The boat approached the dock as the setting sun cast purple and golden hues across the sky, while also descending the shadows over the entirety of Mirai. A young man and woman, siblings or romantic partners with how close they were, leaned against the railing of the boat before it began to dock. The people here were already flooding to the gangplank before the boat even docked. It slowly slid over the waves and the sailors on the sides of the boat threw thick ropes for the others on the wooden dock to catch and twist around a metal anchor situated on the dock. The boat let out its own anchor, and everyone got into position, including the two mysterious characters.
These two both had hoods covering their faces, for if anybody knew who they looked like, they would be in for some serious trouble, especially when they see how colorful they were. All that color must mean they have money, right? Well, they would be right, but even before the clutches of human puberty hit, they looked like average kids. Nevertheless, they went along the crowd, crossing the gangplank cautiously so they don't fall in the harsh waves below that were already lapping at the boat's sides and the dock.
As soon as they crossed the plank and made it off the dock, they found the registration center - tall and full of gloom, just like the rest of this dreary city. As they walked inside, a taller figure pointed at the flyers for the region, a more in-depth look at the region than what their older flyer told. The shorter figure walked on over, the cloak she was wearing flowed elegantly in the wind, and her footsteps soft against the harsh floor of the registration center. As she got close, she could feel eyes stare harshly at her. Must be one of the guards. She quickly swiped the flyer off before retreating to the cloaked taller figure. They both mused over the singular flyer together, and they were in shock. So much money was needed, and they were only able to bring the 3000 Pokeyen. The older figure growled deeply, not liking this at all, but an elbow jab to the side stopped him. He could almost feel the glare from his younger sister (by 20 minutes) through the cloaks. He sighed and decided to behave.
As soon as they made it to the front of the line, they noticed that several young kids got severely picked on, while the older adults got more respect. They wondered what kind of attention they would get, as they walked up to the man that reminded both of them of a drill sergeant. Was this city ran by the military? The man took the older man's ID, but demanded he removed his hood. The older man looked at his younger sister and obliged, yet reluctantly. His flaming hair caught the light, and when his sister followed suit, both of them were like aliens coming in on some foreign planet. They looked strange, and the drill sergeant-like guard huffed in interest. He looked at Pyros' ID card again, this time finding something. The two strangers could both tell that he wasn't exactly caring, just as long as they weren't too young.
The man gruffly stated aloud: "Pyroshu Rastrixen Darastrix. Born in... Cocona Village. Registered in Saffron City, and you're thirty. You might have a chance, but a very marginal one. If I were you, I'd leave. Your looks would get you into some serious trouble."
He handed Pyros his ID card back, clearly stumped as to where Cocona Village was. He probably had never heard of it. He then took the sister's card, then stating her credentials for the person next to him to write everything down: "Shadara... Arcaf-... Arcafiwhed... Darastrix... Who thought out your names? Anyway, Born in Cocona Village. Again. Registered in Saffron City. Thirty years old. You two seem to be twins. Hmph," he gruffly muttered something that was intelligible, and gave Shade her ID back. She almost chuckled at the fact that he couldn't say her middle name, and their r's weren't rolled, but were hard r's. She didn't mind though, she had to get used to it.
The intelligible muttering was actually him demanding money for entrance, but neither heard. Pyros politely said: "What?" but that apparently didn't go well with the guy. The man glared at the giant in front of him, trying to square him up, but saw he was just as wide as he was. He gave up, but kept a very close eye on them. Pyros just glared nonchalantly at the guy, thinking: How cute. He's trying to look tough.
The man then spat back at Pyros: "500 PokeYen. Both of you. Now." He held out his hand, waiting for the oh-so-deserved cash to be placed upon it. Pyros and Shade both sighed softly and fished for their money. They both took out 500 PokeYen, as instructed, and placed it on his palm. When the man looked over and saw that they were definitely real money, he let them both pass by. Pyros whispered to Shade softly, but his anger was making his voice rise slightly.
"What is that guy's beef? I mean, seriously. If I had angered him anymore, he would've charged us more, probably. What even is this economy?"
"One the military likes, apparently," whispered Shade. She didn't like it, either, but they had to play along.
When they left the building, they saw there were groups of people heading off into the forest already. They seemed young, so they were probably starting the Mirai Pokemon League challenge. If so, then these fellas have competition. Shade looked over the map of Mirai, seeing that they were in Dolvious City, and the walk between the Pokemon Center and the Pokemon Mart were really far. Nevertheless, Shade and Pyros began to walk in the direction of the Pokemon Mart, but something stopped them. A group of hardened criminals were fighting a lady, trying to take her purse. Not liking this at all, Pyros rushed in, forgetting the consequences of what could happen if the cop finds them fighting. Shade hovered after him, not wanting to be left behind and didn't want him to bloody up the guy too terribly.
"Hey! Leave this lady alone!" he shouted.
The man stopped terrorizing the lady and smirked, slouching and glaring at the guy. "Or what?"
"Or this!" Pyros shouted, and slammed his fist straight into the guy's gut before he had time to react. This guy was quick, but he couldn't recover fast, since the movement caused his lungs to deplete of air and paralyze his diaphragm, making it almost impossible to breathe. When the guy doubled over from pain, Pyros slammed his fists upward, hitting the on the chin and sending him backwards, a harsh thud sounded as the guy went unconscious.
Shade punched Pyros hard on the arm and harshly whispered at him: "Why were you so loud? Now we can't buy anything because you started and ended a ruckus. I would have to go in there alone and deal with others, while you hide in the alleyways like some junk Rattata."
Pyros argued with her, his voice going an octave higher, but the stomping of feet could be heard and had interrupted them. Shade growled in frustration and pulled Pyros along the alleyways. She turned a corner and hid behind it, peeking out a bit to see a cop kneel over the body, then look around with his flashlight. When he couldn't find anything, he started going around to find some witnesses. Pyros pushed Shade toward the PokeMart, mouthing out "go" before he rushed back into the alleyway. Shade sighed and rushed inside the 'Mart, pulling up her hood before entering. With how shady she looked, the cop kept a close eye on her, as well from the previous scramble that happened before she appeared. She went towards the back of the store, finding any potions or Poke Balls. She found them, but the prices were outrageous. Now that her brother wasn't here, she could do what she wanted, as she grinned evilly and mischievously.
She didn't want anybody to see her Pokemon, but she decided this was going to be a lovely idea worth getting into trouble for. She let out her Gastly. From what she could remember from school was that the gas emitting from a Gastly could choke a person to death, or to unconsciousness. Plus, she was 98% gas, so her Gastly can disappear while still choking others, also her being a Ghost-Type helped. A red flash of light appeared at the back of the store, letting out Ghast, her Gengar's daughter, also known as Gar. The cop noticed and yelled out, but got no answer.
Instead, Shade whispered to Ghast and told her that she could steal the life force of the clerk and the cop. Gleefully agreeing to this idea, she did as she was told. Before the cop could get to the back of the store, a strange purple gas swept throughout the store. In an instant, the man began to choke on the gas, and he clutched at his throat, making this strange gurgling sounds. Shade, wincing at the sound, but also liking it way too much as it appealed to her darker side, she walked over and knelt down next to the cop. What the cop saw made him shoot glares of anger and fear toward the girl, as she waved goodbye with a smile that could rival a certain creepy doll from some creepy movie.
Ghast's gas had made its way toward the front now, knocking out the clerk before he even realized what was happening. Luckily the alarm hadn't sounded, but if she tried to tamper with the cash register, it would. Luckily for the clerk, he pressed the button underneath his desk to alert the authorities of a heist. Shade took 10 Poke Balls and 6 Potions, stuffing them all in her satchel before heading to the cash register. She knew how to work one from her time at working in retail, and this was no different, besides the placement being different. She scanned a random object off the shelf, added in an amount for cash, and hit cash. Walla! The register was opened! She then grabbed at least 1000 PokeYen, but before she could leave, she heard sirens outside. They were here. She told Ghast to follow her, and the gas disappeared and reformed to become Gastly, as Shade ran through a "Staff Only" door. It was just a storage room. Plus, pulling open the garage door would make a lot of sound. The garage door operated on a pulley system with chains, so that would undoubtedly make sound. That's when she saw a vent, just big enough to fit her. It was on a tall tower of shelves holding a lot of products. She could grab more, but didn't want to risk getting caught. The police would be coming in any second now. She heard the front door open with a soft "ding" before the adrenaline began pumping through her veins. Oh Arceus, this felt good. She found a door, but this would sound the fire alarm.
She decided to go to the vent, climbing the shelves with as much spunk as an Aipom, but as much grace as a Persian. As soon as she made it, she could hear the footsteps sound closer as they were investigating the cop-.... Oh crap, he was the last one to see her face. At least it wasn't illuminated and usually the moments right before someone faints could get quite foggy. She pulled the hatch off, almost falling off the shelf in the process. With a sigh of relief and now the fear of falling 25 feet was coming back to her she quickly crawled into the vent, which went upward. She put the vent back, snapping it back into place just in time before the police came through the garage. They searched, but couldn't find her, as she was making her way up the vents.
Sadly, she wasn't going as quiet as she would like, and their Arcanines and Scizors were already barking and punching holes in the walls in her general direction. She used all the strength she could muster to climb up the shaft as fast as she could. These cops would be on high alert, and there would be no point for anyone to stay now. Hopefully, she wouldn't be wanted in other cities, which would undoubtedly happen.
After about 5 minutes of climbing to the top, she pushed open the vent hooked on to an exhaust pipe and pulled the cloak over her head again. She told Ghast to form a fog around her body, while also giving her room to breathe. Ghast did what she could do, making her look like some purple blob. Shade peered through the thick fog, and saw that there was a street light nearby ahead of a fence that fenced out the back area of the store. She walked to one edge of the store's roof, catching attention from others below her, but they couldn't make it out who she was from Ghast's help. She then ran for it, going as fast as she could. Luckily, the training pulled off from when she was younger, and she ran so fast, the momentum from her jumping carried her to the street light, her outstretched hand catching and drawing herself towards the pole, and she slid down like a firefighter. The cops exclaimed toward her general direction, and she could hear their ferocious Pokemon getting closer.
She ran into a series of more alleyways, but she knew it was futile. She knew the powerful snout of an Arcanines were like no other and the flight of their Flying-Type Pokemon were hard to hide away from. She decided to slow them down, telling Ghast to use Haze at her section of the alleyway. With that, Ghast created a dark mist that coated a portion of the alleyway, and Shade turned another direction, giving them a choice of two ways she could go. She could hear their barking and shouting get further away before she ran into someone. They both tumbled over, and her goods spilled out of her bag.
That's when she saw it was her brother, Pyros. She smiled happily, but his face wasn't amused. In fact, he was infuriated. He started with: "You stole, didn't you?"
"Maybe, but how else were we getting the mo-"
"Keep it. I don't need it," he said harshly.
"You need a Poke Ball, though."
"Good point, but I don't need anything else," with that, he took the Poke Ball and swiftly left toward the Lost Souls Forest. Shade was left to scramble and gather everything before the Arcanines and Scizors caught up to her. She managed to get everything in the bag before the Pokemon turned to face her. 60 feet apart and she was only 10 feet away from the forest. She knew how fast they could go, so she told Ghast to use Hypnosis and hoped in her mind that it would hit. There were 3 of them, so she hoped that telekinetic delta waves could pass that far and tell those Arcanines to sleep.
A faint distortion came from Ghast's eyes as the Arcanines looked confused, but growled deeply. They were going to charge forward when the Hypnosis hit all but one. That one rushed forward while their comrades fell asleep or into a trance, and Ghast was quick to react. She used Shadow Ball, an ethereal ball of spiritual energy was formed, and it was bigger for some reason. Probably from the presence of other ghosts in the area. The large sphere of spiritual power was ejected and slammed into the face of the oncoming Arcanine quickly causing him to falter and push him towards a wall. Shade took it as a way to escape and fled into the forest while they were all trying to recover, Ghast following close behind. She also heard the buzzing and the flapping of the wings of the Pokemon from above, but dove into the shrubbery of the forest before they could swoop in on her. She could feel them hovering around the boundary between the forest and the city before they got called back. The cops would send a bounty on her head, or something equivalent to that, and they would hope that the forest finishes her off soon.
As she made it to the forest, and finally her brother, she could feel a wave of anger from him. He wasn't going to blow up now, was he?
Pyros whirled around and grabbed Shade by the shoulders, almost shouting: "What were you thinking? You could've gotten captured, and I would've had to find a way to bust you out. I only have assault and police evasion on my head, while you have theft, burglary, attacking an officer, and police evasion. 2-4. You will be hunted more than me, and they probably wouldn't even bat an eye to me. If they were smart, they would've put a bounty on your head, and I'm pretty sure this place comes with a whole lot of mercenaries looking for work."
Shade sighed in defeat and looked down, wanting to argue, but knew he was right. She shouldn't have. But the prices were outrageous! Twice the amount, but Pyros knew from the old flyer, and he didn't care. He wanted to go through this without needing to resort to dirty means and as soon as they entered the first city, they already got the entire police force on their ass. At least they'll leave them both alone, now that they are in the most dangerous forest they've ever been in.
They both sighed and Shade apologized, but Pyros found some use to the items. He took the three potions and five Poke Balls, leaving her with the halves of the items. He even took the 500 PokeYen from her, leaving them both with the amount of money and more stuff than they started out with. He did this all while his face was emotionless and cold, and he didn't want to speak a word. He then left her, dodging into the bushes, while Shade was left to return Ghast and run after him.
Name: Shadara Darastrix
Money: 3000 PokeYen
Team: Ghast (Female Gastly)
Bag: Mirai Region Guide, 3 Potions, 5 Poke Balls.
Name: Pyroshu Darastrix
Money: 3000 PokeYen
Team: Fiaro (Male Fletchling)
Bag: 3 Potions, 5 Poke Balls.