I yelled, trying desperately to move the large boulders with my Psychic attack. My distress and panicking didn’t help the concentration and I ended up losing my focus.
She won’t be able to hear you, you nitwit.
Demon said as he prowled up behind me.
I snapped, turning around to face Demon, the new addition to Hikari’s team. Demon was a sour Umbreon who disliked everyone and everything except Hikari, who generously cared for and tended to Demon. I disliked his battle-style, since it was brutal and torturous.
My name is Angel, I’m a young Espeon and I was given to Hikari a few months ago, ever since then I’ve been attached to her and loved her deeply, which is what made me evolve from an Eevee a few days ago. Ever since, I’ve developed psychic powers, but I haven’t been able to control them.
Well if you’re so smart and keen as to how we’re going to get out of here, why don’t you get us out!
I demanded, moving out of the way of the large wall of boulders. Hikari, Demon, and I ventured through a dark, dank cave when a cave-in separated us just moments ago.
I already told you once, and I won’t tell you again. My battle-style, such as the moves I know, aren’t used for anything that causes immediate physical damage.
Demon retorted, swelling his chest with pride. He always did show an ignorant pride for his battle-style.
I said quietly, turning around with my tail lowered.
Where are you going?
I’m getting out of here and I’m going to find Hikari.
I said simply, leaving him behind.
He sprinted up to me and cut in front of my path. Do you even know where you’re going?
but there has to be an exit somewhere.
Yes, there is an exit, but it’s beyond that wall of rocks.
Demon said, narrowing his eyes.
I halted briefly, looking down at the ground, I knew he was right, but I hated the fact that he always seemed to be right.
You have a point.
I admitted quietly, refusing to make eye contact.
He said, he turned and faced the wall, then glanced at me. Do you have any physical moves?
He asked quietly.
Just Quick Attack and Bite,
I answered, Why?
If I use Swagger, that’ll increase your attack greatly.
But it will confuse me, thanks to your battling skills.
I have a Chesto Berry which should help your confusion.
So you think if you use Swagger, and I use Quick Attack or Bite, then we should be able to knock this wall down?
I asked, I had to admit, he had a great idea even if it costed my confusion.
Mostly, you should use Bite by the way, it’s more powerful, although Quick Attack may get the job done faster. I can’t guarantee it’ll knock everything down, so you may have to use Psychic, too.
He said, he sounded natural as he gave out instructions, as if he’d been in a situation like this before.
I nodded briefly before turning and looking him in the eye. I’m ready.
He looked at me, his blood-red eyes glowed slightly as I felt tension overwhelm my body. I felt great strength and disorientation at the same time, my gaze drifted a bit, before I felt something strange pop into my mouth.
In a low, deep voice someone said ‘chew’ and I did, slowly at first, then swallowed. My attention and concentration soon flooded back to me as I regained my focus.
All right, Espeon, try a Quick Attack.
He exclaimed, I noticed he called me Espeon instead of Angel, he had an awkward way of doing that with all of Hikari’s Pokemon who had nicknames.
I nodded quickly, then turned towards the wall, I felt my fur bristle as I charged at the wall, feeling great strength surge through my body and transfer into the wall, causing it to shake and crumble a bit.
It didn’t work!
I shouted, half disappointed, half glad that he was finally wrong.
Keep on using Quick Attack.
He said calmly, as if he knew this was going to happen.
I charged at the wall, continuously until a few boulders crashed down in front of us, he moved them out of the way with great natural physical strength.
If you’re so strong,
I panted, glancing at him as he finished pushing a boulder off to the side, why am I doing all of the work?
It’s not like I’m just sitting here, I gave you strength, and I’m moving these boulders out of the way for you, you should be grateful.
I turned back into the wall, charging into it with anger, Why did he always act so tough, so wise? When deep down, he’s a stuck-up nosy little brat!
Another boulder crashed down.
Why did he have to act so tough!?
Another boulder crashed down.
Nobody cares that he’s so ‘wise’ and ‘strong’!!
Another boulder crashed down.
Demon screeched, leaping at me, he barreled into me, knocking the wind out of me as I hit the wall.
I scrambled to my feet, confused and angered at his sudden alarm, Dem-,
I had realized what he just called me, he called me by my name.
I yelled, scrambling around to find him, he had mysteriously gone missing and I longed to find him, to find out what made him have a change in heart. I heard a groan and noticed the large boulder that I just knocked down budged a bit.
I gasped, rushing over, I leaned against the boulder and desperately tried to push it.
Angel! Stop! You’re hurting me!
He shouted, I lowered myself down to see that his hind legs had been pinned down and if I tried pushing it, it was pushing into his ribs.
Angel, you have to use Psychic!
He said, he started to sound out of breath and weak.
I-I don’t know how!
I exclaimed, taking note of the hint of panic in my voice.
You’re a Psychic-type Pokemon, Psychic should come natural to you!
I said in a shaky voice, I sat myself down and closed my eyes, concentrating entirely on the boulder. I felt a new, strange sensation pulse through my body and I opened my eyes, seeing nothing but a multi-colored room and the boulder giving off a strange aura. I narrowed my eyes and lifted it up slightly, then I jerked it up and thrusted it off to the side. I closed my eyes and opened them again, only to find Demon standing to his feet on shaky legs and the boulder rocking on the small ledge it had landed on.
I did it!
I exclaimed, blinking joyfully, I had finally accomplished performing my Psychic attack.
Espeon, I have an idea, do you know Swift?
I felt disappointment and frustration as he called me Espeon again, I closed my eyes and nodded.
Try using Swift on the remaining boulders
I faced the boulders and opened my mouth slightly, the familiar gold-white stars shot out of my mouth and erupted as they plowed into the wall. The remaining boulders fell amazingly, revealing Hikari standing there with Sakura right next to her, grasping a large boulder tightly with her vines.
Sakura exclaimed, tossing the boulder off to the side and rushing forward, grasping me with one vine and Demon with the other. I laughed as she joyfully tossed me around with excitement, Demon, like always, scratched at her and demanded to be put down.
“Angel, Demon!” Hikari said, taking each of us from Sakura and hugging us both tightly. “I was so scared, I didn’t know if you two were okay!”
I missed you so!
I exclaimed to Hikari, I knew she didn’t understand me but I knew she understood my emotion.
Meganium, thank you for helping us escape.
Demon said officially, turning to Sakura as she moved the remaining boulders to the side.
She said with a smile.
“You two should rest, return, both of you.” Hikari said, holding up two Pokeballs.
After Angel and Demon were rested and safe in their Pokeballs, Sakura and I made our way out of the cave, gratefully inhaling the fresh air. A swarm of Beedrill flew by, as well as a small pair of Nidoran. It was great to be in the forest, and Sakura felt the same too, as she greeted each and every Pokemon that bypassed us.
Sakura’s antenna twitched and she looked West, then galloped off, shouting and carrying on about something or someone.
“Saku-” I started, then gasped as I noticed who Sakura was standing in front of, nuzzling.
“Hikari?” Staicee said, gently petting Sakura’s neck, “I figured this must be Sakura, my, I haven’t seen her since she was a Bayleef.”
“Hm, she has grown quite a bit I suppose.”
“A bit? Hikari, she’s evolved!”
“Well…” I said with a smile.
“Hikari, what happened? You’re all dirty and scratched up!”
“We got stuck in a cave-in that’s all.”
“Hikari! How did that happen!”
“Don’t know, it just caved in on us, Angel and Demon were stuck so we had to get them out.”
“Who’s Angel and Demon?”
“Oh that’s right! You haven’t met them, have you?” I said, grasping their Pokeballs, “well, come on out you two!”
Angel stretched in the sunlight as she appeared before us and Demon looked around cautiously before sitting down and relaxing a bit.
“Oh my… Hikari! You captured an Espeon and Umbreon! You really are ‘The Expert of Capturing Pokemon’, aren’t you?”
“Well, I wouldn’t consider myself an expert, Angel was a gift and I helped Demon out so he just tagged along basically.”
“But still, you must treat your Pokemon expertly to be able to get an Eevee to evolve into an Espeon and have an Umbreon befriend you.”
“I suppose.” I said with a faint smile.
I couldn’t understand everything Hikari and Staicee were talking about, but I noticed a small tail protruding from behind Staicee. It was black and shaggy and… wagged.
I said cautiously, nudging the tail.
A vicious growl and bark caught me by surprise, a Mightyena jumped up, growling at me.
I am a friend, please don’t be so hostile.
I asked quietly, I crept closer and noticed that this was the Poochyena that used to play with me when I was a Chikorita, it was Bandit.
Bandit? Is that you?
I’m not Bandit you dim-witted Meganium, my name is Fang.
Oh, so you’re Fang? I remember Bandit talking about how Staicee was going to name the Poochyena egg she was hatching Fang. I chuckled a bit, The last time I saw you, you were a mere egg.
You’re an immature Meganium, you know that?
I’m not immature! And my name is Sakura by the way.
Sakura? What kind of name is that? And what’s with the nicknames Angel and Demon?
Sakura is Japanese for cherry blossom. And I think Angel and Demon are great nicknames for an Espeon and Umbreon.
Fang chuffed before laying down behind Staicee.
I sighed a bit, I had hoped Fang would have been nice when Bandit first mentioned him.
Excuse me, erm… Fang. Do you happen to know where Bandit is?
I asked quietly, trying not to agitate Fang anymore.
Fang said, propping himself up into a sitting position. He came down with a terrible disease, Professor Birch is running tests. The reason that Staicee had me bred at the day care center was because she felt lonely, even though she still had Bandit at the time, he showed signs of disease without even knowing it. He should have evolved into a Mightyena, a powerful one at that, by now. But, he doesn’t have the strength. But… While you were an egg, I played with Bandit, why didn’t I catch the disease?
You’re a healing Pokemon, aren’t you?
Yes, but… But that means I should be able to heal Bandit! Right?
I wouldn’t get my hopes up, the disease is severe and Professor Birch has tried virtually everything, there’s no hope for Bandit now.