“So, Lisa Northwood, we finally meet,” a low, deep voice boomed from
the doorway. “I wish I could say it is a pleasure to meet you, but you
have simply been a thorn in my side for far too long.”
“So, you’re the leader of this crew, huh?” yelled the girl. “Show yourself!”
“In due time. First, however, I would like to introduce my esteemed business partner. Step forward, please.”
of the dark figures began to walk toward Ein and Lisa, his features
slowly being revealed. The man had aqua-colored hair that was combed
straight and extended down to the bottom of his neck. The dark
sunglasses and wicked smirk gave him an intimidating, eerie appearance.
He was wearing a long, gray robe with areas of blue that closely
matched his hair. The mysterious man had both hands folded flat across
In a calm, reserved voice, he began, “I am named
Ardos. I was the interim head of Cipher before we pooled our resources
and manpower with the Brotherhood, and I am second in command in the
newly formed organization. I know that you have had some correspondence
with my brother, and unfortunately, that pathetic shell of a former man
has brainwashed you into thinking that we are the enemy. My master
shall explain to you why that is not the case.”
enigmatic leader of the Brotherhood was ready to approach his
adversaries. The man still refused to reveal his face, as he had on a
pair of pitch-black shades and a red ninja-style face mask. Two bright,
creepy red lights glowed from behind the shades, right where the man’s
eyes would have been. A black hood covered his head, attached to the
long black cloak that enshrouded his tall body. The robe was decorated
with a red “T” insignia on the left breast, as well as red trim on the
bottom edge and on the sleeves.
“Little girl, let me explain
some facts to you before we battle. Yes, I am Bart Sy. I am the
glorious leader of the Brotherhood, the man who will completely
reinvent this forsaken society for the benefit of all! Allow me to
explain. Tony has already revealed to you his work on Pokémon thoughts.
The concept of Pokémon mind control and yes, Shadow Pokémon as well,
both serve to eliminate one of the flaws in the current methodology of
Pokémon battling- their hearts and spirits! Since you do not
understand, I shall elaborate if you wish.”
“Fine, let’s see
what your warped mind has to say, so I can have fun deconstructing and
mocking it in my head! Because you are clearly off your rocker!”
you defiant little wretch! You are aware that the varying personalities
of Pokémon affect how well they are able to battle alongside their
trainer. Yet, so-called “Pokémon Ambassadors” indiscriminately hand out
starting Pokémon to trainers, without first making sure they are
compatible. And if it turns out that trainer and Pokémon don’t get
along, that’s too bad. No refunds, no returns, they’re stuck with a
disobedient, obstinate little punk that they have to put up with. Many
of these trainers end up simply giving up and releasing the Pokémon
back into the wild, their spirits crushed.”
“Yes, that’s true, but with time, Pokémon and trainer grow closer together…”
Sy continued, “In time, it is often too late! Don’t interrupt again!
Now, referring back to the issue at hand, Shadow Pokémon are the
perfect solution to the problem! They remove the “heart and spirit”
factor from Pokémon training, ensuring complete compatibility and
obedience. They will ensure that Pokémon will obey the trainer without
revolting or acting out against them. Trainer quests will have fewer
hassles. The results of battles will be determined purely by skill,
clever use of attacks, and strength of the combatants. We will return
Pokémon battling to its core elements. If we are able to remove the
“heart” factor, we can return to the pure essence of Pokémon combat as
a sport as glorious and brutal as the ancient Roman gladiators! This
change in Pokémon training shall be akin to a rebirth of society, a
modern day Renaissance!”
Lisa looked on with stunned disbelief.
This guy couldn’t possibly be sane! “Th…That’s absolutely horrible!
You’re turning Pokémon into mindless robots and forcing them into
brutal combat?! We’re talking living, breathing creatures here!”
annoyed, the leader made one last attempt to explain his thoughts.
“Pokémon serving as robots is the point! Robots may malfunction, but
they will never willingly disobey or defy their owner. Same with Shadow
Pokémon; they may lose a battle, but it will not be because of stubborn
defiance! Which I’m sensing a lot coming from you! I’ve had it with
trying to reason with you! Ardos, let us battle these two nonbelievers!”
“Right, sir! I call out Salamence!”
“And I shall lead with Poliwrath!”
the blue tadpole was hardly small, it was easily eclipsed by Ardos’
huge teal-colored dragon. Standing on all fours and flapping its huge
red wings, the massive beast whipped up small gusts as it roared
loudly. With two sharp appendages atop its head, and with its long tail
waving back and forth menacingly, this monster was going to b a
toughie. But Lisa and Ein knew not to underestimate the other foe,
either. Gazing at the two brainiacs with angry-looking eyes, it punched
the air with its white gloved hands. It was impossible to stare at the
swirl pattern on its stomach for too long without getting dizzy and
woozy. Both men had used Thrash Pokéball cannons to unleash their
“Ready, Lisa? I’m sending out Manectric!”
“All right, then I’ll commence with Sealeo!”
electrically charged wolf prepared bolts of energy atop its pointed
yellow head. Standing on all fours, the athletic Pokémon’s movements
were swift and agile. It snapped its jaws at the fighting amphibian
before unloading its electrical charges on it. Manectric was
accompanied by Lisa’s hefty mustached seal. Using his front flippers to
maneuver his bulky blue body, the chilly water dwelling mammal slammed
his tailfin on the floor repeatedly. He was met with a powerful
amber-colored blast from Salamence, aimed directly at the icy Pokémon’s
“So, you think you can stop us? Poliwrath, Focus Punch!”
“Use Thunderbolt on that Poliwrath and give it the shock of a lifetime!”
white light began to emerge from the amphibian’s fist as it closed its
eyes. Unfortunately for it, the quick Electric-type sent a sizzling
jolt of electricity toward the watery brawler, causing it to fall over
on its back. The mighty dragon responded by swooping in at the
statically charged wolf and swiping at the foe repeatedly. Salamence
relented only after an ice-cold blast of multicolored energy struck its
wings. By that time, the double-fisted water-dweller had recovered its
wits. The slippery tadpole launched a rippling water assault emanating
from its circular belly, targeting Manectric.
“We need to eliminate Salamence from the equation! Hit it with Aurora Beam!”
“Don’t let it get you! Hit that Sealeo with Dragon Claw!”
the winged terror was quick in delivering a swift and brutal claw
slash, the blue seal was still able to shoot off his rainbow-colored
beam, this time hitting the dragon in the face. While Salamence was
still reeling from the assault, the electric mammal took advantage and
zapped it with a supercharged electric bolt that came crashing down
from up above. Poliwrath was ready to give its partner some assistance,
slugging both of its opponents right in their faces. Lisa began to
shake and fidget with her clothes as her Water-type was slow to recover
from the hit. The wolf was faster in regaining its composure, and
tackled the amphibian head-on with electricity crackling on the surface
of its body.
“Great… I don’t know who poses the bigger threat now…
” Lisa shouted, “You’re doing great! Send the dragon another icy blast!”
“Poliwrath, Focus Punch that Sealeo, but be ready to knock that Manectric out of the way if it interferes!”
again the fighting water creature closed its eyes and prepared to
unleash a powerful strike. But once again a well-aimed Thunderbolt
broke its concentration. Meanwhile, Salamence was digging its claws
deep into Sealeo’s thick hide. The icy sea mammal was only able to
escape its grasp by beating the huge monster with his fins. As soon as
he got an opening, the mustached Pokémon let loose a chilling Aurora
Beam, finding his target. Unfortunately, the other Water-type also
found its target, smashing its white fist into the face of its icy
antagonist. It prepared to strike again, but a sizzling electric blast
stopped its assault.
“I’ve got good backup… now it’s my turn to help out Ein and Manectric.
“Salamence, roast that Manectric with Flamethrower, now!” commanded Ardos.
simply smiled and stroked his chin. “You can dodge that easily.
Continue to weaken Poliwrath; we’ll let Lisa handle Salamence for now.”
mighty dragon opened its jaw and started to breathe an impressive
stream of intense orange flame. However, its agile Electric-type target
was extremely quick on its feet and jumped clear of the attack. While
in midair, the wolf began charging a powerful electric attack before
sending a fully energized bolt into the air. It came crashing down
seconds later on an unsuspecting Poliwrath. As Manectric landed,
another Flamethrower was on its way, when Sealeo appeared out of
nowhere. Soaking up the searing flame in stride, the icy sea lion
turned his head and blasted the oversized brute of a dragon with a
brilliant ray that glistened in various bright colors.
“Good work, Sealeo! Let’s wrap this thing up!”
“You’re not even close to beating us!” barked Bart Sy. “Go for the kill! Hydro Pump!”
brutish tadpole released a powerful stream of liquid fury. Though
Sealeo tried to move in to block the hit, he wasn’t fast enough to
protect Manectric. As the electric Pokémon shook off the water, the
chilly seal turned around and spit out more Ice-type hurt aimed at the
imposing teal dragon. After taking one for the team, the winged monster
took flight. It circled the room several times before nose-diving at
the Ice-type, knocking the stunned Pokémon onto his side. Lisa reacted
by crying out and ripping a big chunk of her pantyhose. “Crud! How long can these two last?!
“Manectric, time to lay the hammer down. Thunder attack.”
“Victory is impossible for you. Just give up,” advised Ardos.
as Ardos was, he and Bart Sy soon witnessed Poliwrath’s defeat, as the
electric wolf’s last Thunderbolt was one too many for it to handle. As
the whipped Water-type disappeared in a bright red glow, both Pokémon
focused their attention on the larger dragon. Both Pokémon used their
respective elemental attacks to blast Salamence with a destructive
double whammy. Still, the huge winged monster was able to strike back,
nailing both Manectric and Sealeo with a rapid-fire beam of
“Arcanine, time to murder them!” roared the
Thrash leader as he fired off another Pokéball. The massive orange dog
growled viciously, small embers of flame dripping from its mouth.
Stomping both front legs on the ground, the powerful beast’s furry
white tail was violently swaying from side to side. To amp itself up
for battle, this Arcanine puffed up the fur on its collar. Almost
immediately it fired off a massive ball of flame. The attack spread out
into a flaming star formation as it torched Manectric.
“My master doesn’t play around, fools! Salamence, annihilate them with Dragon Claw!”
“Sealeo, time to stop their assault! Use Water Pulse on Arcanine!” Lisa instructed, raising her index finger at the firebrand.
onslaught of icy attacks had an effect on the once fearsome dragon. It
was visibly shaking and shivering and hesitated to prep its strike.
This gave the sparking wolf plenty of time to zap the winged foe down
with a massive lightning strike. Even taking a direct shot wasn’t
enough to finish off the battle-weary Salamence, though it was slow in
rising to its feet.
The big canine was surprisingly agile
given its weight, and easily jumped clear of Sealeo’s stream of blue
water. Ignoring the chilly foe, the fire-breathing brute blasted
Manectric with a continuous shot of orange fire. The blue and yellow
creature rose to its feet and howled loudly. Soon enough, rain clouds
moved in and a steady rain began to fall inside the lab’s ruined
Lisa sulked as her dress slowly became soaked with water. “Crud… and me without my parasol…
that the Electric-type still hadn’t gone down, Arcanine got more
physical, rushing headlong at the Pokémon with the pointed head. The
strike knocked the smaller wolf to the floor. Ein realized that his
Pokémon was spent, and removed it from combat.
Ein responded, “I see. So that’s the way you want to play this. Fine
then. Crobat, go!” He unleashed a lightweight flying Pokémon on his
opponents. Giving the opposition a menacing glare with its mesmerizing
yellow eyes, the bat Pokémon rapidly flapped two pairs of wings – one
of them emerging from the lower part of its smooth purple body.
Whipping up a strong wind, it sent an air-splitting blast at Arcanine,
ruffling up the dog’s fur quite a bit.
“Salamence, time to end this. Use Hyper Beam on Crobat!”
Lisa countered, “Salamence is getting worn out. Knock it out with an Aurora Beam!”
winged beast got off one last attack, blasting the purple flying
Pokémon with a concentrated beam of supercharged energy. In doing so,
however, it was left completely open to one final shot from the blue
Ice-type, which was too much for even a creature as powerful as
Salamence. Ardos was preparing his next Pokémon as Crobat and Arcanine
exchanged long-range Flamethrower and Sludge Bomb attacks.
“Finally that monster Salamence is down… but who’s next?
for this?” the blue-haired man asked as a Pokéball came flying from the
bazooka attached to his arm. The creature that emerged was a
frail-looking yellow Pokémon with a distinctive moustache. Lifting its
pointed head upward, it revealed a brown covering over its torso.
Wiggling the twin points on top of its head slightly, the creature held
both its hands high, light reflecting off its two spoons. Immediately
it charged one of its fists with crackling electricity and gave Sealeo
a quick, powerful punch. The hefty sea mammal toppled onto his side and
made no attempt to right himself.
Quivering and nervously
pulling at her already ruined hosiery with one hand, the girl called
back her Pokémon. “No! Come back, Sealeo! You’ve done well, and you
deserve a break. In your place, I call out Jolteon!” Lisa pitched her
next Pokéball into the fray.
A yellow Pokémon with spiked fur
appeared on the lab floor. With the pointed hair sparking with
electricity, the creature focused his sleek black eyes on Alakazam, who
had already proven itself skilled with electric attacks. Jolteon
actually crouched down, ready for a quick assault. He showed off his
agility, circling the thin Psychic-type several times before moving in
and sinking his small teeth into the Pokémon’s delicate-looking body.
Alakazam could only react by whacking its attacker on the head.
Do you really think you can defeat us? Arcanine, incinerate them both
with the flames of hell! Fire Blast!” hissed the boss.
‘flames of hell’ are going to be snuffed out by the rain,” Ein pointed
out. “Crobat, fire a Sludge Bomb toward Alakazam but watch out for
Just as Ein had advised, the
star-shaped fire assault was releasing steam and slowly dissipating as
the rain continued to snuff it out. Though the attack did hit Jolteon,
it was so weakened that the Electric-type took it in stride. The agile
purple flyer prepared a heaping pile of toxins inside its mouth before
spitting out the putrid ball of concentrated poison. Striking the
Psychic-type in the face, the bat had succeeded in temporarily blinding
its opponent. As Alakazam wiped off the gunk, Crobat took advantage,
sinking its fangs into the foe’s yellow body. Meanwhile, electricity
met soaking orange fur as a certain fiery hound was zapped.
you always were one of Cipher’s best battlers. It is a shame you turned
spineless and betrayed us. Now you will pay the price. Alakazam, blast
Crobat out of the sky!”
“My only regret was working with you freaks,” Ein countered. “Now, it’s time to finish off Alakazam!”
attempted to do as it had before, but its intelligent opponent was on
to that tactic. It vanished in a flash of light seconds before the
Sludge Bomb would have made contact. The wily Pokémon then reappeared
on top of the flying Pokémon, causing both to succumb to the law of
gravity. Alakazam emerged on top, its feet firmly planted on the bat’s
larger pair of wings. From this vantage point, the sneaky yellow
Pokémon held both spoons high, focusing its mental energy before
blasting the immobile purple Poison-type with the invisible waves of
power. It finally released the bat thinking it was spent, but was taken
by surprise as Crobat quickly took back to the air.
“I’ve seen that trick before…
“While it’s still raining, electrocute Arcanine again!”
“Don’t let it get the shot off!” barked Bart Sy, pointing at the electrified foe. “Extremespeed then Crunch!”
alarming speed, the dog ran in and knocked over Jolteon. Turning around
quickly, the dog leaped high into the air, teeth bared. Sinking its
jaws into the yellow creature’s back, the fiery monster growled
confidently. But there was a surprise waiting. Jolteon gathered sparks
on the surface of his body, sending massive amounts of electric current
coursing through the body of the large canine. It was forced to release
its grip, allowing the quick Electric-type to distance himself from the
larger enemy before blasting it with more electricity. Just then, the
steady rain faded and the dark gray clouds overhead began to break up.
“There goes one advantage…
The teen advised, “Watch it, it’s probably going to start playing with
fire again! Try to zap it one more time while its fur is still damp!”
“Not a chance, little girl,” Ardos sneered. “Back up the boss’s Arcanine with a Psychic blast!”
fast yellow Electric-type fired off a sizzling bolt of lightning
seconds before being struck with invisible mental energy. Though the
Psychic attack knocked Jolteon to the floor, his electric blast did
give the firebrand some shock treatment. In the midst of the action,
the flying purple bat struck the spoon-wielding foe with concentrated
poison before moving in close and whacking Alakazam silly with its
wings. Shaking off its recent electric attack, as well as the remaining
water from its fur, Arcanine followed up with a burning Flamethrower
that blasted both of the opposing Pokémon.
“Wahahahahaha! You losers don’t stand a chance! Arcanine, incinerate them!”
“Crobat, shut it down with Sludge Bomb and Wing Attack.”
two Thrash Pokémon split duties, with the hairy orange mutt firing a
massive fireball and scorching the Electric-type’s yellow pointed fur,
while its brainy partner used its mind to bring the pain to Crobat, by
messing with the flyer’s own mind. But Lisa’s spiked partner eventually
recovered after the direct Overheat strike, and countered with a
power-packed shot of lightning that came crashing down from above.
an opening, the purple Poison-type further compounded the dog’s hurt
with a ball of slimy goop. The bat then flew in at Arcanine but failed
to notice Alakazam powering up another attack. Fortunately, Jolteon
performed a running tackle, knocking the wily Psychic-type over and
opening up the way for Crobat to lay the smackdown on Arcanine with its
wings. Standing its ground, the hothead blasted its flying adversary
with its familiar five-pointed Fire Blast technique.
“Jolteon, focus on Alakazam! It doesn’t look like it can take much more!”
“Back up Jolteon. Perhaps we can take that thing down.”
speedy Pokémon quickly descended on an already injured Psychic-type.
Before it could fully focus its mind, it found itself the victim of
powerful shots of electricity and poison administered directly to the
head. After the double-whammy assault, the battle- weary Alakazam
finally fell on its face before being removed from combat. Angered by
this, Arcanine spit out a massive ball of flame to torch and ground
Crobat before running in toward both of its foes and knocking both out
of its charging path. The fearsome dog then turned around and fired off
a long stream of orange fire that seriously turned up the heat on both
Crobat and Jolteon.
“Man… that was a hard hit… I hope Jolteon is okay!
Shoving a Pokéball into the input slot of his cannon, Ardos commanded, “Slaking, emerge and destroy!”
fired off another Pokéball. This one opened to reveal an enormous hairy
beast. The fat mammal appeared to be relaxing comfortably, its head
resting on one of its muscular arms. Its eyes were nearly shut and the
Pokémon looked as if it could go to sleep at any time. The fur on its
body was in various shades of brown, with a white plume of hair around
its neck. It appeared nearly motionless, only rotating its head
slightly and blinking occasionally.
The teenage girl surmised, “Looks like that thing’s gonna be a toughie to take down… if it ever does anything, that is.
” She commanded, “Zap Arcanine with Thunderbolt, but keep an eye on that Slaking. We don’t know what it’s capable of.”
“Oh, you’ll find out in a minute what it’s capable of,” remarked Ardos.
“Back Jolteon up with a Sludge Bomb on Arcanine.”
spiky yellow Pokémon began building up electrical sparks on the tips of
his pointed hairs before consolidating the energy into one concentrated
bolt. Jolteon then aimed the powerful lightning strike right at the
fiery dog. Almost simultaneously, the orange beast was slammed with a
heaping pile of purple slime. Just then, the lumbering brown monster
rose to its feet and delivered a brutal roundhouse kick to a stunned
Lisa was taken aback by Slaking’s sudden and
painful attack. “Looks like when that thing gets motivated, it can pack
a punch. Watch for it, Jolteon, but try to finish Arcanine off.”
“Slaking will be trouble,” realized Ein. “Crobat, we must nail it with a Sludge Bomb!”
had returned to its relaxed pose and received a face full of poison.
The beast seemed to be completely unfazed by the hit, however, and
Crobat was caught off guard by a searing stream of fire launched from a
certain orange canine. But weakened by the last shot, Jolteon only
needed to fire off one last bolt of yellow sparks at Arcanine to snuff
the firebrand out.
“Blast! But now you’ll meet my pride and joy, my very first Pokémon! Pikachu, time to crush these losers!”
the puny electric runt appeared, Lisa burst into laughter. “Wait? A
Pikachu? That tiny weakling’s your trump card? What’s the matter,
Wal-Mart was sold out of Thunderstones?”
Though his facial
expressions were concealed behind his glasses and mask, it was clear
Bart Sy took great offense to these comments. “Don’t you dare insult my
Pikachu! We’ve been battling together for upwards of thirty years, and
there’s no way it’s gonna lose!”
“And in all those years, you
still haven’t evolved it? Oh well, your loss. Jolteon, ignore Pikachu
for now, we need to focus on that mammoth. Thunderbolt it!”
Ein was surprised that this supposedly powerful leader would have such
a cute and underpowered Pokémon at his side. “Really, though, a Pikachu
doesn’t really say ‘Evil Overlord,’ now does it? Instead it says,
‘Clueless Noob,’ now am I right?”
“Nice one, Ein!
“Silence, all of you! Pikachu, Volt Tackle!”
shouted the smirking teenager. “Jolteon, take that strike at full force
then unleash a supercharged Thunderbolt on Slaking!”
“Crobat, it’s Sludge Bomb time.”
Arms still folded across his midsection, Ardos simply said, “Slaking, you know what to do.”
yellow mouse encased its body with electric sparks before taking a
running charge at the airborne Poison-type. As it leaped up to deliver
the blow, Jolteon also sprang up into the air. Pikachu slammed into the
side of the spiked creature and bounced off, crashing down to the
floor. Now that Bart Sy’s little Pokémon had pumped up the power, the
stronger Electric-type wasted no time in delivering an extra powerful
blast of shocking yellow energy right to the head of the hulking
Crobat followed up with a nasty ball of purple goop
that exploded on contact with the huge Slaking’s head. But the brown
beast got up from its relaxed position and used its muscular legs to
execute an impressive jump. Continuing to use the power of its feet, it
landed a powerful midair kick to the agile bat, finally ending its run.
again, Ein appeared surprisingly calm as he called back his winged
partner. Rubbing his chin and unwanted stubble, he said, “I see. So
that’s the way it’s gonna be. Fine, then. Starmie, it is time!”
hard-bodied, double-layered star-like Pokémon materialized. The
stop-sign shaped jewel glimmered in the center of its body as the
watery purple Pokémon stood on two of its points, ready for attack.
“Thunderbolt that blasted Starmie, Pikachu! Do it now!”
“Does this guy honestly think his baby Pikachu can keep up in this battle?
” Smirking, the girl replied, “You just never learn, do you? Block that attack for Starmie then team up for a combo blast!”
cool-headed scientist quickly caught wind of the new game plan.
“Starmie, wait for Jolteon to do its thing, then send out a Water
Pulse. You’ll be getting backup.”
The spiky yellow Pokémon
waited for its rodent-like electric adversary to charge up a sufficient
amount of sparking energy from its red cheek marks, a process that
required several seconds. Once it was finally ready, Pikachu unloaded a
concentrated bolt of electricity and aimed the shot at its jeweled
rival. But once again the blindingly fast Jolteon ran interference,
soaking up the strike with ease.
The five-pointed aquatic
creature then launched a rippling stream of blue liquid from its
central core. Its spiky-haired backup then added a strong electric
blast to the mix, creating a sparking beam of pulsating water that
struck the lounging Slaking right in the gut. Afterward, the massive
creature rose to its feet and began charging at Jolteon. And it was
surprisingly quick given its considerable mass. Despite taking another
Thunderbolt directly to the face, the unnerved primate delivered one
carefully aimed punch, with enough power behind it to send Jolteon
crashing into the wall. Lisa was panicking and tugging at her already
ruined stockings, as the two Thrash leaders smiled tauntingly and
“Jolteon, I’m sorry… time to take a break. Persian, we’re down to the wire on this equation! I know you can pull through!”
Slaking returned to its position on the floor with its chin resting on
its paw, the lightweight beige cat Pokémon quickly made her way over to
the lazy brute’s location. Extending her pointed claws from her front
paws, she began slashing furiously at her foe’s thick brown hide. As
the feline struck the creature’s belly, her Water-type ally flooded the
enemy’s face with a powerful shot of water. Unfortunately, Slaking then
came to life, smashing its head against Starmie before using its belly
to bump Persian asunder.
“We need to keep alert and watch when that thing first starts to move… either that or stick to long-range attacks.
” The girl commanded aloud, “Thunderbolt on Slaking! Don’t worry about Pikachu; it’s not much of a threat at all!”
“Dammit! Pikachu, show that damned girl your true power! Thunder!”
electric attack came crashing from the ceiling in a concentrated yellow
lightning strike. It struck Lisa’s well-groomed Pokémon, but the cat
brushed it off and proceeded to lay her own shocking blast into the
other opposing Pokémon, which was then followed with invisible mental
energy that appeared to give Slaking a headache, courtesy of Starmie.
Still, the lumbering creature sprang to life, opening its mouth wide
while still laying down. A huge beam of concentrated energy emerged,
landing a direct hit on the purple star-shaped Pokémon.
“Starmie, use Confuse Ray on the big one.”
“Persian, move in for a quick Aerial Ace strike, then back away!”
Clenching both fists, Bart Sy bellowed, “Not a chance! Thunderbolt the both of them, now! They must not win!”
quick Persian moved in first, jumping high into the air before giving
the big lug one blindingly fast slash to the face during the descent.
The cat then performed a tricky sidestep to the right to avoid a small
shot of incoming electricity. Starmie dodged a similar attack attempt
before releasing a mysterious energy ray from its shimmering jewel. The
attack gave off a dark aura as it circled the brown creature’s head.
When Slaking finally made a move to slug Persian in the face, it gave
itself a nice hard punch to the head instead.
“Dammit, Slaking, hit the target for once!” Ardos hollered, momentarily losing his cool.
“Persian, electrify a Water Pulse and nail Slaking once and for all!”
“Use Psychic,” calmly instructed the scientist.
mystical sea Pokémon delivered an invisible blast to the lumbering
monster first, overwhelming it with mental waves. It was followed up
with a classic combination attack – a rippling beam of water ringed
with yellow electric sparks. This also attack also made contact, as the
lounging Slaking just remained there, head resting on its hand.
“Now, Mega Kick!” commanded the former Cipher admin who hadn’t turned good.
massive creature rose to its feet before getting a running start. It
jumped in the air with its foot extended, delivering devastating damage
to its opposing Pokémon as it barreled through both of them. Slaking
then landed perfectly on both feet before laying on the floor and
assuming its slacker position once again. As both their Pokémon
eventually rose to their feet, both trainers looked on. Lisa was
nervously shaking and fiddling with her dress while Ein calmly just
stood there. Both creatures recovered from the hit just in time to
dodge an incoming Thunderbolt from a near-forgotten yellow rat.
“Now Slaking, Double Edge,” directed Ardos.
huge mammal rose to its feet and barreled toward the star-shaped
Pokémon, smashing into the Water-type. Both Pokémon ended up feeling
the hurt from the strike, as Starmie had fired off a shot of water just
as the brown beast made contact. Neither one of the two Pokémon were
moving after impact. Both Ardos and Ein removed the creatures from the
battlefield in flashes of red energy.
“Lisa, it is up to you,” Ein advised. “We cannot afford to lose.”
“Don’t worry, I’m on it. No big,” assured the girl.
On the opposing side, Ardos conceded, “I was not worthy, my lord. But this battle will be yours.”
“Of course I will prevail, you fool! Pikachu, use Volt Tackle!”
Lisa was now fairly confident that this battle was in the bag. “Yeah, you think you’re gonna win, but all you have left is a Pikachu. Sure, buddy…
electric rodent crouched on all fours while it encased its tiny body
with bolts of charged energy. The Pokémon then ran headlong toward its
feline rival. Unfortunately for it, the agile cat launched herself into
the air using her powerful hind legs. The sparking Pikachu ran right
under Persian and ended up slamming into the wall on the far side of
the lab. Before her opponent could struggle to its feet, the confident
cat shot a sinister sphere of dark matter at the already injured mouse.
“Like I said, no big,” Lisa smirked.
“My prized Pikachu! How dare you!” bellowed the masked boss. “Hit that friggin’ stray with Thunderbolt!”
had noted by now that Pikachu needed a few seconds to gather
electricity at its cheeks before releasing its attacks. She also knew
how to take advantage of that flaw. “Persian, Pay Day attack!”
barrage of shiny coins found their mark before the little nuisance
Electric-type could even begin gathering electric energy. After getting
hit with over four dollars worth of spare change, Pikachu stumbled
about like a drunk at a sobriety test before falling flat on its face.
Still on the floor, the rodent clutched its yellow head and let out a
horrifyingly high-pitched squeal.
“So, Pikachu’s squeal IS worse than its jolt…
” The girl shouted, “Finish this thing up with a Body Slam!”
“No, Pikachu! Get rid of that damn cat already!”
annoyingly loud yellow creature eventually stopped screeching like
worn-out brake pads. Groggily getting back on its hind feet, the tiny
rodent tried to zap its larger foe with a sizzling bolt of electricity.
Though the brilliant yellow strike hit directly, the beige cat emerged
seemingly unfazed. She got a running start, then launched herself into
the air before crashing down on the diminutive Electric-type. After the
crushing attack, the feline removed her body from on top of her hapless
foe’s. To seal Pikachu’s fate, Persian extended her shiny, razor-sharp
claws and swiped at the rat’s head and belly repeatedly. Pleased with
her finishing move, Persian retracted her claws and began licking both
paws almost in a playful manner.
Smirking, the victorious teenager taunted, “Equation solved. Check and mate.”
This is inconceivable!” bellowed a stunned Bart Sy as a badly scratched
Pikachu disappeared from the lab floor. After taking several deep
breaths, the boss continued his tirade, albeit a bit calmer.
loss was merely a fluke. Furthermore, I now have firsthand experience
of your battle style, and I will find a way to exploit it! And if you
think you have seen the worst the Brotherhood has planned, you are
sorely mistaken! You have barely scratched the surface of our
organization, and my men will see to it that you dig no deeper!”
had not seen when Ardos had retreated after his Slaking went down, but
he now returned, driving a massive red Hummer through a gaping hole in
the wall, a hole left behind after Zapdos destroyed the mind-control
device. “Sir, we must make our escape!”
“Fine! Come, Tony, and bring that scientist with you!”
leader climbed into the front passenger seat while Tony and a still
groggy Lethco filled up the rear seat. The rugged military-grade truck
then backed out of the same hole it had used to enter, and soon
disappeared into the thick brush behind the lab.
The girl was panting heavily, but had a look of relief on her face. “We did it… we finally stopped those guys… but they’ll be back…
individuals rushed in the room to meet Lisa and Ein. “Like, that battle
was so intense! You two so showed those guys who’s boss!”
but is there a… phone around here? I need… to alert the police, but…
cell phones don’t… work here.” The girl was still trying to catch her
breath. The two consecutive battles had worn her out – and all of her
Pokémon as well.
“Check that office there,” advised Tekot, pointing to the doorway where Bart Sy and Ardos had emerged from.
“Thanks a lot!” the girl responded as she ran into the office to alert the authorities.
Morgan and Officer Hauston were both in the entrance of the lab,
wrapping up an interview with Lisa and the scientists.
for the information,” Hauston said before he made his way to his Crown
Victoria squad car, somehow fitting his hefty body into the vehicle. As
he took off, a dark green GMC Yukon pulled up to the lab’s front door.
that so looks like our ride. I am so ready to get out of this place!
Bye again, Lisa, and thanks for everything!” Lovrina waved to the
teenager as she hopped into the passenger seat. At first, she got her
long pink ponytails caught in the door. She had to reopen it to get her
hair back inside. The others got a chuckle out of it while Lovrina’s
face turned bright red.
Dr. Sequoia gave the girl a hug. “Lisa,
thank you again for saving all of us and putting an end to Thrash’s
mind control plot. But I fear their Shadow Pokémon development is still
going as planned, so please be careful. Good luck on the rest of your
journey, and don’t hesitate to call me if you need to!” The
black-haired researcher made her way to the SUV. Tekot followed, simply
waving to Lisa.
Ein was the last of the scientists to address
Lisa. “You weren’t bad in our battles, and you have my respect and
gratitude. But, do not let your guard down. You must continually
improve your battling skills if you hope to defeat Thrash once and for
all. I wish you the best of luck. May our paths cross again.” Once the
lab coat wearing scientist had made his way to the green Yukon, the
large vehicle took off.
“Ready, Lisa?” asked Morgan. “I can
drive you directly to Arkwood City, where your Gym battle with Reed
awaits. Your sister arrived at Reed’s place yesterday when Craig
Garrison dropped her off there. There’s no way you can make it on foot;
the way is blocked by more Pikachu than you can count. We’ll have to
take the highway.”
“Yeah, let’s get out of this creepy place,”
the girl answered as both of them got into Morgan’s Chevy Caprice. “I
need a nice long rest before I challenge Reed, though.”
a particular red Hummer, the enigmatic Bart Sy was boiling over with
anger. He was ready to take that anger out on someone, and the others
in the truck would do just fine.
“All of you incompetents are to blame for this failure! Lethco, you were the one who left the prisoners with only one lookout!”
“But, sir, I received a message over PA…”
fool!” the leader bellowed, slapping his underling across the face. “I
don’t want any of your pathetic excuses! Moving on… Tony, you left the
control device for Zapdos’ holding device out there in the open, as if
inviting Northwood to set it free! In addition, you let personal
matters get the best of you, and so you lost miserably in battle!”
“One of my scientists must have left the controller…”
“Shut up! Are you not ultimately in charge of them?!” he barked, slapping the bald-headed scientist. “Well, answer me already!”
“Y… yes… yes I am…”
you are also responsible for their screw-ups as well! Finally, Ardos,
you were the one who messed up our battle and resulted in our loss! If
you had battled properly, this loss would have been a glorious victory!
The blame squarely rests on your shoulders!” Like the others, Ardos
received a slap to the back of the head.
“I am surrounded by total idiots!” roared the steaming team boss.
remainder of the long ride was completed in total silence. None of the
underlings dared to even look at their boss. Ardos did not dare say
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