Anyhoo, here's the new chapter! Sorry about the wait!
Bruno actually left Blue at Victory Road and instructed him to wait for ten minutes before heading it as it was unfair to head in with the company of a member of the Elite Four. Blue barely waited five, he couldn’t afford to lose time right now, Red was hot on his heels.
He needn’t have worried so much though, he knew he got through Victory Road far faster than his rival could’ve hoped to. Blue got through Victory Cave by climbing and jumping mostly – quite dangerous stuff. Stuff that he knew Red would die if he tried to imitate, as he was about as physically fit as a piñata. Sadly, he was also about as popular as one.
Anyway, it didn’t take long for Blue to progress through Victory Road; he was at the Indigo Plateau in no time. Blue had racked up a lot of money from winning all of his Pokémon battles and he stopped at the Mart desk as he was considering finally splashing out on some Full Restores and Revives. Then Blue had a quick look in his bag to see how much room he had in it and spied the Potions he had bought in Viridian City when he was starting out as a Trainer. Blue had come this far and hadn’t touched them even once – why ruin that bragging right now?
Blue went to the Pokémon Center desk and healed up his Pokémon, ready to take on the Pokémon League. The challenge was to take down all four members of the Elite Four without stopping in between; he was very familiar with it. Blue was not particularly confident in his ability to take this challenge – every Gym battle he had had so far had been a close thing, he certainly couldn’t have taken on two Gyms in a row without healing up. He thought back to his Gym battles and noted that at the strength he was now he probably could have taken out a few of the Gym Leaders in a row. It was pretty shocking that Brock was a Gym Leader, in fact, Maxwell could’ve beaten him and Maxwell was not a good trainer.
Blue strode on into the chamber of the Elite Four and hoped for the best. It was a cold room filled with ice and a calm looking woman with red hair, glasses and a pencil skirt, who looked like she belonged in an office, standing at the other side – she was one of the two current members of the Elite Four who Blue had never met before. Blue approached slowly with his hand on Exeggcute’s Poké Ball – it was clear she was a Water type specialist after all.
The last official League battle Blue had participated in had required him to be ready at any moment and whenever he didn’t his life was put at risk, in fact, the only way he’d been able to win was by ignoring his opponent’s Pokémon and attacking Giovanni directly.
“Please don’t try and pull a Giovanni,” shouted the woman to Blue, “He came in here with his dirty tactics a few years ago and he didn’t last five minutes against me.”
Blue didn’t know what to say to this. On the one hand it was a relief that this woman wasn’t going to try and attack him directly since he didn’t think he could survive another onslaught so soon after his battle with Giovanni, but on the other hand, the thought that this woman mopped the floor with such a powerful man so easily was terrifying. How could she be so strong?
“The name’s Lorelei!” announced the woman boldly, “I’m sorry to crush your hopes so early on but I can assure you that there is nothing you can do that will possibly beat me. Your League challenge ends here!”
Blue nervously grabbed Exeggcute’s Poké Ball from his belt and threw it out towards Lorelei, who threw out a Poké Ball of her own, releasing a Dewgong.
“An interesting choice against an Ice specialist,” remarked Lorelei.
Blue cursed himself for assuming she was a Water specialist, but stuck with his choice.
“Giga Drain!” commanded Blue.
“Ice Beam,” retorted Lorelei calmly.
Dewgong moved far quicker than Exeggcute could’ve hoped to and the Ice Beam landed, dealing Exeggcute an incredible amount of damage. In fact, Blue was sure Exeggcute would not be able to withstand another Ice Beam, he just hoped Giga Drain would restore enough health for it to survive the hit. But Exeggcute didn’t use Giga Drain, instead it gave Blue a look he recognised. It was the look his Alakazam had given him when it had used Psychic for the first time – Exeggcute had learnt a new move and wanted to use it. Blue decided to take his chances with the new move and nodded, giving Exeggcute permission to use it.
Suddenly, Exeggcute started glowing and sucked in all the light flowing into the room as if it were charging an attack. Solar Beam. It was time. Blue ruffled through his bag, looking for the Leaf Stone that Maxwell had given to him when he had been about to battle Erika. After a few seconds, Blue found it and tossed it to the Egg Pokémon, causing it to shine with the evolutionary light that Blue had become so familiar with.
Lorelei was so stunned by this series of events that she did not give her Dewgong any orders and it sat their stupidly as Exeggcute grew to several times its former size, developed feet and finally, stood proud as an Exeggutor.
“Ice Beam!” commanded Lorelei again desperately, clearly beginning to lose her cool.
Unfortunately for Lorelei, she ordered her attack too late and Exeggutor’s Solar Beam hit Dewgong, managing to knock it out in a single move. It was probably more powerful than usual because Exeggcute evolved while charging it. Blue was still less somewhat disappointed by the battling power so far of a woman who claimed to have beaten Giovanni with ease.
“You just got a taste of my power!” hissed Lorelei, selecting the next Poké Ball from her belt.
“Yeah,” retorted Blue, “Well it tasted crap.”
Blue's Team: Charizard, Pidgeot, Exeggcute, Alakazam, Gyarados, Rhyhorn
Blue’s Box: Metapod, Beedrill, Meowth, Bellsprout, Grimer, Aerodactyl
Blue's Pokédex: 24 Caught, 90 Seen
Blue’s Badges: 8