Oh and thank you for 10000 views. Wish I could do something special...Oh wait, I did. New goal: 20000(on top 10s!)(Man the competition is fierce.)I'm a writer. I tried writing on fur affinity, but the server there has crashed and no one has seriously commented on my stories. I'm hoping for some comments on this new story which I am releasing here first. Axe that, only here. Especially since I'm so close to getting on the top ten for most words(about 20000 more) and potentially most reads(more then 5000 now) I'll put the general disclaimer here. All publicly recognizable characters, settings, etc. are the property of their respective owners, Nintendo, Game Freak, Creatures inc, and Pokemon. The original characters and plot are the property of me. I am in no way associated with the owners, creators, or producers of Pokemon. No copyright infringement is intended. If you are offended by anything in this story, then you have a serious problem being offended by something no one force you to read but I don't care enough so don't complain to me if you end up offended.
Chapter 21 Nothing like R&R.
"Ready?" Erureido asked. He and Mech were standing opposite each other, swords sheathed.
"Ready." Mech answered. The two bowed and drew their weapons. Erureido being a natural swordsman held his katana out in front of him, at arms length, the handle near his waist, like a samurai warrior might, a more offensive stance. Mech, having seen way to many movies, opted for a higher stance, much nearer the head and closer to the body, and to the side, a more defensive choice, a better spot to block the upper body from slash attacks, perfect against a katana which was only suited for close quarters stabs.
Instantly Erureido went on the offensive, being careful not to cause any fatal wounds, starting off with an exaggerated cross slash. Mech easily blocked the move, using the motion to start a down slice. Erureido leaped backwards, nimbly dodging the move before thrusting forward. A stupid maneuver he knew, Mech easily batting the blade away. Katanas were two handed swords but unlike their western cousins (the relationship is very strained, the two very different in appearance, composition, and strength), were not made for thrusting, the natural curve suggested it should, but the blade was too long and flat. It was great for it close up, but to get a small stab in was not worth it.
Following the pathetic stab attempt, Mech did a horizontal slash only to have Erureido block it, inches from contact. The match went on like this, neither side giving way. Erureido had natural instinct for him and he could not understand how an untrained human was this good. Not good by any professional standards, but for a novice with no prier training it wasn't bad. Mech knew how though. Having watched many sword fights in movies and on TV, plus after years of playing Legend of Zelda *hint*, he could mimic the moves fairly well. He knew a true swordsman would laugh at his efforts if not cry at his butchering of it, but accuracy meant little to him. He knew they were both tiring. He had to end it someway and opted for a move he knew was stupid, the famous Kaitengiri. After deflecting a well aimed slash, he executed the clockwise spin. A spin in the other direction could break his arm if he hit something solid. The move worked well enough to catch Erureido off guard and Mech stopped the blade inches from Erureido's side.
"You have just been killed, or severely wounded. Victory is mine." Mech said victoriously, sheathing his sword Link style, modifying it to work with a belt on his waist instead of the back. (For those that don't know what that looks like, look it up, it's from twilight princess wii version, I'm right handed)
"You did catch me off guard with that last move, though it might fare better against a swarm of enemies, not just one." Erureido said, picking up his sword belt and sheathing it samurai style. "Still, not bad for one supposedly untrained."
"I've had years of TV, movies, and video games to teach me. And they said that would have no use in the real world, the fools."
"Well it seemed useful today, though I wasn't trying my hardest."
"So, what now?"
"How about a little psy training." Erureido suggested. The rest were back near the center training amongst themselves. Bob had grudgingly agreed to wait an extra day.
"Alright, I think my energy's recharged enough to do a bit." Mech replied, checking.
"Well, you seem to have the hang of most of it. That boost from Myuu certainly helped that. Let's see, levitation, telekinesis, telepathy, that's all down. How about a much more difficult skill. Well I say difficult in that it is for humans and some psychic pokémon, even mew."
"Let me guess, pyrokinesis." Mech guessed.
"No." Erureido said looking a little annoyed "I don't know who told you about that, but that is not a psy power. The power I'm referring to is teleportation. To someone untrained it this, it is difficult, and dangerous. Lose your focus for just an instant and you might find your self where you want to be, but minus a few important limbs. To some this is natural, like Abra. That's how they move so they find it easy. To some like us, it is harder, but not impossible. Also it takes the most energy, you end up converting all the matter in your body into energy, and then move it to where you want it, and it being energy this is almost instantaneous. Then all the energy is converted back into matter.
"It sounds complicated and it is. I doubt there is a single individual who knows how it works completely and how the body manages to stay together after so many times is anyone's guess. The fact this can all take place in an instant and is painless is also a mystery." Erureido explained.
"Maybe the painlessness comes from the body not being able to process that kind of damage; I mean how could it be prepared for that."
"Possibly. Now then, it's relatively simple to do but also very hard. You simply need to summon up a lot of energy and focus on another location, preferably one you can see, though any place you have been to or seen will work, but I've heard of quite a few deaths where an Abra thought he was teleporting safely, only to end up half in a wall. Sure locations from memory work, but you run the risk of changed terrain. Any being with teleporting abilities can teleport any other being along with them provided they have the energy to do so. Obviously the larger the object the more energy, but you know that. Don't bother trying to teleport something but not yourself with it, that is beyond all but the most skilled and powerful Alakazam. Remember, if you try it and lose focus, you could leave something behind, or end up in the wrong spot. Though more lose limps to lack of energy then loss of focus. Why not try teleporting over there." Erureido suggested, pointing to a spot not to far away. "Don't be afraid to waste energy. Better to go overboard then leave something important behind."
Mech summoned the energy, a natural action now. He concentrated it on himself until he was bathed in a glow of energy, then focused on the spot. He put his whole being into wanting to occupy that spot. After a while of zero results, he muttered absentmindedly "teleport." The effect was instantaneous. Next thing he knew he was in the new spot. Instantly he became very dizzy, a slight tingle running through his body, the body unable to respond to the movement. The teleporting had stolen his balance for the moment. Finally the world stopped spinning and he turned to Erureido.
"Not bad." Erureido commented. "That's all there is to it. Though there are a few things you should be warned about. First, teleporting will not change your direction. If you are upside down and teleport anywhere, you will be upside down in the new spot. Second it will not decrease momentum. If your start falling down a cliff, and reach terminal speed before teleporting somewhere else, you will still be killed by the speed. Third, you should only teleport in open spaces. Somehow the air parts so we aren't driven to insanity by the pain of having air sharing the same space as every molecule in your body, tearing it to bits. Water is no good, though just above works. Obviously solid objects are out. Even if you teleport back out, the object will come with you. That's why it's better to see the location or know it well enough."
"I'll have to remember that." Mech said. He wasn't really listening; he'd already guessed these things. "I bet Gardie's done his match, let's head back." Erureido agreed and they walked back to the center. Behind it the pokémon had given up on training and were more or less lounging around. Bob was no where to be seen, a very good thing as they would soon discover. Bob had neglected to mention earlier Naetoru and Shio both evolving during the match. Mech and Erureido had made it back just in time as Saria, Gardie's Bayleef came bounding around the corner. She whispered something to Guma, and then waited for Gardie. She and Guma had been talking the previous night but Mech didn't eavesdrop.
"Hey, I won!" Gardie cheered walking around the corner. Instantly Saria used grass knot. He didn't see it coming and tripped, right onto Guma who leaped out of the way at an odd angle. No one had a second to process Gardie's hand brushing a certain red stone on Guma's belt. No sooner the hand connected with the stone then Mech's suspicions came true as Guma began glowing much like an evolving pokémon would. The blinding light faded and all eyes waited to see the results. It wasn't everyday a half human evolved.
"And he was worried." Saria laughed as the light faded and Gardie stood up. He looked much the same, though his hair seemed to have grown considerably. He seemed largely unchanged, though he would later notice a few subtle changes. The biggest change of all came when he turned to give Saria a dirty look for tricking him like that. All in attendance gasped.
"What?" Gardie asked, turning back, feeling something brush his leg. He reached back, and when he found the offender, his eyes lit up. "No way." Was all he could say. The evolution has restored the one thing his past (as you know but Mech does not know) had taken away; a tail.
"Your welcome." Saria smiled.
"Saria what's big idea? That could have done something more obvious!" Gardie exploded "Luckily I think I can tuck it behind my pack and no one will notice." He said, experimentally wagging his new limb. "Don't think just because I like the results means you're off the hook."
"I guess it turned out alright. Thanks for the use of your belt Guma." Saria said.
"No big." He said leaning close "And you forget what you saw last night, right." He whispered.
"I never go back on a deal. Your secret is safe." Saria whispered back.
"Well, congrats on the win and the evolution." Mech said later. Gardie's pokémon had been healed up and he was ready to leave. "Also, I had nothing to do with this so don't torch me."
"I know, Saria explained her involvement. Oh, and here, for letting me take first shot." Gardie said handing over a disk. "That's HM03 Fly. Karasu already knows it, so we're good. Ven's good too, he gave the thing to me."
"Well thanks, I guess."
"Think nothing of it. Now if you'll excuse me, Veilstone awaits." Gardie said walking off, tail tucked behind his back pack though no one could tell.
"This sucks. Why couldn't you have just fought the gym leader today?" Bob complained. This wasn't the first time he'd asked that.
"I told you, he won the battle fair and square." Mech said. This was of course a lie, but Bob didn't need to know that.
"Must have been one powerful Bayleef. What was its name again, Sarah, Sam..." Bob thought out loud scratching Riolu's head who was sitting in his lap and falling asleep.
"Saria." Mech corrected without looking. He noticed Riolu's ears perk up at that.
"Saria!" she piped up. Mech was startled by this as she rarely spoke. Bob was even more shocked and Mech soon realized why.
"Let me guess, that was in English." Mech said.
"Yeah it was!" Bob said open mouthed. He lifted the small canine off his lap and stared at her.
"Daddy?" she said looking confused and worried. Mech couldn't tell directly but he assumed that was also English. "Did I say something wrong?" she asked Mech. This was obviously in pokéspeak.
"No, you just spoke English. I think the shock has short circuited his mind. Give him a minute to adjust." Mech joked.
"Since when can you speak English?" Bob demanded Riolu shrugged.
"Can you tell him I don't know? I'd tell him but my English isn't very good." Mech relayed the message.
"Well you just said some there." Bob answered. "It's not every day a pokémon starts using English. Especially a newborn."
"I'm not a baby anymore!" Riolu replied.
"Not by human standards" Bob replied. Mech was starting to notice a slight change in the sound of her voice when she spoke, it seemed slower when she spoke pokémon though this might have been lag caused by his mind translating it. "So, what can you say?" Bob asked putting her down.
"Not much. Just what you say many times." Riolu replied, an obviously impaired vocabulary. "I'm much more fluent at pokéspeak, as you can see." She added.
"Much more fluent, as I can hear. You'll get the hang of it." Mech assured her. "How do you feel about your name, you are after all the only one without a nickname here."
"Yeah. How bout Saria, you seemed to like it." Bob suggested. "After all it was the first English word you spoke."
"Er, no, I spoke earlier when I saw the baby Lapras, but that was an accident." Riolu corrected.
"Where was I when this happened?"
"Sound asleep." Mech said rolling his eyes. "It might be confusing with two Saria's running around. Odd name though. Back home, Saria is a name I know very well though I doubt Bob does. In a certain work of fiction (guess the work), it is the name of a sage of the forest. I can see it fitting a Bayleef, but I Riolu..."
"Lucario live in the forest." Riolu countered.
"So do many pokémon." Mech replied. "I think the name Nabooru fits better."
"What does that name mean?" Riolu asked.
"It comes from the same work, but of a sage of spirit. You certainly have that." Mech joked.
"Nabooru it is then." Bob interrupted, annoyed at being alienated from the conversation.Chapter End Notes:*NEW* Does any of the 200 odd who read my second story The Adventures of Colin Wright notice anything about this story now and why it is in the series with the rest