DESTRUCTION: The Final Chapter
Description: This story takes place long after the first two of my Ecthros fanfics, in fact, it happens about a year after Ash became a Pokémon master. No one has been able to defeat him. If he feels that his Pokémon ever need extra training, well, perhaps a mutated friend of his could help. yes, Ecthros and Anna remain in the Indigo Plato with Ash and Misty. Their acomplishments against Giovanni and his two teams, Team Rocket and Team Death, were made worldwide knowledge shortly after Gary was defeated by Ash. However, will their peace be disturbed by an unknown stalker? What will happen when Champeon makes another Apearance, when all law and Order in the world of Pokémon is shattered, when Ecthros learns that there‟s more to being human than just form, and when Anna gives up the one thing she had to work so hard to get...what will the outcome be? Find out in the dramatic conclusion to the Ecthros Trilogy, entitled: DESTRUCTION
“Nooo! Raticate!” The boy cried as the furry Pokémon hit the floor.
“Good job, Pikachu.” Ash Ketchum, famous Pokémon master said. He looked at his defeated opponent. “Cheer up, kid,” He said, “Not many have been able to hurt Pikachu like that. You did a great job.” The kid immidiately perked up.
“You mean it?” He asked.
“I think you will find that Ash Ketchum hardly ever says anything that he doesn’t mean.” said a deep voice from behind Ash. The kid‟s eyes went wide. A man wearing a black shirt and pants walked forward. He had what looked like a black caped on, two pins at the end holding them togethar. His skin was completely black, but his hair was bright yellow and stuck out as though they were made of bone, not hair.
“Are-are you...?” The kid stammered. The dark man chuckled.
“Yes, I’m Ecthros. Great skills you have, boy, what say I walk you to the Pokémon center to get your Raticate healed.” They boy grinned and nodded, and they
walked off togethar. Ash smiled.
“Pika-pi(Show-off!)” Pikachu called at Ecthros. Pikachu then jumped up onto
Ash‟s shoulder, and they walked outside.
Misty lay in front of the pool (Which had a staryu, Starmie, Tentacruel, and Golduck in it) in her bikini, bathing in the sunlight. She heard someone whistle, and looked up to see Ash looking at her, grinning. She threw the bottle of Sunscreen at him. “Pervert!” She teased. Ash dodged it and grinned. Misty walked up to him and hugged him.
“So where‟s Anna?” Ash asked.
“She went to look around for some new Pokémon, you remember she‟s started collecting.” Misty reminded him.
“As if the Arcanine wasn‟t enough...” Ash thought of the huge Arcanine Anna had takled in the forest, which had never left her side since.
“So how was the match?” Misty asked, even though she knew he had probably
won. No one had succeeded in defeating Ash in a long, long time. Ash told her all the details of the battle, and then about Ecthros. Misty groaned.
“Ever since we made his existence public, he can‟t get enough attention.” She sighed.
“Folding his wings to make a cape is pretty clever though, don‟t you think?” Ash asked. They both knew what Ecthros really was, thanks to them, it was public fact. He was a living symbol of Giovanni‟s evil. Giovanni had merged Ecthros‟ DNA with that of
several Pokémon, and never bothered to undo the process. Ecthros had brought Ash and Misty togethar years ago, and they had, togethar with Brock, destroyd the entire Team Rocket complex and got Giovanni and his minions in prison. All except for three. Jesse, James, and Meowth had joined Ash and his friend on their journey along with Ecthros and his old lover, Anna. Anna had been mutated as well, but used the DNA of a ditto to transform back to a human. She could never transform back into a mutant, no matter how hard she tried. Then they had been attacked by another team, calling itself Team Death. They had to go through a lot to get to their complex, and, when they met who they thought was Capón, Giovanni‟s brother, they found that in truth Capón was dead and
Giovanni was the head of Team Death. Giovanni had been executed years before, and Ash and his friends could finnaly return to their journy. After becoming a master, however, Ash and Misty were forced to say good bye to their friends, Jesse, James, Meowth, and Brock, who had lives of their own to lead. Anna and Ecthros had stayed with them, though, and for that they were thankful.
Their thoughts were inturrupted as Pikachu tripped, sent out a thundershock by accident, and shocked all the Pokémon in the pool. They turned on him and started attacking him. Ash and Misty laughed as they saw a terrified Pikachu running from Misty‟s angry Pokémon. Misty called back her Pokémon, and they headed back to the main building.
Anna, Ecthros, and Arcanine were already there, talking. Anna was holding an ultra ball, and smiling. “What‟d you get?” Misty asked.
“It‟s a Cubone,” She announced, “I‟ve always wanted one!” Ecthros smiled, revealing his pointed teeth. Arcanine was looking very proud of itself, and started talking with Pikachu.
“So, what did you do to the kid?” Ash asked Ecthros.
“Are you implying that I would show off my power just to impress a young trainer? Ash, I’m shocked.” Ecthros grinned.
“Well, let‟s see...” Ash pretended to think, “I didn‟t think so, until I heard about the time you blasted fire in front of a kid, or the time you flew in circles around another, or the time that you-”
“Ok, Ok,” Ecthros laughed, “I admit it. I didn’t do much, I swear...except lift
him into the air using my psychic power...” He unhooked the ends of his wings, lifted
them into the air, and flew off. “Gotta check something” he shouted to them, and then he
“Let me see your Cubone,” Misty said eagerly, “They‟re sooooo cute!” Ash
grimaced. Anna smiled and tossed her Pokéball on the ground. A small creature wearing a skull for it‟s helmet and holding a bone apeared.
“Cubonebonebone?(Where am I?)” The Cubone asked. Pikachu walked over to it.
“Pikapikachu(In the best place in the world)” They walked off togethar, talking.
“Awwww! How cute!” Misty said. Arcanine scowled and looked at Anna.
“Wonder what Alex was checking...” Anna said. (Alex was Ecthros‟ name when he was human, and Anna always calls him that).
“With Ecthros, who can tell?” Ash asked her. He had given up trying to pry into Ecthros‟ past long ago, knowing that it didn‟t get him anywhere and only caused pain to Ecthros.
Ecthros‟ wings flapped furiously, until he was able to glide. He looked around. What he had sensed was something very, very powerful. <Perhaps a Pokémon?> he
thought, then rejected the idea, <No Pokémon has that amount of power at it’s
command.> Suddenly, something lunged at him. He instinctively swatted it, sending it crashing into several trees. He landed to get a good look. The creature stood up. Ecthros gasped. Before him was a four-armed Pokémon with fur like a Flareon. It had bulging muscles and black strips. Ecthros recognized it as once. “Champion?!” he
exclaimed. The four-armed Pokémon smiled.
“Champ-Champ-eon-on, champ.(Yes, I survived the destruction of my master‟s hideout.)”
“Well, what do you want here? You don’t stand a chance against me, you know that.” Ecthros snarled, revealing his fangs.
“On, on champ, CHAMPeon. (I am in need of a worthy master. If you defeat me, I am yours.)” Ecthros fingered the Pokéball in his pocket. Anna had given him a spare „in case of an emergency‟. Ecthros smiled. Champeon lunged at the larger creature with all it‟s might, but Ecthros grabbed two of it‟s arms and kneed it in the belly. Clutching it‟s stumack with it‟s only free arms, Champeon was helpless. Ecthros spun around and let go, sending Chapeon into another tree. Enraged, Champeon opened it‟s mouth and sent out a blast of fire. Ecthros did the same, and their blasts met in the middle. Champeon pushed, and Ecthros‟ blast pushed back a little. <Time to end this game> thought Ecthros. His
blast suddenly expanded, and pushed Champeon‟s right back into it‟s mouth, knocking it
out. Ecthros threw his Pokéball, and Champeon was caught. <I’d better get back to the
others> Ecthros thought, and he flapped his wings, and flew off.
Behind a tree, a cold laugh could be heard. <almost time...> thought a figure in silence, <almost time...>
Pikachu walked alongside Cubone and they talked, careful that their masters wouldn‟t hear what they were saying. “Pikachupikapikachaa...(what were you doing in the forest anyway?)”
“Cu. Bone bone bone.(There is something strange in the caves...something that
does not belong....)” Replied Cubone.
“Chu? Pikachu chaaa pika? (What, was it human? A trainer?)” Pikachu asked. Cubone shook it‟s head.
“Bone, Cu, cuBone. (It was neither trainer nor Pokémon.)” Before Pikachu could question any further, Ecthros landed in front of them, with a Pokéball in his hands, grinning triumphantly.
“What‟d you get, honey?” Anna inquired.
“A very rare catch indeed,” Ecthros said, “It is Giovanni’s creation: Champeon”
They all gasped. Last time they had seen the four armed Pokémon they had been fighting for their lives.
“How did you know that it was there?” Ash asked.
“What do you mean?” Ecthros asked innocently.
“Before you left, you said „I‟ve got to go check something‟ how did you know that something was there?” Ash pushed.
“I knew something was there, however, that something was not Champeon.”
Ecthros said mysteriously.
“Do you always have to speak in riddles?” Anna teased.
“What‟d you see?” Misty asked.
“I felt the presence of something...powerful. Too powerful. I had intended on sneaking up on whatever it was and watching it from afar, but Champeon ruined all chances of this.” Ecthros explained.
“You mean it wasn‟t Champeon you sensed?” Ash asked.
“No.” Ecthros said flatly, “It was much too strong to be Champeon, who I easily
overcame. I fear this thing may be stronger than myself...let us hope that it’s intentions are good.” This surprised everyone; there wasn‟t much that was stronger than Ecthros.
“I‟ll have guards search the perimeter,” Ash said, “Don‟t worry. We‟ll find this thing.” He kissed Misty and walked back into the building. On the way there, Pikachu told Ash about his conversation with Cubone. “So, whatever it is will be in a cave, probably,” Ash said, “Thank you, Pikachu, you‟re the greatest.”
“Pika!” They walked over to the guard station.
Misty lay back on her chair, and Anna pulled up a chair next to her to talk. Cubone was looking sadly at the water. “Sorry Cubone, You know that water is painful for you.” Anna told him. The Cubone nodded sadly, and walked over to a corner to lie down. Feeling sorry for him, the other Pokémon left the pool and kept him company.
“Oh, how cute!” Misty exclaimed, “I wish I had a camera.”
“Wonder how Champeon got all the way over here.” Anna wondered out loud.
“Well, Champeon has at least the strength of a Machamp, so it should be tough enough to make the journy, the question is; how did it know where we were?” Misty pointed out. Ecthros had taken off into the forest again, apparently wanting to make sure nothing happened to the guards. Ash and Pikachu soon rejoined them, with no news.
“They‟re searching every inch of the forest and going in any caves they can find,” Ash announced, “If anyone can find this thing, it‟s them.”
“It‟s funny...” Anna said suddenly.
“What, that they‟re all looking in the forest while we‟re at the pool?” Ash asked, “Hey, it‟s what they get the big bucks for.” Anna smiled.
“No, that‟s not it, it‟s that you never even questioned that Alex had sensed
something, it‟s like you‟ve gotten used to taking his word with little information to back it up.” Anna pointed out.
“Yeah, well, short of trying to beat it out of him, which would be difficult,” Misty said, “It‟s kinda hard to get stuff out of him.” They all had to agree with this, not much
could get Ecthros talking when he tried to keep something hidden. Pikachu went to join the other Pokémon, but tripped and fell into the water, causing the group to burst into laughter. Embarrassed, Pikachu shook the water off and joined his fellow Pokémon, who were deep in conversation about something.
“Mie, Star Star. (What was it that made you leave the caves?)” Starmie asked Cubone.
“Cubonebonebone.(I think that it used to be human, but something changed it.)” Cubone tried to explain.
“Pika! Pikachu, chaaaa,pikacha.(Was he like our friend Ecthros?)” Pikachu asked, afraid what the anser might be.
“Bone. Cuuuu! Cubonebone.(He was a lot like him...except bigger.)” Now Pikachu looked very scared.
“CHAA! Pikachu,pika!(Do you think that it might have been the creature we faught at Team Death HQ?!)” Pikachu asked Misty‟s Pokémon.
“Cruel. Tenta, tentacruel!(I certainly hope not.)”
“Hya! Hya, hya!(If so, we‟re in big trouble)” Staryu pointed out.
“Pika! ChaPikachuuuu!(We‟ve got to tell our trainers!)” Pikachu said. They all nodded. Though Pikachu could be clumsy at times, no one questioned him as their leader, he was very respected, even by more highly evolved Raichus. Pikachu