The Deadline pt 2Ruby kneeled before Ash as he slept. Seeing what she was doing, Ashton called out, "Um Let's give these two some time alone, shall we? Everyone hide." Taking Ashton's word for it, everyone present ducked behind the fallen pillars that littered the area. However, as Ho-Oh was simply too large, Ashton climbed onto her back and made a hand sign. "Be still, my lady." A moment later, the two were engulfed by a puff of white smoke. Ho-Oh whispered, "Are you certain they can't see us?" He nodded, "As long as you remain still." To the eyes of everyone else, Ashton and Ho-Oh seemed to be a large boulder. Ruby then took a deep breath as she gently caressed her lover's face. "Ash Please, wake up Let me see you smile again "
She nearly did not believe that Ash would ever wake up. Yet, as Ruby nudged him, Ash slowly began to stir. After a moment more, the eyes of the Devil of the Eternal Flame opened as if for the first time. Ruby was at a loss for words as he gazed up at her
The Deadline pt 1The sun began to rise over Oreburgh City as Ashton gazed out from his hotel window. He sighed in disappointment and despair. He and his companions had searched every source of information in the city, with Chiara even going so far as to search online for the data they needed. Aurora's return did nothing to aid in their search. Even after four weeks since they began seeking out Ho-Oh, Ash's resurrection was still beyond their reach. The phoenix was proving to be just as elusive as Ashton had claimed.
Zandria woke up and glanced around, seeing Ashton staring out the window at the city. "Ashton " The viscount turned to face her, "It has been nearly a month since that night. And we are still no closer to finding Ho-Oh than we were when the search began." He then slowly started to get dressed, "Gather your gear. We aren't going to find what we're looking for if we remain in Oreburgh City." Zandria nodded, "Where should I tell the others to gather?" Ashton replied, "The lobby .. No
The Search Begins pt 2Feeling that searching the Oreburgh City Museum for information on Ho-Oh was a waste of time, Shadow decided to search elsewhere. The Lucario began to wander around the city, searching for any libraries. But after a short walk, Shadow stopped at the sight of a fairly large building with a design that he seemed to recognize. "Where have I seen one of these before Vermillion City?" As he pondered the building before him, the sliding doors opened. Shadow watched as a young man exited the building with a Riolu that had yellow and turquoise fur. The Riolu seemed to be a bit dirty, leading Shadow to suspect that it had just been in a battle. The Riolu's Trainer held something up between his thumb and index finger to the sunlight. The object shimmered metallically. Shadow muttered, "That's ..a badge! This must be a Pokémon Gym!" Hearing Shadow speak up, the Trainer turned to face him. "Huh? Whoa! A wild Lucario out in the open?" Shadow took a defensive stance, "Don't get
The Search Begins pt 1"Hmmmm. Are you certain this is a tunnel that leads directly to Oreburgh City and not a mere cave?" Ashton stood at the entrance to what seemed to be a natural cave or tunnel to the east of Jubilife City. All of his companions stood near him. Kazeerah nodded, "Very sure. I've been all ovah Sinnoh, ya know. They call this the Oreburgh Gate fer a reason." The viscount threw up a hand, "All right, point taken." But just before he could take a step inside the cave, he stopped. "Come to think of it .." Ashton then turned to face Zandria, who was carrying all of Ash's gear in his backpack. "Zandria, hand me Aurora." The Zangoose nodded, "Just a sec." After rummaging through the bag, Zandria held a Safari Ball out to Ashton. Once he held the Safari Ball in hand, Ashton asked, "Um How does one release the occupants of these balls?" Lucash raised a hand, "Ooh! I know! You press the little button on the front first, and then throw it!" As instructed, Ashton tapped the round butt
An Impossible Quest Pt 2Upon reaching the lobby, everyone waited for Lucash and Sapphire to join them. They did not wait long as the two Lucario children emerged from the hall. Lucash sighed, "Wow Grandma makes awesome waffles." Sapphire then looked towards the group, "Mommy, you're awake! Did you sleep well?" Ruby nodded, "Yes. So well, I didn't want to wake up." Lucash then ran over to his father and gave him a hug, "You were out all morning, Daddy. Where've you been?" Ashton gulped as he discreetly made a quick gesture. In response, Ash reached out and tenderly rubbed his son's head. But the Lucario child raised an eyebrow, "Daddy, why are you so cold?" Chiara gulped, "Um Your father has fallen ill and has an unusually low body temperature at the moment. He is also prone to exhaustion and does not speak well right now." Lucash then looked up at his father to see him looking down at him with a blank expression, his lifeless eyes half-open. Lucash smiled, "OK. I'll be gentle."
An Impossible Quest Pt 1The rainstorm from the previous night still continued to blanket southwestern Sinnoh, though only as a gentle downpour without lightning. It was as if the very sky itself was aware of the tragedy that had occurred only hours earlier. The storm even seemed to blanket all of western Sinnoh south of the frigid north. Even as far north as the Skydiamond clan grounds.
Tia leaned against a tree, a hand over her right and only eye. She swayed occasionally, hardly being touched by the rain as the tree's branches shielded her from above. A voice spoke, "Lady Tia, what is wrong? You never slept." The Skydiamond Oracle approached her with an expression of worry on her face. Sensing her presence, Tia lowered her hand and looked towards the Oracle. "You should know " The Oracle stopped at the sight of Tia's eye. It was bloodshot from lack of sleep.
The Oracle asked, "Lady Tia, is it ..?" The Skydiamond Alpha nodded groggily, "I am ..haunted " The Oracle nodded, "I have been obse