Pokemon Fan Fiction ❯ There for You ❯ Just Another Adventure ( Chapter 4 )

[ P - Pre-Teen ]

Stars were shining all over the night sky, and tiny snowflakes were falling again.

The two heroes were finally returning home after being out and socializing all day.

"Phew, I'm starved!" Totodile exclaimed. "You're coming over for dinner, right? We're having a feast!"

"Maybe! I'll have to see what Nuzleaf wants to do."

"Okay! Hey, I was thinking, maybe one of these nights before we leave, I should invite all of our classmates over for dinner. Pops certainly has enough food to go around!"

He hopped excitedly.

"Yeah, that would be fun, except… make sure Pancham and Shelmet don't break out into a brawl. I can only imagine how your father would react…"

"Hehehe… that would be priceless! Well, I guess I'll see you in a bit? Maybe?"

"Probably. See ya!"

Chikorita entered the house and looked around. The lights were on but Nuzleaf wasn't there.

Where in the world-

"Hiya!" a voice suddenly came from right behind her.

"Augh!" she jumped and gasped out of shock.

"Sorry! Didn't mean to scare ya."

Nuzleaf came into the house carrying a large bag of items.

"It's all good…" she slowly caught her breath. "Where were you?"

"Over at Kecleon's. He said he got some good imports today, so I did a little shoppin' around. Here," he handed her the bag.

She stared at it for a second. "You're… giving it all to me?"

"Yeah. I reckon you'd have a better use for this stuff than I would."

She started looking through it all. The bag was completely filled with top-notch items. Petrify orbs, reviver seeds, various wands and vitamin drinks… and even a Progress Device +.

"Wow… this is so nice. Thanks, Papa…"

"You're very welcome!" He smiled cheerfully.

"So… I take it you're feeling better from before?"

"Yeah. I'm good now. Sorry for springin' all that on you outta the blue like that…"

"No need to be sorry. I'm just glad to see you happy again! So what did you do while I was out then?"

"I went and had a good talk with Carracosta after y'all left for the school. Beheeyem came and joined some while later, and we had a good ol' heart to heart. Talkin' with someone who knows firsthand how it all was did me some good."

"That's good. I'm glad."

They looked back out the doorway and noticed that the snowfall had picked up quite a bit. It was sticking at that point.

"Well, ain't that strange?" Nuzleaf crossed his arms. "I've never seen snow around these parts 'til the other day."

"It's so pretty…" Chickorita mumbled. They went outside and walked around a little.

After a few moments of enjoying the view, Nuzleaf suddenly felt a snowball crash into his back. He turned around and saw the feminine leaf head smiling and looking around in every other direction.

"Are you challengin' me, kid?" he sassed.

"…Mayyyyybe."

As he leaned down and formed a ball of snow and aimed it, she started running away, squealing and laughing. They chased each other around the yard until they got close to their neighbors' house.

"Totodile! Help!" Chikorita shouted through the window as she kept running around and getting pelted.

"No fair!" she called out to Nuzleaf. "You have a way easier time making snowballs!"

"Life ain't always fair, kid," he called back.

Totodile finally caught sight of them through the window.

"Hey! I wanna play!"

He ran out and noticed his partner's disadvantage.

"Hold up, Chikorita! I'm joining your side!"

They all ran around for a while until those two finally cornered Nuzleaf by their house. They were about to launch, when Carracosta called out.

"Totodile! Come back inside. Dinner's ready."

"Okay, Pops!"

They were still for a second, and then quickly spun around in sync and pelted Nuzleaf with their snowballs.

"Heh. Fair enough," came his reply.

"Come join us, you guys!" Totodile hopped. "We seriously can't finish all that food by ourselves."

So the three of them brushed the snow off and went inside the house for the great feast.

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*Knock knock*

"Good morning, Chikorita," Carracosta opened the door. "What brings you here so early?"

"Is Totodile awake?"

"Nope. But you're free to go and wake him if you'd like."

"Thanks. It's kind of important…"

She ran into the house and aggressively tried shaking her partner awake.

"Come on, Totodile! You're usually the early bird out of the two of us. WAKE UP."

"TAKE THAT!" he suddenly yelled and clawed at her before his eyes shot open.

"Whoa! What was that?"

"Oh, sorry! I was dreaming about fighting a Gengar!"

"…With a scratch attack?"

"Hey, I can't always control my dreams. Anyways… what are you doing here so early?" He gave a puzzled look.

"Check this out."

She set down the connection orb and pulled up a job list.

"Huh?! There's a mission for us here on this continent?"

"Yeah, I was surprised too. Apparently there's an angry Crobat on the loose in Foreboding Forest. We should go battle it!"

"Yeah! Let's go now!"

He jumped up out of bed and ran for the door. He paused for a split second and spun back around to face his father behind the counter.

"Pops! You should come with us!"

"I beg your pardon?"

"Yeah! It'll be fun! Come to Foreboding Forest and fight the Crobat with us!"

"I don't know, son. I've got lots of work to do today."

"Pleaaaase? I never get to go on missions with you! And you're always telling me not to let my dreams just be dreams, right?"

Carracosta sighed and gave in. "All right. I suppose I could go this one time."

"Hooray!"

They exited the house and made their way to the bridge, when Nuzleaf suddenly ran out of his house after them.

"Hey Chikorita, hold up a sec. Think I could borrow a minute of your time?"

He handed her an envelope. "Pelipper came and brought this here just now. Says it's an urgent notice from the Expedition Society."

She opened the letter, and saw that it was a notice for the same mission they were leaving for. Ampharos wanted them to go since they were the closest to that forest.

"Oh, okay," she put the letter in their bag. "We're actually going there now, just to battle a Crobat. Hey, you should come with us too!"

"Where are y'all headed off to?"

"Just to Foreboding Forest. It'll be fun, with all four of us!"

"All right then. That ain't too far. Let's go!"

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The group fought through the very easy dungeon until they arrived at the final floor.

They all looked around in every direction, confused. There was no sign of a mad Crobat anywhere.

"Perhaps he fled?" Carracosta suggested.

"That usually doesn't happen though," Totodile said. "They're usually-"

"HELP! Someone make him stop!"

Behind them, two Golbats suddenly flew through the trees and stopped in front of them in a panic.

"What's going on? Are you guys okay?" Totodile asked.

"It's Crobat. The dude's gone CRAZY!"

"That's why we're here! We'll stop him!" Chikorita said with confidence.

"Oh, I don't think it'll be as easy as you think…" one of the Golbats replied nervously.

"What do you mean?"

They all looked up to the sky and saw a large silhouette, slowly getting closer and closer.

Chikorita's eyes widened. "That is…"

"…the biggest Crobat I've ever seen…" Totodile gasped.

"He used to be our bro," one of the Golbats began. "He got injected with something. We don't know what it was, but it was some doctor overseas who was trying out some kind of medicine, and… well, now he's gone mad. It's like he lost his mind and he just won't stop attacking everyone!"

"We should be able to take him on despite his size," Carracosta said. "We outnumber him."

"Okay, but just be careful… make sure you DON'T get caught in his poison fang attack!"

"Why not?"

"I don't know how…" the Golbat looked up in terror as he spoke, "…but something about that injection intensified that attack, and now it's basically deadly. He caught a Wurmple straight on with it the other day, and the poor thing died moments later."

"Died?!" they shrieked.

"Here he comes!" they both cried out. "Come on, dude, let's get out of here!"

The Golbats fled.

"All right y'all," Nuzleaf took a fighting stance. "Let's take out this troublemaker! Just watch out for them jaws."

They all took their stances, and Totodile fired a water gun as Crobat got close enough.

He was knocked off balance, but quickly recovered and charged full-force at them.

"Look out!"

They all jumped aside to dodge.

Chikorita fired razor leaf, despite knowing how weak it would be against Crobat's types. He got closer and Carracosta knocked him into a tree with rollout.

Nuzleaf stuck him further with feint attack. But he still recovered quickly.

He flew up into the air, and then charged back down at an even faster speed than before. He was headed for Totodile, and began opening his mouth as if ready to use poison fang.

"Totodile! Watch out!" Carracosta jumped in front of him and blocked Crobat's path, eventually knocking him to the ground with smack down.

Crobat shot up and tackled Chikorita, sending her flying to the other side of the battlefield. The other three started running that direction, with their opponent following.

Being the fastest of them all, Crobat bypassed them and got ready to tackle Chikorita again, who had nowhere to turn at that point.

As soon as Nuzleaf saw this, he broke out into a full sprint and ran faster than ever before, it seemed. He miraculously managed to catch up to Crobat and tackled him straight to the ground, seconds before he would've hit Chikorita.

Crobat broke free once again. Chikorita ran up and launched an ancientpower attack. This increased her speed and strength.

"Hey Chikorita!" Totodile called out. "Quick! Let's do an alliance!"

"Okay!"

They surrounded their opponent and launched their attack with all the strength they could muster.

This did a surprising amount of damage, and Crobat was down for a good moment.

The two Golbats came back into the scene. They joined the circle around Crobat and launched supersonic in unison. They then finished him off with aerial ace attacks.

"Is he… done?" Totodile asked after a moment.

"Ummmmm… YEAH! Yeah, I think he's good now. He isn't still trying to fight and he isn't breathing all crazy anymore. Awesome! I think we finally stopped the effects of that drug."

"Great! Glad he'll be okay."

"Thanks a bunch, guys. Really. We wouldn't have been able to stop him by ourselves."

"Clearly. You both ran away at the sight of him," Carracosta pointed out.

"Yeah, sorry about that. But everyone's good? No one's bitten? We can all go home now?"

"Yep!" Totodile hopped. "We should be heading back now. Hey Pops? Do we have leftovers from last night at home? I'm starved! Let's get going!"

The hyper crocodile raced out to the stairs, with his not-so-amused father following.

"You guys!" Chikorita yelled after them, laughing. "Wait up!"

Ah, never mind. We'll catch up.

She walked over to Nuzleaf, who had just pulled himself off the ground.

"Ready to go?"

"Yeah. Just gimme a sec…" he was still facing away.

"Ummm… are you okay?"

"I'm okay. I'll be okay…"

She moved closer. "…Papa?"

He finally turned around, and slowly moved his hand away from his side.

She saw two small scrapes. They were turning purple. And they looked like they came from teeth…

"PAPA!" she shrieked in horror. "He got you?!"

"It was just a little scratch. He didn't actually bite me or nothin'. I'll be fine. I'll be-"

He suddenly collapsed to the ground and blacked out.

"NO!"

Chikorita picked him up with her vines and high-tailed it out of the forest at a speed she never knew she was capable of.

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*Pant pant*

She was losing strength.

*Pant pant*

Her vision was going blurry from the exhaustion and dizziness. She felt sick.

Finally she reached the village's gates.

She screamed for help as she sped through the plaza and back to their house. Audino was notified and immediately made the trip over.

"Audino!" she cried out as she entered the house and laid Nuzleaf down. "Please! Do something!"

"What happened?"

"It was a… poison fang attack. A really bad one. They said it's strong enough to kill Pokemon! He wasn't bitten straight on, but…"

She started hyperventilating. She couldn't fully wrap her head around what was happening.

"Okay. Don't worry, sweetie, we'll handle it. I even have my intern Chansey here to help me."

Audino leaned in and listened for a heartbeat.

"He's still in there; still breathing. We can help him, but we'll have to be quick. Chansey, can you hand me my bag?"

She pulled out a syringe and injected him with a dose of pecha berry fluids.

"Will that be enough?!" Chikorita exclaimed.

"It should do the trick for healing the poison. Now it's just a question of how much damage it's already done…"

"Well what do we do?!"

"Here, we'll give him a dose of oran berry medicine too."

Chansey filled up a new syringe and handed it to her superior to proceed with the injection.

"It's too bad Roselia isn't in town to do some aromatherapy…" Chansey said.

"Oh shoot," Audino said, scavenging through her bag. "I don't have any with me, but I know there's some special medicine back at the clinic that we keep for emergencies. I think it'll really help, but we'll have to run back and grab it."

"Do you think you'll be able to get it in time?"

"We'll go quickly. You just stay here and watch over him, okay?" She smiled, trying to comfort her.

The two nurses ran off.

Chikorita went over and sat by his bedside, starting to tremble.

Papa…please be okay…

The purple color from the bite marks seemed to be fading a little. She figured that was the medicine working.

After some time of silence, Nuzleaf suddenly started breathing heavier and opened his eyes.

Chikorita gasped in relief. "Papa! You're okay!"

He tried to sit up, but didn't have the strength. He still appeared to be in great pain.

"You are okay… right?" she got worried again.

"I… uhh…" he grasped his side in pain, still panting heavily.

"I reckon… I ain't gonna make it through this one."

Her eyes widened in horror.

"No! Don't say that! Audino and Chansey will be back any minute with better medicine! They said it'll make you better..."

"I feel it, kiddo. It was one heck of an attack. I do believe… my time's almost up."

"No!" Chikorita started sobbing. "It can't be! I won't let it!"

He finally found the strength to turn his head, and looked into her big eyes. He smiled warmly at her.

"Don't be sad, child. I reckon… I know, you're gonna be just fine. You just keep bein' you and savin' the world like you have been. I just want ya to know…" tears started rolling down his face, "…that it's been a privilege… to be your Papa…"

Chikorita was uncontrollably bawling by then, as she hugged him and buried her face.

"Papa… please don't leave me…"

He mustered up all the strength he had left to wrap his arm around her. He grunted in pain a couple more times, and then…

Stopped breathing.

His arm fell limp to the ground.

Chikorita lifted her head, and started shaking him.

"…Papa? No… NO. NO!" she screamed at the top of her lungs. "HELP! SOMEONE! ANYONE! WE NEED HELP IN HERE!"

No one was around to hear.

"Papa… no… you can't leave me like this… I can't-"

She couldn't speak through her sobs. All she could do was lay there next to him, hoping she'd wake up from this dream that just couldn't be real. It just couldn't be real…

The world around her went black.

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After several long, lonely moments, she found the strength to lift her head and speak again.

"Nuzleaf… you were the best father I could've ever asked for. It's not fair… IT'S NOT FAIR! You didn't deserve this! You didn't deserve any of it! First, Dark Matter came and took control of you against your will, tormented you, and stole away years of your life… and now… now that things are good again…"

She started quivering again and struggled to keep speaking as the tears ran down. Flashbacks of that battle replayed in her head, and that moment when he tackled Crobat… the moment all this began…

"You were just trying to protect me…" *sniff*. "It should've been me…"

She laid back down again, still talking as if he could hear.

"I was planning to go evolve in a couple days… and, I wanted you to come with me. To share in the moment. I wanted you to be there. And I was excited to tell you, but…"

She fell to her face weeping and couldn't speak another word. And despite the sobs, the room only seemed to get quieter…

And the snowflakes ceased to fall.