The sun arises to a new dawn in the wilderness. Many Growlithe, Arcanine, Poochyena, Mightyena, Houndour, and Houndoom howl to awaken forest life. A wandering Growlithe passes a campsite. The Growlithe unleashes a mighty growl at the campsite, curious about it. A young trainer of about 15 and a Gallade begin to wake up. At the sight of a Gallade Growlithe flees. The trainer, Ash K. by name, looks very similar to Ash Ketchum. This trainer is Ash Ketchum, but in a parallel universe. Ash K. is a boy of about 15, a few years older than his parallel universe self Ash Ketchum, with hair as dark as a Darkrai, matching eyes, and slight marks under his eyes. He is fairly tall, rising to about five and half to six feet above the ground. Ash and Gallade looked around for what had startled them. Seeing nothing, Ash gets ready to make breakfast.
Unlike most Pokémon Trainers, Ash believes in complete equality between Pokémon and humans. He has spent a long time working very hard to teach his Pokémon to speak English. He also spent a long time training under their tutorage to learn to fight and, when in good shape, can match an Infernape in physical combat. Whenever Ash gets a new Pokémon, him and his current Pokémon work for a while to teach it to communicate with them. They have gotten very good and it doesn’t take very long nowadays.
When breakfast was ready, everyone dug in. Currently, Ash travels with Gallade, Lucario, Garchomp, Salamence, Breloom, and Metagross. When they were almost done eating, a trainer came and asked if they had seen a Growlithe recently. This trainer was short, about four feet tall, with mousey black hair, glasses that Ash recognized as Blackglasses, sea blue eyes barely visible behind them, and a very pretty blue dress. The trainer said “Hi, I’m Elizabeth. I’ve been chasing a wild Growlithe, have you seen it?”
Out of the bushes, a tall man with dark skin, brown hair, and such mysterious eyes that it seemed they were always closed grabs Elizabeth’s hand. He said “Elizabeth, what a beautiful name for such a beautiful person. I’m Brock, Pokémon Breeder Extraordinaire. Together we could-” He did not get to finish telling Elizabeth his plan, as a Toxicroak popped out of one of his Poké Balls and used Poison Jab on him, hitting him in the chest. He groaned, then fainted; and Toxicroak dragged him away.
“I haven’t seen it, but I think it might have woken me up this morning,” Ash replied, as if he was used to this happening and had learned to ignore it. “Is it your Growlithe?”
“No, it’s a wild Growlithe that I have been chasing for a while,” Elizabeth explained. “It’s both too fast and too smart for me. My Pokémon need practice, up for a battle? It’ll be a 3 on 3 battle.”
As usual, Ash was fired up for battle, but he had to make sure his Pokémon wanted to battle. Ash inquired “My great friends and partners, who would like a warm up?”
Metagross was relaxing, not noticing what was going on and didn’t bother to reply. Lucario jumped forward, saying, “Ash, we both still have much to learn as Aura Guardians. I would like to practice my skills here.” Ash had worked with his first Pokémon, Lucario, to learn the ways of the Aura Guardian. Lucario by nature was a master of the skill, but at first Ash couldn’t even recognize Lucario’s aura. Ash worked hard and quickly mastered the skill himself. It took a lot of hard work and a quest to acquire a pair of gloves that used to belong to a great Aura Guardian, Sir Aaron, who sacrificed himself to end a war, but the end result was well worth it. As an Aura Guardian, there is always more to learn.
Gallade was resting after being so rudely awoken by Growlithe. He did kindly explain this before falling asleep. Breloom vigorously charged forward, excited for a chance to practice her newest move. She said, “Ash, I would like to take on this challenge.”
Garchomp and Salamence together exclaimed, “I’m ready!” When they realized the other was also so prepared, they got into a very polite conversation. Salamence said, “Garchomp, I realize we both want to battle and there is only one more of us allowed in the battle. You may take that spot if you wish.”
Garchomp replied, “Salamence, my dear friend, I could never stop you from battling when you are so psyched about it. Besides, I’ve been in a lot more battle than you have. Today is your day. Go out there and stand up for our family!” Salamence leaped forward, landing next to Ash.
It was only then that Ash noticed Elizabeth’s shock and amazement that his Pokémon could talk. He smiled, and explained how he believed humans and Pokémon to be total equals, and to make sure that him and his Pokémon could remain equal, he taught them how to speak a common language that he could understand so that they could speak up when they felt something was unfair. Just like almost every other trainer he encountered, she just nodded slightly in mindless agreement, still too amazed by this to say anything. He also figured she probably thought she might be dreaming, for this too was a common reaction to such a rare phenomenon.
When she finally remembered what was going on several slowly passing minutes later, she threw a Poké Ball saying, “Lairon, I choose you!” The Poké Ball flew up into the air, spinning rapidly, until it stopped about 10 feet up, and popped open. A beam of red light came out and it started to form itself into a slightly long but not very tall creature. As the red light vanished, it was shown to be a Lairon, and the Poké Ball flew back to Elizabeth who caught it skillfully. Lucario jumped onto the battlefield without Ash even saying a word.
Elizabeth took out her Pokédex. It said in its mechanical voice, “Lucario, the Aura Pokémon and the evolved form of Riolu. It’s said that no foe can remain invisible to LUCARIO, since it can detect auras. Even foes it could not otherwise see.
“Lucario, Aura Sphere if you please” Ash advised his Lucario. Lucario brought her hands about 6 inches apart and began to gather her Aura energy into a brightly glowing blue sphere between her hands. After a minute or so, the sphere touched both hands and Lucario hurled it in the direction of Lairon.
“Lairon, try to dodge it” Elizabeth said nervously. Lairon jumped just high enough to avoid the wondrous sphere of glowing blue. “Now Lairon, Dragon Rush!” Elizabeth said, slightly more sure of herself then before. Lairon charged forward towards Lucario, becoming surrounded by a swirling light.
“Lucario, use Force Palm if you please” said Ash. To Elizabeth’s surprise, Lucario ran towards Lairon and started hitting hit many times with both hands and feet, which was not Force Palm, but rather Close Combat! Ash explained, “Since I believe in equality between humans and Pokémon, I tell all of my partners that if I suggest a move and they have a better idea that they should most certainly trust their instincts and do it.” Lucario’s final hit of the Close Combat threw Lairon back almost all the way to where Elizabeth was, clearly very injured, made obvious by dents in its metal body and its heavy breathing.
“Lairon, can you continue?” asked Elizabeth, very panicked by how powerful Lucario was. Lairon paused, seeming as if it would collapse, and then it began to glow bright white. All color and details of its body became lost in the uniform white, which began to change shape. It grew quite tall, and arms sprouted out. The white glow faded and an Aggron was left in its place.
Elizabeth took her Pokédex back out. “Aggron, the Iron Armor Pokémon and the evolved form of Lairon. You can tell its age by the length of its iron horns. It claims an entire mountain as its territory.” in its mechanical voice.
“Aggron, use Head Smash!” exclaimed Elizabeth, clearly excited by her newly evolved Aggron. Aggron charged forward even faster than before, and became surrounded by a brown light, losing all details and color.
“Lucario, finish this up with Close Combat if you wish” suggested Ash. Lucario ran headlong towards Aggron. As Lucario was preparing to start her Close Combat, Aggron hit her much harder than she had expected. Lucario was thrown backwards with such intensity Ash hurried to get out Lucario’s Poké Ball and recall her before she hit anything. The same beam of red light that formed into Lairon shot out towards Lucario, engulfing her, and absorbing her back into it. Ash then walked towards where Gallade was sleeping and sent back out Lucario, laying her in his bed. He whispered, “Rest well, friend of my heart.”
Then he went back to the battlefield and saw that Breloom had already stepped forward, ready to confront such a mighty opponent. “Breloom, the Mushroom Pokémon and the evolved form of Shroomish. It scatters poisonous spores and throws powerful punches while its foe is hampered by inhaled spores,” the Pokédex proclaimed.
“Breloom, let’s go! I’d suggest a Spore attack,” Ash said. Breloom released a swarm of microscopic particles in the direction of Aggron, who promptly fell asleep when they hit. “Focus Punch, if you please” Ash recommended to Breloom, who was already rushing towards Aggron with its right hand glowing.
“Aggron, wake up please” said Elizabeth, who was now terrified. Aggron’s only response was to roll over. Breloom got to Aggron and hit it with a very powerful Focus Punch, causing a burst of energy and sent Aggron tumbling back to Elizabeth, who quickly recalled it. “You did your best Aggron. Congratulations on evolving.” Elizabeth said to Aggron’s Poké Ball. She then grabbed a Luxury Ball from her belt and threw it, saying, “Arcanine, I choose you!” Arcanine growled mightily, and then sat down. “Arcanine, Flamethrower!” Arcanine considered the idea, then lazily opened its mouth slightly and sent a Flamethrower off to the side. Garchomp rushed to where it was headed and used Dragon Pulse to prevent it from starting a forest fire. Arcanine yawned and then lied down and fell asleep.
“Breloom, Focus Punch if you please” said Ash as Breloom was already rushing in to hit the lazy opponent. Breloom’s right hand glowed brightly again and then she struck the motionless Arcanine. Arcanine was thrown backwards by the pure power of Breloom’s Focus Punch. Arcanine woke up, growled at Breloom, and then collapsed.
Elizabeth unhappily returned Arcanine to its Luxury Ball and then said “Enough, I give up. There is no point continuing this battle. I was hoping a battle would get Arcanine to get back to its old self.”
Ash was curious as to what the story behind this Arcanine and the wild Growlithe was, considering that Arcanine was the evolved form of Growlithe he figured there must be a connection. He inquired “Why is Arcanine so lazy, and why are you chasing that Growlithe?”
Elizabeth explained, “Arcanine was always very lonely. I was walking in the forest with my Arcanine when we ran across that wild Growlithe. Arcanine ran right over to the Growlithe, and I realized Arcanine had fallen in love with the Growlithe. A week or so passed in this way, and then I saw that Arcanine was growing upset about something, often chasing Growlithe around and tackling it. Later that day I saw Growlithe run out and Arcanine start chasing after it, carrying a Fire Stone in its mouth. We’ve been chasing Growlithe ever since. Arcanine seems to be heartbroken and has become lazy. I hope that by finding Growlithe that Arcanine will return to its former self.
“We’ll help you find Growlithe” said Ash, Breloom, Garchomp, and Salamence together. Metagross finally seemed to start paying attention to what was going on. Ash and Breloom went to pack up the campsite and wake Lucario and Gallade, briefly explaining what was going on. Lucario decided to rest in her Poké Ball. Once all the preparations were made, they had to think of a way to track Growlithe. Salamence decided to fly around to search for it from the sky, while the rest of them tried to look for any tracks Growlithe may have left when it awakened them that morning and follow them.
They found some footprints that matched the Pokédex’s footprints of Growlithe and followed them until they ended at a hole in the ground that was about a foot wide and too dark to see the bottom. “Growlithe must have fallen in,” concluded Ash. Garchomp burrowed down on the trail of Growlithe, widening the hole as it went. The rest of them split up, agreeing to meet back there in an hour. Elizabeth searched for a while, getting furious at how every tree looked like every other tree to her and, when the hour was almost up, had trouble finding her way back to the meeting spot. Ash searched for a while, knowing the forest well he could easily tell one place from another, and when the hour was up had no trouble finding his way back. Metagross took off in a random direction, often passing back by the meeting place to go in a different direction. Metagross had no trouble whatsoever finding the meeting place considering that it passed by it so many times. Gallade and Breloom went in different directions, but both heard something and met at another hole, finding Garchomp waiting for them. This hole was the same size as the other one after Garchomp had dug into it, about a foot and a half to two feet. Around it was a ring of trees with 3 different paths, the one Breloom came from, the one Gallade came from, and another one that had many tracks leading down it.
Garchomp proclaimed, “The hole goes a ways down and then turns, heading in this direction. Growlithe probably got out here, either by itself or being moved by something else. One of you should go find the others and bring them here.” Garchomp and Breloom patiently waited as Gallade ran through the woods to find Ash and Elizabeth. As they were waiting, they saw Salamence flying hurriedly overhead in that direction as well.
Ash arrived back to the meeting place, thinking he was the first until he saw Metagross sleeping in a corner of the clearing. He patiently waited a few minutes, and then heard Gallade’s hurried footsteps and saw his friend a minute later. Around the same time, Salamence’s wings could be heard, and was soon seen landing. Elizabeth then arrived back, panting. Elizabeth asked, “Anyone have any luck? Oh how I hate the forest! All the trees look the same, all the land so similar, all the Pokémon moving around too much to be of any help in figuring out where you are.”
Gallade proclaimed, “Breloom and I met up with Garchomp at the end of this hole. There are footprints leading away from it. Quickly, let’s hurry there! Follow me.”
“Now hold on a second,” said Salamence. “I found Growlithe surrounded by a bunch of Aron. It looked like there might be more Pokémon nearby, but I couldn’t see them. As I was flying back I passed over Breloom and Garchomp, so I think that the path Gallade is referring to will take us there.”
With that Ash tried to wake Metagross, and when he was unable to he returned it to its Poké Ball. Then they all hurried after Gallade. They met up with Gallade and saw that the path contained a very confused mess of tracks. There were a few footprints of Growlithe, but they did not lead anywhere. Most of them belonged to Aron. They hastily followed the trail. When they almost reached the clearing, a towering Aggron blocked their path.
An orange sphere began to form in front of Aggron’s gaping mouth. Breloom ran very speedily up to Aggron and punched it in the gut with such force the Hyper Beam was never fired, but rather faded into oblivion. Aggron collapsed from the blow, and then got up and limped into the clearing. “Nice Mach Punch Breloom!” Ash exclaimed. Breloom proudly punched the air in front of it rapidly. They swiftly walked into the clearing, to find a bunch of Aron centered around an Aron and Growlithe. The Aron all turned around and looked at them. Two Aggrons and five Lairons came into the clearing.
All the Aron moved to sides to allow the Aggrons and Lairons to deal with their intruders. Both Aggrons became engulfed in brown light, losing all color and detail, and began charging at them. Garchomp and Salamence took their places in front of their opponents. “Garchomp, Salamence, I would suggest a double Protect,” Ash said. They both followed his advice and became surrounded by blue spheres of energy. The Aggrons each hit one and bounced off the Protects. Then both Aggrons became cloaked in silver light and they both started charging forward again, this time both at Garchomp. “Garchomp, I would suggest countering their Iron Head with your Iron Head,” Ash proclaimed. Garchomp became cloaked in the same silver light and charged towards the Aggrons. As they were about to collide, the Aggrons dodged on either side and then hit Garchomp’s sides. Garchomp cried out in pain and collapsed.
Ash recalled Garchomp to his Poké Ball in a brilliant red light. Gallade ran forward and declared, “Aggron is a Rock and Steel type. I shall fight it with all my might as a Fighting type!” Gallade then ran forward at the closest Aggron, preparing a Close Combat. The other Aggron started running at it, becoming surrounded by swirling multicolored light. Aggron’s Giga Impact hit Gallade hard, knocking it back before it could dodge it.
“GALLADE!” Ash cried out, hastily returning him to his Poké Ball. “Salamence, Aggron is recharging! I think it is time for Brick Break!” Salamence flew towards the recharging Aggron and raised its front right foot and smashed it on the head. The blow dented Aggron’s helmet and knocked it down to the ground. Before anyone could rejoice in the victory, the other Aggron rushed at Salamence at a blinding speed and smashed into it with Dragon Rush. Salamence flew backward and Ash quickly recalled it before it hit anything. A Lairon stepped forward to replace the downed Aggron. Breloom leaped into position for battle.
Ash sent Lucario out and said, “Lucario, we need your help. Are you feeling up to it?” Lucario enthusiastically agreed and stood next to Breloom. “Alright,” said Ash. “Breloom, perhaps a Spore attack? Lucario, maybe an Aura Sphere?” Breloom released a cloud of wondrous, multicolored particles in the direction of Lairon and Aggron. Lucario fired a spectacular blue sphere at them. Lairon charged headfirst at the Aura Sphere with Dragon Rush, while Aggron gathered an orange sphere in front of its mouth and then released a Hyper Beam at Breloom. Breloom fired a barrage of compact seeds at the Hyper Beam, which promptly exploded on impact. The explosion knocked both Breloom and Aggron backwards and they fell hard on the uneven terrain. Lairon and the Aura Sphere also collided, knocking Lairon out on contact and sending a blast of energy towards Lucario. Lucario jumped to avoid it. The Spore had been eliminated by the sheer power of these collisions.
Breloom and Aggron both struggled to try and get back onto their feet. Lucario landed successfully and ran towards Aggron to Close Combat it. Another Lairon stepped in front of Aggron and rushed at Lucario with Dragon Rush. Lucario jumped to dodge it and only then realized her mistake. “BRELOOM!” She cried, terrified for her weakened friend. Breloom pulled back her right hand and her DynamicPunch collided with Lairon’s Dragon Rush. Lairon collapsed where it was and Breloom was thrown backwards. Ash hastily returned Breloom to her Poké Ball before she hit anything.
“Metagross, are you ready?” Ash said, throwing Metagross’ Poké Ball into the air. Metagross popped out in the normal red light. When the red light vanished and Ash caught the Poké Ball, he was disappointed to see that Metagross was still sleeping. Ash then realized that perhaps there was a better way to approach this situation than with brute force. “Elizabeth, try sending out your Aggron,” he suggested.
After a moment of puzzled indecision, she decided it couldn’t hurt and a moment later her Aggron was fully formed in front of her. Lucario and Elizabeth’s Aggron went over to the other Aggron and Lairon and began to discuss what was going on.
“We have only come to find that Growlithe!” Lucario said.
“Aggron agg. Ron aggron,” said the wild Aggron.
“Agg aggron ron. Ron agg aggron,” said Elizabeth’s Aggron.
“Ron ron. Agg!” the wild Aggron proclaimed.
“So that wild Aron fell in love with Growlithe, and ran away from Arcanine because Arcanine wanted it to evolve? And all of you hate Growlithe but don’t want it to leave knowing your secrets?” Lucario said, shocking Ash and Elizabeth.
The wild Aggron then explained what had happened, with Lucario translating. “This Aron had been wandering around in the forest when it saw a Growlithe walking with an Arcanine and a trainer. Aron was a victim of love at first sight with Growlithe. Growlithe got a little ahead of Arcanine and the trainer so Aron took that chance to introduce herself to Growlithe. Growlithe said that he liked her, but couldn’t just abandon Arcanine. At that point Arcanine caught up and was enraged to see what was going on. She fired a Flamethrower at Aron who used Dig to escape. Aron spied on Growlithe for a few days and saw that Arcanine playfully tackled Growlithe, and that because of her superior size, Growlithe was getting very injured by it. Arcanine then left and Aron confronted Growlithe, telling him she could take him away from Arcanine. She told him she was headed back to her home in a forest a bit of a ways away, and gave him a rough idea of how to get there. Aron departed then.
Growlithe added to the story, with Lucario translating again, “Not too long after that Arcanine returned with a Fire Stone. I realized Arcanine had wanted me to evolve all along, and so I fled. After wandering for a couple days I got lost and found your campsite, hoping it might be Aron’s home, for I was quite lost by then. When I saw Gallade I knew it was the wrong place and I ran on, afraid of such a powerful Pokémon. Eventually Aron came and took me underground to right near her home, and then carried me the rest of the way. Aron and I just want to live together peacefully, but the Aggrons don’t like me and would crush me to pieces and drop me in a hole if not for my love, Aron. Even with her they do not trust me and she is afraid that if she leaves for even a brief period of time, I will be gone. I share that fear, but they won’t let us leave either. We are prisoners of love.”
Ash said “Okay, I will save you. Elizabeth, let us have a 4 on 4 battle with the remaining Aggron and three Lairon.” In response Elizabeth did not speak but threw a Poké Ball. A Staravia formed in the normal red light and enthusiastically faced its much larger, more powerfully opponents. Metagross finally woke up and was ready to battle. Their four opponents lined up, with Aggron on the left from its opponents’ point of view. “Lucario, Aura Sphere perhaps, and Metagross, Meteor Mash perhaps,” said Ash.
Elizabeth declared, “Aggron, Head Smash; and Staravia, Brave Bird!” Both Aggrons became engulfed in brown light, losing all detail and color, keeping only their outlines. They rushed toward each other and collided with each other with such force that they both flew apart at an amazing speed, and both collapsed, unconscious. Elizabeth promptly recalled her Aggron to its Poké Ball. Lucario formed and hurled a marvelous blue sphere at one of the Lairon, which kicked up some mud to block the Aura Sphere. Metagross lifted up its legs and locked them in its body, parallel to the ground. One of them began to glow, surrounded by yellow light and stars. Metagross spun rapidly in the direction of one of the Lairon, who jumped out of the way and dodged it. Staravia flew higher and then spread its wings and became engulfed in a blue light, losing all color and detail. The other Lairon became engulfed in brown light and ran towards Staravia, who was now much lower and headed straight at Lairon. They collided and Staravia was flung back, but barely managed to get back into the sky.
All three Lairon began to glow pure white, losing all but their shape, and then rapidly were reformed, growing much taller and gaining arms and horns. When the light disappeared three Aggron stood as their foes. The center Aggron roared and shot Flamethrower at Staravia. Staravia tried to dodge but still got scorched on its wing. It fell and collided with the ground. “STARAVIA! Are you okay?” Elizabeth cried. Staravia cried weakly and then became nothing but a bright white light. The light grew and gained a Mohawk. When the light vanished, Staraptor was lying there on the ground. It got up and flew towards the nearest Aggron. When it reached the Aggron, it began to hit it with all its body parts.
“Staraptor learns Close Combat when it evolves from Staravia,” Ash explained to a clearly bewildered Elizabeth. Once she understood, she took out her Pokédex.
“Staraptor, the Starling Pokémon and the evolved form of Staravia. When STARAVIA evolve into STARAPTOR, they leave the flock to live alone. They have sturdy wings,” the pokédex declared of Staraptor. The Aggron Staraptor had been attacking fell over. Staraptor flew away before the other Aggron could hit it. Both other Aggron roared and then shot out Flamethrower at Metagross.
“Metagross, Magnet rise possibly; and Lucario, maybe try a Dragon Pulse?” Ash suggested. The X on Metagross’ face began to glow, and then the fire stopped and reversed direction from Metagross’ Psychic attack. One of the Aggron got in front of the other, taking the Flamethrowers head on. It then shot out a silvery blast of energy that hit Metagross before it could react. Metagross fell and Ash hastily returned it to its Poké Ball with the normal red light. The Aggron that fired the Metal Burst fell to one knee, and then fainted. The other fallen Aggron had been struggling desperately to get back up and had finally managed to. Both that Aggron and Staraptor were panting heavily. Both Aggron fired Flamethrower at Lucario, and Lucario shot a Dragon Pulse towards the Flamethrowers. The Flamethrowers and Dragon Pulse collided with a resounding explosion. The force of the explosion knocked over all four remaining Pokémon.
They all struggled to get to their feet. After several painstakingly slow minutes and a lot of effort on their part, Lucario and the less injured Aggron managed to get up. Lucario immediately gathered Aura energy between her hands and fired the marvelous blue sphere at the Aggron that was still struggling to get up. The other Aggron hastily fired a Flamethrower into the path of the Aura Sphere, and began to sweep it towards Lucario. It collided with the Aura Sphere, causing a small explosion. By the time the smoke finally cleared, all four Pokémon were back on their feet. Staraptor quickly took to the sky.
“Lucario, perhaps try a Bone Rush!” Ash suggested. Lucario ran at the Aggrons and a very long bone made of light formed in her right hand. She reached the panting Aggron and struck it repetitively with the bone, occasionally tossing it from one hand to the other. Each hit dented Aggron iron armor, with increasing severity. After sufficiently bashing the Aggron, the bone disappeared and Lucario jumped backwards, even as Aggron fainted. “Lucario, excellent work! Now how about wrapping this up with Close Combat!” Ash proclaimed.
“Staraptor, use your Close Combat too!” Elizabeth eagerly declared. Lucario rushed at Aggron and Staraptor flew towards it, both preparing to engage in the final battle. Aggron became cloaked in a brown light, all detail and color obscured by the intense brown light. Aggron rushed at them with its Head Smash attack.
Lucario realized that it would be hard to hit Aggron with Close Combat while it was using Head Smash, so she jumped out of the way and began to form a blue ball of energy between her palms. Staraptor saw what Lucario was doing and tried to turn skyward to dodge Head Smash but it was too late and took the blow full-force. Staraptor was knocked back with such force it hit a tree before Elizabeth could raise the Poké Ball. She hastily recalled Staraptor and could only watch helplessly as the final two Pokémon battled it out. Lucario finished gathering the Aura Sphere and fired it at Aggron. Aggron used Flamethrower to block it, with the attacks colliding in midair, creating a thick smoke cover. Thanks to the ability to see Auras, both Lucario and Ash could see perfectly well through the smoke.
Lucario ran so quickly towards Aggron that she almost seemed to teleport. She then went from Extremespeed to Force Palm, putting her right hand on the Aggron’s belly and creating an amazingly powerful beam of energy from her hand. Aggron was flung back and knocked down five trees before landing.
Now that the Aggron and Lairon were all unconscious, Aron and Growlithe ran out of the clearing towards their saviors. Arcanine popped out of its Poké Ball. Arcanine saw Aron and Growlithe together, and after a short, incomprehensible conversation between the three of them, realized it was hopeless to keep trying to pursue Growlithe. Aron then said something to Lucario, who translated, “Oh thank you so much! How can we ever thank you enough for what you have done for us?”
Ash took out two Poké Balls, enlarged them, and rolled them on the ground towards Aron and Growlithe, saying, “Would you like to join me and my partners? You are more than welcome with us, and that way you would be able to stay together forever. We are a family and we all defend each other with all our might.”
Aron said, “Aron ron ron! Aaaa RON!”
Growlithe added, “Growl Growlithe! Lithe growlithe!”
The Poké Balls had continued rolling towards them and now softly bumped them, gathering each into one and began to shake with a flashing red light from the central button.