After the events in Giant Chasm went down, we took a few days to recover.
The members of new Plasma, now ex-members, either vanished, were arrested, or ended up with Rood, who vouched for their good character. Brandon went back to the ranch, doing what he's done - taking care of the stolen Pokemon and stolen eggs.
Alan went back to Aspertia, with Fluffy. He told me he'd see me around, but for now, he needed to be home, with his family, helping Fluffy to remember her home again. Fluffy was starting to warm up to him. I was glad. Fen, his Zoroark, stayed with Rood and the others to help round up other stolen Pokemon and get them back where they needed to go.
And I? Well, we rested in Humilau for a day or two. And then we continued on. The last challenge awaited us - the Elite Four.
We went up through the cliff passes, over hills and rivers, to the gate to Victory Road. There, the enormous gate activated when it sensed my badges. It was cool to watch the big doors slid into the ground, opening the way. Victory Road lay through a dark chasm in the ground, steps leading down into the tunnels. I wasn't ready quite yet, though. I wanted to train my team before heading in.
I decided not to train Fang, and Belle/Charlotte. I told Fang it was because I would use Maria and Gilda on my team of six for Victory Road. But Belle and Charlotte knew the real reason.
They were level 63. I didn't want their evolution to come. Not yet.
So we went to the cliffs to Audino Hunt.
I was training Marco when something RIDICULOUS happened. We were running around, searching for Audino. I peeked into one rustling bush, expecting to see an Audino - and instead I saw an Emolga. Not unusual. But then I took a double take -
The Emolga was brown and gold, and the light shone on him.
I threw a Quick Ball and caught him. Golden was just as stunned as I was. It couldn't be. The odds were too great. It was impossible. It couldn't be...
I released the Emolga out of the ball, and he stared at us. Very, very, very shiny.
It was ANOTHER shiny Emolga.
Golden flew down to him, staring up at him. They looked at one another. The other one was larger - he was a bit older. And his fur had a coppery reddish brown tint to it.
I sat down and stared. I still couldn't quite believe this was reality. This was impossible.
Golden sniffed the other shiny Emolga. "You smell...like me." He said finally, looking puzzled.
"You do, too." said the other one, in a baffled voice. "I mean, not a like-shiny smell. But something different."
Marco trotted over, taking this in much better stride than me. I was staring into space, just saying, "What. What. I mean seriously. WHAT."
The big Arcanine looked at the two of them. Then huffed. He leaned down and sniffed them both, then nodded. "Yep, it's pretty clear. You two are brothers."
"Brothers?" Golden looked at the bigger Emolga, his eyes lighting up. "For real?"
"Guess so." said the other one, a smile spreading up his face. "Gee, I always wanted a brother!"
"Well, great to meet you, brother!" Golden shook his paw warmly, then grabbed him in a hug. "Ha ha ha! I have a brother! How great is this?"
The other Emolga laughed too.
He didn't have a name, so I named him Bronze. Marco said they were probably half brothers, sharing father who had migrated, which was why they hatched in completely different parts of Unova. That father must have had a miraculous amount of "shiny" in his gene pool. Bronze and Golden became instant best friends, sharing stories about being ridiculed for being shiny, dealing with other wilds, that sort of thing. Bronze was happy to meet Gilda, too, and his little adopted nephew Copter.
Bronze is level 49, Relaxed nature, just like Golden, and Mischievous. He's definitely a "fun" uncle. He loves playing with the little ones, but he's very easy going too.
I sent him to the ranch, where Brandon was just as baffled as I was.
I'm still in shock. It still doesn't quite feel real. But, I guess it's cool that Golden found his long lost brother. I'm just still in shock.
I have caught...two...shiny Emolgas. That really shouldn't happen. But it did.
So I guess I'm not complaining.
Yep. Still in shock.
Remnants (c) me
Pokemon (c) Pokemon
(...Yup. Still in shock. Still, Bronze is pretty handsome. And yes, this STILL doesn't feel like it really happened. I mean...two shiny Emolgas...in the SAME GAME? Someone do some math and find the odds of that. It must be off the charts.)
Strength, Low Sweep, Return, Ice Punch
Faint Attack, Return, Night Slash, Wing Attack
Flamethrower, Flame Burst, Close Combat, Heat Wave
Fly, AncientPower, Earthquake, Iron Head
Belle (and Charlotte)
Crunch, Dragon Rage, Dragon Rush, Body Slam
X-Scissor, Earthquake, Sky Uppercut, Swords Dance
Leaf Tornado, Air Slash, Energy Ball, Solar Beam
Waterfall, Surf, Slash, Blizzard