Pokemon being caught: Tympole
The official Lake Acuity fishing contest is......started!" The President of the Sinnoh fishing society slammed down the red button and a fog horn sounded, startling the contestants. Joe ran, rod in hand, Chimchar by his side, outpacing the other fishermen, looking for the best place.
The line of contestants thinned out as people found a good place. Joe jogged almost half way along the shimmering ice-cold lake. He saw a small cove lined with algae. It was perfect. He sat down by the bank, placing his rod in the water, and relaxing in the fragrant green grass of Acuity.
Joe sat up with a start. Above him the Sun was halfway through the piercing blue sky, it's rays piercing through the biting Northern Sinnoh air. The line was twitching. Joe lept over to it, careful to avoid the water. He placed his shaking hands on the line. WHOOSH! Out of the water a Pokemon jumped.. Joe stared at the creature. It was a Tympole, not quite what he was hoping for, but it was a good enough start. It released a flurry of bubbles at Chimchar before he could order an attack, sending the little Pokemon flying back.
"Chimchar, use Flamethrower!" Joe shouted and his partner released a jet of flames. The smoke cleared and Tympole reemerged away from the cover of the water, unharmed. The Tympole used a Hydro Pump attack, hitting Chimchar square on. Joe's partner was hurled across the Lakefront, crashing into a tree. The Water type dipped into the water and disappeared.
Joe ran over to Chimchar. The little red Pokemon was curled up in a ball, devastated by the onslaught of attacks.
"Chimchar, are you alright?" Joe asked timidly. His partner stood up and let loose a jet of scorching flame and ran into the forest. Joe watched in astonishment and hopelessnes as his best friend drew down to a speck and disappeared.
A laugh resounded behind him, making Joe spin around. Before him stood a well built fisherman, towering above Joe a Roserade by his side.
"That's what happens when you use a Fire type against a Water-Type" the man chuckled . The comment raised anger in Joe and he clenched his fist, restraining himself.
"Don't fret, son. Your Pokemon will come back alright. It just needs to train and get stronger," The words destroyed Joe, his Chimchar was his partner, he couldn't train without him, could he?
The man gave another laugh and strode away arrogantly, cropped black hair waving in the wind. He stopped, and turned around.
"I know," He suggested. "I'll battle you now, if you win I take you to where your Chimchar is. If you lose I leave you to your business," Joe looked up at the sneering man.
The two trainers stood apart from each other at either end of the Lake, the spirits of Acuity looking down on them, it seemed. Joe took out a PokeBall.
"Seedot, go!" He shouted, throwing the capsule containing his one remaining Pokemon.
"Fine, then. I'll send out Roserade," The elegant Pokemon jumped out in front of him, landing in a crouch. "You can have first move,"
"Seedot use Nature Power!" Joe shouted. The small Pokemon glowed green for a moment. The glow subsided and Seedot launched three glowing orbs from his mouth. The Roserade tried to dodge, but a burning red orb smashed into it, sending it flying. The Boquet Pokemon shook himself and got to his feet, apparently unharmed.
"Roserade, use Magical Leaf!" The fisherman ordered. Bright green glowing leaves flew from Roserade's boquets and shot towards Seedot, slashing and striking him from all angles. The opposing Pokemon followed up, leaping towards Seedot, it's Boquets a toxic purple.
"Seedot, Harden!" Joe told his Pokemon, but already Seedot was being forced on the defensive, stepping slowly back towards the outskirts of the forest. At Joe's command Seedot started glowing white, absorbing the energy from Roserade's Poison Jabs. The light grew brighter and the fisherman told Roserade to back off.
Too late. Seedot's energy was released and a wave of Power threw Roserade back, out of the Long Grass. Amazingly it still got up, a look of determination on it's green face. Seedot glowed green before launching Seed Bomb at Roserade. The Boquet Pokemon leapt back and forth, trying to avoid the barage of sparkling white seeds. Finally one hit and Roserade crouched, breathing heavily.
"Roserade use Leaf Storm!" The fisherman shouted, coaxing his Pokemon along. A cloud of leaves was already flying towards Seedot. Joe had one last command.
"Seedot use Explosion!" The Leaf Storm hit. Seedot was flown into the air and fell into the waters of Lake Acuity. A plume of water flew into the air as the Explosion ripped through the water. The small brown Pokemon floated to the surface, knocked out.
Joe sat down by the water's edge and looked into the water with tear-stained eyes. His Seedot released himself and looked at him, confused at why his master was so upset. It gave out a cry and Joe looked up. Just above the surface of the water a small brown head peeked out. It was the Tympole from earlier. Joe stared at it, tears welling up in his eyes. It didn't look playful or remorseful, just serious
"It's all your fault! It's you that did all of this!" He shouted, throwing a stone at the guilty creature. It dodged and started swimming along the side of the lake. Seedot gave a cry and followed the other Pokemon. Joe stood up. Now both of his Pokemon were being taken by this beast. He would not let that happen
The evening sun was low in the sky, casting a pail wain over the lake. Joe and Seedot had now slowed to a walk, travelling up a brook, further into the forest. Joe had realised that the Tympole was trying to help him, not take Seedot away. A plume of flame shooting from the forest stopped his thouhts and he broke into a sprint, heading for the source.
In a clearing the brook ran in a loop and Water Pokemon were leaping out of the water. Firing bubbles and water at the ball of fire in the centre. Chimchar was leaping across the small brook from which Pokemon were jumping. Joe saw an Acrobatics attack launched, sending three Pokemon fall onto the ground. Joe sprinted towards his partner as more Flamethrowers scorched the ground. Chimchar's eyes were red, absent from the realities of what he was causing. Joe jumped, tackling the Pokemon to the ground, ignoring the searing heat coming off his partner's flames. More Pokemon leapt out the water and a giant wave appeared from their combined energy, sweeping the forest headed straight for Chimchar. Joe picked up his friend and ran, but to no avail, the unstoppable wall of water was catching them. Dropplets of water were wetting his back but he kept running on, exhausted. Finally the water swept him up, lifting him up above the trees, Chimchar in his arms. Above the forest they saw a blaze scorching the woods, desperately trying to be put out by The small Pokemon's fire had died and he looked up despairingly at his owner.
"It'll be alright Chimchar, don't worry"
Noise battered Joe's ears, white light assaulted his eyes. He shielded himself from the bright cleanliness of the Lake Acuity Pokemon centre and adjusted to the new sensations. The bed was of soft down, easily allowing the patient to sink into it, a prospect that Joe lavished in. He sat up, inspecting his surroundings. The room was typical of a Pokemon centre, clean, surgical, calm. At that moment Nurse Joy walked in, carrying a tray of food.
"Good morning, Joe. Some night you had," She began, putting the tray on the table.
"Where's Chimchar, is he alright?" He asked.
"Don't worry about him, he'll be fine. Pokemon are made of stern stuff, harder than we humans are for sure," She replied reassuringly. "Now you sit down and get some breakfast," She walked out leaving Joe to his meal. The cereal felt tastless, the toast turned to ash inside his mouth. All was worthless without Chimchar. He carried on eating, only to be disturbed by a cry. The door opened and Seedot waddled in, his naive face full of curiosity. Joe stood up from his bed and picked the small Pokemon up in his arms, placing it carefully on the bed. The Pokemon looked up expectantly, waiting for Joe to say something. Instead he walked over to the window. Gone were the tents and fishing lines of the contest, replaced with the outlines of an arena on the lake. Today the tournament would be held to decide the winner of the competition, and he had caught nothing. The shimmering waters of Acuity were still, brimming with anticipation for the event to come. Somehow he had to escape and get Chimchar.
Joe sat on the bed, waiting. Seedot had left long ago to explore the Pokemon Centre. Soon he would be back, accompanied by Nurse Joy with another meal to pass the time.
The Pokemon Centre rumbled as an explosion rocked the building. Joe rushed to the window and looked down. Out of one of the windows Smoke was pouring and people were shouting. He saw a jet of flame and a small figure jumped onto the ledge, it was Chimchar! The Pokemon spat more smoke into the window and jumped up to Joe's ledge. Joe opened the window and his partner jumped into his ward. Chimchar jumped into his arms and wrapped his own around Joe's neck.
Joe stumbled forwards as the door flew open, carried by an explosion. Seedot stumbled in, exhausted, a look of confusion on his face. He must have been the one that caused both of the explosions! In the wards below the smoke was clearing and Joe knew that soon they would be discovered. He returned Seedot to its PokeBall and ran, Chimchar beside him, through the corridors of the Pokemon centre.
Lake Acuity was still. Everyone had run over to the Pokemon Centre after Seedot had let off the explosions and left the Lakefront abandonned. Joe crouched down by the water and shouted into its depths.
"Please, if there is a Pokemon down there, come out!" He yelled. "I'm sorry for the troubles that we have brought to this forest, but please forgive us and help me!"
He looked out into the water, where mist obscured the sacred lake from sight. He saw a shadow of a Pokemon, drifting carelessly in the fog, as if watching Joe. Suddenly the Lake came into life and the shadow disappeared. Water Pokemon jumped out of the Glittering blue mass and fired Water across the Lake. In front of them all a small head bobbed out from the water, it was Tympole.
"You," Joe began, "you started all of this, now come and help me finish it," he pulled out a Poke Ball and threw it towards the Pokemon.
Bleep....Bleep...Bleep....Ping! Tympole was caught. Joe caught the Ball as it flew back into his hands. A laugh sounded behind him.
"So, quite a scene you have made here, escaping the Pokemon centre and catching that before the competition," Behind him the fisherman stood arrogantly. Joe started to retaliate but the vile man stopped him.
"Stop your nattering, I'll see you at the competition," He spat at the ground and strode away, His boots sinking into the mud.
Crowds lined the shores of Lake Acuity as the tournement commenced. The arena was made up of logs tied together to form a ring in which the competitors would fight. At each end were two podiums and a raised platform for the judge. Boats full of spectators and competitors made their way to the arena for the competition that would take place to decide the winner of the Fishing Competition. Joe watched as match after match happened and competitors were eliminated from the tournement.
"And now could Jason Samarez and Luke Dermin step up to the podiums," Joe watched as the Fisherman stepped out of a boat to face his opponent, a boy aged about 12 and clearly worried. The crowd observed in horror as the Fisherman's newly caught Basculin quickly dispatched his opponent's Pokemon. The Fisherman withdrew his Pokemon and gave a cry of victory and leapt onto the victor's boat, a bright white vessel.
"Tympole, finish off with Hydro Pump!" Joe ordered. Tympole launched a jet of water at the Quagsire, finishing it off. The crowd cheered as Joe leaped into the victor's boat. He was through to the finals. He sat down in one of the chairs decking the yaght. At the edge of his vision he could see the Fisherman.
"So, here we are," The Fisherman announced. "Both through to the finals. I hope that you make it a loss to remember," He sneered.
"And here we are for the Finals of the Lake Acuity Fishing Competition!" The President of the Sinnoh Fishing Society announced.
"Whoever wins this battle gets the prestigeous Acuity Trophy and Fifty Net Balls! And our contestants today for this year's final are Joe Turner and Jason Samarez!" The crowd let out a mighty cheer as the two contestants were announced. Joe stood on the podium, shaking with nerves. Opposite him was the Fisherman. Today they would decide who was the better Trainer.
The battle started. Basculin rushed forward with an Aqua Jet, it's fang's glittering under the water.
"Tympole, dodge then use Hyper Voice!" Tympole made a spectacular leap out of the water and sent out hypersonic waves, sending it's opponent flying into the water and the Fisherman reeling in shock. Joe, unsurprised at the ear-splitting noise, ordered a follow-up with BubbleBeam. Bubbles shot out of Tympole's mouth, hitting Basculin one after another. But Tympole was falling back into the water. Joe watched in horror as Basculin bit onto Tympole's tail and drove it deep into the water. Underneath the surface Joe saw the two Pokemon struggling, with Basculin clearly superior. Joe had to think of something, anything to give Tympole an escape.
"Tympole, do a Mud Shot straight into Basculin's face, then head to the surface!" He shouted, hoping that Tympole could hear. Amazingly the Water Pokemon shot blobs of mud straight into it's opponent's eyes and mouth and swam quickly to the surface, breaking the disturbed water and shooting out again.
"Basculin, use Double Edge!" The Fisherman ordered. The Hostile Pokemon leapt out of the water, trailing a yellow stream. It slammed into Tympole and both Pokemon were sent flying high. Joe could see that Basculin was tired, he could finish it off in one fell swoop. Both of the Water Types were falling, about to fall into the water.
"Tympole, use Hydro Pump!" A huge jet of water eminated from Tympole's mouth, throwing Basculin across the makeshift arena. Both opponents dived into the water. Basculin bobbed to the surface, knocked out.
"The Winner of the Annual Lake Acuity Fishing Competition is JOE TURNER!" The President announced. The crowds went wild and Tympole jumped out of the water, into Joe's arms.
"Well done Tympole, you were great,"
The Sun was setting over Lake Acuity as Joe left the competition. On his shoulder crouched Chimchar, by his side walked Seedot, and swimming in the stream was Tympole. Joe looked at his friends, old and new.
"I'm so proud if you guys," he said and walked off into the sunset on his quest.