CHAPTER 1: A STORM AT SEA
(Ocean - Stormy seas. Rainy weather.)
???:Whoa! Wh-Wh-Whoa...! Are... Are you OK?! No! Don't let go! Just a little longer... Come on! Hang on! N-n-no! I can't... hold on...! Waaaaaah!
(Beach - After storm. Sunny weather.)
Where... ....Where am I?
...I can't... Drifting off...
(In front of The Guild - Sun down [?])
Darkness: Hmm... *paces*
Darkness: No. I refuse to be paralyzed by this any longer! This is it. I have to steel my courage today. *walks onto platform, jumps in fear*
???:Pokemon detected! Pokemon detected!
???:Whose footprint? Whose footprint?
???:The footprint is Pikachu's! The footprint is Pikachu's!
Darkness: *runs off grate* Waah! That was too shocking! Whew...
Darkness: ...I can't... I can't work up the courage to go in, after all... I told mysekf that this is the day,but... *places [?] on the ground*
Darkness: I thought that holding on to my personal treasure would inspire me... *picks up*
Darkness: Sigh... I just can't do it. I'm such a coward... This is so discouraging...
???: Hey, Zubat. Did you get a load of that?!
Zubat: You bet I did, Koffing.
Koffing: That little wimp was pacing around... had something good, right?
Zubat: That wimp had something, that's for sure. It looked like some kind of treasure.
Koffing: Do we go after it?
Zubat: We do.
(Back at beach - Sundown)
*The krabby's are blowing bubbles from the cliffs*
Darkness: Oh, wow! What a pretty sight!
Darkness: When the weather's good, the Krabby come out at sundown to blow bubbles... All those bubbles, catching the setting sun's rays off the waves... It's always beautiful.
Darkness:................... This is where I always come when I'm feeling sorry for myself. But it makes me feel good to be here, like always. Coming here is uplifting. It cheers me up.
Darkness: Hey...what's that? What's going on over there?
Darkness: Waah! Someone has collapsed on the sang!
Darkness: What happened?! Are you OK?
Darkness: You're awake! That's a relief!
(Where... where am I...?)
Darkness: You weren't moving at all. I was seriously worried! Do you remember how you ended up zonked out here?
(I... I was zonked out? What happened...?)
Darkness: Well, I'm Darkness. Glad to meet you! And who are you? I've never seen you around before.
*speaks to darkness*
Darkness: What? You say you're a human? You look like a totally normal Piplup to me!
*looks at self* (It's... it's true!)
(I've turned into a Piplup!)
(...but how did this happen? I don't remember anything...)
Darkness: You're...a little odd... Are you pulling some kind of trick on me?
Darkness: You're telling me the truth? All right, then. Your name? What's your name?
(My name? That's right, my name is...)
What is your name?
Is the name Time OK?
Darkness: Oh, Time is your name? *nod* OK. Well, you don't seem to be a bad Pokemon, at least. Sorry that I doubted you. More and more bad Pokemon have been turning up lately, you see. Many Pokemon have gotten aggressive lately. Things have grown somewhat lawless...
*Darkness is shoved by Zubat and Koffing, dropping the treasure*
Koffing: Well, I do beg youyr pardon.
Darkness: Hey! Why'd you do that?!
Zubat: Heh-heh-heh! Can't figure it out? We wanted to mess with you! Can't face up to us, can you?!
Zubat: That's yours, isn't it? *looking at treasure*
Darkness: No! That's...!
Zubat: Sorry, kiddo. We'll take that! *picks up*
Koffing: Whoa-ho-ho! Not gonna make a move to get that back? What's the matter? Too scared? I didn't expect that you'd be such a big coward!
Koffing: Come on. Let's get out of here.
Zubat: See you around, chicken. Heh-heh-heh.
*Zubat and Koffing leave into Beach Cave*
Darkness: ...Ohhh... Wh-what should I do? That's my personal treasure. It means everything to me. If I lose that... No! There's no time to waste! I've got to get it back! Hey, can I get you to help me?
Darkness: Oh, you will?! You'll help me? Th-thank you! Let's go quickly!
*Time and Darkness enter Beach Cave*
Beach Cave Pit
Koffing: Well, well... If it isn't our old friend, the big chicken.
Darkness: Urk! Give me... Give me back what you stole from me! That's my personal treasure! It means everything to me!
Zubat: Treasure, you say? So that thing is really valuable, huh?
Koffing: Could be worth more than we'd hoped for, I'd say. We out to try selling it, Who knows? It might get a good price. Whoa-ho-ho! All the more reason not to give it back!
Zubat: If you want it back that badly... Come and get it! Heh-heh-heh!
Zubat: Ugh... We got roughed up...
Koffing: B-blast it... How'd we get wiped out by wimps like them?
Zubat: Bah! Here you go. Take it, then! *throws treasure*
Koffing: Whoa-ho! Don't think you're so awesome. You're victory was a fluke!
Zubat: Yeah, you just remember that!
*Zubat and Koffing flee Beach Cave*
Darkness: Oh! It's my Relic Fragment! *picks up* Am I ever glad... I actually did manage to get it back. It's only because you agreed to help me, Time. Thank you, Time!
Darkness: Thank you! Seriously!
(I only helped because I happened to be there... Was that the right thing to do?)
(I guess so. This Pokemon is clearly grateful. It's nice to be appreciated.)
*sets down Relic Fragment [treasure]*
Darkness: Here's what they stole. I call it my Relic Fragment. It's my one treasure! You see, I've always liked legends and lore... I always get so excited when I hear tales from the past! Don't you feel the same way? Hidden troves full of treasure and strange relics...
*looks out at sea*
Darkness:...Uncharted territories veiled in darkness...
Darkness: ...and new lands just waiting to be discovered! Such places must be full of unimaginable gold and treasure!
Darkness: And history! Would it be amazing to make historic discoveries?
*turns back to Time*
Darkness: That's what I always dream of. It's all exciting to me. So one day...I happened to come across my Relic Fragment. I admit that it looks like junk, but take a closer look.
Darkness: See? That inscription forms a strange pattern, doesn't it?
(It's true. There is a strange inscription. I've never seen a pattern like this.)
Darkness: There must be some significance to this pattern. This Relic Fragment must be the key to legendary places! To areas where precious treasure lies! At least that's the feeling I get.
Darkness: That's why I want to join an exploration tteam. This frament must fit into something... somewhere! I want to discover where that is. I want to solve the mystery of my Relic Fragment! So earlier, I tried joining an exploration team and an apprentice... But... I chickened out.
Darkness: What about you, Time? What are you going to do now? You lost your memory and you somehow transformed into a Pokemon... Do you have anywhere to go and stay after this?
Darkness: If not, can I ask a big favor? Would you be willing to form an exploration team with me? I'm convinced that I can form an effective exploration team with you, Time. So will you? Please?
(Wah! What should I do? I'm getting recruited out of the blue! I don't know what an exploration team is... What should I do? Should I join this Pokemon and form an exploration team?)
>Form a team
(It's true, I do have nowhere to go... I don't have any clue what I should do next. I guess it wouldn't hurt to team up with Darkness for now. Maybe I'll eventually discover who or what I am by hanging out with this Pokemon. OK! That's settled!) *nods*
Darkness: Yes? Really?! You'll form an exploration team with me? Yes! Thank you! We're going to be a great combination! Let's make this work! First, we should go to Wigglytuff's place and sign up as apprentices. That's where we need to train to become a first-rate exploration team. I'm sure the training will be very tough... But let's give it our best, Time!
Darkness and Time...
formed an exploration team.
This turned out to be...
Their very first step into...
many fantastic realms of adventure that awaited their arrival.
Part 2 coming soon!