I rang the doorbell to Riley’s mansion for a few minutes. I eventually gave up and wandered around back. Riley shot out an aura sphere. Lucario used bone rush to hit the attack back to Riley. Riley dodged by rolling away. Lucario jumped, swinging the bone rush. Rely held up his arms to block the attack. Lucario stopped right before it hit him.
I put my bag down as Lucario helped Riley up.
“What are you doing here,” Riley asked. “Are you here to practice with us?”
I shook my head and put my hand on my back.
“Is there something wrong with your back?”
“Eh,” I nodded.
“Then why don’t we go inside and check it out?”
I took off my shirt and sat down on a barstool. Riley ran his fingers along my back.
“Is this from last night?”
“This looks painful. Has it been looked at yet?”
I nodded again and acted like I was taking medication.
“You want pain pills or something?”
“Eh,” I said.
“Okay, I’ll give you some. Why don’t you lie down in my bed and rest for a bit?”
My eyes grew wide at his kindness. To think I would be able to sleep in his bed twice in one day! I flopped down into his bed after taking some pain pills. Riley snickered and pulled the covers over my head.
“Don’t sleep too long. We really need you, alright?”
“Aaah,” I sighed, putting my arms underneath the pillow.
“Night, night, Ed. Er, I mean, David.”
Instead of sleeping, I thought about the mission. To set fire and drive people out of their homes is just not something we do. Unable to sleep, I went downstairs and asked Riley who all was at that meeting. Riely said he could identify Jack as well as most of the Rangers, but there were two people there he didn’t recognize. Then he told me not to worry about it and sent me back into his room.
I flopped around the bed, unable to get such thought out of my head. After the sun went down, Riley found me half upside down on his bed.
“Lying like that can’t be good for your back,” Riley said. “You have one of our uniforms, right? Mind changing into that?”
I rolled over, pouting. I went over to my bag and grabbed the uniform and went into the bathroom to change. As a final touch, I put on the gloves from The Black Bullets uniform. It was a symbol of the desire to protect others, something I held very dear. I hope my friends would see that and remember the same thing.
We met up with Charlot and Pons. Pons folded his arms when he saw me. I curled my lip at him.
“Okay, it looks like we’re all here now,” Charlot said. “So, how are we going to find them?”
“That’ll be easy,” Riley said. “David, you’re really close to them, right? Use your aura to find them.”
I nodded and threw the hood over my head. I made my way around the crowd of similarly dressed people. As we passed, many people clapped their hands on our shoulders, wishing us luck. I knew their good intentions, but it still made me feel awkward, fighting for the other team.
Outside the village, I climbed a tree as far as I could go and closed my eyes. Even though it was dark out, with my aura, I could “see” as bright as day. I let my aura guide its way to where my friends were. Some fifteen miles away, all of them were sitting around a campfire. They certainly seemed to be having a good time. I slowly climbed back down the tree.
“Did you find them,” Pons yelled.
I gave him the middle finger.
“Are they far,” Riley asked.
“Kinda,” I said, getting on my hoverboard.
I led the way, still terrified of ramming into trees. Pons yelled at me several times to hurry it up. I eventually got annoyed to the point where I threw an aura sphere at him. I missed and got yelled at by Charlot and Riley, but I didn’t care. That small outburst helped calm my nerves a lot.
We reached the campsite. Everyone was sitting around, enjoying marshmallows. Jack sat a ways back from the campfire, just the way he likes. Jamie leaned towards him, giving him a marshmallow he cooked. James pulled his from the fire and started squishing it.
“What are you doing,” CG asked. “You gotta set that bad bitch on fire for it to be any good!”
James gave him a jaded look while CG set his marshmallow on fire.
“Yeah, that’s the only way you can eat them,” Jhon said.
I held up my hand to Riley and the others.
“Are you going to go talk to them,” Pons asked, “err, whatever it is you do?”
“Good luck then,” Charlot said. “If anything goes bad, we’ll jump in.”
I grinned, pulling the hood over my head. I crawled around the boys, behind Jack. I froze when Jack started looking around. Seviper asked him what he was looking around for and he said he thought he heard something. Seviper shrugged as he stuck marshmallows on his stick. I stood up and walked into the light. Everyone froze and looked up at me. Jack didn’t notice me at first, looking at everyone’s shocked face.
“Que? Ohh,” Jack said, looking up.
“Looks like we got caught before we even got to do anything,” James said, digging in the bag of marshmellows. “Oh, bother, what do we do now?”
“Shouldn’t you be taking this more seriously,” Tom said as James started roasting a marshmallow.
“I don’t have anything to do with this,” James said, pointing his stick at Tom. “This is all you boys.”
I folded my arms and curled my lip.
“Boy, he’s really mad about something,” CG said, turning to Jhon. “Why do you suppose he’s all upset?”
“He’s right there, w-why don’t you ask him,” Jhon said.
“You can tell he’s that angry,” Tom said.
“Of course,” Jack said. “When David was around, me and CG could pick up on his emotions very easily. Kinda like right now, actually…”
Jack’s voice sort of trailed off as he was looking at me. He seemed just as afraid as everyone else was. I think he could feel how furiated I was. He stood up. He’s just a bit taller than I was, but was fidgeting like he was a lot smaller.
“So, uh, how did you find us out here,” Jack asked.
“Are you really questioning something basic any Guardian can do,” I said with a deep booming voice. “I’m the one that’ll be asking questions here.”
“Oh, uh, well in that case,” Jack said, holding out his hand. “My name is Jack Daniels. I’m fifteen so I can’t drink that just yet so…”
I stared at his hand while he laughed at his own joke.
“That really wasn’t all that funny,” Tom glared.
“Yeah, leave all that funny crap to Jamie, that’s his job,” CG said.
“Since I’m not with this crew,” James said, pulling his stick from the fire and letting his Tranquil eat the marshmallow off of it. “Can I ask you a question? Why did you come all the way out here to visit us for?”
“What do you mean you’re not with us,” CG said, “You’ve been-“
“Shut up,” James said, throwing a rock at him.
“I know what you guys are up to and you aren’t going to get away with it,” I said, pointing at Jamie.
“U-Us,” He said, looking around. “We aren’t doing anything. We’re just camping. Right, guys?”
Everyone went along with that answer. I knew they were lying and that was raging my anger even more.
“If that’s your answer, then I’m not going to hold back,” I said, getting ready to strike.
“Whoa, whoa! W-We’re going to fight here,” Jack stammered,” around a campfire?”
“We’re not doing anything, I swear,” Jhon said, waving his arms around. “Can’t we talk this out first?”
“I thought it wasn’t true,” I said, “I didn’t want to believe it, but now I know.”
“Crap, that didn’t work,” CG said.
“CG, stop! Well, if you’re so smart, then why don’t you tell us what we’re up to,” Jhon said.
“You guys are planning to burn the village down!”
Everyone stared at me like I meant exactly what I said. James started laughing so hard he fell off the log he was sitting on and Jack looked horrified.
“B-Burn a village,” Jack repeated in a whisper.
“Where did you get that information from,” James somehow managed to say.
“Why would we do that,” CG said, tilting his head. “Not like it means anything coming from me but, that’s kinda mean.”
My face went red. All I felt was confusion from these guys. Well, apart from accidently scaring Jack and James who thought that was funny. It’s really hard to hide your true feeling from someone that senses others auras, no matter how good of an actor you are. I turned around covering my face. That’s what I get for not trusting my instincts.
“Really, that’s not what you guys are doing,” Riley asked.
He and the others had emerged from their hiding spots.
“No, not at all,” Jack said. “We wouldn’t do that even if we were paid to.”
I curled up and cried.
“Then what are you and the Rangers are out here doing in the first place,” Charlot asked.
“In the morning, we were going to go where you guys were planning to plan those berry bushed and set that area on fire and the Rangers were gonna put it out and blame it on you guys,” CG said.
“That’s so much better than what you thought, Riley,” Pons said.
“Then the others that are supposed to be attacking the Rangers are,” Riley started.
“Might be being arrested for causing a ruckus,” Tom said.
“Well…shit,” Riley said.
“I guess we’d better go help them,” Charlot said.
“Hold up there,” I heard Seviper say, picking up a gun. “This is the perfect situation for us, right guys?”
“Yeah, we catch a criminal who’s already escaped once, get revenge on that other guy who kidnapped David, and we get praised by all,” James said. “Sounds good to me.”
“Speaking of David, if he was here, he’d get a real kick out of this,” Jhon said. “Let’s do this!”
I sensed Jack going to kick me from behind. I rolled over and got up. I walked around and got between Jack and the campfire. Just when I thought I was going to get out of it, I was pulled back in. I clenched my fist and went after him. When I moved forward, my hood fell off. Jack gasped. I lunged forward, pushing Jack over the log. He cried out as he fell on his back right into the campfire. He screaming, panicking and flailing about. James grabbed his arm and dragged him out.
“David,” Jamie said, surprised to see me, “You were here all along.”
“And you talked,” CG added.
“Huh, well, what do you know,” Jhon said.
“Look at what you’ve done to poor Jack here,” James said. “What are you thinking?”
I shrugged. I really didn’t have an answer for that or one that I could explain through motion.
“Yeah, David, what the hell,” Pons said.
“Is this what you’ve been up to this entire time,” Jamie said, rolling up his sleeve. “Plotting with these guys?”
“Eh,” I said.
“D-David,” Jamie growled. “What do you- You traitor!”
Jamie came at me with a wild scream. He threw a punch at me. I stepped to the side and gave him a quick jab to the jaw. He shook his head and held his arms up. He tried to punch me in the face back and I held my arms up. He got me in the stomach with his other fist. I jumped backwards to avoid his next attack. He snarled at me and wiped his jaw. I formed an aura sphere in my hands. Jamie put his arms p. The sound of something short of an explosion rang through the air along with Charlot’s scream. Jamie and I turned to see Seviper unloading and reloading his gun.
“That’s what you get for messing with The Black Bullets,” Seviper said with a big grin. “Now, who’s next?”
Riley cringed while Pons stepped forward.
“Whenever you’re ready,” Pons said, forming an aura sphere.
I threw my aura sphere at Jamie. I knocked him backwards into a log. I didn’t give him time to recover, knocking him out with another aura sphere. Pons threw his aura sphere and Seviper fired his gun. The two attacks collided, the aura sphere dispersing beautifully. I started walking over to Seviper. He noticed me while he was reloading.
“I don’t know how they’ve possessed you, but I’m not going easy on you,” Seviper said, cocking the gun and aiming it at me.”
“Possessed? He came to us out of his own free will,” Pons yelled.
“Quiet you! Or else Seviper will shoot ya,” CG said.
“W-Why you,” Pons growled, sticking his face in front of CG’s.
“Now he’s getting the hang of it,” Seviper said, proudly.
I formed an aura sphere, throwing it at Seviper, purposely missing him.
“Your aim’s getting sloppy, ol’ boy,” Seviper said, firing at me.
I stopped and held my hands in front of me, trying to form a shield. I felt something scrape my side.
“Well, shit,” Seviper said, taking the shells out, “Tom, cover me with this. Do it just like I showed you.”
“A-A gun,” Tom stammered. “You want me to KILL him?”
“JUST SHOOT HIM, DAMMIT!”
I closed my eyes as Tom held a handgun at me. He fired at me and with the sort of slow motion that aura vision gave me; I could tell where the bullet was going. I didn’t have to dodge; he missed me by about a mile. Lucario came out of nowhere and took out Tom with a bone rush. I was free to get to Seviper. I opened my eyes to see his eyes as wide as the moon. I grabbed the gun from him.
I used the butt of the gun to hit him. I struck him in the head. He fell to the ground. I hit him a few more times in the head to knock him out. Then I emptied the gun, throwing it at his side. Thunder crashed nearby and it started to pour.
Riley had Jhon pinned to the ground while CG and Pons were bickering. James was still by Jack’s side, rubbing his shoulder. Jamie was trying to hide behind the log.
“Oi,” I shouted at CG.
He took one look around, realizing he was outnumbered. He shoved Pons and ran away. I grabbed one of the hoverboards and hopped on it. I felt a twinge of pain in my side. James stood up to try and stop me. I dodged him, but lost control and fell.
“Tranquil, sic em,” James shouted.
I got back on the hoverboard as Tranquil came after me. I gritted my teeth and threw an aura sphere at it. Tranquil dodged it and used aerial ace. I headed skyward, rolling to dodge it. I threw an aura sphere, hitting as it was flying away. It fell down into the trees. I closed my eyes and saw Tranquil flying around. I readied an aura sphere, waiting for it to come back up. When it did, I fired the shot at it. It staggered a bit, regaining its posture. It came at me with a quick attack. I threw an aura sphere and it blocked it with its wing.
It hit me in the side. I nearly fell off the hoverboard. I growled, turning around. I didn’t see it anywhere as lighting crashed a ways away. I looked up just in time to be collided with quick attack. I lost the hoverboard and clung to Tranquil. I don’t know why, but falling like this felt familiar. Tranquil squirmed and started pecking at my stomach. It used its claws to scratch up my chest. I let go as we fell into the trees.
I woke up on my back, rain falling on my face. Yes, this was definitely familiar. My first memory was of this exact thing. I heard a grown and turned to see Tranquil struggling to get up. It spread its wings out and screeched. Its entire body started to glow. It got larger and its head changed shape. Two long feathers extended from the top of its head. It stopped glowing and screeched again. Its head was a lovely red color with the appreance of wearing a mask and its belly was green.
I rolled over and slowly got up. The pokemon started to fly. I threw an aura sphere at it. It started flapping its wings using a move called Air Slash. Air Slash broke the aura sphere and hit around me. I cried out, using my arm to block the move. I glanced up, and it was coming at me with aerial ace. I held out my hands and managed to form a shield. It hit the shield and tumbled along the ground. It got up and came at me with quick attack with the same result. It tried a variety of different moves, but I didn’t want to let up the shield.
It wore itself out and landed nearby to catch its breath. I finally let down the shield. I formed an aura sphere and slowly approached it. It scoffed at me and took off. I stood up, heaving in pain. I closed my eyes and looked around. I found CG with his Espeon, Itsuki huddled against a tree. I hobbled over to my hoverboard and went over to him.
“H-Hello,” He said as I landed. “I can’t see you, but I know you’re there.”
I limped towards him. He hugged his pokemon tighter and curled up.
“I-I ain’t afraid of you! Come any closer and I’ll sic Itsuki on you!”
I paused to catch my breath. Seviper certainly took a lot out of me.
“Okay then, you asked for it! S-Suki! Do something!”
Itsuki did something, alright. As soon as CG let him go, he ran up to me and started jumping on my leg, yapping. I rubbed his head and continued on.
“I’m going to get you,” I growled.
CG yelped and threw his arms over his head. I leaped at him and started tickling his sides. CG fell apart and started laughing like a mad man. He tugged his arms to his sides, rolling over onto his stomach. Itsuki leapt around, barking and squirming his rear end. I let up. CG automatically sat up.
“I thought you were going to kill me or something! D-Don’t scare me like that!”
“Do you really thing those Aura Watchamacallems are in the right?”
“Then…I believe you,” CG said, standing up and brushing himself off.
“You’re supposed to be my friend, right? Friends are always supposed to be on the same side, huh?”
“So, then I’m on your side too. Maybe we should tell the others this. They’ll believe you too.”
I stood there in confusion while CG picked Itsuki up.
“Actually, I’m just tired of being a coward and running away all the time,” He said, mostly to himself. “I want to be on the winning side. That’s why I’ll join you.”
I grinned and said, “Eh.”
“D-Don’t get me wrong. I’m still mad as hell at you for not telling everyone where you were then beating everyone up.”
I watched him wander off before stopping and looking around.
“I can’t see a damn thing. David, help.”
CG rode with me back to camp. When we got there, the campfire had gone out. Jhon had on a lantern and his hands on Charlot’s back. Jamie had an ice pack where I punched him. Riley was asking Seviper questions and Tom was sitting nearby with a handkerchief on his nose. Jack was still lying in the same spot where James put him. James was fawning over his newly evolved Pokemon.
“Ed, you’re back,” Pons said. “We really could have used your help here, y’know.”
I blew a kiss at him. CG and I jumped off the hoverboard and he took off running towards where he was sitting.
“We’re not going to roast marshmallows anymore,” He said, picking up his backpack.
“No, CG, we’re not going to be doing that for a while,” Jamie said, lifting his head off of the log.
“Does it look like we’re in the mood to roast marshmallows,” Tom yelled.
“Tom, calm down,” Seviper said.
Tom cringed and placed his hand on his nose which had been re-broken.
“Oh, man, I can’t believe it evolved into a male Unfezant,” James said patting his pokemon on the head.
“Congratulations,” Pons said.
“Thanks,” James said.
“I guess it didn’t need you to help it evolve.”
“I know, right?”
“So now what do we do,” CG asked, taking oran berries out of his backpack.
“We’re done here, so why don’t we go and help the rest of The Guardians,” Riley said to Pons and me.
“That sounds like a plan,” Pons said, then turned to me. “You going to come? You don’t really have to and you’re kinda bleeding a lot.”
I looked at CG.
“Whatever you want to do, David,” he said, handing me an oran berry. “I’ll go wherever you go.”
I turned back to Pons and nodded.
“Okay, then that means I’m with you guys,” CG said.
“What the hell, CG,” Tom said.
“Look, David’s our friend, no matter what,” CG said. “Really, what kind of friends are we fighting him?”
“He started it,” Jhon said, pointing at me. “He’s not the ‘good friend’ here.”
I gave Jhon the middle finger.
“Don’t you think he was trying to tell us something in the end? Okay, he went a little overboard with Jack, but I don’t really blame him. I would have done the same. I think we’re missing something here.”
“Like what,” Tom asked, “everything seems clear cut to me.”
“Like the fact we’re doing our best to minimize the damage we’re doing to the environment,” Pons shouted. “We’ve only been warned once by The Rangers that we were destroying Pokemon’s homes when we started building a farm. Ever since then, we survey areas where we want to put stuff to make sure it doesn’t happen again. We even let Pokemon wander around our fields. Why you guys or The Rangers can’t comprehend this is beyond me.”
“He’s not lying,” Jamie said, standing up.
“Thank you,” Pons said.
“How can you tell that,” Tom asked.
“If Jamie says it’s the truth, then it must be,” CG said, handing Pons a berry. “He’s magical like that.”
“Erm, it’s not really magic, it’s just telling from a person’s body expression and tone of voice,” Jamie said. “In any case, we’re all too beat up to do anything about it. Do whatever you guys want.”
Pons scoffed and closed his eyes. After a few seconds, he opened them again.
“Guys, this is bad,” he said.
“What,” Jamie said, perking interest.
“The Guardians outnumber The Rangers, but The Rangers are using Pokemon from around the area to fight them. As you know, in our position, it’d look bad if we fight them. We can’t exactly fight them, so they’re really taking us down.”
“What,” Jamie said, taking the ice pack off of his face. “What a horrible thing to do!”
“It’s almost like what David’s gone through,” CG said, smiling at me.
“We gotta do something,” Seviper said as I punched CG in the arm.
“I think I may have some strength left to use my Petilil to stun the Pokemon,” Jamie said. “Pinning friends against friends to make them betray each other is unforgivable!”
“Calm down,” James said. “What would you do after that?”
Jamie looked at me, thinking about it.
“Oh, I’ve got it. Whenever we’re emotionally unwell, David comes along, wraps his arms around us and makes us feel better. We all hat it when he does that, but anyway, I’m sure if you can do that to the Pokemon that are being controlled by the Pokemon Rangers, then your feelings will become stronger than the Rangers and the stylist will break.”
“That’s dumb. Let’s do it,” Pons said, looking at Riley.
“I’ll go ahead and stun the Pokemon, then you guys go on and do your thing,” Jamie said.
“I don’t trust you guys,” Riley said, pointing at Jamie.
“I do,” I said.
“Or you can sit there and take care of me,” Seviper said.
“I’d rather not do that either. Fine, let’s go with that guy’s plan.”
“I’ll hand out berries to injured people,” CG said.
“I have to stay here and take care of this guy and Jack,” Jhon said.
“I want to go too,” Seviper said.
“No, you’re not going anywhere,” Jhon said, “Not with those head injuries.”
“Fine, then CG, take my shotgun,” Seviper said, throwing the gun at him.
“I’m not risking a huge paycheck like the one the Rangers are going to give me,” James said.
Everyone looked at me, expecting a reply.
“Eh,” I said confidently with a nod.