OOC:This is 3rd person. I apologize sincerely if it's not very good, but this is my first story so....
As Alaska trekked through the desert she felt the last of her strength leaving her. Each step grew painful and exhausting and her Taillow, Tobias, flutttering overhead, looked like a vulture waiting for her to keel over. Suddenly, Tobias swooped down and landed in front of her, spraying waves of sand everywhere. He stood up and shook the sand from his feathers. Alaska had to brush it out of her eyes.
"Taillow, tail, tail, Taillow," squawked Taillow.
"There's a boy trapped in a well?"
"TAILLOW!" Tobias shook his head.
"Ohhh...There's an oasis up ahead."
Tobias stared at Alaska blankly.
Tobias just shook his head again and took off. Reenergized by the thought of water, Alaska went running after him. Soon, the rolling sand dunes became more gently sloped and at the edge of her vision, Alaska saw green trees. Eventually, she could see an opening in the trees and bursh that led to a shimmering blue expanse of water.
"There it is!" she shouted to Tobias. She could already imagine ice cold water slipping down her throat.
"Taillow!", Tobias chirped happily.
Both pokemon and trainer were excited when they finally came to stop at the edge of the oasis.
"Wow, this place is beautiful!" exclaimed Alaska. She looked around the oasis, which was covered in lush trees and bright flowers. Small families of pokemon congregated in the shade and she saw Magikarp and Goldeen jumping in the pond. Two Marill were playing in the shallows.
"Maybe I'll catch a pokemon here," said Alaska excitedly.
"Tail, Taillow.", agreed Tobias. He was her only pokemon and often got lonely, though he did enjoy all the attention.
Alaska knelt down by the edge of a glistening pool and drank from the water. After walking for hours in the hot desert sun, her skin sunburned and chafed by the sand, the water felt good.Then suddenly, she was completely soaked!
"Aaaaghhh!" she screamed.
"Taillow, tail Taillow," laughed Tobias histerically.
"Grr....You think that's funny! How about this!" shouted Alaska as she doused Tobias with water.
The two started a massive water war splashing each other back and forth, until they heard a growl behind them. They nervously glanced at each other and turned around. A huge mama Sandslash with two baby Sandshrews, was standing there soaking wet.
"Sand! Slash!" She shouted menacingly.
"Oops. Umm, we didn't mean to get you wet, honest!"
"Sand, sand, slash!" the mama Sandslash didn't looked convinced.
"Tail, taillow, tail!" explained Tobias.
"SANDSLASH!" the Sandslash shouted and made a menacing motion with one of her claws, slicing at the air so viciously, it seemed she would cut right through it.
"What did you say to her?" asked Alaska anxiously.
"Taillow, Taillow, tail."
"YOU SAID WHAT!?"
"Taillow, tail," Tobias shrugged.
At that moment, the Sandslash curled into a giant spiked ball and rolled towards them, like a bowling ball on steroids.
"Aaaaghhhhh! Tobias, quick, use Wing Attack!"
Tobias shot a powerful twister of wind at the Sandslash, but it seemed to have no effect.
"Try Quick Attack!" Alaska shouted as she dodged out of the way. Once again the attack had no effect on the enraged Sandslash.
"Wait, I've got an idea! Use Wing Attack to make a rut in the sand leading to the oasis."
Tobias made a huge gust of wind and blew away part of the oasis's bank.
"Now hover right where the rut drops off into the oasis!"
Tobias did as he was told. The Sandslash changed course and rolled towards him, dropping into the rut in the sand. Right before she hit him, Alaska yelled, "Dodge, Tobias!"
Tobias flew up into the sky, but the Sandslash kept rolling and fell into the oasis, creating a huge splash.
"Yeah, we did it!" Alaska high fived Tobias's wing.
They celebrated for a few seconds, then began to worry when the sandslash didn't resurface.
"I'm going to go after her, Tobias. Stay with the two baby Sandshrew."
Tobias nodded and Alaska dove into the water. The oasis was crystal clear and she could see the Sandslash struggling at the bottom of the oasis. Her claw had gotten snagged on a piece of driftwood, and was becoming more embedded in the wood as she tried to pull it out. Alaska resurfaced for air then dove back down. She had a hard time finding the Sandslash again, as the clear water had now become murky as the Sandslash kicked up dirt trying to escape. Finally, she found the Sandslash and carefully unhooked it's claw from the wood. As she helped her paddle back to the surface, she could feel her lungs about to give out. Please let us make it, she prayed silently. When they hit the surface, they both gasped for air. They'd both gone so long without oxygen, that their lungs ached as they both breathed in. For a few seconds they just panted on the shore.
"I...didn't...think...we'd...make it," gasped Alaska.
Eventually, they both sat back up and saw Tobias playing peek a boo with the Sandshrew.
"Tail...low...Taillow!" he said and pulled his wings away from his face. Both the Sandshrews giggled.
"Sorry we got you wet," Alaska apologized to the Sandslash and her babies.
"Sand...sandslash," the Sandslash said, accepting the apology.
"I guess we better leave, then. Come on Tobias!"
Tobias started after Alaska but stopped to look back at the Sandshrews.
"Taillow, tail." Tobias said, and his feathers drooped.
"You'll miss them, huh?", Alaska had also, grown fond of the Sandslash and Sandshrew. They turned to leave when they heard.
"Sand! Sandslash!", the mother Sandslash came after them holding one of the baby Sandshrew.
"Sand, sandslash!", she said, handing the Sandshrew to Alaska.
"Oh, wow, I promise to take good care of your baby. What's her name?", asked Alaska excitedly.
"Ummm...I guess i'll call her Sandy."
Tobias did loop the loops in the air out of joy. He continued to do aerial acrobatics for several minutes, performing corkscrews, turns, and dives.
Alaska started to call Sandy to her pokeball, but the mother Sandslash stopped her.
"You want me to battle her first?" asked Alaska curiously.
"Alright, whatever you say. Go Tobias!"
Tobias cawed loudly and flew down to her.
"Let's start off with Peck!"
Tobias flew down and pecked Sandy lightly on the head.
"Sandshrew!" it shouted annoyed.
It got him back by using a Sand Attack right in his face.
"I know you don't want to hurt her Tobias, but this is the only way we can catch her!"
Tobias nodded in agreement.
"This time try Wing Attack!"
Tobias beat Sandy with his wingsas hard as he could, but his face betrayed his guilt.
"Sandshrew," She whimpered, then her face hardened and she hit him with a Poison Sting.
"Careful, Tobias! I don't have any antidotes," Luckily, Tobias wasn't poisoned, "Let's finish this, hit her with air slash."
Tobias flew high into the sky until he was no more than a speck among the clouds. Then, he started hurtling down, down, down, his claws arched forward to strike. Finally, he hit Sandy and on impact sent up a huge wave of sand that coated Alaska and the rest of Sandy's family in burning sand.
"Owwww!" Alaska cursed quietly as she danced around trying to get the sand out of her clothing. The Sandslash and other Sandshrew seemed largely unaffected.
Finally, Alaska turned back to the battle and saw both of the pokemon had fainted.
"Good enough?" she asked the Sandslash.
"Sandslash," she shrugged.
"Alright! Sorry, guys," she returned Tobias to his ball and found Sandy a new one.
"Guess this is goodbye," she held her hand out to the Sandslash who took it gingerly with one of her claws and shook it.
"Sandslash!" Sandslash called as Alaska wandered into the distance, and Alaska could only wonder what her next journey would bring.