Author's Note: I know I've been posting this on the official Nuzlocke forum. Sadly, you might get spoiled if you read it there before here. That said, I will keep posting here.
Part 5: Sparkling Twilight
Daniel pecked me slightly on the cheek. "Matt?" he said, a concerned tone in his voice.
"Yeah?" I asked.
"Are you okay?" he asked. "We've been getting kind of worried."
I sat up in the bed and ran my hand through my hair. "Yeah, let's go."
In a few minutes, the whole team and I had left Petalburg. Daniel, Tyler and Heather were walking next to me, while John rode on my shoulder.
The sound of the ocean calmed me down somewhat. I took a deep breath of the salty air. It made me miss my old hometown of Olivine. I remembered the last day we were there.
"Matt!" she said.
I turned around. "Mara!"
She ran up to me and threw her arms around me. "I'm going to miss you."
"Me too." I said, leaning in to give her a kiss.
"Promise me you'll write."
"I promise. And as soon as we get settled and the war clears up, we'll probably come back and visit."
"I'll be counting the days..."
"Matt!" Daniel screamed. I snapped back to reality.
"What?" I said. John was on the ground with everyone, looking up at me.
"You just spaced out and stopped. Are you feeling okay?" Heather asked.
"I'm fine. Really. Let's just get moving."
"You were thinking about someone, weren't you?" a voice said.
I turned around. A small blue and white bird, a Wingull, was hovering behind me.
"Yeah, I was." I said, tentatively. "How did you know?"
"You walked out here looking a little nervous and tired, like you hadn't gotten a lot of sleep. When you smelled the ocean, you looked like you relaxed. There's no ocean where you could have come from, so you must have thought about another place, probably with another person."
I nodded slightly. "Impressive."
"And I can't help but notice you guys have a bit of a Rock-type problem. I could come with you if you want."
I smiled. "Welcome aboard, Miss..."
"Tiffany." she said. John hopped back onto my shoulder and the team, now five strong walked into the grass.
"Now, Heather." I said, kneeling down next to her. "We're going to do a lot of training with you today. Are you ready?"
"Alright." she said, quietly.
We started to train. Training involved a lot of training of the others as well, especially in the beginning. As she grew in power and gained new attacks, she began to take on opponents by herself. Eventually we fought a youngster on the beach, with Heather taking a prominent role.
After walking him back to Petalburg and healing, we decided to head to the forest.
"Hey." A boy called as we walked toward the entrance. He walked toward us slowly. He was abut my height, though a bit younger, with light blonde hair and a well-tailored blue suit.
"My name is Winston." he said. "Would you like to battle?"
"Sure." I said.
He smirked. "Very well. Jigu, show this peasant how it's done."
His Zigzagoon popped out of its Poke Ball, its ginger fur glistening in the pale sunlight. I sent Heather out.
"Poison Sting!" I cried, watching the purple barb dig into the prim Pokemon's side.
"Tackle, Jigu dear." Winston said. Jigu slammed into Heather, sending her flying. She slithered back to the field, slowly and launched another couple of barbs at it.
"Oh, dear, Jigu, you're poisoned. That won't do." Winston said, spraying a yellow-green liquid on it.
"Was that a Full Restore?" I asked.
"Dude, that's just cheap."
"So what? I'm rich. I can do whatever I want, like knock out your Wurmple here. Jigu, Tackle, please."
Jigu slammed into Heather again, this time sending her flying straight into Tiffany. She caught her in her beak and set her down gently.
"Easy there. I'll take it from here." She sprayed him with a Water Gun while I looked at Heather.
"You okay?" I asked.
"Yeah." She said, weakly. "Maybe healing?"
I smiled. "After Tiffany beats the snot out of this jerk, we will."
"Matt?" John said. "Tiffany and Tyler both got pretty hurt, so I'm gonna fight. Is that okay?"
"Wait, what?" I said, looking back up. Tiffany and Tyler were both on the ground. Tyler was licking his wounds and Tiffany was struggling along on her minuscule legs.
"The power of good breeding, my friend." Winston said, looking smug as ever. "Jigu, be a dear and show this common Zigzagoon how a real Pokemon battles."
Daniel stepped in front of John. "You did not just insult John. You're going to pay for that." he growled.
Jigu lunged at Daniel. Daniel slid underneath, raking a claw on his belly. Jigu landed in a dazed heap on the ground.
"Tell your bird to stand down!" Winston commanded.
"Leave the pet alone, Daniel." I said. Daniel sighed then walked back to me. Winston walked over, picked up Jigu, and thrust some cash at me.
"Don't say anything. Just shut up and take the money, you uncouth slob." He said before marching off to heal his precious pet.
"What a jerk." I said.
"I'll say." Tyler growled. "His primped up pet sure hits like a-"
Suddenly, Heather began to glow slightly. We all backed up and stared at her as she glowed a bright white. After a few seconds, the Wurmple was gone, and in its place was a white oval with spikes sticking out of it.
"She just evolved!" Tiffany cried weakly.
"Awesome!" I said, picking Heather up and hugging her. "I'm so proud of you."
"Thanks." she said. "Now, can we get some healing done?"
We laughed as we started walking back to Petalburg.
Pokémon: 5 Badges: 0 Deaths: 0 Current Location: Route 104