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Prologue: Tale of the Eight Elements
Many people believe Pokemon came to earth on a spaceship or a meteor.
I only wish that that was the truth.
Unfortunately, it is not. Pokemon did not come here from outer space.
Pokemon were not born. They were created.
My grandfather was a fool.
They thought they could create creatures of unimaginable power.
They would help us accomplish many tasks. They would make life easier.
No one could have imagined that maybe, just maybe, these creatures would turn on us.
It only took eight of them.
Eight of them, and our entire way of life was nearly destroyed.
These eight Pokemon were the first Pokemon created.
They were created of pure elemental energy, and they were the greatest scientific achievement ever.
Soon after creating them, scientists began experimenting with more advanced and stable structures.
They created over 500 different creatures and let them out into the wild.
Naturally, they designed an item that could contain these beasts.
They were small red and white devices shaped like spheres. When used on a creature, it reverted to its elemental form and shrunk.
By doing this, the creatures could fit in your pocket. They were given the name Pocket Monsters.
These Pocket Monsters, Pokemon for short, became a part of everyday life for most people.
Meanwhile, scientists continued experiments on the first eight.
They realized that these Pokemon were unstable and could not be bound by the regular capture devices, the Pokeballs.
They designed a special type of Pokeball only to be used on these eight Pokemon. They called it the Master Ball.
Unfortunately, the Master Ball prototype got out. People began replicating it and using it on regular Pokemon.
This Master Ball could capture any Pokemon without fail. It was incredibly popular and was sold on the black market for thousands.
The government, working with the team of scientists, banned these Master Balls and ordered them all to be destroyed. War broke out.
The government managed to destroy most of the Master Balls, but a group of rebels broke out and fought the government for their Master Balls.
This rebel group called themselves Team Rocket.
The scientists decided to unleash the eight experimental Pokemon upon Team Rocket in order to destroy their Master Balls.
But they didn't just want to destroy the Master Balls. They wanted to destroy the people holding them.
The eight Pokemon had affected the scientists, my grandfather included.
They drove them mad. Controlled their minds. Commanded them to destroy all other humans and Pokemon in the world.
And with the power of these eight elemental Pokemon, they could do just that.
The scientists attacked Team Rocket headquarters, killing almost everyone.
Team Rocket's leader, Giovanni I, and several of his highest ranked Administrators, managed to escape.
He alerted the great shamans, those who still believed in spiritualism in this age of technology.
The shamans created eight staves, which they gave Giovanni I and his six administrators.
The red staff, given to Administrator Charles, could control the power of fire and seal away the fire element.
The blue staff, given to Administrator Jill, could control the power of water and seal away the water element.
The green staff, given to Administrator Ryan, could control the power of plants and seal away the grass element.
The purple staff, given to Administrator Lauren, could temporarily control minds and could seal away the psychic element.
The orange staff, given to Administrator Hank, bestowed its wielder with unbelievable fighting skills and could seal away the ground element.
The gray staff, given to Administrator Derek, could summon storms and could seal away the lightning element.
And Giovanni himself was given the black and white staffs that could destroy and create life respectively and could seal away the dark and light elements.
Giovanni I and his administrators managed to seal the eight elemental Pokemon in caverns deep within the mountains. But with these Pokemon gone, there was no balance.
You see, these eight Pokemon also had another power. Their power kept all the other Pokemon in control. But with the eight elementals gone, all the other Pokemon rampaged.
They became angry and hard to control. They turned on their former masters, killing anything and everything in their sight.
In time, the Pokemon calmed down and returned to the wild. They would still attack if provoked, but no longer fought to kill, and rather sought to knock their opponent unconscious.
Meanwhile, the government tried to cover up what happened, and denied all rumors of the past.
Soon, Giovanni I grew old and passed his position and his staves onto his son, Giovanni II.
We are at peace, for now. Team Rocket has returned, and still fights the government. But for the most part, people are at peace with their Pokemon.
I hope that it stays this way for a long, long time.
My grandfather and the other scientists died in their attempts, but it was for the best, I think.
If the elemental Pokemon were ever brought back...it would mean chaos for the world.
Though Team Rocket is called evil, at their core, they fight for us.
They keep those beasts at bay. The elemental staves are still within the posession of high ranking team rocket members, and hopefully will be forever.
Hopefully, if you are reading this, the time is long, long after the time in which I wrote it, and it is still very peaceful.
If you find this document, spread the word. The truth must be revealed. Though they do not believe me now, a mere two generations after the events, hopefully you will believe me in the future.
-Audrey Bernard, Team Rocket Historian-
Olemenun Regional Pokedex:
#251 and #252 are secret Pokemon, like Jirachi or Deoxys.
There are 58 Old Pokemon, and 194 new. This brings the national dex from 493(after D/P) to 687.
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Chapter 1: The Mission
"Now, Magmar! Fire Punch!" The young boy commanded, thrusting his arm outward, stretching a finger out and pointing to the Victrebell on the other side of the field. The magmar lunged out, fist ablaze, and struck the victrebell with incredible force, knocking it backward and leaving a burn mark where it had been singed.The grass Pokemon fell onto its back, no will to fight left in its eyes.
"Victrebell is knocked out!" The announcer exclaimed, lifting a red flag into the air. "Bobby Malec is the winner!"
"Alright!" Bobby exclaimed. "Magmar, return!" He said, holding out his Pokeball. The fire Pokemon first turned into a red energy form, and then returned to the Pokeball held out behind it.
"Dan Richard, you are eliminated!" The announcer added. "However, you are one of the final four competitors, so you will still receive a prize! Please go to the front desk."
"Eh, alright..." Bobby's opponent, another young boy, said quietly. "Victrebell, return." He held out his own Pokeball, recalling the unconscious victrebell.
Meanwhile, on the other field that had been lined up next to the first one, another young boy, slightly older than the others, issued a command of his own.
"Scyther, finish it off!" He shouted. "Wing Attack!" The Scyther that stood in front of him began to run forward, the sun reflecting off its blades. It approached the opposing Medicham at great speed, turning on a dime and thrusting its wing at the Medicham as if it were another blade. A large gust of wind generated by this motion hit Medicham, knocking it off its perfect balance and onto the pavement below.
"Medicham is knocked out!" An announcer proclaimed, lifting a red flag into the air similar to what the other announcer had done. "Michael Stephens is the winner!"
"Naturally." The older boy said, a cocky look on his face. "Scyther, return!" He shouted, tossing his Pokeball into the air. It opened slightly, and Scyther turned into its energy state and returned to the ball just as it fell back into Michael's hand.
"Matthew Kershner, you are eliminated!" The announcer said, almost exactly like the other announcer before him. "However, you are one of the final four competitors, so you will still receive a prize! Please go to the front desk."
"You'd think they have a script or something." Bobby said. He had wandered over to this field after his game was finished, hoping to get a look at the Pokemon he'd be fighting in the next round. "Bobby Malec." he said, extending his hand out to Michael.
"I'm not touching that." Michael said in response. "Some of your lousiness might rub off on me." He walked right past Bobby and over to the refreshment stand, where he began to pour himself a cup of water.
"Attention." A loudspeaker boomed. "Bobby Malec and Michael Stephens, you have a ten minute break. Please report back to the battle field in ten minutes."
"May I help you?" The woman behind the desk asked.
"Uh, yeah...I'm Dan Richard, I made the top four of the tournament..." Dan replied, not sure if he was in the right place to receive his prize.
"Oh, yes, of course." The woman said. "Please take a seat on that bench there." She pointed to a bench next to the desk. "The prizes for the top four competitors are all going to be handed out after the final round."
As she said this, the other boy that had lost, Matt Kershner, walked up to the desk. "Hi, I was told to come here to receive my prize for making the top four?"
"Please sit on the bench there." The woman repeated politely. "Your prize will be given to you after the final round."
"Can we go watch the match instead?" Matt asked.
"Sure, I don't see why not." The woman replied. "Just make sure you all come back here afterward."
"The match will be three vs. three." The announcer announced as Bobby and Michael entered the ring.
"Three vs. three?" Bobby questioned. "All the other matches have been six on six."
"Does it really matter?" Michael asked from across the field. "I'm going to beat you either way."
"You may begin." The announcer said dryly, lifting a green flag into the air.
"Go, Camerupt!" Bobby shouted, throwing a Pokeball into the air. The large camel Pokemon appeared out of it, first as energy, and then taking solid form as it hit the ground.
"Gengar." Michael said calmly, throwing a Pokeball out. The ball opened up and the ghost Pokemon appeared, tongue sticking out, mocking its opponent.
"Hah!" Bobby exclaimed. "Gengar is a Poison type Pokemon! It's weak to ground type attacks! Camerupt, Earthquake!" The fire Pokemon raised its front hooves and slammed them into the ground hard, creating a shockwave beneath them. The shockwave rippled out toward gengar, smashing up the concrete that the field was made of as it traveled. It quickly reached Gengar, exploding the ground beneath the ghost Pokemon.
"So much for your confidence, huh?" Bobby asked Michael mockingly.
"I have a reason to be confident." Michael replied. "I'm battling an idiot. Take another look." Gengar was still there, floating above the rubble, unaffected.
"How?!" Bobby stammered.
"Gengar's special ability." Michael said, a smirk on his face. "Levitate. Ground moves can't hurt him." A look of shock came onto Bobby's face. "Now, Gengar, Hypnosis!"
"Gengaaaah." Gengar said, looking Camerupt straight in the eyes and waving its hands around. Circles of Psychic energy shot forward from Gengar's eyes, hitting Camerupt head on. Camerupt's eyes began to flutter open and closed slowly, and then remained closed. It was Asleep.
"No! Camerupt! Wake up!" Bobby yelled.
"Gengar, Dream Eater!" Michael commanded. Gengar extended its hands, balls of lavender energy shooting forth from them. The energy struck Camerupt, knocking it back and leaving bruises all around it. The balls of psychic power then returned to Gengar, and the ghost Pokemon absorbed the energy.
"Camerupt, you've got to snap out of it!" Bobby shouted. "One more of those could kill--!"
"Too late." Michael interrupted. "Gengar, Dream Eater!" Gengar jumped into the air, one hand above its head, forming more balls of energy in its palm. As it fell back to the ground, it shot its hand forward, the energy launching out from it and once again hitting Camerupt. The psychic force robbed Camerupt of its last remaining energy, knocking it off its legs and onto the ground, unconscious.
"Camerupt is knocked out!" The announcer decided. "Please send out your next Pokemon!"
"Camerupt, return." Bobby said, a look of dismay on his face as the Pokemon returned to its Pokeball. "Go, Magcargo!"
"I too will make a switch, as the rules allow it." Michael said matter-of-factly, returning Gengar to its Pokeball. "Go, Lairon!"
"Hah! That Lairon won't stand a chance against my fire attacks!" Bobby exclaimed.
"It wouldn't." Michael agreed. "Lucky for me, it can knock you out before your Magcargo even has time to think about attacking.
"Tch...he's right..." Bobby said to himself. "Magcargo's way slower than Lairon...and he only needs one Earthquake attack to take me out!"
"Lairon, Earthquake!" Michael commanded. The steel Pokemon raised its front legs similar to how Camerupt had done, slamming them down and creating a massive shockwave, tearing up the field even further. Before Magcargo even had time to think, it was hit by a massive explosion of rock. When the smoke cleared, Magcargo lay there, completely knocked out.
"Magcargo is knocked out!" The announcer proclaimed. "Please send out your next Pokemon!"
"I'll leave Lairon out for now." Michael said. "I think you're primarily a fire type user, earthquake should be able to take out anything you send at me."
"You think wrong!" Bobby said, a smile on his face. "Gyarados, I choose you!" He hurled the Pokeball into the air, a long beam of red energy shooting out from it. When the energy materialized, it became clear that this was not an ordinary Gyarados.
"It's red!" Michael exclaimed. "There's only been one red Gyarados in the history of the Pokemon league...and it belonged to..."
"That's right." Bobby cut in. "This Gyarados was given to me by a very good friend of my father." A large smirk appeared on his face. "Lance, champion of the elite four!"
"This isn't good..." Michael thought. "Lairon, try hitting it with your electric type move! Shock Wave!"
"Who's too slow now?" Bobby mocked. "Gyarados, Hydro Pump!" Before Lairon had time to prepare its attack, it was already being bombarded by a massive blast of water from Gyarados. The rock type Pokemon stood no chance.
"Lairon is knocked out!" The announcer exclaimed. "Please send out your next Pokemon!"
"Crap..." Michael said. "Go, Gengar!" The ghost Pokemon reemerged from its Pokeball, still fully ready to fight. "Gengar, Hypnosis!" The purple Pokemon began waving its hands as it had before, shooting psychic energy from its eyes. Unfortunately, Gyarados knew better, and closed its eyes, avoiding the attack.
"Gyarados, Bite!" Bobby commanded. The large red Pokemon lunged forth, its massive fangs closing in on Gengar. The ghost Pokemon stood no chance against this dark type attack, and was knocked out in one shot.
"No, Gengar!" Michael exclaimed.
"Gengar is knocked out. Please send out your next Pokemon!" The announcer said for the sixth time.
"Go, Weezing!" Michael said, sending out his last Pokemon, the poison type Weezing. "Weezing, try to hit it with a Thunder attack!" The purple Pokemon blew smoke out of its body, concentrating. A blast of electric energy shot upward from it, and then shot back down from the sky, nearly hitting Gyarados.
"Close, but not close enough!" Bobby said thankfully, as the Thunder attack, though inaccurate, was extremely powerful and probably could have taken his Gyarados out. "Gyarados, let's finish this!" He exclaimed. "Hyper Beam!" The Gyarados opened its mouth, a huge beam of white energy shooting out from it. The beam hit Weezing, completely decimating it. The severely injured poison gas Pokemon fell to the ground, no question as to its unconsciousness.
"How...how could I lose?" Michael questioned rhetorically. "My Pokemon were so strong...how..."
"Bobby Malec is the winner!" The announcer shouted. "Congratulations! Now, both competitors that reached the final round, please go to the front desk to claim your prizes!"
"Alright, I'm here for my prize." Michael said in a frustrated tone, slamming his palm down on the front desk.
"No need to be so rude." The woman responded. "Are all four of you here?"
"Yeah." Dan said, looking around the room. Michael, Bobby, Dan, and Matt were all present.
"Alright then. Follow me." The woman said, pressing a button under her desk. Part of the wall next to the desk rolled up, revealing a secret door. The four boys followed the woman through the door into a dimly lit room.
"Is this some sort of trap?" Matt questioned, looking around.
"Professor Pine will be with you shortly." The woman said in a voice so quiet that noone could hear her, walking back out the door. It closed behind her, the room darkening further to the point where it was almost impossible to see.
"I'd say yes." Dan answered to Matt's question.
"Welcome." Came the voice of a middle aged man. The lights turned on to reveal a man in a lab coat standing on a small pedestal. "Congratulations on making the top four of the Triregional Championships."
"Who are you?" Bobby asked.
"I am Professor Pine, the leading research authority in the region of Olemenun." The man answered.
"Olemenun? I've never heard of that region." Dan said.
"Probably not." Professor Pine responded. "Olemenun is usually kept secret from the rest of the world."
"Why is that?" Matt questioned.
"Well, we prefer not to involve ourselves in the political affairs of the other regions, in order to avoid getting involved in wars." Professor Pine answered. "Also, we have Pokemon there that are not found in any other region, and do not wish for those Pokemon to be traded out to the other regions."
"So why are you telling us this?" Michael asked, finally joining the conversation from the corner of the room.
"Because," Professor Pine replied, "your prize is an all expenses paid trip to Olemenun to take part in the Pokemon league challenge there."
"Ah, Olemenun has a Pokemon league too?" Bobby asked.
"Correct." Professor Pine answered. "If possible, I would also like you to catch as many Pokemon as you can in the region. I'm trying to complete a Pokedex catalouging all of Olemenun's Pokemon."
"Sure." Bobby answered. "We can do that. I'd love to catch and train some new Pokemon, and I'm sure the others wouldn't mind either."
"Yeah, that's fine." Dan confirmed.
"No problem." Matt added.
"Whatever." Michael said, still resting against the wall in the corner of the room.
"Excellent." Professor Pine said. "I've already arranged for a private jet to take you there in the morning. You'll meet my daughter and her friend at the Evergrande City airport. The six of you will take the plane to Roccane town, where my lab is located. You can meet me at my lab at quarter past noon." He paced around the pedestal a few times and then began to speak again. "You can stay at the hotel connected to the stadium for tonight." He turned around and began to walk toward a door on the other side of the room. "Oh, and one more thing. Once you arrive in Olemenun, I'll have to take your current Pokemon. Olemenun's Pokemon have not been revealed to the rest of the world, and I don't want the rest of the world's Pokemon being revealed to Olemenun."
"That makes sense." Dan said.
"Good. See you in the morning." Professor Pine said, pressing a button on the wall. Doors opened on both sides of the room, and the boys walked out the door they had came from. Once they had left, Professor Pine left through the other door, and both doors closed.
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Chapter 2: Snakes on a Plane
It was about eight o' clock in the morning, and still somewhat dark outside. The woman from behind the desk at the stadium was also a maid at the adjacent hotel, and had been ordered by Professor Pine to wake the boys up in the morning.
"I advise you to wake up," She wispered into Bobby's ear, "or you may be late for your flight." Upon hearing something in his ear, Bobby woke up, blinking his eyes a few times and stretching out his arms and legs.
"What time is it?" Bobby asked with a yawn, sitting up in his bed.
"It's about ten past eight." The maid replied, "'Your flight leaves in one hour and twenty minutes."
"I should probably get up then." Bobby said, yawning again and stretching his arms up in the air. He removed the sheet from on top of him and got up, walking to the bathroom within the hotel room.
"Breakfast will be ready in five minutes." The maid stated, "The others are already in the lobby."
"Alright. I think everyone is done with breakfast." Dan said, looking around the table at stacked bowls of shallow milk and plates with the remains of food on them.
"Good. Shall we be off, then?" Asked the maid, "Professor Pine has also assigned me with the task of chauffeuring you to the airport."
"Yeah, let's go." Matt said, standing up from the table and pushing in his chair. The group grabbed their bags and headed out the door to a limousine parked in the driveway.
"We have arrived." The maid said from the drivers' seat, as the limousine parked in the airport parking lot.
"Where are we supposed to go?" Bobby inquired as the four of them opened their doors and began to exit the car.
"You'll meet Professor Pine's daughter and her friend at terminal B-14." The maid responded. "They will recognize you." When she was sure all four boys had exited the vehicle and were not behind it, she waved goodbye and pulled out, driving out toward the main road. The group had been dropped off right outside the entrance to the airport, and walked inside, not paying any attention to the unusual number of policemen standing outside the door.
"Here we are...terminal B-14." Bobby said, setting his bag down on a chair as the others did the same. "But where's...?" Before he could finish his sentence, he saw two girls running toward them carrying bags similar to their own. One girl had blonde hair and was more or less dragging the other girl, a brunette.
"Ohmigosh Hiiiii!" The blonde-haired girl exclaimed, throwing her arms in the air as she approached the group. She ran up to Bobby and hugged him for seemingly no reason.
"Uh...are you Professor Pine's daughter?" Bobby asked, looking at her with an odd expression on his face.
"Like, totally!" She replied, releasing Bobby and setting her bag down with the others. "I'm Tatianna, and this is my friend, Elissa." She said, pointing to the brunette.
"We're not late, are we?" Elissa asked.
"Nope, I don't think so..." Bobby answered, looking up at the marquee of departures and arrivals.
"Now boarding flight 121 at terminal B-14." The loudspeaker boomed.
"That's like, our flight!" Tatianna said. The group grabbed their bags and walked up to the connector that connected the airport to the airplane.
"Tickets please." The attendant said dryly.
"Tickets? He didn't give us tickets!" Dan exclaimed, a little worried.
"We have your tickets." Elissa said in response, handing the attendant all 6 tickets.
"Have a nice flight." The attendant said, letting the group pass.
"Hey, how come the marquee said that we were flying to orre?" Matt asked, "Aren't we going to o-"
"Shh!" Elissa said, covering matt's mouth. "People aren't supposed to know, remember?"
"Sorry." Matt said. The group boarded the airplane, not knowing that the flight attendant had heard elissa shushing Matt. She left her position and walked into the connector, closing the door behind her.
"Attention passengers, I'm Derek Farber and I'll be your pilot today." Came a voice over the loudspeaker. "We're going to be taking off shortly, heading to Roccane Airport in Olemenun. Approximate flight time is 2 hours and 28 minutes. Please fasten your seatbelts while the seatbelt light is on." A light came on above the seats showing that the passengers should buckle their seatbelts. Shortly after, the plane began to take off.
"Hey, we're the only ones on this flight..." Bobby noticed.
"Of course. It's a private flight." Elissa replied. "The only people that know the true destination of this flight are the pilot, Professor Pine, and us."
"If it's a private flight..." Michael commented, "why is the plane so big?" He was right. The plane was the size of a normal aircraft, looking like it could seat nearly one hundred passengers. Instead, only the first row of seats were filled, and the many rows behind them remained empty.
"I guess this was like, the only plane they could get." Tatianna answered to the best of her ability.
"Good morning, may I get you something to eat?" Came a familiar voice from behind. It was the attendant from when they were boarding the plane, pushing a food cart down the aisle.
"No thank you." Michael said as she passed him first.
"None for me either." Dan added.
"Nothing here." Matt said.
"I'm fine." Elissa stated, not wanting anything to eat either.
"I'll have a bagel with jam, if you've got it." Bobby said, being the first to order food.
"Here you are, sir." The attendant said, pulling out a plate, a bagel, and a container of jam from the cart.
"Can I have, like, cocoa puffs?" Tatianna asked.
"Here you are, m'am." The attendant said, handing her a bowl, a box of cocoa puffs, and a carton of milk. With that, the attendant walked to the end of the aisle where she had room to turn the cart around and wheeled it around, heading back down the aisle to the other end of the plane.
"I'll be right back, I'm going to the bathroom." Matt said shortly after the attendant left. He got up from his seat and walked down the aisle to where the bathrooms were at the end. No sooner had he reached the bathroom than he came running back.
"SNAKES!" He shouted, flailing his arms around madly.
"What are you babbling about?" Bobby asked, turning around. Sure enough, Matt was being followed by a large group of Ekans, Arbok, and Seviper. "Holy crap, he's right! There are snakes on this plane!" The rest of the group turned in their seats to see this phenomenon for themselves, and saw it was true. Matt arrived at their seats, turning around in the isle to see the army of snake Pokemon following him from a short distance.
"How very odd." Michael said, unbuckling his seat belt and walking into the aisle, facing the snakes. "I'll take care of this. Sneasel, I choose you!" He grabbed a Pokeball from his belt and threw it out toward the snakes, releasing the dark type Pokemon in front of them.
"Snee-selll.." The Pokemon snickered, unfolding its arms. The blades on its hands shone brilliantly, despite the lack of natural lighting. It ran forward, arms out behind its back, and jumped over some of the snakes, landing on a seat. The poison type Pokemon decided to start fighting, and began to leap up toward it. It jumped off the seat, slashing an Arbok in the air and landing on its feet, slashing an Ekans with its other hand. It began running down the aisle, slashing every Pokemon that lunged at it as it went. The apparently low level snakes were no match for Michael's expertly trained Sneasel. It slashed through them one after another, aiming not to knock the Pokemon unconscious, but rather to kill. The Sneasel's eyes shone with an evil light as it chopped up countless Pokemon into mincemeat. It was ruthless in its attacks, killing every Pokemon in a single shot. It danced down the aisleway, leaving unbelievable carnage in its path. Soon, all the Pokemon were dead except one. There, at the end of the aisleway, was an unusually large shiny Seviper.
"Seviiiper!" It hissed, its tail shaking in the air. As soon as it did this, a new wave of Ekans, Arbok, and Seviper appeared from the back of the plane.
"This isn't good." Michael said. Even though his Sneasel had been able to kill the previous Pokemon without getting hit a single time, doing so took incredible effort on Sneasel's part, and it was tired.
"We'll help you." Bobby said, still eating his bagel. "Go, Growlithe!"
"I choose you, Tyrogue!" Matt added.
"Tangela!" Dan shouted.
"Let's go, Shelgon!" Tatianna exclaimed.
"Help them out, Natu!" Elissa said. The five Pokemon joined Sneasel on one side of the plane, facing down the wave of snakes arriving on the other.
"Snea...sel!" Sneasel shouted, thrusting its hand out and pointing at the snakes. The six Pokemon charged forward and began to attack. Tyrogue and Sneasel fought back to back, punching and slashing at snakes flying at them from all directions. Tangela caught groups of Pokemon in its vines, lifting them up and squeezing them as Natu bombarded their minds with Psychic attacks in the air. Growlithe and Shelgon ran around headbutting everything in their path, occasionally letting loose an ember to barbeque a weakened Ekans or Arbok. In a matter of time, the shiny Seviper was once again the only Pokemon left to oppose them.
"Seviper." It hissed slowly and calmly, this time heading toward the six Pokemon instead of summoning more minions. Sneasel stepped forward at an equally calm pace, meeting the Seviper about halfway down the plane. The two Pokemon just stood there looking at eachother for a few seconds, but the silence was broken when Sneasel slashed Seviper across the face, sending it back a few feet, writhing in pain. It lunged forward, biting Sneasel on the arm, sinking its venom into the dark Pokemon.
"Sneaaaas!" The Sneasel screamed in pain.
"Sneasel, you've had enough, return!" Michael exclaimed, throwing Sneasel's Pokeball at it and turning the Pokemon back into its energy state. Seviper's fangs bit down on the nothingness that was once Sneasel's arm, and a look of anger grew on its face. It slithered forward at an amazingly fast speed, but the other five Pokemon were ready. Tyrogue jumped up in the air, coming down on Seviper's head with a powerful Hi Jump Kick. Natu let out a Psybeam, striking Seviper in the 'chest' area. Tangela sent out a Mega Drain, draining some of Seviper's energy and returning it to the grass Pokemon. Growlithe and Shelgon both let out Flamethrower attacks, severely burning the snake and nearly knocking it out or killing it.
"That's quite enough of this." Came the familiar voice of the flight attendant. She stepped out from her room across the hall from the bathroom, a Pokeball in her hand. "Seviper, return!" She held out the Pokeball, the shining Seviper turning into its energy form and returning to its owner.
"You mean that was you that sent those Pokemon?!" Bobby exclaimed, both angry and shocked.
"Correct." The attendant replied calmly. "And since they were not able to get the job done, I'll just have to do it myself. Zangoose!" She grabbed another Pokeball which opened up to reveal a shiny Zangoose. "Crush Claw!" She commanded. The Zangoose's claw came down hard on the side of the plane, opening up a huge hole and letting the air in.
"Agh! What are you trying to do?!" Bobby asked as the air pressure masks dropped down from the consoles above the seats.
"Oh, don't worry. I wouldn't risk not killing you by doing something silly like changing the plane's air pressure. The air around Olemenun is too stable for that anyways." The attendant replied. Her Zangoose turned around, letting loose another Crush Claw, but this time aiming for the floor of the plane. The Zangoose hopped out of the way as the floor exploded, revealing a turbine beneath the floor where it had struck.
"Zannnngoose!" It laughed as the attendant returned it to its Pokeball.
"Have fun fending off the Plesiowave." The attendant said as she released a Pidgeot and got on its back. "You'll find that, unlike Gyarados and other water Pokemon from the other regions, they are completely relentless in their attacks." The Pidgeot flew out the hole in the plane that Zangoose had created, delivering the attendant from the inevitable crash.
"We seem to be losing altitude, please stay in your seats." The loudspeaker boomed. Sure enough, the plane was rapidly heading toward the sea.
"We have to get out of here!" Bobby shouted. "Go, Aerodactyl!" Following his lead, Michael sent out a Crobat, Dan sent out a Tropius, and Elissa sent out a Claydol. Not having flying Pokemon of their own, Tatianna and Matt got on Dan's Tropius along with Dan, and the four Pokemon flew out the hole in the plane where the attendant's Pidgeot had exited. Crobat, Tropius, and Aerodactyl flapped their wings madly to overcome the gravity that had carried the plane down, and Claydol surrounded itself with a purple aura of psychic energy, stabilizing it and allowing it to levitate in midair. Unfortunately. The flying Pokemon could not overcome the oddly strong gravity in the air, and began plummeting toward the water, Claydol not far behind them.
"If we hit the water, we'll die!" Dan yelled over the sound of the wind.
"I'll just like send out my water Pokemon when we like, get close!" Tatianna responded. That didn't take long, as the group could soon see the water beneath them.
"Go, Gorebyss!" Elissa shouted, sending out her own water Pokemon.
"Milotic, Kingdra, Sealeo, let's go!" Tatianna exclaimed. The four Pokemon appeared in the water as the trainers recalled their flying Pokemon. Tatianna, Dan, and Matt landed on Milotic's long back, while Bobby and Michael each landed on Kingdra and Sealeo respectively. Elissa was still a ways behind, as her Claydol's aura had reduced her falling rate. The five that reached the water first caused the three Pokemon to be submerged a few feet in the water due to the impact at which they hit. The Pokemon had broken their fall, but had been injured by it. Shortly after the Pokemon resurfaced, Elissa released her Claydol, falling down the remaining few feet onto her Gorebyss' back.
"There's something wrong with the air around here." Michael stated. "The air pressure should have caused major damage in that plane, and the gravity shouldn't have been nearly that strong."
"Well, we're alive, and that's all that matters." Bobby said.
"We shouldn't be." Michael replied. "As I said, the gravity was much too strong. When we fell with that force, the Pokemon cushioning our fall shouldn't have been enough, we still should have died when we hit the water."
"Who cares? We are alive, and like Bobby said, that's all that matters." Dan said, agreeing with Bobby. Suddenly, the group heard a large growl, and a large shadow passed underwater beneath them.
"Yeah, but I don't know how long we'll be alive for..." Elissa said worriedly.
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Chapter 3: Beginning the Journey
"This doesn't look good..." Bobby said, looking around the water as the large shadow circled around the group.
"Grrr...." Growled the beast below the surface.
"What is this thing?" Tatianna asked.
"Looks like we're about to find out..." Dan replied as the water parted in front of them to reveal a large blue-green creature. The long neck of the plesiosaur-esque Pokemon rose above its giant body. Its eight flipperlike limbs splashed the water as it broke the surface. Its tail, roughly the same size as its neck, both being about ten feet in length, slapped the water, creating a large wave that rocked the water and caused the group's Pokemon to rise a few feet with the wave. The new Pokemon's face had a menacing look on it, baring its fangs at the smaller Pokemon.
"This must be the Pokemon that flight attendant was talking about!" Bobby shouted over the roar of the waves. "What did she call it? Plesio-something?"
"Plesiowave!" Tatianna answered. "My father like, told me about them...these things have been known to like, totally eat people!"
"Eat people? I don't wanna get eaten!" Elissa exclaimed.
"And you're not going to!" Came a familiar voice from above. A helicopter flew above the giant water Pokemon, the wind from its rotor blades causing the water to part beneath it.
"Professor Pine!" Bobby yelled. Professor Pine stood in the helicopter, one hand hanging on to the door, a Pokeball clutched in his other.
"Psytage, I choose you!" Professor Pine exclaimed, throwing the Pokeball to release yet another unfamiliar Pokemon. The Pokemon appeared to be a thin, floating, hollow circle made of some type of alloy. It had two rings of energy circling it and crossing paths in the center, much like artist representations of the atom. One energy was yellow and obviously electrical, while the other was purple and more resembling a psychic aura.
"Psytage, thunder attack!" Professor Pine commanded. The electrical ring of the Pokemon began to grow in size and presence, as a ball of similar energy appeared in the center of the alloy ring, where the two energies crossed paths. Suddenly, a bolt of lightning shot forth from the yellow ball, striking the Plesiowave directly in the center of where its neck met its chest.
"Pleeeeeeees!" The water type bellowed as it recoiled backwards, its massive neck hitting the water and causing another wave to pass by the group of young trainers. It was obvious that with only that one shot, the Plesiowave was done for.
"Alright daddy!" Tatianna exclaimed, smiling at Professor Pine.
"Get in the helicopter!" Professor Pine shouted as the helicopter lowered its ladder. One by one the trainers grabbed hold of the ladder and pulled themselves up, recalling their water Pokemon when they got on board.
"Here we are." Professor Pine said as the helicopter began to land at what the group assumed was Roccane airport. It was really only a small runway and a helicopter pad, and was obviously only used by Professor Pine and his assistants.
"This is the airport?" Michael asked, looking around. "Not much, is it?"
"It's like, a private airport." Tatianna said, defending her father.
"We mostly only use it for research trips." Professor Pine added. "It's connected to the lab, so it's rather convenient."
"Alright, we're here." Dan said. "Can you explain what we'll be doing now?"
"Certainly." Professor Pine replied. "Follow me, I'll get you your starter Pokemon."
"Now then." Professor Pine said as he walked around the desk. The laboratory was rather large, the walls lined with bookshelves and computer desks. Research assistants bustled around, going from table to table doing various experiments and research. In the center of the room was a large circular desk with six equally spaced holes in it, all surrounding a white dome in the center of the desk. Professor Pine pressed a button under the desk, and Pokeballs rose up on small colored stands from the six holes.
"I will be taking your other Pokemon now." A research assistant said, walking up behind the group. Each person turned around and reluctantly removed the six Pokeballs from their belt, dropping them in a large woven sack the the assistant held out.
"Very good." Professor Pine said as the group turned to face him again. "Now that that's done with, we'll start with you, Robert.
"Yes sir." Bobby said, stepping forward.
"Please take the Pokeball from the red stand." Professor Pine instructed. Bobby slowly took the Pokeball from its resting place and threw it into the air. The red energy flowed out of the ball, materializing in the form of a small lion. The lion cub had a lightly tanned peach colored fur, and big black eyes. It looked like a normal lion cub except for two small differences. Instead of a mane of hair, this lion's mane was made of fire, burning with the intensity of a fireplace. In addition, its tail also burned with a small flame at the tip, similar to a Charmander's.
"Cubb!" The small Pokemon growled, rubbing up against Bobby's leg.
"Woah! Careful!" Bobby exclaimed, jumping up at the sight of the fire.
"Don't worry." Professor Pine said. "Cubburn learn to control their manes at an extremely young age. Though the fire always burns, it will not harm people that touch it if the Cubburn does not want it to."
"Cubburn." Bobby echoed. "So that's your name, huh?" He reached his hand down, petting the lion cub on its forehead. The Pokemon purred, opening its mouth slightly and licking its face.
"You're next, Daniel." Professor Pine stated. "The green stand, if you please." Dan walked over to the Pokeball, grabbing it and hurling it into the air. The red energy materialized to reveal what appeared to be nothing but a small clump of moss.
"Uh...is this a joke?" Dan asked, looming his head in and inspecting the green clump closely. Without warning, it lunged forward, grabbing onto his face.
"Ahhh! Get it off of me!" Dan shouted, running around in circles madly, clutching his face and trying to remove the slimey creature.
"Mosseize. Down!" Professor Pine commanded, snapping his fingers. The green blob unlatched itself from Dan's face, landing on the ground in front of his feet. Dan looked down to see that the formerly ordinary pile of moss now had a mouth and two large eyes, as well as two small, armlike, handless appendages.
"Mosseize like to play tricks like that." Professor Pine explained. "They enjoy posing as regular moss and hiding in ordinary places such as rocks, then jumping out at the first living thing to walk by, grabbing onto it and hanging on as long as they can."
"Mosseize, moss!" The grass Pokemon cried, smiling as it looked up at its new owner.
"Matthew, it is your turn." Professor Pine said. "Please take the Pokemon from the orange stand." Matt walked forward, taking the Pokeball and releasing the Pokemon within it. The Pokemon appeared to be a small, purple, humanshape Pokemon. It had the stature and thin body of a trained martial artist, but the proportion and size of a five year old. The Pokemon's entire body was purple except for its head, hands, and feet. Its hands at feet were both white, and looked as though the Pokemon was wearing gloves and laceless shoes. Its head was also white, and was shaped like an oval, reaching from shoulder to shoulder on the Pokemon. It had no hair, but had normal human ears. No eye, nose, or mouth was visible, but rather, a peice of paper covered the center of the Pokemon's face. The paper was thin enough so that one would think eyes would be visible around it, but yet, none were. On the paper were several chinese characters, written in a thick, dark ink.
"This is Hittao, the spiritual fighter Pokemon." Professor Pine informed Matt. "Hittao is completely blind and cannot smell, taste, or say anything. Instead, it relies completely on its amazing sense of hearing, which is well over one hundred times that of a human being."
"Wow...uh, nice to meet you, Hittao." Matt said. In response, the fighting Pokemon bowed its head respectively.
"Tatianna, your turn." Professor Pine said. "The blue stand is yours." Tatianna stepped up to the blue podium, taking the Pokeball that rested there. She released the Pokemon within it to reveal a small blue Dolphin calf. The light blue dolphin stood up on its rear flipper as if it was a leg, clapping its two front flippers like hands.
"Dude, it's like, a dolphin!" Tatianna exclaimed. "Shouldn't it be in like, water?"
"Calffin is a very unique water Pokemon." Professor Pine responded. "It is able to survive on land just as well as in water, though its movement is rather slow, as it is not yet skilled at hopping on its rear flipper.
"Calff!" The water Pokemon squeeled, hopping up and down and clapping at Tatianna.
"Elissa, you're next." Professor Pine instructed. "Go get the Pokemon from the purple stand." Elissa reached out and took the Pokeball, releasing it into the air. As soon as the energy began to materialize, a beautiful ring filled the air and a nearly visible wave of pure sound energy emitted from the Pokeball.
"Dreeeeeamuuuuseee!" The noise rang slowly. The Pokemon's appearance was nothing but an orb of faint, light yellow energy with small stub 'limbs' of energy extending out from equally spaced 'corners' of the orb. A face was vaguely visible within the orb, with closed eyes and a smiling face.
"Dreamuse isn't much when it comes to appearance," Professor Pine explained, "but rather, its true beauty is within its melodic voice. Its songs are known to make people happy when they hear them, and its final evolution is even sometimes credited with stopping wars."
"Woah, cool!" Elissa responded.
"And finally, your Pokemon, Michael." Professor Pine concluded. "Naturally, the Pokeball on the grey stand is yours." A look of concern began to grow in Professor Pine's eyes as Michael reached for and grabbed the Pokeball.
"Let's see what Pokemon I get to start this ridiculous adventure with." Michael said, throwing the Pokeball into the air. The energy materialized to reveal a small bird Pokemon. The Pokemon's feathers were jet black and slicked back neatly. The crooked beak and malicious grin of the Pokemon showed that it was a vulture and a dark type. Atop its head was a single feather that, though the same color as the others, appeared to shine with a dark aura.
"Vulllld." The Pokemon said in a low chirp.
"Your Pokemon is Vuldusk." Professor Pine informed Michael. "It's a very rare Pokemon. There were once many of them in the mountainous region of the Safari Zone, but they began to act...strangely, and the Police ordered them to be exterminated. I managed to catch one of the last ones."
"Professor," Michael began, "with all due respect, do you think it's such a great idea to be giving a new trainer a Pokemon that is supposed to be extinct?"
"I have no choice." Professor Pine replied. "These six Pokemon and Psytage are the only ones I have, and your six Pokemon's types compliment eachother rather well."
"You're the expert." Michael responded, a hint of sarcasm in his voice.
"Alright then." Professor Pine said, clearing his throat. "Now that you have your six Pokemon, there are a few other items I'd like you to have." He turned and walked over to a desk that was against the wall. He took 6 small devices from the desk and walked back over to where the group was standing.
"Pokedexes." He said, handing each of them one of the devices. "These Pokedexes have been specially configured to display data on Olemenun's Pokemon." He reached into his pocket and pulled out a handfull of Pokeballs in their smallest state. "I'd also like you each to have five Pokeballs to start your journey."
"Thank you, sir." Bobby said on behalf of the entire group, accepting the Pokedex and Pokeballs.
"And last but not least, quite possibly the most important item you'll receive on your quest." Professor Pine said, pressing a button on the bottom of the desk again. This time the white dome in the center opened up to reveal six staves, seemingly suspended in midair.
"Please take the staff that matches the color of the podium you took your Pokeball from." Professor Pine instructed. One by one, the trainers took the staves from their resting place.
"What are these for?" Bobby asked.
"Instead of carrying your Pokeballs on your belt, you will attach them to the six magnetic spots on each of your staves." Professor Pine answered. "In addition, they can be used for self defense if your Pokemon are seperated from you."
"Handy." Matt remarked.
"Well, I think that's all I have for you." Professor Pine said with a sigh. "You can spend the night at the hotel next door, and in the morning you can be on your way."
"Alright, thanks." Bobby said, waving back as the group began to exit the laboratory.
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Chapter 4: The Road to Treemor Town
"Alright, is everyone ready to go?" Bobby asked, looking around him. The group all stood in a semicircle around him, backpacks on their backs and staves in their hands.
"I think we are." Matt answered.
"Alright, let's go." Bobby decided, turning from the group and leading them out towards the wilderness.
"Good luck!" Professor Pine shouted from the door to his laboratory, waving at the group as they began to walk away.
"Alright...looks like our first destination is Advachi Town, on the other side of Route A." Bobby said, looking at a map that Professor Pine had given him. The group passed by a sign marked 'Route A' as they exited Roccane Town. The tall grass brushed up against their feet, and they knew they were now vulnerable to wild Pokemon attacks.
The group hadn't been walking long when they spotted their first Pokemon.
"Look over there!" Dan said, pointing to a small, whitish thing crawling in the grass. It appeared to be some sort of oversized worm or catepillar, but it was just as fat as it was long. Dan pulled out his Pokedex and pointed it at the creature.
"Magvae. The Maggot Pokemon." The Pokedex said in a monotone voice. "Magvae spend their time looking for food and trying not to become it. They usually evolve or get eaten within 24 hours of being born."
"This one's mine!" Dan exclaimed, stepping up in front of the rest of the group and taking Mosseize's Pokeball from his staff. "Mosseize, I choose you!" The Pokeball hurled into the air and the grass Pokemon appeared on the ground, smiling and ready for battle.
"Mosseize, tackle!" Dan commanded. The green blob lunged forward, ramming into the bug. The faceless critter responded by launching a tackle of its own. Mosseize leaped forth with a second tackle attack, leaving the bug Pokemon panting and weakened.
"You've weakened it enough, Mosseize!" Dan yelled, grabbing an empty Pokeball from his bag pocket. "Pokeball, go!" The Pokeball flew through the air, hitting the Magvae and turning it into red energy. The ball shook a few times and finally clicked, showing that Dan had captured the Magvae.
"Good job, Dan!" Tatianna exclaimed, hugging Dan for no reason other than a congratulations. Almost instantly, the group heard a thud coming from where the Magvae had been captured. There, wrestling with the closed Pokeball, was a small, dark brown squirrel-like Pokemon. The Pokemon clawed at the Pokeball, trying to bite it open with no success.
"It must have been trying to eat that Magvae." Bobby noted.
"Ooh, it's so cute!" Tatianna squealed, pulling out her Pokedex.
"Funambite. The Squirrel Pokemon." The Pokedex informed. "Funambite enjoy biting whatever they can sink their teeth into. Being an omnivore, their diet can consist of anything from berries to Magvae."
"Ooh, I wanna like, catch it!" Tatianna exclaimed, grabbing the Pokeball from her staff. "Calffin, I choose you!" The dolphin Pokemon appeared from its Pokeball, staring down the Squirrel Pokemon.
"Calfcalfcalf!" It squealed, clapping its flippers and squirting a little water from its blowhole.
"Calffin, let's like, tackle it!" Tatianna ordered. Calffin leaped forward, its head striking the Funambite in the chest. The Funambite responded by scratching at Calffin with its small claws.
"Calffin, I think you can like, weaken it enough with another tackle!" Tatianna shouted, informing her Calffin on what to do. The dolphin Pokemon used its tail as a spring of sorts, jumping up and hitting the squirrel with its long nose.
"Alright!" Tatianna exclaimed, grabbing an empty Pokeball from her bag. "Funambite, you're mine!" She threw the Pokeball at the Pokemon, turning it into red energy. The Pokeball wriggled around considerably more fiercly than dan's had, but made the ding noise all the same, showing that Tatianna too had succeeded in capturing a Pokemon.
"Good job, Tatianna!" Dan said, giving her a thumbs up and smiling.
"I think I'll call you Munchy!" Tatianna decided, placing the Funambite's Pokeball under Calffin's on her staff.
"Alright, we should probably continue on." Bobby said. "If we want to get to the other side of Midowood forest before dark, we should only make a quick stop in Advachi town."
"Oh, let's just spend the night in Advachi town." Elissa suggested. "We're in no rush, and I'm sure there's plenty to do there."
"There really is nothing to do here." Elissa said with a depressed look. It was already late afternoon, and the group had just arrived in Advachi town and saw what little there was to see. There was a Pokemon Mart, a Pokemon Center, and two other buildings that were both locked and appeared to be residential.
"I told you so." Bobby gloated.
"Excuse me!" Came a voice of a man in about his thirties. The group turned to see a tall man in a coat that resembled that of Professor Pine's assistants. "Are you the six children that Professor Pine sent on the Gym Badge journey?"
"We are." Matt answered.
"My name is Matt Catalano." The man said as he approached the group. "I'm a good friend of Professor Pine, and when he told me he had sent some trainers on a quest, I knew that I'd have an oppurtunity to meet them here and give them some advice."
"Uh...okay..." Bobby said, looking at the man strangely.
"The PokeMart here is a ripoff." Mr. Catalano explained. "The items are severely overpriced. Also, a word of warning about Midowood forest...it's very easy to get lost. Just remember to go left whenever possible, and you should make it out fine."
"Alright, thank you." Bobby said, still thinking the man was a little odd.
"One more thing," Mr. Catalano added, "If you see any items on your journey that you think might be rare, bring them back to me, please. I'll be happy to offer a reward. My house is the one with the green roof."
"Alright. We will." Matt said, obviously more confident about the man than Bobby.
"Good luck." Mr. Catalano said, waving as he headed toward his house. "You should be able to make it through Midowood Forest before it gets totally dark."
"Bye!" Tatianna shouted, waving at the man as the group headed the other way, toward the route that went to the forest.
"Something tells me that that guy might not have known what he was talking about." Bobby said. Stars lined the night sky, and the group had just arrived at the edge of Midowood Forest.
"There's like no way we'll be able to see in there, we'll get like, totally lost!" Tatianna exclaimed.
"There must be some kind of source of light around here..." Matt suggested, looking around.
"What's that?" Elissa asked, pointing to a purple glow coming from the tall grass.
"It must be some kind of Pokemon!" Bobby guessed, pulling out his Pokedex and aiming it at the glow.
"Eyequus. The Zebra Pokemon." The Pokedex explained as the Pokemon walked out where it could be seen. It looked like a young zebra with glowing purple stripes and hooves. On its face, above its two normal eyes, was a much larger third eye, open wide and staring at the group. "In order to use its psychic powers, Eyequus opens its third eye. When its third eye is opened, Eyequus' stripes and hooves glow with a bright light that is useful in dark caves and forests."
"I'll catch it!" Elissa said, grabbing Dreamuse's Pokeball from her staff and releasing the Pokemon.
"Dreeeam!" The Pokemon chimed in a melodic voice.
"Dreamuse, tackle!" Elissa ordered. Despite its unsolid appearance, the Pokemon actually had physical form and was able to ram into the Eyequus.
"Quus!" The Zebra Pokemon said, its third eye flaring as a wave of Psychic energy repelled Dreamuse from it.
"Get back in there and tackle it again!" Elissa instructed. Dreamuse once again charged forward, weakening the wild Eyequus further. "I hope that was enough...Pokeball, go!" Elissa yelled, throwing an empty Pokeball at the Eyequus. The Pokeball wriggled around just as Dan and Tatianna's had, but eventually dinged, showing that Elissa had caught the Zebra Pokemon.
"Dream, dream!" Dreamuse chimed happily as Elissa returned it to its own Pokeball.
"Alright!" Dan exclaimed. "With that Eyequus' glow, we'll be able to see our way through Midowood Forest just fine!"
"Then let's get going." Michael said, leaning on his staff, using it sort of like a walking stick. "We'd be better off getting to the next town in the middle of the night than camping out here tonight."
"That's a good point..." Bobby agreed as he looked around for a sign. Sure enough, there was a wooden signpost right outside the edge of the forest.
"Midowood Forest. Advachi Town to Treemor Town." Elissa read, using her newly captured Eyequus for light.
"Okay! To Treemor Town!" Bobby exclaimed, leading the group into the dark forest.
"Something tells me that that guy definitely didn't know what he was talking about." Bobby said. The group had gone left just as Mr. Catalano had told them, and were now helplessly lost.
"I don't know how long we can keep fighting off the wild Pokemon." Matt commented. The group had been fighting Magvae after Magvae for hours, and although their Pokemon had gained levels and grown stronger, they had also taken a beating and were not in very good condition.
"You'd think that in this thick of a forest, there would be Pokemon that could cut down trees or something." Dan wondered. Following this comment, the group was silent for several minutes as they continued to walk through the dense forest.
"Vuldusk should have been back by now." Michael finally said, breaking the silence. "I sent him to get help an hour ago."
"He was pretty weak when you sent him off." Bobby said. "Maybe something bad happened to him."
"Vuld!" The group heard the cry of the bird Pokemon.
"It's coming from over there!" Elissa exclaimed, pointing to where the sound had come from. "Eyequus, lead the way!" Following Eyequus and Elissa, the group managed to arrive at a large clearing in the forest, where they saw Vuldusk being attacked by two Pokemon the group had never seen before. One resembled a large scarab beetle with a golden body, red legs, and a large red horn on its head. The other was a light brown in color, and appeared to have a wooden shell on its back.
"What are those?" Bobby questioned, pulling out his Pokedex and pointing it at the first of the two Pokemon.
"Skeetle. The Scarab Pokemon." The Pokedex said. "Skeetle are also fire type Pokemon, and their shells glow brightly when they use fire type attacks."
"What about the other one?" Matt asked, pointing his own Pokedex and the second.
"Woodmite. The Termite Pokemon." The Pokedex informed. "Woodmite have large, pincer-like teeth that can cut down even the strongest tree. Ironically, they are also covered by a hard, woodlike shell."
"Cubburn, let's catch that Skeetle!" Bobby exclaimed, sending out his fire Pokemon. Right out of the ball, the lion Pokemon began launching ember attacks at the scarab. Being part fire type, the attacks were not super effective against Skeetle, but they still seemed to be doing the trick.
"Hittao, let's get the Woodmite!" Matt exclaimed, sending out his Hittao. The fighting type ran up to the Woodmite, attacking it with fierce karate chops. While the two Pokemon that had been pestering Vuldusk fought their new threats, Michael snuck around them, rescuing his Pokemon from their grasp. Within a matter of time, the two bug Pokemon had been weakened, and were caught by Bobby and Matt.
"Alright! I caught a new Pokemon!" Bobby shouted, thrusting his arm into the air in excitement.
"No need to yell so loud." Came a child's voice with a slight british accent. There, standing behind Michael, was a young brown-haired boy, no more than ten years old. He wore a white t-shirt and shorts, a bug catching net in his hand.
"Hmm? How did you sneak up on me like that?" Michael asked, turning to face the boy.
"I didn't, really." The boy replied. "Your Vuldusk found me while I was taking a walk. Then we were attacked by those two bug Pokemon."
"Why didn't we notice you before?" Michael questioned.
"You have a very smart and courageous Pokemon." The boy answered. "It signalled with its wings that I should hide in the tall grass while it fought the bugs."
"Wow...nice job, Vuldusk!" Michael said, rubbing the bird Pokemon on the head. When it became obvious that Michael had no intention of introducing himself to the boy, Bobby took it upon himself to do so.
"My name is Bobby." He said, shaking the young boy's hand.
"Mine is Spencer." The boy replied. "I live in Treemor Town, at the edge of the forest."
"Treemor Town? That's great! We were just going there!" Bobby exclaimed. "Could you take us there?"
"Sure." Spencer replied. "Seeing as how its so late at night, you can all spend the night at my place."
"Thank you very much." Bobby said. The group followed Spencer out of the forest, toward Treemor Town, home of the first gym in the Olemenun league.
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Chapter 5: The First Badge
"This is your house?!" Bobby asked in amazement. The group stood in front of a large mansion with a size of at least a thousand square feet.
"My family is very rich." Spencer explained. "My brother works in the next town, and brings home a lot of money."
"Wow..." Dan said, still taking in the massive size of the house. The group walked into the foyer, and saw that they were standing on a floor of marble. Crystal chandeliers lined the ceiling, and a golden banaster lined the staircase.
"Follow me, and I will escort you to your rooms." Said a woman in a maid's uniform. The maid led each of them them to their own magnificent guest bedroom on the second floor.
"It's beautiful." Tatianna said.
"Thank you." Spencer said politely. "Now then. When you wake up in the morning, I suggest that you try the Pokemon Gym nextdoor. I work there, and I'm sure at least one of you is taking the league challenge."
"Alright!" Matt responded. "We'll be there." Each of the trainers walked to their own rooms, and Spencer walked down the long carpeted hallway to his.
"Oh, before I forget, Spencer," Bobby began, "What do you do, working at the Pokemon Gym?"
"You'll find out tomorrow." Spencer answered with a smile on his face.
"Welcome to the Treemor Town Gym!" Said the greeter as the group walked in. Though the Gym looked normal on the outside, on the inside the Gym walls looked like the inside of a giant termite nest, and Woodmites scurried around the building, going to and from various holes in the walls.
"Woah!" Matt exclaimed, looking around. "This place is crazy!"
"Which of you will be challenging our leader today?" The greeter asked.
"Hmm...this looks like a Bug type Gym, so that will be me." Bobby volunteered. "May I ask who your leader is?"
"Why, the esteemed Spencer, of course!" The greeter replied. "He was able to master Bug Pokemon at such a young age..."
"Wait, Spencer?!" Bobby asked in disbelief.
"Hi guys!" Spencer yelled from across the room, waving his hand at the group. "I guess I forgot to mention that I'm the Gym Leader here...well, in any case, good luck, Bobby!"
"You may proceed to the first Gym Trainer." The greeter said, allowing Bobby to pass by. "The rest of you must stay here and watch." He added, stopping the other five trainers from following Bobby.
"Good luck!" Tatianna said, waving as Bobby turned away and walked toward the first trainer.
"I'll cream you! You won't even make it to Spencer!" The trainer, a young bugcatcher boy, said confidently. "Go, Woodmite!"
"We'll see about that." Bobby responded, equally confident. "Go, Cubburn!" The two Pokemon stared eachother down for a while, Woodmite's teeth clicking together.
"If you won't make a move, I will!" Bobby shouted. "Cubburn, Ember!" The young lion Pokemon leaped forward, spewing a blast of fire from its mouth. The fire hit the Woodmite dead on, leaving rather severe burn marks.
"Woodmite, Mud Slap!" The Bugcatcher ordered. The ground type Pokemon kicked the ground fiercely with its short legs, causing an oddly large amount of Mud to come up and hit Cubburn, covering its face and reducing its accuracy.
"Don't worry, Cubburn!" Bobby encouraged. "You can win this! Ember!" Once again the fire Pokemon leaped out at the bug, barraging it with another Ember attack, knocking it out.
"No! My Woodmite!" The trainer exclaimed, returning the bug Pokemon to its Pokeball. "Well, you beat me, fair and square." He told Bobby as he handed him a washcloth. "Use this to wipe you Cubburn's eyes off, and go on to the second gym trainer."
"Thank you." Bobby said, wiping off his Pokemon's face.
"That last trainer was a pushover!" The second trainer, also a bugcatcher, exclaimed. "You won't beat me! I have the same Pokemon team as Spencer!"
"Yes, but are they trained as well?" Bobby asked somewhat sarcastically.
"Just you watch!" The trainer replied. "Go, Skeetle!"
"I think I'll use my own Skeetle here." Bobby said, sending out his second Pokemon. The two scarabs eyed eachother, ready to fight. "Skeetle, Ember!" Bobby ordered.
"Skeetle, use an Ember of your own!" The bugcatcher commanded. The two Skeetles both launched their ember attacks, hitting eachother. By the intensity of the burn marks left on each Pokemon, it was obvious that Bobby's was stronger. The two Pokemon continued to use Ember, weakening eachother further and further, until eventually the Gym Trainer's Skeetle had been defeated.
"No! Skeetle, return!" The young trainer shouted. "Go, Woodmite!"
"Another one?" Bobby questioned rhetorically. "Fine...let's use Ember!" The Skeetle used another Ember attack, hitting the Woodmite and weakening it noticeably.
"I won't use cheap tricks to win like that other trainer." The bugcatcher informed. "Woodmite, Cut!" The termite Pokemon ran up, slicing the beetle with its large, pincer-like teeth. Already weakened from the previous Pokemon, this left Bobby's Pokemon very close to being knocked out.
"Alright! Let's get one more Ember in before you're knocked out!" Bobby ordered. The Skeetle used one final Ember attack, and was then defeated by the opposing Woodmite's cut.
"Skeetle, return!" Bobby exclaimed. "Go, Cubburn!" As soon as Cubburn emerged from its Pokeball, it knew all it needed to do to finish the Woodmite off was to use another Ember. With Bobby's word it did so, knocking out the bug Pokemon.
"No! You beat me!" The bugcatcher exclaimed in dismay. "Very well, you can fight Spencer now."
"I'm impressed that you made it this far." Spencer said. "Good job. Now, before we fight, I insist that you heal your Pokemon." He extended his arm, pointing to a machine in the corner of the room that resembled those found at the Pokemon Center.
"Thank you." Bobby said, walking over to the machine and placing his Pokeballs on it. The machine made a few noises and blinked, showing it was finished healing his Pokemon. Bobby took the Pokeballs from the machine, reattaching them to his staff, and walked over to where Spencer stood.
"Alright. Shall we begin?" Spencer asked, throwing his first Pokeball into the air and releasing a Skeetle.
"Go, Skeetle!" Bobby shouted, releasing his own Skeetle.
"Skeetle, Cut!" Spencer commanded.
"Skeetle, Ember!" Bobby responded almost immediately. Spencer's Skeetle lunged forward, its horn positioned to slam down on Bobby's. Bobby's Skeetle looked up and used Ember attack, knocking the oncoming Skeetle back and interrupting its attack.
"Clever move." Spencer said. "But I won't fall for it twice! Let's go, Skeetle!" Spencer's Skeetle ran forward once again, but this time did not jump. Bobby's Skeetle tried to hit it with another Ember, but it went around the blast and hit Bobby's Skeetle with a Cut attack from the side, sending it flying backwards.
"Skeetle, retaliate with tackle!" Bobby shouted. His Skeetle got back on its feet and ran at Spencer's, ramming into its side.
"Come on, Skeetle, let's try an Ember!" Spencer exclaimed. Spencer's Skeetle regained its posture and blew a blast of fire at Bobby's.
"Counter with your own Ember!" Bobby commanded. Bobby's Skeetle jumped above the Ember attack from Spencer's and launched an Ember of its own which hit the other Skeetle.
"Skeetle, I know you're hurt, but you can finish him off now!" Spencer shouted. "Cut attack!" His Skeetle lunged forward, slicing Bobby's with its horn. Bobby's Skeetle, already quite wounded, could not take another attack and was knocked out.
"Skeetle, return!" Bobby exclaimed. "I choose you, Cubburn!" The lion cub emerged from its Pokeball, staring the enemy Skeetle down. "Cubburn, we can finish it off now! Ember!" Hearing the command, Cubburn spewed another Ember attack, hitting the enemy Skeetle and knocking it out as well.
"Good job." Spencer said, returning the defeated Skeetle to its Pokeball. "Let's avenge him, Woodmite!" Spencer threw his second Pokeball into the air, revealing yet another Woodmite.
"Cubburn, Ember!" Bobby commanded. Cubburn leaped into the air, bombarding the Woodmite with fire, just as it had done to the Skeetle.
"Woodmite, Cut!" Spencer exclaimed. The Woodmite ran out of the area where it had been hit, slashing at the Cubbun as it returned to the ground.
"Shake it off, Cubburn!" Bobby shouted. "Use another Ember attack!" The Cubburn turned to face Woodmite, launching an Ember at close range.
"We've gotta be more careful!" Spencer informed his Pokemon. "Let's use Mud Slap!" Just as the first trainer's Woodmite had, Spencer's Woodmite kicked the ground, spraying Cubburn's face with mud.
"Give it another Ember!" Bobby ordered. The fire Pokemon aimed at where it thought Woodmite was, spraying a blast of fire, but missed, as its vision had been blurred by the mud.
"It's working, Woodmite!" Spencer exclaimed. "Mud Slap again!" The Woodmite once again kicked the ground, covering Cubburn's face in even more mud.
"Don't worry, Cubburn!" Bobby encouraged. "You can still win this! Ember!" Once again the fire Pokemon leaped out at the bug, barraging it with another Ember attack, which, much to Spencer's dismay, hit, wounding the Woodmite again.
"One more of those could finish you off, so we just won't let him use another one! Mud Slap again!" Spencer commanded. The Woodmite once again sent mud flying towards Cubburn's face, blinding it even further.
"Let's end this!" Bobby shouted. "Ember!" Cubburn, now almost completely blinded, opened its mouth and let out an Ember attack, which went flying in completely the opposite direction.
"Good job, Woodmite!" Spencer exclaimed. "Now that he can't see you, let's start using Cut!" The Woodmite ran up to the blinded Cubburn, slashing at it again with its large pincer teeth.
"Come on, you can do it, Cubburn! Just concentrate!" Bobby yelled. "Be like Hittao and listen for him!" He paused for a few moments and continued, "Ember!" The lion Pokemon concentrated, listening for the sound of the Woodmite's feet on the Gym floor, and let loose another firey assault upon the bug Pokemon. The fire attack struck the Woodmite once again, knocking it out.
"Woodmite!" Spencer exclaimed in concern, returning the Pokemon to its Pokeball. "Very well. You have defeated me." He walked over to where Bobby stood, handing him a small peice of metal in the shape of a Woodmite's head. "Take this. It's the Termite Badge."
"Thank you." Bobby said, accepting the gift.
"I'd also like you to have these." Spencer added, reaching into his pocket and pulling out two disc-shaped objects. "This is the Hidden Machine Cut. It can be used to teach your Pokemon the Cut move, which can be used to Cut down trees or as a powerful move in battle." He handed the first disc over to Bobby. "And this is the Technical Machine, Fury Cutter. It is a powerful bug type move, but unlike the Cut Hidden Machine, this Technical Machine can only be used once."
"Thank you." Bobby said, accepting both discs from Spencer.
"Good luck on your journey." Spencer said as Bobby turned to join his group on the other side of the gym. "You will find your next badge in Hanaero Town, north of here, past Iwyark Cave."
"Thanks again!" Bobby shouted, waving as he exited the gym with the rest of the group.
"Alright!" Bobby exclaimed as the group walked toward the edge of town. "Let's go to Hanaero Town!"
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Chapter 6: Iwyark Cave
"Here we are." Bobby said as the group approached a large opening in the side of a mountain. "Iwyark Cave."
"I'm kinda surprised we didn't see any new Pokemon on our way here." Matt said. "It was mostly just Funambites..." Almost instantly after Matt said this, the group heard a whirring sound, as if a strong wind was blowing by.
"It's coming from like, behind that rock!" Tatianna exclaimed, pointing the a large rock.
"If it's some kind of Pokemon, I'll battle it!" Dan said in a rather protective tone, walking over to the rock. Sure enough, there, behind the rock, was a Pokemon unlike anything Dan had ever seen before. It appeared to be a small, swirling, yet controlled tornado, with rocks flying around within it. Hearing someone sneaking up on it, the Pokemon turned around, revealing three rocks in the center of the tornado, two with eyes, and one with a small mouth. Reflexively, the Pokemon hurled one of the spinning stones at Dan, missing by a few inches.
"Wiiiind!" The Pokemon shouted in a shrill voice.
"What is that thing?" Dan asked, pulling out his Pokedex.
"Windock. The Tornado Pokemon." The Pokedex recited. "Windock are able to group together to form large tornadoes, capable of destroying major cities. Luckily, Windock are very slow by themselves, and usually never get close enough to join with any other Windock in their lifetime."
"Alright! I'll catch it!" Dan exclaimed confidently, ready to battle.
"Uh...do you think maybe one of us should like, check on him, or something?" Elissa asked. Dan had been behind the rock for a while, but Pokemon cries could be heard, telling the group that the battle was still going on.
"Well, what if it's some really huge Pokemon that's going to kill us all?" Michael said, pretending to be scared, hoping to monger fear amongst the group.
"Michael, shut up." Bobby said, seeing through Michael's ruse. "I'm sure he's fine."
"Hey guys!" Dan said, walking out from behind the rock. He had a few scrapes on his shirt, but there were now three Pokeballs on his staff, signalling to the group that he had caught the wild Pokemon.
"Dan! What happened?!" Tatianna asked, a concerned look on her face as she ran over to Dan to inspect him for severe wounds.
"Well, that Pokemon was a Flying type...it whipped up some pretty strong winds, that even hit me a little bit!" Dan replied. "But I'm fine, don't worry."
"Is there any particular reason you held that battle behind a giant rock?" Michael asked. "Something you didn't want us to see, perhaps?"
"Haha, no, of course not!" Dan replied. "That's just where the Pokemon was, that's all." He rubbed the back of his head and laughed somewhat nervously. It was obvious that he was hiding something.
"Whatever. All that matters is that he's alright." Bobby interrupted before Michael could make any more comments. "Let's go, shall we?"
"Let's." Michael agreed, still giving Dan a suspicious look.
"This cave is really dark." Matt commented. "It's a good thing we've got Elissa's Eyequus!" The group had been walking in the cave for a while, battling an occasional wild Pokemon. Luckily, the cave appeared more or less straightforward, not a maze like the forest had been.
"Ooh-ooh-ooh-AAH-AAH-AAH!" Came a voice, echoing throughout the cave.
"Anyone want to bet that it's a monkey Pokemon? Anyone?" Michael asked rhetorically. The group walked forward to where the noise was coming from, and sure enough, there was a Pokemon there that resembled a chimpanzee. It had brown hair, and looked like an ordinary chimpanzee, except for its unusually long tail and its hands, which were each about the size of its head. It ran toward the group, knuckle-walking as most chimpanzees do.
"I've got this one." Matt claimed, sending out his Hittao. "It's obviously a fighting Pokemon, so it's mine." He pulled out his Pokedex, pointing it at the monkey Pokemon.
"Chimpunch. The Chimpanzee Pokemon." The Pokedex informed. "Chimpunch's large fists are capable of delivering punches with the force of a truck going thirty miles per hour."
"Alright, Hittao! Just stay clear of its fists and you'll be fine!" Matt passed the information onto his Pokemon. The fighting Pokemon nodded, showing that it had heard the information.
"Ooh-ooh-aah-aah!" The Chimpunch laughed, lunging forward at Hittao, fists ready. Hittao quickly dodged the blow, grabbing the monkey by its long tail. A look of despair grew on the Chimpunch's face as it landed, realizing it had been caught. Hittao began spinning around in circles, lifting the Chimpunch off the ground and swinging it around as it went. After it had built up plenty of momentum, it let go of the chimpanzee, sending it flying into the wall. Wasting no time, Hittao ran up, throwing a kick out at the weakened Pokemon, only to have its leg caught by the Chimpunch's tail.
"Could it be that...it was expecting that?!" Matt questioned in shock. The Chimpunch began to snicker as it lifted Hittao up with its tail, turning to face its prey. Hittao struggled to get free but could not, as the monkey launched a punch at its face.
"No! Hittao!" Matt exclaimed, knowing that one of Chimpunch's punches could cause irepairable damage to the Pokemon's fragile face. Suddenly, the strip of paper on Hittao's face began glowing, as did the Chimpunch's hand. The fist froze in place, as if controlled by some sort of psychic energy.
"Ooh?" The Chimpunch wondered, confused. It's tail became surrounded by the same Psychic energy, unwrapping to reveal that Hittao's body had changed. Where its legs had once been, there was now a ghostly aura, as large as his waist at the top but narrowing down to a small point at the bottom. Hittao's hands and the paper on his head now glowed with this same ghostly energy as well. The new Hittao drifted away from the Chimpunch, as the Chimpunch backed away from this new adversary.
"What's going on?" Matt asked, pulling out his Pokedex.
"Congratulations." The Pokedex said. "Your Hittao has trained well, and has ascended into its ghostly form early. Hittao has now evolved...into Spiritao."
"That's right!" Matt exclaimed. "I've been battling with Hittao way more than Woodmite! No wonder it got enough experience to evolve!" Spiritao nodded, and Matt though he heard it speak.
"Now that I have evolved," Spiritao explained in a wise tone, "I can communicate with you, my master, in your mind. We have formed a strong spritual link."
"Alright!" Matt shouted happily, pausing for a moment and then continuing. "Alright Spiritao, let's weaken this Pokemon just a little more so we can capture it!" Spiritao rushed forward, punching the Chimpunch in the face with its glowing hand. The Chimpunch fell onto the ground, defeated, and Matt threw a Pokeball at it. The Pokeball hardly moved at all, easily capturing the defeated Pokemon.
"Wow!" Elissa exclaimed, impressed. "I can't wait until my Pokemon evolves!"
"Too bad you won't be around to see it!" Came a human voice, echoing through the cave as the Chimpunch's had.
"Who's there?!" Dan questioned. "Show yourself!" Two men dropped down from above, into the reach of Eyequus' light. They wore black uniforms and hats bearing a red 'R' symbol.
"I recognize those uniforms!" Bobby exclaimed. "They're from Team Rocket!"
"Oh, but we're not just any members of Team Rocket!" One of the men shouted. "We are two of the highest administrators, the Team Rocket Elemental Six!"
"Never heard of you." Michael said bluntly, causing the two to fall back in surprise.
"Did you hear that, Aaron?!" The one who had spoke first asked in a shocked voice. "They've never heard of us!"
"I heard you, Omar!" The second replied, equally shocked. "We'll just have to fix that, won't we!"
"Look there, Aaron!" Omar, the first of the two, exclaimed, pointing to Bobby's staff. "Is that...?!"
"And that!" Aaron added, pointing to Dan's. "And that! And that! And that! And that!" He pointed to each of the group's staves, even more shocked than before.
"They are! They must be!" Omar concluded. "We have to tell the boss about this!"
"Why can't we just steal them now?" Aaron asked.
"Because!" Omar replied. "We're not capable of that! Only the Boss can steal those!"
"You're right!" Aaron agreed. "Very well!" He turned to the group. "Your Pokemon are safe from being stolen...for now! We shall return, and we shall take what is rightfully ours!" Without warning, Omar dropped a small ball on the ground, causing a wall of smoke to appear. When the smoke cleared and the group stopped coughing, the two Rocket members were gone.
"What the heck was that all about?!" Matt asked, rather confused.
"Yeah! What did he mean, rightfully theirs?" Elissa added. "These Pokemon are ours!"
"We can ask Professor Pine from the Pokemon Center computer in Hanaero town." Bobby said. "For now, let's just concentrate on getting out of this cave."
"There's the exit!" Bobby exclaimed, pointing to a light not that far away. "Let's go!" The group ran toward the exit, entering a grassy clearing that was obviously the route to Hanaero town. Dan looked around, making sure everyone was there.
"Hey, wait, where's Michael?" Dan asked, not seeing him among the group. The group turned back to face the cave, and saw Michael battling with a wild Pokemon that looked like a fairly normal black humanshape Pokemon.
"Vuldusk, keep attacking it!" Michael commanded. The Pokemon, up close, appeared to be made up of little, shiny black stones. Its headless body was on large stone, and its limbs appeared to be made of smaller stones. Its face, near the top of its body, was made of more of these small black stones.
"Obisidim!" The Pokemon cried, swiming its rocky arms at the bird. Vuldusk dodged the swing, coming in and hitting the Pokemon with its wing, over and over again. Eventually, the Pokemon fell to the ground, weakened.
"Pokeball, go!" Michael shouted, throwing the Pokeball at the weakened Obsidim. The Pokeball rolled around a few times and clicked, showing that the Pokemon had been caught. Michael picked up the Pokeball and walked out of the cave, meeting up with the group.
"Sorry." Michael apologized. "I got ambushed on my way out."
"It's fine." Bobby said. "Look, Hanaero town is right over that hill." The group began walking toward Hanaero town, ready for some rest. The group was almost there when yet another new Pokemon popped out of the tall grass, looking for a fight. The Pokemon looked like a small yellow piglett with a tail resembling a lightningbolt.
"What is it?" Bobby asked, pulling out his Pokedex.
"Zaplet. The Spark Pig Pokemon." The Pokedex stated. "Zaplet stores electrical energy within its body. In battle, it releases this energy in bolts from its tail."
"Alright! I'm gonna catch it!" Bobby decided, releasing Cubburn from its Pokeball.
"Cubburn, Cub!" The Pokemon exclaimed, swiping at the air playfully.
"Cubburn, ember!" Bobby commanded. Cubburn ran forward, launching a blast of fire from its mouth.
"Zapp!" The Zaplet yelled in pain, hurt by the strong Pokemon's fire attack. It shook off the pain and launched a bolt of electricity from its tail, hitting the Cubburn back.
"Burn!" Cubburn exclaimed, letting out another ember attack. The two Pokemon exchanged blows until Bobby finally ordered Cubburn to stop.
"Alright Cubburn, enough!" Bobby said. "Pokeball, go!" He threw an empty Pokeball at the weakened piglett Pokemon, which rolled around a bit and clicked, showing that the Pokemon had been caught. "Alright! I caught it!" Bobby exclaimed.
"Good job." Tatianna said. The group walked out of the last patch of tall grass in the route, showing that they had a free ride the very short rest of the way to Hanaero town. The group arrived at Hanaero town not long after.
"Alright!" Bobby exclaimed. "We're here! We made it to Hanaero town!"
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Chapter 7: The Second Badge
"Oh! So you're in Hanaero Town!" Professor Pine exclaimed, smiling. The group had called him on the videophone in the Pokemon Center. "I guess that means you defeated Spencer in Treemor Town?"
"Yeah, I did." Bobby answered.
"Good job!" Professor Pine commended him. "So, have you been catching any more Pokemon?"
"Yeah!" Tatianna replied. "Dan, Bobby, and Matt have each caught two, and me, Elissa, and Michael have each caught one."
"Excellent, excellent." Professor Pine said in response. "Have any of your Pokemon evolved?"
"Hittao did!" Matt replied. "It turned into a ghost type!"
"Ah yes, I see that here in the Pokedex data you sent me." He paused for a moment, looking at another computer screen in his office. "Oh, and I see Dan's Magvae evolved into a Magoon, as well!"
"It did?" Bobby asked. "When?"
"When I was capturing that Windock," Dan answered, "Behind the rock at the Iwyark Cave enterance."
"So that's what you were hiding." Michael commented. "Seems like a stupid thing to hide. What reason would you have to hide that?"
"Well, I wanted to reveal it in a battle," Dan admitted, "But Professor Pine brought it up before I had a chance."
"Hah, hah! Sorry!" Professor Pine apologized, chuckling slightly. "Here, you guys probably don't know what it looks like, so I'll send you a picture." The screen flashed, and the video feed from the office dissapeared, revealing a picture of a Pokemon on a blue background. The Pokemon appeared to be a white, slightly oval sphere with a small brownish tail sticking out its back. It appeared to be made of some sort of silky, woven substance. The Pokemon, like Magvae, had no face.
"What a weird looking Pokemon." Elissa said.
"Alright well, I must be going now." Professor Pine said as his face reappeared on the screen.
"Bye Dad!" Tatianna responded.
"Wait." Michael interrupted. "We have one more question we need to ask you."
"What's that?" Professor Pine inquired.
"We were ambushed by two Team Rocket members." Michael replied. "They reacted strangely when they saw that we were carrying our Pokeballs on these staves. Why?"
"Uh...I'm sorry, I have important matters that I have to tend to immediately. Sorry!" Professor Pine said, reaching out and pressing a button on his computer. The screen went black, showing that Professor Pine had cut the connection.
"He's hiding something." Michael said, despite the fact that it was obvious.
"Well, I think we should get some sleep now." Matt suggested. "It's pretty late."
"Yeah." Dan agreed. "I talked to one of the nurses, they said that there are beds upstairs here in the Pokemon Center that trainers can use for free."
"Alright." Bobby said. The group walked toward the escalator, when Elissa noticed that Michael wasn't with them.
"Are you coming?" Elissa asked.
"Nah, I have to do some research." Michael replied. "I'll be up later, or something."
"Goodnight then!" Tatianna shouted to him as the rest of the group went upstairs.
"Where's Michael?" Elissa asked. The group had congregated around the Pokemon Gym's entrance, and had been waiting for Michael, whom noone had seen since last night.
"Sorry I'm late!" Michael yelled, running toward the group. He paused to catch his breath, then continued. "Just doing a little research."
"Did you get any sleep at all?" Dan asked, seeing the look of exhaustion on Michael's face.
"Yeah, a few hours." Michael replied. "Anyways, this Gym is mine." He walked into the Gym, the group staying outdoors and talking.
"Aww...I wanted to show off Spiritao in this Gym." Matt said with a frown.
"What's gotten into him?" Bobby wondered aloud. "Volunteering for something doesn't seem like him."
"Maybe he like, just wants to train his Pokemon some more." Tatianna suggested.
"Whatever. I guess we should go watch." Bobby decided, and the group went inside.
By the time the group entered the aviary-esque Gym, Michael had already beaten the first Gym Trainer, and was starting his battle with the second.
"I hope you're more of a challenge than that last loser." Michael taunted.
"Just you watch!" The Gym Trainer, a birdkeeper, exclaimed. "Go, Coparrot!" The birdkeeper threw a Pokeball into the air, revealing a mostly green parrot with some teal and blue wings on its feathers. It's belly was a yellow green, and its white face hosted a rather large beak.
"Rawk! Go Coparrot! Go Coparrot!" The Pokemon squawked, mimicking what its owner had said.
"Please. Is that the best you can do?" Michael asked mockingly. "Go, Obsidim!" He released the rock type Pokemon from its Pokeball, ready to battle.
"Is it just me, or does that thing look stronger than when he caught it?" Bobby asked the rest of the group.
"Well, we were kinda far away when he caught it." Matt replied. "Maybe it always looked like that."
"Obsidim, Rock Throw!" Michael commanded. The small Pokemon spun around, flinging a pebble from its arm at the Coparrot. The pebble grew bigger in the air, hitting the flying type with incredible force, knocking it out in one shot.
"No! Coparrot!" The trainer exclaimed, returning the Pokemon to its Pokeball. "Fine...avenge him, my second Coparrot!" He released another Coparrot, which was almost instantly bombarded by another Rock Throw. It wasn't quite knocked out, but it was close.
"Rock might be Super Effective against Flying, but it shouldn't do that much damage!" Bobby exclaimed. "He has been training!"
"Coparrot, Mimic!" The Gym Trainer ordered. The parrot Pokemon flapped its wings, causing rocks to appear from nowhere, flying at the Obsidim and hitting it, barely doing any damage.
"No use." Michael said. "Obsidim, finish it off." The Obsidim threw another rock at the parrot, knocking it out.
"Hmph." The birdkeeper said, returning the Pokemon to its Pokeball. "Very well. You may proceed to the third Gym Trainer."
"I'd ask you to put up a fight, but if you're anything like the last two, that's impossible." Michael taunted, sending out his Obsidim.
"I'll shut you up." The trainer said, sending out a Coparrot.
"Rawk! Shut you up! Rawk!" The Coparrot mimicked.
"Obsidim, shut this bird up." Michael ordered. "Rock Throw!" Obsidim once again launched a giant rock at its opponent, hitting the Coparrot. The wounds on the bird were obvious, but it looked like it could still put up a good fight.
"Coparrot may be my only Pokemon, but it's super strong!" The bird keeper explained. "Coparrot, Mimic!" Just as the previous trainer's had done, the Coparrot flapped its wings, causing a rock to fly at Obsidim out of nowhere.
"Just keep using Rock Throw!" Michael ordered. Obsidim and the Coparrot continued exchanging blows, but eventually, the Coparrot was defeated.
"Very well." The trainer said, returning his bird Pokemon. "The Gym Leader is waiting for you."
"Congratulations on making it to me." The Gym Leader, an oddly familiar looking boy about Michael's age said, clapping his hands. "Please heal your Pokemon on the machine in the corner.
"Hey...I recognize you." Michael said as he placed his Pokeballs on the machine. "You were in a picture in Spencer's house in Treemor...you're his brother, aren't you?"
"Indeed I am." The Leader replied as Michael walked back over, Pokemon healed and ready to fight. "My name is Jefferson, leader of the Hanaero Town Gym."
"Let's start this." Michael said, not interested in chatting. "Go, Obsidim!"
"Let's go, Coparrot!" Jefferson responded.
"Darn, I was hoping you'd have something different for a change." Michael said in mock-dissapointment. "Oh well. Obsidim, Rock Throw!" The small black Pokemon threw a rock at the bird, damaging it less than it had the previous ones, but still quite a bit.
"Coparrot, follow his moves closely!" Jefferson ordered. The Coparrot responded to this command by using a mimic attack, hurling a rock at the Obsidim and apparently doing just as much damage as had been done to it.
"But my move was a super effective hit! Your mimic shouldn't have been that strong!" Michael said, a slightly dismayed look on his face. "It doesn't matter, my Obsidim's still stronger! Keep attacking!" Obsidim continued to throw rocks at the bird, and the Coparrot continued to throw rocks back. Soon, both Pokemon were very worn out, and neither looked like it could take much more.
"Coparrot, let's finish this! Quick Attack!" Jefferson exclaimed. Instead of waiting to mimic Obsidim's moves as it had before, this time the Coparrot swooped in first, hitting Obsidim with its wing.
"Nice try." Michael said, smirking. "But you forget that normal type moves like Quick Attack aren't very effective against Obsidim." Obsidim retaliated by slamming its rocky hand into the nearby Coparrot, knocking it to the ground and knocking it out.
"You fought well, Coparrot...return!" Jefferson exclaimed. "Let's see how you like this! Go, Windock!" The familiar tornado Pokemon appeared from its Pokeball, rocks swirling and ready to fight.
"Finally, something other than an annoying little bird. Well, if one of these was able to beat up Dan, I would hope that it puts up a good fight." Michael commented. "Then again, Dan is a bit of a weakling."
"Hey! I heard that!" Dan yelled from across the Gym.
"Don't care." Michal replied. "Obsidim, Rock Throw!" The Obsidim launched a rock at the Windock, but much to Michael's surprise, the rock just got sucked into the tornado and began swirling around with the others.
"Hah...how do you like that?" Jefferson asked. "That's Windock's special ability! It absorbs rock type attacks!"
"That's not good." Michael said as the Windock sent a blast of wind hurling towards the extremely weakened Obsidim, easily knocking it out.
"Hoho!" Jefferson laughed. "Looks like your Obsidim wasn't very strong after being thrashed by my 'annoying little bird'!"
"Yes, well..." Michael replied, "I've got a bird of my own, and I'm sure you'll find it quite annoying...when it knocks out your Windock." He grabbed the Pokeball from the top of his staff, throwing it out into the ring. "Go, Nightture!"
"Nightture?" Bobby asked. "What's a...?" He was interrupted by the crooked squawk of a vulture. There, standing in front of Michael, was a somewhat large vulture that resembled Vuldusk. The main difference was that it now had three glowing feathers on top of its head instead of one.
"What is that thing?!" Dan asked from the other side of the Gym.
"Looks like I'm better at keeping evolutions secret than you." Michael shouted back to Dan. He looked back to see the expression on Dan's face, and noticed that Dan and Tatianna were holding hands. Though this was a harmless act, a mixed look of surprise, annoyance, and anger grew on Michael's face, as if it brought back some bad memory long forgotten.
"Argh...Nightture, let's finish this quickly!" He exclaimed, directing his rage toward the battle. The vulture Pokemon swooped forward and flapped its wings, hitting the Windock with a blast of dark energy.
"Windock, Rock Throw!" Jefferson exclaimed. The Windock spun around, flinging a rock out and striking the bird.
"Nightture, Pursuit!" Michael ordered. Once again the Nightture swooped forward, attacking the Windock with darkness.
"Just keep using Rock Throw! It's super effective!" Jefferson commanded. The Windock threw another rock, once again hitting the bird.
"It doesn't matter if it's super effective." Michael said. "My Nightture's way stronger than your pathetic Windock." True to Michael's word, the Nightture was hardly injured at all. It once again flew forward and struck the Windock, and its attacks were beginning to take a toll on the tornado Pokemon.
"Fine, let's try something else!" Jefferson decided. "Windock, rollout!" The Windock spun forward at a speed much faster than it normally would, rolling over the Nightture.
"That attack will get stronger each time! Let's finish him off before then!" Michael exclaimed. Nightture once again attacked the Windock with darkness. The Windock responded by rolling over the Nightture again, but with more power this time. Nightture attacked the Windock again, and was greeted by another spinning attack.
"Now! Windock! You can finish it off!" Jefferson exclaimed. The Windock charged forward, but its accuracy had decreased from spinning so much. It ran in the wrong direction, missing Nightture completely, and allowing the dark Pokemon an attack from behind.
"Nightture, finish it!" Michael shouted. Nightture zoomed forward at an faster speed, spinning in the air and launching a blast of darkness at the weakened Windock, finishing it off with a critical hit.
"Very good." Jefferson said, returning Windock and applauding Michael. He walked over to Michael, handing him a peice of metal shaped like an airplane. "You've earned the Aero Badge." He said.
"Whatever." Michael replied.
"And here, two more things." Jefferson said, reaching into his pocket and pulling out two discs. "Here is the Hidden Machine, Flash. You may think an Eyequus' light can light up any cave, but you're wrong. Some caves' darkness can only be penetrated by the light of Flash. And here is the Technical Machine, Aerial Ace. It will always strike the opponent." He handed Michael the two discs, and Michael began to walk to the other side of the gym.
"Uh...bye!" Bobby yelled, as Michael left the Gym without a word and the group began to follow him.
"Well then." Bobby said as the group gathered outside. "Our next destination is Poisawa Town. To get there we have to go through Doshibog Swamp."
"Eww, a swamp." Tatianna said in disgust. "Swamps are all like, dirty and icky and stuff."
"Don't worry, I'll make sure you don't get dirty." Dan told Tatianna.
"Gag me." Michael said in response to this, walking away from the group and towards the swamp.
"Hey, wait up!" Matt shouted as the group followed him and began the next leg of their journey.
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Chapter 8: Battle in Poisawa! Team Rocket Strikes Again!
"Ewww...this place is icky!" Tatianna complained as the group walked along the narrow path in the center of the Doshibog Swamp. The revolting waters of the swamp bubbled up around them, and the air quality was less than satisfactory.
"What did you expect?" Michael asked rhetorically. "It's a swamp, not a spa."
"Eww, and we're going to have to walk back this way after we visit Poisawa Town." Elissa complained.
"Why's that?" Bobby asked.
"Poisawa Town has no roads leading out of it to the North, East, or West." Dan replied, "Just Swamp."
"Well, I guess its not that bad." Bobby said, trying to see the bright side of things. "It could be worse." Almost on cue, it began to rain, drenching the group in water almost as dirty as the swamps around their feet.
"Had to bring up a cliche, didn't you." Michael said in a flat tone.
"Ooh, what's that thing there?" Tatianna asked, pointing to a small pink creature not too far down the road. She ran over to it, pulling out her Pokedex.
"Poishare. The Poison Rabbit Pokemon." The Pokedex informed. "Poishare appear to be covered in fluffy fur, but it is actually toxic spores. Most domesticated Poishares have this toxic coat removed, revealing their less fluffy white coat of hair."
"It's so cute!" Tatianna squealed. "I'm going to like, catch it! Go, Calffin!" The dolphin Pokemon appeared, hopping up and down on its flipper. Noticing the water of the swamp, Calffin hopped in, despite its murkiness.
"Poiss!" The fluffy pink rabbit hissed. It had a rather round pink body with a white cottonball tail, four small feet, and a little round head. Its white head appeared to be bald and not covered in spores like the rest of its body. Its beady red eyes glared at Tatianna, as it had lost track of the Pokemon the was supposedly attacking it.
"Calffin, go for like, its head!" Tatianna called out. "It's like, not poisonous!" Calffin leaped out of the swamp, ramming its own head into the Poishare's. It leaped back into the water, leaving the Poishare hardly harmed at all.
"It's head is like, too small...there's no way to get in a good hit without like, touching those spores." Tatianna thought aloud. "Unless...Calffin, Water Gun!" The dolphin Pokemon leaped out of the murky water again, this time spraying the rabbit with a blast of water. The rabbit's fur became soaked, and it shook around wildly, trying to shake off the water. As it did this, spores began scattering everywhere, until Poishare's white coat was revealed.
"It's like, not poisonous any more, Calffin!" Tatianna yelled. "Let's finish it off!" Calffin began hopping from one side of the swamp to the other, striking the Poishare every time as it went. The Poishare eventually fell to the ground, defeated. Tatianna threw a Pokeball at the weakened Pokemon, capturing it with ease.
"Calff!" Calffin cheered, clapping its flippers and hopping up and down on its fin. Suddenly, it began to glow and grow larger, its appearance changing.
"Calffin?" Tatianna wondered, looking at her Pokedex.
"Congratulations." The Pokedex recited. "Your Calffin has evolved into Dolphice." The glow died down, revealing a larger dolphinlike Pokemon. Its nose had become more bottle shaped and its fins had grown larger as well. Sharp designs of a brighter blue shade now adorned the Pokemon, and an even brighter blue scarlike shape adorned its right eye.
"Wow!" Tatianna exclaimed, running up and hugging her newly evolved Dolphice.
"Congratulations, Tati!" Dan shouted, walking over to her and hugging her.
"Oh, even got a nickname for her now, eh?" Michael asked under his breath so noone could hear him.
"Hey, look!" Elissa exclaimed, pointing out in the distance. "It looks like the town isn't very far away!"
"Let's go!" Bobby declared, running forward toward the town.
The group neared the town, the buildings in sight. Suddenly, Michael fell to the ground, choking.
"Michael? What's wrong?" Tatianna asked as the group turned and saw him. The air around him had become rather dense and lavender shaded, and even appeared to have taken form. Michael reached for the top Pokeball on his staff, releasing his Nightture.
"Nighttureeeee!" The Pokemon cawed. It bat its wings around Michael, blowing the dense air away.
"What I don't get is, wouldn't air that you could see be kinda heavy and fall to the ground?" Matt wondered.
"It's not air." Michael replied, pulling out his Pokedex. Sure enough, the Pokedex responded to the small cloud of poisonous air.
"Hazoud. The Smog Pokemon." The Pokedex explained. "Hazoud are known to choke victims to death by surrounding their head and making them breath in its poisonous gas." The light purple cloud turned around and revealed two glowing yellow evil eyes and a small snickering mouth.
"Hazzz..." The Pokemon snickered as it hovered in the air.
"Let's catch it, Nightture." Michael decided.
"Are you sure you're well enough?" Elissa asked.
"I'm fine." Michael replied, catching his breath. "Nightture, attack!" The vulture Pokemon flew toward the cloud of gas, preparing for attack. It stopped abruptly in front of the other Pokemon and flapped its wings furiously, hitting the Hazoud over and over with a whirlwind of air. The Hazoud retaliated by blowing poisonous smoke at the Nightture, but the flying type was too fast. It dodged the smoke, striking Hazoud once again with a blast of wind. Eventually, it was obvious that the fight was over. Michael threw a Pokeball at the defeated Pokemon, capturing it.
"Alright then." Michael said, returning Nightture to its Pokeball as well. "Shall we go?" He continued on to the town as if nothing had happened.
"Well, this place isn't much." Bobby said as the group entered Poisawa Town. There weren't many buildings, and the few that there were were rather poor quality. It definitely was not as flashy as Hanaero Town.
"There they are!" Came a familiar voice from somewhere off to the right. The group turned to see Omar and Aaron, along with two other men in Rocket uniforms, on the roof of one of the buildings.
"You guys again?" Bobby asked. "What, did the boss give you permission to steal our Pokemon now?"
"Huh? Permission? Pokemon?" Omar asked, turning to the others.
"I think they got the wrong impression from what we said last time." Aaron guessed. "We didn't need the boss' permission!" He yelled to the group. "We just needed his gloves!" Sure enough, all four members were wearing odd gloves of different colors. Omar wore purple, Aaron wore green, and the two others wore red and blue.
"Who are these guys, the ninja turtles?" Matt asked mockingly.
"No!" Omar replied. "We are the Team Rocket Elemental--"
"Yeah, yeah. We get it." Bobby interrupted.
"How dare you interrupt us!" Aaron exclaimed. "Kyle, this one is yours!"
"Got it." The rocket member in the red gloves responded. He jumped down from the roof, landing carefully and walking closer to the group.
"Well, unlike the two bozos from the cave, this one actually looks serious." Bobby said, judging by the angry expression on Kyle's face. "I'll take care of him. The rest of you, go get the police!"
"Right!" Elissa, Matt, Tatianna, and Dan said simultaneously. They all split up and ran in opposite directions.
"Cover them." The rocket in the blue gloves instructed. The three jumped from the building, Omar following Elissa, Aaron following Dan, and the blue gloved man following Tatianna.
"Now it's just one on one." Bobby said, cracking his knuckles and sending out Cubburn. "Let's do this."
"You'll be sorry." Kyle said, grabbing a Pokeball from his belt and throwing it towards Cubburn. The Pokeball opened to reveal a Pokemon actually familiar to Bobby; a Vulpix.
"Looks like Team Rocket doesn't pay attention to the rule about not showing other region's Pokemon to Olemenun..." Bobby thought aloud. "Then again, the people here probably don't even know that Vulpix is from another region."
"Why don't you stop talking to yourself and fight?" Kyle asked. "Vulpix, Quick Attack!" The Vulpix ran forward extremely fast, striking the Cubburn with an almost unseen tackle.
"Cubburn, fight back with a Quick Attack of your own!" Bobby ordered. The Cubburn responded by running forward just as fast, tackling the Vulpix back. The two Pokemon continued to exchange blows, neither one giving up. The Vulpix appeared to have more stamina, and although they were both on the brink of unconsciousness, the Vulpix seemed like it had the upper hand.
"Now let's finish it off!" Kyle exclaimed. "Quick Attack!" The Vulpix dashed forward, giving Bobby little time to think.
"Come on...there must be some way..." Bobby thought aloud.
"I can't believe that creep is like, still following me!" Tatianna exclaimed as she continued to run through the city. She came to a fork in the road and turned right, bumping into Elissa. The two fell to the ground, giving the blue-gloved man time to catch up to them.
"I've got you now." He said, chuckling slightly. Omar, who had been following Elissa, also walked up behind them. They were surrounded by buildings, their only two paths of excape blocked by Omar and the other man.
"I choose you, Espeon!" Omar shouted, releasing the Psychic Pokemon from its Pokeball on his belt.
"Let's go, Gyarados!" The blue-gloved man added, sending out his own Pokemon.
"Dolphice, go!" Tatianna exclaimed, sending out her water Pokemon.
"Dreamuse, I choose you!" Elissa shouted, sending out her own Psychic Pokemon. The Pokemon chimed in its melodic voice as it released from the Pokeball, as always.
"Agh! What a disgusting noise!" The man in blue gloves responded. "Omar, we've gotta shut that thing up! It's too cutesy and girly!"
"I agree, Twitchy!" Omar replied. "Espeon, Tackle!" He commanded. The purple Pokemon ran forward, striking Dreamuse with a full body tackle and causing the small Pokemon to recoil back.
"Gyarados, Dragon Rage!" Twitchy commanded. The large Pokemon opened its mouth, letting forth a blast of fire that struck both Dreamuse, causing it to be dangerously close to being knocked out.
"Dolphice, Water Gun!" Tatianna ordered. The Pokemon sent a blast of water shooting towards Espeon, damaging it slightly, but the Pokemon easily shook it off.
"Dreamuse, Confusion!" Elissa exclaimed. The Pokemon began glowing brighter than normal, sending a wave of Psychic energy out, striking Gyarados.
"Face it!" Omar shouted. "You're no match for us!"
"They're right..." Elissa realized.
Dan ran through the town, looking for a building he could escape into. Unfortunately, the Pokemon Center, Gym, and Mart were all on the other side of town, and the only buildings he was passing were residential ones.
"Gotcha." Aaron said, dropping down in front of Dan from a building above.
"Bring it on then!" Dan exclaimed, grabbing Mosseize's Pokeball from his staff and releasing the grass Pokemon.
"I choose you, Pinsir!" Aaron shouted, sending out his own Pokemon. The larger Pinsir shut clapped its pincers open and closed repetitively. "Vice Grip!" The brown Pokemon ran forward, continuing to open and close its pincers.
"Mosseize, jump out of the way and use Absorb!" The Pinsir continued charging forward until it was about to hit Mosseize. The smaller Pokemon jumped out of the way just in time, landing on Pinsir's back and sucking out some of its energy. In an attempt to get the Pokemon off its back, Pinsir jumped up and did a flip, crushing the Mosseize beneath it.
"Mosseize!" Dan exclaimed in concern. "Forget regulation...Windock, save him!" Dan released his flying Pokemon from its own Pokeball, ordering it to use Gust on the Pinsir. The Windock began spinning faster than normal, causing a blast of wind to shoot forward and blow the Pinsir back, allowing Mosseize to get out from under its mass.
"So you want to make it a two on two battle?" Aaron asked rhetorically. "Fine! I choose you, Skarmory!" He released his second Pokemon, which flew forward and struck Windock with a Steel Wing attack. The tornado Pokemon shot backwards, the attack being too strong.
"Mosseize, Stun Spore!" Dan commanded. The grass Pokemon jumped up, spitting out small spores. The spores surrounded Skarmory, attaching to its body. The Skarmory tried to move in to attack Windock again, but was shocked slightly by the spores and could not move. "This is your change, Windock! Rock Throw!" The rock type Pokemon sent a rock flying out at Skarmory, hitting the defenseless Pokemon upside the head.
"Forgetting about someone?" Aaron asked. Mosseize looked around to see Pinsir charging again. By the time it realized it was in harm's way, it had already been grabbed by the bug Pokemon's pincers. The Pinsir squeezed its horns tight together, the spikes driving into Mosseize's body and harming it significantly. It opened them back up, causing the grass type to drop to the ground, and walked back a few steps, ready for the next move.
"This isn't good..." Dan muttered, trying to plan his next move.
"None of them are following me." Matt thought. "I suppose there are less of them than us, but...how did they decide who to follow?"
"Weren't you paying attention to their attire?" Came Michael's voice from around a corner. He walked out, leaning against the building. "Their gloves each matched the color of their target's staff."
"Hey...you're right!" Matt realized. "So maybe their target wasn't our Pokemon..."
"But our staves." Michael finished. "There's something to them that we don't know. We'll have to ask Professor Pine about it."
"But in the mean time," Matt added, "Let's go help the others!"
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