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Pokémon The Stairway to Heaven Page 5

Started by gimmepie September 18th, 2018 2:14 AM
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“Edith, Charge Beam!”

The Jolteon barked excitedly, sinking into her knees slightly to steady herself against the push of her powered-up attack. A moment later, the striking yellow electrical blast launched from her maw towards Gwen’s Lucario.

Without instruction, Anubis stepped to the side, leaning back slightly. The movement was just enough to cause the powerful beam to sail past he and his trainer. Once the attack dissipated, he straightened back up to his original posture with a confident smirk.

“Fine,” Layla said, grinning fiercely despite herself. “I knew it wouldn’t be that easy. But try dodging this. Edith, Swift!”

From her half crouch, Edith sprung up directly into the air. As she moved, a swarm of golden stars blinked into being around her before raining down on Anubis. Layla watched with anticipation. It was very hard to dodge swift, so Gwen and Anubis would have to counter it directly if they hoped to avoid being blitzed.

“Extreme Speed, Anubis!” Gwen instructed.

Or there’s that option, Layla thought to herself as, with a savage growl, Anubis shot forward at a speed her eyes struggled to keep track of. The stars sailed past the Fighting type, crashing into each other as they tried to correct trajectory. Anubis was too fast for the attack though, reaching Edith in less than a second as slamming a hard kick into her side. Edith was knocked tumbling across the dirt, coming to a halt with a skid that left marks in the battlefield.

Anubis watched carefully as the Jolteon climbed back to her feet.

“Don’t space out now Anubis,” Layla taunted with a wink, “Stored Power!”

With a surge of energy, Edith reared back as the ribbons of light swirled together into a ball at her open maw. As her feet slammed back down to the ground, attack erupted into an enormous multi-coloured blast of light.

“Psychic to counter it, then Work Up!” Gwen responded.

As the attack shot towards Anubis, he raised his hands forward, palms facing the blast. His eyes glowed blue and the appendages at the side of his head rose up with a rattling motion. The Stored Power seemed to meet an invisible wall, as a shade of blue was added to the colours of the attacks.

For several moments, the blast struggled against the psychic power holding it at bay. Then, Anubis thrust out his arms to the sides and, as though he had physically ripped it apart, Edith’s attack was torn to shreds by his Psychic. Immediately after, Anubis shut his eyes and became outlined in a familiar red-orange glow.

Perhaps she should have been alarmed by the increase in Anubis’ power, but Layla saw only the opportunity.

“Quick, Edith, Swift!”

Edith’s fur bristled as the stars flashed back into existence, each streaking towards the Lucario. For a second, Layla held her breath in anticipation of a counter strategy, but none came. Anubis was buffeted by a hundred stars, each exploding against him into a golden glitter. Each impact pushed him backwards, until the last few finally knocked Anubis off his feet. The Lucario grunted, rolling into a crouch with a wince as his Work Up came to an end.

“Alright, Meteor Mash!” Gwen commanded.

Shooting off from his crouched position, Anubis dashed for Edith with a fist at the read. As he ran, his fist began to glow with an orange-gold and strands of shimmering blue streaked off of it. Edith readied herself for her orders as he closed the distance, leaping the last few feet towards the Jolteon.

“Discharge!” Layla shouted triumphantly. Gwen had strode right into the attacks most devastating range.

Electricity crackled across Edith’s body and then erupted out in all directions in a wild electrical display, bolts of lightning flying off of her in all directions.

Anubis shouted as he was caught in the indiscriminate attack, his attack cancelling out as he was struck by supercharged electricity. As the lightning faded, the Lucario dropped to his knees, thin strands of smoke billowing up from his body.

Layla looked across the battlefield to see her friend wincing, looking almost apologetic. She smiled brightly at Gwen, she wasn’t done yet.

“Charge Beam!”

Edith turned to face Anubis as he slowly made his way back to his feet. Before he could make another move, she launched her attack and blasted him with the sparking Charge Beam. This time, Anubis was blown clear of his feet and sent sprawling across the battlefield. Electricity ran over Edith’s fur as the attack came to a conclusion, her power had increased yet again.

“Come on, Gwen.” Layla smirked. “You should be smarter than that.”

“I guess so,” Gwen replied, sheepishly gripping her own arm. “You just got one up on me that time.”

Layla felt her spirits soar at the remark. She wasn’t just holding her own, she was in the lead and had just scored a major hit on Gwen’s most powerful Pokemon. She’d thought it earlier, but this battle really was going unbelievably well.

Unbelievably…

“Wait…” Layla said, surprised to find she’d said it out loud and even more surprised that she had yet to see a counter attack. It was during that secondary moment of surprise, that she finished connecting the dots. Like an arctic wave, a cold realisation washed over Layla and every infinitesimal hint of the pride and elation she had just felt washed away from her. “Gwen…”

Of course it was going unbelievably well, because she couldn’t in her right mind believe that everything that had happened was coincidental. All the boosts she had gotten in, the easy win over Ceres, the apologetic look Gwen had given Anubis, the missed opportunities to attack and the openings left to Edith, all of it made perfect sense when Layla stopped looking at it with suspended disbelief.

If she needed any further confirmation, the look of wide-eyed horror that had overtaken Gwen’s face upon realising what Layla had just figured out was more than enough.

“You’re going easy on me.”

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“I’m not!”

“You are,” Layla replied icily, “It’s written all over your face. Don’t even try to deny it. You’ve been leaving yourself wide open, not capitalising on opportunities like you normally would and ignoring just about every lesson you taught me. Anubis isn’t even really using his aura sense.”

“I can explai -”

“Damn right you can,” Layla interjected, cutting Gwen off.

“This was your chance!” Gwen exclaimed, “This was your thing. I didn’t want to do this and risk taking it from you. So when you pushed me into doing it…” Gwen trailed off, unsure of how to complete the sentence. Between the two trainers, Anubis stood stoically with his arms crossed whilst Edith bristled, her mood a reflection of her trainer’s.

“You decided to humiliate me,” Layla answered for her, not even trying to hide the bitterness in her tone.

“Of course not!” Gwen gasped, looking as though the words had physically wounded her.

“What else would you call this?” Layla snapped.

Gwen didn’t respond, with every passing second she looked progressively more agonised. A dip in an acid bath might have produced a similar expression.

“No more, Gwen.” Layla fought to steady her voice. “No more. You’re going to give it everything from here on out and we’ll deal with this later.”

“But-” Gwen stammered, but Layla cut her off again before she could finish mounting her protest.

“Full effort,” she said. It was an instruction, not a request.

Gwen took a moment before nodding slowly.

The battlefield stood in silence for several moments, and although Layla could not make out the hushed voices of the crowd, she could hear in her mind what they would be saying. There was no mics on them to have transmitted the conversation, but arguments didn’t tend to break out in the middle of televised tournaments.

Layla took several slow breaths, making an attempt to calm herself and across from her, Gwen made a failed effort to do the same.

“Right,” Layla began, “Edith, Charge Beam!”

Edith barked angrily, hunching down and unleashing the bright electrical beam. It shot forth from the electric type. In response, Anubis closed his eyes as the protrusions on his head rose up.

“Psychic!” Gwen commanded.

Much as with the Stored Power, the Charge Beam was infused with blue light as Anubis made a tearing motion with his hands. At the same moment, the beam was ripped to faintly glowing shreds and dissipated into nothingness.

“Extreme Speed!” Gwen followed up, switching instantly to offence.

Anubis was impossible to track for a moment as he blitzed across the battlefield. One moment he was standing there, the next his foot was slamming into Edith’s side as she yelped in surprise.

Before the Jolteon could be smashed away, Anubis’ arm shot forward, catching Edith by the leg.

“Discharge!” Layla called.

“Aura Sphere!” Gwen countered.

Even as the electricity crackled up over Edith’s body, a bright blue orb of energy formed in front of Anubis’ outstretched free hand. The lightning shot out in all directions, engulfing Anubis in the Discharge.

He grunted, taking the attack as he positioned his arm over Edith and fired the powerful attack at close range. His brief exposure to Edith’s move ended that instant, the Aura Sphere detonated against Edith and slammed her into the ground, leaving a cracked crater beneath her. The Jolteon lay twitching at the bottom, unable to go on.

Layla felt herself shake, as with a few words of appreciation, she returned Edith to her ball.

Layla was surprised by the ruthless efficiency. She had only seen it to that level once before, in their very first battle when Anubis was still just a Riolu. Ever since then, she had known Gwen had been pulling her punches slightly, but she had never expected that she’d ever go as far as attempting to just let her win.

She felt the anger boil up in her anew as she reached for Florence’s ball. Releasing her strongest combatant to face off against Anubis.

Florence emerged in a flare of light, bouncing lightly on her feet, confident and completely unaware of what had just transpired.

“That’s right, Florence. This time we’ve got them!” Layla snarled. “Baby-Doll Eyes!”

“Calm Mind, Anubis.” Gwen reacted instantly.

Florence’s eyes flashed blue, and although the familiar reflectory flash couldn’t be seen through Anubs’ closed lids, Layla knew the attack had taken effect. It didn’t matter much, in the next instance, a blue glow of his own making outlined the Lucario. Florence had dropped his physical attack power back to normal, but between Calm Mind and the earlier Work Up, his Special Attack was scarily boosted.

“Jump Kick!” Layla ordered, gritting her teeth as Florence immediately rushed into battle, not showing a hint of concern.

The Buneary sprinted forward several steps before leaping up to a great height. She followed through on the jump,coming down towards Anubis to deliver a powerful kick.

Anubis deftly sidestepped the attack, causing Florence to slam into the ground. Stubbornly, she refused to cry out, but it was clear that she’d paid a hefty toll in recoil damage. Gwen immediately gave the order for Anubis to retaliate.

Orange light, further enhanced by long streaks of blue, flared into being over Anubis’ clenched fist. As Florence made to stand, she was immediately slammed back into the ground by the Meteor Mash, leaving a dent below her.

“Roll and use Charge Beam!” Layla instructed.

Florence rolled onto her back, opening her mouth and shooting Anubis with the familiar beam at close range. With his enhanced Special stats, the damage was reduced, but Florence was powerful in her own right and it was plenty enough to send the Lucario stumbling back.

“Now Jump Kick again!” Layla called.

Florence wasted no time in following through, flipping back onto her legs and immediately leaping up. This time, she caught Anubis on the upward trajectory, her foot slamming into the underside of his jaw and knocking him clean off of his feet. Anubis slammed back down into the dirt, skidding across the battlefield until he could roll into a crouch.

Layla could feel her heart in her throat. She could tell that Anubis hadn’t taken as much damage from the attack as she’d have liked, but Florence was still getting good hits in. She felt herself reaching for a win. If she attained victory against Gwen here, with her friend finally pulling out all the stops, she’d really have proved herself to both Gwen and the world at large.

“Quick Attack, Florence!”

“Bun!” Florence replied the affirmative, becoming a blur as she dashed forward for Anubis.

“Extreme Speed!” Gwen replied through deep breaths.

As fast as Florence’s Quick Attack was, it was a fraction of the speed Anubis’ moved. Her attack was cut off by a sudden uppercut and, with a splutter, Florence was hurtled up into the air.

“Follow up with Psychic!” Gwen instructed, looking as though it caused her physical injury to say the words.

Florence’s upward momentum ceased in an instant as she was outlined in a blue, psychic glow. Then, as though spiked for a great hand above her, she careened straight down, smashing into the ground with explosive force.

It took several moments for the dust to clear, revealing Florence somehow on her feet, wobbling in the middle of her own impact crater. The Buneary was breathing heavily now. She might have been the cream of the crop for her kind, but there was no denying that Florence had just taken an obscenely powerful attack. Compared to Florence, Anubis was a titan.

“Finish it up with Aura Sphere,” Gwen said, her voice somewhere between a whisper and a whimper.

Anubis nodded. Without looking back at Gwen or opening his eyes, he raised his hand, palm out, in perfect alignment with Florence. The orb of blue light expanded into existence. Then, it fired.

“Charge Beam!” Layla yelled desperately. Florence wobbled in place.

The attack closed in, it seemed as though Florence was spent. Moments before the attack collided though, Florence reacted, unleashing a vividly bright beam of electrical energy into the attack.

The orb was held in place, struggling against the beam as Florence desperately poured every ounce of her remaining strength into the counter attack.

Layla looked past the collision of attacks, her eyes meeting Gwen’s. Gwen still looked wounded, but what was worse, she looked apologetic. She looked apologetic and Layla knew it wasn’t because of what she had done earlier.
“Meteor Mash on the Aura Sphere.”

Anubis dashed forward, the familiar Steel attack taking shape. Instead of a closed fist though, he kept his palm flat. He pulled back, thrusting his hand into the Aura Sphere and with the added force behind it, it rocketed through Florence’s desperate counterattack.

The Charge Beam practically shattered as the Aura Sphere was launched forward into Florence. The Buneary was blasted across the battlefield as the attack detonated against her. She flew well over the borders of the field, landing with a floppy tumble where she remained still.

“I’m so sorry,” Gwen muttered, her voice barely carrying across to Layla.

“Don’t apologise,” Layla commanded, walking over to Florence and scooping her fallen Buneary up into her arms. “We’ll get you next time.”

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Not surprising Gwen was still holding back there. And when she does her full effort Gwen defeats Layla easily. Hopefully they'll resolved this after.

Hm, I feel three chapters for a 2 vs 2 battle kinda breaks the flow a bit. I might understand if it's 3 vs 3, but 2 v 2 tend to be not long battles. That's probably me prefer battles in one chapter though lol.

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Not surprising Gwen was still holding back there. And when she does her full effort Gwen defeats Layla easily. Hopefully they'll resolved this after.

Hm, I feel three chapters for a 2 vs 2 battle kinda breaks the flow a bit. I might understand if it's 3 vs 3, but 2 v 2 tend to be not long battles. That's probably me prefer battles in one chapter though lol.
I originally planned it to be a 2 chapter battle like the one before but it was starting to get a bit long and I'd hit a good cut off point.
Otherwise did you find it enjoyable?

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I originally planned it to be a 2 chapter battle like the one before but it was starting to get a bit long and I'd hit a good cut off point.
Otherwise did you find it enjoyable?
Gwen and Layla's battle was enjoyable overall, yeah!

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There was another spattering of applause as Gwen and Layla returned to the trainers’ room. Eloy strode over, trying to decide how to handle the situation. He very much wanted to goad Layla for her loss, but he wasn’t sure how to do so without undermining Gwen’s abilities. In the end he reluctantly settle for focusing on congratulating Gwen.

“Nicely done, Gwen,” he said, eventually managing to get to the girls. “You were incredible.”

“She sure was,” Layla said, although her tone sounded off to Eloy. He had expected that she would be proud of Gwen given how much she had talked her up in their previous encounters.

“You sulking?” Eloy jibed.

Layla responded by giving Eloy a death glare that would put an angry Gyarados to shame. Thankfully, he was spared from her wrath by the arrival of the usher.

“Eloy and Lauren, we’re just about done cleaning up the battlefields. If you could follow me.”

Lauren came up beside Eloy, smiling appreciatively at both Gwen and Layla. She gave them both congratulations of her own before turning to Eloy.

“Shall we be off then?”

Eloy nodded and the pair of them followed the steward out through the now familiar hallway towards the arena. Lauren seemed quite content to be alone with her thoughts as they walked, which gave Eloy plenty of time to think as well.

He thought back to his first encounter with Lauren and her previous battles in the tournament. He knew her battle style. She liked to inflict nasty status conditions on her opponents and then stay back while they were gradually weakened. He looked at her out the corner of his eyes and found himself grinning. He knew exactly how to deal with that sort of opponent.

“Eloy Chance and Lauren Ipsum!” The announcer called, snapping Eloy back to the moment as they walked out into the daylight, the crowd cheering them on.

“Good luck,” Eloy said to Lauren as she past him to head to the other side of the battlefield.

“Likewise,” she responded.

Soon they stood facing each other and the referee was asking Lauren to select for a coin toss. She chose tails and the referee flipped the disk into the air, the coin catching on the sun on the way down.

“Heads,” the referee announced, “Eloy will choose first.”
After how well he had performed in the first tourney match, it was an easy choice for Eloy. He released Ronin from his ball, the Farfetch’d making his usual sweeping bow with his leek as he awaited his opponent.

“Your Farfetch’d again,” Lauren said, “I’ll use Phantom then.”

Eloy had been curious to see what Lauren’s third entered Pokemon was and his curiosity was soon rewarded. From the flash of light emerged a ghostly purple Pokemon whose hands floated separate from his spectral body; a Haunter. With that, the battle began.

“Ronin, Peck!”

Ronin shot forward, catching his leek in his beak and flying at Phantom like a dart. Without a command from Lauren, Phantom immediately went into evasive maneuvers. He easily looped over the top of Ronin, twirling on the spot and raising his floating hands like a gymnast at the end of a vault.

Ronin rounded on the Haunter again, trying to catch him from behind as he played to the audience. This time, Lauren intervened.

“Phantom, Dazzling Gleam!”

There was a flash of bright, faintly pink light. Unlike an ordinary Flash attack though, there was force behind this. Ronin was slammed back by the attack, flapping hard to stay airborne as with a showboaty twirl, the Haunter rounded on him.

“Hypnosis!” Lauren called.

Phantom’s tongue lolled goofily out of his mouth as he grinned wickedly at Ronin. His eyes glowed an eerier blue and, in an instant, Ronin was asleep.

The Farfetch’d plummeted from the air, hitting the ground with a loud thud, sending up a thin cloud of dirt.

“Wake up!” Eloy yelled, wincing. Not only was Ronin now vulnerable to attacks from his ghostly adversary, but he had sustained damage when he fell to the ground. Eloy hadn’t thought about it until that moment, but Sleep seemed like an especially effective condition to afflict an airborne Pokemon with.

Lauren looked at Eloy, frowning slightly.

“Sorry, Eloy,” she said, “Phantom, use Giga Drain!”

Strands of green lights lashed out from Phantom, striking the downed Farfetch’d and releasing a gloud of glittering emerald lights that flowed back to Phantom with the retracting tendrils.

Eloy yelled for Ronin to wake up again, repeating his calls to little affect as Phantom continued to attack with more Giga Drains. The Grass attacks didn’t do that much damage to a Flying type like Ronin, but Eloy was all to aware that small amounts of damage could add up quite dramatically over time.

“He’ll wake up soon,” Lauren said from across the field, and indeed Ronin was starting to stir in his induced slumber. Unfortunately for Eloy, Lauren took this as a queue. “Use Dream Eater!”

Phantom’s eyes shone a vicious red and an illusory imitation of him shot forward towards Ronin, bearing the same evil red eyes. The false Haunter bit down on Ronin, pulling a similarly phantasmal Farfetch’d out from the real one. Both exploded into a glowed of sparkles that were absorbed into Phantom the same as the green ones had and Ronin’s eyes flew open.

“There we go!” Eloy crowed, “Ronin, Leaf Blade!”

Ronin flung himself recklessly into the air, his leek still clasped in his beak as it glowed a vivid green. He spat the leek from his bill as he reached Phantom, catching it between his finger-like feathers and slashing at the Ghost type.

Once more, Phantom flamboyantly looped over the top of Ronin. This time though, Ronin was ready for it. He whirled around as he fell through the air, rotating onto his back as he sliced up with a backhand motion. This time, he caught Phantom with his attack, smacking the Ghost further into the air. He finished the maneuver by rotating back to the correct way up, letting his leek sword fall easily into his beak as he made to regain lost altitude.

Ronin flew in a wide arc as he climbed, Phantom tumbling back into an upright position as he did so. Now at an even level again, Ronin made a B-line for his opponent.

“Dazzling Gleam again,” Lauren instructed.

“Shut your eyes and use Poison Jab!” Eloy countered.

Once more the bright glow pulsed out from Phantom. Ronin shut his eyes against the light as he flew into it, his weapon now glowing a toxic purple in his beak. He swung his head up, breaking through Phantom’s Fairy attack, shattering the Dazzling Gleam into a million shimmering flecks and letting the leak slip from his mouth as he did so.

Ronin caught the leek with his wing as he did so and swatted Phantom down with a continuation of the attack, the Ghost now letting out a yelp of surprise as he was knocked down towards the ground.
“Peck!” Eloy called and Ronin went into a dive.

Phantom was starting to get control of his downward momentum when, suddenly, Ronin’s follow-up attack smashed into him from above, driving him the rest of the way into the ground with a weirdly light impact on account of Phantom’s barely tangible form.

“Once more!” Eloy called out excitedly.

“Hypnosis, Phantom!” Lauren rallied.

Phantom rolled and leaned up, his eyes glowing blue as Ronin reared back. Ronin’s head shot forward like a bullet, striking the flimsy Ghost type at close range. The Farfetch’d staggered back, revealing Phantom. The Ghost type was still on the ground, having fainted at the impact.

Eloy let out a whoop of celebration as Lauren returned Phantom to his ball, but the sound died part way out of his throat. Ronin abruptly sagged, slumping back onto the ground with his eyes tightly shut. Ronin may have defeated Phantom, but the Hypnosis had taken affect. The Farfetch’d was asleep again.

“Well done,” Lauren called from across the battlefield, “But it looks like you shouldn’t count me out just yet.”

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