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    Right, let's see here.

    For the First Chapter, I found it a bit hard to believe about Stacy being allowed to teach again after sleeping with a student, but I presume that Brendan's met her and trusts her not to do it again. I'm also amused by the attempted rape resulting in the attempter getting brutally beat down =P I despise rapists (he's lucky A.D went home, otherwise he'd have a very angry Venusaur holding up and a Pikachu preparing for an attack :L).

    Now in the second chapter, I'm liking Reggie's development: where he'd keep to himself before, he's automatically gone for help and is actively trying to prevent another character ending up depressed with themselves. I look forward to the next chapter and the subsequent battle.

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    Well Brendan understood that it wasn't directly her fault plus he needed new teachers and he knew that half the school would be more interested in classes with her around xD

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    You've got a good way of developing your characters here, I'm looking forward to the first organized battle. It'll be interesting to see how Reggie is now that he's out of practice. I wonder if he'll be using Chigon, who is after all his one ace. A couple more grammar errors in this one, but nothing too bad. Keep it up!

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    He'll probably use Chigon that depends since he'll be fighting alongside Matthew and Chigon isn't accustomed to fighting in partnership unless it is with Reggie's friends.

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    Sorry, forgot to post a review for the first one. I read it like twice and just slowly forgot to write a review.

    So the first chapter, very interesting. Liked the storyline there...no surprise there.

    Second chapter, I found it a lot more dull to be honest. I think it would have been better putting the battle and the chapter together. I'm not really interested in battles so sue me xD I just think you could have condensed a lot of pointless information. Like, I don't mind long pieces of text where not a lot happens, but when it's appealing I liek that. Your's just wasn't quite there.

    Thundagere also stated your formality and characterizations. I agree with him. Few grammar mistakes again, but lets not dwell on all that as it's things you'll hopefully learn and pick up after writing so many fics.

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    Curiously enough chapter 2 was supposed to be the introduction and the battle but things got a little bit too long when I started to write them and I had to split it up.

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    Again it's your fic, your imagery. We're just telling you our views and critcisms, and praises. Only you decide how you want it xD

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    This chapter like the last one is a little bit longer than the last since I decided to combine the first part of the already saved chapter 4 into chapter 3, hope you like it.

    Chapter 3: What Makes a Tag Team

    Reggie and Matthew examined their green surroundings. After agreeing to train them, Siegfreed and Kevin had to make sure to take Reggie and Matthew somewhere where their training wouldn’t be hindered by distractions; of course they had to talk with the principal about letting them skip class as well, due to being short on time. “This is where you’ll be training for the rest of today and most of tomorrow,” Kevin instructed with a knowledgeable look in his eyes.

    “You have a river close by if you need to wash and you’re in an area where there are a lot of berries for you and your Pokémon to eat,” Siegfreed explained before kneeling down to inspect the soil. “Not just that but the place is sturdy enough for a battle, so it's a great place to spar as well.

    “Thanks, and we’re sorry for being such a bother,” Reggie bowed down, making Matthew do the same so that he would express his gratitude as well.

    “Stop saying that already we already agreed,” Kevin laughed before patting Reggie’s back. “All right, Freed, what are we going to start with?”

    “Well before we actually begin training them I think that we should do some explaining on what they’ll be training on,” Siegfreed walked closer to Matthew and Reggie before crossing his arms. “You two know that even if we train you for two days you still wouldn’t be ready... or at least Matthew weouldn’t be strong enough to match up.”

    “Yeah, we know,” Reggie and Mathew nodded their heads before looking at each other.

    “That is why we’ll train you in collaboration and teamwork. This way you will each make up for the other’s failures and help fill the gaps,” Siegfreed stated before he took out a pokeball from his belt. He threw the pokeball down on the floor and sent out a large male Jillicent; who in turn began floating around while it inspected the area. “This is my Jillicent Fantomer. Basically your training will be to try and knock Fantomer out while working together.”

    "Wait, so you're saying we just attack your Pokémon without you giving commands? Are you sure that'll work?" asked Reggie with a hint of doubt.

    “Trust me, it’ll definitely take more than you two to damage Fantomer,” Siegfreed grinned confidently as he put his hand on his waist and turned around. “Unless you take him on together and become a synchronized team; maybe it’ll be different then.” He shrugged and began walking back towards Kevin. “Well, I have to go back to my dorm and try to see if I can calm Sax down a little, Kevin will stay here to keep watch.”

    “Don’t worry about it, they’ll be fine with me,” Kevin gave him a thumbs up as he saw Siegfreed walk off. He then turned to Reggie and Matthew. “Anyways, like Siegfreed said you guys need to work on your collaboration and teamwork. Which is why you’ll have a battle with Freed’s Fantomer right now.”

    “Wait, but I thought we were supposed to have the battle after we were done,” Matthew asked with doubt in his expression. The thought of having to fight alongside a guy that he barely knew before the events of that day was something that he just couldn’t put aside.

    “Yeah, but we have to see where you are now, depending on how you do during the sparring I’ll decide how much training you need,” Kevin said before he moved aside. He looked over at Chigon, who was a few meters away playing with some grass. “Are you gonna use him?”

    “Chigon isn’t really good at working with Pokémon that he doesn’t know or working with a group in general outside of my own team,” Reggie sighed to himself as he watched Chigon’s antics. He took out a Pokéball from his belt and threw it down on the floor, releasing his Donphan.

    “Okay then. Matthew, your turn.” Matthew nodded his head at Kevin before he grabbed one of the two pokeballs that he had strapped to his belt. After he threw the pokebal down a leopard-like Pokémon with a balanced combination of purple and cream fur on the top and bottom of its body respectively, it had long pointy ears; which matched the long tail and assorted pink blemishes across its body. “A Liepard. Not bad,” Kevin grinned while scratching his chin.

    “All right, let’s start off with this. Donphan use Hyper Beam!” Donphan nodded its head before it began charging an orange colored beam on the tip of its mouth.

    The Jellicent wasn’t willing to wait though as it immediately went on the attack. Before Donphan could finish charging Jellicent had already fired a powerful Water Pulse heading its way. “Damn it, Matthew defend!” Reggie replied making Matthew jump before Liepard jumped in front of the attack.

    The Leopard Pokémon screamed before being rocked back by the powerful stream of water; though it allowed Donphan to finish charging its attack. “Matthew you have to be ready to defend your partner at any time while also making sure your Pokémon doesn’t get hurt.” He then turned to Reggie, looking at him with a frown.

    “You’re no better Reggie, not only did you start the battle off by using a Pokémon that had a disadvantage but you also used an attack that put you both and your partner at risk. What if Hyper Beam had missed?” Reggie raised his head before looking down at the floor in embarrassment, Kevin was right on the fact that he hadn’t thought about it, but because he only ever fought alongside one of his friends he was used to being able to use any kind of attack.

    “All right I’ll try better next time. Liepar…” Matthew spoke before being rudely interrupted by Kevin

    “Stop. I’ve seen what I have to see and it’s enough for me to decide that you guys wouldn’t even last a minute,” Kevin nodded his head before sighing in exasperation. “I know that it was only the first move, but in a double battle the first move is the one that counts the most . You could get defeated in just one move which is why getting one wrong is too risky,” he then gestured the Jillicent to go back to stand by before patting Reggie and Matthew. “Take your jackets off we’ll start your training.”

    “Wait, why do we have to take our jackets off?” Matthew raised an eyebrow.

    “For Pokémon it’s easy to work side by side but it depends on the trainers for the combination to work,” Reggie pointed out as he took his red jacket off and threw it on the floor. “If the trainers are not able to work together perfectly then the Pokémon won’t either. In other words we’ll have to train our own abilities as a team rather than just our Pokémon.”

    “Isn’t that dangerous? Besides, how could we?” Matthew asked before looking up at Kevin who was grinning sheepishly.

    “I have something in mind,” Kevin grinned before turning around. “You guys wait while I get something ready.”

    ***

    “Okay, it’s done,” Kevin smiled as he looked over at Reggie and Matthew, who couldn’t help but narrow their eyes at the sight of what stood in front of them.

    “I was expecting a trap course or something but this is just…” Reggie looked down with a disappointed expression at the pot of stew that was being boiled down right in front of them, with Kevin sitting on a stone and grinning sheepishly. “Stew…what the freak?”

    “Maybe he wants us to be synchronized while eating or something,,” Matthew pointed out while keeping his right eyebrow raised. Considering the fact that Kevin was the battle teacher, it wasn’t strange to think that he’d give them some hard and unexpected training, but this was just silly!

    Matthew and Reggie didn’t turn their gaze from Kevin though, especially when he served them two plates and handed them down.

    “Oh, don’t underestimate me guys,” Kevin laughed. However, before Reggie and Matthew could even grab their spoons the plates had been taken from their hands and were now in Kevin’s.

    “What the hell!?” both Matthew and Reggie exclaimed in unison.

    “Well at least you’re synchronized when it comes to whining,” Kevin frowned. “I served you guys enough for one person in each plate, your test is to try and take both plates from me at the same time. If you only take one plate then I’ll throw the other one and if you mess up and both plates fall from my hands…you get no dinner,” he shrugged before grinning down at Matthew and Reggie; something that caused them to frown before they stood up.

    “Are you serious? That would be too hard; I mean the chances of us spilling them are ridiculously high!” Reggie gritted his teeth while looking at Kevin.

    “So does that mean you can’t do it? Because if that’s what you mean then you’re never going to win that battle,” Kevin grinned to himself. “Just charge and try to get them.”

    Reggie and Matthew looked at each other before they both jumped at Kevin, Reggie thrusting his fist forward; only for Kevin to move aside and cause him trip and roll around the floor. “Good, but not good enough,” he chuckled before crouching and jumping up as Matthew charged past him. Both Matthew and Reggie couldn’t help but gasp as they saw that Kevin was now at the same level as the top of the trees in the forest. Moreover, not a single drop had yet spilled.

    “He really is good isn’t he?” Matthew asked before he started coughing up dust due to him grinding on the ground.

    “Yeah. I’m not surprised, honestly,” Reggie frowned while dusting himself off and looking over at Kevin. If they really had to deal with someone as agile and skilled as Kevin then just getting close to him was going be a problem. “This test is so that we can find a way to get both plates while working together. We should do that,” he suggest while helping Matthew up from the floor.

    Reggie looked back at the pot before closing his eyes in thought. If they didn’t move carefully then the bowls had a high chance of spilling, but if they didn’t move fast Kevin would avoid all their attempts to take back the bowls. “This training is for us to reflect on what we did during the battle,” he said before looking at the pot once more and raising an eyebrow. “Wait a minute…”

    “What is it?” Matthew asked curiously, noticing the grin that was crossing Reggie’s face.

    “I have a plan. Come here,” he beckoned Matthew to get closer before he started whispering in his ear.

    “I’m waiting,” Kevin said, he standing on the other side of the campsite while looking at Reggie and Matthew with curiosity. Before he could say anything else the two stood up, a look of determination in their eyes before Reggie began running towards Kevin. “That again,” Kevin chuckled.

    However, before he could avoid Reggie’s charge he caught a glimpse of Matthew running at him from the left after he had gone around the fire. Kevin quickly moved aside; trying not to let the bowls spill.

    Matthew and Reggie smiled at each other before Matthew began running back, leaving Reggie to take care of Kevin. “What is he gonna do?” Kevin asked, avoiding a right hook that Reggie had thrown at him. “Good punch, too slow though and really risky.”

    “Who says I’m trying to get the bowls?” Reggie grinned; making Kevin gasp before one of the bowls was kicked out of his hands by Reggie and thrown onto the floor. “That’s for making us do this stupid test.”

    Kevin chuckled to himself, finally getting a chance to look back at the pot. And just like he had thought Matthew was standing in front of the pot with his arms crossed and a proud look on his face. “I realized something quite funny. You only served two bowls but you left the pot wide open knowing that we could just grab it,” Reggie pointed out; causing Kevin to look back at him. “By serving the bowls and telling us to get them you distracted us from the pot while in truth there is still enough stew in the pot for two people. Your plan wasn’t for us to get the bowls it was for us to figure out that we were supposed to eat from the stew together.”

    “Obviously, the original plan was for us to grab one plate and for you to throw the other one, if we were to figure out the thing about the pot we would get to eat from the pot and you’ll get the bowl that we grabbed. I didn’t want to give you that chance though,” Reggie explained before he turned around and started walking back towards Matthew.

    “And you distracted me so that I wouldn’t notice,” Kevin laughed while ruffling he back of his head; he stopped though and shifted his carefree expression to a more serious one. “That was just the first step though. It was to see if you guys managed to figure that out, the real test begins now.”

    “We sort of figured,” Reggie smiled before grabbing two more bowls and handing one to Matthew. “We’ll be ready for anything though.”

    “Let’s see if you keep saying that after I’m done with you,” Kevin chuckled mischievously at the two. “Now get ready, oh, and get some berries to heal your wounds.”

    “Wounds…” Matthew gasped before looking at Reggie, fear clear in his eyes.

    “Let’s just do what he says, it’ll save a lot of trouble,” Reggie chuckled nervously as he saw the retreating figure of Kevin who was getting deeper into the forest.

    ***

    The next day people were beginning to gather inside of Elemental Academy’s battling dome as the battle of the day was set to start in only a few minutes. “Everyone seems to be eager about this battle,” Stacy wondered while looking around the crowd with a surprised expression. It was unbelievable to think of all the people that had gathered just to see a normal match set up by two students.

    “Well Elemental Academy takes great pride in its battles so it isn’t hard to tell why they’re so excited about this,” Mr. Grayson chuckled; he kept his arms crossed while looking down at the arena. “However it looks like that Damon kid is going to be late. This is perfect.”

    “I’m sure he’ll be here soon along with Matthew.” Mr. Grayson and Stacy looked up at Freed who was walking into their row.

    “Freed, nice to see you,” Stacy smiled patting the seat next to her so that Freed would sit down. Freed bowed politely and sat down. “Are you sure they’ll be here though. I mean it’s already been five minutes since the match was supposed to start,” she said; looking back down at the field in case the two trainers in question might’ve appeared.

    “I know because I inspected their training myself,” Freed grinned slyly; leaning back on his chair while keeping a calm expression on his face. “They’re probably adding the finishing touches. Besides as long as they get here within the next five minutes it will be all right.”

    “If you say so,” Stacy shrugged.

    ***

    Miko and Marie were sitting in the first row, both of them looking down at the field with expectation and worry at the fact that neither Reggie nor Matthew had reached the meeting place. “Where are they? They’re going to lose by default if they don’t get here,” Marie said while looking around the field.

    “What I’m wondering is where the others are. I can’t believe we’re really the only ones that came,” Miko frowned with disdain and disapproval.

    “Well Valerie and Fin had to ask for an extension for their project so they’re working on that.” Marie shrugged. “Jack should be here soon and you know that Darren doesn’t really care about anything that doesn’t concern him.”

    “Yeah that’s selfish bastard,” Miko groaned; throwing her arms back and gritting her teeth. “This is an important match who knows what could happen if Reggie and Matthew lose it could ruin Matthew’s life at this academy. Running away doesn’t help either.” She rubbed her temples with frustration before feeling a pat on her shoulder.

    “Do you really think Reggie will run away though,” Marie grinned, causing Miko to shift her head and stare at her. “I mean, the Reggie from last year probably would’ve. But do you think the Reggie from this year will still run away?” Maria smiled at Miko her eyes filled with trust and confidence in her friend. “You need to trust him more this is the guy that almost died in order to save you last year after all.”

    “Shut up,” Miko groaned, trying hard to hide the blush that was forming on her face.

    ***

    Panting could be heard as Reggie, Matthew and Chigon made their way towards the stadium. They were still wearing their clothes from the day before and they were both beat up and scrapped in various places around their bodies. “We finally made it,” Reggie patted his chest to try and get some more air for his lungs. “That training was hellish!”

    “I wonder if it’s worth it,” Matthew sighed; he was barely able to resist the urge to just lay down on the floor now. “Do you really think this will make us better trainers though?”

    “A trap course around the forest with most of the traps being set to hurt us will definitely help us,” Reggie nodded his head before turning to the hallway. “It taught us to be careful and expect everything; this way we can prepare for anything Sax and partner throw at us.”

    “Chi!” Chigon exclaimed, making the two look down at the little dragon.

    “Sorry that you won’t be participating buddy,” Reggie chuckled, knowing that the small dragon Pokémon must’ve been annoyed about not having the chance to participate in the battle. He then turned to Matthew. “You ready?” Reggie asked while smiling.

    “Yeah,” Matthew nodded his head before taking the first step into the hallway; with Reggie and Chigon following soon after.

    ***

    Inside of the battlefield stood Sax along with another boy from his dorm with short red colored hair, he wore a similar uniform to Sax; except the sleeves weren’t thorn off like Sax’s uniform. “Hey where are the kids you said we were going to fight again?” The boy asked, turning to look at his battling partner with an annoyed look.

    “I guess they ran out on us. Considering all the things I heard about that Reggie kid I thought they’d at least have the decency to show up,” Sax grinned; a look of relieve and satisfaction crossed his face as he looked down at his watch.

    “There’s no need for you to be so sad about it you know!” Sax raised his head in surprised. He couldn’t believe what he was seeing as he noticed Reggie and Matthew walk into the battle field; sure they were all beat up but there was a different air to them, a more secure kind of feel.

    “So that’s them?” the boy asked before getting up front the floor; though he stepped back after noticing the look of rage that crossed to Sax’s face.

    “Yes we are and we’re here to finish what we started,” Matthew smiled before taking a position on the left side of the field along with Reggie.


    End of Chapter 3
    Next Time: United We Might Win

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    This fanfiction reminds me of Harry Potter. Very nice!
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    And here's the last part of this mini arc, this chapter starts right where the last one left off with the battle between Reggie, Matthew, Sax and Thomas in full.

    Chapter 4: United We Might Win

    “Told you they’d make it,” Marie smiled cheekily, though she knew that Miko was probably to busy looking down at the field so as to pay more attention to the battle. “Though I don’t think I needed to tell you,” she giggled.

    Stacy and Freed looked down at the field a few rows above Marie and Miko with curious expressions on their faces. “What exactly did Kevin do to them?” Stacy wondered, a bit taken aback by the fact that Reggie and Matthew looked as if they had gotten into a fight. “They could’ve at least cleaned themselves and gotten better clothes for this.”

    “That doesn’t matter right now.” Freed and Stacy lifted their heads before turning around. Kevin was making his way into the row before sitting down next to Freed, his face beaten up and scratched just like Reggie’s and Matthew’s.

    “They tried really hard, so much that they lost track of time,” Kevin laughed as he looked down at the arena proudly. “I’m sure they can do this, if they do what I tell them that is.”

    ***

    “All right let’s begin. Remember Tom, try not to overshadow me on this,” Sax grinned to himself, letting his head fill with so much air that he couldn’t even hear Tom’s constant groans. “Now go out there and make them feel a world of hurt, Drapion!” Sax screamed, throwing the pokeball that had been linked to his belt onto the battle field and unleashing the large poison and dark type Pokémon.

    “Show off,” Tom snorted before grabbing his own pokeball and throwing it into the field. Once the pokeball erupted a large purple and black pig-like Pokémon materialized, it had two round objects on its head along with a long tail.

    “A Grumpig and a Drapion,” Reggie beamed in delight before taking out a pokeball. “We’re good Matthew. We’re really good.”

    “Yeah.” Matthew unstrapped his own pokeball and threw it onto the battlefield. “Go Donphan!” he exclaimed as a Donphan materialized on the field and roared causing Miko and Marie to raise an eyebrow.

    “Matthew has a Donphan as well. That’s a big coincidence,” Marie scratched the back of her head in confusion. She did notice something odd with Matthew’s Donphan though. It seemed to be edging a little closer towards Reggie for some reason. She gasped before turning to Miko. “Wait, you don’t think they could’ve…”

    “Nah….did they?’ Miko raised an eyebrow; cocking her head to the side so that she and Marie were looking at each other. “Oh my god, they did.” Her eyes grew wide as her head turned back to the battlefield. “I hope they know what they’re doing.”

    “Liepard, time to step up to the plate!’ Reggie moved back and raised his hands before throwing the pokeball as if he was a baseball pitcher.

    Once the beam of light ceased a Liepard stood in the field next to Donphan. “Let’s make the first move. Liepard, attack Drapion with Pursuit.”

    “That attack isn’t gonna work. Drapion wait for it to get close, then use Iron Tail to pin it down!” Sax commanded; his confident grin never leaving his face.

    Liepard assumed a fighting stance before it vanished into thin air, only for it to appear on the other side of the field. Once Drapion saw this it turned around as quick as it could; its tail turning a metallic color before it turned around and flung its tail at the Liepard.

    However, before the tail could hit its opponent’s mark Liepard vanished yet again making the Iron Tail fail and slam against the floor in return. “Where did it go?” Sax wondered.

    Grumpig’s ears became pointier as it turned around in horror, only to come face to face with Liepard. “Damn it. Grumpig use Psychic,” Tom said desperately. It was to no avail though, because once Liepard had slashed Grumpig’s face and chest it became unable to move due to the pain of the attack.

    “Donphan, Roll Out!” Donphan roared from its side of the field before curling into a wheel and rolling towards Drapion who managed to turn around in time to catch the large ground type. After a few seconds the wheel began to slow down in speed though before coming to a potential halt.

    “All right Drapion, use Poison Sl…”

    “Counter clockwise,” Matthew ordered signaling for Donphan to begin spinning the other way around and slip out of Drapion’s arms. The poison type tried to desperately catch Donphan but before it could even come close to it Donphan had already charged forward once more and slammed itself against the scorpion’s jaw.

    Liepard purred in delight before vanishing and appearing back on the right side along with Donphan who had already rolled back. “So what did you think about that,” Reggie snickered while putting his hands on his hips.

    “Damn it, they’re kicking our asses and the fight just started,” Sax grimaced frustration. He then turned to look at his Drapion who was still standing up.

    “All right let’s keep going this way and we’ll win,” Reggie encouraged before turning to Liepard. “Liepard use Assist on Drapion!”

    “Lie!” Liepard roared before it sprinted forward, its body surrounding itself with flames all of a sudden before it let itself be lifted from the ground and roll around towards the large poison type Pokémon.

    “Grumpig use Protect to repel it!” Tom commanded with gritted teeth as he saw his Grumpig jump in front of the Drapion; letting itself be hit by the Flame Wheel. A second before collision, Grumpig surrounded itself with a defensive barrier, which deflected Liepard's attack. “That…was a close call,” Tom panted with relief.

    “Damn it, so that’s what the trade was for,” Sax muttered. Before the match had started he made sure to research into both Matthew and Reggie as well as their teams; which is why he was so surprised when he noticed that Reggie was using a Pokémon that originally for Matthew. “It was because of Assist.”

    “What do you mean?” Tom wondered while raising an eyebrow.

    “Matthew only has two Pokémon, a Liepard and a Vulpix that barely knows any attacks. Because of this Matthew would’ve had a huge gap if he had battled me with any of those two,” Sax pointed out; raising his index finger so as to get Tom’s attention. “That’s where the trade comes in. Reggie’s Domphan is at the same level as both of our Pokémon; by giving it to Matthew he can make up for the gap but by trading it for Liepard…”

    “He can use Assist and allow Liepard to copy any attack from his other Pokémon to make up for the type disadvantage,” Tom muttered before noticing the menacing expression that had crossed Sax’s face. “Pretty good when you think about it.”

    “Exactly, which is why we’ll just have to be better. I’m not about to let these two weaklings defeat me so easily,” Sax replied coldly as he raised his fists a little.

    “Drapion time to counter attack!” Sax exclaimed bitterly. “Go and use Ice Fang on Donphan!” Drapion roared before it jumped up into the sky and began to fall down, making its way towards the already preparing Domphan.

    “Grumpig use Power Gem against Liepard!”

    “Liepard, get out of the way and use Faint Attack,” Reggie countered as Grumpig conjured several glowing rocks and hurled them at Liepard. Liepard managed to anticipate this and was able to get out of the way; however, the resulting explosion blew Liepard away from Donphan. "Damnit, they split us up!"

    “Now Grumpig, Bounce!” Grumpig quickly made its way into the sky, using its spiral-like tail to bounce high into the sky.

    Before Liepard could get a chance to see through the smoke cloud Grumpig was already descending. The Leopard Pokémon only had a second to gasp as a large pig slammed into it. “Chi chigon chi!” Chigon exclaimed; biting onto Reggie’s pants to try and get his attention.

    “I can’t use you in this battle, Chigon,” Reggie replied bitterly before grimacing and looking back at the battle. He couldn’t rely on Assist all the time and even if Liepard was able to use his other Pokémon’s attacks that didn’t make the attacks stronger. “Not just that but because Chigon has basic skills it’s not like we’ll be getting a lot out of using Assist on him. We can’t even use attacks from his evolution since they’re not definite.”

    Finally Grumpig got up from the ground, allowing Liepard to stand up and recover its breath before it turned to glare at the large pig.

    On the other side of the field Matthew was having a hard time dealing with Sax’s multiple assaults against Donphan. Because he hadn’t had a lot of time to train with the ground type Matthew was still insecure as to what attacks it could use and how to use them. “Use Giga Impact, Donphan!” Matthew commanded.

    Donphan nodded in agreement before it charged forward; its body surrounding itself with purple energy as it prepared to collide with the Drapion. However, before it could make contact the scorpion Pokémon managed to sneak out before using its tail to slam it against Donphan and sent it back. “No. U…use Rapid Spin!”

    “Not a chance!” Sax screamed, confidence reverberating from his voice as Drapion moved around and slammed a metallic tail on Donphan, making a large hole in the ground and pinning Donphan down. “A strong Pokémon is nothing if it has an unskilled trainer, and one that’s not even able to use its attacks well at that!” Sax laughed allowing Drapion to move away from Donphan.

    “Damn it, even after training with Reggie,” Matthew groaned.

    “We have to fight together Matthew otherwise we’ll lose,” Reggie pointed out; trying to get Matthew back into the water. “We’ll just have to make sure to combine our skills,” he said before looking at the two Pokémon carefully. “Matthew, I want you to use Earthquake once I give you the signal.”

    “Okay,” Matthew nodded his head with insecurity; he just wanted the battle to finish now that he couldn’t get away from thinking about any future embarrassments he might go through.

    “Don’t be afraid, that’ll just make things worse,” Reggie instructed. “All right Liepard use a Assist and attack the two of them together!”

    “Looks like he’s trying to get that feline killed. Let’s burst his bubble Tom,” Sax snickered as Drapion and Grumpig both stood in front of the already charging Liepard who opened its mouth before firing a powerful jet of green colored flames.

    “That’s Dragonbreath huh? Grumpig use Protect!” Grumpig raised its arms into the air; causing a large green barrier to surround the two Pokémon and block the Dragon Breath attack.

    “Drapion, get out of that barrier and use Cross Poison!” Drapion let out a powerful roar before vanishing from the barrier and reappearing behind Liepard. Liepard roared back as it stepped to the side but that was enough to avoid Drapion as its claws both glowed with a purple tint and were slammed against its body.

    “All right, Matthew use it!” Reggie urged. Matthew scrambled from where he stood and signaled Donphan to unleash the already agreed command.

    Donphan slammed its feet down on the ground unleashing various shockwaves that caused the field to shake and crack in various areas as both Grumpig and Drapion tried to escape the flying rocks.

    Unfortunately, it ended just as fast as it had started and neither Grumpig nor Drapion seemed to have suffered huge damage; though they did look a lot more tired after the attack. “It didn’t work, Reggie. Now what?”

    “Now you just prepare for my next signal,” Reggie grinned before throwing his left arm forward. “Assist!” Liepard growled towards its opponents before it began sprinting across the field at great speed; avoiding the rocks that had been lifted and using them to hide away from its opponents.

    “Quick Attack. Well, we can counter that just fine,” Tom clicked his fingers; making his Grumpig’s ears spike up. “Grumpig use Psywave around the field.”

    Grumpig let out a shattering screech before firing a powerful wave of energy all throughout the field, sending the rocks and Liepard crashing all around and causing the Pokémon to stop dead in its tracks. “Liepard, won’t be able to hold out much longer.”

    “That doesn’t matter. I just need one more attack anyway otherwise…” Reggie clenched his fist; sighing in frustration before taking in new air to allow himself to calm down. “All right, Liepard. It’s all or nothing.”

    Liepard panted as it tried to walk back into position; facing the two Pokémon once more. “All right, one last time. Assist!” Liepard roared into the sky as the ground beneath the two began to move around. However, it was different than with the earthquake, instead of a violent shake it felt as if something was surging and moving beneath them.

    “What’s this?” Sax’s question was answered almost immediately as a powerful torrent of water erupted from the ground underneath Drapion and Grumpig causing the two Pokémon to be thrown into the sky by the torrent. “No way!”

    “Now Matthew!”

    “Donphan use Roll Out!” Donphan assumed its ball shape once more and began making its way through the field. After a few seconds it jumped onto the torrent of water and was thrown in along with its two opponents. However, because Drapion and Grumpig didn’t have any leverage neither of them were able to avoid Donphan’s impending clash. Drapion moved back quickly, throwing Grumpig to the floor before Donphan crashed against its chest making it roared in pain as the two Pokémon collided with the hard ground.

    Grumpig stood up from the ground though no one was really paying attention to it or the unconscious Liepard as much as they did towards Donphan and Drapion.

    Reggie smiled to himself before sighing and patting Matthew’s shoulder. “We did good, so don’t worry.”

    “What do you mean?” Matthew asked in confusion.

    Before Reggie could answer his question the cloud had finally dissipated; showing that both Drapion and Donphan were now on the floor completely unconscious. Matthew had to put his hand on Reggie’s shoulder so as to keep himself standing. His Liepard had already been knocked out a few seconds before and now the only Pokémon left was Grumpig.

    “Well who would’ve thought,” Sax chuckled; making his way over to the two with a smug grin on his face. “Guess in the end you still lost,” he laughed before looking at Reggie. “This is why losers can’t make themselves seem like winners no matter what happens.”

    ‘Chi!” Chigon gritted its teeth at Sax; only for Reggie to put his foot in front of the small dragon.

    “Yeah, that’s true. We’re losers, but so are you,” Reggie grinned; noticing a vein forming on Sax’s forehead. “If I’m not mistaken, Tom’s Pokémon is the only one that’s still standing making him the only real winner,” he turned to Tom; who was now looking the other way so as to avoid coming face to face with Sax. “Welcome to the loser’s team,” Reggie snickered.

    “You…don’t act so cocky!” Sax yelled pushing his arm back before throwing it towards Reggie.

    Suddenly Reggie felt a force in his mind scream *DODGE* causing his body to react on instinct as he moved to the right and ducked under the punch. As he did this though he also leaned forward and thrust his punch at Sax; only stopping an inch before hitting Sax’s now scared and shocked face. Sax had come within inches of Reggie's face, and for a brief second, had seen the barely restrained anger and violence within.

    Suddenly Reggie’s eyes went back to his usual demeanor and he withdrew the fist; though that didn’t help Sax’s face change one bit. “Sorry…I don’t know what came over me,” Reggie laughed before turning to Matthew and patting his shoulder. “We lost, but the rule was that you had to win. Lke I said, even if it was a double battle, Tom was the only one that was left standing, so we still win the bet in a way.”

    Sax fumed before turning around and storming off; not wanting to talk to anyone about what had just occurred.

    ***

    After the battle was over Reggie and Matthew had left the stadium and were now standing outside of the battlefield. “So. Was I right or was I right?” Reggie smiled.

    “I guess…I guess you weren’t wrong,” Matthew rubbed his left arm while looking down at the floor. “I do feel better now that I stood up against Sax, so thank you Reggie,” Matthew replied.

    “I guess you just reminded me of myself,” Matthew raised his head to look at Reggie. “I was the same. I was always pushed around by everyone for no reason and I just think of how much my life would’ve changed if I had stood up for myself before,” he said; patting Matthew’s shoulder once more. “I’m glad that I could help you out, Matt.”

    “Well there was a reason as to why they were pushing me around,” Matthew ruffled the back of his head with a slight blush on his face.

    “Yeah, I know,” Reggie said before sighing. “It’s because you're clumsy, right?” he laughed.

    “No it’s…you know what forget it. I guess it doesn’t matter,” Matthew shook his head before turning around. “See you at work tomorrow, Reggie,” he waved before walking off on the other direction from Reggie.

    Reggie just stood there confused before scratching his chin and shrugging. “I guess I shouldn’t think too much of it.” He turned around and began walking. “Now I just gotta find the others.”

    End of Chapter 4
    Next Time: The Girl that Sat Alone

    Next chapter will be a sort of break chapter and will set up one of the plot points that will help later on.
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    Interesting, I look forward to seeing what comes after this. And there's apparently a plot point in here, I wonder what it is :3

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    Well it isn't a plot point per se more like something that will keep appearing for a while.

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    Chapter 2: Nice chapter, though I still don't see the plot. :/ I like how Reggie saw his older self in the Matthew, though. :D

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    Actually daily life at Elemental Academy is the plot of Second Year Rhapsody at the moment while I flesh out everything else, this is necessary though.

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    Why were they teasing Matthew in the first place? I have my suspicions. xD

    Anyway, good chapters! :D

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