"Well, it's about time for us to go. Take care of yourself, Chiron, and hopefully we'll meet up again sometime!"
Cynthia smiled at the young man on the hospital bed. His face was bruised and battered, and he had multiple broken ribs. Considering all he went through, it was hardly a surprised. In his hands, he held a sleeping orange Pokemon - the rare poltergeist, Rotom.
Behind Cynthia, Professor Oak stood up. Like Cynthia, he was all smiles. "Chiron, it was an honor meeting you, and I wish you the best in your future endeavors."
Chiron immediately flushed red. It seemed he was still shy in front of the reigning Sinnoh Pokemon Champion and the most famous Pokemon Professor in the world, which was only fair, all things considered.
"The honor was all mine," Chiron stammered, laughing and scratching his head nervously. "Goodbye, and thanks for everything!"
Professor Oak headed for the door, and Cynthia followed him. As soon as they shut the door on Chiron, Cynthia looked at Professor Oak. She was a tall, slender woman in his early thirties. Long blonde hair fell gracefully down to her knees, and her thin grey eyes were just as graceful. She was wearing a long black coat that was even longer than her hair, and slim black pants.
"So, what do you make of it all? Charon revisiting the Team Galactic Building now of all times, given the situation at hand..." Cynthia faltered at the gaze the Pokemon Professor gave her. He was an old man, though not quite as old as Sinnoh's own Professor Rowan. The age was evident on his face, which was starting to wrinkle. However, a youthful energy seemed to always linger in his eyes. He was wearing a purple work shirt and a pair of brown trousers.
"This isn't the place for that," Professor Oak murmured quietly, his eyes looking around carefully. They were standing by themselves in an empty wing of the Eterna hospital, but Cynthia knew that what they were discussing was top secret stuff. If the news were to break out, it could cause widespread panic throughout Sinnoh. Professor Oak returned his gaze to Cynthia.
"At any rate, it seems like an isolated incident to me. From the sound of things, Charon was only there because of Rotom's appearance," Professor Oak said. "I say forget it. More importantly, we have to deal with the matter at hand. Can you round up those Trainers for a meeting, say, tomorrow night?"
"Alright." Cynthia nodded. "Your place?"
Professor Oak nodded. "Until tomorrow night, then."
"So, we've all gathered."
Professor Oak cast his eyes around the room. For a living room, it was pretty small, but this was only Professor Oak's summer home. A small couch rested against a wall, with two sitting chairs adjacent to it. Two Trainers were sitting on the couch, while a third was sitting on one of the chairs. These were the three heroes who had saved Sinnoh six months prior during the Team Galactic incident at Spear Pillar: Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum.
Diamond was lazily lounging on the couch. He was a carefree guy, with a sometimes sleepy look on his face. However, he was a reliable and friendly person, one that never gave up. He dressed in a red shirt with a blue jacket over top. There was a baggy red hat sitting on top of his head, and he was also wearing baggy black jeans.
Beside Diamond was Pearl. Pearl was Diamond's best friend since their childhood days, but the exact opposite of him in every way. The kid was loud and boisterous. His poofy blonde hair was just as exaggerated as his personality was, curling up at the sides. He wore an orange-and-white striped vest and a green scarf on top of a pair of dark grey skinny jeans.
Finally, there was Platinum. She had studied under Professor Rowan as his aide growing up, and had blossomed into a level-headed and enthusiastic Trainer. Her eyes were always sparkling brightly with energy, and she was always in a good mood. She was wearing a heavy pink coat, and a short pink dress underneath. She also wore a white ski cap and large pink boots.
These three were the Trainers that had overthrown Team Galactic at the peak of Mount Coronet and defeated the legendary creation trio of Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina. Perhaps the most incredible thing about them, however, was that they were all only sixteen years of age.
"Um, yeah, we're here," Pearl said. "Here for what?" Diamond nodded in agreement, turning his eyes to Professor Oak. Platinum was already staring at the Professor with interest evident in her eyes. Behind the Professor, Cynthia stood with her eyes boring into the back of Oak's skull. How was he going to handle this?
Professor Oak began.
"As you are all aware, six months ago, Team Galactic summoned Dialga and Palkia at Spear Pillar with the use of the Red Chain that was formed through the manipulation of the lake guardians, Azelf, Mesprit, and Uxie. However, you were able to defeat Team Galactic and subdue Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina, returning them to their respective dimensions. After the incident, I, along with Cynthia and Professor Rowan, installed surveillance equipment that could alert us if there were any more disturbances at the area. We had planned to keep the equipment there for exactly six months - we were due to go and retrieve it in just a few days from now."
"However, two nights ago, one of the alarms set off. Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina all reappeared at the Spear Pillar. We don't know why, but the security cameras show them reappearing all at the exact same time: 10:23 PM. There seemed to be some brief dialogue between them, but very quickly, they began fighting again. They've fought nonstop for the past two days, and we've had to move quickly to gather all three of you here."
Even Pearl was speechless. Professor Oak continued. "We're asking the three of you to go back to Spear Pillar, and investigate the cause of this. You three have been able to subdue them in the past, and are all accomplished Trainers - perhaps even more talented than Miss Cynthia herself. We're counting on you to handle this!"
Platinum spoke up. Her voice was clear, but she was clearly bothered. "So you have no clue why this is happening? This isn't tied to Team Galactic in any way, is it?"
Professor Oak shook his head. "We've looked into that, but it seems Team Galactic has disbanded for good. There's been no movement on their front - we rewinded the security tapes a full week, but there was no sign of a single Team Galactic member."
"You can count on us, Professor Oak."
Professor Oak looked at Diamond, who had stood up.
"You can count on us. We know what's on the line here... We won't fail." Diamond winked. "It'll be just like last time!"
"Yeah, yeah!" Pearl shouted, standing up as well. "We've beaten them once before, and if they want another fight, nothing's going to change!"
Finally, Platinum stood up. She nodded her head in agreement. "We know how to handle ourselves."
Cynthia stepped forward. "We know we can trust you guys. This won't be easy as last time, though. Last time, you had the assistance of the three lake guardians, Azelf, Mesprit, and Uxie. This time, you'll be-"
Pearl cut her off. "Ha! We've got a surprise for you guys!"
Simultaneously, Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum all pulled a Pokeball out from their pocket, and released a Pokemon into the air.
The eyes of Professor Oak and Cynthia immediately widened.
"Azelf!" "Mesprit!" "Uxie!"
The three pixies floated beside their partner's head - Azelf to Diamond, Mesprit to Pearl, and Uxie to Platinum. All three looked very similar, having the same small, pale blue body, the same pair of thin tails, and the same red jewel on their forehead. However, it was impossible to mix any of the three up with another. Azelf had a triangular, cyan head, while Mesprit's was pink with two long appendages dropping from both sides. Finally, Uxie had a large, yellow head with four long grooves running from its forehead to the back of its head.
"What... How did you get these Pokemon?" Cynthia exclaimed wildly.
Platinum laughed. "They never left us. After the battle at Spear Pillar, we went to their respective lakes to release them. However, not a single one left. Each of us were challenged to a battle, and we were all able to capture our counterpart."
Diamond smiled. "So, are there still any worries? You can trust us, Professor."
Professor Oak laughed sheepishly. "I never expected even you guys to be able to tame the legendary Pokemon. But don't get ahead of yourselves - you're going up against legendary Pokemon as well. Last time, they were being controlled by Team Galactic. This time, we don't know why they're battling. Be careful!"
"Yeah, yeah." Pearl chuckled. "We'll handle it, Professor!"
Professor Oak nodded, a relieved look crossing his face. "Alright, good luck!"
Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum all returned their respective legendary Pokemon to their Pokeballs, then turned to the door. Professor Oak watched them with assessive eyes. Then, he balked. "Oh, I almost forgot!"
Professor Oak rushed down the hallway behind him, and turned into a room to retrieve something. Cynthia looked at him in mild surprise, and the three Trainer stopped at the door, surprised themselves.
Professor Oak rushed back out with something in his arms, hidden underneath a towel. He lifted the towel, revealing what was underneath.
"W-what is that?" Platinum asked, mesmerized by the object.
"It's a Pokemon Egg." Professor Oak looked down at the Egg. It was like no other Egg he had ever seen before. The shell was translucent, and the interior was a deep sea blue. A glowing red orb was pulsing gently in the center, and a ring of smaller yellow orbs hovered above it.
"What is it?" Platinum asked. "I've never seen a Pokemon Egg like this one before."
"Yes," Professor Oak said. "I got it recently from a friend of mine, who is a Pokemon Ranger in the faraway Fiore region. Since they have no Pokemon Trainers over there to keep the egg, they sent it over to me to give to a Trainer."
At this, Professor Oak looked at Platinum. "Platinum, you're the most level-headed and careful Trainer here. I'm giving this Egg to you. Please look after it, and tell me if anything happens, alright?" Platinum nodded, and Professor Oak gently put the Egg into her open arms.
The moment Professor Oak placed the egg in Platinum's arms, something suddenly happened. Platinum's eyes went wide as the egg began glowing a painfully bright white and began changing form. It went from the perfect oval shape of the egg to a small body. Two long arms split off from the side, and two stubby legs poked themselves out of the body. A large head formed, and two long antenna sprouted out of the top of head. Then, the light faded, and the baby Pokemon in Platinum's arms were now recognizable.
The Pokemon was the same color as the egg - a deep sea blue. There was a red jewel in the middle of its chest. Yellow markings surrounded its closed eyes.
"Maaa!" the Pokemon cried loudly, opening its eyes. Then, it suddenly stopped. It locked eyes with Platinum, who was holding it carefully. "Ma?"
"Oh my..." Professor Oak murmured, his voice shaky. “This is... It can’t be...”
Platinum carefully cradled the Pokemon into her right hand, and then took out her Pokedex from a pocket with her left hand. She flipped the device open.
"Manaphy, the Seafaring Pokemon," the device read. "It is born with a wondrous power that lets it bond with any kind of Pokemon."
“The legendary Pokemon Manaphy,” Professor Oak muttered, studying the Pokemon carefully.
Platinum held the Pokemon out to the Professor. "Here, take it."
Professor Oak balked. "What? You're its Trainer now! You have to care for it!"
"No." Platinum shook her head. "We're going to Spear Pillar now to fight the legendary Pokemon. It's going to be dangerous, and no place for a baby Pokemon like this to be hanging around. If you could hold on to it until after we return, then that would be best."
Professor Oak smiled as he realized what Platinum was saying. "You've developed into such a wise Trainer, Platinum. Fine, I will hold on to this Pokemon until after this situation is resolved."
Platinum thanked the Professor, and took out a Pokeball. The capsule sucked in the sleeping baby Pokemon, and Platinum handed the Pokeball to Professor Oak, and he accepted the Pokeball.
“We’ll be off now,” Platinum said shakily, clearly a little shaken. Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum all said a final goodbye, and then closed the door behind them.
Professor Oak turned, facing Cynthia. "Yeah. It's a pretty remarkable discovery. But, I'm more concerned with how those kids will handle themselves at Spear Pillar. I fear they'll get ahead of themselves."
Cynthia smiled. "It should be fine. They know what they're doing."
Professor Oak nodded. Then, his phone began ringing.
"Give me a second," Professor Oak said, flipping his cellphone to his ear. It was Professor Rowan.
"Samuel?" Professor Rowan's gruff voice barked into Professor Oak's ear.
"Yes, it's me. Is something the matter, Rowan?" Professor Oak asked, looking at Cynthia.
"Yeah. You know that disturbance at Spear Pillar? I just learned that there are similar disturbances at other locations in Sinnoh, as well." Professor Oak heard some papers rustling. "Here we are... Yes, as I was saying, there are reports of disturbances - and I'm not sure what exactly, mind you - at other locations in Sinnoh. More specifically, at the following locations: Fullmoon Island, Newmoon Island, Stark Mountain, Snowpoint Temple, and Seabreak Path."
"What?" Professor Oak gasped. "But those places are..."
"Yeah," Professor Rowan said. "Those are the homes of legendary Pokemon."
Professor Oak bit his lip. "But, why? Why are all these legendary Pokemon acting up now? You have to figure it's related somehow, but what's the link?"
"I don't know myself," Professor Rowan sighed. "I understand you've sent some of your own Trainers to Spear Pillar. I'm sending some of my own to investigate those other locations. They should be at your house soon to pick up those items."
The doorbell rang.
"I guess that's them, then," Professor Rowan said. "Look, I'm not going to keep you too much longer, but listen to what I have to say. I have a feeling that all of this is just the precursor to something else... something bigger."
Professor Oak frowned. "Something bigger? Like what?"
Profesor Rowan sighed. "I don't know. Just keep an eye out, and be cautious. We can only hope that those we've trusted can come through."
Professor Oak said goodbye, then put the phone back in his pocket as he went to open the door. Cynthia looked at him, but Oak simply said, "I'll tell you later."
At the door were five Trainers. Professor Oak invited them in, and they took a seat.
"So, you're Rowan's Trainers?" Professor Oak asked, sizing them up.
There was a woman with long, green hair pulled into a ponytail that fell down to her waist. She wore a dark green dress that was the same colour as her hair. Beside her was a young man dressed in a blue jacket. Half of his face was covered by a tilted hat, but unruly navy blue hair was visible beneath the hat. Sitting beside him was a kid maybe only twelve or thirteen years old. The kid had bright red and yellow hair, and he was wearing a bright red shirt over black shorts. The kid beside him was even younger, however - a girl that may only have been ten years old. She was dressed in a white-and-pink outfit, and two pink ponytails fell beneath her waist. Finally, there was a young lady that looked just past her teens, wearing a black-and-white dress.
"My name is Cheryl." The woman in green smiled.
"I'm Riley," the man in blue said calmly.
"I'm Buck!" the kid in red shouted.
"You can call me Mira!" said the little girl cheerfully.
"Marley," the girl in black murmured.
Professor Oak looked at them skeptically. Riley looked like a pretty reliable Trainer, but the rest were suspect. However, they didn't have time to waste, and he would have to trust Professor Rowan's judgment.
"I'll go and get the items," Professor Oak said. He went back down the hallway, and retrieved a few items from the same room as the Manaphy egg. Returning to Rowan's Trainers, he laid the items out on the coffee table.
A green feather, a card key, a glowing red rock, a slab with braille readings on it, and a neatly folded letter were laid out on the coffee table.
"This is the Lunar Wing." Professor Oak pointed at the green feather. "The Trainer who will capture Cresselia will need this item for it to appear." Cheryl gently took the Lunar Wing.
"Next is the Member Card," Professor Oak said, pointing to the card key. "This one is needed to get to Darkrai." Mira pocketed the card key.
"This one is the Magma Stone, for the Trainer that will look for Heatran." Professor Oak watched Buck reach out and grab the red rock.
"This slab is the Stone Slab, the item that will awaken Regigigas," Professor Oak said. Riley carefully put the slab into his bag.
"Finally, we have a letter written by myself, which will allow you to enter the Seabreak Path to look for Shaymin," Professor Oak said. Marley folded the letter into a pocket.
Professor Oak backed up, looking at all of the Trainers. He didn't know them, and as a group they didn't look particularly impressive. But, they had not asked him a single question. They had remained calm and collected this whole time, even Mira, the girl. Could he trust them?
Professor Rowan's words echoed in Professor Oak's head.
We can only hope that those we've trusted can come through, eh? Professor Oak mulled. Looking at the Trainers in front of him, and thinking of Diamond, Pearl and Platinum, he thought, I have to count on you guys.