Here's the next chapter. I'll update on a more regular basis from now on.
I've also made some changes in my writing so the trainer's orders are no longer in caps. I believe they stood out in a negative way.
The morning light coming trough high windows of Cerulean City Gym reflected off a large swimming pool that covered the whole middle section. The pool itself was divided in two parts by a straightforward path that led to another swimming pool which was half the size of the first one. The Gym leader was at the other side.
Sam looked at the path only to notice that there was one gym trainer swimming on each side.
Taking the path meant battling both trainers in a double battle and Sam wanted to keep Jolteon a secret to gain the element of surprise in battle with the Leader.
Searching for a way of avoiding trainers,his found a large billboard on the wall next to him which read:'Winning trainers this week' Rowan obviously saw the board himself and the two moved closer to it to inspect it. Rowan started reading the names aloud. Two trainers were from Cerulean City and one,which beat the Gym yesterday was from Saffron City.
"And the last one was here...today?"-said Rowan looking at the date of challenging.
"And look at the name!"-Sam shouted and quickly got embarrassed as his voice echoed trough the whole Gym-"Giacomo of Viridian City!"
"That bastard!"-Rowan smiled-"And we thought he was still asleep,as usual,and that we were ahead of him. But we'll catch up to him eventually."
"I bet he never got up this early in his whole life."-Sam chuckled-"But he isn't my problem now. Now I need to find a way to avoid those two ahead."
Sam kept looking at the pathway ant the two trainers who were exersizing in the water. However he looked there the pathway was the only option...or
"I got it!"-sam almost shouted again,but managed to lower down his voice in time. He took out a potion out of his backpack and stored it in his pocket,securing it with a zipper.
"Keep this for me until I return"-he said leaning the backpack and his jacket on the wall. Then he took off his shirt,shoes and socks and placed them on the pack.
"Going swimming,Sam?"-Rowan asked with a smile.
"If you can't beat them,join them!"-Sam returned and jumped into water on the right side of the pool.
The cold water enveloped him and he could regretted not warming up before jumping in.
"Hopefully I won't be in long enough."-he thought.
As he planned,only the trainer on his side of the pool spotted him. Sam thought battling while swimming would be much harder,but the battle was soon over as Sam's Pidgeotto has been victorious over the swimmer's Goldeen and Poliwag.
Sam clumsily got out of the pool and heard a slight chuckle from the Gym Leader. He ignored him for now and released Pidgeotto. He took the Potion out of his pockets and healed his Pokemon before retreating it.
Then he moved towards the next pool and saw a large,muscular man wearing trunks across it.
"Second challenger to make it here this morning."-he said in a deep,growling voice.
"I am Kenta,Leader of cerulean City Gym. Nice to meet you."
"Nice to meet you too"-Sam replied.-"I'm Sam Oak,from Viridian town."
"Another one,huh?"-the leader raised an eyebrow-"Most challengers we have around here are local brats who think they can catch an Oddish and harvest this Gym's badge. Some come from Cinnabar town,beating Arata easily with their Fire Pokemon. Neither of these two can win. My Pokemon have an edge over both Fire and Grass types."
Sam realised something was wrong with these last words. Since when did Water types have an edge over Grass types? He considered throwing that into leader's face,but remembered that some Pokemon have two types which helps them overcome their weaknesses,but sometimes their weakness is doubled.
"So."-the leader continued-"The first battle was dull since that guy used that new thing called Magnemite to easily beat me. But since you actually swam to get here,which I haven't seen in years,I think this battle is going to be fun. And that is my policy: Win or lose-it doesn't matter. All that matters is to have fun! Sam Oak,let's have some fun!"-the leader shouted.
"...Okay..."-Sam looked at the man in his childlike joy.
Schreeching it's battle cry,Pidgeotto made a loop in the air and landed in front of the pool.
"Go,boy."-Kenta tossed his Apriball.
The large,orange fish with yellow whiskers materialized,helplesly flailing above the water before falling into it with a big splash. In the water,however,it seemed gracious as it swiftly swam around it.
"Why Magikarp?"-Sam wondered-"This should be too easy."
"Pidgeotto,tackle it as soon as it emerges!"
"Jump out and tackle!"-the leader countered.
Pidgeotto swooped down on Magikarp,but the fish used it great swimming capabilities to propel itself out of water with great velocity. Unfortunately as soon as it was airborne it lost it's speed and direction while flailing.
It managed to hit Pidgeotto with it's side,dealing almost no damage at all. Pidgeotto now attacked,pursuiting falling Magikarp,but it didn't have enough speed to hit it before it got underwater. Pidgeotto had to abort it's attack before hitting the pool's surface itself,flapping it's wings above water and creating waves everywhere.
"Again!"-both trainers shouted simultaneously.
The same scene repeated with Magikarp dealing minor damage,but avoiding Pidgeotto's attacks by diving underwater.
Magikarp landed another tackle,but Pidgeotto barely stopped itself from not hitting water. It seemed tired.
"Pidgeotto,stop attacking and land before me!"-Sam ordered-"Avoid Magikarp's attacks!"
Pdgeotto landed on the tiled floor and spread it's wings to reduce it's body temperature. It was breathing heavily,opening it's beak. It's body was soaked from the water Magikarp splashed on it,making it even harder for Pidgeotto to fly.
"Magikarp."-the leader called to his Pokemon-"Wait for Pidgeotto to make a move and then attack."
Sam was confused with the leader's order. Magikarp could jump out of water and keep pressing Pidgeotto while it rested. Why Kenta kept Magikarp in water? And then it hit him:he remembered Magikarp's swiftness underwater and it's helpless flailing while airborne.
"That must be it!"-he thought to himself-"I need to get Magikarp out of water.
But Pidgeotto couldn't hit it at all. There must be some way." Sam was glad he took that swim earlier as the cold water woke him up and made him think clearer.
Kenta waited pattiently looking at the challenger changing expressions. This battle already seemed more fun then the first one this morning. He crossed his arms and waited wondering what kind strategy will Sam come up with. Sam's eyes suddenly blinked and his body shook a bit. His mouth widened into a grin.
"Tackle Pidgeotto!"-he ordered.
Kenta was confused. All the strategy this kid could come up with was to repeat the same,unsuccessfull,attack. Did he overestimate him? Was he just another kid with no brain or strategy whatsoever?
Meanwhile Magikarp landed another sidebody tackle on Pidgeotto and hit the surface with a big splash. Pidgeotto again started breaking with it's wings,but then Sam shouted another command.
"Now use Gust!"
"What?"-the leader gasped-"Magikarp dive deeper!"
Pidgeotto raised a large wave on the water's surface which sent Magikarp flying out again.
"Now,Pidgeotto,tackle it out of water!"
Magikarp was still flailing when it got hit by Pidgeotto. It landed on the other side of the pool right before it's trainer's feet,still flailing helplessly.
Pidgeotto landed in front of it.
It bowed elegantly to the leader,avoiding eye contact with him. Pidgeotto knew it's manners. Then it raised it's head and prepared to finish off it's prey with a well-aimed peck.
It chirped in surprise as Magikarp dissapeared in a flsh of light. Kenta had retreated it. Dissapointed,Pidgeotto went flew back to it's old position in front of Sam.
"Your Pidgeotto already won this one so there's no need for unnecessary bloodshed."-the leader explained.-"And I have to admit that was a very good strategy."-he clapped to them."but this is where it gets difficult."
Sam kept his calm composure.
Kenta continued while taking out his second and last Apriball:"Now you are to battle this guy's mother."
"Mother?"-Sam let out a slight chuckle.
"Go,girl!"-the Leader shouted tossing the Apriball.
Both sam and Pidgeotto gasped at the Pokemon that materialized. They could hear Rowan's shout of amazement from behind. The only common trait it shared with Magikarp were whiskers,but even they were white. Everything else from thick blue scales,multiple sets of fins,large crest on it's head to round body marks was different. And the most intimidating was the beast's vicious glare accompsnied by it's huge gaping mouth showing multiple rows of needle-like yet sharp teeth.
The large serpent barely fitted the pool and it's body volume forced some of the water out of it. Upper half of it's body towered above Pidgeotto who seemed terrified by it's intimidating glare.
"How can we beat this?"-Sam gritted trough his teeth-"It's a dragon!"