Assimilation, part2, chapter3The next day came by soon enough, everyone gathered in the back area of the arena. Vince smiled as he held up a microphone. "Welcome, everyone! Let's get this tournament on it's way. Featuring first, sponsored by Viridian PokeMart, home of the best and cheapest antidotes, Team Venom!" he announced, the three opponents came in. They wore a purple and black ensemble, two tall and rather skinny men with long black bangs with purple highlights flanking a girl with a slightly round build. They looked at the crowd with a great disinterest.
"Our second team, the youngest entrants in this tournament. The team of Clementine Porter, Glade Potter, and Nico Blackstone: Team Teen Spirit!" The prospect of a young team got the crowd applauding loudly. Clem bounced out, waving happily.
"Teams, choose your starting fighter and get into the ring." The 'ring' Vince mentioned was a large square area in the middle of the arena.
Sebastian smiled as he swirled an apple martini in his hand, being seated on a
Assimilation, part2, chapter2The day came for the tournament signups, and everyone traveled en masse to Nimbasa City. Musashi sighed as he signed his name. Seemed they couldn't choose their teams, which sucked. Out of his view, Clem and the other teenagers slipped close to the signup. "Ok, let's sign our names before they stop us."
Nico nodded, agreeing. There was no way his dad would let him sign up for something like this, so he had to be sneaky about it. He felt guilty about it, but better to ask for forgiveness than permission, he supposed. "Let's just hope we won't have to." Nico sighed, as he signed his name.
Ahti was also signing up. He wasn't much of a battler, anymore. He didn't see the sense in it, plus he wasn't exactly the youngest competitor on the field. Clem had begged him to join, though, and who knows? Maybe it could be fun. Along with Ahti, two others were also signing up. One was Lilith, and the other was a familiar recurring face.
"Well, hi there!" Naga smirked. "Long time no see!" he said, put
Assimilation, part2, chapter1It was the day of the wedding between CT Blackstone and Lasciel Carpenter. The ceremony was beautiful and, thanks to the groomzilla, perfect. Everything was wonderful and everyone was happy.
That is, except a green haired man with swords on his belt who was currently tugging at the collar of his tuxedo. Musashi was CT's best man, and for the longest time refused to wear a tuxedo. CT yelled and demanded he did, yet the former Scyther refused. Lilith spoke of how good he'd look. Eventually Musashi caved in and wore the uncomfortable clothing. He continued to tug at the collar, hating the tight, restricting top of the suit. He walked up to CT at the reception. "I can remove this now, right?"
CT raised an eyebrow, at Musashi. "You can remove it, when you leave. While you're still here, you will continue to wear a suit. It's only proper." he said, slightly offended by the fact that Musashi wanted to change back into his tacky clothes. CT was glad that Musashi was just there, but it wouldn't
Assimilation, part1, EndMac was chatting with Lash; "Would you believe that Shade's mother defeated me the day before? I don't know how it would have panned out between Ferrovax and her, but it would be close, wouldn't you think?" she asked. Lash just crossed her arms, not wanting to think about a fight between Bertha and CT. "Hmph. All the better. If she had used Attract on CT, I would've had to kick her ass, myself!"
Nico left the audience to go find his dad and "uncle". "Congrats on your mom winning, but I should probably find my dad." he said, to Glade. Lash followed him, not wanting him to get lost.
Musashi groaned as he got up. Man, in his weakness he got taken down. He felt a wave of shame overcome him as he walked out silently, not noticing CT.
Bertha was ecstatic about being the victor of the whole tournament, as the executive came out to shake her hand, and the trophy girls brought out a check. "This is a momentous occasion as a female has won the first tournament! Is this not a man's world after al
Assimilation, part1, chapter7Musashi woke up, laying on a hospital bed. He groaned as he saw CT. "Ow. What's going on? Shouldn't I be in my next match? Did I lose?" he asked, his head still spinning.
"No." CT sighed. "No, you didn't lose. You were..." he paused, trying to choose his words carefully. "You just need some rest." He felt like a complete asshole for what happened back there, but thought it best to not speak of it. All these years, all he wanted was for Musashi to forgive him and move on, but after today...he probably blew it.
Nico just pouted. "Well I didn't get to see what happened!" he said, crossing his arms. "It was the semi-finals, and I missed it!" CT just smiled, ruffling Nico's hair. "You didn't miss much."
Musashi looked at CT. "Man, you got me good CT. You really are a strong combatant. Don't worry about me anymore. I got my duel with you, I'm happy. Thank you." he said.
Shade also woke up in the infirmary, wondering what happened; it didn't hurt nearly as bad as last time with CT, but at lea
Assimilation, part1, chapter6It had taken all his strength, to get to this point. The first five rounds were easy. The second half of the tournament was getting a little more difficult. But it was the last round. That last round finally sent him over the edge. A surge of adrenaline rushed through him, and he no longer cared about the injuries sustained during the battle with Hysminai.
CT stood in the arena, a smug grin on his face, and looking like he wasn't quite all there. On the opposite side stood Musashi, who was eager to battle. CT just stared at him, grin growing wider, flames dancing in his hands.
Musashi stared at CT, finally this moment had come. "I see you're not shying away from this. This duel was a long time coming, CT." he said, taking a stance. "En Guarde!" he sprinted toward CT, his hands ready to draw his blades as he split into mirror images.
CT just smirked, at Musashi. The fire grew brighter, more intense, as he crossed his arms. He took a deep breath, and released the flames in a huge blast,
Assimilation, part1, chapter5"...and that is why it's called gunpowder tea." CT said to Shade. Lash, Nico and Mavra were in the lounge as well. Lash sat next to CT, leaning on him. Mavra just leaned against a wall, as far away from everybody as possible. Nico, meanwhile, was having trouble keeping his mouth shut. Nico was a timid and usually-quiet kid, but when excited, he could be quite the motormouth.
"That was so cool! I thought Bruce was gonna beat you for sure, but then when you tripped him...that was so cool!" Nico rambled. "And then with that Toxicroak girl! She kept shrugging off all your hits but you were all 'You're goin' down!' even when she poisoned you..." Nico continued, acting out bits of the fight. "You are so gonna win this tournament!" Nico grinned, pouncing his dad. CT cringed at Nico's hug. Under normal circumstances, he wouldn't mind it, but he got beat up pretty bad, during those last rounds.
Bruce chuckled, sitting nearby. "Yeah Nicky, your dad got me good there. That's what I get for lettin
Assimilation, part1, chapter4Battling was fun for a while, but it didn't take long to realize what a danger it could also be, and CT was afraid. After that moment a few days ago, where he hurt Shade and was ready to keep going, that scared him. He had spent years learning to be more in control of his temper. He had a family now, and they taught him to be more patient. But that moment....that brief moment....everything almost went right down the drain. He didn't want that to happen, not again. That's why he refused to battle Musashi, all these years. Musashi was a fierce battler, and if CT had lost it, just for a moment, Musashi could be seriously injured or killed. He couldn't live with that.
The second round arrived much sooner, than he would have liked. He stepped out into the arena, once more, and was stunned to see who his next opponent was. "Oh, bloody hell, no..."
Out of the doorway for CT's ring came someone he knew well, and probably never wanted to fight, ever. Bruce smiled as he stood tall in his karate