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The Path of Destiny
Chapter Sixteen - A Risky Venture
Rosie was still shivering by the time the truck stopped. She was cold, hungry, and terrified. The vulpix tried to give a brave growl as a human lifted her cage up and placed it on the ground beside the truck and in front of a large building. Rosie could see no other human buildings anywhere nearby.
Rosie jumped, startled, as a human unlocked her cage. She lunged forward and the human stepped back, but as soon as her paws touched grass she was lifted up by her scruff again, and the human forced something around her mouth; something that held her jaws tightly closed. ‘A muzzle!’ she thought, outraged. ‘He’s making me wear a muzzle?’
Once the muzzle was secure, Rosie found herself being taken toward the building. She clawed and scratched, but the human didn’t even react to it at all, not even when she drew blood. She was carried into the building, past rooms she didn’t both
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The Path of Destiny
Chapter Two-New Allies
By nightfall, Darkclaw had returned. Blazefang had been waiting by a big jagged stone that was flecked with snow. Wildflame and his other companion, a young houndour named Boneclaw, were also crouched beside the boulder.
The murkrow swooped down low toward the ground, landing on the topmost point of the rock. Folding his wings, Darkclaw looked down as the three houndour gathered below. He began speaking, “I managed to hear two growlithe talking. They say the one with the crystal shard has gone to find Articuno, so he can bring back the snow and restore the land they’ve lost. Of course,” he added, noticing the houndour’s angry expressions, “She has little chance of actually finding that pokémon.”
Blazefang sighed. He knew the trials the houndour had faced in the past years. Food was becoming scarcer, and they needed every bit of territory they could get. For reasons unknown, the wasteland surround
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Morning came far sooner than expected, or at least, that was what Snowcrystal thought as she watched the sun slowly rising over the horizon, the growing light of sunrise doing nothing to brighten the dark thoughts that still filled her mind. There had been no sign of 'Master' all night, but Snowcrystal knew that he could still be lurking in the canyon, closer than any of the others thought, and yet they could not leave, not with Nightshade in such awful condition.
Everyone was edgy, nervous, and fearful, many of them wondering just when Master's super-powered pokémon were going to ambush them. They all felt trapped and helpless, too worried even to hunt, the thought that there had been no sign of Master not exactly comforting.
Alex and Redclaw had tried to get food for Nightshade from some of the nearby trees, but the sap proved too difficult to collect and bring to him. Nightshade was growing weaker. As a pokémon that needed t
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The Path of Destiny
Chapter Twenty - Deception
“Still no sign of him?” Wildflame asked Snowcrystal as the growlithe returned to the clearing, looking defeated.
Snowcrystal shook her head. “I’ve looked everywhere around here,” she replied. “And all this mud and rain disguised his scent, so I couldn’t even follow that.” She was worried; they still hadn’t found Stormblade, and she would have thought that an injured scyther would be easy to track.
Wildflame nodded and was about to reply when Spark came stumbling back to the clearing, his spiky fur plastered with mud. “Thunder’s gone,” he stated rather simply before tiredly collapsing in a heap.
“What?” cried Snowcrystal, running over to him. “I thought you knew where she was!”
“I did,” Spark mumbled, lifting his head. “I knew where she was. I don’t know anymore.” He then lay his head down again.
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Chapter 44 - The Start of the Mountain Journey
As the group traveled and got ever closer to reaching the mountain, Snowcrystal began to notice that it felt colder. It was a welcome feeling to her, but she could tell that a few of the others were a bit unnerved by it, and Thunder was constantly shivering. She knew the cold winds were coming from the direction of the mountain, and wondered if the cold had something to do with Articuno, or whether the mountain was just naturally that way. The massive stone monolith ahead of them loomed ever closer, and Snowcrystal hoped that they would reach it by the end of the day.
“There’s a stream over that way,” Alex called from up ahead. The floatzel stood and pointed, the wind whipping through her fur. “It’ll take a little while to get there, but there should be lots of prey…”
“It’s too far out of our way,” Wildflame replied crossly, narrowing her eyes against th
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The Path of Destiny
Chapter Thirteen - A New Threat
At first, the wandering aipom had no idea that he was heading in the direction of two large predators. However, luckily for him, the moment he came upon Wildflame and Thunder, they had been distracted by something else. Quietly bolting up a tree trunk, he watched them curiously for a few seconds, then scampered back toward the area where he’d seen the other scyther before. This was certainly strange…what on earth would two scyther and a houndoom be doing here?
Wildflame was losing her patience. Thunder had scared away every prey pokémon they had managed to find long before either of
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The Path of Destiny
Chapter Twenty One-The Hope of Escape
Cyclone was lost.
All the vaporeon could see was sand. In every direction, there was nothing more, simply miles upon miles of sand and dunes. Where was his trainer when he needed him? Gone. Long gone. Miles away by now. He would never find him again, and truthfully, he didn’t care. That boy was a traitor.
The vaporeon wearily stumbled across the shifting sand, ignoring the pain that seared across his scorched paw pads. He was far too dehydrated to manage even the simplest water attack, even now, when he needed it most. He regretted the day he’d made the decision to travel with the boy instead of being released into a forest. But the water stone had been far too tempting.
As the weary pokémon carried on, his paw slipped, and he was sent crashing into the burning sand. Why had his trainer been foolish enough to think he could travel all the way through this desert? He was probably just as lost…that fo
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Chapter 51 Searching
It was later in the evening when Justin, Katie and Damian returned from the library. All the pokémon waiting for them sat up eagerly, but Snowcrystal could immediately tell from the look on Damian's face that their search hadn't been successful.
"Nothing " Damian sighed as he released his pokémon into the clearing and sat down on the grass.
"There's still a lot more left to search," Justin reminded him, sounding a bit more hopeful. "And some of the books we wanted were taken. We'll just wait until they're brought back."
"That was pointless," Katie muttered, "we only found the same stupid story over and over again."
"I guess we'll try again tomorrow," Damian sighed.
"Well, Justin and I are going back to the hotel then," Katie said with a shrug, starting to walk in the other direction.
"You are going to help us tomorrow " Justin began, "...aren't you?" Katie mumbled something in reply that Snowcrystal couldn't hea
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The following morning, Damian told Justin, Katie, and their pokémon everything that they had missed the previous night. Snowcrystal hadn't been happy to see Justin return, but she was glad to see Spark, who, despite the drama of the previous day, seemed happier than she'd seen him in a long time. Ever since he had reunited with Justin, the jolteon hadn't left the human's side.
Everyone seemed relieved that Damian had been right; no trainers had ventured this way, but it was near enough to the city that the humans didn't have much trouble going back and forth between the buildings and the pokémon resting place. All of Damian's pokémon, minus Scytheclaw, were out of their poké balls; Snowcrystal noticed that they all looked intensely interested whenever someone mentioned the Forbidden Attacks.
Now, Snowcrystal realized, they were going to be discussing how they were going to search the library. Snowcrystal couldn't help
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The Path of Destiny
Chapter Nineteen-A Change of Plans
Snowcrystal was having a dream again; one very similar to the one she’d had before. She was back at the mountain…or was she? It seemed like the mountain, but everything around her was hazy, and she seemed to somehow be in another area at the same time. It was almost as if the mountain surroundings were actually a thick mist which she could barely see through, and that she was really in a place she had never seen before.
The cages containing strange pokémon were back, only this time, she was trapped as well, though not in a cage. A chain, much like Thunder’s, was around her back paw and driven deep into the snowy ground; she could not pull it out. Oddly enough, she wasn’t very concerned at all with her own predicament; she just wanted to help the other pokémon. And one of them was speaking to her.
“Stop trying…there’s nothing you can do! Not anymore!”