Epica Hills "Shift them. They hold no true value in this world. They are beings soon to expire." A malignant, inhuman voice hissed the words followed by an ill-boding cackle. Soon there was silence in the black. The catacombs were so dark that one would fail to see his or her hands in front of them. Finally as the eyes adjusted, a light wisp of breath could barely be seen by a sihouetted person wandering in the dark. Candelight was visible at the end of the underground corridor leading toward a noiseless chamber. The back of a woman lit up as she stepped forth into the light; her elongated hair swaying at her thighs. An aged gray gown and a dark ribbon tied to her nape were the only attire that she wore. Her age was concealed in the dim lighting, but she had clearly reached adult hood. The unknown lady set down the mucky corridor bare footed, making her way passed columns of dusty tombs on either side. For a moment, her lifeless face strained and she began to sob in an unusual, unsettling manner. Then she completely ceased her crying and her face became indifferent as if she did not truly care. A broken masked Duskull was lingering inside the chamber when the strange woman entered and the startled ghost pokemon chose to keep it's distance by hovering toward a far corner. Sliding it's single glowing eye from socket to socket, the Duskull watched the woman as she stalked to the back, rock wall that had an ultra narrow split down the middle. The split was far too narrow for any human to fit through and it was as if it was made from a massive rock tomb attack to trap whoever inside. Peeking through the rock split, the woman spotted two people asleep against a stone in another chamber and in an instance her expressionless face changed into a fiendishly frightful grin. "Where the hell am I?!" Exclaimed a man in a miner's uniform who had awoken shortly after, yet he was completely oblivious of the woman's spying eye. His frantic question caused a boy with silver hair to awaken beside him. He ran around the room only to discover that they were completely surrounded in rock walls. No way out. The boy looked around in surprise and a look of fear came across his face. He jumped to his feet and tumbled around the room; his eyes not yet adjusting to the darkness. After realizing he had no idea where he was, he immediately ran away from the other man whom he did not know. "Wait, who are you?" the man called out to the boy, but he did not respond. Minutes passed and after both of their eyes adjusted, the man could see that the boy was no threat judging by his size. "Well! Aren't you going to say anything!" He shouted. The silver haired boy saw the man's mouth move, so he pointed to his ears and shook his head to try and signal that he was deaf. He reached inside his pockets for his pokeballs, but they were missing. His eyes widened and he began to panic. While continuing to watch them, a black steaming energy radiated from the woman's hands and it crept through the split toward the unexpecting victims. The frightening grin remained on her face as she witnessed the black steam approach it's first target. "At least tell me who you are." The miner said, he did not catch the boys gesture. He saw the boy with the silver hair bow his head into his hands and he felt bad that the kid was going to cry. "It's ok kid, we'll figure this out." Suddenly the miner was taken aback by the boys high alarming screams and he witnessed the boy slinging his head from side to side as if he was losing his mind! "Are you alright?!" The miner yelled. Niiiiiiii! The boy cried in an unusual high pitched voice. His silver hair brightened to light purple and a long spikey horn tore out of his forehead. The man looked at the boy in astonishment and felt like he was going to faint. The boy's face extended forward and abanadoned it's human features, mutating into a pokemon face. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiii! The creature cried as the boys once, human ears, grew into long and spiny purple ones. The boy's body fell on the floor and it's skeletal figure began to reconstruct entirely until all that was left standing there in the dark was a male Nidorino. The miner attempted to run, but his own body stopped him in his place. He tried to cry out, but it came out as a heavy squeal PILOOOO! His painful mutation into Piloswine was soon starting. "We're learning splendidly, my Annika." The woman spying behind the split enjoyed watching every second of the miner's transformation. She heard the voice that praised her inside her own head and her demented grin grew wider. Numera Town SWISH! Five large, silver spoons flew through the air one after the other in a line that soared across the sky. They dropped abruptly, yet gently in an organized fashion upon a table set up outside Professor Atlas' lab. Mega Alakazam sat with his eyes closed in a meditative position and his feet grasped together like fingers. His eyes rolled under his eye lids toward a cart beside the cloth covered table. The plates on the cart began to rise and they evenly distributed themselves onto the table with psychic. "Alakai, would you help setting up the-" Professor Atlas began to say before he realized what Mega Alakazam was already doing. Like always, Alakai had foreseen the professor's plans before he even thought to say them. "Thanks." The professor said looking over Alakai's Mega form. "Enjoy it while it lasts my friend." Prof. Atlas said with a teasing grin. He knew how hard Alakai trained himself to maintain his mega evolution for as long as he could. Alakai opened one eye to glare at his master and in the same instance the neatly set table crushed in two before the professor's eyes. "That was for our company!" Griped the Professor. He just shook his head with a long sigh "Oh well, at least the food isn't wasted." Just then, the entire rack of food along with the beverage cart flew high up into the air only to smash all over the ground. Professor Atlas just let out a long airy sigh, "Looks like company will have to skip out on eating this year." He disappeared, back inside his lab with a disappointed look upon his face. Alakai snapped his fingers and broke the illusion revealing that the table and food were completley fine. A small smile formed on his lips and he continued to meditate. --- Just on the outskirts of town, Jay was sitting against his backpack under a set of Oran berry trees. He was going through his pokegear and saw that he had four missed calls from his mom. He was just about to redial the number when he spotted a tailow just on a branch above, that was motionless and fluffed inside it's own feathers. Jay quickly stood up from the ground and attempted to climb up the tree, but there were hardly any low hanging branches. He looked up again at the Tailow and when it stayed completely still after he yelled out, he knew something was wrong. He unzipped the first pocket of his pack and retrieved a thick belt which he used to wrap around the tree and climb to the closest branch. Once he made it on the first branch, he climbed the rest of the way until he reached the limb where the Tailow was perched on. At first he shook the limb to try and see if Tailow was just sleeping, but the small dark colored bird pokemon still did not budge. Jay leaned in close and carefully took the bird into his hands then jumped off the tree. He landed safely on his feet with bird and he walked over to his pack again to pull out a great potion this time. First, he looked over Tailow’s whole body and noticed something sticking out of her beak. Jay gentley removed the twig that was choking Tailow and spritzed her injured wings with potion from where she must've self inflicted them on the tree branches in panic. "There, little bird. You should feel a lot better soon." Jay said kindly. Jay walked to the next tree and placed Tailow safely onto a low hanging branch before walking to pick up his pack. Low!, the blue bird chirped gratefully and flew off to another tree further away. Jay smiled then activated his pokegear to listen to the voicemail that his mother had left for him. She had just called to remind him that Prof. Atlas was expecting him to receive his first pokemon today. Jay checked the time on the pokegear and realized he would still be early if he went to the lab now, but he decided to head there anyway since he had nothing do. He took the shortcut through town, passing by the statue of Ash that looked so lifelike that it could have moved. When he finally arrived near the small silver lab, he could see Alakai outside meditating near a table that was neatly set with a rack of food besides it full of delicious hot food. Jay already knew his uncle set out a food table every year, so that trainers could eat a nice meal before setting off on their jouneys. "Hey Alakai. Great work maintaining your mega evolution." Jay complimented him before walking into the lab. "Jay!" Professor Atlas said, quickly running from the back of the lab. He handed Jay a tray of pokeballs and asked him, "Help set up the stands for me?" He quickly left before Jay could even say a word. "Nice to see you too Uncle Atlas..." Jay said with a light chuckle. He walked into the main room to see six pokeball stands with the majority of them having three pokeballs lined across the surface. Labeled on signs above each stand were the diverse regions that each set of starters were from. The Kanto stand had five pokeballs – the extra two were for Eevee and Pikachu. Jay picked up the first pokeball and shined it with the cloth inside the tray and neatly placed it on the Kalos stand. Jay did the same to the other two pokeballs and he turned to see his uncle reappear. "Thanks, it's good to see you Jay. The others should be here shortly." The professor smiled.