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Together Forever
By Cheyne H. Keresoma

 

Together Forever
by Cheyne Keresoma
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Disclaimer: The characters from the show Pokemon are the property of
Nintendo and 4kids entertainment, and are used here without their
foreknowledge or consent. No profit is being made from this work, I'm
only doing it for the enjoyment of writing, so please DON'T SUE ME!!!
Any characters that haven't been in the show before are probably mine,
so please ask my permission if you'd like to use them.

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Note: This is the third part to my ongoing saga, so you'd better read
the first two, or you could find yourself a little confused with this
one. So unless you want to spoil the first two by reading this one
(that would really be a shame) please email me and ask for some copies,
or go to my web page at "http://www.geocities.com/jawelik/index.html".
The first two stories are called Soul Mates and The Forgotten, and this
is not some cunning scheme to get people to read all of my fics, just a
friendly tip. But if you've already read the previous two, I hope you
enjoy 'Together Forever.'

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The pokemon lay curled up, feeling warm and content on the
sleeping young man's chest. She liked the warmth so much, because for
nearly all of her life before she had met this person, she had slept
outside nearly every night and had been cold and lonely. But seeing as
she hated the thought of going into a pokeball, he had let her climb in
his sleeping bag with him every night so she could be warm. Her nights
had never been this warm, and her dreams were always pleasant when she
was with him. And best of all she never felt alone.
She opened her eyes cautiously, and looked to his face to make
sure he was asleep. She didn't want to leave the warmth of his sleeping
bag, but there was something she had to do. Something that she couldn't
let him know about, because she feared he would become disappointed with
her if she failed. Even though he cared for her immensely, the fear of
losing him was so great, that the mere thought of it made her want to
cry. So she never wanted to dissapoint him.
She looked up to him and his eyes were closed, and the gentle
rising and falling of his chest as he breathed was enough to lull her to
sleep. But she resisted the urge to sleep and carefully climbed off his
chest, and out from under the sleeping bag. She then jumped onto the
cool grass of their forest campsite.
She turned suddenly when the man started to stir from his sleep,
seeming a little uneasy. During the short time he had known her, he
seemed to have developed a need to have her with him in order to sleep
soundly.
"Mew?" Dominic mumbled, calling for her, but not quite awake yet.
She quickly reached out to him telepathically, assuring him she
was okay, then encouraging him to fall back to sleep. He smiled,
quickly dozing off again, and Mew smiled too when she felt the warmth
from their psychic connection increase a little.
He was all she had, now that her mother was gone. The only one
that could bring her warmth and love like her mother had. If she lost
him she would die from the pain. But she wasn't strong enough to
protect him like she wanted to.
She walked over to his long black coat that lay on the grass
nearby, and opened it revealing the pokeballs inside. She reached out
to them with her telepathy and found the one she wanted, and took the
miniaturised ball into her tiny paws. Then she ran into the surrounding
forest.
Though she knew how to fly now, she often forgot that she could,
and would walk to her destinations. And she actually preferred to walk
anyway, because flying took a lot of concentration seeing as how
inexperienced she was. So it would tire her out very quickly.
She ran deep into the forest, careful to be out of Dominic's
earshot before she enlarged the pokeball she had taken with her. She
dropped it to the ground and let it open, distributing the pokemon
inside with a brilliant flash of bright red light.
The pokemon that had just emerged looked around for his trainer.
But when he realised only Mew was there, he started to become confused.
"Rai?" he asked curiously, taking another look around to make sure
he hadn't missed Dominic somehow.
Mew walked up to the Raichu, Flash, and asked him if he could
teach her to use some more of her electric abilities.
A little over a week earlier, she had aided a Pikachu in battle
with Team Rocket. She had connected psychically with him and fed her
energy into him, so his Electro Barrier Attack was more powerful. This
had devastating results, destroying the first floor lobby of Team Rocket
headquarters.
But it had also wakened a dormant power within Mew. An electrical
power, that was insignificant at first, but after touching Dominic's
Thunderstone that he later used to evolve Flash, the power had started
working. And growing.
Flash looked at Mew, seeming curious. He then asked her why she
didn't ask Dominic to help her learn to hone her new powers, because he
was a good trainer.
She shook her head, seeming scared all of a sudden. She told him
she was scared that she wouldn't be good enough, and that Dominic would
be disappointed.
Flash tried to assure her that Dominic wouldn't care if she wasn't
very strong, but she continued her shake her head. She begged him not
to tell Dominic, and when Flash looked into her big adorable sparkling
blue eyes he saw such fear. And he somehow knew what she was afraid of.
She feared that she would lose Dominic so soon after finding him. She
feared being alone again.
The Raichu understood the little one's fear, even though it was
totally unnecessary. He placed a reassuring paw on the top of the
smaller pokemon's head, and promised that he wouldn't tell his trainer
about what she wanted to learn. Then he assured that he would teach her
some more electric abilities.
She startled the Raichu when she ran into him and hugged him
suddenly, blurting out a happy combination of mews. He slowly calmed
and hugged the smaller pokemon back, immediately becoming protective of
her. She seemed so helpless.
They stopped hugging after a few moments and he started to explain
the attacks he knew. Mew then offered to help him learn the Electro
Barrier Attack she had learnt when joining with Pikachu and he eagerly
accepted.
Mew knew she wasn't strong enough to protect Dominic yet. To
protect her soul mate. But she was going to become strong enough. No
matter how hard she had to work.

***

The two agents stood before their Boss, ready for orders. He had
recently bailed them out of jail, and they had thanked him only once,
knowing that he hated it when he was constantly bombarded with
gratitude. They knew he preferred to be bombarded with rare and
powerful pokemon, and they were good at getting them for him.
Both of them were quite curious as to why he had called them to
Team Rocket headquarters in Veridian. They wondered why he didn't just
send them straight after his nephew, who had the extremely rare pokemon
Mew in his possession. They both thought coming here was a big waste of
time.
"Er... Boss." Butch started, in his extremely croaky, fingernails-
down-a-chalkboard voice. "You usually tell us who our target is, and we
go. Why did we have to come here first?"
With any other employees, Giovanni would be furious for being
questioned. But Cassidy and Butch were both very good at their jobs,
and he had always been quite lenient towards them.
"Your target this time is a most formidable one." he replied,
simply. "You have worked with Dominic before, and should know he
mustn't be underestimated."
"True." Cassidy agreed, nodding her head.
Butch scowled, with a tinge of jealousy in his expression. Like
most female members of Team Rocket that had worked with Dominic, Cassidy
had developed a bit of an attraction to him. And like most male
members, Butch had resented it.
"So how do we guarantee success?" Butch asked, quite eager to get
at Giovanni's nephew now.
"As you know he has a formidable collection of powerful pokemon."
their boss replied, as he pressed a button on his desk. A section of
the bookshelf to the right of his desk to sunk into the wall, then slid
to the side revealing a secret compartment. "But these should handle
that problem."
Cassidy and Butch walked up to the compartment, and took two
identical devices that were hanging on the wall. They were large
silvery metal rifles, with something that resembled a satellite dish the
end of each one.
"Nullifier rifles?" Butch asked in surprise. "I thought these
were just a pipe dream."
"Not any more, dear boy." Giovanni replied, proudly. "This is one
of the latest developments in Team Rocket technology."
Butch looked to his partner who seemed almost excited as she ran
her fingers over the silvery metal of her new toy. Cassidy always did
have a fondness for weapons.
"And we're the first to use them?" Cassidy asked, with a tone of
voice that almost sounded like a purr.
"No, Dominic and his team used them before he resigned." the boss
replied. "So when you find him, he will know what they are, and attempt
to release his pokemon before you can use them on him."
"Understood." Butch replied, as Cassidy continued to examine the
rifle she was holding. "We'll use them before he spots us."
"So do you want us to go now?" Cassidy purred, seeming to like her
new gun a little too much. "Where was Dominic last seen?"
"In Cerulean City." Giovanni replied. "But he'd have left there
by now, and seeing as he is trying for badges..."
"Vermillion City?" Butch queried.
"No, he already has the Thunder Badge." he replied, narrowing his
triangular eyes a little. "In all likelihood he'll be heading to the
next closest city, trying for his Marsh Badge."
"So we should find him in Saffron City?" Butch asked.
"Yes." Giovanni replied, handing airline tickets to his two
agents. "Keep an eye on the gym, and if you're wise you will keep clear
of Sabrina."
"The gym leader?" Cassidy asked, looking up from her weapon.
"Why?"
"Trust me." he replied, with a warning tone. "Wait until after
Dominic battles for his badge before attacking. Sabrina is not a woman
that should be crossed."
Anyone that Giovanni didn't think should be crossed, was in all
likelihood someone to be feared. Cassidy and Butch nodded, and their
boss dismissed them with a wave of his hand. They turned and walked out
the door, and started down the hall to the elevator.
"I hope you've been training hard with your hand to hand combat
skills." Butch said to Cassidy. "Remember that time Dominic took the
both of us on in the ring at once, when we were helping him train?"
"Yes, he is strong, even without pokemon." Cassidy agreed. "I
hope we don't have to hurt him too badly though."
Butch was surprised at her comment. If there was anything Cassidy
loved to do, it was to cause people physical pain. She was usually
quite sadistic, so she must have liked Dominic more than he thought if
she didn't want to hurt him.
He angrily clasped one of the pokeballs attached to his belt,
almost crushing it. He looked forward to kicking Dominic's butt.

***

"Come on Rocky!" Dominic taunted the Hitmonchan that was
constantly throwing punches at him. Punches that were all either being
dodged or blocked. "You can do better than that!"
"Hitmon!" Rocky grunted, executing a left hook. Dominic easily
pushed this punch aside with his arm. "Mon, chan chan chan!" he
continued, with a series of three right jabs, that Dominic avoided with
three quick backward steps.
Rocky was getting tired, but he'd learnt better than to let his
guard down when sparring with his trainer. He continued with numerous
punches, but each one failed to hit it's mark. Not that Rocky really
wanted to hit his trainer, but Dominic believed if his pokemon should be
strong, so should he. So he really got into the training with them.
The Hitmonchan was inspired suddenly, and he improvised. Dominic
was prepared for any punch combo Rocky had, so he decided to try
something different. He jumped forward and stepped down hard on his
left foot.
"Ow!" Dominic said, momentarily letting his guard down when he
looked to his sore foot. He was not expecting that from a pokemon that
only used punching attacks, so he quickly lost his concentration.
Rocky knew Dominic would regain his composure quickly, so he
immediately took advantage. He sent a powerful right punch into his
gut, causing him to bend forward. Then he sent a quick left-right
combination into his face, the left punch dazing him, and the right one
knocking him backwards onto the ground.
"Monchan!" Rocky said, worriedly running up to his trainer. He
had gotten a little carried away.
Dominic sat up, shaking of the stars, then looked to his
Hitmonchan. "Nice move, Rocky." he commented, wiping a small droplet of
blood from his bottom lip. "Since when do you use your feet to attack?"
When he realised his trainer was okay, he proudly scratched the
back of his head with his boxing glove, then shrugged his shoulders.
"Chan!"
"Okay, I think we've done enough training for today." he said,
returning to his feet. "Let's go and join the others."
"Hitmon!" he agreed. They walked towards the grassy area near a
crystal water stream, where a number of Dominic's other pokemon were
gathered.
Vaporeon, Scyther, Wartortle, Charmeleon and Victreebel were all
gathered around and talking to Flash, who had an extremely shy Mew
peeking out from her hiding place behind him.
Mew looked up from behind the Raichu, and saw Dominic coming back.
She flew up from her hiding place, glided through the air over the other
pokemon and straight for Dominic's shoulder. After landing there, she
promptly buried her face into his hair.
Dominic chuckled at Mew's timid behaviour, then looked down at the
group who had unknowingly scared her. He wondered why she only liked
his Raichu, Flash.
He gestured for the others to go and find something to do, and
after they all left he sat down next to Flash. Mew pulled her face from
his hair after a moment, and sighed with relief when she saw that all
the others had gone away. She jumped down from Dominic's shoulder, and
sat on the ground between him and his Raichu.
He looked at Mew and Flash as they started to talk to each other,
and smiled. "At least you get on with one of my pokemon." he commented.
"Mew mew!" she squeaked in reply, looking up to him with a smile.
"Rai rai chu rai!" Flash said, explaining that she shouldn't be
afraid of his friends.
Mew looked a little guilty, but cheered up quickly when Flash
assured her that it was okay that she was shy. The two of them
continued to talk, and Dominic only listened with a warm smile on his
face, happy that they were getting along.
But then he noticed Mynx, his persian, laying on the grass beside
the stream. She was splashing the water with one of her paws and looked
quite depressed.
Dominic returned to his feet, walked up to Mynx and knelt down
next to her. He reached his hands into the stream and lifted some of
the cool crystal clear water to his face, to wash it clean of the small
amount of blood on his lip. Then he turned and watched as Mynx's paw
began to glow with blue water energy, so when she splashed the water,
miniature waves appeared that traversed the width of the stream. She
was actually capable of making much larger waves that she would use in
battle, but she seemed a little too depressed to try.
"What's the matter, Mynx?" he asked softly.
"Per per." she sighed, lifting her paw from the water and making
it glow with green grass energy. She tapped the bud of a plant next to
her with one of her green glowing claws, and it suddenly bloomed into a
daisy.
"Nothing, huh?" he asked, not seeming at all convinced. He
reached down and stroked her fur. It had recovered quite well from the
burns she had received from her last battle, thanks to Nurse Joy's
treatments and regenerative formulas. "Come on Mynx, you know better
than that. I can always tell when there's something wrong."
She looked up to her trainer, and straight into his eyes, before
laying her head back down on the soft grass. She started mumbling why
she was feeling so unhappy.
He listened to her, then paused for a moment before answering.
"I'd forgotten about that." he whispered. "You miss my uncle's
Persian?"
"Sian." she answered, slowly nodding her head.
He remembered how much those two had liked each other, and
wondered what he could do to make Mynx feel better. He wondered if he
should send her to his uncle, even though he didn't like him, just so
she could be happy.
But he couldn't! She was his first pokemon! His mother had given
her to him as a present on his eighth birthday when she was still a
Meowth kitten, he couldn't imagine being without her. She wasn't only
the last thing he had left that had been from his mother, she was one of
his best friends. How could he give her up?
He sighed after a moment of thinking. If she would be happy, he
should give her up, because it would be selfish to do otherwise.
He looked to Mynx again. "Look Mynx, if you want me to send you
to my uncle in Veridian, I will." he sighed, with a little reluctance.
"Seeing as his Persian likes you, I bet you'd be well treated."
She sat up suddenly, looking at him with a lot of shock in her
expression. She then spoke to him in her language, telling him that she
would never leave him, that he was more important to her than Persian.
She then stood to her feet, and walked up to him, stroking up
against him and purring. She seemed to have cheered up. He stroked
her, then gave her a hug before returning to his feet.
"I'm glad you're feeling better." he whispered. "We'll be leaving
for Saffron City soon, you think we should have breakfast before we go?"
"Purr!" she replied.
"Okay, let's eat." he said warmly, as he walked towards his
campsite. He came up to his black sports bag, and reached inside,
retrieving several bags of Pokemon Food. He called out to his pokemon,
and some of them came running, though some of them preferred food from
the surrounding lands.
His Scyther, Ginzu, had an addiction to apples and would usually
eat them when there was a tree nearby. And a few of his other pokemon
liked the fish that his Vaporeon, Ariel, had become very good at
catching.
He handed out different kinds of food to the different pokemon,
except for those that had chosen to go hunting for something. He then
pulled out a small tin containing some beans for himself. He used to
bring tuna for himself on occasion, but Mynx had always whined until she
got it, so now he avoided it more often.
He pulled the tab on his tin, and pulled a spoon out from his bag.
But then he looked to Mew, who was sitting on the grass and watching all
the others eat. He still hadn't gotten used to having an extra mouth to
feed, and he felt guilty that he had forgotten about giving her
something.
Flash sat next to her and started eating the brown balls of food
from the bag he had gotten from Dominic, but then noticed Mew looked
hungry. He offered some to her, and she took one of the balls and took
a bite. By the look on her face, she wasn't enjoying it.
"Mew, what do you eat?" he asked. She'd had something to eat at
Cerulean before they had left, but she didn't seem to have enjoyed that
either.
Mew just shrugged, then replied that she ate whatever she could
get when she was hungry.
"Well from now on you eat what you like." he replied, with a
smile. He looked to his other pokemon, to try and figure out what this
extremely rare pokemon would like, but he couldn't. He pulled out his
pokedex and asked it a question.
"What basic data do you have on finding a diet for a rare
pokemon?"
"Though there are many techniques, it is a well known fact that
some pokemon develop tastes similar to their trainers." the device
explained.
He looked to Mew, then the open tin of beans in his hand and
placed it on the ground. He encouraged her to try it with a beckonning
gesture.
She walked up to the tin and looked at it, then a single bean flew
from it, suspended in the air by her psychic abilities. It then flew
into her mouth and she started chewing it. She smiled, and then sat
down, happily taking bean after bean into her mouth with her psychic
power.
Dominic smiled then retrieved another tin from his bag. "Okay,
for the time being you'll eat what I eat, and we'll see what you like."
She replied with a couple of squeaky mews, but they sounded funny
due to her mouth being full. "Moo moo!"
Dominic and Flash both started laughing, as Mew smiled at her
accidental joke. After they had all finished breakfast, he packed up
camp, recalled all of his pokemon into their pokeballs. Then he set Mew
onto her usual perch on his shoulder, where she hugged the side of his
head for balance.
After picking up his black bag, he started walking down the road,
then he pulled his pokedex from his coat pocket again. "Apparently
Sapphron City's Gym specialises in psychic type pokemon." he explained
to the Mew on his shoulder. "They're supposed to be quite powerful, and
I've never really seen a very well trained one in action."
Mew explained that she thought she was a psychic type, but didn't
know any of their abilities.
Her friend smiled, before opening his pokedex, and asking it a
question. "What pokemon types should I use against a psychic type?"
"Ghost pokemon are most effective. Though there are only three
known to exist." it explained in a plain kind of voice. "Ghastly..." it
said, momentarily bringing up an image of a Ghastly. "... Haunter..." it
continued, replacing the original image with a Haunter. "... And the
most powerful, Gengar..." it finished, bringing the third and final
image onto the screen.
Mew started to growl at the image of Gengar. She had an angry
look in her sparkling blue eyes, that Dominic hadn't seen on her face
before. Usually she was so well natured, but after seeing this
uncharacteristic behaviour, Dominic knew how angry she must have been.
"Remove that image!" he ordered.
The image faded out, and Mew started to calm down. It was a
Gengar that had killed her mother, so she was bound to have a dislike
towards them. And Dominic had to admit that he wasn't all that fond of
them any more either.
"Okay, it seems Ghost pokemon are out of the question." he
whispered to himself. He leaned his head towards the Mew on his
shoulder, so his cheek pressed against her's, and she quickly started to
cheer up. He then spoke to his pokedex again. "Are any other types
good against psychic?"
"Other psychic types are a logical choice, though bug type pokemon
have been known to have an advantage against psychic opponents." it
replied.
"Ah finally, something I can use." he whispered, as he replaced
his pokedex into his pocket and retrieved a card with a name and phone
number printed on it. "I might need my Butterfree, but he's not with
me." he whispered, as Mew took a look at the card he was reading.
"Guess I should give this Professor Oak guy a call. I'd like to see how
he's treating my pokemon anyway."
Mew smiled and hugged the side of his head a little tighter,
feeling quite happy to be with him. And as he headed for the nearest
vid phone, she hoped for something. She hoped the two of them would be
together forever.

***

Professor Oak looked to his vid phone when it started ringing and
headed for it. He lifted the receiver and the image of a young man with
black hair, and an unusual pokemon on his shoulder appeared on the view
screen.
"Hello young man, I'm Professor Oak." he greeted warmly. "How can
I help you today?"
The young man's unusual white furred pokemon hugged the side of
his head, and looked shyly to the Professor.
"Hello sir, I'm Dominic." he explained, with a warm smile. The
Professor could tell by the young man's smile, and tone of voice that he
had a very good vid-phone manner. "My friend Nurse Joy from Veridian
said she'd sent my pokemon to you."
"Ah yes, I've been looking forward to meeting you." Professor Oak
replied cheerfully. "Your pokemon are in excellent condition, and are
very well trained. They've been a pleasure to have!"
"Glad to hear it, Professor." he replied.
"And that pokemon on your shoulder is very interesting." he
commented, finally realising that he didn't recognise the species.
The white furred pokemon hugged the side of the young man's head a
little tighter, when the attention was on her. After looking at the
professor for a moment, she shyly buried her face into Dominic's hair.
"Yes, she is rare, not even my pokedex could recognise her." he
replied. "Her name is Mew."
"Oh my!" he exclaimed, becoming quite excited. "There is no
physical evidence of Mew ever to exist, which is why there was no such
data on your pokedex. I can't believe you captured one!"
"I didn't capture her Professor, she kinda captured me." he
answered, making the cute little pokemon giggle.
"Well I would be delighted to meet her in person sometime." he
said, excitedly. "To examine such a rare specimen would be a most
gratifying venture!"
"As you can see she is very timid. But perhaps I will come by
Pallet to check out your pokemon reserve sometime." he explained, with a
smile. "But for the moment I need my Butterfree, Dusty."
"Oh Dusty, he is a delightfully friendly pokemon." Professor Oak
said cheerfully, as he typed in the computer beside his phone. He
bought up Dominic's trainer data, that had been given to him by Nurse
Joy. As a precaution he had to make certain the photo in his trainer
data matched the young man he was talking to, and it did. "Just a
moment." he said, as he went to where the pokeball was, and retrieved
it, then opened it in front of the phone to make certain it was the
right one.
A purple coloured Butterfree emerged in a flash of red light, and
after a moment he flew up to the screen with a happy "FREEEEE!!!" when
he saw his trainer.
"Hello Dusty." Dominic greeted, before turning to the shy little
pokemon on his shoulder. "Why don't you say hello, Mew?"
She slowly pulled her face out of his hair, then looked to the
Butterfree. "M... m... mew mew!" she stammered, before burying her face
into he side of his head again.
Professor Oak found this very cute, and more than a little
amusing, so he allowed himself to chuckle a little. He then recalled
Dusty into his pokeball, and inserted it into the nearby teleporter.
"He's on his way, young Dominic." he explained.
After a short moment, and a flash of light from the teleporter on
Dominic's side of the line, he picked up the pokeball. He opened it and
the pokemon came out with a happy 'freeee' and landed on the shoulder
opposite to the one Mew was on.
"Thanks Professor." he said, looking quite happy to see his
pokemon again.
"I'm happy to be of assistance." he replied, moments before a
large Muck came up behind him and started to climb onto his back.
"MUUUUUUUCK!!!" he said happily, as he started to push the
professor to the floor.
"Goodbye Dominic." he said, trying to stay cheerful and keep in
view of the vid phone, while a massive pokemon was climbing onto him.
"Nice to meet you finally!"
Dominic looked a little surprised at the Muck that was
affectionately attacking the Professor. He was silent for a few
moments, but soon he replied in an unsure tone.
"Uh... bye Professor." he said, as the elderly man was pushed to
the ground by the Muck, making an unpleasant thud when he hit the floor.
"See you soon."
Dominic's image faded out as he hung up, and Professor Oak made a
final comment to himself, before he was totally covered by the
affectionate poison type.
"What a nice young man... Ugh!!"

***

Mew looked to the Butterfree that perched on Dominic's opposite
shoulder. He seemed nice enough, but she was still a little shy. And
she hated to admit it, but she was also a bit resentful of having to
share Dominic's shoulders with another pokemon.
Dominic walked along the road, whistling the tune to a popular
pokemon song, while Dusty tried his best to sing along in his extremely
out of tune singing voice.
Mew hugged the side of Dominic's head, wishing she had the courage
to sing too, and Dusty continued singing along with his trainer's
whistling.
"Hey we're here!" Dominic said, abruptly stopping his whistling
when he stepped over a low hill, and the massive high tech looking city
came into view.
Mew looked on in awe. She had never been to Saffron City before,
but for some reason she had a feeling she was going to like it.
Dominic pulled out a pokeball and looked to Dusty, who was sitting
on his right shoulder. "How about you take a short rest in your
pokeball, before I go to the gym?"
"Freeee!" he agreed happily, before being pulled into his
pokeball.
Dominic smiled, then walked down the main road into the city, and
Mew felt quite happy that she had him to herself again. Once he
arrived, he looked around at the various stores, and Mew could sense
that he was considering buying something.
"Want to do anything before we go to the Gym?" he asked.
Mew just shook her head with a smile. She had never known anyone
that would think of her before themself. But she wasn't hungry any
more, thanks to the delicious beans she had been given, and there wasn't
really anything she wanted to do. So she decided not to hold him up.
"Okay then, let's go." he said.
He headed down the road, but he suddenly stopped and started to
look around, seeming to become uneasy all of a sudden. He was sensing
something, and Mew sensed it too. Someone was watching them. But they
both decided to ignore it, and continue to the gym. It was a big city,
and they figured it was probably just a couple of nuts that had decided
to follow them around.
Little did they know how right they were.

***

"Pretty little thing, isn't she?" Cassidy whispered, with an evil
smile.
Butch just scowled from his perch on a nearby three storey
rooftop, looking down at Dominic and his affectionate little Mew. They
were trying to keep quiet, because even though they were very good with
stealth, Dominic had been one of the best. So they had to be very
careful not to be detected by him.
"Okay let's get them!" Butch growled, clasping his Nullifier Rifle
in both hands and starting to stand to his feet.
"Hold it, Butch." she whispered, clasping him by the shoulder, and
keeping him from standing to his feet where he'd be in plain view.
"What?" he asked, a little annoyed at his partner.
"The Boss said we should wait until after he battles for his
badge." she reminded.
"Before, after, what's the difference?" he asked, impatiently
trying to pull away from her.
Cassidy tightened her grip on his shoulder, and pulled him around
so they were facing each other. Then she looked straight into his eyes
with a sweet smile.
"Now Butch, if I didn't know better, I'd say you had a personal
vendetta against our old friend Dominic."
"No..." he started, hesitantly. "It's just... er... I want to get
this job over with."
Cassidy gave her partner an unconvinced stare, but decided not to
press any further. "Listen we haven't had enough time to plan, so if we
wait for him to battle for his badge, we'll be able to come up with a
plan and be more likely to succeed."
"What's there to plan?" he argued, impatiently. "We blast him
with the Nullifiers, beat the hell out of him, then steal his chubby
little pokemon!"
"And if we wait until he leaves town we'll be less likely to
attract the cops." she countered, pausing for a moment to stare into his
eyes. "Come on Butch, you're usually pretty patient and level headed
when it comes to work."
Butch just sighed, and allowed himself to calm down. His jealousy
was making him reckless, and Giovanni would probably kill the two of
them if they failed this job.
"You're right Cassidy, we'd better just wait." he surrendered,
getting down low again so no one on the streets below would see him.
"No choice now, anyway." she replied, looking back down to their
targets that had travelled quite a distance up the road. "Dominic's
already at the Gym."
She stood to her feet, then ran to the edge of the rooftop and
leapt to the neighbouring roof with the agility of an Olympic athlete.
Butch followed close behind, and they jumped across a few other
buildings, until they finally reached the roof of the Saffron Gym. They
walked up to a nearby skylight that looked down into the pokemon arena,
and knelt knelt down next to it. The duo then looked through the glass,
and patiently waited for Dominic to come into view.
Failure was not an option.

***

Dominic couldn't shake the feeling that someone was watching him.
But the last time he had felt this way he had wound up meeting Mew, so
he had decided to ignore this feeling, like he had when Mew had been
following him.
He walked through the main doors to Saffron City Gym, and then
headed down a dimly lit hall with gold and black coloured decor. The
place was a little creepy, and Dominic smiled when he felt Mew hug the
side of his head a little tighter. He walked up to a nearby door, when
he noticed the sillouettes of some people through a square window.
"Hello?" he called.
A middle aged man opened the door and peeked out from behind it,
then looked Dominic up and down. "Can I help you, young man?" he asked,
stepping out from behind the door and closing it behind him.
"I'm here to challenge the gym leader for my Marsh Badge." he
explained.
"Oh you want to challenge Sabrina?" he asked, with a cheerful
smile, as he held out his hand. "I'm her father."
"Oh really?" he asked, smiling warmly and sharing a firm handshake
with the older man. "Do you think she can battle me now?"
"Yes, certainly. Follow me." Sabrina's father replied, starting
down the large hall, towards two massive doors. "Sabrina spends a lot
of time meditating in the gym, so she should be prepared for a battle."
Dominic nodded thoughtfully, then asked a question. "So, what is
she like?"
He looked at him for a moment, looking a bit unsure of how to
answer that question. "Well... er..." her father started, seeming to be
having trouble thinking of how to describe her. "She's dedicated, to
say the least."
"Oh?" Dominic asked, raising an eyebrow. "Dedicated to what?"
"The development of the powers of her and her pokemon." he
explained, before pausing a moment to think. "And she's very interested
in training other psychically gifted people to use their powers as
well."
"Really?" he asked, becoming very intrigued.
"Speaking of which, I couldn't help but notice that you radiate a
little more energy than an average human." Sabrina's father mused. "You
wouldn't happen to be..."
"Yes, I was born with a psychic gift." he replied, before looking
to the shy little Mew on his shoulder. "It helps me communicate with my
pokemon."
The man smiled at this. "I don't get to say this very often,
Dominic, but I think Sabrina is going to like you."
"I don't suppose that will make battling her any easier?" Dominic
asked, with a sly smile.
The kindly man just laughed in reply, shaking his head. "Not in a
million years."
Dominic chuckled momentarily, before being startled by the two
massive doors that he had just reached, when they swung open. A massive
shadowy room was revealed, the only light source being a narrow collumn
of sunlight, radiating down from the large glass skylight in the
ceiling. It was too dark to make out exactly how big the room was, but
once he stepped inside, several lights lit up on either wall revealing
the large pokemon arena.
Dominic looked around the gym for a moment, before a final light
came to life above the trainer's circle at the opposite end of the
stadium. The light revealed the figure of a woman with long dark-green
coloured hair, who was sitting in a throne-like chair with her eyes
closed.
He squinted to try and make out Sabrina's facial features across
the dimly lit room. He wasn't able to see her face at first, but it was
revealed to him, when she opened her eyes and they started glowing with
pure white light. Dominic was taken aback. His eyes would occasionally
glow if he was overcome with emotion, but Sabrina's seemed to glow a
little more frequently. He could sense that they shared a very similar
gift.
"I've been waiting for you." she whispered, in a soft voice that
eerily echoed throughout the large indoor stadium.
"Excuse me?" he asked, unaware that she knew he was coming.
"Er, Sabrina senses it when a trainer is coming to challenge her."
her father informed.
"Oh." Dominic said, looking back to the gym leader. He started to
notice how very attractive she was.
"May I ask your name?" Sabrina asked in her echoing voice.
"Don't you already know?" Dominic asked.
"I try to be less intrusive into other people's minds." she
explained. "I have learned that people are entitled to their privacy."
Dominic smiled at this. He also knew not to be too intrusive when
using his psychic powers. He never did much more than sense another's
emotions unless he had permission to do more.
"My name is Dominic." he said, with a loud tone so his opponent
could hear him.
She nodded slowly as her father left the room, and the large doors
closed behind him.
"And the little one?" she pressed.
Dominic was momentarily confused by her question, then realised
that she was asking about Mew. He looked to the little pokemon on his
shoulder, half expecting her to bury her face in his hair again. But to
his surprise, she was looking at the gym leader with an expression that
looked like curiosity.
"Her name is Mew." he answered, after his brief pause.
"And will she be my opponent?"
Dominic sent a brief look to Mew again, and she was looking at him
with fear in her eyes. He had become quite attuned to her emotions, and
he sensed the fear she had of battling. And he had sworn to protect her
from her fears.
"No, she doesn't like to battle." he answered.
"A shame." she whispered, in her eerie echoing tone. "I sense
great potential from the both of you."
"Really?" he asked, momentarily intrigued, until he remembered why
he was there. He pulled out his Butterfree's pokeball from the folds of
his coat and let it enlarge in his hand.
"I see you are eager to begin." Sabrina mused, looking at the
pokeball Dominic was holding. "We shall have a one on one battle with
no time limit, Dominic. Choose your pokemon!"
Dominic tightened his grip around Dusty's pokeball and prepared to
throw it, but froze when he sensed Sabrina's power grow as she prepared
for the battle herself.
Earlier most of her body was shrouded in shadow, so he didn't
notice that her hands that were rested on her lap, held a pokeball. Her
eyes glowed even brighter as her pokeball was lifted into the air with
an invisible force, and moved out over the markings on the stadium
floor. Then it opened distributing her chosen pokemon with a flash of
red light.
Sabrina's power was incredible. It radiated from her like heat
from an inferno, and Dominic could feel himself starting to sweat. He
didn't realise it at that moment, but he was becoming quite attracted to
her.
He managed to compose himself and threw his pokeball to the ground
in front of him, causing it to open and distribute Dusty on the floor.
Sabrina's pokemon looked to Dominic then to Dusty, and it got into
a fighting stance, preparing for battle.
"Kadabra!" it grunted.
"Okay Dusty, Tackle Attack!" Dominic ordered.
His Butterfree acknowledged with a loud 'freeee' and charged at
the waiting Kadabra.
"Teleport." Sabrina ordered.
Kadabra vanished from view a moment before Dusty would have hit
it, and reappeared behind him where he promptly head-butted him in the
spine.
The Butterfree cried out and landed face first on the stadium
floor.
Dominic was about ready to retaliate, but then he realised how
clearly he had heard Sabrina's order to teleport. It wasn't like she
had said it from across the room, it sounded more like she had whispered
it right into his ear. It was then that Dominic came to the conclusion
that Sabrina was sending orders to her pokemon with psychic messages.
And she was blissfully unaware that he had heard her.
In usual battles this psychic gift may have given her an advantage
over her opponents, because they couldn't hear her orders and weren't
prepared for any of her attacks. But now Dominic had the advantage. He
could hear her orders and she didn't know it. Her guard was down, and
he was going to take full advantage of it.
"Dusty, use your gust attack!" he ordered, before sending a
psychic message to his pokemon that he ensured Sabrina wouldn't hear.
~And after that be prepared to turn around quickly and attack again!~
Dusty flapped his wings at a high velocity causing a massive wind
to start pushing the Kadabra backwards. Sabrina's pokemon was
struggling to keep his footing, but then Sabrina repeated her first
order.
"Teleport." she said, her voice echoing in Dominic's mind.
"Now Dusty!" Dominic yelled, a moment before Kadabra
rematerialised behind him. "Wing Attack!"
Dusty turned around suddenly, and just as the unsuspecting Kadabra
reappeared, he flew at it at top speed. He batted it's body with one of
his wings, then hit him in the face with the other, sending the psychic
type flying backwards.
Dominic sent a quick look up to Sabrina, and could almost make out
the expression of surprise on her face. It didn't really suit her.
"Mew mew!" his pokemon squeaked excitedly, jumping up and down on
his shoulder and cheering Dusty on.
"Quickly Dusty, use your Razor Wind!" Dominic instructed.
The Butterfree started flapping his wings again, but this time the
gusts of wind were sharp, and instead of pushing at the Kadabra, they
hit him hard. As each gust hit him, he stumbled backwards, and after
several of them he fell to one knee.
"Got him." Dominic said under his breath.
"Recover!" Sabrina ordered.
All of a sudden the scratches and bruises caused by Dusty's Razor
Wind vanished from Kadabra's body and he stood to his feet again.
"Psybeam!" both of the trainers said simultaneously.
Kadabra and Dusty both sent a beam of purple energy towards each
other, and the two beams collided then exploded in a stunning display of
psychic light.
Dominic recoiled lifting arms to protect his eyes from the flash,
and Sabrina turned her head to the side, closing her own eyes to protect
them. After the smoke cleared, the two trainers looked back to their
pokemon and both were unscathed. Neither of the psybeams had met their
mark.
"Tackle!" Dominic said.
"Confusion!" Sabrina countered.
Dusty flew towards his opponent again, but their was a sudden
ripple to the air caused by Kadabra's attack. At first the confusion
attack didn't seem to affect him, because he was still flying towards
his opponent. But then his flight path curved upwards and he started
flying towards the ceiling.
Mew and Dominic both froze as they watched the confused Butterfree
fly upwards until he hit the ceiling face first. He fell a few inches
then started flying up again and hit the ceiling a second time. He
continued to fly into the ceiling in his confusion, each time his face
impacted he'd squeak, 'free', and Dominic and Mew would both cringe.
"Dusty, snap out of it!" Dominic yelled.
"Free! Free! Free!" he squeaked, as he hit the roof three more
times, before shaking his head and looking down to his trainer. He had
managed to shake off the confusion.
He was still a little dizzy from hitting the roof, and Dominic
could tell. But he decided he would try something that would take
advantage of his Butterfree's high altitude.
"Sleep Powder!" he said to his pokemon.
Dusty flapped his wings and shook his body, causing dust to be
released, that fell down towards the Kadabra.
"Barrier." Sabrina said psychically.
A dome like barrier appeared over the Kadabra, and Dusty's sleep
powder failed to pass through.
"Psybeam." she continued.
"Quick, use your agility!" Dominic countered.
Kadabra held up his spoon and caused a beam of power to explode
from it towards the Butterfree. But Dusty successfully used his agility
to duck to his right and avoid it. But he failed to gain enough control
to dodge a second Psybeam, and it hit him in full force.
Dusty cried out as the beam knocked him back into the ceiling, and
he slowly fell into unconsciousness, then started to fall the
considerable distance to the floor.
Dominic started running to catch his falling pokemon, but knew he
was too far away to reach him before he hit the ground. But that didn't
keep him from sprinting a top speed in order to try. He moved so fast
Mew had to fly off of his shoulder to keep herself from falling off.
Dominic looked on in terror as his pokemon plummeted towards the
floor, and in a desperate move he dived forward to catch him. But he
landed a metre too far away, and he closed his eyes not wanting to watch
the unpleasant image of his pokemon hitting the ground.
He waited for the sound of the thump, but it never came. After a
few moments he opened his eyes and gasped at the sight of his Butterfree
floating a number of inches from the ground. He then realised that
Sabrina had caught him using her telekinesis, so he quickly leapt to his
feet and took the bug type into his arms.
"Hey Dusty!" he whispered. "Dusty, are you okay?"
"Freee?" he said weakly, opening his eyes and looking to his
trainer.
He smiled with relief, then looked up to Sabrina. "Thanks." he
said, with a half nod, half bow. "I'm sorry to leave you so soon, but
I've got to get Dusty to a pokemon centre."
"No need." Sabrina said, without any change in her emotionless
expression. "I have all the proper facilities here at my gym."
She snapped her fingers, and the sound echoed like her voice did.
After a few moments a man and woman in nurse's uniforms appeared through
a door to the right of the stadium. They walked up to Dominic and took
his Butterfree, then they both left without a word.
"Your Butterfee will be well cared for." Sabrina assured, as the
two nurses left the room.
"Thanks." he said, sending a worried look towards the door.
"You battled well." she mused, with a bend in her lips that could
almost be called a smile. "I wasn't expecting you to anticipate my
moves the way you did."
"To be honest Sabrina, I could hear your orders." he admitted,
looking into her eyes.
Sabrina paused and looked straight at him. Her face still
remained emotionless, but he could tell she was surprised. "I should
have expected that." she said. "I won't make the same mistake the next
time we battle."
"You seem disappointed with yourself Sabrina, and yet you won." he
said, trying to make her feel a little better about her error.
"I don't usually have to work so hard to win a match." she
explained. "You provided a great challenge."
"Well a little more training, and I'll get that Marsh Badge." he
assured.
Sabrina just nodded at this, and the two of them spent a few
minutes staring at each other.
"Join me for my afternoon meal." she requested.
Dominic looked to Mew again, and he saw that she was staring at
Sabrina, seeming somewhat mesmerised. "Hey Mew, you want to stay for
lunch?"
Mew turned to Dominic with a slightly confused expression. She
didn't appear to have heard what he said, but then she seemed to realise
what he'd asked and she just nodded. Dominic was surprised that she
didn't throw in a couple of cute squeaky mews, like she usually did when
she acknowledged him.
"Yeah we'd love to stay." he said cheerfully. "I think we could
both use a decent lunch before we leave."
"Chances are your Butterfree will be kept overnight by my nurses."
she said, reminding him of Dusty. "If you need a bed for the night, I
can offer you a room."
"That's very gracious of you, Sabrina, thank you." he said, with
his usual charming smile. "I might just take you up on that offer."
Sabrina nodded and then gestured towards the door the two nurses
had just passed through. "Through that door is a hall that leads to my
library." she explained, standing from her chair and stepping out of the
shadows, revealing her full figure. She was wearing a military style
red blazer with a row of buttons down the right side, and a short black
skirt that was cut a couple of inches above her knees. A black pair
high heels completed the outfit. It made her look a little like a cross
between a military officer and a business woman, and it really suited
her well.
"If you would wait in there, I would appreciate it." she
requested.
Dominic looked to the door then back to Sabrina. "Okay." he
agreed. "So I'll see you soon?"
"Yes." she said as she walked by him, and towards the massive twin
doors he had entered through. She accidentally brushed her shoulder
against his as she walked past him, and Dominic felt a slightly nervous
shiver go through his body from the fleeting physical contact.
Sabrina continued towards the doors, and said something final as
she walked away from her worthy opponent. "I just have a few matters to
attend to."

***

"Wow!" Butch commented, pressing his fingers against the glass
skylight. "The boss was right, Sabrina really shouldn't be messed
with."
"I know what you mean." Cassidy agreed, watching as Dominic exited
through a door beside the arena, and Sabrina walked through the two
large swinging doors at the entrance. "I've seen Dominic's Butterfree
in action, and I know it can really kick butt!"
Butch nodded, then said, "I'm willing to bet that even the Drowzee
we've prepared for the boss, would have a hard time beating that Kadabra
of hers!"
"You would most likely win that wager." a new voice said from
behind them.
Butch and Cassidy span around, standing up from their knees and
getting into their fighting stances. Their expressions were overcome
with shock when they realised who they were looking at.
"What are you doing on my gym?" Sabrina asked, with a cold
expression on her face.
"This is nothing to do with you, Sabrina!" Cassidy said,
courageously. "It's just a little business we're attending to."
"Yeah, it's nothing to do with you!" Butch agreed.
Sabrina looked to the red R's on their matching black tank tops
with disdain, then looked right into their eyes. "I am not fond of Team
Rocket." she said calmly. "Leave now."
"Make us!" Cassidy countered, forgetting the warning Giovanni had
given her.
Sabrina's eyes started to glow white, and her hair flared out
behind her as if gravity didn't affect it. The two Rockets were then
lifted from the rooftop by an invisible force.
"Very well." the psychic said coldly. They were both suddenly
thrown up quite a distance into the air, before they fell back down to
the rooftop across the street. They both landed with a nasty thump on
hard jagged roof tiles.
The two partners tried to shake of the dizziness, knowing that
their backsides were probably going to ache for a week after this. When
the stars finally cleared, they looked across the street to see Sabrina
still standing to the rooftop of her gym, staring at them. And all of a
sudden she vanished in a bright flash of white light.
Butch stood up and rubbed his sore backside. "What do we do now?"
he asked.
"Continue as planned." Cassidy replied, struggling against the
aches in her body to get to her feet.
"But we've been spotted!" Butch argued. "Our cover's blown!"
Cassidy smiled as she walked up to her partner and placed her palm
onto his cheek.
"Our cover isn't necessarily blown Butch." she whispered.
"Sabrina doesn't know about the Nullifier Rifles, so Dominic is still at
a disadvantage."
"Yeah, but..."
"And you're assuming that Sabrina will tell Dominic about our
presence." she added, with a soft tone to her voice. "We'll get that
Mew."
Butch nodded and started to smile. "Your right Cassidy."
"As always." she said, with her usual lack of modesty.
"But I heard him say that he might be staying the night." Butch
said. "Are just going to wait here until tomorrow?"
"Come now, Butch." his partner purred, moving her hand over the
skin of his cheek. "I think we can keep each other occupied for the
next twenty four hours."
Butch brightened a little more at this. "I guess we do deserve a
little time off." he agreed. The two of them walked towards the nearby
fire escape, and started to climb down to the streets below. They
decided to rent a room at a nearby hotel, so they could keep an eye on
the Gym. Dominic was bound to leave sooner or later. And that's when
they'd get him.

***

With a bright flash of light, Sabrina materialised in the hall
that led to her library. She started to walk towards the door, leading
to the room Dominic was waiting in.
"Fools." she murmured to herself. "They have no comprehension of
the power they are up against. I am nothing in comparison." She
stopped in the doorway and looked to the man and pokemon she was
comparing herself with. "Though I doubt _they_ have any real
comprehension of the power they share either."
She stopped in the doorway and looked at the two of them. Dominic
sat on a chair with his feet on a large oak table, and Mew was seated in
his lap. He had a children's story book opened so Mew could see the
pictures, and seemed to be reading it to her.
Sabrina squinted so she could make out the title that was written
in large letters on the cover. It read, "Mew and the Lumberjacks."
Dominic was reading out loud so Mew could hear him. "'DEMONS!' one
of the lumberjacks screamed! 'GHOST'S!!' the other one cried, as they
both ran screaming out of the forest, their flying axes following them
all the way!"
"Mew mew!!" Mew squeaked excitedly, jumping up and down on
Dominic's lap, seeming to really get into the story.
"I see you've been keeping yourselves occupied." Sabrina
commented, walking up to the table Dominic had his feet rested on.
He looked up from the book and smiled at Sabrina. "Oh this is
just a story I enjoyed as a kid." he explained, before gesturing to the
pokemon on his lap. "It had Mew in it, so I thought she might like it
too."
"Mew mew!" she squeaked, impatiently jumping up and down on his
lap, and asking him to keep reading.
"Okay, okay!" he chuckled, before looking back to Sabrina. "You
don't mind if we finish this, do you?"
"Not at all." she replied, with her usual lack of emotion. "I
will call you when my chef has finished preparing our meal."
Sabrina walked back into the hall, and once she was out of sight
she leaned against the wall, and took a few deep breaths. She didn't
know what was wrong with her. Ever since she had first met Dominic she
had started to feel strange. Her stomach would churn a little and she
couldn't help sweating, and when she looked at him she found herself
wanting to smile. But she found that strange, because she had never
wanted to smile... Never.
Emotions were very new to her, and she never knew what to make of
them. She didn't know how to handle the attachment she was developing
towards her father, or the worry she feels for her pokemon when she pits
them against a worthy opponent.
And now there were these feelings for Dominic. She believed he
was handsome, but didn't know for certain because she never considered
anyone as handsome or unattractive. They were always just people to
her.
So maybe she felt strange because of the love she felt radiating
between him and his little pokemon, Mew.
But she knew that wasn't it. It was because of what she felt from
him. She had reached out to him psychically and she had felt so warm.
And she had really liked it.
Not long ago she was incapable of emotion, but an incident with a
young trainer and a Haunter had changed all that. Now she could feel,
and she didn't like it.
She couldn't handle this herself, like she did with all her other
problems. So she wondered, who do people turn to when they have
emotional problems? Or more accurately, who would _she_ turn to?
She decided to talk to her father.

***

Sabrina's father sat on the edge of his bed, with his eyes closed.
He was catching up on some much needed meditating, because unlike his
daughter, he didn't do it every day.
When Sabrina had been young, he had decided to teach her to
meditate and use her inherited psychic abilities. But she had turned
out to be more powerful than her father had expected, and she had become
obsessed with training and becoming stronger. Soon she cared about
nothing else, and her love for her parents started to diminish.
Eventually she had lost the ability to love or feel at all, and she had
become dangerous. But thanks to a young trainer, Ash Ketchum, she was
able to feel again. And though she still didn't show it in the
traditional ways, her father knew his daughter cared for him again.
He sighed and opened his eyes. Meditation required a clear mind,
and with these thoughts of his daughter, a clear mind was close to
impossible to achieve. But it didn't bother him. He was happy to have
pleasant thoughts of his daughter.
All of a sudden, a white flash of light exploded to life in front
of him, and after it faded Sabrina was standing there. She was always
better at teleporting than her father, like she was with most things.
"Sabrina!" he said, with a smile. "I was just thinking about
you."
"Father." she whispered, taking a seat next to him on his bed. "I
need to talk to you."
"Really?" he asked, feeling somewhat surprised. His daughter had
been a little awkward towards him since her emotions had returned, and
he hadn't really had the chance to talk to her that much. But he wasn't
going to hesitate talking to her now.
"Okay." he said, feeling unsure of how to start. "Shoot."
Sabrina seemed hesitant to speak, but after a few moments she
started to talk in a whispered tone. "I believe it is common for people
to go to their parents for guidance, in times of uncertainty."
"Er... yes." her father replied, a little taken off guard. "Is
there something you want to talk about?"
"I would like to talk about the trainer that came to challenge me
today." she explained, seeming uncharacteristically nervous. "Dominic."
"Oh!" her father said, starting to think he knew what she wanted
to talk about. "He told me of his psychic gift, is that what you want
to speak to me about?"
"No." she replied simply.
He face faulted, but after the surprise subsided he spoke to her
again. "Then what?"
"I..." She paused, seeming unsure of what to say. It was strange
because she had never been unsure of what to say until this moment. Not
as far as her father knew. "I feel strange around him."
"Strange?" her father asked, feeling a little confused. "How so?"
"When I'm near him, I'm reluctant to leave." she whispered.
"Because when I look into his mind, it warms my entire body. I..." She
paused again, but only for a moment. "... I like it."
Her father was unsure of what to make of this. He had never
expected Sabrina to confide in him, and had certainly never expected her
to tell him things like this. He had to think for a moment before he
spoke again.
In nature, psychic pokemon often feel warmth from those that they
are compatible with. Psychic warmth. Psychic humans and pokemon
usually connect to others this way, making friends, and finding mates.
He remembered that he had felt warmth from his wife when he had first
met her.
"Sabrina, do you think you may be attracted to him?" he mused,
trying to look into her eyes, but finding she was looking to the floor.
She was unresponsive for a short while, then slowly started to nod
her head.
He remembered speaking to Dominic earlier, and saying that he
thought that Sabrina was going to like him. He didn't know back then
how right he was.
"What should I do?" she asked, with a soft whisper.
He paused for a moment, to think. This was a hard thing to give
his daughter advice on, because she was very different from most young
women. Still, Dominic wasn't your every day average young man. He had
a feeling that the two of them would go well together.
"Talk to him." he suggested, hoping he was giving her the right
advice. "Open up to him, because I think he will be able to sense your
feelings."
She looked up from the floor and into her father's eyes. "I will
do that." she said calmly, seeming to act a little like her old self
again.
Her father just nodded, and smiled in reply.
When Sabrina stood to her feet and he sensed her energy focussing
for a teleport, he decided to be courageous. He stood to his feet, and
looked right at her.
"Sabrina, wait!" he said, deciding to ask her something before he
lost his nerve. "How about a hug?"
She paused, and just stared blankly at him.
"You haven't hugged me since you were a little girl, I just
thought..." he trailed off, and sighed looking to the floor. He paused
for a moment, then spoke again. "I'm sorry Sabrina, never mind. It was
a foolish ide..."
He was taken off guard when she stepped up to him and rested her
cheek on his shoulder. Then her arms were slowly lifted around him
into an awkward hug.
Her father smiled after a moment, then wrapped his own arms around
his daughter's shoulders and hugged her back. And as they held each
other, they opened their minds up to each other, and he felt warmth from
her. Warmth he hadn't felt from her since she was a child.
She seemed to relax after psychically connecting with him, and
hugged him a little tighter. Then she spoke in a soft, almost loving
tone that he hadn't heard her use before.
"Thank you, father."

***

As usual, Sabrina's chef had outdone himself. A seemingly simple
meal of steamed fish and rice, was delicious thanks to his skill in
using various herbs and spices.
The chef placed a plate before Sabrina, with a large slice of fish
on top of a bed of rice, and a few slices of lemon for a garnish. He
then placed an identical plate in front of Dominic, who had Mew sitting
on the table close by. Lastly, a smaller helping in a bowl was given to
Dominic's cheerful little pokemon, who took a small piece of fish
between her paws and happily started to nibble on it.
"Is it good?" Dominic asked his pokemon, as he picked up his knife
and fork.
"Mew!" she acknowledged happily, enjoying the meal.
Sabrina had never shared a meal with a pokemon before, but had no
problem with it, because Dominic and Mew seemed very close. And she
also had a feeling she could become quite attached to Mew herself.
Sabrina considered talking to Dominic right away, but decided to
eat first. She didn't know why, but she really felt like putting it off
for as long as possible.
After squeezing some of the lemon onto his fish, he broke off a
piece off with his fork, then lifted it to his mouth with a little of
the rice and chewed.
"Wow, that's really good." he commented, trying to make
conversation. "Right Mew?"
"Moo moo!" she said, sounding funny because mouth was full.
Dominic smiled at her, as Sabrina just looked at him, slowly
eating her meal. She had to admit that he was pleasant to look upon.
And the close connection he shared with his pokemon seemed to make him
even more attractive.
She reached out psychically to him, and felt the warmth that she
seemed to have become addicted to. A warmth that was different from the
kind she had shared with her father. But the moment she reached out to
him with her mind, Dominic froze.
He slowly turned from Mew and looked to Sabrina with a fair amount
of shock in his eyes. Then she sensed him open his mind to her, and the
warmth became greater than ever, and Sabrina felt herself gasp.
"Sabrina..." Dominic said, seeming to become a little nervous.
"Y... you're warm. Like Mew."
Mew looked up from her meal and looked to Sabrina in bewilderment,
as the gym leader felt her cheeks become warm. She didn't realise she
was blushing.
She placed her knife and fork to either side of her plate, and
looked right into Dominic's blue eyes, starting to realise what very
nice eyes they were.
"Dominic, I must talk to you..." she stammered, feeling unusually
nervous.
"Okay..." he said, seeming a little uneasy himself.
"Haunt?" a pokemon said, as he appeared out of thin air, floating
next to Mew.
Mew looked up from her meal, and to the Haunter that appeared next
to her and froze. Then she squealed in fear and a large bolt of
lightning flew from her, but it passed harmlessly through the ghost
pokemon as if he wasn't there.
The Haunter was startled, and Mew stood up knocked over her bowl
of food, then flew to Dominic's shoulder, grabbed his head with her tiny
paws and buried her face in his hair, crying hysterically.
Mew cried, trying to hide from the haunter behind Dominic's head,
and the startled ghost just looked from Sabrina to Mew, wishing he knew
what was going on.
Dominic stood to his feet, knocking his chair over backwards as he
did so. He looked coldly at the Haunter, with his eyes starting to glow
with pure white light.
"Go away!" he hissed, with his Mew still crying uncontrollably and
hugging his head.
Sabrina reached out psychically to Mew and felt fear like she had
never felt before. Fear of Haunter!
"Haunter, leave us!" she ordered suddenly, standing from her
chair.
"Haunt?" the ghostly pokemon questioned, looking to Sabrina.
"Now!" she said, firmly.
Haunter turned around, then flew towards the wall that he promptly
passed through.
Sabrina looked to Dominic, as he took Mew from his shoulder, and
hugged her to his chest. She buried her face into his neck unable to
stop crying.
"It's okay Mew, it's gone now." he whispered soothingly.
Sabrina had never felt the need to comfort anyone, but after
sensing Mew's terrible fear she wanted to make it stop. She didn't want
this little pokemon to be afraid any more.
"You have nothing to fear from Haunter." she said, in an attempt
to calm the two of them down.
Dominic looked up from the terrified Mew, and into Sabrina's eyes.
"We had a bad experience with a ghost pokemon a short while ago." he
whispered, gently stroking the silky fur on the back of his pokemon's
head.
"Then I apologise." she said, feeling a little anger at herself
for letting this happen.
"You have nothing to apologise for!" Dominic assured. "But we
should really continue this conversation later."
With this, Dominic turned and walked out of the dining room
leaving Sabrina behind him.
She sat back down in her chair, and looked to her unfinished meal,
deciding that she wasn't hungry any more. She really wanted to talk to
Dominic now, but decided to give him time to comfort Mew, who for some
reason was terrified of Haunter.
She changed her mind about her appetite again, and started to eat
the remainder of her lunch. She'd talk to Dominic when she was
finished.

***

Dominic ran into the library then lifted Mew from his shoulder,
and placed her on one of the padded chairs in the room. The book he had
recently read to Mew was still lying open and unfinished on a nearby
table.
He stroked her between the ears, and looked into her tear filled
eyes, as she started to sniff, managing to stop crying.
"It's okay Mew, that Haunter is different." Dominic whispered.
"He won't hurt us!"
Mew burst into tears again, and Dominic quickly reached into his
coat and pulled out a pokeball. He hurriedly opened it to reveal a
electric type pokemon.
"Look Mew." Dominic said, stroking one of her cheeks. "It's
Flash!"
Mew looked up to the Raichu that had just materialised next to
her, then ran up to him and hugged him, speaking to him in a terrified
combination mews.
Flash listened as she explained about the Haunter, then he hugged
her a little tighter and rubbed one of his temples against her forehead
to comfort her. Mew started to calm down and Dominic realised how much
Flash seemed like a big brother to the smaller pokemon.
"You'll be okay now." he whispered, soothingly. "We won't let
that Haunter scare you again, will we Flash?"
"Rai!" Flash agreed, as Mew hugged the Raichu a little tighter,
and Dominic felt the warmth from her increase a little. She had stopped
crying, and seemed to have calmed down, now that she was reassured that
she was safe again.
Dominic sighed with relief, then turned around when he sensed a
presence behind him. He saw Sabrina walk into the room, and decided she
deserved a explanation.
He looked to Mew, and saw she was quite content with Flash for the
moment, so he stood up and walked towards the doorway that Sabrina was
standing in.
"I'm sorry about that Sabrina." he whispered, so Mew wouldn't hear
him. "We had a bad experience with a ghost pokemon a few days ago."
Sabrina opened her mouth to reply, but couldn't come up with
anything to say. So Dominic took the initiative and explained about the
battle with the dark Gengar, and the loss of Mew's mother.
Sabrina walked out of the library, and gestured for Dominic to
follow.
"If I had known, I would have ensured that Haunter kept his
distance." she whispered. "But be assured that he is nothing like the
Gengar you have described. I have never heard of such a creature."
"Yes, but Mew is quite timid and untrusting to both people and
pokemon." Dominic explained. "I think it would be best if your Haunter
kept away from her."
"I'll make sure of it." she assured.
"Thank you, Sabrina." Dominic whispered, placing a hand on her
shoulder.
Both Sabrina and Dominic gasped when his hand met her shoulder,
and they both felt warmth from each other. Physical contact always
strengthened psychic connections, and it worked even with the material
of her blazer between her and the skin of his palm. They both froze and
looked into each other's eyes. She was so warm, and Dominic new that
she was receiving the same warmth from him.
He composed himself and started to pull his hand away, but she
reached up and held it where it was, gasping again when the skin of
their hands touched.
He looked into her eyes, now unwilling to pull his hand away from
her. He liked what he was feeling.
"Sabrina, you're..." he trailed of, then continued. "You're so
warm."
"So are you." she replied, as Dominic looked into her blue eyes
and started to notice what nice eyes they were.
He lifted his hand from her shoulder, then ran the back of his
fingers down the smooth skin of her cheek.
"Dominic, I've never been attracted to men before." she whispered,
seeming equally hypnotised by Dominic's eyes, as he was by hers. "But
I'm attracted to you, and I'm unsure of how to express it."
He continued to look into her eyes thoughtfully, then slowly
answered, as he pulled his hand away from her cheek, causing the warmth
to lessen a little. For some reason he didn't feel awkward from how
forward she was being.
"I... think the feeling is mutual, Sabrina, I'm attracted to you
too." he whispered. "Though I think it would be wise if we took things
slowly."
"Perhaps that is a good idea." she replied, nodding her head in
agreement. She paused for a moment, not appearing sure of what to say
or do next. But then she stepped forward and rested her head on his
shoulder, then lifted her arms around him in a warm, yet awkward hug.
He hugged her back, and could hardly believe the warmth she gave
off. They stood in the hall holding each other for a long while, before
they reluctantly let each other go.
Sabrina looked up to Dominic, who was a little taller than she
was, with that bend to her lips that could almost be a smile.
"I'm glad we met, Dominic." she whispered.
"Me too." he replied, warmly. After a few moments looking into
her eyes, he turned back to the door to the library. "I have to go
check on Mew."
"Very well." she replied, as he walked away from her.
He walked back into the library, and calmed when he saw Mew
sitting next to Flash with her usual cheerful smile. She was talking to
the Raichu, that had obviously managed to cheer her up.
Dominic walked up to the seat they were sitting on, then lifted
Mew to his shoulder, where she happily hugged the side of his head.
"How about we finish the story, Mew?" he asked, saying something
to keep her mind off the Haunter.
"Mew mew!" she squeaked happily in reply, as he walked to the
table where he had left the book.
He was so close to Mew now. So much closer than he had been when
they had first met a week earlier. And somehow he knew that the two of
them would never be apart. That they would be together forever.
Dominic started to smile. Together forever. He liked that
thought.

***

Sabrina awoke from her sleep, when she sensed a formidable power
nearby. It was night now, and Dominic, Mew and herself had all gone to
bed. But Sabrina's sleep was disturbed by a power she was sensing, and
it was coming from the inside of her gym.
She climbed out of bed and slipped on a black silk robe, that
reached down just past her knees, with a silk strap for a belt. One
thing she had noticed after being able to feel again, is how much more
she noticed physical sensations, and the fondness she had acquired for
the feeling of silk against her skin.
She walked out of her room, and down one of the halls of her
building. She noticed Dominic's door was ajar, so before investigating
the mysterious power that had wakened her, she decided to make sure
Dominic was alright. She pushed the door open, and peeked inside his
room.
Dominic lay sleeping on the bed she had provided him, with a black
satin sheet only covering him from his waist down. He was topless, and
Sabrina was wondering why she liked the look of his muscles so much. He
had the build of a strong fighter, and she had seen many men with builds
much like his. There was a fighting arena right next to her building,
that used to be a pokemon gym, until she relieved them of their gym
status. A lot of the trainers practiced the art of fighting, as well as
their pokemon, and many of them went topless when they trained. But she
had never found any of them physically attractive like she did with
Dominic.
She decided to push these foolish thoughts from her mind, when she
realised something strange. Mew wasn't with him. He was alone. She
turned back down the hall, and realised the power that had woken her was
growing.
"Mew." she whispered, almost worriedly, thinking the little
pokemon could be in danger. She found herself running down the hall,
hoping to find the Mew unharmed, and then pushed the door leading to her
pokemon arena open. She was surprised at what she saw when she walked
in. Mew and Dominic's Raichu were fighting.
Sabrina prepared to lash out at the Raichu with her psychic
powers, but then she heard the Raichu speak to Mew in his language. She
could understand what he said, and she started to calm down. He was
explaining various electric type attacks. He was teaching her.
"Raaaaiiiii!" the Raichu started, charging up with electricity.
"CHUUUUUUUU!!!!"
A massive bolt of electricity exploded from the Raichu, heading
straight for Mew, but she just stood there with a determined look on her
face.
"MEEEEEEEEWWWW!!!!" she yelled, counter attacking with a large
thunderbolt of her own, that collided with the electricity from the
Raichu moments before it would have hit her. The lightning continued to
come from both of the pokemon, and both of their attacks pushed at each
other seeming at equal strength. But then Mew concentrated harder and
her attack strengthened, pushing through Raichu's electricity like it
wasn't even there anymore. Her thunderbolt collided with her opponent,
engulfing him in yellow electric light.
"RAAAAAAIIIII!!!!" Raichu cried, as he got knocked backwards.
After rolling over the floor a number of times, he impacted with the
polished wood of the wall with a nasty thud.
"MEW!!!" the little white furred pokemon shrieked, levitating from
the floor and flying up to her fallen opponent. She flew up and started
hugging him, crying out how sorry she was over and over again.
"Rai... chu..." Flash groaned, trying to praise Mew for her
defeating him.
Sabrina sensed Mew wasn't pleased with how she had used her power.
She could tell that the little one really didn't like to fight.
The psychic walked across the floor of her arena and approached
the two pokemon, then knelt down next to them. Mew looked up to Sabrina
with shock and surprise, and instinctively held Raichu defensively
closer to herself.
Sabrina reached down and place her hand on the electric pokemon's
head, then started to concentrate.
"Rai... chu?" he moaned, unsure of what Sabrina was doing.
Sabrina started to feed a little of her energy into the pokemon,
causing his skin and fur to start to glow with a dim white light.
"Mew?" Mew asked, worried that Sabrina was hurting her friend.
Her expression became cold and she started to charge up with
electricity, but Raichu sat up suddenly looking surprised. Mew halted
her attack and froze, staring at her friend. The electric burns were
gone and he looked as good as new.
Sabrina knew how to do more than teleport, she could also use a
psychic recover ability to heal pokemon. So she had decided to help
Mew's friend.
"Mew!!" she squealed happily, hugging the Raichu and receiving a
warm hug in return.
Sabrina had never felt this good before. She had made Mew happy
again and it was a good feeling. She almost felt like smiling...
Almost.
Mew suddenly let go of her friend and surprised Sabrina when she
flew up onto her shoulder, and hugged the side of her head, thanking her
with two squeaky mews.
The psychic stood up suddenly in surprise, as Mew started stroking
her cheek affectionately against the young woman's. She quickly managed
to compose herself, then turned to Mew and asked a question.
"I sensed your pain when you hurt your friend." she whispered,
with a tinge of curiosity in her tone. "Why do you fight, when you hate
it?"
Mew paused and looked thoughtfully into Sabrina's eyes. Then she
started to answer the question, with a long combination of mews. She
said how she felt safe with Dominic and knew that he would protect her.
But she wanted to be able to protect him too. She said that she wanted
to make Dominic feel as safe as she did.
Sabrina nodded, understanding how Mew felt. She was protective of
Dominic as well. And she also realised that she was starting to feel an
attachment to Mew too. She was feeling warmth from her, though it was
different than it was with Dominic. It was still good though.
"I would like to help you protect him." Sabrina whispered. "I too
want him to feel safe."
Mew looked at Sabrina for a moment, unsure of what to say.
Sabrina could tell that Mew was very possessive of Dominic, and wasn't
too keen on sharing him with anyone. But she also had a feeling that
the little pokemon felt different about her. That she wouldn't mind
sharing his affections with her.
Mew smiled, then hugged the side of Sabrina's head again. She
happily said how much she liked her, and that she would feel much better
if she was there to help her protect Dominic. Then Sabrina did
something she hadn't done in a very long time. She smiled.
She liked Mew too.

***

Dominic walked up to the main doors of the gym, with Mew asleep
and softly snoring from where she was cradled in his arms. He was
curious as to why Mew was so tired after a full nights sleep, but
decided to let the little pokemon sleep in peace. He came to the exit
to the gym and found Sabrina waiting for him.
"Leaving so soon?" she asked, with little emotion.
"I'm afraid so." he replied, with a warm smile. "I'm going to go
to do some rigorous training in the mountains with my pokemon, so I can
come back and challenge you again."
Sabrina's lips bent in her almost-smile. "I would like that."
"Well, I'd best be going." he said, without moving.
"You don't want to forget this." she pointed out, lifting up a
pokeball that she had been holding behind her back.
"Oh, Dusty!" he said, a little angry at himself for forgetting his
bug pokemon. "Thanks Sabrina."
Without thinking, he stepped forward and kissed her on the cheek.
But then he pulled away suddenly, wondering why he had done that. They
looked into each other's eyes, and Dominic could swear that the skin on
the young woman's face had darkened a shade.
"Well... I, er..." he stammered, nervously scratching the back of
his head. "I'd better go now, bye!" With that, he ran past the psychic
gym leader, out of her gym, shouting a few more words as he left. "See
you again soon!"
As he ran down the streets of Saffron City, he didn't notice two
people in black uniforms step out of an alleyway and start to follow
him.
Dominic and Mew didn't know it yet, but they were both in very
deep trouble.

***

Mew slowly opened her eyes and realised she was moving down a dirt
road just outside Saffron City, still curled up in Dominic's arms. She
stretched her tiny arms, flexed her long tail and her large feet with a
squeaky yawn, then looked up to the man that was carrying her.
"Morning Mew." he whispered warmly, looking back down at her with
a kind smile. "Sleep well?"
She nodded her head, even though she was still exhausted from the
previous night's training. She levitated out of his arms and landed on
his shoulder, where she hugged the side of his head and lazily rested
her temple on his cheek.
She started to remember waking up earlier, feeling far too tired
to move, and Dominic telling her that it was time to leave. She had
tiredly answered with a couple of mews, before falling back to sleep.
She wished she had stayed awake to say goodbye to Sabrina. She
knew Sabrina liked Dominic, and she didn't seem to mind as much as she
did when other girls were attracted to him. She didn't feel the need to
protect him from her, because she felt something good from her.
She looked back to Saffron City, as Dominic moved away from it,
then looked in front of her to the forest they were heading into. Last
night Dominic had told her that he wanted to go camping in the mountains
for a week or two for some training, and had asked Mew if she didn't
mind. She didn't mind at all. She was no stranger to roughing it
outdoors, and would probably be able to get some training in herself
while she was there.
She shook her head, trying to get rid of the urge to fall back to
sleep. She couldn't let Dominic know she had been up all night, because
she was still scared he would be disappointed in her if he found out she
wasn't good enough.
Soon they were deep in the forest and the city was out of sight.
Mew rested her head against Dominic's cheek and closed her eyes. It'd
be okay if she just rested her eyes for a moment.
"Hey handsome!" the voice of a woman called, startling the two of
them.
Dominic turned, and he and Mew came face to face with a woman
leaning against a tree with an evil smirk on her face. She was
attractive, with long blond hair that was tied into two interesting pony
tails. She wore black boots, miniskirt and a black tank top with a red
R printed on it. Mew scowled when she realised she was from Team
Rocket.
"I've got a present for you!" she chuckled holding up a silvery
metal rifle.
Dominic gasped as she fired it. The pulse of energy was like a
ripple in the air and it headed straight for the black haired trainer.
He moved quickly to the side, spinning as he went, then leapt high into
the air and executed a back somersault, then he hid behind the tree he
landed next to.
While Dominic had done these skilful acrobatics, Mew had flown up
off his shoulder, then gone behind the tree with him, where she
reclaimed her original perch.
The young man reached into his black trench coat for a pokeball,
but then something interrupted him.
"Hey! Dominic!" someone whispered in a familiar croaky voice.
He and Mew both looked up to see a blue haired man in a black
uniform standing on a branch above them, with another silver rifle aimed
right at them. Dominic gasped, but before he could react the second
Team Rocket member fired his weapon, engulfing him and his white furred
pokemon in what looked like heat ripples in the air.
He ran out from behind his hiding place and into the open, then
tried to open one of his pokeballs. None of them were working.
The two Rockets started laughing, as they both stepped out from
the trees, and stood beside each other looking to their boss' nephew.
They both had a rifle at their sides, and rather pleased smiles on their
faces.
"Cassidy, Butch!" Dominic growled, revealing their names to Mew.
"What do you two want?"
"Now is that any way to talk to your old friends?" Cassidy purred,
with a sly smile.
"You are obviously not my friends!" Dominic hissed, with and angry
expression. "Now answer me, what do you want?"
Butch looked to his partner with a cruel smirk, before turning
back to Dominic and pointing to Mew. "We want her!"
Mew scowled angrily, and Dominic paused looking to the little
pokemon that had protectively started to hug the side of his head. He
then looked straight into Butch's eyes.
"You'll have to kill me first!" he hissed.
The two partners glanced at each other, then Cassidy threw a
pokeball with a smile on her face. "Go Raticate! Take him down with
your Hyper Fang!"
A massive rat pokemon appeared in a red flash of light. It was
about the size of a large beach ball and charged at Dominic with it's
two long twin fangs bared.
"Mew, Fly!" Dominic ordered. Mew obeyed without question, knowing
Dominic wanted to be able to move without worrying about her. She flew
off his shoulder and up into the air.
Raticate jumped at Dominic, biting down with his sharp dagger-like
fangs, but he just jumped back and avoided the attack. The large rat
continued biting down, but Dominic jumped back and sidestepped, dodging
every time.
The rodent pokemon started to become angry and started to bite
down more ferociously. Dominic jumped right over it's head and landed
behind it. Immediately after landing, he sent the sole of his boot
into the back of it's head in a powerful side kick. The Raticate span
around a few times, looking very dazed, then it fell unconscious to the
ground.
Butch and Cassidy both seemed shocked. Dominic had just defeated
an extremely well trained pokemon with his bare hands.
Mew flew back down and landed on his shoulder with a smile
appearing on her face. She was confident now that no one could beat
Dominic.
Butch growled, then pulled out one of his own pokeballs. "Let's
see you beat this one that easily!" he growled, opening it and releasing
a large amount of red light, that materialised into something massive.
"Go Gyrados!"
Dominic and Mew both looked up with uncertainty upon the massive
fanged sea serpent and Cassidy and Butch both started laughing
maniacally.
"Mew!" Dominic whispered, baring his teeth in an angry expression.
"Run away and I'll hold these guys off while you escape!"
She looked to Dominic, then to the massive Gyrados and shook her
head, refusing his order. They were trying to separate her from
Dominic! They wanted to take her from the person that meant more to her
than anything! But she wouldn't let them hurt him, or take her away!
The great beast pokemon they had just released was fifty times her size,
but she wouldn't care it was one million times bigger, she was going to
fight! And she was going to win!
She leapt off his shoulder then flew up to the massive serpent's
head level and looked right into it's violet eyes with an angry scowl.
The Gyrados' hideous growling expression didn't leave it's face.
Butch started to laugh, as he looked to Cassidy with a wicked
smile. "Hey Cassidy, I think that little cuddly-toy wants to fight
Gyrados."
"Then let her!" Cassidy said, with a sly smile. "Just be sure
that you don't kill her, or the boss will kill us!"
"I should've known my uncle sent you!" Dominic growled, staring
straight at his two former comrades in crime. "I didn't want to believe
it, but he obviously isn't the uncle I thought he was."
"Oh boo hoo!" Butch scoffed, before looking up to his Gyrados,
that still had it's eyes locked with Mew's. "Gyrados, use your Hyper
Beam!"
A ball of yellow energy started to grow in the massive pokemon's
large fanged mouth, and Mew flew backwards to put some distance between
herself and her opponent like Flash had taught her.
The yellow energy burst forward from his mouth as a huge Hyper
Beam and headed towards the Mew with incredible speed. It flew right
into her and exploded on impact, causing a massive explosion of fire and
light that completely engulfed her.
"MEW!!!" Dominic yelled in worry, before he turned to Cassidy and
Butch with his eyes starting to glow with white light. "I swear I'm
gonna..."
He suddenly stopped what he was saying, when he saw the smoke
clear from the area that Mew had been floating. As the smoke
dissipated, a small glowing egg shaped ball made of electricity came
into view. The electricity cleared, revealing Mew had been inside. Her
Electro Barrier had protected her, and she was completely unscathed.
She scowled at the Gyrados, then flew straight up at an impressive
speed, stopping once she was roughly twenty five feet above her
opponent. Then started to charge up with electricity.
"MEEEEEEW!!!!" she yelled, as an extremely massive bolt of
lightning burst down from her, and came down on the Gyrados.
When the huge serpent pokemon saw the incredible amount of
electricity bursting towards him, an expression appeared on his face
that not many people see on the faces of his kind. He looked
frightened.
The bolt of lightning impacted with the powerful sea dragon, and
he roared in agony as it caused every muscle in his body to convulse.
The electricity was so powerful, that once it seeped from his body and
into the ground below him, the hard soil beneath him exploded engulfing
him in a cloud of dust.
Butch, Cassidy and Dominic all froze, and looked in amazement at
the cloud of dust that hid the Gyrados from view. The wind quickly
cleared the dust and the two rockets smiled. Gyrados still stood with
his head held high on his long serpent body, and an extremely angry
expression on his face. Butch started laughing evilly, as he gloated to
Dominic. "I can't believe I was worried, thinking that puny little Mew
could hurt Gyra..."
He trailed off suddenly and his smile fell from his face, when
Gyrados' eyes rolled into the back of his head. He collapsed forward
unconscious, making a loud crashing sound when he hit the ground.
All three of the human observers looked on in amazement, then
Dominic was the one to smile. "All _right_, Mew!"
Mew flew back down and landed on Dominic's shoulder. She had
never been in a real fight before, and she didn't usually like hurting
other pokemon. But she had to admit that she had enjoyed watching that
nasty Gyrados fall.
"Nice one Mew!" Dominic said, reaching up and scratching her
behind the ear.
"Mew!" she squeaked happily, pleased that she had received praise
from Dominic.
Cassidy only looked slightly annoyed, but Butch was furious as he
recalled his defeated Gyrados into his pokeball.
"You think this is over, you cutsie little puddle of baby puke?!"
he yelled crudely at Mew, pulling a second pokeball from his belt.
Mew looked to Butch, feeling quite surprised. She had never been
insulted before, and she started to scowl as she decided that she didn't
like it. She flew back off Dominic's shoulder and looked right at
Butch, more than ready for her next opponent.
Butch clenched his teeth before he threw his second pokeball and
it opened releasing a large amount of red light, that quickly took the
shape of another massive snake pokemon. "Go Onix!"
Mew wasn't going to be intimidated by a bigger pokemon, so she
scowled as she started to charge up with electricity again.
"Mew, be careful!" Dominic yelled, interrupting Mew from her
attack. "Onix is strong against electricity, I'll help you!"
He ran forward, but stopped when Cassidy spoke up and threw a
pokeball at him.
"Not so fast, handsome!" she chuckled, as her pokeball opened
distributing her pokemon in front of the young trainer. "I have the
perfect playmate for you!"
Dominic's eyes narrowed as he looked to his new opponent. He got
into a fighting stance, and the Hitmonlee he was facing did the same.
Mew looked back to her opponent, deciding she was on her own with
the Onix. And that was just fine with her.
She let her psychic energy flow through her body as she prepared
for some fancy flying. She could still use her electricity, but it
would take a bolt like the one she used on Gyrados to beat Onix, and she
didn't have enough power left to do that again.
"Onix Tackle!" Butch ordered.
Onix charged right at the Mew, but she quickly flew to the side
and he charged right past her and in to a large tree. The tree was
knocked over and Onix had to shake his head to clear the stars. But he
looked to Mew again with an angry snarl. He charged again and Mew
dodged easily, and no matter how much the Onix tried, Mew was just to
fast for him.
Mew flew high into the air again, then looked down and started
taunting the Onix with a playful combination of mews.
"Onix, Rock Throw!" Butch roared, looking furious with his teeth
clenched and a vein in his forehead starting to throb.
Onix dug his tail into he ground, then used it to throw a large
rock from under the soil into the air. Mew saw it coming a mile away
and flew to the side, watching it fly up past her, then fall back to
earth. She dodged a number of rocks the onix threw, then she got an
idea that was very cruel. But it was also irresistible.
She flew so she was right above the Onix, and he dug his tail into
the ground again for another rock throw. He was just as angry as his
trainer now, so Mew knew he was looking for the biggest rock he could
find.
The Onix roared from the effort as he threw an enormous rock
straight up at the waiting pokemon. Mew just stood still looking at the
large projectile that was slowing down as it came towards her. It was
the first rock to reach it's target, but it was far too heavy. So once
it reached the little flying pokemon, all it did was tap the bottom of
her feet before falling back to the earth. And just as Mew had planned,
the Onix was right where it's own rock was about to land. He cried out
in terror, before the oversized rock fell on top of him and instantly
knocked him unconscious.
Mew flew around, extremely pleased with herself, and Butch yelled
at the top of his lungs, stomping his feet like a spoilt child that
wasn't getting his way.
Mew then looked down and watched Dominic. His fight was going
well too.

***

The Hitmonlee could kick very quickly, but Dominic still found it
easy enough to dodge every one. This was a pretty good Hitmonlee, but
it was still no match for Dominic's formidable fighting skills.
"Come on, is that the best you can do?" he taunted, as the
Hitmonlee started to get angry. "My grandmother could kick better than
you, and she had a synthetic hip!"
Hitmonlee started to kick with more power, but Dominic kept on
dodging, enjoying the fight much more that the pokemon he was battling.
He had just seen Mew defeat the Onix in a very cunning way, and now she
was watching him fight Hitmonlee with great interest.
Dominic continued to dodge his opponent's attacks, and every now
and again he'd tap his enemy's face with his fist. Though the taps on
Hitmonlee's face didn't hurt, Dominic knew that they would be extremely
annoying.
The fighting pokemon started to get extremely angry, and started
to kick harder and faster but with much less focus. This made it even
easier for Dominic to block and dodge his enemy's attacks.
"Hitmon-LEE!!" he hissed angrily.
Dominic smiled as he continued to toy with his opponent, gradually
making him even angrier and angrier. "Did you know you move with as
much grace as a Rhydon with Arthritis?"
This comment pushed the Hitmonlee over the edge and he roared to
the skies in frustration. He gathered all the strength he could muster,
then whipped his foot up in an extremely powerful kick towards Dominic's
face. But the young man was prepared for it, and caught the Hitmonlee's
ankle in both hands, grunting from the effort of stopping the fast
moving kick.
He smiled then started to spin in a circle, keeping a strong grip
on the fighting type's ankle with both hands. He kept spinning the
Hitmonlee like a throwing hammer, and the now very dizzy pokemon
starting to sound very scared.
"Hitmon, Hiiiiitmoooon, HIIIIITMOOOON...." then Dominic let go,
"LEEEEEEEEE!!!!"
The fighting pokemon flew straight towards Cassidy, but she just
scowled and sidestepped. Her pokemon flew past her, missing her by
inches and flew face first into the trunk of a tree with an unpleasant
thud.
She recalled her pokemon into his pokeball, then turned and
scowled at Dominic. It was obvious that she wasn't enjoying herself
anymore, and Butch looked even more angry than his partner. He started
yelling at the top of his lungs, screaming obscene words that shouldn't
be printed, stomping his feet in frustration and waving is nullifier
rifle around like a caveman's club.
"Mew mew!!!" his little friend squeaked happily, as she flew down
to reclaim her perch on Dominic's shoulder.
She glided down towards him, but the little pokemon didn't make it
back to her freind. Because as she came down from where she was
hovering in the air, she had her back to Butch. The angry Rocket ran up
to her with an insanely angry look in his eye, clutching his nullifier
in both hands.
"MEW LOOK OUT!!!" Dominic yelled, but Mew was too happy to notice
Butch coming up behind her. And she didn't know what hit her when he
clubbed her around the back of her head with the butt of his metal
rifle.
"NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!" he screamed in horror, watching Mew squeak in
surprise then fall to the ground, whimpering loudly when she bounced on
the hard earth.
Butch smiled in evil satisfaction, and lowered the rifle he had
used to club Mew with. Dominic looked straight to him with more anger
boiling up inside of him than he had ever felt before. His eyes
exploded with spectacular white light, and he roared to the skies before
charging at the sadistic blue haired Rocket. He grabbed the Nullifier
rifle, then kicked him in the stomach, sending him flying backward and
tearing the rifle from his fingers as he fell.
Butch gasped from the wind being knocked out of him, but he
quickly recovered and looked up to Dominic with an angry expression.
But his anger quickly changed to fear, when he saw Dominic shoot his
partner, Cassidy, with his Nullifier. Then he turned and aimed the
rifle right at Butch.
He looked right at Butch with a ferocious look on his face, then
made a comment before he pulled the trigger. "Let's see if you can beat
me without your pokemon!"
Butch was completely engulfed by the ripples that burst from the
rifle. He quickly jumped to his feet, pulled one of his miniaturised
pokeballs from his belt and tried to open it, but it wouldn't even
enlarge. He looked to Cassidy to see she was having similar problems.
Dominic threw the rifle to the side, then ran up to Butch and
threw a punch that the Rocket managed to block with a great amount of
effort. He continued to throw punches and kicks, but Butch proved to be
a better fighter than Cassidy's Hitmonlee, and managed to hold his own
for a number of moments. But Dominic was quickly starting to Dominate
the fight, and with a hard right hook to the face he knocked Butch back
onto the ground.
He ran up to the fallen young man, preparing to kick him in the
head and knock him unconscious. But he was completely taken off guard,
when Cassidy ran up beside him and ran the metal butt of her rifle into
the side of his stomach.
He gasped in shock then jumped backwards, well out of Cassidy's
attack range. He reached around and held his aching side, and looked as
the young woman started to approach him with a displeased look in her
eyes.
He was letting his anger cloud his judgement. If he had been
fighting with a clear mind, Cassidy never would have been able to take
him off guard the way she did. His eyes stopped glowing as he tried to
calm down, but the noticed Mew lying helpless on the ground, and his
anger again started to boil out of control, and his eyes lit up with
white light.
They had attacked her! His poor, innocent, helpless little
friend, the pokemon he had formed a very unique and powerful connection
with! But he wouldn't let them get away with it, he'd make sure they
never tried to take Mew or hurt her again!
He'd make them both pay!
He ran up to Cassidy, and she stopped approaching, quickly getting
into her fighting stance. He attacked her then she blocked, and Dominic
was reminded that Cassidy was a better fighter than Butch. He didn't
care though, he had won the Team Rocket Fighting Tournament and was
considered one of the best.
The two combatants continued fighting with a fair amount of skill,
but after a while Dominic started to overcome Cassidy, just as he had
done with Butch earlier. He was starting to hit her more than she could
hit him, and her defence was quickly weakening.
But then Dominic noticed that Butch was back on his feet, and was
attempting to take him off guard like Cassidy had earlier. He jumped
back, putting some distance between himself and his female opponent,
then he lowered his fighting stance and prepared to take on both of
them.
He had fought them both in the fighting ring at the Team Rocket
Gym nearly a year earlier, and he had won too. But now they weren't
training, and his side still hurt from the rifle Cassidy had hit him
with. This fight was going to be much harder.
The two Team Rocket members ran at him, and both of them attacked
with a number of martial arts kicks and punches. Dominic ducked and
weaved around their punches, and managed to block the kicks from both of
them, then he counter attacked. He slipped his foot behind Cassidy's
leg, then jerked it back, tripping her over. As he did this he punched
Butch in the stomach causing him to bend forward, then he hit him hard
in the chest with his palm, knocking him a number of metres backward and
onto his back.
Both of them recovered quickly though, Cassidy using her
considerable agility and gymnastic skills to roll over backwards, propel
herself into a back somersault and onto her feet. Butch lifted his
knees to his chest, then jerked his legs forward, flipping from his back
and onto his feet.
Neither of them wasted time attacking Dominic again, and Dominic
barely managed to hold the two of them off. His side was starting to
hurt more from the physical exertion, and both his defence and offence
were starting to weaken.
Finally Cassidy managed to stop Dominic completely, with a well
placed kick to his injured side. He yelled out in pain, then reached
his hand to the area that was hurting, and before he knew what was
happening Butch punched him around the side of the head.
Dominic stumbled back dazed, managing to keep his balance, but
Cassidy took advantage of his dizziness. She sent another kick into his
stomach, and once he bent forward from having the wind knocked out of
him, she showed her flexibility by lifting her foot so high it was right
next to her head. She then bought her heel down hard onto the back of
Dominic's skull.
He fell forward onto his stomach, hardly able to think straight
after being hit so hard in the head. He looked to Mew, who still lay on
the ground in front of him. He realised she was still conscious when
he looked right into her sparkling blue eyes.
He saw such fear in those eyes, and through their psychic
connection he felt her fear too. And for the first time since he'd met
her he couldn't do anything to take that fear away.
He sensed she didn't want to go, that she never wanted to be
separated from him. And it was then that he realised that he couldn't
bear to be without her either. They were two parts of a greater whole,
and now that they had found each other, they couldn't bear to be apart.
Dominic lifted his arm and reached towards the little white furred
pokemon in desperation, then groaned her name. "Mew!"
He then watched in horror as she transformed into red light, and
was sucked into a pokeball that Cassidy picked up. He sensed the fear
grow to astronomical proportions from within the pokeball, and he tried
courageously to lift himself from the ground to help her.
"No, please!" he pleaded, trying in vain to push himself up from
the ground. "Please let her go, she's afraid of pokeb..."
He was cut off when Butch kicked him hard in the side of the head
and everything went black.
Dominic had lost.

***

Butch walked up to Cassidy rubbing his sore chest and coughing a
few times. He looked to the pokeball she held in her hands and smiled
smugly.
"Mission accomplished." he chuckled, before coughing again, still
recovering from having the wind knocked out of him twice by Dominic.
"Yes, we'll probably be getting another big bonus in our pay
checks this month." Cassidy agreed, with a sly smile.
Butch walked over to his fallen Nullifier Rifle, and once he
picked it up he walked back to the fallen man he had just knocked
unconscious. He stepped on the back of Dominic's neck, then he lifted
his weapon above his head and smiled wickedly as he whispered two words.
"Goodbye Dominic."
He bought it down hard towards Dominic's head. But before it hit
him and cracked his skull, Cassidy caught her partner's arm in both
hands.
"And what exactly do you think you're doing?" she asked calmly, as
her smile fell from her face and she started to look angry.
Butch looked to his attractive female partner, feeling surprised
and more than a little angry that she had stopped him. "Finishing him
off, what does it look like?!"
"No you're not, Butch, you are not killing Dominic!" she hissed,
scowling at her partner.
Butch started to get angry again, and he threw his Nullifier to
the side in frustration. Cassidy loved to hurt people, and never
stopped him from finishing anyone. So Butch concluded that there was
only one reason that she wouldn't want Dominic dead.
"I knew it!" he yelled, turning and kicking the unconscious young
man hard in the ribs. "You like this slime, don't you?!"
Cassidy stepped up to her partner, and surprised him when she
slapped him hard across the face. His head jerked to the side, then his
angry scowl vanished and a surprised expression appeared. She had never
hit him before, so he quickly went silent.
"Get a hold of yourself, Butch!" Cassidy hissed, as she looked
down to Dominic's unconscious body. "If you don't remember, let me
remind you. He's the boss' nephew, and I'm pretty sure if he wanted him
dead, he would have told us to kill him!"
Butch looked to his partner, then down to the man he had really
started to loathe, with another scowl slowly starting to appear on his
face. "But he quit Team Rocket, maybe the boss wants to teach him a
lesson!"
"I wouldn't risk it, Butch." she said, grabbing his shoulder and
pulling him away from Giovanni's nephew. "You obviously don't remember
the Boss' sister. She was Dominic's mother, and was the only person I
know of that the Boss actually loved. He still visits her grave every
month, and I doubt he'd want us to kill her son!"
Butch growled under his breath, but calmed when he decided he had
taught Dominic enough of a lesson by kicking his butt, and taking his
precious little friend from him. He smiled again, then he wrapped his
arm around Cassidy's shoulder, as they started to walk down the dirt
path that led to Saffron City.
"Okay Cassidy, let's get on the plane to Veridian and report to
the boss." he said, feeling a little better now. "To hell with
Dominic!"
The two of them smiled as they walked down the road together, then
Butch decided to ask his partner something that had been bugging him
since their fight.
"Cassidy. Did you notice something strange about Dominic when he
got all angry?" he asked.
The young woman looked at her partner curiously. "What do you
mean?"
"His eyes." Butch said, nervously scratching the back of his head,
as if he thought what he was about to say was pretty stupid. "Did
they... uh... Did they look like they were glowing to you?"
Cassidy stopped walking, and looked to her partner with a slightly
surprised expression. Almost as if she'd seen it too, and had thought
she had just imagined it. The two of them stared at each other for a
moment, but then Cassidy smiled meanly, and elbowed him playfully in the
stomach.
"Don't be stupid, Butch!" she said, forcing a laugh then
continuing to walk down the road. "What do you think he's like Sabrina?
The Boss would've told us!"
Butch seemed unsure at first, but then he smiled and shrugged his
shoulders. "Yeah, it was probably just the sunlight reflecting of his
contacts or something."
They both nodded, and continued down the road to Saffron City.
And though something else was bugging Butch, he decided to keep it to
himself this time.
He didn't know Dominic wore contacts.

***

Dominic groaned quietly as he slowly returned to consciousness.
He tried to push himself off the ground, from where he was still lying
on his stomach, but he cried out in agony when he felt a stabbing pain
in the side of his chest. He fell roughly back down to the ground,
quickly realising a few of his ribs had been broken.
He didn't know what was going on, he was still disoriented from
the blow to his head. But as he slowly began to regain his memory, he
started to try and get back to his feet again. He pushed himself up,
and cried out in pain again as his ribs were aggravated from the
movement. But this time he managed to get back onto his feet.
"Mew!" he groaned, as he stumbled forward, fighting through the
pain that attacked his every muscle as he moved. "Mew... Mew I'm
coming to get you, d... don't worry!"
He tried his best to stay on his feet, but his injuries were too
much for him and he fell face first onto the ground, barely managing to
keep from passing out again. Then he coughed causing the pain in his
chest to increase, and he looked fearfully at the blood that had sprayed
from his mouth.
He was bleeding internally. He was dying.
He took a moment to contemplate what was happening to him, but he
refused to believe it. He couldn't die, he had to save Mew! He had
promised to protect her, and he wasn't going to let an evil man like his
Uncle Giovanni have her. He had to get her back!
He struggled to try and get to his feet again, but fell back down
hard, screaming in agony when his injured ribs hit the hard earth. A
miniaturised pokeball became unfastened from it's clip inside Dominic's
coat and rolled out in front of him. He looked up at it, wondering why
it had come loose, because they never came off their clips unless he
took them off. He didn't know that Mew hadn't properly clipped Flash's
pokeball back into the coat the night before.
He reached out to the miniaturised pokeball, hoping that the
affects of the Nullifier Rifle had worn off while he had been
unconscious. He tapped the button on the pokeball and it enlarged, then
immediately snapped open, releasing a very worried looking Raichu. He
had sensed that Dominic was in trouble.
"Rai rai chu!" he said worriedly, running up to his injured
trainer.
Dominic coughed up some more blood, then he spoke to his pokemon
in a wheezing tone of voice. "Flash, get... help, we... we've gotta
save Mew..." He started to black out, but he managed to repeat a few
words before he fell completely unconscious. "We've gotta save Mew..."
Flash looked at the unconscious young man, then ran up to him and
nudged the top of his head with his rounded paws. "Raaaai!" he
whispered sadly. "Raaaai-chu!"
Dominic didn't reply, and Flash pushed his head a little harder to
try and wake him, but he was unresponsive. And he was loosing blood.
Flash had no idea what had happened to his little friend, Mew, but
his priority now was to find help for Dominic. He looked around for a
moment, surveying his surroundings to figure out where he was, then he
ran up the dirt road. After a few minutes of running as fast as his
feet would carry him, he ran over a low hill and spotted Saffron City in
the distance. And fortunately for Dominic, Flash knew exactly who could
help him.
He headed back for Sabrina's gym.

***

Sabrina sat in the chair in her gym arena, and tried in vain to
meditate. She never usually had trouble clearing her mind for
meditation, but she couldn't stop thinking about Dominic. And she had
started to feel uneasy a couple of hours ago, but she didn't know why.
All she knew for sure was that something was wrong.
She was startled suddenly when something landed in her lap and
started shouting at her. Her eyes shot open and she looked at a very
agitated looking Raichu, who was speaking to her very quickly, loudly
and incoherently.
"What is it?" she asked, wondering why Dominic's Raichu had come
all the way back to her gym. Dominic had left hours ago and Sabrina
thought that he'd be miles away by now.
Flash yelled desperately, but Sabrina found it difficult to
understand what he was saying because he wasn't speaking clearly. He
was far too worried.
The psychic reached out to the Raichu with her mind, and connected
with the pokemon on her lap. She saw what the Raichu had seen, Dominic
lying bleeding and unconscious on the ground, and she started to feel
something she had never felt before.
Anguish.
"Very well, I will help." she said, standing to her feet as Flash
jumped onto the floor and ran for the large door that led to the exit.
"Flash, come back."
Flash turned to the young psychic woman, then started to yell at
her to hurry up, with a loud and angry combination of rai's and chu's.
"I know a faster way." she whispered, looking right into Flash's
worried eyes and opening her arms to him. The Raichu nodded, then ran
back up to Sabrina and jumped up into her open arms, and she wrapped her
arms around him and held him close.
She had never held a pokemon like this before, but she started to
feel a little attached to the Raichu and she wanted this feeling of
worry she sensed from him to stop. She let these thoughts leave her
mind and she concentrated, as her psychic powers started to flow through
the bodies of both her, and the Raichu she was holding. After a bright
flash of white light, they both disappeared from the Gym.
Help was on the way.

***

Sabrina and the Raichu she was carrying, appeared in a flash of
psychic light, and she immediately saw Dominic lying unconscious on the
ground. He was lying with his face next to a puddle of blood he had
coughed up, and Sabrina started to really despise herself for neglecting
to tell him about the two Rocket's that were after him. She had been so
certain that he and Mew would be able to handle them.
Flash jumped out of Sabrina's arms and ran up to his trainer, then
started nudging his head in an attempt to wake him. Sabrina also went
up to him and knelt down beside him, feeling so distraught that her
heart was aching. She couldn't even keep her usual cool expression, she
was so worried, not to mention angry at herself.
How could she have been such a fool? She had sensed the great
power that Dominic and Mew shared, and was so sure that the two Team
Rocket members pursuing him wouldn't be anywhere near a match for them.
But she had been so wrong, how could she have let this happen? Why did
she let herself become so enamoured by the warmth she felt from him,
that she forgot all about the two Rockets?
"Rai rai!!" Flash yelled, telling her to hurry up. Sabrina looked
down at him and sensed he was as distraught as she was, because Dominic
was his best friend.
Without hesitation, she started to concentrate causing her hands
to glow with bright white light. She placed her hand on his shoulder
and her energy started to flow through his body. Her eyes closed in an
expression of discomfort, as she repaired Dominic's seriously injured
body and internal organs. These healing energies were only meant to
heal injuries in pokemon, and the only human she had been able to use
them on was herself. To heal someone that wasn't a pokemon hurt her. A
lot.
The pain started to increase as she continued to heal the young
man's wounds, but she refused to stop no matter how excruciating it
became. A side affect of healing a human, was that she would feel all
the pain of their injuries.
Dominic started to stir and Flash smiled. But his smile vanished
when Sabrina cried out in agony and tears started to pour from her eyes.
An unpleasant cracking sound came from Dominic chest as his ribs were
reset and repaired, and the pain of the injury hit the young woman hard.
"Rai?" Flash asked, not knowing why Sabrina was in pain.
Dominic opened his eyes and slowly pushed himself from the ground
and onto his knees, then he looked over to Sabrina that still knelt next
to him. Then with a soft groan of exhaustion the collapsed onto the
ground.
"Sabrina!!" Dominic yelled worriedly, crawling over to her from
where he was kneeling, and tentatively lifting her head from the ground.
"Sabrina are you okay, talk to me!"
"Rai-chu!" Flash yelled, also seeming very worried.
Sabrina looked up into Dominic's blue eyes, feeling a little
better now that he was safe. "Just tired..." she whispered, with her
almost-smile. "Need rest..."
Dominic obviously had no idea what had just happened, and he was
extremely confused about being fully healed. But he was more worried
about Sabrina now, so he lifted her from the ground.
Sabrina looked down to Flash who looked very worried again, then
she looked back to Dominic. She was about to reach out psychically to
him and explain what had happened, but the effort of trying was too much
for her, and darkness started to engulf her every sense as she slowly
fell into unconsciousness.

***

Dominic had carried Sabrina all the way from the forest just
outside the city, and was now walking up the hall of her gym. He was
startled when Sabrina's father ran up from behind him and looked to his
unconscious daughter, then to the young man carrying her.
"Wh... what happened, what happened to my daughter?!" he cried,
reaching out and placing his hand on her cheek. "Sabrina are you all
right?!"
"I'm not sure what happened." Dominic whispered in reply, looking
into the eyes of Sabrina's suspicious looking father. It was
understandable that he didn't trust him, Dominic probably would have
felt the same way if he was in that man's shoes. "I was attacked and
badly injured. Flash told me that last night she had healed him, so he
got her to do the same for me." he said, looking down to the Raichu that
had followed him back.
"She healed you?!" he asked, in disbelief. "Is she mad?! Her
healing energies can only be safely used to heal pokemon!"
"What do you mean, what happened when she healed me?" Dominic
asked, sending a worried look to the young woman in his arms.
"She took on the pain of your injuries." he replied, gently
stroking his daughter's hair. "And by causing your injuries to heal
quickly, she increased the pain. It could have killed her if she had
pushed herself to hard."
"What?!" he gasped, looking to the woman in shock. "I'm pretty
sure I was dying before she helped me, are you sure she'll be alright?"
He looked to his daughter's peaceful looking face, then slowly
nodded his head as Dominic sensed him reach out to her. "She'll be
okay, she's strong. I just doubt she's ever felt pain like that before.
She's probably in more shock than anything."
Dominic nodded then continued down the hall. "Then we'd better
get her to bed, then."
"Agreed." her father said, following the younger man.
They made it to her bedroom and he walked forward and gently layed
her down on her bed, then he carefully took her red blazer off her
shoulders and pulled the black shoes off her feet. He left her in her
skirt and blouse and pulled her sheet and duvet up to her shoulders,
then he started to stroke her hair.
"Thank you, Sabrina." he whispered, before bending forward and
kissing her on the forehead. "You didn't have to do this for me, you
saved my life."
Sabrina's father looked at Dominic thoughtfully, then smiled at
him without a word.
Dominic stood up from where he was kneeling beside her bed, and
turned towards the door. "I've got to go now, I have something very
important to do." he said, before turning and looking back to Sabrina's
father. "Look after her, I'll be back soon."
"Of course." the older man replied.
Dominic was then about to walk out the door, but stopped when
someone called his name.
"Dominic!" Sabrina groaned, seeming in a lot of pain. "Th... they
took Mew... didn't they?"
He turned and ran back to her bedside, kneeling next to her again.
"Sabrina, don't talk, you should be resting."
"I'm so... sorry..." she mumbled weakly.
He paused for a moment to look at her, feeling quite confused now.
"What do you have to be sorry for?"
"Team Rocket... I knew... I saw them."
He allowed himself to think for a moment so he could understand
what she was saying, then he looked at her with a surprised and slightly
angry expression on his face. "You knew they were following me? Why
didn't you say anything?"
Sabrina closed her eyes, seeming ashamed, then she answered him.
"I'm so sorry... I never thought they could beat you... Dominic, I'm
sorry."
He continued to stare at her, hating the fact that he was starting
to feel angry towards her. But when he reached out to her psychically,
his anger vanished, because he was so surprised by what he felt from
her.
She was scared. Scared that he was angry at her, scared that he
hated her for letting Mew get captured. And immediately after feeling
this he forgave her, and gently kissed her forehead again.
"Don't be sorry Sabrina, it was Team Rocket and my uncle that took
Mew, not you." he whispered reassuringly.
"You're... uncle?" she asked, seeming bewildered.
Dominic just looked at her a moment then stroked her hair. "Don't
worry about that now, you should rest. I'll explain everything to you
later."
She slowly nodded in reply, agreeing without question. She was
obviously exhausted, and Dominic also sensed that she was also worried
about Mew, and wanted her to be saved as soon as possible.
"Pokeball..." she grumbled, with the last of her strength.
"What?" Dominic asked, curiously. "What do you mean, pokeball?"
"Father, give it to Dominic..." she whispered, not even having the
energy to look up at her father. "On my... dresser..." After that, she
passed out again, and Dominic sighed with relief now that she was
allowing herself to rest.
Sabrina's father stood up, then walked over to the dresser where a
lone pokeball sat. He picked it up and approached Dominic, then handed
it to him. "Sabrina want's you to take this, it might help."
He looked to the pokeball for a moment, then took it into his
hand. "Thank you sir, I think I'll be needing all the help I can get."
He pressed the button on the ball causing it to shrink down to the
size of a marble, then he placed it in his coat with the others. He was
too preoccupied thinking about both Sabrina and Mew to even consider
looking to see what pokemon he had been given.
Now that Sabrina was resting, he returned to his feet and started
walking out the door. He felt so cold now without Mew, he had become
quite reliant on her warmth. And he not only felt cold, he felt weak as
well. But that wasn't going to last long. For some reason, even though
he had no idea where Butch and Cassidy were going, he instinctively knew
what direction to go in order to find Mew. They we're in the vicinity
of Viridian, and Dominic had a feeling that he knew they were taking
her.
Team Rocket had recently built a new research facility, and it was
fortified like Fort Knox! It had dozens of Team Rocket soldiers,
hundreds of pokemon, the place was virtually impenetrable. And Dominic
was planning to storm it.
"Don't worry Mew." he whispered, under his breath. "I'll be there
soon."

***

Cassidy and Butch both walked towards the exit to the Veridian
City Air Port. They had replaced the black tank tops they had been
wearing, with matching ones without the red R's. Airport security would
never let members of a known criminal organisation through without a
thorough search, so it was neccesary to be descreet.
They stepped out through the air port's main sliding doors and
into the car park, where they had a good view of Viridian City's nearby
skyscrapers. Then they walked up to their usual reserved car park where
they expected to find a black van.
To their surprise their was a black limo waiting instead, and as
the duo approached the luxurious black vehicle, a well groomed valet
stepped out and opened the back door.
"Isn't that one of the boss' personal drivers?" Butch asked,
leaning towards his partner.
"Yes, I think his name's Phillipe." Cassidy replied, with a sly
smile. "The boss must have come to greet us personally."
Butch smiled enthusiastically as he and his partner approached the
open limo door. "This is great, he's never come to pick us up
personally before! I think this is going to be good!"
They reached the car, that still had the valet holding the door
open for them. Butch showed a rare gentlemanly gesture, and waited for
Cassidy to enter the stretch limousine, then he followed after her.
They sat on fine leather seats and the wonderful new car smell permeated
the air. Across from them a couple of metres away, a man sitting on the
parallel car seats was concealed in shadow, with a mean looking Persian
sitting at his side.
"You're on time, as usual." Giovanni whispered, with a dark yet
pleased tone to his voice. "I like that."
"Thank you sir." Cassidy replied, as usual doing most of the
talking for both her and her partner. "As we told you when we called
from Saffron, our mission was a success." With this, she reached down
to her belt and removed the pokeball that had Mew in it.
"Is that the Mew?" Giovanni asked, anxiously sitting up in his
chair and holding out his hand. "Give it to me!"
Cassidy handed it over, and the boss just held it in his palm for
a few moments, staring at it with a somewhat greedy look in his eye. He
then enlarged it and prepared to open it, but was stopped by Butch.
"Sir, that thing is powerful, you'd..."
He was cut off suddenly when Giovanni looked at him with an angry
glare. Butch froze under the cold stare of his employer, and knew
immediately that he had made a mistake. His boss hated to be told what
to do.
But to Butch's surprise Giovanni started to smile, before looking
back down at the pokeball. He opened it, and a steady stream of red
light emerged and slowly formed into a pokemon onto his lap. It lay
there motionless on the man's lap, and he looked up to his two agents
with yet another cold scowl.
"What happened to it, it's unconscious!"
Cassidy sent a brief nervous stare to Butch, then looked back to
her boss to give him an answer. "The Mew was more powerful than we had
anticipated, sir. We had to fight hard to subdue her, as well as
Dominic."
He stared at them for a moment, then returned his attention to
Mew, gently holding her by the sides and lifting her so she was facing
him. He examined her for a moment, and slowly nodded his head.
"Well it's alive, that's all that matters." He examined her for a
few moments longer and a malicious smile crossed his lips. "She's just
like the ancient pokemopolitan drawings... She's beautiful!"
Persian looked up at his master, seeming resentful of the
attention he was loosing to Mew, and he slumped down on the floor where
he silently started sulking. Cassidy and Butch on the other hand both
looked to each other with pleased smiles. They both knew they were in
for one hell of a reward.
"Excellent work you two, I can't begin to think of a reward grand
enough for you." he whispered, as he opened Mew's pokeball and she was
pulled in as red light. "How about I double... No, triple your
salaries?"
Both of their jaws dropped. "T... triple our salaries?" Butch
wheezed, unable to believe what he had just heard.
"Really?" Cassidy said, seeming just as shocked at her boss' rare
generosity.
"Yes." Giovanni chuckled, slipping the pokeball into the coat of
his expensive Armani style suit. "And you shall also be moved out of
your current residences and into deluxe suites, payed for in full by
Team Rocket."
The two partners looked at each other, far to shocked by the
gratuitous rewards to even smile. They were getting ten times more than
they had expected.
Giovanni then waited for a moment, thoughtfully rubbing his chin.
"And I suppose I'll throw in a new car for each of you as well. I can't
have my best agents without their own vehicles."
"Cars?" Butch asked, finally composing himself enough to smile.
"Of course, you not only captured the most powerful pokemon in
recorded history, you defeated Dominic. And he was one of the best
agents I ever had!" He still had a smile on his face, but it slowly
started to diminish as he looked to the two he had just rewarded
handsomely. "You didn't kill him did you?"
The partners shared yet another brief glance, before turning back
to their boss so Cassidy could answer his question.
"He wasn't about to let us take the Mew without a fight." she
answered, looking her employer right in the eye. "But we managed to
subdue him without killing him. He might have a few broken bones
though."
Giovanni paused, not seeming to know how to feel, then he looked
towards the tinted window of his limo. "Good." he whispered. "Though I
don't want him dead, if he's wounded he won't be able to come and try to
reclaim his pokemon for quite some. I have time to prepare."
Cassidy and Butch nodded in agreement, and Butch made a comment to
his employer. "And even if he does try and take her back, boss, there's
no way he'd get through the security of your new research facility."
Giovanni smiled again, then pressed a button on the car's ceiling,
activating the intercom. He spoke to his driver, who was in the front
seat hidden behind a sound proof tinted glass window.
"Phillippe?" Giovanni called.
"Yes sir?" Phillipe asked over the intercom, in a high class
British accent.
"Take us to the facility outside of town."
"Yes sir." the valet acknowledged, as the limo pulled out and
started to move.
Giovanni pulled out Mew's pokeball and stared at it again, then he
started speaking to his two agents. "We shall have this Mew healed and
sedated."
The two Rockets just nodded in reply, now smiling because of the
unexpected rewards they had received for succeeding in their mission.
But they froze when Giovanni laughed and made a last comment, that made
even them start to feel a little sorry for the Mew.
"And then the experiments will begin."

***

The vid-phone screen flashed to life, and an image of a kindly
looking old man holding a receiver to his ear appeared. He looked at
Dominic and seemed surprised to see him again so soon.
"Oh hello young Dominic, how can I help you?" he said, in a warm
tone a voice with a cheerful smile.
"I need my pokemon, Professor." he replied, uneasily combing back
his hair with his fingers.
"Oh, again?" the Professor asked, curiously. "Which one would you
like this time?"
"All of them." he replied simply.
Professor Oak just paused and stared for a moment, making certain
he had heard the young man correctly. "All of them? But Dominic you
have over seventy pokemon in residence here, it could take up to an hour
to teleport them all to you! And it's highly irregular to carry more
than six for any tra..."
"I just need you to prepare to teleport them, you have a multiple
teleporting device, don't you?" he interrupted suddenly.
Oak nodded in reply then said, "Yes I can teleport up to six at a
time, but..."
"Then I'll call you from the Saffron City Pokemon Centre, and I'll
use the multiple teleporter there to retrieve them!" he interrupted,
feeling too worried to be polite like he usually was. "Just have all of
my pokemon ready!"
Professor Oak seemed even more confused, so he decided keep
questioning. "But Dominic, why do you need all you're pokemon? This is
highly unorthodox behaviour for a trainer!"
Dominic startled the old man when bought his fist down on the vid
phone in frustration, cracking some of the plastic. He clenched his
teeth and failed to keep tears from running down his cheeks. "YOU DON'T
UNDERSTAND, THEY TOOK MEW FROM ME!!!!" he yelled in frustration, before
he paused and his voice lowered to a remorseful whisper. "Team Rocket
took Mew, and I couldn't stop them! I promised to protect her, and I
failed!"
Professor Oak's smile immediately fell from his face after hearing
this. "Oh dear, Dominic, that's just awful!" he gasped, before
examining the desperation in the young man's face. "But it's probably
not a good idea to take this into your own hands, perhaps the police can
help you."
He shook his head, then wiped the sweat from his brow. "No, for
starters the police can't do anything without solid evidence. And most
of them don't really like me anyway, so I doubt helping me would be one
of their primary concerns." He tried hard to calm down, but every
moment he spent not heading for Viridian was really starting to rack his
nerves. He looked right at the Professor and frustratedly whispered,
"just send me my pokemon!"
The old man slowly nodded his head in reply. "Very well Dominic,
they will all be ready for teleportation in ten minutes... But are you
certain that you'll be able to reclaim Mew from a ruthless organisation
such as Team Rocket without getting hurt?"
"No, not really." he replied honestly.
"Then is there anything I can do to help?" he pressed.
Dominic was about to refuse, but then he paused to think. The
facility Mew was headed to was surrounded my electric fences. In his
experience there was only one good way to bring down an electric fence
like the one he needed to break. He looked back into the Professor's
eyes and asked him, "do you have any Tauros?"
"Yes..." he replied, seeming surprised that he had asked for that
particular pokemon. Dominic had no idea what an unlikely coincidence it
was. "A trainer under my supervision has captured quite a number of
them, but I couldn't let you have them without his permission."
"Well can you get in contact with him, I could really use as many
Tauros as I can get my hands on!" he begged, before looking down to a
very worried looking Raichu that sat down next to him. Flash had
refused to go back into his pokeball, and was following his trainer by
foot.
"Yes, he is currently visiting a colleague of mine, Professor Ivy,
so I'll give you her vid-phone number." he replied, typing into his
computer then reading out a combination of numbers that Dominic
memorised.
"Thanks Professor." he whispered, failing to show a smile. "I'll
see you soon, please have all of my pokemon and the Tauros prepared."
"Of course Dominic." he replied, looking thoughtfully into the
young man's blue eyes and saying two final words before hanging up.
"Good luck."
Dominic replaced the receiver after Professor Oak's image
vanished, then he stood up and started running down the busy Saffron
City streets, with his Raichu following close behind.
He had to hurry.

***

Dominic looked over to Nurse Joy, while he waited for someone to
answer at the number he had just dialled. She was collecting Dominic's
pokeballs from the Multiple Teleportation Device six at a time, as
Professor Oak sent them from his lab. Just like the other Nurse Joy's
Dominic had met, she was friendly, courteous and helpful.
He returned his eyes to the vid-phone when the image of an
attractive woman that had blue hair, and was wearing a lab coat appeared
on the screen.
"Hello, I'm Professor Ivy." she said sweetly. "Can I help you?"
Dominic nodded, quite anxious to get right to the point without
any small talk. "Yes, do you have a trainer from Pallet Town there?"
She smiled warmly at Dominic then replied. "Yes, I'll just go and
get him."
She walked out of view, and Dominic impatiently squirmed in his
seat, combing his semi-long black hair with his fingers again, and
wishing she would just hurry up. But his annoyance vanished when he saw
the young trainer that sat next to the vidphone on the other end of the
line and lifted the receiver to his ear.
He was wearing a Pokemon League cap, had a yellow furred pikachu
on his shoulder, and he looked at Dominic seeming just as surprised as
he was.
"Ash!" Dominic whispered, with a surprised expression on his face.
"Oh, hi Dominic!" Ash replied, cheering up suddenly and showing a
warm smile.
"Pika pika!" Pikachu greeted, waving with an outstretched paw.
"Ash, I need a favour." Dominic said, getting straight to the
point.
"Sure Dominic, what do you need?" Ash replied, showing his
eagerness to help out a friend. Dominic had never known anyone in Team
Rocket that would agree to help him out so quickly, without wanting
something in return. Ash seemed to be much nicer than those people
Dominic thought were his friends. The younger trainer looked at Dominic
for a while, then asked him a question.
"Hey, where's Mew?"
"Pika-chu!" his electric mouse added, wanting to know as well.
Dominic felt a stabbing pain in his chest when he was asked that
question. He clenched his teeth in frustration as a thousand angry
thoughts went through his head, and he started to clench his fists so
tight his fingernails dug into his palms and made them bleed.
"Dominic, are you okay?" Ash asked, seeming a little worried now.
Dominic closed his eyes and failed to keep a few tears from
escaping while he answered the boy he was talking to. "Th... they took
her!" he choked, as the painful lump that had been growing in his throat
started to become unbearable. "Team Rocket took Mew!"
"What?!" Ash asked, in shock.
"Pika?!"
"I need your help Ash, I need your Tauros to save her!" he
whispered, wiping the tears from his cheeks, and realising something as
he looked to the glistening dampness smeared across the back of his
hand. Before he had met Mew he hadn't cried since his mother died. But
now his emotions seemed much harder to suppress. He just couldn't bear
to think about what his uncle was going to do to her, couldn't bear to
have his sweet innocent little Mew in the hands of such an evil man.
"Sure Dominic, you can take my Tauros!" Ash said, without even
hesitating to think about it. "I just wish me and Pikachu could be
there to help you more!"
"Pika pika chu!" Pikachu said in agreement, seeming worried about
Mew and angry at Team Rocket.
"Thanks Ash, I really owe you one!" Dominic said, before looking
to Joy and giving her a thumbs up, signalling her that she could tell
Professor Oak that he had permission to teleport the Tauros.
"That's okay Dominic, but make sure you tell me when you get Mew
back!" the boy in the pokemon league cap said.
"I will, Ash. Thank you." he replied gratefully, before hanging
up the receiver, then running up to the front desk and talking to Joy.
"Have you got them all yet?"
"Nearly done, sir." Joy said, as six green pokeballs appeared in
the teleporter, that she removed so the next six could be sent.
"Please, call me Dominic." he requested, with less charm than
usual. He started to take pokeball after pokeball from the massive
collection that was forming on the front desk, and miniaturised them one
after another. Then he attached them to the pokeball clips in his
trench coat. Surprisingly having that many on the interior of his coat
wasn't uncomfortable, because the pokeballs once miniaturised were very
light, and his coat was specially designed to carry mass quantities of
them.
Finally, after a few more minutes of waiting all of his pokeballs
had arrived from Pallet Town, and he had nearly all of them clipped to
the interior of his black coat.
"Thanks for the help, Nurse Joy." he said, clipping the last three
green pokeballs in his coat. "This would have taken twice as long
without you."
"You're welcome, sir... I mean Dominic." she replied, warmly.
He nodded in acknowledgment, then turned away from the front desk.
"Well, I gotta go!" he said, as he walked out before the nurse could
even say goodbye. He then he ran for the air port with his Raichu in
hot pursuit.
He had to hurry, there was still one place left to go before
saving Mew. He had to go home.

***

Giovanni watched his scientist as he examined Mew, who was lying
on a stainless steel table. The laboratory he was standing in was
sterile and smelt of disinfecting chemicals. It's walls were made of
concrete and were freshly painted white, while the floor was tiled with
a light metallic blue vinyl. Fluorescent lights on the high ceiling lit
up the room, and the metal on the numerous medical and scientific
machines in the room reflected the light. And long rectangular window
was high on the back wall, that looked onto an observer's deck.
The scientist lifted the unconscious pokemon from the cold steel
of the medical table, and gently felt the back of her head with his
hands.
"How is she, Doctor?" Giovanni asked, with a complete lack of
emotion.
"She's a little bruised in the back of her head, but she seems
just fine otherwise." the scientist replied, taking a rolled up white
bandage and carefully wrapping it around the little pokemon's head.
"Good." the boss whispered in a relatively pleased tone. "Prepare
to place her in the containment cell you designed."
The scientist finished bandaging Mew's head and was about to
answer his employer, but paused and looked to the Mew when she started
to make a few soft squeaking noises.
"Sir I think it's waking up!" he said, turning to look at
Giovanni.
"Then sedate it you fool!" he hissed in reply, not wanting to take
the risk that it was as powerful as Mewtwo.
The doctor nodded, then reached for a syringe filled with a
powerful anaesthetic, and prepared to inject it into the artery on the
little pokemon's neck. But he was too slow, because Mew's eyes suddenly
shot open and she spotted the nasty looking needle.
"MEEEEEEWWWWW!!!!!" she screamed, causing a massive amount of
electricity to explode from her body and knock the scientist back and
into the air. He went flying backwards into the concrete wall, then
fell onto a steel table, breaking various glass test tubes and beakers
loaded with chemicals.
She levitated in the air and looked around nervously, having no
idea where she was. Then she turned and layed her eyes on Giovanni and
first she looked scared. But then her eyes narrowed and an extremely
cold expression appeared on her face.
Mew was angry.
Giovanni looked at the impudent little pokemon, and scowled. He
could tell by the way she was charging up with electricity and the
deadly look in her eyes, that she was about to attack him. He lowered
himself into a fighting stance and beckoned for the angry little
pokemon, more than ready to fight. Dominic wasn't the only one that did
fight training with his pokemon.
"Go ahead and attack me, Mew!" he growled, coldly. "Now is as
good a time as any for you to learn who you are dealing with!"
Mew hesitated for a moment, taken off guard by the challenge. But
she quickly recovered and her body started to glow with brilliant yellow
electric light. And once she was fully charged, she flew at the leader
of Team Rocket with a high speed Tackle Attack.
But Giovanni moved like lightning, sidestepping the attacking Mew
and she missed her target completely. She turned around looking at him
in surprise, obviously not expecting him to move so fast. Giovanni
smiled wickedly at his opponent, causing the scowl to quickly return to
her face and the electricity started to grow again.
She tried a Thunderbolt this time, but the man just jumped to the
side and the attack left nothing more than a black mark on the vinyl
floor. She let out a cute, yet menacing growl, releasing several more
bolts of electricity at her opponent. But Giovanni revealed his
athleticism by jumping, ducking and weaving around the bolts that she
was firing.
After a particularly large lighting bolt, Giovanni jumped
backwards, performing an impressive back somersault. He landed on his
hands on a table, and as he did so he grabbed a syringe. Then he
propelled off his hands, jumping further backwards and landing on his
feet.
Mew scowled again and flew at her opponent with another tackle
attack. But she was taken off guard when the man went on the offensive,
stepping towards her and grabbing her by the throat. He spun her
around, and pushed her hard and fast against the concrete wall, making
her whimper in pain. He lifted the syringe he had recently acquired and
lifted it, so the needle pointed at her throat. But Mew noticed it
before he could use it.
"MEEEEEEEEWWWWWW!!!!!!" she yelled, gathering all the electricity
she could, then sending it up her assailant's arm and into his body.
He yelled in pain, and his hand tightened around Mew's throat. He
looked straight into her eyes with his teeth clenched, as she continued
to electrocute him. He slowly lifted the syringe with a shaky hand, and
soon it was pointing it at her neck again.
"Wh... Why you... little..." he growled, before digging the
needle deep into the sensitive flesh of her neck. Her eyes shot wide
open and she suddenly stopped electrocuting him, as he pushed down the
plunger on the syringe and sent the drug into her bloodstream.
The sedative worked quickly, and though the brave little Mew tried
to stay conscious, the chemical proved to be too strong for her and her
eyes slowly started closing.
Giovanni looked into the little one's eyes, and as they closed he
could have sworn he saw a glimmering of something in those eyes, that he
was very familiar with. He saw hate.
Once Mew fell into unconsciousness, Giovanni released her throat
and let her fall to the ground. He breathed deeply as he let himself
recover from being electrocuted, and his clothes were smoking. Like
Dominic's, Giovanni's clothes were designed to not only look good, but
allow him to fight with a full range of motion, and be resistant to all
forms of pokemon attacks.
"Are... you all right, sir?" the scientist asked, getting up from
the table Mew had thrown him onto and rubbing his head. His coat was
soaked in several different coloured chemicals, and he appeared to have
a nasty bump on his head.
"Fine." he grumbled, looking down at the pokemon that had failed
to defeat him. "Let's get this thing into it's containment cell before
it wakes up again!"
"Yes sir!" the doctor replied, bending over and lifting the
unconscious pokemon from the floor. He held her carefully, then he
followed Giovanni out of the door, to an adjacent room where they kept
most of their experiment subjects.
It was a large rectangular room with very high ceilings, much like
the lab they had just left. The walls were made of concrete, and had a
number of air conditioning ducts near the ceiling. Just below the air
conditioning, were long windows that looked into the rooms on the higher
floor. Most of these rooms were being used by scientists, guards and
their pokemon.
An elevator door was on the back wall, and along the side walls
were large containment cells, made of unbreakable glass that held
various pokemon. The imprisoned pokemon stared out at Giovanni, and the
employee that was carrying Mew.
At the front of the room, a circular platform was on the floor
with a cusioned metal pedestal in the centre. Several feet above the
pedestal, there was an upside down cone hanging from a long high tech
looking cylinder. And beside the platform there was a large metallic
control panel, with a built in keyboard and various other buttons
switches and lights.
The man carrying the unconscious Mew walked onto the platform then
placed her on the cushioned pedestal. He then walked away from Mew and
went up to the control panel and he flicked a couple of switches and
pushed a number of buttons, causing the cylinder/cone device above the
Mew to start humming. A ball of yellow energy started to form below the
upside down cone, and as the humming sound grew, so did the ball. It
quickly expanded into a large energy bubble, and it grew until it was a
dome over the circular platform, with Mew resting right in the centre on
her pedestal.
Giovanni looked through the transparent dome of yellow light, then
turned to his scientist with a raised eyebrow. "Are you certain that
barrier will hold her?"
The doctor nodded as he typed a few more things into the control
panel, to make a systems check. "Yes sir, it's completely impenetrable
from the inside."
"The _inside_?" he asked, not too pleased by his explanation.
"You remember she's a psychic pokemon, and she can manipulate things
outside of the bubble with her thoughts?!"
"That ability has been accounted for." he replied, looking to the
Mew who shook in her sleep, seeming to be having a bad dream. "The
bubble keeps everything inside, even psychic carrier waves. It's
doubtful that even Mewtwo could have gotten through it."
"Then what about air, she will be able to breathe won't she?" the
boss asked, still feeling a little unsure about Mew's new prison.
"Yes sir." he replied, nodding his head. "It's a complicated
process, but the barrier recycles the air on the interior of the bubble,
by using a chain reaction on the exterior."
Giovanni nodded, satisfied with the explanation. Then he walked
up closer to the bubble and examined his newest guest with and evil
smirk. "Could you draw blood?"
The scientist walked away from the control panel, then went and
stood beside his boss, where he started to examine Mew himself. "Yes."
he replied, making his leader smile in approval. "Unlike Mewtwo, her
blood doesn't disintegrate when removed from her body."
"Why not?" The boss asked, switching his gaze from the pokemon to
his scientist, finding himself intrigued.
"My theory, is it's because she's young."
Giovanni looked at the Doctor quizzically. "Young? What do you
mean?"
"When we created Mewtwo, we matured him to full adulthood, with
the help of our age acceleration technology." the scientist started to
explain. "And we discovered that at a certain point in their maturity a
Mew's powers become formidable because all the cells in their body
become supercharged with energy."
The boss narrowed his eyes in impatience. "This is all very
fascinating, Doctor, but you still haven't answered my question."
The doctor swallowed hard, showing he was afraid of Giovanni just
like every other member of Team Rocket, so he immediately started to
finish his explanation. "Well... er... Once a Mew reaches maturity and
it's cells are supercharged with energy, they require a considerable
amount of psychic power to keep this energy from disintegrating their
entire body."
Giovanni nodded thoughtfully, starting to realise what his
scientist meant. "I understand. When we took the blood from Mewtwo it
was supercharged with energy. So once it was separated from his body,
it no longer had the psychic aura that kept it intact. But seeing as
this Mew is young..." he said, trailing off and gesturing to his newest
captive.
"Her cells aren't supercharged yet." the doctor finished,
confirming Giovanni's suspicions. "So it needs no psychic energy to
maintain it's cell structure."
The boss smiled, looking back and staring right at the Mew he had
stolen. "Quite an unexpected bonus, I must admit. But this means we
have to wait for her to mature to be of any substantial use to us. How
long do we have to wait?"
The scientist paused to think for a moment, then he started to
answer. "According to the calculations I made when examining her, she's
not much older than one year of age. Perhaps two at the oldest."
"That young?" he asked, a little surprised by this news.
"Yes, and by my estimates it will take an average Mew six to seven
years to reach Mewtwo's level."
"Seven _human_ years?!" Giovanni snapped, scowling at the man that
was giving him news he didn't want to hear. "So this thing is
useless?!"
He looked to his boss in surprise, then slowly shook his head.
"Hardly sir! A specimen like her will offer countless research
possibilities, far beyond those we had studying the minuscule amount of
genetic material we used to create Mewtwo!"
"But she's weak, and what I want from her is power!" Giovanni
growled, not at all reassured by the man's promises of research
possibilities. "There must be a way of speeding up her growth, what
about the age acceleration you used on Mewtwo?"
"Sir, Mewtwo was born with the aid of the acceleration device! To
insert a creature that has already been born could be fatal!" he said,
seeming quite worried for his research. "And besides, from the attack
in the lab earlier, I would have to conclude that she's uncontrollable,
and that it would be unwise to grant her full power, even if we could!"
"You said you were working on a pokemon loyalty programme in your
report a month ago, did you not?" he growled, starting to loose patience
with his scientist.
He widened his eyes, not believing what was being suggested to
him. "Sir not only is that procedure highly experimental, it involves
operating on a pokemon's brain! Even if the procedure succeeds, she
will be nothing but a mindless puppet!"
"And the problem with that is?"
He looked at his boss again, not seeming to agree with him in the
slightest. "We would be denied a lot of rare opportunities to research
things about Mew that were never known!" he said, seeming quite
passionate all of a sudden. "Psychological aspects, such as the way it
interacts with other pokemon, detailed data on it's maturing process,
behavioural patterns..."
"DOES THIS LOOK LIKE A POKEMON PETTING ZOO?!?!?!" he interrupted,
yelling so loudly at his employee that he fell over backwards. "Who do
you think you're working for?! Professor Oak?!"
"But sir..."
"This is Team Rocket, imbecile, we don't care about behavioural
patterns, or... or maturing data, or whatever the hell else you were
babbling on about! All we... all _I_ want is power, and right now this
Mew can't even beat me, which makes it no better than any of my other
pokemon!" He paused for a moment, and scowled at his scared looking
employee, before making a final comment that would send a shiver down
anyone's spine. "If you can't make some useable discoveries with this
Mew while she's alive, you will make them with her unmoving carcass!"

***

Dominic came storming out of a building that had 'Saffron Vehicle
Rentals' painted on the large window, with worried Raichu running out
after him. He clenched his teeth growling loudly, then ran up to a
nearby blue metal mailbox and kicked it as hard as he could. The mail
box dented and was knocked over, the bolts holding it to the concrete
getting torn out like they weren't even there.
"ON DRUGS, THEY WON'T RENT ME A CAR BECAUSE THEY THINK I'M ON
DRUGS?!?!?!?!" he roared, looking straight at his Raichu with his
bloodshot eyes and mussed up hair. "DO I LOOK LIKE I'M ON DRUGS TO
YOU?!?!?!?!"
Flash looked up at his trainer, and kept silent for a moment
before he gave his answer. "Chu!" he sighed, slowly nodding his head in
reply.
"What?!" he asked, surprised by his pokemon's answer. He turned
and looked at his reflection in the glass of the window, then he froze
when he saw himself. "My god, I do." he groaned, looking to the ground
and combing back his hair with his fingers.
He shook his head, not understanding why he was allowing himself
to act this way. He had to save Mew, but to let his emotions to control
him like this wasn't going to help. It was just that things seemed to
get more and more frustrating by the minute, and it had gotten to the
point where the usually cool and calm Dominic, was screaming at complete
strangers for trivial reasons.
The first annoyance had been when he went into the airport, and
discovered that the flight to Viridian City had left hours ago. Another
one wasn't due until late the next day, so he had decided he would be
able to get there by the next morning if he drove there. But now he was
being accused of being on some kind of mind altering substance.
He walked up to the kerb then sat down, placing his black bag in
the gutter, and his Raichu took a seat next to him. He rubbed his
temples in an attempt to calm down and come up with a rational plan,
then he looked to Flash with a thoughtful expression on his face.
"You agree we have to save Mew, right?" he asked, almost calmly.
"Rai!" he replied, nodding his head without hesitation.
"And we need some wheels to get to Viridian City as fast as
possible?"
"Rai-chu!" he agreed, nodding his head again.
Dominic turned away from Flash, then stared intently at his bag
for a few moments. Then he slowly reached into it and pulled out a
black piece of material. Flash looked at it, and was quite surprised
when he realised that it was his mask.
The Raichu knew this black mask with the triangular eye holes
well. Dominic always wore it when performing criminal activities for
his uncle, and it was partly due to that mask, that he had never been
convicted for any of the crimes he had comitted.
"I think I'm gonna have to take some more desperate measures, what
do you think Flash?" he whispered, not taking his eyes from his mask.
Flash had to take a moment to think. Being Dominic's pokemon, he
was no stranger to committing crimes, but he had never liked it. And
now that Dominic had quit Team Rocket, he didn't think he'd have to
break the law any more. But this was to save Mew, and after a few
moments of thinking he decided he would to anything to help save the
little pokemon, that he had started to consider a little sister.
"Chu!" he said, agreeing to Dominic's idea again.
He smiled at his pokemon, then out of habit he pulled his black T-
shirt out of his bag to wear with his mask. But then he froze and he
looked at it, and Flash just watched his trainer as he stared intently
at the red R.
Suddenly he scowled and wrenched his arms apart, tearing the shirt
in half without any effort whatsoever. He screwed up the two halves
into a ball, then threw it to the side where it landed into a trash can
that was sitting on the kerb nearby.
"No way I'm wearing that again." he whispered, as he grabbed his
bag and returned to his feet. "Come on, Flash."
"Raaaai!" he said in approval, as he followed his trainer down the
road. He walked beside his trainer for a few moments, before they
turned into a clothing store.
Dominic didn't stop to chat with the employee that assisted him,
like he usually did when he went shopping. He just bought a plain black
T-shirt, and left without a word. It was a popular pokemon trainer's
brand, that was made to be pokemon proof, like the rest of Dominic's
clothing.
He ran back out of the shop, giving his Raichu plenty of excercise
as he struggled to keep up. The young man then turned down an abandoned
alley and hid behind a dumpster so he could change clothes.
Flash looked up at his trainer, as he slipped out of his ankle
length black trench coat and let it fall to the ground. Then he
unbuttoned his white shirt, then replaced it with his new black T-shirt.
He lifted his coat from the ground behind him and put it on, then he
pulled his black mask over his head. To complete the outfit he pulled
out a pair of fingerless leather fighting gloves from his bag and
slipped one onto each hand.
Flash continued to stare at his trainer, as he put his discarded
white shirt into his bag. He then wrapped the short leather straps,
that were attached to his gloves, around his wrists, clipping them
tightly into place with metallic buttons.
As usual when wearing this outfit, Dominic looked very sinister.
Not the kind of person anyone would want to meet in a dark alley. He
lifted his bag up off the ground and started to walk out, asking his
Raichu a question as he walked.
"So Flash, you feeling up to a little Grand Theft Auto?"
The Raichu swallowed hard from nervousness before answering his
trainer with a nod of his head. "Rai-chu!"

***

Dominic watched his target for a few moments to measure him up,
and make sure he knew what he was getting into. His target was a biker,
leaning back on his motorcycle with his arms draped across the handle
bars. It didn't look like he had shaved in a while, and he looked about
twenty five years old. He had a kind of rugged handsomeness that biker-
chicks were attracted to, and was wearing pretty standard biker-attire.
Black leather jacket, blue denim jeans and a red flannel shirt, lace up
leather boots, a pair of sunglasses wrapped over his eyes, and finally a
red bandanna covering most of his unkempt dark brown hair.
His bike was parked outside a bar, and three other bikers were
sitting on thier bikes nearby talking to him. From Dominic's
observations of the four bikers, they seemed to be a few members of a
much larger gang. The guy he was examining appeared to be the leader of
this group, because of the way the other three seemed to look up to him,
not to mention the fact that he had the nicest motorcycle.
But they were street thugs, nothing more. And even though all
four were probably experienced brawlers, none would have recieved
Dominic's level of training. And now he needed a set of wheels badly,
and that biker's ride would be more than sufficient. He just hoped they
wouldn't put up too much of a fight. Not that he would worry too much
if they did. There were only four of them.
He stepped out from his hiding place in the alley and onto the
sidewalk, then he started to approach his target. The biker stopped
talking to his friends when he noticed Dominic approach in his black
outfit and mask, and he just stared at him for a moment.
"Buff, you know this guy?" a bearded biker asked his leader.
Buff looked Dominic up and down for a few more moments, then a
mean smirk appeared on his face as he slowly nodded his head. "Yeah, I
know 'im."
Dominic face faulted. He had never worked with thugs like this
when he was in Team Rocket, how could they know each other? Maybe he
was a former Rocket member gone rogue, maybe Dominic shouldn't have been
so quick to underestimate him.
"This is Zorro!" he said, laughing and immediately removing all of
Dominic's apprehension. The other three started laughing at this lame
attempt at a joke, and Buff looked bravely up into Dominic's cold blue
eyes with an evil smile. "What d'you want, weirdo?"
Dominic folded his arms over his chest and allowed his eyes to
narrow. "Your bike." he said calmly, not diverting his cold gaze from
the brown eyes of the biker. "Give me the keys."
The tough looking biker sat up from where he comfortably laying
back on his hadle bars, and started to laugh. "You're pretty stupid
huh? No one touches my hog but me!"
Dominic just stared coldly for a moment longer, not intimidated in
the least by bikers obvious attempts to scare him. "I'll tell you what,
Buff!" he whispered coldly, revealing calmness that usually took his
enemies off guard. "I'll make the offer one more time, and if you hand
over your bike like a good boy, I promise I won't hurt you or your
friends."
Buff started laughing again, harder this time, and his three
friends joined in. They had no idea what a mistake they were making
underestimating this particular opponent.
"You really _are_ stupid, huh?" Buff scoffed, before standing from
his hog, and turning to his three friends. He gestured towards Dominic
with a nod of his head. "Let's waste him!"
Three of them reached down to the sides of their bikes where they
each had a weapon handy, but the fourth biker just stood to his feet.
Buff's heavy chain jingled as he pulled it out of the nap sack on his
bike, while two of his lackeys pulled out their own weapons, a crowbar
and a baseball bat. The third biker was much bigger and musclebound
than the other three, and seemed content enough to fight with his bare
hands.
Dominic lowered into a fighting stance, preapring for battle. He
had expected them to be armed, they were bikers after all. But there
were only four of them, so he wasn't worried.
Buff started to spin his chain above his head and the other three
stood back to enjoy the show. They were obviously confident their
leader could win the fight, but held their weapons ready just in case he
needed backup.
He sung his chain at the young masked man, but he stepped back and
leaned his head away, the chain missing his face by millimetres. Buff
lowered his chain to the side, and continued to spin it, then he
attacked again with a number of horizontal and vertical swings of his
chain, which were dodged with perfectly timed ducks and sidesteps.
Buff jumped back, starting to spin his chain a lot faster, with
his smile quickly diminishing. He was getting frustrated because he was
missing all the time.
"C'mon guys, looks like I'm gonna need a hand here!" he growled,
taking a few more swings with his chain that Dominic easily avoided.
The guy with the baseball bat was the first to run in and help.
He came up on Dominic from behind, and prepared to hit him it the back
to the head with his weapon. But Buff was also attacking, and Dominic
had noticed the baseball-guy coming. Just as he was about to swing his
bat, Buff swung his chain horizontally and Dominic ducked. And just as
he had hoped, the chain missed him and hit baseball-guy right in the jaw
with an unpleasant cracking sound. He was knocked off his feet and went
flying sideways, the side of his face hitting the concrete sidewalk and
instantly knocking him unconscious.
"Dammit!" Buff yelled, stomping his foot on the ground, furious
that he had hit his friend by mistake. The other two bikers ran up to
make it a three on one fight, but again they timed their blows badly,
and Dominic was able to take advantage of it.
The man with the crowbar swung for the side of Dominic's head, but
he caught his wrist with a minimum of effort and stopped the attack.
But immediately afterwards Buff tried to swing at Dominic with the
chain, while he was preoccupied with the crowbar-guy. But he easily
coutered the attack by pulling the wrist he was holding in front of him,
so the chain wrapped around the crowbar and held tight. The third, most
musclebound biker ran up clenching his right hand into a fist, and sent
a hard punch right at his nose. But Dominic again lifted the wrist he
was holding, so the crowbar with the chain tightly wrapped around it was
in front of his face. The massive fist impacted with the metal, and a
loud crunching sound reveberated loudly. This all happened in no more
than a couple of seconds.
The muscled biker grabbed his fist in agony and started jumping
all around the place, squealing like a little girl. Dominic lifted his
elbow into crowbar-guy's face knocking him unconscious, then he let his
wrist go, letting him fall to the pavement. Immediately after that he
lifted his knee into Buff's stomach, causing him to double over and drop
his chain, that was still wrapped around his unconscious freind's
crowbar.
Dominic then took a step backwards, and looked to the two bikers
that were still conscious. Muscled-guy was still jumping around and
squealing like a wimpy little school girl, "MY HAND, YOU BROKE MY
HAND!!!"
Buff was still leaning forward holding his stomach, and Dominic
lifted his foot to the biker-leader's head, pushing him over so he
landed on his back. He looked up at the masked Dominic, still breathing
deeply as he recovered from having the wind knocked out of him. He had
an angry scowl, as he reached into his leather jacket and pulled out a
pokeball.
"I'm gonna kill you!" he yelled, still panting hard as he threw
his pokeball. "Machoke's gonna smash your face so bad, you'll never
take that mask off!"
The red and white pokeball shot open and a great amount of red
light came flooding out, that quickly materialised into one of the
biggest machokes Dominic had ever seen. It looked to be at least ten
feet tall, and it was built like a bulldozer. He never would have
expected a pokemon as exceptional as this to belong to a biker, but he
remained completely cool and calm.
"Maaaaachooooke!" the massive pokemon growled when he saw his
fallen trainer, then looked to Dominic with an angry stare.
"Nice Machoke." Dominic commented calmly. He looked bravely into
the blood red eyes of the creature, that was nearly twice his height and
four times his bulk.
"Chooooke!" he grumbled, his knuckles making cracking noises as he
clenched his fists and he prepared to crush the puny little human.
"Machoke, beat him into the ground!!" Buff yelled, as he slowly
returned to his feet. The massive green skinned pokemon, roared to the
heavens then bought a boulder sized fist on the waiting young man.
Dominic jumped backwards a couple of metres, easily avoiding the
attack, and causing the Machoke to smash a huge crater into the
pavement. But his hand didn't break as easily as the muscled biker, who
was sitting on the ground next to his bike crying like a baby and
holding his hand.
"Maaaaachoooooke!" he hissed, preparing to attack again.
Dominic scowled, starting to become impatient with the constant
fighting. So he lifted his hand and snapped his fingers, calling out to
his pokemon. "Flash!"
Immediately from a hiding place in the alley a orange black and
yellow blur shot out, ran up the back of the machoke's leg and onto his
back.
"Choke?" the green fighting type asked, startled by the little
Raichu that had just climbed onto the area between his shoulder blades.
"Raaaaaai... CHUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!" Flash yelled, sending a great
amount of electricity into the overly large pokemon.
He screamed in agony, his whole body convulsing from the
electricity that was coming from a Raichu, that seemed far to small to
generate that much power. Flash stopped his attack after a few moments,
and the Machoke stumbled around drunkenly, before groaning in exhaustion
and falling over sideways. Unfortunately for the muscled biker that was
still blubbering over his broken hand, the machoke fell onto the
motorcycle he was sitting next to, and in an instinctive move of self
defence he held up his good hand to protect himself.
There was a loud sound of crunching metal as the massive pokemon
crushed two of the motorbikes as he landed, and then after the loud
mettalic noise was gone, the muffled sound of the biker he had landed on
could be heard as he started screaming again.
"Arrrgh, my hand, he broke my other hand!!"
Dominic looked back to Buff, who was astonished that his Machoke
had lost so easily. Flash jumped off his fainted opponent's back, and
Dominic caught him in one arm, letting him use his forearm as a perch.
He then walked towards Buff, who was starting to look angry again.
"You think I'm beat yet?!" he hissed, reaching into his coat for
another pokeball.
"You want to have a pokemon battle with me, you're more than
welcome." Dominic whispered, as he opened up his coat revealing the mass
amount of pokeballs he had clipped in there. "But I think I'd have an
unfair advantage, don't you?"
Buff's jaw dropped, and he froze there with one hand in his coat
and the other holding his sore stomach. "Holy..." he whispered, before
trailing off, and seeming to try and look more angry than scared. "I...
I bet that they're all... uh... just empty!"
"You wanna risk it, Buff?" he asked calmly, before dropping his
Raichu and reaching out his hand to the terrified looking biker. "Now
give me the keys to your bike."
He looked to Dominic, still seeming unwilling to give up his keys,
but then he looked down at Flash. The little pokemon growled at him
with his cheeks starting to spark.
The biker clenched his teeth in frustration, as he moved his hand
from the interior of his black jacket, and then reached into the side
pocket. He pulled out the keys and threw them to Dominic, who caught
them with one hand.
A smile spread beneath Dominic's mask as he tightened his grip
around the keys. "Thank you, Buff." he whispered calmly, as he walked
up to the motorbike he had fought for and climbed onto it.
He pulled a black helmet that was hanging from the handle bars,
and slipped it onto his head. It went surprisingly well with the rest
of his outfit. He paused for a moment to think, and after that he
turned back to Buff, who had taken a seat on the pavement and started
sulking.
"Give me your wallet." he ordered, holding out his hand again.
"Wh... what?" he asked, looking back to the man that had just
robbed him of his ride.
"Give me your wallet."
"B... But I... There are... this isn't..." he stammered, trying
in vain to make up a tangible excuse not to hand over all his money.
"Now!" he ordered, a little more firmly, now that he was becoming
impatient.
Buff started to look more sad than angry at this point, and he
looked like he was about to cry, as he pulled the wallet out of his
pocket and threw it to the young man on his bike.
"Fine take it!" he sulked.
Dominic caught it in one hand, then opened it and started to go
through it. He pulled out all of the cash and whistled loudly, quite
impressed by the amount. "Wow that's a lot of money for biker, Buff."
he commented, before noticing that Buff was too busy sulking to answer.
He put the money back into the wallet, the found the card he was looking
for, and threw the wallet and money back to the man, who was surprised
to get it back.
"Wha..." he started, seeming quite bewildered.
Dominic thoughtfully read over the writing on the driver's licence
he had taken from the man's wallet, and allowed himself to smile when he
discovered Buff's real name. "Don't worry, Clarence." he said, slipping
the drivers licence into his coat. "You'll get you hog back, just as
soon as I'm finished with it."
Buff/Clarence looked up in surprise, seeming to cheer up a bit.
"R... really?"
"Sure, and I'll even fill the tank with..."
"FREEZE!!!" a woman's voice interrupted.
Dominic turned and saw a blue haired female police officer mounted
upon a motorcycle, glaring angrily at him. He had come to know a few
officer Jenny's in his line of work, and in his experience they were all
very good police officers.
"You might be stealing a vehicle belonging to a low life biker
like Buff, sir, but Grand Theft Auto is still a crime! So you're going
to have to come with me!" she yelled, revving the engine to her suped up
motorcycle.
"I'm afraid I can't comply, officer!" he yelled back, as his
Raichu jumped onto the seat in front of him. "I have an urgent
appointment I can't afford to miss!"
He turned the key on the dash, the jammed his foot down on the
starting pedal, causing the bike to start up and the engine to roar like
thunder. He had always liked that sound.
"Switch off your engine, and step away from the vehicle!!" she
ordered, loudly."
Dominic ignored the order and started the bike moving down the
wide Saffron City road, and Jenny didn't waste a moment gathering speed
on her own motorcycle to pursue. In no time they were both travelling
well over the speed limit. Jenny sped up and managed to get up right
beside Dominic, and he looked at her with a mischievous smirk, that was
hidden beneath his mask.
"My motorcycle is superior to yours, sir, you have no hope of
escape!" she yelled, her voice full of authority.
"Oh you might be the one with the best bike, but the rider is more
important!" Dominic yelled back confidently. "And stop calling me sir!"
She scowled at him, then reached for the radio on her dashboard,
and spoke into it. "This is Captain Jenny requesting assistance on..."
She was cut off suddenly, when like lightning Dominic's hand shot
out and tore the cable from her radio. He couldn't have any choppers
getting called in, if that happened he'd never get away.
"That's destruction of police property, there will be a hefty fine
for that!!" she yelled, still holding the useless radio reciever and
seeming very annoyed.
"I'm sorry. It was an accident!" he lied cheekily in reply.
"I'm telling you sir, if you don't pull your vehicle over
immediately, I will be forced to run you off the road!"
"Okay, I'll stop since you put it that way!" he said, looking her
right in the eye. She seemed surprised by his surrender, and was even
more shocked when he hit his brakes and he skidded to a halt. He
executed a one eighty turn as he skidded, then started heading off in
the opposite direction. As he did this, Jenny was still travelling in a
direction that was now putting distance between them, but she quickly
recovered from the shock. She performed an identical one eighty on her
bike, skidding to a halt, turning, then starting her pursuit again.
Dominic looked back at the quickly gaining police officer, then
back to the road again. "Hold on tight, Flash, it's gonna take some
fancy driving to lose this lady!"
"Rai!" Flash acknowledged, tightening his grip on the leather of
the bike's seat.
He started to approach a long and wide concrete staircase that
led up a hill onto a higher road. Along each side of those stairs was a
low and narrow concrete banister, just was couple of inches wider than
the tyres of his bike.
He headed straight for the stairs, then once he reached them he
pulled up on the handle bars, managing to make the bike jump high enough
so the wheels landed on the banister. He completed the impressive stunt
by riding all the way up to the top of the stairs, without even wavering
off the narrow surface he was riding on.
He flew off the top of the banister like a ramp, and landed hard
on the road, then he looked back to see how Jenny decided to catch up.
To his surprise she executed the same stunt with just as much skill and
daring. Dominic turned back to the road in front of him, and started
getting his motorcyle up to full speed.
"Damn, she's really good!" he said to his Raichu, starting to take
this a little more seriously.
"Raaaaai!" Flash agreed.
Dominic had outdone lots of officer Jenny's in a lot of things
before, but now he remembered he had never been in a high speed
motorcycle chase with any of them. Maybe this was the one time he
wasn't going to escape the law.
But then he remembered Mew, and his determination was strengthened
beyond anything it had been before. For years he escaped the law,
outwitted and outskilled them in every aspect, and all for his coniving,
unloyal, backstabbing Uncle Giovanni! And now he was doing it for
someone he truly cared about, someone that had given him more in a few
days than his uncle had given him in an entire lifetime. She gave him
freindship, true friendship, and he had only just realised that he had
never really known friendship like he had with her. If he could do it
for his fiendish uncle, there was no way he was going to fail when he
was doing it for Mew.
No way in hell!
He started moving at top speed, turning corners at a speed most
people wouldn't even dream of doing, but Jenny still managed to match
it. For quite a while the chase went on, and Dominic executed several
different daring stunts that even famous stunt bikers would call crazy,
but somehow Jenny still matched every one. She was one of the best
bikers he had ever seen, and he was starting to wish he was riding his
own bike. It was sitting in his house in Veridian City, and was
superior to even the suped up vehicles of the police force.
Dominic then turned down a busy street, and noticed the traffic
was piled up at the red traffic lights. Most fleeing criminals would
see this as the end of the pursuit, but Dominic was different. Dominic
was far to good.
He moved at high speed towards the back of a car, caused the bike
to jump onto the top of it's trunk, drove over the roof, and managed to
jump onto the next car right in front of it. He continued to jump from
car to car, denting the roofs of each one, as Jenny followed
dilligently.
He got to the front of the cue of cars, that were lined up at the
lights and leapt off the last one and back onto the road. Jenny again
managed the exact same stunt.
He was starting to get angry now. All the time he was wasting
running from her, was time he should be spending going to Veridian to
save Mew! There had to be some way to lose her, there had to be!
He turned into a long narrow alleyway, and Jenny still followed as
she had been doing for the last fifteen minutes. They both sped
recklessly down the long alley and Dominic, noticed an open garage as he
drove by but thought nothing of it. But just as he went by a red
convertible car pulled out of the garage, taking Jenny, who was still
driving at full speed, completely off guard.
She hit the side of the car at full speed, with the sound of
crunching metal and smashing glass. The bike flipped over forward,
catapulting the officer high into the air, and over the car she hit.
She flew screaming for quite a distance before landing with a thud, into
a large pile of discarded cardboard boxes.
Dominic skidded to a halt, and looked to the fallen officer who
was laying awkwardly on the boxes she had landed on.
"Rai-chu?" Flash questioned, as Dominic stepped off his
motorcycle.
"I've gotta see if she's all right, I can't just leave her like
that!" he said, running towards her. When he was in Team Rocket he
always went out of his way to make sure he could commit crimes without
hurting people. And now that he wasn't a Rocket anymore he was even
more determined to keep people safe.
He reached her and noticed she was lying at an awkward angle,
though he was pretty sure she hadn't landed on and angle that would have
broken her back. He reached foward and pressed his fingers to her neck
to feel for her pulse, but he jumped in surprise when her hands shot up
and snapped a pair of hand cuffs on his wrist.
"Hah, got you..." she wheezed weakly.
Dominic just looked into her eyes, without any anger at getting
caught. "Are you all right?" he asked, softly.
She looked at him for a moment, obviously not expecting that
question from him. "Why should you care?" she whispered, seeming weak
from the accident.
"It wasn't my intention to hurt anybody." he whispered, looking
right into Jenny's eyes so she could tell he was being truthful. "It's
just that Team Rocket stole a friend of mine, and I have to get her
back."
"Team Rocket?" she asked, seeming surprised. "I thought a guy
that could ride like you would a member. They all get some pretty
impressive training."
"A former member." he clarified, still looking into her eyes.
"And now they've stabbed me in the back by taking my freind from me."
She looked to the handcuffs then back up into the Dominic's eyes.
"I'm sorry sir, but you broke the law. I can't let you go, you did the
wrong thing in order to achieve your goal."
"Desperate times call for desperate measures." he whispered in
reply. "So are you all right, you still haven't answered my question."
"Not really, but I think I'll live." she murmered, seeming a
little more comfortable around Dominic now. He had a way with people as
well as pokemon, so wasn't usually disliked for very long.
"Good." he replied, reaching into his coat and pulling out a
handcuff key he always kept handy. He unlocked the shackles around his
wrist, and let them drop onto the officer's hand.
"Wha..." she started.
"I'm always prepared, Officer." he whispered, putting the key back
into his coat. "And no one's going to stop me from saving my freind,
not even a cop as good as you." He turned and headed back for his bike,
but stopped when the woman called out to him.
"You are charged with Grand Theft Auto, fleeing from a police
officer, destruction of police, public and private property, speeding,
and to top it all off, Reckless Endangerment!" she wheezed, pausing to
take in a few deep breaths. "I will catch you, sir, and I will make you
pay for all your crimes."
"I'm sure you will Officer." he whispered, before turning away
again, and yelling something additional. "I'll call an ambulance, it
should be here soon."
"Oh and sir, I forgot something." He turned back again and looked
right at her, unsure of what else she wanted to charge him with. "I
hope you get your friend back." she said softly. "Good luck."

***

The darkness gradually lessened, and blurry yellow light started
to flood her vision. She didn't feel too good, and even though she
wasn't exactly tired, she was finding it exceedingly hard to get her
eyes open. She couldn't even remember what had happened to her.
But then did remember, and she forced her eyes open and sat up, to
survey her surroundings. Too her horror it hadn't been a nightmare.
She had be taken from Dominic.
She was in some kind of lab, and seemed to be lying on a red
velvet cushion. After closer inspection she discovered she was sitting
upon a pedastal, like she was some kind of posession on display. The
yellow light she had seen when she had woken up was a strange glowing
bubble, that had her trapped inside. More of the yellow energy covered
the floor.
She remembered that she had fought Dominic's evil uncle, and she
had been so sure she would win and escape. She had already defeated two
pokemon that were much bigger and stronger than she was, and Giovanni
was just a human! She didn't think he'd be any challenge at all.
But he had surprised her with his speed and strength, and she
realised that his agents weren't the only ones that learnt to fight.
But there was one thing that scared her when she realised it.
Giovanni... He fought like Dominic. His every move, the almost
graceful back somersault he had done, it reminded her so much of when
she was watching Dominic fight Cassidy's Hitmonlee. Then the image of
Dominic just stuck in her head, and she froze for a moment.
Suddenly she levitated up a few inches from her cushioned surface,
the flew head first at the barrier in a high speed Tackle Attack. When
she hit it it made an electric humming sound and pushed her away,
without hurting her at all. It didn't even leave the annoying ache that
would usually get left behind when her head hit something hard, it was
like hitting some weird rubber surface.
She stopped and looked at the barrier for a moment, let some
thoughts go through her mind. This bubble was a prison, and she didn't
know how she was going to get out. But she had to escape, she had to go
back to Dominic! She was nothing without him!
Sparks started to jump from her fur as she charged up with
electricity, and as the power grew the remaining anaesthetic that still
lingered in her blood stream started weaken. She let the energy
continue to build up within her, more than she had ever done, and soon
keeping it bottled up started to hurt. But she knew she didn't have
enough power yet, she needed more. Much more.
Forks of electricty started to jump over her fur, and she fought
through the pain of the skin beneath her fur starting to burn and the
feeling of her blood boiling. But soon the pain became too much to
bear, and she screamed in agony. The full force of the power she had
gathered was released into a Thunderbolt Attack, that rivalled one of
nature's immeasureable bolts of lightning.
The bolt flew right into the barrier that held Mew prisoner, and
it hit with the deafening sound of a loud lightning clap. The barrier
glowed more brightly, and thousands of lightning forks jumped over the
interior of it. But after a few moments the lightning faded to
notingness.
Mew floated above the cushioned surface of her pedastal, looking
at the area of the barrier she had thrown her lightning at, with her
eyes widened in disbelief. She had failed. She had used everything she
had, and she had failed. She was weak.
She gave into the pain of her self inflicted electric burns, and
collapsed back down onto the cushion she had wakened on. She was near
unconsciousness again, but she looked up and saw a man looking at her
through the transparent barrier. It was the doctor she had blown into
the wall earlier with a Thunderbolt.
He wore a green shirt, brown trousers and a white doctors coat,
with his hands in the pockets. He stared at her, and Mew could make out
concern in his eyes. She reached out to him with her psychic powers
wondering why he seemed concerned, but found it hard to get through to
him. She then discovered that the barrier was blocking her psychic
powers as well a her electrical ones. She decided to try harder, and
soon she started to hear what he was thinking while he looked at her,
and was displeased with what she heard.
He wasn't concerned for her. He was concerned for himself and his
research. The only thoughts that were going through his head, was his
anger at Giovanni. He thought he could become very famous with research
done on her, and he could get very rich. But Giovanni didn't care about
fame or the money he could make with research. He could make more money
with a powerful pokemon to help him commit crimes.
Mew sat up suddenly when she picked up on a thought that sent a
chill down her spine. As the doctor turned away from her, his final
thought was loud and clear to the Mew's intuitive mind.
"I can't believe he's so willing to kill her."
She slowly lay back down, her eyes wide open in shock. She didn't
want to die, not now that she had finally found a friend! Her lifetime
search for companionship had finally ended, she had found Dominic. But
now she was going to die? This couldn't be happening, it was far too
cruel!
She then looked back to the time she had first seen Dominic on
that ferry to Veridian City, and had felt his psychic warmth. She had
remembered the painful thoughts that had gone through her mind before
she had noticed him. That maybe she was meant to be alone. That it was
her destiny. Many times before she had met Dominic, she had thought
that fate was cruel to her. Now she realised that maybe she was
correct. Fate probably gave her Dominic, gave her a few days of true
happiness, only to tear him away from her once she felt secure with him.
At the very moment she thought she would have him forever. Just like
when she had lost her mother.
This was far to painful to comprehend for the little pokemon. She
curled up into a ball, and tightly closed her eyes in a vain attempt to
hold back her tears. Hot tears ran down her cheeks and onto the velvet
she was lying on. She realised she couldn't escape, and would probably
never see Dominic again. The only way she could be with him is if he
came to rescue her.
He stopped crying and opened her eyes at this thought. Would he
come for her? When her mother died, he said that he would never leave
her, and that he would always be there for her. Did he mean it? Or had
they just been empty words to make her feel better?
She just lay still and quiet for a long time after this, the same
thought constantly going through her head. Would he come for her? Her
eyes closed again, but it was hours before she allowed herself to doze
off again.
Dominic was her only hope.

***

He drove down the road leaving Cerulean City at an extremely
unsafe speed. After riding though the whole city, he was glad he had
avoided any police, and had only had to stop to fill his gas tank at a
local station.
"Rai, rai-chu!" Flash yelled over the sound of the engine, from
where he was still sitting in front of him on the leather seat.
Dominic looked down at his pokemon, who still refused to get back
into his pokeball, seeming shocked. "What to you mean stop the bike,
where making good time!"
Flash yelled at his trainer again, asking him a question this
time, with a combination of rai's and chu's.
"Yes, I am tired, actually!" he said, this time not taking his
eyes from the road. "But I can't sleep now, I've got to save Mew!"
The Raichu yelled something else at his trainer, but Dominic just
shook his head in reply.
"Forget it, Flash, I'm not stopping until I get Mew ba..."
Flash suddenly interupted what he was saying, when he sent a mild
shock into his trainer's stomach. And though Dominic had built up a
strong resistance to electricity, among other pokemon attacks, it really
stung.
He hit the brakes suddenly, skidding to a halt, his back wheels
forming a dust cloud as he stopped. Then he looked at his pokemon and
started yelling. "FLASH ARE YOU CRAZY?!?! YOU COULD HAVE MADE ME
CRASH!!!"
"RAI RAI CHU, RAI!!!" Flash yelled back, seeming angry at his
trainer. He continued to yell, and as Dominic listened, the angry look
slowly disappeared from his face, and a shocked expression replaced it.
He was silent for a moment before he spoke again. "I know I won't
be as likely to get into the Team Rocket base if I'm too tired, but if I
take the time to rest..."
Flash spoke again, finishing Dominic's sentence in his language.
He told him that if he failed, his uncle would get to keep Mew for good,
and do whatever he wanted to her. He said he should get some rest,
because a few hours of sleep would be more helpful to Mew, than if he
came to get her earlier and failed to save her because he was too tired.
He stopped to think. He _was_ very tired. He'd felt drained
after getting healed by Sabrina, and if that wasn't enough, the fight
with the bikers and the race with Officer Jenny had really taken it's
toll. In his current condition, by the time he reached Veridian he
would be too exhausted to think. And if he kept driving at the speed he
had been at since leaving Saffron, he would have to be well rested, or
he might have an accident. Dominic had to admit that Flash had a good
point too. Two hours would be plenty of time to rest, Dominic was used
to refreshing himself with small amounts of sleep.
He slowly nodded his head and stepped off his bike. "Okay, Flash,
you're right." he whispered, as he started pushing his ride into the
thick forest, that was on either side of the road. Then he spoke to Mew
as if she could hear him. "I'm sorry Mew. I want to keep going, but
I've got to use my head if I'm going to save you!"
He was a little worried about what his uncle was doing with Mew,
but he knew from experience that Giovanni would usually imprison a new
pokemon for observation for at least a day, before setting his scentists
on them. Just to find out how dangerous the pokemon was, and the best
way to handle it.
Then Dominic realised something for the first time. Of all the
times he had stolen a pokemon that his uncle had sent to his scientists,
he never had any idea what had happened to them. Had Giovanni
experimented on them, as well as studied them? Were the pokemon
tortured and killed by numerous illegal experiments? Had Dominic sent
countless pokemon to their deaths?
He continued to push his bike into the forest, thinking about it.
All these years he had considered himself a good trainer, a lover of
pokemon. And he was always nice to the pokemon he stole, but what evil
had he done without knowing it? How naive... How stupid had he really
been to believe in his uncle? How many lies had he been told about
Giovanni's policy about caring for the pokemon that were stolen?
He stopped walking, then looked to his right and it felt like
someone had just stabbed him in the heart when he did. He had gotten so
used to turning and seeing Mew's happy face where she stood on his
shoulder, hugging the side of his head. It hurt so much to look there
and see her gone. His throat stung as he started to get choked up, and
his eyes started to feel like they were burning.
He dropped the bike to the side, and Flash jumped off the seat as
it fell. Dominic fell to his knees as a horrible realisation came over
him, and a tortured expression appeared on his face. "My God, it's all
my fault!"
Flash ran up to him, and looked worriedly up to his face. "Chu?"
he asked, nudging his leg with his paw.
"I should have left my uncle years ago, why was I such a fool?!"
he choked, lowering his head in shame. "If I had, he never would have
found out about Mew! She would have been better off if she'd never met
me..."
"RAI-CHU!!!" Flash yelled angrily, shocking his trainer in the leg
to emphasise his displeasure. He was very angry, and he wasn't shy
about telling Dominic why. There was no way he could have known what
would've happened. And the mistakes he had made in the past couldn't be
changed! All that was important now was saving Mew, because neither of
them were better off without the other!
Dominic just stared at his Raichu for a moment. He had never
expected any of his pokemon to be so passionate, and the things that he
had said made a lot of sense. He shuddered to think of what would have
happened to Mew if they hadn't met. The Gengar that murdered her mother
would have destroyed her if she hadn't worked together with him. And he
was so protective of her, he just couldn't let her go unless he was
certain she was going to be safe and happy.
He lay down on the grass, deciding to get some sleep. It wasn't
very cold, so he decided to skip setting up camp, and just sleep on the
grass. But he was so worried about his little white furred friend that
he wasn't sure he was going to be able to sleep. What if he was just
wasting time by trying to get to sleep, what if he just lay awake for
two hours and just wound up more tired than when he had started?
Flash walked up to his trainer, and curled up beside him to get
some rest of his own, and Dominic continued worrying for a few more
minutes. But then he felt something that made his eyes close.
Something so warm, something so soothing that he couldn't stay awake for
a moment longer. It was Mew.
Mew's warmth was back.

***

Mew was disoriented. The yellow light of her prison was gone for
some reason, all she could see now was white. She had no idea where she
was, had she been moved somwhere else while she slept?
She took a moment to collect her thoughts, and take a look around.
White was all there was, as far as the eye could see. It was like the
ground and the sky were the exact same pale shade, and she couldn't tell
where the land ended and the sky began. It was just white.
It also seemed that she was standing on a precarious perch,
because she was holding something for balance. But whatever she was
standing on felt very familiar, and as she thought about it, she
realised where she was before she even looked.
She turned her head and realised she was standing on someone's
shoulder, and holding the side of his head. She couldn't make out his
face at the angle she was looking from, only a head of semi-long,
slightly spiky black hair. But she knew it was him. She could feel it,
she could feel his warmth.
He turned to face her, and his blue eyes looked right into hers,
and at first he seemed very surprised to see her. Then his expression
of surprise was slowly replaced by an almost disbelieving smile.
"M... Mew?" he stammered.
She just looked at the man for a moment, then she did the only
thing she could think of doing. She squealed happily, hugging the side
of his head so tightly she felt like she would never let go, and rubbed
her cheek against his. Then in a frenzy of uncontrollable happiness
started rubbing the side of his head with her entire face, and forehead
as well as her cheeks. She was so ecstatic she couldn't think, and she
didn't realise how adorable she was being.
The little pokemon allowed herself to be pulled off Dominic's
shoulder when he reached for her, and he hugged her to his chest,
falling his knees seeming unable to breathe.
"Mew..." he whispered, sounding sad and happy at the same time.
"I can't believe it... It's you... this... this has got to be a
dream!"
Mew just hugged up affectonately against his chest, feeling so
happy she could cry. His psychic warmth was back in full force, and she
just sat cradled in his arms, never wanting to leave.
As their connection started to reassert itself, the endless
whiteness they were in slowly started to subside to colour. Blue
started to fill area above them, forming into clear sky on a sunny day,
and the soil and grass of a dirt road started to materialize beneath
Dominic where he was still on his knees. Trees and various other plants
popped up around them, and to the distance a large city started to
appear.
It was Viridian. Mew knew this place, it was where she had first
revealed herself to Dominic. She looked down beside the man that was
holding her, and saw the boulder she had been hiding behind when he had
first spotted her. This was where the happiest moment in her life had
occurred, this is when Dominic accepted her! Mew realised that they
must be sharing another dream.
They'd shared dreams many times since they'd met, but they had
always been in close proximity to each other. Now they were many miles
apart, and Mew was trapped within a psychic-proof bubble. It seemed
impossible for them to be together now. Their connection must have been
stronger than either of them had thought possible.
Dominic was still on his knees, hugging Mew, and they both
remained silent for a number of minutes, exchanging thoughts with each
other. Mew broke the silence every now and again with a happy mew.
After learning a little about what was going on from each other, Dominic
broke the silence himself.
"My Uncle's going to hurt you, isn't he?" he asked.
Mew nodded in reply, adding a few mews to emphasise.
"I won't let him, Mew." he vowed, with a soft whisper. "I
promised to protect you and I will. I'm coming to get you back."
The happiness these words gave her was immeasurable. He was
coming for her, he really did care! And she was certain Dominic could
save her, no one could stop him. To Mew, Dominic was invincible.
"I know I shouldn't be sleeping now, Mew, I'm sorry." he
whispered, changing the subject and sounding a little guilty.
Mew considered this for a while, wondering if had anything to be
really sorry for. She shook her head after she thought about it and
answered him, saying if he was tired, he had better rest before fighting
Team Rocket. She didn't care if he took a little longer, just as long
as he was coming.
The young man laughed as he tightened his grip around her a
little. "Flash said the exact same thing." he chuckled, appearing
content to be in this dream with her. "I think he misses you."
Mew smiled when she heard of Flash. The two of them had become
quite close with each other, he was almost like a big brother to her.
She told Dominic that she missed him too.
The two of them just stayed quiet for a few moments longer, once
again starting to share thoughts rather than speak. But then something
disturbed the tranquil moment between the two friends. Two voices
started shouting, two voices that were alien to this dream world. They
did not belong. The loud shouts of a woman with soft yet sinister
voice, and a man with a croaky voice that had a fingernails-down-a-
chalk-board quality.
"Yo, baby puke, wake up!!" the man yelled.
Mew felt herself being torn away from Dominic by the voices, but
she didn't want to go! She didn't want to be without Dominic again, she
needed him.
"Nap time's over, cutie, wake up now!" the woman's voice shouted.
The little white pokemon was suddenly torn from Dominic's arms,
and she flew away from him and over the Viridian city skyscrapers. She
screamed out to him, as his figure got smaller and smaller as she was
dragged away with some invisible force. Mew was waking up.
"DON'T WORRY MEW!!!!" was the last thing she heard him say. "I'LL
BE THERE SOON!!!!"
Then the dream was over. Mew was alone again.

***

Butch and Cassidy walked up to the yellow bubble that the Mew was
in and stared through the transparent energy. They had been given the
job of guarding the lower level of this facility, and were here to check
on their newest prisoner.
"Awwwww, isn't she cute, all curled up and asleep like that?"
Cassidy cooed, meanly.
Butch snorted at his partner's comment, as he stared at the
sleeping Mew himself. "She looks happy, I wonder why."
"I think she's having a nice dream." the female half of the duo
commented. She paused for a moment as her trademark cruel smile
appeared on her face and she spoke again. "We can't have that now, can
we?"
"Yeah, let's wake her!" Butch agreed, smiling at the thought of
doing something mean. He wasn't at all fond of this Mew after it had
humiliated him by defeating both his Gyrados and his Onix. "HEY BABY
PUKE, WAKE UP!!!!" he yelled obnoxiously, calling her by the mean nick
name he'd made up for her when she had beaten his Gyrados.
"NAP TIME'S OVER CUTIE, WAKE UP NOW!!!!" Cassidy shouted, seeming
to enjoy the sight of the Mew's smile vanishing, as she started to
shiver with a scared look on her face.
The little pokemon's sparkling blue eyes shot open, and she sat up
suddenly and looked right at the two Rockets that had wakened her. The
two partners started to laugh when they saw tears run down her cheeks.
They were glad they had hurt her.
Mew's tear filled eyes narrowed suddenly, and a massive bolt of
lightning burst forward right at them. It hit the interior of the
bubble, and lit the whole room with bright electric light. And seeing
as the two Rockets were standing very close to the bubble, the sudden
attack startled both of them. Seeing the bolt fly at them without
warning caused them to jump back, then the explosion frightened them so
much they both fell over backwards onto their backsides.
Butch and Cassidy both looked at the Mew, with shocked
expressions. She had really taken them off guard, and falling back had
really hurt, because their butts were still aching after that psychic
attack from Sabrina the previous night.
They both struggled through the ache and returned to their feet,
and started rubbing their sore backsides while staring threateningly at
the Mew that had caused them to increase this unpleasant pain. And then
Mew did something that surprised them at first, but then it just
infuriated them even further, and they both snarled at her.
"Why that cheeky little..." Butch hissed, staring angrily at their
prisoner.
Mew was laughing at them.

***

Dominic's eyes shot open, and he sat up suddenly. Flash was
wakened by the sudden movement of the man he was curled up next to, and
he looked tiredly up to his trainer.
"Rai?" he grumbled, still a little disoriented after waking up so
suddenly.
The young man pulled up the sleeve of his coat, and looked to the
expensive watch on his wrist. It was just after midnight, but he hadn't
been asleep for two hours yet. But he figured it was close enough, and
he wasn't tired anymore. As a matter of fact he felt fantastic after
his dream, he must have been given some energy from Mew while he slept.
Dominic lay back down on his back, lifted his knees to his chest,
and then jerked his legs forward, jumping to his feet in an athletic
forward flip manouvere. "Come on Flash, time to go get Mew!"
"Raaaai!" Flash groaned, as he slowly returned to his feet and
followed his trainer. One thing that made Dominic and Flash very
different, was that Flash liked his sleep a lot more, and he would
usually get grumpy if he was tired.
The young man in black walked over to his stolen motorcycle, and
lifted it from where it was laying on the ground, and back onto its
wheels. He then proceeded to push it back through the forest and
towards the road. The Raichu slowly started to follow his trainer,
deciding he'd feel better in a minute. He decided not to complain like
he usually did when someone woke him up, because he wanted to save Mew
just as much as Dominic did.
Dominic pushed the bike onto the road, leading out of Cerulean
City, and mounted it. He turned on the headlight, then jumped down on
the starting pedal, causing the engine to roar to life. Flash jumped up
on the seat in front of his trainer, but Dominic didn't start driving.
He just looked at his pokemon for a few moments, then reached into his
coat.
"You're still tired, aren't you?" he mused, pulling out Flash's
pokeball and enlarging it. "Come on, get in here and get some more
rest."
The Raichu shook his head, still not wanting to leave his trainer
alone while he was in this weird state of mind. Flash had always known
Dominic to be calm in all situations, but since Mew had been stolen he
had been acting recklessly. The electric pokemon wanted to keep an eye
on him until he got Mew back.
"Come on Flash, I'll be fine!" he assured, revealing that he could
sense what his pokemon was thinking. "You got me to get some rest, now
I'm doing the same for you!"
"Chuuuuu!" Flash said, not feeling too certain about leaving
Dominic on his own.
Dominic smiled, then scratched his pokemon behind one of his oddly
shaped ears. "I promise to let you out again as soon as you're rested."
Flash thought for a moment longer before he made his decision. He
was still very tired, and Dominic seemed much better now. He
reluctantly nodded his head, and the next thing he knew he was being
pulled as red energy into his pokeball.
Dominic looked at his pokeball for a moment before putting it back
into his coat. "Sleep well Flash."
He then revved the engine of his bike a few times, and as he
lifted his feet from the ground and the bike moved forward. His smile
slowly diminished, and his eyes narrowed into a sinister scowl.
"Uncle Giovanni..." he hissed, as anger started to fill him, now
that he had remembered that he was planning to hurt Mew. "I'm going to
make you pay dearly!"

***

Several hours later it was morning, and Dominic pulled up to a
street kerb on the outskirts of Viridian City. There were a lot of
expensive looking houses down this long street, it was obviously a very
wealthy neighborhood.
He dismounted his bike, then he reached into his coat, pulled out
a pokeball and opened it, and a pokemon was released onto the sidewalk
with a flash of red light.
"Come on out Flash!" he said, as his Raichu materialised in front
of him.
"Raaaaai!" Flash sighed, as he stood on his hind legs and
stretched his little arms. He seemed refreshed and a lot happier than
he was earlier.
"Feeling better now?" his trainer asked.
"Chu!" he replied, nodding his head.
Dominic nodded, pulled his bag from the napsack over the back of
the motorcycle's seat, and started walking down the sidewalk with his
Raichu in hot pursuit. He didn't want to take up time with this last
stop, but he had to. Breaking into this lab was going to require a few
tools.
After a brief five minute walk, he came up to a very expensive
looking mansion, with a long driveway. A large lawn and flower garden
were out in the front, and there was a high fence with a swinging gate
where the driveway met the road. He reached into the black bag and
pulled out a plastic black and grey coloured device, with a number of
buttons on it. It appeared to be a remote control of some sort.
Pointing the remote at the gate, he pushed one of the buttons and
the large metal gate swung open in front of him. He stepped into the
driveway to his house with his Raichu in tow, then pressed the button
again causing the gate to close behind him.
The smell of freshly cut grass met his nose, and he looked around
at the courtyard as he walked. His mother's old gardener must've still
been coming in every week to maintain the grounds. Dominic hadn't been
here for a while, there were too many painful memories. His mother had
left him her house when she died, but he had spent most of his days over
the years in Team Rocket accomidations to avoid sleeping here. But he
did keep a number of things here that he used for his former job. And
now he needed them.
"Chuuuu." Flash said sadly. He was one of Dominic's pokemon that
had known his mother, so there were sad memories for him here too. She
had loved Dominic's pokemon, and many of them had remembered what a kind
hearted person she was, unlike her evil brother, Giovanni.
Dominic remained silent as he walked up to the oak door, and
pulled a large assortment of keys from his bag. He quickly found the
one he needed, and used it to open the metal deadlock, then he entered
his home. The air smelt dusty as he entered. The outside of the house
had been maintained, but the interior could use a thorough dusting after
the years he had been gone.
The first room was the lobby. There were two flights of stairs
that curved inwards as they sloped up towards the second floor. A
number of expensive paintings decorated the walls, and the old grey
drapes kept the light from coming through the windows on the far wall.
He walked to a doorway located on the left wall, and walked into a
well furnished living room. There was a grey leather lounge suite, and
number of glass display cases filled with his mother's large collection
ornaments and trophies. A grand piano stood in the far corner.
He just continued walking, trying to ingnore the photographs of
his mother and a the happy looking black haired boy, that used to be
him.
After exiting the living room, he entered the kitchen. It was a
great place to cook, and used to be one of Dominic's favorite places.
He'd always loved to cook, and had become quite good at it over the
years.
Finally he moved to a brown wooden door that led to the large
garage and opened it. It was like the rest of the house, nicely
designed, and it bought back a lot of bad memories. He tried not to
look at his mother's old red convertible, even though it was covered by
a large sheet of canvas. Instead he looked to the left hand corner of
the garage, towards the back wall.
Sitting there was something that looked out of place in the room
of wood and discoloured drywall. It looked like a large silvery metal
cube, that took up the whole corner. There seemed to be a door on the
side, and beside the door was a keypad with a list of numbers from zero
to to nine.
He stepped in front of the cube, that was about the size of a
small room, and typed an eight digit code into the keypad. A small
green light flashed to life on a keypad, then two places on either side
of the keypad moved. To his right a long rectanglar panel slid to the
side revealing a shiny black rectangle surface beneath. And to his left
a small circlular metal iris hummed as it slid open, revealing a small
black glass lens.
"Code confirmed." an automated female voice chirped. "Please
enter hand print, retinal, and voice authorisation."
Dominic paused for a moment feeling sad after hearing that woman's
voice. He had no idea what had posessed him to programme the security
sytem with his mother's voice patterns when he had first recieved this
safe. But no matter how often he said he'd change it, he just couldn't
bring himself to do so.
He shook off these unpleasant thoughts and placed his hand on the
black panel that had been revealed, then he looked into the glass lens
and he spoke to the computer.
"Voice recognition, Dominic, code word Mynx."
There was a flash from the lens as it scanned the retina of his
eye. Then the panel his palm was on glowed, while it analysed the
distinctive markings of his hand. There was a soft hydraulic hiss, as
the door to the metal cube slid open, then the automated woman's voice
spoke again.
"Identity verified. Welcome home, Dominic."
Dominic sighed as he stepped into the metal cube, and took a quick
look around. The interior was cramped, the walls were no more than two
metres apart, and the distance was the same between the ceiling and the
floor. Hundreds of different metal weapons, high tech devices and
armour were hanging on the wall.
While he was working for Team Rocket, he had been allowed by his
uncle to keep various items of technology he had found useful in his
criminal activities.
He knelt down and opened a silver metal briefcase, revealing the
material of a tight fitting black body suit. He then took a quick
survey of the items he was going to need for this mission.
"Chuuu!" Flash said, startling his trainer as he stepped into the
room with him. He had been so quiet his trainer had forgotten about
him.
"Flash." he whispered, before turning back to the case and pulling
out the body suit. "I think it's about time my uncle had a taste of his
own medicine!"

***

He walked up to the other canvass covered vehicle, that was parked
beside his mother's convertible, and pulled the cover off of it. His
motor bike looked good, the cover had kept it from gathering dust. It
was almost entirely black, save for the silvery chrome of the engine.
"Rai-chu!" Flash commented, remembering the custom made
motorcycle. He was one of the few pokemon Dominic had that liked to
ride on his bike.
Dominic looked down at his new outfit, to make sure everything was
in place. His body suit was tight fitting, but it felt soft against his
skin. It was made of a specially designed material resistant to almost
any kind of pokemon attack, and was dozens of times stronger than his
usual pokemon proof attire. He had metal shin guards on his legs, and
he had put his boots back on after slipping into his suit. He wore a
grey kevlar breastplate over his torso, matching wrist guards and he had
slipped his hands into his fingerless fighting gloves. The final item
of clothing he had slipped back on was his coat, loaded with pokemon.
"I think I'm about ready for a really big fight, how about you
Flash?" Dominic whispered, as he looked to his pokemon.
"Chu!" Flash replied, nodding his head, and seeming more than
eager to get out and save Mew.
"Oh, I almost forgot!" he said, reaching into his bag and pulling
out a Team Rocket issue untraceable cell phone. He mounted his bike, as
he dialed in three numbers and his Raichu got onto the seat in front of
him. He lifted the phone to his ear, and when he got an answer, he
spoke. "Hello, I'd like to give in the location of a motorcyle, stolen
in Saffron City." he said, not waiting for any kind of questioning from
the operator, as he pulled out the bikers drivers licence he'd taken
earlier. "It belongs to a guy named, Clarence."

***

It felt good to be on his own bike again. That motorcycle he had
stolen wasn't bad, but it still couldn't go half as fast as the one he
was riding now. And this one was a little lighter making it easier to
perform any necessary stunts.
He turned off the main dirt road leading out of Viridian City, and
onto a smaller road that led to Team Rocket's new private laboratory.
Flash was sitting in front of him, seeming to enjoy the ride, and
Dominic wasn't quite as worried about Mew any more. Ever since that
dream their connection had been restored, and though it wasn't quite as
intense as it was when they were close, he could still sense her
feelings.
She was happy. She wasn't scared anymore, because she knew
Dominic was coming for her, and now all she had to do was wait.
He was so close to her now, he just hoped that his uncle wouldn't
decide to hurt her too soon. It would probably take a while to break
into the facility, and get right to the basement level where they were
probably keeping Mew. But if they did decide to start experimenting,
Mew would probably put up one hell of a fight before they got her. She
was pretty tough despite her adorable soft toy appearance.
He allowed himself to stop thinking of these things and get his
mind back on his mission. He turned off the road suddenly and started
riding up a steep hill, the engine to his bike making irregular sounds
as it struggled a little with the steep slope.
After reaching the top, he hit the brakes, and his back wheel
kicked up a cloud of dust as it skidded ninety degrees before it finally
came to a complete stop.
He looked down and saw his target. The facility was built like a
military bomb shelter, it was almost entirely made of reinforced
concrete. The doors leading to the interior of the building were made
of solid steel, and though the long rectangular windows along the front
and sides of the building, seemed to ruin the inpenatrable appearance,
Dominic knew the glass was virtually unbreakable.
And if that wasn't bad enough, there was a strong electric fence,
built with steel girders and chain link metal. All along the top of the
fence was barbed wire, and there was a watchtower just inside the fence,
beside a large automated gate.
Dominic reached into his bag, that was secured to the back of his
motorcycle by elastic ropes, and pulled out a pair of high tech
binoculars he had picked up at home. He looked through them, and
pressed a button that caused his binoculars to zoom in on what he was
looking at.
There were two guards in the watchtower, but neither of them
seemed to be paying attention to their job. They were sitting on the
floor facing each other, and from what Dominic could make out they
seemed to be playing cards.
A sly smile appeared on his face, as he lowered the binoculars he
had been looking through. Those negligent guards were an advantage he
was going to take full advantage of.
He turned his motorcycle around, and rolled a couple of metres
down the hill, so he wouldn't get spotted while he released his pokemon.
He had his infiltration of that building all planned out now, the first
thing he had to do was bring down that electric fence. The Tauros he
had bought with him could knock it down, but the electricity would be
too much for them. So the first thing he'd have to do is take care of
that.
He looked to Flash, who was still sitting on the seat in front of
him. "You remember what we planned Flash?"
"Rai!" he replied, with a nod.
He pulled out a pokeball from his coat, without taking his eyes
from the electric type. "We don't have much time, you'd better explain
it to your partner on the way down."
Flash smiled, as Dominic released one of his pokemon. Phase one
of Dominic's plan was underway.

***

He was close now. Mew could feel it, he was nearly here. Soon
she would be free again, and Giovanni.
He would be very sorry!

***

Zack wasn't too fond of guard duty. He had joined Team Rocket
because he thought he'd get to work with some cool people, and see a lot
of action while he ripped off a bunch of poor sap trainers. But he'd
been a member for two months now, ever since he'd become old enough to
get his trainer's licence, and he still hadn't done anything remotely
illegal. He'd just been doing these stupid jobs, like running errands
for higher ranking members, or guarding places that obviously did not
need to be guarded.
He looked around the room he was in, pretty angry about being sent
here alone to guard the generators. This room was over one hundred feet
under the ground, it's walls were made of solid concrete, and the only
way in here was in the elevator. Who was he supposed to be guarding
these generators from?
There were four turbines bunched together in the centre of the
room, and they were connected to a large contol panel, that distributed
power from the turbine generators to the rest of the building.
So sure this room was important, but he didn't need to be here.
To get into this room, you'd have to get through the electric fence and
in through the rest of the security. Then once you got into the
building, you'd have to type a code into the elevator control panel, and
take it down here. But that was impossible, no one could get in that
far, and there was absolutely no other way down here. His job was
pointless!
A loud sound startled him from his thoughts, and turned to where
it had come from. It was a kind of a hollow banging sound, like someone
had hit the concrete wall and it was hollow on the other side, causing
an echo to resonate throughout the cool air of the large room.
Then he heard it a second time. It was louder this time, and he
could hear something starting to crack. He ran towards the other side
of the room, where he had heard the sound coming from, and noticed a
number of hairline cracks in a small area of the concrete wall. His
curiosity getting the best of him, he reached up and touched the cracks.
He didn't recall seeing them when he first took a look around this room.
But once his fingertips met the cracked concrete, the loud bang
resounded again, and he jumped back as the wall cracked again. Dust
fell through the cracks and onto the floor.
~The room's collapsing!~ he thought in terror as he took a step
backwards. The whole place was going to collapse, and he was going to
get buried under tonnes of earth and stone!
He turned and started running for the elevator, but stopped when
he heard the banging sound a third time, and it was followed by a new
sound. The sound of concrete breaking and chunks of it falling to the
floor.
He turned back, and saw that a large circular hole had been made
in the wall. It wasn't the whole room, it was just that small section
of the wall that was collapsing, so Zack was relieved. But his relief
was short lived when a pokemon jumped out of the whole, then a second
one came out after it.
A Raichu ran up to the control panel that was connected to the
generators, and started to charge up with electricity. A yellow quilled
Sandslash, that had come with him stood next to the generators, and
seemed to be waiting for his partner to do something.
"Raaaaaaai!" the Raichu said, as he charged up and Zack realised
he was going to short circuit the control panel. That would probably
shut down the generators, and power down the entire building! He had to
stop it!
"Hey you little freaks, get away from there!!" he yelled,
threateningly. He was used to kicking around pokemon, so he just
expected these two strays to be easy enough to chase off.
The two pokemon just turned and looked at Zack, just seeming to
notice him for the first time. They just stared at him for a moment,
with their creepy black eyes, and didn't seem at all intimidated by the
young Rocket.
Zack took an involuntary step back. They were kinda scary, they
had a look of experience in their eyes that he didn't like. But he
couldn't just let them cut of power to the facility, his boss would kill
him! Literally!
"Hey you little jerks, I said get lost!!" he yelled again, as the
two pokemon just stood there staring, not changing their emotionless
expressions for a second. He growled and reached for the pokemon he had
first gotten when he had recieved his trainer's licence. It was strong
against both electric and ground types, so he wouldn't have any trouble
chasing the intruders away. "Bulbasaur, Razor Leaf!" he said, throwing
his pokeball.
Red light distributed a small green pokemon with a bulb on it's
back, that yelled, "bulba!" It fired two razor sharp leaves and they
flew at the two pokemon, that were still just staring blankly.
One leaf flew at each of the pokemon's heads, but the two of them
just nonchalantly slanted their heads to the side, and the leaves flew
by their faces, missing by centimetres. They then returned their heads
to their original position and continued staring with their beady black
eyes.
Zack froze, after seeing his attack avoided so easily. They'd
barely moved, and he'd missed them! "You stupid Bulbasaur!" he yelled,
looking to his equally shocked pokemon. "Use your Leech Seed!"
The little bulbasaur narrowed his little eyes, and fired two seeds
at its opponents. This was obviously a pokemon that didn't like to be
humiliated.
The two pokemon still stayed put while the seeds flew at them, and
once they came into range, they just swatted the leech seeds aside like
insignificant little insects. They then turned and looked into each
others eyes, before turning back to the little bulbasaur that was facing
off with two opponents more experienced than itself.
"Vine Whip!!" Zack snapped. But before his pokemon could follow
the order, the Sandshrew seemed to vanish into thin air. All Zack saw
was a brown and yellow blur, as the sandslash used his Agility Attack to
increase his speed. He ricoched off the side of one of the metal
turbines and flew at the plant type, then he did something that caused a
nasty slicing sound. He then moved as a blur right back beside the
Raichu. The whole attack took no more than a second.
Zack looked at his pokemon, who just stood there for a moment
seeming just fine at first glance. Then he noticed there were a number
of cuts on his bulb and body, and his pokemon's body suddenly tensed up
as the pain of the incredible attack hit him.
"Buh!" he gasped, before collapsing unconscious to the ground.
The Raichu and Sandslash both looked at each other again, then
straight back to the frightened young Rocket.
"Wh... Why you little!!" he stammered, as he reached to his belt
for another pokeball. "Go Pidgey!"
Big mistake. "CHUUUUUUUUU!!!!"
The bird pokemon fell to the ground almost immediately after
exiting his pokeball, with his feathers smoking from the impressive
Thunder Attack he had just recieved.
Still the duo seemed content with staring at their attacker. But
after they seemed to decide he was no threat, they returned their
attention to the generators and control panel.
"Raaaaaai... CHUUUUUUUU!!!!" the electric type yelled, sending a
large bolt of electricity into the control panel. Hundreds of sparks
started flying from the delicate equipment, and soon the entire thing
just exploded. The turbines then stopped humming when the power
distribution system was destroyed.
Now that the turbines weren't running anymore, it was Sandslash's
turn. He jumped on the turbines and started to slash at the hard metal
with it's sharp claws. He cut easily through the metal and was soon
digging his way through wires and turbine engines, completely
eliminating any chance of returning power to the facility.
"NO, NO, NO!!!!" Zack yelled, running up to the generators as the
Raichu started shocking them, effectively destroying anything the
Sanslash had missed. "STOP, THE BOSS WILL KILL ME!!!!"
The foolish young Rocket ran up and grabbed the Raichu, in an
attempt to stop him from doing any more damage.
Yet again, a big mistake. "CHUUUUUUU!!!!"
The next thing he knew he was being blown away backwards and
through the air by a large lightning bolt. He hit the concrete wall and
it knocked the wind out of him, then he went falling down towards the
floor, landing with a loud thud.
He just lay limply and helplessly as he watched the odd duo finish
off the facility's main power supply. They then ran up to the wall they
had come out of and jumped back into the small hole the Sandslash had
created, returning to wherever they had come from.
"Oh, maaaaaan!" Zack groaned, knowing the boss was probably going
to blame him for this. Darkness slowly flooded his every sense and he
slowly drifted into unconsciousness.
Little did he know, this was just the beginning.

***

Dominic smiled when Flash, and his Sandslash, Canyon returned,
saying that they had successfully destroyed the generators. Just as he
had thought, Canyon and Flash made an ideal team for that job. Flash
could sense the electricity from the generators, so he could tell Canyon
just what way to dig. And they hadn't taken long at all to finish
either, so Dominic was very proud of both of them.
"Okay." he said to his two pokemon, as he pulled out one red
pokeball and more than a dozen green ones from his coat. "Time for
phase two." He enlarged and opened the red one, releasing his Tauros in
a flash of red light. "You ready Brahm, it's your turn."
Brahm mooed, seeming happy to see his trainer again. He then
nodded his big head, acknowledging his trainer's question.
"Good." he replied, starting to enlarge the green Safari Balls
that had been loaned to him by Ash. "I've bought a few friends to help
you."
Brahm looked in great interest as Dominic started to open them.

***

The two Rocket's sat cross legged on the floor of the tall
watchtower, that overlooked all the land in front of the electric fence.
As with many partnered Team Rocket members, one was male and the other
was female.
Both of them were about 18, and had brown hair. The woman's hair
was long and shiny, flowing down over her shoulders, and the young man's
hairdo was cut short, and slicked back with a little hair gel. Both of
them were quite attractive, each with a nice pair of green eyes, and
though they looked related, they weren't.
They both stared at each other over the cards they were holding,
both of them knowing they'd probably get in trouble for goofing off
during lookout duty. But no one came this far into the wilderness
outside Viridian City, so they weren't going to waste time looking at
the scenery.
"So." the girl said, looking to her partner. "You got any
queens?"
The young man smiled and shook his head in reply. "Go fish!"
The girl cursed under her breath. The young man stood up and took
a quick look over the edge of the watch tower, while he had his turn.
Both of them would occasionally take a quick look, just in case someone
uninvited was coming, but they didn't do it very often.
"You got any..." the guy started, before freezing suddenly. The
girl looked up and saw his partner's face had started to go blue. He
looked scared. "T... Tauros!"
She looked at the young man, wondering what was wrong with him.
"These aren't pokemon cards, you ass!"
"Tauros!" he gasped again, seeming to be scared as his eyes were
fixed on something below them.
The girl shook her head, and smiled. "No, I don't have any
Tauros! Go fish!" she chuckled, glad she'd been given the chance to
cheat in a game she was losing. "Now, do you have any eights?"
"T... Tauros!" he choked again, pointing to something behind his
female partner. "Tauros!"
She looked at him blankly for a moment, then stood up and looked
to where her partner was staring. There were nearly fifteen massive
Tauros running right at the base at full speed, in a dangerous looking
stampede. And when it came to Tauros, fifteen was more than enough to
do a lot of damage to anything.
"Oh..." she whispered, just realising what her partner was going
on about. "_Tauros_."
"Y... you don't think they can actually get throught the fence do
you?" the guy asked, as he watched the angry looking stampede quickly
running down the hill in front of the Team Rocket Reasearch Facility.
"I mean there's something like 10,000 volts going through that..."
He suddenly stopped what he was saying, when all the Tauros
reached the fence. They butted it with their heads and horns, and
easily broke through the chain link and metal girders, without too much
trouble. And without any trace of electricity hurting any of them. The
fence was wasn't working.
The two Rockets looked on in horror, as several of the attacking
pokemon ran right to the base of the tall tower they were standing in.
The mighty horned pokemon head butted their way through the wood and
concrete base of the watchtower, and sent it toppling forward with the
two partners still in it.
The two of them looked at each other, as they felt themselves
falling and they both spoke in unison. And they said the same thing.
"Crap."

***

He watched from the hilltop, as the stampede he had released
completely anihillated the electric fence. Then they toppled the
watchtower, sending two terrified lookouts falling to the ground.
Dominic allowed himself to smile slightly. He hadn't expected the
Tauros he had borrowed to be so strong. But they had torn through the
fence like tissue paper, and to Dominic's surprise had also managed to
knock down the watchtower.
It was obvious that Ash Ketchum was an excellent trainer. Dominic
kind of regretted not taking him up on his challenge for a pokemon
battle, when they were both in Cerulean.
He stopped these thoughts and returned his mind to the current
situation. The Tauros were now in the front courtyard of the facility,
and had dispensed with all the other guards that were there. Now they
were trying to knock down the thick metal front doors, but they seemed
to be having more trouble with that than they did with the fence.
Now was time for faze three.
He lifted his bag from where it lay next to his feet, and started
to walk down the hill, towards the building his Tauros were attacking.
And following him, some pokemon came into view as they all ran from
where they were hidden behind the summit of the low hill.
Gradually the number of pokemon coming into view behind Dominic
grew, and soon the young trainer was being tailed by a veritable army of
various pokemon types and species. All of them seemed more than ready
for an epic battle.
And and epic battle it was going to be!

***

"Hey boss, we're under attack!" yelled a young man in a black
uniform with a red R on the tank top.
Giovanni turned and narrowed his eyes at his employee, who was
running out of the open elevator door. "Is that what's making all that
racket?!"
The young Rocket member stopped in front of his employer and stood
up straight. He was panting slightly from running from the front of the
building. "Yes sir, a stampede of Tauros tore down the fence, and are
now attempting to bring down the door!"
"Tauros?!" he asked, clenching his teeth into an angry expression.
"There is more than enough electricity going through that fence to stop
a hundred Tauros!"
The young man swallowed hard, not liking to bring bad news to his
boss. "Uh sir? The power's out, so the fence doesn't..."
"WHAT?!?!" he yelled, startling his young employee. "How can the
power be out, we still have lights in here!"
A scientist that stood nearby spoke up, and got his boss'
attention. "Sir this room has it's own generator." he explained,
seeming as scared as the young man who'd just entered. "It's a
precaution to keep power to pokemon containment cells in the unlikely
event of a power failure."
Giovanni looked to the scientist, then back to the man that'd come
to bring him the news of the attack. "Then why wasn't I informed of
this power failure?" he growled, scowling meneacingly at the frightened
young Rocket.
"I... we... er..." he stammered.
"SPEAK YOU BLUBBERING IDIOT!!!!"
"The attack started almost immediately after the powercut!" he
blurted extremely quickly, terrified of his boss' wrath. "I was about
to come and tell you about the power failure, when I was sidetracked by
the Tauros' attack!"
He continued to scowl at him for a moment, then he turned back to
his scientist to ask a question. "Where did a stampede of Tauros come
from, there are no herds in the vicinity of this outpost!"
The scientist didn't answer at first, because he was looking into
the screen of the control panel he had used to activate Mew's prison.
"Sir, I don't think those Tauros are wild, or from someone's herd." he
said, looking surprised at what he was looking at through the monitor.
"What are you talking about?!" he snapped, running up to take a
look at the monitor himself.
"I established a direct video link to the camera in the front of
the building." he explained, his eyes still fixed on the monitor. "The
Tauros are attacking the main door as if they were commanded to, and
there's someone approaching from the north!"
"Who?!" the boss snapped, trying to look over the scientist's
shoulder, so he could see the monitor too.
"I don't know sir, but he's got more than eighty pokemon following
him!"
Giovanni snarled, then grabbed the scientist by his shoulders and
threw him roughly to the side. He looked into the screen and his eyes
widened when he saw who was approaching, with his army of well trained
pokemon.
"Dominic?!" he yelled, turning towards Cassidy and Butch, who were
standing at either side of the elevator door. He scowled at the two
partners, feeling a whole lot of anger welling up withing him. "I
thought you said he was badly injured!"
Butch stepped forward, seeming surprised by what his boss had
said. "It can't be him, boss! I kicked him in the ribs, and I swear I
felt his bones crunch!"
Giovanni narrowed his eyes, then beckonned for his blue haired
employee. Butch walked up to him, and the moment he came into range,
Giovanni grabbed him by the hair, pulled him close, then in a fit of
rage he jammed his face right up against the cool glass of the monitor.
"DOES HE LOOK LIKE HE HAS BROKEN RIBS TO YOU?!?! DOES HE?!?!" he
roared, violently rubbing the young man's face over the screen. "YOU
FOOL, BECAUSE OF YOU I WASN'T EXPECTING HIM, AND I DIDN'T PREPARE FOR AN
ATTACK!!!!"
He pulled him away from the monitor by his hair, then threw him to
the side, where he went sprawling to the floor. "Boss, I'm sorry, I
really thought he'd be in bandages or something!"
Giovanni glowered down to his fallen employee, then he looked up
to Cassidy, who seemed both frightened, and a little worried about her
partner. He looked from one to the other for a moment longer, then
clenched his teeth in frustration. They were his two best agents, and
now he needed them.
"Blast it, pick yourself up!!" he snapped, before his subordinate
had a chance to get up from the ground. "Now take every trainer in the
building, and suppress this attack IMMEDIATELY!!!!"
The two of them nodded in reply. "Right away sir!" they
acknowledged, before running towards the elevator.
He breathed audibly as he tried to calm down. Dominic's pokemon
were outnumbered at least two to one, but their experience would more
than make up for their inferior numbers. Not to mention the fact that
Dominic was also very cunning, and would often take his enemy off guard
no matter how prepared they were. But if anyone could stop him, Butch
and Cassidy could.
He looked back into the monitor, and saw that Dominic had entered
the courtyard, stepping over the obliterated fence, and all his pokemon
started to join him. After a moment of looking around, he looked
straight up at the camera, and Giovanni could swear he was looking him
right in the eye.
Dominic's eyes narrowed as if he could see his uncle, and the
leader of Team Rocket was surprised when he shuddered in something
feeling like fear. But nothing frightened him. Why was he shivering?
Soon Dominic stopped looking at the camera, and pointed to it,
saying something to one of his pokemon. A Charmeleon stepped into view,
looked right up to the camera. The last the Giovanni saw was a symbol
shaped Fire Blast flying at him, before the screen was drowned in
static.
He cursed under his breath, then sent a glance towards the pokemon
that sat in her yellow prison-dome. His eyes fixated on her when he
noticed her mean expression, and he glowered menacingly. But she
bravely continued to look right into his sinister triangular eyes. He
didn't like this Mew, she didn't seem scared of him like she was before.
"What are you smiling at?!" he snapped, menacingly.
Mew just continued to smile meanly at her captor, and Giovanni
started to get a bad feeling. A very bad feeling.

***

Everyone was tense. Cassidy and Butch had quickly gathered every
Team Rocket trainer in the building, and now had them all gathered in
the lobby. The large metal doors were vibrating violently, from the
attacks from the Tauros that had layed siege to the base.
All the people there knew they had Dominic outnumbered, yet they
all seemed scared. Most Team Rocket members were familiar with
Dominic's reputation as one of the best agents in Team Rocket history,
but many had also seen him in action too.
He was the reigning champion of both the Team Rocket hand to hand
fighting tournament, and the Team Rocket Pokemon Tournament. Each of
these events are held every year to allow members to test their skills
against the best of their peers. And for the last few years Dominic had
made quite reputation for himself, by winning constantly against very
formidable opponents.
But they were all ready for him. The moment those Tauros broke
down that door, every pokemon Team Rocket had would attack, and Dominic
wouldn't have a chance. Only a few pokemon could come through that door
at a time, so the narrow entrance would nullify their numbers, letting
his enemies take out him and his pokemon by a few at a time.
One of the younger rockets noticed something moving in the corner
of his eye, so he turned to look through one of the glass windows, that
were at either side of the door. Then he sounded a warning.
"Butch, sir! There's a Scyther at the window!"
Butch stared at the window, and after noticing that it had been
spotted, the scyther flew off. "Don't worry about it, no pokemon attack
would break that glass." he whispered confidently. After a moment
however he noticed something attached to the window.
All the other Rocket's looked on as Butch approached the window to
see what the Scyther had left behind. It looked like a black high tech
device, the same shape and size as a cigarette box. He started to walk
closer, but then he noticed an identical device on the other window, to
the opposite side of the buckling metal door.
"What is that?" Cassidy asked, just noticing what her partner was
looking at.
Butch's eyes widened in shock when he realised what they were.
They were specially designed Team Rocket devices for breaking glass.
They were popular with many agents.
"EVERYBODY COVER YOUR EARS, HE'S USING SONIC CHARGES!!!!" he
shrieked, a little too late. The black charges on the windows started
to vibrate, and the glass vibrated with them at a high velocity. All of
a sudden the entire room was filled with a deafening whistling sound,
and everybody cried out in pain, covering their ears.
The combination of the vibration and the sound, caused every glass
object in the room, including the windows, to explode in to thousands of
shards of glass. Light bulbs, spetacles a few unfortunate people were
wearing, and even a few items of cheap jewelery simply exploded under
the influence of the destructive sonic charges.
Butch recovered quickly after the whistling subsided, though he
was still wincing with pain from the offensive sound to his ears. He
screamed at all his comrades in his obnoxiously croaky voice, managing
to make enough noise for them to hear him over the ringing in their
ears.
"THEY'RE COMING THROUGH THE WINDOWS TOO, GET READY!!!!" he roared,
releasing a number of different pokemon, though leaving his Onix and
Gyrados, that he had neglected to get treated for their injuries.
All the other trainers started to release a few of their own
pokemon, and waited anxiously for enemies to come flooding through the
shattered windows.
And they continued waiting. But no one came.
Everyone was startled when the sound of destruction reverberated
from several other rooms. The sounds were coming from all around, it
sounded like there were a whole load of pokemon trashing the place! But
how was that possible, how could they have gotten in the building
without coming through the front door?!
Cassidy and Butch both looked at each other in stark realisation,
as their faces started to go very pale. It seemed that they'd figured
out what had happened, and that they'd both made a grievous error.
Butch's face changed from pale white to bright red, as he grabbed
at his hair a attemted to tear out great handfuls of it in a fit of
anger and frustration. "AAAAAAAAAARRRRRRGGGHHHHH, THAT BASTARD, HE
TRICKED US!!!!" he roared, jumping up and down violently. "HOW COULD
I'VE BEEN SO STUPID, THE TAUROS ATTACKING THE FRONT DOOR WAS JUST A
DIVERSION!!!! HE'S COMING THROUGH THE WINDOWS!!!!"
Everyone had their mouths left hanging open, as the full truth and
sheer brilliance of Dominic's form of attack sunk in. They then got a
move on and hurriedly stumbled over each other for the door.
"SPREAD OUT, WE HAVE TO STOP HIM!!!!" Cassidy ordered, as people
and pokemon alike tripped over each other in the overly crowded room,
trying to get through the door that led into the rest of the building.
The confusion caused by Dominic's unexpected tactics cost them a lot of
time, as they tried to organise themselves. But it took a while before
they were out of the lobby, and divided into groups to check the rest of
the building.
Dominic had to be stopped.

***

A young woman, Catrina, descreetly separated from the other three
Team Rocket trainers she was walking with. If anyone was going to get
Dominic, it was her and her alone!
She hadn't been to fond of the boss' nephew, ever since the last
time she'd worked with him. She had become very attracted to him, but
he had refused her affections, and any attempts she had made to entice
him into her arms had been ignored. She had been furious, no one
rejected her, she was the most popular girl in Team Rocket and all guys
loved her! And if that wasn't bad enough, he'd stolen her title of best
fighter in the Team Rocket tournament. She had always prided herself on
her fighting skills, she trained every day. But somehow he managed to
beat her, leaving her with the worthless second place title. Now she
wanted a rematch and to teach him what happened to guys that rejected
her.
She released a couple of her pokemon, pretty sure that Dominic
would probably have a few with him too. She had a fondness for grass
types, and soon she had her Vileplume and Tangela following her.
Most of the rooms with the broken windows, that Dominic and his
pokemon had come through, were now empty and completely trashed. Now
dozens of trainers were searching vigilantly for the intruder in other
rooms, but Catrina was determined to have him for herself and get him
back.
She ran into one of the many rooms that hadn't been checked yet,
and found a wartortle trashing everything in the place with an
impressive Water Gun Attack. She decided she'd better stop the turtle-
like pokemon, before resuming her search. She recognised Dominic's
wartortle, his name was Poseiden, and he was a tough little thing. But
he was still not any match Catrina's grass pokemon.
"Tangela, Vilplume, waste that little runt!" she yelled, ordering
her pokemon to attack.
The two plant types charged at the smaller pokemon, but they were
taken off guard when a Charmeleon jumped out from behind the door they
had entered through. He showered them in a steady stream of flame from
his mouth, and her two pokemon were quickly fainted.
She looked to the Wartortle, then turned and looked at the sneaky
charmeleon that had taken out her two stongest pokemon with a cheap
shot. Charmeleon smirked meanly at the attractive female Rocket, and
she silently scolded herself for her error. She'd forgotten that
Poseiden almost always worked with Dominic's Charmeleon, Pyro. The two
of them made a great team.
Catrina ran into the room, then scowled at the two pokemon that
were advancing on her, as she reached for a third pokeball. "Why you
sneaky little runts, I'll get you for that!"
"Hello Catrina." someone said, startling her. She turned around
and saw someone standing in the doorway she had come through, blocking
her exit. He was wearing dark grey kevlar armour on his chest and
shins, and probably on his wrists beneath the sleeves of his long coat
too. He was also wearing a high quality Team Rocket issue bodysuit,
that covered everything but his hands and head.
"Dominic!" she said, looking into his cold blue eyes, and smiling
now that she had found her prey. She placed her hand on her hip, and
stared at him with cold green eyes, then flicked her head back slightly
to allow her long strawberry blonde hair to fly back over her shoulders.
Catrina knew she was attractive, and was never shy about showing
it. Admittedly her attraction of Dominic had been revived when she'd
seen him in his armour, coat and bodysuit. She'd always had a weakness
for an extremely hot guy, and now she was hoping to get more than a
fight out of him.
"Oh Dominic, you wouldn't believe how upset I was when I heard
that you'd quit." she purred, looking right at him with a seductive bend
to her lips. "I never even got to kiss you."
Dominic smiled, his icy blue eyes narrowing sinisterly as he did
so. His smiles were usually warm, but Catrina shivered this time as he
seemed to stare right into her soul, and chill it with his dark glare.
"I don't kiss psychos."
Her smile vanished and her expression turned icy cold. She didn't
mind being called a psycho, but any guy saying he wouldn't kiss her
really pissed her off! Some people are just so sensitive, you bull whip
a couple of old people for their pokemon, and all of a sudden he doesn't
like you anymore!
She reached around behind herself, and grabbed the weapon that was
attached to her belt. She uncoiled her whip and it made a couple of
loud smacking sounds as she whipped it at him, missing him by
millimetres.
Surprisingly, Dominic didn't even flinch.
"You want a rematch, Catrina?" he asked calmly, with that
chillingly cold smile still on his face.
"Yeah, but I figured I'd make it an unfair fight this time!" she
hissed, whipping the floor a few times to emphasise.
"I don't know, I actually think the whip may even up the odds."
Catrina allowed her scowl to darken. He was foolish to
underestimate her! She might have lost her last fight to him at the
tournament, but he hadn't walked away without a few bruises. Now she'd
teach him a lesson!
She suddenly lashed out with her whip, hoping to take him of guard
buy going straight for his face. But Dominic just moved his head to the
side, and the crack of the whip only managed to cut off the tips of a
few strands of his black hair. She clenched her teeth, making a
feminine growl as she continued to try and whip him, going for any area
of his body that wasn't in armour.
But he moved impossibly fast, dodging every attack she made. He
was moving even faster than the last time they had fought, he must have
been doing some rigorous fight training since then.
She just couldn't understand it! Her bull whip never missed, how
could he dodge it every time, how could anyone move with such speed?
Dominic was quickly starting to frustrate his opponent, and her
attacks were very gradually becoming less and less accurate with every
passing moment. She swung her arm horizontally, hoping to cut open the
side of his face, but he lifted his arm to block, and her whip wrapped
around his wrist and held fast.
The young woman tugged at the handle of her weapon, trying in vain
to retrieve it. But Dominic grabbed onto more of the leather, and
wrapped it around his hand, effectively lining his knuckles with tight
black whip leather.
Then suddenly, before Catrina knew what was happening, Dominic
yanked on the end of the whip he had wrapped around his forearm and
hand. Then in an incredible feat of strength, he pulled his female
opponent off her feet and flying through the air towards him.
The last thing she saw, was his leather clad fist flying at her
face.

***

The large building had a lot of rooms, and Dominic's pokemon were
slowly but surely destroying every one. The attack plan was working
well. By spreading his pokemon throughout the building, Team Rocket
also had to divide their forces. This made it much easier for Dominic
and his pokemon to defeat them individually, instead of all at once.
At one end of the building, two Rockets ran into a staff room with
a television, and a small kitchenette used to make meals and beverages.
They found a strong looking female Scyther flying all around the room,
destroing everything she could get her blade-arms into.
She flew around the room at high speed, every time she passed
something a couple of silvery lines cut through the air, revealing she
was using her Slash Attack. Flying past the coffee machine, up to the
sofa and other items of furniture, then to the television, she caused
cutting sounds every time she passed something.
Then the flying bug type stopped suddenly, and looked at the two
young men that were looking at her. As she stared, everything in the
room she'd flown past fell to pieces. Then she lifted her blades into a
fighting position and the two Rockets reached for the pokeballs on their
belts.
"Go Scyther!" the first guy with brown hair said, throwing his
pokeball.
"You too Scyther!" the other yellow haired trainer yelled.
The two of them looked at each other. It seemed they both had a
fondness for scythers.
"Two scythers against one, this should be easy!" blonde hair
commented.
"Yeah, c'mon Scythers, you're not gonna let a girl beat you are
ya?!" brown hair asked.
The two males looked to each other, then to their opponent. They
lifted their blade arms and prepared to attack, but before they could
even move, the female used her agility to reach an amazing speed. To
the naked eye she appeared to vanish, and then the cutting sound filled
the air again as more silvery cutting lines appeared where the two male
scythers were hovering. Dominic's Scyther then reappeared where she had
just been and her two opponents tensed up, then collapsed unconscious
onto the floor. The two Rocket's jaws dropped, then they looked at
each other and back to the extremely skilled pokemon that just hovered,
staring at them. They then reached to their belts for more pokeballs,
and prepared to pull them off.
"SCYTHER!!!!" their enemy shreiked, lifting her blades to attack.
The two of them changed their minds about releasing more of their
pokemon, and decided to take another course of action. They turned
around and ran, screaming like terrified little school girls.

***

Rocky, Dominic's Hitmonchan, was doing well. He had already
defeated several pokemon and people alike, and was running down the
hall, looking for something else to destroy. Dominic had ordered all of
his pokemon to spread throughout the building, and destroy everything in
sight. That way, while Team Rocket was occupied, Dominic would be able
to get to Mew, then they'd all leave.
The hitmonchan stopped running down the hall suddenly, when
something massive jumped out from a door to the side and blocked his
path. It was a Machamp. And not just any Machamp, but Giovanni's
Machamp, a very bad tempered and strong pokemon.
The four armed green skinned monster growled at Rocky, who was
only one third his size. It clenched all four of his fists in
preparation to crush him.
Rocky swallowed hard, a little intimidated by the larger pokemon.
But he bravely lifted his fists, and started jumping from toe to toe,
punching the air a couple of times in preparation for a fight.
"CHAAAMP!!!!" Machamp roared, bringing his lower right fist down
on his opponent. Rocky sidestepped, and the fist hit the vinyl floor,
and cracked the concrete beneath.
Rocky then went on the offensive, and started throwing
combinations of all his best punches. But the other fighting type
easily blocked these punches with his four massive hands. Four arms
against two wasn't very fair, and the Machamp had excellent defensive
power, so it seemed almost impossible to hit him.
He jumped back from his opponent, and he stared into his ugly,
green, smiling face. They just glared at each other for a moment,
Machamp smiling, and Rocky panting from punching so much. He wasn't
sure he could win, Machamp was stronger than he was! How could he beat
a pokemon that was prepared for any punch?
Rocky smiled suddenly, and stared mischevously into Machamp's red
eyes. He then ran up to him, and before he knew what was happening,
Rocky stepped down hard on his foot.

***

Butch, Cassidy and a Pinsir ran into a room, located a little
deeper into the building. This was the observation deck, and there were
a number of chairs, facing a picture window on the far wall. The window
looked down into the lab, where various experiments on pokemon were
often performed.
They walked up to the window, and looked down to the lab. It was
filled with high tech machinery, various chemicals, tools and surgical
tables. Many pokemon had met their ends in that room.
Butch looked to the door that exited the lab below. It was the
one that led into the adjacent room, where they had imprisoned all the
stolen pokemon, including that sickeningly adorable Mew. Butch had a
feeling that Dominic was planning to come into this room, break the
window, and jump down into the lab. It would be the smart course of
action, and not quite as obvious as going for the elevator, or the
stairs.
Cassidy ran her hand lithely over the back of her Pinsir's head.
The rest of their pokemon were scattered throught the building, only
Pinsir was left now, and Butch was hoping he'd be the one to take care
of Dominic. Pinsir's could inflict a lot of pain if they wanted too,
especially a Pinsir that was trained by Cassidy.
"Are you sure he'll come here?" Cassidy asked, affectionately
stroking one of Pinsir's massive tusks.
"I'm not certain, but it just seems like something he'd do." Butch
replied, looking back down at the lab and seeing Giovanni's head
scientist walk in. "After tricking us by coming through the windows, I
remembered what a great strategist he is. So now we have to think like
he would, and I don't think he'd use the elevator. If I was him I'd
come through this window."
His attractive partner nodded thoughtfully, curving up her red
lipsticked lips in a sly smile. "Sounds like a bit of a long shot,
Butch."
He turned and looked at her, then he smiled himself. "I have a
new rule now." he whispered, looking down to the Pinsir that was
contentedly recieving afftection from it's trainer. "When dealing with
Dominic, prepare for the unexpected. If it's a long shot, all the more
likely he'll do it."
Cassidy nodded in agreement. Both of them knew Dominic and his
tactics quite well, even if they were almost always unexpected.
The duo spun around suddenly when they heard a loud crashing
sound. A Machamp had come crashing through the wood and drywall of the
wall near the entrance and fallen onto its back. Then a hitmonchan came
jumping through the hole, landed on Machamp's chest, and started
pummelling it in the face with incredibly fast left right punches.
Butch growled, recognising Dominic's Hitmonchan, Rocky. "Isn't
that the Boss' Machamp he's beating the hell out of?"
"Yeah." Cassidy replied, nodding her head, then pointing to the
fighting type that had just finished punching his opponent senseless.
"Pinsir, destroy that Hitmonchan!"
The bug type acknowledged with a loud gurgling sound, before
charging at its opponent. Rocky looked up and saw his knew enemy
charging, then turned and jumped out the large hole he had come through.
Cassidy's Pinsir followed him out, determined to catch him.
The two high ranking rocket members turned back around and looked
through the window again, confident that Pinsir could handle Rocky
without their help.
"I hoped I'd run into you two." someone hissed from behind them,
making them spin away from the window to face the door. They both
stared at the young man and smiled at him. Butch had been eager to give
him another beating.
Dominic scowled at the duo, folding his arms over his chest. He
coldly stared both of them in the eye, and they were both taken off
guard by the look on his face. Dominic usually smiled at his opponents,
used a lot of charm to take his ememies off guard, but he looked
different now. He had an expression that neither of them had seen on
his face before.
He was angry. And more than a little vengeful.
They dropped into their fighting stances and prepared to fight him
again, now that all their pokemon had gone. "You wanna get your butt
kicked again, Dominic?!" Butch hissed.
Dominic dropped his arms to his sides and stepped through the
doorway, standing in a menacing stance. He didn't even drop into a
fighting stance as he approached them, and both of them felt a shiver of
fear run up their spines. He seemed to be staring right through them.
"You're the only ones getting your butts kicked." Dominic murmured
menacingly, just standing there and not even attempting to get ready to
fight. "I'm going to teach you what happens to people that hurt my
friends!"
Butch and Cassidy stepped forward simultaneously and punched him,
but he lifted both hands, easily catching both of their fists. The two
rockets then gasped in shock when there ememy's eyes started to glow
with bright white light, and they both cautiously started to back away.
"C... Cassidy, do you see that?" Butch stammered, looking into the
burning white eyes. "Th... They really were..."
"B... Butch... What the hell..." Cassidy whimpered.
Dominic growled suddenly, causing both of his enemies to back away
in fright. He clenched his fists so tightly his knuckles made cracking
sounds, and he finally got into his impressive fighting stance. His
eyes glowing brighter as he angrily whispered a few more words before he
attacked.
"This is for Mew!"

***

The scientist walked up to a nearby metal table that had a number
of different test tubes, beakers and bottles on it. He grabbed one of
the small test tubes that contained a thick red fluid; the blood sample
he had taken from Mew, and thoughtfully looked at it.
So what if Giovanni was willing to kill the Mew? He could get
famous with his studies on this blood sample, he could probably even
clone a new Mew. Yes, everything would be fine, he'd operate on the Mew
like his boss wanted, then he'd try and clone a new specimen for his own
study.
With a fresh blood sample he could make a pure blooded Mew, and
wouldn't wind up with an abomination like Mewtwo. He had been cloned
with genetic material drawn from an ancient Mew that had been frozen in
an iceberg. That DNA had been damaged, so after they had repaired it,
they wound up with a very different looking creature with a lot of
power, and a very bad temper. But the new clone would be different.
He looked up suddenly when he heard someone fighting in the
observation room above. He could make out the siilouettes of three
people moving through the window that was close to the high ceiling, and
the sound of a brawl coming from it.
"I'm not going easy on you this ti... Oof!" Butch's voice yelled,
before there was a fleshy-thud sound, that was caused by someone being
punched very hard.
The window above him shattered, and a man in a black uniform went
flying out, over the scientist's head. Butch fell the equivelant of two
storeys, then landed with an unpleasant thud, stomach first, onto the
metal table behind the terrified observer. Butch broke a few beakers,
some items of delicate equipment and a few remaining anaesthetic
syringes when he landed, and he groaned in agony before passing out.
The scientist looked back up to the window when he heard Butch's
partner, Cassidy, yelling.
"Oh no, BUTCH!!!!!!" she called, looking out the window, and
revealing her face to the scientist. "BUTCH, ARE YOU OKAY?!?!?!"
The scientist then saw a ominous shadow come up behind the young
woman and from the angle he was looking from, it almost appeared that
the figure's eyes were glowing. Cassidy turned around and dropped into
a fighting stance, appearing very angry at her agressor.
"Look what you did to Butch, you bastard!!" she snapped, throwing
a punch right at the figure's face, that was easily caught and held
tightly. "I'll make you pay, no one hurts my partner but me!!"
She was cut off suddenly when the figure punched her hard in the
face. She would have flown out of the window if he hadn't kept hold of
her fist, but she just stumbled around, dazed by the attack. Then the
attacker let go of her fist, punched her a second time and sent her
flying backwards out of the window.
She screamed as she went flying over the scientist, turning around
in mid air, then she landed stomach down on her partner's back. Butch
regained consciousness just long enough to scream in pain before he
passed out again along with his beaten partner.
The scientist stared at the two fallen agents. He always thought
those two were very tough, he didn't know many people that could take on
one of them, let alone both! He span around when he was startled by a
thud on the floor behind him. The young man that had defeated Cassidy
and Butch had jumped the considerable distance from the broken window,
and had landed dropping to one knee and looking to the floor. His
longish black hair hid his face from view.
The scientist swallowed hard as he looked at the male figure that
remained completely motionless, lowered to his single knee and staring
at the vinyl floor. The way he just remained still was really starting
to wrack the scientists nerves, and he was afraid of what the young man
in armour was going to do.
"H... h... hi D... Dominic." he stammered weakly, taking a
cautious step back.
Hearing his name, his eyes shot up from the floor and looked right
to the doctor's face. The moment their eyes met the doctor couldn't
move, and all he could do was watch as Dominic slowly lifted himself to
his full height.
The man could only stand and watch, as his boss' nephew slowly and
menacingly aproached him. No matter how hard he tried, he still
couldn't move. It was like Dominic was using a Glare Attack on him.
But that was impossible, only pokemon could do that.
"What is that?" Dominic whispered, lowering his eyes to the blood
sample in in the scientists hand.
"It... it's..."
Dominic reached out and took the glass test tube from his tensed
up hand, and to the doctor's surprise his eyes started to glow while he
appeared to analyse it.
"This is Mew's." he whispered, looking back up to the terrified
man, his eyes still glowing with bright white light and his eyebrows
lowering in a cold, yet calm expression. "You bled her."
"D... Dominic, I..." He paused to swallow again, before he
stammered on. "I just took a small sample, trust me it's nothing!"
"Nothing?!" he snapped, clenching his teeth as he eyes lit up even
brighter. "What else were you planning? What other tests were you
going to perform? How far were you willing to go with your
emperiments?!"
The Doctor looked worriedly to the blood sample, hoping that it
would stay intact. "I... I swear, I wouldn't have hurt her..."
"LIAR!!!!" he yelled, throwing the test tube to the side, so it
shattered against the wall, leaving a red blotch of blood on the white
painted surface.
"NO!!!!" he yelled, finally able to move now, as he ran up to what
was left of his precious sample.
"You think you can lie to me Doctor?" he hissed, as the upset man
heard the slow steady footsteps behind him. "Mew and I are connected.
I know what she knows, and she's been listening to your thoughts."
He spun around and looked at his aggressor in shock. "That's
impossible, psychic waves can't escape her prison!"
"How many other innocent pokemon have you killed, and tormented?"
he whispered, menacingly. "Ten? One hundred? More?"
"Dominic, I..." he stammered, not knowing why he was feeling such
fear. It almost seemed as if something was increasing his fear of
Dominic, as if someone was in his mind forcing him to be terrified. He
couldn't let him know of the experiments he had performed during his
career, he didn't want to anger him! "I n... never hurt pokemon... They
were all treated well..."
"You can't lie to me, murderer." he murmured coldly under his
breath. "A perk of having a psychic gift is that I can see into your
mind. I can see all the suffering you've caused."
"Ps... Psychic gift?" he choked, unable to believe what he was
hearing.
"Yes, I'm a psychic." he growled, before lashing out with his
arms, grabbing both sides of his head and looking straight into his
eyes. "So let's look a little deeper, shall we? Let's see what's in
that open book mind of yours!"
"Wh... What are...?!" he froze as he felt a stabbing pain in his
head, like someone inserting needles into his brain. Dominic's eyes
were glowing even brighter and soon they were all he could see,
everything else was just black. He couldn't even manage to scream in
agony.
Someone was in his head, invading his thoughts and his most
intimate memories. Violating his mind, causing his brain to hurt his
body, then going deeper, making it feel as if something was tearing it's
way into his subconscious.
"Remember!" Dominic's voice whispered, echoing eerily in his mind.
"Remember those you've murdered, remember them all!"
He gasped when thousands of pictures went through his mind,
forgotten memories that now flashed before his eyes as vividly as day.
Hundreds of pokemon; the pain, and fear in their eyes as he had
performed hundreds of ruthless experiments. He saw a lifetime of pain
and suffering all in a few seconds, and he felt tears running down his
cheeks as he was forced to realise that he had done this. He had caused
this suffering.
"Regret what you've done!" Dominic hissed at the crying doctor.
"Never forget it, live with the memory. Live with the pain!"
He screamed until his larynx broke, loud and long he screamed,
until finally sweet darkness took him.
He would never forget the pain.

***

Soon the terrified man stopped screaming, and his eyes started to
roll into the back of his head. Dominic released the strong grip he had
on the sides of the scientist' head, and he fell limply to the floor.
He looked down at his victim, and shuddered slightly from
discomfort. He had never looked that deeply into anyone's mind before.
But seeing that sicko with Mew's blood had made him so angry. It had
been kind of unnerving, he had seen so much in that mind, and a lot of
it had been bad. So much of what he had seen angered him, and he had
decided to punish the man by forcing him to regret all the evil he had
done. And to remember every single pokemon he'd murdered.
He let out a long sigh as he looked down to the unconscious
doctor, who was shivering on the floor. He deserved everything he got.
He was just lucky he hadn't hurt Mew, because the punishment would have
been much worse if he had.
He turned away and prepared to walk into the next room, the room
he could sense Mew from. Soon he'd have her back.
But then he stopped when he looked to the far side of the room and
spotted something familiar hanging on the wall. There were several of
them, and Dominic smiled as he walked up and took two of them, then he
spoke quietly to himself.
"These should come in handy."

***


Giovanni stood beside Mew's dome, with his persian sitting on the
floor beside him. Seven of his trainers had come back and they were
scattered around the room, deciding this was where Dominic was going to
end up coming.
Everyone was looking to the door leading to the main lab, where
they had heard someone screaming. No one had gone in to help though.
If Dominic was in there, they were going to wait for him to come out, so
they could ambush him.
Giovanni glanced at the Mew and saw she was staring at the door
too. Then, as if she had sensed him looking, she turned to face him
with her mean smile. It was almost if she was gloating, saying what
trouble he would be in when Dominic got there.
He looked away from the impudent little pokemon, and scowled with
his eyes back on the door. He'd teach Dominic what happened to anyone
that crossed him, he'd teach him a hard lesson he wouldn't soon forget.
That Mew was his now!
Everyone in the room jumped with fright when the door flew open.
Giovanni and all his trainers reached for their pokeballs, and prepared
to release pokemon to attack and outnumber Dominic.
Then all of a sudden he jumped out through the door, moving into
the room so fast his image almost blurred as he moved. Every trainer
threw their pokeballs, but before they could even open and release
pokemon, Dominic pulled out two long metallic items and held one in each
hand.
He fired the nullifier rifles in all directions, engulfing every
trainer, including Giovanni, in ripples in the air that resembled heat
waves. Every pokeball in the room was instantly disabled.
Dominic dropped the two nullifiers to the ground and they made a
clanging sound as the hit the hard floor, then he just stared coldly
into his uncle's eyes.
Giovanni narrowed his triangular eyes menacingly. "It was a
mistake for you to come here, boy!"
Dominic slowly started to approach, but Giovanni stood his ground.
"The only person that made a mistake, was you." he growled, clenching
his fists tightly. "Now give Mew back to me!"
Giovanni smiled wickedly, and pulled out the pokeball Mew had come
in. "She's mine, boy! I have her pokeball!"
Dominic reached out his hand and Giovanni was startled, when an
invisible force pulled the pokeball out of his hand and sent it flying
into Dominic's.
He looked disdainfully at the pokeball for a moment, then back to
Giovanni. "Now I have it." he whispered, before dropping it to the
ground and crushing it beneath the hard sole of his boot. With a flash
of red light, it was reduced to hundreds of pieces of plastic and high
tech circuitry. "And Mew's never going in it again!"
"How?" he gasped, unable to believe how he had snatched the
pokeball. He just stared in shock, and then realised what had happened.
Dominic was psychic, like Sabrina. But how could he have hidden it from
his uncle for all these years? "You're a psychic?!"
"Surprised, uncle?" Dominic asked coldly.
Giovanni just stared for a few more moments, then his shocked
expression slowly gave way to his angry one. "No matter! You're not
getting that Mew, I won't let you take it!" he snapped, before looking
to his soldiers. "Incapacitate him!"
Seven Rocket members, four men and three women, all started to
approach the young man dressed in Team Rocket issue armour. Dominic
lowered into his fighting stance and prepared to fight, but everyone was
startled by a loud crashing sound from above.
Everyone looked up and saw a massive serpent pokemon crashing
through one of the windows near the ceiling and falling to the floor. A
massive gyrados landed with a crash and looked around before roaring
loudly.
Giovanni smiled. Dominic didn't have a Gyrados, so this must have
been a Gyrados belonging to Team Rocket. "Gyrados, attack him!" he
ordered, pointing to Dominic.
The massive Dragon pokemon looked at Giovanni blankly for a
second, then looked to Dominic, who was smiling meanly. "Sorry uncle,
but that isn't one of yours." he said calmly, before turning to the
seven trainers that had stopped advancing. "Houdini, use your Dragon
Rage!"
Houdini opened his fanged mouth and roared deafeningly, before a
large and ominous cyclone formed around him. After gathering power, the
swirling wind burst forward, spinning relentlessly as it completely
engulfed the seven rockets and sent them all flying hard into the
concrete wall.
The cyclone dissipated and all seven of the Rockets collapsed into
an unconscious pile on the floor. The mighty Gyrados then turned it's
attention back to their boss.
Houdini; Giovanni knew that name. It was what Dominic had named
his magikarp, the magikarp he had trained for years and had never
evolved. Dominic had never listened to his uncle when he had told him
to get rid of the little weakling. And now, so soon after his nephew
quits the team, it evolves and he gains one of the world's most powerful
pokemon. Ironic.
"As I said uncle, give me Mew!" he ordered, his Gyrados roaring to
emphasise what his trainer had said.
"Never!" he snapped, running over to the control panel near Mew's
prison and typing something in. A nearby glass cell opened when
Giovanni had done typing, revealing one of his newest and most powerful
pokemon. "I'm not out of options yet! Drowzee destroy that Gyrados
with your Psychic Attack!"
The psychic pokemon he was planning to send to the orange islands
stepped out of his cell and looked to it's much larger enemy. It lifted
it's arms and yelled, "drowzee!" before the whole room seemed to shake
from the energy of the psychic attack.
Houdini was suddenly lifted from the ground and thrown towards the
concrete wall, impacting with it and cracking a lot of the conrete. He
was then thrown at the opposite wall and he smashed into that wall even
harder. Not even his strong armour of scales kept him from getting
knocked out.
"Houdini!" Dominic yelled, the light in his eyes fading as he
stepped forward and looked worriedly at his fainted pokemon. He stood
staring at the gyrados for a few more moments, then he slowly lowered
his eyes to the floor, allowing some of his hair to hide his face. He
reached into his coat and ever so slowly pulled out a pokeball, then
held it out to his fallen Gyrados. "Houdini, return!"
After his pokemon was recalled, he shrunk down the pokeball and
slowly lifted his narrowed eyes until they were rested on the powerful
Drowzee. They both stared into each other's eyes, and Dominic's again
lit up with white light.
Giovanni laughed maniacally as he walked up behind his Drowzee.
Of all the pokemon that were stored in this room, this was the only one
loyal to him. And though Dominic's pokemon were all strong, none of
them were any match for Drowzee's psychic power.
"You had may as well give up Dominic, you're way out of your
league!" he said confidently, while he folded his arms over his chest.
Dominic's eyes were still narrowed, but his mouth curved up into a
sinister smile, as he averted his eyes from the Drowzee and up to his
uncle again. "You think so, uncle?" he asked, in his cool calm tone,
while he reached into his coat for his last occuppied pokeball.
"Because if I'm right, I think I've been given the perfect pokemon to
take on that Drowzee of yours."
The marble-sized pokeball quickly enlarged in his hand, and he
drew his arm back to throw it. He threw it forward and it went spinning
towards his uncle, before it shot open and released a strong looking
pokemon onto the floor. The pokeball then stopped in mid air and flew
back into Dominic's open hand.
Giovanni was surprised by the pokemon that emerged, and even more
surprised when it started evolving. The Kadabra's whole body started to
glow with white light, even the spoon glowed and divided into two. The
bright white sillouette of a Kadabra slowly changed shape, growing to
nearly twice its original size before the glow faded, leaving a new
pokemon where a Kadabra once stood.
"Ala-kazam!" he grunted, holding a spoon in each hand and standing
in a fighting stance, as he glared at the Drowzee.
Giovanni clenched his teeth in frustration, as he looked at
Dominic's new pokemon. Phychic types had some of the most powerful
attacks in the world, and a Alakazam was probably one of the most
powerful of these types. But his Drowzee was specially bred with the
latest tecnology and raised by his best breeders, so it would be more
than a match.
"Drowzee, show that fool who has the stronger pokemon!" he
snapped, pointing at the strong looking Alakazam.
"Alakazam." Dominic called, getting the attention of the newly
evolved pokemon. "Give it all you have!"
The two psychic types ran at each other and their hands collided
in a test of strength. Drowzee held Alakazam's fists, that still held
his spoons and they pushed at each other, trying to determine which one
of them was physically stronger.
They pushed harder at each other, then a purple aura of burning
psychic energy burst to life around the two of them. They growled at
each other as their psychic power helped increase their strength, and
the flaming aura that engulfed them steadily started to grow.
All of a sudden both of them teleported in a flash of white light,
then they both reappeared in mid air in a different part of the large
room, still pushing at each other's hands. They teleported several more
times, disapearing and reappearing all over the room, before they
flashed out of sight one last time and failed to reappear again.
It seemed they had decided to continue their battle outside.
Giovanni stared at the place the two battling pokemon had been
before they vanished from the room, then he slowly lowered his gaze and
looked back into Dominic's eyes. He then glanced down to his persian,
who was now up on all fours and staring at Dominic with his tail swaying
menacingly from side to side.
Giovanni considered getting his persian to attack, but he decided
against it. The cat pokemon was no match for Dominic.
Then suddenly, for some reason, Dominic turned around and looked
up to the broken window that his Gyrados had come through. It was if he
sensed something was coming.
Suddenly something jumped through the broken window, moving so
fast Giovanni couldn't make out what it was because it seemed to blur as
it moved. It fell from the window that was nearly two storeys up, then
landed gracefully onto four paws and glared straight at Persian.
It was Dominic's persian, Mynx. His first pokemon.
Giovanni had never seen Mynx in action, but was pretty sure she
wouldn't be any stronger than _his_ persian. He looked to his last
pokemon and made a command.
"Destroy her!"
Persian looked to his master, appearing a little distraught at the
thought of fighting Mynx. Giovanni knew he wouldn't dare to disobey,
but he also knew he and Mynx had become very close the last time they
had met.
The persian looked to the sleek muscled female and slowly bent his
legs in preparation to pounce. The two persians looked at each other
for a number of moments, but Mynx made the first move, taking her
opponent off guard.
She turned around and started to run, speeding through the door
Dominic had entered through and out of the room. Persian stood up,
looking with surprise towards the door. Then he composed himself and
ran out after her.
"I never thought your pokemon were such cowards." he whispered,
shaking his head in disgust.
The younger man slipped his long coat off over his shoulders, and
let it drop to the ground behind him. Then he slowly started to
approach, not taking notice of his uncle's comment about his persian.
"Now it's just you and me, uncle." he hissed, clenching his fists
tightly as he approached. "No more pokemon or lackeys to back you up
now, just the two of us hand to hand!"
He looked to his nephew for a moment, then slipped his brown
blazer from over his shoulders and threw it to his side. He felt his
muscles flex under his shirt as he prepared to fight, closing his eyes
as he steadied his breathing.
It felt almost good letting his muscles relax slightly as he
prepared to fight. Kind of soothing, relaxing, after the stress he had
been through today. It was good to have his mind and body at relative
ease before a fight; to be tense or stressed was never a good way to be
before battle.
He opened his eyes once he felt ready, and looked right into
Dominic's cold blue eyes again. He hadn't fought a worthy adversary in
a very long time and he had to admit he was a little curious at how well
the young man could fight. He had seen him in action, and had heard of
his many victories in battle, but had never had the chance to spar with
him.
It wasn't a very well known fact, but Giovanni was an excellent
fighter. He still trained frequently, but hadn't fought in competition
since his sister had died. Hopefully Dominic was going to be a worthy
opponent.
He continued to glare at his young nephew who continued to
approach, then he spoke, squeezing his fist and causing his knuckles to
crack.
"Yes Dominic." he whispered coldly, lifting his fists to a ready
fighting position. "Just you and me."

***

She woke up suddenly, sitting up straight with fright as if she'd
just had a terrible nightmare. Her eyes were wide open, making her
appear shocked. Or frightened.
"Sabrina!" her father said in relief, standing up from where he
was sitting at her bedside. "How are you feeling? Maybe you should lie
back down!"
The young psychic paid her father no attention. She just sat
still, staring at the wall in front of her bed, with a look of fear on
her face. And then slowly, fearfully, she spoke.
"Dominic, be careful." she whispered, as if he could hear her.
"He's strong."

***
Dominic was a little taken off guard when he saw Giovanni slightly
bend his legs, then lift his hands up in front of his face. He knew
this fighting stance very well, it was one he himself had become
accustomed to using. To the untrained eye, it just appeared to be an
average stance, but it had some subtle positions that greatly helped a
fighter's reaction time to many different attacks. He had never seen
anyone else but his mother use it.
Giovanni smirked at his nephew, seeming more confident than he was
earlier. "What's the matter, boy, you look aprehensive!"
Dominic lowered into a stance identical to his opponents, feeling
a little weird. He hadn't faced anyone in that stance since the last
time he'd sparred with his mother. The person that had first taught him
the martial arts.
"Not at all, uncle." he replied, quickly regaining his calm yet
menacing expression. "I just wasn't aware you could fight."
Giovanni laughed at this, obviously finding his comment amusing.
"What, did you think I was just a buisnessman, that allowed a bunch of
children to do all my fighting for me? I didn't think you were that
naive!"
He had to let himself think for a moment after his uncle said
that. Giovanni never really came across as much of a fighter. First
impressions of him were always that he was a big shot, with too much
power to even bother learning to defend himself. But it was then that
Dominic realised certain subtle things about him that he had missed over
the years. Subtle things that clued him in to the fact that he may not
only be able to fight, but he might be able to win.
Giovanni very seldom bothered much with bodyguards, something
unusual for someone of his status. He'd have to be confident in his own
abilities to warrant such a risk. And his gym. Dominic had seen the
place his uncle used to keep in shape, but had never really payed much
attention to the equipment.
Now that he looked back he had thought it quite strange that the
weights were set so high. He had always figured that someone other than
his uncle had used them, like his pokemon. And then there was the lack
of things an average person uses in order to keep in shape. There was
nothing like a treadmill or a stair climber. But there were skip ropes
and gym mats, that would allow someone to practice some really acrobatic
moves. That was a fighter's equipment.
How come he had never figured that his uncle was a fighter, his
gym had punching bags for God's sake! He had always just kept up his
'less than warrior' image up so well, it made it difficult for it to
occur to anyone that he could fight.
He suddenly started to feel even angrier at his uncle now.
Giovanni knew that Dominic's mother was an avid tournament fighter, he
was probably just using her stance to make him angry.
"Where did you learn that fighting stance?!" he demanded suddenly.
"That was mom's, why are you using it?!"
Giovanni's smile remained, and he slowly shook his head as if he
were talking to a stupid little boy who had said something foolish.
"Really Dominic, haven't you realised it? The fighting art your mother
taught you was a family tradition! You didn't truly think her and you
were the only ones that knew it, did you?"
Dominic clenched his his teeth, angry at himself for not expecting
it. One of the things that had always made him such a formidable
fighter were his techniques, as well as his strength and speed.
Techniques that Giovanni seemed to know as well. This could prove to be
a problem.
"I'm getting impatient, boy!" he snapped, slowly getting out of
his stance and walking forward. "Are you just going to stand there, or
are we going to fight?"
Dominic answered his question by running up to him, then throwing
a punch towards Giovanni's face as hard as he could.
The older fighter lifted his hand impossibly fast and caught the
fist, causing a loud slapping sound. He didn't even seem to use much
effort, and this worried his opponent greatly.
No one had ever stood up to one of Dominic's punches when he'd
used that much power, let alone caught one. He froze, his eyes wide
open and shocked, with his fist still gripped in his uncle's strong
hand. This couldn't be possible.
"That was pathetic, boy!" Giovanni hissed, with a mean smirk.
"Can't you do any better than that, your mother could hit much harder!"
Dominic paused for a moment after the comment about his mother.
Then he pulled his fist away and jumped backwards, staring coldly at his
formidable opponent.
"Of course mom could hit harder!" Dominic hissed, feeling it was
an insult to his mother to compare her with her son. He had never felt
he had lived up to her. "She was one of the world's best fighters!"
"Oh please, Dominic!" Giovanni scoffed, shaking his head. "You
are remembering her through a child's eyes! Granted, she was very good,
but hardly one of the best!"
"Shut up!!" he snapped, angry at those words. "No one was as good
as her!"
"Oh, someone was." he whispered coldly, with his mean smile. "She
never managed to beat me!"
Dominic went completely still and silent after hearing this. He
stared at his uncle with genuine fear, and just stayed still as hundreds
of thoughts went through his head.
Of all the fights he had watched his mother in, he had never seen
her lose. She had seemed kind of small for a fighter, almost petite,
but her looks were very decieving. Her strength had always seemed un-
natural for her size, and her speed and agility had always been
unmatched. Dominic had always thrived to be as good as her, but had
never felt he was good enough. She had just been far too good.
And now Giovanni was saying that he had not only defeated her, but
she had never once succeeded in beating him. That couldn't be true, no
one was that strong.
Dominic stared at his uncle for a few moments longer, then his
expression went cold again and he clenched his fists tightly, before
uttering a single word.
"Liar!"
His uncle laughed. "So I'm a liar, am I?" He lifted his hands in
front of his face, and beckoned by waving his fingers toward himself.
"Come and try me Dominic!"
The young man immediately obliged, running forward and executing a
long combination of punches and kicks. His blows were numerous,
powerful and fast, but his uncle blocked all of them with what seemed to
be ease. He was just a little faster than his nephew. But he was much
stronger.
After blocking a few more blows, Giovanni took advantage of a
split second opening in Dominic's defence, and sent a punch into his
chest. The blow sent Dominic flying backwards, then he went sliding
across the floor away from his uncle. He started to sit back up as his
opponent walked forward and started gloating.
"Really Dominic, I'm disapointed. I expected much more of a fight
from my legendary nephew!" He reached Dominic before he was able to get
up and stepped down on his throat, effectively pinning him to the
ground. "Boy, you are a disgrace to the family!"
Dominic choked and tried to move the sole of the expensive leather
shoe from his throat. But he let go after a few moments of struggling
and just lay there with a defeated look on his face.
He really was stronger than his mother. He had been telling the
truth. How could Dominic possibly win, his mother had always seemed
invincible in his eyes. How could he beat someone stronger than her?
He dropped his arms to the side, and let his whole body go limp.
It was time to give up. His uncle was right, he was a disgrace to the
family. He didn't deserve to be her son.
"Mew mew mew!" the little pokemon squeaked worriedly from her
bubble-like prison.
Dominic looked right at her after hearing her voice, with a
surprised look on his face. Then they both stared into each other's
eyes for a few moments. The battle with his uncle and the thoughts of
his mother had caused him to forget why he was here. He had to save
Mew!
He started to remember what Mew's mother had said to him before
she had died. "Look after my daughter, Dominic. Never let anything
hurt her, and never _ever_ leave her."
He swallowed hard, after remembering this. He had promised to
protect her, but how could he against someone so much stronger than he
was?
Then he remembered something else, and his eyes widened in
realisation as the remembered words echoed in his mind. "And thank you
for letting me die, knowing that my daughter is in good hands."
Good hands? Was her daughter really in good hands, had Mew's
mother chosen a guardian for her daughter wisely? Dominic had seen into
the older Mew's mind the night she had died, and had seen such
experience. She was very long lived, much more than a century old, and
had been extremely wise. If Dominic wasn't worthy, she would have
known! She had known that Dominic would protect her daughter, and he
wasn't going to let her down!
If Giovanni wanted Mew, he'd have to kill him first!
He reached up and grabbed the older man's ankle in a strong grip,
then looked right up into his eyes. He then prepared to say something
he's been aching to say for a very long time.
"Uncle Giovanni!"
He looked down at the young man with a mean smirk. "What is it,
boy? Are you giving up?"
He tightened his grip around the ankle, then hissed four angry
words. "Stop calling me boy!"
Giovanni was completely taken off guard when his nephew managed to
gather enough strength to wrench Giovanni's leg to the side, and pull
the foot from his throat. He then elbowed Giovanni's other leg, taking
him off balance, then he simply pushed him to the side. Team Rocket's
leader was sent falling onto his back.
Dominic got up immediately, lifting his legs to his chest, then
kicking them forward, making him flip forward off his back and onto his
feet. He then turned to his uncle, who executed an identical manouvere
to return to his feet and stared right back at his nephew.
The fall hadn't fazed him at all, it had only taken him a few
seconds to return to his feet and look back at his nephew. But from the
look on his face, Dominic could tell he was very angry. Neither of them
wasted any time attacking.
They both threw numerous kicks and punches at each other, and both
of them blocked and dodged each other's blows with an incredible amount
of skill. Giovanni landed another kick to Dominic's chest and he was
knocked back, but managed to stay on his feet this time. He composed
himself quickly, running back up to his opponent, and the two of them
continued exchanging blows.
After recieving a few more painful hits from his uncle and landing
none himself, he somersaulted backwards, jumping back onto his hands,
then further back onto his feet again. But Giovanni wasn't about to let
Dominic get away, so he ran after him.
The young man in armour started doing more of his hand-to-feet
back somersaults away from his uncle. The more experienced man followed
the retreating Dominic, throwing punch after punch, but missing every
time.
Once he reached the back wall, and had no where else to retreat,
he performed a final and very impressive somersault. He jumped high
into the air, flipping with all the grace and height of an olympic
gymnast. He propelled himself off the wall with his feet, flew over his
uncle, then landed behind him. He immediately sent a kick towards the
back of his head after landing.
Giovanni span suddenly and barely managed to catch the boot that
was flying at his face. He grunted with effort, but then he smiled at
his very athletic opponent.
"Not bad, Dominic!" he chuckled, realeasing his foot and stepping
back a few paces. "With a few more moves like that, I might break a
sweat before I beat you to a pulp!"
He jumped away from his uncle, panting heavily and still in his
fighting stance. He had just somersaulted over his uncle, and kicked
him from behind. How could he have turned and blocked it so fast? How
could he anticipate all of his moves like that?
It was then that Dominic realised something. Giovanni was a
seasoned veteran in this martial art, he probably new every intricacy of
his fighting style. He knew the best combinations, and was probably
good enough to anticipate any move he had.
Dominic started to smile when he came to a conclusion. He'd been
going about this fight the wrong way.
"What are you smiling at?" Giovanni growled, stepping towards the
young man.
He didn't answer, and this enraged the older combatant greatly.
Giovanni hated to go unanswered, and he professed his displeasure by
running for his nephew.
The punch he threw was hard, but Dominic moved his head to the
side, avoiding it completely. He grabbed his wrist after his fist flew
by his head, then he span and used Giovanni's momentum to throw him over
his shoulder. He went flying and landed with a thud on the hard vinyl
floor.
He shook his head to clear the stars, then he noticed something
and rolled to the side a split second before Dominic came falling from
where he had jumped high into the air. His knee dropped down hard on
the floor and missed his uncle by millimetres.
Giovanni started to stand, but before he could, Dominic kicked his
legs out from under him with a low foot sweep and knocked him back down.
Immediately afterward he jumped forward and stepped down on the fallen
man's throat.
"Looks like the tides have turned, huh?" Dominic whispered,
coldly staring down into his triangular eyes.
Giovanni choked, trying hard to pull Dominic's boot from his
adam's apple. "Where did you learn those techniques, I've never seen
them!" he wheezed, with a lot of anger in his voice. "I know all of the
moves you know, and all usable variations!"
Dominic just glared coldly as he answered. "You know all my
mother's moves uncle. But she taught me some of my father's moves too!"
"What?!" he hissed, finally prying Dominic's foot off his throat
and pushing it to the side. He got back to his feet and glared at
Dominic angrily. "Why would she teach you techniques she learnt from
that fool?"
He didn't know how to feel after that comment. His father had
died shortly after he was born, so Dominic had never felt the need to be
defensive about his memory like he was with his mother. But he
remembered how dreamy she had looked when she'd talked about his dad.
How much she had loved him, and what a great fighter she said he had
been. She had always loved a good fight, Dominic had always joked about
it being the key to her heart.
But no matter how much she told him, he had never believed her
when she said that her father had bet her in a tournament fight. He had
always thought that she wanted him to look up to his dead father, so she
told little lies to make him seem greater than he really was.
But maybe she had been telling the truth. The moves he had learnt
that were his father's were really good. He hadn't used them much, he
preferred to stick to his mother's techniques, but it seemed as if his
father's moves were a perfect counter attack for Giovanni's.
"Watch how you talk about my father!" he snapped, deciding to take
offence at his uncle's comment.
"Defensive of your father now, are you?" Giovanni asked, seeming
both surprised and a little angry. "You don't even remember him! He
was a fool, a man unworthy of your mother!"
Dominic growled, starting to become angry. He had never felt
defensive towards his father before, but now he was starting to be.
"Mom loved him, that's enough for me!"
"You're deluded, just as she was!" he snapped, becoming angrier by
the minute with this argument. "He wasn't worthy of her, or to be
accepted into our family! She thought she was in love, but she was just
being a fool! That's why I was forced to step in!"
Dominic froze after those words and just stared for a number of
moments. Then he finally spoke again. "Wh... What do you mean, you
were forced to step in?"
Giovanni was breathing quite deeply now, as the two of them
continued to eye each other. "Your father was a self righteous
imbecile! He wanted to bring down everything I'd worked for, he wanted
to turn my own sister against me!"
Dominic just stared for a moment before speaking. "So you killed
him." he whispered in disbelief, not taking his eyes from his uncle.
"Yes, I killed him!" he confirmed, looking to his nephew as if he
thought he'd had the right to do it. "With my own two hands!"
"How could you do that to mom?" he asked, too shocked to shout in
anger. "She was your sister, you loved her! And she loved you!"
"I did it _because_ I loved her!" he answered, looking almost
upset now that he was remembering his beloved sister. "Do you think it
was those backyard fighting tournaments that bought her that house, and
payed all of her bills?! If your father bought me down, he would have
taken your mother with me!"
"LIES!!!" he yelled, taking his uncle off guard with the ferocity
in his voice. "You didn't kill him for mom, you did it for your own
selfish reasons!"
"How dare you!" the older man growled.
"She loved my father so much, and you stole him from her! She
cried for hours when she talked about him, or looked at his photograph!
Hell, she even cried when all she did was remember his face!"
"Her heart was misguided!" he argued angrily. "Dominic, you must
understand he wasn't worthy of her!"
Dominic stared with glowing white eyes at his uncle, and remained
silent for a moment before answering in a cold hateful tone. "No uncle.
The only person unworthy of her was you!"
Giovanni just stopped and stared as if he didn't know what to
think. Dominic knew he had hit uncle's only soft spot, and he seemed in
so much disbelief that Dominic had said that, that he couldn't even
manage to get angry. But then he did get angry.
Very angry.
"You INSOLENT LITTLE WRETCH!!!!!" he roared, running forward and
throwing a very hard roundhouse punch towards his head. "I'LL KILL
YOU!!!!!"
Dominic had absolutely no trouble ducking the punch. And he had
even less trouble landing a hard punch of his own into his uncle's gut.
Giovanni bent forward in pain from the punch, holding onto his
assaulted stomach and looking up to his nephew. Dominic stood to his
full height and towered over his coughing opponent, his eyes still
glowing bright white.
"That was for my dad!" he growled.
He then grabbed Giovanni's head, and lifted his knee hard into his
face. Giovanni was knocked back up to his full height and he stumbled
backwards, extremely dazed, but still managing to stay on his feet.
"That was for mom!" he said, moments before throwing another hard
punch into his face, that sent him stumbling backwards, but still failed
to knock him onto the ground.
"That one was for Mew! And this..." he started, sending a side
kick into his chin. "Is for all the pain you caused the people I cared
for!" he said, before landing another kick. "For all the pain you made
me cause others, when I was working for you!" Another kick. "For
denying me and mom my father for your own selfish greed!"
He just stood still for a moment after this and stared at his
uncle. He was still managing to stand after the onslaught of attacks,
but was stumbling around very dazed. Dominic's glare was cold and
angry, and in his daze even Giovanni seemed scared of him. Then Dominic
spoke with the angriest hiss he had ever used.
"This is for me!"
He spun his whole body, lifting his foot as he span, and sending a
spinning hook kick into the side of Giovanni's head. The man went
flying to the side and he hit the concrete wall and bounced off, falling
face forward onto the floor.
Dominic lowered his foot back to ground and looked down at his
fallen uncle. It would usually only take one blow from him to take a
man down, but with Giovanni it had taken several. But now he just lay
there face down on the floor, completely unmoving. He was unconscious.
Dominic had won.
He turned around, letting the light of his eyes fade, and he
looked to his friend, who was still in the transparent yellow dome. She
was smiling at him and warmly smiled back.
It was time he got her out of that prison.


***

Mew had never felt so happy! She was watching as Dominic defeated
his evil uncle, and she was now excitedly flying circles around the
interior of her little dome. She was anxiously watching Dominic
approach the control panel.
She had never felt this way before. Even when Dominic had first
accepted her and she knew she wasn't alone anymore, she hadn't been this
happy. She felt like laughing and crying at the same time. Her throat
ached and her tears flowed down her cheeks as if she was sad, but she
wasn't sad at all. She was ecstatic!
She continued to fly around her prison, unable to keep still as
she watched Dominic typing into the control panel beside her cell. He
didn't seem to know what he was doing, and after a few minutes of typing
he yelled at it and kicked it several times in frustation.
"Come on you piece of junk!"
The control panel hummed as it seemed to power down. The kicks
from Dominic must have damaged it, and as the power ran out of the
machine, the bubble around Mew quickly faded. Dominic was staring at
the large dented metal control panel he had just kicked, seeming a
little confused with what had happened. He didn't notice that Mew had
been freed.
She was free! Now she was so happy she didn't know what to do.
She almost felt that she'd have to hit her head against something to
calm herself down.
So she did.
She flew up to the unsuspecting young man, tackled the side of his
head and knocked him sideways off his feet. He fell to the floor and
Mew hugged the side of his head, happily nuzzling his cheek with her
tear covered face.
After falling to the floor, Dominic was quite startled. But he
quickly recovered and realised that the little pokemon he had come to
rescue was hugging the side of his head. He started lauging, then
wrapped his arms around Mew, hugging her to his cheek.
He seemed as happy as she was.
"Mew mew mew!" she squeaked happily, unable to stop nuzzling his
cheek. "Mew mew mew!"
Dominic sat up from where he was lying and hugged the little
pokemon clinging to the side of his head. Mew felt his psychic warmth
in full force now, they were both really happy that they were back
together again.
"Thank God I got you back." he whispered to her softly.
She just mewed contentedly in reply, finally managing to calm down
after a few minutes. She just tightly hugged the side of his head as if
never to let go.
"Come on Mew." he said warmly, as he slowly stood up from the
ground. "Let's go home."
"Mew mew!" she squeaked enthusiastically.
They both looked up and were surprised that they had been
surrounded by several pokemon. They had been so preoccupied with each
other, they didn't notice the other containment cells had opened and
released all the imprisoned pokemon.
Dominic protectively held Mew close to himself, and scowled at the
seven pokemon staring at him. Mew felt ready to fight them too.
But then the two of them calmed when one of the pokemon spoke. A
Magmar told Dominic that they were rare pokemon, stolen from their
rightful trainers by Team Rocket, and they were all on Dominic's side.
All they wanted was to go home.
Dominic glanced to Mew, then smiled at the seven pokemon in front
of him. "Okay." he said, nodding towards the Magmar and his freinds.
"I'll take you back to Professor Oak. He should be able to find your
trainers."
The pokemon cheered, all of them seeming deleriously happy. And
Mew felt good that they were helping someone else stolen by Team Rocket.
One of the pokemon ran over to a nearby drawer in the wall and
pulled it out, then it took out several pokeballs. He ran back up to
Dominic and gave them to him.
He smiled and nodded at his seven new freinds, then he recalled
them all into the pokeballs he had been given. Then he miniturised them
and approached his coat that still lay on the floor, picked it up and
clipped the new pokeballs into it.
Then Mew looked at Dominic when she started to sense him reaching
out telepathically to all of his other pokemon. She could sense what he
could, thanks to their connection, and they found out all of his pokemon
were tired. Spent from all the fighting, but it seemed that they were
all just resting now. No more enemies left.
Dominic looked to Mew again and smiled at her. "Mew, do you think
you can loan me a little of your power?"
Mew nodded her head, still smiling happily. She hugged the side
of his head a little more tightly and started feeding her energy into
him.
Dominic sighed while he concentrated his power. His black coat
was suddenly lifted out of his hands and into the air by his
telekinesis. It opened up and all of the empty pokeballs were pulled
off their clips by the invisible force.
Mew watched with amusement as more than eighty pokeballs orbited
around her and Dominic, in an impressive display of their power. Then
they flew up, shot through the smashed window near the ceiling and out
of sight.
Dominic continued to concentrate on his telekinesis, as he sent
his pokeballs through the entire building. Few by few, the flying
pokeballs reclaimed all of his pokemon, who were scattered throughout
the building.
Mew just nuzzled up against Dominic as she waited for him to
finish. And she noticed that Dominic didn't have to try as hard to move
the pokeballs, as he did with the rocks when they had first done this
almost a week earlier. He was getting stronger.
Soon the pokeballs started to return, flying back to him through
the the window. They flew back down to the coat, and one by one were
clipped back to the interior. After a while of waiting almost all of
them were occupied again and back in the black trench coat.
Dominic grabbed it from where it was floating and slipped it back
over his shoulders, careful to let Mew move her feet while he slipped it
over the shoulder she was standing on.
He then looked to his last two empty pokeballs, that were now in
his hand. Mew stared at them too, wondering who they belonged to.
"Only two unaccounted for." he whispered, before turning to the
door to the lab. "And there's one of them now!"
Mynx walked out through the door carrying his black bag in her
mouth. She then bounded up to her trainer and started to affectionately
stroke up against his legs.
"Purr!" she said pleasantly.
Mew looked at the persian for a moment finding something strange.
She didn't look any different from when she left, with the other persian
chasing her. She didn't appear scratched or hurt at all. The male
can't have been a very worthy opponent. That, or they hadn't fought at
all.
Dominic held up Mynx's pokeball with a warm smile. "Time for you
to rest until I get you to Nurse Joy." he said, pulling her into the
pokeball as a beam of red light.
He minaturised her pokeball and placed it back into his coat, then
he bent forward and picked up his bag. He and Mew then glanced to the
last empty pokeball in his free hand and she had a fair idea who it
belonged to.
All of a sudden a flash of white light burst to life in the middle
off the room. The light was extremely bright at first, and Mew and
Dominic both had to close their eyes.
Then, slowly, the light began to fade. And in it's place stood a
psychic type pokemon, with another psychic pokemon draped unconscious
over his shoulder.
The Alakazam was breathing hard, as if he had just fought the
hardest battle of his life. He dropped the fainted Drowzee roughly to
the floor, then looked up to Dominic with an almost-smile. The
expression was surprisingly similar to Sabrina's.
Dominic smiled at the powerful pokemon, then he lifted his
pokeball so it was pointing at him. "Ready to take a rest, Alakazam?"
"Alah!" he replied, tiredly nodding his head.
The young man nodded, then summoned back the last pokemon.
"That's everyone." he said, putting the final pokeball into his
coat.
"Mew mew!" Mew squeaked cheerfully.
"So let's go." he said, sighing with relief. He walked up to the
back wall and saw there were two ways out. So he looked to Mew and
asked her a question. "Should we take the stairs or the elevator?"
Mew just shrugged, and Dominic looked to the elevator doors, and
the door leading to the stairwell. The two exits were set in the wall
beside each other, about three metres apart. Dominic revealed his
desision by pressing the up button on the elevator panel.
They both heard the elevator cables moving inside the shaft and
the two of them anxiously waited.
"I can't wait to get out of here!" he said, looking towards the
door and waiting for it to open.
"Mew!" Mew chirped in agreement.
A bell rang suddenly, signifying the elevator had arrived. The
two doors slid open, and Dominic was about to step in, but he stopped
suddenly. He took a step back, and Mew scowled angrily at the six
people in black uniforms, that had come in the elevator.
Dominic kept walking backwards, then he noticed about five other
people walking through the stairwell doors. The five out of the
elevator all got out and started walking menacingly towards them, and
three of them still had pokemon. Three of the Rockets pulled out a
pokeball each and released their pokemon onto the floor. A Kangaskhan,
a Rhyhorn and an Arcanine.
Mew defensively held the side of Dominic's head, scowling at the
ten Rockets standing in their way. She hated them, she hated the all!
She hated Team Rocket more than anything!
Dominic's eyes narrowed into his sinister stare, and he reached
into his coat for a pokeball. But he was taken off guard when something
hit him from the side. A pulse of energy that resembled heat waves.
He spun to his side and saw two more rockets standing in the door
to the lab. They both seemed injured, the man leaning on the left side
of the doorway, and the woman on the right. The woman held a nullifier
rifle that was still pointed at Dominic, after she had fired it.
Despite their injuries, Butch and Cassidy both started laughing at
him. Dominic had won the battle, but it seemed Team Rocket had won the
war.
"I told you boy!" someone said from behind him.
Dominic turned around and he and Mew saw Giovanni standing up from
the ground. Despite the brutal beating he had recieved he still looked
in pretty good fighting shape.
"It was a mistake for you to come here!"
Dominic and Mew both scowled at him. Dominic's pokeballs were all
out of commission, thanks to Cassidy. And though he was no stranger to
fighting pokemon hand to hand, the three that had been released were a
little too much for even him to handle.
Mew kept a firm grip on Dominic's head, while she glowered at
Giovanni, making a cute little growling sound.
"Now give the Mew back, boy!" he ordered, holding out his hand.
"It's mine now, and I won't let you leave here with it!"
Dominic didn't even look to Mew when he was told to hand her over.
He just kept his cold glare on his uncle, as he clenched his fists hard.
"You're crazy if you think I'm just going to hand her over!" he
hissed, viciously. "If you want her, you'll have to kill me
first!" Giovanni just paused and stared at Dominic with a cold
expression. He seemed to be considering what his nephew had just said.
Then he seemed to come to a descision and he finally spoke.
"Very well, Dominic." he whispered, before looking to the eleven
soldiers that stood behind his nephew. "Rockets!!"
"Yes sir?!" they acknowledged in unison, like trained army troops.
Giovanni looked angrily at Dominic then gave his soldiers an
order. "Beat him into the ground!"
"Yes sir!!" they all said, smiling. Each of them seemed to like
the thought of hurting him.
Butch and Cassidy were too badly injured to join in the fight.
But they sat down on the floor, and smiled as the overwhelming numbers
closed in on Dominic. All of these Rockets looked very strong, and Mew
doubted that even Dominic could fight the eleven of them and the three
pokemon on his own.
She looked to his face, but couldn't make out any fear in his
expression. Just a look of determination. But then she heard him
swallow hard and she realised that he was scared. So she looked into
his mind and felt his fear, and was surprised by it.
He wasn't afraid for himself. He was afraid for her. Afraid that
they'd hurt her. He didn't care what happened to himself, he just
wanted Mew to get out of this. He was willing to sacrifice himself for
her.
But Mew wasn't going to let him! She wasn't going to lose him,
she would die first! Dominic had already taught Giovanni a lesson
today.
Now it was her turn.
She hugged the side of his head a little tighter and glared hard
at Giovanni. Then she started to do something she hadn't done before.
Instead of feeding energy into Dominic, she started to draw it from him
and into herself. And to her surprise, Dominic had a lot of it. He was
powerful.
Her power grew to levels she had never felt before, and her eyes
started to glow white. A gentle breeze started to blow within the large
room, and the advancing rockets and pokemon stopped when they felt it.
Dominic looked to Mew with a surprised expression. "Mew, what are
you doing?"
She didn't answer him, just continued to glare at Giovanni. The
light from her eyes brightened, and the wind inside the room increased
in velocity.
Giovanni's expression started to show small signs of fear. He
looked to his soldiers and spoke to them. "I don't know what that Mew
is doing, but I dont like it! Stop her!"
Two men in black uniforms jumped at Mew and Dominic, but were
blown back with two well aimed lightning bolts. She didn't even seem to
use much effort for the attacks.
The wind within the room grew, blowing in circles around the room.
A cyclone formed, and Mew and Dominic were in the eye.
Soon the indoor cyclone's power was growing and everyone had to
lean into the wind to keep from falling over. Dominic's semi-long black
hair flared from the winds around him, but that was the only affect on
him.
Dominic reached into his bag, and pulled out a red calculator like
device and pointed it at Mew. The pokedex was set to analyse the attack
and after a few seconds it spoke.
"Metronome!" it chirped cheerfully. "A potentially powerful and
highly unpredictable attack. This attack allows certian pokemon with
psychic abilities, to randomly execute any pokemon attack."
Dominic looked back up at Mew in surprise. Her whole body was
glowing with white light now, and the whirlwind had become even more
fierce. Occasional cracks of yellow lightning started to fire up
throughout the room, and Dominic noticed that all of the white concrete
walls were starting to crack. Whatever attack the metronome was
summoning, it was surely going to be powerful.
"Further data is pending." The pokedex informed. "Please wait."
Dominic knew that his device was going to tell him what attack Mew
was about to unleash. He had to admit that he wanted to know, he had
never seen anything at all like this before.
It was obvious that Giovanni and his Rockets were nervous. Some
of the smaller members were getting pushed along the ground, despite
their attempts to keep their footing. Even the pokemon that had been
released had forgotten about attacking Dominic.
Giovanni clenched his teeth and glared angrily at Dominic and the
glowing pokemon on his shoulder. He didn't like things he didn't
understand, and no one understood the attack Mew was using. Not even
Mew herself.
"What manner of attack is this?" he growled, with a hint of both
menace and uncertainty.
As if to answer his question, the pokedex spoke up, finally
finishing its analysis of the mysterious attack.
"Attack unknown." the device said, calmly. "No availiable data."
Mew growled at Giovanni, as the glow emanating from her became
blindingly bright. Dominic started to glow too, as she accessed all of
the power she could from both of them.
The whirlwind went to maximum power, sweeping all pokemon and
people off their feet, except for the duo in the eye of the un-natural
storm. Powerful lightning bolts, that appeared to come out of the
floor, walls and ceiling, filled the entire room. Giovanni, his
soldiers and their pokemon all screamed as they were shocked.
Mew's eyes narrowed to slits as she felt immeasurable energy build
up within her and Dominic. Everyone was still screaming, as the energy
expanded outwards from Dominic and Mew's bodies as a ball of purest
white light. The growing ball quickly obscured them from view, then
something happened that made the electric shocks seem insignifcant. The
ball suddenly exploded outwards, engulfing everyone and everything in
the room.
Cataclysm.

***

The building had been built on over two acres of cleared forest
land. It was a large building, consisting of almost a hundred different
rooms.
Now it wasn't looking so great. It had looked much better, before
the impressive metal fence had been torn down. The main door had been
battered very badly and was dented but still intact. The windows that
lined the front of the building had all been shattered, and looking
through the broken windows revealed the interior of the building had
been ransacked.
But all seemed quiet now.
At least it was quiet until the entire building exploded with a
flash of pure white light. Debris from the destroyed walls and ceiling
were blown out in all directions, and the entire area where the building
once stood was engulfed in a huge cloud of dust. Dozens of men, women
and pokemon, were sent flying by the destructive force, and went
hurtling over the horizon.
The dust cloud cleared after a few moments. The once imposing
building, now lay in ruins, a huge smoking crater being all that was
left of the illegal research facilty. Traces of broken walls and other
ruins remained, but the entire building had been all but annihillated.
Only a few people and pokemon were left.
Three were in the centre of the crater.

***

Dominic looked around in silent awe. There were only a few traces
that a building had ever been here. A few broken walls, and one or two
rooms and closet-like structures had been spared by the explosion. But
Mew had pretty much layed everything to waste.
He looked down in front of him, and saw someone sprawled out on
the ground. Mew protectively hugged the side of Dominic's head, and
glowered threateningly at the fallen man.
He was hurt badly. Lying on his back with his clothes torn, and
drenched with his own blood. He was still conscious however, looking up
and scowling at the Mew and the young man she was hugging. His
breathing was slow and laboured, but he managed to speak to them.
"Such..." he started, before stopping to breathe a little harder.
"... Such power."
Dominic just looked at his uncle for a few minutes, without a
word. His expression was cold, and after a few more moments he spoke.
"You want it, don't you?" he asked calmly, folding his arms over
his chest.
Giovanni's eyes narrowed, as a trickle of blood came running down
from the side of his mouth. He remained silent.
"Not in a million years, uncle!" he hissed angrily.
"Mew mew mew!" the pokemon on his shoulder said in agreement.
Giovanni tried to sit up, but groaned in agony when his injured
body refused to let him. He looked right into Dominic's eyes, with
anger in his own.
"You have no comprehension of how powerful she is going to
become!" he wheezed, looking at Dominic as if he were naive. "What
possible use could you have for such power?"
Dominic looked to Mew for a brief moment, then back to Giovanni,
his cold stare causing the older man to shiver. "I don't care about the
power." he said, looking at his uncle with unblinking eyes. "I care
about Mew."
Mew couldn't hold back her smile. She instinctively pressed her
cheek a little harder against Dominic's, but then she composed herself
and continued to glare angrily at Giovanni.
"You sentimental fool!" he growled, managing to fight through the
pain this time and sit up. "You possess one of the greatest powers in
known history, and you won't even use it?! What a waste!"
The man in armour thought for a moment, without taking his eyes
off Giovanni. Then he smiled wryly, in a way that made Giovanni very
nervous. "Oh we plan to use it, uncle."
Giovanni was taken aback. He looked at his nephew with a nervous
expression for a while, before speaking. "What do you mean?" he asked.
"What will you use it for?"
His smile fell from his face, and he and Mew both stood staring at
Giovanni, with their cold blue eyes. Then Dominic answered.
"I'll finish what my father started, before you killed him." he
whispered, clenching his fists in anger. "I'm going to bring you down,
uncle. Team Rocket will be nothing but a memory, when Mew and I are
done with it!"
The fallen man's eyes widened, and he clenched his teeth. "No,
you can't!!" he yelled.
"Goodbye, Uncle Giovanni." he whispered coldly, turning around and
walking away from him, up out of the crater.
"Don't turn your back on me boy!!" he snapped, struggling to his
knees. "You think you can bring down Team Rocket?! You're
delusional!!"
Nor Dominic or Mew payed him any attention. They just kept slowly
moving towards the edge of the crater.
"LOOK AT ME WHEN I TALK TO YOU, BOY!!!!!" he roared ferociously.
"YOU CAN'T STOP ME, NO ONE CAN!!!!!"
Dominic and Mew just continued ignoring him, and this infuriated
him even more. He looked around, then he spotted something buried in
the rubble left from the explosion. He grabbed the metal pipe he had
spotted, then struggled to his feet, holding it in both hands.
It appeared to be a water pipe, that had broken off the indoor
sprinkler system. It was about three feet long, and inch in diameter
and would make a adequate weapon.
Giovanni limped forward, towards the back of the unsuspecting
young man. He tightly gripped his weapon in both hands, and once he got
right up behind Dominic, he lifted the pipe up high, and prepared to
bring it down on the back of his enemy's skull.
"I'LL KILL YOU!!!!!" he roared.
But suddenly, before Giovanni made the blow, Mew's head shot
around and she looked right at him with the most hateful glare he had
ever seen. He froze as her eyes started to glow, then forks of
electricity jumped over her fur.
The bolt was like nothing Giovanni had ever seen. It flew from
her body and hit him right in the chest, then the force of it lifted him
up off the floor. He screamed in agony, as the attack kept him
suspended in mid air, and the yellow electricity burned right through
his body.
His skin started to bubble and blister, and his blood felt like it
was boiling. Mew ruthlessly continued to send a steady stream of deadly
lighting through him, never taking her angry hateful eyes from his.
Everything seemed to move in slow motion. He was suspended in mid
air, with mass amounts of electricity surging through his body. And as
he stared into Mew's eyes, a feeling came over him. Something he
couldn't remember feeling before.
Sheer terror.
It seemed like days to Giovanni, before the attack finally ended.
The lightning from Mew diminished, and Giovanni fell into a heap on the
ground. His eyes slowly closed, and darkness engulfed his every sense,
then he just lay there unmoving.
Mew looked at his limp form for a few moments, before turning her
head back around and looking forward again. Dominic hadn't turned at
all during Mew's fierce attack, he didn't turn to see his fallen uncle.
He just continued to walk forward, climbing out of the crater, and
leaving his unmoving uncle behind him.
Mew yawned with a soft squeak, then leaned her temple up against
Dominic's cheek in an exausted gesture.
"Mew mew mew." she whispered softly.
Dominic yawned, and nodded at his friend. "Yeah." he agreed.
"I'm tired too."
He climbed up out of the crater, and then walked towards the
decimated fence. And after reaching it, he turned and looked at the
destroyed building for a few moments.
"I thought I was finished, when they nullified all my pokeballs."
he said, staring at the crater that used to be a research facility.
"How did you do that? Destroy everything?"
Mew shrugged in reply. She had no idea. She had just been so
angry. She couldn't even remember anything much more than wanting to
stop Team Rocket. All she had wanted with all her heart and soul was to
protect Dominic. The attack had just happened as a result.
Dominic picked up on her thoughts, and nodded thoughtfully. "You
think you could do that again?"
Mew thought for a second, then she shook her head. She had no
idea how she had gathered enough power to do that. She couldn't even
remember how she had managed a Metronome attack.
Dominic smiled, then he reached up and stroked the back of her
head. She sighed contentedly, hugging the side of his head, so relieved
to be back with him again.
She was never going to let anyone separate them ever again.
They both started smiling as Dominic stepped over the broken
fence, and walked up the hill towards his motorcycle. Both of them were
sure they wanted to go back to Saffron City and see Sabrina, but Dominic
wanted to take Mew somewhere else first.
"Come on, Mew." he whispered warmly. "Let's go home."

***

Sabrina sat silently in the large throne/chair she kept in her
gym. The room was dark, save for the dim moonlight that passed through
the glass skylight. It was peaceful.
Sabrina really liked her chair. She'd had it for a long time and
the cusioned surface had moulded quite nicely to accomadate her shape.
This made it very comfortable and comfort was something she found very
important in order to meditate.
She closed her eyes and almost smiled as she reached out
psychically to Dominic and Mew, who were miles away in Viridian. All
was well now, Dominic had saved Mew hours ago. Sabrina had sensed it.
And she had to admit, she felt happy now. She had become quite
attached to both Dominic and Mew, during the brief time they had been
together. Now that they were together again, she felt much more at
ease. She was becoming her usual calm self again. Though she had to
admit, she was really looking forward to seeing Dominic again. She
missed his warmth.
She allowed these thoughts to leave her mind after a few moments,
and started to meditate. She sat in her chair for a nearly half an
hour, but then her concentration was disturbed.
Her eyes shot open and she looked around her darkened gym arena.
She was sensing something disturbing. And this time it wasn't anything
to do with Dominic or Mew. This was closer to her. Very close to her.
She didn't know why she hadn't sensed it earlier, it had just
seemed to suddenly appear in her consciousness. It must have been
hiding itself from her mind, but why would it reveal itself now?
She froze after concentrating for a moment. Whatever she was
sensing, she knew exactly where it was. She looked up towards the
skylight, and saw the shape of something peering back at her through the
glass. They stared at each for a while and Sabrina reached out to it
with her mind, but the moment she did she recoiled, screaming in agony.
She held her head, pain attacking her every sense.
Its mind was in chaos. And when Sabrina had reached out to it,
that chaotic mind had attacked her. It was as if the mind itself were
pain. For the brief moment she had connected telepathically, she had
felt so much. And it had all been horrible.
She had felt pain, hate and envy. The had felt a veritable
gallery of negative emotion, and if she hadn't severed her connection,
it would have driven her insane. Or killed her.
She didn't know what this thing was, but she knew it was un-
natural. Evil. Dark.
Sabrina stood up suddenly when the thing moved. It moved so
quickly, it appeared to vanish then reappear, hovering above the floor
in front of her. Seconds later the glass skylight shattered, from
having the creature fly through it, showering it in hundreds of glass
shards.
She knew for certain it was a threat, so didn't waste a moment
attacking it. She lashed out with her psychic power, sending a pulse of
invisible energy to blow it away.
But it barely moved, as if her attack was no more than a weak gust
of wind. It was strong. And it was looking right into her eyes.
She swallowed hard, and looked to the creature with an inkling of
fear in her expression. No one had ever stood up to one of her psychic
attacks when she had used that much power.
The creature started to advance on her, slowly flapping it's black
wings as it moved forward, and Sabrina took a cautious step backward.
She was scared.
"Keep away from me!" she ordered weakly.
The creature didn't acknowledge her, just kept on advancing.
Sabrina backed away, past her chair and into the back wall of her
gym. She pressed her back up hard against the wall, wishing she would
just pass through it. And the dark creature stalking her was slowly,
yet steadily closing the distance between them.
All of a sudden the whole arena went black, not even the moonlight
shone through the skylight anymore. Sabrina's breathing quickened, and
she looked around in the pure blackness. Then she saw something in the
dark. They were all she could see now, and they were glowing, inches
away from her face. So she screamed, like she had never screamed
before.
The black Pidgeotto's glowing red eyes were the last thing she
saw.

***

He pushed at the huge double doors open with all of his strength.
He ran into the massive darkened gym arena and looked around urgently.
He had sensed that Sabrina was scared, and it took something
serious to scare his daughter. He had never felt that emotion from her
before. And now he was worried, because he couldn't sense her at all.
It was as if, all of a sudden she had just vanished.
"Sabrina!!" he yelled, his voice echoing through the empty arena.
"Sabrina are you here, please answer me!!" He looked around for a few
more moments, and lowered his voice to whisper to himself. "Please say
you're all right."
He looked around the arena, but it was too dark, and his eyes
hadn't adjusted yet. He couldn't see anything but a narrow column of
moonlight from the broken skylight.
Broken skylight? What the hell had happened here?
A figure stepped out from the shadows and was bathed in a shower
of full moon light. It was Sabrina.
Her father sighed with relief and ran up to his daughter, who
stood unmoving in the light. Once he reached her, he threw her arms
around her in a protective hug.
"Sabrina, thank God!" he whispered, tighening his hug. "I
thought..."
He was cut off when he felt an invisible force clasp his shoulders
and pull him away from her. He went sliding on his back across the
floor, then looked up to Sabrina with surprise. It had been her that
had pushed him away, using her psychic powers.
"Sabrina?" he asked, looking to her with uncertainty. "Why..."
He stopped what he was saying when he noticed something. Her hair
and clothing were jet black.
"I have a task for you, mortal." Sabrina said, her voice sounding
darker and more sinister than normal.
Her father stood to his feet and started to realise something.
"Your not Sabrina!"
She smiled, and chuckled cruelly. "Very astute, old man."
He clenched his teeth in a meanacing expression, then started to
walk forward, looking ready to fight. "What did you do to her?! If
you've hurt her, I swear I'll..."
"Keep your pathetic threats to yourself, human!" Sabrina
interrupted angrily. "I will not be intimidated by such a pitiful
creature as you! Now as I was saying, I have a task for you!"
He stopped advancing the thing that was once his daughter, and
scowled at her hatefully. "Why should I do anything for you?!"
She smiled wickedly, and her eyes suddenly flashed to life with
blood red light. For some reason the man was scared all of a sudden,
and what Sabrina said sent a chill down his spine.
"Because, you human worm, if you don't help me..." she said,
pausing for a moment to bear her pearly white teeth in a wicked smile.
"Your daughter dies!"
Fear overcame him at these words. He loved his daughter, he would
do anything to ensure her safety.
He looked into Sabrina's glowing red eyes, and his expression
slowly became a sad, defeated one. He had to save Sabrina, and if that
meant doing the bidding of this... whatever it was... he had little
choice about it.
Sabrina smiled when her father spoke.
"What do you want me to do?"

***

To be continued in 'Avatar'


Authors Notes:

Oh man, that took a long time! This is by far the longest story I've
ever written, so it feels great to finally get it finished. And it
would feel even greater if I got some email from you readers to tell me
what you think of it? (hint hint!)

If you hate cliffhanger endings, I'm sorry. Personally I really love
them, as long as the author continues writing the story. But anyway,
I'm going to start part 4 to my Dominic Mew Saga, 'Avatar,' after
writing a few other fics. Unless of course I get one or two emails
asking me to hurry it along? (Double hint hint! hehehe!)

So what's coming next, you ask? Well first I think I'll write part 3 to
Pokemon West, then I might write the next installment to my Final
Fantasy VIII story. Then it's a choice between Dominic & Mew and my
next Gargoyles fic... Desisions desisions.

Well the next episode should be pretty cool. If this creature can make
a wild Pigeotto strong enough to kick Sabrina's butt, how strong do you
think it will make Sabrina? I'll probably write a bit more of what I
did on this fic. Action, emotion, and if you're good boys and girls,
maybe a little romance too. ;)

Well before I finally sign off, I'll say that if you read my fic, please
email me and tell me what you think? If you didn't like it, I'd
appreciate some constructive criticism, and if you did, well a nice
letter to say you liked it would be much appreciated! (Am I a glutton
for praise, or what?!)

Well now that I've typed so much, my fingers are about ready to fall
off, I think I'll stop writing and let you get back to your lives. Hope
to hear from you all soon. Later!


Cheyne H Keresoma
jawelik@hotmail.com
http://geocities.com/jawelik/index.html

 

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