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Chapter 17; A Creeping Creature
Murdock tugged on his scruffy rucksack with both of his pale hands, he was nervously watching the rough ragged pavement of Terrafirma as he walked along side his friend, Jay. Jay was oblivious to what Murdock was noticing, he knew something was odd as soon as they left paragon cave, the road to the Pokemon centre wasn't long, but Murdock felt as if he would never get there, he steadily walked faster and faster.
'Murdock, what's up?' Jay asked, 'you haven't said a word since we left Clarissa and Gertrude.'
Murdock looked over his shoulder, eyes piercing behind, 'we're being followed,'
Jay's face scrunched up, confused as the idea had never even crossed his curious mind.
'Im certain, I can hear its footsteps.'
Jay and Murdock continued to walk through the back streets of Terrafirma, the sky was a deep crimson merged with a hot pink and marmalade yellow. Murdock had a tendency to over think, Murdock even knew this himself however to him it was not subjective, he had zero control of what ran through his mind, he only knew how to react and even that didn't come easy to him.
The unknown began to infuriate Murdock as he suddenly just stopped walking, fairy lights dangled a over him eventually ending at the market, the slated stone pathway stood still underneath him as he took a deep breath.
'Murdock, I'm seriously like, I don't know what you're doing.'
'Jay, I have to know what's following us, once I've found out we can have some tea and talk strategies, but for now,' Murdock breathed out, 'now we wait.'
Murdock was so sure something was following him, his head was locked on, nothing could move this subject aside. In the corner of Jay's eyes he noticed something moving in the shadows that leaped from the houses that were either side of Jay and Murdock.
'Look!' Jay whispered, 'something's over there,' he said in a sarcastic tone.
A purple quadruped Pokemon ran out of the shadows, large ears stuck from its lilac face and porcupine like spikes rested on top of its body. A cute buck tooth and deep blood red eyes intrigued Murdock to move forward.
'Neeee!' The Pokemon screeched.
'Its a Nidoran, Jay, a male one! He must of followed us from paragon cave.'
'He looks...' Jay struggled for a word, 'he um, he looks... Cute?'
'Too right he's cute!' Murdock's mouth widened as his eyebrows and shoulder raised, fan girling over the small critter. 'Go Swablu!'
Murdock released his prize Pokemon, showing confidence towards the Nidoran that watched Murdock's moves curiously.
'RAAAAN!' Nidoran squealed as it bowed to Swablu.
'Nidoran wants to battle Murdock!'
'You see that Swablu!? That's manners! That is my cup of tea!' Murdock said proudly. 'Ok Swablu! Peck attack!'
Swablu flapped her cloud like wings and flew up, she then spread her wings with grace and dived down towards Nidoran.
Nidoran however ran towards her with speed and bashed into the bird head on, using its short stumpy horn as its weapon.
'Swaaaa!' Swablu yelped as she fell to the floor, she began to continue weeping as her body looked uncomfortably ill.
'That must of been poison sting! Hang in there Swablu!'
Suddenly Swablu's whole body began to glow and her sweaty tiresome look faded.
'What happened there?!' Jay asked.
'Thats Swablu's ability Jay, natural cure! It's heals status effects from time to time!'
Nidoran was getting bored of the constant interruptions, a light red aura began I to develop around Nidoran.
'Neeeee!' Nidoran shouted as his body focused on Swablu.
'Focus energy eh? Swablu, sing!'
Swablu gracefully flew through the air echoing a lullaby so dreamy Jay began to rub his curious little eyes.
Nidoran was trying to fight of the hypnosis and charged for Swablu but before he could attack he feel to floor, snoring and dreaming.
Murdock's face started to glow, he had him right were he wanted him.
'Ok! This is it!' Murdock began to get excited, jumping up and down and waving his flimsy arms, 'Go Pokeball!' He shouted as threw his red and white capsule at the small monster that was deep in a slumber.
The ball enveloped Nidoran and dropped to the floor, shaking.
'This is it Murdock...' Jay whispered in awe of the moment.
Swablu, Murdock and Jay all stood still as they watched the capsule rock from side to side three times, until finally after much anticipation it stopped, confirming the capture.
'What!? Oh my gosh yes!' Murdock squealed as he ran over to the ball.
He picked it up with happiness as he turned to Jay, 'what'd ya think?'
'He's great Murdock, really!'
'Yes, indeed a splendid capture!' A deep voice echoed from the shadows.
Murdock returned Swablu and him and Jay awaited to hear more.
'Grounds types are special I many ways,' the man said as he walked out from the shadows, 'they represent the earth in a way that no thee Pokemon can.'
A dark toned man stood before them, deep hazel eyes looked around they backstreet taking in its beauty. Black coal hair swirled high upon the mans lumpy head, he stood proudly with muscles ripping from arm to arm. His rugged clothes were torn, dirty shorts accompanied a milky brown jacket that dangled to his waist. He proud man chuckled to himself, 'ahh, I guess you're wondering who I am, yes?'
Murdock and Jay just nodded as they were, to be honest, quite intimidated my the stocky bloke.
'Well you're look at this cities gym leader! I am Klement, good day to you two.' Klement tugged on his jacket, showing respect and authority to the two trainers.
'Wow!' Jay gasped, 'you're the gym leader? I'm Jay from Windflower town and I would like to challenge you!'
'Me too!' Added Murdock.
'Guys, please, please calm down haha, you'll both get your chance! You'll both fail but sure, you'll get your chance!' The man once again chuckled to himself.
Both Murdock and Jay's eyes squinted, in soon became clear that you couldn't really tell if Klement was being serious or not.
'Well, haha we'll see about that!' Jay said nervously.
'Yes hahahaha!' Klement chuckled.
Jay and Murdock both joined in with the awkward laughing until Klement suddenly stopped. 'You will probably fail though.'
Murdock and Jay's fake laughter soon died.
'Well i shall see you at the gym tomorrow,' Klement said after about a minute silence.
Klement slowly walked backwards back into the shadows, a small laughter could be heard fading into the distance.
'God that guy is creepy,' Murdock told Jay as he turned to him.
'You know that, Murdy, come on let's find somewhere to stay and have a cuppa'
Murdock's nutshell eyes lit up, 'really? Owwwww, ok.'
Jay and Murdock both headed to the Pokemon centre to get some rest, after all they would need it.