In a large, white, dimly lit room, Ronin was lying unconscious. He was strapped down on a metal table with a bag of Oran berries in his mouth to gag him. Next to him was a body bag strapped down in the same way Ronin was. The body was still awake, struggling and shouting. Then, as if from nowhere, a tall man wearing a lab coat and face mask appeared from a dark corner of the room and walked towards Ronin.
“Hey guy, you feelin’ ok?” said the man as he slapped Ronin and unstrapped the gag
“Huh? What... what’s going on?”Mumbled Ronin
“You were sleeping. Anyway, while you remember yourself, I’ll remove Chreg from the body bag”
“Chreg? I thought... never mind, I just thought it was someone else” Said Ronin still with his eyes half open
“Nah dude, Hideki’s long gone”
“So... you knew who I was looking for?”
“I know lots of things... I know that you were in Nacrene City when the KERO bomb went off”
“KERO? What does that stand for?” Asked Ronin
“I’ve already said too much, all I can give you is my name and anything that doesn’t concern... the gang”
“You mean those guys that blew up Nacrene City?”
“Exactly, I can’t reveal their name to you”
“Dude, can you at least give me your name?”
“You’re keen aren’t you Ronin, ok, my name is Takeshi”
“Nice to meet you Takeshi; Is there any chance you could cut this rope now? I’m sure Chreg’s had enough, he knocked himself out while he was in there”
“Fine, although you can easily cut it yourself by summoning that sword of yours”
Takeshi walked over to Ronin and cut the thick rope that was holding him down on the table with a short metal blade
“Thanks dude...” Ronin paused and remembered what Takeshi had just said to him
“Wait a minute, my sword? What sword?”
“That sword that’s been on your back since you arrived”
“I didn’t even notice? I did feel something dragging me down when I fell asleep in the city earlier though”
“Earlier? Ronin, you’ve been here for three days now, I’m surprised you’re not dead. You and Chreg must have been eating those berries in your sleep, I’m surprised you two aren’t dead yet”
“THREE DAYS? We’ve been here for THREE WHOLE DAYS?”
“Not three whole days, more like 59 hours, it’s only 7:57 AM”
“Right, but back to the main point, my sword?”
“I can’t tell you, you’ll have to discover it for yourself, the answers are right before you”
“Gee thanks Takeshi, I’ll wake Chreg up and leave this strange place now”
Ronin then slapped Chreg and ripped the body bag off.
The bag came off to reveal a teenager with black stubble, messy black hair, plain blue hooded top and grey jeans that matched the colour of his trainers.
Chreg woke up and immediately smacked Ronin in the face. He looked around, Takeshi had vanished and Ronin was on the floor.
“Well, I guess I gotta take this guy out... heh, should be fun” Chreg said to himself as he picked Ronin up, drew a black shotgun from a holster in his jeans and held it close to his face as he cautiously ran out of the room.
Chreg eventually found the exit, walked out and realised that the building was in fact a research facility in the middle of the desert.
He stared for a while before finally making his move through the huge sandy wasteland.
He happened upon a lake near the facility and stopped to have a drink. He then splashed water in Ronin’s face to wake him up.
Ronin finally came around
“Where the hell am I now? The last thing I remember is... you punching me... you idiot! What was that for?”
“Sorry kid, I guess it was automatic, I guess I just hoped it was one of the gang members”
“Fair enough... anyway, why are we on Route 4?” said Ronin
“So that’s where we are? I thought it looked familiar... so that means that Castelia City is just south of here right?”
“Yep, that’s right, and Nimbasa City is just north, and that’s where I gotta go next”
“Cool, I need Castelia City, so I guess we can part here then?”
“Yeah ok, but we’ll meet again right?”
“Course we will Ronin, and when we do we can have a swordfight”
“Yeah, about these swords, how do I actually use it? I assume it’s not as simple as just drawing it and slashing at my opponent”
“It sort of is, but there’s other stuff too”
“Every sword has a special power, the power to harness your Pokemon’s abilities”
“What? Are you kidding me?” Ronin had a shocked yet excited look on his face
“Not at all, but you’ll have to know how to fuse. What’s the Pokemon closest to you?”
“Umm... my Pignite, it was my first Pokemon”
“If that’s the case, Pignite can lend its power to your sword. If you have any more questions, there’s a guy in Nimbasa City who can teach you all about it, it’s vital if you want to win the battle tournament in the Battle Subway, learning how to use your sword is vital”
“There’s a battle tournament? Ok! I’m not waiting any longer, later Chreg”
“Bye... christ that kid’s impatient”
Ronin arrived in Nimbasa City and paused for a moment as he looked around in awe at the big lights, tall building and attractions that surrounded the city.
“Ok, time to find this sword guy” he said to himself.
He looked around and walked up to a civilian
“Um, excuse me, but would you happen to know where the guy is who teaches you about swords and stuff?”
“Yeah, if you go to the subway, there should be a grey house right next to it. That’s the guy you want”
Ronin walked over to the grey house and knocked on the wooden door, there was no answer. He tried again, still no answer. He turned the cold metal handle and the door opened.
“Hello? Sword guy, are you there?” Ronin shouted, but still no-one responded.
He turned the light on and noticed something strange on the stairs. He had a closer look, and jumped back in shock when he realised it was a dead body.
The face was being recognisable, there were bruises on the man’s bald head, and he wore a blood stained long brown jacket that covered most of his jeans. His trainers were black with more dried blood stains.
Ronin hesitated, stepped back and at the top of his voice screamed
“WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED?”
To Be Continued...