Hello all! This is my first fic here. It is 3ShiShipping (see my name if your unclear what that means) and it's rated R...although these first two chapters I'm posting are more like PG-13. Also, unlike my Palletshipping fic of yesteryear, I am striving to make this fic more like the anime, because I wanna see 3Shi in the anime! Enjoy!
We open on a bright, clear day. A picturesque land setting, however we can see a helicopter flying through the air. As we near the helicopter, we see a large red R on the side, indicating the owners are none other than Team Rocket. It begins to lower, and eventually hovers over a large TR base.
We then cut to inside GIOVANI's office, where he sits reading a file. His Pursian growls lightly. Suddenly, his doors open, and Jessie, James, and Meowth are thrown inside with a scream.
Of all the ungrateful treatment! I am your superior!
Yes, seniority counts for something right?
AAAHHH!!! Quiet guys! It's DA BOSS!
Suddenly, Jessie and James stand at perfect attention and salute.
Boss, we meet again.
So nice of you to invite us in person for our annual report.
Annual report. Annual FAILURE you mean!
Jessie tears at the eyes.
It's completely dishonorable, I know. But if you knew how dreadful it is trying to get anything done with James and Meowth always blowing my mastermind plans.
MEOWTH & JAMES
Now, now, no need to go throwing eachother to the lions just yet.
Jessie smiles sheepishly at a very angry Meowth and James.
I sent you to follow... that Ketchum boy to nab his Pikachu. How many years ago was that?
Let's not quibble on semantics. I'll have you know that you were correct...that Pikachu
is one powerful Pokemon.
We have exhausted every known Team Rocket protocol for capturing difficult Pokemon and
time and time again they have proven fruitless.
Check out our Team Rocket ordering history. We've purchased at least one of every robot and
countless balloons, the frugal yet tasteful Meowth balloon I might add.
And what do we get for it, sir? Blasted off...so many times I no longer even feel pain from thunderbolts.
Please...before you decide a fair yet severe punishment for James and Meowth, I'd like you to
consider my promotion to Pokemon Contest Infultrator. My Dustox and I are a smash in Hoenn!
When I approved for your transfer to the Hoenn Region, it was with the hopeful intent you could
manage to start an impressive Team Rocket base, one that would be a mecca worthy of an
organization of our calibre. From what I've seen, the "outposts" you have established are
James whispers at Jessie.
See? I told you we should have ordered full marble flooring!
You were the one who wanted to install that asinine bottle cap despenser.
STILL, in full review, your overall mission hasn't been a complete loss, not in the least.
JESSIE & JAMES & MEOWTH
You have helped the Ketchum boy become one powerful trainer, and his Pikachu...if it's power level
was off the charts when he began, he must be incredibly strong now...and that's all thanks to you.
James smiles at Jessie happily.
Hmmm, now that he mentions it, the sheer number of times Pikachu has thunderbolted us
must have racked that Pokemon's power up to legendary status...for a Pikachu.
And, for better or worse, the two of you have been loyal to our organization, and it shows.
People all across Johto, Kanto, and now Hoenn know of Team Rocket and our ideals.
Or, at the very least, your bumbling makes our Team appear to be less-threatening.
We've dutifully said our Team Rocket motto to anyone who dared cross our path.
I have nightmares about rhyming random words.
So...now the question remains...do your losses outweigh your winnings?
JESSIE & JAMES & MEOWTH
I have summoned a few specialists who have done some... special retcon on Ketchum's
life. I am confident we will be able to finally obtain that Pikachu.
Brilliant! Finally, with the help of our fearless leader, we shall capture that Pikachu once and for all!
JAMES & MEOWTH
Eh....how will we do that, sir?
There is a small beep at an intercom on GIOVANI's desk, and he grins.
With the help of your temporary team leaders.
Jessie, James, and Meowth all grow very still and silent.
JESSIE & JAMES & MEOWTH
...Temporary Team Leaders?
The doors open, and the three turn around. In steps CASSIDY and BUTCH. Needless to say, Jessie reacts worse than the others.
You requested us, sir?
Explain to Jessie and James how you plan to finally achieve what they could not. I trust
you four...all original field Team Rocket graduates...can accomplish what two can not.
With pleasure, boss. If you two can manage to come this way...
Cassidy motions to the doors, Jessie looks at her demonically.
The five walk into the hallway, and proceed to venture down it.
It's quite simple, actually. In our vast research of the boy, we've
managed to obtain quite an interesting psychological profile.
Oh please, our assignment is to capture Pikachu, not help the twerp fight
his inner demons.
Butch and Cassidy stop. Jessie and James continue for a moment, then stop. They turn and look at them annoyingly.
But that is precisely what will happen. We have figured out the perfect way to get
Pikachu for the boss.
Oh, and I'd just like to hear this brilliant strategy, Bruce.
THE NAME'S BUTCH, AND YOU KNOW IT!
We'll simply have the young Mr. Ketchum give us his Pikachu.
Jessie, James and Meowth all look at each other insanely, and bust up laughing.
That's a hoot-hoot!
Perhaps you should have your psychological evaluations re-evaluated, dear Cassidy.
The twerp may be dense but he isn't stupid.
No he's not. What he is, however, is kind-hearted. That's a weakness you've never
dreamed of exploiting to it's fullest. The kid cares about his Pokemon, but there are
Humans he cares about even more.
Jessie rolls her eyes.
The other twerps? Wrong again, sis. Ash usually saves his Pikachu first then it saves them.
I'm not talking about them. Were talking about someone Ash cares so much about, he
stays away from...perhaps wisely.
Who in the world are you muttering about?
When it comes to the planning, we'll let you in on a need-to-know basis. All
we need you to do is act as a decoy.
So while were out capturing the boy, you two are to return to Houen, and find Ketchum.
This locator device will help us find you.
Cassidy hands a small device to James.
And don't mess this one up. Were giving you the easiest assignment possible.
Butch and Cassidy walk away. When they are gone, Jessie blows a gasket.
WHO EXACTLY DOES THAT RETCHED CASSIDY THINK SHE IS?
OF ALL THE....*ORDERING* US AROUND LIKE FIRST YEAR STUDENTS?
Their win/loss ratio isn't that far from ours.
I CLOBBERED Cassidy back in training academy, and I'll CLOBBER her now!
Uh oh. What are you thinking now?
Were going to prove once and for all that we are superior to Cassidy!
Da Boss'll love this.
It's a no-brainer! All we have to do is find this special person before they do,
kidnap them, and then it's a hop-skip-and a jump to bringing back Pikachu!
But we don't even know who Butch and Cassidy are going after.
We've been following the twerp since he captured his first Pokemon...all the
information we need is right in our brains...we just have to recall it!
Jessie goes into deep thinking, as we grow closer to her face.
Perhaps it's that red-headed twoip they parted ways with.
The one that always had that Togepi? Hardly. We've captured her before to no avail.
Jessie stays statue still, you can practically see the gears working behind those eyes.
His mom back in Pallet town?
Doubtful, that Mr. Mime can hold it's own, somehow.
Suddenly, Jessie's eyes narrow and she smiles devilishly. A tiny laugh can be heard from her.
I've figured it out!
Jessie begins walking to a computer terminal.
Now, all I have to find is his last known location...you'll pay Cassidy!
Fade to BLACK.
We open on a Blank screen with the episode title appearing; INTO THE UNOWN WE GO
Into the Unown we Go!
We cut to Ash, Brock, May, Max, and Pikachu walking down a path in a field. It is bright and sunny.
Still excited from his latest victory, Ash continues on with blazing determination.
And his enthusiasm can only infect May, who is equally determined to earn her
next contest ribbon.
Yeah! One step closer to becoming a Pokemon master and it isn't even noon yet!
Hey, ya think maybe we can slow down a little? Not all of us are in a hurry.
Oh come on, Max! Both Ash and I have a lot of preperation coming up. Might as well
get to where we need to be!
Besides, I hear the next town has a great Pokemon Aerobics Center. And...and...
Brock's eyes explode and are replaced by giant hearts.
The leader of the center is the world-famous EZINA, poster princess guru and beauty model!
No time to waste!
Sounds great to me! I bet my Beautifly and Skitty could benefit from learning aerobics.
Staying in shape is always important.
Hey...what's that up ahead?
The others look in the direction Ash is pointing, and see a large building way ahead of them.
What do you suppose that is? The PokeNavi says this is all open country.
Looks like a building, come on...let's check it out.
They all take off running, and come up to a two-story building. And next to it, is a boy about Brock's age. He has long and wild cobalt blue hair, and he's wearing overalls and is carrying a tool case with him. He's standing next to an Unown, who resembles the S letter. The unown looks at the group and responds.
(*It's them!!! It's them! I knew it would happen someday!)
The boy turns around, defensive, and places his fists up at the group.
Huh? What is it Unown? Who's there?
Hello, sorry to startle you. I'm Ash, from Pallet town. This is May, Max, and Brock.
Everyone says hello. The boy looks relieved and lowers his arms. He smiles.
I'm Paul, and I'm getting this Gym ready for the next league.
Really? This is going to be a Gym?
Uh huh. Come next year, you'll be looking at Hoenn's very own Sonic Psychic Gym!
Are you going to be the Gym Leader?
Yes. I've been around all kinds of psychic Pokemon my entire life thanks to my
family. And I've managed to capture all sorts of powerful psychic Pokemon...of course
none of them are as powerful as my new friend, Unown.
(*He wouldn't even know about his sucessfull future Gym if it wasn't for me. But he's kind, and understands psychic Pokemon. I trust him)
So Paul, why were you so startled when we approached you?
Sorry for acting so freaked out, but Unown has predicted that I need to
be here today, because something really bad is going to happen. I just hope it doesn't
mean my gym is in danger.
Your Unown can see into the future?
Yes, but Unown isn't technically mine. It comes from somewhere else...somewhere I think it
may want to return to, but can't. I...think it's from the direct opposite side of the world.
I've never seen an Unown as cute as this one! It's adorable!
Unown floats up to May and happily nuzzles her.
(*You're so sweet! With all that fashion sense it's no wonder Drew is intimidated by you.)
Thanks! ...Wow! I could kind of understand what Unown was saying...in my mind!
Yes, this Unown has very, very unique powers...they say all Unown are different.
If that's true, then perhaps we can help you if there's some trouble coming.
Yeah, we have lots of experience in helping people.
Really? My gym would be eternally grateful!
(*My vision is still coming to pass. This is all fated to be, so it would seem)
Everyone turns around and sees...what can only be described as a GAME SHOW STAGE, slowly wheels towards them. There are two contestant sitting areas, a game show host podium, and two large GLASS BOOTHS. The set itself is vibrant and colorful.
Suddenly, the Game Show Stage stops, and within seconds Jessie and James (wearing tacky game show host outfits) pop out of nowhere as the Team Rocket music begins.
Prepair for trouble as we offer you a choice!
And make it double, with the sound of your voice!
To protect the world from devistation...
To unite all peoples within our nation.
Jessie throws off the tacky costume and reveals her stylish Team Rocket wear.
To denounce the evils of truth and love!
James does the same as Jessie.
To extend our reach to the stars above.
Team Rocket, offering choices at the speed of light!
So pick wisely now, or prepair to fight! Fight! Fight!
Meowth pops up, holding a microphone. A "correct answer" DING can be heard as he does this.
Meeeowth, that's right!!!
(*Great, them again. Bored now. Hey Wobbuffet)
Now, now, such hostility towards your ultimate heroes!
It's quite clear, were changing our strategy this time around. Were going to let
YOU decide if it's worth claiming Pikachu as your very own!
What are you talking about, Team Rocket? I love my Pikachu and I always will!
Suddenly, a large electronic hand grabs Pikachu and places him in BOOTH A.
It's easy. If you want Pikachu, we'll give him back to you, plain as day.
Of course, you might want ta see what's unda Booth B!
BOOTH B lights up, and Ash GASPS LOUDLY. Behind the booth is RICHIE! His fists are pounding against the glass but it's no use.
Yeesss! And every few seconds he breathes away more of the air. It would
be such a shame if the oxygen depleted and he was sent into a coma all
because of you.
So now it's up to you, twerpy boy! Shall you pick your Pikachu or shall you pick
this twerp? You can't choose both, in case your wondering.
How about neither?
Suddenly, an electronic arm crashes into BOOTH A and nabs Pikachu.
The arm goes to a giant machine, shaped like a Blastoise/tank. The head pops open as the Team Rocket music begins playing again.
Prepair for trouble, we'll take it from here!
And make it double...
Cuz our motives are crystal clear!
To infect the world with devistation...
To blight all people's in every nation.
To denounce the goodness of truth and love.
To extend our wrath to the stars above.
The name's BUTCH!
We're Team Rocket, circling the Earth all day and night.
So surrender now for you shall surely lose the fight!
(*Let's do this)
Jessie, dejected yet angry, looks at them.
I knew we shouldn't have wasted our time with this ridiculous game show themed- trap.
It would appear we are simply too brilliant and maticulous for this job. Our creativity is truly
our achilles heal.
Well what do we do now? They have the Pikachu and we're left with a worthless twerp!
Ash glares at Butch and Cassidy, adamant in his demeaner.
Team Rocket, give me back my Pikachu!
Sure, if you so choose...but first you may want to consider all your options.
Suddenly, Blastoisetank's mouth opens and a tied-up GARY OAK is spat out, left to hang in mid-air limply. Words cannot express the look on Ash's face; with the possible exception of revulsion and dread.
Now, we can do this the easy way or the hard way.
Ash goes from furious to very still and calm, his head goes down and his baseball cap covers his face. We slowly pan closer and closer to his face as he listens to the voices around him.
If you choose Pikachu, your prescious Gary will be crushed by our Blastoise tank's mighty
jaw...leaving him a worthless Pokemon researcher if I ever saw one.
Yeah, well, if you don't give *us* all your other other Pokemon, we'll be forced to
carry out our own measures! Remember, Richie can't hold his breath forever!
Stay out of this, you pretentious traitor!
The nerve! We've been trying to nab that Pikachu for years, we've called ALL THE DIBS!
We are now very close to Ash's face, which is still stone silent. And then, the scene goes blurry as we begin to see FLASHBACKS.
***Gary and Ash, much younger, are playing happily in a field. Gary is chasing after a Psyduck and Ash is laughingly following right behind him***
***Gary and Ash fight over a Pokeball they both caught in the river. It breaks in half.***
***Ash meets Richie in an elevator, the two hit it off right away***
***Ash and Richie happily swim in a lake, carefree***
***Gary shows up, at the perfect time, to save Ash and another Trainor from being disqualified by Officer Jenny during the Silver Conference.***
***Ash and Richie save Lugia from Team Rocket.***
***Gary and Ash work fast to get the Torch to the Silver conference.***
***Richie and Ash rush to save their Pikachus***
***Gary gives Ash his half of the Pokeball back to Ash***
***Richie approaches a fallen, beaten Ash, and extends his hand to him.***
***Ash gives Gary's half of his Pokeball back to Gary, who smiles at the sentiment***
***Richie and Ash happily stare at each other in the bright light of day***
***Gary and Ash stare longingly at each other under the bright light of the moon.***
Suddenly, Ash spins around...a fierce determination on his face rarely ever before seen. And he now speaks and acts with total clarity.
Brock, I need you to send all your Pokemon at Butch and Cassidy's, give 'em everything you
got. May, send all yours at Jessie and James'.
Forretress, Mudkip, Lombre, come out and attack Team Rocket!
Brock's Pokemon appear and immediately begin attacking Butch and Cassidy.
Beautifly, Skitty, Combusken, Bulbasaur, take the stage!
May's Pokemoin appear.
Attack Jessie and James with everything you have!
I see you've chosen unwisely. Alright, Sableye, Hitmontop, defend us!
(*Why does she choose to bring me out in the bright daylight?)
(*I will mortally wound anyone who gets in my way!)
Get out there, Tentacruel! Drowzee! Show em some teeth!
(*I've been fighting so long...why can't I just die?)
(*Hey, that Lombre is one fine piece of tail!)
Sableye, Hotmontop,Tentacruel and Drowzee begin sparring with Brock's Pokemon.
I am starting to get angry. Seviper, Dustox, get out there!
(*Yay! My old friend Beautifly is going to battle me again!)
(*Not without some love first!)
Cacnea, of course, gives James a big ol' hug, who then proceeds to throw it into the fray.
Get out there, this battle is momumentally important!
Seviper, Dustox and Cacnea fight directly with May's Pokemon.
Jessie grabs Meowth.
GET OVER THERE AND GRAB US BACK THAT PIKACHU! WITHOUT IT WE HAVE
Jessie throws Meowth towards the Blastoise tank, who isn't thrilled at first.
WAIT A SEC!!! Fine...this should be a piece of cake. I put the cat in cat burgler!
Suddenly, Raticate jumps in front of Meowth.
(*Nothing would make me more proud than to rip your neck open and feast from your blood!)
I 'tink your forgettin' that Meowths love to eat Raticates fa breakfast! FURY SWIPE!
Meowth fury swipes Raticate, who is taken off guard by Meowth's surprising victory.
(*Is it possible this worthless Human talking Meowth has actually gained experience points? But how? His trainors are so...bumbling.)
Worthless? I'll show you worthless!
As Meowth continues fighting, Ash takes in the massive battling that is occuring. He then grabs his Pokeballs and throws them out.
Taillow, Grovyle, Torkoal, Corphish...come out!
Ash spins back around, his eyes burning holes into both teams.
Taillow, Grovyle, attack Jessie and James directly. Torkoal, Corphish, attack Butch and
Cassidy with everything you have.
And as his Pokemon respond, Ash is already running towards Butch and Cassidy's Blastoisetank.
May takes a moment from battling to call at him.
Ash, don't! It's too dangerous!
Meowth manages to yank Pikachu from the robotic hand, and throws it into an electric-proof box. Cassidy spins around and offers Meowth a glair that is every bit as nasty as Jessie's. Meowth smiles innocently.
Ever play skin the cat, Meow....
Cassidy is suddenly cut off by Torkoal's Overheat, which fries her momentarily, allowing Meowth enough time to escape.
Ash literally spring jumps off of Tentacruel's head to make it up to the first platform, literally a few feet away from Gary's dangling body.
GARY (weakly, half-conscious)
Don't worry Gary! Your going to be okay!
Ash sees that the rope Gary is tied to goes up to the very top of Blastoise's mouth. Ash backs up, and begins running swiftly. He then jumps as high as he can, and grabs Gary's feet, causing them both to begin swinging on the rope. Ash wastes no time, as he begins climbing up Gary's body with careful determination. When he's up midway, he clenches his legs around Gary's waste as he begins cutting the rope over Gary's head with a small folding knife. Gary, who's face and neck are covered in scratches and bruises, shakes his head slowly.
Somehow...I knew you'd be the one to rescue me...
Watch out, Gary...were gonna...
It's too late. The rope breaks and Gary and Ash freefall several feet to the ground. Ash recovers quickly and begins untying Gary.
Gary, can you walk?
Gary begins standing.
Yeah. I think so.
Come on, we have to rescue Richie!
Ash leads Gary off the Blastoise tank, and the two make way to the Game Show Stage trap, where Jessie and James are busy tying to keep Taillow and Grovyle at arm's length.
Don't even think of touching my hair, you green weed catastrophe!
I HATE peck attack!
Ash leads Gary to the booth where Richie is being held. Richie is now sitting against the glass, his eyes closed and his breathing spuradic. Ash tries kicking the glass...it won't budge.
Hold on Ash, let me try. Dodrio, come out now!
(*This better be good. Uh...where are we?)
(*Looks like Gary found Ash again. Haven't seen him since before we evolved.)
(*Well, well, well, I think Gary's gonna be in a good mood for awhile)
Dodrio! Tri-Attack that glass!
(*Well, you heard him)
(*I'd like to see him do a tri attack.)
Dodrio attacks the glass, and it shatters into a thousand pieces. Jessie and James do take notice of this.
JESSIE & JAMES
Within seconds, Ash grabs Richie's hand and hoists him up. Richie can hardly walk as he gulps in air then coughs it out. The three boys do make it off the stage and away from the battling.
Now that you two are safe, I need to rescue Pikachu!
Oh no you won't! Sableye, Shadow Ball!
(*Alright, now were getting down to business! With pleasure, hon!)
Sableye casts a Shadow Ball, and sends it at the three boys. Ash instictevly places each arm in front of Gary and Ash, for what minute protection it could provide. He closes his eyes and grits his teeth...
Suddenly, Paul steps in front with Unown.
Unown, Power Adaptor! Turn that Shadow Ball into something else!
(*From the Power of my ancestors, I call to thee. Send me my rightful power and envelop me! Take this attack and make it new, send it flying and see it through. Transform the Shadow Ball into.......Teletransport, and send my enemies to a brand new turf!)
Unown completely soaks up the Shadow Ball, and begins glowing brightly. Then, it begins spinning rapidly, and unleashes it's Teletransport attack randomly...at Jessie and James and Meowth, who has just returned with Pikachu.
JESSIE & JAMES & MEOWTH
Jessie instictevly throws Wobbuffet in front.
Wobbuffet, prove yourself superior!
Wobbuffet heroically raises it's arm in pride.
(*She actually remembered I can help! Cool!)
The Teletransport attack flies at Team Rocket, and Wobbuffet begins it's mirror coat.
(*Ah, strong but nothing I can't handle. Sorry, Unown! I hope this won't hurt you!)
The attack goes back at Unown with twice the power.
Unown, use your mirror coat back at them!
Unown mirror coats the attack back at Wobbuffet.
Wobbuffet, don't let them disrespect your brilliant attack like that!
(*Eh...thanks but this may or may not work)
Wobbaffet mirror coats the attack back, but with some difficulty.
Yay! Success! I can smell that corner office next to the boss!
Ash grits his teeth as the attack, now huge, come soaring back at them.
Unown! Mirror coat it again!
(*This is getting dangerous! Teletransport attack isn't supposed to get this strong! There's so much energy and power, the attack's starting to become something more! I wish I was home in Ganymede. Nothing like this happens there. People here are too battle-oriented. Even the nice Humans.)
Unown barely manages to mirror-coat the attack back at Wobbuffet.
You can't be serious! Wobbuffet, one more time!
(*Well, perhaps I can prevent us from blasting off...but don't hold your breath)
Wobbuffet mirror-coats the attack, but the sheer force of it sends Wobbuffet slamming backwards into Jessie, James and Meowth. The Mirror-coat finishes and the attack, now four times it's original power, goes skyrocketing back at Unown. Jessie, James, Meowth, Pikachu and Wobbuffet continue zipping through the air, until they crash into
the Blastoise tank, which in turn explodes and causes Cassidy, Butch, Sableye, Raticate, Tentacruel, Hitmontop and Drowzee to go blasting off.
Why exactly are *WE* blasting off?
As the attack nears Unown, Paul makes a quick decision and tackles Unown, throwing it out of the way of the attack.
Ash! Look out!
And with that, the powerful attack crashes down onto Ash, Gary, and Richie. A plasma-like shining sweeps over the three as they all fall in slow motion, their faces etched in pain.
But for Ash, Gary, and Richie...no sound could be heard. Utter, complete silence. And as the three slowly fall to the ground, a bright white light envelops them completely, and with a loud roar, they are gone. Completely.
As the dust clears and the wind dies down, everyone stands in disbelief at the emptiness of where the three boys once were.
May's face reflects pure shock, Brock's true dread. Jessie and James stand, quietly, looking over the scene.
I...guess we did.
Let's go! We got Pikachu, let's get it to da boss and we can end this miserable chapter
of our lives!
And with that, Team Rocket is gone, leaving Brock, May, their Pokemon, and Ash's Pokemon to walk slowly to the spot where the three used to be.
Grovyle begins jumping around the area, panicked.
(*Ash! Where are you? I can't sense my Pokeball anywhere!)
Taillow begins flying up high, looking for it's trainer
(*AAAAAAASSSSSSHHHHHH! Come back!)
Torkoal begins crying.
(*Please come back trainor! What will I do without you?)
May, still in shock, falls to her knees in sorrow.
Brock doesn't respond...as he doesn't know what to say.
It would appear to Max, May and Brock, that the situation has suddenly grown
much more serious. Will Team Rocket finally achieve what they've been striving for?
And have Ash, Gary, and Richie been wiped off the face of the planet?
And what of Paul and his Unown...could it already know the answers to these questions?
Unown looks on, sadly.
TO BE CONTINUED...