"Grant? Are you okay?" I called out.
"Uhm yeah, I'm fine." Came a very strainer reply, as though he'd just hurt himself or something.
"Are you sure? Come on out."
"No, I uh think I'll just sit in here for a while." He replied nervously.
"Promise you won't scream or panic or freak out or something?"
"Yeah we promise!" I said looking at the others. They were all snickering. "Come on out!"
A moment later he emerged from the tent. I immediately noticed his wings. They were huge! His red and cream tail hung limp behind him. I watched as a flame burst into existence on its tip and burnt a circle in the grass.
"Guys?" He said. His eyes grew glassy.
"Uh-oh..." Grant collapsed onto the ground.
A few minutes later...
"Grant are you going to be okay?" Josh asked.
"Yeah I think I'm fine now." He replied. He didn't sound very convincing. He sat up and rubbed a cut on his tail.
"You know, you're pretty lucky your tail took a while to light itself, else you would've burnt down your tent in your sleep." Laura poked at Grant.
"Uh yeah Laura."
"Guys, what happened to us?"
"It is just us isn't it?" Lori asked.
"Yeah, I mean think about it, it's already like ten in the morning and I know my mom would totally freak out if she were suddenly part pokemon, and there is no way I could've slept through that." Josh said.
"Yeah come to think of it my mom was already up too," I said.
"What about your little sister Trish?"
"I don't think she was up yet, my mom usually lets her sleep in," I answered.
"Yeah, and I saw a few people down by the dock. They were all normal."
"So that narrows things down a bit. It's probably only the five of us." Laura said, entering the discussion.
"Did they see you?!" I said, feeling queasy.
"No, they were fishing and I was a long way off."
"So that means its probably just the five of us." I sighed.
"I think it was the stone." Josh said, fingering the dull purple stone around his neck.
"The stone?" I asked looking down at my own fragment of the purple rock.
"Yeah, its like the only thing that the five of us have that everyone else doesn't have. And look, last night it was glowing wasn't it?"
"And now its just a dull color. It's like an evolution stone. Sun Stones glow bright yellow before they are used, then after they evolve a pokemon they turn a dull yellow."
"So what's this then?" Lori asked, staring down at her shard.
"A morph stone?" I murmered, not really thinking about what I was saying.
"What?" Grant asked.
"A Morph Stone." I repeated.
"I'd say that about fits the bill." Laura laughed. I always thought she had a weird sense of humor.
The five of us decided that the rest of the stone should be destroyed before someone else found out about its bizzare effects. It turned out that the problem had taken care of itself. The rest of the stone had dissintegrated into the sand. Now it was just a bit of powder.
"So much for that." I said, grinding the powder into the dirt. An unpleasant thought ran through my mind.
"How am I going to tell my mom?" I groaned.
An hour later...
I stood on my front porch apprehensively. I wasn't looking forward to telling my mom that her older daughter was now part Raichu. I couldn't here anyone doing anything inside, so I opened the door and stepped in.
"Mom!?" I hollered.
Still no answer. I sighed and went up to my room. This was going to be harder than I thought. I went to the upstairs living room and turned on the television. I got a heavy blanket and laid down on the couch. I fell asleep watching a re-run of an old mystery series and didn't wake up until I heard the front door open then close again. I snuck quietly into my room and locked the door.
"Trisha!" My mom hollered from downstairs. She must've seen my bike outside.
"Come down and help me with the groceries!"
"I can't right now." I flinched, knowing that was not the right thing to say.
"And why not?" my mom asked testily.
"I just can't."
I heard her storming up the stairs.
"Young lady, what are you doing in there!?"
"Nothing..." I said softly.
"Then why can't you obey me?"
"I can explain. There's something I have to tell you..."
I took a deep breath and thought hard about what to say.
"I'm a Raichu."
She was quiet for a moment.
"Trisha, I thought that you were mature enough to not pull a stupid stunt like this." She was fuming. "Do I need to start monitering your activities with your friends?"
"No, Mom I'm being serious. It's true, I'm not lying." I sat down on my bed and buried my face in my arm and cried. The stress was too much for me to handle. I heard a click sound.
"I'm coming in there!" She said angrily.
My mom had unlocked the door from the outside. She came in quickly.
"Trisha?" She said in a quiet, shocked voice. I looked up at her through watery eyes. The fur on my face was damp with tears. I stared deep into her shocked wide eyes. Her face grew pale and ashen. She approached me as though I were a ghost.
"...is that really you?"
I nodded slowly.
"Oh Trisha." She came over and hugged me, then sat down on the bed next to me. "How did this happen?"
I took off my necklace and held it out to her.
"What's this? Where did you get it?"
"We found it. We think its an evolution stone."
"Yeah, Me, Josh, Lori, and Grant."
"And they all...?" She swallowed hard.
"What did they, what are they?"
"Josh is a Mew. Lori's an Espeon. Laura's a Dragonite, Grant's a Charizard, and I'm..." I paused and looked down at my furry brown hands. "I'm a Raichu."
"Don't worry honey, it'll be alright."
I had a hard time sleeping that night. I had too much on my mind. My mom had taken the news pretty well, and my little sister was only seven, so she just thought I looked funny. She probably wouldn't even remember the encounter in the morning. It was late when she got home from her day camp and she was barely awake. I finally fell asleep well after midnight and woke up early in the morning, so early that the sun had just risen. I was surprised to find that I wasn't tired. Normally with the amount of sleep I had had I would've been wasted all day.
It was still early, so I didn't call any of my friends yet. Josh was probably up, he had always been an early riser, but I had a few things I needed to do before I got together with my friends. I was starving! I changed clothes and quietly snuck downstairs, not wanting to wake my mom or Jacky, my sister. My feet were bigger and the pads on the bottom made my steps very quiet.
"So that's how Josh snuck up on me yesterday morning." I mused. He and Lori probably had the same sort of pads on their feet. I grabbed a pack of Pop-tarts and jammed them into the toaster. I waited for a moment and took my breakfast out onto the back patio. The portable radio was sitting on a chair, so I picked it up and flipped it on. Then I sat down and ate. My station wasn't coming in very well on the old radio, so I picked it up to adjust the dial. Instantly the static vanished.
"Huh?" I sat the radio down and stepped away from it. The music was instantly lost in static.
"I wonder..." I turned off the radio and stepped out onto the deck that jutted out into our yard. A Pidgey flew into the yard. I wasn't sure what exactly I had planned on doing. It just sort of came to me. I held up my right hand and pointed it at the bird in the sky. A warm sensation washed over me as a clumsy ball of electricity arched out of my hand and slammed into the small bird. It dropped from the sky instantly.
"Wow...I really did it!" I celebrated quietly. I looked down at my hand where the ball of energy had come from. The fur was unscathed, not even hot.
"Cool!" Someone shouted behind me. I jumped, startled by her sneaking up on me. I came within an inch of shocking her.
"Cool! Do it again!" She shouted jubilantly.
"I don't think..."
"No Jackie, I'll get in trouble."
"Awww" She pouted. I had other concerns at the moment. I went to my room and grabbed a pokeball for the Pidgey. It looked as though it were about to come around. I already had a Pidgey, so I figured I could give it to Jackie. She liked birds more than I did anyway. I got the ball, went back outside, and caught the fluttering pokemon in the ball. Jackie was very excited when I handed her the ball and told her she could keep it.
"Thank you!" She said for the eleventh time.
"Yeah" I said inattentively. I was busy examining my hands. I could feel the power was there, but it was weak and difficult for me to tap it. I tried concentrating hard on it for several minutes. Finally I was able to produce a shimmering orb of electricity in the palm of my hand. I released it into the air and found that I could control its motion, but just barely. Jackie looked up from the pokeball and saw the floating Thunder ball.
"Neat!" She reached out to grab it. Instinctively I drew the ball into my hands and held it there.
"Sorry kiddo, but you really don't want to touch that."
"But you're touching it." She said, giving me an innocent look.
"Yeah well, that's different. I made it so it doesn't shock me."
"Can I make one?" She asked cheerfully.
I laughed and rubbed her head.
"Sorry Jackie, but it's a little harder than you think"
"Ohh," she said sadly. She looked up at me with a curious expression. "What's yer name?"
"I'm Trisha, your sister." I said. I pretty much expected that would happen.
"You sound like Trisha, but you don't look like her. You're lying!"
"Jackie, I am not lying. I'm Trisha, I'm just part Raichu now."
She looked at me curiously. I could tell she still had doubts. I talked with Jackie for a while, trying to convince her I was me. Eventually my mom came out and saw the two of us talking.
"Mommy! This Raichu girl says she's Trisha!"
"That is Trisha honey. She is a Raichu girl now." Jackie paused a moment, taking in this new fact.
"When I grow up can I be a pokemon girl like Trisha?"
"Oh Jackie" my mom sighed and looked over at me. I flicked my tail casually and grinned at her.
This is a REALLY fun story to write. This 'section' is almost over, then the next section will begin. It's got a sort of poem/song I wrote up that goes along with it. It's kinda touching ^_^