Zebra Rider 6Chapter 6
Eric glanced about him as Wendy and Roger brought him up a hill on the other side of the lake. From the side he had slept on, the ground looked flat around the lake. But as Wendy explained to him shortly after her introduction, "This lake is full of surprises. And this is just one of them: at night, the mirage of Lake Genevieve fades, and a whole new realm may be viewed through its reflection. Nobody knows why. But it is genuinely true--when the moon rises, you can see a completely different world in the reflection, never touched with human hands. And I guess that in that different world there is a lake just like this one, and that when night falls there, our world's reflection may be seen. But the mirage isn't only the reflection--an invisible force prevents access to the other side of the lake during the day, but instead a false version. Night is when the hills and clif
The Commission Chronicles 8The Commission ChroniclesThe Commission Chronicles 88 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
Chapter 8: Revealed.
WHAT IS THAT?! My mom yelled. WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?! She was freaking out. Latias quickly turned invisible again, which didnt help the situation out any.
WHERE DID IT GO?! BRAD! GET OUT OF HERE! She shouted at me. MOM CHILL OUT! I had to scream just to be heard over her. Latias! Un-cloak! Not being able to see you is going to give her a heart attack! Latias reappeared and mom reached for something to throw at her.
MOM! WAIT! I yelled. She stopped and looked at me with a bewildered look on her face. Shes a friend! Watch! I looked at Latias, Come over here Latias. I said. Im sorry for the cornyness of this, Latias. But Im going to have to prove that your not a danger. I telepathed to her.
The Commission Chronicles 12The Commission ChroniclesThe Commission Chronicles 128 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
Chapter 12: Reclaiming.
NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! LATIAS! COME BACK!!! I screamed. HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN?!!! WHY?! WHY?! WHYYYY?!!
I rolled on the ground weeping uncontrollably. How could they take her from me?!?! I pounded the ground with my fist some more.
All of a sudden I came to my senses. I might be able to follow them! I thought as I jumped on the Lasyrboard and flew up into the sky.
But then the thought hit me. They would have left hours ago, and I didnt know which way to go. They could be anywhere right now.
I started to cry again. Latias Why ? I slapped myself and decided that I couldnt just stay there crying like a baby. I headed home to check the internet for whatever I could find on the circus.
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Chapter 5: Home.
As Latias and I drove home I thought about everything she said. The story she told about Latios, and the way she thought of me. And I couldnt help but wonder if it was really possible for somebody to be so cruel that they could take someone from someone else like that. The thought sickened me.
All of a sudden I was brought back to the real world by Latias, Are you okay? She asked. Not particularly. I said. I knew I shouldnt have told you that story! Now your all depressed. Im so sorry I loaded it all on you! She said guiltily. No, no! Im actually glad you told me. Granted it was really sad yes. But you got it out of your system, if I hadnt been here to listen to you Well, it wouldve driven you crazy eventually! That kind of emotion should never have to be bottled up.
The Commission Chronicles 1 Normality.The Commission Chronicles 18 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
I prefer to call it a choice, because I like to be different. Maybe that's why most of my friends are oftentimes five years younger than I am. Though it doesn't matter to me, I relate to them better than the popular people my age anyway.
As a nineteen year-old, I prefer video games and LEGOs to skateboards and cars. But today I'll be putting aside my electronic entertainment devices in favor of some good old fashioned quality time with Mother Nature.
At least I hope.
Walking into the hallway with my bags packed, I hear mom and dad 'debating' at the other end of the house. I already know what it's about.
“Chillax mom.” I stride into the hallway, trying to radiate some sort of confidence. “I got this.”
“Do you?” She looks back, s
The Commission Chronicles 3The Commission ChroniclesThe Commission Chronicles 38 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
Chapter 3: Conflict.
I woke up and looked around, my head was throbbing. Ugh!, what happened? I wonder how long Ive been asleep. I mumbled to myself. Oh, only about an hour or so. Oh, ok thanks. I said, all of a sudden I realized that someone was talking to me. I whirled around. Whos there! Show yourself!
I heard chuckling, and looked over at Latias and she broke into hysteria. HAHAHAA! Oh, you should see yourself right now! HAHA! I heard that voice in my head! And it seemed like it was coming from Latias! Wh-whats going on?! Do I have telepathy or something now? What did you do?! I asked, Yes, yes you do. Latias was still chuckling. Well how did I get it? She pointed to my chest. What? I looked down at the hole in my shirt and saw the crystal embedded into my chest. WHOA! HEY WAIT A MINUTE! WHAT DID
The Commission Chronicles 11The Commission ChroniclesThe Commission Chronicles 118 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
Chapter 11: Missing.
After I went to sleep I dreamed that I saw the P.A.O. complex again. Wheres the voice? I thought as I strained to try and see if I could hear anything.
Then, like it usually did, (Coming out of nowhere without warning.) the normal voice started talking again. To find the cave you must first release the prisoner I looked down at the complex, trying to see which building looked most like a prison. Where are they being held? I asked.
I was whisked away from the dream too fast to get an answer. I think the voice just enjoys leaving me with agonizing mysteries for fun. I thought.
I woke up and stretched my arms. Aaaaauuuuuughhhhmm!!! I yawned. Ooh, I dont want to get up. You awake Latias? I looked over at where Latias would have been. But
The Commission Chronicles 2The Commission ChroniclesThe Commission Chronicles 28 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
Chapter 2: Gift
The next day I woke up and was greeted by the sound of WHOOOOO! Yes Im awake Latias. I said, as she promptly started cooing and nuzzling me. "This is so cool! Shes like a really big pet! I looked at her again. No, theres no way that I can call her a pet. Shes a friend, she doesnt act like a pet. Shes just acts way too human to be a pet. I thought as I looked her wounds over. Wow! Youve healed a lot for only one night! I exclaimed as I examined her bandages. I bet pretty soon that youll be able to fly again!
She stared at me blankly for a second and then promptly broke the silence with, LAHT-IAS!! Well, my third day of camping and Ive already made a very interesting friend. It suddenly struck me that perhaps I wouldnt be able to keep her with me. Whatll happen when she
The Commission Chronicles 9The Commission ChroniclesThe Commission Chronicles 98 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
Chapter 9: Forging.
I was about ready to go to bed when my dad came into my room. Your mother was telling me you got a new pet Oh, my lord He stood there staring at Latias. Brad. What is that?! Latias and I looked at each other, and both had the same thought, Oh great, not again. My dad continued to stare. Please dont stare Dad. I said. It makes her feel uncomfortable.
Forget uncomfortable! He said. I just want to know what the heck it is! I shook my head. Her name is Latias. SHE, not IT, is a creature that I thought only existed in video games. WHICH by the way, I have now discovered is not true. And not to mention we two can communicate telepathically." I told him.
Prove it. He said. Latias and I once again looked at each other and sighed.
The Commission Chronicles 6The Commission ChroniclesThe Commission Chronicles 68 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
Chapter 6: Epiphany.
I woke up from the strange dream about the cave and just sat there. I feel like I just saw something really important. But I have no idea what the heck is was supposed to be! I said to myself.
I looked down at Latias who was sleeping like a baby next to me. Not until a few days ago did I believe that she wasnt supposed to exist. But then I found her. Alone, hurt, and in a kind of emotional anguish that I could never imagine, and hoped I would never have to imagine. And through a few bandages and a simple song I had made up on the spot, I made us the best of friends, friends that could never be pulled apart.
I never could have guessed that this would ever happen I said as I continued to stroke her head. Mmm-hm She mumbled as she lifted her head. Aughhhhh She yawned.
The Commission Chronicles 4The Commission ChroniclesThe Commission Chronicles 48 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
Chapter 4: Opening up.
Latias and I started to pack whatever we could before we headed back to my house. The way I figure it is, if the soldiers and the P.A.O have no idea who I am then I should be safe at home, for now.
Hey Latias! Hows about we tie them up with their own net? I chuckled. As much as Id like to. That probably wouldnt be the best idea. She said. Why not? I asked. Because they would probably be able to track your DNA from it. Remember, you touched the net too.
Good point. I said. In fact Ive been all over here. I stopped, suddenly I got an idea. I know! Their chopper is still sitting over there, we can siphon the fuel out of it and burn the area! That would probably destroy any traces of DNA I might have left! She looked thoughtful for a second,
The Commission Chronicles 10The Commission Chronicles 108 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
The Commission Chronicles
Chapter 10: Circus.
I woke back up after I had the strange dream and changed into my grubs. How am I going to explain this dream to Latias? I wondered. I swear the voice sounded kind of like hers.
(Oh well) Hey! Wake up sleepyhead! I thumped Latias head with my pillow. HUNH?! WHA?! She leapt up and looked around frantically, trying to see whom her assailant was. Then she looked at me. Holding my pillow.
Why I oughta ! I just grinned. Now, now Latias. You know how this always turns out. You never accomplish any damage to me because we both start laughing till our sides ache. I said, still grinning. She tried to hide a smile, but failed miserably.
Yeah! Yeah! I know, you win! She said, still hiding a smile. Well, looks like we need to get to wor
The Commission Chronicles 13The Commission ChroniclesThe Commission Chronicles 138 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
Chapter 13: Fugitive.
I looked back and couldnt believe my eyes. Those arent jets! I yelled. Ive never seen anything like them before!
The jets, if you could call them that, had rotating/pivoting engines on the sides making them extremely agile. They also had smaller engines on the tail for maneuvering and stabilizing. They looked kind of like a stealth helicopter, only with jet engines rather than rotors. And there were three of them. And each one had the initials P.A.O. on the side.
Oh, and did I mention the gattling guns?
Latias! Go! I yelled to her. NO! I WILL NOT LEAVE YOU! REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED LAST TIME?! She said. I stopped and looked at her. Then lets do this quickly! I said as I spun around and headed straight for them. Latias did likewise.
The College Drag, Part 5I got up Friday morning to a funny sight. Nestled right between my tail and my right leg was Mini Me. That paranoid cat hasnt gone near me since I became a dragon. He would run off every time I would walk in the same room as him. And now here he was, fast asleep right in the same uncomfortable spot he used sleep in. I couldnt move as long as he was there. I tried to fidget out around him, trying very hard not to wake him up. I didnt succeed though, his little gold eyes opened up and he stretched his arms out. He even yawned as he began to look around the room he was in. When he caught sight of me staring at him, his face said it all. Best I could tell, it was,The College Drag, Part 57 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
Oh crap, wrong room!
He just sat there in wide eyed terror, thinking this was it, he was going to die. I slowly reached my right hand out to him, trying to get him to smell it. Maybe he might realize that Im me. To my surprise, he actually smelled it. I thought hed run away. I just starte
The College Drag, Part 10Okay, the ref began, Since we have new people, I want to go over the rules. Rule number one, this is an honor sport, call your own hits. One hit and youre out. Anywhere on your gear or body is a hit. This includes wings and tails for all you dragons. I never thought I would say that, but now I guess I do. If it hits your weapon, its out. If you have a pistol, you can use that. Rule number two, there is a twenty foot safety kill range. If you get too close, call safety kill and it counts as a hit. If your weapon shoots over four eighty fps, then it has a forty foot safety kill range. This is a sniper rule. Rule number three, be polite. This is not the place for to go shooting your mouth off. You cause too many problems, you will be asked to leave and you will not get your money back. Youre all here to have fun, so lets all act like people and not douche bags. Now, lets re-shuffle the teams and get to playing some airsoft.The College Drag, Part 107 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
The Commission Chronicles 18The Commission ChroniclesThe Commission Chronicles 187 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
Chapter 18: Reconciliation.
WHATS THAT?! I telepathed to Latias. ITS THE ALARM! THE P.A.O. FOUND US! She yelled. WHAT?! I exclaimed.
ATTENTION ALL POKEMON! Mewtwos voice came over the intercom. ALL ABLE BODIED MALE POKEMON REPORT TO THE ESCAPE TUNNEL AT ONCE!
I looked over at Latias. What are they doing?! I asked. Theyre going to try and stop the P.A.O. from getting away! She yelled as she flew towards the exit tunnel. Wait! I yelled as I grabbed my Lasyr blades and flew after her, trying to think of just how I could help.
Latias! I yelled to her. This might be my chance to prove myself! She stopped immediately and I ran into her. Oof! She gasped as she got back up and looked at me.
The College Drag, Part 9We all just gathered around the back end of the Ford. Scales, Jake, Arcade and Ian all wondered over from the tents to listen to the story. Even other airsofters came over. Lurch and Mahoney came up on leaned on Pats car. Pat had a folding chair in his trunk, so he got a comfortable seat, lucky. James, Will and Lucas all just stood around; I guess they were curious too. All of us huddled around Wyraach made us look like kindergarteners listening to a teacher read us a story, what a weird class. I didnt really care, I wanted to hear this. I took my goggles off and righted my hat, it was story time.The College Drag, Part 97 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
It was just anotherrr drrrearrry London day. The fog that morrrning wasss prrretty thick, Wyraach started, I wasss on my way to corrrner grrrocerrry to pick up sssome thingsss I had forrrgotten forrr a dinnerrr I wasss putting togetherrr forrr that evening. I had forrrgotten to pick up the grrround beef and I needed it for the hamburrrgerrrs I was trrr
The Commission Chronicles 16The Commission ChroniclesThe Commission Chronicles 167 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
Chapter 16: The Resistance.
I stared in disbelief. Mewtwo?! I exclaimed. Mewtwo floated up and landed on the platform.
What may I ask, is the reason for this calling Aggrus? He telepathically asked. We have some unusual visitors. Aggrus replied.
Mewtwo looked over at Latias and I. Latias?! Your safe! He exclaimed as he rushed over to her. I could tell from everyones reaction that he wasnt the type to normally act like this.
Latias hugged him. Yes, yes Im back Mewtwo then realized that everyone was staring and composed himself. I feared that we would never see you again. He said.
He then looked over at me. And who is this? He said, I noticed him staring at me. I know youre reading my mind Mewtwo.
The Commission Chronicles 19The Commission ChroniclesThe Commission Chronicles 197 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
Chapter 19: Fitting In.
As I slept I began to listen for the voice to tell me something else. (I expected yet another aggravatingly mysterious quote.) But it never came. I just had my regular dreams.
When I woke up I looked over at Latias, once again she was right beside me snoozing happily. I smiled but then remembered that I hadnt had the voice tell me anything important like it usually did.
I wonder why the voice didnt appear? I thought to myself. I know I havent finished my quest. Have I?
I sat there and thought about what all I had to do. And thats when I realized that I had never actually been given a job to do. I mean, I had been shown the supposed Crystoldia a few times in a dream. But for the most part, I had basically commissioned myself to help Latias as my purpose.
The Commission Chronicles 7The Commission ChroniclesThe Commission Chronicles 78 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
Chapter 7: New Toy.
I woke up earlier than usual. Then promptly became bored, which is usually what happens when I wake up too early. So I decided to look through my art binder for fun. As I looked, I came across a picture I had drawn of several sword-like weapons that I always thought would be fun to have. Lasyr Blades, as I had named them. I had designed them as like an all-purpose weapon/tool. You could funnel blasts of energy from them, slice stuff with them, and my personal favorite. Put them together and ride them like a sharp-edged flying surfboard. But I knew that it wasnt feasible, or was it?
All of a sudden I pulled out a piece of paper and started scribbling down and working out all sorts of different numbers, measurements and equations. And I continued like that for several hours, until Latias woke up.
Hmm? Brad? Where are you? She looked aro
The College Drag, Part 6All I did was sit on the couch and eat because I was not going to get up and go somewhere else to just sit down again and eat. It wasnt long before all my food was gone and I just laid down on the couch to digest, no point in getting up on a lazy Friday afternoon. I finally allowed my mind to wonder again, probing the ideas that had built up over the last few days. I was just in the middle of a mental movie when I heard the sound of gravel popping, somebody was here. It didnt make sense for me to get up, I didnt invite anyone over.The College Drag, Part 67 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
Probably for Dad. I thought.
People come over for Dad a lot, he works a lot and people come over to see the progress on his work if its a shop job. Its when the screen door opened, followed by the kitchen door that I began to think something was amiss.
Hello! said an all too familiar voice in that high pitched, very cheerful voice.
Id recognize that voice anywhere; it was a voice I hadnt heard
The Commission Chronicles 14The Commission Chronicles 148 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
The Commission Chronicles
Chapter 14: Infiltration.
Im going to the P.A.O.s hideout?! I exclaimed. Surprised? It said. You have proved yourself ready, and just in time as well. For the guide becomes weak as we speak.
Oh yeah! The guide! I completely forgot about him. I thought. How do I get there? I asked. You will know Is all it said.
Ok, Im sick and tired of all these stupid mysteri-Ohhh! All of a sudden my head was filled with memories that I should never have known. I saw a large river traveling through a forest. I saw a mountain, and a valley. I saw all these different landmarks as I mentally zoomed across the forest. The landscape then started to become more mountainous.
Then there it was, I saw the P.A.O.s base. Tucked into a little niche in front o
The College Drag, Part 8I looked into the clear blue sky to see five dots that seemed to be coming this way. They looked like birds, but they were far too large to be birds. As they got closer, I could see the huge wings and long tails. Only one thing looked like that, dragons. My jaw hit the gravel road. Broad daylight in a heavily populated area, these couldnt be with the same dragons that I had seen before. My mind was trying to find an answer to why these dragons would come here. There were a number of answers, but none made much sense. I could do nothing but stand there and stare as they came closer. They landed at the end of the parking road and just started to walk towards me. They were nothing like any dragon I had laid eyes on yet.The College Drag, Part 87 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
The most striking one was black and blue dragontaur. He had the lower half of a quadruped dragon, but the upper torso of an anthro dragon. I had barely seen artwork of such dragons and here was one walking right at me. He had to be about 8 tall; it was the fact
The College Drag, Part 11We got reloaded and it wasnt long before we were being called onto the field again. It was time for a speed ball game on the concrete and spool field. These are in rapid succession, you keep playing round after round till you run out of ammo or drop from exhaustion. The concrete tubes make for a field of chest high cover, well just over waist high for a dragon. The cable spool half of the field provides much better cover for dragons with the very tall utility cable spools and some low cover from fifty-five gallon drums. You can see the other team plain as day on the other side of the field, about three hundred feet away across all the obstacles. The ref did the shuffle this time. He just would point at a guy and tell him or her right side or left side. When it was all said and done, the teams were Lurch, Sam, Arcade, Grazel, Fridgebox, Kramer, Jason, Will, Mackey, Scales, me and Zack with half the Timmies vs. Pat, Mahoney, Wyraach, John, Jake, Element, James, Sparks, Ryan, NooMoaThe College Drag, Part 117 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
The Commission Chronicles 15The Commission ChroniclesThe Commission Chronicles 158 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
Chapter 15: Transformation.
The spirit of Latios shot towards me, impacting my chest. I felt a new life energy surge through my body, but not only my body. It surged through my mind as well, I had Latios memories, his powers, his life force.
I was rushed back to the real world, but I couldnt move. I looked around and everything was in a green haze. There were soldiers, the ones who threw the grenade just standing there. And they were staring at me like they had just seen a ghost.
I looked over at Latias, and she too was staring at me like she had seen a ghost. Brad Please dont go She said. What do you mean? I asked. All of a sudden the fusion of the crystal and Soul Dew in my chest started going crazy.
GAAAAHHHHHH!!! I screamed again. I felt my body twisting around. I could no