Broken Ninetales Curse
"... ... ... What time is it? ... OH NO! I'M LATE!"
A young boy got up as fast as he could, getting dressed for his very first journey. The day before he had visited Elm and taken a pokémon, to which Elm gave only one warning: Don't upset them. This kid's name? Inari. His mother always told him that, as he was named after the God of Rice, Wealth and Foxes, he would have no problem in his journey. However, this was untrue.
Inari took his PokéGear and checked it, noticing that it was malfunctioning. Map Card worked perfectly, but all phone data in the Phone Card went missing and no data could be added, radio stations were down and suddenly it beeped loud. He checked the phone data and there it was: Ninetales. That single entry made his hair stand on its ends. Either that or the strange music that started to play from the radio. The station had no name, but Inari immediately figured it: "Kimono Girls", he said. He took his pokéball and stared at it with a fearfull face. Using his Pokégear, he checked the pokémon data.
There it was, a sleeping Ninetales. Her beauty almost hypnotized Inari and he felt tempted to call her out and remove her mask. However, the data that followed freaked him out. "What kind of moveset is THIS?!", he asked himself. Will-'o-Wisp, Curse, Kill, Transform. Those were the moves that flashed on the screen. When he heard the recorded cry, it felt as if a needle penetrated his heart. Shaking away the sudden chill, he headed to Elm's lab, to ask for more information.
"I don't have much information, but you hold an amazing power.", Elm stated, holding his chin.
"But what I REALLY want to know is the reason behind her moveset and her strange, creepy cry!", Inari insisted.
"That I cannot answer, child. You got to find it out by yourself.", Elm replied.
"Fine!", Inari said, pouting "But I won't be your guinea pig! I won't use her to battle! Give me another pokémon now!"
"Sorry, I don't have any other pokémon.", Elm said, shaking his head.
Inari huffed and left the lab, slamming the door and cursing Elm. His anger, however, faded away as he began his adventure. Then he found a wild Sentret
and decided to battle it, right outside New Bark Town. As soon as he sent out Ninetales, he ordered it to use Will-'o-Wisp. Ghostly blue flames floated around her and slowly moved towards the Sentret, that ran away in fear. Seeing it failed, he gave up on the chase and went for the next. The other Sentret disappeared in a dark void as soon as he tried to attack. An horrible headache soon took over Inari and he decided to rest until dusk. Once at dusk, he felt much better and continued. Upon meeting a trainer, he was challenged.
"Please, don't. I just want to go my way.", Inari told the trainer.
But it was pointless to be polite. The trainer wouldn't move. Unable to leave without a battle, he only ordered Ninetales: "Kill". He turned away and closed his eyes, as the screams of the trainer and the whining of his pokémon reached Inari's ears. He callerd Ninetales back and left, without even looking back to see what she had done. He knew that it was something horrible, and that he'd be haunted by that forever.
Finally at Cherrygrove City, he decided to sleep
in the PKMN Center. He held the pokéball in his hand and asked "What should I do with you?" to the Ninetales within. No response came. Drowsy because of all the walking and troubles, he laid on his back and rested, holding the pokéball to his chest.
Inari's dream was weird... He saw the shadow of his Ninetales, but way too big to be her... Suddenly, she ate him and chewed hard. He felt every bone breaking, every organ being torn. He screamed and tried to resist, but was trapped in this nightmare. Darkness then took his sight and he thought "I'm dead". A faint cry... A distant one... Slowly made him wake up. Inari realized this was nothing but a nightmare, a dream, an illusion... But the cry... He knew it was real. However it ceased as soon as he woke up.
Stepping out the city, he noticed that people didn't want him around. Maybe they found out he was the one behind the murder last night. One step after another, he feared another trainer would cross his path. He had only one last move to test... Transform. This young kid challenged him with a ratatta. Taking a deep breath, Inari ordered his Ninetales: "Transform". She grew big and roared loud, making the kid and ratatta run in fear.
Inari stared at her, but not afraid... Actually, he was perplexed with her beauty. Once she changed back, he didn't even have to call her back: She went into the pokéball by herself. What others saw as a monster, he saw as a beauty... And didn't want to rid of that view he had. He wanted to show others how beautifull she was.
Inari spent hours and hours teaching her how to make her Will-'o-Wisp into a charming dance. The music he used was the only he could find in his Radio Card: Kimono Girls. Two days and two nights passed, but his nightmare still haunted his sleep. Disregard that, he didn't give up on her. Inari's wish was that everyone could acknowledge her beauty and not run in fear.
Once at Violet City, Inari felt ready to face the leader. He spent so much time training Ninetales and even gave her a bath. As he went toward the gym, an old man stopped him and said "Are you truly ready?".
"Of course I am! I will defeat Falkner!", replied Inari.
"I speak of your journey... I see blood... Fear... Pain...", said the old man.
"That won't happen... I won't let it happen!", shouted Inari.
Inari ran toward the gym and tackled through the door. Every pair of eyes turned to him, including of pokémon. "I came here to challenge the Gym Leader Falkner and anyone who stands in my way!", said Inari, pointing to Falkner, who just shruged. But it wasn't as easy as Inari expected. He had to fight every trainer, which eventually weakened Ninetales before they reached the leader. It wasn't too hard for Falkner to knock Ninetales out at this point. Inari was shocked, by seeing her being defeated.
Once at the PKMN Center, the nurse said Ninetales had little chance of survival, and this put Inari to fear for her life. That night he slept with so much fear that his nightmare was only with her dying in his place. He screamed the shadow to stop, but it didn't. Once she was swallowed, the shadow said "FEED ME SOULS OR ELSE..." in a deep, cold voice. Waking up, the nurse gave him good news: Ninetales was fully healled. Inari hugged his Ninetales, crying in relief. However, he was not ready to give up. Inari Challenged Falkner again.
This time, Falkner fell to his knees, defeated, He couldn't believe on his defeat. Upon asking for reward, Falkner said nothing, and stayed there. His eyes blank, fixed on Ninetales. "Beautifull", Falkner finally said. Took him minutes to snap out the trance and reward Inari for his victory. Inari spent the reward on pokéchow for Ninetales and food for himself. He was decided to show her beauty to everyone, not knowing that there was a monster within.
Same thing happened against Bugsy in Azalea Town, but this time Bugsy even asked for Ninetales to stay longer. However, upon entering Ilex Forest, Inari received a call from Ninetales. He had no reason to hesitate and answer. What he heard knocked him off his feet: "WHY DON'T YOU FEED ME WITH THEIR SOULS?!". Recovering from the sudden call, he hang up and continued his journey. It didn't take long for him to reach the next gym and also defeat the leader.
Another call as Whitney fell. This time, the voice was soft and charming: "See, I'm growing stronger, master. I love you, you are a great master.". Inari was about to reply, but they hang up. He checked Ninetales' data and found out she had changed. Kill and Curse had disappeared from her moveset. Her appearance had changed a bit. Red markings on her mask, blue streak down her spine and a blazing blue tail that replaced one of her nine tails. She slept holding a glowing orb, which was identified as "First Star". Inari didn't dare to take it from her, knowing she treasured it. Thus, he went on.
Gym after gym, the gymleaders were impressed by her beauty, and rewarded them more and more. Close to the Olivine City gym, another call came. Inari didn't answer in time, but it was forced. It was then when he heard that creepy voice again: "I'M HUNGRY! I'LL EAT YOUR SOUL! I BET IT IS TASTIER THAN OTHERS' SOULS!". He messed up as he desperately tried to check Ninetales' status. A sigh of relief slipped between his lips. Ninetales was okay. The mask was gone, another tail became blue and burned with life. She held now two orbs and they were identified as "Second Star". Inari reached out to his forehead to wipe the cold sweat, but then he noticed something covered his face. Rushing to look at his reflection on a window, he stuttered "T-That c-can't be!".
Inari found himself unable to talk. He could only bark, roar and growl... Most of the time he whined, as no one could communicate with him. No one, except this caller named "Ninetales" and his Ninetales herself. Talking about Ninetales... One by one her tails became like lively blue flames, as the streak across her back slowly took over her and her eyes became gold. She always held "stars" and, by the moment they neared the Indigo Plateu, she had nine "stars".
As Inari touched the door, he had to answer a call. The voice on the other side was the same deep voice that haunted him all the while: "NOW I'LL POSSESS YOU!". Darkness surrouned Inari and he breathed heavily, whining and barking as much as he could. The silence woke his nightmares within, but then this soft, sweet and charming voice reached him: "Now it is the time for us to break this curse... Master.". Inari saw a light, and ran toward it.
He fell forth, on a puddle of mud. Wiping his face and groaning, he pulled himself up, only to find himself in a labyrinth of floating platforms. Nothing linked them, and the darkness below didn't help his confidence. Seeing there was a platform nearby, he ran and jumped off. However, he would not reach it. Closing his eyes, Inari thought "Please, help!". His feet touched an invisible road, and soon roads of dirt linked the platforms. As he walked on the dirt, from platform to platform, life tailed him: Grass grew where he walked and a sakura grew on every platform he left behind.
It didn't take long for Inari to receive a call. He didn't answer promptly, as he looked back and saw the beauty he was about to leave behind. After a deep breath, he answered. The soft voice spoke: "Master, you are cursed... But don't worry... We will defeat this curse together... I'll be waiting for you.". Once he hang up, he realized her pokéball was gone. Inari was about to panic, but something made him move on. He walked and, step after step, he felt weaker and weaker... Until Inari himself became a Ninetales, unable to stand and falling on all four, panting heavily.
He felt something heavy around his neck and tried to drop it. Inari's eyes widened, as he realized he had paws. Before him was a necklace formed by the glowing orbs. "The nine stars!" he thought. Inari tried to put the necklace around his neck again, but couldn't... That was when he saw this blazing blue Ninetales. She helped him put it on and barked. He could understand her clearly by now: "We have to head back... You got possessed in the moment you came here... And to remove the curse, you must kill the monster you became... But don't worry, I'll be with you."
Together, they walked back. Each sakura bursting into petals, flowers growing on the grass. Once back at where he started, he faced himself... Or, at least, who he used to be. The "human" Inari had now nine fox's tails, coated with blood and with the tip of the tails lacking flesh and skin, showing sharp bones. "SO... WE FINALLY MEET!", this being who mimicked Inari said. Once he removed the mask, he revealled to be a monster Ninetales: An evil smirk, wide red eyes with no sclera, long claws and fangs, nine tails with "bone spears" and a puddle of blood, from which Inari heard horrible screams.
Inari was in shock, unable to move, as the monster slowly walked toward him, licking his long fangs. Inari couldn't even close his eyes... As he then felt a sharp pain. This nightmarish Ninetales was tearing him appart, limbs first, then tails and finally gutting him out. He tried to scream, but failed.
"Please, master... Don't give up!"
Inari snapped out of his trance right in time. His Ninetales was wounded, exhausted from holding this monster back. He realized that it was just this monster's killing intent that caused him to have nightmares all this time. Hatred consumed Inari's heart and he then attacked this nightmarish Ninetales, tearing it appart with no mercy. The orbs around him lit as he tore off the monster's tails, one by one. Upon tearing the ninth tail, the orbs became a blue kitsune mask, covering Inari's face. The nightmarish Ninetales choked on blood and died, as Inari sank his fangs on its neck. Afterwards, it turned to dust, and Inari turned his attention to his wounded Ninetales.
"Please... Hold still...", Inari somehow said.
"Sorry, master... I don't think... I'll live...", answered Ninetales, coughing a bit of blood.
Inari shed tears and removed the mask, making her wear it. She shed a tear silently and they slowly closed their eyes. He begged for this nightmare to end, he wished this wasn't real, he wanted to be with her... Inari could no longer feel her... No longer hear her breath... Heart beat... Nothing... He tried to open his eyes, but couldn't. It was then when a voice said "Hey, Inari! Wake up! You will miss your chance to fight the Elite Four!".
Inari woke up right away, sitting up. He was back to normal, he wasn't a Ninetales anymore. Then, he remembered of Ninetales, and promptly checked his pocket. For his surprise, there was a pokéball. Instead of calling out the pokémon, he checked his pokégear for their status. Tears ran down his widened eyes and a smirk grew on his face. There was a call, to which he answered.
"I love you, master... For the great beauty you gave me..."