The sky was streaked with crimson and ochre as the blazing sun set behind distant mountains. The last rays of its light reflected off the high, streaked clouds, stretching the day’s twilight well past normal. A large forest near the town of Celadon began to slowly stir, the nocturnal creatures within becoming more active as the light faded.
Deep in the forest, a clearing amidst the tall aspens and mighty oaks gave a beautiful view of the sky as the stars began to reestablish their dominance in the heavens. Amidst the thick undergrowth, creatures began moving slowly about their habitual paths, whether foraging for food, trying to avoid becoming food, searching for mates, or spreading their spores and pollen.
A large lilac bush in full bloom near the edge of the clearing rustled quietly. A group of several round, blue creatures crept forward into the open on stubby legs; atop their heads were long, broad leaves of a deep green. They wandered slowly across the meadow, occasionally pausing to look around them or nibble on grass shoots that poked out of the ground.
The largest of them, and the first one who had stepped from the bush, was also the first to reach the center of the clearing. It sat down gently, staring up at the dispersing clouds overhead. The others grouped nearby and did the same, spreading the fronds on their head to catch as much starlight as they could.
They sat this way for an hour, leaves lined with a silvery luminescence. Suddenly, the largest one stiffened; over the crowns of the trees began the ponderous rise of the moon, swollen and full. The light it shed nearly returned the clearing to the visibility during the day, and more creatures crept from the underbrush to take in its light.
Something was odd about it, though. As it moved towards the apex of the sky, a dark shadow seemed to advance across its surface. It started as a small sliver on the forward edge that slowly grew larger, a round bite that hid its luminescence and darkened the forest floor.
The Pokémon in the clearing were frightened, as they had never seen this happen before. Brown Pidgey in the treetops took startled flight; purple Ekans slithered deeper into their tunnels and holes, and the scrawny Bellsprout fled the area en masse.
Only the blue Oddish in the center remained transfixed, though they began to shed tears that they were losing the source of their life and energy. Just as the shadow devoured the last of the moon, an unearthly radiance of green and red whorls lit the skies.
The Pokémon that had fled the clearing only panicked harder, for all they saw were the crimson and emerald lights filtering through the forest canopy. All in the forest, however, heard and began to feel a building roar, of some object rushing towards them from the sky.
The Oddish saw a brilliant streak of silver and red streaming across the sky; it hurtled quickly from one end of the sky to the other. Rushing flames seemed to surround it, and smaller specks of the same radiance flaked away and fell more slowly towards the earth.
A thunderous impact after it had left the sky signaled the end of the meteor’s descent; it shook the trees and rattled the bushes, though all the Pokémon nearby had already fled in mindless panic. The grouped Oddish were thrown askew, and the unnatural colors in the sky faded back to the black of the night sky, bereft of moon.
Smaller impacts sounded around them as the meteorite fragments crashed down into the forest. Blazing fires erupted in the vegetation, which sparked the Oddish into motion – they knew how to deal with fire. They ran as quickly as their stubby legs would carry them away from the searing heat towards the large, shallow river that ran through the forest.
Their plans were interrupted, however, when one of the falling shards crashed into the path ahead of them, throwing fragments of rock, clods of dirt, and embers over the Weed Pokémon. All were disoriented, but one of them suffered a serious burn from a flying stone chip that knocked it prone.
“Oddish!” it shrieked. “Odd, Oddish!”
The others gathered around it, laying the tips of their leaves against the burned spot. With tears in its eyes, it stretched its leaves out to its friends, and all were lined with a momentary glow. The burned spot healed from the absorbed energy of the other Pokémon, allowing it to stand and run once more.
Skirting the still-smoking crater, they continued their journey. Ahead of them, they could hear the sounds of the river, and ran as quickly as they were able. Sheets of flame surrounded them as the trees and bushes were consumed by the raging inferno, and the heat pressed against the Pokémon as they strode towards their salvation.
They finally reached the banks of the river and plunged into the water, recovering noticeably from the sweltering heat. They waded and swam across the slow current to reach a small, rocky island in the middle, joining a pair of pink Nidoran and a singed Exeggutor.
Together they watched the ravenous flames decimate their section of the forest, burning the tall trees down to cinders and stumps. As the cloud of smoke began to clear, the light of the restored moon shone down on the small island, and all the Pokémon gathered there basked in its radiance.
Only the largest Oddish noticed the small, pink figure with black eartips, a circular tail, and spiky, pink fins at its shoulders. It crept from upstream, and climbed down into the crater where they had nearly lost one of their number. Moments later, it climbed back out, carring a large opalescent shard of rock; tucking it under its arm, it made its way back upstream.
The Oddish frowned at this, but turned, regarded its friends, and put the oddity out of its mind. It was just happy to be alive after its ordeal.
Target Pokemon: Oddish, with 5,758 chars.
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