Chapter 3: Introductions and Hearings
It seemed like Autumn was worried for nothing. Just like Meloetta had assured, nobody protested to her being there; she almost cried because she was so grateful. The Dream World was her real home now and Autumn was elated. All was well, until the signal was made.
Whenever a gathering, Hearing, or an announcement needed to be made, Jirachi, the Dream World's other co-leader, sends up a scarlet star for all to see. After five seconds it explodes into a waterfall of sparks, which tells everybody to gather.
Autumn's mind was fuzzy as she awoke from a sound sleep. A crack rattled her mind as she looked out the window to see bright red sparks showering the morning sky. What was happening at this time of day? Groggy and slightly disoriented, she pulled on a sweater to fight the morning chill, and trudged outside.
All the other Prodigies were in the same boat as Autumn; some were trying to run combs through their bed head; others were groaning and stretching; most, however, were walking towards the Plaza with a bewildered expression on their faces. She decided to follow everyone else and tend to her thoughts.
Did an attack happen? Did a portal collapse? No, if an attack was happening Jirachi would send up a black star... Or was it yellow? Autumn's mind was foggy enough, and she didn't need any extra things to think about. The only sound on the trail towards the Plaza was the quiet murmuring of the curious teens.
There were no adults in the Dream World. Kids and teens have more brain capacity to actually grasp the magic of this place; if an adult came here, they would over think everything and refuse to accept that this was real. Believing is another reason that adults long for their childhood.
She stopped in her tracks and turned around to the sound of who was calling. Running to keep up, a tall boy was pulling on his jacket in haste. Once he caught up, she smiled.
"Hi, Nathan; what do you think the signal is for?" she asked her friend as they started walking together. Nathan Smith was a nice guy that was the first human to actually welcome Autumn to the Dream World. He was a clumsy boy with dark shaggy hair and olive skin. He was really the only friend she had there.
"I don’t know... Maybe an Outsider came?" Nathan suggested, setting off millions of bells in her head.
Outsiders. After a moment of contemplation, realization stopped her in her tracks.
"Jazzy..." whispered Autumn as she stared at the waving trees.
Autumn knew it would happen soon, but she never expected her to come as quick as this. There was no doubt about it; they were all walking towards Jazzy's Hearing.
"Oh no... Oh no, oh no, oh no!" she muttered frantically, ignoring Nathan's confusion. Autumn suddenly burst into a jog; then a run; she had to explain things. The Council would understand, right?
She quickened her pace.
Jazzy was probably terrified right now. Having all this information thrown at you was bound to through her off balance. Which Legendary found her? Is she okay? Are they going to rule in her favor to stay...?
Autumn continued to run even though she ditched the crowd a long time ago. The colorful Plaza was coming into view; all of the Legendaries were surrounding the Plaza's flowery arch, expecting to address a crowd. Floating in the air above Darkrai were two dark forms, one with long blonde hair...
"No! She doesn't mean any harm!" yelled Autumn as she studied their floating bodies. Jazzy was getting clearer now; her body was bound tightly with what looked like shadows. Her eyes were closed and her face was white as snow. She didn't have her glasses, which Autumn was curious as to where they went. Next to her was... Adrian.
She brought Adrian here too? Why would she do that? They hate each other, so why did they both come...?
"Oh, we know. Except the blonde one started hyperventilating, so we had to restrict her," said Jirachi. She was in her Human Form; actually, they were all in their Human Forms. It probably would make Jazzy and Adrain feel more comfortable, but in a way it was freakier.
Jirachi was about five feet tall, and she had blue tear-like markings under her crystal eyes. Her hair was a violent yellow, and in pigtails that went down to her shins. She stroked one of the three, dark blue ribbons in her hair with distaste. Even though Jirachi looked like a child, she was basically the main leader of the Dream World.
"But still, could you at least take them down? It's my fault that they're here... I kind of asked them to come," Autumn admitted with a struggle. Jirachi didn't look surprised.
"Darkrai told us." The Nightmare Pokemon nodded his head, which his scarf slightly obscured.
"Well they're only bound, they can like still talk. The blondie is just passed out," Meloetta piped up, while staring at the two forms in the sky like a zoo exhibit.
The other Legendaries nodded, but some just stared at the Humans in the sky. Suddenly, Jirachi raised her arm and shot a blue star into the dawn sky. It shined and then exploded with a sound like no other. The signal meant that this was a private matter; only Autumn was involved with this.
"So, shall we go to the Council Square?" Meloetta suggested as they all got up and walked towards the middle of the flowery Plaza. Whenever a Hearing was going to happen, Jirachi conjured up stands for the Legendary Council to sit in. As they all settled into their seats, Jazzy and Adrian were floated to the ground, looking like limp ragdolls.
"Alright everyone; we are now having the Hearing of these two Outsiders, Jasmine Reed and Adrian Jefferson. Autumn Mosley," Jirachi gestured to Autumn, "Has invited these two here, so we have reason to believe that they are trustworthy; any opposite opinions?"
A couple Legendaries raised their hands; Mew, Cobalion, Virizion, and Terrakion to be exact.
"We aren't lying! We are trustworthy! We risked everything to come here, seriously!" yelled Adrian hastily. His voice was hoarse, but it was still his. Jazzy was still unconscious.
Virizion stood up, swept off her green cape, and narrowed her magenta eyes at Adrian. She had a fencing sword sheathed in her belt and green knee-high boots. Virizion looked both menacing and beautiful at the same time.
Her voice was strong and cold, "Humans lie. Now that you two have seen the Dream World, our safe haven, you could go running back to the petty little reality that you came from and tell everybody. Just because Autumn trusts you, doesn't mean that we should. Wake up the blonde one by the way, she's drooling." Virizion sat down proudly as Manaphy splashed water in Jazzy's face. Jazzy shook her head vigorously as she saw the Council before her, and her eyes widened in shock.
"But, could you guys at least explain why this world is here? What's the purpose of this place?" Adrian asked.
Just as Jirachi opened her mouth, Autumn cut in. "M-may I explain things about this world? It might make more sense if I tell them..."
When Jirachi nodded, Autumn strode in front of her tied up friends and smiled at them. Jazzy opened her mouth when she saw her, but no sound came out. She looked at the ground instead. Adrian looked Autumn straight in the eye, but then he broke the gaze and refused to look at her again. She felt slightly hurt, but she started the explanation she practiced anyway:
"This is the mythical Dream World. Now, this world has always been here. Pokemon and young children can visit here while they sleep, hence the 'Dream World'. Now, a great woman named Fennel used electromagnetism and Dream Mist (from the Pokemon called Musharna), to create portals to the Dream World so that we could visit when we're awake.
"The reason why I came here is because I want to find my Potential." Jazzy looked at Autumn with a questioning look. "Okay, well you two know about the human evolutionary chain, right? Like, how we evolved from apes?"
Adrian nodded blankly. "Well, Fennel discovered that we didn't evolve from apes, we actually evolved from Pokemon. Basically, humans have types — just like Pokemon — that are actually dormant inside of us; that is called your Potential. With the help of the Legendary Council," she graciously gestured to the Pokemon behind her, "They can unlock our Potential and actually train us to fight with it, just like Pokemon do."
As Autumn paused to let the information sink in, Jazzy found her voice. "Why would you want to battle...?"
"Wars in the real world wouldn't be waged with guns, there wouldn't be as many massacres, it's really cool, etc., etc. Out of the eighteen types that are discovered, there is one certain type that is your Potential. So, I want to find mine."
She gave them some silence to think about what she just explained. If it was possible, Jazzy might have even gotten paler.
"This place is also, as Virizion stated, a safe haven for the Legendary Pokemon. The Dream World is free from Trainers, poachers, or photographers, so they chill out here and train Humans like us. That is also why the Legendary Pokemon are so elusive to capture. Understand?"
They said nothing; she took that as a yes. "They're all yours," said Autumn as she went back to her spot behind the two.
"Thanks much, Autumn. Now, Darkrai, release them," commanded Meloetta as Darkrai reluctantly waved his arm. The shadows that restricted them faded into the sunlight. Adrian landed on his feet and caught Jazzy when she stumbled. After a millisecond of their contact, Jazzy quickly blushed and stood up by herself.
"So, do you two want to take guesses as to what our names are? I assure you that they've taught you all about us in school."
Adrian straightened and counted out every single Legendary there, in the order they were sitting.
"Darkrai, Shaymin, Articuno, Moltres, Zapdos, Cobalion, Terrakion, Virizion, Meloetta, Jirachi, Celebi, Mew, Manaphy, and Phione; did I get them right?"
Autumn was shocked that Adrian guessed so quickly, even though everybody was in their Human Forms.
A twenty-something girl with fading green and white pixie cut hair stood up and smiled at Adrian. "I like this one... Nice to meet you two, I am Celebi. You are a smart boy, aren't you, Adrian?"
He blushed slightly, but shrugged either way. Celebi smirked to herself. "Modest too..."
Autumn rolled her eyes and Jazzy did the same. Adrian was very cocky, just not around strangers. Celebi probably already knew this, being the Time-Travel Legendary.
"I can see that these kids do not mean any harm. They only came to find Autumn, am I correct?"
The two nodded, and Celebi gave a sweet smile. She sat down without another word. Jirachi finally spoke again:
"So, please raise your hand if you still think that these Outsiders are untrustworthy."
Thankfully, everyone's hands were left down. Mew was looking judgmentally towards Jazzy; Virizion sat with her arms crossed and an unreadable expression on her face.
"Well, that makes things easier!" Jirachi exclaimed happily. "Now, like tradition, everybody introduce yourselves to the Outsiders."
All of the Legendaries looked towards Darkrai hopefully, who grimaced and stood up reluctantly, his bloody scarf thrown over his shoulder.
"You two already know me... I’m the one that gives you nightmares…" With that, he sat down and Shaymin, a ten year old boy with green hair, white cargo pants, and a red bandanna tied around his neck, bounded up.
"I'm Shaymin, nice too meet 'ya!"
Articuno almost had to restrict Shaymin to get him back into his seat. About to throw a tantrum, he sat down with his legs crisscrossed angrily.
Articuno, a seventeen-looking girl with graying skin and sleek icy hair, stood up with a hand on a finicky-Shaymin's shoulder. "Phew... I-I'm Articuno; um, hi. T-these are my younger siblings," said Articuno as she adjusted her icicle headband and gestured to the two teens sitting next to her. Unlike Articuno's shy and sweet appearance, her siblings looked very intimidating.
Moltres, her teen brother, looked like he was missing the most important event in the world. He had a scowl on his face as he reluctantly stood up and waved halfheartedly, his orange eyes obviously somewhere else.
"Moltres..." he muttered. His hair was long, tousled, and the color of a blazing hearth. He looked very out of place in his red and black biker clothing, more suited for a concert stage.
He along with his older sister sat down as their youngest sibling, Zapdos, stood up with her back as straight as an arrow.
"My name is Zapdos. Pleased to meet you two," said Zapdos politely as she sat down, still with her perfect posture. She was quite beautiful, with a thin face and golden eyes. She wore a sunflower-colored dress that flared out at the ends, as if hit by lightning. Her blonde hair was naturally crimped, which cascaded down her back. Everybody in the trio was very different, and it was quite hard to imagine them fighting and interacting like real siblings.
Then it came to the Musketeer Trio's introductions; a tall, blue-haired man in a cerulean caped outfit stood and tipped his feathered hat. His strong eyes were the color of molten bronze, the exact same color of the feather that peaked off of his head.
"I am Cobalion; I welcome you to the Dream World," said the Pokemon proudly as he looked expectantly to the burly looking man beside him.
Terrakion, Cobalion's brother, was both taller and more muscular than his sibling. The brothers basically wore the same outfit, except his was a steely brown color. His face was grizzled and had crinkles in the corners of his orange eyes, which gave a hint that he used to smile often; it didn't show.
"My name is Terrakion. I hope you two enjoy your stay here," said Terrakion with a warm smile. They both sat down, which left Virizion.
Standing up almost gracefully, Virizion took off her hat and ran her fingers through her pale grass-colored hair. "You people know me by now." Virizion was always a stern Pokemon. Frankly, Autumn was actually afraid to confront her about anything. Her magenta eyes were like daggers whenever somebody crossed her. Virizion was probably very calm and nice on the inside, but her first impression is very rocky.
Autumn let her hazel eyes drift shut as the sunlight drifted through the trees and danced across her face. It was mid-morning by now, and the temperature warmed up significantly. Autumn had to resist yawning, but she did anyway. She already knew every one of the council members, so these introductions were word vomit.
Her mind was still weary from the early awakening. The sunlight warmed her cheeks and she could hear a faint Pidove singing his song. It was all so peaceful... The world faded away all around her...
Everything was hazy except for the onyx colored sky. Autumn was floating two feet from the grass, her body weightless. She had no idea where she was or what she was doing there, but she was very calm about it.
Where was this place? Curious, she decided to wander through the fog. Suddenly, her body felt like ropes were coiling around each muscle. Autumn was immobilized, but she merely laughed; how could she not expect this?
Suddenly, a disembodied voice whispered in her ear. She was not surprised nor scared, but instead irritated that the voice was talking to her.
"Auuuuutumn... Are you afraid of me?" the cold voice asked as an icy finger stroked her spine. She knew that nobody was near. The voice was only taunting her.
Her voice was dry and chalky. "There's no reason for me to be."
It took a while for the disembodied whisper to return. Autumn waited patiently for the reply as she floated in the fog, her arms prickling.
"This is why... Your bravery is admirable..." the icy voice thought out loud. "Auuuuuutumn... I can see your lifespan..."
She knew where this was heading. The voice suddenly turned fierce.
"I can tell you anything you want to know! Like... Your future spouse, your Potential, your destiny..."
Autumn was curious; who — more specifically, what — was this voice? How did it know so much about her?
"Oh Autumn, I'm a friend of yours actually. Who do you know that can see the future?" the voice mused in her ear. The voice sounded neither male nor female. Autumn's mind went blank as she thought about who this was. Her mind was actually getting hazy; it was hard for her to process things.
"I... I d-don't want to know anything!" yelled Autumn, although she wasn't sure if she was lying or not. The voice said it was her friend. The offer seemed very tempting, but Autumn knew that she had to resist. How trustworthy could this thing be?
Her arms were numb now.
"I can read your thoughts Auuuutumn. How about this: I tell you one important thing about your life, free of charge! Would you like that, my little leaf?"
Autumn closed her eyes and hung her head loose. She was suddenly very tired and she, just like her limbs, were about to fall asleep. Giving in to the voice, she nodded her head twice. What was there to lose?
If the voice had a body to speak through, it would be smiling maniacally. The voice laughed softly.
"I cannot keep you here much longer; your life force is dimming... Auuuutumn, you are the Chosen One whose power can surpass those of the Legendaries. You are the only one who can... Well, I'll leave that for you to find out."
Autumn only processed a few of those words. What was the Chosen One? It sounded quite special. Wait, why was Autumn special? She was just an ordinary girl and she was hardly a 'Chosen One.' Her mind suddenly went blank. Every thought, worry, memory, everything was erased from her mind.
"You die if you stay here too long... I will send you back now... Remember what I said, my little leaf. I will be waaaaatching you..." the voice trailed off until Autumn's body was unbinded. She was falling now, falling, falling, falling into nothingness...
Welp that was Chapter 3; I had so much trouble with this chapter, I didn't know how to describe everyone on the council which actually flowed, every time I tried it just looked so jumbled up... So, this chapter was very worrying for me. Reviews are appreciated, I’m sure that I need them. Any questions about The Dream World you might have will probably be answered in future chapters.