23rd February 2013, 04:07 AM #16
Re: The Pokémon Saga - Johto Region - Latest: Chapter 7
Oh my Arceus, finally! We spent three days in stupid Union Cave, I'm not even kidding! It's not like we even did anything in the damn cave, we just wandered aimlessly for days. Of course, we did finally get out of there in the end and I immediately dropped to my knees. "Thank Arceus we're out of there!" I shouted.
"It wasn't so bad," Lily spoke as she walked up to me with a smile. "Sure, we were in there for three days, but even so, it wasn't that bad...unless you count that battle with that fire breathing dude."
You see, we were wandering through Union Cave. It was nearing the end of our first day, according to my pokegear at the time, and I was starting to get annoyed at how long we had been in the cave. I didn't want to sleep here as the cave was cold and I had already seen a small lake or two as we were walking, and I knew the floor was a bit moist because of those lakes. "When are we going to get out of here?" I groaned.
"We'll get out when we get out," Alal spoke up. Being a rock-type, I figured he'd enjoy the cave, so I had let him out of his pokeball.
"But this cave never seems to end!"
FWOOSH! Fire suddenly erupted in front of me and I jumped back, barely avoiding being singed by the flames. "Fwoosh!" a voice spoke, and from the shadows of the cavern, a man stepped forward. The man was fat, and I don't mean he was a little chubby, I mean he had to weigh at least three hundred pounds or so. He was dressed in a pair of pants with a vest that he had open, with nothing underneath it. The entire outfit looked like a fire erupting from the bottom of his pants all the way to the top of his shirt. He even had his hair styled and dyed like fire. "Fire!"
"I-I see that you have fire..." I spoke up, unsure of what to make of the man.
"Fire is awesome, but if you play with fire, you'll get burned." The man pulled out a lighter and blew into it. I'm not sure how, but that caused fire to erupt off the lighter, whereas such a thing would usually put the lighter out.
"Th-then why are YOU playing with fire?"
The man opened his mouth to speak, then shut it. "Enough chat! You're obviously a trainer what with these Pokemon following around you."
"Yyyes..." I drew out the word, kind of unsure of what else to say in response.
"Let's battle then!" He pulled out a pokeball and tossed it forward. The ball opened to reveal a small fire-type Pokemon. It was in the shape of a red fox with multiple tails. In fact, I think it's usually well known for having about six of them, but I've never bothered to count. The small fox thing was called Vulpix.
"You want to fight me...with a fire type?"
I turned to Alal, then shook my head. "Well, all right..." Alal moved forward, making the cave rumble a bit as he moved into position to fight. "Alal, let's do this."
Alal roared and the man smirked. "Let's do this, Vulpix! Give it an Ember!" The Vulpix reared its head back and breathed a small batch of embers at Alal, who simply stared at the attack. "That didn't affect it?!"
"Rock/Ground-type..." I spoke up. "Alal, Rock Throw." Alal dug its head into the ground and pulled out a good sized rock. This, of course, made the ground shake, causing the fire breather to topple over. Alal then tossed the rock at the small fox Pokemon, who didn't even try to dodge. The attack struck, making it roll a ways and its eyes swirled. "Next?"
"Vulpix! My precious Vulpix!" The fire breather squirmed, and I just stared when I realized he couldn't seem to pick himself up. "Augh!" he shouted.
"I can't get up!" he shouted.
"You may want to loose some weight there..." I reached out and tried to help lift him up, but he weighed too much. "Ugh...you're too heavy. Umm...how about when I get out of here, I'll call for someone in Azalea to help you get up?"
Tears appeared in his eyes. "Th-that would be nice of you."
"O...kay then...I think I'll just...go do that now then..." I quickly slipped passed him.
Come to think of it...it had taken me three days to get out of there, and that had been on the first day... I began to wonder whether that man was still lying there, unable to get up. I hoped not, cause if he was, I would feel really bad now. I decided that it was probably best to tell someone he was there anyway, so that was the first thing I did the moment we got into town.
"Well, then, with that taken care of..." I looked around. "What should we do next? I know there's a gym here somewhere." I glanced around for a moment and was about to check my pokegear when something caught my attention. It was a man dressed in black. He was standing not too far away, as if he was guarding something, but all I saw was a well. I was about to shrug it off when I saw an elderly man rush passed me shouting something about "Slowpokes".
I watched him run passed and saw him run right up to the man dressed in black. The two looked like they were having quite a fight. The man kept backing up, and backing up, and oh my Arceus! He fell down the well! I went to rush to see if he was okay when the old man jumped down the well! I rushed over to see if either of them were okay. "Hello?" I called down.
"My back!" I heard the voice of the elder man shout. "Oh Arceus!"
I bit my lip. "You guys stay here," I spoke to my team. "I'm going to go try and help him." I noticed that the well wasn't as small as you'd imagine, and it even had a ladder that led down into it. I grabbed hold of it and slowly began to climb on down. When I reached the bottom, I noticed the old man was lying on the ground, holding his back. "Are you all right?"
"Damn Rockets!" the man shouted. "They've got our Slowpokes, and they're causing all kinds of trouble..."
Rockets? Wait, as in Team Rocket? Now that I thought about it, that uniform did look familiar. A black uniform with a large blood red R emblazoned on the front of it. They had caused trouble three years ago, but they had disbanded, hadn't they? Hiro and Amanda defeated them. They had, but the authorities hadn't captured their leader, or any of their higher ups. It wasn't unlikely that they had come back. "Sir, lie still, I'll get you out of here."
"No, save the Slowpoke first, I'll be fine."
Save the Slowpoke? I looked up. The well seemed to form into a cavern that extended on even further ahead of me. There, only a couple feet away, I saw a pink creature of some kind. It had four stubby legs and a gigantic mouth. The creature was crying in pain, and it didn't take long for me to see why. Where its tail should have been, there was nothing but a bloody stump. Someone had cut the creature's tail right off, then discarded it. "Are you okay?" I asked as I knelt down next to it.
"The others..." the creature spoke in a slow, deep voice. "They need you...it's too late...for me..." The creature's eyes slowly closed as it spoke those words. I could feel its body grow cold and I felt its heart stop.
"It's dead..." I looked down as I slowly stood to my feet. "What's going on here?" I asked the old man.
"Team Rocket stole our Slowpokes. They're cutting off their tails and selling them for money. Slowpoke can regenerate their tails quickly, but I think they're using poison as well..."
I turned to the pink creature. That must have been one of the Slowpokes he was referring to. I nodded and turned back to Kurt. "No problem, old man, I'll help you out. Name's Kotone."
"Kurt, now go save those Slowpokes!" He rolled over and grabbed his back.
I nodded. "Guys, I'm going to need you!" I shouted as I pulled out my pokeballs. "Everyone, return!" I held the balls up and everyone was zapped back into their balls. I then tossed everyone back out a moment later. Everyone except Alal anyway, he was too big for this small cavern. "All right, everyone. We're going to have to play this carefully." I quickly explained the situation to my team and they nodded. "All right, let's go." I turned forward and began to make my way down the cavern.
The cavern became darker for a time as we walked, but then, unnatural light shined forth. There were strings of lights all along the cavern walls, all powered by some power source probably deeper into the cave then I had gone yet. We continued down the path until we saw the guy who had been standing guard up at the top before. He was leaning against the wall and when we appeared, he stood up straight. "That old man knocked me down here while I was guarding up top!"
"I'm going to kick your butt because of it!" He pulled out a pokeball.
"It's not my fault!"
"Don't care. Rattata, go!"
Rattata? Seriously? How many people use Rattata? I mean seriously! It's not a very good Pokemon, but almost everyone seems to have one! Whatever... "Sadia, let's do this!" Sadia flew forward. "Give it a Gust!" She flapped her wings, creating a small tornado around the Rattata that sent it spiraling into a wall.
"Don't let it get to you! Quick Attack!" The Rattata lept forward with lightning-fast speed.
"Gust!" Before the Rattata could hit, Sadia created a small tornado in front of her, causing the Rattata to slam into the tornado and fly out into another wall.
"That's not my only Pokemon! Rattata, go!"
"Gust!" I shouted and Sadia created a tornado on the guy's pokeball, sending it flying away. "Now, then, stop whatever it is your doing here! I don't want to fight you."
The guy chuckled. "If you want to stop us, you'll have to take it up with my boss."
"Then lead the way."
The guy did just that, he led me deeper into the Slowpoke Well, and I found myself fighting off a couple of other Rocket Grunts along the way. They weren't much of a threat though, and my Pokemon took them down pretty easily. I even found myself running into a female grunt as well. I had to stop and comment on how short the skirt she was wearing was. Like the others, her outfit was a black outfit with the blood red R on it, but apparently the female uniform came with a miniskirt instead of pants. A miniskirt so short that I bet she'd be flashing her panties if she bent over.
We continued on even deeper into the cavern until we came upon the last of the Rocket Grunts. A quick victory was had over his army of Zubat. "C-Captain Proton!" the Grunt shouted out as his last Zubat dropped to the ground. "We've got trouble!"
There was silence for a moment, and then... "What...the...FUCK...are you talking about?" a voice shouted, and a moment later, the voice was followed by a man stepping out of the shadows. He wore a black uniform much like the Grunts did, but his had a collar on it that had golden trimming. His boots and gloves were white, unlike the gray ones the Grunts wore, and also went all the way to his elbows and knees. His hair was also a very odd color, looking somewhat similar to the color cyan. His eyes were a deep shade of green, and his face showed distaste. In one of his hands he held a long knife, while in the other hand was a Slowpoke, which he was holding by the tail.
"C-Captain Proton! This kid has beaten all of us! We don't stand a chance against her! We have to-" Proton's knife swung, slitting the Grunts throat.
"That's quite enough from you." Proton turned towards me and I felt fear grip me. His eyes were dark, almost frightening, and beyond that, he had just killed one of his own men for no other reason then for talking too much. "So, a kid, huh?" He spun his knife in his hand. "Well, one things for sure, you don't look like the same kid from three years ago." Three years ago? Was he part of Team Rocket during the Saffron Invasion? "You're quite cute, in fact, not like the girl in Lavender Tower." Lavender Tower? Did that mean...was he the one?
"You were the one that killed all those Pokemon, weren't you?" I asked, my body trembling. "You were trying to bring back dead Pokemon, so you invaded Lavender Tower!"
Proton smirked. "The cute girl knows her history, I see. Yes! I am Rocket Executive Proton, one of the Team Rocket Five - the highest ranking members of Team Rocket itself! It was I who was in charge of the Lavender Project, and if it hadn't been for that girl...that Amanda! I would have succeeded in my task there!"
"Why? Why would you kill innocent Pokemon and then attempt to bring them back to life? Why invade a Pokemon Cemetery like Lavender Tower?"
Proton chuckled. "Isn't that obvious? Imagine if you had the ability to revive the dead. Imagine a world where everyone was now immortal. People could battle without fear of their Pokemon dying, people could even live forever by simply restoring their life force when they're about to die! Or maybe, we could have figure out the secret to immortality altogether! No more death, no more pain, no more suffering!"
"You're wrong!" I shouted. "If people could battle without fear of their Pokemon dying, everyone would fight until their Pokemon collapse. And then what? You simply bring them back to life? The Pokemon would be unwilling to fight, because they know they're going to die! A world like that would be terrible!"
Proton stared at me, a very serious expression on his face. "You have quite a mouth on you, just like she did." He twirled his knife in his hand once more. "You'd be a perfect Rocket member," he smiled. "Come, join us!" He swung his knife through the air.
"No!" I shouted. "And put that Slowpoke down, you're hurting it!"
"Am I?" Proton asked in a very serious tone. His knife swung through the air again and I covered my eyes as his knife cut right through the tail of the Slowpoke in his hand. The Slowpoke dropped to the ground, blood gushing from the stump that had been its tail. I uncovered my eyes and rushed to the beast.
"Why? Why are you doing this?"
"Slowpokes regenerate their tails quite quickly. It only takes a day or two. We cut them off, ship them off, and sell them as delicacies."
"Y-you're selling Slowpoke tails...as food?!"
"A quite tasty treat they are. Best when they're raw." Proton held the tail out to me. "Come on, I'll let you try one for free since you're right here."
"No!" I shouted and slapped the tail out of his hand. "You're a monster!"
Proton tried to stiffle a laugh, but he didn't succeed. "Monster? That's the best you can come up with? In the ranks of Team Rocket, they call me the 'Insane One' or sometimes 'The Demented One', or my personal favorite 'The Guy Who Will Gut You If You Fail Your Next Mission'. I'm much more then a monster, little girl."
"And what IS insanity? Can you tell me that? Nothing more then a title that some man came up with to try to stifle genius."
"Genius?!" I shouted. "You call this 'genius'?!"
"Yes! Genius! Brilliance! Absolutely and positively genius! While so many people are trying to make an 'honest living' by finding jobs in fast food, or even warehouses, I'm out CREATING jobs for myself to do. I get out there and do what must be done to get money. I don't play around."
"So you murder people for money."
"Murder? No. I simply remove those who are weak from the gene pool."
"You kill people for your own selfish gain!" I shouted.
"I kill people because they don't deserve to live!" Proton shouted back.
"And who are you to determine who lives and who dies?"
"Who is ANYONE to determine who lives and who dies? For that matter, who decides what is truly good or evil? You want to know who? Those with money! Those who can afford to pay off those higher up to let them off! Those who have the money to throw around and say 'I think what you're doing is evil' simply because they rule the world! Well, I tell you, once Team Rocket has enough money, we will rule the world. We will sculpt the world into a perfect place. No more sadness, no more death, no more pain, everything will be just...perfect." With that last word, he spoke it slowly with a very dark grin on his face. "And now...I must decide what to do with you."
Before I could even move, Proton had reached forward and grabbed hold of my shirt, lifting me up slightly. I would have struggled, but his knife moved up and pressed against my neck. "I could off you here and now. You'd be dead, and I'd never have to worry about you again." He pulled his knife away, then dropped me to the ground. "But then...you also look like a good source of...pleasure." The last word was again spoken with a dark grin over his face. He bent down, moving close to me. "Yes, you look like you have a nice body." His knife moved around and with a single swipe, he cut right down my shirt. His eyes went wide and the look of a horny dog about to attack its prey was upon him. "If you join us, you could be my personal slave."
Proton's hand pushed upon my cheek as his other hand gripped one of my breasts. I tried not to scream, because I knew such a thing would only give him satisfication. However, my body was twitching, disgusted by the man's grip, and he was feeding off of it. "An absolutely beautiful body." He grew closer to me, and then...he kissed me. Of all the disgusting things he could have done, and he chose to kiss me. I struggled, trying to get him off of me, to pry his lips from my own, but he was adamant.
"Amazing lips." Proton smirked. "I would very much like to explore more of you."
"Don't hold your breath, you sick twat!"
Proton chuckled. "My dear, you're hardly in the position to disagree with me." His knife quickly slid to my neck. His voice then became very serious, very dark. "Do as I say, little girl, or you're dead."
"Kotone!" I heard Sadia shout and Proton turned his attention away from me. Sadia was flying towards us as fast as she could.
"Sadia! Watch out!" It was too late. Proton's hand whirled around and his knife swung, stabbing Sadia right in the chest. Her eyes went wide, and I could see her regret in that final moment. She hadn't been able to save me. She hadn't been able to do anything. Her eyes dimmed and she fell to the ground. "Sadia!"
Proton held his knife to my throat again. "Nice try with the Pokemon." He looked up, presumably towards the rest of my group. "The rest of you! Try anything, and your trainer gets it."
I was afraid. I'll be completely honest with you. I was completely afraid. I was trapped under a man with a knife, one who was threatening to kill me if any of my Pokemon or I moved so much as a muscle to try and stop him. He had me completely under his control. I couldn't do anything, and tears came to my eyes. I didn't want to die, not here, not now, but if I didn't die, what was he going to do to me? Was he going to have his way with me? Would I end up his slave for the rest of my life? Such a thing...it would have been worse then death, but I still found myself frozen, unable to find a way out, unable to think. I was about to be raped, and there wasn't anything I could do about it.
I felt Proton's hands move down my body and my shirt and jacket were pulled off with a single move of his hands. Even my shorts didn't stay when his hands reached them. I was cold and naked, lying upon a damp, cold, cavern floor. My heart was beating fast, I knew I only had a few moments left before he would be having his way with me. His hands began to rub between my legs and I squirmed a bit, trying to escape.
Then, I saw a dark blue light from behind him and Proton found himself frozen in place. His eyes went wide as he began to float slowly into the air, his body now surrounded by a deep blue light. "Wh-what's going on? What's happening to me?"
"Your reign of terror is over," a voice spoke and Proton flew off into a wall. I quickly sat up and there I saw it, a Slowpoke standing nearby. Its eyes were casting the deep blue glow I had seen before. It was using its powerful psychic powers. "Proton of Team Rocket, flee this place or you will face the fullness of my wrath!"
Proton was actually scared! Perhaps it was because the creature had knocked the knife out of his hand. Perhaps it was because his pokeballs were now all scattered between the Slowpoke and him. Perhaps, though, it was just the fact that a Slowpoke had lifted him into the air and tossed him several feet away and into a wall without even a single thought.
"Don't think this ends here!" Proton shouted. "Next time we meet, you'll either be mine, or you will die!" Proton turned and booked it out of the cavern.
I stared at the Slowpoke for a moment, completely shocked by what had just happened. I had never seen a Slowpoke act like that. Slowpoke were dumb creatures, that's why they were called 'Slowpokes'. This one, though, was far from dumb. This one was highly intelligent, in fact! "Th-thank you..." I spoke slowly, unsure what else to say.
"It was about time someone did something..." the Slowpoke sighed. "The elders will not be happy about this."
"The Slowpoke Elders." The Slowpoke turned to me. "We are not supposed to show our powers like this, but so many had died already...and you, you risked your life for us...I couldn't allow such a thing."
"What's going to happen now?" I asked.
"They will send somebody. I will be removed from this place, likely exiled...or worse." The Slowpoke looked down and sighed. "All because of this."
"If that's so, then why stay here until then?"
Slowpoke looked up at me with a curious look. "What do you mean?"
"Come with me! We could use another member on our team...especially after..." I couldn't even say it.
"I am sorry for your loss." Slowpoke turned to Sadia for a moment and bowed its head. It then turned to me. "You would...take me out of this place? You would train me to fight and allow me to use my abilities?"
I nodded with a smile. "No problem!"
Slowpoke smiled. "Jake." He held his paw forward. "My name is Jake."
"Kotone. Welcome to the team." I pulled out a pokeball and tapped his forehead. His expression reverted to the typical stupid look Slowpoke have before he was zapped into the ball and it locked. "We got a new partner!" I shouted.
And that was it for my journeys in the Slowpoke Well. Kurt came in only a few moments later and checked on the Slowpoke, making sure they were all okay. He then took me to his home, where his granddaughter, who was no older then six, mended the clothes Proton had cut apart. With my clothes mended, and with a new team member on my side, I was ready to continue my journey. My next stop was the Azalea Town Gym and its Gym Leader, Bugsy. It would then be on to Ilex Forest and the rest of Johto beyond. I had no idea what else waited for me in my journey, but I had the feeling I had not seen the last of Team Rocket.
A\N: For those reviewing this story...could you give me a bit extra for this chapter? I'm specifically looking for answers to these questions (but you're free to add whatever else)
What did you think of Proton?
Do you think the story got too dark with this chapter?
What were you feeling while reading the chapter?
How well did I convey Kotone's fear?
Did her fear feel genuine?