The torrent of water smashed into the Pikachu, making it somersault and pinning it to the wall. Both Buzz and I flinched as a large section of the wall's decorative tiles were either smashed or knocked off the floor. I cast a quick glance around the hallway - there were many such craters and around the hallway anyway, memories of past battles that had occurred in this very spot.
I remembered one that James had told me about. An Infernape had swung around the ceiling, throwing fire at a Magneton. The Magneton had put up a valiant fight, landing a Zap Cannon and nearly knocking the Infernape through the wall, but eventually a well-placed Flare Blitz had subdued the Wild Pokemon enough that a Hyper Ball had successfully captured it.
As Smash was firing the water, he moved forward, keeping the electric mouse pinned. It managed to struggle upwards, and Smash didn't see it do so. He smashed his head into the wall, only just hitting the Pikachu. The Pikachu squealed and fell to the ground.
Suddenly, the water around the two combatants started swelling up, rising to form a wave. I was confused - I hadn't ordered Smash to perform another attack. What was happening?
The mystery was solved as the Pikachu appeared at the top of the wave. It squealed a challenge before leaning forward, causing the large wave to crash down on top of the Swampert. It almost completely submerged him - impressive for a Pikachu, especially considering its typing.
"Always an impressive technique for a Pikachu to know," Buzz commented.
"Sure is." I grinned. "Makes me want to catch the little guy even more."
I noticed that the Pikachu was sitting on the ground a little bit away from Smash. It was panting, and still had the dirty smears from Smash's Mud Bomb over its fur. It seemed quite fatigued - I didn't want to hit it with another strong attack like Mud Bomb or Hydro Pump. I considered Muddy Water for a few seconds, but being Swampert's signature attack that might be a bit too strong at the moment.
"Alright Smash, good job! Now go for the Pikachu with Mud Slap, and put all of your might into it!" I yelled.
Mud Slap was Smash's weakest move, but considering he was Ground typed and the move was super effective against the Electric-typed Pikachu, it should still do a fair bit of damage, and there wouldn't be any danger of the Pikachu being knocked out. The other advantage was that the attack was quite accurate, and it might even obscure Pikachu's vision a little bit.
Smash moved forward to a small puddle of water - some of the dirt from the Mud Bomb he had used earlier was lying at the bottom. He smashed the puddle with a blow from one of his strong forearms, and a spray of dark brown mud flew through the air towards the tired Pikachu.
As I watched the mud spread through the air, my watch started beeping urgently at me. That was my alarm. I now had exactly fifteen minutes to get to the Docks before the ferry left, and it'd take five minutes at least to buy a ticket and get to the terminal even if Dual Teleported us there. Not to mention there might be some forms filled out or whatever - there hadn't been last time, but the Park had gone under restructuring since the last time I was here so I couldn't rule it out. I needed to finish this battle as soon as possible.
I dug my hand into my pocket and pulled out a Super Ball. I pressed the button in the middle of the sphere, and it beeped electronically as it expanded to its maximum size. I began walking to the side a bit, preparing to throw the ball at the Pikachu after the mud had hit.