As Tommy Junger stood over the lifeless body of his fallen nemesis, he
began to cackle. “What a glorious day for me! Not only have I killed
this wretched girl, I have secured the success of my son, my promotion
to Administrator, and, once we take over the world, my name will be
cleared of all wrongdoing!”
Continuing to gloat, Tommy had failed to notice Lisa’s eyes open. With
one swift leg sweep, she tripped the old man, taking him by complete
“What the hell happened? You… How on earth did you survive?!” he
stuttered as Lisa rose to her feet. Still on the ground, the elderly
Thrash member holstered his .40 caliber pistol and repeatedly pulled
the trigger, failing to remember that he had emptied the weapon.
Lisa pulled open her bullet-riddled coat to reveal the secret to her
survival – full body armor covering her from neck to ankles. Each of
Tommy’s six bullets had made their mark on the woven black surface, but
none had penetrated the armor.
“Let’s do some math. Three layers of Kevlar plus two solid steel trauma
plates equals… no revenge for you! Sure, it isn’t as comfortable or
cute as my dress, but I’ll learn to live with it. In fact, I already
have!” Lisa grabbed her chest. The bullets might have been stopped ,
but they still left a stinging sensation from the impact.
Tommy pulled himself up and made a beeline for Lisa, his fist ready to
land a punch to her face. Reacting in a flash, Lisa whipped out a small
device from her pocket. Fifty-thousand volts and some crackling noises
later, the old man found himself grounded again, this time with his
body convulsing and spazzing as he lay helpless.
“Well, Jolteon packs a bigger punch, but, oh, well. See ya later!” Lisa
waved at her incapacitated rival as she made her way to the boss’s
penthouse, still clutching her chest. She waited a few minutes for the
pain in her chest to subside before opening the door.
Confidently, Ein commanded, “Return, Rhydon.”
“Excellent work, Jynx,” said Lorelei.
As the two Pokémon were returned, the opponents – Tony and Betty – were flabbergasted.
“Dammit, Ein… Why can’t I beat you at anything? Pokémon battles, math
class, even trivia night at Baxter’s… You’re always showing me up! Why?”
The scientist smirked. “It is because, quite frankly, I’m smarter than
you. If you would like me to explain further, you’re free to make a
phone call to me from prison. Now, if you’ll excuse us…”
“To hell with you! Come on, Betty, we’re off to TJ McTipsy’s! I need a beer!”
“I suppose I could drown my sorrows with some Jack and Coke…” the woman muttered as the two administrators fled in defeat.
“Heh. They’ll be tackled by a swarm of cops before they even get their drink order in,” Lorelei mused.
Before Lorelei and Ein started up the stairs, they heard someone calling out to them.
“Hey, you guys! Sorry we’re late!” Alexis yelled as she and Shannon
made their way toward their partners, making sure to duck underneath a
final brass Growlithe statue.
“Don’t worry about it. Now, we need to make our way to the rooftop. I
have a feeling Lisa may need our assistance,” Lorelei replied.
Shannon nodded in agreement. “Right. Let’s go.”
The quartet of trainers made their way to Bart Sy’s chamber without
further interference. Arriving at the door, however, they discovered
that the boss had locked himself and Lisa inside the penthouse.
“Great… we can’t get in…” Ein muttered. Whipping out his cell phone, he
called the police officers outside. “This is Ein. The building is
clear, but we need to have a battering ram brought up to the roof. And
watch out for the brass Growlithe heads on the walls – they have motion
detectors and shoot laser beams if you trip them.”
“I just hope Lisa’s okay in there…”
“So, Miss Northwood. We meet again.” Bart Sy let out a sinister,
mechanical chuckle as he drank from a wine glass. He had removed his
face mask, but his huge red hood and wraparound shades still hid most
of his face. The teal-haired Ardos stood next to his boss, arms folded
flat across his chest. Both leaders had wicked smirks plastered on
“Cut the formalities. We both know you wanted me to come here. What do you want from me?” Lisa spat at her nemesis.
“Long story short, my Pokémon will kill you here so I can unleash an
army of supercharged Shadow Pokémon on the world and take over this
Lisa scowled and folded her arms across her chest. “Seems pretty
extreme for someone who’s following some crazy religious prophecy.”
Bart Sy let out a laugh. “So you believed that too? Please. The
‘religion’ and ‘prophecy’ were both complete bull. It’s just a story I
made to get mindless fools to follow me. But the part about me wanting
to make all Pokémon obey humans is completely true. I started with a
Meowth just like you. Unlike yours, mine refused to obey me. Cost me a
year of my life, moping around and trying to figure out what to do next.
“Then I came up with a plan that would spare anyone else the hassle of
putting up with disobedient Pokémon – turn them into mindless, soulless
Shadow Pokémon! And now, my glorious dream shall come true! Feel
honored, Miss Northwood; you shall be the first witness to MY Shadow
Pokémon’s awesome power! Of course, you will also be the first victim
of that awesome power, but those are the breaks.”
“Not if I can help it!” screamed Lisa, shaking her fist at the hooded man in red.
“You cannot do anything,” Ardos told her. “You shall die here in this very room, and so will your Pokémon.”
“Think you can do anything? Then prepare for battle! I will use only
one Pokémon. You may use however the hell many you want to. Not that it
makes a difference on my part. Now, meet the first superior Thrash
Shadow Pokémon ever created! Welcome… Pikachu!”
Holding a black Pokéball with a red “T” emblazoned on it, the enigmatic
leader unleashed his Pokémon. The tiny yellow mouse appeared,
surrounded by a visible cloud of black energy. Unlike any other Pikachu
Lisa had ever seen, its eyes glowed a vivid scarlet, and its face had a
terrifying, demonic expression on it. Brimming with energy, electric
bolts were constantly shooting from the tips of its pointed ears and
its bolt-shaped tail. Instead of its cutesy squeals, this Pikachu let
out deep, thunderous roars of rage. Surprising for a creature of its
size, every step it took resulted in a small tremor.
“Wh… what have you done to that thing?”
Bart Sy performed an acrobatic forward flip, vaulting over his desk and
landing directly behind the Shadow Pikachu. “Exactly what should’ve
been done to Pokémon eons ago! We couldn’t hide its Shadow Aura because
of its added power, but it’s not like we’ll need to conceal it anyway!
Now, send out your Pokémon! You’re only delaying your inevitable death!”
“Heh. Come on. We’re waiting,” taunted Ardos.
“Fine! Let’s see you two try to zap Jolteon, then!” the girl screamed as she pitched forth her Pokéball.
The yellow Electric-type appeared, but after taking one look at who his
opponent was, he retreated behind Lisa, with one paw covering his black
“Look, I know that thing looks terrifying,” Lisa whispered, “but if we
can’t beat it, the entire world will be in jeopardy. Please, I’m
counting on you to try to do your very best.”
“Oh, stop being all lovey-dovey with your damn Pokémon and just attack,
Northwood!” Bart Sy glanced at his wrist with an annoyed frown on his
Jolteon stepped forward slowly, still shaking a bit. But he was determined to fight this monstrosity to the end.
“All right! Let’s show this thing what a real Pokémon can do!”
“Well, finally the fun can begin! Shadow Bolt!” commanded Bart Sy.
Roaring, the Pikachu sent a streak of shadowy purple energy shooting
straight up from the tip of its tail like a rocket. A moment later,
that dark energy came crashing down on Jolteon in the form of a
lightning bolt brimming with the same dark aura that surrounded the
Shadow Pokémon. The Electric-type cried out in pain as the sinister
attack from above left noticeable black marks on it bright yellow body.
“Oh, no! But… Jolteon’s supposed to be able to absorb electric attacks!” Lisa stammered.
“You fool! It only looks like an Electric attack! It’s actually concentrated dark matter! Just like this! Pikachu, Shadow Ray!”
“Jolteon, try an Agility to confound it, then move in for a Bite!” Lisa yelled.
As Lisa’s Pokémon began rapidly dashing around the arena, Pikachu began
gathering a black aura above its head. Not even paying attention to the
opposition, the sinister Shadow Pokémon let loose with a massive ray of
dark energy. The attack wasted no time in finding its speedy foe – and
blasting him off his feet. Meandering about as it homed in on its
target, the Shadow Ray struck right in Jolteon’s rear, sending the
unfortunate victim falling head-first onto the floor.
“We aren’t through yet!” the girl screamed. “Now, Thunder Wave to slow it down!”
Ardos gave the teen a sinister smirk. “End this crap with Shadow Slime!”
Pikachu was lightning fast in its assault, not even giving its foe the
chance to begin charging up its attack. Turning its back to Jolteon,
the crude and rude Shadow Pokémon launched a stream of smoky black
energy from its rear, splattering Jolteon’s face.
“Eew, gross!” Lisa scoffed as the disgusting attack smacked her
Pokémon, leaving a black residue behind. “Man, how can this thing pull
off so many attacks?”
Bart Sy boasted, “It’s because of all the extra Shadow energy we
crammed into it! We even discovered new, deadlier Shadow techniques
during our experiments! Like this one!”
As Jolteon tried to wipe the slime from its face with his front paw,
Pikachu charged in for a sneak attack. With its foot brimming with a
mysterious aura, it landed a hard kick to its enemy’s face. The brutal
strike knocked Jolteon to the floor and left a sizable mark on his
face. Breathing heavily, it struggled to its feet, with Lisa watching
worriedly, her knees shaking.
“Thunderbolt, Jolteon! Hopefully this’ll work!” Lisa’s knees were shaking and she pointed an unsteady finger at her opponent.
“You can hope all you want,” bragged the enigmatic boss, “but it won’t help you now! Not against a Shadow Pulse!”
The embattled Jolteon gathered up enough energy to let loose with a
yellow electrical charge. Despite hitting his target right in the gut,
the normally crippling move did nothing to slow the Pikachu’s assault.
By swishing its tail back and forth like a metronome, the mutated
Pokémon generated a circle of black smoke surrounding it. The sinister
ring began to increase in diameter as the attack spread out.
Knowing he could not dodge the attack, Jolteon tried to jump over the
wave as it approached. Although he succeeded in getting past the first
Shadow Pulse, Pikachu simply sent another one his way, and it was ready
to knock Jolteon off his feet as soon as he landed after his jump. With
his eyes closed, the spiky yellow Electric-type was too bruised and
exhausted to get up.
“No! Jolteon, come back and rest your wounds!” Lisa’s shaking hands
clasped another Pokéball. “Walrein, let’s try you!” the girl shouted as
she threw the sphere, trying her best to put on a façade of confidence.
Walrein took to the battlefield, letting out a mighty roar as he showed
off his enormous gleaming tusks. With the white fur on his head shaking
slightly, the walrus propelled his hefty blue body forward using his
powerful front flippers. Looking intently at his foe, he called out
again, and Lisa could sense the anger in his voice.
“That’s it?” sneered Ardos. “Child’s play. Pikachu, Shadow Quake!”
The tiny Pokémon jumped and performed a midair flip. Upon landing, wave
upon wave of dark energy began spreading out from the point of impact,
accompanied by the floor rumbling underneath. Each energy wave made
Walrein bellow in agony as they passed below him, while the tremor
itself shook up both Pokémon and Trainer.
“Walrein, I know that hurt, but please try a Water Pulse!”
Bart Sy mocked his teenage adversary, “Oh, what’s with all this
‘please’ crap? Honestly! Pikachu, time to obliterate this pile of lard
with Shadow Kick!”
Pikachu starting dashing toward its blubbery adversary. Walrein
attempted to stop it with numerous volleys of pulsating water waves,
but the acrobatic Shadow Pokémon skillfully sidestepped, jumped over,
and flipped over each one, finally getting close enough to it quarry to
execute a midair roundhouse kick, its foot brimming with dark purple
Despite being much smaller, Pikachu’s hit managed to knock Walrein
clear across the room in an unbelievable show of power. The hapless
Pokémon slammed against the wall as Lisa began to grab at her lab coat,
her legs shaking. As Walrein attempted to drag his bulk back into the
fray, Pikachu shot a pair of red beams from its eyes, compounding the
pain. The white tufts of fur on the Ice-type’s face showed bruises both
from the devastating kick and the twin laser beam attacks.
“Urgh! Walrein, use Water Pulse again! This is one fight we can’t afford to lose!”
“Pathetic little girl. Now you shall learn the true meaning of pain!
Shadow Slam!” Ardos gave Lisa a sly smirk, and she shot back a look of
Walrein took a deep breath and prepared to let loose another Water
Pulse, but Pikachu would not have any of that. Like a gymnast, it
agilely flipped over the attack. While in midair, it cloaked its entire
body in an envelope of black smoke. The tiny Pokémon came crashing down
directly on top of the Ice-type, eliciting a pained howl from the
victim as he slumped down. Pikachu flipped off of its victim and
launched a dark purple energy sphere at the hapless Pokémon,
compounding the damage.
Lisa looked on in fear as her Pokémon lay motionless. Slowly but
surely, however, the big walrus mustered the power to lift his head and
let out an enraged roar of his own.
“I’m not sure how that thing’s still conscious, but I’ll take care of that! Shadow Rush!”
“Walrein, stop it in its tracks with an Ice Beam!”
The vicious Shadow Pokémon began sprinting headlong at its much larger
foe. Not even a direct hit with Ice Beam could stop it; the attack
struck the shadowy rodent and splintered off into tiny shards of ice as
the Pokémon continued its head-first charge. Despite being much
smaller, Pikachu rammed into Walrein with more than enough force to
send the massive Water-type crashing into a wall.
Lisa didn’t need to ask Walrein if he could continue; the answer was
obvious by his lack of movement. With a panicked expression, she took
out the Pokémon’s holding sphere and withdrew him from the melee.
“Now, Flygon and Metagross! Let’s try strength in numbers! Go!” More
than just a small hint of nervousness was in her quivering voice as she
lobbed the two Pokéballs into the fray.
The chrome Steel-type emerged, its four-legged massive form easily
eclipsing its smaller opponent. Its piercing red eyes and gold ‘X’
plastered across its face gave the Pokémon an even more intimidating
look. Despite Metagross’ imposing presence, the diminutive Pikachu
refused to back down. But the steely Pokémon wasn’t going to retreat
either, as it willingly stomped and lumbered its way toward its foe.
Joining Metagross was Lisa’s winged green dragon. Still somewhat
resembling an oversized insect with her bulging red eyes, she flew up
by flapping her two large angular wings. She continued to fly overhead,
with the claws at the end of her short hands at the ready. Like her
partner, Flygon didn’t show a bit of hesitation, approaching the
beastly Pikachu with a determined look in her eyes.
“Trying to double-team us won’t work,” Ardos warned. “It’s time for a Shadow Blast!”
From above, an enormous orange fireball surrounded by black fog crashed
down directly between Lisa’s two Pokémon. Upon impact, a lava-like
orange wave consumed both Metagross and Flygon like a flash flood. Lisa
could only gasp and hold her hands over her mouth as the devastating
attack did its damage. As the remnants of the fiery assault subsided,
both Lisa’s Pokémon were left with burn marks all over their bodies.
“Oh, man! This looks bad! Metagross, try an Earthquake! Flygon, Dragon Claw!”
“Come and get us!” Bart Sy confidently had his hands on his hips. “Now, unleash a Shadow Pulse and show this girl true pain!”
Metagross stomped both its silver front legs on the floor, shaking up
the entire room with a massive quake. But the agile Shadow Pokémon had
jumped into the air to avoid the strike. It noticed Flygon charging at
it with her claws glowing and extended. Without hesitation, Pikachu
pulled off a midair backflip, landing on the dragon’s back.
Once on there, it began to pummel its ride with fists brewing with a
black aura. The repeated assault began to leave scars on Flygon’s back
as she began to descend. Pikachu noticed that the Earthquake had
subsided and jumped off the Pokémon, landing perfectly. Flygon
struggled to get herself airborne again despite her injuries, but the
sinister rodent was already planning its next move.
With a loud roar, the Pikachu began sending out wave after wave of
shadowy energy, spreading out in all directions in a circular pattern.
The attack was released in midair, allowing it to strike the airborne
Flygon as well as the grounded Metagross. As each wave hit, both Flygon
and Metagross cringed in pain, their eyes closing and their bodies
tensing up. Lisa reacted in much the same manner.
“Dragonbreath and Metal Claw! We can’t give up!”
“Nyaah, we can’t give up,” Bart Sy mocked. “Well, maybe I can at least shut you up! Shadow Laser!”
Pikachu appeared to be charging up energy. Taking advantage, Flygon
landed and exhaled a cloud of yellow-orange energy that hit the
opponent directly. As soon as the remnants of the Dragonbreath
subsided, Metagross was waiting. Raising one leg high in the air, it
brought the hammer down, clobbering the much smaller Shadow Pokémon.
Lisa was hoping that the double-whammy would have interrupted the
Pikachu’s attack. Much to her dismay, Pikachu somehow emerged without a
single scratch on its body. Finally ready to unleash its attack, the
electric Pokémon fired off two brilliant scarlet lasers from its creepy
One beam fired straight out and struck the lumbering Metagross between
the eyes as Flygon began to take evasive maneuvers. But Pikachu’s other
laser beam began to turn and shoot toward its target. As if attracted
to a target on Flygon’s head, the attack looped and curved like a
rollercoaster until it drilled into Flygon right between her eyes.
While the second laser was tracking down the green Dragon-type, Pikachu
had fired off a third beam, once again nailing Metagross directly in
the center of its “X.”
Lisa’s already racing heart sped up even more as her Dragon-type came
crashing down, smashing right into Metagross as she landed. Despite the
hard hit, Flygon somehow gathered enough energy to take flight again.
Likewise, Metagross rose to its feet.
“Time to bury you. Use Shadow Tomb!” Ardos commanded.
“Hurry! Use Dragon Claw and Psychic!” came Lisa’s panicked voice.
Two cyclones of black smoke began enveloping both of Lisa’s Pokémon
before they even had a chance to strike. As the twin twisters continued
to swirl, the teen was unable to see what was happening to her Pokémon
within their gaseous prison. But the high-pitched cries of Flygon made
it clear that the tornadoes were causing some serious pain. After early
a minute, the smoke finally dissipated.
Lisa could do nothing except look on in fear as both Pokémon emerged
from the assault on the floor and unable to get up. “Oh, man, I don’t
know how I’m gonna beat these two!” The girl continued to shake and
Lisa tried her Weezing next, sending out the Poison-type in a flash
after calling her two Pokémon back. Loosing puffs of gray smoke from
the craters on her purple orb-shaped body, the Pokémon inflated one of
her twin heads while the other one shrunk. As she did this, small
flames also shot out of her body. Hovering in midair, she watched the
sinister Shadow Pokémon with half-closed eyes. Weezing was very slow
and hesitant to approach the demonic Pikachu.
“I’m sorry… I didn’t want to put you guys through this, but…”
The Poison-type nodded. She understood that this fight was of the
utmost importance. Gathering her nerves, she slowly floated toward her
“Pathetic,” Bart Sy remarked. “Now use Shadow Shard!”
The Shadow Pokémon’s body began to glow in a haunting indigo as a
flurry of razor-sharp projectiles came flying at Weezing. The ice-like
pieces were of the same dark color as the aura surrounding Pikachu’s
body, and the shards wasted no time in cutting up Weezing’s expandable
skin. Lisa let out a gasp of horror as her Pokémon emerged, looking
like she had been cut up by a knife.
“Weezing, Sludge Bomb it, quickly! We can at least try to poison that thing!”
“What, you think a little poison will stop me? Pikachu, time for a Shadow Uppercut!”
Pikachu’s fist became encased in a shadowy red aura as it ran toward
Weezing. The Poison-type was preparing to fire off her Sludge Bomb when
she was slammed from below. The uppercut launched her further into the
air, causing her to fire off her attack at the wrong time. Lisa saw the
heaping purple glob hurtling directly at her,
“Eek!” she shouted as she stepped backward, dodging the Sludge Bomb by inches. “I don’t know how we’re gonna beat this thing!”
“Oh, that’s simple! You won’t! Now, annihilate it!”
With Weezing still reeling from the last shot, Pikachu shot two red
laser beams from its eyes, hitting her just above the mouth and leaving
two sizeable wounds on her face. From high in the air, Weezing came
crashing to earth, while a panicked Lisa could do nothing but watch
helplessly. Breathing heavily, the Poison-type slowly brought herself
back into contention, even launching another Sludge Bomb. While this
attack did strike Pikachu in the gut, it seemingly did nothing to it.
“Give it a Fire Blast this time!” Lisa yelled, her heart racing and her fingers crossed.
“Most unimpressive,” Ardos said in his chillingly calm tone. “Shadow Tail!”
Weezing shrunk and expanded her heads alternately in preparation for
the fiery attack. With an agile forward flip, Pikachu hurtled into the
air, gaining more altitude than Weezing. Before the Poison-type had
fully generated enough heat inside her body, the Electric-type’s
bolt-shaped tail came crashing down on the top of her head, leaving a
deep gash and grounding her once again. Lisa’s jaw dropped as her hands
shivered nervously. Things just kept getting worse for her.
“Use Sludge Bomb! Anything to try and slow that thing down!” Lisa frantically yelled.
“Heh. Try a Shadow Slicer on for size,” Ardos calmly said.
By making a slicing motion with its tail, the small Shadow Pokémon sent
a blade-like wave of black energy shooting upward. The fast-moving
assault caught Weezing off guard as she was trying to form a Sludge
Bomb and smacked her underside, knocking her aside. Seeing her
Poison-type was ready to call it quits, Lisa quickly pulled her from
“Okay, Persian, I’m counting on you! This is our toughest challenge yet, but I need you more than ever!”
Lisa’s last resort was her starting Pokémon. Matching the Shadow
Pikachu’s demonic stare with a look of rage, the beige feline crouched
down and prepared to lunge at the creepy rodent. Her tail stood
straight up as she watched and waited for the perfect chance to strike.
Despite the lack of light in the room, the brilliant red glow of her
crown jewel was almost blinding. This was the one battle she could not
afford to lose.
“Finally you bring that mangy cat out!” yelled the Thrash leader,
giving his opponents a wicked smile. Noticing Persian screeching and
glaring at him, Bart Sy calmly said, “Oh, shut up. In a few moments,
I’ll make the both of you wish you were never born! Now, my pet, use
Black energy quickly began forming between the mouse’s pointed ears,
gathering into a sinister black sphere hovering over its head. With a
simple command of “Go!” from Bart Sy, the Pokémon unleashed its attack.
The ball of energy transformed into a narrow beam with a pointed end
that hurtled at Persian. Before she could make a move to dodge, the
attack had made contact, the sharp point of the beam striking her red
jewel dead center. The attack didn’t puncture the gem; instead it hit
with enough force to send Persian flying into a wall.
“Oh, no! Not a shot right to the face!”
Persian yelled in pain and covered her forehead with her front paw.
Despite not damaging her jewel, the attack had still left its painful
sting. Shaking her head, Persian suddenly made a beeline toward her
enemy, laying several scratches into its body before being forced back
by the Electric-type’s tail. Lisa had noticed that the Pikachu wasn’t
invincible; its body finally began bearing the scars and bruises of
“Persian! Use Protect!”
“Fine! I’ll just bide my time with Shadow Restore!” Ardos countered.
As the cat began throwing up a protective green sphere around herself,
Pikachu just stood there, enveloping its entire body in a cloak of
thick black fog. When the smoke dissipated, the wounds that Pikachu had
accumulated were gone.
“What? That thing can recover from its injuries, too?”
“Well, of course, you fool,” Ardos said. “Didn’t the boss say that this
is the ultimate Pokémon? It is invincible, and you were sealing your
own fate when you showed up here.”
“No… Even if I can’t defeat your creation, I will go down fighting! Persian, long-range attack!”
“Useless words. Becoming a martyr will not matter once I assume command! Now, Shadow Blast!”
The feline shot out a rippling wave of pulsing water and immediately
charged the Water Pulse with a sizzling blast of electricity. The
twin-element attack landed a direct hit on Pikachu as it was preparing
its attack, launching shadowy matter straight upward. In an instant, a
massive fireball descended, cloaked in black smoke. Though Persian
jumped to avoid the attack as it crashed down, she could not dodge the
waves of orange flame that emanated from the blast site. She was
forcefully knocked off her feet, but was quick to recover. Her legs
were burned by the Shadow Blast, but she continued to shoot angry
glares at Bart Sy.
“Whoa… Looks we dodged a major bullet there… Okay, let’s get up close and personal, Persian!”
“So, you want to get physical with MY Pikachu? Fine! Use Shadow Kick!”
The cat rushed in at its haunting adversary, slicing its body with her
claws. Pikachu seemed to welcome the exchange, as it let out a demonic
cackle before kicking Persian in the face. An explosion of black energy
followed the impact, and Persian soon found herself hurtling backward.
She remained on her feet and even shot a shadowy attack of her own at
Despite having a black sphere slam its face, Pikachu seemed unfazed.
Without needing a moment to recover from the hit, it charged in at
Persian, this time firing two red laser beams. Both hit the feline
Pokémon, just barely below her eyes, and caused her head to jerk back
“Uh, oh, are you okay?” Lisa worriedly asked.
Shaking her head to regain her senses, Persian took another swipe at
the wily Pikachu, but the Pokémon jumped backward to avoid the claws
“I hope you don’t actually think you can win,” said Ardos. “Nail it with Shadow Quake.”
“Persian, jump up and give it an Aerial Ace!”
The agile cat crouched down on her hind legs, ready to quickly spring
up. But Pikachu was just a touch faster, unleashing a vicious quake
accompanied by wave after wave of circular black energy that spread out
from the center of the tremor. The first hit knocked Persian off her
feet. Subsequent waves caused her to reel in pain as each struck. Lisa
gasped and nearly lost her balance as she watched her Pokémon suffer
multiple blows. Finally, the attack subsided. Letting out a deafening
screech, Persian fought the pain and brought herself back into
“Now for the finisher! Shadow Beam!” Bart Sy cackled as he gave what he believed would be his final command.
The demonic Pokémon launched twin dark red laser-like beams from both
eyes. The two converged in front of Pikachu, creating a huge ray of
shadowy energy that sped toward its target like a torpedo. Although
Persian was able to sidestep the shot the first time and get close
enough to her foe to land a quick claw swipe, the beam acted like a
The brutal attack found its mark, crashing directly into the feline’s
head and throwing her against a table in the room. Lisa began grabbing
at part of her lab coat, her heart racing. Persian was taking a very
long time to get back up, but the badly bruised Pokémon finally made it
back to her feet, although shakily.
After the last Shadow Beam had hit, Persian found herself breathing
heavily. The numerous battle scars on her fur were a testament to the
harsh, one-sided battle. Her four legs were wobbly and could barely
support her weight.
“So, it’s still standing after a Shadow Beam? I’ll take care of that!
This is the end! One more attack and I will have claimed victory! Now,
“Sir, what’s going on with Pikachu?” Ardos asked in a panic.
The Shadow Pikachu’s eyes were closed and its teeth clenched. It was
clutching its head in pain as the black smoke surrounding it began to
intensify. The ground around the small Pokémon was rumbling as rays of
white light began emanating from its body.
“Oh, shoot!” Lisa ran to her Pokémon and knelt down beside it. “This looks bad… I think it’s gonna blow!”
“What?!” Bart Sy boomed. “Doctor Tony told me he had perfected these
things so they wouldn’t blow! That idiot!” He and Ardos took cover
behind the desk.
“Persian, use Protect now!” Lisa yelled.
Gathering up her last remaining bit of strength, Persian created a
green bubble encasing both her and Lisa. Inside the Protect barrier,
Lisa closed her eyes and began praying silently.
A huge explosion ripped through the penthouse, obliterating the
structure as a massive plume of flame shot upward from the thick cloud
of smoke that blanketed the area. Lorelei and the rest of the tactical
team had retreated to the stairwell upon first feeling the quakes
beneath them. As the smoke cleared, the group made their way back to
the rooftop. Somehow, the roof had not caved in as a result of the
blast. Debris was strewn all over. The first thing that was visible
amidst the rubble was the huge desk. But Lorelei spotted something.
“Look over there!”
In the middle of the devastation, Lisa was there, with her body
shielding her Persian. As her allies approached, the girl slowly opened
“I… It’s over? Oh, Persian, are you all right? Here, I have something
for you. Drink this up, quickly!” She grabbed a bottle from her coat
As the girl administered the Hyper Potion, Bart Sy and Ardos emerged
from under the desk. “Dammit… That moron Tony Jackson! He lied to me!
Those pathetic Shadow Pokémon still explode!”
“Sir, Northwood’s Pokémon are weakened! Now is the perfect chance to at least get rid of her!”
“How true,” the boss cackled as he and Ardos approached Lisa as she
still huddled over her Pokémon. “We may have to start from scratch, but
at least we can destroy you first!”
“And you do not stand a chance. It’s all twelve of our Pokémon against only one of yours.” Ardos smiled tauntingly.
“Ahem…” Lorelei said as she approached the two men, carefully stepping
over the debris. “Aren’t you forgetting us?” She motioned to the four
trainers behind her. “We’ll all take you two on if necessary.” She ran
over to Lisa and helped the girl to her feet. “Recall your Persian. If
these two are still up for a fight, we’ll be happy to take over for
“Thanks…” Lisa replied as her Persian, with some of her wounds already
healing, disappeared into her Luxury Ball. As she put the sphere back
into her pocket, her fingers gripped another object.
Bart Sy rushed to his desk and pulled an AK-47 out of a drawer. “I’ll
kill every single one of you!” he bellowed. “But I’ll start with Lisa!”
Lisa whipped her hand out of her pocket and activated the TASER in her
hand. With the press of a button, Bart Sy screamed out in pain as
electric current flowed through his body. He dropped to the ground,
banging his head on the steel desk as he went down. Ardos started to
run toward his fallen boss, but Lorelei zapped him with her own TASER.
Dodging the rubble left in the wake of the explosion, Ein headed behind the desk and kicked the gun out of Bart Sy’s reach.
In the confusion, a group of police officers had made their way to the
roof. With Bart Sy and Ardos still incapacitated, the officers made
their way through the wreckage and restrained them before they could do
any more damage.
“No! This is unbelievable! How did it all come crashing down? Arggh… I
assure you, this is not the end, by any means!” Bart Sy continued to
yell out empty threats as he was led away in handcuffs. Ardos silently
followed, showing little emotion as he was escorted down the stairs and
out of the building.
Still breathing heavily, Lisa fell to her knees. “Wow… I still can’t
believe it’s all over… Thanks everybody… for your help today…But what I
need most… is a nice, long rest…”
“Alexis, Shannon, why don’t you two go with Lisa back to town so the
three of you can rest and get your Pokémon healed? Ein and I are going
to stick around and investigate further.”
“Okay. Lisa, you better come with us,” Alexis said to Lisa.
“Yeah, let’s get you and your Pokémon all rested up now,” added Shannon as the three girls headed down the stairs.
“Interesting,” murmured Ein as he studied the desk. “Well, I know how
those two survived. They built a compartment into this desk that they
ducked into when the explosion occurred. But how did Lisa and Persian
survive? They were out there in the middle of it all.”
“My guess would be she had her Persian use a Protect to save themselves. Good job, Lisa.”
Now resting comfortably in a hotel room, Lisa had already changed into
her pink nightgown. She was watching a news report on the television.
“Arrested today were the following individuals: Former Cipher members
Lethco, Snattle, Abyssa, Acrod, and Snidle, ages unknown; former Cipher
head Ardos, age thirty-seven; Sean ‘Bruiser’ Marcos, age twenty-four;
Nancy Thompson, age thirty; Dr. Anthony Simon Jackson, age
thirty-three; Betty Gleason, age twenty; former police officer Jeffrey
Charles Hauston, age twenty-eight; Thomas Frederick Junger, age
sixty-seven; and finally, Thrash leader Bartholomew Tyson ‘Bart Sy’
Junger, age forty. All were immediately transferred to Citadark Federal
Penitentiary in Orre due to fears of escape. News Four wishes to thank
the Pokémon League and the Marquis City Police Department for acting
quickly on a tip and helping to bring this organization to justice. We
will report more on this breaking story as we receive more information…”
Viewing the show in an almost trance-like state, Lisa was brought to
attention by a loud knocking. Slowly clambering out of bed and making
her way toward the door, Lisa looked through the peephole before
opening it. Alexis, Shannon, and Lindsay stood outside, waiting for
her. The two friends were dressed in Fourtix University – Marquis City
Campus sweatshirts and black pants. The teen’s younger sister was
wearing her purple floral dress. In one hand was a bag containing her
belongings and a large drink cup. In her other was a paper bag from
“Hey, sis, Lexy and Shan told me that you’d be tired so we brought you dinner.”
“Aww, thanks! And sorry for not being dressed or anything. I was just relaxing and watching the news about the incident.”
“Hey, don’t worry about it.” The black-haired Shannon put her arm
around Lisa. “You survived a huge explosion, and I can only imagine
what kind of terror you faced in that room before.”
“Oh, man, that was probably the scariest Pokémon I ever saw! It was a
Pikachu, but… the way it looked and acted, it was like it was possessed
by a demon. It was surrounded by this eerie black cloud, its eyes were
this weird red color, and it sounded like those deep-voiced bad guys on
TV.” Lisa sighed and wiped her brow. “I hope nobody has to face a
Pokémon as terrifying as that thing ever again…” The girl began opening
the bag containing her dinner, finding chicken nuggets, a plain double
burger, two orders of large fries, and a large Sprite that Lindsay
handed to her.
“Yeah, I imagine something like that wouldn’t be an easy foe,” Alexis
said as she sat on the bed next to Lisa. Meanwhile, Shannon set five
Pokéballs and a Luxury Ball on the desk.
“Thanks for taking my Pokémon to the Center, you guys. They really did
have a rough time against that Shadow Pikachu. That thing creamed
practically all of them. If Persian didn’t have enough strength left
for her final Protect, well… I really don’t want to think about that…”
“Don’t worry about it, sis. It’s all over. Just take some time to
relax. And make sure your Pokémon get out of their Pokéballs, too.”
“Okay, but not in here. Is there a park we can go to that’s nearby?”
“Well, there’s a courtyard in back of the hotel with a swimming pool and a grassy field,” Shannon answered.
“Perfect. Let me finish my meal and change, and we’ll head out there.”
Back at the old Thrash base, police officers and investigators were
sifting through the wreckage that used to be Bart Sy’s penthouse
office. Among the rubble were the metal desk with its built-in bomb
shelter and a mysterious steel machine. The outside of the device was
dented and scorched, but it was unclear if it was still operable.
Tony Parito was examining the machine, which was a plain box except for
a slide-out tray. Prying it open, he discovered that it had one
circular slot – the perfect size to accommodate a Pokéball.
“Hey, I think I’ve found the Shadow Pokémon device!”
Lorelei, Ein, and Dr. Sequoia ran over to Tony and his discovery.
“Excellent work,” Lorelei said. “The sooner we get this thing out of
here, the better. We certainly don’t need someone stumbling upon it and
putting it to use again. Let’s move it out of here.”
Ein and Tony began trying to lift the device, but to no avail. “This thing’s heavier than I thought. It won’t budge.”
“How did it get up here?” Lorelei wondered aloud. Suddenly, she had an
idea. “Tony, come with me. I want to investigate the room directly
below the penthouse. Amy, I’ll radio you if we discover anything.”
Back in the building, Lorelei and Tony made their way into one of the
locked rooms with the help of a crowbar that they picked up in the
wreckage up above. Inside was a workshop of sorts, with tools and
equipment strewn all over. But it was a metal rod that caught the
Ice-type trainer’s attention. It ran from the floor to the ceiling, and
on the nearest wall was a switch.
Lorelei took out a two-way radio and contacted Dr. Sequoia. “Amy, it
appears as if the construction of the Shadow Pokémon machine was done
in the room below on a lift, and it was moved up to the penthouse after
it was completed. There’s more room to work and examine it down here,
so I’m going to lower it if the lift still works. You and Ein should
probably meet us downstairs.”
The young woman went over to the switch. “Stand back,” she cautioned
Tony as she pulled the lever down. A slow, mechanical whirring was
heard as the damaged apparatus and a platform were slowly lowered onto
the floor of this room.
Once Amy Sequoia and Ein were in the workshop, Lorelei explained, “I
realize that you are conducting research on Shadow Pokémon, and this
new machine is a terrible new advancement in the technology that
certainly warrants more research. However, we won’t be able to get it
out of here in one piece. What we’ll do, then, will be to dismantle it
here. After that, we’ll let you decide which pieces are important to
the research, and have you take just those parts back with you. It’ll
also make the rest of us feel better; since there will only be
disassembled parts, odds are nobody at the university will be able to
create Shadow Pokémon from them. It will be much harder than if, say,
you took the machine back with you fully intact.”
Ein scratched his chin and pushed the glasses up on his face. “Sounds
like an excellent plan. We certainly don’t want some student or
disgruntled faculty member breaking into the lab and using the thing.”
Tony opened a nearby toolbox. “Shall we get started, then?”
Behind the hotel, the girls took their seats on a picnic table
overlooking the closed and covered pool. The wispy white clouds moved
slowly across the sky but did little to block the bright sun, shining
down on the city. But the sun’s heat was offset by the cool winds
blowing; indeed, Lisa had elected to wear her purple windbreaker jacket
on over her pink floral dress. Her outerwear kept her from feeling too
cold, and her black leggings provided her legs with more insulation
than a pair of pantyhose would.
Looking around, Lisa saw that the small grassy field was bordered by
the Quality Inn’s pool on one end and the parking lot of TGI Friday’s
on the other end. To her left, the park-like area was flanked by the
four-story Wellesley Inn and to the right, the older, two-floor Red
Roof Inn stood. Off in the distance, signs advertising “AmericInn” and
“Signature Inn” could also be seen. The park was like an oasis in the
center of an urban jungle. The sounds of roaring engines and the
occasional honking car horn interrupted the otherwise tranquil setting,
but the girl didn’t mind at all
“Now, this is nice,” the teen commented. “Nice temperature, nice setting, and not too quiet.”
“Okay, sis, make sure you let your Pokémon out!” Lindsay reminded.
“Oh, right.” As the other three girls looked on, Lisa released all six of her Pokémon in front of her.
“Hey, guys, first off, I want to apologize for putting y’all through
that. That Pikachu was something no Pokémon should ever have to deal
with, and I know you suffered a lot trying to stop it. For that, I also
need to thank you. Despite facing horrible odds, you still went out
there and tried your very best, and that show how dedicated each and
every one of you are. No training today; I think we’ve all had enough
battling for awhile. Just enjoy the fresh air, and relax a bit. I’ll
feed you dinner a bit later.”
Rather than moving about, all six Pokémon remained where they were. Persian started up the conversation.
“What she said was right. We should all be very proud of ourselves for even standing up against a monster like that Pikachu.”
“Yeah, but… we were completely overpowered by it… We couldn’t do a thing to stop it,” Weezing responded as she looked downward.
“That Pikachu’s power level was seven hundred and four percent higher
than normal…” Metagross droned, its striking red eyes locked on Weezing.
Jolteon yawned and rubbed his eyes with his front paw. “Metagross is
right. That Pikachu had too much power. I doubt any Pokémon could have
stood up to it.”
“Umm… I must’ve missed something,” Walrein interrupted. “How did we get
rid of ‘dat thing? I was thinkin’ it was gonna destroy us and stuff…”
Persian answered, “When I was just about to be defeated by the Pikachu,
its power became too much for it to control and it began to
spontaneously combust. Lisa saw that coming and ran over to me. I used
Protect with my last bit of strength so both she and myself could
survive the explosion.
“Wow,” the big walrus drawled. “So when the Pikachu went boom, you protected the girl and you, right?”
“Yes,” she answered, licking her paws. “I was not sure if I could
sustain the barrier long enough to weather the entirety of the
explosion, but I had to make an honest attempt. I did not want to die
there, and I am sure Lisa and the five of you did not want to, either.”
“Yes. I mean, I just evolved, and I want to take the time to fully
enjoy my new form,” replied Flygon, flapping her wings proudly.
“Um… can we not talk about what happened back there anymore?” Weezing asked, loosing more smoke than usual from her body.
“I agree,” replied Jolteon as he lay down on the cool, moist grass.
“We’re supposed to be relaxing, not getting all stressed out about
this. It’s over. Can we move on?”
The cat stretched out and extended her tail. “Okay. We should be focusing our mind on something else.”
“Well,” the spiky yellow Electric-type started, “I know we’ll have to
face the fancy lady and her flying Pokémon again. How do you figure
we’ll be able to beat her?”
“Hmmm…” The Dragon-type began slowly flapping her wings. “Since I’m able to fly now, I imagine I’ll be able to help out a bit.”
“Yeah, I mean, I can float and all, but I can’t get myself high enough
off the ground to touch her birds. So you’ll be a definite help,” the
purple Pokémon said to Flygon.
Persian suddenly had an idea pop into her head. With her red jewel
glowing brightly under the sun, she asked, “Was the battle against that
queen lady a two-on-two?”
Jolteon nodded. “Yeah, it was. Why do you ask?”
“I had an idea. If it’s another two-on two, I have this strategy that
just might help.” The feline Pokémon turned to Flygon. “Do you think
you could support the weight of Jolteon on your back and still fly?”
“I’m not sure. I just evolved and I’m still not totally used to my
flying. But we do have a few days of training before we face the lady
“I believe so.”
“Then I should be able to try flying with him on my back while we
train. I think I can do it, but if I can’t, should I try it with you? I
mean, you have an electric attack, too.”
Persian let out a sigh. “You may try it; however I believe I am heavier
and larger in size than Jolteon, so if you cannot fly with him, you
most likely will not be able to do so with me, either.”
The icy blue walrus took this opportunity to butt in on the
conversation. “Wow, a girl sayin’ she’s fat! Ya don’t see ‘dat every
day, I tell ya!”
“Oh, please, spare me your uncouth comments. We are discussing battle
strategy, not obsessing over our weight. If you do consider me to be
obese, perhaps it would behoove you to examine yourself in a mirror at
some point.” The cat turned her back to Walrein.
The massive Steel-type replied, “My body is reflective… I would be able to assist in that…”
“Duh, what?” asked the Ice-type, quizzically tilting his head to the left.
“What they mean is, before you call anyone else fat, perhaps you should
look at yourself in a mirror – or Metagross’ reflective body,” Weezing
explained to her baffled partner.
“Aww, y’all ain’t any fun! I’mma head over to Lisa and try and get some
food!” The hefty mammal began dragging his body over to his trainer,
who had fallen asleep on the grass.
“Well, it looks like she fell asleep before even I did!” Jolteon said as he looked over at the snoozing girl.
“Well, who can blame her?” replied Flygon. “After all, she went through
heck…” Seeing that Weezing was glaring angrily at her, she finished,
“I’ll try to wake her.”
“No, just let her sleep. I believe it is in her best interest to rest and rejuvenate given the circumstances,” Persian replied.
“Let me tell you, though, I am really not looking forward to more
battles,” Weezing told her colleagues. “I know Lisa still has a bit
more to go, but afterward I really hope she’ll give us a nice long rest
from battling.” The others, save for a distracted Walrein, nodded in
“I’m beat. I think I’ll follow Lisa’s lead and take a nap now.” Jolteon
sluggishly made his way toward his Pokéball on the grass next to the
picnic table. Pressing the button on the center of the sphere, he let
its crimson energy consume him.
“I shall retire to my quarters as well. I especially like it in there –
soft padding all around, heavenly pillow for me to sleep on, always at
the right temperature… All it needs is one of those picture box things
and some music, and it would be more than suitable for my tastes.
Perhaps some elegantly styled lighting would also be beneficial…” As
Persian carefully walked over to her Luxury Ball, she continued to tout
Metagross droned, “Three hours and fifteen minutes before sleep is required… For the time being I can stand watch…”
“Thanks!” Both Weezing and Flygon flew over to their respective Pokéballs and let themselves back in.
Alexis, Shannon, and Lindsay looked on as Lisa slept and four of her
Pokémon eventually returned to their spherical living quarters.
“Wow… Guess the battle wiped both sis and her Pokémon out!”
“I’m not too surprised. Well, I suppose we better let them nap out
here. Lisa probably wants to feed them something nice when everybody
wakes up. We’ll just keep an eye on her while we wait.”
“So,” Shannon started, trying to start a conversation, “we heard from
Lisa that you’re fixin’ to start on your own Pokémon journey. Are you
thinking of starting it in this region next year?”
“I really don’t know…”
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