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    The athletic abilities of a brick... no wonder Red couldn't just climb over ledges, trees, and rocks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimori-Hinoarashi View Post
    The athletic abilities of a brick... no wonder Red couldn't just climb over ledges, trees, and rocks.
    Yeah that's exactly what I had in mind =P

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    that... makes sense. Huh.

    Wow, I'm impressed. You continue to choose explanations that out of context wouldn't work but when put together with this story... it works beautifully. I look forward to the curb stomp battle.

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    Fantastic! I always wondered why Red couldn't get over those tiny rocks...
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    Sorry this took so long. I hate Erika, so difficult to motivate myself to write this. Next chapter may take a while too for the same reason. After that things should get a bit better.

    Chapter 36

    The gym challenge began with very few words, in fact, Blue said nothing at all, he simply growled in response to everything Erika said.

    “I can always tell when people come here expecting a challenge,” explained Erika, “They have such an air of adventure, life and excitement about them. Some people come here for my advice on growing plants, they are the opposite, they are serene and peaceful. There is such a distinction between these people.”

    Blue simply growled again and threw out Charmeleon’s Poké Ball. Erika nodded curtly and threw out her first Poké Ball, releasing a Victreebel. Blue smiled, knowing that this Grass type, no matter how strong it was, simply didn’t stand a chance.

    “Ember!” ordered Blue.
    “Stun Spore!” responded Erika.

    Blue was beginning to wonder why the only one of his Pokémon anyone ever used Stun Spore against was Charmeleon. This time Blue was not as lucky as against Sabrina and the Stun Spore successfully paralyzed Charmeleon and before it could use Ember.

    “A type advantage is only useful is you have the opportunity to use it,” giggled Erika.
    “Shut up!” yelled Blue.

    This woman was the most infuriating Gym Leader Blue had met yet. Obviously Blue preferred Surge, he loved that guy, but she was more annoying than Brock’s blandness, she was more annoying than Misty’s shrillness, she was even more annoying than Sabrina’s telepathy! The thing that really got to Blue about this woman was her serenity. Nothing could annoy her!

    “Just keep on using Ember!” commanded Blue, Charmeleon was bound to overcome his paralysis eventually.
    “Giga Drain,” said Erika in such a calm voice that it was a miracle her Victreebel heard her.

    Victreebel carried out its order and began sucking life from Charmeleon. It was as if the Stun Spore was particularly effective because Charmeleon seemed to be fully paralysed more often than it wasn’t. In fact, even though each Ember attack was able to deal a massive amount of damage to Victreebel, by the time the next one came around it was able to have regained about the same amount of health. This battle was going nowhere. The only thing that was changing was Charmeleon’s health, which getting consistently lower and lower, at this rate Blue was going to lose this battle in spite of his type advantage. Not only would that decrease the likelihood of Blue obtaining a Badge here, but it would be utterly humiliating. Blue considered having Charmeleon use Rage and Metal Claw, as he had done against Sabrina, but he was sure that Ember was probably much more effective in this situation. The best he could probably do was to hope that Charmeleon would be fortunate enough to resist paralysis two turns in a row and finally manage to take the beast out.

    As the battle progressed, it began to seem increasingly less likely that this was going to happen until suddenly something happened to turn it all around for Blue. It was not the incredibly likely event of Charmeleon managing to resist paralysis for two attacks in a row, but the far less likely event that one of Charmeleon’s Ember attacks managed to burn Victreebel! Blue was bewildered by the comparative unlikelihood of this bizarre occurrence, but was ecstatic nonetheless. Annoyingly, Erika was completely unfazed by the event and proceeded with the battle with an air of calm that served to infuriate Blue beyond belief. Not that it mattered, this battle was finally going his way, all he had to do now was keep up the same rate of using Ember as he already had done thus far, the burn would take care of the rest and Victreebel would not be able to use Giga Drain fast enough to take out Charmeleon before that. Blue’s certainty of his impending victory caused a huge grin to break out across his face, immediately banishing his previous fury. Unfortunately, Erika did not act as Blue expected and instead of ordering Victreebel to continue using the same move and thus guarantee its own demise, she actually put up a fight.

    “Razor Leaf!” ordered Erika.

    Victreebel turned to Charmeleon and fired the leaves from its side, which were immediately replenished. As the leaves flew through the air they developed razor sharp sides, which managed to cut Charmeleon and cause it a reasonable amount of pain. Although Razor Leaf is a less powerful attack than Giga Drain, it has a high critical hit ratio, which means it has a much higher chance of doing twice as much damage. Knowing that if she didn’t take out Charmeleon quickly Victreebel was certainly going to be defeated, Erika decided to take her chances with this attack. Unfortunately, it did not pay off. In fact, not only was Blue lucky that Razor Leaf was not a critical hit, but Charmeleon was finally able to resist its paralysis twice in a row and managed to take out Victreebel with an Ember – the burn was unnecessary after all.

    Erika calmly selected her next Pokémon and sent it on to the field. It was a Pokémon known as Vileplume, with a giant flower on its tiny body. Blue wasn’t sure what good it would be in battle, but he was sure Erika would have some amazing use for it, she was a Gym Leader after all. Blue then reflected that the only time he had defeated a Gym Leader’s Pokémon with only one of his was when he beat Misty’s Staryu with his Clefairy, and even then they had both fainted. Perhaps this woman just wasn’t as good as the other Gym Leaders. Regardless, Blue took this opportunity to withdraw Charmeleon, it was paralysed and therefore at a disadvantage, if he changed now he might be able to pull off a white wash. Blue hesitated momentarily between Pidgeotto and Kadabra but very quickly settled with Kadabra.

    Blue expected Erika to open with an amazing new strategy, using her Pokémon in a completely unique way, but to his disappointment she once again opened with Stun Spore. Not only was this repetitive but it was stupid, Kadabra possessed the Synchronise ability which was activated whenever it was inflicted with a status – it inflicted the status back on to its attacker. Sabrina had managed to get around this by using Poison Powder, it couldn’t be reflected back because her Venomoth was a Poison type. Erika could have used this same tactic, but she was simply too dull and as a result it was now a battle between two paralysed Pokémon. Brilliant.

    Ultimately, the battle between Vileplume and Kadabra boiled down to who was paralysed less frequently. As it happened, Kadabra was paralysed less frequently and its attacks were super effective against Vileplume. It was a matter of minutes before this Pokémon was also defeated. Blue was well on his way to a white wash.

    “Oh,” commented Erika dreamily, “I only have one Pokémon left? Which one is it? Oh, it’s Tangela. That’s good, I shouldn’t lose then.”

    Blue's Team: Charmeleon, Pidgeotto, Kadabra, Gyarados, Exeggcute
    Blue’s Box: Metapod, Beedrill, Meowth, Bellsprout
    Blue's Pokédex: 16 Caught, 69 Seen
    Blue’s Badges: 4


    What's that? That's the fastest Blue has ever beaten two of a Gym Leader's Pokemon? Why against Sabrina it took him three chapters to get this far. It couldn't possibly be that I want to be writing about Erika for as few chapters as possible... Oh wait, yes, it definitely, definitely could and is.

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    Hey ...

    I've been meaning to read the whole thing here for a while ... i just ... haven't XD

    But this was a good chapter. I espically like the way Blue hates Erika for her cuteness and calm demeanour.

    It fits his character to a tee

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    AUGH! PEACE! MUST KILL!

    I liked that. Erika is the easiest gym leader hands down.

    Evil Figment (7:59:44 PM): Ryuu, however shakily you started, I've got to hand it to you that you earned my respect the hard way.

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    Great battle! I'm in the process of catching up with the story, but awesome chapter here.

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    Here's another chapter! Whew, back to regularity...

    Chapter 37

    Eager to complete his first white wash of a Gym Leader, Blue stomped his feet impatiently as Erika prepared to send out her final Pokémon. What was taking so long? She only had one left, it’s not as if she was choosing which one to use! Blue considered switching Pokémon for this battle a hundred times in the time it took Erika to send out her final Pokémon, but in the end he decided not to. Blue hadn’t heard of Tangela before, it was pointless to try and base his choice of Pokémon on a name alone.

    Erika finally sent out the Pokémon and it certainly did not look as powerful as she claimed. It was a tiny ball with feet covered in purple vines to the point that the only visible parts of its body were its feet and its vines.

    “Confusion!” ordered Blue.
    “You know what to do, Tangela,” giggled Erika in response.

    Kadabra used Confusion while Tangela simply waited to be attacked. As it happened, the attack actually did a minimal amount of damage, but before Blue could think about a change of tactics, Tangela started firing vines out to every tree in the Gym. It looked as if the vines were absorbing something from the trees; big balls of something were travelling up the vines. There were so many vines, each connected to a different tree, that Blue was completely surrounded by vines, as if he was a fly being trapped in a spider’s web.

    “It’s called Ingrain,” explained Erika graciously, seeing Blue’s shock and confusion, “Tangela attaches itself to all of the plants and trees in the room and can absorb nutrients from them. Usually this stops a Pokémon from moving because they use roots but because Tangela uses vines it can use them to swing around, if anything it’s more mobile now!”

    Blue scowled in response, she was ruining his white wash. Still, he couldn’t give up now.

    “Confusion again!” ordered Blue, it was better to use a move that didn’t do much while you weren’t receiving any damage than to run away from the battle for no real reason.

    “Bind,” ordered Erika serenely.

    Suddenly, hundreds of vines shot out from the forest of them which Tangela had created and wrapped themselves around Kadabra.

    “Teleport!” yelled Blue, sensing an easy way out of this move.

    Unfortunately, Kadabra’s paralysis chose now to take effect, it couldn’t move.

    “Giga Drain,” commanded Erika dreamily.
    ‘Not this again,’ thought Blue to himself impatiently.

    Tangela proceeded to drain energy from Kadabra as well as drawing energy from all of the plants and trees from around the Gym. There was no way the occasional Confusion was going to be able to deal enough damage to counteract that, Kadabra was useless, perhaps Pidgeotto would fare better. Blue held out Kadabra’s Poké Ball in order to return the Psi Pokémon but something unexpected happened. The usual red light shot out of the Poké Ball to reclaim the Pokémon except the red light missed. This had never happened before. The reason the red light missed was because Tangela used its vines to move Kadabra out of the way of it!

    “What?!” exclaimed Blue in disbelief, “You’re not letting me retreat my own Pokémon? You can’t do that!”
    “Can’t I?” giggled Erika, “It looks like I am.”

    Blue continued to attempt to retreat Kadabra to its Poké Ball only to have Tangela stop him from doing so, all the while Binding it. Blue soon realised that Erika was not prepared to allow him to flee from the battle that easily. Fortunately, however, Blue knew that if he really tried, he’d be able to withdraw Kadabra.

    “Teleport to me!” shouted Blue, hoping his Pokémon both heard and was able to fight through its paralysis effectively enough to successfully carry out the given order.

    To Blue’s delight, Kadabra was able to Teleport out of Tangela’s vines so that it was standing right in front of Blue however this by no means meant that Kadabra was going to be retreated to its Poké Ball, Erika wasn’t going to relent that easily.

    “How predictable,” chided Erika with a serene smile on her face as a vine shot out from behind Blue and grabbed Kadabra the second it Teleported next to Blue.

    Once again the beam of red light missed. Tangela continued to Bind Kadabra and it was not long before the Pokémon fainted and Erika finally allowed Blue to retreat it to its Poké Ball. Blue was furious that his first potential Gym Leader white wash had been ruined but he knew that all that really mattered was getting another Badge – he had to focus on picking his next Pokémon. Tangela wasn’t actually a Poison type, so Kadabra didn’t have the type advantage that Blue had been counting on it having in this Gym, however both Charmeleon and Pidgeotto still did, which essentially made his choice between those two. Since Charmeleon was on low health and paralysed, the choice was really a no brainer.

    “Go! Pidgeotto!” yelled Blue, throwing down the relevant Poké Ball, he then began ordering the Pokémon while it was still in the process of emerging from its Poké Ball, there wasn’t a second to spare, “Fly! Stay away from the vines!”

    Pidgeotto obediently flew up into the air, constantly avoiding vines. Unfortunately, the ceiling of the Gym was covered entirely with Tangela’s vines and this was easier said than done. However, Pidgeotto was quite successful in avoiding Tangela’s vines, it was a lot faster after all. As Pidgeotto began its descent to strike Tangela with the offensive part of the Fly manoeuvre it became harder and harder for the bird Pokémon to avoid the growing number of vines, but still it, with some skilful dodging Pidgeotto managed to Fly right up to the centre of this monstrosity of vines. Pidgeotto struck its foe with a particularly effective hit which dealt it a huge amount of damage, but Blue knew that if he was going to take this Pokémon out it was going to take more than one hit like that – after all, it was constantly restoring its own health with the Ingrain technique.

    “Pull out and attack again!” ordered Blue, but it was futile.

    Half a second after Pidgeotto successfully hit Tangela, vines came from every direction and squeezed Pidgeotto tighter than it could stand. Blue didn’t even bother trying to fight this, he knew there was no way Pidgeotto was going to make it out of this. In fact, by trying to stop this happening he would simply draw it out and allow Tangela to regain more health in the intervening period! It wasn’t long before Pidgeotto was knocked out and Blue was able to retreat it to its Poké Ball. Blue didn’t have time to put any real thought into what his next Pokémon was going to be, so he sent out Charmeleon hoping that its type advantage would make up for its less than desirable affliction.

    “Ember!” shouted Blue as soon as Charmeleon was able to hear the command, “All around you!”

    If Charmeleon could burn the vines, it might reduce the amount of health Tangela is able to regain through Ingrain. Charmeleon carried out the command obediently but it wasn’t long before it was grabbed by vines. Charmeleon continued to spurt out fire while Tangela grabbed it tighter and tighter with its vines. Blue knew that it wouldn’t be long before Charmeleon too was knocked out, but at least it was going down fighting. The vines were catching fire all over the place, but whenever one vine caught fire, another came and hit it until it was put out. Blue was sure that this was doing damage and reducing the effectiveness of Ingrain, but he also knew that Charmeleon was going to be knocked out any second now. Blue didn’t have time to think, he grabbed his last Pokémon’s Poké Ball, ready to send it out the second Charmeleon was knocked out, he couldn’t let this monster regain any more health than he absolutely had to. Gyarados was already going to be fighting at a type disadvantage, things didn’t look good, Blue might actually lose this battle – so much for a white wash.

    Now.

    Charmeleon was withdrawn and Gyarados was sent out.

    “Bite!” ordered Blue, “Bite as much as you can and avoid the vines!”

    As it turned out, Gyarados didn’t need to worry about the vines, they didn’t come for him, Giga Drain did. It was seconds before Gyarados was knocked out. It was all over, Blue had lost his first Gym battle and to make it even more painful, he had been expecting to win in a white wash. Blue fell to his knees.

    “I… I… can’t believe… I… l-lost…” stammered Blue.

    All the energy left Blue’s body as he sank to the floor, but then Erika, barely audible, began saying something.

    “Um,” informed Erika, “I believe you have one Pokémon left…”

    Exeggcute! Blue had decided that there was no time to think and as a result he had forgotten all about his newest Pokémon! All was not lost – there was still hope! That said, it wasn’t a huge amount of hope. Given that his intensely trained, evolved beasts of Pokémon couldn’t take out this monster, it wasn’t that likely that an unevolved, untrained and completely unused Pokémon could, but never say never.

    “Go Exeggcute!” yelled Blue, sending out his newest Pokémon.

    Exeggcute exploded out of the Poké Ball and patiently waited for commands. Strangely, Tangela’s vines did not reach out and grab it, in fact, Erika appeared to be waiting for Blue to do something. Blue had to check Exeggcute’s moves before he could order it to do anything, he was completely unfamiliar with the Pokémon. Barrage, Hypnosis and Leech Seed. Not exactly brilliant. Leech Seed was useless, as a Grass type Tangela would be immune to it. Hypnosis would be useful if Exeggcute could get anywhere near Tangela before the vines stopped it and the same could be said for Barrage, Blue doubted Exeggcute’s range was anything to get excited about. Still, he had to try.

    “Exeggcute!” yelled Blue, “Get in close and use Hypnosis!”

    Blue watched hopelessly as the tiny eggs hopped forwards pathetically towards Tangela, if Pidgeotto could not avoid the vines between its massively superior speed and ability to fly then Exeggcute didn’t stand a chance. Once again, it seemed like there was absolutely no hope of Blue winning this battle. Finally a vine swooped down and attempted to catch one of the eggs, but it was unsuccessful, the targeted egg was able to jump and narrowly avoid being captured. In fact, this happened several times, Exeggcute appeared to be quite adept at avoiding the vines and Blue was amazed by the eggs’ ability to move independent from one another in spite of sharing a single mind. Blue was beginning to think he might be able to win this battle after all.

    It was seconds before all hope was lost… again. A vine finally managed to grab hold of one of the eggs. Although the other eggs continued to hop forwards, avoiding the vines all the while, they were not even half way to the Tangela and the concentration of vines was only getting higher. At this rate, they would all be captured long before they reached their target and were able to even attempt to use Hypnosis. However, the group, which now consisted of five eggs, continued to hop fearlessly towards their opponent. It was not long before there were only four eggs continuing towards Tangela and soon, three. Then something amazing happened, something that turned around the battle completely, just as so many events before it already had. The eggs that were being held by vines around the Gym managed to wriggle free from their captors and flew across the Gym at high speed towards their comrades. The group was six again and they were virtually face to face with Tangela! Predictably, one or two of the eggs were once again caught by vines, but fortunately, they once again flew back to the main body of eggs and seconds later they stood face to face with their opponent. Tangela began to use its vines to move out of the way, but the eggs jumped on top of each other and eventually one was able to make eye contact, sending Tangela to sleep.

    When Tangela did fall asleep, all of its vines slackened up and its main body hit the floor with a thud. To Blue’s disappointment, Tangela’s vines continued to suck health from the trees around it but he did not let this faze him, the battle was his.

    “Barrage,” commanded Blue smugly, “Barrage it until it is knocked out.”

    This was not the climatic finish that most of Blue’s Gym battles up until now seemed to have and it certainly wasn’t the Gym white wash that Blue had been so desperately hoping for, but it was a victory and it did earn him the Rainbow Badge, which is what really counted.

    Blue's Team: Charmeleon, Pidgeotto, Kadabra, Gyarados, Exeggcute
    Blue’s Box: Metapod, Beedrill, Meowth, Bellsprout
    Blue's Pokédex: 16 Caught, 70 Seen
    Blue’s Badges: 5

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    That was unexpected.
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    AUGH! I MISSED A CHAPTER! KILL ME! Now to read it...

    EDIT: I didn't like something about the tone of the last paragraph, but the rest was good as usual.
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    That was perfectly Exeggcuted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by swampert_rox View Post
    AUGH! I MISSED A CHAPTER! KILL ME! Now to read it...

    EDIT: I didn't like something about the tone of the last paragraph, but the rest was good as usual.
    Yeah, I wasn't exactly happy with the conclusion myself so I can definitely see what you mean.

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    That was perfectly Exeggcuted.
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    I approve of this pun.

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    Chapter 38

    Blue ran out of Celadon Gym to the Pokémon Center, eager to take on his next Gym Leader. There were three left. Giovanni, the Leader of Viridian City, who had been absent last time Blue had attempted to challenge him, Koga, the shoo-in to be the next Elite Four member and the Leader of Cinnabar City, who Blue didn’t know anything about. From Celadon, the easiest to get to would probably be Fuchsia, although Blue was not looking forward to challenging a Gym Leader who fought at an Elite Four standard. Alternatively he could simply Fly back to Viridian City and challenge Giovanni or Fly back to Pallet Town and Surf to Cinnabar from there. In the end though, it didn’t particularly matter, as it turned out, Blue had more pressing issues on his hands. As Blue exited the Pokémon Center, he looked up to see the Scientist who had let him into Saffron City standing in front of him.

    “Hello, Blue,” hissed the Scientist.

    Blue didn’t reply. He was paralysed with fear and had no idea what to say to this man or how he knew his name.

    “You’ve done something very stupid, Blue,” continued the Scientist without any input from Blue, “You crossed Team Rocket four times and then you showed up at our Game Corner and registered for a battle competition, giving your full name and your grandfather’s address on the grounds that you are a traveller.”

    Having his own actions repeated back to him Blue had to concede that, with the gift of hindsight, what he had done was very stupid indeed.

    “The original purpose of that competition was to recruit the winner,” explained the Scientist, “But we got lucky, we never expected an enemy of Team Rocket like you to enter.”
    “Wh- what do you want?” stammered Blue, remembering the fear that this man had instilled in him, fear like he had never felt before.
    “You embarrassed me, Blue,” snapped the Scientist, “You made a mockery of me. I became a joke for allowing you into Saffron City. Team Rocket was happy that the police had the City under lockdown, it meant they knew who was there, it made it easier to control. There were cameras, Blue. My Boss was very displeased that I allowed you in. In fact, there were cameras present every time you crossed Team Rocket, we’ve been wondering who you are for a while, Blue. Who would have thought that you are the grandson of the great Professor Oak. Once I take you back to our new HQ in Saffron City, I’ll regain all my credibility with the Boss and everyone else in Team Rocket.”
    “I won’t go!” insisted Blue, he didn’t feel like there was much he could do about this man taking him away but he knew he had to do absolutely everything in his power to avoid it, he was terrified of him.
    “I’m afraid you don’t have a choice in the matter, Blue,” sneered the Scientist.

    The Scientist grabbed a Poké Ball from his belt and threw it out on to the ground in front of Blue, it exploded into what appeared to be a larger Poké Ball with the colours reversed. Blue recognised this Pokémon as Electrode, the evolved form of Voltorb. Since Blue knew that the Scientist possessed at least one other Pokémon, his Weezing, he was impressed that the man did not simply send out both of them.

    “I know what you’re thinking, Blue,” remarked the Scientist, “But I’m a gentleman battler, I don’t need to bully my opponents by sending out more than one Pokémon. That sort of thing is for the weak.”

    Blue tried not to admire this man, but he found it hard, he just focused on sending out a Pokémon. Electrode was an Electric Type, so Pidgeotto and Gyarados were out of the question, Exeggcute was still new, so it was between Charmeleon and Kadabra. For no particular reason, Blue decided to go with Kadabra. No sooner had Kadabra been released from its Poké Ball than the Scientist had given his first command.

    “Explosion,” laughed the Scientist.

    Electrode obediently blew itself up, instantly knocking out Kadabra and covering the immediate area with debris from the attack. Blue knew that since this wasn’t a Gym battle, he didn’t have time to mess around choosing what Pokémon to use next, who knows what this guy would pull. Blue sent out Gyarados, thinking it unlikely that it would be weak against two of the man’s Pokémon in a row. However, when the smoke cleared, the Scientist’s Electrode was still present. Battered and worn out, but still conscious.

    “Charge Beam!” yelled the Scientist with a smile.

    Electrode launched the attack before Blue could recover from the shock of Electrode’s survival of blowing itself up and Gyarados was knocked out in a single move.

    “Focus Sash,” smiled the Scientist, not bothering to explain further.

    He didn’t need to anyway, Blue knew what Focus Sash was, it was an item that ensured a Pokémon would survive a potentially fatal attack with one health, just as long as it was on full health before the attack. Explosion with a Focus Sash was a beautiful combination, Blue’s admiration for this man went up hand in hand with his fear of him. Blue grabbed Charmeleon’s Poké Ball and sent him out.

    “Explosion,” ordered the Scientist while Charmeleon was still emerging from its Poké Ball.

    As Charmeleon emerged, Electrode gathered what energy it had left and the moment Charmeleon was fully free of its Poké Ball, the electric Pokémon exploded itself for the second time, knocking Charmeleon out completely. This man had just knocked out three of Blue’s Pokémon in three moves, it was spectacular. Blue was shaking. He had to run, but he didn’t know how. While Blue hesitated, the Scientist sent out his second Pokémon, his Weezing, the same one from Saffron City. Blue didn’t know how he knew it was the same one, he just knew. Blue wished he hadn’t sent Kadabra out first, he could have so easily Teleported out of here, but now he was stuck. Then it hit him – Fly! He could use Pidgeotto to Fly him away from this terrifying man. Blue grabbed Pidgeotto’s Poké Ball from his belt and began to give the order to Fly.

    “Don’t run you wimp!” reprimanded the Scientist, “Stop it, Weezing!”

    Weezing floated swiftly between Pidgeotto and Blue and stopped him from grabbing on to his Pokémon, it then gave Pidgeotto a tough Tackle to show that it was serious. There was now no way out at all. Or so Blue thought, but then he heard one glimmer of hope.

    “Get away from him!” came a voice that Blue instantly recognised as belonging to Maxwell.

    It was beautiful. Blue had sent Maxwell away with unnecessarily harsh words and now he was here to save him, it was true Maxwell wasn’t a rival in any shape or form, he was a friend.

    The Scientist turned to see who was there. Blue tried to grab Pidgeotto’s leg, but Weezing continued to block the way, blasting smog into the faces of both Blue and Pidgeotto to ensure that they were kept apart. Through the smog, Blue saw Maxwell sending out his Machop. There was no way Maxwell stood a chance against this guy, but if he distracted him for just one second, Blue could grab on to Pidgeotto’s leg, Fly off and grab Maxwell on the way, it would be good for both of them!

    “Ugh!” hissed the Scientist, “If only you had come while I still had two Pokémon! Give that pitiful little creature the kiss of death, Weezing, show this idiot that we’re serious.”

    Weezing nodded in order to indicate that it intended to obey its newest command, but first it wanted to ensure that it did not fail in its previous task through negligence and Tackled Blue in the face to ensure that he did not have the strength to grab on to Pidgeotto’s leg. The pain was tremendous, Blue was sure he had broken his nose, but he fought through the pain, he knew that it was now or never. The second Weezing floated away, Blue grabbed on to Pidgeotto’s leg. Pidgeotto flapped its wings, but was finding it hard to get going, the massive amount of smog that Weezing had blown into its lungs meant it couldn’t move as fast as normal.

    Meanwhile, Weezing flew over to Machop and pressed its lips against that of the small Pokémon. Machop banged its tiny but powerful fists against Weezing, trying to get it off, but to no avail. Machop’s eyes began to water as Weezing pumped poisonous gas mercilessly straight into the Pokémon’s lungs. Everyone present could see that it wasn’t going for a knock out, it was going for a kill. Maxwell screamed for it to stop and rushed over to try and separate the two Pokémon, too distraught to consider that simply withdrawing Machop would be far more effective. He never got to Machop though, the Scientist intercepted him on his way there and struck him round the face.

    “Humans don’t belong in a Pokémon battle!” snapped the Scientist, “Have some pride, for crying out loud!”

    In the midst of all the confusion, Pidgeotto was finally able to achieve lift off with Blue’s weight. Blue had the Pokémon circle around a few times before attempting to pick up Maxwell too, but seconds later he did. Pidgeotto swooped down and grabbed Maxwell in its talon that was not supporting Blue. Blue admired the Pokémon for carrying both of them, particularly with smog in its lungs, it must have been gruelling.

    “But Blue!” resisted Maxwell, “Machop!”
    “Withdraw him, you idiot!” snapped Blue, “We have to go!”
    “You disgraces!” reprimanded the Scientist as the pair flew away, “You are not men! Stay and fight!”

    Maxwell finally withdrew Machop to its Poké Ball and Pidgeotto flew the two of them just outside of Celadon City, far enough for them to be safe from the Scientist. When they landed, Blue retreated Pidgeotto to its Poké Ball, it deserved a rest. Blue and Maxwell sat in silence for a few minutes, each with the Poké Balls of their most recently used Pokémon in their hands, both of those Pokémon were heroes. Then, Maxwell’s face welled up, got red and the large man shed a tear.

    “What is it?” snapped Blue, it was a big step for him to admit to himself that the pair were friends, he didn’t want the man sobbing like a baby in front of him too.
    “It’s Machop,” responded Maxwell, “I can’t feel him moving in his Poké Ball. I think…”

    Maxwell’s tears began to run more freely now and Blue put a hand on his shoulder as he began to understand why the man was crying.

    “I think he’s dead, Blue.”

    Blue's Team: Charmeleon, Pidgeotto, Kadabra, Gyarados, Exeggcute
    Blue’s Box: Metapod, Beedrill, Meowth, Bellsprout
    Blue's Pokédex: 16 Caught, 71 Seen
    Blue’s Badges: 5
    Last edited by Gama; 27th March 2010 at 01:28 PM.

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    No wonder you wanted to get through Erika quickly!

    I actually loved this chapter. Sabrina can go and die compared to this Scientist.

    I would say keep up the good work, but it's guaranteed.

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    *mourns*

    *plays dramatic music*

    *goes out to post Machop's death in an obituary*

    *reserves a grave for Machop in Pokemon tower*

    *plans the funeral*

    *prepares the being-laughed-at-for-something-that-turned-out-to-be-false shield lest Machop is revealed to be still alive*

    Nice(and emotional) chapter!

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