Hey, Brutaka here. You may know me from my current fan fic, Through the Thunder and the Lightning. Well, in my former clan of Team SeaSoul, we had a short story competition. It had to take place in or near water for most of the story. This was my entry. Unfortunately, this story only took 2nd place. Still, I liked writing it, and I think it isn't too bad, so I'm publishing it for all to see.
Oh, and props to the winner of the competition, jeffdavid102 and his story.
Water lapped against the white sand. The sun was setting and it cast the most beautiful glow upon the ocean.
Three Pokemon sat on the beach enjoying the view. On the right was a blue humanoid one. He had orange spikes on his cheeks and an orange belly. He also had two dark blue, fin-like protrusions on his lower back, as well as a larger one on the top of his head. He was a Marshtomp named Kyle.
On the left was a small round Pokemon that was mostly a lighter blue. She had a white belly, and two round ears on her head. Her tail was black, was bent several times, and held a blue sphere on the end of it. Melody was a Marill.
Lastly, the Pokemon in the center was a small fox-like creature about the same size as Melody. She had brown fur covering her body. Around her neck was a light tan fluff of bushy hair. Her large tail was tipped with a color of a similar shade. This Eevee was called Shiloh.
The three Pokemon were the best of friends. They all grew up together in the small sea-side community. For the most part, their lives were carefree and untroubled. The village was a quiet place and the three friends played games everyday. Lately, however, Kyle and Melody had wanted to play in the ocean more and more. This caused a problem for Shiloh, as she couldn’t breathe underwater like her friends. It made her sad when they went to play without her but she didn’t want to hold them back. Kyle and Melody had been noticing Shiloh’s depressed state for a while now, and they could reason out why. Just to make sure though, Melody had gone to her friend Shiloh’s house one evening.
“Hello? Shiloh, are you home?” Melody called into the small hut.
The small Eevee came out to meet her. “Oh, hi Melody! Er, its a little late to go play isn’t it?”
“That’s not what I came here for. I’ve been seeing how sad you’ve been lately. I wanted to know if there’s anything Kyle and I can do to help.”
“Oh,” Shiloh sighed. “Its nothing, really. Its just that when you and Kyle go out into the ocean to play, I can’t go with you. And I don’t want to keep you and him from having fun, but I get bored all by myself. I guess I just don’t know what to do.” She was becoming sad again.
“I had figured as much. Look, I know you not being able to breathe underwater is difficult with me and Kyle both being water types. But we don’t have to go play in the water. We shouldn’t have to exclude you in anything.”
“No, no, that’s okay. You two go have fun, don’t let me hold you back.”
“Are you sure? You’re not just saying that so I don’t worry, are you?”
“Absolutely not! I’m perfectly okay with it. Seriously, go have fun!” Shiloh put her best mock smile on and retreated back into her house.
Melody sighed. “She’s lying.” In fact, Shiloh had been wanting to be a Vaporeon for a while now. Shiloh was an artistic Pokemon, and her subject was often Vaporeon.
Melody was slowly walking back to her house when an idea hit her. She ran over to Kyle’s house, and knocked on the door. He opened it. “Hey, Kyle, listen, we need to help out Shiloh. You know how she’s been really sad lately?”
“Uh, ya. Why?”
“Well, she’s been upset that she can’t go play with us like before, since she can’t go underwater like we can.”
“Is that why she’s been depressed? We could have helped her out or something. We don’t have to go the water to play.”
“I already tried telling her that, but she insisted we don’t stop because of her. And if she doesn’t want to have us stop playing in the water, then we’ll just have to make it so she can go in the water and play with us there.” Melody was getting excited.
Kyle, on the other hand, was confused. “But how do we do that? She can’t breathe in the ocean like we can.”
“No. At least, not like that. But what if there was a way?” Melody was all giddy now.
Kyle still didn’t understand. “But, how? I don’t...I wouldn’t know...”
“Oi, do you have to be so dense? Shiloh is an Eevee, right? Well Eevees are rumored to have flexible genes. Because of this, they can be mutated by high sources of energy. In other words, evolution stones can cause her to evolve. If we can find a water stone, she can turn into a Vaporeon and swim with us,” Melody explained.
“Oh! I get it now! But where are going to find one of those?”
“Hm. Well I've heard they can be found underwater. In fact, there's a cave just off shore that is rumored to channel the energy of the ocean. Sounds like where we should go look, doesn't it?"
"Uh, sure, sounds good. Want to go in the morning? Its late now."
"Um, yup. We'll just tell Shiloh that we plan on going to play in the ocean again and then we'll check the cave out," Melody said with a nod. They said their goodbyes and she went back to her own house.
The next morning Melody skipped down the warm busy paths of her small village. She was excited about her wonderful idea and knew Shiloh would love it. Now all she needed to do was meet up with Kyle at the beach and find that Water Stone!
She rounded the last corner, skipped down a small path lined with tall grass and then saw Kyle leaning against a rock in the distance. He was already at the beach and was admiring the ocean's horizon while he waited.
"Kyle! Oh good, you're already here. As soon as Shiloh gets here, we'll go and find the stone. Oh, I'm so excited!" Melody exclaimed.
"Excited about what, Melody?" a female voice said from behind her.
"Ah!" The Marill turned around. "Oh, uh, hi Shiloh, I was just talking about-- I mean -- what I'm trying to say is-"
"What she means is that me and her are just excited about a new game we're going to go play today, isn't that right, Melody?" Kyle said smoothly.
"Oh, yes of course. We should, uh, go and get right to that, don't want to waste any time, now do we?"
"No, you two go ahead, I'll just stay here and...work on sand sculptures or something." Shiloh turned around and slowly walked over to a rock. She sat behind it began to push sand in a pile together with her tail. Melody frowned.
"Come on, let's go," Kyle said, and pulled on Melody's arm. She went with him and they both jumped into the sea. Underwater, the ocean was calm and the water was cool. It was a nice break to the warmer temperatures on the beach. The ocean floor gave way quickly to dark depths. They slowly swam their way down. Melody smiled and waved at a group of passing Luvdisc. They smiled back and kept on their way. They decided to look for the cave on the sea floor, so they swam to the bottom of the cold ocean. After a few minutes, they touched the floor of the sea. It was dark though. They wouldn't be able to see anything like this.
"Well, I can use my Foresight to see, but you'll have to stay close to me, all right?" Kyle said, grabbing Melody's arm.
"Oh, uh, all right. So you should be looking for a cave. There aren't that many around. I hope we get lucky and find the right cave first."
"Kay, I'll keep an eye out. Come on." Kyle's eye began to glow a light red, and they walked together. They passed strange rocks(none of them Water Stones), some coral, and a couple of shy Pokemon. Some Clamperls shut their shells as they passed. Corsola greeted them as they walked through the darkness. Apparently the Pokemon down here can see just fine. They must have been used the absence of light. Melody, on the other hand: not so much.
"Woah!" Kyle muttered.
"What? What's there?" Melody whispered.
"Nothing, just this wall came out of nowhere. Oh! There's an opening here!"
"Great! Let's go!" Melody was giddy again. They followed the wall to the opening and Kyle led Melody inside. A couple of yards into the cave, they saw crystals imbedded into the wall. they weren't Water Stones, but they glowed brightly, and Melody could see the way now.
"Oh, wow, these gems are pretty! And they're so bright!" Melody sighed, and did a hop.
"Yup, they sure are. In fact..." Kyle went of to the wall. He made a karate chop pose with his arm, it glowed, and he struck the wall. The wall crumbled a little, and some of the crystals fell to the floor.
"What are you doing! Don't break them!"
"Relax. There's plenty of them, and besides..." Kyle bent down and grabbed on of the biggest crystal shards. "Now if we get to a part where its too dark, or there's no more crystals to the light way, we'll have this one to help us see. It should be bright enough."
"Wow, Kyle, that's actually pretty smart!"
"Yeah, but we'll talk about that later; right now we have to get that Water Stone." Kyle lifted the torch in front of them, and they continued through the cave. The cave itself was narrow, and didn't have any side paths. And it was quiet. There weren't any Pokemon there to be seen.
The tunnel went on for a long time. The crystals had stopped lining the walls a while back and now all they had was Kyle's shard for light. It helped though, as they could at least see the walls. Then they saw a glow ahead of them. The tunnel widened out to a large cavern that was lighted by hundreds of shards of the glowing crystals. In the center was a mound of stone. On top was huge glowing crystal. But in the mound itself was numerous solid deep blue stones with bubbles trapped in them. They were Water Stones!
In front of the Water Stones, however, were three noticeably angry Pokemon. On the left was a Shellder. In the center was a Staryu. On the right was a Panpour. She was the first to speak.
"Why have you come into our home? Leave!" she said.
"Oh, is this where you all live? I'm sorry, we didn't know. We'll leave, but we need one of those Water Stones." Melody explained.
"A Water Stone? First you come into our cave, and now you demand our property?" the Shellder said, apparently a male by the sound of it.
"Look, its really important. We need it for a friend. Can't we work something out?" Melody asked hopefully.
"Well...we do have a lot of them. Fine. If you can defeat all of us at the same time, you can have one of the stones." The Staryu in the center said. It too was male.
"Deal. How tough can you be?" Kyle said, smirking.
"All right then. Shellder, you wanna show him the new trick you learned?" Panpour sneered, looking at his partner.
"Yeah, totally. Let's get this thing going!" Shellder exclaimed. Then, his body glowed white. The glow was then shattered off of him. Shellder then burst forward with astounding speed. Kyle and Melody barely swam out of the way. Staryu had vanished completely. He was no where to be seen. Panpour seemed to have grabbed a Flying Gem from somewhere. As Melody dodged one of Shellder's charges, she was hit by a huge bright force. Panpour jumped out of the glow. The Flying Gem was gone. Melody was sent hurdling into the wall. She was hurt but she managed to get back up.
"An Acrobatics boosted with by a Flying Gem...Cheap, real cheap..." Melody muttered. "But I'll show you what-for!" Melody burst forward and as she was moving, she curled up into a ball and launched herself all over the cavern. She struck Panpour dead center with her Rollout. Panpour hit the far wall as Melody kept bouncing around the room.
Meanwhile, Kyle was having little luck with Shellder. He couldn't keep dodging the attacks forever. After yet another close call, Kyle cried, "Enough!" His arm glowed white and he jammed his arm into Shellder as he came charging. Shellder fell to floor, unmoving. The poor thing couldn't take a direct hit from a Brick Break, especially since Shellder's defenses were down as a result of his Shell Smash.
Kyle was then hit by a spinning Staryu. He had apparently used Camouflage to blend into the water. Kyle was only knocked back a couple feet though.
Panpour had gotten back up and was now attempting to Scratch Melody as she flew by. Instead, however, Melody rammed Panpour again. Panpour hit the far wall again, out cold. Now Melody was struck by Staryu. She could barely get back up. Staryu was still invisible, so he was impossible to hit.
Kyle, on the other hand, was fed up with this nonsense. His eyes glowed red like before, and he managed to literally catch Staryu on his next run around. Kyle chucked Staryu into a nearby boulder. It cracked and the rocks fell on him. A blinking light shone and a noise could be heard.
Melody jumped for joy. "Yes! We did it! Now for the Water Stone..." Melody took a step towards the rock when a loud voice rumbled in the cavern.
"Who dares to come into my home and hurt my friends?" it called. It was a male voice.
"Um, we just wanted a Water Stone. Your, uh, friends said we could have one if we beat them." Kyle responded.
"What? And they didn't invite me? Here's a new plan: Get out now, or you'll have to go through me to get to the stones!" A large black shape fell from the ceiling. It landed in front of the mound of rocks, directly before us. The dark shape was a Cloyster, and he floated across from us, sporting his signature grin.
Immediately, his body turned white, then the white glow broke off. A white leaf floated out in front of him, and he ate it. He was grinning even more now.
"Oh no! He just used a Shell Smash, then fixed the defense drop with a White Herb! This is really bad, like really, really, bad!" Melody cried.
"No problem. I'll fix this like I did the Shellder." Kyle swam towards the Cloyster and began to attack with Brick Break. Before he made contact, however, he was thrown back by a spherical rock that thrown him backwards. Four more were launched at him. Melody whacked Cloyster in the side with her tail that was surrounded by water. Then water rushed in on the Cloyster at all angles. But he seemed relatively unharmed. He turned to Melody and launched five spikes made of ice at her. She blocked it with the large ball on her tail, but it still hurt.
"Five shots again? I knew it. Skill Link..." Melody grumbled. "This is going to be a tough match..."
Kyle swam back in for another Brick Break, and actually managed to score a hit. But then he was then shot back with a five ice spikes. Kyle was really starting to slow down by now.
Melody ran in while glowing a sort of light-orange color, and managed to grab and chuck Cloyster into the ceiling. Rocks fell as Cloyster freed himself and fell to the ground. He was no longer grinning. He shot another five rocks at Melody, then another five at Kyle. Melody dodged them, but Kyle wasn't as lucky. He was crawling now. He didn't have much in him. Melody shot a blast of water at Cloyster, who then shot back with more ice spikes. In a show of true strength, Kyle had managed to make his way to behind Cloyster, and grabbed one of the spikes coming out of his shell. Kyle's body then became outlined in red which then spread onto Cloyster. Cloyster groaned, and his face had a pained expression.
"There, Melody, now's your chance...he's just as weak as me..." Kyle managed to say.
"Got it!" Melody's body glowed orange as she grabbed Cloyster and chucked him into the far wall. He was out cold.
"Yes! We did it!" Melody cried. "Oh, Kyle, are you okay?"
"Yeah, I'm-I'm fine. Let's just grab a Water Stone before anyone else shows up."
"Good idea." Melody walked over to the center rock mound and pulled a Water Stone free. "Its so pretty!"
When Kyle could stand up again, he grabbed a glowing crystal and led the way back out of the cave and onto the sea shore.
It was already twilight. Shiloh was still on the beach hard at her sand sculpture. For a small, quadruped Pokemon without thumbs, she made an impressive rendition of a Vaporeon.
"Oh wow! Shiloh, you made that?" Melody asked, half surprising Shiloh, who hadn't seen her come back.
"Yay, you're back. And yup, it's pretty good, don't you think?"
"Hey, Kyle, that crystal is beautiful. Did you find it down there? I wish I could go underwater too. I bet its beautiful down there." Shiloh sighed.
Kyle was still holding the glowing crystal. "Its nice down there, yeah. But this crystal isn't anything special. You should see what Melody has."
"Melody? What's that you got there?"
"Its a present. A special present. For you!" Melody placed the Water Stone on the sand in front of Shiloh.
"What is this? Wait...this is a Water Stone isn't it? You went out and got this for me? Oh, you didn't have to do that..." Shiloh was just staring at the stone.
"Of course we did...We know you were just telling us you weren't sad so that we didn't worry, but we knew you wanted to come in the water with us. So, now you can. With this stone, you can evolve into a Vaporeon and play with us!" Melody was really excited.
"Wow...you guys are amazing! I love both of you! Its been one of my life's dreams to be a Vaporeon. I can't believe this is really happening!" Shiloh took another look at Kyle and Melody. Then she touched the stone with her right paw.
The stone glowed, and Shiloh did too. Her tail and body grew longer. Her neck fur turned into a strange fin and three large fins grew on her head. When the glowing faded, Shiloh had become what she's always wanted: a Vaporeon.
"Shiloh! You've done it! Oh, you're so pretty now...I'm mean, you were before, but now..." Melody sighed.
"Wow! That felt...weird. But this is so cool!" Shiloh looked herself over. "Awesome! This is a dream come true! Come on, let's go play!"
"I'm glad you like it...But Melody and I are beat. You have no idea what we went through to get that stone. But it looks like it was worth it, definitely. We can't play right now though. Its late, and like I said, we're tired." Kyle explained.
"Yeah, Kyle's right, I'm exhausted. But we'll go play tomorrow, I promise!" Melody said.
"Well, all right. I should probably get used to this new form, shouldn't I?" Shiloh responded. And with a nod, they all walked back into town. Shiloh showed off her new look to everyone on the way. Kyle found his house first, then Melody and Shiloh. They all had a very good rest.
In the morning, the three ran as fast as they could to get to the beach. Sun was up and it was humid. Kyle and Melody ran into the water, but Shiloh hesitated. Then she took a few steps into the wake. She loved the feel of the water against her scaly skin, but she looked down and noticed her feet were gone! Melody explained that Vaporeon have the ability to blend in with the water, since their cells are similar to water molecules. Shiloh concentrated, and she made her paws appear again. She thought the invisibility was cool, like a super power! After a few more steps, she dove into the water. She had no trouble breathing, and the three played all day long.
And as it turns out, Shiloh was the new master of hide-and-side.
~~~~~~~~~~There are some competitive battling mentions in the fic, but it was for clan, so, eh, just go with it