The three didn’t get far into the hallway before a distressed scream rung out, followed by shouts and explosions. Audrey turned her head to the exit, peering out to see if any sign of disaster was visible. She saw a familiar figure sitting on a couch with a blonde-haired girl. Was that? It was! Samaya! Before Audrey was able to say a word, a hoard of ghost Pokémon flooded the hallway, blocking Audrey’s view of her friend.
“Damn!” she swore and then gritted her teeth in frustration. Hayden had quickly released Achilles and Honey was on the defensive. It was Farren’s turn to act now. She promptly instructed Lai’ti’Wei and her Ampharos, Amaterasu, to attack and defend. That meant it was Audrey’s turn now. While Hayden and Farren were taking care of the ghosts coming from one side of the hallway, a bunch more poured into the hallway from the other side.
“Guys! We’re surrounded! Back-to-back!” she cried, hoping Farren and Hayden understood. She wasn’t used to working with others beside her Pokémon, so she hoped this would all go smoothly.
“Tethras, Loki, you guys are on offense. Sal, I need you on defense.” She explained, and the three immediately took their positions. Tethras swiftly bombarded the ghosts with bouts of night slash and psycho cut while Loki crept from the shadows, avoiding harmful attacks, and then attacking with shadow ball.
A Cofagrigus suddenly rushed towards the group, quickly passing Loki and Tethras. Audrey stood her ground defiantly, waiting for the Pokémon to get closer and closer util—
The Lucario darted in front of Audrey and used protect. The Cofagrigus crashed into the force field and Tethras finished it with an attack. Saladin gave Audrey a knowing glance, reassuring her that they would take these ghosts down no problem. Audrey returned the look with a proud grin; however, when Audrey say Saladin’s approving look turn to one of fear and rage, she slowly turned around to find out why.
Behind Audrey was a Banette. Tethras saw it too and his expression matched that of Audrey’s. The girl quickly backed away from the Pokémon, who was approaching her ready to attack. Saladin violently took the Pokémon down with blaze kick, then kicking it over to Tethras to finish it off. Now, Audrey, Tethras, and Saladin were always wary of Banette’s, but that’s a story for a different time.
“How’re you guys doing?” Audrey asked, returning to the circle and the action. It looked like the ghosts thinned out significantly. Audrey didn’t’ want to get her hopes up, but it looked like they were winning!
And just like that, she knew she spoke too soon. Once again, ghosts poured into the hallway from both sides, completely overwhelming the group. There were way more than before, and it looked like they’d finally met their match. Audrey backup up closer into the circle as the ghosts closed in. Whatever they had planned for them, it wasn’t good. The ghost Pokémon simultaneously readied their attacks, organized to pounce at the same time.
“Quick! Everyone who can, use protect!” she shouted, unsure if it would be enough. Audrey stared defiantly at the ghosts, refusing to show any fear. She braced herself for their simultaneous attacks, but that’s not exactly what happened next.
Suddenly, the number of ghost Pokémon had been cut in half! A split second later, the numbers dwindled again! What was going on!? There was a flash of a person darting through the ghosts, somehow making them disappear. The figure finally stood protectively over the group, ready for the rest of the attacks.
“You might want to get back.” The white-haired figure instructed, his piercing blue eyes giving Audrey shivers. A human with the power to take down so many ghost Pokémon? It was impossible!
“Who are you?” Audrey asked, a touch of wonder in her voice. The man’s pale face looked amused. He slowly turned back to the remaining ghost Pokémon and as he did, his form changed from a human’s to that of the pitch-black Pokémon, Darkrai!
“Ho.ly. sh—“ Audrey’s expletive was cut off by Darkrai’s breakneck movements, taking care of the ghost Pokémon. Audrey looked in astonishment for a few moments more before looking to her Pokémon.
“Is that?” she questioned, completely dumbfounded. She then looked to Hayden and Farren and asked, “Is he?” apparently unable to speak intelligibly in the presence of a legendary Pokémon, no less one that was saving their lives rather than trying to drown the entire island.
The fight was just getting more hectic. Ghosts were pouring in from what seemed like infinitely dark doorways and halls. As Achilles and Honey fought, Hayden noticed the enemy was going down… easily? After a moment’s glance at a group of Gastly, Hayden groaned and hit his forehead. “Double Team. No wonder there seems to be so many.” The squadron of Gastly were all moving in the same way, and making the same movements. Only one was real! He motioned to the two fighting. “Hey! You two!” But the uproar of ghosts was just drowning out all noise. A group of Misdreavus began to circle Hayden’s head, and he tried to swipe them away. His hand passed through, expectedly. He needed to test out his theory…
Pulling out Bellamy’s pokeball, he hesitated with worry. “Bell should be okay…” The Beheeyem burst out and immediately pushed the spirits away. “Bell! Sweeping Force!” Bellamy gave a nod and used a burst of psychic energy across a wide range of ghosts. As he anticipated, they seemed to be knocked out- then a whole group disappeared leaving only a disoriented bunch of ghosts. A small fraction of the original. “If we can get everyone to do this… But how?”
Just then, a man across the way transfigured into a wraith-like pokemon. It-he-she shot dark pulses around the room effectively halving the rabble. Hayden watched in awe. Taking this chance he shouted, “YES! Just like that! Wide, sweeping attacks! We can take these guys out!” As he ducked under an unconcious Haunter Hayden wondered who or what this pokemon was. Either way he was helping out, so if he wasn’t against them he was for them in the end.