This story is rated PG-13 with some gore for later Chapters.
The morning rays shone through the cliffside as the sun greeted the world with a warming welcome. Light hitting the mouse, Lucas squinted to see the morning rays increase.
Morning already? Lucas thought to himself as he groaned, stretching his back. That rescue lasted pretty long in the night, but I didn’t think it would be that late.
With a yawn, Lucas walked over to the fountain coming from the edge of the cave and splashed water onto his face. He knew that Lilly, an electric mouse and his partner, would wake soon, and he would rather wake up before her enthusiastic waking call. Not that it wasn’t terrible; it actually made a very positive day for him. He just preferred to wake up Lilly because of how adorable she was when waking.
Lucas quickly snapped back into reality. Lucas, focus, he thought, She’s my partner and friend. I don’t think she’s ready for a relationship yet.
Lucas looked back at Lilly and smiled. Though I have to admit she is cute.
Lucas rubbed his face, turned back to the water, and dipped his hands. He splashed more water to wake himself up. As he did that, Lilly slowly glanced at Lucas and smiled as she watched Lucas throwing water all around him.
“You know,” Lilly started, making Lucas jump. “If you wanted to become more resistant to water, you could just take on the Bottomless Sea.”
Lucas turned around, pushing his previous thoughts aside. “I... Uh... Didn’t hear you wake up,” Lucas admitted, earning a smile from Lilly.
Lilly got up from her bed and walked over to Lucas. “You know, I’m usually the one waking you up. You usually don’t get out of bed without my help, lazy bones,” Lilly teased.
Lucas grinned. That’s just like her, Lucas thought, grabbing the rescue bag from across the room. Always so cheerful when waking up. I still wonder how she does it.
Trying to think of a different subject, Lucas said, “So, what are we going to do today?”
Lilly grinned. “We do the same thing every day. I thought you would know that by now.”
Lilly was correct on that part. It has been about six months since the defeat of Darkrai, and they have only done missions of rescuing, arresting, and protecting Pokemon.
“Well, what do you suggest?” Lucas asked.
“What do you mean, ‘suggest’?” Lilly asked, clueless of what Lucas was saying.
“Well,” Lucas started, “Since we do the same thing everyday, why not change it up? You could think of something. You know I’m completely dull without your help,” Lucas added with a grin.
“Oh?” Lilly sounded, questioning Lucas with her expression. “You think that you’re dull? You’re the most entertaining Pokemon I know.”
“Are you crazy?” Lucas asked. “You know that I’m not as entertaining as you.”
Lilly laughed. “Well, I could change it up? How about... We get captured by outlaws and we have to force our way out?”
Lucas laughed. “Well, if you want to,” Lucas said. “Either than that, or I could attempt to activate my Dimensional Scream again.”
Lilly smiled. “That might be more fun actually!” Lilly exclaimed. “We haven’t really had any fun in a while. We’ve only gone to places that we have gone to so many times.” Lilly then thought for a bit and asked, “When was the last time you had a vision anyway?”
Lucas thought for a moment. My last vision? Lucas thought, I haven’t had a vision in a long while. When was the last time I had my Dimensional Scream activate?
Lucas stood there for a while, trying to remember when he had a vision. After a while, Lucas shook his head. “I can’t remember,” Lucas stated.
Lilly frowned. “You can’t remember the last time you had a vision?” Lucas shook his head again, showing his disappointment. Lilly smiled as she spoke, “Then how about we go and put that scream in motion again? Who knows? We might have another adventure again.”
Lucas liked the sound of that. Adventure always had Lilly get excited, and it grew on him as well. Lilly could tell from the smile from Lucas’ face gave the answer.
“Then what are we waiting for?” Lilly asked. “Let’s go and explore!”
Lucas and Lilly then rose a clenched hand into the air, allowing the sun to give a vibrant glow to each of them. Lilly eyes shot open and she covered her nose quickly.
“Now I know why you were splashing water on yourself, Lucas,” Lilly exclaimed, making Lucas grow embarrassed. Lilly smiled and added, “I bet I’m as bad as you though. Let’s clean up before going out.”
Lucas nodded, still glowing red in the cheeks.
“It’s amazing how resilient these Pokemon are.” The mysterious shadow wandered around, seemingly deep in thought. A door swung open and the mysterious shadow looked back.
“My Lord, you have called?” the Pokemon that came through the door asked.
“Ah, you came, Sir Salamence.” The mysterious shadow smirked at the Salamence, or at least it looked like a smirk to Salamence in the darkness. The shadow stood still. “You see,” the shadow continued, “We have been against the warriors of this land for far too long.”
Salamence heard this many times, so he asked, “What do you suggest, my Lord?”
The mysterious shadow explained, “We need some Pokemon to assist us in conquering this land. A Pokemon’s strength that be far greater than ours.”
“My Lord, you are the most powerful Pokemon on this land,” Salamence commented, “There is none greater than thyself.”
“Yes, I am the most powerful on ‘this’ land.” The mysterious shadow grabbed a piece of paper and handed it to Salamence. Salamence took the letter while the shadow walked to a seat.
“Send the letter to another land,” the shadow exclaimed, “See who comes to support us. They may hold enough power to exceed mine. And if not... Destroy them before they reach this land.”
Salamence nodded and took off. Another sneer came across the shadow’s face as it returned to its dark territory.
“Do you see anything, Lucas?” Lilly asked.
After a few moments, Lucas released the rock he held onto and shook his head. “I’m not getting anything.”
“Nothing at all?” Lilly asked. Lucas nodded in affirmation. Lilly sighed. “That’s too bad,” Lilly said.
Lucas looked up into the sky. The sun from the morning moved higher into the sky, pounding its rays into the whole world. A shadow then caught Lucas’s attention. He watched as a Pokemon flying high descended from the clouds, landing further down into Treasure Town.
“Hey, Lilly,” Lucas called.
“Hm?” Lilly asked.
“There’s something coming down into Treasure Town,” Lucas explained. “Let’s go see what’s going on.”
Lilly looked over towards Treasure Town, in which she could more clearly see the Pokemon; a Salamence. Lilly gave a nod before both ran towards the town.
Arriving in town, Lucas and Lilly looked towards the center of town. A Salamence, covered in metallic armor from head to tail, captured the attention of every Pokemon in Treasure Town.
“Hey, who’s this Pokemon, Sunflora?” Lilly asked.
“I don’t know,” Sunflora admitted. “He said something about some Pokemon war in his land or something that makes me go Eeeekk~! But there hasn’t been a Pokemon war in like, forever.”
“That’s... A little strange,” Lilly said, “I wonder what he means by that?”
Loudred shushed from a little further up the crowd. “We’re trying to listen.”
Sunflora attempted to glare at Loudred, but he was focused on Salamence in the center.
“I hope you all listen to my Lord’s invitation,” Salamence shouted, “My Lord will be pleased to have strong warriors come from this land to assist in ending the war in Gerleniam. Allow me to explain the conflict of our land.
“Our land, inhabited by Pokemon, have raged battle against other lands in search of the most powerful Pokemon to grant them unlimited energy. For many years, countless Pokemon have been destroyed, our land has been devastated by the attacks, and the Pokemon live in fear of being one day pulled into the war by force.
“But hear me when I say; there is a solution. My Lord will end the war by conquering all the land and putting an end to this conflict. Sadly, my Lord isn’t powerful enough to fulfill his dream, so he asks for aid in our dream. We shall end the war in Gerleniam with the power of all those that are able to travel to our land. So, who shall volunteer themselves to end destruction in the land of Gerleniam?”
The Pokemon were silent around Salamence. They all looked around each other, questioning who would help or who would not. Finally, a voice came from the crowd.
All Pokemon turned to Lilly, who stood as tall as she could. “We’re an exploration team; Team Luminous! It’s our job to help Pokemon in need. We’ll help in saving Gerleniam!”
The Pokemon talked amongst themselves.
“Team Luminous, warriors?”
“That seems a little odd.”
“They did defeat Darkrai though...”
“They saved the world from being frozen in time, too!”
“Well, we couldn’t stop them, hey.”
“Once they have their mind set to something, they’ll get it done, yup!”
“But should we come too?”
“Nah, Team Luminous has this handled. If there’s any Pokemon that can save a whole land, it’s them for sure!”
“Yeah, we still have to protect our land’s peace!”
The Pokemon cheered for Team Luminous as Lucas and Lilly walked up to Salamence.
“We’re ready to go, Salamence,” Lilly said.
Salamence looked down and nodded. “These will be our heroes. The heroes of Gerleniam!”
The Pokemon gave another cheer as Lucas and Lilly climbed onto Salamence’s armored back. A second later, Salamence pushed down his wings and started flapping. Higher and higher they went; the cheers of the Pokemon becoming more silent. Soon, they were above the clouds, soaring forwards.
“Well, it’s too bad we didn’t get the Dimensional Scream kicking in, but at least we’ve got to go on an adventure,” Lilly said.
Lucas smiled. “I didn’t even get a say in if we should go or not,” Lucas explained. “You just said, ‘we’ll do it’ before I had a chance to say something.”
Lilly grinned. “Well, you’re not saying it’s a bad thing, are you?”
“Of course not!” Lucas exclaimed. “We’re going to have another adventure with each other!”
Lucas rubbed his eyes. As looked up into the sky, he saw that the sun was now setting behind the cloud-filled sky. How long was I sleeping? Lucas thought.
Lucas was about to speak while he looked over to Lilly. Or, where Lilly was. Lucas’s voice caught in his throat as he started looking around Salamence’s back. No Lilly. Lucas started to get nervous.
Salamence said nothing. He continued to fly forward. Lucas then started to search Salamence’s back. After a few moments of searching around, the nervousness became fear.
Salamence grinned, but said nothing. Lucas’s eyes widened.
“You... You didn’t...” Lucas stuttered. Salamence, without warning, flipped around, making Lucas grab his wing to prevent himself from falling off.
“Wh-what are you doing!?” Lucas yelled. Salamence then started spinning, which Lucas continued to hold on tightly. But, to no avail, Lucas slipped off after a few turns.
Lucas looked up at Salamence as he fell. Salamence seemed to be speaking something before flying off. Lucas then spun to the ground to see what he was going to land on. Solid rock. Lucas’s eyes widened as he tried to slow his descent by flapping his arms around. The rocks continued to come closer and closer. Lucas braced himself for the landing by shutting his eyes.
This is Chapter 1 of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Domination and Liberation. The chapters will not always be this short. They may become longer as the story progresses. Leave a comment if you see any mistakes or if you want to give constructive criticism.