So here's the latest chapter, sorry for the long wait but something has been bothering me. I'm looking at this story and while it isn't bad, it could be much better. I now know a lot more about what I want to do with this story and I think I could make it better. So anyone reading this, could you please tell me, whether I should keep on pressing on with the story or whether I should start it over?
"Darn it, I told that idiot not to bring those other people." I muttered under my breathe when we got the news of what happened to Felix. Alisa and Mint seemed a bit down at the news as well though it was understandable. Well at least both of the keys were activated which meant we could go on ahead, though I had the feeling they weren't ready yet.
"I go back to check on Felix." Alisa said and though I knew that was what she wanted to do I stepped in her way, much to her chagrin. "What's the big idea?" She half shouted as she tried to maneuver around me. I just sighed before moving in her way again.
"Joey and Mark are already on their way to help him." I said matter-of-factly to which she grew even more annoyed.
"So and what would you want if you just got shot down? Would you want someone to say that to the person trying to help you?" She said angrily while trying to pace again.
"What I'd say is that we have a mission to complete and we need to get it down as soon as possible, especially if I already had four people watching over me with two more coming soon. Besides what can you really do to help him?"
"I could heal him! Now move out the way, you jerk." I sighed before letting her by.
"Fine go ahead and help him, I'll go a lone." I said coldly while opening the door that had previously been blocked. Without another word I quickly went in leaving a confused Mint and an angry Alisa behind.
"How the heck did you manage to get yourself hurt this badly?" I muttered to Felix who didn't answer since he was currently unconscious. His chikorita was waving the leaf on her head back and forth over him, releasing a weird smell that was probably the reason Felix wasn't thrashing around.
"He was trying to make sure we didn't get hurt." Heater said sadly to herself with the rest of them looking ashamed, except Souske though he was avoiding eye contact as well.
"I can't believe how weak we were though… and I wanted to be a gym leader… I couldn't even hold my own against a robot with two people helping me." Jack muttered to himself darkly while his mime jr. tried its best to cheer hi up, to no avail.
"It's all of our faults, no need to put the blame on yourself." Blaire said though Jack simply ignored him. Souske said nothing as he continued to sloppily wrap up Felix's wounds.
"Wow I didn't know we had some one with doctor skills in our group." Michael said to which Souske rolled his eyes.
"You must always try your best to prepare yourself for any type of situation. I brought these bandages just in case someone got hurt." He said smoothly before tightening a bandage on Felix's arm causing him to shout out. "Sorry about that." He said while to Felix as he loosened the bandage a bit.
"Is everyone okay?" I turned to see Alisa running towards us.
"Ya everyone here is okay, but where's Mint and Mark?" Alisa scowled a bit at the mention of Mark's name though she said nothing. "Wait if you're here than you left Mark and Mint alone to fight who knows what?" I said panicking a bit to which Alisa ignored.
"Don't worry, mister 'We need to leave or team mates' can take care of himself." She said spitefully. She quickly went to Felix and scowled at all the injuries on him. "And he said he'd be okay if we went on." She spat out before bending down and placing her hand over Felix's chest. Slowly a dull blue light began to wash over Felix as she muttered some words under her breathe.
"What are you doing?" I said amazed which summed up what everyone else was thinking.
"I'm healing him, what else?" Soon Felix's eyes open to everyone's relief. His chikorita sighed when he finally got up before falling to the ground tired, something that Felix noticed quickly.
He picked up the small pokémon before looking at everyone that was around. "Where's Mint and Mark?" He said to which everyone looked away. "So I guess we aren't done yet." With that Felix tried to take a step just for him to almost fall. I caught him, however, right before he hit the floor.
"You need to calm down Felix, besides Mark can take care of himself." I said though he just ignored me.
"And what if something stronger than what we faced so far is waiting behind that door?" Everyone's eyes opened wide at the comment and I felt like slapping myself. It made since that there would be something protecting whatever was inside the locked door just in case the two machines failed.
"But what can we do?" Blaire said and soon all attention was on him. "I mean neither Heater nor Felix are in any condition to walk and leaving them behind doesn't appeal were to me."
"Well we could leave all you Jack, and Souske to protect them while we help Mark." I said to which Souske groaned.
"The only reason Felix is so badly hurt is because he tried to protect us, who could barely fight off the machine with the four of us combined. And you want us to protect them from anything that attacks?"
"I know what we can do." Jack said. "I can have Jr. here teleport them to the place we're trying to go. But he can only teleport himself and two people so whoever stays has to be able to get back to the others quickly. I quickly raised my hand.
"I'll do it. So everyone else head back to Mark." Everyone nodded their head besides Alisa who just scoffed but went anyways. Soon it was Felix, Heather, Jack, and me.
"Okay, I'm trusting you guys to take care of Jr. for me." We all nodded our heads and he handed the psychic type to Felix before leaving. As soon as the pokémon was in his hands it started chanting while slowly glowing purple.
"Okay we only need to wait a bit.
We were quickly heading towards the locked door and I wasn't surprised when I didn't see Mint. She probably went after him to make sure he's safe. "Okay guys this is what we'll do." I said when we got to the door. Michael, you and Jack will wait here for Heather, Felix, and Joey. When all three of them and their pokémon are here then you guys come in. Souske you'll have to follow me!" Everyone nodded and soon they we were heading in.
"So that's why you said we have to leave Felix." Mint said while we were walking down yet another long boring corridor.
"Well it's nice to see someone understands." I said while on the look out for anything that could try and attack us.
"Well if you explained all of that to Alisa she wouldn't be mad at you." Mint said while following me, completely oblivious to the fact that we were in possible danger.
"Well if she was a true friend she wouldn't needed all that explaining and would have known that I wasn't trying to be rude or cruel." I said harshly while continuing my scan for anything dangerous.
"You think of us as friends?" Mint said somewhat shocked to which I ignored. Nah, I just spent the last week or so talking and training with you guys because I want to stab you in the back later. I said sarcastically to myself to which the leafeon I was merged with laughed.
"And everyone says you don't have a sense of humor." Terra said to me in my head before I mentally blocked out her voice though I could still hear her pout somehow... We keep walking until we found ourselves into a child-like room. There was a tea set on the table in the middle of the room. There were also white banners hanging around the room. However, there was something off about this room, my senses were screaming.
"Hello, would you like some tea?" Mint jumped in surprise at the voice and I quickly turned around with my sword pulled out just to realize no one was there. "I'll give you points on reaction, but I'm up here!" A childish voice said to me from above me. I looked up to see a kid jump down from the ceiling from right above me. As I continued to look up I soon realized something weird about this room. The banners I thought were hanging around weren't banners but instead what seemed to be silk and there seemed to be leaves intertwined in them.
"Mark I got a really bad feeling about this room." Terra said to me in my head and I couldn't blame her. I looked back at Mint and really wanted to knock some sense into her when I saw her having tea with the kid.
"Come on, Mark. The tea is really good." Mint said happily while sipping some of it from her toy cup she was holding.
"I'm glad you like it, it just how my sister used to make it before she died…" He said, with a bit of sadness towards the end of the sentence. I, against my better judgment, drunk a little of the tea as well, mostly out of sympathy. I really didn't have to worry about it being poisoned; my body was mostly immune to their effects, though that didn't help Mint much admittedly…
"What happened to your sister?" Mint asked sadly, putting down her tea cup to listen to his story.
"She died when our town was destroyed, along with my other sister and my brother." He paused for a moment as if he was about to say more but instead he just shook his head. "No, let's not talk about that. What about we have some fun?"
"What do you mean when you say fun?" I asked suspiciously to which he smiled.
"We'll play a game of tag; if you can catch me then you can go on to destroy the machine. However if you lose you two become my toys!" He said with a mischievous smirk.
"Wait what! There's no way we would agree to that!" Mint said shouting, getting up suddenly.
"Well sorry but the way out is currently blocked, so I guess you guys have to play." The kid said and Mint and I turned around to see more of the white silky banners covering the exit. I gritted my teeth in annoyance; I underestimated him just because he was a kid though it made me wonder how did he get the room closed off? I turned around to the kid to see him smiling. "So are you guys ready to play? Ready, set… go!" As soon as he said go Mint lunged to grab but he was much faster. He jumped back laughing happily. I jumped over Mint and the table to grab him myself but he moved sharply to the left towards the wall.
"We can get him now." Terra said in my head and I knew we could but something seemed off. Regardless I turned my body on the soles of my feet so I was facing him and with no where for him to go I reached out to grab him. It should have been done with that, but nothing was ever that easy. Right before I grabbed him he turned around and ran up the wall right along the white silky banners that I never noticed before.
"Wait, I don't get it…" Mint said behind me, which summed up nicely what I was thinking.
"Did you think it would be that easy?" The kid said with that same cheerful voice. You won't catch Vipin that easily.
"Wait so you're the one who set up those traps." I said darkly to which he shrugged before putting his arms behind his head.
"Well duh, I mean what fun would it had been if I didn't make it hard?"
"You almost killed them in the name of fun?" I shouted angry to which the kid just sighed, as if I was the childish one.
"Sheesh, why are you getting so mad? It wasn't like the robot was going to kill any one. The robots are set to non-lethal… unless you want me to raise the danger level." I could hear my leafeon growling in the back of my head and I felt like doing so myself. "Wow you get mad easily. Well if you want to make me pay, then come on and get me."
"I'll be getting you soon, you can count on that." I said before releasing Ikazu. The bug let out a growl be fore jumping towards, climbing up the surface with its claws. The boy laughed as he continued to run up the wall, with Ikazu following as quickly as he could.
"That's so awesome, I love bug types, but I could never get a nincada." Vipin said happily in his childish voice while avoiding get cut by my pokémon. "But now it's my turn to show off my awesome pokémon." He said before jumping off the wall, but right before we thought he would fall he quickly grabbed on to one of the silk banners. He twisted his body easily over it and landed it perfectly. "Now let's see how you fair against this guy." As soon as the words left his mouth my blood went cold as a giant red and purple spider came from nowhere.
"Aria…dos…" The pokémon said before it jumped at Ikazu who held up his claw up for a slash attack. However instead of the ariados attacking like Ikazu it simply spat out a thick string of silk that ensnared Ikazu easily. "Dos!" The spider cried out before yanking the smaller bug type of the wall and twisting it through the air and throwing it at me. I tried to reach out to grab the flying pokémon but I realized my body wasn't listening to me and Ikazu hit me directly in the chest, sending us both to the floor.
"Mark are you okay!" Mint shouted before rushing to my aid, though I barely even heard her call my name. My eyes were glued to the bug's. "What did you do to him?" She shouted at the boy who responded by laughing.
"I did nothing to him, though it seems like little Mark has a big fear of spiders. That's a shame too the battle was just getting fun." Mint turned towards me, eyes finally understanding why I couldn't move. Ikazu was trying to snap me out of it and I could hear Terra yelling for me to get up, yet I couldn't. All I could see was the bug's piercing, sharp eyes.
"Then I'll fight you!" I heard Mint say before she stepped between me and the bug. She let out a roselia that did a curtsy towards the spider before shooting a magical leaf attack at the spider. It let the attack hit it which did nothing to it. "Well that didn't work…" Mint said dejectedly before getting back into the mood of the battle. "Roselia hit it with poison sting!" The roselia pointed its flowers towards the spider before a dozen or so small needles shot out of the roses and hit the spider that once again took no damage.
"You really should learn about type advantages." Vipin said while making a sign as if shoeing her off. "Seriously, if you're going to be a trainer then, at least take the time to know about your pokémon. Ariados use spider web." He said in a bored tone. The spider nodded before it spat out a few strings of silk at the pokémon who tried to dodge and failed.
"Roselia!" Mint cried out as her roselia was tied up. "Fine, go glameow!" She shouted out as she sent out the next pokémon. "Use shadow claw!" The cat's paw began glowing a sinister purple before it jumped at the spider pokémon.
"Well that's better than last time but you need to do better than that." Vipin said and at the last word the spider sent out a web of silk that captured the glameow in midair. "You know you're not very good… have you ever tried investing in some training? Seriously, how good I heard your friends are you should be better than this."
"Hey, don't under estimate me, I do have some skill, you'll see!" She said a bit emotionally. "Come on out kirlia and use confusion!" As soon as the psychic girl was out of the pokéball it shot out a small blast of psychic energy that the spider dodged hastily.
"Now that was better. But why didn't you use that pokémon from the beginning? You do know psychic types beat poison types right?"
Mint stood there a minute before muttering, "No…"
"Seriously! What were you thinking? You could get your pokémon killed like that!" Mint stepped back, small tears in her eyes and I wanted to try to say something but I still couldn't get my body to move let alone my mouth. "Ariados, take that pokémon down…"
We were running down the long hallway that seemed to be curving a lot, almost as if it was trying to get us lost by going in a straight line, which really didn't make sense.
"Why does this place have such long hallways? It's almost as if they modeled this place like a video game." Souske said as we walked down the hall and I had to agree. It was almost as if a little kid was setting this entire thing up.
Right before I responded I heard what sounded like a scream. "Come on let's go!" I shouted to Souske, who began to run as well. By the time we got to the end of the hallway, we saw a door, currently open yet covered it what looked like silk.
"Those are spider webs…" Souske said as he looked at them before we realized what was happening in the next room. Mark was sitting on the ground eyes wide in what looked like fear. Beside him was a tied up Mint and before the both of them a tired leafeon, nincada and kirlia.
"Well, I didn't expect the kirlia to still be up but still these pokémon are good. I can tell that great care went into raising them, so I guess you don't suck as bad as I thought." The mysterious boy said to Mint.
"What are you doing Mark?" I shouted into the room, while Souske began to cut through the silk-like spider web.
"Wow more people, I really didn't think that many people would make it this far. Wow maybe next time I should have the machines fight harder…"
"Wait you're the one that built those machines?" I said angrily to which he smiled.
"Well not really but I set them in the place they were. How were they? Were they hard to beat?"
"They almost killed some of my associates." Souske said matter-of-factly though I could tell he was angry as well.
"Why does everyone think they were going to kill someone? They were only set to hurt you really badly. Sheesh, you guys can't take a joke."
"You think this I some game, one big joke? The health of your friends is not a joke. Having your pokémon stolen isn't a joke." I shouted at the boy who shrugged.
"Well if you don't like it then don't get in my way. This is my machine which means I make the rules till I'm beaten! Of course if you don't play along then I guess I'll just have to change the rules."
I fought to ignore the kid and shouted to Mark and Mint. "Mint are you and Mark okay?"
"I'm okay; I just got tied up when the ariados missed with its spider web attack. But Mark isn't in any condition to fight; he's been stuck in that trance for a while. I think he's afraid of spiders."
"Well can you hold them off a little longer, Souske is almost done." True to my words, Souske cut another piece of silk.
"Well, what are you going to do? Are you going to beat me? You couldn't even beat Fade, so how are you going to beat me?" I waited till Souske cut the last thread before I responded. As soon as it was cut I ran into the room pokéball already in hand.
"Charcoal, torch that spider." I shouted as I threw it at the spider. Right before it hit the spider it burst open, my charmeleon already preparing a fire fang attack. Right before the attack could land it jumped back though.
"Awesome, you have a charmeleon? I've always wanted to see one in person. Now I can show you how much better bug types are than fire types.
Well that's the end of that chapter… I don't like these one much either and if I end up redoing my story this one will change a good deal (along with the rest of the story. So remember to tell me if I should restart or not (and if you say yes, tell me if I should make a new story and leave this up or just delete this one and start a new one.)