AGNPH Stories

The Human Species by RingsOfSaturn


Story Notes:

It was a quiet night when Deoxys descended from the heavens.
Believed to not be of this world, it went on a rampage, leaving death and destruction in its wake.
Finally defeated by an unknown force, the tragedy of unparalleled magnitude it created remains in the heart of every human.
To make sure that something like this will never happen again, every wild Pokèmon powerful enough to cause such mayhem must be captured, controlled or killed.
Needless to say, this year has been a bad year for Legendaries. This year has also been a bad year for Champion Trainers.
But my year... Has been... THE WORST! 

Revelations (Epilogue of Episode VI)

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After searching the area around the foot of the mountain without finding any trace of Mew, Lucario settled down disappointedly. Considering the ruckus that had just taken place at her secret haven, Lucario figured Mew would have disappeared into another dimension by now.

There was no hope of him climbing the mountain either, the foot of it reaching up high and vertically like the impenetrable walls of a castle. The thought made him shrug, knowing that he would be fine just waiting by the foot of it and never having had that mountain-scaling impulse so many people talk about.

He knew that Mew was a shapeshifter, and a very shy one at that. Every now and then a Pokémon would pass by and chat casually, Lucario trying his best to figure out if they were actually Mew in disguise and wondering about it long after they had left. He felt his sanity waning rather quickly, doubt spreading through his mind as the days passed slowly.

Rukario's magnificent display had left quite the impression on him, more so than the destructive aftereffects. Willing to try anything to pass the time, he decided to train himself in the ways of the aura so he could recreate the aura storm. After exactly one attempt followed by a lingering aching all over his body, he decided to that his previous decision would be overturned in favor of taking a well-deserved vacation.

Much to his chagrin and continued survival there were several bushed filled with berries in the area, so he did not have to starve or deal with a pleasurable sensation in his mouth. With nothing else to do and far too much confidence in his own culinary skills, he tried mixing random herbs and spices he found growing nearby into his meals. The various plants added a nice taste, as well as several more days to his recovery when he came down with food poisoning.

Lying on the ground and twisting in agony, he would compose himself whenever someone passed by, pretending to be occupied with something. He felt that nothing would sting quite as bad as the pity of complete strangers. His stomach aching and his body hurting, he slowly begun to realize that free time was posing him with far more danger than anything else so far, and hoped Mew would make her appearance while he was still among the living.

Then, about a gruesomely slow week after he had started his waiting, something finally happened. A rustle in the nearby bushes caught his attention as he walked up to it to see what it was. He was not sensing any aura, meaning that it had to be a Dark-type... Or, as he suddenly realized, someone was just trying to distract him...

"YOU!" a dignified yet soft and sweet voice came from behind him, instead of the backstab he had been expecting. Turning around he saw a small, pink being floating in midair by the foot of the mountain, a little to the left of where he had been sleeping most of the time.

"... Mew?" Lucario asked with a surprised expression plastered on his face, too sick of waiting to care about subtlety in his inquiry, "You're Mew!?"

Her size was the first aspect that left an impact with Lucario - She was barely larger than his own torso, and was the same as Celebi. Lucario became very shocked at this before he realized that taking on a weak-looking form would let her hide her presence as the greatest Pokémon of all time much easier.

Her head contained a set of everything you would find on a normal creature, her eyes blue as both the ocean and the sky. She had short arms and large hind legs, neither being used as she was hovering above the ground in a shimmering yet barely visible bubble. The bubble suddenly faded away as a tail as long as the rest of her body started flailing around behind her, happy to be let out of its transparent confinement.

Even so, her small form echoed of grace, simple yet somehow unnaturally clean and bright, almost like a cartoon character come to life. One would have to be blind, deaf and dumb to miss that this was not a regular Pokémon.

"You remember!" Mew said excitedly as her face lit up in pure joy, "You remember, you remember! I never would have thought-"

"Of course!" Lucario exclaimed confidently, not really sure what exactly she was referring to but getting many a strange feelings from looking at the pink cat, "Hey, Celebi told me you're a shape shifter; this is not your original form, is it?"

"I cannot believe this! For so long, I have been..." Mew continued happily, before trailing off as her expression turned into one of slight confusion, "... Not my original form?"

"Yeah!" Lucario kept going while scratching the back of his head, "I mean, this form's cute! I like that you've got a sense of humor, but I want to see what you really look like!"

"Oh, I see, you are still... But that cannot be..." Mew mumbled while her delighted demeanor slowly faded.

"Don't tell me..." Lucario said as a devastating possibility struck him, "... You're not Mew, after all?"

"Are you... Your mind..." Mew continued while countering his curiosity with her own, "Is your mind human or Pokémon?"

"Human!" Lucario exclaimed with a very impressed voice, "Wow! You really ARE good! How'd you know?"

"But... I... You..." Mew stammered while being unable to make heads or tails out of what was happening, "... Something here is amiss."

"Really? A miss?" Lucario asked, "But you hit it right on the head!"

"This simply cannot be a coincidence," Mew told herself while analyzing the familiar aura, "Tell me, are you suffering from amnesia?"

"Hell no!" Lucario burst out with an offended tone, "My memory's the best there is! I'll recite the periodic table right here, right now!"

"But... You do not remember me?" Mew asked with a worried expression.

"Why would I remember you?" Lucario asked in return, shrugging his shoulders. He wasn't even sure if this Pokémon was truly Mew, having forgotten to ask Celebi for a description. He thought that like genders, normal Pokémon would probably be able to tell who she was just by looking at her, which in turn led to Lucario realizing something.

"Wait... Now that you mention it..." he said quietly while thinking to himself, "All this Pokémon stuff is completely new to me. Yeah, I didn't know anything about Pokémon back when I first woke up in this body."

Mew's response was silence, as she seemed to drift off into another world with a vacant expression.

"... Mew?" Lucario asked, wondering if this was normal or not.

"... Oh! Excuse me!" Mew exclaimed as she woke up, "I... I think I know what is wrong. Tell me, do you remember being human?"

"Well, duh!" Lucario said confidently while thinking of ways to prove it, "I was a brawny guy who loved to explore, I always got straight As in school and my mom would always spend my money when I wasn't looking! I remember every little detail!"

"But you cannot remember anything about Pokémon..." Mew whispered slowly before raising her voice, "And you cannot recall how you became a Pokémon, either?"

"That's true, but... You mean that those two are related?" Lucario said before slapping his forehead, "I mean, uh, of course they are! But how?"

"I should probably tell you," Mew started before looking down on the ground with a worried expression, "... But..."

"... But?" Lucario repeated while also looking at the ground, wondering if there was anything interesting down there.

"... It will change everything," Mew spoke clearly as she lifted her head, "If you are satisfied with life the way it is now..."

"Hell no," Lucario said bluntly, "I came to see you to help me transform back into a human."

"... Oh," Mew exclaimed softly with a blink, "Truly? That is... Hmm..."

"OK, so out of this whole conversation, I understand nothing so far," Lucario muttered while shaking his head in annoyance, "Let's take things from the beginning, shall we?"

"Then, allow me to tell you of what happened..." Mew said, secretly reluctant as she began to tell Lucario her story...
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