In the Mines
Josef had just entered the mines when he stopped something moving in a dark corner to the side.The figure in question was dropping a treasure chest.”Hello,who’s there?”he called out.The figure,startled, quickly whirled around to see who had spotted him.”Oh! Uhm…hello. I didn’t expect there to be anyone else in the mines”
“Well,I wasn’t either,so we’ve both gotten a surprised” Josef giggles a bit.”But anywho,who are you mister? And uhm,could you come out of the dark please?”
The figure paused for a moment,deciding if he should really reveal himself to his meowstic he just met.He does seem friendly,so I guess it wouldn’t matter,he thought.He steps out of the shadows.The figure in question was wearing a dark cloak with a hood;the only physical trait that was noticable was his orange eyes.”You may refer to me as Shadow.And you are?”
“Josef Espa.”he said,and then added that with a proud proclaim,”Pokemon Adventurer Extraordinaire! In Training”
“Well uhm..you sure have the charisma for it,”Shadow said awkwardly.”So you plan on exploring these caves in hopes of treasure,is that right?”
“Mhmm,yes I am!”Josef said,adding in a wink and a smile.”
“And you plan on doing that…without any weapons?”
Josef’s smile turns into one of awkwardness at Shadow’s question.He scratches his head a bit before saying,”Well uh,no.I didn’t bring any weapons because I wasn’t really expecting any threats in here.And if I was,the PokeMart didn’t have any weapons anyway.”
“Do you even know how to handle a weapon?”
Josef thought a bit before answering.”Welllll,I used to like swinging a stick around like a sword and pretend I was the most powerful swordsman in the world.And I did read a few books about swordplay.Does that count?”
“Well,you’ve had read about it,and you do attempt to emulate some techniques,so….possibly? Anyway,you’ll need something to defend yourself before you just rush in there.”He points to the chest that he placed just before this conversation even started.”Open that chest and see what you’ll find in there.”
Josef’s eyes widen when he said this.”Oh boy,my first treasure chest to open!”Waiting no time,he runs up to the chest and prys it open.Inside,there was a sheath for a sword with a leather strap attached,and the actual sword beside it.”
“Wow,a steel sword AND a sheath? Thanks Mr Shadow! Uhm,do I have to pa-”
Shadow quickly picked up what he was going to say.”Oh no no no,these are for free.I’m just glad to help everyone however I can.”
“Oh.Thank you again”Josef said with a smile. He proceeds to sling the sheath on his shoulder,and he took up the sword.The moment he did this,the PokeWatch suddenly spouted;
“A steel sword that Shadow granted to you.It’s not the most exciting of weapons,but it’ll get the job done”
“Uhmm,well thanks PokeWatch for the description,I guess?”Josef said before sheathing his newly acquired blade.
“Seems your PokeWatch has sensed you love for flavor text.”Shadow snarked.
“Oh har har.It is kinda cool thou”
“Now then,I’ll be accompanying you.As I said before,there might be some threats here,and you lack actual combat experience.”
Again,the PokeWatch chimes in.
Shadow has joined Josef’s party!
“I really have to get used to that”Josef said
“I’ll uhm,just be following close behind.”
“Alright! Let’s get this adventure started!”Josef runs off deeper into the mines,with Shadow trying to keep up.
-About a hour into the mines…
The mines turned out to be a lot deeper than the duo thought.Unfortunately there wasn’t a minecart at the entrance they could’ve used.It would’ve make this adventure a lot less tedious.In the meanwhile,Josef started asking Shadow some questions to past the time.
“So uhm,what exactly are you Shadow?”
“I’m a Marshadow,a genderless species that is Dark/Fighting type”
“Mar…shadow? I’ve never heard and or seen a Marshadow before.”
“Honestly I can’t blame you.Us Marshadows aren’t really the most….speakitive to other mons.In fact you’re one of the few people I’ve ever spoken to,now that I think about it.”
“Well,why don’t you?”
Josef,noticing that he may not get an answer if he’d try to press the matter,deciding to ask something else.”Soo,how did you summon that chest out of nowhere? Was it like your Unique Arts in action?”he said,an ounce of excitement in his voice
“Yes it was.I like to call them…..Spectral Arts. They allow me to-”
“Summon different objects with the power of shadows?”
Shadow was instantly taken aback at how quickly Josef was able to guess at the useage of his Spectral Arts.”Huh,you managed to guess pretty quickly just from seeing me summon a chest.”
“Well,it’s a requirement for an adventurer like me to have strong observation skills.”Josef proclaimed proudly.”I can also guess that you’re most likely dropping these chests to help people somehow.”
“Hmm…not bad.But can you guess how many regions I’ve placed these in?”
“I’ve placed them in every single region excluding here,in the Kalos region.”
Josef was surprised beyond any reasonable measure at this claim.”That…is…..awesome! How did you manage to do all that? How did you travel to each region? How did-”
Shadow put a finger to Josef’s lips.”Please.All of your questions will be answered in due time Josef,but please save them until we’ve finished with this little adventure,ok?”
Josef simply nods in agreement.
“Good.Now let’s continue.”Shadow keeps walking.
It was a little while later before the two started hearing a voice a little more into the cave,and some sounds of some rocks being thrown to the side.
“Oh for the love of Arceus,just how many more rocks do I have to go through before I hit the jackpot?”the voice groaned.
Josef stopped right there.”Hey,I think it was that lopunny I heard those mons at the tarven mentioned he was gonna stop by here.Let’s go meet him!.”Josef runs off,with Shadow on his heels.
It wasn’t long before they reached where the lopunny was.He was still moving some rocks around,and by the looks of things,seems to be doing some good progress.Appearance wise,the lopunny looked….rather tough,not really something you’ll expect from a species that is known for looking rather feminine,regardless of gender.His face screams of a man who has been in many a battle in his life,and he had a muscular physique to complement that. He was wearing only four things: a pair of jeans,a Muscle Band,fingerless gloves,and of course, a PokeWatch,his being a light brown.Noticing the duo,he turns around, and speaking in an equally tough voice,said:
“What the? Why’s a kid and some shady dark type doing ‘ere?”
Josef,seeing a chance to be all big with his introduction,replied with:
“I am Josef,Adventurer Extraordinaire,and this is my newfound partner,Shadow!We’ve heard word that there is spoils to be found in this cave,and we’re here to check it out!
The lopunny didn’t know what he should do.For all he knows,this meowstic is just some kid who figured he’ll play adventurer in a mine,and this Shadow guy might’ve tricked him into going deeper for some…purpose.He wasn’t the best at guessing,his fote was more on punchin’ and the like.Though,they don’t look like very bad folk.Feeling that he MIGHT regret this,he replied:
“Ok then,”Josef,Adventurer Extraordinaire,maybe you and your shady friend can help me out with these ‘ere rocks.That is,if you got the upper body strength for it.”
“Of course we got the upper body strength for it,right Shadow?”Josef said,flexing his arms,in an attempt to look as tough as the lopunny.
“Uhhh…yes” Shadow replied with an ounce of akwardness,doing a flex as well.
The lopunny attempted not to laugh at this.”Ok kid,you and your friend gots the guts,I’ll give ya that.Enough chit-chat,let’s get this rockcade out of the way!”
“Yes sir,Mr Lopunny sir!”
“The names Carson O’ Neal to you”
After a little more rock removing,the trio have finally found the “glow coming from the cracks.” Problem is,there was a wall that was right in front of them,oozing the glow that was coming from the cracks in it.
“Oh great,’nother wall.”Carson groaned.”Nothin’ I can’t handle thou,just gonna give it the ol’super powered right fist. You two might wanna stand back.”
Without another word,Shadow and Josef stand back to let Carson do his business.
Carson procceds to close his right hand into a fist,and circle it around and around till energy starts gathering into it.A few seconds of doing this,he throws a punch at the wall,all while calling out:
And with just that one punch,the wall was no more.
“Wow! He took out that wall like it was nothing!”Josef exclaimed.
“That’s just the tip of the rocks when it comes to me,”Carson said with a cocky grin as he walks into the room,with Josef and Shadow following.The moment they did,they stopped dead in their tracks at what meets their eyes.”Oh Arceus…what the hell is that!?”
“I-I don’t know.”Shadow stammers.
Josef just looks up in utter bewilderment.
The thing that meets their eyes….is a shadowly..something or other trapped in a giant ball that looks like it was made with glass,suspended in midair.