It was a lovely night. Together they were within the dream world again, both mother, child, guardian, and family pet. Mona snoozed happily upon her bed, with Lapras sleeping close to her. Nearby, the cot made the perfect bed for Mona’s young boy Peter to sleep the night away, and so did the companionship of their pet Vaporeon cuddled up with Peter.
Again, Mona was in her dream state with Lorraine taking care of her while they talked the night away. The former midwife was talking about priceless crystals that she had seen one time upon a far off island, a very tall island that overshadowed two other islands in height. She had seen a huge icy nest upon the peak of the island, and it was then that Mona guessed it to be Ice Island, home of the legendary Articuno, off the coast of Shamouti, one of the Orange Islands. She had been to Shamouti before, when very little, and had learned that Ice, Fire and Lightning Islands were the homes of the three legendary birds of Kanto. Many humans had learned to stay away from the proximity of the islands, mostly in fear because of the three legendary birds’ great powers.
It made Lorraine laugh kindly when Mona told her that when very little, she had told her mother that she’d love to go to Ice Island and try to befriend the great Articuno, perhaps even pet its beak with her hand. Of course her parents wouldn’t allow it at her age, but did encourage Mona that someday, when she would be older, perhaps she could go to the island and try to make friends with the titan bird of ice. Lorraine commended Mona for her young innocence of believing that even great legendary Pokémon could be made friends with.
Their peaceful moment was suddenly shaken.
Something was wrong.
Lorraine immediately felt it. A strange ripple of uneasiness flickered throughout the dream land that they were together in. The scary thing was, she knew what it was…
Somebody was in trouble.
Somebody was being hunted.
Then the dream world immediately collapsed, and became nothing…
Mona woke up just in time to hear a voice scream for help from close by outside. She flung the covers off and bounced out of the bed as Lapras sprung awake beside her.
Pushing the front door open, she recognized the screaming as Kate…her neighbour. The young woman was slightly younger than her at about 22 years old, and she was soon due to have a baby herself.
But if Kate was in trouble, then there would be a horrible chance that there would be no baby…
Mona immediately turned towards Kate’s house, and gasped the moment she saw a sleek, huge shape slithering towards the open waters, holding something within its mouth, where it seemed the sound of the screaming was coming from.
It was Kate…her helpless form caught within the mouth of a huge Milotic! It was far bigger than the average pristine Pokémon, somewhere around a height of 30 feet, and as long as four buses put together. Perhaps it might even have been the queen of all Milotics…that is, if its mind wasn’t on food!
Terror struck through Mona’s brain as she saw the helpless Kate flail about, before suddenly, the Milotic tilted its head back and swallowed her plump form straight down into her long belly, licking its lips and letting out a wicked content sound as it began slithering towards the awaiting waves stretching in towards the Pokémon to welcome it back to the ocean.
Mona felt a tap on her shoulder, and noticed Lapras beside her, having seen what had happened as well. Mona’s eyes narrowed, and she immediately bolted from her house, determined to save Kate. She couldn’t let her neighbour die as food for this Pokémon, much less let the baby’s chance of surviving come to nothing. She ran for the beach, but already she could see that the Milotic was already halfway into the water, and even before she could attempt to tackle its tail, its frontal half finally made contact with deep water and it sped its pace up, disappearing like a flash away from the beach, and Mona was left standing completely shocked. It had gone so quickly!
But then, Lapras sprung past her and turned its head towards the girl, making a beckoning sound as if wanting her to follow it. Mona immediately moved to jump upon her friend’s back, and Lapras sprung onto the water, its flippers immediately causing a flurry of motion in order to make up for lost time.
Within a matter of seconds, the water deepened, and Lapras sped up her pace, but it knew too well that even if they could catch the Milotic, it could easily submerge and swim into deeper water. Lapras could too, but with a passenger on its back…
Lapras immediately turned to Mona on its back, and opened its mouth wide and looked at her with a determined look. Mona knew that look too well…it was her way of knowing that they would have to dive, so she immediately put her hands into Lapras’s mouth and pushed herself into her friend’s throat, knowing that the belly would be the place to keep herself from drowning.
Lapras quickly swallowed her down without much effort, and then once it had finished licking the taste of her human friend off its lips, it immediately dived under the water, keeping its eyes open for any traces of its target anywhere. A moment later, she caught the scent of recently-disturbed ripples; the movement of water made it clear which why the Milotic had gone. Lapras followed the trail like a sniffer-dog, moving its flippers about in the water like propellers, determined not to lose the trail and let her human friend’s neighbour perish for nothing.
Mona, in the meantime, tried to keep the horrible thoughts of what would happen to Kate from invading her mind, as she tried to relax inside Lapras’s belly, hoping that they would find the Milotic and save Kate.
* * *
About half an hour later, the waters off the coast of a dark island began to ripple, and just underneath the water’s surface, the large form of a serpentine Pokémon disturbed their naturally calm-flowing waves that night. The Milotic slowly snaked its way underneath the island’s boundaries and entered what appeared to be the entrance to an underwater cave.
Upon swimming through this entrance, it burst above the water and made its way out onto the dry part of the cave, glittering with tremendous amounts of shining crystals, where it could settle down and let its recent meal digest within its belly. It smiled softly as it stretched out its incredibly-long form in a spiral formation like a shell, with its tail on the boundary and its head in the middle. The Milotic seemed to like sleeping amongst the crystal-laden cavern; it would often stare at its own reflection and admire itself like the vain Pokémon that it was.
After absorbing a lot of self-love, the Milotic finally rested its head upon its coils, and began to close its eyes to drift into the dream world, while the sound of sobbing continued to emit from its belly.
But then, suddenly…
SPLASH!!! The entrance to its cave erupted with a sudden burst of water, and the Milotic was shocked back into reality with the shower. It immediately lifted its head to face the intruder…
And went completely expressionless the moment it saw the Lapras with a very angry look on its face. Their eyes connected, and it was only then and then that the Milotic understood and realized, and its face went angry itself with malice…
The trip had made Mona doze off even though the determination to save Kate had been strong. She had hoped that perhaps Lorraine would be able to help her get a better understanding of what was happening in their dream world.
But the moment the confrontation between Lapras and the Milotic came into motion, it was then that Lorraine was able to confirm what she had feared; this was not just any Milotic, it was an old enemy, one that she never thought would have come back as this, a rival that had troubled her ever since her midwife years.
Mona couldn’t believe it the moment Lorraine spoke about Sedusa; she too had been a midwife and had shown promising skill, matching that of Lorraine’s own talent. The big difference though was that Sedusa was boastful; too proud and vain, and often made a mockery out of Lorraine, bullying her as if to prove just how much better she was.
But that eventually led to her downfall. When the midwives were chosen to be ranked in their own school, the head nurse immediately appointed Lorraine as the best of that year. Sedusa was outraged, and in that blind anger had attempted to kill Lorraine, but was stopped and cast out for her tyranny. She was too dangerous and careless to be anything of a midwife.
But still, fearing that she would not be fully rid of Sedusa, Lorraine had decided to travel away to another region with her family, but it was upon that boat that her worst rival struck again, once again attempting to kill Lorraine and send her overboard. Thankfully, somebody had been watching and sounded the alarm, but it was then that a huge tidal storm struck the ship, and both Lorraine and Sedusa were sent falling into the sea as it capsized and was torn apart by the storm. Lorraine struggled to hold onto any nearby debris in the hope of surviving, but she knew for certain then that her family was gone, and she was now all alone. She couldn’t see Sedusa anywhere either, and to some extent felt relief, believing that perhaps now her worst rival was gone for good as well.
The Milotic that had once been a tyrannous midwife let out an intimidating hiss at Lapras, and the Transport Pokémon wasted no time in springing forward to attack, in the hopes of at least distracting the serpent momentarily.
But a sudden swirl of coils immediately slashed out and bashed Lapras, sending it falling to the side. The sudden motion caused a violent reaction inside its belly and Lapras choked, causing Mona to slip out through its throat and land on the cave floor, the impact immediately waking the young mother up.
Mona looked up and immediately saw a mountain of coils striking straight at them, slamming Lapras against the wall before seizing Mona and lifting her high up in front of the Milotic’s face, which in turn let out an evil grin at her. Mona frowned and tried to pull herself loose, but the coils were way too thick and heavy…and tight. She couldn’t even budge.
Lapras looked up in time to see its foe immediately opening its mouth to consume its prey, and in that blind panic, fearing for Mona’s life, Lapras blasted out an Ice Beam.
The attack connected with the Milotic’s mouth, and it froze up, causing the serpent to gag and choke, unable to shut its mouth with the ice holding it open. Its tail flicked madly out of control, and at that moment, Mona felt her prison release slightly, allowing herself to pull free…
And then, standing upon the Milotic’s coils…
She dove into its mouth!
She slid straight down the cavernous tunnel, hoping that it wasn’t too late…
Lapras didn’t quite understand why Mona had just decided to enter the Milotic’s throat, but trusted her as it knew she was only trying to help her trapped neighbour, and fired another Ice Beam to keep the Milotic’s mouth from shutting as it strained to, while trying to flick its tail angrily at Lapras. But at least now the former-midwife Pokémon could anticipate the incoming attacks, and managed to avoid them a lot easier now.
Inside the fleshy prison, Mona slipped further down until she suddenly felt herself collide with something. A sudden gasp inside confirmed what it was…it was Kate!
“Kate! Are you alright?” she asked, reaching out to grab her neighbour-friend.
“Mona! Is that you!?” Kate gasped in disbelief, looking up to see that it was indeed Mona.
“It’s alright, Kate. We’re here to rescue you.”
“We? You mean…you and your Lapras friend?”
“Yes. We’re here together. I’m going to get you out of here.”
“But HOW? You’ve become food just like me now!”
“Don’t give up, Kate. We’ll make it…somehow. We’ve just got to try and make it.” She tried to help pull Kate back up the throat. “Come on, Kate. Let’s try and get out of here.”
“I can’t, Mona. It’s too hard for me,” Kate groaned for some strange reason, and then Mona suddenly realized why…Kate was pregnant; it was hard for her to move.
Mona tried to think of a way out of this; how could she save Kate and get her out of the Milotic’s belly before digestion started? It would probably happen any minute now…
Then, at that moment, something flickered in her mind…
The crystals she had momentarily seen in the Milotic’s cavern…
An idea came to her.
She held onto the charm of the Lapras she had around her neck, and closed her eyes. Lorraine! she called spiritually. Get to the outside…you must call for help!
The ice in the Milotic’s mouth finally shattered, but by then Lapras had heard the call from Mona, and realizing that it could mean a ray of hope, it leapt forward and avoided a slash from the Milotic’s tail, to Body Slam into the serpent Pokémon. Then, faster than a wave, it turned and dove straight towards the watery entrance to the cave.
The Milotic let out an angry growl, and dove straight into the water to pursue its most hated rival.
Outside of the underwater cave, Lapras emerged first, keeping its movement and evasion high as the Milotic came up after it, snapping at its flippers and determined to catch and kill the Transport Pokémon.
But then, upon hearing another spiritual call from Mona, Lapras immediately turned its head up to the sky, and let loose an Ice Beam, watching as it shot up into the night-sky and disappeared out of sight…
Before suddenly, a swoop of a tail blocked its view and bashed it over, a very nasty blow.
The Milotic wasted no time in wrapping its coils around Lapras, and once it was very secure and tight, the Milotic let out an angry hissing right in its face. Lapras flinched; obviously not amused with the spittle coming from its mouth, but feared more for the evident bulge that it could see in the Milotic’s belly…its precious human friend was in there, with its own friend that they had come to save…
But it now seemed hopeless.
The Milotic then leaned forward, its eyes locked tight with Lapras, and its eyes began to turn a strange colour, which was what most Pokémon knew as Hypnosis…
A shadow flickered over both Pokémon, almost unseen to either one of them as something huge flew down towards them, having seen the signal from the Ice Beam…
The Milotic suddenly felt a pain in its tail, causing it to flinch and lose the Hypnosis attack. It turned its head, and then its expression went deadly fearful the moment it saw something large pulling its tail hungrily. It was a powerful legendary bird!
Lapras immediately pulled free from the Milotic’s grip, and with its beak, it bit the serpent straight on its nose, causing it to cry out in pain! The effort caused the bulge within its throat to begin slowly sliding back up towards its head, slowly but steadily at first…
And then, as the Articuno began to pull the Milotic’s writhing body out of the water, the pace of the bulge quickened until it looked like it was just about to reach the head.
The Milotic cried out in a mixture of both pain and fear as the last of it was hauled out of the water, and it choked as the bulge finally came up to its head, and it coughed both Mona and Kate straight out of its mouth. They fell out of the sky…
And straight into Lapras’s awaiting mouth, determined to catch them and make it safe for them. Mona was startled at first, and Kate feared the worst at being eaten again, but when Mona realized where they were, she managed to calm Kate down, telling her they were in Lapras’s belly now and the danger was over. They were safe again.
Lapras smiled down at its belly, glad that the mission to save Kate had been a success, and looking up at the Milotic helpless struggling against the avian legendary taking it back to its nest for a midnight snack, it smiled, hoping that this time, its old rival was now finally finished for good.
Feeling a heavy weight lift, Lapras began to happily hum a soft melody as it began swimming back in the direction it knew to be where home would be…
Again, the dream world proved to be fruitful, this time for both girls. This time Kate was in Mona’s place, being treated by the caring Lorraine, and Mona was standing on the other side of the table, comforting her neighbour.
Both Mona and Lorraine wasted no time in explaining everything to Kate, telling her how they had first met, during Mona’s own pregnancy, and that Lorraine had saved her from hurting herself. The last thing that they ever wanted after all of that was for anybody else to suffer with their own pregnancy, especially with the dramatic experience they had just been through.
Kate had felt a little guilty about becoming the Milotic’s prey; all she had wanted was to go down to the beach and wade her feet in the water for a while, because she was so excited for her own unborn baby. Mona knew though how she felt, and she knew that both Kate and herself were hardly any different from each other. This only strengthened the bond between them not just as neighbours, but as friends.
And with Lorraine or Lapras there to help them both, they had nothing to fear.
Lorraine, however, was amazed on how Mona had worked out so quickly that the Milotic’s cave had been straight underneath Ice Island, the home of Articuno. Thinking about this, perhaps now it made things a little better; now that the wicked Medusa was on the menu for the Titan of Ice, perhaps her diabolical ways would never bother anybody anymore. Lorraine had felt a heavy burden lift off her shoulders, and she had Mona to thank for that.
With that done and said, the rest of their dreams were of happy chatter.
* * *
When they finally arrived at the beach where they lived, the sun was finally just starting to rise in the distance. Lapras finally let both Mona and Kate out, and they both helped to escort Kate safely back to her house. Once she was safe, both Mona and Lapras left to go back to their own home, hoping that at least they could have a lie in that morning, to catch up on the sleep they had lost that night.
But the moment they entered their bedroom, Mona immediately noticed something was different…
Her baby was gone!
Where was Peter?
There in the cot, only the Vaporeon could be seen snoozing peacefully, looking a little rounder in his tummy than Mona remembered him being…
Then she knew.
Lapras came over, and put its ear gently upon the Vaporeon’s belly, listening carefully. Mona watched for a moment, and then she saw Lapras lean back up and smile warmly at her.
Mona knew then she didn’t have to worry…young Peter was safe. She felt uneasy at having forgotten to think of who should watch Peter while she and Lapras were trying to save Kate.
But it seemed now that their Vaporeon pet was more than just a pet now…he seemed more of a guard dog, to keep Peter safe both outside…and inside.
Mona smiled as she saw the Vaporeon let out a gentle purr in its sleep, while her own baby slept comfortably in its tummy. Feeling better, she climbed back into her own bed to sleep again, while Lapras dozed off alongside her bed once again.