Chapter 52 – Luttney Under Siege
“Le Roi du Crépuscule !” Henri exclaimed.
The Twilight King raised his Request Stone and began speaking to all of Pumbloomberg.
“To Pumbloomberg, the Nation of Humility, this is King Kangaskhan II of the Twilight Kingdom addressing you all. Most of your land has become covered in Mortite, making it mine, and soon, Luttney shall join in. At that point, the world will finally become mine. Furthermore, Genesis Day approaches quickly. As I have been informed by my partner Unod the World Destroyer, it will approach in just three more days. On that day, I will make the world the way it was meant to be: free of stubbornness and ignorance, and full of reason and logic. Pocketurn will be saved by me and my forces, and any attempt to cling to this current stubborn world will be removed from it. Such vices have no place in the Twilight World.”
The king’s speech ended and he lowered his Request Stone.
“Stand by, Keldeo, while I speak to Cadence.”
“Yes, sire,” Keldeo responded.
The king then jumped down from the weapon and landed harmlessly on the ground in front of the gate to Maison Pumbloom. He was unable to enter due to the Alpha Barrier surrounding the property.
“Evidently you forgot that Alpha Power also gets stronger due to Genesis Day’s influence,” Cadence said to the Twilight King.
“Certainly not,” the king responded. “I know the power that went into the barrier protecting you and those other cowards are hiding behind. You know my strength and wish not to face it. Why, you even are willing to leave a fellow World Leader of yours in my clutches. Remember her?” The frozen Mortite form of Queen Mkono materialized next to the king. At that moment, Pelame and Pinna snatched her up with Alpha Cords and dragged her into the protected area, releasing her from her fate.
“Yes, sire, we do,” Pinna quipped.
“Well then, catch up in what little time you have,” the king responded, sounding unfazed. “Now then, Cadence, I know you’re a reasonable President. I remember the day you were sworn in. So why is it that even you are trying to defend the world as it currently is? You know that doing so is defending ignorance and stubbornness.”
“What I am defending is freedom and safety,” President Cadence responded. “What you’re pushing onto the world is fear and tyranny.”
“Force is all the world will ever listen to. But even then, I’m not willing to strike at you just yet. Your city has already lost some landmarks, which should serve as a warning should you refuse my request, an action which shall also result in a losing battle for you. You can avoid tragedy by simply surrendering your country to me right here and now. Unless you actually think you can handle my army.” He snapped his fingers, which Keldeo understood as a signal to deploy the troops. Out of the weapon’s legs came a big portion of the Twilit Army, every troop he could bring. Among them were the seven remaining Elite Nine members. Keldeo then joined them himself. “What will it be?”
“Hmph… you consider yourself a hero and yet do something underhanded like this? My answer is most definitely ‘no’. Plus, you should’ve also remembered that I have a military of my own.”
“Hah! Frozen statues fighting us?!” Keldeo scoffed. “You’ve given us this one already!”
“Did I, though? Perhaps you should’ve more closely examined the Mortite areas. Then maybe you would’ve noticed not many of my troops are frozen. I had most of them moved here when the Mortite expanded.”
“Be that as it may, they’re nothing compared to powered-up Demon-types like ourselves! But if you want to fling your troops to their deaths, go right ahead. My king and I have been wanting to erase more useless filth from the world, as does my best soldier.”
At that, Pugno stepped forward to flank Keldeo.
“As well as another weapon we made. You must have thought Genesect here was the only one. Magearna, prove them wrong!”
Upon hearing this order, another Pokémon stepped forward to flank Keldeo. It was a mechanical Pokémon that appeared to be wearing a dress.
“Meet our mechanical marvel, Magearna. Magearna, bid this treacherous city hello by firing at Cadence Tower.”
Magearna obeyed and shot at the tower’s clock, knocking its hands off and leaving a hole in the clock’s face.
“Understand your situation now, Cadence?”
“Pelame, wait!” But Neve was too late to stop her daughter from running out of the Maison’s property to confront the Twilight King and his loyal servant. The king took one look at Pelame and from beneath him, a platform of Mortite rose and carried him up to the top of Genesect. Pelame followed by attaching an Alpha Cord to the platform and riding it up.
“Keldeo, seize the city while I deal with Pelame,” he ordered. He then glared at Pelame, who disembarked from the platform and landed on Genesect’s head. She glared at the king, certainly intending a fight. “Take a look around, Pelame.” He pointed to the landscape. “All of this, and all of Pocketurn… if you had only remained loyal to me, you could’ve had all of this, too.”
“No, thank you,” Pelame defiantly responded. “The kind of world I want is a peaceful one. The kind of world you want is one that’s under your tyrannical control. You call that such things as ‘peace’, ‘reason’, and things like that when anyone can see it’s despotism, plain and simple. All you want is control, and you’d resort to underhanded tactics such as bringing this giant robot weapon here to threaten a fellow World Leader with.”
“This is what I was pushed to by the world’s overwhelming ignorance. In the Twilight World of my making, which was to be our making before you betrayed me, that will disappear. And as your loyalty clearly is to the world as it was, you must fade away with it.”
“Just try to make me Disappear, you stabber of the back of Pocketurn itself.”
Pelame readied her Alpha Power. King Kangaskhan II readied his Dark Blessing.
“Do not lose.”
It didn’t matter to Pelame that her opponent was in his Mega Form. She executed her Quick Attack just the same. The Twilight King slammed his Request Stone on the ground, generating a dark shockwave that tripped Pelame. She was unfazed at this. Upon hitting the ground, she pointed her tail at the king and shot Alpha Lightning at him from it. Though it hit the king directly, he only barely felt it. On the other hand, Pelame took some more noticeable damage from the king’s Demon Lightning. She didn’t let this faze her, though; she had a world to protect.
Pandemonium and panic ran through the city of Luttney as Twilit troops contended with Blooman troops on the streets. Citizens were being brought to Maison Pumbloom for the purpose of evacuation. It was the last safe place left, and everyone hoped there’d be enough room for all on the property. Blessing, Treasure, Torden, Henry, Henri, Marie, the Llyria Academy staff, and the TIGHS members were helping with evacuation efforts while Pinna, Neve, Mori, Zeki, and the World Leaders were backing the Blooman troops up.
“Du moment que Pelame garde le roi occupé.” Henri said. “Ce canon ne va pas tirer. J'espère qu'elle peut le battre pendant que nous conduisons tout le monde à la Maison Pumbloom.”
“Tout ira bien Henri.” Marie reassured. “Notre principale inquiétude est Keldeo. Imagine s'il arrive à passer Pinna et Neve ?”
“Dans ce cas nous devons faire vite. Tout le monde, suivez-nous !”
Despite not knowing what the brown sneasel with blue feathers said to them, the crowd of 30 or so Pokémon nearest him decided to follow him and his sister.
In a farther district of Luttney, Blessing and Treasure were double-checking to make certain nobody was left behind. So far, the results were pleasing.
“Well, after only three more once-arounds, it looks like we didn’t miss anyone,” Treasure said.
“Thank goodness for that,” Blessing responded. “Then let’s get these citizens to safety. The Twilit forces should be being kept busy enough for us to slip by. Okay, everyone, follow us!”
The crowd of thousands or more Pokémon had no intention of disobeying. They followed, but then stopped once a strange distraction arrived.
“Yes, you are!” Torden shouted at a very familiar-looking overweight noivern he and his parents were helping him restrain. “Slimy may have just as good as thrown his life away by running off, but you’re not following him! And that goes for you, too, Slappy!”
“No, we’re staying on this side of the bars!” Slappy screamed as he escaped the grip and took off running.
“Everyone, follow those two raichu and the ampharos they’re with!” Blessing commanded. “Treasure, come with me. We’re taking that fat aipom with us.”
“Right behind you, Blessing,” Treasure replied obediently.
“Heh… your favorite direction to be with me—”
“Saving a city’s citizens from imminent death isn’t really a good time to be making butt jokes, Blessing!”
“Sorry… worth a try, though.”
Slappy got a fairly good lead on Blessing and Treasure when he suddenly became very tired. He stopped to gasp for breath, but when he did, his chest suddenly felt a lot of pain, as though something was squeezing his heart. He collapsed to his knees and struggled to breathe.
“Dumb body… why now of all times to lose energy?!” he demanded. “Don’t you know we’re trying to—AUGH!!” He fell forward onto his face, still clutching his chest. His vision started to fade. “This pain… I… I’m gonna die!” he said in his mind, terrified. He brought up his head. “Help me… please… somebody…” Just before he lost consciousness, he saw Blessing and Treasure getting closer to him.
“You know, Valk, I wish you’d come to your senses sooner,” Pinna reprimanded.
“How many times do I need to say it?! I’m sorry!” Valkyrie responded to the irate vaporeon fending off Keldeo’s attacks. “But what matters now is giving Keldeo what he deserves! I’ll show him what happens when he tries to make me turn his Ville Agent nonsense onto a child!”
“I suppose it’s my own fault for trusting someone as spineless as you with such an important task,” Keldeo taunted. “It could’ve made that little cleffa as obedient as Pugno over there.”
“Sorry, ‘Captain,’ but I knew better than to subject someone who was basically a baby to your brainwashing. So consider this my ‘screw you!’ for that!” Valkyrie lashed out with an Aerial Ace. Upon hitting the Captain’s face with the super-effective move, he took this chance to confer with his old friend. “I’ll back that grovyle up against Pugno! You keep our ‘Captain’ busy!”
“Got it! Be back as soon as I can!” Pinna answered, giving his old friend the chance to back up the grovyle who was putting up a decent but ultimately futile fight against Keldeo’s brainwashed soldier. An Aerial Ace put a stop to the lucario’s attempt to strike Mori’s face with a Power-Up Punch.
“You okay, mister?” Valk asked.
“Yeah, thanks,” Mori responded.
“No problem. Wanna help me atone for serving these jerks?”
“Good. ‘Cause we’re fighting to kill now. Well, not Pugno, but you know what I mean.”
“Yeah, though I’d like it not to come to that.”
“Well, all the same, don’t let down your guard.”
Mori obeyed the gliscor’s advice by jumping to avoid Pugno’s incoming Close Combat. He landed on Pugno’s shoulders, where he was then wrestled and held to the ground. Focusing on Mori proved to be a mistake, as Valk landed a hit right on the back of Pugno’s head with Acrobatics. The hit knocked Pugno out cold, causing him to loosen his grip on Mori.
“You and your mom take this guy into the Maison!” Valk ordered. “Leave my old army to me.”
“You sure?” Mori asked.
“Certain. I can be downright nasty in combat. Now go!”
Mori did as ordered and went with his mother and unconscious opponent.
“Hmph… you’re only lasting this long because I trained you to be a formidable fighter,” Keldeo said to Pinna. Both Pokémon had taken equal amounts of damage at this point. “Your amazing performance during the Swadfrieg War could’ve been repeated here.”
“It is being repeated,” Pinna responded. “On the side that has it coming: yours!”
“Well, I’m glad to be the one fighting you. Since you betrayed us, I’d been hoping to be the one to kill you. Death on the battlefield, for a country that won’t even last until the next hour. My ideal scenario for your execution!”
Pinna blocked Keldeo’s Sacred Sword lunge with an Alpha Barrier, which broke upon repelling the attack.
“Urgh… I gotta take Alpha Barrier lessons from Pelame…” Pinna noted to himself. He ducked under another lunge from his opponent and slid underneath the equine Pokémon. “To Suffering with defensive fighting anyway!” From his tail, Pinna shot out a stream of Alpha Fire, burning Keldeo’s judicial robes. He then bit at the straps of the armor underneath, undoing them. Keldeo now only had his helmet on. Neve jumped onto his back and removed it, hitting him in the mouth with an Ice Shard. The shard of ice propped Keldeo’s mouth open for merely seconds as he melted it with a breath of Demon Fire. He blasted Neve with the evil flame technique directly. Outraged at this, Pinna got onto Keldeo’s back and held on tightly. His Alpha Power was ready, and any soldiers nearby immediately recognized what Pinna was doing. Neve poured her remaining energy into creating an Alpha Barrier around the spot the three of them were occupying, blocking any attempt to rescue Keldeo. The captain would’ve normally been able to easily shake an opponent off his back, but his fight with Pinna had taken a toll on him. In the end, he was unable to save himself from being Purified. Pinna finished by knocking his old captain out and tying him up with an Alpha Cord.
“Looks like the sun just set on your jurisdiction, Sunbutt,” he said proudly to his defeated opponent. He then faced the scared Twilit troops. “Oh, you pipsqueaks wanna be next, huh?!”
They all backed off, wanting to maintain their Dark Blessings.
“Yeah, exactly.” He and his exhausted wife took Keldeo to the Maison as a prisoner.
By now, all of the survivors who were able to get to the Maison alive were fully protected. No one was left for the Twilit Army to threaten President Cadence with. Pelame and the Twilight King both noticed this.
“See? They don’t want the world to be yours!” Pelame said sternly to the despot before her. “Your forces no longer have anyone to threaten or kill. You’ve lost, ‘your highness’.”
The king seemed unfazed by this development.
“It only appears to be that way because you’re still standing, Pelame,” he replied. “Were you not in front of me delaying me, Pumbloomberg would’ve fallen by now. I can attend to it later. All that matters to me now is you. You are the single obstacle keeping me from gaining total control of Pocketurn.”
“You should’ve considered that before setting out on this insane quest of yours. There was no way I would ever let you do something so evil. Many Pokémon died on your way to this, and it doesn’t seem to matter to you that some of those dead Pokémon are your own soldiers. Some of those Pokémon dead in this very city’s streets are your own forces, and my father just Purified Keldeo. Before now, your outrageous claims to be working in the world’s best interest could’ve been believed. Now your madness and megalomania is clear to everyone, even to some who were with you before.”
To that, the king said nothing. There wasn’t anything he could say to counter his foe’s words. He opted to counter with a Hyper Beam. Pelame simply dodged it and fired back with a volley of Alpha Orbs. Each of them hit their mark, as did her subsequent Swift attack. The rescued citizens, Pelame’s friends and family, and all others watching from within the Maison’s property cheered as Pelame gained the advantage. Tastebud, however, felt very uneasy.
“Get him, sweetie!” Pinna cheered. “Teach my ex-boss his lesson!”
“You’ve got him, my dear!” Neve added. “You’re doing great!”
All the accolades going to Pelame made it clearer what the world wanted. Whether or not Pelame was aware of the cheering she was receiving, she wasn’t letting the king have a chance to retaliate. She was finally going to defeat her opponent and save Pocketurn. She advanced on him.
“It’s all over.”
“Pocketurn isn’t yours, Kangaskhan II!”
“GET HIM!!” shouted everyone who was watching.
During the cheering, Mori almost didn’t notice a peculiar sight about Pelame.
“Is she… growing a ribbon…?” he asked. Then a moment later… “Tastebud??? What are…?”
Tastebud suddenly left the Maison’s protective field and floated up to Genesect’s head, landing in front of Pelame.
“Forgive me, Pelame…” he said as he knocked her out with Hypnosis. He turned and did the same to the Twilight King. The king suddenly vanished even though he was unconscious. Though he was perturbed at this, he picked up Pelame and brought her to one of the Maison’s bedrooms. He tucked her in and left in a hurry.