As I had guessed, Ataro didn't want the Skitty either. He had come here for a Buffalo Pokémon, but I wasn't sure what else. I played my voice disk once more. I heard something big coming out way and quickly felt disappointed. Firstly, Durant or Ferroseed couldn't fly. Secondly, it sounded like something big, and neither Pokémon I wanted were that size. I looked ahead and saw a small Combee coming our way. Surely that wasn’t the sound I heard. I stopped and looked around, but couldn’t see anything.
Then Lickitron took off and ran behind a tree. “What’s wrong?” I called out, but before I could get an answer, a large Shadow flew over me. I looked up and saw a large green-and-brown Pokémon dropped onto the ground between us and the gate, blocking our way. It looked like a tropical tree, and had a bunch of bananas growing underneath its chin.
“LICKTUNG!” Lickitron cried as it jumped from the tree and onto Tropius’ back. Lickitron quickly landed on its back and extended his tongue onto the Tropius’s bananas, taking a few off. Before the Flying Grass Pokémon could respond, Lickitron jumped off his back and landed next to me with a huge grin on his face as he began to eat the bananas. Lickitron must have smelt the aroma of the Pokémon and knew what was coming. To pull a stunt like that and not get hurt was certainly his specialty, especially when it came to food.
“Well, if that doesn’t piss it off, I don’t know what will.” I quickly said. It wasn’t the way I wanted to start the battle, but I didn’t have much of a choice now. Lickitron had a habit of eating whatever he could find, even if it wasn’t his. My mistake was bringing him to the fall festival picnic. While everyone was waiting for the show to start, he went and ate more than half of the food there. He was more trouble when it came to food than my Snorlax, which I found to be hilarious, given the fact that Snorlax required a large amount of food.
“Ataro, do you mind if I battle this Tropius?” I asked him.
“No, of course not love.” He responded.
“Alright then Lickitron, drop those bananas and let’s get rollin’.” I called out. I figured Lickitron would try to grab more bananas, so I was going to use that to my advantage. “Start off with Ice Punch Lickitron, if you do well, you may find yourself with a treat.” If I was lucky, he’d hit Tropius hard enough to grab more bananas from its chin. I knew that was his intent so I just played along. “If you want more bananas, maybe you should try using Yawn as well, it will put it to sleep and you’ll get what you want more easily.”
Lickitron nodded and stared down the Tropius, moving from his eyes down to the bananas. With those in mind, Lickitron went charging with his fist drawn back, gathering small ice particles to freeze his paw. As Lickitron approached, I saw him begin to form a small cloud of gaseous toxins that I hoped would put the big plant to sleep. Those toxins caused any Pokémon that got a small whiff of it to instantly fall asleep. That was going to be a big help if it worked. Otherwise, Lickitron was going to get hit hard for stealing those bananas and violating the Tropius. I didn’t want that to be the case, but I could see it in Tropuis eyes.
“I’m going to have to find a way to calm it down if Yawn doesn’t work.” I mumbled. “Ataro, can you take care of the Combee, I don’t want it getting in the way and messing things up. Just keep it back for now if you can, unless you’re planning on capturing it.” I honestly didn’t see Ataro capturing the Combee, I didn’t see him having any use for it whatsoever. Perhaps if it was a Normal Pokémon like Castform he’d go for it, but for now I guess he’d just have to help me out. Keeping back that small Pokémon wasn’t going to be much trouble for him and his Lickilicky. That Lickilicky just had to swat it back with its long tongue and it wouldn’t have to worry about getting hit. I turned back to Lickitron who was now closing in on Tropius, he had fired the cloud of toxins at Tropius and was closing in on the blow. It was too close to call.