(story ready for grading)
This could have been a normal winter day for anybody in the small glittering town. People were going around their houses putting up decorations of different colors and sorts while wrapped up in their thick coats. They had to hurry as snow had not begun to fall yet, but it would soon. It was only a matter of time.
Still, unknown to all of them, they were actually being watched. From the corner of the chimney that you just can’t catch with your eye to the strange times where they thought they saw something moving in the shadows there were creatures lurking. Some of them took advantage of their dark color and speed to hide, others blended right in with the environment, but all of them had one goal and that was to observe.
Where did they come from? The answer would have been obvious to anyone if they were aware of their presence. The thick forest at the south of the town was their home. Deep inside, these creatures known as Pokémon would live their normal lives, but some of them desired more than just that. They wanted knowledge. Maybe it was something they learned to crave from living near humans or maybe it was something that, like us, they had as part of their nature.
They gathered in small underground caves that zigzagged threw the forest as a maze. Although these tunnels allowed no light in, it was easy for them to use there senses as a guide. This time, two round Pokémon made their way into the cave. Their blue bodies bobbed from side to side creating the impression that the black spiral on their bellies was spinning as they made their way through the tunnels. They made it into a room where finally they saw a light. Inside the room there were two more Pokémon. One of them was spherical with its top half red and its bottom half white. The light seemed to be emanating from its body. To its right, there was an owl-like Pokémon.
As the brown owl made eye contact with the two blue Pokémon that entered the caves, they straightened their feather-shaped tails and stood still as if they were in the presence of someone important.
The owl then spoke to them in a gentle voice, “So, you are the two Poliwag who were assigned to this mission? Very well. I’m Noctowl and I am about to give you your instructions so listen carefully. The time for snow is almost here. Sources say that a few hours after nightfall it will start to fall covering the Human nests at the edge of the forest. For reasons unknown, at this time the humans gather the Pokémon living among them and trap them in a large construction. Some of our spies tell us that they do so to ridicule the Pokémon for their own amusement. It is your job to infiltrate this event and find out what is really going on.”
The two Poliwag nodded and said, “Yes sir mister Noctowl.”
Noctowl nodded back to them and pointed towards the wall. As he did, a dark purple smoke phased right through it. The smoke gathered into a ball where two eyes and a mouth appeared, but for some reason, this didn’t seem to frighten the Pokémon.
Noctowl pointed towards the ghostly creature with his wing and said, “This is Gastly. He will accompany you in your mission masquerading as your human so that you can walk around the human nests without attracting attention to yourselves. Now go, and be careful out there.”
The Poliwag nodded once more just before turning around and exiting the tunnels with their new partner Gastly trailing behind them.
Soon the next day arrived and just as it was predicted, the town was covered in snow. As midday sun got into position, all the people seemed to be gathering in a large arena just at the end of the town. The large red building had sign just over its opened doors that read, “New Snows Winter Celebration.”
At that moment, the two Poliwag and the Gastly neared the edge of the forest.
Gastly looked down at the Poliwag and said, “Okay, now!”
Suddenly, a large puff of smoke appeared covering Gastly. When the smoke cleared, it revealed an old man wearing a brown English outfit complete with a hat, white hair and beard.
The two Poliwag looked at him amazed for a moment. They knew that was just a ghostly disguise Gastly was using, but they couldn’t help but have their momentary doubts at first.
“Let’s go now,” said Gastly with an old man voice.
The Poliwag nodded and quickly followed Gastly as he walked towards the dome. It seemed that the town was deserted because everyone was at the event. Just before arriving at the arena, the group heard a voice coming from a nearby log cabin. They couldn’t see anyone there though so when two eyes suddenly opened from the wall they were a bit stunned. As they took a closer look, they noticed what looked like a dog Pokémon standing there. It was colored just like the cabin, even with the correct light and dark patterns of the wood. As it extended its arm forward, it revealed a paintbrush-like tail.
“Oh, it’s just Smeargle,” said one of the Poliwag.
“Great camouflage!” added his brother.
The painted Pokémon glared and said, “No time for that now. You are on a mission. It seems that to participate in the event you’ll have to talk to the two female humans sitting next to the entrance. Talk to them and they should let you know what to do. I know you three understand human speech, but they don’t know our language.”
“I can speak human clearly,” added Gastly.
“Excellent! Now go!” exclaimed the Smeargle as it pointed towards the dome.
The group quickly made their way to the entrance where two identical ladies wearing blue winter coats sat behind a table filled with papers.
As Gastly neared them, they both smiled and said in unison, “Welcome to the New Snows Winter Celebration! How may we help you?”
Gastly acted as if he was clearing his throat and spoke in clear English, “Oh, yes! I would like to know about the event inside.”
The lady to the right said, “We hold a Pokémon Contest at the first sight of snow to celebrate sir.”
“What is this Pokémon Contest?” asked Gastly.
“Oh? You are new to Pokémon Contests sir? Well, this is where trainers we like to call coordinators come and show off their Pokémon’s beauty and grace,” answered the lady to the left.
“They have to use their moves and skills to impress the crowd and the louder the crowd cheers, the more points the Pokémon gets. We don’t have official judges, so that’s how we do it here,” said the lady to the right.
“We have two rounds and this year we decided to double everything to commemorate the earliest snow fall of the decade. During the first round, two of your Pokémon must work together to show off to the crowd. If you make it to the second round, you’ll have to battle two on two against the other coordinators to win the prize,” finished the lady to the left.
Both Poliwag looked at each other knowing that they would have to be the ones to perform, but also wondering why this Pokémon Contest sounded more like a sport than a torture.
Gastly bent down and looked straight at the ladies with glowing eyes as he said, “Would you be kind and register us? And please be sure that we get to go last.”
“I’m sorry, but we go by alpha...” the lady to right left began to say when she looked into Gastly’s eyes.
Right then, her sister looked at his eyes too and said, “Right away sir.”
As the event began, the three sat in a corner. They watched as other Pokémon did tricks and light shows. At first, the Poliwag were disgusted, but they couldn’t help but keep on watching. Little by little they saw all the acts getting more complicated and flashy. Eventually, they were stunned by how beautiful some of the Pokémon actually looked, and that’s when they started listening as well. They heard the Pokémon squeal in joy as the crowd cheered for them and even heard some sassy ones flatter themselves with comments as they walked by.
Then they realized that soon they would have to do something like that themselves. They had no idea what to do at that time and their mission required them to stick to the end.
Gastly looked down at them and said, “Don’t worry. I have a plan.”
Gastly stood up and sneaked to a back room where a couple of the female coordinators were talking. He waited in a corner until one of them walked out of the room. That was Gastly’s chance. He ran towards the coordinator that was left alone and let out a strange pink gas out of his mouth.
The light skinned girl began to cough saying, “What is this?”
Almost immediately after she did, she fell asleep on the floor, probably wrinkling her pink gown. Gastly smiled and neared her letting out of his mouth a strange purple light that hit the girl’s head. She seemed to be a pain, but, it was more like she was having a horrible dream. Soon, Gastly swallowed up the light and left the room where the girl slowly woke up wondering what happened.
The Poliwag were waiting just outside the room and as they saw Gastly walk out they asked, “So, did you get it?”
Gastly nodded and said, “Yes. Now we you go out there, just follow my instructions to the letter. They will be weird instructions, but trust me.”