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The First Cross:
The Crystalline Genesis

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[The snowfall increases...]
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[The silence dies. The wheels of chaos have been set in motion.]
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[Many scenes similar to the previous one are taking place all over. Armed citizens threaten others for self-gain and safety. The stage is set for the authorities to enter the broken region. An organization known as Federation Awgo embodies the police and the U.S. military, all for the better of order and defense. This high-tech organization will have no "alien encounters" this day...]
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[In another section of town, the commotion only continues to build as frantic citizens run about, most armed. It is about now when the authorities arrive, armed greater to put down this threat. They arrive on foot. It is far too cold for the cars to run, and the cold is only increasing.]
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[Two figures hurry through the clamor, letting one side fight another. They try their hardest not to be seen...]
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Strange, Hunched Figure: [Hiding behind two collided cars.] Shh...
Human Figure: [He simply nods.] ...
[Gunshots are heard very close by, along with yells. This causes the innocent human to flinch and close his eyes. He then covers his face with both hands, mitts covering them. Rapid fire is then heard. Then sounds a body hitting the snowy ground...]
Awgo Policeman: He's down! He's down!
[The trio of Awgo Policemen move forward to inspect the body.]
Awgo Policeman: Poor son of a b***h... These innocent people are losing it.
[One of the policemen shakes his head before ordering the trio to continue moving.]
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[The strange, green figure peers out from behind the cars. No one is around at the moment... All that is left his the body.]
Strange, Hunched Figure: What a sight... It's clear. [He steps out into the open, revealing himself entirely.]
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~Grovyle~
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Grovyle: [He looks back to the human and nods.] Come quickly.
Human Figure: Y-yes sir. [He stands up and runs to Grovyle.]
Grovyle: These devices leave disturbing results... I have not seen this on my world. What do you make of it, Topher?
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~Topher Reigh~
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Topher: Well, Grovyle, sir... um it looks really bad... He's a goner. I wish... they didn't have to do this...
Grovyle: Indeed, the situation is only growing worse, and I still don't have a clue as to what is going on.
Topher: If only I had the gall to have asked those cops...
Grovyle: No, Topher. That is far too dangerous. You did the right thing... Now... [He approaches the body.] As much as I hate to do this, this human leaves us with salvageable goods.
[Topher stays behind Grovyle.]
Grovyle: I am not seeing anything that I require...
Topher: [Looks away in disgust at the blood.]
Grovyle: ...This. [He spots the handgun.] ...Perhaps this would be useful.
Topher: [He looks at the gun.] Y-yes... It's a gun, but... I don't know exactly how to use one, I... I can try, just for safety.
Grovyle: A gun... These are dangerous weapons, Topher. We will only use this as self-defense. Take this with you.
[Topher leans down and picks up the warm weapon, uncomfortable with it in his hands.]
Topher: Grovyle, sir... I dunno. I don't think the cops would fire at me if I were unarmed.
Grovyle: Yes, but if they saw you with me, they would reconsider. I am certain.
Topher: O-okay... I'll take it. [He holds it with both hands, unsteady.
Grovyle: Let's keep moving.
[Without further hesitation, the two dash off into the snowy roads.]
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(G r o v y l e -- T o p h e r)
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[The roads the two are taking do not possess as many crystals as the streets Pachi traversed, yet much more snow. Gunfire can be heard in the blizzard, however the two are ghosts in the storm. There is a very low chance of being spotted with the routes they take.]
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Grovyle: Ah! In here! [He spots a caved in building. Part of it as been left untouched. Grovyle climbs over the rubble and walks into the building, Topher following behind nervously.]
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Topher: [Looking around.] It's... empty...
Grovyle: Hmmm... [He approaches the counter.] I do not know of what any of these parts are for...
Topher: I think the sign said Autozone... Sir, we may not need anything in here, but... it doesn't hurt to look.
Grovyle: Indeed... Hm... [He walks behind the pay counter...] Ah. Topher. Behind here.
Topher: [He rushes to Grovyle's side. Grovyle points at the shelves behind the counter. The same handgun that Topher wields lies next to a few clips of ammo.] O-oh... I guess that's their security then... Mmgh, okay... [He takes the supplies.] Will these fit in that bag of yours, sir?
Grovyle: Hmm... [He checks the adequately sized pouch at his side.] Perhaps... Topher, are you hungry?
Topher: Um... A little, sir... you?
Grovyle: I will survive. [He pulls an apple from the pouch, creating room for the munitions. He places the apple on the counter.] Hmm, it will fit, but only just.
[Topher stuffs the munitions carefully into the pouch. For a bag its size, it fits them quite well.]
Grovyle: Ah, even better than suspected. Here. [He grabs the apple, offering it to Topher.]
Topher: Are you sure, sir?
Groyvle: Yes. Explorers from my world often become complacent and forget about their bodies' needs. I was fortunate enough to have eaten before that fateful moment...
Topher: ...[He nods.] Okay... [He takes the apple, his weapon tucked away. Topher takes a bite of the apple.] ...Mm... That's kinda cool. It tastes just like an apple would.
Grovyle: Hmhm, you expected something else?
Topher: Yes sir. This was, after all, grown from another planet.
Grovyle: Point well made. Do you want to finish it here?
Topher: Yes sir! And then we could keep moving?
Grovyle: Correct... Oh... and Topher? You do not have to refer to me as "sir", as flattering as that is. I am... a friend. [He smiles coolly.]
Topher: ...[He smiles back.] C-cool... Okay! [Giggling, he takes another bite of his apple.]
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[They are back outside before they know it.]
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[Fortunately enough, Topher is not forced to bring out his weapon. All of the action is moving further away from them... Then, the unthinkable happens. About three quarters of a mile from the area they took temporary shelter in, a new enemy shows itself. It bursts from the ground in a lunge of black liquefaction. This small, imp-like creature, rather than facing the two, it flies up one of the branching streets as if it had its sights on something.]
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Topher: [Stands awe-struck.] Wh-what was that?! Wh-who...?!
Grovyle: ...This can't be... Come quickly, Topher!! [He starts off in the direction of the foe. This is the fastest Topher has seen Grovyle move. It is a struggle to keep up...]
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[Meanwhile.]
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Cruce: [He had told himself that he didn't want to sleep, but, alas, he is asleep. Cruce remains curled up tightly in his blankets... His snoring his very light. He is not in deep sleep.] Zzz... ...
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[Suddenly, a loud crash is heard coming from inside the house. An even stranger energetic noise is heard afterwords...]
Cruce: Wha... What was that?! [His ears rise as he lifts his head, looking around his room.] Somebody there?!
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[A rapid flapping of wings is heard outside the door.]
Cruce: H-hello?! Anyone... anyone out there?
[The door knob begins turning. Cruce stands, shaking a little.]
Cruce: ...Cr-crap...
[The door opens slowly... in flies an unexpected surprise.]
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~Celebi~
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Celebi: [She flies in, immediately spotting Cruce. She brings her small hands up to her cheeks and shrieks in pleasant surprise.] Eee!! Another Pokémon!
Cruce: What the--?! [Raises his head higher as he watches Celebi hover.] Y-y-y-you!! How'd you--what'd you--when-where...why...?!
Celebi: So that's what that naughty 'ol Nightmare was up to! I was so right! I just wish my dear Grovyle was here to have witnessed it~!
Cruce: ...E-excuse me, b-b-but... Nightmare?
Celebi: Oh my goodness, you don't know? ...Well, I'll explain that to you soon! In any case, my name is Celebi! You are Shaymin, yes~?
Cruce: (This is insane. This is totally insane. I'm still dreaming, r-right?!) U-uh... Actually, I'm Cruce... [Tilts his head a bit.] But... I g-guess I'm a Shaymin, yeah...
Celebi: [Gasps.] Such a rare Pokémon with a unique name! Ooh, I gotta tell him about this~.
Cruce: Tell him...? Tell who, exactly--I... I don't...
Celebi: Come on! Follow me! It's not safe being cornered up in here.
Cruce: Oh... okay... [He hops out of bed.]
Celebi: C'mon, Cruce! Up and at it, hehe! You can fly, right?
Cruce: Oh, right. H-how did I do that again...? ... Um... [He starts hovering slowly.] Oh. That's how... Gonna have to get used to that.
Celebi: Used to it...? No offense, but you're a bit strange.
Cruce: Heh, it's okay. I hear it all the time.
[The two fly outside, Celebi looking around for any of these "Nightmares". Instead, she spots a human and another fellow Pokémon. Cruce's house's front door has been destroyed, along with the front room near it, possibly from some sort of attack.]
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[Grovyle and Topher make their way up to a cul-de-sac...]
Grovyle: [He stops, looking around the small area.] I saw it go up here! Did you see it, Topher?!
Topher: Well, yes! But... I'm not so sure what to make of it!
Grovyle: ...Is it gone...? Hmm...
Celebi: Is that...? [She flies up to the roof, Cruce following her and setting himself down on it, a tad nervous.]
Cruce: (Whoa... I can actually fly... This feels so cool...)
Celebi: [Gasps loudly.] It's him!! My dear Grovyle!! [She calls out, waving an arm happily.]
Grovyle: That voice... [He turns to where the voice originated, spotting a small pink Pokémon near another white and green one.] Oh! Celebi!
[Celebi quickly flies down to Grovyle, hugging him tightly.]
Cruce: [Observing.] (So... other people have suffered the transformation... or have they? This girl called herself Celebi, and that's the actual name of the Pokémon... she's a pretty rare one. I guess it's coincidence I met her... And this Grovyle... Who's he...? What the heck is happening?) [He floats slowly down to the scene.]
Celebi: Ohh, my dear Grovyle. I am so elated to see you again.
Grovyle: As am I to see you. I am glad we did not get separated too far, hmhm.
Celebi: Yeah! [She lets him go.] But... what about Leafeon?
Grovyle: We must now make it our mission to locate our good friend... so that Team Time may be together in these strange times.
Celebi: That's so right! So, I see you're making human friends now? [Smirks at Topher.]
Topher: Y-yes ma'am! My name is Christopher, but you can call me Topher if you want.
Celebi: Pleased to meet you, Topher! You may call me Celebi~ [She giggles, bowing in midair.] Oh! [Faces Cruce, who is floating beside her.]
Cruce: [Observing Topher.] Topher? I have a cousin who goes by Topher... I haven't seen him in so long though. He's probably changed.
Topher: ...[Blinks...] ...
Grovyle: Ah, so other Pokémon were involved in this transfer of worlds...
Celebi: Actually, my dear Grovyle... this is a strange one...
Cruce: [He nods.] Yeah, I'm a tad on the flip-side, you could say. My name's Cruce. Cruce Maximilius.
Topher: SAY WHAT?! [Steps back.]
Cruce: Whoa! Whoa nelly! Turrets syndrome, sure!
Topher: S-sorry! I, um... Um, Cruce? Cruce... I know your cousin Topher!
Cruce: ...[His eye twitches.] ... ...Topher...? You did change... B-but wait. What the heck are you doing here?! How'd you--what'd you do to--...
Topher: It's a long story, b-but... How'd you turn into a Pokémon?
Cruce: ...This isn't a vision... [Shakes his head.] This is really really happening...
Celebi: ...S-so... Cruce was originally a human? That explains things!
Grovyle: [Closes his eyes, his arms crossed.] ...My partner... Ah, that brings back memories... [He opens his eyes.] Cruce. You have transformed into a Pokémon, but why? Why have the other humans not?
Celebi: Well, my dear... I don't know how to answer that, but I believe that is the reason the Nightmare was after him. I showed up just in time... That thing was so bent on breaking into his house!
Cruce: ...[Shakes his head before lowering it.] Ahhh... (This isn't... This...) ...
Topher: Cruce... This has gotta be so hard for you... I... I wish I knew what to say...
Cruce: It's tough, Tophs... [Raises his head, looking at Topher, quite concerned.] But... what about you? Your parents wouldn't dare let you go out like this...
Topher: You're right... W-we got separated after our flight here.
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"I remember it... I was fleeing from the airport near the city limits of Autumnridge."
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[Gunshots...]
Topher: [Weeping, he runs from the origin of these gunshots and trips over a small crystal, luckily landing in the deep snow.] Ack--! [He sniffles, crawling into a bit of wreckage in front of him. He simply lays there, crying.] ...I... I won't make it... I...
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"I was so close to giving up, but I knew I had to keep going. I went into a state of mind I haven't ever before been in... Survival."
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Topher: [He slams his fist into the snow.] What happened...? Why'd this all have to happen...? What... what does it mean? ... [Shakes his head.] ...I have to keep going... I have to... [He crawls out the other end of the plane wreckage, continuing his path. He weaves through the trouble on the streets, trying his best to remain unassuming and not gather any attention...]
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"There was so much going on. So many people fighting for their own self-gain. I don't even know if they were ever aiming at me... I was totally in the crossfire. I didn't even realize how far I had gone until I ran into Grovyle. We were heading in separate directions..."
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Topher: [Panting.] Ahh... Ahh, ow... I can't... can't run any more. [He spots a truck with its front doors both open. Topher rushes into the truck, closing the passenger and driver doors as he gets in. He begins shivering.] ... [He crosses his arms, doubling over and resting his head on the steering wheel.] ...C-cold... How cold is it...?
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[Outside, a shadow witnessed this. He watches the truck from behind a stack of crystals.]
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Topher: [He takes deep breaths, feeling the aching in his legs.] Owww... H-how far... did I go...? ...Ugh...
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[The shadow creeps up to the truck slowly, unnoticed.]
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Topher: Okay... I'd better... keep moving... [As he is about to open the door, he senses unease.]
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"At first I thought someone was about to hold me at gunpoint because I got to the truck first... I didn't realize how off I was."
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Topher: [Slowly opens the door, pushing himself off the seat and forcing himself to stand up. He sneaks out cautiously... before being called with a whisper.]
Hunched Figure: [Hiding behind the opened door. He whispers.] Psst. Human.
Topher: [He squeals a tad before freezing in silence, his eyes closed.] ...Um... y-y-yes...?
Hunched Figure: [Whispers.] You do not have a weapon, yes?
Topher: [Without turning around, he nods.] Yes sir...
Grovyle: I don't sense any malice. I do sense fear... So fear not. I am Grovyle. I will do no harm to you.
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"You could say I was expecting to see a friendly, tall man who looked like an authority. But I forgot to factor in the whole calling-me-human thing."
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Topher: [Turns around slowly. His eyes widen at what he sees.] Gro-Grovyle, s-s-sir?!
Grovyle: Do not be alarmed. Inideed, I am a Pokémon... as it would seem, I am on a human world... What is your name?
Topher: T-Topher, sir.
Grovyle: Topher? Well met. I do intend to make more allies than enemies. Stand by my side, and perhaps I will get you to where you need to be. It is best to have a partner than to travel alone.
Topher: ...[He nods.] Oh, yes sir. E-especially in this messed up situation...
Grovyle: Glad you agree. Now. Tell me. What exactly is a boy your age doing out here alone...?
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"I told Grovyle that I was separated from my parents and I had nowhere to go... I'd been avoiding trouble all day just to find some sort of safety."
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"Indeed, I felt sympathy for you, Topher. You were alone in this cesspool of mayhem, and you are but a boy. I could not stand for this... I was glad to have helped you while I could."
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"Thank you so much, Grovyle... Without you, I don't think I'd be here..."
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Cruce: ...[Shakes his head.] Geez Louise... I'm sure they're okay... you're parents are troopers.
Topher: Yeah... th-they are... [He suddenly begins weeping again, signaled with a sniffle.]
Celebi: ...Poor thing... [She frowns, watching Topher.]
Grovyle: ...[He closes his eyes.]
Cruce: [Approaches Topher in midair, floating near his chest.] Tophs... Don't cry, c'mon. [He looks up at Topher, a paw on his chest.] These may be strange times, but we're all in this together... We've gotta keep it together.
Topher: ... [He sniffles before grabbing Cruce and hugging him close.] Ohhh, Cruce! I missed you... and... c-can I just say... you're really cute looking...
Cruce: [Chuckles.] A-as a Shaymin?
Topher: Totally... [He smiles.] H-hey... thanks...
Cruce: Sure. I mean, I don't know what's in for us... just look at me. I do know that I'm feeling a bit excited... it's like my heart is racing.
Grovyle: !! Cruce? You're heart is racing?
Cruce: Yeah... it's almost like the urge to call out to somebody. It's weird, I know.
[Celebi and Grovyle turn to each other at the same time...]
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Cruce: ...What...? [Gives them a blank stare, still in Topher's arms.]
[Before they can reply, two of the imp-like creatures from earlier burst upward from a shadowy puddle in the earth. The hover, staring menacingly at the group, who turns to face them. Topher lets Cruce go, immediately fumbling for his weapon.]
Celebi: Uh-oh...
Grovyle: I cannot believe this... Darkness has found its way to this world. What could it possibly hope to accomplish here...?
Cruce: Darkness...? [Looks at Celebi, then Grovyle from behind.] D-Darkness?! Are you saying there's an actual... like... evil Darkness? Something like that exists?
Grovyle: Certainly. They are almost an everyday threat...
Cruce: ...[Stares at the creatures.] This is unreal... [Turns back to Topher.] Tophs, are yo--Whoa! [Notices his handgun.] Where'd you pick that up?!
Topher: L-lucky break... I guess.
Celebi: My dear, they're just watching us...
Grovyle: They know they are outnumbered, but they know we have a special case with us... They are torn... This means we have something they want.
Celebi: We can't let them take it...
[One of the creatures becomes a black sphere, which quickly shrinks in on itself; a type of teleportation. It warps behind the group, the sphere transforming into a beam of blackness that shoots directly at Topher's back.]
Celebi: [She, too, warps, though in a quicker flash. Thinking craftily, Celebi reappears in front of the beam, time bending the beam into another target. Without hesitating, she then twirls at the enemy, a few rainbow leaves beginning to take shape around her and strike the imp down with enough force to send it back from whence it came.]
[Grovyle refuses to hesitate as well. As Celebi is attacking, the other imp imitates its ally's maneuver, though aimed for Grovyle. He is fast enough to dodge this, burrowing into the deep snow. A few seconds later, he bursts outward at the imp, flipping to slice it in two with the large leaf blade attached to his head. Both imps are gone in a matter of seconds.]
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Celebi: Same old Darkness... except this time they have no idea what they're doing.
Cruce: [Incapable of keeping up with the action, he stares blankly and somewhat dumbfounded.]
Topher: [Blinks a few times.] Whoa...
[The two regroup with Cruce and Topher.]
Grovyle: If Darkness is truly involved, we will be seeing many more of the Nightmares.
Topher: Nightmares? Is that what they're called?
Grovyle: Correct. The typical grunts of Darkness.
Cruce: This is Loony Tunes...
Celebi: Oh... Cruce! You were saying something about a feeling?
Cruce: That's right. My heart is racing and I feel like... something's calling me.
Grovyle: ...Hmm... I cannot say for certain...
[Celebi gives Grovyle a rather puzzled look. Grovyle responds with a small shake of his head which Cruce and Topher do not see.]
Cruce: ...Hm, I thought for sure that me turning into a something that I never though existed and meeting what I am from their own home planet would at least be a little rewarding in terms of this mental problem... You two aren't from Earth, yeah?
Celebi: Earth? Why no! We're from Chronic. I assume Earth's this planet?
Topher: I-it is, ma'am.
Grovyle: Fascinating... As it is, we still lack an important member of our trio. If Celebi was here, than he is certain to be... among others...
Celebi: My dear Grovyle, I have something of a plan! Cruce and I are both fliers, so why not scout ahead a little? After all, your friend Topher looks exhausted, and so do you!
Grovyle: Ah, that is very considerate of you, Celebi. I agree, we must take shelter for the time being. It would be best.
Cruce: You guys could hang out in my place. The front door got a bit jacked up it looks like... but we've of food and all. Now we don't have guns or anything... but we've got some supplies.
Grovyle: Excellent. You wouldn't mind showing us, Cruce?
Cruce: [Shakes his head.] Not at all. Come with me. [He floats over to the driveway of his house. The other three follow him... an eerie wind blows amidst the calming blizzard.] ... In here.
[They enter the ruined front of the house. Topher takes a seat on the living room couch. Celebi sets down on the armrest, Cruce sitting on all fours by her. Grovyle stands in the center of the living room, arms crossed.]
Grovyle: Ah, this'll do nicely.
Topher: Thanks Cruce...
Cruce: 'Course... [He looks at Topher, concerned.] Hey Tophs... and... Grovyle and Celebi... [He lowers his head as he speaks the others' names.]
Celebi: [Watching Cruce.] What is it, Cruce?
Cruce: It's just... I'm sure you all know how crazy everyone is right now... I mean, I'm positive they wouldn't hesitate to try and capture one of us Pokémon at first sight. Especially Awgo... I know they've gotta be out there.
Grovyle: Oh. Yes, I forgot to say... The humans have become hostile. We must keep a low profile.
Cruce: [He nods.] Yeah, and... I was originally human... I can only imagine what would be done to me if people were to find out about my true identity.
Celebi: ...It's so much different here... Isn't it?
Grovyle: It must be... Either way... We understand. Your secret is safe with us.
Topher: [He nods.] Me too. But I still wanna find out why you turned into a Pokémon in the first place!
Cruce: I hope I can get to the bottom of it. I'm still having a hard time digesting all of this.
Celebi: Hehe, I don't blame you~!
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[A few moments pass before Cruce and Celebi are outside atop the roof, though laying low. The snowstorm has subsided... for now...]
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Cruce: I know where we can go... But...
Celebi: Hmm? [Turns to Cruce.]
Cruce: It further strengthens my resolve to ask... Celebi, could you call me Shaymin...?
Celebi: Of course, Shaymin! [Giggles.] Are you afraid people might recognize you by your name?
Cruce: Yep... After all, there aren't very many Cruces around, heh.
Celebi: Okay then. Thanks for letting me know~. Now, let's see... Oh, right. You had an idea of a place we could go to?
Cruce: I did. [He nods, standing all the way up.] I'm just a little nervous to fly. You know, it's so new...
Celebi: Hehe, it seemed like it was already second nature to you! You just have to let yourself know that you're like a leaf in the breeze.
Cruce: A leaf in the breeze... Alright... I'll keep that in mind. Oh, and one more question... What about the Nightmares?
Celebi: Oh, those Nightmares are a threat to us now. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw them here. To make things worse, they looked like they were after you.
Cruce: I can't fight something like that... Furthermore, I can't even understand what I did to goad them into attacking me.
Celebi: ...It may have something to do with that "feeling" of yours... I'll explain to you on the way.
Cruce: Alright. So, from here, we'll be heading in this direction, I think. I've never navigated by air before. Let's roll! [He begins running until he leaps off of the roof, instantly taking flight. Despite his earlier fear of it, he appears to handle it fairly well.]
Celebi: [She takes about four quick steps forward before taking flight, her wings flapping rapidly.] Off we go~!
Cruce: (Right... off we go... I'm stepping out of my boundaries in this new form... My heart is still racing...)
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"They're not telling me something..."
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"Something I need to know."
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How's that for a long-arse episode? ._.;