The stairs creaked loudly as I bolted up them and ran into my room. "Finally! Alone!" I said happily. My guinea pig squeaked loudly in her cage. I had forgotten to feed her earlier so I scooped up some of her food and filled her bowl. I was happy that my mom had left for work. I finally had the house to myself.
Putting the bowl of food into my guinea pig's cage I gazed over at my Dsi, which sat on my nightstand still hooked to the charger. I had suddenly felt the need to play Pokemon. While I closed door on my guinea pig's cage I looked at the Pokemon posters on my wall.
I was debating on which game to play. On the wall next to my bed I had a third generation poster I got when my parents bought me Emerald for Christmas. Over my bed was a poster of the second generation of Pokemon that one of my friends gave me when he lost entrust in the franchise.
I also had two Mystery Dungeon posters near my fourth generation poster I got from a Pokemon book when fourth gen had first came out. But when I looked at my second gen poster and saw Umbreon and Espeon I instantly wanted to play it. Umbreon and Espeon were one my favorite Pokemon.
I flew myself onto my bed and grabbed my Dsi. I switched out my Explorers of Darkness for Soul Silver. As I hit the power ON button I had decided to start a new game since I didn't really like my current team. I don't remember the Pokemon very well but my starter was a Totodile, which was now a Croconaw.
I jabbed the A button to start the game and skipped through to the tittle screen. It showed Lugia swimming through the ocean at amazing speed with the game's name shining on the top screen. I pressed Select, B, and up on the control pad and was taken to the file deletion screen.
"Delete all saved data?" a text box read when it came on screen. I was given a yes/no option. I pressed yes.
"Once data has been deleted there is no way to recover it. Furthermore, Pokewalker registered data will also be erased. Delete all saved data anyway?" I was again given a yes/no option.
"My Pokewalker!" I said out loud remembering about the little step counter that came with the game. I opened the top drawer to my nightstand and fished out the small red and white gadget. Pressing the middle button brought my Croconaw, Aqua, onto the screen.
It almost looked as if she was dancing on the small uncolored screen. I hit the right side button to see that I had collected only three watts. Switching back to the Pokewalker's main screen I pressed yes on my Dsi.
"Deleting saved data" it read. I placed my Pokewalker on the nightstand and realized that I felt almost
sad. Why? I know I only feel this way if I'm deleting the file that has a team I really liked. It felt almost like I was loosing something close to me but that file isn't important to me at all.
I sat confused till the game had returned itself to the tittle screen. I pressed A on the screen and went to the main menu. I selected Connect To Pokewalker and was taken to different screen. I pressed L, R, X, and down on the control pad.
"Caution!" a text box flashed. "All data saved on the Pokewalker will be erased. Before erasing, please be sure to confirm the information. The Pokemon on your Pokewalker will return, but all other data on the Pokewalker will be erased. Erase the data on the Pokewalker?" after reading the text box I pressed yes.
I grabbed my Pokewalker and pressed the middle button to bring it out of sleep mode. But when Aqua came on screen I noticed something off about her. She had stopped his little dance and stood completely still. I looked closer to see she almost looked like she was glaring.
I pressed one of the side buttons to check if my Pokewalker froze (if that's even possible) and the screen switched to the options. I found that odd but maybe something glitched up. I pressed the middle button to select Connect and I pointed to Pokewalker to the back of my Dsi.
I pressed the middle button again and the game informed me that the Pokewalker data was deleted. I returned to the tittle screen and pressed A. I pressed A on New Game and the screen blacked out. It returned with a Pokeball on the screen with everything in blue tint.
The game asked me if I needed any help with the controls or needed the Adventure Info but I said No Info Needed. After that the screen blacked out again and Professor Oak came on screen after saying he overslept, since I did start the game in the morning.
I read his speech and watched him release the Maril from the Pokeball. After the Maril vanished from the screen he asked me if I was a boy or a girl. On the bottom screen there was a picture of the boy and girl hero. But I found something strange about the bottom screen.
In between the pictures of the boy and girl hero was a long narrow red box. Curiosity got the best of me so I took out my stylus and pressed on the red box.
"So, you're a TRaIToR?" Professor Oak asked. I stared at the screen in confusion. Since when was that in the game? The word 'traitor' was messed up too. Some of the letters were lowercase while others were capitals. I had also noticed that there was no yes/no option on the screen. I pressed A wondering if it would appear if I did.
Instead the screen blacked out and reappeared in my room, just like how the game would always start. The music played as always, all the colors were bright, everything was the same. I was just dumbstruck on what happened. The game didn't even ask for my name.
Then what did the game name me? I wondered. Using my stylus, I pressed on the trainer card icon on the bottom of the screen, which was strangely there without my 'mom' giving it to me. When my trainer card came up everything looked fine.
But I froze when I saw my name, Mich. I blinked. That's my video game name. Since my real named never did fit into the name slot I always named myself Mich. But how did the game know that without me putting it in? Even though the game was really starting to creep me out it also interested me.
I walked downstairs and my 'mom' came up. She gave me the stuff in my menu, despite the fact that I already had it, and walked back to the table she usually sat in. I walked out the door to be greeted by Ethan and his Maril. After that I walked over to the lab to find Silver peering into the lab as usual.
When I walked in I already had in mind what starter to pick. I always loved fire types so I wanted Cyndaquil. But when I saw the thing that held the Pokeballs I saw only two there. I jabbed the B button to skip through Professor Elm's talking as I eyed the two Pokeballs.
Why were only two left? Which one was missing? When I could finally move I walked my character up to the Pokeballs and the screen switched so that I could pick one. The Chikorita and Cyndaquil Pokeball were there but the Totodile Pokeball was faded out and the Pokemon wasn't on the screen.
I picked the Cyndaquil and named him Spirit. After that I left the lab with Spirit following me. I made my way to Mr. Pokemon's house with Spirit growing strong in levels. He was level eight by the time I got there.
After getting the egg I received the call from Professor Elm saying someone had stolen one of his Pokemon. I quickly made my way towards the spot where I ran into Silver. Since I had picked Cyndaquil I was curious if he had gotten Totodile, despite the game making it so that I couldn't get it.
Which brought another thing to mind. What was going on with my game that made all this happen? I know it's not hacked since I bought it new and I don't own a Action Reply. I ran to where I would meet Silver and battled him. I waited for him to send out him Pokemon.
"Passerby Boy sent out Chikorita!" the battle text box announced. Chikorita was sent out of its Pokeball and stood on the opponent side of the battlefield.
"What?" I said out loud. Silver shouldn't have a Chikorita when I have a Cyndaquil. I quickly won the battle and was off for the lab. When I got there Professor Elm took the egg and told me to go out and beat the gyms. I left and returned to my house to get the Pokegear from 'mom'. After that I left to catch Pokemon and hoped that the game would start making sense again.
The first Pokemon I caught was a female Pidgey, which I named Ace. When I reached Cherrygrove I was tired of playing Pokemon for a bit. But I first entered the Pokemon Center to heal. Then I turned on the PC and placed Spirit inside. Then I saved and pressed L, R, Start, and Select to Soft-Reset.
I went to Connect To Pokewalker and transferred Spirit over. Then I turned it off and went for a walk with the Pokewalker hooked to the pocket of my pants. It was over the next few days that I found myself hooked on Soul Silver.
The game went back to normal since I didn't see anymore stuff out of the ordinary. After a while I began catching more Pokemon. I had gotten an Eevee from Bill in Goldenrod and I named it Night. Spirit and Ace had evolved by this time. I had found myself getting attached to my Pokemon.
I would talk to them when I walked around in the game and cheered them on in battle. I would use my Pokewalker almost everyday to help raise them and I would even give then haircuts to boost their happiness. I was trying to get my Eevee happy enough to evolve into Umbreon since it was my favorite, next to Flareon.
But after seeing his name and how uncreative it was I wanted to change it. I went to the name changer and, after some long thinking, changed his name to Ninja. Soon after that Ninja evolved into Umbreon. I squealed when I saw my new powerful Umbreon. I had given Ninja a Soothbell to help him like me faster but I felt like he should keep hold of it, as a sign of our friendship.
It was when I opened my team that I noticed it felt very blank. I wanted another Pokemon but there was no good Pokemon around to catch. Then I got an idea. I grabbed Ninja and a ditto I had caught earlier and placed them in the daycare. I left them there while I ran off to train Spirit and Ace. I felt bad that I was giving Ninja all the attention so I cheered them both on in the battles we did.
It was when I got a call from the day-care man that I rode my bike over to pick up Ninja and the new egg. I was happy for Ninja and the rest of my team. I rode my bike up and down the route waiting for the egg to hatch. I would open my party and check the egg every couple minutes to see how close it was to hatching.
When it did hatch I happily named it Magnet, since I needed a Jolteon. I was in a good mood when I started training Magnet. As I got farther into the game I started thinking about Magnet. I did want a Jolteon since I didn't have an electric type, but did Magnet want that?
I ended up switching Magnet to the front of the party so he could be out. I turned to him and spoke into the Mic. "Magnet, do you want to be a Jolteon?" I asked. I pressed the A button and three dots appeared above his head.
I waited for a text box to appear but there was none so I spoke into the Mic again. "Do you want to be a Espeon?" I asked. I pressed A and Magnet jumped with a heart icon above his head.
"Magnet wants that!" a text box said. I stared blankly at the screen. The game was starting to get messed up again. But Magnet wanted to be an Espeon so I started trying to get his happiness up. It didn't take long for him to evolve into a powerful Espeon.
I got my fifth team member when I beat the eighth gym badge and received a male Dratini, which I named Kyo. I found it getting harder to train my Pokemon since I was becoming underleveled and I still needed a sixth Pokemon. While I trained Kyo and the other Pokemon I thought about what would be my final teammate.
It was when I got the idea that I opened my party and told Ace, who was fully evolved along with Spirit, to fly me to Goldenrod. When I get there I rode my bike down to the day-care and stood outside it. I switched Ninja to be first so that I could speak to him.
"Ninja, what would you think if our last teammate is your son or daughter?" I asked. I turned to him and pressed A. Ninja jumped, gave my character a hug, and had a heart icon appear above his head.
"Ninja thinks it's a great idea!" a text box said. I wasn't even surprised by the altered text again. I took Ninja and placed him into the day-care with the Ditto already being there. It didn't take long for an egg to be made. So when I picked up Ninja and the egg I started riding up and down the route just like what I did to Magnet.
After a little bit the egg hatched into a male Eevee. I ended up naming him Mizu and evolved him into a Vaporeon since I needed a water type. With that I flew off to Blackthorn City to train my team. With both Mizu and Kyo being at low levels I knew it was going to take a while. I leveled them up for about an hour and walked back to Blackthorn, since I had placed Ace into the Pokewalker in the middle of the level grinding.
When I was only a few steps form the Pokemon Center my game froze. I stared at the screen with a 'What the Crap?!' kind of face. All that time grinding levels and my game froze. But then a text box appeared on the screen.
"First one gone
" it read. Oh, it's the game again. Through my speakers came the slow low-pitched cry of a Typhlosion. Then my game unfroze. I wondered what had happened and opened my party I was shocked to see Spirit no longer there.
Where had he have gone? I ran into the Pokemon center and turned on the PC. I searched ever box but Spirit wasn't there. I sighed and turned off my Dsi. Even though I had lost an hour of training, loosing Spirit is the last thing I want. I turned my Dsi back on to find I was till standing in front of the PC.
I opened my party to find Spirit still gone. I Soft-Reseted the game and went to the Connect To Pokewalker option from the main menu screen. I could at least get Ace back. I selected for Ace to return to my game and pressed Connect on the Pokewalker. I pointed the Pokewalker at the back of my Dsi so that Ace could be transferred.
I watched as the animation for the Pokemon transfer started. Just before the transfer was complete the game froze again. My heart sank as another text box appeared.
"Second one lost
" it read. A slow, low-pitched Pidgeot cry emerged from the speakers. My Dsi screen blacked out and the main menu appeared with the Connect To Pokewalker option gone. I pressed A on my file worried and curious on what will happen next.
The screen loaded where I saved last, which was in front of the PC. I powered up the PC and searched the boxes franticly for Ace. She was gone. My heart was pounding. Where were my Pokemon going? Then I had an idea. Maybe this was some event.
I knew I was just lying to myself, but I would believe anything at this moment. Maybe if I went to Professor Elm he would explain what was going on to me. I had really nothing else to go on, it just might work. I ran out of the Pokemon Center and rode my bike south of Blackthorn.
I hopped over ledges and headed towards New Bark in hopes of saving my Pokemon. When I got near the small town my hopes for my Pokemon were rising. But as soon as I got within the town limits my game froze.
"Third one vanished
" a text box said as it flashed on screen. A slow low-pitched Dratini cry sounded loudly from my Dsi. I opened my party to see Kyco gone. I was horrified that my Pokemon were vanishing before my eyes. I thought that maybe if I turned off the game then they wouldn't disappear.
But I didn't want to abandon them. I shut my Dsi closed and picked up my battered and broken Ds. I put Platinum into the game slot and turned it on. I jabbed the A button till I had reached the main menu. I pressed A again for my file to start. I ran my character into the nearest patches of grass and caught whatever Pokemon I ran into.
Then I opened my Dsi and ran to Cherrygrove. I went into the Pokemon Center and started a trade. I did the same in Platinum and I began trading over Ninja, Mizu, and Magnet. It was when I was trading over Ninja that the game froze.
"Fourth one dead
" a text box said.
" I whispered. My beloved Umbreon was gone, just like the others. The Dsi suddenly shut itself off but I could care less. Most of my team had vanished. Then I gazed over at my Ds. I picked it up and found that my character was standing in front of the wireless people at the top floor of the Pokemon Center.
I opened my party and I gave a sigh of relief to see Mizu and Magnet there. I pressed A and went to their summery to see something strange about them; their sprites have changed. Mizu was sitting with his head low and his tail at his side. His eyes were red and tears streaming down his face.
I switched to Magnet to see a very different sprite. Magnet was sitting with his back to me. His tail was high in the air and his head was turned enough for me to see his face. His eyes were also red and blue tears flowed down his face. But his eyes held the emotions of hurt and anger.
I felt bad for the both of them. They had both lost their friends and their own father. I turned back to my Dsi and sighed. I turned the power on and started up Soul Silver. At the tittle screen I noticed Lugia was no longer swimming through the great ocean. I could care less.
I pressed A and started up my file to see how much damage was done. But I noticed that the screen stayed black for longer than usual. When the screen did load it showed the summit of Mt. Silver. I was confused since I didn't make it that far into the game to be at Mt. Silver.
I also wondered if I had any Pokemon with me so I opened my party and was shocked to see Mizu there. I quickly looked over at my Ds screen to see that the Pokemon I had traded over were again in my party. I gazed back at Soul Silver and looked closely at Mizu's sprite.
Other than the fact that it wasn't moving, he was holding mail. I pressed A and took the mail from him. I exited out of my party and opened my bag to read the mail. My heart sank when I read it.
"The last two sought the truth and only one returned
" it read. The writing was not in black ink, but red blood. The words were scribbled down and messy but I was able to read it. I knew what the massage meant too.
Mizu and Magnet must have gone back to Soul Silver to revenge the death of their father. Mizu was the only one to return. But then what had happened to Magnet? I shivered in wonder of what had happened to the poor Espeon. I closed out of the menu and decided to walk towards where Red would normally stand, also noticing that Mizu didn't walk behind me as usual.
But in Red's spot was something else. It was a blue color and I couldn't see clearly what it was. It stared out over the mountainside and into the raging blizzard. I could tell that something laid mangled and red at the creature's feet. I shuttered to think what it was.
Then my heart began to pound when the creature turned around. I could now see that it was a Croconaw. There was a pause and the only thing that came from the speakers was the sounds of the blizzard.
" a text box said flashing up on screen.
" another text box flashed. The Croconaw turned to the right and then turned back to my character.
I have brought
" a text box slowly spelled out. A small picture came on screen that made my stomach turn and my heart sink. It showed the mangled and barley recognizable image of an Umbreon. Its eyes were ripped from their sockets leaving black voids in its head.
The fur and skin on its tail were torn away and showed cracked bones. One of its front paws was missing and torn bloody flesh showed in its place. Its back legs were shredded and the bones were shattered. The front of the head had been bashed in which allowed blood to seep into the Umbreon's dark fur. Its chest had been ripped open with sharp claws and its heart laid smashed next to the Umbreon's body.
But all that was not what scared me the most. There, in the other front paw that laid stretched out toward me, rested a bloodstained Sooth Bell. The same Sooth Bell I had given Ninja as a sign of our friendship. Tears of sadness came to my eyes. But at least, even in death, he still holds onto our friendship.
I covered my eyes with my hand to whip away the tears. Then the sound of a Croconaw cry caught my attention. A text box had appeared on screen.
"Here you grieve for this Pokemon
Yet you never even shed a tear for me
for my friends
" it read. I was confused. Who was this Pokemon? Then a battled started. No music played but the sound of the blizzard remained. The Croconaw stood on the opponent side of the battlefield as the text box announcing the battle appeared.
"Angered Aqua Appeared!" It announced. I was stunned. Aqua!? My Aqua?! She was the Croconaw of my last file. The very Pokemon I had deleted for this file. Aqua's appearance shocked me. Her eyes were crazy like and staring in different directions. Her jaw hung open showing broken and jagged teeth. Blood was splattered on her chest, face, and arms.
"Go Mizu" the battle text box said flashing up on screen. Mizu's Pokeball was thrown onto the battlefield and the Vaporeon appear letting out a choking cry. Tears still streamed down his face and his eyes were still red from crying.
The battle menu appeared with the Run option faded out. The only thing I could do was Fight, since I had no other Pokemon with me. Mizu and Aqua were both the same level, 29, so I thought the battle might be a little easier with equal levels.
I selected Fight and looked over Mizu's moveset. Shadow Ball, Water Gun, Quick Attack, and Bite. I looked over at Shadow Ball and pushed on the screen with my finger to select the move. Using Shadow Ball might lower Aqua's special attack to where I could guarantee victory.
"Mizu Used Shadow Ball!" a text box read. I gave a sigh of relief. At least Mizu was first, that was good. The attack landed a hit taking off only a quarter of Aqua's health. Then it was her turn.
"Aqua Used Scratch!" the battle text box said flashing onto the screen. I couldn't help but chuckle. What would Scratch do? It was a weak move.
But then a text box caught my attention. "
master" it read. I watched at Aqua raised her arm and showed his claws. Pouncing at Mizu, she swung and scratched Mizu in the face taking away little over a quarter of his health.
When Aqua returned to her spot on the battlefield I could see the extensive damage of the attack. Three long scratches went across Mizu's face. Blood seeped through the wounds and trickled down his face. It was my turn to attack again. I pondered on what to do. At this rate Aqua was going to win.
I again selected Fight and then Shadow Ball, hoping for the best.
"Mizu is crying for his brother. Mizu can't attack" a text box appeared. My heart sank as I read that. Then it was Aqua's turn again.
"Aqua Used KILL!" the screen read.
"What?!" I yelled in surprise. Aqua wanted to kill every Pokemon important to me. And that meant Mizu had to go. I watched in horror as Aqua pounced at Mizu. The two struggled on screen and Mizu's health was being hacked away.
"Come on Mizu!" I shouted. Then, Aqua was launched across the screen back to her side of the battlefield. Then the battle menu came up. I noticed that where run would be now was Push. I switched my gaze up to Mizu who had a determine look on her face. He seemed to watch me, waiting for my command.
I pressed A on Push yelling, "Go Mizu!" Mizu jumped at Aqua pushing her off the battlefield and over the bottomless cliff.
"Yes!" I cheered happily. The battle ended without playing the victory music and it returned to the overworld. Aqua had disappeared from the summit and Mizu stood in front of my character. He was turned to me and a smile icon appeared over his head. Then he turned around and an exclamation mark appeared above him.
I gazed up at the mangled red thing that was at Aqua's feet before the battle. Mizu jumped and ran up to it. I ran my character up to it as well and pressed A. A picture, much like the picture of Ninja, appeared. An Espeon rested on the ground in a pool of bloody snow.
It had gashes in its side and its front leg was twisted in a weird way. Part of its forked tail was ripped off living torn flesh. I had realized that this Pokemon was Mizu's brother.
This was Magnet.
"We have to get him to the Pokemon Center" I said out loud for Mizu to hear. But I was stumped on how. My heart was beating fast as I thought of any way to get off of Mt. Silver. I had no flying type with me and going down the long way might take too much time.
Then I heard through the speakers, something other than the sound of the blizzard. I heard the beat of wings. Ace appeared on screen hovering above Magnet and Mizu.
"Ace will use the last of its life for its friends. Let her?" a text box appeared making my heart sink. I sighed as I gazed at the yes/no option. I knew what Ace wanted. I pressed A on yes and the screen went black. I listened as the sound of the blizzard faded away.
"Ace had died
" a text box read. The screen returned with me at the Pokemon Center in front of Nurse Joy.
"Welcome to the Pokemon Center! Would you like me to heal your Pokemon?" a text box ask giving me a yes/no option.
"Yes!" I said out loud pressing A. The screen blacked out and a sound of a heartbeat was heard. I gave a sigh of relief, they were both alive.
Then another text box appeared. "Mich
thank you. You loved us both and gave us great friends. We will never forget you". Tear started come to my eyes.
"We must go. But don't worry, we'll be fine. We will wait for the day that we meet again" the text box vanished and my Dsi turned off. I sat there whipping away my tears with shaking hands. It was later that I turned on my Dsi to find that my file had been corrupted.
I started a new game to find that the 'Traitor' option at the spot where you choose if you are a boy or girl was gone. I entered my video game name, Mich, and started my adventure. It was when I was about to enter the lab to pick my starter that the sprite of an Espeon and a Vaporeon walked up to me.
The game asked if I wanted them to join my team. Of course I said yes. When I was leaving New Bark I noticed at the entrance to the town was the statue of a Typhlosion. On the first route, near the entrance to Cherrygrove, was the statue of a Pidgeot.
At Blackthorn there was a statue of a Dratini near the middle of the city. And at Goldenrod City there was a statue in the middle of the city with all the people looking at it. The statue was of a Umbreon. I walked up to it and my Espeon and Vaporeon came out together. They walked up the statue and there was the sound of a bell in the speakers. They backed away and I looked at the statue closely.
At the base of the Umbreon statue was a Sooth Bell.