Pokemon: In the Shadow Of Twilight

Once Again A New Adventure

On their way to Jubilife City, we meet three familiar heroes as they continue their journey through the Sinnoh region.

"So why exactly are we heading back to Jubilife City?" Ash said to Dawn, who was looking in a magazine.

"Well I heard they have a new updated version of the Poketch," Dawn said, her attention still focused on the magazine. "And I just have to get it."

"You definitely like to keep yourself updated, don't you Dawn?" Brock said.

Dawn smiled. "It's always nice to stay up to date on things, especially with technology."

"Piplup!" the blue penguin Pokemon said, who was on her right shoulder.

Ash then turned to his companion on his shoulder. "Hey Pikachu, I bet with how big the city is, we'll find plenty of trainers to battle against."

"Pikapi!" Pikachu said, raising a fist in the air.

"We should be able to see the city just over this hill," Brock said.

And sure enough, once they got to the top of the hill, they could see the large city, with its beautiful skyscrapers and many stores. It was quite a sight to see.

"Last one there's a rotten Eggsecute!" Ash yelled as he sprinted ahead of the other two.

Dawn grinned. "I don't think so Ash!" she said as she ran to catch up with him.

"It just never gets old, does it?" Brock thought, smiling as he ran to catch up with the other two. Once he was finally able to catch up with them, he saw that they were both out of breath.

"I think we'll consider this a tie," Ash said, breathing heavily.

"Sounds good to me," Dawn replied, breathing heavily as well.

After finally recovering, the trio continued on into the city. "I guess Jubilife City hasn't changed much since our last visit," Brock said.

"Yeah," Ash said. He then saw a sign on one of the buildings. "What's this?" he said, looking at what it said.

Calling All Trainers And Coordinators!
Do you feel the need for some battling or in need of another Contest ribbon?
Then sign up for the latest Jubilife City Pokemon Contest, officially open to both Trainers and Coordinators!

"Pokemon Contest? Here?" Dawn said, confused. "I don't remember hearing anything about that."

"I guess they had just clarified that there would be one here," Brock said.

"So Dawn, you going to sign up for it?" Ash said.

"I guess it wouldn't be a bad idea," Dawn said. "I could use the ribbon after all. But what about you Ash? It said trainers could join as well."

"Well, it would give me some good practice for my next Gym battle," Ash said. He then looked to Pikachu. "Hey Pikachu, you feel like being part of a Contest battle?"

"Pika pika!" Pikachu said, nodding.

"Well, I guess I'm in as well," Ash said. "What about you Brock?"

"Nah, I think I'll sit this one out," the breeder said. "Besides its a lot more fun spectating."

"Now we just need to find where to register," Dawn said, as they continued walking.

"Hey! You there!" a voice said.

They looked to their right and saw three guys standing against one of the buildings. The one in the middle had blonde hair, while wearing a green jacket with matching sweatpants. The two guys beside him were a tad bit taller, the one on the left a bit wider, with a blue hoody and jeans, while the other was about the same size as the middle one with a black t-shirt and jeans.

"Are you Ash Ketchum?" the guy with the green jacket said.

"Yeah, that's me," Ash said.

The guy smiled. "You seem a bit... younger than I imagined," he said.

"What's that supposed to mean!?" Ash said angrily.

"Nothing," the guy said. "Say, how about a battle? I'd like to be able to say how I beat the great Ash Ketchum."

"Alright, you're on then," Ash said, smirking.

"Hey, don't leave us out of this," the guy with the blue hoody said, while his other companion nodded.

"Then I guess we'll be joining you as well," Brock said, with Dawn nodding as well.

The three guys quickly called out their Pokemon; Rampardos, Luxray, and Magmortar from left to right, while Ash chose Pikachu, Dawn chose Piplup, and Brock chose Croagunk.

Luxray quickly went after Pikachu with Thunder Fang, while Pikachu dodged and attacked with an Iron Tail, knocking Luxray back. Luxray, realizing how strong Pikachu was, started charging up a Charge Beam, electricity sparking out of his body. While he had a chance, Pikachu used Quick Attack and charged at Luxray, but he had already charged up his attack and quickly fired, hitting Pikachu head on, but the attack did not affect him as much.

Meanwhile, Piplup was facing against Rampardos. Rampardos quickly charged with a Headbutt, but Piplup struck back using BubbleBeam, which hit Rampardos in the head, knocking him back since he was weak to water-types. However, Rampardos countered with a Focus Punch, while Piplup used Bide to absorb the attack and blow Rampardos back.

While this was going on, Magmortar was having a heck of a battle against Croagunk. Magmortar was trying to use Fire Punch against him, but Croagunk was just too quick, dodging each attempt. Croagunk then countered by using Brick Break, hitting Magmortar square in the chin, knocking him back. Magmortar then launched a Hyper Beam, but Croagunk dodged it as well, hitting him then with a Poison Jab, knocking Magmortar out for good.

It was becoming a hard-fought battle between Rampardos and Piplup, seeing as they were both looking tired. Rampardos, realizing it was now or never, charged towards Piplup using Zen Headbutt, but Piplup then used Whirlpool, which swallowed up Rampardos and Piplup jumped into it using Peck, knocking him out as well.

It was now done to just Pikachu and Luxray. Luxray quickly lashed out with a Shock Wave, blue electricity coming out of him, but Pikachu fought back with a Thunderbolt, hitting Luxray's Shock Wave, and they both held firm for a couple of seconds before the thunderbolt went through and hit Luxray directly, knocking him out.

Once the battle was finally over, the three guys stared at their fallen Pokemon in shock. "Wow," the guy in green said. "I guess you weren't lying then." He then smiled. "Even so, good battle. My name is John by the way," he added, putting out his hand and shaking each of theirs.

"My name is Trey," the guy wearing blue said.

"And my name is Cole," the guy wearing black said.

"My name is Dawn," Dawn said. "From-"

"Dawn? From Twinleaf Town?" Trey said, interrupting her.

"That's right," Dawn said.

"Wait a minute, I recognize you now!" Trey said. "I saw you battle at the Wallace Cup! You see, I'm from Twinleaf Town as well. You were amazing in that last battle!"

"Oh, thanks," Dawn said, blushing slightly. "But wait, if you're from Twinleaf Town, how come I've never met you before?"

"That is a good question," Trey said. "But hey, it's always nice to see people from home. Maybe we'll end up facing each other in the contest."

"You mean that...?" Dawn asked.

"Yep, Trey here is a Pokemon Coordinator just like yourself," John said. "But even though Cole and I are both just trainers, we're going to be joining that Contest as well."

"It was nice to be able to get some training in," Cole said.

"Cool, I'm registering as well," Ash said. "Maybe we might end up battling each other again, John. That Luxray of yours is sure powerful."

"Maybe so," John said. "Well, we need to go take care of some things. Hopefully we'll meet again in a couple of days." And with that, the three trainers left.

"Wow, if those three are really going to be in the Contest, they'll be tough to beat," Ash said.

"Tell me about it," Dawn said. "Trey's Rampardos may have had a disadvantage, but it still put up a good fight."

"Don't worry Dawn," Ash said, who reached out his hand in front of his face. "If we just stay confident through each match, there's no way either of us could lose."

"Right," Dawn said, who quickly grabbed his. "No need to worry."

"Well, it's starting to get dark," Brock said. "Perhaps we should try finding the Pokemon Center."

"Yeah," Ash said. "You're going to have to be 100% once the Contest begins, Pikachu."

"Pikachu," Pikachu said.

Once Ash and Dawn got registered, they headed towards the Pokemon Center, which was loaded with trainers anticipating the upcoming Contest.

"Wow, it looks like there's going to be a whole lot of people at the Arena," Dawn said.

"Which means that this Contest is going to be rather big," Brock said. "But then again, we are in Jubilife City after all."

Once they got settled in, they went to the cafeteria to get some dinner, and about two hours decided to go to bed, since they would spend the next day training. While Ash and Brock had fallen asleep, Dawn was still awake, looking up at the ceiling.

Truth was, she was having trouble sleeping, and not just tonight but the last two days. She looked over to Ash, who was asleep with Pikachu on his lap. Dawn smiled at this.

"Piplup?" She looked and saw her blue companion staring at her.

"Oh, hey Piplup," Dawn said quietly. "Don't worry, I'm just having some trouble sleeping thats all?"

"Pip piplup?" Piplup said, looking from Ash to her.

"What? No, I wasn't staring at Ash," Dawn said, trying to cover herself up. "I was just glancing at Pikachu."

Piplup had a smirk on his face, realizing the truth. "Piplup pip?"

"What!?" Dawn said, almost too loudly. " Me like Ash? Why would you think something like that?"

Piplup just gave her a look that said, "I can obviously tell you're lying."

Dawn sighed. "Alright, maybe I do have feelings for him," she said. "I mean, I want to tell him soon, but I'm just worried that he may not be feeling the same way." She then thought back to the experiences they each had. "I could be wrong, and that maybe he's hiding them as well, but I don't know how much longer we'll end up being together, so I'll have to tell him sooner or later unless he tells me first." She fell back onto her pillow with a smile on her face. "I have to admit, it seems rather fitting that we would get together, since we seem so alike. We've both encountered a legendary Pokemon, we both own a electric Pokemon, heck we even both had Pokemon that wouldn't listen to us, although I really wish I could get Mamoswine to listen to me," she added, sighing. "Oh well, somehow Ash was able to overcome that problem and I will as well." She then turned back to Piplup. "Thanks for hearing me out, Piplup. Now we had better get to bed, we got a busy day ahead of us tomorrow."

"Piplup," Piplup said, agreeing as they both quickly fell asleep.

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