The Ties Within
Darkness loomed all around only to be lit up by swirling streaks of lightning. The crackle of thunder and the sound of fading voices was all that could be heard in the shifting shadows. A cool air brushed by faster and faster as a nauseating feeling grew from within, like riding a rollercoaster down the highest peak.
“Don’t…” The words seemed to hit like a ton of bricks as the nauseating feeling was overwhelmed by the surge of pain, like slowly being squeezed through a needle. Flashes of memories, people, and emotions engulf the darkness making the very air taken in an intoxicating flood. Senseless visions cut through the darkness like a hot knife through butter.
Then as if all at once the strain of all that had happened vanished into the night. The feel of cool wet grass in my hands and the drops of rain brought a calming sense of relief. The sky rang out furiously with thunder, lighting the surroundings in flashes as the wind continued to shake the tree braches as if attempting to loose every leaf it had.
I scanned the area while desperately taking in the air on all fours as if I had just swam up from the bottom of the ocean. My eyes focused in the dim light of the storm over head. In a flash of light the form of some sort of animal was revealed but soon the lighting was gone and in the next flash of light so was the form I had just seen. I wasn’t even sure if I had seen anything at all as I was still feeling a little disoriented and my sight wasn’t all that clear. Upon catching my breath I attempted to move but my muscles wouldn’t respond and I collapsed back down in the drenched grass. In the next flash of light I saw the form again but this time it was standing a meer foot away. It’s eyes locked with mine as the sound of my heart beat grew louder. Throwing caution into the wind I reached out my hand. With a look of concern the form grew closer still. He placed his paw on me and I put my hand on his arm as I felt the care he had in his heart. I attempted to raise once more but as I did everything seemed to go quiet for second. My eyes widened as the sky lit up above. Before I knew it a surge of pain flowed through me like a thousand needles sowing strands of thread through my entire body. The sound of my screams, as well as the screams of the yellow form next to me, echoed in the forest. In an instant the light was gone and my head struck the ground with a spongy thud. My eyes shuddered on the yellow form that remained standing before me before everything faded away.
I found myself sitting in an empty class room that seemed familiar to me but something was different. I couldn’t understand what I was doing in a class room alone. I got up and looked around but I couldn’t find anyone. I grew closer to something that I noticed at the front of the room. I could tell that it was a purple cloth covering something big but I wasn’t sure what it could be. There seemed to be a curiosity compelling me to move forward as I was unable to resist reaching for the cloth. As I lifted it off I found a black hole that immediately began pulling the entire room into the vortex. I was then spinning down having been sucked in. I now found myself in a dark room and light began flashing and in an instant the past events flashed through my eyes as if I was watching myself being struck by a blinding light.
I jolted up as I opened my eyes onto a bright sunny day. My heart was pounding and dizzily I took in my surroundings. The shade shifted around as the cool wind blew passed the braches causing my black hair to sway. I was sitting under several trees with fairly low braches. I rubbed the back of my head as I tried to remember how I had gotten in the middle of a forest with little success.
As I rose to my feet I noticed that a little Pikachu had been sleeping next to me. He must have been the same one from last night. The night was fuzzy in my memory but I knew that it couldn’t have been a dream. I felt like I should be excited or something but it just didn’t set well in my stomach for some reason. I didn’t know why my heart was racing as I knelt down next the little Pokemon and stroked his fur with my hand. He woke up and pulled back a little startled but quickly calmed down and gave me a sleepy smile. I couldn’t help but smile back at him before standing back up. My clothes felt a little damp but for the most part I was relatively dry. My black and blue jacket still had water droplets on it but my blue cargo pants had already dried in the sun through a hole in the tree branches. I remembered that it had been raining but I was almost positive I wasn’t under the trees when I lost consciousness.
“Did you pull me under the trees last night?” I asked the Pikachu as I looked around again.
“Pika, Pika” he responded with a nod.
“Thank you” I then took a few steps out into the open and tried to find a path that would likely lead out of the forest. The Pikachu followed me into a small clearing and then stopped as I turned to face him.
“Pika?” He asked as he cocked his head to the left in a curious manor.
“You wouldn’t know the way out of this forest would you?” I asked a little hopeful that he would some how know the way out.
“Pi-ka…” He answered shaking his head slowly to the right once with his sad eyes as he lowered his ears a little. I frowned for a moment as my heart sank slightly at the disappointment.
“It’s ok, don’t be sad I’m sure I’ll find it…” I told him with a slight smile. I then walked over to him, knelt down beside him and placed my hand on his head to reassure him that it was really ok. I knew I might be lost for days but it didn’t worry me too much at the moment as I had other things on my mind. I couldn’t seem to remember more than a few mental pictures of my family and friends. I couldn’t even recall having ever meet a Pokemon before or how I even ended up in the forest for that matter. Just as I was going to say something I heard a voice come out from behind the bushes.
“You their! Is that your Pikachu?” A girl around twelve to fourteen years old jumped out from behind some bushes on the other side of the small clearing, pointing towards us. She had a violet long sleeve shirt on, a pair of Khaki pants, and some red running shoes. Her black hair reached her shoulders and had a red streak of long hair down both sides.
“Ah…” I didn’t know how to respond to her question as I wasn’t really all that sure myself. I knew I didn’t have a poke ball so it was likely that the Pikachu was wild.
“Ok, I challenge you to a one on one match against your Pikachu!” She told us before I could say anything and sent out her Cyndaquil.
“Ready?” She asked jumping up once and striking a semi fighting pose. I looked at Pikachu confused as our brown eyes locked with each other’s with the same expression.
“Ah…” I replied again unable to think of what to say to her but she apparently took that as a yes also. The next thing I knew her Cyndaquil was running towards us and at the girl’s command let lose a Flamethrower which barely missed the both I us as I was still knelt down beside Pikachu. I had fallen back on by hands and Pikachu jumped back just out of reach of the flames. As the flames subside we both looked at each other and then at the Cyndaquil that was still closing in and then back at each other.
“Pikachu?” I asked unsure if we should take action.
“Pika” He replied with a single nod with some what of a serious expression. At that we both jumped up into a fighting stance similar to how the girl did a few moments ago.
“Alright Pikachu, lets do this.” I said to him and he nodded with out turning to look at me and began to charge the Cyndaquil that was still running towards us. A moment later they were close enough to use physical attacks. Cyndaquil shot a few more flamethrowers but they all missed as Pikachu managed to avoid them. Thinking fast I told Pikachu to use agility and double team together and he listened to my command without protest. He took a slight glance to his left which was in my direction for a split second before actually doing what I told him to do. With the attack combination he made three rings around the Cyndaquil with the inner and outer most rings going in the same direction and the middle one moving in the opposite direction. The trainer and her Pokemon looked confused as they tried to find the real one by sending a flamethrower in a complete circle but after making a complete circle and removing all the decoys they found that Pikachu was not there but had jumped behind Cyndaquil when they were distracted. Before they could act Pikachu let a Thunderbolt lose and scored a direct hit. The Cyndaquil took considerable damage but was still holding on and shoot a flamethrower at Pikachu. I told pikachu to use Quick attack into the air and barly dodged Cyndaquil’s attack. The Girl smiled as Pikachu was now a sitting duck in the air and commanded a flamethrower in the air but I thought of a counter move just as quickly and had Pikachu use Iron Tail strait down which split the fire away but the fire still took its toll as it scorched Pikachu’s tail and fur. The Girl couldn’t believe it as the move connected with her Cyndaquil’s head and knocked him unconscious.
Piakchu ran over to me and I dropped to my knees so I could give Pikachu a hug as he leapt into my arms.
“That was great Pikachu.” I told him as he smiled in my arms. The girl recalled her Pokemon and walked over to us. She seemed disappointed but she didn’t seem to have any bad feelings having lost.
“So you two must have trained together a lot seeing as how well battled together.” she said looking at us. I got up still holding Pikachu in my arms to explain.
“Actually… to tell you the truth I can’t remember much past last night… I think this Pikachu is really a wild Pikachu who helped me out of the rain last night…” I explained, a little unsure myself.
“Wha..what? Is this true?” she asked unsure if what I was saying was indeed fact.
“Pika pika” Pikachu answered for me with a nod.
“No way… your not lying… then I just lost to someone who battled with a wild Pokemon who haven’t even known each other more than a day… and the both of you battled like you knew each other for years. What if you told the Pikachu to use a move he didn’t know?”
Pikachu and I looked at each other and then laughed as we both knew that it could have happened but some how we managed to pull off a victory with minimal damage.
“Well I guess it doesn’t matter… luck must have just been on your side I guess…” she concluded. I thought for a moment before I remembered that I was still lost in the forest.
“Oh, by any chance would you know the way out of this forest?” I asked her a little more hopeful.
“theirs a town not too far from here. I’m headed there right now if you want to come with me I can show you the way.” She told us as I felt relieved that she knew the way and that I wouldn’t be aimlessly wandering through the forest.
She lead us out of the forest and Pikachu followed by my side not wanting to leave me apparently. We reached the Poke Center in no time and Nurse Joy took care of Cyndaquil and Pikachu for us. While we were waiting I notice a flyer on the table we were sitting at in the lobby and read it. It was about the Pokemon League and on the other side it had something about contests.
“What exactly is this flyer about?” I asked the girl who I had battled in the forest.
“You don’t know?!” She asked in surprise and tried to explain. “The Pokemon league is basically a tournament in which trainers collect eight badges but defeating the eight gym leaders in order to participate in the main tournament held each year. It’s basically to show how strong your team is and get recognized as a great trainer. The Contests is similar except that you show of your Pokemon in various contests in order to be recognized as a great coordinator. Five ribbons need to be collected in order to participate in the Grand Festival.” She explained to me picking up a glass of soda she had sitting on the table.
“Oh, it seems familiar… I think… as least I think I remember something about it…” I told her looking back at the flyer.
“Do you at least remember your name?” She asked me setting her soda down. I looked at her for a moment before I answered.
“Yeah, it’s Kitt. I don’t think you ever told me your name…” I responded.
“I didn’t? Oh, sorry I must have forgotten to when I found out you had beaten me with a wild Pokemon… It’s Claira…” She answered. After a while Nurse Joy brought us the fully revived Cyndaquil and refreshed Pikachu with a smile.
“Here are your Pokemon If you need anything else don’t hesitate to ask.” she said as Pikachu jumped into my arms and Claira picked up her Pokeball. Nurse Joy then returned to the front desk to work on something else. Pikachu was sitting happily in my arms when Claira set a empty Poke ball down on the table.
“You two just seem to be meant for each other… why don’t the two of you enter the Pokemon League or if you prefer you could try your hand at contests. The two of you already act as one so contest shouldn’t be too hard for you. Pikachu and I looked at her for about a minute before we turned to each other.
“What do you think Pikachu? Do you want to come with me and… be my partner?” I asked him.
“Pika-chu Pi-ka” Pikachu looked at me a little unsure and shifted his eyes to his left then at me.
“You don’t have to if you don’t want to…” I told him feeling a little hollowness in heart as I said the words. “You could back to the forest…” His eyes seemed to water at the thought.
“Chu Pikachu Pika, Pika, Pika…” He said pointing to me then him self before giving me a hug.
“So you want to come with me?” I asked to be sure I understood him.
He looked at me and nodded with a smile and said, “Pika, Pika, Chu Pikachu Pika”
I smiled back and reached for the Pokeball but before I could Nurse Joy came running out in a panic.
“Someone has stolen a few of the Pokemon and important medical research data too!” Nurse Joy exclaimed as she stopped in the lobby. “It was you! You took the Pokemon!” She yelled pointing at two people in dark blue cloaks. The first one turned around and lifted the hood to reveal her self. She had long light blue hair that hung over her shoulders. She smiled at Nurse Joy with her pearl white teeth that seemed to shine.
“Of course.” She said in a confident tone although her Jade colored eyes seemed to do most of the talking.
The other one remained hidden only revealing his mouth and chin in a mysterious manor.
“Stop!” I yelled with out even thinking as I got up from the table. Pikachu jumped down by my side. “We wont let you steal the Pokemon or anything else for that matter.” I said as Pikachu and I positioned our selves between Nurse Joy and the thieves. Claira sent out her Cyndaquil as she ran next to us.
“That’s right.” She added in a serious tone. Her Cyndaquil stood ready next to Pikachu.
“Ah and I suppose your going to try and stop us?” She asked as she closed her eyes for a moment.
“You got that right.” I answered waiting for the right time to make a move.
“Pika!” Pikachu said with a single nod of agreement.
“Sorry to disappoint you but we don’t have time for kids games…” she replied as she let two silver beads fall from her hand that hand been concealed in her cloak. Before any of us could react the beads exploded with smoke which filled the lobby. Pikachu and I didn’t want to let them get away so we headed in the direction we had been facing moments before. We had been facing the door so even thought the room was now filled with smoke we were able to find the way out. As Pikachu and I exited the Poke Center we spotted the two thieves sprinting down the path in to the forest I had been in last night. While we pursued them I noticed that Claira hadn’t found her way out of the Poke Center as it faded in the distance so I knew we were on our own.
The thieves soon reached their escape vehicle which looked like a hover jet of some sort. It was black with two jet engines on the ends of two small wings. The roof of the hover craft was one made of glass which slide back as they approached it.
“Stop right their!” I yelled as we caught up to them. The two thieves turned around with a slight grin on their faces.
“Persistent I see.” The thief with light blue hair replied. “Well if you insist on playing this little game I’ll just have to teach you a lesson.” Her jade eyes shimmered under the sun as she held out a Great ball in her right hand. Charizard appeared in a flash of light as she simply held out her Great ball towards us. The large fire dragon waited for it’s orders as he stood anxiously in front of us.
“Get them with flamethrower.” She told him as she smoothly retracted the Great ball back into her cloak.
Pikachu and I leapt out of the way in opposite directions as the flames came at us.
“Pkachu use Thunderbolt!” I yelled before picking myself off the grass. Pikachu’s electric attack just missed as the Charizard took to the air. Pikachu shoot a second thunderbolt into the sky and managed to graze the Charizard’s Right wing as it barrel rolled out of range. The Charizard shot a fireball at Pikachu as it circled around for his next attack. Pikachu dodged it with double team and followed it up with Quick attack as the Charizard swooped in for a wing attack. Pikachu almost knocked him out f the air but the Charizard had more momentum so Pikachu took a harder hit and was slammed into the ground. As the Charizard came around Pikachu picked himself up and right as the Charizard was about to strike again with another wing attack Pikachu unleashed a powerful thunderbolt at close range. The shock caused the Charizard to crash land just passed Pikachu with a earth rattling sound. The Charizard managed to get up and used Dragon Rage on Pikachu as he was about to use an electric attack and sent him flying into me with electricity flowing around him. As he crashed into me we were pushed back into a near by tree behind some bushes. The electricity surged through the both of us causing more damage.
I Looked at Pikachu who had taken serious damage and knew I couldn’t let him continue the fight. I needed to protect him some how and stop the thieves from taking what they had stolen. As I made my way out of the bushes, still feeling the electricity from Pikachu’s discharge moving through me I noticed something strange. It felt as though something was happening to me, like I was about to faint as I reached the other side of the bush.
My vision was a little blurry for a moment as I focused on the Charizard before me. He looked like he was feeling exhausted but still able to fight.
“It would seem your as stubborn as your trainer…” The girl with light blue hair commented before ordering her Charizard to use Wing Attack again. I glanced back to see if Pikachu was behind me but all I saw was the bush.
Who is she talking to? I asked my self as she seemed to be speaking to Pikachu but he was behind the bushes. Before I could figure it out I noticed the Charizard was coming right at me. I extended my arms in a feeble attempt to block the Charizard from getting to Pikachu who was behind me in the bushes.
I will Protect you Pikachu! I told my self as I closed my eyes as I thought the words in my mind just as the Charizard was about to strike. There was a loud sound, similar to the sound of a single large tree falling in a clearing. As I reopened my eyes my heart skipped a beat as I saw the Charizard had crashed into a green like dome barrier that now surrounded me. I extended my right hand to touch the barrier to see if it was real and as I did so I recoiled in shock as I realized where the barrier had came from. I had seen my arm but it was not the same as before. It had turned yellow and upon further inspection the evidence was conclusive, I had some how become a Pikachu.
The protective barrier subsided and the dazed Charizard struggle to his feet. Taking advantage of my unexpected transformation I tried a thunderbolt without having any problem unleashing the attack onto the Charizard. Although my aim wasn’t all that good the electicity found its way a cross the ground and into the Charizard which brought the fire lizard to the ground and this time he did not get back up. There wasn’t any time for me to stand in aw of my slight victory as the other thief sent out an Absol never saying a word. The Absol imediaty rushed at me as the girl recalled her Charizard to his Pokeball. She seemed to be angered by the defeat but she recovered her confident stance as she seemed to hold none of the blame on her Charizard. I tried to dodge the Absol’s Bite but I reacted too slow and my left arm was caught in is jaws. I yelled out in pain as he bit down harder on my arm. In an attempt to brake free I let loose a thunderbolt as powerful as I could make it onto him. As he was being shocked he through me out of his mouth and I tumbled in the dirt nearly exhausted from discharging so much electricity. My attack managed to do some damage but it wasn’t enough to bring the Absol down. He approached me as I was catching my breath. I could tell his next attack was going to be a slash attack by the way he held his paw up over me but just as he was bringing it down a Thunderbolt came flying at him and knocked him back several feet. I wasn’t sure where it came from at first but I didn’t waits any time in jumping to my feet with an Iron Tail ready. Before the Absol could recover from the last attack I struck the him in the jaw and sent him back a few more feet unconscious. The two thieves looked at each other for moment before heading to their escape vehicle. The Jade eyes of the female thief seemed intrigued as she hoped in. the other mysterious thief recalled his Pokemon as he started up the engine of the hover jet like vehicle and in a blast of smoke they were gone.
“Ah! They got away with the stolen Pokemon!” I yelled out as I extended my right arm in the direction they escaped as if I could call them back. “All this and I couldn’t even stop them…”
“I wouldn’t be so sure…” A some what familiar voice called out. Pikachu then came out of the bushes where the thieves had hid their escape vehicle.
“you can talk?!” I asked a little more surprised than I was at my transformation at the exact moment.
“he… well yeah… it’s more like you can understand what I’m saying better…” He replied holding both hands up slightly.
“Oh… Ok… but they still got away…” I said as I walked over to him. He seemed to be slightly surprised at me as I stood next to him.
“Since when could you transform into…” He asked with a slight smirk on his face.
“I don’t know… just right now… I guess…” I answered before he finished the question.
“Well anyways I managed to take these from them when they were distracted.” He announced as he lifted up one of the branches to reveal the stolen Pokeballs as well as the important medical research data.
“ha ha… Nice! This is great, we managed to retrieve everything they stole!” I said happily before looking at Pikachu. “Turning into a Pikachu when I did…” I paused in mid sentence as the full realization hit me. “I- I’m a Pikachu… I’m really a Pikachu!” I exclaimed unable to contain my excitement any longer.
“Yeah, I noticed…” He replied with a smile.
“This is so cool!” I said as I bounced around a few times before sitting in the grass.
“So you really don’t remember anything beyond last night?” he asked me sitting down next to me.
“No… not really… I guess I can remmeber a few things but it’s not enough to tell me much about myself. I guess I’m lucky enough to remember my name…” I replied looking at my paws.
“Yeah… I just go by Pikachu… it’s easy to remember…but you can call me Sparky if you like…” He said as he looked down the path.
“Well Sparky we should probably take what the thieves stole back to the Poke Center now” I suggested, using the name he told me that I could call him. He laughed to himself as we stood up.
“Yeah…” He agreed and pulled out the Pokeballs from behind the bush. The research data was on a flash drive so it wasn’t too hard to carry along with the four poke balls. Sparky had three of them and I had the flash drive and the other Pokeball. We had walked about half way back when I noticed claira coming up the path.
“Oh no… I can’t let her see me like this…” I told Sparky as I tried to think of what I could do.
“Ah… Ok why don’t you hide in the bushes and I’ll try and ah… just hide…” he told me and I ran into the bushes before Claira was able to see us.
She spotted Sparky and ran over to him.
“Oh there you are… Where’s Kitt?” She asked him a little concerned. Sparky Glanced away from the bushes for a second but didn’t respond.
“Well?” She continued her interrogation. “It looks like you were able to get some of the Pokemon back from the thieves.”
He nodded with a worried smile in response. I took a step back and tripped on a root, snapping a twig under me as I fell back.
“What was that?” she asked and Sparky just shook his head as she moved over to the bush to find out.
I heard her coming and closed my eyes as I braced myself as I would have to explain when she found me.
“There you are…” she said as she parted a few braches looking in. I opened my eyes to see her holding out a hand. “Let me help you up.” I took her hand and she pulled me out of the bush. I inspected myself a moment pretending to be brushing off dust. I had changed back and she didn’t know that I had been a Pikachu a few moments ago.
“So, what were you doing in that bush?” she questioned a little curious.
“I ah… tripped…” I answered truthfully for I did trip while I was in the bush.
“Ok… well by the time I found my way out of the Poke Center you and the thieves had vanished. I ran into town to see if anyone had seen you but apparently I went the wrong direction… I was on my way to help but it would seem that you already took care of those thieves without me.” she explained a little disappointedly but she was still quiet happy.
“Yeah… we managed to take out both of their Pokemon. I distracted them while Pika… Sparky here snuck around and took back what they stole without them noticing.
“Really?” she asked still curious. “So they must have been trying to look all mysterious and powerful but their Pokemon must not have been so strong… anyways it doesn’t really matter. The important thing is that you got everything back…” I Picked up the rest of the Pokeballs Sparky was holding and let him onto my left shoulder.
“I wouldn’t say they were weak…” I said as I started down the Path to the Poke Center. She shrugged and headed back with us. After a while we reached the Poke Center and returned the stolen Pokeballs and flash drive to Nurse Joy. She was relieved that we were able to get them back.
“Just curious but what did they want with Medical research anyways?” Claira asked Nurse Joy as she set the Pokeballs in a green glass case with wires running from the top to a machine of some sort.
“Well…” She seemed hesitant to explain. “Since you got them back I’ll tell you… The Data on this flash drive has information on Shadow Pokemon.”
“Shadow Pokemon?” I asked her unsure what she meant.
“Shadow Pokemon have had the door to their hearts closed. They are much more powerful than the other Pokemon but they can’t feel any emotions other than hate, pain, and anger. The four Pokemon you took back from them are Shadow Pokemon. I hope to be able to find a cure for them and the data on this flash drive may hold the key to doing it…” she explained with sympathy in her voice. “There are many Shadow Pokemon out there and everyday more of them seem to pop up. I’m sure those thieves wanted the Shadow Pokemon to use them for their despicable gain. The Research data could possible hold the secret to the Shadow Pokemon… If they figured it out they could turn more Pokemon into Shadow Pokemon…”
After hearing what Nurse Joy had said Claira and I sat in the lobby for a while as we thought about what could have happened had they gotten away with the research. Nurse Joy was kind enough to register me for the Pokemon League. I was also considering contest battles as Sparky was exceptional even though we hadn’t done any training together. Our timing was great in the few battles we were in. After a while Claira got up to leave and I followed her out side.
“Your registered for the Pokemon League right?” I asked her to make sure she was traveling around collecting badges.
“Yeah, just started… Why do you ask?” She questioned as the sun began to set.
“Well if it’s alright with you could we travel together with you?” I asked as I didn’t like the idea of traveling alone and not even knowing my way around.
“Sure, I don’t have a problem with that at all. It’ll be fun.” She replied with a smile. “You know, your Pikachu is still technically wild… even if he follows you around and listens to you.” She told me as she tossed me an empty Pokeball. I looked at it and remembered that I hadn’t used it on Sparky yet. I had left it on the table when the thieves stole the Pokemon and the medical research.
“Ha… I almost for got…” I said in a low voice that anyone could barely hear. Sparky looked at me a little uneasy but gave me a reassuring smile.
“Ok, ready Sparky?” I asked as I knelt down next to him. He closed his eyes for a moment then opened them with a nod, still smiling. I held the Pokeball in front of him and he reached out his had and touched it. In a flash of read light he was inside and after a few second he was caught. Once the red light stopped blinking I wasted no time in letting him out. In a flash of white light he reappeared, very glad to be out.
“So he doesn’t like being in a Pokeball…” She observed with a slight grin. “Ok if your ready…”
Nurse Joy cut her off. “Wait, if your going to be traveling you need to carry supplies… I put together a backpack for your travels Kitt. It should have everything that you’ll need. I Hope you’ll use it…” She told me with a joyful smile.
“I will, thank you. It’s just what I needed.” I replied as I put it on. Sparky jumped onto my shoulder and I turned to Claira. “Ok, I think we’re ready now…” I said with an excited smile. We then proceeded to the next town after saying our good byes and thanking Nurse Joy a few more times.
Up on a cliff that over looked the forest the golden rays from the setting sun shined on the glass windshield of a black hover jet that was parked a few yards from the edge. The two cloaked thieves stood at the edge of the cliff.
“They got away with the Pokemon when we weren’t looking…” The girl with light blue hair stated with a certain confidence that was somewhere between happy and sad. The other thief simply smiled as he held a flash drive up in his hands. “It’s a shame we couldn’t get away with the Shadow Pokemon but… we still have the copy we made of the data, bringing us one step closer to reaching our goal…” she finished with the same confidence in her voice. They walked back to their hover jet as the sun went down behind the mountains in the distance.