Meet My Evil Twin
Meet my Evil Twin
“I CHALLENGE YOU TO A BATTLE!”
Mike just shook his head and kept navigating the crowded plaza, lifting a hand to pull his long chocolate hair back out of his eyes. He was used to such constant and theatrical declarations. Luc, his twin, was a little over the edge. Once upon a time, Luc’s crazy outbursts had been few and far between. Lately though, Mike couldn’t help but notice that it had gotten worse - much worse.
“Come back here! Do you think you can just ignore my challenge and walk away?” Luc raced after Mike when he didn’t slow, or even glance backwards. He grabbed Mike’s arm and held him fast, the veins bulging through his ivory skin contrasting sharply with the otherwise identically pale features of his brother. Mike’s sterling silver eyes darkened as he turned and faced his antagonistic sibling.
“Are we really going to do this now, Luc? Really? We’re in the middle of the square.”
Luc’s only reply was a feral grin as he stepped back, releasing both brother and Pokémon in one startlingly smooth motion. Almost instantly the crowds of people surrounding them parted, everyone either parking in wide a ring around the pair to watch or departing all together.
Mike sighed, pulled his own Pokéball from his left pocket, and released the Pokémon inside. The flashing lights faded, leaving two Pokémon, also nearly identical, between the two brothers. Each of the pair of insects was an off-white color, except for green wings that were too small to be useful, and dark brown forelegs that ended in sharp claws.
“Cade, use Fury Swipes attack!” Luc yelled almost as soon as the two appeared. With similar hurry his Nincada, Cade, skittered across the cobble paved clearing, claws raised and an unintelligible battle shriek piercing the air. Mike looked on calmly, seemingly absorbing their entire surroundings in unhurried silence. Finally, as the Nincada’s claws descended toward his own Pokémon, he spoke.
“Nina, use harden.” The reaction from Mike’s Nincada, who had been motionless up to this point, was immediate. Her entire body visibly expanded as its exoskeleton grew thicker and more tough in the fraction of a second before the first of her foe’s scythe-like claws struck her waiting back.
Cade swung again, and again, and again. Each successive attack pushed the defending bug, Nina, back a good six inches along the red stone tiles of the courtyard. As they parted, heaving, it was obvious that the attack had been ineffective. Though there were a few visible scores across her back, Nina’s now thickened hide had successfully stopped all the blows from breaking through to her soft flesh.
With the same hurry as before, Luc called to his Pokémon. “Cade, use Dig!”
Mike’s reaction, however, was equally swift. “Scratch, Nina; hurry before he does too much damage.”
Both Pokémon started moving at the same time, Mike’s rushing forward as Luc’s Nincada scrabbled at the ground beneath it. The Pokémon’s attempts to dig were hindered by the securely cemented stones layered between it and the earth beneath. It struggled on as its adversary drew near. Finally, it flung a single slate soaring across the clearing just before Mike’s commanded attack connected. It squealed in pain as it was thrown bodily away from the hole before it could do more than scrape away a few claws full of clay. There was a gash in its side oozing the thick green blood characteristic of bug Pokémon.
“You’ll pay for that!” Luc pointed and shook his finger at Mike threateningly. “Use a Leech Life, Cade,” he said, “Get rid of that hole in your side.”
This time, Mike seemed content to wait again as Luc’s Pokémon, Cade, began his advance a little more warily than before. Finally he was within a few feet of Mike’s Nina. Cade leapt forward eagerly, face first at his doppelganger. As soon as he started to move, however, Mike’s calm voice floated to the pair:
“Sand attack, then dodge.”
In one fluid motion, Nina flung a double clawful of dirt into the face of her attacker while shooting to the left, using the edge left by the missing cobblestone to give herself something to push off from.
She wasn’t fast enough this time. The mandible-jaws of the incoming Pokémon tore a small hole in Nina’s right flank as she moved away. The wound was shallow, but it bled the same green blood that now flowed a little less freely from the gash on Cade’s side as the bit of flesh he had managed to tear away was swallowed.
“Nina, use False Swipe,” Mike commanded.
Nina began to move purposefully toward Cade in response.
Luc’s clear, golden eyes hardened. “Mud Slap,” he replied, a hard edge creeping into his voice that made him sound a lot like his brother, for once.
Cade began collecting dirt from the only source in the courtyard, right beneath his feet.
As Cade spat a startlingly large amount of water into the armful of dirt he was preparing to launch at his foe, Luc began to laugh. It was a cold, mirthless sound that shook him so forcefully he was doubled over. As the mud was flung and the claws were swung, Luc straightened up, gasping for breath. His brother stared darkly over the battlefield into his angry eyes.
“You would use False Swipe,” Luc accused. He shook his head quickly, all traces of mirth gone just as suddenly as they had appeared. “Six minutes. That was all it took to make you my babysitter,” he said. “You’ve never taken me seriously. Always surprised to hear when I’ve done anything well, and suspect cheating if I ever beat you at anything.
“Sure, I used to be pretty helpless and dumb. I might even have stayed that way if you weren’t always breaking me down. I still don’t know how you always managed to stop right before I had nothing left, but it ends today. I’m not that same little boy any more. You’d better shape up or I’ll blow you away.” His golden eyes were scorching now and a determined smile lit his face as he issued the final command.
“Cade, use Metal Claw.”
Mike’s eyes, which had narrowed with every word, were mere slits as he responded just as fiercely.
“Show him a real Metal Claw, Nina.”
The two Pokémon raised their claws simultaneously, like a pair of mirrors. A glint of silver grew on the two pairs of raised blades, expanding upward as though they were all beakers, each being filled from the same unknown source, somehow poured into the four scythes at once.
Aside from the missing stone, the only things disturbing the perfect symmetry of the clearing were the eyes. The blazing gold of Luc’s eyes met in the battlefield with the seething silver gaze of Mike. Their eyes never wavered, even as their Pokémon clashed with a sound of metal sharp enough to leave ears ringing.
The pair of twins stood silently in a courtyard filled with people. Both raised smooth, pale arms. Red light left their outstretched hands holding their open Pokéball. Two Pokémon, one panting in triumph, one frozen in loss, disappeared in the glow. The victor and his foe pocketed their friends. Both faces slowly smiled, and the winning brother turned sharply, taking a step away – he was leaving for good.
As he departed, both mouths moved, and both voices were heard.
“So long for now, my evil twin. So long for now…”
Last edited by Brainiac; 05-20-2012 at 04:21 AM.
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