"We did it!" I shouted out to my Pokemon, still hiding in the fog. "Come on down Magical, let me heal those wounds of yours."
Drifblim span round and round, arms extended, clearing her of her smoky hiding place. She floated down gleeful, delighted by her assist in the capture of Machop and her first battle in the National Park. I rummaged through the basket looking for an Energy Powder; it was the only thing available in the basket that could heal a Pokemon's health. Inside the basket was a neatly tied red pouch that had a tag labeled "Energy Powder". I loosened the string a bit and took a whiff of it. The contents inside had an earthy aroma to it, a fine powder that tickled my nostrils. I looked at Drifblim with a puzzled look and asked, "Hey, gal, how does this work exactly? Do you, like, eat it? Or do I rub this on your wounds?" She shrugged her limbs. I guess it didn't really matter. To be on the safe side, I rubbed half the powder on her wounds, massage the powder where Machop had stricken her with Ice Punch, and fed the remainder to her from the opening underneath.
"You did great back there Magical, I'm proud of you. Now let's keep going, only two more encounters left!"
I gave a nod to Zorayda, signaling that we were ready to continue our journey. The four of us continued up the mountain, when another roughly humanoid creature appeared in front of us. However, this one was mostly tanned colored with pink bulges looking like veins on its outer body, equipped with a plank of wood. It was a Timburr. I was satisfied with Machop though, and didn't wish to tussle with another strong Fighting-type.
"If ya wouldn't mind Zo, I would like to get away from this without a fight."
Zor nodded and they attempted to back away from the Timburr, who watched them with careful eyes but ultimately let them alone when it realized that they weren't going to attack or cause it any harm. It trotted away, dragging its little plank of wood with it. The pair of Trainers climbed up the mountain further, the cold creeping in as snow fell softly upon their faces. Soon they came across a lumpy figure, snoring until it heard them approach. The thing lifted its head, revealing huge eyes and a mean set of teeth. Unfurling sizeable red wings, the lizardlike Pokemon bore down upon them, its intimidating facade threatening to attack. Its blue body shook the earth with each footstep, a true dragon in every right.
Lady Luck must have been on our side, as we managed to avoid another unwanted battle without a fuss. The four of us continued up the cold, frosty mountain towards our soon to be last foe. I had no idea what awaited us, but I was anxious. One more, and this contest was over. Up ahead was a relatively large blue and red sleeping creature. It perked its head up, gazing at us with its beady eyes and huge fangs, standing up to show its full body. The fearsome Salamence gave an intimidating look, showing that it was the true alpha male of this mountain.
"Fuck this, I'm not taking any chances of running. Let's toss it a doll and scram while it's busy."
Zorayda snorted at the comment and watched as Medericus chucked the doll over the side of the mountain. The Salamence's eyes followed it and it spread its wings, diving down the ravine and disappearing from view. The Ranger smiled and looked to her Trainer.
"Well, Medericus, it seems you've come across all the Pokemon you've been allotted in this run! Time to go back now," she said, and soon they trekked their way to the bottom of the mountain once more, thankfully not running into anything that impeded their path. She led Magic and Medericus to the office where she filed their information and took the ball containing Machop out. "I'll keep this for a little bit to be judged--come back once the Contest is over and you'll either receive this Pokemon or a random Egg from your list, okay?" she informed as the Trainer began to leave. But Zor wanted to say one more thing, her face turning a light shade of pink.
"Um, wait, Medericus. I was wondering, well... I'm not your Ranger anymore, so I can ask this I guess." The blonde bit her lip nervously. "Do you... want to go for coffee with me, sometime?"