So we left Striker preparing for the gym battle with Misty. Preparations included: raising the entire team to level 20. . . . That's all. Seriously.
Once this was achieved, Striker tackled the gym in earnest. The junior Trainers were handled fairly quickly using Grace's Vine Whip, although Patty handled the one Goldeen. That thing knows Peck and it wasn't worth the risk of Striker's only Grass-type. Besides, Patty totally handled it.
And now . . . Misty! Staryu was kind of a pathetic opponent. Misty used her one shot at an attack to use a Super Potion. Great strategy, there, Mist. I see why you became a gym leader.
Then Starmie led with a critical hit Swift attack.
Let this be a lesson to all not to make fun of the gym leaders. However, the damage wasn't too bad, and the battle was largely uneventful, with Gracie whipping the starfish to death. She attempted to evolve after the battle, but Striker halted the evolution. The Bellsprout line has such a shallow natural movepool, so Striker figured it was better to learn the moves as quickly as possible by keeping Grace in her basic form.
Of course, this means she'll need some babying.
She is not pleased.
However, life goes on for the time being. Striker travels down to Vermillion and makes his new catches.
Female Diglett lv. 20
Captured in Diglett's Cave (no, really?!)
Male Sandshrew lv. 14
Captured n Route Eleven
Courage is added to Striker's current team. Hey, a full team (for now)! Hooray~! After returning to Cerulean to bring him up to par with the rest of the team, Striker grants him the TM for Dig. Because, unfortunately, he will learn no STAB moves on his own. Then the team heads off to take out the Trainers (uneventfully) on Route 11, and carries on to the SS Anne.
Battling the Trainers on the cruise ship is done . . . carefully. Really, the most exciting thing was the danggone Double Team spamming Pikachu. FOR THE LOVE OF ALL LEGENDARY POKEMON JUST DIE ALREADY! *ahem*
Striker returned the team to his room for a break every couple of Trainers, and kept Freedom in the lead when he wasn't sure what he'd be facing. With a Bellsprout and a Meowth on the team, he knows he needs to take it a little easy if he's not going to lose anyone. Charisma takes no issue with this, being content to wait until he can handle himself. Grace on the other hand . . .
Striker loots some passenger rooms, (yay Brick Break TM!), steals some berries from the trash (they're perfectly good berries!), and heads off to see the captain. But, of course, a certain arrogant rival ambushes him near the stairs.
Blue Battle Numbah Four!
Freedom vs Pidgeotto: This did not go well for the Pidgeon. It got burned on the first turn and went done pretty quickly.
Grace vs Wartortle: Bite did way more damage than Striker would've liked. Gracie managed it, but was taken into the orange.
Charisma vs Kadabra: Rizz's Bite took it down to about half health, but then the stupid thing used Kinesis. Curse you, accuracy moves! Grow up, Blue! Since, confusion did way more damage than Striker was comfortable with, he swapped to Balance, who has the highest Special Defense on the team. Bally easily finishes the fight.
Courage vs Raticate: After Hyper Fang does a pathetic amount of damage, Courage wipes the thing out with a Dig attack.
At the end of the battle, Courage evolves into a Sandslash. Gracie is unbelievably jealous. She has still not been permitted to evolve, even after gaining three whole levels! But Striker just tells her to be patience and wait her turn. It will come.
Striker heads upstairs, collects the Cut HM from the seasick captain (seriously, how can you be a ship captain if you get seasick? The boat's not even moving!), and heads back to the dock.
Bye-bye, SS Anne!
Bye-bye, readers! Until next update!
Freedom the Charmeleon (Male)
Patience the Pidgeotto (Female)
Balance the Butterfree (Male)
Charisma the Meowth (Male)
Grace the Bellsprout (Female)
Courage the Sandslash (Male)