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Thunderclouds loomed ominously overhead Route 32, and it was certain that a storm was brewing. Pokemon were fleeing from the long grass towards shelter: high trees, underneath the Magnet Train tracks, inside caves. Most Water Pokemon didn’t mind the rain, but they could feel the thunder and lightning in the air, and many decided to head inside the swampy area. Fishermen could tell none were biting, and the majority of them packed up and clunked along the long, wooden bridge. The hard-out fishermen stayed behind, expecting a bite, along with several determined trainers who were waiting for a battle.
Though the only worthy trainer had already passed.
Kris and Chikorita were running hard out through the grass, desperate to find shelter. The two had pulled off some marvellous victories lately: the previous week they had defeated Falkner, the first gym leader, and earned the Zephyr Badge. They had spent some time looking around the Sprout Tower, training up all of her Pokemon, and she had met a most curious man named Primo.
Now, Kris had a red egg bouncing inside her bag. Each bounce and every step brought it closer to hatching, and Kris was eager to discover what Pokemon she had won from the television man. Chikorita was also intrigued, and kept prodding the egg whenever Kris brought it out. Kris could see her eyes watching her bag as they ran, and she had to click her fingers to get her attention.
“If you keep focusing on my bag, you’ll trip and fall!” Kris laughed.
“Chiko.” Chikorita replied in agreement, and turned towards the path in front of them. It was a gravely path, scattered with small rocks and lots of sand. The water to the left was replaced with trees, and the trees on the right were replaced with a rocky cliff.
“Union Cave is in there.” Kris explained, having double checked her map a short while ago. “Once I have healed you all up, we can head inside. Azalea Town is at the other end.”
“Rita!” Chikorita said happily. Kris beamed down at her, and the two friends rushed towards the entrance of the Pokemon Centre, the orange light glowing friendly at them in the gloom. But as they approached the doors, they slowly began to part. Kris recognised the person walking out, and she screamed. She tried to stop, but skidded towards the person. Even through the black sunglasses, Kris could see Gold’s eyes wide with shock.
Both of them groaned as they fell to the floor, Gold’s head lying inside the centre, with Kris on top of him. The two looked at each other and quickly scrambled away. Totodile was out as always, and he and Chikorita were back into their usual snarl fest.
“Why do you always catch up to me?” Gold fumed.
“Because I am a better trainer than you, it’s pretty simple.” Kris scoffed. “Besides, I figured you’d already be in the Union Cave by now.” Gold began to blush at this point, and Kris and Chikorita exchanged smirks.
“I went in, but then these trainers kicked my arse.” He said huffily. “I ran all the way back here. I haven’t been able to last longer than forty five minutes before my whole team faints.” Kris gave him a curious look before roaring with laughter.
“Shut up, it’s not funny!”
“You’re not hearing what I’m hearing.” Kris said, barely able to talk through the laughter.
“Chikorita Chika Chik!” Chikorita added, and she rolled on the ground.
“Dile!” Totodile growled, snapping his jaw angrily. Thunder boomed from above, and a drop of water fell onto Chikorita’s leaf, making it droop. Kris managed to contain herself, and looked happily into Gold’s furious look.
“Apologise!” He said angrily.
“I am not apologising for laughing.” Kris scoffed, and walked towards the Pokemon Centre. Gold sidestepped and blocked her way.
“Apologise.” He repeated.
“NO!” Kris said. Chikorita ran forwards, looking furious, but more rain was beginning to fall now.
“If you don’t apologise, I’ll talk about your father.” Gold said, smirking slightly. Kris gasped. She tried to come up with a witty comeback but failed. Instead, she raised her left hand and slapped him across the face. Gold staggered to the side and Kris loomed overhead.
“Let’s make a deal.” She said, with a look of pure venom on her face. “I’ll apologise if you can defeat me in a three-on-three battle. If I win, though, you must never talk about my father again. Agreed?”
“Fine, just don’t slap me again.” Gold growled. Lightning flashed, and the rain began to pour down with more power.
“I’ll meet you inside the Union Cave in fifteen minutes.” Kris said, and followed Chikorita inside the Pokemon Centre. Gold nodded, and he and Totodile ran towards the cave mouth.
"Totodile, let’s make sure we beat her this time, alright?”
“Toto!” Totodile said happily, and the two men rushed inside the dark, gloomy mountain.
When Kris and Chikorita entered the cave quarter of an hour later, they were dripping wet after the brief run.
“It’s a bloody storm out there.” Kris panted, wiping water off her face.
“Rita.” Chikorita agreed. The two looked up and around the cave. It wasn’t a very high, and it wasn’t particularly wide either. Rock surrounded them on either side, with some more solid then others. Zubat fluttered around the ceiling, releasing high pitched wails. A trio of Sandshrew rolled quickly past, disappearing into the gloom. Kris saw a flashlight, and instinctively ran for it. The light bounced off a pool of water, and Gold was standing next to it, with no Pokemon in sight.
“Hurry up, hurry up, I don’t have all day.” Gold snapped impatiently.
“Oh shut up!” Kris growled, and Chikorita ran in front. Gold looked down and smiled.
“Looks like I made the right choice then.” He said wickedly. Kris was confused, and watched as Gold stepped asides, revealing his first Pokemon.
Have you not heard about Primo? http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Primo He gives you eggs. Also, the series isn't following their gym battles and stuff, though we do see the end of two gym battles later on in the story ;)
“Teddi!” A Teddiursa said, looking shyly over at them. Kris made an “awwwww” sound, and made to walk forwards, arms outstretched to hug.
“CHIK!” Chikorita said indignantly, and pushed Kris backwards.
“I am sorry, but your Teddiursa is just so cute.” Kris said adoringly.
“Don’t say that, it’s disturbing.” Gold growled. “Are you going first this time?” Kris got a hold of herself at the mention of the battle.
“You bet I am!” She grinned. “Ready Chikorita?”
“Alright then, let’s start off with a PoisonPowder!” Kris cried. Purple dust formed on Chikorita’s leaf, and she waved the leaf around, scattering the powder into the air.
“Metal Claw, now!” Gold cried. Teddiursa ran forwards, his shy look turning into a sadistic grin. He dodge below the PoisonPowder, his right claw glowing silver, and then slashed Chikorita across her side.
“Teddi.” He snarled as Chikorita toppled over.
“Rit.” She spluttered, looking angrily up at the bear.
“How does it know that move?” Kris said in shock.
“The internet said it was a breeding move.” Gold explained. “I have no idea what that means, though I am happy about it.” Kris scowled viciously.
“Chikorita, push it backwards with Tackle.” Chikorita nodded and managed to stand up, and then began to run forwards.
“Fury Swipes.” Gold ordered. Teddiursa’s claws glowed white, and as Chikorita smashed into his chest, the bear slashed repeatedly, cutting all along Chikorita’s back.
“Chiko!” She moaned in pain, and pulled herself free.
“Teddiursa Ursa Teddi.” Teddiursa said mockingly.
“Hang in there Chikorita, you are doing a good job.” Kris said encouragingly, and gave her a pat.
“Obviously not good enough.” Gold smirked, and Kris gave him the evils.
“Fire a Razor Leaf and try to keep away from him.”
“Faint Attack!” Gold said triumphantly. Chikorita weakly fired the leaves, which smashed repeatedly into Teddiursa’s face and stomach.
But then the bear disappeared into the darkness of the cave. Kris and Chikorita looked around for him, but there was no sign. Suddenly, something leapt out from the darkness, and Teddiursa punched Chikorita directly in the face, knocking her over.
“Didn’t see that one coming, did ya?” Gold said, and he and Teddiursa laughed at his wit. Kris bent down to examine Chikorita, and saw her leaf was glowing.
“You must be really weak if Overgrow is activating.” Kris muttered. “Use Synthesis to replenish your health!”
“Rita.” Chikorita said, and her leaf glowed a lighter colour, and particles of green and yellow energy came towards her.
“We can’t let her get her strength back, use another Metal Claw!”
“Teddiursa!” Teddiursa said, and he ran forwards, his right claw glowing again. Chikorita was absorbing enough energy from inside the cave, and her eyes widened in shock. Teddiursa slashed all the way down Chikorita’s face. She roared with pain, and then toppled over and fainted. Kris gasped, and Teddiursa waved sarcastically up at her. Kris sadly pulled out the PokeBall and brought her starter back. She could hear the rain roaring outside, and turned to see droplets at the entrance to the cave.
“Are you going to make your next move or what?” Gold snapped impatiently. Kris looked angrily at him, and wanted to make a nasty remark, but knew it would give Gold satisfaction to know he was ticking her off.
“Hoothoot, it’s your time to battle.” She said, and threw her second PokeBall out. With a burst of red energy, Hoothoot formed, fluttering above the field.
“Your bird is no match for me!” Gold huffed.
“We’ll see about that. Hoothoot, use Hypnosis!” Kris shouted.
“Quickly Teddiursa, use Lick before you faint!” Gold gasped. Teddiursa opened his mouth wide, waiting to attack, but Hoothoot had no plans to dive down into enemy territory.
“HOOT!” She cried, and her eyes flashed pink. Teddiursa’s flashed pink as well, and his mouth shut, along with his eyes. Gold cursed as his Pokemon fell to the ground and fell asleep.
“That was a good job Hoothoot!” Kris called, cheering up a bit. “Now dive down and Peck him!”
“Wake up and Metal Claw her!” Gold roared. Hoothoot flew slowly towards the ground, mocking Gold about his situation. Teddiursa let out a snore, but didn’t move.
“Hoothoot Hoot!” Hoothoot chuckled, and jabbed him in the stomach with her glowing beak. Teddiursa gasped, and his eyes opened temporarily in shock, before the snoring ended and he fainted. Hoothoot beamed and flew around Gold’s head, who angrily swatted her away.
“Looks like we are both down by one.” Kris said, and raised her arm for Hoothoot to land on. “Who are you going to choose next?” Gold growled and brought Teddiursa back quickly.
“Just wait and see.” He snarled, and threw his next PokeBall.
Kris and Hoothoot watched eagerly, and both grinned as Spinarak formed.
“Why are you smiling?” Gold huffed. Spinarak’s back face glared up at Hoothoot, who poked her tongue out and took off again.
“Because last time my Hoothoot battled that spider, we won, remember?” Kris sneered.
“Yes, but your Hoothoot can’t use Hypnosis on Spinarak.” Gold retorted. “And I can still use other moves on it.”
“Well, we’d just have to wait and see, won’t we?” Kris smiled. “Use Peck and make this quick.”
“Use String Shot!” Gold commanded. Hoothoot fluttered down and pecked Spinarak on the face. Spinarak scuttled around and pointed his horn at her. The white, heavy string wrapped around Hoothoot’s legs,
dragging her down a bit.
“HOOT!” Hoothoot huffed indignantly.
“Come on Hoothoot, use Tackle this time!” Kris cried. Hoothoot shook her body, but the string stuck. She sighed and then dived low to the ground.
“Poison Sting when she gets close.” Gold boomed. Hoothoot tackled into Spinarak, forcing the spider to fly through the air.
“Arak Spin!” Spinarak said angrily, and fired the purple stinger from his horn. Hoothoot got caught between the eyes, blasting her backwards. Purple poison moved through her body, and Hoothoot glowed poison and coughed.
“Perfect: another great poison!” Gold said excitedly.
“Hang in there Hoothoot, you could still win this!” Kris said, though she wasn’t so sure. Hoothoot nodded though, and faced Spinarak again.
“Peck once more!”
“Use Poison Sting again!” Hoothoot sped forwards, and jabbed Spinarak between the eyes. The spider let out an angry clicking sound, and then fired the Poison Sting. Hoothoot was sent spiralling due to the force of it, and she crash landed into the ground.
“Hoothoot, all you have to do now is use Reflect.” Kris said as her Pokemon turned purple. Hoothoot nodded, and Gold was intrigued at to what Reflect did.
“Finish this with Poison Sting!” He ordered. Hoothoot hovered above the ground, and her eyes flashed silver. A barrier formed which looked like it was made of glass, and Gold and Spinarak were slightly reflected.
“Rak A!” Spinarak hissed, and fired one final Poison Sting. Hoothoot was hit, and she willingly let her health evaporate and fainted. The reflective barrier remained, though it floated down. Kris brought back Hoothoot and threw her final PokeBall. She was upset, but had to stay determined for her Pokemon to win. As the PokeBall burst open, there was a loud baa sound, and a Mareep formed.
“Maaaaaa.” She baaed.
“A sheep? How frightening!” Gold said, pretending to look scared, before he and Spinarak laughed loudly.
“Ma.” Mareep said sadly, and walked towards Kris with a down trodden
“Don’t let those nasty boys mock you.” Kris said proudly. “You are much better than them. I know this is your first major battle, but do you think you can win this for me?”
“Maaa!” Mareep replied, and nuzzled Kris’ leg.
“Good girl! Now get in there with a ThunderShock!” Mareep ran forwards, the orb on the end of her tail crackling with electricity.
“Spinarak, use Night Shade.” Gold ordered.
“Arak!” Spinarak said, and scuttled across the ground. Mareep and Kris watched him moving from left to right, unsure when he was going to strike. And then suddenly, a black beam shot out Spinarak’s horns. It phased through the Reflect, and hit Mareep right between the eyes, pushing her backwards.
“Reeeep!” She wailed, and fired a small bolt of electricity from her tail. Spinarak tried to rush away, but got hit and was sent flying, smacking Gold in the face.
“That was brilliant, use it again.” Kris said excitedly. Gold growled and pulled Spinarak off his face, and then tossed him into the skies.
“Leech Life to replenish your health!” He yelled. Spinarak clicked his mandibles together as he soared back to Earth, and a green beam was fired at Mareep. Energy was sucked out of Mareep, moving from the green beam back to Spinarak. Fortunately though, the Reflect prevented too much health from being taken, though Mareep was still annoyed.
“MAAA!” Mareep growled in anger, and she fired another ThunderShock. This one hit Spinarak’s legs, causing him to flip 720 degrees and land on the ground with a soft splat.
“Body Slam him!” Kris said, leaning into the field with anticipation.
“String Shot!” Gold cried in desperation. Spinarak fired the string, which caught itself around Mareep’s tail. Mareep didn’t feel the weight yet, and she leapt up. Spinarak ran around in circles in fright, but halted as soon as Mareep landed on him. There was a squelch, and Gold sighed while Kris whooped. Mareep walked backwards and stared down at the unconscious Spinarak.
“Mareep Ma Reeeep!” She said angrily, and walked back towards Kris.
“Thank you so much for that.” Kris said, and hugged her sheep, who crackled with electricity in happiness. Gold did the usual PokeBall switch, and pulled out his third and final PokeBall. He seemed rather sad about this option, but threw the ball anyway. Totodile came out, and flexed his muscles, glaring wickedly at Mareep. The electric sheep became frightened, but Kris patted her affectionately and smiled.
“I trust you.” She whispered. Mareep nodded and turned around.
“This should be quick.” Kris smirked.
“Oh shut it!” Gold growled, and Kris giggled.
“Water Gun for the hell of it.” Gold said moodily. Totodile opened his mouth wide and fired the ball of water. Mareep glowed with electricity and fired the lightning bolt. The two attacks collided in mid air, and an explosion of steam covered the field. There was a scream, and Kris gasped.
“Mareep?” She called, and stared through the steam, trying to see what had happened.
Gold shined his torch, and the two could see what was going on: Totodile was using the steam to try and get some unorthodox hits in. Mareep was running away, trying to avoid the scratches and bites.
“Toto Dile Dile!” Totodile said wickedly.
“MAAA!” Mareep whined, and dived behind Kris. Totodile had tried a Scratch at that moment, and it slashed Kris’ pants.
“OI!” She yelled, and glared down at Totodile.
“Get back here now!” Gold yelled. Totodile looked back, and then winked at Kris before running off.
“Mareep, do you want to keep battling?” Kris asked. Mareep looked over at Totodile, who poked his tongue out at her.
“Reeep.” She baaed, and stepped determinedly forwards. Kris went to speak, but Mareep began to glow yellow.
“She’s using Charge!” Kris gasped.
“I don’t see why, you’re going to win anyway.” Gold sighed. “Totodile use Bite.” Totodile ran forwards excitedly, his mouth open wide. He clamped down onto some of Mareep’s fluffy coat, making her baa angrily. Totodile ran off, but sparks flew around him: he had just been paralysed by Static.
“Just what I need.” Gold sighed, while Kris beamed proudly.
“Come on Mareep, use a super-charged ThunderShock!”
“Scratch.” Gold mumbled. Totodile moved slowly forwards, his muscles seized up. He raised a claw, and made a swiping motion. But Mareep merely smiled.
“MAAAAAA-REEEEEEEEP!” She boomed, and fired the ThunderShock. It was so bright that it lit up the caves, showing retreating Zubat and Geodude. Totodile was hit square in the chest, and his whole body lit up yellow. The attack had barely ended before Mareep ran forwards quickly.
“Wait Mareep, don’t use Take Down!” Kris cried, but Mareep ignored her, fuelled by her rage. She smashed head first into the sizzling Totodile, sending him flying. Gold saw him coming and tried to jump, but got hit by the flying crocodile. Kris was stunned, but she quickly realised that she had won.
“YES, now I don’t have to apologise!” Kris boomed, and she leapt onto Mareep, pulling her into a hug. “That was brilliant, BRILLIANT!” She cried.
“Mareep Maaaaa!” Mareep said happily, and nuzzled up against Kris. There was a dinging sound, and the two watched as a small money bag landed besides them. Gold walked passed, nodding in appreciation.
“Until next time then.” He said, and held out his hand. Kris was surprised, but she saw a piece of paper was crumbled up inside his hand. She was uncertain about taking it, but Mareep gave her nudge, and Kris reluctantly grabbed it. She could instantly tell it was a letter.
“What is this?” Gold merely shrugged.
“You said I couldn’t talk about it if I lost.” He replied, and walked mysterious out of the cave and into the rain. Kris unfolded the paper, and smoothed it out. Mareep glowed yellow, giving her some light. The majority of the letter was from Gold’s parents, rambling on about parties he was missing, what the pets were doing, what was inside the care package. But at the bottom, Gold had highlighted a bit:
Next time you see Miss Soul, tell her to seek out the Kimono Sisters in Ecruteak City. They have all the answers to any question she should have about her father, wheter it be past, present or future. Only they know why he ran off.
Kris re-read the paragraph three times, trying to take in what she was reading. How could these Kimono Sisters now so much about her father? Have they met him, or worked with him? Maybe he had had an affair with one of them. All these new theories formed in her mind, and Kris was determined to find out what they knew.
“Maaaa?” Mareep asked.
“We don’t have time to go to the Pokemon Centre.” Kris said, standing up. “I need to get to Ecruteak City, and that means moving on.” Mareep nodded, though she was rather weak. Kris quickly equipped Revives and Potions to her PokeBalls, and gave a potion to Mareep, who quickly healed from the battle. She baaed in thanks, and the two women ran off.
Kris wanted to become a great Pokemon trainer. But it seemed that her journey was going to take a side track and she searched for the truth about her father.
Hope you enjoyed this story! :D Look out for a double battle, a part of a gym battle, a new set of Pokemon and more father revalations on the next part!
I was wonderin if you guys would like me to post their current teams and moves in the first post? Let me know ;)
Kris Soul had just faced her toughest challenge yet.
After nearly a month of travelling through caves, forests, ruins, and wells, Kris had finally made it to Goldenrod City. For a girl who had thought Cherrygrove was a huge city, she was blown away by this new area. Skyscrapers that lived up to their meaning, stretching up into the clouds, and buildings of all shapes and sizes on all sides. A railway bridge fitted gracefully in, and a stylish new radio tower had hundreds crowded around it. Near the ocean, another building had thousands more, and Kris had no idea what was there. All she had focused on was her third gym badge: the Plain Badge, run by a new trainer called Whitney.
However, she was proving to be Kris’ most challenging battle yet.
When she had battled Falkner, Kris had easily cut him down, using Hoothoot’s Hypnosis to stop their attacks, and then had Mareep fire a ThunderShock for maximum damage. It had been a similar process in Azalea Town, where Bugsy had been the gym leader. However, Kris had used the easy battle to help train up her secondary Pokemon: Ledian, Pidgeotto, Sandshrew and Slowpoke. Bugsy had nearly been in tears by the end of the battle, as each Pokemon tore through his team like a kid opening wrapping paper. Kris had been expecting Whitney to be easy, but had been terribly mistaken.
It had begun with Bayleef, Chikorita’s first evolution, having evolved during a situation in Ilex Forest, up against Clefairy. This had been very easy with Bayleef’s new attack boost: a Magical Leaf, a Razor Leaf and a Headbutt knocked Clefairy out. Kris had then had high hopes, wondering who she would defeat next.
However, Kris hadn’t been expecting a Miltank. Whitney seemed very pleased to have brought her out, and had quickly used Kris’ surprise to her advantage. Miltank used Stomp and Rollout to blast Bayleef into unconsciousness. Kris had hoped Hoothoot would be able to stop things, but her Hypnosis was cured instantly by a Lum Berry! To make matters worse, Miltank had used an attack called Milk Drink, bringing her back to full strength. After a close battle using Uproar against Rollout, Hoothoot landed on the floor with a thud. Kris had been so astounded, horrified at her defeat, that she brought Hoothoot back, and then turned and ran out of the gym.
Tears streaked down Kris’ face as she ran across the city. She had never been defeated before, yet somehow she had let her guard down, let her Pokemon, her friends, get destroyed. This isn’t what a good trainer did. A good trainer did everything they could to win, and tried to ensure their Pokemon didn’t get ruined in the process. Her Pokemon had already suffered damage following her last two battles with Gold, and several other trainers had nearly wiped her out entirely. She couldn’t handle any of this at the moment, and let her feet think for themselves. People stared at Kris, surprised to see a crying girl, but she was moving too fast to be consulted.
“Stupid Whitney.” She hissed under her breath. “How could she use those moves? It was uncalled for! I’ll beat her next time; I just have to find a better opponent to defeat first.” Kris’ feet appeared to be listening, as Kris gasped as the harsh sunlight was replaced with an unnatural, white light.
“What the hell?” She exclaimed. She was in a cramped white box with a dozen other people. Half were walking down a staircase, half were walking up. A lot of noise was coming from below, and Kris decided to investigate.
As soon as Kris reached the bottom, she was in absolute awe of her surroundings.
People were everywhere, wearing a variety of clothing: suits, dresses, skirts, casual clothes, jeans, sweatshirts, shop uniforms, everything! Kris even saw several clowns heading off down a side corridor. Several men and women were calling for battles, waving the PokeBalls in the air. On the other side of the main hall, more people were behind counters and stalls, trimming Pokemon fur, selling herbs and spices, and offering food to passing business people. Kris wanted to buy something, but she had to pay Whitney for her loss. Downtrodden, Kris turned to leave, but something grabbed the bottom of her pants.
“Maaaaa!” Kris gasped in surprise: she had completely forgotten that Mareep had been brought out of her PokeBall, due to her being the third in line after the unconscious Bayleef and Hoothoot.
“Oh Mareep, hello!” She said, and gave her an extra tight hug, grabbing as much fluffy coating as possible. Mareep wanted to talk, but couldn’t if Kris was face-first in her body. She fired a Thunder Wave, making Kris leap up in shock.
“Maaaa!” Mareep baaed indignantly, and ran off after the clowns. Kris sighed and rushed after. The six feet pounded the floor, but Mareep was a lot slower, allowing Kris to catch up. She reached out to grab Mareep, but tripped over her long tail. Kris landed on top of her, and Mareep skidded down the hallway, landing in front of a desk. A hiker leant curiously over the side.
“May I help you?” He asked in a flamboyant voice. Kris stood awkwardly up, though Mareep was laughing about it.
“I just got defeated by Whitney, and I somehow ended up down here.” Kris laughed nervously. The hiker stood up and smiled.
“That is wonderful news!” He boomed, and outstretched a hand. Kris extended her right one, and the hiker shook it vigorously.
“Well, my name is David, and it is a pleasure to meet another fine trainer.” The hiker continued. David walked out from behind a desk and pointed before a velvet red curtain. “A Pokemon Photo studio is behind there.” David explained. “You dress up your Pokemon using some accessories, and then we take a picture of them. You could also have a picture taken with your entire team, if you want. Either way, it will cheer you up enough to take on Whitney again.”
“Mareep, do you want to go and dress up?” Kris asked, but Mareep was already moving towards the curtain, baaing happily.
“Hold on a second, there is another customer in there.” David said, and Mareep huffed.
“Can I at least have a look at what the other trainer is doing?” Kris asked. David seemed to approve, and he pulled back the curtain.
A row of photos hung on the walls, showing trainers and their teams, dressed up starter types, and beautiful portraits of wealthy women and their assorted Pokemon. At the end of the hallway were two people: a man behind a camera, and a younger, shorter person standing next to him. Kris saw a Croconaw, wearing a pair of sunglasses and a cap backwards. Kris couldn’t familiarise herself with anything in the room, but the cap and sunglasses were making her think of…
“GOLD!” She yelled. Everyone looked at her, and Kris looked towards the shorter figure. Sure enough, Gold was standing there, without his cap on. Kris and Mareep saw his gelled, point hair style, and laughed.
“What are you doing here?” Gold grunted, blushing slightly from the laughter.
“Mareep dragged me here.” Kris said, breathing to control herself. “I just got beaten by Whitney.”
“Me too!” Gold gasped. “I thought you would have done a good job, but I suppose your winning streak is up then.” Kris stopped laughing completely, and shot Gold the evils.
“Croco!” Croconaw growled in a deep voice. Mareep sparked with electricity, and Croconaw backed towards the far wall slightly. The cameraman continued to snap photos, irritating Croconaw more than the man seemed to know.
“Totodile evolved, as you can probably see.” Gold smirked.
“Same with Chikorita.” Kris retorted, wiping the smile off his face.
“Well, should we battle then, see which evolution is better?” Gold snapped, and signalled for Croconaw. However, the cameraman waved his hand, signalling it would be a bit longer.
“Bayleef has fainted anyway.” Kris sighed. “Have you got any new captures?”
“Of course! Have you?”
“Yes, my egg hatched for one thing, and I caught heaps at Ilex.”
“Well, we’ll use our strongest two new captures and double battle!” Gold suggested. Kris pondered for a second, and then nodded. She had wanted to have a good battle, after all, and defeating Gold would really cheer her up.
“Superb!” David yelled, and pulled Kris into the brighter hallway. “I’ll referee! Gold, leave your Croconaw and let’s party!”
Five minutes later, David had set Kris and Gold up ten metres apart at opposite ends of the hallway. A small crowd was beginning to form, interested by what was happening. Kris was looking rather nervous, though Gold had been living in the spotlight for his whole life, and seemed to feel at peace with it. Several teenage girls were pointing and whispering, and Kris sighed. Gold’s ego was bad enough without it being inflated to the size of a Snorlax.
“Welcome everyone,” David boomed, “to the two-on-two double battle. To my right, we have young master Ethan ‘Gold’ Hartley, heir to the Hart Industries fortune.” There was a whoop from the crowd, brining more people towards the mass. “And to my left, we have the lovely, adorable madam Krystal “Kris” Soul!” There was a quieter applause, but Kris didn’t care: this wasn’t about popularity, it was about battles. David was getting the crowd excited with anticipation, and then he moved his right hand across the field.
“GO!” He boomed.
“Eevee and Slugma, I choose you two!” Kris exclaimed, and threw two PokeBalls.
“Eevee and Scyther, show them who is more powerful!” Gold boomed, and tossed his in as well. Kris’ burst open first: a pile of red lava, otherwise known as Slugma, who had hatched from her egg, formed to the right, while a cute Eevee landed to the left, smiling and wagging her tail. The crowd awed, though some were a bit surprised about Slugma. But Kris smiled and waved at her Pokemon, just as Gold’s balls opened up. His Scyther glared around at the crowd, and then twirled, his white scythes shining. Gold’s very own Eevee formed as well. He looked cute like Kris’, but there was a sort of wickedness there.
“Vee Eva Eevee!” Kris’ Eevee snapped.
“Eve Eva Vee.” Gold’s Eevee retorted, and Kris’ Eevee snarled.
“Interesting new Pokemon.” Kris commented, looking over at Scyther’s nasty expression.
“Same with you.” Gold said approvingly, though he looked at Slugma and smirked.
“Slug Ma Ma.” Slugma said sadly, blubbing a bit.
“Don’t been mean!” Kris scolded, and bent down to pat Slugma. But the heat radiated from him was strong, so Kris awkwardly patted the air above him, hoping it understood. Slugma did and nodded, and then turned to face the others.
“I think it is my turn to start!” Gold exclaimed. “Both of you use Quick Attack: Eevee go for Eevee, and Scyther for Slugma!” Both Pokemon charged forwards quickly, and all Kris could see was blurs as her Pokemon were hit, forcing them to roll backwards.
“Don’t let them win! Slugma Ember Scyther, and Eevee use Dig on Eevee!” Kris yelled. Her Eevee jumped towards the ground. The force of it cracked the tiles, and she disappeared, sending dirt flying. Slugma took a deep breath, and then fired a ball of flames of at Scyther.
“Scythe-er!” Scyther screeched, as the ball hit his torso, knocking him backwards. Gold cursed, but thankfully for him, Scyther wasn’t burnt.
“You’ll have to do better!” Gold said, laughing cruelly. “Eevee use Headbutt and Scyther use Vacuum Wave, both aim for Slugma!”
“Slugma, you just use SmokeScreen on Eevee!” Kris shouted. The whispering, twittering and shouting around her was getting annoying, and she couldn’t think straight. Scyther spun around rapidly, and a white tornado formed around him, though you could still see him. He then stuck his right scythe out, and the wind was directed and smashed into Slugma, spreading him out due to his slimy body.
Eevee then ran forwards, his head low and glowing slightly. But Slugma turned and opened his mouth, and black smoke came out, engulfing the fox.
“Vee Vee Vee! He coughed, but kept running. However, the smoke was blocking his vision, and he ran straight past Slugma, and nearly ran into the crowd. As Eevee stopped, growling with annoyance, the ground rumbled slightly, and the crowd screamed as Kris’ Eevee burst through the tiles, right below Gold’s Eevee.
There was a blur of brown, covered up the black smoke following Gold’s Eevee, and the two Pokemon fell to the ground, Kris’ Eevee unharmed.
“Nice little trick, hiding underground.” Gold said icily. “But I’d rather battle you properly instead of you running away.”
“It is called strategy.” Kris snapped back, and her Eevee and Slugma nodded. Gold just growled and looked at his team.
“Come on guys, we didn’t do all this training just for her to win!” He snarled. “Iron Tail and Bug Buzz on Eevee!”
“Eevee using Helping Hand, and Slugma use your boost to fire an Ember!” Kris commanded quickly. Before anyone could move, Kris’ Eevee lifted her right paw up, and Slugma extended one lava hand out. There was a high-five between the two, and Slugma suddenly looked more powerful. But then Gold’s Pokemon moved quickly: Eevee ran, surrounding by the black smoke, but you could see his tail glowing silver. Scyther moved forwards, and let out a cry.
“SCYTHE!” He yelled, and then shook his wings. A loud, irritating buzzing sound was released, and Eevee felt the brunt of it.
“Eva VEEE!” She squealed, and covered her eyes with her paws. The buzzing soon stopped, letting Gold’s Eevee leap up and swing. But he misjudged the height, and his tail soared over Eevee, and he landed in a pile, making the crowd “ooh”.
“Slug Slug!” Slugma said, and fired another Ember. However, this ball of flames was a lot bigger, and it blasted Scyther backwards. A small burn appeared, and Scyther growled, and rubbed the painful spot.
“Eevee use Toxic on Slugma! And Scyther, you use Vacuum Wave on her Eevee!” Gold said, obviously getting annoyed. Kris couldn’t tell why, but it was best not to ask.
“Eevee you use Take Down on Scyther, and Slugma you use Smog on his Eevee!” She ordered. The crowd were getting excited, and wanted to see who was going to win. Scyther spun around, and fired the pure vacuum punch at Eevee, who was hit and sent rolling. Both Eevee’s then attacked: Gold’s Eevee stamped the ground, and a trail of purple poison moved towards Slugma.
SLUG!” Slugma wailed, as he turned purple and became poisoned. Kris’ Eevee was concerned, but she ran forwards, white energy lines forming around her, and then tackled Scyther in the chest, right where his burn was. Eevee bounced backwards, suffering from recoil.
Slugma stared towards Gold’s Eevee, frustrated at being poisoned. He opened his mouth, and a purple cloud was emitted. Eevee turned to try and flee, but the cloud engulfed his and went inside his body, making him glow purple.
As the turn ended, the crowd began to jabber amongst themselves: three of the Pokemon all had status conditions, meaning they would rapidly lose health. Both Gold and Kris knew this, and they knew they would have to attack before they got knocked down too.
“Hidden Power and False Swipe Slugma!” Gold yelled.
“Eevee Tackle Eevee and Slugma Rock Throw Scyther!” Kris bellowed, so stressed and excited she could barely put the sentence together. Scyther sped forwards, his left scythe glowing white, and then slashed across Slugma, biffing him aside. Gold’s Eevee opened his mouth, and a violet ball formed.
“It’s a Flying Hidden Power, just so you know.” Gold said, and winked at Kris, though girls in the audience though it was at them, and they all swooned over the teenage heartthrob. The ball split off into six smaller balls, and then they flew for Slugma, exploding and forcing him further backwards. Then Kris’ Eevee ran forwards, and slammed into the other Eevee, forcing him to roll over.
Meanwhile, Slugma was scooping up rocks caused from where Eevee had dug, and then threw them towards Scyther. Then all joined together and hit him in the face, causing him to fall over. There were sniggers from the crowd, silenced by Gold’s nasty glare. There was the activation of the burn and poisonings, and everyone suddenly looked a lot worse for wear. Gold and Kris both contemplated what to do next, and both seemed to come to a conclusion of what could be their last moves.
“Eevee use Toxic on her Eevee, and Scyther use Quick Attack on Slugma!” Gold roared.
“Slugma use another Ember on Scyther, and Eevee Taken Down the other Eevee!” Kris ordered.
All four Pokemon fired their attacks, and the crowd held their breaths, and David looked like he was about to faint.
Scyther zoomed forwards, tackling Slugma before he could even register it. Gold’s Eevee then fired more poison across the ground, but the SmokeScreen caused it to off into the crowd. Kris’ Eevee ran forwards, and she smashed into Gold’s Eevee on the head, causing both Pokemon to yell out. But eyes turned towards Slugma, who fired the ball of flames, but Scyther turned to dodge, meaning he was only hit on the wings.
“That Eevee and the other Eevee fainted!” A little boy cried, and pointed it out to his father. Kris and Gold both sighed: recoil must have caused Eevee to faint.
“This match is no a one-on-one between Scyther and Slugma!” David exclaimed, and the crowd let out a mix of whoops and disappointed sighs. Gold and Kris brought their Pokemon back, and then looked between each other, their Pokemon, David and the crowd. Everyone wanted to see who would faint first, and even Slugma and Scyther, who were both panting deeply, seemed determined to end this.
“After you.” Kris said, her fists clenched and her eyes narrowed, dying to scream out her command. Gold nodded, and looked at Scyther.
“False Swipe!” He said calmly.
“EMBER!” Kris bellowed, unable to contain herself. Scyther flew forwards, and he slashed diagonally across Slugma’s middle, who gurgled in pain. But while Scyther was near, he blasted out a close-range Ember, which exploded. Scyther yelled, before toppling over backwards, his eyes rolled back into his head and his limbs sprawled.
The crowd gasped, and David was about to call it when suddenly Slugma made a gurgle. He glowed purple, shut his eyes, and fell face-first onto the tiles. The crowd gasped, and every eye turned towards David.
“Um… er… I don’t know really.” The hiker said, laughing nervously.
“Kris won, of course.” Gold said grouchily as he brought Scyther back. “She always bloody wins.” Then, as always, he threw the winnings across, and turned and walked behind the velvet curtain.
Kris was shocked by this, but there was suddenly an explosion of noise. People were hugging Kris, cheering for her, passing over spare Potions and berries for her to use. Someone passed Slugma back, and several people passed her the winnings. Kris had never had so much attention, and she began to blush. She didn’t even notice Gold storming away, Croconaw waddling behind.
Half an hour later, Kris had finally been left alone. The last few adorers had moved off, holding scraps of paper she had autographed. Kris had enjoyed the attention, but she had to go and train for her rematch against Whitney. However, she wanted to thank David for being the referee, and looked around for the hiker. No one was in sight, and Kris walked instinctively towards the velvet curtain. Voices emitted out, and Kris paused, wondering what was being said.
“Are you sure it is the same girl Cameron?” David was asking.
“I am positive; she looks just look her mother!” Another much older voice was saying. “I knew her both of her parents. Persephone got through the entire league in three months, and I met her on several occasions throughout her travels. She then became a member of the Elite Four, back when they didn’t have set types. Hayden, took longer than his future wife, but he eventually won and defeated the champion.”
“Wow, those are some pretty famous parents!” David said, stunned. “Wait a second, I read the name Hayden Soul in the paper a few times.”
“He worked with Harold Hartley, co ran the business.” The man, Cameron, explained. “But then Hayden went on a downhill spiral after Lance defeated him. When I did the photos for Kris’ fifth birthday party, as a favour to Persephone, Hayden looked mighty moody. He kept looking over at those Kimono Sisters, who were there performing.” There was a dramatic pause, and Kris leant in closer, her ear touching the fabric.
“If you ask me,” Cameron continued, “I think Hayden was involved in some dodgy dealing that went bust. That’s why he ran off, taking all that money with him.”
“I hate people like that!” David scoffed. “Scum of the Earth, they are! Both Kris, she seems like such a nice girl.” But he froze, because at that moment Kris let out a very loud, very audible gasp. There were footsteps, and Kris couldn’t bear to confront these people, and turned and ran. Someone shouted out to her, but Kris ran into the crowd, and let herself be pushed and shoved towards the stairs. Kris then ran up, rushed outside, and ducked into an alleyway, where she collapsed against the wall.
Kris hated her father for running out on them, leaving them with little money and her mother’s medical bills piling up. He just fled, using his Pokemon to ensure no one could track him down, not his family, not the Hartley’s, not even the police, who got involved to find the money he stole from Harold Hartley. Kris and her mum, Persephone, had had to cop the blame, making their lives even more miserable. And overhearing all that stuff Cameron and David had said had brought back all the feelings she had forgotten over her journey. Kris sobbed, and felt tears falling down her face. Even now, three years later, Hayden Soul still managed to make Kris’ life a misery.
“Maaa.” Kris squealed and leapt into the air.
“Jeez Mareep, you need to stop scaring me like that!” She said, her hand over her chest. Mareep was looking up at her trainer curiously, and Kris wiped the tears away.
“Maaaaa!” Mareep baaed. “Maaareeeep Maaaa!” And she moved towards Kris’ bag. A piece of paper was poking out of a pocket, and Mareep pulled it out. It was the letter Gold had given her, with his parents telling her to find the Kimono sisters in Ecruteak City. Kris examined the text, and found her thoughts of her father being pushed aside, Kris’ mind drifting towards Gold and his overly aggressive, angry behaviour. And then Kris smiled as she realised something.
“I am not on this quest to find my father.” She told Mareep, who nodded. “I am trying to become a champion, just like my… mother. When I do get to Ecruteak City, I will battle the gym leader, do the important stuff first, and if I have time, I’ll go and see the sisters.”
“Maaaa!” Mareep called happily, and Kris hugged her little electric sheep.
“Let’s go heal you all up, we’ve got a gym leader to defeat!” Kris said happily, and the two marched off towards the Pokemon Centre. Once Kris had finally put her father behind her for good, there would be nothing in her way to stop her becoming champion.
Except, of course, for Gold.
Please comment with your thoughts and suggestions :D And look out for next story where we go Pokeathlon-ing! :D
Great job Ace. Cant wait for the next chap.
This is a great story! Usually I don't like adventure fic's, but this is good. I'm just going to favourite this on ff... :)
I claimed this badass. Yeah, fear me.