Well, I'm bored so I think I'm gonna go ahead and post the final story. If you haven't read the other stories, it probably won't make any sense! (The Beginning, Acceptance, Judgement, Assimilation1, Assimilation2, Revolution, and Transition) So this marks the final main-series story, complete with shocking plot twists! Shii lures the heroes into what they are well aware is a trap, but feel there only choice is to at least try to catch the villains off-guard, rather than have them come to their families. They make the trek to Kanto, to discover Elvis has somehow managed to escape the Distortion World, and yet again has some nasty plot in store, for them. As his plan finally begins to unveil, a twist in the story uncovers a greater threat... Quiet. Things had grown quiet, settled down. There was still tension between humans and Pokémon hybrids, but things weren't quite as hectic as they were just a year ago. It was indeed, quiet. Except for the gentle crashing of waves, against the soft, sandy shore. "Beautiful, aren't they?" Elvis muttered, gazing at the trio of birds flying across the horizon. The Sevii Islands were home to many legendary Pokémon, and Arcticuno, Zapdos, and Moltres could often be seen flying through the evening sky. "Of course, I wouldn't expect you to comprehend such a majesty." he said, turning to Shii, who only responded with a snarl. It was answered by another snarl, one made by the creature standing next to Elvis: A large, cat-like creature. She had fur of black and burnt orange, bones adorned her back and shoulders and horns curled along the back of her head. She was Artemis, the now-grown Luxray-Houndoom fusion. She and Shii often competed for Elvis' attention. "Is it ready?" Elvis spoke up, breaking the chorus of growls between his two pets. "Yes, yes. Shii fixed everything. Tested. Works perfect. Everything ready." "Ah, good. Very good. Prepare our guests, then." Elvis said, as he turned back toward the ocean. Shii grinned, an eerie, toothy grin. "With pleasure." he cackled. Icirrus City, a week later: "..And just when I thought he was finally gone for good, that stupid mutt comes back! Can't we call a dog catcher or something?" Naga ranted, as the kids got ready for their classes at Musashi's dojo. "Yeah, yeah. We get it. You hate each other. Now shut up and just get out of here. Bad enough Alice is still going to that stupid dojo, without you making things worse." Zee grumbled. Naga only replied, with a "Nyeh!", flipping his visor down and heading out with Alice and her not-brother. She still refused to call Drake her brother. Naga greeted Musashi with his typical "Sup, Mu-Mu?" as he dropped the kids off. His expression changed from his typical cheerful expression, to something more serious, concerned. "Hey, uh. Just a head's up, here. The mutt came back a couple weeks ago. Kept babbling weird stuff about Elvis. Has been, for a while. I don't know what's going on, but I think he's planning something freaky. Might just...wanna keep your guard up, for a while." he said, both hands in his pockets. "Speaking of, I should get going. Last time I left that freakshow home alone, he made a nest out of my laundry." He flipped his visor back up, grinning at Musashi. "Later, Bug Boy." Musashi accepted the children into the dojo. At first, he gave Naga a grunt in greeting, always hating that damned nickname. It had been a while since the birth of his new daughter and Lilith was able to walk around and watch the children once more. "Don't worry, my guard is always up. If I catch so much as a glimpse of that mangy degenerate I'll take him down before he could chew on his own buttocks." he replied. Something about the last thing Naga said almost immediately set Musashi off. Bug Boy? Wait a minute! Musashi's swords were out and slashing after Naga before his voice even came out. "Halt right there, Shii!" Not-Naga stepped outside, cackling, his voice changing to that of Shii's. As he did, the moor began to ripple and distort for all of half a second, leaving Shii nowhere to be seen. Gone. Only an empty moor was seen. "Not yet, Bug Boy." Shii's voice echoed, his tone smug. "Has party to attend. Shii wouldn't want to make you late, no." and with that, silence. All the was left was a small piece of paper, apparently fallen out of his pocket. A ferry ticket, for the Sevii Islands. The moor rippled once more, the illusion dropping. This was a common trick for Zoroark, but Shii had never done it to quite this scale. There was no trace of Shii. Or rather, anybody or anything that looked like Shii. Musashi picked up the ticket, staring at it. "Sevii Islands? In Kanto? What do you have planned, Shii?" he asked mostly to himself, as he put the ticket away. "Lilith, I'm heading out; watch the children, please. It's free practice, today." he said, deciding to keep this moment to himself; best to leave everyone else out of it. Nico was in a rush, hurrying to get ready to leave for Tartarus Research, although his parents still thought he was going to classes. "Nico, slow down! You haven't even eaten breakfast!" Lash insisted, as Nico rushed toward the door. "SorryMomI'llgrabsomethinglaterIcan'tbelateagain!" he said, leaving. "But...I made pancakes..." Lash pouted. "Don't worry about him, Lasciel. He's not a child, anymore. He's growing up and learning to be more responsible." CT replied, stepping in between Mavra, a roll of duct tape, her younger brother, and the wall. "Unlike some other child, of mine." he growled, glaring at Mavra. Mavra only responded with a "Puh!", and went back to her room. "I swear, I don't know what I'm going to do, with her." CT sighed. Musashi knew what he had to do. He had to get to CT's home and let him know about this ticket. Something wasn't right. He had to let him know about Shii, about the feeling of foreboding crawling up his spine. He had to pay more attention so he didn't collide into a running Nico. Being very solid, Musashi watched Nico bound backwards and fall flat on his butt. "Nico. I suggest that today is not a very good day to be heading to Tartarus." he said flatly. "Something bad is going down and I want you someplace safer. Head to the dojo and stay there, I have something to talk to your father about." Nico rubbed at the back of his head, seeing stars for all of a brief moment. "Ow..." he whined. "Wait, what? What's going on?" he said, getting back to his feet. "If something's going on, I'm staying here. I'm tired of people telling me to run and hide." He stopped, pausing for just a moment. "Besides," he sighed. "If it involves Tartarus, I might be of some help." Musashi sighed. "Fine fine, come with me then." Musashi took Nico and went to his home. "CT, we have a problem." he called out, letting himself in. CT was in the process of stopping Malcolm from bathing the dog in pancake syrup and Mavra from setting the kitchen on fire. Again. He regarded Musashi with a raised eyebrow and a look that just said, Really? "I hate those four words." he grumbled. "Every time. Every blasted time I think things might be going just fine, somebody says 'we have a problem'. What is it, this time?" CT sighed, more tired than really angry. "I'm not a fan of them either, and yet we're stuck saying them a lot." Musashi said. "I...have forgotten you had a third one. You seem to have your hands full being a father, so I'll make it quick. I have a bad feeling something big is going down in Kanto. Shii's actin up and he gave himself away to show me this ticket to the Sevii Islands. I know the significance of those islands, being from Kanto. Needless to say, it could mean something as big as the Giratina incident." Nico moved the sticky Arcanine away from young Malcolm. He knew something was happening. Shii disappearing for weeks at a time, data missing, Artemis stolen. But what could he say? He couldn't let his parents know what he was doing. Maybe he should let them know. But then what? "Blast it all, Musashi. You came all the way over here, for that? It's Shii. What in bloody hell could Shii possibly be planning, by himself?" CT replied. Musashi walked up to CT. "Sorry for this." he slapped CT. "Now that I have your full attention. Shii doesn't plan anything by himself. This means that someone is pulling his strings. Now let's think, CT: who would pull Shii's strings and hand us tickets to come to Kanto for whatever the plan is?" The slap to CT's face amused Malcolm and Mavra. It did not amuse CT. "Blast it all, Musashi!" he growled, rubbing his face. "Have you even thought about this? Shii has only worked for two people: Elvis, and me. Unless you suspect me of anything, who else could it possibly be? If you recall, Elvis is in the bloody Distortion World!" Nico chewed on his bottom lip, thinking. He had been working in the Tartatus labs. He had been grudgingly working with Shii, to create Artemis. Shii had constantly babbled about continuing Elvis' work, disappeared for weeks at a time with data, and finally left with Artemis herself. How could he say anything, without letting his parents know what he had been up to? Nico sighed. Might as well chime in. "What if Elvis got out?" he shrugged. "Think about it, CT!" Musashi said. "Who else has the Arceus damned ego to give me a ticket like I'm going to a show? Think about it. Who else but Elvis has that swollen of an ego? Your son has a point, what if he got out?" "Alright, alright. We'll assume that Elvis somehow managed to escape a prison made for a bloody demi-god, and sent Shii to send you a ticket to the Sevii Islands. Yes, that makes plenty of sense." CT grumbled. "Well, Musashi was there, when Elvis got banished. Maybe he blames him." Nico shrugged. "So was I, Nick. And others. None of us were confronted by Shii. Nothing adds up." CT replied. Musashi thought for a moment. "It was for subtlety, perhaps? Shii made a slip that was far too obvious. He came to my dojo disguised as Naga, I was almost completely fooled until he called me Bug Boy. Who knows, maybe he has a plan to pick us off, or he knew I would come to you anyway. Perhaps he thought if he lured you, you'd either ignore it, not catch on, or simply go all by yourself." "Or perhaps he knew if he came to me, I wouldn't jump to such absurd conclusions." CT sighed, rubbing his forehead. "Look, even if this was Elvis, what do you plan on doing? Walking right into Shii's trap?" "What else are we gonna do?" Nico piped up. "We can't just sit here and do nothing." "Well, stay if you wish, CT." Musashi said. "But I am going to get Ahti and Shade, they were there to during the Cyrus incident. I will go to Kanto, even if none of you come with me." "Musashi, I'm not letting you go to Kanto on some hunch. You don't know why he wants you there or if it even is Elvis." CT insisted. "I....I can't let you go, either." Nico said, quietly. "Because....because Shii...." he started, gritting his teeth. He did not want to say this, but if there was something going on, he couldn't keep lying to his parents or keeping things from Musashi, especially if they put him in danger. "Shii took Artemis." he gulped. Musashi was about to snap on CT for telling him what he was not going to be allowed to do, but then looked at Nico. "Artemis? Who is Artemis, Nico?" Nico sighed, and pushed Musashi and CT outside. He didn't want his mother to know. His father knowing, was bad enough. "Nick." CT growled, sternly. "What's going on?" "Artemis..." Nico said, quietly. "Is a fusion. A naturally-born one. She's probably full grown by now, making her half Luxray, half Houndoom. If Elvis is out and Shii took her to Elvis....you wouldn't even get past her, 'Sashi, if you went there alone." he continued, still biting his bottom lip. CT crossed his arms, raising an eyebrow. "And you would know this, how?" Nico gulped. "Because....I helped Shii make her." Musashi sighed. "Nico, I told you it was a mistake. With such a mix I wouldn't be able to go alone, indeed. I'm going to need Ahti. I suppose you have to have a good talk with your father, while I contact him." "I think I need to have a long talk, with the both of you." CT growled, glaring at Musashi. "You," CT pointed at Nico. "You worked with Shii? Where in bloody hell were you working with Shii, at?" "I...um...T-Tartarus...." Nico stuttered. "I um...I haven't been going to Musashi's classes..." "So you've been lying to me, working at Elvis' old labs, and making friendly with somebody who tried to kill you, and you..." he snapped, pointing at Musashi. "You apparently knew about this!" Musashi crossed his arms. "Don't get angry at me, now. I'm not the boy's father, so I hardly have the authority to outright stop him from doing anything. Arceus' sake, CT, he's almost an adult, he can make his own choices and learn from his mistakes. I remember when I was his age, I wandered all the continents, granted it was to find and kill you. I told him I didn't think it was a good idea and that he should talk to you, apparently he didn't heed my advice and he's learning from it. Right, Nico?" "So you let him work for a bunch of people who tried to kill him, and us?! Musashi, learning from one's mistakes is one thing, letting them run off to get themselves killed is something entirely different! What if it was your child? What if I let her go work with somebody who tried to kill her, and not tell you?" CT snarled. "Dad...don't...don't blame Musashi. I told him not to tell you. It's...it's not-" Nico was interrupted. "No, don't try to take the heat. You're both equally guilty! You were both being absolutely irresponsible by both lying to me, and refusing to tell me!" "You want to speak of such things, CT? When I was his age, I stalked through the lands searching after the man who I thought ruined my whole life. Arceus' sake, CT! Nico is frankly my best student and I believe in him enough to know he can defend himself against someone like Shii. And don't bring my daughter into this! Your son has been crying for one chance to prove to you and Lash he was capable enough to do something on his own because you shelter him so! I won't take back my decision to let him make this choice, and fuming at me won't solve anything now. I'm going to Kanto to clean up this mess, you can continue yelling if you wish, but I am taking responsibility for this." "So you let my son hang out with the people who flooded your dojo, tried to kill us, almost killed Lilith, twice, and now it's gotten us into this mess!" CT continued fuming. "I trusted you. Both of you." "That's why I'm not letting Musashi go, alone. I'm going to Kanto, with him." Nico insisted, tone firm. "No, you're not." CT growled. "Yes, I am." "As long as you're living under my roof-" "I abide by your rules. I know. I get it. But I'm going to Kanto." "You're not going to Kanto-" "This is my fault, Dad! It isn't Musashi's responsibility to clean up after this mess I caused!" Nico snapped, much more loudly than his usual tone. "..Without me." CT said softly, as he tugged at his jacket. Musashi smiled softly at CT. "Seems we're building up the old gang for one last ride, or so the saying goes, I believe. Shall I call Shade and Ahti, now?" "Assuming this is Elvis' doing, at all. Call them both up, ask if there's been anything unusual going on, lately. Nick, it wouldn't hurt to warn your boyfriend, either." CT said, heading back inside. "For the last time, he's not...." Nico sighed, rolling his eyes. "Why? Shii's only bothered contacting 'Sashi and me." "Because if it is Elvis, he's not beyond hurting family. He took Ahti's children to lure him in, and he could easily do the same, with your friend." "Aw, so you do care!" Nico teased. "About you. If anything happened to your friends, I'd have to deal with you sulking around the house blaming yourself, for months." CT replied, again tugging at his jacket. Musashi rolled his eyes. "Stubborn..." He called up Shade and Ahti, asking if they've heard of any strange activity.