|The Crossroad Odyssey: Memos of the Other Ketchum
Author: Atrum Ferox PM
Start of "The Crossroad Odyssey" series. X-over with Pokémon & Digimon 01/02 co-starring Sailor Moon & Cardcaptor Sakura. FULL SUMMARY INSIDE! Please R&R.Rated: Fiction T - English - Mystery/Drama - Ash K./Satoshi & Hikari Y./Kari K. - Chapters: 35 - Words: 240,550 - Reviews: 188 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 10 - Updated: 07-08-12 - Published: 12-17-08 - id: 4723525
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Chloe: FINALLY! Another chapter at last! Severe writer's block has nearly hindered the author from wanting to continue this fanfic. For that the author apologizes greatly. Also, I gotta address some mistakes the author has made. First off, in terms of timeline, the entire fic in present day takes place on August 2nd, not August 1st. Please excuse the author for that goof up. In chapter 29, the trainer that beat Ash in the Hoenn League is actually named Tyson not Drake. Also in chapter 30, Ash's mother is actually younger sister of Tai and Kari's mother. The author wanted to clarify for those goof ups. Moving on, the last chapter contained a lot of events that occurred over the four anime shows from Serena's dream encounter with the Midniteryder, to the second assault on the Digimon Emperor, to the tragic flashback that impacted one's life, and then the anniversary that went on which further led to a certain someone's resurrection.
Resurrection of the Dark Warlord Part 2
"The only way, for me to come back, is by Makaveli. That's it! All these motherf**kers stole from me. I'm takin' back what's mine!" -2Pac, Ghosts
A twelve-year old girl let out a soft moan as she felt the bruises throbbing on her arms and legs. Her ankles and wrists had the most noticeable marks as she had been chained to the wall like she'd been crucified. She stood in a big garage, barefooted and on her knees. In front of her were a group of scientists that she immediately despised since meeting them for the first time. Tensions between the captive and the captors had reached the boiling point as the scientists struggled to bring their subject under their total control and the girl being fed up with being enslaved and tormented.
"You can't do this to me!" A twelve-year old girl cried.
"Do you as you're told Ms. Device. Lift the truck!" A scornful male voice ordered
"Okay…I'll lift the truck and I'll make it land…ON YOU!" She threatened, her eyes becoming stormy.
"She's out of control! Do something!" A pompous female scientist cried.
"Don't touch me! GET AWAY FROM ME!" The girl demanded.
The scientists were pressing buttons all over the place and mechanical arms were rushing to chain her again. Dark energy billowed around her.
"LEAVE ME ALLLOOOOOOOOOOOONE!" She screamed as she concentrated all the psychic energy in her, floated slightly upward, and violently pushed outward from her body, waves of rapidly-expanding kinetic ripples in space.
This invisible wave repulse was so strong that the mechanical arms disintegrated into ashes and wave knocked the group of scientists, slamming them into the walls of their research facility.
"Subject has gone mad…we must terminate her immediately!" One of the scientists desperately cried out as he staggered back up.
"Roger that!" Another, who's the lead scientist agreed. "Activate the drones and set them from stun to kill."
Pain. Such a simple word. Pain was nothing but another part of life. It was part of her life now. All in six months. Six months of pain and suffering that felt more like six YEARS of pain and suffering in her mind. These six "years" taken out of her life as they had forced her, beaten her, and yelled at her…to do what? To be their greatest science project against her will.
The girl smiled sadistically. It hurt to smile. Her powers…her newfound powers…they had forced her to use her powers for their own bidding. Move things through the air…teleport…levitate…conjure Shadow Balls…stop anything from moving…create shields…blow things up…speak through another person's mind…read minds…form psychic brainwaves…even the unexpected given ability to detect energy levels in certain people that are more higher and more unusual than in others.
"Wipe that smile off your face!" One of the lead scientists hissed. "We made you into who you are and we can break you just as easily! You're not the first subject we tested on, Ms. Device. Many brats came before you and became disposable within a few weeks due to their foolish defiance and/or failures. You're supposed to be the first success in a while…but we were wrong. Now, stand down and die!"
The unstable female glared hatefully at all scientists that tormented her. She snarled as she saw all four drones. These machines were the Rocket scientists' enforcers. According to her captors, they were designed to be resistant to the psychic energy she emitted from her body. If the grunts cannot contain or neutralize her, they would. Chloe gritted her teeth, her stormy eyes filled with murderous rage along with that sadistic smile on her face, wanting nothing more than the death of her tormentors.
Suddenly, sounds of thudding footsteps approached from behind Chloe. The scientists looked ahead while Chloe looked behind. What they saw surprised and/or shocked them. A lone specter in armor wearing a cape approached from a hole in the wall, presumably made from the specter. The Midniteryder has appeared.
Though she didn't move any part of her body except her head, Chloe's icy, amber eyes went from pure hatred to confusion as she stared at the taller figure walking towards her. It felt like her feet were glued to the floor as all she could do was stare into the dark, eerie, gaze of the stranger's visor. Eventually, the Midniteryder stood side-by-side with her.
"Who…who are…you?" Chloe trembled, her animosity gave way to confusion, uncertainty…and fear.
The Midniteryder looked down at her, his masked helmet hiding his expression. "Chloe, I'll protect you. They won't hurt you anymore…"
Chloe flinched as she heard the sound of the voice coming from the armored individual. Contrasting from the overall physical stature, the voice that came out of the Midniteryder was that of a younger boy's voice. The voice sounded like that of a nine year old. The voice, to her, sounded very familiar. Chloe honestly thought she would never hear this person ever again thanks to the imprisonment her captors gave her.
"That voice…" Chloe stammered as she saw the Midniteryder walk away from her. "D-D-David? Is that really you?"
Her question fell on deaf ears as the Midniteryder charged at the two drones that were firing lasers at him. The attacks were ineffective, however, as the caped warrior tackled both machines simultaneously to the Rocket scientists' dismay and horror. The last thing she saw was the Midniteryder floating upward and launching an electrical version of the attack she used previously and with a roar, he unleashed his assault, blinding all in a flash of light.
Chloe was forced to form a barrier of some kind to protect herself as well as shielding her eyes with her arms. All that she heard were blood-curdling screams of her captors as they felt their bodies being ripped apart from his attack.
(End of Dream)
Seventeen year old Chloe Device woke up out of the sofa she laid in. Amber eyes blinked confusingly as she looked from side to side at her surroundings. She then looked down self-consciously at her windbreaker jeans, house sandals, and tube top that she had on now. She sighed as she realized where she was at. In the cozy confines of the "KetDeTsu" apartment in the Odaiba apartment complexes in Odaiba, Japan, Chloe stood up and walked over to the clock as it read 5:30 PM.
Chloe yawned. "A dream about the past…" She murmured to herself, blinking rapidly. Her expression turned serious as she thought of something. 'Why do I feel so uneasy about it? What I dreamt was that day where I let my psychic power loose and many of those scientists perished. Only difference was that he was there. Oh, David…where could you be? I can feel your presence around, but I don't see you at all. Where are you?" With another yawn and a sigh, she headed over to her bedroom, walked up to her dresser, got out some clothes, and headed over to the bathroom. "Maybe a meditation while taking a bath will help me see things clearly over what's going on."
Back with the folks of the present traveling through time…
"…and that's the entire story." Kari finished her "little" story of what had transpired over the last six months.
With the only exception of Gatomon, everybody looked at the young Kamiya in disbelief. According to what she informed them, for the last six months since the events of the last vision, David had inhabited Kari's body as a spirit. And during those six months, he had been causing some mischief that involved possessing others. Right now they're in what appeared to be Earth in a mountain area with a large plain and a small forest.
Sakura came up to the young Digidestined, still in total disbelief that this was the real reason why she hadn't heard from her best friend all this time. "Kari, why?" She asked. "Why didn't you tell us this earlier? Especially when I asked you about David during those last couple of times?"
Kari sighed. "I'm sorry, Sakura. I wanted to, but I promised David to keep this all a secret. And besides, what was I going to say to all of you? 'Hey, guess what? The ghost of my dead cousin inhabited my body while going in and out of other people's bodies for the fun of it.' And according to David as well as yourself and Madison, you're down-right afraid of ghosts, Sakura."
All her friends and relatives blinked at her explanation. Kari was right; it would've been hard to believe that a spirit of her cousin had preserved himself in her body as a host for a while now. Ash tried to open his mouth, but kept silent. He was worried about both his brother and his younger cousin because of the situations they faced, and that dream he had about that beach didn't help ease his worries at all. However, he knew that as a trainer who was putting his Pokémon journey on-hold there was nothing in his power for him to do anything about it.
Sakura shut her eyes briefly. Thinking back, she remembered the last time she saw her childhood friend. What seemed to be a pleasant visit turned out to be a grim confession…one that changed her life forever as she was told of the death of her beloved. As she cried and cried in distraught, the only kind of reprieve she could find was in David, as she noticed the amount of remorse in him. Also, for the first time in her life, the Card Mistress saw her strong-willed childhood friend broke down in tears. But sharing their sorrows was not enough to cope with the loss in one night. Emotionally drained by the loss at the time, she slowly released her hold, her embrace on the black-haired trainer her and held his hand as she lied down on the bed, unconsciousness taking over as her eyes blinked slowly at the boy and then finally her eyelids shut. Who'd ever thought that somber night Sakura saw of David could've been the last time? She had also felt some strange vibes that came from Kari that reminded her of her best friend. Initially it made her curious, but she shrugged it off as nothing.
With a quick sigh, the Card Mistress opened her eyes at Kari, who felt kind of bad at not telling her about what happened to David. "Okay, I understand." She said with a weak smile.
Tai stood over to his little sister. "So Kari, um…out of curiosity, how many times had David possessed other people?"
Kari sweatdropped, knowing that that question was going to be asked. "Well…" She started. To everybody's disbelief (with Tai and Ash's eyes constricting until they were black dots), Kari pulled out from her pocket, a folded piece of notebook paper. She quickly unfolded it and looked at the written side.
"I don't keep much track of the strangers David possessed, but I do managed to record a lot of the people we know especially some of you guys." She pointed to her fellow Digidestined, whom were shocked to find out that a spirit took over their bodies at some point up 'til now. "He took control of Mom and Dad's body twenty times over the period of six months, most of the time it's Dad."
"Well, I guess with Mom it explains how some of the dinners actually tasted somewhat normal without all those 'extra' ingredients…" Tai remarked.
"Our cousin possessed you, forty times…" Kari read over the tally marks.
"WHAT?" Tai screeched, horrified at the thought of a ghost using his body, even if it is a relative. He glared over at Ash, who gulped in nervousness. "Ash, I hope you like being an only child after this flashback tour is over!"
Ash chuckled nervously. 'Thank goodness I was over at Sinnoh during that time…'
Kari continued. "Matt eight, Joe four, Izzy three, T.K. eleven, and Sora twice…"
Everybody cringed at the figures the eighth Digidestined had told them…all except one.
Mimi sighed in relief. "Well, that makes me feel good that he spared me…"
Everyone of the Digidestined except Kari glared at her. "Easy for you to say, Ms. New Yorker!" Sora scoffed.
"Of course, for his reasons David kept away from you Serena as well as keeping clear of Chloe, and of course refraining from using Sakura's or even Madison's." Kari noted.
"Well, good…" Chloe huffed. "He knows if he did something stupid like that to me, I'd grab him hard in the area where the sun don't shine in one way or another and make him regret it when he comes back to his body."
Sailor Moon sweatdropped. "Oh boy, sometimes I wonder if it was a good idea showing you that move." She muttered quietly.
Chloe rolled her eyes. "Hey, you said that I'm allowed to do that if David or Ash steps out of line with me. Beats using a plastic mallet."
Ash face-faulted by that remark, self-consciously placing his hand over his crotch and his other hand on the top of his head.
"Also…" Kari decided to move on with the list. "David took over Yolei's body five times, Cody's body three times, and lastly he possessed Davis' body…" She blinked in surprise at the number she wrote. "Oh boy…"
"How many times did Davis got possessed, Kari?" T.K. asked, still a bit shaken by the number of times David "borrowed" his body.
"One hundred and thirty-two times…" Kari finally said.
Everybody's eyes widened in awe by the mentioning of the person he possessed the most.
"Wow, David must really have it out for him, huh?" Tai remarked.
"Oh yeah…" Kari sweatdropped.
"Where are we now?" Izzy asked, changing the subject.
The group looked around at their surroundings. They were on a hill in a grassy place that is part of a forest and mountain area. The sky was covered by dark clouds, indicating that it had started raining for a brief period.
Sailor Moon gasped. "I know where we are! We're in Mt. Fuji!"
Sora looked around closely. "You're right! And not only that, we're in the same area where we went to summer camp four years ago before we first went to the Digital World."
(A/N: It is unknown if the summer camp the Digidestined were in is in Mt. Fuji, but for the sake of this fic, it is.)
"Guys…" Sailor Moon called out. "I think this flashback took place a few hours back…"
"What makes you say that?" Chloe asked.
The older girl looked at all of them with a serious look. "It's because I was here. Me…and the rest of the Sailor Scouts and…"
"Where are you going, Zane?" A girl's voice interrupted.
"I sense something, Serenity!" Zane replied to his girlfriend. "The source of the vibes is coming from this direction!"
All of the people from the future decided to watch quietly as Zane ran over the hill, two Poké balls at the ready. They decided to watch in silence as the events of what happened hours ago unfold before them.
"Serenity, stay where you are!" Zane ordered. "This could be dangerous!"
"But, Zane…" Serenity pleaded
"No 'buts,' Serenity. I'm serious! This could be too dangerous. I don't want you to get hurt!"
Serenity sighed in defeat. "Oh…alright, Zane." She pouted. "You be careful, okay?"
Zane nodded. "I will!"
The thirteen year old trainer then got out two Poké balls and quickly threw them in the air. "NEIL…WISP…LET'S GO!" Zane called out as his two Pokémon were summoned.
The two Pokémon greatly contrast from each other. Neil looked like a blue and black, bipedal, jackal-like Pokémon with a yellow furry torso. Wisp on the other hand looked like a ghoulish chandelier with a striped, round head, round, pupil-less yellow eyes, and small black spikes atop its head from which tall red flame flares as well as on the tips. (A/N: For those of you that don't know, Zane's Pokémon are a Lucario and a shiny Chandelure. Hope that clears things up with you all.)
The boy and his two Pokémon rushed into the forest. Meanwhile, the Sailor Scouts managed to arrive at the area as well.
"Is this the area where that high energy reading is, Mercury?" Sailor Jupiter asked as she peered over Sailor Mercury's shoulder as she was typing away at her hand-held computer.
The young woman in question nodded. "Yes, and the readings are getting stronger the closer we get."
As the older Sailor Scouts along with Tuxedo Mask were discussing the disturbance they felt, Sailor Saturn and Sailor Mini Moon were discussing something else from afar.
"You think a weird-looking chicken will hatch out of that egg, Hotaru?" Mini Moon asked, her mind still on what just transpired earlier.
Sailor Saturn shrugged. "Maybe…" She remembered back earlier of how it came from her computer screen. She had only used it to check her email, then all of a sudden the computer screen got brighter in a flash of light and out came the egg and some weird little gizmo. "We better tell the others after this though." She suggested. "It's way too confusing to figure out how this egg showed up and why, Rini. Maybe Amy can figure it out!"
Sailor Mini Moon nodded in agreement with her best friend. "I'm sure she will. Amy's good at computers."
As the two chatted on in the rear, Sailor Moon kept quiet to herself behind her boyfriend. Her thoughts were on a lot of things. 'Yesterday and today marks another anniversary of when Tai, Kari, and the rest of those kids became the Digidestined.' She noted to herself. 'And we're nearby the same campsite where Tai claimed it was where it all happened. Along with them being chosen to protect another world, it's also the same day where all those incidents with the evil Digimon occurred. My, how time heals all wounds since that faithful day along with the incidents that followed shortly.'
The former Moon Princess then shifted her thoughts to something else. 'I can't help but go back to that dream I had a couple of nights ago. That man…if he's even human. The Midniteryder. Sometime after he'd been crowned the Pokémon League World Champion, he seemed to disappear from the face of the Earth. A few years back, he hunted those leaderless monsters for sport in Juuban and the scouts and I were always suspicious of him because of his massive raw power. I haven't heard from that warrior ever since word got out that he was stripped of his title. What does that dream mean though?'
Her thoughts were suddenly interrupted when a glowing, blue hue covered the area all of a sudden. The Sailor Scouts and Tuxedo Mask gasped in surprise.
"What's with this blue light?" Sailor Moon grunted as gusts of wind blew at them from the direction they were heading to.
"I don't know." Sailor Mars remarked, shielding herself from the wind pressure blowing at her face. "I'm getting really strong vibes coming from where this gust is coming from."
Suddenly, they heard a scream as a certain boy with white hair and his two Pokémon were blown to where the Sailor Scouts were.
"What the…?" Sailor Uranus blurted as she saw the boy and his two non-human cohorts near them.
"Who's the kid?" Sailor Jupiter blinked as she maintained her ground against the gust.
"(Master, are you okay?)" Neil grunted worriedly. Wisp came by, also concerned.
"I'm alright, you two." Zane assured them. "Just got the wind knocked out of me."He then noticed that they weren't alone. The white-haired trainer got up and faced the people around him. He was surprised at who he ran into. "The Sailor Scouts?"
"Who are you?" Sailor Mars asked, suspiciously.
"This isn't exactly the right place or the right time for a Pokémon Trainer to be training." Sailor Uranus remarked.
"I assure you, I'm not training…" Zane tried to explain when he was interrupted.
"Zane?" Sailor Saturn called out as she and Sailor Mini Moon walked up from behind.
"What's he doing here?" Mini Moon asked, surprised at running into the white-haired trainer. Though she didn't interact much with him, she still knew him from her best friend's Pokémon battle with Zane days ago.
"Nice to see the two of you here as well!" Zane half-grinned. He then glanced over at the young adults, more specifically at Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask. "As Saturn stated, my name is Zane I'll explain everything later, especially to you two…Princess Serenity and Prince Endymion."
Both Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask gaped in surprise when the boy mentioned them by their past formal names.
"How did you know about our identities?" Tuxedo Mask asked in disbelief. His loving girlfriend stared at Zane, her eyes indicating that she wants to know the answer as well.
"Like I said before, now's not a good time." Zane replied. He narrowed his eyes as he looked around, and then looked over to his two Pokémon. "Looks like things are about to get ugly. Wisp! Neil! Be on your guard now!"
Everybody else looked around as well and knew he was right. What they saw was a looming fog that covered the entire area. Though the fog was not so thick that it would limit how far they can see, it wasn't an ordinary fog. The fog was a faded black color, forming incessantly with intentions of swallowing up every person in the field. Everyone braced themselves for the potential danger this fog was bringing.
Fortunately, the fog slowly faded. As the fog dissipated, however, something astonishing happened much to the shock of the entire group. Instead of a cloudy sky there were stars and reddish nebulae covering the blackness of what looked to be outer space. They gasped in shock as they noticed that the ground that they stand on looked very much similar to the sky, though the only difference was that the pavement strongly resembled large floor tiles.
While Tuxedo Mask, Zane, his Pokémon, and Sailor Mini Moon looked on in curiosity, the rest of the Sailor Scouts had looks of utter disbelief.
"This place…" Sailor Neptune trailed…
"I know…" Sailor Uranus frowned, as the wind blow her face was an unpleasant chill. A sign that trouble is coming.
"It all looks like Galaxia's throne room from four years ago!" Sailor Mars remarked, her eyes narrowed in suspicion as she tried to use her spiritual insights as to where the source of this calamity originated from.
The Inner Scouts along with Sailor Moon nodded in agreement with their fiery friend. For Mars, Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter, they could never forget how the resemblance of their greatest foe's stronghold was the place where the cold, hard fingers of death reached out to them as their former nemesis nearly ripped the Star Seeds out of their bodies while protecting the allies that helped them so much. Fortunately, in the end, Sailor Moon managed to not only defeat the corrupted Sailor Soldier, she also freed her from Chaos' grip and saved everybody.
Their thoughts were interrupted by a loud scream…
"HELP!" A young girl's voice screamed.
Zane's gasped as he knew whose voice that was and pulled out from his vest pocket a short, solid, cylindrical shaft. "Serenity!" He shouted.
To his horror, he saw the girl coming toward the group while being chased by some shadowy apparition. The malevolent monstrosity resembled a slender woman wearing a skintight dress, red glaring eyes, long hair that cascaded down its back, a shiny black tiara that complimented its already dark forehead, and long fingernails that pose as sharp claws.
"Wisp! Neil!" Zane addressed his two Pokémon beside him. "Stop that shadowy menace with Aura Sphere and Shadow Ball!"
The two Pokémon complied as Neil pointed his hand at the apparition and formed a blue ball of energy. Wisp meanwhile flared the purple flame on her head even bigger as the other flames on her lamp-like holding structures traverse their way to the main flame summoning a black and purple orb in front of the flame. The two Pokémon fired their attacks simultaneously afterward while carefully aiming it away from the girl that was being chased. The attacks made their mark as it struck the evil being; separating it from Serenity and having it crash into a tree, producing a small explosion.
Zane and Serenity ran over to each other. "Are you okay, Serenity?" Zane asked, his eyes displaying a lot of worry.
Serenity wrapped her arms around Zane, thankful for the rescue. "I'm fine…" Serenity sighed in relief. "I was trying to stay put like you said, but then the sky and the ground warped into some kind of outer space setting and the next thing I knew, I was getting chased by some crazy shadow monster. I've never been so scared in my life!"
"Look out behind you, you two!" Tuxedo Mask warned.
The two quickly looked back and saw that the shadow apparition recovered from the Pokémon assault and levitated a few feet in the air. Before any of the scouts could react, Zane pressed a button on the small shaft he was holding while moving in front of Serenity. What was once a one foot shaft suddenly extended almost instantly into a five foot bō staff, made of strong aluminum alloy. As Zane swung back his expendable bō and readied for a well-timed strike at the hostile shadow, he blinked in surprise as he saw what appeared to be a small red laser beam passed him from behind and struck the evil being directly in the chest. As the black banshee howled and hissed in pain in a feminine tone, Zane looked again at where the attack was and saw that the laser beam was actually a red rose thrown at such a velocity. He and Serenity looked behind and saw that Tuxedo Mask with his arm extended in a throwing posture. They realized that it was him who threw the rose.
Wasting no time, Zane charged towards the apparition, he swung his glowing bō and struck the evil being directly at her head, nearly decapitating it and sending her sailing to an oak tree, producing an explosion of dust cloud. As the dust settled, the shadowy apparition dissolved into some harmless, black, shadowy, puddle. The teen sighed in relive as there was one less hostile to deal with…for now.
The Sailor Scouts looked on relieved and impressed at the same time. Relieved that the innocent bystander named Serenity was alright and impressed that the boy that knew her was able to protect his companion with a combination of his Pokémon, his fighting skills with his staff weapon, and with some assistance from Tuxedo Mask.
"Good aim, Tuxedo Mask." Sailor Moon complimented, very relieved that her lover managed to prevent any harm from the two innocent bystanders.
Tuxedo Mask grinned at his loving girlfriend. "Thanks. Just glad, that I haven't gotten rusty after all this time." He adjusted his white eye mask as his eyes narrowed suspiciously at what just happened. "Something doesn't add up though. First this area turn into some freaky dimension, and now that shadow creature. To top it all off, that evil spirit looked very, VERY, familiar."
"Really?" Sailor Moon asked, her hand touching her cheek in a curious manner. "Oh! Come think of it, that shadowy monster looked just like…just like Queen Beryl!" She exclaimed.
The Outer Scouts along with Sailor Mini Moon, Serenity, Zane, and Zane's Pokémon looked over at their odango-haired leader in curiosity while the Inners gasped in realization. That apparition did had wavy hair similar to their first archenemy and the fact that it wore a black tiara made it a dead giveaway.
They didn't have enough time thinking about this as they all heard various howls and evil laughter all around. In that instant three more shadow apparitions showed up levitating in the sky, all much similar but more distinguishable than the first one.
One of the apparitions resembled a hooded, cloaked being that looked to be in a seated position while floating. Only its arms were present as the spirit's hands were waving around what appeared to be a crystal ball. For a brief moment, the hooded being's face or rather; its mult-colored skull appeared where its face was suppose to be.
The other two shadow apparitions resembled humanoid women just like the first apparition they faced. One of them had really long, black hair that was practically dragging along the floor with the skirt part of her dress. The other wore a more layered gown that resembled a narcissistic, aristocratic queen.
It was very apparent that all of the Sailor Scouts flat-out knew who they all are…or rather who they all were.
"Wiseman!" Sailor Mars gritted, remembering the trouble he had caused years ago that nearly destroyed the Earth with his Dark Gate.
"And the one with the straight long hair looks like Mistress 9!" Sailor Neptune remarked as her eyes widened in surprise of how much the resemblance of these apparitions were.
"And I know for a fact the last one is Nehellenia!" Sailor Moon glared at the said apparition.
"Why are these shadowy things look like all of our enemies from the past?" Sailor Mini Moon yelped in disbelief.
"We'll find out later, right now they look like they're itchin' for a fight!" Sailor Venus said grimly.
The Sailor Scouts got into battle stances while Tuxedo Mask readied his cane. Zane had Serenity remain behind him as he got into a guarded stance with his bō while his two Pokémon stood guard in front of their trainer.
The trio of apparitions then moved onwards, their howls of resentfulness aimed at all of the humans and the two foreign creatures. Fortunately for Zane and Serenity, the malevolent spirits were more focused on the Sailor Scouts as the young women evaded their initial mauling.
Sailor Pluto decided to put a halt to their enemies' assault as she raised her Garnet Rod. "Dead Scream…" She said softly as a torrent of wind coalesced into the orb of the rod. A glowing purple ball of energy formed from the orb.
Not hesitating in least bit, she launched the attack at the unsuspecting ghoul that resembled Mistress 9 as its focus was lashing its massively long hair on Sailor Jupiter and Sailor Venus. The attack struck head first at the fiend and had her crashing to the ground. The ghoul hissed in pain as she picked herself up and leered over to her assailant.
Meanwhile, the other Sailor Scouts along with Tuxedo Mask, Zane, and his two Pokémon are engaged in stalemate with the other doppelgangers. It either had one side attacking with projectiles while the other side evades the attack or take it and recover. Utilizing her ability to take flight, Sailor Moon took to the skies as she attempted to view the battle from above while finding a way to end this stalemate in their favor. Her eyes widened in surprise as she saw the apparition that resembled Nehellenia saw her adversary in the sky and shot up after her. Fortunately, Sailor Moon saw this and had her palm up as if she was forming some kind of projectile. But before either of them could attack each other, they were interrupted by a glowing blue light on the side. Everybody either in the air or on the ground looked in the direction to where the blue light came from as it got brighter. In that instant, a large object just shot up in the air from forest and crashed to the ground where they all were. It became apparent that the object was a large crystal not to mention it was the one that was shining the blue light.
"WHAT THE HELL IS THAT!" Sailor Jupiter yelled.
"That's the one!" Zane pointed out to everyone present. "That's the crystal blew me over to you guys. I felt a strong vibe so I came to check out what it was. I think something is in it…"
Serenity looked at the blue crystal as well. She noticed that whatever was in that crystal was certainly not a thing. "Actually, Zane I think someone is in it."
"What?" Zane exclaimed.
The couple along with Neil and Zane took a good look at the crystal as it stopped shining for a brief moment. As the light ceased, the two looked harder at what was entombed in that structure. Their eyes widened in complete shock as to what they saw in it. Before their eyes was a certain caped individual clad in armor from head to toe.
"Zane, is that…" Serenity muttered, in disbelief at who it was.
Zane nodded, his face expressing calm but his body was trembling in astonishment. "It is...it's the Midniteryder." Zane suddenly went into deep thought as he attempt to comprehend what he had just seen. 'David…' he acknowledged as who was in that crystal. Memories of the last time he saw the older trainer flashed before his brain. 'What the hell happened to you in the Digital World?'
Zane couldn't help but remember that time. It was that time when he first met Serenity while hunting down a bunch of criminals and by some freak explosion ended up in the Digital World. In fact, the entire area he was in right now was not too far from the area he and his friends hunted down the criminals. A freak accident occurred in the midst of an intense Pokémon battle and by some inexplicable reason he, Chloe, Wes, and Rui ended up in the Digital World. It was there in some village he met up with David again. After getting some information out of him, he and the others pursue the wanted criminals and after the dust settled he, Serenity, Wes, and Rui returned to Earth with the captured bad guys, leaving David and Chloe behind. He had not seen the dark-haired trainer since. To see his best friend in this condition left Zane with a million questions in his head.
The large crystal started glowing again just as Sailor Moon landed on the ground. Sparks of energy started surging around the encasing as the glowing got brighter. Everybody, including the apparitions, were forced to shield their eyes from the intense blue light. After a few seconds, the intense light started dimming down until it completely faded out. Then all of a sudden, cracks started to appear on the crystal as everybody looked on. Being the closest to the crystal along with her boyfriend, Serenity gasped in surprise as she could've sworn she saw the Midniteryder's fingers move.
"Stay behind me." Zane ordered, putting a protective arm in front of Serenity.
Once again, the blue crystal started glowing, not as intense as before but still bright nonetheless. To the astonishment of all who was there to witness it, the crystal started lifting off from the ground and into the air. More cracks started appearing on the crystal as it ascended foot by foot until it ceased further movement and remained stationary just many feet above most of the trees. Movement started occurring on the inside as the Midniteryder started struggling to get the feeling back in his limbs. Within his own armor, David opened his own eyes for the first time in months. It didn't take him long to realize where…or rather what he was in so he knew what he must do first.
Beams of blue light started shooting out of the cracks of the crystal that entombed the armored trainer. At this point, the entire structure was covered in cracks as well as sparks of electricity emitting around it. Then suddenly with an audible grunt…
"HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!" The Midniteryder screamed, his arms rose up to their sides as his cape blew from the wind emitted by the energy output.
Tapping in to his inner power source, he shattered the confines of the blue crystal. After months of being in limbo, of inhabiting his cousin's body to preserve his own essence, of possessing other people's bodies as his own, of enduring the anguish of his past, and of enduring the possibility that he might never return to his own body, the Dark Warlord of all Pokémon Trainers…had been resurrected.
To be continued…
Chloe: At last David returns from the grave. Oh and to return to the living during the middle of battle of all times? Anyways, tune in next time to the final climax as it all winds down to the end. Also, the author wishes to setup a Q&A sometime in the end. If you got any good questions you like to ask the author concerning the series he wishes to make, feel free to review this latest chapter or PM him. Gotta jet!