*story ready for grading*
“Can't you hear them, the cries for help that echo throughout the world?” whispered a young woman who sat in a corner of the path.
Chapter 1: Cries from the Ashes
“No, I can't hear them,” replied the innocent voice of a little blond girl.
A stern hand hidden in beige cloth quickly pulled the girl away towards the village.
A frightened yet concern voice saying, “Stay away from that woman,” and the ripple of the little girl's blue skirt was all the young woman could grasp at. With her one light blue and one dark brown eyes hidden behind the darkness of her hair, there wasn't much she could hope to gather.
Besides, her mind was trapped in the echoes that had brought her there. Someone's voice shouting, “Help me! Help me!” She kept pondering about it.
“Where was that voice coming from? I can't even tell if it's a woman or a man shouting. Maybe I have been hearing them both all along,” she kept thinking to herself trying to make sense of the situation.
She looked up towards what would have been clear skies she loved as a little farm girl, but, she failed to gaze at it through the thickness of these greed woods.
Shifting her sight towards the large group of small wooden houses ahead she kept thinking, “Why isn't anyone doing something?... Am I really the only one who can hear it?...I guess that would explain why it didn't take long for everyone to take me as crazy.”
She sighed and swiftly stood up. As she began to pass her white hands through her plain brown kimono she said to herself, “Well, if everyone already thinks I'm crazy, then what do I have to lose? I'm going to find out where these voices are coming from one way or another.”
She ran towards the old village with a decisive look in her eyes. As she did, she glanced to a side for and noticed a sign. Although she passed too quickly to read the whole thing, she noticed a strange word on it, “Poké...ma”. Something at that sign struck at her, but she didn't stop to think about it. The villagers walking all around, apparently aimlessly, would look at her out of the corner of their eyes.
Whispered about her began to echo a bit through the air, “There's that Kaitousha girl again...Did you hear she hears dead people?...She's crazy...Someone should do something about her...”
The woman kept going, ignoring the words and looks of the ones around her when suddenly, it happened again.
“Help me! Help me!” the voice began to echo again.
Kaitousha stopped listened. She began looking around to find the source of the cry, but couldn't tell where it was coming from. She could tell the cries were coming from the village at first, but once inside, it was like the voice came from the village itself somehow.
Frustrated, she clenched her fists and shouted to the skies, “Where are you!? Tell me where you are!”
At that moment, the sky turned black and everyone around her vanished. The smell of smoke and the crackling sounds of flames suddenly filled the air.
“What...What happened?!” said Kaitousha to herself as she took some uneasy steps.
Her panic rushed even further when she realized the village was on fire.
She was just about to run when she heard a mature female voice screaming, “Help me! Somebody, please, help me!”
This time she was sure where it was coming from. She turned around and saw a couple wrapped in black cloths running from a mob of people. Although, there was something wrong with what she was seeing. The tall woman and the man, she could see them in such detail, the pale whiteness of their skin, the shimmering glow of their light blue hair, the fear and tears in their deep white eyes, but the mob, it was as if the couple was being followed by shadows holding knives and swords. As they were getting closer and closer, Kaitousha noticed that the woman was holding something in her arms wrapped in her clothing.
As the black clothing began to unfold around whatever she was holding, Kaitousha suddenly felt someone pull her by the arm saying, “That's enough out of you!”
She couldn't see well who had pulled her as her eyesight was blinded for a split second, but it came back to her and she found herself being taken by some big men wearing green kimonos. Anyone else would have put at least some resistance, but her mind was elsewhere as everything around her had apparently gone back to normal. The village was okay, the sky was blue again, and the people were just staring at her with glares that seemed to shout, “She's crazy!” and “She's getting what she deserves.”
As she was thrown into a small room and had the door closed behind her, she finally snapped out of it. Kaitousha ran towards the door, but it was no use. The door was sturdy and closed tightly. Realizing she was now a prisoner, probably due to her earlier outburst, tear began to run down her cheeks. She knew it was hopeless to cry as no one would hear her anyways, but she couldn't help it. She wasn't only crying for herself, but crying because she felt it deeply; there was something she had to do and someone was still in need of her help.
Drying the tears of her eyes with her clothes, she walked towards the only window in that empty room. Once she looked out, she noticed another sign just like the one she saw when she entered the village. She was a shocked to say the least when she saw it again. Sure, it was the same one she saw earlier, she was sure of it, but, she couldn't read it this time. The symbols on it were foreign to her. Yet somehow the phrase “Poké...ma” came to her mind.
“I thought that maybe the sign I saw before was for a Pokémart, but this...what is this?!” Kaitousha thought to herself.
At that moment, she came to the realization of something awful, but she had to make sure. She kept looking out of that small barred window as if searching for something. She did for some time as she couldn't believe what she saw, or rather, what she didn't see.
Tired of looking and somehow just knowing that she wasn't going to find what she was looking for, she dropped back to the floor holding her head and sat there saying to herself, “I can't believe it. Why didn't I noticed it before? The Pokémon...where are they?! I haven't seen a single one since I neared this place...And they think I'm the one that's crazy. What have they done here?”
At that moment, her desperation was interrupted by a sound she had heard before. The feint sound of a baby crying starting coming in through the window. Kaitousha jumped up as she felt she needed to see that for herself. She grabbed the bars of the window as tightly as she could and looked out. Right there, barely at her field of vision, was a baby girl. She was all wrapped in white cottony cloth being carried away by a blond woman in silky blue garments.
“A baby...a baby...” Kaitousha kept thinking to herself as that sight somehow gave her a sense that something inside her head was about to click.
Suddenly, it happened again. “Help me! Help me!” the voice began to echo once more.
The sky turned black once again and the village was caught on fire once more.
“This vision again...” thought Kaitousha as she looked out through the window.
She saw from the distance that couple running again, only this time she heard something different. A baby's cry slightly dowsing the sound of the fires' crackle. Kaitousha looked directly at the woman's arms as she came closer. She saw the black cloth in her arms unfold revealing a pale white baby with glowing blue hair just like the couple's.
As the two neared the window where Kaitousha was, the lady looked straight at her. When their eyes met, Kaitousha felt her heart jump, and even more so as the lady said, “Help me! Please, my baby...” That's all she could grasp as the couple kept running away.
Kaitousha's eyes began to water at that moment. She glared at the mob for an instant and closed her eyes. She began punching the wall as she shouted at them, “Stop it! Leave them alone!”
Right then, Kaitousha woke up from her vision, but the impact of what she had seen kept weighing on her mind. She couldn't help but keep punching at the wall whispering those words over and over, “Leave them alone.”
At that moment, one of the guards who took Kaitousha there, happened to walk by and looked right into her cell. Not noticing the guard, she looked right at the wall and gave it one final punch. Suddenly, something happened that neither she nor the guard could understand. She disappeared and somehow reappeared on the other side of the wall. The guard wanted to scream, run away, and pretend that nothing had happened all at the same time, but all he found himself able to do was stand there speechless. Then he came to a simple realization. He was seeing his prisoner's face on the other side of the window.
Part of Kaitousha's mind wanted to stop there and think about what had happened, but she couldn't as she had something more important to do. She began to run in the same direction she saw that strange couple run to. As soon as she was out of sight, the guard also snapped out of it and ran after her. Unfortunately for him, his daze had given her quite a head start on the chase.
Kaitousha knew it was only a matter of time before someone tried to incarcerate her again. She somehow had to figure out what her visions wanted to tell her before that happened.