A/N OMG ALL THE REVIEWS! Thank you all so much, as always. Very much appreciated. 1,500 hits for this story! High five to everyone who's reading this!

Since I'm on break this week, I hope to have another update out by Friday. I'll try my best!

Disclaimer: Pokemon? Belonging to me? Would you THINK I'd be writing this disclaimer if it did? 'Safe and Sound'= Taylor Swift ft. The Civil Wars.


Platina

I had done it. The most terrible form of betrayal. And I, the heiress of the Berlitz, had done it.

The voices of Pearl had long faded from my mind, but I almost wanted them back. It left my mind numb and alone, and I wanted it back. Just so I could have company. I was a terrible, terrible friend.

But, then again, I was already a terrible friend to begin with, since I had not trusted him.

A cold, chilling ice barrier. I was in one. Even though I was already in one to begin with.

I remember tears streaming down your face
When I said, "I'll never let you go"

"Empoleon, drill peck." I croaked, teeth chattering from the cold. I could see my breath coming out in wisps. What was this place?

One thought was on my mind. I had to get out. It had been at least four days since I came, so... What had happened?

A horrible thought came to my mind, but I shook it away. It cannot have happened. Not in the course of only five days.

Pearl was not acting right the moment I saw him. I guess I knew this. What had caused him to change? I did not...

I was lying again. I did know. Me. My fault.

When all those shadows almost killed your light
I remember you said, "Don't leave me here alone"
But all that's dead and gone and passed tonight

I think the temperature fell even more. I called out Rapidash to warm me a bit, he could not stay out long, for he began to melt away some of the ice around us. Was that a good thing? Circles. I was going around in circles.

Your fault.

I was going mad.

Circles. Carousel. Can you feel it?

Just close your eyes

Empoleon stopped its rapid pecking when he looked over to see that I was frozen to the spot, eyes wild. He came over and nuzzled me affectionately, which snapped me out of it instantly. I patted his majestic head, which he took as a signal to keep going.

My pokedex. I patted my pockets for it, and it was there. I wondered if I could get a signal. I tried, and failed.

What would I tell my seniors?

About Pearl? It would make Dia crumble.

How would Pearl get out of that cave?

The sun is going down
You'll be alright
No one can hurt you now
Come morning light
You and I'll be safe and sound

For a moment, I considered heading back, but we had already come too far to turn back now. It would be a waste. Together, pokemon by trainer, we pressed on.

The ice on the walls were almost eerie. They caught tiny amounts of light and then transformed it into a pure white glow. So the first busts of sunlight were welcomed greatly.

"Bash into it, Empoleon!" I cried. I could tell my pokemon was getting hurt, but there was no other way, really. "Harder!"

"Em!" Bash. Titter back and forth. Bash again. Fall to the ground. Get back up. Bash. A small crack. Bash. Crack spreads like spiderwebs. Crash. Whole rock comes falling down, kicking up dust and grit that get into our eyes. But we did it.

"Thank you!" I said as I returned my pokemon into its pokeball. My shrill voice did not echo anymore. The sunlight touched the shadowed walls where no warmth had ever been. A feeling of pride swelled up in my chest, and even though I was bleeding, dirty, and shaking from the nips of cold, I was happy.

Where was I? I took out my pokedex which, thankfully, was working. I discovered there was a new icon added to its home screen.

'Tracking beacon'?

Out of sheet curiosity, I pressed it. The red light began to beep rapidly, and the map suddenly showed red circles spreading out from the dot that represented me.

It was a signal. I almost jumped with joy, but fought back the urge. Instead, I sat down at the mouth of the cave and waited.

Really, even now I do not know what drove me to go through that crack in the wall. Some sort of instinct, I suppose. Either way, it probably saved my life.

There was a shrill cry of a Aerodactyl and a shadow crossed over the sky. Soon after, Senior Red landed on the ground, a frown on his face. But it lightened as soon as he saw me.

"Platinum!" he cried. Running over, he wrapped me in a blanket while looking at me up and down. "Where have you been? We've been running all over, looking for you!"

"I-I am sorry, senior, I just-"

"Well, it doesn't matter. You're here now. Five days!"

My heart sank. Five days? "What has happened?"

Don't you dare look out your window darling
Everything's on fire
The war outside our door keeps raging on

Senior Red frowned again, uncertainty in his crimson eyes. "I... I don't know. It was discovered that Sapphire was gone before the announcement came on, so that means that Rayquaza originally only had two captives, so one of them... are dead or lost. For awhile, everything was pretty quiet so we thought it had stopped so we started searching for her lair. But then there was a reported attack so I was just heading over until..."

"We must not waste time then!" I exclaimed and proceeded to get on the flying pokemon. That is, until a hand stopped me.

"Have you seen yourself? You're positively wiped out. We're heading back to base."

"Base?"

"The pokemon league," he explained. "Weirdly, it's not the first place Rayquaza attacked, so we're safe to go there.

Perfect. I could do all my explaining there.

Hold onto this lullaby
Even when the music's gone
Gone

I was lifted on the fossil pokemon's boney body. We took off.


To say the pokemon league was huge would be an understatement. It was positively giant. The ceiling seemed to be endless in my eyes. The rooms where the Elite Four usually stayed were now transformed into various rooms for certain purposes. One room was turned into a hospital of sorts for the hurt people and pokemon. One room was transformed into a grieving room for the ones that were lost. Another was turned into a war command room, complete with a hologram of Hoenn. The last room was turned into a sleeping area, where various people were on the floor, eating.

The champion's room was turned into a room for the dexholders, half of whom were present. Blue, Yellow, Gold, Emerald, and... Diamond. My heart leaped with joy. He was okay. In fact, I smiled at his sleeping form on the couch.

"Everyone! Gather 'round!" Senior Red called. Even as they gathered, I could see the sleepless nights reflected in their eyes. The deep bags beneath, weak movements, lack of energy.

Senior Yellow was the first to snap out of her daze and actually look at me. "P-Platina?"

Others snapped awake as soon as they heard the name. Emerald shook Diamond awake from the couch. "Platina's back! Wake up, doofus!"

Senior Gold pumped a fist in the air. "Yes! Now the old Prof will stop yelling at us!" I had the hint that he was talking about Professor Rowan. I had to twitch at that, a mere commoner insulting the professor like that...

Everyone started to cheer, and a surge of gratitude overwhelmed me. They cared. That I was back. That made me... happy.

But what made the happy the most was when Diamond tackle-hugged me out of nowhere, and together, we crashed to the floor.

His lips met mine. We didn't break apart after one moment. Two.

"I'm so glad you're okay." The familiar blue of his eyes. "I was so worried. Where were you? What were you doing?"

"I... I fell during the explosion. Into a crevice. I am sorry, Diamond."

I was sorry, but not for the reason he thought. "Well, you're safe now. All that matters. At least Rayquaza hasn't got you."

'She almost had me.'

Just close your eyes
The sun is going down
You'll be alright

The group began to disband, Senior Red heading to command to report on my return. The others all went back to their spots on various couches and sleeping bags, but looked significantly happier. "I did not know everyone worried about me so much."

"Of course we did. Three dexholders gone now... Who knows-" He abruptly stopped and turned to look. "I-I'm sorry, forget you ever-"

"Diamond, I know about Senior Sapphire."

There was a beep from his pocket. He cast an apologetic glance at me. "I have to go. You'll stay here right?"

When I nodded, he smiled and kissed me lightly on my forehead. I felt like a little girl again, but I guess that was a good thing. "Great. Listen, don't mention anything about the missing dexholders to Senior Blue."

"But-"

Diamond was gone before I could say something else. I called after him, "I need to talk to you when you get back!"

I walked over to Senior Blue, who was mindlessly drinking a cup of coffee as I sat down. "I'm glad your back, Platina. The more the better." She smiled, a genuine smile. It was the first time I'd seen her smile like that for real in awhile.

Despite what Diamond said, I decided to mention it anyways. "Senior Blue... I am sorry."

"What, about you? It was nothing!"

I had the feeling she knew exactly what I was talking about.

"No, about... Senior Green. If he's lost-"

Her whole body cringed violently, making me step back. But somehow, she smiled again. "...Who?"

"S-Senior Green. Your-"

"Platina, are you sure you're okay?" Senior Blue stared at me in concern. There was a sort of icy tone in her voice, though it was barely heard. "You're making things up. Brain's messing with you. There's never been a 'Green' in our group."

She walked away, trying to hide her tears. Failure ensued; I could see the shards dripping from her face.

No one can hurt you now
Come morning light
You and I'll be safe and sound

"That was stupid of you. For someone so smart, I mean."

I turned around. Emerald. "Dia told you, didn't he?" He questioned.

"I just-"

"I don't care. You gotta be careful. She's shaken up, ever since the incident. Just don't next time, okay?"

Before I could reply, Senior Red came into the room, helping a bleeding, bruised Senior Crystal.

"Crys!" Senior Gold shouted out, and dashed over to her, bombarding her with questions. "What happened? Why are you like that? You okay? Is everyone else okay?"

"I-I'm fine Gold," she choked out, managing a small smile before stumbling again.

"No you're not," Senior Red told her sternly and carefully placed her on one of the more comfortable seats.

She shook her head. "I have to go to command."

"I can go for you, you have to rest. Just tell me what happened."

More harsh breaths and coughs racked her body. Someone passed her a cup of cold water, which she drank thankfully, enjoying every sip.

"T-They got through our barrier. We couldn't stop it."

"They? Who are 'they'?"

A pained expression came over her face like storm clouds, setting in gradually. "Groudon. Kyogre. Regirock. Registeel. Regice." More coughs. "Celebi."

"Celebi?" Senior Yellow repeated, coming over to stand by the injured dexholder.

"Yes. It was-outrageous. We couldn't-stop," Cough. Cough. Blood. More water. "them. Silver... Lyra... gone."

A wave of panic crossed over Senior Red's face. Senior Blue stiffened from the corner of my eye. "Is every dexholder here?"

My mind flew to Diamond. "No! Diamond left. Just a moment ago."

"Where did he go?"

"I-I do not know."

I could hear Senior Red cursing under his breath. "Crys!" Senior Gold cried, kneeling beside the other dexholder and helping her up. She was coughing out more blood. "Don't worry, Crys, we'll get you help right away."

"W-Wait..."

Senior Gold looked at her in concern. "What?"

"The person- traitor-"

"Who?" Everyone was listening now (bar Senior Blue, who was still in shock) and everyone leaned in to hear what she was about to say.

"P-P"

My chest tightened. She was going to say it.

"Pearl."

Just close your eyes
You'll be alright
Come morning light,
You and I'll be safe and sound...

Oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh oh oh.


A/N Does this song fit, do you think? I'm not very pleased with the choice but...

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