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Pokemon: Crimson Destiny
By Ben Mantle
Chapter I, Part I
He opened his eyes, glistening with sun-lit determination. He knew in his heart of hearts that this fateful day would eventually come. That day was today; the day he would receive his Pokemon partner and begin his long-awaited journey. But he knew, he knew that it would be no ordinary Pokemon journey. His grandpa told him so. The birth of dawn was all he needed; he couldn't wait another second.
Eyes ablaze, Crimz scuttled out of bed, slipping into his black shirt and buckling up his jeans. As soon as he finished getting his jacket on and the rest of his things together, he made his way downstairs to the living room. He knew it was really early, his mother was definitely still asleep. Still, he had to go, he couldn't wait any longer. He wasn't even hungry, so he skipped breakfast and grabbed his backpack, which he had packed all up the night before. In fact, he was so anxious that the very thought of eating nearly made him sick. As soon as he was all set, he wrote his mother a note and left in haste.
Mom, I left already to see grandpa. I'm sorry, but I couldn't wait. You must have seen this coming though, am I right?
The sun was growing brightly on the horizon, and the sky was mostly clear; blue and boundless, but still a dull colour. Crimz and his mother lived in a rural area on the outskirts of Azurus. He ran most of the way there, hoping to avoid wild Pokemon along the way. Although he spotted several observant-looking Rattata and Sentret along the way, none of them seemed hostile enough to jump out at him. He was about half way there and stormed right through a small group of Pidgey as though they didn't even exist. Luckily for him, they didn't throw a fit over it; they were too preoccupied with some berries that had strayed onto the path from surrounding trees.
He could already see Azurus ahead; that is, the large waterfall that hid that place from the world. Up ahead, a small dark lump stuck out of the ground, right in the middle of the trail. As he continued running as to skip right over it, he was suddenly bashed onto the ground by an oblivious Geodude, levitating out from the earth. He grumbled in pain as he lifted himself up onto his dirty forearms, and the Geodude, unperturbed, hovered away without so much as a hint of curiousity. Crimz got up and dusted himself off. He decided to walk the rest of the way; the falls already lay before him.
The vast, curdling falls washed over the steep cliff of a massive piece of land. It was like a whole different continent, but the two were connected deep under the river. He'd been here many a time and knew there was nothing special about thispart of the waterfall. Like always, he would have to take the natural trail, which was nearly impossible to find without prior knowledge, down to the base of the river. He stood at the top of a narrow cliff, and from there, he stepped over to the thicket on the right. Kneeling down, he separated the bush with his hands and crawled through a tunnel space over which the thicket arched. Once through, he took a small wooden ladder down which, too, was enveloped by the long, thick bush. He stepped down onto a small mossy boulder, and from it, hopped down onto the dirt path. The dirt trail ramped down in a short spiral along the cliff, leading down to the river.
The river was calm, but some strong Pokemon such as Gyarados and Ursaring lived there, so it was best that it stayed that way. Crimz approached the side of the river, then stopped and took a few steps back. He scurried forward, hopping onto and off of a stone protrusion in the river and landing on a platform right next to, and leading behind, the waterfall. The enormous waves plummeting down thundered in his ears, frothing up the river. The local area was nearly hidden in the cool mist of the falls. Refreshed and ready, Crimz stepped into the underground city of Azurus!
Pokemon: Crimson Destiny
Chapter I, Part II
Crimz stepped into the village, immediately greeted by a robed, middle-aged man with short brown hair, a tanned face and mangy-looking stubble. Beside him, a pale, cheery-faced young lady wearing the same kind of robe, with long dark hair mostly hidden in her hood.
"Yo~ Long time no--" the man turned around abruptly. A thunder of explosions suddenly rumbled through the village!
"What in the world's going on!?" shouted the robed man.
Before the man could turn around, Crimz was already far ahead, racing straight ahead toward the source.
"Wait! Crimz!" He yelled. "... ...Hah?"
The robed lady tailed Crimz toward the large dome at the far end of the village. The commotion was coming from the temple!
"Good grief," muttered the robed man as he jogged slowly toward the scene.
Along the way, many people had stepped out of their marble-white houses. The underground village of Azurus was mostly blue and white, coloured by the luminous white buildings and pools of water located throughout, like a miniature Sootopolis City. A narrow path of stone on the dirt defined the main walkways. The village of Azurus was a sacred place, home to many water and dragon type Pokemon.
"There!" shouted the robed young lady, having caught up with Crimz, and now unhooded.
"You're...!" Crimz whispered as he turned to the lady running alongside him.
"Look," she said. A huge serpentine beast of crimson stood before them, facing the temple and roaring atrociously. A red Gyarados, and standing behind it...
A caped man, with hair to match his Gyarados, stood valiantly in the midst of battle. Lance, the dragon master, was battling! Facing the Gyarados, a Cacturne and Nidoking stood proudly, rearing to go. Behind the Pokemon, two figures in black. Behind the Cacturne on the right, a young lady wearing a tight black shirt, grey gloves, black skirt, long black boots and a matching hat stood in defiance. Her long, blond bangs hung out of her hat along the sides of her face, and at her waist, a metallic silver belt held her pokeballs and little else. On the left, a young man wearing nearly the same getup stood behind his Nidoking with a confident smirk. He wore no hat over his wild, violet hair, however. Both of their shirts bore a large, red 'R' that could not be mistaken.
"It's Team Rocket!" shouted the robed lady as she arrived with Crimz at the scene of the ongoing battle.
"Gyarados, use Aqua Tail!" commanded Lance the dragon master.
Gyarados focused its power into a wide, swinging lash of its long, white-finned tail, but Nidoking jumped into the air, successfully avoiding the attack. The windy aftershock of the forceful swing breezed the surrounding people with a sandy wind, from which they shielded their eyes in dismay.
"Nidoking, use Giga Impact!" said the Team Rocket man.
"Gyarados, you too!" Lance commanded.
Nidoking's purple, armoured body was enveloped by an intense, fire-like aura, preparing for an enblazened charge. Gyarados quickly matched face, nearly camouflaging its scaly red body in its own raging envelopment. The two Pokemon adversaries raged forward, deafened by their own roars.
"Cacturne, it's time to go! Use Needle Arm, now!" Ordered the Team Rocket girl.
Cacturne launched its prickly green body forward, building up momentum into one of its spiky arms through constant swinging. While Gyarados and Nidoking were still locked together in a heated power struggle, Cacturne lurched forward, heaving its jagged arm into Gyarados. Gyarados writhed and roared in pain as it began to give way to Nidoking.
Crimz hustled over to the temple and snuck in behind the Rockets.
"Stop." demanded a robed old man, mostly bald with a short, scraggly white beard. "Oh, Crimz, it's you! You're here to see Elder Carnellius?"
"I'm in a hurry, can't you see what's happening out there?" said Crimz as he anxiously held up his clenched, determined fists.
"Okay, okay, go ahead. Hurry!" the old man replied.
Crimz jogged deep into the temple, careful not to slip on the wet, stone floor. The hall was made completely out of stone, with large pools of water occupying the sides. Various aquatic tunnels led out from the bottoms of the pools, allowing Pokemon to go in and out freely. There were various dragon-head statues and enscriptions carved and etched into the high, allabaster walls, and a small lamp hanging from the central point of the cieling illuminated every corner of the room. Thin but heavy, stone doors located directly ahead of the temple's entrance led to the sacred room of the elder.
Grandpa would be there.
Crimz pushed his way through the stone doors and hastily proceeded into the room.
"Crimz..." his Grandfather interrupted, as if having anticipated his arrival. "It's good to see you again."
A red robe, looser and longer, spread along the floor around the sitting elder.
"Grandpa, right now--" Crimz beckoned, interrupted once again.
"You've seen all the ruckus going on outside? Those fools in black who steal and mistreat Pokemon will never understand true power. Don't ever be a fool, Crimz." said Carnellius.
Crimz waited calmly for whatever would come next, but began sweating impatiently, anxiously.
"Today was the day you would receive your first companion. Yes..." noted the elder, Carnellius. "And that you shall."
Crimz lit up with uncharacteristic excitement. How he had waited for this.
"Knowing you, young one, I trust you've already made your decision. Here they are, go ahead."
Presented with a golden-framed box with a luxuriously designed gold and navy covering, Crimz lifted the top open.
There they were, six Pokeballs nested neatly in the soft velvet inner lining. Crimz grabbed a Pokeball and bolted out of the temple without a second thought, nearly slipping on his way back through the hall toward the exit.
Outside, Lance's Gyarados was struggling in its two-on-one battle with Nidoking and Cacturne. Lance reached for another Pokeball from his waist.
"Go--" Lance's voice fizzled away in surprise. In came running a boy from out of nowhere!