THE EIGHT STONES
It was a very bright and starry night that the stars cast shadows over a group. The wind blew frantically causing the leaves of the trees to rustle and sway with great urgency. The group of six people and their Pokemon were having some sort of meeting. They gathered in a circle-like shape, as they talked softly but vehemently. They hoped they would not be heard, as they were near a house.
"He has gotten too close to succeeding," the deep, dark voice of a man stated. "He needs to be stopped."
The man was muscular, strong and had light brown hair, he was almost as tall as the trees around him. He seemed to be in his late thirties. His Pokemon partner stood beside him, he had three sharp and long claws on each paw. The creature's appearance looks like that of a bluish-black bipedal feline, clad in a bright red crown, and collar. It had two tails, like any other Weavile. But, what made the battle-ready Weavile different from the others, was that it looked as thought it had been in one too many devastating battles with its numerous scratches and scars.
"And he will be stopped. By all and any means necessary," a pure, and confident lady's voice replied, "even if he has to be crushed. He has gotten six stones already. It has to be done tonight."
She was a beautiful lady with short blond hair, but that was only on the outside. On the inside, her heart was as hard as stone, her emotions as cold as ice. Her eyes were the color of water, where waves crashed and flowed with rage and fury-as if in a thunderstorm or hurricane. Earrings were dangling from her ear, and a diamond ring rested on her finger. She seemed to be in her mid-thirties, and wore a confident, yet smug, smile that spread across her face.
Beside her was a dog-like Pokemon with short, black fur, who also had some scars and scratches, but the Weavile had more of those. He had a red underbelly and a long snout. The nose was dark in coloration, and sharp fangs protruded out of his mouth. There were two white bands around each of the creature's ankles, as well as three bands on his back. He had a long, skinny tail that ends in an arrowhead, and there were visible claws on his feet. The Dark Pokemon appeared to have a collar with a small skull pendant and a pair of curled horns, but no discernible ears. He growled energetically, it seemed as though the fire inside of him grew stronger and hotter.
"Umm... Excuse me, ma'am," a muffled voice came out from a younger man, thin and short, with a fiery Pokémon that appeared to be consisting entirely of magma. It resembled a slug, with a pair of bright yellow eyes on short stalks and a small mouth. The Slugma looked at his master's leader with frightened yellow eyes--the expression exactly the same as that of his master.
"What is it Shrively?" the woman snapped at him as she rolled her eyes impatiently at the newbie.
Ryan Shrively nervously scratched his jet-black hair as he gulped and mumbled his reply, "Did you just say crush, as in injure or kill or murder?"
Her eyes now showed anger and impatience, like it was on fire-but then, it always was; always had been after that incident... The man with light brown hair took over, as he saw his co-leader's angry mood.
"Well, yes, Ryan. We have to stop him. You must learn to have no mercy," he said quite calmly. His eyes were glowing with rage, as he really wanted to hurt the opponent.
"Now, enough with that chit-chat. Time to crush him," the lady commanded venomously with a slight hiss in her voice, "Houndoom, use Flamethrower!" She pointed purposefully at the two-story building. The Pokemon immediately obeyed. He opened his mouth wide, took a deep breath, and aimed for the building. An intense blast of fire came out, hitting the house directly. It was an angry sea of flame, it lashed in all directions, consuming the west side of the house quickly. The others nodded, they all issued their Pokemon to use fire attacks. All the attacks hit the house. Those were just back-ups for the flamethrower. Then the gang escaped quickly and quietly, hearing a fire detector's alarm go on.
"Our house is on fire!" a woman, with long black hair, cried out, as she rushed into a small room. Her anxious voice rose over the alarm of the fire detector. She tripped over a few assortment of toys, and made her way towards a pair of beds, where her two children lay down, sleeping and coughing.
"Wake up!" she screamed as she nudged her children frantically to wake. She gasped for breath as smoke and flames curled around her. Her children finally woke up, still coughing in the smoke and heat. The kids nodded nervously, they were scared. She picked her four year old son up, then pulled her daughter out.
They ran through a familiar hallway, but now it was one of their worst nightmares to see it. It was filled with sparks and flames of red, orange, and yellow that lashed out to them hungrily. They heaved down through the stairs quickly, frightened looks on their faces. The hand rails felt hot, and parts of of the stairs were burning down. They were careful not to step on burned parts. The fire was getting bigger, and stronger. Frightened as they were, they tried their best to stay clam.
As they got down, they went into a fairly small room. It was the study. A man was frantically searching for something among the books. He was the woman's husband, and had dark brown hair. He was quickly pulling out books, looking for something very important. His Pikachu was helping him look. He looked up at them.
"Get the children out!" he called, in a commanding voice, to the mother. Then he resumed his search. The mother knew what he was looking for. She was upset, not the slightest bit angry. She knew she had to get her kids out.
"Daddy!" his six year old girl called out to him. She held out her arms for him to take. The man stopped for a moment and looked at his daughter.
"Sweety, go with mommy. And take care of your brother," he said calmly with a determined but hurt look, "Take this Pokemon with you. She'll protect you. And this other one is for your brother... Keep it for him." He gave her a Pokeball and a Greatball. Slowly, the girl took them.
"When will I give the Pokeball to my brother?" she asked in a murmuring voice.
"You will know when it is the right time. The Greatball contains your Pokemon, okay?"
The mother nodded gravely as she pulled her daughter and son out of their house, into safety. They sat on the grass, under a tree. They watched helplessly as the red flames ate the house.
Just then, a fire truck appeared. The firefighters quickly sprayed water on the burning building, the water pressure wasn't strong enough for the fire was spreading speedily. The children's mother ran back towards the house. She was just a few meters from the house, when the Pikachu ran out. A few seconds after that, the house burned down completely and collapsed into bits. That electric rodent had a very lucky escape.
The firefighters stopped spraying water. They and the neighbors gasped, shocked and stunned at how a fire could have spread so quickly. The family paused from a moment of shock. Some of the neighbors' jaws dropped wide open as they looked at the collapsed house.
"Oh, John." The lady sighed with grief as she "got over" her shock. She touched her chest sadly. Tears were already rolling uncontrollably down her cheeks. She picked up the Pikachu and slowly walked back to her children.
"NO! Daddy!" the little girl cried as she saw the house go down. She hugged her confused little brother tightly, and looked up as their mother returned. Wet was the ground, as tears flowed downwards.
A car drove up into their driveway, the window rolled down, a woman with glasses looked out.
"Come on in," she called. "You can stay at my house for the time being." A necklace swayed as her head popped out of the window. An expensive type of watch was wrapped around her wrist as her hand gestured them inside.
"Hello Aunt Julie," the little girl greeted, her voice sounding lost and uncertain without its usual cheery glow, as she climbed into the backseat of the car. She looked back towards their house, her green eyes flashed angrily... She wanted to scream... As the car pulled out of the driveway, she pressed her face and left hand, which soon curled into a fist, onto the car's window.
"Bye, daddy," the girl mumbled sorrowfully as the Pokeball and Greatball rolled about in her hand and fell down. The Greatball's middle button was hit as the ball touched the floor of the car, causing it to enlarge.
Hmm, why would daddy give me a ball that grows bigger and smaller? she thought to herself, having never seen her father battle. She picked up the ball, and suddenly a young mammalian-like creature with brown fur popped out. A brown, bushy tail, that had a cream-colored tip wagged back and forth playfully. It had a furry collar that is also cream-colored. Four short, feline-esque legs with three small toes on each foot helped it stand upright-barely, as the creature was quite young. The Evolution Pokemon had brown eyes, big ears, and pink paw pads.
She looked at the other ball, wondering what was inside... And what secrets it held...
***Six Years Later***
Late one afternoon, a man and a woman were in a room in a hotel sending invitations through e-mail. The room was not big, just the right size. The air conditioner was on, and it was a hot day.
"It's time. They have to take the test now," the man suggested. He was in his late thirties and had blond hair. He looked up from his laptop and turned to the woman, an innocent face on him.
"Yes. It is time," the woman replied. "Their father would want them to find the stones. They should be able to handle themselves now." She paced around, back and forth, while an amethyst earring dangled from her ear. She also wore a silver bracelet.
"Hmm..." the man mumbled. He quickly typed in another e-mail address, then he clicked SEND.
CHAPTER ONE: The Suspicious Page
It was a bright and sunny Saturday morning, the wind was blowing peacefully as the ground was clustered with leaves, twigs, and grass. Pokemon were scattered everywhere, some had trainers while others were wild. Very little cars drove past them, it was a quiet and peaceful neighborhood. Up in the sky, different kinds of bird Pokemon swooped up and down and all around. Wind breezed through twelve year old Samantha Hunter's long golden brown hair. Her green eyes scanned the overgrown grass in their garden; she looked tall compared to the young, lonely tree that grew near their house.
A smile was spread across her face, she had just finished her daily morning jogging around the block, as sweat trickled down her cheeks. She was wearing a red shirt with blue jogging pants. And down at her feet, beside her orange running shoes, an Eevee stood panting. His name was Dean, and he always jogged with her.
Samantha picked Dean up and walked into their house. Up the stairs, through a hallway, and into her bedroom she ran. She sat down, recalled Dean to his Pokeball, and turned on her laptop. As she often did, she checked her e-mail. She read them all, and replied to a few, then checked one-the newest one, at that-with the subject that read: 'Invitation for Samantha and Timothy Hunter'.
"Tim, come here and look at this!" she hastily called out to a lumpy figure lying on the bed under the covers. It was her brother, Timothy.
Tim did not move one bit, so, reluctantly, Sam put her laptop on the table, got up and walked over to the bed. She pushed and pulled, and nudged the figure under the brown covers until he finally budged. She kept at it 'till he woke up. He opened one eye, and asked sleepily, "What's up, sis?"
"I got an e-mail addressed to both of us," Samantha replied as she walked back to her laptop. That got his attention, he rarely got any e-mails. Not ever any addressed to them both.
"Really? What does it say?" Tim suddenly asked with curiosity. He stretched his thin body as he jumped out of bed and sat down in front of the laptop before his sister could. His skinny fingers tried to smooth out his ruffled dark brown hair. Tim's green eyes quickly scanned the e-mail. It read:
You are invited to
the Twenty-Second of April
"April 22, that's Tuesday, three days from now..." Tim told his sister excitedly. A wide grin was starting to spread across his face.
Sam nodded, and responded, "Yes, I know. But what's a NAPS Exam?"
Just then, they heard a rapping sound on the door. "Kids, open the door," a sweet, mother-like voice said. Timothy leapt forward to open the door, finding his mother standing impatiently outside. Her long black hair was tied in a ponytail as usual; her brown eyes were tired and sleepy; and her choice of clothing today was a plain yellow shirt and black jeans.
"Yes, mom?" Samantha mumbled, looking up from the laptop and nodding questioningly.
Their mother came in and ordered, "Timothy, go downstairs and eat your breakfast." Jane quickly scanned the invitation and called to her daughter, "Sam, this is an important exam. You and your brother must take it."
Sam nodded and asked nervously, "But mom, doesn't it sound suspicious? And what is NAPS anyway?"
"I don't really know, sweetie," her mother replied. "But, I'm sure it has something to do with your father." She remembered her husband, John, always going out for some sort of mission, and he always mentioned something to do with NAPS. John had died six years ago in a fire. Sam nodded, curiosity surging even more through her at the mention of her father, and followed her brother downstairs. It had been a long while since any one of them ever mentioned their father, no one ever did nowadays...
Three days later, on the day of the exam, Samantha was more nervous than excited. Timothy, on the other hand, was the other way around. Jane had dropped them off at the Diamond Hotel exactly ten minutes before eight in the morning. Sam, dressed in a short-sleeved orange shirt with a blue, checkered skirt and light blue sneakers, and Tim, dressed in a green sleeveless shirt with cream-colored shorts and green rubber shoes, craned their necks to look out to the noisy and busy neighborhood. They were not used to this kind of neighborhood. Dean's Pokeball was safely tucked in a pocket of Sam's skirt, along with three other balls. They squeezed and squashed their way into the crowd.
Sam and Tim spotted a sign directing them to the room for the NAPS exam. Sam shuddered and Tim felt cold as they started the rather long trek down a dim hallway. Mericifully, there was a well lit room at the end. In the room there were tables and chairs, lots of people, a man in a suit, pencils and erasers, it was like you were in school in a classroom, and Timothy hated that feeling.
They walked around the room surveying it. The chairs had a pale brown color, with some darker shades at some parts. The tables were of the same color, only a smoother-looking texture. The walls were painted light blue, and the floors had light gray tiles, almost like silver.
"Well, well, well, look who's here," a dark, menacing voice from behind scoffed.
"The Cantwells," she said under her breath, their cousins... She would recognize that voice anywhere, and her heart thumped just thinking about it.
She spun around, a muscular boy, two years older than her, was holding her brother upside down.
Sam gasped as she stammered her reply, "Wh-What do you want, Ian?"
"Oh, just some revenge," Ian snickered along with his eleven year old brother, Jordan. Their sister, Kelly, nodded, while their parents, Arthur and Ivy, smiled smugly.
Samantha could see Jordan's arm muscles showing since he was wearing a very short-sleeved tee. On the other hand, Ian's could barely be recognized as he wore a loose shirt, and a hood on top. Same went with the rest of the family, Kelly wearing a red shirt and orange skirt that reached her knees, and their mother wore the same except for the difference in size and color, plus Ivy's skirt had flowers all over it . Their father, however, wore somewhat tight clothes, which did show some of his muscles.
"Maybe we could settle this in a Pokemon battle, instead?" Samantha stuttered, thinking of anything that could work. She backed away nervously, she wanted to run but she could not. Why had she just said that? Battling was something that she was not really good at. Her brother didn't even have any Pokemon, yeah-weird-I know. Suddenly, though, an idea snapped into her mind...
Tim stared at her warily and cowardly with a "What are you thinking? I don't even have Pokemon!" look on his face. His sister forced herself to smile back, trying to look calm, knowing what her brother was "saying", and what she would do. Somehow, they could communicate with each other, just by looking, like they can read each others minds.
The Cantwells looked at each other, and nodded while smirking triumphantly. "Agreed. A battle we shall have," they sneered at the same time.
Ian dropped Timothy headfirst onto the cement floor with a thump. Slowly, Tim stood up and started to massage his left leg and his head, hurting from Ian's killer grip. Soon, they came to a decision that Ian and Jordan would battle the Hunter siblings.
Samantha grinned as she pulled out a Pokeball, one that she had kept for him ever since the night their dad had passed away, and told him, "Use him, name him, he is yours." She handed her brother the Pokeball.
Immediately, Tim took it with a wide grin spread on his face. "Alright, out you go," he called enthusiastically, as he threw the ball to the floor. As the white light disappeared, a cub-like Pokemon appeared, with blue tufts of hair on his head. It had a long black tail with a gold four-pointed star on the end, his forelegs each had a gold ring around them. Large blue ears made up most of his head with gold-pupiled eyes, and a pink-red nose. An energetic roar came out of his mouth.
"Come on out, Eloise!" Sam summoned as she threw out a Pokeball. Emerging from the white light was a large, red dragonfly-like Pokémon. She had a long thin abdomen and a comparatively short thorax. She had three pairs of two-toed legs as well as two pairs of wings with red bands on them. The creature's head was also mostly red, except for her very large, bright green eyes, which took up most of the space on her head. Her eyes can see all around her body, allowing it to have an extremely high evasiveness. The end of the Clear Wing Pokemon's tail had two flat extensions from the sides and two spikes in the center.
"Don, I choose you," Jordan said simply as an Ultraball was thrown into the battlefield. A small, ceratopsian-like reptilian Pokémon with a yellow body popped out, as the ball flew back to the boy. He had white toes and bore a white bump on its back. The entity had a dark-gray oval-shaped face, with a prominent brow which was white in coloration, and a white rim was situated on his black snout. The Shield Pokemon's shield on the head looked bigger and sturdier than normal shields, as if his defense had been raised by his trainer.
His brother nodded, and called out his Pokemon as well. A brown, furry mammalian-like creature emerged from a Greatball. His hair was so shaggy that it almost completely covered his tuft-like small legs, making him appear like a legless lump in shape. The Pig Pokemon had a pink, pig-like nose, and eyes that seemed to be perpetually closed in appearance.
"You make the first move," Sam commanded them. With minimal hesitation, they snickered evilly yet obeyed.
"Swine, Ice Shard on that Yanma," Jordan ordered. His Swinub opened his mouth, which then released a powerful barrage of icicles at the flying type. The frozen shards were quite triangular in shape, with almost all edges sharp, and they made an arc in the air at lightning speed.
"Take down, nice and hard!" Ian called as his Pokemon began to stomp his feet. He then charged at Tim's Pokemon, scaring the poor Shinx easily. This made Tim gulp. Don quickly ran across to the other side of the battle field in a modified Quick Attack. After delivering a very effective hit, and taking some small damage from a not-so strong Spark, the Shieldon cringed slightly as he took recoil damage from the strong and powerful Take Down.
And soon they were engaged in a fierce battle... The Shinx being the first to faint after a Mud Shot from the Swinub that bounced about-coming out from anywhere and everywhere-hitting even the Yanma. Next came Don after a critical hit was taken from Eloise's Quick Attack-an attack done with great speed wherein trails of white light are left by the creature as she sped through the air. Later, Samantha and Jordan's Pokemon were both exhausted, resulting into a tie after collision with a Wing Attack and Powder Snow.
"Ahem!" a stern voice of a man boomed through a mic. "You shall take the NAPS exam now. My name is Matt Trevor, I am one of the staff of NAPS." He began passing out papers to those who were already sitting. He was roughly in his late twenties or early thirties, had neat auburn hair, and stood at about six feet and a few inches.
When the four had recalled their Pokemon tiredly, they slid into their seats as eyes stared and wandered about them... Matt gave them some kind of test booklet, and all around them pens and pencils were already moving swiftly across the paper. Tim groaned, he hated tests--luckily, this one was not the essay type.
About an hour later, Samantha and Timothy hurried out of the hotel to find their mom. Fortunately, no one stopped them from doing that. Slightly more than two minutes after waiting for the car, their mother pulled up with her red vehicle at the curb. They slipped in quickly just as the Cantwells spotted them.
"Hey, we're not done with you!" Ian waved after them. When they were out of sight, he muttered, "Figures." He put his raised arm down, just as a yellow taxi pulled up, the driver thinking they needed a ride - which, in fact, they did.
"Well done, son," Arthur ruffled his child's jet-black hair as he went into the front seat of the car.
"Yeah, good job bro," Jordan chuckled as he slapped Ian ever so lightly on the back. "You got us a cab." Dianne, Kelly and himself slipped into the back seat of the taxi. Ian absentmindedly climbed in as well, speechless.
Pokemon Attempting to Capture: Yanma and Swinub
Level of Difficulty: Medium + Medium (10K + 10K = 20K)
Total Number of Characters: 22414 (Includes "Prologue.." and "Chapter..")