Ah, the vast loneliness... You know, I bet that in a year an exploration team'll come across this thread and go "Hmm, by deciphering this ancient writing we have come to the conclusion that it was actually a pretty good story. Also, the word 'dude' had far many more uses back then."
They'll find the 'missing link'... You know, all those images, 'cuz they'll be gone by then. I think. Imageshack's pretty resilient, but ALRIGHT ALRIGHT, HERE'S THE NEXT CHAPTER!
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Beautiful Dancer Gallade
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"So, you're finally going to fight?" Pikablu asked. For as long as he had known the Gallade, he had avoided battles whenever possible.
"Yep" the Gallade answered, taking a few steps to his right.
"… You? Volunteering to fight?" Pikablu asked again, shocked at what he was hearing.
"Yeah, I just gotta… Hmm…" the Gallade mumbled as he circled Kabuta's defeated form on the ground, his eyes never leaving Lucario.
"You know they're over there, right?" Pikablu said mockingly, confused over the Gallade's sidestepping.
"… Perfect!" the Gallade suddenly exclaimed, instantly crouching over and placing a strange rectangular object on the ground. He angled it so that it was facing Lucario, who tensed up and got ready to jump out of the way in case it launched an attack at him.
"Wait…" Pikablu muttered as he finally realized what the strange object was, "What the hell… You're actually going to film this!?"
"Hey, my fans are going to wonder what I've been up to all this time…" the Gallade replied smugly while standing up and shrugging, "Besides, I don't have anything else to update the blog with. This'll be new."
Lucario immediately decided that this Gallade was the least intimidating Pokémon he had met so far, ending up somewhere beneath the Piplup, the Eevee and the purple ball with legs.
"Yo, is this guy for real!?" Lucario yelled at Pikablu who put a paw to his face in shame. For an instant, he wished the Lucario the best of luck in the approaching battle.
"If we make it into a movie, I'll make sure to cut you two in on it!" the Gallade said cheerfully before pointing at Lucario, "In your case, you'll need it to pay your hospital bill!"
"You idiot…" Pikablu groaned to himself and looked at the frozen expression on Kabuta's face, "… What happened to saving Kabuta?"
"I'm doing better than that!" the Gallade said, "I'm saving her, AND making her famous at the same time!"
"YOU BLOODY MORON!" Kabuta roared angrily from underneath Lucario, "STOP SCREWING AROUND!"
"… That's an M rating, right there…" the Gallade mumbled to himself disappointedly, "Oh well, maybe I'll ask the gals to edit it out… Add some music… Effects…"
"… There's no way he's for real, right?" Lucario asked Kabuta, but she was too filled with rage to pay him any notice.
"Lucario!" the Gallade suddenly shouted, pointing accusingly at him, "Even though you are of the wilderness, let us have a gentleman's duel! Let go of your hostage!"
"Hostage…?" Lucario repeated slowly as the Kabutops he was lying on top of calmed down a bit, "Sure... But cut me on the way up, and you'll regret it." Lucario quickly realized that she every intention of doing so as she started struggling again, and spent no time dawdling as he leaped off Kabuta's back, landing a few feet behind her. She instantly sprung up to her feet, shaking from indignation.
Sensing a killing intent unlike anything before, Lucario decided to try to cool her down.
"Oh…" Lucario said as the rocky beast turned around and faced him with an angry glare, "Sorry 'bout the stalagmites thing. Up close, you're actually pretty cool."
"YOU B…!" Kabuta started, but stopped herself as she realized what he had just said, "Uh… What?"
"Well… At least compared to that guy" Lucario continued with a snicker, nodding his head towards the Gallade.
"Step back, Kabuta!" the Gallade yelled triumphantly with the most heroic stance he could muster, "Leave this scoundrel to me!"
Kabuta looked back at the Gallade, before looking at Lucario again. For some reason, she found herself speechless.
"Come on, let 'em do what they want…" Pikablu suddenly said, making her vision snap back to him.
"… Y-Yeah…" she stammered before heading back to Pikablu, who was taken by surprise with her odd behavior.
"Psst! Take care of the camera if it tips over!" the Gallade whispered happily as Kabuta ran past him.
"Let me save you the effort" Lucario said loudly to the Gallade with a crack of his neck, "Unless the title 'My apocalyptic beatdown at the hands of a Lucario' sounds good to you, this recording isn't going to do you much!"
Zerobi, Pikablu and Kabuta stepped back as a battle seemed inevitable. The two fighters stared angrily at each other, both wearing sinister smiles on their faces.
"Heh… To be frank, this battle has already been decided" the Gallade said confidently, "I have the ability to measure a Pokémon's strength, and… Well, yours is not enough to defeat me."
"Oh really?" Lucario asked mockingly, "I can sense your aura, and I'd say we're about even. Nice bluff, though."
"No, what I mean is…" the Gallade explained before taking on a surprised face, "… Wait, you can measure strength, too? Anyway, what I mean is that even if our power is the same, you cannot measure skill."
"… Which gives me the edge, wouldn't you say?" Lucario kept going, striking a fighting pose as he felt like the battle could start at any moment.
“Heheh… Underestimating me? Aren’t you a confident one?” the Gallade snickered as his oddly shaped arms suddenly started glowing with a white aura, “Worry not, I am a purveyor of beauty. My attacks will hurt, but they will not alter your appearance.”
"Uh… What's up with your arms?" Lucario asked while getting an eerie sensation, "Hey, I thought we were going to do hand-to-hand combat!"
“… Hand-to-hand, eh? Tell you what…” the Gallade continued, the glow on his long arms changing their color to yellow, “I’ll let you throw the first punch. Come on, give it your best shot!”
In an instant Lucario closed the distance between them and attacked, the Gallade nimbly avoiding the punch by twisting his head to the side. Another punch quickly followed as the Gallade leaned back gracefully to avoid it. Relentless in his assault, Lucario struck once more, but his blow was parried by the Gallade’s right hand. A light tingling sensation came from his arm as Lucario threw himself forward, headbutting the Gallade in the chest and making him quickly jump back
“Ah!” the Gallade coughed as minute pain spread through his chest, “S-Such a brutal way of fighting!”
"… You said that you cannot measure skill" Lucario said slowly while striking a new fighting pose, "Guess what? I've already measured yours, and I suggest that you give up."
"Y-You’re a lot better than I’d have thought…" the Gallade stuttered slightly while still smiling, "And here I had you pegged as a simple brute!"
The Gallade wouldn't show it, but his confidence was starting to wane. Unlike his companions, he had never been a fan of fighting; only resorting to it when he had to or was sure to win easily. It was not that he wasn't a man of action, but more that he wished to preserve his appearance.
Before he evolved into a Gallade, he effectively had no face. Growing up as a Ralts was tough, his identity covered up by a helmet-like hair which made people mistake him for someone else all the time. Transforming into a Kirlia did little to improve his situation, as everyone he met thought he was a girl. When at long last he became a Gallade, he wasted no time flaunting his newfound form to everyone, finally having received an appearance and realized with great shock that he was in fact… Beautiful!
"My face… Is who I am…" the Gallade said shakily, his determination returning, "Will you please stop aiming at it!?"
"I'm not going to lose in hand-to-hand combat" Lucario said with equal determination, feeling his body heat up from the battle.
"Quit playing around, or you’re going to lose!" Pikablu yelled to the Gallade, before seeing the Weavile behind them and suddenly remembering his important thoughts from earlier.
"Oh yeah? Well then, feast your eyes on this!" the Gallade said sharply before shouting, "À la seconde, tension!"
The Gallade's arms received a strong yellow glow as he approached Lucario with long, elegant steps. Before reaching him, the Gallade spun around quickly with his arms outstretched to increase the velocity of his strike, but Lucario ducked in order to avoid it. He prepared an uppercut as a counter as the Gallade suddenly spun even faster than before, his arms coming around too quickly and hitting Lucario in the head. The blow was fairly weak, but a strange electrical sensation grabbed a hold of his head while the Gallade continued spinning around and pummeled his head with attack after attack.
With the paralysis slowing down his senses, it took Lucario great effort to hold up his arms in defense. The Gallade kept spinning, and with each blow Lucario felt his arms becoming crippled as well. He raised a leg clumsily in order to kick the Gallade, but the constant onslaught proved to be too much as he stumbled backwards.
"That's it! Time for an electrifying Fish Dive!" the Gallade shouted as he leaped forward, grabbing a hold around the stunned Lucario's waist. Using all his might, he lifted him up into the air, before large streams of electricity ran through his glowing arms into Lucario's body. Lucario shouted as his body shimmered from the heavy voltage, the sensation reminding him of his encounter with Raikou. The pain was far weaker compared to back then, which was because the shocks were not as powerful, and also because he had not already been damaged from using the…
An odd sensation suddenly crawled through Lucario, and he was unable to stop himself because of the paralysis. His right arm instantly caught fire, cutting through the yellow glow of the Gallade's arm with a deep blue color. The two of them screamed out in pain, the Gallade letting go of Lucario and stumbling back.
"AAARGH! YOU BAAAAAASTARD!" the Gallade howled as he crouched down, clutching his arm. With a panicked stare he looked down at his arm, fearing the worst from the amount of pain he was feeling. Much to his relief, his arm looked completely fine instead of being horribly mutilated.
"… What… can I say…?" Lucario said weakly, unintentionally synchronizing his movement with his opponent, "Play with fire… You get burned…"
"Heh… Fire?" the Gallade mumbled sinisterly, "Thanks for reminding me. Lucario are weak against fire, right?"
"He's right!" Zerobi suddenly shouted from behind Lucario, "Lucario, watch it!"
"Stay out of this, Zerobi…" Lucario replied before standing up and looking directly at the Gallade, "You're skilled, but brittle. Let's see how roundhouse kicks to the face you can take!"
“Yikes! So much for a gentleman’s duel!” the Gallade exclaimed in a shocked tone, “Fine! Let’s do it for real!”
The glow around the Gallade's arms dissipated, while the aching in Lucario's arm also begun to go down. He wondered what was going to happen next - Anticipating the Gallade in close combat was difficult because of all his strange movements, and the paralyzing glow around his arms made blocking a bad idea. Instead, Lucario focused his eyes onto his opponent and prepared himself to dodge the next attack, whatever it was.
His plan backfired. The attack struck him without the Gallade showing any sign of movement. A crushing sensation immediately enveloped Lucario, as if his every pore was contracting. While it hurt, it was nothing compared to the aura his arm had endured or even the thunder strike from earlier. Lucario hunched forward a bit, and merely growled as a response as he tried to find out what was hurting him. However, as suddenly as it had started, it simply stopped.
“… Eh!? My Psychic attack did-“ the Gallade started before stopping himself as Lucario came running at him. He began charging up his fire punch, but was unable to complete it in time as Lucario was upon him. Twisting around he managed to avoid a few of Lucario's punches, but finally got hit in the stomach.
The Gallade bent over with a cough, and Lucario saw his chance. He put all his strength into a roundhouse kick, aimed at the vulnerable face of his opponent. The Gallade gave off a terrified meep as he saw the strong leg approaching, and Lucario yelled out in pain as he felt his foot connect with something unexpectedly hard. It had stopped right in front of the Gallade's terrified face, a pink barrier having appeared between them.
"Not the face, dude!" the Gallade said out loud as his confidence returned, and clamped his strange arms around Lucario's outstretched leg.
"Shocking pirouette!" the Gallade exclaimed in utter glee as he started spinning around again. As his arms were effectively locked around Lucario's leg, he had no choice but to follow as he was being spun around the Gallade like a ragdoll.
"WaaAAaaAAhh!" Lucario shouted as the Gallade's arms once again started glowing yellow, and he felt a large amount of voltage creeping up his leg. The shouts turned into screams, the Gallade increasing the electrical output. To the others, it was as if a large electrical tornado had been created, everyone on the sidelines having an impressed look on their faces… Except for Pikablu.
"YOU READY!?" the Gallade suddenly yelled, making Kabuta look directly at Pikablu as she knew what was coming next.
"Uh… No" Pikablu responded, scratching his head.
"… WHAT!?" the Gallade shouted, trying to shout down Lucario's terrified howls.
"I've got something I want to ask him" Pikablu said calmly, "Put him down, or something."
"NO! LE GRAND FINALÈ!" the Gallade kept shouting, sounding more and more annoyed as his arms were starting to tire, "COME ON!"
Feeling everyone's eyes gaze upon his beautiful performance, as well as remembering the camera's unending stare, he simply could not let such a magnificent ending pass by. Stubbornly he held on to Lucario, trying to think of a proper finale while starting to slow down from exhaustion.
As the Gallade slowed down only for a moment, Lucario used the full extent of his abdominal muscles to bend his upper body towards him. Just barely reaching his own leg, he instantly pulled the Gallade's arms apart, holding on to the right one as maintained velocity threw him away. The Gallade as unable to keep his balance while holding on to Lucario with only one arm, and was pulled along. The instant Lucario hit the ground, he kicked off it and sprung forward with the most powerful uppercut of his life, hitting the faltering Gallade directly in the jaw.
The Gallade flew up into the air, and then fell down on the ground. Zerobi and Kabuta both collectively gasped, while Pikablu just sighed.
"Yeah, so anyway, I've got a question" he said, completely undaunted by the whole situation.
"Is it… 'Why are you so awesome'…?" Lucario asked while trying to catch his breath, "Because… Honestly… Sometimes I ask myself that, too…"
"GAAAHHH! My face!" the Gallade screamed in terror as he leaped up to his feet and looked over at Kabuta, "Is it alright!? PLEASE TELL ME IT'S ALRIGHT!"
"It's fine" Pikablu groaned, "Now, take a rest."
"Oh, hell no!" the Gallade shouted angrily as he faced Lucario, "I told him not to touch the face, yet he did! He will perish flames!"
"Alright, just wait a few moments" Pikablu said calmly, "Let me ask something first."
"Just ask away, already!" Lucario blurted out impatiently.
"Not you" Pikablu said sharply as he suddenly pointed at Zerobi, "Her."
"… Me?" Zerobi asked with a confused tone as everyone turned their faces at her.
"Yeah" Pikablu said, "Your name's Zerobi, right?"
"… Yes" Zerobi responded slowly, trying to remember if she had met this Pikachu earlier.
"Ugh, why am I the one that has to do this…" Pikablu mumbled as he tried thinking of a way to explain everything, "Zerobi… Do you have a family?"
"… Sure…" Zerobi mumbled, starting to worry that he knew anything about her sordid past.
"Really?" Pikablu asked while struggling hard to come up with a way to go about things without sounding crazy.
"If you must know, they were caught when I was a kid" Zerobi answered as a faint image of two Pokémon appeared in her mind, "Haven't seen them since."
"Alright, let me rephrase my question…" Pikablu said as he came up with a better approach to the issue, "Do you have a biological family?"
"… Hmpf" Zerobi huffed as she felt everyone's eyes on her, and couldn't help but feel like they were silently judging her every response, "Nope. Orphan, they found me, then orphaned again."
"Ah! So you remember something from before the time that they found you?" Pikablu quickly said, relieved to be making some progress.
"Not really, no…" Zerobi mumbled, "What's with all these question? You're creeping me out."
"You're creeping ME out, Pikablu" the Gallade said, "Why'd you interrupt our battle for this?"
"Her's name's Zerobi" Pikablu said as he looked at the Gallade before raising his voice, "ZEROBI!"
"… You mean…" the Gallade muttered as he thought back to a story from long ago, "… No, don't you remember? She's dead!"
"Uh… Well…" Zerobi said slowly while thinking about her past, "I don't know where you're getting with all this, but… Yeah, I've been dead."
"… Wait, what?" Lucario mumbled as he raised his voice in surprise, "W-What the hell!?"
"I knew it!" Pikablu exclaimed with determination, "You've got special powers, don't you!?"
"… Maybe" Zerobi said before finally getting fed up with the cross-examination, "Why would you even care!? Spit it out, already!"
"I happen to be acquainted with a certain Celebi, who has been searching for her sibling Zerobi for a long time…" Pikablu explained as eloquently as he could, "… You are the sister of a Legendary!"
"… No, I'm not…" Zerobi responded bluntly, feeling disappointed over all the time wasted.
"Yes, you are!" Pikablu contradicted, "Your forgotten origins! Your hidden powers! The name! It can't all be a coincidence!"
"Come on, you're actually using her name as proof just because they sound similar?" Lucario asked with a snort, "That's stupid on SO many levels…"
Zerobi stood in silence, but something about her told Lucario that she had something to say.
"What?" he asked.
"… My parents didn't name me" Zerobi said slowly, "It was… Written on me."
"Written…" Lucario repeated before realizing the implications, "T-They carved your name into your body!?"
"No!" Zerobi shouted back, "Just… You know, pawprints."
"Zerobi…" Pikablu said, now more confident of her true identity, "Your sister… She's been searching for you. A lot."
"My sister… Celebi?" she mumbled to herself, shaking her head in disbelief, "I'm all for mysteries and excitement, but this is pretty inane. Got any proof?"
"… Proof?" the Gallade exclaimed and started thinking hard, "What kind of proof would you expect there to be? An umbilical cord?"
"A reason for me to go off with you three strangers" Zerobi said as she decided to act on her earlier fears, "Quick warning - Touch me inappropriately and your head'll fly off."
"… I've got it!" Pikablu suddenly burst out, at long last finding proof that didn't involve any more explanations, "We're on our way right now to rescue Celebi from a trainer, come with us and meet her yourself!"
"… Rescue? Aaahh! Now I get it!" Zerobi exclaimed with a relieved expression, "You mean, my sister's someone named 'Celebi'? I thought you meant The Legendary Celebi!"
"I did" Pikablu responded bluntly.
"… But that's impossible!" Zerobi shouted, "A legendary Pokémon like that, caught? It'd be all over the news! Actually, I guess I wouldn't know about that, but… But… Argh!"