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The First Cross:
The Crystalline Genesis

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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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Leafeon: ...[Looking around the dark palace.] Riolu...?
Riolu: Yes?
Leafeon: Should we... [Looks at Riolu.] treat this like a mystery dungeon...?
Riolu: Good question... I do know we have to be cautious.
Pachi: Let's expect some Nightmares, Pokémon~!
Cruce: (Right, Nightmares... Those things... They're kind of scary, but they aren't too big of a threat...)
[The group searches for a way up. They locate two wings to the palace, though take the east and continue upwards from there into a black and green hall. The palace ice walls allow light into the building... As the four reach this hall, they come across a questionable sight.]
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Riolu: [Looks ahead... His eyes widen. He whispers.] Cores! Keep your distance...
Cruce: Cores? [He watches as the strange non-living beings called cores float about the room. There are about three of these floating crystalline beings. At their center is a light blue glowing orb, which more than likely keeps them animated.] What are these things...?
Pachi: These are cores... Um, these guys are strange... They're not aggressive unless you start releasing energy of any sort.
Riolu: For instance, casting spells would not be ideal.
Leafeon: If I were to use a move such as Leaf Blade or Absorb, they'd detect that too.
Cruce: And if we attract attention?
Pachi: They get nasty. These ones probably have some pretty yucky ice spells... They're also a pain to defeat, so we're gonna have to slip passed them whenever we can.
Riolu: And it looks like we can. Let's hurry.
[The other three oblige to his advice, following him and sliding by the cores... A stairwell brings them to another similar hall. Cores float about, however the room does not consist of them alone. A single Nightmare hovers in the center of the hall, await confrontation.]
Riolu: Now now, that Nightmare does see us... [Growls.] I bet it is grinning like it thinks we stand no chance.
Cruce: [Notes the cores.] ...So why isn't he attacking us? They are aggressive things.
Pachi: Yup. But he knows we'd favor using energy or mana to attack.
Cruce: Ohhh, and that would alert the cores... but what about him? Can he get them to attack us, or, better yet, attack him?
Leafeon: To prevent that, Darkness manipulated them in such a way that they can't activate cores. It's not full-proof because cores aren't living creatures, and Darkness' specialty is manipulating living creatures.
Cruce: I get it... [He focuses ahead. The Nightmare is crossing its arms, watching the four.] ...Riolu...?
Riolu: [He nods.] Yes Cruce?
Cruce: You can fight without using energy or magic, right?
Riolu: Indeed I can. And I can most definitely take out one measly Nightmare... Leave me to it! [He rushes in at the Nightmare, who prepares itself.] Kyah! [Having leaped into the air, he comes down at the Nightmare with one powerful fell swoop of his fist. His speed proves to be too quick for the unsuspecting Nightmare. It becomes pinned underneath him. Another strike eliminates the imp with ease... Riolu stands, brushing himself off.] That was simple... Come along! [He motions for the three to follow...]
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[Another stairwell leads them to another puzzling hall. More cores patrol the room. Rather than a Nightmare in their way, a large green force-field blocks the way.]
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Riolu: [He smirks, turning to Leafeon.] Leafeon?
Leafeon: Right away. [He approaches the force-field, scanning it from top to bottom... He breathes in... then out.] Hiiiyah! [He jumps with an immediate backflip, though remaining upside down as he ascends. His tail cleaves the force-field in two... Leafeon lands right side up as the force-field withers away.]
Cruce: W-wait... I'm not entirely sure what just happened there...
Riolu: We needed a way of getting that field down without using energy. Green means a lot of things... it means weakness to plants, wind, etc.. Leafeon had the honors of bringing it down for us.
Leafeon: You're welcome. [With a quick smirk, he continues ahead.]
Cruce: You guys... are so freaking cool.
Riolu: Why thank you.
Cruce: (Who would've thought? Pokémon this cool... So much for it being nerdy.)
[They move along to the next hall... however this one provides them with an even more difficult challenge. A black force-field obscures their path. Two cores wander this room... Another interesting fact is that behind the force-field appears to be a pulsing crystal on a pedestal. It pulses from clear to black. Every second, a small hole rips open in the force-field. Its location is not consistent, but its timing is.]
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Cruce: [He begins hovering, searching for a way around this.] ...What's black mean?
Riolu: Practically impassable.
Leafeon: Black's for Darkness only. It's so unstable that it's not really designed to block rooms this large... That would explain the disturbance in it.
Riolu: It looks like it is switch-activated as well...
Pachi: Hm... [One core wanders around the ceiling while the other passes through the opposite side of the room.] I've got an idea! But it may involve a little magic.
Riolu: Be careful, Pachi... You know how dangerous these things are...
Pachi: ...[He closes his eyes, keeping in mind where the cores last were. In less than a second, his body becomes lightning. He opens his eyes. Everything has slowed down to a minute per second for him. Pachi dashes for the open hole in the force-field and leaps through it. Quickly, he touches the pulsing crystal and leaps back through the same rip in the field, returning to the group and bringing an end to his ability.]
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[The field is down. Pachi's actions were too quick for the cores to notice.]
Leafeon: ...I'm sorry... I blinked.
Riolu: I will never understand your abilities, Pachi.
Pachi: [Giggles.]
Cruce: What'd you do...? Wow... You just stood here! I think!
Pachi: Hehe! I did much more, Cruce! In any case, let's get going.
[The three move along, Cruce in the back and still confused.]
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[The next room... Two Nightmares and two cores. A wall of black ice obscures the midpoint of the room, however near the ceiling there seems to be a hole with a green force-field filling it.]
Pachi: Oh my...
Leafeon: Well now. Riolu and I will handle the Nightmares... You two try to think of a way to get through this room.]
Cruce: [He looks at Pachi as the two rush for the Nightmares.]]
Pachi: [Looks at Cruce.] ...I saw the green field up there. [Points to the wall.]
Cruce: I can fly, and I am a grass-type (as strange as that is to say.). Hm... It's bad enough we have to deal with Nightmares, but those cores are really scaring me.
Pachi: [Sounds of battle catch his attention... Riolu and Leafeon are quickly and carefully disposing of the Nightmares.] Oh... Oh Cruce, are you thinking maybe you have to completely eliminate the force-field to get through it?
Cruce: ...That's... not the case... is it?
Pachi: Nope! You're a grass-type. The shield will be able to sense that energy within you and let you through. Leafeon didn't go through that other one back there because that would've only benefited him! But there's gotta be a switch behind that wall... And you're the only one who can get through.
Cruce: ...Got it. I'll move up while they handle the Nightmares... [He looks out to the battle.] which it looks like they've already done. Moving on! [He flies up to the force-field, then through. Cruce reaches the other side, elated to see a crystal switch there. He touches it with a fore-paw... The room begins rumbling as the green field vanishes.
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Pachi: Hm? [The hole in the wall, formerly where the force-field was, now has a small staircase leading up to it.] He did it!
Riolu: [He nods to Leafeon.] Nice job.
Leafeon: High paw, partner! [He raises one paw as Riolu does. They give each other a high five before continuing up the stairs and hopping down the other side of the wall.] Oh, there you are Cruce.
Riolu: Good work. We can keep on going now.
Pachi: We must be nearing the top!
[With that in mind, they keep their victory streak alive by moving fast to the next hall. It is almost completely empty... However... a single figure stands in the center of the room.]
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Riolu: No... It's you... [Growls.]
Leafeon: What's he doing here...?
???: [Raises his head, a devilish gleam in his glowing eyes.]
Pachi: ...[Lowers his head, trying not to make eye contact.]
Cruce: Who's he?
Riolu: That's... He's...
Mewtwo: ...I am Mewtwo...
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~Mewtwo [Darkrai]~
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Mewtwo: [His features are far different from a regular Mewtwo's in that he is completely darkened.] I see you have resisted thus far, and I am quite amazed to how quickly we met upon this strange world... Riolu... Leafeon... It has been a great deal of time since I have seen you two working together.
Leafeon: You separated us, Mewtwo... You did that...
Riolu: It will not be forgiven.
Mewtwo: As one should expect... Look at what it took to reunite you two... the death of thousands, perhaps millions upon a world we knew not of... not much, exactly.
Leafeon: [Growls...]
Mewtwo: You two are powerful as a team... But you are not powerful enough... Darkness... has come to this world in greater numbers. We will see to it that it submits unto us... All of its creatures, its "humans"... will be touched by the purity that is Darkness...
Cruce: [Whispers to Pachi.] I take it he's a bad guy.
Pachi: [Without saying a word, he yawns.]
Riolu: Mewtwo, Darkness shouldn't be here! Neither should Light! This is not our world, nay dimension, if you will! You're the ones who started the trouble, so now we have to put you down once again!
Mewtwo: [He spreads his arms out.] On the contrary, my hotheaded friend... Neither I or you started this... it was the humans... They fired upon the first signs of an "innocent" Darkness... and come now... I am positive you have seen conflict with them... Leafeon...?
Leafeon: [Turns his head away.] ...Y-...yeah...
Riolu: So what if they... fired first...?
Mewtwo: They are mindless dogs of war... Do you feel the hysteria rushing through the air...? Their minds cannot take such pandemonium...
Cruce: You'd be wrong.
[Everyone turns to Cruce.]
Mewtwo: Another Shaymin...?
Cruce: ...Excuse me...? A-another?
Riolu: ...Mewtwo...? What do you mean "another Shaymin"?
Mewtwo: Quite what I said... However, I care little, and that will be all you need to know. I have enjoyed this reunion, but I must return. I cannot keep the Princess waiting, now can I?
Pachi: [Lifts his head.] Princess...?
Leafeon: ...What...?
Mewtwo: Allow me to offer you a parting gift... [Small black pillars shoot up around him. Six Nightmares float prepared. In the center, Mewtwo begins to vanish in a vortex of spiraling blackness.] Farewell...
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Pachi: [Raises his head.] And now we fight!
Riolu: Get ready!
[They prepare themselves...]
Cruce: (Mewtwo... Strange...) [He readies himself for battle.]
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"Where am I...?"
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[Deep in the subterranean maze of ice, Al panics in the darkness.]
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Al: Crap... Craaaaap... How long have I been down here now? Feels like... a while... Oh great, I'm talking to myself. Wonderful! [He looks back up to the entrance of the cavern. The light taunts him...] ...Anyone there?! ...Hellooooo!? Heeeelp!! ... Heeeeey! Down here! Help me! ...
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[A moment passes.]
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[Suddenly, a voice. It sounds from inside the cave.]
???: Hello?! Anyone down there?!
Al: [The feminine voice is familiar to his ears.] H-hey! Celebi?!
Celebi: Oh, Al! Ugh, that's where you were! I came out to look for you because everyone, including myself, was getting worried!
Al: Yeah, um... I came in here to check it out, and... well, there's something up there, Celebi! I don't think there's anything down here... Though I can't get back up! Way too slippery!
Celebi: ...I don't think I can pick you up while I fly...!
Al: Probably not! You're free to try!
Celebi: I'll be right down to think of a way to get you back up here!
Al: Got it!
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[The rapid flapping of wings can be heard nearby.]
Celebi: Okay, I'm here... Wow, it is dark down here...
Al: Yeah. Anything we can do about that? This place kinda freaks me out...
Celebi: Hehe, hold on a sec! [Her body begins to emit a gentle light...] ...There we are! A little better?
Al: You legendaries can do a lot, can't you?
Celebi: You bet. Now follow me, I think there might be something we can use in here...
Al: Alright.
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(A l -- C e l e b i)
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-Crystal Depths.-

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[They move gingerly through the crystalline cave...]
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Celebi: This place is beautiful...
Al: Until it tries to eat you.
Celebi: ...Listen, Al... I know you were a bit angry back there in the classroom... May I ask why?
Al: Nic thinks he knows everything... and it kinda annoys me.
Celebi: Hm... But you realize you were jumping to conclusions too, right?
Al: ...No I wasn't...
Celebi: Al, all I'm saying is now isn't the time to squabble and argue about stuff like that... the next thing you know, you end up in a... place like this.
Al: It wasn't my fault! I was about to leave, then I turn around and see this demon thing in my face and I fall backwards...
Celebi: Demon thing...?
Al: Yeah... it was kind of small and had this pitch black body... I think it was just a little bigger than you.
Celebi: Nightmares...
Al: Nightmares?
Celebi: You must've seen, not had, but seen what we and Darkness call Nightmares... They're the grunts of Darkness...
Al: So one of them found me...? Good thing it didn't try to kill me or something.
Celebi: They don't aim to kill. That, to Darkness, is a big waste... They aim to corrupt and dominate, or overcome and achieve, as their leader would say.
Al: ...Creepy... ...Good lord, it's cold down here...
Celebi: This cold reminds me of the time when Grovyle and I were working with an old friend to save time...
Al: ...Save time...? That sounds like... big...
Celebi: It certainly was... And it was cold too... Until I saw the sunlight for the first time...
Al: ...Sounds like a long story...
Celebi: I'd be willing to tel it to everyone back inside, if you all cared.
Al: I do, it sounds cool. But first...--Um... Celebi, could you maybe... dim that light a little?
Celebi: What's the matter?
Al: Either I'm going crazy or I see daylight...
Celebi: Oh! [She lets the light die... Behind the two is a narrow, pitch black tunnel which they've traveled through. Ahead of them is a faint yet evident glow reflecting off of the crystalline walls of the cave.] Looks like you're right, Al. Let's hurry to it!
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[The two reach a bright chamber in the depths of the cave. It is only just smaller than the entrance of the cavern, also filled with columns of branching yellow and green crystals.]
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Celebi: What a lovely room this is... But I see no way outside...
Al: [He approaches a wall with strange markings as well as a crest symbol attached to it... Upon closer inspection, he learns that this gear-shaped crest is, in fact, not a crest at all. It is an object...] Celebi... What on Earth, or off Earth, is this?
Celebi: [She turns to Al, then brings her attention to the spot he points out... Without saying a word, she hovers to Al's side, looking up at the object in amazed silence...] ...
Al: Know what it is...?
Celebi: [She touches the object softy...] ...My gosh... A Time Gear...
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Al: ...Oh... [His expression reveals obliviousness.] You know what this thing is then...
Celebi: What is it doing here...? Off of its home world...? Th-this means... [She hovers back a little.] ...No... It can't... it can't mean that...
Al: Celebi, what is it? You're scaring me here...
Celebi: [She closes her eyes and takes a deep breath...] Grovyle has to hear about this... But... he won't like it one bit... Al, about that story... [She looks at Al... he looks at Celebi... As soon as she has his attention, she looks back up to the "Time Gear".] This is one of the five Time Gears that shaped it... that shapes the very flow of time on my world... [Her eyes reflect the shine of the Time Gear...] Why it's here on Earth, I... I wish I knew... I wish I knew what was really happening...
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[In this silence, Al looks around the ground, still speechless.]
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Al: ...Hmm... [He spots something darker green than the crystal on the floor...] ...? [He crouches down, moving closer to it... It looks like the end of a tail.]
Celebi: ...Did you happen to find something else, Al?
Al: Maybe... [He leans in, looking around the crystal to see a small indentation in the wall.] ...Looks like a snake...
Celebi: A snake?
Al: I didn't think I'd see a snake down here... or a magic gear.
Celebi: Trust me... me neither... ...About that snake... What does it look like?
Al: It's... not purple... So it's not an Ekans... Or any other snake Pokémon. But it's green, and has... ... hair...
Celebi: Strange. May I take a look?
Al: Go for it. [He moves aside, letting Celebi peek into the small shelter.]
Celebi: [Standing on the ground, she spots the snake.] Oh, I see it. I wonder how it got down here...
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[The snake's tail twitches a little... Its head begins to rise slowly.]
Celebi: Eek! [She jumps back, now hovering near the Time Gear.] We... woke it up!
Al: I hope it's not poisonous... [He gets on one knee to look at the snake again.] Oh, yeah we did...
[The snake yawns, its head up higher now.]
???: ...Mm...mmgh... [Eyes half open...]
Al: ...Uh...
???: Mm? [Looks at Al.] ... [Eyes shoot open.] Ahh!!
Al: Whaaaooookay!! [Stands up, backing away.] Screaming... snakes... Weird.
???: What...? Wait, I... I understood you!
Al: Talking snakes! Even weirder! WOW this day is strange.
???: Um...
Celebi: Oh, she sounds so innocent, Al... Hello in there? Are you okay?
???: I am... I'm cold, but... I'm okay... [She pokes her head out.] I didn't ever think anyone would find me down here... Good thing you're not Nightmares.
Celebi: You know about the Nightmares?
???: Abso-truly! [She begins uncoiling herself.] I know them pretty well, but not well enough to know why they're here too. Sorry, my name is Slianna.
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~Slianna Feisa~
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Celebi: Pleasure to meet you, Slianna. I'm Celebi.
Al: I'm Al. A local. Celebi here's not from this world... I don't know of any talking snakes that are from here either. [Smirks.]
Celebi: Oh, so you must be an offworlder too!
Slianna: Correct-olutely~... There was this moment where everything went black, and then I was in the snow... I found this place and decided to hide here. This glowing object made me feel safer... I still don't know what it is.
Celebi: It's from my world; a Time Gear, as they're known.
Slianna: Time Gear...?
Celebi: I'll tell you more about that when we get outta here!
Al: Um, about that... ...how do we do that?
Slianna: ...Too bad one of my friends isn't here... She'd be such a huge help right now.
Celebi: Actually... She might be closer than you think.
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"Cruce, wherever you are..."
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"I think Pokémon may not be the only visitors here..."
--E n d i n g--
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Sorry that took 3 trillion and 25 thousand days for me to complete.
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Erm, Happy New Year...!
(This was finished on New Year's... eh, Day...
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