Thank you for the kind remarks. I'm glad the story is being enjoyed.
You're right; Hikozaru, Pochama, and Pikachu had their own chapter. I decided that it could be combined since it's basically the Pokemon version of the old chapter 2 (now the 1st half of chapter 2). I also combined the rest of the chapeters, so there are only 8 instead of 12. I have no idea where the original chapters are, so I can't tell anymore an original starts or ends (sorry).
Originally Posted by Matkin22
Anyway, thanks for pointing out the verb problem. I fixed it. I'll be re-reading my chapters before posting to try and make sure they're okay. And now, I present Chapter 3 (chapter headings will now reflect the consolidating of chapters)
As Takeshi had predicted, despite just babbling when he said it (he was more concerned with sharing up Satoshi at the time), the group made it to Fire Mountain by noon. The sight of the mountain made them all forget for the moment about Hikozaru.
Fire Mountain was impressive. It has been said that the mountain looked something like a Fire perch on a post, wings spread out. On that mountain, one could see a bunch of red, yellow, and orange spots on the mountain; the fire Pokémon that made the mountain their home. All the three humans and two Pokémon could do was to look in awe, with their mouths (or beaks) gaping.
“Look at this” Hikari finally said. “I can’t wait to explore the mountain and see all the Pokémon”.
The others agreed with her. As they got closer to the Mountain, they became more in awe at the size of the mountain and began to make out some of the Pokémon there. They saw some Gardie and Windie. There were a ton of Boober, Magmag, and more than a few Rokon. There had to be at least ten of every fire Pokémon on that mountain
“Satoshi, can you believe it?’ asked Takeshi. He and Hikari looked over to their friend, whose focus seemed to be on a specific group of Pokémon. They went to him to see what he was looking at…and groaned silently.
Satoshi was looking at a group of Hikozaru, younger than Satoshi’s, all playing around. A few of them saw the trainers and goofed around for them.
Takeshi, Hikari, and Pochama looked at Satoshi and saw that he had the same bitter look on his face he had the previous night. Pikachu noticed as well. Hikari prodded Satoshi a little and he left the group of monkey Pokémon, but his four friends noticed that Satoshi lost his enthusiasm for Fire Mountain. His friends wanted to cheer him up, but they know he won’t fall for fake small talk. For a while, they walk towards the mountain, Satoshi wondering how to deal with Hikozaru while Hikari, Takeshi, Pikachu, and Pochama wondered how to make Satoshi feel better.
They were so deep in thought that Pochama, the only one to notice the group of flying Pokémon far above them, only noticed them by accident. When it did, it pointed up and alerted the others. They all looked up and saw that the group of fire Pokémon were Lizardon. Satoshi wasn’t too impressed, but when he squinted to get a better look, he noticed a human was on a Lizardon, and that that particular Lizardon was wearing a pink bow. That human looks very familiar, thought Satoshi. He squinted even more and realized who that person was…it was Jiku, the caretaker of the Lizafic Valley. That must mean the pink bowed Lizardon is Lisa, thought Satoshi. He looked to Takeshi. Takeshi looked at Satoshi and, as if he knew what Satoshi was thinking, nodded in agreement: That was Jiku and Lisa. If those two are here, and they have a ton of Lizardon with them, thought Satoshi, then one of them must be…
Satoshi ran ahead several feet. He surprised Hikari, Pochama, and Pikachu, who was thinking what Satoshi and Takeshi were thinking, but was not ready for Satoshi running and could barely hold on. Satoshi yelled:
One of the Lizardon moved its head, but none of them seemed to notice. Satoshi was crest fallen. One of them has to be…thought Satoshi. He tried again.
The Lizardon who moved its head earlier turned its head to Satoshi’s direction. It knew it heard something and, somehow, it sounded familiar. When it saw Satoshi and his friends, it stopped, almost causing other Lizardon behind it to crash into it. The Lizardon then flew a little closer to the humans to get a better look. Could it be…thought the Lizardon. It got a better look…and nearly fell from the sky in surprise and happiness. It flew quickly towards Satoshi.
“SATOSHI” yelled Lizardon
Hikari was in fear when she saw the big Pokémon coming towards them. Pochama was too, until it heard the Lizardon yell Satoshi’s name. Have Satoshi and this Lizardon met before?, thought Pochama. It looked to Pikachu, who nodded in excitement. Pochama then understood: This Lizardon is Satoshi’s Lizardon.
Lizardon and Satoshi, with Pikachu on his head (still having a hard time holding on), flew and ran respectively to each other.
“Lizardon” yelled Satoshi excitedly.
“Satoshi” yelled Lizardon, just as excited as Satoshi.
They got closer to each other, so excited that neither of them realized what could happen if Lizardon were to hit Satoshi at the speed it was going at…well, at least not until after they got to each other.
Satoshi and Pikachu flew past Takeshi and nearly hit Hikari and Pochama, until they flew off a small cliff and landed in a crumpled heap a few feet below. Hikari, Takeshi, and Lizardon went over to the edge of the small cliff to see if Satoshi were okay.
“We’re fine. We’re just resting” Satoshi called to the others. Pikachu squeaked its agreement.
Takeshi, Hikari, Pochama, and Lizardon breathed a sigh of relief. Hikari even felt the need for a little humor.
“You know, he does look like that in morning” said Hikari. They all sniggered…except for Satoshi.
“Shut up Hikari” yelled Satoshi.
Lizardon, feeling a little bad about laughing at Satoshi’s misfortune, turned on Hikari.
“Yeah, shut up Hikari” said Lizardon.
Hikari, being human, had no idea what Lizardon said. Pochama, however, understood perfectly and gave Lizardon a Bubblebeam in the face.
Now, usually, water Pokémon are strong against fire Pokémon, but one has to consider this: Pochama is a young, not quite as experienced Pokémon who had its share of victories and defeats. Lizardon was a powerhouse who rarely lost since its evolution. It should then come as no surprise that, when Lizardon got revenge for Pochama’s attack, Pochama, in the dirt next to Satoshi and Pikachu, more battered than either of them, made the mental note not to attack Lizardon again unless it attacked Hikari.
Stupid overgrown firebug, Pochama thought.
When Jiku, Lisa, and the other Lizardon landed to see where their friend was, they found it hugging a laughing Satoshi. Most of them instantly recognized him, Takeshi, and Pikachu as Lizardon’s friends. Jiku went over to Satoshi to say hello.
“Satoshi, Takeshi, it’s so good to see you again” said Jiku.
“Hey Jiku what are you doing he…” Satoshi began but, as usual, Takeshi began to woo Jiku. Jiku looked over to Hikari, hoping she would go for Takeshi’s ear. Hikari only held back her laughter.
“So where’s Kasumi?” asked a bemused, yet uncomfortable Jiku, hoping Kasumi was somewhere close.
At that exact moment, Takeshi stiffened and collapsed into a heap. Jiku then saw that Takeshi was Poison Jabbed by a Gureggru, who then dragged him away. When a confused Jiku looked up, she saw Satoshi laughing next to an equally confused Lizardon.
“Jiku, Lizardon, meet Kasumi” said Satoshi jokily, pointing to Gureggru. At that, Gureggru made a bow, did a little hop and summersault, then continued to drag Takeshi away. Jiku, Lizardon, and Lisa looked at each other and then at Satoshi.
“Did Kasumi die and reincarnate as that Gureggru?” asked Jiku.
“Valid question” said Satoshi jokingly. “But first, can you tell us why you’re here?”
Jiku told them that the Lizardon loved coming to Fire Mountain and that she likes to take them here as a vacation once in a while. They loved to fly all over the mountain and surrounding valleys and to meet the resident Pokémon that lived there, including some Lizardon that Jiku has known for a while. All of them listened intently to Jiku’s stories…except for Pikachu. It looked at Satoshi and Lizardon and marveled at how close they had become. If Lizardon could talk to Hikozaru, it could maybe calm Hikozaru down thought Pikachu.
That was exactly what Pikachu had planned on doing ever since it realized Lizardon was here.
That night, Pikachu and Pochama stole Hikozaru’s Monster Ball again and went looking for Lizardon. Pochama was a little reluctant after its first meeting with the flame Pokémon, but Pikachu promised that it wouldn’t let Lizardon hurt it again. With that, they found Satoshi’s old Lizardon, sleeping soundly. Pikachu tried waking it up, but Lizardon was as heavy a sleeper as it was a heavyweight.
“Why don’t you try waking it up using your strengths” said Pochama.
It took a few seconds for Pikachu to realize what Pochama was saying. A small Electric Shock later, Lizardon was up. Lizardon looked around grumpily and saw the two small Pokémon.
“Pikachu, you should know better than to wake me up” said Lizardon.
“I know, Lizardon, but I need a favor to ask you” said Pikachu. “Can we walk?”
Lizardon got up slowly and walked with Pikachu and a worried Pochama to a spot away from the others. It was only then the Lizardon noticed Pochama was holding a Monster Ball.
“Hey, what’s with the Monster Ball?” Lizardon asked. “You two planning on being Pokémon trainers or something?” it said with a chuckle.
“No, it’s the reason we need your help” said Pikachu, unfazed by Lizardon’s dry humor. “You see, Satoshi took in a Hikozaru from another trainer who didn’t want it. It usually listened to Satoshi very well, but lately…”
“It was beginning to act like I did” Lizardon finished.
Pikachu and Pochama looked at Lizardon at disbelief. It obviously been through this before, thought Pochama. Lizardon breathed heavily and looked at the two again.
“Tell me about this trainer Satoshi got Hikozaru from” Lizardon said.
Pikachu and Pochama complied. They told Lizardon all about Shinji and how he didn’t believe in being friends with his Pokémon, how he often trained them relentlessly and released them when he thought that they were weak. They mentioned how Shinji tried to have Hikozaru battle while injured before getting rid of it.
After they had finished, Lizardon just breathed then said:
“You guys did a good job describing Daisuke”
“He was your original trainer, the one Pikachu told me about?” asked Pochama.
“I don’t know what Pikachu told you, but yes, he’s the one” said Lizardon.
“You remember how Satoshi suffered trying to regain your trust, don’t you?” asked Pikachu.
“In retrospect, yes” said Lizardon. “And you’re hoping that by talking to Hikozaru, it’ll realize how different Satoshi, and really, most humans are from Shinji, right?”
“Exactly” said Pikachu excitedly. “Can you do it?”
“No” answered Lizardon.
Pikachu and Pochama were aghast. What the hell is its problem? They thought. Pochama, however, thought it out loud.
Lizardon turned to the penguin Pokémon. Pochama was ready for another beating by Lizardon. Instead, it got an answer.
“Evidently, Pikachu didn’t tell you much” said Lizardon. “Otherwise, you would know that Pikachu and the other Pokémon tried talking to me about obeying Satoshi and how they failed every time to convince me”.
Lizardon then turned to Pikachu.
“What makes you think you I can do any better than you?” Lizardon asked.
“Because you both have similar life experiences” said Pikachu. “You both had to deal with an uncaring trainer before meeting Satoshi. Plus it’ll look up to you like a big brother. The fact that you could flick me like a bug was probably my weak point”.
Lizardon just sat and breathed.
“Please, Lizardon” pleaded Pikachu. “You’re probably Satoshi’s last chance”.
Lizardon thought about it for a while, and then finally said:
A delighted Pikachu and (less than thrilled) Pochama gave Lizardon the Monster Ball. Lizardon then flew away with it.
“I have a bad feeling your plan is going to fail” Pochama said.
“Why’s that?” said a surprised Pikachu.
“Well, you’re the most persuasive Pokémon I know” said Pochama.
“Don’t worry, Lizardon won’t fail” said Pikachu.
I hope it thought.
Hikozaru was released again from its Monster Ball. Knowing it was too late for Satoshi to be battling someone, it knew it was Pikachu and Pochama again. It turned, expecting to see a little yellow rat and blue penguin Pokémon. Imagine its surprise when, instead, it saw a big, orange, lizard Pokémon.