The Path of Destiny
Chapter Fifteen-A Small Quest
Once again, the travelers had found themselves forced to stop because of Stormblades injuries. As they rested, Snowcrystal couldnt help wondering why Thunder and Rosie were taking so long to get back. Do you think theyre ok? she asked Spark, for the fourth time.
Of course, the jolteon replied, Rosies probably just excited she gets to go on a little adventure and act responsible for once
she probably just wants to impress us or something by searching around a lot further than we thought she would. He shrugged, Theyll be fine, dont worry about em.
Snowcrystal sighed and gazed off into the distance. She couldnt help worrying. They should have been back by now
she thought. She was about to suggest that they go look for them when heard rustling in the bushes, and Thunder staggered back into the clearing.
Snowcrystal stared in shock. The scythers side and shoulder were drenched in blood, though how it had happened, she didnt have a clue. The growlithe leapt up, alarmed, and she could tell by the looks from everyone else that they were just as shocked. Stormblade limped over to her, seeming to know what had injured her.
What happened? he asked, sounding extremely worried, Did you run into humans
youve been shot!
Thunder whirled around suddenly and slammed the side of her scythe into his face, which was enough to knock him completely off his feet. You think I havent noticed that already! she snarled at him, before seeming to loose her strength completely, and collapsing to her knees. Look
she muttered, ignoring the others stares and struggling to her feet again, In case you all havent noticed
Rosie is GONE!
what? Snowcrystal managed to say, looking even more shocked than before.
Humans took her! Thunder growled, Along with lots of other pokémon too. She paused for a moment to take a few shuddering breaths, then went on, She went off alone
I heard her screaming a few minutes later and ran after the humans truck
but they were long gone
I came back here
there was nothing I could do. She lowered her head, as if in shame. Snowcrystal wanted to help her, but she knew shed probably get a scythe in her eye for trying.
Snowcrystal, Spark, and Wildflame glanced at each other in alarm, and Wildflame murmured, barely above a whisper, I heard the humans I fought earlier mention something about
poachers? Humans who steal pokémon, right? Spark nodded, confirming her beliefs to be true.
Stormblade sat up, closing one of his eyes as he looked at the others. Well we have to go after them, dont we? he asked, wincing.
Why dont you go after them! Im sure youll go far with that, Thunder muttered sarcastically, all though she was still breathing heavily. Snowcrystal could plainly see that Thunder had been badly hurt, and the scyther looked like she was about to pass out, but common sense told her not to say anything. It would be worse for Thunder if she was angered more. She hated to admit it, but the situation looked hopeless.
what should we do? she whispered, unable to hide the fear that shone in her eyes.
Snowcrystal, Spark replied, turning to face her, There isnt much we can do. Ive lived with a trainer or other humans for as long as I can remember
Ive heard about poachers
seen trainers whove had their pokémon stolen. And really, there was nothing any of them could do but move on. When pokémon are stolen, very few ever get reunited with their friends or trainers. Even if the poachers are caught, the pokémon they had stolen before are almost always either already sold, or
He lowered his head, not wanting to finish his statement.
we cant let that happen to Rosie
Snowcrystal murmured silently.
Im afraid we wont be able to catch them, Spark replied, barely above a whisper, And even if by some miracle we managed to find them, theyd only take us too.
Take us? Thunder repeated quietly to herself, as a confused look spread across her face. She closed her eyes, as if trying to remember something, then seemed to loose patience with it and opened her eyes again before lying down in the grass and continuing to listen to the others.
but who knows what theyll do to her! Snowcrystal shouted, facing Spark with a shocked expression, And youre saying we should just give up?
Hate to break it to ya, but hes right you know.
Snowcrystal spun around, trying to locate the owner of the voice, when she noticed an aipom sitting on a low tree branch nearby. Before she could ask any questions, Wildflame let out a snarl and pounced, knocking the aipom clear off the tree and pinning him to the ground. Why
are you following us? Wildflame snarled, letting the aipom get a good view of her fangs. Aipom was caught completely by surprise, and could only stare back at the houndoom in terror. Speak! Now! Wildflame growled, Or will I have to make you?
Aipom stammered, I thought you needed help and I
Help? Wildflame scoffed, If you wanted to help, can you explain why you tried to lead those humans to us?
Snowcrystal whispered, not liking the way she was treating the aipom, enemy or not.
Stay out of this! Wildflame snapped back at her.
Aipom continued, seeming to have overcome some of his shock, I went to get my trainer, Katie, and her friend because I found your friend
the scyther, injured, and I knew they could help
They attacked me! Wildflame growled.
Well you jumped out at them
what were they supposed to do? Aipom shouted, I had only seen the scyther and I had no clue until just now that you were friends so
Try and come up with a more believable story next time, Wildflame snarled, That is
if there is a next time. Im not going to just let you go so you can run straight back to the humans!
Wait! Snowcrystal cried, before turning to the aipom, Maybe you can help us
you can tell us what you know about these
Nothing you dont know, Aipom replied, and Wildflame pricked his shoulders with her claws, silencing him.
so you were spying on us, huh? Wildflame growled, Heres some advice for you; if youre going to spy on someone, dont give away your presence! I assume that would have been obvious.
But when I heard
Rosie, Aipom continued hesitantly, I didnt want you all to go running off only to get caught by the poachers
believe me, I wont lead Katie back here
just let go of me!
Wildflame moved to the side, but still kept a paw down on the aipoms chest. I dont trust you
she sneered, and glanced down as an object fell from the strangers paws. Whats this
? she mused, prodding the object with her other paw. Spark glanced over, and realized it was a small book that the aipom had been carrying.
Wildflames paw turned some of the pages, revealing a picture of a poochyena on one page, and a houndour on the other. Spark quickly realized it was some sort of book on canine pokémon. Its a book
Spark mumbled to himself in a bored tone.
Snowcrystal followed his gaze down to the small object, and suddenly remembered what Spark had said before. Wait a minute! she gasped, Spark, you said humans know about many different things from books
even about other humans. What if one of the humans books tells us where the poachers could have gone?
Spark began, I dont think
Nonsense! Aipom shouted, Humans know everything!
No they dont, Stormblade muttered, Most of them dont even know the genders of their own pokémon. They always call them an it
Nah, theyre just lazy, Aipom replied, trying to sit up, though Wildflame pushed him back down.
But maybe one of the humans books will tell us how to stop them! Snowcrystal cried.
Spark shrugged. I dunno
but its not like it matters anyway, none of us can read human!
I can! Aipom shouted, I can read human! My trainer taught me. Just spare my life and Ill-
Oh really? Wildflame growled, pushing the book toward Aipom with her paw, Read this then, Aipom. Tell me what these markings mean!
Ok, ok! he replied, But dont call me Aipom. Katie calls me Aipom. No one else calls me Aipom! My name is Sid!
Shut up and just tell us what means
Aipom! Wildflame growled.
Theres no need to be mean
Snowcrystal whispered, but Wildflame ignored her.
Thunder watched the others from where she lay, not wanting any of this arguing to go on any longer. She just wanted to rest, and be alone for a while, though she had to admit that leaving the group would not be a wise decision when she was in such an awful condition. Laying her head down on the grass wearily, she continued to watch them.
Sid picked up the book, opening it at a random page. Uh
once upon a time there was a poochyena. See? Poochyena! He held up the book, pointing to the picture, And uh
he was standing there
Wildflame swatted the book away. You cant read it! she growled.
I can! Just not very well! he protested, But my trainer can read! I can find a book about whatever you want, and she can read it to me, and I can tell you what it says!
There wont be a book that tells us where the poachers are! Spark shouted.
Well maybe not, but you can learn more about them, Sid replied, All the better if you ever want to find them. And theres books about everything! Even about healing herbs that you can find in the forests and plains
He aimed this last statement particularly to Stormblade.
Wildflame was about to reply when Snowcrystal stepped up to the aipom. I have an idea, she told the others, If he can lead us to a place with books, maybe wed be able to find one that can help us find out why the poachers would want to take Rosie! At least the humans have pictures in those books.
Look, hes right
," Snowcrystal whispered, "Well never catch up to them in our state. In the mean time, we should find out as much as we can about the poachers, and about what we can do to try and help those of us who are injured
maybe even about Articuno.
Wildflame sighed. I dont see what this will-
Look, maybe shes right, Stormblade stated, Even if we cant find out about the poachers, Rosie would have wanted us to help Snowcrystal find Articuno. If somehow
this can help, I say we try and find out what these humans know. If Sid really wants to help us, like I believe he does, he can tell us what the books say after his trainer reads them.
Spark and Snowcrystal nodded, and Wildflame sighed again. All right
but only a few of us should go to find these books. Ill go
to make sure you dont pull any tricks
she muttered with a snarl at Sid, And if this works, well let you go
but well make sure were far from the humans first!
All right then, the aipom said cheerfully, jumping us as Wildflame released him, Ill show you the place!
Ill go too, Snowcrystal added, But we should go at night, when most of the humans are in their dens, Maybe Spark should go as well; you know a lot about humans.
No! Spark stated firmly, Bring me back a book, and Ill do my best to figure out what it means if Sid cant get his trainer to understand, but thats all Im doing! Im not going to get myself in trouble with the humans! At least not until my injuries heal that is, he added with a shrug.
Fine, Wildflame growled, Well leave you here. Once night falls, the three of us will go to this
As Sid started to climb a tree, Wildflame stamped her paw down on his tail. And remember
Ill be right by you the whole time
any tricks, and youll regret it!
Dont worry, the aipom reassured her, No tricks
Rosie lay shivering on the cage floor in the back of the humans truck; too exhausted to call for help anymore. Many of the other pokémon were still silently crying and occasionally calling out to someone far away. Rosie blew a small ember near the bars of the cage, trying to warm herself up. It was now getting close to evening, and a few other pokémon had been found caught in cages and thrown into the truck.
Rosie sighed, watching the small ember fade away. If only my ember was hot enough to melt the bars
maybe if I knew flamethrower
Her thoughts were interrupted by the sound of something tapping against the bars of her cage. She turned and looked to see the teddiursa she had seen being captured by the poachers, looking through the bars at her.
what? she mumbled, confused.
You tried to save me, he whispered, Tank you!
Rosie stared for a moment. She realized that this pokémon was very young; younger than her, even. She tried to remember what happened, but only remembered following the sound of his cries for help, and seeing him in the clearing. Uh
she stammered, turning her back toward him as she stared off into the distance.
Were you friends wif tat syfer? he asked, and Rosie merely shrugged in response. Why did she-
Look, Rosie replied, Just
just stop talking to me, ok?
The teddiursa was silent for a moment, then replied, If we work togever, maybe we can ascape! Whats your name?
Rosie sighed. As much as she hated to admit it, the small teddiursa was a bit of a distraction from her troubling thoughts. Rosie
she replied, Uh
I dont have a name, he replied, Maybe you can give me one!
All right, fine
Rosie mumbled, and turned to look at him, her eyes darting to the moon shape on his forehead. Crescent, she said a few seconds later, Thats your name.
The newly named teddiursa looked confused. But doesnt that mean tree? Im not a tree!
It doesnt mean tree! Rosie snapped, It
oh never mind
She slumped down against the side of the cage, trying to push the awful thoughts from her mind
of the poachers
all the captured pokémon
Thunder being shot
Was Thunder even alive?
What are they going ta do ta us? Crescents now scared-sounding voice interrupted her thoughts. She glanced back at him, and realized that he looked innocent and confused, with no real idea of the true horrors these humans could possibly put him through.
dont know, Rosie admitted, shaking her head and curling up against the side of her cage as the truck drove on, I really dont know
To Be Continued...