There was once two little girls who often played in the woods. One was named Sue, and was the younger sister. The other was named Gina. They were very close and rarely left each other's side. Sue was 6 and Gina was 8. The sisters loved wandering through the woods, but were never allowed to play there at night. And for good reason. Their parents had heard of the multiple cases of child disappearances that happened in those woods at night. Their parents may have watched the news, but the children never did. They didn't know about the disappearances....
One night in Autumn, the children were once again told to come home. They still wanted to play though. However, these two were good children who listened to their parents. So Sue and Gina headed towards their house as the sun was setting. As they got to the edge of the woods, Sue got her foot caught in a tree root and tripped. Naturally Gina went back to help her up and make sure she wasn't hurt. Then the sun set and night had begun to fall upon them. Worried, their parents grabbed a lantern and went looking for them the second it started getting dark. As they entered the woods they immediately found their daughters. But then vines grabbed the two adults by the feet and pulled them further into the woods screaming and struggling against the vines.
Afraid of losing their mommy and daddy, the girls ran after them in tears. But they couldn't run fast enough and the adults had vanished into the darkness. Scared, sad, and alone in the dark, they just sat there crying for a bit. But Gina thought that they should at least get the lantern that had been dropped by their dad. It was perfectly intact and functioning, so it wasn't hard to find. Gina handed it to her sister to hold as they walked towards the direction they saw their parents dragged in.
The light cast strange shadows on their surroundings, but they pressed onward. They were still crying a little bit and felt nervous that they'd suffer the same fate. They decided to rest on a fallen log along the way. The elder sister hugged her sibling as she cried, despite being just as scared herself. When Gina looked up, she saw a little boy sitting on a stump, clearly just as afraid as they were. Carrying the lantern, they approached him. When they got close, he turned around suddenly to look at them. His face was horrified, but that was to be expected. What was weird about him was the fact that he had branch-like horns growing from the sides of his head. He jumped up and hugged the two girls and they dropped their lantern in surprise. As it rolled away, in the dim moonlight coming through the trees, they saw the boy's true face, and his true form as well.....a Phantump. He was spiriting them away from the light and into the dark woods. Scared beyond what they thought possible, they screamed in unison and passed out from fright. When they woke, they felt strange, like they were in another body, a much much lighter form and a smaller one as well. Confused and dazed, they looked in front of them and saw two little girls lying lifelessly on the ground. It was them! Even more confused and afraid, they looked at each other and discovered that they were now ghost pokemon! Sue was a Pumpkaboo and Gina a Gourgeist. And then a young boy's voice came from behind them. They turned to face the Phantump that had brought them there. He said "Welcome to your new home. You will not spend eternity here with us in our Forest of Lost Children. We know who you are, and that you know these woods very well. All we ask is that you help us find peace by escaping the forest and returning to our families. Please say hello to the forest guardian and our group's Patriarch, Trevenant."
A towering figure walks out to greet them, his presence intimidating. He looks upon them ans says "You are now one of us. Your bodies lay there as you can see, but it was not I who killed you. You, much like many of us, had been poisoned by a fearless man who lives in these woods. He is not afraid of ghosts, so our attempts to scare him off have failed time and again. He preys on children, doing unspeakable things and then murdering them. I would know, I am his brother.... Our family was rich and he was greedy. Sure that I would get the money from our fatally-ill father, he killed me in this forest. I don't hold a grudge, but I am worried for his actions. He must be upset and plagued by guilt after learning that the money in the will was meant to be split between him and I as well as given to charity. I do not understand his odd fixation on children, but he is clearly not the same younger brother I had once known...."
The girls looked again at their deceased bodies and found no signs of any injury nor even a single missing article of clothing. Though dead, it is clear that the man Trevenent spoke of had not found them. That Phantump had saved them front a much more horrible end in fact. The full story was explained by Phil. Phil was the Phantump's name from when he was alive. Apparently he looked horrified because he saw the man approaching them and grabbed them to spirit them away to this unknown part of the woods. That man had already poisoned Sue by placing a root with poisonous thorns near the entrance to these woods. The poison had spread to Gina when she helped her sister up. The poison also spreads into the air if the root is snapped, which tripping over it had done. The poison's effect is what made then fall unconscious and the poison killed them several hours later.
Now with the help of the forest pokemon and other ghosts, they can help find peace for each other. Knowing how they died was not enough to make them pass on, but now they had a purpose, to help the others as well as say good-bye to their parents who were alive, but had little memory of the events that occurred that night. Being ghosts as well as pokemon, they could not communicate freely with pokemon both ghost and otherwise. This gave them an advantage. Knowing these woods well, they easily located the man's house since it was part of the small area of the woods they had never been to.
THREE YEARS LATER
It had taken a long time, but most of the ghost pokemon were either at rest or caught by caring trainers whom they could enjoy their eternity alongside. But Sue and Gina had still not helped Trevor, which is what they nicknamed the patriarch, with his brother. Nor themselves with their parents. Phil was also the only other remaining ghost pokemon. They'd found his family.....in the graveyard outside of town. His parents had passed on peacefully and they were gone. Now all that kept him here was a desire to be remembered somehow by the living.
One day, a strange deer-like pokemon approached them and offered the girls a choice in return for their good deeds and sactifice to pokemonkind: Stay as a Pumpkaboo and Gourgeist to retain communication with pokemon, or be resurrected as they would look had they lived within this forest as humans over these past three years. they had to make a hard decision, but they'd grown up over these three years. So they turned to their friends Trevor and Phil. They promised to tell their stories to the humans and find a way to help Phil be remembered. The goddess of the forest that stood before them, Xerneas, had told them that she'd have to wipe their memories of the spirit world and replace them with false, yet happy, memories of what living in these woods would have them remember. To this condition they asked for one single alteration to that rule......simply give them the memories of seeing what that man has done to report and reform him for Trevor as well as a memory of meeting a young boy named Phil who they befriended and had been killed by that man.
Xerneas considered this proposal and replied with a smile "I would not be as benevolent a goddess as I claim to be if I did not allow you to finish your mission from death within your new resumed life. Therefore, I grant thee thine wishes for this arrangement. As well as an extra thank you for proving your unselfish humanity." And with a loud melodic cry, Sue and Gina transformed into a couple of forest-dwelling human girls, dressed in clothing of leaves and vines. Still looking upon Xerneas' beautiful form they stand stunned as she canters away into the woods. Then they hear a couple of amazed gasps to their right...
Looking to that direction they see a weak-looking man and his pregnant wife holding flowers while looking at the girls in awe. They look back in equal surprise. None of them speaks or even moves for a few seconds until Sue breaks the silence by saying "Mommy? Daddy? Did you miss us? We always missed you!" And with tears of joy in their eyes, the girls hug their parents joyfully a they do the same as well.
Then Gina asks one more question before they go home...."Mom, have you already chosen a name for your baby? Because if it is a boy, you should name him Phil!" Looking at her daughter's smiling innocent face she says "Of course we can name him that. Great idea! Now girls, let's all go home together!" As they walk their father turns to Gina and says "You two must have learned a lot of survivalist stuff, you're gonna have to tell me some stories when we get back! Who knew you could learn to hunt on your own at age 11! I'm proud of you two!" That reminded them of something.
ONE YEAR LATER, LOCAL PRISON
"I know I've done many unspeakable things brother, but I feel somewhat relieved now that I can atone for my sins. If only you could hear my prayers Trevor, you would see that your lost brother has found his way. But I cannot return home until my time is up, I deserve this punishment for my cruelty and greed. I miss you so much brother.... May you rest in peace." The prisoner returns to his cell with the rest of them and tries to sleep that night.
While he sleeps, he dreams that he is in that forest where a Trevenent looks down upon him with worry in his single eye. He speaks to the man and says "I cannot forget, and I cannot forgive.... But I will always wish for your happiness. When this trial of suffering you rightly deserve is done, you will be glad to know that your brother is watching over you, from the dark corners of the forest, he shall protect you from straying further from the path of righteousness. Because brother, you deserve to be happy simply because you can live for us both. I wish you luck on your road to redemption dear brother...." He suddenly jolts awake and whispers the name of his brother while remembering the dream very clearly. He sheds a few tears and goes back to sleep.