The next chapter of my pokégirl story :D. After the next chapter though I'll have to begin work on my other stories so I hope you enjoy this chapter and my next one (I work best in 2000 word chapters and this story has 4000 word chapters, which is a big deal to me xD). So I hope you enjoy and please review!
Chapter Three: Hope in The Crisis
I stared at the widow in horror as a chorus of screams erupted from the town it was ravaging. I knew I had to run back there to help though. No matter how much fear I felt from the sight of the most dangerous thing ever made by Sukebe, some part of me urged me to go and help. Maybe it was the mystical force that flowed from the Izumo Mountains, or maybe it was my sense of duty. But whichever it was I knew I had to go. However there was one thing I had to do.
"Hope, I need to go back you understand right?" I asked the tattered pokémon who nodded her head it understanding. "Then I need you not to come with me." This part caught her by surprise, if her expression was anything to go by. "I need you to trust me Hope. I can't take you with me in there." I could see her eyes start to water and I instantly felt bad. I knew that it was in a pokégirls to help their tamer through anything that happened and I was glad she was willing to help me. In fact some part of me knew that if I brought Hope with me that I would survive, the story told me so. However that was the one thing I wouldn't let happen.
As I began to walk away the anima quickly began to follow me much to my dismay, so acting quickly I turned around and pulled the pokégirl into a kiss. Her body went stiff in surprise as I deepened the kiss and pulled the pokégirl closer, not minding the spikes that pressed against me painfully or the barbs on her chains. "Please Hope; I'll do anything when I come back. But please no matter what you do, don't follow me." I said to the pokégirl pleading. The pokégirl, who was slightly breathless, nodded slowly and with that I ran back to Izumo.
Izumo was a wreck when I arrived there. Most of the beautiful buildings that made up the town were destroyed, nothing but rubble to stand in its place. The bodies of pokégirls and humans alike were everywhere and the mournful chorus of the wounded and dying set the stage as the orange glow of multiple fires illuminated the city. If this had been a video game it would have been a good place for something dramatic and exciting to happen. Instead it took all of my will power not to break down and cry. As much as I wanted to help the people I could do nothing, I wasn't a healer which was a bit ironic since most Izumo mages tied to the water element learned those types of skills first.
Instead my mission was to help those that could escape, something that left a bitter taste in mouth. As I ran past the already destroyed market plaza a picked up all the medicine I could and placed them in a nearby bag. All those guidelines about what to do in this kind of emergency were thrown to the wind. There was no way I could live savable people behind just to save those that could already help themselves. I quickly ran pack to the wounded people and began to work as best as I could.
I coughed as more smoke filled my lungs, showing what a horrible replacement it was for air. I looked at the destroyed buildings around me an winced. Everything had been going so well and I had gotten to meet some of the other tamers that had come. Now I didn't know where most of them were or if they were even alive.
"Master Travis are you alright?" Infra asked me as she removed her wings from over me. I sighed thankful for the Dracas's ability to take on a dragon-like form. Otherwise all the debris that had fallen from the initial attack would have killed me. I stood up suddenly surprising the pokégirl.
"Come on Infra we have to do something." I told the pokégirl who gave me an uncertain look.
"Um, I'm sorry to say this Master Travis but there's no way I can take down a widow even if that pokégirl does have a weakness to dragon types." I would have laughed if the situation wasn't so dire. I ruffled her hair smiling at her endearingly, something I use to do to my little brother before he passed away.
"No we aren't going to try anything like that." Before I could finish telling her what we were going to do, we both heard a scream from a nearby building. We looked at each other briefly and ran into the building to help the people inside. When I burst in the first thing I had to think was about how hot it was. If it wasn't because I was a fire elementalist I'd be burning up, as it was I was still feeling the heat. I turned back to Infra to see how she was doing and I quickly noticed that she was in her dragon form, this form much more resistant to elemental attacks than her fighting form. It made me wonder a bit about why the species loved their fighting forms so much. I pushed the thought out of my head as we traveled through the deceivingly large building, or maybe it was the heat playing tricks on my mind.
"Master Travis, if you'd like, you could stay outside and I'll finish the work for you." My pokégirl said as we finally got to the stairs. The heat was getting to much more uncomfortable levels.
Instead of taking her offer, like I wanted to, I declined and began to walk up the creaking steps. "What kind of tamer stands back and does nothing while their pokégirls do all the work? The bond between tamer and pokégirl is supposed to be one of mutual trust and friendship. What kind of tamer would I be if I left all the dangers to you while never once having your back?" I said to the pokégirl behind me. As soon as the final word came out of my mom the step beneath me broke from my weight and I was sent down to the flames below, or at least what I thought was going to happen. Instead I was suspended in the air hanging from a thread. When I looked up though I realized it wasn't a thread but Infra's hands around my wrist.
"Well then at least let me help you with what you're doing, Travis." The pokégirl said as she pulled me up. Soon after she covered her mouth in shock from forgetting to call me 'master' to which I laughed. Funny that I always wanted everyone to see me as some kind of king, yet when I got the one person who would I didn't want it. Of course if Felix was willing for any length of time to be my slave, who could pass up that kind of chance?
"Stella darn it, know is not the time to be doing this." I said while repressing my laughter. I had to keep my composure in this situation and it was not the time to laugh, even as my Ocelolita used string cheese and ribbons to pull people away from the path of the widow. If this was a video game I would be free to laugh. Imagining a heroine that in the face of all danger saved herself through dumb luck and string cheese would be heart-warming, and even now in this situation, it was only because of her that I wasn't despairing. Stella always had a way of getting rid of all my anxiety and I was glad for it, because this was not one of my happiest situations.
"Come on Stella don't worry Robert too much." My Barriermaiden said to which Stella pouted playfully even as she teleported another person from the path of destruction that was a widow. I looked up at the widow sadly. I knew what had to be done to make a widow and it was made all that worse by the fact that I knew this was done on purpose. Whoever made this widow not only knew about the Arachnae's secret but even knew had to infiltrate Izumo without the barrier stopping it., and knowing that someone who could do that had their eyes on Izumo did not make me any happier.
"I wish I could let Draymia out I said with a sigh as me and Shelia, my Barriermaiden, dodged away from a few of the widow's stray attacks. It didn't help with how much danger Stella was in. Thankfully the widow didn't seem to be as smart as some. Even still though if Stella wasn't so good at teleporting, she wouldn't be alive anymore and she knew that. I could never fully understand why she kept that happy attitude about her when everything was going wrong.
'It's because I know that no matter what happens to me, I know you will always be by my side, beloved tamer. Even if the cold breathe of death touches me I know that you will always look on me with love, like you always have. That is why I can smile in the face of despair and that is why we will get through this problem together like we always have.' I heard a voice said in my head and I couldn't help but smile. However something caught all of our ears. It was another scream, which is what we were currently listening for. The two psychic typed girls teleported us towards the building it came from and I realized it was right in front of the widow's path. Somewhere along the way when I wasn't paying attention the spider girl had changed her directions, as if she was looking for something without knowing what it was. It didn't help that one of my students were in that building.
"Come on trust Infra." I told the little girl that was slightly afraid of me handing her to the girl outside the window. Me and Infra had decided that letting Infra fly the children down instead of taking down the fires was smarter, even if it meant I had to stay in this oppressive heat longer. Then again I was lucky to have magic these kids should have been dead long before. There was seriously some kind of strong magic going around that was keeping the people safe. Know that I looked back on it, very few people were actually dead and the buildings were taking the attacks the widow through around much better than they should have been able to.
"Come on little one; do you not want to see your mother again?" Infra said and it instantly caught the child's attention and soon Infra had the child in her hands and she was flying her down to re unite her with her brother. We only had to save one more. I quickly got the child and turned back to the window though soon after I froze in shock as I saw the widow preparing an attack right at the building I was in. Trusting my instincts I through the child out of the window, who shrieked until the dragon pokégirl, caught him to deposit him safely .I looked up at the widow and before I could move again a giant of some poisonous substance was flying at me. I stared at the ball of death that was flying at me knowing there was no saving myself. Out of the corner of my left eye I could see Infra trying her best to get to me on time, but she wasn't fast enough to do so. I closed my eyes to accept that I was about to actually be dead when I heard a familiar voice call out to me.
"Travis what was the first lesson I gave to you guys in my class?" I heard my teacher Mr. Roberts ask me. Thinking it was just a part of my 'welcome to death' images I decided to humor him.
"You told us no matter how bad the situation might seem that we are to never give up any situation as long as you aren't putting the lives of others at risk." I answered the voice in my head.
"Glad you remember my class, However know I must ask, why are you standing there looking like you're about to die when that cute girl right there is doing her best to get your attention?" I opened my eyes when I realized incredulously that I wasn't dead. There was my teacher Mr. Roberts with another one of my teachers and some other lady I've never seen before. Before I could say anything I was tackled down in a hug by my pokégirl who was quite literally crushing the air out of me. "Now you too take the little ones to safety. I have a job to do." My teacher said before the three of them teleported. Me and Infra looked at each other briefly before taking the kids and leading them towards safety, well at least what would be the safest place in this situation.
"Come on Talia we need to hurry up and go." My mom told me as I packed some of the few possessions I could. It was funny that even in times like this I was caring more about my stuff though it wasn't from vanity. I smiled down at a family picture of mine, my mom and dad smiling with Felix posing with us. This was one of my most precious memories and there was no way I was going to let some spider take it away.
"I'm ready mo…" Before I could finish the word I felt the world spin beneath me. Light began flashing around me and I could hear a faint humming in my mind. However before I could fall over my mom had me in her arms and was helping me out.
"Come on you two we need to hurry." My dad said as I regained my senses. The first thing I smelled from the world around me was burning buildings and blood. I gasped in horror at the sight around us and I could feel how angry my mom was. However before my mom could do anything rash my dad placed his hand on my mom's shoulder. "We can do something later we must get our daughter to safety." He told her and she almost instantly calmed down. I would have complained that he forgot about Felix though I did understand a bit. He didn't quite like Felix, something about he was a missile without anyone aiming it. I didn't quite know what he meant though I could at least guess that that wasn't a good thing.
We quickly made our way through the village without incidence. It wasn't that hard to get through the city even with the widow rampaging though as my dad had already pointed out, someone was definitely distracting it. However something was off about this incident. As glad as I was that it wasn't happening, how were there almost no dead people? From what I remember a widow attack was the ultimate despair and everything you loved was taken away. Instead almost everyone seems to have escaped. Instead of thinking about it though I ran into the one person I wanted to see most.
"Felix?" I shouted to the figure who instantly turned towards me. Before I could stop myself I was already by him and I could hear my mom laughing in what seemed to be relief. "What are you doing here?" I asked to him to which he gave me a deadpanned look.
"How about you look around before asking dumb questions?" With that I looked around and it wasn't hard to figure out what he was doing. There was a multitude of people with what looked to be fresh bandage wrappings and other such things. "So what are you going to do?" He asked as he got to work on another person and I was actually surprised. I didn't know he knew how to wrap bandages so well, but then again he was the one that kept wrapping Hope's wounds so it was understandable.
"Well we can help out a bit, right mom and dad?" I said turning to them. Without a word they both took some of the wrappings Felix had and got to work, albeit clumsily.
"Okay, this is getting beyond dangerous now." I shouted as we were now actually running away from the widow. Me, Stella, and Shiela already saved as many people as we could. Of course now that everyone else was gone we were the targets.
"I don't want to sound like the bearer of bad news but the widow is catching up." Shiela said to which I groaned somewhat pitifully. Running from a widow wasn't exactly my definition of fun. Of course not all of us were exactly sane.
"Come we can think of this as a video game. Just instead of having three lives we only have one, of and it should be noted that most of the widow's moves are one hit knock outs." Stella said almost too cheerfully as she blasted waves of wild magic behind us at random times. Almost none of it really did anything to slow the widow, and if anything she just got angrier, thankfully for some reason she wasn't as fast as what I heard about widows. In fact now that I think about it she wasn't as strong as I heard either not that I was complaining.
"Okay girls we need to get this widow out of this city." I shouted to which they nodded and instantly I felt the overly familiar feeling of being teleported. Let it be known in case I died that this move was my favorite move of all time. "Okay let's lead her out that way." I said pointing towards the east section. In was of course the best way to go since that place was the part attacked first so course no one would be there. Yet something told me not to choose that path, though I quickly pushed it down though I would regret it later. As we lead the widow towards the east sections of the town, fresh screams started to rise, much to my alarm. 'But this section was attacked first how the heck is anyone still here!" I asked myself panicking. "Stella teleport us ahead quickly!" I shouted to which she complied instantly and my heart almost leap into my throat. Injured people were around everywhere much to my surprise and despair.
'What are all these people doing here?" I thought by now the people would have fled till I realized what was happening. Mostly everyone in the village was in this area. Injured were helping the injured to their feet and other people were bandaging the remaining people as quickly as possible so they could get them away from the oncoming widow. The people of the town were trying their best to save the other town people, and that would be everyone's demise.
"Robert we have to do something about this!" Stella and Shiela shouted to which I had to agree but how could we stop the widow. She would be here in two minutes at the latest.
"Okay we'll be the decoys." I said slowly. "We'll go back to the widow and attack her. When she sees us as the threat she'll attack us and leave the people alone. Are you with me on this?" I asked the two people I trusted the most in the world to which they nodded. However before Stella could teleport us some familiar grabbed us from behind, interrupting the teleport. I turned around to see who it was to see the faces of Felix, Talia, and Travis.
"There you are teacher we've been looking for you." Talia said cheerfully though inside I was a wreck especially when almost everyone screamed at once surprising the three students before me. As I turned around and looked up there was the widow, and it not even a minute had gone by.
"Stella teleport them away now!" Stella gave me a pitifully look though she did what she always did and with that she teleported my students and other pokégirl away from the attack flying my way. I silently wished I could say goodbye to Draymia one last time as the attack flew towards me at speeds I couldn't wish to match.
We watched in horror as the hyper beam attack flew at our teacher even as we were being teleported away to a safe distance. Darn it, he couldn't die just when I finally saw how much of a cool teacher he was. Apparently someone else thought so as well or maybe they wanted to help out as much as possible, though the result left me conflicted. Right before the attack could hit Mr. Roberts something flew out of the shadows and pulled him away from the danger. To anyone else it would have looked like he been hit by the hyper beam and died without making a sound. However to me who was used to seeing the only pokégirl I knew that could move that fast I knew exactly what happened.
Hope had arrived and I didn't know if that was a good or bad thing.
Okay so that's the end of this chapter. It's a bit shorted than my other chapters however the next part has to be part of the next chapter. Please review and tell me what you think. Also below is the type of pokégirl everyone is, in case they wanted to know which one they are but couldn't tell in the story.
Stella (known as Ms. Stella) - Ocelolita
Infra- Dracas (supposed to have another s at the end)