And so it (really) begins.
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The First Cross:
The Crystalline Genesis

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"I feel..."
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"I feel so different... What am I?"
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"Why does it feel so true...?"
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"And why do I feel like my heart is racing?"
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~Chronic Cruce~
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[It is freezing.]
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Cruce: [He stands all the way up, his large ears raising a little. He turns his head from side to side, adjusting to the weight of his ears, which, combined, weigh more than his tiny body.] ... [He blinks a few times, looking at them as best as he can.] What in the world...? I'm... [He looks forward, perplexed.] I'm so light... And... Oh God. [Cruce jump off of his bed, his entire world much larger now. In mid-jump, he felt as if he could with a simple thought. Again, he looks from side to side, trying to adjust to the larger world. He finds his T.V.] Oh... Hm... [Without even really thinking, he floats up to it, looking at the darkened reflection. His own body, a Shaymin in sky forme, greets him.] ...No way... This -has- to be a glitch... I've heard of this world... where everything is a giant simulation of reality, but I didn't think it was possible to enter... AND WHY AM I A SHAYMIN?! [He spreads his limbs out, looking under him. Perhaps it is now that he realizes he is flying.] AND HOW AM I DOING THIS?!
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[Unsteady, he lowers himself to the ground slowly.]
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Cruce: Holy moly... Geez Louise... G-Geez Louise... [He paces back and forth with his head lowered.] Geez Louise... G-g-geez Louise... [He looks up at his closed door.] ...How am I gonna get out of here? ...
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[His eye twitches as he stares at the door.]
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Cruce: I'm a Pokémon... I am a FREAKING POCKET MONSTER... (It's cool, but... why'd it happen? I wonder what's wrong with V... o-or... is this V at all? Is this just another vision?) [He hops up to his bed again, moving to look at his clock. Unfortunately, no numbers show up on it. All electricity has been terminated. Cruce raises his head slowly in confusion.] ...Whaa...? ...Hm... This doesn't make sense... [He looks up at his window before floating up to it.] (This floating thing feels so natural...) [Placing a paw in between two blinds, he pokes his nose through to look outside. The window is fogged up, but he can make out a dense white movement. Snowfall.] No... This really doesn't make sense... This has to be a vision... o-or V...? Or a vision--I... I don't know... Either way... [He descends back down to the bed, moving to snuggle up with his blankets. He curls up.] It's cold...
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[He lays curled up in his bed, his eyes closed. He does not sleep. He simply waits for this confusion to pass. Cruce expects to wake up either asleep in a hospital again or end up with his V helmet in both hands and him standing in front of the wallscreen.]
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[But this does not happen...]
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Cruce: [He opens his eyes, looking up a bit.] It's freezing... Wh-what's happening? Why am I... here... like this...?
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[A voice...]
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"I feel it... It's so true! It's here! I know it is!"
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[Earlier, trouble brewed elsewhere in this cataclysmic storm... trouble this world has not yet seen.]
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[Ruin is strewn about in many ways. Cars have crashed into caved in buildings. The storm has claimed the streets. Chaos is evident. A few survivors are seen rushing anywhere that seems safe. The cold proves to be too much for the sophisticated technology which is now broken and buried in the snow. Even more out of place, large crystals of diamond ice protrude from the grounds and tower above buildings. This, among other things, is blatantly supernatural. Among all of this commotion, a single, small face makes its way through the calamity...]
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???: [He hops a bit, trying to warm up.] Ahh! It's so cold! I haven't explored a place this cold in so long... (I don't really know what I'm up against... Or where I am... I'd better take it nice and slow until I find someone who can help... I feel like there's someone out there who is calling me. I have to trust my instincts and be smart about this.) [He starts forward at a rather quick pace, running on all fours.]
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(P a c h i)
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-Sub-Zero Streets.-

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[The figure is a small squirrel Pokémon known as Pachirisu, though he simply goes by Pachi. This one, however, is much unlike the others... And quite out of place in this world. Or so it seems.]
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Pachi: [Making his way over, around, and under obstacles of all sorts. The strewn ruin proves to be the most difficult issue, and it is not much of an issue at all. Nothing else confronts Pachi on his way uphill. More trees, fallen and standing, indicate something is near.] (What's all this for~? It looks like this area wasn't hit as hard as the other places... whatever that was. Gosh, I've never even seen a place like this. It's so exotic... I know I'm not home anymore...)
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[Pachi navigates his way through the clearer streets, where the blizzard is less focused. Crystals, however, appear more plentiful around this location. Eventually, he makes his way into a small parking lot. Here, it looks as if these are the only cars that weren't messed up in any way, save by the snow.]
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Pachi: What's this...? [He stops in the middle of the lot, looking up at the campus.] It looks promising, whatever it is? [He crawls quickly up the steps, standing on his footpaws to looks around at the straightaway ahead of him. At his left is a small school building. At his right is another stairway leading up to a Church.] Hmm... [Tilts his head, confused.] I really don't know where I'm going... [He continues forward.] ...What's around here...?
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[Suddenly, a few screams can be heard coming from the higher lot.]
Pachi: [His ears flick up.] !! Trouble! [Without a second thought, he runs up to where he assumes this scream came from. He now dashes passed a few frozen planters, coming across an impressive sight. A large, crystalline structure has risen from underground in the center of the large parking lot. It towers three times higher than the tallest building here, and takes up a good half of the lot's perimeter.] That's so cool~... [Stares at the structure, perhaps hidden from view. Near the other planters, trouble is afoot. Shouting is heard.]
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Middle-Aged Man: [His voice is aggressive.] You let me in that goddamn building, or I swear, I'll pull the trigger on all of you!!
Frightened Girl: [She is cornered with two of her friends, others watching from a window nearby, not daring to go outside.] W-we can't... We... I...
Middle-Aged Man: What was that, you little...? [He poises his arm out further, locking onto the girl with his high-tech, high caliber pistol in hand. Laser sight is currently unavailable, as even remote powered technology is down.]
[The friends gather closer against the wall with nowhere else to run.]
Pachi: [Now watching from behind one of the planters...] (What... are those things...? They're so tall! ...Mm?) [He notices the weapon, automatically feeling that, whatever it does, it is not good.] (...I have to stop this thing!)
Middle-Aged Man: Watch the snow turn red.
[A mere split second before the gun fires, Pachi's eyes close, his cheeks sparking wildly. He opens his eyes after the gunshot, which is drastically slowed down, along with the entire world around him. Pachi dashes to the scene, leaping in midair and catching the small fragment of metal that shot from the device. He flips forward as he catches it before landing and tossing it aside. Quickly, he turns, discharging the lightning he had stored before initiating this strange move. It strikes the crazed man, though it is not fatal in any way. It acts as a tazer, rendering him temporarily immobile. Ironically, Pachi appeared as a lightning bolt through this entire display, which was only about a half second long...]
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[The man drops the gun as he falls. The three kids, covering their faces, look forward at him perplexed.]
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[Pachi becomes visible to them, standing victoriously in the snow.]
Pachi: Oh! That wasn't too bad! ... [He turns to the kids, curious.] Hello there! It's so nice to hear you speak the same language, yes?
Hooded Boy: ...[In shock with his jaw dropped.] ...
Confused Girl: [Staring at the Pokémon with disbelief.] How's this possible?
Frightened Girl: Um... This day just keeps getting weirder...
Hooded Boy: Are you sure we're not all in V at Zazoo's house or something?
Frightened Girl: W-well... I'm starting to question that... But... [She kneels down to Pachi, smiling.] Thank you so much, little fella. You really... really saved us there. [She hugs the Pokémon gently.]
Pachi: Ooh! [He giggles a tad, huggling back at the girl.] You're much kinder than I thought.
Hooded Boy: She hugs everybody. Especially other girls.
Frightened Girl & Confused Girl: BONGO!!
Pachi: Bongo? [As he is let go, he tilts his head.]
[At this moment, the 8th and 7th grade teacher rush outside, students now watching from the doorway.]
7th Grade Teacher: Get inside the building before something like this happens again!
8th Grade Teacher: We can't risk it!
[The teachers rush them into the 7th grade building, Pachi following behind.]
Pachi: Right behind you!
[At this point, they have no opinion of Pachi or why he is here. The hooded boy glances back at the man and, as no one is looking, quickly sprints to his position, grabbing the small pistol, and hiding it in his jacket pocket. He is the last one inside.]
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[As they enter, the teacher closes the door, locking it. Students are dumbfounded as soon as they enter, what with the near-death experience that just took place no more than fifteen feet from the room. More impressive is the small talking lightning squirrel who just entered the building.]
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Student: What the heck happened?!
Student: What is that thing?
Student: What happened to that guy outside?
Student: Is everyone alright?
[Students gather around Pachi and the three other kids.]
Pachi: Whoa! Now there's a whole bunch of tall people! [Looks around, slightly nervously.]
Hooded Student: Hey, little guy. You're a Pokémon, right?
Students: Pokémon?!
Confused Girl: I was going to say something, but I just couldn't believe it.
Frightened Girl: [Still shaken.] M-...Me neither.
Hooded Student: Where did you come from...?
Pachi: [Looking up at the boy.] Well, I'm not necessarily sure anymore! I just up and appeared in the middle of all of this commotion... And snow... I can say I'm not around here~.
Hooded Boy: You're a Pokémon, dude... Are you like... Was there like... a glitch with V?
Pachi: V? What's this V? [Tilts his head at the Hooded Boy.]
Shady Student: I think he's actually not from V at all. Maybe he's a natural born.
[The other students, at this point, are watching and murmuring amongst themselves.]
Pachi: Yup! Say, is this still some part of Chronic that I've just never been to?
Confused Girl: Chronic?
Hooded Boy: Is that the name of your home planet?
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Student: Planet...?
Pachi: ...[He nods.] Yes, it is... So... That would make me...
Shady Student: In essence, an alien.
Hooded Student: But he's a Pokémon... Ahh, what's going on here?
Pachi: I wish I knew... in any case, my name is Pachi. Nice to meet you all!
Nic: [The Shady Student.] I'm Nic.
Al: [The Hooded Student.] I'm Al, or Alex. Whichever works.
Bongo: [The Hooded Boy.] My name's Billy, but everyone calls me Bongo. Thanks for saving us out there.
Pat: [The Confused Girl.] Nice to meet you too, Pachi! I'm Pat.
Emelina: [The Frightened Girl, though she's calmer now.] I'm Emelina. Thanks so much for earlier.
Ivan: [One of the quieter students.] My name is Ivan. Cool meeting a Pokémon. Who can talk.
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[A few minutes later, the group of students Pachi had met are sitting on the floor in a circle around him.]
Pat: So, Pachi. How exactly do you think you wound up here?
Pachi: [Faces Pat.] Oh, I'm totally not sure. I've wound up a lot of places on occasion, but this one takes the cake. One moment I'm out exploring, then the whole world starts shaking and everything goes black! All of a sudden, it's really cold and everything looks all... different! And then I came here.
Al: So it was a little like what happened here. Everything just went black.
Ivan: Yeah, and we couldn't hear or feel anything.
Pachi: Really?
Emelina: [She nods.] That's exactly how it was.
Pachi: [Turns to Emelina.] D'you think that means something about both of our worlds?
Bongo: It's all V!
Pat: Shut up, Bongo! This is as real as it gets.
Nic: [He is the only one standing, his arms crossed as he leans against the wall.] It's real. It has to be a cosmic thing... Tch, this is the sort of thing Cruce would love.
Pat: Cruce... he isn't with us right now...
Pachi: [His ears flick up.] Excuse me...? Cruce?
Al: Cruce pretty much formed this group. It's called the Circle.
Emelina: There was an accident at Al's house with the V thing you've been hearing about. V is a virtual gaming system that is really cool!
Al: Yeah, V went crazy, and he slipped into a coma. He's been out for days... I think he's recovering at home though.
Pachi: ...(Cruce...) [He looks down a bit, pondered.]
Bongo: Cruce is always going on about how this kinda stuff should happen in real life.
Pachi: But... Bongo... I think this is real.
Ivan: Alright. You've got a Pokémon telling you this is real, Bongo.
Pat: Yep. It's not V, or a mind trick.
Pachi: ... Still...
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Pachi: My heart's been racing since I've got here. I can understand how I was excited when I brought that bad guy down before he could hurt you... But it's still going... and it's different. It's not the same. It feels like something I've wanted is calling out to me...
[Some of the members look at each other in disbelief before turning back.
Emelina: What'cha mean, Pach?
Pachi: It's... so hard to explain... And I'd need to explain a bit about myself.
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"See, I'm a little different than most Pokémon... I try to hide it, but sometimes I can't. Sometimes I have to reveal it... Whereas most Pokémon use abilities that are natural to them, I don't. I wield... an ancient magic... It comes with certain duties, but I'll explain that later... I'm what you'd call an electric-type. I can use electricity... but on top of that, I can cast spells related to the mind, or even to time."
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Ivan: ...Pachirisus don't generally have that sort of ability...
Nic: No they do not.
Pat: So you can use magic?
Pachi: Uh-huh... You know, I'm surprised you know so much about me, or at least my species!
Nic: That... is something we will have to tell you about later.
Al: So, Pach. How exactly does this relate to that "feeling" of yours?
Pachi: I... hold a very important position. [He speaks with his tail curled around him.] And that position is missing someone who I have been calling out to for some time now. It's said an ancient book that "a feeling inside your heart shall erupt forth in its presence." ...I'm allowed to call out to it, and when I do... it feels a little true...
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"But... now."
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"I think..."
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"I think it's here."
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"I feel it... It's so true! It's here! I know it is!"
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--E n d i n g--
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Yar, not everyone is a Pokémon, unlike how it would be in the comic series! I've got my reasons, and they're quite legit. ^^;