(rated E10+ for frightening images)
The Kanto Trio
"A Monstrous Bet"
Prologue: The Bet is Made
"Check this out!" a black hair boy cries as he points out one particular channel in the TV listings for the night. "The Classic Movie Network is having a scary movie marathon in honor of Halloween!"
"Really?" An older boy with tanned skin dashes to the table. "I didn't know you liked scary movies, Ash..."
"I mainly want to see if they'll show 'The Red Fog of Terror', Brock..." Ash explains. "It has Rosa Moretti in it--and surprisingly, it's not THAT scary..."
"Well if you two are so brave enough to stay up all night watching monster movies, then I have a proposal for you..." a orange haired girl suggests as she walks in the room. "If you can make it through the entire marathon without falling asleep or freaking out, I'll give each of you a thousand credits."
Brock is not impressed by his housemate's offer. "Okay, Misty, what's the catch?"
"The catch is this--if I have to drag you out from under the couch, kick you out of my bed, drag you guys to your rooms, or even hear you scream--you have to each pay me a thousand credits." Misty replies.
"Okay, so if we survive an entire night watching scary movies without conking out or freaking out, we get 2000 credits. If we even so much as yelp in fear, we pay you 2000 credits." Ash repeats the terms of the bet to be sure he has heard Misty correctly.
Misty nods in approval. "Do we have a deal?"
Brock offers a hand to Misty. "Deal."
"Your challenge begins at 6 PM tonight, when the marathon begins, and ends tomorrow morning." Misty explains as she and Brock shake hands to seal the deal. "I'll be sleeping with the door open, just in case I hear screams or snores."
Ash swallows hard--how is he going to survive a night full of monsters if he can't even scream?
"...two boxes of Puffytaffy, and five different varieties of soda, a case of each." Brock finishes taking inventory of the food and drinks he and Ash have gathered to make it through the night. "Plus more stuff in the kitchen if this stuff runs out."
"You are allowed to get up to make food or go to the bathroom." Misty assures the boys. "But if I see you doing something other than watching the movies, that counts as failure too."
"O-okay..." Ash stammers.
<i>Coming up next, our Monster Medley kicks off with 'Invasion of the Poison Freaks', followed by 'The Call of the Banshee', here on the Classic Movie Network.</i> the TV announces. Ash and Brock make themselves comfortable on the couch as more commercials count down towards the beginning of the marathon.
"Pika?" a yellow mouse creature asks.
"No, not tonight..." Ash replies. "You might get scared."
<i>Tonight's marathon contains scenes, including graphic special effects, that may be disturbing or upsetting to some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.</i> the announcer intones over a black screen with the same message in white text.
"You heard the announcer, Pikachu..." Misty assures the mouse creature. "Let's go watch something else."
"Pika!" Pikachu happily follows Misty upstairs to her room, leaving the boys in the dark room as the opening credits to 'Invasion of the Poison Freaks' begin to roll on the TV, armed with only their treats and caffeine...
<b>To Be Continued...</b>