Disclaimer: I don't own Naruto or Pokemon
Geez, has it really been two years since I updated this story? I apologize for that. Life can be busy when you work full-time.
On a side note, I find myself wishing I had started this story around now instead of in 2007. Fennekin would have been the perfect starter for Naruto.
And enough of my ramblings. Onto the story.
At the foot of Mt Iwa, a trio of people were making their way towards a cave. "Hey, you sure about this, gramps?" one of them, a girl with short black hair asked.
"Yeah, shouldn't we come with you?" the second, a large, rotund man asked. "What if your back starts acting up on you?"
"Who cares about that? I just want to see Heatran!" the girl said.
"Hmph. I assure you that I will be fine." the third one, a short elderly man said, ignoring the girl's added remark. "Besides, I've got an important job for you two."
It was the next day, and Naruto and friends were just getting up. "Man, yesterday sure was pretty eventful, right buddy?" Naruto said to his partner. "You ready to get going?"
"Vul, vulpix!" the fox Pokemon agreed.
"Yeah, I can't wait for our next Gym Battle, either!" he said. "Hopefully, you'll get to really show your stuff next time!" he told him. He knew his partner well enough to know he wanted to make up for how he did in his their last Gym Battle, plus he knew the fox wished he could have done something in their first one. "Yeah, in fact, I'm definitely using you in the battle!"
"With such spirit and passion, I'm positive you two will overcome any obstacle you might face!" Lee remarked.
"You sure thats a good idea, though?" Shikamaru asked.
"Huh?" Naruto let out in confusion, wondering what he meant.
"Using Vulpix. As the name suggests, Rock City's Gym Leader uses Rock-type Pokemon."
"A Fire-type like Vulpix would be at a real disadvantage." Choji said.
"Hm..." Naruto let out as he took in what they said. "Well, I'll figure out what me and Vulpix will when we get there. No point worrying about it just yet."
As the boy's conversed, in the next room with the girls, they had just finished getting dressed. "So, you're heading to Rock City, too?" Sakura asked.
"Yeah. Shikmaru is gonna challenge the Gym Leader there." Ino said.
"Yeah, Naruto too, obviously. Its all hes been talking about."
Meanwhile, Kimimaro, Tayuya, and Sneasel stood in the main room of the Team Sound base that had been set up. With them were also three others wearing different uniforms from them. They were just grunts. There was a boy with black hair, a boy with his face wrapped in bandages, and a girl with long black hair who also had a Pokemon that looked like a bell, a Chingling, on her shoulder.
Just then, the screen lit up, and a shadowy figure was on the screen. "Good, you've arrived." he said to them.
"Of course. We live to serve you to the best of our abilities."
"You were the closest opperatives to Mt. Iwa, and time is of the essensence." he said. "Now, as I have told you, a Heatran is somewhere in this mountain. Zaku, Kin, and Dosu have been searching for it, but to no avail. And now, I've received word that three individuals of great threat to the opperation are coming.
"The first of them," he said as a white haired man appeared on the screen. "Is Jiraiya, a former member of this region's Elite Four."
"If hes only an ex-member, whats there to worry about?" Tayuya asked.
"Don't let his status lead to misplaced overconfidence." their boss calmly scolded her. "Even though hes no longer a member, hes still a very, very dangerous trainer. You are not to underestimate him."
"I will not." Kimimaro said.
"And if a former member doesn't worry you," the screen changed to show a blonde woman. "Then perhaps a current member deserves your attention. Tsunade is one of the current members. I have some history with these two, so I can assure you that both should be taken seriously."
"Those two are pretty strong. And theres still one more." Sneasel said.
"And finally, the third is another member of the Elite Four." he said as a short old man was shown on the screen. "Ohnoki is the oldest member of the Elite Four. He is a very powerful trainer."
"All three will certainly be trouble. Try not to engage them directly. I appologize for not having much faith in you, but I have no doubt that even if you all attack one together, you still stand no chance."
"We'll be sure to take every precaution we can think of when dealing with them." Kimimaro stated.
"And one last thing. To help with the operation, I've prepared a gift for you." A chamber beneath the screen open as a pokeball was transfered to it. "Use this Pokemon to help out with the opperation. And you may keep it from now on as well."
"Alright! I'll be sure put it to good use." Tayuya said, snatching it up a quickly as she could. "Thanks for the new Pokemon, boss."
"I'm sure you'll like it." he said. Kimimaro wanted to protest his partner's actions, but he held his tongue. She had already claimed it with the boss's approval, and he would never question him. "Now, you two are in charge. Zaku, Dosu, and Kin over there are to assist you in any way you see fit and are to follow your orders. And thats everything that needs to be addressed. I expect your success." And with that, the screen turned off.
Naruto and everyone was making their way to Mt Iwa, with Ino, Shikamaru, and Chouji tagging along. Eventually, they reached a path at the foot of the mountain. The path split, and there was a sign with a map that showed where each path lead. One path was quicker, leading straight and went over the mountain, while the longer path lead around themountain.
"Okay! Lets keep going, we're almost there!" Naruto said as he and Vulpix started to run down the straight path.
"Yes! How can I not get fired up by such spirited passion!" Lee said as he followed.
Sakura sighed. "Those two..." as she prepared to follow, Ino stopped her briefly.
"We're gonna take a different route." Ino said. "Its a bit longer, but its probably safer."
"Well, can't blame you. But we'll be fine."
"I hope so. Hopefully, we'll see each other again soon."
"Yeah, and hopefully it'll be at a contest. We still haven't had a chance to face-off yet."
"Yeah, even though we already know I'll win."
"Wanna bet on it? I-"
"Hate to break things up, but we really should get going." Tenten said as she and Neji were already walking down the path. "We need to catch up to Naruto and Lee."
"Oh, right." Sakura said as she jogged to catch up with them. "See ya soon, Ino!"
Elsewhere, a party of two were walking around the mountain. "Ugh, where is that old midget?" one said, being none other than Tsunade, as they walked through the mountains. "He called us here to help, and he hasn't even bothered show up and meet us."
"Now, now, Lady Tsunade, I'm sure we'll run into him soon." the other, a woman that was unmistakably a Nurse Shizune. This one was Tsunade's personal assitant, and tavelled with her.
"And what about Jiraiya? Where is he?"
"I'm sure he is on his way."
"So, how much of the mountain have you covered?" Kimimaro asked as he and Tayuya led the way with the three Sound Grunts following.
"We've covered the entire thing, but have found the Heatran." Zaku explained.
"He means the whole exterior, though. We believe that it may be underground." Kin said. "This mountain has a many caves and tunnels for it to hide."
"However, it is also very easy to get lost." Dosu said. "Our few attempts thus far to explore them have yielded little results. So far, we've encountered dead ends or end up back outside."
"Hm, I see." Kimimaro said as he thought about the information.
"Why don't we just dig our own tunnels?" Tayuya questioned.
Kimimaro rolled his eyes. "Thats..." he began, but stopped as a plan began to form in his mind. "Actually, thats not a bad idea coming from you."
"Yeah, of course." Tayuya said, before realizing the underlying insult at her. "Hey!"
"Do you think we could get some equipment from the main base delievered here?" Kimimaro asked the grunts as he ignored his partner.
"The Boss has granted the operation permission to use whatever means necessary." Kin said as she pulled out a small device. "What do you need?"
"A large digging machine, perferably one capable of withstanding extreme heat, with contaiment chambers, also heat resistant" he said. "Also, something capable of picking up strong heat signatures from within the earth."
As Team Sound made their way around the mountain, a group of five humans and two Pokemon were noticed by Sneasel as he looked out down the ledge. "Hey, look down there." he said, and Kin sent the request.
"Looks like a group of travelling trainers." Dosu commented, not paying them much attention. However, their two seniors and the talking Pokemon had much different opinions.
"Its them!" Tayuya seethed.
"Everywhere we go, we seem to run into them." Kimimaro said, doing a much better job of containing his extreme dislike for the group. "Though I see they've got a new face with them now."
"No!" Tayuya protested quite loudly. "We're gonna take them out now before they've got a chance to mess up our plans! No way am I gonna let them ruin my chance to impress the boss."
Seeing the confusion on the grunts faces, Kimimaro decided to explain. "We've had dealings with those trainers in the past. They've been quite the thorn in our side."
"I'm with Tayuya, I say we get rid of them now!" Sneasel said, holding up his claws and ready to fight.
"We could ignore them." Kin suggested. "Maybe if we don't instigate them, they won't even know anything is going on."
Kimimaro thought of all the options before making his decision. "No. Knowing those brats, they'll get involved the second they hear any sort of commotion. The only way to prevent that would be to wait for them to get off the mountain, and with the other high-risk trainers around, we can't afford to waste time." he stated. "You sent the request, Kin?"
"Yes sir. Its been approved, and one will be sent from the nearest base once it has been prepared." she said as she looked at her device. "It should take three to four hours."
"Then in the meantime, we'll eliminate the threat of that group." Kimimaro said.
"Heh, can't wait to be rid of those brats." Tayuya said.
Naruto and the others were making their way. As they did, Naruto was constantly looking around. "Man, sure is boring. I was hoping to see some Pokemon. Maybe see one to catch."
"Well, we're only just starting up the mountain." Tenten said. "We've still got a ways to go."
"Then lets hurry up! I want to find some Pokemon!" Naruto declared, and he and Vulpix started to speed up.
"Wait." Neji said as he looked at a map. "Be careful; up ahead is a cliff and the path gets narrow." Sure enough, not too far up ahead, there was a steep drop on their right side. On the left side of the path they walked was also a wall, so the path did narrow. But not too much, as the path was still pretty wide.
"Well, there is still plenty of room to walk." Sakura said.
"We should still be careful." Tenten said. "We wouldn't to slip and fall."
"Actually, I wouldn't mind if that actually happened!" a female voice announced.
"Yeah, then they'd be out of our way for good!" a male voice said.
"Maybe we should do something about that." another, calmer male voice said.
"Whos there?" Naruto called out. "Show yourself!" This caused some laughter to be heard.
"...I think I recognize those voices." Sakura said.
"Prepare for trouble!" a female voice said
"And make it double!" a male voice said.
"Oh no..." Naruto said, as he, Sakura, Tenten, and Neji realized what was coming. Lee was oblivious.
"To protect the world from devastation."
"To unite all people within our nation."
"To denounce the evil of truth and love."
"To extend our reach to the stars above."
"Tayuya." she said from the top of the cliff with Kin standing next to her.
"Kimimaro." he announced, with Zaku and Dosu standing on either side of him.
"Team Sound shatters your ears with a sonic boom!"
"Surrender now or prepare for your doom!"
"Thats right!" Sneasel said from Tayuya's side.
"Team Sound!" the four trainers stated.
"Imagine our luck, running into you here!" Tayuya said.
"I see you've got back-up this time." Tenten said, already reaching for a pokeball, ready for when the battle would innevitably happen.
"Yeah, but we don't need grunts to tack care of you!" Sneasel said.
"Grunts? And to think I almost thoughtyou might pose a challenge this time." Neji said. "But I suppose you won't be much even with equal numbers."
"Naruto, who are these people?" Lee asked.
"They're bad news, and thats all you need to know right now." he replied.
"Cubone, go!" Kimimaro said as ge sent out his first Pokemon. "Tayuya, how about we find out what the new Pokemon the boss gave is?"
"Ok, lets see the boss's present in action!" Tayuya agreed as she threw her pokeball, and it released from it a large flying creature that resembled a bat.
"Noi!" it yelled out.
"What is that Pokemon?" Naruto questioned as he pulled out his Pokedex.
"Noivern, the sound wave Pokemon. Noivern is a Flying/Dragon-type Pokemon. It is extremely combative and will attack anything that wanders too close to it. Flying through the dark night with ease, Noivern uses the ultrasonic waves it emits from its ears to attack. These waves are so strong they can reduce large boulders to small pebbles." Naruto's Pokedex said.
"A Dragon-type? Where did she get one of those?" Sakura questioned in shock.
"Oh wow, I love it!" Tayuya said. "Noivern, use Dragon Pulse!" she ordered, and flew towards Naruto's group and fired a blast of energy from it's mouth. They avoided it, and prepared to retaliate.
"Alright, time for battle, guys! Mudkip, go!" Naruto said, throwing his pokeball
"You three, send out Pokemon." Kimimaro ordered.
"Right. Go, Yanma!" Zaku said.
"Beedrill, go!" Kin said
"Come out, Zubat!" Dosu said.
Their three Pokemon came out, and flew behind Noivern.
"Dragons are weak to Ice, so use Ice Beam, Mudkip!" Naruto said.
"You too, Squitle!" Their two Pokemon shot freezing blasts from their mouths, but the Dragon simply avoided the attack by flying around them. It then fired another blast of energy from its mouth.
"Take the hit, Skarmory!" Tenten ordered, and her bird flew into the path of attack. It hit, but the Steel bird was able to continue, not having taken any major damage due to its typing. "Now get it back with Steel Wing!" she called out, and her Pokemon flew at the Dragon as its wings began to glow. However, the opponent just avoided the attack. Then in its path was the Zunat.
"Use Supersonic!" Dosu ordered his Pokemon, and the Zubat let loose a sound. As Skarmory was caught in the attack, it began to fly around erraticaly, having been confused by the attack.
Meanwhile, Kin's Beedrill flew at the others. "Use Pin Missile!" she ordered, and from its two stingers shot out a barrage of needles that Squirtle and Mudkip avoided.
"Water Gun!" Naruto and Sakura said in unison, and their Pokemon shot streams of water at the Bug-type. The Beedrill avoided their attacks, and as they were preocupied, they didn't even notice as Sneasel landed behind them and hit them with his Faint Attack.
With Lee and Neji, Yanma had used Sonicboom on their Pokemon. The Fighting-types avoided the attack, but were struck by a Bonemerang as Cubone dropped into the fight. It then ran at them. "Use Bone Rush!" Kimimaro ordered, and his Pokemon's club glowed. It struck Hitmonlee, and continued to hit it again and again.
"Now Noivern, use Boomburst!" Tayuya ordered.
"Noi..." her Pokemon let out. "VEEEERRRRN!" it let out from the speakers on its head, and everyone was struck by the powerful burst of sound. All the Pokemon were hit, and even the humans, as well as the surrounding area. Rocks even began to fall. Skarmory was knocked out by a combination of the the attack, and the damage it had delt itself while confused. Tenten was forced to call it back. Naruto and Sakura also called back their Pokemon, both unable to battle thanks to the damage they had received.
"Tayuya, be careful where you aim that!" Kimimaro yelled over the noise. The ground was also beginning to shake. Clearly not a good sign.
Sakura began to stumble as she lost her balance due to the shaking, and landed next to the cliff, and suddenly, due to the attack and the shaking, gave way beneath her, and she and Eevee fell. "Aaaaaahhh!" she screamed as she plummeted down bellow.
Unfortunately, she wasn't the only one who would suffer such a fate, as Naruto was knocked into the wall, and the ground gave way beneath him. Apparently, their had been a cave beneath his feet, and he tumbled down into the darkness bellow with Vulpix.
"Naruto!" Tenten cried out.
"Sakura!" Lee cried out.
And from the shaking ground, it didn't seem like that was the end of things. "Ugh, lets retreat. The area is too unstable because some lacks self restraint!" Kimimaro complained. They called back most of their Pokemon, and Sneasel was carried back up to them before the group left.
Neji, Tenten, and Lee wouldn't have much time to worry about their friends just yet, and the three had to run ahead as more rocks fell, and the ground beneath them was starting to cave in. They dodged the falling debris, and eventually, made it to an area not near a cliff where the ground was stable.
"No... Naruto and Sakura are-" Lee began, already starting to cry
"Don't say that!" Tenten stopped him. "I fell off a cliff, and I'm fine! They'll be fine too!" she said, tears starting to well up in her eyes.
"Tenten, Sakura's drop was a lot farther than yours, and unlike with you, it didn't look like there would be any water for her to land in." Neji stated. "Naruto's odds of survival are greater, but we have no way of knowing that whereever he ended up wasn't also caving in..." Neji said, looking at Gallade and Hitmonlee and calling back his Pokemon.
"No way!" Tenten protested his analysis. "C'mon, lets head down there! There are plenty of paths that lead down there, and we're gonna find Sakura! And then we'll find a cave into the mountain to find Naruto!" she said, already walking.
"Yes! I agree completely!" Lee said. "Your determination and belief is inspiring! Are friends are indeed going to be fine! And we shall find them!" Lee said as he followed once he recalled his Pokemon.
As Sakura fell to what would certainly be her death, many thoughts raced through her head. Thoughts about her friends, thoughts of her dream that she'd never get to accomplish, and thoughts of her family whom she would never get to see again. She took Eevee who was hanging from her shoulder and hugged it to her chest. "This is the end." she said to it.
Then suddenly, she was grabbed in midair by a round, pink thing. Then, before she could think about what happened, she felt her and her rescuer land on something soft.
She saw that what she had been saved by was a Blissey catching her, and they had landed on a pink and brown Gastrodon. "Glad we made it in time." a voice said, and she turned to see several figured, two humans walking over to her. And she recognized them.
"Ah! You're Tsunade!" she let out in surprise.
"Yes. Me and my assistant were making our way through the mountain when we spotted you dropping." Tsunade said. "I had one of my other Pokemon throw Blissey at you, and then had Gastrodon act as a cushion to break your fall."
"Thank you so much for saving me!" Sakura said bowing her head. "I can't thank you enough. I wish that there was something I could do to repay you."
"Its nothing." Tsunade said, waving her hand at the suggestion. "Hm, you look a bit familiar... Ah, yes, now I remember. You've been in a few contests recently and one one."
"Ah, yeah! I won the Byakugan City contest."
"Right." Tsunade said. "Anyway, you should follow us for now. We'll help you get back to the path."
Naruto was lying on the ground unconcious with Vulpix. An Aron was getting close, but scampered off as the boy and Pokemon began to stir. When he awakoe, he noticed it was pretty dark save for a dim light.
"Looks like you're finally awake." Naruto heard a voice, and saw an old man holding a torch that was clearly he source of light.
"Where am I?" Naruto asked as he sat up.
"You're beneath Mt Iwa." the old man replied. "I was on my way through the tunnels when you, quite literally, dropped in."
It was then that Naruto recalled all the events that had lead up to him ending up here. "Ah! The others! Sakura!"
"Calm down, boy." the old man said.
"You gotta get me out of here, old man! I've gotta make sure my friends are okay!" Naruto exclaimed, and Vulpix nodded in agreement.
"Lucky for you I was on my way to an exit. Follow me." the old man agreed. "Just don't call me 'old man'!"
"Yeah, sure, whatever." Naruto said as he followed. As he did, he couldn't help but stare at the old man. "You know, you look sorta familiar." he said. He felt like he show recognize the elderly man, but he just couldn't place where he had seen him before.
Back on the surface, Tenten and Lee were leading the way as Neji followed. He was much less optimistic about his friends survival. Sure, he would be just as glad as them if they were indeed safe, but he had to look at things realistically. And their chances were pretty slim.
"Thought you three could sneak around without getting caught, did you?" a voice suddenly called out to them, and they looked up onto a ledge to see a girl and a fat man standing above them.
"Huh?" Tenten let out in confusion. She had no idea what they were talking about.
"Oh, don't play dumb!" the girl said. "We know who you are!"
"You do?" Lee asked, just as confused.
"Yeah! You three are the trio from Team Sound that have been messing around on Mt Iwa!" the fat man said.
"You think we're with Team Sound?" Neji let out, not sure whether he should be offended or amused that they were being mistaken as part of Team Sound. Considering the duo from the organiztion that they usually dealt with, he was leaning towards offended.
"And now, we're gonna take care of you before you can get away!" the girl said as she pulled out a pokeball and threw it. "Go, Magcargo!"
"Come out, Graveller!" the fat man sent out his own Pokemon. A snail that looked like lava, and a round, four-armed rock creature stood in their path.
"Look, this is all a big misu-" Tenten began, but the two people who had confronted them were clearly not in the mood to hear them out. They commanded their Pokemon to attack the trio.
"Use Rock Blast, Golem!
"Hey, what are you doing!?" Tenten demanded as they avoided the attack.
"We told you, we're gonna capture you!" the girl declared. "Theres no way we're gonna let you get to Heatran!"
"Heatran?" Neji repeated.
"We mean you no ill will!" Lee said.
"Yeah, we're no with Team Sound!" Tenten said.
"Yeah, like we're just gonna believe you!" the girl said. "Magcargo, use your Flamethrower again!" she commanded, and her Pokemon attacked them again.
"Hey Kurotsuchi, what if they're really not with Team Sound?" the fat man asked her.
"Oh, and I suppose its just coincidence that we find three people, two boys and a girl wandering Mt Iwa, when a group of three Team Sound members, two boys and a girl, have been seen around here lately?" the girl, Kurotsuchi questioned the man.
"Well, I suppose so." the fat man said.
"And if they're really not from Team Sound, we'll worry about that later, Akatsuchi. We can't risk them being the group, and then letting them go."
Down below, Neji pulled out a Pokeball. "They're not gonna listen to us. We'll have to defend ourselves." he siad as he sent out Gallade.
"Right." Tenten and Lee agreed, sending out Buizel and Hitmonlee respectively.
"Say, if you don't mind me asking, what are you doing here, old man?" Naruto asked.
"I told you not to call me that." the old man said. "But I'll tell you anyway. I was looking around the underground for where a Pokemon is. I'm here to protect it."
"What kind of Pokemon?" Naruto asked with interest.
"I'll tell you as long as you promise not to try anything. Don't mess with this Pokemon, got it?" he asked, and Naruto nodded. "Its a Heatran."
"Wow, really? A Heatran is here? Thats awesome!" Naruto said.
"This Heatran is actually pretty important to the area. Its an important part of the whole mountain, and it being here actually makes sure that Mt Iwa, which is really a dormant volcano, doesn't erupt." the old man explained. "Its presence is suppose to be a secret, but recently, its presence here has been learned by those who would seek to capture it without any care of what would happen to the surrounding area."
"Woah, thats pretty big." Naruto said. "If there is anything we can do to help, you can count on me and Vulpix!"
"I appreciate the sentiment."
Meanwhile, in another location of the mountain's underground, the white haired pervert Jiraiya looked down at the sleeping Pokemon before him. The Pokemon in question was none other than a mighty Heatran.
"Good, finally found the thing." he said. "Now, just have to make sure that they don't show up to capture you."
There's the nineteenth chapter. Again, I am so sorry that this took so long. Honestly, part of the reason that this took so long was because I rewrote this chapter several times. I just couldn't get things to go a way I felt was best. But I finally came up with a version that I like. I've already got an idea of the next chapter, so hopefully this won't take as long to get the next chapter out.
Next chapter: Rampaging Heatran!