the café?” Blitz suggested, thinking for a moment. “Let’s check the café first. That way we can also bring Azure along if she’s not already at the HQ with Sera.”

    ----

    As Blitz, Lita and Chiaki arrived at the café; they tried looking around for Azure and Sera, but couldn’t see either Pokémon. Frederick didn’t seem to be there either. While they assumed they were at the rescue team HQ, they decided to ask River first to make sure, once River was done talking to a vulture-like Pokémon with a bone-like skirt that was currently standing at the counter.

    The Mandibuzz looked a bit disappointed as River finished saying something, and left the café while River waved good-bye. Once the Mandibuzz had left, River shuddered slightly and looked somewhat disturbed.

    “Ugh, dealing with customers of mainly carnivorous species is always such an awkward experience…” River muttered. “Although this was probably the strangest yet…”

    “You okay, River?” Chiaki asked.

    “Yeah, I’m fine…” the Azumarill responded, nodding slightly. “So, I’m guessing you guys are looking for Azure?”

    “That’s right and we’re looking for Sera too,” Blitz replied, nodding his head. “I’m guessing they’re already at the rescue team HQ?”

    “Yes, Azure headed over there just a little while ago,” River responded. “I think Frederick decided to tag along as well.”

    “Okay, thanks,” Blitz said, turning to Chiaki and Lita. “Let’s head to the HQ, then.”

    ----

    Nothing seemed different than usual at the rescue team HQ, with rescue teams looking at the various boards and choosing their missions for the day. Blitz finally spotted Sera, Azure and Frederick near the regular mission board, waiting for the rescue team that was currently selecting some missions off the board to finish. Blitz, Chiaki and Lita quickly went over to their friends.

    “There you guys are!” Chiaki said, smiling. “We’ve been looking for you guys!”

    “Well, we’ve just been waiting for you guys to show up, and waiting for these other rescue teams to finish choosing their jobs for the day,” Azure responded.

    “I just came along because I felt like it,” Frederick commented.

    Chiaki looked over at Sera, noticing that she seemed to be unusually quiet at the moment. He wondered if she was still upset.

    “So, see any good missions on there?” Blitz asked, looking up at the mission board. “One more mission should be enough to earn us that Silver Rank.”

    “That’s great,” Sera responded, not sounding particularly excited.

    “… You okay, Sera?” Blitz asked, feeling concerned by the lack of enthusiasm in Sera’s reply.

    “I’m fine,” Sera replied in the same tone.

    “Are you sure?” Blitz asked, still concerned for his friend.

    “So… How about we try that mission up there in the top right corner?” Chiaki said, trying to distract Blitz.

    “Oh? Let’s see…” Blitz responded, taking a few moments to read through the request. “Hmm… It’s an escort mission, and which means one of us would have to stay behind to make room for the Pokémon needing to be escorted.”

    “Oh, I didn’t think about that,” Chiaki replied, stopping to think for a moment. “I guess whoever stays behind can look after Lita, then, so maybe-“

    “All right, then,” Sera said, nodding her head slightly. “Azure will stay and look after Lita, while the three of us do this mission.”

    “Uh, okay…” Chiaki responded, glancing around.

    “Wait, why do I have to stay behind?” Azure asked, looking rather surprised. “I mean, Lita is a cute kid, and all, but I didn’t join this team so I could be a babysitter, you know!”

    “Don’t worry, Azure,” Frederick said, smiling. “I’ll help you look after her!”

    As Azure reluctantly agreed to stay behind with Lita, Chiaki felt a bit uncomfortable as he, Sera and Blitz headed out to meet with the client. He was going to suggest that Blitz stay behind so he and his sister could spend some time together, while Azure came with him and Sera, but Sera had interrupted him before he could get that far. Chiaki had hoped to discuss the situation with Sera, but that would be difficult if Blitz was with them.

    He could tell that Blitz was already suspecting something was wrong by Sera’s behavior, and Chiaki was worried that he would find out that they had talked Hercules into revealing his secret and get mad at them. Maybe he could just keep Blitz distracted by changing the subject whenever it came up, and continue doing so until he and Sera had discussed how to deal with the situation.

    It didn’t seem like the most reliable plan, though. Still, it was the only thing he could think of, and it would have to do until he could come up with a better plan.

    ----

    The trio eventually came across the entrance to the mystery dungeon, where a small blue penguin Pokémon was waiting for them.

    “Ah, you must be the rescue team that took on my job?” the Piplup asked.

    “That’s right!” Chiaki said, smiling. “So, you need our help to find a certain item?”

    “Yeah,” the Piplup replied. “So, I made this bet with some Pokémon, and unless I can get that Joy Ribbon from the ninth floor of this dungeon, I’ll have to only use my left wing to write for a month. Now, the punishment itself isn’t that bad, since I’m actually left-winged and so that’s the one I use to write with anyways, but my species is known for having quite a sense of self-pride, and so, I’d be really mad if I lost the bet.”

    “Understood,” Blitz said, nodding his head. “So, you need our help to retrieve it because the wild Pokémon are too much for you?”

    “Pretty much,” the Piplup responded, nodding. “But don’t tell anyone, okay? If anyone asks, I did this without any help.”

    “Isn’t that kind of cheating?” Chiaki asked.

    “Hey, they never said anything about not being allowed to bring help,” the Piplup responded, winking. “But again, if anyone says anything, I’ll deny it. So, let’s get going, shall we?”

    ----

    It didn’t take long before the four Pokémon were exploring the first few floors of the mystery dungeon, although Sera didn’t seem to be particularly interested in what was going on even as she led the group. Chiaki could tell that Blitz could tell that something was wrong, and even the Piplup seemed to be making a note of Sera’s behavior.

    “So, the Eevee is your leader, right?” the Piplup asked. “Is she always this quiet?”

    “Not really…” Blitz responded, shaking his head.

    “She’s probably just a little tired today,” Chiaki commented, trying to distract the two Pokémon. “Or maybe she’s just concentrating really hard on guiding us through this dungeon? Better not disturb her, then!”

    “… Chiaki, is something wrong?” Blitz asked, glancing over his shoulder at the Mienfoo.

    “Uh… Where would you get an idea like that?” Chiaki responded, chuckling nervously. “So, um… Let’s all be quiet so Sera can focus!”

    Chiaki’s attempts to convince Blitz that there was nothing wrong only made the Shinx even more suspicious. He could tell that Chiaki was hiding something, and it had something to do with why Sera seemed so out of it today. Had something happened the previous night while the two of them had gone off somewhere else while he, Lita and Azure went to the café?
    This wasn’t the right time to confront them about it, though. It’d have to wait for after their current mission was finished.

    ----

    Azure, Frederick and Lita were taking a walk, telling Lita more about themselves since they hadn’t been able to come up with much else to do.

    “Wow, you only joined their team two days ago?” Lita asked.

    “That’s right!” Azure responded, grinning. “But I’d been on a few missions with your brother and his friends a few times before, so I already had some experience with how they do things.”

    “I’d like to join too,” Frederick said. “Except I don’t know if I’d be any good at it… I also haven’t been on any adventures with them like Azure has…”

    “Don’t worry, buddy,” Azure responded, patting the Deino on the back. “I’m sure you’d do just fine!”

    “You’re all really good friends, aren’t you?” Lita asked, giggling a little.

    “Well, yeah,” Azure responded, shrugging slightly. “What about you? Do you have any friends back home?”

    “Aside from my big brother, I don’t really have all that many friends back home,” Lita admitted. “I may not seem like it, but I’m actually kind of shy towards the other Shinx in the pride. I never know how to approach them, or what to say.”

    “Don’t worry about that,” Azure said, patting Lita on the head. “Everyone has a few such moments throughout their lives where they just don’t know how to break the ice.”

    “For breaking ice, I recommend fire or fighting moves,” Frederick commented.

    “Not that kind of ice, silly!” Azure responded, giggling a little.

    “I have been spending some time with a Luxio in the pride lately, though,” Lita explained. “A few days after my brother left, I ran into the Luxio by accident, and he took me to this mystery dungeon in an attempt to help me overcome my shyness.”

    “Oh, is that so?” Azure asked.

    “Yeah,” Lita responded, nodding her head. “At first, it felt a bit strange, but once we’d spent some time together in that dungeon, we realized that we were getting along pretty well.”

    “Good for you,” Azure said, smiling at the young Shinx. “I assume he’s a bit older than you, seeing as he is evolved?”

    “Yes, he is,” Lita replied. “His age isn’t what was strange about him and me becoming friends, though.”

    “Oh?” Azure inquired. “What was it, then?”

    “I can’t tell you,” Lita responded, shaking her head.

    “Oh, okay,” Azure replied, shrugging slightly. “If it’s a bit too personal, I’ll stay out of it.”

    “I’m getting kind of hungry…” Frederick said. “Can we head back to the café?”

    “Sure, why not?” Azure responded, grinning. “Are you feeling hungry too, Lita?”

    “Not really,” Lita replied. “I am a bit thirsty, though!”

    “Well, let’s go, then!” Azure said, grinning as she started running ahead. “I’m going to get there first!”

    “Oh, we’ll see about that!” Lita responded, giggling as she started running after Azure.

    “Huh? Hey, wait up!” Frederick said, trying his best to keep up with the two girls.

    ----

    On the ninth floor of the mystery dungeon, the Piplup snickered to himself as he ran up and picked up the Joy Ribbon. Holding the ribbon in his two small blue wings, the Piplup ran up to the rescue team.

    “Thanks for helping me out!” the Piplup said, grinning. “And if anyone of those guys I made the bet with sees me giving you your rewards at the rescue team HQ later, just tell them that they must’ve gotten me confused with another Piplup, okay?”

    And with that, the rescue team badge shone with a golden light and teleported the Piplup back to the HQ.

    “Okay, let’s go back…” Sera said, preparing to use the rescue team badge to return to town.

    “Hold on, Sera,” Blitz responded, stopping her before she could use the badge. “I need to talk to you.”

    “Uh, Blitz? Maybe we should wait until we’re back in town?” Chiaki suggested.

    “I need to talk to both of you!” Blitz said, looking at his teammates. “What is going on?”

    “W-What are you talking about?” Chiaki asked.

    “Don’t lie to me!” Blitz responded, glaring at Chiaki. “You two are hiding something from me, and I’d like you to tell me what’s going on!”

    “Uh…” Chiaki wasn’t sure how to respond. He didn’t want to lie to Blitz, but he didn’t want to hurt his feeling either by telling him the truth. So, what could he possibly say?

    “… Blitz,” Sera said, looking up at Blitz. “… Do you trust me?”

    “Huh?” Blitz responded, tilting his head slightly. “Trust you? What do you mean?”

    “Well, I’ve been sharing details about my family, and my feelings with you,” Sera said, making eye-contact with Blitz. “However, apparently you didn’t trust me enough to do the same.”

    “Wait… What?” Blitz responded, blinking a few times. “Where… is this all coming from…?”

    “I talked to Hercules,” Sera explained, glancing down at the ground. “He… told me and Chiaki everything…”

    Blitz went silent, and stared wide-eyed at his two teammates in disbelief. He started breathing heavily as he processed this information, shaking his head and taking a few steps backwards as he looked back and forth between his two teammates.

    “Blitz, I’m sorry,” Sera said, looking away. “I just… had to know, and… if you don’t trust me enough to even tell me-“

    “And why would I trust someone who doesn’t even respect me enough to keep their noses out of where they don’t belong!?” Blitz growled, glaring at Sera.

    “B-Blitz…” Sera stuttered, visibly frightened at his sudden anger. “I didn’t mean to-“

    Shut up!” Blitz snarled back at Sera, before turning away from his friends. “Both of you… Just… leave me alone!”

    Blitz ran off, running deeper into the dungeon. Sera and Chiaki stood there in a stunned silence for a few moments, before giving chase. However, they couldn’t see Blitz anywhere, and it seemed the Shinx had already gotten far away from them.

    “Did he already make it to the end of the dungeon?” Chiaki wondered, stopping for a few moments to think. “So, if we get to the end of the dungeon, we can…”

    Chiaki’s train of thought was interrupted as Sera fell to the ground, curling up and burying her face in her forepaws.

    “Hey… Don’t give up!” Chiaki said, petting Sera. “I’m sure we can still catch up to him!”

    “There’s no point…” Sera muttered, shaking a little. “Let’s just… head back to town…”

    “Huh? But we can’t just leave without Blitz!” Chiaki exclaimed. “He’s our friend, after all!”

    “I don’t think he wants to be friends with us anymore…” Sera said, looking up at Chiaki with tears in her eyes. “… And it’s all because of me.”

    Chiaki was unsure what to do, as Sera began sobbing. The Mienfoo realized that right now, Sera needed him more, and sat down next to her, gently petting the Eevee, unsure of what else he could really do for her.

    “I should’ve been a better friend…” Sera sobbed, wiping away some tears with a paw. “If I had been acted like a true friend to Blitz, then this wouldn’t have happened! It’s my fault… all my fault!”

    “Sera… That’s not… You’re haven’t…” Chiaki wasn’t really sure what to say to comfort his teammate, although it didn’t seem like Sera was listening anyways. Still, he had to try to say something. “Sera, don’t give up… I… I’m sure Blitz will forgive us!”

    “No, he won’t…” Sera responded, shaking her head slightly. “Because… I was such a bad friend… and I’ve ruined everything…”

    “Hey, things may seem bad now, but… I’m sure he’ll forgive us,” Chiaki said, even if he wasn’t sure if he was right or not. “We’re still friends; we’re still a team… It’ll be all right…”

    ----

    Blitz was running as fast as he could, not particularly paying attention to or caring about where he was going. Teardrops were falling from his eyes as he ran, further and further away from everyone else.

    “How could Hercules betray me like that…?” Blitz muttered. “And Sera… and Chiaki… How could they…?”

    Even as he bumped into or tripped over things, Blitz just continued running without paying much attention to his surroundings.

    “Still… I shouldn’t have said those things to Sera…!” Blitz wheezed, more tears streaming down his face as he continued running.

    ----

    After returning to town and picking up their rewards, Sera and Chiaki had a bit of a difficult time explaining to Azure, Frederick and Lita why Blitz hadn’t come back with them. They eventually decided that if Blitz hadn’t returned by the morning, they would all head out to look for him. And so, Sera returned home, while Chiaki followed Lita back to Blitz’s stone hut.

    “I hope big brother will be okay…” Lita said, sadly lying down on her bed.

    “Me too,” Chiaki replied, sighing. “It doesn’t feel right to leave him out there like this…”

    “Yeah…” Lita responded, nodding her head slightly.

    The two Pokémon were quiet for a moment, before Lita spoke up again.

    “Don’t worry, big brother is never angry for long,” Lita said, giving Chiaki a small smile. “If you and Sera just tell him how you feel, then I’m sure he will understand.”

    “Thanks, Lita,” Chiaki responded, smiling back. “I just hope that we all work things out quickly, for Sera’s sake…”

    ----

    Sera was sitting in the bedroom, staring at the rescue team badge. The top half of the badge was now silver colored, and they had received a bigger treasure bag that would allow them to bring more items.

    “So… We did get that Silver Rank…” Sera muttered, sighing. “But… it doesn’t really matter… if Blitz and I are no longer friends…”

    Unbeknownst to Sera, Flare was quietly watching her with a concerned look on his face. The Flareon felt sad to see his younger sister in such a state, but figured she’d probably prefer to be alone right now. However, Flare definitely intended to do whatever he could to help his little sister.

    ----

    End of chapter 24.
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    Hello yet again, DarkerShining. I am here to distribute even more compliments!

    I know I've said this SO MANY TIMES already, but you've shown yourself time and time again to be talented in your character development. While I usually make this comment with chapters that hold brand new characters with fun personalities (by the way, i noticed the return of Arbolith), but this chapter has been just superb. You've really demonstrated how much the personalities of the three protagonists differ. Whereas Chiaki (who I think is a fantastic character in general) is a very friendly individual, Blitz is slightly hotheaded yet can be understanding, and Sera is curious about things while being truly devoted to her friends and their feelings.

    I won't spend too long on the fact that the flow of the story is excellent (little to no 'storyline' progress in this chapter, unless I'm missing something underlying), i can tell that a lot of effort has been put into this chapter to help develop the characters even more. Demonstrated by how the falling out occured on a normal mission, not in a stormy battle of the fates as I know some stories have done.

    As always, keep up the good work. By looking at the number of chapters and the total Word count (I've got down just shy of 120,000 words), compared to the position in the storyline, I forsee this fic going on for a LONG time. And I look forward to every new chapter.

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    Thanks again for your review! I really appreciate the feedback, and I'm glad to see that you're enjoying my story!

    Well, I managed to finish chapter 25 earlier this week, so I guess it's time for that. Hope you all enjoy it!

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    Chapter 25: That is the future that has been decided for me.

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    Sera had gotten up early the next morning, and didn’t even bother waiting for breakfast to be ready before heading for the town plaza. She impatiently paced back and forth while waiting for the others to show up, until she finally spotted Azure and Frederick, and Chiaki and Lita walking over.

    “So… Since Blitz isn’t with you guys, I assume he didn’t come back at any point during the night?” Sera said, looking over at Chiaki and Lita.

    “I’m afraid not,” Chiaki responded, shaking his head.

    “Guess we need to head out and start looking for him, then,” Azure said. “So, where do we begin?”

    “I’m not sure…” Sera responded, her ears drooping down slightly.

    “I don’t think the five of us will be enough, even if we do split into teams,” Chiaki said. “So, we should probably get more Pokémon to help us search before we do anything else.”

    “That’s a really good idea, Chiaki,” Azure responded, smiling at the Mienfoo. “I’m sure the other rescue teams will gladly help out!”

    “Someone should tell Hercules too!” Lita added.

    “All right… So, the first thing we need to do, is go around town and ask for help,” Sera said, nodding her head. “We’ll get it done faster if we split up, so I’ll head up to the rescue team HQ!”

    “I’ll try at the café!” Azure said, smirking.

    “I can go to the dojo and tell Hercules!” Lita suggested.

    “Need anyone to follow you there?” Chiaki asked.

    “No, I think I can find the way on my own,” Lita responded, shaking her head.

    “All right, then,” Chiaki replied, looking over at Frederick. “Then I guess maybe the two of us should just ask around town?”

    “Sounds good to me,” Frederick responded, nodding his head.

    “Okay, now that everyone knows what to do, let’s go!” Sera said.

    And with that, the five Pokémon went off to let other Pokémon know what was going on and ask them for help in finding their missing teammate.

    ----

    Blitz groggily opened his eyes, raising his head slightly and looking around at his surroundings. Judging from the appearance of the place he was in, he had somehow ended up inside a mystery dungeon. He slowly got onto his feet, trying to remember how he had gotten there in the first place.

    “Which dungeon is this…?” Blitz wondered, looking around for a moment before remembering the events of yesterday. “Oh… right… Sera and I… we... we got into a fight…”

    Blitz began walking around, unsure of what he was supposed to do now. Lita was probably worried about him, so he had to at least get out of this dungeon, and find a way back to Fenix Town. But what was he going to say to Sera and Chiaki? And he didn’t know what to say to Hercules either.

    However, before he could really give the matter any further thought, a sudden breeze caught the Shinx off-guard. Watching several leaves and pebbles being carried away by the wind, Blitz began to panic as he realized what was happening around him and that he had to find the stairs to the next floor as soon as possible.

    As the wind calmed down, he began running through the dungeon, looking for the stairs. Complicating things were the wild Pokémon, who would walk into his path.

    Blitz tried to quickly fight his way past them, and continued running. The wind was starting to pick up again, and it seemed to be getting stronger. The stairs were still nowhere in sight, and Blitz was starting to feel a bit disoriented. Was he getting anywhere closer to the stairs, or had he just been moving further away from them? Was he even going anywhere, or was he just going in a big circle?

    He kept running, until the wind got so intense he couldn’t stay on his feet… and everything went dark.

    ----

    Sera had returned to the town plaza, looking around to see if any of the other four Pokémon had finished their rounds around Fenix Town. Chiaki and Frederick, accompanied by a certain Elgyem, soon showed up, with Azure closely behind.

    “Okay, I talked to the rescue teams,” Sera said. “While most of them had missions to do, they did at least say they’d keep an eye out for Blitz.”

    “That’s good,” Azure responded. “I didn’t have as much luck on my end, though.”

    “Neither did me or Frederick,” Chiaki said, shrugging slightly. “Although I did run into Elina, and it seems she wants to help out.”

    “Is Lita here?” Frederick asked, sniffing the air.

    “Here I am!” Lita shouted, as she ran up to the others, along with a certain Heracross.

    “I asked Lotus and the others to keep an eye on the dojo,” Hercules said. “I’ll help you guys look for Blitz.”

    “We’re willing to help out too!” another voice called out, and Sera turned around to see all five or her older siblings walking up, to her surprise.

    “Huh?” Sera said, tilting her head slightly. “What are you guys doing here?”

    “It was Flare’s idea,” Amethyst explained. “He suggested that all of us help search for your friend.”

    “Flare… You did that for me?” Sera asked, smiling as she looked at her siblings. “And… all of you decided to come along?”

    “Well, I didn’t have anything better to do today,” Volt responded, smiling.

    “And I couldn’t just stand by and do nothing when my little sister needs help,” Sirena said.

    “I was just planning on taking a nap or something, but this was more important,” Yoru added, shrugging slightly.

    “And I decided the chores I was going to do could wait,” Amethyst said, smiling at Sera. “I’m sure mom and dad will understand.”

    “Isn’t this great, Sera?” Flare asked, grinning. “It’s been a while since we all did something as a family, hasn’t it?”

    “Flare… Everyone… Thank you!” Sera responded, wagging her tail happily.

    With Sera’s older siblings joining the other gathered Pokémon, Sera felt more confident that their search would be successful. She cleared her throat, and was about to say something, when a certain Gothorita suddenly came running.

    “Everyone, I have something important to say!” Bow shouted, before tripping and falling on her face.

    “What is it, Bow?” Chiaki asked, while he and Elina helped her back onto her feet.

    “I had a vision!” Bow responded. “I saw Blitz… he was lost in a mystery dungeon, and this powerful blast of wind sent him flying!”

    “Wait, you saw Blitz?” Sera asked, running up to Bow. “Where was he? What was the mystery dungeon like?”

    “Hmm…” Bow thought about it for a few moments, before sighing and shaking her head. “I can’t remember… Sorry everyone…”

    Sera sighed, but didn’t say anything about Bow’s forgetfulness. It was irrelevant at the moment, and for now, they had to just keep the focus on finding Blitz.

    “Okay… So, what do we do now?” Sera asked, looking at the gathered Pokémon.

    “Split up into groups?” Azure suggested.

    “Oh, good idea,” Sera responded. “Let’s see… We’ve got Chiaki, Azure, Frederick, Lita, Hercules, Elina, my older siblings and Bow… So, that means there are twelve of us!”

    “Uh, Sera?” Lita said. “You forgot to count yourself.”

    “Oh! Uh, right…” Sera responded, giggling a little. “So, um… That means there are thirteen of us!”

    “Good to see I’m not the only one who forgets stuff once in a while,” Bow commented, feeling a little better about herself.

    “All right, let’s decide who will go together!” Sera said, grinning.

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    After a few minutes of discussion, they decided on what the groups would be. Lita had decided to team up with Sera, insisting they be a team until Sera eventually agreed. Chiaki and Elina were also going to be searching together, which would also be an opportunity for the two to spend some time together as they hadn’t seen each other in the past few days.

    Azure had decided to go with Frederick, as the two simply just got along pretty well. To Sirena’s surprise, Amethyst had chosen her as her partner for the search. Flare and Volt had also decided to search together. That just left Yoru, Hercules and Bow, the three of them forming the last group.

    “All right, that’s six groups,” Sera said, nodding her head and looking satisfied, before rolling out the map. “So, I guess the next course of action is figuring out where we’ll search…”

    “I think we last saw Blitz here,” Chiaki commented, pointing to the point on the map representing the mystery dungeon they had escorted a Pokémon through the day before. “So, I guess that’s a good place to start…”

    “Let me take a look…” Amethyst said, examining the area on the map for a moment.

    “So, what do you think, sis?” Volt asked, scratching behind his ear.

    “Well, from the looks of things… Blitz may have ended up either here,” Amethyst explained, pointing to a place on the map, before moving her paw to a different spot. “Or here, depending on where he went from this fork in the path, here.”

    “All right, then,” Hercules said, nodding his head. “I suggest we send three of the teams to search one area, while the other three search the other area.”

    Everyone agreed this was the best course of action, and headed up to the rescue team HQ, so they could ask Kala to teleport them to the fork in the path that Amethyst had pointed out, which would be the starting point for both sets of groups.

    ----

    Blitz groaned and rubbed his head, slowly coming to his senses. Looking around at his surroundings, he was no longer in that mystery dungeon, but he wasn’t entirely sure where that mysterious force had dropped him off. He got onto his feet, and began looking around. He figured that if he explored the area, he might come across something that’d give him an idea of where he was.

    ----

    After arriving at the fork in the road, the six groups had decided on which three would take one path, and which three would take the other. Sera wasn’t sure exactly why Lita had insisted on going with her, since it would’ve seemed more likely that Lita would choose to go with Hercules, since he was both older and the mentor of her older brother. Although, if Lita’s senses were anywhere as good as her brother’s, then hopefully they would be able to track him down soon.

    Sera was sure Blitz would be able to take care of himself until they could find him, but she still worried about him. And when they did find him, what was she going to say to him? She knew she had to apologize, but what was the best way to do that?

    “Hey, Sera?” Lita said, looking up at the Eevee.

    “What is it?” Sera asked.

    “You seem worried,” Lita responded.

    “Oh, well… You know, Blitz is missing, and I just want to find him,” Sera said.

    “I see,” Lita replied, smiling. “I’m glad Blitz has a good friend like you.”

    “I’m not so sure if I’ve been that great of a friend, really…” Sera responded.

    “What do you mean?” Lita asked. “From what I can tell, my big brother is someone important to you, and I think he feels the same way about you.”

    “Why do you think that?” Sera replied, looking at Lita curiously.

    “Well, it’s just a feeling I’m getting,” Lita responded, smiling.

    “Uh… Thanks, I guess,” Sera replied, looking around. “Although, right now I’m not even sure what I’m going to say to him when we find him…”

    “Don’t worry about that right now,” Lita said. “Right now, we have to find him, and then you can think of what to say!”

    “Oh, right,” Sera responded, nodding her head slightly. “So, um… Let’s try looking over here.”

    Lita really was mature for a Shinx her age, or at least she seemed to understand and pick up on things quickly. It made Sera feel a bit more at ease in some ways, and it meant that having to look after Lita while they looked for Blitz wouldn’t be too difficult for her. Sera and Lita were both younger siblings in their families, but for once Sera could get a feel of what being an older sibling was like.

    Maybe that was part of the reason why Lita had chosen Sera as her partner for this search?

    “I wonder if the other groups have found anything yet…” Sera muttered.

    ----

    Chiaki and Elina were exploring another area, but they hadn’t seen any signs of Blitz yet either. Chiaki was glad to have Elina along and hoped to get a chance to talk to her about some of the things that were on his mind. However, he hadn’t yet figured out where to begin, and Elina seemed to be deep in thought about something as well.

    “So, um… I’m really glad you came along to help us look for Blitz,” Chiaki said, smiling at Elina. “Haven’t seen you in a while, so I kind of wanted to talk with you…”

    Elina turned her head and looked at Chiaki, curiously tilting her head.

    “While I’m not in a hurry to get my memories back, I find it a bit difficult to help my friends with their problems…” Chiaki explained, sighing.

    Elina would’ve liked to talk about her own problems as well, but there wasn’t really any way for her to do so as she was now. At least she could still listen to Chiaki, even if she felt a bit nervous when he brought up his lack of memories.

    “Since I don’t remember anything from before Blitz and Sera found me, I don’t really have any previous experiences of my own that would help me relate to the experiences they’ve gone through…” Chiaki said, looking at Elina. “Do you understand what I mean?”

    Elina nodded her head slightly.

    “So… Is there anything you can tell me about myself?” Chiaki asked. “Like, where I’m from, or something about what my family is like?”

    Elina’s three fingers flashed erratically for a brief moment, before the Elgyem shook her head.

    “… Really, is there nothing you can tell me?” Chiaki asked, tilting his head slightly. “Then again, I guess it is a bit difficult to explain via body language, huh…”

    Elina just nodded her head, relieved that he didn't try asking for any further explanation.

    “Oh, okay…” Chiaki responded, sighing. “I was just sort of hoping to remember something that would let me help my friends…”

    Elina patted Chiaki on the back to comfort him, feeling a bit bad about not being able to answer his questions. Then again, she wasn’t really sure how she would’ve answered his questions if she could.

    “Thanks, Elina,” Chiaki said, smiling at Elina. “Guess I’ll just have to think of another way to help my teammates out, huh?”

    Elina shrugged her shoulders slightly, not really sure how to respond.

    “So, how have you been, anyways?” Chiaki asked. “You look like you also have things on your mind.”

    Elina looked down at the ground, tapping her hands together.

    “Ah, so something’s been bothering you too, huh?” Chiaki asked, patting Elina on the shoulder. “Do you have any way of expressing it, that is, if you want to tell me?”

    Elina shrugged her shoulders slightly.

    “Maybe later, then,” Chiaki said, looking around. “Let’s focus on the search.”

    Elina nodded, and the two of them continued looking for Blitz.

    ----

    Hercules hoped that they would find Blitz soon, feeling partially responsible for his running away. He hoped Blitz wasn’t too mad at him for breaking his promise. As he and Yoru were looking over the area, the Heracross realized that someone was missing from their group.

    “Uh… Where did Bow go?” Hercules asked.

    “I don’t know,” Yoru replied, shrugging slightly. “I could’ve sworn she was right behind us.”

    “… Well, guess there are now two Pokémon we need to find,” Hercules commented, sighing.

    “Where do you think she wandered off to?” Yoru asked, glancing around.

    “I’m not sure…” Hercules responded. “Depends on when we lost track of her…”

    “She’s probably not that far away,” Yoru said. “So, let’s just look around for a bit until we find her, and then we can continue searching for that other guy.”

    Hercules nodded, and the two began looking around for Bow. He hoped that Yoru was right, and that Bow wasn’t too far away.

    ----

    Bow was wandering around on her own, as she had gotten separated from the rest of the group at some point. She had been walking around, looking at the scenery, until she had remembered why she was there. Bow was now looking around for the others, but couldn’t see any signs of any of them.

    “Oh, where did everybody go?” Bow muttered, sighing. “I can’t believe I got myself lost like this… Why must I be such a scatterbrain at times?”

    Bow continued looking around, and was about to call out for her friends when she suddenly noticed a shadow flying overhead. She glanced upwards, but couldn’t see anyone.

    “Who’s there?” Bow asked, looking around nervously. “Is that you, H-Hercules?”

    Bow jumped as an ominous laughter suddenly echoed around her, and shivered as she looked around for the source of the sound, but still couldn’t see anyone else there.

    “N-No! Leave me alone!” Bow shouted, and ran off.

    The ominous laughter continued echoing as Bow ran, making it difficult for her to tell whether she was actually getting further away from whatever Pokémon it belonged to.

    “Are you scared, Bow?” a voice said, and Bow’s eyes widened as a shadow flew past overhead just as she heard the voice.

    “W-Who are you!?” Bow screamed, closing her eyes. “And how do you know my name!?”

    As she only heard more laughter, Bow covered her closed eyes with her hands and continued running blindly in the same direction, until she tripped over something and fell over.

    “Ah, n-no…” Bow muttered, shivering as she lay there in the grass, still covering her eyes.

    “... Bow, is that you?” a different voice asked, and Bow realized she could no longer hear the ominous laughter. She opened her eyes to see a familiar Shinx looking at her with a confused look on his face.

    “Oh, Blitz! Thank goodness I found you…” Bow said, hugging the Shinx tightly. “There was this shadow, and this creepy voice, and it kept following me and it was really, really scary!”

    “Whoa, calm down!” Blitz responded, comfortingly patting Bow’s back while glancing around to see if there was anything unusual in the area. “I can’t see any creepy shadows, so I guess whatever frightened you must’ve left.”

    “That’s a relief…” Bow replied, sighing. “That was really strange, though… It knew my name… Have I heard that voice somewhere before…?”

    “I wouldn’t know that,” Blitz responded, shrugging slightly. “But what were you doing all the way out here anyways?”

    “Huh? Why am I here?” Bow replied, thinking for a few moments before remembering the reason why she had come. “Oh, that’s right! We were looking for you!”

    “Who’s “we”?” Blitz asked, tilting his head slightly.

    “Well, you see, Sera and your other teammates were worried about you since you didn’t come home last night, so they gathered up a bunch of us to help them look for you!” Bow explained, smiling at Blitz.

    “… They did?” Blitz responded, blinking a few times.

    “They sure did!” Bow replied, nodding her head. “They’re all looking for you as we speak!”

    “… They were really worried about me, huh…” Blitz said, rubbing his forelegs together.

    “Didn’t I just say they were?” Bow responded, tilting her head slightly. “Hey, why’d you run away, anyways?”

    “You wouldn’t understand…” Blitz replied, looking away.

    “Well, I know I won’t understand if you don’t tell me,” Bow responded.

    “... All right, I guess since the secret is already out, I might as well tell you,” Blitz replied, and then explained everything about the current situation.

    “… Wow, you’ve had it pretty tough, huh?” Bow asked, as Blitz finished his explanation.

    “Yeah…” Blitz responded, nodding his head. “You probably don’t understand my feelings on the matter, though…”

    “Hmm… Maybe not on everything,” Bow said, before moving a bit closer to Blitz. “But I can sort of relate to the whole “destiny” thing, though.”

    “Huh?” Blitz responded, looking up at Bow with a surprised look.

    “Well, there’s the whole town oracle position that has been passed down for generations, and being the only child of my mother, I’ll have to become the next town oracle someday,” Bow explained. “That is the future that has been decided for me.”

    “Ah…” Blitz replied, blinking a few times. “So, like me, your future has also been decided by someone else…?”

    “Pretty much,” Bow responded, shrugging slightly. “I guess we’re kind of similar in that aspect, huh?”

    “I… guess…” Blitz replied, nodding his head.

    “Of course, our situations aren’t exactly the same,” Bow said, sighing. “Unlike you, I’m okay with my destiny to become the next town oracle, but… I just don’t think I’ll be any good at it.”

    “What do you mean?” Blitz asked.

    “Well, the oracle is supposed to be all wise and help guide others,” Bow responded. “I don’t really think someone as forgetful as me would fit the role…”

    “Ah, I see…” Blitz replied, nodding his head slightly.

    “Still, even with my doubts about whether I’ll be a good oracle or not, I kind of just have to accept it as my destiny,” Bow said, looking up at the sky.

    “Yeah, I guess…” Blitz responded, also glancing up at the sky above them.

    The Shinx and the Gothorita just sat there for a while, neither of them saying a word. They just kept looking up at the blue sky, watching as it slowly began gaining a hint of orange as evening approached. While they were both aware that several Pokémon were still looking for them, it didn’t seem to bother them much. At this moment they were both feeling a sense of ease being in each other’s company, watching the sky together.

    “Hey, Blitz?” Bow said, still gazing at the sky.

    “What is it?” Blitz asked, also continuing to look up at the sky.

    “Why do you think some Pokémon have the ability to see into the future?” Bow responded. “I mean, if the future is already decided, why warn us?”

    “That’s a good question…” Blitz commented.

    “Some Pokémon say to listen to your heart when you don't know what to choose... but can one really trust in ones own heart?” Bow asked, lying down in the grass as she continued to look at the sky. “Or are all of us, even you and I, just part of one big plan?”

    “Who knows,” Blitz responded, lying down next to Bow. “Some probably say that the only one that can truly decide ones destiny is oneself, but I don’t think it works that way…”

    “… Blitz, what do you want to do?” Bow asked, glancing over at Blitz.

    “What do you mean?” Blitz responded, looking over at Bow curiously.

    “If you could change your destiny and do anything you wanted…” Bow said, smiling at the young Shinx. “What would you do?”

    “What I want the most…?” Blitz responded, thinking for a moment. “I think… I want the freedom to try many things, until I find something I like and want to do.”

    “Ooh, I like the sound of that!” Bow replied, giggling a little.

    “Bow… Thank you,” Blitz said, smiling back at her.

    “Huh? What did I do?” Bow asked, looking a bit confused.

    “I just… feel a little better, knowing I’m not the only one who has felt this way,” Blitz explained.

    “Felt about what?” Bow asked, before hitting her hand against her head and giggling a little as she realized. “Oh, duh! You mean that destiny thing!”

    “Yes, the destiny thing,” Blitz responded, chuckling a little.

    “Well, I’m glad I could help!” Bow replied, smiling.

    As the two sat there smiling at each other, they suddenly heard a familiar voice calling out to them.

    “Blitz, there you are!” it was Azure, who walked up along with Frederick. She grinned at Bow as she noticed she was with him. “Bow, you found Blitz? Well done!”

    “Uh, thanks!” Bow replied, giggling a little.

    “Hey guys,” Blitz said, smiling sheepishly at the Marill and Deino.

    “Hi!” Frederick replied, grinning. “We were looking for you!”

    “And now that we’ve found you, we should let the others know,” Azure said.

    “How should we do that?” Bow asked, tilting her head slightly.

    “Hmm… Maybe we can signal them with an attack?” Blitz suggested. “That’s how Megara let us know that her rescue team had found the entrance to the Sand-Veiled Sanctuary back when we were looking for the crystal in Clarion Desert.”

    “Ooh, that might work!” Azure responded, grinning and turning to Frederick. “How far up can you make that Dragon Rage of yours go when firing straight up?”

    “Um… I don’t know,” Frederick replied, shaking his head.

    “Well, let’s try it anyways,” Azure said, patting the Deino on the head. “Just lift your head up, aim upwards and give it your best shot!”

    “Okay!” Frederick replied, nodding his head.

    The young dragon Pokémon raised his head, and fired a purple fire ball into the air in an attempt to signal the other groups. They then decided to wait for a while, and if they thought the other groups hadn’t seen the signal, they would have Frederick fire another Dragon Rage.

    ----

    After a while, the groups were eventually gathered again, and Blitz could reunite with his friends and sister. While Sera could’ve used her rescue team badge to teleport everyone home, they instead decided to walk.

    “Sorry to worry you all,” Blitz said.

    “Well, at least you’re okay!” Lita responded, smiling at her older brother. “And that’s the most important part, right?”

    “Right,” Blitz replied, nodding and smiling back at his younger sister.

    Sera still wasn’t entirely sure what to say to Blitz, but listened to her older siblings talk about what they had seen and talked about during their search.

    “Flare?” Sera said.

    “Yes?” the Flareon replied, looking over at Sera.

    “I… I just wanted to thank all of you for coming along for my sake,” Sera said, looking up at her older siblings.

    “Didn’t you already thank us once?” Flare asked, smiling at Sera.

    “Well, now you can’t say I’ve never done anything for you,” Volt said, winking. “But seriously, it’s no problem.”

    “It was important to you, so as your older sister, how could I refuse?” Sirena said.

    “Like I said before, I had nothing better to do today,” Yoru commented.

    "No, I said that," Volt responded, giving Yoru an annoyed look. "You said something different."

    “I can’t really think of anything to say that the others haven’t already covered,” Amethyst said, giggling a little.

    Chiaki was happy to see that his teammates seemed to be feeling better, although it still worried him that still seemed to be a bit of an awkward tension between them. He hoped things would get better again soon. He glanced at Elina, still wondering if he’d be able to help his friends more if he had his memories. Then again, even if he did, would he have any memories even remotely similar to what his friends had experienced before?

    Perhaps it was best not to dwell on these questions now, and instead try to support his friends to the best of his ability.

    Much like Sera, Hercules wasn’t entirely sure what to say to Blitz, but was relieved that the Shinx was okay. He looked over at Bow, making sure she was keeping up with the group.

    “Hey, Bow?” Hercules said. “From what I understand, you really helped Blitz out today?”

    “Oh, I didn’t really do all that much,” Bow responded, shrugging slightly. “We just talked about some things we had in common.”

    “Well, it may not have seemed like that much to you, but to me it seems like what happened between you two was something Blitz needed,” Hercules said, smiling at Bow. “So, thank you for talking to him.”

    “Oh, um… You’re welcome!” Bow replied, smiling back.

    It was starting to get dark as they finally saw Fenix Town in the distance. Blitz had been found, but that didn’t mean that everything was fine. There were still several things needing to be sorted out, and they knew that very well, even if they didn’t know how they would do it.

    “We better hurry home,” Amethyst said, looking up at the sky. “I did leave a note for our parents before we left, but they might still be concerned about us.”

    Amethyst and her younger siblings began walking home, although Sera briefly stopped and ran back over to Blitz.

    “Blitz, about yesterday… I…” Sera said, but couldn’t quite figure out how to phrase things.

    “I-It’s okay… We can talk about it later,” Blitz responded, rubbing his forelegs together.

    “Sera, are you coming?” Amethyst called out.

    “O-Okay,” Sera said, nodding her head. “Guess I’d better get going… See you later!”

    Sera quickly caught up to her older siblings, and they walked home together.

    “Wait, did I remember to tell my mother where I was going…?” Bow wondered, suddenly looking a bit worried after hearing Amethyst talk about having left a note for her parents. “I’d better hurry home too! Bye!”

    And with that, the Gothorita ran as fast as she could to get home.

    “I’ll go with her and make sure she doesn’t get sidetracked on the way home,” Hercules said, flying after the Gothorita.

    “Come on, Frederick, let’s head back to the café,” Azure said.

    “Okay,” Frederick responded, nodding his head.

    As Frederick and Azure headed off, there was only Blitz, Lita, Chiaki and Elina left.

    “Guess it’s time for us to head home too,” Chiaki said, looking over at Elina. “Bye for now, Elina.”

    Elina nodded her head slightly, and began turning around to leave, only for Chiaki to suddenly wrap his arms around her and pull her in for a hug.

    “I really hope we see each other again soon,” Chiaki said, smiling cheerfully. “I enjoy spending time with you, and I think we should do so more often!”

    Elina blinked in surprise, but then her expression softened and she returned the hug.

    “Yeah… That would be nice.”

    “Huh?” Chiaki said, looking around while Elina gave him a puzzled look. “… Did you also hear a voice just now?”

    Elina gave him a confused look.

    “You didn’t hear anything?” Chiaki asked, tilting his head slightly. “… Maybe it was just my imagination?”

    “Chiaki, we should go now,” Blitz said. “Lita is getting tired.”

    “No, I’m not…” Lita replied, before yawning.

    “Oh, okay,” Chiaki responded, before turning back to Elina. “Well, let’s meet again soon!”

    And so, Blitz, Lita and Chiaki headed home, as Elina suddenly realized that the voice Chiaki might’ve been hers! Elina wasn’t entirely sure how that had happened though, since she until now had failed at projecting her mental voice during her lessons with Kala. As she floated through town looking for a spot to sleep, she continued thinking about it and trying to make sense of how it had suddenly worked.

    ----

    Lita had cuddled up to her brother, and seemed quite content. Blitz hadn’t fallen asleep yet, and was looking out the window trying to see the stars in the sky. Quietly, he wondered to himself if Bow was watching the stars as well? The stars were what gave both her and Stella their visions of the future, so it wouldn’t surprise him.

    “Maybe she’ll be able to see how things will turn out between Sera, Chiaki and I…?” Blitz wondered, before closing his eyes so he could try to get some sleep.

    While it certainly would’ve been nice to know ahead of time what to say to his friends in order to make things better, it would probably be something he had to figure out himself.

    ----

    End of Chapter 25.
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    Poor Blitz. In so many ways. ;_;

    And that voice is creepy.

    Wonder what's up with that Mismagius/Misdreavus pair.

    In terms of actual reviewing all I can say is I agree with SeekerOfLight: Your characterization is excellent and keeps getting better.

    Looking forward to the next chapters.
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    Hey everyone! Been busy with school for a while, and the fact that certain circumstances made things a bit more complicated than they should've been didn't help. But, things seem to be sorting themselves out now.

    But, enough about that! Today is my 22nd birthday, and I thought, why not celebrate with a new chapter of Reflecting Balance? Yes, that's right! Chapter 26 is finally done! Hope you all enjoy it!

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    Chapter 26: I think he’s really sorry about what happened back then.

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    Another day had begun in Fenix Town, and things were busy as usual. It was looking to be a somewhat cloudy day, with a chance of rain. Understandably, Megara the Magmar wanted Mirage to hurry up and finish preparations so their rescue team could head out before it could start raining.

    “Calm down, we don’t even know for sure if it’s going to rain today,” Mirage said. “For all we know, it might not rain until tomorrow.”

    “The mushroom wouldn’t mind some rain,” Cordyceps commented.

    “All right, but I still want to get going soon,” Megara said, looking around and noticing two Shinx and a Mienfoo walking by. “Oh, hey guys!”

    “Hi!” Chiaki replied, waving to the other rescue team.

    “Blitz, good to see you,” Mirage commented, smiling. “I heard from your teammates that you’d gone missing the day before.”

    “Yeah,” Blitz responded, rubbing his forelegs together.

    “Well, good to see you made it back okay,” Mirage said, before turning back to her teammates. “All right, let’s get going!”

    “Finally,” Megara muttered as the three of them left.

    Blitz, Lita and Chiaki also kept walking towards the café, where they were pretty sure that Sera and Azure would be waiting for them. And as they stepped through the door, they spotted the two girls, plus Frederick, sitting and talking at one of the tables.

    “Ah, there you are!” Azure said, grinning. “Good morning, guys!”

    “Good morning!” Chiaki responded, smiling back.

    “Hi Blitz,” Sera said, seeming a bit unsure of what to say. “So, um… Did you… sleep well?”

    “Uh, yes… Very well,” Blitz responded, nodding his head slightly and rubbing his forelegs together. “And you?”

    “Sort of, I guess,” Sera replied, nodding her head with a bit of a nervous smile.

    “That’s… good,” Blitz said, clearing his throat. “So… What’s the plan for today?”

    “Oh, well… I was sort of thinking that maybe… maybe you should take today off, and spend some time with Lita?” Sera suggested. “You know, since she’s only really staying for a few days, I figured it might be nice for the two of you.”

    “That sounds like a great idea, doesn’t it, big brother?” Lita asked, smiling up at her brother.

    “Hmm… Well, I certainly would like to spend some quality time with Lita,” Blitz said, looking somewhat doubtful. “But Sera, will you be okay without me?”

    “I’m sure I can handle it!” Sera replied, nodding her head.

    “Are you… sure?” Blitz asked.

    “Hey, don’t worry about it,” Sera responded, doing her best to reassure her teammate. “I’ve got Chiaki and Azure with me, and Frederick offered to come along as well!”

    “Is that so?” Blitz asked, looking over at Frederick.

    “Uh-huh,” Frederick responded, nodding his head. “Azure convinced me to give it a try!”

    “Hmm… Okay, then,” Blitz said, giving Sera a small smile. “Just… um… when looking over missions, don’t pick anything that looks too difficult…”

    “Sure, if that makes it easier for you to relax,” Sera responded.

    “All right,” Blitz replied, before turning to Lita. “So, what do you want to do today?”

    “Ooh, there’s a lot we could do, but I don’t know what I want to do the most,” Lita said, smiling at her brother. “Of course, as long as I get to spend time with you, it’s not that important what game we play.”

    “So, how about we go for a little walk then while you think about what you want to do?” Blitz suggested.

    “Okay!” Lita responded, nodding her head before following Blitz out of the café.

    “Have fun, you two!” Sera said, waiting until they were out of earshot before sighing. “I just hope I really can do one mission without Blitz…”

    “Don’t worry, you’ve got me, Chiaki and Frederick with you,” Azure commented. “I’m sure that we can handle this one together.”

    “All right…” Sera responded, taking a deep breath. “Well… Let’s head up to the HQ and find ourselves a mission.”

    Sera, Chiaki, Azure and Frederick began heading for the rescue team HQ. Azure noticed that Sera seemed a bit lost in thought, walking slowly and somewhat unsteady.

    “Hey, Sera?” Azure said. “Did you give Blitz the day off so you wouldn’t have to talk to him about what happened just yet?”

    “Huh?” Sera responded, looking over at Azure. “Oh, um… Not really, although I do need some more time to think about what to say to him…”

    “All right, just checking,” Azure replied, nodding slightly.

    “I know I should talk to him soon, but it’s not easy figuring out what to say,” Sera said.

    “Well, he probably hasn’t figured out what to say to you either,” Azure responded. “Don’t worry about it too much.”

    “I’ll try,” Sera replied, nodding. “It’s kind of difficult not to think about it, though…”

    ----

    For once, Amethyst was not doing the various chores to be done alone, as Sirena had offered to help her. Amethyst was surprised Sirena had offered, but was grateful for the extra help as it would likely allow for things to be finished sooner. Still, despite being a psychic type, Amethyst wasn’t entirely sure about what had compelled Sirena to help out all of a sudden.

    “Hey, why do you keep giving me that confused look?” Sirena asked, having noticed how Amethyst kept glancing over her shoulder at her.

    “Huh? Oh, I’m sorry,” Amethyst responded. “I was just wondering why you suddenly decided you wanted to help me with the chores today… I figured you’d have better things to do.”

    “Well, don’t you remember what you said to me when we were out looking for Sera’s friend yesterday?” Sirena asked.

    Amethyst blinked a few times, trying to remember what the two of them had talked about yesterday…

    ----

    Despite her psychic powers, Amethyst wasn’t having any better luck than the other groups at tracking down Blitz. Sirena kept enviously looking up at her older sister, Amethyst eventually glancing at Sirena as she noticed the stares her sister was giving her.

    “… Is there a problem?” Amethyst asked.

    “No,” Sirena replied, looking away. “I just wish I had your life, you know? I mean, you’re like, the favorite of the family because you’re good at like, everything!”

    “Well, I suppose my life seems pretty nice,” Amethyst responded, sighing. “Of course, being the favorite can be difficult at times… Always having the most responsibility, always having to look good… It can be a burden.”

    “Is it?” Sirena asked, tilting her head slightly. “You don’t look like you have any problem with it.”

    “I hide it pretty well,” Amethyst responded, before suddenly stopping. “Oh, I’ve said too much…”

    “Um… Hey, don’t worry about that now,” Sirena said, somewhat unsure of what to make of this.

    “You’re right… We need to focus on finding Sera’s friend,” Amethyst responded, nodding her head slightly. “Let’s keep looking around for any traces of him.”

    “All right,” Sirena replied, nodding and helping Amethyst look for anything that might lead to the missing Shinx.

    ----

    “… Ah, that’s right…” Amethyst said, blinking a few times as she remembered what she and Sirena had talked about yesterday.

    “Well, don’t you worry about it, big sis!” Sirena exclaimed, grinning. “You don’t have to carry that burden all by yourself!”

    “Sirena… I appreciate the thought, but you really don’t need to do this,” Amethyst said. “I’ve been able to handle it myself all this time, after all…”

    “Hey, it’s no problem,” Sirena responded, smirking. “I take half the burden from you, and in return I get to take half the credit for the work!”

    “But… I…” Amethyst stuttered, unsure of how to handle the situation.

    “Well, I intend to help you out whether you want it or not!” Sirena said, grinning. “So, you might as well just accept it!”

    Amethyst sighed as Sirena cheerfully continued cleaning up around the living room, feeling rather upset that she had admitted to her weakness after trying to hide it away from her family for so long in order to keep the image they had of her intact. However, Sirena’s reaction wasn’t quite what Amethyst had expected. In fact, her current behavior was almost the exact opposite of Amethyst’s expectations.

    With how much Sirena seemed to resent her for being “perfect”, Amethyst would’ve thought this revelation would make things between her and her sister worse, but that wasn’t what was happening. In fact, it seemed as if Sirena liked her better now. Amethyst didn’t really understand it, but at the same time, it was somewhat of a relief.

    “Sirena… Thank you,” Amethyst said, smiling to her sister.

    “It’s no problem,” Sirena responded, grinning.

    “This is… just between the two of us, right?” Amethyst asked. “There are some things that I need to think about… Until then, don’t tell anyone else what we talked about yesterday?”

    “If that means you’ll let me help so that you don’t get all the credit, sure,” Sirena responded.

    “Okay, I guess that works for me,” Amethyst replied, nodding her head slightly.

    The two sisters continued doing the work together, not noticing that a certain Flareon had been listening to their conversation, with a small smile on his face.

    ----

    Chiaki and Azure were looking over the bulletin board, and were eagerly discussing amongst themselves trying to decide on what mission they would do. Frederick just listened to the two of them, trying to hear if there were any of the missions that sounded good to him.

    “Gee, I wish I could read those missions too,” Frederick thought to himself, while occasionally nodding his head to Chiaki or Azure when they suggested another mission.

    Sera wasn’t really paying attention, seeming rather lost in thought. It was difficult for her to focus on anything else as the current situation between her and Blitz kept consuming her thoughts. She just had to think of something she could say, some way she could prove to Blitz just how much their friendship meant to her.

    “Sera? Hey, Sera!” Azure shouted, shaking Sera. “Snap out of it, will you?”

    “Huh? What?” Sera responded, looking over at her teammates. “Oh, I’m sorry. What is it?”

    “We can’t make up our mind on what mission to take,” Azure said, pointing to the board.

    “Sera, what do you think?” Chiaki asked, looking at Sera expectantly.

    “Oh, um… Let me take a look,” Sera said, looking up at the various missions on the board.

    There were plenty of missions at their current skill level to choose between, but the letters on the different missions just seemed to blur together as Sera began losing focus again.

    “I wish Blitz was here,” Sera thought to herself, before shaking her head and trying to clear up her clouded mind. “No! I can do this… I’ve picked out missions without Blitz’s help before, so it’s not like I don’t know what I’m doing…”

    Sera sighed, and looked closely at the various missions. She could tell just how used she was to Blitz’s presence that she caught herself almost wanting to ask him for advice. Instead, she took a deep breath and mentally told herself that she couldn’t rely on Blitz all the time.

    “So, anything look good to you?” Azure asked.

    “Well, um… There are two up there in the corner that are in the same dungeon,” Sera said.

    “Ah, yes,” Azure responded, nodding slightly. “Chiaki, can you reach those?”

    “Yep!” Chiaki replied, cheerfully jumping up and grabbing the two missions off the board. He then looked over them. “Let’s see… The first one is a request from a Shieldon, asking to find a missing Cranidos, and the other is from a Skitty who apparently got lost after escaping some wild Pokémon.”

    “So, we’ve got two rescue missions,” Azure said, glancing over at the outlaw board as another rescue team walked away from it. “Should we check the other board too?”

    “Huh?” Sera responded, before shaking her head. “No, I think these two rescue missions will be enough for today.”

    “Okay, then,” Azure said, grinning. “Well, if everyone’s ready, let’s head out!”

    The four Pokémon headed over to the room behind the purple curtain, where a certain Abra seemed content with dreaming the day away as usual. Of course, she also had work to do, so she simply had to accept that rescue teams would shake her by the shoulders until she woke up for them.

    “All right, tell me where you want to go so I can get back to my dream…” Kala muttered, rubbing her eyes. “I was just about to knock the moon out of the sky with a giant spoon…”

    “Let us know how that turns out,” Azure responded, before showing Kala the missions and pointing out the location to the sleepy Abra.

    “Okay, no problem… Good luck, be careful and all that…” Kala mumbled, before teleporting the four Pokémon out of the room and going back to her nap. “… Yes, I know… I’ve only got one shot, so if the moon misses its target…”

    Kala snickered a little in her sleep as she turned over on her side, mumbling something in a satisfied tone.

    ----

    Blitz and Lita were taking a walk, neither of them really saying much. Blitz wasn’t really sure what to say, and from the looks of things, Lita wasn’t sure what to say either. It looked she wanted to say something, though. Perhaps she was just trying to think of how to say what she wanted to say? Blitz noticed that they were walking right past the dojo, but just looked away from it.

    He knew that just like he and Sera would have to properly talk about what had happened, he would also eventually have to talk to Hercules about it. Hercules had broken his promise and revealed Blitz’s secret, but had done so out of concern for him… Blitz wasn’t really sure what to really make of that. So far, he didn’t see how anything good was going to come out of it.

    “Hey, Blitz?” Lita said, looking up at her older brother.

    “What is it?” Blitz asked, meeting his sister’s gaze.

    “I, um… Back home, Charge has been asking about you,” Lita responded, looking away.

    “Huh?” Blitz replied tilting his head slightly.

    “He wondered how you’ve been doing since… that incident,” Lita explained. “I think he’s really sorry about what happened back then.”

    “Wait, how would you know that?” Blitz asked, looking rather confused.

    “Well… You see, it’d been a while since you left, and I was having trouble finding the courage to approach the other Shinx,” Lita said, blushing slightly. “I was just too shy…”

    “Um… I see,” Blitz responded, still rather confused. “But what does Charge have to do with any of this?”

    “I kind of ran into him, and when I told him about my problem, he said the best solution was to find a certain item in a mystery dungeon,” Lita explained. “He said it’d build my confidence, and offered to go with me to help me get that item.”

    “He did?” Blitz asked, surprised at this sudden turn of events. “Why would he do that?”

    “I wondered why he’d do that too,” Lita responded. “I thought it might be a trick, but he really did help me get that item, and then I thought that maybe he felt sorry for what he did to you, and was trying to make up for it by helping me be more brave?”

    “Huh… I thought that Charge would’ve hated me for what happened back then,” Blitz said, rubbing his forelegs together.

    “While I don’t know if I’ve really gotten any less shy around the other Shinx, I become friends with Charge, surprisingly enough,” Lita replied, smiling at her brother.

    “That… certainly is surprising,” Blitz responded, blinking a few times.

    “So, when he heard I was going to be visiting you, he asked me to let him know what you’d been up to and how you were doing over here,” Lita explained. “I think the other Shinx miss having you around as well, from what I’ve heard.”

    “Oh, um…” Blitz glanced around, before looking down at the ground and rubbing the rings on his forelegs together again. “I guess when you go home, you can tell them that I’m doing okay, and that my training has been going well?”

    “Sure, I can do that!” Lita responded, grinning. “Of course, I want to make sure that you really are okay before I leave, though!”

    “What do you mean by that?” Blitz asked.

    “Since I’m your sister, don’t I have to make sure my brother is okay?” Lita responded, tilting her head slightly. “

    “Oh, um… You really don’t have to worry too much about me,” Blitz replied, rubbing his forelegs together.

    “You think I should leave all the worrying to you just because you’re the older sibling?” Lita asked, shaking her head. “I don’t think so.”

    “I’m sorry…” Blitz responded, looking away. “A lot has happened lately, and I’m still trying to figure out how to deal with it all…”

    “Well… How about you forget about that just for a moment?” Lita asked, smiling up at her brother. “Come on, let’s play together like we used to! How does hide-and-seek sound?”

    “Uh… Sure, sounds like fun,” Blitz replied, giving a small smile.

    “All right, then!” Lita said, smiling. “Close your eyes and count to twenty-two, while I find a good hiding spot!”

    “Okay, sis,” Blitz responded, nodding his head and closing his eyes as Lita ran ahead and began looking for a hiding spot. “One, two, three…”

    ----

    Sera, Chiaki, Azure and Frederick were slowly making their way through the mystery dungeon, and were getting close to the floor where the Pokémon of the first mission needing rescuing was. While things were going well, Sera couldn’t help but feel uneasy. Everything that had happened over the course of the past few days had been rather stressful for her.

    She had to push the thought of how to solve things between her and Blitz out of her mind so she could focus on the mission. At least Azure’s good sense of hearing and Frederick’s good sense of smell allowed them to help alert her to possible dangers.

    “I see the stairs!” Chiaki exclaimed, cheerfully pointing to the stairs leading to the next floor.

    “Oh, okay,” Sera replied, nodding her head slightly. “Let’s go, guys.”

    The four Pokémon moved onto the next floor, and began looking around for the first of the two lost Pokémon in the dungeon. Azure listened closely, while Frederick tried to pick up the missing Pokémon’s scent. It didn’t take long before they had a lead, and were able to track down and send the lost Pokémon back to Fenix Town.

    “All right, just one more to go,” Sera said, taking a deep breath. “We can do this…”

    Sera felt somewhat reassured by the fact that one Pokémon was now saved, and they just had to find one more. Of course, she still had to stay alert, and focus on the mission. After all, she had experienced before that even if the mission was close to being completed, things could still go wrong on the way there.

    It didn’t take them too long to reach the floor where the Skitty they had to rescue was, however, they soon noticed something rather odd about this particular floor.

    “Hey, Sera? Don’t those walls look kind of strange?” Azure asked, glancing around.

    “They look… distorted…” Chiaki said, noticing that a few of the walls looked much like water rippling.

    “Huh, I guess this floor must’ve been affected by the distortions,” Sera commented, looking around. “Hope the Skitty we must rescue is okay.”

    “Yeah…” Azure responded, nodding and looking a bit nervous as her ears picked up on something in the distance. “Um… How do you think this might be affecting the wild Pokémon on this floor…?”

    Before Sera had the chance to respond, she noticed several shadows flying above them, and glanced up to see several black crow-like Pokémon with features on their head in a top hat-like shape. It didn’t take long before eight Murkrow landed in front of the rescue team, staring at Sera and her teammates.

    “Those Murkrow… don’t look so well…” Chiaki said, feeling rather unnerved by the almost empty look in the wild Murkrow’s eyes.

    “Maybe we can walk right past them…?” Azure suggested, glancing around. “I mean, even though they’re looking right at us, I’m not entirely sure if they actually know we’re here?”

    “I don’t get it, what’s going on?” Frederick asked, not really understanding what the others were talking about since he couldn’t actually see that there was anything wrong with these Murkrow.

    “Um… Let’s go, guys…” Sera said, slowly starting to make her way towards one of the other paths. “We need to find that Skitty.”

    Before Sera could reach the path, one of the Murkrow flew over and blocked it. Sera nervously stared into the Murkrow’s eyes for a few moments, before the crow Pokémon suddenly cried out and attempted to peck her. Sera gave a startled yelp as she barely dodged the Murkrow’s attack, and as she glanced around she noticed that the other Murkrow were headed for her teammates.

    “Sera, we could use some help here!” Azure said, using her tail to swat one of two Murkrow currently trying to nip at her ears aside.

    “Oh, right!” Sera responded, nodding her head before using her Helping Hand move to power up her three friends.

    “Thanks!” Azure replied, smirking as she knocked the other Murkrow out of the way.

    “I could use a little more help here…” Chiaki said, trying his best to use Detect to dodge the attempts of three of the Murkrow to Peck or hit him with a Wing Attack.

    “I’ll be there in just a second!” Frederick responded, while attempting to hit a Murkrow he was fighting with Dragon Rage, but it continued to dodge his attacks. “Hmm… Or maybe two seconds?”

    “Hey, Sera? Don’t you have an item or something that can take care of these guys?” Azure asked, trying to fight off the two Murkrow that had gotten back up and were trying to grab her ears again. “Like, an orb, maybe?”

    “Oh, right… Good idea,” Sera responded, trying to get enough distance between herself and the Murkrow that kept trying to hit her so she could check what items she had. Luckily for Sera, one of Frederick’s stray Dragon Rage attacks hit the Murkrow, knocking it down. “Oh, thanks, Frederick!”

    “Uh… You’re welcome!” Frederick replied, nodding his head. “I… totally meant to do… whatever it was I did!”

    Sera quickly looked through her bag, hoping to find something she could use to stop the Murkrow.

    “Hmm… Petrify Orb? Nah, I should save that one for a bigger emergency…” Sera muttered to herself while examining an orb before putting it back into the bag. “I know one of these other orbs should work, though… Ah, maybe this will do!”

    Sera smirked as she pulled out an orb, and tossed it on the ground. Upon activating, the orb sent out a wave of sound that made the Murkrow stumble around dizzily, while Sera and her teammates were unaffected.

    “All right, it worked!” Sera said, happily wagging her tail.

    “Well done, Sera!” Azure responded, nodding her head slightly. “Now let’s get moving before the effects of the Totter Orb wears off!”

    And so, the four Pokémon quickly exited the room, and kept moving, only to run into even more wild Pokémon in the next room they entered.

    “Oh, no…” Sera muttered, as she glanced at the wild Pokémon.

    “Hey, I think I can smell the Skitty…” Frederick said, sniffing the ground. “Yeah, I think he or she is in here somewhere…”

    “Well, in that case… I guess you should go find them while the rest of us deal with the wilds?” Sera suggested, sounding uncertain about whether she thought it was the best course of action or not.

    Frederick began moving forward, sniffing the ground to find out where the scent trail would lead, with Azure walking next to him on one side, and Chiaki on the other, with Sera following shortly behind them. As wild Pokémon began moving closer, Sera used her Helping Hand to power up her teammates, while Azure used her Bubble Beam attack to hit opponents from afar to keep them from getting closer and Chiaki did the same using his Swift attack.

    “Just a little further…” Sera muttered, only to feel something snag onto her tail. “Ah, let go!”

    A Pokémon appearing to be a spherical mass of blue vines had grabbed onto Sera’s tail by extending two of its vines, and was attempting to pull her back. There was a pink Pokémon with flower-shaped spots on its body floating next to the Tangela, its small oval eyes having a multicolored glow as it charged up a psychic attack.

    “We’re coming, Sera!” Azure shouted, glancing over at Frederick. “You find the Skitty while Chiaki and I help Sera!”

    “You’re talking to me, right?” Frederick asked, tilting his head slightly. “Wait, of course she’s talking to me. I mean, she mentioned herself and the other two guys, so by process of elimination, I’m the only one she could be…”

    “H-Hello?” a soft female voice called out. “I-I’m over here…”

    “Oh, right!” Frederick said, making his way over to the source of the sound, a tree with a small opening in it that the pink kitten Pokémon had crawled inside.

    “You came to rescue me, didn’t you?” the Skitty asked, peeking out from her hiding spot.

    “Yeah, sort of,” Frederick replied, nodding his head. “My friends will be here in just a moment to do the teleport thing with the badge!”

    Chiaki moved to dodge multicolored beams of psychic energy fired from the Munna’s eyes, before Azure eventually managed to hit the floating psychic type with a Bubble beam attack. While the Munna took a moment to recover from the attack, Chiaki took the opportunity to run up to the Tangela, and managed to successfully catch it off-guard with a Fake Out attack while the grass type was distracted trying to drain Sera’s energy.

    The Tangela flinched from Chiaki’s attack, and let go of Sera.

    “Whew… Thanks, Chiaki…” Sera said, stumbling a bit. “That Tangela drained some of my strength, but I think I’m okay.”

    “Are you sure?” Chiaki asked.

    “Yeah,” Sera responded, nodding her head slightly. “Let’s just finish this and get out of here, already.”

    Sera then quickly tackled the Tangela before it could grab her again, sending it stumbling back. Chiaki was quick to follow up with a Swift attack, knocking out the Tangela around the same time as Azure managed to finish off the Munna by hitting it with her tail.

    “That was fun!” Azure said, smiling. “Wouldn't mind fighting a few more, actually!”

    “Uh… I think we’ve had enough battles for one day,” Sera responded, sighing and letting her ears droop down slightly.

    “Guys, I found the Skitty!” Frederick said, cheerfully walking back over to his friends with the pink kitten Pokémon following him.

    “Thank you for coming all the way here to rescue me!” the Skitty said. “All of a sudden, the wild Pokémon here started acting really weird, and I had to get away, but I couldn’t find the way out. So, I had to send out a request for help, and find a place to hide.”

    “Well, let’s get out of here before any other wild Pokémon show up, then,” Sera responded, seeming tired, but also relieved that the mission was over.

    And so, all five Pokémon disappeared from the dungeon in a flash of golden light.

    ----

    After picking up their rewards at the HQ, Sera and the others met up with Blitz and Lita, and went to the café to talk about the events of the day. Blitz watched as Sera quickly drank up a glass of berry juice, before giving a content sigh with her ears drooping down slightly.

    “Whew, I needed that…” Sera said.

    “You don’t usually get as worn out as this after a mission,” Blitz commented looking somewhat concerned. “Are you sure you’re okay?”

    “Yeah, I’m fine…” Sera responded, nodding her head slightly. “Just… those wild Pokémon kind of caught us off guard…”

    “I see…” Blitz replied, rubbing his forelegs together. “Guess that’s something one couldn’t really have predicted… As the distortions keep spreading, I guess it’ll only get harder to predict what might happen…”

    “Hey, let’s talk about something else,” Sera said, with a small smile. “How was your day off?”

    “Oh, yeah… It was nice,” Blitz responded, nodding his head slightly. “Lita and I talked about some stuff, and then we played hide-and-seek.”

    “Yeah, and Blitz kept finding me pretty quickly,” Lita said, giggling a little. “He’s always been good at that game.”

    “Glad to hear you had fun,” Sera commented, smiling.

    “So, Frederick, did you enjoy going on a mission with us?” Azure asked, nudging her Deino friend.

    “Yeah, it was pretty exciting, getting to go on a mission with everyone,” Frederick responded.

    “I know, right?” Azure replied, grinning. “You should totally join the rescue team too!”

    “Helping that Skitty did feel nice…” Frederick commented, thinking for a moment. “All that walking made me hungry, though…”

    “Oh, but doesn’t food taste better after a day of adventuring?” Azure asked.

    “Um… Maybe,” Frederick responded, shrugging slightly.

    Chiaki was glad to see that Blitz seemed to be in a better mood now after his day off, which he had probably needed. Still, Blitz and Sera hadn’t yet sorted everything out between themselves, so things weren’t quite back to normal for the rescue team just yet. At least they were talking, and seemed to be getting along well enough.

    “I hope they’re able to talk things out soon,” Chiaki thought, with a small smile as he looked at his teammates.

    Eventually, the six Pokémon had to head home for the night, and they managed to get to their homes before it started raining. Sera was greeted by Flare upon returning home, but she barely had anything to say. She just went straight to bed, and fell asleep.

    “Today’s mission must’ve been a tough one,” Flare whispered to himself, smiling as he walked up to Sera and gently petted her on the head with his paw. “Sleep well, sis.”

    ----

    End of Chapter 26
    Last edited by DarkerShining; 1st August 2014 at 11:34 PM.
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    It's aliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiive!

    Amethyst and Sirena were sweet. Fredrick is adorable.

    I am curious as to when the main plot will pick back up, though.
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    Huzzah! It's back! I was VERY happy to hear that this hadn't died for some reason (not that I thought that, of course, I had faith)

    As always, the plentiful, colourful and diverse characters make this story amazing. Yet again, we have a chapter focusing on Character development, rather than blindly following a story.
    Loved the chapter, with the interaction between the Eevee family members, and of course, it's awesome to see Frederick having some action!

    Keep up the good work, and Merry Christmas.

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