Heya! It's my first story, so I hope you enjoy ;)
Approximately rated G8+ in Australian terms for mild cartoon violence.
Ready for Grading :)
Josh wiped the sweat off of his brow. It was already an unusually hot day, but being ten feet underground in a dark cave didn’t help. He looked around him, and he tried to remind himself why he was here, on a hot day, in a dank cave. His thoughts were cut short, however, by a short squeak.
“Diglett!” Surely enough, from under the ground popped up the head of Josh’s first Pokemon, Damien the Diglett. “Diglett Dig,” he continued, before plopping back underground.
“Damo? Where’d you go little buddy,” inquired the brunette teenager. He squinted through his glasses in order to see where Damien had gone, only to notice that it did not, in fact, help. “Come on, I do want to get out of here sometime today. It’s a perfect day for swimming!” To this note, Diglett popped up angrily.
“Diglett,” the little Mole Pokemon yelled. “Diglett Dig!”
“Fine, sorry, sorry. I know you can’t swim. Regardless, there must be something nice to do on the surface for you,” Josh wiped his brow before continuing. “That doesn’t involve me boiling to a crisp, I mean.” Diglett seemed ready to respond, but the floor beneath the two cracked and fell through. Suddenly, things got a whole lot hotter.
“Holy Miltank!” As profane as such an expression was, Josh’s words were quite tame compared to what he was seeing: an entire city of Diglett and Dugtrio. “Damo… we’ve found the lost city of El Dug-ado!” To this, not many people could have formed a literate response, but a nearby Dugtrio seemed to do quite a good job.
“Oi! Brute! What are you doing here,” yelled the three heads of the unknown Dugtrio. “You humans aren’t allowed here!”
Damien and Josh simply stared at the oddity: a Pokemon that could speak English, and a Dugtrio no less! Josh scratched his head, still sore from the fall. “But… how do you know… uh… English?” asked Josh in a sort of daze.
“That’s not any of your business,” responded the Dugtrio curtly. “Guards, arrest the intruder!” With the order came action: instantly, a cage of rotten wood fell on top of Josh, trapping him. Josh looked up to see where it came from, and noticed that a few Diglett who had taken residence upside down in the roof dropped it. The Dugtrio now turned to Damien, still in English for some reason. “And you, brother, may escape your life of mistreatment and live with us for now on!”
Although Dugtrio saw this as a brilliant offer, Damien simply popped underground and reappeared under the cage, attempting to lift it up. “Dig….lett..,” he moaned, while trying to free his friend.
“You dare disobey me? The Chief of El Dug-ado? Guards! Arrest this traitor until he learns why he should not betray his species.” Suddenly, the two Diglett guards on the roof popped into the earth and reappeared behind Damien (on the ground).
“Damien! Watch out!” At that moment, the two guards sped through the ground towards Damien, but he quickly ducked under ground, letting go of the cage, which the two guards flew into. He then reappeared behind the two, and growled. The taller of the two guards quickly recovered, and burrowed underground before appearing before and scratching Damien with his… something. The scratch was deep and critical, and Damien didn’t think he could take too many more scratches, so he splashed sand into his opponents’ eyes.
The second Diglett guard was about recover from the nasty bump he received, but when his eyes were blasted with the sand he decided to run/dig for it. He was, after all, only new to his job, and didn’t deserve this treatment. Thus, he popped underground to flee. The first Diglett guard wasn’t as taken aback by the sand, however, and quickly shook his head to dispel it. Once his vision was clear, though, he still couldn’t see Damien.
Suddenly the guard heard a loud growl, and noticed that although Damien was gone, there was a peculiar hole in the ground where he once was. At that point, he began to receive multiple scratches to his body. The traitor was in the ground! At that point, the Guard disappeared underground and Josh and the Dugtrio were alone on the surface.
Underground, a flurry of activity was happening. Damien managed to strike the guard once more before the Guard responded by another critical scratch. Things weren’t going well for Damien; another hit and he would almost certainly be knocked out.
Meanwhile, on the pseudo-surface that was the cave, there was an enduring silence. Josh and the Dugtrio exchanged glares, neither speaking a word. Luckily for both of their sanity, the silence lasted only a minute. When the fight was over, only one Diglett returned. “Diglett DIG,” yelled Damien, and Josh jumped up and down at the revelation that Diglett managed to beat his opponents. Not everyone was pleased, however.
“So you managed to defeat my guards,” calmly spoke the Dugtrio with a menacing glare. “But do you honestly believe you can defeat me?” Both Josh and Damien just stared at Dugtrio. Both knew that Damien wouldn’t stand a chance against Dugtrio alone, especially so soon after the last fight. At that point, the Dugtrio’s faces all smiled. “I’m just kidding! I could never fight a fellow Diglett! Now, come on, if you care that much about your pet,” he glared at Josh before smiling at Diglett again, “he can come too!” At that point, the Dugtrio disappeared underground, reappearing beneath the cage, and managed to raise the cage high enough for Josh to squeeze out.
“Thanks Mr… Dugtrio,” Josh still wasn’t sure of the odd Dugtrio’s name, but he was fairly sure he was a he. After all, the Chief did speak in a rather low register, so it was probably true.
“My name is Chief Stevens,” the Dugtrio told Damien. It seemed that the Dugtrio may be letting Josh in, but wasn’t too happy about it. Regardless, Damien was happy, and as soon as Josh stood up outside of the cage, Diglett began to rub against Josh’s shoes. “Now come,” spoke the Chief, “we have much to discuss.”
“What about the Guard,” Josh inquired to both Damien and the Chief, “is he alright?” As if specifically to answer the question, the guard reappeared from the ground, now wearing an eyepatch.
“Diglett dig,” happily spoke the Guard.
“Dig Diglett,” replied the Chief.
“Diglett dig, dig dig,” joined Damien. The conversation continued in this manner for some time before the Chieftain left the conversation.
“What are they talking about?” asked Josh.
“Your owner is asking my Guard about whether or not he would like to join you,” replied the Chief curtly.
“So… will he?” Josh knew that a Pokemon squad of just him and a lone Diglett wouldn’t fare very well, and that they would need a new member if they ever planned on getting anywhere.
“He seems quite keen on it,” sullenly replied the Chief. “Even though I’ve tried to convince him otherwise.”
“He’ll join us?” beamed Josh. The two Digletts then turned to face Josh and nodded happily. The lone human then wiped more sweat off his brow and dove to hug the two Diglett. Sure, he got himself fairly dirty on the rocky ground, but he finally had a second Pokemon, and it was a nice time for a celebratory hug.
“Now come,” ordered the Chief with obviously fake joy, “it’s time to visit the city proper.” The Chief then began to move away, pushing away earth as he did, and the two Diglett’s followed.
Josh hesitated a few seconds to stand, dust himself off and look up before following, though. The fall was longer than he thought; there was no way he would be getting out of here anytime soon, or by the same way he got in.
‘This is going to be a long day,’ he thought, before taking off his glasses to clean them with his sleeves. And he was right: it was going to be a very long day indeed.