Chapter 4—Adventure in the Dark
“Come on, Walnut,” said Soleil. “Don’t let that Zubat beat you! Use Bullet Seed!”
In response, the little grass Pokémon fired an onslaught of walnut sized seeds in a straight line toward poisonous Zubat. The bat Pokémon was knocked up against a jagged rock due to Turtwig’s attack. Before it could wake back up, Soleil threw the only Pokéball she had at its tiny body. When the pink colored Pokéball hit the Zubat, the Pokémon’s blue body turned bright red. Then, the creature went inside the Pokéball. After three twitches, the center button on the Pokéball flashed yellow right before it turned white.
“Yes, I just caught my first Pokémon!” yelled Soleil. “Now, let’s see if I can get that Zubat to help us. It shouldn’t be mad, since I used a Heal Ball.”
“Twig twig!” responded Walnut, as Soleil picked up the pink Heal Ball.
Upon calling out the Pokémon, Soleil took out her Pokédex from the lavender colored backpack she carried. When she opened it, the screen turned on with an image of the Zubat she just caught. The Pokémon flapped its purple wings in place waiting to see what was going to happen.
“Zubat,” said the Pokédex. “The blind bat Pokémon. It uses echolocation to find its way around as it does not have eyes. Caution should be taken with this creature due to its habit of sucking blood.”
“I was right,” said Soleil. “You can help us get out of here, little buddy.”
“Bat,” said the creature.
“Let’s name you first,” said Soleil. “The Pokédex said you suck blood and you are a bat Pokémon…”
“Zu,” uttered the flying creature.
“Dracula,” said Soleil. “I will name you Dracula.”
“Zu, Zu?” responded Dracula.
“Dracula, do you think you could use your echolocation to get us out of here?” asked Soleil.
As a result of her question, the blind bat Pokémon sent out a loud cry from its mouth. Though Soleil could not see it, the sound waves created by Dracula’s cry laid out a sort of invisible map in the Pokémon’s mind. Once it motioned for her to follow, she picked up Walnut to press onward with her new friend.
Meanwhile, Lucero sat a desk in one of the rooms located in the Floaroma Town’s Pokémon Center. He was writing in a journal about the things that happened during the day. His mother had finally caught up with him to bring him this journal.
“I finally finished,” said Lucero, before setting a pen down. “That was quite the entry. So much happened today, I can hardly believe it! I wonder if Mom is going to call of our vacation tomorrow will all the crazy popping up in Sinnoh all of a sudden.”
Bored out of his mind with this thought, Lucero jumped to his feet and called Rockstar out of its Pokéball. He then ran over to the window. In luck, he had gotten a room on the bottom floor. The fact he could climb out of the window without dropping to far to the ground made for an even luckier time. With Cyndaquil in his arms, the young boy jumped out of the window.
“All right, Rockstar,” said Lucero, “activate the flames for your back. We need to make a memorable night of this vacation and we can’t do that if we can’t see. What do you say?”
“Cynda…quil,” mumbled Rockstar, before doing as its trainer asked.
Back in the dark cave, Soleil walked around following her newly acquired Zubat. The dew dripping from above ran through the sixteen year old’s brown hair. It felt cold once it reached her scalp. She squeezed Walnut tighter as she kept walking. The sound of her silver heeled boots echoed throughout the silent cave. The only noise to break the silence was provided by Dracula’s screeches every now and again.
Pressing onward despite her growing weariness, Soleil could begin to feel a draft blowing against her legs. Once she reached two jagged rocks by the cave exit, a rush of wind blew a yellow ribbon off of her silver dress. She quickly turned around to grab it.
“Not happening,” said the teenager. “I have lost enough today.”
After tying the yellow ribbon back around her waster, the girl commanded her Turtwig to use Razor Leaf on the rocks. Unfortunately, it did not break them. Though the rocks were cracked, they were sturdy enough to withstand an attack. The jagged edges on the medium sized rocks also prevented Soleil from easily climbing over them.
The girl looked puzzled as she stared at Walnut. She was trying her best to come up with a solution while focusing in on the turtle like shell on Walnut’s back. Being a healthy Turtwig meant the shell comprised of earth was quite hard. Knowing this, Soleil commanded Walnut to use Tackle on the rocks. However, she told it to withdraw in its shell once it had a good amount of momentum built up.
With a nod of its head, the little green Pokémon walked to the wall opposite the rocks. It then clenched its yellow jaw, shook the dew of the twig coming out of its head, and charged toward the jagged rocks. When it got midway between the rocks and the wall, Walnut withdrew into its shell. The force built up by its speed caused the creature to slam against the rocks in its hard shell.
“Aw, man,” whined the girl. “I thought that would work.”
Suddenly, a dark cloud appeared above the cave. It took away the light provided by the entrance, which made Soleil feel even more uneasy. Dracula let out a loud screech and caused Soleil heart to skip a beat.
“I forgot you were flying behind me,” said Soleil. “So, do you see anything?”
“Zu! Zu, Zu!” cried the Pokémon.
A few moments of silence passed in the darkness of the cave. Soleil could feel Walnut shaking by her feet and heard Dracula flapping its wings by her ear. Once the moon’s light peeked back into the cave, Nightmare Eevee stood staring at the trio. The appearance of this Pokémon sent shivers up the teenager’s spine.
“Did you think you were going to escape so easily?” asked the ominous voice that had previously spoken to Lucero. “Soleil, you will never escape me.”
“No way,” said the teenager.
“I have yet to thank you, remember?” said the ominous voice. “How could I have ever accomplished anything without you?”
“Don’t say that,” said Soleil, as screams from her earlier performance rushed to her mind. “I don’t want to be thanked for that!”
“Are you still in denial?” asked the voice, at this point sounding somewhat evil. “Nightmare Eevee, would you please help them? Crush those rocks with a Shadow Ball.”
The red tint in Nightmare Eevee’s eye began to glow while it charged up a black ball of energy by its mouth. When the ball gained a hazy lavender aura, Nightmare Eevee sent the attack forward. The two rocks were then crushed under the weight of its attack.
“You see?” said the ominous voice. “I am helping you here. Although, my kindness ends with this gesture. Do not return to Jubilife City thinking you can stop me. I am far more powerful than you realize.”
“Rockstar, use flamethrower!” yelled Lucero, before Nightmare Eevee jumped into the air.
The evil looking Pokémon dodged that attack with the same speed it showed off during its first fight with Lucero. The boy did not know why it had appeared again, but he was not going to let it harm anyone. Beginning the second battle with Nightmare Eevee, Lucero commanded his Cyndaquil to use flamethrower once again.