Lisa and Lindsay continued walking toward downtown. Passing an eerie
old mansion shrouded in darkness, Lisa stopped and commented, “Whoa…
“You said it!” agreed Lindsay.
Just then two
individuals emerged from the large house. One of them called out, “Hey!
Lisa! Long time, no see!” Lisa knew who they were now. They were the
two friends she had met earlier on her trip. Alexis was the one with
long blond hair and Shannon was the shorter one with shoulder-length
black hair. Both girls were wearing matching red dresses.
Lisa asked them, “So, what have you two been up to? And, more importantly, what are you doing in a place like that?”
Alexis responded, “Winning our fifth badge!” as both girls help up identical gleaming black badges.
“Wait… that run-down old house is the gym?!” Lisa exclaimed in total shock.
“Yeah, hard to believe, but that is the town’s Pokémon Gym. Although, it does fit the leader’s personality to a “T”.”
Shannon asked, “And who is this little cutie?”
“Oh, I’m sorry,” said Lisa. “Everyone, please introduce yourself.”
“I’m Lindsay, Lisa’s younger sister. It’s my job to keep her in line!”
“That’s our job too! My name is Alexis Howard.”
“And I’m Shannon Fisher. Great to meet you!”
Lisa stuttered, “Wha… what do you mean, ‘keep me in line?!’ Y’all act like I’m some sort of delinquent!”
“Please, Lisa, it’s not like that. But we know what happens when you get started with your math.”
“You said it! Just now she was playing this weird math game with this geeky guy.”
“Really?” asked Shannon. “How did you do against him?”
“I won against him, of course.”
“Big sis can beat anyone, even at Pokémon!”
“Great... here we go…
” thought Lisa.
“Actually,” Alexis started, “both of us have defeated Lisa before in Pokémon battles.”
you two must be really strong then, because Lisa was beating some
pretty tough bad guys from that evil group! But if you two can whip her
in battle, then…”
Lisa interrupted, “Getting back on task, do either of you know a good place to eat?”
“But of course we do!”
four girls walked to a small restaurant in the downtown area. By the
time they sat down, Lisa’s feet were killing her. But she had resigned
herself to wearing heels, and she would deal with it.
Over dinner, the girls each talked about their run-ins with Team Thrash.
began telling her story. “I’ve had to shut them down numerous times.
First, they were running a casino which I had to shut down for good.
Then I ran into them again attempting to take over my parents’ company.
I had to battle the young couple leading that operation, and I think we
made a big mess of the building’s lobby. And don’t get me started on
that one Thrash guy who interrupted my karaoke singing during a retro
80’s party I went to. Needless to say, I spared no expense and totally
beat his Pokémon down.”
Lisa ate several fries before
continuing. “Another one of those guys was attempting to steal the main
generator from the power plant. Of course, that would have meant a
region-wide blackout. Then, right before coming here, I was witness to
a battle with two of their members who had been masquerading as weather
But, Lisa wasn’t the only one to have battled the
team. More than once in their travels, Alexis and Shannon had run-ins
“Yeah, the first time we ran into them, this really
old guy in a suit was there with them. As we walked up, he was giving
orders to the agents to invade a bank. I think he was pumping iron as
well. Well, anyway, we interrupted their little meeting. Then the old
geezer challenges us to a battle. He had some good Pokémon on him, but
in the end we ended up defeating him and he took off in a huff.”
detailed their second encounter with Thrash. “On our way to challenge
this gym leader, we passed by a group of Thrash guys plotting to invade
the Weather Research Center. The place was closed at the time, so we
think they were waiting for an ambush. The two heading up this mission
were a burly guy with all dog Pokémon, and an obnoxious goth girl. Long
story short, the two of them challenged us to a battle, they got
creamed, and the whole group ran off with their tails between their
legs, so to speak.”
“Probably going after Archie and Shelly,
” Lisa thought to herself. Then she asked the girls, “So, what’s the gym leader like?”
now, Lisa, we wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise. Let’s just say that
the outside of the gym should be a very good indicator of what lurks
inside. Don’t worry, we’ll be there cheering for you!”
thanks, you guys. I think I’ll head to my room to relax and sleep, and
I think I’ll meet you tomorrow at around 11:00 at the gym.”
“Okay, see you then!”
back at the hotel, Lisa finally was able to take off her shoes and
relax. Lindsay told Lisa that she would just stay in the room during
the next day’s battle before falling asleep early. “Sorry, sis, but
ain’t no way I’m stepping into that weird house!”
her Pokémon (except Metang, who would not have accepted the “discount”
food anyway) and changing into her nightgown, Lisa watched some TV
before drifting off to sleep, Persian again sleeping at the foot of her
The next morning, Lisa was down in the lobby of the hotel,
enjoying the free continental breakfast. “The food is average, but it’s
free, so who am I to complain?” She was dressed professionally in her
business suit, which she had painstakingly ironed earlier in the
morning. With her sister still snoozing contently, Lisa made her way
toward the haunted gym. She met with Alexis and Shannon outside the
huge mansion, then proceeded to open the door.
A tall lady
wearing a long black robe greeted her, speaking in a low, monotone
voice. “Welcome to the… Lexin City Pokémon Gym… I am Becky and I
officiate all matches here… Please step inside…” she said with a
halting cadence. Lisa entered the gym, but Becky stopped Alexis and
Shannon, stating that, “You have already won… your badges, therefore
you… have no business here…”
Becky led Lisa down a dark, cold
corridor. Dust and Spinarak webs were everywhere, and old portraits of
men and women long since dead stood decaying on the walls. Occasionally
a Zubat would be seen flying past, startling the nervous teenager.
Becky seemed unfazed. “Must be because she’s done this a thousand
times before. She must be tough. I could never work in such a dreary
and creepy place. The inside of this “gym” is just as chilling as its
Becky and Lisa finally arrived at a clearing in
the center of the building. It was dimly lit, but was bright enough so
that Lisa was able to get a glimpse of her opponent. She was an old
woman, dressed in a black ankle-length dress and seated in an electric
wheelchair. The elderly lady wore a sly smirk on her wrinkled face, her
white hair in a bit of a mess.
She rolled up to her place on
the battle arena and introduced herself. “I’ve heard about you! My name
is Shari. You may have won many battles on your way here, but my battle
style is more sinister than any you have encountered before. Becky! Let
us begin! You better be ready for a haunting time, dearie!
Ehehehehehehehe!” Shari began cackling loudly, only stopping when Becky
started the battle.
“The battle between… Lexin Gym leader Shari…
and challenger Lisa from South Carolina… shall begin… Single battle,
Three Pokémon each… Only the challenger may switch out Pokémon… Begin!”
“You better be ready for this! Misdreavus, go!”
without throwing her Pokéball, held it up and unleashed a levitating
creature that was colored a dark gray-blue color. It had a well-defined
head with a row of pink pearl-like orbs on its neckline, and pink
accents on hair-like appendages coming out of its head. With its
effeminate smile, the Pokémon performed several midair loops before
“Misdreavus, the screech Pokémon. Late at night, this
Pokémon can often be found playing practical jokes on people, as it
enjoys the sound of screaming.”
“Fine, then. Sealeo, let’s get
this started!” Lisa called forth her chilling sea lion Pokémon, who
dragged his massive blue body toward his floating opponent. “Give it a
Misdreavus floated above the pulsating blue wave
of water and formed a black sphere of energy in front of it before
launching it at Sealeo. Lisa’s Pokémon quickly shot out a gleaming ball
of ice to break up the shadowy energy, before letting loose another
Water Pulse that struck Misdreavus this time.
“Ehehehehehe! Time for me to show true terror! Do it now, Misdreavus!” Shari cackled.
small ghost’s two eyes suddenly started to glow bright red. It made eye
contact with Sealeo, both Pokémon fixated on each other.
Beam, Sealeo!” commanded Lisa. The light blue Pokémon released a
brilliant rainbow-colored beam of concentrated energy, striking
Misdreavus directly. But the wily ghost began to emit a bizarre,
haunting melody, as if singing some ancient chant.
“Yes! To conjure up the spirits of those long since deceased, it’s the hymn of doom… Perish Song!”
“This ain’t good!” stammered Lisa, clearly becoming flustered. “Guess we have no choice but to ride it out. Water Pulse!”
the watery strike hit Misdreavus, it returned to its trainer and was
replaced by a smaller purple Pokémon, which took the hit. “Hey, you
can’t switch Pokémon!”
“Not in the normal way,” replied Shari, “but with the move Baton Pass, it’s perfectly legal.”
then got a closer look at her new foe. This Pokémon had highly
reflective diamond like eyes, as well as other gemstones on various
parts of its body. It looked up at its opponent and smiled, revealing a
mouth full of creepy white teeth. “Sableye, the Darkness Pokémon.
Sableye uses its claws to chip away at stones and minerals, which it
“Fine then. Hit it with Aurora Beam!”
Before Sealeo could even begin gathering energy, Sableye quickly struck
with its claws, interrupting Sealeo’s attack. Lisa could then see
Sableye charging up some shadowy matter for its next attack. “Quickly!
Aurora Beam again!”
Sealeo was able to get a hit on his purple
foe, but the crafty little Pokémon fired a sinister-looking wave of
energy, striking Sealeo. The Pokémon then began smacking itself with
his front flippers.
“Confusion… The foe doesn’t know which target to strike… it’s terrifying, isn’t it?”
lost in confusion, shot out a Water Pulse that drenched Lisa in water.
Then he let loose more waves of water that somehow found its target.
“Oh, no, now my dry-cleaner’s gonna have a fit!” Lisa whined.
after regaining its composure from the last attack, now took a
defensive stance. Just then, haunting, ethereal music could be heard.
Lisa’s icy blue sea lion stopped slapping himself in the face and just
collapsed, though Lisa couldn’t tell whether it was Perish Song or
confusion that did him in.
“No! Sealeo, good work, though!
Time to rest! Return!” A soaking wet Lisa called back Sealeo as she
pulled on her damp skirt. “Metang, you’re up!” Lisa called forth her
silver, machine-like Pokémon. The glittering Pokémon scanned its
opponent and trainer briefly before it moved in and jabbed Sableye
quickly with the claws on its right appendage. The creature with the
jeweled eyes reacted with a black Shadow Ball that sent Metang
“Use another Metal Claw! I don’t think Sableye can take much more!”
jumped clear of the incoming attack, then hurled another black energy
orb at the floating steel creature. The attack landed a direct hit, but
Metang quickly regained its composure and came at Sableye with another
strike with its steel claws, this time scoring a direct hit. Sableye
stumbled around a bit before finally falling flat on its face. Shari
called her fallen Pokémon back and replaced it with Misdreavus. The
first thing the ghost did was to charge in directly at Metang. Upon
contact, a bright purple light flashed for just an instant before
Misdreavus moved away.
“What was that all about?” wondered Lisa.
“That was Pain Split… Because sharing pain is enjoyable…”
“Fine. If that’s the way you want to play it… Metang, Confusion!”
looked as if it got the short end of the Pain Split deal, but it
countered by emitting a powerful wave that distorted the air around
Misdreavus. The wave energy then converged and hit the ghostly Pokémon
for significant damage.
“Two can play the confusion game… Misdreavus, now!”
was able to quickly dart left to avoid the mysterious purple ray, and
came at its foe headlong with a powerful Metal Claw strike. The
floating gray ghost used a close-range Shadow Ball to knock Metang
away, then started to glow in a bright purple light. A Confusion hit
from the levitating metallic Pokémon brought down Misdreavus, but then
Lisa noticed that her Metang was now drained of its energy as well, as
it quickly fell to the floor with a metallic thud. “Crud! How did that
happen?” uttered a bewildered Lisa, with a look of both worry and
confusion on her flustered face.
Shari laughed. “Meet Destiny Bond. Try to take me down, and you’re going down as well! Ehehehehehehe!”
this lady sure has a lot of tricks up her sleeve – no wonder they say,
‘Respect your elders!’ Looks like I’ll have to be equally cunning to
take her down!
Both trainers called back their Pokémon.
“It’s one-on-one now,” observed Lisa. “Persian, you’re up. Watch out
for her, she’s crafty.” The teen pitched her Luxury Ball, revealing her
“Haunter, go!” Shari called out a gaseous
purple Pokémon. It was comprised of a pointed head and two jagged
disconnected hands, with a sinister face that smiled wickedly. The wily
ghost stuck its pink tongue out at its opponents before letting out a
mocking laugh and a condescending “Hauuunt!”
“Haunter, the gas Pokémon. Haunter enjoys following people and draining their life energy unnoticed.”
her Pokémon flat-out don’t like people… anyway, let’s start with a
little Shadow Ballin’ of our own!” Persian fired a familiar orb of
black energy at the purple gaseous ghost and landed a direct hit. Lisa
was fed up with being at the receiving end of these attacks, and was
more than ready to dish out some Shadow Balls of her own. Haunter then
opened its mouth wide and spit out a concentrated ball of purple slime
at Persian, also scoring a hit.
The cat wiped the gunk off of her face before glaring at the smiling ghost and letting out a loud, sustained hiss. “Bad idea trying to mess up Persian’s fur, Shari!
“I can’t hit you with my preferred attacks, but I’m hardly down and out! And Sludge Bomb is only one of my tricks! Watch this!”
began charging electrical energy, then let it loose in a sizzling
lightning bolt that struck the graceful cat hard. The sparks were still
surrounding the cat as her fur was ruffled up slightly.
then, let us return the favor!” shouted Lisa. Persian began gathering
up the static electricity in her fur before letting loose with a
Thunderbolt of her own that knocked Haunter for a loop. But then, the
sinister ghost emerged with a mysterious purple aura around it. Soon
enough, the cat was glowing with the same purple aura.
unfortunate for you…” responded Shari. “You have been cursed. Your
Pokémon will slowly lose the will to battle. Victory is now out of
reach for you. So sorry.”
“It ain’t over yet! Persian, hit that
Haunter with as many Shadow Balls as you can! There’s no way that
Haunter could have afflicted a Curse that strong without using up most
of its energy!” She then thought to herself, “We WILL pull through!
” as she clenched both fists.
elegant cat responded by sending off a flurry of black orbs of energy
even as Curse was afflicting her. Most of the attacks missed Haunter as
it darted about, but one hit from an errant Shadow Ball was all it took
to deal the finishing blow to the wily floating ghost.
“I cannot… No! This isn’t right!” As Shari recalled her Haunter, Persian succumbed to the Curse and fell to the floor.
“No! Persian! Good job, though. I’ll let you rest up now.” Lisa called Persian back into her Luxury Ball.
stepped in. “Although both trainer’s… Pokémon have fainted, it is this
judge’s observation… that Gym Leader Shari’s Haunter…”
Both Lisa and Shari listened with anticipation, Becky’s pause seeming like hours.
“… was the first to faint. Therefore, I declare the winner to be Persian… and the battle goes to… Lisa from South Carolina.”
I concede defeat. Becky will hand you your Shadow Badge. Now I must
contemplate this loss. I urge you not to disturb me…” With that said,
Shari turned her wheelchair around and disappeared into the black
depths of her vast gym.
Becky handed Lisa a black badge shaped like a cloud, saying only, “Please exit through that hallway… that is all…”
proceeded through the corridor which was better-lit and shorter than
the entry hallway. Outside, Alexis and Shannon were waiting for her.
“So, Lisa, how did it go? And why are you all wet?” asked Shannon.
I’m wet because Sealeo got confused and hit ME with a Water Pulse,
but…” Lisa pulled out her badge case and showed her two friends her new
Shadow Badge. “We did come out on top in the end! Boo-ya!”
“Congratulations! Now where do you want to head to?” inquired Alexis.
I’ll drop off my Pokémon to get healed up, then I need to change and
shower and get these clothes to the dry cleaners, so I can take
advantage of my hotel’s same day laundry service. But then I’ll meet
you back at the Center and we’ll grab lunch somewhere.”
“All right, sounds like a plan! We’ll see you then!”
first headed to the Pokémon Center to get her Pokémon rested up. After
turning over her Pokéballs, she had a seat in one of a line of chairs
across the right side of the building. She could have sat on the
upholstered couch, but thought better of it since she was soaking wet.
The girl was fortunate that it was late autumn and the heater was on
instead of the air conditioner, otherwise she would have been freezing
to death. She had a notion of falling to sleep, but the hard chairs,
reminiscent of the desk chairs in a public school, would have assured
some pulled back muscles had the girl actually attempted to nap.
there was the shifty looking guy in shades sitting at the opposite end
of the lobby. Short and chubby, and with a burlap sack at his side, he
looked like a stereotypical burglar. No way would Lisa let this guy
steal her PDA or TI-89 while she was snoozing! Lisa was only there for
fifteen minutes, but it seemed like an eternity sitting there in her
soaked business suit. Finally she got her Pokémon back from the elderly
man who was staffing the facility.
Lisa headed back to her hotel
to shower and change. Upon arriving back at the hotel, she found her
sister awake and watching morning cartoons. Lisa laid out some of the
premium Pokémon food for her team, and sure enough, Metang ate its
share this time, lowering its steel form to the bowl of food before
sucking it into a hole on its underside, in a manner similar to a
The ravenous Sealeo ate all of his food in record
time, selfishly shoving the grub into his opened mouth with his
flippers. A lot of the food never made it into his mouth and instead
was left as a mess on the hunter-green hued carpet. The trainer
thought, “Looks like another mess I’ll have to clean up! Oh, well, as long as Sealeo’s enjoying himself!
again, the usually-quick Electric-type was an entirely different
outside of battle. He lumbered over to his food dish, took a few pieces
of Pokémon food into his mouth, then let out a huge yawn. A few minutes
later he would stick his snout into the dish again, repeating the
process. Jolteon finished about half of his food before slogging over
to his trainer and nudging at his Pokéball. As soon as the girl called
him back, Sealeo took full advantage and stuffed his face full of the
food that his spiky-furred partner left behind.
the others, Koffing and Trapinch ate their food in a normal fashion.
The large beige cat sprawled herself out and scooped up small amounts
of kibble at a time, eating her food slowly but politely, befitting her
classy image. During her meal, she made faces at Lisa showing her
disapproval of the other Pokémon’s rude behavior. The teenager simply
shrugged. “Sorry, sweetie, but that seems to be their nature. I can’t
honestly say I know of any Pokémon etiquette schools.”
Lisa called back her team, except for Persian, as the cat had indicated
she wished to follow her trainer for the time being. After arranging
for her clothes to be dry-cleaned (a service offered by the hotel) and
changing into her ‘little black dress’ Lisa, Lindsay, and Persian made
their way to the Pokémon Center where her friends were waiting. Both
were wearing identical red dresses and black pantyhose.
“There you are! We found the perfect place to eat!” exclaimed an excited Shannon.
“Really? Where?” asked Lisa. “This place must be pretty good if they’re raving about it!
“Oh, you’ll see!” replied Alexis with a sly smile.
four girls and Persian made their way to the restaurant, but three
toughs on motorcycles suddenly showed themselves, riding their Harleys
in a circle around the group. The fattest one put up his hand, and the
bikers all convened in front of the girls. Their leader starting
laughing like a homicidal maniac. He was bald but had a very long
beard. Dressed in jeans and a leather jacket with a skull on the back,
he was as stereotypical a biker as they came. His buddies were dressed
the same, but both had hair- too much hair, as their greasy brown
mullets reeked of some sort of oil. Lisa wasn’t sure if it was Pennzoil
or Quaker State.
“Well, well, well, what do we have here? A
group of four little girly-girls and their kitty. How cute. Folks
‘round here call us Team Hellfire. I’m the boss; you can call me The
Bulk. Me and my pals Dipstick and Choke Chain wish to make your
Suddenly, Lisa’s Koffing let herself out of its
Pokéball. Upon seeing her, The Bulk started laughing again. Koffing let
out an angry cry of “KOFFF!”
“Hey, that little gas-bag looks
familiar. Yes, you’re the weakling that we ditched when we rode past
Route 501! Looks like some pathetic loser decided to take pity on you!
If she was stupid enough to train YOU, the rest of her team must be
just as bad!”
Of course, by now, Koffing, Persian, and all four
girls were steaming mad. Koffing rushed in to try to tackle The Bulk,
but he pulled out a baseball bat and slammed her back while the girls
looked on, both worried and angry. “Hey! Watch it! Koffing, are you
Just then, Koffing began glowing, before transforming into a larger, two-headed Weezing, like Shelly had used.
sir, have gone too far!” Lisa spat at the overweight biker. “Abandoning
your Pokémon was bad enough, but assaulting them is unacceptable! I
will make sure you pay the consequences!”
“Oooh, big words from
a bunch of sissy girls in dresses! Fine! I guess I could use some
entertainment! Dipstick! Choke Chain! Take on this girl’s little
sleepover buddies! I’ll show this one a lesson in pain! I call out
Machoke and Muk!”
The Bulk brought forth a hulking gray
creature, wearing a wrestling-style belt and huge muscles. Wearing a
cocky, toothy grin, it showed disdain for the “weaklings” it was about
to take on. The Pokémon flexed its muscles arrogantly before delivering
a series of punches to the air, vainly showing off its power. The
biker’s other Pokémon was a large mass of living purple slime. It had
two large arms, also dripping with sludge. It moved sluggishly by
dragging its sticky, putrid form around on the ground. “Muuuuuk!” it
cried out in a low, sustained voice.
“Weezing, I know you want a
piece of this guy! I’ll call out Jolteon as backup!” Lisa yelled,
sending out her spiky yellow Pokémon.
Jolteon began sparking
with electricity at the tips of his fur, crouching down on his four
legs to prepare for a quick assault. He glared at his opponents with
his solid black eyes, growling and showing off a set of small white
teeth. Weezing observed both enemies with her half-closed eyes, her
dual-orb form floating a few feet off the ground. Gray smoke emerged
from ventilation holes in her purple body at irregular intervals.
“Now it’s time for a lesson in pain! Use Thunderbolt and Sludge Bomb, you two!”
“You dare threaten me, little girl?! Machoke, Cross Chop! Muk, Sludge Bomb!”
two Sludge Bombs met in midair, exploding in a blast of purple slime.
Jolteon quickly charged electricity on his pointy fur before unleashing
it at the slow-moving pile of sludge that was Muk. Machoke lunged at
Weezing, arms crossed, before quickly lowering them in a quick chopping
motion that knocked Weezing down.
But the angry Poison-type
recovered from the hit and launched a thick purple ball of poison at
her muscular foe. Machoke had to wipe the slime from its face, and in
turn was at the receiving end of more nasty poison, this time in the
form of a sinister purple cloud.
“All right, that’s the way!” cheered Lisa. “Let’s get this rebel without a clue! Hit it with everything you’ve got!”
“You’re not supposed to be that tough!” The Bulk yelled in frustration. “Make the little brat pay! Cross Chop and Sludge Bomb!”
team double-teamed Muk, first zapping it with a brilliant yellow strike
of lightning. While the sludge creature reeled from the strike, the
two-headed poisonous orb moved in and slammed into it. Meanwhile the
mighty gray fighter swiped at Jolteon, but the agile yellow Pokémon
easily jumped aside and Weezing struck it with a heaping dose of thick
purple goo. Jolteon took the opportunity to hit Muk with a weak blue
charge, slowing the already sluggish slime ball even more. It reacted
with a Sludge Bomb aimed at Jolteon, but Weezing ran interference,
easily taking what her rival Poison type had tried to dish out.
“What the hell is up with this?! You two idiots were supposed to have smoked this runt by now! Attack!”
yelled out, “You underestimated me AND got me mad! I’m surprised I
haven’t smoked YOU yet! All right guys, let’s hit this guy with Tackle
and Thunderbolt again!”
Muk was again the target for both
Pokémon and couldn’t do a thing to avoid the hit on account of its
paralysis. But Machoke easily delivered a hard punch right to Weezing’s
inflatable body, knocking her back a few feet. Meanwhile, the mostly
immobile pile of slime spat out a ball of (much more mobile) slime at
the distracted Electric type, scoring a hard hit.
“Come on guys, you’re still doing pretty good! Hit ‘em again!”
girl! I will not be embarrassed by the likes of you! Destroy her
Pokémon!” The Bulk was gritting his teeth and angrily shaking his fists.
once again hit the slow-moving mass of poison with a powerful shot of
Thunderbolt. Suddenly, Machoke jumped high in the air, then came down
and landed, causing a massive earthquake that knocked Jolteon and the
bikers’ hogs down, and also caused Lisa to lose her balance and topple
on top of Persian, who was intently studying the battle.
sorry, sorry!” cried Lisa as she got back to her feet. After the
tremor, it became clear that both Jolteon and Muk were spent.
“Jolteon, return and rest up! It’s one-on-one now, and I will not lose against you, Bulky-Boy!”
“Don’t insult me, brat!” the fat biker bellowed as he called back his Muk.
“Oh, like you’ve been doing to me all along? Hit that muscle-head with as much poison as you can!”
powerful fighter landed a quick punch to the poisonous dual orb, but
Weezing still launched a concentrated blob of poison at it, seemingly
unfazed. Then the levitating purple Pokémon floated out of reach of a
Karate Chop, and from her airborne position let loose another Sludge
Bomb. Exploding upon contact, the powerful strike knocked the mass of
gray muscle onto its behind, and Weezing took full advantage of her
foe’s vulnerable position, hurling more slimy goop at it.
am I losing?! Why, why, why?!” A frustrated The Bulk was throwing a
tantrum. Lisa was going to take full advantage of his distraction.
“Weezing, let’s finish this jerk off with one last attack!”
determined purple Pokémon launched another huge pile of concentrated
sludge at her adversary, but the muscle-bound opponent came at her with
a hard two-handed slicing attack. Weezing was able to recover and fired
one final Sludge Bomb, finally causing Machoke to fall over and
collapse, much to The Bulk’s dismay.
“NO! This didn’t happen! How could that weakling Koffing, with its weakling trainer, win?!”
of all,” Lisa started, “she’s a Weezing now. Second, we have trained
together for quite awhile now. I have shown care and respect for her as
we both have grown in skill and power. Our bond has grown as well. You,
however, use your Pokémon as tools. So it stands to reason that you
“Shut… just shut up!”
Then, much to The Bulk’s
surprise, two police officers grabbed his pudgy arms and put him in
handcuffs. One officer told him, “We’ve been after you guys for a while
now. Well, now it’s time for you guys to face the music.”
officers led the three bikers to their patrol cars, one officer told
the girls, “Thanks for keeping these guys busy until we could apprehend
them. I’m going to wait here until a truck arrives so we can impound
Lisa responded, “Don’t mention it. I’m just glad to see these clowns get what they deserve.”
told Weezing, “Wow, I never realized that you had a past like that.
Well, I’m glad to see you finally got back at those creeps who
abandoned you. And great work evolving!”
Weezing let a loud,
“Weeez!” in approval before returning to her Pokéball to rest. Lisa and
the rest of the crew proceeded to walk back to the Pokémon Center to
get her Pokémon refreshed after their simultaneous battles. Fortunately
the thugs had failed to inflict any serious hurt on them, so the
Pokémon were taken care of fairly quickly, so the girls could make
their way back to the restaurant.
From the outside, the
restaurant, named after the legendary dragon trainer Lance, didn’t look
that impressive. It looked little different than any other chain
restaurant. However, Lisa would soon discover that the food was well
“Wow, this food is great! How did you two hear about this place?” asked Lisa, who was thoroughly enjoying her food.
“Actually this guy named Marvin told us about it. We ran into him before we took on Shari, but I think he’s long gone now.”
remembered the name. He was that young man she had met in Northwood
City, who had asked her to lunch there. “Yeah, I bumped into him
before. Didn’t talk all too much, but he seems like a pretty nice guy.”
food was so good that the girls really didn’t talk too much afterward.
After a delicious meal, Alexis and Shannon told Lisa, “After we pay and
take care of some shopping, I think we’re gonna be heading out.”
Lisa told them, “Yeah, I’m gonna have to spend an extra day here, but it’ll give me a chance to rest… I hope.”
paying the food bill, the girls left the restaurant, headed in opposite
directions. Lisa and Lindsay waved at Alexis and Shannon as they parted
ways again. “Well, it was nice to see them again, if only for a little
Lindsay asked as they walked back to the hotel, “So, you know each other pretty well then?”
of, but they were nice to me even after beating me. Y’know how some
trainers like to rub it in your face after they defeat you? Well, even
they both were able to defeat me, they were actually pretty nice about
it and even helped me to stop worrying about losing so much. I think
they really care and want me to do well, and I really hope they make it
all the way to the big championship, too.”
A thin man
with black hair and a young woman wearing a Pokémon Center uniform
burst through the doors of Amy Sequoia’s Pokémon ranch in Fort Barnes.
The man had a small, blond haired girl in his arms, while the nurse
carried a four-legged light blue Pokémon with a slight horn atop its
Another man, this one bald and heavyset, yelled, “Derek! What happened?”
the unconscious girl on a couch, the man said, “Dirk, remember that
girl we handed out a Torchic to a couple days ago? Um… Kassie, I think
her name was. I was on my way back from shopping in Bluefield when I
noticed her and that Nidorina lying on the side of the route,
unconscious. I called the local Pokémon Center nurse, and she brought
the Pokémon with her back here. Something’s wrong.”
Dirk glanced over at the couch where Kassie was just coming to. “Wh… where am I?”
back at the ranch in Fort Barnes,” answered Derek. “I found you and a
Nidorina lying on the side of the road. What happened?”
it’s terrible!” the girl cried, grabbing her tattered red miniskirt. I
ran into this group of really mean men with guns. I caught them
shooting some sort of dart at a pack of Nidoran, and then a Nidorina
tried to run in and stop them. But they hit it over the head with the
handle of the gun, then they saw me and hit me as well…” The girl began
to rummage through her yellow handbag. “I can’t find my Torchic’s
Pokéball! Those guys must’ve stolen it!” The girl began to burst into
Dirk told the nurse, “Can you take her into the next room and help comfort her? Derek and I need to discuss this situation.”
woman nodded and led the sobbing girl out of the room, leaving the two
Gym assistants and Nidorina, who was slowly waking up. The Pokémon was
rubbing a large red bruise on its head.
“Sounds like poachers. And it looks like they’re using tranquilizers to subdue their targets. What do you think?” Derek asked.
right to me. As if we didn’t have enough trouble with Thrash… unless
those poachers are working for them…” Dirk was interrupted when Lisa’s
Nidorino burst into the room and started talking with Nidorina. The two
men let the Pokémon converse.
“Dear! What happened to you?” Nidorino shouted.
men… they were putting our children to sleep and taking them… I tried
to stop them, but they beat me on the head and knocked me out!”
“What? And we’re stuck here! No, this won’t do! We have to save our kids!”
The two Pokémon began growling loudly at the men.
it seems as if those Nidoran were part of the same pack as this
Nidorino and Nidorina. And it seems like they want to go after them and
get their mates back.”
“And we need to get Kassie’s Torchic back
too. Problem is, we don’t know where they are. We need to formulate a
plan to lure them and catch them in the act, hopefully before they sell
off the Pokémon they just stole.”
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