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The Trial of Juno IV
Whispers of the Forgotten Angels

Before you read this, there’s at least 550 pages of Trial of Juno I, II, and II that you do NOT have to read in order to enjoy this as I’ve taken the liberty to explain most of the important events in the previous three installments in the first few chapters. But, if you’re feeling brave and curious, here they are:

Trial of Juno I & II
Trial of Juno III

I won’t lie, reading all that will likely give you a greater appreciation for this story, but the decision is yours.

Are you seriously writing another Trial of Juno?

In part, yes. I’ve tried to write a normal non-Pokémon fictional story, but I had a lot of trouble with it lately, and at the moment, it’s been a while since I’ve written anything. Yes, I’m writing another story I can’t publish, but I feel writing this may help me get back into the grove of things. Not to mention plenty of people have been begging me to continue this saga.

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Preface – Some Background History

Trial of Juno has been the winner of fan fiction awards all throughout Pokémon Elite 2000 forums, Serebii Forums, and PokéCommunity Forums. It’s also been stolen at least seven times that I know of by people pretending to be me on other forums. Of all the fan fictions and stories I’ve written, none of them have come even close to the success and acclaim of the Trial of Juno saga. Not to mention it’s the overall deepest storyline and plot I’ve ever written out of every piece of fiction, both Pokémon and non-Pokémon related.

Back in October 2003, Trial of Juno was started as a stand alone fan fiction called “The Gray Battlegrounds.” When it was done, it was given plenty of reviews, and many asked for a sequel, which then became “The Twisted Fields.” Little did I know that sequel would actually only become part two of a six part saga (Which will turn into twelve with TOJ IV). When Trial of Juno I was done, it consisted of a trilogy that was referenced plenty of times as being a model fan fiction, and was read and enjoyed by many.

Trial of Juno II was started on October 8th, 2004 with a desire to keep the series going, as a new addition to the storyline was thought up. A lot of which wasn’t ever touched upon in the last trilogy would be revealed, and Juno’s challenges would become even harder. In essence, TOJ II was then truly defined as a horror/action type of fan fiction. Also, it came very close to not making it to completion after several PE2K complications. But, after some dedicated attention and struggling, it finally made it to completion, and TOJ II ended making everyone think a third probably wouldn’t be made.

For TOJ III, which was started October 1st, 2007, I had RocketMeowth help me a lot with the storyline, and in the beginning, we did co-write it for a little while before she got busy and I continued it on my own. Regardless, I don’t think TOJ III would have been possible without her. Her ideas of Egatept, the Normal Operation Specialists, and the extermination of normal type Pokémon were original themes and storyline ideas I could not pass up, so I welcomed the opportunity to keep it going once again.

I have to honestly say, TOJ III’s climatic ending made TOJ IV very difficult to start, but I found a way to go about doing it. What was done in the first three chapters is something I’ve never seen or heard of being done in a story, so this should be pretty interesting.

So with that said, enjoy. It all continues once again.

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PART I: MECHANICAL CONTINGENCY

Chapter 1: Past Reflections
Chapter 2: A Past Exchanged
Chapter 3: The Sum of Memories
Chapter 4: The Soulless Army
Chapter 5: Black and White
Chapter 6: Preparation & Intermingling
Chapter 7: Brothers & Sisters
Chapter 8: Cold Fear
Chapter 9: Signs of the Sentinels
Chapter 10: Renewed Faith
Chapter 11: Hardline
Chapter 12: Blinded Advance
Chapter 13: Cold Cruelty
Chapter 14: Travesty's Awakening


PART II: EVISCERATED FAITH

Chapter 15: Husband and Wife
Chapter 16: A Friend's Weakness
Chapter 17: A Second's Memory
Chapter 18: Into Dark Territory
Chapter 19: The Hidden Light
Chapter 20: Voices of the Forgotten
Chapter 21: Severed Link
Chapter 22: At the End of All Things
Chapter 23: The Final Breakpoint
Chapter 24: Into Another's Place
Chapter 25: Fate's Lockout
Chapter 26: The Fourth Watcher
Chapter 27: Black Hours
Chapter 28: Follow the Leader


PART III: HOPE'S LAST RESOLVE

Chapter 29: War's Command
Chapter 30: Influence of Damnation
Chapter 31: Trial of Regret
Chapter 32: Juxtaposition
Chapter 33: The Trial of Sita
Chapter 34: Three's Defiance
Chapter 35: Burying the Memory
Chapter 36: Arrival of the Fallen
Chapter 37: Past Death (Part 2)
Chapter 38: Enemy of All
Chapter 39: Commanders of Dreams
Chapter 40: Reign of the Ungodly
Chapter 41: Breaking the Underworld
Chapter 42: Infinite White
Chapter 43: The Eternal Euphoria
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PART I - MECHANICAL CONTINGENCY

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Chapter 1
Past Reflections

Who are you, Juno? Your ultimate legacy, gone, forgotten, and accepted as the work of someone else.

I don’t remember how long ago it was. The epitome of all the wars fought upon the worlds of Kivistal and Egatept, even the Pokémon afterlives of the peaceful Utopia and the nightmare depths of the Abyss… I had those nightmares cleansed with the power of the Dawnbringer Star. That star was once known as the Twisted Shadow, a massive, dark relic stone owned by the embodiment of war, a dark, all-consuming shadow abomination known only as “Xov.” As I had learned, all the enemies I had fought through history were corrupted by the power and presence of the Abyss, and I used their own power against them to reverse it. Wars that left millions dead and cities destroyed never happened. Conflicts that created enmities between peace-loving nations never existed. The Abyss itself, a hellish realm of pain and suffering for the wicked, was turned into Renaissance, the realm of atonement, understanding, and forgiveness. The sacrifice was the glory and memory I had in my name, the legend of the Gold Rider, the image of a valiant Pikachu riding upon a faithful and loyal Latias named Blazewing, would be forgotten because of it. My name, my actions, and my story were erased from the minds of everyone, and it nearly cost me my very existence…

But to me… the pleasure of peace everlasting was worth the cost. They had called it the Age of Jubilation, thought to have been a gift from Utopia for the faith of the people of these worlds. But there were only a few who truly knew where this age had come from, and they kept it silent, hidden in secret so that those who cherished this gift would never know of the horrors of war that in another time, would have scarred their minds, destroyed their families, and caused them pain and suffering. I choose to be forgotten so they wouldn’t have to remember what happened. I knew, all the pleasure from the heavenly realm of Utopia would still leave emotional scars and bitter memories of a bitter life and a wounded soul, and the only way to heal those wounds was to ensure they were never inflicted to begin with. With the power of the Dawnbringer Star, time itself had been changed, a miraculous metamorphosis that I nearly gave up everything to accomplish…

I survived it, thanks to the memories of a young boy named Randy that had never forgotten his dreams… even on his deathbed. In the beginning, I had once been human, an adversary of Randy’s known as Jake Kossak. He had created a world using the power of a mysterious necklace created by Zander and the white dragon Pokémon of imagination, Narsaka. Randy created his own world with it, a new reality based on the extension of his mind. In order to escape this realm, I had merged with Juno, the one Pikachu that Randy had always admired and wished to have as a companion, but never received. Even after all was said and done, and Randy’s world had dissolved, the essence of Juno would be forever imprinted on my soul. Eventually, that human past was fully dissolved, and I accepted walking forever more as Juno, a Pikachu born of dreams and imagined to be far more powerful than any other of my kind. After altering time by my own hands, Randy never knew Jake Kossak. Even though he had long forgiven me, I felt that scar, along with so many other wounds, had to be cleansed.

“Someday, I hope to find a Pikachu, who I will name Juno. I will love Juno as a friend, and he will always stay by my side. Juno is fast and courageous, and is the type of Pikachu other Pokémon can look up to, even if he is smaller than them. Anyone can look at Juno and see that he is special just by the stars in his eyes. Together, he will stay by my side, and be my friend in good times and bad times. He will always be good in heart, and will never turn his back on his friends. This is the kind of Pikachu I would like Juno to be.”

Randy reflected on these past memories of what he embraced as a child, and these were his last thoughts before passing away from cardiac arrest. Without that memory, Narsaka, Dialga, Jirachi, and Arceus never would have found me among the stars of forgotten dreams to bring me back to life. Even after having prepared to sacrifice everything, Blazewing, who had also resembled a part of Randy’s imagination, and myself volunteered to be forgotten in exchange for this peace. It was a pure miracle that we were able to step out of it, but I had faith itself to thank for that…

I had gone back to Utopia to reunite with my wife and faithful comrade, Sita, the oracle Pikachu that guided me and never lost hope, even during times I lost my way. I feared that she had forgotten me, but somehow, when she looked into my eyes, she remembered against all odds. After that, I truly believed that love could defy even the slimmest of chances. And for many years, I lived with her and Blazewing in a small but comfortable home. No one walking Utopia’s golden streets would ever look at our home and be able to tell we were responsible for the Age of Jubilation. Our greatest legacies remained our greatest secrets.

The years turned to centuries that flew on by. I thanked everyone I ever met in my life that made this possible, because there was no greater reward. Everyone in Utopia was always welcome in our home, but the few that entered never unraveled the mystery behind us. They never uncovered who in fact created the Dawnbringer Star, a star that linked the Earth, Kivistal, Egatept, and even Utopia together as being a shining beacon of hope of comfort, and had become the destroyer of war. And the Age of Jubilation continued strong for many years, a strange but almost seemingly endless era of peace.

The effect was almost supernatural. For so many years in the histories of those worlds, wars littered and ravaged them, but the Age of Jubilation put an end to that in an uncanny era of joy. Some believed it was the presence of the Dawnbringer Star, others believed it was a celestial gift, but regardless of what they believed, it continued. Every day, I would awaken from a refreshing sleep to see it shining in the sky like a sister to the sun.

And as the centuries passed, I came upon something that I didn’t realize at first. It would have taken the most incredible of eyes to notice the pattern, but I never thought it would have happened.

The Star itself was losing light…

The bright flaring beacon’s rate of diminishing light over time was so small that it would never be noticed unless someone recorded the change for centuries. Four centuries had passed, and only once did I question it, but simply cast it aside, thinking it was just my imagination. Many days, I had forgotten about its presence, almost taking it for granted.

I had gotten used to the lower amount of light it produced, thinking that minor amount was how it was from the beginning. No one would ever notice the change, and if I had realized it sooner, I would have taken action, or done something to ensure whatever was wrong with it was corrected…

But some things that should have been addressed went by unnoticed. As its light died down further and further, it became even easier to forget about. Soon enough, its light died down to the point of being just another star in the sky, and no one remembered so many centuries back. It was almost a thousand years ago, and there were many who now walked the streets of Utopia before the star was even lit.

We had forgotten something that had made so much possible, but thinking back, I doubted if there was anything that could be done to save it…

And this time, I couldn’t blame myself for that…

* * *

I was lucky to have survived what happened after the star’s death. Looking back, the aftermath was mild in comparison to what could have come to pass.

I had carelessly forgotten what happens when a star perishes. It begins to explode, and the Dawnbringer Star was no exception, first becoming a black dwarf star before erupting into a catastrophic supernova. The dark nether energies that persisted in what was once the Twisted Shadow collided with the light-imbued brilliance that was lit through my own blood when I purified the Twisted Shadow to become the Dawnbringer Star. A thousand years ago, I had used the Dawnbringer to change time, to end wars by never allowing them to start, and to purge the foul depths of the Abyss, once a realm of endless damnation, into a realm called Renaissance, where even the vile could rectify their wrongs and seek hope of atonement. But when Dawnbringer died, I nearly lost everything once again.

I learned the hard way that history can not be undone. The Age of Jubilation that was wrongfully created by my hands blindfolded me into believing that events that were meant to happen could be changed to a conclusion that would be happier for everyone. That was never the case. For so many years, I fought for a better future. And through many of my tribulations, I proved there was hope, even when every last candle of expectation for a brighter future had all burnt out. But expecting to eliminate all possible traces of darkness and evil became a major downfall of mine. An “Age of Jubilation” was not supposed to have existed. I had to learn once again that the times of darkness we endure and fight against will help us appreciate the moments of happiness and pleasure that we are able to obtain, and that’s what keeps us going on strong. Truly, the path of peace requires struggle, sacrifice, compassion, and selflessness. But expecting that could be accomplished by meddling with time and even reality itself, I should have realized that would never result in something positively conclusive. I had gone too far, expecting to accomplish things that were beyond my power and outside the scope of reality.

And now, I would pay the price for such a mistake. Whoever said the road to Hell is paved with good intentions must have seen this coming…

I had awoken within a tiny cavity within space and time, an area of protection created by Dialga called the Adamant Sanctuary. When I opened my eyes, I saw the many stars, a vast void around me that I could not touch. Meanwhile, the ground below me was simply nothing, an invisible glass-like surface that only revealed the endless amounts of stars below me. I didn’t know why, but I had already begun to comprehend that something had gone terribly wrong with the Dawnbringer. At first, I thought the holy blood that I had used to empower it to light had worn out, and instead, the Twisted Shadow had emerged once again to corrupt everything. But no matter what happened, I was prepared to combat it, regardless of how much damage it had done. I realized that this would always be my destiny. I was not a soldier of Utopia that would rest for eternity anymore. I opened my eyes, and knew that forever I would fight even through death to ensure that evil and darkness is held back from consuming everything. If these thoughts were true, I was prepared to do what I’ve always done. Make sure darkness knows its place, and is forced to dwell in the underground, having as little influence on the living as possible.

I looked behind me, and I noticed that Blazewing and Sita were right beside me. Blazewing seemed unchanged by whatever had happened, and when I slowly approached her, she stirred from her sleep. She opened her eyes, blinked twice, and looked at me, not sure exactly where we were…

…and yet, I wasn’t sure how I already knew…
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Hehehe, it's finally here. You know, four months ago, we had just started talking about your possible thoughts on ToJ IV, and I have definitely been interested and impressed as always. I knew you still weren't sure about actually making it at that time, but I offered my assistances anyway.

Still little bit of a surprise to see this here tonight.

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Wow. Just.. wow. ToJ will probably always be on of my favourite fics of all time, Pokemon or not, and this is no different. Superbly written. And the MGS music in the background of me reading gave me chills. Such an effect!

I am looking forward to reading this. Thanks man.
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YES!!! To be honest, I didn't think you'd make another one of these and I couldn't have blamed you. But this is brilliant and I can't wait for more. TOJ forever!
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Hehehe, it's finally here. You know, four months ago, we had just started talking about your possible thoughts on ToJ IV, and I have definitely been interested and impressed as always. I knew you still weren't sure about actually making it at that time, but I offered my assistances anyway.

Still little bit of a surprise to see this here tonight.

As always, man, beautifully done. Very nice job ^^
Actually, I know I mentioned a lot about that to you, but most of it got changed. I kind of wanted to make it so that a person didn't have to read ToJ I, II, and III in order to be able to understand what's going on, so everything you're going to see is much different.

Still, thanks for the support, amigo. Keep up the good work with UiA.

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Wow. Just.. wow. ToJ will probably always be on of my favourite fics of all time, Pokemon or not, and this is no different. Superbly written. And the MGS music in the background of me reading gave me chills. Such an effect!

I am looking forward to reading this. Thanks man.
Yeah, like ToJ III, having a music track playing while reading adds a whole new dimension to the feel you get from reading it.

I've never played MGS4, but I've heard the soundtrack and its awesome. Unfortunately I only have a XBox 360 and a Wii, no PS3.

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YES!!! To be honest, I didn't think you'd make another one of these and I couldn't have blamed you. But this is brilliant and I can't wait for more. TOJ forever!
You know, I didn't think so either, but I keep getting so much inspiration to write these. I think you guys will like this, though, I've got a lot of things planned for it that are both fresh and new for ToJ, but also stick close to its roots.
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YESSSS! This is so awesome, I had no idea that ToJ IV was even a possibility. I loved the first two (I never actually got around to reading III but I probably will eventually). I also smell the setting of the next WAR RP, which is always cool stuff.
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Okay, so I'm a little split on this. Part of me is saying, "Oh man, this is great! Another Trial of Juno! Those things are amazing, I can't wait!" But as I read the prologue, another opinion started forming. "I think Neo Pika might be taking this a little too far. After all, there have been three fics already, and the transition from second to third already felt a little stretched. It seems like Neo is just pulling ideas out of nowhere to make Juno's saga longer by now..."

So yeah. Part of me likes it, but part of me doesn't.
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I finished reading TOJ I/II like late last year, and finally got to finish TOJ III yesterday. Just when I was hoping for a sequel, this thing pops out. XD

Many thanks for this.
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I disagree with Giratina. ToJ has come to far for NP to be careless and screw it up now. He wouldn't bother with this unless it was a good idea. Each part is better than the last and I'm fairly confident this will be the same.
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YESSSS! This is so awesome, I had no idea that ToJ IV was even a possibility. I loved the first two (I never actually got around to reading III but I probably will eventually). I also smell the setting of the next WAR RP, which is always cool stuff.
Frankly, long after ToJ III was done, I didn't think it would be a possibility either, but I finally found something interesting I can do with it.

As for the next WAR RP, we'll see if it gets accepted.

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Okay, so I'm a little split on this. Part of me is saying, "Oh man, this is great! Another Trial of Juno! Those things are amazing, I can't wait!" But as I read the prologue, another opinion started forming. "I think Neo Pika might be taking this a little too far. After all, there have been three fics already, and the transition from second to third already felt a little stretched. It seems like Neo is just pulling ideas out of nowhere to make Juno's saga longer by now..."

So yeah. Part of me likes it, but part of me doesn't.
Well... please don't be so quick to judge it, I've barely posted anything. True, I could have stuck with how ToJ III ended, and while I feel that was a nice ending, it kind of felt a bit implausible.

Normally, I'd say okay, but wait until at least Chapter 10, and by then you'll see where I'm going with this.

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I finished reading TOJ I/II like late last year, and finally got to finish TOJ III yesterday. Just when I was hoping for a sequel, this thing pops out. XD

Many thanks for this.
Hey, thank you for reading all that. Hopefully this will live up to your expectations, but I think it will.

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I disagree with Giratina. ToJ has come to far for NP to be careless and screw it up now. He wouldn't bother with this unless it was a good idea. Each part is better than the last and I'm fairly confident this will be the same.
Hey, thanks for the support. Yeah, I wouldn't have decided to write this if I felt uncertain about the plot I have in mind. But when I fleshed out so much of it, I felt it would have been a horrible waste not to do anything with it.
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Chapter 2
A Past Exchanged

It was clear that we were no longer in Utopia. Something deep inside me told me not to worry, and I felt it. Unlike last time, where I was in complete despair over the possibility I would lose that privilege, something here made me feel at ease, though it definitely felt like things had been changed. Inside… I could feel innate feelings and memories that didn’t exist before…

“Juno?” She asked, looking at me strangely, “This… isn’t…?”

“I don’t fully understand it myself, honestly.” I told her, not sure what had come out of this, “But… I think I know where we are.”

“Adamant Sanctuary…” Blazewing spoke to me, looking around at all the stars in awe, “But I’m not sure… how do I even know its name…?”

Truthfully, I didn’t know either. It was new and strange sight to behold, but somehow, I felt like I had been here before even though I knew that wasn’t true. Meanwhile, I looked to Sita, who seemed to be okay. As I had approached her to wake her up, Blazewing looked on, surprised at what had happened, but willing to learn exactly what had come out of this.

“Can you hear me?” I asked her.

She stirred as if waking up from a very long sleep. Slowly, she opened her eyes and pushed herself off the ground to see what had happened. She seemed to take comfort in the fact that Blazewing and I were here with her, but she wasn’t sure what exactly happened.

“You’re awake.” An ominous but suddenly familiar voice said to us, “Come, there is much I need to explain.”

We looked ahead, and saw Dialga standing before us, seemingly floating in this celestial chamber of stars as his midnight-blue and silver-armored body stood fully erect. As his deep red eyes looked at us intensely, the metallic wings on his back stood straight up while his long and powerful tail light waved back and forward. He towered over us as we were forced to look up to behold his image. I wanted to know what truly happened, but a part of me was almost afraid to learn of it. Regardless, we had advanced cautiously, and I prepared myself for anything…

“Dawnbringer…” I told Dialga, figuring that’s what this meeting must have been about, “What has it done and why are we here?”

“I can see in your eyes that most of the answers are already in your head.” Dialga told me, “Yes, Dawnbringer is gone, never to return. It had corrupted time itself, twisting events, causing incoherent conclusions, and shredded the very fabric of passage and reality. Even once it had been eliminated, I was forced to repair the damage of the aftermath it left behind. If this was not done, history would have been scrambled between the events of what could have happened, and what did happen. Leaving it like that would have created chaos.”

Sita and Blazewing seemed very uneasy after hearing that, wondering what had resulted because of this, and what it would possibly mean for the future. But deep in my heart, I felt that regardless of what happened, something positive could come out of this, even if it meant struggling to accomplish it.

“So time had to be changed.” I concluded, figuring the results of what was done with the Dawnbringer Star were undone, “So the wars, the battles against the Abyss, and that history now truly did take place, didn’t they?”

“Not necessarily.” Dialga illustrated to me, “You see, time… is like water in a very vast and endless ocean, Juno. There is no fate, but instead, the impacts we make cause time to ripple, whether they are serious events, or just minor choices we make. Events and history are what shape the future. After many thousands of years, I’ve had to undo the scrambled whirlpool of chaos that the Dawnbringer Star created. Time itself was forever changed. A new history had to be written over a clean page that covers the chaotic scrawl.”

Blazewing, Sita, and I just looked at each other in question. So many things were at stake, and it made us wonder what truly happened in the end. So many events of the past would change how the future came to be. Immediately, I began to wonder what really did change, and what was tomorrow going to be like? Regardless, I felt ashamed about this, never wanting this kind of chaos to be the result of my efforts. Still, something inside me said that Dialga had not foreseen this either, but he at least managed to remedy most of the damage.

“We’ll start from the very beginning.” Dialga told me, “Clear your mind, and set aside what you believe may have happened in the past in your first life. That past is no longer, replaced by a new past that I’ve allowed to exist through engineering the past and the outcomes it would have on the future.”

“In the beginning… there was Jake Kossak…” I remembered, recalling the earliest events. ”The human… I used to-”

“No.” Dialga corrected me quickly, seeing I was already stumbling into an assumption, “No longer.”

Dialga then revealed what was almost like an ethereal movie screen, replaying moments of the new past, as if what had come to pass was a video filmed long ago. As he talked, the images played out by themselves, showing us what truly had come to pass through Dialga’s reengineering of time and its events.

“In the beginning,” Dialga began as the images began to move, “there were five humans. Two of which were Alex and David, common schoolyard bullies, and then there was Randy, Frank, and Jeff. Jake Kossak was never born. As you may remember, Randy was pressured by Alex and David into using a magical necklace created by Narsaka, who you know is the legendary Pokémon of imagination. It allowed Randy to create his own world, a realm based on what rested within his heart and mind.”

Most of that sounded very familiar, but I knew the lack of Jake Kossak’s presence was going to throw this into a different direction. Instead of trying to assume I knew what would come out of this, I just listened closely, trying to absorb as many of the details as I could.

“Once that world was created, you were born into life, Juno.” Dialga continued, “As you remember, Juno was the one Pikachu that Randy always wished he could have by his side, one that he imagined would be far more powerful than any other Pikachu and capable of things other Pokémon could only dream of. But once Randy had whatever he wanted, he had forgotten you, allowing his Pokémon to consist of many legendaries instead. You awoke, finding yourself within a dark cavern that resembled the things Randy had forgotten about. At first, it seemed like you would forever be locked within those depths, but eventually you did escape on your own… even without the help of Jake Kossak.”

I could feel it. Everything had been changed differently. Remembering those many years back, I knew that Alex and David never succeeded against Randy in battle, and became his servants for their failures. So how was I able to do it?

“As always, you were born with an undying optimism.” Dialga explained, revealing my true nature, “You were born of Randy’s best dreams, the liveliest expectations he had in life, and all of his hopes and wishes. While Alex and David fell to Randy’s power, you carried on, and found and rescued the one Pokémon that resembled Randy’s sense of friendship and camaraderie.”

“Me…” Blazewing spoke softly, realizing there were still some similarities between what happened now and what happened before.

“That’s correct.” Dialga told her, “You two confronted Randy, and urged him to let go of his dream world. At first, he refused, but you two made the promise to always be at his side, and that you would be his Pokémon to carry through life even after he woke up. You told him that no two Pokémon would ever be able to fight as well as the two of you could working together, and after hearing you out, he agreed to let go and allow his dream world to dissolve. Arceus be blessed, you two were given life after Randy had awoken, and were there to greet him when he opened his eyes.”

“Amazing…” Sita lightly gasped, awestruck.

Unlike what Jake Kossak had done, beating and deceiving Randy into submission using Juno’s image as a front, I had convinced Randy to let go… even without a fight. The change and the outcome was something I didn’t think would come to pass, but the resolution brought a sense of comfort I never felt before as I could now forever discard the guilt of having ever hurt him in any way. But, I was curious to know what happened after all this. Everything from this point turned into something new.

“You lived with and accompanied Randy wherever he went.” Dialga told us, showing us a changed past, “He went as far as the International Master’s Pokémon League Tournament, a competition that only takes place once every ten years and is widely televised all over the globe. In the final round, he was supposed to bring six Pokémon to a double battle against his well-equipped and battle-hardened adversary. To show the faith he had in you, you two were the only ones he brought. Everyone thought he was insane for being willing to forfeit four open slots for no reason, giving his adversary an incredible advantage. At the end of what many people considered to be the most epic two hour battle in history, you two were victorious, and Randy Ferguson, Juno the Pikachu, and Blazewing the Latias became international champions.”

I saw the images… the people standing up from their seats in thunderous applause and lively cheer as our last opponent’s Pokémon, an exhausted and battle-weary Tyranitar, fell to the ground, and was declared unable to battle by the referee. Deep in my heart and soul, I admired this new history. This… is what truly should have come to pass from the very beginning…

“That was the greatest moment in his life…” I spoke softly… somehow knowing that innately.

“It was, and he never forgot it.” Dialga confirmed, “And time went on, even though the adventures and travels never stopped there. And as the years passed, Randy grew older, but you and Blazewing were ageless, and the years never slowed you down. In time, Randy passed away from natural causes, and you two were found peacefully asleep besides him, never to awaken again. By his request, you three were buried together, remembered as some of the greatest champions that ever walked the Earth. Randy ascended toward the shores of the heavens intended for humans, while you and Blazewing arrived in Utopia.”

While I knew this alternate history painted a truer picture of the kind of life that Randy deserved, a critical piece of the whole history was missing. All through Dialga’s explanations, it was constantly pecking at my mind, and I could tell Sita and Blazewing were feeling the same thing, wondering about the same thing I was thinking about.

“Kivistal…” I spoke, breaking the silence, “If we died with Randy, how did…?”

“You were never there, Juno.” Dialga spoke bluntly.

The three of us just looked at each other, totally in shock and bewilderment. I could not possibly conceive of how many things that probably affected. A million questions must have come to me at that very instant. Did the Silver Apex wait for me to come, only to never see me arrive? Did they win or lose, and what happened between them and King Skepter during the second war? Or what if there never even was a second war? And what became of all the Pokémon I met while I was there?

…How was it possible that Sita was here with me if I was never in Kivistal to meet her…?
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You just had to put a Latias, in your sig, didn't you? B' Great, now I'm hooked. You definitely deserve all the acclaim your writing skills have gotten, Neo. And though things are a little hard to understand for me, I'll try and stick it to the end.
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Wow. Way to give new definition to the term retconning Neo. I mean, House of M aside has there ever been such a massive retcon of fiction, fan or otherwise?
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You just had to put a Latias, in your sig, didn't you? B' Great, now I'm hooked. You definitely deserve all the acclaim your writing skills have gotten, Neo. And though things are a little hard to understand for me, I'll try and stick it to the end.
Latias is awesome. From the very beginning, the formula of pairing a Latias with a Pikachu has worked ridiculously well.

And thanks, hope you enjoy it.

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Wow. Way to give new definition to the term retconning Neo. I mean, House of M aside has there ever been such a massive retcon of fiction, fan or otherwise?
Definitely Dragonlance. That series is LONG, and they're constantly writing more and more books to tag onto the already MASSIVE load of books connected with that whole universe. They're still really good though.

As for the longest Pokemon Fan Fiction series... I don't know what holds that title. I would be pleasantly surprised if it was ToJ and I didn't even know about it.
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