Preface: This is going to be part two of my story, which I have currently split up what would be my second chapter into three parts. I may split it up further, but am currently unsure if I want to.
Gaius looked down at his newest Pokemon and smiled, glad that the capture of Munchlax was successful. It had been several hours since Gaius had captured the big eater Pokemon, and although Gaius had planned to be in Pallet Town by now, wild Pokemon and rest breaks for his new capture had significantly slowed down his pace. "I know you don't like being in your Pokeball, Munchlax, but you didn't have to eat it." Gaius sighed, reflecting on the events of the last few hours.
After catching Munchlax, Gaius had decided to give himself and his Pokemon a nice afternoon rest for them to recover their energy. He found a nice meadow right on the border of Route 1 and released his Pokemon from their Pokeballs so they could enjoy the rest along with Munchlax.
Dragonite laid down on his stomach, still slowly recovering from the Ice Beam attack he suffered in his battle with Munchlax
"It's ok, Dragonite, as soon as we get to Pallet Town I'll have Professor Oak check you out, and I'll take you to a Pokemon Center if there is one in town." Gaius breathed deep, taking in the fresh air, and started to watch his other Pokemon mill about.
Gengar slowly floated around the field, and started to play tricks on Gaius's other Pokemon. He hid under the ground and phase up behind Beldum, Tyranitar, and Munchlax and tap them on the back. When the Pokemon turned around, he would turn invisible or phase through the floor, and then re-appear behind them again and repeat the process.
Tyranitar was not amused by Gengar's antics, and each time he felt a tap on his scales, he would try to quickly turn and Crunch the ghost Pokemon. He was too slow to catch the Pokemon, and after several pranks, he screamed at the sky "Tyraaaaan!!" After being fed up with Gengar, he sauntered off and sat next to the resting Dragonite. With Tyranitar obviously not in the mood to play, Gengar started to play with Munchlax.
Munchlax seemed to enjoy Gengar's playful nature, and tried to chase after the ghost Pokemon using his short legs. Gengar enjoyed the chase, and even slowed down his movements to give Munchlax a chance, although he was still always faster than the Big Eater Pokemon. After twenty minutes or so of chase and hide-and-seek between the two, Munchlax grew tired and began to slow down and breathe heavy. The obese Pokemon suddenly fell backwards and started to sleep, regaining his energy.
With his newest playmate resting, Gengar then went over to Beldum to see if the iron ball Pokemon wanted to play. Beldum seemed at first confused by Gengar's antics and he tried to attack the ghost Pokémon. He tried to hit Gengar with Take Down, but Beldum's metallic body passed through the shadow Pokémon's body, leaving the steel Pokemon frustrated as it continued to attack Gengar to no avail.
Gaius smiled while he witnessed his Gengar's playful nature. He leaned back, confident that he could sleep without worry. As Gaius dozed off, he slowly began to dream. Gaius found himself in a small city, dotted with small stores and homes. The town looked utterly abandoned and unkempt, as weeds were slowly poking through the concrete roads and the buildings looked dilapidated and starting to crumble, as if they had not been used in years.
Gaius started to explore the buildings, trying to find some clue as to where he could be. One of the buildings he entered seemed to be an abandoned Pokemart, which seemed oddly familiar to him. "I've been here before" Gaius thought, "I know I have...but when?" Gaius suddenly saw a shadowy figure of a young man behind the counter.
"Wait, this can't be!" Gaius exclaimed, turning away from the newly appeared figure. "This cannot be Pendragon, I left merely two weeks ago. Such degradation would have taken years!" He turned back towards the figure, about to question how such a thing could have taken place, but as he looked towards where the figure had been, he only saw empty space. "What is this?" Gaius shouted in confusion, "people cannot appear or disappear at will. This does not seem like some sort Pokémon attack either!" He sighed, trying to find a way to make sense of what he was seeing. "I need to go to the manor, perhaps there is someone is there who knows what is going on." As he left the Pokemart and headed up the road towards his manor, he could feel an ominous feeling in the pit of his stomach.
As Gaius neared the Britannia family manor, he could see that it suffered immense damage. He ran closer to the building to see if any part of the manor survived. The main entrance was severely burnt, with most of the walls and all of the interior destroyed. The ballroom was burned to the ground, reduced to cinders, and the rest of the house didn't seem to fare much better, except for a few walls partially standing. Gaius's room seemed to be partially intact, so he quickly ran there, hoping he could find some evidence of what happened to the manor, and to Pendragon itself. As he was about to reach his room, Gaius saw a figure cloaked in a black hooded robe standing in what used to be the hallway. "Who are you? Do you know what happened here?" Gaius shouted, hoping that this mysterious figure had some clue as to what could have caused such a disaster.
"Who I am is of no importance, nor is what happened here." The figure replied in a deep, gravelly voice. "What only matters is the accumulation of power. Those who lack the strength to survive are unfit to live in the new world that I have created. Somehow you must have escaped the dark purge, but no matter. I will now correct this error in judgement." The figure slowly raised his hands, outstretching them towards Gaius.
"Dark purge?" Gaius asked, confused, "what are you talking about? Are you responsible for what happened to Pendragon? Where are all of the people? What happened!" He shouted, exasperated at the figure's ambiguity. "Just tell me what is going on, who are you?"
"All who were deemed unworthy by the New God were purged, their bodies were ripped apart like dust in the wind. Those who possessed enough strength to survive were spared, as long as they swore an oath to the New God, promising that they would live the days they had left serving in his name, and bowing to his will." The figure paused, seemingly glancing up at the sky. "Ah, here comes a servant now," The figure chuckled, watching a figure move across the sky, which slowly started to come in for a landing.
Gaius could see a large object flying downward, readying to land on the ground. As the object neared, Gaius was able to make out what the object was, a very large Dragonite. It was at least twice as large as his own. The dragon Pokemon had holes in its wings and several large scars across its head and chest, as if it had been through numerous grueling and horrific battles. Gaius was shocked that a Pokemon with such injuries could stand, let alone even fly. "If that Dragonite belongs to you, you should take it to a Pokemon Center so it can recover from its injuries, they look pretty bad," he implored the figure cloaked in black. Gaius once again focused on what the figure had said. "So, are you this New God you spoke of, or is he someone you work for, or some metaphysical being that you worship? Who would ever condone such action and brutality, especially pushing Pokemon way past their limits!"
The figure sighed at the oblivious young man before him. "Haven't you been listening fool, there are no more Pokemon Centers! If people and Pokemon cannot survive on their own they have no place in this world! Those pathetic hovels of weakness were among the first things I leveled when I assumed my mantle as God. I forced all Pokemon in the world to fight to the death, and only those who were able to overcome all foes were granted the privilege of survival under my rule. I then waged war on humanity with my army of loyal Pokemon, and though few in number their power rivaled that of human armies! None could stand in my way, and soon, what was left of humanity, those whom I had graciously allowed to survive, worshiped me as their God. Enough talk petty human, your life shall now end, as I flay your flesh from your bones."
Gaius could see dark energy emanating from the figure's hand, energy that began to encompass Gaius and close in tight all around him. The energy manifested into black sand, which started to quickly swirl around Gaius in a funnel pattern. The sand began to cut into Gaius's clothing, tearing it to pieces as the sand cyclone increased in speed with each passing second. The young man could feel the sand and wind tearing into his flesh, leaving small cuts and nicks up and down his body where his clothes had already been destroyed. He tried to move forward to escape the damaging wind and sand, but he was unable to even move an inch of his body, completely being left at the mercy of the hooded man. "Wow, what a homecoming," Gaius thought, "I leave for two weeks and come home to find some mad man has killed most of the world..how could such a thing happen?" The wind and sanded ripped deeper into Gaius's body, creating huge bleeding rips and gashes deep into his skin. He could feel his skin being peeled away layer by layer, and he knew he only had a few seconds until...
Gaius awoke, dripped in sweat and clutching at his heart. "Oh god," he thought out loud, "that was too real. It was as if my body was being ripped apart, and I could feel every cut, every nick, every gash that I suffered there." Gaius quickly ran his hands across his body, making sure that he was uninjured, and that it was just a dream. After the quick examination, he seemed perfectly unharmed, except for an aching headache. "Wow, I seem to be ok, but, I have never experienced a dream that intense before, not even the other nightmare was this bad." Gaius reached down, ready to recall his pokemon to their Pokeballs.
As Gaius moved his hand toward his Pokeballs, he could only feel four of them. Perplexed, Gaius looked down to see which Pokeball was missing. "Gengar, Beldum, Dragonite, Blaziken...that much mean...Munchlax!" He recalled his four Pokémon whose Pokeballs he had, and quickly started searching for Munchlax's missing Pokeball.
After twenty minutes of searching, Gaius pulled out his smart phone and loaded his Pokémon application, which had details about his items on hand, his Pokemons' moves, and a feature that allowed Gaius to track his Pokeballs using a chip that Gaius had installed inside each of them.
When the application loaded, it signaled that Munchlax's Pokeball was close. As the trainer started looking again, with the application active, the signal strength increased if he began to walk in the direction of the Big Eater Pokémon. When Gaius moved closer to his Munchlax, the signal increased even more, until the signal was at maximum strength when Gaius was standing directly over his Pokémon. Gaius looked under his Pokémon, and in the immediate area surrounding it, but both searches proved fruitless, leaving the Pokeball unable to be found. Gaius began to think that his application was malfunctioning, until the answer finally dawned on him.
"Munchlax," Gaius yelled, angrily shaking his Pokémon, "did you eat your Pokeball?"
"Munch," the Pokémon replied, seemingly oblivious to the question. Munchlax then opened his mouth, asking for food and allowing Gaius to take a look inside.
"Hmm," Gaius muttered as he peered inside his Pokemon's mouth, "I can't see your Pokeball in there, but it could already be in your stomach. It's a good thing that Pokeballs are tougher than they look. I think that Professor Oak in Pallet Town should be able to help me retrieve your Pokeball, and, since you don't seem to be in any pain it's not an emergency by any means. We should be in Pallet soon, so just don't eat anyone else's ball, ok?"
"Munchlax!" The Pokémon cheered as soon as Gaius finished speaking. After twenty seconds of standing still, the normal Pokémon started to wander off, most likely looking for something to eat.
"Never mind, Munchlax." Gaius sighed, as he watched his Pokémon walk away. "It's not like you are just going to start listening to me, so I seriously don't know why I bother to try and get through to you." Gaius then thought of a way to placate his Big Eater Pokémon, even though it would be a total fabrication. "Hey Munchlax, I hear Professor Oak has tons of gourmet Pokémon food, and that he loves giving to Pokémon just like you. So, the faster we get there, the faster you can eat. Does that sound good to you?"
"Munchlax!" The Pokémon yelled, excited by the mention of unlimited food. He then ran back to Gaius, and quickly started following his master once again.
"Good Munchlax, I thought that would sound good to you. Be sure to follow me and keep up, I know you can't walk fast with a full stomach, but I'm sure you have motivation to try." Gaius started back on the path towards Pallet Town, with his Munchlax obediently following behind him.
The pair walked in the direction of Pallet Town, stopping only when Gaius noticed a small river that ran horizontally in front of him. The area around the river looked peaceful and at ease. Gaius walked closer to the river and looked down into the water. The water was a pure color of blue, allowing the trainer to see his reflection perfectly in the water. 'This area looks so peaceful,' Gaius thought. There was a small bridge for trainers to cross, but the young trainer decided that this spot would be perfect for Munchlax and him to take a rest. The trainer sat down and laid on his back, watching white, puffy clouds effortlessly float overhead. After twenty minutes of resting, Gaius remembered something that he had packed, although he had not had a chance to use it yet.
The trainer quickly stood and began to rifle through his bag. He sifted through a few sets of clothes, several empty Pokeballs, some cans of food and soda that he had stowed for his brief trip to Pallet Town, and, finally, he found what he was looking for at the bottom of his bag. Gaius reached down and pulled out a small, collapsible fishing rod. 'I bet there has to be some water type Pokemon that are in this big river, I should see what kind of Pokemon I can find.'
Gaius slowly cast the fishing rod into the water, patiently waiting for a bite as Munchlax stood next to his trainer, waiting to battle any Pokemon that happened to appear. The young man waited several minutes, while no indication of any Pokemon in the river nor a tug on his lure occurred. After five additional minutes, Gaius pulled back his rod, moved down the river, further from the bridge, and recast the line again. 'I really hope I at least find some kind of Pokemon while fishing. I know I'm not much of a fishing expert, but I don't think fishing is this hard.' As ten minutes passed by at the new fishing spot, Gaius felt a hard tug on his fishing rod.
The trainer began to wind in his line while pulling hard on the fishing rod, hoping to yank his first catch out of the water with one tug. However, whatever that was on the fishing line had a different idea. Gaius felt his line being resisted as the Pokemon that he had hooked began to thrash about underwater, causing his fishing line to jerk erratically back and forth. The trainer then slacked his pull on the fishing line for a moment, before quickly trying to pull his catch up above the water. After over a minute of fighting with the Pokemon on the other end, the novice fishermen succeeded in bringing the Pokemon to land.
The Pokemon that Gaius had reeled in had a small, round, blue body with two frail looking legs at the bottom of its circular body. In the middle of the Pokemon's stomach, there was a white circular patch, with a black swirl pattern that curved in on itself until it reached the center of its stomach. Gaius noticed a tail that extended from behind the Pokemon's body that was quite large compared to the Pokemon's body. The tail was colored several shades of blue lighter than its body and it seemed to be able to propel the Pokemon very fast in the water. On top of its body, the Pokemon had a small pair of pink lips, with a small pair of eyes located above the lips. There did not appear to be any sort of nose or ears on the Pokemon, which made Gaius wonder how such a Pokemon could receive commands from a trainer, or hear the cries of other Pokemon.
"Hm," Gaius mused as he examined the Pokemon, trying to surmise what species of Pokemon he was dealing with. "Small, blue round Pokemon, probably water type. You also have a white pattern with a black swirl. I'm pretty sure I've looked up your information before, you must be a Poliwag. Your final evolution is either Poliwrath when exposed to a Water Stone or Politoed if you're exposed to a King's Rock found in Johto. Your branched evolution path would give me a choice of which Pokemon I would want more based on the other types on my team. I'm sure you would be useful to me, as I don't have any water type Pokemon yet." The trainer smiled and prepared to issue commands to Munchlax.
"Munchlax, use Chip Away!" Gaius hoped he could end the battle quickly, so that he could move on to Pallet Town. 'I know Chip Away deals continual damage, hopefully my Munchlax will be able to wear down Poliwag's stamina until I can capture it.'
The normal type Pokemon ran towards the small water type and began to claw at the Pokemon's body with its claws. The assault continued relentlessly for thirty seconds of consistent attacks. After the attack was finished, Munchlax stepped back, waiting for his trainer's next command.
Poliwag looked damaged from the attack, but the Pokemon seemed that it was far from finished. "Wag, Poliwag," the creature yelled, while readying an attack. A stream of bubbles shot out of the water Pokemon's mouth aimed directly at Munchlax. The big eater Pokemon seemed slightly hurt from the Bubble attack, but not nearly enough for Gaius to recall his Pokemon.
"Munchlax, that Bubble attack shouldn't have damaged you too much. Counter-attack with Metronome." 'I know Metronome is unpredictable, but let's see what kind of luck I have today!' Gaius patiently waited for his Pokemon to attack.
The normal type Pokemon slowly waved his fingers back and forth. His fingers began to glow as he kept moving them, slowly chanting its own name. "Munch...lax, Munchlax," the Pokemon muttered. After twenty seconds of preparing for an attack, Munchlax's fingers stopped moving. A strong stream of water shot from the Pokemon's mouth. The stream of water was aimed directly at Poliwag's face.
The Water Gun attack struck Poliwag, causing the Pokemon to fall backwards for a moment before the Pokemon regained its composure. The attack seemed to not damage the wild Pokemon that much. "Poliwag!" The Pokemon yelled as he rushed towards Munchlax. Poliwag turned as he neared Munchlax, slapping the normal type Pokemon twice with its large tail.
Munchlax seemed slightly damaged by the attack but was still ready to continue battling. Gaius looked towards his Pokemon, hoping that the battle would end soon. "Munchlax, try to finish off Poliwag. It's time for a Tackle attack! I know that you have more powerful moves in your arsenal, but you have to remember to only severely weaken the Pokemon, but not knock it out."
The normal type Pokemon ran towards Poliwag and jumped into the air, its body aimed towards the water type Pokemon. Munchlax struck Poliwag with its body, causing the Tadpole Pokemon to be knocked back several feet. Poliwag appeared to be quite injured from the latest assault, as it began to wobble back and forth barely able to stand.
"Yes,' Gaius exclaimed, happy at seeing the wild Pokemon's weakened condition. "It's time to try and capture you. Pokeball, go!" The young trainer reached into his bag and pulled out an empty Pokeball. He then threw the ball at the weakened Poliwag and watched as the Pokemon got sucked inside. The Pokeball shook for several seconds, until a small clicking noise could be heard, signifying the Pokemon's capture. "You're mine now, Poliwag," Gaius exclaimed.
As Gaius moved forward to pick up his newly acquired Pokemon, the Pokeball suddenly shrunk back to its miniature size. The trainer picked up the Pokeball and tried to enlarge it, however the Pokeball did not respond when he pressed the button for it to enlarge. He then noticed that there was a bright red light on the button of the Pokeball, something that his other Pokeballs did not have. 'Hm, I forgot that Poliwag would be my seventh Pokemon and that trainers are only allowed to have six with them. I guess I'm unable to use Poliwag until I find somewhere to store my excess Pokemon at. Oy veh, I'll see if Professor Oak or someone in Pendragon can look after my Pokemon for me.'
"We might as well get going to Pallet Town, Munchlax. The sooner that we get there, the sooner you can get your Pokeball removed." Gaius packed up his collapsible rod and stuffed it back into his pack. The trainer picked up his backpack and hoisted it onto his back, preparing to depart the river and make his way to his next destination. The trainer began to walk across the bridge that separated the banks of the lake, until he heard an odd splashing sound behind him. Gaius turned backwards and saw another Poliwag that had jumped out of the river.
The second Tadpole Pokemon began to look around the side of the river that Gaius was fishing on, as if he was looking for something that he had lost. Seemingly not finding what it was looking for, the water type Pokemon continued to walk back and forth along the side of the river, occasionally saying its name every few steps.
Gaius quickly ran back to the side of the bridge so he could get closer to the second Poliwag. He crept close to the riverbank where the Pokemon was walking, making sure to not make a sound until he was only a few feet away from the wild Pokemon. 'If I can capture this one, as well, I'll have a pair. That will allow be to train both a Poliwrath and a Politoed, expanding my Pokemon collection even more. "Hey, Poliwag," Gaius yelled to the wild Pokemon. "What are you looking for?"
The Pokemon quickly turned and looked at Gaius. "Wag, Poli, Poliwag-wag. Poli!" The water type Pokemon looked angrily at Gaius and moved closer, almost as if the trainer had what the Pokemon was looking for. Poliwag began to look like it was getting ready for battle as it continued yelling its name at Gaius.
"Oh, I think I know what you might be looking for," Gaius slyly replied. The trainer quickly pulled out Poliwag's Pokemon and waved it in front of the wild Pokemon. "I captured another Poliwag a few minutes ago. Was that one your friend, or something? If you two were close or something, then I'm sorry, but he's mine now. Nothing you can do will free him from my Pokeball. I can't even open it myself right now, since he's my seventh Pokemon."
The wild Pokemon looked downcast, as if it was sad when it heard the news about the other Poliwag being captured. The second Poliwag began to draw closer to Gaius, wanting to see its imprisoned friend. The tadpole Pokemon began to yell its name, "Poliwag, wag, wag, Poli!" When Gaius did not move or let his friend go free, the Pokemon began to cry.
"Now, now, Poliwag. You don't have to be sad. It's true that I captured your Poliwag friend, but you two can still be friends. If I was able to, I'd at least let your friend come out so he could see you before we had to go, but I can't. Look at this, Poliwag, you'll see it's impossible for me to show you your friend." Gaius reached down towards Poliwag's Pokeball and pressed the small, red button. When nothing occurred, he showed Poliwag the Pokeball and pressed the button again. "Ya see, I can't let your friend out to say goodbye, but, I might have another arrangement that might make you happy. If you want, you could come along with me so that you and your friend can still be friends and be together. Although I'll probably only have one of you on my team at a time, whenever both of you aren't with me, you can stay and play wherever all you want. I know that you weren't really looking to become a trainer's Pokemon, but that's the only way for you guys to stay together. So, what do you say?"
The Poliwag looked down towards the ground, seemingly thinking over
Gaius's proposition. The Pokemon then paced back and forth for several minutes as it continued to think. After more pacing and contemplation, the wild Pokemon turned back towards the trainer. Poliwag walked close to Gaius and began to nod its head, signifying that it had accepted the trainer's offer of staying with his friend.
Gaius smiled wide as he pulled out a Pokeball. "Good, I'm glad that you decided to accept my offer. I'm sure that you and your friend will be having fun in no time. We just have to get to Pallet Town, and I'll see if he can keep my Pokemon for me while I'm on my journey. It shouldn't be too long til we're there, so you can just rest peacefully in this Pokeball til then." The trainer pulled out another empty Pokeball from his bag and threw it at the wild Poliwag. The ball wiggled back and forth three times and then a clicking noise was made, indicating the Pokemon's capture. The second Poliwag's Pokeball stayed shrunken and a red dot appeared on the Pokeball's button, just as it had on the first Poliwag's. "How excellent," Gaius said joyfully, "I've gotten two Pokemon in under twenty minutes and I didn't even have to battle one of them. I should seriously congratulate myself, I had no idea that I could be that persuasive. Until I pick up another powerful water Pokemon, I'm definitely going to be keeping one on my team, so the Poliwag play-date may have to wait for a long time." Gaius smiled and turned to his Munchlax. "Come on, let's get to Pallet Town. The sooner we get there, the sooner we can find a way to remove that Pokeball in your stomach. You do want it removed, don't you?"
"Munchlax," his Pokemon yelled, seemingly agreeing with its trainer.
The pair walked towards Pallet Town, with Gaius's Pokemon collection increased by two.
Attempting to Capture: Two Poliwag Mcr: 10k
I know part of this story is a dream sequence, but I couldn't think of a way to put that as a stand-alone story, so I incorporated it into here. I still think that I put enough emphasis on Poliwag, and that although I did not traditionally battle for both, I hope that my semi-original story concept for the second Poliwag merits its capture. If you decide to fail me simply because of the dream sequence, then I will split it up and resubmit.