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Surf's Up 2Surf's Up!
Cove Town actually managed to exceed her expectations. The air was warm and tropical, the greenery was lush and exotic, and the hotel that she was staying at with the professor was on a hill overlooking the whitest, sandiest beach and bluest clearest ocean water that she'd ever seen. The hotel was pretty high class-not five stars, but definitely four-and their adjoining rooms faced the sea (although they weren't on the ground floor, they were on the third).
This must be a really awesome seminar to have the money to put us up in a place like this, Kushina mused as she dumped her suitcase and backpack beside the bed and started poking around the room. I wonder if fishing's allowed down on the beach or if I have to hike to a fishing spot Either way, this trip is going to be great!
After unpacking her possessions and arranging them to her satisfaction, she peeked through the door that connected
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The sky was a dark gray and only getting blacker. The wind gusted stronger and stronger, carrying the growls of distant thunder. Angry waves foamed and crashed against the base of the cliffs.
But she wasn't worried; it was just another storm blowing through the straits.
Her only concern was finding a lum berry. The lumpy, hard-skinned, green berry could cure any ill and was hard to find as it took so long to grow and mature. She thought of them as her good-luck charm, and she needed a new one.
So far she'd come up with nothing. She'd searched the heart of the island and spiraled out towards the sheer cliffs and the sea. There had been a few lum berry plants, but no ripe berries to pick.
There has to be a lum berry somewhere I know it!
And then there it was. A spindly lum plant was growing on the very edge of the highest cliff on the south end of the island.
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The air was heavy and tense as the sun began to set. A motley collection of grass, water, and fire-type monsters lay scattered across the field of battle along with a smattering of exceptionally monstrous monsters. Only two creatures stood, still capable of continuing the fight: a vicious bat-winged lizard, and a nine-tailed fox.
Both combatants were clearly tired as they squared off against each other. They locked eyes in an intense stare down. And then, at some invisible signal, they both moved.
The flying creature soared low. The fox jumped high. They flew past each other and the winged rock-lizard crashed into the dirt, skidding several yards before coming to a stop, while the fox landed gracefully.
And the crowd exploded into loud cheers and applause that lasted a solid ten minutes.
"And so the battle was won," the narrator announced over the speakers when the wild
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Note to self: Do not investigate the mystery pokémon in the dark of night.
Minato sighed and slumped low on Ryuu's back. The mystery pokémon had turned out to be aerodactyl (which surprised the heck out of him) and they hadn't been friendly. It seemed that they'd already been in a fight so it hadn't been too difficult to drive the aggressive creatures back and down a large hole in the ground. To make sure that they didn't try anything else, he'd had Hana use earthquake to collapse the tunnel, and then he'd left.
It's a pity that I couldn't split one off from the flock, though, he thought as Ryuu lazily glided over Trinity City. An aerodactyl would be an impressive catch
The dragonite circled over the city center, which was a large open square with an ornate fountain at the center. Minato frowned as he noticed that it was trashed. Several lamppos
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Shion still cowered under the stone bench, unable to bear watching the chaos going on in the square any longer. Esper and several of Inari-sama's attendant vulpix encircled her and Kogane with their soft warm bodies, but the girl found it to be no comfort. Never before had Shion wished more to have never left her birthplace of Astral Town.
Astral Town was safe and small. There was only one temple there-a temple dedicated to psychic majuu. All her family lived there; her family line originated from that town.
And, most importantly, there were no ancient Demons living underneath people's feet in simple Astral Town.
Why did mother have to have that stupid vision that my future lay in fire?! The pale-haired girl choked back a sob, fearful that any sound would draw the flying monsters' attention. Why oh why did I have to come here?!
People and majuu were going to die tonigh
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Shion struggle not to fidget as the meeting by the fountain wrapped up. It had gone far smoother than the afternoon meeting; no demonic majuu rose up to interrupt this time. Even so, the air remained tense and no one was comfortable in a place that was supposed to be safe.
More representatives had come this time, and double the number of Temple majuu. The three warrior trainers of Fire Country were nearby with some of their powerful magical beasts already loose and ready for anything. And spotlights illuminated the statues of the Three Guardians that ringed the fountain pool, giving the impression that the statues could come alive and protect them should anything happen.
Yet, still no one was relaxed or comforted.
No one will feel safe until the Underworld is thoroughly sealed off again, she thought as she sat on one of the stone benches with Esper at her side and the basket with Kogane and Demon o
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Nothing made sense anymore. Food could fight back to defend itself, and sometimes even escape. But food didn't win. Food didn't become Flock Leader.
He'd always been warned to never play with or talk to his food maybe this was why.
"No, this isn't the place. Try again."
The aerodactyl ground his teeth but-out of fear of what the mysterious and powerful food item might do-he turned away from the dead end chamber and slunk off in search of one that he hadn't visited yet.
The food-turned-leader had commanded that the aerodactyl take them to the end of the caves-the end of the world. So the aerodactyl had done so. But every dead end that they visited wasn't the right one.
I am hungry
There was another bit of food with the Leader-Food. However, the green fungus-like thing was off-limits. Leader-Food valued Fungus-Food as a subordinate.
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Shion shivered and tightly gripped the basket that she carried as she accompanied senior priests Raito and Torimaru and their companions (a ponyta and a numel), senior priestess Ren, Inari-sama, Kogane, and the majuu still known as Demon. With the news that the Demons were loose, Trinity City had become choked with fear. No one went outside unless they absolutely had to, leaving the bustling urban center nearly a ghost town. The very idea that the creatures that were used to frighten children into obedience were real and loose in the area was terrifying.
The party from the Fire Temple headed towards the central square, a wide-open space at the center of the city where the fountain monument to the Three Guardians was located. There they would meet high ranking priests from the Water and Grass Temples to compare notes and coordinate their response to the return of the Demons. To avoid any argumen
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It was impossible to tell how long he'd been down there. It was almost pitch black underground and there was no sunlight to judge the passage of time by. But it had definitely been several hours and Naruto was stiff and starving.
The assaults from the aerodactyl were slowing down. The fossil monsters were only digging into the crevice after him every ten minutes or so instead of constantly. They still hadn't given up on him, though.
C'mon I have to pee!
Just as the beginnings of real despair started to settle over him, things grew quiet. There were no more grasping claws, snapping jaws, or flailing tails shoved in to his deep crevice to get him. Wary of some kind of trick, Naruto stayed put and listened hard to make absolutely certain that the aerodactyl had gone before risked sticking his head out into the open.
Moving very, very slowly, the boy crawled to the crack op
Little Miss It“Do you enjoy her company?”
That, Avadaci concluded, had been the extent of his grandfather’s kindness. Thank the stars he had broken his neck after a failed attempt to ascend the castle staircase. Not that many were privy to this information. The official listing on the cause of death involved something along the lines of falling in battle after slaying at least a dozen demons, although this was treated with quite a bit of skepticism by the general populace. Yet, interestingly enough, a decent portion of the locals believed a tale about the cannibals of Unkhtom devouring him whole.
Not that Avadaci really cared how his grandfather had died. He was just glad he was dead. And if he was glad his grandfather had died, Avadaci wondered, why did he have to attend his funeral? In fact, the whole kingdom was glad his grandfather had died. Why did they have to attend the funeral?
“Oh Avad,” proclaimed his mother, “obv
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