The sequel to A Conflict in the Old Chateau and Journey out of Mt. Coronet. Set after the two stories. You can read this story, but you will probably not get some hints and indications if you didn't read the past two. But this story's plot is not dependant on the other two's plot.
It will be different than the usual style of the Wandering Universe stories, as it doesn't have the mystery aspects the other two did, and is more straightforward. This part of Noah's journey will focus on his Pokémon rather than himself. It will also be the last story in which Wasaki plays a main role in, and this is why it will focus on him and his Pokémon more than Noah and his Pokémon at the beginning.
The story is set during the final part of their journey in achieving their goal, at the Elite 4. I hope you enjoy, and please leave your feedback.
It was a tall building attached to five towers, almost like a castle out of a fairytale.
They ignored the building, and walked straight in. One of them went to heal, while the other operated the Pokémon Storage System. To the far right, a red-haired trainer talked to the cashier, requesting many items.
“I’m ready,” the dark-skinned boy said to the person he walked in with after leaving his post. “Did you heal? Are you ready to take on the Elite 4 and the Champion?”
“Yeah, but it seems there’s someone here for the same reason,” he responded. “And I think we can go our own way now; you got what you wanted.”
“You should really consider my offer,” he said. “It could be interesting to take on them together.”
“My answer is still no, Wasaki,” he said and grabbed his Pokémon from the nurse. “You can battle them after me; you do remember what we agreed to, don’t you?”
“Yeah,” Wasaki sighed. “You accompany me through Victory Road and consider battling the Elite 4 and Champion with me, and if you choose not to, you get to battle them before me.”
“It was a nice journey, Wasaki,” he said. “But this is as good as our ‘friendship’ will get; travelling together through a cave.”
Wasaki nodded and sighed. At least he managed to fulfill his promise to his mother; introduce Noah to the concept of friendship. It was a long process, but something happened after he canceled their battle in Hearthome City that caused Noah to change dramatically. But even after that, it still took some time for them to become what they are now.
Noah started walking past Wasaki when the red-haired trainer approached them. His skin was very pale, his eyes were bright green, and his clothes were composed of different shades of blue and white.
“You two want to challenge the League as well?” he asked with a hint of condescendence in his voice.
Noah blinked twice and grinned, as if realising something no one else did. “You must be very smart,” he said. “I never thought someone would guess what we were here to do.”
“Must be a Sinnoh thing,” the trainer said and grinned back. “But, you two will have to wait. I was here first.”
“I’m Wasaki, and this is Noah,” Wasaki said, effectively preventing Noah from responding with an insult. “I’m guessing you’re not from Sinnoh?”
“You’re right,” the trainer said. “I’m Gale from Hoenn. I came here to battle the League since I defeated the one we have back home.”
“I don’t care,” Noah said. “You’re not battling them before me.”
“We can easily argue to no end, but my Pokémon need some warming up,” Gale’s grin grew wider, and his eyes tightened a little. “Are you up for it?”
There was in doubt, Noah would accept the battle. That was his goal of becoming a trainer, to prove himself strong. He started accepting the battle, but was interrupted by Wasaki.
“Let me battle,” Wasaki said. “I need some warming up as well; you took care of all the trainers in Victory Road, Noah.”
“Whatever,” Gale grinned. “If I win, then I get to go first.”
“You better not lose, Wasaki,” Noah threatened. “Especially not to a trainer from Hoenn.”
The two trainers were about to start the battle, but the nurse ushered them outside; she knew that battles between trainers who had gained all eight Badges don’t usually leave the area around them untouched.
The field outside was covered with glass. A lake ended with a waterfall to Wasaki’s right, and on both sides were trees. The sky was clear, which was refreshing after the time in Victory Road and the hasty rush into the building. Gale grabbed a Poké Ball and prepared for the battle. He looked slightly older than Wasaki, which he took as a hint of experience.
“I’ll show you what Hoenn is made of,” he said. “Let’s start with you, Blaziken!”
A tall Pokémon emerged from the Poké Ball. His legs ended in yellow and took on the colour red from the knees all to the midsection. He had claws for hands, and beige feathers extended behind his head.
Wasaki responded by sending out a tall, tougher version of his starter. Infernape had an agile figure. White fur covered most his body, while the rest was covered in brown fur. There were numerous armor patterns around his body, and a grand flame burned above his head.
“Are you ready, Infernape?” Wasaki said. “We’ve been through tougher situations.”
Infernape prepared for battle by nodding at his trainer then turning to face his opponent, Blaziken. “This is going to be interesting,” Gale grinned. “From my understanding, this is the Fire starter of Sinnoh. Blaziken is our starter.”
“I would’ve beaten that thing easily with my starter,” Noah commented. “I defeated Infernape many times before.”
“This will be over quickly,” Gale ignored the previous comment. “Brave Bird!”
“Close Combat!” Wasaki ordered.
Infernape flexed his body, and let out a slight grin. He braced his body for the impact, and ran forwards. His knuckles helped increase his speed, and the flame on his head burned violently, but Blaziken showed no signs of fear or defeat. Instead, he took on a battle stance by placing his right foot ahead of the left, as if anticipating something no one else does.
“Brave Bird!” Gale repeated. “Show them what we’re made of!”
Blaziken suddenly launched himself at the approaching Infernape. His body became a straight arrow speeding towards the opponent. The suddenness of the attack unsettled Infernape, and he attempted changing his direction, but the two Pokémon collided against each violently before he could do so, and they were sent rolling on the grass each in his own direction.
“That was a reckless attack,” Wasaki said. “Come back, Infernape.”
The Poké Ball absorbed Infernape back inside, and Wasaki grabbed another one for the next battle. “Looks like this will be an easy battle,” Gale grinned. “And I thought Sinnoh was going to be a challenge.”
“The battle isn’t over yet,” Wasaki said. “Gyarados, your turn!”
A large blue serpent emerged out of the Poké Ball. She slammed her tail against the ground and roared at Gale and Blaziken as Wasaki smiled behind her. The ground suffered under her tail the first time, but Gyarados managed to control her instincts; Wasaki’s training paid off.
“I hope this doesn’t intimidate you, Gale,” Wasaki smirked, almost like Noah. “You might not want to underestimate her.”
“We’ll see about that,” Gale chuckled. “Blaziken, be prepared!”
Gyarados slammed her tail once again on the ground, causing the ground under her to shake slightly. She was excited for the battle, and slamming her tail became a habit. She opened jaws sucked in large amounts of air as she prepared her attack, while Blaziken seemed to be standing still in front of his trainer. Neither she nor her trainer knew what Gale’s strategy was, but offense was what Gyarados excelled at; this attack was sure to hit.
Then suddenly, Blaziken’s leg bent and he sent himself flying towards the sky, and the sun made it hard for Gyarados to spot him, but she fired her attack anyway. The jet of water flew across the sky in amazing speed, and the serpent’s body arched outwards as her back struggled to hold the power of the attack, while her tail slammed against the grass relentlessly.
The stream of water didn’t stop, but it seemed to be getting larger, as if being smashed against another stream of water. “Gyarados, watch out!” Wasaki shouted. “Blaziken is approaching from the water! Use Aqua Tail!”
Gyarados stopped the attack, and from the water, Blaziken formed out. His leg extended before him and speeding towards Gyarados now that the water was gone, but Gyarados slammed her tail one more time and her body twisted as her tail faced Blaziken. Gale cringed as Gyarados’s muscles stiffened and her tail hit Blaziken’s body violently, sending him flying towards a tree that broke against their collision.
“Great job, Gyarados,” Wasaki said cautiously. “But remember to keep it under control.”
Gyarados nodded to her trainer, and twisted her body again to face their opponents. Amazingly, Blaziken was still standing, even after being hit by a Hydro Pump and an Aqua Tail. Gale’s confidence seemed to be fading away, but Blaziken was more determined than ever. He looked at Gyarados from the corner of his eyes as he walked back in front of his trainer.
“Alright, Blaziken,” Gale said. “You’ve beaten some of these ugly creatures before. Use Quick Attack!”
“Another Aqua Tail, Gyarados!” Wasaki ordered, and Gyarados began to repeat her actions.
But Blaziken used amazing speed to reach her side and deliver a punch the caused the large Pokémon to growl in pain.
His hand still against Gyarados’s body, Blaziken opened his claws and dragged them up her body as he jumped up.
“Bite!” Wasaki ordered, and quickly knew his decision was right. Gyarados managed to grab Blaziken mid-air and hold on to him with her jaws, she tightened them a few times against him before she threw him at the concerned Gale, but Blaziken was still standing, although he started showing signs of fatigue.
He looked back at his trainer with shame, but Gale reassured him. “Use another Slash,” he said comfortably. “And be careful.”