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A Zircon Under Night and Day

Chapter 3: Problems

"So you and Cheren managed to beat six gym leaders as well, huh?" Black questioned his childhood friend. Black, along with Bianca and White, was headed for Icirrus Town to battle the gym leader, Brycen. At the same time he and White would have to do some investigating on Team Plasma.

"Yup, and it's no thanks to you, mister!" Bianca scowled as she turned her face away from him.

"Wh..what do you mean by that?"

"You know what I mean." Black just stood there and blinked at her, oblivious. Bianca couldn't help but let out a sigh of frustration. "Every time Cheren and I are about to challenge a gym, we look for you first, but you're never there. The one time you were, well, you already know what happened. My poor Litwick almost got taken away by those Team Plasma members! Even after that, you never bothered staying to watch my gym battle!"

Realization finally hit him as he sheepishly looked down at the ground. He wanted to stay and observe his friends' gym battles, but with training, agency work and whatnots, he didn't really have the time.

"Look, Bianca, I'm really sorry about that-"

"Don't worry. There's no need to apologize. At least not right now." She smiled sweetly at him.

"Why are you suddenly being all nice after being mad at me a second ago?" Black asked suspiciously and carefully. Bianca laughed at him evilly only to cause him to take a few steps away from her. His blonde friend began to chase him just like she always did when they were little kids. White, who had been staying quiet in the back this whole time, let out a small giggle.

Bianca stopped her chase and turned around to face the giggling girl. "What's so funny?"

"Oh, nothing." She smiled. "You two are just too amusing together." Another set of giggles came out.

"HUH?!" Both Bianca and Black looked at each other and turned away quickly, a light shade of pink covering their faces.

Realizing what she just said, White could feel her face heat up from embarrassment. "Wait! I didn't mean it like that!" She waved her hands frantically in front of her. "I know you guys are only friends!"

The sight of her panicking was quite a hilarious scene as the other two trainers started laughing. White, astonished by their sudden reactions, stood there confused, that is, until her eyes met a structure behind the laughing friends that seemed vaguely familiar to her.

Can that be... Yes it is!

"Guys look! It's Tubeline Bridge, Unova's famous railway bridge!" White squealed upon remembering. Black and Bianca stopped their laughing to look at where White was pointing. It truly was a scene. It wasn't as glamorous as the Skyarrow or Marvelous Bridge, but it was still a beauty nonetheless.

"Wow! You can even see the subway trains passing below the bridge." Black marveled.

"Of course. You know, I had to pass under this bridge when I was battling in the Battle Subway." White mentioned quite proud of herself.

Bianca quickly ran up to her and looked at her with amazement. "No way! Did you beat the Subway Bosses too?"

"I guess. I only managed to beat one of Ingo's Pokemon though."

"It's still something!" Taken by curiosity, Bianca began to ask White a bunch of questions about her experience there. White laughed nervously still not used to getting a lot of attention. "Hey, where's your little Tepig?" White froze in sheer terror at the last question. Seeing this, Black quickly pulled Bianca aside.

"Don't ask her about that, alright. It's sort of a touchy subject for her." Black whispered over to Bianca. She turned around to see a solemn White approaching them.

"Ah, White I didn't know that it-"

"It's fine. Besides, I have already decided to become a better trainer for Gigi, so when I see her again, she will have two options to choose from: the battling or business live." White said with confidence in her voice. Both Black and Bianca looked at her in awe fascinated at her determination. "Anyways, we should get going. Let's go!"

This time it was White's turn to take their hands and lead them off. Unfortunately for the trio, they arrived at the bridge at a wrong time. Bikers were riding everywhere.

"Well, what do we have here?" A deep mocking voice came from behind the trainers. They slowly turned around to come face to face with a huge bearded man wearing a black leather jacket. Bianca quickly hid behind Black in fear.

"And who might you be?" Black bravely stepped forwards. The man just laughed at him and frowned.

"The name's Jeremy, and I'm the leader of the biker gang, the Black Empoleon." He sneered. "You seem like a fine trainer for a little boy. Let's have a battle and see who's better." He continued, but this time you could hear the malice in his voice.

"If it's a challenge you want, a challenge you'll get!" Black replied while looking straight into Jeremy's eyes. Without turning around, he motioned for both the girls to leave.

"Actually, I'll stay. It would be good for me if I stayed and observed your battle." White quickly responded. If she wanted to become a better trainer she knew she had to observe different battle techniques as well.


"If the girl wants to stay, she can stay," Jeremy interrupted while putting on a smile that let's anyone know you were up to something. "In fact, why don't you three battle me at the same time?"

"Are you crazy? You'll lose right away!" Black didn't know exactly how strong this Jeremy guy was, but he did know that he couldn't possibly be strong enough to be able to take down three experienced trainers. Is this guy underestimating us?

"I have three Pokemon, and there are three of you. You'll each use one Pokemon." The biker clarified his proposal.

Before Black could even utter a word, he was cut off by a 'Let's do it' coming from White. He could see her eyes glisten with a fiery passion to fight. It was the same eyes he saw whenever the BW Agency would get booked on yet another project. He realized he couldn't argue with her at times like this. He would just be wasting his breath on an argument he couldn't possibly win.

"Are… Are you su… sure about this, White?" Bianca managed to say, fear in her voice. She glanced at the biker in front of her once again who, according to her, seemed like a menace.

"Well, both you and Black have beaten a lot of gym leaders, and I'm already getting used to battling. This should be pretty easy, right?" The girl reassured her friend who could only reply with a slow nod.

"This can either go really well or horribly wrong." Black muttered to himself still unsure of the situation. This all required teamwork which he hasn't done since the battle with the Striaton Gym Leaders. He remembered how he, Bianca and Cheren just barely managed to beat them.

"So it's decided." Jeremy reached for his back pant pocket and got out three red and white spheres with each containing a different Pokemon inside. "Joltik, Scraggy, Krokorok, come out!"

Appearing in front of the young trainers was a furry yellow mite-like Pokemon. Just by looking at it, it seemed obvious that it was a bug-electric type. So that's the pre-evolved form of Tula, huh? It has to be one of the smallest Pokemon I've ever seen. Black noticed as he continued to view the other Pokemon before him.

Next to the Joltik was a Pokemon that Black and White recognized right away, a Sraggy. Its red scaled belly and the molten skin around his legs pretty much gave it away. The last of Jeremy's Pokemon was his Krokorok, the Desert Croc Pokemon. It had the usual crocodilian style of a snout, and thick black stripes covered his back encircling its tan body. Black spikes ran down its back and tail.

"What are you waiting for? Choose the one Pokemon you will each use." Jeremy commanded impatiently.

That Krokorok seems to be the strongest out the three, so… "Come out Goura!" Black exclaimed as a blue sea turtle looking Pokemon appeared from the red rays the Pokeball let out.

"This should be some good training for Barbara." White told herself as she released her recently caught Vullaby. It was covered with feathers everywhere except for its head which only had a huge crest coming from the top of it. At the same time, the dark flying type seemed to be wearing a cracked eggshell that resembled a diaper.

Bianca just gulped while grabbing one of her Pokeballs. "Go Litwick!" She threw the small ball into the air causing it to open and release a bright red light. Once the light vanished, the Candle Pokemon was visible. It had a small white body structure resembling a candle which was primarily made out of candle wax. A single purple flame rested on its head.

This is perfect. Goura has an advantage against Krokorok, Barbara can handle the Scraggy, and Litwick can easily beat the Joltik. This is better than I thought. Black assured himself. Apparently his excitement on this new discovery was shown on his face as the biker scowled at him.

"Don't think you can defeat me so easily just because you may have an upper hand," Jeremy proclaimed. "Your cockiness may lead you to your defeat."

Before Black could even reply to that comment, his xtransceiver started ringing. He looked at the machine wrapped around his wrist and noticed that the person calling him was none other than the gym leader, Lenora. Black quickly answered it hoping it was nothing serious.

"Black! This is an emergency! I need you to come to the Nacrene Museum right away!" Black could hear the urgency in the gym leader's voice, but it was a really bad time to call. After a moment of hesitation, he came to a conclusion.

"I'll be on my way, then." The boy responded while turning the device off.

"And where does Mr. Cocky think he's going off to?" Jeremy questioned him as he cracked his knuckles.

"This battle is over. I have to get somewhere fast!"

"Do you honestly think you can back away from a battle so easily?" The biker snarled, taking a few steps toward the boy. Fury and rage suddenly over took his body.

"I'm sorry, but I have to go. It's an urgent matter." Black retorted trying to take step back. Out of nowhere, a hand reached for his jacket and lifted him off the ground.

"Listen here, punk. You agreed to battle me, and a battle I'll get." Jeremy said through his clenched teeth. He lifted Black even higher and with all his might, launched him at the ground.

"BLACK!" The girls cried simultaneously as they saw him crash into the hard surface of the floor.

"Silly boy! Even if you want to escape, you can't." The man cackled as he saw the poor trainer wince in pain.

Black clutched his right arm which took most of the damage from the fall. He scanned the area before him to plan an escape route, but just as Jeremy mentioned, it was useless. Shit. We're surrounded by the other Black Empoleon members. There's really no way out. He cursed himself for his carelessness. Usually, it would be him to get everyone out of danger. Black saw how frightened White and Bianca looked that he knew there was only one thing to do.

"Fine!" Black finally spoke after a minute of silence. "We'll battle you as long as no one from the outside intervenes," He paused to glance at the other bikers. "Also, if we win, you let us go unharmed and never battle us again. If we lose, you can decide our punishment. Understood?"

"Well, look who's trying to act all powerful all of a sudden." Jeremy bellowed. "But I… we agree to your terms. Just make sure to not run away this time."

"I won't. Trust me." Black said with a hint of anger in his voice. He managed to get up slowly as he walked back to where the girls were.

Lenora, I'm sorry, but I won't be coming this time.


"So, how do you think the rookies are doing right now?" Blue asked while taking a sip from her cup of lemonade. Silence is all she got in return. "Oh, come on! You're not really mad at me are you?"

"I don't know. Why don't you tell me?" Green replied sarcastically.

The girl leaned in closer to examine his face better. "Hmm, it's hard to tell since you always have a straight face, but this time I'll say that... you are happy to be with me!" She concluded while giggling.

"I'm done wasting my time here." The trainer stood up from the bench he was sitting on and started walking away from her.

"Hey, wait!" Blue cried as she ran towards him while trying to finish drinking the last bit of her lemonade.

"Why should I? So I can accompany you to another clothing store, where you will spend hours at and in the end not buy anything?"

"Well, no," Blue replied as she quickened her pace to match that of Green's. "If you want to, we could."

Green, annoyed by all the witty comments, glared at the young woman who he would have to put up with for the next couple of days. Sensing the black and negative aura emanating from him, Blue shrunk back in fear.

"Too soon?" She laughed nervously.

"Obnoxious woman." Green muttered under his breath.

"Look. From now on, I'll be on task and focused. I promise!"

"Don't make promises you can't keep." That was all he had to say to her as he continued walking.

"Why you-" Green's xtransceiver started ringing, interrupting what Blue had to say.

"It's Black. I wonder what he wants to talk about." The spiky haired trainer answered the call just in time to see Black look beat up and out of breath.

"Senior Gre- Ugh!" The boy shielded his eyes from the huge sandstorm that could easily be seen on the small screen. "Goura, protect Barbara and Litwick from the storm!"

"Are you okay? What's going on over there?" Blue, who had been watching from behind Green, asked worried about him and the others.

"Yeah, I'm fine. We just got ourselves in a small problem. Nothing we can't-" Black turned away from the screen for a second to order yet another attack. "Dodge and deflect those rocks using Water Gun!"

Blue wanted to say something else, but Green pushed her back and away from the device. "So what did you want to tell me?" It was just like Green to get straight to the point. He never liked to waste time after all.

"Right! Senior Green, you have to head over to Nacrene Museum to meet up with Lenora right now and take my place." The young trainer talked as fast as he could before any other attack was ordered by his opponent. Green and Blue could hear the noise of the battle and see the different people who appeared to look like bikers through the xtransceiver.

"Why does Le-" The sound of an explosion followed by the boy's cry was enough to stop Green from continuing to ask his question.

"What? What happened?" Blue rushed to her partner's side only to see grey opaque smoke on the screen. Her motherly instincts kicked in as she shouted Black's name over and over hoping he was safe.

"Just hu... hurry... Seniors." Black managed to say coughing at the same time. The smoke wasn't helping either since it caused him to have a hoarse voice.

Green nodded and ended the call. He knew better than anyone, except for maybe Red, that a trainer needs to be completely focused on their battle if they ever wanted to win. If he just kept talking to Black, he will be distracted and not put his all on that Pokemon battle. He only wished Blue understood this since she was begging him to go over there and help Black.

"We have to head for Nacrene City as fast as we can." Green declared as he got out Charizard's Pokeball.

"What? No, we should go help him and the others!" Blue argued clearly bewildered at how quick he came up with that decision after seeing the state Black was in.

"He can handle it himself. Besides, he's not alone, so let's hurry to Nacrene."

"What if he can't?" She cried loudly almost sounding angry at the same time.

Silence fell upon Opelucid City for what seemed like a second. The only sound that could be heard besides the slow and steady breathing of the citizens was the clenching of a fist.

"That boy is a Pokedex holder. That means he had a reason to be entrusted with the Pokedex," A small pause followed. Blue held in her breath waiting for Green to continue. The bit of anger she had started to slowly fade away. "I can tell he has the potential to someday become a strong trainer, maybe even stronger than me or Red. He can prove that to me and gain my trust by how well he does on this battle that may or may not put his life along with his friends' life at risk."

Blue listened intently to every word that came out his mouth. Suddenly, his back, that she had been forced to stare at for so long, disappeared. They were face to face and close enough for her to notice the disappointment and hint of anger on his emerald colored eyes. She was prepared for whatever he would say next; at least she hoped she would be.

Green looked at her intensely as he said the next words carefully yet harshly enough to get his point across to her. "Listen. Don't you ever underestimate a comrade especially if that comrade is a Pokedex holder!"

The brunette girl was left speechless since all she could do was stare at him. Green has never been this strict on her. Is he right? Was I really underestimating Black's skills just now? No. I was just trying to lend a hand and help. Wasn't I? Thoughts flooded through Blue's mind. They were all thoughts she wanted to say out loud, but her mouth wouldn't let her. She felt paralyzed just standing there not being able to move or utter a word.

Seeing the state she was in, Green slowly touched her shoulder as if wanting to comfort her which, fortunately for him, was enough to snap Blue out of her daze. "Come on. We don't want to keep Lenora waiting." He stated in a softer tone than he had previously used on her.

"You're right." Blue said loud enough for only Green to hear.

"Then, let's go-"

"No. I mean you're right about me underestimating Black and the others," She took a deep breath. "I guess I felt a need to help them since I'm their senior and should be there when they're in trouble."

"In a way you're right, but if you keep helping them, then they won't be able or know how to use their own power to solve their own problems," Green sighed as he looked up at the orange-yellow sky that indicated the day was subsiding into night. "Sometimes you have to let them do things by themselves."

Blue smiled at the boy-no, man- in front of her who was so wise for his age. "Thank you. I'll keep that in my mind from now on."

You still have a lot to learn, Blue. Dismissing the thought aside, Green cleared his throat. "Now we seriously have to go to the Nacrene Museum," He called out his Charizard who let out a loud roar in return. He hopped on its back and turned to face Blue who was surprisingly just moving bits of dirt around with her foot. "Why aren't you calling your Wigglytuff out? We're in a hurry."

"Oh, that's because it's still too tired from carrying Black and me here from Nimbasa City." She smirked notifying Green that one: her usual self was back and two: she was up to something.

"So what do you want me to do?"

"I was wondering if you could possibly give me a lift on Charizard?" Blue asked putting on her most innocent smile.

Green groaned. He should have seen it coming, but he really didn't have an option. "Fine. Get on."

Once Charizard took off, it flew at such tremendous speed that Blue had to hold on tightly to Green. He closed his eyes and tried not to think about it too much. He realized he would be lying if he said he didn't like how close they were, but neither did he completely enjoy it. On the other hand, Blue was enjoying every second of his discomfort. It was a good thing I came up with the Wigglytuff-is-to-tired idea. Hohoho!

Oh Blue, you mischievous girl! xD

A little bit of violence, and more will soon come as the story progresses. Green kind of seemed to be giving parenting advice for a second there. Lol.

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