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The First Cross:
The Crystalline Genesis

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(A l -- C e l e b i -- S l i a n n a)
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-Crystal Depths.-

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[The three remain in the Time Gear chamber...]
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Al: Safa, huh?
Slianna: Abso-positively~. [She nods.] So Celebi, where are you from?
Celebi: A world called Chronic! Actually, we named our world pretty recently. Before that, it was just known as the Pokémon World. We Pokémon each have a unique power that makes us who we are.
Slianna: Oh? Cool~. It sounds a little like us! We all make use of an ancient magic bestowed upon us by the world on which we live... Some of us've been gifted with more powerful magic than others... And some of us have been cursed.
Celebi: Cursed...? [Tilts her head to the side.] What'cha mean?
Slianna: Take me for example. I was cursed to be what you see now... I came from a tribe that was strictly mammalian Safans... one of my family's enemies got a hold of this nasty magic that turned us all into snakes... I was a cat before this.
Al: Harsh... What was the old tribe you belonged to?
Slianna: It was called the Skyweaver tribe. They weren't all too kind now that I think about it... I've been with the Oath tribe for most of my life now... I've made so many good friends there.
Celebi: I'm glad everything turned out okay for you. Are you used to being a snake Safan?
Slianna: Abso-definitely. I've even been able to learn some new magic specifically for snakes~!
Al: That's good news. By any chance, would that magic help us get out of here?
Slianna: Sadly, no... But like I said, I know someone who could help us.
Celebi: I guess I could try to look for your friend. She could be close by, judging from what has happened with me and my friends. Could ya describe her, please?
Slianna: Sure! She's a fox Safan. She was born as a half-plant, so she's got a lot of leaves on her and stuff. Her fur color is a light yellowish green.
Celebi: Half-plant? That shouldn't be so tough. Gosh, I hope I don't her confused with Leafeon, if he's here! [She giggles.]
Slianna: Another friend of yours?
Celebi: Mhmm. Oh, and Slianna~. What's her name?
Slianna: Her name's Safiri; Safiri Taira.
Celebi: Great, thanks! I'll try to get some friends to help in the search. If I can't find her, I'll look for other help. Stay safe, you two.
Al: Good luck out there! [He gives her a wave.]
Slianna: Be careful!
Celebi: Thanks! [Without hesitating, she flies off into the darkness of the cave, using her glow to guide her...]
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Slianna: So, Al... I have a question... You're cold, right?
Al: Actually, I'm not as cold as I was before this.
Slianna: I was just gonna say! Maybe it's because we're underground?
Al: Maybe... [He watches the Time Gear.] ...Heh... could be something else though...
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[Meanwhile, at the palace of black ice...]
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[With their lips pressed together, Cruce and Danielle virtually forget where and even who they are...]
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[Their lips part... they find themselves staring at one another...]
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Danielle: ...Cruce...
Cruce: [His head lowers a little.] ... We just... we just met...
Danielle: ... And yet... now I know you so much better.
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[Silence...]
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Danielle: Cruce...
Cruce: [He looks back up to Danielle.]
Danielle: The road ahead will change for us... if you and I wish to pursue this.
Cruce: ...I... want to...
Danielle: I do too... But certain complications obstruct this path.
Cruce: ... [He nods.]
Danielle: [She turns to look out at the view...] Darkness is coming... But it is already far closer to you than you think, Cruce... [She turns to him and smiles.] You have so much to learn, so allow me to guide you... and bolster the conviction within your heart... You, too... would be helping me...
Cruce: Princess...
Danielle: You may call me Danielle, Dear.
Cruce: Okay... Danielle, will we be able to see each other again soon?
Danielle: ...My place is as far away from your place as could be, my Darling... But, I digress, hmhmhm... I will do what is within my power to be with you when I can... For now, Darkness is calling...
Cruce: You have to go?
Danielle: I must... Cruce... You do have power... but you require knowledge... so here is a jump start: alongside Topher, you have been afflicted or perhaps blessed with this form... But you will do well preparing for a second form very soon.
Cruce: A second... form...?
Danielle: [She smiles.] Hmhm... [Kisses Cruce's forehead.] You are a sweet boy, Darling... I have high hopes for you, but... for Topher... All I can say is... the road awaits... Farewell, my Dear. [She takes a few steps back before sinking into a spiraling blackness... she is gone.]
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[The wind howls...]
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Cruce: The road awaits... [He walks to what is now the ledge of the icy palace, looking to the darkening sky.] (Closer to Darkness... ...Danielle... can I really trust you with my heart? It says yes... But my mind... Hm... what does your heart say, Princess...?) ...
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[He leaps off of the edge, taking flight after dropping about thirty feet... The others are nowhere to be seen.]
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"Topher..."
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[The moon shines an abnormal brightness through the clouds... The diamond dust continues to descend slowly as nightfall.]
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"Wh-who are you?! What're you doing?! L-l-leave me alone!"
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Officer Gordon?: No way... I swore I was going to find every last one of you little ********... and shoot you all down... [He is aiming his weapon at a small being who has been tethered to a streetlight pole.] For what you did to me... [The moonlight shines through a break in the clouds to reveal Gordon's face. Half of it has become pitch black. This half appears completely inhuman. Most of his lower body has suffered from this disfiguring as well... His shape is not too different, however.]
???: I didn't do anything... Who are you?!
Officer Gordon?: [He fires a shot, but into the snow below first.]
???: [Shrieks in terror, closing her eyes. She tries to look away.]
Officer Gordon?: Scared...? [He approaches, then crouches down in front of her.] Are you...? [Grabs her chin with one hand, forcing her to look into his distorted face.] This... was after you shits came to our world...
???: Your w-world...? [Trembling.]
Officer Gordon?: ...Yes. [He points the gun at her head.] Not yours... ours... So before you screw everything the ******** up...--[Interrupted by a wall of pinkish purple energy, he stumbles back.] Agh!
???: [Gasps.] What the--?! [Looks in both directions, spotting another being similar to her in the second direction; that is toward the ice palace...] Lavender!!
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~Lavender Ami~
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Lavender: [The light purple squirrel-like creature smirks, one of her arms out forward.] I'm giving you three seconds to get outta here and leave my sister alone, Nightmare!
Officer Gordon?: Nightmare...? ...Who the hell are you...?
Lavender: One~... Two~...
Officer Gordon?: [He shakes his head aggressively, turning his firing arm at Lavender. He fires away. As he turned to fire, the pinkish shield returned to Lavender, effectively protecting her from the round before Gordon had fired. It now folds, encircling her.]
Lavender: So you're not going to play nice? Darn~! Okay then... [Her shield breaks into two. One section protects her while the other moves in front of the other squirrel.] Give it your all, Rilia!
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~Rilia Ami~
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Rilia: You got it! [She closes her eyes, somewhat strained... She is casting, though not black magic. The pulses of energy around her rises rather than escape in all directions. They rise as light... A yellow bubble, made of the same energetic plasma as Lavender's shields, quickly forms around Gordon, trapping him.]
Officer Gordon?: You've got to be kidding me... [He slams on the shield with his fists.] Get me out of here!
Lavender: Oh, sorry! Consider that a time out for misbehaving... and really scaring one of my friends. [She runs on all fours up to Rilia, burning through the ropes with high concentrated plasma shining in her paws... She steps back, giving Rilia some room.] You okay, girl?
Rilia: I am now... You are the coolest, Sis. Thank you sooooo much! [She hugs Lavender.] And you're warm...
Lavender: [Giggles.] Good to see you unharmed... [She looks at Gordon.] We need to get outta here. I don't wanna see him when he's grumpy.
Rilia: Okay! Where to? Anywhere but here?
Lavender: You said it. Let's go, girl!
[Without any sense of direction, the two strange squirrels head off into the night...]
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"Pachi...? Pachi?! Pachi, where are you?! ..."
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"Has anyone seen Leafeon?"
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"Did we lose both of them?! Gah... It is so difficult to see out here... Does anyone know the way to Cruce's school?"
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"I believe I can lead us there. I witness Cruce and Pachi coming from an area I recall..."
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Lavender: [Dashing through the snow with Rilia at her side.] So Rilia! How'd you get captured by that Nightmare?
Rilia: H-he snuck up on me! It was soooo creepy, oh gosh... Ohgosh ohgosh ohgosh! I've never been so startled!
Lavender: He was pretty creepy... I sure would like to know what happened to all of us!
Rilia: Oh my gosh, I know! Why are we here in the first place...? ...Um, Sis! Can we stop for a minute?
Lavender: Okay! Let's head up this hill, I think I can see plenty of trees.
[The two stop near a tall pine tree to catch their breath...]
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Rilia: ...So... Sis... Have you seen any sign of Saf? Or maybe Slianna?
Lavender: [Shakes her head.] Sorry, Riri. I've been all on my own until I ran into you.
Rilia: Ohgosh... That sounds rough.
Lavender: I guess being a Phaze Guardian really pays off here.
Rilia: I bet it does!
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[Something is lurking...]
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Lavender: But still, have you seen a Nightmare that creepy before?
Rilia: I know, right? Oh. My. Gosh. Maybe this place is full of them!
Lavender: I hope not... It would make me miss old Nightmares. And... [Giggles.] I already regret saying that~.
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[Something is encroaching on them...]
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Rilia: I'm so shocked Darkness is here too... I mean, not super shocked, but it was just unexpected.
Lavender: I knew Darkness wouldn't miss out on this. The scary thing is that they might have not come here out of their own will.
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[Something is closing in...]
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Rilia: ...Um... Maybe Darkness...
Lavender: [Her ears rise.] Shhh, hold that thought, Riri... [She scans the small area they are in...]
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Pachi: [Pokes his head out from behind one of the trees.] Hello hello?
Rilia & Lavender: Ahhh!!--Huh...? [Both stare inquisitively at Pachi...]
Pachi: Whoa... Wowie... [Watches both of them...] ...What's going on here?
Rilia: H-hey... He's kinda cute~!
Lavender: He is... Hey there, what's your name?
Pachi: [Walks from around the tree.] My name's Pachirisu, but you can just call me Pachi~. Sorry if I startled you! I was just looking for my friends... We got separated, and I haven't been able to find them anywhere.
Lavender: Your friends? Hm... I've never seen a Safan like you... What do your friends look like?
Pachi: ...[Blinks.] ...Not Safans! Hehe, they're Pokémon, and so am I. I can tell none of us are from this world... but we still come from different worlds.
Rilia: Whoa... Y-you're not from Safa or here? [Turns to Lavender...] ...
Lavender: I've... heard about Pokémon... ...Nice to meet you Pachi, I'm Lavender. Phaze Guardian.
Rilia: And I'm Rilia~! We're sisters! [Giggles a bit.]
Pachi: Rilia and Lavender? ...Phaze Guardian!? So now I have two Phaze Guardian friends! Riolu and you!
Lavender: Riolu? So... this is one of Riolu's friends...
Rilia: You know Riolu?
Lavender: A little bit. We Phaze Guardians can speak through telepathy, after all! [She smiles.]
Pachi: So cool... Um... Can I ask you two a favor?
Lavender: You may certainly.
Pachi: Could you lend me your help finding my friends please? If you do, I'll pay you back in... um... I'll...
Lavender: How about... if we help you find your friends, you help us find ours?
Pachi: Got it! [Nods.] Good thing this is a teeny tiny world.
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"Shoot... Shoot, I...gotta get the hell out of here... Its too cold... Too many Nightmares..."
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"Nuvis, where are you... Rilia... Slianna... Anybody...?"
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--E n d i n g--
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