Chapter 2 Dreams or Reality?
Caitlin leaned against the old oak tree and watched as a female Infernape sat upon an old tire swing, watching the day passing by and collecting some of her fondest memories (especially with one where a Lucario defeated a Gengar using Psychic). The female Lucario smiled and watched the moonlight colliding with the stars. She couldn’t help but connect some of the stars as if it was one of her old childhood connect the dots game. She looked to her left seeing the same Lucario the Infernape was seeing in her memories. She smiled at the sight of the Lucario sleeping soundly.
“Veruka. How come I’ve never seen Vincent use psychic before? I know you and Rupert have, but I want to see it for myself.” Caitlin asked out of sudden curiosity. “I mean, I’m able to learn and use the move as well, but how come he doesn’t know how to use it as well as a psychic type Pokemon?”
Veruka sighed. “Well, he used it once on a Gengar. I won’t go into too much detail.” The fire monkey continued to look on towards the moonlit horizon.
Caitlin nodded. “Alright. I’ll take your word for it, Veruka.” The female Lucario looked on.
She soon became deeper and deeper into her own thoughts. Sometimes if she listened closely to her heart and mind, she would listen to her own thoughts long into time as it passed. She’d always been a night child due to the moon and the stars being her guide. She sighed happily. She closed her eyes and relaxed herself. She suddenly felt a slight tugging at her mind. She felt as if it was one of her splitting headaches again. This wasn’t one of her splitting headaches. It was something different, involving what her parents called her “gift”. But she only saw it as a curse.
She saw the past vision of Vincent battling that Gengar.
It began with their sugar addicted friend Rupert stating only finding a cola in the dining room. “But all the food was gone when we got here. All that was left was this cola.” Rupert held the cola to the Gengar’s vision.
Wait...wh-what? Caitlin began to become more and more confused as to what was happening.
She noticed Rupert, Vincent, Veruka, and the duo PokéTheives Danny and Merry were all unable to move. She obviously figured the ghosts used the lick attack to paralyze them. She wanted to help but she was unable to move herself, it was as if she became paralyzed herself.
The Gengar not even turning to Rupert’s eye contact or even turning his head to speak was rather unconvinced about Rupert’s statement. “Maybe.” It then opened it’s eyes. “But you are still guilty of trespassing. You must be punished!” A nail and hammer sudden appeared in it’s hands.
Caitlin’s eyes widened. She feared that it was the Curse attack. If the nail jammed anyone through their head, they’d be as dead as dust within seconds. Her breathing began to grow heavier with every last bit of horror that was about to scar her innocence for the permeant amount of her life. The Gengar placed the nail upon Vincent’s head. Caitlin’s heart rate grew to a maximum speed.
She tried to run at the Gengar to attack using Metal Claw. But her legs wouldn’t obey her command to run at the Gengar to save Vincent.
“Leave him alone!” Caitlin spun around to see Veruka taking charge.
Veruka?...You can barely attack and your fighting and ground moves aren’t powerful against a ghost type like Gengar!
She tried to warn her fire monkey friend but it seemed like she didn’t hear the orange haired Lucario.
Veruka! Why can’t you guys hear me?! When did we get here?! Was it a random teleportation or something?!? She wanted answers to her questions anyway she had to have them.
The Gengar gave a sinister smirk that stretched it’s face. It placed the nail on Veruka’s forehead. “As you wish. I’ll start with you then!” It raised the hammer above it’s head, Veruka’s eyes started to show fright. Something that no one, not even Vincent would’ve expected, could’ve happened to Veruka like that.
VERUKA! NO! SOMEONE DO SOMETHING ALREADY!!!
Caitlin shouted at the top of her voice, hoping someone would’ve heard her, she couldn’t do anything.
A sudden feel of wind caught her. It was Vincent. “Don’t you dare hurt her!” Caitlin sought rage within Vincent’s aura and his eyes. Both Veruka and the Gengar were just as confused as Caitlin was.
Vincent, what are you doing?! I was asking Rupert or Napoleon to do something if he was here! You’re gonna get yourself murdered!!
Vincent didn’t seem to hear Caitlin either. She began to worry.
Vincent threw a punch at the Gengar, missing an only getting his arm caught inside of the ghost Pokémon. Vincent, being a fighting and steele type Pokémon (without any steel type moves that Caitlin was aware of) had no advantage against a Gengar using only fighting and ground attacks. Caitlin covered her eyes. She didn’t want to see the horror of Vincent’s death that was nearing to approach. She then suddenly felt a powerful surge near. She looked around, no one was attacking other than Vincent.
Wait a minute...Vincent? A-are you using…?
Before she could finish her sentence Vincent’s eyes became a light shade of purple. “No...I...I won’t let you hurt my friends!”
Caitlin’s eyes remained fixed on what was happening before her. “You’ve scared us, bullied us, blamed us for no reason, and now you’re trying to kill us!”
Caitlin started to back up slowly. She watched as the ghosts were being levitated into the air.
Wait...that’s why I haven’t seen Vincent use psychic! He’s only able to do it when his friends and Veruka are in danger or when he’s angered! Caitlin finally had her answer as to why she was unable to see Vincent use psychic.
She continued to watch what was happening. “No! I won’t let you! Just...just…” Caitlin felt her paws with the blue aura caressing her paws.
It was her aura fire in her paws, it only happened when she felt the strong power of others.
She knew what would happen then and there. “LEAVE US ALONE!!!” The power of the psychic Vincent was using was far too powerful, even for the most powerful Pokémon of all time.
Caitlin had to cover her eyes due the power of that psychic attack. When she felt the power fading, she uncovered her eyes. She was back at the ranch. She turned to her left. Seeing Vincent had awoken.
She started to become confused. “Why are you two looking at me like that?”
“It’s just...you were mumbling to yourself, and lets not forget about those blue fire things appearing on your paws.” Vincent started to explain. “We were really worried about you.”
Oh no...it was the darn curse again! I have to tell my parents about this when I get home.
Caitlin scratched the back of her head nervously and hide her suspicious emotions with a smile. “Y-yeah, I’m fine. Just a little tired. I haven’t gotten any sleep in a few days.”
Vincent and Veruka stared at each other, then locked their gaze back on Caitlin. She picked up her back and threw it over her shoulders.
“Listen, I’ll be okay. I haven’t been feeling like myself lately, but I’m going to talk to my parents so they can get me checked out.” She reassured them, not wanting to make them suspicious about her little “gift”.
They both sighed. “Well, okay. But if there’s anything you want to talk about, you can always tell us.” Veruka tried to comfort the female Lucario.
Caitlin nodded, thanking the Infernape. She then headed home.
“And that’s why I want this curse gone for good.” Caitlin explained to her parents. Her father, Henry, placed a paw on her shoulder. “Sweetie. It’s not a curse, it’s a gift. You were born with it for a reason.”
Caitlin crossed her arms. “Dad, what you call a “gift” I call a curse. I see it as a curse for a reason.” She turned away from her mother and father.
Her mother, Lucaria, sighed. “Baby, you may see it as a “curse” for a short while, but you’ll see it as a gift soon.”
The young Lucario’s ears folded at the back of her head. “Is the “gift” the reason why I haven’t seen Je--”
Henry snapped and slammed a paw on the coffee table. “Young lady! You aren’t going to talk about him, you’ve seen him on those wanted posters, you’ve seen him on the news, that Jeff boy you feel in love with is a killer!”
Caitlin stood, wanting to protest. “Dad, he may be a killer, but I still love him and I know he’s the same Jeff I met years ago.” She stormed off to her bedroom in a small fit of rage.
Lucaria gazed at her husband. “Henry. She loved Jeff, when she said he needed help and told us about...the incident, you said she couldn’t see him again and we immediately moved to a different town.”
Henry didn’t even gave a small look at his wife, his gaze was more fixed on the floor, trying to collect his thoughts. “Lucaria. You know I’m only looking out for Caitlin’s safety. She could’ve gotten herself killed.”
“I know, honey. But she’s going through the transformation of becoming a young adult. We both had to go through it, and now she’s going through the same. It’s her love that’s turning her into the future adult she will become one day.”
Henry sighed. “Yeah, but it’s hard to see her grow up and let her go. I’m scared that she’ll get herself into all the wrong things we taught our daughter not to do. What if she suddenly smokes different types of drugs? What if she starts drinking alcohol? What if--”
“Henry.” Lucaria interrupted and held on to Henry’s shoulders gently. “It’s going to be okay. She isn’t going to end up into what we fear. The only thing to worry about is what’s truly best for her.” Henry nodded. “Right.”
Caitlin laid in her bed and stared out of the window, watching the night pass by. It was nearly midnight. She felt time creeping closer and closer. She continued to gaze at the nightly horizon no matter what time of night it was. Her gaze as suddenly caught by what looked like a tree. Only with some patches of white. The young Lucario tilted her head in confusion. Her eyes squinted trying to make out of the tree like figure. But it wasn’t a tree, it was a man.
Or what seemed like a man. He or it was all dressed in black, the skin was a pale snow white, and the face was expressionless. He or it had no face. Whatever it was and whoever it was, Caitlin had heard about it. She figured it was the Slender Man. She hurried to her bathroom and dashed to her sink. She turned on the fossett and splashed some cold water on her face, making sure she was seeing what her eyes had just seen and not her mind playing tricks on her.
When she returned to her window, the Slender Man or what she thought was the monster man, was gone. Was it her mind playing tricks on her again? She sighed. She looked at her medication on the nightstand.
She shook her head. “I won’t be needing those pills tonight.” The medication she was given helped her, she worried she would overdose after taking one.
She sighed and snuggled deeply into her sheets. She continued deeply into her thoughts, questioning of these visions or strange happenings were either dreams or the real thing.
She sighed, she’d get her answer eventually. And maybe she’d be able to see Jeff once more and hopefully her parents would approve of their love. But it was only in her fantasies. This was reality. But was everything, including the vision from earlier, actually real? She didn’t quite understand. Yet. She was more focused on getting some rest. She didn’t have any energy left to toss and turn in her bed to get comfortable, she just flopped on the bed and shut her eyes. Hoping to at least for a little sleep.
Caitlin suddenly awoke to a sudden sound of sobbing. She looked out of her window and shrugged, she didn’t want to wake up her parents so she opened her window and jumped outside, looking around. She soon meet eyes with a midget Lucario. It was Rama.
“Rama? Dude, what are you doing here? It’s like, I don’t know, the middle of the night.” She sat beside the little Lucario, he was around the same height as Lucario Jr., So it wasn’t hard for them to become fast friends.
He even got along with Caitlin easily. He was able to tell her anything he wasn’t able to tell even Marim.
He met eyes with the orange haired Lucario. “I-I’m worried...I’ve been having this nightmare...I don’t know what the heck to do…”
Caitlin closed her eyes and became deep in thought.
“Well, Rama. What are these nightmares about anyway?” She had to know what they were about before she could help, Rama understood but he wasn’t able to tell her what they were really about.
“I-I can’t say…” He whispered softly.
Caitlin nodded slowly in response. “I’ve been having the similar problem. Only no one tells me nor do I understand why it’s happening. It probably as to do with someone I met along time ago.”
Rama looked up at the Lucario again. “Do you really think it means that?”
“Well, I think it’s the perfecting meaning for a couple of freak shows like yourselves.”
They both turned their heads to see Devon, Elizabeth, Gengar and his friends (Team Meanies), along with Zangoose (Caitlin’s next door bully).
Rama didn’t say anything. All Caitlin did was stare with a bored and annoyed expression. “You trying to imply something about my abilities or something again?”
Elizabeth stared at the Lucario, smoking a cigarette.
The Vespiquen exhaled and a cloud of smoke filled her space, the aroma of nicotine nearly made Caitlin gag. “Nah, I’m just saying you’re in love with your imaginary boyfriend ‘cause you’re insane.”
Caitlin slammed her paws on the ground. “I am not insane! Jeff is real! Just like Vincent’s psychic powers are real!”
All the group of six (excluding Elizabeth) only laughed. Elizabeth started to smirk. “Vincent, doesn’t even know how to use or even control aura. You’re just like him, always being blinded by love and blinded by what you see before you and always living in the clouds.”
Caitlin clenched her fists tightly in anger and rage.
Her knuckles grew as white as snow. “And that’s why we think that you deny everything about Jeffery. Because you can’t get yourself a real man!”
At that moment, Caitlin snapped and charged at them with a force palm attack at ready, unfortunately her attack missed and was pinned against a tree by Zangoose.
Rama stormed right up to them in a fit of rage. “Let her go!”
Zangoose smirked maliciously. “What are you gonna do if I don’t pee-wee?”
Elizabeth stopped Zangoose and was more focused on Caitlin than Rama. “In a minute, darling. I’m just going to say some vords of visdom to her.”
The bee leaned against the female Lucario whispering in her ear her “words of wisdom”, Caitlin tried her best not to show any tears. “Listen “princess”, you can’t get your prince charming just by making him up and hope he comes to reality in your own imagination. It’s time for you to grow up. Life isn’t always happy and joyful. Deal vith it!”
With that, Zangoose threw the Lucario to the ground and leaving her there broken hearted and hurt emotionally. The group followed along. It was that that moment, Caitlin was allowed to cry. She sobbed harder and harder.
Rama ran over to her patting her arm. “Please don’t cry. I believe you about Jeff.”
Caitlin turned away from Rama. His comfort didn’t seem to be quiet enough for her emotions to cease it’s negativity.
Everyone’s just saying all this to make me feel better...They don’t believe me...I wish I had some evidence to prove that he’s real.
A while after Caitlin calmed down, Rama smiled up at her. “Feeling better now?”
“Good. Now you’d better go back inside the house before your parents find out you snuck out.”
“Right. Rama, one more thing.” Rama looked up at the female Lucario.
She started to smile. “Thanks, Rama.”
Rama smiled and nodded. “It’s no trouble at all. I’ll see ya later!” He headed out into the forest.
Caitlin sighed and hurried back up the window and was about to close it when she saw the tall figure again.
She sighed. “I know what you’re trying to do to me, Slenderman. You’re not allowed in here, Slendy!” She slammed her window shut and plopped on her bed.
She shut her eyes tightly repeating to herself: I won’t go insane, it’s my imagination. I won’t insane, it’s my imagination. I won’t go insane, it’s my imagination. She repeated this for about another ten minutes.
Her system finally let her into a deep slumber. She dreamt about her and Jeff getting back together, she helped him cut down on his murders through her own therapeutic work, she announced her marriage to her parents, her father accepted Jeffery at last, it skipped ahead to their own dream life, with good careers, a family, and a beautiful home. But sady, it wouldn’t happen in reality, to her.
She did pray or in her case, wished with all her heart it would happen.