Side Story #3
The following morning, I had awoken later than usual. I didn't know if it was from the night before or if I needed the extra couple of hours of rest. Either way, I got out of bed and got ready for the day.
Walking into the kitchen, I found a note sitting on the counter. It read as followed:
The Pokemon have been fed and given water, Angelica didn't seem to be too antsy when I stopped by.
An old friend of yours stopped by while you were sleeping. I told her that you would stop by later this afternoon when you were awake.
P.S. The kids from next door are at it again.
'Those pesky kids,' I thought to myself. 'They can't stay out of trouble.'
I chuckled a bit out loud.
Placing the note back on the counter, I went over to the fridge and pulled out the bread and butter to make toast.
Placing it in the toaster, I looked around to see if maybe any of the other Pokemon were still here.
Briefly looking outside, I only saw the regular ranch Pokemon.
Hearing the toaster pop, I turned back to the kitchen and went to get my toast for the toaster.
Putting the toast on to a nearby cutting board, I then put some butter on the toast.
Quickly eating my toast, I went outside to talk to some of the other Pokemon to see if they have seen where Griffin and the others were.
After talking to a couple of them, I found out that they had gone next door sometime back and haven't returned.
Returning back to the house, I gathered up some of my belongings and headed next door to see if I could find Griffin and the others.
Closing and locking the front door, I set the time that I would return to let the people who would stop by to buy a Pokemon off the ranch.
My first thought was that they had gone over to have a talk with the kids’ parents to make sure that they would stop trespassing into our property.
Going over to the shed, I grabbed my bike and headed down the dirt road to the house. Even though they were half a mile from the ranch, I hardly use my bike these days unless it's going to the store to restock some supplies or to have a talk with the parents about their children trespassing.
As the house came into view, I couldn't make out if that was a person at their door or if it was Griffin and the others. Either way, from what I saw, they had their hands raised and backing up slowly.
'This isn't good,' I thought.
"Barrier 32," I called out.
Seeing the barrier come up, I quickly flash jumped in front of them, I released my aura around my hands and wrists ready for combat.
"Who are you?" The person asked.
"Your neighbor," I replied in a somewhat cold tone.
"I found these...these things on my property," he said.
"Then you should teach your children to stay off my property unless they want to buy a Pokemon off of the ranch," I replied.
"And who says they were trespassing?" He asked.
"My surveillance cameras," I replied.
"Prove it!" He said.
I reached for my pocket and pulled out the CD.
"Here's your proof," I said holding up the CD.
"Hand it over," he said.
"Once you lower your weapon I will," I replied.
I kept my guard up.
The moment he lowered the weapon, I dropped the barrier that divided us.
I slowly walked over to him and handed him the CD. That's when he raised his shotgun and pulled the trigger.
Barely reacting in time, I threw up another barrier and conjured up an aura sphere and sent him flying into his house.
"You didn't think I would see that coming?" I said to him. "When I dropped the barrier, it doesn't mean I drop my defenses as well."
"What's that supposed to mean?" He asked raising his upper body on his elbows.
"It means I keep my powers at standby until it is necessary to drop them," I said putting a foot onto his chest and pushing him back down to the ground. "Now tell your kids to stay off my property or I'll have to get Officer Jenny involved and have the lot of you thrown in jail. Got that?"
"Y~yes," he said gasping for air.
"Good," I said.
Turning to leave, I then heard someone running from behind. I turned and flared up my aura once more and lunged both my hands in to the boys’ chest sending him flying back. I then flash stepped right to him and sent a fist into his gut sending him straight to the ground.
Looking up, I saw the other boy fall on to his rear and started crawling away from me.
"You want to end up like the other two?" I asked him.
"No sir," he relied in a scared tone.
"Good," I said. "Now stay off my property!!"
I turned and left.
"Let's go," I said as I let the aura fade around my hands and wrists.
Walking over to my bike, I picked it up and started to walk back to the ranch.
I stopped briefly and looked over my shoulder at my Pokemon
"This morning never happened," I said to them.
Looking forward again, I started walking again.
Not hearing anything from Griffin or the others, I assumed that they were still shocked from what had happened to them.
"I know what you guys are thinking," I said breaking the silence. "I didn't hit hard enough to hospitalize them. It was just enough to teach them a lesson."
"But what about~" Lily started.
"He's fine," I said answering her question before she finished it. "He'll be in pain for a while. In those kinds of situations, I only daze them. I only kill if absolutely necessary, that wasn't the case with those three."
Other than the noise coming from the bike chain, silence fell over us again as we continued to walk back to the house.
It wasn't long before we returned home. The kids went out back to play with some of the other Pokemon while the rest of us stayed inside and tried to recuperate from what had happened.
"Why did guys go over there without waking me up?" I asked them over lunch.
"We wanted to try to take care of it ourselves," Griffin replied.
"Griffin," I said. "Out of all Pokemon, I expected more out of you. You know better than to do something like that. I appreciate you leaving me the note, but you should have woken me up first so I could have explained the situation a bit better. The man that owns the property next to ours isn't very fond of Pokemon. He's been like that ever since he moved here, yet I don't know why he continues to live here he knows that I run a ranch as well as a business."
"What about his children?" Agustin asked.
"He lets his children do whatever," I replied. "I hardly ever seem them around here, but what I'd like to know is what they do when they're not at home and not messing around the ranch."
"He does bring up a good point," Lily said.
"The only other thing that I could think of is to see what they do during the day," I said.
"Since you're better at stealth than anyone, why don't you go and keep a tab on them?" Agustin said.
"That's not a bad idea," I said.
"What about the people who tried to attack?" Corey asked. "Wouldn't they try to come after us after what you did to them?"
"They might try to come after us," I said.
"What will we do if they come?" Lilith asked.
"I'll keep watch tonight if they try to come," I said. "If anything happens, I'll try to take them out silently."
"That may work," Lily said.
"Isn't tonight a full moon?" Agustin asked.
"I forgot about that," I replied.
"Is something the matter grandpa?" Lilith asked.
"Tristain..." Griffin started.
"I know," I said. "It won't be easy."
"What won't be easy?" Corey asked.
"Is there something you're not telling us grandpa?" Lilith asked.
"Would it be all right if I showed them?" I asked a little worried.
Lily and Griffin looked at each other with concerned expressions.
"I guess it's about time we finally let them in," Lily said.
"Promise me you two won't freak out when you see it," I said a little worried.
"Promise", they said together.
Allowing the power to surge through my body once more, a circle of flame began to spin around my feet as I began the transformation. Letting the circle of flame go from my feet to expand to just above my head, I let the darkness from within as I went from human to demon emerge. Feeling my body stretch to the height of the demon, my hands and feet turning to claws, and a tail forming from my waist, I finally let the power of the darkness flow through my body.
Once the transformation was complete, the flame that covered my body dissipated.
Opening my eyes, I said to them in a demonic voice, "Now do you see what I have been hiding this whole time?"
I could see that the children were scared of what I turned into.
"I feared I would get this kind of reaction," I said.
"You did?" Lily asked.
"Yes," I replied. "You see, I wanted to wait until they were older and able to understand what kind of power I had to deal with."
Looking down at the children, I could see Lilith was holding Corey in fear.
"Tristain?" Agustin asked.
"Yeah?" I said.
"There is one thing I never noticed before," Agustin said.
"What's that?" I asked him.
"Before the transformation, your eye color was green, now it's red. How come?" He asked.
"It changes whenever I transform," I replied.
"Then that birth mark on you left shoulder..." Agustin started.
"It's really a seal," I said.
"How do you manage to keep the demon under control?" Griffin asked.
"It's not easy maintaining this kind of power on a daily basis," I said. "It takes a lot of practice to maintain it. On top of practicing, I also have to consume soul deposits."
"Soul deposits?" Lily asked.
"It's a soul from a living being," I said.
"Is that what you consumed yesterday?" Agustin asked.
Returning back to my human form, I replied, "It is, yes."
"Who did you consume it from?" Lily asked.
Looking over at Griffin, I asked, "You want me to explain this or do you want to explain this?"
"You're better off explaining this one," he replied.
"Right," I said. "Lilith, take Corey and go to your room. I'll come and get the both of you when we are done talking."
"R~right," she said. "Let's go Corey."
"Y~yeah," Corey said following her sister.
I could tell they were still scared.
Waiting until I heard the door close, I explained everything that had happened the day before.
"You mean~?" Lily said in shock.
"Yes," I said. "I could tell where it was going. I didn't want the situation to get any worse than it already was."
"But why? Why would you do something like that?" She asked in horror.
"It was either that or let her do what she wanted," I replied.
"Why kill her?" She asked.
Leaning up against the counter, I replied, "She was the strange anomaly that I felt the other day. On top of that, I didn't want you and the kids to think that the situation got out of hand."
"Is that why I never heard the door close?" She asked.
"It is, yes," I replied.
"But I thought you told me she left," she said.
"I wanted you to believe she left until I could figure out how to explain it to you," I replied.
Lily put her back against the wall and slowly slid down to where she was sitting on the floor.
"Agustin, go get the kids and take them outside for a bit," I said.
"Right," he said.
"Griffin, can I get a moment with Lily?" I asked.
"That's fine by me," he said.
"Thanks," I said.
"I'll be tending to the other Pokemon then," he said as he turned and went outside.
Shortly after, Agustin and the kids went outside.
Once the door shut, I walked over to Lily and knelt down in front of her. She was already crying into her legs.
Placing a hand on her shoulder, I said, "Lily, I'm sorry for what I had to do. I did what I had to do. If she hadn't given herself away, I wouldn't have known she was the one who had taken control of Agustin and had this whole thing set up. Even though you don't appreciate what I had to do, I had to do it; it was the only way to keep things escalating out of control. Again, I'm sorry for what I had to do."
"Why did you have to do it?" She asked between sobs.
"If it had gone out of control, someone would have gotten hurt," I replied.
"Why couldn't you figure something else out instead of killing her?" She said between sobs.
"I don't know," I said.
She continued to cry.
"Lily," I said.
I knew she was mad at me, but I couldn't think of any other way to explain it to her.
"Come here," I said wrapping my arms around her.
Feeling her head rest against my shoulder and her arms wrapping my body, I took on most of her weight.
"I really am sorry," I said resting my chin against the side of her head. "There was nothing else I could do."
Stroking her back, I let her continue to cry into me.
After what seemed like an hour, she finally began to settle down. She pulled away from me and wiped away a tear.
Placing my hand on her cheek, I said, "You're still upset about this whole thing, huh?"
Standing up, I looked down at her. Taking a step back, I held out my hand and said, "Take my hand."
She looked up at me for a moment and took my hand.
I helped her up and pulled her gently towards me.
"I know you're still upset about what happened yesterday," I said wrapping my arms around her. "But I had to or things would have gotten out of hand."
I felt her head press against my chest and her arms tighten around me. I gently tightened my grip around her.
"You can stay in my arms for as long as you like, alright?" I said.
"Thanks," she whispered.
It wasn't long before she let go.
"Take it easy for a bit, ok?" I said to her
"Ok," she replied.
"Whenever you're ready, we can talk. Sound good?" I said to her.
"Yeah," she said somewhat smiling.
She went over to the couch and laid down on it.
I smiled a bit and walked over and put a blanket over her, then headed outside.
It wasn't long after that when someone came to the door.
"Hello? Anyone home?" The person asked.
Not really hearing the person from the backyard, I assumed Lily would come and get me if anyone was at the door.
Finishing up the area I was at, I went towards the back door to clean up some of the banana trees that I planted to add some shade for the back porch.
That's when I could hear the conversation between Lily and the person.
Not really paying attention, Lily came to the back door and told me what the lady wanted.
Going to the front door, I had her come to the back to look at the type of Pokemon she would be getting. I told her the name of the Pokemon as well as the history behind the Pokemon and gave her a price since she was interested in getting it.
We continued to talk for some time until we came to an agreement to where she could afford the Pokemon.
"Let's step inside and get the paperwork done," I said.
"Alright," she said.
We stepped inside and got the paperwork done.
"That should do it," she said sliding the paperwork back over to me.
"Stop by in the morning, and the Pokemon will be ready," I said.
"Will do," she said standing up.
I stood up alongside her and shook her hand.
"It was a pleasure doing business with you," I said.
"Same to you," she replied.
Picking up the paperwork, I walked her to the door.
Saying our goodbyes, I let the screen door close behind as I went to file the paperwork.
I had gone back outside to finish up the project that I had started.
It wasn't long before I had finished cutting down the dead banana tree leaves and gathering up any ripe bananas.
Moving the dead leaves over to the pile, I then took the machete over to the tool shed and headed over to Vulpix.
"I guess someone finally adopted you," I said petting the Vulpix.
"Vulpix," she said happily.
"It won't be long until you're in a good home," I said to her.
I continued to pet her for some time when Agustin came over.
Feeling his paw against my right shoulder, I looked up.
"What's up?" I asked standing up.
"It's about tonight," Agustin started.
"You're worried that I'm going to lose control, huh?" I asked.
"Yeah," Agustin said lowering his head.
"Look," I said placing my hand on the side of his arm. "I know you're worried about me, but I can manage for one night."
"That's what I'm worried about," he said looking up at me.
"I understand that you're worried about me," I said. "Here's what I'll do, I'll wait until everyone is asleep and I'll head up to the tree up on the hill where I'll release the demon. Sound good?"
"Yeah," he said.
I knew he didn't like it when the demon took control during the full moon. Normally around this time of each month, I would go to the forest that's down the road and transform their, but that wasn't the case tonight. They wanted me to stay here and see if they would show up for revenge.
Knowing that Agustin looked up to me as a brother, I could tell that he was concerned about what I might do to our neighbors. I did my best to cheer him and to tell him that everything would be fine.
"Uncle Agustin? Can you play with us more?" Corey asked.
"Of course," he said. "I'll be there in a minute."
"Ok," Corey said happily.
He then looked at me.
"Don't worry about me," I said smiling. "I'll be fine."
"Thanks Tristain," he said.
"Sure thing," I replied.
He turned and went to play with Lilith and Corey.
I went back to playing with the Vulpix a bit more then got up and finished up some yard work.
It wasn't long after I started cleaning out the pond when one of the Pokemon on the ranch started acting up.
Looking up, I noticed that if was coming from the far end of the ranch.
Seeing Flame galloping towards me, I knew it was bad enough for him to come and get me.
"What's going on?" I asked.
"No time to explain," he said. "Let's go."
I hopped on and nudged him to go.
Feeling the wind go by as he picked up speed, he explained what was going on.
"It's that bad?" I asked him.
"Yes," he replied.
"All right," I said. "I'll deal with it once we get there."
Nearing the site where the commotion, he slowed down to where I could get off.
Seeing what was about to happen, I quickly transformed into the demon and flash stepped just in front of Angelica and put my arm under her feet and flung her back a little ways.
"What the hell was that for?" She boomed.
"For attacking the children," I said in the demonic voice.
Standing up and changing my hands in to blades, I said, "I don't know what you have against most of the other Pokemon, but it needs to end."
Moving closer to her, she backed up to the other end of her stall. Bending over a little, I raised my left arm and embedded the blade into the wood behind her.
"The blades on my arms can cut through six inches of titanium alloy. If you don't want this other blade going through your body," I said tapping the other blade on the side of her head, "you better start shaping up. Consider this your last warning."
I removed the blade from the wood; I turned around and started walking towards the kids. Getting closer to the kids, I transformed back into my human form.
"You two ok?" I asked kneeling down.
"Y~yeah," Lilith replied.
"Why did Angelica attack the two of you?" I asked them.
"We only wanted our ball back but Angelica didn't listen to us and popped it," Lilith said as she began to cry.
Standing up, I motioned for Lily to come over and got her children.
I went over to Angelica and knelt down.
"You attacked them just because they were getting there ball?" I asked her.
"They were intruding on my space," she replied.
"That's a lame excuse to attack them," I said.
"It's not a la~," she started.
I picked her up by the throat and threw her across the pen and watched as she skidded across the ground a little ways.
"Now then," I said. "How does it feel to be the one to be attacked?"
She tried to roll over, but I didn't allow her.
Flaring up my aura, I picked her up and flipped her over.
"This is what happens when you start messing with the ones I love," I said and slammed her five feet to the ground.
I walked over to her, knelt down, and said to her, "do this again, and your life ends on the spot. Do I make myself clear?"
"Good," I said standing up.
Looking around, I found a couple of her friends. The Pokemon around them stepped back.
"Get her out of my sights," I said to the two of them.
Without any other questions, they came up and began to push her back into the pen as I walked away.
About half way back to the house I could hear Agustin calling me as he caught up to me.
Stopping in front of me, he panted, "Tristain...wait...please."
"What is it Agustin?" I asked somewhat annoyed.
"Why? Why did you do that to her?" He asked panting.
"It was to get her to understand that acting out in aggression against kids is wrong and in return, I did what she would have done to them."
"Was it really necessary?" He asked standing up.
"It was, yes," I replied as I walked around him.
"Was it really worth it?" He asked catching up again.
"I gave more than enough chances," I said. "And on top of that, she's already on thin ice for what she has done in the past."
Agustin had stopped walking at this point while I continued to walk towards the house.
Making Agustin think I was walking towards the house, I made sure he wasn't following me anymore before I flash stepped to the tree on the hill.
Looking around once again, I climbed the tree to overlook the ranch as well as to see if anyone was coming near the place.
Resting my back against the tree, I closed my eyes to think for a moment.
It wasn't long when I heard my naming being called.
Opening my eyes, I looked down to see Corey at the base of the tree.
"Something wrong Corey?" I asked him.
"No, but Agustin is looking for you," he said.
"How long have you been there?" I asked.
"For quite some time," he said. "I've been trying to wake you up."
Looking around, it was already sunset.
"I've been out for that long?" I asked.
"Yeah," he said. "We've been worried sick about you."
I flash stepped down to him causing him to jump back a little way.
"Don't do that!" He squeaked flapping his wings.
"Sorry," I said smiling.
Picking him up, I stood up and placed him on my shoulder.
"Let's get back to the house," I said looking over at him.
Walking down the hill, Corey told me why Agustin was looking for me.
"Is that why he sent you to get me?" I asked him.
"Pretty much," he replied.
Reaching the bottom of the hill, I stopped, turned, and looked up at the old tree once more.
"Something wrong grandpa?" He asked.
"No, nothing's wrong," I replied.
I turned and started walking towards the house again.
Finally getting back to the house, I opened the door and stepped inside.
I bent down and put Corey on the ground, then stood up again.
"Thanks for the ride grandpa," he said.
"Sure thing," I replied.
Watching Corey scurry off, I looked around the living room for a moment, then went to find Agustin. It didn't take long to find him.
Looking out my bedroom window, he was with Griffin and somebody else. Leaving my room, I went outside to see who it was they were talking to.
As I got near, Agustin and Griffin looked over at me.
"Took you long enough to come," said Agustin.
"Sorry about that," I replied. "I dozed off earlier."
"Is that why you never came over this afternoon?" Ari asked.
"Yeah," I replied. "What did you need anyway?"
"I had come over to get Flame back," she said.
"Ok," I said. "Come inside while I get him."
"Thanks again for taking care of him," she said.
"You're welcome," I said.
"How much do I owe you this time?" She asked as we went inside.
"500 Poke dollars," I said.
"That much for a couple of weeks?" She asked.
"Yeah, I know it's a bit much, but it's to cover all the expenses for a Ponyta," I said.
"All right," she said pulling out her wallet.
She handed me the money and I went out back to get Flame.
Pulling his Poke Ball off my belt, I pressed the button to expand the capsule.
Flame looked up as I neared him.
"Hey," I said as walked up to me.
"Something up?" He asked.
"Your trainer is here to get you," I said.
"Is she really?" He asked.
"Yeah, she is," I said petting him. "It was nice having you on the ranch."
"It was nice staying with you will she went on her business trip," he said nudging my hand.
"It's time for you to go now," I said.
"Ok," he replied.
I dropped my hand and held up the Poke Ball.
"Return," I said as the red beam shot out of the center of the capsule.
As the beam finished, I held the ball up to me and said, "It was nice knowing you."
Turning around, I went back to the house.
"Here he is," I said as I entered the house.
"Has he been good while I was gone?" She asked.
"He has been, yes," I replied.
"Thanks again for taking care of him while I was gone," she said.
"Anytime Ari," I said.
I watched her leave the house.
With her and her busy life, I knew she would need some help here and there with her Pokemon. It had been years since that faithful day that I found her at the Pokemart.
It wasn't long after she had left we had gotten dinner ready.
We had gone over once more what the plan was for that night. I knew it would be difficult being able to get the demon to cooperate well enough to make the right call.
After we had finished dinner, we sat down to watch a movie.
Corey sat in my lap, Lilith sat in Agustin's lap, and Lily was cuddled up next to Griffin on the couch.
Shortly after the movie ended, we had gotten the kids ready for bed and I went outside so that I could get ready for tonight.
Flash stepping to the top of the hill; I climbed the tree to my favorite branch to overlook the ranch.
All I had to do is wait until everyone in the house was asleep.
I released my aura powers to extend my vision so that I could see the Pokemon around the ranch as well as inside.
I could tell that Lily and Griffin were just finishing up putting down the children and Agustin was taking a shower as usual at this time of night.
Finally scanning the area around the house, I could see the rest of the Pokemon around the ranch. I didn't see anything out of the ordinary.
It wasn't long before I picked up on a couple of auras that I never recognized before. Tracking them from the far distant corner of my ranch, I could that it was just the two of them, but it was hundreds of them.
'This isn't good,' I thought.
Jumping down from the branch, I contacted Lily and the other and told them to get out of the house as fast as possible.
Flash stepping down to the ranch I got the Pokemon up and told them to get to the top of the hill. I moved from area to area get Pokemon up and getting them to move. Some were already up and helping move others. It wasn't long after that the area was evacuated and all the Pokemon were at the top of the hill.
Looking over at the horde of aura once more, I could tell they were still in the same path.
'I have no idea what caused this, but I don't want to stick around any longer,' I thought as I flashed stepped out the path the mass horde.
I flash stepped up to where the rest of the Pokemon were.
"What's going on?" One of the Pokemon asked.
"Not too sure," I replied.
I could hear the Pokemon talking amongst themselves.
"Any idea what caused the horde?" Agustin asked coming up to my side.
"That's what I'd like to know," I replied. "Whatever caused the horde, it came from the southwest corner of the ranch."
"Isn't that the forest?" He asked.
"It is, yes," I replied. "I scouted that area several times and there is nowhere near this amount of Pokemon for just this horde. Especially Pokemon of this size."
"You mean~?" Agustin started.
"Yes," I said. "Someone had to be gathering these Pokemon for some time. My guess is that they had to go to neighboring forests to get the right amount of Pokemon for this kind of the horde."
"Do you think it was the kids from next door?" He asked.
"Couldn't be," I said. "There would have been something on the news about this kind of thing about Pokemon going missing from the neighboring areas."
That's when I got a phone call.
"Hello?" I said.
"This is the Jubilife City Police. We got word that there has been a sighting of mass Pokemon being held at your ranch," said the officer on the other end.
"More like a mass horde going through my backyard right now," I said. "I was forced to evacuate my ranch."
"A horde?" Said the officer.
"Yes," I said. "From what I could tell, the horde started farther west of the ranch."
"The report that we got was that the person owning a ranch was responsible for causing a stampede," the officer said.
"That can't be right," I said. "We were all inside our house when it began."
"Where are you currently?" Asked the officer.
"Currently on top of a hill just east of the ranch," I replied.
"Has that hill always been there?" Asked the officer.
"Since I moved in ten years ago," I replied.
By this time the stampede stopped.
"We'll send an officer out in the morning to conduct a further investigation," the officer said.
"Ok," I said hanging up the phone.
"What was that about?" Agustin asked.
"Not too sure," I replied looking over at him.
"What do we do now?" Asked one of the Pokemon.
"I want everyone to stay up here until I return," I called out so that everyone could here.
I flashed stepped down to the ranch and looked around at the damage caused by the stampede. Walking from where I was to where it started, I could tell the damage was quite extensive.
Making sure I wasn't being followed, I flash stepped to the forest and looking around for some hours to figure out where the stampede started. Reaching the other end of the forest to where it over looked the ocean, I couldn't figure out how it began. I then proceeded to scan the rest of the forest a couple of miles in each direction to figure it out. It was hours before I gave up.
Flash stepping back to the hill I was greeted by Corey and Lilith.
"What took you so long?" Lilith asked.
"I was estimating the damage to the ranch," I said.
"How come?" Lilith asked.
"Just to see what I would need to buy and how much I would need to spend," I said.
"When are you going to start fixing the ranch?" Corey asked.
"Soon," I said.
Standing up, I looked down at the ranch and used my aura sight to see if I could find anyone or anything in the area.
"Find anything?" Agustin asked.
"Nothing," I replied.
"I'm guessing you went as far as the ocean?" Agustin asked.
"You were using your aura sight, weren't you?" I asked him.
"In a since," he replied.
"I even checked the area around where the stampede had started and found nothing," I said.
"Whoever or whatever caused the stampede had to plan the entire thing out to know when and where to start as well as the Pokemon to use," Agustin said.
"That's what I can't figure out," I said.
"What do you mean by that?" Agustin asked.
"Something spooked the Pokemon," I said. "The only thing is that I can't figure out what spooked them."
"What about the kids next door?" Agustin asked.
"Can't be them," I replied. "They're scared of Pokemon."
"Is there anyone else that would be out to get you?" He asked.
"Not that I could think of," I replied scratching the back of my head.
Looking around I could tell that the Pokemon were worried. Some of them were even making nests in the tree for the night.
Not really sure what to do at this point, I let all the Pokemon stay where they were.
"Grandpa?" Lilith said grabbing my pant leg.
"What is it sweet heart?" I asked kneeling down.
"I want my dolly," she said.
"I'll go get it for you, ok?" I said petting her.
"Ok," she replied.
Flash stepping down to the house, I opened the back door and entered the house.
Walking to Lilith and Corey's room, I turned on the light to the room and looked around the room for her doll. Finding it in her bed, I walked over and picked it up.
I had just turned around when I noticed someone standing at the doorway.
"Who are you?" I asked.
That's when everything went black.
When I came around, I started to make out the forest painted ceiling as well as looking around to see if anyone was in the room. It took me a moment to fully regain consciousness and to get my bearings straight.
Sitting up, I swung my legs over the side of the bed and rubbed my face to wake myself up completely. Looking around, I couldn't find the doll that Lilith wanted. Standing up I hurriedly went outside to see if maybe the attacker took it up to Lilith.
Looking up at the tree, I could tell that everyone was still there.
I went up to where they were waiting for me.
"Did you get dolly?" Lilith asked.
"No," I said.
"Why not?" Lilith asked with tears in her eyes.
"It wasn't in the room," I said to her.
"But, I want dolly," Lilith said as she began to cry.
"Lilith," I said picking her up and hugging her.
"Tristain, what happened down at the house?" Griffin asked.
"Someone attacked me," I replied.
"Did you see who it was?" He asked.
"No, her face was covered," I replied.
"So, what do we do now?" Corey asked.
"At the moment, I'm not too sure," I replied.
Looking around, I could tell the rest of the Pokemon were still talking amongst each other.
"For now I guess we settle here for the night," I said.
"Is that the wisest choice?" Griffin asked.
"It's all we can do until morning," I said.
I gave Lilith to Griffin then went over to the old oak tree.
"Settle down everyone. Settle down," I called out.
Waiting for the last few voices to quiet down I continued, "With what transpired tonight, I think it's best if we stayed up here for the night."
"What about our homes?" One of the Pokemon asked. "Why can't we sleep there?"
"About half of the stables were destroyed as well as part of the house from the stampede," I said. "It wouldn't be fair if some got to stay in their stables and the rest couldn't. I also don't want to risk any lives if another stampede were to happen."
I could hear some of the Pokemon talking amongst themselves about the situation.
Looking over at Griffin and the others, I could tell the Lily was worried. Walking over to them, I stopped a few feet from them.
"Listen..." I started.
Lily had gone from where she was standing to hugging me. It took me a moment to realized what had happened.
"Look," I said. "I'm really sorry this happen. There was nothing I could have done to prevent this."
"I just want all of this to stop," she said hugging me tighter.
"I know," I said pulling her close to me. "Whatever is going on, I just hope it stops...and soon."
Giving her time to calm down, I filled Griffin and Agustin in on the phone call.
"That would explain most of the conversation you had earlier," Agustin said.
"Until then, there's nothing much we can do," I said.
"Where's Corey?" Griffin asked.
"That's a good question," I said.
"He's down by the house," Agustin said.
"You sure?" I asked.
"Positive," he said.
"You're going to have to me let go now," I said to Lily.
"Ok," she said.
"Keep your aura trained around the area where Corey is," I said.
"Right," he said.
I flashed stepped down to him.
"Corey," I said. "What are you doing down here?"
'What's going on down there?' Agustin asked telepathically.
'Not too sure,' I replied.
I used aura sight to look back at them. That's when I saw Corey's aura. Opening my eyes in shock, I looked down at the Torchic down at my feet. I slowly backed away.
'Tristain, what's going on down there?' Agustin asked telepathically. 'I can feel your emotions right now.'
'Thi~this isn't Corey I'm looking at,' I replied back.
'How is that not him?' He asked telepathically.
'Corey's up by you guys,' I said telepathically while distancing myself before flash stepping back to the tree.
"Whose Torchic was that?" Agustin asked.
"I don't know," I said. "You somehow managed to pick up the aura of another Torchic."
"Did somebody need me?" Corey asked.
We all looked over at him.
"What?" He asked. "Why are you all looking at me like that?"
Both me and Agustin looked at each other.
In unison the two of us lost out balance and scooted away from him on our rear ends.
"How is that possible?" We said in unison while pointing at him. "We saw you down by the house."
"Did I miss something here?" He asked.
Griffin and Lily began to chuckle.
"I don't even understand anymore," I said spreading my arms out to where I was lying on my back.
"Neither do I," Agustin replied doing the same.