From: Jose L. Solano (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: [PW!] You really did it this time, Trent
Date: 2003-10-16 02:30:10 PST
Pokewars!: Trent Retwin
"...see above! I hate you."
Jose L. Solano
With a sudden jolt, Trent stood up with a look of shock on his face. He had
been sitting at the entrance to cave in Sootopolis for almost an entire day in
a trance-like state induced by Vee, the Unown that dwelled inside him and
shared with him part of its psychic power. Ashura had been sleeping nearby with
bits of pizza littered the ground around him.
"Vee felt something... Ashura, you ordered pizza and didn't tell me?!"
"Sand." Trent stood up and stretched. Not having moved at all for nearly a
day had tightened his joints. It was late evening and the sky outside was a
dark red as the last traces of the sun disappeared. He felt a slight tremor
beneath him and there was another flash in his head. He grabbed his forehead in
"It's Vee... feeling... pain... I... ARGH!" Trent felt a horrible splitting
sensation in his head and felt a strange release. He shook his head and looked
above him. "Hey! HEY!"
Vee was hovering above his head. Before separating, Trent had understood
that whatever was in the cave had begun to cause Vee tremendous pain somehow.
Unable to force Trent to leave, Vee decided to leave.
"No you don't!" Before Vee could disappear, Trent hurled a Pokéball at the
Shiny Unown. "You're not going anywhere!"
"No, boss, not to worry," a voice said from inside the cave. "We got it
covered." Trent quickly pocketed the Pokéball and ran behind a large rock as
two thugs, dressed in some bizarre red and black uniform, walked past him.
"Boss said he doesn't want onions."
"Ah, onions're th' best part!"
"You heard him, no onions. Extra mustard, though."
"No onions, but more mustard?"
"I don't get it either." Once they had passed, Trent moved out from behind
the rock and ran into the cave. Ashura slowly walked after him. He could hear
more voices, but he couldn't tell what they were saying. Eventually, he reached
a set of stone steps leading down to a large chamber , lit with a bright red
light. He looked towards the bottom to see a pool of bubbling lava, and
surrounding it were more of the red thugs. There was one in particular that
stood out, a red-haired man wearing a more formal version of the outfit the
thugs wore with a red M logo on his chest.
"It's under control, for now," a female thug told the leader. The boss took
a Pokéball from his belt and pointed it at the pool of lava.
"Can you hear me under there? I'm your master! I freed you from your prison,
now you'll do as I command! Now, rise!"
"Easy on the drama, boss."
"You didn't like it? I practiced it." The cave rumbled and the lava bubbled.
"Stupid beast, you defy your master? Rise!"
"Sir... we have a spy." The boss looked up to the top of the stairs and saw
a pair of red eyes glowing in the shadows.
"It better not be another Shuppet," he mumbled. "Come down from there, what
do you want?"
"What exactly are you doing?" Trent asked as he descended.
"...Something. Who are you?"
"I'm... uh... Tnert. Tnert Niwter."
"That's a horrendously stupid name. I am Maxie."
"That's a horr-"
"Shut up, I've been told before. So then, Tnert, are you with us or against
"...Who are you?"
"Tell him!" Maxie ordered. His thugs gathered around him and struck dramatic
"We are the mighty Team Magma! Just as the earth provides for us, we provide
for the earth! We protect the land from those who wish it harm, and our enemies
"You didn't finish writing it, did you? Alright, he gets the point, back in
places." The thugs hurried back to their spots. "Now then, are you a villain
from Team Aqua?"
"Never heard of them."
"Good! So why are you here, then?"
"I... wanted to see what all the excitement was. You can't have a party
without Tnert Niwter!" Trent's tongue was almost tied trying to say it that
time. "So what's in the pool?"
"To put it simply, the most powerful Pokémon ever to walk the earth," Maxie
replied. "It was dormant for years, but we managed to awaken it. It shows us no
gratitude, however. It can't leave this lava pool," Maxie pointed to a small
device near the lava pool that generated some sort of dim energy field, "So it
has no choice but to obey me or stay here. Hopefully it will come to its
senses." The cave trembled.
"Out of my way, I can get it out," Trent said. He pushed Maxie aside and
took two Pokéballs from his trenchcoat. The cave trembled again and he dropped
on, right into the lava pool. "Oh, FUCK." Trent was fortunate that there was no
"What... the cave... Tnert, what have you done?!"
It was unfortunate that this was one of Trent's cleverly disguised
grenades... perhaps too clever. Trent could usually tell the difference, but he
had chosen a bad time to try to impress people by not actually looking at the
stupid things. The explosion sprayed lava over the cave walls and sent the
Magma agents dashing for cover. The cave once again shook, bits of rock falling
onto the cave floor and melting into the lava pool. Trent took a step back as
the lava flowed out of the pool and a black monster covered with glowing red
armor plates appeared at its center.
"What the hell is that thing?!" The monster roared angrily, swiping its
large claws at the air and splashing its equally dangerous tail against the
lava in its rage.
"The legendary Ground Pokémon, Groudon," Maxie whispered. Quickly, Maxie
threw his Pokéball at it, but Groudon swatted it with its tail. Groudon
regarded Maxie with its glowing yellow eyes and a fissure appeared in the cave
floor towards Maxie with lava flowing through it. Maxie widened his stances as
the lava flowed between his feet. Trent realized he had another Pokéball in his
hand, an empty one. He threw it as hard as he could and hit Groudon right in
the face and it transformed into energy and entered the Pokéball. The Pokéball
dropped into the lava and exploded instantly, releasing Groudon.
"Dammit!" Trent yelled. In his anger, he kicked the force-field generator
into the lava.
"You IDIOT!" Maxie yelled. Panicking, Maxie threw out two of his own
Pokéballs and two Pokémon Trent had never seen before, the wolf-like Mightyena
and the volcanic Camerupt, emerged to face Groudon. Faced with this battle,
Groudon chose another way out. It dove into the lava and the trembling
"It's using Dig!" Maxie yelled. The lava quickly drained from the pool into
a hole created by Groudon. The cave slowly stopped shaking as Groudon went
farther and farther into the earth. "WHY DID YOU DO THAT?!"
"Do WHAT?!" Trent asked.
"You kicked the device into the lava! You let Groudon get away! Do you have
any idea what the chances are of finding it in these conditions again?!"
"No, and you know what? I don't care! It's not my battle!" Maxie raised his
hands and his thugs all drew Pokéballs. "...I see. I'll... just be on my way."
Quickly, Trent jumped up several steps and ran back out of the cave. Maxie
sighed and looked at the hole where the laval pool had been.
"Look on the bright side, boss," the female thug said, "Now that he's free,
he'll dry up the seas again. That's what we wanted, right?"
"You're right... but the other one might be free, too."
"You don't think..."
"Everyone back to the base. We're going to have a hell of a time tracking
this thing." Outside the cave, Ashura finished the last slice of leftover pizza
as Carol arrived with several shopping bags.
"Oh, there you are," Trent scowled at Ashura. "I thought you were with me
back there, you damn coward. You, what are you doing here?"
"I was just checking to see what's going on. So what happened?" Carol asked.
"Long story. Nothing left to see here. Let's go."
DUN DUN DUN
Jose L. Solano
A devious, degenerate defender of the devil