I have always loved Pokemon since it was first released. In fact, I thought Pikachu
was Pokemon, so I referred to him as Pokemon often. For several years I was into it, but gradually faded out as Hoenn started to rise. One day, though, I was searching through some old boxes and found a small Mew
figure. Mew was my favorite Pokemon, I always had one, through hacks in the games to small toys and figures to carry around wherever I went. I smiled, and decided to make a Pokemon game featuring Mew, since I had a job making video games.
The game didn't take too long, as I was able to hack a Pokemon Platinum game, but with some slight differences. I fixed some bugs, improved graphics here and there, and made it to, of coarse, feature Mew. I asked a friend of mine, who also worked at the video game company, to come over and play the game
with me. When she finally came over, she was silent, which was odd. She was usually very active. Without a word, she handed me a small microchip, to go in the Pokemon game I presumed, and then silently walked off. I looked down at it, and when I looked back up, she was gone. I tried calling her cell, but she never picked up, and her house phone was broken at the time. I looked more closely at the tiny chip, and it had a few strange symbols on it-Unknown
. I figured out that it must have been a joke, since we both hated the Unknown for some reason. I laughed it off, and inserted the chip into the game cartridge. Putting the hacked Pokemon Platinum into my Nintendo DS Lite, I turned on the power.
When I started up the game, it went through the new intro I had designed for it, featuring a Mew floating in a bubble. When I got to the title screen, it started getting weird. The cute Mew sprite I had inserted was surrounded by Unknown, which I had not put in. Thankfully, they didn't seem to spell anything out-WAEBFEOMRWE. I suspected the microchip had caused the Unknown to appear, but it was weird how they seemed to fit right in, even though my friend had never even seen the layout of the title screen. I proceeded to press A, and was given the options of "New Game" or "Options". I chose "New Game," expecting to see Professor Oak begin his speech, when the screen suddenly flashed white. Shades or violet, blue, and green started to swirl around the screen in a vortex, making me dizzy in the process. I heard a desperate cry plead out, "Help me!" before everything turned black, and I fainted.
I blinked open my eyes. I looked around, expecting to see my room, but instead saw ruins-ruins of a temple. Rocks and debris stood everywhere, and cracks in the ground were pitch black. A few spiral towers stood, though clearly they were knocked down to less than half their original size. Confused, I stood up, though a bit wobbly in the knees, and began exploring the area. Many of the pieces I found were unintelligible, but I managed to identify a few Pokemon pictures on some of the remaining spirals-Dialga
, and Mew. Soon, I found a few tiles under a rock with the same images as on the spirals; I decided to place the tiles on the spirals. Every time I pressed a tile onto a spiral, it was absorbed into it, and a faint glow would climb up the spiral. Once all of the tiles had been inserted, there was a rumble, then a crash, and finally a flash of white.
I shielded my eyes from the brilliant flash, and when I opened them again, the temple had been restored. Atop it, I saw Dialga
. Real Pokemon, right before me! At the time, I thought I was in a dream, since that clearly wasn't possible. I gingerly walked up the stairs that had been restored, hoping that Dialga and Palkia stayed put. When I was a mere three feet or so away from them, on top of the temple, I found myself unable to move. At that moment, a horrible screech ripped through my eardrums, nearly making me fall over. Dialga and Palkia had roared in unison. When I was able to stand, Dialga and Palkia's diamond and pearls glowed, and I found myself frozen, though I could still see time go by. Out of the corner of my eye, a shadow appeared under my feet. I saw two red eyes, and knew it could only be Giratina
. I was starting to feel sick at that point when a distorted sound came from the sky. Since I couldn't look up, I had to wait until he landed to see who he was-Arceus
. To my surprise, he started speaking to me.
"A human from the SkyWorld. How amusing."
I tried to speak, but I was still frozen.
"It is time for you to die the painful way."
Blood began to form beneath me from the shadow spot. It started to engulf me, and when it was up to my waist, white started appearing. I recognized the white as bones as it came up farther and farther, inch by inch. At shoulder height, I began recognizing the bones as Pokemon, usually weaker ones that many trainers passed by in the games. They began ripping into my flesh with their teeth, it falling through their ribcage onto the ground. The blood was up to my neck, and though it had stopped moving upwards, it was drying quickly. I was able to see Dialga's diamond in it's chest, and in it's reflection was me. As the zombie Pokemon bit into my arms and legs, I began rotting in places. Bugs began to come out of my nose and mouth. At that time, it looked like the end was near, when I saw a small pink light appear. It was round in shape, and it stopped right in front of Arceus, looking like a marble compared to him. Immediately the zombie Pokemon retreated, and the blood quickly shattered. I regained mobility, and, to my relief, all of my skin was back, and no more bugs shot from my nose and mouth. The strange pink object started to get smaller, until a curled up Mew appeared from it's center. It's big blue eyes opened, stared at me, then looked towards Arceus.
"Arceus," Mew said, "there is no need to torture this poor child. Go now, and take Dialga and Palkia with you. Giratina, return to your shadowy hell."
Amazingly, all of the Pokemon bowed and left in different directions. Mew looked at me and giggled.
"Truly, I am sorry for the trouble. I brought you here for a special mission. You see, you are actually in the game you created. However, there are a few bugs I need you to fix. You may still go on your Pokemon journey like the previous games, but be on the lookout for anything suspicious. Throughout your journey, I shall protect you." Mew spoke these words quickly, then handed me a Pokeball. "Your starter?" It asked. I nodded, absorbing the information given to me, and accepted the Pokeball.
"Now, you may return to your world for tonight, but please come back first thing in the morning. Simply do as you did today to enter this dimension. Good night, Miss." I smiled at Mew, rather sad to leave, and waited to return to my world. "Simply call out the word "Mirage" to leave to your world, but only in emergencies."
"You are my savior, Mew. I have always loved you, but now you have saved me from death. Thank you."
I said these words before saying "mirage" and leaving. I got into bed, not thinking to clean my now messy room, and dreamed of Mew. The next day, the only thing I wanted to do was go to the new world I had discovered. I quietly took some cereal from the cabinet in the kitchen and booted up the DS. I went through the sequence again, and instead of ending up at the temple, I was at Twinleaf Town. Surprised, I looked up to see Mew, only it was transparent. I seemed to understand as soon as I looked at her-I was to start here as I would the normal game.
The days went by. After only three days, I stayed in "Pokemon Mew Version" all the time. I ate there, slept there, and most importantly, trained my Pokemon. I always kept my favorite Mew plushie in my bag, since it was my favorite Mew merchandise. Mew helped me in tough situations, from helping defeat an opponent to bringing me items to help me. I soon got used to the idea of Pokemon being real, and my Pokemon were no exception. I had River the Empoleon
, Blade the Staraptor
, Ember the Rapidash
, Zap the Pikachu
, and Ice the Glaceon
. After I beat the Elite Four without any signs of glitches, Mew took me to Hoenn, where I switched a few of my Pokemon for the Hoenn Pokemon. Once again, I got through without any problems, and the same with Kanto, to my surprise. That place usually had glitches everywhere. The final destination was Johto, my favorite region. I decided to only keep Zap and Ice with me, and got a Cyndaquil
as my "starter." I ended up with Zap, Ice, Blaze(Quilava
), and Wave(Lapras
) when I entered the Ruins of Alph. As expected, I found Unknown, and even though I was afraid of them, I tried my best to overcome my fears. I explored, using as many repels as I could, when I can upon a discolored tile on the floor. Curious, I tried to step on it, not succeeding. I tried as hard as I could to touch the tile, but it was no use. Suddenly, a plan formed in my mind. I sent out my Pokemon, telling them to get on the edge of the tile. When they did, I pushed with all my might through this invisible barrier, and finally succeeded in making it to the tile. I heard a click, and then I fell down a hole that revealed itself below me.
I rubbed my back, since it had taken the full force of the fall, and grabbed a flashlight out of my bag. My Pokemon were still above ground, but I knew they would stay there. The room I had fallen in was pitch black and had a horrible smell to it. Upon turning on the flashlight, I gasped in horror-the room had blood encrusted on the walls. Bones protruded from the walls, some with bits of flesh still hanging on them. In one corner of the small room, there were five Unknown huddled together. They cringed in fear at the light. After several minutes, an "O" Unknown floated up to me.
"Who are you?" It asked. "Have you come to release the evil?"
I didn't reply, as I had no idea what this poor Unknown was talking about. Another Unknown, "H", came up next.
"There is a creature within this cave that is Hell itself. It has captured us, wanting to hide us from the world. Though we are now only mere spirits," I noticed at this point that they were, in fact, ghosts, and young ones at that,"we will not give up." I swung my flashlight around to an unexplored part of the room to see a dark cave up ahead. The Unknown "S" came up behind me, followed by "E" and "P". I now realized they spelled out HOPES. Deciding that I couldn't climb back up to the surface, I tried to go back to the real world by saying "mirage."
It failed to work.
I tried calling Mew.
It failed to work.
Scared now, I decided to help these young spirits explore the cave. As we went farther along, the smell got worse, and more bones could be seen. Closer to the end we saw rotting carcasses with rats feeding on them in the cave. The cave was more like a hallway, one that never ends, going on for eternity. Finally, the flashlight gave out. Conveniently, a few feet ahead a torch was on the wall. The rusty holder for it collapsed when I grabbed the torch, causing the Unknown to jump. When we finally reached the end of the cave, I nearly gagged. Ahead, there was a chamber filled with blood the color of crimson, and a small figure was floating in it. Before I could react, Mewtwo
shot from a corner towards us. It turned to us, blinked slowly, and started to choke. It rolled around on the floor, gagging, when guts started to erupt from it's eyes and mouth. After a few minutes, Mewtwo
had been turned inside out, and rats were starting to eat it's carcass. I cradled Unknown S, since it seemed to be the youngest and tiniest. As it cried quietly, the figure in the chamber moved slightly. I released the Unknown, and prepared to fight the creature, even though I had no Pokemon with me. The creature slowly shook, until it built up to thrashing around in the chamber, before it finally broke through the glass. Blood oozed out onto the floor. The creature breathed in, and opened it's big blue eyes. It was Mew.
Taken aback, I quietly walked up to Mew. Mew smiled, and I knew a mistake had been made. Mew looked past me at the Unknown, and it's eyes grew clouded and dark. The blue was replaced with the blood red on the walls. Spikes appeared on it's back and face, while its skin turned a shade of purple-gray. It shrieked, a green forked tongue shooting from it's mouth, and it leaped towards the Unknown. Instantly, H and O were exterminated, which is when spirits are lost forever. Horrified, I was paralyzed. The remaining Unknown huddled behind me, scared.
"Remember this?" Mew asked, making her old form appear next to her, "It was all a trick to bring you here. I will now unleash all of my fury." Mew lunged for me, hissing as I dodged it. I ran back down the hall with the Unknown in my arms, gasping for breathable air. I heard banshee-like screams ripping from Mew's throat as its breathe curled around my neck. Eventually, I ducked aside, so that Mew kept going down the hall at full speed. Panting, I ran back towards the broken chamber at full speed. When I got there, I discovered there was another opening behind the chamber. I ran down it, hoping to escape. I found a small crack that I was barely able to fit into, and rested for a few seconds. My chest hurt horribly, and my torch had gone out, so it was dark. I darted out after I could bring myself to, and looking back the other way, saw Mew's eyes and tongue pop out at me in the darkness. Shrieking, it gave chase to me as I ran. Finally, I came to a dead end. A true dead end. There were carcasses everywhere, all at least half decayed. Mew caught up to me, hissing. It grabbed Unknown P and E from me, snapping then in half.
"I tried to warn you of this." Mew said as I cuddled Unknown S, "The Unknown on the title screen?They spell out something after all-BEWARE OF MEW. You were warned, and now you must pay." Mew proceeded to making all of my Pokemon appear, and killed them all, one by one. They appeared a moment later as a zombie, who stumbled past me to the wall, standing. When all of them were killed, all of them were lined up behind me, moaning.
"I am the creator of Pokemon. I created Arceus, so therefore I created everything. But how do I create Pokemon? Simple, really. I reel humans and animals in, showing them my fake, cute side, then make them into Pokemon. And you're next. After I kill that Unknown, all "HOPES" will be lost!" Mew spat these words out slowly. As a last resort, for I could tell Mew was coming for me, I got out a small item from my now bloody bag-TM Teleport. I quickly gave it to S. I told it to be brave, and to learn that TM, then teleport away. Hesitantly, it obeyed. We had talked quietly over a few seconds, so Mew hadn't noticed until it was too late. Outraged, it let out a wail, and lurched forward. I braced myself. At this point, I had no regrets. Mew would use its forked tongue to transform me into a Pokemon. I was glad I had whispered a message to S, a message to say the word "mirage" and return to my world. There, I knew S would know what to do. S would burn the cartridge, it would destroy all of the Mew items I had collected. Before I was transformed, I took out the Mew plushie. And I burned it on a wall torch behind me. I was transformed moments later.
The only way for a human that's mutated into a Pokemon by Mew to become human again and escape the video game world is to have someone speak my secret word for returning to my world-mirage. A person who has a love for Pokemon, even if they are in a video game, and one who has a good heart. Whether you are that person or not, never create a hacked game. Never accept something to add to your game, even if it's from a friend. Never take the Unknown's words lightly. Listen to them-they mean better than you think.
I am Miss. I am a human trapped as a Pokemon. I am a Gothitelle