The Blur In The Treetops
By Apollo's Caterpie
No matter what kind of person you are, everybody acts on instinct. One of the many things that people have trouble stopping themselves from doing is going over to a crying child to see what's wrong. This is exactly where Zane's story began. He couldn't stop himself from going over to see what was wrong with the weeping little girl, sitting by herself on a bench while he was walking in the Johto National Park.
"Hey, what's wrong?" he asked her in a soft, caring voice, sitting himself down next to her. The girl sniffled and wiped the tears from her eyes, and turned to look at him. Her eyes were bloodshot, her face was glowing scarlet and her cheeks looked damp.
"The big green bug s-stole m-my Eggy..." she sniffed, trying her best to hold back the tears as she remembered the experience. Zane raised an eyebrow, confused.
"Eggy? Is that your Pokémon?" he asked her, the caring tone still present. The girl nodded her head.
"My Togepi..." she muttered, wiping her face again. Zane scratched the back of his head.
"Oh. Well, where did this big green bug run off to?" he asked her. She looked up and pointed into the woods to the north. Zane frowned, but then smiled kindly at the girl and stood up, clenching his fists.
"Don't worry. I'll get your Eggy back!" Zane grinned. The little girl's eyes lit up.
"Really? Honest and for true?" she gasped, standing up and clasping her hands together. Zane bent over to her and smiled.
"Sure. Now, go and find your mummy and leave everything to me," Zane smiled. The girl clapped and giggled, and Zane laughed back at her. He then turned away from her, gazing towards the woods in the north. Then, he trotted calmly towards them, shoving his hand in his black leather jacket's pockets, his black denim jeans scraping together, his large black boots clunking against the pavement and his long shredded-up purple scarf swaying in the breeze.
Zane was sitting on a fallen log, which was covered in mushrooms and moss, as he watched a Rattata knaw at a piece of tree bark. He'd been searching this forest for the best part of twenty minutes now, and he was starting to get a little impatient. He was absent mindedly twirling a stick between his fingers, trying to figure out if he would ever be able to find this devious beast.
Suddenly, he saw a blur darting through the trees above him, visible thanks to a ray of light peeking through the treetops. And that blur looked a bit green. Zane bounced off of the log, dropping the stick and bolted through the trees, pursuing the creature. However, Zane knew it would be difficult catching this creature, since it could go anywhere it wanted by leaping from branch to branch while Zane was forced to navigate through a maze of tree trunks.
"Willow, try and spot that green blur for me!" Zane called out, throwing a Poké Ball ahead of him. It bounced, cracked open with a flash of light, and Zane's Duskull, Willow, ascended out of it. The Poké Ball then immediately sealed itself and Zane caught it while it was in mid-air. Willow darted upwards, phasing through the tree trunks as it tried to find what his master had described. His eye swivelled back and forth, surveying the area, until he spotted the green blur that Zane had described. He floated after it as quickly as he could. However, the enemy was still much faster than Willow. Zane thought for a second, and then came up with an idea.
"Willow, try and use Pursuit on it!" Zane called above him, chasing after the ominous glow of Willow's single eye. Suddenly, Willow dashed forward, allowing it to catch up to the blur. It then collided with the creature, throwing it from the tree tops and causing it to land with a crash right in front of Zane.
"Nice work, Willow. Now, let's see what we've got here..." Zane grinned, but his face fell when he realised what he was looking at. It was a Mankey, staring down at a cracked open watermelon that it appeared to have been carrying. The Mankey appeared to be solemn. It looked up and glared at Zane, then suddenly leaped at him and started scratching at his face. Zane threw his arms up, shielding himself from any severe damage.
"Urgh! Willow, use Payback!" Zane called out. The ghost threw itself upon the Mankey, curling up it's rag of an arm and punching it in the nose. The Mankey was thrown onto it's back, but it self righted itself in an instant. It rushed towards Willow and sliced at it with a Karate Chop, but the attack went straight through it. The Mankey seemed utterly bewildered, and Willow took this chance to throw another Payback attack at it. The Mankey was again thrown onto it's back, but it pushed itself up again, not willing to give up.
"Come on, Willow! Finish it off with a Night Shade!" Zane called out. Willow's eye shuddered between his eye sockets, and an static ray of red and black energy burst from within the ghost, zooming towards the Mankey and then electrocuting it. The Mankey swayed for a second, and then fell backwards again. This time, it had a bit more trouble pushing itself back up, as it's legs were wobbling beneath it and it seemed to be having trouble standing. It appeared that Zane had weakened it enough, so he threw a Poké Ball at it. There was a flash of red light, and the Mankey vanished. The ball lay there on the grass, and then it shuddered. Then it shuddered again. Then it shuddered a third time, then stopped shuddering. There was a pinging noise, showing that the capture was successful.
"Nice one, Willow," Zane grinned, holding up a palm. The Duskull floated over and slapped it, and Zane bent down to pick the ball up. Zane looked up, observing the tree that the Mankey had fallen from only a short while ago.
"Hmm. A Chestnut Oak... hey, why don't I call it that? Chestnut?" Zane smiled, snapping his fingers when the idea came to him. He looked over at Willow for approval. Willow shrugged his shoulders. Zane took that as an 'okay'.
"Fine then. Chestnut the Mankey it is," Zane confirmed, nodding his head, "but we've still got to find that bug that stole that girl's Togepi. Come on."
And with that, Zane and Willow continued on, into the undergrowth.
Pokemon targetted: Mankey
Expected Length: 5k-10k
Length of story: 6186 characters