Birth of the Stars
"What's the matter?", Seyfried muttered.
They just got back to Virbank City, and Natalie sounded very VERY spiteful of this trip. She wasn't this way the first time they met in the city.
"I forgot that my uncle of all people lives here... And seeing you guys are seriously people from another land that are wearing those archaic clothes... You might have to change before my Uncle of all people sees you here."
"Uncle? Why haven't you told me about your Uncle?"
"He FILMS the strangest shit, Seyfried. You'd never understand how ecstatic he would get to see you in that armor. He would try to show your face everywhere, and aren't you guys supposed to be going undercover, anyway?"
"Not really. I'm more surprised you haven't heard of Armoroad. I guess however, since this is more of a mission than a vacation that it might as well be a government secret why we are here, Ms. Dangers. Very well. What do you inquire we should do?"
"Buy actually normal clothes."
"What qualifies as normal, Ms. Dangers?", Seyfried asked confused.
"Oh yeah... Normal for you are those... Let's see... Hey N, can you show Seyfried to a store? It would be great that he dress himself from what's there.", Natalie smiled.
Soon, N pulled Seyfried into a Hot Topic first. Seyfried hated EVERYTHING there, scowling at how loud the music was and the lack of proper attire they had. Later, they went to somewhere a little more formal but had an actual sea theme to it, a Tommy Bahamas. The choices there were a little bit better and Seyfried actually picked up an outfit for himself there. Nadjaki watched as Alistar also picked out clothes there. From store to store, N wanted to see what kind of clothes everyone liked in Unova. N was astonished.
Alcohol really didn't have a fashion sense, picking out wife beaters and baggy sweats. He picked out a leather jacket with tight blue jeans as well, as N realized he would be a perfect hooligan. Alcohol's taste in clothes were completely different to Seyfried's as well as Flappy's (who picked similar clothes to him if not the exact same).
Alistar actually dressed like a rich girl would, having the most expensive clothes out of the bunch. Short dresses and silk jackets were things she would rather wear in Unova, despite being relatively cold in the winter. N wasn't surprised that she refused to buy any pants though, as she didn't feel comfortable wearing them. She finally bought a beret, the cheapest thing in the store. It was a pure white color, much like the former Pirate's hat she had before.
Nadjaki was at the opposite spectrum of the clothes department; She picked clothes from thrifts stores and clothes on clearance, and the choices she had were most of the time smart. Then again, any country girl would dress like her now, as denim overalls, blue daisy dukes, and tops with tribal patterns were the actual clothes Nadjaki made into her wardrobe.
"I'm not interested. I'd rather keep my robes than look at all this garbage you guys are wasting money on.", Puera scowled as he glared at N with contempt.
"Very well then. I guess we are done shopping for the da-", Seyfried muttered when finally he saw a girl not that much younger than Flappy chasing after a man.
He was a ship captain, or at least that's what Seyfried presumed. He looked very much like one with his formal attire, a mariner's turtleneck under a navy blue suit. The man was middle aged, with a beard and a ratty old ponytail both a sepia toned brown. He had a scar on his face as well as a strange hat on his head (It's only strange to Seyfried because he never seen a modern captain's hat before in his entire life.)
The girl had snow white hair and skin like that of a porcelain doll's. She wore a ridiculously too-big-for-her striped wool sweater with blue and pink colors. Her hair had a matching ponytail on top but it was only keeping control the upper half of her wild hair. Her eyes were a red-violet color as they were tearing up. The girl was holding a guitar on her back and from what Seyfried can tell, she wore dark purple clothes underneath the sweater.
From the way she spoke, Seyfried can tell she is FAR from being a lady. She did strike some resemblance to Gutrune at first, as they looked pretty similar, but Seyfried shook that notion because even if Gutrune was a tomboy 100 years back, she would never dress that outlandish.
"Roxie. I really want to be a star. Let me be. I want to show the world what I can truly do."
"Really? So that's it huh? You're going to just quit your job as the captain of an already stellar ship?!"
"The ship is old anyway. A new captain can probably fix it either way."
Seyfried looked down in shock. He thought about how he first left Gutrune after the first calamity hit. However, unlike him, the captain was just being downright selfish. The ship captain then went northward where there were closed doors. A sign next to it read, "Pokemon Studios" with gold and yellow coloring and neon lights lightening it up to a pitch white color.
The girl turned and saw the party.
"What the Hell are you looking at?"
She shoved Dangers and N out of the way as she took another glance at Seyfried. She then walked briskly towards the Pokemon Gym.
"Well I be damned...", Puera muttered.
"That girl totally looked like a shorter version of the princess...", Flappy muttered.
"Not exactly. But you can say Gutrune used to be like this.", Seyfried smiled.
"Don't start comparing apples to oranges now. That's the Gym Leader, Roxie.", Natalie noted.
A few minutes of awkward silence and timid glances at each other later and then everyone screamed in confusion.
"Flappy is only 12 years old and he almost died going NEAR that thing! What's a little girl like her doing as the Pokemon Gym Leader of a Poison Gym of all places?!", Alistar screamed.
"Calm down. If she has Poison-type Pokemon, she must be already accustomed to their smell by now.", N announced, "And during your travels in other regions, we should never forget that she wasn't the only little girl taking care of a Poison-type Gym all by herself."
"Oh yeah! Janine, Koga's daughter is Flappy's age and she was taking full control of that Gym after her father became one of the Elite Four trainers!", Alistar noted.
"Exactly. With that being said, As long as Puera uses Psychic Attacks on them, he will be strong enough to defeat her.", Natalie smiled.
"What's wrong, Puera?", Seyfried asked.
"Oh God... I don't know that many Psychic Attacks...", Puera muttered scared.
"Another good type to use is Steel."
Puera looked up.
"That's it! I'll catch myself a Magnemite!", Puera nodded.
"Uhh... The only Magnemites I know are in the power plant south of the Gym...", Natalie noted.
"Great! I'll go catch me a Magnemite! You guys just sit tight and probably do something.", Puera noted.
"Want to go into the Pokemon Studio incognito? My Uncle rarely if ever leaves the place.", Natalie asked.
"Sure thing!", N smiled ecstatic.
"I'm a little uneasy on this idea;", Seyfried muttered, "Even with our clothes different, there might be a chance someone on TV will recognize us."
"Good point. Then again, you did want to go frolicking in those tedious antiques you would call armor.", Natalie noted.
"Good point.", Seyfried muttered.
Roxie was playing rock and roll, which almost deafened Puera's ears as the volume was up to eleven. She was dark and moody, which reflected her electric guitar strums.
Puera held his newly acquired Magnemite as the boy finally walked up to her.
"I'm ready. Let's battle!"
Roxie didn't hear him. She was busy trying to finish her song. The two band members with her weren't paying any attention either.
Puera took out his Magnemite.
The Magnemite then wailed a high pitched screeching metalic sound.
Roxie covered her ears. The Magnemite was louder than her music.
"WHAT THE HELL, MAN?!"
Puera nodded, "I want to battle, young miss!"
Roxie glared at him then remembered he was part of Seyfried's party.
"So Mr. Preppy-pants sent you here, huh? Well, my family issues are none of his concern!"
"I'm only here to collect a badge! Jesus! Why do people assume I'm like those idiots I hang out with that suck up to that blasted King Seyfried, huh?! Lord Seyfried is already busy trying to fix his own family as well, and he only looked at you because you looked like his sister!"
Roxie looked puzzled, "Wait? King?! You mean to tell me that guy is a King? Hah! He looked like a pansy girl if you ask me!"
"Well, Lord Seyfried would have been taken more seriously if not for the fact we were requested to remove our armor. Besides, since he isn't your average human, he would have forgotten about the Pokemon Battle and tried to kill you if he heard you say that..."
"Very well then... We'll have a battle... If you win though, will you do one thing for me after I give you the badge?", Roxie muttered now looking down.
"Yes, little girl?"
"Okay, 1. Don't call me that and 2... Can you watch one of my Dad's movies with me?"
"Sure thing...", Puera sighed as Magnemite was greeted by Roxie's Venipede.
The studio had different filming sessions all around, showing Pokemon big and small being filmed in different genres of movies. Seyfried was puzzled by the devices used to record them.
"Don't get nervous by the cameras. They only record what they need to.", Natalie noted.
N glanced over to watch a Herdier running towards him scared and confused.
"You poor thing... What happened?"
N asked this as he hugged the Herdier.
Nadjaki then noticed people running after it.
"Herdier! Wait! Don't be scared! It was just a strobe li- N?!"
N looked up to see two trainers.
"Who are you?"
One of them retrieved Herdier from his hands. The other replied, "We were just people that watch the news. It's been two years since we have heard from you."
"Huh? News? Watching news? What?", Seyfried then turned puzzled.
"Seyfried... This isn't the time to ask.", N then scowled back at him. Seyfried then nodded in acknowledgement and stepped back.
"Anyway. What are you doing here?"
"I am with a couple friends. We decided to travel together and one of our first stops just happened to be here.", N smiled.
"Are they... Team Plasma?"
Seyfried looked puzzled even more now.
"No way! They never even heard of it yet!", N then muttered, "Besides! Reshiram told me they were nice people!"
The trainers laughed, "You listen to your Pokemon still? Gedouttahere!"
Seyfried then let out a cold glare at them. The trainers stayed silent as they saw Seyfried believed him.
They ran off with the Herdier barking at N.
"Sorry I silenced you before, Seyfried..."
"It's fine. I interrupted a conversation."
N took note of that and then muttered, "Seyfried... I will have to tell you something important."
"What is it?"
"I used to be in a group of pure evil. They are known as Team Plasma. Ghestis, my father..."
"Puera told me everything about you and Team Plasma as well as how you learned the error of their ways and ran off. He has heard of your story. However, I didn't think I was going to hear it again from you...", Seyfried muttered as N was about collapse into tears.
"All I wanted was to free Pokemon!", N sobbed, hugging Seyfried.
"Your father took advantage of that notion, didn't he?"
"Stop crying now. I don't hate you for once being the king of Team Plasma... You should be glad you still have respect for your father. I almost lost my sister because my goals were controlling me for so long. The big goal of killing off all the enemies of Armoroad almost made the both of us lose our heads.", Seyfried muttered. He never mentioned the Deep Ones in fear they'll return stronger than before.
"I see... You were as confused as I was, huh?", N smiled, looking at Seyfried.
"I guess I was.", Seyfried muttered, not willing to smile back.
"Don't be sad. Eventually someone talked sense into you, right?"
Seyfried finally smiled, "I guess that's true."
They both then walked together back to where the party was waiting for them. It was the cinema, and the movies that came out here were astonishing!
"Love and Battles?! The Door to the Magical Land? Brycen-Man?! What are all these things? Are they what I think they are?", Flappy gasped excited.
"That's right. These are movies! You sit back and watch a story come to life with the help of CGI and the best movies have to offer to you!", Natalie smiled.
"Fascinating. Nadjaki want to watch one!", Nadjaki squealed. She then pointed at the image of Brycen-Man and looked confused, "But who is Brycen-Man? He God of land?"
"No silly! Brycen-Man is a supervillain who wants to take over the world!", Natalie giggled.
"Supervillain? So he evil God?"
Natalie needed help trying to tell Nadjaki that Brycen-Man was not a God. She turned to Seyfried.
"No. Nadjaki, Brycen-Man was a Deep One that invaded Unova once upon a time. This is the story of his downfall!", Seyfried then replied. Flappy groaned as Seyfried obviously lied to her; He knew nothing about Brycen man.
Nadjaki looked at Seyfried and then nodded, "Ah. I see. Nadjaki will protect Brycen-Man from his return!"
Seyfried then looked at Natalie with a 'Sorry, I had to say this, but this could have been worded better.'
Natalie giggled as Alcohol and Alistar bought the tickets.
"Let's sit down for Brycen-Man, then!"
They then turned to see Roxie and Puera walking together, holding hands to see a movie.
"Alright. Seats are full now, and tickets for Brycen-Man have been sold out!", the ticket lady smiled, "Take your seats now for the movie and have a great time!"
"What a small theatre for something this big.", Seyfried chuckled.
"As for the movies. They're basically like plays except you can't interact or take autographs from the actors.", Natalie noted.
"This better be good...", Alistar hissed.
The movie started with Brycen Man invading an amusement park. Nadjaki screamed at horror of the scrawny pale man as he was wearing the tightest of green and purple spandex.
Suddenly, we saw a hero try to save the day. He was wearing a yellow and red spandex suit. Seyfried observed that he was played by Roxie's father. His acting though was so wooden and Seyfried cringed at how badly the lines he had were. He summoned what looked like a Riolu.
"I AM RIOLU MAN! Look at awe, Brycen Man! I am here to stop you!"
The dialogue of Riolu Man got cheesier and cheesier each and every minute. Seyfried's face was frozen in a mix between fear and disappointment.
"Riolu, my trusty Pokemon! Use Detect!", Riolu Man said, with a monotone voice.
Riolu failed to do so, whimpering like a scared puppy at the sight of the Mandibuzz, it's talons were as sharp as daggers.
N began to cry, feeling for the Riolu.
"Mandibuzz... Use Aerial Ace!", Brycen Man howled as the Riolu was then hit with a quick wing slap to the face. The Riolu's nose started to bleed and then the Mandibuzz pushed Riolu Man off his feet, knocking him down.
Roxie started to cry too, feeling for her father.
"Your time is up, Riolu Man! Look what your lolly-gagging did to both your Pokemon and this Amusement Park!", Brycen Man laughed as Riolu Man had a hard time getting up.
"You... monster...", Riolu Man said before finally fainting.
Brycen-Man laughed as he left the ruins of the once innocent amusement park alone. Riolu Man had not gotten up. He was defeated. He was humiliated. He was horrible. The credits rolled as everyone left with a confused expression. There was Roxie's father, the man playing Riolu Man.
They both reunited, giving each other a long hug, crying over each other's shoulders.
"That movie sucked honey. I'm sorry you watched it bomb."
"Daddy... I knew you wanted this dream to happen."
"I didn't know it meant being an actual Pokemon Trainer as well!"
"I'm sorry... I jinxed your movie!"
"Wait! You didn't do that honey!"
"Where did Seyfried go?!"
Flappy interrupted the tender moment now frightened. Alcohol and Alistar looked for him as well and screamed. Nadjaki was busy looking down, disappointed Brycen-Man won.
Puera laughed, "He dashed really upset the movie turned out the way he did."
"I don't think they give you refunds if that is what he's demanding.", N muttered.
"SHIT! He's going to encounter my uncle then... I better save him quickly!", Natalie hissed running to the exit. Everyone followed.
The Studio wasn't that crowded, however, And yet, they were looking for Seyfried. Nadjaki listened for a moment as well.
"Nadjaki found him."
Nadjaki then ran into a humorous studio with a picture of a Superhero pointing towards a robotic Tyranitar.
"Seyfried is there?", N gasped.
"Guess he learned Brycen Man was supposedly made in the superhero studio.", Natalie muttered.
"Good lord!", Alistar gasped.
"Look! There he is!"
"Such passion! Such intricate passion!", a man in a purple business suit with balding blonde hair laughed. Seyfried though had a very unamused face on, meaning he was serious.
"So are you going to remake it?"
"Yes! Yes I will! This time however, I'll replace Riolu Man's actor for someone that can actually emote..."
"Ah. I did felt the dialogue should be tweaked as well. How much will it cost M-"
"Now, now! It's all free. The only cost is your dedication with the script!", the man smiled handing Seyfried a small pamphlet.
"What's this?", Seyfried asked confused.
"Isn't it a comic book fan's dream to be the strong and brave Riolu Man?"
"Comic book fan? I wa-"
"No time! No time! Brycen wasn't satisfied with the results of that movie as well! Better a more dedicated actor take the stage... or in this case, the screen!"
"That's Uncle for you...", Natalie laughed.
"What a pushy man...", Puera noted.
"He pushed Seyfried around like he was a shopping cart!", N muttered, feeling sorry for him.
"Lord Seyfried was actually a pretty shy guy now that I think about it. He wasn't that pushy but then again, he really didn't take that much time to interact with us. Especially since he takes from the Senator of Armoroad sometimes.", Alistar smiled.
"He better look good in that stupid costume... Otherwords, I'd replace him...", Alcohol slurred, then chugging a tiny can of Bud Light.
Seyfried was forced into the dressing room, the Riolu Man was tossed to him as the door out quickly slammed.
"Dear lord, what did I get myself into?!", Seyfried shuddered.
The Riolu Roxie's father used then ran up to him, helping Seyfried put on the white face mask that Riolu man wore.
"Don't worry, Riolu. I can dress myself...", Seyfried smiled.
The Riolu then blinked.
"I know, Riolu. This is strange for someone like me who never acted before in his life to take the part as a leading role. Either way, are you willing to accept me as your trainer temporarily?", Seyfried asked.
The Riolu nodded.
"Very well... Let's hope I do better.", Seyfried grimaced.
Filming began. Seyfried looked at the man known as Brycen-Man.
"Ehhhh?! Who are you?!"
"A wanderer... I just happened to walk into this disaster."
"Riolu Man... I see...", Brycen-Man hissed.
"So you've heard of me before?"
The director seemed confused. The lines specifically read "I'm Riolu-Man!", but Seyfried wasn't concerned.
"Either way... Your Riolu is going to be toast by the end!"
"Bring it on!", Seyfried roared. The Riolu shivered. Seyfried had an ice cold side to him.
"I liked this...", the director said, now feeling a much better film coming out.
A few Ice Punches and the Mandibuzz from before was down. He was so confused. Riolu wasn't trying to protect itself anymore.
"B-bi-Bisharp! Come on out!", Brycen-Man shivered.
"Are you confused?"
"Y-yes! Many times have superheroes after superheroes have tried to defeat my Mandibuzz... You are the first to actually do so!", Brycen-Man shuddered.
"Ah... So you're scared.", Seyfried chuckled.
"D-don't mock me! I'll tear this whole amusement park apart!"
Then a roller coaster was pushed down by Brycen-Man's device. The good news was nobody was hurt; the people riding it just got off. The bad news was, the ride was closed so it can be repaired immediately.
"Riolu! Dynamic Punch the Bisharp!", Seyfried declared, raising an arm as a means of pointing at the now scared Bisharp. Riolu did so.
Now the Bisharp was trying to use Detect but failing to do so.
The battle was over.
"Now... Give up Brycen-Man... Your Pokemon have been defeated.", Seyfried smiled, almost devilishly.
"This isn't the end, Riolu-Man... You'll see...", he hissed.
Seyfried smiled as he attempted to touch the emergency self destruct button.
"You... You wouldn't dare shut down this machine..."
"You'll still destroy this amusement park if I just left. May as well save the poor townsfolk in it and terminate this vile machine."
"Is this your only mode of transportation?"
"Very well... but promise me this... If you dare attempt to destroy the park, I'll come back and this time I'll show less mercy."
Brycen-Man then saw him jump off his machine and parachute downward to await the people he saved.
Brycen-Man flew off now saddened.
"I never seen a Riolu Man fan wanting a darker side to the hero."
"Huh? Who is Riolu Man?"
"So... We just sent in an actor that knew NOTHING about the guy?!"
"I only wanted to fix the film. I didn't think I had to know Riolu Man."
"OH MY GOD... Well... Show everyone the footage. Let's see if this is any different than when that other guy did it."
So Seyfried was escorted back into the theatre. He sat next to the others. The film crew were nervous to see the results.
For N, he felt sorry for Brycen-Man's Pokemon. The rest of the party though liked it and actually smiled at how different the story was from before. But they weren't the only ones; Roxie and her father sat down to watch as well.
They actually liked it a lot more. The ending really made a difference when Seyfried won the battle.
"Well, the story wasn't that great without the script...", the director complained, "But otherwise, that was a terrific ending. I wonder how much money this will get!"
"And your friends! I wonder what they have to offer in acting!", the blonde businessman from before noted as he tackle hugged Seyfried.
"Uncle Stu... Leave him be!", Natalie then hissed.
"Oh! Natalie! DAH-ling! You never told me you were this handsome man's friend! So... Will you guys..."
"No. We won't. I'm not even interested in him.", Natalie then hissed.
The man known as Stu nodded.
"By the way. My name is Stu Deoh! If you want to film again, talk with my agent and maybe we can!", the man smiled as he waved good bye.
Seyfried muttered, "Let's go talk to Roxie. I worried something may be still up."
They ran out of the Studio and saw Roxie with her father again.
"I'm sorry... I was so selfish. I really thought maybe I can be like Brycen and follow my dreams. I never would have thought I wouldn't be as good as an actor as that Seyfried kid."
"Leave Preppy-pants alone! It's not his place to fix things for you!"
"I know... but the truth is... I like his acting more than mine. Something about the kid shows he isn't afraid of anything. I was actually scared of what people will say when this goes onto the Nimbasa Theatres..."
"Wait... Nim... basa?", Natalie gaped.
"What's wrong, Natalie?"
"Seyfried... We failed at getting you incognito!"
"Ah. I see...", Seyfried muttered, biting his lip in remorse, "Very well, then... At least now Gutrune knows I'm alive."
"I thought you eliminated your brother! What is he doing?!", Ghestis hissed.
Gutrune gasped as she saw her brother as Riolu Man.
"How did you recognize him?"
"Tan skin... dark purple locks... lilac eyes... and the golden hair ornaments... Who else would have them? I've read my Armoroad texts.", Ghestis hissed.
Gutrune looked at the image, "Brother... Who freed you out of that cold ice?"
"Either way, let my troops exterminate him... and his cohorts...", Ghestis muttered.
Colress stepped in holding a tablet with the image of N with Seyfried going into Castelia City.
"Your son is accompanying Seyfried."
"Ah... The whelp decided to go against me. Aw well... Once he uses his Reshiram against Kyurem, he'll be all mine. Always knew he'd work with someone this ridiculous."
"Send our troops? Sure thing. Let's see what this King has to offer for us...", Ghestis grinned as Gutrune looked away almost regretting something.
TO BE CONTINUED...
Sorry to disappoint you guys. The Doctor didn't appear in this episode. However, if you all are curious. You can PM me anything you want in the next episode. After all, it would help develop the plot more.
I'll await reviews and new characters!