Prepare yourself for a little bit of confusion...
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The First Cross:
The Crystalline Genesis

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[Pachi and Cruce have run into an old duo: Riolu and Leafeon. The duo has escaped Awgo's grasp, though now realizes that Awgo should not be considered the main foe. After a battle with Nightmares, they have learned that Darkness is here to do what it does best... corrupt and dominate.]
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[The four are now on their way back to Cruce's house.]
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(C r u c e -- P a c h i -- R i o l u -- L e a f e o n)
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-Sub-Zero Streets.-

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[As soon as the group continues on, they encounter more and more Nightmares...]
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Cruce: [Flies up near a tree, overlooking the scene. Three Nightmares have ambushed the group.]
Pachi: [He leaps back, avoiding a claw swipe. Pachi rubs his cheeks once, releasing a harmful spark of electricity directly at the Nightmare.]
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Riolu: [He catches one of the Nightmare's wrist while in mid-swipe, tossing it to Leafeon.]
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Leafeon: [Calls forth the wind. Sharp leaves stir up around him until they shoot out at the Nightmare flying straight at him. The thing breaks apart into speckles of black dust, passing by Leafeon.]
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Cruce: [Watches as the last of the Nightmares flies for him, both of its arms out and claws sharp. Instead of dodging, he flies back while casting a spell to give him enough time to finish said spellcasting. The pulse releases. Suddenly, the Nightmare is encased in green ice. It falls, shattering into hundreds of pieces as it makes contact with a fallen tree. The Nightmare is gone, and Cruce rejoins the group.]
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Riolu: Interesting... so you fight with magic.
Leafeon: Almost like Pachi here.
Pachi: [Watching Cruce, he smiles.] Cool~...
Cruce: Eh, it's nothing. [Chuckles a tad.]
Riolu: Shall we?
Leafeon: Let's.
[They keep moving...]
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[Only a few hundred more yards and they are facing a new threat. Two corrupted humans lay in the snow. They're features have been blackened and distorted...]
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Pachi: [He stops first.] Uh-oh. Look out ahead!
Riolu: [Leafeon and Cruce stop behind him. He continues to examine the bodies...] Oh... Leafeon, doesn't this look like...?
Leafeon: [Raising his head a little, he nods.] The human from before. What should we do?
Pachi: D'you think somebody already came through here?
Cruce: 'Sides the Nightmares? Possibly, but I'm not seeing any bullet wounds or anything.
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[After giving a moment's thought, the corrupted humans begin to move. Riolu and Leafeon step back quickly... they begin to rise. Slowly but surely, they get to their feet, standing far taller than they normally would have uncorrupted.]
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Riolu: [He growls, preparing himself.]
Pachi: Gosh, that's scary looking!
Cruce: No joke! How'd you two fight this kinda Nightmare last time?
Riolu: Just gotta bring on the hurt!
Cruce: Okay! [He gets back.] (If I can cast spells... then... what's the extent of spells I can dish out?)
Pachi: [Watches as the demons begin to approach, dripping with blackness. His cheeks begin to spark.]
Riolu: [Holds an aura sphere ready.]
Leafeon: [The wind picks up around him, leaves beginning to encircle him.]
[Both of the Nightmares hold their hands close, focusing on one vortex of blackness.]
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[This attack will be released even if the Nightmares are defeated, and the group knows it.]
Riolu: Look at this... an impasse.
Pachi: [Thinking of a way he can get out of this... however it would leave the others in harm's way.] ...
[The vortex continues to grow.]
Cruce: (Time to wing it.) [Having been casting a spell behind the other three, he releases his focus. A cluster of ice crystals burst skyward from the ground; an unexpected attack. The vortex's angle changes and fails to fire a black blast of wind at the group. Instead, it shoots into the air, just as the two demons do. They land elsewhere, unseen by the group.]
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[The three look back at Cruce slowly.]
Leafeon: That was you, right...?
Cruce: [He nods, somewhat in disbelief.] (...This power can't be mine... I don't deserve it...)
Pachi: [Watching Cruce curiously.] (Cruce... I was wrong doubting you... Cruce Maximilius... you really are who I've been looking for for so long... But... you don't remember me...)
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"Cruce? Do you remember what I am? Why you're having this feeling?"
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"I'm... sorry Pachi. I don't remember meeting you before... But if I did, it would explain the feeling."
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[A huge palace of black ice can be seen in the distance...]
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[Finally, the four reach Cruce's street... however, as they climb up the snowy slope, a new surprise awaits them... A giant palace of black and purple ice stands tall above the neighborhood... It covers the entire cul-de-sac. Cruce's house, and many others, have been swallowed up by this monstrous structure.]
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[The four look up at it, aghast.]
Leafeon: I'm going to assume that wasn't here before...
Cruce: No way... H-how...? How did this happen? [He looks at the base of the palace. A huge, clean-cut opening leads to its foyer.]
Riolu: This doesn't make sense... if this wasn't here earlier, why did we not feel a quake when this sprung up?
Leafeon: It's like it just appeared out of nothing...
Riolu: ...Ah, perhaps it did.
Pachi: Goodness, I really don't understand why this huge building is here, but... please tell me this isn't where your house is Cruce...
Cruce: ...I'm trying not to tell myself... [Shuts his eyes tightly.] ...
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[The wind picks up in the area, carrying with it black snowflakes...]
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Riolu: [He crosses his arms and closes his eyes.] I vow we get to the bottom of this. [He opens his eyes, looking up at the palace.] Or perhaps top...
Cruce: [He nods firmly.] Yeah... Grovyle and my cousin are here... They might be in danger.
Leafeon: Grovyle's here? Then we have to help him!
Riolu: Grovyle too, hm? Let's hurry, we have no time to lose! [He and Leafeon run into the palace...]
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[Pachi and Cruce stare at each other, a bit of nerve in their eyes.]
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Pachi: Are you alright, Cruce?
Cruce: ...Y-yeah... Just... This is... [He looks back up at the palace.] This is... out of my league... I'm just a boy...
Pachi: Just a really strong boy! [He giggles, smiling at Cruce.] C'mon! We can do this!
Cruce: (He's so upbeat... How can he be so positive facing this...?) ...Alright... In we go?
Pachi: In we go! [He leads the way, Cruce following on foot behind.]
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[Meanwhile, back at the school...]
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-St. K. Campus.-

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[The Circle sits in silence against the wall, lined up...]
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Bongo: ...[He turns to Ivan, who is sitting next to him.] ...Can you believe this...?
Ivan: ...Not really... Not anymore...
Bongo: All this time, Cruce was being talked to by Pokémon...
Ivan: It doesn't feel... right... It's just too silly...
Nic: [Sitting next to Ivan.] Even sillier now that Cruce actually is a Pokémon...
Celebi: [Flies to them and stands in front of the three.] Sorry to interrupt, boys... But why is the idea of Pokémon coming here silly?
Nic: Well... Maybe we should explain...
Ivan: [He stands, walking over to his desk where he had placed his backpack.]
Nic: Pokémon were never supposed to be real... they were always a kind of cartoon, or video game... They were real, but only virtually.
Celebi: ...Excuse me...?
Bongo: You guys were created by us!
Al: [Nudges Bongo with his elbow.] Don't say it like that... We aren't their gods. They're real...
Nic: ...We may not be their gods, but we did create them...
Celebi: [She covers her mouth.] ...This isn't a joke, is it...?
Pat: [Sitting near Emelina.] It's not... Humankind created Pokémon, though only in a fictional setting.
Ivan: [He returns with a sketchbook.] As you will see by this... [He kneels down, handing the book to Celebi. She takes it, nervously opening it and skimming through a few pages. In the book are sketchings of familiar Pokémon she has met.]
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Celebi: Oh my gosh... [She turns a page.] ... And this was... before we came here...
Nic: You've only been here for a few hours... Which reminds me... What time is it?
Bongo: Watches and clocks don't work right now... 'Feels like time's just stopped.
Celebi: ... Time's stopped... Hm, this world is a lot more interesting than I thought it to be. And I knew that it was interesting already.
Al: And Cruce suddenly has a huge role to play in it all... [He stands.] Agh... it's as cold as Russia in here...
Celebi: [She lowers the book...] ...Creators...
Al: [He shakes his head.] We're not... we're not your creators.
Nic: Clear evidence suggests we are... They could've escaped from a dimension we unknowingly created.
Al: They've come to our world with their own storyline and their own problems...
Bongo: But Cruce is included in those problems...
Ivan: Did Cruce create their dimension then?
Pat: Is Cruce... just a part of their dimension and he came here...?
Nic: You guys... Cruce was born here. We can't assume he was a part of--
Al: Nic, Cruce is one of them! He received visions from one of them!
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Nic: ...[He stands slowly.] Obviously you weren't about to let me finish... None of you can assume Cruce is a part of their "storyline". How can we even say that he's the only one to have experienced this sort of... schizophrenia? There are others out there who have had these visions, and I am positive that they have undergone a transformation.
Al: How the hell can you say that?
Nic: Al... We live in a fairy large world... with a fairly large amount of people... Can you honestly say that Cruce is the only one who is going through this...? And you, Celebi... [He faces Celebi.] You and your friends came to this spot for a reason, and that must have something to do with Cruce... I am sure your world is large, with many special cases you know nothing about. There have to be others on both Earth and your world who are seeing similar causes as us.
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Celebi: ...I'm sorry... But... I don't think any of you truly know us...
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[They face Celebi, awaiting something of a story.]
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Celebi: You may have made beings that look and operate like us... but our storyline is going to be far different... Something is telling me this...
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Emelina: ...She's right... We can't go and start talking about all these crazy theories. She's here because a fated incident... It involves Cruce, sure, but we really need to wait and see what'll happen...
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Al: And if we die...? Then what?
Pat: We die a death never before seen by human eyes.
Al: ...[He crosses his arms.] Well... there's a way to look at it. [Scoffs.]
Celebi: [She hands the book back to Ivan.] ...Are you all good friends of Cruce?
Bongo: We're what you call the "Black Jacket Brigade".
Nic: Better yet, the Circle. Cruce pretty much formed this group... So yes. We're friends of his.
Pat: I didn't ever think I'd have a Shaymin as a friend...
Celebi: ...[She looks to the door.]
Al: But it looks like Cruce has gone off and made new friends...
Celebi: What...? [Turns to Al.] What do you mean?
Al: He's wandered off with that Pachi... and he barely knows him.
Celebi: Um, hello?
Nic: Were you not here a minute ago...? Pachi has only been in Cruce's head for... how long now? Years?
[Al walks to the door, a hand on the knob.]
7th Grade Teacher: Al! You stay inside...
Al: I have to go to the restroom... Give me a quick minute...
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[Before Al can leave, Bongo stands and rushes up to him.]
Bongo: Al, wait up.
Al: What is it...?
Bongo: ... [He whispers, students beginning to talk amongst themselves again.] Whatever you're gonna do out there... [He reaches into his jacket pocket, pulling out the small handgun very discreetly...] Take this...
Al: [His expression changes from annoyance to shock.] B-...Bongo... Where did you get this...?
Bongo: From earlier... that crazy guy outside... I doubt he's still there. Just take it. I think they're getting suspicious.
Al: [He takes the weapon and nods to Bongo.] Thanks...
Bongo: [Nods back.] Yeah... Don't do anything too out of your league.
Al: No promises. [He smirks. With the gun hidden, he opens the door and steps out into the freezing cold... He closes the door, still keeping the weapon hidden in case any students decide to look out the nearby windows.] ...
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[Al walks casually to the planters before taking a right and, now out of view, pulling out his weapon. He observes it.]
Al: Bongo, you psycho... I can't believe you hid this... Hm... [He turns to the large crystalline structure in the center of the lot.] ... [He starts walking to it, taking note of the jagged entrance into an icy abyss...] ...
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[He is at the mouth of the crystal cavern... Al peers inside before taking a few steps into the maw...]
Al: So what's this all about...? [His quiet voice echos in the cavern...] ...
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[The cave is surprisingly not as dark as it should be. Light reflects off of the many crystals... However, a steep, icy slope descends into a darker setting. This main room, with rather awe-inspiring crystals, poses no threat whatsoever at the moment, though still intimidating.]
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Al: [Explores the cave a bit more until he comes to the steep slope. He stops before it, aware of how slippery the ground beneath his feet is.] Whoa... Not gonna go that far... Hmm... Alright, I'm out... [He turns around, though just as he does so, a Nightmare is in his face... He jumps, stumbling back a bit and falling to his bottom, dropping his weapon in the process. Unfortunately, he falls on the steep slope, and descends quickly into the darkness.] Waaaaahhhhh!! [His yell grows quieter...]
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"Ahh..."
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"Where am I...?"
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(C r u c e -- P a c h i -- R i o l u -- L e a f e o n)
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-Aphotic Tower.-

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"Where are we...?"
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"I feel like someone or something is waiting for us..."
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"You'd be right."
--To Be Continued...--
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