Warning: This one-shot has implied abuse. I've already ran this through bobandbill and he says it's okay for posting, so yeah.
Spoiler:- Author's Notes:
A Nurse, Three Island Pokemon Center
Good afternoon! Welcome to the Pokemon Center. What can I do for you?
A researcher? Oh my! We rarely get visitors like you in this town, for Three Island is one of the more uninteresting places to visit in the archipelago. People like you usually visit the ruins on Six and Seven Island, or the volcano on One Island, or even the cave on Four Island. So what would a curious mind like you be doing here?
Oh, you are interested in the myth? Well, I must apologize, ma’am, coz I don’t know much about it myself. I don’t go out to the forest because I’m almost always here in this center. Perhaps the trainers around the town might help? I bet that they have been to the forest far more than I have.
You’re welcome, ma’am. We hope to see you again!
A Picnicker, Three Island Pokemon Center
Ack, why would you be interested in that fairy tale? I hate it! I hate it so much! Why? Because it puts Berry Forest in such a bad name, that’s why!
It’s a very beautiful forest, in case you were wondering! It has the most exquisite trees of all shades of green and yellow. And the berries! My, they don’t call it Berry Forest for nothing! It has the most delicious berries in the entire archipelago. Heck, in the entire region! You can eat them raw, but the best way to enjoy them is to make fresh Berry Juice. Oh, all the flavors will leave you craving!
And all the Pokemon are ever so nice. Not like what that, that ridiculous fairy tale says! Even the little creepy-crawlies who are supposed to look icky; why, they make the forest all the more beautiful than it already is! Why, without them, the ground wouldn’t be as fertile, and the trees wouldn’t be as bountiful, and there wouldn’t be any food for the Pokemon to eat! See, it’s a wonderful cycle of life. Did anyone mention that in your stupid story? I didn’t think so—
Hey, where are you going! I haven’t even mentioned anything about the picnic spots! Come back here!
A Clerk, Three Island PokeMart
Welcome ma’am! How may I help you?
I’m sorry ma’am, but I don’t know anything about that myth. But would you be interested instead in our Premier Ball promo? Ten Pokeballs get you one Premier Ball for free! Eleven balls for the price of ten! How great of a deal is that?
Is there anything else I could help you with? How about a pack of Full Heals? For 600 a bottle, your Pokemon would appreciate the scent of this magnificent bottle and unlike any of those pesky berries you wouldn’t risk giving them food poisoning!
Thank you, and please come again!
A Hiker, Three Island PokeMart
Ah, one of those curious minds, eh?
Can’t blame you. In the three years I’ve been living in this here town, there’s been a lot o’ folks like you going here curious about the ol’ forest’s myth. No one really knows what goes on in that forest, and so many kinds of stories are told by the people here. But one thing we’re all sure off is that it has to do with Lostelle.
Ah, heard of Lostelle, eh? Must’ve heard of her from one of the Champion’s interviews, I reckon. Well, the Champion’s right in that she saved that lil’ girl from the monster, but that’s not everythin’ there is to it. See, Lostelle might be the most famous, but she ain’t the first lil’ girl to be saved. Even before the Champion came here, there’s been a lot o’ reports of damsels in distresses who go missin’ one night only to be found the mornin’ after, most o’ ‘em bein’ lassies or picnickers or little ladies. And people say that they always look like they’ve seen somethin’ so terrifying. The Champion’s tale became famous because he’s the first one to save the damsel at night and actually see the monster, though Lostelle didn’t look any better from the others. And because of that, Berry Forest was sealed off from common folk for some time, only bein’ available to the strongest of trainers until people started complainin’.
Well, you don’ really forget stories like this, ‘specially when you hear it all the time. Ask around town and you’re bound to find someone who knows way more than I do. You’ll have to be real lucky to find someone who knows one o’ those damsels, though.
You’re very welcome, young lady. Have a nice day yourself.
A Mother, Three Island Residences
And what brings you here, miss?
Why, of course, please have a seat. I’ll be happy to answer any of your questions.
I’m sorry, miss, but I would prefer not to talk about it.
Yes, you did push a few buttons. Please see yourself out. Thank you and have a nice day.
A Psychic, Three Island Residences
I did not expect any unusual visitors today. Who might you be?
Oh, a researcher, you say? You do not look like one, if I am being completely honest. I would have expected a lab coat or a pair of spectacles, or really anything that would make you look more professional.
I am sorry, did that offend you? Yes, it did, I am terribly sorry. Let me make it up to you. You said you were researching something. Is your research perhaps about the tale of Berry Forest?
I am a Psychic, you see. A practicing one, yes, but my mentor is Sabrina, and one cannot get a better mentor than she. The look in your eyes and your profession is enough to reveal your intentions. Come, sit, have some tea.
A careful one, I see? You are a smart girl, then. If only I could say the same for the other girls in these towns, then the tale would not be as interesting. In fact, there would not be a tale at all if carefulness was upheld around here.
Yes, yes of course. I am sure you have heard about the Champion’s interview regarding Lostelle? Well, the monster that is being referred to is rumored to be a Pokemon, and a malefic one at that. They say that it only comes out at night, using convincing disguises and illusions to trick victims into submission, and with its ghastly powers it corrupts them and leaves them in a state of trauma and fear that would haunt them for the rest of their lives. The many victims that attest to this have led to the Forest’s brief closure from outsiders, though the many people who depend on the Forest’s generous supply of berries have caused it to be reopened.
No, there have been no reports recently, though I foresee that the last report of that cruel monster is far from being reached. One could not simply stop a Pokemon from getting what it wants, especially one as terrible as that monster.
I must apologize, I did not mean to scare you. Please, would you like some more tea?
All right then, I hope that was helpful. Good luck with your research.
An Elderly Woman, Three Island Residences
Are you the researcher, perhaps? Word goes around quickly in this town, and it isn’t hard to spot someone who isn’t a regular.
Why, child, would you be interested in such a dark story? I myself use it to scare the children from wandering into the forest alone, and I haven’t seen it fail at all. If there’s any good in it, it gives the island a sense of security and alertness that could only be possible by such a threat.
Oh, you do not actually believe the story, do you? Of course it’s only a story! Why, I would find it quite amusing if it turned out to be true.
Lostelle? I am sure she was merely exaggerating. Berry Forest can get quite scary in the dark, but terrifying monsters and traumatized victims? Child, you mustn’t trouble yourself with such fantasies. The “victims” that people say are merely curious little girls who have eaten the wrong berries and got themselves sick. Eating some Pokemon berries can do quite a number of things to your mind. Why, Lostelle and the other girls must have just stuffed themselves with some unripe or infected berries, and it has turn into this whole drama about a monster in the forest.
Child, of course it is impractical to let children wander in the forest alone. People merely latched into this story because it would be the perfect warning. For all we know, it could be a ploy by some environmentalists to preserve Berry Forest or a rumor started by a greedy farmer who wants all the berries to himself.
All right, child. Good afternoon to you too.
A Tuber, Bond Bridge
Hi pretty lady! Do you want to battle?
Oh, all right then. But what brings you out here to Bond Bridge?
Ooh, you’re going to Berry Forest? I’ve always, ALWAYS wanted to go there, but whenever I ask my mom if she could take me, she would tell me all these scary stories about the Berry Forest monster and she would just get lost in her rambling. I know it’s dangerous, and I know all about the stories, but hey, I have my Pokemon with me, and I know that they’ll protect me from any monster! With Staryu’s Bubblebeam and Krabby’s Vicegrip, nothing can stop us!
Hey, hey, I just got a great idea! You’re going to Berry Forest, right? Well, why don’t I come along with you? It’ll be much safer if you have a companion with you, and I’ll finally get to see Berry Forest in all its glory! I could pick berries and catch Pokemon and take pictures and do so many things! What do you say? Pleeease?
Hmph, okay then. But the next time we see each other, we’re gonna battle, whether you like it or not!
An Aroma Lady, Bond Bridge
Ma’am! Ma’am! MAAAA’AAAAM!
Phew, I got your attention just in time. Are you planning to go into Berry Forest alone at this hour? That is a very, very bad idea, ma'am, and I urge you not to go in there at all.
Ma’am, no matter who you are, it is very dangerous for anyone to go into that forest alone, moreso for a lady, and especially at this time of day. I’m sure a researcher like you would have heard all about the tales of Berry Forest, and, and… I couldn’t imagine anyone going into that forest after that, especially alone!
Ma’am, please lend me your ears for just a minute. In the many days I’ve trained around here day in and day out, I have heard so many strange noises coming out of that forest very recently, and they aren’t really noises that would invite anyone to come in. Sometimes I hear footsteps stepping on branches even though I haven’t seen anyone enter the forest the entire day, and other times you could hear different kinds of crying. It’s all very mysterious and shady and unsafe, so I really don’t think you should go in there.
I understand, but what you jeopardize your safety over that? Look at what happened to Lostelle – she made national news because of all the terrors she witnessed after being saved from this very forest. Do you want the same thing happening to you?
All right then, but I tried to warn you in every way possible. Please take care, and always be cautious of whatever you find in there.
A Man, Berry Forest
Why, young lady, what are you doing here all by yourself?
Ah, forgive me for startling you, madam, but one does not see young ladies like you alone in this forest very often. You know it’s dangerous here, yes? I’m sure you’ve heard of the stories about the monster in the forest. So what brings you here, lovely lady?
Well, that’s a nice set of berries you’ve got there, that’s for sure. But why would you be out picking berries this late at night? I’m sure that you could’ve waited until tomorrow morning to do that. So what’s the real reason you’re here?
Ah, a researcher! My, my, it is very rare that researchers visit this forest, much less a female one. Indeed, all I see around here are farmers and trainers, and that is if I actually get the chance to see someone else. Would you mind sharing to me what you're researching about?
Oh, you don't have to be so doubtful. I'm just making conversation, that's all. Besides, your expression says it all; you're curious about whether or not the monster truly exists, am I correct?
Oh, what's the rush? Surely the few minutes you have been here is very insufficient for a curious mind like you. Why, of course I would notice how long you have been here, for it isn't often I come across anyone here, much less someone who is easily approachable. The rest are always men who look like they would arrest anyone they see. Why, the last person who I've talked to here was Lostelle.
Why of course I know that little girl! Well, perhaps she isn't so little anymore considering it's been years since I've last seen her. We used to see each other every day before the whole hullabaloo about the monster that attacked her. Next thing I know, her whole family's being interviewed on TV.
Oh, the monster? Well I'm afraid I haven't seen it up close myself, but it is quite scary when I come here all alone. There's always the feeling that somebody's watching you, you know? That somebody's out there to get you. That's why I always keep myself on guard in my daily berry pickup. I always make sure I don't attract too much attention or else the monsters might just come get me.
What's that, did I say monsters? Pardon me, mademoiselle, just a careless slip of the tongue. I meant monster, of course. Bless this forest if there were several monsters who haunt it every night! That would really be an unfortunate situation!
What? I didn't hear anything. Perhaps my eerie stories have taken a toll on your imagination, young lady. Making you hear things you aren't supposed to hear. Sense things you aren't supposed to sense. Let's try to get that out of your head, eh? So what made you want to research about the Berry Forest monster?
What's the hurry, dear girl? There's nothing to be afraid of. Look, I'll prove it to you. HELLO! IS ANYONE THERE?
See? Nothing at all. If there was anything they would have come for us right away. But there's nothing in sight, so there's no need to worry about anything.
Hmm? What do you see?
Ah, but those are only Hypno, my darling. There isn't anything monstrous about them. Look at those friendly grins on their mouths. Why, those eyes say that all they want to do is be your friend. And wouldn’t you like that, dear? Wouldn’t you like that?
Now now, there’s no need to get worked up. You just stay calm, and listen to me. Yes, stay calm. Breathe in and out. Now look at me straight in the eye. Well, there’s no need to look at me so tensely. Just relax and focus on what’s on my hand.
Now, do as I say. Come closer, mademoiselle.
Yes, my dear lost elle. Yes, come closer.
A Police Officer, Three Island Pokemon Center
Madam, madam, are you all right?
Madam, please, you have to focus. You have to consider yourself very lucky that this Aroma Lady called us just in time, so please, answer our questions. What is it exactly that you saw? How did your attacker look like?
Madam, take a few deep breaths. Could someone get this lady a glass of water? Please, hurry up!
Now, could you tell us exactly what you saw? Just start giving us details you remember and we'll do the rest. Yes, anything at all would be very helpful.
All right, so he was very tall, correct? And he was wearing what color? Yellow, all right. What else did you see?
I’m sorry, they? You mean you saw many creatures?
Yes, yes madam, of course I believe you. But, please, you have to relax and focus. What else did you see?
Several berries, uh-huh. Would you remember what kinds of berries they are?
No, of course it’s okay. What else did you see?
Shadows, of course. And you say they were very scary?
Madam, of course I do not doubt anything that you say. These questions are for your own good. The police department needs all of the information it can get so we can pinpoint the problem. Now, please.
Wait, madam, don’t go! You’re too exhausted! No, madam, please! Come back!