Is it just me or have people been starting new fanfics a lot more recently? I feel like if I spend more than 3 days between chapters I end up on the second page and the first page seems to be filled with fics that I've never heard of before and usually, don't hear of again afterwards... Well, doesn't matter, I'll be back to the front page soon enough.
Anyway, here's the next chapter!
Blue thought carefully about what Pokémon to open with and he decided it would be best to start with one of his many Pokémon that were weak to Red’s Pikachu, he had lost too many times because he had left them until last, since Charmeleon’s evolution, three fifths of Blue’s team were now weak to that damned rat. In fact, the only two who weren’t weak were Alakazam and Exeggcute, and Exeggcute was nothing to brag about. Blue wondered if he should have evolved Exeggcute before battling Red, but decided that in the long run it would still be better if he waited. Of course, being better in the long run still meant it was worse now, the only one of Blue’s Pokémon who stood a realistic chance against Pikachu was Alakazam and Blue didn’t want to waste that chance, so he opened with Gyarados. Red observed Blue’s choice of Pokémon and his hand darted to his own belt, where five Poké Balls rested – assuming he hadn’t dropped anyone from his team, his team was the same as last time they encountered, possibly with an evolution or two – Ivysaur, Pikachu, Primeape, Eevee and Growlithe.
However it quickly became obvious that Red must have dropped one of them from his team, instead of one of the five candidates that Blue remembered from their last battle, Red sent out the huge Pokémon which had been blocking the road out of Vermilion. Blue looked up in awe at the gargantuan creature, Snorlax. Red smiled as he looked at Blue’s face.
“I take it you’ve run into this bad boy before then?” taunted Red, clearly extremely proud of himself for his capture, “They say only the best Trainers in the world can capture a Snorlax!”
This comment, predictably, made Blue furious – he had never heard anyone say that only the best Trainers in the world can capture a Snorlax, but he had no evidence to suggest that Red’s claim was a lie. The only way he could make Red look stupid for making that claim was by annihilating his Snorlax.
“Gyarados!” shouted Blue, “Start by using Bite!”
“Eat it, Snorlax!” commanded Red, pointing at Gyarados.
Blue couldn’t believe his ears, was Red so ruthless that he was willing to have his Pokémon devour another live Pokémon? It seemed horrific. Gyarados too appeared horrified by the command and was too scared to attack as a result. The huge beast leant towards Gyarados and began swinging his arms at it ferociously, but fortunately it could not reach.
“Keep trying, Snorlax!” encouraged Red, “I know you can do it!”
Snorlax turned to its Trainer and nodded to indicate its infallible determination and will. Snorlax continued to lean forwards, getting ever closer to Gyarados. Gyarados finally managed to work up the courage to dive forwards and Bite Snorlax, but the huge creature seemed completely unaffected by the attack. Eventually, Snorlax was leaning so far forwards that it could no longer support its own gigantic weight and it toppled forwards, crushing Gyarados. Red smiled. So that was his plan all along.
“Rest,” ordered Red callously.
Snorlax immediately obeyed and fell asleep. Blue wasn’t sure how long Gyarados would be able to survive trapped underneath that horrifically large monster and was horrified to find that he couldn’t even withdraw his Pokémon – Snorlax was in the way!
“Let it out!” screamed Blue, determined that he should not have one of his Pokémon die like Maxwell did.
“Not until I can be certain it’s been KO’d,” replied Red with a sick smile.
Blue couldn’t believe how ruthless his rival had become, he had changed a lot from the little boy who used to annoy Blue because he was too much of a goody goody, in fact, he seemed like an entirely different person. Blue wondered if Oak would still favour Red if he knew how horrible he had become, if he knew that Blue wasn’t the one misbehaving any more, that Red was the real bully. Blue remembered his youth for a moment, Oak had always been telling Blue off for picking on Red, he wondered if his grandfather would have stood up for him if it had been the other way round, for some reason he doubted it. He wondered if Oak would snap at Red for trying to kill one of Blue’s Pokémon or for intentionally antagonising one of his own, but he doubted it, Blue refused to admit that there might be a rational reason behind Oak’s favouritism of Red, there was no way he could face the possibility that it was as a result of his own actions, there was no one to blame but Red, that was just one of the truths of the universe. Red’s attempted murder of Gyarados was testimony to this.
“Wake up Snorlax!” shouted Red, “Roll over, that’s enough!”
Blue looked to the giant beast, doubting that it would react to this, you can’t command a Pokémon to wake up and expect it to. Blue wasn’t wrong, Snorlax continued to lie on top of Gyarados mercilessly, fast asleep. Red sighed and removed something from his bag, it looked like a yellow pipe of some kind with a Poké Ball on the end of it. Red started playing it like a flute and Snorlax began to stir. Blue assumed it was some kind of variation of an Awakening or a Chesto Berry, but then Red returned it to his bag, as if he intended to use it again.
“What was that, Red?” enquired Blue.
“A Poké Flute,” replied Red nonchalantly.
Blue didn’t ask for any further information, he simply nodded so he didn’t look stupid. Snorlax then rolled over on to its back and Blue ran over to Gyarados’ flattened body to check if his Pokémon was alright. Blue checked Gyarados’ pulse and was able to confirm that the Pokémon was alive, although in desperate need of a healing. Blue returned Gyarados to its Poké Ball and began to think carefully about what Pokémon to use next, Pidgeot would probably be a good choice, but in the end he settled with Alakazam.
Blue sent Alakazam out and Red immediately ordered Snorlax to attack in the same manner that it had before. The massive, lazy Pokémon obediently fell forwards in an attempt to flatten Alakazam, as it had done with Gyarados, but Alakazam was too quick for it and Teleported out of the way.
“Psychic!” ordered Blue.
Blue saw an expression of pain flash across Red’s face, it was obvious he wanted Snorlax to dodge it, but it was even more obvious that a Pokémon that huge and immobile didn’t stand a chance at dodging anything. Snorlax was hit head on by the Psychic attack and was then hit by an onslaught of more attacks from Alakazam. Snorlax made some attempts to fight back, but Alakazam was simply too fast, it just Teleported out of the way when there was even the slightest chance of it being hit. It wasn’t long before Snorlax was KO’d. Red returned Snorlax to its Poké Ball.
“It doesn’t matter,” snapped Red, “It took out one of yours and we have the same number. That means I’m ahead! I’m still going to win!”
Blue just laughed, he revelled in any insecurity displayed by his rival. Red sneered and grabbed another Poké Ball from his belt, Blue wondered if this was another new addition to the team, but it turned out not to be, Red sent out a familiar face – Eevee. Blue stared down his rival as Alakazam stared down the tormented, mistreated face of Red’s Eevee. This time was going to be different.
Blue's Team: Charizard, Pidgeot, Exeggcute, Alakazam, Gyarados
Blue’s Box: Metapod, Beedrill, Meowth, Bellsprout
Blue's Pokédex: 22 Caught, 77 Seen
Blue’s Badges: 5
Tune in next time for the semi-centennial chapter special!