Chapter 6: Team Plasma
Today, I got up earlier than Black, I almost thought I was still dreaming. I had to shake him awake, he seemed to have slept off the nausea from his seasickness, and he soon became cheerful. Black was a morning person, unlike me.
“So, to the gym?” Black asked me after we had breakfast in a nice restaurant. It had great omelets, and tons of fresh fruit and vegetables.
“No, I’m going to go to Castelia Park, to catch more Pokemon,” I said. “It’s not fair to leave all the pressure on Riolu.”
Riolu growled at that, he probably thought he could handle another gym. He was proud of the fact that he had beaten two gyms by himself, but I knew he wouldn’t be able to keep it up. Losing at Virbank gym made me realize that Riolu had his limits.
“I want to catch another pokemon too, preferably a flying type.” Black said, grinning. Dewott and Herdier looked offended. Black patted them both on the head and that seemed to satisfy them. Most people seemed to keep their pokemon out of their pokeballs. I quite liked it. Just walking down the street we saw many different types of pokemon.
“That’s a good choice, flying types are good against bug type.” I said. “The gym here is a bug type gym, I think.”
“Why don’t we spend a few days here?” Black suggested tentatively. He seemed to think that I didn’t want to for some reason.
“Sure, this is a big city and it’ll take a while to see everything.” I said, looking around. “I want to train with Riolu some more before challenging the gym, anyways.”
“Actually, why don’t we have a battle after we both get more pokemon?” Black challenged me.
“Sure, but I hope you don't mind the bitter taste of defeat.” I teased Black.
“You’re so on!” Black exclaimed and started running towards the Castelia Sewers, fired up.
“Wait for me!” I shouted. He didn’t slow down and I sighed. He always seemed to be full of energy, sometimes I had trouble keeping up with him. I smiled though, I was happy. Traveling with Black and Riolu was the best thing ever. I ran after Black with Riolu by my side, a grin stuck on my face.
In the Castelia Sewers we stuck close together, it was dark and kinda smelly. When some Zubats flew over our heads, I ended up clinging to Black. I pulled away quickly, glad that the darkness hid my blush. We ended up exploring a bit, and we found several interesting things. We found a heart scale, a bone, and a pearl. I took the bone because I thought it might be valuable. As it got darker, Black grabbed my hand. We walked like that for a while until we saw a light.
We were temporarily blinded by the bright light when we exited the sewers, it took a few minutes for our eyes to adjust. We quickly let go of each other's hand once we realized we were still holding each others. I blushed and looked away. We split up to look for pokemon.
Riolu and I saw and battled a lot of Cottonees, Petilils, and Rattatas. It was good training, but we didn’t find any pokemon that I wanted to catch. After an hour I stumbled upon a Skitty, one of my favorite pokemon. Riolu used force palm and knocked out in one blow, then I threw a pokeball. I caught it and cheered about it with Riolu. At the pokemon center I would revive it and check its gender, ability, moves, etc.
I decided to still look for another pokemon though, after reflecting on it. I should probably have at least three in my party. I looked for another few hours, encountering tons of Cottonees, Petilils, and Rattatas. I saw a few more Skittys, Bunearys, and Pidoves. When I went into the rustling grass I saw and fought many Audino.
While walking along with Riolu, we found an Eevee. It shivered when it saw Riolu and turned heel and ran. I chased after it with Riolu. We eventually cornered it and it turned and attacked. I managed to get Riolu to use counter before it hit him. It took some damage but Riolu seemed to brush it off. I ordered Riolu to use quick attack, and while Eevee was off its feet, to use force palm. The Eevee fainted and I threw another pokeball. I caught it, tried to cheer, and fell over. Both Riolu and I were exhausted from chasing the Eevee down. We had ran quite a way, we rested for ten minutes before going to find Black.
“Hey!” I called to Black, who I could see resting against a tree with Dewott and Herdier. As I got closer I realized he was asleep again. I noticed that his eyelashes were actually pretty long. He sighed softly in his sleep, muttering something about cookies and I giggled. Black really was cute. I sat down besides him, Herdier growled at me playfully as I pushed him over. I planned to just rest, but as soon as I closed my eyes, I fell asleep.
“Cassandra? Hey Cassandra.” Black’s voice gently roused me from my slumber. My eyes fluttered open to see Black’s face right in front of mine. I was too tired to blush, plus I’ve gotten used to being close to Black. I blinked several times, before realizing that it had gotten a lot darker.
“What time is it?” I asked, yawning. Black had already gotten up and offered a hand to me. I grabbed it and he pulled me up.
“It’s 8:30, we were in the park for hours,” He said. “Plus we slept several hours here.”
“Woah,” I said, jerking awake. “Then we need to get going. I don’t want to walk through the sewers at night.”
“It’s okay, I’ll protect you.” Black said cheekily, flashing a bright smile. His teeth were really nice, they were white and strength. I wondered if they had dentists here.
“I don’t need protecting.” I huffed, puffing out my cheeks. Black always teased me, sometimes it was cute. However, other times it reminded me that my crush wasn’t reciprocated.
“I know, you’re a tough girl.” Black said. “But we should still stick together, especially in the dark.”
“You’re right,” I said, stretching. “Let’s go.”
We walked quickly through the sewers and walked through the city to the pokemon center. I think I saw some team plasma goons hanging out at a street corner, but I didn’t tell Black. They didn’t appear to be doing anything but I’m sure they’d be causing trouble tomorrow. I simply stuck closer to Black, still I secretly hoped I’d get to see N again. I immediately felt guilty, team plasma would probably hurt people and pokemon.
We went into the pokemon center and healed the pokemon we caught. Black had caught a level 16 Pidove. My Skitty was level 15 while my Eevee was level 19. I also checked up on Riolu and was presently surprised that he was level 20, and knew copycat instead of feint. Skitty had the ability cute charm while Eevee had the ability of anticipation. That examined why it shuddered when it saw Riolu, force palm does double damage on normal types. Both of my pokemon were female while Black’s Pidove was a male. I decided to simply check their moves tomorrow with Black’s pokedex.
We went back to our room, I still couldn't believe pokemon centers had free rooms for traveling trainers. I left Riolu out of pokeball but Black withdrew Dewott and Herdier. They were too big to both be in his bed. I left Skitty and Eevee in their pokeballs, they would have to get used to me first.
I had a nightmare that night. I was in a forest with tall smooth trees that seemed too close together. They loomed over me ominously. I was alone and had nothing, even my watch was gone. I rubbed my wrist where it usually sat, feeling almost naked with it gone. I was wearing the pajamas I had fell asleep in. I was wearing cotton shorts and a t-shirt. They weren’t exactly warm, I shivered and rubbed the goosebumps on my arms.
I looked around, seeing everything through a kind of haze. I know I was dreaming but I felt little control. I stayed in place, I simply leaned to the side and scratched one leg with the other. I didn’t plan on moving until a cry broke out somewhere.
“Riolu?!” I shouted desperately, he sounded hurt or in pain.
Suddenly the forest was full of cries. I heard Black and Riolu’s pained cries most clearly. However, Mrs. Floccesy, Black’s pokemon, the pokemon on the ranch, and even the family I had left behind in my world could be heard crying out in pain. I tried to remind myself that this was a dream, but it all seemed so real.
Before I could stop myself, I started running. I ran all over, never catching up to the voices. I chased different ones until I saw a clearing with a figure in the middle. I tripped into it, scraping my leg. A hand was offered to me and I was shocked to see it was N. He pulled me up and into his arms. I looked up at him, he was smiling sadly. I gasped when the world suddenly fell beneath me.
As I fell I could still see N, he was riding Zekrom, the legendary pokemon. It almost appeared as if he were crying, but he did nothing to help me. Behind him I could see Ghetsis, grinning evilly, like a Sharpedo. He put a hand on N's shoulder and N’s eyes turned cold and lifeless. They turned away and my sight was engulfed by darkness.
I jolted awake in terror, breathing rapidly and clutching at my chest. I felt as if my heart would beat out of it. It was the middle of the night and no one else was awake, I hadn’t even startled Riolu awake or knocked Togepi’s egg on the floor. After several deep breaths, I calmed down. I prided myself on being a rational and logical person. It was just a dream. I was probably worried about Team Plasma as I had seen them yesterday. The best thing to do would be to get some rest.
I fell into a dreamless slumber. When I awoke for the second time the dream was a wisp, it disappeared from my thoughts.
That morning both Black and I took showers. I tried to have Black's Pidove use air cutter on my hair, but it didn’t end well. It dried it out, but the tangles were a mess. I told Black to go on without me as it would take an hour for me to comb it all out. I first checked my new pokemon moves on his pokedex, then sent him on his way.
When I got outside I released Skitty and Eevee. Eevee seemed confused, but it didn’t run away. It gave me a suspicious look but walked alongside me, opposite of Riolu. The Skitty leaped into my arms and purred. I carried it and scratched it ears for it. It cried happily and Riolu gave it a jealous glare. I nudged him and gave him a reassuring smile.
Suddenly the sound of crying drew my attention. I frowned and shifted in place hesitantly before heading towards the sound of crying. A young boy was crying holding a Magikarp. He looked about ten, but tall for his age. He had short straight brown hair, brown eyes, and his nose ran like a faucet. He reminded me of my brother, and I approached him slowly.
“Are you okay?” I asked the boy. “What's your name?”
“I’m Max,” the boy sniffled out through his tears. “Team plasma stole my pokemon.”
Oh no, I got involved in something troublesome. I was going to help anyways, if I left the guilt would haunt me. Hopefully team plasma will be weak like they are in the games. Maybe I’d be able to see N too. I might be able to convince him that Ghetsis doesn't really want to help pokemon.
“I’m Cassandra,” I said. “I’ll help you get your pokemon back. Do you know which way team plasma went?”
“I heard they them say something about Prime Pier.” Max said, wiping away his tears in hope. “I can take you there. I want to get Zorua back!”
A Zorua? That’s a pretty rare pokemon, I think N has one. No wonder they stole it. I noticed they left the Magikarp, I might have laughed if the situation wasn't so serious. I put a comforting hand on Max’s shoulders and he wiped away his tears. I grabbed his hand and gave it a comforting squeeze. He then lead me through the streets of Castelia City to Prime Pier.
A tall black ship loomed in the harbor. I saw some team plasma grunts patrolling the deck. I instinctively wanted to charge right up to them, but I suppressed my rage. I told Max to sneak aboard with me, returning all our pokemon to their pokeballs. We managed to get aboard, in one room we found uniforms. I put one on and pretended to take Max prisoner. He’s too young to be a part of Team Plasma, but I could claim that I caught him trying to sneak aboard.
I pulled my hood low and we managed to walk down through the ship without drawing attention to ourselves. I even managed to get a Team Plasma grunt to spend the door to the stolen pokemon for me. I convinced them that Max still had valuable pokemon. When we got inside I dropped my hood and let my hair out. All of my hair was heavy bundled up in my hood, plus it was hot. I sighed in relief, no one was inside. Getting Zorua out would be easy, Max still had it’s pokeball.
However, as my eyes adjusted to the dim light I realized there were many pokemon contained here. There were rare ones, ordinary ones, weak ones. They had stolen many different types of pokemon. I chewed on my lip, trying to think of a way to get them all out. I quickly realized there was no way to do this quietly.
“Max, don’t put Zorua in this pokeball.” I said to him.
“Why not?” he asked, confused.
“We are going to rescue all these pokemon.” I said. “We're also going to need everyone's help. Come on out guys.”
I released Riolu, Skitty, and Eevee from their pokeballs. I instructed Riolu to start breaking the cages with force palm while Skitty and Eevee guard the door. Riolu’s breaking of the cages made a racket, so I instructed everyone to plug their ears and Skitty to use sing on any team plasma grunts who made it through the door.
Minute later, a female team plasma grunt burst her way in. Skitty used sing, it made the grunt woozy but didn’t put her to sleep. She probably couldn't feel the full effects with her hood blacking out part of the song. I instructed Skitty to use tackle on her while Eevee used swift. It knocked her to the ground and I jumped on her. We wrestled for a bit, but ranch work had made me much stronger. I punched her in the face and stomped on her stomach, knocking the wind out of her. It was probably much worse then my pokemon’s attacks. I was letting out some of my rage on her, I really hated team plasma. More so than any other team in the games. The others had at least been honest about their true intentions, they didn’t try to pretend they wanted anything less than world domination. Plus Ghetsis had manipulated N, my favorite character from the games.
Anyways, I ripped off part of her uniform and used it to bind her hands and gag her. I shoved her into one of the pokemon cages. It was a tight fit, she couldn't move. She glared at me, but I simply stuck my tongue out and had Riolu force the door shut. They’d have trouble getting her out. I considering spitting in her face for good measure, but decided to spend my time trying to pick locks Riolu hadn’t broken yet. Skitty and Eevee stood guard at the door. At this point many pokemon had been released and they stood with Eevee and Skitty. Riolu had apparently told them what to do.
As we sprung the last cage three grunts stormed the room. They were all male, and a lot bigger than me. Luckily, the freed pokemon attacked them. Using this opportunity, I ran with Max and my pokemon. The other pokemon followed after giving the grunts a piece of their mind. For a minute there, I thought we were home free.
However, reality is never as sweet. One of the seven sages appeared. I never bothered to learn any of their names, but their clothing set them apart.
“I am one of the seven sages of team plasma. Ghetsis, another of the Seven Sages, will liberate pokemon with words alone!” He said. “The remainder of the seven sages have ordered their compatriots to take pokemon with full force. I will not allow some children to destroy our work.”
“Bring it on,” I said, in what I hoped was a confident tone. My stomach was actually squirming with nervousness. I was just a kid, how I was supposed to do anything. “I’ll make you a deal. If we have a double battle, and we win, we can go free with all these pokemon and you won’t send anyone after us. If we lose you can take back all these pokemon except for mine and Max’s.”
“Did you really think I would agree to something like that.” He asked scornfully.
“Oh yeah, there is always the third option,” I said with a Cheshire cat grin. “We, me and all these pokemon, will physically take you down. I’m considering permanently maiming you as well, we wouldn't want you coming after us so quickly. So what’ll it be?”
The sage seemed shocked, he clearly hadn’t anticipated I would threaten physical violence. I was pissed however, the suffering of all these pokemon had ignited my rage. In real life I could make any choice wanted. I doubted words could get through to him so I decided to use threats. I was afraid that even if I beat team plasma goons in battle, they could still attack me. Just because they lost with pokemon didn’t mean they couldn't take me on man to man, or man to woman in this case.
“I guess I have no choice,” He muttered. “I accept your deal.”
“Good, by the way if we catch grunts following us after we win, I will come back for you.” I said, hoping to scare him. I wasn’t sure how intimidating I was as a seventeen-year-old girl.
The battle ended pretty quickly, Max’s Magikarp evolved into Gyarados. Then it was all over. We left with all the pokemon. Some ran off, presumably to find their owners or to live freely in the wild again. Others seemed afraid and stuck with us. We went to the pokemon center and the nurse Joy promised to find the pokemon’s owners. A Litleo, a pokemon not found in Unova, appeared to have become attached to Max. I doubted it had an owner, it was probably stolen from Kalos. When Max and I said our goodbyes the Litleo went with him.
I wandered the city looking for Black. I stopped to get a bite to eat, jail breaking made me hungry. I also sold my bone to some weird guy for 10,000 pokedollars. I knew it was valuable. I eventually found Black and we decided to postpone our battle. We went sightseeing, occasionally battling some trainers along the way. I told Black all about my adventure on the team plasma ship. He got angry, demanding to know why I put myself in danger. I retorted snappily, knowing he would have done the same thing. We drifted apart and I did some more training to take my mind off our fight. Eevee seemed to like me more now, she let me hold and pet her. Eventually, both Black and I returned to the pokemon center. We made up and went to bed. I could have sworn that as I closed my eyes, I saw my Togepi egg move, just a tiny bit.