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:: sheepish look :: ........erm...hi again. Been a while, ay? Heh heh...Gimme a break! I had writer's block!!...for about five months o_O Well, fear not ppl, FOR I SHALL FINISH THIS........it may take some years into my after life, but i'm never one to let anyone down!...honest.

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POKEMON ARMAGEDDON

PART NINE

The enormous flying creature let out an almighty shriek as it soared through the air. Misty clung tightly to Ash's side, her bright blue eyes wide with fright.

"Ash, what is that thing?!" She yelled through the noise. Ash quickly fished out his pokédex.

Findar: One of the legendary type pokémon. This pokémon is a combination of grass/flying and normal.

Ash gasped, "Legendary type pokémon?" He stared at the tiny picture of the Findar on his pokédex, then to the real thing, circling the towering skyscrapers above.

Other Legendary type pokémon include: Articuno, Moltres, and Zapdos. These pokémon are commonly known as the masters of Lightning, Fire, Water and Earth. As the legend goes, these pokémon each have one messenger of their own.

Misty's eyes widened upon hearing this. She tugged on Ash's shoulder. "Quick, what else does it say?!" The group huddled around the small pokédex.

Each of these messengers are special pokémon with the ability to talk.

Suddenly Misty grabbed the pokédex out of Ash's hand and began yelling at the thing. "Forget that! I wanna know who these messengers are!!"

The pokédex pinged and the voice started up again, No more data.

Misty face began turning a deep shade of red, and in a fit of rage, she hurled the rectangular gadget at the unsuspecting Ash. "This dumb thing is useless!!"

Ash winced, holding his bruised stomach. "I have just been thrown through a window, and chased by a giant, possible man-eating, bird! I don't need to be abused by you as well!" Misty was about to continue the argument before she heard the enormous Findar let out another ear-piercing shriek.

The group looked up to see a second huge fire bird attack the Findar in flight.
"Huh, what's that Ash?" Tracey asked. Ash picked up the fallen pokédex and pointed it towards the fire bird.

Moltres, known as the legendary bird of fire. Every flap of its wings creates a dazzling flash of flames.

Everyone stared in awe as the two legends began to do battle in the sky. The corner of Arin's eye suddenly caught two familiar figures standing on top of a rooftop nearby. "Hey look!" She pointed in the direction of Team Rocket. Ash, Tracey and Misty gasped.

"It's Team Rocket!" Tracey announced. Ash frowned.

"Jessie.and James. We haven't seen them for months!"

Misty lowered her eyes as she remembered the last time she saw the infamous Team Rocket. It was the last time she had seen Ninetales. She shook her head and grabbed Ash's shirt. Ash spun around angrily, ready to throw more insults in the young red head's face, before he saw the pain and fear in her expression.

"Ash. You can't let them capture that pokémon." Misty pleaded quietly and lowered her eyes to the ground. Ash heaved a sigh. He watched the young beauty for a moment longer, before reaching for a pokéball and tossing it high into the air.

"Charizard, I choose you!!" In a flash of white light, Charizard appeared, hovering in the air and ready for battle. "Alright Pikachu, get on his back. The both of you are gonna fight together, right?!"

"Pika pi! Pikachu!" With a nod of his head, Pikachu scrambled up onto the large Charizard's back before it took off in a fury of blistering hot flames.

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Crystal Ember, accompanied by her two pokémon, Pichu and Vulpix, wandered the lonely dirt track until she finally reached a fork in the road. She sighed heavily, dumping her heavy rucksack on the ground.

"Hmm, Neon City...or the Purple Woods. Well, we've never been to the purple woods before. Maybe we can catch some new pokémon, ay?" Crystal called back eagerly. Vulpix, Pichu sprawled across her back, wearily crawled up to her master's side before collapsing to the ground. Crystal stared down at her two companions and sweat-dropped. "What fearless, brave pokémon I have." She muttered.

"Vul?" Vulpix looked up with a pathetic expression. Crystal sighed, a little irritated, and picked the exhausted pokémon up into her arms. Pichu leapt from Vulpix's back and onto Crystal's shoulder where he settled down nicely and began to sleep.

"Well," Crystal wheezed, and stumbled under the weight of the two pokémon, "It's on to the purple woods! Sheesh, you two are getting heavy!"


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A little while later

Gary Oak marched along the dirt path, cursing as he went. "All girls are trouble! Damnit, when I see her i'm gonna, OWE!! Great, now my feet hurt! That's all I need."

When Gary had finally recovered and gotten out of hospital, he had found his car perfectly normal and in it's usual pristine clean conditionon one side. The other side had been completely destroyed; doors ripped off, paint scratched, tyres missing, you name it!

Gary gritted his teeth and bit down hard on his tongue to prevent himself from cursing at the passing Pidgey. Finally he came to a fork in the road where Crystal had passed earlier. He read the sign pointing to Neon City and the Purple Woods.

"Hmmif I was Crystal, where would I go?" He chuckled a little, "Heh, that's easy." Taking the left turn, Gary headed towards the mysterious Purple Woods.


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Rubble and debree rained down on the small group as Charizard was effortlessly thrown against a large, tilting skyscraper.

"Charizard no!" Ash shouted as he raced to his fallen pokémon. Pikachu had leapt to the safety of solid ground before Charizard could crash into the building. The electric mouse hopped onto Ash's shoulder as he gently stroked the Charizard's scaly head. Ash took one more glance at the two pokémon battling in mid flight before returning Charizard to his pokéball.

"Ash! What are you doing? You can't give up! You never give up." Misty cried desperately. "Please, don't let Team Rocket win." Ash turned to meet her with a steady gaze, without uttering a single wordfor once.

"Misty, Ash can't send out anymore of his pokémon. None of us have anything powerful enough to defeat them." Tracey sighed, "We have to leave it for now. It's getting too dangerous for us to stick around." He laid a reassuring hand on Misty's shoulder. "We can get help later. Then we can come back stronger than ever. I promise you we'll defeat them." Arin looked up at Tracey, admiration shining in her eyes. He was still holding tightly onto her hand.

Another explosion brought Ash out of his deep trance. He studied Misty for a second then took her hand in his. The last thing he wanted to do was let her down. "Misty, I promise you that we'll help... just not now." Misty swallowed the hard lump in her throat and nodded silently. Ash led the small group as they wove in and out of the of the city's collapsed buildings.

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The crooked branches of the towering trees overhead seemed to reach out for Gary as he crept through the eerie Purple Woods.

"Purple woods" He whispered before practically jumping out of his skin as he came face to face with a pair of glowing red eyes. He calmed down a bit after he realised the eyes belonged to a Zubat perched on a low tree branch. "This place is more like a freak show." He muttered under his breath. Swallowing the lump in his throat, Gary continued walking the narrow path through the thick, ever-darkening woods. Soon he could hardly see two feet ahead of him. His feet were now lost in the thick ghostly mist which floated through the forest.

*SNAP!*

Gary turned sharply to his right, searching for something he wasn't so sure he wanted to find. Calming his nerves, Gary continued on his way. But it wasn't long before he heard another twig snapping behind him. He looked from right to left, trying to get accustomed to the dark. All he could make out were the gnarled branches of the many trees surrounding him. Cautiously, Gary took a second step into the mist before, *SNAP!! CRACK!! BANG!! CRASH!! THUD!*

"Euiweee!?!"

Gary lay face down on the muddy ground, his arm throbbing painfully from the fall. He tilted his head up to see who or what had fallen on him. First came the little brown nose, second a pair of big soft dark eyes. Finally Gary could make out the creatures long brown ears and big bushy tail.

"An Eevee?" The Eevee cocked his head to the side, cried happily, then lurched forward to bite his nose.

"Owe!! Dammit." Gary sat up, rubbing his sore nose tenderly. "A psychotic Eevee." He muttered before standing up and brushing himself down.

The Eevee watched the young human curiously and began to sniff his boots. Gary stopped brushing the mud off of himself and stared down at the puppy like pokémon with one arched eyebrow.

"Hey, there are hundreds of toilets around here, yah know. I'm not one of them! Now go away!" Gary marched away from the infant pup without a second glance. However, the pokémon had already decided that he liked this human ((What reason I shall never be sure of ^_^ ::suddenly, hundreds of Gary fans attack her!:: ...eep!!)) and began following him through the thick mist.

Time passed and Gary had no idea where he was or where he was going to. He had hoped to catch up with Crystal by now. He cringed a little as he felt a sharp pang in his chest. It was, of course, guilt. He had been teasing Ash about being so far behind. But now that he himself didn't have a car any longer, he knew how it felt to be behind. And he hated it!

*SNAP!*

Gary stopped and sighed heavily as he heard the sound of another twig snapping behind him. Frowning, Gary turned around. There sticking out from the white mist drifting below, was a big, brown fluffy tail with a cream coloured tip.

He snorted. "Hah! What do you take me for?!" he said, slightly amused by the creatures pathetic attempts at being inconspicuous. Eevee poked his soft brown head up through the mist and smiled pathetically.
"Euiwee?" It cried happily.

Gary folded his arms and shook his head. "I've already got two Eevee, a Vaporeon, a Flareon and a Jolteon! There's no point in adding you to my collection." Gary paused, "No offense or nothin'." With that, he turned around and began walking on again. Eevee pounced on him, and began tugging at the bottom of his pants with his needle like teeth.

"Hey, come on! Let go, let go!"

"Weeee, euiwee!" The puppy cried and looked up at him with big pitiful eyes. Gary sighed heavily and picked him up.

"Alright, alright! You can stay with me, Sheesh. Hmm, you're the first pokémon I've ever met who wants to be captured." Gary studied the infant pup in his arms. It looked more or less like any other Eevee, apart from the black stripe down its snout.

"Huh, you're kinda cute. Not that I'm going soft or anyth--" Gary stopped in mid-sentence. In the distance was the shrill cry of a pack of carnivorous Persians; ready for the night hunt.

"Uh-oh." Gary searched for an empty pokéball in his rucksack, then pointed it at Eevee. "Eevee, return!" Eevee jumped back and cried angrily. "Huh? Why won't you--?"

"Puuurrrr!!" Two gleaming red eyes emerged from the shadowed bushes, not too far from where the two were standing. Eevee cowered and leapt inside Gary's backpack.
"Oh, great. You're gonna weigh me down!" Gary called back as he took to his heel and raced through the forest.

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Floating, unnoticed, above the young girl's head, Mew glanced around the dark Purple Woods. At first it had been quite an adventure travelling into this unknown territory but the adventure came to an abrupt halt when Crystal finally realised that she'd been reading the map upside down.

Crystal smiled sheepishly. "Okay, okay. So I got us lost. A one off, I promise!"

Vulpix glared back at her trainer. "Vulpix, vul, vul! (it's not been the first time!)" Crystal cringed a little. She opened her bag to find Pichu still fast asleep, and smiled happily. Carefully placing her backpack over her shoulders, Crystal continued to read the map, making sure that this time it was the right way up.

Vulpix sat on the ground and began to clean her glossy fur coat with pride. Suddenly, her ears pricked back as she felt the slight vibrations in the ground.
"Vul?"

Suddenly, a familiar voice rang out through the dark forest. "AHH!! Murderous Persians!!!"

Crystal looked up from her map, one eyebrow arched high. "Say what??"

Gary Oak burst through the bushes, Eevee's head poking out the top of his rucksack. Gary collapsed to the ground infront of Crystal and panted heavily. "PersiansI hate Persians." He muttered grimly.

Crystal bent low to see his face, "Gary? Is that you?"

Suddenly an alert sounded in Gary's brain, and his eyes locked with her's. "Crystal YOU!!!" He growled. "This is all your fault!!"

Vulpix and Crystal exchanged a quick glance. "....eep." Pokémon and trainer took to their heels and fled from the raging Gary Oak who was already up and chasing them. Behind him of course was the ravenous pack of Persians, who were fast gaining on their prey.


Gary, revenge the only thing in his mind, lunged at his rival. His strong arms wrapped around her waist, and the two fell to the ground with a loud thud! Crystal sat up, lifting her hand to her painful head. She glared angrily as Gary lifted himself off of her.

"Thanks a lot." She growled, inspecting the small cuts covering her knees. Gary cursed as he realised the fall had torn the bottom of his jeans.

"Forget about you, my jeans are wrecked!" He snapped at her. However, Crystal wasn't listening. Her eyes grew wide with fear as she watched the silent pack advance on them; their bloody fangs bared.

Gary however, continued his whining. "Do you have any idea how much these damn things cost!" Crystal sweat-dropped and began pointing at the large pack of carnivorous Persians ready to attack. Gary still remained completely oblivious of the danger they were in. "You know what you are?!" He yelled, "You're a damn jinx!"

"Stop your whining, and turn around." Crystal said, gritting her teeth. Gary frowned at her with a confused expression. All of a sudden, the ravenous pack of Persians came back to him, and he swallowed thickly.

"Oh right.forgot about them." He whispered in a hoarse voice. Slowly, he reached behind for his rucksack, but to his alarm it was no longer there. He realised that in their fall, both he and Crystal's rucksacks had fallen off.

"Damnit, all my pokémon are in there." He hissed through clenched teeth. Crystal spotted her own rucksack not to far off from Gary's.
Her eyes widened in fright, "Pichu's in there."

Black, stormy clouds were forming in the dark thunderous sky above. It was beginning to rain.

The large pack of Persians was circling the two trainers and their pokémon like wild Vultures.
Gary growled in frustration, his hands curling into fists. If only he could reach his bag. There was no way one Vulpix and an inexperienced Eevee could battle twenty Persians. Suddenly, he felt Crystal shiver beside him as the Persians advanced; claws unsheathed and at the ready. Gary stood infront of them protectively, startling his young female rival.


Thunder rumbled in the black swirling sky above, throwing Gary completely off guard. Fangs bared, the pack leapt towards their prey. Suddenly, a huge lightning bolt struck the ground a few inches infront of Gary. As the lightning erupted in the blackened sky above, an enormous shadow beast appeared; scaring the pack of Persians off.

Gary took one look at the giant shadow creature behind him and promptly fainted in Crystal's arms.

Crystal sweat-dropped, "Oh brother." She glanced back at the phantom shadow creature. It had disappeared, and in its place stood Pikachu. Ash, Misty, Arin and Tracey appeared behind him.

"We just keep running into each other." Misty giggled, a 'Priiii-ing' Togepi in her arms. Pikachu leapt onto Ash's shoulder and waved enthusiastically.

Crystal dropped Gary onto the muddy ground and hugged Misty happily, "Talk about great timing. You almost had me fooled with Pikachu."

Ash bent down beside his unconscious rival and grinned, "Well, at least we tricked Gary, ha, ha!" Tracey helped Ash to lift him up.

"The main thing is we scared off those wild Persians. They can be pretty vicious. I think we'd better move from here before they come back." Misty nodded quickly, thinking of the consequences of being caught by one of those wild pokémon.

Suddenly, Arin caught Crystal's eye. She was holding onto Tracey's shirt, her eyes flitting from tree to tree. She hadn't liked the look of those wild Persians either.

"Arin! What are you doing here?" Crystal cried out in surprise. Arin turned to see Crystal and immediately flung herself into the older girl's arms. Crystal looked to Misty and Ash for an explanation, but they only shrugged in answer.

Arin hadn't said much since they had left Neon City, and they didn't want to ask her about Pallet town, though secretly, Misty feared the worst. Something big was happening, and all she knew was that somehow, Team Rocket were involved.

"Misty?" Ash asked, slowly waving his hand infront of her face. Misty's aqua blue eyes turned up to meet his, and for a brief, fleeting moment, Ash could feel something between them. His heart beat faster, and he felt like there were a hundred Butterfree fluttering around in his stomach.

An ear-splitting thunderclap rumbled in the swirling sky above, bring Ash out of his trance. Ash guessed he had eaten something that had disagreed with him, and immediately shrugged the whole encounter off.

"C'mon Mist. The others are going on without us!" Misty clutched at her pendant, her face turning a deep shade of red. She had felt that 'something' between them too


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The small group of weary travellers had stopped to set up camp in a large, dry thicket at the edge of the Purple Woods. After having a good, filling dinner, each retired to their own sleeping bag.

Crystal gazed up at the small patch of sky visible from the thicket. The rain had finally stopped, and the sky was beginning to clear. Thousands of sparkling stars shone like diamonds in the night sky. She frowned as she felt something curl up against her side. She glanced down to see Arin fast asleep in her own little sleeping bag.

Gary smirked, "Huh, how cute. Crystal's gone soft."

Crystal glared at him. "Am not."

"Are too."
"Am not.".
"Are too."
"Am not."
"Am not."
"Are too!"

"Gottcha!" Gary laughed triumphantly and settled down in his sleeping bag while Crystal cursed herself for falling for such a cheap trick. Crystal glanced over to him again. Gary was staring up at the sparkling stars, Eevee curled up on his stomach.

"Yeah, well it looks like your going all soft on your Eevee." Gary was about to protest when he noticed Ash and Misty, once again, staring at each other with longing.

"Heh, looks like Ashy-boy got himself a girl-phmmff!!" Gary was cut off by Crystal who had slapped her hand against his mouth.

"You're the most insensitive person I've ever met." She whispered, slowly pulling her hand away from his mouth.

Gary cocked an eyebrow, "So what if I do blab 'the big secret'? Do I get a prize?" Suddenly, Tracey slipped his headband around Gary's head, using it as a gag.

"There's your prize." Crystal smirked and slipped inside her sleeping bag, leaving Gary pulling and tugging at his gag.



Ash yawned, and stretched out in his sleeping bag. "Goodnight Tracey, goodnight Arin, goodnight Crystal, goodnight Pikachu, goodnight Ga-"

"Ash, shut up." Gary grumbled beneath his gag, and pulled his sleeping bag over his head. Ash sighed and lay back in his own sleeping bag. It seemed like Gary would never change.

Pausing, Ash turned to Misty and smiled, "Goodnight Misty." There was no answer. He shrugged, guessing she was already asleep. Closing his eyes, he was about to fall asleep when he heard a small, timid voice answer.

"Goodnight Ashsweet dreams."

Gary moaned. "Oh brother."


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Out here in the quiet of the night
Beneath the stars and moon
We both know we've got somethin' on our minds
We won't admit, but it's true

You look at me, I look away

I wanna' tell you what I'm feeling, but I
Don't' know how to start
I wanna' tell you, but now I'm afraid that
You might break my heart

Oh, why should anything so easy, ever be so hard to do?
I wanna' tell you what I'm feeling and to say that,
I love you


I practise all the things that I could say
Line by line, every word
I tell myself today could be the day
But everytime, I lose my nerve

I look at you, you look away

I wanna' tell you what I'm feeling, but I
Don't' know how to start
I wanna' tell you, but now I'm afraid that
You might break my heart

Oh, why should anything so easy, ever be so hard to do?
I wanna' tell you what I'm feeling and to say that,
I love you


Why, do you turn away
It must be, you're afraid like me
(I try) I try, but I can't pretend that I
Don't feel for you the way I do
Can't you see


I wanna' tell you what I'm feeling, but I
Don't' know how to start
I wanna' tell you, but now I'm afraid that
You might break my heart

Oh, why should anything so easy, ever be so hard to do?
I wanna' tell you what I'm feeling and to say that,
I love you


Misty sighed dreamily as she stroked Ash's face with the back of her hand. She bent down to kiss his cheek gently. A small smile crept onto his face as he continued to sleep. Misty smiled softly.

She would never know for sure how Ash felt for herunless she asked him

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Will Misty get a chance to tell Ash how she truly feels? What's happened to all the people captured by Giovanni? Is Team Rocket really winning the game? Will Gary ever get a haircut?! ........ o_O

GOMEN!! I apologise! I know I haven't uploaded a chapter in like ages. The truth is I'm the laziest person in the woild! ^_^;;
BIG THANX to all the ppl who reviewed!!!!!! It's really the only reason I'm continuing this piece of crap ^^;
Oks, I'm done. I'll luv ya and leave ya!