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    Episode 36: "A hero takes flight! Tenku's rescue!"

    Meanwhile, in a unknown location in Minami....

    A brown haired woman studies the endless streams of information that appear on the massive computer screen before her. As the boss of Team Elegy, the massive machine--whose screen alone nearly took up an entire wall-- allowed her to keep tabs on any Team Elegy admin and the millions of operatives anywhere in Minami.

    "Boss!" The frantic cry of an admin snapped her from her bemused trance. "Spellsongs have been heard at the Tower of Runes!"

    "Really?" the woman asked as she turned to address the dull purple haired girl in a nicer navy blue outfit with a little silver trim on the torso and the pants. "Where did you hear this rumor, Hibiki?"

    "The commander in charge told me two explorers came out of the tower, and when the commander asked them to disclose the wonders inside, they decided to fight." Hibiki continued. "The commander battered one with his Loudred, but just before he could deliver the final blow, the explorer sang one of the holy spellsongs!" Hibiki explained.

    "Did he tell you what this song sounded like?" The woman is still skeptical of Hibiki's story.

    Hibiki thinks for a moment. "From what I understand, the spellsong sounded like 'Vao wiisho nas chier com yutuu' or something like that...very strange words none of us have heard before."

    The woman contemplates what Hibiki has told her as she gets up from the computer. "If what you say is true, we need to have the spellsingers appear again and demonstrate their art for me."

    "But how will we find them, boss?" another admin asks as he joins Hibiki in the room. "We've lost all trace of them since the incident."

    "I have a multi-pronged strategy to capture them..." the woman explains. "First, we could try capturing a Pokemon. If they elude us or defeat us there, we can try cornering them on Mt. Taka. If that still doesn't work, we can either capture one of their own Pokemon or lure them to our warehouse in Akari City."

    The male admin grins. "You think of everything, boss."

    "That's why we love you." Hibiki agrees before turning business-like again. "I'll dispatch a stealth team to Poke-nap a Pokemon right away."

    Elsewhere, on the road to Akari City...

    [Just think, we're getting close to Mt. Taka!] Raku smiled as he looked over at Wendy studying the map. [You think we can mine gems there?]

    "Maybe, if we can find one of the rivers the public can use." Wendy replied as she wrapped Raku's ribbon around his neck like a scarf. "There...now you won't trip and fall."

    A male voice calling "Cobalt, where are you?" snapped her to attention. "Someone lost a Pokemon!" She hurried over to a nearby field, where a male cooltrainer was tearfully searching the grass for any sign of his Lucario.

    "Need some help?" Brock asked as he joined the cooltrainer in the grass.

    The cooltrainer heaved a relieved sigh. "I need all the help I can get right now. "I stopped to camp here in hopes I could travel through the Moonlight Forest and on to Mt. Taka in the morning. I turned my Lucario, Cobalt, loose to train so he could keep the wild Mightyenas that roam in the area away. But when I got back from fishing for our dinner, Cobalt was gone."

    "Do you know who took him?" Wendy asked as she and the Pokemon combed the grass for any clues.

    "The only clues I have to go on is this odd crying eye sign I found in my camp, and some charred grass, probably where Cobalt tried fighting his attackers." the cooltrainer explained before realizing he had not introduced himself to his Arceus sent helpers. "My name's Kendall, by the way."

    "Nice to meet you." Wendy replied before assigning her Pokemon an area to search. "Raku, Satomi, stay with Brock and Kendall and help them look for stuff in the grass."

    [Okay!] Raku replied before eagerly bounding into a patch of flowers.

    [You know, it's times like this I wish I was an Espeon.] Satomi sighed. [I could telepathically sense where Cobalt went, and we wouldn't have to work this hard....]

    "Mizuchi, ask the river Pokemon if they saw anything." Wendy continued doling out instructions.

    [Roger!] Mizuchi replied as she hurried off to a river flowing just past a hill.

    [I'll look from the air!] Tenku volunteered before fluttering off into the forest canopy.

    A few hours later...

    Tenku made good time through the forest, but her powerful eyes yielded no sign of Cobalt. She had seen pawprints of Lucarios, but they all were from wild ones--a trained Lucario's strides were farther apart than a wild one's.

    She landed on an oak tree branch with a sigh. [I've looked through this whole forest from top to bottom, and no sign of him anywhere!] she screeched in frustration.

    [Hello?] a weak voice asked. [Have you come to help me?]

    [Who's there?] Tenku called. [Friend or foe?]

    After a few tense seconds, a Lucario crawled out from some bushes, every so often picking burs from his blue, black and cream fur. [I mean no harm to you, and hope you came to help me.]

    The lightbulb went off in Tenku's head--this exhausted and afraid Lucario was indeed Cobalt! [I came to help you, Cobalt--your master's worried sick!]

    The Lucario mustered a weak smile, pleased the Pidgeotto in the tree knew him. [Where is my master? I want to find him before those blue people with the crying eye return.]

    <i>Team Elegy!</i> Tenku thought. [Just follow me, I'll guide you to him, okay?] With that, she took off towards the forest edge, making sure to fly slowly so as not to tire the Lucario further.

    Back at the forest edge...

    "No sign of him in the grass..." Brock sighed.

    [The river Pokemon didn't see anything like a struggle...] Mizuchi reported.

    Kandall thought for a moment. "I think I know why those owners of the crying eye wanted Cobalt--they wanted to force him to transform into the legendary spirit Kimal."

    "Kimal?" Wendy was interested.

    "Who's he?" Brock was just as intrigued.

    "Kimal was a very powerful Lucario that lived long ago." Kendall explained. "One day, he saved Meloetta from some Mightyenas, and in her plight, Meloetta sang one of her songs of power. This powered up Kimal even more, making him grow even taller, changing his markings, and turning his paws and ears red with fury. Needless to say, those Mightyenas got a beating they never forgot! But they say that Kimal's spirit sleeps in all Riolus and Lucarios to this day, only to be awakened by the song of Meloetta or one of her chosen."

    "Wow..." Wendy was impressed.

    Just then, Tenku emerged from the brush, with Cobalt not far behind. [I found him!] Tenku announced. [He's very tired and hungry, but alive.]

    Kendall raced into the grass and embraced the Lucario. "Oh, Cobalt...I'm so glad you're okay!"

    [I'm just as glad to see you too.] Cobalt wheezed. {Arceus knows what my captors had planned for me...]

    "Speaking of captors, we've got company!" Brock called before nocking an arrow and aiming at a gaggle of Team Elegy grunts running up the hill.

    "There he is!" one grunt called, but before she could pull Cobalt away, Tenku sent a gust of wind flying, knocking her to the ground.

    "Run for it!" Wendy instructed Kendall as she drew her blade to face the crowd of Roggenrolas the grunts had summoned. "Take Cobalt somewhere safe!"

    "I'll stay with them and support you and Tenku!" Brock volunteered as he led Kendall and Cobalt towards some bushes at the forest entrance, about 40 feet from where the battle raged.

    [You sure you know what you're doing, Sir Brock?] Cobalt asked as Brock readied an arrow to fire at a Roggenrola about to use Smack Down on Tenku.

    "Sure I do." Brock replied before firing his shot, which knocked the Roggenrola to the ground. "I had training from Ardea."

    [The archer of flame???] Cobalt gained star eyes. [They say her skill at the bow rivals many heroes of legend!]

    "I know...I had to save one of her Pokemon too." Brock replied before firing another shot at a Beedrill hive, making the grunts scatter in panic.

    Wendy meanwhile, cut a large gash in another Roggenrola, making it faint. Mizuchi doused three more in a Water Pulse, making it easier for Brock's next shot to hit. But Tenku saw her chance as a Boldore lumbered up the hill. Bringing out the big guns, are we?

    She dove and rammed the Boldore with a hard Aerial Ace, but the Boldore hardly batted an eye. Not even Mizuchi or Wendy's blade made a dent in the massive rock Pokemon's skin, and Brock's next arrow only bounced off with a tink

    Brock sighed when he saw his arrow merely bounce off the Boidore. "Cobalt...I know you're weakened right now, but I need your help to protect us and your master."

    [How?] Cobalt asked. [I know I have an advantage over that Boldore, but even at my normal strength, such a Pokemon is tough to defeat!]

    "Just let me lay my hands on you--I'm going to try and awaken the spirit of Kimal that sleeps within all Riolus and Lucarios." Brock explained.

    Cobalt nodded and closed his eyes as Brock laid his hands on Cobalt's chest, being careful to not be poked by the spike in the middle. Jao wiisha nes chiel com yutuul...

    Kandall gasped in awe as Cobalt was surrounded by a red aura, making him grow several inches taller. When the aura from Brock's spell faded, his markings were more pronounced, and the tips of his ears and paws had turned red. "I don't believe it--Cobalt's become Kimal!"

    [And I will save you, Master.] Cobalt replied, his voice now deeper sounding.

    With that, he dashed into the crowd of Roggenrolas, his paws a mere red blur as many of them were sent flying. When all the Roggenrolas were defeated, he spotted the Boldore. Wendy and the Pokemon watched in awe as the Bodore fired a Power Gem, but Colbalt countered with a giant Aura Sphere.

    The two attacks met in a giant explosion of light. but when the light faded, the Boldore had fainted, and only Colbalt was still standing. [My captors have fallen...] he assured the group. [We have won.] With that, the transformation wore off, shrinking Cobalt back to normal size and with his normal markings.

    Kendall ran to embrace Cobalt. "Not only were your rescuers Arceus sent, but one of them is Meloetta's chosen, at least!"

    He smiled at Brock and Wendy. "Thank you so much for everything! I know it's not much of a reward, but if you're traveling to Mt. Taka too, you can spend the night with us."

    "We would be honored." Wendy replied as she and Brock followed Kendall and Cobalt to their camp...
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    Episode 37: "A reluctant admin! Hibiki's flight!"


    Hibiki laid awake in her room by Aika's quarters. Team Elegy's moving out to Mt. Taka tomorrow night...but why do I feel this sick feeling, like something bad is about to happen?

    Some voices got her attention. "Now, when we arrive in the forest by the mountain, I want each team to seek out the dens of the Mightyenas, and set out their firestarters, which I will provide." Aika's voice explained.

    "What kind of firestarters, boss?" a male voice asked."Gas? Explosives?"

    "Anything you want, as long as it makes a good blaze." Aika's voice replied.

    Hibiki froze. No way! All this time as Team Elegy admin, and I never realized that they kill Pokemon???

    She covered her face with her hands. I thought Aika was my friend, who would give me a chance to lead a great organization! But now I've heard the truth...and I don't like it at all! I'm getting out of here, and fast!

    She climbed out of bed, removed her nightclothes, and after throwing on a casual outfit, began throwing items into a bag. Team Elegy stuff, to be discarded; supplies for a few days...clothes for a few days...

    A weak smile formed on her face when she unearthed an instrument case in the clutter. My old autoharp! I haven't played this in years...I can probably re-learn everything or play what few songs I still remember to pass the time...

    "Once the Mightyenas have perished, search for Squinty-eyes and Redhead--and see to it their spellsong is silenced." Aika's voice continued as Hibiki finished gathering her possessions.

    Hibiki, meanwhile, had carefully sneaked to the base's entrance, discarding her Team Elegy beret and putting on a green one with a white stripe. Good bye, and good riddance, Team Elegy...kill me too, if you want, but I am NOT going to kill innocent Pokemon--nor innocent people, either!

    With that, she fled into the night. I don't know where Squinty-eyes and Redhead are, but I have to find them, and let them know what Team Elegy plans to do!

    Elsewhere, on a hill overlooking Moonlight Forest...

    "Almost there, everyone... Wendy smiled as she led the group up the hill. "We'll camp here for the night, then tomorrow, we'll see Mt. Taka."

    A familiar howl snapped Wendy from her thoughts. "Sounds like the Mightyenas on the route are on the prowl with it being a full moon tonight..."

    Tears welled up in Emi's eyes. [D-d-daddy...I'm scared those Mightyenas are gonna get me...] she whimpered as the howling in the distance grew louder and more intense.

    "They're not gonna get you, okay?" Brock began before he noticed Hinata nudging a slender black instrument case before him. "Huh?"

    [You may want to get the big Pokeflute out to calm Emi down...] Hinata suggested. [It never fails to calm any frightened or agitated Pokemon--Emi included.]

    [There's bigger Pokeflutes besides the standard sized one?] Mizuchi asked as Brock opened the case and started assembling the large silver flute inside.

    "While most people picture the standard sized Pokeflute--thanks in no small part to Ash's incredible skill on it..." Brock explained. "The Pokeflute is actually an entire family of instruments. What I have here..." He paused for a moment to make sure the curved headjoint was in place. "is an alto Pokeflute I received as a gift from doing charity work back home.

    "Wow!" Wendy gasped, impressed. "What's the difference between the standard Pokeflute and this one? Besides their size."

    "Well, you have to learn a new way to blow and new fingerings--alto Pokeflutes are usually sideblown, although some endblown ones like the standard Pokeflute exist." Brock replied as he nervously fingered his instrument. "The biggest difference is how the music is read--the alto Pokeflute is tuned a fourth below the standard Pokeflute. So middle C on the piano would sound as the G below middle C."

    Emi fearfully whining snapped him from his lecture. "For the moment, I'm just gonna pick a note and make something up around it--see if that helps calm Emi down."

    With that, he started playing the mighty instrument--making a warm resonant F# echo through the night.

    The single note then transformed into a playful, mysterious melody that quieted Emi's cries and silenced the howling Mightyenas. A few Mightyenas approached the camp, interested in the strangely hypnotic song.

    But before they could thank Brock for the song, one Mightyena started growling in the direction of the bushes. "Who's there?" Wendy asked, drawing her blade.

    Brock scrambled to put the flute away and nocked an arrow. "Friend or foe?" he demanded as he readied his shot.

    "A former foe that is now a friend." stammered a frightened female voice. "P-please don't hurt me..."

    Wendy raised an eyebrow, interested in what the voice in the bushes said. "Can you at least come out so we can see you?" she asked after silently motioning for Brock to stand down.

    After a few tense minutes, Hibiki inched out of the bushes, still very visibly afraid. "Here I am...I want to help you on your adventure to atone for all the terrible things I've done, but i-if y-you don't trust me, that's okay...d-do to me as you will."

    "But why did you come find us?" Wendy was both confused and skeptical of the frightened girl's claim.

    "My name is Hibiki Aratana--I came to warn you and the Mightyenas..." Hibiki calmly explained, ever aware of the sword in Wendy's hand and the partially nocked bow aimed at her. "Team Elegy plans to set fire to the forest tonight in hopes they can kill or capture as many of the Mightyenas as possible--and possibly kill or capture you guys too."

    Tears formed in her eyes. "I may have done some horrible things as an admin of Team Elegy, but I can't believe they would go so far as to kill innocent people and Pokemon...and I want no part of being part of a gang of murderers and Pokemon killers!" With that, she burst into tears.

    Wendy glanced over at Brock. "What do you think? Is she telling the truth, or leading us into a trap? We can't just blindly trust her..."

    "I know that...and I have an idea..." Brock replied before laying his hands on Hibiki.Jao wiisha nes chiel com yutuul...

    Hibiki gasped when she saw her chest glow red for a moment, then turn white. "According to my spell, she is telling the truth." Brock explains.

    [Does that mean she's good now?] Emi asked.

    [I dunno...] Raku swallowed hard.

    [My concern is that this is an act.] Tenku replied. [To lead us into the trap.]

    [Brock is the leader, so we'll do what he believes is best.] Mizuchi assures the Pokemon. [Even if that means we take her with us.]

    Brock thought long and hard for a moment before addressing the group. "Although we all have some very real doubts about Hibiki's claims, I'm going to give her the benefit of the doubt for now--at least until we can get her to Akari City and some appropriate support services."

    He then addressed Hibiki. "What that means for you is that we will safely escort you to Akari City and any support services you may need as a former Team member. If you can prove to us that what you've told us is true and get rid of everything Team Elegy related, we'll give you the option of staying longer. But if you try anything funny at any time along the way, you'll be going to see the inside of a jail cell. Understand?"

    "Okay..." Hibiki finally replied through her tears. "Although, how did you do that glow-y thing on my chest?"

    "It's one of the many things the spellsong of the Fire Ruby can do." Brock explained. "Discern if someone is telling the truth. If it turns white after a few seconds, the subject is telling the truth, if it stays red, the subject is lying."

    Jao wiisha nes chiel com yutuul... Wendy sang to the stars.

    Meloetta materialized in the camp a few moments later. "What is it?"

    "This is Hibiki, a former Team Elegy member." Wendy explained as Hibiki shyly waved hello. "She's told us Team Elegy plans to attack this place, kill the guardian Mightyenas, and possibly kill us too, but she no longer wishes to be part of, in her words, 'a gang of murderers and Pokemon killers'"

    "When I used a discernment spell to see if she was sincere, it turned white, meaning she speaks the truth." Brock added. "We all have our doubts, but the least we can do is take her to Akari City."

    Meloetta flew down before Hibiki. "Is it true you wish to learn to use my power of spellsong, and join Brock and Wendy on their quest?"

    "I do." Hibiki replied.

    "If your request is sincere, you will renounce all your ties to Team Elegy, and sing the song of awakening as a sign that you understand the risks of a seeker." Meloetta explained. "The Fire Ruby will cleanse the evil from your heart, and grant you spellsong."

    "You'd really forgive me?" Hibiki gasped, her tears shining hopefully. Meloetta nodded. "Thank Arceus!"

    "We have clearly told her what will happen if this is an act." Brock added.

    "Just watch over her for now--her behavior will be the best way to tell if she means to change." Meloetta assured Brock before disappearing in a flash of green light.

    Brock heard Hibiki's stomach growl. "Have you eaten at all?"

    "No--I was not given dinner after objecting to Team Elegy's plan." Hibiki replied as she gratefully accepted a bowl of chili from Brock. "It was just like my mom at home--if you didn't like what the boss said or did, you didn't eat."

    [That's not nice!] Satomi gasps.

    "See, my mom and dad were very strict--whatever they said, went." Hibiki went on. "The clothes you wore, the songs you listened to, the activities you sighed up for, the games you played, the TV shows you watched--all tightly controlled."

    "Sounds like a prison instead of a home." Wendy replied.

    "Well, I did get to make my own decision on music lessons--after a heated argument over why I should play an instrument besides piano, violin, or flute, I finally convinced Mom to let me play the autoharp." Hibiki went on. "I decided that was the last straw, and ran away a few months later, taking only a few clothes, my autoharp, and a tin whistle I had secretly bought."

    She ate some more chili, then continued. "But I really want to learn to play guitar..."

    "Well, until you can get one of your own, would you want to listen to Brock play?" Wendy offered as Hibiki finished her meal.

    [He's really good!] Satomi raved.

    "I can give you a few tips to remember for when you do get your own." Brock explained as he retrieved the guitar case. "Starting with tune up every time you start playing."

    Tune up every time--got it! Hibiki thought as she watched Brock carefully tune his guitar.

    Once Brock was ready, he asked "Any requests?"

    Hibiki thought for a moment. "Do you know 'Horse with No Name'? I've always felt that song represented my search for somewhere where my decisions are valued."

    "Sure do!" With that, Brock started the familiar brisk introduction before singing On the first part of the journey,
    I was looking at all the life...
    There were plants and birds, and rocks and things,
    There was sand, and hills, and rings.....
    The first thing I met was a fly with a buzz,
    And a sky, with no clouds.
    The heat was hot, and the ground was dry,
    But the air was full of sound....

    I've been through the desert on a horse with no name,
    It felt good to be out of the rain....
    Wendy and Hibiki joined in.
    In the desert, you can't remember your name,
    'Cause there ain't no one for to give you no pain.
    La, la, la la la la, la la la, la, la
    La, la, la la la la, la la la, la, la...


    TO BE CONTINUED...
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    Episode 38: "The guardians of Mt. Taka! Fire in the night!"


    The mood around the campfire was festive that evening, but the happiest of all was Hibiki. "So this is what it's like to feel happy...I haven't felt like this in years!"

    "How bout it? Wanna wow Hibiki with your storytelling?" Wendy smiled.

    "What kinds of stories do you tell?" Hibiki was piqued.

    "All kinds--fairy tales, adventure tales, historical tales, and tales from my journeys around the world." Brock replied. "So if you have a particular kind you want to hear, let me know."

    Happy tears formed in Hibiki's eyes. "I've...never really heard a fairy tale before..."

    "Why not?" Wendy was piqued.

    "My parents felt that fairies and dragons were not 'proper' reading material, never mind that good triumphs over evil in the end." Hibiki explained. "So instead of Cinderella and Snow White, I ended up reading Pokemon books and books about places--like the Tower of Runes here. Books about fixing and building things were fine too."

    "Strict and practical..." Wendy noted.

    A weak smile formed on Hibiki's face. "Yeah...I guess you could say that. But through the years, I would secretly check out fairy tale books from the library, and read them when Mom and Dad weren't looking. That is, until I got caught reading one--was marched back to the library and had to return it, and forbidden from checking out more."

    [Aww...that's awful...] Satomi sighed.

    "If you look past the simple plotlines and REALLY look at fairy tales, you'll find some very good lessons." Brock smiled. "Such as honesty, faithfulness, courage..."

    "Believing in yourself..." Wendy added.

    "and my two favorites, hope and love." Brock agreed.

    Hibiki pondered what her new friends had said. "Interesting...I've never thought of fairy tales like that before..."

    [You're in for a treat!] Hinata smiled.

    [Brock's really good at telling stories!] Satomi agreed. (He knows a zillion of'em!]

    "So what kind of tale do you want to hear?" Brock asked Hibiki.

    "Tell the most adventurous, magic filled one you know!" Hibiki replied.

    After thinking for a moment, Brock mused "I have a lot that would fit that description, but we'll try this one on for size...it's called 'The Gold Chalice and the Silver Sword'"

    With that, he begins "There was once a poor orphan who struggled to survive on what little he earned as a minstrel. People were enthralled at how beautiful his voice was, and many gave him food and a bed in return for a song."

    "What's the boy's name?" Hibiki wonders.

    It dawns on Brock that he forgot to name the boy. "We'll call him...Arion. One day, Arion was out traveling when it started getting dark. He was too far away from town to rest in the inn--and he barely had enough for a room. But then he spotted a farmer's homestead, and asked the family if he could stay with them for the night. The woman of the house agreed, and prepared him a fine meal."

    "Okay, then what?" Hibiki isn't impressed with what she has heard so far.

    "It gets better, honest!" Brock assures Hibiki. "Having never had a proper meal before, Arion was amazed at how tasty everything was--he deemed every course worthy of a royal cook. The farmer's wife was touched at this, and told him he need only ask if he wanted more of something."

    "And then?" Wendy asks.

    "As they were having dinner, a knight passed by the homestead, and asked the farmer if he knew the way to Castle Telchal." Brock continues. "The farmer's wife turned pale at this, and asked if he was really going there. The knight replied he had come from a far away land, and it had taken him three months to get to where this tale takes place."

    "Wherever that is..." Hibiki mutters.

    "Just assume it's your standard issue fairy tale far away land." Brock suggests. "Anyway, the knight was going to Castle Telchal in search of a gold chalice and a silver sword. Arion mentioned that he knew those things existed, but didn't know where. The knight told Arion that the chalice was a never ending source of healing water that cured any sickness and revived the dead. The silver sword was said to cut through anything--even diamond and mythril."

    "Whoa...." Hibiki gets starry eyes as she pictures herself as an adventurer wielding such a sword.

    "Arion asked who the owner of the castle was, and the farmer's wife told Arion that the castle was ruled by an evil mage named Atavan." Brock explained. "Atavan always rode on a Ponyta with purple and black fire for its mane with a normal Ponyta foal behind him, and not even the bravest of heroes dared to attack him. However, he could not use the chalice or the sword inside the castle. The second he entered, they flew away to an unknown location within the castle."

    "Oh, so the knight wants to fight him there..." Hibiki muses.

    "As if riding three months and many adventures on the way wasn't enough, the knight still had a long way to go on his quest." Brock goes on. "The farmer's wife tried to tell him to turn back, as many more had set out on the same quest, and never returned. The knight assured her that he, unlike the others, had visited the Sage of Koune."

    "So what did the Sage of Koune tell this knight?" Wendy is interested now.

    "First he would pass through a haunted forest, then take a Leppa Berry from a fire fairy." Brock replies. "Then he would seek a smiling flower, guarded by a black Entei. He would then travel to Lake Cerulean, and battle a black knight with a huge mace. Then, after passing through the valley of the lotus, where many forget their homeland, he would meet a lady in white by a riverbank, who would tell him what to do next."

    "Arion heard the whole thing, right?" Hibiki smiles

    "The farmer's wife wished the knight well on his quest, and pointed out the path to the haunted forest. And yes, Arion heard the whole thing." Brock replies. "The next day, the farmer offered Arion some work for the day tending the Tauros. Arion agreed to ten gold pieces, a day's wage. As Arion was driving the Tauros to pasture, he saw Atavan pass by on his darkfire Ponyta, with the normal Ponyta foal behind him. But after initially being afraid, Arion continued his work. The farmer was so pleased with how well Arion had done, he allowed Arion to stay as long as he wanted until he had enough money to support himself, treating him as one of his own sons."

    [And then?] Mizuchi asks as she wraps Emi in her tail to keep her warm.

    "One day, as Arion was watching the Tauros by the forest, a light mage named Anadin met him." Brock continues. "Arion was concerned, but he soon found out that Anadin was Atavan's brother, so he knew the way to Castle Telchal well, but since he couldn't pass through the haunted forest--as the spirits and creatures there would fiercely attack a mage of the light, he simply summoned the normal Ponyta, a little filly named..."

    [Epona!] Emi suggests.

    "Yeah, Epona." Wendy suggests.

    Brock considers the name, never mind it is already used in Zelda. "Okay, we can call it Epona." he assures the girls. "Arion asked how to summon the little filly Epona, and Anadin took a few reeds..."

    After picking a suitable blade of grass, he continues "He then played this song..."

    The familiar notes of Epona's Song echo into the night. "Sure enough, Epona came running to Anadin's side some seconds later." Brock continues. "Arion didn't tell his adopted family about his adventure, but he knew that if he was ever to get to Telchal, he had to find Epona. However, he had not heard Anadin's grasswhistle, so if he was to summon Epona at all, he had to learn what the song was."

    "Did he figure it out?" Wendy asks.

    "All that day, while he was herding the Tauros, he thought long and hard about how to call Epona, for he was sure that once on her back he could overcome every other danger that awaited him." Brock reminds the girls. "He knew he had to be ready in case he got a chance. Of course, he made his preparations at night, when everyone was asleep. Remembering what he had seen Anadin do, he patched up an old halter that was hanging in a corner of the stable, found a rope long enough and thick enough to fit around Epona's feet, and a net often used for catching bird Pokemon. Next, he sewed together some cloth to make a bag, and he put glue, Fletchling feathers, some beads, a whistle..." Brock pauses to fish his own whistle from his bag. "and some food. Then he went out to the path where the darkfire Ponyta and Epona always appeared, and crumbled some bread on one side of it."

    [Did he catch Epona?] Satomi asks

    "It wasn't long before all three appeared, while Arion watched in the bushes." Brock replies. "Worries started filling his head--what if all his work was useless? What if the darkfire Ponyta, and not Epona, ate the crumbs?"

    [Did the little Ponyta take the bait, Master Storyteller?] one of the Mightyenas asks as he leads his pack up the hill to watch over the camp.

    "To his relief, the darkfire Ponyta and her rider went by, eventually disappearing around a corner." Brock assures the pack leader. "Epona, meanwhile, smelled the bread, and began eating the pieces. She was so absorbed in eating the bread that she never saw Arion approaching-- untill she felt the halter on her neck and the rope round her feet, and--in another moment--someone on her back."

    Laughter goes up as the group pictures Epona's reaction. "Going as fast as she could run, Epona bolted straight into the wilderness, while her rider hung on in the saddle and trembled at the strange sights he saw." Brock continues. "Sometimes the earth seemed to open in front of them and he was looking into a bottomless pit; sometimes the trees burst into flames and he found himself in the midst of a fire; often in the act of crossing a stream the water rose and threatened to wash him away; and again, at the foot of a mountain, great rocks would roll towards him, as if they would crush him and Epona beneath their weight. Arion didn't know if these things were real or his imagination, but he pulled down his cap to hide his eyes, and trusted Epona to carry him down the right road."

    He pauses for a beat before continuing "Finally, they came out on a wide plain where the breeze blew fresh and strong. Arion looked around, and everything seemed normal, though a chill ran down his spine as he noticed the skeletons of people scattered over the plain, beside the skeletons of their Ponytas. And what were those grey forms trotting away in the distance? Were they--could they be--Mightyenas?"

    Hibiki freezes when she sees some gray forms, the huge form of a tank-like vehicle, and torches approaching the camp. "No, it's worse than that! Team Elegy's here!"

    "Well hello there, Squinty-eyes..." Aika sneers as she and the Team Elegy unit arrive in the camp. "I must thank you for holding onto this traitor for me..."

    "I'm not going back with you!" Hibiki snapped as she tried again and again to deflect Aika's hand. "Never again!"

    "Why not?" Aika asked. "You were the one that said you wanted to make your own decisions when I found you lost and alone...and I gave you a chance to be a leader of a great organization! You proved yourself to be a hard worker, and rose through the ranks rather quickly...and now you want to turn your back on your dream?"

    Hibiki grumbled as she stood up. "It's true I wanted to make my own decisions--but now that I know who you really are, I've decided I DON'T want to be in charge of killing innocent people and Pokemon!" She kicked away her old Team Elegy outfit to emphasize her point. "I won't be needing this anymore..."

    Aika was about to protest when Hibiki roared "Furthermore, a good leader respects those they are in charge of, and is sensitive to their needs--not depriving them of privileges and basic needs if you disagree!"

    She threw down the Team Elegy beret and jumped on it several times, as if stamping out the evil inside of it. "A good leader listens to those they are in charge of, and if their workers have a problem, the leader works with them and tries to help solve it--not telling them to 'deal with it' or blowing it off as all in their heads!"

    Brock watched as Hibiki continued ranting, every so often discarding one of her Team Elegy items. "Get ready...this could get ugly..." he whispered as he nocked an arrow. Wendy nodded, and drew her sword in preparation for battle.

    Terra quickly led Emi and the Eevees behind a bush. [Stay here, and don't come out until one of us says it's safe.] she whispered before running to rejoin Hinata, who was charging a Flame Wheel.

    "But above all, a leader IS. NOT. A. KILLER!!!" Hibiki screeched, concluding her firey speech.

    "No!" Aika pleaded as Hibiki removed her admin insignia. "If you burn that....!"

    "I have every right to burn this!" Hibiki snapped, throwing the insignia into the campfire flames. "This world does not deserve to be torn apart because of one person's selfish ambitions! It deserves to be protected!" The sound of Brock drawing the bow punctuated her point.

    With that, she started singing Gatrandis favel secret, edena...

    [The awakening spellsong!] Hinata gasps.

    [She really did want to change!] Mizuchi agreed.

    "No! Do you realize what you're singing?" Aika screeched over Hibiki singing Emusto ronzen fine el balaziis... "Do you know what that power can do?"

    Kacoradis favel siicletu edena... Hibiki continued as a red aura surrounded her.
    Emusto koron zen fine, si...

    Aika's desperate "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!" nearly drowned out Hibiki's final C note, making the entire hillside glow red with the bright aura.

    "Don't just stand there, attack!" a Team Elegy commander called, prompting the crowd of grunts to engage with the Mightyena pack.

    "YAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!" Wendy led the charge into battle, with Brock and Hibiki not far behind.

    After leading Hibiki by a tree,which overlooked the Mightyenas scratching and biting the Whismurs and Roggenrolas attempting to climb the hill, Brock explained "I'll support the Pokemon and Wendy from here, you can pick off anything trying to ambush us from behind, okay?"

    "Okay...but I don't know how strong my new magic is yet...and what if I need a weapon?" Hibiki worried.

    "You can sing one into existence." Brock assured Hibiki as he fired an arrow into a patch of ground, making some Whismurs stumble backwards from the explosion of electricity at the arrow's impact.

    Inspired, Hibiki sang Jao wiisha nes chiel com yutuul..., conjuring a number of glowing circular boomerang-like weapons. "Team Elegy won't know what hit them--cause these will come back to me!"

    The crack of a branch alerted her to a Team Elegy grunt about to jump down on her and Brock's position from a tree! Jao wiisha nes chiel com yutuul... she sang, conjuring a fireball that sent the grunt flying.

    "Nice shot!" Brock grinned as more grunts arrived with fire extinguishers.

    She winced as a Mightyena's claw gravely wounded a grunt. "That had to hurt..."

    "These Mightyenas guard the mountain, so if the mountain is under attack like this, they hit, and hit hard." Brock cautioned.

    [Hah!] Tenku screeched as she unleashed a whirlwind at some fleeing Team Elegy grunts. While the unlucky grunts were tossed about like dolls, the tank didn't move an inch.

    Hibiki recognized the large tank looming over the chaotic battlefield. "That's Team Elegy's patented flamethrower tank--we need to destroy that before they can set fire to the forest!"

    "It would be my pleasure to take the first shot." Brock grinned as he aimed for the tank, and fired. While the arrow only made a small dent in the mighty tank's armor, the electricity from the impact also lit some of the chaos of the ground.

    Hinata rammed into a Whismur, then noticed Brock's shot at the tank. [Everyone! Aim for that giant tank!]

    She whirled around to see a Roggenrola charging at her, and jumped out of the way, making the Roggenrola crash into a rock.

    You wanna burn the forest down? Then feel the fire of my fury. Hibiki grinned before singing Jao wiisha nes chiel com yutuul...

    Later, after the battle...

    "There...that's the last one." Brock smiled as he bandaged a Mightyena's wounded paw. Wendy was nearby, reviving a fainted Mightyena.

    [Thank you all for saving the mountain forest...] the pack leader smiled. [We will never forget how you saved us in our darkest hour.]

    "The real hero is Hibiki--she did something very brave, standing up to the Team Elegy boss like that." Wendy interjected.

    "It was nothing, really...I did what I had to do to get out of there before I did something I really regretted." Hibiki giggled, a little nervous from all the attention.

    Just then,a familiar voice singing Karuto, iichiida shou... snapped Brock to attention. "Meloetta..."

    "What are you doing here?" Wendy asked as Meloetta flew over to Hibiki, a yellow and black egg cradled in her arms.

    "I wanted to congratulate Hibiki for renouncing her ties to Team Elegy." Meloetta explained before addressing Hibiki. "You did something very brave...now that you have joined Brock and Wendy on their journey. Aika sees you a traitor, and will stop at nothing until the three of you are captured or dead."

    "I knew that risk, but I still had to do it before I ended up killing innocent people and Pokemon for no reason and regretting it for as long as I lived." Hibiki explained. "When Aika took me in all those years ago, I thought she was a great leader...but now I see her for what she really is, and it's Brock that is the real leader."

    Meloetta smiled. "As a sign of the beginning of a new life, I want you to care for the Pokemon inside this egg."

    "Thanks?" Hibiki stammered as she nervously accepted the egg. "I-I'll do my best to take care of it..."

    "Besides..." Wendy added. "You have two breeders to help you raise it!"

    Just then, the egg started to crack, and after a few tense seconds, a small yellow mouse creature lay in Hibiki's hands. [Ma-ma?] it squeaked, its eyes shining hopefully.

    "Aw, a Pichu!" Wendy smiled.

    After carefully checking the Pichu's gender, Brock told Hibiki "It's a boy Pichu...what do you wanna name him?"

    Hibiki thought for a moment, bemused in the tiny Pichu's happy smile."How about...Fuka?"

    [Yay!] the Pichu cheered.

    "Fuka?" Wendy was confused.

    Hibiki nodded. "Because my love for him is as deep as the sea." The Pichu giggled as he and his new master embraced...
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    Episode 39: "The master storyteller's heritage! Wendy's trade of tales!" (part 1)


    "Finally we're out of those caves!" Hibiki cried as she, Brock and Wendy emerged from a cave a few days later, After protecting the guardian Mightyenas of the mountain and Hibiki's change of heart, the three of them had wound their way through the mountain's maze-like tunnels.

    "Hate to break it to you, but after rounding this road, we go in another tunnel." Wendy replied as she studied the map. Hibiki just groaned in reply.

    Then, a ring on her left hand got her attention. "What's this?"

    "When you sang the awakening song, you got a ring of protection." Brock explained as he admired the circular emerald carefully balanced between two bands of white gold and diamonds. "So if something happens while we are exploring the sanctums of the Gems of Song, this ring keeps us from dying."

    "Does this mean I'm invincible???" Hibiki gasped, starry eyed at the prospect of never dying.

    "I would not recommend standing in front of a stampede of Donphans to test that theory." Wendy giggled at Hibiki's excitement. "Besides, you have to set a good example for Fuka."

    "A good example?" Hibiki asked, glancing down at the smiling Pichu in her arms.

    "Pichus learn by repetition--so the more he sees you modeling good behavior, the more likely he'll do it too." Brock explained. "On the other side of the coin, if you complain a lot, he'll complain a lot too."

    Hibiki blushed, both embarrassed and ashamed that Brock had called her out on a bad behavior. "I'm sorry, Fuka..." she apologized to the Pichu. "It's just that we've walked a long way, and Mama's feet are tired..."

    "We don't have very far to go before we reach the Askarya river..." Wendy explained, "So...why don't we sing a few songs to pass the time?"

    "What kind of songs?" Hibiki asked.

    A guitar chord got her attention. "One of my favorites to sing on a long hike goes something like this..." Brock explained before beginning We love to go a-wandering,
    Along the mountain tracks,
    And as we go, we love to sing,
    Our knapsacks on our backs....

    Valderi, valdera,
    Valderi, val-dera-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha
    Valderi, valdera,
    Our knapsacks on our backs....
    Wendy joined in.

    Hibiki raised an eyebrow as Brock continued We love to wander by the stream
    That dances in the sun,
    So joyously it calls to us,
    "Come! Join our happy song!"


    Valderi, valdera,
    Valderi, val-dera-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha
    Valderi, valdera,
    Come join our happy song...
    came the chorus again.

    I wave my hat to all I meet,
    And they wave back to me...
    Wendy sang as she tipped her hat to a passing traveler.
    And Taillows call so loud and sweet
    From ev'ry green wood tree....


    Valderi, valdera,
    Valderi, val-dera-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha
    Hibiki joined in.
    Valderi, valdera,
    From ev'ry green wood tree...


    "Come to think of it, I think I know a verse of this song!" Hibiki smiled before enthusiastically belting out High overhead, the Fletchlings wing,
    They never rest at home...
    But just like us, they love to sing,
    As o'er the world we roam....

    Valderi, valdera,
    Valderi, val-dera-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha
    Valderi, valdera,
    As o'er the world we roam....
    With that, Brock added a little flourish to end the song just as the group rounded a bend in the road overlooking a river and a large hill.

    "There it is!" Hibiki cried, and hurried off down the hill towards the river, where many people were busy mining gems.

    She quickly located the supply cabin on the hill, where a line formed to buy the bags of dirt you mined with. "Hello there!" a woman by the river called as Wendy joined Hibiki in line. "Where might you be headed?"

    "We're going to Akari City!" Wendy called back. "We thought we'd rest here for a while!"

    Raku gasped when he saw the bags of dirt. [Will you find me a Thunder Stone? Please?]

    "I'll try, but no guarantees that any Thunder Stones are in the dirt we buy." Wendy cautioned as the line passed a sign that said "MINING DIRT-1 BAG=100 POKE

    Outside the cabin, Brock made himself comfortable under a tree with his guitar, and smiled when he noticed a crowd of children at his feet. After playing a bouncy introduction in C, he sings There was a man...

    There was a man... the kids echo.

    Now please take note... Brock sings the next part of the verse.

    Now please take note... the kids echo. The song continues like this:

    There was a man,

    There was a man,

    Had a Gogoat....

    Had a Gogoat....


    Everyone then choruses He loved Gogoat, indeed he did. He loved Gogoat just like a kid....

    ----------

    Hours later, Brock uses the ending of "Jenny Jenkins"--which he had finally gotten stumped by the color sepia--to transition into a story. "One afternoon long, long ago, Sorin was sitting at home resting when he saw Illumise fly past." Brock begins. "When Sorin saw her, he got a fine idea, if he said so himself."

    In character as Sorin, he calls to no one in particular "Oi, Illumise! Why dontcha stop in and chitchat with me for a while?"

    As himself, he continues "So Illumise did, and they talked for hours. After they had talked for a while, Sorin suggested they go hunting for eggs together in the forest. Now, Illumise knew as well as anyone that Sorin was quite the trickster..."

    Thunderous applause goes up at the familiar beginning. "but she agreed to Sorin's proposal, and told him to come to her house at sunset." Brock continues when the applause dies down. "Sorin loved hunting, and he loved collecting all manner of Pokemon eggs. And Illumise seemed like the perfect hunting companion for anyone who liked to sneak around, for she would give him light to see in the dark."

    Giggles go up as the audience anticipates what hijinks the crafty Pikachu will get into this time around. "When the sun set, Sorin hurried to Illumise's house. Together they set off for the forest, and there they snuck up on an unguarded Pidgey's nest." Brock continues. "It was nighttime, and there was no moon in the sky. But Illumise opened her wings, and when she did, her tail lit up the forest like it was daytime. It was just enough light for Sorin see not just the six Pidgey eggs, but all the eggs in the immediate vicinity. So he went to work, picking up every single egg out of every single nest in that tree, and placing them carefully in his basket. When he had gathered every last one, he and Illumise hurried to another tree with nests, and the process would begin anew."

    He quickly interjects "As the night wore on, Illumise began to grow tired, and she wondered if this wasn't a mistake."

    More giggles go up as Brock goes on "Before long, Sorin's basket was overflowing, and as they moved on across the dark forest, Illumise suggested..." In a breathy female voice he intones "Come, let's go to the next tree, and this time you'll fill my basket."

    "I'm too tired to do any more hunting," he sighs as Sorin. "I think I'll just take my eggs home."

    As himself, he continues "Illumise was furious at this, and flew away in a huff, leaving Sorin stranded in the dark. They had traveled for a long, long time, and gone a long, long way, and Sorin had no idea how to find his way home. As Sorin groped about in the darkness, he bumped smack into what he thought was a house."

    He calls as Sorin "Hello! Anybody home?"

    In a deep and gravely voice, he answers "Who's that in my house?"

    "It's Sorin, your good friend!" he calls as Sorin.

    As himself, he explains "Sorin recognized the deep voice that had answered him--he had wandered into Raikou's den!"

    "Ooh"s and giggles fill the air at this. "Raikou saw Sorin in the dim light of the den's entryway and let out a huge sigh." Brock continues. "Sorin had tricked him many times before, and every Pokemon knew that nobody makes a fool of Raikou. But Raikou was a clever Pokemon in his own right. And so, although Sorin was no friend of his, he said, very sweetly..." In a gentler version of his Raikou voice, he says "Come in, my friend."

    He continues as himself "Sorin stepped inside, and the moment he did, Raikou shut the door behind him."

    "Look at those eggs!" he gasps as Raikou as he admires an imagined egg. "Let's boil them and have a feast."

    As himself, he continues "Before Sorin could say a word, Raikou put a big kettle on the fire and called out to his wife and cubs..." As Raikou again, he calls "Come see our midnight snack!"

    Laughter goes up as the audience pictures the look on Sorin's face as the Raikous enter the room. "So Lady Raikou and the four cubs hurried into the room, and the moment those eggs were boiled, they began to gobble them down." Brock continues as himself. "But after a few minutes, Raikou began wondering if perhaps Sorin wanted some, too. Sorin was nervous surrounded by all the Raikous, and politely declined. He didn't want to upset the Raikous, after all."

    Chuckles of anticipation race through the crowd. "So when all the eggs were gone, Raikou waited until Sorin was looking the other way, dropped a Corphish into the kettle, and then covered the Corphish with all the eggshells. He then invited Sorin to stay the night. Sorin nodded when he saw those gleaming teeth, sharp as knives. He didn't want to refuse Raikou."

    Brock waits a few beats, then continues. "Before long, everyone was fast asleep -- everyone but Sorin, who was trying oh-so-hard not to fall asleep. When he heard everyone snoring, he tiptoed to the kettle, reached inside to grab an egg, but the Corphish pinched him hard!"

    "AI-YAI-YAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!" he screams as Sorin, making the audience roar with laughter.

    "Are you all right?" he calls as Raikou.

    "There are terrible bugs in this house!" he complains as Sorin.

    "Bugs?" he gasps as Raikou. "How dare you insult us!!!" Startled screams mix with more laughter as Brock performs a perfect Raikou roar.

    Once the laughter calms down, Brock continues "Sorin raced to the door as fast as he could, and Raikou couldn't help but grin as he watched the little Pikachu hurrying home."

    He concludes "Needless to say, Sorin never returned to Raikou's den, and he never went hunting with Illumise again!" Laughter and applause fill the air as Brock takes a bow for his audience.

    ---------

    "Okay...." Wendy begins as she and Hibiki arrive in an open part of the shallows with two screened boxes, two spades, and six bags of dirt between them. "Here's how you mine for gems...first put some of the dirt in the screened in box."

    Hibiki hesitantly follows Wendy's instructions as Fuka looks on. "Next, submerge the box in the water and shake it a little to dissolve the dirt--and jewels, stones, and minerals will be left when you bring it up." She demonstrates with her own screened box.

    "That looks pretty easy..." Hibiki musters a smile as she submerges her box. "Treasure's hiding in the dirt, so we're washing the dirt away to clean it up." she explains to Fuka.

    [No one wants dirty treasure!] Fuka smiles as Hibiki picks out some crystals and a diamond.

    Wendy smiles as she sets aside a Leaf Stone and some crystals. "That's actually a good way to explain gem mining to a young Pokemon, Hibiki...."


    She hears Brock conclude another story as Hibiki goes to work on her own. "Think you can keep doing this on your own?" she asks Hibiki.

    "I think so..." Hibiki replies as she submerges the box again.

    Wendy leaves Hibiki to mine and joins Brock and the children. "If you don't mind me joining you, I have a tale of Minami for you..."

    "Please tell it--I could use a break, anyway." Brock replied as he sets his guitar aside.

    "Okay...this is called 'The Moon Girl'." Wendy explaind before beginning "Once upon a time, in a far away land, there lived a rich couple, and each month the woman asked Lugia as he passed over the house 'Am I the most beautiful in the world, or are you?'"....

    ---------

    "...The mother was so shocked at this news, she collapsed and died right there on the balcony. As for Luna and Prince Brendan, they all lived happily ever after." Wendy concludes to applause from the children, Brock, and some of the other people mining.

    "That was a sweet story..." a boy smiled as he examined what jewels, stones and minerals were left in his latest spadeful of dirt. "Reminds me of the legend of Denryu..."

    "Who's he?" Brock is intrigued.

    "Denryu is said to be a thunder spirit--which some say resembles an Ampharos--that guards Mt. Taka like the Mightyenas, but he only appears if the mountain is in danger." the boy explained as he petted his own Eevee. "He is said to have a shining white mane and tail with topazes in it..."

    "Maybe all the earthquakes in the area have something to do with Denryu?" a girl suggests.

    "What earthquakes?" Hibiki wondered as she picked out a ruby and an emerald from her screen box.

    She suddenly felt the ground begin to rumble, and Fuka screamed in fear as she and the other miners scrambled to get away from the river. Once she spotted Brock, Wendy, and the children in an open area of grass, she hugged Fuka close as she ran to join them. "It's gonna be okay, Fuka...it's gonna be okay...."

    TO BE CONTINUED....
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    Episode 40: "The master storyteller's heritage! Wendy's trade of tales!" (part 2)


    "Is everyone okay?" Brock asks as the shaking stops. He sets he guitar aside and begins examining each person in his audience for signs of pain or injury.

    Back by the riverbank, Hibiki is doing the same for Fuka. "Are you okay? Were you hurt from the shaking?" she asks him.

    [I'm fine, Mama...just scared the ground is gonna shake again.] Fuka replies.

    "Well, if the ground does shake again, we know what to do." Hibiki assures him.

    The crowd, meanwhile, is perplexed as to how and why the earthquake struck:

    "How could there have been a quake here? There's no fault lines that I know of out here...."

    "Maybe Mt. Taka is on a fault line?"

    "If that were true, the Teru Co. Research Lab would have picked it up a long time ago."

    "Everyone, please!" a ranger calls as she arrives to help administer first aid. "If there's anyone with major injuries, we will tend to them until emergency services arrive. The outpost has been evaluated for damage and all is well--if you and your Pokemon got separated during the quake, let us know and we will search as soon as the mountain tunnels have been cleared for human passage."

    "If you need medicine or supplies, let us know." a second ranger adds.

    After reporting to a ranger that none of the people in his audience are seriously injured, and he has done what he can to treat what injuries there are, Brock attends to his team. "Everyone okay?"

    [I'm okay...] Hinata reports.

    [Emi's crying cause she's scared, but she doesn't look hurt.] Terra reports as she tries to console a squalling Emi.

    Brock takes Emi in his arms. "It's okay...Daddy's here." he calmly assures her, making her cries quiet, although he can very plainly feel her shaking in fear.

    Wendy, meanwhile, is bandaging one of Mizuchi's paws. [That shaking surprised me so much, I tripped and landed on my paw funny...] she groans.

    [If it starts shaking again, get away from trees and buildings, stay put, and don't panic!] Satomi explains with a grin.

    A ranger pats Satomi on the head. "You have one smart Eevee, miss." he smiles as he checks to be sure Mizuchi is bandaged correctly. "Thanks for your help."

    "Aw, it was nothing!" Wendy giggles before tending to the Eevees. "Are you two okay? Does anything hurt?"

    [I'm fine...] Raku reports.

    [Same here.] Satomi agrees.

    Just then, the boy from before races up to a ranger. "My Eevee's missing! I'm scared he may have ran off into the tunnels when the quake hit."

    "We're inspecting the tunnels as quickly as we can, but it may be several hours before we can clear them for safe passage--but we'll keep an eye out for your Eevee too." This consoles the boy a little.

    Hibiki notices the uneasy crowd. "Hey, Brock...tell everyone one of your adventure tales while we wait for the tunnels to open..."

    "Great idea!" Wendy agrees.

    "The longer and more magic filled, the better!" Hibiki adds.

    Brock nods, takes his guitar, and starts a peaceful melody to focus his thoughts. Once a story comes to him, he begins "In a time long ago, there lived a king whose power lay not only in the vast extent of his domain, but also in magic. One day, he met a princess of such remarkable beauty that he asked her hand in marriage right there, and considered himself the happiest of people."

    He plays a foreboding riff to signal all is not well in fantasyland. "A year went by, and a son was born, worthy in every way of such distinguished parents, and well loved and well liked by the whole court--we'll call him Alex. As soon as the queen believed he was old enough to travel, she set out with him in secret to visit her fairy godmother--the light fairy Lumina."

    "Why secretly?" Hibiki is confused. "Light fairies are good, right?"

    "They had to go in secret, because Lumina had warned the queen that the king was a mage; and from time immemorial there had been a long standing feud between the fairies, who often wielded light magic, and the mages, who often wielded dark magic--although there were some fairies that did bad things and mages that used their power for good." Brock explains to Hibiki. "The king was one of those mages that usually used their power for evil--had he known about the journey, he might not have approved of his wife's visit."

    "Oh..." Hibiki replies.

    "Lumina was well pleased with the little prince, and blessed him with the gift of kindness and the gift of wisdom." Brock continues over a calm interlude. "Much to the delight of his teachers, he did very well in all his classes. But a few years later, he lost his mother to a terrible disease."

    [Aw....] Fuka sighs.

    "Her last words were to not do anything important without talking to Lumina first." Brock goes on. "Prince Alex's grief was great, but it was nothing compared to that of his father the king. Neither time nor reason seemed to heal his sorrow, and the sight of all the familiar faces and things about him only served to remind him of his loss. He therefore resolved to go on a great journey. Thanks to his innate magic power, he was able to visit every country in the world without having to travel the distance between them."

    "I hate to interrupt the storytime, but I want to inform you that the tunnels are safe for traveling." a ranger reports.

    "Let's go find your Eevee, okay?" Hibiki assures the boy as Brock gets up from his place under the tree, still telling his story and playing guitar all the while.

    "After having traveled from land to land without finding anything interesting, he warped to a land where the air seemed filled with the scent of jasmine and Oran flowers that bloomed everywhere." Brock continues, doing his best to project his voice so the whole crowd can hear him as they wind around the corner and enter into the caves. "Attracted by the sweet perfume, he came to some large and beautiful gardens filled with the rarest flowers, and with fountains throwing up their clear waters into the air in a hundred different shapes. A wide stream flowed through the garden, and on it floated richly ornamented boats filled with people dressed in elegant clothing covered with jewels."

    Just then, Wendy gasps as they come to a three way fork in the cave. "Uh oh...how do we know which way the Eevee went?"

    "I'll take a group this way!" Hibiki volunteers as she motions for some in the crowd to follow the left route.

    A smile forms on Wendy's face--Hibiki actually had a good idea! "If you want to look down the right route, come with me!" she calls.

    "Everyone else, look down the center route with me!" Brock calls. Once the girls and their groups have departed down their routes, he snaps a few times to count himself off before singing We're following the leader, the leader, the leader....

    We're following the leader, wherever he may go! the others join in as they follow Brock down the center route...

    ----------

    "Okay...keep an eye out for Eevee tracks, fur, or a trail." Hibiki instructs her group.

    For a while, the search is uneventful, until a boy spots a trail leading behind a formation of crystals. "Maybe he went back here!"

    Hibiki hurries over to the spike-like crystal, but all she finds is a half eaten Berry. "If he was seen here, he may have eaten some of this Berry."

    [Maybe he got hungry and the Berry was here!] Fuka suggests.

    "That's true...but where could he have gone after he ate something?" Hibiki muses. "There's no tracks leading away from here." She lets that hang as she goes to look behind some rocks.

    ---------

    Wendy sighs as her group comes up fruitless--their route has only led to another fork, with no places an Eevee could have hidden. "So much for searching down here--which route should we pick now?"

    "Left!" the Eevee's owner calls.

    "Right!" some children suggest at the same time.

    Wendy's first thought is to flip a coin, but then Brock's voice leading an enthusiastic chorus of We're following the leader, the leader, the leader; we're following the leader, wherever he may go! wafts down the left tunnel. "Anyone want to join in the sing-along?"

    The group enthusiastically agrees, and the two groups merge as Brock and his group round a corner, still singing:

    Ti dum, ti dee, a teedle-li-doh-ti-day,
    Ti dum, ti dee,
    It's part of the game we play,
    Ti dum, ti dee,
    The words are easy to say,
    Just a teedle-li dum, a teedle-li-doh-ti-day...


    Ti dum, ti dee, a teedle-li-doh-ti-dai,
    We march, along,
    And follow the other guy...


    Each thing, I do, the rest of you have to try! Brock sings alone.

    With a teedle-li dum, a teedle-li-doh-ti dai.... the rest of the group sing in reply. Hibiki's group emerges from a tunnel and joins in some moments later as the massive group walks over a sturdy wooden bridge over a gorge:

    We're following the leader, the leader, the leader; we're following the leader, wherever he may go!
    We won't be back till morning, till morning, till morning, we won't be back till morning...


    Because I told you so! Brock interjects alone. The rest of the group howls with laughter and continue the song:

    Ti dum, ti dee, a teedle-li-doh-ti-day,
    We're out, for fun,
    And this is the game we play,
    Come on, join in, and sing your troubles away!
    With a teedle-li dum, a teedle-li-doh-ti-day.


    We're off to see the Raikous, the Raikous, the Raikous, we're off to see the Raikous, and this is what we'll do... Wendy leads the next verse as the massive crowd climbs over some stalagmites.

    We may bring back a million, a billion, a trillion... Hibiki joins in.
    We may bring back a million, or maybe one or two...

    "Company, halt!" Brock announces when he spots an Ampharos petting an Eevee behind a bowl-like rock formation. "I think we've found the Eevee..."

    [Oh, so this Eevee belongs to one of you?] the Ampharos smiles, coaxing the Eevee to join it. [Which one of these humans is your master?]

    But before the boy and the Eevee can reunite, the cave starts to rumble, making screams fill the air. "Not again..." Hibiki gasps as a wall of the cave cracks, and a large tank-like vehicle armed with twin drills bursts into the room.

    Brock sighs that Team Elegy has managed to follow them. "Well, now we know what caused all those earthquakes..." he deadpans.

    "Thought you could hide from me by going underground, traitor?" Aika sneers. "Any move you make in here may cause the stalactites to fall, and therefore block any hope of escape."

    The sound of Brock drawing the bow gets her attention. "You think an arrow can pierce the Driltank? Think again."

    "Then stop bothering the Pokemon of the mountain." Brock warns as he aims his shot at a Zubat den hanging over Aika's head. "Unless you want something worse than Beedrill chasing you this time."

    "You and what army, Robin Hood?" Aika taunts.

    The pops of Poke Balls as many of the people in the group release their Pokemon to battle make a confident grin form on Brock's face. "Me and THAT army!"

    "CHAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGE!!!!" Wendy commands as the mass of Pokemon and humans with weapons charge at the tank. Brock unleashes his shot, and many of the crew members scatter as the Zubat attack them.

    [Fire types, handle the tank itself!, Water types, take any Pokemon Team Elegy summons!] Terra calls to the various Pokemon in an attempt to direct the chaos. [Electric types, short out the tank's power system!, Grass types, hold the tank down!]

    An Ivysaur and a Grovyle tie down the tank at the left side with their vines as Mizuchi gives more instructions. [Chanseys, Blisseys, Happinis, heal the wounded and stay with those that can't fight themselves! Poison types, jam the tank treads with your strongest goo!]

    Some Muks are more than happy to comply with Mizuchi's order as they gum up the helpless tank's treads with Toxic. Wendy, meanwhile, is battling a Team Elegy grunt while Hinata helps a Charmeleon and a Delphox burn a hole in the tank so another squad of Electric types can do their job.

    As Brock fires another arrow to knock away a Gligar, the Ampharos watching the chaos in the corner gives him an idea. What if Denryu is not a separate creature, but a Mega Evolution, like Kimal is for Riolu and Lucario?

    He calls to Wendy as she defeats her foe "Sing to the Ampharos, quickly!"

    Everyone gasps as Wendy sings Jao wiisha nes chiel com yutuul..., engulfing the Ampharos in blue light. When it fades, the crowd gasps when they see the topaz studded mane the slightly taller Ampharos has sprouted.

    "Denryu!" a girl gasps.

    "The girl is one of Meloetta's chosen!" a boy agrees.

    Denryu, meanwhile, delivers the lost Eevee to its master. There...your Eevee is safe.

    "Thank you, Denryu." the boy agrees as he tearfully hugs his Eevee.

    Brock then notices Denryu is charging a massive Thunderbolt in an attempt to blast the tank away. Jao wiisha nes chiel com yutuul... he sings, creating a large red protective aura around the crowd, their Pokemon, and the cave.

    Good idea, chosen of Meloetta....while the leader of your enemies has fled, and this tank is now abandoned, I can at least destroy it for you. With that, the cave lights up so bright, it seems like the daytime as the tank explodes...

    ---------

    "So Aika and her goons got away..." Wendy sighs as the crowd emerges from the cave later that evening. "How they did it in all the confusion, I don't know, but they did."

    "I'm at least glad my Eevee's okay..." the boy smiles before handing Wendy a Thunder Stone. "Here...this is to thank you for giving us all a wild adventure that none of us will forget."

    "Thanks." Wendy replied as she accepted the yellow-green stone.

    "I'll be happy to come tell more tales any time." Brock agrees as the group turns to leave to thunderous cheers.

    "Bye, everyone!" Hibiki calls. "We'll see you again next time!"

    Raku,meanwhile, gasps when he sees the Thunder Stone. [Will you evolve me to a Jolteon now? Pleeeeeeeeease?]

    Wendy just chuckles at Raku's plea. "Not yet, Raku...while I don't deny you and Satomi were very brave back there, you tell have much to learn before you evolve." Raku nodded to show he understood as the group walked off into the setting sun...

    To Be Continued....
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    Episode 41: "A sister's love! The miracle evolution!"


    "Why? Why????????????????" Aika cried in frustration as she read the account of their defeat inside the Mt. Taka caves that the computer had generated. "Why have we constantly been defeated at the hands of the spellsingers?"

    The remaining three admins dashed into the room, concerned. "Maybe we're going at this all wrong, boss..." a black haired male admin suggested. "What if, instead of going to them, where they will inevitably be warned about our coming, we get them to come to us?"

    "Go on..." Aika pressed the admin further, a grin forming on her face as she led the way into the planning room--or as the admins affectionately called it, "the war room" because of the many maps and security feeds displayed in the room.

    A female admin reached for a sheet of paper. "We all know you want the traitor..." she explained, gesturing to an old picture of Hibiki by the base security control panel. "And the spellsingers probably have at least one Pokemon they love very much." She drew a Pikachu as an example Pokemon. "If we were to catch this Pokemon, and demand the traitor in exchange..."

    "Wonderful idea!" Aika grinned. "We'll kill two Pidgeys with one stone--we take back the traitor, and then silence Squinty-eyes and Redhead!"

    "But what if they try to strike back?" another male admin interjected.

    "Then I can send Exploud at them." Aika replied. "I don't think any of their Pokemon would stand a chance against him."

    "Once again, the boss thinks of everything..." the female admin grinned as she got up from the table. "I'll dispatch a stealth team to their camp..."

    "I'll write the ransom note telling them to come here." a male admin volunteered before going to work clipping letters from some magazines.

    Aika smiled, pleased at the flurry of activity in the war room. Soon, spellsingers, your power will be gone forever, and there will be no one left to stop us from tearing this world apart!

    The next day....

    [WENDYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!] Satomi screeched as she darted into her master's tent. [Wake up! WakeupWakeupWake uuuuuuuuuuuup!]

    "mrrgh...what's the matter, Satomi?" Wendy yawned as she groggily woke up.

    [Raku's gone!] Satomi breathlessly explained. [I heart some rustling last night, and when I looked to see what it was, Raku was gone, and one of those magazine letter notes was in his place!]

    "Magazine letter notes? Like a ransom note in a mystery movie?" Wendy asked as she climbed from her sleeping bag.

    [Yeah!] Satomi replied. [Come look!]

    "I'm coming..." After getting dressed, Wendy hurried outside to the remains of their campfire, where Brock was studying a piece of paper by Raku's typical spot.

    "Okay...it says 'If you want to see your Eevee again, bring the traitor to the hidden grotto in the woods. If the exchange goes peacefully, no one gets hurt.'" Brock explained. "Judging from the mention of 'the traitor' in here, this is probably Team Elegy demanding Hibiki back...."

    "They can threaten me all they want, but I am NOT going back!" Hibiki snapped.

    "And they didn't have to go so low as to Eevee-nap Raku!" Wendy agreed as angry tears formed in her eyes.

    "I know the place the note describes--one of our hidden bases." Hibiki explained, calming Wendy down a little. "Thing is, if we're gonna try a rescue mission, the problem is how to bypass all the traps and security."

    "What if I were the one to go find Raku while you guys battle?" Brock suggested.

    Hibiki smiled. "That's a good idea--fool Team Elegy into thinking they're getting what they wanted, and then surprise them!"

    She added as an aside "The boss usually thinks of just about anything that could possibly happen, but I bet she didn't think we'd pull a bait and switch rescue!"

    Nervous giggles went up in agreement as Hibiki reached for a piece of paper and drew the base as best as she could remember, marking every possible place Raku could have been taken. "Okay, while Wendy and I deal with Aika and the admins, you can start down this hallway here...."

    Later, at the Team Elegy base...

    Aika gasped when she found Brock, Wendy, and Hibiki arriving at the base entrance. "What a surprise! I didn't expect you to respond to my message so quickly..." she grinned.

    "We have two conditions before we turn Hibiki over..." Brock told Aika. "Allow me the chance to find where our Eevee is being held..."

    "...and second..." Wendy drew her blade. "Defeat us in a battle to decide who is worthy to have Hibiki!"

    "Just when I thought we'd have a peaceful solution to a matter..." Aika grumbled before taking a Poke Ball. "All right, if you want to fight, so be it. "But I won't be going down that easily!" With that, she heaved the Poke Ball to the ground, revealing an Exploud alongside two Boldores two of the admins had summoned.

    Mizuchi led the charge to battle as Wendy delivered a hard gash to the hole-filled mammalian Pokemon. [Now's your chance, Brock! Go! Go! Go!] she called before the Exploud howled in pain.

    [Hah!] Terra flung some dirt in the Exploud's face, buying Wendy time to deliver another blow.

    The girls, didn't expect to be thrown back from the force of the Exploud's Hyper Voice. "Ow..." Hibiki winced as she tried to get up.

    "You're lucky we didn't hit the rocks..." Wendy agreed as she gingerly eased herself to her feet.

    "Rocks or no rocks, this still hurts." Hibiki mused as she too tried to get up.

    She gasped as the two Boldores heaved a flurry of rocks in their direction. "Just because we didn't hit the natural rocks doesn't mean we will get hit!" With that, the group hurried out of the way as more rocks rained on the forest floor.

    [I'll get the Exploud!] Hinata volunteered before firing a Flamethrower attack, making the Exploud howl even more in pain.

    [Incoming!] Mizuchi called as a large wave engulfed the two Boldores, leaving only the Exploud standing.

    Satomi watched as the admins summoned two other Boldores, making Wendy's next attack useless. I have to do something--my brother needs help, and Brock may be in trouble too! Wendy always tells me that siblings always help each other, so I'm gonna help save my brother, or die trying!

    With that, she ran as fast as she could towards a small hole at the entrance of the base, [I'm coming, Raku!!!!]

    Hibiki heard Satomi's cry as she again struggled to stand and gasped in awe as the running Eevee started to glow. "I don't believe it...Satomi's evolving!"

    "Huh?" Wendy turned to look and gasped when she saw the distinct lavender fur and divided tail of an Espeon staring down the Exploud. "No way!!! It IS Satomi!"

    The Boldores tried to heave more rocks, but her new psychic abilities told Satomi where each one would land, allowing her to dodge them all as she headbutted the Exploud. [Missed me, you windbag!]

    "Hibiki, can you sing a spell to protect Satomi?" Wendy asked. "She may be evolved, but I'm afraid an Exploud may be too much for her this soon."

    "Here goes..." With that, Hibiki sang Jao wiisha nes chiel com yutuul... surrounding Satomi in a bright red aura.

    The spell also powered up Wendy's blade, allowing her to fire an Ice Beam at the Boldore closest to her. She then heard Hibiki sing Jao wiisha nes chiel com yutuul... again, making the same shield appear around both of them, and the other Pokemon that were out on the battlefield.

    [Thanks, Hibiki!] Terra called as she dodged a rock.

    "Satomi may be on the front lines, but the rest of you deserve some protection too." Hibiki smiled. "Hopefully this will allow us to hold out until Brock ret-!"

    That was as far as she got before the Exploud howled again, sending the smaller Pokemon flying several inches backwards. But Satomi seemed unfazed as more Boldore rocks rained around her. [You can't keep a good mon down!] she taunted.

    "Can you sense where Brock is?" Hibiki asked.

    Satomi was about to answer when an arrow whizzed over her head, impaling one of the Roggenrolas that were coming to join the fight. "Miss me?" Brock grinned as he hurried to assess Raku and the other Pokemon.

    "While you were inside looking for Raku, Satomi evolved!" Wendy reported.

    [And now for my next trick...] Satomi smiled before firing a Psybeam from the ruby on her forehead, which finally make the Exploud succumb to the wave of rainbow light.

    "We're done here!" Hibiki agreed as the Boldores, seeing that their leader had fallen, fled in panic. "Retreat!" With that, everyone fled, oblivious to Aika's cry of revenge booming through the forest: "You'll pay for this, spellsingers! I will catch you if it's the last thing I do!"

    ---------

    "Good news--Raku's none the worse for wear after his ordeal." Brock reported as the group had dinner around the campfire that evening.

    "The real hero is Satomi." Hibiki explained. "Her anger and her love for her brother made her evolve."

    Wendy looked over at Satomi. "You did a very brave thing today, but I wonder--why did you just run into the thick of battle?

    [You've always told us that siblings help each other--and I couldn't just sit back and watch knowing Raku was in danger.] Satomi explained. [I evolved because I love him.]

    [You evolved for me?] Raku gasped. [Th-thank you!]

    Inspired, Brock raised his soda can as if it was a wine glass. "A toast! To Satomi--today's real hero!"

    "To Satomi!" the girls agreed as three soda cans clanked together to kick off the night's festivities....
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    Episode 42: "The lights of Akari City! Melanie, the song echoing in the night!"


    "We're almost to Akari City..." Brock noted as he consulted the map. "It goes without saying that Hibiki's singing the awakening song was a loud and clear indication she wanted to come with us...."

    "If only to atone for my past." Hibiki smiled as she petted Fuka.

    "D-d-do you have any suggestions for a tight throat?" Wendy stammered. "I'm simultaneously excited and nervous for my first PokeTheater audition..."

    "Well..." Brock thought for a moment. "One way to relieve a tight throat and improve your speaking at the same time is to sing nonsense...."

    "Nonsense?" Wendy was intrigued.

    "Like scat singing or that one polka song Vocaloids sing?" Hibiki wondered.

    Brock smiled. "Exactly--whatever it is you sing, try to enunciate your words--this forces your throat to open up. If you're not in a place where you can sing, then just speak the words."

    Wendy pictured Brock as a Vocaloid singing the Ievan Polkka and giggled. "I'm sorry, this mental image of you as a Vocaloid is just too funny!"

    "I'd love to hear you sing that--or at least the part all the Vocaloids sing." Hibiki agreed.

    "Believe it or not, Ievan is actually one of my favorite quick vocal warmups." Brock told the girls as he fished his pitch pipe from one pocket.

    After blowing an A note to establish the key he would be performing in, Brock started singing the gibberish melody: Anat za za, aridavi deen lava itsplan den lan den lan do, lava ii pa pa, bari bari bala rilibilibi liku len den lan do lava rin lan ten lan day alo, barala lavalava lukuluku dayavu, a rin lan ten lan den lan do barala katakata kutukutu deyavu.

    [Bravo!] Raku cheered as the girls applauded.

    "Maybe I ought to try that...." Wendy mused as the three friends walked through the route gate and onto the bustling streets. "Anat za za, aridavi deen lava itsplan den lan den lan do..." she repeated to herself as they walked down the crowded sidewalk, being careful not to jostle anyone in the crowd of people frantically rushing to one place or another.

    "Wow..." Hibiki, meanwhile, was awed at all the glittering lights on the buildings and the headlights of traffic. "I've never been in a city this big before--usually I'd be stuck back at one base or another."

    "Well, what would you like to do first?" Brock asked as the group stepped on a sidewalk and rounded a corner to a park--one of the few spots of quiet amid the glittering chaos of the city.

    Dreams to dream, in the dark of the night.... came a hauntingly beautiful voice. When the world goes wrong, I can still make it right...

    Brock froze. I know this song....I heard it in a movie once... he thought as he followed the voice in hopes of finding the singer.

    "Are you okay?" Hibiki asked, concerned at Brock's near trance-like state as he checked in bushes and behind trees along the pathway, in hopes the mysterious singer was behind one.

    "Sh!" Brock quietly shushed Hibiki. "Try and help me figure out who's singing and where it's coming from." Hibiki nodded as she held Fuka in her arms.

    It wasn't until the group arrived at a large square, where all the park's paths seemed to converge, that they found the singer. A long haired girl was also present, dancing around the park benches, flowerpots and the Milotic fountain in the square's center as she sang the haunting melody:

    I can see so far in my dreams
    I'll follow my dreams
    Until they come true....

    Come with me, you will see what I mean,
    she continued as she swayed past a flower pot.
    There's a world inside no one else ever sees.
    You will go so far in my dreams,
    Somewhere in my dreams,
    Your dreams will come true....

    There is a star waiting to guide us,
    she sang as she skipped past the fountain, oblivious to Brock approaching her.
    Shining inside us when we close our eyes!

    Don’t let go, if you stay close to me!
    the girl sang as she and Brock waltzed across the grey cobblestones.
    In my dreams tonight, you will see what I see
    Dreams to dream, as near as can be
    Inside you and me, that always come true,
    Inside you and me, that always come true.


    It wasn't until the girl heard Wendy and Hibiki applauding that she realized she had a dance partner. "Oh! Thanks for the waltz..." she giggled, a little embarrassed she had been discovered.

    "My pleasure...I just heard you singing and wondered who it was..." Brock nervously replied, trying oh-so-hard to resist the urge to profess his love for the girl--or specifically, her voice. "I-in return for th-that lovely song...may...may I have the honor of singing for you, my lovely Fletchling?" he blurted in romantic euphoria.

    The girl stifled a giggle at the lovesick traveler before her. "You wanna sing for me? Okay then...lets hear it."

    Okay, copy of 'La donna e mobile' in the music player...here's hoping the ol' opera ruse works! Brock grinned before putting on some headphones, setting his music to play through the speakers and his headphones, pressing PLAY on his Match Call, and hiding it in his pocket.

    When the familiar melody started, he sauntered towards the girl before lip syncing to the existing tenor's Italian. La donna è mobile
    Qual piuma al vento,
    muta d'accento
    e di pensiero.

    Sempre un amabile,
    leggiadro viso,
    in pianto o in riso,
    è menzognero....


    "Is he actually singing?" Hibiki gasped, impressed that Brock could seemingly sing opera with no formal training.

    "Nope--he's lipsyncing..." Wendy sighed as Brock continued cavorting about the square, lost in his "aria".

    The girl, on the other hand, seemed to notice where Brock was receiving his operatic skill--the Match Call wire snaking from his pocket. "Sorry, Caruso, but lipsyncing won't get you anywhere in this town!" she smirked as she unplugged the headphones, silencing Brock's performance.

    "Oh Brock, did you really have to lipsync opera?" Wendy giggled as she and Hibiki joined Brock on the square.

    "Brock, huh?" the girl grinned, pleased to finally learn her partner's name. "Name's Melanie--Gym Leader by day, a cappella singer by night."

    "No way!" Wendy gasped. "THE Melanie? Leader of the Starlites?"

    "The one and only!" Melanie grinned. "I'm honored you would trek all this way to our humble corner of Minami..."

    "Well, I come from Kanto, up north..." Brock explained. "But I came down here for a bit of a walking tour of a region I've never been to...and before you ask, yes, I can really sing--I'm actually asked to do hundreds of shows all over the world..."

    "Well, if you're gonna sing for me, I wanna hear your real voice." Melanie cautioned. "No lip syncing, no AutoTune, no trickery--just your natural voice, simple as that."

    She then noticed the girls. "And who might your two traveling companions be?"

    "This is Wendy, aspiring actress..." Brock explained as Wendy waved hello. "and this is Hibiki, breeder in training." Hibiki shyly waved hello while still trying to cradle Fuka in her arms.

    "Nice to meet you all." Melanie grinned. "Since you're here, howsabout a tour of some of Akari's best known landmarks, so you can get your bearings in all this hustle and bustle?"

    "We would love to!" Hibiki replied. Fuka squeaked in agreement.

    "I would be honored." Brock smiled. Wendy grinned in agreement.

    "All right, if you'll follow me to the park entrance, we'll catch one of the buses." Melanie began as she led the way down one of the paths leading out of the square....
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    Episode 43: "The master teacher! Hibiki's welcome gift!"


    "And over on your left is our own PokeTheater." Melanie paused to point out a majestic castle-like building with a marquee as the bus went past the town square. "Currently, they're preparing to open auditions for 'Falco Dolan and the Case of the Persian's Eye'."

    "Wow!" Wendy gasped, awed at the building's size.

    "Just think--as soon as tomorrow, you and I will be auditioning in there for your first role." Brock grinned at Wendy.

    "You'd make a great Falco, I know that much." Wendy smiled back. "Although I've always wanted to be Joanna..."

    "Who's she?" Hibiki was interested.

    "She is Falco's partner and assistant." Wendy explained. "Sometimes she'll come up with an intriguing solution that Falco didn't think of."

    "I've read a few of those stories--sometimes the solution to the mystery comes way out of left field." Hibiki smiled. "My favorite has always been 'The Case of the Book of Secrets'

    "Never read that one--what's it about?" Melanie was intrigued. "Try not to spoil how the mystery is solved."

    "Okay...it starts in a bar, and a lot of robberies have taken place on the street where the bar is." Hibiki explained. "Just then, one of the Young Fletchinders--the kids that serve as Falco's informants around the city--brings in a mysterious man she found wandering the street. The barkeep and the waitresses believe this guy is the robber terrorizing the city. The police arrest him..."

    "Wait--where does Falco come into play?" Wendy asked.

    "I'm getting to Falco and Joanna." Hibiki assured Wendy. "Just as the police are closing in, they find the guy has been mysteriously killed. Meanwhile, at Dolan Manor, Falco and Joanna learn of the case thanks to a TV report, and even the Pokemon Investigation Corps is involved..."

    "Sounds pretty exciting..." Melanie grinned. "I'll have to hunt down a copy at the library." She then pointed out a festively decorated neon lit building with the Gym insignia prominently displayed. "Right there is where I perform concerts and battles daily--so come on by if you like."

    "We'd love to come hear you and the Starlites perform." Hibiki smiled as the foursome got off the bus at the Pokemon Center stop.

    "Well, to welcome you to town, I have a little gift..." Melanie smiled as she led the group inside the Pokemon Center and to an open guest room, where she made a grand gesture to a guitar case on one of the beds. "I've been saving this new instrument to give to someone worthy enough to take care of it and play it well."

    "May I have it?" Hibiki gasped, stars in her eyes. "I've always wanted to learn guitar!"

    "I'll be happy to teach you, too." Brock told Hibiki.

    "When do we start?" Hibiki grinned before hugging Melanie. "Thank you so much! I'll take extra good care of it and play it as often as I can!"

    ---------

    "Okay, next question--how DO you play this?" Hibiki wondered as she studied the beautiful black acoustic guitar in her hands. Brock had finished explaining to her the parts of a guitar, how to sit properly, and how to hold the instrument properly.

    "Well, before we sit down and play ANYTHING, we're going to learn to tune your instrument." Brock explained before retrieving his own guitar. "I'll show you how to do it with mine, then help you tune yours. The more you do it--and you should tune every time before you start--the easier it gets. Since I play a lot, I'm usually tuned in about 30 seconds."

    "Wow!" Hibiki was impressed. She watched carefully as Brock went to work tuning up.

    Once satisfied his instrument was in tune, Brock went on. "Okay--to start tuning, you'll need a reference note--this can be a piano, a pitch pipe, another guitar that is in tune, or even a MIDI file of an E note."

    Hibiki's quizzical look spurred him to continue. "Okay--picture a piano in your head..."

    "Got it." Hibiki replied, closing her eyes.

    "You know where middle C is, right?" Brock continued.

    "The C key by the company name." Hibiki smiled.

    "The specific E note we need is the E below middle C." Brock continued.

    She's learning pretty quickly... Wendy grinned as she watched Brock walk Hibiki through the tuning process, then her first scale exercise. I can tell she's itching to learn some chords and songs!

    ---------

    "Okay, so I have some chords down, and some easy songs, but how do you sing and play at the same time?" Hibiki wondered. "You make it look so easy around the campfire..."

    "Hate to break it to you, but it's not as easy as it looks." Brock cautioned. "In actuality, I'm doing three things at once--one hand's strumming, the other is playing the chords, and my mouth is singing. It sounds complex, yes, but it's not impossible for an absolute beginner."

    He then told Hibiki "Just think of the first nice sounding chord progression using G, C, and D, and start there."

    Hm... After reminding herself of each chord's fingerings, Hibiki started a slow, yet hesitant melody.

    So far so good... Brock smiled as he reached for the TV remote. "Okay...I like the little melody you're playing..."

    "Thanks..." Hibiki smiled as she played.

    "Now...can you keep that melody going and watch TV at the same time?" Brock challenged, turning on a TV near Hibiki's chair, where a soap opera was just beginning.

    "That's pretty clever--teaching her to do something else while she's playing." Wendy noted before hearing a twang that indicated Hibiki had tripped over a note.

    "The purpose of that exercise is to develop independence--something that's very important if she wants to play and sing." Brock reminded Wendy before noticing Hibiki's glum face. "Hey...I know that all we've learned sounds like a lot to remember, and it won't always be easy....but just keep at it, okay?"

    "Okay..." Hibiki replied. "I made a promise to Melanie I would practice as often as I could, and I intend to do that. You're actually a good teacher too."

    "Well, if I'm going too quickly for you, or if there's a song you really want to learn, I'll teach you." Brock assured Hibiki. "You did very well for your first day--our next lesson will be the same time tomorrow."

    "Okay!" Hibiki smiled before putting her instrument away and cuddling Fuka. Thank you, Melanie--you've made one of my biggest dreams come true!
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    Episode 44: "A lucky accident! My bright silver star!"


    "This is it--your first audition for the PokeTheater." Brock grinned as Wendy woke up. "How do you feel?"

    "A little nervous..." Wendy replied as she climbed from the bed. "I DO know what our audition act is gonna be--remember that melody you played to go with the lyrics I wrote when you first arrived?"

    "What about it?" Brock asked, piqued.

    "After seeing how well you can waltz last night, I thought 'Why not have the two of us waltz to that melody'? Wendy explained. "If only I had thought to record you playing it before!"

    "Melanie told us that there's a recording studio by the theater, which has a resident band that records background music." Hibiki suggested as she waited for Fuka's bathtub to fill. "Maybe you can ask them to--" This was as far as she got before Fuka dove in the tub with a splash, which splattered water on the floor and Hibiki.

    Brock tried oh-so hard not to laugh at Fuka's confident smile. "That was pretty cool, but the bathtub isn't the best place to do trick jumps off the high dive." he explained as he mopped up the puddles dotting the floor.

    Memo to self: find a swimming pool somewhere. Hibiki reminded herself. Then I can give Fuka swimming lessons.

    She then composed herself and continued as she gently lathered soap on the tiny yellow mouse's fur. "As I was saying before Fuka decided he was Pokemon Diving Champion, maybe you can ask the resident band in the studio if they'll record the music for you guys to dance to."

    "I did remember to pack a blank CD or two just in case we ran into this problem..." Wendy assured Hibiki. "Although considering what we've been through the last few days, forgetting to record music for a dance is child's play."

    Hibiki, meanwhile, gently coaxed Fuka to swim to her. "You two would be great partners." she smiled as she rinsed Fuka.

    Later that afternoon...

    Some sniffles jarred Brock and Hibiki from the day's guitar lesson. "What happened?" Hibiki asked as Wendy arrived in the room, tears streaming down her face.

    The ruby on Satomi's forehead glowed for a moment as the Espeon read her master's emotions. [Apparently Wendy forgot to specify what kind of music she wanted performed, and now she has this goofy pop song with bagpipes.]

    "A pop song with bagpipes?" Brock winced at the thought, yet he tensely inserted the CD in the CD player, just to see if what Wendy described was true or not.

    The blaring melody startled Fuka, making him cry. "Okay, okay, I'll turn it off!" Brock assured the squalling Pichu as he shut the CD player off, silencing the loud bouncy song accented with bagpipes.

    Wendy stifled a giggle through her tears. "Well, we can add bagpipes to the list of things Fuka doesn't like..."

    "Up there with shots, thunderstorms, earthquakes and Houndooms." Hibiki agreed as she set her guitar aside and consoled Fuka. "It's okay...we turned that noisy music off..."

    Then an idea came to her. "You know, this may not be a total loss..."

    "It's not?" Wendy asked as she dried the last of her tears.

    "The lyrics may still work, and you can still dance..." Hibiki explained. "I'm gonna have to turn that noisy music back on for a minute, okay?" she assured Fuka.

    Fuka, meanwhile, darted over to an open drawer and emerged with a pair of earplugs in his ears. [Well, that's one way to block annoying music...] Hinata noted as Fuka ran into Brock's hands.

    Hibiki, meanwhile, pressed PLAY on the CD player, then did a few light jumps in time to the song's introduction. Then she kicked up her heels in time to the music, making Wendy stifle a giggle. High in the sky is a secret so sweet and a star that is glistening for a moment... she sang. Twinkling in his eyes is a fleeting small memory that his heart and mine, finally intertwined...This thing called love doesn't make any sense, I feel like I am floating up in the blue sky. His love surprised me, as we traveled through the sky and my heart dreams of him, every night and day...

    A grin slowly formed on Brock's face as Hibiki spun, twirled, jumped, and sang to the music. "That actually looks pretty neat...but it's missing something..."

    Three, two, one, zero! Like a shining Thunderbolt
    You came into my life, and you gave my heart new hope

    We two travel here and there, riding on the solar wind
    You are here, as my little silver star!
    Hibiki sang as she danced.

    Close your eyes and count to three, you will teleport to me,
    And the love in your heart will keep flowing strong and free!

    I've been waiting for this day, say 'I love you'-no delay!
    You'll be here for me, my bright silver star!
    Though you're millions of years away from me!


    Surprisingly, Fuka applauded with Brock and Wendy when the song ended. Hibiki just giggled and took a bow.

    [I know what Hibiki needs!] Emi announced. [She should be shaking a tambourine as she dances!]

    "But where are we going to find tambourines?" Wendy wondered before a thought occurred to her. "Thanks, everyone--maybe having this music for our routine won't be so bad after all!

    "You just have to roll with the punches when things don't go right." Brock explained. "I know you wanted us to do an elegant waltz, but an equally goofy dance to a bubblegum pop song can be just as fun to do."

    "I still don't know where we're going to find tambourines." Wendy mused as the three friends tidied up the guest room.

    "Party supply stores--they're an Arceus-send." Brock grinned as he led the way out,only pausing to flip over the sign on the guest room door to read "WILL RETURN SOON" "But good luck getting Emi, Raku, and Fuka to leave..."
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    Interlude: "The Poke-Party Panic!"

    The doors to Party Central opened with a whoosh, allowing the group and the Pokemon inside. [Wow...] Raku gasped at the dizzying array of colorful toys, streamers, party hats, and other items.

    "Remember, we're here for some props for our audition act, not to play." Brock reminded the Pokemon as they hurried off down the store aisles.

    [Look at me! I'm a princess!] Emi smiled as she modeled a toy silver tiara.

    Brock stifled a chuckle at how cute Emi looked. "Your Majesty, how may I be of service?" he asked as he bowed on one knee before Emi.

    "You have the royalty thing down." Wendy grinned as she disappeared down another aisle with Satomi and Raku.

    A party horn blat startled Hibiki. [Happy new year!] Fuka announced before blowing the party horn again.

    "Oh, that's not for a while..." Hibiki giggled. "So put that back."

    [Aw...] Fuka reluctantly hung up the party horn.

    Emi, meanwhile, had led Brock into the noisemaker and instrument aisle. [Ooh, harmonicas!] she gasped, memories of Ash playing a long and often improvised solo dancing through her mind.

    [Too bad they're the cheap plastic ones that never play anything.] Raku agreed as he met Emi in the aisle.

    Just as Hibiki and Fuka arrived in the aisle, Brock motioned to her "If you'll remind me when we sit down for guitar lessons today, I'll teach you how to play accompaniment to another instrument--your guitar to my harmonica."

    "Cool!" Hibiki gasped, stars in her eyes. "I've been wanting to jam with someone after getting a few troublesome chords down..."

    "You can show me your progress when we get back to the room." Brock assured Hibiki before turning his attention to the different noisemakers and instruments on display. "Hm..."

    [You can play a real harmonica?] Raku gasped.

    "Yeah--but I'm not as good as my friend Ash is." Brock confessed. "I still have a pretty good sized repertoire of songs, though.

    "Like any new skill, you have to practice it." Hibiki added.

    [Pity all these tambourines are cheap toy ones...] Fuka sighed. [Those would break even before you got onstage!]

    "Rhythm instruments are over there..." an associate assured Fuka as she brought over some new items to stock.

    [Thanks!] Fuka replied.

    "Yes, thank you." Wendy agreed before following Hibiki and Brock over to another aisle.

    After looking through a large bin of standard circle shaped tambourines, Wendy sighed. "I kinda want something a little different from a classroom tambourine...."

    [Hey! Look!] Emi called, holding up a royal blue star tambourine high for Wendy to see.

    "Those look cute...what other shapes to they come in?" Wendy wondered.

    [This one's for Daddy...] Emi then showed the group a red crescent moon tambourine. [Three, two, one, zero! Like a shining Thunderbolt
    You came into my life, and you gave my heart new hope

    We two travel here and there, riding on the solar wind
    You are here, as my little silver star!]
    she sang as she danced around the aisle, shaking and banging the moon-shaped tambourine all the while.

    "Aw..." Hibiki grinned at Emi's performance.

    "Come to think of it, those just might work." Brock smiled. "Some matching costumes, and we're gold!"

    "Emi, you're a genius!" Wendy smiled as Emi offered her both the moon and the star tambourines. "Who knows, your little dance just might take Minami by storm!"
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    Episode 45: "A tale for Melanie! The master storyteller takes the stage!"


    "Okay, we have props for later...." Wendy smiled as the group returned to the Pokemon Center with the two tambourines they had bought. "Now we need costumes for the routine..."

    She noticed Brock sigh. "What's wrong?"

    The ruby on Satomi's head glowed as she read Brock's thoughts. [He's frustrated he didn't pack any suitable costumes, and all the ones he would've used are at home.]

    "Didn't Melanie say that if we needed anything, all we had to do was ask?" Hibiki asked.

    "Yeah..." Brock replied, now in a better mood.

    Suddenly, a thought occurred to Hibiki. "How would we pay for what costumes she gives us?"

    "Oh, Hibiki." Wendy smiled. "She probably wouldn't ask for money, per se..."

    "Besides, I owe her an opportunity to show her I can really sing." Brock reminds Hibiki.

    "Why don't you show her how good a storyteller you are, too?" Hibiki suggested. "And work in some singing into your tale!"

    "Uh huh...." the three friends grinned, pleased with their plan.

    Later, inside Akari Gym...

    "Melanie?" Wendy called as the group entered the neon-lit Gym.

    A spotlight appeared on the large and roomy stage in the center of the room, revealing Melanie. "You called?" she grinned.

    "Brock and I have a problem on our hands..." Wendy explained. "We're auditioning for the PokeTheater tomorrow, but we don't have suitable costumes to dance in..."

    "So I thought I would show you that I can sing for real." Brock picked up where Wendy left off. "And while I'm at it, show off my storytelling skills too."

    "Nice, a way with words and song..." Melanie smiled. "If you need time to get ready, go ahead, but if you have something prepared, the stage is yours."

    Brock nodded, and made his way onto the majestic stage, allowing him to see the rows of seats, as well as into the room that housed a smaller stage for battles and training. "Okay....I learned this tale on a journey through the Shinou region." he explains.

    With that, he begins "There once lived a king and queen who had an only daughter. And the beauty of this princess--we'll call her Isabel--surpassed everything seen or heard of. Her forehead was brilliant as the moon, her lips like a ruby, her complexion smooth as silk, and her breath the sweetness of fresh mint. Her hair was a beautiful midnight black, and in her voice and glance there was something so enchanting that no one could help listening to her or looking at her."

    Fuka gains star eyes as he pictures what Princess Isabel looks like. "Princess Isabel lived for seventeen years in her own area of the castle, reveling in the company and the hearts of her parents, teachers, and servants." Brock continues. "No one else ever saw her, for the sons of the king and all other princes were forbidden to enter this area. She never went anywhere, never looked upon the outside world, and never breathed the air outside, but she was perfectly happy."

    "So, how do you learn social skills if you stay holed up in one spot?" Melanie is confused.

    "When she was eighteen years old, it happened, either by chance or by the will of Arceus, that she heard the song of the Spritzee." Brock explains as he walks around the stage, still speaking all the while. "This sound made her strangely uneasy; her head drooped, and covering her eyes with her hands, she fell into thought so deep as not to hear her mother come inside. The queen looked at her anxiously, and after comforting her went to tell the king about it."

    Wendy is about to ask how the king responded before Brock lifts a hand, silently telling her he will answer her question at the proper time. "For many years the sons of kings and neighboring princes had, either personally or by their ambassadors, presented themselves at court to ask the king for the hand of Princess Isabel in marriage. But he had always told them to wait until another time. After a long consultation with the queen, he sent messengers to foreign courts and elsewhere to proclaim that Princess Isabel, in accordance with the wishes of her parents, was about to choose a husband, and that the man of her choice would also have the right of succession to the throne."

    "Oh, I see..." Wendy smiles as she invites Raku on her lap.

    "When Princess Isabel heard of this, her joy was very great, and for days she would dream about it." Brock goes on. "Then she looked out into the garden through the golden lattice of her window, and longed with an irresistible longing to walk in the open air on the smooth lawn. With a little convincing she talked her maids into it, on condition that she should stay with them at all times."

    "I have a bad feeling about this..." Hibiki shudders.

    "So the crystal doors were thrown open, the oaken gates that shut in the orchard turned on their hinges, and Princess Isabel found herself on the green grass." Brock continues. "She ran about, picking the sweet-scented flowers and chasing the many-colored Beautiflies. But in her enthusiasm to explore this strange new world, she wandered away from her maids."

    "Uh oh..." Melanie echoes Hibiki's sentiment.

    "Just at that moment a raging hurricane, such as had never been seen or heard before, passed by and fell upon the garden. It roared and whistled around and around, then carried Princess Isabel far away." Brock confirms the girls' fears as he makes dramatic whirling gestures to represent the hurricane. "The terrified maids wrung their hands, and were for a moment speechless with grief. Finally, they rushed into the palace, and throwing themselves on their knees before the king and queen, told them with sobs and tears what had happened. They were overwhelmed with sorrow and didn't know what to do."

    "I would be too, if I were them." Melanie muses.

    "By this time quite a crowd of princes had arrived at the palace, and seeing the king in such bitter grief, asked what had happened to make him so sad." Brock goes on.

    "Sorrow has touched my white hairs," he explains as the king. "The hurricane has carried off my dearly beloved child, the sweet Princess Isabel, and I know not where it has taken her. Whoever finds this out, and brings her back safely to me, will have her as his bride, and with her half the kingdom for a wedding present, and the remainder of my wealth and titles when I pass on."

    As himself, he intones "After hearing these words, princes and knights mounted their Ponytas and set off to search throughout the world for the beautiful Princess Isabel, who had been captured by Darkrai, the Nightmare Pokemon."

    The Pokemon shudder at the mention of Darkrai. "Now among the adventurers were two brothers, sons of a king, and they traveled together through many countries asking for news of Princess Isabel, but no one knew anything about her." Brock assures them. "But they continued their search, and at the end of two years arrived in a country that lay in the very center of the world, and had summer and winter at the same time."

    "Interesting..." Hibiki smiles, eager to learn about the land Brock described.

    "The princes--we'll call them Rowan and Rigel--decided to find out whether this was the place where the hurricane had hidden Princess Isabel." Brock explains. "So they began to climb one of the mountains on foot, leaving their Ponytas behind to graze. When they reached the summit, they spotted a silver palace supported on a Combusken's foot, and at one of the windows the sun's rays shone upon a head of black hair; surely it could only belong to the princess. Suddenly, the wind blew so violently, and the cold became so intense, that the leaves of the trees withered and the breath froze. The two princes tried to keep their footing, and fought with all their might against the storm, but they were overcome by its fierceness and fell together, frozen to death."

    Gasps go up at this, but the grin on Brock's face assures the girls that the story is nowhere near over. "Their broken-hearted parents waited for them in vain. Prayers were said, search parties sent out, and prayers sent up to Arceus to pity them in their sorrow."

    [Poor princes...] Mizuchi sighs.

    "One day when the queen, the mother of the princes, was giving a poor old man some money she said to him...

    As the queen, Brock requests "My good old friend, pray Arceus to guard our sons and soon bring them back safely".

    "Ah, noble lady," he answers as the old man, "that prayer would be useless. Everlasting rest is all one may ask for the dead, but in return for the love you have shown and the money you have given the poor and needy, I am charged with this message - that Arceus has taken pity on your sorrow, and that before too long you will be the mother of a son, the like of whom has never been seen".

    He intones as himself "With that, the old man vanished."

    After a pause, he continues "The queen, whose tears were falling, felt a strange joy enter her heart and a feeling of happiness wash over her, as she went to the king and repeated the old man's words. And so it came to pass, that a week or two later Arceus sent her a son, and he was in no way like an ordinary child--we'll call him Risan. His eyes resembled those of a Talonflame, and his eyebrows the Buizel's fur. His right hand was of pure gold, and his manner and appearance were so full of an indescribable majesty, that he was looked upon by everyone with a feeling of awe."

    "Wow!" Hibiki is impressed

    "His growth, too, was not like that of other children." Brock explains. "When he was only three days old, he stepped out of his swaddling and left his cradle. And he was so strong that when his parents entered the room he ran towards them, crying out..."

    In a mimic of Ash he asks "Good morning, dear parents, why are you so sad? Are you not happy at the sight of me? "

    "We are indeed happy, Risan, and we thank Arceus for having sent us you in our grief." he explains as the king "But we cannot forget your two brothers; they were so handsome and brave, and worthy of a great destiny. And our sadness is increased when we remember that, instead of resting in their own country in the tomb of their forefathers, they sleep in an unknown land, perhaps without burial. Alas! it is three years since we had news of them".

    "Cry no more, dear parents, you shall soon be comforted: for before next spring I will be a strong young man, and will search for my brothers all over the world, and beyond." he assures his audience as Prince Risan.

    As himself, he continues. "At these words the king and queen were amazed. For the strange child, guided as it were by an invisible hand, rushed into the garden, and in spite of the cold, for it was not yet daylight, bathed in the early dew. When the sun had risen he threw himself down near a little wood on the fine sand, rubbed and rolled himself in it, and returned home, no longer a child but a young man."

    Fuka gasps in awe at this. "It was pleasant to the king to see his son thrive in this way, and indeed Prince Risan was the handsomest in the whole land." Brock smiles, acknowledging Fuka's and Hibiki's awed faces with a nod. "He grew from hour to hour. At the end of a month he could wield a sword, in two months he rode a Ponyta well, and in three months he had mastered the art of magic. Then he put on a helmet, and presenting himself before the king and queen, said...

    As Prince Risan, he announces "My much honored parents, your son asks your blessing. I am no longer a child, and now go to seek my brothers. In order to find them I will, if necessary, go to the furthest ends of the world".

    "Ah, do not venture." he pleads as the queen. "Stay with us, dear son, you are still too young to be exposed to the risks of such an undertaking".

    "Adventures have no danger for me," he replies as Prince Risan, "I trust in Arceus. Why should I hesitate to face these dangers? Whatever Arceus has in store for us will happen, whatever we may do to try to prevent it".

    As himself, he continues "So they agreed to let him go. They tearfully bade him farewell, blessing him and the road he was to travel."

    Wendy starts to applaud, but Brock is quick to caution her "A pleasant tale is soon told, but events do not pass so quickly."

    "Story's not over yet, Fuka..." Hibiki tells Fuka, who was about ready to clap himself.

    "Prince Risan crossed deep rivers and climbed high mountains, till he came to a dark forest." Brock continues, walking around the stage to mimic traveling. "In the distance he saw a cottage carved into the earth, and standing in the midst of a field full of poppies. As he made his ways towards it he felt an overpowering longing to sleep, but he urged on his Ponyta, and breaking off the poppy heads as he galloped through the field, came up close to the house. Then he sang a spell that meant the caster was a friend and wished to enter:

    He then sings as Prince Risan Imultaos, ame no hao bakezo...

    Melanie grins, pleased Brock sounds good and stayed in character. "The rock that served as the door rumbled open, allowing Prince Risan inside." Brock goes on. "He went in, and found a Delphox sitting at a table, her head resting on her hands, her eyes fixed on the ceiling, lost in deep thought. Near her were two beautiful Braxiens, their complexions like lilies and roses, and in every way sweet to the eye."

    Melanie recognizes who Brock is describing. "Kitsune!"

    "Ah, how do you do, Prince Risan, Hero with the Golden Fist?" Brock asks, using a mimic of Melanie to represent Kitsune; "what has brought you here?"

    He interjects as himself "Having told Kitsune why he traveled, she replied..."

    As Kitsune, he explains "Your elder brothers perished on the mountain that touches the clouds, while in search of the lovely Princess Isabel, who was carried off by Darkrai, the Nightmare Pokemon, in the form of a hurricane."

    "And how is this thief Darkrai to be got at?" he asks as Prince Risan.

    "Ah, my dear child, he would swallow you like a Venonat." he sighs as Kitsune. "It has been some time since I went outside this cottage, for fear Darkrai should capture me and carry me off to his lair in the underworld--for he fears the holy magic granted to us Delphoxes by Arceus".

    "I am not afraid of his capturing me, I am not handsome enough for that; and he will not swallow me either, for my golden hand can smash anything". he brags as Prince Risan

    "Then if you are not afraid, brave Lucario, I will help you to the best of my ability." he replies as Kitsune. "But give me your word of honor that you will bring me some of the Water of Life, for it restores even to the oldest of the old the beauty and freshness of youth".

    "I give you my word of honor that I will bring you some". he smiles as Prince Risan.

    "This then is what you must do." he instructs as Kitsune. "I will give you a crystal ball for a guide; it will fly in front of you, and follow wherever it goes. It will lead you to the mountain that touches the clouds, and which is guarded in Darkrai's absence by his two most trusted servants, the demons Kita and Mina. Whatever you do, do not lose sight of the crystal ball. If Kita attacks you with an Icy Wind, then sing this spell--'Jao wiisha nes chiel com yutuul...' If Mina attacks you with her Fire Blast, then sing this spell: 'Furiya, shuru shamato...'. With the help of the crystal ball and these two spells, you will reach the top of the mountain where Princess Isabel is imprisoned. Deal with Darkrai as you will, only remember to bring me some of the Water of Life".

    "Amazing!" Hibiki gasped, impressed Brock could singlehandedly perform both ends of the conversation.

    "I'm impressed he learned to mimic my voice that well..." Melanie is equally impressed with Brock's mimicry.

    "Our hero memorized both spells, and took the crystal ball, and, after bidding farewell to Kitsune and her two pretty daughters, mounted his Ponyta and rode off, following the crystal ball, which always flew ahead of him." Brock continues as himself.

    He warns his audience "Now, a beautiful story is soon told, but the events of which it consists do not in real life take place so rapidly."

    "Point noted." Wendy replies.

    "When Prince Risan had traveled through two kingdoms, he came to a land in which lay a very beautiful valley that stretched into the far distance, and above it towered the mountain that touches the sky. The summit was so high above the earth, it may have reached the moon, if not farther." Brock explains. "The prince dismounted, left his Ponyta to graze, and after taking a few deep breaths to calm himself, began to follow the crystal ball up steep and rocky paths. When he had gotten about halfway there, Kita sensed his presence and blew out an Icy Wind. The cold was so intense that the wood of the trees split in half and the breath froze: Prince Risan felt chilled to the bone. But he quickly sang...

    He sings as Prince Risan Jao wiisha nes chiel com yutuul..., conjuring a red shield of light around him.

    "Nice touch!" Melanie smiles, thinking Brock's spell was a special effect.

    "Kita blew with redoubled fury, but to no avail. For Prince Risan's fire shield was so hot that he was soaked with sweat, and had to unbutton his coat and fan himself." Giggles go up as Brock fans himself as if hot.

    He continues as his spell wears off "The crystal ball stopped at a small snow-covered mound. Prince Risan cleared away the snow, beneath which lay the frozen bodies of two young men, and he knew them to be those of his lost brothers. Having knelt beside them and prayed he turned to follow the crystal ball, which had already flown away, and was flying ever higher and higher. On reaching the top of the mountain he saw a silver palace hovering in the air."

    He then intones "Before Prince Risan could get close, a hot wind began to blow from the south, and the heat became so intense that leaves withered and dropped from the trees, the grass dried up, and large cracks appeared in the ground. Thirst, heat, and weariness began to take their toll on the young prince, so he cast the other spell..."

    He then sings as Prince Risan Furiya, shuru shamato....

    As himself, he continues "After cooling off, he felt stronger than ever, and so continued to climb. Not only was he relieved from the great heat, but even had to button up his coat to keep himself warm." Melanie chuckles as Brock feigns shivering.

    Brock just continues "The crystal ball still led the way, ever climbing higher and higher, while Prince Risan followed close behind. After crossing the region of clouds, they came to the topmost peak of the mountain. Here the prince came close to the palace, which can only be compared to a dream of perfect beauty. It hovered in the air, and yet did not fall, and was built entirely of silver, except for its steel gates and roof of solid gold."

    [I wish we lived in a palace...] Raku sighs dreamily.

    "Before the entrance was a deep pit over which no one but authorized guests could pass." Brock intones. "As Prince Risan gazed upon the splendid building, Princess Isabel leaned out of one of the windows, and seeing him light shone from her sparkling green eyes, her lovely hair floated in the wind, and the scent of her sweet breath filled the air. Prince Risan sprang forward and sang..."

    As Prince Risan, he sings Imultaos, ame no hao bakezo...

    As himself, he continues "At these words a bridge appeared over the pit, and the door opened. As he entered it closed behind him. Prince Rizan went through the palace till he came to a room bright as the sun itself, and the walls, floor, and ceiling of which consisted of mirrors. He was filled with wonder, for instead of one princess he saw twelve, all equally beautiful, with the same graceful movements and jet black hair. But eleven were only reflections of the one real princess....."

    ----------

    ...."They knelt before the king and queen to receive their blessing." Brock pantomimes kneeling before an imagined throne. "The three weddings were celebrated that same evening, and a messenger mounted the winged Ponyta to carry the good news to the parents of the young princes and to bring them back as guests. Meanwhile, a magnificent feast was prepared, and invitations were sent to all their friends and family. And from that evening until the next morning at least they didn't stop feasting, drinking and dancing."

    He concludes with a grin "For all I know, they may still be celebrating today!"

    The room explodes in applause. "Amazing! You've got real talent!" Melanie raves. "You'd be perfect for an opening act if you wanted to!" Flattered by the applause, Brock takes a bow.
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    Can I have a link to the original of that story? It sounds wonderful and you skipped a bit for brevity's sake. :D
    A world of pure imagination...
    I am the beat of a swan's wing on the breath of the wind. I am the secret at the heart of the standing stone. I am the island in the wild sea. I am the fire in the head of the seer. I am neither of that world nor of this.
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    Here's the original tale: The Prince with the Golden Hand

    I didn't include it all because it was late when I started the episode, and watched to finish it quickly. However, I will have Brock tell the whole thing on a future "Fireside"

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    Episode 46: "Audition in Akari! Wendy's first role!"


    Hibiki grumbled as her fingers tripped over an A major chord for what seemed like the millionth time. "Why can't I get this dumb chord right?"

    She sighed. "I wish Brock was here.."

    Just then, she thought she heard Brock speaking to her in her mind. Like any other instrument, or anything else in life, for that matter--you have to learn how to do it.

    She noted Satomi sitting by her chair. "Was that you that broadcast what Brock told me before he and Wendy left?"

    Satomi nodded. [You were making all these annoyed and frustrated faces, so I thought I'd give you a little encouragement in Brock's stead."

    A smile formed on Hibiki's face for the first time that afternoon. "Thanks--maybe I can master this chord after all." she smiled before attempting the passage again. "Will you remind me of Brock's five tips for coping with a musical challenge?"

    [Sure...] With that,Satomi broadcast Brock's voice into Hibiki's mind again. When you hit a low point--be this in playing guitar or in life--and you're struggling, it's important to know exactly what the problem is. Although this sounds simple, you would be surprised how many people are not able to accurately define what is giving them trouble.

    "Hm..." Hibiki thought--the voice in her head did have a point.

    General statements will do little or nothing to help you find the solution you need to solve your problem. Brock's voice went on. Good problem solvers observe what is happening every time they have trouble and then define their challenge by completing some variation of the following: “I struggle with X, when I Y.”

    [Why don't you try that, Mama?] Fuka suggested.

    "Okay..." Hibiki took a few breaths to calm herself, then mused "I struggle with the A major chord when I don't get my fingers in the right positions."

    Then, her eyes lit up. "That's it! Maybe that's why I've been struggling with this chord all day!"

    She set her guitar aside, picked up Fuka, and strolled over to an empty bed, where both of them could look out on the bustling city. "Brock, you are a genius!" she smiled as she petted Fuka.

    "I dunno, there's plenty of other people out there that are smarter than me." said a voice.

    Hibiki whirled around to see Brock and Wendy in the doorway. "You're back from the audition already? How'd it go?"

    "Our dance went over very well...Wendy explained."So much so that the director gave us the roles of Falco and Joanna."

    She motioned to Satomi. "Will you broadcast our routine in here so Hibiki can see it?"

    The ruby on Satomi's head glowed, then projected the scene of a stage on the wall. [I'm beginning from when Brock and Wendy introduced themselves, and they are about to perform.] Satomi explained as the Brock in the vision, now in a white shirt, a sparkling red jacket, and sparkling black pants, awaited the cue to begin. The Wendy in the vision wore a blue tutu like outfit.

    [Are they doing "Swanna Lake?"] Raku asked.

    "Nope--just the same routine we worked on yesterday." Wendy replied as the goofy pop song's bagpipes blared into the auditorium, prompting the Brock and Wendy in the vision to kick up their heels as if doing a Celtic-esque dance. The stagehands' laughter turns to cheers as the two of them unfurl cosmic shaped tambourines--Brock the red crescent moon, and Wendy the royal blue star--and kick up their heels like two members of a chorus line.

    High in the sky is a secret so sweet
    and a star that is glistening for a moment...
    Brock starts the singing, shaking and banging the tambourine as he continues dancing.

    Twinkling in his eyes is a fleeting small memory
    that his heart and mine, finally intertwined...
    Wendy echoes as she twirls in time to the music.

    This thing called love doesn't make any sense
    I feel like I am floating up in the blue sky
    Brock sings.

    His love surprised me, as we traveled through the sky
    And my heart dreams of him, every night and day...
    Wendy echoes.

    I always was alone, now my heart's no longer empty
    Just us two, together, it has changed my life!
    The small crowd roars with laughter as Brock dramatically poses before Wendy as he sings this line.

    When I'm down, you appear, and you give me wings that soar and
    I can fly--when darkness comes, it's your embrace I run to!
    Wendy echoes.

    The two of them sing together as they continue dancing and playing the tambourines Three, two, one, zero! Like a shining Thunderbolt
    You came into my life, and you gave my heart new hope!

    We two travel here and there, riding on the solar wind
    You are here, as my little silver star!

    Close your eyes and count to three, you will teleport to me,
    And the love in your heart will keep flowing strong and free!

    I've been waiting for this day, say 'I love you'-no delay!
    You'll be here for me, my bright silver star!
    Though you're millions of years away from me!


    Thunderous cheers fill the auditorium as the Brock and Wendy in the vision continue dancing, ending the song in a back-to-back pose. "Well! That was very good!" the director commented. "You two have excellent charisma and teamwork."

    "Thank you..." the Wendy in the vision replies.

    "Far too often when we put on 'Falco Dolan' plays, it's always a struggle to find a Falco and a Joanna that really click." the director explains. "But you two, I could tell you two know and understand how to work together...and so I believe you two would make the perfect Falco and Joanna...." The vision ended there.

    Raku leaped into Wendy's arms. [I knew you could do it!]

    [You'll make a wonderful Joanna.] Tenku agreed.

    "Thanks, guys..." Wendy smiled. "It still hasn't really sunk in yet..."

    Hibiki grinned. "You'll do fine--Fuka and I will be cheering both of you on from the audience!

    To Be Continued...
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    Episode 47: "PokeTheater! Wendy as Joanna! Brock as Falco Dolan!" (part 1)


    A week or so later...

    "....and here we are." Hibiki smiled as the Pokemon bounded up onto some seats in the middle section of the PokeTheater. "Here's a few things to keep in mind--when it gets dark, we have to be quiet..."

    She eyed Fuka. "That means no shouting advice to the characters." Fuka blushed in embarrassment.

    [What if Fuka needs to use the potty during the show?] Raku asked.

    "I already took him, so he should be able to make it to intermission." Hibiki assured Raku as she petted Fuka. Fuka, meanwhile, was enthralled by the immense crowd filing inside the theater and taking their seats.

    Suddenly, the lights flashing the five minute warning startle him. [What's happening?]

    "It's time for the show to start." Hibiki replies as the lights go down....

    Backstage...

    "Ready? Wendy asked, now in her costume.

    Brock smiled as he admired himself in Falco's iconic costume--dull colored shirt, long tan coat with a pocket on the right side, brown slacks with shoes to match, and a tan fedora with a dark brown band. After savoring his reflection for a moment, he turned from the mirror and smiled as he admired Wendy's costume--a simple gray shirt, a tan jacket with black trim, black pants, and gray shoes. "You look perfect--just like I imagined Joanna to look like. I found it fascinating that the only part of her that is ever described in the original stories was her hair and eyes. If you were really lucky, Greg Williams would be nice enough to describe her build."

    "He has gone on record as saying he intentionally doesn't describe Joanna too much because he wants his audience to imagine what she looks like." Wendy explained. "A few million 'Falco Dolan' fans can't be wrong."

    "Well, as a fellow fan, I just want to say I am very honored to be one of the many that has portrayed one of my favorite detectives onstage and onscreen." Brock smiled as he toyed with the chromatic harmonica in his hands. I loved reading the Falco Dolan books when I was little, and now here I am, minutes away from being Falco!

    The voice of an actress saying "It's worth a try, I have nothing else to lose." snaps him to attention. "And that is our cue." he smiles as he motions Wendy to follow him to their places on the darkened stage as a mysterious melody plays.

    When the lights come up again on the set of the familiar living room of Dolan Manor, Wendy is sprawled on a couch reading a prop newspaper. Brock, on the other hand, readies the harmonica to play as he paces the left end of the stage by the couch. Remember, intentionally fudge a little bit of 'Silver Crowned Girl' every so often to give the illusion of practicing.

    He then starts the familiar upbeat tune, only to intentionally play a wrong note. He feigns a pained wince, then starts the phrase over again, only to miss another note. He then manages to play the entire A section of the tune before missing yet another note.

    The radio by the couch gets his attention, so he strolls over to it, hits PLAY, then starts a shuffle rhythm to count himself off before the jam track begins. This time, he manages to play the entire tune perfectly as the audience claps along.

    When the song ends, Wendy looks up from the newspaper and applauds. Brock notices Wendy's applause and grins. "You honestly liked that, Joanna?" he asks as he shuts the radio off.

    "It's getting better--just be more careful on those rapid runs in first position." Wendy replies. "I don't deny that you're pretty good on the harmonica, but it is annoying to try and read the newspaper or a new novel while you are practicing, what with the jam tracks and all."

    "Then I will call it a day on my daily practice, then." With that, Brock taps out the harmonica and puts it in his costume's pocket before joining Wendy on the couch. "So, what is going on in the world today?"

    "Well, it says here..." Wendy points out a certain headline. "That one of the most famous jewels in the world, the emerald named the Persian's Eye, is going under the auction block..."

    "Really?" Brock feigns surprise at a supposed picture of the jewel. "It is quite a large and lovely rock...but why would Queen Anlora of Elencia want to part with such a rare and beautiful treasure?"

    "To build a palace for her beloved for his birthday." Wendy explains as she sets the newspaper aside and reaches for a TV remote. "Shall we find out if Brenda got to the heart of the matter with Lucky?"

    "That boy's name will be 'Unlucky' if he isn't careful..." Brock muses, to the audience's laughter.

    A breaking news jingle is heard from offstage as an offstage announcer reports "Newsflash! The famed emerald of Queen Anlora of Elencia, the Persian's Eye, was reported stolen this evening..."

    Brock just sighs at the breaking news report. "I just knew that trying to sell a precious jewel like that was just asking for trouble..."

    Wendy is about to answer Brock's wry observation when a knock is heard offstage. "I'll get it." She walks offstage, but Brock can hear her end of the conversation. "Yes?...Yes, he's here...uh-huh...a missing person's case? Well, why don't you come on in? I'm sure Falco and I can help..."

    The lights go down over the first few notes of the "Falco Dolan" theme music before they come up again on Brock, Wendy, and an actress from before. "Okay...do you know where your husband was last seen at all?" Brock asks the actress, who is feigning tears.

    The actress gives Brock a crumpled piece of paper. After looking it over for a moment, he muses "All right, so he was last seen at the Ruby Lord tavern, under the pretense of meeting a business associate." The actress nods to confirm his deduction.

    "The question is, could this have been a cover for something more sinister?" Wendy muses.

    "If it was, what was the meeting a cover for, and who orchestrated the plot?" Brock adds.

    "I just want him home--preferably alive." the actress sobs. "Or if he is dead, who killed him and why."

    "We're on the case!" Wendy assures the actress.

    "You have our word we will do all we can to help." Brock agrees.

    A weak smile forms on the actress' face. "I would expect nothing more from the great Falco Dolan--you really are as good as they say." With that, she departs.

    "The poor maid..." Brock sighs. "This is obviously taking a huge emotional toll on her..."

    "I know...the only two coherent words I heard her say were 'substantial' and 'reward'." Wendy muses.

    "And that is where we begin our search--ask the Young Fletchinders in the area if they saw anything." Brock smiles as he starts for the door offstage. "Let's go!" With that, another stinger of the theme music plays as the lights go down.

    [The Young Fletchinders are a network of kids who act as informants to Falco and Joanna.] Satomi whispers to Hibiki as the lights come up on Brock and Wendy on a set of city streets. Hibiki nods as Brock knocks on a large barrel--which is actually a cover for a secret Young Fletchinder base.

    "Password?" a young male voice asks.

    Once sure he and Wendy are not being followed, Brock whispers the iconic Young Fletchinder password signaling both Falco and Joanna are present. "Talonflame rises with ruby flame."

    With that, the barrel's front opens, allowing Brock and Wendy access to a hidden set behind the main city set, which disappears to reveal the base. "Everyone! Falco and Joanna are here!" another boy announces, making a crowd of kids cheer.

    "Hi, everyone..." Joanna hugs a girl.

    "We missed you Falco..." a boy grins as Brock embraces a few more kids.

    "Unfortunately, I don't come here to play today...we have a case on our hands." Brock begins, quieting the enthusiastic chatter down.

    "Would this have something to do with the Persian's Eye?" a boy asks. "That's the hottest rumor at the tavern right now..."

    "Possibly...I don't know for sure just yet." Brock replies. "It concerns a missing person last seen around the tavern...."

    "The same one found dead in the harbor a few nights ago?" a girl wonders.

    A tense stinger goes up at this. "How do you know if it's the same person we're looking for?" Wendy asks.

    Brock consults a newspaper clipping detailing the grisly discovery, then compares it to a description of their target. "It is, Joanna, I'm sorry to say..." he sighs. "We were already too late."

    "This isn't a total loss..." Joanna assures the group. "We can ask Officer Jenny what she found out..."

    "And maybe figure out if this is connected to the Persian's Eye." Brock agrees before fishing out the harmonica again. "For now, we can at least give the poor man a proper send-off."

    With that, he plays the first line of "Amazing Grace" as Wendy and the Fletchinders bow their heads, but the final A note of the first verse turns into more of the Falco Dolan theme as the lights go down to signal the end of Act 1....

    TO BE CONTINUED....
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