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“It’s a failure! Lock it away!” were the first words which my conscious mind can remember. Back then, everything was new and exciting. The bright lights in the laboratories. People constantly surrounding me. Even when they lifted me up and brought me into my cold cell, I didn’t think of escape immediately. I hoped that maybe they would let me out again soon.
But “soon” never came.
Through the small window in the door, I could see scientists running up and down the sterile-looking hallway, carrying either plates with food, or lifeless beings in their arms. What began as new and exciting turned into fear. I feared that one day, I would be one of those that got carried around and never to be seen again.
Sometimes, a scientist named Jerry came into my cell with needles, threads and scissors. Jerry was nice to me, and he even tried to patch my torn rag, but when he took a fateful peek under it, he panicked and slammed the door to my cell shut, before collapsing in front of it. Other scientists carried his body away, and I never saw him again.
After this incident, my cell door only ever opened when I was getting fed. Meager meals, hardly enough to sustain my growing hunger.
But at least, I had something to do now. Jerry had left the sewing kit in my cell, and I was able to take a peek into one of the opposite cells, where they kept another experiment. It looked like a walking egg with boxing gloves, so I tried to recreate it with the sewing kit. Quickly, I ran into the problem of not having something to fill the plushy’s body with. So I made a difficult decision and cut the neck of my disguise open, pulled out some of the stuffing and used it to create my first friend.
Day and night I worked on it, perfecting my small buddy. I wanted to show it to the creature in the opposite cell. Wanted to show them that we were not alone. But when I was finally done, the door to the other cell was standing open, and scientists were carrying the creature’s lifeless body out of it.
I was devastated.
That night, I was holding close to my plushy friend and cried myself to sleep.
Days went by and I felt myself slowly starving. The meals they brought me got even smaller, until one day, they completely stopped.
My door wasn’t opened at the usual feeding time. In fact, I hadn’t seen a single scientist in the hallway all day. The ceiling lights were flickering, and I felt a strange presence close to me.
Then I heard a door getting opened. I almost didn’t care anymore. They’d just carry out another lifeless creature. But there was a small shimmer of hope that I would be given something to eat. So I dragged myself to the door and looked through the small window. I saw someone who didn’t look like one of the scientists. They were carrying out an egg that looked like it was made of jelly. I hammered against the door, but they didn’t seem to notice me. Then they turned around and went away again. A while later, they returned, took another egg and left again. After the fifth time, I stopped trying to get their attention.
After the eighth time, I was too tired to watch them.
When I woke up again, the feeling of the strange presence was gone. But I smelled something. Right in front of me, someone had placed a berry on the ground. The sweet scent of the curvy, pink fruit made my belly growl in anticipation. Without hesitation, I wolfed the thing down. Almost instantly, I felt my strength partially returning. I looked around in the room and realized that the door to my cell stood wide open. And in front of the door, in the middle of the hallway, there was another berry. Good! I was still hungry.
Now that I was standing in the hallway and munched on the second fruit, I was slowly feeling alive again. I wasn’t quite sure what to do now. So I headed back into my cell, grabbed my plushy friend, and thought about my next steps. With my cell being open, it was only a matter of time until the scientists would come back to lock me in again. And maybe there were more berries waiting for me behind the next corner?
So I left my cell. The air in the hallway was old and stale, and I slowly made my way down the hallway, passing multiple open cell doors with no inmates inside. It dawned on me that the scientists had abandoned us. Something had caused them to abruptly leave this place behind. But who freed us from our prisons then? A question that would stay unanswered for now.
A cool breeze caught my attention, and instinctively I turned into the direction that it came from. Following it, it led me to the open exit. Leaving the flickering lights behind me, I stepped into the cold air. There were trees with orange leaves all around me, and behind me the entrance to the laboratory. The whole building was flickering now. And then it vanished. The prison that had been my home just disappeared before my eyes, with no signs of return.
I clutched my plushy friend tighter, knowing that I would be on my own now, with nowhere to go. I should have been glad that I escaped the laboratory, but at this moment I didn’t feel happy. Everything I knew was gone. A wave of sadness washed over me. Staring at my comfort buddy, I just sat there and wailed.
I don’t know how long I had been sitting there, when suddenly a voice behind me grabbed my attention and pulled my thoughts away from my sorrows. “Is everything alright?”
“No.” I said without looking up. “I lost my home and I don’t know where to go.”
“Oh. I’m sorry to hear that.” the voice answered, closer to me now. “Can I help you somehow?”
I didn’t answer. Instead, I listened to the stranger circling me. Inspecting me. “Wow! You really nailed the run-down look with your costume! And this plushy of yours is ultra cute! Is it a Togepi? No… A Hitmonchan? Not quite… What is it?”
“A friend.” I said timidly.
“Well, I can see that, with how tight you’re holding onto it. Come on now, don’t be shy. Why don’t you tell me who you are?”
I had no idea who I was. “I’m just me.”
“Mi? Short for Mimikyu? Works for me. I adore your costume. You’ll have to come trick-or-treating with us! I was just on the way to gather my friends, so we can begin at dusk! What do you say? It’s more fun than going alone!”
For the first time, I looked up to see who was talking to me. And I was shocked to see what looked like it could have been another experiment, just like myself. Just like my cell neighbor who didn’t make it. Could she really be another one who escaped the laboratory, with her black fur, and sharp horns and the six fluffy tails?
“Who are you?” I asked her instead of answering.
“Fear me!” a devious smile formed on her face. “For I am Vuldoom! My mom a simple Vulpix, and my father a fearsome Houndoom! And I am here to collect the souls of those who wander alone in the night! So you better come with me, or you are doomed as well. I promise, there will be lots of candy!”
Winking at me, she moved forward, leaving me baffled.
“Wait for me!” I exclaimed and followed her as fast as I could. “I have so many questions!”
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You can get your own "Witcheon", aka Treat Glaceon, as a guaranteed click prize for the rest of the month.“Where are we going?” I asked. We had left the forest behind a while ago and were now in the open fields.
“I told you, I’m on my way to meet with a couple of friends, so we can go trick-or-treating together!” Vuldoom answered.
“That doesn’t explain anything! What is this trick-or-treating thing?”
Vuldoom tilted her head. “Listen, I like your whole backstory shtick, and you are really in-character, but please don’t play dumb!”
“But I AM dumb…” I sheepishly said, not loud enough for her to hear it. I felt my emotions coming to the boil again, and I had to fight back the tears once more. But since I didn’t know where else to go, I followed Vuldoom silently to wherever she wanted to take me.
“We are there! This is where all my friends live!” she exclaimed and nodded in the direction of a small town. “Come on, don’t conk out now!”
Vuldoom sped up her steps, almost running now, and I had trouble keeping up with her pace. I still had my plushy friend wrapped tightly in my arm and tried to follow her as fast as I could. But I wasn’t used to running, and so my rag got tangled up in a plant on the ground causing me to tumble and fall down. The world was spinning around me, as I was rolling down the small hill.
When I finally came to a stop, I was facing the sky. The dizzy feeling was still there, but I forced myself to stand up. And then I saw it. Over the knoll flew something with glowing red eyes that scanned the ground like searchlights.
I had experienced this once in the laboratory. One night, an experiment escaped its cell only for the scientists to search for it and take it back into its cell while it was screaming in pain.
Panic rose within me. I wouldn’t go back! This thing - whatever it was - was clearly searching for me. I looked for Vuldoom, but she was nowhere to be seen. This was bad! I had to hide somewhere.
Looking around, the small town nearby seemed to offer no good hiding spots. The open gardens would easily expose me. But then something caught my attention. A bag with a pumpkin painted on its fabric, and a patch which looked just like mine. I ran for it.
The flapping sound of the flying searcher was coming closer. Maybe it had spotted me already, but I had to hope for the case that it hadn’t. I made it to the bag and crawled inside it. And then I stayed still and just listened.
The noises were muffled, but now it sounded like the searcher was directly above me. For a moment, I pondered if I should leave the bag and try to flee. But then, the sound disappeared in the distance and I sighed with relief.
And suddenly I heard footsteps. They had me. They knew where I was hiding, and now they would get me. But I wouldn’t go down without a fight!
The bag was getting opened, and I was ready to jump at any potential attacker.
“Are you trying to nab my treats?” an angry voice asked me.
“Oh, there you are!” I heard Vuldoom’s voice. “I thought, you got lost.”
Warily I stuck my head out of the bag, and I realized that Vuldoom and what looked like another experiment were staring at me.
“May I introduce? This is Mi!” said Vuldoom. “Mi? This is Witcheon!”
“And I should curse you for trying to steal my treats!” the ice-blue creature hissed.
“Calm down. There are no treats in this bag and you know that.” Vuldoom tapped her friend’s snout with her paw.
“Not yet! But we are going to get a mighty fine load of candy tonight! Mighty fine, I say!” Witcheon shook her head. “And for that, I need my bag. So get out of it!”
“Sorry…” I lowered my head and stepped out of her bag.
“Now, what are we waiting for? There’s no time to lose! Let’s gather the rest of our friends!” Vuldoom urged.
“Yeah, let’s hit the road!” Witcheon replied.
I glanced at the sky, searching for the mysterious flapping thing. But it was gone. Hopefully I was safe now.
And then a piercing shriek resounded through the streets.
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I was pulled with them. Before I could react, Vuldoom had grabbed me by the hand and started to run towards the scream. And Witcheon followed as fast as she was able to, with the bag in her mouth and her hat dangerously wobbling in the wind.
“What was that scream?” I asked.
“I whow whef voif! Whef’f awower of our frienff! Founff wike he’f in danger!” Vuldoom answered, her voice muffled by my arm in her mouth.
“And we can help him?” I asked.
“Let’s hope so!” Witcheon replied, before she spotted two other creatures in front of a house and turned her head to them. “Oh no! They are already starting to go from door to door!”
She kept running, but that didn’t keep her from shouting at them. “Oi! You cheaters! You better leave some candy for us! Otherwise, even Arceus will be having trouble puzzling you back together once I’m done with you!”
Irritated, the two turned their heads towards us. One of them was wearing a white mask with black holes that were seemingly staring right into my soul. Its tail was ending in a hand that tightly gripped a hatchet. For a moment I thought it would throw the sharp woodcutting tool at us, but its companion, a creature completely made of bones, stopped them by pulling at its shoulder and shaking its boney head.
“Oh, I hate these two…” Witcheon grumbled.
Vuldoom just rolled her eyes, and then we turned left into the next road. At the end of it there was a shadowy figure, looming over someone. And as we came closer, it was like we were entering a bubble of darkness…
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We are excited to announce a new monthly egg, available now! Find out what is inside next week.For a moment, my world turned pitch black. And judging by the shocked gasps of Vuldoom and Witcheon I knew that theirs must have, too.
Then colors returned, but they were dull and washed out, as if a veil of darkness was still covering them. And the dark creature responsible for it was slowly turning its head to us. A head that looked like a cloud of fog that covered one of its eyes. But the other one was bright blue and was glaring at us.
A feint laughter was the only sound the creature made, before it slowly began floating into the sky, where it suddenly disappeared.
“Come back here, you creep!” I heard Witcheon shouting, but to no avail. The creature was already gone.
“Oh no…” Vuldoom sprinted towards the object lying on the ground. I could’ve sworn that it had been another experiment before, but now it was just an egg. It was dark gray with a brown tip, and two golden lines with a golden dot in the middle. The shape vaguely reminded me of an eye.
“What happened to him?” Witcheon ran up to her friend and poked the egg with her paw.
“I think, this Pokémon turned him back into an egg.” I heard Vuldoom saying.
“Pokémon?” I asked, coming closer. “Is that the name of that creature?”
“Would you cut the role-playing for once? Can’t you see that this is serious?” Witcheon snarled at me.
Vuldoom nodded. “If you don’t want to help, just keep your mouth shut, okay? We need to think of a way to get him back to normal!”
Of course. I was useless again. Another potential friend I couldn’t save. Tearing up, I wanted to hug my comfort plushy tighter, when I realized that it was gone. I must have lost it!
“Okay.” I sheepishly said, before slowly removing myself from the scene. “I’m going to search for my plushy then.”
I haven’t even gotten out of earshot, when I heard Witcheon talking again. “Good riddance. One less to share our candy with.”
“Care to make it two?” Vuldoom snickered and smacked the egg so hard that I heard it cracking even from the distance.
Disheartened and frightened about the sudden change of those who I thought could have been my new friends, I started running, before they would get the idea to attack me too.
“Where do you think, you are going, failure?” I heard a familiar voice behind me that made me stop dead in my tracks.
“I’m sorry, Doctor Victor, I swear I locked it away! I don’t know how it could escape its cell!” another voice said. I recognized that voice as well. It belonged to Jerry.
When I turned around, I was back in the sterile-looking laboratory. The walls had just appeared next to me and the two humans were looking down at me. Doctor Victor was twirling his mustache with two fingers, while Jerry came closer to me, ready to lift me up and take me back to my cell.
No! I wouldn’t go back!
I made a few steps backwards, but I stepped on my rag, lost my balance and fell on my back. Closing my eyes in pain, I waited for the inevitable to happen.
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Jerry should have reached me by now. The pain from hitting the ground was still pulsing through my body, but I just had to open my eyes. The two scientists were gone. And so was the laboratory that had surrounded us. I blinked in confusion, when I noticed something interesting. The veil of darkness was slowly getting pulled away from the neighborhood and was moving towards me. But instead of engulfing me, it all went under my rag and vanished.
I stood up, so that my rag was touching the ground again, and immediately, the pull came to a halt. With my hand, I lifted my disguise a little, and once more the darkness came flowing in my direction. And I noticed something else. My plushy friend had reappeared as if it had never been gone. I was holding it closely while moving through the streets and removing the darkness, when I spotted another experiment lying on the ground, both front paws covering its eyes, like it was cowering in fear. It was covered in many golden ornaments, like the ankh on its tail, or the nemes around its head. Next to it was a discarded was-sceptre with a golden head at the top of it.
And Vuldoom and Witcheon were there as well. They had their eyes closed, and it looked like they were sleeping, but their facial expressions made it seem like they were having the worst kind of nightmares. And the agonized yelping that came from them every few moments only reinforced my assumption of them being under the same spell that I had been. But I was still unsure, since they had been so happy earlier that I was gone.
The ornamented creature on the other hand hadn't done me any harm, so I decided to try my luck. I had expected at least some reaction, when I carefully poked it, but it continued to cover its eyes in fear, seemingly not even noticing me.
If this creature was trapped in the same nightmarish visions that I had been, it would probably need more than just a gentle poke to wake it up.
"I'm sorry!" I apologized, before hitting the creature with my free hand. The surprised bark that followed was more of what I had in mind when I had tried to poke it before.
The creature jumped up on all fours, snarling angrily at me, but I just lifted my hands. "I don't want to hurt you! But you were trapped in a bad dream and-"
"A nightmare from Darkrai! Where is it? I'm going to shred it to pieces! But thank you for rescuing me, little friend." the creature bowed his head, which caused the golden ornaments to strum quietly. "This deed won't be forgotten when the time comes for your heart being put on the scales!"
"I have no idea what you are talking about, but it’s sounding pretty creepy." I said while cautiously taking a step back.
"Fear not. I'm merely a judge of good and bad deeds. And Darkrai’s heart will be way more heavy than Maat’s feather if it continues doing such gruesome misdeeds!” he said.
“Isn’t a feather always lighter than a heart?” I questioned, which made the creature laugh.
“You’re a funny one. Call me Anpu.” he replied, making me only slightly more confused.
“I’m Mi… at least that’s what they called me.” I gestured in the direction of Vuldoom and Witcheon, who were both still laying on the ground.
“Ah, my friends.” Anpu said. “Looks like Darkrai got them as well. Nothing that a small bite can’t fix.”
With that, Anpu lunged at Witcheon and sank his teeth into her rear end. And with a yelp, she woke up from the nightmare that plagued her. She threw colorful curses at Anpu, and I didn’t understand even half of them, but from harmless sounding ones like “May a Snorlax roll over you in its sleep!” to a really menacing “Go hug a Sliggoo!”, everything seemed to work out for the foul-mouthed Witcheon.
Anpu ignored most of the tirade, and instead went over to Vuldoom, before carefully sinking his teeth into her bum as well. Another yelp, this one not as ear-piercing as Witcheon’s and Vuldoom was awake, too.
“Oh, sure! Be careful with your loved one, huh?” Witcheon grumbled, while licking the spot where she was bitten.
Vuldoom bonked her head against Anpu’s leg and snuggled him. “Thank you!”
“Don’t thank me. Thank Mi!” Anpu said. “Our little friend was the one who woke me up.”
“So, where has Mi bitten you?” Witcheon inspected him.
“I didn’t bite him. I just slapped him.” I said.
“Of course.” she shook her head. “Thank you anyway for waking up this idiot.”
“Hey!” Vuldoom said. “Language!”
“Sorry, dear.” Witcheon sighed. “Anyway. We have lost enough time already! Where is our candy scout? It’s already getting dark!”
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“On my way!” I heard a voice yelling from above. And then there was the mysterious flapping sound from earlier. My eyes widened in shock and when I looked up, I saw it. Glowing red eyes like searchlights. The searcher was back and had found me. There was nowhere to hide now.
“We’ve been waiting for you!” Vuldoom wagged her tails happily.
"I couldn't find you earlier! There was this strange bubble of darkness." the searcher said, landing next to us. Up close, the creature didn't look as scary anymore, but I was still trying to hide behind Vuldoom's wagging tail, which didn't work out as well as I hoped it would.
"Who is that?" the red-eyed creature that carried a chain of strange-looking balls, asked.
"That's Mi. They saved us from Darkrai's nightmares." Anpu said.
"A Darkrai? Here? So that's where that bubble came from."
"Ahem! We are wasting our time here!" Witcheon urged us. "I don't care where Darkrai came from or what it is doing here, because we need to hurry up if we want to get the good candy, and not just the rest that not even the hungriest Swalot would eat!"
"Yeah, let's get going. Did you scout any good places for us to trick ‘r treat at, my dear Drone?" Anpu asked.
"You bet I did!" the creature smiled. “You gave me a clear description for what I should look out for, and I found a lot of houses that are matching it!”
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The stunning conclusion to the story is hidden behind the following spoiler, as it is a bit long.
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