Chapter Eight: Roark and Rowan: Adventures in Sinnoh!
On the trip back to Nuvema Town, Brittany and Grey stayed in the very back part of the plane, two rows of generously spacious rows between them and the professors. Brittany pulled out the object; it was nothing more than a decrepit piece of what looked to Grey like papyrus. It was folded multiple times. Brittany unfolded each layer of mud-covered papyrus slowly, so it wouldn’t crumble right then and there.
She read, “’Grey and Brittany: I know you will be back at the Trial Chamber. Danger awaits not only you two, but also the ones you love. Terrakion’s rage is only the beginning.’ That’s really strange.”
“Strange? Talk about creepy! That had to have been N. He’s the only person it could have been.”
She sighed. “Look! There’s more.” She read through and finally came up with what it said. It was some sort of riddle or puzzle that they needed to figure out.
“Friend from foe, you won’t tell,
From these two powers, the regions fell.
As these forces again arise,
Friendship will lead to the ultimate demise.”
The kids just stared directly at each other. They didn’t know what was coming, but they knew that N was somehow in on it. Oblivious to their surroundings, the kids didn’t notice another plane pass their window. This plane, though, had a wretched “G” on the side. It was tattered. That could only mean it was Veronica’s.
The old Galactic plane hovered under Fennel and Juniper’s plane and kept up the same speed as the other plane to keep up. The top of the Galactic plane opened, and the blond-haired girl rose up to the air on a metal pedestal. She was in a one piece black, skin-tight leather suit. Her blond hair waved in the tenacious wind. She grinned and jumped up to the plane above. Like a Politoed, she stuck to the plane above with her webbed and pronged fingers. The stealthy girl whipped a pen out of her hair, uncapped it, and used its laser ability to cut a three foot diameter hole.
The metal she sliced with the laser fell down into Lentimas Town. With being so high up, she wasn’t sure if she heard a scream or not. She shrugged and hesitated to go in. She swallowed hardly and jumped up into the plane. The teenagers were still enticed in the stare. It was almost as if they were traumatized. She took the pen and stuffed it back in her hair, grabbing a cloth at the same time. She silently waltzed up to the pilot and copilot’s seats and covered Juniper’s mouth with the cloth. The professor’s face drooped down- she was out.
Fennel, who was controlling the aircraft, let out a scream that startled the kids out of their stare. The girl quickly did the same to Fennel. She grabbed both of their wrists and dragged their limp, frail bodies to the hole. The kids hopped out of their seats and raced to the hole. The girl was only a few feet away from the hole, while they were rows and rows away. The girl stuffed the bodies down onto the metal pedestal, which sunk back into the opposing aircraft.
“Torchic,” Brittany yelled.
“Mudkip,” Grey scrambled to say.
“Attack!” They said simultaneously.
The Pokemon launched a barrage of Ember and Mud Bomb attacks, but the girl was as flexible as one of those cool stretchy erasers you would get as a kid. She jumped into the air, twirled a few times, and landed perfectly in Veronica’s airship.
“Get up, Gible! You won’t beat us, Roark!”
“I admire your rock-hard passion, but this is ours,” Roark exclaimed. “Isn’t that right, Cranidos? Zen Headbutt!”
Cranidos grunted and ran across the battlefield. Purple had made his way through Wayward Cave and into Oreburgh City, challenging Roark as soon as he entered the Oreburgh vicinity. Roark accepted quicker than any other gym leader Purple had ever faced. To Purple, Roark was a mix of his parents; Roark had the adventurous and compassionate sides that his parents had. Purple was really enjoying the battle; Duosion and Roark’s Graveler had previously tied, so the match was up to his new Gible.
Cranidos’ blue and grey body flew the air like a jet plane, with its head glowing pink. To counter this, Purple yelled, “Gible, knock it back with your DragonBreath attack!” Gible opened its enormous mouth, and a light blue wave of air knocked Cranidos back onto the ground. Stumbling, Cranidos was able to get up. “Trap it with your Sand Tomb!”
Cranidos opened its mouth again and rose into the air. A faint white light outlined the small body and ground shook. Grains of sound from the battlefield rose and trapped Cranidos halfway up its body. Only its arms and head were still out. Cranidos tugged away at the sand, but it was as firm as settled concrete. Without a strong force, Cranidos wasn’t moving.
Gible, in the air, made its claw glow blue as it soared down at Cranidos. Cranidos erupted a frozen Ice Beam, but Gible knocked it right off with its Dragon Claw. Gible came down with the Dragon Claw and made an impact so strong that Cranidos was not only knocked out of the ice, but it was also sent crashing into the gym wall.
Roark stood amazed.
“And to think that I just caught that Gible.”
Purple got his badge and left for Sandgem Town right away. He passed through the Oreburgh Gate and Jubilife City. He encountered many creatures, but he needed to focus on Sandgem Town for the moment. He rattled the Poke Balls in his pocket. In the few days he’d been in Sinnoh, he’d caught Staravia, Ralts, Gengar, Spiritomb, Dusknoir, Rotom, and Gible. When he looked up, he was already entering Sandgem Town.
Sandgem Town was quiet. A young woman was playing with some device in the grass. Purple thought she was one of the trainers he had met in Accumula Town at the beginning of his journey. He was racking his head trying to remember her name; was it Platina? The Poke Mart and Pokemon Center were nestled in the town, not busy at all. The only other notable thing was the Pokemon Research Lab.
The doorbell rang when Purple walked in. A researcher approached him, but Purple waved him off. He walked right back to Professor Rowan and greeted himself. He was stern and didn’t smile whatsoever. He said that he remembered Purple from the beginning of his journey when the professors were meeting in Nuvema Town, but also that he couldn’t help him.
“But wait! I have some valuable Pokemon for you.” Purple was hoping it wouldn’t come to this, but he would be willing to give the Pokemon a safe home at the lab if that’s what it meant.
“Oh, you do? Who are these Pokemon? Would you please show me?”
“Fine,” Purple said, releasing the Chateau Pokemon.
A look of bewilderment filled Rowan’s face when he saw Rotom floating in front of him.
“You caught Rotom!? I myself couldn’t even catch it.” Rowan was in utter shock.
“If you’ll help me, all four of these Pokemon are yours for the taking.” Purple cracked a grin, knowing the Professor couldn’t resist this temptation.
Rowan took the four Pokemon to the lab’s backyard to join the others. It wasn’t as nice as Juniper’s, but it would do. Rowan took him back inside and sat him down. He called Platina in, took away the Poke Radar she was using, and asked her to get the two of them some tea. She did as told, and she looked a little peculiar when she saw that it was Purple sitting there.
“There’s not much I can help with, if I’m being honest,” Rowan sighed. “I only know of one plan of action for you to take.”
“So, what is it?” Purple was growing impatient.
“Battle the gyms of the Sinnoh region. Get the eight badges and challenge the Elite Four of this region. With them being the strongest, they might know more.”
“I already have two badges. That means I only need six more!”
Rowan explained, “Good. The region is on lockdown because of Giratina; otherwise, we would just send you back. I heard from Juniper that you’re injured, but I don’t have anything for it. I’m very sorry for that.”
“It’s okay; it’s just very painful. I had to stop at the Eterna City Hospital for a little while.”
“I would suggest going to Hearthome City. There is a gym and a hospital there.”
“Thanks for the advice,” Purple exclaimed.
Even though it was very brief, Purple was glad that he had the time of day to talk to Rowan. He had Duosion, Staravia, Ralts, and Gible. Surely he could beat the Hearthome Gym. He hobbled off, knowing that it would take him a while to get to the city. He trained with Ralts along the way, trying to get him to open up and not be afraid anymore. Purple could tell Ralts was getting stronger.
Purple passed through Oreburgh City again and headed to Mount Coronet. Something was different, though. A sign was posted that was advertising something called the Pokemon Battle Extravaganza. An escalator led from the base of the mountain to the smoothed top. Purple hopped on and rode to the top. There he saw a sign up booth and trainers everywhere.
The top of the mountain was the size of two battlefields. Half of it was an actual battlefield and the other half consisted of the various booths, the trainers, and an entrance to the inside of the mountain. It was all dirt, but you would never realize it with the festive balloons and decorations that paraded the mountain top.
“Hi, I’m Purple,” Purple greeted. “Can I still sign up?”
“Of course,” the lady said, almost sneakily. She signed Purple up and announced, “We have our sixty-fourth contestant signed up! Let the battles begin!”
Trainers all over the mountain top threw their hands up and vigorously cheered for the festivities. A few of them seemed shady to Purple, but he told himself that he was just being paranoid after what he’d been through.