The gym in town was a single-story red brick building that actually
looked rather plain and modest. However, the bright red lowrider ‘64
Impala parked outside did not.
“Right there’s my baby. Cost me over seventy grand to restore and
customize. Come, let’s go inside so I can introduce you to my
Inside the gym, Bernie introduced Lisa to a thin man with black hair
and a stuffy-looking suit. Aside from the flames painted on the walls,
and the fact that the thermostat was turned way up, the battlefield was
“Now, the gym battle between Gym Leader Bernie and challenger Lisa from
South Carolina will begin! Double Battle, four Pokémon each! Only the
challenger may substitute Pokémon. Begin!” Derek announced.
“Ready to turn up the heat? I call up Vulpix and Torkoal!” Bernie
released an orange fox Pokémon with multiple tails and a large orange
turtle Pokémon that emitted thick gray smoke from holes in its black
shell. The tiny fox wagged its curled tails while looking up at Lisa
with deceptively cute eyes. Its pointed ears and fluffy curled fur on
its head did look cute, but Lisa knew better than to be fooled by
cuteness. After all, another cute Pokémon had flipped her off not long
ago. Torkoal made no attempts to act cute. The squinty tortoise moved
sluggishly, occasionally lighting up its shell in a dim orange glow
while blowing small puffs of smoke from its nostrils. As it prepared
itself for battle, the amount of smoke it released steadily increased.
“Vulpix, the fox Pokémon: Vulpix has a single tail when born, that
branches out into multiple tails during its first year. Torkoal, the
coal Pokémon: Torkoal generates energy for battle by burning coal
within its shell.”
“Okay then, I’ll call out Jolteon and Koffing! Let’s launch some Sludge at Vulpix and zap Torkoal with a Thunderbolt!”
Lisa’s newest Pokémon emerged, giving an impressive show of sparks
emanating from the tips of his yellow pointed fur. His ears stood
straight up as he assumed his battle position, crouching on all fours.
Koffing, like her hard-shelled adversary, loosed puffs of smoke from
her purple circular body as she hovered a few feet of the ground.
The quick Vulpix easily jumped clear of Sludge but the slow-moving
Torkoal couldn’t avoid the electrical strike. Both of Bernie’s Pokémon
responded with Ember attacks that both of Lisa’s Pokémon were able to
avoid with quick sidesteps. Koffing then shot some more poisonous goop
at Vulpix, catching it off guard. At the same time, Torkoal threw up a
cloud of smoke and slammed headlong into Jolteon in the confusion. The
Electric-type was knocked backward, but remained on his feet.
“That Torkoal’s tough. Nail it with Thunderbolt and Sludge!”
“Protect, now!” commanded Bernie.
Torkoal withdrew into its shell. Both of Lisa’s attacks just bounced
off it. Meanwhile, Vulpix fired out a steady stream of flames, striking
“Uh, oh, big sister’s in trouble!” Lindsay said worriedly.
“He can’t use Protect again this turn, so we’ll hit Torkoal again.
” Lisa was planning her next move carefully.
Sure enough, the lumbering armored beast’s attempt at using Protect
again failed, and it got hit hard by the electrical and poisonous
assault from Lisa’s Pokémon. Once again, the tiny fox-like creature
used Flamethrower, this time aimed at Jolteon.
“Grrr… that Vulpix will just keep blasting us with fire until we take
it out… Okay guys! Focus both attacks on Vulpix this time, but use Smog
instead of Sludge!”
Torkoal quickly hid itself in its shell but it wasn’t the target this
time. Jolteon was first to strike, nailing Vulpix with a powerful
electrical blast. The small fiery creature prepped another
Flamethrower, but Koffing’s Smog attack connected first, triggering an
explosive blast that finished off Vulpix and sent it crashing against a
“Vulpix is unable to battle. Bernie, please select your next Pokémon.”
The Gym Leader smirked. “Very good, Lisa. But I’m not done yet! Flareon, incinerate her!”
Bernie’s next Pokémon was another fox-like fire Pokémon, but this one
was larger and with only a single fluffy tail, with matching fur on its
neck. The rest of its body was covered in bright red fur, and the
Pokémon took a few moments to fluff out that fur. Its ears resembled
Jolteon’s but its black eyes were slightly more rounded than its
electric-type counterpart. It let out a high-pitched “Flare!”
“Flareon, the flame Pokémon. Flareon is capable of using the power of the Fire Stone to store and release fire at will.”
“We need to shut down Flareon! Let’s go with a Thunder Wave to stop it in its tracks! Koffing, use Poison Gas on Torkoal!”
Jolteon shot out a weak blue electrical charge. Flareon’s movements
suddenly became very stiff and slow. Koffing’s attack also hit, and
Torkoal began crying out in pain. Still, both foes were able to release
powerful Flamethrower attacks. Both were aimed directly at Jolteon and
were enough to knock him down. Jolteon made a couple of attempts to get
back up before finally collapsing, as Lisa gasped and looked on.
“Jolteon is unable to battle. Lisa, choose your next Pokémon.”
“Sorry about that! But, that was good work, crippling that Flareon. Why
don’t you rest up while Meowth picks up the battle. Return!”
As Lisa summoned Jolteon back into his ball, the energetic kitten came
charging into battle, shooting out a Water Pulse attack that knocked
“All right! That’s the way!”
“Both of you, attack Koffing with Flamethrower!” Bernie directed.
However, only Torkoal was able to get off an attack, as Flareon’s body
had tensed up too much to even move. The orange tortoise unleashed a
scorching shot of bright orange flame. Koffing was able to easily avoid
the attack before launching more volleys of thick purple poison at the
“other” fiery fox. At the same time, Meowth unleashed a steady stream
of water at Torkoal. Surprisingly, the large turtle was able to
withstand the attack.
“Torkoal, Protect! Flareon, Flamethrower!” Bernie commanded.
Torkoal hid itself once again, but Lisa was on to that tactic by now.
Both of her Pokémon pounded on the already paralyzed Flareon.
Torkoal emerged from its shell and breathed more fire, aiming the fiery
trail directly at Meowth, doing its damage as Lisa could only look on
with a worried look on her face. Somehow Meowth was able to withstand a
direct hit, and the teen breathed a sigh of relief.
“Finish off Torkoal now! Give it a Water Pulse!”
Meowth hit the sluggish, lumbering creature with a huge blast of water,
finally bringing it down. Torkoal’s legs gave out, and it landed on the
floor with a loud bang.
Derek yelled, “Torkoal is unable to battle. Send out your final Pokémon, Bernie.”
“Haha. My last one is my best. Charmeleon, you’re up! Turn up the heat!”
The fearsome creature was a bright red reptilian being that stood on
its hind legs. With sharp claws on its hands and an intense flame
burning at the tip of its tail, it waved both around threateningly.
Like so many other Pokémon, it had a light-colored underbelly that
clashed with the color of the rest of the body. Slashing the air in an
attempt to intimidate, it hissed a low, extended, “Charrrr…”
“Charmeleon, the flame Pokémon. Charmeleon is known to spit out intense
bursts of fire. Apparently the flames become more powerful if it is
angry or frightened.”
Bernie cracked a confident grin. “Now, get a load of this! Overheat!”
“Counter it with Smog!” Lisa commanded.
“Ah crud!” The Gym Leader realized what his opponent was planning a moment too late.
Charmeleon’s body began to glow bright red. It opened its mouth ready
to release flames, but the poisonous Smog struck first, triggering a
huge explosion that knocked Charmeleon backwards. The flaming lizard
recovered fairly quickly from the hit, however. At the same time,
Flareon dealt a final blow to Koffing with a scalding Flamethrower.
Meowth followed up with a final, devastating Water Pulse at Flareon,
the intense blast of water sending the fiery furball smashing against
the gym’s brick wall. Both trainers looked concerned for their recently
knocked out Pokémon.
“Both Flareon and Koffing are unable to battle. Lisa, send out your
final Pokémon.” Both trainers called back their fallen partners in
flashes of red light.
“Come back and rest, Koffing! You softened them up just like we planned. Return, and go, Spheal!”
As Lisa sent out her round blue Pokémon, Bernie suddenly looked very
worried. Despite his playful appearance, this little blue ball-shaped
mammal would be resistant to every fire-based strike that the big Gym
Leader had in his arsenal. Brushing off his concerns, he ordered,
“Charmeleon, Overheat, now!”
Charmeleon started glowing red and shot out a moderately-sized fiery blast of energy, striking Meowth directly.
“Oh, no! Meowth!” Lisa started nervously fidgeting with her pink dress.
But Meowth had endured the attack. The kitten still stood, albeit
“Overheat again! Finish it!”
This time, though, the agile little cat dodged the next Overheat
attack, which was scarcely bigger than an Ember this time. She
attempted to swipe at her larger, hot-headed opponent, but the wily
lizard performed a sidestep and only got hit with the kitty’s tail.
“Now, hit Charmeleon with Water Gun and Water Pulse and show it some watery fury!”
Charmeleon quickly spit out a searing line of hot flames at the icy
little creature, which seemed to do very little damage. Then Meowth and
Spheal prepared to launch their water attacks so they would hit
Both Lisa and Lindsay watched, hoping this would be the final curtain call for this battle.
Even after being knocked off its feet by the two watery blasts,
Charmeleon was somehow still standing. It spit out a brilliant stream
of intense flame, hitting Meowth and taking her down for the count as
Lisa let out a loud, “Nooooo!” and tore a big hole in her pantyhose.
In a bright flash of light, Meowth retreated into its Pokéball. “Sorry
about that, but you did really good, sweetie,” Lisa whispered, “but now
it’s time to end this! Spheal, Water Pulse!”
A burst of water, energy pulses running through it, directly hit
Charmeleon in the stomach. Charmeleon emerged and staggered around a
bit before finally falling to the ground.
“Charmeleon is unable to continue. The match goes to the challenger, Lisa!”
“Yes! I won my third badge! Go, me!” Lisa jumped up and down in excitement and made a peace sign with her right hand.
Both trainers called their Pokémon back. Then Bernie walked up to Lisa.
“It goes without saying that no trainer likes to lose. However, ever
since I saw you in Greenville City, I had a feeling that you would have
the skills to defeat me. I truly enjoyed our battle, and I wish to
present you with the Blaze Badge as a memento of our battle. I wish you
the best of luck in your future endeavors.”
“Thank you. I will keep our battle in mind as I continue to advance
toward the Pokémon League, as well as escalating my battle against...”
Bernie’s cell phone went off. He picked it up and his eyes suddenly
grew wide. “WHAT! I’ll head there now! Lisa! Lindsay! Please follow me!”
The three of them ran out of the gym. They no sooner got out of the
building when a red Honda Element almost ran them over as it tore up
“We’re too late! I just received word of a bank robbery that just took
place down the street. I believe that was their getaway vehicle that
almost killed us.”
Lisa rolled her eyes. “Great. Another bank robbery. And now they’re using butt-ugly SUV’s as their getaway vehicles.”
“I agree. That is one ugly vehicle, but at least it’s recognizable.
Listen, Lisa. You’ve had enough to worry about. You head back to your
room to rest. I’ll take care of this bank robbery situation. I wish
Morgan was in town… Hauston’s just incompetent.”
“Yeah, I know. He didn’t even show up at the company offices until
everyone had already cleared out. Well, I’ll catch you later.”
Lisa checked her Pokémon in at the Pokémon Center and was assured that
her team had not suffered any serious injuries. She breathed a sigh of
relief when the nurse returned her Pokémon after only fifteen minutes.
Back at the Quality Suites, Lisa and Lindsay were relaxing when Lisa
suddenly jumped out of bed. “I forgot! There’s an ‘80’s karaoke party
in the lobby tonight! I gotta get ready!”
After about a half hour, Lisa emerged from the bathroom. She had her
brown hair tied back with several orange scrunchies. She wore a red
tank and a purple floral ruffled skirt. Under the skirt she wore a pair
of black leggings and huge pink legwarmer socks.
Lindsay looked at her sister with complete shock. “You...you’re not going out dressed like THAT, are you?”
“Sure, why not?”
“Umm...I’ll stay here.”
“Okay, but you’re missing the fun. Oh, here...”
Lisa called forth all of her Pokémon from their Pokéballs. “Lindsay,
we’re going to be traveling a lot with my Pokémon, so why don’t you
take the time to get to know them? Okay, everyone, this is my sister.
Make sure you don’t give her a hard time. Oh, and Lindsay? Make sure
you don’t give my Pokémon a hard time. Okay, I think the party starts
in about thirty.” Lisa laid out some of her expensive Pokémon food to
celebrate a gym victory, and Metang decided to eat its share this time,
much to Spheal’s dismay. But the glutton cheered up when he noticed
Jolteon yawn and offer his food.
Meowth walked over to Lisa.
“Hey, you wanna go down with me and party like it’s 1987?”
“Meow meow meow!”
“Sorry, but Meowth wants to come with me. You can still get acquainted with the rest of my Pokémon, though.”
“Okay, Lisa, but try not to do something too embarrassing down there.”
“Please, when have I ever embarrassed... on second thought, don’t answer that...”
As Lisa made her way down to the lobby, she hardly noticed the mother
and daughter checking in at the desk, only hearing the young woman say,
“Reservations for Katherine and Sadie Catherwood?” and catching a
glimpse of the daughter’s long black hair.
Instead, her focus was on a room located off the lobby where the party
was held. It was full of people having a good time, dressed in a
variety of really bright and loud 80’s outfits. Then it was time for
the karaoke to begin. Several brave souls began the show.
“Whoa-oh, we’re halfway there...Whoa-Oh! Livin’ on a prayer!”
“Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto, Domo...Domo...Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto...”
“We come together cause opposites attract and you know...”
“How can I fall, how can I fall, when you just won’t give me reasons, just won’t give me reasons at all...”
“I… get weak when you’re next to me, weak from this love, I can’t speak when I look in your eyes…”
“Just a foolish beat..of my hear… hearrrrrrt... I could never love again, the way I loved you...”
Soon it was Lisa’s turn to sing at the top of her lungs. She took the stage, ready to sing her heart out. “All right! My time to shine!
“And we can build this dream together, standing strong forever, nothing’s gonna stop us now...”
Unbeknownst to anyone in the party, there was some commotion in the lobby.
Lisa continued singing. “and all that I want to doooo... .Is love you forever, ever and ever...”
During Lisa’s embarrassing air guitar solo, a man in a red outfit
suddenly kicked down the door and ordered everyone to the ground.
“Not now, not during my big karaoke act...
” Lisa thought as she got on the floor.
The man, wielding a large shotgun, started laughing. “Do you idiots
realize how stupid all of you look? On orders from the leader of the
Thrash Brotherhood, I have been ordered to rob you blind. Hand over all
cash, jewelry, credit cards... Yeah, I know it’s embarrassing that we
have to stoop to this level, but if that dumb Lisa girl would stop
interfering with us...”
“You mean me?” Lisa stood up and faced the armed intruder.
“So there you are. You look like an even bigger moron dressed like
that! But you can’t do anything. In your haste to join this pathetic
little retro party, you probably forgot to bring your Pokémon.”
“That’s where you’re wrong. Meowth, let’s get this guy!”
“Growlithe, stop her! Now you’re doomed, little girl. For, as you know, dogs will always prevail over cats on the food chain!”
The small orange puppy wagged its fluffy tail and bared its teeth while
snarling viciously, with the fluff of white fur on its head standing on
“You watch too many cartoons, punk! Everyone clear the way. This could
get ugly... But I think I’ll start with a long range Pay Day attack to
get things started.”
Meowth started the show by throwing large piles of coins at Growlithe.
Instead of ordering an attack, the thug got on the ground and started
picking up the money. Lisa could hardly believe her eyes.
“Hehehe... Is Team Thrash really that strapped for cash that you have
to get on your hands and knees to pick up a Pay Day Attack?” Lisa
laughed at the thug making a fool of himself.
His face red with anger, he barked, “Grrr... YES! Because of you! And
don’t disrespect us by calling us ‘‘Team’ Thrash! We are a Brotherhood,
a tightly knit group dedicated to fulfilling our master’s destiny!”
Lisa rolled her eyes. She had heard this all before. “Whatever. Flood it with Water Pulse then zap it with Thunderbolt.”
Before her foe could even react, Meowth blasted the puppy Pokémon with
a stream of water, then followed up with a bright yellow electrical
strike. The water served to intensify the power of Thunderbolt, causing
Growlithe to yelp and howl in pain as its entire body was lit up.
Emerging from the attack singed but still ready for more, the dog
responded with a barrage of small flames, which the fast cat-like
Pokémon easily jumped clear of. But the flames did destroy the karaoke
“Guess the party’s over. But the battle’s just getting started. Hit it
with Water Pulse then move in close for a Fury Swipes. Man, this guy is
Growlithe’s next Ember attack was easily extinguished by Water Pulse,
and Meowth took advantage, landing several sharp strikes with its
claws. She only backed away after Growlithe used its sharp teeth to
chomp down on Meowth. The cat jumped backward before landing gracefully
on her feet.
“Time to end this. Charge a Water Pulse with Thunderbolt and send it right at Growlithe!”
Meowth used a combination of the two attacks to send a sparking wave of
water right at Growlithe, sending the furry Pokémon flying and knocking
it into the wall.
The Thrash member called back his defeated Pokémon, then raised his gun
and aimed it at Lisa. “I may have lost the battle, but you will lose
your life! Prepare to die!”
Lisa took a step backward, knowing she had to react fast. “Thunderbolt, now!”
Meowth released electricity from her fur and zapped the shotgun, causing it to explode in the shocked suspect’s hands.
The man looked on, stunned, as the crowd began standing back up. They looked none too happy at having the retro party disrupted.
“Blast! I’m outta here!” He ran out the door and right into Inspector Morgan.
“Yup, and you’re headed right to jail.” Morgan escorted him out the hotel’s front door in handcuffs.
“Take THAT!” Lisa called out to the apprehended suspect, who in turn
shot her a scowling glare before being shoved into the back of a Dodge
“Hey, so you’re back in town! I thought you were training officers.”
“Well, it turns out that because of the Northwood company invasion and
the bank robbery, they needed the extra manpower. I got back in town
just in time to see that guy run into the hotel.”
“Yeah, for once in this town, the police actually respond in time to catch the suspect.”
Morgan frowned. “Yeah, I apologize for this. Looks like I’ll have to
have a word with the officers here, especially Hauston. Too many thins
went wrong, and I need to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Well, I’d
talk longer, but I need to get this guy locked up. Bye!”
Lisa waved to the departing police inspector before she headed back
into the hotel. Afterward, all of the guests were thanking Lisa for
saving them. Unfortunately, she also found out that the party was over
early because of the attack. “Great… ruined my night of fun…
Lisa headed back to her room with Meowth. Lindsay asked her, “Is the party over already?”
“Yeah, thanks to Team Thrash... Listen. This trip won’t be all fun and
games. From time to time I’ll have to venture into dangerous territory
and I don’t want to put you in any unnecessary risk. So if I ever have
to leave you in the care of friends or a Gym Leader or Pokémon Center,
please don’t make a big fuss about it. It’s for your own safety and I
don’t want anything to happen to you.”
“Thanks, sis. Oh, and one more thing.”
“What is it?” Lisa inquired.
“Take off that horrible outfit! It hurts my eyes!”
Lisa let out a laugh. “Ah, one day you’ll learn to love it!”
The girls decided to take a few days off to relax and take in the
sights. After all, Thrash had just been dealt a harsh blow, and both
Lisa and her Pokémon were ready for some fun. They took trips to the
museum, the mall, and a large amusement park. Lisa even gave her
Pokémon a spa treatment during their break. Every night the sisters
would return to the beautiful Quality Suites, enjoy a gourmet meal, and
relax in their spacious and comfortable suite. During the last day of
their planned vacation, Lisa and Lindsay made another visit to Target
to stock up on last-minute supplies.
The next morning the two sisters prepared to leave for the next town.
Lisa was wearing the same skirt and top from last night, but now she
was wearing pantyhose and had returned her hair to her normal
hairstyle, complete with her white hat. Lindsay was wearing the same
outfit as before: Her justification: “The only clothes I packed were
all of my identical school uniforms. These are clean! Trust me!”
Lisa checked them out of the hotel. After making a final stop at Wendy’s for lunch, the two girls left the outskirts of the city and proceeded toward the next city. Once again, the road branched off into a freeway and a dirt path. And once again, Lisa and her sister took the dusty dirt road. The path seemed to lead into a dense forest that was barely visible on the horizon. Before reaching it, though, Lisa and Lindsay would pass through more picturesque grasslands. Picturesque, but rather boring.
It didn’t take long for the girls to encounter wild Pokémon. In a span of about a half hour they had run into a Rattata, Oddish, Ekans, and Poochyena. Each of them had jumped out in front of Lisa. Ekans and Poochyena had even tried to attack her. Lisa had used Koffing to subdue Oddish and Ekans and Jolteon to deal with Rattata and Poochyena.
Suddenly the normally bright path turned dark with overgrown dead trees. Lisa noticed a cemetery to their left. Its black wrought-iron gates and old gray tombstones definitely gave an air of menace to the whole setting.
“Jeez, this looks like something right out of a Halloween movie…”
“I know, sis. I… I’m not scared, though!”
The sisters took another two steps when they found themselves surrounded. A group of about five round gaseous Pokémon floated, making orbits around Lisa and Lindsay. Crying out “Gaaaastly!” in deep, haunting voices, the black circular beings continued to taunt the two girls, their huge eyes fixated on the both of them.
A sixth Pokémon, this one gray with a skull-like face, then made its appearance behind the circle of Gastly. It had one glowing red eye that moved from left to right between its two eye openings. Like it buddies, it also floated in the air. Unlike them, it waved around two poorly-defined appendages which Lisa believed were arms.
“Gastly, the gas Pokémon: Consisting entirely of gas, this Pokémon can turn invisible and then sneak up on and startle enemies. Duskull, the beckon Pokémon: Duskull wanders the lonely streets at night. Its reasons for doing so are unknown.”
The Duskull appeared to be giving orders to the other Pokémon. As soon as Lisa realized this, she spoke up. “What are you doing? I challenge your leader to a battle. If I win, you must let us pass.”
“Duuusssssk…” Duskull ordered the Gastly back, then floated toward Lisa. Lisa moved her hand in her bag and grabbed a Pokéball, ready to battle.
“I summon Jolteon! First we’ll stun it with Thunder Wave, then we’ll move in for the Bite!”
Jolteon let loose a weak electric shock, then charged in and clamped down on Duskull. The ghost forced the electrically-charged mammal back by firing a black ball of energy at him. The agile yellow Pokémon shook it off, then let loose a stronger electric blast. The mysterious cloaked being faded out of sight, then reappeared behind Jolteon and struck by ramming into him backside. This knocked the spiked yellow Pokémon down, but only for an instant.
Then the wily ghost made contact with Jolteon again and started to drain energy from both of them. Both Pokémon glowed in a sinister purple color as Duskull was doing so. As soon as Lisa’s electric-type turned around, the small ghost’s enigmatic eye grew bright red, almost blinding. Jolteon appeared mesmerized and angered by this latest tactic, snarling loudly at the floating Pokémon.
“Dussskk,” the opposing Pokémon moaned in a taunting tone.
“No, not a Curse/Mean Look combo! Looks like I have no choice!”
Lisa pulled out an empty Pokéball. “Give it a full power Thunderbolt one more time!”
“Jolllt!” Jolteon zapped Duskull again before writhing in pain. The Curse was taking effect. But the Thunderbolt also did a number on Duskull. The little Ghost-type was struggling to remain levitating.
Lisa heaved her empty Pokéball at the skull-faced being that was floating in midair. After several seconds of struggling, Duskull finally resigned itself to capture. The Pokéball then vanished, and Lisa’s Pokédex started up.
“Confirming transfer of Duskull to Professor Sequoia’s Lab for safekeeping.”
Pumping her fist in the air, Lisa shouted, “All right! I captured a Duskull!” Lisa called back Jolteon. “You did really good there. Have a rest. I think we’ll all stop here soon to get some sleep.”
All of the ghosts had disappeared except for one Gastly who was communicating with Meowth. Lisa wondered, “What are they talking about?”
Suddenly the round gaseous Pokémon enshrouded Meowth in a black cloud, causing Lisa to look on, a bit concerned. When the cloud dissipated, the two Pokémon exchanged a few more words in their language, then Meowth shot out a shadowy black sphere at a nearby tree, putting a sizable dent in it.
Lisa’s Pokédex announced, “Meowth has learned Shadow Ball.”
Lisa faced the Gastly. “Well, I suppose I should thank you for teaching Meowth a new move. But try not to startle any more travelers through here, okay?” She gave the Ghost-type a small smile, and it winked one of its large eyes at the girl. Meowth gave Gastly a friendly wave.
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