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by Mechanist Gamma

Mechanist Gamma Pika and Vee gear up for their second trial: an exploration mission! Fortunatly, they're not going it alone, as Treeko is accompanying them.

Pika yawned, waking up. "Assembly's now." Vee said. The two dashed out into the hallway for the check-in.

"Roll call!" Chatot said. "TREEKO!" "DRILBUR!" "Whismur!" "GOLETT!" "CRANIDOS!" "KADABRA!" "MEOWTH!" "EMOLGA!" "PIKA!" "VEE!" "Alright, everyone's here." Chatot said. "Back to your jobs, everyone!" Pika and Vee opened the letter again. "What's today's assignment?" Vee asked. Pika took out a slip of paper that read;

Mission: Explore Caledonia Crag
Job giver: Lapras
Description: There have been signs of chaos in the beautiful Caledonia Crag. There are only two entrances I know of, and both have been blocked off. I have reason to believe this is not a natural occurence. It is suspected to be the hide-out for a gang of thieves, and I would like the Crag to be restored to its natural beauty as soon as possible.
Payment: 20000P

"TWENTY THOUSAND P?!" Pika and Vee exclaimed. "What's 20000P?" Treeko said. "Our job reward." Vee said. "The reward is 20000P, and our share would be 4000P. Really a lot!" Treeko thought for a bit. "Well, why don't I join you?" "Huh?" Pika and Vee were surprised at the offer. "Well... if the reward is that high, it's probably pretty dangerous... but that would mean we'd only get a third of the 4000P... but having a third member along could really help..." Vee thought. "Alright, you can join us. It'll be good to have an extra set of paws around!" Pika smiled. "Ready to go?" "Hold on." Treeko said. "Let me just get my stuff." "I should probably do the same." Vee said. With that, the two dashed off. Soon, they returned with their supplies. "Alright, let's go." Vee said. The three climbed onto the elevator, and headed to the surface.

The three heroes dashed off, paying almost no heed to the landscape of Lagrosse town... until they met up with Pachirisu and Bulbasaur. "Oh! Bulba! It's the two from yesterday!" Pachirisu said. "Hahah, yes, I see them." Bulba said. "Hello! Pika and Vee, weren't it?" "Yes." Vee said. "It's nice to see you again." "Likewise!" Bulba said. "Who's your friend?" "Oh, this is Treeko." Pika said. "Nice to meet you!" Treeko said. "Come by anytime!" Bulba said. "I'd like to see you all again!" The team nodded and dashed off.

"If I remember correctly, Caledonia Crag is just off the edge of Seepa Shores." Vee said. "We'll have to pass by Carvahna Cliff." Pika smiled. He remembered Seepa Shored well. It had only been three days since he and Vee met up at the edge of the sea. By now, though, he was no longer level seven. Those fights had brought him to level eleven, so he was strong. Both he and Vee had progressed a lot in such a short period of time. Pika had regained his experience and attitude, and Vee had become more confident and daring. Huge improvements on both of them. Before he knew it, they were already at the Cliff. "So, we're here." Vee said. "From here, we can do some recon. This place is great for viewing all the areas down below, like the crag." Pika, Vee and Treeko looked all around, and it was Treeko who found the crag. "Is that it?" he asked, spotting a blocked tunnel. "Awesome, Treeko!" Pika said. "Let's go!" The three friends headed down the slope to investigate.

"Weird." Vee said. They had indeed found the crag, but the entrance was blocked heavily by boulders. "Pika, any chance you can break through?" "I'll sure try." he said, charging an Iron Tail attack. Bashing a boulder, it barely cracked. "Darn it!" Pika said. "Is there a secret entrance or something?" Vee was already searching. Pika and Treeko joined her. Searching, they found nothing... until Vee bumped into an out-of-place rock. "What's this doing here?" she asked. She tried to budge it, but couldn't. It was only the combined might of all three Pokemon that managed to reveal the secret entrance. The three explorers entered the cave, unaware of what they were getting into.

"What is this?" Pika asked. All three members were amazed by the maze-like, multitude of colorful crystals on the rock walls. "A mystery dungeon." Treeko said. "Makes sense that thieves would make this crag their base." Pika was confused. "What's a mystery dungeon?" he asked. "Mystery dungeons are like multiple-level mazes, and the Pokemon within are usually hostile." Vee said. "On the plus side, there are some great treasures in the dungeons. There's multiple floors, and you usually complete a mystery dungeon by reaching the bottom floor." "Well, let's begin." Pika said.

(Mystery dungeons will not be described. Use your imagination.)

After descending through six floors, battling foes, collecting treasure and filling in maps, they finally made it to the bottom floor. "Are those... tents?" Pika asked, spotting the Pokemon-made structures. "Huh?!" a familiar voice said. "Boss, is that the feds?" another voice said. "No... I recognise that voice." A third exclaimed. "YOU!" Zangoose said, dashing out the side of the tent. "Whoa!" Pika said, as all three explorers dodged the Shadow Claw attack. "What's the meaning of this?!" Weavile said, before spotting the team. "The... the grunts? How?!" Sneasel leaped forwards to attack as Weavile drew his claws. "This is too important to me. You will NOT ruin this for me! Dark Claw! ON THE ATTACK!" he said, entering the battle himself.

"The rat is mine!" Zangoose said, charging Pika. "I'm... not... a... rat!" Pika said, using Zangoose's close range to use a powerful and effective Thundershock attack. Zangoose recoiled, rolling with the hit.

Sneasel, meanwhile, was attacking Vee. "I can do this... I can be strong... I AM AN EXPLORER!" Vee said. She dodged Sneasel's Fury Swipes attack to follow up with a Bite attack to the butt. Sneasel yelped.

Weavile was just engaging Treeko. Unleashing his Shadow Ball attack, Weavile lashed out at Treeko with a storm of projectiles. Treeko returned defensively by using Razor Leaf to slice through the shades of darkness. Weavile followed up with Shadow Claw, but Treeko countered with Leaf Blade.

Zangoose was tapping into his rage and feral instinct. "DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE!!!" Zangoose shouted. Pika dodged all the attacks, only making Zangoose more angry. "You call that attacking?" he taunted. Zangoose let out a primitive cry, and fought like a beast. "Treeko!" Pika shouted. "Switch dance partners!" Treeko complied, and they switched combatants. "Finally, we meet." Pika said to Weavile. "A meeting that will warrant your death." Weavile said.

Vee was having almost no trouble. Using Quick Attack and Double Team together, she was owning Sneasel. He managed to launch one Shadow Ball, but it hit a decoy. Vee pounded into Sneasel repeatedly. "ENOUGH!" he shouted. Slashing in a circle around him, he managed to send Vee a few feet away. "No more games." he said, his eyes glowing red.

Treeko, meanwhile, was just playing with Zangoose. "All brawn, no brain." he taunted, leaping across the stalagtites just barely out of reach. He did eventually drop... right on top of Zangoose. "GONNA! TEAR! OUT! YOUR! SPINE!" the beast said. "Have to catch me first!" remarked Treeko as he jumped up again.

Pika activated Iron Tail and smashed into Weavile's Shadow Claw. Weavile's Shadow Ball was countered by Pika's Electro Ball. Pika's Thunderbolt was rendered useless by Weavile's Protect. Focus punch met Skull Bash. The battle went on.

Sneasel unleashed a Swords Dance and raised his attack before charging Vee. The swift Pokemon barely dodged the furious Fury Swipes attack. Vee countered with one final Headbutt attack. The dangerous Pokemon fell. Sneasel was down. Vee then dashed over to help Pika.

Treeko had things under control. He was now using Leaf Blade to drop the stalagtites onto Zangoose's head. Zangoose finally dropped to his knees. Steaming with anger, he roared before Treeko finished the job. A Razor Leaf attack and Zangoose had fainted. Treeko then dashed to the aid of his friend.

Pika breathed a sigh of relief when he saw his friends coming to his aid. He was almost careless enough to forget the Shadow Claw coming towards his head. When Weavile saw he was outnumbered, he growled. "This isn't over! We'll be back!" he said before throwing a pellet at the ground. A big cloud of smoke appeared, and when it cleared the villains and their equipment was gone. All that was left were the explorers, a few forgotten pellets and the cave in its full glory. Pika and Vee smiled as Treeko pumped a fist in the air. They had done it.

As Pika threw a pellet, the rocks crumbled. Those pellets they had found had been explosive pellets, ones that could be used to clear the blocked entrances. "Oh, look!" Treeko said. "It's almost sundown! Let's find Lapras and get back to the guild." "Right!" The two said. "Now, where is Lapras...?" "Right here." A sooth and calming voice said. "I am Lapras." the majestic swimmer said. "Thank you for returning Caledonia Crag to normal." "No prob!" Pika said. "It's what we're here for." "Now, then..." Lapras said. "The payment. Here." The sea creature gave the group 20000P for their efforts. "And I can use those last pelletsto open the sea-ward gate. Thank you." Lapras said before swimming off. "Right!" Vee said. "Let's hurry back to the guild!" And so, the team dashed off.

"The explorers return triumphantly!" Drilbur said, as the three return. "Yeah!" Treeko said. "It was exiting. We found some treasure, fought some crooks and had a great time!" "Oh, come on!" Drilbur said. "You're here, so we can finally eat!" The four friends hurried back to the lift.

"Now, everyone, DIG IN!"
"Crunch-munch! Chew-chew! Sniffle-slurp! Crunch-munch! Chew-chew! Sniffle-slurp! Crunch-munch! Chew-chew! Sniffle-slurp! Crunch-munch! Chew-chew! Sniffle-slurp!"

After the meal, Pika and Vee settled down to rest. "What a wild day!" Pika said. "That was crazy!" "Don't tell me every day is gonna be like this." Vee said. "I'm just ready to hit the hay now." "Me too." Pika said. The two friends then flopped down on the cushions.

"Hey, Pika?"
"Yeah, Vee?"
"Don't you think it was weird we met those guys there? You know, Weavile's gang?"
"Not really. I mean, it makes sense. They were always around Seepa Shores, right?"
"Well... yeah."
"Then they would have to have a base somewhere. You said it yourself; a mystery dungeon is the perfect place to make a hide-out. Plus, blocking it off would make it really hard to get in."
"Well, I suppose it WAS the logical choice."
"See? I can be smart, too!"
"Hahahah! Good night, Pika."
"Good night, Vee."

(Special thanks to; @EspeonTheBest, @pikapal forever, @Twilight Nova, @Shauna23, @JacobRaze and @Bulba the Curious.)