“Where’s that team I ordered here?” Baron bellowed as he passed Major Emalin. Her body was glowing white as she passed by several Water and Ice type Pokémon. The wounds on their bodies slowly diminished. They weren’t ready to fight, but it wouldn’t be long before they were up and at it again. That’s what he liked about Emalin. She was a great healer, and she worked fast.
“Sir, they waiting for you at the lake’s edge.” Colonel Starmie nervously said as he recalled an incident similar to this that didn’t go too well. He knew Baron was not someone that should be messed with. He knew that every time Baron asked for something to be done, it had better get done as quickly as possible.
“Good, I want to get moving then.” Blastoise said in a much calmer voice. “I’m going to go get Colonel Lennox myself. Colonel, I want you to stay here and make sure everyone stays up to task. In my absence, nothing better go wrong. I am entrusting that you will follow through and do as asked.”
“You have my word Sir!” Starmie said, knowing he had just taken on a big task. Blastoise walked off towards the Lake. Starmie looked around and sighed as he headed towards the infirmary. He was going to gather another team together for when Baron came back.
Baron looked at the team that was gathered together. It was a small five man team, but that was all that would be needed. The five gathered were Floatzel, Kabutops, Lombre, Weavile, and Froslass. Baron did a quick inspection of them. He usually did these before going on something important because he didn’t want anything to get in his way, especially a team that was not well prepared. He walked over to the brown, insect looking Pokemon first and picked up one of its sickles. He ran his hand down it and nodded. It was sharp, but Baron felt that it could be sharper.
“Make sure these are sharper next time.” He said to the Kabutops. “You’ll get a cleaner cut.” He moved over to the Weavile and Floatzel and inspected them. Both Weavile and Floatzel had been battling against each other over who was going to get promoted in the ranks faster. Baron had considered moving them both up, but he felt they both were lacking something important. He nodded at Lombre and moved towards Froslass.
“I made sure you were on the team because there is something I need you to do later on.” He whispered into the Froslass’ ear. She nodded and did not say a word.
“Alright, let’s move out, we should catch up to them and being a counter assault against the Fire and Electric types.” Baron roared as he charged into the forest, his group following close behind.
Kabutops charged in front of the group, cutting through the thick, green vegetation and making a path for them to walk through. Baron didn’t notice at first, but they were leaving a trail.
“Stop!” He whispered in an angry voice. He pointed back at the trail they were leaving. “We are leaving a trail. Do you want them to follow us? Do you want them to sneak up on us and ambush us?” Kabutops nodded and let his two blades hang down on his sides as he continued forward.
“This is why certain teams get captured or killed, they don’t think about things like this.” He grumbled as he continued walking. “They shouldn’t be too far ahead. We’ll make a quick stop to make sure Captain Taxin and Lieutenant Venon are still in play.” About fifteen minutes later, they came across a large murky swamp, about a mile and a half to two miles wide.
Floatzel looked at the lake and moved forward. Baron stuck his large, powerful hand in front of the Floatzel, pushing him back a bit. “There is another thing you are doing wrong. You never walk into unknown territory without some knowledge of what’s in the area. That’s another way to get yourself seriously hurt or killed.” Baron could see from the corner of his eye the huge grin Weavile had on his face. “Wipe it off.” He grumbled as one of his cannons emerged from his hard shell. He aimed it a couple of yards in front of him and shot a small blast of water at the ground. The area that was shot at quickly exploded sending mud mixed with poison flying all over the place. Baron blasted it away with his cannon.
“This place is well guarded by those two.” He grinned. “They have mud bomb mines all around. They have a sticky substance that quickly dries and keeps you glued there for a few moments and pitfall traps that instantly bury you in poisonous mud after you go through. Many don’t even get out.” He retracted his cannon and took in a deep breath as released a beam of ice towards the center of the swamp. A minute passed by, then the ground began to rumble as two figures emerged from the ground.
A dark blue and brown frog with bright yellow snake-like pupils croaked loudly as his red vocal sack expanded. A smaller version of it without the large red sack was next to him. The Toxicroak and Crogunk saluted with their right hands.
“Captain Taxin, Lieutenant Venon, good to see you’re still functioning.” Baron grinned.
“You know nothing can get by us,” Captain Taxin said, grinning back.
“Those defenses you showed them aren’t the only ones we have.” Lieutenant Venon said, as he lowered his head, giving a sinister look with his bright yellow eyes. “Anyone who comes into this place won’t last long. You should be careful coming in here.” He said to Floatzel. Floatzel gave a slight nod as he looked at Weavile who was grinning again.
“That’s why they have me here.” Baron said, “We should be commencing an attack within a couple of hours. We need a couple of your team to meet back at base.”
“I thought you would, I sent three Whiscash, four Swampert, and three Quagsire your way not too long ago. They are traveling though an underground stream though so wouldn’t have seen them.”
“You continue to amaze me. We’ve got to meet up with another group ahead, stay alert.” Baron said, and with that he turned around and went back the way they came. Captain Taxin and Lieutenant Venon dug back underground and receded back to the swamp.
“Shouldn’t we have seen them by now? It’s been about an hour since we left the swamp.” Weavile asked as the forest darkened due to the number of trees. “There has to be a tree every fifteen to twenty feet.”
Baron nodded as he looked around. He saw a fast moving orange object dart quickly behind a tree.
“THEY’RE AROUND US!”Baron yelled out loud as he attempted to count how many there were. He counted at least ten. He knew they were outnumbered, but not out powered. From the corner of his right eye, he say the orange blur again as it charged towards them.
“THERE!” He yelled again, pulling out his cannon at a speed that couldn’t be followed. He blasted a jet of water at it, sending it slamming back into a tree. Kabutops shot forward and jabbed his two scythes into the Typhlosion, slicing up as the blood and insides gushed out.
He saw another blur. This time it was blue and yellow. It was headed straight for Floatzel. He knew it was an Electric Pokémon, which means they were being ambushed by both Fire and Electric types.
“BEHIND YOU!” He called out to Floatzel, but he knew he was too late. He could see that it was a Luxray. He could see the razor sharp fangs and the electrical energy coming out of them seconds away from the weasel Pokémon. Right as the Luxray reached Floatzel, Weavile slammed his right claw hard on its head, and with a quick swift movement, stuck his left claw straight into its head. He tossed the body to aside and quickly shook the blood off of his hand before extending it to help Floatzel up.
Floatzel saw an Infernape jumping down towards them from a tree that was above them. As the Infernape launched a Flamethrower attack, Floatzel grabbed Weaviles claw and used it to give him and extra boost as he used Aqua Jet, which knocked away the flames and slammed hard into Infernape. Floatzel landed next to Weavile. Weavile grinned and shook his head as they turned and stood back to back, defending one another.
Baron grabbed the head of a Blaziken as it tried to hit him with a Thunder Punch. He quickly snapped the neck and looked over to the Electivire. The Electivire shot a Thunderbolt at Baron as he jumped into the air, aiming his large cannon at the Electric Pokémon. He shot it and took down an Electivire. The high pressure him his cannons to push its head into the ground. He shot once more to make sure it was dead. The Electivire’s face was pushed in and its skull was crushed. He looked around for more targets to take out. Right as he turned, he saw a Ponyta push a hoof right through Lombre’s chest, as it launched a Flamethrower into the open gash.
He was about to charge at the Ponyta when a bright green flash blinded him. When his eyes focused, he still saw the Ponyta standing there, but it didn’t move. Then he saw the blood gushing out of its sides as its head fell off its flaming body. He saw several figures come down from the sky.
Two Pokémon jumped off a large Tropius’, as it body slammed down hard on a Typhlosion. A Tangrowth wrapped its vine all around a Luxray and Raichu, strangling them to death. Cacturne and Breloom took out the Charmeleon by jamming needles into its chest. Even though it was going to die from the poison, the Cacturne finished it off by slamming its sharp needle arm down onto its chest multiple times.
A green grass Pokémon landed before him. The grass Pokémon knelt down on one knee as he lowered his head. The two leaf blades on his arm were dripping with blood.
“I am deeply sorry we didn’t make it in time.” He said as he looked up at Baron and back at the dead Lombre. He rose back to his feet. Baron didn’t say anything. He was enraged, but he knew better than to let it get the best of him on a battlefield. No one said anything because they knew how angry he was at this moment. They had just lost a comrade in the ambush which was something that Baron felt he could’ve prevented.
“Can you get Tropius to fly him back to base; I want him to be buried with the rest.” Baron said. Grovyle nodded. Lombre’s body was wrapped up in vines and leaves and placed onto the back of the large Sauropoda-looking Pokémon as it flew off back to the base camp. “It’s good to see you Captain Lennox.”