S O R E N
[All is silent...]
Cruce: [Walking at the rear of the group...] ...
Celebi: [Hovering ahead of the group...] (Safiri's been really quiet since I've told her, well him, about me working for Darkness... Hmm... I feel bad again...)
[After an seemingly long walk, the landscape becomes much more welcoming. It shapes into a meadow, with colorful trees, flowers and scenery around the area, which reveals mountainous landscape nearby... Over a hillside ahead, the top of a castle can be visually made out.]
~~The Princess' Meadow...~~
Celebi: [Stops...] ...Hmm... This place... The Princess' Meadow...
Slianna: It's beautiful!
Rilia: I know! Look at all of these unique plants!
Cruce: [Gazing at the scenery...] (I remember... I ruined this place when I fell to Soren as Fourth... It's a nice place... I feel bad now, but... What can I do?)
Safiri: It... is pretty... [Turns to Celebi, who is not looking back.]
Celebi: Something's... A bit off.
[In that moment of silence, three puddles of dark matter appear, and out of the come Safan Nightmares... with pink eyes.]
Celebi: Ugh! I knew it! [Steps back.]
Rilia: More of them!?
Slianna: They're shaped like Safans!
Celebi: But... their eyes are pink... I wonder... Lea and Pryme created these Nightmares... I guess I'll just have to take 'em all out! Hiya!! [The energy flower takes form, and at Celebi's command, fires the very same pink beam through all three... They are defeated.]
[Just then, six more appear... Three are Lea's Nightmares, the other three are Safan shaped. Lea's Nightmare's have white eyes, two of the Safans have pink eyes, and the other has green eyes.]
Celebi: Getting technical? Let's rock and roll, guys!
Slianna: I'm ready to fight!
Rilia: I'll do my best!
Cruce: ...[Paws behind her back, she simply stares off at the meadow.]
[The two Safans with pink eyes, both dingos like Pryme, dash into battle.]
Celebi: [Flowers still glowing, she spread both of her arms out and the neutralizing beam emits from them. The two dingos are done.]
Slianna: [Watching the other Safan with green eyes leap at Celebi, which is a tiger. She lurches forward in a strike, empowered by the wind around her. Slianna pierces entirely through the Nightmare before it can strike Celebi... Three down.]
Rilia: Let's go!
[The two dash around Celebi and Slianna, heading for two of the pixie Nightmares. By now, they are using the same attack from earlier, but with ease, Rilia and Safiri evade. The two jump into the air at the Nightmares...]
Rilia: [Grabs onto the retreating foe's wings, somersaults, and then throws the Nightmare to the ground, stunning it. Upon landing, Rilia performs a backflip, coming back down roughly on the Nightmare, finishing it.]
Safiri: [His Nightmare does not retreat. Safiri performs a front flip, whacking the Nightmare with his tail. He repeats this move rapidly until the Nightmare is grounded, and then pounces on top of it with his forepaws.]
[All but one of the Nightmares have been eliminated. Everyone turns around to see that Cruce hasn't moved a muscle...]
Celebi: C-...Cruce! Thanks a lot for your help!!
Cruce: [Just then, the last Nightmare warps behind Cruce, suddenly on the move to strike. Without flinching, a hand of dark matter shoots up from underground, grabbing the Nightmare and squeezing it to nothingness in its fist before it, too, vanishes in thin air. Cruce turns around.] You're welcome!
Celebi: [Rolls her eyes.] Showoff!
Safiri: That was so cool though!
Celebi: Okay, it kinda was. Regardless of that, [Places her hands on her hips, leaning at Cruce.] because Cruce cheats... [Turns back to the others.] Nice work, you three.
Slianna: No sweat!
Celebi: ...Safiri? [Approaches him.]
Safiri: ...[Turns around, with his head lowered.]
Celebi: ...Saf... Listen, I...
Cruce: [Approaches them again, interested at Safiri's silence.]
Safiri: I know... The whole Darkness thing... I was thinking about that on our way here...
Celebi: It's... what was destined.
Safiri: ...Now that I've had time to take it in... if it is for a better cause, then I'll stand by your side.
Safiri: I would anyway. You're not the type of person who would just decide to trn on everyone! [Smiles.] I still believe in you!
Celebi: ...Saf... [Smiles affectionately.] Thank you so much... I don't want to lose a friend like you...
Safiri: Don't worry... Chris...
Celebi: ...And... and hey! I think I'm having second thoughts about the whole thing... Cruce here's got some really inspiring qualities... After all, you heard... She is me... from another dimension...
Cruce: [Smiles at Celebi.] I share the Connection too. But I can't feel it here... the ties were severed as I crossed dimensions.
Rilia: Aw... that's too bad... But we'll still be your friends! Right?
Slianna: Absolutely! You're a nice person, Cruce. You do kinda remind me of Celebi... Of... of Chris.
Safiri: You do. [He nods.] You two both share that quality...
[Cruce and Celebi are standing side by side. They look at each other, smiling sheepishly.]
Celebi: The Eclipses like you, Cru...
Cruce: [All she can do is smile wider, hiding the inner unease.] (...I'm... I'm no friend... I can't earn that title here... It'd just make everything harder.)
Slianna: [Smiling at the scene, she turns her head to the hilltop, where she spots a small figure observing the events.] !! Hey, there's someone up there!
Celebi: Huh!? [Turns to the designated spot. There are now two figures... three... four... five..up to six.] Oh! I think I can...
[Those six figures leap into the air, spreading apart in flight. Safiri, Rilia, and Slianna close in with Celebi and Cruce, remaining calm.]
[The six figures flutter around the group. Each of them are wearing a pink, decorated casaque, a tiara with a red rose, pink bangles, magenta thin skirt with lighter stripes, and ballet shoes.]
Celebi: [Scanning around...]
[The five cease flight, touching down gently to the ground. Their small, fairy-like wings are still... They are the chao of the Fairytale Kingdom.]
[One chao, whose casaque is more ornate than the others, speaks out. Her hair is brownish red, covering a small portion of her face. The rest comes down straight.]
Ressa: [Staring at Celebi.] So, you aren't going to introduce yourselves, hmm? Well then... I'll have you know that you're on Fairytale grounds, and you're dealing with the one and only Order of the Winged Dancers!
Celebi: My sincerest apologies, Star Ressa. [Performs a curtsy, familiar with how everything works here...]
Cruce: [A second after Celebi does this, Cruce picks it up, performing the same bow.] (It's been a while since I've done that...)
Ressa: Oh! Now you show respect! You even know my name, yet you look as if you weren't from here!
Winged Dancer: Actually, she looks like a cremale...
Ressa: In a way, she does... But the others
Winged Dancer: I'm unsure... Hmmm. [Notices Cruce.] I have not seen this one.
Ressa: [Blinks at Cruce's appearance.] Oh, neither have I! May I ask your name, Soldier?
Cruce: [She nods.] My name is Cruce Ifai. Just Cruce is fine. Our purpose here is slightly different than one would think... Cel here can explain.
Celebi: We're sorry for suddenly appearing in the Meadow, but we're pursuing an evil threat... working for Naught.
Ressa: [Gasps, jumping back.] N-Naught!? Oh, my!! So it is true!
Celebi: Hm? May I ask what you mean?
Ressa: ...Very recently, dark creatures known as Nightmares have been appearing around our beautiful fields... The soldiers have dealt with them nicely, but they are constantly appearing, and consuming our lands resources! We are most vulnerable...
Safiri: So then Lea and Pryme are just hindering everyone here, blinding them from the truth...
Celebi: Exactly... The Soul Spheres...
Ressa: ...Might you have an idea to what is happening?
Winged Dancer: If so, please, you must make it known! We are in need of assistance!
Celebi: I'll help the Fairytale Kingdom... I have before.
Ressa: Hmm? You've... you've been here before?
Celebi: Of course I have! How else would I know you're name?
Ressa: But, I don't even know yo--
Celebi: [Smirking, placing her hands on her hips.]
Ressa: [Eyes widen...] ...It's you... It's you!!
Winged Dancer: Wait... Who?
Winged Dancer: The hero!! Don't you see, it's the hero!
Winged Dancer: But I thought he was a human! Moreover, I thought he was a male!
Ressa: ...My goodness, everyone will be elated to see you! You have to come with us! If you four are in this also, please come along!
Rilia: Hehe, thanks!
Slianna: We owe you!
Safiri: [Nods to Celebi.]
Celebi: [Nods back.] All right, let's lock and load!
[Keeping the Safans in mind, they ignore flight, and head over the hill.]
Ressa: Castle Blossom is up ahead. [Gestures ahead.] It's our base of operations, and our beautiful home!
Cruce: (I knew it... Castle Blossom... )
Safiri: [Gazing upon the large castle. It is constructed of mainly tall towers up top, and large halls/corridors on the bottom.] Wow... This is impressive!
Winged Dancer: Isn't it marvelous? Ahh, our precious home...
Ressa: It pains me to know that we are under constant assault from Darkness...
Celebi: ...(Darkness... I still feel bad about what Safiri had to learn... And everyone else on this world will find out sooner or later... It's because of me that Aren was defeated... Light's suspicious. I can tell.)
[They have come clean out of the meadow and into the wide stretch of land which the castle was built upon. Castle Blossom is enormous, surrounded by a luscious garden of even more creative design. Two ingeniously designed fountains spurt upward into the air. Between them is a red bricked path to the castle gates...]
Rilia: This... is impressive, I agree!
Celebi: Everything looks as if it were in order here... So I take it the Nightmares haven't proceeded this far yet?
Ressa: Various orders have been spread across the Fairytale Lands to secure the area. The Order of the Blue Rafflesia, Order of the Red Lotus, Order of the Maroon Venus, each of them has seen conflict... Yet the Nightmares are weak...
Celebi: You said they're tenacious, right?
Ressa: Yes, they will not end...
Cruce: But they're weak enough to be dealt with, mhm?
Ressa: Correct. In truth, we do stand a chance... for now. I believe their numbers will keep increasing until they just outnumber us... If something is not done, trouble will brew at greater scales.
Celebi: ...[She faces the castle.] Time to warn the Fairy Princess about this tribulation I walk among...
Cruce: (Princess Susie...)
[They continue on the brick path... Two guards stand in front of the castle gates. They are armed with odd looking weaponry, as well as armor, which a simple designed jerkin, mainly pink and red, and gear to match this body piece. That consists, strangely enough, of light, heel-shoes, and a short skirt. Free-form is favored in this case.]
Fairy Guard: Oh well that's ironic. When most of the orders have split, the Winged Dancers catch some suspicious looking... Wh-what are they?
Fairy Guard: [Blinks.] I've never seen... anything quite like that!
Ressa: [Approaches the guards with her order behind.] Star Ressa, Order of the Winged Dancers.
Winged Dancers: Order in completion.
Fairy Guard: Good to know... in the twenty-or-so minutes you were gone.
Ressa: ...[Chuckles lightly.] Well... We did come across something really fantastic.
Fairy Guard: I see... [Glances at the three Safans and Celebi.] Where in the world did you find them?
Fairy Guard: Are they even from this world?
Ressa: Well... I'm not exactly positive. [Turns to the five...]
Rilia: Oh, sorry. We're from Safa, sooo...
Slianna: Yep! We're not from this world.
Safiri: But we don't mean to cause any uprising.
Cruce: I'm not necessarily from this world either, though I resemble a Sorenian. Sorry for the confusion.
Fairy Guard: They seem friendly, but... [Turns to the other guard. She whispers...] One of them is a male... Do you think the Fairy Princess will...?
Fairy Guard: [Whispering back.] They're from a different planet! I think that's a good excuse...
Fairy Guard: ...'Kay, that works... Um... [Outloud.] Ok, you may enter!
Ressa: Thank you. Let's go.
Fairy Guard: All except her. [Points to Celebi.]
Ressa: Wh-huh!? B-but...
Celebi: [Tilts her head.] Me? I can't enter, you say?
Fairy Guard: She appears to be a cremale...
Ressa: But, that's not--
[Before Ressa can finish, four shady puddles appears behind Slianna, who is in the back of the group.]
Rilia: Hm? Slianna!! Behind you!!
Slianna: What? [Turns her head, then slithers around. One of Lea's Nightmares appear, attacking right off the get-go.]
Celebi: Oh no you don't! [Using the energy from earlier, she blasts two Nightmares instantaneously, dispatching half the problem.] ... Hmhm.
Cruce: [She turns, motioning the same way Celebi had done, although her move is different. A circle of dark symbology appears near her paw. Out shoots a long, narrow spike of dark matter, piercing the other two Nightmares, then returning to the symbol.]
Fairy Guard: ...That... that was incredible, you two...
Fairy Guard: [In awe.] Whoa... How did you... where'd you learn to use neautralization as mana? I thought it was impossible!
Ressa: That's what I was trying to say! This girl is actually...
Fairy Guard: [Catching the idea.] ...Ohhhhhh... Really? ...
Fairy Guard: You aren't kidding!? That's really...?
Celebi: ...In the flesh. [Smirks.]
Fairy Guard: Please!! Go on inside! We insist!
Ressa: [Smiles nervously.] Heh--thanks.
[The gates are opened... The order and the others walk in... They are greeted to a large, complex foyer with waterways flowing through the transparent marble beneath...]
Celebi: (I remember this place... It's nice. I wouldn't mind living here at all... I wouldn't mind living on Safa eitherm if the Apocalypse really does--no no! I'm not thinking right! I have to focus on what's true!)
[Safiri, Slianna, and Rilia are distracted by the castle's design. Cruce seems familiar with it, standing by Celebi.]
Ressa: [Laughing with her words.] What? You've never seen anything like this before?
Winged Dancer: My gosh, you three are so cute right now!
Cruce: I agree. [Smirks, watching them.]
Celebi: Aren't they? [Chuckles.] Alright, alright. I have some business I have to tend to, Ressa.
Ressa: Do you require and audience with the princess?
Celebi: I may. I also need to see Kutzu and Helena
Ressa: Oh, I can assure you they are with Princess Susie as we speak.
Celebi: So, it's okay then?
Ressa: Why, of course! I will guide you to Princess Susie's chambers. Might your friends want to come?
Celebi: Hmm... We'll see! Hey guys!
[She manages to grab Safiri's, Ray's, and Slianna's attention.]
Celebi: You want to come with me to see royalty?
Safiri: Royalty? Ok! I'm fine with that!
Slianna: I agree!
Rilia: I'll go with. Princess Susie sounds like a really admirable character!
Celebi: Ok then. You three sound excited.
Rilia: Hehe, we are! Oh... and Celebi?
Rilia: You can call me Rilia from this point on out!
Celebi: ... (Ray already decided on a new name? That's impressive.) Ok! Sounds good... and prepared.
Ressa: Winged Dancers! Stay put until I return, which should be soon!
Winged Dancer: Understood, Star Ressa.
[Ressa begins off in the direction of a flight of stairs located directly up ahead. Through this hall, they pass through an artistic array of unique architecture and floral decoration. This eventually brings the group to a spiral flight, which is supposedly the central tower. Once they reach the height of this flight, it leads into another ornate room that is rather large. Inside, three chao are locked in a conversation about the Nightmares. One of them looks regal, with large butterfly wings and rabbit features with pale pink fur. She is wearing a comfortable light scarlet gown decorated with rose designs. Her hair is long and straight, light brown, and adorn with variously colored jewel clips. Her eyes are deep purple. Susie.]
[Another chao within the room has a very mage-like appearance to her. She is wearing a jeweled tiara, purple dress with realistic daisies sewn into the waist-line of the dress. It proceeds to the ground, covering her feet, also concealing her wings. Her features are tiger-like, and her fur is scarlet. Her hair is wavy and brown with an array of purple streaks. Her eyes are also dark purple. Helena.]
[Finally, the most unique of the three, an all around blue furred wolf chao, and unlike everyone else in the region, he is male, but with a large quantity of feminine additions, intentionally disguising him as a female chao. He is wearing basic Castle Blossom clothing: A pink tube top with a magenta stripe, and a small striped skirt, with heeled ballet shoes. His hair is styled in a ponytail, and then straightened down around that. It has two colors, light brown and very pale brown. Unlike Helena, his wings are revealed, but they too have a feminine look; average fairy wings. His eyes are light blue. Kutzu.]
Susie: [Curious.] Star Ressa of the Order of the Winged Dancers...
Ressa: [Performs a courtesy bow.] Fairy Princess Susie. I apologize for this sudden audience, but... it is rash.
Helena: [English accent.] Star Ressa...? What on Soren have you brought into Castle Blossom? [In awe at the Safans.]
Ressa: These creatures... [Corrects herself.] These important figures can play a dramatic part in our struggle!
Susie: Gracious! Is this of certainty?
Kutzu: [Tilts his head, studying Safiri, Celebi, and Cruce... As Kutzu spots Cruce, something is triggered within him. His eyes widen.] ...
Cruce: [Notices Kutzu staring at him.] (Kutzu... this dimension's Kutzu... You're as cute as you were back home...)
[The two stare at each other as the conversation continues.]
Ressa: I'm positive, Princess...
Celebi: [Placing her hands on her hips and smirking.]
Helena: Hmmm, rather clever timing.
Susie: [She approaches the group. Ressa moves off to the side, allowing her to examine them.] Oh gracious, I have never seen anything like this! Phenomenal! You strike me as a cremale! [Refering to Celebi.]
Celebi: Heheh, sorry Princess. I'm not too used to this current form I take on also. But I gotta say, Naught's giving me one to remember this time around.
Kutzu & Helena: Hm!? [They flicker their attention to Celebi.]
Susie: ...[Stunned.] What did... you just... say?
Safiri: [Filled with excitement, ready to blurt it out.]
Ressa, Rilia, & Slianna: [They giggle, expecting Safiri to burst.]
Celebi: [Winks.] Go on, Safiri.
Safiri: Chris!!! It's Chris!!
[The others laugh. Kutzu, Susie, and Helena stare blankly, speechless.]
Susie: Gracious, Chris...? Is that really you?
Celebi: (Even they call me Chris... Why does that name make me feel... welcome now... Did Cruce do something...?) [Nods.] Mm-hmm! I missed you!
Kutzu: [Can no longer bar his excitement. He races up to Celebi and hugs her.] Chris!!! You promised you'd come back, and you're here!! I totally knew it!
Celebi: [Caught off balance for a second, but then wraps her arms around Kutzu.] I wouldn't want to disappoint any of you. Especially you, Kutzu... The Eclipse.
Safiri, Rilia, & Slianna: [Instantly, they stop their laughter and react in shock at the words Celebi had spoken.] Huh!?!?
Cruce: [Crosses her arms.] Hmhmhm...
Kutzu: [Releases Celebi.] Chris... I don't care what you look like on the outside, like, at all. I'm just totally happy you're okay.
Rilia: [Turns her head to Slianna.]
Slianna: [Turns her head to Rilia.]
Slianna & Rilia: Whoa.
Kutzu: [Turns to Safiri, while Celebi delivers a friendly greeting to Susie and Helena. Kutzu smiles kindly.] Yes?
Safiri: You're an Eclipse... too?
Kutzu: Hmm? Are you, like, saying... That you're... ?
Safiri: A fellow Eclipse, from the planet Safa. My name is Safiri.
Kutzu: [Covers his mouth in surprise. He rushes over to Safiri.] You are an Eclipse! That unique energy is totally within you!
Safiri: You too! Yours is strong... Maybe that's because most of my power was stolen from me...
Kutzu: How horrible! Like, who would do such a crummy thing!?
Safiri: Two greater minions of Naught... Lea and Pryme. They fled off to this world, and that's how we got here.
Kutzu: Oh my gosh, Lea?! I've totally heard stories about her... She's the most mischievous of all chao... I wouldn't want to be caught up in a Shade's way in the first place.
Safiri: ...Kutzu... You are an Eclipse, so you must know about Chris more than anyone else here.
Kutzu: [A more stern look.] I do... And I know something's happened.
Safiri: Chris, or should I say Celebi, has gone far, further than you or I would anticipate... to save Reality.
Kutzu: ...Please, Safiri... Could you tell me what's happened?
Safiri: I'll tell you all I know...
THE POKEMON WORLD
[The sky is dark, cloudy, and rainy. A storm has hit overnight, and it is still blowing by... This does not change the fact that Elebi, Shadow, and Cream still seek answers... They have found the main path of Treeshroud Forest and are closing in on a suspicious site...]
Elebi: Huh? What's that up ahead? That shine...
Cream: I see it too!
Elebi: Let's check it out!
[They speed up their pace, reaching a forest wall with a mysterious glowing seal upon it. In the center, a strange gear-like object rests...]
Shadow: What's this...?
Elebi: It looks like some sort of magical... gear.
[Strangely, the gear's light seems to be flickering slightly.]
Carbuncle: (I sense a strange presence emanating nearby. Be on your guard, Elicia...)
Elebi: (I have to fight...? I'll do my best...)
Shadow: This power... It's similar to the Chaos Emeralds... What is this thing?
[At that moment, portions of the ground turn dark... Three Nightmares appear... They are the original Nightmares; like a human and a demon combined... Their eyes are white.]
Cream: Ahh!!! Those again!?
Carbuncle: (Elicia! These are Naught's basic underlings! They are known as Nightmares!)
Elebi: [Gulp.] (How do we fight them...?)
Carbuncle: (Look at their eyes! These ones are merely plain, so no elemental addition is required! Use pure combat!)
Elebi: (Got it!)
Shadow: Hmph... These look exactly like the creatures from before... This time, things will be different.
[Without hesitating, the Nightmares attack simultaneously.]
Elebi: [Prepares herself... As the Nightmare conjures its axe, Elebi takes this time to cartwheel to the side. She springs forth directly through the Nightmare with a beam of light glowing behind, and then landing on the opposing side.] (Whoa! How did I do that...?)
Carbuncle: (Ah, the manifestation of Light within you... It has already grown...)
Cream: [Two of the Nightmares are towering over her.] Ahh! Help!
Shadow: Chaos... Control!! [He vanishes in a flicker, spearing through both of the Nightmares at break-neck speed, landing skillfully in front of Cream after the attack... The two Nightmare's vanish...] Hmph, pathetic...
Cream: Thank you Shadow!
Shadow: Hmm... That was far too easy.
Elebi: I have to agree. Are there more, or...?
[...Thunder crashes... Footsteps can be heard, even louder than the raindrops.]
[The three turn to the direction the footsteps are heard from.]
Unagitated Voice: What's this...?
Elebi: Who are you...?
Unagitated Voice: Celebi!? Is that you!?
Elebi: Hmm? Celebi? Sorry, you must have me confused for someone else. My name is Elicia.
Unagitated Voice: You look exactly like her... I thought she was one of a kind...
Shadow: ...Well...? What about you?
Unagitated Voice: I'm sorry, but I would not be so foolish as to give you my name... Now, step aside. I will have that Time Gear... [He walks through the group, and faces the wall with the Time Gear on it...] Hm...? The Time Gear... why...? Why is it flickering...? [He turns around.] What have you three done?
Elebi: We... haven't done anything... we don't know what's going really... Do you know about where we are?
Unagitated Voice: Yes, I do... What is that to you? Are you lost?
Elebi: We're... we're not even from here. We're offworlders.
Unagitated Voice: What!? [Quietly.] Hmm... So maybe that mess... With Mewtwo... had that taken place after all?
Cream: Please, Mr.! We don't mean to cause any trouble... We just want to know why we're here...
Shadow: And why we've been transformed into these creatures...
Grovyle: Are you implying that you are not Pokémon...? Hmm... I apologize... My name is Grovyle...
Elebi: Please, Grovyle... Can you help us get out of this forest?
Grovyle: I can... But you must promise me this...
Grovyle: Tell no one, absolutely no one, about my appearance, understood?
Elebi: Huh...? Well, okay...
Cream: We promise!
Grovyle: Good... Now, when I begin running, follow me. You had better keep up, lest you find yourself frozen in time.
Shadow: Frozen... in time?
Grovyle: [Facing the forest wall, he tugs on the Time Gear. It releases from the wall... The glowing seal disappears, and the area begins to tremble.] Quickly, come with me!! [Takes off on the path. Without bothering to wonder, the other three sprint to catch up to him...]
[The atmosphere behind them begins to freeze... All is un-orderly within the Treeshroud Forest. The four continue to sprint.]
Elebi: What did you do!?
Grovyle: What must be done. It may seem like insanity, however, all is for a greater cause...
Elebi: Are you sure!? That back there was just out of control!
Grovyle: I am positive. Keep running!
Cream: Urm! I'm getting tired!!
Grovyle: Just a little bit more!
[Within another minute or so, they reach the edge of the forest...]
[It is here that they take the time to rest... The forest behind them becomes completely still... All color has been taken from it...]
Shadow: What was that?
Grovyle: The effect of a missing Time Gear over a wide area...
Shadow: Are you saying that the object you grabbed from the forest possessed enough power to freeze time?
Grovyle: Precisely. And now I believe that you really are offworlders...
Shadow: What is that supposed to mean?
Grovyle: All Pokémon know of the Time Gears and their capabilities.
Shadow: Time Gears... Hmm...
Grovyle: There is a village called Treasure Town southwest of here. [Points southwest.] There, you may find the answers you seek...
Elebi: Thanks Grovyle. We won't forget you!
Grovyle: [Turns his back on the group.] You must...
Grovyle: Remember not to tell anyone of what you witnessed... Good luck on your way... [Begins walking in a northerly direction.]
Cream: But... what are you going to do now!?
Grovyle: I must retrieve all of the Time Gears... Hm! [Leaps off at full speed before any further questions can be asked...]
Elebi: ... (Carbuncle?)
Carbuncle: (Yes, Elicia?)
Elebi (...That feeling is stronger...)
Carbuncle: (Follow it... That shall lead you to the Eclipses.)
Elebi: (Okay...) Well... Let's get going.
Shadow: ...Hmm... Southwest... There, we will find answers. I can hardly wait...
[They begin southwest, Elebi leading.]
[Meanwhlie, in Treasure Town, the townsfolk have been focused on an invader from Mobius...]
Adam: [Staring out the cliff window.] This storm's been going on for a while...
Al: [Walks in the room.] Adam?
Adam: Hmm? [Turns to Al.]
Al: About Chris... What did all of that mean to you?
Al: Chris... He's been here before, to this world. There was a threat in the past that he had overcome... And the battle he fought to save our worlds, he and the Eclipses...
Adam: ...I think he'd be a good example for our journeys. We got a travel alongside him. The guild members seemed pretty jealous about that.
Al: That's true but... [Lowers his head.] Well, I don't know what to believe... He said he was working with Darkness... Should we look up to him as a role model...?
Adam: Oh... You're right.
Al: Don't get me wrong though... [Raises his head.] I looked up to Chris then... so there's good within him!
Adam: He did mention it was for the greater good, right?
Chatot: [Enters the conversation.] Sorry to interrupt. Lucario is here to see you two.
Al: Alright. Thanks Chatot. C'mon Adam.
[The two exit the room... They work their way to the entrance of the guild, where Lucario waits...]
Lucario: I see you are doing well, Adam, Al...
Al: You too, Lucario. Is there something wrong? Is it Mew?
Lucario: No. Mew is recovering well... You recall that figure that leaped from the portal we had taken to return here, correct?
Al: I think so... Yeah, I remember.
Lucario: ...Come with me...
Al: Huh?... [Adam and Al stare blankly at eachother...] Well, ok. Let's go Adam.
[Lucario leads them down the hill, through town, all the way to a steep cliff called Sharpedo Bluff. This is Al's original home. Upon the edge, Equinox stands, overlooking the sea.]
Equinox: ...His presence is closing in... I sense it traveling through the air like a breeze... [Turns around.] Forgive me. My name is Equinox...
Adam: We saw you on Mobius, right? It was before you had jumped into the portal.
Equinox: That's right... and I'm sorry for such abrupt action... But that is what I had to take... [Turns around once again.] For I had sensed his presence on this world...
Lucario: Who do you speak of?
Equinox: Shadow... the Hedgehog...
Lucario: Shadow the Hedgehog... Hmm... If I recall... Hadn't someone said something about him...?
Al: Oh yeah! It was Rouge! She mentioned that name on the Capricorn-2.
Equinox: That is precisely why I am present... I had been meaning to clarify my appearance, but it has been difficult to get through to the townsfolk of this world. They will trust you. Please, would you tell them not to fear me...?
Al: Sure. What do you think Adam?
Adam: That's okay by me.
Equinox: [Turns around...] You have my gratitude... I do not wish to be the cause of trouble...
Al: It's ok! We'll do what we can to help you find Shadow!
Equinox: Thank you... His appearance suits his name. So it should be quite simple to locate him among crowds, if that is the case...
[Having explained everything, Equinox let's the group leave. As they pass through Treasure Town, they assure the townsfolk that everything is fine. They also tell of Shadow, and to be on the lookout for him, when truly, Shadow is coming to them...]
-In a hurry, the trio travels through another forest, lush with blue berries scattered everywhere... Cream is eating one at the moment.]
Cream: Ooh, these are delicious!
Shadow: To eat otherworldly foods at first sight... Cream, I'm not certain that's the best idea...
Cream: But I feel so much better! This fruit must be healthy!
Elebi: [Ignoring the conversation...] (Chris... I can sense these Eclipses you know so much about... And where they are, you're bound to be, right? ...I'm not slowing down, not if you're here...)
Carbuncle: (That is the spirit... You must Keep Hope Alive.)
Elebi: [Taking flight...] ...Let's speed it up you two... I can sense a presence growing stronger...
Shadow: ...[Quietly.] Does she sense the same presence...?
Cream: We're really traveling!
[The group picks up their pace... The storm begins to clear.]
[At the guild, Al and Adam resume their work as usual... Chatot has assigned them a job that seems simple. A Pokémon named Spoink has lost is pearl somewhere in the Drenched Bluff, a bit north of Treasure Town...]
[But little does Team Kross know who they're going to meet...]
[The area holds some hostile Pokémon... However, they have been scared into hiding by a hidden force...]
Al: [At the mouth of the bluff.] I wouldn't call it exploring... But we can't let Spoink down. Let's head in Adam!
[The two enter the bluff...]
Adam: ...This place is soaked. I don't think I'll be very useful in here...
Al: Ah, don't think like that Adam! Do your best, even in these situations.
Adam: I'll give it a shot.
Al: But... it really is quiet in here... A little spooky.
Adam: I wonder what's going on... There should be at least some Pokemon here, right?
Al: I know there is... They could be all around us.
Frightening Voice: But they are not... And you, my tiny adversaries... are in a most unpredicted position...
Al: Wh-whaa! Who's that?!
Adam: Where is this voice coming from!?
[Both Adam and Al are nervous...]
Frightening Voice: So it appears you are merely tremulous... like the rest.
Al: Erm... [Shaky.] A-Adam...? Wh... What do we do? That voice... I don't think it's a Pokemon...
Adam: You're right. It sounds like some sort of... ghost?
Frightening Voice: Hmhmm... I find you fear quite placable. It is how we Nightmares view mortality...
Al: Nightmares!? Those are the creatures that...
Adam: The Nightmares are still here!? But why!? Mewtwo was defeated...
Nightmare Alpha: Ah, so you know of Mewtwo's defeat? ...Perhaps I should deal with you... Hmhmm... Continue on your quest, miniature adversaries... Let it be your supplication to doom...
[Silence... The bluff is suddenly much more of a formidable challenge...]
Adam: Yes... Al?
Al: [Nervous...] I... I can't do this.
Al: When we were with Chris, Cruce, and Lucario... It was so much easier to muster up my courage... But now it's just you an me... I don't know if...
Adam: ...Al... It's true that this is a terrifying time, but we have to pull through... Remember what Chris and Cruce told us...?
[Thinking back to what Chris had told them.]
"I sense some great things in you two. Al and Adam, you guys... you two are that duo that seems like not very much to others in the beginning, but prevail through all sorts of hardships and struggles... I think an adventure for you two is just beginning."
[Thinking back to what Cruce had told them.]
"Chris is right. I feel like I know the power you two will soon acquire in your journeys ahead. Fight on with heads raised and souls unrelenting. You'll be surprised at what you can accomplish."
Adam: They said that we could prevail, that this was just the beginning! I know we can do this Al... Remember, I'm here with you.
Al: Adam... You're so right... We can't back down here so soon. Even if this is difficult, it's a challenge that we have to pull through on!
Adam: That's it! We can beat this threat! C'mon, let's go Al!
Al: All right!
[In the face of danger, the two make their way through the Drenched Bluff...]
[Eventually, they reach the top... A pale red pearl glistens.]
Adam: Oh! Look, it's Spoink's pearl!
Al: Hey, we didn't even see that Nightmare! Let's get that pearl and get back to the guild!
[As they run up to the pearl, a shadowy puddle appears beneath them. Within a second, Al and Adam react, leaping back.]
Al: Oh no!!
Nightmare Alpha: [Rising from the puddle... Similar to the other alpha, thorns protrude from his pitch black body. He is wearing a torn cloak, and weilding two unique shaped axes... his eyes are blue.] Going somewhere, are we...?
Adam: That's... a Nightmare...?
Al: [Trembling.] I... Urm...
Nightmare Alpha: It is time... to rid this world of your bodies, and weave your souls into the shroud of Darkness... [Swings both of his axes to each side, revealing is battle stance...] Now, prepare yourselves...
--To Be Continued...--
THE FIRST TO BE CONTINUED IN PHRENIC SYNC I think...
Status: If you've kept up thus far:
Wow. =o You're dedicated to this.
I think it'd please you peeps to say that we ARE gonna see the Kenny from this dimension. =3
I left it alone before I could get to Ken or the other Eclipses/Phaze Guardians/Starsign Avengers.