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The First Cross:
The Crystalline Genesis

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[Elsewhere, Federation Awgo has gone in way over their heads. They are continuing in their efforts of neutralizing the hostile threat as well as the Nightmares. The military has been called in to help eliminate the supernatural threat... Three authorities have encountered a strange being, though it was not a Nightmare. It just so happens that another "strange being" has witnessed this capture...]
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(R i o l u)
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-Frozen Roads.-

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Awgo Policeman: [Each of the three are standing around their car, guns in hand.] Alright. You remember the plan?
Awgo Policeman: Right. Search the store for any civilians.
Awgo Policeman: And you. [He turns to the authority leaning against the car.] You make sure that thing doesn't go anywhere... If it gives you trouble, remind it who is in charge. Don't do anything too rash, Gordon. We need it alive.
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[Gordon is a handsome young lad, the youngest officer in the squad. He is blonde hair, blue-eyed, and in his mid-twenties.]
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Officer Gordon: You got it. [He snaps his fingers, pointing at the commanding officer.] Godspeed.
Awgo Policeman: Godspeed. [He nods to Gordon, then to the other officer. They make their way to the store's parking lot...]
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Officer Gordon: ...'Cold as hell... [He turns around and opens the car door to the backseats. Gordon gives a small grin as he sees the captive creature simply laying there, it's front legs bound together as its back legs are. It is tethered to a post in the backseat.] Hello there, little thing.
Leafy, Foxlike Figure: [Looks away, frowning.] ...Mmrgh...
Officer Gordon: Listen, I'm just here to remind you not to pull any tricks off, a'ight?
Leafy, Foxlike Figure: It's obvious things don't work the same around here as they do back home...
Officer Gordon: What was that...?
Leafy, Foxlike Figure: Maybe I didn't have anything to do with your cause... If you would've left me alone, then you wouldn't have ruined the impression I had of you humans...
Officer Gordon: Listen you little s**t, you don't get it. You think this is all fun and games? Newsflash, it's the goddamn apocalypse, and you think that we aren't going to take in every abnormality as a threat? Wrong. If you want to keep talking like that to the authorities, I'll--
Leafy, Foxlike Figure: You aren't allowed to harm me...
Officer Gordon: [Grabs the figure by the scruff of fur on the neck.] I'm not allowed to kill you...
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[A small, blue creature steps out from behind a brick wall left standing. He stands on a small raised hill in front of a structurally unstable hospital overlooking the streets...]
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Leafy, Foxlike Figure: [Staring at him, silent.] ...
Officer Gordon: ... Good puppy... Don't make me pull those leaves out of your tail... [He lets the figure go roughly before stepping out of the car and closing the door.] Hmm... weird little thing. [He turns around, shaking his head and rolling his eyes.] ...Hm? [He spots a lone blue figure standing in the snow ahead of him. It is small... it looks as if it is wearing a mask.] What the hell...?
Riolu: [He quickly becomes a few wisps of wind and vanishes.
Officer Gordon: ?! [He pulls out his gun.] More circus freaks... [He rushes to the spot where the creature had stood, looking in both directions.]
Riolu: [Re-solidifies running silently to the police car. He slides, his small body allowing him to maneuver clean underneath the car and out the other side. Riolu hops up to one of the still tires, reaching for the car door's handle. He pulls it quietly, opening the door...]
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Leafy, Foxlike Figure: [His ears flicker. He turns to the open door, aghast to see no one there... then, Riolu shows himself, jumping onto the car seat. He gasps quietly.]
Riolu: I thought I might see you here, Leafeon. [Smiles at his friend.]
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~Leafeon~
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Leafeon: Riolu, what're you--
Riolu: Shh... I'm getting you out of here. [His paws become a burning blue. Acting fast, he presses each paw against the rope knots, burning through them enough for Leafeon to break through. Next, he moves to undoing the leash around Leafeon's neck.]
Officer Gordon: Hm? [He turns around, sensing unrest.] s**t! [Hurries back to the car, his gun loaded and ready.]
Leafeon: [Notices Gordon returning quickly. The dark windows prevent much from being seen from outside. Leafeon whispers.] He's coming!
Riolu: [Undoes the chain attached to the collar.] Got it! Let's go!
Leafeon: [He nods, turning to Riolu, who quickly leaps out of the car. With the collar still around his neck, he follows Riolu out...]
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[The two make their escape, making a right from where they are and sprinting down that street.]
Officer Gordon: [He reaches the car, noticing the open door on the other side.] Dammit!! [He moves around the car, facing down the street the two are escaping.] I knew that thing had friends! [He takes aim at the two and begins firing. Four rounds wisp passed their heads before Gordon lowers his weapon, watching the two become smaller and smaller in the snowy distance.] ... Ah, he's never gonna let me hear the end of this... [He looks back to the car before running in the opposite direction: to the store...]
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-Frozen Roads.-

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Riolu: [Running, leaping over piles of rubble and overturned cars with open doors.]
Leafeon: [As Riolu hops an overturned car, Leafeon slides through the entire thing, in the passenger's seat then out the driver's. The two again run side by side.] Riolu, how did you get here?!
Riolu: [Turns to Leafeon has he runs, his arms straight back behind him.] 'Wish I knew! I got lucky finding you, that's certain!
Leafeon: Thanks for helping out... It's been so long, Riolu...
Riolu: It has. [He looks ahead to the blocked off road. A pile of cars and curvy ramp of snow acts as a wall, turning into another street to the left. Riolu runs across the quarter-pipe shaped ramp of snow, practically running on a wall before reaching flat ground again. Leafeon turns the corner more tightly to catch up with him.] Whatever is going on, let's stick together!
Leafeon: Just like old times? [Watches Riolu and smirks.]
Riolu: You bet! [He nods to Leafeon. The two face ahead and speed up...]
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[They reach more and more blockades as they progress uphill. Eventually, they slow their pace as they walk down a neighborhood. Crystals tower through houses and cars, as well as in clusters on the street. Some reach heights taller than the trees surrounding the area. Leafeon and Riolu look around the area in awe...]
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Riolu: Whoa... Would you look at that...
Leafeon: Mhmm, that's impressive... It's sad... it looks like people were living here.
Riolu: Hmm... [He looks at Leafeon.] Hey... What exactly happened to you back there?
Leafeon: Well... um... [He tilts his head.] I guess I let myself get captured... I wasn't sure who to trust. I've never seen so many humans... I'm not feeling comfortable around them anymore either.
Riolu: I know how you feel. These aren't the humans I knew about. These ones are crazed... Their world--this place--is in turmoil... Just look at it... Whatever happened here hit them hard.
Leafeon: ...Riolu, we're so lucky to have run into each other... you know that, right?
Riolu: Put on this entirely new planet and here the two of us are... [He smirks.] I'm so happy to see you again.
Leafeon: Team Top-Notch is back in action! Heheh.
[The two come to a stop sign that is still standing. They observe it curiously.]
Leafeon: ...[Looking up at the sign.] ... Hmm...?
Riolu: I wonder what this could be used for... [He looks around... An eerie silence fills the air...]
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"Something's amiss."
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[In the center of the three-way intersection, four black pillars shoot up, revealing Nightmares in their wake.]
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Riolu: [He drops into his battle stance, both paws in front of him. It seems like a stance that can flow gracefully.] I thought I've seen it all...
Leafeon: [Readies himself, his back raised.] I didn't see this coming...
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[Only seconds after this, voices are heard from behind... familiar ones.]
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Awgo Policeman: The tracks lead this way, go, go, go!
Awgo Policeman: C'mon, keep up Gordon! You let them get away, don't slip up now!
Officer Gordon: [Scoffs quietly...] Right behind you!
Awgo Policeman: [Comes to a stop, the intersection in view.] There they are! Perfect!
Awgo Policeman: I have a visual!
Officer Gordon: In my sights!
[Leafeon and Riolu turn around at the same time, disheartened.]
Riolu: ...They're fast...
Leafeon: They're very fast...
[The two find themselves staring at each other, an expression devoid of hope in each of their faces.]
Awgo Policeman: [Approaches them, his sights aimed down.] You had to go and make this difficult... But in the end, look who wins...
Riolu: Yes, look... [He points at the Nightmares, observing menacingly.] They do...
Awgo Policeman: [His expression changes from confidence to disbelief as he spots the dark creatures.] What on Earth...?
Leafeon: I can guarantee that those are not of this world...
Officer Gordon: They're not doing anything. Let's grab these problems and get back.
Awgo Policeman: I don't remember putting you in charge, Gordon.
[At this moment, each Nightmare raises a devilish claw, a black fire beginning to energize at their palms.]
Officer Gordon: I'm only thinking for the sake of our supplies.
[In less than an instant, the energy is complete.]
Riolu: Get down!! [He dives out of the way.]
Leafeon: [Leaps in the opposite direction.]
[Two of the officers react immediately, hitting the snowy ground as soon as the command is yelled. Four streaks of burning blackness shoot out. One of these streaks pierces directly through Gordon.]
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Officer Gordon: [He drops his weapon, one hand against the hold in his chest. He looks down at it, eyes wide in a mixed feeling of pain and solace.] ... [He steps back twice, forward once, sways, then falls to his knees...]
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Awgo Policeman: s**t! Gordon! [Looking back at his fellow officer, he stands, firing away at the Nightmares.]
Awgo Policeman: Dammit, get down! What are you doing?!
Awgo Policeman: [He fires until his clip is empty. The Nightmares have warped around the flying bullets with ease.] Ahh?! [One Nightmare warps at his side. It thrusts a shadowy claw into the officer's hip.] Ahhh!! [The Nightmare pulls its claw from the officer, who is now bleeding blackness, his body immediately undergoing a terrible transformation.] Aghh... [He collapses, his body twitching.]
Riolu: This is going from bad to worse. [Acting quickly, Riolu leaps all the way back to Leafeon with a backflip, landing near the stop sign.] I found its use. [He places both paws separately on the frozen pole, musters his supernatural strength, and rips it from the ground.] Take this! [Riolu jumps high, holding the rather large sign with one paw loosely. He hurls it at one of the Nightmares like a javelin. It strikes, flattening the imp. Riolu lands near another Nightmare, hooking it in the face with an aura-empowered spin kick.]
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[Leafeon leaps at the Nightmare Riolu kicked and flips forward, slicing the thing in half with a razor sharp leafy tail. Now directly above another, he opens his mouth, green energy quickly assuming form into a leafy sphere. It shoots down at the Nightmare, exploding on contact.]
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[As the last of the four Nightmares sneaks up behind Riolu, three rounds properly greet it in the side. This is enough to blow it away and out of the picture.]
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Riolu: [He looks to the remaining officer and nods, though quickly becomes perturbed as he sees the corrupted officer reaching for him, his entire body blackening and shifting to be more demonic. His fingers sharpen, arms and legs become serrated, black wings leaving his back. Riolu snarls, throwing both arms back and paws around an invisible force, which soon becomes a visible swirling blue. This aura sphere grows quickly...]
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Awgo Policeman: [He instantly faces the former human, his face in shock. He acts quickly, however. He squats down enough for an attempt of a swipe to miss. The officer sends two bullets through the chest of this strange new sight. It flails a tad with each shot, stepping back once, then twice.]
Riolu: Heads up!! [With his move fully charged, he throws his arms forward, the blue ball of aura leaving his presence and striking the corrupt soul in the head.]
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[The demon flails back as it is hit. It stumbles, falling backwards into the snow...]
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[A wind blows...]
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Leafeon: [Watching the remaining officer with concern.] ...
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Awgo Policeman: [He kneels down beside Gordon, who has fallen forward. He holds up one of Gordon's hand, feeling for a pulse.]
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[Nothing.]
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Awgo Policeman: [Stands slowly...] ... [He turns back to the Pokémon, who face him... they are speechless.]
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[A third party intervenes...]
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Pachi: [He and Cruce are moving at a fast pace around the crystals until they reach the intersection. They stop dead in their tracks, both disturbed with the sight of black bloodstained snow.] ...What... happened?
Cruce: [He watches Riolu and Leafeon as they turn to he and Pachi.] More Pokémon...
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Leafeon: Pachi...? Is that you?
Pachi: [Nods.] Y-yes... What are you... both of you doing here?
Awgo Policeman: [He closes his eyes, turning away. He leaves the scene... The Pokémon stand idly and watch in silence...]
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Pachi: Who was that~...?
Riolu: ...Not the luckiest human around...
Leafeon: [Walks up to the fallen officers, observing them closely.]
Pachi: How did all of you wind up here with me? It's making my wittle head spin!
Riolu: I'm as confused as you, Pachi. I'll admit, it's calming to see a friend such as you. And I see you've made another friend? [Turns to Cruce.] A Shaymin...?
Cruce: Er-yes... I'm a Shaymin, but my name is Cruce. Riolu, I presume?
Riou: Correct you are, Cruce. Could I ask how you obtained that name?
Cruce: I think it's safe to say that I wasn't a Pokémon before this. I was originally a human.
Leafeon: [He turns back to the group.] A human?!
Riolu: [Rubbing his chin with one paw.] T-...turned into a Pokémon...?
Cruce: [Nods.] That's right. It's a long story...
Riolu: I'm eager to hear it, but...
Leafeon: [Reproaches the group.] It's dangerous out here.
Pachi: Looks like. What happened...? Trouble with Darkness?
Riolu: I'm going to assume you dealt with the Nightmares already, Pachi?
Pachi: I have. Very recently...
Cruce: (...Those Awgo officers over there... one looks messed up--like he's been turned into a demon... The other...? ...Ugh, dead in the cold. Are these Nightmares really capable of turning people into zombies like that...?) ... (This is disturbing... I... I can't let that happen to anyone back at school...) [He turns back the way he came, facing this path with uncertainty.] ...
Pachi: Cruce?
Cruce: You see what those things can do, Pachi...? They can mess humans up...
Riolu: Nightmares can mess anything up. They're of Darkness, and Darkness isn't a joke...
Cruce: I'm not going to let that happen to my friends... I--I can't! [He begins hovering.]
Pachi: Cruce, wait! [Reaches out to him.] ...
Cruce: [Turns his head slightly.] ...
Pachi: We have to... we have to get back to your place... Celebi's watching over them, remember? She's perfectly capable of fending off those baddies!
Leafeon: Celebi's here too...? [He looks at Riolu, who returns the look.]
Pachi: Your friends'll be okay~! Trust me.
Cruce: [He sighs...] ...After we get to my place and figure out what to do... I'm heading back to the school...
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[Silence.]
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Pachi: Well... okay... Okay, I understand. [He turns back to Riolu and Leafeon.] Would you two like to join us? It's a blessing running into some more goof friends!
Leafeon: Absolutely. We'll be much stronger as a team.
Riolu: Agreed! Shall we move along then?
Cruce: Yep. Let's roll.
[The four, with their efforts now combined, head further into the neighborhood which Cruce used to pass through every morning to head to school... It is in ruin...]
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Officer Gordon: ... [His hand twitches...] ... [It moves off of his chest. He flips over, pushing himself up and out of the snow, black blood dripping from his chest.] ... [He looks forward with a shadow of malevolence in his eyes.] ...
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Darkness operates a little more menacingly in this one~.